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by ARLnow.com — October 5, 2012 at 8:30 am 2,364 53 Comments

Youth Justice 5K on Sunday – Bluemont Park will be the scene of the first annual 5K Walk/Run for Justice on Sunday. The event will take place at noon and will raise money for Families and Allies of Virginia’s Youth, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to transforming the juvenile justice system in Virginia to one that is fair, effective and age-appropriate.” On-site registration is $25 and includes a free long-sleeved t-shirt. [DC Road Runners]

Arlington Fun Ride on Saturday — Phoenix Bikes is organizing a family-friendly 17-mile bike ride on Saturday. The Arlington Fun Ride will take riders on a leisurely bike tour of Arlington that will include stops in Crystal City, Ballston and Rosslyn. The ride will start at 8:00 a.m. and will begin and end at Phoenix Bikes (4200 S. Four Mile Run). There will also be a short children’s ride. The entry fee — $5 for individuals or $15 for families — will benefit Phoenix, a non-profit bike shop. Editor’s Note: The Arlington Fun Ride is an ARLnow.com advertiser. [Ode Street Tribune]

TNT Bar Launches Happy HourTNT Bar (2413 Columbia Pike) has started a happy hour. The bar, located in the back of the new Eamonn’s restaurant at Penrose Square, will offer four drink options — canned beer, a cocktail called “John Fosters punch,” and two varieties of wine — for $4. The happy hour lasts from 5:00 to 6:44 p.m.

  • Swag

    “The entry fee — $5 for individuals or $15 for families — will benefit Phoenix, a non-profit bike shop.”

    Why pay at all?

    • Overflow

      There will also be ticketing for people illegally parked on 4th Street and Manchester.

  • WeiQiangQiang

    I like fountains.

    • nom de guerre

      Are you now working for the Department of Redundancy Department?

      • WeiQiangQiang

        Honoring Sr. Lopez Lopez. This is still a Wei Qiang joint.

        • WeiWeiQiang

          … which means this is more appropriate.

          • WeiWeiQiangWeiWeiQiangQiang

            I honor you.

  • yequalsy

    While this won’t be in Arlington folks should know that there is a half-marathon Sunday morning. It starts at Mount Vernon and ends at National Harbor. So GW Parkway and the Beltway will be affected (the latter fairly significantly I’d guess).

    • CrystalMikey

      I don’t think they shut down traffic lanes for this, and use the pedestrian section of the bridge.

      • yequalsy

        Ah, I suppose that makes sense, though it could be pretty crowded for the runners, I’d think.

        • CrystalMikey

          Yeah, but it’s closer to the end. So for the majority of the runners, the crowd should be thinned out by then.

      • CW

        Is this on the trail then?

        • yequalsy

          No it will be on the GW Parkway for sure and not the MVT. They will close the Parkway starting at 6:45 (although it’s unclear to me if all lanes of the Parkway are closing). What I was confused about before was the impact on the Bridge. The race goes over the bike/hiking crossing, rather than the main roadway. From a runner’s perspective that won’t be quite as cool but certainly will lessen the impact of the race on traffic (and helps explain how the race got approved in the first place).

          Here’s a course map:
          http://www.wilsonbridgehalf.com/files/WWBHM-2012-CourseMap.pdf

        • CrystalMikey

          They usually close the northbound lanes.

        • CW

          Ok, thanks, that’s what I thought (not running just curious).

  • John Fontain

    A 17 mile family bike ride? If you believe the people complaining about busing, kids can’t even make it a mile or less to school on their bikes.

  • NoVapologist

    I wonder how many of the 5k runners will actually be out there for “youth justice”?

    • CW

      Probably the same percentage as would be out for any other cause that a race names itself after, i.e. close to zero.

      • WeiWeiQiang

        Alternatively: 100% of the people who paid the entry fee.

      • cyclist

        I’ve participated in fundraising rides that I also have a personal interest in.

    • sunflower

      the point being that part of the registration fee goes toward a “youth justice” cause

      • NoVapologist

        Most of the time these races are for things that nearly everybody favors like medical research. This race is for a group that advocates reform of the Virginia juvenile justice system. It’s just a bit different – a little more political. I know I rarely pay attention to the “cause” when I run a race. I wonder if many others do.

        • sunflower

          my son chooses his races by time of year, terrain, venue, distance, everything but “cause”–but id like to think if it said fbo american nazi party, e g, it would give him pause….

    • Tumblebum

      What exactly is the problem with the currant “youth justice”? And who is going to get the money and what are they going to do with it? Hmmmmm………………

  • Thes

    Sometimes I think the best part of ArlNow is the Morning Notes pictures. Over time, they have really opened my eyes about how visually rich our community is.

    • BK

      This is in the courtyard where I work too! It’s behind 4401 Wilson, [Glebe and Wilson] intersection

    • billj

      I’m thinking Katie lives in Ballston, she has posted no less than 3-4 pics within 1 block of this fountain. Great pics no less!

      • JamesE

        I’m going to go out with my camera and take a photo of her taking a photo and submit it, not creepy.

        • B22201

          I’ll go and take a photo of you taking a photo of her taking a photo. The hipsters will love it.

          • WeiWeiQiang

            … use a convex mirror. trippy.

          • Hipstamatic

            Lens: Buckhorst H1
            Film: Blanko

          • JamesE

            What about a photo of me taking a photo of her taking a photo of you??????? Combine all three into an animated gif.

          • Clarendon

            Get a few more and stand in a circle and then everyone will have a picture of everyone. That’s how you can take a picture of yourself from behind yourself.

          • WeiWeiQiang

            Can I photobomb?

          • SomeGuy

            I would like to drive past when you do this.

  • novasteve

    Isn’t advertising happy hour specials illegal in Virginia? I don’t agree with the rule at all, but isn’t it?

    • drax

      Guess so.

      A blog announcing your happy hour isn’t illegal though.

    • JohnB2

      The bar itself cannot advertise, other sites can.

      • novasteve

        If that were the case, then all bars would have to do is pay someone else to advertise for them. Why don’t more do it?

    • NoVapologist

      Who is advertising it?

  • YTK

    Happy Hour until 6:44 PM– Did Mr Spock choose that sign-off time??? Sounds most….logical……

  • Flatlander

    Power outage at Swanson and surrounding neighborhood for about 45 minutes now.

    • Westover

      damnit. Which side of Patrick Henry are you on?

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