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Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria: July 17 – 23, 2010

Saturday, July 17 – Hidden History of Union Street Walking Tour
Join City Archaeologist Pam Cressey as she explores “The Hidden History of Union Street – Are We Walking on Water?” Meet at the northeast corner of King and Union streets at 10:30 a.m. and walk along Union to learn what archaeologists have found above and below the ground. This free event is part of Christmas in July Celebration on Union Street organized by The Christmas Attic. For more information, visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org or call 703.746.4399.

Sunday, July 18 – Family Tour Day
Visitors to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 N. Royal St.) on Family Tour Day will experience the historic tavern through our Junior Docent tours! From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers from grades 3 through 6 will be stationed at each stop on the tour, including the taproom, bedchambers, ballroom, assembly room and dining room. Tour at your own pace and let your children learn about history from other kids! For more information, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.746.4242.

Tuesday, July 20 – Alexandria Mentoring Partnership's 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 loralei.coyle@alexandriava.gov. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/mentoring.

Wednesday, July 21 – Stories in the Park
Come out and enjoy stories in the park, read by your favorite Alexandria librarians! The reading will begin at 11 a.m. at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. The free event is recommended for children ages two and up. For more information, call 703.746.1703 ext. 5.

Wednesday, July 21 –  Lunch Bunch Concert at John Carlyle Park 
The next Lunch Bunch concert features the Army The Joe Rathbone Band, who will play Indi pop music. The concert begins at noon at John Carlyle Park (300 John Carlyle St.). 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.

Wednesday, July 21 – Ben Brenman Park Concert
The next concert at Ben Brenman Park features Folk by Association. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Ben Brenman Park Amphitheater (4800 Ben Brenman Park Dr.). 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.

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:

  • Thursday July 22, at 11 a.m., come and participate in a SummerQuest Dance Party at Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.)! Put on your dancing feet and come ready for ribbons, rhythm shakers and lots of fun. This free event is open to children ages two and up. For more information, call 703.746.1703.

Coming Soon!

Saturday, July 24 – Soldier-Led Walking Tours
A Union soldier in period uniform will lead walking tours of Fort Ward (4301 W. Braddock Rd) at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. The 90-minute tours will introduce visitors to the history of the Defenses of Washington, the building and role of Fort Ward, 19th-century fortification engineering, and the troops who were stationed in this area during the Civil War. Walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing recommended. Tours are free and dependent upon the weather. For more information, please visit www.fortward.org or call 703.746.4848.

Ongoing!

First Annual Alexandria Youth Arts Festival - Call for Artists
Discover the arts, launch your creative side, and enjoy live performances at the First Annual Alexandria Youth Arts Festival on August 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jefferson-Houston Elementary School, 1501 Cameron St. This inaugural event features children’s activities, crafts, exhibits, music and spoken word   Admission is free. Interested in displaying your art or performing? Download the application today!

City of Alexandria Farmers’ Markets 
The City of Alexandria is host to a variety of farmers’ markets, including the Old Town Farmers’ market and Del Ray Farmers Market on Saturday; the West End Farmers’ Market and Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market on Sunday; and the Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market on Wednesday. Markets feature colorful displays of fresh, locally grown, in-season vegetables and fruits, gourmet coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, meat, bakery items and artisans. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/farmersmarket.