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Notes: Courthouse Square in Old Town sold — again

Good Friday morning, Alexandria!

⛈️ Today’s weather: There is a 20% chance of showers and possible thunderstorms today, mostly in the afternoon, with mostly cloudy skies and a high of 77°F. South winds will be around 8 mph. Tonight, expect a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10 pm, followed by a slight chance of showers until 2 am. The temperature will drop to around 69°F, and south winds will range between 3-8 mph.

🚨 You need to know

The Courthouse Square building at 510 King Street in Old Town has been sold just two years after it was bought by Brookfield Properties, the Washington Business Journal reported.

The site, which was purchased in 2021 for $26 million, was sold to Melrose Alexandria Holdings LLC for $29.5 million. The 1981 building, which is connected to the eponymous courthouse, contains Starbucks, la Madeline, a bunch of law firms and more.

The Washington Business Journal noted that this sale leaves Brookfield with only one property left in Alexandria: the Cameron Court apartment complex off Eisenhower.

The Franklin P. Backus Courthouse at 520 King Street in Alexandria (staff photo by James Cullum)

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📅 Upcoming events

Here is what’s going on today and this weekend in Alexandria, from our event calendar.

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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…

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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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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.

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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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