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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.”

File photo

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

by Ethan Rothstein — October 1, 2014 at 10:00 am 1,119 0

Tom Green (photo via FacebookTom Green — the comedian best known for the 1990s MTV program “The Tom Green Show” and “putting his bum” on things – is scheduled to perform stand-up comedy at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) in December.

Green will perform four shows in two nights on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6, with performances at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. each night. Tickets are already on sale online — each show costs $25.

Green gained notoriety in the ’90s for his talk show, which the Drafthouse promo for his performances says “paved the way for shows like ‘Jackass, ‘Punk’d’ and ‘Fear Factor.’ With its guerrilla video tactics and outrageous stunts, it was unlike anything that had been seen before.”

Green also had prominently roles in movies like “Road Trip,” “Stealing Harvard” and “Freddy Got Fingered.”

Green now hosts “Tom Green Live,” a talk show on AXS TV.

Photo via Facebook

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — September 30, 2014 at 9:00 am 0

Warm weather may be winding down but Arlington’s innovation economy is heating up.

Tandem NSI, which connects technology entrepreneurs and national security agencies, is hosting an “Throwback Thursday” event on Oct. 2, promising that “summer’s not over until we say it is.”

Classic rock band Two Car Living Room will perform at the free event, which is being held at Artisphere from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Also on offer: beers and the exhibit Think With Your Hands, a collaboration between artists and software developers.

Register for the event here.

by Ethan Rothstein — September 29, 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

Open House with Arlington Neighborhood Villages
National Rural Electric Conference Center (4301 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Nonprofit Arlington Neighborhood Villages, which focuses on helping senior citizens age in place in Arlington, hosts an open house. Refreshments and free parking provided in the building’s garage.

Wednesday

Clarendon BallroomChiefs vs. Chefs
Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The Arlington Food Assistance Center hosts its annual fundraiser, pitting local chefs against the cooks for Arlington’s fire stations, with the best meal winning the “golden eggplant” prize.

Friday

Nikki GlaserLive Comedy: Nikki Glaser
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 10:00 p.m. (also at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday)

Comedian Nikki Glaser, who made it to the semifinals of season 4 of Last Comic Standing, performs stand-up comedy at the Drafthouse. Tickets are $20, and available online.

Saturday

Fun-Ride-Start-2013-SMArlington Fun Ride*
18th Street S. and Crystal Drive
Time: 8:00 a.m.-noon

A 16-mile, family-friendly ride around Arlington from Crystal City, up to Columbia Pike, Ballston, Rosslyn and back to Crystal City. $10 per rider, $25 for a family of four. Register online.

go-go-symphonyFree Concert: Go Go Symphony*
The Church at Clarendon (1210 N. Hartford Street)
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The Church at Clarendon hosts a free concert with the critically acclaimed Go Go Symphony, a troupe that plays D.C.’s native genre and shows where the beat doesn’t stop.

Sunday

Blessing of the Animals*
Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ (5010 Little Falls Road)
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Bring any type of pet — mammal, bird or lizard — to Rock Spring for the regular blessing of the animals. Dogs must be leashed and other pets harnessed/contained. Homemade dog treats to be served.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by ARLnow.com — September 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm 1,296 0

Dr. Ruth Westheimer (courtesy photo)Famed octogenarian sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer is slated to speak at an event in Ballston next month.

Dr. Ruth has been added to the agenda of the Beacon 50+ Expo, to be held on the third level of Ballston Common Mall from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26. The 86-year-old will be talking about and autographing her latest book.

The free event will also feature “expert speakers, health screenings, informative resources, technology education and entertainment for older adults and their families,” according to a press release.

More than 100 exhibitors are expected to be on hand, and “giveaways and doors prizes will be plentiful.” The keynote speaker at the event is Dr. Robert Fischell, inventor of the rechargeable pacemaker, the implantable insulin pump, and dozens of other “life-changing medical devices.”

Another 50+ Expo will be held in Maryland — at the Silver Spring Civic Center on Sunday, Oct. 19.

Courtesy photo

by Ethan Rothstein — September 22, 2014 at 10:00 am 3,197 0

2013 Clarendon Day 5K/10K race (Flickr pool photo by J Sonder)Clarendon’s biggest annual street festival, Clarendon Day, is back for its 17th iteration this Saturday, and with it comes the return of the D.C. Chili Cookoff.

This year’s festival goes from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the streets outside the Clarendon Metro station, at the intersection of N. Highland Street and Wilson and Clarendon Blvds. There will be 40 bands and musicians playing on five stages throughout the day, headlined by singer-songwriter Amber Rubarth at 2:45 p.m. on the main stage.

While music will fill the air all afternoon long, so will the smell of chili. The chili cookoff, sponsored by the International Chili Society, will see dozens of homemade chili chefs cooking up batches of red chili, chili verde, salsa and homestyle recipes, all competing for the chance to participate in the World Championship Chili Cookoff this October in Palm Springs, Calif. Chefs will be providing tastings of their chili, and those hankering for something else will be able to choose from more than a dozen local restaurants’ tents. 

Participants last year were disappointed by the long lines for beer, which often stretched dozens deep. This year, festival organizer Clarendon Alliance said “we have revised our event layout to allow for faster beverage service,” which includes two bars in different sections, with breweries participating in next month’s Courthouse Arts and Craft Beer Festival and wine.

Along Wilson Blvd, there will again be dozens of arts and crafts vendors and exhibitors, and by Clarendon Central Park there will be activity spaces for children. The festival itself is free to enter.

Roads in Clarendon will be closed all day Saturday to accommodate the festival. That includes starting at 5:00 a.m. on Wilson Blvd to N. Lynn Street to accommodate the annual Clarendon Day 5K/10K, which will also close southbound Route 110 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. Wilson and Clarendon Blvds will close from Washington Blvd to N. Highland Street until the evening, as will Highland Street from 11th Street N. to just before N. Hancock Street.

Flickr pool photo by J Sonder

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