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Nov 29, 2013

You’ve been waiting all year and now it’s time to welcome Santa Claus to Alexandria! Here’s where you’ll find the big man in town!


Alexandria Tree Lighting Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m., Old Town Alexandria’s Market Square (301 King Street). Celebrate the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine. Mayor Bill Euille and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will light the city’s tree and there will be a community singalong with the Alexandria Harmonizers and the Alexandria Choral Society.

Light Up the Village at Shirlington: Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Shirlington. Families are invited to take photos with Shirlington’s Santa Claus and participate in activities for children. Horse-drawn carriage rides through the village will also be available.

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Del Ray Tree Lighting and LuminariasFriday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. Alexandria’s Del Ray community will come together at the corner of Mount Vernon and E. Oxford Avenues to sing carols light the neighborhood tree. Santa is expected to drop by and will likely be available for photos. Mount Vernon Avenue will be lit with hundreds of luminarias.

Breakfast with Santa at Union St. Public House: Breakfast is table-service and we will have a very special menu, including some all-time favorites like Eggs Benedict and Belgian Malted Waffles. Only $13.50 per child and $22 per adult. Cost includes breakfast, milk, soda, coffee, tea, tax, gratuity, and, of course, a visit with Santa. Six seatings each day starting at 8:30 am.

Landmark Mall: Visit Santa in the Center Court any day until Dec. 24th

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Santa Claus is Coming to Old Town: Santa and Mrs. Claus are back in Old Town Alexandria to take pictures with children every Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This opportunity is presented by the Old Town Boutique District in partnership with the City of Alexandria and the support of area businesses.

See Santa at Pentagon City: Santa even has special hours for photos with pets! He takes breaks to feed the reindeer at 1 and 5 p.m. More info here.

Scottish Walk Parade: The Campagna Center’s Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend and Parade draws nearly 30,000 individuals and families. Tourists travel from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to participate in this celebrated community event. More than 100 Scottish Clans, pipe and drum bands, Scottish dancers, re-enactment groups, Scottie dogs, dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus will march through the streets of Old Town. Parade begins at St. Asaph and Wolfe St.santa 4

Breakfast with Santa: Join Del Ray United Methodist Church’s Free Annual Breakfast with Santa on Sat., Dec. 7th at 9 a.m.

Visit Mrs. Claus: Greenstreet Gardens at 1721 W Braddock Rd will have a fun twist on visiting Santa. Visit their open house on Saturday, Dec. 30th and meet Mrs. Claus.  Have your picture taken with her and give her your letter for Santa.

Whistle Stop Toys and Hobbies: Santa is coming to Whistle Stop Toys and Hobbies on Friday, November 29th. Along with Mrs. Claus and one of his cute little elves! Come take a picture with him and enjoy some holiday cheer!

Brunch with Santa at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon CityEnjoy holiday brunch with a very special guest, Santa Clause! Sing your favorite holiday tunes along with our Christmas carolers, and receive a special gift. Reservations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nov 22, 2013

St. Mary’s Annual Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday from 10 AM 4 PM at 400 Green Street.This year, the Christmas Bazaar will feature over 60 of the region’s most popular vendors specializing in arts, jewelry, ceramics, clothing, and more. In addition, the event will include a bake sale and Christmas Cafe featuring the best of Alexandria’s restaurants. There will also be children’s games with prizes, children’s activities, gingerbread cookie decorating and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There is no admission charge & fun for the entire family.bazar

Mr Knick Knack will be doing a special performance at King Street Blues on Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. Mr. Knick Knack! is truly one of the leaders of the indie family music scene in the Washington DC area, melting hearts with his infectious original songs focusing on the fundamentals of family, love, and overcoming fear.thanksgiving

 Upcycle Creative Reuse Center will have Calligraphy & card making on Sat., 11-23. Sarah Bohl will demonstrate ways to jazz up holiday envelopes! RSVP to Kelley at to reserve your own pens to take home: $8 for a black pen and a white gel pen.

Join Duncan Library on Saturday for a special Thanksgiving story time at 10:30 AM & 3:30 PM

This is the final weekend to catch Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theater’s production of Disney’s High School Musical. Performances on Saturday and Sunday.


Nov 05, 2013

I see so many requests on the Alexandria List Servs for play groups so I thought I’d put together a list of groups that parents can participate in. I know one of the best things a friend did for me as a new mother was to pass along information about Inova Alexandria’s new mom’s group. This was such a fantastic resource and led to lasting friendships with other first time mothers. There are so many types of groups for all kinds of different parents and kids. Please feel free to share other groups that I may have missed!

First Baptist Church of Alexandria MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and exists to encourage, equip, and help women become the best moms that they can be! Women who are pregnant or have young children (birth through kindergarten) are all invited to join MOPS.

A typical MOPS meeting includes a time of sharing food and conversation followed by a presentation of information relevant to mothers raising preschoolers. The group covers subjects such as childrearing, marriage, relationships, cooking, and homemaking from a Biblical perspective. Sometimes we complete an easy creative activity to be brought home. At each meeting, there is time for small discussion groups to interact, thus allowing time for deepening friendships and individual growth.

Children are cared for during MOPS meetings in a parallel program called MOPPETS, available to children 5 years old and younger.

There is a registration fee per semester of $75 with childcare and $55 without. The cost includes registration with MOPS International, childcare, plus crafts and speakers. Scholarships and/or discounts may be available depending on your level of involvement.

Downtown Baptist Church MOPS

Downtown Baptist Church MOPS group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. You can register online by click here. If you need more info contact the church office. MOPS Membership Fee – $40.00

Fairlington Moms Club

Members and their children participate in fun activities, service projects, Parent’s Night Out, meetings with interesting speakers and discussions, and groups such as our walking, dinner, and book clubs. Our weekly age-specific playgroups start as young as birth and go up to 3+ years old. Playgroups are wonderful for kids, but they also offer parents a chance to find support and friendship. They host a variety of activities for children, including outings to local nature centers and parks, ice cream shops, the children’s library, and more. We also host larger quarterly parties, such as our popular summer picnic and Halloween party. The whole family is encouraged to attend! To give an opportunity for parents to get out of the house, we also get together for Parent’s Night Out about once a month, such as our holiday cookie exchange, game and movie nights, and our book and dinner clubs. They host speakers to present on topics of interest to parents including separation anxiety, nutrition, early childhood literacy, positive discipline, and even wardrobe styling for busy moms.

Parents and parents-to-be are welcome to join us for general meetings which are held the second Wednesday of every month at 4pm at the Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford St). Children are always welcome.

Alexandria Moms and Play Group

This is a Yahoo group which is a group of women with children of all ages who like to chat and have fun. Our members live in both Alexandria City and Alexandria, Fairfax County. This includes Del Ray, Old Town, Mt. Vernon, Franconia, and beyond. We do not have member requirements or fees, so our group fits into the flexibility needed for most family lives. The purpose of the group is to make friends and get together for various activities and playgroups. We do not allow advertising or for-sale posts. If you are interested in joining this group, please click Join and fill out a brief survey.

Joy Troupe’s Little Lambs Playgroup

This group is for Alexandria, Landmark, Kingstowne Moms & Kids. Are you looking for an active playgroup? This all-ages play group hosts Alexandria area activities every week!

If it’s fun and it happens around Alexandria, Franconia, Landmark, and Kingstowne, we are up for it! Park days, story times, indoor play, and more. Join now to get in on the fun!

Stroller Strides

Meets at Ladmark Mall and Nannie Lee Center. Stroller Strides® is the country’s largest stroller fitness program for moms offering pre and post-natal fitness classes for every stage of motherhood.

Mother’s Play Group

Infant to 4 years old – Meets at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center on Wednesdays from 10-11:30 am. Parents and children interact with others through play and activities. Ideal for the development of socialization skills. Free to City residents only.

Baby Talk Moms (Alexandria New & Expecting Moms)

Baby Talk Moms is a community of new moms who are in the same stage in life as you. We understand just how difficult it is to be a new mom! You probably feel as though you are on unfamiliar ground, motherhood may not be what you had expected, you’re tired (really, really, TIRED!), and nobody understands exactly what you are going through! We’re here to help! Think of us as your “Mommy Consultants,” we provide you with the tools you need to connect with other new moms who really understand you; visit our blog to read about real first-hand experiences from new moms, take a look at our public forum to view hot parenting topics or join one of our mommy groups to meet one-on-one with other new moms! Want to learn more? Keep reading!

Inova Alexandria Hospital New Moms Group

Drop in to the New Moms Group when you are ready to meet new friends and talk about the challenges and joys of being a new mom. There is an experienced maternal-infant health educator facilitating the informal discussion.There is no fee for participating in the group. Babies are welcome!

The group meets on Tuesdays, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Inova Alexandria

There are tons of Meetup groups that are being formed daily. Here are a few of the popular groups:

Alexandria Moms and Playgroup

We are Alexandria Moms whose children are between birth and four years old who are looking to make friends with other moms and find great playgroups and activites for our kids. Our events are member generated and hosted. The more active you are – the more successful we will be as a group! $5 dues

Del Ray & Old Town Parents Activity Group

Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you want to stay home all the time! This group welcomes parents in the Del Ray (and surrounding) neighborhoods who are looking to meet other couples with young children. We will plan dinners outdoors and at family friendly (but not lame!) restaurants, park and picnic playdates, museums, ice cream nights as well as some wine nights 🙂

Mocha Moms of Alexandria, VA

Mocha Moms is a support group for mothers of color who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families and communities. While many of our members have eliminated employment altogether, others work part-time, flex-time, night shifts, have home-based businesses, consult or freelance from home or have chosen alternative, less demanding career paths so that they are more available to their families. Our goal is to support the decisions made by our members. We will never pass judgment on mothers who choose to make or are forced to make different decisions for their families.

New Members: are allowed to attend 3 Mocha Moms events, before joining our chapter. Cost $40.

Alexandria Natural Mamas

We are a group branching off from the Natural Mamas in Silver Spring Working Together Communally group, to create a similar community here in Alexandria. Right now, we are in the formation stage and will be planning a meetup for discussion and intention-setting. As a starting point, here is a relevant excerpt from the Silver Spring group’s description:

“This is for moms and dads who feel they and their child are missing out on something by being alone most of the time, and want more than just the weekly playgroup, mom’s group, or tot class. By “working together”, I mean living your life doing meaningful work with other mothers, and your child being a part of it….rather than you and your child being alone on a regular basis. This communal setting is normal in many countries, but here in the U.S., in our modernized society, being a stay-at-home mom can be isolating. No wonder mothers get the baby blues, especially when you’re in the suburbs and no one’s around in the day.”

If this speaks to you, I hope you will join us in building a community to make it happen!

Alexandria Mature Moms

This group was started because although there are a lot of great groups, there wasn’t one for “mature moms”. Moms in their 30s, and older with newborns and infants. I am 33 and have one young child. When the original organizer stepped down, I stepped up because I wanted to make sure that the group for mommies like me would still be around. Hopefully there will be an interest 🙂

Donations are appreciated. While Meetup is free for members, it charges about $15 a month for organizers to have a page. This page costs the organizer a minimum of $12 a month ($19/month, if it is not prepaid for 6 months)

Alexandria Moms and Tots (2010 and beyond)

This is a group of women and babies who are eager to meet people and make new friends! Our babies range from newborns to toddlers and our moms are in their 30’s and beyond. Many of us have more than one child, so we try to schedule events that kids of all ages will enjoy. We look forward to meeting you in and around Alexandria!


Mamistad was born to bring first-time pregnant women together to share the struggles, joys and beauty of motherhood. In Spanish, Mami means (and is pronounced like) “mommy” and Amistad (say “ah-me-stahd”) means friendship. Note that this is not a group for Spanish-speaking Mamis only! I just thought it was a catchy name. ;0)

Joining Mamistad is free and we are a large network of Mamis with lots of great info and support to offer. There is currently a one-time membership fee of $35 if I am able to place you in a private (numbered) group of Mamis due within 3-4 (usually 3) months of your own due date. See “About Us” to learn more.

I do my best to place FIRST TIME Pregnant Mamis in groups with others who are due near their due date (within 3 months-occasionally 4), who live in their general area and who will be staying at home or returning to the workplace as they will. As I am limited by the due dates, locations and work plans of the Mamis who join Mamistad, I cannot promise everyone a group that is a perfect match. Women in the general Arlington area have a better chance of being placed with Mamis near them. This process can take a while and I thank you for understanding that I do the best I can to help first-time pregnant Mamis find support and friendship during this amazing time!

Single Parents in Alexandria

We are a network of fellow single parents for fun and support within Alexandria (including Alexandria City and the “Alexandria” in Fairfax County). The purpose of the group is to meet others in similar situations and be an outlet for fun and support.

We get together for adult+kids events and adult only events. Whatever it is, it’ll be fun, easy, and simple. Our lives are complicated enough so we try to keep everything as simple as possible. 🙂

The only requirement is that you’re a single parent, with children (under 18) and that you’d like to meet other single parents who have children living at home. Ideally, you live in Alexandria as well so you don’t have to schlep your kids across town.

Our kids range in ages from 9 months to 19. We try to plan a variety of events that include a wide variety of ages — playground trips, batting cages, local band concerts and more.

Working moms of Beacon Hill/Belle View/Alexandria

This Meetup group is for working moms of young children. All activities are on weekends, usually on Saturday mornings, to accommodate a variety of work schedules. Ages of our children range from 0-7, with most moms having at least one child 3 or younger. Members can live any where, but activities tend to be scheduled in the Fort Hunt and/or Old Town Alexandria area.

The goal is to get us all out of the house for some low key fun, while giving us the opportunity to hear about what everyone else is doing in the realm of school, extracurricular offerings, etc. Anyone can suggest a meet up – so feel free to add one to the calendar and see who is available. As the weather warms up, we’ll be doing more meetups in the park or available back yards. Cost is $12 annually

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Oct 25, 2013

This weekend promises lots of fun! Here’s the scoop on what’s going on:

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George Washington’s Mount Vernon will host their Fall Harvest Family Days (Oct. 26-27, 9am – 5pm). This weekend event includes wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a
straw maze, apple roasting, corn husk doll making and early American music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half price this weekend only. Another great event the entire family can enjoy!

Bring your little “monsters” for a day of Halloween surprises, mask making, Sesame Street character fun and much more at the National Children’s Museum! Make sure to wear your best Halloween costume!
Special storytimes will take place at 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. featuring The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey and Annie Was Warned by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
In the Center for Learning and Innovation, they’ll have a Monster Mash Workshop (Green Room) where kids will be able to make their own little monster!
In the Blue Room, children ages 3 and under will make paper bag pumpkins and flying bats. Other activities for NCM’s youngest visitors include fishing for apples, Jack-o’-Lantern tic tac toe amd pumpkin switch-a-roo!
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Drop-in studio time at UpCycle Creative Reuse Center runs Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a $5 fee or a $15 maximum for a family to come in and craft.

If you are looking for something to do with the wee ones visit the Frog Pond Fall Festival. There will be games, food, face painting, pumpkin decorating, crafts, music, etc. all for a suggested donation of $5. It is also a great chance to check out this full-day nature-based preschool. (There are goats!!! That was the selling point for me, anyway.) 10AM to Noon, 7204 Harrison Lane

Old Town Theater’s Vaudeville Matinee for Kids will be from Noon-3 p.m.

Trick n treating with Shirlie on Saturday, October 26th from 2-4pm!
Dress in your Halloween costume and stroll through The Village and pick up treats at your favorite restaurants and shops.

Hooray For Book will have author Jennifer O’Connell in the store from 2-3 p.m., just in time for Halloween. Her book Ten Timid Ghosts is a delightfully spooky counting book that teaches children how to count backwards. Ages 3+

The Del Ray Montessori School’s Multi-Family Yard Sale, Sat., Oct 26 from 9:00 am – noon at 100 East Windsor Avenue, Alexandria

Head to Old Town Farmers’ Market tomorrow morning, Sat. Oct. 26, 2013 from 9-10 AM. Join a witch and a warlock at the bandstand in the reading of “Doggie Tails With Alex and Andria In Alexandria.” A local PTA fundraiser, proceeds from the book sales will go directly to area City of Alexandria Elementary School PTAs.

This Saturday is Trick or Treat with the Boutiques in Old Town Alexandria! Thirty-seven stores in Old Town will be handy out treats of all sorts to you and your little ones. The event runs during regular store hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


This coming Sunday is the Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade to be held on October 27th at 2 pm. In past years, more than 5,000 have participated in this annual event which included over 2,000 children, special dignitaries and elected officials; over 50 pets in Halloween costumes; and 25 decorated strollers.

Dust off that jogging stroller and join us for a morning of rocking and strolling at National Harbor. Check in begins at 8am and Run/Walk will begin at 9am. Rock on to Rocknoceros, the coolest band in the DC-area (and maybe even the world!) for kids of all ages

Harvest Days is continuing at George Washington’s Mount Vernon


This Saturday is Trick or Treat with the Boutiques in Old Town Alexandria!

Thirty-seven stores in Old Town will be handy out treats of all sorts to you and your little ones. The event runs during regular store hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This is such a fun event and a great way to spend the day as a family.

Many of the Old Town Boutiques will be having special events celebrating Halloween!

At Pink and Brown you can have your child’s photo taken in costume on Halloween and win major prizes!  On Halloween (October 31) from 11 am to 5 pm. Bring your child into the store in their favorite costume for the free photo and you will be automatically entered to win a $100 Pink & Brown gift card. Pictures will be posted in store and on Facebook. Encourage your friends and family members to vote for your child’s photo starting on November 2. The winner–the child with the most votes–will be announced on November 10. Spend $25 or more at Pink & Brown on October 31 and you will automatically be entered to win a gift basket worth $200.

Hooray for Books ten timid ghostswill have an author event on Saturday from 2-3 p.m. They are pleased to have author Jennifer O’Connell in the store, just in time for Halloween. Her book Ten Timid Ghosts is a delightfully spooky counting book that teaches children how to count backwards. This activity is for kids ages 3+

Monday’s Child will be offering a bonus 20% off all day Saturday!

Oct 24, 2013

This coming Sunday is the Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade to be held on October 27th at 2 pm. In past years, more than 5,000 have participated in this annual event which included over 2,000 children, special dignitaries and elected officials; over 50 pets in Halloween costumes; and 25 decorated strollers.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreational Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb.

This year’s parade will feature awards for Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller. Judges include elected officials & City Dignitaries.  Awards will be given out at a brief ceremony following the parade, along with refreshments (hot dogs donated by 7-Eleven, cider, and cookies) and goodie bags for the children (including as long as they last, healthy bags that will not have any candy). Entertainment will be provided by the popular band Mars Rodeo and again this year thanks to the Alexandria Jaycees there will be games and activities for the children. They will take place at the Mt. Vernon fields immediately following the parade. The Parade and all activities are free!

IMG_3091IMG_3094***This year, please note that there is a major change for Stroller Entries for both registration location and judging. Based on feedback from parents, judging for the Stroller Competition will be done prior to the parade. Stroller entries must register by 1:30 pm at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and E. Howell – look for long string of orange balloons & signs. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to participating in the parade. Please allow extra time to get to the judging area by 1:30 pm especially if your entry is difficult to maneuver or if you are a large group. There is no fee to register and there are lots of wonderful prizes donated from our local businesses. Categories are: “Creative”, “Humorous”, “Best Group or Family”, “Less is More” and “Overall”.

Registration for Pets begins at 1:30 pm on Mt. Vernon south of E. Howell Ave. look for signage to register your pet. Categories include: “Creative”, “Team”, “How Could You Do This to Me” & “Best of Show”.

There is no registration required for children and families that march in the parade – they should gather at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte.

Del Ray Variety Store will be offering parade day face painting from 10:30 and 1:30pm and sidewalk sale.

Happy Doh Lucky  will be handing out free samples in front of the Purple Goose. Happy Doh Lucky is a really fun, soft moldable dough that encourages children to make their own play! The company is run by a local mom and sold online and at the Purple Goose.

After the parade from 5 pm to 8 pm, for the 7th year, families can enjoy a Spooky Bean Halloween Haunted Graveyard and Belmonster Zombie Decontamination Zone (free!) and will be located next to Bean Creative at Mt. Vernon and E. Del Ray Avenue. The front part of the Haunted Graveyard is open to younger children but the back portion is recommended for a more mature audience.

Oct 21, 2013

T.H.E. Baby Shower is coming to Alexandria tomorrow evening!

Event Highlights Include:

Baby Bump Photoshoot – Show off your baby bump or your new mini-me at our fun photo session

The Cravings Station – Indulge in delicious treats and refreshing beverages, and learn how healthy also can be tasty

 Just for Me Corner – Learn how to incorporate exercise and beauty in your new life as a mommy. Feel the importance of massage therapy — relax | relate | release

Mini-Seminars – An introduction to answers to your most pressing questions about being a parent — Connections to the experts who can guide you along the way

 Exhibitors – A diverse group of local and national companies offering an array of products and services for you and your little one

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Mini-Seminars include the following topics:

Delicious, Nutritious Baby Food: Why You Should Consider Homemade
Hosted by Lisa Barrangou, Ph.D., Author of RealSmart Baby Food
Dr. Lisa Barrangou discusses why you should consider making homemade baby food rather than relying on commercially processed foods for baby. She shares quick tips and strategies that will allow even the busiest of parents to create a well-balanced, diverse offering of meals for baby, without spending countless hours in the kitchen.

Simplifying Work-Life (& Baby!) Balance
Hosted by Katie O’Brien, Life Coach for New Moms
Work-life balance with a new baby can be tricky. Moms tend to put their needs, values and desires aside to care for their beautiful new baby (whether still in the womb or after baby has arrived). While babies do need a high level of care, that doesn’t mean mommas don’t.
Join Katie O’Brien, life coach for new moms, for a mini-workshop and learn how to make your work-life balance simpler. Learn how to easily blend your needs and wants with those of your career and your family so you can create a win-win for everyone.
The feeling of loss of control, while normal for new moms, is completely optional. Make the 24 hours in a day work for you instead of against you. By learning how to utilize time with a better awareness it can actually appear that you are shifting it to work for you, instead of against you. In this workshop begin to design a solution that will finally allow you to simplify your work-life balance with your new baby.

Cloth Diapering 101
Hosted by Cheri Chapman, Owner of Chapman Hill BABY
Why choose cloth diapers? There are so many reasons! Cloth diapers are soft against your baby’s skin. Cloth diapers are also free of the many chemicals contained in disposable diapers. Our common sense tells us that cloth diapers are the ultimate in recycling because they are used again and again, not entering a landfill until they are nothing but rags. Of course, some people want more than this common sense approach–they want facts

Breastfeeding Basics
Hosted by Fleur May, MSN, RN from Inova

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Oct 20, 2013

If you’re in the market for a preschool, you won’t want to miss the Moms Club of Alexandria-Northeast’s 11th Annual Preschool Fair this week!

WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 8:30am-12:00pm

WHERE: First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302

WHY: This highly informative fair is your one-stop shop to meet with representatives from preeminent preschools and programs from the greater Alexandria area. Last year, over 200 parents attended the fair to meet and talk with over 40 schools exhibiting. Here’s your chance to learn about the educational opportunities available for your child.

All parents are welcome and admission is free.

NOTE: As in previous years, the Moms Club will publish and distribute the 2013 Preschool Booklet to attendees of the fair. They ask for a $1-$5 donation to cover costs for printing/advertising the booklet and fair. This booklet lists each fair exhibitor along with a brief description of their program, including admission, tuition and open house information. It’s a great reference guide for all the local preschools available to you. After the event, they will make the booklet available to those interested.

About MOMS Club: The Preschool Fair is a service provided to the community by the MOMS Club of Alexandria-Northeast, VA. MOMS Club is an international nonprofit organization offering the invaluable resources of support, friendship, activities and local information to stay-at-home moms. The chapter is devoted to fulfilling the motto of MOMS Club International: Moms Offering Moms Support and also playing a key role in supporting the local community.

Oct 05, 2013

It’s time for one of Del Ray’s signature events; Art on The Avenue!

This is the 18th year of the art festival that takes over Mount Vernon Avenue. The festivities go from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. starting at Bellefonte Ave. and stretching down to Hume Ave. (right where Mt. Vernon runs into Commonwealth Ave.)

Over 340 artists and craftspeople set up along Mount Vernon Avenue to display and sell their work.

Here’s the list of free children’s activities:

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Art on the Avenue hosts four stages that are packed with entertainment throughout the day.  Each stage has different performers scheduled from 10am to 6pm:

  • Twin Stages at the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Oxford Avenues – two stages go continuously, while one stage has performers, the other stage has the next entertainment being set up.
  • Homegrown Stage at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Bellefonte Avenues – all performers on this stage are from the Del Ray area.
  • Acoustic Stage in the Nature’s Nibbles side yard located at Mt. Vernon and Stewart Avenues – this stage features music at its’ best where individual artists perform playing their own music.
  • Grassy Knoll Stage at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center – this stage features musicians from the Del Ray Performing Arts Center.

There will be a children’s stage will the following line-up:

Children’s Stage _ Art on the AvenueThere will also be food vendors, so come hungry.

Here are a few more details that the amazing Del Ray Patch has pulled together about our neighborhood festival:

Painter and singer-songwriter Alex Cook will be installing a mural on the E. Del Ray Avenue side of A Show of Hands throughout the day. You can view some of Cook’s other murals on his website.

• Del Ray Artisans (2704 Mount Vernon Ave.) will host artist demonstrations throughout the day outside its gallery. Inside, check out the new “Del-Ray-Geous” exhibit

• St. Andrew & St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Catholic Church (402 E. Monroe Ave.) is hosting a blessing of the animals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All pets are welcome, even fish and snakes. There will also be animals available for adoption and an exotic animal petting zoo.

• The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary (1804 Mount Vernon Ave.) is hosting a flea market and estate sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday featuring furniture, collectables, educational games, books for kids and adults, stuffed animals, crafts and glassware. The market benefits struggling families living in Alexandria.

• Del Ray Variety (203 E. Custis Ave.) is hosting a Great Pumpkin Contest.

• The Neighborhood Pharmacy and Greener Cleaner are both closed Saturday for the festival.

Evening Start will start serving food and pouring drinks at 11 AM so stop by for some mac and cheese, chef Jim’s housemade hot sauce and brews such as Terrapin Beer Co. Hopsecutioner and Long Trail Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Plus, 6 bands (Kate Moran Band, Lucky Dub, Mud Rey, Andrea Pais, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray and Rachel Burns) will be supplying the tunes in our back lot. Can’t wait, Del Ray!

Forum One Spin Art at Art on the Avenue 2011


Sep 24, 2013
What’s the best free event in Alexandria for children and families that you may have never heard of? The 4th Annual Alexandria Story Festival of course!
This fun festival has been growing each year and this year offers an incredible line up of authors and performers. This year won’t disappoint! This is a don’t miss event for families.
The 4th Annual
Alexandria Story Festival
Saturday, September 28, 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
T.C. Williams High School
3330 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
As always, the Alexandria Story Festival is a FREE event for children and their families.

2013 Author Presentations

Jonathan Auxier Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyesa is for musk ox
John Belemans Marciano The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield,
Madeline and the Old House in Paris, Madeline at the White House, Madeline and the Cats of Rome, and others
Erin Cabatingan A is for Musk Ox, Musk Ox Counts
Elisabeth Dahl Genie Wishes
Martha Freeman The Case of the Diamond Dog Collar, The Case of the Ruby Slippers,
The Year My Parents Ruined My Life, and others
Shannon Jones KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris, France
Anne Marie Pace Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover, Vampirina Ballerina
Erica Perl – King of the Zoo, Chicken Butt, and others
Trevor Pryce An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel
Mark Tatulli Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic, Lio: Making Friends,
Lio:There’s a Monster in My Socks, and others

Schedule of Events

Picture Book Panel: 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Cafeteria Stage
(in alphabetical order)

  • John Bemelmans Marciano
  • Erin Cabatingan
  • Shannon Jones
  • Anne Marie Pace
  • Erica Pearl
Chapter Book Panel: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cafeteria Stage
(in alphabetical order)

  • Jonathan Auxier
  • Elisabeth Dahl
  • Martha Freeman
  • Trevor Pryce
  • Mark Tatulli


Kaleidoscope for Kids Activity: 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Titan Den (for students in grades 3 and up)
Arts on the Horizon’s The young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventures: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Black Box Theater (performance for youngsters)
Lulu Delacre: Canta, Baila, y Viaje por el mundo!: 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Black Box Theater (for Spanish speaking students and families)
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The Alexandria Story Festival is hosted by
Wright to Read, Hooray for Books!, ACPS Face Center and Carson Scholars Fund.