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Santa Paws Pet Photo Event & Toys For Pups Holiday Toy Drive

Santa Paws Pet Photo Event & Toys For Pups Holiday Toy Drive

From Sarah Hornerof Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants:

Kimpton’s Monaco Alexandria and its sister restaurant, Jackson 20 invite local pets and their human companions to bring a new toy or treat for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, and in return the hotel and restaurant will treat guests to refreshments and holiday photos with Santa in the hotel’s living room-style lobby. Human companions can bring their cameras to snap pictures of their pets with Santa amid festive décor, while furry friends enjoy complimentary treats and toys.

Behind the Scenes Preparations for Artfest 2010

Behind the Scenes Preparations for Artfest 2010

The Art League is a local nonprofit organization that hosts monthly juried exhibitions, as well as operates a school with over 2000 students per term. The Art League is proud to host ArtFest tomorrow evening. You don't want to miss this event. ArtFest is the annual holiday party and lively open house that includes 2D/3D exhibits such as photography and jewelry, artist demonstrations, and a handmade ceramics sale. There will also be live music by Rew Smith Band, food, and drinks. Admission is FREE!

ArtFest will be held at Art League’s annex building located at 305 Madison Street in Alexandria, VA. The event will Friday, December 3 from 6-9 p.m. Art League’s Director of Communications, Erica Fortwengler, showed me around behind the scenes to see preparations for the big event today (check out the photos). ArtFest attracted hundreds of people last year; Fortwengler remembers there being a pretty jam packed crowd last year and the same is expected again for tomorrow night.

Eco-Friendly Locally-Based Jewelry Designer Alberto Parada at Old Town’s Mystique Jewelers

From Elizabeth Mandros of Mystique Jewelers:

(Alexandria, VA) On December 4th, Mystique Jewelers will host award-winning designer Alberto Parada and showcase The Rose Collection, his newest jewelry line. A self-taught designer, Alberto draws inspiration from the simplistic natural beauty of his native South America. His work speaks of a quiet boldness in the delicate composition of architectural form, space and color. These elements successfully combine to create a statement piece that can be as bold or as subtle as the owner's own style reveals.

Get Ready for Black Friday in Alexandria

From VisitAlexandriaVA.com:

The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. This year enjoy your holiday shopping with a charming one-of-a-kind experience on Alexandria's historic main streets. Alexandria shops are rolling out the red carpet for shoppers on Black Friday with FREE parking in select City parking lots and garages, early and extended hours, and deep discounts in your favorite local stores. Shop as early as 6 a.m. and warm up with a hot beverage and breakfast from some of Old Town's favorite cafés.  Stay tuned for the announcement of participating stores, their hours and special discounts.  Happy Holidays!

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City of Alexandria Announces 2010 Holiday Concert Series

From Jack Browand of the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities:

Enjoy the festive sounds of the season in Alexandria as a break between shopping, on your way to dinner, or just to get into the holiday spirit. Come enjoy local performers with their rich talent as they entertain you during this festive time of year Types of music featured include barbershop, folk, Hanukah favorites, hand bell ringers and good old fashioned caroling.

All the performances are free and held outdoors. Concerts will be cancelled due to inclement weather. For up to date information, call the City’s Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.

The following concerts are scheduled at Market Square, 301 King St.

Saturday, November 27

  • Potomac Harmony Chorus (Women’s Barbershop) at 1 pm
  • Doris Justis (Acoustic?Folk) at 2 pm

Sunday, November 28

ArtFest 2010: Open House and Holiday Party

From Erica Fortwengler of The Art League:

ArtFest 2010, our lively Open House and Holiday Party will take place Friday, December 3, 6:00-9:00pm at 305 Madison Street. This fun FREE event takes place at The Art League's Madison Annex, which is where all of The Art League's 3D classes are taught. Tour the facility while viewing works by Art League instructors, enjoying artist demonstrations, listening to great live music by Rew Smith band, shopping at our popular holiday Ceramic and Jewelry Sale (which will be held throughout the weekend), enjoying food and drinks, and more. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The Second Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker

The following was sent to us by Tara Carter: