June 2017 News Update

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

JCA will meet on Monday, June 26, 2017, at 7:30 pm. We have talked about it for a while and at this meeting we will put together an outline for a JCA clown show. We don’t have a date or location for the show, but once we have the outline in place, we will be better able to sell the concept to local groups.

JCA Meeting Schedule

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Monday, June 26, 2017 — Planning a Clown Show
Monday, July 24, 2017 —
Monday, August 28, 2017 — JCA Annual Skits Night
Monday, September 25, 2017 —
Monday, October 23, 2017 — Annual JCA Potluck Picnic
Monday, November 27, 2017 —
Monday, December ??, 2017 — Holiday Party for Safe Places

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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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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.

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Our next parade is the City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade

City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade – Confirmed
July 4, 2017
10:00 am
Downtown Fairfax, VA

This year’s theme is “Volunteers Light Up Fairfax”.

Division 6 Line Up
605 – Just Clowning Around of Northern Virginia

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Summer Vacation Jokes
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Q: Where do sharks go on summer vacation?
A: Finland!

Q: Where do eggs go on summer vacation?
A: New Yolk City.

Q: What did the bread do on vacation?
A: It loafed around.

Q: Where did the sheep go on vacation?
A: The Baa-hamas…

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Upcoming Clown Events

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp
July 25 – 30, 2017
Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Ave. South
Buffalo MN 55313
http://mooseburger.com/moosecamp/

International Clown Week
August 1-7 of every year
http://www.internationalclownweek.org/

KIDabara Annual Conference
August 6-10, 2017
Music Road Inn Complex
Pigeon Forge, TN
http://www.kidabra.org/conference

American Clown Academy
August 21-25, 2017
Camp Obannon
Newark, OH
http://www.americanclownacademy.com/

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Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:
http://www.justforclowns.com/calendar-of-events/

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Second annual District of Comedy Festival
July 20-22, 2017
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Kennedy Center presents its second annual all-star showcase of celebrated comedians headlining venues all around the building, along with a collaboration with Chicago’s legendary comedy theater The Second City.

Puddles Pity Party
Friday, July 21, 2017
Performance Timing: 70 minutes, with no intermission.

The “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” returns with a suitcase full of all-new emotional anthems, plenty of Kleenex, and a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing humor with the awkward, tender moments.

http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/XRCCU

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The Circus is Coming to Town

Cirque du Soleil OVO
Aug 16-20, 2017
EagleBank Arena Fairfax, VA
https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/fairfax/ovo/buy-tickets

Cirque de la Nuit A cabaret-style Showcase
June 3, 2017. 6:00 pm
3431-F Carlin Springs Road
Falls Church, VA, 22041
571.384.6064
http://www.monarcainflight.com/upcoming-events/

Clown Cabaret
September 11, 2017
October 9, 2017
Logan Fringe Arts Space – Trinidad Theatre
1358 Florida Ave. NE, Washington DC

DC’s (sort of) monthly Clown Cabaret provides Comedy, the Surreal, and Sublime to theatergoers in

Washington DC
Shows SECOND MONDAY of MANY MONTHS at 8pm

http://www.clowncabaret.com/

UniverSoul Circus
June 22 – July 23, 2017
FEDEX Field – Lot D Green, Landover, MD
http://www.universoulcircus.com/dc

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
https://www.hyltoncenter.org/calendar/983/

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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

http://www.flyingcircusairshow.com/schedule.html

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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.

http://www.thisisthecenter.com/cmt.html

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The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Coming this summer…. 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
http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian

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The Ashburn Juggling Society

A new juggling group is getting started in Ashburn
http://ashburnjuggling.byteclub.club/

Meeting times & locations

July 11, 2017
7:30 to 9:00 PM
Ashburn Library
43316 Hay Rd Ashburn, VA 20147
Story Time Room

Auust 1, 2017
7:30 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
http://slyhand.wix.com/sam252
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NoVaMagic252/info

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
http://www.fairfaxjugglers.com/

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.

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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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May 2017 News Update

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

Congratulations to our board members who were all re-elected to another term for the 2017-2018 year.

JCA President = Mike “Sir Toony” Becvar
JCA Vice President = Miguel “Pelukyta” Flores
JCA Secretary = Melanie “Fancy” Walker
JCA Treasurer = Violeta “Sweet Pickle” Peith

JCA will meet on Monday, May 22nd, 2017, at 7:30 pm. We will be talking about parade props. Bring your favorite parade prop to share with everyone. Be ready to tell everyone how you made the parade prop and how you like to use it. Topics will include:

- tools and materials to construct parade props
- how to use a parade prop
- where to find items that can be used as a parade prop

JCA Meeting Schedule

-== 2017 ==-

Monday, May 22, 2017 — Building Parade props
Monday, June 26, 2017 —
Monday, July 24, 2017 —
Monday, August 28, 2017 — JCA Annual Skits Night
Monday, September 25, 2017 —
Monday, October 23, 2017 — Annual JCA Potluck Picnic
Monday, November 27, 2017 —
Monday, December ??, 2017 — Holiday Party for Safe Places

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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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Our next parade is the City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade

City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade – Pending Confirmation
Monday, May 29, 2017
2:00pm
Falls Church, VA
Route travels down Park Ave. between West St. and Little Falls Street

City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade – Confirmed
July 4, 2017
10:00 am
Downtown Fairfax, VA

This year’s theme is “Volunteers Light Up Fairfax”.

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May Flowers Jokes
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Q: Why couldn’t the flower ride it’s bike?
A: It lost its petals.

Q: What did the bee say to the flower?
A: Hello, honey.

Q: What kind of flower looks like it just came back from a fight?
A: A black-eyed Susan!

Q: What do you get if you cross a monkey with a flower?
A: A chimp-pansy!

Q: Why is grass so dangerous?
A: Because it’s full of blades!

Q: What is the only class you can plant a flower in?
A: Kindergarden!

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Upcoming Clown Events

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp
July 25 – 30, 2017
Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Ave. South
Buffalo MN 55313
http://mooseburger.com/moosecamp/

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Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:
http://www.justforclowns.com/calendar-of-events/

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The Circus is Coming to Town

Cirque de la Nuit A cabaret-style Showcase
June 3, 2017. 6:00 pm
3431-F Carlin Springs Road
Falls Church, VA, 22041
571.384.6064
http://www.monarcainflight.com/upcoming-events/

Clown Cabaret
June 12, 2017
September 11, 2017
October 9, 2017
Logan Fringe Arts Space – Trinidad Theatre
1358 Florida Ave. NE, Washington DC

DC’s (sort of) monthly Clown Cabaret provides Comedy, the Surreal, and Sublime to theatergoers in Washington DC
Shows SECOND MONDAY of MANY MONTHS at 8pm

http://www.clowncabaret.com/

UniverSoul Circus
June 22 – July 23, 2017
FEDEX Field – Lot D Green, Landover, MD
http://www.universoulcircus.com/dc

Cirque du Soleil OVO
Aug 16-20, 2017
EagleBank Arena Fairfax, VA
https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/fairfax/ovo/buy-tickets

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
https://www.hyltoncenter.org/calendar/983/

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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. Located just off Route 17, at 5114 Ritchie Road (Route 644) in Bealeton, VA. Just look for the Flying Circus Sign

http://www.flyingcircusairshow.com/schedule.html

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CLOWN 6-DAY INTENSIVE
MAY 22 – 27, 2017
MONDAY – SATURDAY 10 am – 5pm

Tuition: $600
Deposit*: $100 due with Registration

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

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.

http://www.thisisthecenter.com/cmt.html

CLOWN WEEKEND
NOVEMBER 4 & 5, 2017
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 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.

http://www.thisisthecenter.com/cmt.html

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The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Coming this summer…. 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
http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian

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The Ashburn Juggling Society

A new juggling group is getting started in Ashburn
http://ashburnjuggling.byteclub.club/

Meeting times & locations

Tuesdy May 23rd, 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
http://slyhand.wix.com/sam252
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NoVaMagic252/info

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
http://www.fairfaxjugglers.com/

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.

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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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JCA News Update for April 2017

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

JCA will meet on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 7:30 pm. We will be holding our annual officer elections and select our charity for the 2017-2018 year. We will also have some fun with Improv games and other activities.

JCA Meeting Schedule

-== 2017 ==-

Monday, April 24, 2017 — Charity Selection / Officer elections / Improv Games – Listening and responding.
Monday, May 22, 2017 — Building Parade props
Monday, June 26, 2017 —
Monday, July 24, 2017 —
Monday, August 28, 2017 — JCA Annual Skits Night
Monday, September 25, 2017 —
Monday, October 23, 2017 — Annual JCA Potluck Picnic
Monday, November 27, 2017 —
Monday, December ??, 2017 — Holiday Party for Safe Places

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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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Our next parade is the City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade

City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade – Pending Confirmation
Monday, May 29, 2017
2:00pm
Falls Church, VA
Route travels down Park Ave. between West St. and Little Falls Street

City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade – Pending Confirmation
July 4, 2017
10:00 am
Downtown Fairfax, VA

This year’s theme is “Volunteers Light Up Fairfax”.

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April Jokes
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Q: What goes up when the rain comes down?
A: An umbrella!

Q: Why is everyone so tired on April 1?
A: Because they’ve just finished a long, 31 day March!

Q: What happens when it rains cats and dogs?
A: You have to be careful not to step on a poodle.

Q: What bow can’t be tied?
A: A rainbow!

Q: What falls but never gets hurt?
A: The rain!

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Magi Whirl Convention and Show
April 21st and 22nd, 2017
Bishop Ireton High School
201 Cambridge Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
http://magi-whirl.org/

Magi Whirl Show open to the Public with 5 Different Entertainers from around the country!
April 22nd
6 PM Doors Open
6-7 PM Close Up Magic in the lobby
7 PM SHOWTIME!
$15 in Advance
$20 at the Door

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Knight’s of Columbus Night of Magic Show

The Society of American Magicians Assembly 252 in Fairfax is having their annual fundraising show, the Knight’s of Columbus Night of Magic Show, is on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Saint Leo the Great Catholic School. It shares the same parking area. It is the building on the left as you enter from Old Lee Highway. Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and close up magic. The stage show is at 7:00. We aim for an hour long show.

Knight’s of Columbus Night of Magic Show
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and close up magic.
The stage show is at 7:00.

St. Leo’s Catholic Church
3700 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

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Upcoming Clown Events

2017 COAI Clown Convention
April 25-30, 2017
Hosted by: Northland Clown Guild Alley 217
Hilton Kansas City Airport
8801 NW 112 St
Kansas City, MO 64153
http://www.northlandclownguild.com/2017-coai-convention.html

AbraCORNdabra Magic Convention
May 19 – 21, 2017
Airport Holiday Inn – Des Moines, Iowa
6111 Fleur Dr
Des Moines, IA 50321
http://www.abracorndabra.com/

FABAIC – 15th Annual Face & Body Art International Convention
May 24 – 28, 2017
Double Tree by Hilton Universal Orlando
5780 Major Blvd
Orlando FL 32819
http://www.fabaic.com/

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp
July 25 – 30, 2017
Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Ave. South
Buffalo MN 55313
http://mooseburger.com/moosecamp/

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Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:
http://www.justforclowns.com/calendar-of-events/

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25th Annual Congress Of Jugglers

The date has changed to May 5th – 7th, 2017

Come join the UMD Juggling club for this year’s Congress of Jugglers! EVERYONE is welcome. Bring your friends! Bring your family! Tell strangers you see on the street!

WHAT: The Congress of Jugglers has been an annual free juggling convention for those on the East Coast for more than 20 years. The purpose is to have fun, meet people, learn new things, and teach new things.

WHERE:
- Ritchie Coliseum at UMD for main events
- concrete in front of Ritchie for fire
- Ritchie Coliseum for the show (reservation still in process)

WHEN : May 5th – 7th, 2017
- Friday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Show Saturday 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Ritchie Coliseum

https://www.facebook.com/events/1644525872241241/

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The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Coming next summer…. 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
http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian

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The Ashburn Juggling Society

A new juggling group is getting started in Ashburn
http://ashburnjuggling.byteclub.club/

Meeting times & locations

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ashburn Library
43316 Hay Rd Ashburn, VA 20147
Story Time Room

Tuesdy May 23rd, 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
http://slyhand.wix.com/sam252
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NoVaMagic252/info

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
http://www.fairfaxjugglers.com/

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 back to 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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March 2017 News Update

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

We have a special group of guests to present this month’s lecture at our monthly meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017, at 7:30 pm. Members of the local Society of American Magicians Assembly 252 will be there to do some magic. This meeting should be lots of fun and very informative for anyone interested in magic. As always, JCA meets at the Vienna Baptist Church.

JCA Meeting Schedule

-== 2017 ==-

Monday, March 27, 2017 — SAM 252 Lecture
Monday, April 24, 2017 — Charity Selection / Officer elections / Improv Games – Listening and responding.
Monday, May 22, 2017 — Building Parade props
Monday, June 26, 2017 —
Monday, July 24, 2017 —
Monday, August 28, 2017 — JCA Annual Skits Night
Monday, September 25, 2017 —
Monday, October 23, 2017 —
Monday, November 27, 2017 —
Monday, December ??, 2017 —

==

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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COAI Clowns in the DC Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 10 AM – Noon
Location: Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th streets, NW
Washington, DC

Join clowns from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC in a combined group with the Kapitol Klowns and FreeState Clown Alley and march in the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 8th.

City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade – Pending Confirmation
Monday, May 29, 2017
2:00pm

City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade – Pending Confirmation
July 4, 2017

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Jokes
============

Q: Did you hear the joke about the roof?
A: Never mind, it’s over your head!

Q: Why did the woman run around her bed?
A: She wanted to catch up on her sleep!

Q: What gives you the ability to walk though walls?
A: A door.

Q: What room is useless for a ghost?
A: The living room.

Q: Why did the clown cover his ears when he walked by the hen house?
A: He didn’t want to hear the fowl language.

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Magi Whirl Convention and Show
April 21st and 22nd, 2017
Bishop Ireton High School
201 Cambridge Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
http://magi-whirl.org/

Magi Whirl Show open to the Public with 5 Different Entertainers from around the country!
April 22nd
6 PM Doors Open
6-7 PM Close Up Magic in the lobby
7 PM SHOWTIME!
$15 in Advance
$20 at the Door

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The Society of American Magicians Assembly 252 in Fairfax is having their annual fundraising show, the Knight’s of Columbus Night of Magic Show, is on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Saint Leo the Great Catholic School. It shares the same parking area. It is the building on the left as you enter from Old Lee Highway. Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and close up magic. The stage show is at 7:00. We aim for an hour long show.

Knight’s of Columbus Night of Magic Show
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and close up magic.
The stage show is at 7:00.

St. Leo’s Catholic Church
3700 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

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Upcoming Clown Events

2017 COAI Clown Convention
April 25-30, 2017
Hosted by: Northland Clown Guild Alley 217
Hilton Kansas City Airport
8801 NW 112 St
Kansas City, MO 64153
http://www.northlandclownguild.com/2017-coai-convention.html

AbraCORNdabra Magic Convention
May 19 – 21, 2017
Airport Holiday Inn – Des Moines, Iowa
6111 Fleur Dr
Des Moines, IA 50321
http://www.abracorndabra.com/

FABAIC – 15th Annual Face & Body Art International Convention
May 24 – 28, 2017
Double Tree by Hilton Universal Orlando
5780 Major Blvd
Orlando FL 32819
http://www.fabaic.com/

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp
July 25 – 30, 2017
Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Ave. South
Buffalo MN 55313
http://mooseburger.com/moosecamp/

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Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:
http://www.justforclowns.com/calendar-of-events/

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The Circus is Coming to Town

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents
Out of this World – Farewell tour
This is your last chance to catch the Ringling Bros. Circus before it closes

March 30, 2017 – April 02, 2017
Verizon Center
Washington, DC

April 07, 2017 – April 16, 2017
Eaglebank Arena
Fairfax, VA

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
http://www.hyltoncenter.org/calendar/817/

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.

25th Annual Congress Of Jugglers

Come join the UMD Juggling club for this year’s Congress of Jugglers! EVERYONE is welcome. Bring your friends! Bring your family! Tell strangers you see on the street!

WHAT: The Congress of Jugglers has been an annual free juggling convention for those on the East Coast for more than 20 years. The purpose is to have fun, meet people, learn new things, and teach new things.

WHERE:
- Ritchie Coliseum at UMD for main events
- concrete in front of Ritchie for fire
- Hoff Theater in Stamp for the show (reservation still in process)

WHEN : April 28th to Sunday, April 30th
- Friday: 5PM-12AM
- Saturday: 10AM-12AM
- Sunday: 10AM-5PM

Show Saturday 8pm-10pm (might change) at the Hoff Theater

https://www.facebook.com/events/1644525872241241/

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The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Coming next summer…. 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
http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian

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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
http://slyhand.wix.com/sam252
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NoVaMagic252/info

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
http://www.fairfaxjugglers.com/

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 back to 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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February 2017 News Update

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

JCA will meet on Monday, February 27, 2017, at 7:30 pm. We will be using this meeting to work on our creativity and listening skills by playing some Improv games. We still need to plan our educational topics for the rest of the year. If you have a topic you think would be good to present at a meeting, let us know.

JCA Meeting Schedule

-== 2017 ==-

Monday, February 27, 2017 — Improv Games – Listening and responding.
Monday, March 27, 2017 —
Monday, April 24, 2017 —
Monday, May 22, 2017 —
Monday, June 26, 2017 —
Monday, July 24, 2017 —
Monday, August 28, 2017 —
Monday, September 25, 2017 —
Monday, October 23, 2017 —
Monday, November 27, 2017 —
Monday, December ??, 2017 —

==

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.

—–

Our next parade is the DC Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

COAI Clowns in the DC Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 10 AM – Noon
Location: Constitution Avenue – From 7th to 17th streets, NW
Washington, DC

Join clowns from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC in a combined group with the Kapitol Klowns and FreeState Clown Alley and march in the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 8th.

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Jokes
============

Q: Why can’t you iron a four-leaf clover?
A: Because you shouldn’t press your luck!

Q: What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover?
A: A rash of good luck!

Q: Where can you always find gold?
A: In the dictionary!

Q: What’s a leprechaun’s favorite kind of music?
A: Sham-rock and roll.

Q: When is an Irish Potato not an Irish Potato?
A: When it’s a FRENCH fry!

Q: What type of bow cannot be tied?
A: A rainbow!

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Knight’s of Columbus Night of Magic Show

The Society of American Magicians Assembly 252 in Fairfax is having their annual fundraising show, the Knight’s of Columbus Night of Magic Show, is on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Saint Leo the Great Catholic School. It shares the same parking area. It is the building on the left as you enter from Old Lee Highway. Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and close up magic. The stage show is at 7:00. We aim for an hour long show.

Knight’s of Columbus Night of Magic Show
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and close up magic.
The stage show is at 7:00.

St. Leo’s Catholic Church
3700 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030

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Upcoming Clown Events

2017 COAI Clown Convention
April 25-30, 2017
Hosted by: Northland Clown Guild Alley 217
Hilton Kansas City Airport
8801 NW 112 St
Kansas City, MO 64153
http://www.northlandclownguild.com/2017-coai-convention.html

AbraCORNdabra Magic Convention
May 19 – 21, 2017
Airport Holiday Inn – Des Moines, Iowa
6111 Fleur Dr
Des Moines, IA 50321
http://www.abracorndabra.com/

FABAIC – 15th Annual Face & Body Art International Convention
May 24 – 28, 2017
Double Tree by Hilton Universal Orlando
5780 Major Blvd
Orlando FL 32819
http://www.fabaic.com/

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp
July 25 – 30, 2017
Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Ave. South
Buffalo MN 55313
http://mooseburger.com/moosecamp/

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Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:
http://www.justforclowns.com/calendar-of-events/

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The Circus is Coming to Town

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents
Out of this World – Farewell tour
This is your last chance to catch the Ringling Bros. Circus before it closes

March 30, 2017 – April 02, 2017
Verizon Center
Washington, DC

April 07, 2017 – April 16, 2017
Eaglebank Arena
Fairfax, VA

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
http://www.hyltoncenter.org/calendar/817/

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 summer…. 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
http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian

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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.

–==–==–==– –==–==–==– –==–==–==–

Northern Virginia S.A.M. Assembly 252 Meetings
3rd Thursday of each month
7:30pm until 9:00pm
http://slyhand.wix.com/sam252
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NoVaMagic252/info

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
http://www.fairfaxjugglers.com/

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 back to 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

JCA Meeting Reminder – January 2017

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

JCA will meet on Monday, January 23, 2017, at 7:30 pm. We will be using this meeting to plan our educational topics for the rest of the year. If you have a topic you think would be good to present at a meeting, let us know.

JCA Meeting Schedule

-== 2017 ==-

Monday, January 23, 2017 —
Monday, February 27, 2017 —
Monday, March 27, 2017 —
Monday, April 24, 2017 —
Monday, May 22, 2017 —
Monday, June 26, 2017 —
Monday, July 24, 2017 —
Monday, August 28, 2017 —
Monday, September 25, 2017 —
Monday, October 23, 2017 —
Monday, November 27, 2017 —
Monday, December ??, 2017 —

==

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

–==–==–==– –==–==–==– –==–==–==–

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

—–

Our next parade is the DC Cherry Blossom Parade

COAI in the DC Cherry Blossom Parade
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Washington, DC

A combined group with the Kapitol Klowns and FreeState Clown Alley
More details to come….

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Presidential Jokes
===============

Q: Why did George Washington have trouble sleeping?
A: Because he couldn’t lie.

Q: How did George Washington speak to his army?
A: In general terms!

Q: What rock group has four guys who don’t sing?
A: Mount Rushmore!

Q: What was Thomas Jefferson’s favourite dessert?
A: Monti jello!

Q. What did one flag say to the other?
A. Nothing. It just waved!

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Upcoming Clown Events

Circus Magic Convention
February 23-26, 2017
Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina
700 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA 23669
http://circusmagicconvention.com/

2017 COAI Clown Convention
April 25-30, 2017
Hosted by: Northland Clown Guild Alley 217
Hilton Kansas City Airport
8801 NW 112 St
Kansas City, MO 64153
http://www.northlandclownguild.com/2017-coai-convention.html

FABAIC – 15th Annual Face & Body Art International Convention
May 24 – 28, 2017
Double Tree by Hilton Universal Orlando
5780 Major Blvd
Orlando FL 32819
http://www.fabaic.com/

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Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:
http://www.justforclowns.com/calendar-of-events/

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The Circus is Coming to Town

4×4: Ephemeral Architectures
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7:30PM
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385
https://www.strathmore.org/events-and-tickets/ephemeral-architectures

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.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents
Out of this World – Farewell tour

This is your last chance to catch the Ringling Bros. Circus before it closes

March 30, 2017 – April 02, 2017
Verizon Center
Washington, DC

April 07, 2017 – April 16, 2017
Eaglebank Arena
Fairfax, VA

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
http://www.hyltoncenter.org/calendar/817/

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.

–==–==–==– –==–==–==– –==–==–==–

The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Coming next summer…. 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
http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian

–==–==–==– –==–==–==– –==–==–==–

Northern Virginia S.A.M. Assembly 252 Meetings
3rd Thursday of each month
7:30pm until 9:00pm
http://slyhand.wix.com/sam252
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NoVaMagic252/info

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

–==–==–==– –==–==–==– –==–==–==–

Fairfax Jugglers
Key Intermediate Cafeteria
Every Thursday, 7:30-10 PM * when school is in session
http://www.fairfaxjugglers.com/

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 back to 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.

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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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July 2016 News Update

Just Clowning Around (JCA) Monthly Meeting Reminder

JCA will meet on Monday, July 25, 2016, at 7:30. For this month’s educational topic is Dancing. Come learn popular dances for kids that are commonly played at parties.

A big thanks to everyone who came out to participate in the City of Fairfax 4th of July Parade. JCA is paid for participating in the parade. We were awarded for being the best clowns in the parade.

Just Clowning Around at the City of Fairfax Independence Day

Just Clowning Around at the City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade on July 4th, 2016

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

-== 2016 ==-

Monday, July 25, 2016 — Learn How to Dance… like a clown
Monday, August 22, 2016 —
Monday, September 26, 2016 —
Monday, October 24, 2016 — Annual Picnic
Monday, November 28, 2016 —
Monday, December ??, 2016 — Holiday Party

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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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Our next parade is the Vienna Halloween Parade

Vienna Halloween Parade – Pending
Jive Back to the 1940s
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
7 p.m.
Maple Avenue, Vienna, VA

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Brandy Station Vol. Fire Dept. is looking for clowns to participate in their parade on Thursday, July 28th.

The Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday July 28th 2016. This year’s parade will form on State Route 685 (Fleetwood Heights Road) this is north of the fair grounds. Parade entries will be given lineup locations as they enter Route 676 (Beverly Ford Road) near Elkwood. Parade line-up will begin one hour prior to the commencement of the parade.

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Dance Jokes
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Q: Where did the hamburger go to dance?
A: At the Meat ball

Q: How many dance teachers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Five!…Six!…Seven!…Eight!

Q: What is your car’s favorite dance?
A: The brake dance.

Q: Where do fortune tellers dance?
A: At the crystal ball.

Q: Where is the best place to dance in California?
A: San Fran Disco

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Upcoming Clown Events

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp
July 26 – 31, 2016
Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Ave. South
Buffalo MN 55313
http://mooseburger.com/camp/

International Clown Week
August 1-7 of every year
http://www.internationalclownweek.org/

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
http://www.kidabra.org/#!register-25th-anniversary/cnth

Mid-Atlantic Clown Association Convention
November 9 – 13, 2016
Harrisburg, PA
http://www.midatlanticclownassociation.com/convention16.html

The Mid-Atlantic Clowns will be gathering for seminars, competitions, sales, jams, buffets and awards beginning November 9, 2016 at the Red Lion Hotel, 4751 Lindle Road Harrisburg, PA 17111. 717-939-7841.

The hotel is a large older resort type hotel with many different types of meeting and conference rooms. We will have access to a ballroom with a built in stage, a large vendor room, a lecture room and a double suite hospitality room which will also house the photographer.

Thursday theme – 4th of July and honoring American Heroes – the Gong Show
Friday theme – M*A*S*H and honoring our military – Dancing with Hot Lips
Saturday banquet – More RED, WHITE and BLUE – awards presentations
(Theme parties – award for best dressed for theme. Saturday banquet is business casual or dressy.)

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Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:
http://www.justforclowns.com/calendar-of-events/

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The Circus is Coming to Town

UniverSoul Circus
June 29 – July 31, 2016
National Harbor
http://www.universoulcircus.com/

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
https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/washington/shows

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
http://www.hyltoncenter.org/calendar/798/

4×4: Ephemeral Architectures
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7:30PM
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385
https://www.strathmore.org/events-and-tickets/ephemeral-architectures

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
http://www.hyltoncenter.org/calendar/817/

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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Summer 6-Day CLOWN Intensive Under the Direction of Dody DiSanto

Dody was trained in Paris, holding an esteemed position as a teaching protégé of the late Jacques Lecoq, whose teachings she carries on at the Center for Movement Theatre in Washington, DC. She is also currently on the faculties of the Academy for Classical Acting for The Shakespeare Theatre at The George Washington University and at The Catholic University of America.

Summer 6-Day CLOWN Intensive
Taught by Dody DiSanto
August 1 – 6, 2016

Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tuition: $600
Deposit due with Registration: $100
Class held at The Academy for Classical Acting 2129 G Street, NW

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 develop material, build routines and explore how clowns turn idiocy into art form.

Clown is a riotous inquiry . . . a playful encounter . . . a look at our laughable & lovable selves.

In Clown, we embark on the wondrous journey to rediscover innocence and uncover the pleasure of play.

The red nose is both a great liberator and a severe taskmaster. It summons transparency in the actor, while revealing us in all of our beautiful and complicated simplicity. A daring adventure in which we open our fragile hearts in search of fun.

The honesty and openness we find in clown will inhabit all of our work.

We will open the doors for an informal showing on the last day.

This course is open to individuals of all levels. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

For REGISTRATION and SIGN UP please visit: http://www.thisisthecenter.com/

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The 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Coming next summer…. 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
http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian

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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
http://slyhand.wix.com/sam252
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NoVaMagic252/info

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
Thursday, 7:30-10 PM starting June 30th
http://www.fairfaxjugglers.com/

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 back to Thursday nights. 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.

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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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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

-== 2016 ==-

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

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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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COAI and WCA

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.

http://worldclown.com/liability-insurance/

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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

http://www.coai.org/?page=COAIInsurance

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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.

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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
DIVISION VII

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Game Jokes
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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
http://www.magicsam.com/?Annual_Convention
http://www.magicsam.com/?page=SAM2016

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp
July 26 – 31, 2016
Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Ave. South
Buffalo MN 55313
http://mooseburger.com/camp/

International Clown Week
August 1-7 of every year
http://www.internationalclownweek.org/

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
http://www.kidabra.org/#!register-25th-anniversary/cnth

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Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:
http://www.justforclowns.com/calendar-of-events/

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The Circus is Coming to Town

UniverSoul Circus
June 29 – July 31, 2016
National Harbor
http://www.universoulcircus.com/

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
https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/washington/shows

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
http://www.hyltoncenter.org/calendar/798/

4×4: Ephemeral Architectures
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7:30PM
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385
https://www.strathmore.org/events-and-tickets/ephemeral-architectures

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
http://www.hyltoncenter.org/calendar/817/

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
http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian

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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
http://slyhand.wix.com/sam252
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NoVaMagic252/info

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
http://www.fairfaxjugglers.com/

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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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

-== 2016 ==-

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.

http://worldclown.com/liability-insurance/

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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

http://www.coai.org/?page=COAIInsurance

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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.

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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
DIVISION VII

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Bubble Jokes
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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
http://www.playthinkfest.com/

Society of American Magicians (SAM)
July 13 – 16, 2016
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 West Maryland Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
http://www.magicsam.com/?Annual_Convention
http://www.magicsam.com/?page=SAM2016

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp
July 26 – 31, 2016
Christ the King Retreat Center
621 First Ave. South
Buffalo MN 55313
http://mooseburger.com/camp/

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Find more upcoming events on Just For Clowns:
http://www.justforclowns.com/calendar-of-events/

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The Circus is Coming to Town

UniverSoul Circus
June 30 – July 24, 2016
Washington, DC
http://www.universoulcircus.com/

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
https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/usa/washington/shows

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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
http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian

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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

http://slyhand.wix.com/sam252

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NoVaMagic252/info

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
http://www.fairfaxjugglers.com/

Key Intermediate School
6402 Franconia Road
Springfield, VA 22150

Contact bsperling@cox.net 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.

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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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