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Louise Krafft

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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


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.

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Batman Visits YMCA

Batman AKA Bruce Wayne, AKA Lenny B. Robinson stopped by the Arlington YMCA on North 13th Street on Friday, March 22, promoting National Inhalants and Poison Awareness Week.

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‘Dance Around Alexandria’

Choreographers Collaborative Project held a spring concert “Dance Around Alexandria” in the auditorium at T.C. Williams High School on Saturday, March 16.

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St. Patrick’s Fun Dog Show

More than 100 dogs and their families arrived at Market Square for the annual Fun Dog Show on March 2.

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MVCCT Presents Disney's 'My Son Pinocchio'

Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre will perform Disney's "My Son Pinocchio" from March 8 through March 17 at Bryant Alternative High School on Popkins Lane in Alexandria, while Carl Sandburg Middle School undergoes renovations.

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SOLA Hosts Patrons Party

The Symphony Orchestras League of Alexandria held its annual Patrons Party on Feb. 23 at the home of Dr. Joseph and Bertha Braddock in Alexandria.

Opening Up a World’s Worth of Reading

The Reading Connection opened its 12th Read-Aloud site on Feb. 25, at the Columbia Grove property of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.

50th Annual Needlework Exhibition

The 50th annual Needlework Exhibition will be open to the public starting Friday, March 1 at the Woodlawn Plantation.

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Encore Stage & Studio Presents ‘Big Bad’

Mr. Wolf is in the defendant’s seat, and the plaintiffs, represented by the Fairy Godmother, take the witness stand one by one to tell of their traumatizing stories of their encounters with Mr. Wolf.

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Crew Rows for Humanity

The ergometers were in place and in action by 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Ballston Commons.

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McLean High Students Present The Salon Project

Revisiting the time and a place “where ideas mattered most.”

Conversations about Newtonian science, Benjamin Franklin’s electricity, liberty and equality, diplomacy, the monarchy, free speech, free press, American independence social life and scandal were just a few of the subjects broached in the Salon Project presentation, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art last Saturday, by McLean High School students in Dean Howarth’s program.

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Community Covenant

Scouts from Pack 301 pose for photos at the community covenant.

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Witness for Marriage

Nearly 50 people gathered on the Arlington County Courthouse Plaza on Thursday morning, Valentine’s Day, for a rally in support of marriage equality in Virginia.

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Extreme Recess Hockey

The viewing stands in Kettler Capitals Iceplex at Ballston Commons filled with parents and children and dozens of volunteers as the Washington Capitals took to the ice for practice on Friday morning, Feb. 8.

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Fashion’s Favorites

Fifth Crystal Couture rocks the runway.

Bikinis, suits, and the finest local apparel greeted visitors at the fifth installment of Crystal Couture, held Feb. 5-9. The fashion event drew large crowds as designers shared the spotlight with their creative takes on summer style.

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Remembering Paramedic Joshua A. Weissman

The City of Alexandria Fire Department hosted a Remembrance Ceremony honoring Paramedic Joshua A. Weissman on Friday, Feb. 8, at the newly renamed Joshua A. Weissman Professional Development Center at 1108 Jefferson St.

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‘The Pink Panther Strikes Again’

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre, now in its 32nd season, will present “The Pink Panther Strikes Again,” directed by John Waldron and performed by a cast of 18 local actors ages 12-18.

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At the 89th Annual Arlington Business Gala

The Arlington County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 89th annual business gala at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City on Saturday, Jan. 26.

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MidAtlantic Erg Sprints Fills TC

School on Saturday morning, Feb. 2, for the 2013 MidAtlantic Erg Sprints. More than 100 events throughout the day were scheduled and completed by junior, college, masters and adaptive rowers.

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18th Century Knowledge Showcased

Dr. John Page (Dean Howarth) and members of the Virginia Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge informed and entertained visitors at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2.

Language of The Drum

A melody echoing in two parts filled the air with vibrating rhythms as the students in the West African drumming workshop practiced a simple drumming exercise.

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City Museums Receive Accreditation

The Office of Historic Alexandria has earned accreditation as a museum system at the November 2012 meeting of the Accreditation Commission, according to The American Alliance of Museums.

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Remember, Celebrate, Act — Dr. King’s Dream for Our World” was the theme of the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage and the Alexandria Black History Museum program commemorating the birthday and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

UCM’s 19th Annual SOUPer Saturday

More than 100 handcrafted bowls were on sale at the Torpedo Factory for the 19th annual United Community Ministries SOUPer on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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‘To Reach the Beach’

The West Potomac Dance Team took over the floor at the boy’s varsity basketball game against Lee during halftime last Friday evening, Jan. 11.

United Way Awards Non-Profits $105,300

United Way of the National Capital Area awarded grants to 10 local non-profits through the Alexandria Community Impact Fund a total of $105,300 lon Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall.

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Feeling Fine Art

Third DC Tattoo expo hosted in Arlington

The hum and whiz of needlework welcomed visitors to the third DC Tattoo Expo, held Jan. 12 and 13 at the Crystal Gateway Marriot in Arlington.

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Pine Wood Derby Workshop At Old Town Hardware

The jigsaw was buzzing. Wood shavings and fine sawdust lightly covered the work tables as dozens of cub scouts and their friends and parents worked on creating a Pine Box Derby winner.

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Raising Funds for High Adventure

The aroma of garlic and tomato sauce wafted up from the stove and out the doors into fellowship hall as scouts from Boy Scout Troop 167 prepared for the annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday evening, Jan. 5, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.

Long Branch At 40

The juvenile eastern rat snake watched the activity from the confines of its cage as visitors passed by during Long Branch's 40th birthday celebration in November.

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Celebrating St. Clement

The 68 students at St. Clement preschool and junior kindergarten donned their togas and headed down the hall to lunch on Tuesday, Dec. 4.