Recreation News for the month of August 2010

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Recreation News for the month of August 2010

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

For additional information, visit or call 703.746.4343.


August 7
Friendship Firehouse Festival
Friendship Firehouse, 107 S. Alfred St. from 10 am - 2 pm
Sponsor: Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association
For more information, call Bill Kehoe at 703.751.6416 or email

August 14
Irish Festival
Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St. from noon - 7 pm
Sponsor:  The Ballyshaners, Inc.
For more information, call Pat Troy at 703.615.9453 or email

August 14
First Annual Youth Arts Festival
Jefferson-Houston Elementary School Park, 1501 Cameron St. from 10 am – 4 pm
Cosponsors: Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, Northern Virginia Urban League and the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.
For more information, visit 

August 21
(Rain date August 28)
One Love Community Festival
Braddock Park, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave. from noon - 8 pm
Sponsor:  Operation Hope
For more information, call Lenwood Harris at 202.285.1240 or email

August 22
Cambodian Day Festival 
Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr. from noon - 6 pm
Sponsor: Cambodian Community Day Committee
For more information, visit or call Somony Yann 703.957.9837.


Subscribers to the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will receive the Fall 2010 Recreation Program Guide in the mail by August 16 and the guide will be posted online Monday, August 9. 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 individuals who have subscribed will continue to receive the program guide by mail. Registration for fall 2010 classes begins on Wednesday, August 25 for City residents and Friday, August 27 for nonresidents. For additional information, visit or call 703.746.4343.


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. For a parking map and or information on public transit, call the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association at 703.838.4200.


Summer Camps continue through August. 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


The City's Neighborhood "Mini" Pools, John Ewald Pool, 4500 Duke St., and The Memorial Pool at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., will now be open on weekends through Monday, September 6, 2010. The Neighborhood Pools' operating hours are Monday - Friday from noon to 6 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, noon to 6 pm. In addition, Adult Only hours are available at the two neighborhood pools on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 703.746.5553.


Sunday, August 22 - West End Farmers’ Market Closed at Ben Brenman Park
The West End Farmers’ Market will be closed in preparation for the Annual Cambodian Community Day Festival. The West End Farmers’ Market will reopen Sunday, August 29 and continue Sundays through November 21. For more information, call 703.746.4343.

City of Alexandria Farmers’ Markets 
The City of Alexandria is host to a variety of farmers’ markets, including the Old Town Farmers’ market and Del Ray Farmers’ Market on Saturday; the West End Farmers’ Market and Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market on Sunday; and the Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market on Wednesday. Markets feature colorful displays of fresh, locally grown, in-season vegetables and fruits, gourmet coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, meat, bakery items and artisans. For more information, 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

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Jones Point Park, 65 acres in size, is and will remain owned, maintained and operated by the National Park Service as land of the US Department of Interior. The entire Jones Point Park will not be closed to public access during construction. The Royal Street Community Gardens, the Lee Street Community Gardens, the Mount Vernon Trail and the Community Recycling Center will have continuous public access. Public access to some portions of the park will be temporarily/intermittently closed while improvements are being made. For up to date information, visit


For additional information, call 703.746.5500.

Athletic Field Improvements at Ben Brenman Park
Tuesday, August 3 at 7 pm
Ben Brenman Park Soccer Field , 4800 Ben Brenman Park Dr.

George Washington Celebration Committee
Monday, August 16 at 7 pm
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.  

Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park & Museum Advisory Group 
Tuesday, August 24 at 7 pm
Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. 

Commission for the Arts 
No meeting scheduled

Park & Recreation Commission
No meeting scheduled 
Alexandria Waterfront Committee
No meeting scheduled  

Alexandria Beautification Commission
No meeting scheduled  

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


"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).