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Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 2010 Business Awards

This was sent to us by Charles Boyd Norwood of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce:

Join the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce as we roll out the red carpet on October 8th for the Chamber's equivalent of the Oscars, the Business Awards Dinner!  This year's Business Leader Award Winner is Miss Charlotte Hall of the Potomac Riverboat Company.  In addition to recognizing Charlotte's business accomplishments, we will be unveiling award-winning businesses.

The event will be held Friday, October 8. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA.

Favorite Restaurant

So, I have been in Chicago for the past few days getting out and checking out the sites - it is crazy how much that town has changed since I lived there. It’s always good to get back to my roots and the food there – unreal. I forget how many great restaurants there are out there and that is probably because I spend my life in one. So, I need some help. I don’t have much time to get out so I need some recommendations for some of Virginia and DC’s best restaurants. Any type of food, any type of ambiance – I just want to know what the next place is that I should try. Hook a brother up.

Also, in case you want to follow me further, check out my blog at http://stevenlukisblog.wordpress.com/. Look forward to seeing you there.

VOICE Alexandria Resolves Bland Relocation Issues

This was sent to us by Jennifer Knox of VOICE:

Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) will publicly recognize the successful resolution of a yearlong struggle to win a just relocation for James Bland public housing residents at the September 25 City Council meeting.

VOICE leaders pressed the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) and the Alexandria City Council for fair treatment in the relocation of about 180 families during the demolition and redevelopment of their homes. VOICE specifically asked for and won reimbursement of moving expenses for transferred residents and timely notice and right to view and accept their new home. VOICE insists these residents have first right of refusal to return to the newly developed property.

 

Who:        40 clergy, lay and tenant leaders from VOICE

Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

3rd Annual Scavenger Hunt Old Town Boutique District

Starting today, Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19, the Old Town Boutique District is hosting the 3rd Annual Scavenger Hunt. You can download and bring your scavenger hunt card to all 28 of the Old Town Boutique District Stores and get some amazing gifts. You can also enter to win the grand prize, which is a $2800 shopping spree. That's not all...there are 28 $100 gift certificates! Get your hunt card and map now.

Alexandria School to Celebrate International Day of Peace

This was sent to us by Burgundy Farm Country Day School:

The Burgundy Farm Country Day School became the first integrated school in Virginia through active recruitment and enrollment of African American students in 1950, establishing itself as a campus that would forever celebrate diversity as a core value. It now boasts a student body and staff representing a variety of nations, religions, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations and ethnicities.

The school's tradition of open-minded thinking, curiosity for new cultures, and overall tolerance for different customs and views continues on Tuesday, September 21, with the annual observance of the International Day of Peace.

Teen Wellness Center Grand Opening Celebration

T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia is excited to host the grand opening celebration of the new Teen Wellness Center, the very first of its kind in Northern Virginia. What does this wellness center have to offer? The Alexandria Health Department has brought its Adolescent Health Center inside the high school campus to offer better and confidential access to physical and mental health services for teens. 

The new Teen Wellness Center was formerly known as the Adolescent Health Center now calls T.C. Williams High School, located at 3330 King St., Alexandria, home. The entire community of Alexandria is invited out to participate in the grand opening celebration tomorrow, September 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.