2017 Woodlawn Needlework Show & Sale @ Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope Leighey House
Mar 1 – Mar 31 all-day

Every Stitch Counts: the 54th Woodlawn Needlework Show & Sale opens March 1 with expanded programming and behind-the-scenes opportunities!
Feb 2, Alexandria, VA. Woodlawn, the first site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is excited to present the 54th rendition of its prestigious annual Needlework Show & Sale beginning on March 1. Look forward to an expanded event, themed “Every Stitch Counts”, that includes both traditional and contemporary works to be awarded ribbons by three expert judges and exhibited by needlework crafters of all ages and stages of experience, from all over the country. For this year’s Show, we have added a fantastic slate of programming that will include:
• A rare, behind-the-scenes, collections closet tour of some of the original needlework of Eleanor “Nelly” Custis, who was the first owner of Woodlawn and counted needlework as one of her many talents.
• A unique exhibition by artist Hillary Waters Fayle and poet Jennifer Clements, loosely inspired by the tradition of embroidery samplers to communicate important themes exquisitely in thread.
• Community Stitching Studios each week for Show visitors.
• Judges tours for visitors and critique opportunities for entrants.
• Film screening of Through The Needle’s Eye: The Art of Esther Nisenthal, a story of the holocaust told in fabric collage with Q & A by Esther’s daughter.
• Creative and fun workshop opportunities in Japanese temari ball-making, goldwork and others.
• Appraisal Day and the pop-up Needle & Thread shopping experience.
Entrants into the show may also choose to sell their work with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the historic site. The show is supported annually by the work of the Nelly’s Needlers, whose efforts are critical to the Show’s success each year. The Woodlawn gift shop will be chock full of surprises and their Nelly’s Café lunch room will include some new menu items, including soup from Rouge Fine Catering, the site’s exclusive caterer.

Nutt and Bolt @ The Lab at Convergence
Mar 8 @ 10:30 am – Mar 25 @ 12:00 pm

Nutt and Bolt

Created and Directed by Matt Bassett

Best for children ages 2 – 6 and their families.

Nutt and Bolt are two robots who live in a junkyard. They begin as rivals, spending their days using the random objects around them (and on them!) in competitions of skill and sound. But the two robots soon realize that, by working together, they can make something even more wonderful than they could on their own! In Nutt and Bolt, sounds become stories, notes become music, and the world becomes full of possibility.

Wednesday, March 8 at 10:30am
Thursday, March 9 at 10:30am
Friday, March 10 at 10:30am
Saturday, March 11 at 10am
Saturday, March 11 at 11:30am
Wednesday, March 15 at 10:30am
Thursday, March 16 at 10:30am
Friday, March 17 at 10:30am
Saturday, March 18 at 10am
Saturday, March 18 at 11:30am (Sign-Interpreted Performance)
Tuesday, March 21 at 10:30am
Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30am
Thursday, March 23 at 10:30am
Friday, March 24 at 10:30am
Saturday, March 25 at 10am
Saturday, March 25 at 11:30am

Business Philanthropy Summit @ The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Apr 27 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

The 19th Annual Business Philanthropy Summit – Invest in our Community, chaired by former Mayor Bill Euille and Michelle Maiwurm, is a breakfast event by Volunteer Alexandria that brings together approximately 220 businesses and nonprofit organizations to discuss community needs and celebrate local philanthropy.

David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, will be the keynote speaker at the Summit. Mr. Gardner and his brother founded the Alexandria-based multimedia financial services company in July 1993 in a small townhouse in Old Town, and have grown the company to its current headquarters in Carlyle, employing a few hundred talented “fools.” As they grew, The Motley Fool created a corporate culture focused on the employee, and have instilled and enabled their workforce to engage with the nonprofit community in Alexandria.

Past speakers include Bob McDonald, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Colin Powell, Carly Fiorina, Senator Mark Warner, Scott Wilfong, then President & CEO of SunTrust Bank, Philanthropist Earl Stafford, Share our Strength’s Billy Shore, Washingtonian Magazine Publisher Catherine Merrill Williams, and Congressman Don Beyer.

Community Service Day @ Various locations around the city
May 12 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Community Service Day is a city-wide event with hundreds of volunteers to support nonprofit organizations and City agencies. Businesses, associations and individuals form a team, raise funds to win prizes, and volunteer on Friday, May 12 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Community Service Day @ Various locations around Alexandria
May 20 all-day

Volunteer Alexandria is holding a community service day for youth and families on May 20.

Run! Geek! Run! @ Potomac Yard - Alexandria, VA
Sep 24 all-day
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Ironistic and Hudson Studio are proud to take over the reins and co-sponsor the 9th Annual Run! Geek! Run! 5K which was founded in 2008 and organized for the past eight years by W2 Communications.

All proceeds from Run! Geek! Run! go directly to Capitol Post.

Capitol Post offers veterans in the Washington, DC region personalized guidance through mentoring, business counseling, and access to key resources, programs, and leaders. Their mission is to establish and cultivate the top community for veterans to start a business, grow a business, or explore a new career. is a full service website design, development and online marketing firm headquartered in Alexandria, VA. Hudson Studio is a visual communications firm providing graphic design services for everything and anything in print from brand identities to infographics to reports to swag.