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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.

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La Bella Strada – An Italian Chalk Art Festival

On Saturday, May 12th come on down to Mount Vernon Avenue to view and create some vibrant chalk art. The third annual La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival will bring artists from around the region to create masterpieces up and down the Avenue.  The event is modeled after an ancient Italian art form.

It is a great way to meet with friends and observe the vibrant colors!  We just hope it doesn’t rain! (The rain date is Sunday, May 13th.)

All proceeds from the event will help fund the creation of an outdoor garden, play space, and education programs for The Del Ray Montessori School. A $100(or more) tax-deductible donation gets you your very own 5 x 5 foot square on Mount Vernon Avenue and artist-grade chalk.

Click here for more information including a list of artists who will be in attendance.

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The Bees & the Birds of Monticello Park

As we mentioned in a previous blog, Ashley Bradford and Bill Young have created the website MPNature to help people learn about and enjoy the nature at Monticello Park.  The website is designed so that visitors can know what to look for before visiting the park and can understand what they are seeing once they get there.

This past weekend Ashley saw a swarm on a tree with two or three thousand honeybees.  YIKES!

Ashley contacted the Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association, and they sent Kathryn Krenn out to “round up the girls.”  (Kathryn was allowed to keep the bees she collected.)  To collect a swarm of bees you have to find the queen.  If she is captured and put into a box, all of the other bees will want to follow.  But she can be hard to identify as she looks a bit different from the other bees, but not so different that she stands out in a group of thousands of bees.  Kathryn had to scrape some of bees onto frames that she brought.  She then put the frames into a box and repeated this process many times until she was successful.  Thank you Kathryn!
It appears that a local beekeeper was careless and lost a swarm.

In bird news, Bill Young reported that the House Wrens are arriving.  He also saw a Winter Wren who should be leaving soon and heard a thrasher singing.

As we enter the fourth week of April, if you visit the park you should start seeing some migrants coming.
If you would like to join Laurel Conger and the birders to celebrate the park call Laurel at 703-577-6899 for details on an upcoming event.
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Northern Virginia Native Plant Sale



The sale is Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Church of St. Clement 1701 North Quaker Lane.

The aim of the sale is to promote native plant gardening in the neighborhood because gardening with natives is better for the watershed, woodlands, and wildlife, especially birds.  Nursery vendors from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania will be at the sale providing native plants.  There will be native perennials, trees and shrubs for shade and sun.  This sale provides quality plants to you and encourages a greater demand for natives in the nursery industry.

The sale will go on rain or shine.  For more information click here