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Spring is here, and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. We’ve rounded up some of the best local events that are dog-friendly, so you and your furry pal can make the most of the season.
April 20, 12-3 p.m.
1601 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
Your pup doesn’t have to miss out on all the Easter fun! Celebrate with a traditional egg hunt, and get your picture with the Easter bunny. If you’re hungry, Flash Crab’s food truck will be there with tasty food to purchase. The event is hosted by the Baltimore Humane Society.
April 27 at 9-4 p.m. and April 28 11-4 p.m.
Cost: $12 for single day ticket, $20 for weekend pass, $2 per add-on dog
8428 Stephen Decatur Highway
Berlin, Maryland 21811
Give your dog the time of their life as they get to participate in a day full of fun designed just for them! Events include lure chasing, pie eating, the Fast Fetch Cup and Qualifier, and the Helio ball drop. There is also a costume contest and canine photobooth. Owners will have plenty to do as well — the event includes seminars to help you learn how to be an even better dog owner.
Pups in the Park
April 27 at 4:05 p.m. and May 26 at 1:35 p.m.
Cost: $33 for humans and $10 for dogs
Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Nothing says spring like going to a baseball game! On select nights, you can bring your dog with you to enjoy a Nationals game from the pet-friendly outfield reserved section in the ballpark. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance.
Paws in the Park
April 28, 12-4 p.m.
Cost: $15 ahead of time; $25 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free
Bohrer Park at Summit Hill Farm, 506 South Frederick Avenue
Take part in one of the largest dog walks in the area, and help support homeless and abandoned animals by attending this annual event hosted by the Montgomery County Humane Society. Celebrating its 21st year, the festival includes kids activities, music, food, a silent auction and a 1-mile dog walk at 2 p.m. Be sure to bring your A game, as there will be contests including best stay, best dressed, dog/owner lookalike, best trick and more!
Pigs, Pugs & Pinot
April 28, 3-5 p.m.
Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen, 84 T Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20001
Relax and enjoy a glass of wine while you and your pup mingle at the Tyber Creek Wine Bar. Tickets include one glass of wine, snacks and goodies for your dog. Still not convinced? There will be a special guest: Charlotte the potbelly pig from Life with Pigs Farm Animal Sanctuary! A portion of all ticket sales will benefit Life with Pigs, as well as a pug rescue in need.
May 4, 10-4 p.m.
Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street
Reston, Virginia 20190
Bring the whole family to this exciting event! Kids can enjoy face painting, on-stage entertainment and caricature artists and your pooch will love the Tails on Trails dog walk at the start of the festival. You can meet homeless animals looking to be adopted, and learn about the newest pet products by talking with dozens of vendors. The event is hosted by GoodDogz.org.
K9s in the Vines
May 5, 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $20 ahead of time; $25 at the gate. Children under 12 are free
13601 Glissans Mill Road
Mount Airy, Maryland 21771
The only thing that can make a spring afternoon better is a glass of wine, and this event allows you to do just that, with your dog by your side! Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting, music, games, raffles and more. Proceeds from ticket sales support the Animal Welfare League of Frederickson, a no-kill, non-profit, cat and dog rescue.
Day of the Dog
May 11, 10-3 p.m.
1801 E. Street. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
The historic Congressional Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous and influential people, and the 65 acres doubles as a dog-walking park. Usually, dog owners must pay to use the park, with fees going to help maintain the cemetery, but one day each year, the park is free to everyone. Day of the Dog is a celebration of all things dog, and includes contests, raffles, games, demonstrations and more!
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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
Please register in advance to assure your place at the webinar, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/29543206508863839.
About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.
Valentine gifts for someone special or for yourself are here at George Mason University from noon -4pm on February 14, 2023. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Kingsbury Chocolates, find a handmade bag from Karina Gaull, pick up treats from Village