Rose Hill Community Calendar

March - April 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 VA

  • Tuesday, February 24, 7pm. Rose Hill Civic Association Meeting. John Marshall Library. Subject: Rose Hill Section III development update.
  • Every Wednesday and Saturday. BINGO! Franconia Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc. Early Bird, 7 pm. Regular sessions, 8 pm.
  • Any Day. Give Blood--the Gift of Life. Inova Woodburn Blood Donor Center, 3289 Woodburn Road, Suite 010, Annandale, VA. Monday thru Friday, 8am-8pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm. Help save up to three lives in just one hour! Blood donors are needed year round, but especially now and especially type O donors. 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 Thank you for helping save lives in our community!
  • March 1-31, 10am-4pm daily. 41st Annual Needlework Exhibition. The largest and most prestigious needlework exhibit in the country. View amateur and professional stitchery at the plantation George Washington gave to his granddaughter, Eleanor "Nelly" Custis Lewis. Woodlawn Plantation, 9000 Richmond Hwy., Mount Vernon. or 703.780.4000.
  • March 9-April 11. "All that Jazz." Studio 18 in the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Free. www.Potomaccraftsmenfibergallery.corn or 703.548.0935.
  • March-August, 10am-4pm. 'A Century of Just Women: Alexandria's African American Women.' 15 women, including current City Council member Joyce Woodson, are featured in this exhibit at the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St. Free. or 703.838.4356.
  • March 3 - April 26. Washington Landscape Artists. Watercolors and oils of sites at American Horticultural Society's River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Dr., off the GW Parkway. Free. or 703.768.5700.
  • March 22, 5-9pm. Alexandria Red Cross 2004 Silent Auction & Restaurant Night. Stardust Restaurant, 608 Montgomery St., hosts this Red Cross benefit, donating 25% of the food & drinks bill. Plus a silent auction with weekend trips, autographed Redskins merchandise, a gourmet dinner for 10, salon services, jewelry, and more. Admission is free, and you may bid at the auction without staying for dinner. For more information, call 703.548.9864.
  • March 24, 7:30pm. Roger Wilkins. The acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning author and civil rights activist speaks on his latest book, "Jefferson's Pillow," at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Reservations are required; call 703.549.2997.
  • March 25-28. 30 Years at The Lee-Fendall House Museum. On March 25, 1974, the Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St., opened to the public as one of Alexandria's first museums. Help celebrate this anniversary with free tours and birthday cake! Tours will be offered at the top of each hour: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm (final tour at 3pm each day). or 703.548.1789.
  • March 28, 2pm. Marine Band Chamber Ensembles. Virtuoso musicians from 'The President's Own' perform works by Villa-Lobos and Bach at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr. Free. or 703.683.2007.
  • March 28, 4pm. "All That Jazz." The Alexandria Choral Society's Children's Chorus performs at Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St. Tickets $20-$25 with $5 for seniors and students, or 703.548.4734.
  • April 1, 5-8pm. Doggie Happy Hour Starts! Every Tuesday and Thursday, 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. or 703.549.6080.
  • April 1-May 9. "Rosemary & I." The writer of last season's "High Dive" presents this one-woman show about a writer looking for her inspiration at Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., 8pm Wed.-Sat., 2 & 7pm Sun. Tickets $32-$38. or 703.548.9044.
  • April 1-June 27. "Crazy For You." The alI-Gershwin musical, winner of three Tony Awards, at West End Dinner Theater, 4615 Duke St. Dinner at 6pm with show at 8pm Tues-Sun., lunch at noon with show at 2pm Sun. and selected Wed. Tickets $35-$43 at or 703.370.2500
  • April-October. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate begins its expanded summer hours, 8am-5pm daily through August with a variety of tours through October. South end of George Washington Memorial Parkway. or 703.780.2000. Slave Life--A 30-minute guided walking tour at 10am, noon, 2 and 4pm. Garden & Landscape.-A 30-minute guided walking tour at 1lam, 1, and 3pm. Tribute at the Tomb--Public wreath-laying ceremony at 10am.
  • April-October. Weekenders at Gunston Hall. Special tours are offered at noon, 1:30 and 3pm. www. 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.
  • April-November, Friday nights. Lantern Tours. The seasonal return of these popular candlelight tours, focusing on tavern life in the 18th century. Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. $4, $2 for ages 11-17, free for 10 and under. Call to confirm, or 703.838.4242
  • April 3, 10am-lpm. A Day in 1863. Interactive program for children ages 7-11; dressed in costume, they learn about the Civil War, make a quiet doll, play games, and have refreshments. Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. $25 per child; advance registration required, or 703.548.1789.
  • April 11, 1pm. Family Easter Egg Hunt. Children of all ages invited to look for colorful eggs in the garden of the historic Lee-Fendall House, 614 Oronoco St. Canceled in case of inclement weather. $2 per child; adults free. or 703.548.1789.
  • April 11, 11am-3pm. Hunt For History. Take an Easter tour of the house and participate in activities at Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St. Reservations required. 703.549.2997.
  • April 17, 10am-4pm. Annual Historic Garden Tour of Alexandria. This tour features seven privately-owned Old Town homes and gardens, one historic church, and four historic properties, www. or 703.549.2289.
  • Garden Day at Carlyle House. Purchase plants and enjoy this lovely, historic garden 9am-4pm at the historic site, 121 N. Fairfax St., as part of the Alexandria Garden Tour. House tours start at 10am. or 703.549.2997.
  • April 17-May 2. Mount Vernon's Gardening Days. The estate's annual garden sale, including plants grown from historic cuttings, plus this is the only time the Orangerie, Washington's greenhouse, is open to the public, or 703.780.2000.

For more information on Alexandria events, visit

John Marshall Library

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

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm. AARP Tax Counseling. Adults. No registration is required.
  • Tuesdays, 6:30pm. Personalized Internet Training. Learn how to use the Web or increase your skills. Call for an appointment. Adults.
  • Fridays, 12:00pm. Lunch Bunch. Bring a lunch and listen to stories. Age birth-5 with adult.
  • Thursday, April 1, 7:00pm. Teddy Bear. Stories and activities. Bring your favorite stuffed toy. Age 2-5 with adult. Monday, April 19, 7:15pm. Historic Franconia Story Swap. Reminisce as local residents tell tales about growing up in the Franconia area. No registration is required. Wednesday, April 21, 10:30am. Hop, Hop, Bunny. Stories and activities about rabbits. Age 2-5 with adult. 7:15pm. Book Discussion Group. Adults. No registration is required.
  • Saturday, April 24, 10:30am. Sophie the Performing Dog. Welcome Sophie back and watch her amazing tricks. All ages.
  • Wednesday, April 28, 10:30am. Full of Feathers! Stories and activities about our feathered friends! Age 2-5 with adult. Fabulous at 50. In May, our library celebrates its 50th anniversary with refreshments and activities for the whole family. For more information, call 703.971.0010.

Huntley Meadows Park

Huntley Meadows Park and Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria, VA 22306, 703.768.2525

  • Saturday, March 20, 9-11:30am. Watershed Cleanup Day. Be a part of the stream team! Individuals, families and groups can help clear out the earth's arteries by collecting tires, bed springs, bottles, cans, and other debris. Wear boots, old clothes, and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation provided. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE  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
  • Sunday, March 21, 5:15-6:30pm. Leave it to Beaver (6 yrs.). & up. Families will look for signs of beavers and, if we are lucky, catch a glimpse of these nocturnal engineers. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $5/family
  • Monday, March 22, 3:15-4:30pm. Young Explorers--Woodpeckers (6-8 yrs.). Through indoor and outdoor activities learn more about our hard-headed, feathered friends. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $3
  • Wednesday, March 24, 9:30-10:15am or 10:45-11:30am. Nature Detectives--Woodpeckers (3-5 yrs.). Through story, activity, and craft learn more about our hard-headed, feathered friends. Reservations required. $5
  • Thursday, March 25, 9:30-10:15am or 10:45-11:30am. Nature Detectives--Woodpeckers, see 3/24.  7:30-9pm. Lecture--Enjoy the Spring Sky! (Adults). The program will begin with a brief talk by John Avellone of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. He will discuss how to use a sky map and binoculars to see double stars, prominent star clusters, nebulae, etc. After the talk, we will go outdoors for a sky tour. Bring binoculars and a folding chair if you want. Telescopes will be available for more detailed viewing of the moon and planets. FREE to FOHMP members and Huntiey Meadows' volunteers. Reservations required. $3
  • Saturday, March 27, 7-10am. Birding for Beginners--Waterfowl (Adults). Sharpen your bird identification skills while birding with a park naturalist. Program begins with a brief discussion of waterfowl. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE
  • Saturday, April 3, 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. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $5
  • Tuesday, April 6 - Thursday, April 8, 9-11:30am. Spring Break Camp--Wildlife Watchers (6-8 yrs.). The park is waking from the cold winter; birds are singing, plants are greening up, and amphibians are emerging from hibernation. Experience this seasonal excitement through nature activities, walks, and crafts at our three-day camp, Tuesday through Thursday. Reservations required. $45
  • Wednesday, April 7, 7:30-9pm. Lecture--Wildlife Conflicts in Fairfax County (Adults). Are deer eating your azaleas? Earl Hodnett, County Wildlife Biologist, will discuss wildlife conflicts in Fairfax County. FREE to FOHMP members and Huntley Meadows' volunteers. Reservations required. $3
  • Monday, April 12, 3:15-4:30pm. Young Explorers--Fabulous Frogs (6-8 yrs.). Master jumpers and evening serenaders. Through indoor and outdoor activities learn more about these fabulous amphibians. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $3
  • Wednesday, April 14, 9:30-10:15am or 10:45-11:30am. Nature Detectives--Fabulous Frogs (3-5 yrs.). Master jumpers and evening serenaders. Through story, activity, and craft learn more about these fascinating amphibians. Reservations required. $5
  • Thursday, April 15, 9:30-10:15am or 10:45-11:30am. Nature Detectives--Fabulous Frogs, see 4/14.
  • 7:15-8:45pm. Swamp Serenade (5 yrs. & up). Listen to the singing frogs and toads as their courtship songs fill the wetland. A flashlight per family is recommended. Canceled if cold weather. Sponsored by FOHMP. Reservations required. $5/family
  • Sunday, April 18, 7-10:30am. Spring Birds and Bagels (Adults). Search for warblers, thrushes, waterfowl, and a host of other birds as we approach the peak of spring migration. Following the hike, relax and recap the sightings during a continental breakfast at the center. Binoculars and field guides recommended. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $5
  • Friday, April 23, 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. FREE
  • Saturday, April 24, 7-10am. Birding for Beginners--Spring Migration (Adults). Observe the transition of our bird community as spring migration is on the move. A park naturalist will help you sharpen your bird identification skills. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE  10:30am-12:30pm. Herb Talk and Walk--Traditional Medicinal Plants of the Wetlands (Adults). Wetland plants are specially adapted to a watery environment. Could that be why some have a history of use as herbal medicines for managing fluids in the body? Join local herbalist Ann Gerstenberger for a lecture followed by a walk to get to know a few of the traditional medicinal plants in the park. Learn how to use familiar plants to help support a healthy lifestyle. Book list and herbal resource guide, herbal tea taste, Show & Smell! FREE to FOHMP members and Huntley Meadows' volunteers. Reservations required. $3 1-2:30pm. Welcome to Huntley Meadows, see 3/20.

Edison High School

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  • Saturday, March 20, District Choral Festival 11:45am-2:15pm. Track Team Car Wash
  • Sunday, March 21, 10:30am-2:00pm. Science Olympiad Car Wash
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2:30pm-3:00pm. SOL Review 7:00pm-9:00pm. Sophomore Parent Night
  • Thursday, March 25, 7:00pm-9:00pm. Junior Parent Night Saturday, March 27, 8:00am-12:00pm. SATs 10:00am-2:00pm. Freshmen Car Wash 11:45am-2:15pm. Track Car Wash
  • Sunday, March 28, 10:30am-2:00pm. Science Olympiad Car Wash
  • Monday, March 29, 7:00pm-9:30pm. Elementary School Area Orchestra Concert
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2:30pm-3:15pm. SOL Review Thursday, April 1.7:30am-2:30pm. Career Fair 7:00pm-9:00pm. Pyramid Concert
  • Friday, April 2. Teacher Workday/Student Holiday Saturday, April 3, S:30am-12:00pm. ACT Testing 9:00am-l:00pm. Model United Nations Car Wash
  • Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9. Spring Vacation Saturday, April 10, 11:45am-2:15pm. Track Team Car Wash Monday, April 12. Fourth Grading Period Begins
  • Tuesday, April 13, 7:00pm-8:30pm. Academy Awards Wednesday, April 14, 2:30pm-3:00pm. SOL Review Wednesday, April 21, 2:30-3:15pm. SOL review Thursday, April 22, 7:30pm-10:00pm. Spring Musical Friday, April 23, 7:30pm-10:00pm. Spring Musical Saturday, April 24, 8:00am-12:00pm. Flea Market 10:00am-2:00pm. Freshmen Car Wash 7:30pm-10:00pm. Spring Musical
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2:30pm-3:30pm. SOL Review

Mark Twain Middle School

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  • March 20, 9am - 1pm. Band Car Wash
  • March 24, 2:45pm. SCA Dance
  • March 25, 4pm. Reading Van Presentation in the Lecture Hall  7pm. Drama Spring Production of "Lagooned" March 26, 7pm. Drama Spring Production of "Lagooned" March 27, 9am - 1pm. Band Car Wash 9am - 1pm. SCA Cleanup at Twain
  • March 28, 3pm. Drama Spring Production of "Lagooned" March 29. Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project in the Lecture Hall March 30, 2:45pm. SCA Meeting in the Lecture Hall

Rose Hill Elementary School

Enjoy the Arts. Winning student entries from the PTA's annual Reflections Arts Program are on display at the John Marshall Library through the end of March. This program is sponsored annually by the National PTA to encourage student participation in music, visual arts, photography, and literature. Winning entries from Rose Hill move on to judging at the county level; winners then move to the Fairfax District, Virginia PTA, and eventually can become eligible for judging at the national level. Stop by John Marshall Library and get a look at all the talent in our school!

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