What are You or Your Children Thankful For This Year?

Tell the Times and Win a Prize

At a time when the economy is in the dumps and the holidays approach, the Alexandria Times wonders what the children of our city are thankful for. Sometimes the simple things are what kids appreciate most, and maybe they could remind our readers that everyone has something or someone for which they are thankful. We would love to know what your children younger than the age of 16 are most thankful for so that we may publish some of the entries in the Thanksgiving edition of the Times. All entries will be eligible for prizes in a drawing to be held on the weekend of November 22.

If your children are under 16, or if you are, submit a few words, a sentence and/or a picture representing what you are most thankful for to by midnight on Thursday, November 20. You can also mail entries to:

Why Im Thankful
Alexandria Times
110 S. Pitt St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

In each submission, please include entrants name, phone number and/or email address, age and the school or preschool you or your child attends. We will publish the full name of your child unless you request that the Times only includes the first name.

Porter Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Volunteer Bureau

John Porter, Alexandria City Public Schools assistant superintendent, administrative services, received the Alexandria Volunteer Bureaus Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Award on October 29 for his service to the Alexandria community.

Porter, who served 22 years as principal of T.C. Williams High School, received the award from Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, chair of AVBs Evening in the Heart of Alexandria at Gadsbys Tavern, who said, John Porter typifies the spirit of the Marian Van Landingham Award: He has dedicated not only his professional life to the well-being of Alexandrians but has lived and breathed commitment to this community through volunteer service.

Porters community-oriented endeavors include serving as a board member and Chairman of the Alexandria Regional Council of the United Way in 2007, a charter member of the Alexandria Crime Solvers and a founding member of the Alexandria Community Trust (ACT). He has served on regional and state organizations focusing in education and athletics and is the recipient of numerous awards, from Distinguished Educational Leader by the Washington Post in 1987 to the Whole Village Award by the Virginia Education Association/Education Association of Alexandria in 2005.

The Marian Van Landingham Award is named in honor of the prominent Alexandrian, who served in the Virginia House of Delegates and is an active supporter of the arts.

Inova Alexandria Holds Womens Health Expo

Inova Alexandria Hospital will be holding its 2008 Womens Health Expo, Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Inova Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Rd.

Women will hear from medical experts in the areas of pregnancy, breast health and menopausal issues.

Suzanne Kennedy, reporter for WJLA News Channel 7, will deliver the keynote address about challenges women face juggling work and family life.

Also, free massages, health screenings and flu vaccinations (for a nominal fee) will be provided.

Attendees can choose from a host of tests including blood pressure and sun exposure using Dermaview. Nurses and hospital staff will be on hand at the health event to answer questions about nutrition, heart health, cancer, stroke prevention, chronic pain and more. Hour-long infant CPR instruction will be offered at noon for those registered for that class. Flu vaccinations will be provided for $25.

For additional information or to register for this event, call 703-750-8800, or log onto the Inova website at

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Seeks Award Applications

The City of Alexandria Commission for the Arts announces a call to art organizations to apply for Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Special Opportunity Awards. Special Opportunity Awards are intended to support new and innovative projects that have clear visibility and long-lasting impact to the City of Alexandria.

Organizations may apply for funding for projects taking place January 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009. Up to $5,000 per project may be awarded and these awards do not require matching funds by the organization. The application deadline is Monday, December 1, 2008. The Alexandria Commission for the Arts will review proposals at the Commissions December 16 meeting.

To apply, please e-mail your application as a word document to, or hand deliver or mail it to the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA  22314. Applications must be received by the application deadline. For additional information, visit, call Cheryl Anne Colton, Cultural Arts Administrator, at 703-519-3494 or e-mail