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Recreation News for the month of October 2010

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

For additional information, visit or call 703.746.4343.


October 2
Art on the Avenue
Mt. Vernon Ave. from Bellefonte to Hume Ave. from 10 am–6 pm
Sponsor: Delray Business Association
For information, call Pat Miller at 703.683.2570 or email

October 2
YMCA Alexandria “Get Your Move ON” 5k Run
Eisenhower Ave. at the Cameron Run Great Wave Pool Park from 8 am-Noon
Sponsor: YMCA Alexandria
For information call: Melissa Gaskins at 703.838.8085 or email at

October 9
The Charity Charge 5k
Eisenhower Ave. at the Cameron Run Great Wave Pool Park from 8 am-4 pm
Sponsor: Gifts in Kind International
For information call Colleen Clark at 703.299.7554 or email

October 14-17
Northern Virginia Fashion Week
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St. (Schedule varies)
Sponsor: NOVA Fashion Week
For information, call Tianthony Andrew Roby at 800.900.7501 ext 43 or email at

October 16
Family Fall Festival
Armistead Booth Park, 520 Cameron Station Blvd. from 10 am–3 pm
Sponsor: City of Alexandria
For information, call the Events Hotline at 703.746.5592 or the Special Events Office at 703.746.5418.

October 17
Bishop Ireton 5k Fun Run
Eisenhower Ave. at the Cameron Run Great Wave Pool Park from 9-11 am
Sponsor: Bishop Ireton Booster Club
For information call Bill Simmons at 751.212.5169 or email at

October 23
Walk to Fight Breast Cancer
Eisenhower Ave. 206 Swamp Fox Rd/ AMC Theater Parking Lot at 8:30 am
Sponsor: INOVA Foundation/ Office on Women
For information, call 703.746.3213 or email

October 24
Salvation Army 125th Anniversary
Market Square, 301 King St. 4-6 pm
Sponsor: The Salvation Army
For information call Cpt. Ken Argot at 703.836.2427 or email at

October 24
14th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade
Mt. Vernon Ball Field, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. at 4 pm
Sponsor: Delray Business Association
For information, call Gayle Reuter at 703.684.3535 or email

October 29
Nannie J. Lee's Annual Harvest Festival
Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St. from 5-8pm
Sponsor: City of Alexandria
Featuring the much anticipated Bates' Haunted House  and center staff performance of Michael  Jackson's "Thriller". The Haunted House is $1 per visit. For additional information, call 703.7846.5533

October 30
2nd Annual Ofrenda Parade
Market Square, 301 King St. from 7-7:45 pm
Sponsor: Art Outlet and Torpedo Factory.
For information call Henrik Sundqvist at 571.214.9994 or email at

October 30
Death at the Carlyle House
John Carlye House, 121 N. Fairfax St. to the Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Fairfax St. from 9–11 am
Sponsor: Alexandria’s Footsteps to the Past
For information, call Jim Bartlinski at 703.549.2997


The Ad Hoc Charles Houston Recreation Center Naming Committee, established to honor individuals who made outstanding contributions to Alexandria’s African American community by dedicating recreation center rooms in their honor, has extended the deadline to submit nominations of honorees for a second round of dedications to Wednesday, October 20. For more information or to receive assistance in submitting an application, contact Jack Browand at 703.746.5504 or by email at


The Department of Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities is now accepting registrations for the 2010-2011 school year Out of School Time Programs. Program hours begin when school is dismissed until 6 p.m. The theme for this school year is “Power-On to the Arts.”

Out of School Time Programs include the Power–On Program for elementary students from 5 (registered in Kindergarten) to 12 years of age, and the Power-Up Program is for middle school students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The registration fee for participants is $50 for the full school year. Financial assistance is available for eligible families. To register, visit your neighborhood recreation center, call 703.746.5430 or e-mail


On October 15, the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities' Alexandria City Community Theatre (ACCT) presents “Spanglish,” life lessons as illustrated by Aesop, himself, penned centuries ago, at the Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium ,  1108 Jefferson St. The production features  singing (in English & Spanish) and dancing. Light refreshments available. Admission is $5with proceeds benefitting ACCT. For more information, call 703.746.5533.


Children will have the opportunity to pick their favorite book and assume the role of the main character, while taking reading to the next level. Balls are scheduled at each of the Department’s neighborhood recreation centers. For additional information, call Ms.Dilworth-Abdalla at 703.746.5333.


Police Memorial Finalists on Display
Police Memorial finalists will be on display at City Hall, 301 King St., through Friday, October 8. On October 11, the displays will be moved to the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. The public is encouraged to view the proposals and add their comments to a notebook that will be located next to the displays or via e-mail to, please write “Police Memorial Comment” in subject line. For additional information, visit

City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts Schedules Grants Program Workshop
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts will conduct a grant workshop on Wednesday, October 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. The workshop will provide information about the Commission’s annual grant program, which provides funding to non-profit arts organizations for various arts programs, and instructions for the on-line application process. All applicants including past grant recipients are encouraged to attend one of the grant workshops. For information on the grants program, please contact Cheryl Anne Colton at 703.746.5565 or by email at

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During the holidays, Market Square glistens with the sparkling majesty of a Holiday Tree, made possible only through a generous donation each year. The City of Alexandria is once again in search of a Colorado Blue Spruce, Leyland Cypress or other well-formed evergreen tree, approximately 25 to 35 feet tall, to serve as the City’s official 2010 Holiday Tree. The City will remove the tree from the donor’s property in mid-November and grind the stump at no cost. The tree will be decorated and displayed at Market Square, 301 King St., throughout the holiday season. Persons in the Washington metropolitan area who are interested in donating a tree should call John Noelle, City Arborist, at 703.746.5499 or e-mail


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


James Mulligan Park, 3000 S. 28th St. (Closed for Renovation)
Construction began in early September and is nearly complete, with an anticipated mid-October completion. All existing equipment has been removed and replaced with new play pieces, including a 360 degree climbing structure, 2 spinner devices, a see saw, and a swing set with toddler and school age seats. A new perimeter border and drainage system have also been completed.  Rubber safety surfacing and new benches will be installed early October.

Stevenson Park, 300 Stultz Rd. (Closed for Renovation)
Construction started in late September. All existing play equipment has been removed and will be replaced with new swings and a modular structure with climbers, slides, and other unique play elements. A new four-square court is planned for the old swing area. Other improvements include new benches, refurbishing the open picnic areas, adding a new grill, and completing park-wide tree work. The brush behind the play area was recently cleared for improved visibility.
The anticipated completion date is mid-November.

Tarleton Park - Holmes Run Trail, south of Jenkins St. and Vermont Ave. (Renovation to begin early October)
The renovation is scheduled to begin early October with a mid November completion. The new Tarleton play area will be relocated north of the existing fenced play area. The new play area is designed for toddlers ages 2-5, includes a train theme play structure, climbing turtle, see saw and toddler swings. The existing equipment will be removed. The play area will be closed during the renovation.

For more information, call Judy Lo, Park Planner, at 703.746.5490.


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.

Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park & Museum Advisory Group
Thursday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 26 at 7 pm
Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. 

Alexandria Beautification Commission
Thursday, October 14 at 7 pm
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.  

George Washington Celebration Committee
Monday, October 18 at 7 pm
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. 

Alexandria Waterfront Committee
Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 am
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.  

Commission for the Arts
Tuesday, October 19 at 7 pm
Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St.

Park & Recreation Commission
Thursday, October 21 at 7 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).