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DINNER NOTE: If you have dietary restrictions precluding you from eating any of our available meal options, please let us know well before the RSVP deadline. Kosher meals can be provided upon request, and we can work with the hotel to address any other dietary concerns if we are given enough notice. 

WEATHER: For any announcements regarding cancellation or postponement in the event of inclement weather, check the chapter email list or the announcement list, or email Donna Andrews at

IMPORTANT: We're now only accepting payment via check. Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting.

Our meetings are open to the public. You don't need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.

Working dogs. We see and hear about them everywhere, from assisting people with disabilities, to sniffing out drugs and bombs, to finding lost children, fugitives, and even the dead. But how does a dog become a working dog? How are they trained, and how do they work day to day? Join us at our special Saturday, September 12th picnic meeting to find out. Working-dog expert Cat Warren, author of the New York Times bestseller What the Dog Knows, will share her knowledge about these special dogs, including how she trained her dog Solo to be a cadaver dog and the training she's doing right now with her new puppy.

This will be a joint meeting of our chapter and the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The picnic will begin at noon on Saturday, September 12th, at Olney Park, 1840 Olney Road, Falls Church, Virginia. We'll meet in a covered pavilion close to (visible from) the parking area. The parking lot isn't that large, so we encourage carpooling. Feel free to bring your dog, as long as he or she is friendly and leashed. Given that there is limited seating in the pavilion, you may want to bring a lawn chair if you have one.

Please join us for what we hope will be a fun and informative event, as well as a wonderful way to cap off the summer.

COST: There is no charge to attend.

LUNCH: We'll provide lunch (grilled hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, chips, some other sides, a dessert or two, soda, and water).

RESERVATIONS: Because our space is limited, we are limiting attendance to members of both chapters and their families. To ensure we have enough food, please let us know if you plan to attend and how many people will be in your party. Either email or call Denise Camacho no later than 8 p.m. Thursday, September 10th. If you'll want a veggie burger, please let her know so we'll be sure to have enough. Denise's email address is Her phone number is 571-296-7934. If you RSVP by email, you should receive a response within a couple of days. If you don't receive a confirmation, please email Denise again to ensure your email was received.

WEATHER: While the event should occur rain or shine, in case of extreme bad weather, check the chapter Listserv or email Donna Andrews at to see if we are canceling.


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