EVENTS

Dogtoberfest!
Don’t forget about your feline friends, King Street Cats does a marvelous job making the purrfect connection between cats and their new forever families… MORE INFO
The Taste of Old Town North 2020!
The Reimagined Taste of Old Town North will launch in mid October and continue through the holiday season. This year’s Taste will highlight the charms of Old Town North, it’s history, it’s three diverse neighborhoods, the Canal District, Parker Grey, Braddock East and its future as Alexandria’s Arts and Cultural District. … MORE INFO
Free Yoga in the Fresh Air

Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 5:00-6:00 pm, weather permitting. Join us for an open level,  friendly flow class in Montgomery Park with River’s Edge Yoga Studio, owner, Margaret Townsend. All are welcome! Wear a mask, bring your mat and enter at the market entrance, 901 North Royal Street. Enjoy an hour of yoga, followed by some delicious local food at the market.  

IN THE COMMUNITY

  • Alexandria Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker shares opportunities to support the work of ALIVE! and other local news. Learn more here
  • Holiday Sharing 2020
    Help our families enjoy the holiday season by providing them with Holiday gifts and meals! Financial and emotional stress dampen the holiday cheer of our neighbors in need. This is especially true this year. For more than two decades, with your help, the Holiday Sharing Program has helped ensure a joyous holiday for Alexandria’s low-income families, struggling seniors and children in foster care. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
  • Trader Joe’s is collecting donations of food and household goods for those in need.
  •  Check out Visit Alexandria for the complete list of vendors and restaurants offering curbside pick up or delivery. Stay well! www.visitalexandriava.com/.
  • The City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs has outlined the plan for Phase 3 reopening. Learn more here.
  • The City and Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) have been working together in a forward-thinking, collaborative process to develop a Joint City-ACPS Facilities Master Plan (JFMP). This plan will deliver a long-range, integrated, citywide blueprint for public facilities that benefits Alexandria residents.
  • Great news! Alexandria City Libraries are open. Library News
  • The Old Town North Community Partnership will once again be joining the Food and Friend’s “Slice of Life” Campaign in support of those in need of food and friendship. Pie sales begin in early October, please stop by the Community Table at the Thursday Market to learn more and place your order. Award-winning bakery Whisked will be baking the pies this year.
  • We will continue to collect healthy non-perishable food for local food pantries. Donations may be left in the ALIVE Bin at the Community Table. We are also collecting food for the Animal Welfare League for their emergency food pantry. Helping animals and their owners during these challenging times.
  • Many thanks to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs for creating a great program of virtual Concerts.

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BUSINESS NEWS

  • Second Round of Small Business Grants Announced for Alexandria Greetings from the Old Town North Community Partnership, the City of Alexandria has approved a second round of Back to Business Grants for local Alexandria Businesses. The application process will begin September 30th, 2020read more
  • Old Town North Community Partnership and the Old Town North Alliance supports small businesses The Alexandria Planning Commission and City Council are considering several text amendments to the Zoning Code that would reduce slightly the conditions imposed on small businesses seeking to operate in Alexandria, including restaurants, day care centers, farmers markets, amusement enterprises, and others. These proposed changes would also make it easier for restaurants to offer outdoor dining.

COVID-19

  • Updates: City of Alexandria – Coronavirus The Alexandria Health Department recommends that all community members change their daily behavior to reduce risk from COVID-19, particularly to protect our most vulnerable populations. The City of Alexandria has already taken proactive measures to further reduce risk and encourages all organizations and individuals to take necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Attached are two helpful resources, which we encourage you to share, either electronically or by printing the flyers and making them available to those without easy access to traditional media or electronic devices. For up-to-date information on this rapidly evolving situation, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus
  • For our Neighbors STAY UP TO DATE. To make sure you have the most updated information, stay tuned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site, which also offers an infectious disease outbreak response plan for businesses.
    Masks are required when entering all Public Spaces! Take steps to protect yourself
    • Clean your hands often – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. – If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact – Avoid close contact with people who are sick – Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • For our Local Business Owners
    Please let your customers know what steps you are taking to keep them and your employees safe. Display your plan at your business location and/or on your marketing channels, like e-mail, website, or social. The CDC recommends using a hospital-grade cleaning solution or taking additional steps like more frequent disinfecting as an extra precaution.

    The Small Business Administration has recently announced $ 8 billion in funds available to help small businesses survive the impact of the Coronavirus on their business. Check the SBA site for updates and more information.

Volunteers

The Old Town North Community Partnership is looking for volunteers to help us with the market and other events throughout the year. Interested? We would love to hear from you. Please contact Margaret Townsend (River’s Edge Yoga) 571-218-2161 or email: info@oldtownnorth.org

HOURS: 3:00-7:00 PM