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Alexandria Bulletin Oct. 4-11

Beth El Brotherhood's Annual political brunch will feature candidates for Virginia’s House of Delegates and State Senate on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road, Candidates will speak for three minutes followed by comments and questions.

SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia will host its 5th annual Toast to Hope wine and cheese fundraiser on Wednesday, November 14th. The organization announced today that a number of sponsorships are still available for local businesses and individuals who would like to be a part of the highly anticipated event.

The event will be held at the Masonic National Memorial in Old Town Alexandria, and is sure to please guests with a special Treasure Hunt theme (set in the ambiance of the Memorial, the setting for much of the upcoming "National Treasure 2" film), including fine wine tastings, gourmet hors d‚oeuvres, a silent auction and presentation of the Cleary Award.

To become a sponsor of this well-attended event, please contact SCAN at 703-820-9001 or visit the SCAN website for more information: www.scanva.org

The City of Alexandria is in search of a Colorado Blue Spruce, Leyland Cypress or other well-formed evergreen tree approximately 25 to 35 feet tall to serve as the City’s official 2007 Holiday Tree. The tree will be decorated and displayed at Market Square throughout the 2007 holiday season. The City will remove the tree from the donor’s property in mid-November and grind the stump at no cost. Persons in the Washington metropolitan area who are interested in donating a tree should contact John Noelle, City Arborist, at 703-838-4999 or e-mail john.noelle@alexandriava.gov.

The Walk to Fight Breast Cancer is hosting its annual event on Saturday, Oct. 20. Volunteers are needed to assist in supporting promotional activities for the event this fall. Send an e-mail to andrea.bartlett@alexandriava.gov or call 703-838-5030 x112 for more information. The Walk to Fight Breast Cancer needs volunteers on the following dates/times:

* Wednesday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet at Lee Center, Exhibit Hall, 1108 Jefferson St. to help stuff Goody Bags for the participants. Coffee and bagels will be served in the morning and pizza, salad and soda for lunch.

<sum> Volunteer to assist the day of the Walk to Fight Breast Cancer, Oct. 20

Come dine and shine. Improve your public speaking/leadership skills with fun and fellowship. Old Town Toastmasters meets every second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Trattoria da Franco, 305 S. Washington St. Walk-in, call 703 566-4442 or e-mail heartvk@yahoo.com.

The Historic Alexandria Foundation in conjunction with the annual fall antique show, Nov. 15 to 17, is sponsoring a contest on entertaining in style called the Art of Dining.

The foundation is asking for photos and essays in three design categories. The goal is to share practical tips and inspirational ideals that highlight the art of dining.

The three categories are rustic, classic and modern and prizes will be awarded in all three categories

The rustic theme calls for the relaxed informality of country style, classic is characterized by a rich and traditional color scheme while modern calls for bright colors and unusual materials and textiles.

Participants should submit digital photos and short essays under 500 words describing their event to Mary Sterling, HAF Executive Director h.a.f.@erols.com by Oct. 15. Entries can also be mailed to HAF, Attention , The Art of Dining at P.O. Box 19252, Alexandria VA 22320. For more information call 703-549-5811.

Every Wednesday in October, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill at 3231 Duke St., Alexandria, will be donating 15 percent of the cost of a meal to the Alexandria Domestic Violence Intervention Project. For more information contact Susan Clay at susan.clay@alexandriava.gov or 703-838-4911.

Every Saturday, 7–9 a.m. there are bookmark distributions in Del Ray and Old Town to promote awareness about domestic violence. For more information contact Stephanie Romonchuk at Stephanie.romonchuk@alexandriava.gov or 703-838-4911.

Rebuilding Together Alexandria provides free home repairs to in-need homeowners. If you are a Veteran (or a care-taker or widow of a veteran), we want to help. We are able to do up to $10,000 worth of repairs to your home, free of charge. Repairs include ramps, grab bars, roofs, lever handles, etc. The Alexandria home must be owned by you or owned by your care-taker (if you physically reside there) or owned by your widow. To find out if qualified, call RTA at 703-836-1021.

Programs and activities at the Charles Houston Recreation Center have relocated effective Tuesday, Sept. 4, due to the renovation of the center. Most programs are being held at either the Oswald Durant Memorial Recreation Center or the George Washington Middle School. The "Krunch Bunch" Senior Program, the Alexandria Boxing Club, and the Network Preschool have been moved to other locations, as noted below. The following programs and activities at the Charles Houston Recreation Center are being temporarily relocated due to the renovation of the center.

* Programs being held at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Recreation Center, 1605 Cameron St.: Charles Houston Recreation Center Out of School Program for children ages five to twelve, Monday through Friday, until 6 p.m. To register for the Out of School Program, call 703-838-4814. Department of Mental Health’s Peer Advisory Program Counseling Center, Substance Abuse Prevention/Counseling, and The Untouchables. For additional information, call 703-838-5075.

* The following programs will be held at the George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave.: Charles Houston Recreation Center Middle School Program for children in grades 6-8, Monday through Friday, until 6 p.m. Charles Houston Recreation Center Teen Program, open gym for adults and drop-in activities, Monday through Friday, 6-11 p.m. For additional information regarding George Washington Middle School activities, call 703-838-4814.

<sum> Additional programs offered at the Charles Houston Community Center have been relocated as follows: "Krunch Bunch" Senior Program, Ladrey Building, 300 Wythe St. For additional information call 703-838-4832. The Alexandria Boxing Club, 2504 Oakville St. For additional information, call 703-838-4234. The Network Preschool will be located at other local Child/Family Network Center sites. For additional information, call 703-836-0214.

There will be a Riverwatcher training session on Oct. 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Indigo Landing Restaurant, 1 Marine Drive, Alexandria. The Riverwatcher training sessions are a crash course in how to spot and report pollution while you're out taking a stroll along the riverbanks or paddling the river itself. The sessions feature informative guest speakers and materials detailing how you can do your part to clean up our watershed. Water monitoring equipment will also be given out to interested Riverwatchers. To make a reservation, e-mail keeper@potomacriverkeeper.com or call 202-222-0707. Visit www.potomacriverkeeper.org.

Family, friends, and community members will honor the lives of Alexandria domestic violence victims who were senselessly murdered by displaying Silent Witness silhouettes at a candlelight vigil on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in Market Square, Old Town. They will also represent the thousands of city residents who are still being hurt by those they love, and are still in danger. Please join us at Market Square at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Stephanie Winters at Stephanie.winters@alexandriava.gov or 703-838-491.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. Men's Club of Agudas Achim Congregation will host a candidate forum and brunch. The following candidates will be participating in this community event: Delegate David Englin (D-45) and his Republican opponent Mark Allen; Delegate Adam Ebbin (D-49), Fairfax County Chairman Gerald Connolly (D) and his Republican opponent Gary Baise. Ebbin's opponent, James Ronald Fisher (I) has been invited. Cost is $5 per person. Agudas Achim Congregation is located at 2908 Valley Drive in Alexandria.

The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program is seeking individuals who are passionate about life and helping survivors of domestic violence find hope. Training begins Saturday, Oct. 27 with a Volunteer Retreat and Orientation. Additional sessions are held weekday evenings. Volunteers are required to complete 40 hours of training. Additional opportunities include providing court accompaniment, interpreting and working with children. E-mail the Volunteer Coordinator at Lacie.Hughes@alexandriava.gov or call at 703-838-4911 to begin the application process or to request more information.

Family, friends, and community members will honor the lives of Alexandria domestic violence victims who were senselessly murdered by displaying Silent Witness silhouettes at a candlelight vigil on Thursday, October 4, at 7 p.m. in Market Square, Old Town. They will also represent the thousands of city residents who are still being hurt by those they love, and are still in danger. Please join us at Market Square at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Stephanie Winters at Stephanie.winters@alexandriava.gov or 703-838-4911