Girl Scout cookie fans only have to wait another two weeks to get their hands on a box of Thin Mints, Tagalongs or Samoas.
Booth sales of the coveted cookies will begin on Friday, Feb. 24. Among the locations in Arlington where Girl Scout cookies will be sold are:
- Ballston Metro (901 N. Stuart Street)
- Courthouse Metro (Clarendon Blvd and N. Uhle Street)
- Crystal City Metro (18th Street and S. Bell Street)
- East Falls Church Metro (2000 N. Sycamore Street)
- Pentagon City Metro (1200 S. Hayes Street)
- Giant Food Stores (including 3115 Lee Highway, 2501 9th Road S., 2901 S. Glebe Road)
- Safeway (1525 Wilson Blvd and 5101 Wilson Blvd)
- Westover Market (5863 Washington Blvd)
- Pentagon Centre Shopping Center (1201 S. Hayes Street)
- Arlington Farmers Market (2200 Clarendon Blvd)
- Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
- Fort Myer (523 Carpenter Road)
- Kettler Capitals Iceplex (627 N. Glebe Road)
- Various apartment buildings (including the Meridian, Windsor Shirlington Village, Io Piazza, Culpepper Gardens, and The Jefferson)
The sales generally run from either 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. or 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on weeknights, and from as early as 8:00 a.m. to as late as 7:00 p.m. on weekends.
See a complete listing of booth sale locations here.
Screen grab via littlebrowniebakers.com
The talents of local fashion designers has been on display at the annual Crystal Couture fashion show this week.
Each night of the event, which kicked off on Tuesday, models walk the runway sporting the latest trends from local designers and boutiques. In addition to watching the models strut their stuff, attendees can shop at trunk sales, get makeup and hair makeovers, get temporary henna tattoos, and sip wine or beer.
Tonight’s event will feature Hot 99.5′s Sarah Fraser as emcee. Tomorrow night’s finale will be hosted by NBC4′s Angie Goff. Crystal Couture takes place in the former Crystal City Shops food court at 1750 Crystal Drive.
Lots of photos after the jump.
Disclosure: Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser.
Editor’s Note: This sponsored column is written by Nick Anderson, beermonger at Arrowine (4508 Lee Highway).
Our first Belgian style spotlight is going to be on Witbier (“white beer”). If you set aside the ubiquity of Stella Artois (a Pilsner), it is more than likely that Witbier is the most popular Belgian beer style in the United States. Much of this is due to another mass-produced and mass-market Ale, the MillerCoors-produced Blue Moon. Through the proliferation of Blue Moon, interest and demand for Witbiers has skyrocketed and craft brewers have stepped up with amazing examples of the style to rival the classics.
Witbier is a style of beer made with wheat along with barley (and occasionally oat), whose yeast and proteins combine to give it a cloudy white haze that led to the style’s name. The origins of Witbier can be found in non-hopped Ales that were common in the medieval era, specifically Gruit. Gruit featured the use of spices, herbs and occasionally fruits for flavor and as natural preservative before the usage of hops became common. The vast majority of Witbier produced today follows this tradition and uses some blend of coriander, cardamom, and orange peel. The flavors of Witbier are fresh and vibrant, with lively carbonation that rejuvenates and excites the palate. Witbier seems tailor-made for warm weather months, but their endearing character is welcome year-round.
The best Belgian Witbier examples today are the ones from St. Bernardus along with La Grande Blanche from De Proef, or Wittekerke which is a great everyday Wit if you can find it. The most easily found Belgian Wit remains Hoegaarden, which can be procured almost everywhere beers are sold these days and can provide a good introduction to the style.
Funny enough, it’s been the American breweries that have taken Witbier into the 21st century. There are some very traditional (Allagash White, the seasonal Ommegang Witte, Canadian brewery Unibroue’s Blanche de Chambly) styles of Witbier out there that are well worth your time, as they are incredibly well made and standout beers. Alexandria’s own Port City Brewery has a great one in their Optimal Wit. Craft Witbiers that tweak the style a bit include Bell’s Winter White (which eschews the Gruit elements of Wit to focus on a smooth feel that sacrifices no refreshment) and of course Dogfish Head who put out both Namaste, using dried orange slices and lemongrass, and Red & White which blends a strong Wit with Pinot Noir juice and sees partial aging in Pinot barrels.
No matter which Witbier you decide on, just do me one favor: skip the slice of lemon or orange, will you? Everything you need is in the glass, and if it isn’t you need a new beer in that glass, not a garnish.
Nick Anderson keeps a blog at www.beermonger.net, and can be found on Twitter at @The_Beermonger. Sign up for Arrowine’s money saving email offers and free wine and beer tastings at www.arrowine.com/mailing-list-signup.aspx.
The county’s Department of Parks and Recreation announced today that it’s planning a day-long Independence Day celebration at the recently-opened Long Bridge Park near Crystal City.
“During the day the park will be programmed to do what it was created to do… hold fun sports events on the fields and creatively program the Esplanade with viewing, dining and shopping options,” parks department spokeswoman Susan Kalish said via email. “In the evening, there will be a more traditional old-time Fourth of July celebration with games for all ages, decorated bicycle parade, face painting, balloon art, and of course, amazing views of the Washington fireworks display.”
Arlington is currently seeking partnerships for the family-friendly event, including community groups and food and craft vendors.
Flickr pool photo by BrianMKA
Arlington County Police will close a number of streets in the Pentagon City area Sunday morning for the annual Love The Run You’re With 5K race.
The race will start and end in front of Pentagon Row. Planned road closures include:
- South Joyce St. between South 15th St. and Army Navy Dr. will be closed from 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM.
- Army Navy Dr. between South Joyce St. and South 25th St. will be closed from 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM.
Arlington County also issued the following parking advice.
Race attendees are encouraged to use Metro however, if driving please utilize the parking garage at the Pentagon City Mall.
In addition, street parking in the area will be restricted. Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No Parking” signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, call 703-228-4252.
The race features three different entry categories: “Co-Dependent” (in a relationship), “Stupid Cupid” (single), “Love ‘em or Leave ‘em” (it’s complicated). Registrants will receive a race bib with a color corresponding to their respective relationship status.
The Crystal City Motel is no more.
The deteriorating, long-vacant motor lodge off of Old Jefferson Davis Highway was torn down this week to make way for the future Boeing regional headquarters.
The next-door Clark Street Playhouse is set to be demolished next. Bisnow reports that construction on the Boeing headquarters is expected to start in April and wrap up by the fall of 2013.
Chopper Called in for Suspect Search — The U.S. Park Police Eagle 2 helicopter hovered over the Claremont neighborhood — near Wakefield High School — for about half an hour last night while assisting Arlington County Police in a search for several armed robbery suspects. The chopper assisted police and K-9 units on the ground in the search for the suspects in a armed robbery on the 1000 block of S. Frederick Street, in the Columbia Forest neighborhood, according to ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. Police eventually arrested three men in connection with the crime, according to police radio traffic.
Board to Consider ‘Pipestem’ Lot — The County Board is expected to decide this weekend on a controversial development proposal in the Leeway Overlee neighborhood. A developer wants to build a large new home on a parcel of land set back from the street and only connected to the street via only a thin driveway strip known as a “pipestem.” Neighbors have been fighting the plan, but to some degree state law — which emphasizes the rights of property owners — prevents the Board from completely blocking development on the lot. [Sun Gazette]
Pregnant Inmate Shackling Bill Fails Again — Del. Patrick Hope tried again this year to pass legislation restricting the use of shackles on inmates while they’re giving birth. A House of Delegates subcommittee tabled the bill on Thursday, however, prompting Hope to pledge to introduce the bill again next year. Arlington County Sheriff Beth Arthur presented an alternative viewpoint when she told a reporter that legislation is not the proper way to deal with the issue — state regulatory changes are. [Associated Press]
Venus Stereos Closes — Venus Stereos, a quirky electronics/soccer jersey/music store at the corner of Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive, has closed. A sign in the window say the storefront, directly adjacent to the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse, is available for lease. [Pike Spotter]
Joshua Weissman, 33, was on the scene of a vehicle fire on I-395 near Shirlington when he fell through a small gap between the northbound and HOV lanes, on the bridges over Four Mile Run. The Bristow resident, a seven-year veteran of the Alexandria Fire Department, fell into the creek below and was knocked unconscious.
Weissman was extricated from the water by rescuers from Arlington and Alexandria, and was rushed via ambulance to Washington Hospital Center. In the end, however, Weissman’s severe head injury was proved to be fatal.
The Alexandria Fire Department is providing counseling for its personnel and for the Weissman family, including his wife. The couple did not have children. Weissman was based out of Alexandria’s Seminary Road fire station.