Good Thursday morning, Alexandria!
☀️ Today’s weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. South wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. At night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
🚨 You need to know
Last week, Old Town Books owner Ally Kirkpatrick opened up about her struggle with vision loss. As the community rallied around the store, the shop said on Facebook that one of the best ways of showing support for Old Town Books would be coming out for the store’s author events.
The next one is tonight (Thursday) from 7-8 p.m. with author Nicole Flattery discussing her book Nothing Special with former Politico reporter Karin Tanabe.
According to the store’s website:
Join us for an in-store conversation with Nicole Flattery and Karin Tanabe as they discuss NOTHING SPECIAL. Jump into 1966’s New York City art world when high-school drop-out Mae gets hired as a typist for Andy Warhol. Allured with Warhol’s captivating recordings, parties, womanhood, and sexual exploration, Mae’s life quickly becomes one that toggles between obsession, art, and voyeurism.
Then, on Sunday, July 30, from 7-8 p.m., author Wendy Walker is discussing her mystery book What Remains.
On Thursday, Aug. 3, New York Times best-selling author Anna Todd is coming to the store to discuss The Burning, the second book in a romance trilogy. The event includes a reading starting at 7 p.m. followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing.
According to the event listing:
Join us for an in-store conversation and book signing with Anna Todd for the release of THE BURNING. Heat up the summer with the second book in The Brightest Stars trilogy! Karina Fischer is fine with her small but safe life in Fort Benning, Georgia but she can’t forgive Kael Martin for betraying her trust… and yet letting go is impossible. Just as their world begins to crumble, the two are forced to confront the all-consuming love they can’t live without.
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📅 Upcoming events
Here is what’s going on today in Alexandria, from our event calendar.
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If you had a chance to enhance a child’s future with a time commitment of less than 2 hours a week, how would you respond? You have that opportunity right now to join over 200 Alexandrians as a reading tutor volunteer with the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC).
ATC tutors work with one child in kindergarten, first, or second grade in Alexandria public schools who need extra help with reading. Tutors meet with their Book Buddy 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes October-May at school, during school hours. Many struggling readers only receive one-on-one instruction through this program, and it makes all the difference. Last year, ATC served 195 children, of whom 82% ended the year reading on grade level and 96% made substantial reading gains. But the need is great, and we are still seeing learning lags from the pandemic.
This year, ATC plans to significantly increase the size of the program to reach over 250 students and to serve every elementary school in Alexandria. This is very exciting news, but we will only succeed if we can recruit more tutors. ATC trains you, matches you with a child, and provides ongoing lesson materials and support.
If you have been thinking about buying your first home or haven’t owned one in the last three years, THIS IS FOR YOU!
In the DMV area, it can be difficult to save the downpayment necessary for you to get into your own home. We have a solution. The Funder’s Summit!
We have assembled a summit with different municipalities to tell you how to access their funds for your home purchase.
Mark your calendars and join us for the Family Fun Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11am – 2pm!
This FREE in-person event will be held at the Shoppes at Foxchase, located at 4641 Duke St, Alexandria, VA