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 Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria: January 15 – 21, 2011

Saturday, January 15 – Christmas Tree Recycling Collection

Residents who receive City trash service can set out trees for recycling pick-up on Saturday, January 15.  Residents must:

  • Remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and stands
  • Not place trees in plastic bags
  • Place the tree at the curb (no alleys) by 7 a.m.

Trees collected after January 16 will be collected as regular refuse. The trees are recycled into mulch by chipping in the spring. The mulch will be available at the City’s site (4215 Eisenhower Ave.) at no charge to residents in the spring, on a first come, first serve basis. Mulch is also available for delivery for a small fee. For more information, call 703.746.4410.

Saturday, January 15 – Citywide Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 38th Annual Citywide Tribute beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1401 Duke Street. Join Mayor William D. Euille; guest speaker Rev. Donald R. Kelly, Olive Branch Community Church of the Sandy Spring, MD; and the Restoration Choir of Metropolitan AME Church, Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.shiloh-bc.org.

Saturday, January 15 – Alexandria Library’s Talking Book Service Friends Meeting
Alexandria Library's Talking Book Service will have its Friends meeting from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring special guest American Council of the Blind (NOVA Chapter). The meeting will take place in the Talking Books Office, on the second floor of Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street.  The guest speaker will be Vicki Ratcliffe, who will discuss aids for the blind and vision impaired on display. For more information, call Loni McCaffrey at 703.746.1760 or e-mail lmccaffrey@alexandria.lib.va.us. Talking Book Service (TBS) is a free service for the blind, physically and/or visually impaired or learning disabled.  This service is free and open to the public.

Monday, January 17 – Martin Luther King Poster Contest
Celebrate this year’s winners of the Martin Luther King Poster Contest from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 301 King St.  Join the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage and the Alexandria Black History Museum as they honor the winners of the annual elementary school student competition. Awards program begins with a screening of the animated film “Our Friend Martin: An Adventure Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.”  Artwork will be on exhibit in the Vola Lawson Lobby of City Hall through February 28. For more information, visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.746.4356.

Tuesday, January 18 – SBDC Business Development Roundtable Series 
The Small Business Development Center offers the latest installment of their monthly Business Development Roundtable series, “Creating a Small Business Competitive Advantage.”  The seminar is scheduled from noon to 1 pm at Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St.  Admission is free. For more information, call 703.778.1292 or visit www.alexandriasbdc.org.

Wednesday, January 19 – Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Training Program
Wanting to start or improve a mentor program? The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership will offer training on “Elements of Effective Practices for Mentoring Programs.” This training provides school, community and faith-based organizations with tools to design a quality program based on the MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership's Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring. This training also provides a solid foundation of knowledge regarding mentoring best practices for new and veteran staff of mentoring programs. Training is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street. A $10 donation for lunch is suggested. RSVP by calling Loralei Coyle at 703.746.4506 or e-mailing loralei.coyle@alexandriava.gov.

Thursday, January 20 – Civil War Dance Class
In preparation for the Civil War Ball on Saturday, January 29, learn the waltz, polka, Virginia reel and more from an expert dance master at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. The class is 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and costs $12. Reservations are recommended. For more information, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.746.4242.

Coming Soon

Tuesday, January 25 – Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Open House
2011 is here! Have you considered what your new year’s resolution will be? Want an idea that will impact lives and decrease the risk of crime, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, poor school performance and gang affiliation? Consider becoming a volunteer mentor. Want to learn more? The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership is hosting an open house from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street. RSVP by calling Loralei Coyle at 703.746.4506 or e-mailing loralei.coyle@alexandriava.gov. For general information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/mentoring.

Now Registering

Domestic Violence Support Group
Are you a victim of verbal, emotional, or physical abuse from your partner? Don’t suffer alone, join a support group where you can learn tools that will keep you safe and empowered. The support group meets every Tuesday evening and child care is provided. For more information, call 703.746.4911 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/DomesticViolence.

Community Emergency Response Team Training
The Alexandria Office of Emergency Management offers residents of the City of Alexandria the opportunity to join with other concerned members of the community to be trained as a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  The CERT program teaches City residents how to help themselves and their neighbors increase their neighborhoods’ disaster readiness by performing essential tasks that aid in disaster recovery and response. The training is free. For more information, call Kim Purcell at 703.746.5259 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/CERT.

Green Building Workshop Series
On Saturday, February 5, attend the first Eco-City Alexandria Green Building Workshop to learn do-it-yourself improvements that save energy and increase comfort for your home, apartment or small business. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Sister Cities Conference Room 1101 at City Hall, 301 King Street. A raffle for an energy efficient door prize will occur at the end of the workshop. For more information, call the Office of Environmental Quality at 703.746.4065 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/Eco-City. RSVP to erica.bannerman@alexandriava.gov to reserve your space at the workshop. To learn more about the City's green building initiatives, visit www.alexandriava.gov/GreenBuilding.

Ongoing

City of Alexandria Farmers’ Markets 
The City of Alexandria is host to the Old Town Farmers’ Market and Del Ray Farmers’ Market every Saturday. The markets feature colorful displays of fresh, locally grown, in-season vegetables and fruit, gourmet coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, meat, bakery items and artisans. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/farmersmarket.

Open through May 1, 2011 – “Patriotic and Public Spirited” Commemorative Wares in George Washington’s Hometown
Alexandria prides itself on being the hometown of George Washington and Robert E. Lee, and historic events such as George Washington’s Birthnight Ball and Lafayette’s 1824 visit to Alexandria were cause for great celebration. This exhibition of commemorative ceramic wares, recovered from archaeological excavations or preserved in collections, shows the community’s interest in events and historic places of local and national significance. The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum (201 South Washington Street) is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.746.4994.

Open through May 7, 2011 - Style and Identity: Black Alexandria in the 1970s, Portraits by Horace Day
At the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 S. Wythe St., view this new exhibition of 32 paintings by Horace Day featuring Alexandria street scenes and portraits of African American Alexandrians. Described as an American scene or regional painter, Day created this body of work at a time when “Black” was becoming “Beautiful,” but when media still promoted stereotypical, demeaning images of African Americans. Day’s portraits reflect the dignity and beauty he saw in his subjects. Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Suggested admission is $2. For more information, visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.746.4356.