Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Become an Energy Master

Want a fun a meaningful way to contribute to a more sustainable community? Become an Energy Master!

The award-winning Energy Masters program, which trains corps of volunteers in energy efficiency and water conservation techniques and in community education and outreach, is accepting applications for training this fall.

The six-session program will be held on Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. between September 30th and November 4th at Fairlington Community Center and on Saturday, October 24th, 9:00 am. to 1:00 p.m., location TBD.

Once trained, community volunteers will contribute 40 hours of community service (20 for students) in Arlington and Alexandria over the course of a year, at which point they become certified. 

Needs-based waivers available. Please inquire.

Learn more and apply today:

Questions? Email us at

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Alexandria City Council Candidate Forum

Moderated by Julie Carey, News4 NBC Washington, Northern VA Bureau Chief


Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7-9pm
William Ramsay School Auditorium
5700 Sanger Avenue, Alexandria VA
Note:  parking is limited !

Vote for 6 Candidates on November 3:
Willie Bailey -- D
John Taylor Chapman – D
Philip Cefaratti – I
Tim Lovain – D
Monique Miles – R
Del Pepper – D
Paul Smedberg – D
Fernando Torrez – R
Townsend Van Fleet – R
Justin Wilson – D
Bob Wood – R

Sponsored by The JBG Companies; Municipal Media Services, LLC; Alexandria Federation of Civic Associations; and members of the West End Coalition:  Beauregard Heights Condominium Association, Cameron Station Civic Association, Olympus Condominiums, Seminary Heights Condominium Association, Seminary Hill Association, Inc., Seminary West Civic Association, Wakefield-Tarleton Civic Association, Watergate at Landmark

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Absentee Voting Opens for Eligible City Voters on September 18

Absentee voting for the November 3 General Election begins on Friday, September 18. Many Alexandria voters are eligible to vote absentee, for example, if they are:
  • Away for personal business, work, vacation, active military service or at school.
  • Working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. Take into account those days when traffic is heavy or the weather is bad and it takes longer than usual to get to and from work.
  • Physically unable to go to the polls because of an illness or disability.
  • A caregiver for a confined family member.
  • A “first responder” (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician, search and rescue).
To learn more about these, and other circumstances in which absentee voting is an appropriate option, visit and click on “Absentee Voting,” or call 703.746.4050
Absentee Voting in Person
The deadline for voting absentee in person is Saturday, October 31, at 5 p.m. In-person absentee voting hours and locations are as follows:  
Office of Voter Registrations and Elections, 132 N. Royal Street, Suite 100
Opens for absentee voting on Friday, September 18
Monday through Friday8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Monday, October 12)
Saturdays, October 24 and 318 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Extended evening hours: 
Monday, October 19               8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21         8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, October 26               8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27               8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28         8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 29             8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke StreetOpens for absentee voting on Saturday, October 24
Saturday, October 24              10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, October 26               1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27               1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28         1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 29             1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, October 30                  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 31              10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
ID Requirements for Absentee Voting
Virginia's photo ID requirements apply to absentee voters who cast their absentee ballot in person. They do not apply to absentee voters who request an absentee ballot by mail. 
Acceptable forms of photo identification include:
·         Valid Virginia Driver’s License or DMV-issued Photo Identification Card
·         Valid United States Passport or Passport Card
·         Valid Military ID
·         Other government-issued photo identification card (from the U.S. Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a local government within Virginia)
·         Valid student photo identification card from an institution of higher education located in Virginia
·         Valid employee photo identification card 
Voters who do not have acceptable ID may apply for an ID (and receive a temporary ID) at the same time they come to cast their in-person absentee ballot. 
Absentee Voting By Mail
The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 27. Applications must be received in the Voter Registration Office by 5 p.m. on that day. Absentee ballot applications are available online at, or by contacting the Alexandria Voter Registration Office at 703.746.4050. Completed (signed) absentee applications may be submitted in person or by mail to the Voter Registration Office (132 N. Royal Street, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314); or may be sent by fax (703.838.6449), or scanned email attachment to
These absentee ballots must be received by the Voter Registration Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3The ballot may be returned by mail or delivered personally by the voter.
What’s on the Ballot?
In Alexandria, the November Ballot includes Virginia State Senate and House of Delegates, and Alexandria Mayor, City Council and School Board.
The voter registration deadline for this election is October 13. You may submit or update your registration information online at
For complete information on this election, including voter registration requirements, sample ballots, precinct maps and photo ID requirements, visit

Anna Leider
General Registrar
City of Alexandria

Blessing of the Backpacks Food Drive

Hunger doesn’t take the weekend off.  Come out and support National Blessings in a Backpack Day on Thursday, September 17th - Both Maury Elementary School and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy have Blessings in a Backpack programs that provide food on the weekend to children in need.  In support of these programs we are holding a Blessing in a Backpack Food Drive.  You can help support one or both of these programs by dropping off any of the following food items at one of these schools on Thursday between 8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.  Designated bins will be located outside near the front door of the school for your convenience.

Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, 530 S St Asaph St, Alexandria, VA 22314 (
Maury Elementary School, 600 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22301 (

Please understand that we can only accept the following items for donation:  
Breakfast items:
Soft granola bars
Fruit and grain bars
Oatmeal/grits (single serving packages)
Entrée items:
Soup (Chicken Noodle or Tomato)
Canned Ravioli
Canned Spaghetti & meatballs
Canned Beefaroni
Canned tuna/chicken
Mac & Cheese (individual size)
Rice – Ready to Serve Packets (Uncle Ben’s – any flavor)
Ramen Noodles (single serving)
Canned vegetables
Healthy Snacks:
Canned fruit
100% juice snacks
Cheese filled crackers
Cheese snack crackers (Goldfish or Cheez-Its, individual size)
Individual cups of fruit, applesauce or pudding . . .No squeeze packs, please