Events, Local Business

The First Uptown Block Party is Coming

The fine businesses on King Street between Patrick and Payne Streets are organizing the first Uptown Block Party.  The fun will take place on Saturday, November 3 from 11:00AM until 5:00PM. There will be 24 stores involved and they will provide fun activities and specials.

The kids might enjoy the fire truck visit at 11:00AM.  Throughout the day at the South Fayette and King Street courtyard you will find face painting, an art lab and balloon sculpting.

Check out these offerings:

  • Penny Post: Holiday stamp contest for kids
  • The Hour: Punch samples
  • Meggrolls: Free samples at 11:00AM and 2:00PM
  • Victoria at Home: Light snacks and beverages
  • Serafino Leather: Beverages and gift card raffle
  • Red Barn Mercantile: Free gift with purchase
  • Bluprint Chocolatiers: Bonbon samples and hot peppermint chocolate drink launch
  • Pink Palm: Free gift with purchase

Sounds like a great day – love this city!

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Events, Local Business

Labor Day Openings and Closings

Here is what is open and what is closed on Monday for Labor Day:

State Offices: The Alexandria Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, the Alexandria Circuit Court, the Alexandria General District Court, DMV (Mill Road) and the Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will be closed.

Alexandria City Public Schools: Closed

Animal Shelter: The Vola Lawson Animal Shelter will be open weekend hours on Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Animal visiting hours will begin at noon.

DASH: DASH bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule. 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 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Health Facilities: The Alexandria Health Department (4480 King St.), the Flora Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard St.), and the Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School (3329 King St.) will be closed.

Historic Alexandria Facilities: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Labor Day. The Alexandria Black History Museum, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, the Fort Ward Museum and the Friendship Firehouse Museum will be closed.

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.

Libraries: All Alexandria Library branches and the Alexandria Law Library (520 King St.) will be closed Sept. 1-3.

Metrorail: The system will be open 8 a.m.-11 p.m. and operate on a Sunday schedule. Parking will be free at all Metro parking facilities, and off-peak fares will be in effect all day.

Metrobus: Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule.

Parking: On Sept. 3, the Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces, residential permit parking districts and other areas with posted parking time limits.

Pools: The Old Town, Memorial and Warwick outdoor pools will be open on Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Recreation and Arts Centers: On Sept. 3, the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatic Facility will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Charles Houston Recreation Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Torpedo Factory Art Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other City recreation and arts centers will be closed on Sept. 3.

Trash and Recycling: Residential refuse and recycling will not be collected on Labor Day. Collection services will be delayed by one day during the week of Sept. 3. The Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling Center (3224 Colvin St.) will be closed.

Local Business

AHDC to Break Ground on New Carpenter’s Shelter

The new Alexandria Housing Development Corporation will break ground on August 29 on a new Carpenter’s Shelter and almost 100 units of affordable housing.  The development will be at the First Street location, with 97 units of affordable housing which will be called the Bloom.  It will include a playground, a community gathering area, a produce garden and underground parking.  (Carpenter’s Shelter is temporarily in a portion of Landmark Mall.)

To qualify for the affordable housing, you must make less than 60 percent of the median income of $70,320 for a family of four.  The Bloom will also include 10 units for families transitioning out of Carpenter’s Shelter.

Gov. Ralph Northam, Rep. Don Beyer, and Alexandria city officials will attend the groundbreaking in late August.

Below is a rendering of the facility.

Events, Local Business

Ninth Annual Alexandria Sidewalk Sale

The 9th Annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 in Old Town and Del Ray.

The event is led by Visit Alexandria in partnership with the City of Alexandria, the Old Town Boutique District and the Del Ray Business Association.  More than 50 local Alexandria boutiques will be offering summer merchandise at up to 80 percent off.  If it rains, sidewalk tables will be brought inside.

If you are looking for end-of-summer savings on clothes, jewelry, home decor, culinary goods, and gift items this is the event for you.  Participating stores include The Shoe Hive, Periwinkle, The Lucky Knot, The Dog Park, fibre space, Pacers Running and Kiskadee.  Boutiques with yellow balloon markers outside of their storefronts are in on the sale.

The city will provide free parking at meters in Old Town on both Saturday and Sunday; parking is free in Del Ray.

For a complete list of all participating businesses and examples of sale items, visit: VisitAlexVA.com/SidewalkSale.