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by Chris Teale October 16, 2017 at 3:45 pm 0

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.

Monday

Arlington Home Buyer Class *
Orange Line Living (1600 Wilson Blvd. #101)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

A comprehensive class highlighting what you need to know to buy a home. Learn terminology, what happens at each stage of the transaction, strategies for negotiating a purchase price and the types of loans available. Admission is free.

Tuesday

Art Night: The Bride of Frankensketch
Westover Library (1644 N. McKinley Road, Suite 3)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A casual monthly drawing meet-up for attendees to work on art and socialize in a relaxed atmosphere. For this month’s theme, enjoy the classic monster film, “The Bride of Frankenstein,” and draw the paused movie stills.

Wednesday

CACI Ballston Toastmasters Club Open House *
CACI 1st Floor, Delaware Room (1100 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

A fall open house for anyone who would like to come find out what it’s like to participate in a Toastmasters club. Come see what a typical Toastmasters meeting entails, learn from speakers and network with other local professionals.

Thursday

Steve-O Live
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:45 p.m.

Stage and screen performer Steve-O of the “Jackass” and “Wildboyz” series on MTV performs his stand-up comedy routine in Arlington. Steve-O will also perform Friday (7:30 and 10 p.m.), Saturday (7 and 10 p.m.) and Sunday (7 p.m.)

Sunday

Wine Maker Dinner *
Osteria Da Nino (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m.

A four-course dinner with five wines matched to the food by Robert W. Kennedy, owner of RWK Imports. Food will include mushroom risotto, butternut squash Cappellacci and a pork roast. Reservations cost $65 per person.

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by Chris Teale October 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm 0

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

Community Cup Golf Classic *
Washington Golf & Country Club (307 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

An annual day of friendly golf competition to raise money for the Arlington Community Foundation. Proceeds from the event help support the foundation’s grants and scholarship programs as well as community initiatives.

Tenth at Ten Oktoberfest
Ten at Clarendon (3110 10th Street N.)
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Stop by the Living Room to enjoy free beer tastings, signature cocktails and catered hors d’oeuvres to celebrate Oktoberfest at one of Clarendon’s newest apartment buildings. The event is open to the public, but reservations are required.

Wednesday

County Board and School Board Candidate Forums *
Marymount University Phelan Hall (2807 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

The Arlington Committee of 100 presents candidate forums between those vying for seats on the Arlington County Board and Arlington School Board. Audience members will be invited to submit questions for candidates.

Local History Talk: Life in Union Forts
Aurora Hills Branch Library (735 18th Street S.)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

Learn more about the local history of Arlington County with historian Mark Benbow of the Arlington Historical Society. Benbow will discuss life at the Civil War forts that used to be located in the Arlington Ridge neighborhood.

Thursday

Washington’s Capital Brewmaster
Marymount University Reinsch Auditorium (2807 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

A program on Christian Heurich, Washington D.C.’s most successful and oldest brewer. Dr. Mark Benbow draws on family papers and photos to chronicle Heurich’s life and the evolving beer industry before and after Prohibition.

Friday

Capital Weather Gang Speaker
Clarendon United Methodist Church (606 N. Irving Street)
Time: 12-1:40 p.m.

Jason Samenow of The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang will talk about weather, including if storms in the local area have gotten worse, how they predict weather and more as part of the church’s monthly Faith Food and Fellowship.

Saturday

Night in the Garden of Spain *
Gunston Arts Center (2700 S. Lang Street)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The National Chamber Ensemble’s opening night spotlights the musical culture of Spain. The program includes the music of Granados, Turina, Casals, de Falla and Albeniz. NCE will also premiere a new creation with Bowen McCauley Dance.

Arlington County’s Fall E-CARE
Yorktown High School (5201 28th Street N.)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

An event where residents can safely dispose of hazardous household materials, recycle bikes, small metal items, shoes, clothing and more. Residents can also swap an old CFL lightbulb for a new LED bulb (one per household, while supplies last).

Oktoberfest Fundraiser for Disaster Response
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (3022 Woodlawn Ave.)
Time: 1-6 p.m.

Enjoy music, German food and entertainment, polka lessons, a chicken dance flash mob and a Schnitzelbank sing along among other activities at Holy Trinity’s Oktoberfest celebrations. Tickets cost $20 per adult or $45 per family.

Sunday

Kinhaven 5K *
Bluemont Park (325 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 9-10:15 a.m.

A flat out and back course with a 5K, Kids 1K and free Toddler Dash on offer for runners, walkers and strollers. The eighth annual race also will include music, a dance party, refreshments, free face painting and a free moon bounce.

Pints4Paws Beer Festival
Courthouse Plaza (2250 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 1-5 p.m.

A beer festival with unlimited craft beer tastings, food trucks and vendors offering animal-related goods and services, all to support the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. The event also includes a costume contest for dogs, with prizes.

Latino American Festival
Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 2-6 p.m.

Celebrate Arlington’s rich diversity during Hispanic Heritage Month with this festival, which includes live music and dance, dozens of artisan and community vendors, authentic Latino food, free activities for kids and live arts programming.

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by Katie Pyzyk October 2, 2017 at 3:45 pm 0

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.

Monday

Arlington Home Buyer Class
Orange Line Living (1600 Wilson Blvd. #101)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

A comprehensive class highlighting what you need to know to buy a home. Learn terminology, what happens at each stage of the transaction, strategies for negotiating a purchase price and the types of loans available. Admission is free.

Tuesday

Pumpkin Patch 
Arlington Forest United Methodist (4701 Arlington Blvd.)
Time: 5-7 p.m.

The church will bring pumpkins to its property for visitors to purchase during the month of October.

 

Thursday

Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit 2017*
George Mason University Founders’ Hall (3351 N. Fairfax Drive)
Time: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. on Oct. 6

The two-day summit to celebrate urban agriculture will keep with the theme “Reconnecting our Urban and Rural Communities.” Activities include conversations, workshops, tours, exhibits and good food.

Celebration of the Arts in Arlington
NRECA (4301 Wilson Blvd.)
Time: 7-10 p.m.

Citizens group “Embracing Arlington Arts” encourages attendees to don art-themed costumes during the celebration of arts. Festivities include food, drinks, music and special appearances, including Master of Ceremonies Remy Munasifi (the Arlington Rap Guy). All net proceeds will be donated to Arlington Independent Media.

The Invincible Czars Present Nosferatu
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Austin-based band The Invincible Czars bring a modern score to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu using a mix of acoustic and electric instruments. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the Halloween season.

Saturday

Annual Family Fall Festival*
Saint Ann School and Parish (980 N. Frederick Street)
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Food, rides, bounces, face painting and games for the kids. Cake walk, live entertainment and beer garden for the adults. Participate in raffles and silent auction for local restaurants, services, family fun and more. Admission is free.

3rd Annual Columbia Pike Fall Fest*
South Adams Street at Columbia Pike
Time: 2-7 p.m.

Enjoy tastes from Columbia Pike restaurants as well as wine and beer. Musical performances will entertain visitors of all ages, while kids and pets can enjoy special areas. $20 for adults (includes two full-size beers or wine), $10 for children, free for children 11 and under.

Sunday

Howl O’ Ween Walk to the Rescue*
Bluemont Park (601 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Raise money for animal welfare and rescue groups. Fun, games and prizes for the whole family, plus a pet costume contest.

 

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by Chris Teale September 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm 0

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

Hidden History of Arlington
One More Page Books (2201 N. Westmoreland Street #101)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

Local author, historian and writer Charlie Clark discusses his book, “Hidden History of Arlington County.” Clark uncovered some vivid history of the community, explores those who once lived in Arlington and looked back at other notable moments.

Wednesday

Conversations with Tyler: Mary Roach *
George Mason University Founder’s Hall (3351 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Best-selling science author Mary Roach joints Tyler Cowen for the Mercatus Center’s “Conversations with Tyler” series. Roach has published eight books, and explores taboo topics such as sex, life in space and dead bodies.

Thursday

Hurricane Irma Relief Happy Hour 
Don Tito (3165 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 5 p.m. to midnight

A percentage of all drink purchases and all raffle proceeds will be donated directly to Don Tito’s partners at SBP and matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000. Activities include special priced mix drinks and a raffle of gift cards and other items.

Friday

Rosslyn Cinema & Pub in the Park
Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway)
Time: 6-11 p.m.

Beer, wine and seasonal sangria will be served along with food trucks on site every Friday evening. All movies will begin at dusk and be subtitled. The Popped Republic! food truck will sell popcorn, while nearby restaurants will offer dinner deals.

Fancy Pants Fall Sale *
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (4250 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

A selection of second-hand and boutique  children’s clothing is available at this sale, from sizes NB – 12. All items are $25 or less, and include brands such as Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, Mini Boden, Little English and more.

Saturday

Boundary Stones Bike Tour
East Falls Church Metro station (2014 N. Sycamore Street)
Time: 9:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

A 35-mile bike tour of historic places. The tour includes traveling along streets in Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Alexandria, with many stops including historic places and 11 boundary stones that once marked the D.C. border.

Cosplay: Represent!
Westover Library (1644 N. McKinley Road, Suite 3)
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Panelists will share their diverse perspectives of cosplaying as a “minority nerd.” Kimono Jones, Jacqueline Boxx, Cherie Sweetbottom and Cherokee Rose will take part in the discussion as part of the library’s Cosplay Month.

Sunday

Winemaker Series *
Osteria da Nino (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 6-10:30 p.m.

A wine pairing with dinner featuring five wines and five courses from the Sicily region of Italy with owner Salvino Benanti. Admission costs $85 per person, and bottles of the wines featured will be available for purchase after the dinner.

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by Chris Teale September 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0

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

Scholar’s Cup
Upton Hills Regional Park (6060 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 3:30-7 p.m.

An annual mini-golf tournament hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce offering a family-friendly way to network among fellow members. All proceeds from the afternoon will benefit the Arlington Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Wednesday

Local History Talks: The Little Tea House
Aurora Hills Branch Library (735 18th Street S.)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

Mark Benbow of the Arlington Historical Society will discuss the history of The Little Tea House on S. Arlington Ridge Road. It was a favorite spot for people visiting D.C. from the 1920s to 1950s, and was somewhere racially mixed groups could gather.

Thursday

Celebrating Lafayette Federal Membership in Crystal City *
Lafayette Federal Credit Union (220 20th Street S.)
Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Crystal City Membership Appreciation Party hosted by Lafayette Federal Credit Union. Members will receive a limited-time certificate offer for higher interest rates for up to three years on any new account opened. New members can also join.

Friday

Rosslyn Cinema & Pub in the Park
Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway)
Time: 6-11 p.m.

Beer, wine and seasonal sangria will be served along with food trucks on site every Friday evening. All movies will begin at dusk and be subtitled. The Popped Republic! food truck will sell popcorn, while nearby restaurants will offer dinner deals.

Saturday

Clarendon Day 2017 *
Clarendon Metro station (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

One of Arlington’s biggest street festivals, with several music stages, a play area for children, arts and crafts vendors, local business and nonprofit exhibitors, food from local restaurants, craft beer, Virginia wines and more.

Prio Bangla Multicultural Street Festival
880 S. Walter Reed Drive
Time: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

The sixth annual street festival for Arlington’s various ethnic groups. The event includes vendors of traditional foods, handcrafts, arts, jewelry and art as well as local businesses. Other highlights include a parade and live entertainment.

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by Chris Teale September 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm 0

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

Rooftop Core Class and Peloton Bike Demo
Ten at Clarendon (3110 10th Street N.)
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

A free 30-minute core workout class on the Ten at Clarendon’s rooftop lounge, followed by the chance to try out a state-of-the-art Peloton bike, which allow you to take cycling classes at home. Building representatives will also be on hand with leasing deals.

Cosplay: Meet the 501st Legion
Westover Library (1644 N. McKinley Road)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Meet the 501st Legion as part of Arlington libraries’ “Cosplay Month.” The legion spreads the magic of Star Wars worldwide with its authentic costumes and fan-based charity events. Attendance is on a first-come, first served basis.

Wednesday

Starting a Business 1.0
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

A workshop on everything required to start a new business, from licensing requirements to marketing to financing options, and including how to get a business license, acquire a certificate of occupancy and complete state registration.

How Will Immigration Changes Affect Arlington? *
Marymount University Phelan Hall (2807 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

The Arlington Committee of 100 will explore changes to immigration policy in a two-part series in September and November. A meet and greet begins at 7 p.m., ahead of the optional dinner at 7:25 p.m. The discussion begins at 8 p.m.

Thursday

Another Side of School Desegregation
Marymount University Reinsch Library (2807 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

A panel of Arlingtonians will discuss their perspectives on Arlington’s efforts to desegregate since the 1950s. Panel participants will include students, parents, and school administrators from the county’s African-American community.

Friday

Rosslyn Cinema & Pub in the Park
Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway)
Time: 6-11 p.m.

Beer, wine and seasonal sangria will be served along with food trucks on site every Friday evening. All movies will begin at dusk and be subtitled. The Popped Republic! food truck will sell popcorn, while nearby restaurants will offer dinner deals.

Saturday

BBQ, Boots and Bingo Fall Fundraiser *
Columbus Club of Arlington (5115 Little Falls Road)
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

A family-friendly picnic fundraiser with moon bounces, music, lawn games, selfie-station, spin art, face painting, bingo and more. Tickets cost $10 for children, $20 for adults and $50 for a family pass. All proceeds go to Arlington Thrive.

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day *
Ireland’s Four Courts (2051 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Celebrate the first annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Guinness and oyster festival at Ireland’s Four Courts. Raw oysters, oysters stew, fried oysters & Po boy will be served, with Irish music, bagpipers and dancers providing all-day entertainment.

Sunday

Bluemont 5K and 10K
Bluemont Park (329 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 8:45-11 a.m.

A 5k and 10k race benefitting the EOD Warrior Foundation, starting from Bluemont Park. The event will take place on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, with runners and walkers encouraged. A virtual run option is also available.

Pups & Pilsners
The Green (12th Street S. and Crystal Drive)
Time: 2-6 p.m.

Crystal City’s dog-friendly beer festival featuring a beer garden with craft brew and offerings from local breweries. On-site food trucks and nearby restaurants will provide food. Admission is free, but tasting tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door.

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by Chris Teale September 5, 2017 at 11:45 am 0

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.

Monday

Candidate Forums
Virginia Hospital Center (1701 N. George Mason Drive)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

The Arlington County Civic Federation hosts the official kick-off of the fall campaign season, with debates between the candidates for Arlington County Board, School Board and the 49th District of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Tuesday

Wine Tasting *
Osteria Da Nino (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 5-7 p.m.

A complimentary wine tasting hosted by Robert W. Kennedy, wine director of R.W.K Imports. Five wines will be paired with food selections for $5 each, while oysters will be available at the restaurant both fried and raw for $1 each.

Wind Down Wednesday
Market Common Clarendon (2800 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 5-8 p.m.

Enjoy shopping specials, free wine tasting and live music during Wind Down Wednesdays in Clarendon. Check in at the gazebo to receive your silver pass for discounts. Attendees must be 21 or older to receive a silver pass.

Thursday

Jon Lovitz Live
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:45 p.m.

Versatile comedic actor Jon Lovitz performs his stand-up show at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, having previously starred on television and in movies. Lovitz also performs Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Saturday

Art With a Heart Fundraiser *
Market Common Clarendon (2800 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 1-6 p.m.

Raise money for children in foster care in the county. Watch children bring art to life and hone their painting techniques, purchase a unique piece of art or bid on an item from a silent auction, or have your face painted or a caricature drawn.

Sahaja Yoga *
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 2:30-4 p.m.

Learn how to meditate and about its benefits at this free workshop with experts who will guide you through. Find out more about this ancient solution to modern problems, how to manage and reduce stress and take care of your wellness.

Truck & Toss *
Grace Christian Academy (3233 Annandale Road)
Time: 5-9 p.m.

Northern Virginia’s premier food truck, cornhole and craft beer tasting festival. Enjoy unlimited tastings and sample dishes, and join the Cornhole for a Cause tournament. The Old Dominion Corvette Club will also be on hand to show their classic cars.

9/11 Memorial 5K Race *
DoubleTree by Hilton (300 Army Navy Drive)
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

The annual 9/11 memorial race, organized by the Arlington Police, Fire and Sheriff Departments. The race begins and ends at the DoubleTree, with runners following a route along Army Navy Drive, S. Joyce Street, Washington Blvd and around the Pentagon.

Sunday

Sip & Salsa
220 Twentieth Street (220 20th Street S.)
Time: 2-6 p.m.

Crystal City’s signature food and wine tasting event. The festival brings wines from Spain, Portugal and Argentina and pairs them with food from neighborhood restaurants. Columbia Pike’s Salsa Room will provide salsa dancing.

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by Chris Teale August 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

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.

Monday

Arlington Home Buyer Class *
Orange Line Living (1600 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

An exclusive home buying class with tips on how to succeed buying real estate. Learn about the home purchasing process, including how to negotiate a lower price, the loans available, acronyms and more. Admission is free.

Tuesday

Free Sing
Clarendon Grill (1101 N. Highland Street)
Time: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Come and sing karaoke from a catalog of 27,000 songs, or enjoy listening to people from the local neighborhood sing. Those who take their karaoke more seriously can also register for a Championship League Karaoke fall season.

Wednesday

“Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock”
Busboys and Poets Shirlington (4251 Campbell Ave)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

A screening of a documentary that explores 2016’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, hosted by Our Revolution Arlington and ARL ReInvest. The screening is followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session. Admission is free.

Saturday

Pike Movie Night: “The Princess Bride”
Penrose Square (2503 Columbia Pike)
Time: 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization presents the movie series “30 Years: Celebrating the Great Movies of 1987 (ish),” featuring the PG-rated “The Princess Bride.” In case of inclement weather, check social media for cancellation news.

Sunday

Nelson Reeves 117th Birthday Celebration
Reevesland Farmhouse (400 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

Remember Nelson Reeves, celebrate his 117th birthday and learn about his legacy of growing food, knowledge and community. Stories will be told of his life and various refreshments provided to kick off the fall growing season.

Labor Day (Monday, September 4)

Arlington Home Buyer Class *
Orange Line Living (1600 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

An exclusive home buying class with tips on how to succeed buying real estate. Learn about the home purchasing process, including how to negotiate a lower price, the loans available, acronyms and more. Admission is free.

Arlington Dems Labor Day Chili Cookoff
Lyon Park Community Center (414 N. Fillmore Street)
Time: 2-5 p.m.

Join former Rep. Tom Perriello and the Arlington Democrats to decide who has the best chili. Perriello will give remarks alongside other local candidates, while the event will also include live music and fun for all the family.

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by Chris Teale August 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

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.

Monday

Arlington Home Buyer Class *
Orange Line Living (1600 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

An exclusive home buying class with tips on how to succeed buying real estate in a seller’s market. Learn about the home purchasing process, including how to negotiate a lower price, the loans available and more. Admission is free.

Summer Restaurant Week *
Osteria Da Nino (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Join Italian restaurant Osteria Da Nino for Summer Restaurant Week 2017, from August 14-20. Menu options include a three-course lunch and brunch for $22, or a three-course dinner for $35. Reservations are required.

Tuesday

Free Sing
Clarendon Grill (1101 N. Highland Street)
Time: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Come and sing karaoke from a catalog of 27,000 songs, or enjoy listening to people from the local neighborhood sing. Those who take their karaoke more seriously can also register for a Championship League Karaoke fall season.

Wednesday

Cask Beer and Live Music
New District Brewing Company (2709 S. Oakland Street)
Time: 4:30-10 p.m.

An evening of unique cask beer and live music at New District Brewing Company. Beers will be $5 a pour until it is all gone, while Jeff Wharen will provide live music from 6-9 p.m. The type of cask beer will be kept a secret until the day of the event.

Thursday

Sip, Nibble & Paint
Key Bridge Terrace (1325 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Artist Stevie New will lead a session for all skill levels to paint. The $50 admission fee covers an easel, canvas, black apron, paint brushes, acrylic paint, paint palettes and instruction. Light snacks, draft beers and wine will also be served.

Friday

Ben Bailey Live
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: Friday 10 p.m., Sunday 7 and 10 p.m.

The host of NBC game show “Who’s Still Standing?” brings his stand-up comedy show to Arlington for a two nights. Bailey has more than 10 years of experience as a comedian, and has appeared regularly at comedy festivals and on television.

Saturday

Water Play Party
Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Ave)
Time: 10 a.m.-noon

Join the Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children for an outdoor water play party to celebrate playing in water in the summer heat. This free event is for toddlers and pre-schoolers, with parental supervision required.

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by Katherine Berko August 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

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

Mosquitoes and Ticks: Identification and Control
Westover Library (1644 N. McKinley Road, Suite 3)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

An information session on how you can shield yourself from mosquitoes and ticks. The presentation will teach people how to identify these bugs, about their life cycles and more. It will also recommend sustainable options for backyards.

Wednesday

Family Open House *
The Sycamore School (4600 N. Fairfax Drive 3rd Floor)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Parents and their children can attend this hands-on open house with three, 30-minute “pop up” classrooms for kids to get a sense of what learning is like at The Sycamore School. Parents may also observe the classes, or ask staff any questions.

Thursday

Late Night Recess
Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 9-11:30 p.m.

A late-night library event for adults of all ages, from 18 and up. The night’s activities will include games from your youth like Twister, Nerf Tag, Bubble Wrap and Forts as well as delicious snacks such as cookies, milk and smoothies.

Saturday

Columbia Pike Movie Nights – “The War of the Roses”
Penrose Square (2503 Columbia Pike)
Time: 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Enjoy a free 1980s movie, as part of CPRO’s 30 Years: Celebrating the Great Movie of 1987 (ish). “The War of the Roses” is rated R and about the deterioration of a wealthy couple’s marriage and the divorce battle that ensues.

Sunday

Free Outdoor Concert -Lovejoy Blues Machine
Mount Olivet Church (1500 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Enjoy a picnic while also listening to the fantastic voice of Karen Lovejoy and her band. The Lovejoy Blues Machine is described as jazz with blues and Latin undertones. It’s the perfect way to relax before starting another week.

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by Progressive Voice August 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

Progressive Voice is a weekly opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of their organizations or ARLnow.com.

By Matt de Ferranti

In recent months, this column has highlighted a positive, progressive agenda advanced by the 8th Congressional District Democratic Committee. We now turn to county-level issues.

Schools, Metro and transportation, housing affordability, parks and open space and Arlington’s Energy Plan are all important issues worth discussing in detail.

I believe each is linked to economic opportunity, so that’s where I begin.

Economic Opportunity in Arlington is Strong: At our county’s core, just like our country’s, is the idea that the American Dream is achievable for those who work hard. By that standard — how achievable is the American Dream — Arlington is a great place to live.

Measures of economic opportunity confirm this. Our unemployment rate is 2.2 percent. Our population is amongst the most educated in the country. Our median household income is fifth highest in the country.

Arlington Faces Economic Challenges: Despite being a place where most can realize their versions of the American Dream, we do have challenges. Our commercial vacancy rate over the last five years has been between 18-20 percent, reflecting the reality that many federal tenants left Crystal City and Rosslyn in the aftermath of September 11 and that the economy is shifting from heavy reliance on office buildings to working from home and the technology-driven workplaces of the 21st century.

Arlington’s 8.8 percent poverty rate is another challenge we must face. In 2015, the poverty line for a family of four in the County was $24,250. In such a great county, we should take measures to help our neighbors in need — many of whom already work full time — above the poverty line.

Embrace The 21st Century Economy: As the workplace changes, we will need to be a great place to work and play to retain and attract businesses and talent. We must embrace the technology based economy and the green economy as they lead to new economic growth in the years to come. That means embracing Arlington’s Energy Plan and driving toward even more renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Acquire Land Necessary to Grow: The newly formed Joint Facilities Advisory Committee has recommended that we acquire the land necessary to provide public services important to all Arlingtonians. I believe the County Board should approve the purchase of the land on S. Carlin Springs Road and the Buck Property. We will need both properties to facilitate public safety and transportation services needed to serve our people and keep our economy growing.

Invest in Metro: Metro has enabled many of us to get to work and has brought many businesses to Arlington. While there have been significant problems over the past few years, it’s also true that Metro is an investment in the middle class that has paid off many times over and that Metro’s role in businesses success and accommodating population growth make it indispensable. We must be committed stakeholders, demanding accountability while investing wisely. We cannot let Metro fail.

Commit to Building a Fourth High School: Over the long-term, economic growth will be heavily influenced by the quality of our schools. To keep our schools world class, I believe we must work to reduce construction costs and find efficiencies, while also committing to providing funding necessary to build a fourth, full-service high school.

Protect and Preserve Housing Affordability: Arlington must be a place where the middle class and those who want to work their way into the middle class can afford to live. Teachers, police officers, nurses, restaurant workers and construction workers must be able to afford to buy a home or rent. Seniors seeking to age in place must be able to find a way to stay here. Millennials must be able to afford to rent and realize their dreams of owning. And, yes, we must fully commit to funding the Affordable Housing Investment Fund so that we maintain affordability and diversity as Arlington continues to grow.

Practice Fiscal Restraint: Over the last two years, the County Board has made good, hard decisions on the budget such as choosing to close Artisphere and focus our funding for the arts on Signature Theatre as well as deciding to sell the Reeves Farmhouse while keeping the surrounding land as parkland and for historic uses. We will need to make similar hard decisions in the years to come so that we can have the resources to serve those in need and invest wisely in our future.

Conclusion

Arlington truly is a great place to live. Progressive ideas can make our community even better.

Matt de Ferranti serves on Arlington County’s Housing Commission as Vice Chair, is a member of the Joint Facilities Advisory Commission and is Chair of the Budget Advisory Council to the Arlington School Board.

by Brooke Giles July 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm 0

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.

Wednesday

National Coloring Book Day
Westover Branch Library (1644 N. McKinley Road, Suite 3)
Time: 10 a.m.-8:45 p.m.

People of all ages are invited to take a moment to celebrate National Coloring Book Day, an event aimed at adults as well as children, by relaxing and coloring. Coloring pages, colored pencils and crayons will be supplied.

Sushi-Zen Fundraiser for OAR
Sushi-Zen (2457 N. Harrison Street)
Time: 5-9:30 p.m.

Sushi-Zen celebrates its 20th anniversary by partnering with 20 charities, including Offender Aid and Restoration. Twenty percent 0f dinner proceeds at Sushi-Zen will be donated to OAR, with supporters asked to show the event flyer to their server.

Thursday

Columbia Pike Movie Nights at Arlington Mill – “Big”
Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S. Dinwiddie Street)
Time: 8:30-10:30 p.m.

The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization will host a free screening of “Big” as a part of the CPRO’s “30 Years: Celebrating the Great Movies of 1987 (ish)” series, which screens films from 80s once or twice weekly.

Friday

TED Talk Screenings at The Connection Library
Connection: Crystal City Library (2100 Crystal Drive)
Time: 3-4 p.m.

The Crystal City Connection Pop Up Library will host a TED Talk screening and conversation. Talks run for less than 20 minutes and cover subjects like health care, dating, race and the environment among others. The event is for ages 13 and up.

Saturday

Journey Through the Northwest Passage *
Cherrydale Library (2190 Military Road)
Time: 2-4 p.m.

Robin S. Kent opens a photography exhibit from his travels through the Arctic Ocean near the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The opening reception lasts from 2-4 p.m. and an artist talk is scheduled from 2:30-3 p.m.

Sunday

Sunday Funday at Key Bridge Terrace
Hyatt Centric Arlington Key Bridge Terrace (1325 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 12-5 p.m.

An outdoor event featuring 10 options of $4 Flying Dog draft beers, $5 personalized mimosas and brunch food. Each draft beer purchase includes a chance to win two tickets to the Flying Dog Brewery Summer Sessions Outdoor Concert Series.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by Larry Roberts July 27, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

Progressive Voice is a weekly opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of their organizations or ARLnow.com.

By Larry Roberts

This is the final installment in a series of columns about how Arlington progressives and 8th Congressional District (Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church and parts of Fairfax) Democrats responded from a policy perspective to the 2016 Presidential election.

I am providing – again without editorial comment — the progressive agenda as defined by resolutions adopted by the 8th Congressional District Democratic Convention delegates. This is a window into the views of progressive voters entering a gubernatorial election year with an outcome that will have a dramatic effect on progressives, Arlington County and the Commonwealth’s future.

Support for Local Moderate Income Down Payment Assistance Programs. We support Virginia developing local down payment assistance programs for well qualified first-time homebuyers; income limits for those who can qualify should consider multiple independent income earners in conjunction with or rather than total household size; and adding minimum annual student loan payments to the formula for determining income limits.

Thanking Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) for His Service to Virginia. McAuliffe has served as Virginia’s Governor with distinction. He restored public trust and confidence in the office in the wake of conflict of interest scandals surrounding his predecessor. On his first day in office, the Governor signed an executive order imposing a $100 gift ban on himself, his family and members of his administration and their families.

Under his leadership, Virginia has announced 926 projects, created 189,200 new jobs and attracted $15.86 billion in new capital investment. McAuliffe has worked to prepare the Commonwealth for the effects of climate changes and to reduce Virginia’s contribution to its causes. To promote Virginia’s State Park System, he will visit every state park.

In addition to positive leadership on important policy issues, the Governor has been an essential bulwark against the mean-spirited attempts of the Republican-controlled General Assembly to take Virginia backwards on many social and economic issues. He has vetoed 91 bills and has amended many additional ones. Absent his actions, Virginia would be far less welcoming to many of its residents.

Therefore, the Convention congratulates McAuliffe on a job well done and urges voters to elect a Democratic successor to continue his efforts to curb the excesses of the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Title IX. Protections for transgender students should be reinstated and guidance issued, and investigations commenced by the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education should be continued per the current standards. Additionally, the OCR should be fully funded to ensure that all students in Virginia are protected so that they can attend public schools and universities safely and free of discrimination. All K-12 and Virginia higher education institutions should advance and enforce the principles and legal standards of equality promulgated under Title IX.

Title X. Title X of the Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Program provides significant and critical health and economic benefits for individuals, families and society. Millions of low income men and women in the United States rely on publicly funded services through Title X, family planning services, and other health care services including early detection and treatment of STIs and cervical cancer.

Without adequate funding to Title X to pay for these services, many men and women in Virginia will have no access to these lifesaving and family planning services. Sufficient funding should be provided to adequately meet the needs of the residents of Virginia who rely on services funded through Title X. The Federal government should prohibit discrimination against Title X providers that perform abortions with non-federal funds.

Voting Rights. We condemn any measure that seeks to gain political advantage by hindering citizens from exercising their fundamental right to vote; urge Congress to act promptly to fix Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act so that states with a recent history of discrimination will once again be subject to pre-clearance review by the Department of Justice; urge the General Assembly to enact a no-excuse in-person early (absentee) voting procedures, repeal the recently-enacted voter ID laws, and streamline voter registration procedures; and commend McAuliffe’s actions to restore voting rights to convicted felons who have served their time without the unnecessary and time consuming application process previously imposed.

The General Assembly must amend Article II, Section I of the State Constitution to remove Jim Crow-era felon disenfranchisement provisions. The Virginia Parole Board and other government organizations should actively educate Virginians on their restored voting rights and assist them in registering to vote.

Larry Roberts is an attorney in private practice who has previously served in the state Cabinet as Counselor to Governor Tim Kaine and as Arlington County Democratic Committee Chair. He has been Chair for three successful statewide political campaigns, including Justin Fairfax’s campaign to be the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor in 2017.

by Kalina Newman July 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

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.

Wednesday

Small Business Roundtable *
Arlington Chamber of Commerce (2009 14th Street N., Suite 100)
Time: 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly roundtable offering advice to small business owners. This month’s topic is “Growth Thinking: Putting your Unmet Customer Needs at the Center of your Growth, Innovation and Digital Agendas.”

Friday

Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2309 Columbia Pike)
Time: 8 p.m.

Comedians Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are at the Drafthouse to deliver a comedy show full of their all-time greatest VHS finds, with newly discovered footage and updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities.

Encore Stage’s The Music Man
Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 7:30-10 p.m.

Enjoy Meredith Willson’s six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy. Shows run Friday, Saturday Sunday of this week and then Thursday through Sunday of next week. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

Saturday

Columbia Pike Movie Nights — Broadcast News
Penrose Square (2503 Columbia Pike)
Time: 8:30-10:30 p.m.

This free outdoor screening of the 1980s movie “Broadcast News” will start just after sunset. The movie is rated R. In case there is inclement weather, there will be a cancellation notice on Facebook or Twitter.

Crab Boil at New District Brewing Company
New District Brewing Company (2709 S. Oakland Street)
Time: 12:30-6:30 p.m.

This event has been postponed until August 5.

 

Toastmasters Expo *
Westover Library (1644 N. McKinley Road)
Time: 1-4 p.m.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Learn how to speak in front of an audience and gain empowering skills at this expo hosted at Westover Library.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by Larry Roberts July 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

Progressive Voice is a weekly opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of their organizations or ARLnow.com.

By Larry Roberts

This is the fourth of five in a series of columns about how Arlington progressives and 8th Congressional District (Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church and parts of Fairfax) Democrats responded from a policy perspective to the 2016 Presidential election.

In that same context, this week will bring an opportunity to see how this year’s gubernatorial candidates will try to define their agenda and that of their opponent as the Virginia Bar Association will host its traditional first gubernatorial debate of the campaigns season at 11 a.m. on July 22 at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. The public will be able to see the debate via a PBS live stream and there is generally substantial press coverage.

While we await the debate and coverage of it, I am providing – again without editorial comment — the progressive agenda as defined by resolutions adopted by the 8th Congressional District Democratic Convention delegates as a window into the views of progressive voters in an area of the Commonwealth that will be an important indicator of the level of Democratic enthusiasm during a general election that will receive national attention.

Opposition to Proposed 2018 Federal Budget: The Convention opposes the proposed federal budget as it would harm the economy and citizens of the Washington, D.C. region generally, including Northern Virginia, and encourages Democrats to hold elected officials accountable should they actively and/or passively support budgetary policies harmful to Northern Virginia.

Opposition to Gerrymandering: Gerrymandering of districts must end and voters should be allowed to select their political representatives instead of officeholders selecting their voters. Any solution should be independent, objective, and transparent. As a Constitutional amendment may be necessary to assure the independence of the redistricting process, the General Assembly should act in its 2018 session so that the amendment can take effect before the 2021 redistricting.

Pay and Benefits: Congress should establish a national paid family and medical leave policy that guarantees at least 12 weeks of compensated leave to care for new children or deal with family medical emergencies. Congress and the Commonwealth should incentivize businesses to adopt profit sharing systems such as employee stock ownership plans to ensure workers receive a fair share of large employer success. Virginia should explore ways to provide options and incentives for employers to voluntarily offer increased pay and benefits in these areas.

Political Contributions from Public Service Corporations: General Assembly members should reject campaign contributions from a public service corporation. The Convention supports legislation prohibiting candidates for the General Assembly or statewide office from soliciting or accepting campaign contributions from a public service corporation and urges Virginia’s state and local elected officials to establish the fight against climate change as a top legislative priority in accordance with Virginia’s constitutional mandate to “protect [Virginia’s] atmosphere, lands, and waters from pollution, impairment, or destruction.”

Preserving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The proposed federal budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency are detrimental to protecting the nation’s clean air and water. Congress should use a full life cycle cost analysis in setting budget priorities rather than ideological agendas.

Primaries Instead of Caucuses: The Convention recommends that the Democratic Party of Virginia and the local Democratic committees conduct primaries whenever possible.

Religious Freedom: The Convention condemns the Trump Administration in the strongest possible terms for allowing an employer to interfere with employee health care benefits based on the employer’s religious beliefs. This policy is a direct infringement of the employee’s religious views. Congress should overturn these hasty and ill-advised actions so as to restore the right of every citizen to hold their own religious views and to reach their own views on political issues without taxpayer subsidized lectures advocating partisan positions from the pulpit.

SNAP and Nutrition: This nation should make sufficient resources available to end hunger in the United States. The Convention opposes the conversion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program into a block grant to the states. The federal agricultural program should include nutritional assistance as an integral part of its mission. The Convention opposes steps that would attack nutritional education and the promotion of good eating habits by school children and by the population as a whole.

Larry Roberts is an attorney in private practice who has previously served in the state Cabinet as Counselor to Governor Tim Kaine and as Arlington County Democratic Committee Chair. He has been Chair for three successful statewide political campaigns, including Justin Fairfax’s campaign to be the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor in 2017.

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