Alexandria, VA

Morning Notes

COVID-19 Cases increase by 10 — “Positive tests up 10 to 2,759 in the City 7-day Positivity Rate down to 5.6% 0 new hospitalizations Still safer at home, wash hands, wear masks and support our essential workers.” [Twitter]

Beyer Votes for Republican Colleague by Proxy — “Beyer is a popular proxy choice for House Democrats, since he represents a Northern Virginia district that is just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.” [Roll Call]

Volunteer Alexandria Hosting Emergency Disaster Response Class — “This class will teach you how to recognize violent activities, respond safely, provide immediate rescue tactics to the injured, and report them to 9-1-1 efficiently. The skills you will learn are transferable to countless situations involving traumatic injury, which include car accidents, household injuries, or an active shooter.” [Volunteer Alexandria]

WMATA Virtual Job Fair at 2 p.m. — “Attendees will meet the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMTA) team and learn more about immediate employment opportunities, including Metrobus Operator, Elevator/Escalator Apprentice, Special Police Officer and General Transit Mechanic. Apply after the event. Learn more about the event and register at the link below.” [City of Alexandria]

Delegate Herring and Councilman Chapman Hosting Chat on Policing at 6:30 p.m. — “Please join Councilman John Taylor Chapman for a Special Zoom Meeting With Delegate Charniele Herring, will give an update on the General Assembly Special Session in August about Criminal Justice Reform and Police.”  [Facebook]

Office of Historic Alexandria Harry Potter Trivia Night Canceled Over Racial Concerns — “While OHA intended to leverage a popular annual museum program to share elements of Alexandria’s African American history, residents have raised concerns about the event being perceived as disrespectful. Disrespect was never our intent and we have canceled the event. OHA strives to create historical programs that are uplifting and done through a lens of equity. Unfortunately, we failed to do so with this event. We are very proud of our African American history and always want to improve the visitor experience. We appreciate those community members letting us know their concerns.” [City of Alexandria]

Today’s Weather — It will be partly cloudy most of the day, there will be a high temperature of 94 degrees and a 50% chance of thunderstorms at 10 p.m. [Weather.com]

New Job: Ice Cream Ambassador — “At Jeni’s, we’re devoted to making better ice creams and bringing people together.” [Indeed]

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Morning Notes

Large Income Disparities in Alexandria — “White Alexandria is pulling in significantly more money than Hispanic workers and African Americans, according to numbers from the United States Census Bureau. A look at average income shows non-Hispanic whites make more than $85,000 a year. That’s more than three times the average income for Hispanic workers, $24,000, and more than twice the average income for black workers, $37,000.” [Gazette]

Water Taxi Returns to Old Town — “A face mask requirement and other safety measures are in place for the limited water taxi service.” [Patch]

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden Hosting Juneteenth Trivia Night — “It’s long been on our calendar to celebrate Juneteenth – marking the legal end of slavery in the United States on June 19th, 1865 – with a trivia night that explores African American culture. We hope you’ll join us on Zoom this Friday night for this special evening! Tickets are FREE, but an optional donation will be split between us, Carlyle House Historic Park, and ALIVE. Pre-registration at our Eventbrite page is required.” [Facebook]

NVTA Recommends Full Funding for Duke Street Transitway — “The Duke Street Transitway was the City of Alexandria’s only request to the NVTA and the cost is estimated at $87 million. Alexandria received $12 million already, so this funding request is for the remaining $75 million.” [Alexandria Living]

North Potomac Yard Virtual Meeting at 7 p.m. — “The Virginia Tech Foundation and JBG SMITH is hosting virtual community meetings to provide information on the design of the proposed buildings and site-wide updates.” [City of Alexandria]

Casa Chirilagua Hosting Fundraiser Sunday — “Casa Chirilagua is a local community nonprofit serving the Central American Latinx community in City of Alexandria zip code 22305 – a hot spot for COVID-19. Because of the health and economic conditions, demand for Casa Chirilagua’s services has become enormous.” [Facebook]

‘Ascend Cycle’ Hosting Virtual Pride Ride — “A $15 minimum donation is requested for this event. 100% of proceeds will be donated. Sign up for the ride online and we’ll text you the Zoom code before class!” [Facebook]

YMCA Reopens in Del Ray — “Your local YMCA at 420 East Monroe Avenue is back in business. It opened for the first time in months this past Monday, June 15, along with the Arlington location. The Y is following a phased approach to reopening so you will see differences when you visit.” [Zebra]

New Job: Assistant Center Manager — “Mathnasium is a highly dynamic and fast-paced and is known for the great care we take with our students and employees alike… We’re looking for an Assistant Center Manager to assist at both our Alexandria City and Mount Vernon centers. The pay range we’re offering is $16-$18/hour depending on center performance.” [Indeed]

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Know your Female Stranger? How much do you know about the buried ships in Old Town?

A new trivia night scheduled for this Wednesday (Feb. 19) at Port City Brewing Company (3950 Wheeler Avenue) will put your Alexandria knowledge to the test.

“Join us, along with our friends from the Office of Historic Alexandria, for a trip into the past as we uncover hidden wonders, forgotten events, scientific oddities, and all the wonderful history that makes Alexandria so special,” the brewery said in an event listing. “It is time for ALX Obscura Trivia!”

The tasting room is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. with trivia starting at 7 p.m. Tickets to the event are $10 per team, which includes one pint and a $3 donation to the Office of Historic Alexandria.

Teams are limited to no more than six players, with no smartphones or mobile devices allowed.

To prep for the trivia night, Port City recommended checking out the Lyceum, Black History Museum, Alexandria Archaeology Museum, and the Stabler Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Old Town.

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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Do you know your Dr. J.D. from your Captain B.J.? Your Cheers from your MacLaren’s?

Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company will be putting your comedy knowledge to the test this Thursday (Jan. 16) at Sitcom Trivia.

The event is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. at the brewery (2950 Wheeler Avenue). For early birds, Port City’s tasting room opens at 4 p.m.

The contest also marks the premiere of a brand new trivia season for the bar. Last year’s topics included Star Wars and serial killers. According to the Facebook page:

Held in front of a live studio audience, we present a non-televised TV event like no other. We proudly introduce the world premiere of Port City Sitcom Trivia! (audience applause)

Teams are limited to no more than six people, and no smartphones or mobile devices are allowed during the competition.

Admission is $7 per team and can be reserved online, though spots tend to fill up quickly.

Photo via Port City Brewing Company/Facebook

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Update 3 p.m. — The answer is Mindhunter! Rissill is a major focus in the fourth episode of the show’s first season.

After three weeks, the short-lived Friday Trivia series is coming to a close. It’s getting axed — genius is never understood in its own time.

In honor of last night’s Port City’s serial killer trivia contest, the week’s trivia involves a serial killing in Alexandria in the 1970s.

Between August 1976 and March 1977, Montie Rissell (warning: the answer is in the link) murdered five women in Alexandria. Rissill was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences, which he is currently serving at the Pocahontas State Correctional Center.

One aspect of Rissell’s case was featured in a television show in 2017. One woman Rissell abducted told him that her father had cancer and Rissell, whose brother had cancer, let the woman go.

Which television crime show featured Rissell’s case? Was it Inside the Mind of a Serial KillerCriminal MindsDateline, or Mindhunter?

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Do you know your Night Stalker from your Original Night Stalker? Do you consider yourself something of a Ripperologist?

Port City Brewing Company is putting your murderous knowledge to the test with its annual Serial Killer Trivia tonight (Thursday) from 7-9 p.m.

The trivia night will be held at the brewery at 3950 Wheeler Avenue.

“Come match wits with your craft-beer drinking comrades in an effort to attain the coveted title of ‘Port City Trivia Champion,'” the brewery said in an event listing. “Teams are limited to no more than six victims and any smartphone use will result in a life-long stay in solitary confinement.  Your host and Trivia Czar, Sean Malone, will come prepared with a duffel bag full of goodies, calling cards, prizes and appendages.”

The event is also a costume contest, with attendees encouraged to wear their most grisly and gruesome attire.

“We encourage you to CUT out of work, grab your favorite accomplices, and head to the brewery early to make sure you get A HEAD on reserving your seat in the beer garden,” Port City said.

Photo via Port City Brewing Company/Facebook

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Update 3 p.m. — For the second week in a row, the correct answer is lighthouse related. The Mirror Mirror project is inspired by the Fresnel lens of Alexandria’s Jones Point Lighthouse, according to the City of Alexandria website.

We’re back with Friday trivia!

Like last week, we’ll post a trivia question at 9:30 a.m. Comments are disabled to keep people from posting the answers. Play fair, make your best guess, and check back in at 3 p.m. when we post the answer.

For today’s trivia question, we’re taking a look at the Mirror Mirror art display at Waterfront Park at the foot of King Street. The display was created by SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio led by artist and architect Michael Szivos. The interior’s surface is tinted with full-spectrum of color with lights that respond to sound.

The artists cited a specific influence on the design of the project. Was it a kaleidoscope, a zoetrope, a Fresnel lens, or a dispersive prism?

Staff Photo by Jay Westcott

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Update 6:45 p.m. — Two-thirds of you were correct! The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is based on the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

We’re trying a new thing for Alexandria.

Every Friday (maybe) we’ll post a trivia question at 9:30 a.m. Comments are disabled to keep people from posting the answers. Play fair, make your best guess, and check back in at 3 p.m. when we post the answer.

For today’s trivia question, we’re starting off easy.

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is Alexandria’s most iconic building and in 2015 was designated a National Historic Landmark. Construction on the building began in 1932, but the design of the memorial is inspired by an older building.

This week’s trivial question: which building was the George Washington Masonic National Memorial based on? Is it the Washington Monument, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the House of the Temple in D.C. or Big Ben?

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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