More news of interest from across the community:

MATCHING-GRANT EFFORT WILL AID SAFETY-NET PROVIDER: Homestretch, which supports education and empowerment programs for homeless families and victims of domestic violence, is in the midst of a matching-grant campaign during March.

An anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations up to a total of $150,000 during the month. Funding will go to support housing and rehabilitative services for 12 families for a year.

“When a family enters the Homestretch program, they are given a home, career-counseling services and financial-planning advice, and their children are provided with the resources they need to success,” said Chris Fay, executive director of the organization. “This matching grant will be critical in allowing us to continue helping families permanently break the cycle of poverty.

For information on the campaign, see the Website at www.homestretchva.org.

PLANETARIUM TO FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE: Friends of the David M. Brown Planetarium will focus on climate change with a series of programs the weekend of March 15-17.

For details, see the Website at https://friendsoftheplanetarium.org.

‘ROSSLYN CAFÉ’ SERIES RETURNS FOR 2019: The Rosslyn Business Improvement District will kick off its “Rosslyn Café” series for 2019 on Friday, March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a program featuring artists Anne Browne and Peter VanderPoel and a gin tasting sponsored by KO Distilling.

The series, which features performance and craft-cocktail tastings, continues Fridays through April 12 at Bennett Park Atrium, 1601 Clarendon Blvd.

For information, see the Website at www.rosslynva.org.

OPERA NOVA TO PRESENT ‘HANSEL AND GRETEL’: Opera Nova will present a public performance of Engelbert Humperdink’s “Hansel and Gretel” on Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children. Information and registration is available by calling (703) 536-7557 or online at www.operanova.org.

The public concert will be preceded during the week by abbreviated shows designed for local schoolchildren. At those events, Opera Nova artistic director Jose Sacin will have musicians explain and play their orchestral instruments.

HOUSING EXPO IS ON THE HORIZON: The 2019 Northern Virginia Housing Expo will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School.

Sponsored by housing agencies across the region, the event will feature a variety of programming aimed at renters and prospective home-buyers. Admission is free.

For information, see the Website at www.novahousingexpo.org.

NUTRITION SEMINAR TARGETS SENIORS: RSVP Northern Virginia will host a free nutrition seminar for seniors on Tuesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Giant Food in Penrose Square, 2501 9th Road South.

Nutritionist Min Krishnamurthy will highlight healthy food choices, including while on a budget.

The event is free, but registration is required. For information, call Carly Hubicki at (703) 403-5360 or e-mail chubicki@volunteerfairfax.org.

LIONS CLUB TO SELL CITRUS, SYRUP: The Northwest Arlington Lions Club will host a sale of fresh citrus and maple syrup from March 20-23 at the Overlee Pool (entrance off John Marshall Drive).

Sale hours are Wednesday from noon to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call (703) 528-1130.

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