Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Week is Coming

August is around the corner and although no one wants to think about school yet, it will be here before we know it.  And the Virginia sales tax holiday will be here soon, too.  So that means it is time to start thinking about the clothes, shoes, backpacks and other supplies your kids will need to have a successful school year.

During this special week, Friday, August 3 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, August 5 at 11:59 p.m. sales taxes will be waived on certain school supplies, clothes, appliances and hurricane preparedness items.

School supplies that are $20 or less, per item, are included in the tax exemption. Your clothing and foot ware purchases must have a price of $100 or less, per item, to qualify.   Accessories such as handbags, jewelry, makeup and wallets, as well as sports equipment (unfortunately) are not eligible for the exemption.

Hurricane-preparedness items such as portable generators at $1,000 or less, gas-powered chainsaws at $350 or less, chainsaw accessories at $60 or less qualify for exemption.

Consider picking up extra supplies to donate to those in need!  Happy shopping!


Alexandria Among 2018 Best Places To Live In Virginia

According to HomeSnacks, a website that analyzes the quality of life in places around the United States, Alexandria ranks seventh in the 2018 Best Places to Live in Virginia.  We moved up two spots from ninth place last year.   We would say #1, but we are biased.

HomeSnacks reviewed 62 cities with populations over 5,000 across the state. Criteria include median home values, median income, population density, unemployment rate, commute time (oh no), crime, education levels, health insurance coverage and poverty rates.

Alexandria’s pros were diversity, amenities and jobs. The only two rankings that were less-than-excellent were affordability and commute (but we knew that).

It was nice to learn that our crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Virginia that were examined.

The top 10 places to live in Virginia are:

  1. Vienna
  2. Bridgewater
  3. Purcellville
  4. Falls Church
  5. Poquoson
  6. Leesburg
  7. Alexandria
  8. Warrenton
  9. Salem
  10. Virginia Beach

Number seven in this survey, number one in our hearts!

Events, Uncategorized

Del Ray Music Festival 2018

Get ready for the 2018 Del Ray Music Festival!  This free event takes place on Mount Vernon Avenue and is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The 11th annual festival showcases local talent from the DC area, including some of Alexandria’s favorites.  Along with performances on multiple stages, several Del Ray restaurants will offer beer gardens with food and cold drinks.

The schedule is as follows:

Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (intersection of Mount Vernon & Oxford Avenues)

Bean Creative Stage (2213 Mount Vernon Avenue)

The event is in need of volunteers throughout the day. Sign up here to help out.

Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed to traffic between East Uhler and East Custis Avenues.

For more information, visit www.thedelraymusicfestival.com.


Pool Season is Coming

The city of Alexandria will host a dedication ceremony and community open house for the new and improved Warwick Pool (3301 Landover St.) on Thursday, May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Warwick Pool photoThe new Warwick Pool features a 4,100 square foot pool with five 25-yard lap lanes, a ramp for persons with disabilities, a seasonal bathhouse, lockers and recreational amenities for community activities.

The Warwick Pool will open for full service on Saturday, May 26.

For more information about the City’s Aquatics Program, visit alexandriava.gov/Aquatics.

The rest of the outdoor pool season begins on Saturday, May 26, at all three outdoor pool locations and the Potomac Yard Park Interactive Fountain.  The complete 2018 outdoor pool operating schedule is as follows:

Old Town Pool (1609 Cameron St.)

  • May 26 – September 9: Saturdays and Sundays, noon-6:45 p.m.
  • May 29 – June 20: MondayFriday, 4:30-7:45 p.m.

  • June 21 – August 17: MondayFriday, noon-7:45 p.m.

  • Passholders Only: June 25 – July 31: MondayFriday, 6-7:30 a.m.

  • August 20-31: MondayFriday, 4:30-7:45 p.m.

  • September 4-7: Tuesday-Friday, 6-7:30 a.m. and 4:30-7:45 p.m.

Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St.)

This small pool can accommodate a maximum of 45 guests at one time. Due to its smaller size, access is limited to Alexandria residents 13 years of age and younger, and their parents or guardians. Operating hours are subject to change.

  • May 26 – September 9: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • May 29 – June 20: MondayFriday, 4:30-7:45 p.m.

  • June 21 – August 31: MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-7:45 p.m.

Warwick Pool (3301 Landover St.)

  • May 26 – September 9: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

  • May 29 – June 20: MondayFriday, 4:30-7:45 p.m.

  • June 21 – August 17: MondayFriday, noon-7:45 p.m.

  • August 20 – September 7: MondayFriday, 4:30-7:45 p.m.

Potomac Yard Park Interactive Fountain (2501 Potomac Ave.)

Located between Potomac Yard Park’s two playgrounds, the fountain features 36 water jets and lighting for nighttime effects.

  • May 26 – September 3: Daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • September 4 – Mid-October: Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For a complete list of City pools, operating hours, fees and additional information, visit alexandriava.gov/Aquatics.