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OUT OF STATE or NO Vehicle License Plate - Residents need to Properly Display Virginia License Plates - VA code § 46.2-600 http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+46.2-600

GCA CLEANUP DAYS:  1st Saturday in May and 1st Saturday in October

Mount Vernon Revisited, by Jessie Biele and Michael Bohn is part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series of local history books. Through 215 photographs, paintings, and maps, the book surveys the 340-year arc of history of the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County, a locale that is as interesting and varied as any in the country. The book highlights the evolution of the Mount Vernon Estate and delves into the history of many local landmarks and events. Subjects include the economic rejuvenation of the area by a group of Quaker families in the mid-1800s, the Civil War, the coming of the trolley, Woodlawn Plantation, Gum Springs, Pohick Church, Gunston Hall, two World Wars, Fort Belvoir, the Mount Vernon Parkway, Fort Hunt, and the suburban explosion of the 1950s and 1960s. Mount Vernon Revisited captures all of these landmarks and events in an effort to preserve the area's history for generations to come. Available at www.Amazon.com, www.ArcadiaPublishing.com , Barnes and Noble.

Another Groveton resident author Jay Roberts has written “River to Rails: A Guidebook to Historical Markers in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.” - the book is $15 and is on sale at The Virginia Shop on South Union in Old Town, The Torpedo Factory (3rd floor at Alexandria Archaeology Museum) and at The Lyceum.  The book documents the 232 commemorative markers in Alexandria with 24 illustrations.  After reading the book, I realized that I have passed "that house" and "always wondered what that plaque said".  The book is broken into segments of Alexandria and you can use it as a map to either drive or walk thru Alexandria to see the areas and the historic significance of the houses.  Especially the JONES POINT area!  It is a real treat to experience Alexandria from this perspective.


1.  A new Subway is set to open at Beacon Mall Shopping Center where the Sunflower Florist was once located. 
2.  The SUNFLOWER Flower Shop relocated to Huntington Station Shopping Center.
3.  Ross Dress for Less Store is going into the Mount Vernon Crossroads Shopping Center (where HOME GOODS was located).
4.  CHEVYS Restaurant is CLOSED.
6.  HABITAT RESTOR will be moving and the GOLD's GYM will be expanding.
7.  SPRINGFIELD MALL update (inside area between the anchor stores have been gutted):


Ring 50 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians APRIL 26 -- the premier club for area magicians -- is excited to announce Magi-Whirl 2014 -- a fun-filled evening of magic on April 26 -- this year featuring some of the biggest names in magic.  For more information www.familymagicshow.org Magi-Whirl will be held again at Bishop Ireton High School's magnificent theater.  This event is also a benefit for Ring 50 and the Bishop Ireton High School Technical Theater Department.  Tickets are now on sale -- with family packs available.  (You can also purchase tickets at the door with cash or check and save the online purchase fee). Here's the line-up with links telling you just a bit about each magician:

  • The Storybook Magic of John Tudor

  • The fun-filled magic of Danny Orleans

  • Witness the Magic of mentalism of Jan Rose

  • Eugene Burger named one of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century

  • DC's Magician of the Year Noland Montgomery

FORT BELVOIR MUSEUM ARTICLE:  A most interesting article about the treasures at Fort Belvoir:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/inside-the-armys-spectacular-hidden-treasure-room   

Dedication of Laura Ratcliffe Civil War Trails Marker at Merrybrook (2346 Centreville Rd, Herndon VA) - Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00 - 3:00 pm

2014 Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Conference - Saturday May 31 at George Mason University (Center for the Arts) - http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/2014conference.php

Historic Garden Week in Alexandria is Saturday, Apr. 26, 9:00–4:00 Tickets are on sale now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/81st-historic-garden-week-tickets-9656271167?ref=ebtnebtckt Alexandria (Old Town Alexandria), Saturday 4/26  Apr 26, 2014  $35.00+ $2.74 fee  The state-wide garden week is April 26-May 3, 2014—places like Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Albemarle, Gloucester & Williamsburg

BOTH SIDES TOUR XII - Civil War Sesquicentennial Event - Sat April 19 Flyer for signup and contact   Future tours include Cold Harbor in October 2014 and overnight trip to Appomattox April 2015.

STONE MANSION - (STONEYBROOKE) NEWS Program Expansion Program by the Fairfax County Park Authority - See STONE MASON FLYER for program details or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/ and use the keyword “stone mansion”

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY HISTORIC PRESERVATION activities - www.pwcgov.org/historicpreservation or historicpreservation@pwcgov.org

MOUNT VERNON ESTATES - several special events - EVENT CALENDAR.

WORKHOUSE ARTS CENTER IN LORTONwww.workhousearts.org/  Visit the website for more information pertaining to the below events and other exciting events.   Also on stage - http://workhousearts.org/performing-arts-list ONCE UPON A TIME - Apr 12 7:30 - 10:00 pm at McGuire-Woods Gallery - Costume Ball with Fairy Tale Theme.  Proceeds to support performing arts programming for information about this event and others, go to website: https://reservations.workhousearts.org/Info.aspx?EventID=9  

Workhouse Arts Center - Spring and Summer 2014 Class Catalog - http://issuu.com/workhouseartscenter/docs/spring_summer_2014_class_catalog?e=8757841/6969410  

Woodlawn Plantation or Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House   http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org Open Wednesdays – Mondays, 10 am – 4 pm. Closed Tuesdays. Location: Historic Woodlawn, located at 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309. Entrance is at Woodlawn Road. Daily Admission Fees: $10 Adults; $5 Children (K-12). Children 5 & under are free. Friends of Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House are admitted free. Dining in the Underwood Room: Lunch and desserts are served from 11:30 am – 2 pm, Wednesdays – Mondays during the show. The freshly prepared menu is created, prepared and served by members of Nelly’s Needlers and other volunteers. Luncheon bills and all gratuities support the site. The Underwood Room accommodates up to 44 diners. Individuals and small parties will be seated as space becomes available. Advance reservations are required for parties of 9 or more. For reservations call (703) 323-1781.  

What is going on at Groveton's Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley? Huntley Meadows Park website and associated Historic Huntley with specific information about Historic Huntley itself: Historic Huntley website.HUNTLEY MEADOWS PARK and HISTORIC HUNTLEY (Questions? Contact Visitor Center 703-768-2525) FOHH News March 2014 - HUNTLEY HEADLINES MAY 23 and JUNE 13 - TWILIGHT TOUR at Historic Huntley. DID YOU KNOW? although the Historic Huntley is closed for the winter, Huntley Meadows Park continues to provides educational events for the community?  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/calendar.htm - There are several HOMESCHOOLERS classes available, CHILDREN'S CORNER, DAY CAMPS, NATURE CLASSES, MERIT BADGE CLASSES. - With your support, your children will learn more about nature, our environment and more! Educational programs give students hands on experiences with the wonders of Nature, check out these linked items to the programs:  Outreach Menu, Preschool Menu, Elementary Menu, Scouting Menu, Naturalist-Led Program, Youth Birding Club, Self-guided Visit and Birthday Parties .

Virginia Master Naturalist - Fairfax Chapter NewsSpring 2014 Basic Training Course FMN is now accepting applications for the Spring 2014 Basic Training Course. It began Wed, runs thru May 21 and includes four Saturday field trips.  There will be no class on April 16.  The Class will meet at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA. Please review the application for more details and contact info.Fairfax County Park Authority Nature and Science programs.  Find the full catalog on http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes/.

Washington DC 8th Annual Family History Conference - FREE Saturday May 3, 2014 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at 10000 Stoneybrook Dr, Kensington MD 20895 - check out website for more information: http://www.wdcfhc.org/conf2014/index.php   National Genealogical Society announces the live streaming of ten lectures from the NGS 2014 Family History Conference, which will be held 7‒10 May 2014, in Richmond, Virginia.  The upcoming conference will be the first time NGS has provided a portion of the conference to NGS members and others across the United States and overseas who are unable to attend the conference in person.  Details of the live streaming program can be found at on the NGS Conference website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/live-streaming-at-ngs2014gen/.  NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally known speakers for the two featured tracks. Registrants for live streaming can select either track or the bundled package that includes both tracks.  Track One: Records and Research Techniques can be viewed on Thursday afternoon, 8 May 2014, and Friday morning, 9 May 2014. Join the conference from home and learn about best practices and research sources.  Track Two: Virginia Resources and Migration Patterns can be viewed on Friday afternoon, 9 May 2014, and Saturday morning, 10 May 2014. Learn about Virginia’s records and her people who moved south and west to new lands pushing the frontier ever forward.


May 5, 2014 - Speaker Audubon Society of Northern VA (ASNV) - Audubon At Home

June 2, 2014 - Speaker Lee District Jeff McKay - Last Meeting before Summer Break

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