Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Trinity MOPS Preschool Enrichment Classes

This is a new program being offered at MOPS

1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
 9 week session
September 26 to December 9

Fun with Spanish with Ms. Hilda Carrion
Wednesday or Friday
Children will have an opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish Language as they learn songs, games, hear stories and create art projects.

Fun with Science with Ms. Angelica Barrett
Tuesday or Wednesday
The class curriculum will focus on Chemistry – how do grapes turn into raisins?

Exploration of Music, Movement & Sounds with Ms. Cindy
This program is for 3, 4 and 5 year olds
The children will sing and move to music.

Fun with Books and Literacy with Ms. Karen Ward
$450 two days a week
Tuesday AND Thursday
Wednesday AND Friday
Children will have to opportunity to grow to love books and reading and have fun with “letter people”. 

Fun with Crafts with Ms. Hilda Carrion
Tuesday or Thursday
This program is for children ages 3, 4, and 5.
The children will have opportunities to make crafts as they build math concepts such as one to one correspondence, manual dexterity and sequencing.

Exploration with Art Expression – the Art of Creativity with Ms. Marcia Madison
$450 two days a week
Tuesday AND Thursday
This program is for 4 and 5 year olds.
Children will have the opportunity to develop and explore their creative energy.  They will be exposed to a variety of art forms and will be encouraged to develop their own artistic expression.

Adventures in Classical Music – Peter and the Wolf with Ms. Janet Reese
This program is for children ages 4 and 5.
Children will hear the story of Peter and the Wolf as they learn about the instruments.
The children will create their own books of the story.

For more information please contact:

Trinity MOPS Preschool
2911 Cameron Mills Road
Alexandria, VA 22302

Friday, September 23, 2011

St. Clement Scholastic Book Fair - September 24


The 4th Annual St. Clement Scholastic Fall Book Fair is this Saturday!

Please join us on Saturday, September 24th between 9am and 12pm, as we confirm with dozens of fun book titles—including outer space books and more-- that: READING IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!

The Scholastic Book Fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including children's classics, award-winning titles, new releases, and other great reads from more than 100 publishers targeted to Preschoolers and Elementary School kids.

St. Clement Episcopal Church
Marshall-Rutter Hall
1701 North Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
[ free parking available in the church parking lot off of Oakcrest Drive]

Last year, as a result of everyone's love of books, the children of St. Clement Episcopal Day School donated over 100 new books to needy families in Alexandria through The Reading Connection. Help us donate even more books this year!

Setting the Stage for Positive Behavior - Workshop

Children Together of Alexandria presents
Setting the Stage for Positive Behaviors: Resources & Strategies for Successful Inclusive Classrooms

Thursday, October 27, 2011
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302

3:00 - 4:00 Registration
4:00 - 4:45 Keynote Presentation
5:00 - 5:45 First Session
6:00 - 6:45 Second Session

Keynote address - Positive Discipline by Dr. Rene Hackney
Dr Hackney is the Founder of Parenting Playgroups in Virginia.

Sessions: - choose 2 of the 3

Demystifying Sensory Processing Disorder by Beth Kimlick, Educational Consultant
This workshop will provide techniques and ideas for implementing a variety of sensory strategies into the classroom.

Friends, Friends, 1-2-3: Facilitating play for authentic friendships for all young children by Lorelei Emma, M.Ed and Laurie Dabney, M.Ed
Strategies for helping all children build the play skills they need to develop authentic friendships.

Floortime Techniques for all Children by Dr. Rene Hackney
Learn the steps to engage in meaningful play while developing social skills in all children.

Please register and reserve your seat.
$50 Registration if postmarked by 10/14/2011
$60 Walk-in Registration, if space available
$40 Registration per person if 5 or more individuals from one organization or school, (postmarked by 10/)

Mail your registration information to:
Children Together
Karen Pearson
1018 Beverley Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302

make sure to include the following information when registering
home phone
organization or school name
work phone
e mail address

for more information go to

Alexandria Police Seek Public’s Help in Locating Missing Person


Alexandria Police Seek Public’s Help in Locating Missing Person

Alexandria Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who was reported missing on September 21, 2011.  Lenwood “Lenny” Harris, 53, was last seen around 9:00 P.M. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in the Old Town area of Alexandria.  He was driving a 1994 light blue Toyota Corolla bearing a Virginia license plate: XKG-8385.  He is believed to be endangered.  His cell phone was recovered Thursday on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and he failed to show up for a presentation at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center. 
He is described as 6’1”, 210 pounds and has dark hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a gray sweat top and gray sweat pants. 
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Lenwood “Lenny” Harris is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.4711 or the non-emergency number at 703.838.4444. 

Police to Conduct Mobile DWI Checkpoint TONIGHT


Alexandria Police to Conduct Mobile DWI Checkpoint

On September 23, Alexandria police will conduct a mobile sobriety checkpoint to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers.  The DWI crackdown will begin at 8:30 P.M. on Friday, September 23, and will continue until 6:30 A.M. on Saturday, September 24.  Motorists will be stopped and drivers will be checked to assure that their abilities to drive have not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Chief of Police Earl L. Cook reminds drivers that the maximum penalty in Virginia for the first conviction for driving under the influence is 12 months in jail, a $2,500 fine and a 12-month suspension of driving privileges. In addition, there are mandatory jail terms associated with these offenses, depending upon the blood alcohol content of the driver. Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles administrative fees may apply as well.

For further details, please call the Public Information Office at 703.838.4636.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Absentee Voting Opens for Eligible City Voters on September 23


Absentee voting opens to eligible voters on Friday, September 23 for the November 8, 2011 General Election for Virginia State Senate, House of Delegates and Alexandria Clerk of Court (sample ballots are available at Many Alexandria voters are eligible to vote absentee, but relatively few take advantage of this option. There are several qualifying circumstances. For example:
                You commute and work for 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open. (Take into account those days when traffic is heavy or the weather is bad and it takes longer than usual to get to and from work.)
                You are a caregiver for a confined family member.
                You are unable to go to the polls in person on Election Day because of an illness or disability.
                You will be absent from Alexandria on Election Day because of business, work, school, or vacation.
To learn more about these, and other circumstances in which absentee voting is an appropriate option, visit and click on “Absentee Voting,” or call 703.746.4050.
Absentee Voting In Person
You can cast your absentee ballot in person at the Alexandria Voter Registration Office, 132 North Royal St., or by mail. In-person absentee voting hours are as follows:
Regular Hours for in-person absentee voting: Weekdays, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed October 10).
Extended hours for in-person absentee voting:
Monday, October 24, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 27, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, November 1, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The deadline for voting absentee in person is Saturday, November 5, at 5 p.m.
Absentee Voting By Mail
If you wish to absentee vote by mail, download an application from, or contact the Voter Registration Office to get an application mailed to you. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot by mail or fax is Tuesday, November 1. The application must be received by the Registration Office by 5 p.m. on that day. Mailed absentee ballots must be received by the Registration Office on or before November 8 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 703.746.4050.
For complete information on these elections, including voter registration, sample ballots, and precinct and district maps, visit

Women Mean Business of Alexandria's Annual Silent Auction for Breast Cancer

Women Mean Business in Alexandria will hold their Annual Silent Auction on Friday, September 23rd,  from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Old Town. 

This year, proceeds raised by the Silent Auction will benefit the Alexandria Breast Cancer Surgical Fund.  The Surgical Fund is a new fund established as a public/private partnership between the City of Alexandria and Inova Alexandria Hospital.  The fund will pay for surgical and anesthesiology expenses  for Alexandria women who are uninsured and have no means to pay for breast cancer surgery (lumpectomies and mastectomies).

There will be beautiful flowers, delicious food and wine, and fabulous items ranging from original art to jewelry to oriental rugs and even sailing cruises on the Chesapeake and fitness packages. 
All of the donated items come from local, Alexandria, businesses and supporters. 
Auction items are in a wide range of prices so that everyone can bid, and win.

Moms returning to work? Check out FlexForce Professionals

New Job Postings - Check Them Out!

Bookkeeper for small govt contractor (Crystal City, VA). Approx 15-20 hrs/wk; flexible schedule. Rate: $22-$25/hr. Quickbooks desired.
Executive Assistant for high-end custom apparel and design company. Approx 20 hrs/wk, preferably over 5 days. Rate: $20-$25/hr.

Executive/CEO Assistant for small IT firm specializing in fedgov projects (Reston, VA). 20-25 hrs/wk; flexible schedule. Rate: $20-$25/hr.

Interior Designer/AutoCad Operator for innovative designer, manufacturer and distributor of office furniture (Chantilly, VA). 15-30 hr/wk; flexible schedule. Rate: $18-30/hr based on experience.

Excel Expert for Investment Reporting for private investment firm (Bethesda, MD). Flexible schedule; 10-30 hr/wk; regular working hours required for 3 days/mo only. Expert MS Excel including development of macros, heavy usage of financial functions, complex linked spreadsheets. Rate: TBD based on experience.

Web Designer/Developer for virtual meeting and e-learning company (Reston, VA). Temp to permanent PT or FT (20-40 hours) as desired by candidate. Immediate need to support various projects. Knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, HTML and CSS. ExpressionEngine desirable.

Visit to view full list of jobs and to apply/register. 
Please forward to anyone that may be interested! 
Join Us at iRelaunch Return to Work Conference, November 30, The George Washington University

Join Flexforce Professionals at the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference hosted by The George Washington University, November 30, 2011. We will be exhibiting all day, and we want to meet you and learn more about your skills and interests! The Conference brings together experienced professionals seeking to return to the workforce and employer sponsors for a day of education and networking.  

Flexforce Candidates (and friends) will receive a special rate of $110 before October 30, and $130 thereafter (regular rate is $160). Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, all sessions, networking time with sponsors, and a gift copy of Back on the Career Track. Type "Flexforce" in the "How did you find out about us?" box on the online registration form, and you will receive the applicable credit within 48 hours.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

MOMS Club Preschool Fair - October 18

The MOMS Club of Alexandria is holding it's annual Preschool Fair on October 18. 

If you are looking to put your child in preschool NEXT school year, now is the time to start looking.  

Over 40 preschools in the Alexandria (Alexandria City and Fairfax County portion of Alexandria) area will be present to discuss their programs and distribute information about their schools.

The fair will be held at the 
First Baptist Church
2932 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

And will run from 9:00 am to noon. 

This is the only preschool fair in the Alexandria area.  
The next step in choosing a preschool will be to visit open houses.  
Preschool Open Houses usually take place in late January to early February.  

Monday, September 19, 2011

Back to School Forum from the Del Ray Business Association


Due to a conflict last month, we are pleased to remind parents that the Del Ray Business Association has rescheduled the Back to School Forum for this Thursday evening, September 22nd beginning at 6:30 pm at Mt. Vernon Rec Center.   This is a wonderful service that our local businesses are providing free of charge to our community.  The Forum will begin with light refreshments and the opportunity to get photo ID cards produced for your children which means your child must be present to participate in that part of the program.  Below are complete details and please feel free to follow up with Donna Manges if you have any questions.

Back to School Public Forum
Sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association
Thursday, September 22, 6:30 PM until 8:00 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 Adamopoulos, eye2eye Optometry Center, will discuss eye health and back to school tips. 
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.  Child ID will begin at 6:30 PM.

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 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Art on the Avenue is coming…. and they need volunteers!

 Art on the Avenue will be held on Saturday, October 1.

Volunteers are needed to work various shifts from 5:30am to 7:00pm.
Needed are:

 Block Captains -  oversee a one-block area, ensure everything is going smoothly, pass out programs, make sure trash is emptied and that  everyone is behaving, having a good time.

Festival Store workers - provide directions, sell t-shirts, posters, and more.
Shifts are:  

Scarecrow makers/helpers:  help and oversee the making of scarecrows
two shifts:  or until supplies last.

If you are interested please email Lindsey Swanson at to let her know when you would like to work. 

Info on Chinquapin Rec Center and Pool

The Chinquapin Park Recreation Center's fitness room, racquetball courts, soft playroom, and meeting/exercise rooms will re-open on Monday, September 19, at 6 a.m. However, due to unforeseen contract delays, the pool, saunas and locker rooms will remain closed. The Master Swim Program is cancelled for Monday, September 19. It is anticipated that full service will be available beginning Tuesday, September 20. For up to date information on services available, call the center at 703.746.5553 between 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. beginning Monday, September 19.

Del Ray Music Festival during Art on the Avenue

This celebration of music will have it's stage on the patio next to Evening Star Cafe, 2000 Mt. Vernon Avenue. 
This event is during Art on the Avenue. 

Here is the line up --- 

10AM--Ella Sophia(
11AM--The Mavins(
12PM--Dr. Tim Parks(
1PM--Amber Dutton(
2PM--The Distillers(
3PM--Chatham Street(
4PM--Kate Moran Band(
5PM--Ted Hovis & the Stolen Camaros(