Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

Meet mini-grids — the clean energy solution bringing power to millions

Hundreds of millions of people lack access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa, relying on highly polluting diesel and firewood for power and light. Working to brighten the future in her home country of Malawi and beyond, energy access innovator Tombo Banda makes the case for mini-grids — localized energy systems powered by solar energy that are quick and cheap to deploy — and shares ideas for making them more profitable and scalable.
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Strawberry Country Cake

Ina’s Strawberry Country Cakes are elegant, yet simple to make.
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7 Exercises that Strengthen Your Hips

This hip workout for older adults helps prevent and relieve pain.
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Dawn Chorus and Spring Flowers

A short video featuring an audio track of birds singing at dawn and images of Scotland’s woodlands and spring flowers.
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

All Alexandria Eats: Cake – Share your favorite cake recipe

Friday, March 22: All Day –  Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library

After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.
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Virginia’s Constitution Traveling Exhibition – from the Library of Virginia

Monday, March 25: 10:00am – 8:00pm –  Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library – Burke Adult Services Area

Virginia’s Constitution is a traveling exhibition from the Library of Virginia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the state’s current constitution.
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Senior Services of Alexandria’s “Floral Arranging Event” – Thursday, April 25, 10 am – The View – 5000 Fairbanks Avenue, Alexandria

April’s Floral Arranging workshop will be a fun one! With the help of the Red Hill Garden Club, you will make simple, pretty floral arrangements you can take home. Flowers will be supplied, all you need to bring is a pair of scissors or garden sheers and your imagination! Spots are limited, so register as soon as possible. Register at or call 703-836-4414, ext. 110.
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