Good Friday morning, Alexandria!
🌦️ Today’s weather: In the upcoming week, the weather is expected to be quite dynamic, with a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers providing some much-needed rainfall. Temperatures will remain generally mild, while cooler days may be interspersed throughout the week. As we progress, the possibility of stronger winds and heavier rain will increase, but overall, the weather will still be quite manageable for any outdoor activities. Remember to pack a versatile wardrobe and keep an eye on local forecasts for any sudden changes in conditions.
🚨 You need to know
The Alexandria Beautification Commission has announced three winners of the city’s 2023 Beautification Award.
The Commission looked over community projects that cleaned up the city, removed invasive species, enacted environmentally sustainable practices and had good landscaping.
“These projects enhance our communal spaces by elevating underutilized property, implementing sustainable landscaping, and promoting a healthy and inviting environment,” the City of Alexandria said in a release. “This provides value to all Alexandrians and encourages others to enjoy and invest in the community.”
The winners are:
- The Spire, 2875 North Beauregard Street: For providing affordable housing that is beautiful, ecological, and functional.
- Dale Street Community Garden, 65 Dale Street: For maintaining an exceptional space where the community can gather, plant, learn, and harvest sustainably together.
- The Platform Alexandria, 1100 North Fayette Street: For creating an inviting and inspiring park that replaces industrial space and parking lots with public art and lush space for leisure.
Photo via Dale Street Community Garden/Facebook
📈 Thursday’s most read
The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Jul 20, 2023.
- What’s Up in Alexandria This Weekend: July 21 – 23 (501 views)
- ACHS teacher raising funds to help students and teachers make better social media content (336 views)
- Maryland man arrested for 1979 murder of Alexandria woman | ALXnow (306 views)
- Most and least expensive condos sold in Alexandria (June 2023) (295 views)
📅 Upcoming events
Here is what’s going on today and this weekend in Alexandria, from our event calendar.
- 11:00 am Saturday: Kitten Scavenger Hunt
- 7:00 pm Saturday: American Physical Therapy Association’s 5K Your Way
- 8:00 pm Saturday: Freaky Friday
A 34-year-old Alexandria man has been charged with allegedly attempting to abduct a woman in Old Town earlier this month. At around 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, a 30-year-old…
Is the Alexandria School Board too big? Should their elections be staggered and three-year terms increased? The entire structure of the Alexandria School Board could soon be upended, as these…
The Little Theatre of Alexandria (600 Wolfe Street) is hosting a pair of staged reading events over the next two weeks to commemorate the murder of Matthew Shepard and raise…
Alexandria Police are investigating a robbery outside a Bank of America ATM in the West End. The incident occurred at around 7 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 30) in the 500…
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.
If you have been thinking about buying your first home or haven’t owned one in the last three years, THIS IS FOR YOU!
In the DMV area, it can be difficult to save the downpayment necessary for you to get into your own home. We have a solution. The Funder’s Summit!
We have assembled a summit with different municipalities to tell you how to access their funds for your home purchase.
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