Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sustainable Holiday Hosting presented by MOM's Organic Market, THURSDAY!!

MOM's Organic Market is excited to hosting their first Sustainable Holiday Hosting community outreach event this Thursday evening (November 20th) from 6:30-8:00pm at the Four Mile Run Conservatory Center (4109 Mt Vernon Avenue).

MOM's staff will be demonstrating and tasting some of their favorite holiday foods and meal suggestions, from gluten free stuffing to organic pies with healthy toppings.

They'll also be sharing information about ways to keep the holidays more sustainable.

Everything is free of charge and MOM's plan to make sure the time is fun for the whole family.

MOM's Organic Market opened is Arlandria location in October 2002 at 3831 Mount Vernon Avenue and does business 7 days a week from 9am-9pm (Except Sundays: 9am-8pm).

Founded in 1987 by Scott Nash at the age of 22 with an initial investment of $100 as a home delivery business out of his mom's garage, MOM's mission is "To Protect and Restore the Environment":

We believe that environmental destruction and climate change are the biggest problems facing humankind today. We believe that in leading by example we can protect and restore the environment. By instituting best practices to reduce our impact on the environment, and by educating staff and customers, we are influencing customers, employees, and many other businesses.

MOM's has been a strong supporter of environmental efforts throughout the region and right in their own backyard in Arlandria's Four Mile Run Park (see links below). With the news is out that the Mount Vernon Village Center redevelopment is going forward (Arlandria Redevelopment Project Could Get Rolling in 2014), MOM's will continue to serve Arlandria in new and better ways. According to the a spokesman for the development, "MOM's is getting bigger"...more space in the new building next to their current location.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group Meeting TONIGHT

An Arlandria Action Plan Advisory Group Meeting will take place tonight,  7-9pm at the Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Avenue.
Please join your neighbors in learning about recent efforts to implement the Arlandria Neighborhood Plans.  Discussion topics include Four Mile Run Park, Four Mile Run Stream Restoration, pedestrian and transportation improvements, and private development projects.
Please note that simultaneous translation will not be provided at tonight’s meeting.
For additional information or to get involved, please visit the Arlandria Plan Implementation website at or contact Brandi Collins at 703.746.3854 or

Alexandria's Department of Planning & Zoning has produced a July 2014 edition of the "Arlandria Newsletter" detail updates on the Arlandria Action Plan Impementation.

The newsletter can be viewed at this link or on the City's Arlandria Plan webpage:

Friday, November 07, 2014

4MR Park Tree Mulching & Clean-up: Tuesday, November 11th!

The 4MR Park Tree Planting Plan
Bring work gloves and what ever shovels and rakes you have handy to Four Mile Run Park on the morning of Veterans Day. We're prepping over a dozen newly planted trees for winter. 

Meet at the cul-de-sac
Edison Street
Alexandria, VA 22305

Kevin Beekman,

(Please RSVP to the 4MR Park Event on Facebook or at the email above to help us prepare).

Over the past summer, in conjunction with the citizen-run Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market, the City of Alexandria launched its first-ever crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to kick-start the recently adopted Four Mile Run Park Improvement Plan by planting new trees in the park. Citizens responded with contributions large and small by donating tax-deductibly via the crowd-funding website.

With the arrival of tree planting season, over a dozen new trees were planted Thursday in the portion of Four Mile Run Park along the Mark Drive alleyway. A community mulching and park cleaning day is planned for the morning of Veterans Day, November 11th at 9am to prepare the trees for winter.

The 4MR Park Community Fall Tree Planting is a community initiative together with the City of Alexandria's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and funded in part by the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market and Action Alexandria who each awarded $1,000 to the project. Citizens contributed another $1,000 that the City was able to further combine with tree donations from other sources in order to advance the project. 

The 4MR Park Tree Planting is a continuation of the work begun over the last few years by a group of community volunteers in the Arlandria neighborhood who came together to perform various improvement projects in and around Four Mile Run Park to complement the work of the Four Mile Run Restoration Plan and the new Four Mile Run Park Improvement Plan. The projects include: the Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market, the Four Mile Run Park Expansion, Commonwealth Park (the rehabilitation of a former electrical substation at 3550 Commonwealth Avenue) and a large tree planting last fall. All of these activities have been documented here on The Arlandrian (

The new alley of trees along the edge of Four Mile Run Park

“A group of folks in the community have been engaged with stream mitigation work, park improvements and stream cleanups for a number of years and the farmers market we started was an outgrowth of that,” says organizer Kevin Beekman. “Money we raise at the market from t-shirt sales and market vendor fees typically amounts to around $1,000 a year. We always donate all proceeds to the City for the park, but this year we’re leveraging the funds to attract more grants and donations.”

Thursday, November 06, 2014

This just in... Arlandria Newsletter November 2014

This just in...

Alexandria's Department of Planning & Zoning has produced a July 2014 edition of the "Arlandria Newsletter" detail updates on the Arlandria Action Plan Impementation.

The newsletter can be viewed at this link or on the City's Arlandria Plan webpage:

Online viewers might also be able to view it below: