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Neighborhoods: Seminary Valley

Living on a busy street like Pegram Street has its pluses and minuses ... sometimes it is a little hard to get out of the driveway, it is probably a little noisier than some streets on Seminary Valley's cul-de-sacs ... and nearly every day we see our friends from Fire Station 206 make their way down the hill, either responding to a call or out on a training run. The men and women at Firehouse 206 are responsible for calls reaching as far as the new BRAC facility (at least until the new station is built near Ramsay Elementary School) as well as incidents along 395 and in the West End in general. (They are also very patient with those of us who need a little non-emergency assistance, like solving shrieking smoke detectors.) Meet those brave and patient men and women in person this coming Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be tours of the facility as well as kid-friendly activities.

On the following weekend, take a walk in the opposite direction and check out the Book Sale at the Beatley Library. The event, set for Sunday, Oct. 21, begins at 10 a.m. The library is also holding Preview Days for members on the 19th and 20th. All proceeds benefit The Friends of the Alexandria Library.

Those of us preoccupied with college applications can harken back to toddler days when we were searching for just the right preschool. The Moms Club of Alexandria can help with some one-stop shopping at its Preschool Fair, set for Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the First Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 2932 King Street, just past T.C. Williams High School.

If you have a connection, the T.C. Williams High School (or Hammond or GW High Schools), the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria needs your help. The Fund's 18th Annual Telethon is set for Sunday, Oct. 28 from 4 to 9 p.m. You can help in two ways: join a class alumni fundraising challenge (there are other challenges as well, such as Realtors' and lawyers') or you can take an hour-long shift making and receiving phone calls. The event, which is broadcast on Comcast Channel 69, raised over $102,000 for T.C. Williams seniors who need additional financial resources to attend college. Go to www.alexscholarshipfund.org to volunteer or make a pledge.

— Mia Jones