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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.

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.

Friendship Firehouse Anticipates Annual Festival

Happy 234rd Birthday to the Friendship Firehouse in Alexandria, VA! Every first Saturday in August, the Friendship Fire Company holds a festival to celebrate the role of firefighters throughout history and the Fireship Fire Company.

This year’s Friendship Firehouse Festival is Saturday, August 7th from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. The festival is free to attend and is family friendly. The Friendship Firehouse, which was founded in 1774, is located at the 100 block of South Alfred Street in Alexandria.

Come join your local fire department celebrate it’s birthday and enjoy cake, crafts, food from vendors, and live music by Lump Dog Band. The celebration is sure to be educational and fun as there will be a display of antique and modern firefighting equipment. Children will receive fire helmets and balloons! Admission is free and all ages are welcome.