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CIVIC FEDERATION FORUM TO FOCUS ON AMAZON: The Arlington County Civic Federation will host a discussion of the proposed Amazon economic-incentive package at its monthly meeting, to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at Virginia Hospital Center.
(The meeting has been rescheduled from its planned Dec. 4.)
Speakers will include the heads of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Arlington Economic Development.
Also at the Dec. 11 meeting, County Manager Mark Schwartz and Superintendent Patrick Murphy will discuss budget issues and other priorities for 2019.
For information, see the Web site at www.civfed.org.
‘FRIENDS OF URBAN AGRICULTURE’ TO MEET: Friends of Urban Agriculture will host a community meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Library.
The event will be an opportunity to look back at the organization’s first five years and gaze into the future.
For information, see the Web site at www.arlingtonurbanag.org.
LIONS CLUB TO SELL CITRUS, NUTS, SYRUP: The Northwest Arlington Lions Club will host a sale of citrus, pecans and maple syrup from Dec. 12-18 at Overlee Pool, 6030 Lee Highway.
Sale hours will be Dec. 12 from 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 13 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dec. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Dec. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Dec. 18 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Proceeds will support outreach activities of the Lions Club.
For information, call (703) 528-1130.
CHURCH PROGRAM TO LOOK AT CIVIL-RIGHTS MOVEMENT: Clarendon United Methodist Church will host a special gathering to discuss Michael O’Brien’s book “We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired” on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 606 North Irving St.
The author will be on hand, as will Arlington’s Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, one of the Freedom Riders whose story is told in the book.
The community is invited. For information, e-mail LJBishop1@gmail.com.
COMMUNITY CHORUS TO HOST WINTER-THEMED CONCERT: The Arlington Community Chorus will present its seasonal concert – “Wintertide” – on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School.
The group, directed by Melodie Henderson, will perform a wintry mix of songs, including the crowd-pleasing “Winter Wonderland” and “Sleigh Ride.” There also will be an audience sing-along.
There is no admission charge for the family friendly concert.
PIZZA, PASTA TO SUPPORT ARLINGTON INDEPENDENT MEDIA: A fund-raiser to support Arlington Independent Media will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Pizzeria Alto Fumo, 2909 Wilson Blvd.
By presenting a fund-raising flyer (available at www.arlingtonmedia.org), those dining in or taking out will see 20 percent of their pre-tax food and beverage purchases donated to the non-profit media organization.
‘MEET THE SPEAKER’ SERIES FOCUSES ON BUDDHISM: Encore Learning’s “Meet the Speaker” series continues on Monday, Dec. 17 with a presentation by Benito Perri on “Buddhism: One Path to Liberation, Freedom from Suffering.”
Perri will lead a guided meditation and discuss several aspects of Buddhism. An ordained Roman Catholic priest, he studied with Buddhist scholars and is nearing completion of a two-year program to become certified as a mindfulness-meditation teacher.
The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at Central Library, and is held in conjunction with the county library system. Also at the meeting, there will be a discussion of the mindfulness club available to Encore Learning members.
For information, call (703) 228-2144.
CHAMBER ENSEMBLE FEATURED IN CHURCH PROGRAM: Clarendon United Methodist Church will host a concert by the vocal chamber ensemble Words & Music on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. at the church, 606 North Irving St.
The free candlelight program celebrates Advent, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, Christmas and the coming of the new year.
YOUNGSTERS TO MAKE LUNCH FOR TURTLES: Long Branch Nature Center seeks youth ages 3 to 6 to help make lunch for the center’s turtles on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m.
After creating the meal, participants will watch the turtles that are recuperating in the center’s hospital eat – and then offer them a special dessert.
The event is free. For information, call (703) 228-6535.
‘NARFE’ TO HOST HOLIDAY GATHERING: Chapter 7 of National Active and Retired Federal Employees [NARFE] will hold a holiday luncheon in December for current and prospective members.
For information, see the Web site at www.vanarfe.org.