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Louise Krafft

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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.

Noted in Congressional Record

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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Local Safeway Prepares for Rennovation

Safeway will close its Bradlee Safeway at 3526 King St. on Saturday, July 13 at 6 p.m. as the grocer will construct a new facility at the same location.

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Hall of Fame Dedicated at Center

The lobby at the Charles Houston Recreation Center was bursting with guests for the dedication and unveiling ceremony of the new Charles Houston Mural and Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon, June 22.

That ‘Small Town Vibe’

Seventh Annual Del Ray Music Festival draws crowds

Hensley Field is one of the city's most popular recreation sites, with three baseball fields and one multi-purpose field nestled between the Capital Beltway and Eisenhower Avenue just west of Cameron Run. But that may change soon.

Points of Sail

Sailing instructor Sam Fleuchaus worked the better part of the end of an hour reinforcing the idea of wind and maneuvering on the river.

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West Potomac Class of 2013 Celebrates All Night

More than 70 businesses and sponsors came together to celebrate the West Potomac High School Class of 2013 with donations to the all-night graduation party on June 18.

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SSSAS Graduates Class of 2013

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School celebrated the Commencement of the 111 members of the Class of 2013 on Saturday, June 8.

Evening Star Takes Top Honors

Competing at Taste of Del Ray.

Chef Jim Jeffords of the Evening Star restaurant received top awards at the annual Taste of Del Ray on Sunday afternoon, June 9. Jeffords’ creation was a tomato sorbet with orange zest and a basil and banyuls vinaigrette.

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Historic Alexandria Foundation Hosts Garden Party

The Historic Alexandria Foundation held its annual meeting and garden party on Sunday afternoon, June 9, in the garden of Sally Murray.

Wheel Day in North Ridge

North Ridge Citizens' Association hosted the Annual Wheel Day parade on Sunday afternoon, May 26 on Old Dominion Drive in Beverly Hills.

Celebrating Progress

A 200-person event, organized by the community organzation VOICE, brought together Route 1/Mount Vernon/Lee area youth, parents, and faith leaders to celebrate progress to improve youth recreation facilities and programming in the area on Monday evening, June 10, at West Potomac High School.

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Educators Receive CARE Awards

Mayor William Euille and Del. Rob Krupicka set the stage for a lively and warm gathering of Commonwealth Academy parents, faculty, and friends at the 2013 CARE Awards (Commonwealth Academy Recognition of Outstanding Educators Awards) on April 25 at The Westin Alexandria.

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Farewell to High School

Thomas S. Wootton High School’s graduation ceremony is held on June 4 in D.A.R. Constitution Hall.

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Gunston Hall Celebrates 51 New Citizens

“Hoan nghênh, Ahlan'wa sahla, Bienvenido …and welcome” said First Regent of Gunston Hall Wylie Raab in her closing remarks on May 25 at Gunston Hall.

Yard Sale Season

Dozens of families participated in a multi-family yard sale on Saturday, May 4, in Mount Vernon. From Waynewood to Collingwood Road, signs blossomed on light poles directing shoppers to the next sale.

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21st Annual Alexandria Armenian Festival

Market Square was filled with music and dance as the Alexandria Armenia festival got underway on Saturday afternoon, June 1.

Calling All ‘Alex Babies'

Inova Alexandria Hospital hosts Mother's Day event.

The call went out to all ‘Alex Babies;” 650 responded. On May 4, the babies and their families gathered for a Mother’s Day Party at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Focused on Veterans

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-8-ILL), with American Legion Post 24 Commander Bill Aramony, hosted a discussion with nearly 80 veterans, business leaders and support organizations last month at the Post on Kaine's first bill, the Troop Talent Act, and the next steps for the bipartisan legislation.

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Students Step Out At Yorktown Prom

On Friday evening, May 31st, students attended Yorktown High Prom in the Marriott Gateway Hotel, Crystal City. Yorktown principal Dr. Ray Pasi, along with Bill Lomax and Susanne Evans greeted students as they arrived. In addition to dinner and dancing, the event featured a photo booth where students could choose from a variety of costumes to take pictures in.

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Local magician Brian Curry hosts “24 Game” tournament

Local magician Brian Curry hosted a “24 Game” tournament at Claremont Immersion School on Saturday, June 1. Fifty students, who are tops in their respective elementary schools at playing the 24 Game, were invited to compete.

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Alexandria Relay for Life 2013

The T.C. Williams National Honor Society and Athletic Department hosted for the first time in Alexandria the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, May 18-19, 2013.

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West Potomac Choral Department To Present ‘Playlist’

The 24th annual West Potomac Choirs spring original show will be held this week, Thursday May 30; Friday, May 31; and June 1, at 7 p.m. in the Springbank Auditorium. The fast-paced program is filled with favorite standards as well as recent pop hits.

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Memorial Day Preparation at Alexandria National Cemetery

Preparations

Navy Commander Joe Cubba presented VFW Commander Bob Jones with a new flag to fly over the Alexandria National Cemetery on Saturday morning,

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Power of Pink

The Power of Pink members celebrated their 2nd annual Debutante Cotillion Ball on Saturday evening, May 11, at West Potomac High School. Four students — Kaya Hampton, Genesis Taylor, Shaliyah Hollins and Kisanet Asfaha — were honored at the ball. The Power of Pink is a mentoring program for high school students. The members participate in workshops, cultural and community service projects. The program also includes fundraising activities to help support college scholarships. This year’s sponsors included the Apple Store at Pentagon City and Mary Kay Cosmetics.

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2nd Annual RC Mania at WPHS

Flying conditions were near perfect on Sunday, May 19, as RC Mania got underway in the back fields at West Potomac High School. Hosted by the West Potomac High School Engineering Club, the Technology Student Association and Technology and Engineering Department, the event drew upon dozens of model airplane, cars and trucks and boat enthusiasts.

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A New Jefferson-Houston

The ground has been broken on the new site for the Jefferson-Houston Elementary School. The event featured a visit from the Washington National’s Running President Thomas Jefferson.

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Making Learning Fun

The students chattered and compared paint colors as they strolled along the path at the Winkler Preserve on Friday, May 10, to launch hand-crafted model sail boats and play the cigar box guitars they had made over the past semester in their class through a joint effort by the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and Alexandria City Public Schools.

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Comfort of Home Campaign’

Keller Williams Realty, Alexandria - Kingstowne and more than 80,000 Keller Williams associates worldwide participated in the fifth annual RED Day on May 9.

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Giving Where They Live

Associates of the Old Town Alexandria Keller Williams Realty participated in the fifth annual RED Day on Thursday, May 9. RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) was created to unite Keller Williams Realty offices and associates in an international day of service.

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Charlie Named 2013 Tavern Dog

Charlie, a rescued dog and an American foxhound, took top honors at the annual Gadsby’s Tavern Dog competition Saturday afternoon, April 27, in Market Square.

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Celebrating Earth Day in Alexandria

The City of Alexandria hosted the 20th annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 20, at Ben Brenman Park. The festival included the third annual Up-cycling Showcase.

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Hollin Meadows Celebrates Earth Day

Girl Scouts held a used book sale and also added the last few boxes of this season’s cookies on the table at the annual Earth Day celebration at Hollin Meadows Math and Science Focus School on Saturday, April 20.

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Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual public safety valor awards luncheon on April 17 at the Fort Myers Officers Club.

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Yorktown

A new twist on the classic musical about a girl named Dorothy, a tornado, her journey to a magical place "over the rainbow," friends and foes encountered, and lessons learned along the way, arrives at Yorktown High School next week.

Tartan Day in Market Square

A day to recognize the achievements and contributions made by Scottish Americans to the U.S., known as Tartan Day, was celebrated on Saturday, April 6, at Market Square in Alexandria.

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From T.C. Williams Dropout to Ph.D.

Injured from an accident with heavy machinery and left with a broken back, Roderic Brame went back to school. He was admitted to Radford University were he completed a B.S in geology and a M.S. in science education.

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Reviewing Seasonal Energy-Saving Tips

Environment Virginia, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran and the BlueGreen Alliance offered springtime energy-saving tips during a tour at Scott Sklar’s super-efficient home in North Arlington on Thursday morning, March 28.

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41st Annual ‘Messiah’ Sing-Along

The church quietly filled with people as Dennis Edelbrock, Chuck Seipp and Paul Skevington performed a pre-concert recital on Sunday evening, March 31, at the Clarendon United Methodist Church in Lyons Village.

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Mount Vernon CrossFit Opens on Richmond Highway

Mount Vernon CrossFit @ The D.A.M. Garage head coach and director of programming, Sean Dunston, was working up a sweat coaching the participants in the Saturday morning three-part work out in January.

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Gathering for 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The line started to form at 10:30 a.m. and worked its way down the sidewalk towards Monroe Avenue in anticipation.

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Ultimate Spring, YULA Invite, Opens Season in Arlington

Twenty-two teams playing at Washington-Lee and the new Long Bridge fields kicked off the 2013 Ultimate’s (Frisbee) season last weekend with the YULA Invite tournament.