May 2016 New Update and Meeting Reminder

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

JCA will meet on Monday, May 23, 2016, at 7:30. For this month’s educational topic, we have a guest presenter, Jenny Henry who will be showing everyone how to have fun with bubbles. Depending on the weather, we might meet outside for the bubbles. It is also the time of year to have the charity selection and officer elections. We need a quorum of members present to conduct make the selections official. It is also time to pay your dues, please bring a check. The dues are $20/year for individuals and $30/year for families.

We had a lot of fun in April working on a variety of clown skits. The video still hasn’t been edited, but hopefully, there will be a few good skits to share at a future alley meeting.

Education is an important event at each Alley meeting. This includes presentation, hands on sessions, and group discussion on topics related to being a clown and entertainer. JCA is a club where we all come together each month to share and learn from each other. New members are always welcome at any of our monthly meeting. The following are the currently proposed educational topics for the coming year. Schedule subject to change. We are working on the educational calendar for 2016, if you have a topic you would like to present or learn more about, please let us know.

The following are the currently proposed educational topics for the coming year. Schedule subject to change. We are working on the educational calendar for 2016, if you have a topic you would like to present or learn more about, please let us know.

JCA Meeting Schedule

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Monday, May 23, 2016 — Jenny Henry presents: Fun with Bubbles
Monday, June 27, 2016 — Fun and Games
Monday, July 25, 2016 —
Monday, August 22, 2016 —
Monday, September 26, 2016 —
Monday, October 24, 2016 — Annual Picnic
Monday, November 28, 2016 —
Monday, December ??, 2016 — Holiday Party


JCA Monthly Meetings
4th Monday of each month at 7:30 pm
Vienna Baptist Church
541 Marshall Rd SW
Vienna, VA 22180

Take I-66 to the Nutley Street exit heading north toward Vienna. Turn right at the first light onto Marshall Road. Drive approximately one-quarter mile to Ware Street and turn left. We meet in the Parlor. The door that is usually unlocked is around towards the back of the building.

Several members meet at the PanAm Family Restaurant in Vienna around 6:00 pm for dinner before the monthly JCA meeting. Sometimes, we even pull out our balloons for a mini jam during dinner.

PanAm Family Restaurant
3051 Nutley St.
Fairfax, VA 22031

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Entertainer’s Insurance

If you get your entertainer’s insurance through the World Clown Association, it is time once again to renew your membership. WCA Membership and Insurance is Effective May 1, 2016. The insurance they offer is general Liability Policy which is for individuals.

New Members $40
Membership Renewal $35
Liability Insurance – $150

They do offer Additional Insurance for a client who requests being added to your policy.


Clowns of America International now has insurance available to their members. This policy is just $150 dollars. There is NO ADDITIONAL COST for Insurance Certificates. The certificates are free to add the name of the mall, festival, event or organization no matter how many events you do there is still no additional cost.

New Members $40
Membership Renewal $40
Liability Insurance – $150

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JCA Membership Dues

It is time to pay your membership dues to JCA. Please bring a check to the meeting on Monday. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can mail your check to JCA c/o Violeta Peith, 6323 South Springs Circle, Clifton, VA 20124.

Single – $20/year
Family – $30/year

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15 Minutes for Critique

We are still waiting for someone to take advantage of our 15 Minutes for Critique. This is a chance to try something new and get feedback from friends. Are you working on something new that you want to be able to use at parties and other events? Maybe you have a magic trick, puppet routine, or other activity that you would like to share and get suggestions from the other members. We will include one, 15 minute (about 5 minutes to perform and 10 minutes for the critique) timeslot at our meetings for members to perform in front of the group. You must sign up in advance and get on our calendar. First come, first serve.

Send your request to be added to our calendar to Sir Toony at

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Do you have clown news to share via the news updates or newsletters? Send your ideas and news to Sir Toony at

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Requests for Clowns – Local Events and Parades

If you are interested in marching in one of the upcoming local parades, contact Sir Toony at

NOTE: Since January 2013, we have required that all members have their makeup and costumes reviewed and critiqued before they may represent JCA at events as a clown. Clowns must also have paid their annual dues to both JCA and COAI to participate in events. Clowns from neighboring clown alleys are welcome to join JCA in parades without being required to pay dues to JCA.


Our next parade is the City of Falls Church Memorial Day parade – pending confirmation

City of Falls Church 35th Annual Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 30, 2016
Participants will be required to line up no later than 1:00pm.
Parade step off at 2:00pm

City of Fairfax 4th of July Parade
Monday, July 4, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

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Bubble Jokes

Q: What breed of dog loves to take bubble baths?
A: shampoodle!

Q: What does a train do with bubble gum?
A: Choo choo choo chooo!

Q: How did the bubble gum cross the road?
A: On the bottom of the chicken’s foot!

Q: What did the bubble gum say to the shoe?
A: I’m stuck on you.

Q: Who always steals the soap in the bathroom?
A: The robber ducky.

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Upcoming Clown Events

PlayThink Movement & Flow and Arts Festival
June 15 -19, 2016
HomeGrown HideAways
500 Floyd Branch Rd.
Berea, KY 40403

Society of American Magicians (SAM)
July 13 – 16, 2016
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 West Maryland Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp
July 26 – 31, 2016
Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Ave. South
Buffalo MN 55313


Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:

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The Circus is Coming to Town

UniverSoul Circus
June 30 – July 24, 2016
Washington, DC

Cirque du Soleil – KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
July 21 to September 4, 2016
Lerner Town Square at Tysons II
8025 Galleria Dr
Tysons, VA 22102

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The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Coming next summmer…. Marking its fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will bring the rich history, mystique and diversity of circus arts to life on the National Mall. The 2017 Folklife Festival program will provide many opportunities for experiential exploration of the life and work of circus people in America today. Join us in Washington, D.C., June 29 through July 4 and July 6 through 9 on the National Mall between Seventh and Twelfth streets, adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle.

2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Circus Arts
June 29-July 4 and July 6-9, 2017

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Balloon and Face Painting Jams

The monthly balloon and face painting jam in Chantilly is currently looking for a new restaurant to host the jam.

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Northern Virginia S.A.M. Assembly 252 Meetings
3rd Thursday of each month
7:30pm until 9:00pm

The Knights of Columbus Hall
behind St. Leo’s Catholic Church
3700 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

(go totally through church parking lot, make a right at baseball field, then a left, Knights of Columbus Hall is on the right)

Note: Youth meet 1/2 hour earlier at 7:00pm

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Fairfax Jugglers
Key Intermediate Cafeteria
Every Wednesday * when school is in session
Wednesdays, 7:30-10 PM

Key Intermediate School
6402 Franconia Road
Springfield, VA 22150

Contact to get on their email list.

The Fairfax Jugglers have switched to Wednesday nights starting in January 2016… Yes, they start meeting on Wednesdays through and including June 22. Enter the parking lot opposite Japonica Street, turn RIGHT at the front of the school and drive around to the far back and the end of the parking lot. Enter the cafeteria at entrance #6 (visible past the dumpster), along a sidewalk, and this may be the best way in (if you arrive first please prop open this door). Alternately, check the Handicapped Student’s Gym by Entrance #9 or use entrance #5 and turn left at the first cross-hall, then look for the cafeteria on the left. OR: check the handicapped student’s gym by Entrance #9 after your first left turn.


The CIRCUS CLUB also meets at Key Intermediate School on ??, but in the Handicapped Student’s Gym by Entrance #9. They teach many circus skills to children and perform in parades and other venues. If you know of a child or teenager who would be interested in learning or developing those kinds of skills then contact them at

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