Roll for Initiative at Arlington Public Library’s Tabletop Gaming Day

Break out the dice; it’s board game convention time at the Arlington Public Library.

Demand for the library’s board game collection has led the library to host Tabletop Gaming Day on Nov. 4 at the Arlington Central Library. The board game extravaganza will run from 1-5 p.m.

All ages and experience levels are welcome to Board Game Day. For those who may be new to certain games, staff and volunteers will be ready to help teach the rules. Those with their own board games are welcome to bring them.

Attendees can also join into a raffle to win board games Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 and Codenames: Disney Family Edition donated by ThinkGeek.

The event is free, without any registration required.

Photo via Arlington Public Library


Arlington Agenda: October 15-21

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, Oct. 15

Free Home Buying Workshop in Rosslyn*
Orange Line Living (1600 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Learn about home-buying essentials with a free workshop. The Orange Line Living Team and Keri Shull Team will be teaching all of the acronyms and definitions you will need, what happens at each stage of your transaction, real strategies on how to negotiate a lower purchase price, the different type of loans available, and much more.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

VA Wine Tasting
Ms. Peacock’s Champagne Lounge (929 N. Garfield Street)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Celebrate Virginia Wine Month, and taste and learn about four different varietals/styles of still and sparkling wines. Appetizers are included, with tickets at $45 per person. Reservations required.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Arlington Fall Career Fair
Founders Hall – GMU Arlington (3351 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Meet with 50 plus businesses in a wide variety of industries including IT, healthcare, government services, finance, food and hospitality Services, education and more.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Far Out – Film by Teton Gravity Research
Arlington Draft House (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.

Join TGR for a premiere of a new feature length ski and snowboard film, “Far Out,” presented by REI. There will be prizes available from The North Face, Atomic, Volkl, Outdoor Research, TGR and more, plus everyone in attendance will have a shot at the tour grand prizes – including one of three different trips this year.

Saturday, Oct. 20

A Sidewalk Stroll
Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Lane)
Time: 10-10:45 a.m.

Encore Stage & Studio presents “A Sidewalk Stroll”-starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching little ones about navigating through life’s surprises. Recommended for ages 1 and older.

Sunday, Oct. 21

Pints4Paws Pet Fest*
Courthouse Plaza (2040 15th Street N.)
Time: 1-5 p.m.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s fundraiser features a pop-up pet festival, including unlimited craft beers, live music, doggy costume contests, doggy games, a dog rest park, food trucks, and much more.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event


Virginia Wine Festival Arrives in Rosslyn This Weekend

Arlingtonians won’t have to go far to sample wines from all across the state this weekend.

The Virginia Wine Festival will hold its 43rd annual gathering in Rosslyn’s Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway), offering up hundreds of wines and ciders from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The event will also feature entertainment and food from a variety of vendors, including an “oyster tent” that showcases offerings from the state’s newly burgeoning oyster industry.

Tickets remain on sale for the event, and will be sold at the entry gate as well, with a glass and unlimited tastings included in the price of admission. The festival will be “largely cashless,” according to its website, and attendees will need to buy tickets to purchase, food and beer.

Organizers say that outside food and drinks won’t be permitted at the event, though they say “blankets, chairs, bags/coolers [and] reasonably sized shade canopies” are all welcome. Pets are also not permitted at the festival, outside of service animals.

County police are also planning on closing a variety of streets in the area each day. They’re warning drivers of the following changes:

  • The eastbound lanes of Lee Highway, between Fort Myer Drive and Lynn Street, will be closed from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. All eastbound traffic will be diverted onto Fort Myer Drive and detour signs will be posted.
  • Southbound Fort Myer Drive (inbound traffic from Georgetown and the George Washington Parkway) will be closed at Lee Highway from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.. All traffic must turn west onto Lee Highway and can access Rosslyn and Clarendon via N. Scott Street or N. Veitch Street.
  • N. Nash Street, between eastbound and westbound Lee Highway, will be closed from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Exit 73 from eastbound I-66 to Rosslyn will be closed from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Police are warning drivers to avoid the area, and note that “no parking” signs will be posted along many local streets.

The event won’t be the only entertainment offering in Rosslyn this weekend. A Halloween-themed “Bats in the Belfry” concert is planned for the Netherlands Carillon (1400 N. Meade Street) on Saturday starting at 3:30 p.m.

Photo via the Virginia Wine Festival


Beyer Convenes Fourth ‘Women’s Conference’ at GMU Saturday

Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th District) is gearing up to hold his fourth annual “women’s conference” Saturday (Oct. 13), with speeches planned from groundbreaking female lawmakers and activists.

Beyer has titled this year’s event “Breaking Through: Women Work for Change,” and it will run from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at George Mason University’s Virginia Square campus (3351 Fairfax Drive).

While Beyer is set to give some opening remarks at gathering, the rest of the speakers will be women.

Del. Danica Roem, the state’s first transgender lawmaker who represents Manassas Park and parts of Prince William County, is set to deliver the event’s keynote address and discuss her work in Richmond.

Beyer will then present the “Clara Mortenson Beyer Women and Children First Award” to Naomi Wadler, an Alexandria fifth-grader who gained national notoriety for organizing protests in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting earlier this year.

Subsequent panel discussions include the following, per Beyer’s office:

Making History in Virginia with the ERA

Megan Beyer — Former executive director of President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
Lynda Johnson Robb —  Advocate for literacy and the eldest daughter of President Lyndon Johnson
Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-2nd District)
Bettina Hager — D.C. Director and COO, ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality

Starting a Movement – Mobilizing Support and Driving Solutions

Michelle Millben – CEO and Founder, MGMC Enterprises LLC
Kim Anderson – Executive Vice President, Democracy Alliance
Jennifer Herrera – Virginia Chapter Leader, Moms Demand Action
Miriam Gennari – Environmental Advocate

Gender and the Supreme Court — Understanding the Impact on Women’s Issues

Jill Morrison — Executive Director Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellowship Georgetown University
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza – Journalist
Emily Martin – Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice, National Women’s Law Center

The event is free to attend, though participants should register online or by calling Beyer’s district office at (703) 658-5403.


Arlington Agenda: October 9-14

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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Tuesday, Oct. 9

Puzzled Pint
The Board Room (925 N. Garfield Street)
7-11 p.m.

Puzzled Pint is a casual, social puzzle solving event which happens at bars/pubs on the second Tuesday of every month in multiple cities around the world. On the night of the event, show up at The Board Room for puzzles to solve while you enjoy drinks and food. Most teams take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to solve a typical puzzle set.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Community Forum: The Opioid Epidemic
Virginia Hospital Center (1701 N. George Mason Drive)
7-8:30 p.m.

Virginia Hospital Center Foundation and its Women’s Health Circle are hosting a free Community Forum to discuss the public health concerns around the opioid epidemic. Complimentary parking is available in Zone B (Gold Garage) and pre-registration is requested for this free event.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Rosslyn Cider Fest
Central Place Plaza (1800 N. Lynn Street)
5-8 p.m.

The Rosslyn Cider Fest offers chance to learn more about this alcoholic beverage that’s favored by many who don’t like beer. Eight cideries will be in attendance, along with live music and food trucks. Products are available to sample for $10 (8 samples). Tickets are available online. Attendees can also visit the outdoor bar to purchase beer, wine and full-sized cider bottles.

Desegregating Arlington School Sports*
Marymount University Reinsch Library Auditorium (2807 N. Glebe Road)
7-8:30 p.m.

Arlington’s African-American kids could finally attend white schools starting in 1959, but that was just the first step of a longer battle that played out in government and PTA meetings. A panel featuring local high school athletes will discuss this part of Arlington’s history.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Future with Hope Women’s Conference*
St. Agnes Church (1910 N. Randolph Street)
7 a.m.-7 p.m.

The third-annual conference for Catholic women over 40 will take place Oct. 12-13 at St. Agnes Church. Featured speakers include Mary Elizabeth Sperry, author of “Making Room for God: Decluttering and the Spiritual Life.”

Marymount Farmers Market Oktoberfest
Marymount University Farmers Market (4620 Lee Highway)
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Brats, Liab und Schneid music, raffles, strudel, face-painting and more at the Marymount Farmers Market Oktoberfest. Grilled German sausages will be served and Viennese bakers will be wearing traditional attire. The event is hosted in partnership with the Marymount Farmers Market and Marymount University Homecoming

Live in Arlington Info Fair
Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S. Dinwiddie Street)
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

This event offers free information about housing opportunities in Arlington, providing an opportunity to meet with housing professionals including mortgage lenders, real estate agents, apartment rental professionals, and representatives of government and not-for-profit organizations.

Night of Horror II: Return of the Overdue Books
Columbia Pike Library (816 S. Walter Reed Drive)
8-11 p.m.

Warning: Prepare to be scared! This event is recommended for brave teens and adults. Join the Arlington Public Library on a venture through this haunted library and try to escape the horrors of the stacks, dead authors, and librarians of the living dead. Online registration is required.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Kinhaven 5K & Kids 1K
Bluemont Park (325 N. Manchester Street)
9-10 a.m.

The Kinhaven 5k and Kids 1k will have music, refreshments, face painting and more. The 5k begins at 9 a.m. with a free toddler dash starting at 9:45 a.m. The kids 1k race starts at 9:50 a.m. The adult 5k costs $35, while the kids 1k costs $10. Registration is available online.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event


Arlington Agenda: October 1-7

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Tuesday, Oct. 2

Secure the Vote: Safeguarding Our Elections – A Panel Discussion
Spaces (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

The League of Women Voters of Arlington is hosting a discussion led by four top experts in election security. The panel discussion is open to the public at no charge. Free tickets can be obtained online.

Thursday, Oct. 4

2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington
Mercedes Benz in Arlington (585 North Glebe Road)
Time: 7-10 p.m.

The Celebration of the Arts in Arlington is a fundraiser for the Embracing Arlington Arts capital campaign. Tickets are $50 and purchasable online. Attendees wearing artwork costumes could win a $250 car detail voucher or a $75 restaurant coupon.

Social Walk + Happy Hour on Lee Highway
Thirsty Bernie (2163 N Glebe Rd)
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

This month, Walk Arlington and Lee Highway Alliance are hosting a stroll along Lee Highway. The event is free for people of all ages and abilities and registration for the event is required.

Friday, Oct. 5

Arlington Urban Agriculture Summit
St. Andrews Church (4000 Lorcom Lane)
Time: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The symposium will focus on how agriculture contributes to our urban quality of life, featuring discussions on urban farming innovations; how to grow a successful food garden; and big picture policy and economic issues.  Registration available online.

Saturday, Oct. 6

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

The Annual Family Fall Festival will have rides, games, bounces, face-painting and a cakewalk contest for the kids. For adults, there’s a wine walk, beer garden and live music, plus plenty of food. Admission and parking are free.

The Daily Domestic Vintage Pop-Up Shop
825 S. Barton St.
Time: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Vintage pop-up shop featuring refurbished and hand-painted antique and vintage furniture, upcycled items and vintage-inspired housewares. 10% of sales will benefit Space of Her Own (SOHO).

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event


Arlington Agenda: Sept. 24-30

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Thursday, Sept. 27

Spirit of Community Luncheon*
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel (2800 S. Potomac Avenue)
Time: 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Each year, the Arlington Community Foundation recognizes an individual and/or organization who epitomizes the true spirit of our Arlington community. This year Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez is being honored with the 2018 William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award while Arlington Free Clinic is being presented with the 2018 Community Impact Award.

Saturday, Sept. 29

Piketoberfest! Columbia Pike’s Oktoberfest at BrickHaus*
BrickHaus (2900 Columbia Pike)

Beer, brats, pretzels — what else does one need to celebrate Oktoberfest? Introducing Piketoberfest, Columbia Pike’s Oktoberfest celebration. Food and drink specials will be offered all day long.

Oktoberfest and Fun Run at Cathedral of St. Thomas More*
Cathedral of St. Thomas More (3901 Cathedral Lane)
Time: 4:30-9 p.m.

The course will be four quarter mile laps around the perimeter of the STM property and can be a family relay or individual participant. The $20 entry fee per family ($10 indiv) benefits the St. Lucy Project of the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington. VCO Orthodontics is sponsoring t-shirts for all participants and a water station.

Free Community Paper Shredding Event
Arlington Church of the Brethren (300 N. Montague Street)
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

A church in Arlington’s Boulevard Manor neighborhood is holding a free community drive-in paper shredding event. This event was rescheduled from an earlier date. The church is requesting non-perishable food or monetary donations to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).

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

The family-friendly event will include picnic fare, moon bounces, face painting, crafts, bingo, music and more. Tickets (adult $20; child $10; or family $50) are available online at www.arlingtonthrive.org/donate. The ticket price includes admission, food, beverages, activities and a chance to win prizes.

Crystal City Oktoberfest
The Lot (220 20th Street S.)
Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Billed as Northern Virginia’s largest Oktoberfest, the inaugural Crystal City Oktoberfest is set to offer 50+ breweries with 100+ craft beers to sample. There will also be a selection of eats from the area’s top food trucks.

Sunday, Sept. 30

Valley Fest 2018
New District Brewing Company (2709 S. Oakland Street)
Time: Noon-5 p.m.

Valley Fest is a collaboration and celebration of the Four Mile Run Valley arts groups and local businesses. Local artists will showcase their work and food trucks will offer plenty to eat, while a kid’s zone will keep the rest of the family busy. The festival is free to attend. Beer packages will be offered for sale.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event


Found Footage Show ‘After Dark’ Coming to Arlington Drafthouse

The Found Footage Festival is coming to Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) with a new “After Dark” show.

The festival is a touring showcase of VHS footage, from the strange to the hilarious. Many are found in garage sales, thrift stores and dumpsters across North America, then curated by The Onion and The Colbert Report veterans Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher.

The After Dark show compiles 25 years of footage collections into a show that includes live commentary and where-are-they-now updates.

The show at the Drafthouse is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14.

Highlights of “After Dark” include:

  • The intro video for a hunky tag team wrestling duo from Memphis called The Fabulous One
  • A fitness program featuring Angela Lansbury in a bubble bath
  • The foul-mouthed outtakes of Winnebago pitch man Jack Rebney
  • A young Arnold Schwarzenegger seductively feeding a woman a carrot in a 1984 travel video for Rio de Janeiro

Photo via Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse


‘BroCon’ Coming to Arlington Next Month

A gathering called BroCon is coming to Arlington in October, but it’s probably not what you think it is.

The convention, which is taking place in the D.C. area for the first time, is being held from Oct. 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Registration costs as much as $500 per person.

BroCon is not, as one might guess by the name and the Arlington location, a meeting of former fraternity members and fist-pumping enthusiasts. Rather, it is a convention for network security professionals and academics.

Bro is open-source software that has been used to monitor computer networks since the early days of the internet.

The three-day conclave is billed as “the most important community event for users, developers, incident responders, threat hunters and architects who rely on the open-source Bro network security monitor as a critical element in their security stack.”

“This year join your colleagues who rely on Bro for technical talks, demonstrations and discussions about the project, its many applications, and its future,” says the convention’s website. “If you’re interested in the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape and how Bro can help your organization by providing better data about network traffic, then BroCon 2018 is a critical event for you.”


Arlington Agenda: September 17-23

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Monday, Sept. 17

Young Republicans Host Shoshana Weismann
Summers Restaurant & Sports Bar (1520 N. Courthouse Road)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

The Arlington-Falls Church Young Republicans host Weismann, a digital media specialist with the R Street Institute and conservative social media personality, at their September meeting.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Sunrise Yoga
The Observation Deck (1201 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6-7 a.m.

Enjoy a Sunrise Yoga class on The Observation Deck Terrace. Take in the beautiful sunrise and stay for health and wellness tastings and samplings after class.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Puerto Rico and the U.S.: How did we get here and where are we going?
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

On the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall, join Arlington Public Library for a panel discussion on the past, present, and future relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States. The panel will be moderated by librarian (and University of Puerto Rico graduate) Michelle Fernandez.

Friday, Sept. 21

Free Screening: A Place at the Table
AFAC (2708 S. Nelson Street)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

AFAC will be showing a free screening of the documentary A Place at the Table at AFAC’s headquarters. A short discussion will follow the film.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Animal Welfare Volunteering
Animal Welfare League of Arlington (2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive)
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Opportunities to help companion animals include walking dogs, cleaning crates and shelters, and performing kennel chores and administrative duties- something for all ages and abilities. Sign up is available online.

Clarendon Day
3100 Clarendon Blvd
11 a.m.-6 p.m.

One of Arlington’s best loved and most diverse street festivals, featuring performance stages with live music and entertainment, a Kids Zone play area, arts and crafts vendors, business and nonprofit exhibitors from Clarendon and the region, and plenty of great food from local and regional restaurants.

Sunday, Sept. 23

Wine 101 at Twisted Vines: How to taste and talk about wine*
Twisted Vines Bistro & Bottleshop (2803 Columbia Pike)
Time: 5-9 p.m.

The bistro is offering private class on how to taste and talk about wine. Included are five wines to taste paired with a cheese plate. Only ten tickets available for each seating, at $30 per person plus tax. Seatings are 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event


Arlington Agenda: September 10-16

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Tuesday, Sept. 11

Arlington 9/11 Remembrance and Wreath-Laying
Bozman Government Center Plaza (2100 Clarendon Blvd.)
9:30 a.m.

Arlington County government invites residents and community members to join neighbors, county officials and first responders to commemorate the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and express gratitude to all those who responded that day. U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (D-Va.) and other elected officials plan to attend.

Friday, Sept. 14

Opening Reception for “Ingredients”
Barry Gallery, Reinsch Library (2807 N. Glebe Road)
6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Marymount University invites the public to a free opening reception for the exhibit “Ingredients” featuring five paintings by David Carlson along with 10 photographs by Slobodan Mitrovic that explore details of Carlson’s work.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Nauck Civic and Community Pride Day 2018
Drew Elementary School & Community Center (3500 23rd S. Street)
12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Join hundreds of citizens, residents, friends and family, businesses and community partners that will come together for the Nauck Civic Association’s annual community day. Activities include health screenings; various information and community exhibits; concession stand; children’s pavilion; video game truck, moonbounces, community basketball game; live Gospel, R&B and Go Go music as well as dance and much more.

EcoAction Arlington Fall Cleanup at Barcroft Park
Barcroft Park (4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive)
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Volunteers will remove trash and debris from the waterways, capture important data about the trash and litter collected, and provide it for analysis. Greenpeace will also assist with auditing the plastic collected during the cleanup.

Sunday, Sept. 16

St. Andrew’s Picnic/Meet New Rector*
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Lane)
11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.

The picnic will follow a 10 a.m. service to mark the official arrival of the church’s new rector, the Rev. Dorota Pruski. The afternoon will include fabulous food, family fun and festive fellowship, including a moon bounce. There’s no need for reservations or contributions.

St. Agnes’ Annual Picnic*
Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road)
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

The picnic is a community event to which everyone is invited for burgers, hot dogs, sausages, plenty of sides, ice cream and beer. There will be water games, bocce ball, volley ball and bounce houses for the kids. Call the Parish Office with any questions at 703-525-1166.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event


Grand Opening Scheduled for Gallery Clarendon Saturday

Gallery Clarendon is celebrating its grand opening.

On Saturday (Sept. 15), the Gallery Clarendon will officially open at the corner of Clarendon Blvd. and and Fillmore St. in the former Fuego restaurant corner.

Gallery Clarendon is the newest professional art gallery created by the Arlington Artists Alliance, and first opened its doors in late June.

The grand opening will start with festivities at 11 a.m. with activities for adults and children. A more adult-oriented wine reception runs from 5-8 p.m., catered by nearby restaurants and featuring the music of local band HYFY. The reception will give visitors a chance to meet and mingle with the gallery artists.

The Gallery Clarendon will showcase art from local artists and manage professional artist studios. The professional studios on the second floor of Gallery Clarendon will be open daily to the public from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The gallery will also host events and offer classes for aspiring artists, operating an art academy that will offer day and night classes for adults and children.

On the second Fridays of every month, Gallery Clarendon will host a free opening reception for a new exhibit. Each month, the main gallery space will change with a fresh show from a different local artist.


Rosslyn Jazz Fest Returns Saturday, Prompting Street Closures

The Rosslyn Jazz Fest returns tomorrow (Satuday).

The annual festival, expected to bring in over 10,000 people to Arlington’s Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway), will run from 1-7 p.m.

The festival will feature jazz music from artists like Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles, Orquesta Akokan, True Loves, and Aztec Sun. The Rosslyn Business Improvement District put together a playlist to give attendees a sampling of the music.

In addition to the live music, bar areas will be set up to serve wine and beer, and several local food trucks will be set up in the area.

The festival is also accompanied by several street closures. According to Arlington Police:

  • Eastbound lanes of Lee Highway, between Fort Myer Drive and N. Lynn Street, will be closed from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Detour signs will be posted.
  • N. 19th Street, between Fort Myer Drive and N. Moore Street, will be closed from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • Exit 73 from Eastbound Rt. 66 to Rosslyn will be closed from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
  • Eastbound Lee Highway will be closed at N. Rhodes Street from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Drivers are highly encouraged to use N. Veitch Street or N. Rhodes Street as alternate routes to access the Courthouse or Rosslyn areas.
  • DETOUR: Local traffic within the closure zone wishing to access Rt. 66 or the Key Bridge by way of Lee Highway EAST should exit Lee Highway at 1) N. Veitch Street, 2) N. Rhodes Street, 3) N. Quinn Street, or finally 4) Fort Myer Drive and use Wilson Blvd to access N. Lynn Street.

Attendees of the event are encouraged to use Metro or other forms of transportation to get to the event. Street parking in the area will be restricted, with motorists encouraged to keep an eye out for temporary “no parking” signs.

Photo via Rosslyn Business Improvement District


National Chamber Ensemble Announces 2018-2019 Season

The National Chamber Ensemble (NCE) is returning to Arlington with a recently announced suite of performances covering the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods.

The concerts will be held in Theater 1 of the Gunston Arts Center (2700 South Lang Street).

The NCE was founded in 2007 with the goal of connecting artists and their audience with concerts in a more intimate setting. The musicians share anecdotes about the composers and music. In a statement on the upcoming season, Artistic Director Leonid Sushansky said the goal this year is to take audiences on a trip through various eras to allow them to compare and contrast how the music has evolved over time.

The season launches on Oct. 20 with “Masters of the Italian Baroque”, featuring works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Albinoni and Pergolesi.

Following the theme of “Musical Adventures Through the Time Machine”, on Feb. 9 the series will move into the Romantic era with hits by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens and Dvorak.

The “Viennese Classics” hits March 23 with music by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and “The Contemporaries” season finale concert on May 4, which includes the premiere of Alexander Goldstein’s new “Crossover Piano Trio” as well as the premiere of a new choreographed work with Bowen McCauley Dance, set to the music of Igor Stravinsky.

On Dec. 15, the NCE will hold a “Holiday Time Warp” concert that brings the holiday music of the various eras together. The concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (4444 Arlington Blvd).

String players between the ages of 12 and 18 are also invited to compete for the “Outstanding Young Artist Achievement Awards” and a scholarship. Applications are available online and due Nov. 19.

Season subscriptions to the NCE are $135 through Sept. 14 and $145 after. General admission is $36 for adults and $18 for students. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling 703-685-7590. Tickets are available online.


Arlington Agenda: September 4-9

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Wednesday, Sept. 5

Coastal Tales: Scratching the Surface
Lee Arts Center (5722 Lee Highway)
Time:  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Westen Muntain and Shirley Gromen use printmaking and ceramic techniques to reveal stories of life in or around the ocean.


Thursday, Sept. 6

Social Walk + Happy Hour on Columbia Pike
Across from Bob & Edith’s Diner (962 S Wayne St)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Explore Arlington neighborhoods and what makes them unique. This month, WalkArlington is checking out Columbia Pike. The event is free for people of all ages and abilities and registration for the event is required.

Saturday, Sept. 8

David Krugler – Rip Angels From Heaven
One More Page Books (2200 N Westmoreland St)
Time: 2-3 p.m.

We welcome back historian, novelist and teacher Dr. David Krugler to share from RIP ANGELS FROM HEAVEN, the second book in his series of World War II spy thrillers featuring Lieutenant Ellis Voigt of the Office of Naval Intelligence.

Celebrating America’s Army: An Evening with Heroes and Voices
Conmy Hall on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (Jackson Ave. and Sheridan Ave.)
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Celebrating America’s Army: An Evening with Heroes and Voices is a FREE concert that communicates the Army’s proud heritage, sacrifice, and traditions to the American public.

Rosslyn Jazz Fest 2018
Gateway Park (1300 Lee Hwy)
Time: 1-7 p.m.

Join over 5,000 music fans for a day of dynamic performances in Arlington’s largest urban park – Gateway Park. Come hear live music performed by Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Orquesta Akokán, True Loves and Aztec Sun.


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