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  • August 04, 2016 9:00 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

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         Help prepare students for success!  The Alexandria City Public School's Family and Community Engagement Center is rallying with local businesses in Del Ray and throughout the City of Alexandria to collect backpacks and essential school supplies to help students in need. This year's goal is to provide 3,000 backpacks filled with supplies.

         Needed supplies include backpacks, spiral notebooks, wide-rule filler paper, 3-ring binders, 2-pocket folders, pencil boxes, scissors, glue, rulers, pencils, sharpeners, colored pencils, erasers, markers, crayons, highlighters, tissues, and Ziploc bags.  Collection bins in Del Ray are located at:

    • Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave.
    • Dept. of Community & Human Services, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave.
    • The Dairy Godmother, 2308 Mount Vernon Ave. 
    • Discovery Time Learning Center, 1509 Leslie Ave. 
    • Grace Episcopal Church, 3601 Russell Rd. 
    • St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Ave.
    • Burke & Herbert Bank, 306 E Monroe Ave. 

        For more information, visit http://www.acps.k12.va.us/face-centers/supply-drive.pdf

  • July 28, 2016 7:00 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
         During the August First Thursday, Del Ray celebrates the performing arts in the community with the theme "Music and Dance on the Avenue."The monthly street festival takes place on August 4 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

        The Alexandria Singers will perform selections from their 40th-anniversary show at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue.  Mount Vernon Avenue will also be lined with a wide variety music and dance acts highlighting the diversity of arts in the region.  Scheduled to perform throughout the night: 

    • Stephanie Mathias, pop singer-songwriter; at Greenstreet Gardens, 1503 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    • Highland Dance, traditional Scotti sh highland dance; at Hyundai, 1707 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    • Discovery Preschool, at Bellies and Babies, 1913 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    • Cathy B and the Broadcastersa female-fronted pop/country/Americana/rock-and-roll cover band; at Re/MAX, 2104 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    • Alexandria Singers, the Washington D.C. metro area's premier pops chorus; at The Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, 2311 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    • Bill Mansfield, banjo; breezeway between Greener Cleaners and Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, 2204-6, Mt. Vernon Avenue
    • Batala Washington, Afro-Brazilian all female percussion band playing Samba-Reggae rhythm; Mt Vernon Rec Center/Mt. Vernon Community School Basketball Court
    • Rowan Cech, acoustic guitar, at Nature's Nibbles, 2601 Mt. Vernon Avenue

        A free trolley will run up and down the Avenue throughout the event, from Hume to Nelson Avenues.  The trolley is sponsored by Jen Walker, The Realtor for Del Ray and beyond!, of McEnearney Associates. 

        Participants are encouraged to bring donations for the Alexandria Battered Women's Shelter.  The Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women has compiled a list of needed items, available here: http://www.target.com/gift-registry/registry/ong01u1fnIP0AcewpvzxrQ  The shelter provides emergency housing and food at a confidential location for Alexandria women and their children who have been abused or who are threatened with abuse.  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square.  

        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 Rock of Ages Music, a small music center dedicated to providing the community with music instruction for all ages and levels of experience. 

  • July 21, 2016 7:15 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 -- including jazz, alt-rock, blues rock, alt-folk, and "funky stuff."  We can't think of a more perfect summer night. 

        Local musicians will perform on two stages at the 9th Annual Del Ray Music Festival on Saturday, July 23 from 3pm to 8pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue in the heart of Del Ray. 

        New this year, Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed to traffic for the three blocks adjacent to the stage, and seven of Del Ray's top restaurants will host pop-up beer gardens -- a first for an outdoor street festival in the City of Alexandria. 

          Don't miss our incredible main stage lineup:

    3pm: 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."

    3:45pm: Noise In The Basement -- one of the region's top Alt-Rock cover bands, this Alexandria-based band was formed by the Druids at StoneHenge!

    4:15pm: Elroy Jenkins -- Born in the Del Ray neighborhood, Elroy Jenkins' original music, Americana and "funky stuff" will rock your face off! Their debut CD is "Elroy Jenkins."

    5pm: Geno & The Spirit of Jazz -- Geno’s "polished fusion of contemporary smooth jazz, funk, classic rock and gospel" has helped the soprano saxophonist become one of the East Coast's most popular contemporary jazz performers. Sonlight Jazz calls his CD "a collection of smooth and funky tunes from a man who knows how to play.”

    5:30pm: 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."

    6:15pm: Near Northeast -- former members of a rock band, orchestra, and indie-pop band came together to form this alt-folk trio; DCist writes their music "will cradle you in a freshly washed blanket and keep you warm from the spontaneous summer rains."

    6:45pm: Anthony Pirog -- this award-winning guitarist is a recipient of the Washington Area Music Association's Best Modern Rock Instrumentalist award. In an interview with Guitar Moderne, Andy Summers, the guitarist of The Police, recently said Pirog is "one of my favorites at the moment."  The Washington Post has praised Pirog for his “fusion of talent and creativity," while Guitar Player Magazine named him one of the “Rising Artists You Must Hear."

         Pop-up Beer Gardens will be outside of Pork Barrel BBQ (featuring Port City Brewing Company), Stomping Ground (featuring Schlafly Beer), Caboose, Cheesetique, Del Ray Pizzeria, Taqueria el Poblano, and St. Elmo's.

          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, with the main stage sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association; Jen Walker, McEnearney Associates; Bobi Bomar's Homes of Alexandria, Weichert Realtors; and Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota.  For more information, visit www.delraymusicfestival.com.

  • July 15, 2016 2:24 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Photo by Wayne Hulehan     In the week since the three-alarm fire that occurred at Al’s Steak House on their grand reopening day, the Del Ray community has raised over $20,000 for the Breeding family during the rebuilding process, including $12,608.62 during a fundraiser organized by the Del Ray restaurant community.

         On July 14, Holy Cow Del Ray transformed into Al’s Steak House Pop-up, featuring the chefs and owners from seven of Alexandria's top restaurants preparing and serving 420 of Al's signature steak-and-cheese sandwiches, which sold out within 90 minutes. "It's just incredible," said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn, of Holy Cow.  "It really shows how special Alexandria and Del Ray is. Real community spirit here, real heartwarming."  

        The pop-up fundraiser raised $12,608.62; another $7,400 was raised through GoFundMe. All proceeds from the fundraisers will go to the Breeding family, who remain committed to reopening Al's Steak House.  "We're in awe of all the community support, all the people who came out," said Al's Steak House owner Dorothy Breeding, who grew up in Del Ray. "I'm amazed."

          A Del Ray institution, Al's Steak House closed in December 2015 after the death of John Severson, who took over the shop from its namesake in 1965. The Breeding family, longtime customers of Al's Steak House, purchased the restaurant, and worked with the Severson family to preserve the neighborhood landmark and its signature steak-and-cheese sandwiches.  Al's Steak House suffered a three-alarm fire just hours after reopening on July 6.

         Donations are still being accepted at https://www.gofundme.com/2dpzu24.

         Photo by Wayne Hulehan Photography

  • July 13, 2016 5:18 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Eye2Eye Optometry Corner    Eye2eye Optometry Corner suffered severe smoke and particle damage in the 3 alarm fire at neighboring Al's Steakhouse last Wednesday. They have remained closed, except for prescription pick ups, since last Wednesday while undergoing a full restoration. 

         It has been a true team effort this past week, as eye2eye's hardworking staff has put in volunteer hours to help clean and taken unpaid time off to help ease the financial burden. Eye2eye would like to thank the community for their support - many neighbors have stopped in to show their support and ask about the restoration progress. 

         Owner, Dr. Dora Adamopoulos, hopes to have eye2eye Del Ray's doors open again next week, pending the completion of restoration work. Eye2eye Optometry Corner has a second Alexandria office, located in the Hilltop Village shopping center next to Wegmans at 6475 Old Beulah Street. Del Ray patients can schedule appointments there while eye2eye Del Ray is under restoration. Appointments can be booked through their website, www.myeye2eye.com

         Below is a link to restoration updates from eye2eye. Eye2eye is grateful for the support of their community, the hard work of the first responders who put out the fire and are looking forward getting their doors open again soon. 

          Please follow this link for updates on restoration progress and reopening information: http://www.myeye2eye.com/delrayofficefireupdate

  • July 11, 2016 11:50 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         To help prevent abuse and theft of medication and improperly disposed of drugs, The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray is partnering with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria to host a Drug Take Back event on Saturday, July 16 from 10am to 2pm.

         The Drug Take Back event addresses a critical public safety and public health issue. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

         Deputies will be outside the pharmacy collecting the drugs; the service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.  Last year's event collected an estimated 150 lbs. of unused, expired, and unwanted medications.

         The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray is located at  2204 Mt. Vernon Ave. in Alexandria.  For more information, call 703-836-1700.

  • July 11, 2016 10:59 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Image result for del ray artisans    Register now for the 2016 Del Ray Artisans Summer Art Camp! Youth ages 8-14 years old are invited to spend a week with professional educational staff at Del Ray Artisans creating art and learning a range of creative techniques.

        Art Camp is a one-week experience for campers—choose either week one (July 18-22, 2016) or week two (July 25-29, 2016). Camp is Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm daily and costs $300 per child. Scholarships may be available upon request. All art supplies, lunch, and snacks are provided. For more information and registration forms, please visit: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtCamp

        There will also be a special, one-day only, gallery show on the Saturday following camp (July 23 for week one campers and July 30 for week two campers) to show off students' work. The reception is from 1-3pm and is a great chance for campers, family and friends to talk to the Art Camp Administrator and other students about their experience.

        Art Camp and the gallery show will be at the Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301. The gallery is handicap accessible.

        For inquiries, please contact the Director of Youth Programs Lydia Walter or Pat Hickey at Youth@DelRayArtisans.org.

  • July 10, 2016 8:45 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        In response to the three-alarm fire that occurred at Al’s Steak House on their grand reopening day, Holy Cow Del Ray, along with the Del Ray business community, will host a pop-up fundraiser to aid the Breeding family.

         On Thursday, July 14, Holy Cow will transform into Al’s Steak House Pop-up from 5:30pm to 10pm.   The fundraiser will feature favorites from the Al’s Steak House menu, with food prepared by celebrity Del Ray chefs under the guidance of Bo Severson.  All sales will go to the Breeding family to aid with rebuilding.  Holy Cow is located at 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. 

         A Del Ray institution, Al's Steak House closed in December 2015 after the death of John Severson, who took over the shop from its namesake in 1965. The Breeding family -- longtime customers of Al's Steak House -- bought their favorite restaurant, and worked with the Severnson family to preserve the neighborhood landmark and signature steak-and-cheese sandwiches.

         For those who want to support this local, family-owned business but cannot make it to the fundraiser, a GoFundMe account has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/2dpzu24.

         For more information on the fundraiser, visit holycowdelray.com

  • July 08, 2016 12:50 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        A cold beer, 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. 

        Local musicians will perform on two stages at the 9th Annual Del Ray Music Festival on Saturday, July 23 from 3pm to 8pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue in the heart of Del Ray. 

        New this year, Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed to traffic for the three blocks adjacent to the stage, and seven of Del Ray's top restaurants will host pop-up beer gardens -- a first for an outdoor street festival in the City of Alexandria. "The Del Ray Community is excited about this signature event, we hope to show once again that Del Ray is the best neighborhood for fun in Alexandria," said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn.

        Headlining this year's festival is Anthony Pirog, a winner of the Washington Area Music Association's Best Modern Rock Instrumentalist award. In an interview with Guitar Moderne, Andy Summers, the guitarist of The Police, recently said that Pirog is "one of my favorites at the moment."  The Washington Post has praised Pirog for his “fusion of talent and creativity," while Guitar Player Magazine named him a “Rising Artists You Must Hear."

         The main stage lineup:

    • 3pm: Jack Kilby & The Front Line
    • 3:45pm: Noise In The Basement
    • 4:15pm: Elroy Jenkins
    • 5pm: Geno & The Spirit of Jazz
    • 5:30pm: Wanted Man
    • 6:15pm: Near Northeast
    • 6:45pm: Anthony Pirog

          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, with the main stage sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association; Jen Walker, McEnearney Associates; Bobi Bomar's Homes of Alexandria, Weichert Realtors; and Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota.  For more information, visit www.delraymusicfestival.com.

  • July 06, 2016 10:54 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
         The July 7th First Thursday will be a very special one as we honor our veterans and those currently serving in the military. The Del Ray Business Association and the following businesses (as of 7/5/16) want to say thank you to those serving or have served by offering the following discounts or specials.  Military ID must be shown when ordering or checking out & specials are only good on July 7th from 6 pm – 9 pm unless otherwise stated.

    Bellies & Babies, 1913 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% off of any purchase

    Belmont Inc., 2001 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Special discount on “The Courage To….” T-Shirts, normally is $17, for Military, only $10 

    Bombay Curry Co., 2607 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Buy one entrée, get one free! (in-house only)

    Child Space Learning Center, 2721 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    10% tuition discount for military families – available all year

    Del Ray Pizzeria, 2218 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Free Appetizer to any table that presents military ID

    The Dog Store, 2301 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    10% off all non-food items

    Fireflies, 1501 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Special $3 drafts

    Four Direction Wellness, 2001 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% discount during the month of July & August – coupon must be picked up during First Thursday

    Foundation Fitness, 2305 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    30% off the first month when you purchase at least a 4-month contract on July 7th

    Holy Cow, 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20 % off your meal

    Kiskadee, 2205 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% off full price items in the store

    Nature’s Nibbles, 2601 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    10% off purchases

    Pork Barrel BBQ, 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% off your meal

    Purple Goose, 2005-2007 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    50% off Red White & Blue Accessories and Hair products (July 7th)

    Rosemarino d’Italia, 1905 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% off your meal

    Stomping Ground, 2309 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Free Mouthwatering Biscuit w/sorghum butter

    Studio Body Logic Offers, 2417 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    A series of ten FREE one-on- one sessions with trained instructors to help alleviate physical problems associated with injuries during service – promotion has no expiration date - www.studiobodylogic.com

    The Sushi Bar, 2312 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    20% off your meal 

    Top it Off, 1906 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    Free piece of jewelry if you spend $25 or more

    FIRST THURSDAY, Del Ray's monthly street festival, takes place Thursday, July 7 from 6pm to dusk, with the theme "A Nation's Celebration: Red, White & Blue." The event takes place along Mount Vernon Avenue, and features patriotic activities; discounts for veterans and military families at various local businesses; plus music by Mars Rodeo, old-fashioned cake walk (and treat walk for dogs!), 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.  Participants are urged to bring new single or queen size sheets, new towel sets, or grocery gift cards to benefit New Hope Housing, a part of the City's effort to ensure there are no homeless veterans in Alexandria. 

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