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Jun
22
Fri
Woodlawn Makers in the Mansion Exhibit @ Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House
Jun 22 – Oct 22 all-day
Woodlawn Makers in the Mansion Exhibit @ Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

The Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House historic site presents Makers in the Mansion: A Transformed African American Community at Woodlawn through the Artisan Eye, an installation that will run in the museum from June to October. The installation features works by Nicole Crowder, Morgan Davis, Sondra Barrett Hassan, Njena Surae Jarvis, Antonio McAfee, Hadiya Williams and writer-in-residence Cherryl T. Cooley. These local makers are helping to amplify the African American voice at Woodlawn through their provocative pieces inspired by Woodlawn’s transition from a large plantation to a free work colony in 1846-1860.

Woodlawn is open for tours Friday-Monday, 11:00-3:00. For more information on the exhibit, visit their website at www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org.

Want to attend the exhibit launch reception on July 18th from 5:30-8:00 p.m.? RSVP at woodlawnevents@savingplaces.org to reserve your spot!

Sep
13
Thu
The 2018 Athenaeum Invitational / The Cabinet of Curiosities Exhibition @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum
Sep 13 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 11 @ 4:00 pm
The 2018 Athenaeum Invitational / The Cabinet of Curiosities Exhibition @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

The Athenaeum Invitational is an annual celebration of the visual arts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. It is a theme-based exhibition featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited at the Athenaeum in the past, as well as works selected through an open call for submissions.  This year’s invitational asked artists to explore any aspect of Cabinets of Curiosities both literal and abstract. 

Open call submissions were reviewed and selected by Adah Rose Bitterbaum, Owner of the Ada Rose Gallery; Camila Alejandra Rondon, Georgetown University ’17 M.A. Art and Museum Studies; and Veronica Szalus, Executive Director of the Athenaeum and independent artist.

Thanks to the generous support of TTR | Sotheby’s international Realty, a $1,500 prize will be awarded to an invited artist, and a $1000 prize will be awarded to an artist from the open call. Phil Hutinet, publisher of East City Art, DC’s visual arts publication will determine which works are awarded the prizes.

The 2018 Athenaeum Invitational / The Cabinet of Curiosities is generously sponsored by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12pm-4pm

Sep
22
Sat
16th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival @ Old Town Alexandria
Sep 22 – Sep 23 all-day
16th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival @ Old Town Alexandria | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Due to Hurricane Florence, this show has been rescheduled for September 22nd – 23rd, 2018.

Minutes from Washington, DC but a world away, art lovers find in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia a hidden gem bursting with gourmet restaurants, stylish boutiques and a thriving arts scene all nestled amidst beautifully-preserved historic architecture along the scenic Potomac waterfront.
Always dedicated to its incredible arts and culture, Alexandria will welcome back the King Street Art Festival this fall, which transforms the city’s historic main street into a world-class outdoor art gallery. Festival booths line King Street between Washington and Union streets, featuring over six blocks of artwork by more than 200 artists from the US and abroad.

At this community festival, art enthusiasts discover spectacular paintings, life-size sculptures, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more, offering extraordinary art for every taste. More than $15 million in art will be on display, providing visitors with the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind wares and meet the artists behind the work, hearing firsthand what inspires them.

With this popular festival spanning two days, visitors take advantage of luxurious accommodations just steps from King Street and transform their festival experience into a creativity-filled weekend.

Sep
23
Sun
At Home in Alexandria Benefit Garden Party @ Murray-Dick-Fawcett House
Sep 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
At Home in Alexandria Benefit Garden Party @ Murray-Dick-Fawcett House | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

At Home in Alexandria will hold a Garden Party at the historic Murray-Dick-Fawcett House in Old Town to benefit the organization’s mission to provide social, emotional and practical support to older adults in Alexandria. The event is open to the public with advance ticket purchase. The Murray-Dick-Fawcett House, located at 517 Prince Street, is one of the oldest in Alexandria and considered to be one of the least altered historic homes in Northern Virginia. Attendees at this event will be invited to tour the public rooms of the home and enjoy a light buffet, fine wine and live music in the garden. 

Sep
24
Mon
Four Directions Wellness Mindfulness Mondays @ Four Directions Wellness
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Four Directions Wellness Mindfulness Mondays @ Four Directions Wellness | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Four Directions Wellness, affiliated with the GW Center for Integrative Medicine, offers complimentary meditation and mindfulness hour on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. No RSVP is required. Learn more by visiting www.fourdirectionswellness.com.

RiverRenew Community Listening Session: Outfall 002 (S Royal St/Hunting Creek) @ St. Mary Catholic School, Multipurpose Room
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
RiverRenew Community Listening Session: Outfall 002 (S Royal St/Hunting Creek) @ St. Mary Catholic School, Multipurpose Room

In late June 2018, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approved a plan to prevent millions of gallons of sewage mixed with rainwater from being discharged to Alexandria’s waterways via four existing outfalls. The plan, referred to as Option B+, features a new tunnel system coupled with upgrades to AlexRenew’s Water Resource Recovery Facility to capture and treat the additional flows delivered during rain events. Implementation of this plan has been referred to as Alexandria’s Wet Weather Program. In July 2018, the Wet Weather Program moniker was changed to “RiverRenew” to highlight the positive outcomes for Alexandria’s waterways as a result of the approved plan.

RiverRenew is hosting three Community Listening Sessions in September to discuss the proposed tunnel system with the community. These listening sessions are intended to bring the community up to speed on the proposed tunnel routes and facility locations, solicit feedback, and optimize the design to minimize impacts while achieving RiverRenew’s objectives.

Join the discussion.

We invite you to attend any or all of these sessions. The RiverRenew team will be on hand to discuss the program, answer your questions and receive your comments.

Events are an Open House format. Please plan on staying approximately 30 minutes.

Learn more at riverrenew.com/community.

Banned Books Read Out With Honorary Host Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Banned Books Read Out With Honorary Host Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg @ Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association @ the Athenaeum | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Did you know that “To Kill A Mockingbird,””Beloved” and the “Harry Potter” series have all been banned books? The Alexandria Library, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, is hosting a Banned Books Read-Out at the Athenaeum. You are invited to join Honorary Host Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg, Alexandria Library Director Rose Dawson and others who will read from banned books to celebrate the freedom to read. You may read 3-5 minute selections from a banned or challenged book or just come to listen. If you would like to read, please RSVP with your selection to veronica@nvfaa.org.

Banned Books Read-Out @ The Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm
Banned Books Read-Out @ The Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Join Honorary Host Mayor Allison Silberberg and Alexandria Library Director Rose Dawson for the annual Banned Books Read-Out at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street.

Every September the American Library Association celebrates the freedom to read by designating Banned Books Week. Did you know that many classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird, Animal Farm and the Harry Potter series were all once banned or are still banned books? The Barrett Branch in partnership with the Northern VA Fine Arts Association is hosting the annual Banned Books Read-Out at the Athenaeum in Old Town at 201 Prince Street on Monday September 24 from 7-9 pm. Join honorary Host Mayor Alison Silberberg, Library Director Rose Dawson and other local residents who will read from banned books. The public is invited to read a 3-5 minute selection from a banned or challenged book. To learn more about which books have been banned go to this American Library Association website: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/

Please email Athena Williams at awilliams@alexlibraryva.org to reserve a spot to read, or just come to listen!

Sep
25
Tue
RiverRenew Scoping Meeting with National Park Service and Other Agencies @ Alexandria Renew Enterprises Environmental Center
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
RiverRenew Scoping Meeting with National Park Service and Other Agencies @ Alexandria Renew Enterprises Environmental Center | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

In late June 2018, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approved a plan to prevent millions of gallons of sewage mixed with rainwater from being discharged to Alexandria’s waterways via four existing outfalls. The plan, referred to as Option B+, features a new tunnel system coupled with upgrades to AlexRenew’s Water Resource Recovery Facility to capture and treat the additional flows delivered during rain events. Implementation of this plan has been referred to as Alexandria’s Wet Weather Program. In July 2018, the Wet Weather Program moniker was changed to “RiverRenew” to highlight the positive outcomes for Alexandria’s waterways as a result of the approved plan.

As part of the NEPA process, The National Parks Service and AlexRenew are hosting an Environmental Assessment Scoping Meeting to provide information and receive feedback, comments, and input from agencies, stakeholder groups and the general public.

Join the discussion.

We invite you to attend any or all of these sessions. The RiverRenew team will be on hand to discuss the program, answer your questions and receive your comments.

Events are an Open House format. Please plan on staying approximately 30 minutes.

Learn more at riverrenew.com/community.

Adult Knitting Workshop for Beginners @ Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for an introduction to knitting.