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Fine Art Dolls to Visit Alexandria in July

Posted on | July 14, 2016 | No Comments

And Bring a Touch of Fantasy to Our City

By Kris Gilbertson

“Earth, Sky, Moon, Sun” by Karin Burfict (Austin, TX), (Photo courtesy of NIADA)

“Earth, Sky, Moon, Sun” by Karin Burfict (Austin, TX), (Photo courtesy of NIADA)

On July 18, the National Institute of American Doll Artists will convene its 2016 Conference and Doll Making School at the Sheraton Suites Old Town at 801 N. St. Asaph Street. Doll making classes, open only to conference attendees, are scheduled for the first three days. But what happens after that will bring a measure of magic to Old Town.

NIADA was founded in 1963 by a small group of doll artists, led by Helen Bullard of Tennessee. The doll community at that time only considered antique dolls to be art. Bullard organized her colleagues who were creating new dolls, and the group aimed to work together toward a common goal: recognition of original handmade dolls as fine art.

In the half century since, NIADA membership has grown to include more than 60 peer-elected artists from Europe, Japan, Korea, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and U.S. states from New York to Hawaii. Subject matter ranges from realistic figures to anthropomorphic creations to somewhat abstract pieces that merely suggest the human form. But from the beginning in 1963 to present, every element of a doll must be created by the artist. Read more

Alexandria Battered Women’s Shelter Needs Your Help

Posted on | July 26, 2016 | No Comments

Facelift for the Alexandria Battered Womens Shelter takes the villag. Courtesy photo.

Facelift for the Alexandria Battered Womens Shelter takes the village. Courtesy photo.

The Alexandria Battered Women’s Shelter was recently renovated, and it looks spectacular! The Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women needs your help in making the Shelter a home for those who reside there. They want to create a space that is warm and welcoming, and most of all: SAFE.

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August First Thursday Celebrates The Performing Arts

Posted on | July 26, 2016 | No Comments

August 4th Street Festival, “Music and Dance on the Avenue,” To Benefit Alexandria Battered Women’s Shelter

first thursdayDuring the August First Thursday, Del Ray celebrates the performing arts in the community with the theme “Music and Dance on the Avenue.” The monthly street festival takes place on August 4 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

The Alexandria Singers will perform selections from their 40th-anniversary show at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue.  Mount Vernon Avenue will also be lined with a wide variety music and dance acts highlighting the diversity of arts in the region.  Read more


Posted on | July 26, 2016 | No Comments

A beloved and extraordinary rock band finds that a second life can be even better than the first.

By Steve Houk

You know that old saying, “you never know what you got until its gone”? Or something like that?

Marah (photo by Marko Korkeokoski)

Marah (photo by Marko Korkeokoski)

Well, whatever that saying is could easily refer to the exceptional Pennsylvania-borne band Marah who, after 20-plus years of grinding it out, recording great music and playing epically euphoric shows to adoring fans all over the place, called it quits, and for a host of pretty common reasons lots of bands break up: people grow up and want another life, or they just grow apart, or it’s just time.

For Marah co-founder/singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Bielanko, there was really no other life, no other choice. Music was him, and he was music. The end of the band hit him hard, real hard, but he did what lifetime musicians do, he survived, playing music even without his beloved band. Read more

Tell the Alexandria Library How You Like Their NEW Logo: Take Survey Here

Posted on | July 22, 2016 | No Comments

Alexandria Library LOGODuring Alexandria Library’s recent Needs Assessment, the community made the Library aware that it lacked brand recognition. In particular, community members felt uninformed about Library events and services. In response, the Library began to revitalize its marketing and branding efforts. One of the goals in the Library’s Five Year Plan is to develop a consistent brand with complementary marketing materials. The first step comes with a logo that represents all that we do. Read more

Local Police Dog Gets Body Armor

Posted on | July 22, 2016 | No Comments

K9 Officer Czekaj. Photo courtesy of Aleandria Police Department.

K9 Officer Czekaj. Photo courtesy of Aleandria Police Department.

Alexandria Police Department K9 Czekaj will receive a ballistic and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Czekaj’s vest is sponsored by the Alexandria Police Foundation and Pamela Verick of Alexandria, VA, and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In honor of the Alexandria Police Citizen’s Academy”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. APD K9’s Chance, Gage, XigXag, Trajan and Zara have already received similar vests from this company.

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