Rose Hill Community Calendar

June - August 2004

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

Around Rose Hill, Franconia and Northern Virginia

  • Tuesday, June 22, 7pm. Rose Hill Civic Association Meeting. John Marshall Library. Subject: Further 50th anniversary celebration planning, Rose Hill III update, and Sapp recognition/farewell.
  • Every Wednesday and Saturday, BINGO! Franconia Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc. Early Bird, 7pm. Regular sessions, 8pm.
  • Any Day. Give Blood--the Gift of Life. Inova Woodburn Blood Donor Center, 3289 Woodburn Road, Annandale, VA. Monday thru Friday, 8am-Spm; Saturday, 9am-Spm. Help save up to three lives in just one houri Blood donors are needed year round. For more information or to make an appointment to donate at a donor center or community blood drive, call 1-866-BloodSaves (866.256.6372) or visit www. donateblood. Thank you for helping save lives in our community!
  • June-August. Gadsby's Tavern Through the Legion Years. This exhibit looks at Gadsby's Tavern when it was owned by the American Legion (1927-1972) and the organization's campaign to restore the historic tavern. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Admission $4, free with military ID. www. or 703/838-4242

Pope-Leighey House During World War II. Tour the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structure in this area and learn how World War II affected both the construction of the house and its inhabitants. Located on the grounds of Woodlawn, 9000 Richmond Highway. Tours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $7.50, $3 for children, or 703/780-4000

Alexandria at War, 1941-1945. The opening of this exhibit commemorating the Alexandria homefront during World War II. Artifacts include items from the local Red Cross and U.S. Navel Torpedo Station. At the Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. Free! www. alexandria history, org or 703/838-4994

A Century of Just Women: Alexandria's African American Women.' 15 women, including current City Councilmember Joyce Woodson, are featured in this exhibit at the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free! www.alexblackhistory, org or 703/838-4356

  • June-September 6. Mount Vernon Salutes WWll Veterans. A special ceremony saluting all veterans, especially those from World War II, takes place daily at 2 p.m. at George Washington's tomb. The estate is also the home of the Purple Heart Memorial in honor of the award created by Washington in 1782. Opens at 8 a.m. daily through August with a variety of tours through October. South end of George Washington Memorial Parkway. www. or 703/780-2000 June-October. Doggie Happy Hour. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., meet two- and four-legged friends in the courtyard of the Holiday Inn Select, 480 King St. Eats, treats and drinks for all from April through October. www. doggie happyhour, com or 703/549-6080

Weekenders at Gunston Hall. Special tours are offered at noon, 1:30 and 3. 703/550-9220. Slave Life Tours--Includes costumed interpreters and samplings of food. First Sunday of the month. World of Women--Second Sunday of the month. Farmyard Tours--Meet rare historic breeds, the most popular residents at the plantation. Third Saturday of the month. Hidden Landscapes--Learn about George Mason's plantation garden and the landscapes of early America. Fourth Saturday of the month.

  • June-November. Lantern Tours. The seasonal return of these popular candlelight tours, offered Friday nights, focusing on tavern life in the 18th century. Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. $5, $2 for ages 11-17, free for 10 and under. www. 703/838-4242
  • June 18-20. Annual Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival. Jazz, rock & roll and oldies, visiting tall ships, living history exhibits, children's events, arts & crafts, and concession stands. Oronoco Bay Park, Union and Madison streets. 6-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. $ www. (703) 549-8300
  • June 18-July 11. "The Women of Trachis.' Sophocles' Greek tragedy of Herackles, who returns home with a mysterious young woman, and his wife Deianeira. Presented by Natural Theatricals at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr. Performances at 8 p.m. Wed.-Sun., matinees at 2 p.m. June 27, July 5 and July 11. Tickets $20 www. or 703/739-9338.
  • June 19.11th Anniversary Juneteenth Celebration. Music and other entertainment, food and exhibits at Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 900 Wythe St. 1-6 p.m. Free! 703/ 838-4356

Marine Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra performs classical and popular selections at 7:30 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall. Free! www. or 202/433-4011

  • June 20. Father's Day Tours. Dad gets into Gadsby's Tavern Museum free of charge on his special day. Learn about the social and cultural life in the early days of Alexandria at this tavern where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson entertained. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 134 N. Royal St. Regular admission $4, $2 ages 11-17. or 703/838-4242

Father's Day at Lee-Fendall. Fathers and grandfathers are invited for a free tour of the Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., when their families accompany them. Tours offered at 1, 2, 3 p.m. Regular admission $4. www. or 703/548-1789

Father's Day at Friendship Firehouse. Special activities include making every dad an honorary chief of the bucket brigade, ringing the fire bell plus families have their pictures taken with the fire engine. 1-4 p.m. at the historic firehouse, 107 S. Alfred St. Free. 703/838-3891

  • June 21. Supper Under The Stars. Casablanca Restaurant provides the food and live entertainment for this picnic in King Street Gardens. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. 703/838-4343
  • June 21-25. Civil War Kids' Camp. Boys and girls learn about life of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. www.fortward. org. Cost is $200 and registration required. Call 703/838-4848
  • June 26-30. CANCELED--WW2 LST-325 Ship Memorial. Due to delays in necessary repairs, the East Coast tour of the LST-325 is canceled. For more information, call 703/838-4200, ext. 205.
  • June 2g. Hands-On History Tent. Children and their parents explores the 18th century from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Free! www. or 703/ 549-2997
  • July-August. Plantation Sleuths. Children ages 6-12 and their parents unravel an 18th-century mystery at Gunston Hall Plantation by exploring the mansion, farm yard and secret places. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues. & Thur. Admission $5 for child-ten, $8 for adults, www. or 703/550-9220
  • July 1. First Thursday. This popular Del Ray celebration continues this summer, with shops open late, special events for the family and restaurants specials from 6 to 9 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue. This month's theme - A Nation's Celebration. For information, call 703/683-4800.
  • July 1-4. "A Celebration of Summer." Artist Anastasia Carson displays watercolors at Miller Fine Art Gallery, 113 S. Columbus St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., open until 8 p.m. Wed.-Fri. www.millerfineartgallery, com or 703/838-0006
  • July 1-18. Del Ray Artisans. "Fun 'n Games Redux." Get inspired by humankind's eternal quest for a good time! Gallery open 7-9 p.m. Thur., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., noon-4p.m. Sun. at 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. 703/838-4827
  • July 4. Red, White & Blue Concert--An Independence Day Celebration. An all-day celebration at the home of George Washington, with wreath-laying, the National Concert Band of America at 11 a.m., an 18th-century style celebration and free birthday cake for all. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Inclusive admission $11, $10.50 seniors, children 6-11 $5. www. or 703/780-2000
  • July 8. Second Thursday In Old Town. Free entertainment plus special activities and shops open until 9 p.m. Entertainment at King Street Gardens, corner of King and Fayette streets, Market Square and corner of King and Union streets. This month-"A Nightingale Sang in Market Square," a salute to World War TI veterans. For info, call 703/549-4696.
  • July 10. USA & Alexandria Birthday Celebration. Celebration starts at 4 p.m. with a festival saluting Alexandria's ethnic diversity at 4 p.m. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra presents 'Swinging on the Waterfront,' a salute to Big Bands with swing dancers at 9 p.m. Grand finale with "1812 Overture" and fireworks at 10 p.m. Oronoco Bay Park, Union and Madison Sts. Free! www. or (703) 883-4686
  • July 11 & 18. Tour & Tea at Woodlawn. Learn about early 19th-century tea customs while enjoying period treats and a special blend of tea at Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Hwy., Mount Vernon. Seatings at noon and 2 p.m. Tickets $25 for tea and tour of Woodlawn; $30 for tea plus tours of Woodlawn and the Pope-Leighey House. www.woodlawn 703/780-4000
  • July 12-16. Camp Gunston Hall. Children learn what life was like 200 years ago with archaeology, garden projects, games and storytelling. Cost is $150, including T-shirt, snacks, disposable camera, journal and Friday lunch. Camp always sells out; for reservations call 703/550-9220.
  • July 14. Story Telling. A Likely Story, at 1555 King St., has story telling at 3:30 p.m. Free! www. or 703/836-2498
  • July 16-18. USO Celebration. During WW II, Alexandria built three USO halls operated by 600 volunteers and 150 members of the Girls Service Orders, who had the charge "Keep 'Em Smiling." In one month alone, nearly 15,000 service personnel were entertained at the USO. In honor of those remarkable days and those who served in the military, Alexandria hosts a city-wide salute.
  • July 17. Fort Ward Staff Tour. The staff of the Civil War historic site gives a free tour at 11 a.m. 4301 W. Braddock Rd. For reservations and information, www. or 703/838-4848.
  • July 20. Supper Under The Stars. Joe Theismann's Restaurant provides the food and live entertainment for this picnic in King Street Gardens. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the park. 703/838-4343
  • July 23-25. 31 st Annual Virginia Scottish Games. Alexandria celebrates its rich Scottish heritage with one of the nation's largest exhibitions of Scottish culture. See the Retreat Parade featuring bagpipe bands, Highland dancing with hundreds of competitors, a British antique auto show, dog events, clan tents, concession stands and the kirkin o' the tartans church service. Episcopal High School, 3901 W. Braddock Rd. $ www. (703) 912-1943
  • July 23-August 15. "Antigua." Inspired by Sophocles' "Antigone," this world premiere looks at the years of repressed tension in a multi-racial, New York Jewish family. Presented by Natural Theatricals at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr. Performances at 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., matinees at 2 p.m. Sun. Tickets $20 www. natural or 703/739-9338.
  • July 24. African-American Heritage & Cultural Festival. At Market Square, 301 King St., 1-7 p.m. Features dance and music, paintings and crafts, and food vendors. Free! 703/838-4844 or 703/883-4686.
  • July 24-August 14. "Cabaret." The award-winning musical set in war-ravaged Berlin on the eve of World War II is presented at the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St. Performances at 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun. 'lqckets $15-$t8 at www. or 703/683-0496
  • July 30-August 1. Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. Three family-friendly movies shown on a giant screen at Ben Brenman Park, with restaurants selling dinner and snacks, including popcorn. Restaurants open at 7; movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Movie admission is free; a portion of the restaurant sales benefits the Campagna Center. (No alcohol, pets or smoking, please.) 703/838-4343. July 30--"Grease.' July 31--"Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets." August 1--"Shrek."

John Marshall Library

Events are free unless noted. Reservations are encouraged for library activities; call 703.971.0010.

  • Thursdays, 7:00 pm. Practice Your English. Conversation group for people learning English. Adults.
  • Saturday, June 19, 2:30 pm. The Noise Guy. Hilarious stories told with amazing sound effects. Sponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Age 6-12.
  • Thursday, June 24, 2:30 pm. Reptile World. Meet a variety of live, large, colorful and gentle reptiles from all over the world. Sponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Age 6-12.
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2:30 pm. Magician Joe Romano. Popular books brought to life through the art of illusion. Sponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Age 6-12.
  • Wednesday, July 7, 10:30 am. At the Beach. What's more fun than summertime at the beach? Age 2-5 with adult.
  • Thursday, July 8, 2:00 pm. Hey Book Lovers! Let's Play Games! Join us for trivia, bingo, and other games about famous books and characters. Age 8-12.
  • Friday, July 9, 16, and 23, 12:00 pm. Friday Flicks. Bring your lunch and join us for movies! Age birth-5 with adult.
  • Saturday, July 10, 2:00 pm. What's the Matter? Learn some chemistry and what causes fizz, foam and flash. Presented by the Maryland Science Center. Sponsored by the Friends of the John Marshall Library. Age 6-12.
  • Tuesday, July 13, 20, and 27, 6:30 pm. Personalized Internet Training. Learn how to use the Web, or increase your skills. Call for an appointment. Adults.
  • Tuesday, July 13, 7:00 pm. Ssuuna! Music, dance and storytelling from Uganda with plenty of audience participation.  Sponsored by the Friends of the John Marshall Library. All ages.
  • Saturday, July 17, 2:30 pm. Stevens Puppets. Hand-crafted marionettes in the classic story of Rumpelstiltskin. Sponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. All ages.
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2:00 pm. Fun With the Magic Tree House. Exciting activities for Magic Tree House fans. Age 6-12.
  • Wednesday, July 21, 7:15 pm. Book Discussion Group. Adults. No registration is required.
  • Saturday, July 24, 2:30 pm. Peter McCory. Drums, harmonica and more presented by a one-man-band. CDs available for purchase. Sponsored by the Friends of the John Marshall Library. All ages.
  • Thursday, July 29, 2:00 pm. The Winner's Crown. Listen to ancient tales of extraordinary feats and compete in a variety of mental and physical challenges as part of a city-state team. Age 6-12.

Huntley Meadows Park

The Visitor Center is open 9am-5pm, Monday, Wednesday-Friday. On June weekends the Visitor Center is open 9am-5pm. On July and August weekends the Visitor Center is open 9am-lpm. The Visitor Center is closed Tuesday. Grounds open dawn to dusk.

  • June 18 7-9:30pm. Cafe 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
  • June 19, 1-2:30pm. Welcome to Huntley Meadows. Take an introductory walk with a naturalist and observe the seasonal highlights of the park. Appropriate for families with children 5 yrs. and up. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE
  • June 21, 3:15-4:30pm. Young Explorers--Cicada Cycles. 6-8 yrs. Through indoor and outdoor activities learn about the life cycle of this most amazing, infrequent, noisy visitor, the cicada. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $3
  • June 22, 7:30-8:30pm. Lecture: Periodical Cicadas--Return of Brood X. Adults. They're back! After spending 17 years underground sucking on roots, the "brood 10" teenagers have become adults. This summer we'll have millions of males singing loudly to attract mates. Join entomologist Dr. Dexter Hinckley for a slide show about this insect phenomenon. FREE to FOHMP members and Huntley Meadows' volunteers. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. $3
  • June 23 and 24, 9:30-10:15am or 10:45-11:30am. Nature Detectives--Cicada Cycles. 3-5 yrs. Through discussion, craft and a story learn about the life cycle of this most amazing, infrequent, noisy visitor, the cicada. Reservations required. $5
  • June 26, 8-10pm. Summer Stroll. Adults. Glittering fireflies, gnawing beavers and a parade of raccoons. Huntley Meadows Park never sleeps! Learn about Huntley's night life through a short lecture and a walk to the wetland. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $2
  • June 27, 9-11:30am. Dragonflies. Adults. Learn about the life cycle, behavior and identification of Huntley's many dragonflies and damselflies. Venture to the wetland to observe these acrobatic fliers in action. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE
  • 1-2:30pm. Sssnakes] Families. Through discussion and a walk learn about some of Huntley's scaly inhabitants. Appropriate for families; children must be six years or older. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE
  • July 3 and 4, 10-10:30am. Video--Feathered Jewels. Hummingbirds are a marvel of nature. Learn more about these beautiful and agile flyers. FREE
  • July 10, 8-9:30pm. Bat Watching. Adults. The only mammals with true flight can find insect prey in complete darkness. Learn about the diversity and adaptations of these fascinating animals at a slide illustrated lecture. Then search twilight skies for bats on the wing. Reservations required. FREE
  • July 13, 8-9:30pm. Bat Watching. Families. Families can search twilight skies for bats on the wing. Learn to use a bat detector and see a slide show for a close look at these fascinating animals and their habits. Appropriate for families; children must be 6 years or older. Reservations required. FREE
  • July 19, 9:30-11am. Nature Buddies--Bugs. 4 yrs. Praying mantids, dragonflies, leafhoppers, butterflies-insects are buzzing everywhere. Become an entomologist and join an insect safari. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. Ss
  • July 24 and 25, 10am-noon. Buglover's Paradise. Families. The park is buzzing with insect activity-grasshoppers, butterflies, ladybugs and leafhoppers. Stop by our classroom for self-guided activities, a craft and videos. Appropriate for children 4 years & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by FOHMP. $2/child
  • July 24, 5:30-7:30am. Rise and Shine. Adults. Embrace the new day while standing in the middle of a freshwater wetland. Look and listen as animals and plants react to the sunrise, then join us for a bite to eat. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $5
  • July 28, 9:30-10:15am or 10:45-11:30am. Nature Detectives--The Very Quiet Cricket. 3-5 yrs. The Very Quiet Cricket meets many insects along his way. Listen to his story, make a craft and then look for the insects he meets in their natural environment. Reservations required. $5
  • August 4, 9:30-10:45am. Young Explorers--A Tale of Tails. 6-8 yrs. They balance, they grasp, they communicate and they shelter. Tails do amazing things! Through indoor and outdoor activities, get the whole tail tale. Reservations required. $3
  • August 5, 9:30-10:15am or 10:45-11:30am. Nature Detectives--The Very Quiet Cricket. See 7/28.
  • August 9, 9:30-11am. Nature Buddies--Reptiles. 4 yrs. Become a herpetologist and learn about the snakes, turtles and lizards at the park. Meet a reptile up close and enjoy a story, walk and craft. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. $5
  • August 21 and 22,10-10:30am. Video--Insects. Take a close-up look at the amazing world of insects. FREE

Edison High School

For more information, visit EdisonHS/ or index.html

  • Wednesday, July 7. Senior Pictures
  • Monday, August 9. Fall sports practices begin for Golf and Tennis
  • Saturday, August 14. Golf Car Wash
  • Monday, August 16. Fall sports practices begin!

Mark Twain Middle School

For more information, visit TwainMS/

  • June 18. Last Day of School

Rose Hill Elementary School

  • June 18. Last Day of School

Previous Calendar

RHCA Home Page