Beltway Bowl for Kids Sake Set for May 1st

Come out and support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area as they parter with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake for the 2015 Beltway Bowl for Kids Sake fundraising event. All money raised at this event will go towards matching children with Bigs in Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia.

Sign up as part of a team of 6 or as an individual and BBBS will place you on a team!

Sponsored teams are available for Bigs and their Littles to join. Current Bigs, please contact your match coordinator for more details.

In addition to their fundraising efforts, all team members will receive two FREE hours of bowling (shoe and ball rental included), a Bowl for Kids Sake T-shirt, food, drinks and chance to win door prizes. The bowling event will take place on Friday, May 1st from 6 – 8 pm at Bowlmor in Gaithersburg, MD.

For more information on the event, click here.

Architectural Program Opportunity for Littles

The Washington Architectural Foundation, the sister organization of the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has extended Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area a wonderful opportunity for littles to learn basic architectural concepts in their “So You Want to be an Architect: Tools of the Trade” series.

This is a project-based series of architecture workshops for children ages 10-13 years old that will start this Saturday, February 21st and runs one Saturday morning each month for four months. The dates are:

Workshop 1: Saturday, February 21st, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Workshop 2: Saturday, March 21st, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Workshop 3: Saturday, April 18th, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Workshop 4: Saturday, May 16th, 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The normal fee for the workshop is $60.00, but students in need, including littles from the BBBS program, are eligible for a 1/2 price discount of $30.00 for the program.

If you are interested in signing up your little, email Beth Judy here or contact her at (202) 347-9403 as soon as possible.

For more information on the program, click here

FREE Winter Coats Event for Littles to take place on February 14th

Majic 102.3 will promote Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission through a special partnership with Forman Mills, a fast-growing major retailer in the off-price apparel sector, to provide 2 vouchers for $25 per match (one for you and one for your little…or you may use both vouchers for your little) to buy a winter coat for littles in the program.

The event will take place on Saturday, February 14th at the Forman Mills Store located at 8401 Annapolis Road in New Carrollton, MD from 10am – 3pm.  There is plenty of parking and is also very close to the New Carrollton Metro on the Orange line.

The $25.00 voucher will cover the cost of a coat and/or purchase toward other winter clothing (i.e. scarves, hats, sweaters, etc.)

Majic 102.3 “Service Saturday” will include interviews with bigs and littles, parents if a big cannot bring their little, and staff about Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission.  Majic 102.3, WMMJ, is a top-rated Urban Adult Contemporary radio station owned by Radio One in the Washington, D.C. market, and synonymous with its Urban Oldies format.

Please RSVP by tomorrow, Friday, February 13th, to Rukia Malipula at (301) 794-9170 ext. 13 or here, if interested.

Bring Your Little to SPY FEST at the International Spy Museum!

The International Spy Museum has offered BBBS of the National Capital Area 100 tickets for SPY FEST that will be taking place on Friday, January 30th from 6-9pm.

This festival provides kids and parents a rare opportunity to get an inside glimpse into the secret world of espionage.  Through interactive, spy-related activities and booths, attendees will learn how to think like real secret agents as they assume new identities, decipher coded messages, analyze hand-written and satellite images and detect liars by polygraph — all directly from experts in the field.  And who knows, there just may be a spy or two in your midst…

Highlights include:

  • Disguise for Cover – Transform your appearances and assume a cover with help from professional, spy-caliber disguises and makeup artists.
  • Game of Drones – Meet local drone-makers and discover the art of surveillance from these “eyes in the sky.”
  • Questioned Documents – Learn how to analyze handwriting, signatures and find hidden marks on documents using evidence from real investigations with FBI forensic scientists.
  • Speaking in Code – Meet an FBI cryptoanalyst and try to crack her coded messages.
  • Spies and Lies – Can you beat the polygraph?
  • The Spy’s Eye View – Hear from former spy turned Spy Museum Executive Director Peter Earnest who offers an inside look into his life as an intelligence officer in the CIA’s Clandestine Service.
  • Ninjutsu demonstration – Martial artists roaming the museum’s galleries might take you by surprise.  Explore the traditional martial arts from Ninja also associated with espionage in Japan.

Ticket includes exclusive after-hours discussion, SPY snacks, scavenger hunt, prize competitions and more!

Meet and greet with our new CEO & President, Mr. Michael Sanzi.

Please RSVP to John Sanchez here by Friday, January 23rd at noon and include the full name of your little.

National Mentoring Month Contest

The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership is hosting a creative contest for all mentors and mentees in the Alexandria community.

This year’s contest will involve both mentors and mentees.  Mentors and mentees will work together to come up with a creative project that represents their relationship, achievements, and how mentoring has impacted their lives.  You may choose the type of contest entry. Categories include:
-Short stories
-Creative arts projects (paintings, collages, sculptures, etc.)
-And anything else you can think of!

The awards for the contest will be presented at the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership’s annual recruitment event.

The deadline for nominations is January 1st, 2015.  Mentors must submit a description of their entry type along with their/mentee’s name and contact information.  You can contact Haley Bader here or at (703) 746-4687.

Entries must be submitted by January 16th, 2015, and the awards will be presented mid-January.

Please submit all entries to:

Haley Bader
Space of Her Own, Inc.
520 King Street Suite # 166
Alexandria, VA 22314

Fun Activity for Littles in 5th Grade

If you have a Little in 5th grade, here is a fun contest that you can do with your Little and they may even win prizes! This poster contest is open to any 5th grade student and this year’s theme is “Beat the Tricks”. NetSmartz, an internet safety program, teaches children how to learn and avoid lures that can be used by adults to harm children on and offline through this engaging video here. Children are encouraged to come up with a powerful poster that showcases how they “Beat the Tricks.” Instructions are attached and you can learn more here.

Prizes offered include:

First place winner: Laptop with accessories, Framed poster for school
Second place winner: Nintendo DS with age appropriate games
Third place winner: Portable DVD Player with two age appropriate movies

More info:
AGE: Open to all fifth graders
SIZE: Must be submitted on 11’’x17’’ paper
MEDIUM: Combination of mediums including, but not limited to, acrylics, watercolor, pencil, charcoal, magic markers, spray paint, crayons, and/or pastels
IDENTIFICATION: Must attach Poster Entry Form to the back of all entries
DEADLINE: October 17, 2014
QUESTIONS: Contact Russell Petty at RPetty@NCMEC.ORG

NovaBigs Kite Festival Recap

Many thanks to Barstons Child’s Play for their generous donation of kites! Seven Bigs and four Littles enjoyed use of these kites during the NovaBigs Kite Festival in May. The kites were light and nimble and took the Littles to new heights looking out on the US Capitol!

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