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by ARLnow.com — October 22, 2014 at 10:30 am 570 0

Becketts Stache Dash logo Global Strides 5K logo

(Updated at 12:20 p.m.) Runners participating in 5K races next weekend will weave their way through opposite ends of the county.

The Global Strides 5K sends runners into the streets surrounding Tuckahoe Elementary School next Saturday, November 1. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m. and the 1 mile fun run begins at 9:00 a.m.

Proceeds from the Global Strides 5K will benefit Arlington Academy of Hope School in Uganda. AAH is a nonprofit organization founded by an Arlington family, aimed at improving the lives of children in rural Uganda through education and health care.

Registration is $25 and can be done online or at the race. Those who register online by next week’s deadline will receive a race t-shirt.

Also on Nov. 1, the inaugural Paws2Care 5K Family Fun Run/Walk will be held in Bluemont Park, at 9:00 a.m. The event will include free activities and giveaways like yoga, massages, face painting, music, dog treats, raffles and prizes.

The next day, on November 2, things will get a little hairy in Shirlington for the Beckett’s Irish Pub Stache Dash. Proceeds from that race go to The Movember Foundation, an organization that raises funds for men’s health programs.

The 5K begins at Samuel Beckett’s Irish Pub (2800 S. Randolph Street) at 8:00 a.m. There will be a post-race party at Samuel Beckett’s, where attendees will be provided with a mustache if they don’t already have one.

Registration is $40 and can be done online. Participants will receive a tech tee and light snacks after the race.

by Ethan Rothstein — October 21, 2014 at 11:20 am 1,301 0

Actor Sean Astin, famous for playing Rudy in “Rudy” and Sam in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will be among the tens of thousands of runners of the Marine Corps Marathon this Sunday.

Preparations are currently underway for the race in Arlington. Astin and the estimated 30,000-plus runners — U.S. Marines and civilians — will also be joined by retired Marine Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter.

Carpenter is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the armed services’ highest honor, for leaping in front of a grenade to protect a fellow Marine, and losing his right eye in the process. He was awarded the medal this June.

Carpenter will skydive into the race — which starts at 7:55 a.m. on Route 110 — along with 11 other jumpers, to deliver a 7,800-square-foot American flag before running in the 39th annual edition of the race, the U.S. Marine Corps said in a press release. The race is the third-biggest marathon in the country, in terms of participation, after the Boston and New York marathons.

The race will end, as always, at the Marine Corps War Memorial near Rosslyn.

Runners will start on Route 110, travel through Rosslyn and up Lee Highway to Spout Run Parkway, before heading down the George Washington Parkway, over the Key Bridge and into Georgetown.

After about 15 miles in the District, the runners will cross the 14th Street Bridge before traveling through Crystal City and Pentagon City. From there, runners will pass Long Bridge Park and the Pentagon before traveling back up Route 110, past Arlington National Cemetery, for the race’s conclusion back in Rosslyn.

The Crystal City Business Improvement District is hosting a kid’s day for children in the area to have fun while the family takes in the race. At the corner of 18th Street S. and Crystal Drive, there will be “moon bounces, face painting, arts and crafts, cotton candy, balloon animals, circus activities, and more,” and admission is free.

Rosslyn will be hosting the race’s finish festival, featuring numerous post-race events and activities, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Many of the roads in Rosslyn, Crystal City and Pentagon City will be shut down on Sunday to accommodate the race. The full list of closures in the county is provided by the Arlington County Police Department, but among the notable roadways that won’t be accessible are:

  • Wilson Blvd from N. Nash Street to Route 110, from 4:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Route 110 from I-66 to Jefferson Davis Highway, from 4:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway, from Spout Run to Memorial Circle, from 7:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Eastbound Lee Highway, from Kirkwood Road to N. Lynn Street, from 7:00-10:00 a.m.
  • All lanes of the Key Bridge, from 7:00 a.m. to noon
  • Crystal Drive from 12th to 23rd Streets S., from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Columbia Pike, from S. Rotary Road to the Washington Blvd ramp, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  •  Washington Blvd, from Columbia Pike to the Route 110 off-ramp, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

There will also be plenty of road closures in the District to accommodate the race, including in Georgetown and along the National Mall. Parking restrictions will be in place along the course in both Arlington and the District.

by Ethan Rothstein — October 20, 2014 at 5:00 am 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County.

If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form. Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Wakefield logoThe Ultimate Wakefield Warrior
Wakefield High School small gym (1325 S. Dinwiddie Street)
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Members of Wakefield’s Interact service club compete in five Crossfit style exercises, all to raise money for A-SPAN. Students have already raised $700 and hope the competition will raise greater awareness.

Wednesday

Close-the-Door-to-Homelessness-HH-2014-10-22-FlyerClose the door to Homelessness*
Sushi Rock (1900 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Arlington Thrive is hosting a happy hour to raise money for its homelessness prevention cause. A $10 donation is encouraged, and raffle tickets for prizes will be sold. Register online here.

Friday

Homebody SandmanLive Music: Homeboy Sandman
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 9:00 p.m.

Renowned underground hip-hop artist Homeboy Sandman takes the stage at the cozy IOTA Club. The lyrically deft “Boy Sand” brings his high energy shows to Arlington. Tickets are $12 at the door only.

Saturday

POP Halloween PartyPotomac Overlook Halloween Party*
Potomac Overlook Regional Park (2845 N. Marcey Road)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Potomac Overlook hosts a party with “live music, food, games, arts and crafts, storytelling, and guided hikes through the woods.” Guests must register and pay $10 in advance by calling 703-528-5406.

eminova_and_belovA Night of Italian Opera*
Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent Street)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Opera stars soprano Yana Eminova and baritone Anton Belov perform pieces from famous Italian operas like Don Giovanni and La Traviata with the National Chamber Ensemble. Adult tickets are $30.

Halloween Trail of TerrorHalloween Trail of Terror
Douglas Park cemetery (S. Quincy and 16th Streets)
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The trail of terror returns to scare visitors for another year. Guests bring canned goods for the Arlington Food Assistance Center and get a fright in the cemetery. There’s a separate trail for children.

by Ethan Rothstein — October 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm 1,631 0

The newly-renovated Church at ClarendonThe Church at Clarendon (1210 N. Highland Street) is swapping the organ for a laptop and turntable this Saturday night when it hosts an electronic dance music (EDM) show.

The concert will be free and held at the church from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., according to church Community Ministry and Discipleship Director Stephen Taylor. The star of the show will be DJ Rick Solo, a Charlotte-based artist who holds DJ-led, Christian services in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C.

The Church at Clarendon says it’s trying to reach the younger demographic that lives in the Clarendon area. The church has expanded its community offerings to include yoga classes, game night and a concert series that included a performance from the Go Go Symphony earlier this month, as well as the EDM show.

“At all these events we are trying to serve the community and get people connected,” Taylor told ARLnow.com in an email. “The stereotype that church people are going to be pushy or impose opinions doesn’t fit the reality of the Church at Clarendon. For many people, church is no longer or never was part of their life. If someone wants to explore faith questions here or elsewhere, we welcome it. But if they are not interested, we are just as happy to make new friends and promote community.”

The church gained attention last year for its DJ-led Sunday morning services, and Taylor said Christian EDM is becoming more of a nationwide trend in the church community. DJ Rick Solo plays “similar music to what is on the radio or at a club,” Taylor said.

by Ethan Rothstein — October 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm 2,135 0

ACPD Chief Doug Scott at the WCA meeting 3/13/14The Arlington County Police Department wants to build its relationship with the community in light of the national unrest surrounding the events in Ferguson, Mo., this summer.

To help strengthen the community’s trust in the ACPD, the department is hosting a forum this Wednesday at the Wakefield High School auditorium (1325 S. Dinwiddie Street) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

“With recent national media coverage of law enforcement and community relationships, the Arlington County Police Department feels it is imperative to continue to build relationships through open dialogue,” ACPD said in a press release. “The Arlington County Chief of Police, along with Commonwealth Attorney, County Sheriff and other distinguished panel members, will conduct a community forum focusing on the community’s trust and confidence in the criminal justice system.”

Police Chief Doug Scott, Sheriff Beth Arthur, Commonwealth Attorney Theo Stamos, NAACP Arlington President Elmer Lowe, community activist Andres Tobar, who is the director of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center, and ARLnow.com founder and editor Scott Brodbeck.

WJLA’s Jeff Goldberg will moderate the panel, which will hold a discussion with topics including use of force, community policing and the use of police body cameras, according to the police department. After the discussion, the panelists will answer audience questions.

The event is free and open to the public. ACPD will be live-tweeting the event at its Twitter account for those who can’t attend.

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by Ethan Rothstein — October 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm 1,297 0

Falloween Logo (photo via Market Common Clarendon)(Updated at 5:10 p.m.Market Common Clarendon is again hosting its annual “Falloween” family festival, in its cul-de-sac at the intersection of Clarendon Blvd and N. Edgewood Street.

Falloween runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, with a petting zoo, trick-or-treating and “strolling entertainment” throughout the event. The festival is intended for families to dress up, along with their pets, and all events during the day are free.

In addition to the petting zoo and trick-or-treating at retailers, starting at 10:00 a.m., D.C.-based children’s performer Mr. Knick Knack will bring his guitar and entertain the youngsters for the morning. At 11:45 a.m., Rocknoceros will take the stage with its three-man band of multiple instruments, including the accordion, ukelele and keyboard and continue to play for the little ones.

There will also be a festive photo booth and pumpkin painting. A spokeswoman for Market Common also promised “surprises” throughout the event.

Image via Market Common Clarendon

 

by Ethan Rothstein — October 13, 2014 at 7:00 am 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County.

If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form. Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Wednesday

The view of Wakefield's new building from S. George Mason DriveCollege admission counseling event*
Wakefield High School (1325 S. Dinwiddie Street)
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

A free event for high school students hoping to attend college. Counselors from Purdue University and Virginia Tech will be on hand to answer questions. The event is free to attend.

Equal Rights for All posterThe Future of Marriage Equality
National Rural Electric Cooperative headquarters (4301 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

After last week’s historic events, the Arlington Young Democrats host openly gay state Sen. Adam Ebbin in a discussion on what’s next for marriage equality.

Thursday

Capital Splendor book coverBook Signing: Capital Splendor
Little Falls Presbyterian Church (6025 Little Falls Road)
Time: 11:00 a.m.-noon

Author Barbara Glickman will be on hand to sign copies of her book, “Capital Splendor: Gardens and Parks of Washington D.C.” Books will be available for purchase. RSVP by calling 703-532-1959.

Friday

Kevin Heffernan and Steve LemmeLive Comedy: Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 10:00 p.m. (also on Saturday at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.)

Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme from “Super Troopers” (Rod Farva and Mac) perform stand-up comedya, with lots of crowd interaction and trivia from Broken Lizard movies. Tickets are $25.

Saturday

The State of Privacy in Virginia*
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (4444 Arlington Blvd)
Time: noon-3:30 p.m.

The Northern Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union hosts a free brunch with speakers state Sen. Chap Peterson (D-Fairfax) and Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge). Guests can register online.

atozA to Z of Wine and Beer*
1500 Wilson Blvd
Time: 3:30-10:30 p.m.

Participants can purchase $36.50 tickets online fo4 samplings of either 26 beer or 26 wine offerings. Hors d’oeuvres will also be served. Sessions are from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-10:30 p.m.

2014-gala-inviteArlington Academy of Hope Gala*
National Rural Electric Cooperative headquarters (4301 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6:00-9:30 p.m.

“AAH will celebrate 10 years of transforming lives in rural Uganda through education, healthcare, and community development.” Tickets are available online.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by Ethan Rothstein — October 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm 1,302 0

Poster for the Afghan Festival in RosslynThe 5th annual Afghan Arts and Culture Festival will take over Gateway Park in Rosslyn all day this Sunday.

Running from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the festival features live music from Afghan artists, traditional Afghan food and a bazaar featuring vendors plying wares that you might find in one of the street markets in Afghanistan.

The festival is hosted by Afghan Education for a Better Tomorrow (AEBT), a California-based nonprofit focused on promoting Afghan culture in the U.S. and raising awareness of the rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan.

“It is an opportunity for the Afghan diaspora to share their rich culture and history that is not often portrayed in the western media,” Maryam Rashid of AEBT said in a press release. “As the largest Afghan-American event in the D.C. region, this festival provides an opportunity for positive cultural exchange, and embracement of ethnic and cultural diversity.”

The Afghan Festival in 2013 (photo via Afghan Festival)The event includes kite-making workshops for children, a “nomad tent” where visitors can try on Afghan clothing and jewelry, a fashion show and a Mr. and Miss Afghan contest open to boys and girls in two age groups: age 2-4 and 5-7. There will also be several Afghan artists displaying their paintings and sculptures.

According to the event website, there will also be an eating contest, but not of hot dogs: contestants will wolf down some mantu, which are dumplings filled with beef and onions.

There will also be live music throughout the day with performances by Afghani artists Mahroof, Abdul Faqiri, the Nawaz Brothers, Larmal Wasiq, Nived Sultan, Ebadullah Ebadi, Zia Beghoman, Nomad Dancers, an Afghan dance troupe, with hosts Qias Omar and Harris Khattak, according to the press release.

Photos via Afghan Festival

by ARLnow.com — October 9, 2014 at 11:00 am 669 0

Just in case you need an excuse to dress up your dog in a costume while walking around Clarendon, there’s an event for that. Plus, it benefits two Arlington nonprofit organizations.

The Howl-O-Ween Walk runs from 9:00-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 25. Doorways for Women and Families teamed up with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue for the fundraiser, which also serves to raise awareness about domestic violence against women, children and pets.

The trick-or-treat event begins at James Hunter Park in Clarendon with coffee, bagels and a kickoff ceremony. Walkers and their pets will follow a one mile route, picking up treats at selected businesses along the way. Festivities continue back at the park with snacks, doggy goodie bags, a demonstration by the Arlington County Police K-9 Unit and a doggy costume contest.

Online registration is $30 for adults and $20 for children under 16. This year, people also can create an online fundraising page in their pet’s honor. The top fundraisers can win prizes including hotel stays and gift cards.

Sue Bell, executive director of Homeward Trails, said domestic violence victims and their pets will have something new to celebrate at this year’s event: the enactment of a pet protective order law in Virginia.

“This bill allows companion animals (dogs and cats) to be added to protective orders in the case of domestic violence… something that in the past has resulted in victims staying in a dangerous situation longer in order to protect their pets from harm,” Bell said via email. “We will be having Del. Patrick Hope and [state] Sen. Barbara Favola speak on this at the kick-off of the walk. It’s a huge victory for both human and canine/feline victims of domestic abuse!”

by Ethan Rothstein — October 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm 2,380 0

Workers and residents in Rosslyn will be able to sip some suds at a pop-up beer garden in a new public plaza this month.

On Friday, Oct. 24, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Continental Pool Lounge will be hosting the beer garden in the new Plaza on 19th, a public space at the corner of 19th Street N. and Moore Street, behind the bus stop. The new plaza has tables, seating and a charging stations with plugs for iPhones, Androids and other devices.

The beer garden is Oktoberfest-themed, and the Continental will be pouring a selection of fall beers and serving up bratwursts. The event itself will be free to attend, but beer and brats will be available for purchase. There will also be live music to entertain those willing to brave the late-October chill.

Next weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 18, will be another booze-themed event: the Washington Wine Academy is partnering with the Rosslyn Business Improvement District to offer an event where guests can sample from 26 different wines and 26 different beers. The event, called “the A-Z of Wine and Beer,” will be offered in two time slots: 3:30-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-10:30 p.m. There will be beer and wine offered for every letter of the alphabet, such as a lambic, a Unibroue and a doppelbock, or an Orvieto, a Viognier and a Hondurrabi.

The event will be held at 1500 Wilson Blvd. Participants can purchase $36.50 tickets online for either the beer samplings or the wine samplings. The price may increase as the event draws closer. Hors d’oeuvres from some local restaurants will be served. Washington Wine Academy expects more than 1,000 people to attend.

Disclosure: Rosslyn BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser

by ARLnow.com — October 7, 2014 at 11:30 am 2,345 0

Halloween_crawl_logo_drinkersGet your costumes ready, a Halloween bar crawl will be taking place in Clarendon.

Participants are encouraged to wear their spooky and creative costumes to the event on Saturday, November 1. The crawl, dubbed “The rise of the day drinkers,” will take place from 2:00-9:00 p.m.

Tickets currently are available online for $15, and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $20. The fee gets participants a souvenir mug, food and drink specials at bars in Clarendon and a raffle entry. There will be prizes for the most festively dressed participants.

Bars along the crawl include Whitlow’s, Mad Rose, Clarendon Ballroom, Bracket Room and Hunan One. A full list of participating bars can be found on the Clarendon Halloween Crawl website.

by Ethan Rothstein — October 6, 2014 at 5:00 am 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County.

If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form. Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Wednesday

APAH-25th-Logo_rgb_no-titleAPAH’s Annual Fundraiser*
Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing celebrates its 25th anniversary with a dinner, honoring retired state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple and JBG Companies managing director Brian Coulter.

photo272Vintage Arlington Exhibit Reception*
Cherrydale Branch Library (2190 Military Road)
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Photographer and Pasha Cafe owner Bill Hamrock hosts an exhibit of vintage Arlington photos at the Cherrydale library. The event is free and catered by Pasha Cafe.

Thursday

Twins from The ShiningLive Music: Cake and Calculus, Exit Vehicles*
IOTA Cluba & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00-11:30 p.m.

This event, called D.C. Twin Fest, features two bands headlined by sets of twins. Twins are encouraged to come and join the festivities. Admission is $10 at the door.

challenge_clear1Challenge Racism
Campbell Elementary School (757 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 7:00-9:30 p.m.

A free discussion series intended for parents and residents alike, asking the community to share stories of racism and to discuss the modern state of race relations in 11 sessions.

Friday

Las-Cafeteras_event (1)Live Music: Las Cafeteras
Artisphere Ballroom (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00 p.m.

East L.A. latin fusion band Las Cafeteras brings their eclectic instrument mix, including a requinto, a “donkey jawbone, and a cajòn, to Artisphere. Tickets are $15.

Saturday

Saint Ann Fall Festival*
Saint Ann Parish and School (980 N. Frederick Street)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

“Moonbounce & obstacle course, games, raffles, silent auction, white elephant sale, food, beer garden, live music and entertainment. Free admission and parking.” Call 703-525-7599 for more information.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by Ethan Rothstein — October 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm 3,334 0

Two attendees at the Shirlington Oktoberfest (photo courtesy Capitol City Brewing Company)Lederhosen, schnitzel and steins of beer return to the streets of Shirlington this weekend.

Capitol City Brewing Company is hosting the 15th annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest on Saturday from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Campbell Avenue. For $30 tickets, patrons 21 or older get a tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. Further tickets can be bought for $1 each, with a $5 minimum. Beer taps will close down at 6:00 p.m.

Capitol City says more than 65 breweries will have booths, and more than half of those breweries come from the D.C. region. The list includes Virginia staples like Port City, Devil’s Backbone and Lost Rhino, with lesser known Northern Virginia breweries like Adroit Theory, Old Ox Brewery and Heritage Brewing Company. There will also be three cider makers and a “meadery” to offer some variety in the suds options.

There will be traditional German music being played all day and specialty German food to accompany the beer in honor of the Bavarian region’s centuries-old harvest festival.

Starting at 6:00 a.m., roads in Shirlington will be closed to allow the booths to set up, and they are expected to remain closed until about 10:00 p.m. According to the Arlington County Police Department, Campbell Avenue from S. Arlington Mill Drive to Quincy Street and S. Randolph Street between Charlie Chang’s restaurant and Arlington Mill Drive will be closed off. Drivers should also be on the lookout for “no parking” signs in the area.

File photo courtesy Capitol City Brewing Company

by Ethan Rothstein — October 2, 2014 at 10:00 am 542 0

Ben's Chili Bowl opening in RosslynBen’s Chili Bowl, less than a year after opening in Rosslyn (1725 Wilson Blvd), is hosting a a day of children’s activities and charity fundraisers for its new neighbors this weekend.

The community day will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the parking lot of the Colonial Village Shopping Center. Ben’s is hosting face painting and balloon animals for children, and the Arlington County Fire Department will bring a fire engine for kids to tour while learning about fire prevention and safety. There will also be games with “various prizes.”

Ben’s will also be hosting a canned food drive to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Anyone who brings in cans will get 10 percent off their next meal at the restaurant.

“Ben’s truly appreciates the excellent work that AFAC does,” Ben’s co-owner Vida Ali said in a press release, “so for this Community Day and beyond we choose to support their efforts as much as possible.”

There will also be two raffles Ben’s is hosting: anyone who pledges to “stand up against bullying,” in honor of October being National Bullying Prevention Month, will be entered into a raffle for a free lunch for two; anyone who brings in a 300 words or less story about how they gave back to the community will also be entered into a raffle for a free lunch for two people.

“Ben’s is first and foremost about family and community,” the release said. “Now, a new chapter has begun in Arlington and Ben’s is happy to invite everyone in the community to come out and enjoy a wonderful day of giving and celebrating life.”

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by Ethan Rothstein — October 1, 2014 at 3:30 pm 2,088 0

Welburn Square in Ballston(Updated at 3:35 p.m.) The last Ballston “mega market” of the year will be Oktoberfest-themed, with a beer and wine garden, live music and a new public art installation.

The market will run from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Welburn Square on N. Stuart Street, across from the Ballston Metro station. All visitors 21-and-over can enjoy a taste of beer and wine, with additional pours for $5. Anyone who purchases more than $10 of merchandise from some of the market’s vendors can have a second free tasting.

The beer will be provided by Northern Virginia breweries Heritage and Old Ox, as well as cider maker Angry Orchard.

While the beer and wine garden is happening, local band Jumpin’ Jupiter will perform their brand of, as they put it on their Facebook page, “Crash, boom, bangy kerplopabilly krap.”

The beer and wine will be accompanied by Ballston’s usual array of farmers selling vegetables, fruits, herbs and other goods, as well market vendors selling their goods. Tomorrow afternoon, the Ballston Business Improvement District will also unveil a new public art installation, called “Clouds.”

The Clouds are 50 light-and-sound interactive lanters placed all over the square. The lanterns take in and emit light and sound, and “will be programmed and then connected to form a cloud-like, networked structure,” according to a Ballston BID spokeswoman. The cloudlets were designed by artists Aki Ishida and Ivica Bukvic from the Virginia Tech Research Center in Ballston. Members of the public will participate in a workshop all day tomorrow to help build the clouds, which be displayed at 5:00 p.m.

While tomorrow is the last “mega market” in Ballston, the weekly farmers markets will continue to be held on Thursday evenings until the end of the month.

Disclosure: Ballston BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser

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