February 9-15, 2008
Saturday, February 9 – Public Education Forum
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria City Public Schools will jointly host a public forum on education from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Ferdinand Day Student Commons at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. The event is free and open to the public, and no RSVP is required. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, March 8.
Saturday, February 9 – “Black History Above and Below Ground” Walking Tour
Join City Archaeologist Dr. Pamela Cressey on a walking tour of little-known Civil War sites associated with Alexandria's rich African-American history. The tour begins at 10 a.m. at the Dutch Touch, 1800 Diagonal Road, across from the King Street Metro Station and ends around noon. The tour is free, but reservations are required. Please call Alexandria Archaeology at 703.838.4399 or e-mail email@example.com to make your reservation.
Saturday, February 9 – Alpha Kappa Alpha Program
Celebrate Black History Month with the sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., from 10 a.m. to noon. Attend a panel discussion on the history and current initiatives of the African-American sorority as they celebrate their centennial. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. For more information, please visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.838.4356.
Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10 – Railroad Days
The Potomac Division of the National Model Railroad Association returns to The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., with working HO gauge trains and a state-of-the-art digital command system. New this year is a hands-on Thomas the Tank Engine area for toddlers. Also climbing on board for Railroad Days are Whistle Stop Hobbies to discuss the fun of miniature trains and Operation Lifesaver, a national railroad safety program headquartered in Alexandria. The exhibit is open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.838.4994.
Monday, February 11 – Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Holds Open Meeting
The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria will hold an open meeting on Monday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center Library, 3801 W. Braddock Rd. The meeting agenda will include highlights from the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, The survey revealed significant new information about the use of tobacco, alcohol, inhalants and marijuana by Alexandria youth. For more information, please contact Cate Alexander Brennan at 703.837.0609 or e-mail Cbalexander3@comcast.net.
Monday, February 11 – Tavern Toddlers
Because it’s never too early for kids to appreciate history, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., developed this special program for toddlers (walkers through 36 months) and their caregivers. Tavern Toddlers features a weekly open playtime on the first Monday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., excluding Federal holidays. February’s theme is Life Then and Now, which celebrates George Washington’s birthday by exploring what daily life was like 200 years ago. The cost is $10 for a group of three. For more information, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.838.4242.
Monday, February 11 – George Washington’s Revolutionary War Letters Lecture
The public is invited to attend a special lecture at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., by leading George Washington historian, scholar and author Edward Lengel. Lengel will discuss “A Species of Public Property, Sacred in My Hands: George Washington’s Revolutionary War Letters,” and sign his new book The Glorious Struggle: George Washington’s Revolutionary War Letters. Tickets are $12 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.838.4242.
Tuesday, February 12 – Alexandria Restaurant and Retail Business Seminar
Alexandria restaurants and retail businesses are invited to a business seminar that will provide training to prepare for the anticipated increase in visitors from the opening of the National Harbor. The training will be conducted by Casey Willson, Retail Industry Manager of the Maryland Small Business Development Center, who will present strategies for small businesses to strengthen their operations and marketing. The seminar will be held from 8 to 9:45 a.m. at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. The training is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 703.739.3820.
Thursday, February 14 – “Love Stories: An Evening with Poet Kwame Alexander and Guitarist Titilayo"
Spend Valentine’s Day with author Kwame Alexander as he reads poems from his recent publication, “Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones” at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. The program will also feature musical performances by guitarist and singer Titilayo. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.838.4356.
Friday, February 15 – Deadline for Beat the Odds Scholarship Program
The Alexandria “Beat the Odds” Scholarship Program recognizes Alexandria youth, ages 13 to 21, who have achieved academic and other goals despite significant challenges or a history of involvement with the local court, mental health or social services systems. Nominations and applications for the awards are being accepted through Friday, February 15, and must be submitted in person or received in the mail by that date. Mail nominations/applications to the Alexandria Bar Association, 520 King Street, Room 202, Alexandria, VA 22314. Nomination forms are available at alexandriava.gov/humanrights.
Through Friday, March 7 – “Imaging Blackness” Exhibition
“Imaging Blackness, 1915-2002: Film Posters from the Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive” is now open at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. This new exhibition features dozens of movie posters from a variety of black films, including westerns, musicals and dramas. Vintage posters represent the marketing of black entertainers who contradicted or strengthened stereotypes as they created a successful place for African Americans in film. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. For more information please visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.838.4356.
Wednesday, February 27 – artCHAT at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
The Alexandria Commission for Arts invites the public to attend an artCHAT at 7 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory Art Center (105 N. Union St.). The artCHAT will offer residents the opportunity to further explore this groundbreaking survey. The discussion will feature Mary Margaret Schoenfeld, Community Development Manager with Americans for the Arts, and members of the Alexandria arts community. Admission to the artCHAT and the Torpedo Factory Art Center are free. For additional information call Cheryl Anne Colton, Cultural Arts Administrator, at 703.838.6348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 17 – 21 - Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center Spring Break Nature Camp for Youth Ages 7 to 10
The City’s Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, located at 5750 Sanger Ave., will offer a week-long nature day camp for youth (ages 7-10), from 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 and $300 for nonresidents for a full week of camp. Registration is ongoing. Advance registration is required. For additional information and to register, call the Naturalist staff at 703.838.4829.