Saturday, June 26 – Parker Gray Roundtable Community Day
Learn about the Parker-Gray Roundtable and get to know your neighbors at an old-fashioned block party. The event, which will be held at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., features barbecue, refreshments, music, Recreation Center open house, and health fair; and workshops on Parker-Gray history, employment programs, substance abuse prevention, summer recreation programs and more. For more information, contact Jack Browand at 703.746.5504.
Saturday, June 26 – Civil War Camp Day and Skirmish
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site (4301 W. Braddock Rd.) is hosting Alexandria’s largest Civil War event of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event includes a tactical skirmish, Civil War artillery demonstration, Union and Confederate camps, drills, food preparation scenario, medical impressions and civilian interpretations. Admission is $5 per adult and $10 for families with children. For more information, visit www.fortward.org or call 703.746.4884.
Sunday, June 27 – First Presidential Salon with James Madison
Join President James Madison at a Presidential Salon at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 N. Royal St.) from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. At this salon, President Madison focuses on the most recent domestic and foreign events of June 1810. He will also discuss his cabinet, moving into the President’s mansion, and his relationship with his wife Dolley. Reservations are recommended. Madeira, Port and other libations, as well as the Salon Savory, will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 per person and $10 per high school/college student. For reservations or more information, visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.746.4242.
Ending Sunday, June 27 – “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts” Exhibition
This 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. The exhibition 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, and extensive camping and hiking exhibits highlighted by a tent and official Girl Scout gear. Suggested admission is $2. The Lyceum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.746.4994.
Wednesday, June 30 – Lunch Bunch Concert at Canal Plaza
The next Lunch Bunch concert at Canal Plaza (44 Canal Plaza) features The Turning Point (Traditional Jazz) at noon. 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 703.746.5592.
Saturday, July 10 - Annual USA & City Birthday Celebration
The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 261st and the USA’s 234th 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. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Recreation or call 704.746.5418.
Tuesday, July 20 – Alexandria Mentoring Partnership's Annual Mentor Recruitment Cruise
Save the date for the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership's Annual Mentor Recruitment Cruise on July 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Join us for food and fun while taking advantage of a unique opportunity to learning about mentoring opportunities in the City of Alexandria. This free event is limited to the first 100 individuals who respond. RSVP to Loralei Coyle at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/mentoring.
Tuesday, July 27 through Thursday, July 29 – Clio’s Kids History Camp
Register now for a three-day history camp for kids at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington Street. Clio’s Kids History Camp introduces children, ages 5 through 7, to American history and life in historic Alexandria through artifacts, storytelling, singing and dancing, crafts, “old-fashioned” games, and visits to nearby historic places. This year campers will explore travel and transportation in Alexandria’s past and present! Advance registration is required. Fee of $105 includes snacks and souvenirs. For more information or to register, please visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.746.4994.
Alexandria Library’s SummerQuest Program
Alexandria Library's SummerQuest reading program has begun, but it is not too late to sign up! Children ages 6-12 can sign up for SummerQuest (and children under 5 years old can sign up for SummerQuest Junior) at the children's desk at any of the four Alexandria Library branches. Specials event schedules are available at any branch or online at www.alexandria.lib.va.us. Upcoming SummerQuest events this week include:
- Tuesday, June 29, at 10 a.m., Peter McCory's One Man Band, for ages 0 to 5 years. Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Avenue, 703.746.1705
- Wednesday, June 30, at 11 a.m., "Oh Susannah" sing-a-long concert, for ages 2 and up. Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen Street, 703.746.1703
- Wednesday, June 30, at 3:30 p.m., Animal Ambassadors takes us on a Journey to the Jungle as we explore tropical rain forests, for ages 6 to 12. Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Avenue, 703.746.1705
- Wednesday, June 30, at 4 p.m., Magician Michael Klee, for ages 6 to 12 only. Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, 703.746.1702
- Thursday, July 1, at 4 p.m., Barbara Effron’s Storytime Express. For ages 3 and up. Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road, 703.746.1704
West End Farmers’ Market
The West End Farmers’ Market is open to the public on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November 21 at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive. This outdoor market is one of a kind in the City’s west end, featuring colorful displays of fresh, locally grown, in-season vegetables and fruits, gourmet coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, and fresh baked pastries. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/farmersmarket.
Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market
The Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market, located at King Street Gardens Park, 1806 King St., is just a few steps from the King Street Metro Station. Offering area residents and commuters the opportunity to shop for fresh, locally grown produce, meat, dairy and bakery items, the market is open Wednesdays through October 27 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For additional information, visit http://www.upperkingstreet.org