Recreation News for the month of July 2010

Page archived as of November 30, 2015

Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities programs and activities’ announcement for the month of July 2010:

Community & Special Events
Summer Concerts
 “Power-On” Out of School Time Programs
Nature Camps
Arts in Alexandria
Public Meetings
Dispatches from the Front 

For additional information, visit or call 703.746.4343.



July 10
234th Annual USA / 261st  Alexandria Birthday Celebration
Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St. from 4 - 10 pm
Rain Date for fireworks only July 11)
Sponsor:  City of Alexandria
For more information, visit

July 16 - 17
2010 Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
Waterfront Front, 1A Prince St. at dusk
Cosponsor: City of Alexandria and Comcast

Comcast and the City of Alexandria present the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival at Waterfront Park. Join us for two nights of FREE outdoor movies to benefit a local nonprofit agency. Movie goers can enjoy their favorite movie snacks like fresh popcorn and homemade lemonade. Movies start at dusk.

Friday, July 16 - Blind Side
Saturday, July 17 - Transformers Revenge of the Fallen

Movies may be cancelled due to inclement weather. For up to date information, call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592 or the Special Events Office at 703.746.5418.


Featuring a variety of musical entertainment, all concerts are free. Concerts are cancelled in the event of inclement weather and subject to change without notice. For up-to-date information, call the Special Events Hotline at703.746.5592 or visit

Visitors to the historic district are encouraged to take Metro rail Yellow or Blue lines to the King Street Station in Old Town and take the King Street Trolley; take DASH or Metro buses; or park in one of the convenient parking garages or lots. 


The Department offers diverse and fun filled summer camp programs for youth ages 3-17. Kids can fill their summer playing with robots, kicking a soccer ball, swimming and walking through nature just to name a few. Our highly trained staff looks forward to spending time with your children and teens this summer! For additional information and to submit a nomination, visit

For additional information, visit 

This summer the Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center is offering fun filled summer day camps for children ages 5 to 12. Advance registration is required. To register or to request additional information about this or other summer programs, please call the Naturalist staff at 703.746.5559.

Budding Naturalist Camp: July 19-21, from 1 pm – 3 pm
$85 City Residents / $110 Nonresidents
Designed for children entering kindergarten or first grade, participants explore the fascinating world of insects. Camp participants will be led through forest, field and stream in search of these elusive creatures. Advance registration is required.

Junior Naturalist Camp: July 26-30, from 9 am to noon
$95 City Residents / $120 Nonresidents
Designed for children entering second, third, or fourth grade, participants will explore the wilds of Dora Kelley Nature Park in search of Alexandria’s reptiles and amphibians.


Outdoor Pools Open Weekends
The Old Town Pool (1609 Cameron St.) and Warwick Pool (3301 Landover St.) will open on weekends beginning through Saturday, May 29, and will open daily beginning June 28. For additional information and a complete schedule of pool openings, visit 


Alexandria Film Festival Seeks Film Submissions through August 15
The Alexandria Film Festival is now accepting film entries from U.S. and international filmmakers. The fourth annual festival will be held Thursday, November 4 – Sunday, November 7 at various locations throughout the City. The Film Festival is partnering with Withoutabox, the film industry’s premiere online service platform. To submit your film online, please visit All entries submitted through Withoutabox will receive discounted entry fees. For more information or to obtain entry forms and submission guidelines, visit For questions, contact the Alexandria Commission for the Arts at 703.746.5588 or

Annual Picnic of the Arts Commission and Arts Forum
The annual picnic of the Arts Commission and Arts Forum will be held on Thursday July 15, 5:30pm, Ford Ward Park.  The potluck picnic will be followed by a performance by the Alexandria Harmonizers in the Fort Ward amphitheatre at 7:30 pm.  R.S.V.P. to 

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For additional information, call 703.746.5500.

Film Festival Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 8 & 22 at 7 pm
Durant Community Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.

Commission for the Arts 
Preconstruction Meeting for Sacandaga Totem sculpture
Monday, July 12 at 10:30 am
On site at corner of King Street and Fayette Street

Public Art Committee
Wednesday, July 14 at 6:30 pm
Durant Community Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.

Park & Recreation Commission
Thursday, July 15 at 7:30 pm
Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. 
George Washington Celebration Committee
Monday, July 19 at 7 pm
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.  

Commission for the Arts 
Tuesday, July 20 at 7 pm
Durant Community Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.

Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park & Museum Advisory Group
Tuesday, July 27 at 7 pm
Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. 

Center Advisory Boards
Neighborhood recreation center advisory boards meet monthly. Call your neighborhood center for meeting information. For a listing of neighborhood centers, visit

Alexandria Waterfront Committee
No meeting scheduled  

Alexandria Beautification Commission
No meeting scheduled  


"Dispatches from the Front" is the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Park Operations & Park Planning newsletter reporting on current issues, activities and updates on park projects. To view the current issue, visit

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City's Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.4343 (TTY 703.838.4902).