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SSA Calendar

October 2017
Calendar of Events

THE ARTS
Thursday, Oct. 5th – Nov. 5th     
Metro Stage

Are you now, or have you ever been… written by Carlyle Brown, the play will be showing at Metro Stage this fall. A fictional account of the demons and dilemmas faced by Langston Hughes while attempting to write a poem on the eve of his appearance before the State Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, Are you now, or have you ever been…will be performed against the backdrop of searing blues and the ever-present poetic hues of Langston. To buy tickets, visit www.metrostage.org

Saturday, Oct. 7th     
Art on the Avenue

Every year at the Art on the Avenue in Del Ray, over 50,000 visitors stroll down Mount Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte and Hume Avenues. At the 21st Annual Art on the Avenue on October 7, 2017, visitors will be greeted by over 300 artists including jewelers, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, unique painters, sculptors, fabric artists, musicians, and more.

Saturday, Oct. 21st – Nov. 11th  
Little Theatre of Alexandria

Come visit Little Theatre of Alexandria Oct 21st through Nov. 11th to see Vanya and Sonya and Marsha and Spike by Christopher Durang. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this story follows middle-aged siblings, Vanya and Sonia, who live together in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the only home they have ever known. Without warning, their sister, Masha, who happens to be a movie star, stops in for a visit with her much younger boyfriend, Spike. Hilarity ensues as this kooky clan works out their differences about potentially selling the family home.  For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.thelittletheatre.com.

  

EDUCATION AND INFORMATION
Tuesday,  Oct. 3rd     
Employment Strategies for the Experienced Worker 50+

Come to Burke Branch Library from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for a presentation by the Workforce Development Center. Employers value the talents that mature workers bring to the workplace. If you are 50 or older, you can refresh your job skills and re-enter the workforce. Learn strategies and resources experienced job seekers can use to launch a job search and find gainful and meaningful employment. To attend, register online at www.alexandriava.gov/WorkforceDevelopment.

Thursday, Oct. 12th         
Unlocking Medicare

Head over to Burke Branch Library from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for Unlocking Medicare; The Keys to Unlocking Your Benefits. While Medicare doesn’t cover everything, it does lighten the load of health care costs for older Americans. This workshop provides an overview of how it works. Presented by a representative from the Foundation from Personal Financial Education.

Thursday, Oct. 19th     
Unlocking Social Security

In this workshop at Beatley Central Library from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, participants will have a number of questions about Social Security answered. Among then will be when to file for benefits (claiming benefits at the earliest opportunity may not be in your best interest!), whether it’s possible to still work and collect benefits, how benefits are calculated and the maximum benefits available, how to make the most of spousal benefits and survivor benefits, how taxes are calculated, and where Medicare fits in. RSVP to acarmola@alexlibraryva.org or 703-746-1751.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Begins  Monday   Oct. 2nd
Tutoring/Homework Assistance

Volunteers needed at the Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys & Girls Club to tutor and or assist with homework, specifically to assist in areas of study that members need help such as Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, Algebra, History and English. Due to working with children, all volunteers MUST complete and pass a drug and background check. For more information, visit http://www.aobgc.org.

Ongoing
Emergency Preparedness Volunteer

When a disaster occurs, people from all over the City join many of our neighbors and friends to respond to the need, ready to lend a hand. Volunteers not associated with an emergency management response/recovery agency, are often underutilized and can be problematic for professional responders. Volunteers are needed to provide education and training to the community (congregations, seniors, youth, general public), attend community events and parades, and assist in managing other volunteers assisting in an emergency. For more information, contact Ioana Lutai at EmergencyResponse@volunteeralexandria.org

Ongoing
Senior Services of Alexandria “Meals on Wheels,”  “Friendly Visitor” and “Groceries to Go” Volunteer Opportunities

If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of seniors, you might consider being a “Friendly Visitor” to an isolated senior, be part of a team that delivers meals to homebound seniors in Alexandria or delivers groceries to seniors who find shopping difficult.  The time commitment for a Friendly Visitor program is about an hour a week and for Meals on Wheels and Groceries to Go each delivery takes about 90 min.  Training is provided.  For more information call (703) 836-4414 or you can email Sandy Freedman at groceries@seniorservicesalex.org, Mary Giordano at friendvisitor@seniorservicesalex.org, or Dolores Viehman at volunteer@seniorservicesalex.org.

 

RECREATION
 
Sunday Oct. 1st & Oct. 8th  
Free Outdoor Fitness Series

Get your sweat on this fall during Carlyle’s FREE Slowdown Sundays fitness series. Try a new workout with local studio fitness instructors from Mind the Mat. Yoga classes are open to all and will take place in John Carlyle Square Park, 300 John Carlyle Street on Sunday Oct. 1st and Sunday Oct. 8th from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Don’t forget to bring your mat and water! Note: Classes will be cancelled if severe weather is forecasted. Sudden rains or saturation might constitute late cancellation by instructor on site with the goal of making a determination no less than one hour from start time.

Wednesday, Oct. 4th – Nov. 15th  
Chair Aerobics

Designed for participants ages 18 & up, Chair Aerobics at Chinquapin Recreation Center takes place on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am to 11:15 am. Get fit while you sit! This combination of aerobic activity, strength building and stretching is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Registration is required.

Tuesday,  Oct. 24th    
Senior Fitness Class: Movement for Life

Join a Senior Strength and Conditioning Specialist at Burke Branch Library from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm to find out more about functional fitness for older adults. Regular exercise can help seniors stay active and healthy. Come learn how to move properly during daily activities through movement patterns addressing strength, flexibility and conditioning. Prior registration requested at 703-746-1772.

Check out the City’s Recreation Page for a full schedule of offered programs. 

For more volunteer opportunities, visit Volunteer Alexandria. 

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