Alexandria fans honor best in independent music and film

January 2, 2019 by  

Organizers have announced the details of the festival and the nominees for the 10th Annual World Music & Independent Film Festival.

Interested attendees have [Read more]

Alexandria continues Christmas waterskiing tradition

December 5, 2018 by  

Santa is abandoning his sleigh for waterskis for the 33rd annual Waterskiing Santa event this Christmas.

The waterskiing event is a free show that many now consider a holiday tradition. In 1986, a group of friends dared each other to perform a stunt that made its way on the local news. The sight drew so many spectators, the same friends did the stunt again the following year.

Santa and Mrs. Claus attend the event each year along with some other well-known holiday characters. The Grinch, Rudolph, and a few elves also often appear. The show takes place on the Potomac River and typically runs from about Lumley Park to the Torpedo Factory. The best place to view the action is at Waterfront Park.

The preshow includes jet ski riders, and following Santa’s display of his waterskiing talents, everyone can come to the Torpedo Factory and meet the Clauses. The stars of the show will only have about 30 minutes to meet with the crowd because of Santa’s plans later that night, but pictures are welcome. Children who arrive early will usually have the chance to sit on Santa’s lap. Guests can also meet the other holiday characters as they mingle with the crowd.

The event is likely to offer unique images for Christmas cards and other holiday printing services. It takes place at Alexandria’s waterfront between King and Oronoco Streets on Christmas Eve, with waterskiing beginning at 12:45 PM. Businesses interested in sponsorship, USA Waterski Certified Drivers, and anyone that wants to know more about the team should visit the Waterskiing Santa website.

Alexandria area volunteers needed

November 7, 2018 by  

Everyone is invited to take part in annual wreath laying in Arlington.

Every year since 1992, the [Read more]

Alexandria Festival celebrates puppetry

October 4, 2018 by  

Puppet MakerFEST 2018 offers workshops and live performances.

The National Capital Puppetry Guild and [Read more]

Educational family carnival planned in Alexandria

September 8, 2018 by  

The organizers of the ASTEAM Fall Family Carnival coming up this month hope to engage children in the fields of mathematics, aviation, and much more.

Through the [Read more]

Alexandria residents gather supplies for students

August 2, 2018 by  

The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) annual School Supply Drive is already collecting material for the 2018-2019 school year.

The CFNC wants all children entering pre-school to have the supplies they need. To make certain this is possible, the organization uses the summer months prior to the September school opening day to gather as many supplies as possible. The wish list for the drive includes all basic supplies preschool children need and use. Included are folders, tissues, notebooks, and much more.

Residents can view the wish list on the CFNC website or download the list and visit printing services to make copies to distribute through their neighborhood. Donations can be dropped off to the CFNC headquarters or arrangements can be made with the organization to pick up any collected items.

CNFC is a nonprofit group that was set up in 1984 by local mothers upset by the failure rates of kindergarteners in disadvantaged communities. Today, the organization supplies eight preschool classrooms in Alexandria to help ensure every child has the tools they need to succeed. The School Supply Drive is just one of the events the group holds each year.

The first day of school this year is September 5. People are encouraged to drop off supplies at the CFNC headquarters located at 3700 Wheeler Avenue in Alexandria prior to this date. To arrange for a pickup, call (703) 836-0214 or send an email to

City of Alexandria invites everyone to birthday celebration

July 2, 2018 by  

The City of Alexandria is combining its 269th birthday with the 241st birthday of the United States for a one-night event.

The celebration of the [Read more]

Alexandria residents should get ready to get healthy

June 21, 2018 by  

The upcoming Fourth Annual Well Ray Festival is a family-friendly wellness event, designed to encourage everyone in the community to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

The Del Ray Business Association, an [Read more]

Unique additions to Alexandria wine festival

May 7, 2018 by  

A Mount Vernon event mixes a little history with the celebration of local winemakers at the Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour.

The wine festival is [Read more]

Alexandria showcases historic area homes

April 12, 2018 by  

The 85th annual Historic Garden Week is coming up, and will include tours of five of Old Town’s finest homes.

The Garden Club of [Read more]

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