Our Military Kids, Inc. provides grants of up to $500 for children of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and Wounded Warriors. These grants pay for participation in sports, fine-arts, or academic programs to help reduce the children's stress within limited family budgets. Since its inception eight years ago, Our Military Kids has funded more than 34,000 grants for children's activities, totaling nearly $14 million, helping alleviate stress and anxiety for children in one of the most volatile periods of their lives.
Fresh off an NIT tournament appearance in 2009 and an NCAA Final Four in 2006, the George Mason Patriots men's basketball squadron looks to continue their dominance on the hardwood for the 2010–11 season. Led by 14-year head coach Jim Larranaga, this year's Patriots team will feature speedy senior guard Cam Long and junior forward Ryan Pearson, whose massive wingspan and high-flying rebounding ability has drawn comparisons to the mythological griffin's style of play in the ABA. Catch the Patriots as they take on three tough competitors: the Harvard Crimson and their poison ivy jerseys, the George Washington Colonials, and the Old Dominion Monarchs, a conference foe. Be part of the cheers, the tomahawks jams, and the festive college basketball atmosphere with today's Groupon to George Mason basketball.
Water to Go fills jugs with gallon upon gallon of purified water, hydrating homes across Northern Virginia from its faithful coolers. Patrons take delivery of or pick up a cooling water dispenser from the hydration station's storefront, which outmodes the need for ice and temperature-controlled water cellars. Ten gallons of fresh water accompany the cooler home, contained by polycarbonate bottles that maintain the liquid's purity and will not break down physically or emotionally.
Carefree Boat Club loads groups of up to eight explorers on an eager watercraft for a half day of cruising on the ocean waves. After arriving an hour early and completing a 45-minute training session, captains pocket four-hour boating and fishing licenses, select a seaworthy vessel—such as a Sea Ray 182 bowrider or a Triumph fishing boat—and putter across scenic waterscapes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fishermen can hook flounder and striped bass at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel while water-sports enthusiasts skim past landlubbers on water-skis or develop death grips as they tube within range of historic Williamsburg. After a morning or afternoon of sea skimming and arguing over who should call whom Ishmael, boaters can take shore leave at the various local beaches for a snack or a nap in the sun. Renters are responsible for picking up fuel costs, which can fluctuate daily; water sporters should bring their own equipment, as skis, tubes, and inflatable cabana bars are not available at the club.
Frame Warehouse creates professional, custom picture frames that are designed to protect all kinds of artistic creations and memorabilia while complementing their natural charms. Customers can choose from hundreds of ready-made mats and frames that translate into thousands of frame permutations, or they can opt for a custom design clipped from the crafty corners of their own minds. All framing products are of the highest quality—barrier papers, dust covers, acid-free products, and five kinds of UV-resistant glasses combine to permanently preserve your masterful fingerpainting from fifth grade or your collection of two-dimensional cross-sections sliced out of the world’s skyscrapers. Prices vary widely depending on how the customer navigates the flowchart from frame size to final product, but most jerseys can be framed for less than $200, diplomas can be framed for as low as $75, and posters can be framed for under $100.
Founded in 1944 and accredited by the Humane Society in 1977, the private, nonprofit Animal Welfare League of Arlington has helped generations of stray and abandoned animals live out their days in loving, permanent homes. Hundreds of volunteers carry out services ranging from low-cost spaying and neutering for low-income families and individuals and humane education program to animal control. Within the shelter, scores of dogs, cats, and small critters such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and parakeets await new owners to take them home once the staff has ensured their full health and good behavior. The League also hosts several events throughout the year, from an annual springtime Walk for the Animals to classes that help parents prepare their existing pets for the arrival of a new baby with its swaddling blanket made of roast beef.