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Notes: Community piano returns to Del Ray’s Pat Miller Neighborhood Square

Good Thursday morning, Alexandria!

⛈️ Today’s weather: There’s a possibility of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm today, with the majority of the day being sunny and an expected high temperature near 89. Winds will be light and variable, becoming southward at around 6 mph in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 30%. For Thursday night, there could be showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, likely showers, and a possible thunderstorm between 8pm to 2am. After 2am, there might be more showers and thunderstorms. The night will be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature around 71, southeast winds at 3-7 mph and a higher rain chance at 70%. Rainfall may amount to between a quarter and a half-inch.

🚨 You need to know

The community piano has returned to Del Ray’s Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, according to Visit Del Ray.

The piano is situated in the square for public use: anyone can come and play it.

The piano was donated by the Del Ray United Methodist Church and pushed up three blocks by locals Kevin Jahns, Bill Blackburn and Jude.

“Stay tuned this week as local artists Margaret Wohler and Kristin Neubauder paint the piano!” Visit Del Ray said in a post on Facebook. “We can’t wait to hear all your mini-concerts at the Square.”

Image via Visit Del Ray/Facebook

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If you had a chance to enhance a child’s future with a time commitment of less than 2 hours a week, how would you respond? You have that opportunity right now to join over 200 Alexandrians as a reading tutor volunteer with the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC).

ATC tutors work with one child in kindergarten, first, or second grade in Alexandria public schools who need extra help with reading. Tutors meet with their Book Buddy 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes October-May at school, during school hours. Many struggling readers only receive one-on-one instruction through this program, and it makes all the difference. Last year, ATC served 195 children, of whom 82% ended the year reading on grade level and 96% made substantial reading gains. But the need is great, and we are still seeing learning lags from the pandemic.

This year, ATC plans to significantly increase the size of the program to reach over 250 students and to serve every elementary school in Alexandria. This is very exciting news, but we will only succeed if we can recruit more tutors. ATC trains you, matches you with a child, and provides ongoing lesson materials and support.

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Family Fun Fall Fest

Mark your calendars and join us for the Family Fun Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11am – 2pm!

This FREE in-person event will be held at the Shoppes at Foxchase, located at 4641 Duke St, Alexandria, VA

2023 Alexandria Fall Festival

Food trucks, bounce houses, pony rides, magic shows and more at the 2023 Alexandria Fall Festival, an Alexandria Living event presented by The Patterson Group. Join us at River Farm on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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