JCA News Update for January 2018

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

JCA will meet on Monday, January 22nd, 2018, at 7:30 pm at the Vienna Baptist Church. We will be having a Craft Night were everyone can decorate a kazoo to make it look like a french horn, trumpet, or other wild creation. Kazoos will be provided, but bring your craft supplies.

JCA Meeting Schedule – Subject to Change

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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.


Nothing planned until Memorial Day

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January Jokes

Q: How do snowmen travel around?…
A: By icicle!

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

Q: Why was the snowman sad?
A: Cause he had a meltdown.

Q: Who are Frosty’s parents?
A: Mom and Pop-Sicle.

Q: What falls but never gets hurt?
A: Snow.

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Celebrate the upcoming holidays


January 18 – Winnie The Pooh Day
National Winnie the Pooh Day is observed annually on January 18th. Author A.A. Milne brought the adorable, honey-loving bear to life in his stories which also featured his son, Christopher Robin.


January 20 – Penguin Awareness Day
January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day. The day helps raise awareness about the flightless birds


January 21 – Squirrel Appreciation Day
There really is a National Squirrel Appreciation Day every January 21st. It’s time to honor these adorable mammals that scamper around cities, suburbs, parks, and forests all over the United States.


February 2 – Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day is a popular tradition celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2. It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat back into its den and winter will persist for six more weeks, and if he does not, due to cloudiness, spring season will arrive early.


February 13 – Mardi Gras/ Fat Tuesday
Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.


February 14 – Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. Many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.”


February 19 – President’s Day
Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

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Clown Town Workshop with Elena Day
Sundays (2): February 4th and March 18th @ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesdays: February 6th – March 20th @ 7 – 9 p.m.
Dance Exchange
7117 Maple Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Dive into red-nosed clowning with Elena Day!

This course will focus on the joyful intensity of playing. Through a series of games, exercises and observations, you will discover your brand of funny, and learn to share it directly with the audience. With the body as your guide, you will analyze your ways of moving and create your ‘clown form.’ Playing with and through this form, your clown will arrive vibrant, unique and funny!

Elena day trained at L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq and is influenced by the work of clown pedagogue and movement artist Giovanni Fusetti. Elena has appeared as multiple characters with Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba in Florida and Cirque Mechanics in Nevada, but she is based in DC and performs locally with companies like Happenstance Theater.

Early bird registration is $275. After January 15th, the course is $325. Email dayable@gmail.com to register.

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Clown Cabaret at the Fringe Theatre
2018 shows on Feb. 12, Apr. 9, June 11, and more.

Come laugh with purveyors of the funny arts. Regional performing artists explore and stretch the Art of Clown.

With an art form that’s over 5000 years old, of course there are different traditions; different schools; different styles. At a Clown Cabaret show, a half dozen or so different performing artists (or teams) share something old, something new, something innovative — something that will make you see the world in a slightly funnier way.

Drawing from modern, theatrical, circus, commedia, verbal, silent, knockabout, musical, and other disciplines, you will see a great variety under the umbrella of “Clown.”

For an evening of artsy-fartsy, pie-in-the-face, clowning fun, come to the Cabaret… come see the clowns in our Nation’s Capital who aren’t in Congress!

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Clown Weekends
March 10 & 11, 2018
November 10 & 11, 2018
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM both days
Tuition: $200; Deposit due with registration*: $50

Class Location:
The Center – DC
4321 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC 20016

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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Clown 6-day Intensive
Monday, May 21 to Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuition: $600; Deposit*: $100 due with Registration

Class Location:
DC – Academy for Classical Acting
2129 G St NW
Washington, DC

Instructor: Dody DiSanto

Please join me in the messy adventure of clown – the wondrous journey to rediscover innocence and uncover the pleasure of play. Where we shine the light on foolishness in pursuit of the soft brain and open physical hilarity of fun. This work helps in all aspects of life, but truly brings a fresh muscularity to the task of performing any material.

Intended for those who have already taken some clown and seek further adventures in search of high rascalry!

During this concentrated week we will work in various size groups to set loose the true nature of your clown, develop material, build routines and explore how clowns turn idiocy into art form.

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Upcoming Clown Events


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
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

2nd Tuesday of each month
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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