Rose Hill Community Calendar

January - February 2005

Items for the calendar must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication. Public, school and church events only.

Alexandria Calendar

  • January 12, 19 & 26. Civil War Dance Classes. In preparation for the January 29 Civil War Ball, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia reel and more! Led by expert dance master Corky Palmer. 7:30-9:30pm. $12 per class, $30 for the series. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. or 703.838.4242.
  • January 29. "Red Badge of Courage." The classic film is shown 2pm in the Fort Ward Museum library, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Free! Reservations suggested. 703.838.4848.
  • January 29. Civil War Ball. Enjoy an evening of history, dancing to live period music. Dance Master Corky Palmer leads in waltzes, polkas, reels, and more. 8pm-11pm. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. $30 per person in advance, $40 at the door. Deserts and cash bar. "After five" or 1860’s attire. or 703.838.4242.
  • February 3-5. "Das Barbecu." A musical-comedy inspired by Wagner by way of a Texas barbecue at the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St. Shows at 8pm Wed.-Sat., 3pm Sun. Tickets $17-$20 at or 703.683.0496.
  • February 3, 10, and 17. 18th Century Dance Classes. In preparation for the George Washington Birthnight Ball, learn the dances popular in his era! Led by expert dance master Corky Palmer. 7:30-9:30pm, $12 per class, $30 for the series. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. or 703.838.4242.
  • February 4, 11, 18, and 25. U.S. Air Force Band. The band performs at 8pm every Friday through February at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Free! or 703.683.2007.
  • February 5. Swordsmen’s Rendezvous. Lively discussions and demonstrations of 18th century swordplay. Tours hourly 11am.-4pm at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Tickets $5; reservations required. or 703.838.4242.
  • February 6, 13, 20, and 27. Walking With Washington. Take this free, 90-minute walking tour to learn about Alexandria’s favorite son. Leaves at 1:30pm from the fountain in Market Square, 301 King St. For more information, call Alexandria Archaeology at 703.838.4399.
  • February 12. Symposium on George Washington. This year, this annual event looks at the years shortly after Washington was triumphant in the Revolutionary War and features noted author Joel Achenback. 8:30am.-4pm at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr. Tickets $35 including lunch, with discounts for students. or 703.991.4474.
  • February 12. Alexandria Symphony - "Inspired By Nature." The acclaimed local orchestra performs works by Vivaldi, Ives, and Beethoven at 8pm the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Tickets available at or 703.548.0885.
  • February 13. "Abe Lincoln’s Hat." Children ages 4-8 learn humorous, true stories about Lincoln as a young man that tell something about him when he became president at 2pm at Ford Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Free but reservations suggested. (Parents encouraged to bring cameras to capture their children with a life-size hat.) or 703.838.4848.
  • February 19-21. George Washington Birthday Celebration! A city-wide celebration for Alexandria’s favorite son. Check out
  • February 19. George Washington Classic 10-K Race. 8:30am, Eisenhower Avenue east of the Holiday Inn. $20 in advance; $22 the day of. 703.991.4474.
  • Birthnight Banquet and Ball. Tavern fare, toasts to George Washington, and 18th-century dancing, 5:30-11:00pm at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. $75 for banquet and ball; $30 for ball only; advance reservations required. Tickets available at or 703.838.4242.
  • February 19-20. Breakfast With George Washington. Join Gen. Washington for a sample of his favorite breakfast, "hoecakes swimming in butter and honey," while supplies last at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. 9am.-4pm. Free with regular admission of $9, $8.50 seniors, $4.50 children 6-11. or 703.780.2000.
  • February 20. Revolutionary War Encampment. Living history presentation with authentic skirmish at 2pm at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. 10am.-4pm. Free! 703.838.4848.
  • February 20. Sumi Guitar Duo. This brother-and-sister duo from Japan perform at 4pm at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 S. Fairfax St. Admission by donation to benefit Bienvenidos, a program for Latino students at TC Williams High. 703.549.6670 or
  • February 21. Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon. Admission is free to George Washington’s home with a wreath-lying ceremony at 10am followed by musical performances. 9am.-4pm. or 703.780.2000
  • Open House at the Friendship Firehouse. Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company now is housed in a firehouse that was built in 1871. Come view the exhibitions and historic firefighting equipment at 107 S. Alfred St. 10am.-4pm. Free! 703.838.3891.
  • Open House at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Celebrate George Washington’s birthday in the same tavern where he celebrated it at 134 N. Royal St. 11am.-4pm. Free! 703.838.4242.
  • Open House at Carlyle House. Tour this beautiful and historic home while you are in Alexandria for the birthday celebrations. 121 N. Fairfax St. 11am.-4pm. Free! 703.549.2997.
  • Open House at The Lyceum. Learn about George Washington’s hometown at the city’s history museum, 201 S. Washington St. 11am.-4pm. Free!
  • Ceremony Honoring the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution. Ceremony held at the grave of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 S. Fairfax St. 11am. Free! 703.549.6670.
  • George Washington Birthday Parade. The largest parade honoring the first president and Alexandria’s hometown hero features marching bands, floats, military and reenactment units, Masonic groups, equestrian entries, antique cars, and of course, George and Martha Washington throughout Old Town Alexandria. 1pm. Free! or 703.991.4474.

Huntley Meadows Winter Calendar

Huntley Meadows Park and Visitor Center
3701 Lockheed Blvd. Alexandria, VA 22306

Fairfax County Park Authority’s largest park (1,428 acres) includes wetlands, forests, meadows, streams and ponds. It has resident deer, beaver, heron and other animals. Facilities include a visitor center, auditorium, exhibits and an interpretive trail with boardwalk and observation platforms. Programs for groups by reservation. In December the Visitor Center is open 9am-5pm, Monday, Wednesday-Friday; noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. In January and February, the Visitor Center is open 9am-2pm, Monday, Wednesday-Friday; noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. The Visitor Center is closed Tuesday. Grounds open dawn to dusk.

  • Friday, January 28, 7-9:30pm. Café Cattail. Welcome to Huntley Meadows’ very own coffeehouse! Enjoy a relaxing evening applauding our community’s talents. Musicians, dancers and poets are encouraged to share their arts with a nature theme. Reservations required for performers only. Sponsored by FOHMP. Free.
  • Monday, January 31, 10am-1pm. Winter Chills and Thrills. 5-10 yrs. What a fun way to spend the day off from school. Drop in to play games, make crafts and explore self-guided activities. Discover how wildlife copes with winter. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by FOHMP. $2/child.
  • Tuesday, February 1, 10am-1pm. Winter Chills and Thrills. 5-10 yrs. See 1/31.
  • Saturday, February 12, 1-3:30pm. Winter Tree Trek. 16 yrs. & up. Learn to use keys and other tools to identify winter trees from such clues as shapes, twigs and bark. Then explore the winter woods to practice your skills. Participants will receive a Tree Finder book. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations.
  • Saturday, February 19, and Sunday, February 20, 1-3pm. Sherlock Bones. Skulls, skeletons and self-guided activities will be set up in the classroom to bring out the Sherlock in you. Free.
  • Saturday, February 26, 8-10am. Winter Birds and Bagels. Adults. Enjoy the winter season during this morning search for resident birds. Following the walk, warm up with hot chocolate and fresh bagels. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $5.
  • Saturday, February 26, and Sunday, February 27, 1-3pm. Sherlock Bones. See 2/19.

Lee District RECenter Calendar

Lee District RECenter
6601 Telegraph Road
Franconia, VA, 703.922.9841

Lee District RECenter, approximately 83,600 square feet, is comprised of three major areas; Natatorium, Gymnasium and Fitness Center.

The Natatorium includes a heated, indoor 50-meter by 25-yard pool, a Superslide, three diving boards, spa, spectator seating, locker rooms, family changing room, saunas, and showers and an outdoor sun deck and grassed sunbathing area.

The 20,400 square foot gymnasium includes one regulation size basketball court, or is convertible to two half courts, or two volleyball courts. Also included are electronic scoreboards, spectator seating, boxing equipment, volleyball nets and a three-lane, 1/10 mile running track.

The Fitness Center is well equipped with Cybex VR2 machines connected to the FitLinxx network, a wide selection of cardiovascular equipment, free-weights, and a stretching area.

In addition to these main features, the RECenter also contains racquetball/wallyball courts, two mirrored dance rooms, three multi-purpose rooms, a mezzanine, preschool, and a soft play room.

The surrounding 193 acre park has one soccer field with two overlay T-Ball fields, two football fields with two overlay softball fields, four basketball courts, an amphitheater, four picnic areas (one sheltered), horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, a playground and tot lot, four lighted tennis courts, a tennis practice wall, walking trails, and a carrousel.

Hours of Operation:

Facility Pool
Mon. - Thu. 5am - 9:30pm Mon. - Thu. 6am - 9:30pm
Fri. 5am - 9pm Fri. 6am - 8pm
Sat. 8am - 6pm Sat. 9am - 6pm
Sun. Noon - 8pm Sun. Noon - 6pm

Rose Hill Elementary School Calendar

  • Monday, January 31. Student Holiday
  • Monday, February 21. Washington’s Birthday Holiday

Mark Twain Calendar

In case of an unplanned change in schedule, the table below shows the options for change, what time the public announcement will be made by, and the hours affected by the change.

Schedule Change Public Announcement Revised Hours of Operation:

1 hour LATE Opening Before 6:00am Monday – Friday 8:40am – 2:30pm
2 hour LATE Opening Before 6:00am Monday – Friday 9:40am – 2:30pm
CLOSED Before 6:00am NO SCHOOL
1 hour EARLY Closing Before 10:30am Monday – Friday 1:30pm
2 hours EARLY Closing Before 10:30am 12:30 PM

Career Exploration. Guidance counselors will soon begin providing Choices Explorer Training to 7th and 8th grade students in the computer lab. Choices Explorer is a career exploration and planning guide via the Internet. This program not only allows students to browse over 850 career profiles including new or unusual careers, but also provides personal inventories to enrich students’ awareness. One of the features of the online program is the portfolio; this gives students a place to keep school-to-career information and start a resume. If you would like more information on the Choices Explorer software, please contact Gisela de la Peña in the Guidance Department at 703.313.3716.

Students should not arrive at school prior to 7:15am. There is no adult supervision before that time. This will help us keep all students safe and supervised in the morning. Students should be picked up promptly after all school activities.

Late Buses run Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. (Departure times vary for late buses according to traffic congestion, weather, etc.) Remember students must make prior arrangements with a teacher and secure a pass each day to ride the late bus. Students must also have permission from a parent/guardian to stay after school.

Edison Calendar

  • Library Closed January 10-21. SOL tests will be administered in the library from January 10 through January 21. During the school day, the library will be closed. The library will be open after school those days from 3-5 p.m.
  • Early Dismissal January 28. Due to staff development activities, Edison High School will be dismissing students at 11:15 am on Friday, January 28, 2005. Click Here for the Bell Schedule for the 28th.
  • SOL and Final Exam Information. SOL Testing Schedule. From Jan. 10 – 21, Edison High School will be administering SOL exams to students in first semester SOL classes. The bell schedule will remain the same for the week. All classes will be meeting as usual. Only students in SOL classes will be affected on their test days. Click Here for SOL testing schedule.
  • Final Exam Schedule. Final exams will be given January 24 through January 28. Click Here for the Final Exam Schedule.
  • 2003-2004 Yearbook Sale. The yearbook staff has approximately 40 yearbooks remaining from the 2003-04 school year. We are selling them for a reduced price of $20. Students and faculty members may purchase a 2004 yearbook in Room 247. First come--first served!!
  • Travel to Spain This Summer. It’s not too late to join the group heading to Spain this summer. Ms. Jenkins and Mrs. Leedom are taking a group of students to Spain in July and they would like to have at least four more students join the group. The more the merrier!! See either teacher for a cost analysis and trip details.
  • Math Honor Society. The Math Honor Society recently competed in round two of a nation wide math competition. Tied for the best score at Edison were Tien Truong and Jennifer Benison. Congratulations to our top students.
  • Seniors, UVA Applications Still Accepted. Did you think you were too late to apply the the University of Virginia? Think again. Because they have just introduced a fantastic financial aid program for low and middle income students, they have extended their application deadline until January 24--to encourage more of these students to apply. Take advantage of this opportunity!
  • Tsunami Relief Fundraiser. People to People International is selling "I Care for Tsunami Victims" Awareness Ribbons to raise money to send to relief efforts. Ribbons will be sold in Room 248 and by People to People Fairfax Chapter members. Other monetary donations are also welcomed. Please see Jessica Gray or Ms. Jenkins if you have any questions.
  • Support Edison Drama. Support Edison Drama by purchasing items you actually want with Simply go to and click on the link and make a purchase. A portion of your purchase will go directly to Edison Drama. Be sure to access through the Edison Drama site to ensure EHS gets the credit.
  • Senior Class Candy Sale. The senior class candy sale is in progress. You will earn profit for your prom and All Night Grad Party tickets. Pick up candy to sell in room 130 from Mrs. Meinholdt. The sale ends Jan. 28.

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