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June 12
DAR Flag Retirement Ceremony – On June 12 at 11 a.m., Brigadier General Richard J. Bednar, husband of the chapter Regent Judith Bednar, will conduct the third Flag Retirement Ceremony for the Mount Vernon Chapter, NSDAR.

Members save their weather worn and faded flags and those of their family and friends.  The ceremony reviews the history of the flag and the founding of this nation.  These unusable flags are then appropriately destroyed.   The stripes, representing the 13 colonies, are separated and burned first.  The blue field with white stars represents the Union and is burned last.

The ceremony will take place in Alexandrias Fort Ward Park.  It is one of the many forts built to defend the city of Washington during the Civil War.

The Mount Vernon chapter will have as guests Faye Fron, national director of development, and Clarice Shaw, District V director.  Assisting the chapter members with the Retirement Ceremony will be three outstanding JROTC Cadets from T.C. Williams High School and representatives from the National Society, Children of the American Revolution. 

Joyce McCarten: Dont Postpone Joy – Joyce McCarten, Torpedo Factory artist of the year, will be honored at a reception from 6-8 p.m. today for her solo exhibition in the Target Gallery.  This exhibition, which runs through July 13, is sponsored by the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a separate nonprofit organization, as part of their annual Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year competition.

Joyce McCarten is an award winning artist whose work is in private and public collections all over the world.  Many of her paintings are inspired by visits to places that speak to her own sensitivities and incorporates a few of her favorite things such as pears, cups, bowls and often a reoccurring phrase Dont Postpone Joy.

Following  the ceremony all may enjoy a picnic lunch

June 13
Archaeology: A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by G.C. Myers – Principle Gallery invites visitors to stop by and take a look at the new body of work by artist G.C. Myers. This is his ninth annual solo exhibition and he is exploring the shows theme, Archaeology.  The majority of new paintings are created on canvas and panel, adding a new look to his memorable aesthetic.

The gallery is located at 208 King St. in Alexandria. Hours Friday and Saturday are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday and Monday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This exhibit will begin with a reception open to the public on Friday, 13 June 2008 from 6:30pm-9pm. The artist will be in attendance to meet with collectors and discuss the inspiration for his paintings.  All paintings on display will be available for purchase.

June 14-15
Special Flag Day and Fathers Day Events at Historic Mount Vernon – At 11 a.m. on Sat., June 14, Flag Day,  there will be a brief dedication of the Virginia Liberty Tree at Historic Mount Vernon. This Liberty Tree is a clone of the original Maryland Liberty Tree that stood at Annapolis. In the 18th century colonists gathered under Liberty Trees to organize and protest against the British. This will be followed by the dedication of a full-sized replica of the original Liberty Bellby Dr. Lillback of the Providence Forum. The bell was cast in the same London foundry as the original and has the same tone as the original bell. The replica Liberty Bell will be on display at Mount Vernon through July 4 and rung every hour.

On Sun., June 15, Fathers Day, General Washington will greet visitors and poses for photographs all day. With a purchased ticket to Mount Vernon, fathers visiting the Estate will receive complimentary admission to George Washingtons Distillery & Gristmill. located three miles from Mount Vernon on Route 235 South. Children can take part in a special storytelling session with Aesops fables and stories from George Washingtons life a the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m, and at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. General Washington will discuss his role as husband, stepfather and father of our country.

Weekend activities are included in regular admission, which is $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children 6-11 and free for children 5 and under.

June 22
Computer Ecycling Event – Pull that old printer out of the closet, bring the old computer you replaced over the holidays out of the basement, dust off those external floppy drives and bring them in on Sat., June 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at  Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King Street, Alexandria..

What Will Be Accepted:  All computer-related items (working or non-working) including speakers, keyboards, printers, and peripherals will be accepted for recycling and should be brought to the site UNBOXED as the recycling center will only receive them unboxed.  Only computer related electronics will be accepted.  Please do not bring cell phones, radios, and other consumer electronics to be recycled. 

Cost:  There will be no charge for recycling basic computer cards, cases, keyboards or peripherals.  However, there will be a $15 charge for each computer monitor (stand alone screen) dropped off to cover recycling costs at the recycling center.  Recycling monitors is encouraged as it helps keep the lead they contain out of the landfills.

For more information go to: www.ecostewardsalliance.org or call 571-323-2386

June 26
Managing for Results In a Downturned Economy workshop – This workshop, sponsored by the Alexandria Small Business Development Center in conjunction with the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and the National Harbor Collaborative, is open to Alexandria restaurant and retail businesses and will be from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Lyceum.

There is no charge for this workshop, but space is limited so attendees must register in advance.  Restaurateurs and retailers who wish to register should send an e-mail to pmelton@alexandriasbdc.org. Indicate Willson Workshop in the subject line and include the name of the attendees, business name, address, telephone and e-mail.

July 4
Celebrate Independence at Mount Vernons July 4th event

Historic Mount Vernon, the home of our first commander-in-chief who led American troops to victory in the countrys fight for independence, will celebrate George Washingtons contribution to Americas freedom on July 4th with its annual event An American Celebration.  The day will feature military reenactments, a musical performance by the National Concert Band of America, a special wreathlaying ceremony, free birthday cake while supplies last and a visit from the first first couple, General and Mrs. Washington.  All events are included in regular Estate admission: adults, $13.00; children ages 6-11, $6.00; and children under 5 are admitted free.

All day,  General and Mrs. Washington will be on hand to greet and take photographs with visitors.  In the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center, visitors can cool down in the Revolutionary War Theater where snow falls on the audience as Washington is crossing the Delaware River.

At 9:45 a.m, re-enactors from the Maryland Militia will assemble for inspection by General Washington on the Bowling Green, where the Declaration of Independence will be read. At this time, Mount Vernons all-American birthday cake will be offered to visitors (while supplies last). At 10:00 a.m., visitors are encouraged to join the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in a procession to George Washingtons Tomb at 10:00 a.m. for a special wreathlaying ceremony.

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annual Red, White and Blue Concert will take place at 11:00 a.m. on the Bowling Green, featuring patriotic favorites by the Concert Band of America, an 80-member company of retired musicians from each of the United States Armed Services bands. At 1:00 p.m. there will be Revolutionary War military demonstrations by the Maryland Militia take place on the Bowling Green.

To celebrate Washington the farmer, field hands will kick-off the season on Independence Day with wheat-treading demonstrations at the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site.  Costumed staff will lead Mount Vernons horses as they tread wheat in the 16-sided barn at 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.  Visitors can witness Washingtons innovative treading process, learning first-hand how Washington separated grain from straw.

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