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 Virginia Announces Three-in-One Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 7-9, for School Supplies and Hurricane Preparedness and Energy Star Items

Virginia will hold a Sales Tax Holiday over this weekend, Aug. 7-9 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), for school supplies including some types of clothing, hurricane preparedness items, and Energy Star appliances.

According to the Va. Department of Taxation: “Legislation enacted by the 2015 General Assembly combines Virginia’s three existing sales tax holidays into one three-day holiday beginning the first Friday in August at 12:01 a.m. and ending the following Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

That means that during the sales tax holiday period, consumers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax. This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail or over the phone. 

An overview of the exempt items may be found online at: http://www.tax.virginia.gov/content/sales-tax-holiday

 Department of Energy Sponsors Food Drive, Aug. 10-31

The Department of Energy is again participating in the “Feds Feed Families” food drive this year. The DOE encourages its federal employees to volunteer by collecting much-needed food for those in need.

Since the campaign began in 2009, federal workers have donated and collected 39 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America.

At Jefferson Lab, the Thomas Jefferson Site Office (TJSO) will be collecting donations from its federal employees – to benefit the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.  There is no expectation of Jefferson Lab employee participation in this program, although anyone wishing to contribute may do so.

If interested, items most needed include: canned meats (fish, ham, chicken, beef stew, etc.), canned fruits and vegetables, complete meals (boxed meals, pasta and sauce, mac and cheese, etc.), boxed cereals, rice, granola bars, peanut butter, and hygiene products (shampoo, tooth paste, deodorant, soap, diapers). Please don't bring items in glass containers.

Marked donation boxes for non-perishable food items will be located in the CEBAF Center lobby from August 10-31.

For more information, visit the Feds Feed Families website at: https://powerpedia.energy.gov/wiki/Feds_Feed_Families or contact Steve Neilson, TJSO, at ext. 7215.

 Volunteers Sought to Help During Aug. 10-14 Science Camp for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Youth

All slots for the Aug. 10-14 session of Jefferson Lab’s Science Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students are filled, and Science Education staff members are seeking volunteers interested in providing some basic assistance to the students.

We’re seeking high-school students to grandparents who are willing to assist students in completing activities and help them in completing the math, graphs, data tables, etc., associated with planned activities, according to Brita Hampton, Science Education. Volunteers will also be needed to help students going through Quark Cafe for lunch. Volunteers will not be leading activities.

Any members of the JLab community, family members (aged 16 and up) and friends who are interested in helping out for an hour, an entire day or more are asked to contact Hampton at Hampton@jlab.org.   She may also be contacted for additional information.

The program will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily Aug. 10-14, and will be conducted in the SSC, Bldg. 28, classroom, Room 72A. Lunches will be eaten in the Quark Cafe dining areas in CEBAF Center.

Volunteers do not need any experience working or interacting with deaf or hard of hearing youth. Volunteers do not need to know American Sign Language (ASL).

A volunteer meeting will be held before the camp starts where all of the activities and basic duties will be discussed.

 JAG Dog Club Graduates 9th Class of Therapy Dogs

The JAG Dog Training Club graduated its ninth class of therapy dogs on June 9, 2015.

Pictured, back row from left to right; Sandi Ellison with Ellie (Wirehaired Pointer mix); Ali Rogan-Nelson and Rick Nelson with Mac (West Highland Terrier); Lisa and Carol Ann Surles-Law with Parley (Yorkipoo); and Ingrid Kross with Regen (German Shepherd); front row from left to right, Joyce Miller with Sammy and PG (Greyhounds), Brian Kross with Eddie (French Bulldog), and Tammy Sumner with Kerrigan (Golden Retriever). Photo by Alan Gavalya, Physics Division.


 Discount Entertainment Tickets Available

Jefferson Lab offers a link to Tickets at Work, a website that offers employee discounts and corporate prices for entertainment. Locally, discounts include savings of more than 20 percent off at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, as well as discounts on movie tickets. The site also offers discounts on tickets to other major theme parks, tickets to Broadway shows, hotels and rental cars.

A pdf of the latest (June 2015) ticket offers can be viewed here.

 The Accelerators Musical Ensemble Seeks Musicians/Vocalists

Attention: All JLab musicians and vocalists (any level, any musical genre, any instrument). The JAG Music Club is interested in forming a musical entertainment ensemble.

For more info see the flyer.





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