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Louise Krafft

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MS Is BS Blues Fest

The 2nd annual MS Is BS Blues Fest got underway Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9, in South Arlington.

Boeing Backpack Drive Returns

The back lobby at Boeing in Rosslyn was humming with activity as employees filled 875 elementary school backpacks on Friday morning, Aug. 8.

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Open House at Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre held its annual open house on Saturday, Aug. 2.

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Renewal & Remembrance

Hundreds of lawn care and landscape professionals donated time and services on Monday July 28, to care for the grounds and trees of the historic Arlington Cemetery.

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Mount Vernon Nights

The Annandale Brass took the stage at Grist Mill Park to perform “A Slice of Americana” on Friday evening, July 11.

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Car Wash For a Cause

There was no shortage of suds as volunteers for the Unity Day Festival washed cars in the parking lot of Advanced Auto Parts...

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Alexandria Celebrates Its 265th

The City of Alexandria hosted its annual birthday celebration at Oronoco Bay Park on Saturday evening, July 12.

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Operation Ready Rescue

More than 100 Arlington County students participated in the first Operation Ready Rescue workshop on Thursday, June 26, at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in South Arlington.

Carlyle Hosts Food & Wine Festival

The Alexandria Food & Wine Festival returned to Carlyle on Saturday afternoon, June 21.

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Demonstrating Energy Efficiency Homes

More that 200 people attended Energy House Showcases highlighting energy efficiency at 4033 N. 22nd Street and 2200 N. Military Road.

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At the Columbia Pike Blues Festival

The Blues returned to the Pike on Saturday afternoon, June 14.

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5th Annual Youth Arts Festival

Visual and performing arts by Alexandria’s youth were showcased at the 5th annual Youth Arts and Father’s Day Festival on Saturday afternoon, June 7.

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Savoring the Taste of Del Ray

The West Potomac Business Association hosted the annual Taste of Del Ray on Sunday afternoon, June 8, in the parking lot behind the United Bank in Del Ray.

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Historic Alexandria Foundation Hosts Garden Party

The garden at The Lord Fairfax House on Cameron Street overflowed with guests at the annual meeting and garden party of the Historic Alexandria Foundation on Sunday afternoon, June 8.

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Carnival Cruceno-USA 2014

The third annual Arlington Parade of Santa Cruz-Bolivia Carnival was held Saturday afternoon, June 7, on Four Mile Run in Shirlington.

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25th Annual West Potomac Spring Show Opens Thursday

The 25th annual West Potomac High School Spring Show opens Thursday, June 5, at 5 p.m. in the Springbrook Auditorium.

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A Farewell to Churchill: Graduation 2014

2014 Winston Churchill Graduation.

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Remembering ‘Miz Virginia’

Friends and family and T.C. Williams High School alumni gathered in the high school for a reception and presentation honoring longtime ACPS school nurse Virginia Smith on Saturday afternoon, May 10.

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27th Annual Taste of Arlington

Thousands of residents and visitors strolled up and down Wilson Boulevard on Sunday, May 18, enjoying samples of food and beverages offered by 46 local restaurants and 13 breweries at the annual Taste of Arlington in Ballston Commons.

Alexandria Community Trust Turns Ten

Hundreds of residents attended the ACT Birthday and Barbeque Bash at the Waterfront Market & Café...

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2014 Nonprofit Leaders Honored

The 16th annual Alexandria Business Philanthropy Summit was held May 7 as Volunteer Alexandria honored five individuals for their service to the community. Held at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, more than 250 people turned out for the event that featured former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as the keynote speaker.

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TC HostsTitan Expo

Pies were flying, along with rubbers chickens and baseballs, as the games got underway at the annual T.C. Williams Titan Expo...

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Earth Day in Alexandria

The annual festival opened up last month in Ben Brenman Park at 10 a.m. with greetings and a showcase of Alexandria City Public Schools students displaying and performing their ideas on upcycling in the performing arts, literature and fashion.

Move Me Festival

Music, dance, theater and martial arts troupes entertained and hosted workshops at the 5th Annual Move Me Festival on Saturday afternoon, April 26, in Kenmore Middle School. The festival, organized and produced by Bowen McCauley Dance, was sponsored this year by The JBG Companies, KCI, Servant’s Heart Foundation, Arlington Community Foundation, The Shooshan Company, Washington Forrest Foundation, Dominion Foundation, Kenmore PTA, BB&T, Ballston BID and the Perfect Pointe Dance Studio.

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Lyles-Crouch Students Perform for the Animals

Students took the stage singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and more to benefit the animals at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria in February at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy.

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Alexandria Historic Homes and Garden Tour

Celebrating the 81st anniversary of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, this year’s tour features five privately owned Old Town homes and gardens in the southeast quadrant plus free admission to local historic properties Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden, Carlyle House Historic Park and George Washington's Mount Vernon.

Rehearsing for ‘Shrek - The Musical’

The Washington-Lee High School drama department is in rehearsals for the spring performance of "Shrek - The Musical." Performances will be Thursday, May 1- Saturday, May 3 at 7 p.m., in the school's auditorium.

Enjoying the 4th Annual Mardi Growl

Colorful boas and festival masks greeted the guests arriving at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on April 2 for the 4th annual Mardi Growl benefiting the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

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Spring Garden Market at River Farm

The American Horticulture Society hosted their annual spring garden market and a flower show earlier this month at its River Farm headquarters.

Spring2ACTion Raises $1,031,282

Fundraiser Benefits Nonprofits

Alexandria's annual online giving day, Spring2ACTion, generated a record-breaking $1,031,282 for 121 Alexandria nonprofits in 24 hours on April 9.

African American Heritage Tour Stops in Alexandria

“Welcome to Alexandria,” called out the Alexandria Town Crier as 200-plus visitors stepped out of four tour buses at the Charles Houston Recreation Center last month.

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Kicking Off the 19th Annual Kick Butts Day

Nearly 30 members of the Influence Club at T.C. Williams High School participated in a walking tobacco audit of local stores on March 19.

Sledders Enjoy the Snow

Sledders of all ages took to the hillside beneath the George Washington Masonic Temple on Monday, March 17, enjoying the newly fallen snow.

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15th Biennial Ikebana Show at the Art League

Twenty-five members of the Washington, D.C., branch of the Sogetsu School participated in the 15th biennial Ikebana Show at the Art League in the Torpedo Factory last week.

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Revealing Wonders of Science

McLean High School student Shivani Gupta started off an afternoon session of Wonders of Science at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop on Feb. 1 with examples of bones and fossils that she collected as an 18th century natural scientist.

Gala Raises $125,000 for Center

The Center for Alexandria’s Children, a public-private partnership that serves abused and neglected children, raised a record $125,000 in proceeds at its Fifth Annual Gala Benefit on Friday, Feb. 28, at Virtue Feed & Grain in Old Town.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fun Dog Show

Dr. Katy Nelson and Capitol Heel co-owner Bobby Mahoney took the stage at Market Square on Saturday morning, Match 1, announcing the start of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fun Dog Show. The canines were all registered and local Scout troops volunteered to escort the groups. Judging this year for people’s choice used an applause meter.

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Looking for Homes

Dogs and cats, rabbits and birds are just a few of the animals that may be adopted at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

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Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit Starts March 1

Woodlawn, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will showcase the work of skilled needlers from across the country, including objects created by First Ladies and First Family members, during the site’s annual needlework show that begins on Saturday, March 1. “After celebrating the 50th anniversary of the needlework show last year, we wanted to do something special that would build on that excitement and success this year,” said John Riley, interim director of Woodlawn. “This year’s program will feature a blend of contemporary and historic needlework that is as impressive in its craftsmanship as it is in its historical significance.” In addition to hundreds of high quality needlework items on display throughout the Woodlawn mansion, the work of First Families on loan for the special exhibit, “Needlework and the White House: A First Family Tradition,” includes a rug by Barbara Bush, napkins embroidered by Edith Roosevelt, and Dolley Madison’s pin cushion. Visitors will also see needlework ornaments from the 1991 White House holiday display.

Explore Offerings at City’s Recreation Centers

Winter classes and club activities are underway at most of the city’s recreation centers.

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‘Avenue Q: School Edition’ Opens Thursday at West Potomac

Beyond the Page Theatre Company of West Potomac High School takes the stage Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. for the first of five performances of “Avenue Q: School Edition.”

Yorktown High To Present ‘The Widow Ranter’

Performances begin Thursday.

The curtain rises this Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Yorktown High School auditorium for the first of two community performances of “The Widow Ranter.” Written in 1675 by Aphra Behn, one of the world's earliest professional female playwrights and among the least-known writers of Restoration comedy, “The Widow Ranter” is set in the New World, a contemporary account of the real-life Jamestown uprising known as “Bacon's Rebellion.” While this historical-fictional adventure includes many invented subplots (romantic and comedic), it is also a document of Jamestown's true character, with its outlaws, American Indians, opportunists and individualists.

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Working Together To Assist ‘Warriors in Transition’

Panels connects Fort Belvoir with surrounding communities.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran and Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland hosted a roundtable conversation on Monday, July 15, at Fort Belvoir to discuss and brainstorm how to better coordinate public land use, the non-profit community, and Fort Belvoir’s resources to maximize soldiers’ rehabilitation.

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Saluting city’s African American History Makers.

On July 10, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran congratulated the 64 African American History Makers at the dedication of the “Charles Houston Mural and Hall of Fame” in Alexandria Virginia on June 22.

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From Elle Woods’ Pink to Harvard Crimson

Encore Stage & Studio presents “Legally Blonde The Musical.”

Bubbly and bright Elle Woods never takes “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle upgrades her signature pink for Harvard crimson. Encore Stage & Studio presents “Legally Blonde The Musical.”

Rosemont Celebrates 4th of July

More than 50 years ago, Rosemont resident Owen Malone together with then president of the Rosemont Citizens Association and now retired Judge Daniel O’Flaherty began the tradition of a celebration of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with a festival for the entire neighborhood with a pet show followed by a bike parade, a baby beauty judging contest, lunch from the grill, sack races, three-legged races, the egg spoon races and more.

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Food for Thought

Food has re-entered the past, embracing the old concept of sustainable farming and eating healthy. A panel of “foodies” came together Saturday afternoon, June 29, at the “Chew on This” event sponsored by United Community Ministries.

Out & About

Summer Bounty at the Farmer’s Market

Plump tomatoes, sweet corn, beets, cucumbers, spring onions overflow the tables at the Three Way Farm’s produce stall in the Del Ray Farmer’s Market. The market also features fresh cut flowers, herbs and flowers to plant, Amish cheeses, gourmet pickles, eggs, fresh baked good, organic meats, Hattie’s Pralines, Beth MacKenzie’s Fluffed Up Desserts and much more. The market is open weekly on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Mount Vernon Avenue & Oxford in Del Ray. Additional Farmers Markets are located at Market Square in Old Town on Saturday and Sunday markets at 4109 Mount Vernon Avenue in Arlandria and the West End Farmers Market in the Ben Brenman Park.

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Creative Flourish at Youth Arts Festival

Art displays filled the gym and overflowed down the sidewalk at George Washington Middle School for the annual Youth Arts Festival on Saturday, June 8.

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