JCA News Update for September 2017

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

JCA will meet on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 7:00 pm. This month’s educational activity is our annual skits night where we video tape several skits. Please come in costume and makeup and bring any props you think might be handy in a clown skit. To give everyone time to put on their costume and makeup, we will NOT meet prior to the meeting for dinner at the PanAm Family Restaurant.

JCA Meeting Schedule

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Monday, September 25, 2017 — JCA Annual Skits Night
Monday, October – TBD – — Annual JCA Potluck Picnic
Monday, November 27, 2017 —
Monday, December 11, 2017 — Holiday Party for Safe Places


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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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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DC Candlelighters Halloween Party
October 23
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Life With Cancer, 8411 Pennell Street
Fairfax, VA, 22031

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JCA Annual Dues

It is also time to pay your dues, please bring a check to the next meeting. The dues are $20/year for individuals and $30/year for families. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can mail your check to JCA c/o Violeta Peith, 6323 South Springs Circle, Clifton, VA 20124.

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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 Vienna Halloween Parade

71st Annual Halloween Parade – Pending
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Vienna, VA on Maple Avenue

Special Love Holiday Party
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Noon to 3:00 pm
Franconia Firehouse
6300 Beulah St
Franconia, VA

Fantasy Flight at Dulles
Saturday, December 9th
8:00 am – noon
Dulles Airport

Safe Places Holiday Party – Pending
Monday, December 11th
8301 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA

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September Jokes

Q: Why did the policeman go to the baseball game?
A: He heard someone had stolen a base!

Q: What did the schizophrenic bookkeeper say?
A: I hear invoices!

Q: What kind of coat is always wet when you put it on?
A: A coat of paint.

Q: How many seconds are there in one year?
A: 12: January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, April 2nd, May 2nd, etc…

Q: What has 13 hearts, but no other organs?
A: A deck of playing cards.

Q: Which is the most curious letter?
A: Y?

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Upcoming Clown Events

2017 MACA Convention
November 9 – 12, 2017
Red Lion Hotel
4751 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Florida Super Jam
January 10 – 13, 2018
Clarion Inn Orlando Airport
3835 McCoy Road
Orlando, FL 32812


World Clown Association 2018 Convention
“Ringling Remembered – A tribute to historic Clowns”
March 12 – 16, 2018 Convention
Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport – Mall of America
Bloomington, MN


Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:

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The Circus is Coming to Town

The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin
Direct from the People’s Republic of China
November 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

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2017 Flying Circus Airshow
May-October, 2017
5114 Ritchie Rd
Bealeton, VA 22712

The Flying Circus Aerodrome is located 14 miles SE of Warrenton, VA and 22 miles NW of Fredericksburg, VA.
We are just off Route 17, at 5114 Ritchie Road (Route 644) in Bealeton, VA. Just look for the Flying Circus Sign


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Clown Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, November 4 & 5, 2017
10 AM – 5 PM both days
Tuition: $200; Deposit due with registration*: $50

Class Location: The Center – DC

Register/Reserve Now!

In Clown, we embark on the wondrous journey to rediscover innocence and uncover the pleasure of play. It is a daring adventure, in which we open our fragile hearts in search of fun. The little red nose (the smallest mask) is a great liberator. It requires generosity and summons transparency, revealing us in all of our wonderful and complicated simplicity.

A riotous inquiry… a playful encounter…a look at our laughable & lovable selves.

We love clowns because they make us laugh while revealing the range of mythical and emotional archetypes within each one of us. The honesty and openness we find in clown will inhabit all of our work. Open to all levels.


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The Ashburn Juggling Society

A new juggling group is getting started in Ashburn

Meeting times & locations

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ashburn Library
43316 Hay Rd Ashburn, VA 20147
Story Time Room

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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 Thursday, 7:30-10 PM * when school is in session


Key Intermediate School
6402 Franconia Road
Springfield, VA 22150

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

The Fairfax Jugglers meet most Thursday nights. 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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