Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Friday, June 22, 2012

"Girls in the Garage"

How often do you change the oil in your car? How do you replace the washer fluid? What’s the difference between brake pads and rotors? How do you know if your being ripped-off??
The Alexandria Jaycees and Wells Fargo Advisors invite you and your girlfriends to learn what’s under the hood of your car – and how to care for it!
Girls in the Garage
With Guest Speaker, Roger Troxell (HT Auto Care)
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available
Tempo Restaurant 
4231 Duke Street
Wednesday, June 27, 6:30 pm 

365 - HOT!

Public Invited to Meet the Artists and View Proposals for the Freedmen’s Cemetery Sculpture


Public Invited to Meet the Artists and View Proposals for the Freedmen’s Cemetery Sculpture on July 7 at The Lyceum

The Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the Office of the Arts are pleased to announce the artists selected to submit design proposals for the Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery sculpture.  The public is invited to meet the artists and view the proposals at a reception on Saturday, July 7 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Lyceum, located at 201 S. Washington St. 
The finalists are:
  • Erik Blome, Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Mario Chiodo, Oakland, California
  • Edward Dwight, Denver, Colorado
Beginning July 9, the proposals will be on display at City Hall, Vola Lawson Lobby, located at 301 King St.  The public may record written comments at the display, or e-mail comments to aca@alexandriava.govthrough August 6.
The three finalists emerged from a talented pool of applicants from 19 states and three countries who responded to a widely promoted “Call to Artists.”  The artists were selected by a panel of stakeholders including representatives of the Friends of Freedmen’s Cemetery, descendant family members, Old Town/Hunting Creek Civic Association, the Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, Alexandria Historical Society, the Public Art Committee, and subject matter experts including an historian, design professional and sculptor.
Following the month-long display of the proposals, the Selection Panel will consider the public comments and make a recommendation to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and City Council.  The winning artist will be announced in September.  The sculpture will be installed in the spring of 2013 at the Cemetery, located at 1001 S. Washington St.
The cost of the sculpture is funded in accordance with the terms of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge settlement agreement between the City, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The sculpture will be a part of a larger Memorial to those who did not live long in freedom, the freed and escaped slaves and their children buried in the Cemetery.  The goal of the sculpture is to educate visitors to the Cemetery about the courageous struggles of the thousands of contrabands and freedmen who sought refuge in Alexandria during the Civil War.  The sculpture will be located inside the Cemetery, and will serve as a reminder to generations of the struggle for freedom and the people who fought for it.
For more information, contact Alisa Carrel, Director of the Office of the Arts, at 703.746.5590 or

Alexandria Library Summer Quest Program

SummerQuestThe program by the Alexandria Library is for youth between the ages of 6-12 who love to read. Those who read a minimum of ten books will receive free prizes as well as be included in a drawing to see Cirque Du Soleil's show, Totem, with a party of four. SummerQuest will also feature guest performers at all four branches, including entertainers who bring books to life such as magician Joe Romano and storyteller Barbara Effron. Register online.

Uncle Devin Performing Sunday in Arlandria


June 24th from 11am – 12noon

Bring your little ones to the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market in Four Mile Run Park this Sunday for a fun, musical way to learn!

The Uncle Devin Show is a live, participatory musical experience for children by world renowned drummer and author, Devin Walker. He uses the drum, both traditional and electronic, to convey universal principles of love to children and to inspire young people into pursuing the artist within themselves. This interactive show seeks to connect with children through the drum and the art of storytelling that will lead toward their personal, cultural and social development.
kids-music-show-Uncle-DevinDuring The Uncle Devin Show, children learn history, health, cultural awareness, internet safety and the importance of telling the truth, while having fun with music and percussion.

They will also be able to appreciate how music, technology and the arts can enhance their learning experience. This interactive show allows children to participate either through the use of volunteers or from the audience, with specially designed activities that includes clapping, dancing, singing and the old African tradition of call and response.

The show opens up with Uncle Devin performing his theme song, “The Uncle Devin Show,” which features him playing several different drums and percussion instruments, followed by an “Up-Down” musical exercise that stresses the importance of cultural and social diversity in society. This all will be followed by songs off of Uncle Devin’s upcoming CD, “Drum Tales,” that features the songs, “Tell the Truth,” “Don’t Put Your Business on the Internet,” “Good Health Is Happiness” and “Africa.”

Devin, who is a former church youth director and youth Counselor for an at-risk youth program, has been performing as a drummer and percussionist for over 25 years, playing with local and international groups such as Fertile Ground, Soul-In-Motion Players, Bottomland, the UMBC Jazz Ensemble, the Lafayette Gilchrist Project, the Contee AME Zion Church Connection, and others. One of Devin’s greatest musical moments was when he accompanied on drums the Great Dizzy Gillespie during a 1985 Jazz Workshop in Baltimore, MD. Devin’s vast experience as a social justice activist is expressed in his music.

The Uncle Devin Show
Sunday June 24th, 11am-12noon
The Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market (4MRMarket)
on the 4MRStage in Four Mile Run Park
4109 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305

Thursday, June 21, 2012

365 - Rosemary

is this an herb bush or tree? (and this is just a part of it!)
got lots to use.... I better come up with some more recipes.

Del Ray Music Festival NEEDS Volunteers

This Saturday, June 23 is the Del Ray Music Festival ( ) and they need your help!

The greatest need is for volunteers to help run the kids games between 1-5 pm. 

You can help for the full 4 hours or take a 2 hour shift (1-3, 3-5). 
Please help support this free community event by donating a few hours of your time.

Volunteers are also still being accepted for set up from 8-10 am or, likely the coolest shift of the day, clean up from 8-10;30 pm.

If you are able to help please email Stacy Biddinger at 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

City Pools Has Free Hours to Beat the Heat

Beat The Heat: Special Free Hours at Two City Pools This Thursday and Friday

Due to the extreme heat, the Memorial Pool, located at 901 Wythe St., will open from noon to 6 p.m., and the Warwick Pool, located at 3301 Landover St., will open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22. Admission will be free to all City residents.

Memorial Pool, normally only open to residents 13 years of age and younger, will be open to all residents this Thursday and Friday. All children 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult 18 years of age and over. Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult eighteen years and older. Children must be in proper bathing attire at all times, and within arm’s length of the adult when in the pool.

Regular summer operating hours for the Old Town and Warwick Pools begin Saturday, June 23, and for the Memorial Pool on Monday, June 25. For additional information on City Pools, visit

WAHOO Swim Team Hosts Swim Meets

The Wahoo Swim is hosting two Wednesday night swim meets: June 27th and July 18th.  

The pool will close to the public early at 4 pm.  Warwick Pool is open until 7 pm. on these nights. 

ACTion Alexandria Looking for Employee


Come Work for Us! ACT Community Engagement Associate

ACT_for_Alexandria-logoAre you a social advocate or changemaker, or do you want to be?  Do you love blogging?  Are you a natural on social media?  Have you built a strong social media network? Are you willing to roll up your sleeves and pitch in when needed?
If so, join ACT for Alexandria as our new Community Engagement Associate!
ACT for Alexandria
ACT for Alexandria is an innovative community foundation that increases charitable investment and community engagement in Alexandria, Virginia.  Through groundbreaking initiatives like ACTion Alexandria, an online platform for change, we are building the most engaged community in the world!
Job Responsibilities
As ACT’s Community Engagement Associate, you will:
  • Become a leader in our grassroots effort to create the most generous, action oriented city in the world;
  • Write blog posts and emails, organize social actions, and post social media updates and events;
  • Interact with local changemakers and help them change lives;
  • Help plan, market, and implement social campaigns and events;
  • Develop strategies to increase community engagement and interaction;
  • Help raise funds to support Alexandria’s great non-profit community;
  • Measure progress and report success; and
  • Assist ACT staff in fulfilling mission of increasing the level and effectiveness of giving and engagement for all of Alexandria.

Desired Qualifications
  • A demonstrated passion for digital advocacy and/or digital citizen engagement, and improving communities.
  • At least one year of professional blogging and social media experience or equivalent internship.
  • Excellent communicator, both on paper and in person with great listening skills.
  • Be collaborative, flexible, self-motivated, and excited to work in a community-based setting, network with multiple stakeholders, and form partnerships.
  • Experience with a Content Management System like Wordpress, Joomla, or Drupal.
  • Knowledge of SEO and Social Media Marketing.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
  • Experience with photo and video editing software is a plus. So are graphic design or web development skills.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity and an understanding of how to work effectively in and with diverse communities.
  • Assignment may require valid driver’s license, automobile insurance, and access to an automobile.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to work with ambiguity, meet goals and deadlines while working independently. Comfortable multi-tasking.

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 1+ years of related professional (can include internship experience)
  • Understanding of and experience working in digital media in the nonprofit or social advocacy sector.

Location: Alexandria, VA (based in Old Town)
Employment Type:  Full-time
Salary: Entry level, commensurate with experience

How to Apply
Email resume and cover letter describing community organizing and online engagement experience, along with three professional references to with your name and “Application:  Community Engagement Associate” in the subject line.

Tennis court construction/renovation

For Immediate Release: June 20, 2012 Construction and Renovation Work Scheduled at Fort Ward Park & Eugene Simpson Stadium Park Tennis Courts As part of the FY 2012 Capital Improvement Program, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will resurface and color coat the tennis courts at Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Rd. and Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, 426 E. Monroe Ave. The work at Fort Ward Park is scheduled for June 25-July 27. The courts will receive new fencing during the first week. Following the fence installation, the court surface will repaved and new posts and nets will be installed. During the third and fourth weeks, the new asphalt surface will be allowed to cure. The courts will be colored and lined during the fifth week. Court materials are weather sensitive and the construction schedule may be impacted by weather delays. The work at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park is scheduled for June 25-July 13. The courts will receive new fencing during the first week. Following the fence installation, the court surface will repaired and new posts and nets will be installed. During the third, the courts will be colored and lined. Court materials are weather sensitive and the construction schedule may be impacted by weather delays. The courts will be closed to the public during the construction project for safety reasons. Residents will see equipment in use and crews at work during the daytime. For a list of City tennis courts available during the renovation activities, visit For your safety, please use extra caution in moving around the site. For additional information or questions about the work, call Beth Carton, at 703.746.5492 or e-mail You are receiving this e-mail message because you are subscribed to one or more of the following groups in the City of Alexandria's free eNews service: Cancellations (Recreation Classes), Arts News, Recreation General News, Jones Point Park Reconstruction Updates, Cancellations and Field Closures (Adult Sports), Cancellations and Field Closures (Youth Sports) Click here to change your eNews subscription choices: Click here to remove your eNews account altogether:

365 - Lunch

end of the year for a much loved lunch box

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

365 - cup

hot or cold, LOVE my cup!

Flood Warning Lights

I just noticed this sign/signal on Eisenhower Avenue.
There are several along Eisenhower between Telegraph Road and the Connector.

Are these new or have I just not paid attention or seen them before?

However long they've been there, they are a GREAT idea!
Thanks City of Alexandria!

Giant coming to Potomac Yard

FROM Bill Hendrickson, president
Del Ray Citizens Association

The Giant supermarket chain has applied to build a large supermarket in Potomac Yard, which makes it appear likely that the store on Monroe Avenue will be closed. Giant is not saying at this point, however, whether it will close that store. Meanwhile, the Audi dealership on Mount Vernon Avenue plans to move. These two developments will open up two key sites in the neighborhood, and it's important for us to be proactive and begin to think what we would like to see there.

The biggest news involving Potomac Yard is the decision by the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), Alexandria's second-largest employer, to locate there. IDA had considered leaving the city, so this is good news. Even better news is that IDA's relocation could jumpstart commercial development in the southern portion of the Yard. The plan for this area was approved in 1999, but development has languished.

The Giant supermarket would be built on the ground floor of a new five-story residential building along Route 1 on a site adjacent to and north of the new fire station. This is part of the Yard known as land bay G or the town center. The new IDA office building would also be located in land bay G.

Both projects are expected to be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council this fall. But it will probably be at least two years from this fall before they will be ready to open.

The loss of the Giant store on Monroe would be a blow for the neighborhood. Although it is small and less than satisfactory in a number of ways (for example, the produce section), it is a convenient and easy-to-maneuver store that many of us use. 

During the planning process for what became the Mount Vernon Avenue Business Area Plan, I pushed hard for the city to allow redevelopment of the site to include a much-larger supermarket and pharmacy. The staff agreed with this recommendation and incorporated it into the plan.

The plan states that there are two appropriate directions for the long-term development of the Giant and CVS sites. The first option is to maintain the sites as commercial parcels with locally serving uses. The second is to redevelop the sites as a consolidated mixed-use project incorporating commercial uses on the ground floor and residential uses above. 

The site of the Audi dealership currently allows by-right, auto-related uses, but city staff and many neighborhood residents have stated in the past a preference for non-auto use at this location. The existing dealership building would seem to be problematic in terms of reconfiguring it for a non-auto use, and the best possible outcome could be redevelopment of the site.

Monday, June 18, 2012

365 - Junk

time to clean out the junk drawer.....

Rita's and Alex's Lemonade Stand Fight Childhood Cancer

 June 19 is Scoop Night! 

20% of all sales made on June 19 will be donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. 
Our local Rita's, 6242 C Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, will be having hero scoopers.  Hero scoopers are cancer survivors and members of their families.  
Starting at 6p.m. local cancer survivor Jackson Dundon, along with his dad and grandfather, Vice Mayor Kerry Donley, will be serving some cool treats.  
So, Please come out, show your support, and get a refreshing cup of Italian ice.
While there, you can also make donations to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. 

Moran Hosts Jobs Boot Camp 6/26

Congressman Jim Moran is hosting a Jobs Boot Camp

Tuesday, June 26
TC Williams High School
3330 King Street

Employer Panels:

  • Defense/Technology
  • Consulting
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Travel & Hospitality 

This boot camp is designed to help Moran's constituents find employment that best meets their skills and interests.
The program will consist of break out sessions and panel discussions led by employment experts and major local employers focusing on topics including:

  • Building the Perfect Resume and Cover Letter
  • Networking Tips for Social Media
  • Rules of the Road for Recent Grads
  • Advice for Mature Workers: Put Your Experience to Work
for more information and to register go to

Sunday, June 17, 2012

365 - Fathers Day


from ACPS & Neighborhood listserve:

poetryNOW "Here's Your Voice" (Grades 7-12)

"Here's Your Voice" will give students a supportive environment to creatively express themselves, nourish artistic growth and develop the literary and performance tools needed to fine tune their individual voices. The structure and form of the program will differ from normal classroom instruction incorporating multimedia elements, theatre games, live performances from local spoken word artist while reinforcing terms, concepts and critical thinking components found in a classroom.
This five-day program will be held the week of July 9-13, 2012. Each session will last four hours from 1 to 5 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus (3801 W. Braddock Road).
All students currently enrolled in an ACPS middle school or high school are eligible to register and participate. Space is limited and registration is considered on a first come, first served basis.