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SSA Calendar

November 2017
Calendar of Events

THE ARTS
Through Saturday, November 11th  
Little Theatre of Alexandria

Come visit Little Theatre of Alexandria Oct 21st through Nov. 11th to see Vanya and Sonya and Masha 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 the Little Theatre of Alexandria’s website.

Friday, November 17th    
Christmas at the Old Bull & Bush

Written and directed by Catherine Flye, this piece visits the Old Bull and Bush Public House, Hampstead, London, which is alive with British music hall songs and Christmas carols. Come enjoy a pint or tow, eat mince pies and sausage rolls, laugh at corny jokes and funny sketches, toe-tap to tuneful melodies and join in the sing-a-longs. For tickets, visit MetroStage online.

Saturday, November 25th   
Small Business Saturday at the Torpedo Factory

Celebrate the spirit of independent businesses with Torpedo Factory. Meet local artists and take part in hands-on activities. In honor of Small Business Saturday, the Torpedo Factory will stay open until 8pm (it usually closes at 6pm). Start your holidays by shopping at 80+ art studios and 7 galleries. Stop by the first floor at some point during the evening for live music, surprises, artist meet-and-greets, and highlights from other small businesses including The Board Bus, Together We Bake, EatsPlace, and more. For more information, visit the Torpedo Factory’s website.

EDUCATION AND INFORMATION
Monday, November 6th    
Brain Games

Seniors, head over to Beatley Central Library from 10:00am – 11:00 am to learn how to sharpen your mind and exercise your brain with stimulating games, puzzles, and activities designed to improve memory, recollection, attention, and focus. For more information, call 703-746-1751.

Thursday, November 16th      
Stress-Free Transitions

Join At Home in Alexandria at Beatley Central Library from 1:30pm – 3:30pm as representatives work with seniors to learn how to declutter, downsize, design, and organize with tips and tricks from Tad Relocation professionals and local volunteers who specialize in senior move management. For more information call 703-746-1751.

Wednesday, November 29th  
Demystifying Dementia

Join Insight Memory Care Center for a new session of the Mind and Body Workshop in Mount Vernon, from November 29th to December 20th. The workshop is a multi-session program series for both the caregiver and the recently diagnosed individual to participate. The workshop utilizes different topics to promote cognitive enhancement, creative expression, movement, community engagement, and overall well-being while living with memory loss. In the November session, the focus will be on maintaining brain health as we age, with breakout sessions on cognitive testing, and understanding and caring for a person with dementia. For more information, contact Christi Clark at 703-204-4664, or christi.clark@insightmcc.org.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Sunday, November 5th  
Prevent Cancer 5k

Volunteer now to help on Sunday, November 5 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. We are looking for dedicated individuals who have unwavering enthusiasm for our mission of saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection. Volunteers will be assigned to help warm up the participants, guide runners and walkers along the course, hand out water and food and, most importantly, cheer on the walkers, runners and teams along the 3.1-mile course. Sign up here.

Ongoing
Employments & Education Resource Assistant at New Hope Housing

Would you like to make a difference in someone’s life by helping them find housing or a job? EERC volunteers work one on one with residents on employment and housing searches. In this training, you will learn how to conduct a mock interview, how to provide job coaching, and how to assist with resume writing. We will also share with you resources to help residents locate appropriate housing. We request that volunteers are able to serve on a consistent basis (once a week if possible, but scheduling is flexible). Find more information here.

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 org.

 RECREATION
Wednesday, November 1st – November 22nd
Walk & Fit Training

Ages 55 & Up. Get fit while you walk with friends! Come to the Fitness Room at the William Ramsay Recreation Center on Wednesdays from 12:00pm – 1:00pm to participate. This circuit training class incorporates walking as an aerobic activity and the use of hand held weights and resistance bands for strength training. This cardiovascular fat burning workout aids in firming and sculpting your body. Register online. The class ID is 214106.

Monday, November 13th – November 18th
Senior Week at Sand & Steel Fitness

The week of November 13th, new customers 55+ train for free at Sand & Steel Fitness. Included programs are the Move Young Program, which provides training in basic movement kinetics to help you with everyday tasks (tying your shoe, going up steps, etc.); Lower Body Symmetry, which includes corrective exercise for hips and knees with a focus on weight loss; Upper Body Symmetry, which helps participants repair shoulder and grip strength with a strength training; and Comprehensive Movement Screening, in which participants will undergo Range of Motion, Balance, and Stability Testing. Some restrictions on participation do apply, so visit www.sandandsteelfitness.com for more information.

Saturday, November 18th
Run for Shelter

Carpenter’s Shelter’s 7th Annual Run for Shelter will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, Nov. 18th at the USPTO Building (600 Dulany St.) Proceeds from this signature community event fund Carpenter’s Shelter’s mission to support the homeless to achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education and advocacy. Register here.

 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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