Newcomers & Community Guide: Alexandria

Newcomers & Community Guide: Alexandria


Banquet Celebrates African American Women

S.T.O.M.P. (Sisters Touching Others thru Mentoring and Prayer) hosted its first awards banquet on March 24, at the Hampton Inn, Alexandria. The event’s theme was: “Celebrating African American Women: Honoring Our Elders” and was planned in celebration of Women’s History Month and specifically designed to highlight the contributions of African American women to their community.

Letter: Protect The Park

To the Editor: Despite a recent proposal by the city to the contrary, Founders Park should not be used for private events.

Mayors for Meals

Hundreds of volunteers help keep seniors fed.

Mayor Bill Euille joined other mayors and elected officials across the nation in delivering meals to homebound seniors March 21 as part of Mayors for Meals, a component of the March for Meals Campaign of the Meals on Wheels Association of America and Senior Services of Alexandria.

‘Castle’ To Give Way to Playscape Highlighting Nature

Beverley Hills Church Preschool playground being transformed.

After being on hold for more than four years, the renovation and revitalization of Alexandria’s Beverley Hills Church Preschool playground is officially underway. On Wednesday, April 17, the playground fundraising committee is participating in Act for Alexandria’s Spring2ACTion, a day devoted to online advertising and fundraising for non-profit organizations in the city of Alexandria, according to the preschool’s former director Sissy Walker.

Bulletin Board

Email announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday by noon. Photos welcome. National Child Abuse Prevention Month Events SafeAssured Child Identification. SafeAssured ID Kits provide families with vital information needed by law enforcement and the media to immediately broadcast information unique to a missing child. Open to the public.

What To Know about Retirement

Senior Services of Alexandria

There was a full house at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library for Senior Services of Alexandria’s recent speaker series event about “Planning for and Making the Most of your Retirement.” There are many issues to consider and it can all be a bit overwhelming, but attendees walked away with valuable resources from a dynamic panel of local experts.

Candlelight Vigil for Gun Violence Victims

A candlelight vigil for the victims of gun violence and to demand action from Congress on gun violence prevention legislation was held Saturday, April 13, in Market Square. The candlelight vigil was sponsored by Organizing for Action and Alexandria’s Concerned Citizens against Gun Violence.

Giving for Boston

Alexandria nonprofit leaders Spring to Action to help Boston victims.

What happens when tragedy strikes? Alexandria springs into action. With Monday's Boston bombing looming over the week, organizers of Alexandria's annual Giving Day scrambled to find some way to respond by Wednesday — the daylong online philanthropy event known as Spring2ACTion.

Week in Alexandria

Security Classic The terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon this week has altered plans for the Parkway Classic this weekend, creating a need for a heightened security presence in Alexandria. The Parkway Classic, now in its 29th year, has a historic route along the George Washington Memorial Parkway and a capped field size.


Taylor Run

The Taylor Run Citizens’ Association (TRCA) will hold its Annual Spring Meeting on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive.

Credit Union Participates in Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

On Sunday, April 7, CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Alexandria, was an event sponsor for the seventh consecutive year for the 41st Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. The credit union provided volunteers, runners, and walkers from its membership and staff.

Inmates Earn GEDs, Certifications

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and his staff hosted a ceremony March 21 to honor the educational accomplishments of 14 inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. Guest speaker Pastor Louis Whiting of My Father’s House Christian Ministries addressed the graduates, inmates and staff, and shared his thoughts on faith and conflict.

What If Everyone Gave on One Day: Imagine the Possibilities


Alexandria is fortunate to be one of the most giving communities anywhere in America. In fact, according to Convio, we consistently rank in the top 1 percent for online donations of any community in the country.

Tartan Day in Market Square

A day to recognize the achievements and contributions made by Scottish Americans to the U.S., known as Tartan Day, was celebrated on Saturday, April 6, at Market Square in Alexandria.

The Power of One

Spring2Action 24-hour online fundraiser set for April 17

Dawnielle Miller wasn’t sure what to expect. As co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Casa Chirilagua, she was hoping to raise $15,000 during last year’s Spring2Action online giving day. She sent out emails and spread the word among supporters. And then she waited.