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Restaurant Week 2017

Foodies celebrate – it’s that time of year again!  Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week is set for August 18-27, and over 60 restaurants from around the city are participating this year.

For 10 days, participating restaurants will be serving up special menus. Over 50 restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner or dinner for two, and over 20 will have lunch specials for $10, $15 and $20.

Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week started in 2009 and celebrates the diversity of local restaurants. Restaurants are located in all areas of the city: waterfront Old Town, Mt. Vernon Avenue, West End and more.


New participants include: Hummingbird, Meggrolls, and Junction Bakery & Bistro.  Other returning favorites are Bastille, Restaurant Eve, Vermilion. For a full list of restaurants click here.

Reservations are available through Open Table.

New this year, select shops of the Old Town Boutique District will stay open until 9:00PM (Sunday hours vary) during the week.

Bon Appetit!


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MOM’s Re-Opens With a Buzz

MOM’s Organic Market’s (3831 Mount Vernon Ave) recently re-opened after an expansion that increases the size of the store by 40 percent.

And among the cool additions is a backyard beekeeping section that sells all the tools needed to sustain bees in backyard hives.  The store already keeps active bee hives on its roof.


MOM’s founder, Scott Nash, a beekeeper himself, hopes the new section will call attention to the fact that bees, crucial pollinators, are in trouble because of pesticides and other threats.

 The expanded store will also offer MOM’s Naked Lunch counter, found in several other MOM’s locations, that serves organic and vegetarian food.


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Fun in the Summertime

Friendship Firehouse Festival, August 5th, 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred Street

The Friendship Firehouse Festival will celebrate the fire department’s 151st anniversary. Get a free fire hat and can check out the old hose reel, as well as the suction pumper fire engine, both pulled by hand. The festival includes fire-fighting activities, fire vehicles, and more.

Annual Sidewalk Sale, August 12th – 13th

Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria

Come support your favorite local businesses in Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria. Over 50 businesses will offer discounted summer merchandise. Participating businesses will have bright yellow balloon markers outside their stores. See participating businesses here.


Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week, August 18th – 27th


Over 50 restaurants around the city will be serving up special menus for the annual Alexandria Summer Restaurant week. For 10 days, restaurants will be serving up special menus. More than 50 restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner or dinner for two, and over 20 will have lunch specials for $10, $15 and $20 in addition. Restaurants around the city will participate. See more details here.


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Five Del Ray Restaurants Among Finalists


Go Del Ray!!!

We are proud to report that five Del Ray restaurants are among finalists across the DC area in WTOP’s Top 10.

The restaurants are finalists across a number of food categories. Readers and listeners of WTOP nominated their favorite local businesses in the following delicious categories:

Best Burger

Best Pizza

Best Barbecue

Best Brewery

Best Brunch

Best Coffee Shop

Best Ice Cream/Gelato

Best Tacos

Best Bagels

Best Crab


The well-deserving nominees from Del Ray are:

Voting is open now until August 4th, so get busy and vote for your favorite local spot. Winners will be announced August 7th.

See all nominees and vote here.

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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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Fireworks Saturday July 8th

Our nation has already celebrated its birthday.  Now it is Alexandria’s turn.  July 8th is Alexandria’s birthday!  And there will be fireworks to celebrate.

Alexandria will celebrate its 268th birthday with a waterfront party Saturday at Oronoco Bay Park.  The event will include food vendors, live music, birthday cake and will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show over the Potomac River.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 5 p.m. – Performance by Ocho de Bastos
  • 6 p.m. – Performance by U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
  • 7:30 p.m. – Welcome by Mayor Allison Silberberg, poetry reading by Alexandria Poet Laureate Wendi R. Kaplan
  • 8 p.m. – Birthday cake
  • 8:30 p.m. Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Continental Color Guard present the National Anthem
  • 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks display with “1812 Overture” featuring cannon support by the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3d United States Infantry Regiment

You can also find author Jay Roberts and illustrator Christine Youngbluth signing their book Lost Alexandria, An Illustrated History of Sixteen Destroyed Historic Homes in and Around Alexandria, Virginia.  This will take place from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in the Hotel Indigo’s  library.

Happy Birthday, Alexandria!


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Take a Walking Tour of Alexandria

Looking for something different to do with your house guests this summer?  Discover Alexandria is a walking tour company in Old Town Alexandria specializing in historical walking tours, pub crawls, and food tours. All tours last about 90 minutes.  They also offer private and customized tours for groups of two to thirty people.  And Discover Alexandria is a veteran-owned and veteran-operated small business.

Options include, but are not limited to:

George Washington’s Alexandria Tour – the tour covers Alexandria’s colonial and revolutionary period from the town’s establishment in 1749 to Washington’s death in 1799.
Discover Alexandria – past to present history tour
Sweet History – guided sweets tour
Wine and Sweets Tour – Old Town’s best wine and dessert spots
Shop Alexandria Boutiques Tour
Historical Pub Crawl
Ghosts of Alexandria
Virginia is for Runners Tour – enjoy a flexible and modifiable jogging pace as you experience some of Alexandria’s hidden gems.

To make a group appointment contact Discover Alexandria at discoveralexandria@gmail.com. Prices are $12 per person, $10 for active-duty military, veterans, students, and seniors.

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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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Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is fast approaching – what do you get the guy who has everything? Here are a few ideas that are fun and available close to home.

A six pack of craft beer from Market 2 Market (116 Del Ray Ave.) will hit the spot on a hot day. They have over 150 craft beers including IPAs, porters, brown ales, and lagers. We suggest a mix! He will love it!


Or how about a chunk of fancy cheese and some meat for your guy from Cheesetique (2411 Mt. Vernon Ave.)? Our favorite is the Goat’s Milk Gouda with a slice pepperoni on any cracker or bread.



You could also grab a bottle of wine from their wine wall – each wine is categorized for easier selection. And don’t forget to pick up some of their chocolate chips – you know the ones they put on the table after dinner and lunch! Yum!


You could also stop by Let’s Meat on the Avenue (2403 Mt. Vernon Ave.) for a selection of their four most popular seasonings boxed together as the Dizzy Pig. Add these to their filet mignon along with some specialty olive oil from their organic olive oil bar. Your guy will be in heaven at the grill!


Another thought is a group ukulele or acoustic guitar lesson package from Del Ray School of Music (2405 Mt. Vernon Ave.) The summer classes have already started but contact the school for information about joining in.


The Dad in your life works hard and deserves something special this weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

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