Arlington-Alexandria news in brief

June 18
Fundraiser to run for 24 hours Thursday

Do More 24, a 24-hour online campaign, started at 12 a.m. Thursday and will end at midnight.

Hosted by the United Way of the National Capital Area, the campaign encourages the public to make online contributions to more than 500 nonprofit organizations serving the District, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Social service, environmental and arts organizations are among the participating nonprofit groups, including the Capital Area Food Bank, the Women’s Center, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Studio Theatre, the SPCA, Habitat for Humanity and the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project.

Last year, the organization’s inaugural Do More 24 campaign raised $1.3 million for area groups in one day.

To make a donation, go to www.domore24.org anytime Thursday. For information, call 202-488-2009.

Public Art Master Plan meetings are scheduled

Alexandria residents are invited to two open houses about the city’s Public Art Master Plan, which will outline a strategy and goals to grow and fund public art in community spaces.

The events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Beatley Central Library.

For information, go to www.alexandriava.gov/Publicart .

Metropolitan Chorus artistic director to retire

Barry S. Hemphill, the longtime artistic director of the Metropolitan Chorus, will retire at the end of the ensemble’s 2014-15 season. Hemphill has helmed the chorus for 38 years, conducting its popular annual “Messiah” sing-along at the Kennedy Center since 1994.

“We have a big challenge ahead of us, as we look for someone who can fill Maestro Hemphill’s shoes,” Philip Hart, chairman of the Metropolitan Chorus Board of Directors, said in a statement announcing Hemphill’s retirement.

For information on the chorus, go to www.metchorus.org.

Public hearing set for food truck pilot program

The Alexandria City Council seeks comments on the city’s new food truck pilot program. The Park and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed policy for administering the program at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St. The panel will present a recommendation to the council on Tuesday.

The program begins July 1 and runs through Oct 31, 2015. For information and to provide feedback, go to www.alexandriava.gov/FoodTrucks.

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