Column: Senior Services of Alexandria: ‘Getting Ready for Summer’

Column: Senior Services of Alexandria: ‘Getting Ready for Summer’

Summer is right around the corner! It is a time for fun and trying something new — perhaps being a tourist in your own town. Senior Services of Alexandria’s June 20 Speaker Series “Getting Ready for Summer” program can give you some ideas to get started. There will be a little something for everyone.

Visit Alexandria will share details about what’s happening around town including the celebration of Alexandria’s 269th birthday along the Potomac River at Oronoco Bay Park. There will be music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake, food vendors and a dazzling fireworks display. Come hear about the many neighborhoods events including outdoor movies and the Del Ray Music Festival, as well as art programs at the Torpedo Factory and lots of concerts around town.

For those who like to cook and are looking for some new summer recipe ideas, Madison Reeder from INOVA’s PACE program will give participants ideas about how to use local produce, and share samples of her delicious recipes. Madison’s healthy food demos at the Beatley Central Library have been very popular, and will continue throughout the summer. Madison has a wealth of knowledge about healthy and scrumptious food that will inspire you to liven up your summer menus.

Summer is a great time to get moving, and the Alexandria neighborhood YMCA will be on hand to tell everyone about their summer programs that are fun and affordable. Participants will also get information about summer library programs for seniors including the private and free tours of local historic properties. Everyone who attends the event on June 20 will get a Silver Service discount card and learn about all the businesses around town that offer special discounts for Alexandria’s seniors. Summer months are the perfect time to try out a new restaurant.

The program will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road in Alexandria starting at 10 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.) to noon. It is free with light refreshments and plenty of parking. To RSVP go to or call the office at 703-836-4414, ext. 110. This program concludes SSA’s 2017-2018 Speaker Series. We are beginning plans for next year’s schedule so if you have any topics that you think are important to seniors just let us know.