Week in Preview: November 4-10, 2013

Happy Monday!! Here are a few of our picks for this week.  Some of you have emailed me to ask how I choose what goes on this list.  Here’s how it works:
1) Sometime between 10:30pm on Sunday and 1am on Monday I think to myself “Shoot, I forgot that stupid Week in Preview Post.  Again.  Why do I blog, I’m not even good at it.”
2) Sometime between 10:45pm on Sunday and 3am on Monday, I actually pull up my calendar
3) I pick a few things that sound different or interesting
4) I look ahead a few weeks for things that require tickets or RSVPs or prepayment
5) I tell the post to publish at 8:30am. You guys think I’m wicked organized.  It’s all smoke and mirrors.

There’s no conspiracy or anything like that.  If paying advertisers have events they want featured, they can have separate posts, so I don’t over-stress putting them on this post, although occasionally, I do.  The library makes frequent appearances, and I can promise you that they haven’t given me a cent.

In fact, I believe my last fine was like $50, so I’m actually paying them.

So….hope that clears things up.

Off we go.

RSVP or Pick Up Tickets For:
Mondays at the Animated Child in Montclair, Mommy Groups of 15 or more children pay an entrance fee of only $4 for open play when your group schedules in advance! 703-763-0003 (sponsor)


Group Therapy Associates will be having a class for parents of teenagers on 11/11 from 6-7:30.  Call to reserve your space, 703-644-8041.  Topic for November is Love, Sex, and High School Dating Do’s and Don’ts


The first Tea with Clara will be 11/17 Join us at Gainesville Ballet to see excerpts from The Nutcracker, meet and greet the dancers in costume, enjoy delectable desserts, and you might also be invited to dance in the studio!  Only $15 per person.  Call 703-753-5005 to reserve your spots.

Monday, November 4- Note: PWCS Elementary Schools Closed
The new Regal Cinemas theater in Virginia Gateway has its opening celebration this week- November 4 – November 6:  Enjoy $2 Movies, $2 Popcorn and $2 Soft Drinks with ALL proceeds going to local charities.  Preview Events are open to the public.

Potomac Library will hold “Grossology at Your Library” at 11am.  Plan to arrive at 10:30am to get tickets. School’s out, and it’s gross-out time! Will you taste kitty litter cake? Touch the slimy brains and eyeballs? Learn about zombie bugs? Take the challenge and come to Grossology @ Your Library, where you can experience all things disgusting! For grades K and up. Pick up a free pass beginning at 10:30 a.m. the day of the program; each child participating must have a pass. Limit 50 children.

From 3-4pm head over to Chinn Library to celebrate the release of the 8th Diary of a Wimpy Kid with trivia, games, and a craft. Ages 8 and up. Signs point to yes – an 8th Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Celebrate the release of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck” with trivia, crafts, and games. Drop in. No tickets required. Ages 8 and up.

Tuesday, November 5- Note: ALL PWCS Closed  ELECTION DAY
Please go vote.  Seriously.  This is an important election, even though it’s not a presidential election, in fact, as a firm believer that “all politics is local”, I’d say this election is even more important.  Take your kids, get a sticker, be awesome.

Did you vote yet?

How about now?

(This line of questioning seems to work for my kids….is it working on you yet? Is it?)

Most of the local bounce houses hold extra open bounce times on teacher workdays and school holidays.  Be prepared for longer waits, or plan to pre-pay at places like Kids In Motion.  Check the individual websites for details.

Wednesday, November 6 
Your school aged kids are gonna need to catch the bus again today 🙂

Central Library will be offering vision screenings beginning at 11:30am:
Volunteers from the Lake Jackson/Mid-County Lions Club will visit the Central Community Library to provide vision screening for elementary school age children and children as young as 6 month of age.  The screening will take place in the community room after the children’s story time.  Parents are required to fill out a consent form which is available from the librarian on the day of the screening.  With our state-of-the-art PediaVision SPOT camera, we are able to detect several vision abnormalities, such as, nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, amblyopia (lazy eye) and eye misalignment.  95% of early vision problems can be corrected when detected and treated in early childhood.

Note that beginning today, if Potomac is your library of choice, it will be CLOSED until December 7th.

Thursday, November 7
From 10am-11am, take your child to play in the snow at Prince William Ice Center during Snow and Story.  Call ahead to reserve a spot at 703-730-8423. (Read our guest review here) (sponsor)

There’s a cloth diapering group meeting at 10:15 at Bull Run Library.

Come meet other families that use cloth diapers so we can share information/experience, troubleshoot problems, and network with each other. We’ll meet one Thursday morning each month. In addition to cloth diapering, we can discuss other green parenting topics, babywearing, etc. depending on the group’s interests. Bring your children so they can make friends too!  Contact Corinne at corinne.juhasz@gmail.com to RSVP or with any questions.

Friday, November 8
Get a jump on the Monday holiday with a free Veteran’s Day celebration at Veteran’s Park in Woodbridge. “Join us for ceremony, games, and storytelling. 703-491-2183”

Hoping for a night out this week? Be sure to schedule ahead with one of our many listed Parents Nights or Kids Nights out!!

Saturday, November 9
Once a month, AMC Theaters shows a “sensory friendly film” with more light, less noise, and a friendly environment for all children.  November 9, 2013 – FREE BIRDS. All shows are at 10:00 am local time. Dates and films are subject to change. http://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

Sunday, November 10
Don’t put away your swimsuit just yet!! Join the Chinn Center for Family Fun Swim Time- Bring your family of 4 for an afternoon of fun and exercise for only $15 from 12-4:30pm.

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