The 2008 Alexandria History Award will be presented by the Alexandria Historical Society to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation of Alexandrias history at 7:30 PM at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria. Also, the 2008 Alexandria High School History Awards will be given to an outstanding student from each of Alexandrias four high schools. Following the Awards Ceremony and preceding the Reception, Dr. John Maass will deliver a short lecture titled Past Imperfect on the importance of history today. Free. Open to the public. No reservations needed. Information at (703) 683-2636.
Suzanne Somersalls jewelry collections are defined by the cities shes lived in: New Orleans, Florence, Italy, and currently Old Town. The histories, landscapes, and cultures of these locations impact her designs. When wearing her jewelry, she hopes for one to feel the glamour of New Orleans glittery carnival season, the rich and lacy elegance of the Florentine Renaissance, or the romance and gem-like quality that has come to define her experience here in Old Town, said Jessica Reyna Sandifer of Hysteria, which will be showcasing her jewelry with a trunk show April 25-27 at Hysteria at 125 S. Fairfax Street. Call (703) 548-1615 for more info.
Public Art: What Is It? How Much Do We Want? Who Pays for It? Agenda:Alexandria explores the definition of the term public art, as well as its meaning and value in lean budget years with speakers Matthew Harwood, Chair of the Public Art Committee; Patrice Walker Powell, Deputy Chair, National Endowment for the Arts: and Hon. Marian Van Landingham, Founder of the Torpedo Factory Arts Center. The program also includes poster examples of the citys public art. Holiday Inn Eisenhower Metro Center, 2460 Eisenhower Avenue. Reception at 6:30, Dinner ($20 members with reservations/$25 non-members) at 6:45; Program only (free to members/$5 non-members) 7:15. Mail checks to PO Box 3598, Alexandria, VA 22302. For information, contact Sherry Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-549-4696.
An Interfaith Forum on Mountain Top Removal will be held at Immanuel on the Hill at 3606 Seminary Road in Alexandria, on April 29, from 7-9 pm. A particular type of coal mining known as mountain top removal is being practiced in Virginia and throughout Appalachia. It is devastating to the landscape and making the lives of the poor even more desperate. Join with neighbors, see pictures of the region and hear stories from the coal fields from Amy Jones, Trinity Untied Methodist Church. There will be time for discussion and action to help ensure a healthy Virginia for all. For More Information Please Contact: Eleanor Whitaker at 703-299-0292. Cosponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church
The Hayfield high school drama department will be performing the comedy musical Damn Yankees on May 1, 2, 9 & 10 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held in the Rebecca S. Wilburn auditorium of Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. Tickets are $10 at the door. Words and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, based on the novel by Douglass Wallop The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant.
New Hope Housing, which provides homeless families and individuals shelter and the tools to build a better life, will hold its 2008 gala on Friday, May 2, in the historic lobby of Terminal A, Washington Reagan National Airport. The evening will include a reception, live and silent auctions, buffet dinner and dancing, with international dcor. Freddie Mac Foundation is the Galas Event Sponsor, and Congressman James Moran will serve as auctioneer. New Hope Housings Good Neighbor Award will be presented to the Alexandria Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Tickets are $150. For information or to make reservations, contact Meg Wooldridge at 703-799-2293, ext. 20.
The Alexandria Black History Museum will host its annual Teddy Bear Tea for children from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. The Teddy Bear Tea is an opportunity for children to learn about basic table etiquette.
The tea is suitable for boys and girls from 5 to 10 years old, and parents or caregivers must accompany children for the entire program. The cost for the event is $18 per person. Seating begins at 12:30 p.m., and appropriate attire for parents and children is required.
The Alexandria Black History Museum is located at 902 Wythe Street in Old Town. To register for the tea, please call 703-838-4356.