by Jennifer Currier — November 25, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Photo courtesy of Arlington Turkey TrotThanksgiving festivities will begin bright and early tomorrow when more than 4,000 runners, joggers and walkers hit the streets for the 10th Annual Turkey Trot 5K.

This also means the holiday will begin with road closures around the course.

The race begins at 8 a.m. at the Christ Church of Arlington at 3020 N. Pershing Drive. Police are working with race directors to divert traffic and ensure the course is safe.

According to the Arlington County Police Department, the following road closures will be in effect from 7-10 a.m. tomorrow:

  • Pershing Drive from Washington Boulevard to N. Oxford Street
  • N. Oxford Street from Pershing Drive to 5th Street N
  • 5th Street N from N. Nelson Street to N. Oxford Street
  • N. Nelson Street from Pershing Drive to 5th Street N
  • Washington Blvd from 9th Street N to Arlington Blvd, eastbound lanes only
  • N. Fillmore Street from 9th Street N to 3rd Street N
  • 3rd Street N from N. Fillmore Street to Washington Blvd
  • N. Bedford Street from Arlington Blvd to N. Brookside Drive
  • N. Brookside Drive from N. Bedford Street to Washington Blvd

All roads west of N. Highland Street will close and reopen before those east, due to the direction participants will travel along the course. A detailed course map is available online.

Street parking will also be restricted in certain areas that morning, marked with temporary “No Parking” signs.

Photo courtesy of Arlington Turkey Trot

by ARLnow.com — November 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

New Year's Eve Bond Ball 2016

In years past, if you wanted to attend a big, formal New Year’s Eve party — the type that comes with top-shelf drinks, food and entertainment — you would have to go out of your way to plan how to fight the crowds to get there and back. Since you didn’t have a choice other than heading into D.C.

Now, a new event is aiming to give Arlington and Northern Virginia its own marquee, center city NYE bash.

The New Year’s Eve Bond Ball will ring in 2016 in Ballston with a big, fashionable crowd at the Westin Arlington Gateway. As noted on the event’s Facebook page, the ball will feature a James Bond theme along with:

  • Three Bond-themed ballrooms
  • An open sky deck terrace
  • Three premier D.C. DJs
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres
  • Four hour top shelf open bar with signature “007” cocktails
  • Horns, hats and party favors
  • Secret agent photo booths
  • Midnight champagne toast and golden balloon drop
  • Valet parking, with hotel rooms and overnight valet available

General admission tickets are now available for $119, with VIP tickets priced at $199. The price of tickets will increase as the event approaches.

The event is being organized by Parqui Group and is co-sponsored by ARLnow.com, Yelp and Orangetheory Fitness of Ballston and Rosslyn.

by Jennifer Currier — November 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm 0

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Facebook-try-firstSK Bar Olympics
Spider Kelly’s (3181 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 5:30-10 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m.

Teams of two will compete in this fundraising event for the Arlington Free Clinic. Games include (Exam) Table Tennis, Pop-a-(flu)-Shot Basketball and Skee (the Doctor) Ball. The top five teams win prizes. Teams can sign up at the event for $20.


Happy Thanksgiving!

turkey trot logoArlington Turkey Trot 5K
Christ Church of Arlington (3020 N. Pershing Drive)
Time: 8 a.m.

The 10th annual Turkey Tro Thanksgiving Day 5K will raise money for five local charities. Residents are invited to run, walk or volunteer at the race. Online registration is closed, but participants can enter at the church this Tuesday (12-6 p.m.) or Wednesday (12-8 p.m.). Registration is free for children under 6, $20 for children 6 to 17, and $35 for adults.


Alonzo Bodden at the DrafthouseAlonzo Bodden Live at the Arlington Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike
Time: 10 p.m.

“Last Comic Standing” winner Alonzo Bodden will be performing three shows this Friday and Saturday. Bodden is a regular on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” and has appeared on several television shows. Tickets start at $22 and are available online.


Shop ARLNOWSmall Saturday*
Covet (5140 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The business voted Arlington’s “best gift shop” is participating in this year’s Shop Small Saturday movement. The celebration will have treats from Village Sweet bakery, free wrapping for gifts and a raffle to win a Covet gift card.


Shirlington Strategy Game NightStrategy Gaming Night
Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Ave)
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Euro-game enthusiasts will gather on Sunday night for an evening of strategic gaming. Some of the board games at the event include Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Dominion. The game night is free and open to the public.

CUMC-image44th Annual Messiah Sing-Along
Clarendon United Methodist Church (606 N. Irving Street)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Organist and Choirmaster Dr. J. Reilly Lewis will lead a full orchestra, harpsichord, organ, soloists and the audience in singing Part One of Handel’s Messiah. A reception will follow. There is no admission charge, but a $20 donation is suggested.

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by Jennifer Currier — November 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

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foolproof book coverBook Panel with Wall Street Journal’s Greg Ip*
Mercatus Center at GMU (3434 Washington Blvd, 4th Floor)
Time: 5-7 p.m.

A panel of experts will discuss the themes of this new book. These include lessons from the U.S. financial crisis, Europe’s sovereign debt crisis, sports, technology, and natural disasters. The event is free and open to the public.

Sgt. Jim Webb (via FacebookAFCYR)Arlington/Falls Church Young Republicans Meeting with Sgt. Jim Webb
Hard Times Cafe (3028 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7 p.m.

In its last meeting of 2015, AFCYR is hosting Sgt. Jim Webb, son of former Virginia senator and Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb. Sgt. Webb served with the Marine Corps for five years before working for government contracting companies. The meeting is open to the public.


FINAL.1951.logoSaint Ann Catholic School Open House*
980 N. Frederick Street
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Saint Ann Catholic School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in Bluemont, will host and open house. Prospective students, their families and other members of the community are invited to attend.


Teen-StressCommunity Conversation: Teen Stress*
Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th Street S)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

This is the first conversation in a series on building the strength of the community’s youth. The conversation is open to all community members, especially middle/high school students and their parents. Light refreshments will be served.


Arlington Thrive 40th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser*
Army Navy Country Club (1700 Army Navy Drive)
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.

The emergency funds organization is celebrating 40 years with hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and a performance by the Metropolitan Chorus. Tickets are $100 and are available online.


Hyatt 2014 Gingerbread House Winner (via FacebookHyatt Crystal City)Hyatt Crystal City Gingerbread House Contest
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Time: 3-6 p.m.

Local companies can enter this holiday-themed gingerbread decorating competition. Photos of the houses will be posted to Facebook and the gingerbread creation that gets the most “likes” wins. All interested participants must RSVP by this Tuesday.

Rock Spring Garden ClubRock Spring Garden Club Holiday Design Event*
NRECA Building (4301 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.

Designer Jo Oliver will give a tutorial on floral design basics. All designs created will be available for sale and silent auction. Admission includes entry for door prizes, snacks, drinks and dessert. Tickets are available online.

Brian Posehn at the DrafthouseBrian Posehn Live at the Arlington Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike
Time: 7:45 p.m.

Comedian, actor and writer Brian Posehn is known for his work writing for and performing on shows including “Seinfeld” and “Friends.” He is performing at the Drafthouse this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $25 and are available online.


JB-LF5Kflyer2015-page-001Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Memorial 5k and Family Fun Day*
5115 Little Falls Court
Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

This family-friendly event starts with a 5k foot race, followed by a kids fun run and a day of activities. These include food trucks, a beer garden, face painting, and a moon bounce. Registration is still open online.

Star Wars Central Library CelebrationA Library Star Wars Celebration For All Ages
Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 2-4 p.m.

Arlington’s Central Library is hosting a celebration of the series in preparation for the new movie release. There will be themed crafts, games and refreshments, as well as team trivia and a costume contest. The event is free and open to the public. 

Star-WarsStar Wars Concert*
George Washington Masonic National Memorial (101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Star Wars fans can prepare for the release of the seventh episode with music from the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia. Tickets for are available online.

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by Jennifer Currier — November 12, 2015 at 3:35 pm 0

Shirlie Lights Up The Village (via Facebook:The Village at Shirlington)Thanksgiving will barely be over before celebrations for the next holiday begin in Shirlington.

The annual “Shirlie Lights Up The Village” festival is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature holiday-themed performances and activities for all ages.

The tree lighting is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. at The Village at Shirlington at 4280 Campbell Ave. and will be hosted by a special guest, to be announced at a later date.

Other festival events include pictures with Santa beginning at 6:45 p.m. at the UPS Store (2776 S. Arlington Mill Drive), holiday cookie decorating, face painting and live musical performances.

There will also be horse and carriage rides for guests who bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

The festival is free and open to the public.

Photo via Facebook/The Village at Shirlington

by Jennifer Currier — November 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm 0

BalletNova Nutcracker (Ruth Judson)It may seem way too early, but it’s time to start making plans for the holidays, starting with BalletNova’s annual production of The Nutcracker over first weekend of December.

Tickets for the show are now on sale.

Members of the dance school will put on six full-length productions of the ballet at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theater (125 S. Old Glebe Road). The show is approximately an hour and a half long, plus one 15-minute intermission.

Tickets cost between $13 to $35, depending on the show date and location of the seats. There are also discounts available for groups, students under 18 and seniors over 65.

The studio encourages patrons to reserve seats early, as all the performances have sold out in the past. Performance dates and times are:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online.

There is also a Nutcracker Tea and mini-performance scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City.

Photo via BalletNova Center for Dance/by Ruth Judson

by Eleanor Greene — November 10, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

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Tyler Cowen GMUConversations with Tyler: A Conversation with Cliff Asness*
GMU Arlington Campus, Founders Hall (3351 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Hedge-fund manager Cliff Asness, an influential financial thinkers, will join Tyler Cowen for a wide-ranging intellectual dialogue as part of the Conversations with Tyler series. This event is free and open to the public.


Spirit of community luncheon thumbnailSpirit of Community Luncheon*
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel (900 S. Orme Street)
Time: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Honoring 2015 Recipient Ms. Mary Ann Moran, respected and tireless children and youth advocate. Keynote Speaker: Hon. Anne Holton, Secretary of Education in Virginia. 

sip and shopSip & Shop for Postpartum Support Virginia*
Company Flowers and Gifts (2107 N. Pollard Street)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Company Flowers and Gifts is hosting a Sip&Shop. Come for wine, gifts and flowers. Twenty-five percent of proceeds will benefit Postpartum Support Virginia, whose mission is to help new mothers overcome postpartum depression.


fitness fun nightFitness Fun Night*
TRUE Health and Wholeness (1058 S. Walter Reed Drive)
Time: 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Come to the carnival at TRUE Health and Wholeness fitness center. Enjoy exercise workouts, dinner and dancing for free. Fun for kids and adults too. Silent auction, 50-50 raffle will help raise funds for the new facility.

2015 ORHF Fashion Show FlyerOperation Renewed Hope Foundation Fashion Show*
Sheraton Tyson’s Hotel (8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner)
Time: 7-10 p.m.

The 2nd Annual ORHF Fashion Show to benefit homeless Veterans hosted & emceed hosts of the DC1073 STM morning show and NBC4’s Jim Handly present to you an evening of “Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Couture”. Tickets are $65-$150 online.


artist expo and craft fair flyerArtist Expo Crafts Fair*
Congregation Etz Hayim (2920 Arlington Blvd)
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Crafts fair featuring about 25 local artists offering a wide range of hand-made crafts crafted for sale, at a range of prices, plus a bake sale. Free entry, free parking on side streets. Note: not all artists accept credit cards.

IBIS-Quintet2Earth/Air: Music for Flute, Viola and Harp*
Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ (5010 Little Falls Road)
Time: 4-6 p.m.

This program evokes two of the Four Elements of Nature with music by Takemitsu, John Cage, Debussy and Christopher Guardino, and charming shorter works. Your goodwill donations are welcome and will benefit Rock Spring’s music program.

Star-WarsStar Wars Concert*
George Washington Masonic National Memorial (101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria)
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.

Prepare for the upcoming release of the seventh episode by enjoying the music that will surely have you longing for a trip to a galaxy far, far away! Join the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia for this exciting event.


foolproof book coverBook Panel with Wall Street Journal’s Greg Ip*
Mercatus Center at George Mason University (3434 Washington Blvd, 4th Floor)
Time: 5-7 p.m.

Join WSJ’s chief economics commentator Greg Ip and experts to discuss “Foolproof: Why Safety Can be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe.” Drinks and conversation will follow the discussion, and books will be available for purchase. This event is free.

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by Jennifer Currier — November 9, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

Cards from the Cards Against Urbanity party gameA playable parody of the popular, irreverent card game “Cards Against Humanity” is getting an Arlington spin.

Cards Against Urbanity was created by some local planners, architects and economic development professionals to get players thinking about urban planning while poking fun at the cities they live in.

The game, which was inspired by Arlington, is now getting its own local edition, just in time for an event in Courthouse tomorrow night.

Arlington Cultural Affairs is hosting a Cards Against Urbanity game night Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Courthaus Social (2300 Clarendon Blvd), the restaurant where Lisa Nisenson and her co-creators decided to make the idea for the game a reality.

“I’m a longtime civic activist, so I know how frustrating it is to try and learn all the things about how the city works, so that’s where this came from,” Nisenson said. “We just want people to have a good time and get to know their community in a creative way.”

The deck used during the game night will include some new cards specifically relevant to Arlington.

Players could come across black question cards with prompts like “The tolls on the I-66 should be used to fund ____” and “Arlington is world famous for ____.” We’re told there may also be a card referencing the ARLnow.com comment section.

Some of the white cards address relevant community issues and in-jokes with answers like “Cardboard classrooms” and “Brown flip flops.”

These cards were added to the original deck distributed to backers last year after the game’s Kickstarter campaign exceeded its goal. Nisenson said some of the original cards — including “A desire named streetcar” — could apply in the local edition of the game.

Guests in the crowd will also have the opportunity to make suggestions for new cards.

“We want people to be really clever,” Nisenson said. “We hope to add the best, most clever suggestions to Arlington’s deck.”

The event is free and appropriate for all audiences. Snacks will be provided, and there will be a cash bar.

This is the first of three game nights in Arlington. The next one scheduled for Jan. 12, with another planned for later in this spring.

by ARLnow.com — November 6, 2015 at 4:15 pm 0

The Pentagon Row ice skating rink in 80 degree heat on Nov. 6, 2015You might not yet be in the mood for thoughts of ice and the holidays, given today’ record 80 degree heat, but ice skating is currently underway at Pentagon Row.

The ice rink opened for the season on Sunday. The rink looked a bit more like a pool than a winter wonderland this afternoon, but that didn’t deter a few determined skaters wearing shorts and short sleeves.

Pentagon Row is planning a new winter-themed event at the rink this year. A month from now, on Saturday, Dec. 5, the shopping center will hold “Frost Fest” from 5-8 p.m.

The event will feature on-ice fireworks display, ice sculptures, fire performers and a $1,000 giveaway, according to a flyer.

by Eleanor Greene — November 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm 0

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Money (file photo)Money 101: Budgeting Basics
Aurora Hills Branch Library (735 18th St S.)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Financial Education Volunteers and get your budgeting goals in order! Part of our Money 101 series, this program is focused on helping young professionals and new graduates with their finances.


Fade To WInter Arlington DrafthouseFade to Winter
Arlington Cinema and Draft House
Time: Doors at 6:30 p.m., event at 7:30 p.m.

For the 7th year, DC Adventure Films presents the latest ski film, this year’s offering is Fade to Winter. This film captures nine skiers who go to skiing extremes, featuring jaw-dropping action from around the world. Tickets are $9.

A homeless man in South Arlington. (File photo)2015 Forum on Health, Homelessness, and Poverty
GMU Arlington Campus, Founders Hall
Time: 1-4 p.m.

This event is an academic conference bringing together researchers, policymakers and practitioners to reduce effects of homelessness and poverty on health to improve policy design and outcomes. The event is free, registration is online.


Global Stides 5kGlobal Strides AAH 5K
Tuckahoe Elementary School
Time: 8-9 a.m.

The Tuckahoe Elementary School and Arlington Traditional School PTA have come together to create opportunities for quality education for children in Uganda, through a 5k race and fundraiser. Registration is online and costs $25.


Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery by Philliefan99VFW Veterans Day BBQ celebration
VFW 3150 (2116 19th St. N.)
Time: 1-3 p.m.

Join is from 1 pm-3 pm as we have recognize the sacrifices made by veterans past and present. We will having BBQ made by our Texan commander and a special guest. All proceeds will go to helping veterans and their families in the Arlington area.

Wine bottles in The Curious Grape in ShirlingtonWine-Food Thanksgiving Pairing
Taste by Katie (6017 Wilson Blvd.)
Time: 2-4 p.m.

You’re invited to attend this tasting event featuring Chef Katie Gilman and Suzanne McGrath, wine educator and owner of The Curious Grape. They are hosting a sampling of wines that pair with Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts.

First Presbeterian ChurchBenefit Concert for Syrian Refugee Children*
First Presbyterian Church, 601 North Vermont Street
Time: 7-9 p.m.

This free concert is an evening of music, with musical and dance performances including The Commonwealth Brass Quintet. The will go to Save The Children, specifically marked for humanitarian aid for Syrian refugee children.

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by Heather Mongilio — October 29, 2015 at 10:35 am 0

(Updated at 5:25 p.m.) Local chefs walked away with big wins at a charity cooking competition in Clarendon last night.

The Arlington County Fire Department’s finest firehouse cooks faced off against three groups of local professional chefs in a reality TV-style cooking competition where the competitors had 25 minutes to whip up dishes using only ingredients found in the Arlington Food Assistance Center’s pantries.

Judges Scott Brodbeck of ARLnow.com, Becky Krystal of the Washington Post and Chef George Pagonis of Kapnos Taverna sampled each dish before choosing a winner of the round by ringing a large bell, signaling a vote for the firefighters, or putting on a chef’s hat. Chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery served as emcee for the night.

At the end of the night, the local chefs walked away from the Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd) with two of the coveted “Golden Eggplant” awards.

Arlington County Fire Department’s Lt. Romulius Queen and firefighter Frank Rachal took home the first “Golden Eggplant” of the night with their Southern Style Fried Chicken topped with a homemade barbecue sauce and accompanied by a zucchini pasta with a thai peanut and ginger sauce. All three judges rang the bell.

“That fried chicken, he really nailed it,” Pagonis said.

Queen and Rachal beat out SER Restaurant chef and co-owner Josu Zubikarai, who made Rulada chicken ragout with mushrooms and spicy vegetables.

It was Queen’s first time competing in AFAC’s Chiefs vs. Chefs event.

“It feels good to go home with a trophy instead of going home crying,” he said.

Chef Tom Madrecki of Chez le Commis took home the second “Eggplant” with his caramelized onion soup with buttermilk, accompanied by homemade bread with butter. He earned the votes of two out of the three judges for his simple but flavorful soup.

Cooking with only the food in AFAC’s pantry was a challenge, Madrecki said.

“It’s reflective of what thousands of Arlington families have to do every day, so it’s very rewarding,” he said.

Facing off against ACFD’s finest brought its own difficulties as the firefighters were both skilled chefs and have a connection to the community, Madrecki said. Votes for the firefighters were applauded by the crowd, whereas votes for the chefs were greeted by good-natured boos.

“We’re the underdogs as the chef because they’re the ones out in the community everyday,” he said. “They’re the ones protecting us so it’s an honor to cook with them.”

Cooking is part of the firehouse lifestyle, said Acting Chief Joesph Reshetar, adding that the firefighters often try out new dishes on their coworkers.

“The firehouse is where they experiment,” he said. “If you can please us, if you can please a group of people, you know you’re on to something.”


by ARLnow.com — October 27, 2015 at 2:10 pm 0

Spotluck appRestaurant discovery app Spotluck will be donating $5 to the Arlington Food Assistance Center for every download and signup made with the promo code “AFAC” through tomorrow.

Spotluck is running the promotion in honor of AFAC’s Chiefs vs. Chefs fundraising event Wednesday night, which pits local chefs against Arlington County firefighters to see who can create the most mouth-watering dishes using only ingredients that would be found in AFAC’s pantry.

The “three-course throw-down” kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd). Tickets, which start at $100, are still available online. ARLnow.com’s Scott Brodbeck is a judge for the event, along with the Washington Post’s Becky Krystal and former Top Chef competitor George Pagonis, who’s executive chef at Kapnos Taverna.

Chiefs v. Chefs logo (via AFAC)Spotluck, which is a D.C. area-based startup and an ARLnow.com advertiser, says it’s proud to be “supporting a great cause with our good friends at AFAC.” In order to ensure the donation is made, users need to download the app, launch it and enter “AFAC” as the promo code on the signup screen.

Spotluck has 23 Arlington restaurants in the app and says it collectively sends those restaurants thousands of diners per month. In addition to helping users to find new restaurants, Spotluck also offers “preferred pricing” to restaurants that the user lands on via a virtual spin of a wheel in the app.

“Spotluck is a mobile app that allows you to discover local restaurants and save money in a fun new way,” says the company’s website. “With a simple spin, Spotluckers earn preferred pricing and forgo the hassle of figuring out where to eat next!”

AFAC serves some 86,000 pounds of food to more than 2,000 Arlington families in need each week.

by Jennifer Currier — October 27, 2015 at 11:05 am 0

This Halloween, patrons at select Arlington restaurants will be praised not for the creativity of their costumes, but for getting home safely.

Anti-DUI superhero "Soberman" in Clarendon (file photo)Designated sober drivers will be publicly recognized this Friday night by Checkpoint Strikeforce and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) as part of an anti-drunk driving campaign.

From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., representatives from the campaign will be outside three Clarendon nightspots to thank designated drivers and those who choose to take public transportation, a taxi or ride sharing service home.

The three restaurants that will be reference points for the “surprise and delight” thanking events are:

  • Clarendon Ballroom at 3185 Wilson Blvd.
  • Spider Kelly’s at 3181 Wilson Blvd.
  • Don Tito at 3165 Wilson Blvd.

This year’s campaign is aimed at stopping people ages 21 to 35 from drinking and driving. According to a release, 36 percent of highway fatalities in Virginia last year were alcohol-related, and more than 40 percent of people killed in alcohol-related crashes were within the campaign’s target age range.

Festive holidays, like this weekend’s Halloween celebration, often see a spike in DUI-related incidents.

WRAP will also offer free taxi rides on Saturday through its SoberRide program.

File photo

by Eleanor Greene — October 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

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Art and Mental Health at GMUA Conversation on Arts and Mental Health
GMU Founders Hall Auditorium
Time: 6-7 p.m.

GMU’s Arts Management Program is hosting a conversation on mental health. The discussion will explore contemporary mental healthcare trends, available resources and the use of art to promote well-being.


Chiefs v. Chefs logo (via AFAC)Chiefs vs. Chefs
Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd.)
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Chiefs vs. Chefs returns  for another fiery foray into foodie fandom! Watch three of the area’s best restaurant chefs go toe-to-toe with three of Arlington’s firehouse cooks in a three-course throw-down- using only food found in AFAC’s pantry!

1776-logo1776 Crystal City Grand Opening
2231 Crystal Dr #1000
Time: 7-10 p.m.

After months of construction and design, 1776’s new space is ready. Join us in toasting innovative entrepreneurship, and network across the 1776 community. Come celebrate the new space and enjoy food, drinks, music and merriment.


A Very Steampunk Halloween by Tech ShopA Very Steampunk Halloween*
Tech Shop DC-Arlington (2100 Crystal Drive)
Time: 4-9 p.m.

Tech Shop is having party with Steampunk-themed costume and jack-o-lantern contests. Use some of Tech Shop’s gadgets and enjoy food and drink. Tickets for adult non-members are $15 and are available online. Children under 10 not permitted.

Halloween-Carnival_PAVE-1PAVE Halloween Carnival*
Top of the Town (1400 N. 14th St.)
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Join Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment for our 1st annual Halloween Carnival and the launch of ‪#‎ConsentIs‬! The Consent Is campaign is focused on consent, respect and healthy relationships. Tickets are available online and are $65 each.


Carrie the Musical at Dominion StageCarrie the Musical
Gunston Arts Center (2700 S. Lang Street)
Time: Starts at 8 p.m.

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn’t been seen since its 1988 Broadway production. Tickets are $25, and there are performances on Halloween and next weekend. Synopsis and details available online. 


trick-or-treat with Arlington Historical SocietyTrick or Treat with the Arlington Historical Society
Arlington Historical Museum
Time: 4-6 p.m.

This Halloween, the Arlington Historical Society is hosting our first trick-or-treat event at the Arlington Historical Museum! In addition to candy, we’ll have a Halloween-themed story time (appropriate for young children) and coloring activities.

2015 Halloween Movie Festival
Arlington Cinema and Draft House
Time: Starts at 5 p.m.

Three Halloween films for $8. The Goonies starts at 5 p.m., Ghostbusters is at 7:30, The Exorcist is at 9:45. Restaurant fare and table service is available. Show up in your Halloween costume (more than a mask) to win a free pass to a future movie!


Crystal City 5K runners (photo by Diltch1)Pre-Election Day 5K: Halloween Fun Run*
Hayes Park (1415 North Lincoln St.)
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Break out your Halloween costume for a fun run along the Custis Trail! Information about the upcoming election will be available at the start and finish of the race. This event is part of efforts to mobilize young voters in the area for the 2015 Virginia elections.

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by Heather Mongilio — October 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

Photograph from Arlington Fourm exhibition (Courtesy of Arlington Forum)A Catholic church near Clarendon is holding a series of films, dances and concerts as part of a new cultural series called Forum Arlington.

Every Friday, the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (3304 Washington Blvd) will hold either a music concert, dance class or film screening. The Forum kicked off last week with a performance by Marie Miller and will hold a film screening tonight.

All events start at 7 p.m. with a happy hour followed by the film, concert or dance class at 8 p.m. Tickets can either be purchased online or at the door, depending on the event.

Forum Arlington also has a photography exhibition about South America from Oct. 16 to Dec. 18.

The idea for the cultural series came from the church’s pastor, Father Donald Planty, who wanted to do more cultural outreach, said Terrence McKeegan, the head of Arlington Forum.

“He had this idea to have a cultural series that is a cultural outreach program for Arlington residents,” McKeegan said.

McKeegan has helped organize multiple cultural events, including large music festivals, and realized he and the pastor had the same vision. Together, they worked to find different acts and films, drawing from McKeegan’s wide network, he said.

“We try to pick bands or films or dance instructors and types of dances that appealing to widest range,” McKeegan said.

The events are held in the church’s gym, which McKeegan and church staff spruced up to make it look more like an event space instead of a typical gym, he said.

The concerts, dances and films will continue through the winter. For the spring, Arlington Forum will introduce a lecture series in addition to the concerts. McKeegan did not know at this time if the films and dance classes would resume in the spring.

Forum Arlington is open to the entire Arlington community, McKeegan said.

“The target audience is the entire community,” he said. “It’s not all the parishioners or an age demographic.”


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