First Thursday Finale Showcases The Best Of The Avenue

Health and Wellness Highlighted; Restaurants Partner With Retailers For Special Discounts

Via WJLA, during tonight’s First Thursday: Health And Wellness, stroll the Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia and learn about the many health and wellness services and studios in Del Ray.  A wide variety of FREE health and wellness classes and demonstrations will take place, along with a scavenger hunt, live music by The Irish Breakfast Band, a hula hoop contest with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department, mini chair massages, golf, cornhole, children’s activities, and more.

Space in the free classes are limited; click this link to register.

Del Ray First Thursday - Eat Shop Live

First Thursday Finale Showcases The Best Of The Avenue

Health and Wellness Highlighted; Restaurants Partner With Retailers For Special Discounts

Eat, Shop, and Live in Del Ray during First Thursday!  On Sept. 1, our retailers and restaurants are partnering during First Thursday: Health and Wellness on The Avenue to showcase the best of Del Ray.

SHOP:  Make a purchase at Bellies and Babies, The Dog Store, Greenstreet Gardens, Kiskadee, Purple Goose, or Top It Off on Sept. 1.  Purchases can be made at any time of day, but the receipt must be dated 9/1/16.

EAT:  From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, bring your receipt dated Sept. 1 from one of the above retailers to a participating restaurant for 15% off your entree!  Participating restaurants: Caboose Cafe, Cheesetique, Emma’s Espresso & Wine Bar, Evening Star, Fireflies, Holy Cow, Junction Bakery & Bistro, Pork Barrel BBQ, Stomping Ground, Streets Market & Café (restaurant side only), Taqueria Pablano, and the sushi bar.  Note: offer good for one discounted entree per receipt, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM only.

LIVE:  During First Thursday: Health And Wellness, stroll the Avenue and learn about the many health and wellness services and studios on the Avenue.  A wide variety of FREE health and wellness classes and demonstrations will take place, along with a scavenger hunt, live music by The Irish Breakfast Band, a hula hoop contest with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department, mini chair massages, golf, cornhole, children’s activities, and more.  Space in the free classes are limited; click this link to register.

Held the first Thursday of the month from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.

This month, the Del Ray Business Association is collecting NEW teddy bears; they will be distributed to the City of Alexandria Police and Fire Departments, the Alexandria Battered Women’s Shelter, and local hospitals to be given to children in crisis.  Donations can be dropped off at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, Ease Yoga & Cafe, and Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray.

For more information on First Thursday, visit the Del Ray Business Association online.

Del Ray First Thursday Teddy Bear

SCANDAL - "Where's the Black Lady?" - With Olivia still missing, the team comes together to do whatever it takes to find her and get her home safely, on "Scandal," THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal) BELLAMY YOUNG

You may know actress Bellamy Young for her role as former first lady Mellie Grant on ABC’s hit show “Scandal.” This weekend, she’s in Virginia on the campaign trail herself to help elect former first lady Hillary Clinton. Young is stomping for Hillary Clinton throughout Virginia today and tomorrow, and the actress will be getting a tour of the Del Ray neighborhood along Mount Vernon Avenue.

This Saturday, from 10:45-11:45, the actress will be getting a tour of small businesses along Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia with Gayle Reuter from the Del Ray Business Association. The Hillary Clinton Campaign is wanting to focus on the importance of America’s small businesses and have asked her to visit Del Ray which obviously has the best small businesses in the entire country.

Al's Steakhouse fundraiser at Holy Cow Del Ray in Alexandria, Virginia

In the week since the three-alarm fire that occurred at Al’s Steak House on their grand reopening day, the Del Ray community has raised over $20,000 for the Breeding family during the rebuilding process, including $12,608.62 during a fundraiser organized by the Del Ray restaurant community.

On July 14, Holy Cow Del Ray transformed into Al’s Steak House Pop-up, featuring the chefs and owners from seven of Alexandria’s top restaurants preparing and serving 420 of Al’s signature steak-and-cheese sandwiches, which sold out within 90 minutes. “It’s just incredible,” said Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn, of Holy Cow. “It really shows how special Alexandria and Del Ray is. Real community spirit here, real heartwarming.”

Al's Steakhouse fundraiser at Holy Cow Del Ray in Alexandria, Virginia

The pop-up fundraiser raised $12,608.62; another $7,400 was raised through GoFundMe. All proceeds from the fundraisers will go to the Breeding family, who remain committed to reopening Al’s Steak House. “We’re in awe of all the community support, all the people who came out,” said Al’s Steak House owner Dorothy Breeding, who grew up in Del Ray. “I’m amazed.”

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Alexandria Drug Take Back

Alexandria Sheriff’s Office and Partners Holding Drug Take Back Event July 16

To help prevent abuse and theft of medication, the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, and the Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray are holding a Drug Take Back event on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM outside 2204 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria.

Deputies will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and other medications in front of The Neighborhood Pharmacy. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.  (more…)

Colosanto Pool in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia (Photo credit: Petition site)

(Photo credit: Petition site)

The Nicholas A. Colasanto Pool in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, which was closed in 2010 for under utilization (PDF), is planned to be turned into an interactive fountain/kids splash park in 2022. This is part of an Aquatics Study that was performed in 2012 (PDF).

There is a online petition that has been started in the Del Ray community urging the Alexandria City Council to approve funds sooner (2017) than later (2022). In my view, the City should act NOW, instead of later to approve funds for this. Since the closing, the pool has become a blight and the City Council should act to make the Colosanto Pool area great again.

After all, staff said in the budget memo at the first link

Recreation Department staff will initiate a comprehensive review of its outdoor pool program in the coming months. Staff will consider suggestions provided by Council during the Fiscal Year 2010 budget development process and will work to gather input from pool users during the 2009 pool season to incorporate in the Department’s comprehensive plan. Staff will provide Council with a report of its findings and recommendations by the Fall of 2009.

As far as I can tell, that report never happened until the Aquatics study was done. The youth in the Del Ray area and surrounding community deserve better. The pool has been closed far too long. I signed the petition and hope you will too. The kids in the Del Ray community deserve better.

What do you think?

Via Change.org

Del Ray’s Colasanto Pool has been shut-down since 2010. The pool and the surrounding area are the gateway to Del Ray. We’d like the City of Alexandria to turn the Colasanto Pool and Park into a kids splash park and true gateway to one of the city’s most beloved and vibrant neighborhoods! This project already has funds appropriated in 2022. By that time, the pool will have been closed for over a decade! We want to convince the city to accelerate funding and greenlight the project in 2017! That can’t happen without your support!

Del Ray is a special place that we all love. Without your support this project will wait at least another 6 years and may never get off the ground! Please show your support by signing the petition and letting the Mayor and the City Council know how much this means to us, their constituency.

Fire at Al's Steakhouse in Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 1504 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia

(Photo credit: @296Winnie on Twitter)

UPDATE (11:09 PM): Have confirmed from multiple sources this was a grease fire. There is a rumor going around Del Ray this was arson. From the folks I have talked to, this was NOT arson. Fire is still under investigation. Here’s hoping the community can rally around our neighbors and come together to help the joint re-open once again.

UPDATE (5:09 PM): Confirmed this was a 3-alarm fire. What does a 3-alarm fire mean? Likely upgraded to 3-alarm due to heat and the gear the firefighters have to wear.

UPDATE (5:04 PM): Added link to Pat Malone photos below.

UPDATE (4:50 PM): Added the APD tweet – wide angle view of the response to the fire.

On the day of their grand re-opening, Al’s Steakhouse has suffered what appears to be a devastating fire. We understood from our sources that there had been extensive clean up of the joint prior to the re-opening with new equipment, etc and an expanded menu (pizza). We heard Bo Severson, John’s son, was even back working the grill.

Very sad news. No word on the cause. We did hear no injuries.

Our followers were quick to Tweet out photos and video from the scene.   (more…)

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