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  • July 20, 2017 10:42 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

       A cold beer (or margarita or wine!), food from some of the area's top restaurants, and a free outdoor concert featuring some of the region's best local music.  We can't think of a more perfect summer night. 

         The 10th Annual Del Ray Music Festival will take place on Saturday, July 22 from 3pm to 8pm on Mount Vernon Avenue between Uhler and Custis Avenues.  Local musicians will perform on two stages in the heart of Del Ray, while seven of Del Ray's top restaurants will host pop-up beer gardens. 

        Returning to the Del Ray Music Festival as this year's headliner is Wanted Man.  DC Music Download describes this blues-rock band as "no-B.S. rock ‘n’ roll with an extra edge ... the marriage of the blues to noisy shreds," while WAMU called their debut album "the kind that showcases stellar musicianship and oozes with cool."  They join ten other bands at the festival, representing the diversity of the music scene in the region -- including classic rock, jazz, reggae, bilingual folk rock, and more.

        Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed to traffic for the three blocks adjacent to the stage, and seven of Del Ray's top restaurants -- Caboose Cafe, Cheesetique, Taqueria el Poblano, Pork Barrel BBQ, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Stomping Ground, and Del Ray Pizzeria -- will host pop-up beer gardens.

         The bands:

    Pat Miller Neighborhood Square
    located at the intersection of Mount Vernon & Oxford Avenues
    3pm: Mars Rodeo -- a favorite at Del Ray events, this group touts they "keeps fans guessing" by mixing covers from Jimi Hendrix with Pink and Kings of Leon.
    3:50pm: The Derds -- nicknamed "The Hardest Working Band in Del Ray," this all-local band mixes covers with originals drawing from American roots and classic rock. 
    4:50pm: Elena Y Los Fulanos -- This Wammie-nominated bilingual folk rock band "ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin."
    5:45pm: Greenland -- DC Music Download calls this group a "delightfully unorthodox quartet,"  while The Deli writes, "part literal lyric interpretation, part psych colored basement jam session, their music is surely going to entertain you."
    6:40pm: Handsome Hound --  WAMU says this folk-rock duo's "catchy, good-natured tunes ... radiate giddiness."
    7:35pm: Wanted Man -- DC Music Download describes this blues-rock band as "no-B.S. rock ‘n’ roll with an extra edge ... the marriage of the blues to noisy shreds." 

    Bean Creative Stage
    located on the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue
    3pm: Boss Chiefs --  a four-piece rock band known for their "heavy riffs, loud drums, and heart-on-the-sleeve vocals."
    3:55pm: Precautionary Measures -- "Imagine if Paul McCartney and P Funk had lunch together. Or if Aretha and The Police were at a yacht party," and you get this "funky ... fun" quartet.
    4:50pm: Jack Kilby & The Front Line -- several horn players perform arrangements by Jack Kilby, a T.C. Williams alum, plus other tunes "reminiscent of the Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers repertoire."
    5:45pm: Feel Free -- this "genre-bending" band, together since their days at Alexandria's George Washington Middle School, blends reggae, rock, funk, and jazz influences.
    6:40pm: Origem -- this trio performs a variety of Brazilian music styles mixed with jazz and funk "to create an exciting unique sound like no other." 

         The brews:


    Pork Barrel BBQ will exclusively feature Port City Brewery
    Taqueria Poblano will feature their signature margaritas as well as Oscar Blues Beerito, a Mexican style amber
    Stomping Ground will feature Schafly Grapefruit IPA and Schafly Summer Lager
    St. Elmos / Market to Market (M2M) will feature Two Roads Brewing Co.'s Ol' Factory Pils, Lil Heaven Session IPA, and Road Jam Raspberry Wheat 
    Del Ray Pizzeria will feature 16 taps from various breweries including Hardywood, Triple Crossing, Old Ox, Cru, Austin Eastciders, Charm City Meadworks
    Cheesetique will feature Aves del Sur Sauvignon Blanc, Borsao Rose, and La Boussole Pinot Noir wines, plus 
    Port City beers on draught and Potter's Craft Cider from bottles
    Caboose will feature Southern Tier IPA and Fireman's Pilsner and Fireman's Seasonal Ale

         The featured non-profit is The Carpenter's Shelter; all proceeds from water sales will help support their emergency cool-down shelter during extreme heat and their year-round work to help the homeless achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy.

         Held each summer, the Del Ray Music Festival celebrates the diverse, local talent in the Washington, DC area music scene. The event is free and open to all.  For more information, visit www.delraymusicfestival.com.

  • July 13, 2017 1:59 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Due to extreme heat in the forecast, the OUTDOOR activities scheduled for First Thursday: Red, White & Blue will be CANCELLED.  

        Dr. Seuss books purchased for United Through Reading can be dropped off on the front porch at 110 E. Del Ray Avenue (located next to the parking lot behind St. Elmo's Coffee Pub.  United Through Reading offers service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to children at home which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections, and cultivates a love of reading and early childhood literacy.

         Del Ray's retailers and restaurants provide the ideal break from the heat.  The following restaurants and retailers are proud to offer a discount for those serving in the military and our veterans on Thursday, June 13 from 6pm to 9pm, as originally scheduled:

    RESTAURANTS

    • Bombay Curry Company (2607 Mount Vernon Ave -- Buy one entree receive a second entree free with Military ID; dine-in only
    • Del Ray Cafe (205 E. Howell Ave.) -- 10% discount - food only with Military ID
    • Dolce & Bean (2003a Mount Vernon Ave.): 15% discount on sweets and treats for military, veterans and first responders and their families during the entire month of July!
    • Evening Star Cafe (2000 Mount Vernon Ave): 15% off of food only with a military ID.
    • Fireflies Restaurant (1501 Mount Vernon Avenue) -- 10% discount - food only with Military ID, $3 draft beers for all!
    • Junction Bakery & Bistro (1508 Mount Vernon Ave.) -- Complimentary select dessert with Military ID
    • Lena’s Wood-fired Pizza & Tap (401 E Braddock Rd) -- 10% discount - food only with Miltary ID
    • Northside 10 (10 E Glebe Rd) -- 15% discount - food only with Military ID
    • Pork Barrel BBQ (2312 Mount Vernon Ave.) -  20% discount - food only with Military ID

    RETAILERS

    • Bellies & Babies (1913 Mount Vernon Ave.) -- 20% off with Military ID
    • Kiskadee (2205 Mount Vernon Ave.) -- 25% off new arrivals with Military ID
    • The Purple Goose (2005 Mount Vernon Ave.) -- 20% off with Military ID
    • Top it Off (1906 Mount Vernon Ave.) -- Free gift with purchase with Military ID
    PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
    • Studio Body Logic (2714 Mount Vernon Avenue) -- Studio Body Logic's NextStep Pilates program offers a series of ten free one-on-one sessions for military personnel and veterans who have been injured as a result of their service.  For more information, visit www.nextsteppilates.org.
    • Ease Yoga and Cafe: (3051 Mount Vernon Ave.) Five free yoga classes for students new to Ease Yoga; must be redeemed by Sept. 30, 2017.
    • Four Directions Wellness (2001 Mount Vernon Ave.): 10% off all individual sessions and upcoming Fall classes for all military and veterans; good through Oct. 31, 2017 with the code “gratitude”; visit www.fourdirectionswellness.com for more information.
    • Podiatrist in Motion (2201 Mount Vernon Ave): Free family foot screenings for orthotics to active duty military and veterans with discounts on various orthotics; good July 22-29 by appointment only; call 703-879-5155

        Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.   Join us on August 3 for First Thursday: Staycation.  For complete information, visit www.visitdelray.com.

  • July 06, 2017 1:20 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        DUE TO WEATHER, THE JULY FIRST THURSDAY WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL THURSDAY, JULY 13.  During the July First Thursday, Del Ray celebrates our country and recognizes our veterans and military families with "First Thursday: Red, White & Blue."  The monthly street festival will take place on July 13 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

        First Thursday takes place along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, and features patriotic activities; discounts for veterans and military families at various restaurants and retailers; plus live music, an old-fashioned cake walk, and more at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Ave. and Oxford Ave.).  The event is free and open to all. 

        Among the planned activities:

    • Honor Guard and Flag-folding demonstrations with The Old Guard and The Friends of Rocky Versace
    • Live music by Mars Rodeo at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square
    • An old-fashioned cake walk at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square and cupcake walk at Bellies & Babies
    • Card-making for deployed military at Top It Off and Bean Creative
    • WWII Letters From The Front Lines with Duncan Library at the breezeway between Greener Cleaner and Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray
    • Patriotic Face Painting at The Purple Goose
    • Patriotic Pet Photo Booth by Doggywalker.com
    • 'Tique Crafts -- upcycled cheese boards at Cheesetique
    • Where's The Sheriff? -- mystery location!
    • Patriotic Mocktails at Kiskadee
    • Watermelon Seed-Spitting Contest at Pork Barrel BBQ
    • Meet organizations serving our military families and Veterans, including Team RWB, National Military Family Association, American Military Partner Association, Military Spouse JD Network, and Next Step Pilates

        Participants are encouraged to bring a new Dr. Seuss book for United Through Reading, is a non-profit organization that has served military families for 28 years. United Through Reading offers service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to children at home which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections, and cultivates a love of reading and early childhood literacy.  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square and at Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique.

         The following restaurants and retailers are proud to offer a discount for those serving in the military and our veterans during First Thursday:

    RESTAURANTS

    • Bombay Curry Company (2607 Mount Vernon Ave -- Buy one entree receive a second free with Military ID
    • Del Ray Cafe (205 E. Howell Ave.) -- 10% discount - food only with Military ID
    • Fireflies Restaurant (1501 Mount Vernon Avenue) -- 15% discount - food only with Military ID, $3 draft beers for all!
    • Junction Bakery & Bistro (1508 Mount Vernon Ave.) -- Complimentary select dessert with Military ID
    • Lena’s Wood-fired Pizza & Tap (401 E Braddock Rd) -- 10% discount - food only with Miltary ID
    • Northside 10 (10 E Glebe Rd) -- 15% discount - food only with Military ID
    • Pork Barrel BBQ (2312 Mount Vernon Ave.) -  20% discount - food only with Military ID

    RETAILERS

    • Bellies & Babies (1913 Mount Vernon Ave.) -- 20% off with Military ID
    • Kiskadee (2205 Mount Vernon Ave.) -- 25% off new arrivals with Military ID
    • The Purple Goose (2005 Mount Vernon Ave.) -- 20% off with Military ID
    • Top it Off (1906 Mount Vernon Ave.) -- Free gift with purchase with Military ID

        Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.   This month’s event is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and The Jen Walker Team.


  • July 03, 2017 3:08 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – During the July First Thursday, Del Ray celebrates our country and recognizes our veterans and military families with "First Thursday: Red, White & Blue."  The monthly street festival takes place on July 6 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

        First Thursday takes place along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, and features patriotic activities; discounts for veterans and military families at various restaurants and retailers; plus live music, an old-fashioned cake walk, and more at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Ave. and Oxford Ave.)   The event is free and open to all. 

        Among the planned activities:
    • Honor Guard and Flag-folding demonstrations with The Old Guard and The Friends of Rocky Versace
    • Live music by Mars Rodeo at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square
    • An old-fashioned cake walk at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square and cupcake walk at Bellies & Babies
    • Card-making for deployed military at Top It Off and Bean Creative
    • WWII Letters From The Front Lines with Duncan Library at the breezeway between Greener Cleaner and Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray
    • Patriotic Face Painting at The Purple Goose
    • Patriotic Pet Photo Booth by Doggywalker.com
    • 'Tique Crafts -- upcycled cheese boards at Cheesetique
    • Where's The Sheriff? -- mystery location!
    • Patriotic Mocktails at Kiskadee
    • Watermelon Seed-Spitting Contest at Pork Barrel BBQ
    • Meet organizations serving our military families and Veterans, including Team RWB, National Military Family Association, American Military Partner Association, Military Spouse JD Network, and Next Step Pilates

        Participants are encouraged to bring a new Dr. Seuss book for United Through Reading, is a non-profit organization that has served military families for 28 years. United Through Reading offers service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to children at home which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections, and cultivates a love of reading and early childhood literacy.  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square and at Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique.

        Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.   This month’s event is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and The Jen Walker Team.

  • June 22, 2017 2:38 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    We are so excited about WELL RAY 2017!  Join the Del Ray Business Association on Saturday, June 24 from 9am to 1pm for a celebration of health and wellness and Livin' Good in the Neighborhood.   All classes, speakers and exhibits are FREE and open to all; bring your own mat and water and be ready to MOVE!  Walk-ups are welcome at all classes, though we encourage you to pre-register to reserve your spot.

    BEAN CREATIVE FIELD
    2213 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    9am-9:30am: Morning Yoga Wake Up with Yoga in Daily Life.  Register here
    9:30am-10am: Pilates Boot Camp with Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga. Register here.
    10am-10:30am: Fitness Interval Training For All with Fit4Mom. Register here
    10:30am-11am: Yoga with Mind the Mat Yoga and Ease Yoga & Cafe.  Register here
    11am-11:30am: CrossFit for Kids with CrossFit MVA. Register here
    11:30am-12pm: Foundation Fitness Workout with Foundation Fitness.  Register here
    12pm-12:30pm: Heart Rate Monitor Interval Training with Orange Theory Fitness. Register here.
    12:30pm-1pm: Kids Yoga with Downward Dye.  Register here. 1pm: Closing ceremony for Soar interactive art project by We Live Big

    There's truly something for everyone -- all ages and fitness levels are welcome.  The event is rain or shine; for weather updates and more information, visit www.wellraydelray.com.

    A complete list of events:

    WELL RAY LOT
    Behind United Bank, 2401 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    9am-9:30am: 5 Rhythms Dance Class with Ann Kite Dance. Register here.
    9:30am-10am: Kids Dance Class with Tippi Toes. Register here.
    10am-10:30am: Karate Class for Adults and Kids with Potomac Kempo. Register here
    10:30am-11am: Pilates Apparatus Class with Studio Body Logic. Register here.
    11am-11:30am: Parkour for All with PK Move. Register here.
    11:30am-12pm: Celebrity Bigwheel Showdown hosted by Velocity Bicycle Co-op
    12pm-12:30pm: Skate & Safety Demo with DC Wheels
    12:45pm-1pm: Closing meditation

    ASCEND CYCLE DECK
    Behind United Bank, 2401 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    9am-9:30am: Well Ray Ride with Ascend Cycle. Register here
    10am-10:30am: Well Ray Ride with Ascend Cycle. Register here.
    11am-11:30am: Well Ray Ride with Ascend Cycle. Register here.
    12pm-12:30pm: Well 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!
    Cooking demonstrations:
    9am-10am: Ironman/Chef Will Artley
    10am-1pm: Evening Star Cafe Chef Keith Cabot
    Ongoing: The Switch Doctor's Chris Dunning

    SPEAKERS' ALLEY
    Behind United Bank, 2401 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    9am-9:30am: Safe Summer Fun with Pediatric Associates
    9:30am-10am: Live Courageously with Vessence
    10am-10:30am: Understanding Your Back Pain with Healing Tree
    10:30am-11am: Essential Oils For Wellness with Wise Light Wellness
    11am-11:30am: Running Injury Free with Solutions PT
    11:30am-12pm: Minding Your Mental Wellness with Running Brooke & Rob Krupicka
    12pm-12:30pm: Discovering Your Why for Exercise with Walter Lewis Fitness Solutions
    12:30pm -1pm: Feldenkras 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.

    For more information, visit  www.wellraydelray.com

  • June 13, 2017 10:03 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The 3rd annual Well Ray Festival takes place on Saturday, June 24 from 9am to 1pm, showcasing the wide variety of health and wellness opportunities in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  The event -- featuring free fitness classes, health demonstrations, and exhibits -- is free and open to all.

         "Del Ray is a one-stop destination to eat, shop, and live healthy lives," said Del Ray Business Association President Dennis Belmont.  "We're excited about this opportunity to showcase the many fitness studios and health & wellness practitioners that have earned our neighborhood the nickname 'Well Ray.'"

         The 3rd annual Well Ray Festival features free fitness demonstrations and classes plus field-day inspired activities at the Bean Creative field (2213 Mount Vernon Avenue); nutrition information and cooking demonstrations at the Del Ray Farmer's Market (located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenue); plus vendors, exhibitors, wellness presentations and more at the parking lot adjacent to the Farmer's Market (2213 Mount Vernon Avenue) and at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center (2701 Commonwealth Avenue), including therapeutic massages, acupuncture, physical therapy consultations, chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, blood pressure screenings, meditation, wellness coaching, energy work and more.

        "We are beyond excited for this year's Well Ray Festival," said Well Ray chair Kate Moran. "With the expansion of our event to multiple locations along Mt. Vernon, we cannot wait to highlight the booming wellness businesses in Del Ray and beyond."

         Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats to join in enjoy free yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, Spin, Barre, dance classes led by vendors in and around Del Ray; advanced registration for classes is available at wellraydelray.com.  "Get ready to move at one of our many fitness demos, cool down with a beverage or healthy bites, and plan for the future with a life coach or counselor," said Moran. "With over 40 vendors we have something for everyone!"

         For more information, including a full schedule of events and class registration information, visit wellraydelray.com.  

       This year's featured non-profit is Running Brooke, an organization inspires at-risk children in the City of Alexandria to move, sparking their learning for success in school and life. For more information on Running Brooke, and to donate to this worthy cause, visit https://www.razoo.com/story/Move2learn.

  • June 04, 2017 5:00 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The Del Ray Business Association hosted the 9th Annual Taste of Del Ray on June 4, showcasing a diverse collection of Del Ray's top restaurants.   The sold-out event featured a spirited competition between a record 18 participating neighborhood restaurants.

         Evening Star Cafe's Crawfish Boudin won the Judges' Choice Award, with the judges describing the dish as "perfected at every level"; while Pork Barrel BBQ's White Chicken Chili won the People's Choice Award, as voted by festival attendees.  This year's judges were Chef Craig Scheuerman, Director of the Culinary Arts program at T.C. Williams High School; and Arlington Magazine editor Jenny Sullivan.

    The complete list of winners:

    People's Choice
    1st Place: Pork Barrel BBQ -- White Chicken Chili
    2nd Place: Taqueria Poblano -- Shrimp Mango Chalupa
    3rd Place: Stomping Ground -- Buttermilk Biscuit and Fried Chicken with Spicy Aioli

    Judges' Choice
    1st Place: Evening Star Cafe -- Crawfish Boudin
    2nd Place:  Stomping Ground -- Buttermilk Biscuit and Fried Chicken with Spicy Aioli
    3rd Place: Pork Barrel BBQ -- White Chicken Chili

         The featured non-profit at the event was the Alexandria Boys and Girls Club, which provides a safe, comfortable, and fun alternative to youth who would otherwise be home alone or on the street.  The organization raised $1,000 at the Taste of Del Ray through drink sales and donations.   

         Held every June in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, the Taste of Del Ray showcases the neighborhood's top restaurants in a spirited competition sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.   Proceeds from ticket sales help fund neighborhood events throughout the year.  

  • May 30, 2017 9:14 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The 9th Annual Taste of Del Ray takes place on Sunday, June 4 from 1pm to 3pm.  The competition, showcasing the diverse restaurants and talented chefs in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.

         Eighteen neighborhood restaurants will participate in the outdoor competition that will name the 2017 Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. Ticket holders will enjoy a variety of tastes and cast their votes in the lot behind the United Bank at 2401 Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford Avenues.

        Participating restaurants include many of the Washington, D.C. area’s most popular culinary destinations, including Bombay Curry Company, Cheesetique Del Ray, Del Ray Cafe, Del Ray Pizzeria, Dolce & Bean, Evening Star Cafe, Flat Top Burger, Junction Bakery & Bistro, Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, Live Oak Restaurant, Market 2 Market Del Ray, Northside 10, Pork Barrel BBQ, Royal Nepal, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Stomping Ground, Swings Coffee Roasters, and Taqueria Poblano Del Ray.  This year's judges are Chef Craig Scheuerman, Director of the Culinary Arts program at T.C. Williams High School; and Arlington Magazine editor Jenny Sullivan.

         Advance tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12 years of age and can be purchased online at tasteofdelray.eventbrite.com, or in-person at The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray (2204 Mt Vernon Ave.) and The Greener Cleaner of Del Ray (2210 Mt Vernon Ave). Tickets are $15 on the day of the event, with sales beginning at 12:30 pm.
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  • May 23, 2017 11:00 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
        During the June First Thursday, Del Ray highlights the wide variety of health, wellness, and healing opportunities in the neighborhood, with the the theme "Health And Healing." The monthly street festival takes place on June 1 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

        Free health and wellness classes will take place, plus live music, children's activities, the debut of a new interactive public art project, and more. 

         This month's featured nonprofit is the Fund For Alexandria's Child, which works to enhance the quality of life of foster children and children at risk of abuse and neglect.  Participants are urged to bring Target or grocery gift cards for this worthy cause; donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (at the intersection of Oxford & Mt. Vernon Ave).  

        A complete schedule of events follows; including information on registering for the free classes in advance:

    PAT MILLER NEIGHBORHOOD SQUARE
    Oxford & Mt.Vernon Ave
    6pm: Opening Healing Vibes - Gong Vibrations, Ease Yoga
    6pm: Healing Reading, Alexandria Library
    6:15pm: Jump Rope Performance, MVCS students
    6:30pm: Pilates Class, Studio Body Logic; register here
    7pm: Line Dance Performance, Cora Kelly Seniors
    7:30pm: Hulu hoop performance, Mind The Mat
    8pm: Closing meditation, Mind The Mat

    Ongoing events at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square
    Fund For Alexandria's Child, Featured non-profit
    Violin Music, Erin Flynn
    Breathing/Sleep Apnea Screening, Dental Excellence
    Ambulance Tour, Alexandria Fire Department
    Nutrition Conversation, Chrysalis Chiropractic 
    Ear acupuncture, Acupuncture in Del Ray
    Personal Growth Coaching, Richard Griffin Coaching
    Essential Oils, Wise Light Wellness
    Taste of Del Ray tickets,  Del Ray t-shirt sales, general information, Del Ray Business Association
    Information booth, Friends of Guest House
    Information Booth, Well Ray

    BEAN CREATIVE FIELD
    2200 Block of Mt. Vernon Ave.
    6pm:
    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 

    Ongoing events at the Bean Creative Field
    "SOAR" -- an interactive art installation, We Live Big
    Reiki, Four Directions Wellness

    ALONG MOUNT VERNON AVENUE
    All activities are ongoing unless time indicated 

    Ascend (2413 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Outdoor Spin Class, Ascend; 6:30-7:20pm 

    United Bank (2401 Mt Vernon Ave)
    Heat safety, Pediatrics Associates
    Benefits of oral hygiene, Alexandria Children's Dentistry
    Lyme Disease awareness, The Beantown Dog

    Stomping Ground (2309 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Healthy Activities giveaways, Alexandria Sheriff’s Office

    The Dog Store (2301 Mt Vernon Ave).
    Keeping Your Pet Healthy, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

    St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (2300 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Parkour, PK Move
    Sand Tray for Kids, Parkhurst Associates

    Bean Creative (201 E Del Ray Ave.)
    Flags of Hope painting activity, DIY Del Ray

    Core Wellness (2212 Mt Vernon Ave) 
    Pelvic Floor workshop, Core Wellness

    Neighborhood Pharmacy (2204 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Healthy Skin WaxingWaxing The City

    VITAL Body & Mind (2201 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Chair massage, VITAL Body & Mind
    Dr. Q&A, VITAL Body & Mind
    Nutritional & Detox Q&A, Melissa McGlone

    Counseling of Alexandria (2104 Mt. Vernon Ave) Compassion Listening Booth, Counseling of Alexandria

    Just ASK Publications Lot (Mt. Vernon & Bellefonte Ave.)
    Cool Yoga, Maureen Clyne; 6:30-7pm; register here

    Bellies and Babies (1913 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Whole grains and healthy eating; Great Harvest Bread Company

    Caliber Collision parking lot (1704 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Bike Rodeo, Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee & Phoenix Bikes, Mt. Vernon Community School PTA

        This month's First Thursday is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga.

         Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.  

  • May 12, 2017 7:30 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    With rain in the forecast on Saturday, plans for this weekend's events in Del Ray have changed slightly....

    The Tot Rock Fest will take place on SATURDAY, MAY 13 as planned, but will be moved INDOORS to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center  (2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria).  Join us for an amazing day of music, movement, and making a difference for children in and around Del Ray, featuring Rainbow Rock Band, Rocknoceros, The Great Zucchini, and more!   The event is free and open to all; festival attendees are encouraged to bring new or used musical instruments for Now I Play Along Too.  For more information, along with a complete schedule, visit totrockfest.com.

    La Bella Strada will take place on SUNDAY, MAY 14 from 9am to 3pm. La Bella Strada is a modern street painting festival that originates from an ancient Italian art form. Organized The Del Ray Montessori School parents, this unique event takes place along Mount Vernon Avenue and brings artists, energetic volunteers, and local businesses together to enliven our cottage neighborhood with vibrant colors, crowd-drawing masterpieces, and a one-of-a-kind experience of witnessing the creation of large-scale chalk paintings directly on the sidewalks.  The event is free and open to all.

    The Mount Vernon Community School PTA Garden Party will be rescheduled to SATURDAY, MAY 20 from 8am to 2pm. Come by the Mount Vernon Community School playground to shop herb and veggie plants, cut flowers, baked goodies and kids’ crafts -- all proceeds will go toward the MVCS playground project.

    And, of course, the Del Ray Farmer's Market is rain or shine, every Saturday from 8am to 12pm!

    See you on the Avenue this weekend!


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