Arlington Agenda: Feb. 5-11

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, Feb. 6

Winemaker Dinner
Osteria da Nino Cucina Italiana (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 6-10:30 p.m.

Enjoy a four-course meal paired with four Italian wines from the Piedmont-based Azelia winery. Hosted by winery owner Lorenzo Scavino and Robert W. Kennedy. Wine selection includes Dolcetto d’Alba Bricco del Oriolo 2015 and Barolo DOCG 2013.

Faith on Tap: Conversation on Racial Justice
O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub (3207 Washington Boulevard)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

A evening of conversation focusing on issues surrounding the intersections of racial justice and faith. Hosted by local Christian community Arlington Commons. Come mingle with participants at 6 p.m., discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m.

 Wednesday, Feb. 7

TSR Home Trivia Night
Keller Williams Realty at Courthouse (2101 Wilson Boulevard)
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Whether you are wondering which neighborhood is right for you or are questioning whether or not you can afford to buy a home, come talk with real estate professionals about the home buying process, and enjoy a complimentary dinner and drinks.

 Friday, Feb. 9

Music With A View
The Waterview Conference Center (1919 N. Lynn Street)
Time: 7:30 – 9 p.m.

The Arlington Philharmonic presents Music With a View, a collage concert where the audience will be surrounded by the ensemble. A cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres available. Linger after the concert for a conversation with the philharmonic’s performers.

Yorktown Theatre: Voices Out Of Chaos
Yorktown High School (5200 Yorktown Boulevard)
Time: 7 – 8:15 p.m.

A original play written by students from the theatre III/IV class, focusing on a young girl’s attempt to understand the daily news. Question and answer session will follow the free performance at the high school’s auditorium.

Steve Rannazzisi Live
Arlington Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Steve Rannazzisi, a big screen and television comedy actor whose credits include FX’s The League and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, brings the laughs over with four performances over two nights at the Arlington Drafthouse. Through Feb. 10.

 Saturday, Feb. 10

National Chamber Ensemble Valentine’s Day Violin Concert
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (4444 Arlington Boulevard)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The National Chamber Ensemble’s 11th Valentine’s Day Violin Concert brings violinists Leo Sushansky and James Stern and pianist Kathryn Brake for a romantic evening of Mozart and more.

Arlington League of Women Voters: Redistricting Planning
Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S. Dinwiddle Street)
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

The Arlington League of Women Voters and One Virginia 2021 discuss fair redistricting practices in Virginia and solicit volunteers for grassroots educational work. Free admission, but advance notice of attendance is requested.

 Sunday, Feb. 11

Giant Used Book Fair
Saint Ann Church (5300 10th Street N.)
Time: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hundreds of books for sale, from religious and history titles to travel, DIY, and teen novels. A Valentine’s Day-themed bake sale and free coffee will be on site.

Chocolate & Wine: The Perfect Pair
Twisted Vines Bistro & Bottleshop (2803 Columbia Pike)
Time: 5 – 9 p.m.

An evening of chocolate and wine tasting, with eight different, chocolates curated by Kingsbury Chocolates available to try. Wines and chocolates will be available for purchase, and the bistro will be open after the tasting for a late dinner.

Love The Run You’re With 5K
Pentagon City Mall (1100 S. Hayes Street)
Time: 9  – 11 a.m.

Come for a run or cheer on your loved ones in this Sunday morning 5K. Coordinate your clothing to signal whether you’re a single runner, on a couples team, or somewhere in-between.


Nude Woman Wanders Into Building Lobby

A nude woman was found wandering around a building lobby on the 4400 block of 4th Street N. in the Buckingham neighborhood this morning.

Arlington County Police declined to comment further than to confirm that the woman was believed to be suffering from mental health issues and has been transferred to an area hospital for treatment.

Image courtesy of Google Maps


Police: Woman Robbed in Westover

Two men robbed a woman of her purse and cash early Sunday morning in the Westover area, according to police.

The robbery happened around 1 a.m. on the 5700 block of 10th Road N., a block or two from the Custis Trail. The woman was not harmed and the suspects fled in a pickup truck, police said.

More from an Arlington County Police Department crime report:

ROBBERY, 2018-02040017, 5700 block of 10th Road N. At approximately 1:00 a.m. on February 4, police were dispatched to the report of a robbery by force. Upon arrival, it was determined that a female victim exited her vehicle and was walking to her residence when she was approached by two male suspects, who demanded her purse and money. The two suspects stole the victim’s purse and other items of value and fled in a dark blue two-door pickup truck driven by a third suspect. Responding officers canvassed the area with negative results. Suspect One is described as a medium-skinned black male, approximately 5’8-5’10, medium build, in his early 20’s, wearing a black cap, a long black jacket with a hood, with a beige jacket underneath and black shoes. Suspect Two is described as a black male. There is no description of the third suspect. The investigation is ongoing.

Also over the weekend, a Purcellville man was arrested and charged with drunkenly brandishing a gun at a security guard in Crystal City.

From ACPD:

BRANDISHING, 2018-02030233, 200 block of 18th Street S. At approximately 9:37 p.m. on February 3, police were dispatched to the report of a brandishing. Upon arrival, it was determined that a security guard was patrolling the area on foot when a male suspect walked past him. The security guard looked back and observed the suspect allegedly brandishing a firearm at him. Responding officers canvased the area and located a suspect matching the description provided by the victim. Trevor Burns, 23, of Purcellville, VA, was arrested and charged with Brandishing a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Carrying a Concealed Handgun Under the Influence of Alcohol and Drunk in Public.


The Chew: Playing it Safe — Fun Feline Toys and Tools

The following bi-weekly column is written and sponsored by Bark + Boarding, which provides a heart-centered and safe environment for your pets. Conveniently located at 5818-C Seminary Road in Bailey’s Crossroads, Bark + Boarding offers doggy daycare, boarding, grooming, walking and training services, plus in-home pet care.

By Lisa Stolaruk, Writer and Animal Enthusiast

Enhancing for your cat’s mental well-being is just as critical as providing for its physical welfare. Ensuring your cat’s mental and emotional needs are met helps to promote a more fulfilling life, fewer behavioral issues and encourages the two of you to forge a stronger bond.

Safe Play is Fun Play

Whatever types of enrichment you choose for your cat, make sure your cat plays safely. It’s well known that cats love strings. Yarn, ribbon, tinsel, thread, twine, shoelaces, rubber bands, hair ties and cords are all prime targets for a cat’s stalking, pouncing and thrashing instincts. Unfortunately, these are all very dangerous items for your cat to play with.

If you’ve ever had a cat lick you, you’re aware of how rough the feline tongue feels. The reason for this is that a cat’s tongue is covered with backwards-facing barbs. These barbs are useful when cats groom themselves, because they make pulling out loose fur much easier. In the wild, the barbs would also help pull meat from bones.

Due to the direction they face, the barbs on a cat’s tongue do not allow a cat to spit anything out once it is caught on the tongue. Items such as yarn or string are easily snagged on the barbs, and quickly swallowed. The result? A possible intestinal blockage requiring emergency surgery.

Self-Play Toys

Self-play toys are those that your cat can play with on their own. Toys that encourage chasing and pouncing are typically the most enjoyable for cats. Some simple and inexpensive options are cardboard boxes, large paper bags (with the handles removed for safety) and crumpled-up pieces of paper.

Other commercial items to consider are Savvy Tabby Wild Time Catnip Mouse toys and Kong Incline Scratchers which are both sold at Bark + Boarding. Remember to observe your cat after you give it a new toy to make sure your cat is playing in a safe manner.

Interactive Toys

Interactive toys help strengthen the bond between you and your cat by letting you share fun and positive experiences. Both you and your cat can have a great time playing with wand-type toys with strings, feathers or fabric strips attached. A variety of wand toys are sold at Bark + Boarding including Neko Flies Wands and Savvy Tabby Tickle Teaser Wands.

Food Puzzles

Foraging toys (also called food puzzles, puzzle feeders and treat dispensers) help satisfy a cat’s instinct to search for food. A foraging toy is also a wonderful tool to use if your cat eats too quickly. You fill the toy with dry kibble or treats and the cat quickly learns to manipulate the toy to release the food, which slows the eating process.

You can also make your own food puzzles. There are numerous videos and articles on the internet which demonstrate how to make cat toys or puzzle toys. One of the easiest options is to “scatter feed”: simply toss your cat’s kibble on the floor and let it find and eat all the pieces. To provide more of a challenge, hide small piles of kibble around the house and let your cat search and “forage” for its meal.

Remember, safe play is fun play, and providing appropriate mental and physical stimulation for your cat will reward you both for many years to come.

Mention this article for a FREE evaluation and click here to sign up for one today! If you have a question about your pet, feel free to come in, or email [email protected].


Fret Zealot Makes Learning the Guitar Easy Again

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Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow.com, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. The Ground Floor, Monday’s office space for young companies in Rosslyn, is now open. The Metro-accessible space features a 5,000-square-foot common area that includes a kitchen, lounge area, collaborative meeting spaces, and a stage for formal presentations.

Fret Zealot is a game changer when it comes to learning how to play the guitar, said Shaun Masavage, CEO of Fret Zealot.

The technology is a LED light script that can be installed on any full-sized electric or acoustic guitar. The light script is accompanied with an app that teaches people how to play different chords and songs by indicating which strings to play via the lights. The LED light script is also accompanied with a small rechargeable battery pack that can last up to 12 hours.

To install the Fret Zealot, the strings must be pulled aside to place the lights on the fret board.

Masavage said he was inspired to create Fret Zealot after learning how many people give up learning to play the guitar.

“The statistic now is that 90 percent of people stop learning guitar, and it’s just like why? Normally it’s barriers to entry, so we designed Fret Zealot to take away all of those barriers to entry,” Masavage said.

The Arlington-based startup in Crystal City has been in development for five years, and shipped its first orders of Fret Zealot in December and has sold 3,000 so far. The product has also reached a global scale, selling to more than 40 different countries.

Before the technology became accessible to the public, Fret Zealot launched a Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $250,000 within a month. Just recently the cost of the LED lights dropped making it possible to sell Fret Zealot for a more affordable price at $200.

“[This] is our year,” Masavage said. The company has been in talks with major guitar manufacturers and several retailers, he said.

Fret Zealot will also be expanding to different instruments. In the spring, a bass version will be released and a ukulele version will come out later in the summer.

The app has a tuner and currently 100 songs for anyone to play. In a few weeks, it will be able to listen to the user, so when playing songs the app will go at the user’s pace — not showing the next note until the user has played it. Soon users will also be able to upload any song they want to the app so long as it passes the app’s quality standards.

Several music teachers have reached out to the company, wanting to build their own courses using Fret Zealot, said John Tolly, chief technology officer of Fret Zealot.

“[We are] not even replacing teachers, we’re adding to them. They can have students learn proper notes and chords, and then they can concentrate on helping with technique,” Masavage said.

For Masavage it’s been very satisfying seeing people from beginners to retirees use Fret Zealot.

“It’s very fulfilling, because you see people at all levels light up when they use the product,” he said.

Photos Courtesy Shaun Masavage


Rosslyn BID Previews Central Place Observation Deck

It’s not slated to open until this summer, but we’re getting some of the first views of Rosslyn’s new observation deck.

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District’s urban design committee previewed the new views from Central Place’s upcoming observation deck with several photos. Visitors will be able to see much of the Georgetown waterfront, the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol building and more.

Slated to open late summer 2018, the 12,000 square foot deck is expected to be a marquee feature of the Rosslyn neighborhood, drawing considerable tourist traffic. It will be run by Legends Hospitality LLC, a management consulting company that currently operates New York City’s One World Observatory and Los Angeles’ Angel Stadium.

A Rosslyn BID press release touted a bar which will serve light food options and undetermined “other components.” Updated photos of the deck’s indoor space weren’t released alongside the outdoor views.

Photos via Rosslyn BID.


End of the Road for Elevated Portion of S. Clark Street

An elevated portion of S. Clark Street is closing today ahead of a planned demolition project.

The $6.3 million project will remove the existing roadway and create new open space, sidewalks, landscaping and lighting, while also creating new development opportunities adjacent to Route 1.

The S. Clark Street overpass was underutilized, according to county traffic studies, but it was useful for those seeking a faster way to get from one side of Crystal City to the other.

Major work on the demolition project is expected to begin in March and wrap up in the summer of 2019. More from Arlington County about what to expect during the project:

The demolition project will generally work from north to south starting with the removal of the 15th Street overpass, scheduled to start in March.

  • Throughout the project, some detours will be in place to accommodate removal of the bridge structure. The first of these closures will be on 15th Street in early spring 2018. Details will be shared on the project webpage and in this email update as the temporary street closures are scheduled.
  • The at-grade portions of 14th Road South (between 12th and 15th Streets) and South Bell Street (between 15th and 18th Streets) will remain open throughout and after the demolition.
  • East-west pedestrian access under elevated Clark Street will be maintained throughout the duration of this project.
  • During removal of the bridges over 15th Street and 18th Street, one side of the sidewalk under the bridge will be closed but the other side will remain open.

Photo via Google Maps


Meanwhile in D.C.

Photo by John J Young

Goodies from scratch at Pluma, local business owners split on Amazon HQ, fifth graders honor MLK, and other news of the day over in the District.


Morning Notes

W-L Name Decision May Be Delayed — “A new staff proposal detailed on Feb. 1 would delay until December or January any School Board decision on the [Washington-Lee High School] name, which has divided the school community, alumni and some activists.” [InsideNova]

Wakefield HS in Super Bowl Ad — The Wakefield High School girls basketball team was featured in a promo for NBC 4 that aired locally during the Super Bowl. [Facebook, Twitter]

Crews Treat Slick Roads — There were some icy patches on local roads this morning, but Arlington County crews were out treating potential slick spots. Unlike other school systems that delayed the opening of school, however, Arlington Public Schools started on time. [Twitter, Washington Post]


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