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Restaurant Week 2017

Foodies celebrate – it’s that time of year again!  Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week is set for August 18-27, and over 60 restaurants from around the city are participating this year.

For 10 days, participating restaurants will be serving up special menus. Over 50 restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner or dinner for two, and over 20 will have lunch specials for $10, $15 and $20.

Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week started in 2009 and celebrates the diversity of local restaurants. Restaurants are located in all areas of the city: waterfront Old Town, Mt. Vernon Avenue, West End and more.

 

New participants include: Hummingbird, Meggrolls, and Junction Bakery & Bistro.  Other returning favorites are Bastille, Restaurant Eve, Vermilion. For a full list of restaurants click here.

Reservations are available through Open Table.

New this year, select shops of the Old Town Boutique District will stay open until 9:00PM (Sunday hours vary) during the week.

Bon Appetit!

 

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MOM’s Re-Opens With a Buzz

MOM’s Organic Market’s (3831 Mount Vernon Ave) recently re-opened after an expansion that increases the size of the store by 40 percent.

And among the cool additions is a backyard beekeeping section that sells all the tools needed to sustain bees in backyard hives.  The store already keeps active bee hives on its roof.

 

MOM’s founder, Scott Nash, a beekeeper himself, hopes the new section will call attention to the fact that bees, crucial pollinators, are in trouble because of pesticides and other threats.

 The expanded store will also offer MOM’s Naked Lunch counter, found in several other MOM’s locations, that serves organic and vegetarian food.

 

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Fun in the Summertime

Friendship Firehouse Festival, August 5th, 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred Street

The Friendship Firehouse Festival will celebrate the fire department’s 151st anniversary. Get a free fire hat and can check out the old hose reel, as well as the suction pumper fire engine, both pulled by hand. The festival includes fire-fighting activities, fire vehicles, and more.

Annual Sidewalk Sale, August 12th – 13th

Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria

Come support your favorite local businesses in Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria. Over 50 businesses will offer discounted summer merchandise. Participating businesses will have bright yellow balloon markers outside their stores. See participating businesses here.

 

Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week, August 18th – 27th

Alexandria

Over 50 restaurants around the city will be serving up special menus for the annual Alexandria Summer Restaurant week. For 10 days, restaurants will be serving up special menus. More than 50 restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner or dinner for two, and over 20 will have lunch specials for $10, $15 and $20 in addition. Restaurants around the city will participate. See more details here.

 

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Five Del Ray Restaurants Among Finalists

 

Go Del Ray!!!

We are proud to report that five Del Ray restaurants are among finalists across the DC area in WTOP’s Top 10.

The restaurants are finalists across a number of food categories. Readers and listeners of WTOP nominated their favorite local businesses in the following delicious categories:

Best Burger

Best Pizza

Best Barbecue

Best Brewery

Best Brunch

Best Coffee Shop

Best Ice Cream/Gelato

Best Tacos

Best Bagels

Best Crab

 

The well-deserving nominees from Del Ray are:

Voting is open now until August 4th, so get busy and vote for your favorite local spot. Winners will be announced August 7th.

See all nominees and vote here.

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Fireworks Saturday July 8th

Our nation has already celebrated its birthday.  Now it is Alexandria’s turn.  July 8th is Alexandria’s birthday!  And there will be fireworks to celebrate.

Alexandria will celebrate its 268th birthday with a waterfront party Saturday at Oronoco Bay Park.  The event will include food vendors, live music, birthday cake and will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show over the Potomac River.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 5 p.m. – Performance by Ocho de Bastos
  • 6 p.m. – Performance by U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
  • 7:30 p.m. – Welcome by Mayor Allison Silberberg, poetry reading by Alexandria Poet Laureate Wendi R. Kaplan
  • 8 p.m. – Birthday cake
  • 8:30 p.m. Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Continental Color Guard present the National Anthem
  • 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks display with “1812 Overture” featuring cannon support by the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3d United States Infantry Regiment

You can also find author Jay Roberts and illustrator Christine Youngbluth signing their book Lost Alexandria, An Illustrated History of Sixteen Destroyed Historic Homes in and Around Alexandria, Virginia.  This will take place from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in the Hotel Indigo’s  library.

Happy Birthday, Alexandria!

 

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Take a Walking Tour of Alexandria

Looking for something different to do with your house guests this summer?  Discover Alexandria is a walking tour company in Old Town Alexandria specializing in historical walking tours, pub crawls, and food tours. All tours last about 90 minutes.  They also offer private and customized tours for groups of two to thirty people.  And Discover Alexandria is a veteran-owned and veteran-operated small business.

Options include, but are not limited to:

George Washington’s Alexandria Tour – the tour covers Alexandria’s colonial and revolutionary period from the town’s establishment in 1749 to Washington’s death in 1799.
Discover Alexandria – past to present history tour
Sweet History – guided sweets tour
Wine and Sweets Tour – Old Town’s best wine and dessert spots
Shop Alexandria Boutiques Tour
Historical Pub Crawl
Ghosts of Alexandria
Virginia is for Runners Tour – enjoy a flexible and modifiable jogging pace as you experience some of Alexandria’s hidden gems.

To make a group appointment contact Discover Alexandria at discoveralexandria@gmail.com. Prices are $12 per person, $10 for active-duty military, veterans, students, and seniors.

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Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is fast approaching – what do you get the guy who has everything? Here are a few ideas that are fun and available close to home.

A six pack of craft beer from Market 2 Market (116 Del Ray Ave.) will hit the spot on a hot day. They have over 150 craft beers including IPAs, porters, brown ales, and lagers. We suggest a mix! He will love it!

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Or how about a chunk of fancy cheese and some meat for your guy from Cheesetique (2411 Mt. Vernon Ave.)? Our favorite is the Goat’s Milk Gouda with a slice pepperoni on any cracker or bread.

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You could also grab a bottle of wine from their wine wall – each wine is categorized for easier selection. And don’t forget to pick up some of their chocolate chips – you know the ones they put on the table after dinner and lunch! Yum!

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You could also stop by Let’s Meat on the Avenue (2403 Mt. Vernon Ave.) for a selection of their four most popular seasonings boxed together as the Dizzy Pig. Add these to their filet mignon along with some specialty olive oil from their organic olive oil bar. Your guy will be in heaven at the grill!

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Another thought is a group ukulele or acoustic guitar lesson package from Del Ray School of Music (2405 Mt. Vernon Ave.) The summer classes have already started but contact the school for information about joining in.

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The Dad in your life works hard and deserves something special this weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

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Get Set to Celebrate Like a Superhero!

The Fund for Alexandria’s Child is hosting its annual Fostering the Future Gala this Friday, June 9 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM at the Sheraton Suites Alexandria.
The theme is ‘Superhero Soiree’ which intends to celebrate local heroes — the kids of Alexandria and The Fund’s generous supporters. Attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, dancing, a silent and live auction, entertainment and more.  All proceeds from the night’s event will benefit children in foster care or children at-risk of abuse and neglect in our city.
This year’s fundraising goal is $40,000 and they hope to see 200 attendees.
The Fund for Alexandria’s Child is made up of volunteers from our great city who hope to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children in our community.  They hope to ensure that these children have the opportunity to enjoy the enriching opportunities in life, things most kids take for granted like music lessons, sports, field trips, birthday gifts, yearbooks, summer camp, outings with family, and the like.
Tickets for the Gala are currently available.  Be a Superhero this weekend!

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First Thursday – Health & Wellness Classes

June’s First Thursday looks like a real winner that we can all use!  Attendees get a chance to participate in free health and wellness classes from 6:00PM until dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray.

Classes include yoga, meditation, spin, Reiki, pilates, barre and more.  (Advance sign-ups are encouraged.)  You can also get information on nutrition, acupuncture, personal growth and essential oils.

And if that wasn’t enough, you can participate in free breathing and sleep apnea screenings while listening to live music.  There will be children’s activities, a new interactive public art project debut and much more.

 

Full schedule is as follows:

Pat Miller Neighborhood Square
Corner of Oxford & Mt.Vernon Ave

6:00PM: Opening Healing Vibes – Gong Vibrations, Ease Yoga
6:00PM: Healing Reading, Alexandria Library
6:15PM: Jump Rope Performance, MVCS students
6:30PM: Barre Class,Studio Body Logic; register here
7:00PM: Line Dance Performance, Cora Kelly Seniors
7:30PM: Hula hoop performance, Mind The Mat
8:00PM: Closing meditation, Mind The Mat

 


Bean Creative Field
2200 Block of Mt. Vernon Ave.

6:00PM: Fitness Interval Training, Fit4Mom; register here
6:30PM: Jump Rope Performance, MVCS students
6:45PM: Accessing Healing through Journaling Workshop, Del Ray Psych; register here.
6:45PM: Therapeutic Pilates, Mind The Mat; register here
7:15PM: Hula-hoop performance & play, Mind The Mat

There will also be ongoing events and booths along Mt. Vernon Avenue all night.  Get well and have fun!

 

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Spring2ACTion 2017

 

On Wednesday, April 5  Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s giving day, will take place. In case you didn’t know, Spring2ACTion is a 24-hour online fund-raising event that provides a great way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most.  This virtual fundraising effort, hosted by ACT for Alexandria with the help of generous sponsors, offers Alexandria’s nonprofits the chance to raise thousands of dollars for the benefit of all Alexandria.

In 2016, $1,337,493 was raised by 8,613 donors for 152 nonprofits serving Alexandria! 

There is a wonderful search tool that you can find by clicking here.  Select the categories that mean the most to you (like animals and education, for example) and see which non-profits come up.  Maybe you will give to RunningBrooke or the TC Williams Baseball Team or the GW Band Boosters.  There are so many to choose from.

Give today!

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