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Unprecendented Need Expected for Fairfax Holiday Sponsor-a-Family Program

This was sent to us by Heather Webb of Our Daily Bread, Inc.:

FAIRFAX, VA. (October 5, 2010) – Fairfax-based non-profit Our Daily Bread, Inc. (ODB) announces the launch of its 2010 Holiday Program to assist needy families in the Fairfax County area. The organization is seeking individuals, families, companies and community groups to “sponsor” eligible families by providing a Thanksgiving meal, December holiday meal and gifts for children.

ODB operates the Holiday Program through a grant from the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Coordinating closely with social workers and community-based organizations who serve families throughout the County, ODB works to ensure that as many eligible families as possible who have been identified as having a great need are able to receive holiday assistance.

Teen Wellness Center Grand Opening Celebration

T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia is excited to host the grand opening celebration of the new Teen Wellness Center, the very first of its kind in Northern Virginia. What does this wellness center have to offer? The Alexandria Health Department has brought its Adolescent Health Center inside the high school campus to offer better and confidential access to physical and mental health services for teens. 

The new Teen Wellness Center was formerly known as the Adolescent Health Center now calls T.C. Williams High School, located at 3330 King St., Alexandria, home. The entire community of Alexandria is invited out to participate in the grand opening celebration tomorrow, September 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Les Dames d'Escoffier to Host Dinner and Panel on Children's Eating Habits

Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international non-profit organization of women leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industry that focus on education and philantrophy, is hosting a special dinner and panel discussion on children’s evolving eating habits.

Evening Star Café is partnering with Les Dames d’Escoffier for this event on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. Evening Star Café is located at 2000 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA.

The panel discussion will be about why there are these changes in children’s eating habits and what steps can be taken to help kids make healthier dining decisions. It will be led by Nancy Tringali Phio, author of My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat Everything.

St. Elmo's Coffee Pub Offers Fun for Kids Too

On the 4th Monday of every month, St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Alexandria hosts “4th Mondays 4 Kids with Mr. Don.” Mr. Don is one of the most adored children’s entertainers in the business. His next musical performance at this local coffee shop is happening on Monday, August 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The event is free and St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub is located at 2300 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA. For more information about St. Elmo’s visit www.stelmoscoffeepub.com or Mr. Don visit http://www.donbridgesongs.com/custom3.html.

Alexandria Gears Up for Cambodian Community Day

Alexandria is getting ready for The 2010 Cambodian Community Day. This festival is dedicated to integrating Cambodian culture into American society. It is also about bringing Cambodian and American families together to have fun, share Cambodian heritages, and learn about Cambodian culture. The planning committee hopes to bring about a recognition of Khmer achievements and build the Khmer voice.

One special feature of the event is a handmade, stone replica of Angkor Wat. The festival will be held on Sunday, August 22 at Ben Brenman Park at 4800 Park Drive in Alexandria, VA from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to everyone! You can find more information at http://www.cambodiancommunityday.org/

The Yard Dogs Road Show is Coming to Town

The The Yard Dogs Road Show (YDRS) is a world-traveling show that is coming to our very own Alexandria. The 13 member band that describes themselves as a “hobo cabaret” will be performing at the Birchmere at 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and tickets are $25 a person.

YDRS, which began in California in 1998, travels around the world performing a spectacular blend of dance and magic, such as a blend of burlesque with sword swallowing. This show is like nothing you have seen before.

For more information about the band you can visit http://www.yarddogsroadshow.com or to purchase your tickets you can go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/150044D0B5795058?artistid=1016001&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1.