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“The Giving Circle of Alexandria” answers First Lady’s Call

The following was sent to us by The Giving Circle of Alexandria:

Alexandria, VA, Tuesday, November 09, 2010  The Giving Circle is holding a free informative forum addressing the issue of childhood obesity, with guest speaker Debra Kibbe, Director of Physical Activity & Nutrition at the International Life Science Institute. Childhood obesity is on the rise nationwide; this is not just an inner-city problem, suburban communities are severely affected.  The nationwide obesity crisis has even captured the attention of the White House and First Lady. 

72 Local Soldiers Depart for Afghanistan Today

72 soldiers from the Maryland and Virginia National Guard are being deployed to Afghanistan today. Yesterday, Virginia Guard’s Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division conducted a departure ceremony for these Soldiers. Families and friends of the Soldiers gathered on Fort Belvoir’s Long Parade Field to say goodbye before they leave for what is expected to be one year.

What is unique about this group of soliders is that they are all very senior with high rank and have been in duty between 15-25 years. They will be part of the International Security Assistance Force, a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan. The nature of their mission is to work with the Afghanistan National Security Forces Development Assistance Bureau (ADAB).  In other words, they will be working with senior leaders on assessment and training for the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.

4th Annual Alexandria Film Festival

The Fourth Annual Alexandria Film Festival November 4 - 7 and includes 38 fantastic films 25 of which are premieres, in six different venues including AMC Hoffman, Old Town Theatre, the Athenaeum, the Lyceum, Convergence and the Durant Arts Center.  We have something for everyone - foreign films, a silent film with live piano accompaniment, an award-winning documentary by a local filmmaker, stars and filmmakers.  For a complete schedule and tickets visit http://www.alexandriafilm.org/.

Leesburg's Thomas Birkby House Featured as a Destination Wedding Locale by Martha Stewart Weddings

From the Town of Leesburg – The Thomas Birkby House, a wedding and special event venue located in Leesburg’s historic downtown, is featured on the Martha Stewart Weddings website, as one of “50 Ways to Wed in the United States.”  The website article lists one destination wedding site in each of the fifty states.

CiCi’s Pizza Comes to Alexandria

The following was sent to us by SPM Communcations:

Rally to Restore Sanity

    People are quibbling over how many people showed up at the rally to restore sanity on the mall Saturday. I have no idea what the real number is (200,000 or ten million), but I was at the inauguration and took the same metro stop into the city and I've never seen anything like it.     It took about an hour to get on the train and then we were packed like sardines.  At each stop the people on the train would shove closer to each other to try to get more people on. The guy next to me said sharing butt heat from the guy/girl behind him that he couldn't see was a special moment in time, it would be over soon, and he didn't want to know who it was.

Event Brings Together 20 D.C. Area Schools for Teen Environmental Leadership

This story comes to us from Linda Stratton:

Want to check out a new electric car and sports car? Explore a model of a home that runs purely on renewable energy? Careers in environmental sustainability? Approximately 100 students from 20 independent and public high schools from the D.C. Metro area will experience a day of education, discussion, and planning for environmental sustainability in their schools at the third-annual Students for Sustainability Conference (S4S), hosted by St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School.