Alexandria City Public Schools Closed Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Schools Closing for ‘International Women’s Day’ or ‘A Day Without Women’

Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) announced Monday that all schools will be closed on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 due to the observance of ‘International Women’s Day’ or ‘A Day Without Women’.

There is a large strike planned for March 8 and 300 ACPS staff members have requested Wednesday off to coincide with this, so ACPS decided to close for the day. The day will be a “teacher work day for ACPS staff” even though teachers are taking the day off.

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Check out this restaurant/retail space for lease in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Check out this 7,000 square foot of retail/restaurant space spread out over two floors at 815 King Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

This stretch of King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia gets A LOT of foot traffic and used to house the Flying Fish Restaurant, which closed unexpectedly in 2015 (see this link as well).

Retail space like this along King Street is rarely available and it should also be noted that the King Street retail vacancy rate is less than 3%. The location is within moments of the King Street Metro, City Hall, I-395/ I-495 and all of the Old Town riverfront.

Call the number in the photo if you’re interested in this commercial retail space opportunity.

Iraqi Children Foundation In their Shoes Race logo (Courtesy image)

Young Ambassadors participate in 5K run/walk as the face of Iraq’s most vulnerable children

Mayor of the City of Alexandria, Dignitaries and Ambassadors join the Iraqi Children Foundation at 5th annual “In Their Shoes” 5K Run/Walk to benefit street children in Iraq

The Iraqi Children Foundation (ICF) will host its 5th Annual “In Their Shoes” 5K run/walk on May 20, 2017 at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. The 5K will benefit Iraq’s most vulnerable: orphans, street children, and kids displaced by ISIS.

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2016 Mount Vernon Patriot Run (Courtesy photo)

Registration Now Open for the George Washington Patriot Run 5K/10K Race

Dash through history during the George Washington Patriot Run, a road race to enter the historic property at George Washington’s Mount Vernon! On Sunday, September 10, the George Washington Patriot Run will host thousands of runners for its 5K and 10K races beginning at 8 a.m. This spectacular road race will take runners up the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway. Return down the Parkway and trace Washington’s footsteps through the historic area at Mount Vernon. Cross the finish line with the beautiful Mansion in view! Patriot Run participants can take a finisher photo with General Washington. Runners will receive a post-race drink ticket.

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Portner Brewhouse in Alexandria, Virginia opening Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Portner Brewhouse Opening in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia

The long-awaited and highly anticipated 150 seat Portner Brewhouse announced its grand opening date today in an email to their Taste Team members. Catherine and Margaret Portner, two of Robert Portner’s great-great granddaughters, are opening their new brewery restaurant featuring craft beer and German-American cuisine on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

They are opening at 5770 Dow Avenue, part of Modera Tempo, the 360 unit mixed-use apartment complex, in the Van Dorn neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

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Painting of President George Washington Inauguration

Today, on President’s Day, we honor the nation’s first president, George Washington, who was born on February 22, 1732 and all persons who have served as president.

The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade, happening from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM TODAY, marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the city’s favorite sons.

Speaking of George Washington, here’s a transcript of his first Inaugural address from April 30, 1789.

See you at the parade!

Friendship Firehouse Museum in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Free Tours of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and Other Historic Alexandria Museums

On Monday, February 20, the nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the Alexandria’s favorite sons. The Parade’s Grand Marshal will be Retired Police Chief Earl Cook, and the special guest is Olympic silver medal winner boxer Shakur Stevenson. For information about participating units, parking, maps, route and status, visit this link or call 703.829.6640.

The same day, several Historic Alexandria sites will celebrate by hosting special open houses with free admission. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street, and the Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 South Alfred Street, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors may tour these historic sites at no charge on this day.

How did George Washington celebrate his birthday in the ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern? What was considered luxurious for overnight accommodations in the 18th century? Visitors to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will find out at the very place George Washington dined and danced.

Visitors to the Apothecary, which opened in 1796, will see its unique collection of herbs and botanicals, while discovering the important role the Apothecary played in early Alexandria. Among the featured display items will be a note from Martha Washington.

At the Friendship Firehouse, first built in 1855 and remodeled in 1871, see hand-drawn fire engines, leather water buckets, axes, sections of early rubber hose and other historic firefighting equipment. The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was Alexandria’s first volunteer fire company and dates to Washington’s time.

 At The Lyceum, visitors can view the new exhibition “Alexandria’s Nurses and Hospitals During the Civil War.” Visitors can also see the recently opened exhibit “The Lyceum: 175 Years of Local History” and the permanent exhibit “Building a Community: Alexandria Past to Present.”

For more information about these events, visit this link.

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