JCA News Update for December 2017

A big thank you goes out to Jenny Henry, Willy McGinnis, Carol Collins, Violeta Peith, and Mike Becvar for representing JCA at the Safe Places Holiday Party on Monday, December 11th. Jenny was quick to recommend and recruit Willy to be our Santa at the Safe Places party when Dot Com called to say he was sick. Also a thanks to Violeta Peith, Melanie Walker, and Mike Becvar for getting up really early on Saturday, December 9th to represent JCA for the Fantasy Flight at Dulles Airport.

JCA is taking the rest of December off. Our next meeting will be Monday, January 22, 2018, at 7:30 pm. We are working on the agenda for our 2018 meetings. If you have a topic you wish to present, please let Sir Toony know and he will make sure you get on the calendar.

JCA Meeting Schedule

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Monday, January 22, 2018 — Craft Night – Making a crazy kazoo
Monday, February 26, 2018 — Clown Character Development
Monday, March 26, 2018 — Share a Magic Trick for Critique
Monday, April 23, 2018 — Charity Selection / JCA Officer Elections – Balloon Jam
Monday, May 21, 2018 — (Rescheduled from May 28th)
Monday, June 25, 2018 — JCA Skit Night – Come in costume, we will make a clown video
Monday, July 23, 2018 — Face Painting Jam
Monday, August 27, 2018 —
Monday, September 24, 2018 —
Monday, October 22, 2018 — JCA Annual Pot Luck Dinner
Monday, November 26, 2018 —
Monday, December ?, 2018 — 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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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.



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December Jokes


Q: What do most kids give Mom and Dad for Christmas?
A: A list of everything they want!

Q: What do snowmen like to do on the weekend?
A: Chill out.

Q: What does Jack Frost like best about school?
A: Snow and tell.

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Upcoming Clown Events

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

2018 COAI Convention
April 3-8, 2018
Doubletree-Richmond Koger Center
1021 Koger Center Blvd
Richmond, Virginia 23235

2018 Circus Magic Convention
November, 2018 — Date is TBD
Hampton, Virginia


Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:

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The Circus is Coming to Town

Big Apple Circus
March 8 through April 1, 2018
National Harbor

Cirque Du Soleil – Luzia
April 13, 2018 – May 13, 2018
Tysons II

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The Ashburn Juggling Society

A new juggling group is getting started in Ashburn

Meeting times & locations

January 9, 2018
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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