City Plans Eco-Open House
Are you passionate about protecting the environment, reducing pollution, or improving access to public transportation? If so, the City of Alexandria and the Environmental Policy Commission invites you to the Environmental Action Plan Open House on Monday, November 17, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.

At the Open House, residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Environmental Action Plan being developed to fulfill the vision of the Eco-City Environmental Charter. The Charter is part of the Eco-City Alexandria initiative, a strategic, collaborative environmental planning process developed by the City in partnership with Virginia Techs Department of Urban Affairs and Planning and the Environmental Policy Commission. The Eco-City Environmental Charterthe first of its kind in Northern Virginiawas adopted by City Council in June 2008.

The Environmental Action Plan will be used as a road map for City leaders, staff, and citizens to implement the Eco-City Environmental Charter. The Environmental Action Plan will establish specific policy objectives, identify programs and resources, set timelines, and develop measures of success to fulfill the vision of the Eco-City Environmental Charter.

The Open House is also an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the Citys Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) Stormwater Program Plan. Due to new state regulations, this permit requires the City to update the MS4 Program Plan. Both plans will be posted online at after the meeting.

Written comments on the draft Environmental Action Plan may be e-mailed to; comments about the MS4 Stormwater Program Plan may be e-mailed to Comments for both plans may also be submitted to Office of Environmental Quality, Alexandria City Hall, 301 King Street, Room 3000, Alexandria VA, 22314. The deadline for submitting comments on both plans is Friday, December 5.

Please RSVP to the event at or visit for more information.

Del Ray Celebrates Centennial with Community Prom
The Del Ray Civic Associations Centennial Committee will hold a community-wide Prom celebration on Saturday, November 15 from 8 p.m. 11 p.m. Friends and neighbors will gather in retro Prom attire to dance the night away at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue. 

A disc jockey will be spinning hits for all generations, and we are looking forward to seeing our neighbors out in their tackiest formalwear, said event organizer Pat Miller.  The prom will cap off a great year of centennial events and we hope that people will come out to have fun with their neighbors.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the community of Del Ray.  The area was developed beginning in 1894, following a grid plan independent of that of Old Town Alexandria. The area was located adjacent to the massive Potomac Yard of the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, making it convenient for railroad workers and travelers alike, as well as an attractive place for government workers in nearby Washington.

Proceeds from the Proms ticket price of $50 will go to support public art in Del Ray. 

The Giving Circle of Alexandria Holds Fall Forum
The Giving Circle of Alexandria (, an Alexandria-based philanthropic organization that pools intellectual and financial resources with a strategic purpose to serve the children, youth and families of Alexandria, announces a Community Forum, Moving Ahead in Hard Times, to discuss the realities we face in serving our most vulnerable children and their families in this economic crisis.  The Forum will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St.

Join us for a candid conversation with community leaders who see this crisis on the ground and are working every day to address the issues we face.