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For Immediate Release: November 2, 2010

Recreation News for the Month of November 2010

Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities programs and activities’ announcement for the month of November 2010:

For additional information, visit or call 703.746.4343.


November 4-7
Fourth Annual Alexandria Film Festival
Various locations throughout the City
Sponsor: City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Commission for the Arts
For information, schedule of activities and to purchase tickets, visit

November 14
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Walk/Run
Eisenhower Ave./206 Swamp Fox Rd., AMC Theater Parking Lot  from 9-11 am
Sponsor: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
For information, call Laura Higgins at 203.652.0238 or 203.229.0464

November 25
35th Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Miler
Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave. at 10 am
Sponsor: Delray Business Association
For information, call Paul Coleus at 703.933.0520 ext. 203 or email

November 26
Annual City Tree Lighting Ceremony
Market Square, 301 King St. at 7 pm
Sponsor: City of Alexandria
For information, visit call the Events Hotline at 703.746.5592 or the Office of Special Events at 703.746.5418


  • Saturday, November 27 
    Potomac Harmony Chorus (Women’s Barbershop) at 1 pm
    Doris Justis (Acoustic Folk) at 2 pm
  • Sunday, November 28  
    Rich Follett (Contemporary Folk) at  2 pm
    Barbara Martin (Acoustic Jazz) at 3 pm   


The City of Alexandria’s Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Stakeholder Advisory Group is seeking public comment on the draft report and recommendations prepared by the advisory group. The Ad Hoc Advisory Group, established by City Council and appointed by the City Manager, began their one-year term in December 2009, and has spent the past 10 months developing recommendations for the City’s management and planning at Fort Ward Park, including the museum area. For additional information and to view the draft report, visit


Fourth Annual Alexandria Film Festival

  • Thursday, November 4, 6-9 pm, 2010 Alexandria Film Festival Kickoff, Festivities will complement the Ofrenda: Art of the Dead exhibition, cosponsored by the Torpedo Factory Art Center and Art Outlet.  Free Admission, Donations Accepted, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. 
  • Additional feature films: Griefwalker, 7:30 pm, Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Ln
    Special Guest: Stephen Jenkinson.  And, Ride the Divide, 9:30 pm, Old Town Theatre, 815 ½ King St., Special Guests: Director Hunter Weeks and Producer Joe Cantrell.
  • Friday night November 5 through Sunday, November 7, Alexandria Film Festival, matinee and evening film screenings, several locations including AMC Hoffman Theatres 20 – 22 (Friday Night and Saturday), 206 Swamp Fox Rd.; Athenaeum (Friday Night) 201 Prince St.; The Lyceum (Saturday Night), 201 S. Washington St.; and the Durant Arts Center (Sunday); 1605 Cameron St.  Tickets required, for complete film schedule and other information visit  

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The Office of the Arts will soon have eNews. To receive periodic news and announcements on arts events, programs and services from the Office of the Arts, sign up for Arts eNews at


Lil' Titans Youth Flag Football Begins Season
The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities' Sports Office begin its inaugural Lil' Titans Flag Football season on Saturday, October 17, at the George Washington Middle School Athletic Fields.  The Lil' Titans program has 72 girls and boys, between the ages of 5 and 6 years old participating in this developmental program.  Each of the six teams (Titans - Gold, Yellow, Black, Red, White and Blue), will play a five game season on Saturdays through November 13 at 12 pm, 1 pm. and 2 pm.  For a schedule of the games, visit or call the Youth Sports Office at 703.746.5402.

Late Night Basketball League Concludes Season
The Late Night Basketball League concluded its Fall season on Thursday, October 14, at the Charles Houston Recreation Center.  A crowd of over 125 people attended the closely contested Championship game in which the Terps defeated the Hoyas 46 - 43.   The young adult league is cosponsored by the Department of  Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, EYA of Alexandria and the Alexandria Urban League.  Registration for the Winter league is now open.  The Late Night League runs every Thursday night beginning at 9 pm four times each year.  Contact Bertha Coleman, Program Supervisor at 703.746.5552 or the Sports Office at 703.746.5402.

Coaches Needed
The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is currently seeking volunteers to coach youth Basketball, Cheerleading, Baseball and Softball.   Criminal history background checks are required.   Interested persons should call the Youth Sports Office at 703.746.5402 or e-mail or

Youth Basketball Registration
The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities' is currently accepting registrations for the Winter Youth Basketball League for boys and girls ages 7 - 17 years old.  Registration fee is $30 per child and is available to City residents only. Registration deadline is November 15, 2010.  Registration forms are available at all neighborhood recreation centers, public libraries and the Department of Recreation Administrative office.  For more information, visit or call the Youth Sports Office at 703.746.5402.

Youth Fundamentals Basketball School
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities' is now accepting registrations for the Youth Basketball Fundamentals School for boys and girls ages 5 - 6 years old.  The school will run Saturdays, November 6 through December 4, 2010 at the Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center.  The session will not be held on November 27. Participants will learn the fundamentals of ball handling, shooting, passing and dribbling.  Registration cost is $50 per child.  Space is limited and will be open until the session is filled. Registration forms are available at all neighborhood recreation centers, public libraries and the Department of Recreation Administrative office.  For more information, visit or call the Youth Sports Office at 703.746.5402.


The City of Alexandria experienced the loss of hundreds of trees and extensive damage throughout the City as a result of winter snow and summer thunderstorms in 2010. Residents, who want to help replenish the City’s tree canopy, may consider the following opportunities: Make a donation to the Living Landscape Fund of Alexandria; Request a street tree through the Street Tree Planting Program; or Purchase a tree from the City Tree Sale on October 23 at George Washington Middle School. For additional information, call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.4343 or visit


Basket Workshop: Mountain Apple Basket Part I
Ages 16 and up. Join local artisan Debby Wells in this two-part class to create a beautiful basket perfect for carrying all your orchard goodies. Materials fee of $50 (covers sessions 1 and 2) payable to instructor day of class. Don’t forget to bring your tools! Min 12/Max 15.
200625-01   Sa   9am-1:30pm   11/6   1   $5   BUDEF

Basket Workshop: Mountain Apple Basket Part II
Ages 16 and up. Join local artisan Debby Wells to finish your Mountain Apple Basket creation. Don’t forget to bring your tools! Min 12/Max 15.
200626-01   Sa   9am-1:30pm   11/13   1   $5   BUDEF

Owl Prowl
Ages 5-12. What’s so amazing about owls? Children will have fun learning about these nocturnal birds while dissecting owl pellets. An owl “hooting” contest with prizes is also featured. Min 6/Max 12.
201292-01   Sa   2-3:30pm   11/13   1   $4   BUDEF

Alexandria’s Prehistoric Peoples
Ages 6-12. For thousands of years Alexandria was home to a diversity of prehistoric cultures. Learn about their ways of life and how they survived in the local woodlands. Craft session featured. Min 6/Max 12.
201293-01   Sa   10-11:30am   11/20   1  $3   BUDEF

Decorate a Tree for Birds
Family. Birds need a holiday too! Make birdseed ornaments and popcorn garlands to decorate a backyard tree for our feathered friends. NOTE TO PARENTS: Peanut butter will be used for craft making. Min 6/Max 12.
201294-01   Sa   10-11:30am   11/27   1   $2   BUDEF


Jones Point Park, 65 acres in size, is and will remain owned, maintained and operated by the National Park Service as land of the US Department of Interior. The entire Jones Point Park will not be closed to public access during construction. The Royal Street Community Gardens, the Lee Street Community Gardens, the Mount Vernon Trail and the Community Recycling Center will have continuous public access. Public access to some portions of the park will be temporarily/intermittently closed while improvements are being made.

City of Alexandria Establishes Jones Point Park Reconstruction Update eNews Category
To receive information about the Jones Point Park Reconstruction Project, update your subscription or subscribe to eNews by visiting Subscribe to Jones Point Park Reconstruction Updates in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities notification group. For Additional information, visit, or call Jack Browand, Division Chief, at 703.746.5504 or


For additional information, call 703.746.5500.

  • Youth Sports Advisory Board
    Monday, November 8 at 7 pm
    Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave.
    For additional information, call 703.746.5407.
  • Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park & Museum Advisory Group
    Thursday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 23 at 7 pm
    Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. 
  • Alexandria Beautification Commission
    Thursday, November 11 at 7 pm
    Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.  
  • George Washington Celebration Committee
    Monday, November 15 at 7 pm
    Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. 
  • Alexandria Waterfront Committee
    Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 am
    Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.  
  • Commission for the Arts
    Tuesday, November 16 at 7 pm
    Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St.
  • Park & Recreation Commission
    Thursday, November 18 at 7:30 pm
    Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St. 
  • Center Advisory Boards
    Neighborhood recreation center advisory boards meet monthly. Call your neighborhood center for meeting information. For a listing of neighborhood centers, visit


"Dispatches from the Front" is the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Park Operations & Park Planning newsletter reporting on current issues, activities and updates on park projects. To view the current issue, visit

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City's Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.4343 (TTY 703.838.4902).

1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6344

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