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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.

 

Hotel Monaco Offering "Your Summer Playground"

Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, VA is offering a special summer package now until September 10. For only $10 more you received deluxe accommodations, $25 credit per night to spend in the hotel restaurants, morning iced coffee, a few in-room movie with popcorn, afternoon Arnold Palmers and sangria at the evening wine hour. The Summer Playground package is a perfect way to relax, wine, and dine in Old Town before the summer is over.

Alexandria Health Department Issues Mosquito-borne Diseases Warning

The West Nile virus is active in the area and continues to be a threat, especially after last week’s storms. Alexandria Health Department has issued a warning about the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. The warning comes at a time when there is an increased amount of standing water around neighborhoods, damaged homes in the area allow mosquitoes indoors, and more local residents are spending time outside cleaning up debris and doing storm repairs.

While many people who get bitten by a mosquito with West Nile do not get sick, there is still a risk of getting meningitis or encephalitis. The Alexandria Health Department also wanted to remind residents that if you are over the age of 50, you may have an increased risk of complications from the West Nike virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

A birth of a bumper crop of mosquitoes is expected very soon after last week’s storm and the health department has several recommendations to avoid any mosquito-borne diseases.