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Yarn Tasting: Lace in Space

No, you don’t actually taste the yarn, but you can look through lots of different lace knitting and crochet patterns that are popular right now! Fibre Space is a full-service knit and crochet community that offers knit and crochet classes, holds parties and events, provides yarn, needles and notions. It was also recently voted “Best New Retail Shop” by the Washington City Paper Reader’s Poll. Come in this weekend and see the funky, bright shopping space for yourself at the Yarn Tasting.

You can sample several lace yarns at Fibre Space this Sunday, August 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $15 and the shop is located at 102 N. Fayette Street in Alexandria, VA. You can register online at http://www.fibrespace.com/ or if you have questions you can call 703-664-0344.

 

Restaurant Week for Alexandria

As DC’s Restaurant Week comes to a close, Alexandria’s top restaurants are geared up for their very own 2010 Restaurant Week. Alexandria is home to a variety of “foodie” restaurants, including both formal dining and casual spots.

Alexandria has a total of 60 different establishments participating. Check out the different menus and make your reservations online now! You have the option of $35 dinner for two, a $35 prix-fixe three course dinner, or $3.50 sweet treats. You can see a list of participating locations here: http://visitalexandriava.com/restaurants-nightlife/restaurants/alexandria-restaurant-week/.

 

 

St. Elmo's Coffee Pub Offers Fun for Kids Too

On the 4th Monday of every month, St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Alexandria hosts “4th Mondays 4 Kids with Mr. Don.” Mr. Don is one of the most adored children’s entertainers in the business. His next musical performance at this local coffee shop is happening on Monday, August 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The event is free and St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub is located at 2300 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA. For more information about St. Elmo’s visit www.stelmoscoffeepub.com or Mr. Don visit http://www.donbridgesongs.com/custom3.html.

Get Registered for the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics

The 2010 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is being held September 18 through September 29. The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 1! To be eligible you must be 50 years old by December 31, 2010 and live in a sponsoring jurisdiction, which include the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. $10 includes one event and the following events are open:

Track & field, team line dance, racquetball, ten pin bowling, eight ball pool, Wii bowling, bocce, tennis, table tennis, fencing, golf, shuffleboard, chess, miniature golf, bunco, horseshoes, softball hit & throw, backgammon, scrabble, cribbage, yo-yo tricks, duplicate bridge, swimming, diving, pickleball, men’s basketball,  men’s and women’s free throw basketball

For more information you can visit www.nvso.us or call 703-228-4721.

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Alexandria Gears Up for Cambodian Community Day

Alexandria is getting ready for The 2010 Cambodian Community Day. This festival is dedicated to integrating Cambodian culture into American society. It is also about bringing Cambodian and American families together to have fun, share Cambodian heritages, and learn about Cambodian culture. The planning committee hopes to bring about a recognition of Khmer achievements and build the Khmer voice.

One special feature of the event is a handmade, stone replica of Angkor Wat. The festival will be held on Sunday, August 22 at Ben Brenman Park at 4800 Park Drive in Alexandria, VA from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to everyone! You can find more information at http://www.cambodiancommunityday.org/

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.

Alexandria Library Holiday Closures

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed for Labor Day weekend: Saturday, September 4th, Sunday, September 5th, and Monday, September 6th. While Alexandria Library was founded in 1794, it is certainly doing a great job of staying up with the times. Now with electronic media available 24/7, Alexandria Library is ALWAYS open!

You can check out eAudiobooks and eBooks through Alexandria Library’s website with OverDrive downloadables. The collections are growing and now the Labor Day weekend holiday closures don’t inhibit your ability to pick up a new read for the weekend if you forget to do so the week before. Visit http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/ for more information.

That’s not the only new feature of Alexandria Library. They are also now accepting credit cards so you can easily and safely pay library fines.