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by Adrian Cruz — May 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Gulf Branch Nature Center (Flickr pool photo by Cameron Manuel)The Gulf Branch Nature Center at 3608 North Military Road will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with two events in June.

Both events will be free, with the first one taking place on Thursday, June 2 at Arlington Central Library and the second taking place at on Sunday, June 12 at the nature center.

The nature center released the following press release about the events:

On Thursday, June 2, starting at 7:00 p.m., a one-hour symposium will be held at the Arlington County Central Library on “Gulf Branch Nature Center: The Birth and Future of Arlington Parks.” Three speakers will be featured: Local author Charlie Clark, on how the creation of Gulf Branch in 1966 in response to the construction of Metro and I-66 sparked the move to protect parkland in Arlington; Jane Rudolph, director of Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department, who will review the status of park and green space in Arlington, and what they have on the drawing board; and Peter Harnik, Trust for Public Lands, on creating new parks in heavily urbanized areas.

On Sunday, June 12, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., a birthday party open to the public will be held at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 North Military Rd.; Arlington, VA 22207. The party will include live music, food and beverages, a special visit (in an antique car) by silent-movie icon Pola Negri (who once lived at the Gulf Branch house), live demonstrations of ironsmithing by the Blacksmith Guild of the Potomac, tours of the nature center’s Native American Room and log cabin, live raptors, and (of course) a birthday cake. This family-friendly event is sure to be a hit with kids!

These events are being sponsored with the assistance of the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Arlington County Central Library.

For more information, visit the county’s website for Gulf Branch Nature Center and the Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center website.

by Jackie Friedman — May 25, 2016 at 11:05 am 0

Lawn Chair Talks graphicIt’s finally going to feel like May today, with the temperature nearing 90 degrees — just in time for some outdoor chocolate sampling.

Arlington Cultural Affairs and BizLaunch are hosting a “lawn chair talk” tonight with chocolatier Jason Andelman, of Artisan Confections in Clarendon, and artist Molly Springfield.

The event is being held from 6-8 p.m. at the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia Square (3550 Wilson Blvd).

Andelman and Springfield will be discussing their methods and how they got their start in art and business. Chocolate samples and light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free, but registration is required.

by ARLnow.com — May 23, 2016 at 5:15 pm 0

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Monday

logo2Free Home Buyer Seminar*
Optime Realty (1600 Wilson Blvd, Ste. 101)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Our team is hosting a Free Home Buyer Seminar. We will have specialists on hand (lenders, title specialists and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process. All attendees will receive two valuable home buyer guarantees.

Tuesday

COVERBar Olympics Fundraiser for MS
Spider Kelly’s (3181 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Join us for a night of fun and fundraising while we raise money to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis! All money raised goes directly to the National MS Society. Cost: $20/team of 2 people or $10/person (we will pair you up).

Thursday

Arlington Public Schools logoArlington Public Schools Support Staff Recruitment Fair*
GMU Founders Hall (3351 Fairfax Drive)
Time: Noon-4 p.m.

Arlington Public Schools is hiring School Bus Drivers, Extended Day Team Members, Maintenance/Custodians and Food & Nutrition Services Team Members. Candidates are encouraged to submit an online application prior to the event.

Friday

David Alan GrierLive Standup: David Alan Grier
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Comic David Alan Grier will perform live standup at the Drafthouse on Friday and Saturday. Four performances are scheduled. Tickets are $25. Grier’s TV and movie credits include “In Living Color,” “Dancing with the Stars,” and “Jumanji.”

Saturday

princess-frogFamily Film: “The Princess and the Frog”
Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Ave)
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

Join Arlington Public Library staff and neighbors at a Saturday film screening for children and their caregivers. Snacks will be provided. First-come, first-served until capacity is reached. The movie is rated G and runs 98 minutes.

Sunday

A dog (photo courtesy Rena Schild)Yappy Sundays
Mad Rose Tavern (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Shame on you working all week and leaving your best friend unattended! Kick that boyfriend or girlfriend to the curb, recover from your Friday and Saturday nights and spend Sunday with your best friend who loves you no matter what. “All you can eat brunch” for only $22 and champagne bottle specials.

by ARLnow.com — May 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

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Tuesday

WeLive in Crystal CityWeWork, WeLive and the Future of City Living
WeWork Crystal City (2221 S. Clark Street)
Time: 6-8 p.m

Is WeLive the future of urban residential? This event discusses the living experience that WeLive can offer. Join ARLnow.com and host Sarah Fraser as we chat with Dave McLaughlin, WeWork’s General Manager for the Eastern U.S. and Canada, and Crystal City BID president (and WeLive resident) Angela Fox.

Wednesday

ToastmastersLogo-ColorMBC Speak-EZ Toastmasters Open House*
MBC (2511 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 410)
Time: 12-1 p.m.

You are cordially invited to the open house of the Making Better Consultants (MBC) Toastmasters Club. The Club meets in Crystal City twice a month with the goal of developing and refining our members’ communication and leadership abilities.

krabLegsAll You Can Eat Snow Crab Leg Wednesdays*
Mad Rose Tavern (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 5-9 p.m.

Only $26.99! All you can eat snow crab legs are back at Mad Rose Tavern. The best deal in town gets better together with the best happy hour in Clarendon. Crabs start being served at 5 p.m. sharp. The event ends at 9 p.m.

TLT-WEB2US Army’s Twilight Tattoo
Summerall Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Time: 7-8 p.m.

The United States Army Military District of Washington invites you to experience the U.S. Army’s elite ceremonial units in action by attending a Twilight Tattoo program this summer. Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long military pageant featuring Soldiers from The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

Friday

Spy Who Loved MeBrown Bag Movie: “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977)
Aurora Hills Library (735 18th Street S.)
Time: 12:30- 2:30 p.m.

In honor of May Day, relive the Cold War with this 007 classic. Bring your own popcorn and/or bag lunch. The film stars Roger Moore as James Bond, who’s investigating the highjacking of British and Russian submarines with the help of a KGB agent.

Lost-in-ParisLost in Paris Concert
Clarendon Grill (1101 N. Highland Street)
Time: 9 p.m.

Lost in Paris, a premier cover band, will be performing at the Clarendon Grill. They’ve been the featured entertainment in countless festivals, bars and clubs, weddings, college performances and corporate events.

Saturday

White-Cane-Day-2014Arlington Lions Club Holds White Cane Day*
Safeway (2500 N. Harrison Street)
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Arlington Hosts Lions Club will be holding it semi-annual White Cane Awareness Day Fundraiser. All funds raised go toward charities involved in preventing blindness and supporting those who are blind.

Sunday

Arlington Central LibraryLeague of Women Voters: How to Run Effective Meetings
Central Library Auditorium (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.

The workshop will be a brief 90-minute training with an entertaining skit, a presentation on using Robert’s Rules of Order, as well as sample documents for creating meeting agendas and taking effective minutes.

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by ARLnow.com — May 11, 2016 at 5:45 pm 0

Arlington Community Foundation fundraiserThe Arlington Community Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year in style.

The nonprofit, which awards scholarships to local students and grants to community groups, is holding a gala fundraiser Saturday night at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City.

The event is changing its format this year — instead of a sit-down dinner, there will be food, wine, beer and dessert tastings from a number of local restaurants and stores, thus encouraging guests to move around and mingle. Among those slated to be mingling: chef and prolific restaurateur Mike Isabella.

The event will have a silent auction, as usual, but this year it will feature a four-night stay for four people at a castle in a Tuscany, Italy vineyard, donated by Total Wine, which is opening a new store in Ballston. The stay is valued at $5,000.

Music at the event will be primarily by the band Marquise. The full press release about the event is below.

The Arlington Community Foundation will host its 25th Anniversary Gala on May 14 at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City. The Foundation has been serving the Arlington community in the areas of scholarships and grantmaking through the management of charitable funds for 25 years.

With an exciting “Celebrate Community” theme, this year’s gala promises to be a one-of-a-kind evening featuring culinary delights and gourmet tastings presented by local chefs.  You can also expect wine tastings by Barrel Oak Winery; craft beer tastings by The Brew Shop; and desserts by local bakeries – Artisan Confections, Bakeshop, Buzz Bakeshop, The Cheesecake Factory, Clement’s Pastry Shop, Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, LeoNora Gourmet Bakery, Northside Social, Pastries by Randolph, Livin’ The Pie Life & Whole Foods.

There is an exciting auction planned for the evening, featuring unique items that have never been offered before, as well as bringing back some very popular items from past events.  The celebration will also feature the unveiling of a new video – “Arlington: Past, Present and Future” – featuring interviews with Foundation founder the Honorable William T. Newman Jr., current executive director Wanda Pierce, and past chairs of the organization.

The Foundation is honored to have this year as Gala Co-Chairs Mr. & Mrs. John & Marcia Shooshan and Mr. & Mrs. Brad & Cathy Coyle.  “We continue to be impressed by, and grateful for, the outpouring of support to make this year’s gala a success,” Cathy Coyle said. “There are so many people . . . [who] have gladly and generously donated time, energy and resources.”

“They are bringing a tremendous amount of energy and creativity to the event,” said Wanda Pierce, Executive Director of the Foundation.  “They are leading a committee that is bringing a different look and feel – it will be the event of the year! We are looking forward to a fun evening to raise funds that will enable the Foundation to continue operating and supporting the stellar work of nonprofits and deserving students in the area.”

For a full listing of sponsors, visit bit.ly/2016acfgala. Tickets are available at bit.ly/2016acfgala or by calling 703-243-4785.

by ARLnow.com — May 10, 2016 at 3:10 pm 0

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Tuesday

crystal_cityVolunteerism Celebration*
FRESHFARM Crystal City Market (1823-1965 Crystal Drive)
Time: 3-7 p.m.

Shop with local farmers, enjoy some delicious Cabot mac and cheese and learn about volunteer opportunities from local non-profits such as Capital Area Food Bank, United Way of the National Capital Area and Arena Stage.

Wednesday

2016 Democratic school board debateSchool Board Debate
Pike3400 (3400 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Debate among School Board candidate organized by the Pike Presidents’ Group and the Coalition of Arlingtonians for Responsible Development. Pizza will be served, kids are welcome and there’s free parking on the first level of the garage.

Friday

download-1Toastmasters Town Hall
Blackstone (1110 N. Glebe Road, Suite 200)
Time: Noon-1 p.m.

Town hall event featuring Distinguished Toastmaster Ralph T. Jones, Jr. Participate in a demonstration meeting, learn about Toastmasters’ Communication and Leadership programs and discover the benefits of membership.

JayChandLive Comedy: Jay Chandrasekhar
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The multi-talented Jay Chandrasekhar will perform four standup shows at the Drafthouse on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25. Best known for his roles in Super Troopers and Beerfest, Chandrasekhar is also a film and television director.

Saturday

Christian-and-Nina-Elliot-at-new-location-600x450Family Fitness Fun at TRUE Grand Opening!*
TRUE Health and Wholeness (1058 S. Walter Reed Drive)
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Celebrate a new, holistic approach to health at the grand opening of TRUE. Take a tour of the new gym and wellness center and sample local farm foods. Free massage and exercise classes, prizes, children’s activities and refreshments.

Tuckahoe-home-and-gardenTuckahoe Home & Garden Tour*
Tuckahoe Elementary School (6550 26th Street N.)
Time: Noon-5 p.m.

Come take a tour of recently renovated homes and gorgeous gardens in Arlington! This annual fundraiser supports the award-winning Discovery Schoolyard program at Tuckahoe Elementary School.

024aGeorge Washington’s Forest Guided History Walk
Ball-Sellers House (5620 Third Street S.)
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

In 1775, Washington bought 1200-acres in what is now Arlington. On this guided walking tour you’ll see the Ball-Sellers House (the oldest house in Arlington), visit survey markers used by Washington in 1785, see a Washington City boundary stone, and visit the site of a mill built by George Washington’s step-grandson.

Testy-Fest-2016-Logo-FB12th Annual Testicle Festival presented by the Montana State Society*
Arlington American Legion (3445 Washington Boulevard)
Time: 6-11 p.m.

The Montana State Society would like to invite you to have a ball (literally!) at the 12th annual D.C. Testy Fest. Last year over 600 people flocked to the event to enjoy live music provided by the Wil Gravatt Band and graze on all-you-can-eat Rocky Mountain Oysters! Thirsty? Wash them down with a limitless supply of Crown Royal (A.K.A liquid courage) & beer – all for the bargain price of $25 bucks!

IBIS_Steps1Fire/Water: Music for Flute, Viola and Harp*
Lyon Park Community Center (414 N. Fillmore Street)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

IBIS Chamber Music wraps up the season with a free concert at the Lyon Park Community Center. This season IBS has examined the “Four Elements” in music, and we complete our cycle with “Fire/Water: Music for Flute, Viola and Harp.”

Sunday

Taste of Arlington 2014 crowdsTaste of Arlington*
Wilson Blvd next to Ballston Common Mall (4238 Wilson Blvd)
Time: Noon-6 p.m.

The 29th annual Taste of Arlington transforms Wilson Boulevard and neighboring streets into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music and entertainment for all ages. Tickets are available online.

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by ARLnow.com — May 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Air Force Cycling Classic Crystal Cup

(Updated on May 9) A weekend of cycling races is on tap for the weekend of June 11-12.

The two day Air Force Association Cycling Classic, sponsored by Boeing, is returning to Arlington for its 19th year next month.

The races will take place around Clarendon on Saturday, June 11 — busy streets like Wilson Blvd will be closed to traffic around the race circuit — and around Crystal City, the Pentagon and the Air Force Memorial on Sunday, June 12.

More details from a press release:

Kids Race: The Ethan Klancnik Memorial Kids Race supports Tay-Sachs Awareness and Prevention, and will take place in Clarendon on Saturday, June 11 and in Crystal City on Sunday, June 12.

Air Force Association Cycling Classic’s Clarendon Cup: This professional race showcases a form of cycling involving a series of high-speed bike races that take place on a 1km course on city streets. As part of the prestigious USA Cycling Professional Road Tour, the Clarendon Cup is known as one of the most difficult criterium races in the U.S. due to technical demands of the course and the quality of the participants.

Challenge Ride: The Challenge Ride is an amateur, non-competitive, participatory ride, open to cyclists of all abilities. The ride will be held on a closed, 15km circuit in and around the Pentagon, Crystal City and the Air Force Memorial. Bronze, silver and gold medals will be awarded for those who can complete 2, 4 or 6 laps within the 3-hour course closure (June 12, Crystal City). Races incorporated in the Challenge Ride include:

  • Thales Corporate Challenge
  • Navy Federal Credit Union Armed Forces Challenge
  • USAA Congressional Challenge

Some proceeds from the event will benefit wounded Air Force personnel.

“The Air Force Association’s Wounded Airman Program is the primary beneficiary of the event, receiving proceeds from pledges made by Team Sabre and from additional fundraising activities throughout the weekend,” said the press release. “The Wounded Airman Program supports wounded, ill and injured Airmen with adaptive equipment needs, financial support and care and quality of life items.”

Registration for the kids ride and for the races is open online. See photos from previous years here, here and here.

by ARLnow.com — May 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm 0

Gateway Park in Rosslyn will be converted into a 20,000 square foot parkour park later this month for a festival called Beast Coast.

The event, from May 28-30, is being organized by the D.C.-based group American Parkour, which promotes the running, jumping and climbing exercise discipline.

Beast Coast graphic“Beast Coast is the world’s largest annual parkour event,” the organization claims.

“Our parkour park will be the stuff legends are made of. Design and construction has already started on our one of a kind playground. If you were there last year you know the scale, this year will be bigger with some fun new challenges and lots of new obstacles. With challenges for all skill levels and a kids area it’s shaping up to be the best year yet!”

The event will feature more than 450 parkour athletes from as far away as Switzerland. There will also be a DJ, sponsors, giveaways, seminars, a film festival and a “nature day.”

The event is $10 to attend as a spectator. Ticket prices are higher for participants.

Those who are in town Memorial Day weekend might also see parkour participants jumping around in Crystal City. The event’s official hotel is the Courtyard Arlington Crystal City/Reagan National Airport.

by ARLnow.com — May 4, 2016 at 11:50 am 0

"Pops for Pets" concert at Lubber Run Amphitheater (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)Thirty-one performances ranging from family-friendly magicians to rock to old time country to Ethiopian jazz are planned at the Lubber Run Amphitheater this summer.

The performances start on June 17 with a cabaret from Shirlington’s Signature Theatre and wrap up on Sept. 18 with a magician Captain All-Star.

The eclectic lineup includes a focus on African and Caribbean music.

The performances are being organized by Arlington’s Cultural Affairs division, with the cooperation of the Lubber Run Amphitheater Foundation, which funded the four family-friendly shows at the end of the season.

Nestled in the woods and enjoyed by locals for decades, the amphitheater is located near the intersection of N. Columbus Street and 2nd Street N., a long walk from Ballston. It almost was closed five years ago but the foundation worked with the county to find a way to keep it open through some cost-effective renovations.

The full performance schedule is below.

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

by ARLnow.com — May 4, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

Plaza on 19th (photo courtesy Rosslyn BID)The Rosslyn BID is planning a special Cinco de Mayo celebration tomorrow afternoon.

Weather permitting, the “fiesta” will be held from 4-8 p.m. on the plaza at the corner of 19th and N. Moore streets, a block from the Metro station.

The event will feature seasonal beers and wine available for purchase from a “mobile event bar,” a live music from Cecilia Esquivel and a photo station.

Also scheduled: a rare appearance from the famous El Chilango food truck, which does not often stray far from its home base of 14th Street N. in the Courthouse area. In 2014 Yelp named the truck one of the top 100 places to eat in the entire country.

Admission is free but revelers must be 21 or over. In the event of rain the event will be moved to the Continental.

by ARLnow.com — May 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival (file photo)Rosslyn’s annual summer movie festival will kick off on Friday, June 3 with the theme “Incredible Journeys.”

The movies start just after sundown Friday nights on the lawn at at Gateway Park (1300 Lee Hwy). Admission is free.

This year’s film festival will feature new food, beer and wine options.

“Food will be available for purchase from food trucks and local restaurants and from 5 p.m. until the film starts, grab a glass of beer or wine at our Mobile Bar in partnership with the Alexandria Aces and Mobile Event Bars,” said the Rosslyn BID, which is organizing the festival.

This year, June 10, July 15 and Aug. 5 are designated as special family movie nights, with kids’ activities and story time before the movies.

The full movie lineup is below.

  • June 3 – E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
  • June 10 – Beethoven 2
  • June 17 – Eat, Pray, Love
  • June 24 – Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • July 1 – Coming to America
  • July 8 – Dirty Dancing
  • July 15 – Finding Nemo
  • July 22 – Casablanca
  • July 29 – Top Gun
  • August 5 – Up
  • August 12 – Roman Holiday
  • August 19 – Casino Royale (2006)
  • August 26 – The Notebook

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by ARLnow.com — May 2, 2016 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.

Monday

Michael HaydenA Conversation with Michael Hayden
GMU Founders Hall (3351 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

General Michael V. Hayden, former CIA and NSA director, will discuss his new book, “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror.” The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A session and is invited to stay for a book signing and reception immediately following the discussion.

Traffic on the GW Parkway at night (Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf)GW Parkway Open House
Aurora Hills Branch Library (735 18th St. S.)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

As part of the National Park Service centennial celebration, the GW Parkway is hosting a series of open houses for the public to meet the staff and talk with us about ideas, visions and hopes for the parkway for the next 100 years.

Washington Capitals logoCapitals vs. Penguins Viewing
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 8-11 p.m.

Catch the Caps as they try to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive, live on the Drafthouse’s big screen. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30. The Drafthouse will also host a viewing party for Game 4 of the series on Wednesday.

Thursday

Tulips at the Netherlands CarillonFundraising Event for Netherlands Carillon
Netherlands Carillon (N. Meade Street and N. Marshall Drive)
Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Join the Trust for the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Royal Netherlands Embassy for this private fundraiser near Rosslyn. The event will feature a concert with award-winning carillonneur Boudewijn Zwart.

Don Tito in Clarendon opens to the public March, 15, 2015Cinco de Mayo Party
Don Tito (3165 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 2 p.m.

Don Tito is throwing what it’s calling the area’s biggest Cinco do Mayo party. All three floors will be open starting at 2 p.m. “Expect incredible Mexican cuisine, sombreros, cervezas, tequila, and more. There will be great specials and great tacos. Please arrive early to ensure entry and avoid lines.”

Friday

Arlington's small business 'listening session' at Clarendon BallroomArlington Small Business Summit
Spectrum Theater (1611 N. Kent Street)
Time: 7:30 a.m.-Noon

This event will offer free “business express clinics,” one-on-one scheduled appointments with experts on various business categories. There will also be a “feedback booth.” Admission is free but registration is required.

Saturday

PAWWalk for the Animals*
Bluemont Park (329 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is hosting the Annual Walk for the Animals. This event brings together hundreds of local animal lovers and their canine companions for a walk to benefit AWLA and its shelter animals.

Sunday

Scott-Wood-smileArlington Philharmonic Concert*
Washington Lee High School Auditorium (1301 N. Stafford Street)
Time: 3-5 p.m.

Treat mom to an afternoon of music as Arlington’s own professional symphony orchestra presents “Inspired by…” The repertoire for this concert takes its cue from the way composers learn and grow by absorbing ideas from their predecessors.

Renovated Pacers store in ClarendonMom-mosas for Pacers Re-opening
Pacers Running Store (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pacers is celebrating its grand re-opening all week. Among the events planned for the newly-renovated store is a special Mothers Day shopping event, offering “mom-mosas” for customers while they shop.

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by ARLnow.com — April 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

Testy-Fest-2016-Logo-FBThe ever-popular Montana State Society Testicle Festival is only two weeks away.

Now in its 12th year, the festival is taking place from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. As usual, it’s being held at the American Legion hall at 3445 Washington Blvd, in Virginia Square.

The event is, of course, all about the all-you-can-eat Rocky Mountain Oysters, but for those who aren’t fans of “swinging beef” — also known as “cowboy caviar” or “Montana tendergroins” — there are other options thanks to food trucks that will be parked behind the hall. And then there’s the beer and Crown Royal.

Here’s how the pun masters at the Montana State Society are promoting their big day.

You’d be NUTS to miss this! The Montana State Society would like to invite you to have a ball (literally!) at the 12th annual D.C. Testy Fest – “Members Only” – to be held from 6:00PM – 11:00PM on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at the Arlington American Legion.

Last year over 600 people flocked to the event to enjoy live music provided by the Wil Gravatt Band and graze on all-you-can-eat Rocky Mountain Oysters! Thirsty? Wash them down with a limitless supply of Crown Royal (A.K.A liquid courage) & beer – all for the bargain price of $25 bucks! While the theme this year is “Members Only,” all are welcome at this great event.

Our Rocky Mountain Oysters are prepared by legendary chef Frank McGraw, and shipped fresh from the Rock Creek Lodge in Western Montana. Not your ‘bag’? Don’t worry baby! We will have food trucks there selling delicious grub. Get there early, the first guests will also get a T-Shirt to forever memorialize the event.

What: 12th Annual DC Testicle Festival “Members Only”
When: Saturday, May 14th 2016, 6:00PM – 11:00PM
Where: Arlington American Legion, 3445 N. Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA (metro accessible via Virginia Square or Clarendon stations)
TICKETS: $25 online OR $30 at the door. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2540264
**MUST BE 21+ years of age!

Prepare to go Ballistic! For more information and to see all of your friends who are attending please visit our Facebook page for the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/104383383301895

by ARLnow.com — April 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm 0

SpinFire co-owners Fouad Qreitem and Pierre Garçon. Photo credit: Joy Asico.Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon will be holding an NFL Draft day party tonight in Rosslyn at his pizza restaurant, SpinFire.

“Garçon and his teammates will help welcome in the new class of professional players with a watch party for football fans and pizza aficionados alike,” according to a press release (below).

The event is free and open to the public, and will feature a $20.16 pizza and wing special.

The event is taking place starting at 6 p.m. at SpinFire, which is located at 1501 Wilson Blvd.

Wide receiver Pierre Garçon will celebrate the 2016 Draft Day with a special party at SpinFire Pizza’s Rosslyn location on April 28 at 6 p.m.

Garçon and his teammates will help welcome in the new class of professional players with a watch party for football fans and pizza aficionados alike.

SpinFire, which Garçon founded with his business partner Paisano’s Pizza founder Fouad Qreitem, will offer partygoers a $20.16 special which includes one large pizza and eight wings.

Guests can also try SpinFire’s seven delicious new menu items, including buffalo and barbecue chicken wings, garlic breadsticks and signature SpinFire salads, including The Greek, which features romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, green peppers, banana peppers, kalamata olives and feta cheese and The Spinach Salad, topped with roasted red peppers, goat cheese, candied pecans and dressed with balsamic vinaigrette.

SpinFire, with locations in Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood and Ashburn, Va., specializes in made-to-order individual pizzas, gourmet salads and hearty calzones, all freshly served in 90 seconds.

by Tim Regan — April 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm 0

Justin Bieber, photo via Twitter : JustinBieberIf you’re not a true “Belieber,” you might want to steer clear of A-Town in Ballston this Friday night.

The bar and grill at 4100 Fairfax Dr. will host parties before and after Justin Bieber takes the stage at the Verizon Center that night.

“Join us for happy hour to pregame for the show or come back after as we’ll be rocking to Bieber beats and asking what you mean both times,” reads a Facebook page for the event. “We’ll be kicking things off at 5:00pm for happy hour. Hope to see all our fellow Beliebers before or after the concert!”

More than 75 Bieber fans have already RSVPed for the event.

Photo via Twitter / Justin Bieber

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