Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Friday, April 4, 2014

Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale

The spring Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale is Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

This is the 11th year and the 22nd occurrence of this twice-a-year, non-profit, community plant sale.  

Sixteen vendors from four states will be present. 

The sale will be held in the parking lot at 3601 Valley Drive, Alexandria, VA  22302.  

News and Info from VA American Water


A couple things are happening this month with your water that you may be interested to know:

1. Our supplier, Fairfax Water, has temporarily switched disinfectants
until about August, so you may have noticed recently a stronger chlorine
taste or smell. This is safe and okay, but if you find it too much, the
smell and taste will dissipate if you fill a pitcher and keep it in the

2. Next week, we will begin our annual maintenance of water pipes by
flushing the hydrants in the City. This will take us two months. You may see
our staff next to an open hydrant. This once-a-year activity gives us a
chance to flush out sediment and test hydrants. It may make your tap water
appear cloudier - but that's just tiny air bubbles which will settle after a

3. Our annual water quality report is published and available now at
our website, if you'd like to view it. On the home
page, there is a picture on the right with a link "Water Quality Reports".
We have met all standards and have had no violations.

4. Next week, we will resume work we started last year to replace the
watermain along Henry street. There is a fact sheet at our website on the
project, if you click on the RED Alert Notifications link at the very top.

5. This fall, I believe in October, we will switch to monthly billing.
I think you are quarterly now, so this will help you budget better and alert
you to leaks faster.

That's all I have, and I won't post anything else for a while here - maybe
I'll post a reminder late summer about monthly billing, or if another
project comes up.

If you are on Facebook or Twitter, we are too, and you can keep abreast of
whatever we're doing there, just search on vaamwater. We also have a
bimonthly newsletter you can receive via email. Let me know if you would
like to start receiving it and I'll send you the link to sign up. 


Samantha Villegas, APR
External Affairs Consultant

Virginia American Water

2223 Duke Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Parks and Playgrounds

Here are some of our favorite parks and playgrounds in Alexandria

Of course the new playground near Potomac Yards is the most recent favorite - we just can't get enough of it.

But here are some others ----

Ft. Ward - great for running around, riding bikes around the loop, looking at the azaleas, picnicking and the small playground.

Beach Park near Maury Elem. School - great for cloudy days - it gets a lot of direct sun.  Great field for playing soccer or catch.

The Pit, on N. Overlook in Beverley Hills.

Ben Brenman Park in Cameron Station is wonderful for strolling and watching the turtles.

The playground at Polk Elementary School is pretty cool - lots to do for every age.

MacArthur Elementary School has some great equipment - different climbing stuff for different stages and ages.

Windmill Park in Old Town is great but can sometimes get a little too crowded.  We like to run through the old tunnel.

Blue Park in Rosemont has a lot to do and you can see some trains go by.

Simpson playground is a nice little park with gardens close by and baseball to watch.

We LOVE taking a hike or stroll through the Dora Kelly Nature park and the Winkler Botanical Preserve, both are located off Beauregard St.  You never know what you will see and hear.  Bull frogs, birds, bees, deer, ducks, and more. There are streams to play in, rocks to collect, and just all kinds of nature to take in.

Jones Point is another favorite place to bike to, watch boats and planes, and just have fun!

Hope you find some great parks and playgrounds and get out and play this Spring!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Events in Alexandria

Spring Events in Alexandria, VA
Blossoms, Boats and Baseball along the Potomac Waterfront

Alexandria, VA – As buds bloom, visitors break spring fever with refreshing escapes to Alexandria, Virginia. Just minutes from Washington, DC, the city’s scenic waterfront and exclusive seasonal tours provide the breath of fresh air needed for an extraordinary getaway.

Take to the waterfront for free deck tours of the tall ship Schooner Virginia or peek into historic homes for the Historic Homes & Gardens Tour for glimpses of flowers blooming in lush gardens. Celebrate DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival in Alexandria with blossom-centric bike, boat and food tours or embark on a boat to Nationals Stadium from Old Town for ballgame. Whether it’s stocking up a new spring wardrobe with trendy finds from chic boutiques or packing a picnic with delectable treats for an afternoon at a waterfront park, Alexandria’s colorful palette of springtime activities combined with seasonal hotel packages, create unique family-friendly spring breaks and rejuvenating weekend escapes.

For more spring events in Alexandria, visit
See the Top 10 Reasons to Visit Alexandria this Spring
Check out spring hotel packages at
Baseball Boat to Nationals Park
March 29-September 26, 2014
Times vary upon Nationals schedule
Departs from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314
One-way $15; Round-trip $25

The Potomac Riverboat Company offers baseball enthusiasts the chance to avoid the crowds and take a leisurely cruise from Old Town Alexandria to Nationals Park along the scenic Potomac River. Online-ticket purchases include free parking. Boats returning to Alexandria depart 20 minutes after final pitch. Boat operates for 80% of Nationals games – check website for specific available dates.

Doggy Happy Hour Opening Day
April 3, 2014
5-8 p.m.
Jackson 20 and Hotel Monaco Alexandria, 480 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Free (drinks sold separately)

An Old Town Alexandria institution, Doggy Happy Hour at Jackson 20 and the Hotel Monaco Alexandria will resume this spring, offering specials on handcrafted cocktails and beers plus treats and water for canine companions. Dog-lovers can peruse items from local pet boutiques and learn about pet services in the area. 15% of proceeds benefit P.A.L. (People. Animals. Love.)

Old Town Alexandria Cherry Blossom Food Tour
March 22-April 12, 2014
Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m.

New to Alexandria, DC Metro Food Tours will bring their popular Cherry Blossom Food Tour to Old Town. In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, guests will embark on a guided walking tour of Alexandria, exploring the city’s history and 18th- and 19th-century architecture while pausing in locally-owned eateries to sample delectable cherry-centric dishes and learn about cherry blossom history in the nation’s capital.

Blossoms by Bike River Ride
April 4-13, 2014
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Departs at 1 p.m. from Alexandria
$40 (must be 13 years or older)

Join Bike and Roll on this three hour specially-crafted tour, riding along the scenic Mount Vernon Trail from Old Town Alexandria to Washington, DC, and experience magnificent views of the cherry blossoms from across the Potomac River. The tour continues into DC and around the tidal basin where bikers will see the blossoms up close and learn the history of these beautiful gifts before heading back to Alexandria.

Cherry Blossom Boat Tour
March 29-April 13, 2014
Saturday & Sunday
Departing at 11:30 a.m.1:303:30 & 5:30 p.m.
Cameron & Union sts., Alexandria, VA 22314
$26 adults, $14 children (2-11)

In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, the Potomac Riverboat Company offers the chance to avoid the crowds and embark on a relaxing boat cruise, viewing the gorgeous pink buds blooming along the Potomac River. As an extended version of the company’s “Washington by Water Monuments Cruise,” this cruise also includes the opportunity to view DC’s riverside monuments and disembark at Georgetown.

Spring2Action: Alexandria's Biggest Day of Giving
April 9, 2014
Times vary
Alexandria, VA 22314

New this year, more than 30 participating local shops and restaurants are joining Spring2Action, Alexandria’s biggest day of giving, by donating as much as 20% of purchase to any school or charity the customer chooses. To sweeten the deal, the Old Town Boutique District will give $500 to the school or charity that rallies the most customers to one of its member stores. Customers need only mention "Spring2ACTion" when paying. 100+ different schools and nonprofits are promoting Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s annual city-wide online giving campaign.

Tall Ship Schooner Virginia comes to Alexandria
April 12-13, 2014
12-5 p.m.
G/H Pier on the North End of the Marina at 201 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

The Schooner Virginia—a tall ship recreation of the Virginia Pilot Association’s last pure sailing vessel, in operation from 1917-1926—will dock in Alexandria, the first stop of its 2014 tour, where, along the historic waterfront, visitors are invited to participate in deck tours.

Lee-Fendall House 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
April 16-18, 2014
Egg hunts begin at Friday, 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.; Sunday,12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314
$12 kids (0-12); $5 adults

To celebrate Easter, the Lee-Fendall House Museum’s gardens will be filled with hundreds of colorful, toy-filled Easter eggs, in addition to activities like games, crafts and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Children ages 0-12 are eligible to participate; all children welcome to additional activities. Tickets available online.

Alexandria Historic Homes & Garden Tour
April 26, 2014
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Old Town Alexandria
$35 in advance; $40 day of; $20 for single sites

Celebrating the 81st anniversary of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, this tour features privately owned Old Town homes and gardens plus historic properties like the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Carlyle House Historic Park and George Washington's Mount Vernon, offering visitors the rare opportunity to see behind the brick walls into some of the most gorgeous residences in this unique neighborhood. Tickets and information available at the Alexandria Visitors Center (221 King St.).

Historic Alexandria Attics and Alleys Tours
May 3-31, 2014
9 a.m.-noon
Departs from Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA 22314 or Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
$35 (Advanced reservations required)

The curious are invited to visit rarely seen spaces at four of Alexandria's historic sites on this special three-hour walking tour of Gadsby's Tavern Museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden and Carlyle House Historic Park. Tickets reserved online at

2014 Del Ray House & Garden Tour
May 10, 2014
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $20

This year’s tour features homes ranging from a 1940's row house to an amazing "green" renovation to one of the few Del Ray homes with an in ground swimming pool. From flights of artistic fancy to small spaces lived large, the tour has something for everyone. This biennial project of the Del Ray Citizens Association serves as a fundraiser for the Alexandria Scholarship Fund and other neighborhood projects like tree planting, park renovations and neighborhood gatherings.

Free Mother’s Day Museum Tours
May 11, 2014
1-5 p.m.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Mothers free)
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Mothers free)
Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314 (Free)

In honor of Mother’s Day, moms enjoy free admission to some of Alexandria’s premiere historic sites. At the Friendship Firehouse Museum, mothers will receive a complimentary family photo.

To Inspire: Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s Season Finale Featuring Classic Favorites
May 17, 2014
8 p.m.
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311
Prices vary

In partnership with the National Gallery of Art, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will close its 70th season with pieces known to inspire renowned artist Edgar Degas, featuring selections by Beethoven, Mozart, Gounod and Verdi plus special guests Anita Johnson and Matt Harding.