FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2008
Weekly Event Announcements for the City of Alexandria; December 6 - December 12, 2008
Friday, December 5 through Sunday, December 7 – Pet Photos With Santa
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria will host “Pet Photos with Santa” on December 5-7 at the Olde Towne School for Dogs, 529 Oronoco St. Both pets and people are welcome to pose with Santa. All proceeds benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and the animals of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. To schedule an appointment, call 703.836.7643.
Saturday, December 6 – City of Alexandria Hosts Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade
The City of Alexandria invites the public to attend the 38th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade 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.” For additional information on the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and Weekend, visit www.scottishchristmaswalk.com.
Saturday, December 6 – Ornament Decorating Workshop for Families
Be inspired by the colors and patterns of pottery excavated in Alexandria and make a memorable holiday keepsake at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union, #327. From 1 - 4 p.m., participants can decorate and take home dough ornaments which are shaped like artifacts from the museum’s own collection. This free event is great for families! For more information, call 703.838.4399 or visit www.alexandriaarchaeology.org.
Saturday, December 6 – Burke & Herbert Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Alexandria's harbor lights up as more than 50 brightly-lit sailing and powered leisure boats cruise along the Potomac River at the City's historic waterfront. Come enjoy the festivities from 4 – 7 p.m. at the City Marina, located at 0 Cameron St., including pictures with Santa for kids and canines. Pictures begin at 4 p.m., and the parade at 6 p.m. For additional information, or to participate in the parade, please call 703.838.4200, ext. 209.
Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 – HistoricAlexandriALIVE Returns!
The talented troupe of performers for HistoricAlexandriALIVE is coming back to the Alexandria waterfront for special holiday shows. These performances will take place at the new Historic Alexandria History Center & Museum Shop, 101 North Union Street. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Patrick Henry, one of Virginia’s early governors, visits Alexandria’s waterfront. Later that day, from 4 - 7 p.m., musician Stephen Christoff explores early American music, playing an octave mandolin, hand-flute, saw and other instruments. Signora Bella, the Italian equilibrist and 18th-century acrobat, will perform amazing feats including juggling swords and walking the slack rope, on Saturday, from 4 - 7 p.m. and on Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 703.706.5262 or visit oha.alexandriava.gov/oha-main/oha-historicAlexandriaLive.html.
Sunday, December 7 – Eleventh Annual Women, Art and Shopping Holiday Spectacular!
Join the Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women and the Commission for Women for the Women, Art and Shopping Holiday Spectacular, scheduled from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Next Realty Building, 1100 N. Fayette Street, nine blocks north from the intersection of King and N. Fayette Streets, at the end of Fayette. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served. Purchase art and crafts from emerging women artists (jewelry, cards, ceramics, quilting, glass, clothing, handbags, children's items, photography, pottery and more) just in time for the holidays. Fifteen percent of all proceeds benefit the Commission for Women and Alexandria Office on Women projects. For more information, please call 703.838.5030.
Sunday, December 7 – Holiday Open House at Alexandria Fire Station #201
The public is invited to a Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Alexandria Fire Station #201, located at 317 Prince Street. Food and drinks will be provided courtesy of the Green Stream Condominium Owners Association. Fantastic holiday photos are available with Santa and the Old Fire Engine Steamer for $10 each. Photo proceeds will go directly to support the Alexandria Firefighters Helping Hands Fund.
Sunday, December 7 – Thirty-Fourth Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Square Dance
Put on your dancing shoes and make plans to attend the 34th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Square Dance from 1 - 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). For additional information, call the City’s Special Events Hotline at 703.883.4686 or the Special Events Office at 703.838.4844.
Sunday, December 7 – Holiday Concert in Old Town Alexandria
Enjoy the music of the season in Old Town Alexandria at a holiday concert at Market Square, 301 King Street. At 2 p.m., Shir Tze’ir, a performer of Jewish a cappella music will perform, followed at 3 p.m. by the Family Choir of Beth El Hebrew Congregation, who will perform Hanukah favorites. For more information, call the City’s Special Events hotline at 703.883.4686 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.
Monday, December 8 – Landmark/Van Dorn Plan Community Open House
The Landmark/Van Dorn Advisory Group will be hosting an open house at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room adjacent to Lane Bryant at Landmark Mall. The purpose of the open house is to present the recommendations of the Draft Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan and to provide members of the public with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the plan with city staff. For more information, please contact Pat Mann at 703.838.4666, ext. 303.
Tuesday, December 9 – iMovie Mentors Film Festival
Come and discover Alexandria's hidden treasures at the Second Annual iMovie Mentors Film Festival, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Old Town Theater, 815 ½ King Street. The iMovie Mentors Program is in its second year of operation and serves sixth grade boys at George Washington Middle School. The film festival premieres short films and crime prevention public service announcements that have been created by the students and their mentors. For more information, please call Linda Odell at 803.838.4144.
Wednesday, December 10 – Potomac Yard Design Advisory Committee
The Potomac Yard Design Advisory Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Sister Cities Conference Room #1101 at City Hall, 301 King St. This meeting will provide an opportunity for the Potomac Yard Design Advisory Committee to review preliminary development plan approvals for compliance with the Potomac Yard Urban Design Guidelines. Members of the public are invited to comment following the Advisory Committee's discussion. For more information, please contact Matt North at 703.838.4666, ext. 326.
Thursday, December 11 – Opening Reception for Childhood Memories in Miniature: African American Dollhouses Exhibition
Meet the creators of the new exhibition at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., at this special reception from 6 - 8 p.m. Artists Sharon J. Frazier and Linwood M. Smith will be on hand as their miniature dollhouse work is showcased. Their exhibit features more than a dozen buildings and rooms in 1:12 scale, including buildings and rooms inspired by actual businesses in the Parker-Gray community, a historically African-American neighborhood in Alexandria. The reception is free and those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 703.838.4356. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Saturday, January 24, 2009. For more information, please visit www.alexblackhistory.org.
Thursday, December 11 – Apothecary Holiday Sale
Support local history and find the ideal gift while shopping at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum! Check out the great selection at the museum’s gift shop (105-107 S. Fairfax St.) and save 10% off all merchandise between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, please visit www.apothecarymuseum.org or call 703.838.3852.
Beginning Tuesday, December 2 – Alexandria Police Youth Camp Christmas Tree Sale
The Alexandria Police Youth Camp is soliciting volunteers to help sell Christmas Trees. Sales began Tuesday, December 2, and will continue while supplies last. Times are 4-8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Come get in the holiday spirit while contributing to a great cause. The tree lot is next to the train station on Callahan Drive across from the Masonic Memorial. For more information, please contact Lieutenant Jack Compton at 703.838.3830.
Open through Wednesday, December 31 – Drawings by William Lydston, Jr. Exhibition
This exhibition of Civil War artwork at Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site (4301 W. Braddock Rd.) has been extended through the end of the year. Civil War drawings by soldier, artist and musician William Lydston, Jr. are featured in this exhibit with musical instruments and related objects as part of the statewide celebration of Virginia’s musical heritage. Admission to the museum is free. The exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.fortward.org or call 703.838.4848.
Open through Saturday, February 28, 2009 – Jones Point Lighthouse Exhibition
A new exhibit at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, highlights the Jones Point Lighthouse and the Fresnel lenses that guided vessels into Alexandria along the Potomac. A scale model of the building and interpretative panels discuss the history of the lighthouse from its construction in 1856 to recent restoration efforts. Also on view are two original Fresnel lenses, one of which was actually used in the lighthouse itself. The Lyceum, located at 201 S. Washington St., is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m. Suggested admission is $2 and limited free parking is available. For more information, please visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.838.4994.
Saturday, December 13 – Stretch Your Family’s Dollars
The Old Town CDC hosts “How We Got Over - Stories and Strategies for Tough Economic Times.” Learn how to stretch your family’s dollar and make the most of limited resources. Hear innovative tips and ideas from Urban League presenters and experienced citizens who thrived during the Depression, recessions, and other challenging economic times. Forum will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 634 N. Patrick St. To reserve seats, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nataki MacMurray at 202.412.2692. For more information, please visit www.oldtowncdc.vpweb.com.
Saturday, December 13 – Annual Cheerleading Exhibition
The City’s Annual Cheerleading Exhibition will kick off at 11 a.m. 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. For information on the exhibition, and to purchase tickets, call the Recreation Services Division Office at 703.838.4345.
Saturday, December 13 – Kwanzaa Craft Workshop
Join community educator Brian Sales at the Alexandria Black History Museum (902 Wythe Street) in a fun interactive program that guides participants through the principles of this unique African American holiday. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., find out how to incorporate this celebration into your life and learn how to make inexpensive Kwanzaa gifts known as zawadi. All supplies will be provided at this free event. For more information, please visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.838.4356.
Saturday, December 13 – Christmas in Camp Open House
This holiday event at Ford Ward Museum (4301 West Braddock Road) interprets how Christmas was observed during the Civil War. From noon to 4 p.m., the program features living history interpreters, a Victorian Christmas tree, period music, refreshments, readings of “The Night Before Christmas”, a patriotic Santa Claus, and weather permitting, guided tours of the fort. There is no admission fee, but there is a suggested donation of $2 for adults, $1 for children. For more information, please visit www.fortward.org or call 703.838.4848.
Saturday, December 13 – Annual Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours
Take a break from the fast pace of the season and experience the unique charm and history at Old Town Alexandria’s most popular holiday event. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 North Royal Street), Carlyle House (121 North Fairfax Street,), Lee-Fendall House (614 Oronoco Street) and Old Presbyterian Meeting House (321 South Fairfax Street) by candlelight and enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and light refreshments. Tour times are from 5 - 9 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and older) and $5 for children (ages 6-17). To learn more or to purchase tickets, please visit www.historicalexandria.org or call 703.838.4242.