Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

How the James Webb Space Telescope will unfold the universe

The James Webb Space Telescope is a miracle of modern science and engineering. With a 21-foot, gold-coated mirror protected by a sunshield that’s the size of a tennis court, it’s the world’s most powerful telescope and humanity’s latest attempt to answer questions like: “Where did we come from?” and “Are we alone?” (It also needed to be folded up like origami in order to launch into space.) Nobel Laureate John C. Mather, the leader of the team at NASA that built the Webb, explains.
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How to Make Blackberry Cobbler 

Check out this recipe for making a blackberry cobbler. Perfect time of year to do!
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A Two-Minute Meditation

Do you have two minutes? That’s enough time to recharge and refocus. Take a quick break to enjoy this spring-inspired guided meditation, led by Neda Gould, Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Mindfulness Program.
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An Introduction to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Selby Gardens located in Sarasota, Florida, is a gardener’s paradise and a great place to visit.
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

Friendship Firehouse Museum – Saturday, April 30 at 1 pm at 107 S. Alfred Street

The Friendship Firehouse Museum is welcoming visitors Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m., to show off its newly restored historic carriage. Teams of City officials, Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association Trustees and donors, and members of the Alexandria Fire Department will move the apparatus into the firehouse.
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Handcraft Tuesday – Evening Edition – Tuesday, May 3: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!
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Senior Health and Fitness Fair – Thursday, May 19 – 10 am to 12 Noon – Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria

This year’s Senior Health and Fitness Fair is pleased to be back in person with a fun program including:
*Interactive program by the Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance
*Healthy cooking demonstrations
*Exercise with Rodney Bates – a senior-fitness favorite of the Alexandria Recreation Dept.
*Blood pressure and Glaucoma screenings.
Click here to register, or call 703-836-4414 ext. 110.

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