FYI Alexandria - September 18, 2019

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King Street Art Festival

Historic Old Town Alexandria will transform into an art-lover's paradise September 21-22, during the 17th Annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival. More than 200 local and national artists will display their works in a prestigious show encompassing fine jewelry, exquisite works of art and handcrafted apparel and decor. During this community festival, art enthusiasts discover spectacular paintings, life-sized sculptures, glasswork, photography, ceramics and more. More than $15 million in art will be on display during the two-day, outdoor art gallery event. All artists will be on-site throughout the festival, allowing visitors to discover the inspiration behind each original piece.

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PARKing Day Event

On Friday, September 20, the City will celebrate PARK(ing) Day, a worldwide event that promotes the importance of creating and preserving public green space in urban areas by temporarily reclaiming several on-street parking spaces and transforming them into exciting and imaginative park spaces called "parklets." Join City agencies, as well as local businesses and nonprofit organizations, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for refreshments and giveaways. Find parklet locations around the City on the parklet map.

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City Council Recognizes Second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day

At its regular meeting on September 10, the Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing the second Monday in October of each year as Indigenous Peoples' Day. Alexandria joins more than 130 cities across the country that have recognized this day as Indigenous Peoples' Day since 1994. This designation will not affect the existing federal or state holidays on the same day.

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Alexandria Metro Stations Now Open

Alexandria Metrorail stations reopened with full service on September 9, following Metro's summer Platform Improvement Project. All four Metrorail stations in Alexandria (as well as two in Fairfax County) were closed on May 25 for safety repairs. While the train service has resumed as usual, residents may notice continued construction work as Metro works to finalize the station improvements. Once completed, customers can expect an enhanced station experience that will bring a higher level of safety, convenience and communication.

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Next City Hall Visioning Study Meeting

The City will host a second City Hall Visioning Study meeting on September 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the City Hall Sister Cities Conference Room 1101 (301 King St.). Learn about the City Hall Visioning Study and potential approaches to the City Hall renovation; take a brief tour of City Hall and learn about its history; view City Hall initiatives through gallery displays; ask questions and share ideas regarding the future of City Hall.

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Prepared, Not Scared 

The City of Alexandria encourages everyone to learn how to prepare for emergencies by being ready, involved and informed. Learn how you can be prepared for any disaster that may strike. In recognition of National Preparedness Month, the City is hosting an Emergency Preparedness Fair on September 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Market Square (301 King St.). "Until Help Arrives" training and instruction on Hands-Only CPR are also being offered. For more information, including locations and times for these free training events, see the Upcoming Events section. 

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