Led by Mayor Justin Wilson, Alexandria celebrated the beginning of Hanukkah with the lighting of the city’s largest menorah on Nov. 28 at the Lyceum. Wilson was joined by Rabbi Mordechai Newman to mark the beginning of the eight-day Festival of Lights. Continue reading "Festival Of Lights Celebrated In Alexandria"
More than 90% of students at Alexandria, Virginia’s lone high school graduated last year, according to new numbers released Friday by the state’s Department of Education. At the same time, Alexandria City Public Schools’ dropout rate plunged to 5%. It is the highest on-time graduation rate (91%) and lowest student dropout numbers since the state began reporting the figures in 2008. The previous highest on-time graduation rate for the school district was 86% in 2013 and the lowest dropout rate was 8% two years ago. Continue reading "Rising Grad Rate, Low Dropout Numbers In Alexandria City"
Applications opened Wednesday for Fairfax County's PIVOT recovery grants, aimed to help business types most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $25 million grant program approved by the Board of Supervisors will take applications from qualifying businesses through 11:59 p.m. on July 9. Businesses in the following categories can apply: food Service (including food trucks); retail, services and amusements; arts organizations, museums, and historical sites; and lodging. Continue reading "Fairfax County Businesses Can Now Apply For PIVOT Grant Applications"
The National Park Service and the Wolf Trap Foundation want to hear from you as they plan big changes for the entertainment venue in Vienna, Virginia. To better meet the needs of current and future visitors, NPS is looking to update Filene Center amenities. Its plan includes upgrading accessibility for visitors with disabilities, adding parking, improving security, and expanding opportunities for year-round use. Continue reading "Park Service Looking For Feedback On Wolf Trap Amenities Upgradation"
Deep at the bottom of the Potomac River, the shoes, boats, wooden toys, fossilized sea biscuits, pottery, and pilings submerged just off the shore of Alexandria are all pieces of the city’s history. The latest piece of public art at Waterfront Park dredges up those discarded pieces of Alexandria’s past and brings them into the sunlight – literally. Continue reading "New Public Art Installed At Waterfront Park"
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Alexandria Celebrates Women Awards. The organization is looking to focus on those who have worked or volunteered on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading "2021 Awards To Honor Women Opens Nominations In Alexandria"
Every holiday season for the past decade, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) has hosted a Christmas event at their community center. This event historically features holiday decorations complete with "Santa's workshop". The main objective of the event is to hold a gift giveaway, where children from different age groups have the opportunity to select an item to take with them. This year, in consideration of the current public health circumstances, ARHA hosted an outdoor version of the event so that children could still receive gifts, especially as this year has brought on challenges that have made gift giving even more difficult for many families. Continue reading ""
Seven awards were presented at the 2020 Alexandria Film Festival Awards Ceremony, attended virtually by all winning filmmakers from Los Angeles to Israel. The ceremony was held on November 22 and can be viewed at AlexFilmFest.com. The 14th annual festival featured more than 40 films – all still viewable online until midnight, Nov. 26. Continue reading "Winners Announced At 2020 Alexandria Film Festival Awards Ceremony"
Unopened bags of candy are being collected by the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority for its Halloween Coat Giveaway on Oct. 31. Continue reading "Donate Unopened Bags Of Candy For Halloween Coat Giveaway"
The Little Theatre of Alexandria has decided to move forward, coming up with what it calls “Small Theatre for Unusual Times." This consists of a series of three one-act plays, starting with “Love Letters,” running for eight performances between Sept. 11 and Sept. 27. Continue reading "Little Theatre of Alexandria Presents Small Theatre for Unusual Times"