Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

365 - project

Alexandria Singers Open Auditions

Irritates me lately

So here's what's pissed me off irritated me lately.....

--Women who put their purses on counters or tables.  These are probably the same women that put them on the floor.  Don't they know how gross this is?
I hate it when a girlfriend enters my house and puts her bag on my counter or when I see a gal put her bag on the counter from where I'm getting my food.  ICK!!!

--Moms that hand their set of keys to their kids and the kid puts them in their mouth. Don't they know where those keys have been??

--Being on the phone through endless series of press #'s menus.   I know the options have changed... JUST LET ME TALK TO A PERSON! GIVE ME THAT OPTION at the start of the 1st menu!  I spend more time pressing buttons and listening to menus than the amount of time I need to speak to someone.

--People who slow down to like 5 mph in the EZ pass lane.

--Overhead highway signs that say nothing important i.e. Ozone Alert in caps, which makes everyone slow down to read it and it causes traffic delays.  WTF!

--Coupons that are $1 off if I purchase 3 products.  Really, who needs or sometimes wants (or has room for) 3 of the same product.  How about just give me .25 off one item.

--Back to school supply lists that ask for some obscure or very specific item that is nowhere to be found!  Work with me teachers!
And on the flip side, at the end of the year I find that that one item was never used....  then why did you have to have it?

West End Farmers Market is Closed Sunday 8/19

West End Farmers’ Market Closed Sunday, August 19 at Ben Brenman Park

The West End Farmers’ Market will be closed on Sunday, August 19 in preparation of the Annual Cambodian Community Day Festival. The West End Farmers’ Market will reopen Sunday, August 26 and continue Sundays through November 18. For additional information, visit
The City of Alexandria is host to a variety of farmers’ markets, including the Old Town Farmers’ Market and Del Ray Farmers’ Market on Saturday; the West End Farmers’ Market and Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market’ on Sunday; and the Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market on Wednesday. Markets feature colorful displays of fresh, locally grown, in-season vegetables and fruits, gourmet coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, meat, bakery items and artisans. For more information, visit
The City of Alexandria's will host the Annual Cambodian Community Day Festival on Sunday, August 19, from noon to 6 p.m. at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit

Alexandria Democratic Committee Annual Labor Day Picnic


September 3  Monday  Alexandria Democratic Committee Annual Labor Day Picnic and Baked Bean Competition
12:00 - 4:00 pm, Alexandria Democratic Committee Annual Labor Day Picnic and Baked Bean Competitionat Ft. Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. Come enjoy an afternoon of Democratic fellowship and good food and drinks  Ft. Ward Park. We need volunteers to bring salads, side dishes, desserts, and BAKED BEANS!Hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings and cold drinks provided. And we also need volunteers to help with set up, check in, and the ever popular clean up. If you can bring a dish and/or volunteer, please email the ADC office at

Thursday, August 9, 2012

365 - wheels

ACPS Free Health & Immunization Fair 8/24

On Friday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., ACPS school nurses will host the annual ACPS Student Health and Immunization Fair. This year, the health fair will be held at the Alexandria Health Department at 4480 King St., Alexandria. The event is for ACPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade who still need immunizations, tuberculin screening or physical examinations in order to complete registration and start school on time. To register a student for the event, call 703-698-2550. For more information, contact Health Services Coordinator Robin Wallin at or 703-820-5362. 

Another arrest in Rosemont burglaries

AUGUST 9, 2012 #12-046
UPDATE: Alexandria Police Make Additional Arrest in Rosemont Burglaries
Today, at approximately 12:00 P.M., the Police Department executed a search warrant in the 800 block of Pendleton Street.  Bitaywork Debebe, 25, City resident, was arrested and charged with one count of Receiving Stolen Property.  Additional charges may be forthcoming.  This arrest was made in connection with the recent burglaries in the Rosemont area.  The investigation is ongoing.

Special Election for House of Delegates, 45th District:


September 4 Tuesday Special Election for House of Delegates, 45th District:
• Absentee Voting begins on Friday, August 10.
• Deadline for mailing or faxing absentee ballot applications to be received by the Voter Registration Office is Tuesday, August 28.
• Voter registration deadline is Tuesday, August 28. Applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, August 28, or dropped off at the Voter Registration Office by 5:00 pm on August 28.
• Applications for voter registration are available at the Voter Registration Office, DMV Centers, Alexandria Public Libraries or online at the Virginia State Board of Elections –
• Deadline for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, September 1, 5:00 pm.
• Absentee ballots may be dropped off, delivered personally,  at the Voter Registration Office by Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 pm.
• In-person absentee voting at the Voter Registration Office, 132 N. Royal Street, Alexandria. Weekdays – Monday – Friday- 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and the extended hours are Tuesday, August 28, 8:00 am – 7:30 pm and Saturday, September 1, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  
For more information call 703-746-4050 or visit

Old Town Annual Sidewalk Sale

3rd Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, August 11, 2012

The brick sidewalks of Old Town Alexandria, VA will be buzzing with shoppers grabbing rock bottom deals during the City-wide 3rd Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale.   
The sale is sponsored by the Potomac Riverboat Company and the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association. 
Over 60 businesses will host unique promotional events offering deeply-discounted summer merchandise, product demonstrations and/or other special events. 
The hours vary by store.

Check out the sale website for full participant details.

Some of the Participating Stores: 

The Shoe Hive
Red Barn Mercantile
Zoe Boutique
529 Kids Consign
bishop boutique
lou lou
Apple Seed
Encoure Consignment Boutique
Imagine Artwear
BW  Art, Antiques & Jewelry
Vintage Mirage
The Potomac Bead Company
Today's Cargo
Hooray for Books
Lotus Blooms
Pauline Books & Media 
Current Boutique
The Hour
Pink & Brown
Ten Thousand Villages
Silver Parrot Jewelry
The Spice & Tea Exchange
The Fashion Finch
Bizim Collection
Mint Condition
The Christmas Attic
Silverman Galleries Antique
La Cuisine
Sacred Circle
Gold Works
Pool Boy Bags
The Dog Park
Olio Tasting Room
European Country Living 

Youth Career & Volunteering Opportunities



Volunteers Needed to Help Build New PlaygroundParticipate in a once in a lifetime community experience on September 13 with the Washington Capitals, So Kids Can, KABOOM! and the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority (ARHA) and help build a new playground at Hopkins-Tancil Court in Old Town. Join as an individual or come with an entire team. One hundred volunteers are needed and all must be pre-registered.

ACPS Collecting School SuppliesACPS is collecting donations of school supplies that will be distributed to students during the Get Engaged Family Night on August 29 at T.C. Williams High School. Complete lists of needed supplies are available online. Donations can be dropped off beginning August 9.

Paid Internships Plus Training for YouthYear Up is recruiting for its competitive year-long program that provides youth up to $260 per week while learning technical, financial and professional skills. Participants are placed in six-month corporate internships with Fortune 500 companies. Anyone 18-24 with a high school diploma or a GED is eligible to apply.

Nominate a Youth AmbassadorOver 6.7 million young people in the United States are disconnected from education and employment. The Youth Leadership Institute is looking for youth ages 16-24 who are disconnected and want to share their experiences and ideas for creating solutions. The deadline for applications/nominations is August 13.

Support the Creation of a Presidential Youth Councilcampaign is underway to establish a Presidential Youth Council comprised of young Americans ages 16-24 to advise the Presidents on the perspectives of youth, offer suggestions on how to make federally funded youth programs more efficient and effective, and to create shared recommendations on issues.

The KIDS COUNT Infographics ChallengeInfographics use visual representations that tell a story. They come in all shapes and sizes, convey complex information quickly, and range from whimsical to intensely serious. The Challenge asks young people (13-21) and adults to present the 2012 KIDS COUNT data that matter most to them.

Titan Head Football Coach ReturnsThe Connection featured an inspiring profile of T.C. Williams Titans’ Head Football Coach Dennis Randolph, returning for the 2012-13 season after beating cancer.

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA) NewsletterThe August edition of the SAPCA newsletter highlights a meeting between SAPCA members and a delegation from the Philippines with an interest in creating a coalition in their hometowns.

Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) eNewsletterThe August edition of the ACAP newsletter discusses research that suggests teen have little awareness of the possible consequences of sexting.

Robert Wood Johnson Invites Applications for New Connections Midcareer Consultant ProgramNew Connections is a career development program for midcareer consultants from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. The foundation will award up to three Midcareer Consultant grants of up to $100,000 for a twelve-month period to address program priorities that include childhood obesity, healthcare coverage, human capital, public health, healthcare/quality/equality, and vulnerable populations.

Results of Alcohol Compliance Check

AUGUST 9, 2012 #12-045
Alexandria Business Alcohol Compliance Check Results
On Friday, August 3, Alexandria police conducted alcohol compliance checks at several businesses throughout the City.  This awareness and enforcement campaign focused on various retail business locations that sell alcoholic beverages.  Prior to the enforcement efforts, uniformed officers visited businesses throughout the City and provided education and awareness information for the businesses and their employees.
Officers used confidential informants under the age of 21 but above the age of 18 to purchase alcoholic beverages from various locations.  The informants were instructed to enter the businesses and attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages.  If asked for identification, the informant showed the clerk their legal identification, which revealed they were under 21 years of age.  If the sale of alcoholic beverages transpired, officers entered the business and placed appropriate charges on the seller.
Thirty-three businesses were checked and seven arrests were made for the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages to a person under the age of 21. 
The following businesses at listed locations illegally sold alcoholic beverages:
7-11 Store - 4212 Mount Vernon Avenue
7-11 Store - 2108 Mount Vernon Avenue
7-11 Store - 2 S. Jordan Street
Mercado Americano Latino Market - 4105 Duke Street
Rite Aid - 4515 Duke St
Harris Teeter - 4641 Duke Street
Main Street Market - 4901 Brenman Park Drive
For more information, please call the Public Information Office at 703.746.6600.

Public Invited to Attend Community Open House to Provide Comment on Safety Fence Design Options at Windmill Hill Park Bulkhead

Public Invited to Attend Community Open House to Provide Comment on Safety Fence Design Options at Windmill Hill Park Bulkhead

The public is invited to attend a community open house to discuss the design of a short term safety fence around the Windmill Hill Park Bulkhead, 501 S. Union St. In response to community comments, staff will present five (5) design options. The open house is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Chet & Sabra Avery Conference Room, located in City Hall Room 2000, 301 King St.
City staff will present information and receive public comment on the design options for a short term safety fence pending future removal and replacement of the current concrete bulkhead. The existing bulkhead is severely deteriorated and imminent failure of the structure is possible.
Individuals unable to attend the community open house may view design options at and forward comments by Wednesday, August 22.  Safety fence design options and public comment will be presented to the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) at a Public Hearing on Wednesday, September 5, 7:30 p.m., City Council Chambers, City Hall, 301 King St.
For additional information, contact Jack Browand, Division Chief, at 703.746.5504
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or materials in an alternative format, call Jack Browand at 703.746.5504 (Virginia Relay 711) or e-mail jack.browand@alexandriava,gov.

Mile Long Yard Sale 9/22

The Brookville-Seminary Valley Civic Association will host the Mile Long Yard Sale on September 22, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  Hundreds of residents will be set up to sell everything from housewares, home decor, sporting equipment, electronics and furniture to clothing and much, much more!   The event will be held rain or shine on Taney Avenue between North Pelham Street and Patrick Henry Elementary School.

This is YOUR event - and it simply will not be a success without your participation - as shoppers, as vendors and as volunteers to help make the it work!  We need six volunteers to work with Mile Long Yard Sale Committee Chair Katy Matthews.  The time commitment isn't much, and the impact will be tremendous - please come out and join us! 

For information on participating as a volunteer or renting a table, please contact the Mile Long Yard Sale Committee Chair, Katy Matthews or BSVCA President Adam Firestone

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

365 - pool toy?

Del Ray Montessori seeks part time Asst. Teacher

The Del Ray Montessori School is seeking a part time Assistant Teacher 
(hours 11:00 - 2:00 Monday-Friday) for our primary classroom (ages 2.5 
– 6). This position requires a fluent Spanish speaker who is 
interested in child development, encouraging and supporting children’s 
independence, and learning more about Montessori education. Duties 
include: light cleaning, preparing materials and activities, 
supervising children, attending weekly staff meetings, speaking to 
children exclusively in Spanish and communicating effectively with 
children, staff and parents. If interested, please contact Sarah 
Fondriest at For more 
information about the school, our website address is

Beat the Heat at Sportrock

Beat the Heat is the annual member appreciation event and fun bouldering competition.  Tons of shwag, giveaways, fun times, food, slacklining and music!
The event is fun for all ages and all abilities so come out and join us! The cost for non-members is $10, members are FREE, and you can sign up online today.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
         Doors open at 3pm
         3:30pm-6:30pm: Climbing, boulder comp and clinics
         6:30pm-7:30pm: Scores, food and drinks
         7:30pm:  Exhibition
This event is free to members, so members do not need to register online. Please email the following information to to register as a Sportrock member:
    Member Number (if you have it)
    Phone Number
To register online just choose the division you wish to register for. The divisions are as follows:
    Recreational: Women – V0-V1, Men – V0-V2
    Intermediate: Women – V2-V3, Men – V3-V5
    Advanced: Women – V4-V5, Men – V6-V7
    Open: Women – V6+, Men – V8+
    Junior: 14 years of age or younger
    Masters: 40 years of age or older
  • Non-Member Price: $10
  • Member Price: $0

*** parking is limited,  please park at the Victory Center parking lot on Eisenhower Avenue.  

Donate School Supplies


ACPS is collecting school supplies for children in grades K-12.   Visit to see the complete lists of needed supplies. The drop-off locations and times, starting tomorrow, will be:

T.C. Williams High School
Family and Community Engagement Center
3330 King St., Alexandria
Monday to Friday, Aug. 7 to 24
9 a.m. to 4.p.m.

Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology
3600 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria
Monday to Friday, Aug. 7 to 24
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

John Adams Elementary School
5651 Rayburn Ave., Alexandria
Monday to Friday, Aug. 7 to 24
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Lodgings
607 Notabene Dr., Alexandria
Monday to Friday, Aug. 7 to 24
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Supplies will be distributed to families at the ACPS Get Engaged Back-to-School Family Night on Aug. 29. Read more at .

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

365 - Critter?

 Is it a cat?  some kind of critter!

Monday, August 6, 2012

365 - Summer Work

Alexandria Police Make Arrest in Rosemont Burglaries

AUGUST 6, 2012 #12-044
Alexandria Police Make Arrest in Rosemont Burglaries
Alexandria police have arrested Vincent Edward Evans, 20, Alexandria resident, in connection with a series of burglaries and larcenies from automobiles that occurred in the Rosemont area of the City over the past few months.  On Monday, August 6, detectives executed a search warrant on Evans’ residence and recovered evidence.
Detectives took Evans into custody and charged him in two burglaries.  The first burglary occurred in the 300 block of West Masonic View Avenue and the second in the 100 block of East Linden Street.  For these two cases, Evans has been charged with two counts of Burglary, two counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Grand Larceny with the Intent to Sell, two counts of Conspiring to Commit Burglary and two counts of Conspiring to Commit Grand Larceny.  Evans was also charged with one count of Petit Larceny and one count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.  He was taken to the Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond.  The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.
If you have any additional information about these cases, please contact Detective Julie Goble of the Criminal Investigations Section at 703.746.6804
Detectives would like to remind witnesses that they can remain anonymous.

Online Registration Now Available for City of Alexandria 2012-2013 School Year Out of School Time Program

Online Registration Now Available for City of Alexandria 2012-2013 School Year Out of School Time Program

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities now offers online registration for the Out of School Time Program (OSTP). Registration for the 2012-2013 School Year OSTP is currently open. The activity fee for the full school year is $250. Financial assistance is available for eligible families.
If any member of your household has previously registered for a program, activity, class or camp, you may login into the WebTrac system using your Recreation user name and password to register. Visit to register now.
If you do not know your username and password, or need to create a new account, or call 703.746.5414 for additional information.
For more information on the OSTP program, visit or call 703.746.5415

Sunday Matinee Series


The Friends of the Beatley Central Library are launching a Sunday Matinee Film Series beginning with "Politics at the Cinema," featuring a series of movies about politics, elections and voting.  

The schedule and films:  
Sept. 9,Dave (PG-13); 
Sept. 16, The American President (PG-13); 
Sept. 23, The Contender (R); 
Sept. 30, Wag the Dog (R); 
Oct. 7, Iron Jawed Angels (unrated documentary).  

All films will begin at 2:00PM at the Charles E. Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA ;  Free and open to the general public.  Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

365 - Noise

"Jazz Summer" Afternoon 8/26


The Friends of the Beatley Central Library will hold a "Jazz Summer" afternoon on Sunday, August 26, 2012 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM with the duo  "Mike and Tai Jazz," mainstays of the Washington Jazz Scene.  
The performance will be held at the Charles E. Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA ,;703-746-1702. Free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.