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Alexandria Bulletin Dec. 5-12

Chipotle, (chi-POAT-lay), will open another location in Alexandria. On Friday, Dec. 7, at 4531 Duke St. in the Foxchase Shopping Center.

As a pre-opening celebratory event, Chipotle will hold a fundraiser for Bishop Ireton High School on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. A $5 donation at the door will be rewarded with a big, gourmet burrito, bowl, order of tacos or a salad and a drink. All proceeds will go to support student activities.

Cameron Street on a snowy night is the cover for The Alexandria Calendar which is produced by Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA), a nonprofit organization serving the needs of older Alexandrians. The calendar is being sold for $12 at the City’s Farmers’ Market at Market Square in front of City Hall at 300 King St. A raffle will be held each Saturday at Farmers’ Market through Dec. 22 for an original pen-an-ink drawing from the calendar. Calendars may also be purchased at SSA offices at 700 Princess Street on the mezzanine level of the Wachovia Bank Building.

Information about purchasing The Alexandria Calendar can be obtained by calling SSA offices at 703-836-4414, ext. 10, or by calling the Calendar Coordinator, Judy Drewry at 703-370-1948.

Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington is inviting the entire community to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public Menorah kindling ceremony. The grand Chanukah celebration will take place on Sunday, December 9, at 5 p.m. at 1200 King Street (corner Fayette Street) in Old Town Alexandria. Police Chief David Baker and Delegate David Englin will be honored with lighting the six foot Menorah.

Following the kindling hot potato pancakes and jelly Doughnuts, the traditional foods of Chanukah, will be distributed free to everyone. "We want people to 'taste' the tradition," said Rabbi Mordechai Newman. The program will also feature free Chanukah raffle, Chanukah gifts and treats, live music and more.

The League of Women Voters of Alexandria is having their annual Legislative Reception on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 3-5 p.m. at the Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St. This is an opportunity to discuss with your legislators your interest in what's happening as the General Assembly convenes in Richmond this January. Refreshments will be provided.

The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will hold its Annual Holiday Concert Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria. Seasonal music and sing-a-long selections, followed by a candyreception. Buy tickets at www.alexsym.org or by calling 703-548-0885. Tickets $25.

The League of Women Voters of Alexandria invites your attendance at their annual Legislative Reception at the Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St. Sunday, Dec. 9, 3-5 p.m. This is an opportunity to discuss with your legislators your interest in what's happening as the General Assembly convenes in Richmond this January. Refreshments will be provided.

The Old Town Business and Professional Association will hold its annual Tree Lighting, at King Street Gardens Park, 1806 King Street on Sunday, Dec. 9 at dusk.

The Christmas Attic in Old Town Alexandria is hosting a special event for the entire family. Meet the person who makes the nutcrackers and have her sign a nutcracker. Karla Steinbach will be available just in time for Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Karla will be available to meet collectors and autograph their favorite Steinbach nutcrackers, smoking figures and ornaments. This year’s special designs include a new 12 days of Christmas Santa and Winkie the guard from the Wizard of Oz.

The event is free and will be held at The Christmas Attic at 125 South Union Street in Old Town Alexandria.

The Alexandria City School Board will hold a work session to discuss several options for the Jefferson-Houston School for Arts and Academics facility on Thursday, Dec. 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at 2000 N. Beauregard St.

Hundreds of socially isolated and lonely seniors in Fairfax County will receive gifts and companionship this holiday season thanks to "Be a Santa to a Senior." This program runs through Dec. 16. Giving trees are currently up in several locations including participating K-Mart, Kohls and Giant locations in Annandale, Fairfax and Alexandria. Other locations and the names of program partners can be found at www.beasantatosenior.com.

The Alexandria Jaycees will again sell Christmas trees this season, with proceeds to benefit the chapter’s projects. Each year, the Alexandria Jaycees sell top-quality trees to the community which helps to support the Holiday Shopping Tour for underprivileged kids. The Holiday Shopping Tour gives area kids a fun shopping day – funds provided and pizza party to follow – so they may purchase gifts for their families. This year’s event is Dec. 8 at Target of Potomac Yards.

This year’s lot will be open until all the trees are sold at 5001 Eisenhower Ave. in the Victory Center parking lot, and will run Monday-Friday, 6–8 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The tree lot features a nice variety of trees, including Canaan Firs, Douglas Firs, Fraser Firs, and Scotch Pines in heights from 4-10 feet with prices from $35-$70. There is also a selection of wreaths, garland, and tree stands. Visit www.alexjaycees.org or 703-866-7171.

Support the Alexandria Young Democrats and purchase a holiday poinsettia plant for $10. With your purchase, you will be helping us grow our organization, which means Alexandria will have more Democratic activisits, voters, campaign volunteers. Free delivery with purchase of 3 poinsettias or more, $5 charge for delivery of 1 or 2 poinsettias. To place your order, e-mail John Chapman at president@alexyoungdems.org or order and pay online at www.alexyoungdems.org.

The Alexandria Office on Women is currently recruiting volunteers for its fall training with the Speakers Bureau. The Office on Women's Speakers Bureau is a group of volunteers who present an educational program on domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and teen pregnancy prevention to Alexandria youth. The Speakers Bureau presents to 5th, 7th, and 9th graders throughout the school year. The expected volunteer commitment is four to six hours per month and volunteers must have the flexibility to present during the school day. The 10-hour required training will be held on Wednesday, November 28 & Thursday, November 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Training in the classroom will be scheduled after volunteers attend the two training dates. For more information on this or other volunteer opportunities, please contact Kim Hurley at 703.838.5030 or send an e-mail to kim.hurley@alexandriava.gov

For the last 40 years seniors from Alexandria have been coming to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 100 W. Luray Ave. for a fun time on the third Thursday of each month. An optional informal worship service is held at 11a.m. and is followed by a meal and a program. Free, but reservations required. Call the church office at 703-548-8608 by the Tuesday preceding the luncheon to place your reservation.

Greenlight Toastmasters International meets every second and fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon Rec Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Visit greenlight.freetoasthost.info or 703-569-4810.