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90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

This August marks the 90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. There will be a celebration commemorating this historic event this Saturday, August 21 at the Workhouse Center in Lorton, VA.

Adults and children are welcome to arrive at 3:30 p.m. to learn about the history behind the Amendment, including the iconic woman that led the 1913 suffragist parade through the streets of Washington D.C on a white horse, Inez Millholland Boissevain. Boissevain’s last public words were, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”

Come to the Workhouse Center this Saturday for educational and fun activities for the whole family!

 

The Workhouse Arts Center: From Prision to Art Center

This Wednesday, August 18, the Workhouse Arts Center is hosting a free exhibit called “Prison to Art Center: 100 Years at the Workhouse Exhibit.” The exhibit will run from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Workhouse Arts Center Gallery Building on the 2nd floor. The building is located at 9601 Ox Road in Lorton, VA.

Come learn about the transition from a correctional facility to a thriving art community. The Workhouse was established by the Lorton Arts Foundation and guests will be able to learn about the rich past and milestones that lead to the current arts center. For more information about the exhibit you can call 703-584-2900.

If you miss the exhibit on Wednesday, there’s more. The Workhouse is inviting the public to join the opening reception on Sunday, August 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The community is also invited to join the Centennial Celebration of the Workhouse on September 4.

Annual Golf Outing Registration Happening Now

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Golf Outing on September 20 at the Fort Belvior Golf Club Woodlawn Course. You still have a chance to register and catch the early-bird special ($125) if you sign up by August 31. This year the Chamber is co-hosting the event with the West Springfield Rotary Club.

You can register online for the Golf Outing at: http://www.springfieldchamber.org/gscc/main/springfieldchamber.nsf/content/golf

When you register you get complimentary access to the driving range, 18 holes of golf on the Woodlawn Course, Fort Belvoir’s famous Country Club lunch buffet, on-course refreshments, contest holes, dinner and awards.

The Beneficiary Sponsor is Fairfax Memorial Park, the Outing Partner is MVLE, and the Signage Sponsor is Signs by Saenz.

Cinema Under the Stars Weekend

The Workhouse Film Institute is presenting “Cinema under the Stars,” a new outdoor movie series. Warm summer nights are perfect for sitting under the stars to watch movies with friends and family. Tickets are $20 per vehicle and $15 for FOW members. On Friday, August 27 the movie will be “The Princess and the Frog” and on Saturday, August 28 the movie will be “JAWS.”

The movies will begin at 8:30 p.m. and you can come as early as 7:30 p.m. to set up your blanket and also get snacks, pizza, drinks, and hang out at the Family Fun Hour, which includes music, trivia contests, and other games. Visit www.workhousearts.org for more information.

Commodores Performing Live Tonight

The United States Navy’s Commodores, the premier jazz ensemble, will be performing tonight at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield, VA. The concert will be from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Commodores can be traced back before World War II and now the group features 18 over the Navy’s top jazz and Big Band musicians. The Commodores are directed by Senior Chief Musician Randy Mattson. You don’t want to miss this high energy performance tonight!

First Female to Head Major US Intelligence Agency

Letitia A. Long is being promoted to the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency today. There will be a ceremony at the agency’s high-tech campus in Springfield, VA. While the building is still not completely built, the entire NGA staff is expected to relocate to this building by fall of 2011.

Long was most recently second in command at the Defense Intelligence Agency and will now be the first woman ever to head a major US intelligence agency. She has held several senior management positions over her 32 years in the industry, including deputy director of Naval Intelligence and deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence.

Come Solve an Architectural Mystery at Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall is calling all young detectives to help solve an 18th century mystery! Gunston Hall was once a 5,500 acre corn and tobacco plantation and home to George Mason IV. Plantation Sleuth Family Program: Architecture Antics will be both educational and fun. Children will find out about the building of the mansion, as well as uncover clues in the mansion, garden, school and kitchen yard. Families will get a child-friendly mansion tour and pre-reserved groups will received a guide for the plantation experience.

This mystery event is open for the rest of August on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Adults are $9, children between ages 6-12 are $6, children between ages 2-5 are $2, and family admission is $25. You can also reserve a Sleuth tour for a group of ten or more for $5 a child.