Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Friday, August 12, 2011

Back To School Public Forum


Back to School Public Forum
Sponsored by The Del Ray Business Association
Tuesday, August 16, 6 PM until 8:30 PM
 Mt. Vernon Recreation Center
2701 Commonwealth Avenue
This will be the first in a series of monthly public forums open for citizens to learn about and discuss issues of importance to our community. 
All forums will have town hall style, Q&A and refreshments will be served.
FIRST AID KIT:  Doctor Jennifer Lee, Steinmetz Medical Associates,  will discuss the necessary items to always be prepared.

EYE  PREVENTITIVE HEALTH:  Doctor  Dora Adam Adamopoulos, eye2eye Optometry  Center, will discuss best practices for long term eye health for children.

HOLISTIC  CARE  for  CHILDREN:  Acupuncturist,  Stephanie Simmons of,  will discuss holistically strengthening your children's immune system.  

CHILD ID:   New York Life will be available to produce photo child ID cards. Both parent & child(ren) must be present at the Public Forum.  ID will be given to parents and NYL will not store information.
RSVP is not necessary, although, doing so will help us plan for a successful forum.   Please join us.  We welcome all citizen comments and ideas for our future public forums  Contact:  Donna Manges @ 703-836-8758 or email

Carpenter's Shelter Back to School Donation Drive

Last year, Carpenter’s Shelter sent over 100 children back to school with backpacks, new clothes and school supplies. 
This year they hope to be even more successful.  

There are 3 ways that you can help.  
1. Sponsor a child.
2. Donate school supplies.
3. Volunteer at the back to school event August 24.

School supplies needed are:

Glue Sticks 
Large Pencils 
Pencil Sharpeners 
Tabbed Dividers 
Large Crayons 
3-Ring Binders 
Child-Safe Scissors 
Erasable Red Pencils 
Pocket Dictionaries 
Gallon Zip Lock Bags
Vinyl Pencil Pouches 
Small Stapler 
Large Markers 
Scotch Tape 
Wet Ones 
Hand Sanitizer 
Backpacks Tissues
Colored Pencils 
Graph Paper 
Index Cards 
Spiral Notebooks 
Paper Pocket Folders 

Another way to help, consider outfitting a child with shoes or clothing by donating Gift Cards (Old Navy, Target, Wal-Mart)

Please call in advance to schedule a time to drop off supplies.
Contact Courtney Bishop, Volunteer Coordinator,

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Mentoring Experience

Alexandria Mentoring Partnership
invites you to
The Mentor Experience

• Would you like to learn how to become a mentor?

• Are you in process of becoming a mentor but would like to learn more about the year ahead?

The school year is fast approaching and we need at least 100 new mentors. 

Please come to this FREE, fun and dual-themed event!! 
Bring a friend. 
Refreshments provided.

RSVP to or at 703-746-4144.

Once a week, for one year. Mentor a Child, Change Two lives.

Thursday, August 18 6:30pm-8:30pm

The Lyceum 201 South Washington St.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Barrett Branch Library Book Sale

The Barrett Branch Library is having a book sale

Wednesday, 7/10 - 10 am to 7 pm
Thursday, 7/11 - 10 am to 7 pm
Friday, 7/12 - 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday, 7/13 - 10 am to 4 pm

The library is located at 717 Queen Street, Alexandria

Alexandria Restaurant Week, 8/19-8/28

August 19 - 28 is Alexandria Resturant Week.

For the second time, Alexandria will hold a 10 day Resturant Week.   
The week will allow visitors and residents to enjoy multi-course or fixed price meals.  

Here is a listing of participating restaurants: 

$35 Fixed Price Dinners

Book Online logo | A La Lucia | 315 Madison Street | 703.836.5123 | menu

Book Online logo | Bastille | 208 Queen Street | 703.519.3776 | menu

Book Online logo | Bilbo Baggins Restaurant | 208 Queen Street | 703.683.0300 | menu

Book Online logo | The Chart House Restaurant | One Cameron Street | 703.684.5080 | menu

Book Online logo | Columbia Firehouse | 109 S. St. Asaph Street | 703.683.1776 | menu

Book Online logo | Daniel O'Connell's Restaurant & Bar | 112 King Street | 703.739.1124 | menu

DC Metro Food Tours | Alexandria | 202.683.8847 | menu

Book Online logo | Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant | 138 N. Royal Street | 703.548.1288 | menu

Book Online logo | Geranio | 722 King Street | 703.548.0088 | menu

GRAPE + BEAN | 118 S. Royal Street | 703.664.0214 | menu

Book Online logo | The Grille at Morrison House | 116 S. Alfred Street | 703.838.8000 | menu

Book Online logo | Jackson 20 | 480 King Street | 703.842.2790 | menu

Book Online logo | La Bergerie | 218 N. Lee Street | 703.683.1007 | menu

Book Online logo | La Tasca | 607 King Street | 703.299.9810 | menu

Book Online logo | Laporta's Restaurant | 1600 Duke Street | 703.683.6313 | menu

Medieval Madness | 1121 King Street | 703.329.3075 | menu

Nina's Dandy, reservations required | Zero Prince Street | 703.683.6076 | menu

Railstop Gastropub | 901 N. Fairfax Street | 703.683.6000 | menu

Book Online logo T.J. Stone's | 608 Montgomery Street | 703.548.1004 | menu

Two Nineteen Restaurant | 219 Restaurant | 703.549.1141 | menu

Book Online logo | The Warehouse Bar & Grill | 214 King Street | 703.683.6868 | menu

Book Online logo | The Wharf | 119 King Street | 703.836.2836 | menu

 Book Online logo | The Carlyle Club | 411 John Carlyle Street | 703.548.8899 | menu

Book Online logo | Delia's Mediterranean Grill & Brick Oven Pizza | 209 Swamp Fox Road | 703.329.0006 | menu

Book Online logo | Jamieson Grille | 2080 Jamieson Avenue | 703.253.8640 | menu

La Strada | 1905 Mt. Vernon Avenue | 703.548.2592 | menu

RT's Restaurant | 3804 Mt. Vernon Avenue | 703.684.6010 | menu

Shooter McGee's | 5239 Duke Street | 703.751.9266 | menu

Tempo Restaurant | 4231 Duke Street | 703.370.7900 | menu

Book Online logo | Finn & Porter | 5000 Seminary Road | 703.379.2346 | menu

The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant | 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy | 703.780.0011 | menu

Phillip's Flagship | 900 Water Street, SW, Washington, D.C. | 202.488.8515 | menu

$35 Dinner For Two

Book Online logo | Austin Grill | 801 King Street | 703.684.8969 | menu

Bugsy's Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar | 111 King Street | 703. 683.0313 | menu

Chadwicks Old Town | 203 The Strand | 703.836.4442 | menu

Faccia Luna | 823 S. Washington Street | 703.838.5998 | menu

Fontaine Caffe & Creperie | 119 S. Royal Street | 703.535.8151 | menu

Hard Times Cafe | 1404 King Street | 703.837.0050 | menu

Book Online logo | Joe Theismann's Restaurant | 1800-A Diagonal Road | 703.739.0777 | menu

King Street Blues | 112 N. St. Asaph Street | 703.836.8800 | menu

Book Online logo | The Light Horse | 715 King Street | 703.549.0533 | menu

Murphy's Irish Pub | 713 King Street | 703.548.1717 | menu

Book Online logo | Overwood | 220 N. Lee Street | 703.535.3340 | menu

Pizzeria Paradiso | 124 King Street | 703.837.1245 | menu

RedRocks Pizza Napoletana | 904 King Street | 703.717.9873 | menu

Sam Phao Thai Cuisine | 1019 King Street | 703.548.3736 | menu

Book Online logo | Seagar's Restaurant | 1767 King Street | 703.647.2000 | menu

Southside 815 | 813 S. Washington Street | 703.836.6222 | menu

Thailand on Royal Street | 835 N. Royal Street | 703.535.6622 | menu

Union Street Public House | 121 S. Union Street | 703.548.1785 | menu

Villa Di Este | 818 N. St. Asaph Street | 703.549.9477 | menu

Duke's Bar & Grill | 1755 Duke Street | 703.838-9600 | menu

Cheesetique | 2411 Mt. Vernon Avenue | 703.706.5300 | menu

FireFlies | 1501 Mt. Vernon Avenue | 703.548.7200 | menu

Book Online logo | Monroe's, An American Trattoria | 1603 Commonwealth Avenue | 703.548.5792 | menu

Sapore Italian Ristorante | 1310 Mt. Vernon Avenue | 703.683.9680 | menu

Mango Mike's | 4580 Duke Street | 703.370.3800 | menu

Nick's Nightclub | 642 S. Pickett Street | 703.751.8900 | menu

Pizzaiolo Cafe on Fern | 1623 Fern Street | 703.717.9324 | menu

Book Online logo | Ramparts Tavern & Grill | 1700 Fern Street | 703.998.6616 | menu

 Dishes of India | 1501-A Belle View Boulevard | 703.660.6085 | menu

Red, Hot & Blue Kingstowne | 6482 Landsdowne Center | 703.550.6465 | menu

City of Alexandria Searches for new Town Crier


The City of Alexandria is searching for a new town crier, and tryouts
are scheduled for early next month. Can you shout but still be
understood clearly? Do you have a sense of humor that can stand up to
the extremes of cold and heat? Are you available for most City-wide
commemorative events? If so, you may have what it takes to be the next
town crier!
For those interested in applying for this volunteer position, the Office
of Historic Alexandria is hosting an information session on Thursday,
September 1, at 7 p.m., at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal
Street. Then tryouts will be held at the same location on Wednesday,
September 7, at 7 p.m.
Town crier applicants should call Historic Alexandria at 703.746.4554 to
RSVP for the September 1 information session.
Applicants must have a powerful but clear voice, a strong sense of civic
pride, and a willingness to make public appearances in early
19th-century attire. Applicants must possess excellent public-speaking
and writing skills, a sense of humor, and a love of children, parades,
crowds and tourists. Helpful experience includes Toastmasters and
activity with community theatre. The ceremonial duties of the new town
crier include reading proclamations, announcing upcoming events, and
acting as master of ceremonies at special events.
The City's most recent town crier, William North-Rudin, served for
five years before resigning last year to relocate out of state. One of
the earliest Alexandria town criers on record is Peter Logan, an African
American man who served as the town crier and on holidays as the town
piper. Born into slavery, Logan purchased his freedom as well as his
wife's and children's, and worked as a ship carpenter and later
operated his own boot and shoe black business.
A City panel of judges, including members of City Council, will review
applications and tryouts to make the final selection. Town crier
applicants will be judged on Call Content, Clarity, Sustained Volume,
and Deportment. Historic Alexandria staff will assist any potential
applicant with period attire, a bell and necessary props.
The new town crier will make his or her first public appearance at the 
first Legislative Meeting of the Alexandria City Council on Tuesday, 
September 13.
For more information or to download an application, visit
Scroll down to the 2nd photo to see former Del Ray resident Bill
North-Rudin as Town Crier in action.
(I can personally attest to the wonders of Bill voice; those mellifluous
pipes waking me at 5:30 am, when I, as keeper of the truck & barricades,
failed to meet the Art on the Avenue barricade crew on time. A call I
will remember forever!)

Bean Creative is looking for an assistant


Bean Creative is a busy, growing studio of web and app developers, and we
need someone who is dedicated to making sure our day-to-day administrative
tasks are taken care of efficiently, reliably and properly.
We are looking for a part-time assistant who is available from 10am to 2pm
Here’s who we’re looking for:
You’re the type of person who thrives on taking care of things the right way
the first time. A task comes in and you dive right in with your take-charge
attitude. When you say “I’ll take care of it,” we know it’ll be done well.
You get excited when you know you’ve made someone else’s day easier. Great
typing skills are a must.
If you were working for us, here are some of the things you might have on
your to do list:
- Type notes in client meetings, and organize/edit notes for distribution
- Schedule meetings, outings and travel for staff
- Testing sites and apps; keeping track bugs and edits
- Arrange for meetings or visitors, including service calls
- Track project billing
- Arrange shipments and mailings
- Keep tabs on office supplies and order new ones when needed
- Reorganize paper files/books/shelves
- Take out weekly trash and recycling
- Prepare conference room for meetings, including lunch orders and pickup
- Stock snacks/water/coffee
- Proofread and format documents
- Assist with client thank yous and checking in with existing clients
- Assist with identifying appropriate contacts at key new business
- Track in-house software versions and create client back-up discs
- Handle any basic issues with outside vendors and benefits providers
- Check in occasionally with top customers via phone/email
- Research software features, arrange for product demos or assist in
finding stock sound effects/photos
- Fill in on some basic customer service/support if the team is short
- General reception duties and answering the phone
Experience is important. We’re looking for someone who’s managed an office
before, or has worked full time as an executive assistant for someone who
had a very full schedule. You should consider yourself a pro – this is not a
job for first timers or designers/programmers who are looking to work their
way into another job at Bean Creative.
This position pays $15/hr and is a daily position between the hours of 10am
to 2pm. It’s particularly ideal for a stay-at-home parent who is looking to
work around their kids’ school schedules.
If this job sounds like something you’d love to do every day, we definitely
want to hear from you.
(No calls please)
*Bean Creative Funktional Web & Interactive Design*
Layla Masri
ph 703.684.5945 ext 201
*Fresh beans daily!*

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) Announces New Blog - Teens Talk

Teens Talk, ACAP’s summer teen advisors, are blogging about their experiences as they help us create a mixed media campaign for teen pregnancy prevention.  Follow their fun and interesting thoughts at
As teen advisors, this lively group of TC Williams students are contributing their talents and developing their skills, while they work with marketing experts from our community to create our newest campaign.  They have conducted peer focus groups, developed our campaign’s messaging platform, and participated in creative brainstorming sessions.  There is still more work to do before we launch – the group is currently working on campaign logos, video clips and ad slicks ... all leading up to our launch in October!
Be a part of the excitement as it happens @
Find us @

Open House - City of Alexandria's Proposed New Bus Shelter Design


Announcing the City of Alexandria's Proposed New Bus Shelter Design Open

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
George Washington Middle School (Media Center)
1005 Mount Vernon Ave Alexandria, VA 22301
Thursday, August 11, 2011 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library (Large Meeting Room)
5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304
The City of Alexandria invites residents to attend open-house format
meetings where you can learn more about the City's proposed new bus
shelter design, the Metrobus shelter replacement project, and provide
comments on the proposal.
City staff will be available to talk about the design and answer any
The public will have an opportunity to provide comments on the new bus
shelter design during both open house sessions.
For more information contact Pierre Holloman, 703.746.4080 or at
Thank You,
Pierre Holloman, Planner
Office of Transit Services
City of Alexandria

Monday, August 8, 2011

BRAC News Bulletin


BRAC-133 News Bulletin:  August 8, 2011
This is the first in a series of updates on the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure)-133 relocation underway at the Mark Center, and the City of Alexandria’s collaborative work with the Department of the Army as the Washington Headquarters Service moves to Alexandria. If you would like to receive future updates, please log into your eNews account and choose to subscribe to BRAC-133 Updates. For more information, visit
Employee Move-in Schedule: The BRAC-133 project will begin moving employees into the Mark Center building this week. According to the proposed schedule, approximately 2,300 employees will move in between now and September 15, 2011; 2,500 employees between September 15, 2011 and December 31, 2011; and 1,600 employees by December 31, 2012. While the Department of Defense will not release the actual week-by-week planned move-in numbers, it is likely that the employee move-in will be conducted in relatively equal weekly levels.
Transit News:  Alexandria’s DASH and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Metro bus systems started new routes to provide additional service to Mark Center. DASH is adding a new express route providing service from the King Street Metro directly to Mark Center. Metro will add service between the Pentagon and Mark Center, and some Department of Defense employees may be able to ride free by showing their Mark Center identification card. The federal government is paying 100% of these new bus route costs, as well as for additional shuttle service.
Emergency Management: To train for public safety and emergency response at the Mark Center building, the City has been invited to participate in a Pentagon senior policy level exercise series and is making plans for an internal exercise. The exercises will focus on 1) incident command and control, and 2) understanding the emergency operations center interface for large scale incidents.
VDOT Mark Center Task Force: Today, Governor Bob McDonnell announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will establish a new task force and implement a traffic management plan to closely monitor traffic impacts, help manage delays and coordinate increased transit service near the Mark Center. Alexandria will have representatives participating on the new task force.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

2nd Annual Old Town Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale

The 2nd Annual Old Town summer Sidewalk Sale will take place on Saturday, August 13 from 10 am to 5 pm at shops all over  Old Town,  from the water front to the Metro.  

Summer Sidewalk Sale 

Participating shops include: 

571.312.0852, 924 King Street
Open 10 am - 6 pm
50% off sale items
703.683.1022, 116 S. Pitt Street
Open 10 am - 6 pm
50% off everything except jewelry
fibre space
703.664.0344, 102 North Fayette Street
Open 10 am - 7 pm
Deep discounts of up to 50% on select yarns
703.836-6969, 325 Cameron Street
Open 10 am - 6 pm
Half off all yellow tag clothing except wedding and dressy dresses.
Hooray for Books
703.548.4092, 1555 King Street
Open 10 am - 6 pm
20-50% off select items
Pink & Brown
703.684.1050, 1212 King Street
Open 11 am - 6 pm
50% off selected items...some marked as low as 50% off.     
Red Barn Mercantile
703.838.0355, 113 S. Columbus Street
Open 10 am - 6 pm
Take an additional 15% off all markdown items!
The Christmas Attic
703.548.2829, 125 S. Union Street
Open 10 am - 9 pm
50%, 60% & 75% off tables
The Full Cup
703.836-9441, 218 N. Lee Street, #206
Open 10 am - 6 pm
40% off select panties, shapewear & t-shirts.
The little Monogram Shop
703.549.3777, 106 ½ N. Columbus Street
Open 10 am - 5:30 pm
Take 20% off all beach totes.
The Shoe Hive
703.548.7105, 127 S. Fairfax Street
Open 10 am - 7 pm
Spring and summer styles are 60-80% off.
703.535.3294, 103 S. St. Asaph Street
Open 10 am - 7 pm
Summer Clearance ...up to 85% off with $5, $10, $25 and $50 rack