Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring means its time to get out and PLAY

Here are some of our favorite parks and playgrounds in Alexandria

Potomac Yard Playground

Jefferson Houston School Playground

Ft. Ward - great for running around, riding bikes around the loop, looking at the azaleas, picnicking and the small playground.

Beach Park near Maury Elem. School - great for cloudy days - it gets a lot of direct sun.  Great field for playing soccer or catch.

The Pit, on N. Overlook in Beverley Hills.

Ben Brenman Park in Cameron Station is wonderful for strolling and watching the turtles.

The playground at Polk Elementary School is pretty cool - lots to do for every age.

MacArthur Elementary School has some great equipment - different climbing stuff for different stages and ages.

Windmill Park in Old Town is great but can sometimes get a little too crowded.  We like to run through the old tunnel.

Blue Park in Rosemont has a lot to do and you can see some trains go by.

Simpson playground is a nice little park with gardens close by and baseball to watch.

We LOVE taking a hike or stroll through the Dora Kelly Nature park and the Winkler Botanical Preserve, both are located off Beauregard St.  You never know what you will see and hear.  Bull frogs, birds, bees, deer, ducks, and more. There are streams to play in, rocks to collect, and just all kinds of nature to take in.

Jones Point is another favorite place to bike to, watch boats and planes, and just have fun!

Hope you find some great parks and playgrounds and get out and play this Spring!

Emma's in Del Ray is hiring

Have you tried Emma's, the new coffee shop and wine bar in Del Ray? 
located at 106 Hume Ave. and open 7 days a week.

looking for part-time workers:

Check out the openings, stop by the shop and apply in person or online.
If you have more questions about the openings, please feel free to contact
them at

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Signs of Spring

birds nest 

Help Make a Field into a Stadium


Alexandria Renew Enterprise—our water-reclamation company—is constructing an artificial turf field for the City at no cost in exchange for easements related to the construction of its new facility near the Eisenhower Metro.  This field will be equipped with lights, an underground parking garage, off-site parking, some bleachers, and restroom facilities.  For an estimated $600,000 from the City, this field could be made into a stadium that can showcase high school sports—such as football and soccer—by adding a sound system, scoreboard, press box, and more bleachers.  Building a stadium at this field would fulfill a current need at minimal cost to taxpayers and provide additional revenue to the Parks and Recreation Department, which can rent it out for tournaments.  The field is scheduled to be delivered to the City this October.
Please consider contacting the Mayor and City Council TODAY in support of this proposal to expand the field into a stadium (email addresses are below).  A meeting will be held tonight.
Thank you,
Bill Goff, Nan Jennings, and other members of the Seminary Hill Association, Inc.

Website for sending a group email to the Mayor and City Council:
Mayor Bill Euille                   
Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg
John Taylor Chapman        
Timothy B. Lovain                
Del Pepper                            
Paul C. Smedberg               
Justin Wilson                        

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

scrambled eggs with green food coloring added
orange juice with green food coloring added
toast cut into the shape of a shamrock (use a small heart cookie cutter)

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Books

Some of our favorite St. Patrick's Day books -

Patrick, Patron St. of Ireland by Tomie dePaolo

Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka by Tomie dePaolo

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaolo

Too Many Leprechauns, or How That Pot O' Gold Got To The End Of The Rainbow by Stephen Krensky

A Day to Remember at Giant's Causeway

Fluffy's Lucky Day

A Fine St. Patrick's Day by Susan Wojciechowski

The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh by Janet Nolan

St. Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting

That's What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting

Fergus and The Night Demon, An Irish Ghost Story, by Jim Murphy

The Leprechaun in the Basement by Kathy Tucker

Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman