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Alexandria: ‘Cherry Challenge’ Winners

The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee announced the winners of the eighth annual “Cherry Challenge.” The Cherry Challenge took place between Jan. 28 and Feb. 11 in 53 Alexandria restaurants. It featured cherry-inspired dishes, appetizers, drinks, and desserts created by the restaurant chefs. Some of the restaurants have competed in the past, but there were many restaurants new to the competition this year.

Alexandria Snapshot: House Sparrow

12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6: A house sparrow keeps watch from a cottage window in Northridge.

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Alexandria: Splash with DASH

DASH to operate free service on pool bus route.

The Alexandria Transit Company (DASH), in partnership with the Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics, and the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities, revealed a new initiative to get families and children to the Old Town Pool this summer. More than 20 local businesses, along with the support of the USA Swimming Foundation – Make a Splash, are sponsoring free rides during July and August on DASH’s AT10 route.

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Alexandria: Brunch Benefits Surgical Services

The Board of Lady Managers held its annual brunch on June 21 at the Union Street Public House. The brunch raised funds for the purchase of two state-of-the art neurology microscopes for Inova Alexandria Hospital Surgical Services. So far over $5,000 has been raised towards the goal of $640,000.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Disability Awareness Awards

Mayor Bill Euille and Alexandria Chamber of Commerce chair Walter Clarke congratulate the 2015 Alexandria Commission of Persons with Disabilities award recipients: Donna Shaw of Senior Services of Alexandria, Dave Hammond of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Bishop Ireton graduate Iman Smallwood, Mary Lee Anderson of Senior Services of Alexandria and former ACPD chair Chuck Benaugh.

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Historic Alexandria Foundation Distributes Funds, Plaques

Harriet and Tom Lankford opened up the gardens and pool house at their home “Clarens” for members and guests of the Historic Alexandria Foundation (HAF) on Sunday afternoon, June 7.

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Alexandria: Campagna Center Goes Platinum

The Campagna Center celebrated 70 years of service and positive change within the Alexandria community May 9.

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Child & Family Network Center's Annual Multicultural Celebration

The Child & Family Network Centers hosted its 12th Annual Multicultural Celebration in the parking lot at the Birchmere on May 26.

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Alexandria: Memorial Day at Rocky Versace Plaza

The sounds of trumpets and flutes rose in the air as the musical prelude to the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the Captain Rocky Versace Place began on Monday morning, May 25.

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Volunteers Gather to Pay Tribute to Fallen Soldiers

Dozens of volunteers gathered in Ivy Hill Cemetery on Sunday, May 17, to decorate the 661 identified graves of veterans for Memorial Day.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

PIctures from the 2015 Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria.

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Presenting 5th Season of the Hammond Hammerheads in Alexandria

The Hammond Hammerheads joined blues artist and musician Curtis Blues for a musical assembly and concert on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 25 at the middle school.

Arlington Atheletes Participating in 30th Annual Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints

More than 1,700 rowers from 13 states and the District of Columbia participated in the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints on Saturday, Jan. 31 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.

Wintry Snapshot in Arlington Cemetery

Stopping by a snowy cemetery....

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Alexandria: Final Performances

The 2015 cast of Aldersgate Church Community Theatre presents the final performances of their production of “Shrek, Jr.” this weekend. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday evenings, Jan. 23 and 24 at 7:30 and Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. A special matinee performance is on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1071559

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‘The Journey to be Free’ in Alexandria

It was standing room only in City Council Chambers as the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. poster exhibition program began on Monday afternoon. The contest, originating in 1990 by the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black History, Inc. (ASPBH, Inc.), highlights the artwork of Alexandria City Public School students.

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Celebrating Life of Aldo Leopold in Alexandria

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust sponsored a Read-a-Thon in honor of the 128th birthday of environmentalist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 10.

Masonic Memorial in Alexandria Turns Blue

In recognition of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, the George Washington Masonic Memorial was illuminated in blue throughout the evening of Friday, Jan. 9 to show support for Alexandria's law enforcement officers and Project Blue Light.

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Alexandria: Saved from Dog Meat Farm

Rescued dogs from Korea arrive at animal shelter.

The vans pulled up a little after 8 p.m. at the delivery doors of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter on Monday evening, Jan. 5. Eleven large traveling crates were removed and brought indoors.

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Alexandria: Thousands Turn Out for 2014 Turkey Trot

Two days out from Thanksgiving, more than 5,000 people had registered for the annual Turkey Trot in Alexandria.

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Alexandria: Raising the Bar on Giving

For the 4th year, Keller Williams Realty has reached out and given back to the community at Thanksgiving.

Alexandria: Decorate Those Doors

Members of the Old Town Walled Garden Club will be strolling down the streets of the Old and Historic District of Alexandria the week of Dec. 7, identifying the most striking door decorations in town, and choosing the winners of the 47th Annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest.

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Alexandria: Annie B. Rose Crafters

Dozens and dozens of brightly colored knitted caps filled the table beside a Christmas tree in the lobby of the Annie B. Rose House on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 2.

At Firehouse Open House

Mekhai Goodwin gets a feel for the weight of the fire hose that the firefighters carry into burning houses and buildings. Hundreds of residents toured the nine Alexandria Fire Stations during the annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 11.

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Art on the Avenue

Pictures from Art on the Avenue

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73rd Annual TWIG Historic Homes Tour

Six historic Alexandria homes are featured on the 73rd annual TWIG Home Tour on Saturday, Sept. 27. The tour includes a recently restored home on the National Register of Historic Places that was home of George Lewis Seaton.

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Mount Vernon Nights

The Annandale Brass took the stage at Grist Mill Park to perform “A Slice of Americana” on Friday evening, July 11.

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Car Wash For a Cause

There was no shortage of suds as volunteers for the Unity Day Festival washed cars in the parking lot of Advanced Auto Parts...

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Alexandria Celebrates Its 265th

The City of Alexandria hosted its annual birthday celebration at Oronoco Bay Park on Saturday evening, July 12.

Carlyle Hosts Food & Wine Festival

The Alexandria Food & Wine Festival returned to Carlyle on Saturday afternoon, June 21.

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5th Annual Youth Arts Festival

Visual and performing arts by Alexandria’s youth were showcased at the 5th annual Youth Arts and Father’s Day Festival on Saturday afternoon, June 7.

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Savoring the Taste of Del Ray

The West Potomac Business Association hosted the annual Taste of Del Ray on Sunday afternoon, June 8, in the parking lot behind the United Bank in Del Ray.

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Historic Alexandria Foundation Hosts Garden Party

The garden at The Lord Fairfax House on Cameron Street overflowed with guests at the annual meeting and garden party of the Historic Alexandria Foundation on Sunday afternoon, June 8.

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Remembering ‘Miz Virginia’

Friends and family and T.C. Williams High School alumni gathered in the high school for a reception and presentation honoring longtime ACPS school nurse Virginia Smith on Saturday afternoon, May 10.

Alexandria Community Trust Turns Ten

Hundreds of residents attended the ACT Birthday and Barbeque Bash at the Waterfront Market & Café...

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2014 Nonprofit Leaders Honored

The 16th annual Alexandria Business Philanthropy Summit was held May 7 as Volunteer Alexandria honored five individuals for their service to the community. Held at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, more than 250 people turned out for the event that featured former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as the keynote speaker.

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TC HostsTitan Expo

Pies were flying, along with rubbers chickens and baseballs, as the games got underway at the annual T.C. Williams Titan Expo...

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Earth Day in Alexandria

The annual festival opened up last month in Ben Brenman Park at 10 a.m. with greetings and a showcase of Alexandria City Public Schools students displaying and performing their ideas on upcycling in the performing arts, literature and fashion.

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Lyles-Crouch Students Perform for the Animals

Students took the stage singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and more to benefit the animals at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria in February at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy.

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Alexandria Historic Homes and Garden Tour

Celebrating the 81st anniversary of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, this year’s tour features five privately owned Old Town homes and gardens in the southeast quadrant plus free admission to local historic properties Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden, Carlyle House Historic Park and George Washington's Mount Vernon.

Enjoying the 4th Annual Mardi Growl

Colorful boas and festival masks greeted the guests arriving at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on April 2 for the 4th annual Mardi Growl benefiting the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Spring2ACTion Raises $1,031,282

Fundraiser Benefits Nonprofits

Alexandria's annual online giving day, Spring2ACTion, generated a record-breaking $1,031,282 for 121 Alexandria nonprofits in 24 hours on April 9.

African American Heritage Tour Stops in Alexandria

“Welcome to Alexandria,” called out the Alexandria Town Crier as 200-plus visitors stepped out of four tour buses at the Charles Houston Recreation Center last month.

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Kicking Off the 19th Annual Kick Butts Day

Nearly 30 members of the Influence Club at T.C. Williams High School participated in a walking tobacco audit of local stores on March 19.

Sledders Enjoy the Snow

Sledders of all ages took to the hillside beneath the George Washington Masonic Temple on Monday, March 17, enjoying the newly fallen snow.

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15th Biennial Ikebana Show at the Art League

Twenty-five members of the Washington, D.C., branch of the Sogetsu School participated in the 15th biennial Ikebana Show at the Art League in the Torpedo Factory last week.

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Revealing Wonders of Science

McLean High School student Shivani Gupta started off an afternoon session of Wonders of Science at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop on Feb. 1 with examples of bones and fossils that she collected as an 18th century natural scientist.

Gala Raises $125,000 for Center

The Center for Alexandria’s Children, a public-private partnership that serves abused and neglected children, raised a record $125,000 in proceeds at its Fifth Annual Gala Benefit on Friday, Feb. 28, at Virtue Feed & Grain in Old Town.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fun Dog Show

Dr. Katy Nelson and Capitol Heel co-owner Bobby Mahoney took the stage at Market Square on Saturday morning, Match 1, announcing the start of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fun Dog Show. The canines were all registered and local Scout troops volunteered to escort the groups. Judging this year for people’s choice used an applause meter.

Explore Offerings at City’s Recreation Centers

Winter classes and club activities are underway at most of the city’s recreation centers.

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