News & Photos of Learning Life’s November 7 Launch Party

Learning Life held its launch party on Thursday, November 7, 5:30-8pm, at the Lyceum at 201 S. Washington Street in Alexandria, VA, where Learning Life is based.

Alexandria history fortune cookieIn line with our November-December “Buy Local, Learn Local” project promoting learning about Alexandria’s rich history, the event featured:

**An Alexandria history quiz show hosted by the Office of Historic Alexandria’s Director, Lance Mallamo, with prizes

** Learning Life fortune cookies offering not fortunes but Alexandria history questions, with answers at this website

**A scrolling overhead presentation of Alexandria history highlights while live music played during the reception

Caboose Café & Bakery generously served delicious smoked gouda salad, injera bread with spicy lentils, Caesar salad and turkey wraps, a variety of cakes and cookies, and more.

Thanks to all those who came, including Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, newly elected Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter, 13Nov7.MayorBillEuilleState House Delegate Rob Krupicka, Alexandria Historical Society President Bill Dickinson, representatives from BB&T Bank, TD Bank, School Readiness Consulting, and many others.

Special thanks to our launch party star sponsors, BB&T Bank, TD Bank, School Readiness Consulting, and the Tell Me Town Foundation, as well as our party sponsors Alphagraphics, and SixHalfDozen.

After Learning Life founder, Paul Lachelier, thanked those assembled for coming, Alexandria Historical Society President Bill Dickinson aptly asked, “what’s next for Learning Life?”

In answer, through December 31 of this year, Learning Life is busy implementing its first projects with our partners — the “Buy Local, Learn Local” project with the Office of Historic Alexandria, and our project with D.C.’s Newseum to promote learning about JFK’s presidency.

Paul LachelierWe will also be offering our holiday smart cookies in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavors in a number of Alexandria stores.  The cookies will feature Alexandria history facts and questions, leading to more learning at this website.  Stay tuned for more about our JFK project, plus our smart cookies and locations offering them!

In 2014, Learning Life aims to work on new projects to improve health, civic engagement, financial literacy, and more.  Stay tuned for more about these projects as they develop.  If you’d like to learn more or get involved in these projects, please contact us at

Thank you for your support for Learning Life!