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Arlington Agenda (June 30-July 6)

by Ethan Rothstein | June 30, 2014 at 5:00 am | 510 views | No Comments

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

U.S. Soccer fans gather at Summer's Restaurant 06/26/14U.S. Soccer Watch Party
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 4:00 p.m.

The Arlington Drafthouse shows all U.S. Soccer game on its HD screen, and attendance is free. The U.S. side takes on Belgium in the Round of 16.

Wednesday

Money HandsMoney Talk for Women
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The first meeting of a five-week educational series directed at personal finance education for women. Course comes with free online access to the textbook. Register here.

Thursday

Ballston Mega Market
Welburn Sqaure (901 N. Taylor Street)
Time: 3:00-7:00 p.m.

The first Thursday in the month means an installment of Ballston’s new “mega market,” which takes its normal farmers market and adds live music, a beer and wine pavilion and food tastings.

Market Common at twilightOutdoor Movie: The Karate Kid
Market Common Clarendon (2700 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Market Common Clarendon presents its first free outdoor movie of the summer, and it’s the 1984 classic film the Karate Kid. Movies run on the first Thursday of the month throughout summer.

Friday

Fourth of July fireworks, as seen from the Air Force Memorial (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)July 4th Celebration
Long Bridge Park (475 Long Bridge Drive)
Time: 4:00-10:00 p.m.

Arlington’s annual July 4th event, with free kickball and other games, food trucks, face painting, and a view of the fireworks, set to start at 9:10 p.m.

Saturday

The RoadLive Music: The Road
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:30 p.m.

“Jam band” and classic rock outfit The Road hits the stage at IOTA the day after the Fourth of July. They’re joined by Feel Free. Tickets are $12.

Long Bridge Park to Again Host July 4th Celebration

by Ethan Rothstein | June 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm | 839 views | No Comments

Fourth of July fireworks, as seen from the Air Force Memorial (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)(Updated at 1:25 p.m.) The Fourth of July is a week away, meaning it’s seven days until Arlington’s annual festivities at Long Bridge Park (475 Long Bridge Drive).

The event will run from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. and it includes more than just a great view across the Potomac River for the fireworks on the National Mall.

From 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., there will be free drop-in kickball, where players can jump in a game and play, and there will be a kickball home run derby at 7:00 p.m., all on Field 1. Other activities include face painting, balloon art, a moon bounce, cornhole, bocce ball, ring toss, ladder golf and duckpin bowling.

There will also be food trucks that should be familiar to Arlington diners, like Willie’s Po’Boy, The Big Cheese, DC Slices, Lemongrass and a Chick-Fil-A truck.

Three bands will provide music throughout the festival, starting with pianist and singer Andrea Pais at 4:30 p.m., the Cherry People at 6:00, and ’90s cover band White Ford Bronco at 7:30.

The fireworks will begin at 9:10 p.m., according to the National Park Service, and last for 17 minutes.

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

Philharmonic Partners with Pets for Concert

by Morgan Fecto | June 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm | 790 views | No Comments

popslogo-final_print-227x300To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington has partnered with the Arlington Philharmonic to stage “Pops for Pets,”  a free concert for people and dogs alike.

The inaugural event will be held at Lubber Run Amphitheater this Sunday, June 29, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Attendees can bring their dogs and a picnic meal, or buy boxed dinners from La Cote d’Or onsite. The AWLA will also hold a raffle for a birdhouse replica of the Lincoln-era White House. The philharmonic will play “marches and animal-related classics” from pieces by Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa and Johann Sebastian Bach, according to an AWLA press release.

“Both of our organizations are really quite enthused about this, so we’ll see what the public response is,” John Ratigan, board chair of the philharmonic, said. The philharmonic and the AWLA hope “Pops for Pets” will become an annual event.

A combination of the open amphitheater and “accessible” music selection, Ratigan said, makes this event more of a crowd-pleaser than a typical orchestral performance.

Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette’s 13-year-old Border Collie-mix, Cassie, will serve as honorary co-chair of the event.

“She is like a little Buddah,” Fisette said of his dog, which he found on the street while visiting family in Texas.

Concert-goers’ donations will go toward funding the event and “the missions of both organizations,” AWLA Board Chair Pat Ragan said. “It’ll be a great community event.”

Following its 7oth Anniversary Summer Soiree, “Pops for Pets” will continue to celebrate both AWLA’s anniversary and their on-going efforts to find homes and provide care for over 3,000 animals.

AWLA was founded during World War II, and the foresight of the founders is not lost on AWLA President and CEO Neil Trent.

“Back in the ’40s they thought of this in a coffee shop with a war going on,” Trent said. “They said hey, let’s help animals… and they weren’t sitting at the corner Starbucks either.”

Retractable leashes will not be allowed at the event. In the event of inclement weather, “Pops for Pets” will be rescheduled for Tuesday, July 1 at 6:00 p.m.

New Four-Mile Race Comes to Courthouse This Weekend

by Ethan Rothstein | June 25, 2014 at 10:00 am | 1,037 views | No Comments

Freedom Four Miler posterA new four-mile race will be held this Sunday morning from Courthouse down through Rosslyn and on Route 110.

The Freedom Four Miler is being organized by Pacers in partnership with Ireland’s Four Courts (2051 Wilson Blvd), which also serves as the race’s start and finish line. The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. and registration is $40.

It’s the inaugural running of the race, and it replaces the former Let Freedom Run 5K held in Fairfax County as the Fourth of July race in Pacers’ race offerings, according to Pacers Race Director Lisa Reeves.

The race now becomes the second four-miler Pacers holds in Arlington with Four Courts, pairing with the annual Four Courts Four-Miler held on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Both four milers have the same basic course – a straight-line, turnaround course, traveling down Wilson Blvd and continuing on Route 110 before turning back in between Rosslyn and the Pentagon. The Arlington County Police Department has yet to announced the official street closures and times, but Reeves said roads will be closed on a rolling basis following the course. All roads should be fully open by 9:00 a.m., Reeves said, and closures will begin to go into effect at around 7:45 a.m.

“It’s a celebration-type race, that’s really what it’s all about,” Reeves said. “Having a good time with your friends and everything. We always encourage people to wear costumes, and we’ll have a photo booth with props like an Uncle Sam hat for runners and spectators to pose with.”

Arlington Agenda (June 23-30)

by Ethan Rothstein | June 23, 2014 at 10:00 am | 689 views | No Comments

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

Fracking in VirginiaWorkshop: Fracking in Virginia*
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Another in the library’s Environmental Series, attendees are encouraged to participate in a free workshop and movie viewing on “fracking” for natural gas and how it affects Virginia.

Thursday

Craft Activity: ‘Stepping Stones’
Barstons Child’s Play Store (4510 Lee Highway)
Time: 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

This weekly activity begins this Friday, where Barstons invites parents and children to make “stepping stones” out of stone mixture, design, play with them and bring them home. Cost is $5

On/Off Event at ArtisphereLive Music: Christine Sun Kim
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7:00 p.m.

A three-artist show centered on experimentations with sound comes to Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre. Tickets, available online, are $12.

Friday

Fashion Truck FridaysFashion Truck Fridays
N. Lynn Street in Rosslyn
Time: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

“Fashion Trucks,” which are like food trucks but sell clothing and accessories instead of sandwiches, descend on Rosslyn during the lunch hour. Trucks include The Thread Truck and The Street Boutique.

Saturday

All American Bar CrawlAll-American Bar Crawl*
Restaurants in Clarendon and Courthouse
Time: 2:00-9:00 p.m.

Another bar crawl comes to the streets of Clarendon, this one to celebrate Independence Day. This edition features specials at 15 businesses. Registration is $15 online or $20 at Velocity 5, Mad Rose Tavern or Clarendon Ballroom.

Hal SparksLive Comedy: Hal Sparks
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.

Comedian Hal Sparks, former host of E!’s Talk Soup and Michael on “Queer as Folk” takes the Drafthouse stage for three shows this weekend. Tickets are $20.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

Movie Nights on Columbia Pike Begin Tonight

by ARLnow.com | June 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm | 1,692 views | No Comments

Columbia Pike outdoor movie (photo via CPRO)(Updated at 1:00 p.m.) Starting tonight, neighborhoods along Columbia Pike are getting in on the summer outdoor movie scene.

The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) is bringing back outdoor movies in Penrose Square every Saturday from this week (June 21) through August 30. This year, CPRO also will offer movies every other Thursday in the plaza of the new Arlington Mill Community Center, starting tonight and running through September 11.

CPRO is trying out something different at Arlington Mill by offering a couple of Spanish movies subtitled in English, and vice versa. The push for diversity in the movie selection isn’t just for Spanish-speaking cultures. CPRO Executive Director Takis Karantonis notes the movie “The Visitor” deals with issue of immigrating to the United States from Africa and the Middle East.

“We really are very interested in bringing movies from the many cultures we have along Columbia Pike,” said Karantonis. “We will test to see how it works. We realize not everybody is happy with subtitles all of the time, so we will collect feedback and adapt according. Our goal is to make the movies as linguistically accessible as possible.”

Movies begin around 8:30 p.m., or when it becomes dark enough. In case of inclement weather, event changes will be posted on the CPRO websiteFacebook page and Twitter feed.

The Arlington Mill movie schedule follows:

  • June 19 — La Misma Luna (Spanish subtitles)
  • July 3 — Life of Pi
  • July 17 —  No se Aceptan Devoluciones (English subtitles)
  • July 31 — The Visitor
  • August 14 — Sofia y el Terco (Spanish subtitles)
  • August 28 — El Estudiante (English subtitles)
  • September 11 — Avatar

Below is the schedule for movies at Penrose Square:

  • June 21 — Mama Mia!
  • June 28 — The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • July 5 — Sideways
  • July 12 — Inception
  • July 19 — Notting Hill
  • July 26 — Little Miss Sunshine
  • August 2 — Slumdog Millionaire
  • August 9 — Before Sunset
  • August 23 — The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • August 30 — Gravity

Arlington Agenda (June 17-22)

by Ethan Rothstein | June 17, 2014 at 5:00 am | 510 views | No Comments

(Updated at 11:10 a.m.) 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

AYD networking eventPolitical Networking Event
Ireland’s Four Courts (2051 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The Arlington Young Democrats host this networking event with drink specials and a career advice Q&A with Political Communications Director for the Atlas Project Carolyn Fiddler.

Friday

Chris KattanLive Comedy: Chris Kattan
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. (same times on Saturday)

Saturday Night Live alumnus Chris Kattan, famous for his recurring characters Mango and one half of the Night at the Roxbury brothers, performs stand-up. Tickets are $25.

Mother FalconLive Music: Mother Falcon
Artisphere Ballroom (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Mother Falcon performs a fusion of jazz, hip-hop and rock rhythms with classically trained artists on horns, strings, piano, banjo and bassoon. Tickets are $15.

Saturday

Relay for LifeRelay for Life*
George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church)
Time: 6:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m. Sunday

The annual race to fight cancer and raise money for the American Cancer Society takes place on Saturday. Registration is still open for teams who want to walk throughout the night.

Clarendon BallroomFun, Fashion and ‘Fabulous’
Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 5:00-9:00 p.m.

A fundraiser and memorial to the life of Erica Paul, who died of colon cancer in 2011, promises cocktails, appetizers and a “fashion dress-up bar” with the Tailored Man and Current Boutique. Tickets are $30, or $40 at the door.

Sunday

World Cup Viewing Party
Summer’s Grill and Sports Bar (1520 N. Courthouse Road)
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Summer’s is an official U.S. Soccer destination restaurant, and at 6:00 p.m. they will host a watch party for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s second World Cup game, against Portugal.

Columbia Pike Blues Festival Returns Saturday

by Ethan Rothstein | June 12, 2014 at 11:30 am | 778 views | No Comments

Columbia Pike Blues Festival 2012(Updated at 12:00 p.m.) The 19th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival is this Saturday, headlined by a Serbian blues guitarist who brings a different type of blues to the Pike.

The Blues Festival runs from 1:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of the Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive by the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. There will be plenty of food and beer, but as Takis Karantonis, the executive director of the event organizer, the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, says, the food and drink are secondary to the music.

“We think the blues is the Pike’s music,” Karantonis told ARLnow.com yesterday. “It corresponds to the personality and flavor of the Pike. Our artists on Saturday, they’re such different personalities and they all converge on the platform of the blues.”

The headliner this year is Ana Popovic, who Karantonis describes as “more heavy-duty, modern blues” than previous artists at the Blues Festival, but one who comes with a national following, a point of emphasis in putting together the event.

Opening for Popovic will be Steve McWilliams and The Spectacles, Duffy Kane, Memphis Gold and Billy Thomson. Next to the stage will be the return of Art in Action, in which visitors can watch artists paint canvases that will be auctioned off during the festival.

Selling food at the festival will be Pike restaurants Mazagan, Cantina Mexicana, Rincome, the Salsa Room and Big Daddy’s Texas-style BBQ. Beer will be provided by Yuengling.

For the first time this year, there’s a second day to the festival, an event called “Little Bit A Blues” at the courtyard in front of Penrose Square (2503 Columbia Pike), on Friday starting at 6:00 p.m. While it’s a mini-event this year, Karantonis plans to expand the festival into a full two-day event for next year.

Last year, Karantonis estimates that the festival drew between 7,000 and 8,000 people last year. Although he said “we don’t talk about the weather” in CPRO’s office, the forecast calls for sunny skies and low-80s temperatures.

Arlington County produced a video with tips on how to get to the Blues Festival via transit.

Disclosure: CPRO is an ARLnow.com advertiser. File photo.

‘All American Bar Crawl’ Coming to Clarendon

by ARLnow.com | June 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm | 2,093 views | No Comments

Uncle_Sam_LogoA bar crawl is promising to bring “a day full of Star Spangled shenanigans and bar-hopping” to Courthouse and Clarendon later this month.

The All American Bar Crawl will take place from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. Tickets are $15 now or $20 at the door.

Organizers say “thousands” of patriotic partiers are expected to flock to local watering holes like Clarendon Ballroom, Velocity Five, Bracket Room and Mad Rose Tavern, which are among the 14 participating bars announced so far for the event.

Participants — who are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue – receive specials at each bar, a “signature freedom mug,” “patriotic party beads,” $2 pizza slices at Bronx Pizza and raffle tickets.

This is not the first year for the All American Bar Crawl, which is being held in advance of the Fourth of July. The event was also held in Clarendon last year.

Arlington County policymakers are currently considering measures to impose additional restrictions or fees on bar crawls.

Shirlington Running Club Celebrates Five Years

by Ethan Rothstein | June 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm | 772 views | No Comments

Shirlington Running Club (photo via SRC)(Updated at 2:00 p.m.) The Shirlington Running Club turns 5 years old today, a milestone for the club that has grown from a handful of runners to more than 2,500 members today.

This evening, the running club is throwing its fifth anniversary party at its usual post-run watering hole, Bungalow Sports Grill (2766 S. Arlington Mill Drive). The club’s runners participate in its 5K runs on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., then heads to the restaurant for happy hour.

Mirentxu Meyer and Shirley Santos founded the running club when Santos was training for a triathlon, and, seeing as how they “hated to run,” they figured they would start a community group to make it a little more fun.

“Shirlington is a really young place with new families,” Meyer said. “We [saw] a lot of cuties out at the grocery store and we wanted to bring them out.”

The club was designed as a “not too intimidating and not too easy group,” and it’s grown exponentially as runners sign up to have their attendance tracked, earn free T-shirts with attendance milestones and enjoy a few beers with their running counterparts at Bungalow. Meyer said people “don’t have to be a runner” to join the club, and their attendance will still be taken.

Tonight, at 6:30 p.m. the party will include raffles with prizes like free tickets to a show at Shirlington’s Signature Theatre, a shoe fitting with New Balance and 10 vendors on hand to offer their wares to members both new and old.

There will be a rain date later this week — yet to be announced — if the run is cancelled due to the inclement weather in the forecast, but that won’t stop the carousing. Four years ago, at SRC’s first anniversary party, the skies opened up during the raffles, Meyer said.

“All of a sudden there was a big crack and there was a crazy downpour,” she said. “There was no power left, but the beer kept pouring.”

Photo via Shirlington Running Club. Morgan Fecto contributed to this report.

Hillary Clinton to Sign Books at Pentagon City Costco

by ARLnow.com | June 9, 2014 at 10:15 am | 5,301 views | No Comments

Hard Choices by Hillary ClintonFormer Secretary of State and expected 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Arlington on Saturday, signing copies of her new memoir.

Hard Choices will go on sale on Tuesday. The book chronicles Clinton’s four years as Secretary of State and the “crises, choices, and challenges she faced.”

Clinton will be signing copies of the book at the Pentagon City Costco store from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on June 14.

Following Hillary to the signing will be a large tour bus paid for by Ready for Hillary, the Arlington-based political action committee that’s supporting Clinton in her expected 2016 presidential run.

Arlington Agenda (June 9-15)

by Ethan Rothstein | June 9, 2014 at 5:00 am | No Comments

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

Laura BaronLive Music: Laura Baron
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:30 p.m.

Soft blues/easy listening solo artist Laura Baron performs at IOTA. Opening for Baron will be acoustic duo Australis and “soulfolk” singer Lea. Tickets are $12 at the door.

Thursday

Auditore Garden Garden of the Year
Little Falls Presbyterian Church (6025 Little Falls Road)
Time: 11:00 a.m.-noon

Rock Spring Garden Club announces top three finishers in the Arlington garden of the year competition. Maps will be provided for a self-guided tour after the program.

Friday

Guitars at PenroseLittle Bit A Blues*
Penrose Square (2503 Columbia Pike)
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

On the eve of Columbia Pike’s blues festival, Back Porch Blues featuring Eleanor Ellis and
“Little Bit A Blues” featuring Warner Williams and Jay Summerour perform.

Victory RoadBowen McCauley Dance Company
Synetic Theater (1800 S. Bell Street)
Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.

BMD Company presents Victory Road, inspired by the music of country rockers Jason and The Scorchers. Tickets are $20.

Saturday

BluesFest 2014 logoColumbia Pike Blues Festival*
Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive
Time: 1:00-8:30 p.m.

The 19th Pike Blues Festival, free to enter, includes a lineup of six artists, culminating in a performance by slide guitarist Ana Popovic at 6:30 p.m.

SONOVA Rocks OutMozart Meets Metal*
Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent Street)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia presents a concert that mixes Mozart concertos with indie rock, pop and other genres. Tickets are $15 online and $10 for students and seniors, $20 and $15 at the door.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event.

Clarendon Roads to Close Saturday for Cycling Classic

by Ethan Rothstein | June 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm | 2,250 views | No Comments

Air Force Cycling Classic Crystal CupParts of Wilson, Clarendon and Washington Boulevards in Clarendon will be closed most of the day Saturday for the Air Force Association Cycling Classic.

Roads will close starting at 4:30 a.m. Saturday and re-open at 5:00 p.m. to accommodate the Clarendon Cup portion of the Cycling Classic, which also features races in Crystal City and along Route 110 on Sunday.

Registration is closed for the Cycling Classic, which is part of USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar, but spectators are invited to watch and visit booths at the expo on Clarendon Blvd. The Clarendon Cup, according to the Cycling Classic’s website, is “known as one of the most difficult criterium races in the U.S. due to technical demands of the course and the quality of the participants.”

Here are the closures that will take effect on Saturday from 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

  • Wilson Boulevard will be closed from N. Fillmore Street to Washington Boulevard
  • Clarendon Boulevard will be closed from Washington Boulevard to N. Fillmore Street
  • Washington Boulevard will be closed from Wilson Boulevard to N. Highland Street
  • N. Highland Street will be closed from Wilson Boulevard to Washington Boulevard
  • N. Garfield Street/N. Fillmore Street will be closed from Wilson Boulevard to Washington Boulevard

File photo. The Air Force Cycling Classic is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

ANC to Host 150th Anniversary Event

by ARLnow.com | June 4, 2014 at 10:00 am | 473 views | No Comments

Arlington at 150 event posterArlington National Cemetery will host a concert and observance next Friday in honor of the cemetery’s 150th anniversary.

The event, starting at 8:00 p.m. on June 13, is free and open to the public. It will be the first-ever evening event held at the cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater, according to organizers.

“‘Arlington at 150′ is an hour-long live military show featuring musical performances by ‘The President’s Own,’ U.S. Marine Band and a Joint Chorus made up with singers from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force; a wreath ceremony and historical vignettes that showcase how military conflicts have shaped our nation and the cemetery,” according to a press release.

“Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater,” the release continued. “Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure access and should plan to be seated no later than 8:00 p.m.”

The Arlington Cemetery Metro station will remain open until 11:00 p.m. to accommodate the event.

Arlington at 150 is one of a number of special events taking place over a 5 week commemoration of the cemetery’s sesquicentennial.

Arlington Church Hosts ‘Walk to Church Sunday’

by Ethan Rothstein | June 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm | 831 views | No Comments

Walk to church Sunday flyer(Updated at 1:45 p.m.) Grace Community Church is holding its first ever “Walk to Church Sunday” event this month, asking its members to get out of their cars on their way to service.

Walk to Church day will be June 22, but those who want to participate can pick up T-shirts and pedometers next Sunday, June 15 in the lobby of the church’s building — it rents space in Thomas Jefferson Middle School, at 125 S. Old Glebe Road — before or after their service.

Building on the success of events like Walk and Bike to School Day, the church is promoting its event as “National Walk 2 Church Day.” While it’s trying to encourage other houses of worship to participate, it’s unclear whether any have joined in on the cause.

The church is asking those not within walking distance to park their cars 15-20 minutes away and walk the rest of the distance.

“Walking is beneficial to your overall health,” the church said in a press release. “This is a great way to get out and get moving and see how many of your church friends and neighbors you spot. We encourage other churches to join us in Walk to Church Sunday.”

Grace Community Church plans for this to be an annual event on the fourth Sunday of June. Churchgoers can walk for either the 9:30 or 11:00 a.m. services.

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