General Interest Items – September 18, 2013

Posted on Sep 15 2013 in General by admin

2.1 Rain Barrel Workshop – Newport News – Register by September 20
2.2 Go Green Expo with Farm Documentary, Much More – Newport News – September 21
2.3 Sully Historic Site Events – Chantilly – September 22 Through October
2.4 Rock Climbing for Children with Autism – Midlothian – Begins October 3 then Open Enrollment
2.5 The Inspire! Conference with the Maxwells – Roanoke Area – October 4-5
2.6 Free Speech Essay Contest – Deadline Is January 1, 2014
2.7 Conditions of a Free Society Essay Competition – Deadline Is January 10, 2014

 

2.1 Rain Barrel Workshop – Newport News – Register by September 20

Brittingham-Midtown Community Center
570 McLawhorne Drive
Newport News, VA
Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 11 a.m. to noon and again at 2 p.m. Cost:

$50/barrel; students ages 10 to 18 may attend with a parent. At the end of the session, you will have built your own rain barrel to take home with you, so be prepared to get dirty! Pre-register by 3 p.m. on Friday, September 20; space is limited.

Join the VCE Newport News Master Gardeners and Water Steward volunteers during their annual Go Green Expo and learn about the benefits of utilizing a rain barrel in your yard and garden with this hands-on workshop.

See the website for more information; to register or ask questions, contact Mary Wright at mbwright@vt.edu or 757-591-4838.

www.nnmastergardeners.org

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2.2 “Go Green Expo” with Farm Documentary, Much More – Newport News – September 21

Brittingham-Midtown Community Center
570 McLawhorne Drive
Newport News, VA

Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; film from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.

The “Go Green Expo” is a one-day event for consumers and business leaders featuring eco-friendly products, interesting and educational speakers, and easy ideas for eco-living, no matter what your shade of green. Go Green Expo focuses on going green, by making simple green changes for everyone. This event is sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Newport News Master Gardeners Association.

Enjoy a vendor hall with more than 70 products and services, a farmers market,

hands-on demonstrations, gardening lectures, composting workshops, a kids’ zone with crafts and face painting, “Ask a Master Gardener” booth, and purchasable lunches from Chick-fil-A. See a more complete description on the website.

See the website for more information on the expo, or contact Mary Wright at mbwright@vt.edu or 757-591-4838.

www.nnmastergardeners.org

www.nnmastergardeners.org/#!events/cnav

Seasons With Brian & Julia (at “Go Green Expo” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Free. It’s a documentary covering a year of farming in an intimate portrait of one family’s struggle as a small Virginia farm. See the film’s Facebook page and Vimeo page for a preview.

www.facebook.com/SeasonsDoc/info

http://vimeo.com/34923100

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2.3 Sully Historic Site Events – Chantilly – September 22 Through October

Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way
Chantilly, VA

Register for programs that have a 10-digit code online at the website, or at 703-222-4664; alternately, send your registration form and fee to FCPA/Parktakes, P.O. Box 4606, Fairfax, VA 22038-4606. To register an entire group, call the site or the central registration line at 703-222-4664. Prices reflect Fairfax County resident discount. For all activities, the age designations are adult, 16 and older; student, 16 and older with student ID; senior, 65 and older; and child, 5-15. Cost for children under five is free.

Words From the White House
Sunday, September 22, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Light refreshments following the lecture. Call to reserve your seat.

Paul Dickson, author of more than 45 non-fiction books on a variety of topics from ice cream to American language to baseball, will give a one-hour talk for listeners age eight and up. He will sign his books afterwards. His book, Words from the White House, is a book on coined phrases and words from past presidents.

Before the Hula Hoop
Monday, September 23; Sunday and Monday, September 29 and 30; Monday, October 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $5/child; the house tour has a separate cost. Please see the website for various tour options and costs. Groups must have reservations.

Try your hand at old-fashioned games including hoops and sticks, the game of graces, bean bag toss, and many others!

Visit with a Carpenter
Saturday, October 5, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Forgotten Road tour at 2 p.m. Cost: $7/adult, $6/student, $5/senior or child. Suitable for ages five and up.

Learn woodworking techniques handed down from the 18th century. Hear about skilled artisans such as Harry, the enslaved carpenter at Sully. Work at the shaving horse.

What’s Behind the Door?
Sunday, October 6, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $8/person (ages eight and up). Pre-register using code 381 483 5901.

Enjoy a one-hour white-glove tour and look behind furniture doors to see objects that are usually hidden away. Peek into the tall case clock, the side board, and other cupboards to view the collection’s pieces.

Colonial Family Camp
Friday, October 11, at 6 p.m. to Sunday, October 13 at noon. Cost: $100/person (ages six and up, please). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Camp requires attendance at a planning meeting on Wednesday, September 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Travel back to rural Virginia in 1780 and immerse yourself in the daily life of colonial America. Sleep outdoors, wear 18th-century-style clothes, cook your meals over an open fire. Act as an apprentice and learn a trade; at day’s end, play games of the period, sing songs, and step a dance.

See the website for more information, or contact Sully Historic Site at 703-427-1794.

Register via the Fairfax County Park Authority website or by mail.

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sully-historic-site

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2.4 Rock Climbing for Children with Autism – Midlothian – Begins October 3 then Open Enrollment

Peak Experiences
11421 Polo Circle
Midlothian, VA

Thursday, October 3, 2013, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This start date repeats Monday, October 7, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and ongoing enrollment. Cost: $100/student/four-week session; ages Pre-K-adult. Cost covers admission, all needed gear, and staffing.

Reach is a new program at Peak Experiences designed to teach children with autism how to rock climb. Through climbing, they will gain confidence and be challenged to think about new ways to move. Climbing gets kids moving and builds strong muscles just like other sports, but can be done at an individualized pace. Your child will work with his own climbing mentor. Mentors are strong, passionate climbers who also have a passion for working with kids. They have received special training from Cornerstone Therapy Associates, who specialize in working with children on the Autism Spectrum.

For more information, contact George Florence at reachatpeak@gmail.com or 804-897-6800.

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2.5 “The Inspire! Conference” with the Maxwells – Roanoke Area – October 4-5

Heritage Baptist Church
107 S. Pollard Street
Vinton, VA

Friday, October 4, from 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., and Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no cost; however, love-offering boxes will be on the Maxwells’ book tables to help with their traveling expenses. Child care is not provided, but babies and children are welcome with their parents. Sessions given by the Maxwell young people are great for teens plus children of any age who are able to sit quietly. The content in sessions is appropriate for even younger children.

Do you feel like you are running on a treadmill? Do you want to have sweet relationships with your children as they are growing up and not experience the heartache of rebellion and immorality? Do your children have greater purpose in life than just to have fun? Be challenged and find ways that God can set your family on a journey of spiritual unity, purpose, and direction.

See the website for more information; to register or inquire, contact Sarah Maxwell

at maxwellconferences@gmail.com or 913-909-9776.

www.titus2.com/inspire-conference/roanoke-virginia.html

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2.6 Free Speech Essay Contest – Deadline Is January 1, 2014

Contest deadline is January 1, 2014. Open to high school juniors and seniors for the 2013–2014 school year who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The essay contest is sponsored by Foundation for the Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

Answer the essay question, “Why is free speech important at our nation’s colleges and universities?” Using examples from both videos (available at the website), discuss how censorship of student speech is incompatible with higher education. Submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words on the topic.

One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing.

www.libertyguide.com/opportunities/free-speech-essay-contest

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2.7 Conditions of a Free Society Essay Competition and The Liberty Guide Website – Deadline Is January 10, 2014

Contest deadline is January 10, 2014. The Douglas B. Rogers Conditions of a Free Society Essay Competition is open to full-time undergrads in the US and Canada.

The competition is to encourage undergrads to discuss themes of Western Civilization such as individual freedom, limited constitutional government, free market economics, and the philosophical and moral foundations of America and the West. This year students are asked to address those themes in connection with the following quotation from Isaiah Berlin: “But to manipulate men, to propel them towards goals which you–the social reformer–see, but they may not, is to deny their human essence, to treat them as objects without wills of their own, and therefore to degrade them.” Essays should be a minimum of 2,500 words (no maximum length). Submissions should be sent in Microsoft Word format to marybeth.mcconahey@email.stvincent.edu. See last year’s winning essays on the website.

The first place winner will receive $2,000 and an invitation to attend a March, 2014 awards dinner.  Second and third place winners will receive invitations to the awards dinner and $1,000 and $500 respectively.

www.stvincent.edu/Majors_and_Programs/Centers_and_Institutes/Center_for_Political_and_Economic_Thought/Free_Society_Essay_Competition_Information/

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www.libertyguide.com

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