For a band to play at the Birchmere in Alexandria, it was like almost making it to the big-time concert world of stadiums and arenas. Since opening in the mid-1960s, the Birchmere has been a launching ground for many musicians, showcasing songs and sounds that make it an important place to start a musicians tour. The festoon out front featured iconic musicians like Pete Seger, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and Joan Baez to name a few. Continue reading "A Tell-All Book About Birchmere Published In Novenmber"
A 1.5 percent pay rate increase for Alexandria city government employees was approved by City Council Tuesday as public safety unions have sounded the alarm about the city's pay competitiveness. The city manager had proposed the pay rate increase and one-time bonuses. City Council amended the proposal to offer a one-time $3,000 bonus to all eligible full-time city and state-paid employees rather than the city manager's proposed $1,000. Part-time employees will receive a prorated bonus. Continue reading "Pay Increase Approved For Government Employees In Alexandria"
A new Indian restaurant is coming to Old Town Alexandria's Tavern Square in 2021. Kismet Modern Indian, a sister restaurant of DC's Karma Modern Indian, will open at 111 N. Pitt Street. The restaurant comes from founders Sachin Mahajan and Ricky Singh and Executive Chef Ajay Kumar, who will bring his award-winning cuisine from Karma Modern Indian. The restaurant is aiming to open in fall 2021. Continue reading "Sister Restaurant Of DC Indian Restaurant To Open In Alexandria"
Life wasn’t full of hope for an eight-year-old shepherd mix known as Henry. Arriving as a stray at a shelter in Hardy County, W.Va., Henry had suffered from neglect most of his life. He tested positive for Lyme disease and severe anemia caused by worms, he had a baseball-sized tumor on his abdomen, dental disease and his nails were so long they had grown in circles. Continue reading "Alexandria Provides Shelter For Animals Across The Country"
The Departmental Progressive Club will host a mayoral and city council candidates’ forum on April 20th at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Continue reading "Candidate Forum April 20 To Be Hosted By Departmental Progressive Club"
Spring is in the air and Senior Services of Alexandria is excited to be hosting its Spring Senior Academy virtually via Zoom starting in April. This 4-week free course will meet every Wednesday morning starting April 7 from 10 to 11:30 am and continue on April 14, 21, and 28. The Senior Academy is for Alexandria residents 65 and older or those who work in the City to learn about how the city operates including programs and services for older adults. Continue reading "Spring “Virtual” Senior Academy Begins Registration"
After numerous health districts in Virginia moved to phase 1b of coronavirus vaccinations this week, more residents will be eligible in this phase, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday. Continue reading "Coronavirus Vaccinations Expanded To More Age Groups In Virginia"
The annual Women’s Holiday Soiree of Scholarship Fund of Alexandria was held virtually on Dec. 3 to celebrate women and the power of community. The event, entitled “Hygge for the Holidays”. It brought nearly 60 women from Alexandria and beyond together via Zoom for toasting, holiday @home entertaining tips, and a celebration of how scholarships can change lives for students with financial need. Continue reading "$16,000 Raised By Holiday Soirée Of Scholarship Fund Of Alexandria Women"
Jane Pittman of Alexandria captured the changes on U Street in a documentary called “An American Scene: Black Lives Matter.” It will be featured at the Alexandria Film Festival on Nov. 15. It is a collection of rare photographs showing a "Black Broadway" featuring the life and times of William Grant Still and his music in the film was part of a Homegrown Symphony the festival is focusing on. Continue reading "Alexandria Film Festival To Feature Documentary On The History Of U Street"
The American Horticultural Society announced this month that it is putting River Farm up for sale on the open real estate market. River Farm has served as the national organization’s headquarters since 1973,. It is 25 acres of publicly accessible open space that sits by the Potomac River, located at 7931 E. Boulevard Drive. It is one of five farms in the area that were owned by George Washington. Continue reading "American Horticultural Society Puts River Farm Up For Sale"