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Greater Springfield Chamber Hosts Book Drive to Benefit Area Children

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Community Affairs Committee will host a Children’s Book Drive February 2 through April 21.  Children’s books, for readers up to grade 5, will be collected at Chamber events and at area businesses for distribution to local elementary age students this spring.

“Every child should have books they call their own,” reminds Karen Brown, coordinator of the Chamber’s Book Drive.  “I know our business community is ready to help.”

New and gently-used children’s books may be dropped off at participating locations through April 21.  Chamber volunteers will pick-up collected books as donation boxes fill and prepare them for distribution to young residents in the Greater Springfield community.  Book Drive hosts include:

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Austin Grill West Springfield
Balance Interactive (Cary Professional Building)
Community Business Partnership
Comfort Inn Alexandria

Walmart Sponsors America I AM: The African-American Imprint Exhibition and Offers Discounted Tickets

Walmart Sponsors America I AM: The African-American Imprint Exhibition and Offers Discounted Tickets
Tickets are now available in select Washington, D.C. stores

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (Jan. 24, 2011) – Walmart (NYSE:WMT), the presenting sponsor of the America I AM: The African-American Imprint tour, will offer specially-priced tickets at select Walmart stores in the Washington, D.C. area.  America I AM is a four-year touring museum exhibition that celebrates nearly 500 years of African-American contributions to this country.  To help give families the opportunity to enjoy this special experience, Walmart is offering tickets at the lowest available price: $10 for adults and $5 for children.  The discounted prices are 17 percent off standard ticket prices.

School Board Meeting Rescheduled

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

The Alexandria City School Board Meeting that was postponed last night due to the weather has been rescheduled for next Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room at 2000 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria.   For more information, please contact Rosemary Webb, Clerk of the Board, at 703-824-6614 or rwebb@acps.k12.va.us.

FREE Child Identification and Fingerprinting

FREE Child Identification and Fingerprinting

From Fairfax County:

Photo identification with fingerprints gives authorities vital information to help them locate a missing child.

The Sheriff's Office will provide you with a FREE photo of your child and a set of his or her fingerprints—using quick, clean, inkless technology—at the following events:

Saturday, February 5, 7:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Supervisor Gerry Hyland’s Annual Town Hall Meeting
Mount Vernon High School
8515 Old Mt. Vernon Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22309

Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Center for Alexandria's Children Oscar Night Benefit

Center for Alexandria's Children Oscar Night Benefit

From the Center for Alexandria's Children:

The Center for Alexandria’s Children (CAC) announces production is underway for its 2011 gala benefit, Oscar Night in Alexandria.  The event will raise funds for the CAC, a public-private partnership dedicated to the elimination of child abuse.   The CAC helps protect children and strengthen families by coordinating the investigation, prosecution, treatment and prevention of child abuse in one safe, child-friendly facility.

The benefit will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m at the Belle Haven Country Club. Belle Haven is located at 6023 Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria, VA.

Volunteers Needed for Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Volunteers Needed for Phoenix Rising Meal Program

The following was sent to us by Susan Huffaker:

Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, is part of a group of churches that serves a nutritious bagged meal to homeless people living in the woods, their vehicles, and in motels along the Route One corridor between North Kings Highway and the Fairfax County Parkway in Alexandria.  All ages can help prepare and assemble the bag lunches and assist in delivery.  We deliver the meals the fourth Friday of the month at 5:30 pm, and we prepare the meals on the day before (Thursdays) at 6:30 pm.  

Contact us at 703 971-5151 or admin@franconiaumc.org. We're at the corner of Beulah and Franconia, next to Franconia Elementary School, on Fairfax Connector buses 231, 232, and 310.



Community Humane Heroes Honored 10th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair

Community Humane Heroes Honored 10th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair

What do Nationals’ pitcher John Lannan and DC Councilmember Mary Cheh have in common?  They are both being honored by the Washington Humane Society for their commitment to helping WHS end animal cruelty and pet homelessness. To celebrate a decade of Sugar & Champagne, this year for the first time ever, WHS is celebrating these special individuals and businesses with Humane Hero Awards.

“WHS is honored to have amazing community partners who advocate for animals. These men and women truly care about our mission and their work to support us has made a huge impact on the animals were care for.  These Humane Hero Awards are just a small token of our gratitude,” said Lisa LaFontaine, WHS President & CEO.

Humane Hero Award Winners: