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Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria, March 15-21

Saturday, March 15 –Awards Ceremony for the Alexandria Recreation Games
The public is invited to attend an awards ceremony for the Alexandria Recreation Games for Healthy Living from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lee Center Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. Admission is free, and healthy refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the Recreation Services’ Division at 703.838.4345.

Saturday, March 15 – Swordsmen’s Rendezvous
Come experience this unique living history program as you learn a skill all 18th-century gentlemen must know: swordplay! This program includes re-enactment of swordplay and a display of 18th-century weapons. This popular family event is suitable for all ages and will include some audience participation as you practice your new-found talents. Price is $5 per person, ages 5 and up. Tours are held at Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 N. Royal St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and reservations are required. For more information, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.838.4242.

Monday, March 17 – Tavern Toddlers
Because it’s never too early for kids to appreciate history, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum developed this special program for toddlers (walkers through 36 months) and their caregivers. Tavern Toddlers features a weekly open playtime every Monday through April at the museum, 134 N. Royal St. In March, the focus is Going on a Trip , where children will go on adventures as they pretend to be travelers. Cost is $10 for a group of three and the program runs 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.838.4242.

Monday, March 17 – Community Meeting on Proposed Park at Potomac Yard
The City of Alexandria will hold a community meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17 at the Mount Vernon Elementary School auditorium, 2601 Commonwealth Ave., to discuss and provide input on the future of a proposed park at Potomac Yard. For more information or to RSVP, call Jeffrey Farner at 703.838.4666 or e-mail jeffrey.farner@alexandriava.gov, or call Ron Kagawa at 703.838.5041 or e-mail ron.kagawa@alexandriava.gov.

Monday, March 17 – Landmark/Van Dorn Advisory Group
The public is invited to attend the next meeting of the Landmark/Van Dorn Advisory Group at 7 p.m. at Landmark Mall in the West End Development Center, on the upper level near the main entrance. The Landmark/Van Dorn Advisory Group was established by City Council to identify and evaluate issues, challenges and opportunities for the future of the Landmark/Van Dorn Area and keep the public informed about the development of the LMVD Plan. Please contact Pat Mann at 703.838.4666 ext. 303 for more information.

Tuesday, March 18 – Infill Task Force Meeting
The public is invited to the regular meeting of the Infill Task Force, to be held at 7 p.m. in the City Council Workroom, City Hall, 301 King St. The Infill Task Force will review regulatory tools and discuss Task Force recommendations, including public education, outreach, regulations, and procedures. Following the discussion, there will be time for questions and answers and public comment. For more information, contact Valerie Peterson at 703.838.4666 ext. 338.

Tuesday, March 18 – Adopt-a-Park Open House
The public is invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, March 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., to recruit volunteers for the Adopt-a-Park Litter Control program. Parks located in the West End and throughout the City are in need of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, call Judy Lo at 703.838.5095, ext. 438 or e-mail judy.lo@alexandriava.gov.

Wednesday, March 19 – Civil War Story Time
During Spring Break, Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site (4301 W. Braddock Rd.) is offering a program on the Civil War as depicted in children’s literature. The program is suitable for elementary school children; reading and group discussion will focus on two children’s books based on historical events from the Civil War era. Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers , written and illustrated by Karen B. Winnick, tells the story of young Grace Bedell, who wrote to Abraham Lincoln suggesting he grow a beard—and he did! The Silent Witness , written by Robin Friedman and illustrated by Claire A. Nivola, focuses on the McLean family, in whose parlor at Appomattox Courthouse the surrender was signed in the presence of key people and a doll, the silent witness to history! Space is limited space and reservations are suggested. Admission is $2 per person and program runs from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, please call 703.838.4848 or visit www.fortward.org.

Wednesday, March 19 – Braddock East Advisory Group Meeting
The public is invited to the second meeting of the Braddock East Advisory Group. The group was established by City Council to partner with the City and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority to create a redevelopment plan for the public housing sites within the larger Braddock area, including James Bland, Bland Addition, Samuel Madden Uptown, Ramsey Homes and Andrew Adkins. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson-Houston School for Arts and Academics, 1501 Cameron St. For more information, please contact Andrew Spurgin at 703.838.4666 ext. 330.

Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 20 – Retail and Restaurant Seminars by Casey Willson, Industry Expert
The Alexandria Small Business Development Center, the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, and the National Harbor Collaborative, are presenting three free follow-on seminars for retail business owners and restaurateurs:

  • March 19, 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.: Retail—Do it Right!  covers topics such as Retail Math—Fiscal Fitness is the Foundation; Driving Sales from the Floor: Visual Merchandising; Marketing and Customer Retention; Best Practices, and more.
  • March 19, 2:30 – 4:15 p.m.: Restaurants—a Recipe for Success will feature discussions on topics such as What Guests Want; Restaurant Math – Fiscal Fitness is the Foundation, Service and Sales (including information on collateral materials and menu design); The Experience is Twice as Important as the Food; and best practices.
  • March 20, 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.: Selling to Combat the Doldrums will include training on product knowledge; the art (vs. the science) of selling; customer retention; and recruiting, training, incentivizing, and retaining employees.

The seminars will be held at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. The seminars are free, but pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail pmelton@alexandriasbdc.org. Include your name, company name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and specify which seminar(s) you will be attending. For more information, contact Gloria Flanagan at 703.778.2961.

Coming Soon!

Tuesday, March 25 – Orientation Session for iMovie Mentors Program
The City of Alexandria’s Court Service Unit is seeking “a few good men” to serve as mentors for at-risk sixth grade boys. Mentors are paired with youth in the iM2—iMovie Mentors program to produce a short movie on a topic of interest. An orientation for interested mentors will be held on Tuesday, March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library of the George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave. Attendance at the orientation sessions and successful completion of a criminal background check are required for all mentors. To RSVP for the mentor orientation, e-mail linda.odell@alexandriava.gov.

Wednesday, March 26 – The State of the City Address
Learn more about your City, its accomplishments, opportunities, and challenges. Join Mayor William D. Euille and the City Council for the State of the City Address at 7 p.m. at T. C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The evening will also feature exhibits from City departments, allowing residents and visitors to meet City staff and to learn more about their City government. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, March 29 – Ninth Annual Dance for All Ages “Sock Hop”
The City invites the public to attend the ninth Annual Dance for All Ages on Saturday, March 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. This year’s theme is a “Sock Hop,” featuring music of the 1950s and 1960s by disc jockey Steve McIntire. Admission and parking are free. Please RSVP by Friday, March 21 to Robert Gordon at 703.838.4831 or e-mail robert.gordon@alexandriava.gov.

Monday, March 31 – Annual Salute to Women Awards Banquet
The Alexandria Commission for Women invites the public to attend the 28 th  Annual Salute to Women Awards Banquet. Individual banquet tickets can be purchased online through the City’s eChecks  system or by downloading the invitation and reservation card at www.alexwomen.com. The RSVP deadline is March 26.  For further information, please call 703.746.5030.

Now Being Accepted – History Award Nominations
The Alexandria Historical Society is calling for nominations for the 2008 Alexandria History Award, to be presented to a person or persons who have made noteworthy contributions to the preservation of the historic, cultural, and artistic heritage of Alexandria. Honorees will be presented with a certificate and gift at a special awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m., at The Lyceum (201 S. Washington St). Organizations and interested individuals are invited to submit written nominations, in the form of a narrative no longer than two pages, which explain the contributions of the nominee. Mail nominations by Monday, March 17, to the Office of Historic Alexandria, 220 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information, please contact Douglas Thurman at 703.548.7052.

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