Saint Patrick's Day Parade
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George Washington Birthday Parade (CREDIT - Tisara Photography for Visit Alexandria)

Image credit: Tisara Photography for Visit Alexandria

Alexandria Celebrates George Washington’s Birthday with Events Throughout February

Who’s ready to party like it’s 1732?

Thousands will join in the revelry for the 284th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. The city celebrates the General’s birthday throughout the month of February with more than a dozen festive events, including the George Washington Birthday Parade, a Cherry Challenge among Alexandria’s restaurants, free admission to historic sites, popular walking tours, 18th-century dance classes, and a 10K and 2K Fun Run.

Alexandria is a “best of” when it comes to the spectrum of sites and special events associated with General Washington. With George Washington’s Mount Vernon just eight miles south of historic Old Town, more than 140 locations in present-day Alexandria are associated with the nation’s first president, who conducted business, gathered with friends, worshiped, and even owned a townhouse in the city.

A FULL listing of events after the jump… Find event information at this link.

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Celebrating Earth Day in Alexandria, Virginia

2014 Ellen Pickering Award Winner UpCycle Creative Reuse Center

Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and
Alexandria Renew Enterprises Seek Nominees
Award Honors Legacy of Distinguished Alexandria Environmental Steward

The Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises are seeking nominees for the 2016 Eighth Annual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award to honor and recognize Alexandrians who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the natural environment and keeping the City green.

The award will be presented during the Alexandria Earth Day celebration at the Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Road, (1005 Mt. Vernon Ave.) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. A tree will be planted in honor of the recipient of the 2016 Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award. The event will include various educational exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities for children, and more, that will emphasize this year’s theme: Choose to Reuse—Your Choices Matter!

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The Alexandria City Council is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on boards, commissions and committees in Alexandria, Virginia.

All applicants must complete a Personal Data Record Form no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, February 26 2016.

For a complete list of current vacancies, visit this link.

You can apply for a position online. The online personal data form can be found at this link.

The Alexandria City Council is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on boards, commissions and committees in Alexandria, Virginia.

All applicants must complete a Personal Data Record Form no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, January 25 2016.

For a complete list of current vacancies, visit this link.

You can apply for a position online. The online personal data form can be found at this link.

Appomattox Statue in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria City Manager Schedules Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names

On September 29, 2015, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to establish an Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names. You can see our previous post on this topic at this link.

The establishing resolution directed the City Manager to appoint the seven members of the Advisory Group, with two members appointed at-large and one member appointed from each of the Alexandria Human Rights Commission, the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission, the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, the Alexandria Planning Commission, and the Alexandria Transportation Commission.

I have to say, I’m a little surprised that groups like United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, or Sons of Confederate Veterans have no representation on the group. That is, if the City wants to hear from all sides in this discussion, which it appears they do not.

The first group meeting has now been scheduled. The first meeting is scheduled for January 27 at 7:00 PM at City Hall in the Sister Cities Conference Room (Room 1101 – right off the Vola Lawson lobby).

(H/T Jol)

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