Transform a Space and Transform a Life: Mentor with SOHO

No Experience Needed; Training Provided

Two creative programs that help transform the lives of Alexandria’s preteens are seeking volunteer mentors. SOHO, which stands for “Space of Her Own,” and “Space of His Own,” serves vulnerable fifth graders in Alexandria.  The programs pair compassionate and resourceful men and women with youth in need of positive adult role models, to help support and guide youth in making healthy choices and succeeding in school and in life.

On Wednesday, September 7, from 6 to 7 p.m., SOHO will host an information session for persons interested in becoming mentors with the programs.  The session will be held at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Attendees are asked to register online(more…)


The Alexandria Fire Department and IAFF Local 2141 have begun their annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign in Alexandria, Virginia. The campaign will go through Monday, September 5th and helps to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association(MDA).

The campaign is a cooperative effort between on-duty AFD personnel, AVFD personnel, and off-duty volunteers, to include friends and family. Volunteers will be recruited from each of the labor group as well (IAFF, PBFFA, and APMA).

Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related diseases take away the ability to walk, move, smile, talk or even breathe.

Proceeds will go towards research and treatments and will also help support MDA’s programs, such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, according to their release.

Over the last five + years the Alexandria Fire Department has raised over $165,000 for MDA.

Firefighters have been spotted around town today! Will you help fill the boot??

‘Bike for Good’ with the Bicycle Food Rescue program on August 27th!

Here’s a look at a unique bicycle food rescue program at the Old Town Farmers’ Market increases access to locally grown and healthy food to low-income residents in the City of Alexandria, Virginia.

Bring your bike and helmet THIS weekend (August 27) and help your neighbor and community by increasing access to healthy food! Come to the Market and rescue donated food using bicycles and cargo trailers! The Bicycle Food Rescue program is about transporting fresh, locally grown food donated by the generous vendors of the Old Town farmers’ Market using bicycles to area locations serving low-income and at-risk Alexandria residents on August 27th.

Food rescue events are the last Saturday of the month from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm. Sign up at Volunteer Alexandria (type in “Bike for Good” in the Keyword Search) or email for more information. Come join the fun!

Jeremais Herrera Rodriguez

Photo credit: Rodriguez family

As readers know, yesterday, an elderly driver struck and killed a pedestrian in Swift Alley in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia behind Burke & Herbert Bank.

Jeremais Herrera Rodriguez, 44, of Alexandria, was cleaning the alley behind the Warehouse Bar & Grill where he worked as a dishwasher, one of two jobs he held so he could send money home to his family, when he was struck and killed by the vehicle.

No information has been released on whether or not the driver will be facing criminal charges. Police are still investigating the incident.

Now, the Warehouse Bar & Grill has setup a GoFundMe page to help the family with the cost of sending his remains back to his family in Guatemala, which is quite expensive.

$10,000 is needed to help send Mr. Rodriguez back to his family in Guatemala. Questions on this fundraising effort can be sent to Meghan Schulze.

Via Warehouse Bar & Grill’s Facebook page

For those in our great city of Alexandria who may or may not have heard, we lost a wonderful friend and co-worker yesterday in a terrible accident. Jeremais worked with us for seven years, and was a truly hard-working husband and father. We are hoping to help ease some of the financial burden this tragedy brings to his family, and if you have any questions feel free to ask. We have already seen great support from our friends and customers, and we are so lucky to know you.

If you can, please consider donating to help a grieving Alexandria area family. I have donated. Hope you can too.

(H/T CM)

Foster's Grille - Outside
Foster’s Grille, located at 2004 Eisenhower Avenue in the Eisenhower East neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, is hosting a ‘Yappy Hour’ fundraiser TONIGHT at 5:30 PM benefiting the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA).

The ‘Yappy Hour’ event will be held rain or Shine. FREE fries, onion rings and dog treats! Happy Hour prices on beer.

No dog is needed to attend. During ‘Yappy Hour’, come out and meet some adorable adoptable candidates from AWLA.

Admission is FREE to Eisenhower Partnership members, guests and non-members. Registration is not required.

All donations to benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Rudder - An awesome Dog from Alexandria, Virginia

(Image credit: GoFundMe page)

Alexandria, Virginia is one of the top dog-friendly cities in the United States. Did you know that one out of every four residents in Alexandria, Virginia is a dog?

This is why stories like this hit hard. I know the dog in this request (see below) who tragically lost his owner late last year. Ashley left us too soon but, you can help Rudder live on whose liver is damaged.

Friends of the family have setup a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Rudder’s treatment.

I have donated to help out Rudder. If you can, please consider donating as well.

The dashlingly handsome and sweet Labrador you see in this photo is Rudder Long.  Rudder’s Dad is Ashley who passed away unexpectedly this past Fall; it has been quite a shock for all involved, including Rudder.  Luckily, Rudder has been able to stay in his primary home with his Grandmother, Cindy with the assistance of myself and some caring friends and neighbors.  This has been quite a wonderful gift for each of them.

Unfortunately, some routine blood work in February showed that Rudder had highly elevated liver enzymes across all markers (as much as 10x what is considered “normal”).  An ultrasound and a bile acids test (to assess liver function) confirmed that his liver has been wrestling with an insult of unknown origin for quite some time.   Luckily, the liver is quite a warrior and up until recently, Rudder has not been showing the deletarious effects that an injured liver can produce.   The liver effects the functioning of all other organ systems as well as being the “master” in charge of ridding our bodies from toxins, excess hormones, heavy metals etc.  Quite an imortant job for one organ!  But, when the liver is diseased and left untreated, it will no longer be able to function, ultimately resulting in an untimely death.  And Rudder has quite an appetite–espcially for life– left in him!

The good news is that the liver has Super Powers of it’s own and can actually regenerate some of itself when given targeted care.  So the next step in Rudder’s healing journey is to get a biospy (via laproscopy) to see what villian is causing the damage.  In absence of tumors on his ultrasound the most likely culprit is copper.  Normally benign and necessary for metabolism, in certain breeds (Labs as one of them) an inherited condition can cause their bodies to accumulate too much copper and result in heavy metal toxicity, leading to the destruction of liver cells.  Luckily, Copper Storage Disease, once definitely diagnosed through the biopsy, is very treatable by (1) removing the excessive copper, (2) diet management and (3) monthly supplements.

So this is where Rudder needs your support: the biopsy is very expensive and his family does not have all the funds necessary to cover the cost.  Without the biopsy, the exact cause of his liver demise can not be diagnosed. His next option for treatment would be too costly on a monthly basis to maintain since that would involve casting a wide net at all possible causes and may not even be addressing the appropriate root cause.

So, please consider contributing to Rudder’s medical care so that can he live out his life comfortably and continue to put a smile on everyone’s face!  All contributions will go to the cost of the biopsy, veterinary visits and if anything it left over, towards his on-going monthly prescription food and supplement schedule necessay to support his liver.

“Dogs do not make our whole life but they make our lives whole”  ~R.C.

Los Tios, Del Ray, Alexandria

Good food and a good cause. What could be better?

Mention Alexandria Rugby when being seated at Los Tios Grill in Del Ray tonight and 10% of your bill will go to support Alexandria Rugby. The offer is for dine in OR take out.

Los Tios Grill is located at 2615 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia. You can view the menu here.

(Flickr Pool photo via Bill, on Flickr)

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