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Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria: February 27 – March 5, 2010

Saturday, February 27 – Little Conductors Day
All aboard! Let your little one be the conductor at a special train event at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Children ages 3 through 7 will love visiting train activity stations, including operating Lego trains presented by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club, a train-related craft, a train bean bag toss, Thomas the Tank Engine play table, Lego play area, and a miniature train display. Space is limited so advance reservation and ticket purchase is recommended. Timed admission for the event occurs on the half-hour between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per child and free for caregivers. For more information, visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.746.4994.

Saturday, February 27 – “Feeding Our Founding Fathers” Lecture
Culinary historian Michael Twitty returns to the Alexandria Black History Museum (902 Wythe St.) to explore the role and work of enslaved African Americans in providing food to founding fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. His illustrated lecture will begin at 11 a.m., and he will examine who the enslaved cooks were, how they were trained, and how they prepared and served food to our nation’s first leaders. Reservations are requested for this free event. Please visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.746.4356 for more information.

Saturday, February 27 – Free H1N1 Flu Vaccinations

As part of the Alexandria Health Department’s (AHD) H1N1 vaccination outreach initiative, FREE H1N1 vaccinations will be provided at three locations on Saturday, February 27:

  • 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., as part of the ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) food distribution at the Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in conjunction with ESL classes at the Tenants and Workers United Community Center, 3801 Mt. Vernon Ave.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., as part of the Bag Lunch Program at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St.

While the vaccinations are targeted towards the populations that these groups serve, anyone is welcome to come receive vaccinations at these times and locations. For more information, call 703.838.4400, ext. 297.

Sunday, February 28 – Annual Black History Month Lecture & Soul Food Tasting
Join the Alexandria Black History Museum and members of the NAACP for the annual Black History Month lecture and soul food tasting at from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street. The featured guest speaker, Ron Waters, will discuss the 2010 Black History Month Theme "The History of Black Economic Empowerment." Following the lecture, guests will sample a variety of African-American traditional foods. This free event is open to all. For more information, please call 703.746.4356 or visit www.alexablackhistory.org.

Coming Soon!

Saturday, March 6 – 29th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
The City of Alexandria will host the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 6 at 12:30 p.m. The celebration will include many additional activities, including an Antique Car and Dog Show. For more information, visit www.ballyshaners.org.

Sunday March 7 - Ten Thousand Villages Celebrates Women Shopping Event 
In honor of International Women’s Day, Ten Thousand Villages, located at 915 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, will donate 10 percent of the day’s sales from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. to the Alexandria Office on Women’s Domestic Violence Program. Please plan to stop by, and bring your friends! For more information, visit www.alexwomen.com.

Monday, March 8 – ‘Turn the Page’ Community Reading Event Special Presentation
“Turn the Page” will conclude its community reading event with a special presentation by Co-Author Ashley Merryman at 7:30 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. Merryman will discuss her book “NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children” and will be available to sign copies of it after the program. The event is free and does not require reservations. For more information, call 703.824.6635.

Tuesday, March 9 – iMovie Mentors Volunteer Orientation 
The iMovie Mentors Volunteer Orientation will be held at George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The iMovie Mentor Program is a mentorship for at-risk, minority and immigrant boys in sixth and seventh grades. Each child is paired up with an adult mentor from Alexandria and they work together over the course of the year shooting and editing a short film based on life around town. For more information, contact Linda Odell at linda.odell@alexandriava.gov.

Saturday, March 13 – 8th Annual March Madness Festival at Burke Branch Library
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library will be holding their 8th annual March Madness Festival from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 4701 Seminary Rd. The event will include book readings, face painting, a balloon show, folk dancing and more! For more information, call 703.519.6000.

Saturday, March 13 – Naomi Project Volunteer Training
The Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy invites volunteers who are interested in mentoring Alexandria pregnant teens and new moms to attend an upcoming training with the Naomi Project. The training is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Falls Church Presbyterian Church. The Naomi Project is a free, confidential, interfaith program that matches one volunteer with one pregnant or newly parenting woman in a mentoring friendship that extends through pregnancy and the baby's early development. To learn more or to register, contact Laura Greenspan at 703.860.2633 or visit www.naomiproject.org.
 
Ongoing!

Ongoing through Sunday, March 7 – 2nd Annual 'Turn the Page' Community Reading Event
Parents, teachers and community members from across the city are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual “Turn the Page” event by reading “NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Book discussion groups, open to all, are scheduled at venues throughout the city through March 7. Visit www.acps.k12.va.us/ptac/read for an up-to-date schedule and additional information. For more information, call 703.824.6635.

Every Monday through April 26 – Tavern Toddlers
Join us for a special program for toddlers (walkers through 36 months) and their caregivers at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Tavern Toddlers features a weekly open playtime in Gadsby’s historic ballroom Mondays, excluding Federal holidays, through April 26 any time between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Cost is $7 for a group of three, which must include one adult, or $30 for purchase of a five-week pass. For more information, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.746.4242.

Open Through Saturday, March 13 – “Grass Roots” Exhibition
“Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art” is now open at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Explore the history of coiled basketry in Africa and America with this traveling exhibition from the Museum for African Art. “Grass Roots” traces the evolution of an ancient art while examining rice-growing societies which, through the trans-Atlantic slave trade, exported their cultures to America. See baskets from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia as well as from diverse regions of Africa. Suggested admission is $2. The Alexandria Black History Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.746.4356.

Open Through Saturday, May 31, 2010 – “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts”
A new exhibition at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., blends historical photographs, artifacts and reflections to tell the story of Girl Scouting in the Washington metropolitan area. “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts” features a collection of Girl Scout uniforms from the 1910s, 1930s and 1960s; Brownie items from as early as 1937; a display of cookie fundraising materials; extensive camping and hiking exhibits; and official Girl Scout gear including a canteen, collapsible cup, pocket knife, compass and more. Suggested admission is $2 and the exhibition is open through May 31, 2010. The Lyceum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.838.4994.