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Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 | 2 comments

Event: Local Motion Project’s Poetry in Motion

Event: Local Motion Project’s Poetry in Motion

What happens when poetry and dance collide? Sara Lavan, Alexandria resident and owner of the dance studio Local Motion, is excited to show you the connections that happen, in a student performance this Sunday, June 11. (Note that photographer Nate Laird took the photos in this post.) “Poetry in Motion” features Alexandria Poet Laureate Wendi Kaplan as a guest reader, with dances choreographed by students. Each dance reflects their ideas, hard work, and inspired explorations. “At Local Motion Project,” says Sara, “our goal is to give kids a fun and supportive place to move, dance, and explore. We believe that by providing a holistic approach to dance education, we expose our community to the social, emotional, mental, and physical benefits of dance. The curriculum is designed to stimulate both a child’s mental and physical development.” When: Sunday, June 11th from 3-4 p.m. Where: The Mount Vernon Community School To buy tickets, see the Eventbrite page. For ages 5-17: $5 All others: $10 For more information about the Local Motion...

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Posted by on May 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Make Your Own Flag of Hope

Make Your Own Flag of Hope

You may have seen a string of brightly colored flags hanging overhead on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray since mid-May, a gift to Alexandria from a community group in Whitefish, Montana. They’re Flags of Hope, painted by hand, and designed to “allow messages of harmony to be blown across the land.” This Thursday, June 1, alongside Bean Creative on 201 E. Del Ray Avenue from 6 p.m. to dusk, you can make your own 11 x 11 inch flag! Come with an idea for an artwork that expresses love, hope, harmony, peace, and tolerance to paint with acrylics. They will hang on a new string of flags for our community, and later move to another town in the United States. The Flags of Hope public art activity is a part of Del Ray’s “First Thursday” all along Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals...

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Posted by on May 18, 2017 | 1 comment

Scenes from La Bella Strada 2017

Scenes from La Bella Strada 2017

We had such a great time walking up and down Mt Vernon Avenue this past weekend watching as empty squares on the sidewalk transformed into works of chalk art. The second annual La Bella Strada street painting festival took place on Sunday drawing crowds who came to admire the street art and make their own art too. La Bella Strada is modeled after an ancient Italian art form and is a fundraiser for The Del Ray Montessori School. Local artists volunteered their time and talent and local businesses sponsored the artists. If you missed it, don’t worry, the art is still there, just get to the Avenue before it rains! Here’s a few dozen photos from the event. Which design was your favorite? For more about La Bella Strada including details about the featured artists and their other areas of expertise, visit www.labellastradadelray.com. Stay tuned for info about La Bella Strada...

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Posted by on May 11, 2017 | 0 comments

This Weekend: La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival

This Weekend: La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival

We’re so excited about the La Bella Strada street art festival this weekend. Last year it was so much fun to walk along Mt. Vernon Avenue and watch as the artists created beautiful paintings directly on the sidewalk with professional-grade chalk. The event takes place Saturday, May 13 from 9-3 Sunday, May 14 from 9-3 and raises money for The Del Ray Montessori School. More than 22 artists will create 5×5 and 10×10 foot square chalk paintings along the sidewalk. Several members of the Del Ray Artisans are sharing their talent this year, such as Melanie Bikowski, Karen Laurie Thomas, Pamela Underhill, Jeff Lodge, and Margaret Wohler, as well as artists who study or work at the Torpedo Factory Art League in Old Town. For the full roster of artists from Alexandria and D.C., see the La Bella Strada artists page. The festival is also hosting other fun activities: In the Bean Creative field opposite Mind the Mat yoga studio: face painting for kids, Del Ray School of Musics’...

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Posted by on May 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Introducing the Reusable Takeout Container Initiative

Introducing the Reusable Takeout Container Initiative

There’s an exciting new eco-friendly project launching in Del Ray this month and it’s the idea of Del Ray residents and T.C. Williams sophomores Leila Rasmussen, Elspeth Collard, and Bridget Williams. As part of a STEM program project, the students devised a way to reduce the amount of waste created by takeout containers. The program, the Reusable Takeout Container Initiative (RTC), is similar to the concept of bringing your own shopping bags to grocery stores. Consumers purchase a sturdy, bpa-free, microwave- and dishwasher-safe 3-part container for $5 that they can use at participating restaurants. Every time you use your container for a takeout order or to bring leftovers home, you get 10% off your meal. Pork Barrel BBQ’s Bill Blackburn and Taqueria el Poblano’s Jeff Wallingford were the first to sign on. Los Tios is also participating. Wallingford says, “Bill and I discussed it and thought it was a great idea and that there would be certain economies of scale and a synergy that we could work on and hopefully...

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