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Well Ray 2017

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

BEAN CREATIVE FIELD

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

WELL RAY LOT
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
ASCEND CYCLE DECK
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.
PAT MILLER NEIGHBORHOOD SQUARE
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
SPEAKERS’ ALLEY
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
HEALTH & WELLNESS INFORMATION & DEMONSTRATIONS, FEATURING…
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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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Get Set to Celebrate Like a Superhero!

The Fund for Alexandria’s Child is hosting its annual Fostering the Future Gala this Friday, June 9 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM at the Sheraton Suites Alexandria.
The theme is ‘Superhero Soiree’ which intends to celebrate local heroes — the kids of Alexandria and The Fund’s generous supporters. Attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, dancing, a silent and live auction, entertainment and more.  All proceeds from the night’s event will benefit children in foster care or children at-risk of abuse and neglect in our city.
This year’s fundraising goal is $40,000 and they hope to see 200 attendees.
The Fund for Alexandria’s Child is made up of volunteers from our great city who hope to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children in our community.  They hope to ensure that these children have the opportunity to enjoy the enriching opportunities in life, things most kids take for granted like music lessons, sports, field trips, birthday gifts, yearbooks, summer camp, outings with family, and the like.
Tickets for the Gala are currently available.  Be a Superhero this weekend!

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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.

 

Enjoy!!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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!

 

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Any of these gifts will show your Mom just how much you care! Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s out there!

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Let’s Go Eat on the Patio!

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.

Live Oak Restaurant
1603 Commonwealth Ave
Southern

Evening Star Cafe
2000 Mount Vernon Ave
American (New), Breakfast & Brunch

Del Ray Cafe
205 E Howell Ave
French

Rosemarino d’Italia
1905 Mount Vernon Ave
Italian

Stomping Ground
2309 Mount Vernon Ave
Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch, American (New)

Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap
401 E Braddock Rd
Pizza, Italian

Junction Bakery & Bistro
1508 Mt Vernon Ave
Bakeries, Cafes, Sandwiches

Kaizen Tavern
1909 Mount Vernon Ave
Japanese, Sushi Bars

FireFlies Restaurant
1501 Mt Vernon Ave
Breakfast & Brunch, Pizza, American (Traditional)

South Block
3051 Mount Vernon Ave
Smoothies, Acai Bowls, and Juice

Front Porch
2006 Mount Vernon Ave
American (Traditional)

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub
2300 Mount Vernon Ave
Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch

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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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Spring2ACTion 2017

 

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.

Give today!

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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Monroe’s

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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