General Interest Items – September 5, 2012

Posted on Sep 1 2012 in General by admin

2.1 Drums Alive! The Life of a Civil War Drummer – Smithfield – Register by September 13
2.2 Rare NASA Langley Open House – Hampton – September 22
2.3 40 Days for Life – Nationwide – September 26 Through November 4
2.4 Free Museum Day – Nationwide – September 29
2.5 Voice of the Martyrs Conferences – Nationwide – Multiple Dates

 

2.1 Drums Alive! The Life of a Civil War Drummer – Smithfield – Register by September 13

Isle of Wight County Museum
103 Main Street
Smithfield, VA

Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $10/child (first through fifth grades); includes supplies and a Civil War snack. Register by the morning of Thursday, September 13.

Participants will learn of the importance of drummers during the Civil War through crafts and hands-on activities.

An integral part of the unit, the drummer established communications, kept order among the units, and beat cadence for troops on the move.

This program is an official program of the Isle of Wight County Sesquicentennial Committee.

Interpreting local history, the museum’s exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a country store and the museum’s most notable artifact – the world’s oldest, edible cured ham. The 1902 pork product exemplifies the patented Smithfield curing process.

Admission to the museum is free.

The Isle of Wight County Museum is located at 103 Main Street in Smithfield. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

For more information, contact the Isle of Wight County Museum at(757) 356-1223 or visit www.historicisleofwight.com.

www.historicisleofwight.com

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 2.2 Rare NASA Langley Open House – Hampton – September 22

NASA Langley Research Center
(see website for directions)

Saturday, September 22, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Staff recommend you wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes, but buses will be available to help with some of the walking if you choose (it’s an 800 acre facility). If over 18, bring picture ID.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to tour a world-class research facility–the last open house was in 2007 and hosted 20,000 visitors! Please check the website again as the date nears for any updates.

Security note: Because Langley is a federal facility, all vehicles and people entering are subject to search. Not allowed at the open house: weapons of any kind, including firearms and knives; shoulder bags except for women’s purses and infant diaper bags; coolers; alcoholic beverages, and computers.

See the website for more information including an FAQ page, directions to the facility, and a contact page to ask questions.

www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/events/openhouse2012.html

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2.3 40 Days for Life – Nationwide – September 26 Through November 4

Locations nationwide can be found on the website.

September 26 through November 4, 2012. Vigil hours vary by site.

Christians everywhere are invited to take part in the 40 Days for Life campaign to save unborn babies from the tragedy of abortion and to save their mothers from a lifetime of regret. This campaign is an international effort to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigils. Everyone can help in some way.

The focus of the campaign is a 40-day prayer vigil outside of abortion facilities. This is a peaceful and educational presence designed to save lives and to raise awareness about alternatives to abortion. Participants are encouraged to devote one hour each week to this activity.

See the website for more information, to volunteer, or to find the campaign nearest you.

www.40daysforlife.com
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2.4 Free Museum Day – Nationwide – September 29

Participating venues

Saturday, September 29, 2012, or an alternate day if the location is closed on Saturdays. Please see the website for the conditions that apply.

The Smithsonian Magazine-sponsored Museum Day Live! offers an annual free museum day at many museums across the nation. See the list by state in the drop down menu on the form to request your two free tickets. Tell your friends and family!

See the website to request and print your tickets, find a venue, and learn the conditions that apply. Some museums on the list already offer free admission, so be sure to choose one that usually charges an admission fee in order to fully take advantage of the offer.

www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket

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2.5 Voice of the Martyrs Conferences – Nationwide – Multiple Dates

Have you ever attended a VOM conference? Share with us your opinions! Haven’t attended? Sign up to be notified when a meeting is scheduled in your area.

www.vommeetings.com/qry/co_meetings.taf

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