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Potomac Yard Metro, Bluegrass at The Birchmere and 60 Years of The Art League

Plus, plans for a new hotel on Alexandria's waterfront.

The Birchmere is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue. (Patch file photo)
The Birchmere is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue. (Patch file photo)

Welcome back from the holidays. Here’s a look at the week ahead in Alexandria:

Potomac Yard Metro Station Update — The Alexandria work group charged with analyzing the proposed Potomac Yard Metro station will have its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at City Hall.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will offer an update on the project planning as well as general updates on the developments at Potomac Yard, including the Route 1 Bus Rapid Transitway.

For more information, see: Potomac Yard Metro Work Group to Meet Jan. 6

Waterfront Hotel — Alexandria’s Planning Commission will consider plans to build a 121-room hotel in the 200 block of S. Union Street at its regular hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 at City Hall. The hotel plan received a lukewarm reception at a recent board of architectural review hearing.

Author Talk — Chris Dietzel, author of “The Man Who Watched the World End,” will hold a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Beatley Central Library, located at 5005 Duke St. His novel was named one of GoodReads top 10 "Most Interesting Reads of 2013."

60 Years of The Art League — In celebration of The Art League’s 60th anniversary, the gallery will revisit a major art movement from the last six decades with a special exhibition each month in 2014. The opening reception for January’s “Abstract Expressionism Revisited” will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at the gallery, which is located inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center at 105 N. Union St. More information is available on The Art League’s website.

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder — Do you like bluegrass music? You do? OK. You’ll want to check out shows from the 14-time Grammy winner and his fellow Kentuckians on Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave.). Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $39.50. More information available on the Birchmere website

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