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
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.
An innovative concept in healthcare and wellness has opened in Arlington.
Skyline Wellness Center has been in business since 2008, and provides its patients with “integrative healthcare focusing on the following areas: acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, medicine, nutrition, physical therapy, psychotherapy, and sports medicine.”
The clinic’s new Arlington location at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 320, in Rosslyn, is scheduled to open on Monday, January 5 , 2015. They are already accepting appointments. It’s their second location, and part of a strategic approach to expand the footprint of the clinic in the Washington D.C. area.
CEO and founder Ivan Santos says that the wellness center provides patients with an experience in healthcare “unlike any other.” Their mission is simple: keeping you healthy and happy. Their goal: finding natural and organic approaches to manage your health and wellness.
“We don’t want people to have to choose between traditional medicine and complementary healthcare approaches,” Santos says, “we give them all the options in one convenient location.”
All the practitioners at Skyline Wellness Center work as a team to offer a natural approach to health care. The experience is enhanced by easy check-in and check-out processes, online scheduling with same-day visits, accepting all major insurance plans, and encouraging email follow-ups with your doctor.
The clinic’s two founders, Mr. Santos and Dr. W. Jean-Luc Sansfaute, refined the clinic’s offerings by putting as much value on healthcare as in the “patient experience”.. Their flagship location in Alexandria expanded earlier this year to accommodate a growing demand for their services. They are clearly on the right track.
“Our patients were and continue to be an important part of our evolution process. We are who we are because we listen to them. They were the ones that told us what they wanted to include in a one stop healthcare clinic and how to combine all practice areas,” writes Dr. Sansfaute, who also acts as the Chief Patient Officer for the clinics.
The wellness center has “led the effort to change how our community views and uses healthcare.” The new location is more convenient for Arlington residents, only three blocks north of the Rosslyn metro station.
“We are looking forward to becoming more involved in the Arlington community… and continuing to make changes to accommodate patients that value a higher level of service in healthcare.”
To learn more about Skyline Wellness Center, visit their website at skylinewellnesscenter.com.
The preceding was sponsored article written for Skyline Wellness Center.
In the bustling, fast-paced county of Arlington, a tranquil haven called Oasis Nail Spa has opened at 1918 Wilson Blvd, a short walk from the Courthouse and Rosslyn Metro stations.
Owned by a family that has specialized in beauty services for 15 years, Oasis Nail Spa aims to provide a high quality spa experience for both men and women. Co-owner Kathy Nguyen, a former nail technician, knows of the abundance of nail salons and wants to offer something different.
“We didn’t want to make a regular old nail salon,” said Kathy. “We wanted to create a true spa-like experience that everyone can enjoy.”
A luminous, shimmering chandelier dangles over the main area. Calming music sets the relaxing ambiance and warmly welcomes people as they step into the spa, where they can choose from a wide range of nail, waxing, facial, and massage services. From a standard manicure that includes a paraffin wrap, to a smooth waxing session, to deep-tissue body massages, men and women can pamper themselves with the numerous options at the spa.
Newly opened on October 17, the beautifully-decorated spa has brand new appliances and strides to maintain a clean environment. All equipment is thoroughly sanitized. The spa also showcases hundreds of high-quality nail polishes, ranging from normal nail polish to gel and acrylic.
“We wanted to bring a little bubble of paradise, an oasis, in the midst of an exciting city,” said Kathy. “Sometimes we get so caught up with life that we need to take a step back and relax. People just need to unwind and pamper themselves from time to time, or have some fun with their friends.”
Catering to the vibrant Arlington lifestyle, Kathy wanted to try something unique by hosting exciting “Happy Hour” events every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. During these events, people can mingle with their friends and drink beverages while enjoying discounted services. For December, Oasis Nail Spa is offering 10% off spa pedicures during Happy Hour.
People can host special events at the spa as well by appointment, whether it is a birthday celebration, a bridal party, or just a relaxing get-together. People can bring their own food, drinks, decorations, and music. The spa can provide some privacy for these parties in the pedicure room, which is separate from the main spa area. Group parties of at least six people receive a 10% discount.
“We really strive to surpass expectations through our friendly hospitality and outstanding service,” said Kathy.
To celebrate its opening, Oasis Nail Spa is offering $10 off services of $60+ and $20 off services of $120+, limited one per person.
Oasis Nail Spa welcomes both walk-ins and appointments. To make an appointment, please call 703-522-1918. Hours of operation are: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Perched on the 10th floor of The Odyssey, this 1635 SF, 2 BR + den, 2.5 BA, corner unit stretches out behind floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking Georgetown, the Palisades and the National Cathedral.
The master suite and second bedroom with full bath occupy opposite ends of the unit, providing privacy for each. In between are the Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Den with fireplace and a half-bath and laundry.
Platinum level finishes include a Viking wall oven and microwave, Wolf gas and electric cooktops, SubZero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Miele washer/dryer, maple hardwood flooring and marble master bathroom finishes.
Other features include:
- Den with electric fireplace
- Expansive marble master bathroom
- Large walk-in Master Bedroom closet with custom Poliform built-ins
- Two balconies
- Gourmet kitchen with custom glass and tile backsplash and maple Crystal cabinets
- 9-foot ceilings throughout
Walk to the Saturday Farmers’ Market at Courthouse and many desirable shops/restaurants in the Clarendon/Courthouse corridor.
If you are looking for a something spacious, comfortable and with a touch of elegance, this Lyon Village home might be just for you.
With 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and over 5,500 square feet of space including a detached garage, there is plenty of room for everyone.
The large master suite has a private balcony, large bathroom and 2 story walk-in closet.
This home not only has style but a great location located less than a mile from the metro station and downtown Clarendon.
If you are interested getting some more information about this beautiful Classic Cottages home, please contact us today before it is sold!
If you want those rare large rooms, abundant closets, an actual garage you can use and move-in condition, this home is for you.
Walk to Westover Village from this deceptively large 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath Cape Cod in Lacey Forest. It features a large kitchen with high end Poggenpohl cabinets, granite tops, Miele and Liebherr appliances, three renovated bathrooms, main level powder room, living room fireplace, gleaming wood floors on two levels and fresh young decor.
Plus, there’s a huge lower level with walk out rec room offering large windows and view of stone patio, not to mention a new roof, two zone heating and air conditioning, big closets with organizers, and incredible storage.
This home, at 1206 N. Jefferson Street, is within the boundaries of McKinley Elementary, Swanson Middle, and Yorktown High School. It’s in pristine move-in condition and is listed at $925,000.
A gorgeous, newly-constructed 5 BR, 4.5 BA home is on the market in sought-after Maywood.
This new home at 2346 N. Fillmore Street, listed at $1,225,000, offers over 4,000 square feet on four finished levels.
The beautifully appointed main level features 9-foot ceilings. The spacious kitchen comes equipped with 42-inch Shaker-style cabinets, marble counters and a large island.
Other features include:
- Gleaming Brazilian cherry hardwood floors
- Great room with beamed ceiling and gas fireplace
- Lovely, light-filled spaces for living and entertaining
- Four upper level bedrooms
- Luxurious owners’ suite with separate vanities, soaking tub, separate shower and two walk-in-closets
- Granite counters in bathrooms
- Upper level laundry room
- Standing seam metal roof
- Enclosed patio
- Extensive landscaping
- Parking pad
An open house will be held on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
If you’ve been looking for a family-sized home in a great neighborhood at a price not reserved for millionaires, 868 N. Longfellow Street is calling your name.
A top to bottom renovation by Arlington Restoration Builders has transformed this mid-Century Dominion Hills rambler. Here’s a partial list of what’s new:
- New roof
- Hardie-Plank siding
- Heating, air conditioning, hot water heater
- Double pane windows
- Driveway, walkway
- Reico kitchen with KitchenAid appliances
- Three new bathrooms
- Renovated lower level provides huge rec room with large window
Other desirable details include a den; a family room with built-ins; doors to level rear yard and covered porch opening to deck; refinished wood floors; sod and landscaped lot; and fresh, young decor.
A 4 BR / 3 BA single family home on a 8,229 square foot lot, 868 N. Longfellow Street is located within the bounds of McKinley Elementary, Swanson Middle and Yorktown High School. It’s listed at $789,500.
An open house will be held Sunday, Sept. 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Call this classic 1930s Lee Heights colonial at 2540 Military Road your own!
Nestled on a quarter acre lot near shops, restaurants, parks and library, the 3 BR / 3 BA home has a garage and plenty of space for rest and relaxation. Features include:
- Three bedrooms and two updated bathrooms upstairs
- An architecturally distinctive fireplace in the living room
- Wood cabinets
- Granite countertops in the kitchen
- A huge sunroom opening to yard with level play area
- Space for gardens, patio and a shady spot for a hammock
- Lower level den, full bathroom with whimsical clawfoot bathtub
- Playroom with cozy spot for princess play and entry to garage
- Within the boundaries of three sought-after public schools: Taylor Elementary, Williamsburg Middle and Yorktown High
The listing price on this gem is $799,000. Contact Betsy Twigg of McEnearney Associates for more information: 703-717-6352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An open house will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Additional details about 2540 Military Road are available at betsytwigg.com.
Perhaps best known for its pizza and beer, Fire Works is tackling what it sees as an underrepresented market — artisanal cocktails. The new cocktail menu (below) offers modern takes on classic cocktails like the sidecar, the old fashioned and the gin and tonic.
“The inspiration for the cocktail menu is simple… classic cocktails that seem familiar but are reimagined for contemporary times,” Fire Works mixologist Jason Silerto said. “Twists on an old favorite that will have you curious enough to want to try something new, yet recognizable enough so you sort of know what’s in store.”
“Seasonal ingredients are always key to a successful menu,” Silerto continued. “Lighter, more quaffable drinks may dominate a summer list, whereas heavier, throat-warming concoctions feel more apropos come the cooler months.”
Fire Works will hold a Roaring ’20s party next Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 6:00 p.m., to celebrate the cocktail menu launch. The restaurant will serve complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 6:00 to 7:30. A special price for the new cocktails will be in effect from 6:00 to 9:00.
The event is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to dress as “flappers and dapper gentlemen.” You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the red carpet and rope line and hear the live jazz band. You might also see the well-dressed crowd at the photo booth inside.
The new cocktail menu features the following:
- Peach-Habanero Manhattan (peach-habanero-infused Makers Mark / sweet vermouth / gin barrel-aged orange bitters)
- Rosewater Negroni (Boodles Gin / Campari / sweet vermouth / rosewater)
- Watershed G&T (Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin / house-made orange and fennel Tonic / club soda / cucumber slices / celery bitters / fresh-ground pepper garnish)
- Calm Before the Storm (Goslings Black Seal Rum / Cointreau / fresh lime juice / Maine Ginger Brew)
- Let it Slidecar (Flor de Cana Rum / Remy VSOP / Cointreau / fresh grapefruit juice / basil leaf / basil sugar rim)
- Jasmine Tea & Elderflower Gin Rickey (Plymouth Gin / St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur / jasmine tea simple syrup / fresh lime juice / club soda)
- Old Sappy Fashioned (Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whiskey / maple syrup / Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters / orange slice / cherry)
- Mediterranean Bloody Mary (Bakon Vodka / Mediterranean Bloody Mary mix)
- Peruvian 75 (Macchu Pisco / St Germaine Liqueur / blackberry brandy / Brut Champagne)
- Unprovincial (Ketel One Orange / creme de violette / white cranberry juice / lemon juice / cherry juice)
- Ward 2.0 (rye whiskey / orange juice / fresh lemon juice / house-made rosewater grenadine)
Are you considering buying a home in Arlington?
If so, attend this Arlington home buyer seminar in Courthouse next Wednesday, September 24th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
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.
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.
- Location: In the heart of Courthouse at the Residence Inn Arlington Courthouse, 1401 N Adams St (map).
- Parking: Yes, free parking.
- Metro-accessible: Two blocks from the Courthouse station.
- Cost: $15 per person here, $20 at the door.
- Food: Snacks and drinks will be provided.
- Questions: Email email@example.com or call 703-842-1391.
Editor’s Note: This post is authored and sponsored by United Social Sports.
Labor Day weekend will be here soon and that means more than just football season is starting.
United Social Sports’ fall season will start in September too and now is the time to register for fall leagues in Arlington and Northern Virginia.
United Social Sports continues to give Arlington residents a chance to “get out and play.” GLOW bocce and skeeball are back and from softball to soccer and cornhole, we’ve got you covered as usual. We’re continuing to expand our Arlington leagues this season, offering those who live, work or play here plenty of opportunities to get active and be social.
This fall season USS has both returning and brand new leagues:
Bar Sports: Full Lineup
Multi-Sports: Full Lineup
Cornhole: Full Lineup
Shuffleboard: Full Lineup
- Mondays @ Light Horse — Old Town
Skeeball: Full Lineup
- Tuesdays @ Spider Kellys
- Tuesdays @ Light Horse – Old Town
- Wednesdays @ Continental Modern Pool Lounge
GLOW Bocce: Full Lineup
Soccer: Full Lineup
- Sundays @ Gunston Park
- Sundays @ Virginia Highlands Park
- Tuesdays @ Long Bridge Park
- Thursdays @ Long Bridge Park
Softball: Full Lineup
- Sunday Mornings – Jennie Dean Park
- Sunday Afternoons – Jennie Dean Park
- Fridays – Jennie Dean Park
- Saturdays – Barcroft Park
Indoor Volleyball: Full Lineup
- Sunday Mornings @ Skyline Sport and Health
- Wednesdays @ Dunbar Alexandria Boys & Girls Club
- Thursdays @ Skyline Sport & Health
Sand Volleyball: Full Lineup
United Social Sports caters to a growing population in Arlington who love to stay active and who put an emphasis on having fun and being social over hardcore victories.
Registration closes for fall team sports on Tuesday, September 16 (or when leagues fill) and for fall bar sports on Tuesday, September 23.
Tellus Apartments, at 2009 14th Street North in Courthouse, is now open for tours and leasing.
The stylish new apartments were on display for the first time during the grand opening this past Saturday (August 9). The sophisticated and modern units have the finest touches and come in many sizes to suit your needs: studio, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom with den, 2 bedrooms and 2 bedrooms with den.
There are countless perks to living at Tellus Apartments. Some of the amenities include:
- Top-of-the-line rooftop pool
- Lush roof terraces
- Fitness center with yoga studio
- Expansive park with fire pit
- High-tech business center
Sustainability is at the forefront of operations at the apartment building. It is LEED Gold certified and features energy efficient heating and cooling systems, water conserving faucets and fixtures, rainwater recycling and Energy Star rated in-unit appliances. Even the name is inspired by a green theme — Tellus is the ancient Roman earth goddess.
All of these amenities are available within easy walking distance of some of Arlington’s best shops, restaurants and bars. In keeping with the Tellus Apartments goal of environmental friendliness, the prime location is just steps from Metro’s Orange and Silver lines in Courthouse.
Stop by for a look at what Tellus Apartments can offer. Through this weekend, if you decide Tellus Apartments is where you want to call home, you can get 1.5 months free rent.
Sedona|Slate, at 1510 Clarendon Blvd in Rosslyn, will be holding an open house this weekend.
The open house, showcasing brand new apartments, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. These stylish apartments have a claim to fame as the first LEED new construction registered residential building in Arlington County.
The amenities at Sedona|Slate offer the best of modern living:
- Rooftop pool
- KICK Fitness Center with on-site person trainer available
- Lounge with catering kitchen and billiards
- Outdoor park and grilling stations
- On-site retail including Jimmy John’s, Lava Barre, a dry cleaner, and a gastropub
The inspired interiors at Sedona|Slate are chic and sophisticated. These well-appointed residences include:
- Studio, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom + den, 2 bedrooms, and penthouses
- Stainless steel appliances
- Floor-to-ceiling windows provide ample natural light
- Select from 3 designer finishes for cabinets, backsplash, and plank flooring
- Pet friendly for cats and large dogs
All of this in an unbeatable location, only 3 blocks from the Orange, Blue and Silver line Metro in Rosslyn.
Swing by this weekend for a tour. This weekend only, if you decide to call Sedona|Slate home, you can receive an iPad Air and up to 2.5 months free rent as an incentive. For more information, call 703.566.9670 or visit SedonaSlateApartments.com.