JCA June 2016 News Update

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

JCA will meet on Monday, June 27th, 2016, at 7:30. For this month’s educational topic, we will be playing party games. Please bring a party game to share with the group. 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.

A big thanks to Jenny Henry for coming out to the May meeting to teach everyone about bubbles. Thanks to Miguel “Pelukyta” Flores and Mike “Sir Toony” Becvar for representing JCA in the City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade.

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, 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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We need to compile a roster of active JCA members who have paid their dues for the past year to submit to COAI and WCA to maintain our alley standing with the two groups. In order to do that, we need to know who is a member of COAI and who is a member of WCA. If you are an active member of either organization, please send Sir Toony your membership numbers for the either or both groups.

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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 SirToony@SirToonyVanDukes.com

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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 SirToony@SirToonyVanDukes.com

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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 SirToony@SirToonyVanDukes.com

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 Fairfax 4th of July Parade

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

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Game Jokes

Q: What lights up a soccer stadium?
A: A soccer match!

Q: What kind of cats like to go bowling?
A: Alley cats!

Q: Why should bowling alleys be quiet?
A: So you can hear a pin drop!

Q: What animal is best at hitting a baseball?
A: A bat.

Q: Why shouldn’t you play games in the jungle?
A: There are too many cheetahs!

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Upcoming Clown Events

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

International Clown Week
August 1-7 of every year

Whereas clowns have long been known as ambassadors of joy and good will and bring happiness to both joy and good will and bring happiness both to children and adults and

Where as: In recognition to the charitable activities of clowns and the wholesome entertainment they provide for all of our citizens: “International Clown Week” has been proclaimed for the week of August 1 thru August 7, and Now there for we proclaim the week of August 1 thru 7 “International Clown Week.”

KIDabara Annual Conference
August 8-12, 2016
Music Road Inn Complex
Pigeon Forge, TN


Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:

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The Circus is Coming to Town

UniverSoul Circus
June 29 – July 31, 2016
National Harbor

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

Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China
Shanghai Nights
November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Merchant Hall
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

4×4: Ephemeral Architectures
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7:30PM
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385

What in the world do ballet and juggling have in common? Both are mathematical, architectural, and athletic endeavors based on people tracing pathways in space. Be there as four jugglers and four ballet dancers share a stage in this cross-art-form experience, leaving unseen patterns everywhere, defying the limitations of gravity and inspiring awe in the audience.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
April 8, 2017 at 11:00 am
April 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Merchant Hall
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

The whole family will be amused and amazed by the juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the antics of his furry and feathered friends. Clowns, acrobats and jugglers accompany a menagerie of adorable animals that eagerly perform remarkable circus tricks.

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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 through June 22nd
Thursday, 7:30-10 PM starting June 30th

Key Intermediate School
6402 Franconia Road
Springfield, VA 22150

Contact bsperling@cox.net to get on their email list.

Rumors are true that the Fairfax Jugglers have switched to Wednesday nights starting in January 2016… Yes, they start meeting on Wednesdays through and including June 22. They have been approved to continue meeting for the summer, and Thursdays, too! First one is June 30th. As usual, caveats about their need to clean the school prior to the opening, etc., so Barry will keep members informed about changes!

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 Circusclub@yahoo.com

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