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This week’s Arlington events: holiday how-to classes, a 5K for charity & more

As the cold sets in, holiday season events are picking up in Arlington County.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, folks can learn about D.C.’s Indigenous past and present while kids can cook and bake goodies for their families. Those looking for Christmas gifts can make ornaments and, to help those in need this season, can support low-income and vulnerable mothers through a charitable 5K.

Some of the local event highlights for Nov. 15-21 are below. Submit your event to our event calendar by filling out this event submission form at least two weeks in advance.

Monday, November 15

Arlington Community Federal Credit Union’s Homebuying 101*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

With mortgage rates at historic lows, ACFCU’s Mortgage Loan Officer Chantal George will be helping prospective buyers feel prepared to close on their first home.

Wednesday, November 17

Minimize Taxes on Your 401(k), 403(b), TSP in Retirement: What Everyone Ought to Know and How to Fix It*
Time: 8-9 a.m.

Learn how to plan a retirement that benefits YOU — not the IRS. Eliminate the three biggest compromises you’ll make in retirement. Why taxes may be the biggest retirement risk you haven’t planned for.

Guide to Indigenous D.C. 
Time: 6-7 p.m.

American University professor and Chickasaw Nation citizen Elizabeth Rule will virtually present on her “Guide to Indigenous D.C.,” a walking-tour smartphone map app featuring sites of importance to Native peoples across the nation’s capital. The guide emphasizes Indigenous peoples’ contributions to D.C., highlights the historical and contemporary federal tribal policy developed in the city and acknowledges the peoples whose homelands upon which the District was built.

Thursday, November 18

Return on Creativity: Lunch Hour*
Time: 12-12:45 p.m.

Remote and hybrid work have created a new set of security challenges. Arlington Economic Development is hosting a panel with Reagan Roney, Chief Experience Officer and Principal at Solvere One IT, who will discuss how the current workforce environment has affected cybersecurity, and what non-IT professionals and leaders can do to help keep their company’s information secure.

Until Help Arrives Free Training
Arlington County Fire Training Academy (2800 S. Taylor Street)
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

When life-threatening emergencies happen, emergency responders aren’t always on-hand — but passersby can step in to save someone’s life. During this event, Arlington’s emergency technicians will be equipping civilians with the skills they need in such situations, including how to stop bleeding, move injured persons and provide support. Those 14 and older are encouraged to attend. Officials recommend watching training recordings before coming to hands-on practice.

Friday, November 19

Kids Cooking Class: Thanksgiving Yummies
6-8 p.m.

Chef Anna from ChiquiChef will teach kids Thanksgiving-themed cooking and baking skills over Zoom. Students will be making turkey meatballs, sweet potato bites and chocolate cupcakes that look like turkeys, and have plenty of treats to share after.

Saturday, November 20

5K and Family Fun Day
Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road)
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Register to enjoy a fun-filled day for families with a 5K and fun run, moon bounces, laser tag, rock wall, balloon animals, face painting and community performances. This charitable event supports work to equip low-income and vulnerable mothers with the necessities to care for their babies.

Workshop: Make Ceramic Ornaments (Adult)
Art House 7 (5537 Lee Highway)
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Come to Art House 7 to make and glaze keepsake clay ornaments for the holidays during this 1.5-hour, $55 workshop. Pieces will be available for pick-up in the studio roughly 10 days after the class. Participating adults must be vaccinated.

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