Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 19, 2012

365 - Much loved

a well worn, well used, much loved cook book!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

365 - Nature Adventure

Deadline to Register and Update Virginia Voter Registrations: May 21


Deadline to Register and Update Virginia Voter Registrations: May 21
For Immediate Release: May 17, 2012
On Tuesday, June 12, there will be a Democratic Primary for U.S. House of Representatives and Alexandria City Council and a Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. There is no party registration in Virginia; however, voters may only vote in one primary and are required to express their political party ballot choice.

The legal deadline to register to vote in the June 12 primaries is Monday, May 21 at 5 p.m.Voter Registration applications submitted by mail must be postmarked on or before May 21. The same deadlines are in effect for Virginia voters who are registered, but have moved within the City of Alexandria, or within Virginia. Voters who do not update their registration records before the May 21 deadline risk being ineligible to vote in these primaries.
Voter cards for new or transferred registrants will be mailed within one week of the registration date.

Checking Registration
Alexandria voters who are not certain if they are registered at their current address may go and click “Am I Registered and Where do I Vote?” or call the Alexandria Office of Voter Registration at 703.746.4050.

New Registrations
The Alexandria Office of Voter Registration offers the following voter registration methods:
  • Complete the application online at, print it out, sign it and mail it to the Alexandria Office of Voter Registration, 132 N. Royal St., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314. Applications must be postmarked on or before May 21.
  • Pick up an application at Alexandria Libraries or the City’s Community Relations Office (Room 1900 at City Hall).
  • Register in person at the Alexandria Office of Voter Registration or at Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Customer Service Centers.
Address Updates
Virginia registered voters who need to update their addresses may:
  • Complete the form on the back of their old Voter I.D. card and mail or fax it to the Alexandria Office of Voter Registration; or,
  • Complete a new voter registration application and mail or fax it to the Alexandria Office of Voter Registration. The Office of Voter Registration FAX number is 703.838.6449.
Absentee Voting
Absentee voting is now in progress. Visit or call 703.746.4050 for information on absentee voting and other election information, including sample ballots and precinct information. 
New Voting Equipment
Beginning with the June primary, voters in Alexandria will be able to use the new eScan paper ballot voting system—it’s accurate, secure and easy to use. In addition, Alexandria will still have an accessible eSlate voting machine in every precinct (with headphones) to ensure that all Alexandria voters can vote privately and independently. For more information on Alexandria’s new voting system, visit
For more information, contact Tom Parkins, General Registrar, at 703.746.4050

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

365 - Games

What games do you play as a family?

Tickets Available for Charity Cruise to Aid Foster Children

Tickets Available for Charity Cruise to Aid Foster Children
“A Night at the Races” is the theme for the 9th annual Fostering the Future Cruise to benefit The Fund for Alexandria’s Child, a program to assist children in foster care and those at risk of abuse and neglect. The cruise will be held Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m. aboard the Cherry Blossom paddleboat moored at the City Marina in Old Town Alexandria at Cameron and Union Streets.  A dockside reception begins at 7 p.m. with boat departure at 8 p.m.
ABC7/WJLA-TV weekend anchor Autria Godfrey will join Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille in welcoming the guests who will be treated to a full buffet and drinks from Mango Mike’s. Music for dancing will be provided by local favorite Small Town, a classic rock band. The boat will cruise past the monuments before returning to dock at 10 p.m.
Local restaurants Joe Theismann’s, Evening Star, Chart House, Taqueria Poblano, and Chadwicks are generously donating hors d’oeuvres. Desserts will be provided by Bittersweet and Alexandria Pastry Shop.
All proceeds benefit The Fund for Alexandria’s Child, helping foster children and others at risk of abuse and neglect enjoy the experiences most kids take for granted.  One hundred percent of the proceeds of your ticket goes directly to the children for athletic uniforms, class trips, music lessons, karate classes, graduation photographs and more. The program has no overhead or administrative costs.

The Triple Crown Sponsor is Kids Helping Kids/Lemonaide.  The Winner’s Circle Sponsors are Sue Goodhart and the Goodhart Group and R & B Heating and Air Conditioning. The Place Sponsor is Catherine Joyce. Show Sponsors are Landmark Honda and Dominion Dental Services. Race Sponsors are Alexandria Hyundai, ASAP Printing, Burke and Herbert Bankk and Trust, Dominion Hospital, Los Tios Grill and Caboose CafĂ©, McEnearney Associates, Monument Title, Newhouse Family, Savukas Family, Stone Aesthetic Dentistry, Jennifer Walker and Nancy Van Gulick and Gerry Cooper

 Tickets are $75 per person (for adults only, please). The cost is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Don your race day attire and sport your most elegant hat, if you choose.  To reserve your space or for more information, call 703.746.5663 or visit

2012 City Pool Openings

For Immediate Release: May 16, 2012

City of Alexandria Announces the Opening of the 2012 Outdoor Pool Season

The City’s Old Town and Warwick Pools open, on a limited basis, Saturday, May 26.
  • Old Town Pool1609 Cameron St.This complex includes a 25-yard pool with a diving well. A separate training pool is available for children up to 42 inches in height. Easily accessible for disabled, the training pool has a water depth range of 1-3 feet. For added convenience, a parking lot, picnic area and a tot playground are adjacent to the pool.
  • Warwick Pool3315 Landover St.The site includes a 25-yard pool with diving well and a separate wading pool for children up to 42 inches in height. A bathhouse is available. Picnic areas are located inside the pool complex as well as next-door, where a modern playground featuring a tot playground is also available. The complex provides natural privacy as beautiful trees and shrubberies surround it.
For a complete list of City pools, operating hours, fees and additional information,

Abduction attempt?


I received this email this evening, and was asked to post it to the listserve. I have changed the boy's name, according to the father's request.  This is legit. And important. If you saw anything, call the police and report it.
Please read below.

>>>While walking to his tutor who lives on Taylor  Ave, a older white man in a red car offered 'Bob' a ride.  He had never seen the man or car before.  'Bob' said no and kept walking.  The man circled back before he drove toward Braddock Road.  The route 'Bob' took was from Kenwood to Ridge over to Cameron.  This all occurred between 4:00PM and 4:45PM. 
>>>If you live on or near those streets and you may have seen a suspicious person or car, please let the police know immediately. 
>>>'Bob' is fine and we filed a police report. I am trying to email as many of you as possible so that you are aware of what happened and so that you can make sure your children know what to do if this person or any other tries to pick up your child.  
>>>I received a text from 'Bob' at 4:02 PM and it scares me to think what could have happened after that. 

Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser

FROM NEIGHBORHOOD LISTSERV: name is Gabriela Knutson....I am a 15 year old freshman at TC 
and play both travel volleyball and TC volleyball. I have the 
opportunity to go with the travel team to play at the AAU Junior 
National Vollelyball Championships in Florida We are selling Glazed 
Krispy Kreme donuts as a fundraiser: If you would like to is the information:

1 box of 12 glazed donuts: $7.00
Reply to this email by MONDAY 5/ order can go in
We will get them on Thursday May 24th and.....
Delivery to your home on THURSDAY evening 5/24

Please reply with the number of boxes and your address for delivery 
(payment needs to be cash/check)

Thank you in advance for your help in defraying the cost of the trip.

Gabriela Knutson...Alexandria Evolution Volleyball

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

365 - Mothers Day Gift, a little Late

End of the school year

A few things that my children have gotten from their teachers at the end of the year:

~You're a very special person, 
and I wanted you to know. 
How much I enjoyed being your teacher. 
How fast the year did go! 

Please come back to visit me
As through the grades you grow. 
Try hard to learn all that you can
There is so much to know! 

The one thing I tried to teach you 
to last your whole life through, 
is to know that you are SPECIAL
There is no one else like YOU! 

~Here is a picture that you can treasure. 
Teaching you has been a pleasure! 
The year now ends, and we must part, 
ALWAYS know you are in my heart! 

~I'm glad I was your teacher
I've come to love you so. 
I can't believe that end is here, 
I hate to see it go. 

Remember all the fun we had
In all the things we did. 
But most of all remember....

New - CareVerge

I came across this new website and wanted to share it with my readers.  Please help spread the word and help raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks. 


There are two things more precious than your time - your family and your health. Today we are launching an exciting new campaign to get the autism community active and focused on improving their physical and emotional health, because advocates and caregivers need their strength.
The campaign is part of a partnership we have with Audax Health, the creators of Careverge. Over the next two months we’ll be rolling out all sorts of content from health professionals and most importantly, we’ll be featuring you!
Join the campaign by clicking the link below – this will take you to a special Careverge landing page where you will have tools to help with your summer journey to better health, as well as a place to share support and connect with others in the campaign. As you’re getting the family active and tracking your activity in Careverge, send us your pictures, tell us what is motivating you, and let us know which health related topics you’d like to hear more about.
Remember, inspiration is contagious: if you’re getting healthy, you can inspire your friends and family to do so as well. Plus, everyone who participates by joining below will also generate a donation for autism research! Our goal is to inspire 50,000 people while generating a $50,000 donation.
So share the campaign with your friends and family and inspire someone close to you; ask them to join our campaign to Go Social for a Healthier You and Benefit Autism Too:

*this is not a sponsored post

Monday, May 14, 2012

365 - Cars!

and a 48 slot carrying case is not nearly big enough!  

Should Autism be treated?

10th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony


City of Alexandria Holds 10th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony to Honor 67 Alexandrians KIA/MIA in the Vietnam War

The “Friends of Captain Rocky Versace” invite the public to the 10th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 28 at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center at 2701 Commonwealth Ave. The event will honor the 67 Alexandrians who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.
The Program will include reading the names of the 67 heroes, a Tribute to Capt. Rocky Versace written by his fellow POW, COL James N. "Nick" Rowe (USMA 1960), guest speakers, a wreath laying, playing of "Taps" and the singing of "God Bless America."
The Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center is dedicated to Captain Rocky Versace and the 66 other men who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. The Memorial is an ongoing tribute, not just to the 67 listed on the benches, but to all Alexandrians who served in America’s longest war. The Versace Memorial was dedicated on July 6, 2002 and the Medal of Honor was posthumously presented to the Versace family at the White House two days later.
For more information about Rocky Versace, and the Memorial Day Ceremony, contact the “Friends of Rocky Versace” at

Summer Career Fair

Summer Career Fair Scheduled for June
More than 40 employers representing financial institutions, local governments, education, hospitality, construction, food service and other occupational fields are scheduled to participate in the Summer Career Fair hosted by JobLink, the City of Alexandria’s One-Stop Career Center.  The event will take place Tuesday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Activity Center, 2932 King St., Building Entrance 4 in Alexandria.   Job seekers will be able to talk with employers, apply for vacancies and, in some cases, interview for positions.  Professional attire is required and job seekers should bring copies of their resumes.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to expedite entry to the fair.  To register online, go to  For additional information about the job fair call703.746.5850 or visit the JobLink website at .  Sponsors of the Career Fair are Jiffy Lube, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Commerce Bank and The Home Depot.

City hosts Jazz Festival 5/28

City of Alexandria Hosts 35th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday, May 28 on the City's Waterfront - New Location

The City of Alexandria will host the 35th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday, May 28, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St.  In case of inclement weather, the festival will be relocated to the Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium, located at 1108 Jefferson St. Admission is free.
The performance schedule is as follows:
  • 1 p.m. - The CommodoresNavy’s premier jazz ensemble, featuring 18 of the Navy’s top jazz and “big band” musicians. 
  • 2:30 p.m. – Marcus JohnsonRenowned jazz keyboardist, composer and producer who has been included among the ranks of contemporary jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Vanessa Williams.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Barbara Martin Trio featuring Liz BarnesFeatures straight ahead jazz standards and original compositions by vocalist/guitarist, Barbara Martin and pianist Liz Barnes.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Al WilliamsAlexandria favorite and 4 time WAMMIE Award winner, the latest, for 2010 Best Jazz Best Jazz Instrumentalist. 
Waterfront Park features grass seating, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food, such as barbeque, fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, snow cones and funnel cakes are available for purchase, but everyone is welcome to pack a picnic lunch or supper. Grilling and alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the park. Please be mindful of your neighbors and refrain from smoking at this event, and pets should be left at home.
Visitors to the historic district are encouraged to take the Metro Yellow or Blue lines to the King Street Station in Old Town and take the King Street Trolley, take DASH or Metro Buses, or park in one of the convenient parking garages or lots. For DASH schedule information, call 703.370.DASH or visit  For Metrobus schedule information, call 202.637.7000 or  
For more information on the City of Alexandria’s Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival, call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592 or visit  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

365 - Happy Mother's Day

(yep, it broke - oops!) 

Logo Design sought for Breast Cancer Walk

Logo Design Sought for Charity T-Shirt

AFD Breast Cancer Awareness Shirt image2Calling all artists. The Alexandria Fire Department is seeking submissions for the logo for this year’s pink breast cancer walk t-shirts which are worn by fire department personnel during October,  the month of the City’s Walk to Fight Breast Cancer.
Last October, fire personnel wore the shirts as part of their uniform and sold 1,500 shirts raising $9,000 for the Walk to Fight Breast Cancer Fund.  This fund helps uninsured women pay for mammograms.

There is a three-color limit for the design and the image will be printed on pink shirts. Deadline for submissions is June 1.  Mail design and contact information to Station 201, 317 Prince St., Alexandria, VA  22314 or email to For more information, contact Sarah Watson at or call 703.746.3123.

City Council Votes to Approve Beauregard Small Area Plan


Alexandria City Council Votes to Approve Beauregard Small Area Plan
For Immediate Release: May 12, 2012
Today, the Alexandria City Council voted 6-0-1 to approve the Beauregard Small Area Plan. For approximately three years, residents, businesses, community organizations, neighboring civic groups, property owners, and the City have participated in 78 meetings as they worked together to create the vision for this area over the next 30 years. The Plan provides the framework that includes:  
·         Dedicating at least 800 units of committed affordable and workforce housing to replace 32 percent of the existing residential apartments. Further study of how to implement this housing plan will be done before rezoning occurs
·         Establishing a neighborhood town center offering expanded retail and restaurant choices, and a new grocery store
·         Building a new fire station to improve emergency capacity
·         Improving the Seminary-Beauregard intersection
·         Adding convenient, frequent high capacity bus rapid transit service
·         Acquiring 44.5 acres of public open space and a new athletic field for community recreation
·         Adding new local streets to create a walkable community
·         Providing 40 percent tree canopy as part of redevelopment
·         Incorporating nearly six miles of new bike lanes and multi-use trails
The Plan necessitates developer and City contributions of $210 million to pay for community improvements, including affordable housing, a new fire station, transit, and open space. Nearly $154 million is directly contributed by developers, and $120 million of the total will be used to pay for the affordable housing components of the Plan. Of the rest, $66 million will be used for traffic improvements, $11 million to construct a fire station, and more than $12 million to pay for recreation and other public amenities. The City’s $56 million contribution will be derived almost exclusively from new taxes that the Beauregard development will generate.
“The City has worked with the community to ensure a long-term vision for the Beauregard Plan. This Plan will help shape our future by providing an integrated framework for connecting residential and retail growth with important improvements to transit, public safety, and open space,” said Mayor William D. Euille. “Opportunities for affordable housing are also a priority--and this Plan ensures at least 800 units of affordable housing will be available in the future. Additionally, the City will benefit from the Beauregard Plan because we will strengthen our transportation system by establishing a public/private partnership to pay for these improvements."
For more information about the Beauregard Small Area Plan, visit