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Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria: May 15 - 21, 2010

Saturday, May 15 – Old Cars in Alexandria
Celebrate Alexandria’s automotive history at this special classic car show at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., share memories of your favorite car and talk with owners whose antique cars are being shown. Learn about local automotive businesses, including “Chevy Corner” at King and Henry Streets, Bendall Pontiac, Herby’s Ford, or Old Dominion Hudson, once the second largest Hudson dealer in the country. For more information, visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.746.4994.

Tuesday, May 18 – Lunch Bunch Concert at Market Square
A Lunch Bunch Concert featuring St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School Wind Ensemble is scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King 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.

Thursday, May 20 – Managing ADHD Symptoms in Children and Adolescents
In recognition of Children's Mental Health Week, the Alexandria System of Care Program is sponsoring a presentation, Managing ADHD Symptoms in Children and Adolescents: Strategies for Parents and Professionals, by Abigail Levrini, Ph.D. This free event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington St. Child care is provided, and CEUs are available to professionals. Please register by calling LaTanya Wooten at 703.746.3579 or e-mailing latanya.wooten@alexandriava.gov

Friday, May 21 – Bike to Work Day
Join thousands of area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work! Meet up with your neighbors at the City of Alexandria’s Bike to Work Day Pit Stop located at 301 King St. from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Bike to Work Day is a free event and open to all area commuters, and free t-shirts will be available for the first 8,500 registrants who come by the City’s pit stop. For more information, visit http://www.waba.org.

Coming Soon!

Thursday, May 27 – Film Screening of Canvas
In recognition of Mental Health Month, the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria is sponsoring a free film screening and discussion of Canvas. Starring Marcia Gay Harden and Joe Pantoliano, the film is an accurate and sympathetic portrayal of mental illness and the devastating effects it can have on a family. This PG-rated film will be shown from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 101 Callahan Dr.

Monday, May 31 – 33rd Annual City of Alexandria Memorial Day Jazz Festival
The 33rd Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival will take place at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The park features amphitheater and grass seating. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food will be available for purchase, picnic baskets are welcome, and grills are available in the park at the picnic sites. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/12678.

Tuesday, June 1 – Alexandria Domestic Violence Program Volunteer Training
The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program (DVP) will begin volunteer training on June 1. As a program that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, volunteers play a key role in providing services to those affected by domestic violence. For more information, contact Jen Clayton at 703.838.4911 or e-mail jen.clayton@alexandriava.gov.

Thursday, June 10 through Sunday, June 13 – Alexandria Archaeology Institute
Do you watch the History Channel and imagine yourself excavating a real historic site? Well, here’s your chance to grab a trowel and dig in! Join Alexandria archaeologists for a unique opportunity to excavate the Shuter’s Hill site on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic Memorial (101 Callahan Dr.) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gain hands-on experience in site-excavation methods and record keeping. Learn how to use a transit, process and catalog artifacts in the laboratory, and interpret new discoveries. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org or call 703.746.4399.

Ongoing!

H1N1 Flu Response Survey
How well did you think the City responded to the H1N1 flu? Let us know! The Alexandria Health Department has designed a brief survey to collect feedback on Alexandria's response to H1N1 flu. Answering these questions will help the City better respond to future public health emergencies and improve the health of Alexandrians. Fill it out online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V2K6PTS.

All Alexandria Reads 
During the month of May, Alexandria Library invites the community to read The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner. Join Weiner in his search to discover what makes people happy. This coming week, All Alexandria Reads will host a meditation class, a Taste of India, Stories from India Through Dance, a one-man concert by Peter McCory, and a jazz lecture and performance by Project Natale. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us for a complete list of locations, dates, and times for all events.

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 

Through Sunday, June 27 – “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts” Exhibition
This exhibition has been extended at The Lyceum (201 S. Washington St.)! It 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 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.746.4994.

Monday, June 28 through Friday, July 2 – Civil War Kids’ Camp
Fort Ward Museum still has a few slots available for its annual Civil War Kids’ Camp, a week of learning and fun for boys and girls ages 8 to 12. Participants explore the lives of Civil War soldiers and civilians with marching, drilling, re-enactor guest appearances, games, crafts and other activities from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fort Ward (4301 W. Braddock Rd.) Registration, including souvenirs and healthy snacks, costs $200 per child, and there is limited scholarship assistance based on financial need. For more information or to sign up, please contact Fort Ward Museum at 703.746.4848 or visit www.fortward.org.