Rose Hill Community Calendar

October - November 2003

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 and Franconia

  • Tuesday, November 24, 7 pm. Rose Hill Civic Association Meeting. John Marshall Library. Subject: Rose Hill Park Section III Plan.
  • Every Wednesday and Saturday. BINGO! Franconia Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc. Early Bird, 7 pm. Regular sessions, 8 pm.

John Marshall Library

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

  • Tuesdays, 6:30 pm. Personalized Internet Training. Learn how to use the Web, or increase your skills. Call for an appointment. Adults.
  • Wednesday, October 29, 10:30 am. Boo! Halloween Stories Just for You. Wear a costume. Stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult.
  • Friday, October 31, 12:00 pm. Lunch Bunch. Wear a costume, bring a lunch and listen to stories. Age birth-5 with adult.
  • Mondays, 6:00 pm. Practice Your English! Conversation group for people learning English. Adults. No registration is required.
  • Wednesday, November 5, 10:30 am. Rain, Rain, Go Away! Stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult.
  • Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm. Teddy Bear Time. Stories and activities. Bring your favorite stuffed toy. Ages 2-5 with adult.
  • Fridays, 12:00 pm. Lunch Bunch. Bring a lunch and listen to stories. Age birth-5 with adult.
  • Saturday, November 8, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm. Inova Vaccinations. Flu shots $20 or Medicare Part B; must be 18 or older. Pneumonia shots $25; must be 65 or older. Call Inova for details: 877.895.5284. Adults. No registration is required.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 10:30 am. Away We Go! Stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult.
  • Saturday, November 15, 2:00 pm. C. Shells: Fun Time Family Music. Singers Cindy Kays and Shelly Craig perform a delightful mix of songs and styles. Sponsored by the Friends of the John Marshall Library. All ages.
  • Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 am. Giving Thanks. Stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult. 7:15 pm. Book Discussion Group. Adults. No registration is required.

Huntley Meadows Park

Huntley Meadows Park and Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Alexandria, VA 22306, 703/768-2525

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. 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-1pm. The Visitor Center is closed Tuesday. Grounds open dawn to dusk. Events are at the Visitor’s Center unless noted. Reservations are required for nature activities; call 703.768.2525.

  • Saturday, October 25, 1-3 pm. Batty About Bats. Try on some bat wings and see a real vampire bat skull during this on-going, self-directed program about these amazing animals. FREE
  • Sunday, October 26, 1-3 pm. Batty About Bats. See above.
  • Saturday, November 1, 1-2 pm. Video: Cardinals Up Close. Meet the northern cardinal, Virginia’s state bird and a familiar backyard visitor, during this 50-minute video. FREE
  • Sunday, November 2, 1-2 pm. Video: Cardinals Up Close. See above.
  • Monday, November 3, 3:30-5:30 pm. Eco-Savers—Bird Conservation. (9-12 yrs.). Practice your observation skills while learning to identify some of our feathered friends. Learn about some of the obstacles facing our migrating and resident birds. Sponsored by Friends of Huntley Meadows Park. Reservations required. $5
  • Saturday, November 8, 9-11 am. Reading the Landscape. (Adults). Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Hike-Bike Trail to discover clues to Huntley Meadow’s past. Explore the park’s natural and cultural history. Meet at South King’s Highway entrance. Sponsored by Friends of Huntley Meadows Park. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $2
  • Sunday, November 9, 9-11 am. Introduction to Fly Tying. (16 yrs. and up). If woolly buggers and hare’s ear nymphs peek your interest, you may want to try your hand at the intricate art of fly tying. Equipment and materials provided. Reservations required. $10
  • 4-5:30 pm. Fall Evening Walk. (6 yrs. and up). Families will visit the wetland in search of Huntley’s nocturnal residents and, if we’re lucky, catch a glimpse of beavers. Children must be accompanied by adults. Sponsored by Friends of Huntley Meadows Park. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $2
  • Saturday, November 15, 7:30-10:30 am. Birding for Beginners—Seasonal Transitions. (Adults). Observe the transition of our bird community as the summer breeding population moves south and winter residents arrive. A park naturalist will help you sharpen your bird identification skills. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. FREE
  • Wednesday, November 19, 9:30-10:15 am or 10:45-11:30 am. Nature Detectives—Native Americans. (3-5 yrs.). Imagine life 500 years ago as a Native American child. Learn about Virginia’s first people through an activity and a craft. Reservations required. $3
  • Thursday, November 20, 9:30-10:15 am or 10:45-11:30 am. Nature Detectives—Native Americans. See above.  7:30-9 pm. Lecture: Cradle of Life. (Adults). Award-winning outdoor photojournalist and writer, King Montgomery, presents "Water, the Cradle of Life: A Huntley Meadows Park Photo Essay." FREE to FOHMP members and Huntley Meadows’ volunteers. Sponsored by Friends of Huntley Meadows Park. Reservations required. $3
  • Saturday, November 22, 1-3 pm. Native American Theme. Travel back to a time when Native Americans populated this country. Self-guided displays and hands-on activities will be open to the public. FREE
  • Sunday, November 23, 1-3 pm. Native American Theme. See above.
  • Monday, November 24, 3:15-4:30 pm. Young Explorers—Native Americans. (6-8 yrs.). Discover what life would have been like for a Native American in Virginia 500 years ago. Learn through a discussion, activities and a walk. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. $2

Mark Twain Middle School

  • October 27-29, 2:45 pm. TJHSST prep class.
  • October 31. First grading period ends.
  • November 3. TJHSST application deadline.
  • November 3-4. Student holidays.
  • November 3-17. Band poinsettia sale.
  • November 5. Second grading period begins.
  • November 5-6, 2:45 pm. TJHSST prep class.
  • November 5, 12, 19, 7-9 pm. Active Parenting of Teens Program.
  • November 8, 9 am to 1 pm. TJHSST prep class.
  • November 8, 9 am to 5 pm. Choral department rock-a-thon.
  • November 10-12, 2:45 pm. TJHSST prep class.
  • November 12. District X honors orchestra auditions (MVHS).
  • November 14. Reflections entry deadline.
  • November 17, 7-8 pm. NCLB, SOL, student accountability parent night.
  • November 26. Students released two hours early.
  • November 27-28. Thanksgiving holidays.
  • December 2, 7 pm. Orchestra winter concert.
  • December 9, 7 pm. Band winter concert.
  • December 11, 7 pm. Choral winter concert.
  • December 13. All-district band auditions (MVHS).
  • December 22, 2003 to January 2, 2004. Winter vacation.

Thomas Edison High School

  • Saturday, October 25, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Edison Craft Fair. Support the Boosters and do some holiday shopping as well. The whole school will be chock-a-block with fantastic creations. Be sure to be there!
  • Resources for Volunteer Work. Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? There is a resource book called Volunteer Fairfax’s Directory of Youth Service Opportunities. It is available in our school library. You can also find the information at www.volunteerfairfax.org
  • October 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 pm. The Edison Theatre Arts Department is presenting Kaufman and Hart’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, You Can’t Take It With You, in the Edison Auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For information and ticket orders, contact Brad.Rickel@fcps.edu, or call 703.924.8014. Tickets may also be purchased in the main office from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm a week prior to the opening of the show.

Rose Hill Elementary School

  • October. Computer Learning Month, Head Start Awareness Month
  • October 23-31. National Red Ribbon Week
  • November. Native American Heritage Month
  • November 4. Election Day
  • November 11. Veterans Day
  • November 10-14. Veteran’s History Week in Virginia
  • November 16-22. American Education Week
  • November 16-22. Geography Awareness Week
  • November 17-23. National Children’s Book Week
  • November 27. Thanksgiving Day
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