Holiday Bike Light Parade

This sounds fun!  The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Alexandria Spokeswomen are hosting a family-friendly ride around Del Ray this Saturday, December 16.  Bikers will view the amazing holiday lights in the neighborhood on their bikes, which will also be decked out with lights and decorations! 

The ride is about an hour long and will begin around 6:00PM at the back parking lot of George Washington Middle School.  The ride is a slow, no-drop ride, which means no one gets left behind.  After the ride, the group will go to an eatery for some chow!

If the chance of rain (or snow) is greater than 40 percent, the event will be postponed.


Events, Restaurants

The 2nd Annual Candy Cane Bar Crawl

The 2nd Annual Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl is coming!   Get your festive gear on and go on down to Del Ray for an afternoon of cocktails and seasonal cheer!

The event features 12 of Alexandria’s favorite restaurants and takes place Saturday, December 9 from 2-6PM.  Proceeds benefit Alexandria Neighborhood Health which provides basic primary medical, dental and behavioral health care to uninsured or under-insured in our area.  

Advance tickets are $10 ($15 at the door), and include:

  • Beer and cocktail specials at each bar
  • Free trolley transportation to spots along the bar crawl route
  • 12 oz cup for the first 150 people
  • 1 Raffle ticket

Participating bars/restaurants include Evening Star Cafe, FireFlies, Del Ray Pizzeria, Junction Bakery & Bistro, KAiZEN Tavern, Live Oak, Lena’s, Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro, Northside 10, Pork Barrel BBQ, St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, and Stomping Ground. 

Click here for tickets!



The Scottish Walk Weekend 2017

Get ready to kick off the holiday season!

The first two weekends in December, the Campagna Center (TCC) is having a series of fun events that should not be missed!

Here is what you can look forward to:

Taste of Scotland is Friday, December 1 from 6:30pm to 10 pm in Old Town.  It is a scotch tasting evening at the Atrium Building that also includes beer and wine.

Scottish Christmas Walk Parade is Saturday, December 2 at 11am (rain or shine).  The parade route begins at the intersection of Wilkes Street and South St. Asaph Street, then will head north on South St. Asaph Street to Queen Street, turn right on Queen Street to North Fairfax Street, then turn right and head south on North Fairfax Street.  (Got that?)

Heather and Greens Sale – order by November 19 (pick-up December 1-2) at The Campagna Center.

Holiday Home Tours take place Saturday, December 2 from 12:30 – 4 pm.  Old Town homes are featured, each decorated for the holidays by local interior designers and florists.

Deck the Halls with Santa is Saturday, December 9 from 10 am to Noon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Old Town.

Taste of Scotland, Holiday Home Tours, and Deck the Halls tickets may be purchased online by clicking here.

All proceeds from the events directly support the programs of The Campagna Center, such as Early Head Start, Building Better Futures, and New Neighbors. Feel free to ask me about the programs.

See you there!


Alexandria’s Film Festival is Back

Looking for something different to watch at the movies?  Check out some new independent films at Alexandria’s Film Festival this week from November 9 – 12.

Over 50 films will be shown at Beatley Library and AMC Hoffman 22 Theater.  This year’s event includes 20 premieres with films from the local area and countries around the globe.  You can watch documentaries, dramas, comedies, and children’s movies.  And some of the film makers will be available for Q & A’s.

The Family Showcase will offer six films for younger audiences Saturday, November 11th from 11:00AM – 1:00PM where you can watch  “Save Your Future,” a film by local student Dylan Fox.

Active-duty service members and veterans can receive free admission for themselves and a guest to a “Salute to Service Members” showcase on November 11th and 12th.

Alexandria filmmaker Sam Hampton’s “A Change in the Family” will be shown, which documents the story of Zo transiting to a man and his family’s response.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  An all-access festival pass is available for $50.  Click here for more information and to buy tickets.