Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Friends of Duncan Library Spring Book and Media Sale May 2-5, 2012 James M. Duncan Branch Library 2501 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301 (703) 746-1705 All proceeds benefit Duncan Library May 2 7-9 pm (Friends Preview Night, membership available at the door) May 3 10 am-7 pm May 4 10 am-6 pm May 5   10 am-3 pm **May 5, 11 AM, Free performance by The Great Zucchini for preschoolers and kindergartners in Duncan Library

City residents can receive free prescription discount cards

From the city of Alexandria: Free Prescription Discount Cards Offered to City Residents   The City of Alexandria, in partnership with the National League of Cities, is making available free prescription drug discount cards to City residents in an effort to provide some relief from the high cost of prescription medications. The cards, made possible through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC), can provide an average of 23 percent savings off the retail price of prescription medications.   The NLC Prescription Discount Card can be used by all Alexandria residents with no restrictions based on a resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage. The card can be used at many pharmacies around the City, as well as at more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country.   This card helps residents who are completely uninsured as well as those who have insurance but require specific medications that are not covered by their insurance plans. In both scenarios, residents experience significant savings on prescription medications not covered by health plans.   Residents can obtain a free NLC Prescription Discount Card in a number of ways. The cards can be printed from the Internet at or picked up at the Department of Community and Human Services, 2525 Mt. Vernon Ave., City Hall, City libraries, and other city agencies. Residents can use to locate the nearest participating pharmacy or call toll-free 1.888.620.1749 for assistance with the program.   CVS Caremark administers the NLC Prescription Discount Card program.  

365 - a little chilly but worth it!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Autism Support Group Meets 4/20

Join us for our first
Autism Parent Support Group
to meet with other parents, share thoughts and learn from each other

When:   April 20, 2012 from 11:00-12:00
What:   Opportunity to meet and talk with other parents of children with Autism
Who:     Parents of ACPS students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Where:  The Parent Resource Center
               Room 134 at TCW - Minnie Howard campus
   3801 W. Braddock Road 
For more information,
contact Therese Margot

City Aquatics Community Mtg. 4/25

Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities to Host Community Meeting on Aquatics Facilities Study

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will host a public meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m. at the Lee Center Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St., to review the findings of the City of Alexandria Aquatics Facilities Study.  The public is encouraged to attend.
As part of a yearlong effort to study and understand the existing conditions and future needs for aquatics facilities in the City, the consultant team of Kimley Horn and Counsilman Hunsaker will present their findings and provide an opportunity for the public to respond to alternatives for addressing future aquatics planning. Individuals unable to attend the community meeting may review the report at by May 1.
For additional information, contact Laura Durham, Open Space Coordinator, at 703.746.5493
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Laura Durham at 703.746.5493 (Virginia Relay 711) or e-mail

365 - shade

a nice spot to enjoy a little rest.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

365 - a little history

we discovered a little history on todays walk.

Alexandria Police Charge 3 men in Narcotics Case

APRIL 17, 2012 #12-016

Alexandria Police Charge Three Men in Narcotics Case

Alexandria Police have charged Frederick Michael Sayles, 34, of Selma, California, Gabriel Hernandez Sepeda II, 38, of Fresno, California and David Ray Flowers, 38, of Fresno, California following a joint undercover narcotics investigation by Alexandria Police, the Alexandria Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  They have each been charged with conspiracy to import more than 5 pounds of marijuana into the Commonwealth and conspiracy to distribute more than 5 pounds of marijuana into the Commonwealth.  The estimated street value of the marijuana is $635,000.

The three men were arrested on Thursday, April 12 about 7:30 P.M. in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County and taken into custody by Agents from the DEA.  The men were in the process of transporting more than 27 pounds of marijuana into the Commonwealth of Virginia from California.  Sepeda, Sayles and Flowers were taken to the Alexandria Adult Detention Center and held without bond. 

Sayles is a police officer with the Selma Police Department in Selma, California.  Sepeda is a former police officer with the Selma Police Department.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may be pending.

Miracle League Opening Day 4/21

Public Invited to Attend 2012 Miracle Baseball League of Alexandria Opening Day on Saturday, April 21

The public is invited to attend the Opening Day Ceremony for the 2012 Miracle Baseball League of Alexandria on Saturday, April 21, 1 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.  The ceremony honors Miracle Baseball League players and volunteers. The rain site for the program will be at the George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave.
The Miracle Baseball League of Alexandria is open to any person with mental and/or physical challenges who reside in the City of Alexandria or outside the City.  The Miracle League team members are assigned “Angels in the Outfield Buddies” who assist them in hitting the ball and "running" the bases. Buddies can be fellow family members, schoolmates, parents, college students, business leaders or anyone who wishes to volunteer their time to give a child the gift of baseball. 
Registrations for the 2012 Miracle Baseball League of Alexandria is currently open.  For additional information, contact the City of Alexandria Sports Office at 703.746.5402 or visit

Monday, April 16, 2012

365 - hot in spring!

this was taken at 10:30 in the morning... didn't bode well for the rest of the day!

ALIVE! Sidewalk Sale Donations being accepted


 ALIVE! House is having it's 12th annual Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, May 19th.

Donations will be taken in at the Ice House on Saturdays, May 5th & 12th from 10-4 & by prior arrangements by calling Susanne 703-683-5138.

Volunteers welcome to help with pricing ahead of time and with selling on the 19th. Call Susanne  -  703-683-5138

"Walk in the Park" Walkathon this Saturday


Annual Project Discovery Walkathon This Saturday
The City of Alexandria will host the 16th annual “A Walk in the Park…Strides Toward Success” Walkathon on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Proceeds from the Walkathon benefit the Department of Community and Human Services’Project Discovery-Alexandria – a program that helps low-income and/or first-generation students at T. C. Williams High and the Minnie Howard Campus to succeed in getting into and completing college.
Honorary Chairs for this walk are Aaron Gilchrist, anchor and reporter for News4 and a host on NBC Washington Nonstop, and Tracee Wilkins, a general assignment reporter for NBC News4.
To learn more, register online for the event, or make an online donation, visit

Springtime Safety from AFD


Springtime Safety Messages from the Alexandria Fire Department

April 16, 2012
As we enter Spring, the Alexandria Fire Department wishes to share some Springtime safety messages.  Full text of these important safety tips can be viewed at:
News Highlights
  • Remember grilling safety as the outdoor cooking season heats up.
  • Use the following safety tips to ensure dryer safety
  • Use the following safety information concerning the proper use and disposal of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL)
More Information

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Free employment seminar this Thursday

FROM NEIGHBORHOOD LISTSERVE: Free Help for the Unemployed and Career Changers "CAN" is a job-networking group that assists people who are unemployed or under-employed or who want to change careers. CAN provides free resume reviews, practice job interviews and networking opportunities. Join us every Thursday evening, from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Martin De Porres Senior Center, 4650 Taney Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304. The service is free. All are welcome. No advanced registration is required. Special program: April 19th: Self-Assessment in the Job Search An important part of being successful in the jobsearch is having an awareness of the "right" job to seek. The factors that determine the "right" job are different for everyone. Individuals must be responsible for understanding the types of jobs best suited to them and seek out only those opportunities. Jobseekers frequently only consider their experience and/or education when seeking another job. Often this can result in the position not satisfying their long-term needs creating the need a new jobsearch in short order. We will discuss the concept of creating a long-term successful employment opportunity by matching your personal and professional goals to a company's strategic or organizational initiatives. Additionally we will cover several methods for determining jobs that suit our: . Personality Traits . Personal Motivations . Individual Passions Come with an open mind, something to write with and something to write on. And if you can bring a laptop or other device to search the internet, you will get even more out of the conversation! About the speaker: David Muir is a career coach and staffing specialist who has taken his expertise in the realm of job search and turned it into an educational curriculum accredited by Ohio State University and is currently being utilized by the Virginia Employment Commission.


I love that Pellegrino has this foil top on it's cans!