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All That Glitters: Laura Lee Designs Celebrates Fifth Anniversary at Finnish Ambassador's Residence

All That Glitters: Laura Lee Designs Celebrates Fifth Anniversary at Finnish Ambassador's Residence

It’s not every day that one gets an opportunity to celebrate a professional milestone at an ambassador’s residence, but Laura Lee Williams, owner of Laura Lee Designs, had the good fortune to do so when she celebrated five years at the helm of her handbag business at the home of Finnish Ambassador Pekka Lintu and his wife Laurel Colless.

“What an honor and gift to have the loveliest evening surrounded by advisors, supporters and dear friends,” says Williams. “The Finnish Ambassador and his wife Laurel Colless are supreme hosts and I couldn’t have asked for a better evening.”

Gallery West Presents: Poetry of Light

Gallery West Presents: Poetry of Light

From Susan Lindsey:

GALLERY WEST PRESENTS: Poetry of Light

 

Pastels by Rachel Estrada

 

July 6 – July 31, 2011

 

Artist's Reception: Saturday, July 9 from 5 – 7 p.m.

 

Closing Reception: Saturday, July 30, from 5 – 7 p.m.

 

Gallery West is proud to present “Poetry of Light,” a collection of Classical Realist pastel works by artist Rachel Estrada. Located at 1213 King Street in Old Town Alexandria’s Boutique District, the show will run from July 6 – July 31, 2011. There will be two receptions, both open to the public and including refreshments. The artist's reception is July 9th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. A closing reception will be held on July 30th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Nat'l Park Svc Photographer Frank Ruggles Speaking at in Leesburg on Sunday, June 12

Nat'l Park Svc Photographer Frank Ruggles Speaking at in Leesburg on Sunday, June 12

From the Town of Leesburg, VA – At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2011, Frank Ruggles, formerly  an official photographer with the National Park Service, will be speaking at the Thomas Balch Library.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  The Thomas Balch Library is located at 208 West Market Street in downtown Leesburg.

Frank Ruggles served as an official photographer of the National Park Service from 2007 to 2010.  During his tenure, he visited and photographed over 150 National Parks, Monuments and Forests across the nation.  Frank described his work as a National Park Service photographer as his “dream job,” a position once held by his photographic hero, Ansel Adams.

Holiday Jazz Concert

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

The City of Alexandria will host the 34th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday, May 30, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Fort Ward Park 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Admission is free. In case of inclement weather, the festival will relocate to the Lee Center Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. The event will start with a performance by The Tom Cunningham Orchestra, led by T.C. Williams alumnus Cunningham. For a complete schedule and more information, go to http://alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=47616 .

City of Alexandria Announces Spring & Summer 2011 Concert Schedule

From the City of Alexandria:

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is pleased to announce the Spring & Summer 2011 concert schedule. Held at a variety of locations throughout the City of Alexandria, enjoy the sounds of the Alexandria Harmonizers; Villa Synfonia String Orchestra from San Francisco, CA; "The Band of the Nation's Capital," the 257th Army Band, and many more.

The Alexandria Film Festival is Soliciting Entries

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

The fifth annual Alexandria Film Festival is soliciting entries from U.S. and international filmmakers. At least three cash prizes will be awarded to top films at the festival: Best of Show ($500), Jury Prize ($300) and Audience Award ($200). All film genres are accepted in all categories, including narrative, documentary, short, animated and experimental. Deadlines for entries are Early Bird, May 31; Regular, June 30; Late, July 15. Regular fees are $35 for feature-length films and $25 for shorts. Discounts are available for early entries. Read more at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/news2011/nr2011052404.php .

Mr. Mitchell and Me

Mr. Mitchell and Me

If you’ve lived in the D.C. area for a while, you’ve probably heard of DeMatha, the Catholic boys’ school in Hyattsville, Maryland. And if you have heard of DeMatha, odds are that it’s because of the school’s nationally renowned athletics program, which has boasted such names as legendary basketball coach Morgan Wootten, basketball Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley, NFL Pro Bowler Brian Westbrook, and NFL broadcaster James Brown, to name just a few. To most with a passing familiarity with the school, DeMatha is synonymous with sports. When I told people that I attended DeMatha, I was frequently asked “What sport do you play?” My response of “I don’t play a sport,” was always met by befuddlement and a perfunctory “Then why do you go to DeMatha?”

Let me tell you.