• November 26, 2018 12:46 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The 43rd Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot raised $5,000 for ALIVE!;  runners also donated 2,008 pounds of food, plus an additional $485 in cash donations.   Despite the coldest Thanksgiving morning in over 20 years, over 4,000 runners finished the five-mile run, and a new women's course record was set, with Birtukan Alemu of Washington, D.C. finishing the race in 26 minutes, 21 seconds. The Alexandria Turkey Trot is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and DC Road Runners.  Complete results are available at

  • November 24, 2018 11:54 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The Del Ray Holiday Season Kick-Off will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, beginning a month-long holiday celebration. The holiday activities reflect the Del Ray neighborhood's reputation as a dining, retail, wellness, and arts destination in the region, along with its commitment to supporting Alexandria non-profits year-round. 

         All events open to all.  Among the activities planned: 

    • Holiday Season Kick-Off: The Del Ray community will come together on Sat. Dec 1 at 6 p.m. for the annual Christmas tree and Menorah lighting at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.  The event features an appearance by Santa, who will lead carols and sit for photos with children. Participants are urged to bring toiletries, diapers, gift cards for Target or Wal-Mart or Metro SmartTrip cards for Carpenter’s Shelter.  Continue the celebration (and start your holiday shopping!) with a stroll down Mount Vernon Avenue, which will be illuminated by thousands of luminarias in honor of the late Nancy Dunning.  

    • Holidays On Main Street:  Local artists have been commissioned to complete a series of hand-painted holiday windows at businesses along Mount Vernon Avenue.  Businesses and local non-profits are also teaming up to decorate Christmas trees along the Avenue; the winning tree, selected by online voters, will earn $500 for that non-profit.

    • Del Ray Holiday Pop-Up Market: Find one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans and at-home entrepreneurs on Sat., Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square. 

    • Shops of Del Ray’s Ladies’ Night Out:  Join the Shops of Del Ray on Thurs., Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to shop local and enjoy special promotions — all while sipping Virginia wine.  Find the perfect gift on The Avenue or at an outdoor pop-up market featuring local artisans at the Del Ray Psych & Wellness parking lot, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Bellefonte Avenue.

    • 3rd Annual Candy Cane Bar Crawl: Take a break from the bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy specials at top Del Ray restaurants during a neighborhood beer crawl on Sat., Dec. 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Advance tickets are $15, with proceeds benefiting MVCS Blessings in Backpack and Cora Kelly ALIVE Weekend Food Packs.

    • Twelve Days of Wellness in Del Ray:  From Dec. 9-20, the Del Ray wellness community will offer twelve days of self-care during the holidays, featuring special promotions, classes, workshops, and more. 

    • First Night Alexandria: On New Years' Eve from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., bring the entire family out for an old-fashioned carnival featuring games, face-painting, and more at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. 
        All events are presented by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  
  • November 13, 2018 11:21 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The Del Ray Business Association Board of Directors issued the following statement to members after the announcement that Amazon HQ2 and Virginia Tech's Center for Innovation would move to National Landing, located in the City of Alexandria and Arlington:

        "As news breaks that Amazon and Virginia Tech will soon become prime members of our community, we want to welcome the potential for growth along the Route 1 corridor.  We recognize there will be mixed emotions regarding this new adventure and want to assure our businesses that we will always have our member’s best interests in mind. Moving forward, we will keep everyone updated as information becomes available."

  • November 01, 2018 9:27 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        A Thanksgiving morning tradition, the 43rd annual Alexandria Turkey Trot is the Mid-Atlantic's premiere Turkey Trot. With nearly 6,000 runners -- including some of the fastest elite runners on the east coast -- the Turkey Trot is a great way to start your Thanksgiving morning.

        “I chose the Alexandria Turkey Trot mostly because it has a history of fast competition and a unique small-town feel to the race,” said elite runner Matt Deters. "Several of my teammates have done the race in the past and it has been their favorite Turkey Trot.”

        The five-mile run/walk, which takes place at 9 a.m. on Th., Nov. 22, goes through the heart of Del Ray, starting and ending at George Washington Middle School. The event is Metro accessible via the Braddock Road Metro Station. Dogs and strollers are welcome, and have their own starting area.

         In the spirit of the holiday, runners and spectators are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items to support ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization serving Alexandria’s needy.

         For complete information on the race and to register, visit

  • October 31, 2018 1:45 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
    Halloween-212     Superheroes, ghosts, goblins, the T.C. Williams Zombie Band, and scores of decked-out strollers and pets in costume marched down Mount Vernon Avenue for the 22nd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade on Oct. 28.  

       A record number of marchers -- cheered on by thousands lining the Avenue -- was led by Mount Vernon Community School fourth grader Noa Hottin.  Blind since birth and selectively mute, Noa hadn’t spoken at school for three years when he moved to Alexandria at age six, and struggled to connect with Braille in English.  Three years later, he is now the reigning national champion of his age group in the 2018 Braille Challenge, sponsored by the Braille Institute.

       “Noa represents who we are as a school.  He is an example of our diversity,  appreciation for culture and languages, and the resilience of our students,” said Mount Vernon Community School principal Liza Burrell-Aldana. “The work done with Noa's  family is also a clear example of the benefits of establishing a strong home-school partnership.  When that partnership is solid, together,  we are able to help our students achieve to their fullest potential. I am very proud of him.”

       As part of the parade festivities, the Del Ray Business Association presented awards for best stroller, best pet costume, best decorated business, and best decorated house. 

     The winners (Photos by Will Niccolls Photography and The Zebra Press):

    Stroller Competition
    Sponsored by Bobi Bomar & Ellen Patrick Homes of Alexandria

    Less is More: Fried Chicken in a Frying Pan

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    Most Creative: Around the World in Eight Blocks

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    Best Group: Three Little Pigs

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    Most Humorous: Batman and Robbie's Friends

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    Best Overall: RTPU Trash Monster

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    Best Pet Costumes
    Sponsored by Your Dog's Best Friends

    How Could You Do This To Me?: Strawberry Shortcakes

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    Best Team: Costco hot dog and Costco-loving family

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    Most Creative: Witches Brew

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    Vola Lawson Best in Show: Mummy Doxie 

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    Best Decorated House

    Sponsored by The Jen Walker Team

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    People's Choice Award and Judges' Choice, 2nd Place: 4 W. Custis Ave.

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    Judges' Choice, 1st Place: 307 East Clifford Ave.

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    People's Choice Runner up and Judges' Choice, 3rd Place: 25 W. Mt Ida Ave.

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    Judges' Choice, Honorable Mention: 26 Forrest Street

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       Held each year on the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. 
  • October 12, 2018 1:57 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
        One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the 22nd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue.  The parade, which begins at E. Bellefonte Ave., ends with a party at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields featuring live music, goodie bags for children, free refreshments, children's games, awards for Best Decorated Stroller, House, Business & Best Pet Costume, and more.  The event is free and open to all.  

        Last year’s parade had more than 7,500 participants, which included over 2,500 children, special dignitaries and elected officials.  Leading this year's parade as Grand Marshall will be an outstanding student selected to represent Mount Vernon Community School.
          Among the events on the day's program:
    • Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Decorating Contest:  Registration for the Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Competition takes place before the parade start. Stroller and pet entries must register by 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Howell Avenues; look for signage. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to the parade. Pets will be judged immediately at the end of the parade route. There is no fee to register.  For complete details and categories, visit

    • Best Decorated House and Business:  The deadline for nominations for Best Decorated House and Best Decorated Business is Sunday, October 21 at 12 p.m.  To nominate a home or business, email the street addresses to by October 21; please state if it should be judged during the day or night.

    • Spooky Bean Halloween:  After the parade from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., families can enjoy the Spooky Bean Halloween Maze, constructed by Bean Creative. This free event is appropriate for all ages, and located on the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.  Donations are accepted at the gate to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    • Costumes for Children In Need: The Del Ray Business Association collects and distributes Halloween costumes for children who would otherwise go without.  New or gently used costumes can be dropped off at collection bins at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (located at Oxford & Mount Vernon Ave.) or on the porch at 110 E. Del Ray.  Costumes are distributed the day before the parade from 2-4 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. In 2017, over 200 costumes were distributed.
       Held each year on the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit

  • September 21, 2018 11:30 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         Del Ray Psych & Wellness celebrated its grand opening and ribbon-cutting on Sept. 19.   The new business, which brings together a wide range of wellness professionals to offers a holistic approach to health and wellness treatment, is located at 1900 Mount Vernon Avenue.
          "We are so blessed to create this holistic health and wellness center," said Dr. Lauren Fisher, the co-founder of Del Ray Psych & Wellness.  "This is a hub of wellness connecting the community to different resources to help them live their best lives."

          Del Ray Psych & Wellness, formerly known as Del Ray Psychological & Wellness Associates, is a new partnership between colleagues and clinical psychologists, Dr. Lauren Fisher and Dr. Eleni Boosalis. The new business includes nine professionals offering psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, career counseling, holistic nutritional counseling, wellness coaching, acupuncture, and more. The location also houses two tenants with complimentary businesses of massage therapy by Michael Nicotra of the Vital Body and a naturopathic physician, Dr. Patrician Dienfenbach, of Natural Integrative Healthcare. "So many people and synchronistic events have brought us here," said Boosalis.

           "We are so thrilled to welcome Del Ray Psych & Wellness to Mount Vernon Avenue," said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky.  "Our community is known for its award-winning health and wellness providers and fitness studios. This one-stop-shop for helping people live happy and healthy lives is a tremendous addition to 'Well Ray.'"

          At the event, Del Ray Psych & Wellness also announced its new "Wellness Wednesdays" program, featuring free classes hosted by wellness professionals every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1900 Mount Vernon Avenue. "Our vision is to offer free services to the public that feature useful strategies for every day life from different wellness practitioners in the community" said Fisher.  "Our goal is to foster community connection while delivering these classes and other programs in a variety of interesting and innovative formats." 

          The diverse line-up of events -- ranging from wellness discussions and demonstrations to fitness classes -- are free and open to all, with donations collected for a different local non-profit each month.  The upcoming Wellness Wednesdays:

    • Sept. 26: Career Counseling 101 with Kristin Schmittel, MA, NCC
    • Oct. 3: Naturopathic Medicine 101 and How Stress Affects Our Bodies with Dr. Patricia Dienfenbach
    • Oct. 10: Outdoor Yoga and S'mores with Maureen Clyne
    • Oct. 17: Tapping Into Natural Strategies for Stress and Relaxation with Dr. Lauren Fisher
    • Oct. 24: Effective Parenting Goals and Modeling Desired Behavior for Your Kids with Amy Begnal, EdS
    • Nov. 7: Essential Oils for the Upcoming Winter Season with Hilary Mughloo
    • Nov 14: Therapeutic Ketones: Energy, Fat Loss, Focus, and Performance with Krystal Ross, CNC
          Del Ray Psych & Wellness is vibrant and energetic group of clinical psychologists, therapists, and wellness professionals located in the heart of the Del Ray area of Alexandria, VA. The group is passionate about guiding individuals on their personal journeys of growth and transformation by using a holistic approach and providing a wide variety of experiences and techniques to treatment approaches such as mindfulness meditation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, art therapy, and nutritional counseling.  For more information and to register for classes please, visit
  • September 15, 2018 10:40 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    During National Wellness Week (Sept. 16-22), local wellness businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria will feature free classes, educational talks, and discounts throughout the week. The Well Ray businesses of the Del Ray Business Association are dedicated to providing the community with services that contribute to a strong foundation of wellness. 

    For the full schedule of events, click here.  

  • September 03, 2018 11:14 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    First Thursday: Show Your Spirit! takes place on Thursday, September 6 from 6pm to dusk in Del Ray. Wear your team colors and head out to the Avenue for live music, themed activities, and more. The event is free and open to all.

    Participants are encouraged to bring school supplies for Community Lodgings; for a full wish list, visit Donations can be dropped off at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues. Community Lodgings’ mission is to lift families from homelessness and instability to independence and self-sufficiency through transitional housing, affordable housing and youth education programs. For more information, visit

  • August 29, 2018 11:10 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The Del Ray Business Association will host a pop-up retail market featuring local artisans and home-based businesses on Sunday, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenue.

    Participating retailers to date: The Board Bus; Truly-Life Eco Gifts; Made in Del Ray; AVA Apparel, Julie Kay Design Studio, BeautyCounter, and Ever Skincare. 

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