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  • Friday, February 16, 2024 7:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sunday is one of our favorite days of the year -- Darwin Day! The kids will be serving banana splits in a somewhat roundabout but still relevant celebration of Charles Darwin. Our sign-up form is here and I would appreciate any help with toppings that we can get! 

    I'm coming in hot today with another ask! For our ethical action this month, we will be writing letters to seniors through Love for our Elders. We'd love for people to "host" a meeting at a local cafe. I'm planning to host one in the Centreville area and would love insight into what location works best for everyone who is planning to join in that area. Would someone be willing to host something closer to Falls Church or Vienna? I'll bring supplies on Sunday, so you just have to bring them and show up! 

  • Friday, February 09, 2024 8:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On 2/18, we're having our Darwin Day platform. That means banana splits served by our Ethical Kids! No matter who you are, you can help us bring this tradition to life. 

    Are you an adult attending platform? Amazing! You can sign up to bring something on this handy dandy Google Sheet

    Are you a teen who has aged out of the regular program but is willing to come help us serve banana splits? You're my hero -- ask your parents to let me know that you're coming! 

    Are you a kid? Get your scooping arm ready -- the big day is coming up! 

  • Friday, February 02, 2024 6:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As I mentioned last time we met up, we have a special guest teacher for our class on Sunday — Kimberly!! Kimberly is taking over for me while I take a weekend away in Brooklyn. 

    It’s the perfect week for it too! The kids will be making Valentine’s Day cards for family members or close friends, so Kimberly’s artistic skills and creativity will make for a great class! 

    When I return on the 18th, we’ll talk about showing love to people outside of that inner circle, expanding to more distant friends or acquaintances. This will lead right into our ethical action this month — writing letters to seniors (details coming soon!)

  • Friday, January 12, 2024 6:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I hope you all have a wonderful 3-day weekend and take some time to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When we meet at Green Hedges on 1/21, we'll have an ethical education class dedicated to talking about how we can further his work in our everyday lives. 

    On Monday, I plan to attend the annual Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation March for Unity and Freedom at 10am. If you'd like to meet up, please email or text me and we'll see you there! 

    You can register in advance on Eventbrite to reserve your space.

  • Friday, December 15, 2023 7:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our All-Music Platform is almost here! This week, our kids will stay with the adults and enjoy a platform full of music. 

    One thing I really appreciate about NoVES is how intentionally we blend our adult and children programming. We saw this earlier in December when our members helped the kids with their ethical action project, and I'm looking forward to everyone spending time together this Sunday. 

  • Friday, December 08, 2023 9:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to the many of you who donated items from our Amazon Wishlist to pack into care bags. We had an incredible amount of donations and Josie and Abby were excellent packers. We were able to talk about why each item was important and they worked together to fill each bag. On Sunday ask we talk about what brings us hope, the energy that I felt from all of you around this ethical action has certainly been a light in the darkness. 

    Speaking of lights, I know many of our NoVES families celebrate multiple holidays this time of year. For those of you who celebrate, Happy Hanukkah! 

  • Friday, December 01, 2023 11:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you so much to the many of you who have donated items for our bags for people experiencing homelessness. Your donation will help us with our ethical action this Sunday, when we will spend our time putting together bags. In addition to the items donated, each bag will receive information about services in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties as well as a note from our ethical kids. 

    I'm looking forward to spending time with the kids to put these together on Sunday. We'll also do our own preview of the 12/17 Music Platform with our own playlist for our ethical action. If you are planning to attend and your child has any songs that they especially like, please let me know and I'll be sure to include it! 

  • Friday, November 10, 2023 7:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last Sunday, we welcomed some new friends to class and I'm looking forward to everyone coming together on the 19th for Stone Salad! 

    In November, we're focusing on gratitude. In December, we'll be focusing our classes on giving. Last Sunday, the 6+ kids talked about what helps them feel safe and comfortable. Through that conversation, we planned an ethical action, which those of you in attendance received some notecards about. I'm here with more details! 

    During Stone Salad, the kids will be collecting items to create toiletry bags for people experiencing homelessness. You can help out by donating or purchasing items from our Amazon Wishlist. (Note that if you'd prefer to use another retailer but purchase a similar item in a similar quantity, please let me know so that I can ensure that wishlist reflects what we have collected.)

    For our first class in December, we will create toiletry bags. These will be available for members to keep in their car and hand out any extras will be donated to Cornerstones

  • Friday, October 27, 2023 6:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While the AEU hosts its All-Society Platform on Sunday, you can find me and Joey at the Cascades Farmer's Market! We'll be hosting an art table again for their Halloween event. If you're interested, come out and join us! 

  • Friday, October 20, 2023 9:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thank you to those of you who took some time on Sunday to participate in the vote set up by the kids! Our October topic was a lot of fun and a great way to remind everyone that we have state & local elections going on right now in Virginia! 

    This Sunday, I'll be at a local market hosting a coloring table for kids with voting-themed coloring pages. I encourage you all to take some time for ethical action yourselves. One way to spend your morning is to contact five people and make sure they have a plan to vote. You can share early voting information for Fairfax County and Loudoun County. Want to do more? There are plenty of opportunities to help in a way that speaks to you, like handing out sample ballots of door-to-door canvassing. 

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