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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 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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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 | 0 comments

MV Big Flea This Saturday

MV Big Flea This Saturday

The annual MV Big Flea, the huge sale benefiting the Mount Vernon Community School, is this Saturday, April 29 and we couldn’t be more excited! Here’s what you need to know. Schedule: 7 a.m. Early-bird admittance with $10 entry fee 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. General admittance with no entry fee 11:30 a.m. Everything is half off (except nothing is less than $1) 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Everything is free with a $5 entry fee Location: The MV Big Flea will take place at the Mount Vernon Rec Center in Del Ray at 2701 Commonwealth Ave. What You Will Find: We’ve posted a few times about the items that have been collected — furniture, antiques, bikes, baby gear, household items, toys, garden and tools, appliances, decor, etc. — but there’s so much more to discover. The Flea had its largest storage unit of all time this year and is bursting with great stuff. Our Advice: Get there for the early-bird hour (it’s worth the $10 entrance fee), find...

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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 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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