Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 28, 2012

365 - Grapes

how come no one eats the last few grapes??

Friday, July 27, 2012

365 - Olympics

Democratic Party Caucus for VA Delegate in the 45th District


Call to Democratic Party Caucus
Virginia 45th House of Delegates District

1.            Call.  Pursuant to the Democratic Party Plan of Virginia (“the Party Plan”), the 45th House District Nominating Committee (“the Committee”) hereby calls an Unassembled Caucus for the sole purpose of choosing a Democratic nominee for the Special Election to fill the upcoming vacancy in the 45th House of Delegates District (“the 45th District”).

2.         Caucus Rules, Forms, and Information.  Caucus Rules will be posted, along with other pertinent forms and information about the nominating process, at  Any changes to the Caucus Rules will be updated on that site.

3.         General Participation Requirements. Each participant in the Caucus must be a qualified voter in the 45th District at the time of their participation, which includes being registered to vote in the Special Election in the 45th District on Sept. 4, 2012.  No participant in the Caucus may intend to support any candidate who is opposed to the Democratic nominee in that Special Election.

4.         Voting Opportunities. Participants in the Caucus may vote only in person and at one of the following times and locations:

            Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
            Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy
            530 South St. Asaph St. (at Gibbon St.), Alexandria, VA

            Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
            Cora Kelly Recreation Center
            25 W. Reed Ave. (at Commonwealth Ave.), Alexandria, VA

5.         Candidate Requirements.  Each candidate for nomination must meet all applicable requirements of state law, the Party Plan, and the Caucus Rules.  Each candidate for nomination must submit a completed Declaration of Candidacy form to the Chair of the Committee no later than July 31, 2012, at 5 p.m. ET.  Each form must bear the original signature of the candidate, and must be accompanied by a filing fee of $500.00, made payable to the Alexandria Democratic Committee.  If only one qualified candidate files by the deadline, that person will be the nominee of the Democratic Party and the Caucus will be cancelled.

For questions about the Caucus, to request any accommodation necessary to ensure full participation, or to file a Declaration of Candidacy, please contact Craig T. Fifer, Chair of the Committee, any time at or 703-505-9668.

Authorized by the 45th House District Nominating Committee, a committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia and not affiliated with any candidate or candidate committee.

summer craft - crayons

Crayons ---

take old, broken crayons
put them in the sections of a  muffin tin
bake until melted
let harden
pop out of the tin

the rainbow colors are such fun!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

365 - Mushrooms

Volunteer Opportunities


Alexandria Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • ALIVE!  is in need of A Saturday food delivery volunteer.  703-683-4634
  • Alexandria Adult Day Services Center needs volunteers to help with activities. 703-746-5673 or

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

365 - Bunny (again)

(this is another bunny in another location.... can't believe we've seen two this summer!)

T.C. Fall Athletes Required Forms


Any T.C. Williams High School student wanting to participate and try out for a sport this fall will need to have the following:
• A Virginia High School League (VHSL) Physical Form completed with a physical date after May 1, 2012. The physical information must be on the VHSL form.
• A completed Emergency Care Card.
• A completed coaches' expectation sheet.

T.C. Williams Athletics Required Concussion Meeting

Parents and students can learn about sports concussions by attending an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, in the T.C. Williams High School main campus auditorium, 3330 King St., Alexandria. For more information, contact the T.C. Williams Athletic Department at 703-824-6860.

Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Suspects in Car Dealership Burglaries


Alexandria Police Seek Public’s Help Identifying Suspects in Car Dealership Burglaries

Alexandria Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in several car dealership burglaries that have occurred since February of this year.  The cases are outlined below. 

·         February 27, Jack Taylor Toyota, Attempted Burglary:  Suspect attempted to pry open a service door with a tire iron.  No entry was made to the business. 

·         March 12, Jack Taylor Toyota, Burglary:  Suspect entered business by prying a service door and removed cash from the safe. 

·         March 31, Jack Taylor Toyota, Burglary:  Suspect entered business by unknown means, pried open the safe and removed cash.

·         June 2, Jack Taylor Toyota, Burglary:  Suspect entered the business, pried open the safe and removed cash.

·         June 28, Landmark Honda, Burglary:  Two suspects hid inside the business until closing and then attempted to pry open the safe.  The suspects left without taking anything.

·         July 9, Modern Motors, Attempted Burglary:  A vehicle was seen approaching and leaving the dealership during the night.  The suspects damaged the external cameras at the business. 

·         July 14, Modern Motors, Burglary:  Two suspects entered the business through a bathroom window and removed a safe containing cash.  The suspects left through the front door of the business.  

In all the cases, it appears that there are multiple people involved in the burglaries.  Detectives believe one or two suspects function as lookouts as one or two suspects enter the business. 

Surveillance video of the suspects can be viewed on Police Department’s You Tube channel or by clicking this link:AlexandriaVAPD You Tube.

Anyone with information about these cases or recognizing the suspects in the surveillance video and photos is asked to call Detective Julie Goble of the Criminal Investigations Section at 703.746.6804

Detectives would like to remind residents that they may remain anonymous.

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New Annual Objectives that replace Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in VA- Public Comment


On June 29., 2012, Virginia was granted a waiver from certain provisions of NCLB.  Yesterday, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released a Superintendent’s Memo regarding the new annual benchmarks for raising achievement in the commonwealth’s lowest-performing schools. The new annual objectives in reading and mathematics replace the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets schools were previously required to meet under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
There is public comment during tomorrow’s Board of Education meeting if any parents or professionals would like to submit comment on the plan.   See below for specifics:

Construction Work Scheduled at Dora Kelley Park

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2012

Construction Work Scheduled at Dora Kelley Park

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will install a permeable trail through Dora Kelley Park, connecting Dora Kelley Park to Chambliss Park.
The work is weather dependent and is scheduled to occur between July 26 through August 2.  Dora Kelley Park will be open during construction activities and pedestrian and bicycling 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 additional information or questions about the work, call Dana Wedeles at 703-746-5491 or e-mail

Construction and Renovation Work Scheduled at Mount Jefferson Park Playground

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2012

Construction and Renovation Work Scheduled at Mount Jefferson Park Playground

The Mount Jefferson Park Playground, 301 Hume Avenue, will be under construction and renovation from August 6-October 12, 2012.  The renovation will include installation of new play equipment and site furniture, new rubberized safety surfacing, and new drainage systems.  The playground and adjacent multipurpose court will be closed to the public during construction. For a list of City of Alexandria Playgrounds and Tot Lots, visit
For your safety, please use extra caution when near construction areas.  Additional project information is available at
To contact the project manager call Judy Lo with the Park Planning Division at 703.746.5490 or

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

365 - Scissors

fun with crazy, wavy, curly, scissors.
(and helps with fine motor skills)

Beauregard Plan Implementation

Beauregard Plan Implementation Begins with Open Space Nominations Process
For Immediate Release: July 24, 2012
Mayor William D. Euille and members of Alexandria City Council appointed the Beauregard Rezoning Advisory Group to begin work on overseeing implementation of several components of the adopted Beauregard Small Area Plan. The Beauregard Rezoning Advisory Group held its first meeting on July 16, 2012.
The first task of the Beauregard Rezoning Advisory Group is to evaluate options for open space to purchase with the $1.5 million in BRAC-133/Department of Defense funding set aside for that purpose.  Three potential open space locations are currently being evaluated:
  • The site of the future Town Center in the Beauregard Plan Area
  • Property located at Foster Avenue and Fairbanks Avenue
  • Property located at Polk Avenue and Pelham Street
The City of Alexandria is seeking additional nominations of sites for open space in the West End (properties west of Quaker Lane) through August 6, 2012, pursuant to an agreement with the Department of Defense. All nominations received by Monday, August 6 will be reviewed by the Advisory Group at their August meeting. To view criteria,submit a nomination, or obtain further information, visit
For questions on the nominations process, please contact Maya Contreras in the Department of Planning and Zoning at  or 703.746.3816

Alexandria Library "Take Your Library with You"


Alexandria Library Continues 75th Anniversary Events

Continuing its celebratory 75th year as a public institution, Alexandria Library kicks off its "Take Your Library With You," travel postcard campaign that allows patrons to share their vacation spots and reads as they sightsee, cruise and trek out to various destinations around the world this summer.  Accessible at any of the Library's four branches, the brightly-themed postcards can also be found at participating businesses that have joined this community-centered initiative. Whether it be a stone throw's away to camp at Shenandoah Valley, or a long-distance trip touring Thailand's Grand Palace, Alexandria Library anticipates the written feedback about travel and books, or ebooks--possibly borrowed from the library--that vacationers enjoyed.  One can also fill out a virtual postcard online. Postcards will be put on display and destinations will be highlighted on world maps at the branches for library users to discover more about their neighbors this season.

Monday, July 23, 2012

365 - Clothes Pins

Fun with clothes pins and wooden sticks....
learning letters, shapes, and fine motor skills

Back To School Sales Tax Holiday

August 3-5, 2012: School Supplies and Clothing.

During this three-day period, purchases of certain school supplies, clothing and footwear will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Each eligible school supply item must be priced at $20 or less, and each eligible article of clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less. 

Sales Tax Holiday for Clothing and School Supplies Lists of Exempt Items

List of School Supplies Eligible for the Exemption
“School supply,” means an item that is commonly used by a student in a course of study. For purposes of the sales tax holiday, the term includes, “school art supply,” “school instructional material,” and “school music supply.” The term does not include computers or “school computer supplies”, and such items may not be purchased exempt of the tax.
The following is an all-inclusive list of items that are included in the term “school supply” and are therefore exempt from tax during the sales tax holiday period, provided their sales price is $20 or less per item. Only the following items are exempt as school supplies. Items need not be intended for use in school or in connection with a school activity to be eligible for the exemption.
Binder pockets Binders Blackboard chalk Book bags Calculators Cellophane tape Clay and glazes Compasses Composition books Crayons Dictionaries and thesauruses Dividers Erasers (including dry erase marker erasers and dry erase marker cleaning solution) Folders: expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila Glue, paste, and paste sticks Highlighters Index card boxes Index cards Legal pads Lunch boxes Markers (including dry erase markers and dry erase marker kits) Musical instruments, musical instrument accessories, and replacement
items for musical instruments Notebooks Paintbrushes for artwork Paints (acrylic, tempera, and oil) Paper: loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board and construction paper
Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes Pencil sharpeners Pencils Pens
Protractors Reference books Reference maps and globes Rulers Scissors Sheet music Sketch and drawing pads Textbooks Watercolors Workbooks; and Writing tablets
“School computer supply” is an item commonly used by a student in a course of study in which a computer is used. For purposes of the sales tax holiday, the term “school computer supply” is not included under the term, “school supply.” Any school computer supply is ineligible for exemption during the sales tax holiday. The following is a list of examples that constitute school computer supplies:
Computer storage media; diskettes; compact disks Handheld electronic schedulers Personal digital assistants Printers for computers; and
Printer supplies for computers; printer paper, printer ink 

List of Clothing Eligible for Exemption
“Clothing” means any article of wearing apparel and typical footwear intended to be worn on or about the human body. Clothing does not include sporting equipment or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity or protective use and not usually considered appropriate for everyday wear. These items may not be purchased exempt of the tax.
The following is a list of items that are included in the term “clothing” and are therefore exempt from tax during the sales tax holiday period, provided their sales price is $100 or less per item. This list is not all-inclusive. Other items meeting the definition of clothing may be purchased exempt of the tax.
Aprons, household and shop Athletic supporters Baby bibs and clothes Baby receiving blankets
Bandanas Bathing suits, swim trunks, cover-ups and bathing caps Beach capes and coats Belts and suspenders Bibs Boots Choir and altar clothing Clerical vestments Coats, jackets, and windbreakers Corsets and corset laces Costumes (sold not rented) Coveralls Diapers, children and adult, including disposable diapers Dresses Ear muffs Footlets Formal wear for men and women (sold, not rented) Fur coats and stoles, shawls and wraps Garters and garter belts Girdles Gloves and mittens for general use Golf clothing, caps, dresses, shirts, skirts, pants Gym suits and uniforms Hats and caps Hosiery Insoles, inserts for shoes Jeans Jerseys (both athletic and non-athletic) Lab coats Legwarmers Leotards and tights Lingerie Neckwear, including bow ties, neckties, and scarves Nightgowns Overshoes and rubber shoes Pajamas Pantyhose Raincoats, rain hats, and ponchos Robes
Rubber pants Rubber thong/flip-flops Sandals Scarves Shirts and blouses Shoes and shoe laces Shorts Skirts Slacks Slippers Slips Sneakers Socks and stockings, including athletic socks Steel toed shoes Suits Suspenders Underwear Uniforms, athletic and non-athletic Vests Wedding apparel, including veils (sold not rented)

List of Clothing Accessory Items, Protective Equipment and Sports or Recreational Equipment NOT Exempt of the Tax
“Clothing accessory items,” means incidental items worn on the person or in conjunction with “clothing.”
The following items are considered to be clothing accessory items and are not eligible to be purchased exempt of the tax. The following list contains examples and is not intended to be an all-inclusive list.
Clothing accessory items
Briefcases Cosmetics Fabric, thread, and yarn used to make clothing Hair notions, including, but not limited to, barrettes, hair bows, and hair
nets Handbags Handkerchiefs Jewelry Sun glasses, non-prescription Umbrellas Wallets Watches Wigs and hair pieces
“Protective equipment” means items that are intended for human wear and designed to protect the wearer against injury or disease or against damage or injury to other persons or property but are not suitable for general use. “Protective equipment” is not included within the definition of “clothing,” and does not qualify for exemption during the sales tax holiday. The following list contains examples and is not intended to be an all-inclusive list.
Protective Equipment
Breathing masks Clean room apparel and equipment Ear and hearing protectors Face shields Hard hats Helmets Paint or dust respirators Protective gloves Safety belts Safety glasses and goggles Tool belts; and Welders gloves and masks
“Sport worn in conjunction with an athletic or recreational activity that are not suitable for general use. “Sport or recreational equipment” is not included within the definition of “clothing,” and does not qualify for the sales tax holiday. The following list contains examples and is not intended to be an all-inclusive list.
Sport or recreational equipment
Ballet and tap shoes Cleated or spiked athletic shoes Gloves, including, but not limited to, baseball, bowling, boxing, hockey,
and golf Goggles
Hand and elbow guards Life preservers and vests Mouth guards Roller and ice skates Shin guards Shoulder pads Ski boots Waders Wetsuits and fins

School Supply Donations


Back to School Drive

Now that our kids are off to summer camp, it’s time to think about sending them back to school! Every year, Carpenter’s Shelter organizes a Back to School supplies drive to collect everything they need to start off the school year on the right foot. Last year we handed out backpacks filled with school supplies to over 100 homeless and formerly homeless children!
Interested in starting a collection or donating to the drive? We’ll be collecting donations from August 20-August 24. Due to lack of storage space, we cannot accept donations prior to August 20. Thank you for understanding.Check out the flyer for a complete listing of items we’re collecting.
Please email or call Courtney Bishop, to schedule a donation drop (703) 548-7500 x203

Sunday, July 22, 2012

365 - allowance

savings.....burning a hole in a pocket.

Alexandria Restaurant Week 8/17-8/26

$35 Prix-Fixe Three Course Dinner

$35 Dinner For Two


       $35 Prix-Fixe Three Course Dinner      

    The Neighborhoods of Alexandria:

    Old Town / Parker Gray restaurants offering $35 Prix-Fixe dinners

    Carlyle / Eisenhower Valley restaurants offering $35 Prix-Fixe dinners

    Del Ray / Arlandria restaurants offering $35 Prix-Fixe dinners

    West End restaurants offering $35 Prix-Fixe dinners

    Regional restaurants offering $35 Prix-Fixe dinners

    Old Town / Parker Gray Restaurants offering $35 Prix-Fixe dinners

    Book Online logo  A La Lucia | 315 Madison Street | 703.836.5123 |  menu
    Book Online logo  Bastille | 208 Queen Street | 703.519.3776 | menu
    Book Online logo  Bilbo Baggins Restaurant | 208 Queen Street | 703.683.0300 | menu
    Book Online logo  The Chart House Restaurant | One Cameron Street | 703.684.5080 | menu
    Book Online logo  Columbia Firehouse | 109 S. St. Asaph Street | 703.683.1776 | menu
    Book Online logo  Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant | 138 N. Royal Street | 703.548.1288 | menu
    Book Online logo Geranio | 722 King Street | 703.548.0088 | menu
             GRAPE + BEAN, Old Town | 118 S. Royal Street | 703.664.0214 | menu
    Book Online logo  The Grille at Morrison House | 116 S. Alfred Street | 703.838.8000 | menu
    Book Online logo    Il Porto | 121 King Street | 703.836.8833 | menu
     Book Online logo    Jackson 20 | 480 King Street | 703.842.2790 | menu
    Book Online logo  Joe Theismann's Restaurant | 1800-A Diagonal Road | 703.739.0777 |  menu
    Book Online logo  La Bergerie | 218 N. Lee Street | 703.683.1007 | menu 
    Book Online logo La Tasca | 607 King Street | 703.299.9810 | menu
    Book Online logo  Laporta's Restaurant | 1600 Duke Street | 703.683.6313 | menu 
    Book Online logo  Layla's Lebanese Restaurant | 907 King Street | 703.684.3288 | menu
    Book Online logo  The Light Horse | 715 King Street | 703.549.0533 | menu
              The Majestic Cafe | 911 King Street | 703.837.9117 | menu
            Medieval Madness | 1121 King Street | 703.329.3075 | menu
    Book Online logoNina's Dandy (reservations required) | Zero Prince Street |703.683.6076 | menu
            Society Fair | 277 S. Washington Street | 703.683.3247 | menu
            Two Nineteen Restaurant | 219 King Street | 703.549.1141 | menu
    Book Online logo The Warehouse Bar & Grill | 214 King Street | 703.683.6868 | menu
    Book Online logo  The Wharf 119 King Street | 703.836.2836 | menu

    Carlyle / Eisenhower Valley offering $35 Prix-Fixe dinners

    Book Online logo The Carlyle Club | 411 John Carlyle Street | 703.548.8899 | menu
    Book Online logo Delia's Mediterranean Grill | 209 Swamp Fox Road | 703.329.0006 | menu
            Dutch's Grill | Holiday Inn Alexandria, 2460 Eisenhower Avenue | 703.960.3400| menu

    Del Ray / Arlandria restaurants offering $35 Prix-Fixe dinners

    Book Online logo    RT's Restaurant | 3804 Mt. Vernon Avenue | 703.684.6010 | menu

    West End offering $35 Prix-Fixe dinners

    Book Online logo Finn & Porter | 5000 Seminary Road | 703.379.2346 | menu
    Book Online logo Savios Restaurant | 516 S. Van Dorn Street | 703.212.9651 | menu 
    Book Online logo Tempo Restaurant | 4231 Duke Street | 703.370.7900 | menu

    Regional restaurants offering $35 Prix-Fixe dinners

             The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant | 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy | 703.780.0011 | menu


    $35 Dinner For Two

    The Neighborhoods of Alexandria:

    Old Town / Parker Gray restaurants offering dinner for two

    Carlyle / Eisenhower Valley restaurants offering dinner for two

    Del Ray / Arlandria restaurants offering dinner for two

    West End restaurants offering dinner for two

    Regional restaurants offering dinner for two


     Old Town / Parker Gray restaurants offering dinner for two

             Bugsy's Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar | 111 King Street | 703. 683.0313 | menu
             Chadwicks | 203 The Strand | 703.836.4442 | menu
             Chakra Cafe | 600 Franklin Street | 703.299-6600 | menu
             Faccia Luna | 823 S. Washington Street | 703.838.5998 | menu
             Fontaine Caffe & Creperie | 119 S. Royal Street | 703.535.8151 | menu
             Hard Times Cafe of Old Town | 1404 King Street | 703.837.0050 | menu
             King Street Blues | 112 N. St. Asaph Street | 703.836.8800 | menu
             Murphy's Grand Irish Pub | 713 King Street | 703.548.1717 | menu 
    Book Online logo   Overwood  | 220 N. Lee Street | 703.535.3340 | menu
              Pizzeria Paradiso | 124 King Street | 703.837.1245 | menu
              RedRocks Pizza Napoletana | 904 King Street | 703.717.9873 | menu
              Southside 815 | 815 S. Washington Street | 703.836.6222 | menu
              Thailand on Royal Street | 835 N. Royal Street | 703.535.6622 | menu
     Book Online logo  T.J. Stone's | 608 Montgomery Street | 703.548.1004 | menu
              Union Street Public House | 121 S. Union Street | 703.548.1785| menu
              Villa Di Este | 818 N. St. Asaph Street | 703.549.9477 | menu
             Virtue Feed & Grain | 106 S. Union Street | 571.970.3669 | menu

    Carlyle / Eisenhower Valley restaurants offering dinner for two



    Del Ray / Arlandria restaurants offering dinner for two

             Cheesetique | 2411 Mt. Vernon Avenue | 703.706.5300 | menu
             FireFlies | 1501 Mt. Vernon Avenue | 703.548.7200 | menu
    Book Online logo  Monroe's, An American Trattoria | 1603 Commonwealth Avenue | 703.548.5792 | menu

    West End restaurants offering dinner for two

              Alley Cat Restaurant | #2 S. Whiting Street | 703.461.0450 | menu
    Book Online logo   Ramparts Tavern & Grill | 1700 Fern Street | 703.998.6616 | menu
    Book Online logo   Shooter McGee's | 5239 Duke Street | 703.751.9266 | menu