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4th Annual Alexandria Film Festival

The Fourth Annual Alexandria Film Festival November 4 - 7 and includes 38 fantastic films 25 of which are premieres, in six different venues including AMC Hoffman, Old Town Theatre, the Athenaeum, the Lyceum, Convergence and the Durant Arts Center.  We have something for everyone - foreign films, a silent film with live piano accompaniment, an award-winning documentary by a local filmmaker, stars and filmmakers.  For a complete schedule and tickets visit http://www.alexandriafilm.org/.

Now Playing in Old Town

It's a Wonderful Life is one of my all-time favorite holiday movies. It is now playing at the Old Town Theatre in Alexandria, along with The Town and Paranormal Activity 2, on King Street.

Hallow-Scenes in Alexandria

Fall is certainly in the air, and the beauty of fall can be found all over Old Town, Alexandria. Yesterday afternoon I found some particularly gorgeous views at the Alexandria Waterfront and lots of “Hallow-scenes” on various residents’ porches. I took a stroll down Queen Street, Princess Street, and Orinoco Street to find some of the best decorations in town. As far as local businesses, the best décor I found were the spider webs covering the front of Pazazz Hair Salon on King Street. Do you have a decked-out retail shop or spooky house that you want to share with us? Send them to neighborhoods@wusa9.com so we can share your pictures with others!

Local Knitting Shop Named 2010 Business of the Year

The following was sent to us by Aaron Pickering:

Alexandria, VA – Local knitting shop fibre space has been named the 2010 Business of the Year by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce for its achievements over the past year.  The shop, which was also nominated for Best Small Business of the Year, opened in 2009 and has already surpassed the expectations of owner Danielle Romanetti.

“Some people thought I was crazy to start fibre space in this economy,” Romanetti said.  “This award proves that when you pour your heart into it – and when there’s a real desire in the community for something, like this store – you can be successful.”

Leesburg Executive Airport Hosts 2010 Open House and Air Show on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free event promises fun for the whole family

DC Metro Church to Host Block Party in Alexandria

The following was sent to us by DC Metro Church:

New Christian Church Launching Local Outreach

Alexandria, VA – Culminating the Grand Opening of their new worship center in Alexandria, DC Metro Church will host a Block Party, a free event, on October 30th from 12 pm to 4 pm at 1100 N. Fayette Street, to bring the community together for live entertainment, free food, family fun games and giveaways. 

“If you’re looking for a family friendly event, where you can meet new people, this Block Party is for you,” DC Metro Church Pastor David Stine explains, “At our church, we offer a real, relevant, and enjoyable experience, where we come together from all walks of life to put our faith in action in our community.”

DC Metro Church, which has grown by leaps and bounds since beginning worship services at a nearby movie theater just a couple years ago, anticipates a crowd of about 2500 DC and Virginia residents.

Taste for Giving

Alexandria Rotary will host Taste for Giving on October 22, 2010. "Taste for Giving" is an evening of fine food and community spirit to benefit many charities in the community. The event will run from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory Art Center located at 105 north union street in Old Town Alexandria.

The event will include food from 15 resturants, a silient and live auction. All of the proceeds will go to benefit local non-profits including ALIVE!, SCAN, senior services of Alexandria, The Campagana Center, the Sarpenter's Shelter and many others.

Tickets are limited and availible for $75 by calling 703-535-1200 or online