• October 17, 2014 8:10 PM | Deleted user

    Grab Your Ghosts and Goblins and Head to The Avenue
    For the 18th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade

    One of Del Ray’s favorite traditions is coming soon--the Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade--on Sunday, October 26, at 2 p.m. Please note that both judging for Best Decorated Stroller and registration for Best Pet Costume will begin at 1:30 p.m.

    The parade begins at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb. The Parade and all activities are free!

    Awards will be given for Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller. Judges include elected officials and city dignitaries.

    Deadline to nominate your home or a neighbor’s home for Best Dec
    orated Home is Tuesday, October 21, at 12 p.m.

    Deadline to nominate Best Decorated Business is October 19.

    To nominate a home or business, Email the street addresses to and state if it should be judged during the day or night.

    A brief ceremony will follow the parade where the awards will be presented, along with refreshments (hot dogs donated by 7-Eleven, cider, and cookies) and goodie bags for the children (including, as long as they last, healthy bags that will not have any candy). Popular band Mars Rodeo will provide entertainment. The Alexandria Jaycees will host Goblin Games and activities for the children, like Bowling for Bones, Pin the Wart on the Witch, Skeleton Toss, Monster Mash, and Ghost Drop.

    Judging for the Stroller Competition will be done prior to the parade start. Stroller entries must register by 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Howell Avenues. Look for the long string of orange balloons and signage. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to the parade. There is no fee to register and there are lots of wonderful prizes donated from our local businesses. Stroller Categories are Creative, Humorous, Best Group or Family, Less is More, and Overall.

    Pet Costume Registration begins at 1:30 pm on Mt. Vernon south of E. Howell Ave. Look for signs. Categories include Creative, Team, How Could You Do This to Me, and Vola Lawson Best of Show.

    There is no registration required for children and families that march in the parade; they should gather at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte. 

    After the parade from 5–8 p.m. families can enjoy a Spooky Bean Halloween Haunted Graveyard (free!) constructed by Bean Creative. The Graveyard is located at the grassy lot next to their business at Mt. Vernon and E. Del Ray Avenue. This is definitely a must-do Del Ray tradition. Special thanks to our neighbor, Bean Creative. Donations are happily accepted at the gate to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    The parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA). Sponsors and financial contributions, goodie bag contributions, and volunteers are always needed. Very special thanks to Jen Walker, our primary sponsor and sponsor of Best Decorated House. Special thanks to our other sponsors Bobi Bomar, sponsor of Best Decorated Stroller and Paul Haire from Your Dog’s Best Friend for his sponsorships of the Best Pet Costume. 

    Volunteers Needed. If you would like to help stuff 2,000 goodie bags, come on Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m. to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center. We also need lots of volunteers on the parade day. If you are able to volunteer on either day, please click here and sign up..

    We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. either in the parade or along the route cheering us on!! For more information or to volunteer, contact: Gayle Reuter at or as the dates gets closer, check out our website at

  • October 17, 2014 7:00 PM | Deleted user


    • T.C. Williams' Career and Transition Services
    • Strengthening the Bond between Businesses and Residents
    Networking: 11:30am -12pm
    Luncheon: 12pm - 1pm

    $15 for members
    $20 for non-members

    Location:  Kaizen Tavern

                  1901 Mt. Vernon Avenue

    *Members are reminded to bring twenty (20) coupons for the Giveaway Bags.

    T.C. Williams' Career and Transition Services
    Angela Brown and Jim Cooney, Employment Support Specialists from T.C. Williams High School, will speak on the Alexandria City Public School's Career and Transition Services, a school-to-work program. They are seeking new work sites to provide unpaid internships and work experiences, as well as paid employment opportunities, for students aged 15–21. The program is comprised of special education students who are ready to work! Angela and Jim will also share how employers can support students by donating to the Career and Transition Scholarship fund.

    Strengthening the Bond between Businesses and Residents
    Ben Flood, local resident, will present ideas to strengthen the bond between Del Ray's businesses and its residents. He is currently developing a website for locals to visit and learn about all the great things going on just down the street from their home. Local businesses and civic groups will benefit from the ability to directly target their core clients with various marketing campaigns and event updates, which will garner more traffic to their respective shops and websites. “This new website hopes to provide the latest information on all things Del Ray for residents, businesses and non-residents alike."

  • October 01, 2014 8:52 AM | Deleted user

    Max the Cat is Having a Party at Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray
    Fundraiser to Benefit King Street Cats

    Max, who since 2005, has resided at Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray (formerly Eclectic Nature) is a former resident of King Street Cats. Max has not only become the store's ambassador during his nine years there, but is everyone's favorite cat to visit on Mt. Vernon Ave. He's a celebrity among the Del Ray community.

    Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray will be hosting a birthday party fundraiser to benefit King Street Cats on October 11, 2014. King Street Cats is based in Alexandria and is an all volunteer, nonprofit cat orphanage. Greenstreet Gardens will donate a percentage of the daily sales to the organization, which was recently voted as one of Alexandria's favorite nonprofits by City residents.

    Greenstreet Gardens has a complete stock of autumn goodies: mums, pansies, violas, kale, gourds and Indian Corn, not to mention The Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins galore. They also have a wide selection of indoor / outdoor Halloween décor.

    So come on down on Saturday, October 11, to Greenstreet Gardens of Del Ray located at 1503 Mt. Vernon Ave and help Max give back to King Street Cats so they may continue their outstanding work of providing a safe haven for our feline friends in need.

  • September 26, 2014 6:33 PM | Deleted user

    Today's Weekend Section featured a cover story entitled "Del Ray Dreaming." The article highlights a few places to eat and a few places to shop and has some great photos of our neighborhood.

  • September 22, 2014 9:11 AM | Deleted user

    Producers from the Travel Channel’s “BBQ Crawl” will be visiting Pork Barrel BBQ this week to sample the menu. BBQ Crawl is a mouth-watering road trip that follows former world champion of pork Danielle Dimovski, aka “Diva Q,” as she eats and competes her way through the American South.” Travel Channel will be filming on Thursday, September 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the restaurant, located at 2312 Mt. Vernon Ave. The show airs Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. No word yet on when Pork Barrel BBQ will be featured.

    See full article at Del Ray Patch.

  • September 19, 2014 1:03 PM | Deleted user

    Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association has announced that a major videotaping production will take place in Del Ray on Wednesday, September 24, from 8 am to 4 pm. The production is for Medicare Open Enrollment, with shots along Mount Vernon Avenue, including in front of Neighborhood Pharmacy, St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, Del Ray Pizzeria and other locations, with the filming being primarily of senior citizens walking.

  • September 16, 2014 8:53 PM | Deleted user

    DRBA members are invited to participate in the planning for the 18th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade.

    Date: Thursday, September 25th
    Time: 8:00am
    Location: Mancini’s Café, 1508 Mt. Vernon Avenue

    Volunteers are especially needed to help coordinating the collection of costumes.

    Also needed is a Volunteer Coordinator for the event.

    Questions and/or to get sponsorship information, contact

  • September 15, 2014 9:11 AM | Deleted user

    Join the DRBA on September 15 at their monthly meeting to meet the newly joined DRBA members who will be introducing themselves and speaking on what they do. 

    Networking: 11:30am-12pm

    Luncheon: 12pm- 1pm
    Catered by: Market2Market

    Location: Mt. Vernon Recreation Center
                 2701 Commonwealth Avenue. 

    $15 for members
    $20 for non-members

  • August 29, 2014 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    Beginning in Spring of 2014, Studio Body Logic (SBL) began giving private Pilates instruction to military veterans who were compromised in some capacity by their military service. Over the course of five months, SBL instructors saw four individuals with the US Army on a one to one basis, with the goal of alleviating in some way the physical problems they incurred as a result of their service. 

    Along with funds from the Alexandria Rotary Club, SBL raised additional funds to provide 10 private lessons to each of the four military members.

    Studio Body Logic will continue to support and work to heal our local wounded military by raising funds for the NextStep program so that our veterans can receive Pilates training at no cost. 

    "Through this program I realized that a continued Pilates program would help me to continue in my healing and return to becoming more whole". -- NextStep Participant

  • August 24, 2014 5:00 PM | Deleted user

    Del Ray wraps up the summer season with the final First Thursday street festival of 2014 on Thursday, September 4th (6 to 9 pm).

    "Del Ray's Got Talent...and Fashion!"

    Del Ray wraps up the summer season with the final First Thursday street festival of 2014 on Thursday, September 4th.

    "Del Ray's Got Talent...and Fashion!"

    The Del Ray Business Association is encouraging everyone to participate in this season's final First Thursday featuring fashion, music and talent. And we want YOU to be part of the show!

    Dress for success, dress in couture, dress in drag, dress in costume...anything goes! AND...bring and/or dress your dog! Paul Haire, from Your Dog's Best Friend, has generously offered to donate $20 for each dog that "walks" the catwalk toward the new Dog Park! To participate, guest dog models must be on-site at the Farmer's Market by 6 pm.

    Oh, and don't miss Mayor William Euille accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at 7pm in front of Paul's new storefront at 2301 Mt. Vernon Avenue. Perhaps the Mayor might own our runway again this year!

    Our charity for the evening is ALIVE! and we are gratefully accepting new and gently used coats on their behalf. Thank you in advance for scouring those closets tonight and filling our bins for this very worthy organization.

    Del Ray Variety and Duncan Library are teaming up for the night proclaiming, "It’s Fashionable to Read” (we think so too!). They will be handing out worksheets for the kids to complete, and then hand-in, for a free book from Del Ray Variety.

    The night kicks-off promptly at 6pm with
    Your Dog's Best Friend, The Purple Goose, Salon Bisoux, lululemon athletica for Mind the Mat, Gossip on 23rd, for Dragon Pilates, and Amalgamated all graciously participating.

    Our own
    Kate Moran Band headlines the talent portion of the show. Martha Krabill from American Idol Season 3 and The Reflex ultimate 80's band will join to lend her talent to the evening. Lots of surprises in store...don't miss out, find those dancin' shoes, grab the kids and the canine, and come ready to kick up your heels and have some fun!

    Our sincere thanks to Melissa McGlone from Vital and Megan Brown from Mind the Mat for making the final First Thursday outstanding!

    And be sure and check out additional activities that will be taking place up and down the Avenue.

    For more information, contact Pat Miller at

    Committee: Megan Brown, Melissa Mcglone, Gina White, Kate Moran

    'Lights, Camera, Fashion' Marks Final First Thursday of 2013

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