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  • December 19, 2017 10:15 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The Del Ray Business Association presented its annual Del Ray Star Awards on Dec. 18, to recognize key individuals who have gone above and beyond in their volunteer roles serving the Del Ray Business Association and Del Ray community.

           The Del Ray Business Association presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Carol Bailey.  Bailey, who has lived in Del Ray since 1958, has been an integral part of Del Ray's signature events from their inception, from managing the permitting process to day-of logistics. "There is no one like Carol Bailey, who was born and raised in Del Ray and who has literally dedicated her life to others and to Del Ray -- first as an advocate for children with special needs and then for the last several decades working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure every special event in Del Ray happens without a hitch," said Del Ray Business Association Board Member Gayle Reuter.  "Her dedication to Del Ray truly comes from her heart and always with a smile."

          The Business Awards were given to Paul Haire of Your Dog's Best Friends and The Dog Store, and Karen Johnson of PawsGo.   Haire, a long-time Del Ray business owner, was the inspiration behind the Del Ray Halloween Parade 21 years ago, and consistently supports community efforts and events in Del Ray.  "Whenever we need something, Paul's there," said Reuter.   Johnson was recognized for her tremendous efforts in building the Del Ray community; she was instrumental in launching the Del Ray Farmers' Market 25 years ago, chairs the annual Taste of Del Ray, and has worked to build Del Ray as a dog-friendly community -- while supporting animal welfare organizations and local businesses -- through PawsGo.

           The Citizen Award was presented to Jennifer Atkins, who works tirelessly to support the youth in our neighborhood as a past president of the Mount Vernon Community School PTA; the chair of the Mount Vernon Big Flea, the school's largest fundraiser; and as a volunteer at community events, including as coordinator of the Kids Art Corner at Art on the Avenue.

         The City/Government Award winner is Sergeant Daniel Briel of the Alexandria City Police Department, who is the Police Department's liaison for special events.  "We are so fortunate to work with a City that is literally partners with us in everything we do," said Bailey. "Sgt. Briel is great about attending early morning planning meetings and often taking care of last minute requests, always with a positive 'we can make this happen' attitude."  

         The Youth Award was presented to the T.C. Williams High School Key Club and T.C. Williams High School Leadership Team, for providing key support and energy for many of Del Ray's events. "We have some of the most amazing students at T.C. Williams," said Reuter. "For the Halloween parade, there were here from the moment of set-up until the last-minute tear-down, and were unbelievable."

         Outgoing Del Ray Business Association President Dennis Belmont also presented Presidential Awards, recognizing Mara Benner, Lauren Fisher, and Brian Story for their work on the Del Ray Business Association board.  

         The Del Ray Business Association represents the independently-owned restaurants, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.

  • December 08, 2017 3:33 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Take a break from holiday preparations, don your most festive attire, and join us for an afternoon of cheer, cocktails, and several raffles along the way! The 2nd Annual Del Ray Candy Cane Bar Crawl takes place Saturday, December 9 from 2-6pm, and benefits Alexandria Neighborhood Health.  Spend your snow day in Del Ray -- this event is SNOW OR SHINE! 

    Advance tickets are $10 through 10pm on Friday, Dec. 8 ($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

    Day-of registration is available for $15/person at Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap (401 E. Braddock Road) or Northside 10 (10 E Glebe Rd).

    *YOU MUST CHECK-IN AT LENA'S OR NORTHSIDE to begin your crawl!

    Participating bars/restaurants to date include Del Ray PizzeriaEvening Star CafeFireFliesJunction Bakery & BistroKAiZEN TAVERNLive Oak RestaurantLena's Wood-Fired Pizza & TapNectar Coffee and Wine Bistro,Northside10Pork Barrel BBQSt. Elmo's Coffee PubSnackBar, andStomping Ground! Don't miss this fun holiday event for a great cause!

    More than 14,000 children and adults across the region rely onNeighborhood Health for basic primary medical, dental and behavioral health care. The majority of their patients are low-income; most are uninsured or underinsured. Your support will help Alexandria Neighborhood Health build a strong safety net for those who need it most. Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy cause!

  • December 06, 2017 10:34 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Let the Shops of Del Ray take the stress out of holiday shopping! Enjoy a night out with friends, shop local, and enjoy special promotions & discounts — all while sipping wine. Find the perfect gift at the region's top independent retailers, or at an exclusive outdoor pop-up shop featuring local artisans. 

    Sip & shop at:

    Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique: 20% OFF THE ENTIRE STORE!, plus a special trunk show by Kendra Scott Jewelry. Great everyday pieces to holiday bling at reasonable prices at 15% OFF. 

    Kiskadee: 20% off all regular priced merchandise

    La Brocante: 20% off all regular priced merchandise

    The Purple Goose: 20% off all regular priced merchandise

    Top It Off: Free gift with $50 purchase

    Dolce&Bean: Enjoy chocolate and wine pairings, plus 25% off all Christmas items! Or, purchase gift cards for a sweet gift for everyone on your list; give $100 in gift cards, receive a $15 gift card, give $200 in gift cards, receive a $25 gift card; or give $500 in gift cards, receive a $75 gift card

    PLUS, find unique, locally-made gifts at an exclusive outdoor holiday popup shop at the Just ASK parking lot at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Bellefonte Avenue, featuring The Board BusIndigo Lion Global HandmadePawsGoTruly-Life Eco GiftsDel Ray Psychological & Wellness Associates, and more!

  • December 04, 2017 10:29 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
    From December 6 to 18, the Del Ray Wellness community (Well Ray) will host free events to help you physically, mentally, and nutritionally survive the holiday season.

    12 Days of Wellness Calendar 

    Wednesday, December 6th 

    Polar Bear Yoga With Maureen Clyne, @home real estate lounge & design center
    6:30pm - 7:30 pm
    Just ASK Publications parking lot, 1900 Mt. Vernon Ave. (corner of E. Bellefonte)Join us for a free outdoor Polar Bear yoga class followed by a warming After Party at Dolce & Bean. Come dressed warmly & ready for fun. Polar Bear Yoga powered by @home | real estate & sponsored by Just ASK Publications. Suitable for all levels.

    Polar Bear After Party with free hot chocolate & s'mores
    7:30 pm
    Dolce & Bean
    2003a Mt. Vernon Avenue
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    Thursday, December 7th

    Body Back at Del Ray Baptist
    5:30am-6:30 am 
    Del Ray Baptist Church, 2405 Russell Rd.
    Start your day with FIT4MOM's Body Back class! Body Back® is a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, inspiration and motivation in every class. 
    All participants must be at least 6 months postpartum before beginning any Body Back classes or programs. For more information, call 571-305-2029 or visit www.arlington-alexandria.fit4mom.com

    Shops of Del Ray's Ladies Night Out
    6pm to 9pm
    Along Mount Vernon Avenue
    Stop by and see Del Ray Psych & Wellness at the outdoor pop-up holiday market at the the corner of Mt. Vernon & Bellafonte during the Ladies Night Out Shopping event in Del Ray. ​Stocking stuffers and small gifts- relaxation kits, inspiration journals, bath salts, etc. Free giveaway with each gift bought! 

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    Friday, December 8th

    Meditation With Free Heart Coherence
    Heart Coherence: 12pm; Mediatation at 12:30pm
    Counseling of Alexandria, 2104 Mount Vernon Avenue
    For more information, call (703)650-9195 x700 or visit www.CounselingOfAlexandria .com

    Mind the Mat Holiday Open House
    6:30pm to 9pm
    Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga, 2214 Mount Vernon Avenue
    For more information, visit http://www.mindthemat.com/ alexandria-del-ray/
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    Saturday, December 9th

    Breathe and Pilates Mat Class with Studio Body Logic
    1pm
    Studio Body Logic, 2417 Mt Vernon Ave
    http:// studiobodylogic.com/ our-locations/ sbl-alexandria/

    2nd Annual Candy Candy Cane Bar Crawl
    2pm to 6pm
    Along Mount Vernon Avenue
    Take a mindful break and cheers with your fellow neighbors for this charity fundraiser for Alexandria Neighborhood Health Clinic. Click here for tickets.
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    Sunday, December 10th

    Pop Up Party At Truly-Life Eco Gifts
    1pm to 4pm
    Truly-Life, 111 East Randolph Avenue 
    For more information, visit truly-life.com
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    Monday, December 11th

    Complimentary meditation hour at Four Directions Wellness
    12pm
    Four Directions Wellness LLC, 2001 Mount Vernon Avenue 
    For more information, visit www.fourdirectionswellness.com
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    Tuesday, December 12th

    Mindful Eating around the Holidays hosted by Lindsey Goldwasser
    6:30pm
    Caring Acupuncture, 2111 Eisenhower Ave, Suite 402
    For more information, visit www.caringacupuncture.com and www.novawholesomehealth.com

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    Wednesday, December 13th

    PK Move -- PopUp Parkour Playground Grand Opening
    9:45am to 12pm
    Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street
    Join RPCA Community Grant recipient PK Move for the grand opening of the PopUp Parkour Playground! Check out our free, adaptive and beginner parkour and movement lessons. Snacks, prizes, and ninja activities for all. Full schedule:
        -- 9:45-10:15 am Welcome and ribbon cutting ceremony
        -- 10:15-11:15am PK Silver: adapted parkour for adults 50+ FREE
        -- 11:15am - noon Pop-Up Playground FREE open to all
    For more info, 703-216-0051 or email nancylorentz@pkmove.org

    Graston Open House
    10am-1pm
    Solutions Physical Therapy, 225 Reinekers Ln GR 4
    Sign up for a Graston Treatment to help manage the holiday stress! For more information, visit https://solutionsphysicaltherapy.com/ or call 703-299-3111.

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    Thursday, December 14th

    Alexandria Children's Dentistry Meet the Dentist & Open House
    4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Alexandria Children's Dentistry, 609 E. Monroe Ave.
    Stop by to meet Dr. Angela Austin and the ACD team, tour the office, and enjoy light refreshments. Feel free to bring your little ones as we'll be showing movies in our kids theater all evening.Both street and garage parking is available for guests to use. To learn more visit, lovekidsteeth.com.
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    Friday, December 15th

    Vital Body & Mind Open House
    5pm to 8pm
    Vital Body & Mind, 2201 Mt. Vernon Avenue
    For more information, visit www.vitalbodymind.com.
    The wellness practitioners of VITAL Body & Mind cordially invite you to a Holiday Open House!  Practitioners will be on hand to answer questions about wellness services and provide gift certificate offerings. Come hang with us and get some de-stress relaxation with chair massage. Santa’s Ambassador Nick Jr. will also be on hand for photo ops with the kiddies and will be handing out treats. Join us for a hot chocolate and good cheer and any last minute shopping! ️️

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    Saturday, December 16th 

    Keeping Clean on the Holiday Scene: A Towel and Toiletries Drive for New Hope Housing Brought to you by Del Ray Psych & Chrysalis Chiropractic
    8am-12pm
    Del Ray Farmer's Market, interaction of Mt. Vernon and Oxford Ave.

    Drop off towels (new or gently used), full size shampoo/conditioner/Body lotion, bars of soap, deodorant at the Del Ray Farmer's Market.

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    Sunday, December 17th

    Dental Excellence Lecture: Whole Health Mouth Solutions and Effects of Mouth Breathing in Children's Growth

    3pm to 4pm
    Dental Excellence, 3116 Mount Vernon Ave.
    RSVP at care@dentalexcellenceva.com.

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    Monday, December 18th 

    Complimentary Digital Postural Exams and Ergonomic Consultations with Dr. Cynthia Durakis
    The Healing Tree, 
    2101 Mt Vernon Ave
    The Healing Tree will also offer a $10 discount on all gift certificates for massages of an hour or more purchased on the 18th. Please reference The 12 Days Of Wellness when purchasing!

    YMCA Open House
    YMCA Alexandria, 420 E Monroe Ave
    Free for all to come in and experience the newly revitalized Y Alexandria & our "Glow on Monroe"!  Details: https://www.ymcadc.com/branch.cfm?bid=02

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    Virtual Stocking Stuffers

    eye2eye Optometry Corner
    1502 Mt Vernon Ave.

    Give the gift of healthy vision, take 30% off non-prescription sunglasses at eye2eye. 
    Offer is valid 12/6-12/18, must show coupon to redeem offer at participating locations, cannot be combined with insurance or other offers. 

    Ascend Cycle
    2413 Mt Vernon Ave.
    Book your ride on http:// www.ascendcycle.com/ using code LOCAL for a free spin class.
  • November 26, 2017 3:43 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
        The Del Ray Holiday Tree Lighting will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6 pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, kicking off 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 are free and open to all.  Among the activities planned: 

    • Holiday Tree Lighting: Kick off the holidays with a visit to Del Ray on Sat. Dec 2 at 6pm for the annual holiday tree lighting at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.  The event features an appearance by Santa Claus, who will lead carols and sit for photos with children. Participants are urged to bring nonperishable food and diapers 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.  

    • Holiday On The Avenue:  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.

    • Shops of Del Ray’s Ladies’ Night Out:  Join the Shops of Del Ray on Thurs., Dec. 7 from 6pm to 9pm to shop local and enjoy special promotions — all while sipping Virginia wine.  Find the perfect gift on The Avenue or at an exclusive outdoor pop-up shop of local artisans at the Just ASK parking lot, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Bellefonte Avenue.

    • 2nd Annual Candy Cane Bar Crawl: Take a break from the bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy specials at 12 Del Ray restaurants during a neighborhood beer crawl on Sat., Dec. 9 from 2pm to 6pm.  Tickets are $10, with proceeds benefiting Neighborhood Health, which provides essential health care to the uninsured in our community.

    • Twelve Days of Wellness in Del Ray:  The Wellness community kicks off 12 days of self-care during the holidays with outdoor Polar Bear Yoga; the series includes special giveaways, classes, workshops, and more. 

    • First Night Alexandria: On New Years Eve from 6pm to 9pm, 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.  For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.
  • November 21, 2017 3:08 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        In recognition of their service to the City of Alexandria, representatives from the Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Fire Department, and the Alexandria Sheriff's Office will be recognized as the Grand Marshals of the 42nd Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

        "We are so thankful for the dedication of our Alexandria first responders, as they work tirelessly serve and protect our City every single day," said Del Ray Business Association President Dennis Belmont.  "We are especially grateful for their tremendous work responding to the June shooting at Eugene Simpson Field."

        A Thanksgiving morning tradition, the Alexandria Turkey Trot will take place on Th., Nov. 23 at 9am.  This fast, flat, USATF-certified course runs through the heart of Del Ray, and is the Mid-Atlantic's premiere Turkey Trot, featuring over 6,000 runners, including some of the fastest elite runners on the east coast as well as stroller and dog divisions.

        The five-mile run/walk goes through the heart of Del Ray, starting and ending at George Washington Middle School at the corner of Braddock Road and Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is Metro accessible to 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 on race day to support ALIVE!, a nonprofit serving Alexandria’s needy.  Last year, ALIVE! received 2,102 pounds of food, $400 in cash donations, and a $5,000 check from the Del Ray Business Association to support ALIVE!'s Food Program as part of the 41st Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot.

         Online registration will be open until 8:30am on race day; in-person registration is also available (cash/check only).  For complete information on the race and to register, visit www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com.  

  • November 08, 2017 7:50 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        A Thanksgiving morning tradition, the Alexandria Turkey Trot will take place on Thursday, November 23 at 9am.  This fast, flat, USATF-certified 5-mile course runs through the heart of Del Ray, and is the Mid-Atlantic's premiere Turkey Trot, featuring over 6,000 runners, including some of the fastest elite runners on the east coast as well as stroller and dog divisions.

       "I've always loved racing on Thanksgiving," said elite athlete Tyler Andrews, who broke the world record for the 50km, and is a past participant in the Turkey Trot. "It's one of the biggest days for road racing of year, and it's so much fun to be in the middle of that spectacle, especially in your local community."

        The 5-mile run/walk goes through the heart of Del Ray, starting and ending at George Washington Middle School at the corner of Braddock Road and Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is Metro accessible to 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 on race day to support ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization serving Alexandria’s needy.  Last year, ALIVE! received 2,102 pounds of food, $400 in cash donations, and a $5,000 check from the Del Ray Business Association to support ALIVE!s Food Program.

         For complete information on the race and to register, visit www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com.  

  • October 28, 2017 6:31 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The 21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade will be postponed until Sunday, Nov. 5 due to thunderstorms and heavy wind in Sunday's forecast.  One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the parade will take place at 2 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue, beginning at E. Bellefonte Ave., and ending 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 Skye Witmer, an outstanding student selected to represent Jefferson Houston Elementary 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 will be done prior to 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 www.visitdelray.com/halloween

    • Best Decorated House and Business:  The awards for Best Decorated House and Business will be awarded after the parade. To view the top 10 finalists for Best Decorated House, visit www.visitdelray.com.

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

       Traditionally 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 www.visitdelray.com/halloween.

  • October 28, 2017 1:17 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Congratulations to the 10 finalists of the 2017 Best Decorated House contest! A Google Map with all the nominees is available at http://tinyurl.com/2017halloweenhouses


        The winner of the Best Decorated House Contest will be announced at the awards ceremony following the 21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade on Sunday, Oct. 29. One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the Del Ray Halloween Parade takes place along Mount Vernon Avenue; it 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, and more.  The event is free and open to all.

    PHOTOS BY WILL NICCOLLS

  • October 21, 2017 2:37 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the 21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade will take place on Sunday, Oct. 29 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 Jefferson Houston Elementary 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 will be done prior to 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 www.visitdelray.com/halloween

    • Best Decorated House and Business:  The deadline for nominations for Best Decorated House and Best Decorated Business is Sunday, October 22, at 12 p.m.  To nominate a home or business, email the street addresses to delrayhalloweenparade@yahoo.com by October 22; 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 is a free event and appropriate for all ages, 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 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 Alve. In 2016, 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 www.visitdelray.com/halloween.

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