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SSA Calendar

September 2017
Calendar of Events

Thursday, Sept. 7th     through Oct. 1st        
Torpedo Factory: “Aqueducts: Stone Ruins in Marland & Virginia”
M. Alexander Gray’s “Aqueducts: Stone Ruins in Maryland & Virginia” will be on display at the Art League Gallery from September 7 – October 1. Gray’s exhibit is as meditative and serene as the structures he depicts – aqueducts, stone passageways leftover from canals built in Maryland and Virginia in the 1830s. Gray, a lifelong Virginian, wants to bring these lesser-known, historic sites back into the public eye. Grey’s engravings, which are painstakingly carved into copper, wood, and resin, focus on the erosion of these sites.
Saturday, Sept. 9th through Sept. 30th  
Little Theatre of Alexandria

Driving Ms. Daisy– It’s 1948 in the Deep South just prior to the civil rights movement. The wealthy, strong-willed, Daisy Wertham, is a Jewish woman living in a WASP-dominated community. Hoke, a dignified, unemployed black man is hired as her chauffeur. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play spans their complex 25-year relationship to show that friendships are found in even the most unlikely circumstances. Find more information and buy tickets here.  

ThroughSept. 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  


Monday, Sept. 11th  
Learn About Foot Health

Join Dr. Gregory Cardinal of Podiatrist in Motion at the Duncan Branch Library on Monday, September 11th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in the Meeting Room to learn about common foot conditions and home treatments, as well as information on diabetic foot problems, such as diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) and peripheral vascular disease.

Thursday, Sept. 14th     
Let’s Talk Books: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

To celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month, participants in the Barret Branch’s book discussion—Let’s Talk Books—will be reading, or for some re-reading, a classic novel from Columbian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” For more information contact

Wednesday, Sept. 27th   
Author Talk with Robert Wallace: Spy Sites of Washington, DC

Join author Robert Wallace at Beatley Central Library from 7:00pm-8:30pm as he discusses his book, “Spy Sites of Washington, DC.” His book traces over two centuries of secret history from the Mt. Vernon study of spymaster George Washington to the Cleveland Park apartment of the “Queen of Cuba.” Informative and historical, Spy Sites of Washington, DC is the comprehensive guidebook to the shadow history of our nation’s capital. Located in the Large Meeting Room.

Gardening with Children in Subsidized Housing

Volunteer bicycle mechanics are needed to further VeloCity Bicycle’s mission of empowering and growing a more inclusive bicycling community through education and affordability.  No experience is necessary. Basic training will be provided over a series of evenings using bicycles that need to refurbishment before donation to partner organizations and for recycling for sale back into the community.  VeloCity Bicycle will provide an orientation of what it means to volunteer and continue to get you further involved how you’d like. For more information, visit VeloCity Bicycle’s website

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

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


Thursday, Sept. 7th
Jane Austen Dance Class

Come to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 N. Royal St.) from 7:30pm-9:30pm to learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors, in preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on Sept. 23. Reservations are recommended and can be made here. There is a fee of $12 per class or $30 for a series of three classes (held on the 7th, 14th, and 21st).

Wednesday, Sept. 13th
Rapid Chess: Exercising the Mind as Well as the Body

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics will introduce “rapid chess” as a trial event during the 2017 competition. Rapid chess places stricter time limits on competitors than regular chess. The competition will be held on Sept. 13th at 10:00am at the Walter Reed Senior Center in Arlington (2909 16th St S). To participate, register by September 2nd. The 2017 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics competition runs from Sept. 9-20 at venues across the region. Participants must be 50 by the end of the calendar year to compete.

Tuesday, Sept. 19th through Dec. 14th     
Functional Fitness for Older Adults

Ages 55 & up. Come to the Dance Studio at Charles Houston Recreation Center from 9:05 am-10:05 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Functional Fitness for Older Adults. Improve your independence and meet your functional goals. Help improve upper and lower body strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Safe and effective physical activity improves your physical health and enhances psychological well-being. Registration required.

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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