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Alexandria Bulletin March 20-26

The Alexandria Commission on Aging, which advocates for the needs of Alexandria seniors, is seeking nominations for its Annual Excellence in Aging Awards. These awards honor individuals, regardless of age, who have demonstrated superior contributions in advancing issues and projects that favorably affect older Alexandrians. For more information or to obtain a nomination packet, call Debbie Ludington at the Department of Human Services Office of Aging and Adult Services at 703-838-0927.

The Alexandria Jaycees will honor one member each from the Alexandria Police Department, Fire Department, Public Schools Department, City Hall, and Sheriff's Office with an "Outstanding Public Service Award" on Monday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Free.

Christian Women in Action (CWIA) March breakfast meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 29 at the Holiday Inn at 2460 Eisenhower Ave. The speaker will be Rita Waldron, who will speak about “How She Experienced The Victory In Christ Through The Holy Spirit.” For information or reservations, contact Kathleen Murray at 703-451-5737 or Patti Davis at 703-971-3633. Reservations must be made by March 25.

Alexandria and Arlington’s Agencies on Aging have teamed up to provide information sessions on Medicare Parts A, B, and C and drug prescription coverage for individuals who are applying for Medicare for the first time. All information sessions are free, but space is limited. Individuals may pre-register by calling the Arlington Agency on Aging at 703-228-1700 or e-mailing arlaaa@arlingtonva.us. * Alexandria information sessions will be held on Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Minnie Howard School, 3801 W. Braddock Road.

Have an attic or basement full of treasures collecting dust? Put them to good use instead by donating them to MV Big Flea. The Big Flea benefits the Mount Vernon Community School PTA in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood. Here's how it works: You donate items to the school PTA. They sell them and keep the proceeds. You receive a tax-deductible contribution. Donations can be dropped off on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at 409 E. Alexandria Ave. If possible, send an email to joseph.lamountain@gmail.com and let Joe know that you are coming and what you plan to bring so we can plan accordingly. You may also contact Joseph LaMountain at 202-288-5124.

Dr. Ross Greene, author of “The Explosive Child” and founder of Think:Kids, will be the guest speaker at the Children Together conference to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 4, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road. Visit the Children Together Web site at www.children-together.org for more information and registration details, and visit www.thinkkids.org for information about Greene and his organization.

The City of Alexandria will host its 14th Annual Homeownership Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 5 at George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave. in Alexandria. The Fair will feature lenders, realtors and nonprofit organizations, as well as a range of seminars on the home buying process. Seminars will be offered in Spanish and English. Admission is free.

For additional information, call the Alexandria Office of Housing at 703-838-4622.

There is free income tax preparation on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Mondays from 2-8 p.m. through April 13 at NOVA’s Alexandria campus, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Bring proof of identification, Social Security Cards, all earning statements (W2, W-2G, 1099), interest/dividend bank statements, and a cancelled check or bank routing numbers for direct deposit of your income tax refund. Although walk-ins are welcome, appointments are encouraged—call 703-845-6222.

The Alexandria chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) meet at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St. Contact 703-684-6190 or visit www.naacpalexandria.org.