Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

The future of fashion — made from mushrooms

Your closet is likely full of all kinds of materials — leather, cotton, nylon and polyester, to name a few — that contribute to fashion’s sustainability crisis. Biomaterials investigator Dan Widmaier explains how we could look to nature for sustainable replacements for these much-used materials and introduces a leather alternative made from mushrooms that looks great and doesn’t harm the environment.
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Stay-at-Home Chef’s Peach Pie

The perfect peach pie is within your grasp. A vibrant, sweet peach filling surrounded by a perfect fail-proof crust. Of course you can use your own crust recipe or a store-bought one works just as well! It really is the perfect peach pie!
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15-Minute Arm Toning Workout (Minimal Equipment)

Toning your arms requires much less equipment than you may think. Watch how you can tone your arms right from home in just 15 minutes.
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

Bands & Brews in Del Ray at Pat Miller Square, Saturday, August 20, 1-6 pm

The Del Ray Business Association, sponsored by The Jen Walker Team, is sponsoring a special summer event, Bands & Brews, featuring live music in outdoor restaurant venues along Mt. Vernon Avenue! A portion of the proceeds will go to Senior Services of Alexandria.  Advanced tickets are $15, just click bands. You can also purchase tickets at the door for $20.

Let’s Talk Books – “ArtCurious” by Jennifer Dasal – Monday, August 8 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Join Let’s Talk Books club to read or listen to and discuss “ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd and Strangely Wonderful in Art History” written and produced by Jennifer Dasal.
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Diversity Book Club – “I’ll Scream Later” by Marlee Matlin – Monday, August 8: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Join us for a virtual discussion of award-winning actress Marlee Matlin’s memoir.
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Line Dancing Basics – Tuesday, August 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.
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Senior Academy Fall In-Person Sessions – Every Wednesday – Sept. 7 – 28 – 9:30 am – 12 noon

Senior Services of Alexandria is excited to offer the Fall Senior Academy session in person starting Wednesday, September 7 and continuing every Wednesday morning through September 28 from 9:30 am to noon. Participants will hear from city leaders including the Mayor and City Manager about how the city operates, programs and resources for older adults, and how they can get engaged in the community. The sessions are interactive and free to residents 60 and older. You can register online at Academy or call 703-836-4414, ext. 110.
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