Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, Virginia

Beatley Friends’ Group Spring Book Sale Starting Tuesday, March 21

The Friends of the Beatley Central Library will hold their Spring Book Sale from Tuesday, March 21 to Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, located at 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. Free parking is available.

Over 30,000 books, DVDs, CDs and audio books, donated by community members, will be available for sale. Most cost less than $3.00. All proceeds benefit the programs and facilities of the Library.

Members’ Preview

  • Tuesday, March 21 | 4:00 – 8:30PM

Public Sale

  • Wednesday, March 22 | 10:00AM – 8:30PM
  • Thursday, March 23 | 10:00AM – 8:30PM
  • Friday, March 24 |  10:00AM – 5:30PM
  • Saturday, March 25 | 10:00AM – 4:30PM
  • Sunday, March 26 | 1:00PM – 4:30PM (Dollar Day on Sunday)

For more information, please contact Cindy Thornley, Central Library Manager, at 703-746-1728. You can also visit the Friends’ website or search for “Beatley Friends” on Facebook.

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.”


The first annual Red, White & Beagle fundraiser will take place at River Farm in Alexandria, VA on Saturday, July 25, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. This event, which will include a silent auction and dinner, will benefit the Beagle Freedom Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to give beagles and other animals used in laboratory testing a chance at life after research.

Join us for a fun evening including dinner, silent auction, entertainment and special guests to benefit the Beagle Freedom Project! For more information on this fundraiser, visit the events calendar.

Red White and Beagle Flyer

Via RosemontVA, Alexandria’s historic treasure Gadsby’s Tavern Museum suffered 3 pipe bursts during our horrendous winter. While the Museum structure is still strong, it will be closed for tours for a couple more months, but tavern life will go on!

The Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society (GTMS) will be hosting a major fundraising event on Saturday, April 11th and all proceeds go to support of the museum.

The Best Bib & Tucker Masquerade Black & White Ball will be held throughout the Museum and the Restaurant with champagne, wine, oysters, elegant hors d’oeuvres and more. Entertainment will be by Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra starring the Songstress Chou Chou with other special guest performers. As is traditional, there will also be another fabulous GTMS Silent Auction that will offer a wide variety of items, services, and experiences.

Tickets to this elegant evening where George Washington came to party are $125 per person, which also provides a year’s membership in GTMS, the friends’ group that supports the Museum. Sponsorship opportunities with even more perks and ticket packages range from $300 to $5,000.

You’ll find more details and online ticket sales  at this link.

ICYMI, every year King Street Blues in Alexandria holds an event where 10% of all food sales and bartender tips goes to the Yellow Ribbon Fundraiser. This is just a snippet of the night; thanks to all those that supported and came to the event!

There are a lot of ways to help the Yellow Ribbon Fund.  The fund serves the injured wounded warriors coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Well done!

(H/T King Street Blues on Twitter)

Union Street Public House - Alexandria, VA
Union Street Public House gives back to the Alexandria, Virginia community in a number of ways. This year, they are hosting a Christmas lunch for 50 wounded warriors. In war and peace these brave individuals make sacrifices far beyond what most of us appreciate. In the name of freedom, they give up the comfort and convenience of civilian life in order to protect our rights and liberties.

The staff at Union Street is raising money for donations to buy gift cards for these heroes so they can buy what ever they need. The deadline for donating is Monday Dec. 22nd. 2014.

I have donated and if you can, please consider donating too. Click this link to find out more and to donate or click the link in our sidebar to the right –>.


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Local Realtor Brenda Stone writes in about their annual fundraiser in Alexandria:

“Last November, we provided and delivered Thanksgiving Dinner to 326 families in Alexandria who would not have been able to celebrate this special holiday, otherwise. Each family received a turkey, pumpkin pie, bag of potatoes, bag of dinner rolls, stuffing, green beans, corn, yams, cranberry sauce, etc. This year our goal is to provide dinner for 435 families.

We have been hosting this fundraiser since 2011 and ever year, we increase the number of families served in Alexandria. Ever year, our Keller Williams office, along with ALIVE, INC, organizes a hugely successful thanksgiving dinner donation event. As we delivered the meals to families in Alexandria, VA, we received hugs and many thank yous. The volunteers told us that a lot of families said that without us, they would not have been able to celebrate the holiday, at all. They did not have the money or resources to feed their families a basic Thanksgiving dinner.

We are reaching out to the community, our friends, family, neighbors and clients to get involved. We are collecting donations to purchase the turkeys, pies, rolls and other necessary items. Please contact me to pick up cash or checks or they can be dropped off at the front desk for Brenda Stone. They can also be mailed to our office at 2165 Jamieson Avenue. Checks are made payable to Keller Williams, Realty with “Thanksgiving donation” in the memo line. We are also collecting donations online at:

Volunteers Needed

By increasing our number of families served to 430, which is much larger than last year’s total, we are in need of many volunteers this year on November 25.

One group is needed from 10:00 am to 3 pm, in our Old Town office to put all of the dinners together and deliver the meals to local schools for families to pick up. The other group, at least 50-60 people, is needed from 5:30pm to 8pm to deliver the dinners to our designated families. We project that each car will deliver 5 meals and for safety reasons, each car will have a minimum of 2 people. We will meet back at our office for a party to celebrate the success of our event.

Please let me know if you or someone you know would like to volunteer on Tuesday, November 25th. I am available at for questions or call my cell phone at 703-615-4862.

Thank you for your support and contributions!”

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