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April 21

Social Action Linking Together (SALT) is holding its annual forum from 9-11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in conference Room VD 301 at Virginia International University, 4401 Village Drive, Fairfax VA 22030. Virginia legislators will be present to speak and answer questions. All are welcome and admission is free. For more information, contact John Horejsi or visit the SALT website.

Recruit students for internships and campaign work and register eligible students to vote from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the 2018 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191. About 500 students AND their parents are expected to attend. Volunteers are needed. Sign up here.

April 22

The Dranesville District Democratic Committee is hosting a Democratic Candidate Forum on Sunday, April 22, at Colvin Run Elementary school, 1400 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA 22182 (off the Dulles Toll Road and Route 7, near Wolf Trap). Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for meeting and mingling with the candidates. The moderated candidate forum is from 5-6:30 p.m. The Virginia 10th Congressional District has been named by analysts as one of the most competitive House races in 2018 and a nationwide target to swing Blue. The Republican incumbent, Barbara Comstock is going to have a strong challenger in one of the Democratic candidates that will win the nomination in the primary on June 12, 2018. The forum is free and open to the public and will give voters the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates in a moderated format. Register here.

350Loudoun and the Sierra Club are sponsoring a bus trip and tour of Yogaville and the Union Hill community in Buckingham County, VA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday April 22. All are welcome to join them on a journey to central Virginia to connect with the people, places, and natural resources threatened by the proposed, controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline and compressor station. Experts will be present to answer questions you might have, including Swami Dayananda, Reverend Paul Wilson, Climate Reality Project leader Paula Clements and Buckingham County impacted residents. The bus, which will leave at 8 a.m., will be at Rolling Ridge Elementary school, 500 E. Frederick drive, Sterling, Va., 20164. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure time. There will be a carpool at 7 a.m. from Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro station, north side surface parking lot, to the Sterling bus pickup. Carpool-MUST RSVP to Susan Weltz, s.weltz@yahoo.com. Include your phone number. See more information on tickets and itinerary of the trip, which costs $30.

April 28

Join FCDC for the upcoming 8th Annual Fairfax CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Run for the Children 8K Race & 3K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 28, at the Fairfax City Courthouse complex, 10520 Judicial Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. This fundraiser supports Fairfax CASA, an organization whose mission is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected child referred by the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court. CASA recruits, trains, and supervises highly qualified and committed citizens to provide a strong advocate – a CASA volunteer – for each child under the Court’s protection. There will be prizes, food, a raffle and entertainment. Most FCDC members will participate in the 3K walk. A Fairfax County Democratic Committee team has been set up, so if you are interested, please join that team to register and pay.

The FCDC Labor Committee and Young Democrats are holding a fundraiser from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Brion’s Grille, 10621 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA 22032. Delegate Lee Carter of Manassas will be the featured speaker along with several labor organizers who will discuss their ongoing organizing efforts and Dulles and National airports. Tickets are $15.

April 29

The Virginia Tech Victims Family Outreach Foundation will plant 32 trees in a memorial grove designed by some of the students at Virginia Tech’s Old Town-based Landscape Architecture school, at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Chinquapin Park, Alexandria. The grove will honor the 32 students and faculty killed, 24 injured, and many more traumatized on April 16, 2007.To show your support, attend or donate to support the campaign to ensure that those who are found to be a danger to themselves or others will not be able to purchase firearms. Click here for details.

Springfield Dems and the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia are hosting a Forum to hear from the candidates running for the 10th Congressional District at 3 p.m. Sunday April 29 at Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124. This event is free, but a registration link will be posted soon.

May 5

Join Braddock District Democrats for the 37th Annual Derby Day from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday May 5 on the back deck of Kilroy’s Sports Bar, 5250A Port Royal Rd, Springfield, VA 22151. There’ll be a ton of food donated by the Braddock Dems, fruit punch, both silent and live auctions, the best derby hat competition and a cash bar. They’ll be serving a signature cocktail, the Blue Wave, to raise funds to help flip Congress this November. The price will remain $40 for an individual and $100 for a family. Sponsorships begin at $75. Purchase tickets here.

May 6

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-6) will be the keynote speaker for the 2nd  annual Jefferson Obama Dinner on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. A combat veteran who served four tours in Iraq, Rep. Moulton is following up his efforts that helped Conor Lamb to victory in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District and is leading the Democratic charge to take back the House in 2018. The guest of honor is U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine. Special guests include Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly and U.S. Rep. Don Beyer. The VIP Reception is from 5-6 p.m.; Silent Auction and Straw Poll, 6-7 p.m.; and Dinner from 7-9 p.m. The Hilton is at 7920 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA 22102. Click here to reserve seats.

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