• 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, 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

  • 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:  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

  • 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

         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,

         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:

  • 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:

        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

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