Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

Helping Others Makes Us Happier, but it matters how we do it

Research shows that helping others makes us happier. But in her groundbreaking work on generosity and joy, social psychologist Elizabeth Dunn found that there’s a catch: it matters how we help. Learn how we can make a greater impact — and boost our own happiness along the way — if we make one key shift in how we help others. “Let’s stop thinking about giving as just this moral obligation and start thinking of it as a source of pleasure,” Dunn says.
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3 Traditional Passover Recipes – Everyday Food with Sarah Carey

Looking for that family Passover recipe that your grandmother never got around to sharing? Sarah gathers her favorites, all in one video, like her light and fluffy Matzo Ball Soup, a delicious and juicy slow cooker brisket, and a very simple chewy coconut macaroon.
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Guided Meditation

Try this guided meditation with Frederic Edwin Church’s “River of Light” painting.
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History of Passover

Watch this short video from the History Channel on the history of Passover.
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

Drug Take Back Day – April 27

Safely dispose of unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications, including those prescribed by veterinarians, during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. A collection will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the following drop-off sites: Alexandria Police Department Headquarters (3600 Wheeler Ave.), Fire Station 210 (5255 Eisenhower Ave.), The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray (2204 Mt. Vernon Ave.), Walgreens Pharmacy (3614 King St.)
Click on flyers in English and Spanish.

Burke Branch Friends Book Sale – Friday, May 03: 11:00am – 4:00pm –
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library

Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!
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Robust Walkathon – May 7 –10 am – 12 pm – Ben Brenman Park

Come celebrate spring at the Robust Walkathon at Ben Brenman Park on Tuesday, May 7 from10am-Noon. You’ll enjoy an invigorating walk around the lake, pausing at exercise stations where participants will perform low-intensity activities that will help you gain balance, agility, and flexibility. The suggested donation of $10 supports the Successful Aging Committee’s annual holiday events, the Dance for All Ages, and the Health & Fitness Fair.
Register by emailing or call 703-836-4414, ext.110.

Senior Services of Alexandria’s Health and Fitness Fair – Thursday, May 23 at 10 am at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria

The Successful Aging Committee is sponsoring the annual Senior Health & Fitness Fair on Thursday, May 23 from 10am-noon. This year’s fair will be a fun and interactive program featuring a presentation by the Inova Community Health Team, blood pressure and glaucoma screenings, a healthy cooking demonstration by the chef from The View Alexandria, chair yoga, and exercise with RPCA’s Rodney! The event will be held at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria. Light refreshments will be provided and the event is free, but please register by emailing or call 703-836-4414, ext. 110.

Senior Law Day – Saturday, June 8

Save the date for the 12th annual Senior Law Day on Saturday, June 8 from 8:30am-12:30pm. The theme will be “Protecting Ourselves as We Age: Essential Personal and Financial Strategies”. Join SSA and the Alexandria Bar Association for this free and informative seminar to make sure you are protected from scams and learn about strategies for aging well in Alexandria. The free event will be held at the First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street in Alexandria.
Please register by mailing or call 703-836-4414, ext.110.
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