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4th Annual ~ Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive

  • Dec 7, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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(Northern Virginia Casual Bicycling Group ... Gary's Bike Group)
in conjunction with

The Alexandria Euchre Group

Proudly Presents Our...
4th Annual
Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive

Saturday, December 07, 2013
@ 7:00pm ~ Whenever

To Benefit
"The Fund for Alexandria's Child"

"Community Partners for Children"

"The Fund for Alexandria's Child" and "Community Partners for Children" works to enhance the quality of life of foster children and children at risk of abuse and neglect in the Alexandria VA area.  Every year they gather toys for local distribution to those that otherwise may not receive anything over the holiday season.

I'm asking everyone to bring at least ONE NEW UNWRAPPED TOY (per person) to the party.  These toys will be donated to "The Fund for Alexandria's Child" and the value of the toys is 100% tax deductible.  I personally volunteer every year in handing out these toys to the families that need them and I can promise you that it makes a huge impact during the holiday season.

By bringing at least ONE NEW UNWRAPPED TOY all you're responsible for is your own booze, NOVA-CBG and the Alexandria Euchre Group (as stated later on) will cover the food, darts, and pool.

We have our date :
Saturday 12/7/2013

We have our time :
7:00pm until whenever the heck I'm full of Holiday Cheer!!
(it will be very late in the evening)

We have our place :
The Bungalow (aka Bungalow Billiards and Brew)

2766 South Arlington Mill Drive
Arlington, VA[masked]

The Event

For your pleasure please join us in celebrating and wishing everyone a great upcoming and joyous Holiday Season. It's a happy hour type event (in style only ... this is a party and will run late into the evening) so no special dress required but it will be nice to see everyone in their "going out" clothes (and maybe a Santa hat or two). Feel free to bring your "significant" along for the fun and frolic but please mark your RSVP as (+1) so that I know.

NOVA-CBG and the Alexandria Euchre Group will be supplying the basic bar type munchy food , dart boards, and all the pool tables for our own fun and amusement throughout the evening. The pool tables are ours for the entire evening so plan on staying a while and enjoying yourselves.

Your basic bar menu is as such (apologies to you calorie counters or vegetarians):

• Bungalow Chicken Wings

• Hot Bungalow Meatballs

• Loaded Potato Skins

• Chicken Fingers

All beverages are up to you, your liver, and your pocket book. Speaking of beverages, please plan your transportation accordingly (carpool, bus, cab, etc..) if you want to indulge in the "Holiday Cheer" a bit (and here's hoping you do).

The Meeting Spot

I've made reservations for our group at "The Bungalow". It's located in Shirlington Village same place as last year. When you walk in just ask for the NOVA-CBG and the Alexandria Euchre Group party and they will point you in the right direction.

Click HERE to map you own directions.

Here is a small map of where "Bungalow Billiards" is located (if you click on the map it will bring you to the main Google maps page so you can move the map around and the like) :

Parking is quite plentiful in the Shirlington area. The parking lot directly in front of Bungalow's fills up rather quickly but there are a number of FREE parking garages right around the corner for your parking convenience.

Shirlington is NOT Metro Rail accessible, however it is a very short cab ride from the Pentagon City Metro Station or the Braddock Metro Station (3-ish miles from both). Shirlington also has a Metro Bus stop if that is easier for you. If you let me know ahead of time I'm sure we can figure out a way to carpool with those that want to take the Metro Rail.

The Fine Print


It's not like NOVA-CBG and the Alexandria Euchre Group is a money making entity, just the opposite. We try to keep the activities as cost free as possible.  This Holiday Mixer is no exception, we want folks to show up and not worry about financials so if your pocketbook says you can't bring a toy please come anyways.  The larger picture is that it is more important to celebrate the holiday season with friends old and new, and if we can help some of those less fortunate in the process... all the better. 

This is not to say that NOVA-CBG and the Alexandria Euchre Group won't accept donations to help defer the costs associated with such an event (again, if your pocketbook is telling you THAT type of message) ... so I'll leave that totally up to you.

Everyone is "spiritually, physically, positively, absolutely, undeniably, and reliably" Welcome !!!

(do you know where that quote is from?)

Never been to one of our meetups before? - This is your invitation to come on out and meet us and get to know us better.

Been to a bunch of meetups with us? - Then you already know to order me a Firefly Vodka and Lemonade in a Tall Glass !! (a John Daly as it is called).

Looking forward to seeing everyone for some Holiday Fun and Frolic.

Gary Wolanske
[masked] (cell / text)

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  • Gary W.


    Just wanted you to know how grateful I am for your party and your friends! Finally got the van’s contents into the storage box on the grounds of Mt. Vernon Rec Center and I think it might be already more than half full! (and that's not including the rest of the toys that didn't fit in the van that you still have to bring over). Again, thank you all so very much.

    Love, love, love,

    The Fund for Alexandria's Child.

    December 17, 2013

  • Gary W.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Holiday Party... I hope you had as nice of a time as I had :) Know that children in Alexandria will have a nicer holiday season because of your generosity !!

    December 9, 2013

  • Mary Lou R.

    A lot of fun and lots of great toys for the kids which was wonderful! Thanks, Gary, for hosting. Jay loved playing pool all night.

    December 9, 2013

  • Gary W.

    Some folks have sent me some emails saying "Hey Gary, I can't make it to the Holiday Party but would love to donate a toy for the kids"... So if that is the case feel free to bring the toy to Christine's for the December Euchre game. I'll make sure they make it to the party on Saturday and then to the Fund for Alexandria's child. This is NOT a requirement, I just wanted to post it here as some have asked and I'm sure others are thinking the same. :)

    November 26, 2013

  • Gary W.

    Had my "pre-party" meeting with Bungalows... and everything is all set. One additional benefit, if you only drink soda... that is also free. So for those designated drivers out there, I got ya covered. :)

    November 13, 2013

  • Courtney F.

    Gary, don't count either Jeff or I in the food estimates. We have plans that night. We might be able to stop by. But it's safer to count us out. Cheers!

    November 12, 2013

    • Gary W.

      No worries... you two don't eat much anyways .. LOL Hopefully you can at least make it for a cocktail or two.

      November 12, 2013

    • Mark G.

      Don't listen to them....I'll make sure their food doesn't go to waste!

      November 12, 2013

  • Dave M.

    will there be euchre involved or is this more of a mixer?



    November 7, 2013

    • Gary W.

      More of a mixer.... since I'm expecting a large number of people there really isn't room to "get a game going" anywhere.

      November 7, 2013

  • Rebecca G.

    Sorry guys but Dan and I will be in NY this day. Have fun :-)

    November 6, 2013

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