Alexandria's Winter Restaurant Week

Alexandria's Winter Restaurant Week is this week - from February 17-26. Participating restaurants feature a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two. More than 30 restaurants will also offer lunch deals at $10, $15 or $20 per person in addition to the dinner specials.

The Visit Alexandria website has more information about the restaurants, menus, and reservations.

River Towers Super Bowl Party

RIVER TOWERS SUPER BOWL PARTY
BLDG 31 CLUB ROOM
SUNDAY
FEB 5 AT 6PM
SUPERBOWL KICKOFF AT 6:30


WITH PIZZA, DRINKS, HOTDOGS, SNACKS,
BEER, WINE AND ANY BYO FOOD
(NO BYO ALCOHOLIC DRINKS)


SIGNUP AT OFFICE PRIOR TO FEB 4.

Beat the Heat: Kayak the Potomac River

If you're tired of this sauna-like weather, go over to Belle Haven Marina and rent a kayak. On a hot summer day in August, few things can beat being on a boat in the water.

If you'd like to store your own kayak, canoe, or paddle board, the new boat rack has spaces left that are free. Contact the condo office for more information about renting a storage spot.

Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries…

When Orchard County Produce Farm Stand is here. It’s open today until 7:00. Cherries (sweet and sour), peaches, blackberries, currents, sweet peas, squash, and tomatoes are all in season. The cherries are perfectly delicious. If you haven’t tried their homemade marmalade yet, do so. It’s quite good. They have eggs, meat, bread, whoopie pies, and other items too.

 

 

Orchard County Produce Farm Stand Opens at River Towers Today!

River Towers residents will now have the convenience of being able to buy in-season fresh produce from Orchid County Farm right from our parking lot! The Orchard County Produce Farm Stand will be open every Tuesday, beginning today, from 3 pm to 6 pm.

They sell:

  • in-season fresh fruits and vegetables,
  • freshly-baked pies, cookies and breads,
  • homemade jams and jellies,
  • raw honey,
  • all-naturally grown beef, pork, and chicken,
  • hormone-free, unpasteurized cheese, and
  • eggs from cage-free, happy chickens.

You can find the stand in the 6621-6631 Wakefield Drive guest parking lot.

Be forewarned: their jams are addicting.

Spring has sprung here at River Towers!

A week after the last snow, it seems that spring may have finally arrived. The cherry blossoms, as well as several other blooming trees, are in full bloom. Here are some pictures from the grounds. Feel free to send in any pictures of spring that you'd like to share.

Sounds of Dyke Marsh

This spring add the sounds of Dyke Marsh to your playlist. Laura Sebastianelli has preserved the natural sounds around us on her blog Potomac Ecotones. Her recordings are especially useful since most recordings are accompanied by pictures of animals. They’re a wonderful educational tool to help you identify our animal neighbors. I’ve long enjoyed the song of the Carolina Wren, but I didn’t know which bird was singing as I walked by it. Now I know the sound of its call and what it looks like.

Her recordings are as diverse as the wildlife around us; it’s a treasure trove of sounds. The blog has recordings of beaver chewing, owls hooting, frogs croaking, and foxes howling. To hear those sounds and many others, check out her blog.

Snowzilla

It’s hard to believe we were in the midst of a blizzard a little over a week ago. Here's a “bench mark” picture of the amount of snow we had. If you have pictures of the “Snowzilla” that you’d like to share on the website, please email them to the Communications Committee.

Bat Night

Last night was Bat Night here at River Towers. I learned that I am forever indebted and grateful for bats, as many plants rely on bats as their sole pollinators for their flowers, including some species of coffee and cocoa plants that make chocolate. Here are some more interesting “batground” facts that I learned from River Towers resident Deborah Hammer:

  • About ¼ of mammals are bats.
  • Insect bats eat their weight in insects every night.
  • Red bats live in NOVA and they roost in sycamore trees. When they hang from the branches, their bodies resemble the tree leaves.

To find out more about bats and how to help them, visit the Save Lucy Campaign.

Osprey Love Nest

Check out this video called the Osprey Love Nest by William Young, which is about the osprey nest at the Belle Haven Marina. If you can't get enough of the love fest in the nest, then watch the sequel too. It focuses on feeding and fledglings.

Wildlife at River Towers: Welcome Spring!

One of the advantages of living at River Towers is our close-up view of wildlife. Now that Spring is here, you can see a wide variety of animals throughout the property. Some points of interest include:

  • Beavers and muskrats can both be seen swimming in our canal and in the marsh. Beavers are bigger and have flat, paddle-like tails. Muskrats are smaller and have thin tails. The Washington Post has a guide that is helpful in telling the difference between the two. Both animals may live together in the beaver lodge, which can be seen from our back yard. The beavers in the lodge have at least two babies, known as kits.
Beavers at  Dyke Marsh

Beavers at  Dyke Marsh

  • Canada Geese and Mallard Ducks are both waterfowl that we see here in much larger numbers during the winter.

Remember: Do not harm, feed, chase, or harass our wildlife. If you have guests, please remind them of these rules.

Plant Life: Welcome Spring!

Now that Spring is here, an abundance of plant life is in bloom around River Towers. The flowers on our four different types of cherry trees have passed their peak, but as you walk around the grounds, here are a few points of interest:

Redbud trees: These native trees have lavender blossoms in the Spring, followed by red leaves. We have several in the front lawn.

 

Redbud Tree

Redbud Tree

 

Native Grasses: Many native grasses on our lawn provide food for honey bees and other insects. These include violets, buttercups, and clover.

Wildflowers

Wildflowers


Dogwood trees: We have a few examples of our state tree around River Towers. Check out the
pink ones in front of 6621!

Dogwood Tree Blossoms

Dogwood Tree Blossoms


Sedum: This colorful groundcover can be found around the edges in several places next to the River Towers buildings.

Sedum Blossoms and Leaves

Sedum Blossoms and Leaves