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This week in Arlington: talks on racial policing, home organization and more

Events around Arlington are picking back up after a month-long lull, likely due to the snow, the holidays and the spread of omicron.

This week, folks can join moderated discussions with local elected officials as well as a D.C. author and lawyer who defends Black children in the criminal justice system, get organization inspiration and learn the Japanese art of floral arrangements and origami.

The local event highlights for Jan. 24-30 are below. Submit your event to our event calendar by filling out this event submission form at least two weeks in advance.

Monday, Jan. 24

Arlington County Federal Credit Union’s How to Buy Affordably in the DMV*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

During this one-hour webinar, ACFCU’s Mortgage Loan Officer, Sandra Ortecho, will walk attendees through the process of debt-to-income, applying for a loan, credit scores and more so they feel empowered to go out and buy a home.

NAACP Arlington Branch Monthly Meeting*
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

The Arlington branch of the NAACP’s monthly meeting is open to the public and will feature guest speakers Katie Cristol, Arlington County Board Chair, and Barbara Kanninen, the Arlington School Board Chair. Register in advance online.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

Organizing During the Pandemic
Time: 6:45-7:45 p.m.

This event aims to provide attendees with the latest tips and tricks in organizing so they can better enjoy their homes and offices during the pandemic. The class will be taught by Julie Pandya, a local mother whose company, Home Strategies LLC, helps people find solutions to their organizing problems. Registration is required for the free, online event.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Author Talk: The Rage of Innocence*
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

The Arlington Branch of the NAACP is hosting a free, virtual discussion with Kristin Henning, a professor and the author of “The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth.” Drawing on her 25 years of experience representing Black youth in D.C.’s juvenile court, Henning’s book makes the case that the crisis in racist American policing begins with its relationship to Black children. Advanced registration is requested.

Thursday, Jan. 27

ACFCU’s Beginner Real Estate Investing*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This 60-minute webinar will go over the basics of beginner real estate investing, how to choose rental properties and provide an overview of the real estate market. ACFCU’s Director of Business Lending, Marty Weitzel, will guide participants through an informational presentation and Q&A session so they feel prepared to capitalize on property investments.

Saturday, Jan. 29

Learn the art of flower arrangement and origami
Time: 3-4 p.m. 

Study Japanese in Arlington is holding a New Year Ikebana event featuring special guest Yukari Mire, from IKENOBO, who has studied the art of Japanese floral arrangements for 42 years. This free, virtual event requires advance registration online or via the QR code on the poster and is open to all ages and skill levels.

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