Fostering independence and self-sufficiency, enabling seniors within the City of Alexandria to age with dignity.
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SSA Calendar

August 2017
Calendar of Events



Thursday, Aug. 3rd   
Live Jazz Night at Cheesetique

Head over to Cheesetique at 2411 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray on Thursday, August 3rd, for a night of live jazz music! Offered the first Thursday of each month, Cheesetique’s jazz night will run from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information, call 703-706-5300 or visit their Facebook page.

Through Saturday, Aug. 12th
Little Theatre of Alexandria

Legally Blonde – This musical is so much fun, it should be illegal! Meet Elle Woods – a fun, fabulous, fashionista who has it all, that is until her boyfriend dumps her to attend Harvard Law School. Based on the much-loved movie, this modern musical will take you on a journey of self-discovery with Elle, all while enjoying the ridiculously playful and entertaining song-and-dance numbers. For more information or to buy tickets, visit


Aug. 17th through

Sept. 30th


The Wizard of Hip, written by Thomas W. Jones II and put to music by William Knowles, chronicles the non-stop comic journey of Afro Jo. An African America “everyman,” he travels from adolescence to adulthood in search of the ultimate state of “hip,” a place of comfort and peace in an ever confusing and changing world. The Wizard of Hip crosses boundaries of race, class, and gender. An audience favorite more than two decades ago, the musical has returned a little older, hopefully wiser, and still crackling with the revelatory journey that made it popular once before. For more information or to buy tickets, visit  





Saturday, Aug. 5th  
Make a Pinhole Camera

Get ready to view the August 21 solar eclipse by making your own pinhole camera! This month, the sun will be completely obscured by the moon, if only for a brief moment. However, the safest way to view this phenomenon is not to look directly at the sun, but to use protective eyewear or a pinhole camera. Come to Barrett Branch Library from 3:00 – 4:00pm to make your own! Instructions and supplies will be provided. All ages. Contact for more info.

Thursday, Aug 17th     
Managing Your Herb Garden

What’s next for the herb garden? Learn how to keep your herb garden going through good maintenance and occasional replanting. Learn tips and techniques to use and preserve all the herbs you’ve just pruned, including how to flavor your own vinegars. Presented by Sally Baker of the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. FREE. Please register at For more information or if you have questions, call 703-228-6414 or email

Adult Summer Reading: It’s Not Just for Kids!

Why should the kids have all the fun? Join the Alexandria Library system for their third annual Adult Summer Reading program. This year, the theme is Reading by Design. Pick up entry bookmarks at any library location or participate by logging in Beanstack. Read or listen to a book to be entered into the prize drawing. Enter up to 10 times by September 9. Participate on Beanstack and have an opportunity to earn an 11th entry. Need more ideas on what to read this summer? Check out the Reader’s Advisory online. Simply enter the title/author of five books you enjoyed, and you will be emailed with a list of five more you might enjoy!

Gardening with Children in Subsidized Housing

If you think you’d like to grow veggies with growing kids, come join a group of 5 to 8 year olds in Tancil Court’s “I Can Shine Garden” (part of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Old Town project). Group meets on Thursdays at 5 p.m. While the children grow their peas, potatoes, beans, tomatoes, squash, and lots more, they also learn how to eat healthy. Volunteers need not have any prior vegetable garden experience. If interested, contact Alice Reid at for more information.

Wednesday, Aug. 16th
School Supplies for Alexandria City Students

School supplies are being collected for Alexandria City students—everything from pencils and paper to backpacks! In order to be able to distribute these materials to students who need them, volunteers are needed on Wednesday, Aug. 16th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm to sort the donations and stuff backpacks. Volunteers will meet at the Alexandria City Public School Central Office located at 1340 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Seventh Floor). If you have any questions, contact Taneika L. Taylor Tukan at or call 703-619-8414.

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, Mary Giordano at, or Dolores Viehman at


Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

After a long day of work, join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace (121 N Fairfax St.) from 5:30 – 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation. Please bring water, a towel, and yoga mat. Wear comfortable yoga wear.  Class may be cancelled due to extreme weather, call 703-549-2997 to check class status. Cost is $5 per class or $20 for five classes.

Saturday, Aug. 12th
Four Mile Run Bike Ride

Open to all ages, the Four Mile Run bike ride will take place on Saturday, August 12th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Come alone or bring the whole family for a social, fun, and scenic outing along the Four Mile Run Park bike trail. The bike ride will begin in front of Cora Kelly Recreation Center and end with a light lunch. To register, visit Cost is $5 per participant.

Fridays & Sundays through Aug. 27th 
Free Outdoor Fitness Series

Get your sweat on this summer during Carlyle’s Free Fast Fridays & Slowdown Sundays fitness series. Try a new workout with local studio fitness instructors including Xtend Barre, Pure Barre, Mind the Mat, Pilates Pro Works, and USPTO Fitness Center. The series will include a range of classes including yoga, tai chi, Zumba, barre and kickboxing. Participants must bring their own water and mat. Classes will take place from 12:00 – 1:00pm on Fridays and 9:30 – 10:30am on Sundays, but will be cancelled if severe weather is forecasted. All classes are open to everyone and will take place in John Carlyle Square Park, 300 John Carlyle Street. Find class descriptions here.

 To get a schedule of Recreation Programs visit

For more volunteer opportunities, visit


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