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  • June 13, 2017 10:03 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The 3rd annual Well Ray Festival takes place on Saturday, June 24 from 9am to 1pm, showcasing the wide variety of health and wellness opportunities in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  The event -- featuring free fitness classes, health demonstrations, and exhibits -- is free and open to all.

         "Del Ray is a one-stop destination to eat, shop, and live healthy lives," said Del Ray Business Association President Dennis Belmont.  "We're excited about this opportunity to showcase the many fitness studios and health & wellness practitioners that have earned our neighborhood the nickname 'Well Ray.'"

         The 3rd annual Well Ray Festival features free fitness demonstrations and classes plus field-day inspired activities at the Bean Creative field (2213 Mount Vernon Avenue); nutrition information and cooking demonstrations at the Del Ray Farmer's Market (located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenue); plus vendors, exhibitors, wellness presentations and more at the parking lot adjacent to the Farmer's Market (2213 Mount Vernon Avenue) and at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center (2701 Commonwealth Avenue), including therapeutic massages, acupuncture, physical therapy consultations, chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, blood pressure screenings, meditation, wellness coaching, energy work and more.

        "We are beyond excited for this year's Well Ray Festival," said Well Ray chair Kate Moran. "With the expansion of our event to multiple locations along Mt. Vernon, we cannot wait to highlight the booming wellness businesses in Del Ray and beyond."

         Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats to join in enjoy free yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, Spin, Barre, dance classes led by vendors in and around Del Ray; advanced registration for classes is available at wellraydelray.com.  "Get ready to move at one of our many fitness demos, cool down with a beverage or healthy bites, and plan for the future with a life coach or counselor," said Moran. "With over 40 vendors we have something for everyone!"

         For more information, including a full schedule of events and class registration information, visit wellraydelray.com.  

       This year's featured non-profit is Running Brooke, an organization inspires at-risk children in the City of Alexandria to move, sparking their learning for success in school and life. For more information on Running Brooke, and to donate to this worthy cause, visit https://www.razoo.com/story/Move2learn.

  • June 04, 2017 5:00 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The Del Ray Business Association hosted the 9th Annual Taste of Del Ray on June 4, showcasing a diverse collection of Del Ray's top restaurants.   The sold-out event featured a spirited competition between a record 18 participating neighborhood restaurants.

         Evening Star Cafe's Crawfish Boudin won the Judges' Choice Award, with the judges describing the dish as "perfected at every level"; while Pork Barrel BBQ's White Chicken Chili won the People's Choice Award, as voted by festival attendees.  This year's judges were Chef Craig Scheuerman, Director of the Culinary Arts program at T.C. Williams High School; and Arlington Magazine editor Jenny Sullivan.

    The complete list of winners:

    People's Choice
    1st Place: Pork Barrel BBQ -- White Chicken Chili
    2nd Place: Taqueria Poblano -- Shrimp Mango Chalupa
    3rd Place: Stomping Ground -- Buttermilk Biscuit and Fried Chicken with Spicy Aioli

    Judges' Choice
    1st Place: Evening Star Cafe -- Crawfish Boudin
    2nd Place:  Stomping Ground -- Buttermilk Biscuit and Fried Chicken with Spicy Aioli
    3rd Place: Pork Barrel BBQ -- White Chicken Chili

         The featured non-profit at the event was the Alexandria Boys and Girls Club, which provides a safe, comfortable, and fun alternative to youth who would otherwise be home alone or on the street.  The organization raised $1,000 at the Taste of Del Ray through drink sales and donations.   

         Held every June in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, the Taste of Del Ray showcases the neighborhood's top restaurants in a spirited competition sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.   Proceeds from ticket sales help fund neighborhood events throughout the year.  

  • May 30, 2017 9:14 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The 9th Annual Taste of Del Ray takes place on Sunday, June 4 from 1pm to 3pm.  The competition, showcasing the diverse restaurants and talented chefs in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.

         Eighteen neighborhood restaurants will participate in the outdoor competition that will name the 2017 Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. Ticket holders will enjoy a variety of tastes and cast their votes in the lot behind the United Bank at 2401 Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford Avenues.

        Participating restaurants include many of the Washington, D.C. area’s most popular culinary destinations, including Bombay Curry Company, Cheesetique Del Ray, Del Ray Cafe, Del Ray Pizzeria, Dolce & Bean, Evening Star Cafe, Flat Top Burger, Junction Bakery & Bistro, Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, Live Oak Restaurant, Market 2 Market Del Ray, Northside 10, Pork Barrel BBQ, Royal Nepal, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Stomping Ground, Swings Coffee Roasters, and Taqueria Poblano Del Ray.  This year's judges are Chef Craig Scheuerman, Director of the Culinary Arts program at T.C. Williams High School; and Arlington Magazine editor Jenny Sullivan.

         Advance tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12 years of age and can be purchased online at tasteofdelray.eventbrite.com, or in-person at The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray (2204 Mt Vernon Ave.) and The Greener Cleaner of Del Ray (2210 Mt Vernon Ave). Tickets are $15 on the day of the event, with sales beginning at 12:30 pm.
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  • May 23, 2017 11:00 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
        During the June First Thursday, Del Ray highlights the wide variety of health, wellness, and healing opportunities in the neighborhood, with the the theme "Health And Healing." The monthly street festival takes place on June 1 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

        Free health and wellness classes will take place, plus live music, children's activities, the debut of a new interactive public art project, and more. 

         This month's featured nonprofit is the Fund For Alexandria's Child, which works to enhance the quality of life of foster children and children at risk of abuse and neglect.  Participants are urged to bring Target or grocery gift cards for this worthy cause; donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (at the intersection of Oxford & Mt. Vernon Ave).  

        A complete schedule of events follows; including information on registering for the free classes in advance:

    PAT MILLER NEIGHBORHOOD SQUARE
    Oxford & Mt.Vernon Ave
    6pm: Opening Healing Vibes - Gong Vibrations, Ease Yoga
    6pm: Healing Reading, Alexandria Library
    6:15pm: Jump Rope Performance, MVCS students
    6:30pm: Pilates Class, Studio Body Logic; register here
    7pm: Line Dance Performance, Cora Kelly Seniors
    7:30pm: Hulu hoop performance, Mind The Mat
    8pm: Closing meditation, Mind The Mat

    Ongoing events at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square
    Fund For Alexandria's Child, Featured non-profit
    Violin Music, Erin Flynn
    Breathing/Sleep Apnea Screening, Dental Excellence
    Ambulance Tour, Alexandria Fire Department
    Nutrition Conversation, Chrysalis Chiropractic 
    Ear acupuncture, Acupuncture in Del Ray
    Personal Growth Coaching, Richard Griffin Coaching
    Essential Oils, Wise Light Wellness
    Taste of Del Ray tickets,  Del Ray t-shirt sales, general information, Del Ray Business Association
    Information booth, Friends of Guest House
    Information Booth, Well Ray

    BEAN CREATIVE FIELD
    2200 Block of Mt. Vernon Ave.
    6pm:
    Fitness Interval Training, Fit4Mom; register here
    6:30pm: Jump Rope Performance, MVCS students
    6:45pm: Accessing Healing through Journaling Workshop, Del Ray Psych; register here.
    6:45pm: Therapeutic Pilates, Mind The Mat; register here
    7:15pm: Hula-hoop performance & play, Mind The Mat 

    Ongoing events at the Bean Creative Field
    "SOAR" -- an interactive art installation, We Live Big
    Reiki, Four Directions Wellness

    ALONG MOUNT VERNON AVENUE
    All activities are ongoing unless time indicated 

    Ascend (2413 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Outdoor Spin Class, Ascend; 6:30-7:20pm 

    United Bank (2401 Mt Vernon Ave)
    Heat safety, Pediatrics Associates
    Benefits of oral hygiene, Alexandria Children's Dentistry
    Lyme Disease awareness, The Beantown Dog

    Stomping Ground (2309 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Healthy Activities giveaways, Alexandria Sheriff’s Office

    The Dog Store (2301 Mt Vernon Ave).
    Keeping Your Pet Healthy, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

    St. Elmo's Coffee Pub (2300 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Parkour, PK Move
    Sand Tray for Kids, Parkhurst Associates

    Bean Creative (201 E Del Ray Ave.)
    Flags of Hope painting activity, DIY Del Ray

    Core Wellness (2212 Mt Vernon Ave) 
    Pelvic Floor workshop, Core Wellness

    Neighborhood Pharmacy (2204 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Healthy Skin WaxingWaxing The City

    VITAL Body & Mind (2201 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Chair massage, VITAL Body & Mind
    Dr. Q&A, VITAL Body & Mind
    Nutritional & Detox Q&A, Melissa McGlone

    Counseling of Alexandria (2104 Mt. Vernon Ave) Compassion Listening Booth, Counseling of Alexandria

    Just ASK Publications Lot (Mt. Vernon & Bellefonte Ave.)
    Cool Yoga, Maureen Clyne; 6:30-7pm; register here

    Bellies and Babies (1913 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Whole grains and healthy eating; Great Harvest Bread Company

    Caliber Collision parking lot (1704 Mt. Vernon Ave)
    Bike Rodeo, Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee & Phoenix Bikes, Mt. Vernon Community School PTA

        This month's First Thursday is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga.

         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.  

  • May 12, 2017 7:30 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    With rain in the forecast on Saturday, plans for this weekend's events in Del Ray have changed slightly....

    The Tot Rock Fest will take place on SATURDAY, MAY 13 as planned, but will be moved INDOORS to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center  (2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria).  Join us for an amazing day of music, movement, and making a difference for children in and around Del Ray, featuring Rainbow Rock Band, Rocknoceros, The Great Zucchini, and more!   The event is free and open to all; festival attendees are encouraged to bring new or used musical instruments for Now I Play Along Too.  For more information, along with a complete schedule, visit totrockfest.com.

    La Bella Strada will take place on SUNDAY, MAY 14 from 9am to 3pm. La Bella Strada is a modern street painting festival that originates from an ancient Italian art form. Organized The Del Ray Montessori School parents, this unique event takes place along Mount Vernon Avenue and brings artists, energetic volunteers, and local businesses together to enliven our cottage neighborhood with vibrant colors, crowd-drawing masterpieces, and a one-of-a-kind experience of witnessing the creation of large-scale chalk paintings directly on the sidewalks.  The event is free and open to all.

    The Mount Vernon Community School PTA Garden Party will be rescheduled to SATURDAY, MAY 20 from 8am to 2pm. Come by the Mount Vernon Community School playground to shop herb and veggie plants, cut flowers, baked goodies and kids’ crafts -- all proceeds will go toward the MVCS playground project.

    And, of course, the Del Ray Farmer's Market is rain or shine, every Saturday from 8am to 12pm!

    See you on the Avenue this weekend!


  • May 01, 2017 10:44 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The Del Ray Business Association is thrilled to welcome Dolce and Bean Confectionary Boutique to Mount Vernon Avenue!  The family-owned dessert shop will host its Mayoral ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 6 at 4:30pm, with sampling throughout the day. Dolce and Bean is located at 2003A Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

         "Our artisans were hand-selected, and are respected and well-known professionals at their craft," said Dolce and Bean owner Cookie Seifu. "While we take the quality of our products very seriously, we know how to satisfy even the sweetest sweet tooth, and work to create treats that add fun and excitement for kids and adults alike.”

        As part of the grand opening celebration, Dolce and Bean will hold a drawing for gift certificates plus a “Good Eats and Sweet Treats” grand prize -- dinner at a four four to a Del Ray restaurant plus a guided dessert tour.  

        “Just as with wine, every person has a taste profile when it comes to sweets," said Seifu. "The contest winner and guests will be given a ‘taste-tour’ to learn more about their preferences, and how to pair various confections with different food and drink.”

        To enter the drawing, register in-store, or by “liking” the Dolce and Bean Facebook page.  

         Dolce and Bean focuses on providing excitement and variety in fine desserts, including authentic French Macarons, Belgian chocolates, and authentic, slow churned gelato. The boutique has both gluten-free and vegan options, plus premium coffee beverages and pure sugar cane fountain sodas. The Dolce and Bean Confectionary Boutique offers catering for special events and gatherings, as well as special occasion gift baskets. 

       “We are very excited to be doing business in Alexandria, and serving the Del Rey area, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. We hope to be providing an exceptional dessert experience to the community for years to come, but especially to mothers this May 14th," said Seifu.

       From Neuhaus Beligian chocolates, to authentic French pastries, indulgent gelato and coffee, Dolce and Bean is a one- stop shop for an immediate sweet delight, that perfect gift, or a trusted partner to cater and enhance your next event or gathering.  

        Dolce and Bean is located at 2003A Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit dolceandbean.com.


  • April 27, 2017 9:35 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Del Ray, one of the most dog-friendly neighborhoods in the region, highlights "Dog Days in Del Ray" during its May First Thursday.  The monthly street festival takes place on May 4 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

        Bring your favorite four-legged friend out to the Avenue for a wide variety of canine-themed activities for dogs (and their humans!), including: 

    • Pet adoption information from Homeward Trails, Operation Paws, Lu’s Labs Labrador Retriever Rescue, Pet Rescue Alliance, and Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
    • Obstacle Course hosted by Your Dog's Best Friends at the Bean Creative lot
    • Conditioning & Training with Wholistic Hound's Sandy Modell located at the breezeway near The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray
    • Musical Matts/Tug-a-war hosted by Your Dog's Best Friends at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square
    • Smooch-a- Pooch hosted by Your Dog's Best Friends in front of The Dog Store
    • Bark & Grilllll hosted by Your Dog's Best Friends in front of The Dog Store
    • Spin Wheel hosted by Your Dog's Best Friends at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square'
    • "Pet planning" -- information on taking care of your pets in your estate planning with attorney Lonnie Rich
    • Dog Tails -- storytime with Duncan Library at the Bean Creative lot
    • Face painting in front of Bellies and Babies
    • Dog Art with Friends of Guest House in front of The Department of Human Services
    • And treats for humans, too -- including dog bone-shaped cornbread with whipped honey butter from Northside 10, in front of Pork Barrel BBQ

        Participants are encouraged to bring unopened dog or cat food (especially cat food for nursing mothers and kittens); training treats for dogs; or KONGS, unused nylabones, Greenies pill pockets, or Martingale collars to support the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.  The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria provides shelter to animals in need and promotes adoptions, animal welfare, and responsible pet ownership in the Alexandria community. Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at Mt. Vernon & Oxford Avenues.  For more information on the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, visit www.alexandriaanimals.org.

        Held the first Thursday 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 Your Dog's Best Friend.

  • April 06, 2017 3:36 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         Hold on to your hats!  Due to inclement weather, First Thursday will be postponed until Thursday, April 13 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue.  The event is free and open to all. 

         Wear your favorite hat, Easter bonnet, or crazy hat day-inspired creation, and stroll the Avenue for the theme "Hats Along the Avenue."  The event features live music; a photo booth; children's activities, including hat-making with Upcycle Creative Reuse Center at Bellies and Babies Consignment Boutique; and more. Pets are welcome.

        Participants are encouraged to bring donations of painting supplies, hammers, screwdrivers, bits, drills, small step stools, shovels, and rakes to the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues for Rebuilding Together Alexandria.  Rebuilding Together Alexandria volunteers repair and rehabilitate homes free of cost for those in need, including the elderly, persons with disabilities, military veterans, and families with children. Together, the Del Ray Business Association and the Del Ray Citizens Association will help rebuild a home in Del Ray on National Rebuilding Day, April 29.  
    For more information on Rebuilding Together Alexandria, visit www.rebuildingtogetheralex.org.

         "Our businesses and volunteers are proud to be a part of this important initiative, which directly benefits our neighbors in need right here in Del Ray," said Del Ray Business Association President Dennis Belmont.

        Held the first Thursday 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.  


  • March 23, 2017 7:27 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Image result for rebuilding together alexandria    With the arrival of Spring, the to-do list of home improvement and garden projects grows.  The Del Ray Business Association and the Del Ray Citizens Association are joining forces with Rebuilding Together Alexandria to ease that burden for residents in the City of Alexandria, as part of the April 29 National Rebuilding Day.
         "Our businesses and volunteers are proud to be a part of this important initiative, which directly benefits our neighbors in need right here in Del Ray," said Del Ray Business Association President Dennis Belmont.
         During National Rebuilding Day, thousands of volunteers across the nation repair and rehabilitate homes free of cost for those in need, including the elderly, persons with disabilities, military veterans, and families with children.
         "Among the core missions of the citizens' association are enhancing the quality of life in Del Ray and stimulating community engagement," said Del Ray Citizens Association President Rod Kuckro. "This project serves both of those goals, not to mention that it's going to be a lot of fun!"
         Whether being a part of fundraising, planning, or actual building, there are plenty of ways to be involved:

    • Raise a Glass to Raise a Roof: Join the Del Ray Business Association for a spring bar crawl down Mount Vernon Avenue to benefit Rebuilding Together Alexandria.  Wristbands are $10, with all proceeds benefiting Rebuilding Together Alexandria.  Click here for tickets.

    • First Thursday: Del Ray's series of monthly street festivals returns on Thursday, April 6, benefiting Rebuilding Together Alexandria.  With the theme "Hats On The Avenue," participants are urged to wear their favorite hat, Easter bonnet, or crazy-hat-day inspired creation for a free street festival along Mount Vernon Avenue from 6pm to dusk.  The event is free and open to all; participants are encouraged to bring donations of painting supplies, hammers, screwdrivers, bits, drills, small step stools, shovels, and rakes to the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.

    • National Rebuilding Day: Volunteers are needed on National Rebuilding Day on April 29 to help rehabilitate a Del Ray home. All skill levels are welcome!  Contact Lauren Fisher at drlaurenfisher@gmail.com to help.
  • February 17, 2017 10:04 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

       From Feb. 17-26, 2017, select Alexandria restaurants will feature a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week; some restaurants will also offer lunch specials.  The week-long event showcases the inventiveness of local chefs in neighborhoods throughout the City of Alexandria. 

        Click here for menu details, reservations, and more.  Participating Del Ray restaurants:

    • Bombay Curry Company, 2607 Mount Vernon Avenue
    • Cheesetique, 2411 Mount Vernon Avenue
    • Del Ray Cafe, 205 E. Howell Avenue
    • Evening Star Cafe, 2000 Mount Vernon Avenue
    • FireFlies Bar & Restaurant, 1501 Mount Vernon Avenue
    • Live Oak Restaurant, 1603 Commonwealth Ave
    • Northside 10, 10 E Glebe Rd
    • the sushi bar, 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue
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