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Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Call to Artists: La Bella Strada Chalk Painting Festival

Call to Artists: La Bella Strada Chalk Painting Festival

The second annual chalk painting festival in Del Ray – La Bella Strada – is coming up on Saturday May 13 where Mt. Vernon Avenue turns into a giant gallery of vibrant chalk art. Do you want to participate as an artist or know anyone who does? The festival organizers are in search of a few more artists to share their talent. Artists receive Prang artist-grade chalk and other supplies to use to paint either a 5 x 5 foot or 10 x 10 foot square, sponsored by a local business. Artists also receive promotion on the event website and social media leading up to, during, and after the event. There’s a happy hour at Del Ray Artisans following the event to say thanks and give artists and event volunteers a chance to relax and swap stories from their day. Many of the artists who participated in the first annual La Bella Strada shared how much they loved the event and are coming back again. As one artist said,...

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 | 1 comment

DIY Pets: Making Raw Dog Food

DIY Pets: Making Raw Dog Food

I recently started making my dog Star’s food using mostly raw ingredients. Having heard about how healthy a raw food diet can be for pets, I wanted to give it a try. Almost immediately, we saw a difference in Star’s coat. She even started getting compliments on how glossy it looks. She looks younger than her 10 years too. I started transitioning Star from kibble to raw food by buying the prepackaged raw food from the pet store (Nature’s Nibbles) and mixing it into the kibble until she got used to the change. To make my own raw food from scratch, the owner of Nature’s Nibbles recommended that I watch this how-to video by pet nutrition blogger, Rodney Habib. (If you watch, the how-to portion starts at around 45 seconds in.) What’s in her meal above is about 1-2 cups of raw 95% lean beef, a tiny bit of cooked chicken, a couple of sardines from a can, a raw egg, some cooked sweet potato, hemp seeds (and a...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 | 0 comments

More Fab Finds from the MV Big Flea

More Fab Finds from the MV Big Flea

After last weekend’s donation drop off, the MV Big Flea storage facility at 444 Swann Ave. is busting with new merchandise! If you’re unfamiliar with the Flea, it’s an annual fundraiser for the Mount Vernon Community School. Volunteers collect unwanted furniture and household items and then resell them at a huge flea market at the Mt Vernon Rec Center on April 29. But you don’t have to wait until April 29 to snatch up the bargains. Just come to any of their donation drop offs (the next one is this Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) to browse the inventory. Here’s a peek at the vast selection we saw last weekend. There’s a ton of furniture, household items, appliances, toys, sporting equipment, lighting and electronics, garden supplies, vintage treasures and more — this is just the beginning. See something you like? Come to the showroom this Saturday or contact mvbigfleadonations@gmail.com — tell them you saw some fab finds on DIY Del Ray! Here’s the final Flea...

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Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 | 0 comments

Register Now: Street Chalk Painting Workshop

Register Now: Street Chalk Painting Workshop

Last May, The Del Ray Montessori School hosted La Bella Strada, an Italian street art festival, where professional and amateur artists from around the area created chalk masterpieces up and down Mt. Vernon Ave. The event is a fundraiser for the school. This year, La Bella Strada will take place on May 13 and all are welcome to participate. For anyone unfamiliar with chalk as an art medium, La Bella Strada organizers have arranged a chalk art workshop on April 29 led by local artist Patrick Kirwin. You’ve probably seen artist Patrick’s work all over Del Ray. He painted the outdoor market scene on the side of VéloCity bicycle co-op, along with children from the Community Kids Club, a group of nine 4th and 5th graders from Mount Vernon Community School. And during the winter he painted several of the winter wonderland window scenes in shops along the Avenue. Last year, Patrick was also a featured artist at La Bella Strada, creating a magnificent hippo and a crocodile and...

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Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 | 1 comment

Latest Finds from the MV Big Flea

Latest Finds from the MV Big Flea

Since we last posted about the MV Big Flea in January, there is a ton of new merchandise at the storage unit on Swann Ave. Volunteers will be collecting donations of used furniture and household items until the end of April, when everything will be sold at the Mount Vernon Rec Center to raise money for the Mount Vernon Community School. There is a wide selection of furniture — antique, vintage and modern. Some items need a dusting, some a new coat of paint, others are ready to go as is. This vintage glider is truly amazing — the green vinyl is in excellent condition, the metal frame could just use a coat of paint. It also converts into a full-sized bed, perfect for a summer sleeping porch. And speaking of vintage, check out this kitchen table. It has chairs, but they need repairs to the seat cushions. The toy and homewares sections have exploded since our last visit too. This is only a fraction of what the Flea...

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