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The Y Spreads Holiday Cheer Around the Metro Area

The Y Spreads Holiday Cheer Around the Metro Area

During the month of December, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington’s volunteers and staff were able to spread holiday cheer all around the area.  Here’s a quick recap of 2 instances where our association was able to strengthen our connection to the community:

First Night in Alexandria

First Night in Alexandria

Celebrate the New Year with the Second Annual Fun Hunt. This evening includes 100 live performances, children's face painting, clowns doing balloon sculptures, fireworks at midnight at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, and more. The performances will start at 7 p.m. on the 31st. You can purchase your tickets at the Visitor's Center at Ramsay House located at 221 King Street. Children 12 and under are free!

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

Winter RECQuest Day Program for Kids Dec. 27 - 29

Winter RECQuest Day Program for Kids Dec. 27 - 29

From Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs:

Winter RECQuest is a structured youth (children in grades 1-6) recreation program with an emphasis on developing lifelong leisure skills. Activities include having fun while participating in arts and crafts, cooperative games, technology, community service projects, field trips, and much more. Snacks are provided. Participants must bring a bagged lunch daily and wear comfortable clothing. The cost is $56 for three days; a sliding scale is available.

To register or for more information, please call the center directly. 

Elmo and Friends are Coming to Town

Just because it’s the holiday season, that doesn’t mean every children’s activity has to be holiday-themed.  Besides, there’s another guy in red that many kids will be thrilled to see.  Elmo is coming to town with his crew of furry friends for seven performances of Elmo’s Healthy Heroes.  Tickets are still available for all of the shows taking place at the Patriot Center from this Thursday evening, December 16, through Sunday, December 19.

Holiday Fun in Alexandria

Holiday Fun in Alexandria

Sometimes pretending you are a visitor in your own town is the best way to get to know new, fun things going on in your town. Today I paid a visit to the Visitor's Center in Historic Alexandria to find out some holiday happenings. 

Here are some of the top things to do this holiday season:

1) Candlelight Tours 2010 - This is one of the oldest and most popular events in Old Town Alexandria. This Saturday, December 11 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. or Sunday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. you can tour Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House, and the Athenaeum. The tours are by candlelight with wonderful holiday music, costumed guides, and light refreshments. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for children. Tickets are on sale at Gadsby's Tavern Museum located at 134 North Royal Street in Alexandria, VA. 

City of Alexandria Announces 2010 Holiday Concert Series

From Jack Browand of the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities:

Enjoy the festive sounds of the season in Alexandria as a break between shopping, on your way to dinner, or just to get into the holiday spirit. Come enjoy local performers with their rich talent as they entertain you during this festive time of year Types of music featured include barbershop, folk, Hanukah favorites, hand bell ringers and good old fashioned caroling.

All the performances are free and held outdoors. Concerts will be cancelled due to inclement weather. For up to date information, call the City’s Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.

The following concerts are scheduled at Market Square, 301 King St.

Saturday, November 27

  • Potomac Harmony Chorus (Women’s Barbershop) at 1 pm
  • Doris Justis (Acoustic?Folk) at 2 pm

Sunday, November 28