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!
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!
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.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday. If you are still looking for a gift that will make you Mom’s favorite, look no further than Del Ray. Here are some shops that have treasures that will make Mom smile!
Top It Off (1906 Mt. Vernon Avenue). Anything in this store will be a hit but this Ladies Embroidered Tunic in orange is the perfect piece for lunch or a night on the town.
Kiskadee (2205 Mt. Vernon Avenue) Again, you can’t lose in this store. Choose an accessory like a bangle that she will wear again and again. Or these monogrammed rain boots would be a hit.
Greenstreet Gardens (1503 Mount Vernon Avenue) A potted plant is always a winner! Choose one in your loved-one’s favorite flowers and colors! You will be a hero!
Any of these gifts will show your Mom just how much you care! Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s out there!
Spring is here which means it is time to eat outside! Here is a list of some of our favorite spots that have outdoor seating.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!