Summer of love, music and cash well-spent

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A Provence wedding in nearby Lewes, Delaware. When Caroline Lechaux of Alexandria, previously a 20-year resident of France, got engaged she determined to find her dream wedding location, Provence, closer to home. Lechauxs French-inspired ceremony took place with seagulls calling, waves crashing and an ocean breeze at the Cape Henlopen State Park in Sussex County, followed by a reception at Nassau Valley Winery. The ceremony, set in a region Washingtonians use for weekend summer escapes, was to Lechaux a reminder of the coast of Marseille and the Ctes du Rhne.

Big bucks strengthen the mission.
Recently, Wal-Marts Bentonville, Ark., office called CEO Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to announce that a check was in the mail, so to speak, amounting to $500,000 to revamp the groups Web site, underscoring Wal-Marts perennial support for the Center. www.missingkids.com
What $20 will buy?

Try wine, live guitar, a directors screening and popcorn. At the newly-reopened Old Town Theater on July 26, Club BV invites the community to experience a special screening of the political thriller Fatwa. Before the show, director John Carter will be mingling with guests and sipping wine to the sounds of Rick Irbys guitar.tickets.oldtowntheater.com

Never too old to rock.
On Saturday Aug. 4, local band Carbon Copy helps wish the Friendship Firehouse a Happy 233rd birthday from noon-2 p.m. at the annual festival along the 100 block of South Alfred Street in Old Town. Festivities begin at 9 a.m.

First-rate care for stroke victims. 
Inova Alexandria Hospital was re-certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, reflecting the hospitals superior ability to treat stoke patients. Inova Alexandria is one of only two hospitals in Northern Virginia to receive this distinction.

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