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Cable TV

Alexandria
Comcast of Alexandria
703-823-3000

Arlington
Comcast of Arlington
703-841-7700
For information, visit www.comcast.com.

Electricity

Dominion Virginia Power
For service, call 888-667-3000 or visit www.dom.com.

Gas

Washington Gas
For service, call 703-750-1000 or visit www.washgas.com.

Pet Licenses

Alexandria
For information, call
703-838-4774 or visit www.alexandriaanimals.org/awla/license.cfm.

Arlington
For information, call
703-228-3081 or visit www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Treasurer/TreasurerDogLicensing.aspx.

Trash, Recycling, Sewer and Water Services

Alexandria
For water in Alexandria, call Virginia American Water at 703-549-7080 or 800-452-6863.
The city collects refuse and recyclable materials curbside. The city also collects white goods (stoves, washers, dryers,
refrigerators, hot water heaters, etc.) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. To arrange a white-goods pickup, or to report a missed trash or recycling pickup, call 703-519-3486. For information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/tes/sw/overview.html.

Arlington
In Arlington, call the County Utilities Services Office at 703-228-6570. Homeowners, and possibly renters, need to establish a county utilities account for services.

Public Schools

Alexandria
Parents should enroll school-age children as soon as they arrive in the city or county. Register at the school the child will attend. For information on attendance zones in Alexandria, call 703-824-6635. For more information, visit the Alexandria
City Public Schools at www.acps.k12.va.us.

Arlington
To determine the appropriate school in Arlington, call 703-228-7660, then call the Intake Center at 703-228-7663 for an appointment. Information is available at the Arlington Public Schools Web site, www.arlington.k12.va.us/options.

Telephone

Verizon
For residential service, call 703-954-6222. For business service, call 800-826-2355. For information, visit www.verizon.com.

Vehicle Registration

New Virginia residents must register their vehicles within 30 days of becoming a resident. An emissions inspection is required before vehicle registration, and a vehicle safety inspection is required upon registration; there is no grace period. Residents are also required to purchase a city or county vehicle decal. The cost is $25 for an Alexandria decal and $24 for an Arlington County decal. Alexandria residents can visit www.alexandriava.gov/city/kyc/rights_responsibilities.html. If you live in Arlington, visit www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Treasurer/TreasurerPersonalProperty.aspx. For information on registering vehicles and obtaining a Virginia driver’s license, call the Department of Motor Vehicles at 866-368-5463 or visit www.dmv.state.va.us. There are DMV offices in Alexandria and Arlington.

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Get Connected

City and county residents can receive information updates on a variety of services and activities, as well as emergency alerts, by signing up for free e-mail subscriptions. To receive information from Alexandria, go to enews.alexandriava.gov, choose the subscriptions you want and provide your e-mail address.

For Arlington County information, go to www.arlingtonva.us/subscriptions/subscribe.htm. You can unsubscribe or change your e-mail address anytime. Among the topics available for subscription:

-- Advertised jobs.
-- Affordable housing opportunities.
-- Board and commission vacancies and meetings.
-- Building construction and land development news.
-- Code enforcement updates.
-- Crime prevention tips.
-- Public meeting notices and agendas.
-- Payment reminders for taxes and fees.
-- News to use -- information about upcoming events, public safety, recreation and more.

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Fire Departments

Alexandria Fire Department
Gary A. Mesaris, Chief
900 Second St.
Alexandria 22314
703-838-4600 (24 hours)
www.alexandriava.gov/fire

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Law Enforcement

Alexandria Police
David P. Baker, Chief
2003 Mill Rd.
Alexandria 22314
703-838-4444
www.alexandriava.gov/police
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 703-838-4444
Parking and enforcement: 703-838-3868
Traffic: 703-838-4241

Alexandria Sheriff’s Office
Dana A. Lawhorne, Sheriff
2003 Mill Rd.
Alexandria 22314
703-838-4114
www.alexandriava.gov/sheriff

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Hospitals

Inova Alexandria Hospital
4320 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria 22304
703-504-3000
www.inova.org

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Libraries

Administrative offices

Alexandria Library
5005 Duke St.
Alexandria 22304
703-519-5905
www.alexandria.lib.va.us

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
5005 Duke St.
Alexandria 22304
703-519-5900
www.alexandria.lib.va.us/branches/beatley.html
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

Branch Libraries

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch
4701 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria 22304
703-519-6000
www.alexandria.lib.va.us/branches/burke.html
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays.

James M. Duncan Branch
2501 Commonwealth Ave.
Alexandria 22301
703-838-4566
www.alexandria.lib.va.us/branches/duncan.html
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays.

Kate Waller Barrett Branch
717 Queen St.
Alexandria 22314
703-838-4555
www.alexandria.lib.va.us/branches/barrett.html
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Sunday service is September-May only. The local history special collection located at the Barrett Branch is closed Sundays.

Local History Special Collections Division
717 Queen St.
Alexandria 22314
703-838-4577
www.alexandria.lib.va.us/branches/lhsc.html
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays.
The special collections division of the Alexandria Library houses many resources for historians, genealogists and others interested in learning about local, regional and U.S. history. The division has a variety of sources in several formats, including books, microfilm and microfiche, journals, manuscript collections and photographs.

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Child Care

Alexandria Office for Early Childhood Development
Department of Human Services
2525 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria 22301
703-838-0750
Fax: 703-838-0886
www.alexandriava.gov/dhs/children_and_youth_services/dhsnewchildpage.html

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Restaurant Inspections

Under a Virginia program, all restaurant inspection reports are available online. Alexandria’s can be seen at www.healthspace.ca/Clients/VDH/Alexandria/Alexandria_Website.nsf. Arlington reports can be found at www.healthspace.ca/Clients/VDH/Arlington/Arlington_Website.nsf. Or use Google to search online for locate the reports using the words “Arlington restaurant inspections” and “Alexandria restaurant inspections.”

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Volunteers

Alexandria Volunteer Bureau
2210 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria 22301
703-836-2176
Fax: 703-683-1793
mail@alexandriavolunteerbureau.org
www.alexandriavolunteerbureau.org
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. first Thursday of each month.

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Seniors

Senior Services of Alexandria
700 Princess St., Mezzanine
Alexandria 22314
703-836-4414
Fax: 703-836-1252
www.seniorservicesalex.org
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

Office of Aging and Adult Services
2525 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria 22301
703-838-0920
Fax: 703-838-0886
www.alexandriava.gov/dhs/family_services/dhsnewfamilyservices.html
The Office of Aging and Adult Services focuses on Alexandria’s elderly and people with disabilities, giving special emphasis to those who are most at risk of being institutionalized or have low incomes.

Alexandria Adult Day Services Center
Lee Center
1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria 22314
703-838-4224
Fax: 703-519-3312
darrell.wesley@alexandriava.gov
ci.alexandria.va.us/dhs/community_partners/adult_day_svcs.html
Provides a complete program of weekday care for as many as 24 elderly persons who are unable to remain alone during the day. Care includes physical, social and mental activities and meals.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
Campagna Center
418 S. Washington St.
Alexandria 22314
703-549-1607, Ext. 129
Fax: 703-549-2097
rsvp@campagnacenter.org
www.campagnacenter.org

Charles Houston Senior Center
901 Wythe St.
Alexandria 22314
703-838-4832
Fax: 703-838-4372
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. weekdays. Office hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays.

St. Martin de Porres Senior Center
4650 Taney Ave.
Alexandria 22304
703-751-2766
Fax: 703-212-7306
www.ccda.net
Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays.

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Post Offices

Alexandria Main Post Office
1100 Wythe St.
Alexandria 22314
703-684-7168
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

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Animals

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
4101 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria 22304
703-838-4774
Fax: 703-838-4862
staff@alexandriaanimals.org
www.alexandriaanimals.org
Animal viewing and adoption hours: 1-8 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays and Thursdays-Fridays; noon-5 p.m. weekends; closed Wednesdays. The shelter is open for surrendering owned and stray animals and other emergencies 9 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends.

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Local Transit

Alexandria Transit Co. (DASH)

DASH buses run throughout Alexandria. They connect with all local bus systems, including Metrobus, Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express.
Phone: 703-370-3274
TDD: 800-828-1120
E-mail: dashbus@alexandriava.gov
Web site: www.dashbus.com
Hours of operation: 5 a.m.-12:30 a.m. weekdays; 6 a.m.-midnight Saturdays; 7 a.m.-midnight Sundays.
Fares: Regular fare, $1. Free on Code Red ozone action days. DASH pass, $30 monthly for unlimited rides on all DASH routes. Free transfers upon boarding. Age 4 and younger ride free with an adult (two children per adult). DASH will accept the regional one-day bus pass, combined Metrorail/Metrobus passes, VRE/MARC rail tickets and the pass for DASH’s base fare and the Pentagon surcharge. Regional bus transfers and Metrobus tokens are accepted for the base fare. Metrobus tickets are accepted at face value. There is a Pentagon surcharge for those traveling to or from the Pentagon without a DASH pass or other valid pass. Student, senior and disabled Metro fare passes are not accepted on DASH.
DASH About: The free weekend DASH About shuttle runs between the King Street Metro station and Market Square in Old Town. For disabled riders: The City of Alexandria provides curb-to-curb transportation for people with disabilities. For information, call 703-838-3800.

Arlington Transit (ART)

Arlington Transit operates several buses within Arlington County. The system connects with Metrobus, Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express.
Phone: 703-228-7433
E-mail: questions@commuterpage.com
Web site: www.commuterpage.com
Hours of operation: 6 a.m.-midnight weekdays
Fares: $1.25, a gold ART token or a Metrobus token; 35 cents or silver ART token with a Metrorail transfer. Free with Metrobus Flash Pass, bus-to-bus transfer or valid ART transfer. Free on Code Red ozone action days. Senior and disabled fares, 60 cents with Metro identification or Medicare card. Rail-to-bus transfers are worth 85 cents toward Metrobus fare. The fare with a transfer is 35 cents for regular Metrobus routes, $1.65 on express routes.

Senior Center Adult Transportation (SCAT)

Arlington residents 55 and older can use the prearranged shared-ride cab transportation service. SCAT will provide round-trip transportation between residences and Arlington senior centers in specific zones.
Phone: 703-892-8747
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Fares: One way, $2.50; round trip, $5.

Super Senior Taxi

Discount taxi coupons are available for Arlington seniors.
Phone: 703-228-1700.

Specialized Transit for Arlington Residents (STAR)

STAR is a reservations-only ride service for Arlington residents with disabilities. Residents must be certified as eligible for the Metro Access program. Accompanying personal care attendants ride free with notice.
Phone: 703-892-8747
E-mail: star@arlingtonstar.com
Hours of operation: 5:30 a.m. to midnight daily.
Business hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fare: Zone 1, Arlington to Arlington, $2.50; Zone 2, inside the Capital Beltway, $3; Zone 3, outside the Beltway, $7.

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Business Organizations

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
801 N. Fairfax St., Suite 402
Alexandria 22314
703-549-1000
Fax: 703-739-3805
info@alexchamber.com
www.alexchamber.com

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Service Organizations

Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association
P.O. Box 19401
Alexandria 22320
info@aglca.org
www.aglca.org
Karen Gautney, president.

Hispanic Committee of Virginia
5827 Columbia Pike, Suite 200
Falls Church 22041
703-671-5666
Fax: 703-671-2325
www.hcva.org
Luz Maria Fernandez, social service coordinator.

League of Women Voters of Alexandria
507 North View Terrace
Alexandria 22301
703-548-5168
rltrmiller@aol.com
www.lwvalex.org
Judy Miller and Laura Mandala, co-presidents.

NAACP, Alexandria branch
P.O. Box 1740
Alexandria 22313
703-684-6190
Fax: 703-548-1969
naacp@naacpalexandria.org
www.naacpalexandria.org

Northern Virginia Urban League
1315 Duke St.
Alexandria 22314
703-836-2858
Fax: 703-836-8948
www.nvul.org
Lavern J. Chatman, chief executive.

Agenda: Alexandria
P.O. Box 3598
Alexandria 22302
703-549-4696
Fax: 703-549-0393
agendaalexandria@aol.com
www.agendaalexandria.com
Sherry Brown, executive director.
Nonpartisan community group examines local issues during eight dinner meetings a year.
Membership: $30. Meals: $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

Alexandria Community Trust
510 King St.
Suite 200
Alexandria 22314
703-739-7778
Fax: 703-739-7787
jwalmeyer@cfncr.org
www.actforalexandria.org
The community foundation promotes strategic support for Alexandria nonprofit organizations by connecting donors with programs and management through grants and other support.

Fund for Alexandria’s Child
Alexandria Department of Human Services
2525 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria 22301
703-519-3318, Ext. 206
Fax: 703-706-3995
suzanne.kratzok@alexandriava.gov
The volunteer community group provides enrichment activities to children in foster care or for those who are at risk of abuse and neglect.

Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia
1705 Fern St., second floor
Alexandria 22302
703-820-9001
Fax: 703-820-9002
info@scanva.org
www.scanva.org
Offers parenting classes, playgroups and support groups.

Ten Thousand Villages
915 King St.
Alexandria 22314
703-684-1435
Fax: 703-684-1436
contact@villagesofalexandria.com
www.villagesofalexandria.com
A nonprofit job creation program that sells handmade merchandise from artists and craftspeople in developing countries.

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Community Events

Old Town Arts and Crafts Festival Market Square
301 King St.
Alexandria 22314
703-836-2176
Fax: 703-683-1793
mail@alexandriavolunteerbureau.org
www.alexandriavolunteerbureau.org
Handmade arts and crafts, live music and food.
Hours: Noon-6 p.m. May 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 13.

Alexandria Police Foundation Fundraiser
1615 Frost St.
Alexandria 22304
703-684-9222
Fax: 703-684-9224
smclaughlin@coburnfinancial.com
www.alexandriapolicefoundation.org
The third annual barbecue and auction fundraiser for the group, which helps support the Alexandria Police Department and retired police dogs, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. June 10.

Alexandria Festival of the Arts
Along King Street between St. Asaph and Union streets
Alexandria 22314
703-838-5005
954-472-3755
www.artfestival.com
www.funside.com
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 8 & 9, in Old Town.

First Night Alexandria
421 King St., Suite 300
Alexandria 22314
703-838-5005
Fax: 703-998-0526
info@firstnightalexandria.org
www.firstnightalexandria.org
Family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in Old Town and Del Ray featuring performing artists, culminating with fireworks at midnight.
Hours: 6:30 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31.

Alexandria Irish Festival
1A Prince St.
Alexandria 22314
703-237-2199
www.ballyshaners.org
Scheduled every August at Waterfront Park on the Strand between King and Prince streets in Old Town Alexandria.
Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Aug. 4.

Art on the Avenue
Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria 22301
703-683-3100
info@artontheavenue.org
www.artontheavenue.org
Multicultural arts and music festival.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 6.

George Washington Birthday Parade
Old Town Alexandria
Alexandria 22314
703-991-4474
www.washingtonbirthday.net
Scheduled on Presidents’ Day, the third Monday in February. Reviewing stand at Cameron and North Royal streets.

Memorial Day Jazz Festival
4301 W. Braddock Rd.
Alexandria 22304
703-883-4686 (hotline)
703-883-4844
Scheduled at Fort Ward Park from 1-7 p.m. May 28.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Old Town Alexandria
Alexandria 22314
703-237-2199
www.ballyshaners.org
Scheduled the first Saturday in March as part of Irish American Heritage Month.

Scottish Christmas Walk
Old Town Alexandria
418 S. Washington St.
Alexandria 22314
703-549-0111
www.scottishchristmaswalk.com
www.campagnacenter.org
More than 100 Scottish clans play bagpipes and perform historical reenactments as part of a parade through the streets of Old Town the first Saturday in December. The walk benefits the Campagna Center, a nonprofit human services organization, and is part of a weekend-long holiday celebration.

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Farmers Markets

Alexandria Farmers Market
301 King St. (Market Square)
Alexandria 22314
703-838-4770
Hours: 5-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, year-round.

Del Ray Farmers Market
East Oxford and Mount Vernon avenues
Alexandria 22301
703-683-2570
pmiller1806@comcast.net
Hours: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, April 14-Dec. 1.

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Shopping Centers

Landmark Mall
5801 Duke St.
Alexandria 22304
703-354-8405
www.landmarkmall.com
Hours: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.

Potomac Yard Retail Center
3671 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Alexandria 22305
703-548-9770
Hours vary by store.

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