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Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria: July 4 – July 10, 2009

For Immediate Release: July 2, 2009

Sunday, July 5 - West End Farmers’ Market 
The public is invited to the West End Farmers’ Market at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr. The West End Farmers’ Market is open to the public every Sunday through November 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For additional information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

Wednesday, July 8, 15, 22, and 29 – Alexandria Library’s “Stories in the Park”
Children and their parents are invited to join the Alexandria Library for “Stories in the Park.” This program is recommended for ages 2 and up and will occur in Area 7 of Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Please feel free to bring your lunch and a chair or blanket for your seating. Admission is free. In case of extreme heat or rain, the event will relocated to Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. For more information, call 703.838.4555.

Wednesday, July 8 – Lunch Bunch Concert at Canal Plaza
This Lunch Bunch concert features the Legend of Lummy Hallin playing original and classic rock/pop tunes. The concert begins at noon at 44 Canal Center Plaza. Concerts are cancelled in the event of inclement weather and subject to change without notice. For up-to-date information, call the Special Events Hotline at 703.883.4686 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/recreation

Wednesday, July 8 - Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market
The public is invited to the Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market, located at the King Street Gardens Park (1806 King St.) just a few steps from the King Street Metro. The Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market is open Wednesdays through October 28  from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For additional information, visit the Farmers’ Market Online.

Thursday, July 9 – SOHO Orientation for Volunteers
The Space of Her Own (SOHO) program is an art-based mentoring program for pre-teen girls. The orientation for prospective adult female volunteers who are interested in mentoring preteen girls will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Hammond Middle School, 4646 Seminary Rd. Mentors and participants will attend workshops and engage with team-building activities, complete community service, and learn life skills and artistic concepts, techniques and processes. This year’s program runs on Thursday evenings throughout the school year. Each mentor commits to a year-long relationship with her mentee, Thursday evening sessions, a weekend spent on a room renovation, and 8 hours of community service with her mentee. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/soho. To be added to the mentor orientation Evite list, send an e-mail to SOHO@alexandriava.gov.

Thursday, July 9 – Alexandria Library Summer Quest Event
You can plug in at 7 p.m. for “Treasure Island,” Rainbow Interactive Theater. Act in this exciting pirate story and be a star! This is for ages 6 to 12.  Free and open to the public at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd. For further information, call 703.519.6000.

Friday, July 10 – Lantern Tours
Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum,134 N. Royal St., by candlelight with a costumed guide  to experience the historic tavern and hotel before the advent of electricity. Tour times are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the cost is $5 per person, ages 5 and up. The museum may be closed on some occasions; call 703.838.4242 in advance to verify tour dates.

Coming Soon 

Saturday, July 11 – Living Out Loud™ Workshop
Living Out Loud is a free, interactive workshop of simple, yet fun, improv comedy games and activities taught by DC Improv’s own Shawn Westfall. Westfall will teach survivors of sexual assault the invaluable life lessons that improv has to offer such as living in the moment, creating trust, and collaborating as a team.  The workshop is being held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA. The workshop is free. For more information, contact Jen McLish at the Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA) Program at 703.746.5030.

Saturday, July 11 – Annual Alexandria Birthday Celebration
The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 260th and the U.S.A.’s 233rd birthday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., located at the Potomac River between Fairfax, Pendleton, and Madison Streets. The evening features the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra presenting an explosive night of fun, fanfare, and fireworks. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

Saturday, July 18 – Civil War Camp Day and Skirmish
Experience Fort Ward’s and Alexandria’s largest Civil War event of the year! From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., living history events include a tactical skirmish, Civil War artillery demonstration, Union and Confederate camps, drills, food preparation scenarios, medical impressions and civilian interpretations at the Fort, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Admission is $5 per adult or $10 for families with children. For more information, please visit www.fortward.org or call 703.838.4848.

Ongoing

Open through August 11 – The Fine Art of Jazz Exhibition
The Alexandria Black History Museum (902 Wythe St.) is featuring the work of Dan White, who spent almost two decades photographing Kansas City jazz musicians. The result of his work is The Fine Art of Jazz, a series of 50 black-and-white portraits of Kansas City jazz musicians. The exhibition also offers a look into the performers’ lives through excerpts of interviews with the musicians. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a suggested admission of $2. For more information, visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.838.4356.

Open Through September 20 – “Living Legends” Exhibition 
The latest class of Living Legends of Alexandria is profiled in an exhibit at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. This photography exhibition, featuring the work of Nina Tisara, celebrates people who have made remarkable contributions to the quality of life in Alexandria. “Living Legends of Alexandria 2008-09” showcases 26 nominees who have worked to improve life in Alexandria. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The suggested admission is $2. For more information, visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.838.4994.


For more information, contact Jennifer Harris, Communications Officer, Office of Communications, at 703.746.3961 or jennifer.harris@alexandriava.gov