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Garden Volunteers Sought

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

Soon it will be summer time in the city, and that means thirsty plants!  Volunteers are needed to help keep Alexandria City Public Schools' children's gardens watered so plants remain happy until the return of school in September. Read more at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/news2011/nr2011053102.php .

National Small Business Week Focus: Case Design/Remodeling Celebrates 50 Years

With entrepreneurs around the country working diligently to bring creative approaches to all types of industries and to improve the economy, it's heartening to find a company celebrating 50 years in business. This past March marked the 50-year anniversary of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. as a DC Metro area full service residential remodeling organization with offices in Bethesda, Maryland and Falls Church, Virginia.

First known as Case Construction Company in 1961 when founded by Fred Case, the firm changed its name in the early 1980s to Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. when it brought design in-house. Bruce Case, the current president and son of Fred Case, says Case Design/Remodeling is committed to the foundation of integrity and excellence that the company was built on.

Alexandria Beautification Commission Seeks Nominations for the 2011 Alexandria Beautification Awards

From Alexandria eNews:

The City of Alexandria’s Beautification Commission is accepting nominations for the 2011 Alexandria Beautification Awards. The awards program recognizes City residents, organizations, and businesses for their efforts in contributing to the beautification of City neighborhoods and public vistas with landscaping and aesthetic design. Nominations must be received by Monday, May 23.  A nomination form is available at http://alexandriava.gov/Beautification

Make Your Home Safe: Get Tips from Building Inspectors May 7-8

From Fairfax County:


In honor of International Building Safety Month, residents can get free advice from building inspectors and engineers on how to make their homes safe.

On May 7-8, building safety experts from Fairfax County and six other Northern Virginia governments will be at these four Home Depot stores from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

2011 Loudoun County Spring Farm Tour May 21 & 22 - Spend a Weekend in the Country!

2011 Loudoun County Spring Farm Tour May 21 & 22 - Spend a Weekend in the Country!

From Loudoun County -- Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Loudoun Valleys, with views of the Blue Ridge, Short Hill and Sugarloaf Mountains.  From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, enjoy this free self-guided driving tour down tree-lined country roads to working Loudoun County farms. Visit horses, chickens, sheep and alpacas in their natural environment. Take a hayride or have lunch by a scenic pond. Select your own strawberries and orchids. Enjoy the colors, people and products of the Loudoun Valleys!    

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open


Local, Fresh Produce Available on Thursdays and Saturdays

Old Town Manassas Farmer’s Markets are open Thursdays and Saturdays, now through November. The Thursday Farmer’s market is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion and the Saturday market, located in Lot B, is open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  For more information about the Historic Manassas, Inc., call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.

It’s definitely a sign of spring when our local Farmer’s markets open for business, and we’re happy to host a place for our community to purchase local produce, said Debbie Haight, Historic Manassas, Inc. executive director.

Virginia Architecture Week April 10-16

From AIA Northern VA Chapter:

Watch structures being built entirely from cans, participate in an in-depth tour of architecture in Alexandria, be inspired by a Pecha Kucha and view an exhibit of local award winning buildings. The American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia Chapter celebrates Architecture Week 2011 with several free public events.

Here’s the schedule:

April 8-16 - Canstruction® Build-Out and Display

April 8 Build-Out Night (5:00p-midnight), structures on display through April 16.

At Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington.

A design competition featuring teams building fantastic structures entirely of canned food, which ultimately goes to a local food bank. Visit www.aianova.org/canstruction.php.