“Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men.”(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 294)
Taking to heart the call by the Universal House of Justice to engage in community-building activities around the world, Zitta Rezvani is a Baha’i here in Arlington who has somehow managed to squeeze volunteer work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington into her busy schedule.
In her own words….
“I’ve been doing this for the past 5 years. I was one of the founders of the Next Generation Leaders, which is a liaison between the big board and the boys and girls club clubhouses.
We’ve regularly organized numerous programs for youth and children in the DC area, along with volunteering our personal time to projects like the renovation we performed at the Orr Elementary School Branch in Washington, DC on October 22, 2011. This involved the painting of exterior playground space; repairing, pruning, and patching of playground fields and fencing; replacement of interior and exterior lights and bulbs; replacement of ceiling tile in various locations; painting of select interior spaces; and building of shelving and storage units. I love what I do. It feels like we’re really making a difference in these kids lives. Also, we’re always looking for more people, too!”
Want to get involved? Contact Zitta.
The “Pretty Panthers” are a Junior Youth Group in Arlington who have been working on many fundraising efforts ranging from Halloween-night UNICEF donation collections to hosting bakes sales to raise money for the Seva Foundation, which helps blind people in poor countries regain their sight.
The Pretty Panthers’ Youth Group consists of 4-6 people, depending on busy school and personal schedules. They work on art projects, fundraisers, bake sales and much more! One of the various projects the Pretty Panthers are working on is constructing and preparing works of art for display at “Busboys and Poets” in the Shirlington neighborhood of Arlington. Proceeds for the display will go to Seva. This dynamic youth group is attempting to raise $1,500 for the Seva Foundation where the money will help sponsor a 1-day eye camp in a poor country, where up to 30 people can come in and get an eye operation to regain their sight.
Come support the Pretty Panthers in their latest Seva Foundation fundraising endeavor Friday (tomorrow), February 3 from 3:45pm until there aren’t any cookies left. Location: 900 N. Stuart Street in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, just outside the Meridian apartments and across from Macy’s. They will be selling all kinds of baked goodies!
It is often said that the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomachs, and the newly inaugurated Iron Chef™ style parties held by a new couple in Arlington aim to provide just that: an opportunity to make new friends, enjoy the company of old friends and create – through culinary endeavors with that month’s theme product- a feast for both eyes and tummies!
These have been a great success in bringing new friends and the community together. Being new to Arlington, to the East Coast, to marriage and their first home together, Mojdeh S. and her husband Chris S. set out to share their love for cooking. Since it’s inception in June, they have welcomed many friends – new and old – in their home and elsewhere to share fellowship, food and fun. Conversations have inspired, life milestones have been celebrated and new friendships have blossomed. It has become the place to be each month for those wishing to try out a new recipe, get creative with a family favorite and enjoy the scrumptious dishes being prepared by friends from Bristow to McLean, Germantown to Fairlington, even New York to Washington State.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, the inspiration for their parties comes from Iron Chef™, a culinary game show – based on the Japanese original – where a challenger chef competes against one of the resident “Iron Chefs” in a one-hour cooking competition based around a secret, theme ingredient. The “secret” ingredient at the parties is provided in the invitation and participants are asked to prepare an appetizer, main entree or dessert using (at least) that one ingredient in their dish(es).
Future parties will be announced with details in the calendar section of the Arlington Baha’i website.
For Baha’is, Naw-ruz, the Baha’i New Year comes at a perfect time — March 21 — the vernal equinox, which marks the first day of spring and the end of the Baha’i Faith’s annual Nineteen Day Fast. Called Naw Ruz – “new day” in Persian, the Baha’i New Year has its roots in Persia, where the Baha’i Faith originated in the mid-1800s.
The Arlington Baha’i community will come together to celebrate Naw-ruz, the Baha’i new year, on March 21st at 7 p.m..
Baha’u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith wrote of Naw-ruz, “Praised be Thou, O my God, that Thou hast ordained Naw-Ruz as a festival unto those who have observed the Fast for love of Thee and abstained from all that is abhorrent unto thee…”
For more information, please contact us via the link above.