Alexandria Roundup: Celebrate Independents, Society Fair, Julia Childs, Fixing the Blue Line, and more!

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Dawn at the Dock
Tuesdays are Rule 5 days in which we scan the local Alexandria, Virginia area blogs to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.  For a list of our favorite local blogs, click this link.

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Thunderstorms possible this afternoon Scattered thunderstorms may develop in the region this afternoon, and a couple could turn severe. (Capital Weather Gang)

Should Metro be Privatized? Riders raise this possibility because they’re desperate for better service. But forget that goal if the motive is profit. (Dr. Gridlock)

To ‘fix’ Blue Line Service, Metro proposes cutting service on other lines Since the debut of “Rush Plus” in 2012, Metro’s Blue Line riders have faced longer waits for trains. Now WMATA wants to fix that, but to do it, would cut service to all the other lines (except the Red Line). (GG Wash)

Summer enrichment suggestions for ACPS students For many students, the summer vacation away from school can result in a decline in learning from one academic year to the next. To help address this issue, the ACPS Department of Curriculum and Instruction has assembled a series of resources to help prevent summer learning loss and support learning as students progress through the summer and prepare for the coming academic year. (Alexandria Mom)

Julia Childs’ D.C. home lands on the market Welcome to this recently listed Georgetown abode, once home to the legendary American chef Julia Child. Now on the market, you can own this piece of culinary/real estate history for $1.1 million. (Curbed DC)

Saving Space with bunk beds When your two kids share a small bedroom, bunk beds are pretty much inevitable. (DIY Del Ray)

There’s lots to love about Society Fair in Alexandria Brunch date. Dinner date. Wine date. Patio date. Coffee date. Cake date. Society Fair has you covered. (In a D.C. Minute)

Celebrate your Independents all throughout July in the OTBD July is a month to celebrate and enjoy all things American, like baseball games the ole’ red, white, and blue. It’s also known as Independent Retailer Month, and Alexandria is a community that thrives on local businesses. (OTBD Blog)

2016 ACPS Budget Wrap-up Last month, the School Board finalized the budget for the 2015-2016 school year. Compared with the Board’s proposed plan, the operating budget was cut by $2.2 million and the capital improvement budget was cut by $3.3 million to reflect the smaller-than-requested contribution from the city. (Port City Notebook)

Meet new the Art League’s new Gallery Director As The Art League’s newest Gallery Director, Whitney Staiger has a lot of responsibilities: finding exhibit jurors, communicating with member artists, managing exhibits and events — and answering questions for blog posts. (The Art League)

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