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DC Restaurant Week Hits VA Neighborhoods

Luckily DC Restaurant Week is not limited to the District. DC Summer Restaurant Week starts tonight and runs through Sunday, August 22. Over 200 restaurants are participating, and many of them are in Virginia neighborhoods. Make your reservation today on OpenTable.com and get your taste buds ready for a gourmet, multi-course meal!

This 16th biannual DC Restaurant Week is sponsored by Cadillac and American Express. For all participating restaurants the pricing is set as follows:

Lunch: $20.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Dinner: $35.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal
Beverages, gratuity and tax are not included.

Here are the participating Virginia restaurants:

2941 Restaurant
2941 Fairview Park Dr.
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-270-1500

A la Lucia
315 Madison St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-836-5123

The Yard Dogs Road Show is Coming to Town

The The Yard Dogs Road Show (YDRS) is a world-traveling show that is coming to our very own Alexandria. The 13 member band that describes themselves as a “hobo cabaret” will be performing at the Birchmere at 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and tickets are $25 a person.

YDRS, which began in California in 1998, travels around the world performing a spectacular blend of dance and magic, such as a blend of burlesque with sword swallowing. This show is like nothing you have seen before.

For more information about the band you can visit http://www.yarddogsroadshow.com or to purchase your tickets you can go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/150044D0B5795058?artistid=1016001&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1.

 

Yummy Sundae Mondays

Monday has never been so sweet. ACKC Cocoa Bar is now offering half price ice cream brownie sundaes every Monday until November 8. This is an all day special!

ACKC Cocoa Bar is located at 2003A Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA.

Hotel Monaco Offering "Your Summer Playground"

Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco in Old Town Alexandria, VA is offering a special summer package now until September 10. For only $10 more you received deluxe accommodations, $25 credit per night to spend in the hotel restaurants, morning iced coffee, a few in-room movie with popcorn, afternoon Arnold Palmers and sangria at the evening wine hour. The Summer Playground package is a perfect way to relax, wine, and dine in Old Town before the summer is over.

100 Needy Students Receive School Supplies Shopping Spree

Early this morning 100 local students in need were given the opportunity to visit a local Target store to buy back-to-school supplies. The Salvation Army and Target teamed up to help these students purchase a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year.

The Salvation Army and Target are helping a total of 12,000 students nationwide with the Target School Spree. Each student that is selected by the Salvation Army gets an $80 Target Giftcard for school supplies.

There were 30 students from DC and Prince Georges County, 30 from Alexandria and Arlington County, 30 from Fairfax and Prince William County, and 10 from Montgomery County.

Alexandria Health Department Issues Mosquito-borne Diseases Warning

The West Nile virus is active in the area and continues to be a threat, especially after last week’s storms. Alexandria Health Department has issued a warning about the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. The warning comes at a time when there is an increased amount of standing water around neighborhoods, damaged homes in the area allow mosquitoes indoors, and more local residents are spending time outside cleaning up debris and doing storm repairs.

While many people who get bitten by a mosquito with West Nile do not get sick, there is still a risk of getting meningitis or encephalitis. The Alexandria Health Department also wanted to remind residents that if you are over the age of 50, you may have an increased risk of complications from the West Nike virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

A birth of a bumper crop of mosquitoes is expected very soon after last week’s storm and the health department has several recommendations to avoid any mosquito-borne diseases.

Sugar Cube Presents a Week of Sweets for Kids in Alexandria

Sugar Cube, a family-owned shop that specializes in candy, chocolate, and truffles, is offering some fun events this week for kids. The Sugar Cube, which is located on 210 North Lee Street in Alexandria, is hosting a movie screening on Tuesday, August 3rd from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. They will be showing “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” and kids will get a chance to decorate their own Wonka top hats and take home goody bags with treats. The cost is $10 per child.

But that’s not all! The Sugar Cube is also offering a Candy Camp for kids this Thursday, August 5th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Kids will get to dip pretzel rods in chocolate, decorate them with sprinkles and other fun toppings. While I'm sure not all of the chocolate pretzel rods will be packaged away, kids will get personalized bags for the pretzels they make. The cost is $20 per child plus a $15 materials fee.