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Women & Wine, Cheers to a Good Cause


Women & Wine, Cheers to a Good Cause

Volunteer Alexandria would like to invite you to join us at Salon Amarti & Spa (1010 King Street) on Wednesday July 19 from 6:00 – 8:00PM for Women & Wine, Cheers to a Good Cause.

As you might have guessed, this event is for women 21 years and older who enjoy wine and are interested in getting to know other women in our fine city.

You might be wondering, who is Women & Wine of Alexandria, Cheers to a Good Cause?  The group was established four years ago by three women interested in networking and mingling, drinking wine, and giving back to the community.  Proceeds of this event will support volunteerism in Alexandria.

For more information or to reserve a spot for this event, click here.

And to learn more about Volunteer Alexandria, the convener of this event, click here.


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Summer Adult Art Classes

If you are looking for something crafty and artistic to do this summer, we have some suggestions for you. Why should the kids have all the fun?



Adult Art Workshops are being offered at UpCycle Creative Reuse Center (1605 Cameron Street).  Classes include

Fun With Watercolor – July20th – 7:00 – 9:00PM

Pieces Parts Necklace Workshop – August 6th – 1:00 – 3:00PM

Bamboo Tile Pendant Workshop – August 24th – 7:00 – 9:00PM

Watercolor Still Life with Wax Resist Workshop – August 31st – 7:00 – 9:00PM

The cost is only $30 per class.  Sounds like a great way to spend a couple of hours!  Click here for more information.
Drawing Classes are being offered at the Del Ray Artisan Gallery (2704 Mt.Vernon Avenue).  Upcoming classes include
Life Drawing Class  – Gesture (clothed model) – August 6th – 9:30 – 11:30AM
Cost: $8 members / $10 non-members
Life Drawing Class – Short/Long Poses – August 9th – 2:00 – 5:00PM
Cost:  $10 members/ $12 non-members
Life Drawing – Long Poses – August 9th 6:30 – 9:30PM
Cost: $10 members/ $12 non-members
For more information on these courses click here.

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Well Ray 2017

It is on June 24, 2017 – rain or shine!
Here is a complete list of events:


2213 Mt. Vernon Avenue
9am-9:30amMorning Yoga Wake Up with Yoga in Daily Life.  Register here
9:30am-10amPilates Boot Camp with Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga. Register here.
10am-10:30amFitness Interval Training For All with Fit4Mom. Register here.
10:30am-11amYoga with Mind the Mat Yoga and Ease Yoga & Cafe.  Register here
11am-11:30amCrossFit for Kids with CrossFit MVA. Register here
11:30am-12pmFoundation Fitness Workout with Foundation Fitness.  Register here.
12pm-12:30pmHeart Rate Monitor Interval Training with Orange Theory Fitness. Register here.
12:30pm-1pmKids Yoga with Downward Dye.  Register here.
1pm: Closing ceremony for Soar interactive art project by We Live Big

Behind United Bank, 2401 Mt. Vernon Avenue
9am-9:30am5 Rhythms Dance Class with Ann Kite Dance. Register here.
9:30am-10amKids Dance Class with Tippi Toes. Register here.
10am-10:30amKarate Class for Adults and Kids with Potomac Kempo. Register here.
10:30am-11amPilates Apparatus Class with Studio Body Logic. Register here.
11am-11:30amParkour for All with PK Move. Register here.
11:30am-12pmCelebrity Bigwheel Showdown hosted by Velocity Bicycle Co-op
12pm-12:30pmSkate & Safety Demo with DC Wheels
12:45pm-1pmClosing meditation
Behind United Bank, 2401 Mt. Vernon Avenue
9am-9:30amWell Ray Ride with Ascend Cycle. Register here.
10am-10:30amWell Ray Ride with Ascend Cycle. Register here.
11am-11:30amWell Ray Ride with Ascend Cycle. Register here.
12pm-12:30pmWell Ray Ride with Ascend Cycle. Register here.
Intersection of Mt. Vernon & Oxford Avenues
EXTENDED FARMERS’ MARKET HOURS!  The Del Ray Farmers’ Market will be open from 8am to 1pm!
Ongoing: Cooking demonstrations & discussions with Ironman & Chef Will Artley and The Switch Doctor’s Chris Dunning
Behind United Bank, 2401 Mt. Vernon Avenue
9am-9:30amSafe Summer Fun with Pediatric Associates
9:30am-10amLive Courageously with Vessence
10am-10:30amUnderstanding Your Back Pain with Healing Tree
10:30am-11amEssential Oils For Wellness with Wise Light Wellness
11am-11:30amRunning Injury Free with Solutions PT
11:30am-12pmMinding Your Mental Wellness with Running Brooke & Rob Krupicka
12pm-12:30pmDiscovering Your Why for Exercise with Walter Lewis Fitness Solutions
12:30pm -1pmFeldenkras Method Demonstration with Vital Body Mind
Ann-Kite Dance // Arbonne Independent Consultant // Ascend Cycle // Beautycounter // Caring Acupuncture // Casa Sophia // Chrysalis Chiropractic at The Wellness Center // City of Alexandria GO Alex // Core Wellness & Physical Therapy // Counseling of Alexandria // CrossFit MVA // Cyclebar // Del Ray Animal Hospital // Del Ray Psych & Wellness Associates // Del Ray Smiles // Dental Excellence // Doggiewalker // Downward Dye // Ease Yoga & Cafe // Fit4Mom //
Foundation Fitness // Four Directions Wellness // Galley Foods // Icon Undies // Juice Plus // La Clé // LucidArts // Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga // Mom’s Organic Market // Mount Vernon Family Therapy Associates, LLC // Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray // NOVA Women’s Health Collective // Orange Theory Fitness // Pediatric Associates of Alexandria // PK Move // Potomac Kempo // ProFlex Physical Therapy // Purium // RunningBrooke // [solidcore] // Solutions Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine // South Block // Starz of Alexandria // Studio Body Logic // The Switch Doctor // Territory // The Board Bus // The Healing Tree // Tippi Toes® Dance // Velocity // Vessence // VITAL Body & Mind // Walter Lewis Fitness Solutions // Washington Nationals // Waxing the City Alexandria // Whole Foods // Wise Light Wellness // Xtend Barre Old Town // YMCA of Alexandria // Yoga in Daily Life
All activities are free and open to all; participants are encourage to make a donation to Running Brooke, an organization that inspires at-risk children in the City of Alexandria to move.  For more information about Running Brooke and to donate, click here.

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Memorial Day Weekend – 2017

There are so many fun things to do (and eat and hear) this Memorial Day weekend!  You might want to check out some of these ideas!

Tall ship El Galeon is back in Alexandria, May 25-29.Tickets are available at the Visitor Center or online.


The 40th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival is here.  It  features a variety of Jazz Performers, including the U. S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble as the opening performance followed by the Seth Kibel Quartet, the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, Al Williams and concluding with the the Blue Crescent Syncopators.  Food and beverage will be on sale.



Freddie Jackson is at the Birchmere Saturday night at 7:30PM!  Go hear him sing, “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake).”  Smooth!



And if you want some BBQ but don’t want to cook, we have the solution for you!   Order some fine Southern BBQ Picnic from Society Fair in Del Ray.  Click here to order some chicken, biscuits, potato salad, green salad, chocolate chip cookies, and lemonade!  Yes!


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Free Things to Do With the Kids (and Almost Free)

The days are finally warm and sunny!  Here are a few ideas for free things to do with the kids around Alexandria.


Feed the ducks in Old Town


There are plenty of ducks and other birds at the Waterfront looking for a little snack.  We did a little research and instead of bread you should feed them:

  • Corn (canned, frozen or fresh)
  • Duck pellets (sold online and at pet stores)
  • Lettuce, other greens (torn into small pieces)
  • Frozen peas (defrosted)
  • Oats (rolled or instant)
  • Seeds (including birdseed or other varieties)



Go to the Masonic Temple



You can climb the stairs and check out the view with a snack.  Counting the planes is a fun way to pass the time!  For a small fee you can take a tour of the temple and go outside of the top for an even better view.



Walk the Dogs in Monticello Park



Walk the dog, get some fresh air, and probably meet a new friend.  There are so many downed trees to climb and explore!  A gem of a spot in the city.



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We All Scream for Nicecream!


If you are looking for the freshest handcrafted cup of ice cream possible, you must check out Nicecream at 726 King Street. It all comes to be by combining fresh, local grass-fed cream and local ingredients from nearby farms. Then, using their freezing agent, liquid nitrogen, they freeze the ice cream before your eyes.



Local farmers give products that yield the freshest ingredients and best flavors. That much we know but why liquid nitrogen? Liquid nitrogen freezes food within seconds and leaves no trace once evaporated. This freezing process makes smaller ice crystals, leaving a final product that is more dense and much creamier than ice cream that is produced in a traditional method.
They also serve Swing’s Coffee and hand-crafted hot chocolate. Something for everyone!


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New Places to Dine Coming in 2016

Last week we talked about some local businesses that closed in Alexandria in 2015.  Well, in with new!  We have news about three new places opening in 2016.



Junction Bakery & Bistro

Late Spring will bring Junction Bakery & Bistro to 1508 Mt. Vernon Avenue.  You know this location as Mancini’s.  They will serve American cuisine with a twist, three meals a day.  They will also offer a wholesale bakery courtesy of Nathan Hatfield (former baker at Restaurant Eve, Society Fair and Le Diplomate).  Noe Landini (behind Landini Brothers, Fish Market and Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream) is Hatfield’s partner, which excites us!  Not much is known yet of the menu, but expect it to follow the French Bistro concept.

The new restaurant’s name is homage to the Potomac Yard railway system and its hard workers who lived in Del Ray at that time.  Can’t wait to try this one!




Portner Brewhouse

Alexandria has long been a city of craft brews.  And in summer 2016, we will see Portner Brewhouse (5770 Dow Avenue) revived by sisters Catherine and Margaret Portner, great-great granddaughters of Robert Portner.  From 1869 until 1916, the Robert Portner Brewing Co. was the South’s largest pre-Prohibition brewery and Alexandria’s largest employer.

The new location will offer craft brews and German-American, family recipes.  Sounds like a fun meeting place to look forward to!




Hank’s Pasta Bar

You have probably tried Hank’s Oyster Bar and you probably like pasta so what’s not to love about Hank’s Pasta Bar (600 Montgomery Street)?

Hank’s Pasta Bar’s ribbon cutting is slated for February 4, 2016 and we can’t wait!  The restaurant is highly anticipated and will offer fresh Italian fare.  If you don’t believe us, Zagat named Hank’s Pasta Bar one of the Most Anticipated DC Openings of 2016.  We’ll be there!

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Saying Goodbye to Some of Alexandria’s Favorite Businesses

Alexandria loves to shop in local, small businesses.  Last year we lost a few of our old favorites.  And, sadly, this year, we will lose a couple more.


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Why Not?

Everyone who as ever had a baby shower or a kid’s birthday party to attend has been to Why Not? on King Street.  The two-level shop was a joy to peruse.  The items were thoughtful and special and fun!  After over 50 years the doors will be closing!  As of January 15, 2016, the sale on all of their merchandise had been dropped down to 40% off, excluding a couple little sections of display and other special items.  This calls for one more visit to an old favorite shop!




Hannelore’s of Olde Town

The end of February will mean the end of Hannelore’s of Olde Town, the bridal boutique that has been offering designer wedding gowns since 1984.  And the sales are ridiculous!  According to their website all designer sample gowns are reduced up to 75%, and all accessories (including jewelry and veils) are all 50% off.  And bridesmaid gowns are $50 each!  Call or email the store to arrange an appointment!





Located in Del Ray, Monroe’s was staple for Alexandria residents looking for a family-friendly, locally-owned Italian restaurant.  Christmas Eve marked the end of the era!  The owners decided to retire from the restaurant business.  A new restaurant will open in its space after a few months of renovations.  We are sad to see it go!


As we say goodbye, we keep an open mind to the new businesses that will begin fresh this year!



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Traffic Control Box Art Project Call For Artists

Have you seen the traffic control boxes along Duke Street?  Rather than looking like this:


(Courtesy Photo)


Some of them look like this:




We love it!  And now, the city of Alexandria invites artists and artist teams to submit their artwork for this year’s Traffic Control Box Vinyl Wrap Public Art Project.


Up to three (adult) artists will be selected to design vinyl wraps for twelve traffic control boxes located in the West End of Alexandria.  The wraps are designed to cover all four sides and the top of the box.  Artists are allowed, and encouraged, to use a variety of media to produce their designs.  These include, but are not limited to, photography, painting, collage, and digital imagery, etc.


The unveiling of this public art project will coincide with National Public Works Week beginning on Sunday, May 15.  The application deadline is coming up so don’t delay.  It is Sunday, January 31, 2016.


For more information on how to enter click here.  Good luck!

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Whim Pop



Looking for a place for a cold, tasty treat (despite the falling temperatures)?  Look no further than Whim Pop (1309 King Street).  Whim Pop has the most amazing variety frozen fruit pops!  All their products are made with real fruit, no color or artificial flavors are added.



Whim Pop started its journey in the Spring of 2012, selling frozen fruit pops at Oakton, VA Smart Markets.  The idea was created by Maria Romano, a woman looking for a way to integrate her Mexican culture with the local community.  She decided to create frozen fruit pops, which are popular in the Mexican culture, while integrating flavors from the world.  The result is a unique selection of products for folks who like to try new things and for immigrants who miss the taste of their home countries.  Year round flavors include

Apple cinnamon




Cucumber & chile

Hibiscus pomegranate


Mango Yogurt

Strawberry basil

Strawberry yogurt swirls




Cocktail flavors include Bloody Mary with seasonal flavors like Blueberry Lemon and Plum Basil for sale.  They also have deliveries and catering available.


And if you don’t find the flavor that you want you can contact them to see if they can create it for you.


For more information on Whim Pop click here.




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