Week in Preview May 7th to 13th 2012

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Published: 05/07/2012
A few notes for this week- we've got Teacher Appreciation Day/Week (depending on your school) so don't forget our ideas on Pinterest! Also, Mother's Day is Sunday, and if you're looking for some great ideas for mom in Prince William County, be sure to check out our post full of ideas sponsored by our friends at Let Mommy Sleep

Also, someone emailed me to ask what happened to the "funny days", so I've added them in here :) 

All week long from 3-5pm, it's Frappuccino Happy Hour at Starbucks.  1/2 price drink for you!

Monday, May 7th- Be Kind to Animals Week
It's Strawberry time, and Yankey Farms will have pick your own strawberries available.  Be sure to call before heading out to make sure they haven't been picked over.  Looking for other PYO items? We have a list here

Tuesday, May 8th- Teacher Appreciation Day
Teacher Moms- note that the Chick Fil A on Liberia Ave will have a free sandwich (breakfast or lunch/dinner) for you all week long with your ID. 

Tuesday night seems to be hot for kids eat free.  Why not treat yourself to a night out of the kitchen, especially if you're a teacher! 

Wednesday, May 9th- National Train Day (typically there is an event at Union Station, but not this year)
Live near Winchester? The PB&J club meets at 9am.  It's a "drop-in program where kids (ages 1-5) can socialize, refind their motor skills, but most importantly Play, Bounce and Jump".  $1.50 for residents, $3 for non-residents.  

In the afternoon, Denise from Let Mommy Sleep will host a sleep seminar at Smalltalkers in Centreville (convenient to Manassas moms, appropriate for any of us with infants!) Tickets are $20 at smalltalkersllc.com and all proceeds go to Mission Sleep.

In the evening, head to Ben Lomond Historic Site from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. $1 when coming from the Sudley Manor Rd Chick-Fil-A.  $2 for everyone else, for a Family Night about gardening.  Children will be able to pick herbs and make a sachet. 

Thursday, May 10th- NATIONAL CLEAN YOUR ROOM DAY (true story!!)
Well, I think the Clean Your Room Day says it all, but if your kids already have their rooms clean (ha!) then there are some great library and story events including Nokesville Library with Miss Glenna (10:30am), Abby's Lane (11am), Shenanigans at Central Library (4pm, Pre-register by phone is now allowed!), and Family Craft Night at Chinn (7pm). 

Friday, May 11th- Military Spouse's Day
At 10am, LLL Manassas has their open meeting at Abby's Lane.  Children are welcome, and nursing is, of course permitted! 

Have older children? There's student ID night at Laser Quest (Woodbridge) in the evening, too!

Saturday, May 12th- Limerick Day
Decorate a cake for mom at Wegmans (all locations are participating, but times and prices vary).  Wegmans Gainesville will also have two session of Kids in the Kitchen "Speedy Breakfast".  Sign up in advance at the customer service counter for $5. 

It's the opening day of the Virginia Renaissance Faire!! Be sure to check them out! It's also opening day closer to home at the Birchdale Skate Park at 10:30am.  

Sunday, May 13th- Mother's Day
In addition to all the Mother's Day ideas, check out "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" at 2pm in Manassas brought to you by Kaleidoscope Theatre Company. This show is at Bull Run Regional Library and all ages are welcome. 

Week in PreView April 16th-22nd

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Published: 04/16/2012
It absolutely made my day this week when a reader asked me where the Week in Preview was! I don't know what you guys enjoy and use if you don't tell me, so please feel free to email/facebook/twitter me and let me know!! If I'm going to spend the time doing it, I'd really love it if you read it!!

Monday, April 16th
Honestly Monday doesn't look that exciting.  Same combination of library, boucing, skating, etc, but nothing out of the ordinary.  Some weeks are like that.  Or, maybe I'm missing something! I don't know if you don't tell me! Submit your events under the "Calendar" tab by clicking "Propose an Event"!!

Tuesday, April 17th
Starting today the big event for the week will be the space shuttle arrival here in Virginia! There will be flyovers, viewing parties, welcome parties, student days and more.  For the full schedule and additional activities or ways to view the shuttle arrival, you can view our list here, or find it on the calendar. 

Wednesday, April 18th
Smalltalkers will be hosting free German lessons on Wednesday for ages 18months-3 years and on Thursday for ages 3-8.  RSVPs are required to 571-308-2211.  Smalltalkers is located in Centreville, but is easy to get to for several Prince William County locations.  These kid friendly language classes are worth a look!

Wednesday is also the final day to register for STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) from the Prince William Cooperative Extension. STEP is a six-week discussion group for parents looking for more effective communication and discipline.  Classes are offered in English and Spanish.  The cost is $40 per individual OR couple.  Childcare is not available.  Wednesdays April 18th-May 30th skipping 5/23 7-9pm at the Dumfries Community Center.  Call 703-792-6288.

Thursday, April 19th
It's Kidgits Luau time!! Children will enjoy a hula lesson, Hawaiian limbo, free leis and much more.  Simon Kidgits members will receive a free bug net, while supplies last.  10am-11am.  Going? Don't forget to stop by Customer Service and show them our guest blog to receive your free coupon book!

Friday, April 20th
It's "Science After Dark" Friday Nights in April! Hylton Planetarium will have shows at 6 (Laser Country), 7:30 (Laser Metallica) and 9:00 (Laser Pink Floyd). Tickets for each show are $10 at the door. Seating is limited to the first 65 people each show so come early.

Saturday, April 21st
April 21-29th is National Park Week, and admisison to national parks is free! 

Kids N Action Martial Arts is offering two free classes for Stranger Danger.  10am will be ages 3-7 and 11am ages 8 and up.  Spaces are limited, so be sure to call to pre-register.

Evening ideas? Why not head to the Potomac Nationals for Fireworks night?

Sunday, April 22nd- Earth Day
Come meet Eme & help raise funds for the Curing Retinal Blindness Fund; 15% of purchases will be donated by Swirlies; face painting; balloon animals; Braille demonstrations; raffles; giveaways; hula hoop contests; silent auction for theme baskets; games for kids; and maybe, just maybe...a bounce house

Trying to keep it low-calorie?  ZooZoo at the Hylton Perfomring Arts Center features a menagerie like no other – a giant dinosaur, hungry anteaters, hitchhiking rabbits, introverted frogs, cantankerous polar bears, hippos and tricky penguins – filling the stage with wit, wonder and mesmerizing mayhem. $15 Adults; $5 Children

Potomac Nationals Giveaway #1

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Published: 04/11/2012
We love love love having the Potomac Nationals practically in our backyard, and with opening weekend coming up THIS WEEKEND, I want to share some details with you!

 I want to admit right up front that I absolutely LOATHE watching baseball on TV, but I love a game in person! It's so much fun to get the family out and cheer from the grandstand! I am a total sucker for the wave, and I want it to go as long as possible.  Yeah, I'm that person doing it one more time than everyone else.  So what?
We take our whole family to the 4th of July game (hint: buy your tickets NOW) every year.  We even met a preschool teacher that way! They've got a great game followed by an awesome fireworks show.  Doesn't get any more American than that!  I also love that the stadium is now non-smoking in all seated sections.  (When I was little, you had to reserve early to get in the "family section" for that!)
I also love this guy:
My kids think Uncle Slam is just about the coolest thing on the planet.  I haven't figured this out yet.  That little blonde guy? I have absolutely ZERO pictures of him with the Easter Bunny (and he loves bunnies) because he thinks the Bunny is terrifying.  Uncle Slam? AWESOME.  Your individual results with that may vary, but it works for us!

The P-Nats also run some great promotions.  Check it out!  We especially love an inexpensive mid-week game (see the Monday/Tuesday games) and we also love Scout Night!

April 13th- Freebie Friday
April 14th- FIREWORKS!
April 15th- Family Fun Day, Iceberg Giveaway (Titanic Theme)
April 19- Mustache Night
April 20- Superhero Night, Freebie Friday
April 21- Epic Fail Night, FIREWORKS
April 22- Bark in the Park
April 27- Team Autograph Day, Freebie Friday
April 28- Internet Safety Night, FIREWORKS
April 29- Reading Program, Sunday Family Fun
April 30- DOLLAR NIGHT, 2008 Championship night
May 1- Extreme Couponing Night/Two-For-Tuesday
May 2- Fan vs. Food
May 3- PWCS Middle School Night
May 4- Educator's Appreciation Night
May 5- Cinco De Mayo, FIREWORKS
May 6- Reading Program #2, Sunday Family Fun, Coin Frenzy
May 14- Late Mother's Day, Dollar Night
May 15- Wrestling Night, Two-For-Tuesday
May 16- All Faith Night, Bellybuster
May 17- Date an Intern Night
May 18- Reading Program 3, Halloween
May 19- Scout Night, FIREWORKS
May 20- Reading Program #4, Family Fun Day
May 28- Memorial Day, Dollar Night
May 29- Batman Night, Two-For-Tuesday
May 30- Chili Cookoff, Bellybuster
May 31- Battle of the Sexes
**Details on each promotion on the P-Nats Website, subject to change or alteration without notice.

Also, be sure to check out the details on Uncle Slam's Reading Program! Students at your school can read books to earn free Potomac Nationals tickets! This is a really great alternative if your school has banned the pizza reading promotions due to healthy eating restrictions.

We've also participated in the Scout Nights where the Nationals also offer camping on the outfield! We had a really great time.  Not much sleep, not much quiet, but a really great time! 

PwcMoms.com is really excited to work with the Potomac Nationals this summer to bring you both information and free tickets!  Our first ticket giveaway is for a family 4-pack of tickets to the April 20th Superhero Night, where you and your kids are invited to have even more fun dressing as your favorite super hero!! 

Want to win? You have several options, and can get an entry for each one!
1- Leave a comment telling us your favorite Potomac Nationals Promotion

2- Tell the Potomac Nationals you're excited they're working with PwcMoms on Facebook! (You only need to do this once. For subsequent giveaways (one each month all baseball season!) you can just leave a comment that you did.  Be sure to leave a comment telling us you did this step, as the comment here is your entry!

3- Have a blog? Share your favorite Potomac Nationals memory and get 5 extra entries! Be sure to link back to this contest, and leave a comment with your blog link.

4- Tweet that you want @PwcMoms to take you out to the ballgame with @PotomacNats

Disclosure: PwcMoms.com was generously provided with tickets to give away to readers.  No other compensation was given in return for this post.  All opinions expressed here are my own and all information is valid as of the time of publication. 

Review: Azuria Events

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Published: 02/13/2012
Have you ever made the joke about the queen coming to tea?  Well, for my daughter's 4th birthday, we actually had the Princess! (Didn't know a kid-friendly princess lived within commuting distance of Prince William County, did ya?)

Jennifer Faulconer, aka Princess Genevieve is the ultimate in a character study.  When I first contacted her about doing my daughter's birthday party, she actually responded to me "Dear Queen Kristina".  No joke.  She does the Disney Princess giggle, comes dressed in a ball gown, and has an entire kingdom, complete with a map, a flag, and a crest.

One of my friends, a former servicewoman who shall remain nameless, couldn't handle the girly-ness of it all.

However, our girls...well, they were, to use Princess Genevieve's word, enchanted.

When I told my daughter that a princess was coming to her birthday party, she spent the entire week talking to anyone that would listen about the fact that "There is a REAL princess coming to my birthday!! A REAL PRINCESS!!".  People in the grocery store, the post office line, and the library quiet room were all very understanding.  Savannah (my daughter) was so excited that when Princess Genevieve actually knocked on the door and arrived, she rushed to the door with all of her friends and, and...

And she couldn't speak.  Couldn't even quite look the lovely vision in blue in the eye.  Actually, none of them could!

Princess Genevieve, however, took this all quite in stride, and floated in (she actually really did float! Pageant girls take note!) with her bag full of treasures from Azuria and proceeded to captivate an audience of 8 completely silent 3 and 4 year old girls (and one very talkative 5 year old brother) with her stories about unicorns, four leaf clovers, fairies, and mermaids.  Mysteriously, the two older boys in the room disappeared to the basement to complete some Lego work ;)

By the time Genevieve finished telling her stories and inspecting the treasures that said brother brought down, it was time for some dancing and singing!

I would imagine that the Pied Piper couldn't possibly have gotten a more instantaneous reaction when asking children to rise.  The girls all stood up and started slowly moving to "Happy Birthday Princess".  Slowly, one by one, they got comfortable as Princess Genevieve twirled them around the room, and by the end of another song, they were all dancing in a circle to Genevieve's directions.

After that, Princess Genevieve helped with the singing of Happy Birthday and the cake cutting, and without missing a beat, placed herself on the floor among the happiest little girls I have ever seen in my life to talk with them while they enjoyed their refreshments.  Kind, happy, and amazingly understanding of the preschool dialect of English that usually only mothers are fluent in, Princess Genevieve talked with the girls while they munched happily and asked her questions.  She even encouraged them to say "please" and "thank you", which instantly won her brownie points with me!

When it was time to go, Princess Genevieve floated out the door with hugs and stories about the ball that she had to prepare for.  It was lovely and etherial and magical.

And then the girls realized what just happened and went absolutely nuts talking to each other about what they'd just witnessed.

Savannah is now back to talking to anyone that will listen to her, or that is within ear-shot and HAS to listen to her about the fact that Princess Genevieve came to her birthday party.  I'm not sure how long it will last, but I'm glad to know that I could give her such an amazing childhood memory.  We get so few, when you think about it.

Princess Genevieve and her band of princesses are based out of Azuria, which, for commuting purposes is about the same distance as Warrenton.  They will travel the region for a fee based on mileage.  In addition to parties, Princess Genevieve is available for events and even Girl Scout badges!  She will also do appearances for schools and libraries.  With children my daughter's age, we opted to do a 45 minute appearance.  I think that the optimal age for children to really get into the appearance would be 5-7, based on the 5 year old boy we had kicking around (who loved the story telling), and the 5 year old girl (who was the first one to stop being completely spell-bound and participate).  However, I think that our 3's and 4's did fantastic and had such a memorable time, I would definitely have done this again the same way!

Thanks to Princess Genevieve for making our little princess' day completely enchanting!

Disclosure: PwcMoms paid full retail price for Princess Genevieve's services.  No additional arrangements or discounts were provided in return for this post, and it represents the personal views of PwcMoms.com only.

Volunteer Prince William February Opportunities

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Published: 02/08/2012
1.) The Northern Virginia Long Term Care Ombudsman program is looking for volunteers to advocate for seniors living in various nursing and assisted living facilities. It's a great way to help improve their quality of life. You will receive all the needed training to make a difference. Please call Lisa at (703) 324-5422 to register for the next training
2.) Come be part of our Disaster stand-by volunteer group so we can call on you to help when needed.  Whether it’s cleaning up after floods and storms or aiding neighbors with supplies, we would love to have you join us. Please email Bonnie at: bnahas@volunteerprincewilliam.orgfor more information or to join the group.   
3.) The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is looking for more seniors to be tutors in the elementary schools throughout the community. If you’re age 55 and older and would like to help a little person to improve their reading and math skills then this is the perfect job for you. Please call Coleen at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207 to learn more.
4.) ACTS Food Pantry in Dumfries needs volunteers in the pantry and out picking up donations from the community on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday afternoon. Please call Taylor at (703) 221-3186 ext. 240 or visit their website for an application at: actspwc.org
5.) Birmingham Green has many volunteer opportunities for you to interact with the senior’s one on one including playing games, taking a walk, reading to them or having lunch with them. Please call Zachary at (703) 257-6252 to learn more about all the ways you can brighten the day of a senior.
6.) PALS provide friendly visitors to adult survivors of brain injury. Volunteers are needed here in the community. Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to share a little of your time with another.
7.) Prince William SPCA has several ongoing volunteer opportunities including our Petfinder project, monthly Neuter Commuter events, and our upcoming adoption events with the PAW express adoption van.  If you'd like to volunteer, please go to our website at www.pwspca.organd fill out a volunteer application.
8.) The Holiday project is looking for volunteers to visit individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters and long-term care facilities on all the holidays. Please visit their website for more information at: www.holidayproject.org or call Robin at (703) 370-0370 to learn more about their good work throughout the year.

9.) The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers to shuttle cancer patients to and from their treatments throughout Northern Virginia. This wonderful program is called the Road to Recovery program. The training can be done on-line so all you need is a good driving record, insurance and a reliable car to give someone the ride of their life. Please call JoAnn at (703) 938-5550 for more information and to get started with this needed service for our neighbors.

10.) SERVE needs volunteers to help them screen families for eligibility in the SNAP food stamp program. They just need you one day a week during traditional business hours. This program is so helpful to many families, please email Gail at:  ghkomro@nvfs.org to learn more.
11.) The House of Mercy needs volunteers to help at the thrift Store in Manassas to sort clothes or help donors unload their car. Great job for teens age 14 and above and fun place to be. The Thrift Store is open Monday-Saturday.  If retail is not your thing what about helping folks with their language skills? House of Mercy is also in need of English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors at their Manassas location. Please call Ann at (703) 659-1636 for more information.
12.) Please take a few moments to prepare your household for power outages. Please visit www.ready.govfor lots of good information.
13.) The RSVP Program is running a store for pregnant teens and is in need of donated baby items, specifically new born to size 5 baby diapers, wipes and baby lotion and wash.  Drop off your donations at the Volunteer Prince William office at 9248 Center Street, Manassas.
14.) The Clock Tower Thrift Shop in Centreville needs help sorting and organizing donations, ensuring the shopping area is organized and assisting customers with their purchases. This is a great group opportunity! Volunteers age 12-15 may volunteer if accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Thrift Shop is open 7 days a week and is open until 8pm during the week! The Thrift Shop benefits all programs of Northern Virginia Family Service. Please call (703)219-2193 for more information.

15.)Are you age 55 and older and already volunteer in the community? Then we hope you will join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). This program brings together individuals age 55 and older to volunteer anywhere you already volunteer and provides for a small gas mileage stipend to offset these horrible gas prices. It also provides a wonderful supplemental Insurance program, fun activities and recognition events. But most importantly, allows us to capture specifically the value of your service in our community. Please come join us and be counted! Please call Coleen at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207 to learn more. 
16.) Special Olympics Prince William invites you to either Woodbridge or Manassas Applebee’s with a Dining-To Donate Flyer on Thursday, February 16thto raise funds for this wonderful cause. You can find a printable version of the Applebee’s Dining-to-Donate flyer at: www.pwsova.org/pswo under the Upcoming Events section.
17.) INOVA VNA Home Health Care reach out every day to homebound patients with needed health services. Volunteers are needed throughout the community as friendly visitors to provide companionship or maybe doing a little something around their house. Training is provided. Please call Marion at (703) 916-2885 for more information.
18.) Those super kids are doing super stuff with the Joe 15 Team. Bring your energy, spirit and leadership skills to the table and work on that volunteering resume for college at the same time. Please call Debbie at (703) 895-1606 or check out the website: www.thejoe15team.org to learn more.
19.) The Manassas Park Police Department is looking for volunteers in a number of positions. Come be part of their Volunteers in Police Service Program. You could be working in fleet management, data entry, FOIA requests, administrative assistance, accreditation or crime prevention. Please call Lt. Roberts at (703) 361-1136 to learn more.
20.) OAR of Fairfax is seeking volunteers as mentors to help inmates at the county jail think through past choices and guide them in making better future choices. Training is provided and each Mentor is assigned one Mentee of the same gender. Please contact Allyson at 703-246-3139 for more information.

21.) Guiding Eyes for the Blind are looking for puppy raisers. This lovely organization places puppies in homes where they learn obedience, good house manners and socialization. And because these puppies will be the life line for another throughout their lives, it doesn’t matter if you are single or live in an apartment or home or have lots of members of you family or for that matter have any experience with dogs. For more information please visit their website at: www.guidingeyes.org or email Beth at:bethsalvaggio@comcast.net.
22.) The Alzheimer’s Association offer support groups for anyone caring for an elder with this challenging disease. The groups provide a place for you to share information, get tips or to learn more about the journey your loved one is traveling. These groups meet at Westminster at Lake Ridge, Caton Merchant House, Manassas St Thomas, Sudley North Government Building, the Woodbridge Senior Center and the Old Bridge United Methodist Church. To find the exact times for each please call the helpline at (703) 359-4440.
23.) The Prince William Clean Community Council is looking for six volunteers to join them for a Keep America Beautiful Litter Survey. This would be a great job for a retired person. A van is provided to drive the group of volunteers throughout Prince William County while they complete a litter survey form.  The date is to be determined but the hours will be 9am to 12pm and lunch is provided! Call Kayne at 571-285-3772.

24.)The Greater Prince William Medical Reserve Corps is in need of health professionals and community members to volunteer for upcoming events such as health outreach and first aid tents. The unit will play a huge role in upcoming functional exercises, assistance for the Civil War reenactment, and other community events.  After registering and attending orientation, volunteers can register for training in emergency preparedness, disaster behavioral health, CPR/AED, first-aid, and others. Please email Bobbi at bobbi.steneck@vdh.virginia.gov for more information or you can apply online at their website, www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/princewilliammrc
25.) The Prince William Clean Community Council is looking for volunteers to be part of the recycling speaker’s bureau.  You’ll have all the tools to reach all aspects of the community whether it’s in the schools or at varies organizations and community groups. Call Kayne at 571-285-3772 to learn more.
26.) Project Mend a House is looking for volunteers in both the office and out in the community. There are lots of ways to help this wonderful organization besides with the hammer in your hand. Please call Andrea at (703) 792-7663 to learn more.

27.) The Greater Prince William Community Health Center is growing. Volunteers are needed during traditional business hours to help with administrative tasks. This is a busy place is a real resume builder and the perfect job for volunteers who are bi-lingual and have some health care experience. Volunteers are also needed with special projects and fun events. Please visit their website at: GPWCHC.org or email them at info@GPWhealthcenter.org to learn more. 
28.) The Calvary Counseling Center in Manassas needs volunteers to help with basic office duties. This is a lively office. Please call Dr. Chambers at 703-530-9800 to learn more about this wonderful organization and their volunteer needs.  
29.) Blue Ridge Assistance dogs in Manassas would love your help with general office tasks as well as simple correspondence. Please call Rose at (703) 330-9184 for more information.

30.) The Juvenile Detention Center is looking for licenses barber to come in once or twice a month to cut the boys hair. There are usually 5-8 boys in need of your services each week. Please call Jayne at (703) 791-3559 to help out.
31.) The Manassas Museum is looking for weekend volunteers to greet visitors, serve as docents and sharing our rich history. You’ll receive all the training to make this a wonderful experience. Please call Lisa at (703) 257-8407 to learn more

32.) SERVE needs your help with food donations. It’s been a busy few months and the shelves are bare.  Top needs include canned veggies, dry cereal, canned meats, pasta, sauces, rice, applesauce and canned fruit. Please deliver the food to the pantry during traditional business hours or give Karen a call at (703) 367-6726 for more info.

33.) The Don Bosco Center in Manassas needs your help with the after school program. Volunteers work with kids in grades 5 and up with homework and sports and in the computer lab. Please email Father Ramon at:frramon@gmail.com to learn more.
34.) The Woodbridge Dance Company is looking for volunteers to serve on their Board of directors and committees. Meetings are monthly on the 3rdWednesday of the month. This is a wonderful way to offer your leadership in forwarding the mission of this lovely arts organization. Please call Catherine at (703) 670-7884 to learn more.
35.) Birthright of Manassas has expanded their office hours to include Saturdays. Volunteers are needed to help in the office most days. This program offers free pregnancy testing and support services to moms and babies. Please call (703) 361-9769 to join the great group of volunteers.
36.) The Manassas Chapter of Families Anonymous is in need of a mature bilingual (English/Spanish) individual or couple who can help them with a 12 Step Program for other Spanish Speakers desperately in need of this program. 12 Step Programs are so important to families experiencing problems with loved ones that have alcohol and drug abuse issues. Strongly prefer an individual that may have their own personal struggles with a loved one. Please call Pat at (703) 928-9385.
37.) The Manassas Elks Lodge needs volunteers on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at their Bingo Kitchen from 5:30-9:30pm. This is a wonderful way for teens to complete their volunteer requirements or for adults looking to meet new neighbors. Duties include taking food orders, delivering sandwiches and such to bingo players and light set-up and cleaning. Please call Chetta at (703) 856-7717 to learn more.
38.) Prince William County Division of Historic Preservation is looking for enthusiastic tour guides for the beautiful Ben Lomond house in Manassas. This is a wonderful way to learn more about our local treasures. Tours are offered Thursday-Monday from May-October. Please call Bill at (703) 367-7872 to learn more.
39.) The Disaster Preparedness Community Outreach program teaches all aspects of our community to be prepared for incidents that can affect lives. Volunteers are needed to visit schools, adult living communities, shelters and neighborhoods to share the message. This is the perfect way to learn more about your community and meet new people. Please call Bonnie at (703) 369-5292 ext. 202 to learn more.

40.) The Rippon Lodge Historic Site in Woodbridge needs volunteers to be docents and tour guides, assisting with special events and as a gardener. This is a wonderful way to learn more about your rich history and have lots of fun. Please email Karen at:kfossum@pwcgov.org to learn more.
41.) The Community health center needs a licensed Pharmacist to check potential drug interactions and label medications for clients of the Medication Access Program. This fabulous facility is in Woodbridge and is perfect for you with a flexible schedule. Please call Navara at (703) 219-2193 to learn more.
42.) The Prince William Clean Community Council is looking for volunteers to help with their Storm Drain Labeling Program. Help keep pollution from entering our waterways!  Call Kayne at 571-285-3772.
43.) ACTS Helpline needs new volunteers to man their 24 hr. helpline. You’ll receive 40 hours of training for this very special job. Please call James at (703) 221-1144 to learn more.
44.) ENS Mentoring partnership in Dumfries serves the needs of kids with adult mentors to help guide their way. Volunteers are needed as mentors and also to help around the office with basic admin duties.  Please call Juana at (703) 221-6600 to learn more.
45.) Social Services has a client with his own car and insurance but needs a driver to get him to various doctor’s appointment.  Please call Coleen at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207 for more information.
46.) The American Red Cross has a really fun raffle event that all of us who love the Caribbean do not want to miss! How would you like to win a cruise for 2 from Baltimore to the Bahamas on the Carnival Pride anytime you’d like. Tickets are just $5 each, 3 for $10 and 10 for $25 – wow.  Please call Deborah at (703) 368-4511 ext. 408 and she can charge it to a credit card. 

 47.)Trinity Episcopal Church is pleased to announce their first ever Children’s Consignment Toy and Clothing sale on Saturday March 24th from 8am-12:30pm. Volunteers are needed before, during and after this event. They are also registering consignors at this time. You’ll receive 60% and the other 40% will support the Trinity Youth Mission Trips. So it’s the perfect way to clean out your closets and the toy box in the play room. Consignors need to register for a space in advance for just $15 sent to Trinity, 9325 West Street, Manassas 20110, and attn: Dianne.  To volunteer please call Dianne or Jennifer at (703) 368-4231.
48.) The Prince William Area Free Clinic serves the basic medical needs of families in both Manassas and Woodbridge. They need a volunteer to help translate their brochure into Spanish. Sounds like a great way to tone your skills. Please call Linda at (703) 792-6378 to learn more.
49.) Literacy Volunteers of America are gearing up for their next tutor training in March. This is a great way to impact another’s life and livelihood by giving them the skills to accomplish their dreams. You don’t need any prior experience because the training session will give you all you need to be successful as well. Please call (703) 670-5702 to register for this training and to learn more about this wonderful program.
50.) Leesylvania State Park is having a new event Saturday February 11th from 11am-3pm in their Visitor center. Bring your favorite candy and a pair of scissors to help make blankets for children supported by the Linus in Candyland project. These children are given cozy, warm fleece blankets as they go through difficult times. Donations of fleece material in child appropriate designs and 1-1.5 yards are also welcome. You don’t want to miss this event.
51.) The Alzheimer’s Association is gearing up for their next Walk to end Alzheimer’s in prince William County.  Volunteers are needed now in the Gainesville, Haymarket and Stafford with planning activities.  Come join the cause and the fun. Call Sonya at (703) 359-4440 to learn more.
52.) Habitat for Humanity has projects every week throughout the community building or repairing homes for frail citizens. Volunteers are needed every week to bring lunch to the volunteers on the job.  Lunch can be a couple of pizza’s, sandwiches and chips or a deli tray. Please email Tiffanie at volunteer@habitatpwc.org to learn more.
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Farmers Markets in PWC & CSAs Options

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Published: 03/31/2011
You all apparently love farmer's markets as much as me! Which is great! They're super fun for kids to enjoy, and they keep money local, which I'm all about.

Here's the skinny:
1) Occoquan Farmers Market (Saturdays 8-12 from April 23-October 29).  This is a smaller market that meets under the Occoquan Bridge.  Merchants sell pies, empanadas, salad dressing, dog biscuits, baked goods, crabcakes, and then there are 4 listed produce vendors.  I don't eat seafood, but Carrie over at Touch of Gold LOVES her some crabcakes when they're there!

2) Dale City Farmers Market (Sundays 8-1 from April 4-November 21st).  This is the larger of the two options in Woodbridge.  It meets in the commuter lot next to the Center Plaza Giant (intersection of Minnieville and Dale).  If they have a website, I surely can't find it, but from years past, there is everything from soup to nuts, so to speak.  Kettle Corn, baked goods, jams, jellies, produce, flowers, plants, meat, eggs (very limited supply last year- so get there at 8 if you want them, or pre-buy them the week before), and even sorbet.  Fair warning about the sorbet- the guy calls it the Holy GraEL of Sorbet and if you've never read "The DaVinci Code" it's okay, because he's going to talk your ear off about the holy gra-el and why he spells it that way.  You've been warned :)

3) Thursday Manassas Farmers Market (Thursdays 7-1 from March 31st-November 3) The Thursday version of the Manassas Farmers Market appears to be 1/2 the size of Saturday, which makes sense.  It includes baked goods, flowers, several produce markets, poultry, honey, angus beef, soap, beef, lamb, and eggs.  Westmoreland produce comes, and we love to go Berry Picking there :)

4) Saturday Manassas Farmers Market (Saturdays 7:30-2:30 from April 2-October 29) more hours and more vendors than Thursday! BBQ Sauce, baked goods, produce from several vendors, coffee, seafood, salsa, chocolate, poultry, honey, doll clothes, dry mixes, dairy, kettle corn, soap, sauces, beef, lamb, goat cheese, and confections.

5) Nokesville Farmers Market (Saturdays from 8-12 from 3rd Saturday in May through September) This market is cool because it's local-only, which is very neat.  It's also completely volunteer run.

6) Gainesville Smart Market (Saturdays from 9:30-1:30, no start/end dates on the website) This one appears to be super heavy on food items from around Virginia.  Hummus, turkish delite, pasta, goat cheese, chocolate, milk, hot sauce, cookies, pet treats, wine, bbq, emu, meat and salsa.

If you want your food pre-picked out and delivered, here are some CSA Share options that deliver to our area:

1) Olin Farms CSA (delivers to Moms Apple Pie Bakery in Occoquan) with options ranging from $165 for a winter share to $1,000 for an all-season share

2) Bull Run Mountain Vegetable Farm (FYI- Bull Run Mountain is what gets school cancelled for us 90% of the time when it snows, so a thanks to them ;) for all those snow days!) delivers to the Manassas Train Dept (near the Harris Pavillion) with options ranging from $440-$1175 with add ons for fruit and eggs available.

3) Graceland Farms (delivers to the Dale City Farmers Market) offers shares for $440 for "the season", optional winter-add ons for $100, and another option to add local cheese.

Hope this helps!!
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