Toys for Tots, Wheels to Africa, Alexandria’s Black History Museum and More: This Week’s Latest ACTion

  • Don’t forget, tomorrow (December 14th) is the deadline to drop off donations for Toys for Tots at the Sheriff”s Office.  The City of Alexandria reports that donations are “needed for babies two and younger and children 13 and older.”  Your gifts will be given to the children of those incarcerated at the Alexandria Detention Center. Please contact Deputy Stubblefield at (703) 746-5134 to arrange your donation.
  • Check out this must-read article about  Wheels to Africa, a charity created by Arlington teenager Winston Duncan.  In six years, Duncan and others have sent 2,700 unwanted bikes to Africa.  T.C. Williams served as one of the drop-off locations this past Saturday for this year’s collection event.  Even though it has passed, you can still lend a helping hand by volunteering or donating to this great cause!
  • Looking for a way to get involved in your city? The Alexandria Commission for the Arts is in need of volunteers to serve on various panels.  All members are required to serve three-year terms, during which they will help approve grants and funding for the 2012 fiscal year.  To learn more, visit theAlexandria Commission for the Arts.
  • To kick off its new exhibit, “Style and Identity: Black Alexandria in the 1970s, Portraits by Horace Day,” Alexandria’s Black History Museum will host an event on Tuesday, December 14th.  The new exhibition will feature scenes of Alexandria and portraits of African American Alexandrians.  Read the official press release to find out more about the event and Day’s work.
  • Last week, the Carlyle Community blog detailed the upcoming visit of 150 1st Graders from Mount Vernon Community School to the Alexandria Sanitation Authority to learn about the importance of clean water.  The field trip was part of World Water Monitoring Day, celebrated throughout the world. You can see photos and videos of the field trip on the ASA’s Facebook page

Toys for Tots, Columbia Pike Transit Initiative and More: This Week’s Latest ACTion

  • On Sunday, December 5th from 1-5 PM, the City’s 36th Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Square Dance will be held at the Lee Center Exhibit Hall.  The Capital Squares Demonstration Team will perform at 3 PM.  All toys donated during the event will be given to children in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  For more info,  call the City of Alexandria’s Special Events Hotline at (703) 746-5592 or visit the Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities page.
  • Alexandria residents are invited to attend two meetings regarding the Columbia Pike Transit Initiative.  According to the City of Alexandria’s website, plans are being made to “extend [the route] along Columbia Pike (Route 244) from the Bailey’s Crossroads/Skyline area in Fairfax County to Pentagon City in Arlington County. Alignment and yard options extend to the Northern Virginia Community College within the City of Alexandria.”  Both meetings, on November 15th and 18th, will be hosted by Arlington County and cover the same topics.  The City asks that those interested attend the meeting most convenient for them.
  • Barbara Maxwell, a reporter for The Examiner, writes that on Saturday, November 20th, the City of Alexandria and Covanta Energy will host a “Mercury Drop-Off” event where residents can safely dispose of devices containing the hazardous metal.  Visit the City’s Household Hazardous Waste page for more details.
  • City officials are encouraging all residents and visitors to recycle and reuse plastic bags.  With the Plastic Bag Recycling Initiative, the City of Alexandria hopes to promote environmental awareness and meet the goals set by the Eco-City Alexandria Initiative.  To learn more and to find out how you can help, visit the City’s Solid Waste and Recycling page.

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pike Transit Initiative