The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is hosting the Bobby Mitchell Autotrader.com Hall of Fame Golf Classic this weekend at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va. from July 8 through the 10. Over $7 million have been raised in support of this annual event since 1988. Now, 21 years into the effort, its purpose remains strong — find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
This year’s tournament honors two young locals affected by blood cancer. 11-year-old Taylor Law of Olney, Md. is now cancer free after two and a half years of chemotherapy and will enter middle school this fall where her goal is to stay active as a member of the dance team. 20-year-old Alex Nieves of Centreville, Va. is a Salisbury University lacrosse player who was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is currently undergoing treatment.
Their courage serves as an example for others who are affected. District area residents are encouraged to attend the weekend’s activities not only to support these two young, spirited individuals but to also raise funds for the countless others still seeking a cure. Continue reading →
Last night, the Alexandria City Council announced the results of their 2009 Community Survey, conducted by the Center for Research and Public Policy (CRPP). One thousand Alexandria residents were asked through a telephone survey about their quality of life, satisfaction with services and other issues.
Over 97% of the respondents rated the overall quality of life in the city as either ‘very good’ or ‘good.’ In a complete non-shocker, the most frequently cited issues of concern was traffic, taxes and poor school systems. Despite taxes being second on that list, 69% said Alexandria should keep services and taxes at the level they are now; only 12% said taxes need to decrease even if service levels are affected.
The Fairfax, VA Chocolate Lovers Festival is this weekend, Feb. 7-8 in the Old Town part of the City of Fairfax in our fine Commonwealth of Virginia. It has been going on since 1992, is held the first full weekend in February and looks to be quite a big affair. From the festival’s web site:
Among the events planned each year are the Taste of Chocolate, featuring chocolate vendors selling their wares; the Chocolate Challenge, an arts extravaganza where the medium is chocolate; the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast featuring chocolate chip pancakes; historic re-enactments; children’s activities; a craft show at Fire Station 3 sponsored by the Auxiliary to the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department; open houses at historic buildings; and much more.
So who’s going? I know it’s all the way across the river for those of you in MD and DC, but it’s a celebration of nature’s most excellent resource. How can you not go?