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Bulletin Board: Alexandria

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

Sober-Ride for July 4

Free Sober Rides. Thursday, July 4, 7 p.m. through Friday, July 5, 2 a.m. Area residents, 21 and older, may download Lyft to their phones, then enter a code in the app's “Promo” section to receive a no cost (up to $15) safe ride home. WRAP’s Independence Day SoberRide promo code will be posted at 6 p.m. on July 4 on www.SoberRide.com.

Through Sept. 30

Senior Cool Care Program. Through Sept. 30, eligible Alexandria seniors who need cooling in their homes can benefit from the City of Alexandria Senior Cool Care Program. Contact the Division of Aging and Adult Services to find out if you are eligible. For more information, call 703.746.5999 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or email DAAS@alexandriava.gov.

Camps

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.

Fort Ward’s Civil War Kids Camp. Registration is now open. Children ages 8-12 will learn about life during the Civil War at this fun and educational history camp sponsored by Fort Ward Museum. The Camp will run June 24-28, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $250 per child; advance registration is required as space is limited. Visit www.fortward.org for a registration form, or call Fort Ward Museum at 703-746-4848.

Clio’s Kids: A History Mini-Camp. Registration is now open. Clio's Kids introduces children to American history and life in historic Alexandria through artifacts, storytelling, singing and crafts, "old-fashioned" games, and visits to nearby historic places. The theme for 2019 is “To and Fro and Away We Go!” Participants will learn about transportation in and around Alexandria in the past and today, focusing on different aspects of transportation and travel each day of camp. Campers should come prepared for outside activities each day, including sturdy walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Ages 5-7. At the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Tuesday-Thursday, July 16-18, 9 a.m.-noon. $115 and includes snacks and souvenirs. Advance registration is required. Visit www.fortward.org for a registration form, or call Fort Ward Museum at 703-746-4848.

Saturday/June 22

City Council Public Hearing Meeting. 9:30 a.m. City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St. Contact City Clerk's Office, gloria.sitton@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-4550.

Monday/June 24

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

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/June 25

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.

Planning Commission Regular Monthly Meeting. 7 p.m. City Hall, Sister Cities Room 1101, 301 King St. Contact Anh Vu, Anh.Vu@alexandriava.gov, 703-746-3839.

Wednesday/June 26

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

Building a Healthier Alexandria Together. Doors, 6 p.m.; program, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary RoadUsing a combination of community input and data analysis, Alexandria Health Department identified the City's top health issues and inequities. Join a panel discussion, community discussion, and health report release. Dinner and interpreters provided. Free. Call 703-746-4934 or visit events.eventzilla.net/e/building-a-healthier-alexandria-together-2138720139.

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

Thursday/June 27

ACPD Award Reception. 5:30 p.m. City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St.

Census Volunteers Needed. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Oswald Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. The City of Alexandria is seeking residents to assist with the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee by volunteering for 2020 Census-related events and activities that will encourage residents to participate in the upcoming Census. To volunteer for the Complete Count Committee, or to provide input, complete the 2020 Census Complete Count Feedback Form at www.alexandriava.gov/Census2020.

Saturday/June 29

Nomination Deadline. The Alexandria Archaeological Commission (AAC) is now accepting nominations for the Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award. The AAC established this award to celebrate the contributions of the late Ben Brenman, who devoted himself to finding, preserving and sharing Alexandria’s rich and diverse heritage. Nomination forms are available at alexandriava.gov/historic/archaeology/default.aspx?id=28180 or by calling the Alexandria Archaeology Museum at 703-746-4399.

Monday/July 1

Alexandria Library Mobile App Discontinuing. Effective July 1, 2019, the Alexandria Library Mobile App is being discontinued by the vendor. Login to sync or move saved lists. If assistance is required with reviewing existing lists, contact Technical Services at dabsupport@alexlibraryva.org. Continue to view library accounts by using the Log In feature on the banner of the Library’s website: alexlibraryva.org, and then selecting My Account at the top of the page.

Application Deadline. Each year, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia provides a grant opportunity to help public schools encourage healthy lifestyles through increased exercise and better nutrition. Grants up to $2,000 are awarded in a competitive grant process. Public elementary, middle and high schools located in Northern Virginia are all eligible to apply. Visit www.cfnova.org/for-grant-seekers/healthy-kids-grants for more.

Application Deadline. This summer, the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP)'s Pop-up ALX program is partnering with The Seedling Collective to host three pop-up shops in The Seedling Collective’s newly-opened showroom. The Seedling Collective is a new creative working space that launched in May 2019 and is located at 121 South Royal in Old Town Alexandria. Visit www.growalx.com.

Monday/July 8

Homicide Support Group. 6:30-8 p.m. at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Monthly support group for Alexandria or Arlington residents who have lost a loved one through homicide. Offered by the Alexandria Victim/Witness Program, and Virginia Victim Assistance Network. Registration is required. Free. Call 703-314-5762.

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting. 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 301 King St. The City of Alexandria's Board of Zoning Appeals will hold its regular public hearing. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/Planning for more.

Application Deadline: Community Police Academy. Get to know the Alexandria Police Department (APD) in a half-day session. Learn about various aspects of the Police Department, including: patrol operations, use of force policies, the K9 Unit, Special Operations Team, crime scene investigation and criminal investigations. The session will be held at Alexandria Police Department Headquarters, 3600 Wheeler Ave., Saturday, July 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Limited to 45 participants per session. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and live or work in the City of Alexandria. Criminal history checks will be conducted on all applicants for final approval of acceptance. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/Academies or email virginia.obranovich@alexandriava.gov.

Tuesday/July 16

Public Information Session. 6 p.m. at the Oswald Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. The City of Alexandria invites residents to participate in a public comment period for a water protection permit required to construct the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. The public comment period, through July 31, includes a public information session at 6 p.m., followed by a public hearing at 7 p.m. To learn how to submit document requests or comments, or for more information, visit alexandriava.gov/PotomacYardMetro.

Friday/July 19

Volunteers Wanted: Emergency Exercise. The City of Alexandria is seeking volunteers to participate in Capital Fortitude, a full-scale emergency exercise designed to evaluate the National Capital Region's ability to dispense medication quickly in response to an anthrax attack. This Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise, administered by the Alexandria Health Department, will take place on Friday, July 19, from 9 a.m.-noon at the T.C. Williams Minnie Howard Campus, 3801 W. Braddock Road. That day, volunteers will move through a simulated medication dispensing site. Volunteers will receive a summer kit for safe and healthy fun in the sun. Participants are required to register online at alexandriava.gov/Health.

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.

Through July 31

Public Comment Deadline. The City of Alexandria invites residents to participate in a public comment period for a water protection permit required to construct the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. To learn how to submit document requests or comments, or for more information, visit alexandriava.gov/PotomacYardMetro.

Friday/Aug. 2

Application Deadline: Community Police Academy. Get to know the Alexandria Police Department (APD) in a half-day session. Learn about various aspects of the Police Department, including: patrol operations, use of force policies, the K9 Unit, Special Operations Team, crime scene investigation and criminal investigations. The session will be held at Alexandria Police Department Headquarters, 3600 Wheeler Ave., Saturday, Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Limited to 45 participants per session. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and live or work in the City of Alexandria. Criminal history checks will be conducted on all applicants for final approval of acceptance. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/Academies or email virginia.obranovich@alexandriava.gov.

Through Sept. 8

Metro Station Closures. Through Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower Ave., Huntington, Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield) will be closed for full platform reconstruction and major station improvements. Read more at www.wmata.com/service/rail/PlatformProject/.

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.

Ongoing

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/