Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

How Dolly Parton Led me to an Epiphany

How do you end a story? Host of “Radiolab” Jad Abumrad tells how his search for an answer led him home to the mountains of Tennessee, where he met an unexpected teacher: Dolly Parton. Click here.

Five Warm Stews Perfect for Winter

Cozy up with one of these veggie stews to warm your belly on a winter night. Click here to get started.



Unlock Your Flexibility and Mobility with Silver Sneakers

Here is a short video that will help with your flexibility. Click here to check it out.

National Zoo’s Pandas Having Fun in the Snow

Even the pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian at the National Zoo are having fun in the snow!
Check out this cute video that will make you smile. Click here.

Upcoming Alexandria Library

Monthly Orientation to Local History/Special CollectionsSaturday, February 6 -11 am – 12 pm

Tour the Local History/Special Collections Branch! Learn about what resources are available for individuals interested in local history or genealogy. Registration is required. Click here.

Let’s Talk Books – “Stony the Road” – Tuesday, February 9, 7-9 pm

Join Let’s Talk Books book discussion club to read and discuss “Stony the Road” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow studies the time between emancipation of enslaved African Americans and the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s. In this book, Gates, a revered scholar and culture critic, explains what transpired after the Civil War and the institutionalization of racist practices that continue to plague the country. Click here to register.

Virtual Birthnight Banquet – February 13 – 7-9 pm

The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum are pleased to present the annual celebration of the birth of our first President, George Washington -virtually this year! Going virtual allows us to open this typically sold-out event to as many who wish to participate in this Alexandria tradition, celebrating George Washington with a banquet and ball. Click here to register.


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