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Apples 'n Oranges Intercultural Cafe (sm)

of  Geotrees.Com


      Welcome to the Apples n' Oranges Intercultural Cafe page, or "the Cafe," which hosts items of particular interest and value to the community as a whole, gathered from across our singular region.  Visit this page regularly for announcements of such events.  And feel free to send us yours at events@geotrees.com.  Please put CAFE into the subject field.

      Perhaps we can "mix apples and oranges" after all - that is, bring together East and West, north and south, young and old, left and right, pro and con - perhaps begin to find knowledge and empathy, respect and common ground, and undertake reconciliation, bridgebuilding and transformation across the conflicts and collisions that have divided us from one another, and perhaps from ourselves, for so long.  This is central to Geotrees' vision and mission.

      For Our Young People:  "To Build a School is to Build a Civilization."  Do you have young people in your life?  Are you a parent, a family member, a teacher, a mentor, or otherwise poised to foster the citizenship and leadership formation of our young people, those who will live and lead over the next forty, fifty, sixty years?  If so, you share a special privilege and responsibility, and Geotrees invites you to explore how you can creatively involve them in the activities and issues offered here.  They often happily surprise us with their awareness, their curiosity, their intelligence, and their willingness to engage!  There is a wealth of challenge and opportunity in the great "school" of our region for our young people, and it's your special privilege to bring it to them.  We look forward to learning about, and sharing, the ways in which you open their lives to the vast, life-changing vistas and possibilities that these events provide.

      GEOTREES, founded in 2001, is a Washington, DC-area virtual organization, or VO, and "independent intercultural crossroads on line for communication, understanding, reconciliation, and peace."

      Simply scroll down to see the Cafe's listings, in descending order of the dates on which they take place.  To avoid traffic and parking difficulties, please use the Metro Bus and Rail Trip Planner, link below.  And again, Welcome!


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Sunday, April 23, 2017   ~   12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM

DAR AL-HIJRAH "TASTE OF ISLAM" OPEN HOUSE and BAZAAR
3159 Row Street at Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22204



"Food ~ Art ~ Poetry ~ Crafts ~ Films ~ Hennah ~ Scarf-Fashion ~ Food Festival ~ Mosque Tours ~ and MORE"

        "The event will take place on Sunday, April 23rd from 12 Noon to 5 PM and will feature tours of the mosque, poetry presentations, short films (followed by Q&A sessions), and an international Islamic Bazaar.  The Bazaar will feature handmade crafts, [TEMPORARY!!] henna tattoos, traditional coffee and roasting traditions, an Islamic fashion show, and much more.  For more information, please call 260-580-3809 or e-mail Dar Al Hijrah at tasteofislam@daralhijrah.net.

The Home Site:
www.hijrah.org

And on Facebook:
https://m.facebook.com/daralhijrah/

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Saturday, April 1, 2017, 3:00 PM   ~   1500 Jefferson Drive SW, The National Mall
And In Cities All Over the World. . . Including Yours!


INTERNATIONAL PILLOW FIGHT DAY 2017



"Under the circumstances, formal dress is to be OPTIONAL . . ."

        The annual classic returns: On Saturday, April first (April Fools' Day), 2017, there will be massive pillow fights in cities around the world!  Use the site [at the links below] to locate the nearest one.  If you would like to learn how to organize a pillow fight, read the howto guide.  Organizers, add your event!  This is the 9th annual International Pillow Fight Day, and the event attracts tens of thousands of people in 100+ cities each year.  Learn more about the urban playground movement.

        "Never Ask Permission:   Our advice to anybody who has ever wondered is to never ask permission.  This may change in the distant future if we witness some kind of crackdown against free events and interventions, but in the meantime, it is very unlikely that anybody will say 'Yes.'  We must also remind you: the 'permit culture' we citizens witness in city halls around the world is perhaps the single largest barrier to experiencing the full richness of public life in the cities we live in.  Do not ask for permission - public assembly is a human right.

        "We got a call from the New York City Parks Department a week before a pillow fight in Union Square, asking what the h*ll was going on.  They told us we'd need a permit.  We said, 'That's nice!'  In all our time doing this and communicating with many similar groups around the world, we have never heard of police arresting or ticketing anybody in relation to a public pillow fight."

Organized Locally by Capitol Improv.

The Main Site:
www.pillowfightday.com

Capitol Improv:
www.facebook.com/capitolimprov/

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Tuesday, March 21 through Sunday, March 26, 2017   *   Various Locations and Times

SEVEN PLURALISM EVENTS in Scouting, Interfaith, and Civics


        Special thanks to Rizwan Jaka of ADAMS, or the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, for sharing news of these interesting and valuable events running up to Sunday, March 26.  Use the links below to retrieve a PDF of his announcement, or to visit the ADAMS home page. 

        The PDF has links for the events, and these links become "live" when you copy the file to your own machine.  Use them to learn more about the events and their organizers, to connect to the host organizations, or to respond to the invitations.

        And Looking Ahead:  Everyone is welcome to visit ADAMS at any time.  In addition, the community is planning a special open house and other events for the first weekend in May, to celebrate the opening of the center's building expansion.  The Cafe will carry details as they become available.  Please plan to come!

The ADAMS Home Page:
www.adamscemter.org/

Retrieve the Flyer On Line:
www.geotrees.com/ftp/EVENTS-ADAMS-0321-26-2017.pdf

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Saturday, March 18, 2017   *   United Christian Parish Church, Reston, Virginia   *   12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM

A Conference: SOCIAL JUSTICE AND PEACE
with Dr. B. Chris Dorsey and Local Leadership Peacebuilders



        "In light of recent events, it seems more important than ever for people to come together to discuss and work together for social justice.  We will not agree on all of the issues, but we can find common ground, and we can work together to advance justice, peace, and inclusion.  Please join us at this conference and in these efforts.  Dr. B. Chris Dorsey will be giving the keynote presentation.  The Rev. Bernard "Chris" Dorsey currently serves as President of Higher Education & Leadership Ministries (HELM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

        "Some faith and charity organizations that are participating are the following: Higher Education & Leadership Ministries; Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Reston; Unitarian Universalist Reston; Equality Virginia; National City Christian Church; and more.  There will be food, and social and networking opportunities as well.

        "Registration is now open.  To register or for info, contact James Dean at 571-830-8730 or jamesdean2wdc@gmail.com, or go to [the Facebook link, below].

        "Please forward this to any and all interested parties."

The Conference's Facebook Page:
www.facebook.com/events/133730657139309/

The United Christian Parish Page:
www.ucpreston.org

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Saturday, March 11, 2017   *   Virginia International University, Fairfax, Virginia   *   9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

The 2017 Virginia Legislative RICHMOND WRAP-UP


        "Attend the SALT Richmond Wrap-Up Legislative Forum on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 9:00 to 11:15 AM - Urge your Delegate and Senator to attend!

        "It's time for the Richmond Wrap Up again!  This is the meeting when you can hear from your representatives to the General Assembly about successes and failures this year.  You can also let them know about your concerns.  This meeting is well worth attending not only for the issues, but because you have a chance to speak with and get to know your legislators!

        "Social Action Linking Together (SALT) will sponsor the Richmond Wrap-Up, hosted by the Virginia International University (VIU), in Conference Room (VD-102), 4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, Virginia.  Northern Virginia legislators will discuss safety net issues in the 2017 General Assembly Session.  Bring your questions.  Join the discussion.  Hear from our state legislators what happened regarding the successes and challenges of the 2017 General Assembly Session.  All are welcome.  Free and open to the public.  For more information, visit the link below, or contact John Horejsi at jhorejsi@cox.net, or Dr. Bilgin at kbilgin@viu.edu.

Social Action Linking Together, or SALT:
www.s-a-l-t.org/

Retrieve the Flyer On Line:
www.geotrees.com/ftp/RichmondWrapUp-0311-2017.png

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Sunday, February 12, 2017   *   Adelphi Friends Meeting, 2303 Metzerott Road, Adelphi, Maryland   *   2:30 to 4:30 PM

A Meeting and Gathering:
MARYLAND UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE featuring KEVIN MARTIN



      "Maryland United for Peace and Justice (MUPJ) invites you to a meeting featuring Kevin Martin.  Kevin, President of Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund, will talk about our shared agenda of stopping the Trump tyranny and creating a Beloved Community based on peace and social justice.  Kevin will talk from 2:40 pm to 3:10 pm.  You are also invited to stay for the rest of the meeting of the MUPJ Coordinating Body to see how you can participate in our activities.

      "Please RSVP so we know how much food to prepare.

      "Kevin joined the staff as Executive Director on September 4, 2001, and has worked in various iterations for Peace Action since 1985.  Kevin was Peace Action's Executive Director until May 1, 2016, when he became President upon completion of the merger between Peace Action and our California affiliate, Peace Action West."

For More Information or to RSVP, Contact Paulette Hammond:
TEL 443-418-5479, or by Mail at phamm001@earthlink.net

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Saturday, January 28 through Friday, February 3, 2017   *   Across the Land

A WEEK OF SOLIDARITY WITH AMERICAN MUSLIMS
IN DEFENSE OF AMERICAN PLURALISM



(Version of Saturday, January 28, 2017)
        This morning, the interfaith group Shoulder to Shoulder released this call for insight and action.  Note that its original embedded links are inactive on this page.  To see and utilize them all, simply click on the "View this mail in your browser" link, below.
        To the three suggestions below for supporting your Muslim neighbors, Geotrees would add a fourth: 
Visit your local mosque in person, either alone or with others, and offer to stand with them in shared prayer.
        We will update this page with updates and information from others as they become available.  Please send us yours at the contact e-dress above, with
Pluralism in the subject field.

        "The Executive Orders signed yesterday are already hitting refugee, immigrant and Muslim communities hard.  You can learn more about the content here, and here are updated, urgent action alerts from our partners at the Arab American Institute and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition on what you can do to make sure elected officials are hearing your voice in this moment.  Additionally, we're calling on people of faith to take three steps in the next week to live out your commitment to solidarity with our Muslim neighbors:

        "1.   Lift up American Muslims in your own worship services or gatherings this weekend (January 28-29). . .

        "2.   Send a note of encouragement to your local Islamic Center. . .

        "3.   Lift up American Muslims in your own worship services or gatherings this weekend (January 28-29). . ."

        "Please share your experiences through social media, using the hashtags #NoBanNoWall and #RevolutionaryLove.  These gestures are, of course, not meant to be an endpoint, but part of the solidarity journey that lies ahead of us."

The Shoulder to Shoulder Home Page:
www.ShoulderToShoulderCampaign.org

Link to the Complete Original Message:
Click Here

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Friday, January 27, 2017   *   The National Mall, Washington, DC

The MARCH FOR LIFE 2017
Plus Commentary:
"Yes, But. . ." - In Search of a New Paradigm


        "Vision:  A world where every human life is valued and protected.

        "Mission:  The mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person.  Both in January, on the anniversary of legalized abortion in the US, and throughout the year we bring together pro-life leaders and groups to organize, unite and strategize around a common message, and to communicate this message to the government, the media and the nation in a way that is powerful and life affirming."

        Commentary - In Search of a New Paradigm:   On one hand, Geotrees solidly supports the March, and the human rights of the unborn that it affirms.  But on the other, it's become increasingly clear that the current national conversation around the issue is too acrimonious, too confrontational, too fraught with anger and emotional violence, to offer any hope of resolution.  The various sides clash and collide like warring boulders, with the unborn caught and lost in the middle.  We need a new paradigm.

        We feel that it's time for all of us to stop in our tracks, put our disagreements on "hold," and get civil and rational enough with one another to begin doing concrete things together that benefit our distressed and vulnerable children.  We propose that people on all sides start getting together around real projects that benefit children in need, and that bring people together in substantial volunteer involvement and cooperation.  The "playground" at the DC General Hospital shelter comes to mind.  So do rehab projects, clothing and food drives, children's hospice work, prenatal health literacy, tutoring and mentoring activities, and the like. 

        They all need volunteers, often in teams!  What are we waiting for?

        Once begun, our shared efforts will soon begin to create shared successes.  And from those successes, we can take the next bold step - willingness to get together calmly, to communicate, to acknowledge our differences and actually listen to one another.  We can explore and clarify our respective values and beliefs, our emotions too, and how they drive our positions, and try to find some common ground, however minimal at first.  This can only benefit our children, born and unborn, and those parents and families under the most stress.

        If we are ever to solve this tragic problem, it won't be by one side defeating or quashing the others.  Imposed or repealed force of government or law cannot solve it, no matter how much we'd like it to be that simple.  It will begin with finding or creating things we can believe in common - and things we can do in common.  Is there a better place to start than with our families, our parents, our children in need? 

        Can they be waiting for us to begin?  What are we waiting for?

The March On Line:
http://marchforlife.org/

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Friday, January 27th, 2017   *   11:00 AM at the Museum;
Sunday, January 29th   *   1:45 PM to 4:00 PM, ADAMS at Beth Chevarim, Ashburn, Virginia


HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY, 2017
"I intend to go on living, even after I have died."
- Anne Frank -


(From the Website of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum)
      "The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 - the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau - as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

      "The Museum will host a commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2017, at 11 a.m.  Featuring remarks from the Honorable Bjorn Lyrvall, ambassador of Sweden to the United States, and a Holocaust survivor, this program will include a candle-lighting ceremony and victims' names reading.  It will be streamed live at ushmm.org/watch."

Geotrees welcomes your information on local observances and events here, and over our mailing lists, as they become available.  Please send yours to events@geotrees.com.

The Museum's Website:
www.ushmm.org

UPDATED:  "XIIth Annual Reflections on the Holocaust and Genocides - Holocaust Remembrance, Genocide Awareness"
ADAMS at Beth Chevarim, Ashburn, Virginia
Sunday, January 29th, 2017:
Retrieve the Flyer   *   Retrieve the Press Release   *   Retrieve the Map

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Saturday, January 8th through Monday, January 16th, 2017   *   Just About Everywhere

Service, Solidarity, Celebration:
The MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAYS OF SERVICE for 2017


(Links Updated on Tuesday, January 10, 2017)
        "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is: "What are you doing for others?"'  Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.  The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative.  It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

        "MLK Day is a chance to start the year off right by making an impact in your community."

The Nationwide Website:
www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/days-service/martin-luther-king-jr-day-of-service

Links to Nine Interfaith Events, DC to Leesburg, January 13th through 16th:
www.geotrees.com/ftp/MLK-DC-NVA-ADAMS-2017-B.pdf

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Today through Sunday, December 31, 2016   *   The Baltimore-Washington, DC Region

Links to Local and Regional Resources:
SEASONAL PHILANTHROPIC AND CHARITABLE ACTIVITES to BENEFIT CHILDREN



       
"This page offers descriptive links to a number of charitable activities that benefit children in particular, and that often involve active participation by children.  Such groups often have volunteer opportunities, especially during the late-year holidays.  The page's purpose is twofold: to concretely benefit those in need, and to give our young people the experience of making the world a better place through their own personal efforts.  All of the links have been checked and validated as being "live" as of Tuesday, November 1, and are being updated as needed for 2016."

www.geotrees.com/therose.html

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Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Washington Hebrew Congregation to the Washington [Episcopal] Cathedral and the Islamic Center


FAITH OVER FEAR: CHOOSING UNITY OVER EXTREMISM



       
"Recent events in our country and across our world have been deeply troubling.  Acts of violence and words of exclusion have threatened our trust in one another.  In this moment, we are coming together to express our solidarity and our commitment to unity, understanding, and inclusion.

        "Washington, DC's religious leaders The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, Senior Rabbi of Washington Hebrew Congregation; Imam Johari Abdul Malik of Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center; and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Catholic Diocese of Washington will lead the interfaith community on a pilgrimage walk from Washington Hebrew Congregation to the National [Episcopal] Cathedral and the Islamic Center.  At each site, there will be a call to prayer, a short scripture reading, and a brief reflection."

http://www.whctemple.org/calendar/all/display/3974/index.php

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Monday, December 12, 2016
From the ADAMS Center, Sterling, Virginia, Thanks to C-SPAN


THE VIDEO STORY: ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH AT ADAMS



       
THANKS to Brother Rizwan Jaka of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, or ADAMS, for these links to news stories about US Attorney General Loretta Lynch's remarkable visit to ADAMS on Monday, December 12th.  The program also featured a number of interfaith bridgebuilders and pioneers from across the spectrum of our holy traditions, some coming in from as far away as Texas, as well as local grassroots activists and leaders.  Here is a brief 'nutshell' from Rizwan describing the event:

        "Dec 12, 2016 - Interfaith Event with Honorable US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, US Department of Justice, Honorable Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Vinita Gupta, and the Department of Justice Team.

        "We Stand Together as Americans of Diverse Faiths (Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Bahai) and Backgrounds to Counter Hate Crimes.  United together, we will reaffirm that we are One Nation Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice For All.  We stand together for National Security, Religious Freedom, and Civil Rights for All."

        Attorney General Lynch's visit, and her message, are of interest and value to anyone with a stake in the future of this country.  Indeed, so is the work of ADAMS itself, not only as a center for worship and community for our Muslim neighbors since the early 1980s, but as one of the great interfaith and bridgebuilding organizations in the metro region.

        Below are links to Attorney General Lynch's speech, about thirty-five minutes long, and to a list of other links, including one to a video of the complete program, about an hour and a half in length.  So welcome, enjoy, share, and discuss!

        We invite you to share this story, especially with your international friends, as an illuminating window into what people at their best, and what this country at its best, are capable of.  Thank you.

The Attorney General's Speech:   expressivemedia.com/adams/media/loretta_lynch_at_ADAMS.html

The List of Links:   http://www.geotrees.com/ftp/L-LYNCH-AT-ADAMS.pdf

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Thursday, November 24, 2016   *   9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

On Independent "Jazz 'n Justice" WPFW 89.3 FM Community Radio:
Mr. J.W. Nightwolf's Annual Special:
THE NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING on WPFW FM 89.3


Updated on Tuesday, November 22, 2016
       
Each year Mr. Jay Winter Nightwolf, American Indian activist, spokesman and radio and television host, presents a special program on the occasion of the anniversary formerly known as Thanksgiving. 

        This national holiday actually marks the beginning of over five hundred years of total, sustained, and continuing trauma that few dominant Anglos can begin to understand.  What is the true history of the holiday itself, and how do the conventional myths and images of the occasion stack up against it?  What are the stories, the facts, the knowledge, that American Indians have to tell the world about their history since 1492, and about their predicament today?  What do the rest of us need to hear - and how willing are we to hear it?  What are the implications for our civilization, "the colonial-industrial complex," and for indigenous peoples around the world?

        Many of us - American Indians included - have much to be grateful for.  But at what price to others, past and present?  And what responsibilities do we incur when we accept our blessings - to other human beings, to life in general, and to the planet itself?  Do we in the U.S. not have a special opportunity, and responsibility, to turn and to begin to bring healing and enwholement into the world?  Even if it means cutting back on our current way of life?  And how much longer will the universe allow us live the way we do, anyhow?

        Can we begin at last, in all humility, to live in such a way that in times to come the American Indians among us, and indeed the world, will have reason to give thanks?  What does that require of us, beginning right here and now?

        "The Tree" invites you to listen, to invite others to listen, perhaps to call in to the show, and to grow in knowledge, in understanding, and in wisdom.  If you're a parent, a teacher, or otherwise responsible for helping form our young people, we invite you especially.

        Nightwolf is also heard Friday afternoons, 2:00 to 3:00 PM DC time, "Weekly - but never weakly," over the air, and worldwide by internet streaming over the Pacifica Foundation's WPFW.  For more information, please visit the station's site at the link below, or write Jay directly at jaywinternightwolf@gmail.com.

On the Air and Streamed Worldwide from "Jazz 'n Justice" WPFW 89.3 FM:
www.wpfwfm.org/

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016   *   7:30 PM

At the United Christian Parish Church, 11508 North Shore Drive, Reston
The 2016 INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING EVE GATHERING


       
"Each year UCP hosts a community Thanksgiving Eve gathering which allows the local community to come together in celebration of the diversity of our community.  We share the unity of our humanity in the simple, yet universal message of 'giving thanks to God' for the gift of each other and lift up the call anew to care for our neighbors and neighborhood.

        "This year's service is on Wednesday, November 23 at 7:30 pm in the UCP Sanctuary.  Everyone is welcome!  You don't need to be part of any of the participating faith communities or organizations!  Just come and be thankful!

        "We try to bring a mix of leaders from local faith communities, local community organizations, and local leaders.  As of November 14, the following have committed to participating:

    "Rev. Debra Haffner, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Reston;  Larry and Kari Uman,Shoreshim Community;  Rabbi Michelle "Mina" Goldsmith, Congregation Beth;  Rev. LaVerne Gill, UCP;  Rev. Llolyd Kinzer, UCP;  State Representative Ken Plum;  State Senator Janet Howell;  Maryam Ovissi, Beloved Yoga;  All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS);  and Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi USA.
        "A number of other organizations have been invited.  We hope to have responses in the next few days.  A social time for connecting and re-connecting follows the service."

http://www.ucpreston.org/thanksgivingeve

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Saturday, November 19, 2017, Noon through Five PM   *   Over the AHC Cable Channel

~   Important History Television   ~
The First Five Episodes: NAZIS: EVOLUTION OF EVIL


        This Saturday afternoon AHC, or the American Heroes Channel, will present the first five episodes of the remarkable Nazis: Evolution of Evil, beginning at noon and running through five PM.  Geotrees recommends that everyone with a serious interest in history, and who holds out any hope of building a just, humane, and peaceful future in our lifetimes, see this program.

        We cannot recommend it for young children.  But we do urge parents and teachers to share it with more mature students, and discuss it together.  Such discussion would be incomplete without some frank and probing examen into its implications and lessons for today, and for tomorrow.

        The program opens with the closing days of World War I and the eviscerating Treaty of Versailles, and offers us a meticulously researched and detailed history of their unfolding impact on the German nation, and on one wounded army veteran in particular: Adolf Hitler.  It examines the political, cultural, psychological, emotional, and economic events that unpacked over the following years.  Perhaps most importantly, it shows us a people suffering repeated and sustained trauma, and how they lived, how they reacted, the appeals to which they responded, the fantasies they were tempted with, and the choices and compromises they made as consequences of that trauma.  This is a telling account of what can happen when large numbers of a nation's population feel robbed of their existential security and self-respect, especially when a skilled and highly intentional demagogue engages them.

        The first five episodes are these:  The Misfits Gather, at 12:00 Noon; Becoming Respectable, at 1:00 PM; Seizing Power, at 2:00 PM; In Power, at 3:00 PM; and Preparing for War, at 4:00 PM, ending at 5:00.  We expect that the final five episodes will appear soon, and will try to announce them here.

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Hallowe'en Weekend, 2016: Friday, October 28, through Monday, October 31   *   Just About Everywhere
As Darkness Falls
*CACKLE!* until TBD


The Annual TRICK OR TREAT FOR UNICEF CAMPAIGN for 2016



       
"Want to Help Kids in Need?  Worldwide, many kids need medicine, nutrition, clean water, emergency relief and education.  When kids Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the donations they collect help save lives.  Kids also learn about global citizenship and the value of helping others.

        "It's Scary, How Much Good You Can Do:  Thirteen doses of measles vaccine for $5 - A year's worth of clean, safe water for a child for $15 - Lifesaving nutrition for 35 malnourished children for one day for $10 - A bicycle to deliver medicine to children for $165.

        "Join the annual Kids Helping Kids® tradition this Halloween and Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!  By Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF, you can be a superhero for millions of children in need this Halloween.  These kids are just like you, except many of them live in countries where poverty or war or natural disaster make it difficult to get even the basics to survive.

        "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 to help kids who need more than candy.  Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Hallowe'en with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, 'Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!'  They have raised more than $175 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF since 1950.

        "Founded in 1946, UNICEF has always put children first, helping to save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization.  UNICEF cares about making the world better for kids.  That's why, when you donate to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, we make sure that 90.2 cents of every dollar spent goes directly to help children."

www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat

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Friday, October 21, 2016   *   The ADAMS Center, 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, Virginia   *   6:00 PM

Virginia 10th District
IN-PERSON CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES' PUBLIC TOWN HALL



       
"This event is organized for our community to connect, provide input, and bring up concern with the Virginia 10th district Congressional candidates in a town hall.  It's a great opportunity for us to advocate and to ensure that our feedback is taken into meaningful consideration.  Please plan to attend to get our voices heard."

        The public is welcome to this event, free of charge; dinner will be provided for those who register in advance.  The candidates will take questions from the audience.  NOTE:  ADAMS is a 501-c-3 nonprofit, and does not support or counter-recommend any candidates.

        Geotrees.Com believes that it is especially important for people who aren't used to voting, who may be unfamiliar with our nation's civic life, or who may feel marginalized and excluded from mainstream life to attend, and to bring your questions.  We especially invite our young people to come, and to bring their parents and teachers.  This event, and any preparation you may do in advance, are great ways to learn about and engage the processes that influence our lives and our futures, and to offer our young people empowerment and a welcome into adult society, and into their own formation as citizens and leaders.

        Do you wish to register?  Simply visit the ADAMS home page, and click on the EventBrite link for this event.

http://www.adamscenter.org

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Saturday, October 15, 2016   *   Virginia International University (VIU), Conference Room VD-102
4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, Virginia   *   9:00 to 11:30 AM


A Faith-Based Civic Empowerment Event in Fairfax, Virginia
The S.A.L.T. FALL ADVOCACY TRAINING CONFERENCE



       
"Social Action Linking Together (SALT) will sponsor the SALT Fall Advocacy Training Conference on Saturday, October 15, from 9:00 to 11:30 AM, at the Virginia International University (VIU), Conference Room (VD-102), 4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, Virginia.  Mark Shriver, President of Save the Children Action Network, will be the keynote speaker.  Mark is the son of the late Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.  He is the author of A Good Man, an inspirational and deeply personal story about a son discovering the authentic meaning of his father's legacy.

        "There will be additional presentations by Virginia Delegate Alfonso Lopez ("Tools for Effective Advocacy in the State Legislature") and by Michelle Krocker, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance ("Addressing the Commonwealth's Unmet Housing Needs for Low-Income Households").  This event is free.  All are welcome!

        "There will be audience Q&A with all speakers.  Come for the book signing with Mark, and to meet and greet other social justice advocates in the community.  For more information, contact John Horejsi at jhorejsi AT cox. net or visit the SALT web site at the link below, on their Upcoming Events page.

        "Please help us publicize this event, sponsored by SALT - Social Action Linking Together.  SALT is a faith-based network of social justice advocates, people of faith working to bring social and economic justice concerns to bear on public policy and legislation, especially at local and state levels.  The foundational faith perspective of SALT is that of the Hebrew prophets: The justice of a society can be measured by how the most vulnerable are faring and being treated.  SALT's active membership totals over one thousand, two hundred."

The SALT Home Page:
http://www.s-a-l-t.org

Retrieve the Flyer:
http://www.geotrees.com/ftp/SALT-1015-2016.pdf

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Saturday, October 8, 2016   *   The Lake Anne Community Center, 1609 A Washington Plaza, Reston, Virginia   *   2:00 to 5:00 PM

An Interfaith Justice Event in Reston, Virginia
PARTNERING FOR POWERFUL CITIZENSHIP



       
"Please come THIS Saturday, and pass this reminder on to those who know how important it is to get over the divides between faiths as well as black-white, rich-poor and even good-bad in this country: For ten possible workshops on the issues of surviving Mass Incarceration and for hope for a safer world together (and for voter photo IDs, registration, and felon reenfranchisement support).  Workshops now finalized and described below.

        "'Partnering for Powerful Citizenship' is bringing ex-offenders or returning citizens together with congregations and justice advocates who want to help them succeed to stem the 'back to prison pipeline' as well as what has been called 'the New Jim Crow.'

        "APPLY FOR for felon re-enfranchisement, register to vote, get Voter ID help.  LEARN about the needs of returning citizens, volunteer opportunities and how to work in solidarity for change.  REDUCE recidivism with Ban the Box for more employment opportunities.  STOP mass incarceration by raising our state's Felony Threshold (lowest in the country) and sentencing reform.  LEARN how to advocate for humane reforms like curtailing shackling and solitary confinement.

        "Sponsored by Interfaith Partners for Justice and supported by state leaders in the field, including OAR of Fairfax, NAACP, SALT, Bridging the Gap, and VACURE.

        "Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Lake Anne Community Center, 1609 A Washington Plaza in Reston.  For more information, call: 703-860-1203."  You may also visit the Facebook page at the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/ipfjustice/

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Sunday, October 2, 2016   *   2:30 to 5:00 PM
Herndon High School, 700 Bennett Street, Herndon, Virginia


Film: The Intercultural Buddy-Cop Comedy Sensation "AMERICAN SHARIA"
~   Courtesy of HALALYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT   ~



       
"We are excited to be screening our highly anticipated, comedy-action film, 'AMERICAN SHARIA.'  Join us, along with your family and friends, for a fun time at the movies.

        "This fast-paced, action-packed comedy is groundbreaking, never seen before, and starring some of the world's most leading Muslim entertainers.

        "Tensions flare in the Motor City, as Officer Richardson (Eric Roberts) profiles every Muslim he sees as a terrorist.  He goes on an arrest 'frenzy,' which makes the community activists, Jihad and Osama (Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar of TrueStoryASA) take to the streets and rally the people to stand up for their rights.  The Chief of Police, Adam Carswell (Joshua Salaam) aims to gain the trust of the Muslim community in order to get re-elected.  However, Attorney Leila Rodriguez (Yaz the Spaz) is standing in the way with a discrimination lawsuit against Officer Richardson and the Motor City Police Department.

        "The Chief calls on his most unreliable detective, Mohammed (Omar Regan), and partners him with a Middle Eastern Sharia law fanatic, Detective Abdul (Baba Ali).  The Chief wants them to 'Speak Muslim to the Muslims,' but complications ensue in his plan for re-election...

        "Stay after the movie for a Q&A with Writer & Director, Omar Regan himself, and Special Guest, Joshua Salaam of NATIVE DEEN!!  Very Limited seating available, so it is suggested that you buy your tickets early, because this will be a sold out show!!!" 

Editor's Note:  Tickets for this show are only available through EventBrite.  See the link below to get yours!

Watch the Trailer:
http://tinyurl.com/zoyta9g

Purchase Your Tickets Here using EventBrite:
http://tinyurl.com/zspojh8

Retrieve the Movie's Flyer On Line:
www.geotrees.com/ftp/American-Sharia-Flyer.jpg

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Two Programs from the American Muslim Institution, or AMI:


Thursday, September 15, 2016   *   11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
"The State of Muslims in America: What is Happening?"
The United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

and

Sunday, September 18, 2016   *   2:00 to 4:30 PM
"What do the Scriptures Say About Coexistence?"
~ A Rabbi, a Pastor, and an Imam will Explain ~
Marriott Fairview Park, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Virginia 22042



      The first program asks, "What does President Obama want done in the last few months of his presidency?  What is happening with Muslims in America?  Please join us in a monthly conversation series to update fellow Muslims and fellow Americans about the current issues and possible solutions."  The presenter will be Zaki Barzinji, "charged with the big task of engaging the Muslim community across America, and he has a whole lot to share.  There is so much to learn and hear; we are devoting the entire hour to his presentation followed by Q&A.  He is the Associate Director of Public Engagement and serves as the White House liaison to Muslim-American communities and other faiths, including Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, and others."

      The second program is a panel discussion:  "What can rabbis, pastors and imams do to promote co-existence?  What do their scriptures say and what are they teaching in their respective synagogues, churches and mosques?  What can they do to beef up the program?  What can you do as an Individual, without going out of way, contribute towards such societies?  Join us for the panel discussion."  Speakers will include Rabbi Charles Feinberg, the Reverend Skip L'Heureux Jr., Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat, and moderator Dr. Mike Ghouse, ED of the American Muslim Institution.

http://www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org/events

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Sunday, September 11, 2016   *   1:00 to 4:30 PM

The UNITY WALK for 2016
"We Keep Walking Because We Haven't Arrived Yet!"
Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC



      "On September 11th, 2016, people of all faiths and cultures from around the Washington, DC region will walk down Massachusetts Avenue and visit houses of worship and other religious centers in a public celebration of unity and support for everyone within our diverse community.

      "Today, more than ever, our message of friendship and solidarity is critical.  We hope you will join us and add your voice to this powerful event.

      "We are excited to announce that we will be holding a pre-Walk art contest for children 18 years old and younger and a poetry contest for children 12 or older, on the theme: Know Your Neighbor.  Winners and their work will be featured on our website as well as on various Unity Walk promotional materials.  The deadline for submissions is June 30th.  Please email us at: unitywalk@ifcmw.org to submit your work or for more information about the contest.

      "Opening program: 1:30 pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW (corner of Massachusetts Avenue), Washington, DC 20016; closing program: 4:30 pm.  We will visit numerous other religious and cultural centers along the way as we walk down Massachusetts Avenue together."

      Editor's Note:  The Walk is now under the leadership of the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington, or IFCMW.

http://ifcmw.org/unity-walk/

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Saturday, July 23, 2016   *   5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The AMERICAN MUSLIM MARCH ON WASHINGTON:
Americans [and Others] Against Terrorism, Hate, and Violence
In Front of the Capital on the National Mall, Washington, DC



(Links Updated Monday, July 18, 2016)
      "I hope you agree that this year is an important year for the United States.  If you are ready to be part of an event for positive change, it is time for the community to Stand United for Peace.

      "We call upon all Americans and Peace advocates to come together for one day of Unity and Peace.  The March for America on Washington, DC will take place at the National Mall near the Capital Building on Saturday, July 23rd, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  You can find out more information about the March by visiting:

http://www.american-islam.org/march-on.html

      "We are looking for committed individuals and organizations from around the US to stand together against hate, extremism and bigotry.  Let us know if you are ready to be part of this historic initiative."
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Are You Coming?  Let Us Know with EventBrite:
~   RSVP HERE   ~

NEW!   The Metro TRIP PLANNER On Line:
http://tinyurl.com/PlannerDC

Retrieve the Rally Flyer On Line:
www.geotrees.com/ftp/MMA-FLYER-A.png

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Sunday, July 17, 2016   *   4:00 to 5:30 PM

"RACIAL RECONCILIATION: WHAT THE WHITE CHURCH MUST DO"
Sponsored by the Washington National [Episcopal] Cathedral
Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW, Washington, DC



      "An event sponsored by the Washington National [Episcopal] Cathedral as part of the March on Washington Film Festival.  The Reverend Mariann Budde, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, Jim Wallis of Sojourners, and others will participate in a discussion moderated by the Reverend Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian at the Cathedral.

      "In 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wrote from his Birmingham jail cell to white clergy, chastising them for being 'more cautious than courageous' in the fight for civil rights and for remaining 'silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained glass windows.'

      "As part of its ongoing commitment to the work of racial reconciliation, Washington National [Episcopal] Cathedral and its partners at the March on Washington Film Festival will reexamine Dr. King's challenge for our time with a panel on 'What the White Church Must Do' on issues of race.

"Speakers include:

  • The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington and interim Cathedral dean
  • The Reverend Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners and author of America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America
  • The Reverend Dr. Delman Coates, senior pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md.
  • The Reverend Amy Stapleton, team leader for organizational accountability at the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church
  • The Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas (moderator), the Cathedral's canon theologian and author of Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God."
In the Cathedral's Perry Auditorium.  Admission is free and open to the public.
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On the Cathedral's Website:
cathedral.org/event/racial-reconciliation-what-the-white-church-must-do/

The March on Washington Film Fesival:
marchonwashingtonfilmfestival.org

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Sunday, June 5, Sunset through Sunset, Tuesday, July 5, 2016

RAMADAN 2016
Throughout the Metro DC Region



      Thanks to When-Is.Com for this information.

      In North America, Ramadan in 2016 will start on the evening of Sunday, June 5, and conclude when Eid al-Fitr begins on Tuesday evening, July 5.  "Note that in the Muslim calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day... "  We recommend that you check with your local congregation for details.

      The Washington-Baltimore region will offer a wide range of religious, interfaith, educational, service, and cultural events and activities for Ramadan, both for building Muslim communities and congregations themselves, and for enriching the bonds of communication, knowledge, and understanding with the larger community.  Geotrees will carry these as they become available.  Please send us your announcements to us at events@geotrees.com, and check back regularly to see those of others, as the holy season approaches and unfolds.

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Monday, June 13, 2016 from 1:30 until 3:00 PM   ~   Bender Arena at American University, Washington, DC

A TALK by HIS HOLINESS the DALAI LAMA:
"A PEACEFUL MIND IN A MODERN WORLD"



        "His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be speaking about 'A Peaceful Mind in a Modern World.'  Additional information about the talk will be posted here [at the link below] soon.  We will be live streaming the talk on the website.

        "His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a man of peace.  In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet.  He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression.  He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.

        "His Holiness has travelled to more than 67 countries spanning six continents.  He has received over 150 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc., in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility, and compassion.  He has also authored or co-authored more than 110 books.

        "12:00 Noon / Doors Open:   We strongly recommend you plan on arriving to the arena early in order to go through event security and get to your seats before the talk begins.  Parking on property is EXTREMELY limited so we suggest you consider public transportation.  Please see our frequently asked questions for more info.
        "1:30 PM - 3:00 PM / His Holiness the Dalai Lama:   The public talk will begin after introductions by Capital Area Tibetan Association (CATA) and our special guest (to be announced).  His Holiness will speak primarily in English as well as Tibetan.  There will be translators available for English, Tibetan and American Sign Language."

The Event Website:
http://www.dalailama2016dc.com/

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Friday, June 3, 2016 at 6:15 PM   ~   The ADAMS Center, 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, Virginia

Civic Engagement in Northern Virginia:
POST-LEGISLATIVE SESSION PUBLIC TOWN HALL


        "Please join us on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 from 6:15 PM until 8:30 PM to meet our local Virginia delegates and senators at the ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) Main Center for a dialogue on the achievements and laws of concern to our community that were passed by the Virginia General Assembly's 2016 session.  There will be Q&A from the audience.  This is a perfect chance for all of us to show our interest, provide input, and bring up our local concerns with our elected state representatives - and most important, to ensure that our feedback is heard by these officials.  Please plan to attend, and tell your family and friends to join us as well!  Light Dinner will be available for those who register in advance."

        Updated Thursday, May 26:   State Senators Janet Howell and Barbara Favola plan to attend, as do Delegates John Bell, Ken Plum, Vivian Watts, Jennifer Boysko, and Kathleen Murphy.  Other invitations are pending.

        Ample free parking is available at the site.  ADAMS is located on Sugarland Road at Dranesville Road, half a mile south of Route 7 at the Fairfax - Loudoun County line.  Geotrees strongly recommends that you factor in the difficult Friday PM rush hour when you plan your visit.

        Please RSVP using the EventBrite link, below.

The EventBrite Invitation:
http://adamstownhall.eventbrite.com

Find your Elected Officials by Your Zip Code:
hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5950/getLocal.jsp

The ADAMS Center:
www.adamscenter.org

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Friday, May 20, 2016   ~   7:00 to 8:30 PM

FAITH OVER FEAR: CHOOSING UNITY OVER EXTREMISM
An Interfaith Service and Dinner of Dialogue

Washington Hebrew Congregation, Macomb at Massachusetts Avenue NW, DC



      "Recent events in our country and across our world have been deeply troubling.  Acts of violence and words of exclusion have threatened our trust in one another.  In this moment, we are coming together to express our solidarity and our commitment to unity, understanding, and inclusion. . . 

      "Religious leaders and scholars Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, and Bruce Feiler will join us at Temple on Friday, May 20 to share their thoughts on 'Faith over Fear: Choosing Unity over Extremism,' and the value of taking part in interfaith dialogue in our present day.  Starting with an interfaith service at 6:00 pm and continuing in a Dinner of Dialogue, our panel of interfaith scholars will look at recent world events and how they can inform what we do as a community to confront religious extremism and build greater understanding and harmony.

      "During the Dinner of Dialogue, we will have the opportunity to engage in table talk about current events with members of the National [Episcopal] Cathedral and several local mosques.  It is a critical time for everyone in our Congregation to engage in this interfaith conversation.  This program was born as a conclusion to our Congregational Conversation, but our discussion and dialogue are open to all who are concerned with the ongoing bigotry and xenophobia in our world and, especially, with the political discourse of our day."

      [The service is open to the public and free of charge for all.  And while dinner tickets are complimentary for the Congregation's interfaith friends, "the Tree" encourages them to donate.  Dinner tickets for members are $18.00.  Please visit the event's link, below, to register for dinner.]

On the Congregation's Home Page:
www.whctemple.org/calendar/all/display/2733/index.php

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Friday, May 20, 2016   ~   All Day

BIKE TO WORK DAY 2016
Throughout the Metro DC Region



      "On Friday, May 20, 2016 Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association invite you to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work.  Attend one of 83 pit stops in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to receive refreshments, and be entered into a raffle for bicycles being given away. "

      "Find Your Pit Stop:  On Friday May 20, 2016 there will be 83 Bike to Work Day pit stops all over the Washington metropolitan region in DC, Maryland and Virginia welcoming bicyclists with refreshments.  Each pit stop will provide registered attendees with free t-shirts and chances to win bicycles and other great prizes.  Please be sure to register with your pit stop location to be eligible for the free t-shirts and prize raffle.  T-shirts are available to the first 15,000 who register and attend."

      Pit stops will be available in relatively remote areas, including Frederick, Leesburg, Manassas, and Dumphries.

[About Helmets - WARNING:  Surprisingly, there is at least one photo on the Bike to Work website that shows people riding, but with no helmets on.  Riding without a helmet, under any circumstances, can be a very dangerous practice.  For less than fifty dollars you can get a new standards-certified helmet.  The folks at several NVA bicycle shops tell us that the plastic foam of the helmet loses its strength over time, and that helmets should be replaced after five years.  Also, most helmets are good for one impact only, and should be replaced after the head has been struck and your helmet has done its job.  Damage may be present that you cannot see. 

["The Tree" also recommends professional-grade safety vests for visibility.

[These remarks are not to be taken for skilled, professional advice.  For the best information, we recommend that you consult a reputable bicycle dealer or your local ER.  And. . . Have a Nice Ride!]

The Home Site:
www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association Site:
www.waba.org/

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Sunday, April 17, 2016   ~   12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM   ~  


"TASTE OF ISLAM" OPEN HOUSE and BAZAAR
Dar Al-Hijrah, 3159 Row Street at Leesburg Pike, Seven Corners, Falls Church, Virginia



        "Food ~ Art ~ Poetry ~ Crafts ~ Films ~ Eritrean Coffee ~ Hennah ~ Scarf-Fashion ~ Food Festival ~ Mosque Tour ~ and MORE"

        "The event will take place on Sunday, April 17th from 12 PM to 6 PM and will feature tours of the mosque, poetry presentations, short films (followed by Q&A sessions), and an international Islamic Bazaar.  The Bazaar will feature handmade crafts, [TEMPORARY!!] henna tattoos, traditional coffee and roasting traditions, an Islamic fashion show, and much more.  To register your group and to get more information about the schedule, please do not hesitate to contact our Community Outreach Liaison, Fazia Deen, at outreach@daralhijrah.net, or call 202-345-5233."

The Home Site:
www.daralhijrah.net/ns/

Retrieve the Flyer with Just a Click:
http://www.geotrees.com/ftp/Taste-of-Islam-DAH-2016.jpg

And on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/daralhijrah/

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Saturday, April 16, 2016   ~   11:00 AM to 6:00 PM   ~   The ADAMS Center, 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, Virginia


The Annual ALL DULLES AREA MUSLIM SOCIETY, or ADAMS
SPRING FESTIVAL



        "FREE ADMISSION!  SHOPPING:  Traditional and Islamic Clothing, Cultural Art, Jewelry, and Decorations.  ADAMS SISTERS KITCHEN:  Breakfast Special: Halwah Puri, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Lunch Served from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Thereafter While Supplies Last!  Kulfi, Biryani, Samosas, Middle Eastern Food, Channa Chaat, Dahi Phulki, Haleem, Hummas, Kashmiri Chai, Cotton Candy, Hot Dogs, Nachos, and Snow Cones!  Children's Activities: Decorate Your Own Cookies and Cupcakes; Arts and Crafts; Games; Face Painting and Henna.  Sponsored by the ADAMS Tuesday Sisters Group and Supporters."

        This popular, annual family-friendly event is certainly a star in the crown of our region's many cultural festivals and delights, which enable us to travel around the world without leaving home.  This is a good opportunity to meet our American Muslim neighbors, and experience classic Middle Eastern and South Asian hospitality at its best.  And, of course, you'll be able to ask any questions you may have about Islam, and to discover and celebrate the universal interests that we all share: Family life, education, community resilience, economics, and more.  And, of course, ADAMS, being a religious community of the American South, will offer FOOD in marvelous abundance, from a variety of ethnic cuisines.  "Collect Them All. . ."

The ADAMS Home Site:
www.adamscenter.org

Retrieve the Flyer Here:
www.geotrees.com/ftp/ADAMS-FEST-2016.png

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Sunday, April 3, 2016   ~   2:00 to 4:00 PM   ~   At Virginia International University, Fairfax, Virginia


The 2016 RICHMOND WRAP-UP
with SOCIAL ACTION LINKING TOGETHER, or SALT



        (Posted Monday, March 21, 2016)   "Hear from our state legislators what happened during the 2016 General Assembly.  Bring your questions!  Encourage your legislators to attend!  All are welcome!  Join the discussion with our state legislators regarding the successes and failures of the 2016 General Assembly.  'How do Poverty and Inequality Endanger Virginia? Are there Solutions?'

        "Social Action Linking Together (SALT) will sponsor a Richmond Wrap-Up on Sunday, April 3, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, hosted by the Virginia International University (VIU), in Conference Room (VD-102), 4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, Virginia.  Northern Virginia legislators will discuss safety net issues.  Bring your questions.  Join the discussion.  Hear from our state legislators what happened regarding the successes and failures of the 2016 General Assembly.  All are welcome.  Free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.s-a-l-t.org."

The SALT Home Site:
www.s-a-l-t.org

The FaceBook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/SALTva/photos/gm.1704220486491134/539303352915875/?type=3&theater

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Saturday, April 2, 2016   ~   In Cities All Over the World. . . Including Yours!

In the District:  Check the FaceBook Link Here for Details!
www.facebook.com/events/1029549330442540/


INTERNATIONAL PILLOW FIGHT DAY 2016


        "On Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, there will be massive pillow fights in cities around the world!  Use this site [at the links below] to locate the nearest one.  If you would like to learn how to organize a pillow fight, read the howto guide.  Organizers, add your event!  This is the 8th annual International Pillow Fight Day, and the event attracts tens of thousands of people in 100+ cities each year.  Learn more about the urban playground movement.

        "Never Ask Permission:   Our advice to anybody who has ever wondered is to never ask permission.  This may change in the distant future if we witness some kind of crackdown against free events and interventions, but in the meantime, it is very unlikely that anybody will say 'Yes.'  We must also remind you: the 'permit culture' we citizens witness in city halls around the world is perhaps the single largest barrier to experiencing the full richness of public life in the cities we live in.  Do not ask for permission - public assembly is a human right.

        "We got a call from the New York City Parks Department a week before a pillow fight in Union Square, asking what the h*ll was going on.  They told us we'd need a permit.  We said, 'That's nice!'  In all our time doing this and communicating with many similar groups around the world, we have never heard of police arresting or ticketing anybody in relation to a public pillow fight."

Organized locally by Capitol Improv.

The Main Site:
www.pillowfightday.com

Capitol Improv:
www.facebook.com/capitolimprov/

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Friday, April 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM   ~   The ADAMS Center, 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, Virginia

In Time to Vote in November:
"YOUR PATH TO NATURALIZATION"
-   A Free Informational Session   -



        Everyone is welcome to this event, and to hear from several experts, including a representative from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Legal permanent residents and interested naturalization applicants are especially encouraged to come.  Topics covered at this free session will include: 1) The naturalization process; 2) the new naturalization test; and 3) rights and responsibilities of US citizenship.  The USCIS representative will also offer a model citizenship interview; there will be additional activities, including opportunities for Q&A.

        For more information on US citizenship, visit www.uscis.gov/citizenship.  You can find an English class in your area at www.literacydirectory.org.  And you can learn English and improve basic reading, writing, and speaking skills at this site: www.usalearns.org.

        ADAMS, or the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, sits astride the Fairfax-Loudoun Counties border just off of Dranesville Road in Sterling.  Geotrees strongly recommends that you remember the difficult Friday PM rush hour when you plan your visit.

        Please RSVP using the EventBrite link, below.

The EventBrite Invitation:
www.eventbrite.com/e/path-to-naturalization-tickets-23208206370

Retrieve the Flyer On Line:
www.geotrees.com/ftp/ADAMS-NATURALIZE-0401-2016.pdf70

The ADAMS Center:
www.adamscenter.org

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Saturday, March 5, 2016, 2:00 to 4:00 PM   ~   United Christian Parish Church, 11508 North Shore Drive, Reston, Virginia

-   A Community Forum in Northern Virginia   -
"MAKING JUSTICE WORK, Part II:
POLICE PROCEDURES"



        "THANK YOU for attending our first forum on 'MAKING JUSTICE WORK - A Community Forum on Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia' on Saturday, February 20, 2016.  A second forum will be held Saturday, March 5th, 2016 at the United Christian Parish from 2 to 4 PM to discuss POLICE PRACTICES.  We look forward to seeing you there.  We ask you help us in publicizing this event by forwarding this message to others, or sharing the link to the flyer, below, with your family, friends, neighbors, faith community, and co-workers.

        "ALL ARE WELCOME!  Come and join the discussion with the Fairfax County Police Chief, Sheriff, supervisors, and journalists on body cameras, use of force, civilian oversight, and more.

        "Panelists include Lt. Col. Edwin C. Roessler, Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police; Stacey E. Kincaid, Fairfax County Sheriff; Cathy Hudgins, Hunter Mill District Supervisor; and Mary Kimm, Publisher and Editor of the Connection Newspapers.

        "Participating Faith Communities include the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, or ADAMS; the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation; the Restoration United Methodist Church; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Christian Church; St. John Neumann Catholic Church; Unitarian Universalist-Reston; the United Christian Parish of Reston; and the Social Justice Committee of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church."

The Host Church, the United Christian Parish:
http://www.ucpreston.org/

To Retrieve the Flyer:
www.geotrees.com/ftp/PART-II-MAKING-JUSTICE-WORK.pdf

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Saturday, February 20, 2016   ~   2:00 to 4:00 PM   ~   The ADAMS Center, Sterling, Virginia

"MAKING JUSTICE WORK"


        "ALL ARE WELCOME!  Come and join the discussion with the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety, state legislators, activists, and persons having experienced the criminal justice system.

        "Senior state officials will respond to recommendations made by the Governor's Commission on Parole Review at a public forum, MAKING JUSTICE WORK, on February 20, 2016 at the ADAMS Center, 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, Virginia.

        "A panel of top state officials, including Senator David Marsden and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, will discuss whether and how those recommendations are being implemented.  A third panelist will be civic activist Lillie Branch-Kennedy who, through R.I.H.D. Inc. provides direct services to prisoners and their families.  Both the senator and secretary have had long careers in social justice.  Senator Marsden started his career in juvenile justice and established the county's first shelter home for youth with severe family problems.  State Secretary Moran has been a prosecutor for various crimes, and has a long-held passion for social justice issues.  The Mobile Justice Tour will also participate.

        "Panelists will discuss mass incarceration, solitary confinement, racially biased imprisonment for drug use, juvenile justice issues and other topics that have headlined print and other media for months.  Your questions will be welcome.

        "PARTICIPATING FAITH COMMUNITIES include the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), Herndon Friends Meeting, Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Church, Unitarian Universalist-Reston, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Restoration United Methodist, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, the United Christian Parish of Reston, and the Social Justice Committee of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church."

For further information, call Robert Gehring at 703-435-9723.

The ADAMS Center:
www.adamscenter.orgadamscenter.org/

The Mobile Justice Tour:
http://nationinside.org/campaign/mobile-justice-tour/storybank/the-mobile-justice-tour-is-back-virginia/

To Retrieve the Flyer:
www.geotrees.com/ftp/JUSTICE-0220-2016.png

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Monday, February 1, through Sunday, February 7, 2016   ~   Worldwide
Local Events and Activities are TBD - Please Send Us News of Yours


WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK, 2016


        (Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2016)   "Annual UN Observance Week: Feb. 1-7.  The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan.  Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week.

        "The World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative.  This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets.  The Two Commandments are at the heart of the three monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.

        "The World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding 'Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour.'  This formula includes all people of goodwill.  It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.

        "The World Interfaith Harmony Week provides a platform - one week in a year - when all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement they are.  The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public, but also by other groups themselves.  This week will allow for these groups to become aware of each other and strengthen the movement by building ties and avoiding duplicating each others' efforts.

        "It is hoped that this initiative will provide a focal point from which all people of goodwill can recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh the differences they have, and thus provide a strong dosage of peace and harmony to their communities."

Events and activities for the national capital region are TBD as of Tuesday, January 26.
Please send us any announcements that you may have, so we can help share them.

The Main Site:
worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com

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Monday, January 18, and Other Days as Noted, 2016   *   Just About Everywhere

Service and Celebration:
The MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE for 2016


>>>------->  UPDATED Friday, January 15:   A number of announcements have been added to the InterPlan message archives, that you can see using the link below.  We look forward to posting more - including any that you may have.  On the message group page, click on the "Conversations" link on the left, just under the title graphic, to see and select from the list of messages.

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        "The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday is a perfect opportunity for Americans [and everyone else throughout the land, actually] to honor Dr. King's legacy through service.  The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a beloved community.  Explore this site to learn more about MLK Day and how you can participate.  Below are a few links to get you started.

        "Why Serve on MLK Day of Service?   Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live - creating the Beloved Community.  The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems.  That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit.  On this day, [people] of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.

        "How can I serve on MLK Day?   People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities can get involved.  Just fill in your zip code in the Find a Project box to locate a volunteer opportunity in your community or plan your own project."

The Nationwide Website:
www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday

Four DC-Regional Events, January 10 - 18th:
www.geotrees.com/ftp/4-for-MLK-2016.png

MLK Event Announcements Available on the InterPlan E-mail Archives:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/interplan/info

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Sunday, December 27, 2015, 5:00 PM at the ADAMS Center   *   Sterling, Virginia

The SECOND ANNUAL ADAMS OPEN COMMUNITY DINNER


(Updated Friday PM, December 25, Christmas Day)

"Dear Friends of All Faiths -

      "The ADAMS Community Service Committee cordially invites all to The ADAMS Second Annual Community Dinner on Sunday, December 27th at ADAMS Center Sterling from 5:00PM - 7:00PM.  We are welcoming Interfaith friends, senior citizens and people from local shelters for fellowship and a community dinner.

      "Come for a complimentary dinner, socializing, entertainment, networking, and conversations about how we can all work together in community service and bridgebuilding.  This is a family event, and all are most welcome.  Please join us and bring at least one non-Muslim friend with you and introduce them to our wonderful community.  Your business cards and brochures are welcome.  We're looking forward to seeing you!

"Please RSVP here: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ebzl4hiwb517a1f9&oseq=&c=&ch="

The center is located just south of Route 7, off of Dranesville Road, at the Fairfax - Loudoun county line.  The dinner will begin at 5:00 PM.  Please check back for updates and additional information.

The ADAMS Home Page:
www.adamscenter.org

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Saturday, December 26, 2015   *   The Lincoln Memorial   *   1:00 to 3:00 PM

-   Interfaith Solidarity and Season of Peace Event   -
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND MILAD MUBARAK:
BIRTH CELEBRATION OF JESUS AND PROPHET MUHAMMAD


        "Here is a God-given opportunity for this year to further strengthen our bonds on the auspicious occasion of the birthdays of Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on the 25th and 24th of December, respectively.  God loves each one of us and showers his blessings each time we make an effort to restore the harmony and cohesiveness of his creation; life and environment.

      "It is a symbolic interfaith event with Christmas Carols and Milaad Nasheeds (religious songs), and a short message from each of the faith leaders from Bahai to Zoroastrians and everyone in between.  Its's an inclusive event to build a safe, secure and cohesive America.  The more we know each other, the less conflict we will have.

      "Place: Lincoln Memorial, on the same steps where a major historical event added to the cohesiveness of America through the leadership of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

      "No matter how tough the times are, there is a symbolic coincidence happening on the earth; the birth of Prophet Muhammad falls on Christmas Eve.  Together, Christians and Muslims make up nearly half of the world population, and it is our duty to do our share of work in restoring harmony and peace on earth for each one of the seven billion of us.  We are all in this together.

      "May God help us all work together for peace.

"Thank you,
"Mike Ghouse, Executive Director, American Muslim Institution (AMI)"

(A Shared Initiative of AMI and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center, or ADAMS.  NOTE!   MILAD 2016 will be on Monday, December 12 of the new year.)

The AMI Home Page:
http://www.AmericanMuslimInstitution.org

To Register at No Charge, Please Visit the Home Page.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015   *   Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC

The Annual INTERFAITH CONFERENCE OF METRO WASHINGTON (IFCMW)
INTERFAITH CONCERT for 2015


       
"Experience the JOY of an amazing line-up of religiously and culturally diverse performers on Thursday, November 19th at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington, DC) at 7:30 pm.  We will be honoring Jim Nicholson, former Secretary of Veteran's Affairs, with our Interfaith Leadership Award.

"This year's concert features an exciting line-up of performers, including:

  • Hindu Dancers from the Lasyaa Academy
  • Sikh Kirtan by Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Foundation community members
  • Mighty Men's Chorus of Metropolitan AME Church
  • Mormon Choir of Washington
  • Kolot HaLev Jewish Community Choir
  • Combined Choir (directed by Peter Schmidt).
www.ifcmw.org

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015; 2:00 PM   *   Room 2237, the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

An Informal Hearing, Free and Open to the Public:

"THE CRISIS IN US-RUSSIA RELATIONS, FROM UKRAINE TO SYRIA:
IS CONGRESS OVERLOOKING ITS CAUSES AND POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS?"


        "The Ukrainian crises represents a low in U.S.-Russian relations not seen since the fall of the Soviet Union - and the recent Russian intervention in the Syrian Civil War is only making things worse.  American and Russian jets flying bombing missions in close proximity to one another raises the possibility of a military accident between two nuclear-armed powers.  As the New York Times warns, the complicated and shifting landscape of alliances leaves us 'edging closer to an all-out proxy war between the United States and Russia.'
        "The majority of Americans never lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 or the darkest decades of the Cold War - they have led lives without the looming specter of nuclear war.  But the areas of conflict between our nations are growing - the conflict in Ukraine, the expansion of NATO, Russia's involvement in Syria, and other lesser issues are driving a new wedge between the U.S. and Russia.
        "While most would agree that conflict between the United States and Russia benefits no one, the likelihood of such conflict, as well as the serious consequences it could bring, is not being adequately discussed on Capitol Hill.
        "In the interest of fostering more robust debate on U.S.-Russia relations, Rep. Conyers will convene an informal hearing featuring four eminent American experts on the subject.  All four are members of the Board of the recently re-founded American Committee for East-West Accord (eastwestaccord.com) a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote public discussion and debate about the state of U.S. and Russian relations."

eastwestaccord.com

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Saturday, October 31, 2015   *   Just About Everywhere   *   As Darkness Falls *CACKLE!* until TBD

The Annual TRICK OR TREAT FOR UNICEF CAMPAIGN for 2015



       
"It's Scary, How Much Good You Can Do:  Five days of food for a malnourished child for $5 - A year's worth of clean, safe water for a child for $15 - Measles protection for 100 kids for $10 - Malaria protection for 100 kids for $100 - A pump to given an entire village clean water for $500.

        "This Hallowe'en, join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang by helping kids in need.

        "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 to help kids who need more than candy.  Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Hallowe'en with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, 'Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!'  They have raised more than $175 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF since 1950.

        "Join the annual Kids Helping Kids® tradition this Halloween and Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!  By Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF, you can be a superhero for millions of children in need this Halloween.  These kids are just like you, except many of them live in countries where poverty or war or natural disaster make it difficult to get even the basics to survive.

        "Founded in 1946, UNICEF has always put children first, helping to save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization.  UNICEF cares about making the world better for kids.  That's why, when you donate to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, we make sure that 90.2 cents of every dollar spent goes directly to help children."

www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat

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Thursday, October 22, and Friday, October 23, 2015   *   Glenarden, Maryland and Washington, DC

The SPREADING PEACE CONVOCATION
and
BEYOND TOLERANCE: A CALL to RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND HOPEFUL ACTION



1.   Thursday, October 22, at the First Baptist Church, Glenarden, 6:30 PM: "The First Ever Gathering Nationally of Evangelical Pastors and Imams"
        "All religions are all places today like never before.  It's critical that we learn to relate to each other and build bridges of understanding and respect, or an uncertain and uneasy future of conflict awaits us all.  How the majority Christians in the U.S. treat minority Muslims has a huge impact on how minority Christians are treated by majority Muslims in Muslim majority nations.  Join us as we meet each other, share mutual concerns, and build bridges so that we can spread peace."

2.   Friday, October 23, at the Washington National [Episcopal] Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC, from 110:00 AM to 12:30 Noon
        "The Washington National Cathedral and Shoulder to Shoulder, a coalition of 31 national religious organizations and denominations, invite you to join a diverse array of religious leaders to publicly take a stand against religious bigotry in America.  Our commitment to religious freedom as a universal human good is not just a global issue - rather, it must start here at home.  By standing together for the values of inclusion and religious liberty, we combine our voices with the many across the globe calling for mutual respect and human dignity."

The Convocation, Thursday:   spreadingpeace.net

The Cathedral Event, Friday:   bit.ly/1Oimmrv

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Sundown on Sunday Evening, September 13 through Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Everywhere

The JEWISH HIGH HOLY DAYS for 2015


       
Beginning with the high holy days of Rosh HaShanah on September 13 and 14, and Yom Kippur on Wednesday, the 23rd, and moving quickly to the seven days of Sukkot, then Shemini Atzeret, and concluding with the joyous Simchat Torah on October 4 through 6, the Jewish holy season of autumn is a special time for the faithful of that tradition - and for opportunities of interfaith sharing and bridgebuilding.

        We look forward to shared worship, prayer, study, service and social justice projects, cultural and artistic activities, and more. If you plan any, or hear of any, please let us know at events@geotrees.com, so that we can share your news and announcements with the larger community.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015 along Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC   *   1:30 to 4:30 PM ~ Subject to Update

THE WALK DC: "Join Us as the Tradition Continues. . ."


       
"We walk because we have not yet arrived."   - Imam Mohamed Majid, of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)

        "Over a decade ago, a citizen along Embassy Row held a vision for helping humanity to move out of pain and grief through planting seeds of understanding and friendship.  The vision continues because the world demands it.

        "Join us Sunday, September 27, 2015 for The Walk."  Please click on the link below to see the flyer and contact points.

http://thewalkdc.wix.com/online-flyer-event

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Sunday, July 12, 2015, 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM
At the ADAMS Main Center, Sterling, Virginia


RAMADAN 2015: The Annual ADAMS NATIONAL INTERFAITH RAMADAN IFTAR


      "In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful:

      "The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) sends our very best wishes to you and your families on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.  This is a time for Muslims around the world to reach out to family and friends, colleagues and neighbors, and all our business, interfaith and civic partners, to share the joy and happiness of this month, and to work and pray together for a better life for us all.

      "We are therefore very pleased to invite you, your family, your congregants, and representatives to join us at our Annual ADAMS National Interfaith Ramadan Iftar (Breaking of Fast and Dinner). . .   The event will be Sunday, July 12, from 7:00 pm to 9:45 pm at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) MAIN CENTER, 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, Virginia.

      "This year's theme is "Religious Freedom in America and Around The World," with interfaith leaders, government officials and candidates, and law enforcement officials speaking."

See the ADAMS Website for More Information:
http://www.adamscenter.org

RSVP Using Eventbrite:
http://adamsnationalinterfaithramadan.eventbrite.com

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Sunset Wednesday, June 17, until Friday Evening, July 17, 2015

RAMADAN 2015


      Thanks to When-Is.Com for this information.

      In North America, Ramadan in 2015 will start on the evening of Wednesday, June 17, and conclude when Eid al-Fitr begins on Friday evening, July 17.  "Note that in the Muslim calender, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day... "  We recommend that you check your local congregation for details.

      The Washington-Baltimore region will offer a wide range of religious, interfaith, educational, service, and cultural events and activities for Ramadan, both for building Muslim communities and congregations themselves, and for enriching the bonds of communication, knowledge, and understanding with the larger community.  Geotrees will carry these as they become available.  Please send us your announcements to us at events@geotrees.com, and check back regularly to see those of others, as the holy season approaches and unfolds.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015 in Crystal City / Arlington, Virginia

"Strengthening Our Mutual Trust
through Inter-Religious Partnership and Civic Engagement"
The 2015 ISNA NATIONAL INTERFAITH AND GOVERNMENT FORUM


      "We are delighted to invite you to attend the ISNA National Interfaith/Government Forum and gathering of Muslim community leaders just outside our nation's capital that will be held on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 from 2pm to 9pm at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City - 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia, 22202.  Our theme this year is 'Strengthening our Mutual Trust through Inter-Religious Partnership and Civic Engagement.'

      "The event will take place in the context of the interfaith collaborations we have been developing for many years to instill a sense of mutual trust and to strengthen the bonds of interreligious understanding and cooperation.  ISNA is committed to and continually strives to engage the larger Muslim community in numerous interfaith activities, programs and dialogue forums.  These initiatives are a top priority in ISNA's DC Interfaith and Government Office, and we are pleased that the interfaith community has been forthcoming in partnering with us to achieve this mission."

The Forum on the ISNA Home Page:
http://www.isna.net/interfaith-forum.html

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Sunday, April 26, 2015   ~   The National Mall, Behind the US Holocaust Memorial Museum   ~   1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

The First WASHINGTON, DC WALK TO END GENOCIDE


        "It's not just a Walk - it's a celebration of our community of conscience!

        "The first Washington D.C. Walk to End Genocide, organized by the Darfur Interfaith Network in partnership with JWW [Jewish World Watch], will take place on Sunday, April 26, 2015 behind the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

        "The purpose of this event is to educate fellow citizens, to advocate our own government to take an increased leadership position toward actions and policies to end genocide and mass atrocities, and to raise funds to be used for humanitarian aid to improve the lives of surviving victims of this horrific behavior.  Also, we'll recall past genocides in order to remember and honor those victims.  There will be information booths providing educational information on these topics.

        "The Walk will feature activities for children and families that nourish empathy and build compassion for the most vulnerable in our world.  Children of all ages will have the opportunity to make crafts such as origami peace cranes and doves and to have their faces painted with symbols of love, peace, and unity.  There will also be interactive games to test knowledge of geography and history of the world's conflict zones.  Walkers can also sample rice prepared in solar cookers similar to the ones used by Darfuri refugee women and girls in eastern Chad.  From the oldest to the youngest, everyone has a part to play in stopping genocide and mass atrocities.  There also will be a short, special speakers program to provide information and inspiration.

        "Take this great opportunity to learn how your actions can change lives and to be inspired by the difference your efforts and participation will make."

Walks will also take place on the 26th
in Santa Rosa, California; in Sioux City, Iowa; and in East Meadow, New York.
Please see the website for details and contact points.

dc.walktoendgenocide.org

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Saturday, April 4, 2015   ~   In Cities All Over the World. . . Including Yours!
In Washington:  3:00 PM at the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial Side


INTERNATIONAL PILLOW FIGHT DAY 2015


        "On Saturday, April 4th, 2015, there will be massive pillow fights in cities around the world!  Use this site to locate the nearest one.  If you would like to learn how to organize a pillow fight, read the howto guide.  Organizers, add your event!  This is the 7th annual International Pillow Fight Day, and the event attracts tens of thousands of people in 100+ cities each year.  Learn more about the urban playground movement.

        "Never Ask Permission:   Our advice to anybody who has ever wondered is to never ask permission.  This may change in the distant future if we witness some kind of crackdown against free events and interventions, but in the meantime, it is very unlikely that anybody will say 'Yes.'  We must also remind you: the 'permit culture' we citizens witness in city halls around the world is perhaps the single largest barrier to experiencing the full richness of public life in the cities we live in.  Do not ask for permission - public assembly is a human right.

        "We got a call from the New York City Parks Department a week before a pillow fight in Union Square, asking what the h*ll was going on.  They told us we'd need a permit.  We said, 'That's nice!'  In all our time doing this and communicating with many similar groups around the world, we have never heard of police arresting or ticketing anybody in relation to a public pillow fight."

Organized locally by Capitol Improv.
Organizers for Nearby Cities!  Please send us details for yours, so we can post them here.

www.pillowfightday.com

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Sunday, March 8, 2015   *   7:00 to 9:00 PM
Busboys and Poets, 14th and V NW, Washington, DC


WITH PAUL CHAPPELL of the NUCLEAR AGE PEACE FOUNDATION:
"WORLD PEACE IS POSSIBLE: EXPLORING THE ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE AND WAR"



     
West Point Graduate, Iraq War veteran, and former US Army captain, Paul K. Chappell is the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  An international speaker and peace educator, he presents talks on "Why World Peace is Possible," Is Humanity Naturally Violent or Naturally Peaceful?" and "The Art of Waging Peace."

      Part African-American, part Asian, and part Caucasian, Paul grew up in Alabama with a father who suffered extreme war trauma in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Growing up in a violent household, Paul has sought answers to the issues of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope.

      This program will be free of charge; a diverse, interesting, and nourishing selection of dinner options will be available.

The Program Flyer:   www.geotrees.com/ftp/PPKChappell-Bboys-0308-2015.pdf
Paul's Bio:   http://www.geotrees.com/ftp/Paul-K-Chappell-BIO.jpg
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation:   www.wagingpeace.org

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Friday, February 13, 2015   ~   At the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, Sterling, Virginia
From 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Just South of Leesburg Pike/Route 7 at the Fairfax-Loudoun County Line



A MEMORIAL VIGIL for THOSE SLAIN IN CHAPEL HILL



        (Friday, February 13, 2015 - 8:24 AM)   On Tuesday of this week, the 10th, three young Muslim students were murdered execution-style in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  The facts are not all in at this time.  But this crime has the look of a hate crime, and certainly took place in a social and media ecosystem where the ignorance, fear, and hatred of xenophobia generally, and Islamophobia specifically, are rampant.

        In the face of this tragedy, and of this underlying climate, many memorial and peace vigils are taking place around the country.  There has already been one at Dupont Circle, and there will be one Friday evening at the ADAMS Center.  All are invited to attend.  Please visit the ADAMS website, link below, for details and ongoing developments.

The ADAMS Center
46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20164
703-433-1325

www.adamscenter.org

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Friday, February 13, 2015   ~   On the Air and by Global Internet Stream on WPFW FM 89.3

UPDATE UNDER CONSTRUCTION, Friday, February 13

WANTED!  Couples in Intercultural and -faith Relationships
A Radio Special for INTERCULTURAL COURTSHIP, MARRIAGE, AND FAMILY



        "Only in America!"  Just in time for Valentine's Day, on Friday, February 13, Dr. Pamela Brewer's MyNDTALK radio program will offer the first of three shows focused on intercultural, interfaith, and interracial courtship, marriage, and family life.  This promises to be both a fun series, and very valuable and informative for those either open to such relationships, or already in one.

        The Valentine's Day show will air on Friday, the thirteenth, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM, DC time.  The second and third shows will air in March and April, with dates to be announced.  Geotrees will carry updates as they become available.

        DR. BREWER WANTS TO FIND POTENTIAL INTERVIEWEES!  Contact her producer, Jim Brown, for details - click the link below to see the complete invitation.

The MyNDTALK Home Site:   www.myndtalk.org

Jim's Invitation:   www.geotrees.com/ftp/a-myndtalk-valentine.pdf



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Monday, January 19, 2015   ~   Just About Everywhere

Parents, Educators, Scout Leaders, and Other Mentors of Youth Take Special Note:
Projects for the MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE 2015



"The MLK Day of Service is part of President Obama's national call-to-service initiative, United We Serve.  It's a great opportunity to make an annual commitment to serve your community and honor Dr. King's life and legacy through service.  Through the example of the causes he championed, he taught us that we all have a role to play in keeping our nation great.

"If your organization needs ideas for projects that align with your current initiatives, MLKDay.gov is a great resource for service project examples and communication tools.  You can also post your own project or find volunteer opportunities near you.

"Here are four actions you should take right now to make MLK Day successful:

  • Register and promote your volunteer service project
  • Join the MLK Service Network
  • Make a pledge to serve
  • Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
"Please don't hesitate to contact us at MLKDay@cns.gov.  Let us know how we can support your organization's efforts on the MLK Day of Service!

"'Life's most persistent and urgent question is: "What are you doing for others?"'

"We hope that you will join CNCS and thousands of organizations and individuals to answer this question and honor Dr. King through service on January 19.

"Happy Holidays,
"The Office of External Affairs, Corporation for National and Community Service"   (From an e-mail of Friday, December 19, 2015)

The Service Day on line:   MLKDay.gov

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Sunday, January 11, 2015 ~ 3:00 PM ~ National City Christian Church, Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC

Come Help Celebrate MLK's Peace and Reconciliation at a Unique Multifaith MLK Service:
"REMEMBER! CELEBRATE! ACT!"
Dr. King's Legacy of Courage for Our World



        "Come celebrate MLKs peace and reconciliation at a unique MULTIFAITH SERVICE IN DC - Free!  Coordinated by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.  Sunday, January 11, 2015, 3:00 PM at the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC.

        "Be inspired by:   ~ Excerpts from the 'I Have a Dream' speech delivered by Mr. Calvin Woodland   ~ Reflections by Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, Network: A Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and leader of NUNS ON THE BUS   ~ Interfaith Reflections from multifaith traditions in the DC Metropolitan Area   ~ The Mosaic Harmony Choir's spirited gospel style music   ~ Professional Singer and Songwriter Benjamin Sands   ~ Amazing ten year old soloist Njerri Coleman   ~ A participatory MLK Community Dialogue   ~ Sing some of MLK's favorite gospel songs!

        "Join us afterwards for a RECEPTION WITH REFRESHMENTS generously provided by the Vaishnava Hindu Community, the National City Christian Church, and Masjid Muhammad."

        Do you wish more information?  Contact Andra Baylus at meherababa@yahoo.com.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014   *   5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

At the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, or ADAMS, Main Center in Sterling, Virginia:
An OPEN COMMUNITY DINNER, Welcoming to All



       
"The ADAMS Community Service Committee invites you to join our friends and neighbors from local neighborhoods, senior homes, and shelters to come together in social fellowship and friendship.  Come for a complimentary dinner, socializing, entertainment, and conversation about how we can all work together in community service.  This is a family event and all are most welcome.

        "The ADAMS Open Community Dinner is a place where everyone can enjoy delicious food and entertainment with their friends and families, and also a place where we can all interact with people of different faiths, cultures, and ethnicities.  The ADAMS Open Community Dinner is a place where everyone can share their ideas, dreams, and visions, and discuss items relevant to our local communities."

        ADAMS' main center is located at 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20164, about half a mile south of Route 7 at the Fairfax - Loudoun County line.

www.adamscenter.org/;     www.facebook.com/adamscenter

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Thursday, November 27, 2014   *   9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Washington, DC Time

On Independent "Jazz 'n Justice" WPFW 89.3 FM Community Radio:
Mr. J.W. Nightwolf's
ANNUAL FOUR-HOUR "MISGIVING DAY" SPECIAL on WPFW FM 89.3


 


       
Each year Mr. Jay Winter Nightwolf, American Indian activist, spokesman and radio and television host, presents a special program on the occasion of the anniversary formerly known as Thanksgiving.  What is the true history of the holiday itself, and how does it compare with our conventional stories and images of that day?  What are the stories, the facts, the knowledge, that American Indians have to tell the world about their history since 1492, and about their predicament today?  What do the rest of us need to hear - and how willing are we to hear it?  What are the implications of our civilization, "the colonial-industrial complex," and for indigenous peoples around the world?

        It is certainly true that many of us - Indians included - have much to be grateful for.  But at what price to others, past and present?  And what responsibilities do we incur when we accept our blessings - to other human beings, to life in general, and to the planet itself?  Do we in the U.S. have a special opportunity, and responsibility, to turn and to begin to bring healing and enwholement into the world?  Even if it means backing off of our current way of life?  How much longer will the universe support that way, anyway?

        Can we begin in all humility to live in such a way that in times to come the Indians among us, and indeed the world, will have reason to give thanks?  What would that take, beginning here and now?

        "The Tree" invites you to listen, perhaps to call in to the show, to invite others to listen, and to grow in knowledge, in understanding, and in wisdom.  If your are a parent, a teacher, or otherwise responsible for helping form our young people, we invite you especially.  Details about the show will be posted here as they emerge.

        Nightwolf is also heard Friday afternoons, 2:00 to 3:00 PM DC time, "Weekly - but never weakly," over the air, and worldwide by internet streaming over the Pacifica Foundation's WPFW.  For more information, please visit the station's site at the link below, or write Jay directly at wahyasunoyi@aol.com.

On the Air and Streamed Worldwide from WPFW 89.3 FM:
www.wpfwfm.org/

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM   *   Reston, Virginia

The ANNUAL INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE at UNITED CHRISTIAN PARISH



       
"Every year the United Christian Parish, or UCP, hosts an interfaith Thanksgiving service attended by members of many faith communities, Protestant, Muslim, and Jewish."  This is always a warm, inclusive, welcoming, family-friendly gathering and celebration to which all are welcomed, often including regional Baha'is, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, and people of no specific affiliation.  You may wish to bring a gift of nonperishable food goods to share with those in need.

        The church is located at 11508 North Shore Drive, a short distance west of Lake Anne.  You may visit their site, link below, or call 703-620-3065 for more information.

        And thanks to Br. Rizwan Jaka of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, or ADAMS, for helping build these services, and for this information.

The Church:   www.ucpreston.org/

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Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16, 2014 in Washington, DC and Beyond

The SEVENTH ANNUAL WEEKEND OF INTERFAITH TWINNING



       
"The Weekend of Twinning is an annual event held every November spearheaded by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, during which thousands of Muslims and Jews link up in scores of cities in more than 30 countries around the world to hold joint events.  Mosques and synagogues, Muslim and Jewish student groups, young leadership bodies and women's organizations 'twin' with each other in cities around the world and hold encounters focused on celebrating commonalities in our two faith traditions, standing together against Islamophobia and anti-Semitism and performing acts of social service together in recognition of the common moral imperative in both Islam and Judaism to help those most in need.

        "FEU helps to coordinate and facilitate many of these events.  Participation in the Weekend of Twinning allows grass roots Jews and Muslims around the world to meet, learn from each other and to form personal friendships.

        "Join the movement and contact us to find out more about events in your city or for assistance in organizing your own Twinning event!"

The Weekend:   www.ffeu.org/twinning.html

The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding:   www.ffeu.org/

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Friday, October 31, 2014   *   Just About Everywhere   *   As Darkness Falls *CACKLE!* until TBD

The Annual TRICK OR TREAT FOR UNICEF CAMPAIGN for 2014



       
"It's Scary, How Much Good You Can Do:  Give a child 40 days of clean, safe water for $1   -   Feed a malnourished child for 5 days for $5   -   Vaccinate 280 children for $10   -   Protect 100 kids from malaria for $100   -   Install a water pump to serve a whole village for $500.

        "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 as a way to help kids who need more than candy.  Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, 'Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!'  They have raised more than $170 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF since 1950.

        "TEACHERS AND GROUP LEADERS!  Order your Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection boxes or download the eco-friendly DIY Fundraising Kit.  You can also access free lesson plans and other classroom resources!

        "Founded in 1946, UNICEF has always put children first, helping to save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization.  UNICEF cares about making the world better for kids.  That's why, when you donate to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, we make sure that 91.2 cents of every dollar spent goes directly to help children."

        [EDITOR'S NOTE:  There are now three ways to participate: 1) Door to Door, 2) Trick or Treat Online, and 3) Throw a Party.  Check their website to learn more.]

www.unicefusa.org/mission/usa/trick-or-treat?

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Sunday, September 21, 2014 along Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC   *   1:30 to 4:30 PM

The ANNUAL 9/11 UNITY WALK for 2014



       
Having become a cherished tradition and catalyst of understanding, upliftment and ongoing peacebuilding work, the annual 9/11 Unity Walk for 2014 will take place on Sunday, September 21.  In recent years the Unity Walk has come to involve continuing year-round service projects, primarily with our young people, as well as other events and activities that contribute to building knowledge, understanding, transformation and reconciliation in the world.  These include experiential education for youth and adults; shared projects with peer organizations local, national and global; and its Compassionate Leadership awards.

        Walk organizers are particularly interested in connecting with others who are curious, interested, and who may want to become involved in various ways.  They would like to hear from you, your schools, your congregations and organizations.  Detailed news, information and updates appear regularly on the Walk's site, as well as over Geotrees and a number of other sites.  Please visit the site at the link below, and learn more about this dynamic, transforming event.

www. 911unitywalk.org/

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Sunday, September 7, 2014 in Sterling, Virginia   *   5:30 to 9:00 PM

The THIRTEENTH ANNUAL
ADAMS PEACE GATHERING and PUBLIC SAFETY APPRECIATION



       
"Greetings!  On behalf of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society [ADAMS], we would like to invite you to the 13th annual ADAMS PEACE Gathering and Public Safety Appreciation on Sunday, September 7th, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at the ADAMS Main Center.  We hope you and your family can join us at this 13th annual event to reflect on PEACE and GOODWILL to members of all faiths, all over the world.  The Peace Gathering will allow us to reflect on and remember all the victims, and their families, of the tragic events of Sept 11, 2001.  We will honor the efforts made this past year by public safety and interfaith and civic organizations.

        "We will also be remembering the daughter (Ms. Shakila Yasmin) and son-in law (Nurul Haque Mian) of Mr. Sharif A.Chowdhury (community member of ADAMS), who were among the victims that were killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11.  Muslims condemn terrorism and extremism.

        "We condemn the horrific terrorist attacks of 9/11.  We pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism.  We pray for the safety and security of our country and its people.  We pray for the safety and security of all inhabitants of our planet.  We pray that interfaith harmony, cooperation, and respect prevail both here at home and all around the globe.

        "Address:   46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20164"

www.adamscenter.org/

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in Washington, DC   *   6:00 PM

A NATIONAL SERVICE OF MOURNING
for THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL



       
"The loss and suffering resulting from the latest conflict between the Israeli military and Palestinian groups in Gaza is staggering.  More than 1,400 civilians have been killed and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced.  Weeks of overwhelming destruction have devastated land, homes, and infrastructure.  The siege of Gaza and the military occupation of Palestinian territory cripple normal life.  As the people of the region cry 'How long, O Lord?' we join our prayers with theirs in a service of worship.  In the midst of sorrow and grief, please join us in a witness to faith, hope, and love.

        "This service is coordinated by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy, a network of national Christian denominations and organizations working for a just peace in the Middle East with a primary focus on Israel and Palestine.

        "For more information, contact: Mike Merryman-Lotze, AFSC at MMerryman-Lotze@afsc.org.  Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown.  Parking available on street or in paid parking garage adjacent to Calvary Baptist Church on 8th Street, NW"

To See the Flyer:   www.geotrees.com/ftp/NSM-09-03-2014.pdf

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Saturday Evening, June 28, through Monday Evening, July 28, 2014

RAMADAN 2014


       
Thanks to When-Is.Com for this information.

        In North America, Ramadan in 2014 will start on the evening of Saturday, June 28, and conclude when Eid al-Fitr begins on Monday evening, July 28.  "Note that in the Muslim calender, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day... "  We recommend that you check your local congregation for details.

        The Washington-Baltimore region will offer a wide range of religious, interfaith, educational, service, and cultural events and activities for Ramadan, both for building Muslim communities and congregations themselves, and for enriching the bonds of communication, knowledge, and understanding with the larger community.  Geotrees will carry these as they become available.  Please send us your announcements to us at events@geotrees.com, and check back regularly to see those of others, as the holy season approaches and unfolds.

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Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22, 2014
Stony Run Friends Meetinghouse, 5116 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Md. 21210


PEACEQUEST 2014
Friends Peace Teams 20th Anniversary Celebration



     
"Join peacemakers in Baltimore, Maryland June 20-22 to learn personal, local and global peace techniques and initiatives.  PeaceQuest 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Friends Peace Teams' work around the world.

      "Friends Peace Teams (FPT) is a spirit-led organization working around the world to develop long term relationships with communities in conflict to develop programs for peace-building, healing, and reconciliation.  FPT's programs build on extensive Quaker experience combining practical and spiritual aspects of conflict resolution.  FPT was founded about twenty years ago by Quakers from several Yearly meetings with the goal of making every Friends Meeting House and Church a center for peace-making.  This work has formed 'Initiatives' to offer opportunities for communities in conflict to create human and material resources to assist these communities to build peace."

      ACCOMMODATIONS: Stony Run Friends is on Charles Street near the northern edge of the city, just south of the large modern Cathedral of Mary Our Quenn, and directly accessible from the beltway.  Geotrees recommends searching Expedia.Com for hotels in Towson, Lutherville, and Pikesville, Maryland for discounted lodging, and that you reserve early.

PeaceQuest 2014 Home Page:  Registration, Program, Call for Workshop Proposals:
www.peacequest2014.org/

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Sunday, June 15, 2014   *   6:00 to 8:00 PM
FREE CONCERT at the Great Falls Village Green, Georgetown Pike and Walker Road


IN CONCERT ON THE GREEN with DARYL "KLAN WE TALK?" DAVIS



       
All are welcome to enjoy an evening of free all-American roots music with this modern master of the traditional idioms of mid-twentieth-century USA.  Bring family, friends, and a picnic.  (A Safeway store and restaurants are immediately adjacent to this venue.)  Tick repellant is recommended.  Hopefully, Daryl will have copies of his book for purchase.  And don't forget your '57 Bel Air and your blue suede shoes. . .

        In addition to great '50s-style rock roots music, DARYL "KLAN WE TALK?" DAVIS, childhood Foreign Service "global nomad" of mixed Black and Cherokee ancestry, has a long career of building bridges of communication, respect, and friendship with regional leaders and members of the Ku Klux Klan.  He describes this remarkable work in his book Klan-Destine Relationships, available on his website; he has appeared on The National Geographic Channel.  The site also has current details of his performance, lecture, and special events schedules.

Daryl Davis:   http://www.daryldavis.com/index.html

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Sunday, May 4, 2014   *   4:00 PM

DARYL "KLAN WE TALK?" DAVIS with the InterPLAYcompany BAND



       
The interPLAYcompany is "a 67 piece orchestra of adults with cognitive disabilities, playing all genres of music with senior high school, college, professional musicians and guest artists" at Strathmore.  On May 4 they will present "'The British are Coming, the British are Coming!', a participatory concert with the inimitable Daryl Davis, famed rock-n-roll artist joining the 67-piece band and surprise guest artists!"  The performance will take place at the Cultural Arts Theater, Georgia Avenue and East West Highway, in Silver Spring.

        In addition to great '50s-style rock roots music, DARYL "KLAN WE TALK?" DAVIS, childhood Foreign Service "global nomad" of mixed Black and Cherokee ancestry, has a long career of building bridges of communication, respect, and friendship with regional leaders and members of the Ku Klux Klan.  He describes this remarkable work in his book Klan-Destine Relationships, available on his website; he has appeared on The National Geographic Channel.  The site also has current details of his performance, lecture, and special events schedules.

        We invite you to get your tickets while there are still some available - and don't forget your blue suede shoes. . .

The InterPLAYcompany Band:   www.interplayband.org/
Daryl Davis:   http://www.daryldavis.com/index.html

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Thursday, April 24, 2014   *   7:00 to 8:45 PM

WITH PAUL CHAPPELL of the NUCLEAR AGE PEACE FOUNDATION:
"WHY PEACE IS POSSIBLE: EXPLORING THE ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE AND WAR"



       
West Point Graduate, Iraq War veteran, and former US Army captain, Paul K. Chappell is the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  An international speaker and peace educator, he presents talks on "Why World Peace is Possible," Is Humanity Naturally Violent or Naturally Peaceful?" and "The Art of Waging Peace."

        Part African-American, part Asian, and part Caucasian, Paul grew up in Alabama with a father who suffered extreme war trauma in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.  Growing up in a violent household, Paul has sought answers to the issues of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope.

        This program is thanks to the leadership of the Little Friends for Peace in Mount Ranier.  It will be at The Perry School, 128 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 from 7:00 to 8:45 PM.

The Program Flyer:   www.geotrees.com/ftp/LFFPPaulChappell2.jpg
Paul's Bio:   http://www.geotrees.com/ftp/Paul-K-Chappell-BIO.jpg
The Little Friends for Peace:   www.lffp.org

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Monday, January 20, 2014   *   All Day

The Annual MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE



       
The annual Day of Service has become a tradition, not only for students, young people and schools, but for people of all ages - an opportunity for people to connect and commit across the divides of economics, faith (and lack of it), nationality, generations, and more, and to serve the human family and the planet in very basic ways. 

        YOUR LOCAL PROJECTS:   There is such a diversity and wealth of projects being planned and prepared in the Baltimore-Washington, DC region that it is impossible to list them all here.  The Corporation for National & Community Service plays a major role in compiling leads to such projects; click on their link below to visit their site, to explore their resources, and to find projects in your area.

        The Day of Service is also connected with United We Serve: "United We Serve is a nationwide service initiative that helps meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn.  With the knowledge that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools, President Obama is asking us to come together to help lay a new foundation for growth."  See their link, below, for more information, and to register your own projects.

        Our region is rich in opportunities to serve, not only on special occasions, but throughout the year.  Geotrees welcomes news of your groups and activities at all times.  Feel free to contact us at events@geotrees.com, or to post them directly to the flagship group at geotrees@yahoogroups.com.  Posting is open to all, with no membership or subscription required.

The Corporation:   www.mlkday.gov
United We Serve:   www.serve.gov

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Thursday, November 28, 2013   *   Time TBD, Washington, DC Time

On Independent "Jazz 'n Justice" WPFW 89.3 FM Community Radio:
Mr. J.W. Nightwolf's
ANNUAL TWO HOUR "MISGIVING DAY" SPECIAL on WPFW FM 89.3



       
Each year Mr. Jay Winter Nightwolf, American Indian activist, spokesman and radio and television host, presents a special program on the occasion of the anniversary formerly known as Thanksgiving.  What is the true history of the holiday itself, and how does it compare with our conventional stories and images of that day?  What are the stories, the facts, the knowledge, that American Indians have to tell the world about their history since 1492, and about their predicament today?  What do the rest of us need to hear?  And what are the implications of our civilization, "the colonial-industrial complex," and for indigenous peoples around the world?

        It is certainly true that many of us - Indians included - have much to be grateful for.  But at what price to others, past and present?  And what responsibilities do we incur when we accept our blessings - to other human beings, to life in general, and to the planet itself?  Do we in the U.S. have a special opportunity, and responsibility, to turn and to begin to bring healing and enwholement into the world?  Even if it means backing off of our current way of life?  How much longer will the universe support that way, anyway?

        Can we begin in all humility to live in such a way that in times to come the Indians, and indeed the world, will have reason to give thanks?

        "The Tree" invites you to listen, perhaps to call in to the show, and to grow in knowledge, in understanding, and in wisdom.  Details about the show will be posted here as they emerge.

        Nightwolf is also heard Friday afternoons, 1:00 to 2:00 PM DC time, over the air and worldwide by internet streaming over the Pacifica Foundation's WPFW.  For more information, please visit the station's site at the link below, or write Jay directly at nightwolfjw@aol.com.

On the Air and Streamed Worldwide from WPFW 89.3 FM:
www.wpfw.org/

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Sunday, September 8, 2013 along Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC   *   1:30 to 4:30 PM

The ANNUAL 9/11 UNITY WALK for 2013



       
Rapidly becoming a cherished tradition and catalyst of understanding, upliftment and ongoing peacebuilding work, the annual 9/11 Unity Walk for 2013 will take place on Sunday, September 8.  In recent years the Unity Walk has come to involve continuing year-round service projects, primarily with our young people, as well as other events and activities that contribute to building knowledge, understanding, transformation and reconciliation in the world.  These include experiential education for youth and adults; shared projects with peer organizations local, national and global; and its Compassionate Leadership awards.

        Walk organizers are particularly interested in connecting with others who are curious, interested, and who may want to become involved in various ways.  They would like to hear from you, your schools, your congregations and organizations.  Detailed news, information and updates appear regularly on the Walk's site, as well as over Geotrees and a number of other sites.  Please visit the site at this time, link below, and learn more about this dynamic, transforming event.

www. 911unitywalk.org/

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013, Washington, DC   ~   All Day

The 50TH ANNIVERSARY MARCH ON WASHINGTON


       
"On August 28, 2013 citizens from across this country will converge upon our nation's capital to commemorate and celebrate the historic March On Washington which occurred 50 years ago on August 28, 1963.  This site provides information and updates on the numerous commemorative marches that are being planned throughout this country.  In addition, this site provides citizens an opportunity to leave their remembrances and pictures of the march that changed the world."

        The march will be preceded on Tuesday, August 27, by the conference "Marching Forward by Looking Back."  Please visit the March website for details on this and other related events, as well as information on transportation, the Middle and High School Students' Contest, and nominations for the Fammie Lou Hamer Civil Rights Award.

The March Home Page

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(Updated Sunday, July 21)   On the National Geographic Channel, Thursday, August 1, 10:00 PM ET

In Concert, in Person:
DARYL "KLAN WE TALK?" DAVIS


(Photo from The National Geographic Channel website)


        (Updated Sunday, July 21, 2013)   "You could say musician, author, lecturer, actor and race relations expert Daryl Davis plays with fire, and that's more fact than fiction!  As a musician, Daryl lights up the crowd with burnin' Boogie-Woogie piano.  As an author, Daryl's nonfiction book, Klan-Destine Relationships, provides a thrilling, first-person account of a Black man's journey into mindset of the Ku Klux Klan.

        "Daryl can be seen on the big and small screens or at a music venue, theatre or lecture hall near you.  And whether rockin' out, acting or speaking, he never fails to entertain, enlighten and inform.  See the Musician Schedule for shows with Daryl and his band, the Lecture Schedule for speaking engagements, and the Special Events Schedule for info on other events and news."

        Daryl's Great Falls concert scheduled for Sunday, July 7, was rained out, but we hope it will be rescheduled.  Visit the Geotrees flagship message group regularly for updates.  In the meantime, you may also visit his website to see his overall appearance schedule.

        What has gone on in his heart, to make such a remarkable thing possible?  What complimentary transformations of the heart have taken place with his Klan friends and acquaintances?  And perhaps of more immediate importance, How can we emulate those transformations in our own hearts, as we try to build a better world out of the challenging transactions and conditions in our own lives?  This evening may help answer these questions.

        The National Geographic Channel featured Daryl and his work on their program Taboo USA on Tuesday, June 11th, and will show it again Thursday evening, August 1, at 10:00 PM Eastern.  Click the link below for details, and to see the two-and-a-half-minute trailer.

        Please visit us here at the Cafe regularly for additional updates.

Daryl Davis' Home Page: Entertainer, Author, Speaker

Video Trailor from the National Geographic Channel

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Tuesday Evening, July 9, through Wednesday, August 7, 2013

RAMADAN 2013


       
Thanks to When-Is.Com for this information:

        "Ramadan in 2013 will start on Tuesday, the 9th of July and will continue for 30 days until Wednesday, the 7th of August.  Based on sightability in North America, in 2013 Ramadan will start in North America a day later - on Wednesday, the 10th of July.

        "Note that in the Muslim calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day... "  We recommend that you check your local congregation for details.

        The Washington-Baltimore region will offer a wide range of religious, interfaith, educational, service, and cultural events and activities for Ramadan, both for building Muslim communities and congregations themselves, and for enriching the bonds of communication, knowledge, and understanding with the larger community.  Geotrees will carry these as they become available.  Please send us your announcements at events@geotrees.com, and check back regularly to see those of others, as the holy season approaches and unfolds.

        Use our "How to Post" Quick Guide, link below, to post directly to our main message forums.

The Geotrees 'How to Post' Quick Guide

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Saturday, June 8, through Monday, June 10, 2013   *   At the National Mall and the US Capitol, Washington, DC

ONE MILLION BONES and "ACT AGAINST ATROCITIES" ADVOCACY DAY



       
"On June 8 [Saturday], 2013, one million handmade bones crafted by students, artists, and activists from around the world will be laid on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  A striking symbol of our common humanity, these bones were made to honor those lost to genocide and mass atrocities, and those still fighting to survive them in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma, and Somalia.  Each bone represents a call to action, a story, a voice.

        "This installation will serve as a collaborative site of conscience to remember victims and survivors, and as a visible petition to raise awareness of the issue and call upon our government to take much needed and long overdue action.

        "At One Million Bones we are committed to leveraging the power of art to inspire activism.  As artists and activists ourselves, we feel the most powerful thing we can do to effect change is to use art as a means of introducing people to the issue and offering actions related to it.  People of all ages and from all nations are invited to participate in this project.  If you are interested check out our GET INVOLVED page."

        [Geotrees Editor's Note:  The OMB organization gives special attention to educators, and also has excellent discounted lodging and travel arrangements available.  Please see their home page for details.]

http://www.onemillionbones.org/

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013   *   10:00 AM   *   At the UMD Comcast Center

In Person:
HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA
and the UM Sadat Lecture for Peace



       
"We are excited by this upcoming visit to our area!  Here is an excerpt of a letter from the president of the university, Wallace D. Loh:  "'As you know, the Dalai Lama is an international force for peace, nonviolence and religious harmony, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Unlike the 20th century, in which millions died in conflict, "Let the 21st century be a century of tolerance and dialogue," he has said.'

        "Scientific inquiry fascinates him.  The Dalai Lama has engaged in many conversations with eminent scientists.  He has actively sponsored dialogues to harmonize and contrast the ways of religion and science.  He is a passionate advocate for the environment.  He describes himself as a feminist.

        "The Sadat Lecture will be FREE and open to the university community and the public; however, tickets will be required."

        ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:  Thanks to a private individual member of The McLean Dialogues for the original lead, and to BuddhaFest DC for sharing the word with her to begin with!  You may visit BuddhaFest's site here: www.buddhafest.org/.

Event Information at the University:   http://umd.edu/lecture/

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Monday, January 21, 2013   *   All Day

The Annual MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE



       
The annual Day of Service has become a tradition, not only for students, young people and schools, but for people of all ages - an opportunity for people to connect and commit across the divides of economics, faith (and lack of it), nationality, generations, and more, and to serve the human family and the planet in very basic ways. 

        There is such a diversity and wealth of projects being planned and prepared in the Baltimore-Washington, DC region that it is impossible to list them all here.  The Corporation for National & Community Service plays a major role in compiling leads to such projects; click on their link below to visit their site, to explore their resources, and to find projects in your area.

        The Day of Service is also connected with United We Serve: "United We Serve is a nationwide service initiative that helps meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn.  With the knowledge that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools, President Obama is asking us to come together to help lay a new foundation for growth."  See their link, below, for more information.

        Our region is rich in opportunities to serve, not only on special occasions, but throughout the year.  Geotrees welcomes news of your groups and activities at all times.  Feel free to contact us at editor@geotrees.com, or to post them directly to the flagship group at geotrees@yahoogroups.com.  Posting is open to all, with no membership or subscription required.

The Corporation:   www.mlkday.gov

United We Serve:   www.serve.gov

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Friday, January 18 through Monday, January 21, 2013
Various Events, Various Times


At Several Locations in the Metro Washington Area:
The 2013 AMERICAN INDIAN INAUGURAL BALL, POW WOW, and RELATED EVENTS



       
"In 1969, AIS held its first American Indian Inaugural Ball and formed its first parade unit which marched in the Presidential Inauguration of Richard Nixon.  Every inauguration year since then, AIS has hosted the American Indian Inaugural Ball, bringing together nearly 4,000 individuals from native organizations and tribes from across the continent and Alaska and Hawaii."

        The Ball is one of a series of special events taking place over a period of four days, including the Pow Wow on Saturday, January 19, 2013.  Please visit their home site, link below, for details.

www.aisball2013.com/home

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Thursday, November 22, 2012
9:00 AM until Noon, Washington, DC Time


On Independent "Jazz 'n Justice" WPFW 89.3 FM Community Radio:
Mr. J.W. Nightwolf's ANNUAL "YANKSGIVING" SPECIAL on WPFW FM 89.3



       
Each year Mr. Jay Winter Nightwolf, American Indian activist, spokesman and radio and television host, presents a special program on the occasion of Thanksgiving.  What is the true history of the holiday itself, and how does it compare with our conventional stories and images of that day?  What are the stories, the facts, the knowledge, that American Indians have to tell the world about their history since 1492, and about their predicament today?  What do the rest of us need to hear?  And what are the implications of our civilization, "the colonial-industrial complex," and for indigenous peoples around the world?

        It is certainly true that many of us - Indians included - have much to be grateful for.  But at what price to others, past and present?  And what responsibilities do we incur when we embrace our blessings - to other human beings, to life in general, and to the planet itself?  Do we in the U.S. have a special opportunity, and responsibility, to turn and to begin to bring healing and enwholement into the world?  Even if it means backing off of our current way of life?  How much longer will the universe support that way, anyway?

        Can we begin in all humility to live in such a way that in times to come the Indians, and indeed the world, will have reason to give thanks?

        "The Tree" invites you to listen, perhaps to call in to the show, and to grow in knowledge, in understanding, and in wisdom.  Details about the show will be posted here as they emerge.

        Nightwolf is also heard Friday evenings, 7:00 to 8:00 PM DC time, over the air and worldwide by internet streaming over the Pacifica Foundation's WPFW.  For more information, please visit the station's site at the link below, or write Jay directly at nightwolfjw@aol.com.

On the Air and Streamed Worldwide from WPFW 89.3 FM:
www.wpfw.org/

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Sunday, September 16 through Saturday, October 6, 2012

Independent "Jazz 'n Justice" Community Radio:
The WPFW FM 89.3 SEPTEMBER, 2012 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE



     
Since its birth in 1977, the Pacifica Foundation's 50,000 Watt FM stereo WPFW has served the national capital region as its only completely independent, noncommercial beacon of the arts, community life, news and public affairs committed to building justice, freedom and peace in the region, and in the world.  Much of the programming is locally-based - WPFW bridges the gap between grassroots people and communities, and the world at large.  And with the advent of internet streaming, the voice of WPFW - and of its local communities - can now be heard by people around the globe.

      WPFW is unique in DC area for its independence: Unlike any other station, WPFW accepts no corporate "underwriting" or other support, and thus is not beholden to any commercial interest.  You will not hear "underwriting" or commercial headlines, prevalent on other "public" stations, on WPFW.  As a result, WPFW is free to bring us news and public affairs programming uninfluenced by and not beholden to the government-corporate complex - again, unlike any other local station.  And this news and analysis is important to living intelligently in these pivotal times.

      WPFW has relied on its members for financial support, holding several membership drives each year.  The station will hold such a membership drive in mid-September, featuring many programming "specials" as well.  We invite you to listen, and hear how the station is unmatched in the variety and diversity of programming it offers in music, the arts, community affairs, commentary, news, and more.  It offers a voice to many in our community who cannot otherwise reach the public. 

      To see what value WPFW offers to you and your communities, simply listen in or visit their website.  Get a sampling of the depth and breadth it offers.  See how it may give your community a voice.  And consider giving it your support.

      We look forward to welcoming you!

www.wpfw.org/

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Sunday, September 9, 2012 along Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

The ANNUAL 9/11 UNITY WALK for 2012



       
Rapidly becoming a cherished tradition and touchstone of understanding, upliftment and peacebuilding, the annual 9/11 Unity Walk for 2012 will take place in early September.  In recent years the Unity Walk has also come to involve continuing year-round service projects, primarily with our young people, as well as other events and activities that contribute to building knowledge, understanding, transformation and reconciliation in the world.  These include experiential education for youth and adults; shared projects with peer organizations local, national and global; and its Compassionate Leadership awards.

        Walk organizers are particularly interested in connecting with others who are curious, interested, and who may want to become involved in various ways.  We would like to hear from you, your schools, your congregations and organizations!  Detailed news, information and updates appear regularly on the Walk's site, as well as over Geotrees and a number of other sites.  Please visit the site at this time, link below, and learn more about this dynamic, transforming event.

www. 911unitywalk.org/

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Monday, August 13, 2012 at Westminster Presbyterian, 400 I Street SW, Washington, DC
6:00 to 9:00 PM


In Concert and In Person: DARYL "KLAN WE TALK?" DAVIS and His Band



       
In addition to being an accomplished American roots/blues/boogie pianist and musician in the tradition of Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino, Daryl Davis has built an exceptional record as an interracial pioneer.  Since his youth, he has overcome daunting obstacles public and private to build bridges of communication, respect, and even deep friendships with one of the most difficult populations imaginable: numerous leaders of the Ku Klux Klan.  His book, the 300-plus-page Klan-Destine Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan, tells his story - and theirs - in great and honest detail.  His website, with details on book, musical appearances, and more, is at the first link below.

        Daryl - along with his courageous counterparts in the Klan - has done something that most bridgebuilders only dream about, making himself a leadership example for the rest of us.  He has something to teach those of us who want to bring reconciliation, justice, and peace into this world.  Feel free to introduce yourselves - he's very accessible.

        And, of course, he also plays some remarkable '50s boogie piano...

www.daryldavis.com

The Westminster Presbyterian Church:   westminsterdc.org/

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Friday, August 3, through Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Annual HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION and HIBAKUSHA VISIT


(In 2010, sixth graders in an art class near Syracuse, NY made 1,000 origami peace cranes
to send to Hiroshima.  Click HERE for the original story on Syracuse.Com!)


        Updated Tuesday, August 1:   For almost a week, during the anniversary period of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, visiting Hibakusha - atom bomb survivors - will be in the area, participating in a number of peacebuilding activities in Washington, Baltimore, and Frederick.  These will include a visit to the Enola Gay exhibit, memorial services, discussion at the American University School of International Service (SIS), a White House vigil, and more.  As we learn of additional activities, we will post them on the bulletin, available at this link.

www.geotrees.com/ftp/the-bomb-2012.pdf

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In North America:
Friday, July 20 (Evening), to Sunday, August 19, 2012

RAMADAN 2012



       
Thanks to When-Is.Com for this information:

        "Ramadan in 2012 will start on Friday, the 20th of July and will continue for 30 days until Saturday, the 18th of August.  Based on sightability in North America, in 2012 Ramadan will start in North America a day later - on Saturday, the 21st of July.

        "Note that in the Muslim calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day... "

        The Washington-Baltimore region will offer a wide range of religious, interfaith, educational, service, and cultural events and activities for Ramadan, both for building Muslim communities and congregations themselves, and for enriching the bonds of communication, knowledge, and understanding with the larger community.  Geotrees will carry these as they become available.  Please send us your announcements, and check back regularly to see those of others, as the holy season approaches.

The Geotrees 'How to Post' Quick Guide

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Sunday, April 29, 2012   *   1:30 to 3:30 PM

The Third Annual HOPE FOR DARFUR - JUSTICE IN SUDAN Rally



       
"We must take sides.   Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.  Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.   Sometimes we must interfere.   When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.  Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe."   - Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor, Human Rights and Political Activist, Nobel Laureate, Author

        "Darfur Interfaith Network, in partnership with United to End Genocide, is proud to sponsor the third annual Hope for Darfur Justice in Sudan Rally.  This year our event will be on Sunday, April 29, 2012 starting at the Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M Street, N.W. (near the Farragut North or McPherson Square Metro stops) and will proceed to the White House at Lafayette Park.  In case of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, we will remain at Metropolitan AME Church."

www.hope4darfurrally.org/

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Monday, January 16, 2012   *   All Day

The Annual MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE



       
The Day of Service is rapidly becoming a tradition, not only for students, young people and schools, but for people of all ages - an opportunity for people to connect and commit across the divides of economics, faith (and lack of it), nationality, generations, and more, and to serve humankind and the planet in very basic ways. 

        There is such a diversity and wealth of projects being planned and prepared in the Baltimore-Washington, DC region that it is impossible to list them all here.  The Corporation for National & Community Service plays a major role in compiling leads to such projects; click on their link below to visit their site and explore their resources.

        Our region is rich in opportunities to serve, not only on special occasions, but throughout the year.  Geotrees welcomes news of your groups and activities at all times.  Feel free to contact us at editor@geotrees.com, or to post them directly to the flagship group at geotrees@yahoogroups.com.  Posting is open to all, with no membership or subscription required.

The Corporation:   www.mlkday.gov

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Autumn 2011 through St. Valentine's Day, February 14, 2012

The LATE-YEAR and EARLY WINTER HOLIDAYS, 2011-2012



       
Divali, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Shogatsu, Valentine's Day and more - during the final weeks of one year and the first part of the new, cultural and religious traditions from around the world offer us many opportunities to celebrate and share the grace of Heaven.  In the Northern Hemisphere, this darkest time of year is illuminated and warmed by such holidays - and by the reverence, warmth, compassion, and generosity they inspire us to share with one another.

        This time is a special opportunity for us all to learn about each other; to build bridges of knowledge, fellowship and respect; and to engage in concrete activities and projects to bring relief to the hurt in the world.  There are many service and volunteer opportunities, especially across interfaith lines.  And this is always a special time for reaching out to children in need. 

        Geotrees invites you to share news of your special events and charitable projects with the rest of us.  To see them, please visit our main and interfaith message groups, to which you can freely post, as well.

The main Geotrees group:   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/geotrees/
The Interplan interfaith group:   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/interplan/

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Thursday, November 24, 2011   *   9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, DC Time

"What Do the Indians Have to be Thankful For?"
Three Arrows - As It Was, As It Is, and As It Should Be:
Mr. J.W. Nightwolf's ANNUAL "YANKSGIVING" SPECIAL on WPFW FM 89.3



       
Each year Mr. Jay Winter Nightwolf, American Indian activist, spokesman and radio and television host, presents a special program on the occasion of Thanksgiving.  What is the true history of the holiday itself, and how does it compare with our conventional stories and images of that day?  What are the stories, the facts, the knowledge, that American Indians have to tell the world about their history since 1492, and about their predicament today?  What do the rest of us need to hear?  And what are the implications of our civilization, "the colonial-industrial complex," for indigenous peoples around the world?

        It is certainly true that many of us - Indians included - have much to be grateful for.  But at what price to others, past and present?  And what responsibilities do we incur when we embrace our blessings - to other human beings, to life in general, and to the planet itself?  Do we in the U.S. have a special opportunity, and responsibility, to turn and to begin to bring healing and enwholement into the world?  Even if it means backing off of our current way of life?  How much longer will the universe support that way, anyway?

        Can we begin in all humility to live in such a way that in times to come the Indians, and indeed the world, will have reason to give thanks?

        "The Tree" invites you to listen, perhaps to call in to the show, and to grow in knowledge, in understanding, and in wisdom.  Details about the show will be posted here as they emerge.

        Nightwolf is also heard Friday evenings, 7:00 to 8:00 PM DC time, over the air and worldwide by internet streaming over the Pacifica Foundation's WPFW.  For more information, please visit the station's site at the link below, or write Jay directly at nightwolfjw@aol.com.

On the Air and Streamed Worldwide from WPFW 89.3 FM:
www.wpfw.org/

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Sunday, September 11, 2011   *   Embassy Row - Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC

The TENTH ANNIVERSARY 9/11 UNITY WALK



       
(Updated Saturday, August 13, 2011)  Final planning is now under way for the annual 9/11 Unity Walk, to take place this year on the tenth anniversary of the original event.  In recent years the Unity Walk has come to involve continuing year-round service projects, primarily with our young people, as well as other events and activities that contribute to building knowledge, understanding, transformation and reconciliation in the world.

        Walk organizers are particularly interested in connecting with others who are curious, interested, and who may want to become involved in various ways.  We would like to hear from you, your schools, your congregations and organizations!  Detailed news, information and updates appear regularly on the Walk's site, as well as over Geotrees.  Please visit the site at this time, link below, and learn more about this dynamic, transforming event.

www.911unitywalk.org/

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Friday, September 9, 2011   *   Cardozo Senior High School, 1300 Clifton Street NW, Washington, DC

The "GLOBAL DC INITIATIVE" LAUNCH EVENT



       
"The city honors the lives lost on 9/11 by teaching peace, appreciation for diversity and global understanding to a new generation of DC schoolchildren.  This event will announce an initiative to engage educators, students, parents, community partners and the city’s international community in building a vision for how DC schools can better prepare our students for global citizenship in the 21st century.  The event will include a keynote speaker, a student panel focusing on the students’ personal global experiences, and the recognition of public and private partners who provide global education programs and opportunities for DC students and teachers."

        Partner Collaborative and Volunteer opportunities are available with the Initiative.  Sponsored by:  the D.C. Center for Global Education and Leadership (CGEL) in partnership with Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).  Thanks to Sally Schwartz of CGEL for this article.

www.dc-cgel.org/global-dc/overview

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Monday, August 1 through Wednesday, August 31, 2011   *   Multiple Times and Places

Interfaith Services, Classes, Events, Cultural Activities, Service Projects and More
for RAMADAN 2011



       
(Update Thursday, May 26, 2011)  With some two months' lead time, it's not too early for us to begin planning for Ramadan, both for building and uplifting the region's many Muslim communities, and for building bridges connecting those communities with the region as a whole.  Geotrees welcomes news and announcements of your community and school activities of any kind: Special interfaith services, talks, discussions, town halls, round tables, classes for young and old, artistic performances, cooking classes, sporting events, service projects, and more.

        Send your notices directly to one or more of the Geotrees groups, using the addresses on the flyer linked below.  You will need a Yahoo account.  Note that no log-ins, registrations, profiles or accounts are required by "the Tree" - all are invited to post freely.

www.geotrees.com/ftp/how-to-post.pdf

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  Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31, 2011

The "SAVE OUR SCHOOLS" MARCH and NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION


       
"We’re putting the Public back in public schools!

        "We, a collection of people from all walks of life and every corner of this nation, embody a mixture of ideas and opinions regarding how we can improve educational opportunities for all children.  We stand united by one belief – it’s time for teachers and parents to organize and reclaim control of our schools.

        "As concerned citizens, we demand an end to the destructive policies and rhetoric that have eroded confidence in our public schools, demoralized teachers, and reduced the education of too many of our children to nothing more than test preparation.

        "A well-educated society is essential to the future of the United States of America.  Our students must have access to a fully funded, world-class public education system, and it is our responsibility to hold our government accountable for providing the means to achieve it.  Please join us!"

www.saveourschoolsmarch.org/

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Wednesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 16, 2011   *   Multiple Times and Venues

With His Holiness the Dalail Lama in Washington, DC:
WORLD PEACE EVENT on the West Lawn, KALACHAKRA FOR WORLD PEACE, and OTHER EVENTS



       
"July 9, 2011 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, one of the world's most revered spiritual leaders, will be making a HISTORIC VISIT to Washington, DC in July 2011.  During this time, he will be conferring the Kalachakra for World Peace for the first time in the nation's capital.

        "In addition to this unprecedented event, he will be participating in a historic World Peace Event at the U.S. Capitol (West Lawn) in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 9th at 9:30 a.m.  This celebration will feature 'A Talk for World Peace' by His Holiness.  The event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC, and people of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The event is hosted by the Capital Area Tibetan Association (CATA)."  (Posted Friday, June 17, 2011)

http://tibetan.com
www.kalachakra2011.com/july9peace

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Sunday, June 26, 2011   *   Across the Region, and the Nation

FAITH SHARED: UNITED IN PRAYER AND UNDERSTANDING



       
(Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2011)   (From the Reverend Dr. C. Welton Gaddy and the Interfaith Alliance)   "On Sunday, June 26, houses of worship across the country, including Washington National Cathedral, will hold events where Christian, Muslim and Jewish clergy along with people of other faiths will come together to read from and hear from each other's sacred texts.

        "Last year, a single, tiny, church in Florida made international news by threatening to burn a Qur'an.  This year, we intend to send a much stronger message about respect and understanding among people of faith.  In addition to the Washington National Cathedral, more than 50 congregations in 26 states have already committed to participating in Faith Shared.  I am asking you, if you are a member of a house of worship, to get your congregation involved.

        "Please visit faithshared.org to find out more about how you can get involved and to download resources to use during your Faith Shared event.  Whether you are able to do something on a large scale or something small, your participation will help make a difference."

www.faithshared.org/

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Wednesday, March 9 through Sunday, April 24, 2011   *   Various Locations Throughout the Region

INTERFAITH EVENTS and SERVICE PROJECTS
for LENT, PESACH (Passover), and EASTER


       
(Saturday, February 19, 2011)  In recent years a growing number of congregations have opened their hearts and their doors to people of other faiths in this season, building connections, knowledge, understanding and good will between their congregants, primarily in the Abrahamic traditions.  It isn't uncommon, for example, to find mosques hosting interfaith Pesach seders; for mixed groups and panels to discuss their various groups' role(s) in building cooperation, pluralism, and peace in our communities; and for our young people to lead the way in interfaith service projects.

        We welcome news of such events, and will share that news over our open Geotrees Flagship and InterPlan e-mail discussion groups.  We'll also place news of major events here in the Cafe.  For tips on using these groups to share your "news, notes and knowledge" of such events, please visit the E-Mail Message Groups section of our home page.

www.www.geotrees.com/index.html#grps

Interfaith News and Activities, with links for posting and joining, can be found in the Interplan message archives, available at this link:

groups.yahoo.com/group/interplan/messages

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Monday, January 17, 2011   *   All Day

The Annual MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE



       
(Tuesday, December 21, 2010)  The Day of Service is rapidly becoming a tradition, not only for students, young people and schools, but for people of all ages - an opportunity for people to connect and commit across the divides of economics, faith (and lack of it), nationality, generations, and more, and to serve humankind and the planet in very basic ways. 

        There is such a diversity and wealth of projects being planned and prepared in the Baltimore-Washington, DC region that it is impossible to list them all here.  The Corporation for National & Community Service plays a major role in compiling leads to such projects; click on their link below to visit their site and explore their resources.

        Our region is rich in opportunities to serve, not only on special occasions, but throughout the year.  Geotrees welcomes news of your groups and activities at all times.  Feel free to contact us at editor@geotrees.com, or to post them directly to the flagship group at geotrees@yahoogroups.com.  Posting is open to all, with no membership or subscription required.

The Corporation:   www.mlkday.gov

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Thursday, November 25, 2010   *   9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, DC Time

"What Do the Indians Have to be Thankful For?"
Three Arrows - As It Was, As It Is, and As It Should Be:
Mr. J.W. Nightwolf's ANNUAL "YANKSGIVING" SPECIAL ON WPFW FM 89.3



       
(Updated Tuesday, November 23, 2010)   Each year Mr. Jay Winter Nightwolf, American Indian activist, spokesman and radio and television host, presents a special program on the occasion of Thanksgiving.  What is the true history of the holiday itself, and how does it compare with the conventional stories and images of the day?  What are the stories, the facts, the knowledge, that American Indians have to tell the world about their history since 1492, and their predicament today?  What do the rest of us need to hear?

        It is certainly true that many of us - Indians included - have much to be grateful for.  But at what price to others, past and present?  And what responsibilities do we incur when we accept our blessings - to other human beings, to life in general, and to the planet itself?  Do we in the U.S. have a special opportunity, and responsibility, to turn and to begin to bring healing and enwholement into the world? 

        Can we begin in all humility to live in such a way that the Indians, and the world, of the future will have reason to give thanks?

        The weekly Nighwolf Show grapples with these questions year-round, and in concentrated, in-depth form at this time.  "The Tree" invites you to listen, perhaps to call in to the show, and to grown in knowledge and understanding.  Details about the show will be posted here as they emerge.

        Nightwolf is heard Friday evenings, 7:00 to 8:00 PM DC time, over the air and worldwide by internet streaming over the Pacifica Foundation's WPFW.  For more information, please visit the station's site at the link below.

The Station: www.wpfw.org/
Nightwolf's Blog: www.jaywinternightwolf.com/

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Now through Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Over Thirty Years of Independent "Jazz 'n Justice" Radio:
The WPFW FM 89.3 AUTUMN, 2010 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE



     
For over thirty years, the Pacifica Foundation's WPFW has served the national capital region as a completely independent, noncommercial beacon of the arts, community life, news and public affairs committed to building justice, freedom and peace in the region, and in the world.  And with the advent of internet streaming, the voice of WPFW - and of its local communities - can now be heard around the world.

      WPFW receives no corporate "underwriting" or other support, and thus is not beholden to any commercial interest.  Instead, it has relied on its members for financial support, holding several membership drives each year. The station is in the midst of such a drive at this time, and needs our support more than ever.  With difficult times upon us, the station faces real financial difficulty, and needs our support more than ever.

      The station is unmatched in the variety and diversity of programming it offers in music, the arts, community affairs, commentary, news, and more.  It offers a voice to many in our community who cannot otherwise reach the public.  To see what value WPFW offers to you and your communities, simply listen in or visit their website.  Get a sampling of the depth and breadth it offers.  And consider giving it your support.

      The basic annual membership costs $35, although donations of any amount are always welcome.  You can respond to its over-the-air campaign, or on line via their website.  And, as a member, you will be entitled to help the station determine programming and policy.

      We look forward to welcoming you!

www.wpfw.org/

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010  *  5:30 to 10:00 PM

The 34th Annual
LETELIER-MOFFITT HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS CEREMONY



     
"Join IPS for the 34th annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards Ceremony in honor of the memory of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffit.

      "Each year in October, the Institute for Policy Studies hosts the annual human rights award in the names of Letelier and Moffitt to honor these fallen colleagues while celebrating new heroes of the human rights movement from the United States and the Americas.

      "Join IPS this year as we honor the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Honduras Human Rights Platform.  There will also be a special recognition award for the Guatemalan Police Archives.

      "Our musical guest this year will be Grammy Award-winning a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock!"

www.ips-dc.org/

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Saturday, October 2, 2010  *  Noon to 4:00 PM

March in Washington, DC:
ONE NATION WORKING TOGETHER



     
"On Saturday, October 2, 2010, hundreds of thousands of people from across America will gather at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate our re-commitment to change.  The One Nation March will feature human and civil rights leaders, labor leaders, environmental and peace activists, faith leaders, celebrities and sports figures - all marching together to help Put America Back to Work and to Pull America Back Together.  And to help reorder our national priorities so that investments in people come first.

      "Our official program will begin at 12:00 pm and end at 4:00 pm.  The event site will open for our guests at 6:00 am, and our pre-program will kick off at 11 am.  We anticipate tens of thousands of people from across the country for this march.  Please plan on arriving in the morning to allow sufficient time to get to the Lincoln Memorial.

      "One Nation is composed of more than 150 national, local, and state organizations.  Please visit our endorsing organization page for a complete listing of endorsing organizations and for more information on how your organization can endorse the march.

      "Volunteers are welcomed!  Please contact ONWTlogistics@gmail.com for more information.  Please note that volunteers are responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodations."

www.onenationworkingtogether.org/

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Sunday, September 19, 2010  *  10:00 AM to Noon

Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffett: Honor, Emulate, Remember
The Annual SHERIDAN CIRCLE MEMORIAL SERVICE



     
"Until September 11, 2001, the car bombing on Massachusetts Avenue was the most infamous act of international terrorism ever to take place in our nation's capital.  On September 21, 1976 agents of the Augusto Pinochet regime planted a car bomb at this location which brutally took the lives but not the memory of two IPS colleagues, who fought for equality and justice through reason, not violence.

      "Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt were colleagues at the Institute for Policy Studies, where Ambassador Letelier had become one of the most outspoken critics of General Pinochet.  Ms. Moffitt was a 25-year-old development associate.  For more than three decades, the pursuit of justice for their murders has been a symbol of hope for victims of tyranny everywhere.  Every year the human rights community, friends, family, colleagues, and supporters gather in remembrance of these tragic assassinations.

      "This program will take place outdoors at the site of the assassination and end with a laying of flowers on the Letelier-Moffitt memorial across the street from Sheridan Circle.  Please bring flowers."

      For additional information and updates, including the list of speakers, please visit the IPS website and click on "Sheridan Circle Memorial Service" under the "Events" tab:

www.ips-dc.org/

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Annual 9/11 Unity Walk for 2010
"Building Peace by Serving Each Other"



      "Vision:  The Unity Walk moves us towards a world where we are united rather than divided by our many faiths.

      "Purpose/Mission:  "The Unity Walk brings together people of all ages, backgrounds, and faiths to walk as family - learning to respect each other's differences, and serve beyond themselves.  As our paths cross, we learn about our neighbors, and also make a statement to the world."

      "Strategies:  We will fulfill this mission by:

  • Coordinating 'Unity Walks' to commemorate 9/11 and other significant occasions.
  • Community-building via experiential grassroots dialogue.
  • Organizing multifaith partnerships around community service projects.
  • Providing educational tools that expand the Unity Walk to other sites.
"The 9/11 Unity Walk is a 501c3 non-profit organization."

      The 2010 Walk - From the Organizers:  "This year's theme 'Building Peace by Serving Each Other' builds on last year's focus on service, as the Unity Walk continues to empower diverse individuals to come together for dialogue and volunteer opportunities.  Participants are invited to visit a variety of religious congregations for open houses and celebrations located along Washington, DC's picturesque Embassy Row."

      The 2011, Tenth Anniversary Walk is already in the early planning stages.  Please contact the organizers with any questions, ideas or suggestions you may have.

For complete details, updates as they occur, and contact information, please visit their site at
www.911unitywalk.org/

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Wednesday, August 11 through Friday, September 10, 2010

RAMADAN 2010



      In 2010, Ramadan begins on Wednesday, August 11, and runs through Friday, September 10.  Geotrees welcomes your "news, notes and knowledge" to help build local Islamic family and community life, and to help build bridges of knowledge, understanding, respect, and fellowship between our local Muslims and our other communities.

      These may include announcements of local events, links to resources, and information to help non-Muslims learn about Islam generally, and about the Islamic communities throughout the Baltimore - Washington region.  Please send your information to "the Tree" at guest@geotrees.com.  Thank you!

      (Graphic source:  www.theeid.com/)

For posting information and FAQs, please visit
www.geotrees.com/index.html#post

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Posted Friday, July 9, 2010

The First Annual Mountain Eagle Place Inter-Tribal Pow Wow
A Gathering of Nations, Saturday, July 24, in Providence Forge, Virginia



      "Being held at OMNICITY, 6325 Olivet Church Road in Providence Forge.  Gates Open at 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM / Grand Entry at Noon. 

  • Master of Ceremonies:  John Blackfeather
  • Head Lady Dancer:  Maimouna Youssef
  • Host Drum:  NA-MA-WO-CHI
  • Special Guest Performance by Three Generations
  • Visiting Drums Welcome!
  • Suggested Donation:  $20 per Vehicle
  • If Interested in Drumming, Dancing or Vending, please call 434-848-4315.
  • Drinking and Drug Use are Prohibited at This Event.
  • Proceeds to go to the Mountain Eagle Place Building Fund.
      "Mountain Eagle Place was established by Mountain Eagle Woman, Choctaw elder healer and teacher, for the purpose of preserving the stories and traditions of the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island."

The site is about ten miles east of the I-295 bypass of Richmond, towards Williamsburg.
For more information and directions, please visit
www.mountaineagleplace.com

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Posted Saturday, July 3, 2010; Updated Friday, July 9

Book Talk of Special Merit, with the Author:
Journey into America - The Challenge of Islam
with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

6:00 PM Saturday, July 10, at Politics and Prose



      "A companion to his Journey into Islam, Professor-Ambassador Ahmed's new book is an extensive look at Muslims in America.  Visiting over seventy-five U.S. towns and cities, Ambassador Ahmed asked Muslim residents about all aspects of their lives, from education to dress to relations with people of other religions, and compared the different experiences of immigrants from diverse points of origin."   - The P&P Website

      "Journey into America is an essential pillar in the effort to build the interfaith bridge of understanding.  It will inform, provoke, and inspire Americans of all colors, cultures, and faiths."   - US Representative Keith Ellison (D. - Minn.)

      "A brilliant follow-up to Journey into Islam, Ambassador Ahmed's insights should be required reading for anyone grappling with national security, national identity, and national cohesion in today's complex era."   - Col. David Kilcullen, author, The Accidental Guerrilla

      After the Talk:   If enough people are interested, we can meet over dinner after the talk to discuss the book and its issues.  Contact us at guest@geotrees.com with your e-mail address and phone number if you're interested.

Visit the Politics and Prose home site at www.politics-prose.com/

Ambassador Ahmed's blog can be visited at akbarahmed.wordpress.com/

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Posted Monday, June 7, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa (tm)
Friday, June 11 through Sunday, July 11, 2010



      The World Cup of football (aka "soccer") takes place from Friday, June 11th through Sunday, July 11.  It's a pleasure to think that people from every nation on the planet will be watching the same events over an extended period of time.  May this experience help bring us all closer to a bold new dawn of fellowship, reconciliation, and unity for the entire human family.

      We welcome news of any local activities being held in honor of the Cup, especially those with international and cross-cultural bridgebuilding themes - watch parties in local restaurants, schools or clubs; music, history, cuisines, traditions, sports and other national heroes, etc.  To post that information on the Geotrees flagship page at no cost, and without subscription, simply send it to: GEOTREES [AT] YAHOOGROUPS. COM.  Thanks!

Visit the FIFA World Cup home site at
www.fifa.com/index.html

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Updated Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Earthquake In Chile:
Focus on Relief, Contacts, and Background
- Inti-Illimani in Concert, March 30 -


      (Tuesday, March 2, 2010)   Perhaps the best single source of information and links is the website of the Embassy of Chile, in English and in Spanish.  It includes suggestions for how to contribute, how to find missing people in Chile, official releases, and links to the latest news.  There is, of course, a wide variety of other information, as well.  You may visit the site at this address:

www.chile-usa.org

      For information about groups doing work in Chile and Haiti, and about many philanthropic groups generally, visit Charity Navigator.  Their information includes breakdowns of how, specifically, they spend their money.  They have a special list, with links, of ten highly rated groups that are active in Chile.  Visit their site at this link:

www.charitynavigator.org


      (Monday, March 1, 2010)   One of our correspondents works for the Pan American Health Organization, or PAHO, which has been engaged in Haitian relief work; she expects that PAHO will have relief activity in Chile, as well.  For details on PAHO, please visit this link:
www.paho.org


      (Saturday, February 27, 2010 * 2:43 PM Eastern)   News has just arrived of the Chilean earthquake, magnitude 8.8, and of the possibility of tidal waves throughout the Pacific.  Details are still forthcoming at this time, and we know very little about the scale of the casualties, the physical damage, and the relief efforts that will be required.

      Geotrees will collect, compile and post any useful links or information here, especially those involving DC-region-local people and organizations, as well as information about Chile, its history and traditions.  Send your links and information to us at events@geotrees.com.

      Note that the Chilean musical group Inti-Illimani will appear at The Barns of Wolf Trap on Tuesday, March 30.  There will probably be information and perhaps a collection for relief at this concert.  We invite you to attend, and share your concern, respect and support of this beleaguered nation and its peoples.  Click here to learn more about Inti-Illimani and The Barns, respectively:

www.gamisim.com/artist/intiillimani/   and   www.wolftrap.org/Barns.aspx

      English Language World Press:  Links to Chile's English language press will shortly appear on the World Press Page.  Please check those links regularly to hear Chile speak to the world in the voices of its own people, and to reach back in turn to them.  Thank you.

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Updated Thursday, February 11, 2010

1.  The Protests in Iran, February 11, 2010:
The Guardian's Live Blog from the Scene

Click HERE for the Current Display, Updated Constantly from Iran


      Thanks to an anonymous correspondent for sending us this link to The Guardian's live, constantly updated blog from Iran.  We are moved, impressed and inspired by the great courage and determination of the protesters, who risk their freedom and their lives to move their country to freedom - and to share their struggle with the rest of the world.

      These people, and their nation, deserve the respect of our attention and support.  Feel free to visit this blog often, as well as The Guardian's main home site at http://www.guardian.co.uk/.  We also welcome any links or sources that you'd like to share.  Send them to guest@geotrees.com, and let us know if you'd like us to credit you and your organization as source.

      English Language World Press:  For links to many countries' English language press, including that of Iran, visit the World Press Page.

2.  Video Coverage on YouTube

Click HERE for "Iran Protests" on YouTube


      The YouTube page has a primary display, as shown here, with links to additional related stories to its right.  For additional links of value as they become available, visit our open e-mail archives at:

groups.yahoo.com/group/Geotrees/messages

and use the small Sort by Date button to bring the latest messages to the top of the list.

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Updated Friday, January 8, 2010
Two Events of Interfaith Worship and Service in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King

1.   The Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington's
Annual Martin Luther King Jr. InterFaith Prayer Service
Sunday, January 10th, 3:00 PM

"Dear Brothers and Sisters,

"Please Join Us For the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Annual Martin Luther King Jr. InterFaith Prayer Service!

    Sunday, January 10th at 3PM
    Asbury United Methodist Church
    11th & K Streets, NW
    (Free parking will be available in the public garage next door to the Church)
"We are looking for children to participate in the combined children's choir for the Event.

"If your children can participate, please arrive by 2pm.  As before, the children's choir will lead the congregation in two Spirituals ['This Little Light' and 'He's Got the Whole World'] and 'We Shall Overcome.'  The children will also offer two short pieces: 'If I Can Help Somebody' and 'Rejoice and Sing.'

"Each January, the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington coordinates the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Service.  The service is the only multi-religious and multiethnic gathering in Washington D.C. to celebrate the life of the civil rights pioneer.  The event, which recognizes and emphasizes Dr. King's principles and commitment to non-violence, highlights a particular theme for each service, a theme that is culled from the words of Dr. King himself.  This theme guides the sermon of the featured preacher, the scriptural readings from many different faith traditions, the inspirational musical selections, and the participation of local non-profit organizations.  The service draws between four hundred and one thousand people of different faiths from across the region.  Each year, income generated through advertisements and the offering are donated to a different social justice effort.

"Wa'salam 'Alaikum,
Rizwan Jaka
Board Member, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), www.adamscenter.org
Chair of the Board, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC), www.ifcmw.org
Board Member, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), www.isna.net
ADAMS Cub Scout/Boy Scout/Venture Crew Chairperson (COR), Pack/Troop/Crew 1576"



2.   "King in Our City":
A Day of Service, Interfaith Dialogue and Celebration
Monday, January 18th, 2010

"Happy New Year!

"I hope that you had a wonderful holiday and wanted to thank you once again for your interest in and support for the Unity Walk's Youth Service Initiative.

"Our next major endeavor, 'King in Our City,' January 18, 2010 - MLK Day - will offer five service projects for youth and families in all four quadrants of Washington, DC, provide a forum for interfaith dialogue over lunch, and then convene all volunteers for an afternoon concert and celebration at Washington's National Cathedral - the site of Dr. King's last sermon.  The Unity Walk is partnering with numerous local service providers and faith communities to make this a reality for approximately 300 volunteers.

"The Unity Walk will take the lead on coordinating volunteer placement for all five sites.  We will once again oversee the implementation of the project with Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) - a leader in providing environmental education opportunities for at-risk youth of the Anacostia.  100 volunteers are needed to clean up trash and remove invasive plant species along the creek at Pope Branch Park.

"For your information, you will find a brief overview of all service projects attached above.  You will also find an invitation to the afternoon concert at the Cathedral.  NOTE - lunch and transportation to the Cathedral are included in your registration.

"If you are interested in volunteering, please contact meg@911unitywalk.org or telephone (314) 910-7012.

"Many thanks in advance,

"Meg Poole
Chair, Unity Walk Youth Service Initiative, www.911unitywalk.org
      and
Program Officer, Meridian International Center, (202) 939-5895"

View and download ("Save As" from your browser) the FLYERS on line:
1. "King in Our City" and 2. At the Cathedral


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Updated Saturday, December 5, 2010

Nightwolf's Annual Reservation Relief and Clothing Drive
All Winter Long

The Need:   In his weekly Friday night broadcast of November 27, with the Old Man of the North and the hunger-moons of winter beginning to stalk the windswept expanses of the west, Nightwolf made this straightforward, concrete appeal:

"Today I would like to close this broadcast by first asking you to donate money and hard donations to help us deliver food, clothing, toys, medical supplies, furniture and appliances to the poorest people in America - those that sit isolated on desolate, cold and lonely American Indian reservations.  Remember - make your checks and money orders payable to Seeds of Faith Ministries, Inc., a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, and mail them to SOFTM Inc., PO Box 498, Millersville, Md. 21108-0498."

Clothing and More:   "Beginning Monday, December 7, you can bring your donations of clothing and food and whatever you may have to Extra Space Storage, located at 6011 Blair Road NW, Washington, DC (at the convergence of Blair, Kansas Avenue, Peabody Street, and North Cap) between 6:00 and 8:00 PM Monday through Thursdays and 12 Noon until 6:00 PM on Saturdays."

Update, Saturday, December 5, 2009:   Jay announced today an ambitious fundraising goal: $73,000 by the end of December. Among other things, he needs to cover the expenses of two 53-foot tractor-trailer trucks, to haul goods to reservations in an arc stretching from New Mexico and Arizona up into the Dakotas.

"For the past five years Jay Winter Nightwolf and his team have delivered warm coats and clothing, shoes and boots, new socks and under garments, hats and scarves and gloves, sweaters, food and medical supplies, and spent monies to fill propane tanks for heat to the people of Pine Ridge Reservation, Rosebud Reservation, Kyle, Wamblee, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, Yankton, Sissleton Reservation of South Dakota, Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, the elders of the Arapahoe Tribe of Oklahoma.  And it is our hope that we will make this happen again this year."

To see his complete message, visit the Geotrees message archives here and scroll to message 3771.

You may contact Jay personally at nightwolfjw [AT] aol.com.

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Updated Saturday, November 21, 2009 - Two Events

1.  Thanksgiving Reconsidered:
The Annual Nightwolf Show Special on WPFW 89.3 FM
Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 9:00 to Noon, DC Eastern Time

The Special:   This year Jay Winter Nightwolf, American Indian spokesman and broadcasting host, will present a three-hour special program for Thanksgiving, or "Yanksgiving" as it is known to some, over WPFW 89.3 FM, the Pacifica Foundation's station in Washington.  Exact contents aren't certain as yet, but it will deal with American Indian history and culture, and the related political, economic and human interest issues that have arisen in the near-complete destruction of their nations and peoples in the US.  There will probably be an opportunity for you, the listener, to call in to the show with comments and questions of your own.

We are guaranteed a story - one not usually available through our conventional education and mythology - that we need to hear, and respond to.  And we will come away from this broadcast with knowledge, perspective and understanding that we didn't have before.

The Weekly Show:   In addition to his specials, Jay broadcasts weekly over WPFW on Friday evenings, 7:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern.  WPFW may be heard over the air throughout the national capital region, and by internet streaming at WPFW 89.3 FM

The Relief Work:   Jay's annual fundraising and clothing drive for the winter needs of those on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations is also under way, in partnership with Seeds of Faith Ministries in Millersville, Maryland.  You may download his announcement by clicking Wolf-SOFM-2009.doc, see the PDF version by clicking here, or contact him directly at nightwolfjw AT aol-dot-com for details.  (Added Saturday, November 21, 2009)

The traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving has been an ambiguous or unfortunate occasion for many, American Indians in particular, who occupy "the lower places on the totem pole" of the conventional social, economic and political order that has sustained American comfort and prosperity for so long.

Indeed, we do have much to be thankful for.  And yet, questions inevitably arise:  What, exactly, are we thankful for?  How do we express thanks without slipping into the collective narcissism and smug self-satisfaction that so often typifies our year-end holidays?  How can we connect our gratitude and our generosity?  What are our responsibilities to others, especially the less fortunate, and to the planet and its creatures generally?  And what, specifically, can we do and how can we live now and in the year to come to create a world in which they will have more to give thanks for at next year's holiday?

Nightwolf and his guests will explore these questions during his special; Geotrees itself continues to welcome any "news, notes and knowledge" you may wish to share on these themes.

For details, please return to the Cafe regularly!



2.  Stones into Schools and Three Cups of Tea:
Author Greg Mortenson comes to Washington, DC
-  Thursday, December 3, 2009  -

Greg Mortenson has worked to establish schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, mostly schools for girls, as a means of empowerment and peacebuilding.  His first book, Three Cups of Tea, began the story of that work - a story he now continues with Stones into Schools.  He will give a book talk on December 3 at 7:00 PM at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, under the auspices of Politics and Prose Books and Hooks Book Events.  From the P and P website:

"Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders.  He shares his vision to promote peace through education and literacy.

"Please note: There is no special price for members, as participation in this event includes a donation to Greg Mortenson's foundation - Central Asia Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization promoting and supporting community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan."

You may learn more about the Central Asia Institute by clicking here.  For details and registration, please visit the P and P site at www.politics-prose.com/.

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Posted Monday, October 12, 2009

"The Hawk of Winter"
Intertribal Powwow and Benefit

October 24 and 25, 2009 ~ Saturday and Sunday
Mt. Airy Volunteer Firemen's Grounds
1008 Twin Arch Road, Mt. Airy, Maryland

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View and Download ("Save As" to Your Desktop) the FLIERS in PDF Format:   Flier #1 and Flier #2
Download the MAP:   PowwowMap.Doc

http://www.guardian.co.uk/

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Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2009



The Fifth Annual 9/11 Unity Walk
and Interfaith Youth Service Initiative

Sunday, October 18, 2009
Along Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

www.911unitywalk.org

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      "It touches me greatly that so many people of all faiths put aside their differences and walk hand in hand.   I encourage these Unity Walks, not only in Washington, D.C. but around the U.S. and the world.   Your actions speak volumes and I pray for your every success."   - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

      "In a powerful statement reminiscent of Gandhi's Walks, every church, synagogue, mosque and temple on Embassy Row opens their doors to each other and symbolically the world.   People of all faiths will come together annually around September 11th for the Annual 9/11 Unity Walk, the signature event in Washington, DC for building bridges between faiths.
      "Striking scenes broadcast worldwide on BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera include gospel singing and a Muslim call to prayer at Washington's largest synagogue and a Christian evangelical preaching and Jewish cantors singing from the Islamic Center!
      "Chaired by Rev Mpho Tutu, leaders of all major faiths including Christian evangelicals, rabbis, imams and gurus tell us not to compromise our own faith, but challenge us to understand our neighbors.
      "In a city known for power, the simple act of people coming together with no signs, banners or an agenda - like Gandhi's walks - makes the most powerful statement.   The Unity Walk moves us towards a world where we are united rather than divided by our many faiths.   Come be moved by the Unity Walk!"

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Posted Friday, August 28, 2009

Ramadan 2009:

A Growing Community Collection
of
Special Events, Interfaith Outreach, Service Projects, and More

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Your Events on the Flagship List:   groups.yahoo.com/group/geotrees/
On the Interfaith List:   groups.yahoo.com/group/interplan/
GeoLinks Resources Directory:   www.geotrees.com/geolinks.html

      The holy month of Ramadan is a special time of fasting, prayer, introspection, and family- and community-building among Muslims and, in our richly diverse region, an opportunity to share knowledge, connection, understanding and good will across some of our most sensitive human divides.   Geotrees is collecting news and information of special events, including special Muslim and interfaith services, Iftar meals, volunteer service projects, youth outreach, and more.   We post those announcements on our flagship e-mail group, as well as on the InterPlan interfaith group, where they can be read by all at the links above.

      We welcome your announcements, as well.   Do you have news of special Ramadan activities that you would like to share?   Please send them to us at events@geotrees.com.   We will post them to the groups, and add any new group links to the GeoLinks resources catalog.

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Posted Sunday, July 19, 2009, 12:41 AM



Works Sunday 2009:
Northern Virginia's Interfaith Day of Service
Y www.workssunday.org/

      "Welcome to Works Sunday!

      "Works Sunday is the day each year when people of many faiths come together in a day of service to our community.   Christians, Jews and Muslims work together in a public display of G'd's commission to serve our neighbors and help those in need.   As we work toward a more compassionate community, we get to know each other as brothers and sisters.

      "Please explore this web site to learn how you can participate in this year's Works Sunday activities:

    • Sign up for a community service project
    • Find out how your congregation can help
    • Make a contribution to support our work.

      "Mark Your Calendar and Join Us for Works Sunday on August 16th!"

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Posted Thursday, June 18, 2009, 12:41 AM



The English Language Home Page
of Iran's Mir Houssein Mousavi

      (Thursday Morning, June 18, 2009, metro Washington, DC)   Geotrees believes that this is the link to Mr. Mousavi's official English language home page, and we're trying to get confirmation at this time.   For the present, we will leave it up, assuming that it is.   In any event, as of the present time the site is available, and contains sections for Latest News, Policies, Government Websites, Government Office, and Contact Website Owner.   We attempted to use the contact section's internal mailer, but it was not working at that time.

      As we write, Iran is gripped by great difficulty and uncertainty, with repercussions for the region, and the world.   We invite you to become informed, and to stay informed, on this important situation.   We also welcome any other Iranian links or leads you may have to any of those involved, on all sides of the issues.

      Here is the link we have:   www.mir-hosseinmousavi.com/index.html.

     
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Posted Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Fifth Annual Youth Mental Wellness Conference
of the Fairfax Partnership for Youth
. Tuesday, May 19, 2009
At the Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030


"Dear Interfaith Friends,

      "Please mark your calendars, plan to attend and spread the word.

      "Fairfax Partnership for Youth has an excellent lineup for the upcoming Mental Wellness Conference.  Joshua Salaam (ADAMS Youth Director) and Susan Lydick are this year's Co-Chairs.  They have put a great deal of work into this conference and have invited many respected and accomplished experts in the field, as well as decision and policy makers who have devoted a great deal of time to the issue of mental wellness.   I hope you will plan to attend or send someone.

      "With only days left before the conference, please encourage people you know to attend.   Registration is ongoing and can be done by visiting our website at www.fairfaxyouth.org.

      "Details and Online Registration: www.fairfaxyouth.org/event_1009.xml?document_id=1149.

"Thanks and PEACE,

"Rizwan Jaka


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Posted Thursday, April 30, 2009

Come and Celebrate ~ No Admission Fee

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society, or ADAMS,
Spring Festival

At the ADAMS Center
46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, Virginia
Tel (703) 433-1325
On Saturday, May 2, 2009
From 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM

Fun for the Whole Family -
Bazaar, Variety of Food, Games for Children,
Mini-theater, Decoration Pieces, Jewelry,
Clothes, Face Painting, Henna, Crafts,
Activities and More

Bring family and friends and have fun all day long!
Nominal charge for each activity.
Tickets at the door.  Spend generously!

All proceeds go to the ADAMS Center to
help build the mosque extension.

Organized by the ADAMS Tuesday Women's Group.

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November 10, 2008

Death of Norma McCaig
Original "Global Nomad" and Human Being Extraordinaire

ABOUT NORMA:
      After a courageous battle with bone cancer, Norma succumbed peacefully late Monday night, November 10, 2008 in her home in Reston, in Virginia, surrounded by family.  Friends had been visiting her constantly during the preceding two weeks.  She lived long enough to hear, with joy, the news of Mr. Obama's election to the presidency.

      The memorial service was set for Sunday afternoon, November 16; there will be additional celebrations and commemorations in the months to come, allowing more people to plan to travel and attend.  For more information on events, contacts and resources local and beyond, please visit the Cafe's page regularly.

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