City of Alexandria Invites Public Input on Capital Improvement Program
The City of Alexandria invites residents to participate in a community meeting on the Citys Capital Improvement Program (CIP) on Thursday, November 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lee Center Exhibit Hall, 1108 Jefferson Street. This interactive meeting is an opportunity for residents to provide input on the communitys priorities for future capital projects and to make suggestions for closing a previously identified $61 million funding gap.

At 6 p.m., a Capital Project Fair will be held for the public to learn about all of the CIP projects, ask questions of city staff, and receive additional information.

To attend, please RSVP by e-mailing or calling 703.838.4780. Residents are encouraged to review background information about the CIP budget at

Written comments on the CIP may be mailed to Dawn Webster, Office of Management and Budget, 301 King Street, Room 3630, Alexandria, VA 22314, or e-mailed to Please submit all written comments no later than November 30.

Rick Riordan Visits Hammond Oct. 24
Author Rick Riordan will visit Francis C. Hammond Middle School on Friday, Oct. 24.  Riordan will lead assemblies and workshops and autograph his books at Hammond throughout the day.

Riordan is the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series which includes his popular book, The Lightning Thief.

The Hammond librarians and Club BILI arranged for this world renowned author to spend the day with Hammond students.

For more information, contact Elaine Brand and Shawn Lloyd, Hammond librarians, or Jodie Peters, Club BILI faculty advisor, at 703-461-4100.

Join Alexandria for the Walk to Fight Breast Cancer
Lace up your tennis shoes, put your walking team together, raise pledges, and join with other participants for Alexandrias 15th Annual Walk to Fight Breast Cancer. The Walk will be held on Saturday, October 25 at 8 a.m.

The City of Alexandria and the Inova Alexandria Hospital Foundation sponsor the Walk to Fight Breast Cancer each year. This years major corporate sponsors are Women Mean Business and the Maury Lane Foundation.

Walkers can choose from a 1.5K/3.5K/5K walk or run. All Walk routes will travel east along Eisenhower Avenue, as far as Jamieson Avenue and loop back to the theater. Walk routes are accessible to both wheelchairs and strollers. Pets are welcome to accompany their owners, as long as they remain on a leash.

Registration will be located inside the theater lobby, and parking will be available in the lot behind the theater building

Participants are also encouraged to raise pledges; prizes will be awarded to top pledge raisers.

All information, including registration and location details, is available at or by calling 703.838.5030.

City Seeks Volunteers for the 2008 Virginia Waterways Cleanup
The City of Alexandria Office of Environmental Quality is seeking volunteers to participate in the Clean Virginia Waterways (CVW) Cleanup (part of the Ocean Conservancys International Coastal Cleanup) and to join others across the region in cleaning up local streams the Potomac River on Saturday, October 25th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, rain or shine.

The city is hosting a cleanup of Founders Park at 351 N. Union Street in Alexandria.  Volunteers will meet at the southeast corner of the park by the shore. There will be a table set up for signing in.

Alexandria Police Promote Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
In an effort to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety, the Alexandria Police Department, together with Transportation and Environmental Services, will be conducting a Bicycle/Pedestrian/Vehicle Education Campaign beginning October 24.  This awareness campaign seeks to encourage all riders, pedestrians and vehicles to be mindful of both city and state laws in Alexandria.

Both agencies will hold a bicycle education event on October 24 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on October 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the area of King and Union Streets. Bicycle trained officers will be on hand to answer questions about bicycle safety and offer maintenance and bicycle upkeep information to ensure the proper care of a bicycle.  Maps, safety brochures, bottled water and other give-away items will also be handed out.