Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

Why do we eat popcorn at the movies?

Soft percussion and a toasty scent mark the violent transformation of tough seeds into cloud-like puffs. This is the almost magical process of popcorn-making. Dozens of kinds of popcorn are now grown in the US, with different strains assuming distinctive shapes when their kernels explode. So, how did we actually end up with this whimsical food? Andrew Smith traces the history of popcorn. Click here.

The Stay-at-Home Pasta PrimaveraThe Stay At Home Chef shows you how to make pasta primavera. Click here.

7 Exercise to Strengthen your Hips

Check out this simple exercises to strengthen your hips and prevent falls and injury. Click here.

C-SPAN Cities Tour – Alexandria: Hidden History of Alexandria

This video is about the hidden history of Alexandria. Michael Lee Pope visits several locations around Alexandria and discusses the importance of Alexandria’s history. Click here.


Alexandria Library and Other Events

May is Historic Preservation Month

Check out the lectures and events that the Office of Historic Alexandria has planned during Preservation Month. Click here.

Alexandria NAACP Panel DiscussionSaturday, May 6: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library – Large Meeting Room

A panel to discuss the evolution and history of the chapter’s role in advancing the civil rights of Alexandrians. Click here.

Line DancingTuesday, May 9: 11:00am – 12:00pm – Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library – Meeting Room

Learn basic line dance steps while you workout to Golden Oldies music. This is a great class for beginners. Bring a friend or come alone. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Click here.

Robust Walkathon – Tuesday, May 9 – 10 am – noon at Ben Brenman Park

Join SSA and members of the City’s Successful Aging Committee for a walk around Ben Brenman Park incorporating low-intensity exercises to help gain better balance, flexibility and endurance. Also, members of the Alexandria Fire and Sheriff’s Departments in attendance. There is a $10 suggested donation. To register click here .

Senior Health and Fitness Fair – May 18, 10 am to 12 noon – Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street in Old Town

This annual event features cooking demonstrations, blood pressure and glaucoma screenings; and exercises and meditation for older adults. Rhonda Williams, LCSW, with the city’s Department of Community and Human Services is the guest speaker and her talk – “Springing Forward – With Emotional and Physical Well Being” is about the importance of maintaining good health as we age. The Alexandria Health Department will be offering COVID-19 vaccine boosters. To register click here.

Senior Law Day – June 3, 9 am – 12 noon – First Baptist Church – 2932 King Street “Expect the Unexpected – When Life Throws you a Curveball”

This year’s Senior Law Day, sponsored by the Alexandria Bar Association and Senior Services of Alexandria will cover the basics of estate planning, late marriage and gray divorce, scenarios involving adult children, and housing options as you age. Senior Law Day is free and open to the public. To register click here.


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