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Back to School, Back to Work for Healthy Kids!

As parents, we all want our kids to meet their full potential, today and as they grow into adults.

One of the most effective ways to realize that goal is to make sure that every child in every school has access to healthy, high-quality food.

At its best, school food not only combats hunger and obesity, it improves academic and athletic performance, reduces disciplinary problems, and teaches kids a life skill as fundamental as math and reading.

Since 2010, local nonprofit Real Food for Kids has championed healthy food and nutrition education in Arlington, Fairfax and other D.C. area school districts. Real Food for Kids has engaged thousands of area students in its educational programs, and successfully advocated for new salad bars, healthy entrees and elimination of sodas in vending machines in Fairfax County schools.

To kick-off the new year, we’re throwing a Back to School celebration and you’re invited!

Join Real Food for Kids Executive Director Jenn Yates and TV-personality/Chef David Guas at his award-winning Bayou Bakery in Courthouse on Thursday, October 3, 5-7 p.m. for a fun evening of apps, drinks and a dash of southern charm!

This event supports Real Food for Kids’ efforts to fight childhood hunger and obesity, and to ensure access to healthy foods and nutrition education in schools.

Real Food for Kids pursues this mission by:

  • Working with school leaders to identify and overcome challenges faced by food service departments
  • Teaching Pre-K through high school students healthy eating habits through fun activities and events
  • Uniting parents, school and elected officials to prioritize our kids’ health

Come raise a glass with parents, elected officials and other community leaders from across the region, and learn more about Real Food for Kids’ advocacy for healthy kids.

For more information and to register, visit https://bit.ly/2lNcBeF.

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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._

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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/.

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Standup Comedy Showcase Starring Matt Ruby (Comedy Central)

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