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On the heels of A Show of Hands announcing that they are closing their doors,  it is more important than ever to support the arts in our Alexandria, Virginia community. Spring2ACTion, which is going on today, is a GREAT way to do just that.

Today, you can donate to one or more of approximately 100 organizations via the Spring2ACTion online giving platform. The event gives local nonprofit organizations the chance to compete for over $30,000 in grants and prizes.

Many nonprofits that work and support local artists sure could use your help. Here are a few examples.

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welcomeWhen we launched eight (8) something years ago @ http://carlylecommunity.us, we had one (1) reader, we focused on the Carlyle/Eisenhower East neighborhood, and over time built up the site to an average of roughly 50,000 readers a month. This site is nothing without you guys!

When we launched 8 years ago at the old site, the Westin Alexandria hotel had yet to be built, the Carlyle Square Condominiums was in the process of being developed, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark campus was in the final stages of being built as was the Whole Foods Market in our Carlyle/Eisenhower East area.  The Hoffman Town Center plan had been released, and the Eisenhower East Small Area Plan was still being amended. Now, we have the National Science Foundation moving into the area in a few years and Carlyle South community coming online.

Our Carlyle/Eisenhower East community in Alexandria, Virginia has come a long way baby!

But, there’s A LOT going on around Alexandria as the City of Alexandria is growing too. I was getting asked all the time about posting items outside of the Carlyle/Eisenhower East neighborhood and after giving it much thought and after consulting a great many people on this, we’ve decided to expand the neighborhood blog to all of Alexandria. Out of this decision was born http://redbricktown.com. We’ll still keep tabs on the Carlyle/Eisenhower East area though given that I live in the neighborhood.

We’re going to have a launch party as t-shirts, logos, etc are being developed so stay tuned for that.

If you subscribe via email or RSS, nothing will change right now. The current domain at  http://www.carlylecommunity.us will still be up for the time being. After a time to be determined, we’ll have it redirect to the new site. Thank you for your continued readership and be sure to follow the new site on Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, and ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

If there are any questions, please do let me know via this link or discuss in the comments below.

Before the start of the 2014 George Washington Birthday Parade, representatives from area military commands including Fort Belvoir, Marine Corps Base Quantico, the Military District of Washington, the Naval Support Activity as well as local leaders and the public attended the fifth annual Armed Forces Community Covenant signing at Market Square in Alexandria. The event was sponsored by the Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance. The alliance’s mission is to reaffirm the Northern Virginia region as a welcoming and supportive community to the military and its business partners.

Above is a shot of Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille speaking during the covenant ceremony. More photos can be found at this link.

Alexandria Food & Wine Festival

All details can be found at this link. NOTE: New this year is the John Carlyle Street around the festival will be closed off to vehicular traffic. See the map at the link provided.

Alexandria has joined the regional Capital Bikeshare network, beginning with a pilot program providing eight bike share stations, with potential to add more stations as funding becomes available. Bikes are now available at these eight stations located throughout Old Town Alexandria, and can be used for transportation around town.

For more information on Capital Bikeshare, visit this link.

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