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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: July 31-Aug. 9

Events in and near Alexandria and Mount Vernon.

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Alexandria: The World of Accordion

City hosts the accordionists’ festival.

The performers hugged their bellows, and like a sigh of relief, the instrument breathed out its reedy melody. The New Jersey-based all-accordion orchestra, made up of 25 men and women, performed at the Holiday Inn ballroom, in front of fans, family, and fellow musicians at the American Accordionists’ Association Festival, July 8-12.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon: July 24-Aug. 2

Events near Alexandria and Mount Vernon, Va.

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Alexandria: ‘Listening’ to Vesey Folk Opera

At Black History Museum

"It was a much-needed break from technopoly," said one theatregoer at a recent Wednesday evening at The Black History Museum in Alexandria. Technopoly is a term often used today to describe how technology monopolizes our daily lives.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: July 17-26

Events in Alexandria & Mount Vernon this week.

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Alexandria: Mourning Loss of Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

Filmmaker, arts advocate dies at 47

Sydney-Chanele Dawkins, an award-winning filmmaker, film festival producer and former chair of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, died July 8 at her home in Alexandria of complications from breast cancer. She was 47 years old.

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Alexandria: City Celebrates 266th Birthday

ASO, fireworks highlight festivities.

The City of Alexandria celebrated its 266th birthday July 11 as more than 15,000 people enjoyed food, music and fireworks at Oronoco Bay Park.

Alexandria: Gathering Includes Banjos and Poetry

At “Wailin’ Ghosts of the Civil War,” a small group of Alexandrians gathered to hear the music and poetry of the Civil War on July 9 at the Athenaeum. Edgar Poe, a South Carolinian banjo player, performed songs from the Civil War between poetry from the era read by Peter Lattu, a local poet.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: July 10-12

Events in or near Alexandria and Mount Vernon, Va.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon: Beer and Barbecue at Bilbo Baggins

In the Kitchen

Ancho chili pepper, garlic and onion powder are poured into the large aluminum pot already simmering with ketchup, vinegar and leftover pork drippings.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: July 3-5

Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon for the July 4 weekend.

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ACCT Stages ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’

Comedy tells of efficiency expert who raises a family with 12 children.

Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT) is staging the light-hearted classic comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen" July 3-19 in Alexandria.

Alexandria: Going the Distance for City’s Children

Parks, play and promising futures.

Summer vacation season is upon us. Vacations are not just fun, but can also be important for our health. We can return from time away with a renewed sense of vigor, fresh perspectives, and increased mental acuity. A break from the daily grind can relieve stress and increase productivity in all of us.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: June 26-28

Events in the Alexandria/Mount Vernon areas this weekend.

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Alexandria: Lodato Memorial Playground Now Open

The new accessible playground, named after Ruthanne Lodato, an Alexandria piano and music teacher who was an active supporter of Alexandria’s special needs community, is officially open.

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