Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 21, 2012

365 - cooler

HIV/AIDS Quilt Viewing 7/25

HIV_AIDS Commission Gathering_25 July.pdf

Sharing Your Ideas with Starbucks

Did you know that you can suggest things to Starbucks or pass along some of your ideas for service and/or products.

My recent suggestion for Almond milk to be offered at stores was well received.

I think that your request for stores to offer Almond milk is a great idea.  What I am going to do is forward this to our Beverage team for their consideration.

We always want to hear what you think would improve your experience with Starbucks.  I appreciate you letting me know how much customers would enjoy this.

I would also like to invite you to visit This website is a forum where you can share your ideas, tell us what you think of other people's ideas and join the discussion that will help shape Starbucks future.  Many of the ideas shared have already been turned into action.
Thanks again for writing us.  If you ever have any questions or concerns in the future, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Person at Barrett Branch Library


Creepy alert- single man of latin descent with tattoos on both arms was
seen lingering behind the bookshelves staring at the kids. He then sat down
and continued to stare at the kids. He has shorn off hair- latin descent-
in the late 20s or early 30s.

I alerted the library staff and they told me that a similar complaint of
the SAME MAN was made last week- but they can't do anything unless he
solicits one of the kids. If you see him, alert the staff and feel free to
call the non-emergency police 703-746-4357 so they can be made aware of the

He is alone with no kids.

I saw him today and he was wearing a blue t-shirt and blue pants.

Please pass on this info to tell fellow parents and caregivers and make a
report with the library staff if you see this lurker in the children's
section of the Barrett Library on Queen St.

Fall 2012 Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Program Guide

For Immediate Release: July 20, 2012

Fall 2012 Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Program Guide Available Online Monday, August 6
Subscribe by Friday, July 27 to Receive Program Guide by Mail

Subscribers to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will receive the Fall 2012 Recreation Program Guide by Friday, August 10 and the guide will be posted online Monday, August 6. Registration for Fall 2012 classes begins on Wednesday, August 15 for City residents and Friday, August 17 for nonresidents.
As part of the City of Alexandria’s Eco-City Initiative, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities has reduced the number of printed program guides and no longer automatically mails them to all households. Only individuals who have subscribed will continue to receive the program guide by mail.
To be added to the mailing list for the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’ Program Guide, individuals may request a free subscription online or by telephone. Requests must be received by Friday, July 27 to guarantee receipt of the Fall 2012 Program Guide by mail. To subscribe, visit or call703.746.4343.
The program guide will continue to be produced three times each year: Fall Programs (August); Winter Programs (December); and Spring & Summer Programs (March).
By August 13, printed copies of the Fall 2012 Program Guide will be available to the public at City Hall, recreation centers, and public libraries located throughout the City. Individuals can also download a free copy online beginning Monday, August 6.

Meet the Patrick Henry Principal Candidates 7/25

Summer Things to Do/See

Here are my tried and true favorites for things to do and see with the kids.   

Day Trips:
Chincoteague, VA
Annapolis, MD
Luray Caverns, VA
Shenandoah National Park, VA
Harper’s Ferry, WV – great for tubing!
Calvert Cliffs, MD – look for sharks teeth
Breezy Point Beach, MD – look for sharks teeth
Dinosaur Land, White Post, VA
Port Discovery, Baltimore, MD
National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD
Crayola Factory, Easton, PA
Herr’s Food- Potato Chip Factory, Nottingham, PA
Cotoctin Zoo, Thurmont, MD

Explore Local Parks/Sites:
Potomac Overlook, Arlington
Claude Moore Colonial Park, Arlington
Roosevelt Island (lots of shade!)
Mount Vernon, VA
Arlington National Cemetery
Lake Accotink, Springfield, VA – merry-go round, mini golf, paddle boats
Cabin John Park, MD – train rides
Great Falls – MD & VA
Huntley Meadows, Fairfax, VA
River Farm Park, Alexandria, VA
Winkler Botanical Preserve, Alexandria, VA
Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC
Haines Point, Washington, DC
Park at National Harbor
Pohick Bay Park
Glen Echo
National Building Museum
National Geographic Building
Franciscan Monastery, Washington, DC – check out the Catacombs
Union Station
Botanical Gardens
Bureau of Engraving
Bug Zoo at the Smithsonian
Planetarium and Nature Center in Rock Creek Park
Iwo Jima Memorial - Marine Corp Drill/Parade Tuesday evenings at sunset.
National Airport - look at the planes & run around inside.

Blue Park – Rosemont
The Pit – Beverley Hills
Fort Ward
Polk Elementary School
Lee Street – Old Town
Playground in Arlington – off 23rd Street b/t Crystal City and Arlandria

Places in Alexandria:
Ivy Hill Cemetery – take a stroll in the shade, teach math skills
George Washington Masonic Memorial
Boat cruise on the Potomac
Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center
Winkler Preserve

Thursday, July 19, 2012

365 - sunflower

Construction Work at Brenman Park

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2012

Construction Work Scheduled at Ben Brenman Park

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will install permeable parallel parking along Brenman Park Drive in Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive.
The work is weather dependent and scheduled between July 23-August 3. The work is anticipated to take one to two days to complete. Brenman Park Drive will be open during construction activities and traffic control measures will be in place during the day.

Residents will see equipment in use and crews at work during the daytime. Residents are encouraged to exercise caution around the construction area.
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

The Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market Seeks Performing Artists

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2012

The Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market Seeks Performing Artists

The Office of the Arts, in partnership with the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, is inviting performing artists to participate in the “Call for performing artists”.  Artists selected will have an opportunity to perform at the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market held on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. 
Musicians and other interested performers should send a letter of interest and  resume (or curriculum vitae)  Place in subject line: “Call for Performing Artists”. Submissions submitted by mail are to be sent to Office of the Arts, Attn: “Call for Performing Artists, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria VA 22314.
Family-friendly entertainment is appreciated. Artists must be self-contained and provide their own microphones, sound equipment, chairs, tents, etc. Parking is available.
The Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market is located near the Four Mile Run on Mt. Vernon Ave. in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria near the border with Arlington. Please visit for more information.
For more information on other Arts Commission programs or services, visit, or call the Office of the Arts at 703.746.5588.

Wright to Read looking for Volunteers/Tutors

Wright to Read offers two on-going volunteer opportunities, the After School Reading Program and the Tutor/Mentor Program.  Each of our programs takes place one-on-one with an elementary school student.  Volunteers work with the students to help improve their literacy by reading books and working on different comprehension activities.  Each program requires volunteers to attend an Orientation and a separate Training.  The Tutor/Mentor program additionally requires a criminal background screening. 

We have a few upcoming orientations and invite you to join us for more information on our programs and to learn the next steps on becoming a Tutor.  The dates and times are listed below:
  • Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 10:00 am
  • Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 11:00 am
  • Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Luisa Reyes
Volunteer and Outreach Manager
Wright to Read
414 North Washington St., Suite 101
Alexandria, VA  22314

Office:  703-299-9854

Christmas in July

As the summer rolls along and you find you need something for the kids to do, here's what we do - we get our craft on!  We start on our Christmas presents for family, friends, teachers and just about everyone!

some ideas ----- 

  • Collect rocks, wash them (that can take up an entire afternoon in the sprinkler!) and paint them.  Turn them into lady bugs, frogs, stepping stones, or some other wonderful creation for the garden. 
  • From the craft store purchase a wooden picture frame.  Decorate the frame with buttons - all different sizes, shapes and colors.  
  • Paint boxes and decorate them with glitter, sparkles, stickers, and stencils for treasure chests
  • Take wooden dowels and make magic fairy wands attaching streamers, glitter and paint.
  • Get some Christmas ornaments from the craft store and paint them
  • Find some old tiles (or purchase one or two from the hardward store),  put handprints on them to make a trivet
  • Take terra cotta pots and paint them  - thumb print designs, handprints, whatever you want. Give them with a package of seeds. 
  • In the cheap bin at the craft store find photo albums and decorate the fronts of them with puffy paint, find pictures and fill them.
  • Also in the craft store, find some rubber stampers, use them on brown mailing paper or tissue paper to  make holiday or birthday wrapping paper.
  • Make soap - easy kits can be purchased at the craft store. let the kids decide the color and scent of the soaps. 
  • On the computer, create note cards or thank you notes, and print them out on card stock.

Happy crafting!
(Merry Christmas)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

365 - Float

One way to beat the heat.....  root beer floats!

Alexandria Youth Topics


Youth Topics is a service of the Center for Children and Families, Department of Community and Human Services, City of Alexandria. Subscribe here. Make inquiries here. Youth Topics is posted online here.
Notice: Youth Topics is now being produced by Jacqueline Coachman, DCHS Office of Youth Services
In the July 18 Edition:


Growing Up Under a Foreboding Budget Cloud: The Forecast for Government Spending on Children (July 19)The Urban Institute’s Kids’ Share project seeks to inform a national conversation about how best to invest the country’s resources by examining past and projected federal and state expenditures on children. The sixth annual Kids’ Share report, to be released at this forum, will show that federal spending on children fell in 2011, the first such decline in 30 years. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. and the free forum begins promptly at Noon.Registration is required to attend in person. No registration is necessary to watch the video webcast.
Meet and Greet Socials for Jefferson-Houston Kindergarten Families (July 19, August 17)Jefferson-Houston will host Meet and Greets for rising kindergarten families on Thursday, July 19 and Friday, August 17 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The event will include ice cream and other frozen treats, building tours, and information about the school. Read more in a letter to parents of Jefferson-Houston kindergartners.
Community Partnership Sponsors Back-to-School Health Fair (July 21)Free school physicals for uninsured children will be available at a health fair scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arlandria Health Center. Call 703.535.5568 for an appointment. Flyers are available in English and Spanish.
Alexandria Sheriff’s Office 2012 Youth Academy (August 6-9)The Youth Academy is a four-day program for youth ages 11 to 17 that affords the opportunity to learn about the Sheriff’s Office as they ride along with deputies, experience tactical demonstrations, and tour the detention center and court house. The application and waiver are available online; contact Deputy Valarie Wright at 703.746.5017 for additional information.
T. C. Williams New Student Registration (August 6-10)Registration for new students at T.C. Williams and its Minnie Howard Campus is August 6-10. Call 703.824.6755 to schedule an appointment to register 9th grade students, and 703.824.6800 for students in grades 10-12. Appointments are not necessary for students born outside of the United States or who are not fluent in English; registration for these students is held at the Burke Library from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday(703.461.6550).
National Night Out (August 7)Alexandria will join communities across the country in celebration of National Night Out – a positive and fun evening as some 33 neighborhoods around the City host neighborhood events, block parties and barbeques.
Popsicles on the Playground at John Adams (August 15)The annual summer event, which welcomes new John Adams kindergartners and their families, will take place at 6 p.m. Contact Lonna Jones for additional information.
FACE Center Family Night (August 29)Award-winning educator, author and activist Pedro Noguera will talk about family-school partnerships in his keynote address at the ACPS Family and Community Engagement Center’s Family Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School. The free event also will feature food, family activities, and educational resources. Bus shuttle transportation will be available. Flyers are available in EnglishSpanish, and Arabic. RSVP online or by calling703.824.6865.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Free Training (September 14)The half-day training (9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) at the Fairfax County Government Center will include an overview of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC); available NCMEC services and programs; a review of missing and exploited children’s issues; and an overview of NCMEC’s free prevention programs. Contact Mike Mackey to RSVP.
Communities for Change 2012 Leadership Symposium (October 11)Symposium attendees will exchange information about successes, lessons learned, and opportunities to better bridge the achievement gap through integrated school and community partnerships.
Global Youth Justice Annual Training Institute (December 4-6)The institute at the Fremont Hotel in Las Vegas will teach participants how to establish or enhance a local youth court juvenile justice diversion program. Topics include training youth and adult volunteers, offering quality community services and programs, conducting mock family intake meetings, writing grants, and identifying funding and resources.


Alexandria Mentoring Partnership 2012 PromoThe Alexandria Mentoring Partnership (AMP) is dedicated to strategically expanding quality youth mentoring in the City. Any and all with an interest in youth mentoring should view the promotional video.
Young Stars Success ProgramACPS produced a video on the Young Stars Success Program, which received the 2012 ACPS Partners in Education Award.
AVID Seeking Tutors for 2012-13 School YearThe ACPS Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is seeking individuals willing to work 15-20 hours during the school year in a secondary school. AVID tutors assist students by facilitating content-related tutorial groups. Tutors will also have the opportunity to collaborate with middle school and/or high school faculty to build the program through college and career-related field trips and motivational experiences.
GenerationOn Offers Mini-Grants for Youth Community Action HeroesGenerationOn (the youth division of the Points of Light Institute) and Hasbro, Inc. are inviting young people 13 years of age and older to use their summer to take action and make their mark through “The World Needs More Community Action Heroes” campaign. Youth who share their stories of community service on the website will be eligible for one of ten mini-grants of $500 to continue their projects.
Doctoral Student Seeking Youth from Foster Care to Complete Online SurveysYoung adults with foster care experience who graduated or dropped out of college are encouraged to participate in dissertation research on how resilience and a spiritual perspective contribute to former foster youth achieving educational success by completing two online surveys.


DCHS Office of Youth Services Listing of Grant OpportunitiesThe DCHS Office of Youth Services compiled a listing of grant opportunities on July 16.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Accepting Applications for Public School Improvement ProjectsFunded by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, the program provides grants of up to $5,000 for school improvement projects at K-12 public schools. Projects that have a permanent impact, such as facility enhancement and landscaping/cleanup projects, are preferred. The deadline is October 12.

Research & Resources

Jim Crow 2012Youth Today has published a special issue entitled “The New Jim Crow: The Plight of Today’s African-American Youth”. Featured are articles on education (African-American children are disciplined more frequently and more harshly than whites); incarceration (five African-American youths are in custody for every white youth); and employment (the unemployment rate for African-American youth is twice that of whites).
Buffalo Nation/ The Children Are CryingThe short documentary depicts the devastation in which the children of the Lakota Sioux Nation are forced to live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The children are filled with despair and, as a result, are committing suicide at an alarming rate.
America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2012The report was compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a working group of 22 federal agencies that produce data on issues related to children and families. The report uses the most recent federal statistics to describe the family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, education, and health of America’s children and youth.
Challenges in Gang Research Meeting SummaryIn February 2011 the National Institute of Justice held a Gangs Research Working Group Meeting of expert gang researchers and practitioners. The participants considered issues and gaps in basic gang research and anti-gang programs, including intervention, prevention, and deterrence.
Superintendent’s Blog Addresses False Perceptions about T. C. WilliamsWashington Post columnist Jay Mathews responded to a question from a parent regarding whether he should send his son to T. C. Williams. In his blog, Dr. Sherman talks about the many aspects of T. C. Williams that make him “a proud and unrelenting Titan”.
Keeping Kids Academically Sharp During SummerResearch shows that the biggest impact on student academic achievement is made when families engage in learning activities that reflect the work children do in school. The summer break is an excellent opportunity for parents to reinforce their children’s learning and help prepare them for the year ahead. The National PTA has made available valuable tools: Parents’ Guide to Student Successliteracy resources, and Countdown to School Success Guide.

Workshops & Webinars

Recovery Supports for Children and Families (July 19, 1-2:30 p.m.)A review of the framework of family-centered recovery and recovery-related approaches, a discussion of the importance of youth voices in the recovery process, and an overview of parental peer supports are among the topics covered by the free SAMHSA webinar.
Federal Policy Update (July 19, 2-3 p.m.)The Obama administration has approved 26 states for greater flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act, released a plan to improve career and technical education, and announced its Race to the Top District competition. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have begun work on federal education spending bills. Thewebinar will feature a high school perspective on these developments and their implications for states.
The Critical Role of Families in Reducing Risk and Promoting Well-Being for Lesbian, Gay, Transgender,Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth (July 19, 2-3:30 p.m.)The webinar will address key research findings, approaches to working with diverse families, and resources, tools and strategies for family education and intervention used by three programs: The Family Acceptance Project, San Francisco State University; Greater Boston Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays; and the Green Chimneys Program of New York City.
Measuring Success: Strategies for Effective Program Evaluation (July 25, 1-2 p.m.)Whether a manager of a small community program or a director of a citywide initiative, the webinar will review the relevant steps of program evaluation, including planning tips, development strategies and data requirements.
Predicting Suicide: How a Simple Scale Can Help Save Teens’ Lives (July 26, 1-2 p.m.)The research team of Dr. Kelly Posner, Director of the Center for Suicide Risk Assessment at Columbia University, demonstrated for the first time that a practical ratings scale can successfully predict suicide attempts. During thewebinar Dr. Posner will discuss insights and practice strategies that have the potential to improve mental health.
Causes, Correlates, and Pathways of Multi-System Youth: Research, Data, and What We Know (July 26, 2-3:30 p.m.)Presenters will highlight research and explore the characteristics of youth who cross over as well as the system experience and pathways they follow as they move between the child welfare system and juvenile justice systems.
Introduction to Ready by 21 Strategies (July 31, 3-4 p.m.)The webinar will guide participants through the essential components of Ready by 21 – the rationale behind it, tools and services available to communities and leaders, and the Ready by 21 National Partnership (a coalition of organizations representing the government, education, nonprofit, business, research and philanthropy sectors).
The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice Web Meeting (August 10)A meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice is the focus of the webinar. Members of the public will be able to observe the meeting but not actively participate.
Help Shape Performance Partnership Pilots on Disconnected Youth (On-Demand)What does a new federal proposal to align policies for disconnected youth mean for practitioners and policymakers? Over 800 leaders from around the country participated in a webinar on June 27 by the Forum for Youth Investment.

How hot is it??

Animal Welfare Leagues Pet Photo Calendar

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is currently accepting submissions for the annual Pet Photo Calendar Contest.  This gives pet owners a forum to highlight your best friends' endearing moments, while at the same time raise awareness and support for the thousands of companion animals who do not have a home and are cared for by the AWLA.
Registration is $25 per photo and includes a copy of the calendar.  You can use the online fundraising tools to upload a photo (no humans, please) and email your friends and family to encourage them to vote or join the contest.  The contest ends at 12 noon on July 31st.
Log onto the AWLA's website using this link at for Contest Rules and Eligibility and to learn about the Grand Prize and other prizes.
So log on, sign up your furred, feathered or finned best friend - whether a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, guinea pig, ferret, chameleon -and you'll be helping homeless animals in our community.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

365 - AC

so hot in the upstairs we had to get a window unit.....

Sheriff's Office Youth Academy




The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office will begin accepting applications for its 2012 Youth Academy on Monday, May 28, 2012 for youth ages 11-17. Due to limited space, applications will be accepted until the class is full on a first come, first served basis.

AUGUST 6-9, 2012

For more information please call 703-746-5017 or visit

Monday, July 16, 2012

365 - toys

Citizens Police Academy

JULY 16, 2012 #12-040
Applications Being Accepted Now for the 28th Session of the Citizens Police Academy
Get to know your Police Department!  The 10-week Alexandria Citizens Police Academy provides an opportunity for residents to learn about various aspects of the Police Department, such as administrative philosophy, internal policies and the guiding principles of law and ethical conduct governing the delivery of police services.  Classes are a combination of lecture and interactive activities. Class topics will include patrol operations, gangs, crime prevention, crime scene investigations, criminal investigations and the Special Operations team. 
The academy will be held every Wednesday from 6:30 10:00 p.m. at the Police Department’s Headquarters at 3600 Wheeler Ave in the Community Room, located on the 1st floor.  Classes begin on September 5, 2012, and will end with a formal graduation ceremony on November 14, 2012.
The program is offered free of charge, however as a condition of participating in the Citizens Police Academy, each participant will be asked to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours per year post graduation.  This would involve events such as assisting with parades, road races, National Night Out, Project SafeAssured, etc.
Class size is limited to twenty participants.  Applicants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.  Participants of the Citizens Police Academy must be at least 21 years of age and live or work in the City.  In addition Criminal History checks will be conducted on all applicants for final approval of acceptance.
The curriculum covers the core elements that are essential for participants to gain a greater understanding of police operations.  As a result of their participation, residents can make more informed judgments about the Alexandria Police Department and its daily operations. The Police Department is simultaneously able to acquire a greater understanding of the views and concerns of the community through an enhanced relationship with the public.
For more information on the Citizens Police Academy or to request an application, or e-mail the Volunteer Office at  The deadline for registrations is August 15, 2012.

Become a City of Alexandria Election Officer


Do Something Revolutionary – Become a City of Alexandria Election Officer!
For immediate release: July 16, 2012
You have the opportunity to be a part of history by serving as an election officer for the City of Alexandria during the November 6, 2012, Presidential Election. The Alexandria Electoral Board is looking for civic-minded individuals with basic computer user skills who are interested in the election process and are available to help on November 6. This will be an exciting election because Alexandria residents will vote in the Presidential Election along with the election for Mayor, City Council and School Board.  Near record voter turnout is predicted.
Election Officer Requirements
  • Registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Basic computer user skills
  • Willing to work from 4:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Willing to adhere to the standards of Integrity, Neutrality, Transparency and Accuracy
Job Description
  • Set up voting equipment and prepare the polling place for voting
  • Verify voter registration and check-in voters using laptop computers
  • Demonstrate the voting process and provide assistance to voters
  • Produce election results at the end of the day
  • Close the polling place and secure voting equipment and supplies
  • Election Officers receive $100 for their efforts but the value of their service is priceless
How to Apply
For more information or to apply please choose one of the following options:

Dogtopia K-9 Dog Wash Fundraiser 7/22

K9 Support  Come treat your dog to a mid-summer bath and spritz in support of the
K9 Working Units around the world!
Dogtopia® has created a permanent non-profit arm to the company, known as K-9 Support, Inc., to support working dogs of all kinds. From military dogs to rescue dogs to Seeing Eye dogs, Dogtopia® is committed to aiding these wonderful animals in any way we can.   
We hope you'll join us this Sunday, July 22th, from 10:00am - 1:00pm at Dogtopia of Alexandria

Doggy Baths -Shampoo, towel-dry, fragrant spritz and bandana. A $15 donation is suggested per wash.

Please pass the event along to anyone who may be interested and we look forward to having the best charity dog wash yet!

Dogtopia® of Alexandria 3121 Colvin St
 Alexandria, VA 22314
703-751-PETS (7387)