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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — April 15, 2015 at 5:00 am 1,071 0

The 3rd Annual Arlington Festival of the Arts returns with an explosion of color, an abundance of talent and a myriad of artistic media.

This two-day art show, produced by Howard Alan Events and hosted by the Clarendon Alliance, features the finest artists from around the country including exceptional local talent, as well as new and emerging artists.

Bold and vibrant paintings, contemporary and whimsical art, life-size sculptures, photography and jewelry are among the many original works of art that will be on display and for sale, transforming Highland Street in Clarendon, into an outdoor eclectic art gallery. A free art giveaway will feature the work of award-winning artist Joyce Stratton, www.joycestratton.com. No purchase will be necessary to register for the giveaway.

The artists are juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity. All of the artwork is original and handmade. “We have a very selective jury process and choose only the finest artists providing festival-goers with an extraordinary experience,” says festival promoter Howard Alan.

All of the artists will be on site for the duration of the show and festival patrons are encouraged to engage the artists as they explore the exhibits. The prices are set to suit all budgets and will range from as low as $25 up to $30,000. The wide array of art will appeal to collectors and art enthusiasts as well as those looking for unique and affordable gift items.

“You have the opportunity to meet many different artists in one location and personally connect with them before purchasing a piece, which makes the investment much more meaningful,” assures Alan.

The artists, local merchants, restaurants and hotels all benefit from the festival, which drives additional guests and dollars to the community.  Howard Alan advocates the importance of supporting the arts and artists because this in turn helps the community.  He believes we can make a difference that will positively impact the local economy.   “We need to invest in each other, investing in our artists and our community will help to fuel the economy,” adds Alan.

Howard Alan Events develops and produces some of the nation’s finest juried art shows in more than 40 venues each year, many are ranked among the top 100 art fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine.  These shows, which attract locals and tourists alike, include the Alexandria King Street Art Festival (Alexandria, VA), the Downtown Aspen Art Festival (Aspen, CO), the Beaver Creek Art Festival (Beaver Creek, CO), and the Las Olas Art Fairs, (Fort Lauderdale, FL).

The 3rd Annual Arlington Festival of the Arts runs Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, admission is free.  The artists will be set up along Washington Boulevard, Clarendon Boulevard and N. Highland Street.  For additional information about the 3rd Annual Arlington Festival of the Arts and other Howard Alan Events shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.

The preceding post was sponsored by Howard Alan Events

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — April 7, 2015 at 5:00 am 1,182 0

Verde Pointe — Arlington’s newest high-end apartment community — is now accepting leases for June 2015 move-ins.

Featuring as many as 41 unique floor plan styles in both tower and townhome buildings, Verde Pointe will be a destination for area residents looking for a new apartment home in the centralized Courthouse neighborhood.

The community – located at the corner of North Veitch Street and Lee Highway — contains 162 apartment homes in a luxe residential tower as well as 36 apartment homes divided into townhome flats, each with a private entrance and the uppermost units with an enormous private rooftop terrace. Additionally, 242 residential parking spaces and the county’s first MOM’s Organic Market grocery store complete the mixed-use development.

Designed to LEED Gold standards, the apartment homes feature floor-to-ceiling windows, glass balconies, quartz countertops, movable kitchen islands, in-unit washer and dryers, programmable thermostats, engineered wood flooring, and panoramic views of the DC and Northern Virginia skyline. Both tower and townhome flats are available in studio, convertible, one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, and two bedroom varieties; pricing begins at $1,650/month.

Because Verde Pointe is an active construction site, interested parties are encouraged to visit the temporary leasing center at 2200 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite #1125, in Courthouse. Prospects receive tailor-made leasing materials, guided neighborhood discussions and details on services presented by the property management team, led by General Manager Charlie Wexell.

“We like to explore the ideal living situation for each prospect,” explains Wexell. “That’s the beauty of having so many unique floor plans and features: we can find the perfect fit for everyone’s specific preferences.”

The 36 townhome flats will deliver first, currently slated for the second week of June 2015. In each townhome are two flats, each with private entrances, easy access to the parking garage and open floor plans. The townhome flats located on the top floor also come complete with a private rooftop terrace. All community amenities, such as personal wine storage, rooftop pool, club room and kitchen, and fitness center will be available to all residents in the complex upon delivery of the tower, in July 2015.

The development is led by award-winning developer McCaffery Interests — who will also be managing the community within the nationally-renowned MI-Home brand — in partnership with Bergmann’s Cleaning, and with strong financial support from Cardinal Bank and Burke and Herbert Bank. In addition to Verde Pointe, McCaffery Interests is known for developing environmentally conscious projects nationwide. Last month, McCaffery Interests announced a new mixed-use development in partnership with Grosvenor Americas, known as Ballpark Square, located in the blooming Navy Yard neighborhood. Ballpark Square is home to First Residences, another new high-end residential community managed by McCaffery Interests.

Verde Pointe has been designed and is being constructed to LEED Gold standards, and will have several major sustainable features such as electric car charging stations and individually remote-controlled thermostats so residents can more closely control and monitor their energy use. In line with the green initiatives, MOM’s Organic Market has a long-running history with environmental advocacy, and has begun plans for engaging the Arlington community with eco-conscious functions and features for residents and neighbors.

All information on the Verde Pointe development and upcoming plans can be found at http://www.verdepointe.com/. Development and contact information for McCaffery Interests can be found at http://www.mccafferyinterests.com/.

The preceding article was sponsored by McCaffery Interests

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — April 1, 2015 at 5:00 am 331 0

Are you looking for a week night activity that’s super social and easy to join? The traditional Italian sport of bocce just might be your answer. It turns out that in addition to game’s appeal as a relaxing backyard past-time, it also provides a framework for the perfect date. Just ask the young professionals of the area’s own DC Bocce League.

“Bocce is the perfect way to make new friends and meet that someone special,” says Sarah DeLucas, a co-founder of the DC Bocce League, the nation’s largest organized bocce organization. “Bocce provides a great medium for meeting new people. There is a natural flow of conversation deciding whose ball is closer to the pallina and the game can be picked up by people of all abilities. Plus it can be played in your best date outfit – no need for gym clothes.”

DeLucas’s league has operated in various locations across Arlington, DC, and Bethesda for ten years and boasts at least nine known couples who met playing and ended up tying the knot. If your interest is peaked by the idea of bocce games with other singles and young professionals, sign up for DC Bocce’s special brand of bocce this spring in one of three Virginia locations:

  • Alexandria on Thursdays at Braddock Park (600 N Henry Street)
  • Ballston on Tuesdays at Maury Park (3550 Wilson Blvd)
  • Columbia Pike on Wednesdays at Walter Reed Park (2909 16th Street)

Registration for DC Bocce’s spring season is currently open through Sunday, April 5th.

Teams play every week for 6 weeks. At the end of the season everyone participates in a single elimination tournament culminating in the crowning of a champion team. Bonus: everyone makes the playoffs so you don’t have to be an expert to get started. After games, players congregate at a nearby bar that offers exclusive discounts on food and drinks to bocce players. Unlike other social sports leagues you may have encountered, scoring off the courts is just as important as winning the game.

To get in on the bocce action, use promo code ARLNOW10 to save $10 on your registration.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 3, 2015 at 5:00 am 0

Home buyer seminar

Are you considering buying a home in Arlington or the DC area in 2015?

If so, attend this Arlington home buyer seminar in Ballston tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4th.

Three industry experts – Joe Zamoiski of 1st Portfolio Lending, George Papakostas of Long & Foster, and George Glekas of GPN Title – will give an informative talk about the process of buying a home in Arlington. Joe, George, and George have years of experience between them in the Arlington market, not to mention hundreds of successful transactions.

They’ll cover the home-buying process in detail, including:

  • Identifying a home.
  • The offer, negotiation, and closing process.
  • Financing, including loan approval and figuring out what you can afford.
  • State of the Arlington market.

In addition to the above, the purpose of the seminar is to answer your questions. Attendance is kept low to allow ample attention for all attendees. You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions during the Q&A or afterwards if you’d prefer to ask a question privately.

Click here to register

The speakers will present for 45 minutes or so, after which there will be Q&A for 30 minutes, when the seminar officially ends. But Joe, George, and George will stick around as long as necessary to answer all questions.

More details:

  • Location: In Ballston at the Residence Inn Ballston, 650 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22203 (map).
  • Parking: Free, on site.
  • Metro-accessible: A few blocks from both the Ballston and Virginia Square stations.
  • Cost: $15 per person here, $20 at the door.
  • Food: Snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Questions: Email seminars2015@urbanturf.com or call 703-842-1391.

Click here to register

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Urban Turf.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — February 26, 2015 at 8:10 am 0

Home buyer seminar

Are you considering buying a home in Arlington or the DC area in 2015?

If so, attend this Arlington home buyer seminar in Ballston next Wednesday, March 4th.

Three industry experts – Joe Zamoiski of 1st Portfolio Lending, George Papakostas of Long & Foster, and George Glekas of GPN Title – will give an informative talk about the process of buying a home in Arlington. Joe, George, and George have years of experience between them in the Arlington market, not to mention hundreds of successful transactions.

They’ll cover the home-buying process in detail, including:

  • Identifying a home.
  • The offer, negotiation, and closing process.
  • Financing, including loan approval and figuring out what you can afford.
  • State of the Arlington market.

In addition to the above, the purpose of the seminar is to answer your questions. Attendance is kept low to allow ample attention for all attendees. You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions during the Q&A or afterwards if you’d prefer to ask a question privately.

Click here to register

The speakers will present for 45 minutes or so, after which there will be Q&A for 30 minutes, when the seminar officially ends. But Joe, George, and George will stick around as long as necessary to answer all questions.

More details:

  • Location: In Ballston at the Residence Inn Ballston, 650 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22203 (map).
  • Parking: Free, on site.
  • Metro-accessible: A few blocks from both the Ballston and Virginia Square stations.
  • Cost: $15 per person here, $20 at the door.
  • Food: Snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Questions: Email seminars2015@urbanturf.com or call 703-842-1391.

Click here to register

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Urban Turf.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — February 12, 2015 at 5:00 am 397 0

Editor’s Note: This post is authored and sponsored by United Social Sports.

Spring will be here before you know it, and that means more than just NBA & NHL playoffs! United Social Sports spring season will start in April, and now is the time to register for spring leagues in Arlington!

United Social Sports continues to give Arlington residents a chance to “get out and play.” From the alternative social sports like DC Dodgeball Capital Bocce, DC Skeeball and DC Cornhole to the traditional rec leagues like DC Softball, DC Soccer, and DC Volleyball, we’ve got you covered as usual.

USS continues to innovate and expand our Arlington leagues offering those who live, work or play here plenty of opportunities to get active and be social.

Below is a list of some of the Arlington / NOVA area leagues. For a full listing visit www.UnitedSocialSports.com and remember to check back often as new leagues are added as permits roll in.

Bar Multi-Sports: Full Lineup

Cornhole: Full Lineup

Skeeball: Full Lineup

Bocce: Full Lineup

Dodgeball: Full Lineup

  • Thursdays @ Crystal City Gateway Sport & Health

Soccer: Full Lineup

Softball: Full Lineup

Volleyball – Sand: Full Lineup

Volleyball – Indoor: Full Lineup

United Social Sports caters to a growing population in Arlington who love to stay active and have a focus on having fun and being social over hardcore victories.

Registration closes for Spring Team Sports on Tuesday, March 31st (or when leagues fill up) and for Spring Bar Sports on Tuesday, April 7th.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — February 10, 2015 at 5:00 am 875 0

Stand Up 2 Cancer Banner

Fire Works Pizza in Courthouse (2350 Clarendon Blvd) will be staying open all night tonight as part of a military veteran’s 24 hour cancer fundraiser.

The Stand Up To Cancer 24 Hour Stand-In event will kick off at 4:26 p.m. and will run through Wednesday afternoon. It will feature late night movies, bar bites buffet, popcorn, ping pong, pizza, cornhole and other fun activities for the wee hours.

There will also be a silent auction featuring VIP Caps tickets, signed hockey sticks and more.

(Alcohol will be served until 2:00 a.m. and pizza until 3:00 a.m. A complimentary movie bar bites buffet will be provided but there will not be full restaurant service overnight.)

The event is being hosted by Pat Malone, a retired Air Force veteran, and timed to coincide with the first anniversary of Pat’s successful, seven hour operation to remove a malignant tumor at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.

After months of radiation, rehabilitation and physical therapy, Malone is currently cancer-free with the strong desire to both raise money for cancer research and to honor and highlight the dedicated work of his military and civilian medical team at the John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed.

Pat is hoping to raise $5,000 during the fundraiser. Fire Works is offering to match up worth of $1,000 of donations from dine-in guests. All donations will benefit Stand Up To Cancer’s collaborative cancer research programs.

More information is available at the fundraiser’s Facebook page and Stand Up To Cancer page. The event is being co-sponsored by Sysco Foods and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

The preceding was a promoted post sponsored by Fire Works Pizza.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — February 4, 2015 at 5:00 am 378 0

Urban Igloo logoUrban Igloo is growing in Arlington and needs real estate agents.

We are growing fast in NORTHERN VIRGINIA and need top agents to handle our leads and spearhead our growth.

Are you a smart, motivated person who loves working with people in a fast-paced environment?

Are you interested in real estate, and would enjoy matching people with apartments while having the potential to make $40,000+ your first year?

Do you have a real estate license, or are you planning to get one (with the promise of a great job at the end)?

Do you love working your own hours and being your own boss?

If so, you may be just the kind of person we seek to hire. You can start making money quickly and work in a high-energy environment as a full-time real estate agent with Urban Igloo. Get the experience you need to jump-start your career from a company that’s entrepreneurial, specializes in rentals and is growing fast (that’s why we need you).

What You Need

  • A go-getter attitude and a passion for real estate
  • A background in sales, leasing or real estate
  • An active real estate license or you are in the process of obtaining one
  • Access to a clean, insured vehicle and enjoy driving
  • A smartphone you keep within site, ready to conduct business on the fly
  • Local knowledge of the DMV area and the confidence to share your love of our great city
  • You are comfortable working weekends and getting paid on a commission basis

What You Get

  • Potential to make $40,000+ in your first year with the best rental commission splits in the business
  • Qualified renter and landlord leads to help you grow your business
  • Training and mentorship from some of the best folks in the business
  • Control of your own hours – it’s truly a matter of effort dictating success
  • Tools and resources to close your first deal within one month
  • A gateway to a successful career in commercial or residential real estate or expansion within Urban Igloo
  • A fun bunch of co-workers in a fast-growing, entrepreneurial company

To apply for this position, click here.

The preceding article was written and sponsored by Urban Igloo

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 29, 2015 at 5:00 am 4,290 0

MOM’s Organic Market — prominent family-owned and operated grocer, and leading environmental advocate — is set to open its first location in Arlington County this summer at the Verde Pointe development, located at the intersection of Lee Highway and North Veitch Street.

MOM’s Organic Market was founded by Scott Nash in 1987 in his mother’s garage, and since has grown to include 12 locations across the Mid-Atlantic. Known for stocking a higher volume of organic produce than any other grocer, MOM’s takes an active role in environmental preservation and public health initiatives in the region and beyond.

A longtime supporter of renewable energy, MOM’s has been fully wind powered since 2005. In February of 2013, MOM’s started harvesting energy from the sun with their first solar panel installation at their Waldorf, Md. location. The new Arlington MOM’s Market will maintain a free customer recycling center in which compost, commingled recyclable goods, plastic bags, household batteries, CFLs, fluorescent bulbs, shoes, corks, and cell phones are accepted. The organization also hosts recycling drives throughout the year for uncommon or hard-to-recycle goods such as electronic waste, eye glasses, denim, and holiday incandescent string lights.

“This is a great location,” shared MOM’s President and Founder, Scott Nash. “We’re excited to move in to the Arlington market.”

In line with MOM’s environmental advocacy, Verde Pointe has been designed and is being constructed to LEED Gold standards, and will have several major sustainable features such as electric car charging stations and individually remote-controlled thermostats so residents can more closely control and monitor their energy use.

The project — to be delivered in June 2015 — is led by award-winning developer McCaffery Interests in collaboration with architect Antunovich Associates, Clark Construction, and Arlington County, and with strong financial support from Cardinal Bank, Burke and Herbert Bank. It is located on the former site of Bergmann’s Dry Cleaning.

Verde Pointe will contain 162 apartment homes in a luxe residential tower as well as 36 apartment homes divided into townhome flats. The development will have close to 250 parking spaces for its residents and grocery store, will begin leasing in March of 2015 via verdepointe.com. In addition to Verde Pointe, McCaffery Interests is internationally renowned for developing environmentally conscious projects nationwide, most notably the approximately 600 acre Lakeside development on Chicago’s South Side.

For more information on MOM’s offerings, initiatives and corporate structure, please visit http://www.momsorganicmarket.com/. All information on the Verde Pointe development and up-coming plans can be found at http://www.verdepointe.com/. Development and contact information for McCaffery Interests and McCaffery Brokerage can be found at http://www.mccafferyinterests.com/.

The preceding article was sponsored by McCaffery Interests

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 27, 2015 at 8:30 am 837 0

Drs. Natasha Ungerer and Kayleen Gloor have recently opened Clarendon Animal Care, located at 3000 10th Street N., Suite B.

The location previously housed Ellen’s Futons, but has been transformed into a state-of-the-art veterinary care facility. Build-out renovations were completed just before the New Year and the hospital has been open since January 5. Drs. Gloor and Ungerer have been delighted by their new professional home and the warm reception they have received from clients and neighborhood residents.

“We really wanted to open in Arlington, and in Clarendon specifically, because there was a local need, and folks around here are very invested in the human-animal bond, which is something we aim to foster by providing the highest quality veterinary care… and I have the added benefit of being able to walk to work!” said Dr. Gloor, who is a neighborhood local.

“We’ve bucked the standard 15-20 minute appointment norm, and have made 30 minute appointments our minimum” said Dr. Ungerer. Both veterinarians emphasize client communication and education as the foundation of their practice.

“I don’t ever want a client to walk out the door not knowing why I chose the tests or treatments I did — or to feel confused about what they’re supposed to do for follow up” said Dr. Gloor, who takes pride in her diagrams, client handouts, and use of non-medical jargon in appointments to ensure clients have the necessary tools and information to make informed decisions about their pet’s care.

The vets’ approach to their clients and patients can be summed up by one of their clients, Stephen Harris.

“[Drs. Gloor and Ungerer] have been taking care of our four legged kids for years and we are so happy they have their practice together now,” Harris said. “They are thorough and thoughtful, they have always made sure we understand everything going on with our kids when they were not well. They have gone out of their way to check up on the pups when they were sick, even calling on the weekends. We just got a chance to check out their new state-of-the-art veterinary clinic and wish them the best of luck with the Clarendon Animal Care!”

Hospital services include: comprehensive medical exams (wellness/preventive care, domestic & international health certificates, and sick pet/urgent care exams), as well as general soft tissue surgery, dentistry, digital radiology, and in-house and reference laboratory diagnostics.

Clarendon Animal Care is open:

  • Monday – Thursday from 7:30am – 7:30pm
  • Friday from 7:30am – 5:30pm
  • Saturday from 7:30am – 12:30pm

Check out their website www.clarendonanimalcare.com, or visit them on Facebook. Appointments can be made by phone at 703-997-9776, email at info@clarendonanimalcare.com, or via website request. If you happen to be in the area, feel free to stop in to say “hi,” meet the doctors and staff and get a tour of the clinic.

Reference this ARLnow article and receive $25 off your first veterinary visit.

The preceding article was sponsored by Clarendon Animal Care.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 20, 2015 at 5:00 am 732 0

Looking for a small, affordable, private, Christian day school with a small town community feel? Can you appreciate a school that begins each day with the students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing My Country ‘Tis of Thee?

Then please come visit the open house at Our Savior Lutheran School, which will be held Saturday, January 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Come see a hidden gem of a school which has been in the heart of Arlington providing education and service since 1952. The school is conveniently located close to the Pentagon and Route 50 in Arlington.

Grades Pre-K (age 4 by September 30) through 8th grade are offered with very small class sizes (only 20 students per class).  The elementary school grades have self-contained classrooms, while the middle school is departmentalized.  The  school also has one of the lowest tuition rates in Northern Virginia. The dedicated, caring teachers work hand-in-hand with an active community of families which make this school thrive.

Students are encouraged to start a life of service through various opportunities:

  • Weekly chapel offerings are designed to various groups in need for our neighbors in Arlington and around the world
  • Walk for the Homeless and preparing bag meals for A-SPAN
  • Letters to pen pans (elderly members of the church congregation)
  • Stop Hunger Now — the entire school helped prepare dry meals to send overseas
  • Pairing middle schoolers and kindergarteners as chapel buddies
  • Sixth graders begin and start the day by raising the American flag and assisting with the Kiss-N-Ride line

Our Savior also offers many extracurricular activities including a music and a choral program, After School clubs that include foreign language (Spanish and French), a Baking Club and a Geometry Club.

If you are interested in what Our Savior has to offer and why this school shines, please come by the Open House on January the 24th or call to schedule a tour any other day.  The school is located at 825 S. Taylor St., Arlington, VA 22204 Phone: (703) 892-4846, osva.org.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 8, 2015 at 8:00 am 1,169 0

The Eden Center celebrated its 30th anniversary last month — complete with dancing, music, and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Local dignitaries, community and business members, and customers joined the celebration. As locals know, Eden Center (6751 Wilson Boulevard) is a Vietnamese shopping center in Falls Church — just across the Arlington border — that offers an “authentic Vietnamese vacation without the jetlag.”

“The Eden Center first opened its doors in 1984 and today is recognized as a major cultural tourist attraction and the ultimate Vietnamese shopping experience. We open a new chapter today by celebrating our 30th Anniversary and the Grand Opening of our newest tenant, the Good Fortune Supermarket,” said Alan Frank, VP and General Counsel of The Eden Center.

The new Good Fortune Supermarket spans an impressive 44,000 square feet and is the largest international grocery store inside the Beltway. It is also the first that utilizes 100% LED lighting together with an energy efficient roof and HVAC. Expansive fresh seafood and produce displays are already attracting customers from Arlington, D.C., Alexandria and Fairfax County.

For local Washingtonians, we are lucky that an authentic Vietnamese experience is right in our backyard. The Eden Center is a cultural and economic home for Vietnamese-Americans and a unique cultural experience for all visitors. The face of Eden Center showcases architectural designs reminiscent of historic and modern day Saigon, including avenues named after famous Generals who served in the South Vietnamese Army. Experience the roots of the culture through the more than 115 Vietnamese restaurants, retailers, and service stores.

The cuisine offered at The Eden Center businesses is one that is most impressive; it attracts patrons near and far.  The Eden Center is the local home to the sought after dishes of phở and bánh mì. Eateries within the center have gained acclaim from popular shows such as Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and the Food Network.

The well-known restaurant, Rice Paper, was recently named one of Washingtonian Magazines “Best Restaurants”.  Eden Kitchen, and its famous “Pho Factory” brand of pho is one of the largest restaurants at Eden Center.

Salons abound!  From inexpensive haircuts to hair coloring to permanent make up, the 10 Eden Center salons will take good care of you at reasonable prices.

Jewelry has always been an important reason to visit Eden Center.  Fifteen stores provide a wide variety of diamonds, jewelry and gems.  Eden Center jewelers design and make jewelry on premises. Many of the jewelry stores have been at Eden Center since the 1980′s.  Check out the new stores and visit an old favorite!

Whether you are in the mood for some hot phở, sweet chè or bubble tea, visit Eden Center and experience an authentic Vietnamese vacation without the jetlag. For more information on shops and events, visit www.edencenter.com.

The preceding was a promoted post sponsored by the Eden Center.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — January 7, 2015 at 10:30 am 734 0

Get a jumpstart on your New Year’s resolutions at Sand & Steel™ Fitness, a state-of-the-art training facility that opened last week at 109 S. Alfred Street in Alexandria.

A fresh take on the conventional gym model, Sand and Steel™ offers redefined personalized training, nutrition guidance, and unique group classes unparalleled in the industry.

A functional strength training gym, its memberships offer the best of plyometrics, bodybuilding, high intensity training, and gymnastic movements to name a few of its advanced functions. Its team focuses first and foremost on being teachers before trainers, educating clients to get stronger and live healthier sustainable lives.

The 2,400 square foot facility located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Va.(entrance located on Alfred Street), is scheduled to officially opened Saturday, January 3, 2015 with an open house Friday, January 2. Guests received complimentary: consultations, fitness assessments and mini-nutrition evaluations; along with treats, networking and raffle prizes.

Sand & Steel™ hosts a team of trainers that are led by founders Dawn Anderson and Paul Roberts, both of whom are CrossFit Level 1 Instructors, TRX STC Qualified, and Hard Style Kettlebell Certified (HKC). Safety is prioritized in all training movements, with trainers teaching only correct form to minimize any risk of injuries. Sand & Steel™ was founded on the belief that training (like health) should be all encompassing, so naturally custom nutrition programming is offered. Its Jump Start Package includes a customized food journal, instruction and macronutrient training and glycemic index review.

“We are pleased to have the gym open and initial feedback from the members has been fantastic! More importantly we look forward to providing the people of Alexandria first class tailored training at a reasonable value” said Paul Roberts, co-owner and head trainer at Sand & Steel™ Fitness. “Everyone has an athlete hidden deep down, Sand & Steel™ will help you find it.”

Earlier this year, The Club Industry Show, the fitness industry’s premiere expo awarded Sand & Steel™ Fitness co-owner and master trainer Dawn Anderson with a yearlong mentorship from Joe Cirulli, owner of Gainesville Health and Fitness Centers in Gainesville, Fla. As part of the mentorship, Anderson will visit Cirulli’s club over the course of the next year for personalized instruction.

The facility is designed to meet the needs of people of all ages, interests and fitness goals featuring the following amenities, all of which are included in its monthly membership fee:

  • Cardio Areas
  • Advanced Strength Training Equipment
  • Personal Training
  • Nutrition Evaluation
  • Open Gym Time
  • Body Composition and Health Assessment
  • Active Recovery & Stretch Clinics
  • Group Fitness Classes – schedule

Sand & Steel™ Fitness’ mission is to provide a targeted motivating fitness experience for all of its members and guests; its goal: to promote the physical and emotional wellbeing of the community it serves.  A vibrant, no judgment atmosphere, Sand & Steel™ offers community based events and member to member camaraderie.

Monthly memberships and drop in classes available. No sales pitches, the gym and its members do the talking.  There is fit, and then there’s is Sand & Steel™ Fit. Get Steel Strong™.

For more information, or memberships please visit www.SandandSteelFitness.com.

The preceding was a promoted post sponsored by Sand & Steel™ Fitness

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — December 11, 2014 at 5:00 am 911 0

This sponsored post is satirical in nature. It was written by the DC Bocce League.

Bocce, a sport long linked to elderly Italians that is now popular with the young, urban set, continues to expand its influence in Arlington with a new location along Columbia Pike at the revered P. Brennan’s.

At the helm of this expansion sits the DC Bocce League, which is leading the sport’s march into the South Arlington neighborhood to make way for its upcoming Winter 2015 season. Long rumored to “ruin the lives of children” and known as a gateway for “dads to get drunk,” Arlington residents will find it even more convenient to fall into the clutches of this supposedly nefarious activity.

“Ruining the lives of children is what bocce is best known for,” explains League president, Sarah DeLucas. “And the DC Bocce League will do what it can to forward the sport’s ultimate mission.”

Yet with this new indoor location, it remains unclear how the bocce leadership intends to carry out its scheme as all players must be at least 21 years of age.

For 10 years, the DC Bocce League has transformed itself from a 50-member club into a social sports empire, running bocce leagues all over D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Previously, the League operated only in the Ballston and Clarendon areas within Arlington. However that will change on January 21st, when bocce makes its debut along Columbia Pike at P. Brennan’s. Outfitted in color-coordinated t-shirts and supplied with food and drink specials, weekly prizes, and free parties, bocce players in the DC Bocce League should have no problems enjoying themselves on a Wednesday night.

“And ruining the lives of children,” insists DeLucas.

Yet no evidence exists of this claim. In fact, the opposite was found to be true, as the DC Bocce League commits a percentage of revenues to charity, including organizations that benefit children. When pressed, Ms. DeLucas declined to cite the number of children whose lives were actually ruined in pursuit of bocce glory. It seems only time will tell if the sport’s true mission will ever come to pass in Arlington.

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The DC Bocce League invites Arlington to join us this Winter at P. Brennan’s on Wednesdays for good times, great people, and bocce starting January 21st. Bocce does not actually harm children. The only harm this League might inflict is on the livers of its 21 and over participants. Sign up here: www.dcbocce.com

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — December 9, 2014 at 9:00 am 311 0

Il Forno Ristorante (900 N. Glebe Road) in Ballston has some great specials lined up for the holiday season.

To celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian-American tradition, Il Forno will be serving fish specials Christmas week.

To make the last night of 2014 memorable, Il Forno has a special evening planned for New Year’s Eve. For $55, a three-course, prix fixe menu will be served from 5:00-7:30 p.m. and from 8:00-10:00 p.m. The latter seating will also have a five-course option for $75 — as well as a champagne toast.

(Prices do not include tax and gratuity.)

The restaurant’s non-seasonal specials are just as exquisite: weeknight happy hours from 4:30-7:00 p.m. offer cocktail specials developed exclusively for Il Forno by Francesco Amadeo. There’s also a rotating list of wine and beer specials, which fit well with its small plates menu.

The small plate specials include pork belly with caramelized green apple ($1) and Brussels sprouts with confit turnips, apple vinaigrette, fresh nutmeg and parmesan ($4), to name a few.

Executive Chef Jason Mayle, formerly the corporate executive chef with D.C.’s Stir Food Group, took over the kitchen earlier this year. Since then, Il Forno has seen dramatic changes — particularly with its new brunch menu.

Delivering “tantalizing, new twists on fresh, locally sourced foods,” Chef Mayle makes his goal for the new Sunday Brunch clear: “to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary, including new twists on traditional brunch favorites … like our new, truffle chicken bowl with a ‘truffle-icious’ sunny side up egg, avocado, tomatoes, toasted faro and quinoa, and goat cheese.”

Il Forno is the perfect venue to host luncheons, dinners, or even cocktail parties for holiday festivities. Chef Mayle is offering custom menus for large parties, while guests can enjoy an airy, modern dining space and or semi-private area for special occasions.

For more information, visit www.myilforno.com or call (703) 807-2050.

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