Bulletin Board: Alexandria, Mount Vernon

Bulletin Board: Alexandria, Mount Vernon

Submit civic/community announcements at ConnectionNewspapers.com/Calendar. Photos and artwork welcome. Deadline is Thursday at noon, at least two weeks before event.

Donations Wanted

Umbrella Drive. For those struggling to pay for rent or food, an umbrella can be a luxury. The Church of St. Clement, 1701 N. Quaker Lane, is collecting umbrellas during the month of April for neighbors in need. The umbrellas will be given to local nonprofits for distribution. Email office@saintclement.org or call 703-998-6166 for more.

Summer Internships

Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley will host six summer internships in 2019. These opportunities are for college students and recent graduates. Internships are sponsored by the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park, Friend of Historic Huntley, and the Virginia Native Plant Society. Candidates must provide a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references. There will be an interview process, and interns will be expected to work 40 hours per week for 12 weeks, May through August. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntley-meadows-park/ and look under Volunteers and Internships or call 703-768-2525.


Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp. Monday-Friday, July 15-19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Help City archaeologists excavate a real archaeological site and preserve Alexandria’s historic resources. Campers will learn professional excavating, recording, and artifact processing methods at the Shuter’s Hill archaeology site. Applications must be submitted through www.alexandriaarchaeology.org. Registration is limited, and all applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. The week-long camp is $400 with available scholarships.

Del Ray Artisans 2019 Art Camp. Youth ages 8-14 are invited to spend one week (July 15-19 or July 22-26) learning and creating through a variety of art skills and methodologies, followed by a one-day gallery show. All art supplies and snacks are provided. $325 ($300 before June 1) per child. Scholarships may be available upon request. Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Visit www.DelRayArtisans.org/event/art-camp-2019 for more.

Monday/April 15

Commission on Aging - Housing Committee. 1:30 p.m. Intellectual Disability (ID) Services, 4401 Ford Avenue Contact Debbie Ludington, 703-746-5692.

Alexandria Library Board FY2019 Meeting. 4 p.m. Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd.

Visit Alexandria Bd. Exec/Nominating Comm Mtg. 5 p.m. Visit Alexandria Offices Contact Patricia Washington, 703-652-5362.

Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS. 6:30 p.m. Alexandria Health Department, 4480 King Street Contact Nechelle Terrell, nechelle.terrell@vdh.virginia.gov, 703-746-4933.

Dundee-Helsingborg Sister Cities Cmte. 7 p.m. City Hall, Sister Cities Room 1101, 301 King St.

Environmental Policy Commission Regular Meeting. 7:30 p.m. City Hall, Chet and Sabra Avery Conference Room 2000, 301 King St. Contact Khoa Dinh Tran, Khoadinh.tran@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4076.

Public Records Advisory Commission. 7:30 p.m. City Hall, Sister Cities Room 1102, 301 King St. Contact Jackie Cohan, 703-746-4753.

Tuesday/April 16

Waterfront Commission Meeting. 7:30 a.m. City Hall, Sister Cities Room 1101, 301 King St. Contact Jack Browand, jack.browand@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-5504.

Alexandria Renew Board of Directors Meeting. 6 p.m. Alexandria Renew Education Center & Meeting Space, 1800 Limerick Street Contact Lorna Huff, 703-549-3381, ext. 2260.

HARC meeting. 7 p.m. Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St.

Human Rights Commission - Full Commission. 7 p.m. City Hall, Chet and Sabra Avery Conference Room 2000, 301 King St. Contact Jean Kelleher, 703-746-3140.

Budget & Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee. 7 p.m. City Hall, Sister Cities Room 1101, 301 King St. Contact Arthur Wicks, 703-746-3739.

Comment Deadline. The Residential Permit Parking (RPP) Program is being reviewed and the city is looking for feedback on potential options. Provide thoughts on potential options for the issues being reviewed under the RPP Refresh Project (posted restrictions, permit fees/limits, and process) using the online questionnaire at www.research.net/r/AlexandriaVA-RPPRefresh. The questionnaire will be open April 1-16. The results will be reviewed at the April 22 Traffic and Parking Board Subcommittee meeting. For more about the RPP Refresh project and getting involved, visit alexandriava.gov/ParkingStudies or contact Katye North at katye.north@alexandriava.gov.

Wednesday/April 17

Board of Architectural Review Hearing. 7 p.m. City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St. Contact Al Cox, 703-746-3833.

Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC). 7 p.m. Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union St. Contact Eleanor Breen, Eleanor.Breen@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4399.

Economic Opportunities Commission. 7 p.m. Human Services Building, 2525 Mt. Vernon Ave. Contact Jessica Lurz, 703-746-5973.

Transportation Commission Monthly Meeting. 7 p.m. City Hall, Council Work Room, 301 King St. Contact Jennifer Slesinger, Jennifer.Slesinger@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4007.

Thursday/April 18

Prevent and Recognize Child Abuse. Noon-2 p.m. at the Center for Alexandria’s Children, 1900 N. Beauregard St. This April, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (CAPCA) is offering free trainings to raise awareness of child abuse. The April 18 focus is: Responding Responsibly to Child Abuse and Neglect. Bring a lunch; snacks and drinks will be provided. Learn more about each training and register (required) at alexandriava.gov/ChildAbuse.

PHAC Advisory Commission Meeting. 5:30 p.m. Alexandria Health Department, 4480 King Street Contact Janine McCormick, Janine.McCormick@vdh.virginia.gov, 703-746-4956.

Recalling the Last Supper. 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King St. Intergenerational meal where participants will remember what happened over 2,000 years ago, on the night before Jesus died. Menu: pita & hummus, Greek salad, rotisserie chicken, rice, and date & nut bars. Free. Call 703-671-8557 or visit www.fairlingtonumc.org.

Park and Recreation Commission. 7 p.m. Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Avenue Contact Jack Browand, jack.browand@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-5504.

Saturday/April 20

Stream Monitoring Workshop. 9-11:30 a.m. at Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Ave. Learn more about the health of local streams using the Virginia Save Our Streams methodology to assess Holmes Run by classifying macroinvertebrates. Best for ages 16 and up. Space is limited and registration is required, register at tinyurl.com/y2ogc97b and email joni.calmbacher@alexandriava.gov with questions.

Monday/April 22

City Council - School Board Subcommittee. 5 p.m. ACPS Central Office Contact Kilo Grayson, 703-746-3722.

RPP Refresh - T&PB Subcommittee. 6:30 p.m. City Hall, Council Work Room, 301 King St. Contact Katye North, katye.north@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4139.

ARHA Board of Commissioners Meeting. 7 p.m. Alexandria Redevelopment & Housing Authority Contact Cynthia Dickerson, 703-549-7115.

Alexandria Traffic and Parking Board. 7:30 p.m. City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St. Contact Robert Garbacz, 703-746-4101.

Tuesday/April 23

City Council Legislative Meeting. 6 p.m. City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St. Contact City Clerk's Office, gloria.sitton@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4550.

Wednesday/April 24

Green Building Policy Update Task Force Meeting. 8:30 a.m. City Hall, Sister Cities Room 1101, 301 King St. Contact Anna Franco, anna.franco@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-3896.

Alexandria Community Policy Management Team. 2:30 p.m. Department of Community and Human Services Contact Jasmine Chapman, Jasmine.Chapman@alexandriava.gov.

Council-AlexRenew CSO Sub Comm Work Group. 5 p.m. City Hall, Council Work Room, 301 King St. Contact Erin Bevis-Carver, Erin.BevisCarver@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4154.

Thursday/April 25

Carlyle Design Review Board Special Meeting. 7 a.m. City Hall, Chet and Sabra Avery Conference Room 2000, 301 King St. Contact Nathan Imm, nathan.imm@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-3845.

Child, Youth & Family Coll. Comm Executive Meeting. 6 p.m. Department of Community and Human Services Contact Noraine Buttar, noraine.buttar@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-3436.

Friday/April 26

Code Administration Technical Training. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at City Hall, Room 1101, 301 King St. The City of Alexandria Department of Code Administration is sponsoring a free technical training on the Significant Changes to the ICC A117.1 Accessibility Standard – 2009 Edition. Space is still available for the free training for design professionals, contractors, and customers. This training will be presented by the International Code Council and will provide 6 hours of AIA, ICC, and DHCD continuing education units. Lunch and light refreshments will be served. To register, email pete.mensinger@alexandriava.gov.

In-Person Absentee Voting Begins. 8 a.m. Voter Registration Office, 132 N. Royal St. Contact Anna Leider, anna.leider@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4050.

Nomination Deadline. Know anyone instrumental in supporting children, youth and families in the City of Alexandria? Nominate them for a 2019 Champion of Children Award. During the awards, the Children, Youth & Families Collaborative Commission will also celebrate five years of Children & Youth Master Plan accomplishments. Visit alexandriava.gov/DCHS for complete details, eligibility and the nomination form.

Saturday/April 27

2019 Project Discovery Walkathon. 8:30 a.m. Fort Ward Park Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Road.

Alexandria Earth Day. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave. The theme is Local Action, Global Impact. The event will include educational exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. Alexandria’s Earth Day is planned to be a ‘Zero Waste’ event. Waste generated at the event will be either recycled or composted, nothing goes to a landfill or incinerator. Volunteers are needed to show people how to sort their disposables. Visit alexandriava.gov/EarthDay.

Saturdays/April 27-May 18

Spring Clean-Up Schedule. Residents who receive City refuse collection services are eligible to receive Spring Clean-Up on a Saturday in April or May. Residents are encouraged to clear out household clutter and place unwanted bulky trash and metal items at the curb on their neighborhood collection date. The City is divided into four collection areas and each area is assigned a specific Saturday. Metals and electronics should be separated from other collection items, as they will be picked up during a separate collection. Do not set out yard waste. Visit alexandriava.gov/RefuseCollection

  • Area 1 – Saturday, April 27

  • Area 2 – Saturday, May 4

  • Area 3 – Saturday, May 11

  • Area 4 – Saturday, May 18

The Alexandria City Manager’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposes replacing the April/May weekend Spring Cleanup with ongoing bulk trash pickup throughout the year. Share thoughts about this and other items in the 2020 proposed budget at alexandriava.gov/Budget.

Sunday/April 28

AlexRenew Open House. 3-5 p.m. at the AlexRenew Environmental Center, 1800 Limerick St. Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) is proposing rate increases for the next two fiscal years, starting July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020, respectively, to help fund its RiverRenew program and to cover normal costs associated with the operation of AlexRenew’s existing facilities. Visit alexrenew.com/know-your-rates.

Monday/April 29

Northern Virginia Health Policy Forum Event. Noon-2 p.m. at The Hilton Alexandria Old Town, 1767 King St. Lunch with Dr. Jennifer Lee, Director of the Department of Medical Assistance Services, the Virginia state Medicaid Agency. As the Director of the Department of Medical Assistance Services, Lee is responsible for overseeing a $10 billion budget and providing health coverage for over 1 million Virginians. Lunch will be served. No cost to attend, but RSVPs are required at tinyurl.com/y69mmn3s.

Budget Work Session #10. 7 p.m. City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St.

Tuesday/April 30

Prevent and Recognize Child Abuse. Noon-2 p.m. at the Center for Alexandria’s Children, 1900 N. Beauregard St. This April, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (CAPCA) is offering free trainings to raise awareness of child abuse. The April 30 focus is: Darkness 2 Light’s Stewards Of Children – learn to protect children from experiencing sexual abuse. Dinner provided and on-site childcare (as needed) with advanced notice. Learn more about each training and register (required) at alexandriava.gov/ChildAbuse.

Scholarship Application and Award Nomination Deadline. The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities (ACPD) is seeking applications for the Gerry Bertier Scholarship, and nominations for the John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award and two Disability Awareness Awards presented in conjunction with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. The awards will be presented at a reception on June 27, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at City Hall, 301 King St. Contact Namoode Khan at namoode.khan@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-3140. To submit a nomination, or to apply for the Gerry Bertier Scholarship, visit alexandriava.gov/ACPD.

Wednesday/May 1

One-Hour Early Start for Trash & Recycling Collection. Refuse and recycling collection will shift to ‘warm weather' hours. Pick-up operations begin an hour earlier. This change helps collection crews avoid the high mid-day heat of summer. Remember, refuse and recycling materials should be set out by 6 a.m. on your regular collection day and location. Visit alexandriava.gov/RefuseCollection.

Tuesday/May 7

2019 Public Safety Valor Awards. 8 a.m. at Holiday Inn & Suites - Old Town

625 First St. The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce honors the women and men, nominated by their peers, of Alexandria’s Police and Fire Departments, Sheriff's Office, and Department of Emergency Communications who showed exceptional poise and courage in extraordinary circumstances. Visit alexandriavacoc.wliinc33.com/events/Alexandria-Chamber-of-Commerces-2019-Public-Safety-Valor-Awards-presented-by-INOVA-Alexandria-Hospital-2458/details.

Saturday/May 11

Family Caregiver Expo. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus. Capital Caring will host its first Caregiver Expo in partnership with AARP and Virginia Hospital Center. The expo is free and will feature information highlighting resources and support programs available to family caregivers, including home care services, financial and estate planning, elder law, and information sessions on such topics as Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Preservation of Assets, and Caring for the Caregiver. Free health screenings will be offered as well as free massages. Contact Amy Shields at ashields@capitalcaring.org or call 703-531-6095 for more.

Thursday/May 16

Volunteer Seminar. 3:30 p.m. at the Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Road. RSVP-Northern Virginia will hold a seminar on volunteering in retirement. RSVP offers more than 300 meaningful opportunities that include helping seniors age in place, assisting local food pantries, and teaching financial literacy. The one-hour event is free and open to the public. To sign up for the May 16 orientation, email RSVP volunteer specialist Carly Hubicki at chubicki@volunteerfairfax.org or call RSVP at 703-403- 5360. To register online or to learn more about RSVP, visit www.rsvpnova.org.

Saturday/May 18

Boating Safety Classes. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Washington Farm United Methodist Church, 3921 Old Mill Road. Prepare for boating season by taking one of the Boating Safety classes offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-08. Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia have varying requirements for boaters before they may legally operate certain motorized vessels on their respective waterways. Register with Jeff Burt at jdburt@verizon.net or 703-307-6482.

Thursday/May 23

Preschool Open House. 8-10 a.m. at 3700 Wheeler Ave. Join The Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC) to explore their classrooms and meet staff. CFNC programs provide free high-quality education to 138 income-qualified families in the city of Alexandria. CFNC is now enrolling for September 2019. Visit www.cfnc-online.org or call 703-836-0214.

Saturday/June 15

Boating Safety Classes. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Washington Farm United Methodist Church, 3921 Old Mill Road. Prepare for boating season by taking one of the Boating Safety classes offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-08. Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia have varying requirements for boaters before they may legally operate certain motorized vessels on their respective waterways. Register with Jeff Burt at jdburt@verizon.net or 703-307-6482.

Saturday/July 20

Boating Safety Classes. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Washington Farm United Methodist Church, 3921 Old Mill Road. Prepare for boating season by taking one of the Boating Safety classes offered by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25-08. Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia have varying requirements for boaters before they may legally operate certain motorized vessels on their respective waterways. Register with Jeff Burt at jdburt@verizon.net or 703-307-6482.

Victim Support Services

Resources Available to Support Sexual Assault Victims. The City of Alexandria reminds the community of resources available for survivors of sexual assault and those supporting survivors. It is important for survivors to know that it is not their fault and help is available.

  • In case of an emergency, and for life-threatening situations, always call 911.

  • The City’s Sexual Assault Center offers services including a 24/7 hotline at 703-683-7273, individual counseling, support groups, family support and information and referral services. Call the hotline to access these and additional services, or visit the website at alexandriava.gov/SexualViolence.

  • Free presentations are also available on topics including prevention, awareness, healthy relationships, sexual harassment and bystander intervention. To schedule a presentation for a school, youth group, civic organization or other Alexandria group, call 703-746-3118.

Domestic Violence Resources

The City of Alexandria is reminding the community about the importance of stopping domestic violence and highlighting available resources. Domestic violence is an instance or pattern of abusive or coercive behaviors that may include threats, harassment, controlling resources, verbal and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical assault, or other actions. These behaviors are exhibited by one individual to exert power or control over another in the context of a family, or in dating relationships, (including those of teen couples and adult couples who do not live together). To check whether you or someone you know might be a victim, take a quick online assessment at www.alexandriava.gov/DomesticViolence#AreYouaVictim to learn more. Those concerned about the safety of another can become active bystanders and help guide the victim to confidential support and assistance. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/DomesticViolence#FriendsandFamilyofSurvivors. The City of Alexandria Domestic Violence Program operates a 24/7 hotline at 703-746-4911. Among the services offered are a Safe House shelter; counseling; confidential support groups; and legal help, including court accompaniment and assistance with protective orders. There are also opportunities to join and support the numerous city agencies working together in the prevention and treatment of domestic violence.

Well-Being Resources

The City of Alexandria reminds the community of resources to help cope with uncertainty or fear following the June 14 shooting incident at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park. Such tragic events—in addition to ongoing violence, political turmoil, and rapidly unfolding world events—can result in added stress, uncertainty, fear and depression.

For those who are experiencing these feelings, know there are resources that can help.

  • If you are in crisis and need to talk to someone, call or text the PRS CrisisLink Hotline at 703-527-4077 or text "connect" to 855-11 (TTY, please dial 711).

  • The City offers resources for coping with uncertainty and fear (www.alexandriava.gov/92897), with information about reactions to and ways to cope with these feelings, tips on managing general stress, and how you can help support the reactions of children and adolescents who are experiencing these feelings (www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/helping-children-and-adolescents-cope-with-violence-and-disasters-parents/helping-children-cope-parents_146810.pdf).

  • City employees have access to a free, confidential Employee Assistance Program with 24/7 telephone and online access.

For immediate police, fire, or emergency medical assistance, call 9-1-1.

As a reminder, the City’s emergency hotlines also include the child protective services hotline at 703-746-5800; the domestic violence hotline at 703-746-4911; the emergency services for mental health or substance abuse crisis hotline at 703-746-3401; the adult protective services hotline at 703-746-5778; and the sexual assault hotline at 703-683-7273. All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Volunteers Wanted

Join Friends’ Board. Those who care about mental health, the Alexandria community, and collaborating with fellow residents to make sure the City’s most vulnerable residents have a chance to thrive, then consider joining the Board of Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center. The Friends Board is an all-volunteer group of residents that oversees the administration of one of Alexandria’s top mental health charities. Friends has no paid staff, so Board members, working on average 10 hours per month, share the day-to-day work needed to accomplish its goals. Interested candidates should email FriendsofAMHC@gmail.com.

STEM Professionals Needed. Help assist K-12 STEM teachers as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s STEM Volunteer Program, stemvolunteers.org, during the 2018-19 school year. In the 2017-18 school year, there are 85 volunteers in 6 Northern Virginia school districts. Contact Don Rea at 571-551- 2488, or donaldrea@aol.com.

Volunteer Adult Mentors Needed. Help assist the Department of Family Services’ BeFriendA-Child mentoring program. The mentors provide opportunities for companionship, guidance and support to children who have been abused and neglected, or who are at risk of abuse and neglect. Contact Ibrahim Khalil (Ibrahim.khalil@fairfaxcounty.gov) at 703-324-4547.

ALIVE! offers numerous programs that aid low-income families in Alexandria that rely on volunteers: monthly food distributions, furniture, houseware and emergency food deliveries, and community food drives. Individuals, families and groups are encouraged to participate. Students can earn community service hours by participating. Visit www.alive-inc.org/volunteer.htm or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@alive-inc.org.

Volunteer Drivers Needed. Drivers needed by the American Cancer Society to take cancer patients to treatment in Northern Virginia. To volunteer, call 1-800-227-2345 or go to cancer.org/drive.

RSVP, a volunteer network for seniors seeking service opportunities in and around Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria, offers a wide array of opportunities for volunteers 55 and older. RSVP volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, free accident and liability insurance while serving, optional mileage and meal reimbursement and are invited to volunteer group projects and social gatherings. To sign up for an upcoming orientation, email Carly Hubicki at chubicki@volunteerfairfax.org or call RSVP at 703-403- 5360. To learn more about RSVP, visit www.rsvpnova.org.

Mentors Wanted. Two creative programs that help transform the lives of Alexandria’s preteens are seeking volunteer mentors. SOHO, which stands for “Space of Her Own,” and “Space of His Own,” serves vulnerable fifth graders in Alexandria. The programs pair men and women with youth in need of positive adult role models, to help support and guide youth in making healthy choices and succeeding in school and in life. Visit www.spaceofherown.org and www.spaceofhisown.org. For more information on how to become a SOHO mentor, contact Sarah Maroney at sarah.maroney@alexandriava.gov or phone at 703-746-4687.

Farmer's Market Volunteers Needed. To volunteer for the Farmer's Markets, email Brian Morreale, brianmorreale@gmail.com

Arts and Crafts Festival. Volunteers are needed on June 10 to help with the event including: greet and check-in vendors, children’s area, clean up and tear down and beer tent. Shifts are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Visit www.volunteeralexandria.org/ for more.

Support Groups

Postpartum Support Virginia sponsors a free, bi-monthly support group for women suffering depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy or in the first year following childbirth. Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Health Education Center, rooms 1-2, 4320 Seminary Road. Contact co-moderator Susan Doyle at suzjdoyle@gmail.com or 571-403-0673.

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of Alexandria meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. At the Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 109, 1500 Shenandoah Road. All Parkinson’s patients and caregivers are welcome.

The Caregiver Support Group is facilitated by the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the Adult Day Services Center, 1108 Jefferson St., 4-5:30 p.m. Participants are full- or part-time caregivers providing care locally or long distance to a family member or friend. Participants share their experiences, provide support for each other and receive resources to assist them with caregiving. The next Caregiver Support Group meeting is June 7. For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Sarisky at 703-746-9999 or email DAAS@alexandriava.gov.

FACE Center Support Groups provide parents with a space to share their daily parenting frustrations and triumphs while offering new strategies for helping parents to cope, build positive parent-child relationships and best support their children's learning.

  • Support Group in English, every Monday, 6-7:30 p.m. at ARHA Main Building, 401 Wythe St.

  • Support Group in Spanish, every Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m. at Community Lodgings Brookside Center, 614 Four Mile Road.

Registration not necessary. A light dinner and childcare services provided free. Contact Krishna Leyva at 703-619-8055 or krishna.leyva@acps.k12.va.us for more.

Divorce Workshop for Women. Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hilton Alexandria Old Town, 1767 King St. The workshops are designed to provide education on the legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce in a logical, yet compassionate way. The workshop fee is $25. Visit www.novasecondsaturday.com for more.


Backflow Preventer (BFP) Assistance Program. The City of Alexandria has reinstated its sewer Backflow Preventer (BFP) Assistance Program for homeowners in designated areas that historically experience basement back-ups or flooding. The program reimburses homeowners for up to 50 percent of the cost of installing a BFP device by a licensed plumbing contractor, up to a maximum of $2,000. The current program period is through Dec. 31, 2019. Alexandria homeowners should call the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services at 703-746-4014 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/tes.

Thrift and Gift Shop. Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (except Christmas and Easter) at Church of St. Clement, 1701 N. Quaker Lane. Shop for quality bargains in clothing for adults and children, jewelry, books, toys, housewares, collectibles, objet d’art, and more. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. except Christmas and Easter. Donations accepted during open hours. Call 703 998-6166.

Robust Walking. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Free 55+ robust walking 1-hour exercise class (with chair exercise option). No class on holidays. Contact jjkingconsulting@yahoo.com.

Seeking Donations. Computer CORE, which is dedicated to helping low-income adults become computer literate is seeking donations. Visit www.computercore.org/contribute.

Senior and Job Programs. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Queen of Apostles Church, 4650 Taney Avenue, Alexandria. St. Martin de Porres Center offers senior and job placement programming Monday through Friday at the parish. Email Kathryn Toohey, ktoohey@ccda.net.

Be Heard at the City's Monthly Public Hearings. A schedule of the meetings can be found at www.alexandriava.gov. Voice opinions, speak about something on the docket or just speak about something you are concerned about. Sign up in advance to speak through the city’s website. Anyone is welcome at any of the public hearings.

Public Space Recycling. Alexandria has placed more than 80 bright blue recycling containers next to public trash cans in the commercial districts along Mount Vernon Avenue and King Street, as well as other public spaces, including parks, recreation fields, and other high-traffic pedestrian areas. Visit alexandriava.gov/Recycling.

Composting and Food Waste. Alexandria now has Resource Recovery Stations, located at the City's Farmers' Markets (Old Town, Del Ray) to collect food waste. More than 270 people have participated in the food waste program over the last several months. Participants drop off items weekly, over eight tons of waste has been collected, to be composted to make a natural fertilizer. To learn more about composting visit alexandriava.gov/YardWaste.

English as a Second Language Class. Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Tuesdays and Thursdays, all levels 10 a.m.-12 p.m., intermediate workshop 3-5 p.m. All classes free. Call the information desk, 703-746-1702.

The Talking Book Service at Alexandria Library will now operate Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Patrons may also reach the service at 703-746-1760.

Digital Magazines. Patrons of Alexandria Library will have unlimited access to read digital magazines, which can be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Accessible through www.rbdigital.com/alexandriava/zinio.

Eligible low income households can now use their SNAP benefits to buy local foods at the Old Town Farmers’ Market. SNAP customers are able to use their electronic benefits transfer cards to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and other eligible food products at the market. The Old Town Farmer’s Market is located at 301 King St., and is open on Saturdays, year round from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Opera NOVA has begun collection of used musical instruments. Any instruments welcomed, regardless of type. Snare drums, clarinets, and violins are just some of the instruments that could bring joy to a home or school. Any recorders donated will be sent to an orphanage in Haiti in order to build a musical presence there. Opera NOVA has tax-exempt status. Contact Miriam Miller at 703-536-7557 or mcdm1@verizon.net to arrange for delivery.

Free Medicare counseling is available for City of Alexandria residents through the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) to help individuals understand and navigate Medicare insurance programs. VICAP Medicare counselors will be available on Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. , by appointment only, at the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services, located at 2525 Mount Vernon Ave. Speakers are also available to present information on Medicare Basic to community groups. Call 703-228-1726.

The Military Officers Association of America’s scholarship fund gives out loans and grants to children of military families. To learn more, apply or donate visit www.moaa.org/scholarshipfund.

VCE Master Gardener Help Desk. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday. Bring fresh samples of problem plants, weeds or insects to ensure accurate identification. VCE recommends carrying samples in plastic bags or other clear containers. No live insects. All clinics and Help Desk are free. 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Five-Star Toastmasters, Club # 9623. Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Pentagon Conference Center. Toastmasters can help participants sharpen their speaking skills, boost their confidence and energize their leadership skills in a team-oriented atmosphere. Visit fivestar.freetoasthost.com or Club President Charlie DeWitt at 202-997-5087 or Club_President@fivestar.freetoasthost.com.

Connect with T&ES on Facebook. The City of Alexandria’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) is on Facebook. The T&ES Facebook page will share information on topics such as transportation planning, trash and recycling service, road work and maintenance, traffic, infrastructure and engineering projects, Eco-City Alexandria and environmental initiatives, emergency cleanup efforts, and more. Visit alexandriava.gov/SocialMedia.

Training Courses. The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region will host training courses in CPR, First Aid, and AED in the Alexandria and Fort Belvoir offices. These classes offer a two-year certification. Classes range from $70-$110 and will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays, dependent upon the participant’s choice. Advance registration is required. To register for a class or find another class in your area, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcross.org/takeaclass.

Internet Offered for Low-income Families. Internet Essentials is an adoption program designed to help close the digital divide for low-income Americans. A household is eligible to participate if it is located where Comcast offers Internet service; has at least one child who is eligible to receive either a free or reduced price school lunch under the NSLP; has not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; and does not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment. Any household that qualifies will remain eligible for Internet Essentials if at least one child eligible for either a free or reduced price school lunch remains living in the household.

Plant Clinics. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays at Alexandria Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. From late-April to late-October, the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia will be holding a plant clinic for the community. Gardeners also staff the Horticulture Help Desk, 9 a.m.-noon weekdays year-round at the VCE office in the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Contact 703-228-6414, mgarlalex@gmail.com or www.ext.vt.edu.

At Home in Alexandria! Those interested in becoming AHA! Friends should call AHA! at 703-231-0824 or download the application form from the AHA! website at www.athomeinalexandria.org. AHA! supports Alexandrians ages 55+ who prefer to remain independent in their own homes.

Volunteers Needed

Assistance League of Northern Virginia, a volunteer nonprofit, invites community members to join the organization to participate in its Reading Express program. Volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring to first grade students during the school year. To learn more contact VP Membership Mary Gronlund at gronbiz@aol.com or Program Coordinator Lynn Barron at lynnieb517@verizon.net.

The Energy Masters Training program, which trains volunteers in energy efficiency, water conservation, and community education and outreach, is seeking volunteers. Alexandria joins program partners Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE), Arlington Thrive, and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE). The program is accepting applications for community and student apprentice volunteers for the fall training program, which starts in late September. The student apprentice program is open to college students and high school students ages 16 and over. Visit www.ArlingtonEnvironment.org/energy.

Volunteers Needed. The city has an ongoing need for volunteers. Visit handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org for a complete list of opportunities.

Volunteer Program Professional. This position is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the volunteer programs associated with the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, the Office of Historic Alexandria, and the City of Alexandria Library. Organizes and conducts meetings, and provides technical guidance to agencies in volunteer development. The incumbent reports to the Director of RPCA. Visit www.volunteeralexandria.org or call 703-836-2176.

Make Difference in a Child's Life. Volunteer with The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) and help to provide caring, high-quality, free early education and related services to at-risk children and their families. Volunteers work alongside teachers in one of 10 classrooms across Alexandria. Read and engage in conversation with children. Support teachers in everyday activities. Volunteer five days a week or one hour a month and change lives for a lifetime. Visit www.volunteeralexandria.org or call 703-836-2176.

Become a Volunteer English Tutor, Teacher and Classroom Aid. The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia recruits and trains volunteer tutors, classroom teachers, class aides, and student assessment specialists to work with adult learners who need help with reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English. LCNV also seeks committed office volunteers to assist with logistics, outreach, and data entry. Classrooms are in Alexandria, Annandale, Falls Church, Herndon, Lorton, and Springfield. Visit www.volunteeralexandria.org or call 703-836-2176.

Alexandria’s Juvenile Court Services and Seaport Foundation seek adult male mentors for the new SOHO (Space of His Own) creative mentorship program. Seaport SOHO will meet throughout the school year on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, 2 Duke St. Seaport SOHO will provide boys from fragile and fragmented homes with yearlong one-to-one mentoring through engagement in carpentry, fishing and sports activities. No mentoring or carpentry experience is required; SOHO is looking for enthusiastic and innovative men to serve as mentors. Email ashley.snyder@alexandriava.gov.

Pets Bring Joy, a local nonprofit animal rescue organization, is in need of temporary fosters. By offering a temporary loving home to a homeless cat, you are providing a critical link in their transition into a forever home. Email info@petsbringjoy.org if interested in becoming a foster. Visit petsbringjoy.org.

The Campagna Center is looking for volunteers for several different activities including, helping with home tours, Taste of Scotland, holiday events, mentoring, and tutoring. www.volunteeralexandria.org/