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Louise Krafft

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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.

Black Friday Shoppers in Old Town

Black Friday Shoppers were busy in Old Town the day after Thanksgiving.

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Ginzler Receives 1st National Spirit Award

Currently the senior director of the Center for Supportive Services at the Jewish Council for the Aging in Rockville, Md., Elinor Ginzler was presented with the At Home Alexandria’s 1st National Spirit Award last month.

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Capitals Alumni Bondra, Burton Host Hockey School

Washington Capitals alumni Peter Bondra and Nelson Burton and mascot Slapshot visited Alexandria Country Day School in Alexandria on Wednesday, Nov. 7, for the fifth Capitals Hockey School assembly of the 2012-13 school year.

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Signs of the Season

Volunteers gathered at Saint Aidan’s last week awaiting the arrival of Fraser fir trees from North Carolina.

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Backstage at the Ballet

Final dress rehearsals are underway for this weekend’s performances of “The Nutcracker.”

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Kiwanis Holds Annual Holiday Tree Sale

The trucks pulled into the parking lot at the Belle View Shopping center early Saturday morning, Nov. 24, laden with Fraser firs, wreaths and garlands.

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Luminous Evening

Lights sparkled throughout Market Square as the holiday tree was lit on Friday evening, Nov. 23.

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Fundraiser Yields 126 Thanksgiving Dinners

More than 75 Keller Williams Realty Old Town staff and friends volunteered on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to sort, bag and deliver 126 complete Thanksgiving dinners to families in Alexandria.

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51st Annual Mount Vernon Unitarian Church Holiday Shop

Fifty artisans presented their work during the annual Holiday Shop at the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church on Windmill Lane on Saturday, Nov. 17.

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Walking To Support ALIVE! House

The second annual East End Congregations Walk supported ALIVE! House in the 25th Fannie Mae Help the Homeless program was held on Nov. 4.

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Celebrating in Song, Dance and Fashion

The Mongolian School of the National Capital Area hosted a concert of music, song, dance and fashion at the Wilson School on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17.

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Take a Veteran to School Day

World War II veteran Viola R. Rice stood in front of the fifth grade class and spoke about her time in the Navy Waves during WWII.

Looking for Gift Ideas in Mount Vernon?

The 51st Annual Holiday Shop at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church will be held this Saturday, Nov. 17

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Holiday Shopping at Elder Crafters of Alexandria

The shop is open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

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The West Potomac dance team performed to the music of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” during the halftime show during the football game against T.C. Williams on Friday night, Nov. 2.

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18th Annual Evening in the Heart of Alexandria

Volunteer Alexandria honored Patty Moran and Lyles Carr at the annual Evening in the Heart of Alexandria reception and live auction on Friday evening, Nov. 2, at Gadsby’s Tavern.

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Thanksgiving at the Alexandria Elks Lodge

Thanksgiving dinner were served to senior citizens on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3.

Del Ray Delivers on Halloween

Costumes filled the racks in the community room at the Mount Vernon Community Center on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27.

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Nightmare on Alfred Street

The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority hosted a Halloween haunting in the greens and alleyway in the 800 block of N. Alfred Street on Oct. 31.

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Christ House Gets Face Lift

Christ House, a transitional shelter for homeless men received a long overdue face lift last month.