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  • September 21, 2016 9:00 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

       The 21st annual Art on the Avenue festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. The event is free and open to all.

         Held each fall on Mount Vernon Avenue between Hume and Bellefonte Avenues, Art on the Avenue celebrates the diversity of the Del Ray community. The event, voted by Virginia Living readers as one of the top arts events in Northern Virginia, is entirely volunteer-run, with support from the local business community.

         Art on the Avenue strives to reflect the vibrant mix of the Del Ray community through the artists and their work. The event draws more than 50,000 people annually from throughout the metropolitan Washington area.

         The multicultural arts and music festival features over 350 area artists and craftspeople selling their original works, international food, and four stages of live music, free children's craft activities and entertainment, and a pie-baking contest.  New this year, Bean Creative field (located in the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue) will feature artists demonstrations throughout the day.

         Free DASH transportation will be provided from the Braddock Road Metro Station to the festival. For more information, visit www.artontheavenue.org.

  • September 13, 2016 11:10 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
    Image result for alexandria children's dentistry    The Del Ray Business Association is thrilled to welcome Alexandria Children's Dentistry to Del Ray.  The practice will host its ribbon cutting ceremony and office opening party on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11am to 2pm at 609 E. Monroe Ave., located directly across the street from the Eugene Simpson Field, on the street level of the new Bell Del Ray apartment building.  
            The event will include face painting, balloon-making, prizes, snacks, and a visit from the tooth fairy.  The event is free and open to all.
        Consistently rated as a top pediatric dentist in Washingtonian and Northern Virginia magazines, Alexandria Children's Dentistry expanded their practice to add a new Del Ray office in summer 2016.  Their mission is to provide exceptional dental care to infants, children, adolescents, and those with special needs in a comforting and fun environment.  
         For more information about Alexandria Children's Dentistry of Del Ray, visit www.lovekidsteeth.com.
  • September 05, 2016 9:00 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Calling it Old "Town Alexandria’s hip neighbor," U.S. News and World Report named Del Ray one of 10 "Up-and-Coming" Washington, D.C. neighborhoods to buy a home.

    "Transplants from Portland, Oregon, looking for a good coffee fix should visit this quaint area in Alexandria," writes U.S. News. "It has the look of neighboring Old Town Alexandria, 'but gives off a much more casual, down-to-earth vibe ... Everybody’s walking dogs, going to yoga class. They all look happy.'”

    Earlier this summer, Washingtonian Magazine highlighted Del Ray as one of five "best value" neighborhoods in the Washington region where home values hold steady.  "Though minutes from downtown DC, Del Ray prides itself on its small-town feel and local businesses,"  Washingtonian writes.

    "Here is another media report of something we've known for years, Del Ray is a great place to live and work," said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn.

  • September 01, 2016 4:39 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Over 50 Del Ray businesses are participating in First Thursday: Health and Wellness on the Avenue!  Your complete guide to the night:

    FREE HEALTH & WELLNESS CLASSES!
    6pm: Yoga in Daily Life
    's Yoga Beyond Basics, 2402 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    6pm-6:30pm: Qigong with Ann Duvall, Just ASK Parking Lot at 1900 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    6:10-6:20pm: Vortex Personal Training: Commonwealth Core workout, Bean Creative field at 2200 block of Mt. Vernon Ave.
    6:15-7:05pm: Studio Body Logic's Open Level Pilates mat class, 2417 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    6:15pm-7:30pm: Ease Yoga's Outdoor Yoga class -- bring your teen for free with registration! 3051 Mt. Vernon Ave
    6:30pm-6:40pm: Vortex Personal Training: Wake Up Your Workout, Bean Creative field at 2200 block of Mt. Vernon Ave.
    6:45pm-7:30pm: Mind the Mat's Pilates Boot Camp, Bean Creative field at 2200 block of Mt. Vernon Ave.
    6:45pm-7:30pm: Cool Yoga with Maureen Clyne; Just ASK Parking Lot at 1900 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    7:30pm: Cool Yoga After Party, featuring Senzu Juicery and Swing's Coffee Roasters; Just ASK Parking Lot at 1900 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    7:40pm-7:50pm: Vortex Personal Training: Partner Stretching, Bean Creative field at 2200 block of Mt. Vernon Ave.
    7:45pm: Yoga in Daily Life's Yoga for All, 2402 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    8pm-8:10pm: Vortex Personal Training: Commonwealth Core, Bean Creative field at 2200 block of Mt. Vernon Ave.
    8:30pm-8:40pm: Vortex Personal Training: Wake Up Your Workout, Bean Creative field at 2200 block of Mt. Vernon Ave.
    8:50pm-9pm: Vortex Personal Training: Partner Stretching, Bean Creative field at 2200 block of Mt. Vernon Ave.

    AT THE PAT MILLER NEIGHBORHOOD SQUARE... The Del Ray Scavenger Hunt begins here!
    6pm-7pm: Alexandria Sheriff's Office vs. Alexandria Police Department Hula Hoop Contest
    7pm-8pm: Irish Breakfast Band performance and "Community Ceili Dance"
    8pm: Mind the Mat: Closing Community Meditation

    ALONG THE AVENUE
    Alexandria Children's Dentistry:
    toothbrushes, coloring books, and dental advice; at Bon Vivant, 2106 Mount Vernon Ave.
    Alexandria Health Fair: Information on a free community health fair for the City's low-income uninsured; at The Nest, 2609 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Aquatics: Information on local non-profit at 2107 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Beauty Counter: Beauty products and health information; at The Nest, 2609 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Bon Vivant Cafe: Juice and chocolate tastings, 2016 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Chrysalis Chiropractic: essential oils bath salts scooping station; at United Bank, 2401 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Core Wellness: Open house, nutrition information; 2212 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Del Ray Pizzeria: "healthy freak" menu option; 2218 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Del Ray Psych & Top Golf: golf games, cornhole, and golf tips; at
    The Greener Cleaner, 2210 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Dental Excellence/Dr. Sheri Sarlartash: children's games and toys, plus dental goodies; at Ease Yoga & Cafe, 3051 Mount Vernon Ave.
    Doggiewalker.com: healthy homemade doggy treats; Mt. Vernon Ave. and E. Custis Ave.
    Eye2Eye Opthometry Corner, 1502 Mt. Vernon Ave
    Foundations Fitness: Demos and special offers; 2305 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Four Directions Wellness: Info on a 30-day self-care and inner awareness program; raffle for free 60-min wellness service, 2001 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    GOWELLNESS: Alexandria-based cleaning services; at Swet Ride, 2413 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Heather McMillan, LPC: Pinwheels for children and adults with breathing exercises; 2016 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Local Motion: Information about commuting and mass transit options in the City of Alexandria; at The Nest, 2609 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    PK Move: parkour demo, challenges, and program information; at St. Elmo's, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Parkhurst Associates: Mental health information, 118 Del Ray Ave.
    Power Supply: Nutrition information; 1712 Mount Vernon Ave.
    Pure Aesthetica: Special offers, 2212 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    St. Elmo's Coffee Pub: special summer drink menu; 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Studio Body Logic: 15 minute Reflexology sessions, 6-8pm, 2417 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Swet Ride: Demonstration bike, free shoe fittings, special offers; coupons for new people outside, 2413 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Tails to Scales Pet Care at Nature's Nibbles, 2602 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Vessence: "We Live Big" interactive wheel; at The Greener Cleaner, 2210 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Vital Body: Mini chair massages and posture demonstrations; 2201 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Wiselight Wellness: essential oils, wellness education, samples; at Bon Vivant, 2106 Mt Vernon Ave.

    PLUS: DINNER DEAL WHEN YOU SHOP LOCAL!
       Make a purchase at Bellies and Babies, The Dog Store, Greenstreet Gardens, Kiskadee, Purple Goose, or Top It Off on Sept. 1, and get 15% off your dinner entree at participating restaurants during First Thursday!  Purchases can be made at any time of day, but the receipt must be dated 9/1/16.

        From 6pm to 9pm, bring your receipt dated Sept. 1 from one of the above retailers to a participating restaurant for 15% off your entree!  Participating restaurants: Caboose Cafe, Cheesetique, Emma's Espresso & Wine Bar, Evening Star, Fireflies, Holy Cow, Junction Bakery & Bistro, Pork Barrel BBQ, Stomping Ground, Streets Market & Café (restaurant side only), Taqueria Pablano, and the sushi bar.  Note: offer good for one discounted entree per receipt.

     

  • August 29, 2016 2:11 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
         Eat, Shop, and Live in Del Ray during First Thursday!  On Sept. 1, our retailers and restaurants are partnering during First Thursday: Health and Wellness on The Avenue to showcase the best of Del Ray.

        SHOP:  Make a purchase at Bellies and Babies, The Dog Store, Greenstreet Gardens, Kiskadee, Purple Goose, or Top It Off on Sept. 1.  Purchases can be made at any time of day, but the receipt must be dated9/1/16.

         EAT:  From 6pm to 9pm, bring your receipt dated Sept. 1 from one of the above retailers to a participating restaurant for 15% off your entree!  Participating restaurants: Caboose Cafe, Cheesetique, Emma's Espresso & Wine Bar, Evening Star, Fireflies, Holy Cow, Junction Bakery & Bistro, Pork Barrel BBQ, Stomping Ground, Streets Market & Café (restaurant side only), Taqueria Pablano, and the sushi bar.  Note: offer good for one discounted entree per receipt, valid from 6pm to 9pm.

        LIVE:  During First Thursday: Health And Wellness, stroll the Avenue and learn about the many health and wellness services and studios on the Avenue.  A wide variety of FREE health and wellness classes and demonstrations will take place, along with a scavenger hunt, live music by The Irish Breakfast Band, a hula hoop contest with the Alexandria Sheriff's Department, mini chair massages, golf, cornhole, children's activities, and more.  Space in the free classes are limited; click here to register. 

         Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue, 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, the Del Ray Business Association is collecting NEW teddy bears; they will be distributed to the City of Alexandria Police and Fire Departments, the Alexandria Battered Women's Shelter, and local hospitals to be given to children in crisis.  Donations can be dropped off at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, Ease Yoga & Cafe, and Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray.

  • August 25, 2016 12:48 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

       During the September First Thursday, Del Ray highlights the wide variety of health and wellness opportunities in the neighborhood, with the the theme "Health And Wellness On The Avenue." The monthly street festival takes place on Sept. 1 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

        A wide variety of free health and wellness classes and demonstrations will take place, along with a scavenger hunt, live music by The Irish Breakfast Band, children's activities, and more.  Participants are urged to register for the free classes in advance; for registration information, visit www.visitdelray.com.

    Among the planned activities:

    • Mind the Mat: Free Pilates Boot Camp from 6:45pm to 7:30pm; 2200 block of Mount Vernon Ave.  Register HERE.
    • Ease Yoga:  Outdoor Yoga class -- bring your teen for free with registration! 6:15pm to 7:30pm; 3051 Mount Vernon Ave.  Register HERE
    • Yoga in Daily Life: Yoga Beyond Basics at 6pm; register HERE. Yoga for all at 7:45pm; register HERE2402 Mount Vernon Ave.
    • Studio Body Logic: Open Level Pilates mat class from 6:15pm to 7:05pm, and free 15-minute Reflexology sessions in front of Studio from 6pm-8pm; 2417 Mount Vernon Ave. Register HERE for the Pilates class.
    • Cool Yoga: Qigong with Ann Duvall from 6pm to 6:30pm; register HERE.  Cool Yoga Encore with Maureen Clyne from 6:45pm to 7:30pm, register HERE. Cool Yoga After Party at 7:30pm.  All events at 1900 Mt. Vernon Ave. 
    • Vortex Personal Training:  Three different 10-minute group workouts; 2200 block of Mount Vernon Ave. Register HERE for Commonwealth Core at 6:10pm. Register HERE for Wake Up Your Workout at 6:30pm.  Register HERE for Partner Stretching at 7:40pm.  Register HERE for Commonwealth Core at 8pm. Register HERE for Wake Up Your Workout at 8:30pm.  Register HERE for Partner Stretching at 8:50pm.
    • Vital Body & Mind: mini chair massages; 2201 Mount Vernon Ave.  
    • The LIVE BIG WHEEL sponsored by Vessence; 2001 Mt Vernon Ave.
    • Hula Hoop Contest sponsored by the Alexandria Sheriff's Department from 6pm-7pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, at the intersection of Oxford and Mount Vernon Ave.
    • Golf, Cornhole, & Prizes sponsored by Del Ray Psych; 2200 block of Mount Vernon Ave.
    • Closing Community Meditation by Mind the Mat at 8pm; Pat Miller Neighborhood Square. 

         Participants are urged to bring a new teddy bear; those collected will be distributed to various City organizations -- including the Alexandria Police and Fire Department, local hospitals, and the Alexandria Battered Women's Shelter -- to give to children in crisis.   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 Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga.

  • August 16, 2016 11:17 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         From August 19-28, more than 50 Alexandria restaurants will feature a $35 three-course dinner or a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week; select restaurants will also offer lunch deals at $10, $15 or $20 per person in addition to the dinner specials.  Click here for a flipbook of Del Ray Restaurant Week menus.

    Del Ray restaurants participating to date:

    • Bombay Curry Company, 2607 Mount Vernon Ave.
    • Cheesetique, 2411 Mount Vernon Ave.
    • Del Ray Cafe, 205 E. Howell Ave.
    • Evening Star Cafe, 2000 Mount Vernon Ave.
    • Fireflies, 1501 Mount Vernon Ave.
  • August 12, 2016 7:26 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         During the 7th Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale, the streets of Alexandria are buzzing with shoppers grabbing hot summer deals! The two-day event will take place throughout Del Ray and Old Town August 13-14.

         Participating Del Ray boutiques include Bellies and Babies (1913 Mount Vernon Ave.), Eye to Eye (1502 Mount Vernon Ave.), Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray (1503 Mount Vernon Ave.), Kiskadee,(2205 Mount Vernon Ave.), Purple Goose (2005 Mount Vernon Ave.), Studio Body Logic (2417 Mount Vernon Ave.) and Top it Off (1906 Mount Vernon Ave.)  When you make a purchase in Del Ray, you'll receive a FREE, limited-edition Del Ray "shop local" reusable shopping bag!

         Shoppers are invited to show off their sidewalk sale swag throughout the weekend by posting their deals on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #SidewalkSaleALX. They will be automatically entered to win a fantastic Alexandria prize pack, including an overnight hotel stay and gift certificates to top Alexandria restaurants and boutiques -- perfect for continuing your shopping spree!

  • August 04, 2016 2:49 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The Alexandria Battered Women's Shelter was recently renovated, and it looks spectacular!  Now we need to make the Shelter a home for those that unfortunately reside there.  We need to create a space that is warm and welcoming, and most of all: SAFE. 

         We are asking you to extend that feeling of home to the Alexandria Battered Women's Shelter by gifting an item from their Target registry, available here.

         These items have been handpicked by the Director of the Shelter and a pair of wonderful home stylists to make the women and families who stay at the Shelter feel more at home.  With your help, we can make their environment both functional and aesthetically pleasing, which helps promote personal well-being.

         Even if you can only give a few dollars, we would be forever grateful - that's the difference between a bare bones room and a welcoming one.   Items can be shipped directly to the shelter, or left on the porch at 110 E. Del Ray. 

        We welcome any conversation or questions!  Please contact Pat Miller pmiller1806@comcast.net, President of the Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women. 

        Your help will be greatly appreciated!  


  • 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

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