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MLK Day 2018: What's Open, Closed In Alexandria

Posted on Jan 12,2018
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Photo credit: AP Photo - J. Scott Applewhite

By Emily Leayman

If your family is off from work or school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be plenty of ceremonies and volunteer events.

Meanwhile City of Alexandria offices and public schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 15 for the holiday. Most services will be closed, except for a select few. Virginia state offices will also be closed on Friday, Jan. 12 for Lee-Jackson Day.

Here are the openings/closings to be aware of around Martin Luther King Jr. Day, plus some local events to mark the holiday.

City Offices: Closed Monday, Jan. 15

Schools and Administrative Offices:
Closed Monday, Jan. 15

State Offices: The Alexandria Circuit Court Clerk's Office, the Alexandria Circuit Court, the Alexandria General District Court and the Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (520 King St.) will close at noon on Jan. 1-2. The Department of Motor Vehicles office at 2681 Mill Rd. will be closed Friday, Jan. 12 and Monday, Jan. 15.

Animal Shelter:
Open Monday, Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m., with animal visitation beginning at noon.

DASH and King Street Trolley: DASH will operate on a Saturday schedule on Monday, Jan. 15. The free King Street Trolley will operate on its normal schedule every 10 to 15 minutes, between the King Street Metro Station and the Potomac River waterfront, from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. See for more information.

Emergency hotlines: All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including the child protective services hotline at 703-746-5800; the domestic violence hotline at 703-746-4911; the emergency services for mental health or substance abuse crisis hotline at 703-746-3401; the adult protective services hotline at 703-746-5778; and the sexual assault hotline at 703-683-7273.

Health Facilities: The Alexandria Health Department (4480 King St.) and the Flora Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard St.) will be closed on Friday, Jan. 12 and Monday, Jan. 15. The Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School (3330 King St.) will be closed Monday, Jan. 15.

Historic sites: All Historic Alexandria facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, except The Lyceum, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Office of Historic Alexandria's website.

Libraries: Closed Monday, Jan. 15. The Alexandria Law Library (520 King St.) will be closed Friday, Jan. 12 and Monday, Jan. 15.

Metrorail: Metrorail will open 5 a.m. and close at midnight, operating on a Saturday schedule. No track work is scheduled.

Metrobus: Buses will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule. See more information at

Parking: Police will suspect parking enforcement on Jan. 12 and 15 at metered spaces, residential permit parking districts and other areas with posted parking time limits. It does not apply to permit parking in any location normally prohibited (parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities). Temporary no-parking signs will be enforced. Regular enforcement will happen Jan. 13-14.

Recreation and Arts Centers: Chinquapin Recreation Center and Aquatics Facility will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Charles Houston Recreation Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Torpedo Factory will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other recreation and arts centers will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15.

Trash Pickup: Trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one day the week of Jan. 15. Collections will not happen Jan. 15. The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collections Drop-off Center (3225 Colvin St.) will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15.

The City of Alexandria will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a community program on Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at Shiloh Baptist Church (1401 Duke St.) The program, Dr. King: His Voice, His Teachings, His Love for Humanity, will be presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Planning Committee, and will include welcome remarks by Mayor Allison Silberberg, a keynote address by veteran news anchor Maureen Bunyan, and music by the Commonwealth Baptist Church Choir.

Volunteers at Alexandria-based Islamic Relief USA will participate in Mid-Atlantic America's Islamic Heritage Museum Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the museum, located at 2315 Martin Luther King Junior Ave. SE, Washington, DC. Volunteers will distribute 500 hot meals, set up four coffee/hot chocolate stations along the parade route, and participate in the parade. In addition, museum founder and curator Brother Amir Muhammad will speak about the legacies of Dr. King and legendary boxer/humanitarian Muhammad Ali. Ali's birthday would have been on Jan. 17, which also marks the 2nd Annual International Mentoring Day. Then from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will package approximately 10,000 pounds of produce at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, 825 South Taylor St., Arlington, Va.

Over 250 NOVA students, faculty, staff and community members will work together with Stop Hunger Now for the MLK Day of Service. NOVA has participated in the MLK Day of Service for nine years, partnering with nonprofit organizations and encouraging students and the community to volunteer. The event will happen from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Campus, The Center for Design, Media and the Arts. It will consist of four service projects: Food Inventory/Sorting, Baby Formula Packing, Basic Needs Hygiene/Products Drive and Laundry Supply Packing and Distribution. NOVA will work with community partners to provide resources to NOVA students and the Northern Virginia homeless population. For more information and to register, click here.

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