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2006

12/9/06 - Tea and Snacks - Dec 9

Join us as we have tea and snacks and learn about activities planned for OCA Northern Virginia and how you can get involved.

12/9/06 - Community Service - Wonton Soup Kitchen - Dec 9

Volunteer with us for the fifth consecutive year with Bethesda Cares to make wonton soup (totally from scratch!) for roughly 25 homeless persons. as we participate in the annual Help the Homeless Walkathon—a relaxing stroll around the National Mall and Tidal Basin. Money raised from this event will go toward supporting local non-profit organizations.

12/8/06 - Merry Christmas Happy Hour - Dec 8

Join us as we take a break from our families and get together with old & new friends for happy hour blast right before the busy Christmas season.

11/18/06 - Community Service - Help the Homeless Walkathon - Nov 18

Volunteer with us as we participate in the annual Help the Homeless Walkathon—a relaxing stroll around the National Mall and Tidal Basin. Money raised from this event will go toward supporting local non-profit organizations.

11/3/06 - OCA Fall Foliage Hike - Nov 4

Join us as we catch the beautiful colors of mid autumn at Sugarloaf Mountain! pdf hiking map. directions.

10/20/06 - Community Service - Fairfax Volunteerfest - Oct 28

Volunteer with us at Fairfax Volunteerfest where we'll be volunteering at CrossLink, a community service organization that process shipments of medical supplies.

9/28/06 - OCA-NOVA Harvest Moon Festival - Oct 7

Join us as we celebrate one of the most important traditional holidays in the Asian calendar year: the Mid-Autumn Harvest Moon Festival. Have your cake and eat it too! map (but go to the actual memorial)

9/28/06 - Dim Sum and Then Some - Sep 30

Join us as we continue our tradition of hosting monthly DimSum. We will be having Dim Sum at Fortune Chinese Restaurant in Falls Church, VA ( map ).

9/7/06 - Community Service - Multicultural Festival - Sep 16

Volunteer with us at the Reston Multicultural Festival, an all-day celebration of international cultures.

8/24/06 - OCA-NOVA Crab Feast - Aug 26

The pre-pay deadline has been extended until today for Paypal - details. Sign up to our email list using the links to the right to receive updates sooner. Also, the weather is expected to be great, but in case it rains, we have a shelter. Join us !

8/23/06 - Community Service - Annual School Supply Drive - Aug 26

Volunteer with us and bring donations to our 3rd annual school supply drive for Asian American Leadership Empowerment and Development (AALEAD) during this year's OCA-NOVA Crab Feast.

8/3/06 - OCA-NOVA Crab Feast - Aug 26

Don't miss out on our big event of the summer... and it only comes once a year! Join us and eat crabs like they're the last thing on earth! We are pleased to announce that we held Crab Feast prices the same for the last several years. Pre-paid reservations are highly encouraged. Links to map, park info, and paypal payment info here.

7/19/06 - Dim Sum and Then Some - Jul 22

Join us as we continue our tradition of hosting monthly DimSum and Then Some events. We will be having Dim Sum at Canton Cafe in Springfield, VA ( map ) and then we will head over to the 3rd Annual Asian Festival in Reston, VA ( map ).

7/13/06 - Community Service - 3rd Annual Asian Festival - Jul 22

Volunteer with us at the 3rd Annual Asian Festival.

6/28/06 - Understanding Today's Housing Market - Jun 28

Are you trying to understand the housing market in Washington, D.C.? Are you contemplating on buying or selling a home or condo? Then Join us!

6/8/06 - Update: Dim Sum and Then Some - Jun 10

Join us as we continue our tradition of hosting monthly DimSum and Then Some events. Our bonus fun will be miniature golf. Details at the link.

6/5/06 - Community Service - Capitol Area Community Food Bank - Jun 17

Volunteer with us at the Capital Area Community Food Bank in Lorton, Virginia.

6/5/06 - Dim Sum and Then Some - Jun 10

Join us as we continue our tradition of hosting monthly DimSum and Then Some events.

5/31/06 - DC Mayoral Forum for the Asian/Pacific Islander Community - Jun 1

Join us at this chance for mayoral candidates and the Asian American community to discuss issues of language access, education, and healthcare, among others. Details: pdf | jpg

5/14/06 - Dim Sum and Then Some - May 14

Join us as we restart our tradition of hosting monthly DimSum and Then Some events.

5/1/06 - Community Service - Asian Heritage Volunteer Event - May 6

Volunteer with us at Fiesta Asia, the kick-off festival for National Asian Heritage month.

4/30/06 - Dim Sum and Then Some - Apr 30

Join us as we restart our tradition of hosting monthly DimSum and Then Some events. This month's additional event is the story of Angel Island.

4/30/06 - Angel Island Immigration Station - Apr 30

Join us as Erika Gee, AIISF’s director of education shares the story and the current efforts to preserve and interpret the historic structures of Angel Island Immigration Station.

4/22/06 - Community Service - Clothing Jamboree Volunteer Event - April 22

Volunteer with us at the Community Family Life Services' Clothing Jamboree as we categorize label, and sort donations.

4/4/06 - updated Contact Us page

Updated the officers and board members and membership form on our Contact Us page.

3/30/06 - added new photos

We have some new photos. Recent additions are listed in bold. We have new photos from the OCA National Convention, Crab Feast, Tarara Winery Tour, and Going Away Party for Christine Chen.

3/25/06 - Community Service - Soup Kitchen Volunteer Event - Mar 25

Volunteer with us at Bethesda Cares to prepare hot meals for roughly 25 homeless persons.

3/17/06 - AEF Benefit Dinner - Mar 18

OCA-NOVA is proud to support the APABA Educational Fund at their 2006 Annual Benefit Dinner.

3/17/06 - Community Service - A Helping Hoof Service Event - Mar 25

Are you someone who enjoys caring for animals? This is the volunteer event for you! Volunteer with us at the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary.

3/11/06 - OCA-NOVA and JACL Viewing of Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida - Mar 11

Join us as we celebrate and support the play Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida showing at the Kennedy Center.

2/7/06 - Community Service - Goodwill Virginia Service Event - Feb 19

Volunteer with us at the Arlington Goodwill as we help in accepting, pricing and organizing donations.

2/3/06 - Lunar New Year Celebration - Feb 4

Join us as we ring in the Year of the Dog with our friends under the Multi-APA Collective. We're having a celebration of the Asian community and a showcase of talent and culture. Additional info and prepayment.

1/6/06 - OCA-NOVA Annual Lunar New Year Banquet and Fundraiser - Jan 14

Join us as we usher in The Year of the Dog.

1/6/06 - Community Service - 3rd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration - Jan 22, 28

Volunteer with us at the 3rd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Fair Oaks Mall

1/6/06 - Happy New Year 2006!

We've done a little bit of New Year cleanup and moved all the previous year's info to the archives listed in the links below.


2005

12/8/05 - updated Contact Us page

Updated the officers and board members on our Contact Us page.

11/28/05 - Community Service - Lions Club Christmas Tree Sale - Dec 3

Volunteer with us as we work wifth the Lions Club Christmas tree lot fund raising project. map

11/14/05 - Community Service - Help the Homeless 5K Walkathon - Nov 19

Volunteer with us to participate in the annual Help the Homeless Walkathon. We arranged to have the $25 entry fee waived if you register through OCA-NOVA.

10/31/05 - Community Service - Wonton Soup Kitchen - Nov 12

Volunteer with us for the fourth consecutive year with Bethesda Cares to make wonton soup (totally from scratch!).

10/20/05 - Community Service - Goodwill Maryland - Oct 22

Volunteer with us at Goodwill Maryland to accept and sort through donations.

10/17/05 - Cancelled: Hurricane Katrina Fundraiser - Oct 23

It's with great disappointment and regret that we have to cancel the Hurricane Katrina Fundraiser. Details.

10/11/05 - DC APA Film Festival - Oct 6-16

On Oct 13 OCA-NOVA, OCA-DC and OCA-YP have sponsored the film NO SLEEP TIL SHANGHAI. SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY JIN TO FOLLOW SCREENING. Also, filmmaker in attendance. The 6th annual DC APA Film Festival is being held across the Washington, DC area, October 6 - 16. We have over 80 films this year. Join us! Go to www.apafilm.org for updated details as they become available.

10/5/05 - Hurricane Katrina Fundraiser - Oct 23

The Asian Pacific American Hurricane Relief Committee, a coalition of non-partisan Asian Pacific American (APA) organizations will hold a fundraiser to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Join us!

10/5/05 - Community Service - Volunteers needed for AALEAD

Volunteer with AALEAD to help provide a structured reading and math one-on-one tutoring program to children from Chinese immigrant/refugees background.

9/21/05 - OCA-NOVA and OCA-YP Sideways Virginia Winery Tour – Sep 24

Come join OCA-NOVA and OCA-YP for a fun-filled day touring and viewing the beautiful scenery of Virginia's wine country. Join us!

9/1/05 - added new photos

We have some new photos. Recent additions are listed in bold. We have new photos from our TakeOut Comedy Tour show, Picnic, Author Spotlight with Bruce Yamashita, and Going Away Party for Daphne Kwok.

8/29/05 - Community Service - VIRGINIA APA CANDIDATES' FORUM - Sep 10

Volunteer with us at the 2005 Virginia Asian Pacific American (APA) Candidates' Forum. A historic event, and first of its kind, the non-partisan APA Candidates' Forum is sponsored by an alliance of non-partisan Virginia APA organizations, including OCA- NOVA.

8/20/05 10am - OCA-NOVA Annual Crab Feast - Aug 20

OK, even though there's the possibility of rain the Crab Feast is still on! In case it rains, we do have a shelter. Before you go, check traffic reports, prepare for the heat, and prepare to eat! Join us!

8/18/05 - OCA-NOVA Annual Crab Feast - Aug 20

Limited Discount Coupons may be available for those interested in playing golf. Contact Jack ASAP (see event details for info). Also, the postmark deadline was extended until today. Join us!

8/12/05 - OCA-NOVA Annual Crab Feast - Aug 20

The mailing address has changed. Don't worry if you already sent your RSVP to the other address, we'll get it. Join us and eat crabs until you can't eat no more! Pre-paid reservations are highly encouraged. We're also collecting school supplies (see following entry).

8/12/05 - Community Service - School Supplies at the Crab Feast - Aug 20

The OCA-NOVA Service Corp will hold a school supply drive for Asian American Leadership Empowerment And Development (AALEAD) during this year's OCA-NOVA Crab Feast. Please donate and maybe even stay to eat crabs with us at our Crab Feast.

8/3/05 - OCA-NOVA Annual Crab Feast - Aug 20

Don't miss out on our big event of the summer... and it only comes once a year! Join us and eat crabs until you can't eat no more! Pre-paid reservations are highly encouraged.

6/28/05 - Community Service - Reston Festival - Jul 9

Volunteer with us at the Reston Festival at the Children's Area where we will help at the arts & craft tent for toddlers.

6/28/05 - updated What's New section

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6/14/05 - Bruce Yamashita Book Signing and Lunch - Jun 25

Bruce, an Asian American attorney who uncovered systematic racism against persons of Asian descent in the US Marine Corps, will talk about his struggles and sign copies of his book. Join us!

6/14/05 - updated What's New section

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6/9/05 - OCA-NOVA picnic - Jun 11

Deadline extended Kick back and relax with other members while enjoying the numerous activities offered at this 120 acre park. Join us!

6/7/05 - OCA-NOVA picnic - Jun 11

Info updated. Kick back and relax with other members while enjoying the numerous activities offered at this 120 acre park. Join us!

6/2/05 - Community Service - OCA Career Symposium - Jun 4

Volunteer with us and help out with the career symposium.

6/2/05 - 4th OCA CAREER SYMPOSIUM - Jun 4

REMINDER – DON'T MISS OUT: The Greater Washington DC and Northern Virginia Chapters of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) and the Maryland Chapter of the Organization of Chinese American Women (OCAW) invite you to attend the 4th OCA CAREER SYMPOSIUM.

5/23/05 - OCA-NOVA picnic - Jun 11

Kick back and relax with other members while enjoying the numerous activities offered at this 120 acre park. Join us!

5/23/05 - updated What's New section

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5/21/05 - added new photos

We have some new photos. Recent additions are listed in bold. We have new photos from the Chinese New Year Banquet.

5/6/05 - Community Service - Lorton Food Bank - May 14

Volunteer with us and help sort food at the Capital Area Community Food Bank in Northern Virginia.

5/6/05 - updated What's New section

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4/6/05 - Community Service - Goodwill Virginia - Apr 9

The Goodwill folks need your help in accepting and sorting through donations. Volunteer!

3/15/05 - Community Service - 100th Consecutive Month! - Mar 19

For our 100th consecutive month of volunteer service we have joined with Asian American Leadership Empowerment And Development (AALEAD) Volunteer with us to help in their annual Spring-cleaning festivities. We will have a special celebration to commemorate this milestone.

3/15/05 - Community Service - 100th Consecutive Month! - Mar 19

For our 100th consecutive month of volunteer service we'd like to hear from all our volunteers about their experiences. For details skip down to the section after the March event.

2/18/05 - TakeOut Comedy Tour - Feb 25, 26

Join us as we host the DC Premiere of the TakeOut Comedy Tour: The Premiere APA Comedy Showcase In The USA.

2/18/05 - updated What's New section

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1/25/05 - OCA-NOVA Annual Chinese New Year Banquet - Jan 29

It's this coming Sat! Join us as we usher in The Year of the Rooster.

1/25/05 - added new photos

We have some new photos. Recent additions are listed in bold. We have new photos from the International Channel Awards, the Cathy Bao Bean Book Luncheon, the Holiday Potluck Party, and the Bethany House Service Project events.

1/11/05 - Community Service - Wonton Soup Kitchen - Jan 15

Back by popular demand ... Volunteer with us and Bethesda Cares to make wonton soup (totally from scratch!) for roughly 25 homeless people.

1/11/05 - OCA-NOVA Annual Chinese New Year Banquet - Jan 29

Join us as we usher in The Year of the Rooster.

1/11/05 - Happy New Year 2005!

We've done a little bit of New Year cleanup and moved all the 2004 info to the archives listed in the links below.


2004

12/4/04 - update: OCA-NOVA Holiday Potluck Party - Dec 4

We've updated with more details on the location and parking. Also, the map at the link in the following entry below is a little inaccurate, but will get you to the general area (it's on the same block).

12/2/04 - OCA-NOVA Holiday Potluck Party - Dec 4

Join us for an evening of fun at our annual holiday potluck party. Catch up with old friends and make new ones. Here's a map of the location.

12/2/04 - Community Service - Bethany House - Dec 9 & 10

Be a good elf and make a difference! Volunteer with us at Bethany House from 6-8pm on December 9th (Thursday) and 10th(Friday). We will assist the clients in making their holiday gift selections.

12/2/04 - updated What's New section

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11/8/04 - Community Service - Arlington Food Assistance Center - Nov 13

Gobble, gobble, y'all. As we begin to count down the days till the turkey feast-a-rama, there are many others who are less fortunate and do not have enough to eat and need help. Volunteer with us at the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) where we will be sorting food collected during the Boy Scouts'annual food drive.

11/8/04 - seeking new board members

We need your help. It is that time of year where we will be selecting new board members. Contact us if you're interested.

11/8/04 - updated What's New section

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10/21/04 - REMINDER to VOTE, for Virginians - Nov 2

Here are some voting tips and information for residents of Virginia. Remember that the Presidential Election is on Nov 2.

10/21/04 - Community Service - Kings Park Library Project - Oct 23

Volunteer with us at the Kings park library project, a part of Volunteer Fairfax. This project involves shelf reading as much of the collection as time allows, making sure that books are in proper order, pulling books in bad condition and checking that items are shelved correctly.

10/21/04 - updated What's New section

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10/18/04 - new board members

We've gotten some new board members during the year. A very warm welcome to Marybelle Ang, Siu Cheung, Jeannie Ho, and Eric Hovanky!

10/12/04 - added new photos

We have some new photos. Recent additions are listed in bold. We have new photos from the Crab Feast, Picnic, and Strawberry Picking events.

10/8/04 - Luncheon with Author Cathy Bao Bean - Oct 9

Join us as the Organization of Chinese Americans Northern Virginia Chapter presents an INTIMATE Luncheon WITH CELEBRATED AUTHOR CATHY BAO BEAN Her insightful autobiography, The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and a Manual, discusses bicultural life, identity, and family from the perspective of a Chinese-American woman.

9/10/04 - Community Service - Voter Registration - Sep 12

Volunteer with us as we register voters at China Garden in Rosslyn, VA.

9/9/04 - Community Service - Goodwill Maryland - Sep 25

Volunteer with us at Goodwill Maryland. The Goodwill folks need our help to receive and make sense of donations.

9/9/04 - updated What's New section

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8/18/04 - Community Service - Capital Area Food Bank - Aug 21

Volunteer with us at the Capital Area Food Bank in Lorton, VA. We will be helping to inspect, sort, package, and shelve donated food.

8/18/04 - updated What's New section

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8/14/04 1:30am - OCA-NOVA Annual Crab Feast - Aug 14

The crab feast is still on. We have a shelter in case of rain. Maybe we'll get lucky and there won't be any rain for our scheduled 6 hrs!

8/6/04 - OCA-NOVA Annual Crab Feast - Aug 14

Time is running out. Pre-Pay to ensure enough crabs for everyone. Checks must be RECEIVED by Aug 12th. Don't miss out on our big event of the summer... and it only comes once a year! Join us and eat crabs until you can't eat no more! Pre-paid reservations are highly encouraged.

8/6/04 - updated What's New section

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8/4/04 - Community Service - Capital Area Food Bank - Aug 7 Aug 21

Date has changed to Aug 21! Volunteer with us at the Capital Area Food Bank in Lorton, VA. We will be helping to inspect, sort, package, and shelve donated food.

8/2/04 - Community Service - Capital Area Food Bank - Aug 7 Aug 21

Volunteer with us at the Capital Area Food Bank in Lorton, VA. We will be helping to inspect, sort, package, and shelve donated food.

8/2/04 - OCA-NOVA Annual Crab Feast - Aug 14

Don't miss out on our big event of the summer... and it only comes once a year! Join us and eat crabs until you can't eat no more! Pre-paid reservations are highly encouraged.

7/9/04 - Community Service - Ronald McDonald House - Jul 25

Volunteer with us at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in D.C. The RMH offers a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families.

7/9/04 - updated What's New section

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7/3/04 - updated photos

We were having some problems with most of the photo links being broken. All the links have been fixed. Take a look at our photos.

6/22/04 - OCA-NOVA picnic - Jun 26

Kick back and relax with other members! Come out and meet the OCA national staff and interns while enjoying the numerous activities offered at this 120 acre park. Join us!

6/22/04 - updated What's New section

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6/3/04 - OCA-NOVA & OCA-YP Strawberry Picking - Jun 6

Butler's Orchard offers an abundant supply of delicious strawberries ready to harvest. Join us and PICK YOUR OWN!

6/3/04 - Community Service - Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival - Jun 20

Volunteer with us at this year's Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival. Spend the day outside with your fellow OCA members on Sunday.

6/3/04 - added new photos

We have some new photos. Recent additions are listed in bold.

5/6/04 - OCA hosts official debut of Voices of Healing book - May 7

OCA-Washington, D.C. and OCA-Northern Virginia chapter will present an overview of the book, and feature a panel of speakers who are contributors to the book. Join us!

5/6/04 - Community Service - Help Feed the Needy - May 8

Volunteer with us and help prepare a home-cooked meal for about 30 homeless men and women participating in Bethesda Cares Saturday Lunch Program

5/6/04 - updated What's New section

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4/30/04 - Officers and board members for 2004

Long overdue, here is our list of officers and board members for 2004: Contact Us page.

4/22/04 - OCA-NOVA Dim Sum/Professional Speaker Series - Apr 24

What better way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon by eating dim sum and learning something? Join us! (Please excuse the slight error on the announcement from 4/6)

4/6/04 - Community Service - Cambodian New Years - Apr 10

Volunteer with us and help the community! We are planning to help the Cambodian American Heritage prepare for their New Years celebration. Please come on out and make a difference.

4/6/04 - OCA-NOVA Chinese New Year Dinner Dim Sum/Professional Speaker Series - Apr 24

What better way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon by eating dim sum and learning something? Join us!

3/11/04 - Community Service - Goodwill Maryland - Mar 20

Volunteer with us and help the community! We are planning to accept and sort through donations. Please come on out and make a difference.

3/11/04 - updated What's New section

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2/19/04 - Community Service - Bethany House - Feb 21

Volunteer with us and help the community! We are planning to pack and prepare for storage donations and supplies made to Bethany House. Please come on out and make a difference.

2/5/04 - added new photos

We have some new photos. Recent additions are listed in bold.

2/5/04 - updated What's New section

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1/15/04 - OCA-NOVA Chinese New Year Dinner - Jan 31

Join us as we usher in The Year of the Monkey.


2003

12/4/03 - OCA-NOVA Holiday Potluck Party - Dec 13

Warm-up your voices and Join us on Saturday, December 13, 2003 for our annual OCA-NOVA “Grinch-Free” Holiday Potluck Party. We will have karaoke, holiday music, reindeer games and children’s activities.

12/4/03 - Community Service - Bethany House - Dec 14

Volunteer with us and help the community! APA Service Corps will help sort through the toys, books and donations made to Bethany House for Battered Spouses and their Children.

12/4/03 - updated What's New section

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12/4/03 - updated Links section

Finally changed the link to OCA-YP's site from ocayp.tripod.com to www.ocayp.com in our Links section.

11/14/03 - Joint Event - Help The Homeless Walkathon - Nov 22

Volunteer with us and help the community! OCA-YP, OCA-NOVA, OCAW, and Capital Action will be participating in the 16th Annual Help-the-Homeless Walkathon. Details are located after the Arlington Food Assistance Center project.

11/14/03 - updated What's New section

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10/30/03 - Community Service - Arlington Food Assistance Center - Nov 15

Volunteer with us and help the community! APA Service Corps will help sort donated food at the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

10/24/03 - big photos update!

Well, that went faster than expected. All the links have been fixed. Also a bunch of new photos have been uploaded. Recent additions are listed in bold.

10/24/03 - problem with photos

We're having problems with our photos section. All of the links are broken (maybe since Oct 7). Hopefully they will be fixed within a week.

10/22/03 - updated What's New section

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9/23/03 - Community Service - Northern Virginia Park Authority - Sep 27

Volunteer with us and help the community! APA Service Corps will help the Northern Virginia Park Authority maintain the beauty of our regional parks.

9/23/03 - updated What's New section

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8/5/03 - OCA-NOVA Annual Crab Feast - Aug 16

Join us for one of our biggest events of the year: this month's OCA-NOVA Crab Feast. The Aug 9 deadline is coming up quick. Details are located after the Chinese movie info.

8/5/03 - OCA-NOVA Chinese Comedy Movie Event - Aug 14

Are you interested in seeing a different kind of movie? Well, join us for for a night at the movies! This film is in Cantonese with English subtitles and is part of the most excellent Made in Hong Kong Film Festival.

8/5/03 - updated What's New section

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7/15/03 - OCA-NOVA, OCA-YP, AJC-YLF, Dcplush Happy Hour - Jul 17

Join us for a happy hour at Club Daedalus. Hope to see you all there!

7/15/03 - OCA-NOVA Annual Crab Feast - Aug 16

Join us for next month's OCA-NOVA Crab Feast. RSVP early as checks must be postmarked to Sam Wong by Aug 9. Details are located after the happy hour info.

7/15/03 - Community Service - Clock Tower Thrift Shop - Aug 23

Volunteer with us and help the community! APA Service Corps will help clean, sort and organize donated items for the Clock Tower Thrift Shop. We need at least 10 to 15 volunteers.

7/15/03 - updated What's New section

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6/9/03 - OCA-NOVA Annual Picnic - Jun 14

Join us at our annual picnic. Remember that the RSVP/pre-pay deadline is this coming Thu, Jun 12 and that the picnic is this coming Sat, Jun 14.

6/3/03 - updated Contact Us section

Our Contact Us section has finally been updated with our (not so) new board members for 2003.

5/23/03 - OCA-NOVA Bowling Social - May 31

Join us as we put on some fancy bowling shoes! Come out and join old friends and new. Meet members of the NOVA Board. Skill levels of varying degrees will be present. From gutter ballers to S T R I K E ... all are welcome. Who knows? You might be the pro bowler you never knew you were! Hope to see you there! Please RSVP by May 28.

5/23/03 - OCA-NOVA Annual Picnic - Jun 14

Join us and kick back and relax with other members! Meet the OCA National Staff and Interns while enjoying the numerous activities offered at this 120 acre park. Please RSVP to either Andy or Michele and then send payment by June 12 so that we can ensure an accurate headcount. Details are located after the Bowling Social in the link.

5/23/03 - Community Service - Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival - Jun 15

Volunteer with us and help the community! The Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival is our next project after the DC Cares Servathon. We will be volunteering near the scenic old town Alexandria waterfront. Details are located after the DC Cares Servathon in the link.

5/23/03 - updated What's New section

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5/21/03 - added new photos

We have some new photos. Recent additions are listed in bold.

5/1/03 - 7th Annual APA Spring Benefit - May 10

Join us at this black tie [optional] fundraising gala event, which focuses on APA young professionals during APA Heritage Month. As a participating organization, OCA-NOVA will be selling tickets for this worthwhile cause.

5/1/03 - updated What's New section

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4/22/03 - Community Service - DC Cares Servathon - May 31

Volunteer with us and help the community! This is one of our biggest projects of the year: DC Cares Servathon.

4/16/03 - "Better Luck Tomorrow" - Apr 19

Join us (OCA-NOVA and OCA-YP) as we begin to make Asian Pacific American history by voting ourselves in Hollywood at the Box Office across the nation. All you need to do is simply show up and buy a ticket to see BETTER LUCK TOMORROW - A film by JUSTIN LIN.

4/16/03 - Archiving old news

In order to make this main page load faster and appear less cluttered, old news has been moved to the Archive section.

4/16/03 - updated What's New section

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4/11/03 - updated What's New section

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3/17/03 - updated What's New section

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2/21/03 - OCA-NOVA Chinese New Year Banquet - Mar 1

Join us and celebrate the New Year with fellow members and guests at one of our biggest events of the year. Please RSVP ASAP by Feb 24. More details

2/21/03 - updated What's New section

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1/27/03 - updated What's New section

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1/23/03 - updated What's New section

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1/15/03 - Community Service - AFAC - Jan 25

Volunteer with us and help the community! Our project is for the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

1/15/03 - updated contact info

Updated membership form and one of our email addresses in contact us

1/15/03 - updated What's New section

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2002

12/18/02 - updated What's New section

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12/16/02 - New photos

We have some new photos

12/11/02 - updated What's New section

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12/4/02 - OCA-NOVA Christmas Party - Dec 7

Join us and celebrate the holiday season with fellow members and guests. Please RSVP ASAP by Dec 5.

12/4/02 - Community Service - Bethany House - Dec 9-11

Volunteer with us and help the community! Our project is for the Bethany House for Battered Spouses and Their Children.

11/22/02 - updated What's New section

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11/14/02 - OCA-NOVA Financial Seminar Series - Nov 16

Join us in the first of several sessions to help you address your financial questions in this recession. Please RSVP ASAP by Nov 15.

11/14/02 - updated What's New section

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10/24/02 - Hate crime petition

Lili Wang was murdered on October 12, 2002 in North Carolina because she was Asian. However, this is not being classified as a hate crime. Here are the details and the petition. Please support this effort by signing the petition and spreading the word.

10/24/02 - Community Service - Montgomery Co Service - Oct 26

Volunteer with us and help the community! Our project is the Montgomery County Community Service Day.

10/24/02 - updated What's New section

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10/2/02 - OCA 3rd Annual Professional Development & Economic Empowerment Conference - Oct 5

The OCA 3rd Annual Professional Development & Economic Empowerment Conference is this coming Saturday!

10/2/02 - Changed order of photos

The order of the list of photos was changed so the most recent photos appear at the top.

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9/12/02 - New photos

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9/11/02 - OCA 3rd Annual Professional Development & Economic Empowerment Conference - Oct 5

Are you fulfilling your career goals and aspirations? Have you contemplated starting your own business? Do you know how to climb the corporate ladder? Interested? Well then, come to the OCA 3rd Annual Professional Development & Economic Empowerment Conference !

9/11/02 - New photos

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9/11/02 - Remembering

We express our heartfelt condolences and support for the victims of the reprehensible events that took place on September 11.

8/7/02 - OCA-NOVA Annual Crab Feast - Aug 17

Join us for the Annual OCA-NOVA Crab Feast. For the best prices send in your checks NOW to RSVP early (by 8/12).

8/7/02 - Emergency Happy Hour! - Aug 7

OCA-NOVA is having an emergency happy hour tonight. Join us for some emergency happiness!!!

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7/18/02 - OCA-NOVA Annual Crab Feast - Aug 17

We have a date for our annual crab feast!

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6/28/02 - Community Service - Red Cross Waterfront Festival - Jul 13

Volunteer with us and help the community! In July, we're volunteering at the Reston Festival 2002.

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6/4/02 - OCA-NOVA/OCA-YP - Strawberry Picking - Jun 15

PICK YOUR OWN strawberries at Butler's Orchard in Germantown, Maryland. Details are listed after the OCA-NOVA picnic info.

5/23/02 - Community Service - Red Cross Waterfront Festival - Jun 9

We need more volunteers! Volunteer with us and help the community!

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5/17/02 - OCA-NOVA - picnic - Jun 8

Kick back and relax with other members! Come out and meet the OCA national staff and interns while enjoying the numerous activities.

5/17/02 - Community Service - May, June

Added details on June project at the bottom of the page. Volunteer with us and help the community! The May project is tomorrow! The June project is June 9.

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5/9/02 - APA Service Corps - Greater DC Cares Servathon - May 18

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4/12/02 - OCA-NOVA - Mah jong/game party - Apr 21

Do you like to have fun? Do you like games? Well this will be your lucky day then because this is all about fun and games! Join us for various games including, of course... Mah-Jong! (psst... it's not just for old people!)

4/12/02 - APA Service Corps - George Washington Parkway Classic - Apr 21

We're bringing the community service project listings to our front page. Volunteer with us and help the community!

4/12/02 - OCA-YP Dim Sum and Then Some - Apr 13

Our best-est friends at OCA-YP are having Dim Sum. Come along and find out what "then some" really means!

4/12/02 - updated What's New section

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3/26/02 - updated What's New section

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2/19/02 - OCA-NOVA Chinese New Year's Banquet - Feb 23

Our celebration is this coming Saturday. Get dressed up and Join us in celebrating Chinese New Year for the year of the horse and also the 20th Anniversary of OCA-NOVA.

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2/12/02 - OCA membership benefits

There's more good things about being a member of OCA-NOVA than the pride of being part of the number one organization in the entire world with the initials "OCA". You also get special national benefits by becoming a member! These benefits can normally be found in our About Us section.

2/11/02 - 2002 Board of Directors

Here's the 2002 Board of Directors

1/31/02 - deadline extended for OCA-NOVA scholarship

Here's the info

1/31/02 - updated What's New section

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1/17/02 - OCA-NOVA Chinese New Year's Banquet - Feb 23

Join us in celebrating Chinese New Year for the year of the horse and also the 20th Anniversary of OCA-NOVA.

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1/8/02 - OCA-NOVA scholarship

Here is information on our OCA-NOVA scholarship

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2001

12/21/01 - updated What's New section

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12/7/01 - OCA-NOVA Annual Holiday Potluck Party - Dec 8

Come out and enjoy good food and entertainment, and share friendship with us. Bring a hot dish, bring friends and families. All are welcome.

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11/6/01 - OCA-NOVA Bowling - Nov 18

Come out and join old friends and new. Meet members of the NOVA Board. Skill levels of varying degrees will be present. From gutter ballers to S T R I K E ... all are welcome.

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10/8/01 - Have fun and raise money at the same time!

Join OCA-NOVA members in a social mixer as we raise funds to support the American Red Cross - National Disaster Relief Fund

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9/18/01 - OCA CONDEMNS ACTS OF TERRORISM

9/13/01 - Washington, DC - The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) expresses its heartfelt condolences and support for the victims of the reprehensible events that took place on September 11, and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their family and friends. OCA offers its support to those who lost loved ones in this tragedy and to those working to search and rescue victims in the aftermath.

OCA also angrily condemns the cowardly terrorists responsible for these abominable acts.

"The disgusting acts of these terrorists have changed America forever," stated George M. Ong, OCA National President. "OCA, as well as the entire Asian Pacific American community, is deeply distressed over the countless lives lost. We pledge our full support to President Bush to address this matter swiftly and appropriately."

OCA reiterates our resolve to stand with all Americans and fight any foreign government or entity's attack against our country and government. We encourage OCA members and the Asian Pacific American community to give blood, volunteer for rescue efforts, donate food to rescue workers, and help all Americans get through this difficult time.

It is also important in this tragic period in our history to remember that all Americans were the intended targets of these heinous acts. There have already been reports of Americans assaulting and harassing fellow Americans in the wake of Tuesday's horrific events. As Americans who believe in justice and freedom, we must not allow the lives of Arab Americans and South Asian Americans - who are often mistaken for Middle Eastern - to come into jeopardy because of racial, religious, or ethnic prejudice. To attack innocent people because of the way they look or where they worship is wholly un-American.

"We must not allow our country to disintegrate because of these attacks," said Christine Chen, OCA Executive Director. "OCA pleads with Americans to stay level headed and not act on irrational impulses based on discrimination. These terrorist attacks were an assault on our ideals of freedom and democracy as Americans; when innocent Americans are assaulted because they happen to look a certain way or speak a certain language, the very freedom and democracy that was attacked this week begins to disintegrate."

OCA - in cooperation with other nonprofit groups - hopes to collect data on the number of hate crimes and incidents that have taken place as a result of the terrorist attack on Tuesday.

OCA urges anybody with information about such events to forward the information on to the OCA National Office at 202-223-5500 or oca@ocanatl.org.

9/18/01 - OCA message to members and friends

9/13/01 - OCA urges its members and friends to do whatever they can to help Asian Pacific Americans (APA) and our other fellow Americans through this period. APAs constantly have to prove and reprove our loyalty to our country, but under these drastic circumstances, these types of actions should not be seen as proving anything, but as standing united with our countrymen and women.

There are several things that APAs can do to help our country through this period.

Rescue workers and other people involved with the search and cleanup need help accomplishing their goals. You can assist by volunteering for the rescue mission or preparing food to the workers.

Those who are eligible to give blood should contact the Red Cross immediately. Some blood types are more rare than others and you never know whose life you may save. One example, the OCA-Eastern Virginia Chapter is hosting a blood drive at a local Chinese Community Center.

Countless families lost members to the attacks; funds have been established to provide financial support to those who were affected by the violence on Tuesday. Many local organizations have set up food drives where concerned individuals can donate food for those affected by the tragedy.

There is a campaign that encourages people to display an American flag this Friday and to wear the colors of our country - red, white, and blue - as we join the rest of our fellow Americans in recognizing our unity.

It is important to provide a place for OCA members, friends, and the rest of the community to share their thoughts and feelings. We need to help our nation heal. This is a time to reflect on what has happened and what it truly means to be American.

These attacks were meant to break the American spirit; we must not allow that to happen. Please take this opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and remember that as loyal Americans, we must all help each other get past this tragedy.

9/18/01 - updated What's New section

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8/23/01 - added registration form for Professional Development Conference

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8/13/01 - Crabs are rare this year, so join us on Saturday, August 18

Eat as many as you want at our Crab Feast. The prepay deadline has been extended a few more days, so you can save lots of money by prepaying in advance. Save even more money by signing up as an OCA-NOVA member!

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7/30/01 - Our big annual Crab Feast is coming up on Saturday, August 18

The Crab Feast is one of our biggest events of the year and it's coming up quickly! Save money by prepaying in advance.

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7/9/01 - New photos

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7/5/01 - Please RSVP for the picnic this Saturday, July 7

Meet other OCA members and staff from the National Office. We've gotten a great response so far. Here are the details

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6/29/01 - OCA Picnic coming up on Saturday, July 7

Here are the details - RSVP by Thursday, July 5

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6/20/01 - RSVP deadline is June 21

RSVP by June 21 for OCA-NOVA General Membership BBQ/Meeting

6/15/01 - OCA-NOVA General Membership BBQ/Meeting on June 23

This will be NOVAs first general membership meeting in a long time. Come and meet other NOVA Chapter members over a bbq social as we discuss the direction for the year, get event ideas from our membership as well as vote on updating our Chapter Bylaws. -- RSVP by June 21 to Stephen Kee at stephenkee@earthlink.net, 703/255-9888

6/15/01 - Pictures are working again!

Our photos section is working again. We have some new pictures coming soon.

5/31/01 - Service Corps project on June 10

APA Service Corps upcoming project is on June 10 at the Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival. -- INFO: mlacuesta@hotmail.com, derrick_chin@compuserve.com -- See what's new section for details.

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5/18/01 - 6th Annual APA Spring Benefit this Saturday (tomorrow)!

DON'T MISS THE EVENT FOR MAY!!! SUPPORT THE DC METRO APA COMMUNITY
This year's theme: "Asian Mosaic: Unity in Diversity" -- Shari Macias, NBC4 News, to Keynote this year's Spring Benefit -- Celebrate Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month -- see "what's new" section for details

5/18/01 - DC Cares Servathon this Saturday (tomorrow)!

Please join us for our biggest service project of the year! The Servathon, is Greater Washington’s largest annual marathon day of community service and a fundraiser for Greater DC Cares. See "what's new" section for details.

5/17/01 - New format for main page:

I'm switching the way current updates are done. Now all new updates will be described on the main page with the newest updates being listed first.

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