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ARLnow Weekend Discussion

The weather has been just about perfect the last few days, but it doesn’t seem meant to last this weekend.

Rain is set to move in Saturday, then linger throughout the D.C. region for the next week, so go find that umbrella.

Watch out for some big traffic backups if you’re planning on hitting the road on I-395 this weekend. And if you’re looking for things to do, head on over to our event calendar.

It’s been a big week full of news, so catch up on our most popular stories from the past few days, if you haven’t been able to keep up:

  1. Body Found in Potomac River Off Gravelly Point
  2. Police Arrest Man Following Shirlington Standoff
  3. Ballston Construction Projects Continue to Progress
  4. Thieves Smashed Windows, Stole Airbags from ‘Approximately 35 Vehicles’
  5. Dorsey: Stop Trying to ‘Protect Neighborhoods’ from Density

Head down to the comments to discuss these stories or your weekend plans. Have a great one!

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Crystal City Twilighter 5K to Close Roads Saturday Night

The Crystal City Twilighter 5K will kick off tomorrow night (July 21) at 8:30 p.m., accompanied by several road closures.

Here are all of the affected roadways, according to the county:

6-11 p.m.

  • The entirety of Crystal Drive between 23rd Street and 20th Street

8-11 p.m.

  • Northbound lanes of Crystal Drive between 23rd Street and 26th Street
  • Northbound lanes of Crystal Drive between 12th Street and 20th Street
  • Northbound lanes between 12th Street and 15th Street
  • North and Southbound lanes of Long Bridge Drive as well all traffic around 6th, 10th, and Ball Streets

There will also be limited access to parking garages and restricted street parking on affected roads.

Photo courtesy Crystal City BID

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This Weekend’s Deals & Events in Arlington

Tim’s Arlington will be taking a hiatus after today’s feature. However, you can still find daily deals & events in Arlington using Tim’s website or keep up via Tim’s email newsletter. Want to see this feature continued in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

In the meantime, enjoy these highlights in Arlington this weekend:

Deal of the Weekend: It’s BBQ & Grilling Week @ Rockland’s. Purchase a Texas-Style Brisket Sandwich, a side, and a drink for just $11 for lunch or dinner thru Sunday!

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

See the entire list by neighborhood or scroll through the entire list here:

Follow Tim’s Arlington on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & his newsletter for new deals and events, posted regularly throughout the week.

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Ensure College Success with Strong Time Management and Academic Study Skills

1 in 4 college students don’t return to school after their first year according to research just released by the National Student Clearinghouse.

Many new college students struggle to adapt to the increased demands and pressures on their time, focus and productivity. Strong time management and smart study habits ensure academic success and set up a lifetime of accomplishment.

Completing college is the single most important factor for job security, increased earnings and overall career satisfaction.

Rising college students who attend the August 2018 Academic Success Lab offered by Anchored Focus Consulting master just-in-time, totally-practical tips and tools to defeat distraction, increase productivity and ensure success.

Over the course of three 90-minute sessions participants will examine the differences between high school and college environments, learn the secrets of the course syllabus, set up a calendar system and review useful productivity apps, discover personal energy drivers, and practice important academic skills for note taking, studying, organizing projects and writing assignments and acing tests.

Click here to learn more about Anchored Focus Consulting and get on the right track to college success!

Podcast: Democratic County Board Nominee Matt de Ferranti

Fresh off a commanding primary win, Democrat Matt de Ferranti has the next four months to make his case to Arlington voters about why they should oust incumbent County Board member John Vihstadt in his favor.

De Ferranti, a lawyer and local political activist, has the benefit of running as a Democrat in deep blue Arlington, particularly in a midterm cycle that’s shaping up to be quite favorable to Democrats at the top of the ticket. But Vihstadt, the Board’s lone independent, won his seat in another midterm year, back in 2014, and has incumbency to lean on as he campaigns for another term.

De Ferranti spoke with ARLnow about his vision for the county’s economy, how he sees the Amazon HQ2 debate, how he thinks he can beat Vihstadt, and much more.

Listen below or subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher or TuneIn.

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Blerdcon, ‘Fully Inclusive’ Convention for Nerds, Returns to Crystal City

Blerdcon, an anime, gaming, cosplay, comics and sci-fi convention with a focus on inclusivity, will return to Crystal City next Friday (July 27).

Held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City (2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy), organizers anticipate between 3,000 and 4,000 attendees.

Blerdcon aims to celebrate “blerd,” or “black nerd,” culture in an environment that welcomes everyone, including members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, people of color and international fans.

Guests include artist and jewelry designer Douriean Fletcher, whose work was featured in Marvel’s Black Panther, actor and writer Kevin Grevioux, known for his work on the Underworld series, and actress and stuntwoman Keisha Tucker, whose credits include Black Panther and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

This year’s event will also include a panel entitled Black Heroes Matter, organized by movement founder and comic book creator URAEUS.

Full weekend passes are available for $50 each, with separate tickets required to participate in certain events. Blerdcon runs from July 27 -29.

Photo via Facebook

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Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

4117 18th Street N
5 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Conor Sullivan
Listed: $1,625,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

3200 N Lorcom Lane
5 bed/5 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Kathryn Loughney
Listed: $1,450,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

5715 N Fairfax Drive
5 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Joan Stansfield
Listed: $950,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1404 S Randolph Street
4 bed/3 bath, single-family home
Agent: Tracey Barrett
Listed: $749,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1800 N Wilson Boulevard
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Keri Shull
Listed: $539,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2831 S Glebe Road
2 bed/1 bath, 1 half bath multi-family
Agent: Anthony Adamovich
Listed: $465,000
Open: Saturday 9:30-11:30 a.m.

 

1300 S Army Navy Drive
1 bed/1 bath, condo
Agent: Faryal Rashid
Listed: $227,900
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

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Flying Colors: Why You Don’t Stop Feeding The Birds in Summer

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Flying Colors is a sponsored column on the hobby of backyard bird feeding written by Michael Zuiker, owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store at the Lee Harrison Shopping Center. Visit the store at 2437 N. Harrison Street or call 703-241-3988.

Recent articles and news stories have been circulating encouraging people to stop feeding wild birds in summer. There were a number of reasons and assertions given to not feed the birds, especially the young fledglings not learning how to feed for themselves.

With the full disclosure that I own a business that is dedicated to the backyard bird feeding hobby and make my living selling bird seed, lets dig in deep as to what bird feeding is.

Why feed?

Most of my customers feed the birds because they love to connect to Nature. They love to see the many different colored birds in their yards. Spring and summer are great times to feed not only because of the variety of birds that show up, but because of the nutritional health those feeders provide to the birds during the breeding season.

Fun Facts About Young Birds Nutritional Needs

  • Young birds need calcium, protein and fat among other nutrients while growing.
  • Most dietary calcium in young birds is used for the formation of skeletal (bone) production.
  • Birds are able to easily digest and use the calcium from calcium carbonate, limestone, oyster shell and calcium phosphates. The WBU Plus Blends contain calcium carbonate.
  • Protein is essential for growing strong feathers.
  • Fats are essential for feather coloration.
  • Every young bird needs extra proteins to grow strong feathers for proper flight and effective insulation. They need extra fats for energy to grow feathers and provide proper coloration to best attract a mate when they are mature.
  • A diet low in proteins and fats may cause feathers to be improperly colored or form defectively such as being frayed or curved. If their colors are duller, birds may have trouble attracting a mate. If the feathers are defective, it could seriously hinder their flying or insulation abilities.
  • It takes extra energy to grow feathers and also the right building blocks to grow them. The main ingredients in growing feathers are amino acids (protein) and lipids (fats). Birds will eat more of their daily diet and/or seek out foods high in protein and fat to satisfy both the extra energy requirements and the needed building blocks.
  • In many bird species, carotenoids are required for breeding success… poorly colored birds are less likely to breed. Carotenoids help communicate reproductive fitness to prospective mates by providing a vibrant and bright plumage… a sign of being successful at obtaining both a sufficient quality and quantity of food.

Do birds become dependent?

Absolutely not. Birds use feeders as a secondary source of food most of the year. During brutal winter conditions, when natural food is in short supply, wild birds do need those feeders full.

The notion that birds will become dependent on those feeders and not forage for themselves is a proven falsehood. The other Urban legend that has no basis for fact is that Migratory birds will not migrate if you feed them. Most migratory birds eat insects. There is an abundance of insects in warm climates.

You will not see Warblers or Vireos or Thrushes or Flycatchers in the Northern Virginia area in the winter. They migrate to survive. The main trigger for their migration is day length.

The majority of your backyard birds; Cardinals, Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Titmouse — to name a few, who come readily to your feeders, do not migrate.

Do seeds cause rodents?

Seed blends that have bird food ingredients that have been tested and proven that birds eat them, will not attract pests. Very inexpensive seed blends that have “filler” seeds in them will!

Most native backyard birds do not eat milo, flax, rape seed, wheat kernels, cracked corn and numerous other grain products. These seeds will be knocked out of the feeders and a pile of food will build up on the ground. If that is not cleaned up, you can attract mice and other nighttime visitors.

Seed blends with oil sunflowers, safflower, peanuts meats, sunflower chips and tree nuts will attract the greatest variety of birds in your yard. Isn’t that why we feed?

With a good blend of food that the birds eat, there will be little if any throwing the seed on the ground. Using a “NO mess” blend that consists of only bird food meats and no shells will eliminate any chance of the food causing any problem on the ground.

Do migrating birds eat seed?

One of the great pleasures of spring and fall is the natural migration of birds. The two main reasons that these birds migrate is for mating and finding food.

Most migrating birds such as Warbler, Vireos, Thrushes, Buntings and Purple Martins eat almost an exclusive diet of insects. They are not big seed eating birds. Their beaks are small and pointy which is perfect for catching bugs on the fly.

It is not big and strong like the Cardinal, Chickadees and Nuthatches. They crack seeds like no one’s business. They also eat bugs. Bugs are good for protein. Seeds and nuts are good for fat. Fat is fuel. Fat is needed for healthy eggs.

Where is the food?

We keep cutting down their homes, which provide shelter and food in the form of nuts, seeds and berries. If we keep removing all the natural food from the birds ecosystem, where are the birds to find food?

The silly notion that the birds only eat insects is not a scientific fact. Unless you dig up your grass lawn and plant a wild Sunflower garden, the birds are going to have to find other sources to get that fat.

Our calendars are backwards.

The other urban legend that says stop feeding the birds in spring and summer because the days are long and they have plenty to eat is incorrect. There is nothing in the wild to eat, except bugs.

Even if you have a wild sunflower garden planted, it is only stems and leaves in the spring and early summer. Your flowers do not go to seed until late summer and early fall. Yet many people take down their feeders or stop feeding in the spring. That is the worst time to do that.

The fall is when nature “harvests” its bounty and there are plenty of resources for birds to forage.

For twenty-six years, my business has been “bringing people and nature together.” Nature in the form of wild birds, trees and gardens, softens the cold, harsh environment we have created in our urban landscapes.

Knowing the facts of the natural science we live in will make our lives more meaningful and beautiful.

Every major bird conservation organization (Audubon, NWF, Bird Studies Canada, Cornell Lab, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, etc.) and many state and federal wildlife agencies support summer bird feeding.

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Ping by Charlie Chiang’s Closed Permanently

Modern Asian restaurant Ping by Charlie Chiang’s is closed in The Village at Shirlington.

A posting to the restaurant’s 4060 Campbell Avenue door dated Monday (July 16) thanked customers for their patronage over the past three decades.

The Shirlington site remained open after Charlie Chiang’s closed in Crystal City in 2015.

As of this morning, Charlie Chiang’s website was down. There was no answer to the phone at Kwai, Charlie Chiang’s Tysons restaurant, yesterday evening (Thursday) or this morning, though its website is still active.

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Lane Closures on I-395 Kick Off This Weekend, Hefty Delays Likely

Expect some major traffic backups on I-395 starting this weekend, due to construction work set to run from Springfield through the D.C. line.

Starting tonight, two general purpose lanes will close on the highway from Friday nights through Monday mornings every weekend through Aug. 26.

The construction will mainly include the rehabilitation of bridges on the highway, including the bridge over Four Mile Run, as workers build an eight-mile extension of the I-395 toll lanes from Edsall Road near Springfield to S. Eads Street near the Pentagon.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says closures will alternate between the highway’s northbound and southbound lanes as work progresses, and two general purpose lanes will remain open in each direction during “peak-travel daytime hours.”

VDOT also plans to make the highway’s HOV lanes available to all travelers starting at the entrance just north of Edsall Road to the D.C. line, running in the same direction as construction occurring at the time. Officials are advising drivers heading past the Pentagon to D.C. or south of Springfield to use those lanes, while local drivers should use the general purpose lanes.

The 395 work is also causing some traffic headaches on local roads near the Pentagon’s south parking lots. VDOT is aiming to have the extended express lanes open by the fall of 2019, and the whole project wrapped up by 2020.

Photo via VDOT

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