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SSA Calendar

March 2018
Calendar of Events

Friday, March 2nd 
Music and Words Veterans Event

Head over to the Torpedo Factory from 7:00pm- 9:00pm on March 2nd for this special event! All are welcome to celebrate a collaborative performance by veterans, Service members, and Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist, Christylez Bacon, and six-string electric cellist, Wytold. The event is the culminating performance of a Music & Writing workshop offered at the USO Warrior and Family Center. In that workshop, local Service Members will collaborate with internationally touring poet Mahogany L. Browne as well as Christylez Bacon and Wytold to compose original songs

Through Saturday, March 17th      
Little Theatre of Alexandria

From the writer of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama, The Crown, playwright Peter Morgan takes you behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace. For the past 60 years, Queen Elizabeth has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in private, weekly meetings at Buckingham Palace.  Both parties of the meetings agree to never repeat what is said in these private “audiences.”  From Churchill to Margaret Thatcher, Morgan imagines what these meetings would be like as they span decades of the Queen’s reign. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their website.

Not-So-Modern Jazz Quartet Plus at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub

The Not-So-Modern Jazz Quartet Plus plays at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub from 7:00pm – 9:00pm each Thursdays. Faithfully reproducing club venue jazz from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, the group is comprised of top local jazz musicians, who have been playing together since 1983. They often play with 5 or more musicians, and rely heavily on their improvisation skills, as well as more traditional jazz standards, Dixieland, and Swing Era tunes. For more information, visit St. Elmo’s website.

Monday, March 5th 
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

This workshop at the Duncan Branch Library from 7:00pm – 8:30pm on March 5th and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, is for anyone who would like to know more about Memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia. The workshop’s information includes: Symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; How Alzheimer’s affects the brain; Causes and risk factors; How to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s disease; The benefits of early detection; How to address a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease; Stages of the disease; Treatment, Hope for the future; Ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help.

Thursday, March 15th
Preparing for Retirement

Are you ready for retirement? Not sure? Head over to the Burke Branch Library from 7:00pm – 8:00pm on March 15th to find out. This class involves a thorough review of the retirement planning process and the obstacles that can keep you from reaching that goal. Presented by a representative of the Foundation for Personal Financial Education.

Friday, March 30th    
Food Trends for Seniors

Healthy eating trends are constantly changing. Ever wonder which ones are right for you? Join Madison Reeder, a Registered Dietitian from InovaCares for SeniorsTM PACE Program, at Beatley Library as she demystifies trends. This month’s session will focus on matcha, and will include a cooking demonstration, free recipe, and food samples. To RSVP, contact SSA at 703.836.4414 x 110 or register here.

Saturday, March 3rd
Walkers Needed for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Volunteers of all ages, shapes and sizes, groups, and friendly dogs are welcome to show their support of community engagement and demonstrate their commitment to volunteerism by marching with the Volunteer Alexandria banner, on Saturday, March 3 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, visit

Wright to Read Tutor/Mentor Program

The Campagna Center’s Wright to Read program provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring and mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children who are reading one year below grade level. Tutoring is typically done at the public library after work or on the weekends once a week for an hour. This program requires volunteers to attend an Orientation and a separate Training as well as undergo a criminal background screening. For more information or to apply, visit

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 Nathan Toews at org.

Thursday, March 1st  
Tango Without Borders

Join QuinTango at Bealey Central Library from 12:00pm – 1:00pm on March 1st for a free Tango lesson. Tango is about communication. Communication can happen with language and with music, or through dance. QuinTango brings all these forms of communication together in Tango without Borders, a class that welcomes all Alexandrians – English-speaking, non-English speaking, new arrivals or longtime residents. Learn the basic tango steps. No dance experience or partner necessary.

Thursday March 1st – March 22nd
Adult Weight Training

This month-long class in the Fitness Room at William Ramsay Recreation Center will meet from 7:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursdays. Participants will burn calories, strengthen and tone muscles and improve flexibility with cardio and weight circuit training. Increase your endurance while getting fit! Register online at using the class ID 314102-03.

Thursday, March 8th – April 26th 
Senior Workout with Ms. Lynn

Ages 55 & up. Seniors, improve your posture and balance, strengthen your muscles, learn how to minimize or eliminate aches and pains, and increase your flexibility. Learn the many exercises that can be done while seated in a chair, leaning against a wall, or lying in the bed. Instructor Ms. Lynn. This class will be held in Mount Vernon Rec. Center’s Dance Studio from 11:00am – 11:45am on Thursdays. Register online at using the class ID 313801-02.

 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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