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This week's featured organization is...Wright to Read

Wright to Read is an educational program that promotes literacy by providing tutoring and mentoring to Alexandria City elementary school students who are reading below grade level.  With 34 years of serving City of Alexandria youth, Wright to Read is an expert at helping students learn to read and learn to enjoy reading.

Education Alexandria Story Festival, author readings, books, children's literacy

Local Weekend Guide

There is a great line up of events this weekend from shopping at Old Town boutiques and yard sales to free yoga. Here are some of the highlights from the event calendar

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods weekend guide

The Results of the King Street Bike Lane Poll are in!


Thank you to all of you who responded to the community poll on installing bike lanes on King Street from Russell Road to Janneys Lane and for sharing your comments. The results are being shared with The City of Alexandria. To read more about the bike lane proposal, click here

Neighborhoods bike lanes

This week's featured organization is...Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture!

This week’s featured nonprofit is Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. Arcadia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, DC area. Arcadia manages four programs to engage the community in food sustainability, education, and distribution.

Health Arcadia Farm, children, featured organization, health

Your Weekend Guide!

Fall is gearing up and there are tons of fun events happening on the weekends! Here are some of the highlights for this weekend:

Saturday, 9/14

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods arts, community, food, weekend fun

Browse, Buy, Create at The King Street Art Festival!


What a great fall weekend to enjoy the King Street Art Festival! This morning's weather made me even more excited to get outside tomorrow and check out the incredible array of artists that will be lining King Street tomorrow and Sunday.

Arts & Culture alexandria family events, art festival, fall, king street

Holy Cow Donates Over 40,000 Quarters to Local Nonprofits

This post was originally featured on Causetown's blog by Kevin Markham. 

holy_cow_25_centsThe idea originated last year after a citywide fundraising day for nonprofits in Alexandria, Virginia. Restaurateur “Mango Mike” Anderson, the owner of Mango Mike’s, and John Porter, executive director of the community foundation ACT for Alexandria , wanted to give local charities a new way to raise funds year-round to supplement their normal fundraising activities. So when Anderson and his business partner Bill Blackburn launched a “gourmet burger joint” called Holy Cow in November 2012, they decided to donate a quarter for every burger sold to a local nonprofit of the customer’s choice.

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods

We Cannot Walk Alone: 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"

On this, the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, we should take a moment to acknowledge the tremendous leadership Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provided the Civil Rights Movement and continues to provide today. Over the thirteen years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s leadership, the nonviolent, grassroots efforts of citizens from across the country led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. 

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Food & Shelter, Health, Neighborhoods civil rights, equality, social action

The Neuro-Diversity Project

Studio 4, Old Town is giving children on the autism spectrum the opportunity to work one on one with an artist to create artwork that will be on display in Studio, 4 for the month of September. The idea for the Neuro-Diversity Project came from artist Gina Cochran, the project's creator and the mother of a child on the autism spectrum.

Arts & Culture alexandria arts and culture, Alexandria's children, autism

It's National Senior Citizens Day!

Our resident senior citizen, ACT executive director, John Porter, made sure we posted about Natinoal Senior Citizens Day (and to honor him throughout the day). 
For example, did you know that John was there at the Crossing of the Delaware?