Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Friday, July 5, 2013

Franciscan Monastery - FREE Place to Visit in DC

our visit to the Franciscan Monastery in DC.  It was pretty cool.
The kids liked the catacombs.



Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of July

The perfect 4th of July meal -
corn on the cob and watermelon - YUM!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Thank you rain, NOT

These are growing all over my yard, thanks to all the rain.

and the final package

Alexandria Park & Recreation Commission and Youth Sports Advisory Board Schedules Joint Meeting on July 18

For Immediate Release: July 2, 2013 

Alexandria Park & Recreation Commission and Youth Sports Advisory Board Schedules Joint Meeting on July 18 

The City of Alexandria Park & Recreation Commission and the Youth Sports Advisory Board will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, July 18 to receive a presentation on the unsolicited proposal the City received to build a private sports and entertainment complex on the current site of Hensley Park. The meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. in the City Council Workroom, City Hall, 301 King St. Following the presentation, the Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting. 
At its June 25, 2013 meeting, Alexandria City Council discussed an unsolicited proposal it received from The St. James Group to build a sports and entertainment complex on the current site of Hensley Park on Eisenhower Avenue.  For additional information on the proposal, visit Unsolicited Proposal for Sports and Entertainment Complex
The Park and Recreation Commission is an eleven-member advisory unit established by City Council in March 1970. The Commission advises City Council in matters relating to parkland, recreation and culture, and participates in planning recreational activities and services through its advice to Council and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. The Youth Sports Advisory Board is a subcommittee of the Commission.   
For additional information on the Park and Recreation Commission, or call 703.746.4343
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 to request materials in an alternative format, please contact William Chesley, Deputy Director, at 703.746.5426 (VA Relay 711) or e-mail   

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


We spent the day attempting to put this puzzle together - 1000 pieces.  
(that's what you do on a rainy day!)

We got the boarder done.

Monday, July 1, 2013

New Dugouts at Ben Brenman Park


For Immediate Release: July 1, 2013

Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Schedules Installation of New Dugouts at Ben Brenman Park Little league Baseball Field

Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities contractors will be installing new dugouts at the existing Little League baseball field located at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr. The existing wood dugouts will be replaced with new all metal prefabricated dugouts, new concrete pad, new galvanized fence and gate work.   The new dugouts are part of the Department’s overall campaign to upgrade park structures with new standards.

The work is weather dependent and scheduled to commence on July 8. The completion date is August 1, 2013. The Little League baseball field is unavailable during the renovation. For your safety, please use extra caution when near work areas.

For additional information, contact David Ghezzi, Project Manager, with the Park Planning Division at 703.746.5516 or e-mail

City Schedule for the 4th

City of Alexandria Announces Schedule of Services for Independence Day Holiday

For Immediate Release: Monday, July 1, 2013
All City of Alexandria government offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
• Refuse Collection: Residential refuse and recycling will not be collected on July 4.  Thursday collection will take place on Friday, July 5. The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collections Drop-off Center will be closed on July 4

• Animal Shelter: The Vola Lawson Animal Shelter will operate on a weekend schedule on Independence Day. On July 4, the shelter will be open for general business from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and for animal adoptions and viewing from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Health Facilities: The Alexandria Health Department (4480 King St.); the Flora Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard St.); and the Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School (3330 King St.) will be closed on July 4.

• Hotlines: All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including the child protective services hotline at 703.746.5800; the domestic violence hotline, 703.746.4911; the emergency services for mental health or substance abuse crisis hotline, 703.746.3401; and the sexual assault hotline,703.683.7273.

• Libraries: All Alexandria Library branches will be closed on July 4.

• Parking: On July 4, the Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces, as well as time restrictions in residential permit parking districts and other areas with signed parking time limits.

• Recreation Centers: The Charles Houston Recreation Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 4. All other City recreation centers will be closed.

• State Offices: The following Commonwealth of Virginia offices located in Alexandria will be closed on July 4: the Circuit, General District, and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, the Clerk of Court Office, and the DMV Office at 2681 Mill Road.

• Transit: Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH bus service will operate on aSunday schedule on July 4. The King Street Trolley will operate every 15 minutes between the King Street Metro Station and the Potomac River waterfront from11:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. 
For more information, contact Nathan Carrick in the Office of Communications and Public Information at or 703.746.3199.

Care Package 2

City Parks & Rec Needs Assessment


For Immediate Release: July 1, 2013

Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities Plans 2013 Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment

The City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is conducting a Park and Recreation Needs Assessment Survey to help establish priorities for the future development of parks, recreation, cultural facilities, programs and services within your community in July 2013. A limited number of Alexandria residents will be selected in a random, but statistically accurate method, to receive this survey. If you receive the survey by U.S. Postal Service it is very important that you participate.

The time invested in completing the survey will aid the City of Alexandria in making decisions that will enrich the future of our community and positively affect the lives of its residents by responding to needs that residents help to identify. With resident input, we will continue to provide and improve vibrant, safe, and attractive parks and facilities for all residents to enjoy.

The City selected Leisure Vision/ETC Institute, an independent consulting company, as our partner to administer this survey. They will compile the data received and present the results to the City in fall 2013. Results will be available to the public online For additional information on Leisure Vision/ETC Institute, visit

If you have any questions or are interested in taking the survey, but did not receive a copy in the mail, contact Dana Wedeles with the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.5491 or  

Local Motion Open Play


Local Motion will be hosting Open Play on Mondays in July and August from
11:00-12:30 beginning tomorrow. Join us!

Tomorrow - Monday, July 1
$7 for one child
$10 for a family with two or more children

Families with children 7 and under can dance and play in the large studio
with props such as balance blocks, egg shakers, hula hoops, and bean bags
or play in the childcare room. Parent or caregiver must be present. Food
and drinks are welcome in the front lobby.

There is a kink in our system if you try to register online. Please email
me or call the studio to reserve your spot. Thanks!!

Please feel free to contact me with questions! Happy to help!

Kylie Murray
Children's Program Director
Local Motion Studio