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Spring Cleaning for a Good Cause

April 1, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
The Center for Professional Development at Wider Circle's Silver Spring Campus provides free career attire and job readiness training for individuals in need.The Center for Professional Development at Wider Circle's Silver Spring Campus provides free career attire and job readiness training for individuals in need.

This Spring, cleaning out your closet could be good for both your wardrobe and local residents in need.

We’re collecting gently used career attire for men and women at Wider Circle’s Center for Professional Development. There, low-income individuals receive complimentary job readiness training, as well as interview-appropriate clothing for their new job search. Your donation is tax deductible, thanks to our partnership with Professional Women in Building. You can view the flyer here.

Donate now through April 21, 2014 at any one of our drop off locations:

EYA’s Chancellor’s Row Townhome Community
627 Regent Place NE, Washington, DC 20017
Open Daily from 11 AM – 6 PM

EYA’s Old Town Commons Community
735 N. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Open Daily from 11 AM – 6 PM

EYA’s Corporate Office
4800 Hampden Lane, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814
Open M-F, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Valentine’s Day Like a Local

February 10, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day, shop local in your EYA neighborhood. Everything you need to surprise your sweetie is just moments away, including gourmet restaurants, unique gifts and delectable treats.

Bethesda, MD

Pamper the special someone in your life with a day at the Aveda Salon and Spa. Give the gift of a massage or choose from one of their salon and spa packages. After a day of relaxation, indulge in a delicious dinner at one of Bethesda’s many acclaimed restaurants. The Mussel Bar & Grille is offering a special 4-course “aphrodisiac” prix fixe menu for $60 ($80 with wine pairings) and live music beginning at 10 PM. Cesco Osteria will be serving an elegant 4-course dinner starting at $75. Visit Open Table for reservations for these and other Bethesda restaurants.

If the lady in your life craves chocolate, then a visit to Max Brenner is a must! Dip strawberries in chocolate fondue, experience their iconic chocolate pizza or feast on Belgian waffles with vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit, milk chocolate ganache and choco-pops.

Silver Spring, MD

For a classic evening of dinner and movie, grab an early bite at Jackie’s or 8407 Kitchen Bar. Jackie’s will be offering a romantic 3-course menu for $49.95 and 8407 Kitchen Bar will be serving Chef Justin Bittner’s 4-course Tasting Menu for $65. Early reservations are still available on Open Table. After a delicious dinner, head over to the AFI Silver Theatre to enjoy the classic black and white film, The Philadelphia Story featuring James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn.

If you prefer to spend the evening at home, pick up the perfect bottle of wine at Adega Wine Cellars & Café. You can also pre-order flowers and tasty treats such as chocolate covered strawberries, French macaroons and chocolate samplers at Whole Foods.

Old Town Alexandria

Whether you are shopping for him or her, your best friend or your four-legged friend, the Old Town Boutiques have got it all! Stop by the Shoe Hive for some great accessories including the hottest new bags and iPhone cases. For the guy in your life, give the “Guy’s Valentine’s Box” from Lou Lou featuring a chic water bottle, men’s soap and energy pack. And don’t forget Valentine’s Day treats and toys for your four-legged friends at The Dog Park.

What woman could resist a man with cupcakes and flowers? Pick up a stunning bouquet of hot pink and red roses or orchids from Helen Olivia. Then swing by Alexandria Cupcake for scrumptious cupcakes including dark chocolate, strawberry or decadent red velvet.

EYA Homeowners and Staff Give Back This Holiday Season

December 20, 2013 | by | 0 Comments
EYA Toy Drive

This holiday season, EYA homeowners and staff joined in the spirit of giving back by participating in EYA’s annual Toy Drive.  Our homeowners and staff generously donated over $2,500 worth of toys to benefit children attending the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (ARHA’s) annual Winter Wonderland. The EYA Foundation also donated $2,500 in gift cards to the event.

ARHA’s Winter Wonderland takes place at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Old Town Alexandria. It is a truly special event where thousands of children living in public housing developments are treated to an evening of fun including a visit from Santa and new toys. EYA staff also volunteered for the event, sorting and passing out toys to the children.

This is the 5th consecutive year that EYA has been a donor, volunteer and participant in ARHA’s Winter Wonderland.

Thanksgiving Dinners: Take Out or Go Out

November 5, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

If you love Thanksgiving, but not the cooking, there are many restaurants and markets near your EYA neighborhood that offer fully prepared take home meals or dine-in Thanksgiving Day feasts. From southern-style fried turkeys to organic Thanksgiving meals, there’s plenty to tempt your taste buds this holiday season.

Thanksgiving Turkey

Celebrate Thanksgiving southern-style with a fully prepared take home meal from Georgia Brown’s in the District. Choose between a slow roasted or deep fried turkey hand rubbed with creole seasoning. There are plenty of tasty sides from which to choose, including collard greens, cornbread stuffing and homemade buttermilk biscuits! Orders must be placed by November 25th and picked up on Thanksgiving Day between 8 AM and 11:15 AM.

Whole Foods also prepares take home Thanksgiving dinners, including fully organic and vegan meals. A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner serves 6-8 people and costs $119.99. The turkey comes ready to cook and sides include sage stuffing, homestyle mashed potatoes, organic cranberry orange relish, turkey gravy and choice of veggies or casserole.

Hill Country Barbecue Market, also in the District, offers both pre-ordered meals and dine-in options. Enjoy their Thanksgiving Day Feast including pit-smoked turkey with pan gravy, Texas toast stuffing, sweet potato bourbon mash, skillet cornbread and many other tasty options. Dine-in prices are $39.95 for adults and $15 for kids 10 and under.

For Thanksgiving with a French-twist, head to La Ferme restaurant in Chevy Chase. The three-course prix-fixe menu costs $47 and includes a number of delectable choices including pumpkin soup, seafood pot pie, roasted turkey, pan seared sea scallops, apple and cinnamon crème brulee and pumpkin and spice roulade cake.

Where better to celebrate Thanksgiving than in charming Old Town Alexandria? Historical Gadsby’s Tavern will be serving Thanksgiving meals that include turkey with savory giblet gravy and candied yams. Price is $49 per person (half price for children under 12). Or pre-order your meal from Old Town’s favorite, The Butcher Block. There are a variety of turkey and side options such as sweet potato puree, mac and cheese and fennel sausage stuffing. Orders must be placed by November 20th.

Click these links for lists of additional DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia restaurants serving up scrumptious Thanksgiving Day feasts. Be sure to make reservations early as many restaurants fill up quickly! No matter what your flavor, finding a tasty Thanksgiving meal steps from your EYA home is easy!

Halloween Happenings in Old Town

October 25, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

This Halloween, head to Old Town Alexandria to learn about its haunted history and indulge in some tasty treats. From graveyard tours to trick-or-treat shopping, there’s something for Halloween enthusiasts of all ages, including your four-legged friends – all steps from EYA’s new home communities in Alexandria!

More than two dozen member stores in the Old Town Boutique District will be handing out treats – and maybe some tricks – on October 26 from 11 am to 6 pm.

More than two dozen member stores in the Old Town Boutique District will be handing out treats – and maybe some tricks – on October 26 from 11 am to 6 pm.

Trick or Treat with the Boutiques

Grab your “ghoulfriends” and stop by the Old Town Boutique District on Saturday, October 26th for Trick or Treat with the Boutiques. More than two dozen Old Town boutiques will be handing out special treats from 11 AM – 6 PM. Participating stores include Red Barn Mercantile, Bellacara, The Shoe Hive and Apple Seed.

Ghost and Graveyard Halloween Tour

For a frightfully good time, join Alexandria Colonial Tours for their special Ghost and Graveyard Halloween Tour. Follow an 18th Century costumed guide through the charming streets of historic Old Town as you hear tales of angry ghosts looking for revenge, legends, folklore and unsolved mysteries. The one-hour tour ends with the guide abandoning you in a local graveyard!

Canine Costume Contest

Don’t leave your four-legged friends behind this Halloween. Stop by Jackson 20 on Halloween night for their annual Howl-o-ween canine costume contest! Local pets and their humans will model their finest Halloween attire in this popular pet costume contest.

View the full list of Old Town Halloween happenings here. And while you are in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by EYA’s newest Old Town communities, Old Town Commons and The Oronoco, just moments from King Street’s acclaimed boutiques and restaurants. Happy Haunting!

Old Town Living at its Best: New Townhomes with Rear Yards

September 12, 2013 | by | 2 Comments
The rear yard townhomes are perfect for entertaining family and friends.The rear yard townhomes are perfect for entertaining family and friends.

Discover the best of Old Town living at EYA’s newest luxury townhome community, Old Town Commons. The townhomes feature classic rowhome designs and private enclosed rear yards, all within walking distance of King Street, the Alexandria waterfront and the Braddock Metro.

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Celebrate the Arts in Old Town!

August 30, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

On Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th, Old Town’s acclaimed King Street will be transformed into a world-class outdoor art gallery. The 11th Annual King Street Art Festival will showcase over 200 artists from the U.S. and abroad.

Over 200 artists from around the world will be showcasing their works on King Street.

Over 200 artists from around the world will be showcasing their works on King Street.

From Washington Street to the waterfront, artist booths will line the street offering festival patrons fine art paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and more. The weekend will also be full of activities such as artist demonstrations, paper mache activities and even an Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser. For a $15 donation, you will receive a hand-made ice cream bowl full of delicious ice cream from Artfully Chocolate. Proceeds will benefit the Art League’s ceramic department.

King Street in Old Town offers festivals year round. EYA is now selling townhomes and condominiums within walking distance of King Street and the Alexandria waterfront. Old Town Commons features one and two bedroom condominiums and townhomes with rooftop terraces. The Oronoco offers 60 expansive one-level luxury condominiums on the banks of the Potomac River with unparalleled amenities such as heated pool, outdoor kitchen, concierge services and dog washing station. If the Old Town lifestyle intrigues you, visit one of our sales centers today!

Washington Eateries Serve Up Great Deals for Restaurant Week

August 15, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Excitement is in the air for Washington area foodies! Restaurant Week is back with over 200 DC restaurants offering gourmet prix-fixe menus. From August 19th – 25th, participating restaurants will offer mouth-watering 3-course lunches for $20.13 and dinners for $35.13.

Restaurant Week is the perfect chance to delight your taste buds and try out Washington's best eateries.

Restaurant Week is the perfect chance to delight your taste buds and try out Washington’s best eateries.

Meals typically include an appetizer, entree and dessert. From Contemporary to Comfort Food and Italian to Indian, Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to explore new neighborhood eateries or enjoy fine dining at an affordable price. Browse the list of participating restaurants and menus here. Many of the hottest restaurants book up fast to be sure to make your reservations early! Online reservations may be made on the Open Table website.

And in case one week just isn’t enough, Alexandria Restaurant Week begins August 23rd – September 1st. The perfect time to explore Old Town and its acclaimed restaurants, more than 50 local favorites will be offering special deals including $35 Dinner for Two or $35 3-Course Prix-Fixe Menu. Indulge your taste buds and book your table today!

5 Fresh Ways to Get Your Fit On Around the District

July 1, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Tired of your mechanical routine of cardio and then weights at your local gym? Looking to get fit while enjoying the outdoors or sharing laughs with friends and family? Check out our fresh workout ideas to see the same great results, but with many more smiles along the way.

1. Bethesda: Spend a day biking along the Capital Crescent Trail, just steps away from the Little Falls Place townhomes in Bethesda. The trail features gorgeous views of the Potomac River and offers the perfect balance of serenity and bustling noises of a community coming together to enjoy the outdoors. If you need to cool off, you can rent canoes and kayaks from one of the boathouses along the trail

The Capital Crescent Trail, offering scenic views of the Potomac river, is just steps away from the Little Falls Place townhomes in Bethesda. (Photo via Flickr Creative Commons by @SPakhrin)


2.  Old Town Alexandria: Follow the latest trend and take a Zumba dance class at a local studio. Chakaboom Fitness offers very affordable and popular Zumba classes, helping you get fit with the best music, dance moves, and cardio workout. Chakaboom prides itself on a very upbeat and energetic atmosphere and also has two additional dance classes — Chakatoning and Kangoo Jumps. Chakaboom is close to both The Oronoco waterfront condos and Old Town Commons new homes in Old Town Alexandria


3.  Enjoy the hot DC summers by going for a swim at the Ellen Linson Outdoor Pool, close to the Arts District Hyattsville. And when the leaves change colors and fall comes around, hop on over to the attached Herbert Wells Ice Rink and learn how to roller or ice skate through very low priced classes. The ice rink is open October through March, and offers public skating sessions in addition to private lessons. You can even take the whole family along to the family skating sessions on Sunday afternoons.


Get your skate on at the Herbert Wells Ice Rink, close to Arts District Hyattsville. Group classes are available in addition to low-priced public skating sessions. (Photo via Flickr Creative Commons by @xersti).

4. Take Pilates on the Patio, an outdoor core-strengthening class offered in the District. Pilates-instructor and triathlete Chauna Bryant teaches this 45-minute class, which is followed by drinks to toast your newly toned body. The class helps you enjoy the beautiful DC summer while working your muscles. Classes are offered in different areas around DC.


Enjoy a great workout and drinks in Chauna Bryant’s Pilates on the Patio program. Photo with permission from Chauna Bryant.

5. Play tennis with your neighbors and local community at one of the many local parks. Residents in Old Town Alexandria come together on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to play tennis in a fun and friendly atmosphere, showcasing their talents and creating a greater community feel. The matches are held at Montgomery Park, just a 5-minute walk from The Oronoco waterfront condos and Old Town Commons new homes.


Show off your tennis skills at weekly tennis matches at Montgomery Park, just minutes from The Oronoco waterfront condos and Old Town Commons new homes in Old Town Alexandria. (Photo via Flickr Creative Commons by @NAVFAC

Volunteer Opportunities in Old Town Alexandria

May 24, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

No matter what kind of day you’re having, the sight and sound of happy kids will make you smile.

Make a day of it at the Fourth Annual Alexandria Youth Arts Festival, an event that EYA has sponsored since its founding.

Saturday, June 8, 2013
12 PM – 4 PM
(Early/advance setup occurs Friday, June 7th and Saturday morning)

Bring your little ones for a day filled with arts activities, exhibition, dance performances and more. Or, volunteer to make the day possible, by participating in a variety of activities such as managing craft booths, providing setup support, or assisting with event traffic. To volunteer, contact Jason Ellis via email or by calling 703-535-3175.

Want an idea of how special this festival actually is? Check out their video from a recent festival.