Recreation News for the month of December 2010

Page archived as of November 30, 2015

For Immediate Release: December 1, 2010

Recreation News for December 2010

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

For additional information, visit or call 703.746.4343.


December 4
Holiday on the Avenue
Parking lot at Nick Colasanto Art Center, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave.  at dusk
Sponsor: Delray Business Association
For information, call Pat Miller at 703.683.2570 or email

December 4
40th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk
Historic Old Town Alexandria at 10:30 am
Cosponsors: Campagna Center and the St. Andrew’s Society
For information, call June Geoffrey 703.549.0111, ext. 113 or visit

December 4
Parade of Lights
Washington Channel & the City of Alexandria Waterfront
For information, contact Jay Atkinson at 703.304.1523 or, or visit 

December 5
Toys for Tots
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. from 1 – 5 pm
Cosponsors: Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and the National Capital Area Square Dance Leaders Association and Washington Area Square Dance Cooperative Area.
For additional information, call the Events Hotline at 703.746.5592 or the Special Events office at 703.746.5418

December 11
Christmas in Camp Open House
Ft. Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. at 5 pm
Sponsor: City of Alexandria
For information, call Susan Cumbey at 703.838.4848 or email

December 11
Alexandria Holiday Cheerleading Invitational
T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St. at 11 am
Sponsor: Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities
For information, call 703.746.5407 or email

December 31
First Night Alexandria
Historic Old Town Alexandria from 6 pm-midnight
Sponsor: First Night Alexandria Board of Directors
For information, email or visit


Enjoy the music of the season in Alexandria as a break between shopping, on your way to dinner, or just to get in the spirit of the holidays. Holiday concerts are held outdoors and are cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Local performers volunteer their talent to entertain during this festive time. Music featured includes gospel groups, barbershop quartets and chorus, folk music, dramatic presentation, and good old fashioned caroling! Schedules are subject to change without notice. For additional information, call the Events Hotline at 703.746.5592 or the Special Events office at 703.746.5418.

The following concerts are scheduled at Market Square, 301 King St.

  • Sunday, December 5  
    • Shir Tze‘ir (Jewish a cappella) at 2 pm
    • The Alexandria Singers (Choral) at 3 pm
  • Saturday, December 11 
    • Bell’s Angels, St. John’s Lutheran Church Handbell Choir (Handbells) at 1 pm
    • Alexandria Harmonizers (Men’s Barbershop) at 2 pm
  • Sunday, December 12  
    • St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church Handbell Choir (Handbells) at 2 pm
    • Blue Book Value Ban (Swing Blues) at 3 pm


City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts Seeking Volunteers to Serve on Resource Panels
The Alexandria Commission for the Arts is seeking volunteers with experience and interest in dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts to serve on Resource Panels.  Responsibilities include reviewing and evaluating Fiscal Year 2012 grant applications for grantees seeking funding for various arts programs. For more information, visit, or call the Office of the Arts at 703.746.5588.
Sign up for Arts eNews! 
The Office of the Arts will soon have eNews. To receive periodic news and announcements on arts events, programs and services from the Office of the Arts, sign up for Arts eNews at


The City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities invites the public to attend a 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center, 3210 King St., on Saturday, December 4 from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Celebration activities include Class Demonstrations; Individual & Family Activities; History of Chinquapin; Awards Ceremony; and Official Welcome by the Honorable Mayor and Members of City Council. For additional information, please contact Lou Williams, Regional Program Director, at or 703.746.5434.


The Winter 2011 Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Program Guide will be available Monday, December 6 on line at, and printed copies will be received by subscribers the week of December 6. Copies are also available at City recreation centers, libraries and City Hall. Registration for Winter 2011 classes and activities opens at 9 am on Wednesday, December 15 for City residents and Friday, December 17 for nonresidents.


The Virginia Department of Transportation and Potomac Crossing Consultants, with participation by the Contractor, Lane Construction, and the National Park Service, will host a Jones Point Park Construction “Pardon Our Dust Meeting” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8 at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.  The purpose of the meeting will be to inform the community of to expect when construction begins, construction time frames, and to inform and answer questions regarding planned phased construction efforts. For additional information, visit

City of Alexandria Establishes Jones Point Park Reconstruction Update eNews Category
To receive information about the Jones Point Park Reconstruction Project, update your subscription or subscribe to eNews by visiting Subscribe to Jones Point Park Reconstruction Updates in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities notification group. For Additional information, visit, or call Jack Browand, Division Chief, at 703.746.5504 or


For additional information, call 703.746.5500.

Waterfront Committee Economic Development Subcommittee
Thursday, December 2 at 5 pm
Torpedo Factory Food Pavilion, 201 N. Union St.

Jones Point Park “Pardon Our Dust” Meeting
Wednesday, December 8 at 7 pm
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.

Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park & Museum Advisory Group
Thursday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 28 at 7 pm
Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. 

Youth Sports Advisory Board
Monday, December 13 at 7 pm
Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave.
For additional information, call 703.746.5407.

Alexandria Little League Board Meeting
Monday, December 13 at 7 pm
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
For additional information, call 703.746.5407.

George Washington Celebration Committee
Monday, December 13 at 7 pm
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. 

Alexandria Waterfront Committee
Tuesday, December 14 at 7:30 am
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.  

Commission for the Arts
Tuesday, December 14 at 7 pm
Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St.

Police Memorial Selection Panel
Tuesday, December 14 at 1 pm
Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.

Public Art Committee
Wednesday, December 15 at 7 pm
Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.

Park & Recreation Commission
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).