Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

Using your voice is a political choice

For anyone who believes poetry is stuffy or elitist, Amanda Gorman — the youngest inaugural poet in US history — has some characteristically well-chosen words. Poetry is for everyone, she says, and at its core it’s all about connection and collaboration.
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Martha’s Filled Fourth of July Strawberries

Create a festive, fruity dessert in 15 minutes. These creamy red, white, and blue bites are just right for the Fourth of July or a summer picnic.
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Kickboxing for Seniors | SilverSneakers

Kickboxing can be a great way to elevate your heart rate as well as increase your muscular power and strength. Just be sure that as you perform your jabs and your kicks that you keep your elbows and knees slightly bent.
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History of the Holidays: Independence Day – Origins of Fireworks

Check out this short video about this history of July 4th fireworks.
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

Internet Basics – Learn to navigate the web with a hands-on tour of the basics – Wednesday, July 5: 10:00am – 11:00am – Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library – Computer Area

If you know little or nothing about how to use the web and want to learn more, this is the place to start!
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Specialty Tour: Hamilton’s BFF & Frenemies – July 7 – Gadsby’s Tavern Museum – 5:30 pm

Inspired by the musical Hamilton, learn how the paths of Washington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Madison, and Burr all intersected with this local tavern. Includes discussion of the issues they faced and how their choices impacted local citizens. Arrive no later than 5 minutes prior to tour time to check-in. No need to print tickets–your name will be on a list after purchasing. $15 for public,
$12 for OHA Members, buy tickets here.

City of Alexandria Fireworks Celebration – Saturday, July 8, Oronoco Bay Park

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 274th and the USA’s 247th birthday on Saturday, July 8, at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St.). The event includes music, cupcakes, and activities, ending with the Grand Finale — a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free!
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