Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Melon balls - fresh from the farmers market

Giant Construction

Construction is moving along on the expansion of the Giant on Duke St.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Do you know where this picture was taken?

Update: Alexandria Police Identify Victim in North Armistead Street Shooting

Update:  Alexandria Police Identify Victim in North Armistead Street Shooting

Alexandria Police have identified the victim in last night’s shooting on North Armistead Street as Bradley Bostick, 40, of the 400 block of North Armistead Street.   The manner of death has been ruled to be homicide after an autopsy performed this morning by the Northern Virginia Medical Examiner. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6711 or Sergeant Michael Kochis at 703.746.6864.

This is Alexandria’s fifth homicide in 2013.  

Alexandria Police Investigate Shooting on North Armistead Street

Alexandria Police Investigate Shooting on North Armistead Street

Alexandria police are investigating a shooting that occurred on Wednesday, July 24, in the 400 block of North Armistead Street.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., police were called to North Armistead Street for a report of shots fired. Upon their arrival, officers located the victim, a 40 year-old male, with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. Paramedics examined the victim and pronounced him dead on the scene.

The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. No motive has been established and no suspect description is available. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.6711 or Sergeant Michael Kochis at703.746.6864. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Playground

can't wait for this playground to be completed - looks pretty cool

School Supply Donation Drive

FACE Center Kicks off School Supplies Drive
Alexandria, Va. – Alexandria City Public Schools’ Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center and Community Partners for Children (CPC), an Alexandria nonprofit organization, this week kicked off their annual Back-to-School Drive for school supplies for students. Each fall, many Alexandria students of all ages face the prospect of starting school without adequate supplies.
“ACPS families have benefitted from this drive and the commitment of CPC for the last 21 years to ensure that all Alexandria children are prepared for school,” said FACE Manager Shanna Samson. “FACE wants every student qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals to have the basic tools to start the school year with confidence.”
In partnership with CPC and local businesses, FACE will collect backpacks, spiral notebooks, wide-rule notebook paper, pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, two- pocket folders, pencil pouches, scissors, rulers and other school supplies for all age groups. These items will then be distributed to ACPS students.
FACE is asking the community to donate new backpacks and school supplies by dropping them off in collection bins placed in local area businesses.

The Back-to-School Drive runs until Aug. 19. Backpacks stuffed with supplies will be distributed to students during FACE’s annual Back to School Family Night at T.C. Williams.

Anyone wishing to contribute may help as follows:
*         Between July 22 and Aug. 21, donate new backpacks and school supplies by dropping them off in one of the donation boxes at the locations listed below.
*        Send gift cards from local retailers (Target, Walmart, Staples, OfficeMax or CVS)to The FACE Center, T.C. Williams High School, Room No. A123, 3330 King St., Alexandria, Va. 22302. Gift cards will be used to purchase supplies to be distributed.
*      Volunteer to help sort school supplies on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at T.C. Williams High School. To volunteer, email

FACE thanks the following local sponsors who support the drive and provide sites for the donation boxes. 
Donation boxes are located at the area businesses listed below:
A Show of Hands – 2301 Mount Vernon Ave.
Artfully Chocolate – 2003A Mount Vernon Ave.
Caboose CafĂ© – 2419 Mount Vernon Ave.
Cora Kelly Recreation Center -- 25 W. Reed Ave.
Dairy Godmother – 2308 Mount Vernon Ave.
Eclectic Nature Gift & Garden Center – 1503 Mount Vernon Ave.
FireFlies – 1501 Mount Vernon Ave.
Grace Episcopal Church – 3601 Russell Rd.
Nature's Nibbles – 2601 Mount Vernon Ave.
Neighborhood Pharmacy — 2204 Mount Vernon Ave.
Pork Barrel BBQ — 2312 Mount Vernon Ave.
St. Elmo's Coffee Pub – 2300 Mount Vernon Ave.
Ultimate Results — 2305 Mount Vernon Ave.
Yates Automotive – 317 E. Braddock Road
Yoga in Daily Life – 2402 Mount Vernon Ave.

Alexandria City Hall – 301 King St., Main Lobby and Second Floor
ASIS International – 1625 Prince St.
Charles Houston Recreation Center — 901 Wythe St.
McEnearney Associates – 109 S. Pitt St.
Today's Cargo – 1102 King St.
Volunteer Alexandria – 123 N Alfred St., First Floor

Carlyle – 1775 Jamieson Ave.
Fairlington Branch – 1705 Fern St.
King Street – 621 King St.
Landmark — 155 N. Paxton St.
Main Office – 100 S. Fairfax St.
Monroe Ave – 306 E. Monroe Ave.

Barrett Branch – 717 Queen St.
Beatley Branch – 5005 Duke St.
Burke Branch – 4701 Seminary Road
Duncan Branch – 2501 Commonwealth Ave.

Alexandria Department of Health – 4480 King St., Fourth Floor
Alexandria INOVA – 4320 Seminary Road
William Ramsay Recreation Center — 5650 Sanger Ave.
Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center — 1108 Jefferson St.
State Farm — 1705 Centre Plaza
Church of the Resurrection – 2280 N Beauregard St.
Commonwealth Federal Credit Union – 4875 Eisenhower Ave.
Congregation Agudas Achim – 2908 Valley Dr.
The Church of St. Clement – 1701 Quaker Ln.
The Sentinel of Landmark – 6300 Stevenson Ave.
Crave Frozen Yogurt – 3610 King St., Bradlee Center
Northern Virginia Community College—3001 N. Beauregard St.

FACE is a program of the Alexandria City Public Schools and Community Partners for Children is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps Alexandria children. For more information about FACE or CPC, contact Shanna Samson at 703-824-6865.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

H & M Grand Opening & Giveaway

Reposted with permission from Beltway Bargain Mom

Please visit Beltway Bargain mom's website for more information and to enter the giveaway.

H&M Grand Opening & Giveaway

H&M is opening up its newest store right here in Northern Virginia! The highly anticipated H&M store will officially open its doors on King Street in Old Town Alexandria thisThursday, July 25th, 2013. And I’ve got the details on the trendy, yet affordable Swedish retailer’s newest location, plus an AWESOME GIVEAWAY, so keep reading!

H&M Old Town Alexandria
Store Address: 614 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Store Phone Number: 1-855-466-7467
Store Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm 
Collections: Ladies, Men, Young Ladies, Young Men, Children’s, plus a separate “store within store” sections for accessories, lingerie, sports apparel, and maternity.
Size: Approximately 22,000 square feet

Opening Day: On Thursday, July 25, 2013, H&M is offering the 1st 100 shoppers in line on opening day an “all-access fashion pass” valued ranging from $10 to $300 off a shopper’s entire purchase. Plus I heard they may be handing out cupcakes to those waiting in line! The doors open at noon, but I’m sure there will be a long line building up in the morning!
Did you know that H&M is the first fashion company to roll out a global garment recycling program? Through their program, H&M customers in Old Town can help save natural resources by donating old and unwanted pieces of clothing from any brand while in the store. Plus you’ll be rewarded with a voucher for 15% off any item on a future visit! You can get one 15% off voucher for each bag of donated clothing.
H&M is one of the world’s largest retailers known for offering fashion-forward apparel and quality basics, and also happens to be the largest user of organic cotton in the world. The new Old Town store will offer the best of sustainable fashion through its Summer 2013 collection. Northern Virginians will be delighted to find that the new H&M store offers the latest summer trends such as ruffled dresses, printed skirts, flat sandals, and espadrilles for women, and t-shirts, blazers, and baseball caps for men.
On Saturday July 27th, 2013 H&M will also host a children’s event for customers at the new Alexandria VA store. There will be a back to school discount of 25% off on customers’ entire purchase in the children’s department. Fun activities such as face painting, special treats and much more will be offered at the weekend celebration from 12-4pm that Saturday, July 27.

And now for the GIVEAWAY!!

Grand Prize: H&M $150 gift card! Plus, the grand prize winner will be able to attend the opening and will receive early shopping access to the store.

Runner-up Prize: (2) additional people will each win a $50 H&M gift card.
To Enter:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what you love to shop for at H&M.
  2. AND/OR Enter on Twitter by tweeting both @HMUSA @BeltwayBargain a picture of your favorite H&M Back-to-School item using the hashtag #HMBackToSchool. You can take a picture or pull one of H&M’s pictures off the web to tweet. Here’s an example tweet with picture: “@HMUSA @BeltwayBargain love this #HMBackToSchool – Can’t wait to see the new #HMOldTown in Alexandria VA!
    Please note, for your tweet to be a valid entry you must: 1. Mention both @HMUSA and @BeltwayBargain. 2. Use the hashtag #HMBackToSchool. 3. Tweet out a picture of an H&M back-to-school article of clothing. You do not need to leave an additional comment on this blog post for your Tweet entry; I will be monitoring Twitter for those entries.
Contest Rules: Contest is open to US residents 18 years or older who reside within the greater Washington DC metro & surrounding areas. Contest ends Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 11:59 am ET. Entrants must enter using a valid entry method listed above. You are allowed up to 2 entries (1 Blog Post Comment and/or 1 Tweet), per day (that means up to 4 entries total, if you enter the maximum of 2 times per day). Grand prize winner & 2 runner up winners will be selected and notified in the afternoon/evening of Wednesday, July 24th via email or Twitter. Prizes will be mailed to winners in the form of gift cards.
Disclosure: Beltway Bargain Mom was contacted by H&M to help spread the word about their new store & Back-to-School collection. I did receive a gift card in exchange for writing this post, and I’m thrilled that three of my readers will get to win a gift card too! The opinions shared in this post are my own, and I love to share local events, new store openings, great sales, plus fun giveaways for my readers! To read my formal disclosure policy, please click here.
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