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Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria: July 10 – 16, 2010

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 703.746.5418.

Saturday, July 10 – “Harlem’s Mart 125: The American Dream” Screening
At 4:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Black History Museum (902 Wythe St.), explore the history of Mart 125 and learn how it correlates to the “revitalization” of 125th Street, Harlem’s main commercial sector. This film follows the economic transition of 125th Street from the late 1960s to the present day, examining issues like urban renewal from a commercial standpoint. This free screening is part of Movies with a Mission, a series of films about Africa and the African Diaspora that seek to inform and inspire dialogue. For more information, visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.746.4356.

Tuesday, July 13 – From Books to Film Discussion Group
Readers and film buffs are invited to Beatley Central Library to discuss films and the written works that inspired them. The next meeting will start at 7 p.m. and participants will discuss the play Hamlet and other films adapted from the works of William Shakespeare. The meetings are facilitated by Mark Schwartz, who has taught Film Studies on the college level and has written about books and film for ABC-Clio. For more information, call 703.746.1770.

Wednesday, July 14 – Teen Participants Needed for Focus Group 
The Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy is seeking local 18-19 year old teens to participant in a focus group on Wednesday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Focus group participants will provide their views about perceptions and behaviors regarding teen pregnancy and birth control. Each participant will be provided with dinner and a $10 gift card. For more information, contact Becky Griesse at 703.746.5030.

Wednesday, July 14 – Fort Ward Park Concert 
This Fort Ward Park Concert features the Army "Capital Sound" of the 257th Army Band, an 18 piece Big Band/ Pop ensemble, in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Community College - Alexandria Band Camp. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Ward Park Amphitheater, 4301 West Braddock Rd. 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, July 15 – Music At Twilight Concert 
This Music at Twilight Concert features the Alexandria Harmonizers, a men’s barbershop group. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Ward Park Amphitheater, 4301 West Braddock Rd. 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.

Friday, July 16 – Market Square Concert 
This Market Square Concert features the Alexandria Citizens Band, the “City’s Oldest Performing Arts Organization.” The concert begins at 7:30 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.

Friday, July 16 and  Saturday, July 17 - 2010 Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
Comcast and the City of Alexandria present the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival at Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St. Movie goers are invited to enjoy two nights of free outdoor movies, featuring “The Blind Side” on July 16 and “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen” on July 17. Attendees can purchase their favorite movie snacks like fresh popcorn and homemade lemonade. Movies start at dusk. Movies may be cancelled due to inclement weather. For up to date information, call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592 or the Special Events Office at 703.746.5418.

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:

  • Monday, July 12 at 11 a.m. the public is invited to see “Kidsinger” Jim, who will present his program, StorySongs. This free event is hosted at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd. For more information, call 703.746.1704.
  • Tuesday, July 13 at 11 a.m., children ages two and up are invited to Kaydee Puppets’ Little Red Riding Hood  & The Princess and the Frog. This free event will hosted at Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St. For more information, call 703.746.1703.

Coming Soon!

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.

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.

Ongoing!

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.

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.