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SSA Calendar

April 2018
Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 7th  
Alexandria Symphony: Bach, Brahms & Piazzolla

Three centuries collide when the ASO and Maestro Nicholas Hersh present the 2017-2018 Season finale. Bearing the name of his home for three decades, the program begins with C.P.E. Bach’s “Berlin” Symphony in E-Flat Major followed by Piazzolla’s modern tango-inspired Tangazo: Variations on Buenos Aires.  Rounding out the program is Brahms’ romantic, melancholy and pastoral Symphony No. 2 in D Major. A study in musical contradictions, the concert is an intriguing blend of infectious rhythm and dark symphonic colors.

Friday, April 13th – April 29th 

Internationally acclaimed Canadian/New Zealand Jewish comic performer, musician and writer Deb Filler returns to MetroStage with her smash hit, I Did it My Way: In Yiddish (in English), having performed it in Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland, Jerusalem, NYC and LA. A brilliant storyteller, she has charmed audiences world-wide with stories of her encounters with three Lennys. With only a guitar and a raft of lovable characters Deb is a one-woman tour de force in this jam-packed, music-filled show.

Saturday, April 21st – May 12th 
Little Theatre of Alexandria

Imaginary friends can be whoever — or whatever — you want them to be, even a six and a half-foot tall rabbit. When Elwood starts introducing his imaginary rabbit friend, Harvey, to guests at a party, his sister can no longer tolerate his inebriated antics and worries about her family being exposed to this imaginary rabbit. However, after years of living with Elwood (and Harvey), she begins to start seeing him herself. For more information or to purchase tickets here.

Saturday, April 7th 
Beyond The Basics: iPad- Intermediate Workshop

Join AARP for a free hands-on workshop and learn how to get the most from your mobile devices. Meet Siri, fancy up your photos, manage messages and more! Topics covered include: Maps – Never lose your way, this navigation app has you covered, Voice Dictation – A hands-free way to handle typing, iCloud Photo Albums – Share your photos and access them anywhere. All participants will get hands-on experience with devices, and a free touchscreen stylus pen. Register online. For questions about this workshop call 1-866-740-6947.

Tuesday, April 17th 
Howard University in the Service of Democracy

Founded by Civil War Generals, Howard University’s relationship with the armed forces has been nurtured since the beginnings of the university. The university and its students led the charge in fighting discrimination in the military. They also served patriotically in both World War I and World War II. In support of World War I, the campus itself was even turned over to the War Department. This presentation given by Dr. Lopez Matthews will tell the story of Howard and the evolution of African Americans and the Armed Forces.

Friday, April 27th     
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.

Family Emergency Program

ALIVE’s Family Emergency Program (FEP) is looking for you.  All opportunities are Monday-Friday, at the Alexandria Food Center.  Desk Volunteer: Processes financial assistance referrals, responds to emails, responds to phone inquiries; calls clients to verify availability. Food Packer: Packs food in bags for same day delivery to clients by drivers; Some light lifting (15-20 lbs; a grocery bag); bending and reaching of shelved items. Driver: Delivers bags of food to referred clients within Alexandria City; Provides own vehicle; Must be able to climb stairs and lift bags of groceries; For more information, email

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.

Saturday, April 7th   
Poetry Walk of Avenue Poems

Calling all poetry lovers! Renée Adams of Del Ray’s poetry fence and Wendi Kaplan, Alexandria Poet Laureate, invite everyone to walk Mt Vernon Ave to read the poems outside 30 businesses and the Farmer’s Market that Renée “poem-bombed” for April, poetry month. Participants will meet at 10am at the Duncan Library in the meeting room, and leave at 10:15 to walk the Avenue Poems. If raining lightly, bring an umbrella, but if it’s a hard rain, the event will occur in the meeting room; Adams and Kaplan will read the poems and attendees can also read their own poetry.

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.  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, please call the site to check class status.

Sunday, April 22nd 
34th Annual George Washington Parkway Classic

The George Washington Parkway Classic is Alexandria’s hometown race, and so much more, with the Parkway route connecting two of the area’s most historic spots. The starting gun (sadly, there is no musket) fires steps from the picturesque George Washington’s Mount Vernon. From there, you’ll travel down the tree-lined George Washington Memorial Parkway to another area associated with Washington, charming Old Town Alexandria. In addition to the 10-mile distance, a 5K and kids dash are available. The George Washington Parkway Classic supports the Boys and Girls Club of Alexandria.

 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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