Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!


Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. To listen click here.

Best Potato Latkes Recipe

Looking for the perfect latke recipe for Hanukkah?
Click here to get started.

Exercise to Justin Timberlake’s
“Can’t Stop the Feeling”

Here is a fun chair exercise that will get you motivated and ready to start your day!
Click here to check it out.


Travel to Redwood National Park

Travel to Northern California’s stunning Redwood National Park courtesy of National Geographic and see some of the tallest trees in the world. Production company More Than Just Parks showcases the diverse wildlife and landscapes found in this temperate rainforest in their short film, Redwood. Click here to be amazed.

Upcoming Alexandria Library Events

Holiday Eating Strategies,Tuesday, December 8, 7:00- 8:00pm

Kristen McGill, a registered dietitian and in-store nutritionist with Giant Food, will present on strategies to make the most of your holiday food indulgences. There are less than 65 days between Halloween and New Year’s but they can add up to weeks of overindulging. Join us to learn helpful tips and strategies to enjoy your holidays – as a guest or as a host – with none of the guilt! Click here to register.

Office of Historic Alexandria – Alexander von Humboldt’s Visit to Washington in 1804 – Sunday, December 6, 2-3:30 pm

Join Dr. Sandra Rebok for a virtual lecture “Serendipity or Destiny? Alexander von Humboldt’s Visit to Washington in 1804,” co-sponsored by the Office of Historic Alexandria and the Alexandria Association. During the first days of June 1804, the Prussian explorer Alexander von Humboldt was a guest of President Jefferson in the White House, and took the opportunity to visit also Georgetown, Alexandria, and Mount Vernon. The visit also happened right after the Louisiana Purchase and the beginning of a series of exploration voyages into the West, when his expertise was of particular importance for the young nation. Tickets are $6, free for members of the Alexandria Association. The Alexandria Association is the city’s oldest organization devoted to the preservation of Alexandria’s historic buildings, landscapes, records, and antiquities. To find out more and how to join click here. Tickets for the lecture can be purchased by clicking here.

Diversity Book Club – “Resilience” by Jessie CloseMonday, December 14 – 7 – 8:30pm

Please join us for a virtual discussion of “Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness” by Jessie Close. Click here for more information and to register.


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