August 25, 2015


Meeting Volunteers wanted – sign up now! – Greeters and Food

Two more volunteering opportunities at membership meetings:


Nothing says “Welcome!” more than a friendly smile! Join a member of the board or membership committee to help greet members as they arrive for the meeting. You will co-man a small table, co-greet members, and ask members to make a name tag. Please arrive to the meeting a bit early (around 6:45 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. meeting) and be present at the table until the start of the meeting at 7:30 p.m. That’s it! A wonderful way to meet new people and get involved – it’s only 40 minutes of your time!

Food Helper

DRCA encourages social mingling and making new friends! What better way to do that than over some food and drinks. Food Helpers are in charge of providing food for the meeting. We encourage Food Helpers to be as creative as possible (do you like to cook?? Cook away!! Do you have a favorite dessert you want to share – go for it!) and provide for approximately 30 people – you will be reimbursed for $50 (save your receipts!). Don’t forget the adult beverages ;-) Please arrive around 6:45 p.m. to set up the food and remain until the end of the meeting to help put any left overs away.

Interested? Sign up here:


August 25, 2015


ISO: Media Communications and IT Chairperson for DRCA Board!

The Del Ray Citizens Association is seeking out a Media Communications and IT Chairperson to sit on the board of directors for the 2015-2016 season.

Duties include:
  • keeping the website up-to-date,
  • communicating events and information via twitter and Facebook (in addition to the website) on a regular basis,
  • meet with and interact with key local government officials,
  • and actively attend monthly membership meetings and monthly board meetings.
The ideal candidate will have experience in media communication (twitter and Facebook), knowledge of website design, and willingness to revamp website in an effort to make it user friendly.
This is a volunteer position. If interested, please email

August 5, 2015


August 2015 Land Use Committee Agenda

Please join us for the August 11, 2015 Land Use Committee Meeting at 7:00pm at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue. Topics to be discussed include:

  1. Pork Barrel BBQ/ Holy Cow/ Sushi Bar: Increase number of seats, add live music and parking reduction.
  2. Del Ray Montessori Expansion: Add toddler program, additional primary class and parking reduction.
  3. Del Ray Pizzeria (The Reserve): Amend existing SUP to allow use of second floor dining room without reservations.
  4. 2700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Souvlaki Bar: Request to open a fast-casual restaurant

July 29, 2015


Draft Del Ray Architectural Pattern book now available!

The draft Del Ray Residential Pattern book is now available for comment through Monday, August 10th.

Also, remember to save the date for the Residential Architecture conference on Saturday, September 19th!

July 18, 2015

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National Night Out Volunteers Needed

We have started planning for another NNO this August 4th and need many volunteers to support this event to ensure its success. The event will be held at the Mount Vernon Req Center Athletic Fields again this year August 4th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

We need volunteers to help the day of the event to help setup, manage food and cleanup after the event. If you are interested in volunteering this year please email Jay Nestlerode ( directly.


An image from last year's National Night Out, with tents, grills and people sitting on the grass.

June 27, 2015


Stewart/Randolph entrance to Mt. Jefferson Park begins next week

The city is going to begin work on the interim park improvements to Mt. Jefferson Park,  starting with tree removal at the future Stewart/Randolph entrance to the park. For more information, see below:

Site work is proceeding to open up the new Stewart Avenue/Randolph Avenue entrance to Mt.Jefferson Park/WOD trail.   Tree removal work is scheduled to begin next week, weather permitting.  The pathway work is anticipated to be complete late July.  Tree plantings will be scheduled this fall.

For additional information about the interim park improvements in this area of Mt. Jefferson Park, please click the link below.

June 22, 2015


Event: A Guide to Gardening in Alexandria

Simpson_gardenThe Alexandria Beautification Commission and Virginia Cooperative Extension invite you to learn to plan and tend an urban garden.

Whether you’re new to the challenges of urban gardening or have specific issues that need addressing, this program is for you! Kirsten Buhls, the Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for Alexandria, will be addressing the challenges of urban gardening and the best ways to overcome them. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested — sign up online at

The Best Management Practices for Urban Landscapes: A Guide to Gardening in Alexandria
Tuesday June 30, 7:30-9:00 pm
Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA