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Newcomers & Community Guide: Alexandria

Newcomers & Community Guide: Alexandria

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Senior Volunteers to Help all Ages

Before heading to the home of the 83-year-old woman she visits each week, Diane Stoy calls to make sure her friend is up for a visit. The answer is almost always yes.

Senior Services of Alexandria Provides Resources and Education to the Aging

If you ask the folks at Senior Services of Alexandria, a nonprofit organization that provides direct services and programs to the city’s aging population, Alexandria is a great place to be a senior. Both Janet Barnett, Senior Services’ executive director, and Mary Lee Anderson, SSA’s Senior Resource Center director, agree that Alexandria’s government and nonprofit partners are committed to caring for the city’s aging population. “We are a very caring community,” said Barnett. “Alexandria is a good place to be and there are services available…it’s a win-win for all ages.”

RTA and AARP Join in Pilot Program

Rebuilding Together Alexandria is joining forces with AARP on a new pilot to help more homeowners age-in-place.

Entertainment 4/24/2013 AX

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‘Pacific Pulse’ Nicholaus Aman attempts to express the nature of the Pacific coast through his solo exhibition, Pacific Pulse, at Alexandria's Artspace 109 Gallery, will be on display through May 11. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays noon-5 p.m.

‘Six Degrees of Separation’

Kevin Bacon is nowhere to be found. Instead, it’s Sidney Poitier that brings together friends and strangers in “Six Degrees of Separation,” now playing at Port City Playhouse. The popular “six degrees of separation” theory explores the premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else by a chain of no more than six acquaintances, and Port City Playhouse brings playwright John Guare’s smart dialogue to life in a thoughtfully-executed production that showcases a stellar ensemble cast.

‘Ghost-Writer’ at MetroStage

“Ghost-Writer” opens this week at MetroStage, and we are looking forward to this exceptional play by a very popular contemporary playwright, Michael Hollinger, with one of our favorite directors and three of DC’s finest actors. It is a play about the act (or art) of creation, always an intriguing topic, with a little mystery, history and touch of a love story mixed in.

Schools

School Notes

Email announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos are welcome. The following Washington and Lee students have earned dean's list status for the recently ended fall 2012 term: Tyler Gehrs, a member of the class of 2013; Caleb Russell, a member of the class of 2014; Caroline Schmidt, a member of the class of 2013 and Russell Schmidt, a member of the class of 2016.

Housing Market: ‘Sell and Buy’ 4/24/2013

Sustained low interest rates and rising prices have energized the marketplace.

The local real estate market is thriving, with Realtors reporting multiple offers on homes in some areas and dwindling inventory of homes for sale. At least two things are contributing to this change in the market.

Urban League Presents Annual Scholarship Awards

Morgan Lataillade of T.C. Williams High School; Beatrice Williams of C.D. Hylton High School, Zoel Stackhouse of Forest Park High School, Gabriela Alvarez of Dominion High School, Kristian Welch of Tuscarora High School, N'Dri N'Cho of Washington-Lee High School, Javier Mery of Potomac Falls High School, Tyrone Simpson of South County Secondary School, Nathaniel Smith of Lake Braddock Secondary School, and Osasenaga Aghayere of South Lakes High School were honored with $5,000 scholarships at the 23rd annual Northern Virginia Urban League Community Service Scholarship Awards Dinner on Friday, April 19, at the McLean Hilton in Tysons Corner.

Celebrating Creative Spirit, Sharing Experiences

Commentary

For the third year in a row, Alexandria will celebrate the connection between the creative spirit and mental health by displaying the art works of people whose lives have been affected by mental illness, substance abuse disorders or intellectual disabilities. Some of these works of art are playful, some stark, some beautiful, and some so sad and disturbing, they stop the viewer in his or her tracks. Through their pieces, these artists are sharing not only their hopes and dreams, but their pain and fear and their own personal stories. The telling of their stories is just part of what should be a community-wide conversation about mental health and the often long and bumpy road to recovery.

Bulletin Board

Absentee Voting Opens On Tuesday June 11, there will be a Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. Absentee voting for the primary begins on Friday, April 26. Many Alexandria voters are eligible to vote absentee, but relatively few take advantage of this option. Qualifying circumstances: commute and work for 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open; caregiver for a confined family member; unable to go to the polls in person on Election Day because of an illness or disability; or will be absent from Alexandria on Election Day because of personal business, work, school, or vacation. To learn more about these, and other circumstances in which absentee voting is an appropriate option, visit alexandriava.gov/Elections and click on “Absentee Voting,” or call 703-746-4050.

Celebration Time in Centreville

International Music and Dance Fiesta is April 27.

A variety of ethnic songs, dances, food and fun are on tap for the third annual Centreville International Music and Dance Fiesta. It’s slated for Saturday, April 27, from 7-10 p.m., at Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Road.

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‘Pacific Pulse’ Nicholaus Aman attempts to express the nature of the Pacific coast through his solo exhibition, Pacific Pulse, at Alexandria's Artspace 109 Gallery. The Pacific Pulse exhibition will be on display through May 11. Artspace 109 is located at 109 North Fairfax Street, 3rd Floor Alexandria. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays noon-5 p.m.

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.