February 13 – 15 - George Washington Birthday Celebration Events Cancelled
Due to the snow emergency over the past week, the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee cancelled all major outdoor events. The cancellations include the George Washington Birthday Parade and “George Washington Classic” 10-K Race. On February 15, the Friendship Fire Veterans’ Breakfast, originally scheduled for 9 a.m., and Lyceum’s “Meet the President,” originally scheduled for 11 a.m., have also been cancelled. Visit www.washingtonbirthday.net for more information.
Monday, February 15 – Museum Open Houses
Celebrate Presidents Day with free tours at these favorite museums! Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, and Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street, are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.historicalexandria.org.
Wednesday, February 17 – An Inspirational Evening for Youth in Alexandria
A panel of prominent African Americans from Alexandria will share personal stories with an audience of young people to show how they overcame challenges and found professional success. The audience will be permitted to ask questions, and following the formal program, the students and panelists will be able to mingle and enjoy pizza, desserts and door prizes donated by local restaurants and stores. This special Black History Month program is being held at Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Commission and the Alexandria Black History Museum. For more information about this free event, please contact the Human Rights Office at 703.746.3140.
Thursday, February 18 – Lillian Lincoln Lambert Book Signing
Author and businesswoman Lillian Lincoln Lambert will discuss and sign her new book, The Road to Someplace Better: From the Segregated South to Harvard Business School and Beyond, at the Alexandria Black History Museum (902 Wythe St.), from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Her book interweaves hard-won lessons and life-affirming principles that will inspire people to dream big, act bold and never be afraid to find their own path. For more information, please visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.746.4356.
Saturday, March 13 – Naomi Project Volunteer Training
The Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy invites volunteers who are interested in mentoring Alexandria pregnant teens and new moms to attend an upcoming training with the Naomi Project. The training is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Falls Church Presbyterian Church. The Naomi Project is a free, confidential, interfaith program that matches one volunteer with one pregnant or newly parenting woman in a mentoring friendship that extends through pregnancy and the baby's early development. If you have 4 hours a month and want to help make a difference in the life of a pregnant woman, then this opportunity is for you! To learn more or to register, contact Laura Greenspan at 703.860.2633 or visit www.naomiproject.org.
30th Annual Salute to Women Awards Banquet
The Alexandria Commission for Women seeks nominations for its 2010 Salute to Women Awards recognizing women leaders who have made outstanding contributions to women and girls living in Alexandria. The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, February 17 at 5 p.m. For more information or to make nominations, please visit www.alexwomen.com.
Nominations for Student Human Rights Awards
The Alexandria Human Rights Commission (AHRC) will award up to three Student Human Rights Awards to recognize high school juniors and seniors, and first-year community college students who have contributed significantly toward improving basic human rights and fairness for all in the City of Alexandria. Recognized students will receive a commemorative plaque and a monetary award. Submissions must be sent or delivered to the Director of the Alexandria Office of Human Rights, 421 King Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, by Friday, February 26. The Alexandria City Council created the AHRC in 1975 to advise the City Council on matters related to human rights affecting the City and to oversee the Office of Human Rights. For more information, please contact Jean Kelleher Niebauer, Alexandria Office of Human Rights, at 703.746.3140.
Open Through Saturday, March 13 – “Grass Roots” Exhibition
“Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art” is now open at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Explore the history of coiled basketry in Africa and America with this traveling exhibition from the Museum for African Art. “Grass Roots” traces the evolution of an ancient art while examining rice-growing societies which, through the trans-Atlantic slave trade, exported their cultures to America. See baskets from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia as well as from diverse regions of Africa. Suggested admission is $2. The Alexandria Black History Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.alexblackhistory.org or call 703.746.4356.
Open Through Saturday, May 31, 2010 – “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts”
A new exhibition at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., blends historical photographs, artifacts and reflections to tell the story of Girl Scouting in the Washington metropolitan area. “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts” features a collection of Girl Scout uniforms from the 1910s, 1930s and 1960s; Brownie items from as early as 1937; a display of cookie fundraising materials; extensive camping and hiking exhibits; and official Girl Scout gear including a canteen, collapsible cup, pocket knife, compass and more. Suggested admission is $2 and the exhibition is open through May 31, 2010. The Lyceum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.alexandriahistory.org or call 703.838.4994.