Bulletin Board Feb. 26-March 4

Bulletin Board Feb. 26-March 4

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The City of Alexandria’s free King Street Trolley shifted its operating schedule effective. The King Street Trolley will now operate seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (instead of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Trolleys will depart from the Potomac River waterfront and the King Street Metro Station every 20 minutes (instead of every 15 minutes). The Trolley will continue to operate free of charge, and passengers can hop on and off the trolley at any of the 20 designated trolley stops. For more information about the King Street Trolley Service, visit www.alexandriava.gov/trolley or contact Jim Maslanka, Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, at 703-838-3800.

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has begun an effort to get a State of Virginia special license plate to increase awareness of ovarian cancer. For more information or to obtain a special license plate application, contact Mary or Jon Halsall at 703-823-6543.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s local-access TV show, “Alexandria Animal Matters,” has a new airtime, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Alexandria Cable Channel #69.

The City of Alexandria is offering free tax preparation assistance to qualified residents during the 2009 tax season. Tax preparation sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays, beginning Feb. 7, and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 11, through April 15. The sessions will be held in the lobby of the Alexandria Department of Human Services, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave. Contact Suzanne Kratzok, coordinator of community resources, at 703-838-0762 (703-836-1493 TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the session residents wish to attend.

The Alexandria Community Services Board (CSB) has vacancies. The CSB has the responsibility for policy and budget direction, project development, and program oversight for mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services in the City of Alexandria. Meetings are held once a month on the second Thursday of the month. To apply, visit http://alexandriava.gov/boards/default.aspx.

The Alexandria Historical Society is calling for nominations for the 2009 Alexandria History Award, to be presented to a person or persons who have made noteworthy contributions to the preservation of the historic, cultural, and artistic heritage of Alexandria. Nominations should be mailed by March 9 to the Office of Historic Alexandria, 220 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information about the 2009 History Award, contact Douglas Thurman of Alexandria Historical Society at 703-548-7052.

Applications are now being accepted for the Alexandria Marketing Fund, a program administered by the Alexandria Marketing Committee. For more information or to apply, visit alexandriava.gov/marketingfund. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 16.

The City of Alexandria has begun mailing applications for the City’s Tax Relief Programs for the Elderly or Totally and Permanently Disabled. All previous participants and those who have requested applications will be receiving the materials. If at least 65 years of age as of Nov. 15, 2009, or are permanently and totally disabled, a resident may qualify. For more information or to obtain an application, visit www.alexandriava.gov/taxrelief or contact Taxpayer Services at taxrelief@alexandriava.gov or 703-838-4572.

Participate in the ALIVE! Online Auction through March 8. The ALIVE! Online Auction will be part of a series of events marking ALIVE!’s 40 year history. The ALIVE! Auction site will be open and accessible from the menu at http://ALIVE!-inc.org/-.

The SARA program is looking for compassionate listeners, both English speaking and bilingual, who would be comfortable talking to sexual assault survivors and their families. To register for the SARA training and/or receive more detailed volunteer information, visit www.alexwomen.com.

Yoga in Daily Life, 2401 Mount Vernon Ave., is holding a five-day program including talks, discussions and programs from March 13-17. Visit www.yogaindailylifeus.org or 703-299-8946 for the schedule and reservations.

Saturday/Feb. 28

Campaign Kickoff. The Dana Lawhorne for Sheriff Re-Election kickoff event will take place 2 - 4 p.m. at Atlantis Pizza, located at 3648 King St. in Bradlee Shopping Center.

Workshop. 10 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2501 Beacon Hill Road. William Kovatch, Jr. presents “When Elderly Parents Move In: What You Should Know From a Legal Perspective.” Free. 703-765-8255.

Sunday/March 1

Web Design for Children. 1 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Students age 8-14 can learn about how to design their own Web sites. $200/child for the 5-week course. Register by calling 703-548-0035.

Wednesday/March 11

Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 2723 King St. The Alexandria NAMI/FOCUS families meeting is for families of all those suffering with depression, bipolar or schizophrenia. Free. 571-451-0773.


The operating hours for the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center have changed. The center’s new operating hours will be Monday –Thursday 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. For information, visit alexandriava.gov/recreation or call 703-519-2160.

The fatherhood program “Fathers in Touch” is looking for volunteers. It is composed of a 12-week parenting course using the 24/7 Dad curriculum and three supervised visitation activities to promote strong relationships between fathers and their children. The program is free to all participants and will be held at Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., from Feb. 3 through April 28. For additional information on the Fathers in Touch Program, contact Erick King at eking@cyep.org or visit www.cyep.org.

Hopkins House (www.hopkinshouse.org) is a local charity that provides preschool services for children and offers family education workshops for parents. This time of year donations of facial tissue, diapers/pull-ups, wipes, batteries, construction paper, and crayons are needed. 703-539-4232 ext. 4086.

The City of Alexandria and Volunteer Alexandria have teamed up on a program called “Snow Buddies,” to provide snow removal assistance for low-income homeowners or occupants who are elderly or disabled. The City and Volunteer Alexandria will match eligible residents with volunteers who can shovel their snow. Residents are encouraged to apply for this program in advance to ensure that their sidewalks can be cleared in enough time to avoid City fines and/or snow removal charges. To apply 703-838-4800. To become a volunteer contact Kelly Sazama of Volunteer Alexandria at 703-836-2176.

The Alexandria Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) meets 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.

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.