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Latest News Archive for Calendar Year 2008

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December 2008 

City Announces New Operating Hours for the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center (released December 17, 2008)
The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities has announced that effective January 5, 2009, operating hours for the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center will change. More information….

City of Alexandria to Hold Second Annual Recreation Games for Healthy Living (released December 17, 2008)
The public is invited to participate in the second annual “Alexandria Recreation Games for Healthy Living,” January 10 through March 6, 2009. The Alexandria Recreation Games for Healthy Living is an eight-week fitness program that promotes healthy lifestyle choices for all family members, and encourages Alexandrians to make being active a part of their daily lives. More information.... 

Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Winter 2009 Program Guide Now Available (released December 4, 2008)
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Winter 2009 Program Guide is now available. The program guide highlights City classes, programs, activities and special events occurring January through March. Registration for winter classes and activities begins on Monday, December 15 at 9 a.m. More information….

City of Alexandria’s Parks and Recreation Commission Schedules Public Hearing on Proposed Special Event Policies (released December 3, 2008)
The City of Alexandria’s Parks and Recreation Commission invites residents to attend a public hearing to review and receive comment on the proposed City of Alexandria Special Event Policies. The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. More information.... 


November 2008 

City of Alexandria to Hold 34th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Square Dance (released November 24, 2008)
Put on your dancing shoes and make plans to attend the 34th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Square Dance on Sunday, December 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Lee Center Exhibit Hall, 1108 Jefferson St. This year’s theme is “Let’s Do More at Thirty Four,” and features a special performance by the Capital Squares Demonstration Team at 3 p.m. The annual square and round dance benefits the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Drive. No admission fee is charged, but the recommended donation is a new, unopened toy or a $10 minimum contribution per couple ($5 for singles). All toys and proceeds from this dance will remain in the Washington metropolitan area. More information….

2008 Holiday Concert Schedule Announced for Historic Old Town Alexandria
(released November 21, 2008)
Enjoy the music of the season in Alexandria as a break between shopping, on your way to dinner, or just to get in the spirit of the holidays. Local performers volunteer their talent to entertain during this festive time. Outdoor concerts are cancelled in the event of inclement weather. All concerts are scheduled at Market Square, 301 King St. More information.... 

City of Alexandria to Host Annual Cheerleading Exhibition (released November 19, 2008)
The public is invited to attend the City’s Annual Cheerleading Exhibition, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 13 at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The exhibition features preteen and teen cheerleading squads from the Charles Barrett, Charles Houston, Cora Kelly, Mount Vernon, Nannie J. Lee, Patrick Henry and William Ramsay Recreation Centers. More information….

City of Alexandria Hosts Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade (released November 18, 2008)
The City of Alexandria invites the public to attend the 38th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade on Saturday, December 6, at 11 a.m. in historic Old Town. The centerpiece of the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, the parade celebrates the City's Scottish heritage, featuring more than 100 Scottish clans, bagpipe and drum bands, living history reenactment groups, dog clubs, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. This year’s Grand Marshal is Willard Scott of NBC’s The Today Show. More information ….

Winter 2009 Recreation Program Guide Available Week of December 1 (released November 11, 2008)
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities plans to distribute the Winter 2009 Recreation Program Guide and post it online during the week of December 1. As part of the City of Alexandria’s Eco-City Initiative, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities has reduced the number of printed program guides and no longer automatically mails them to all households. Only registrants who have participated in Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities classes and camp programs will receive the program guide automatically by mail. More information….

City of Alexandria’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Scheduled for Friday, November 28 (released November 11, 2008)
Kick off the holiday season by making plans to attend the 2008 City of Alexandria’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 28, at 7 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King Street. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. Entertainment features a message from the Mayor, a visit from Santa, a performance of Santa’s Frosty’s Follies by the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center, and caroling with a community sing along. More information....

Public Hearing Scheduled for Pocket Park at 1 and 7 East Del Ray Avenue
(released November 10, 2008)
The City of Alexandria’s Park and Recreation Commission invites residents to attend a public hearing to review and discuss the park plan for the property at 1 and 7 East Del Ray Avenue. The public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m., at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron St. The property, which is part of the City’s Pocket Park Program, was acquired in January 2008. The park plan is the result of comments and suggestions from two previous community meetings and an upcoming community meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue. More information…. 

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Seeks Applicants To Serve on Arts Resource Panels (released November 10, 2008)
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts is seeking volunteers with expertise in music, theatre, and dance to serve on Resource Panels.  Members serve as subject matter experts who advise and assist the Commission by reviewing grant applications for various arts programs in the City of Alexandria. Panel members are expected to serve three-year terms and should be prepared to review grant applications by the first panel meeting to be scheduled in mid- to late- January. More information….

Community Meeting on Proposed Pocket Park at 1 and 7 East Del Ray Avenue (released November 3, 2008)
The public is invited to attend the third community meeting to review and discuss draft design for the pocket park at 1 and 7 East Del Ray Avenue. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue. The property was acquired in January 2008 as part of the City’s Pocket Park Program. More information…. 

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Announces Call for Special Opportunity Award Applications (released November 3, 2008)
The City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts announces a call to art organizations to apply for Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Special Opportunity Awards. Special Opportunity Awards are intended to support new and innovative projects that have clear visibility and long-lasting impact to the City of Alexandria. More information….


October 2008

City Announces New Fees for Youth Sport Participants (released October 31, 2008)
Effective January 1, 2009, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will be increasing fees as planned in Fee Resolution No. 2276, adopted by City Council on May 13, 2008. More information….

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Announces 2008 Alex Awards Recipients (released October 17, 2008)
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce the 2008 recipients of the Alex Awards: Frank Shutts, Nina Tisara, Frank Regan and Gary Thomas. The honorees will receive their awards on Friday, October 24 at the “Taste for Giving” event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. The Alex Awards, created by the Arts Committee of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce in 1985, honors individuals who have significantly contributed to the arts in the City of Alexandria. The honorees will receive an original work of art by Ruth Gowell or Susan Makara, as well as a brass star designed by David Martin of Goldworks. More information.... 

Alexandria Beautification Commission Announces 2008 Beautification Award Winners (released October 15, 2008) 
The Alexandria Beautification Commission announced the 2008 Alexandria Beautification Award winners in a ceremony held on October 6 at the Alexandria Lyceum. Mayor William D. Euille and the Commission presented 55 awards, including 48 residential awards, four commercial awards, and three public awards. A list of award winners and photographs of the award-winning projects are available online at alexandriava.gov/recreationMore information.... 

Public Hearing on Proposed Renovation of Patrick Henry Recreation Center on Thursday, October 16 (released October 10, 2008)
The City of Alexandria’s Park and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 16, to discuss plans and ideas for the proposed renovation of the Patrick Henry Recreation Center. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4643 Taney Ave. A regular meeting of the Park and Recreation Commission will follow the public hearing. More information …. 

2nd Annual Paws in the Park (releases October 10, 2008)
The Old Town North Community Partnership and the City of Alexandria will host the Second Annual Paws in the Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Montgomery Park (Montgomery and N. Royal Streets) on Saturday, October 18. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and the Dog Run Improvement Project for Montgomery Park. The cost for entrance is $10 per family including pets. Paws in the Park is a fall festival with events and activities for dogs, their families and the community at-large. Activities include "Doga" classes (Yoga for Dogs), a Halloween Costume Parade, and a Blessing of the Animals.  For additional information, visit www.oldtownnorth.org, e-mail info@oldtownnorth.org or call the Old Town North Community Partnership at 703.836.8066.


September 2008 

City of Alexandria to Hold Annual Family Fall Festival (released September 30, 2008)
Come one, come all to Alexandria’s Family Fall Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Armistead L. Boothe Park, 520 Cameron Station Boulevard. Admission is free, and the festival will be held rain or shine. The festival features entertainment from the Beale Street Puppet Theater, a magic show by students from St. Stephens and St. Agnes School of Alexandria, and country and honky-tonk music by the Folsom Prisoners Band. Activities include scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, bouncy boxing, pony rides, moon bounce and hay rides. Food and beverages, such as hamburgers, hot dogs and kettle corn, will be available for purchase. More information….

City of Alexandria in Search of Holiday Tree
(released September 23, 2008)
During the holidays, the Market Square glistens with the sparkling majesty of a Holiday Tree, made possible only through a generous donation each year. The City of Alexandria is once again in search of a Colorado Blue Spruce, Leyland Cypress or other well-formed evergreen tree, approximately 25 to 35 feet tall, to serve as the City’s official 2008 Holiday Tree. The City will remove the tree from the donor’s property in mid-November and grind the stump at no cost. The tree will be decorated and displayed at Market Square (301 King Street) throughout the holiday season.  More information….

Commission for the Arts Grant Workshops Scheduled for Fiscal Year 2009-2010 (released September 19, 2008)
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce a new online grant application process for all Fiscal Year 2009-2010 applications. The Commission will conduct two grant workshops on Tuesday, September 23, and Wednesday, October 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Dr. Oswald D. Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St. The workshops will provide information about the Commission’s programs; highlight specific information about its annual grant program, which provides funding for various arts programs; and describe the new online grant application process. All interested applicants, and new and past grant recipients, are strongly encouraged to attend either grant workshop. More information….

City of Alexandria to Hold Multicultural Health and Community Day (released September 18, 2008)
The City of Alexandria will hold a Multicultural Health and Community Day on Saturday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave. The festival features free health screenings and family activities, and is free and open to public. More information….

Fall Tree Sale Scheduled for Saturday, October 4 (released September 18, 2008)
Great Trees — Great Prices — Great for Alexandria
Alexandria’s Urban Forestry Steering Committee (UFSC), the North Ridge Civic Association and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will host a City tree sale on Saturday, October 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Rd. The goal of the sale is to promote the preservation of the Alexandria’s tree canopy by encouraging the planting of trees on private property throughout the City. Alexandria Tree Stewards and Master Gardeners will be on site to answer questions about tree selection, planting and care. More information…. 

City of Alexandria to Hold Annual Scottish Heritage Fair on Sunday, October 5 (released September 18, 2008)
The City of Alexandria will celebrate its Scottish heritage at the Annual Scottish Heritage Fair on Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Rd. Admission is free and the fair will be held rain or shine. More information….

City of Alexandria Hosts Reel Politics: Second Annual Alexandria Film Festival (released September 17, 2008)
The Second Annual Alexandria Film Festival, Reel Politics, will offer four days of features, documentaries, and shorts covering the topic, “Politics in the USA.” It begins on Thursday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King St., and continues Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28 at the Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. This City event is sponsored by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. More information.... 

Community Meeting on Proposed Pocket Park in Del Ray (released September 16, 2008)
The public is invited to attend the second community meeting about a proposed pocket park in Del Ray on Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Residents will have the opportunity to review and discuss draft designs for the proposed pocket park, located at 1 and 7 East Del Ray Ave. The property was acquired in January 2008 as part of the City’s Pocket Park Program. More information….

City of Alexandria Holds Grand Opening of the Renovated Hunter-Miller Park Playground on Saturday, September 13
(released September 9, 2008)
The City of Alexandria invites the public to join Mayor William D. Euille and members of City Council to celebrate and dedicate the opening of the renovated Hunter-Miller Park Playground, located at 224 N. Fayette St., on Saturday, September 13 at 8:30 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine. More information.... 


August 2008

Park and Recreation Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Renovation of Patrick Henry Recreation Center (released August 21, 2008)
The Park and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, September 10, to discuss plans and ideas for the proposed renovation of the Patrick Henry Recreation Center. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4643 Taney Ave. A regular meeting of the Park and Recreation Commission will follow the public hearing. More information….

City of Alexandria Hosts Fifth Annual Doggie Day Swim (released August 20, 2008)
Treat your pooch to a summertime dip at the City of Alexandria’s Fifth Annual Doggie Day Swim on Tuesday, September 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron St. Admission is $5 per dog. Following the end of the summer pool season, this annual event provides dogs with the opportunity to swim and play games in one of the City’s pools. Treats and toys will be provided. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. More information….

City of Alexandria to Hold Annual Cambodian Community Day Festival (released August 15, 2008)
The City of Alexandria's Annual Cambodian Community Day Festival is scheduled for Sunday, August 24, 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. More information….

City Announces the Opening of the Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market (released August 6, 2008)
Wednesdays, August 13 through October 29 
The City of Alexandria and the Upper King Street Neighborhood Association proudly announce the opening of the 2008 Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market on Wednesday, August 13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The market will be located at the King Street Gardens Park (1806 King St.) just a few steps from the King Street Metro. It will be open rain or shine every Wednesday through October 29. More information....

Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Fall Program Guide Now Available
(released August 4, 2008)
Registration for Fall Classes Opens Monday, August 18 
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will release its Fall 2008 Program Guide this week. The program guide highlights City classes, programs, activities and special events occurring September through December. Registration for fall classes and activities begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 18. More information.... 


July 2008

City of Alexandria to Hold Annual Irish Festival on Saturday, August 2 (released July 25, 2008)
Slainte mhath! (Good health!) The music, food, and culture of Ireland will be featured as the City of Alexandria hosts its annual Irish Festival on Saturday, August 2, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1A Prince Street. Admission is free and the festival will be held rain or shine. More information....

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Seeks Nominations for 2008 Alex Awards (released July 25)
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts is seeking nominations for the 2008 Alex Awards. The program recognizes individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses that have made exceptional contributions to cultural life in the City of Alexandria. All nominations must be submitted to the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St., by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 19. More information…

City of Alexandria Offers Free Football Camp to City Resident Youth
(released July 23, 2008)
The City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities invites City youth to sharpen their gridiron skills at the Alexandria Titans Youth Football Camp. The free Football Camp will be held July 28 - July 31 at the George Washington Middle School (1005 Mt. Vernon Ave.) from 6 to 8 p.m. All City residents ages 6 to 18 (age as of October 1, 2008) are eligible to participate. The camp focuses on building and enforcing the proper techniques of passing, running, catching, blocking, and agility drills. On-site registration is available. More information…

City Announces Changes to Mowing Schedule of City’s Stream Valleys
(released July 22, 2008)
The City’s Park Maintenance Operations have initiated a 30-day mowing cycle for stream valley parks located in Alexandria. This action is part of the expenditure reductions that were approved by City Council as part of the Fiscal Year 2009 budget reductions for the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. In addition to the operational budget savings that this provides, the reduction in mowing will help reduce the amount of hydro carbon emissions during the mowing season and support Alexandria's Eco-City Initiative.  More information ....

July is National Parks and Recreation Month (released July 21, 2008)
On Tuesday, June 24, the Alexandria City Council issued a proclamation declaring July 2008 as National Park and Recreation Month. The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities celebrates with the National Recreation and Park Association by highlighting a variety of wonderful recreation programs that it offers during the month of July, for people of all ages in Alexandria. More information…. 

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Revisions to the Acquired Art Policy (released July 18, 2008)
On Tuesday, July 15, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts held a public hearing on the City of Alexandria’s Policy on Acquired Art. The purpose of the public hearing was to gather community input on proposed revisions to the City’s Policy on Acquired Art.  Persons who were unable to attend the public hearing can send written comments to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Attention: Cheryl Anne Colton, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314, or e-mail cherylanne.colton@alexandriava.gov. Written comments must be received by July 30, 2008. More information....

City of Alexandria Hosts Fifth Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival on July 18 - 19 at Ben Brenman Park
(released July 14, 2008)
Outside Summer Cinema Returns to Alexandria
The City of Alexandria will host the Fifth Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr. On July 18, Bee Movie will be the feature, and on July 19, Transformers will be shown. Both movies begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.  Proceeds from the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival will benefit the Hopkins House. Hopkins House is a local charity providing education programs and services to children, youths, and their families. More information….

Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Switches to Subscription Service for Program Guides (released July 14, 2008)
Sign Up by July 25 to Receive Fall 2008 Program Guide
As part of the City of Alexandria’s Eco-City Initiative, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will reduce the number of printed seasonal program guides and the City will no longer automatically mail the guides to all households. Only registrants who have participated in Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities classes and camp programs within the last three years will continue to receive the program guide automatically by mail. More information....

City of Alexandria to Host African Heritage Cultural Festival
(released July 7, 2008)
The music, culture, and food of Africa takes center state as the City of Alexandria hosts the African Heritage Cultural Festival on Saturday, July 26, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Market Square (301 King St). This free event, cosponsored by the City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and the African Heritage Cultural Festival Committee, will be held rain or shine. More information….

Community Meeting on Thursday, July 17 About Proposed Renovation of the Patrick Henry Recreation Center (released July 7, 2008)
The Park and Recreation Commission will hold a community meeting on Thursday, July 17 to discuss plans and ideas for the proposed renovation of the Patrick Henry Recreation Center. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4643 Taney Ave. The regular meeting of the Park and Recreation Commission will follow. More information…. 

City Council Authorizes Plan for Design Competition To Develop Public Art Honoring Charles Houston
(released July 1, 2008)
Art Will Be Displayed in Plaza of the Renovated Charles Houston Recreation Center 
On Tuesday, June 24, the Alexandria City Council received a status report on the proposed public art honoring civil rights attorney Charles Houston, and authorized a plan to hold a design competition to select public art honoring Houston in the plaza of the renovated Charles Houston Recreation Center. The center is scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2009. The City Council authorized the City Manager to appoint a selection panel to oversee the design process for the public art. They also authorized Mayor William D. Euille to appoint a Charles Houston Art Project Stakeholder Advisory Group to work with City staff and the selection panel in choosing the finalist for the design competition. The Commission for the Arts will proceed with a plan to raise the $300,000 needed to pay for all aspects of the design competition and the public art chosen from the competition. More information…. 


June 2008

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Holds Public Hearing on Acquired Art Policy (released June 27, 2008)
Community members are invited to attend a public hearing on the City of Alexandria’s  Policy on Acquired Art on Tuesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center (1605 Cameron St.). The purpose of the public hearing is to gather community input on proposed revisions to the City’s Policy on Acquired Art. More information….

City of Alexandria to Hold Annual USA & City Birthday Celebration on July 12 (released June 25, 2008)
The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 259th and the USA’s 232nd birthday on Saturday, July 12, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., located at the Potomac River between Fairfax, Pendleton, and Madison Streets. More information….

Deadline Extended For Second Annual Film Festival Entries - Film Entries Highlighting “Politics in the USA” Due by July 30 (released June 18, 2008)
The City of Alexandria’s Commission for the Arts has extended the deadline for entries to its Second Annual Film Festival to the close of business on Wednesday, July 30. The City will host the film festival from September 25 through September 28 at the Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. More information….

Community Meeting on Proposed Pocket Park at 1 and 7 East Del Ray Avenue, Thursday, June 26 (released June 18, 2008)
The public is invited to attend a community meeting to discuss the park planning and design process for the property at 1 and 7 East Del Ray Avenue. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue. The property was acquired in January 2008 as part of the City’s Pocket Park Program. More information….

City of Alexandria Announces 2008 Summer Concert Schedule
(released June 13, 2008)
The City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is sponsoring the following concerts during the months of June, July and August 2008. All of the performances are free and may be canceled due to inclement weather. More information....

Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission Schedules Public Hearing on Pocket Park at 48 South Early Street (released June 9, 2008)
The public is invited to attend a public hearing to review and discuss the park plan for the property at 48 S. Early St. The public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m., at the Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd. The property, which is part of the City’s Pocket Park Program, was acquired in April 2007. More information….

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Announces “Call to Artists” for the Creation of the 2008 Alex Awards
- Deadline Extended to Monday, June 16 (released June 6, 2008)
The City of Alexandria’s Commission for the Arts has extended the deadline for the “Call to Artists” for the creation of the 2008 Alex Awards to the close of business on Monday, June 16. Artists, who either work or live in the City, are asked to submit a proposal for up to five art pieces. Proposals must be submitted to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts’ office, located at the Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St.). The theme of the 2008 Alex Awards is “The Global Arts in Alexandria,” and the artwork created for the award should evoke this theme. More information….

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Changes Meeting Time for its June 2008 Regular Meeting (released June 5, 2008)
The City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, June 17 at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. The Commission will convene in Executive Session pursuant to Va. Code 2.2-3711 (A) (1) to discuss personnel matters prior to the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. The regular meeting will convene immediately following the Executive Session. The Alexandria Commission for the Arts’ mission is to lead and advocate for cultural development within the City and surrounding region. More information....

City of Alexandria Holds Eighth Annual Arlandria-Chirilagua Festival (released June 4, 2008)
The City’s Annual Arlandria-Chirilagua Festival is scheduled for Sunday, June 8, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Village Shopping Center, in the 3700 to 3800 blocks of Mt. Vernon Avenue. Admission is free, and the festival will be held rain or shine. More information....

The City of Alexandria Holds Sixteenth Annual Armenian Festival
(released June 3, 2008)
The City of Alexandria will host its Sixteenth Annual Armenian Festival on Saturday, June 7, from noon to 6 p.m., at Market Square, 301 King St. Admission is free and the festival will be held rain or shine. More information.... 


May 2008

Public Invited to Attend Community Meeting on Proposed Base for John Van Alstine's Sacandaga Totem at Fayette Street Plaza (released May 30, 2008)
The public is invited to a community meeting to discuss the proposed base for the Sacandaga Totem sculpture at the Fayette Street Plaza, located at the intersection of King and Fayette Streets. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. on site at 1200A King St. The Sacandaga Totem was created by John Van Alstine and donated to the City by the Alexandria Sculpture Festival. More information.... 

City of Alexandria Holds Community Meeting On Pocket Park at 48 South Early Street (released May 23, 2008)
The public is invited to attend a community meeting to review and discuss a draft park plan for the property at 48 South Early St. The meeting, scheduled for Thursday, May 29 at 7 p.m., will be held at the property, which was acquired in April 2007 as part of the City’s Pocket Park Program. More information.... 

City Announces Summer Program Registration for the Charles Houston Recreation Center Community (released May 23, 2008)
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will hold summer programs and activities for the Charles Houston Recreation Center community at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Recreation Center, 1605 Cameron St., for youth ages 6 to12.  Programs for pre-teens and teens will be held at the George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave. Summer programs begin Monday, June 23 and continue through Friday, August 15. More information.... 

City of Alexandria to Host Second Annual Film Festival September 25-28 (released May 22, 2008)
The City of Alexandria will host its Second Annual Film Festival at the Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium (1108 Jefferson St.) from September 25 through September 28. This year’s Film Festival theme is “Politics in the USA,” and the Alexandria Commission for the Arts is seeking short films, features, and documentaries supporting the theme. More Information.... 

City of Alexandria Sponsors Free Basketball Clinics to City’s Youth (released May 7, 2008)
The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will sponsor a series of free basketball clinics with the coaches from T.C. Williams, Bishop Ireton, and St. Stephens & St. Agnes High Schools. More information.... 

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Schedules Public Hearing on Public Art to Honor Charles Houston (released May 7, 2008)
The public is invited to attend a public hearing to provide input and to develop criteria for art that will honor the memory and contributions of civil rights attorney Charles H. Houston at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, which is currently under construction. The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center (1605 Cameron St.). The Commission’s regular monthly meeting will follow the public hearing. More information....

Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission Reschedules May 2008 Regular Meeting (releases May 6, 2008)
The City of Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission will meet on Thursday, May 22 at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Mt. Vernon Ave., at 7:30 p.m. More information.... 

Alexandria Beautification Commission Seeks Nominations For 2008 Alexandria Beautification Awards (released May 2, 2008)
The City of Alexandria’s Beautification Commission is accepting nominations for the 2008 Alexandria Beautification Awards. The awards program recognizes City residents, organizations, and businesses for their efforts in contributing to the beautification of City neighborhoods and public vistas with landscaping and aesthetic design. Nominations must be received by Friday, May 16. More information... 

City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts Announces “Call to Artists” for the Creation of the 2008 Alex Awards (released May 2, 2008)
The City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts announces a “Call to Artists” for the creation of the 2008 Alex Awards. Artists, who either work or live in the City, are asked to submit a proposal for up to five art pieces. All proposals must be submitted to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts’ office (1108 Jefferson St.) by the close of business on Wednesday, June 6. The theme of the 2008 Alex Awards is “The Global Arts in Alexandria,” and the artwork created for the award should evoke this theme. Artist(s) will be compensated $500 for each work chosen. More information.... 


April 2008

City of Alexandria Announces 2008 “Lunch Bunch” Concert Schedule (released April 17, 2008)
The City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and General Services is once again sponsoring the “Lunch Bunch” concerts at Market Square (301 King St.) in May. The concerts, which feature students from local and visiting schools, are free and open to the public. The Lunch Bunch concert performances are scheduled for the following dates: More information... 

City Announces Opening of the West End Farmers’ Market At Ben Brenman Park, Sunday, May 4 (released April 17, 2008)
The public is invited to the opening of the West End Farmers’ Market at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 4 at Ben Brenman Park, located at 4800 Brenman Park Drive. This farmers’ market, featuring home baked goods, breads and pastries, and locally grown produce, is one of a kind on the City’s west end. In addition to food items, opening day will also feature artwork from local artists. More information... 

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Hosts artCHAT on “Social Networking to Grow Arts Audiences” (released April 17, 2008)
The City’s Alexandria Commission for the Arts and the Alexandria Arts Forum invites the public to attend an artCHAT on Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at the ArtWhino Gallery (717 N. St. Asaph St.). The artCHAT will offer residents, artists, and arts organizations the opportunity to learn the "social networking" lingo, and how to use these resources to grow audiences. Admission to the artCHAT and the ArtWhino Gallery are free. More information... 

City of Alexandria to Host Community Meetings On Public Art to Honor Charles Houston (released April 16, 2008)
The public is invited to attend a series of community meetings to share ideas on the type of public art that will honor the memory and contributions of civil rights attorney Charles H. Houston at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, which is currently under construction. The meetings are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at the Durant Center (1605 Cameron St.) and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 at the Black History Museum (902 Wythe St.). More information... 

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Invites Public to Agenda Alexandria’s Panel Discussion on Public Art (released April 16, 2008)
The City’s Alexandria Commission for the Arts invites the public to attend Agenda Alexandria’s “Public Art: What is it? How Much Do We Want? Who Pays for It?” on Monday, April 28, at the Holiday Inn Eisenhower Metro Station (2460 Eisenhower Ave.). The program begins with a reception and buffet at 6:30 p.m., and a panel discussion beginning at 7:15 p.m. The cost of admission for the reception and buffet is $20 for Agenda Alexandria members and $25 for non-members or members without reservations. Individuals can attend the panel discussion only for $5. More information...

Nominations of Alexandria Artists and Art Organizations Encouraged for the “Governor’s Awards For The Arts” (released April 16, 2008)
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts encourages the public to nominate Alexandria artists and art organizations for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts 2008. The awards recognize outstanding lifetime achievement by Virginia artists, art organizations and individuals who support and encourage the arts. Governor Timothy M. Kaine will present the awards at a ceremony in September. The awards are administered by the Virginians for the Arts Foundation, which is chaired by Jeannie Baliles, former First Lady of Virginia. More information... 

City of Alexandria Observes Days of Remembrance for Victims of Holocaust (released April 14, 2008)
The City of Alexandria will observe the Days of Remembrance, Yom HaShoah, for the victims of the Holocaust at noon on Tuesday, April 29, in Market Square, 301 King St. The Alexandria City Council hosts the annual ceremony as part of the weeklong commemoration of the national Days of Remembrance, Sunday, April 27, through Sunday, May 4. This is the 21st consecutive year that the City has held the Days of Remembrance ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Vola Lawson Lobby on the first floor of City Hall, 301 King St.(Cameron St.side of the building). More information... 

City of Alexandria Cosponsors Performance of “The Great Zucchini” For Children Ages 2 to 6 (released April 9, 2008)
The City of Alexandria invites the public to attend a benefit performance of The Great Zucchini, recently rated as one of Washington's top children's entertainers, on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. The Great Zucchini’s 40-minute show exemplifies “the wonder of magic and silliness of comedy that keeps children on the edge of their seats.” Proceeds from the performance will help raise funds for a planned soft playroom in Alexandria. More information... 


March 2008

City of Alexandria Receives Tree City USA Designation (released March 31, 2008)
The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Alexandria a 2007 Tree City USA community in honor of the City’s commitment to community forestry. It is the 25th year the City has received this national recognition. The Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service, sponsors the Tree City USA program. Alexandria is one of 50 named Tree City USA Communities within the Commonwealth of Virginia. More information... 

Alexandria’s Urban Forestry Steering Committee Holds Third Annual Alexandria Earth Day Tree Sale on Saturday, April 26 (released March 28, 2008)
Alexandria’s Urban Forestry Steering Committee (UFSC) and Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will host a City tree sale on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr. The sale will held in conjunction with the Alexandria Earth Day celebration. Tree stewards will be available at the sale to consult on tree choice and care. More information... 

City of Alexandria to Host 15th Annual Alexandria Earth Day on Saturday, April 26 (released March 26, 2008)
The City of Alexandria will host the 15th Annual Alexandria Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration at Ben Brenman Park (4800 Brenman Park Dr.) on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s theme "What's YOUR footprint?” will focus on everyday activities residents can do to reduce their environmental footprint, and will educate residents about how they can make a difference, both locally and globally. This year, the Alexandria Earth Day Committee has committed to making this a zero-waste and carbon neutral event. More information... 

City of Alexandria Hosts 30th Annual Cheerleading Competition On Saturday, April 19 (released March 25, 2008)
The City of Alexandria will host the 30th Annual Cheerleading Competition, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The competition features preteen and teen cheerleading squads from the Charles Barrett, Charles Houston, Cora Kelly, Mount Vernon, Nannie J. Lee, Patrick Henry and William Ramsay Recreation Centers. More information...

Public Invited to Attend Community Meeting for Planning the Pocket Park at 48 South Early Street (released March 20, 2008)
The public is invited to attend a community meeting to discuss the park planning and design process for the property at 48 South Early St. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St. The property was acquired in April 2007 as part of the City’s Pocket Park Program. More information... 

City of Alexandria Cosponsors Fundraising Events for Planned Soft Playroom at the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center (released March 19, 2008)
The City of Alexandria invites the public to attend two fundraising events designed to raise funds for a planned soft playroom for children ages 0 to 5 years old. More information... 

Awards Ceremony for the Alexandria Recreation Games on Saturday, March 15 (released March 10, 2008)
The public is invited to attend an awards ceremony for the Alexandria Recreation Games for Healthy Living on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. Admission is free, and healthy refreshments will be provided. More information... 

City of Alexandria to Hold Ninth Annual Dance for All Ages (released March 7, 2008)
The City of Alexandria invites the community to attend the ninth Annual Dance for All Ages on Saturday, March 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. Admission and parking are free. More information...

Public Invited to Attend Adopt-a-Park Open House (released March 7, 2008)
The City of Alexandria invites the public to attend an open house to recruit volunteer groups for the Adopt-a-Park Litter Control Program on Tuesday, March 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. More information... 

Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria March 8 - 14 (released March 7, 2008)
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Alexandria Students Experience Virginia General Assembly First-Hand (released March 4, 2008)
Eight Alexandria students visited the Virginia General Assembly and met with their state representatives during 4-H State Capitol Day on Thursday, February 7. The students, Brian Anderson, Jamilla Banks, Lorrussia Brocket, Marcus Brown, Ronnell Cooper, Tiroune Oates, Isaiah Redfearn-Riley and Ebony Roberts, represented the City because of their outstanding participation in 4-H programs in 2007. The event, sponsored by Virginia 4-H, provides an opportunity for 4-Hers across the Commonwealth to learn how the legislative branch of government works and to express appreciation to their state legislators for their support of 4-H youth development activities. More information...

Public Invited to Attend Community Meeting on Proposed Park At Potomac Yard (released March 4, 2008)
The City of Alexandria invites residents to attend a community meeting to discuss the future of a proposed park at Potomac Yard on Monday, March 17 at the Mount Vernon Elementary School auditorium (2601 Commonwealth Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. More information... 


February 2008 

City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities To Accept Credit Card Payments for Classes and Camps (released February 27, 2008)
The City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will pilot the use of Visa and Mastercard credit card payments for Web registration of classes and camps. Effective March 1, patrons with a current household ID may make credit card payments for classes offered during the winter session. Individuals wishing to register for spring and summer classes and camps may also make credit card payments when registration opens for the spring session at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 17. A household ID is required for individuals to register for recreation classes and camps; those without a current household ID may request one by calling Chinquapin Park Recreation Center Program Office at 703.519.2160. More information... 

City of Alexandria and the Ballyshaners Host 27th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 1 (released February 25, 2008)
The City of Alexandria and Ballyshaners will host the 27th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday, March 1, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in celebration of Irish-American heritage. The parade begins at King and West Streets and follows a route down King Street, past the reviewing stand at North Royal Street, and ends at the corner of King and Fairfax Streets. The parade is expected to conclude by 2:30 p.m. The Grand Marshal for the 2008 Parade will be His Excellency, Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, MD. More information...

Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria February 23 - 29 (released February 22, 2008) 
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City of Alexandria Schedules March 12 Open House On the 2008 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program (released February 21, 2008)
The public is invited to attend an open house to consider proposed options and to comment on the City's 2008 Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) Suppression Program on Wednesday, March 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Charles Barrett Recreation Center, 1115 Martha Custis Dr. More information... 

Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria February 16 - 22 (released February 14, 2008)
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Alexandria Celebrates George Washington's 276th Birthday with Weekend of Parade and Events, February 16-18 (released February 11, 2008)
Old Town Alexandria is where George Washington attended church, conducted trade and entertained guests. To honor the Alexandrian who was, as described by Henry Lee, “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen,” the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee and the City of Alexandria will be hosting more than a dozen events in the month of February. Four major events will take place February 16-18. More information... 

City’s Park and Recreation Commission Schedules February 21 Public Hearing for Proposed Replacement Athletic Fields and Landbay-K at Potomac Yard (released February 8, 2008)
The Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, at the Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Ave., to discuss the replacement of the athletic fields associated with the Potomac Yard development and Potomac Yard Landbay-K. More information... 

City of Alexandria Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center Offers Spring Break Nature Camp for Youth Ages 7-10 (released February 7, 2008)
The City of Alexandria’s Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, located at 5750 Sanger Ave., will offer a weeklong nature day camp for youth ages 7 to 10. The camp is scheduled from March 17-21, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Campers will participate in fun, nature-based learning activities, including woodland hikes, live animal exhibitions, journaling, story time, and nature games and crafts. Campers may be dropped off at 8:30 a.m. The camp fee is $275 for City residents ($300 for nonresidents) for the entire week. Registration is ongoing, and advance registration is required for all campers. For additional information or to register, call the Naturalist staff at 703.838.4829. More information...

City of Alexandria Acquires Second Property for Pocket Park Program (released February 6, 2008)
The City of Alexandria has entered into an agreement to purchase the property at 1& 7 East Del Ray Avenue, the second parcel the City has acquired for its Pocket Park Program since it was approved by City Council in March 2005. The purchase, approved by Council in January, received final approval yesterday by the City’s Planning Commission, as required by the City Code. More information... 


January 2008 

City Council Receives the Lord Cultural Resources Final Report on the Arts (released January 25, 2008)
On Tuesday, January 22, the Alexandria City Council received the Lord Cultural Resources' final report, which assesses the structure of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and provides recommendations and a vision for the arts in Alexandria. The report is scheduled for comment at the regular public hearing of City Council on Saturday, February 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall, 301 King St. More information... 

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Announces Results of National Study: Arts & Economic Prosperity III (released January 23, 2008)
In celebration of Virginia Arts Advocacy Day today, the City of Alexandria’s Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce the results of the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States. Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit arts organization based in New York City, conducted the study, Arts & Economic Prosperity III. The study report documents the impact of the cultural industry in 156 communities across the country.

Alexandria City Council Approves Van Alstine Sculpture Donation (released January 23, 2008)
Yesterday, the Alexandria City Council approved the Alexandria Sculpture Festival donation by John Van Alstine. The sculpture, “Sacandaga Totem,” is a rough cut, granite obelisk with four heavy steel fins bolted at the base and welded to a steel plate. The sculpture measures 113 inches high x 66 inches wide x 43 inches deep, and weighs 5,000 pounds. Van Alstine, who lives in New York, has exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, and Japan. The sculpture will be displayed in the plaza at the southwest corner of South Fayette and King Streets.

City’s Arts Commission Schedules Special Meeting to Receive Comments From the Public Exhibition of the Alexandria Sculpture Festival Gift Monday, January 21 (released January 18, 2008)
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts has scheduled a special meeting on Monday, January 21, 7:30 p.m., at the Durant Center, located at 1605 Cameron St. The purpose of the meeting is to receive comments from the public exhibition of the Alexandria Sculpture Festival’s gift of the John Van Alstine sculpture, “Sacandaga Totem,” and to formalize a recommendation to City Council for presentation on Tuesday, January 22.

City of Alexandria to Hold an Exhibition to Receive Public Comment on Van Alstine Sculpture Donation (released January 11, 2008)
The public is invited to provide comment on the proposed Alexandria Sculpture Festival donation by John Van Alstine. Comments can be made from January 7 through January 20, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Recreation Center Gallery, 1605 Cameron St. The display consists of a photograph of the sculpture and a copy of the artist’s resume. To view the sculpture on-line, visit johnvanalstine.com/docs/garden/grounds_01/lg_img_gar_sacTotm.htm. For additional information on John Van Alstine, visit johnvanalstine.com/docs/book/bookessay.html.

City of Alexandria to Hold an Exhibition to Receive Public Comment On Van Alstine Sculpture Donation (released January 7, 2008)
The City invites the public to provide comment on the proposed Alexandria Sculpture Festival donation by John Van Alstine. Comments can be made from January 7 through January 20, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Recreation Center Gallery, 1605 Cameron St. The display consists of a photograph of the sculpture and a copy of the artist’s resume.

City of Alexandria to Sponsor Recreation Games for Healthy Living, Promoting a Healthier Alexandria for all Ages (released January 4, 2008)
The public is invited to attend the kick-off event promoting “The Alexandria Recreation Games for Healthy Living” on Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center, 3210 King St. The event is free, and healthy snacks and beverages will be provided.

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