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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.

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Monday, Aug. 26

Bonefish Grill Fifth Anniversary
Bonefish Grill (1101 S. Joyce Street)
Time: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

The Bonefish Grill celebrates a five year anniversary in Arlington with an event featuring all-day happy hour, food, giveaways and live music.

Family Sing-Along
Aurora Hills Branch Library (735 18th Street S.)
Time: 6-7 p.m.

Folk musicians Carl Gold and Ed Girovasi will perform live and the library invites families and people of all ages to come by for a singalong. This event is free.

Saturday, Aug. 31

ACBA 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament + Back-2-School Giveaway
Thomas Jefferson Park (3501 2nd Street S.)
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Attendees at this charity basketball tournament can enjoy live musical performances from DMV recording artists and prizes.

Netherlands Carillon Live Concert
Netherlands Carillon (N. Marshall Drive)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Jesse Ratcliffe will perform live on the carillon as part of the 2019 summer concert series, which concludes on Monday, Sept. 2. This event is free and attendees can bring chairs and blankets.

Sunday, Sept. 1

Rock The Loop Season Ending Celebration
Market Common Clarendon (2800 Clarendon Boulevard)
Time: 5-9 p.m.    

This end of summer concert will benefit the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Heritage Brewing Co. and TTT Mexican Diner will be selling food, beer and wine.

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(Updated at 11:40 a.m.) 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, Aug. 19

1st Time Home Buyer Seminar *
Keri Shull Team (1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 202)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

This event will teach new potential homeowners to save thousands of dollars and avoid mistakes. Attendees will receive special perks like a credit towards a new home. This event is free.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Make It Tuesday: Leaf Print Tote Bag
The Connection: Crystal City Pop-Up Library (2100 Crystal Drive)

Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

The library invites patrons to come craft and relax while making a tote bag. This event is free for library patrons.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Our Shared Street Pop-Up on Columbia Pike
Outdoor Intersection (4601 S. Four Mile Run Drive)
Time: 5-7 p.m. 

This annual event invites the community to learn about different methods of transportation in the area. It is free and there will be games, food, giveaways.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Steve Dangle: Russian Machine Never Breaks
One More Page Books (2200 N. Westmoreland Street #101)
Time: 2-4 p.m. 

Local hockey blog Russian Machine Never Breaks is bringing Canadian hockey blogger Steve (Dangle) Glynn to the area. He will be at the bookstore signing copies of his new book and talking about how he fell in love with hockey.

Wags n’ Whiskers
Village at Shirlington (4280 Campbell Avenue)
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

This dog-friendly festival will feature adoptable pets, live music and family activities. Dog experts will be on-site.


Arlington “Bat Fest”
Gulf Branch Nature Center (3608 Military Road)
Time: 6:30- 9 p.m. 

This event will feature live bats and help educate the community on the local creatures. Registration is required and costs $5.

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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, Aug. 13

Genealogy for Beginners
Shirlington Library (4200 Campbell Ave)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Jessica Kaplan of the Arlington Historical Society will teach attendees how to create an accurate family tree using various techniques. This event is free

Wednesday, Aug. 14

Arlington County Fair
Thomas Jefferson Community Center (3501 2nd Street S.)
Time: 5-10 p.m. and other times during the week

This year’s events will feature LOVE art, a butterfly experience, rides, live music and goat yoga along with the classic favorites. There is a shuttle bus available since there is no public parking.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Business After Business
Arlington Community Federal Credit Union (5666 Columbia Pike)
 Time: 5-7 p.m.

This allows attendees to network while enjoying beer, wine and other beverages. Registration is required. There will be door prizes and cash jackpots for members.

Friday, Aug. 16

Fridays at the Fountain
Crystal City Water Park (1601 Crystal Drive)
Time: 5-9 p.m.

Fridays at the Fountain is Crystal City’s seasonal pop-up beer garden, featuring food from The Stand’s rotating lineup of vendors, beverage selections and live music.

National Bookstore Romance Day! Author signings, wine tasting, board games, & more!
One More Page Books (2200 N. Westmoreland Street #101)

Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Join One More Page Books for a day of celebration. They will kick off the day with mimosas, then have a treasure hunt and other activities.

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Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Monday, Aug. 5

1st Time Home Buyer Seminar *
Keri Shull Team (1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 101)

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

This event will teach first time home buyers how to avoid mistakes while also educating them on tools and resources. Registration can be found online for this free event.

Disney’s Frozen Jr. Auditions
Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Road) 

Time: 5 p.m. and August 6 at 7 p.m. 

Encore Stage & Studio invites kids ages nine to 18 to audition for the upcoming production. Backstage helpers are also needed, including kids ages 12 to 18. No experience is needed.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

Yarn Swap
Connection: Crystal City Library (2100 Crystal Drive) 

Time: 6-7 p.m. 

Anyone with unwanted yarn may bring it to this event and swap with someone else, or simply donate it to library programming. This event is free.

Saturday, Aug. 10

Cocktails By Robert Taylor Featuring Tito’s Vodka
Fyve Restaurant Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton (1250 S. Hayes Street)
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

Head mixologist Robert Taylor will teach attendees how to create special cocktails. Guest will receive a Tito’s branded takeaway gift and food will be provided. Tickets are $35.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — A Crash Of Fate by Zoraida Córdova
One More Page Books (2200 N. Westmoreland Street #101)
Time: 3-4 p.m. 

Young adult author  Zoraida Córdova will discuss her upcoming Star Wars book “Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate.” The epic adventure takes place over the course of a single day on Batuu.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Aikido in the park
Glencarlyn Park (301 S. Harrison Street)
Time: 10- 11:30 a.m. 

This monthly aiki-weapons class will be followed by a cookout. Attendees can wear street clothes and extra gear will be provided.

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South Block is hoping to open its new Rosslyn location by late August.

Owner Amir Mostafavi told ARLnow yesterday (Monday) that he’s “excited” about the summer opening, and is planning a block party to celebrate.

“We anticipate opening in late August followed by a community block party in September,” said Mostafavi. “The block party will consist of a live DJ, Bash will be there, we will be handing out swag bags to the 100 blockstars in line, free samples and more.”

The new eatery (1550 Wilson Blvd) will take up part of the space that previously housed Cafe Asia, next to Bash Boxing.

This will be the fourth South Block to open in Arlington and the tenth total since its founding in 2011. The latest South Block to open was the Ballston Quarter location in March.

The burgeoning local chain serves juice, smoothies, acai bowls and toasts. The new Rosslyn location will serve up a similar menu.

Mostafavi previously told ARLnow that he picked the location for its proximity to Bash.

“We’ve always had a really strong relationship with Arlington’s fitness community, so this is just a really good fit,” he said.

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Monday, July 29

Bad Art Night III
Columbia Pike Branch Library (816 S. Walter Reed Drive)

Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

The library invites people 18 and over to gather for an evening of art creation. As part of the 2019 Summer Reading program, attendees of all talent levels can create their own masterpiece.

CIA and the Presidents: The Agency’s Changing Relationship with the White House
Shirlington Library (4200 Campbell Avenue)

Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

CIA Chief Historian, David Robarge will discuss the changing relationship between the President and the CIA.

Trends in Baseball: 1995-2019
Aurora Hills Branch Library (735 18th Street S.)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

David Raglin from the Society for American Baseball Research will discuss some of the changes to baseball in recent years: like more strikeouts, more home runs, and longer games.

Thursday, August 1

Dark Star Park Alignment
Dark Star Park (1655 Fort Myer Drive)
Time: 9:30-9:35 a.m.

Each year on August 1 at exactly 9:32 a.m. the shadows cast by the poles and sculpture spheres align with patterns on the ground to mark the day in 1860 when William Henry Ross acquired Rosslyn

The Street as University: Experience Street Wisdom in Arlington
Metropolitan Park (550 14th Road S.)

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

This three-hour guided tour will teach participants new strategies for finding inspiration. Spots are limited and those interested must register at [email protected]

Friday, August 2

First Friday in the Art Underground
Crystal City Shops at 2100 (1600 Crystal City Drive)

Time: 5-7 p.m.

This monthly event invites the public to check out a new art exhibit displaying various formats including paintings to sculptures. The exhibits are free and open to everyone.

Saturday, August 3

Netherlands Carillon Performance
Netherlands Carillon (1400 N. Meade Street)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

This free concert series features Dutch artist, Gijsbert Kok playing the carillon, which was a gift from the Netherlands after WWII. It is made up of over 50 bells.

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Business review site Yelp is teaming up with Ballston Quarter mall (4238 Wilson Blvd) to host a social mixer called Yelp After Dark.

The free event is set to take place at the Quarter Market food hall next Friday, August 2 from 9-11 p.m.

Attendees must have a Yelp profile with a current photo and their real name. A press release for the event said attendees should RSVP through the Yelp app and will receive a confirmation email before the event. But, this does not guarantee entry, since space is limited.

Quarter Market vendors including District Doughnut, Ice Cream Jubilee, Rice Crook and The Local Oyster will provide food.

Donations for the Arlington Food Assistance Center will be accepted. A $10 cash donation is suggested for entry.

In 2015, Yelp co-founder and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman told ARLnow he might not have made it as a tech titan if it wasn’t for bike rides to Ballston Quarter — then Ballston Common Mall — as a kid. Stoppelman grew up in Arlington, near Military Road, and attended Taylor Elementary in the 1980s before his family moved to Great Falls.

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Update at 12:20 p.m. — The gym is opening this Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., according to its owner.

Earlier: Potential patrons of an upcoming gym in Courthouse may have to wait a few more days before they can give the facility a test run.

Owner Mike Savitch, a bobsledder who represented the Virgin Islands in the 2002 Winter Olympics, told ARLnow that The Conditioning Room (2050 Wilson Blvd) should be open within two weeks, but hasn’t settled on an exact day.

Located near the Courthouse Metro station, in the former Cosi space, the new gym has missed Savitch’s desired opening date of June 1. But progress is being made: Savitch said he has moved in the exercise equipment in and hired artist Jack Labadie to put the finishing touches on the space with his graffiti-style artwork.

Unlimited memberships will be available for $205 per month. Once the gym opens, scheduled classes are set to run throughout the day Monday through Saturday.

The gym will also offer a free trial class on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

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Arlington Public Library is extending the hours for its makerspace after staff say hundreds attended its grand opening.

The makerspace, located at Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street) first opened in April, but staff celebrated the opening this past Saturday (July 20), with tours and workshops of the space, dubbeds The Shop. Over 500 people came out for the event, according to Maker Librarian Katelyn Attanasio.

Now the APL is expanding The Shop’s opening hours from fours hour a day — Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays–  to five hours each day.

Many of the workshops for the space are already “booked through October,” said Attanasio. She added that the DIY drywall repair workshop seemed to be especially well received.

Yesterday, the makerspace displayed little Groot figurines that had been made with the Shop’s 3D printer.

The Shop allows patrons to use a variety of equipment, from woodworking tools, circuit parts, Wacom tablets, 3D printers, and Cameo cutters, among others. Attanasio told ARLnow she hopes people realize there is even more to the space, like opportunities for patrons to come in and digitize home movies and tapes.

“This is your library,” said Attanasio. “We don’t just have fancy tech.”

She said the library is looking for feedback from patrons on the space, including its workshops and equipment.

The new hours for the makerspace are:

  • Monday: 2-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2-7 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed
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A Sense of Place Cafe is considering catering to the happy hour crowd by serving wine and beer in the evenings.

Earlier this month, the independent coffee shop at 4807 1st Street N. in the Arlington Forest Shopping Center submitted an application to Virginia ABC to serve wine and beer on premises.

Owner Kim Seo said the cafe was still awaiting an inspection and that she doesn’t expect to receive a permit decision until early August, but that hasn’t stopped her and her sister from planning ahead.

Seo is hoping to cater to an after-work crowd, potentially staying open in the evenings (the cafe currently closes at 3 p.m.) for a happy hour and light appetizers.

“Once we get the license we will work on our actual menu,” said Seo.

Seo said she and her sister, Kay, decided to rethink the hours of operation after taking note of how many people visit the shopping center in the evening, after Sense of Place closes for the day.

For now, A Sense of Place will continue with its usual hours of operation: from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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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, July 23

Arlington Cares: A Celebration of Volunteerism
National Rural Electric Cooperative (4301 Wilson Boulevard)
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Arlington Cares will celebrate current members at this free event. Local nonprofit and county partners will share their work and promote community service opportunities.

Protecting our Environment Through Effective Advocacy
Arlington Central Library, Bluemont Room (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

EcoAction Arlington will hold an interest meeting for a new committee on environmental advocacy, focused on civic engagement. EcoAction Arlington asks that attendees RSVP.

Wednesday, July 24

Long & Foster Charity Hawaiian Bingo Night
Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill (2424 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.

This evening fundraiser will benefit the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. There will be $4,000 worth prizes and giveaways throughout the evening, as well as food and drink.

Writing Nonfiction 101
Connection: Crystal City Library (2100 Crystal Drive)
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Local author, Dave Price, will share his advice on editing and revising. This event is free but the library asks attendees to RSVP online. This event is part of a series offering various writing tips.

Thursday, July 25

Food Truck Green Day
Crystal City BID (220 20th Street S.)
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Crystal City BID, JBG Smith and Curbside Kitchen are partnering to bring together food trucks together for lunch while eliminating styrofoam use.

Friday, July 26

Fridays at the Fountain
Crystal City Waterpark (1601 Crystal Drive)
Time: 5-9 p.m.

The weekly pop-up beer garden invites the community to enjoy a variety of beverages while listening to live music. Food from a local vendor will also be available for purchase.

Saturday, July 27

Ballston Field Day*
Washington Liberty High School (1301 N. Stafford Street)
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Ballston BID invites the community to participate in a variety of athletic challenges. A mandatory $5 fee raises money for Doorways — a nonprofit fighting domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness.

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