Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria, February 23 - 29
Saturday, February 23 -- African American Genealogy Lecture
Unlock the vast history in slave narratives with historian and genealogist Char Bah at 11 a.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. In her presentation, “Documenting African-American Oral History—20th Century to Pre-Civil War,” Bah will use a slave narrative from government records and show how she was able to research that person’s lineage from the 20th century to the mid-19th century. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Please call 703.838.4356 or visit www.alexblackhistory.org for more information.
Sunday, February 24 -- NAACP Annual Black History Month Program
Join the Alexandria Black History Museum and the Alexandria Branch of the NAACP for the annual Black History Month lecture and soul food tasting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St. Mayor William D. Euille will be the featured guest speaker. Following the lecture, guests will sample a variety of African-American traditional foods. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.838.4356.
Monday, February 25 -- Tavern Toddlers
Because it’s never too early for kids to appreciate history, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum developed this special program for toddlers (walkers through 36 months) and their caregivers. Tavern Toddlers features a weekly open playtime on the first Monday of the month at the museum, 134 N. Royal St. February’s theme is Life Then and Now , which celebrates George Washington’s birthday by exploring what daily life was like 200 years ago. Cost is $10 for a group of three and the program runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.838.4242.
Wednesday, February 27 -- artCHAT at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
The Alexandria Commission for Arts invites the public to attend an artCHAT at 7 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory Art Center (105 N. Union St.). The artCHAT offers residents the opportunity to further explore this groundbreaking survey. The discussion will feature Mary Margaret Schoenfeld, Community Development Manager with Americans for the Arts, and members of the Alexandria arts community. Admission to the artCHAT and the Torpedo Factory Art Center are free. For additional information call Cheryl Anne Colton, Cultural Arts Administrator, at 703.838.6348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, February 28 --Workshop: The Art and Science of Talking about Sex with Youth
There are few topics to discuss with young people that are more important than sex. But it isn't always the easiest conversation to start, maintain, and continue. This workshop will provide practical strategies and tips for having important conversations with young people about sex. This training is open to anyone working with youth. The workshop will be held at the Center for Alexandria ’s Children, 1900 Beauregard St. , from 9 a.m. to noon. Space is limited. To register, visit www.alexgetreal.com/acap_about.php and download the registration form. For more information, contact Becky Griesse at 703.746.5030 or e-mail email@example.com.
Through Friday, March 7 -- “Imaging Blackness” Exhibition
“Imaging Blackness, 1915-2002: Film Posters from the Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive” is now open at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. This new exhibition features dozens of movie posters from a variety of black films, including westerns, musicals and dramas. Vintage posters represent the marketing of black entertainers who contradicted or strengthened stereotypes as they created a successful place for African Americans in film. The exhibit is free and open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.838.4356.
2008 Black History Month Programs
Sponsored by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities
Charles Houston Recreation Center (Located at the Durant Center)
1605 Cameron St.
Thursday, February 28, 4-6 p.m.: Black History Jeopardy, Free
For information call 703.838.4814.
Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center
1108 Jefferson St.
Saturday, February 23: Field trip to the Black Wax Museum, Fee: $9
For information call 703.838.4845.
William Ramsay Recreation Center
5650 Sanger Ave.
Thursday, February 28, 5 p.m.
“The Rising Tide of the Color Line”
This program will depict the cultural achievements, social and political development of African Americans in the United States . Specifically, the program will highlight the progress of African Americans after the civil rights movement and showcase the some of the leaders of today. The event is free. For information call 703.838.4826.
Cora Kelly Recreation Center
25 W. Reed Ave.
Thursday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.
“Remembering Our Past While Preparing For Our Future”
The program features a presentation of historical black history facts and entertainment, including dancing, singing, and poetry reading. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call 703.838.6464.
Mount Vernon Recreation Center
2701 Commonwealth Ave.
Thursday, February 28, 4-6 p.m.
“A Call for Us to Remember”
Reverend Donald Hayes from Oakland Baptist Church is the guest speaker and the men’s choir performs. Mt. Vernon Recreation Center ’s “Kulture Kidz” performs by reading excerpts from the writings of Black Americans. Admission is free. For information, call 703.838.4825.
Patrick Henry Recreation Center
4643 Taney Ave.
Friday, February 29, 7 p.m.
Throughout the month, pre-teen leaders will conduct a variety of activities, trips, and poster contests with a Black History Month theme. All of their efforts will be showcased at the end of February with a children’s performance of dance, poetry, song, and storytelling. Admission is free. For information, call 703.519.3390.
Saturday, March 1 - Twenty-seventh Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Antique Car Show /Dog Show
Historic Old Town Alexandria
11 a.m. – Fun Dog Show at Market Square, 301 King St.
11 a.m. – Antique Car Show, 100 Block of N. Royal St.
12:30 p.m. – Parade, Reviewing stand at Royal and King Streets
Cosponsor: The Ballyshaners, Inc.
For information, call 703.237.2199 or visit ballyshaners.org.