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Concerts in the Park, Interim Principal at West Potomac and Costco

Here are five things you should know in Alexandria on Aug. 8.

Costco slated to open in August on Richmond Highway.
Costco slated to open in August on Richmond Highway.

It's Thursday, and as always there's plenty to do in the Alexandria area. If you find yourself with an empty calendar today (which is probably unlikely for most), check out these events in the area.

Interim Principal for WestPo. FCPS recently announced the new interim principal for West Potomac High School. The school's principal Cliff Hardison died unexpectedly in late July.

Costco. The new Costco location open bright and early at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Be one of the first shoppers in the new store on Richmond Highway.

Enjoy an evening concert by Jason Paul Curtis & Swing Lab performing American songbook, jazz, swing and bossa nova. It’s part of the Carlyle Music at Twilight Concert series. 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., John Carlyle Park, 300 John Carlyle St. Special Events Hotline, 703-746-5592.

Rock out with indie rock, punk rock, dreamy shoe gazers and other up-and-coming bands at the long-running and free Fort Reno Park concerts. The series wraps up for the summer on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The park is located at Chesapeake Street and Nebraska Avenue in Northwest Washington, DC.

Paint Your Own Pottery. Trying to find things for the kiddos to do on a rainy day? Try a paint your own pottery shop like Paint This! (1013 King Street in Old Town Alexandria), All Fired Up (3413 Connecticut Ave., NW in Washington, DC), Paint Your Own Pottery (10417 Main St., Fairfax) and Clay Café Chantilly (13894 Metro Tech D, Chantilly). It's not just for kids, either!

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