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  • November 21, 2017 3:08 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        In recognition of their service to the City of Alexandria, representatives from the Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Fire Department, and the Alexandria Sheriff's Office will be recognized as the Grand Marshals of the 42nd Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

        "We are so thankful for the dedication of our Alexandria first responders, as they work tirelessly serve and protect our City every single day," said Del Ray Business Association President Dennis Belmont.  "We are especially grateful for their tremendous work responding to the June shooting at Eugene Simpson Field."

        A Thanksgiving morning tradition, the Alexandria Turkey Trot will take place on Th., Nov. 23 at 9am.  This fast, flat, USATF-certified course runs through the heart of Del Ray, and is the Mid-Atlantic's premiere Turkey Trot, featuring over 6,000 runners, including some of the fastest elite runners on the east coast as well as stroller and dog divisions.

        The five-mile run/walk goes through the heart of Del Ray, starting and ending at George Washington Middle School at the corner of Braddock Road and Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is Metro accessible to the Braddock Road Metro Station.  Dogs and strollers are welcome, and have their own starting area.

        In the spirit of the holiday, runners and spectators are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items on race day to support ALIVE!, a nonprofit serving Alexandria’s needy.  Last year, ALIVE! received 2,102 pounds of food, $400 in cash donations, and a $5,000 check from the Del Ray Business Association to support ALIVE!'s Food Program as part of the 41st Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot.

         Online registration will be open until 8:30am on race day; in-person registration is also available (cash/check only).  For complete information on the race and to register, visit www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com.  

  • November 08, 2017 7:50 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        A Thanksgiving morning tradition, the Alexandria Turkey Trot will take place on Thursday, November 23 at 9am.  This fast, flat, USATF-certified 5-mile course runs through the heart of Del Ray, and is the Mid-Atlantic's premiere Turkey Trot, featuring over 6,000 runners, including some of the fastest elite runners on the east coast as well as stroller and dog divisions.

       "I've always loved racing on Thanksgiving," said elite athlete Tyler Andrews, who broke the world record for the 50km, and is a past participant in the Turkey Trot. "It's one of the biggest days for road racing of year, and it's so much fun to be in the middle of that spectacle, especially in your local community."

        The 5-mile run/walk goes through the heart of Del Ray, starting and ending at George Washington Middle School at the corner of Braddock Road and Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is Metro accessible to the Braddock Road Metro Station.  Dogs and strollers are welcome, and have their own starting area.

        In the spirit of the holiday, runners and spectators are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items on race day to support ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization serving Alexandria’s needy.  Last year, ALIVE! received 2,102 pounds of food, $400 in cash donations, and a $5,000 check from the Del Ray Business Association to support ALIVE!s Food Program.

         For complete information on the race and to register, visit www.alexandriaturkeytrot.com.  

  • October 28, 2017 6:31 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The 21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade will be postponed until Sunday, Nov. 5 due to thunderstorms and heavy wind in Sunday's forecast.  One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the parade will take place at 2 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue, beginning at E. Bellefonte Ave., and ending with a party at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields featuring live music, goodie bags for children, free refreshments, children's games, awards for Best Decorated Stroller, House, Business & Best Pet Costume, and more.  The event is free and open to all. 

        Last year’s parade had more than 7,500 participants, which included over 2,500 children, special dignitaries and elected officials.  Leading this year's parade as Grand Marshall will be Skye Witmer, an outstanding student selected to represent Jefferson Houston Elementary School.

          Among the events on the day's program:

    • Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Decorating Contest:  Registration for the Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Competition will be done prior to the parade start. Stroller and pet entries must register by 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Howell Avenues; look for signage. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to the parade. Pets will be judged immediately at the end of the parade route. There is no fee to register.  For complete details and categories, visit www.visitdelray.com/halloween

    • Best Decorated House and Business:  The awards for Best Decorated House and Business will be awarded after the parade. To view the top 10 finalists for Best Decorated House, visit www.visitdelray.com.

    • Spooky Bean Halloween:  The night of the parade from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., families can enjoy the Spooky Bean Halloween Maze, constructed by Bean Creative. This is a free event and appropriate for all ages, located on the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.  Donations are accepted at the gate to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

       Traditionally held each year on the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com/halloween.

  • October 28, 2017 1:17 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Congratulations to the 10 finalists of the 2017 Best Decorated House contest! A Google Map with all the nominees is available at http://tinyurl.com/2017halloweenhouses


        The winner of the Best Decorated House Contest will be announced at the awards ceremony following the 21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade on Sunday, Oct. 29. One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the Del Ray Halloween Parade takes place along Mount Vernon Avenue; it begins at E. Bellefonte Ave., ends with a party at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields featuring live music, goodie bags for children, free refreshments, children's games, and more.  The event is free and open to all.

    PHOTOS BY WILL NICCOLLS

  • October 21, 2017 2:37 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the 21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade will take place on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue.  The parade, which begins at E. Bellefonte Ave., ends with a party at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields featuring live music, goodie bags for children, free refreshments, children's games, awards for Best Decorated Stroller, House, Business & Best Pet Costume, and more.  The event is free and open to all.  

        Last year’s parade had more than 7,500 participants, which included over 2,500 children, special dignitaries and elected officials.  Leading this year's parade as Grand Marshall will be an outstanding student selected to represent Jefferson Houston Elementary School.  

          Among the events on the day's program:

    • Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Decorating Contest:  Registration for the Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Competition will be done prior to the parade start. Stroller and pet entries must register by 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Howell Avenues; look for signage. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to the parade. Pets will be judged immediately at the end of the parade route. There is no fee to register.  For complete details and categories, visit www.visitdelray.com/halloween

    • Best Decorated House and Business:  The deadline for nominations for Best Decorated House and Best Decorated Business is Sunday, October 22, at 12 p.m.  To nominate a home or business, email the street addresses to delrayhalloweenparade@yahoo.com by October 22; please state if it should be judged during the day or night.

    • Spooky Bean Halloween:  After the parade from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., families can enjoy the Spooky Bean Halloween Maze, constructed by Bean Creative. This is a free event and appropriate for all ages, located on the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.  Donations are accepted at the gate to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    • Costumes for Children In Need: The Del Ray Business Association collects and distributes Halloween costumes for children who would otherwise go without.  New or gently used costumes can be dropped off at collection bins at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square at Oxford & Mount Vernon Ave., or on the porch at 110 E. Del Ray.  Costumes are distributed the day before the parade from 2-4 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Alve. In 2016, over 200 costumes were distributed.

       Held each year on the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com/halloween.

  • October 20, 2017 6:30 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
        Three Del Ray Business Association members, along with one of DRBA's nonprofit partners, were recognized during the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's annual "Best in Business" awards.  Congratulations to:

    2017 Business Leader of the Year 
    Bill Blackburn
    President Emeritus of the Del Ray Business Association and 
    Managing Partner of Homegrown Restaurant Group (which includes Pork Barrel BBQ, Holy Cow, and the sushi bar)

    Rising Star Business of the Year
    Four Directions Wellness

    Small Business of the Year
    GEICO Insurance Agent - Alexandria, VA

    Association/Nonprofit Business of the Year
    Rebuilding Together Alexandria

         In his acceptance speech, Blackburn explained how small businesses transformed Del Ray into "one of the most desirable places in the country to live and do business." From the speech:

    "Mike [Anderson] and I get a lot of credit for helping make Del Ray great, but the truth is that we stand on the shoulders of giants of our community.  Friends and neighbors like Gayle Reuter, Pat Miller, Jen Walker, and Carol Bailey are the true heroes, and the entire Del Ray Mafia is an incredible powerhouse of neighborhood vitality and economic drive.

    I feel part of why I was selected for this honor is because of my ties to Mount Vernon Avenue. I'd like to talk a little more about what makes Del Ray special, because there are lessons for every neighborhood and for the entire Alexandria community.

    Twenty years ago, Del Ray wasn't the place to be.  There were lots of empty storefronts, poor maintenance, high crime, and in general, it wasn't a place you would want to take your family for cheeseburgers on a Friday night.

    So how did we get to where we are today as one of the most desirable places in the country to live or do business?

    No one swooped in an saved it.  There was no BID.  The local government didn't do this.  Our representatives in Richmond didn't spur this change.

    Who turned things around?  We did.  And when I say we, I mean the small businesses.  Nora Partlow at St. Elmo's and the folks at The Evening Star took a chance and started doing business here when no one else would.  They started taking care of their block, creating energy, and bringing good people with them.  

    Other businesses followed, and brought with them more positive energy and ideas.  Neighbors responded by taking pride in the neighborhood, supporting shops and restaurants, and volunteering for events and projects.  The pride that came from these businesses was contagious and the residents soon followed.

    In fact, a year ago, some folks from the Arlington planning department came to Del Ray to meet with the Del Ray Business Association and figure out the "secret" so they could create a Del Ray-type neighborhood in Arlington.  After everyone talked for awhile about Del Ray, here's what I told them: This isn't something any type of government can create.   Government is an important partner, but the magic in Del Ray is not a formula and there's no secret except a lot of wonderful people working hard to ensure their own success.

    It's the people of each neighborhood that makes them special, and small business is the hub. Coming together through business associations, the Chamber, and in coffee shops and kitchen tables, it's all the people in THIS room that create the magic. The energy and creativity that is needed to make a neighborhood or community desirable comes from small business.  It has to be natural and real, and it won't work if it's contrived or forced.  Consumers are smart, and they want something real.  And this can only be created organically.

    To put it simply, business must be led by business.  I am here today on behalf of every small business leader who wakes up early, works into the night, earns the loyalty of customers and staff, and provides the best products and services possible.  I'm here because I didn't whine and I didn't wait.  Like so many of my colleagues, I rolled up my sleeves and went to work.  When I see an opportunity to grow my business or contribute to my community, I take it.  And it's because so many here tonight have done the same that Alexandria is such an incredible place."

  • October 04, 2017 11:52 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The 22nd annual Art on the Avenue festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. The event, which takes place on Mount Vernon Avenue between Hume and Bellefonte Avenues, is free and open to all, featuring: 

    -- Over 350 artists: Fine artists, artisans and craftspeople sell their handmade items, such as wheel thrown vases and bowls, tiles, sculpture, tote bags and purses, drawings and pastels, knitted and crocheted hats and gloves, woven scarves and shawls, gourmet food, fused and blown glass, jewelry, turned wood bowls, paintings, photography, wooden puzzles, and much, much more. 

    -- Five stages of live music: From Blues to Bluegrass, Irish to Americana, Country to Rock and Roll, there's something for everyone on the festival's five entertainment stages. 

    -- Children’s activities: Build a scarecrow; make & launch a rocket; paint a pumpkin (and a DASH bus!); create stained glass art, light-up sculptures, tote bags, spin art, and more. All children's activities are free, and led by local non-profits. 

    -- Artist demonstrations: Contribute to a collaborative art piece; watch a 3-D printer in action; learn about the life cycle of bees; compare different methods and mediums of painting; transform recycled materials into art; and more. 

    -- International Food: There is no better way to experience Del Ray’s diversity than through food! Enjoy specialty items from neighborhood restaurants, plus food from a wide variety of street vendors. 

    -- Pie Baking Contest: All are welcome to compete in an old-fashioned pie baking contest with prizes awarded in three divisions – youth, amateur, and professional bakers. After the competition, slices of pie available for sale to benefit the Bellefonte Wizards, the neighborhood Special Olympics basketball team. Complete details and rules available at www.artontheavenue.org

         Free trolley transportation will be provided from the Braddock Road Metro Station to the festival. 

    STREET CLOSURES: Please note: Mt Vernon Avenue (plus one block to the east and west) will be closed to traffic from Bellefonte to Commonwealth Ave. from 7am to approx. 8pm. Residents on those blocks can come and go, but no one will be able to cross the Avenue. 

    BUS SERVICE (10A, 10B, AT10) will be rerouted along Monroe and Commonwealth to bypass festival blocks. 

    PLEASE NOTE: there will be NO Del Ray Farmers' Market this week, and no compost collection. 

        For more information, plus a complete schedule, visit www.artontheavenue.org.



  • September 28, 2017 5:30 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        In recognition of her tireless work to improve the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, the Alexandria City Council will officially dedicate the Del Ray Farmers' Market site "The Pat Miller Neighborhood Square" on Sat., Oct 7 at 2pm.  The dedication will take place during the 22nd Annual Art on the Avenue, one of many community events and initiatives organized by Del Ray Business Association Treasurer Pat Miller.

         "Del Ray is Del Ray because of the force of nature that is Pat Miller," said Alexandria Vice Mayor Justin Wilson, a Del Ray resident. "It is altogether fitting to name a space that brings our neighborhood together after a person who has brought our neighborhood together for so long.”

        Miller, who has lived in Del Ray for over 30 years, is a past president of the Del Ray Business Association; has served on the board for over 20 years; and co-chairs the Special Events Committee, which plans First Thursday, Taste of Del Ray, Halloween Parade, Turkey Trot & Holiday Tree Lighting.  Miller also serves as Market Manager of the Del Ray Farmers Market; Chair of Art on the Avenue; serves on the Alexandria Police Foundation Board; served on the Kelly Cares Foundation board, which was responsible for several major projects for special needs children, including the Miracle Field; is a board member of the Community Partners for Children; and is a former Chair of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts; among numerous other volunteer roles.  She was named an Alexandria "Living Legend" in 2012.

         "If there's a need or a call for volunteers, then Pat is part of it," said Del Ray Business Association board member Gayle Reuter, who co-chairs the DRBA Special Events Committee with Miller.  "Every time we talk I find out something new that she has volunteered for."

          The naming of the public space, approved by the Alexandria City Council, was endorsed by both the Del Ray Citizens' Association and the Del Ray Business Association.

  • September 09, 2017 9:27 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        During National Wellness Week (Sept. 10-16), local wellness businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria will feature free classes, educational ta"lks, and discounts throughout the week. The Well Ray businesses of the Del Ray Business Association are dedicated to providing the community with services that contribute to a strong foundation of wellness. Please join us for the following:

    WELLNESS WEEK EVENTS

    Sunday, Sept. 10

    • 10am: Free Yoga Class at lululemon Alexandria (700 King Street) with Xtend Barre Old Town

    Monday, Sept. 11 

    • 12pm-1pm: Free Mindfulness Hour by Four Directions Wellness (2001 Mount Vernon Avenue)
    • 4pm-5:30pm: Open house at Counseling of Alexandria (2104 Mount Vernon Avenue), featuring a Q&A about parenting and child emotional & behavioral development. 
    • 6:30pm-7:30pm and 7:30pm-8:30pm): Outdoor spin classes with Ascend Cycle on the 2400 block of Mount Vernon Avenue, featuring free giveaways. Sign up at www.ascendcycle.com
    Tuesday, Sept. 12
    • 12pm-1pm: Caring Acupuncture (2111 Eisenhower Ave, Ste 402) will host a wellness talk "Energy and Wellness Talk" by Lindsey Godwasser of Wholesome Health.
    • 6:30pm-7:30pm: Free Flow Yoga class at the Bean Creative Field (2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue) hosted by Wholesome Health with Lindsey, followed by a health coach Q&A.

    Wednesday, Sept. 13

    • 5pm-6pm: Educational talk at Dental Excellence (3116 Mount Vernon Avenue). Please RSVP to Mari at care@dentalexcellenceva.com.

    • 6:30pm-7:30pm Free Cool Yoga class by Maureen Clyne at the Just ASK Publications & Professional Development Parking lot (1900 Mount Vernon Ave).  The class ends with an essential oil and guided meditation for relaxation by Del Ray Psychological & Wellness Associates. Yoga powered by @Home Real Estate Lounge & Design and sponsored by Just ASK Publications & Professional Development.  After class refreshments served by Bon Vivant Cafe + Farm Market and ketone samples provided by Dr. Lola Capps of Chrysalis Chiropractic of Alexandria.

    • 7:30pm-8pm: Licensed physical therapists from ProFlex Physical Therapy will be at the Just ASK Publications & Professional Development Parking lot (1900 Mount Vernon Ave) to offer free screenings to attendees who wish to have an injury or condition examined to help them determine whether or not physical therapy would be beneficial. For more information, visit www.proflexpt.com.
    Thursday, Sept. 14
    • 6:30pm-7:30pm: Free Hawt Pilates Boot Camp by Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga at Bean Creative field (2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue). 

    Friday, Sept. 15

    • 4pm-6pm: Wings & Wellness at Pork Barrel BBQ (2312 Mount Vernon Avenue). Please join the Well Ray community for "Wings & Wellness"! Get to know your local wellness providers and the wide variety of services they have to offer and enjoy some wings!

    Ongoing Events

    • Alexandria Children's Dentistry of Del Ray: Schedule a "happy visit" tour of the office (609 E. Monroe Ave) to better get to know them. Contact Amber at amber@LoveKidsTeeth.com.

    RAFFLES

    Visit Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique (1913 Mount Vernon Avenue) anytime during Wellness Week to enter a raffle for a 50-minute Reflexology session with Virginia Patton, certified Reflexologist from the renowned International Institute of Reflexology.

    Visit Acupuncture in Del Ray (3140 Commonwealth Ave.) to enter a drawing for a free food therapy consultation.

    DISCOUNTS
    • Acupuncture in Del Ray (3140 Commonwealth Avenue) will offer food therapy consultations in-office for $85 (regular price $95; limit one per person). This will come with recipes and suggestions for fall foods. Special price valid when appointment is booked by October 3, 2017. For more information, visit www.acupunctureindelray.com

    • Core Wellness (2212 Mount Vernon Avenue) will offer an introductory 30-minute Infrared Sauna Session for $20 (regularly $30) from Sept 11-15. Discounted Packages will also be available for purchase during this time:10 Pack/$250 or 30 Pack/$500. For more information, visit www.alexandriaphysicaltherapist.com

    • Ease Yoga & Cafe (3051 Mount Vernon Avenue) has a special discount for new clients: 30 days unlimited yoga for $30!  Fore more information, visit www.easeyogacafe.com
    • FIT4MOM Arlington- Alexandria is offering a free week of classes for all new participants and 10% all monthly packages. For more information and a class schedule, visit
      www.Arlington-
      Alexandria.fit4mom.com

    • Foundation Fitness (2305 Mount Vernon Avenue) is offering $35 per session for the first month with the purchase of a minimum four month contract, plus a complimentary assessment and free introductory session. Contact CJ Wesby at www.foundationfit.com.
    • Healing Tree (2101 Mount Vernon Avenue): is offering a $10 discount off massages of 60 minutes or longer with Maryellen Thorpe and 1/2 off an initial chiropractic appointment Monday through Friday with Dr. Cindy Durakis. For more information, visit www.healingtr.com
    • Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga (2214 Mount Vernon Avenue) is offering  $99/month Deluxe Membership PLUS 15% OFF workshops, class packages & expert series. For more information, visit www.mindthemat.com

    • Mount Vernon Family Therapy Associates LLC (1707 Belle View Blvd) is offering free Heart Math Sessions. Contact Cara Shirley at www.mountvernontherapy.com for more information.

    • Solutions Physical Therapy (225 Reinekers Ln) is offering mobility packages with a free mobility evaluation. For more information,l visit www.solutionsphysicaltherapy.com

    • Tippi Toes DC is offering 50% off annual enrollment fee. For more information and class schedules, contact Claire Portolese at www.TippiToesDC.com

    • Xtend Barre Old Town (1701 Duke St, Suite 160): Special Offers for New Clients: First Class Free & 1-Month of Unlimited Classes for $99. www.xtendbarreoldtown.com
    • YMCA Alexandria (420 E. Monroe Ave.) offers trial memberships, personal training consultations, group exercise classes, and more. Contact Aaron Riley for membership information, or visit https://www.ymcadc.org/ branch.cfm?bid=02

       Wellness Week in Del Ray is sponsored by the Wellness Group of the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned health and wellness businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.


  • September 06, 2017 4:57 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        FIRST THURSDAY, Del Ray's monthly summer street festival, takes place September 7 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue with the theme "Art, Music, and Dance on the Avenue." The event is free and open to all.  Join the Del Ray Business Association on Mount Vernon Avenue as we celebrate the arts:

    The Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues)
    6pm: Tippi Toes Dance
    6:30pm: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Sympatico's Singing Eagles
    7pm: Alexandria Singers
    -- Community Kids Club bake sale for the Houston Food Bank
    -- Meet our featured non-profit, The Fund for Alexandria's Child, and learn about opportunities to help children in need during the holidays

    Del Ray Artisans (2704 Mount Vernon Avenue)
    "Childhood Passions" art exhibit; gallery open until 9pm

    Cheesetique (2411 Mount Vernon Avenue)
    13th Anniversary Celebration featuring live jazz and cheese board painting 

    United Bank (2401 Mount Vernon Avenue)
    Library card sign-ups and music, art, and dance-themed stories with Duncan Library

    St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (2300 Mount Vernon Avenue)
    Pressed flower art demonstration with artist Joyce Wagner 

    Bean Creative Field (2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue)
    -- Instruments and fun with Music Together Alexandria
    -- Kindness rocks! painting with Friends of Guest House

    Breezeway Between Greener Cleaner & Neighborhood Pharmacy (2200 Block of Mount Vernon Avenue)
    Chalk art with Patrick Kirwin

    Counseling of Alexandria (2104 Mount Vernon Avenue)
    Giant community coloring page

    Del Ray Picture Framing (2009 Mount Vernon Avenue)
    Artist demonstration by Don Ripper

    Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique (1913 Mount Vernon Avenue)
    7th Anniversary Celebration featuring live music by Mars Rodeo and children's activities

    Where's the Sheriff?  (Somewhere On The Avenue....)
    Find the sheriff at a mystery location for a prize!

    ... and more!

        The Community Kids Club will host a bake sale at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, with all proceeds to benefit the Houston Food Bank.  Those wanting to contribute baked goods can drop them off at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square after 5:30pm.

        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 Rosemont Landscaping and Lawncare.


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