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by ARLnow.com — August 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm 923 0

Arlington Passages graphic“Arlington Passages,” a new film about bicycling in Arlington, will premiere at Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The film, funded by Arlington County and produced by Vancouver-based Modacity, will highlight “everyday Arlington citizens who use a bicycle as means of commuting and/or recreation.” More than 50 people answered a casting call for the film earlier this year.

The premiere will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast and crew. Tickets are $7.50 online and proceeds will benefit the Arlington nonprofit Phoenix Bikes.

Via Twitter, Arlington County Commuter Services Bureau Chief Chris Hamilton called the premiere “THE first hot film event of the season.”

This isn’t the only bike film recently commissioned by the county. In October 2013 the Drafthouse hosted a premiere for “BikeSwell,” a documentary “chronicling Arlington’s transformation into a more bike-friendly community.”

by Heather Mongilio — August 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm 1,123 0

Katrina10 logo (Courtesy of Simone Rathle)

A Courthouse restaurant owner is hosting a gathering to celebrate the city of New Orleans’ progress since Hurricane Katrina.

Chef David Gaus, a New Orleans native who owns the Bayou Bakery, is holding an event called “Katrina 10″ to show how far the city has come in the 10 years since the hurricane’s destruction.

Katrina 10 will be held at the Bayou Bakery (1515 N. Courthouse Road) from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 29. There will be New Orleans-style food and drinks, with music provided by Laissez Foure. The gathering will also have an open mic for anyone to share their Katrina stories.

“Chef David Guas, who is a fellow New Orleans native, has and continues to give back to his beloved home city through charities and fundraisers. After watching the waters ravage the neighborhoods in which he grew up and his parents’ home, he truly knows the real impact of the disaster all too well,” said Simone Rathlé, the PR rep for the restaurant and Guas’ wife.

The event kicks off Guas’ charity week, where he will donate $10 from each sale of his cookbook, DamSweetGood, to the Roots of Music, a nonprofit that helps provide free musical education to children in New Orleans. The charity week runs from Aug. 29 until Sept. 5.

“As a New Orleans native who has seen the devastating affects of Hurricane Katrina first hand, it is both with a heavy heart, and hopeful focus on the road ahead, that we think back to the day it struck 10 years ago,” Rathlé said in a press release. “Tragedy often gives way to hope and brings people together to rise up.”

by Heather Mongilio — August 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm 1,276 0

Wags and Whiskers 2011 (courtesy photo)The Village at Shirlington’s annual pet expo will return this Saturday.

The eighth annual Wags N’ Whiskers event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature more than 60 exhibitions, ranging from pet supplies to onsite adoptions.

In addition to shopping for food, treats, toys and other pet goods, owners can get their pets’ portrait taken for $5. There will also be strolling entertainment and kids activities, including face painting and balloon art. Visitors are encouraged to bring their pets with them.

The event will also have live music from Dan Haas, from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and Taylor Carson, from 1:15-4 p.m.

The Arlington County Police Department will close Campbell Avenue and S. Randolph Street from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the event. Campbell Avenue will be closed from S. Quincy Street to the parking garage in front of the Harris Teeter (4250 Campbell Avenue). S. Randolph Street will be closed from Arlington Mill Drive to the alley just south of Campbell Avenue. Street parking will also be limited.

by Heather Mongilio — August 19, 2015 at 11:00 am 1,385 0

TEDx-Arlington-white-e1425054398860TedX event in Arlington this fall will feature nine speakers, including a transgender teen, an 11-year-old YouTube vlogger and the founder of a local nonprofit.

TedXArlington is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent Street), and tickets are $75. The theme of this year’s conference is “Connectedness.”

“Connectedness means building community through connections and networks. At TEDxArlington, we will explore connectedness from different layered perspectives including family, neighbors, community — even strangers — and from the lens of science, nature, art, technology, culture, history, athletics, work and more,” according to the TedXArlington website.

Each speaker will give a talk or presentation about different topics that all have to do with connectedness.

Speakers include:

  • Norton Beckerman — The author of “A User’s Guide to a Healthy Brain,” Beckerman will give a talk about cognition and tell the story of how he bounced back from a loss of cognitive function.
  • Kristina Dorville — Dorville, the chief of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Education and Awareness branch, will discuss cybersecurity and cyber safety.
  • Patricia Funegra — Funegra, the founder of non-profit La Cocina, will talk about creating jobs for minority communities through food.
  • Adryann Glenn — Glenn will discuss how he turned his life around after serving three years in jail.
  • Lisa Nisenson — Nisenson will look at how transportation connects people.
  • Evie Priestman — Priestman will talk about his journey from female to male and the support he received.
  • Carolyn Rickard-Brideau — Rickard-Brideau will share how buildings are connected and impact daily physical and mental health.
  • Elizabeth Tippens — Tippens will show how she uses her YouTube channel to connect kids and local Arlington businesses.
  • John Wanda — Wanda will speak about the Arlington Academy of Hope, which helps children in rural Uganda.

by Heather Mongilio — August 14, 2015 at 11:00 am 2,446 0

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Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week kicks off next Monday, and 16 Arlington restaurants are listed as participating.

Restaurant Week is held from Aug. 17-23, and features restaurants from Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

Diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for $22 or a three-course dinner for $35. In most cases, the three course meal includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.

The full list of participating restaurants can be found online with links for reservations and the menus.

Here are the Arlington restaurants listed as participating, according to the RAMW website:

  • Carlyle — 4000 Campbell Avenue, 703-931-0777
  • Epic Smokehouse — 1330 S. Fern Street, 571-319-4001
  • Fuego Cocina y Tequileria — 2800 Clarendon Blvd., 571-970-2180
  • Fyve at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City — 1250 S. Hayes Street, 703-412-2762
  • Jaleo Crystal City — 2250 Crystal Drive, 703-413-8181
  • Kapnos Taverna — 4000 Wilson Blvd., 703-243-4400
  • La Tasca — 2900 Wilson Blvd., 703-812-9120
  • Liberty Tavern — 3195 Wilson Blvd., 703-465-9360
  • Lyon Hall — 3100 N. Washington Blvd., 703-741-7636
  • McCormick and Schmicks Seafood Crystal City — 2010 Crystal Drive, 703-413-6400
  • Me Jana — 2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 140, 703-465-4440
  • The Melting Pot — 1110 N. Glebe Road, 703-243-4490
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse — 1750 Crystal Drive, 703-418-1444
  • SER Restaurant — 1110 N. Glebe Road, 703-746-9822
  • Water and Wall — 3811 N. Fairfax Drive, 703-294-4949
  • Willow — 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, 703-465-8800

by Heather Mongilio — August 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm 2,346 0

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Rosslyn’s Gateway Park will turn into a beer garden this September with the arrival of Arlington’s latest beer festival.

The Backyard Beer Festival will feature more than 60 craft brews and live music during the event on Sept. 19.

The festival, which is sponsored by Uber, Drink the World and Project DC Events, will also have backyard games with plenty of prizes for guests. Attendees will be able to purchase food from food trucks and other food vendors.

The festival has two sessions, one from 1-4 p.m. and the other from 7-10 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 per session, and VIP tickets cost $35. With a general admission ticket, participants will get three hours of unlimited beer tasting and a souvenir glass. VIP ticket holders will get an extra hour for beer tasting and access to VIP bathrooms.

More than 30 breweries are expected to participate, including Flying Dog from Frederick, Maryland, Old Ox Brewery from Ashburn and D.C. breweries Atlas Brew Works and DC Brau. For those with gluten allergies, the festival will have ciders and gluten-free beers.

The event is for ages 21 and up, and will happen rain or shine. All participants will need to bring an ID with their tickets.

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by Heather Mongilio — August 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm 492 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Kent-Antarctica-Poster-SmallPhoto Exhibit, Reception, and Talk on Photographing Antarctica*
Cherrydale Branch Library (2190 Military Road)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Take a trip to Antarctica through photographer Robin Kent’s lens. Kent will speak as part of an opening reception for the exhibit. The free exhibit runs from now until Nov. 2.

booksDrop Everything and Read Night
Buzz Bakery (818 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Grab a book and get a cup of coffee at Buzz Bakery. Bring a friend or come by yourself and enjoy a night at a cafe. Five percent of the proceeds will go to Friends of Arlington Public Library. 

Friday

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Arlington Drafthouse and Cinema (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m.

Iliza Shlesinger, the first woman to win NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” is coming to Arlington to perform a standup routine. Tickets are $22. If you miss the show on Friday, she’ll be performing a show at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday

Long Branch, viewed at Glencarlyn Park (Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick)Down in the Pond
Long Branch Nature Center (625 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 2-3 p.m.

Kids can go dip-netting in the ponds at Long Branch Nature Center, where they may find water boatmen, water scorpions, backswimmers and other critters. Registration is required and costs $5.

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by Heather Mongilio — August 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm 593 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Arlington Central Library

Reading and Running Fitness Training Program
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Training for a 5K or a longer race? Prepare for it by joining the Arlington Public Library in group run/walks every Tuesday and Thursday night. The run/walks are free, but participants are required to register. 

Wednesday

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Arlington County Fair
Thomas Jefferson Community Center (3501 2nd Street S.)
Time: 5-10 p.m. (Wednesday and Thursday)

The annual fair kicks off on Wednesday with a parade at 6 p.m. Attractions also include multiple competitions and fair rides. The fair runs from 2-11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Thursday

Players-Pet-Flyer-DesignCelebrity Players and Pets Fashion Show*
Mad Rose Tavern (3100 Clarendon Blvd.)
Time: 8 p.m. to midnight

Local media celebrities will join Nationals players Wilson Ramos and Craig Stammen in walking adoptable pets during a “Blackout” fashion show. All participants and guests are asked to wear only black clothing. Tickets will go on sale shortly. 

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by Heather Mongilio — August 4, 2015 at 11:05 am 1,153 0

NNO15 logo (Courtesy of NATW)

Arlington County Police Department officers will join the community tonight for ice cream socials and neighborhood gatherings as part of the 32nd annual National Night Out.

“It’s a good opportunity to interact with citizens outside of an emergency incident,” ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said.

National Night Out, an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, helps unite community members and police officers in order to prevent crime.

Each district ACPD team will be participating in the event, which “raises safety and crime awareness,” though police say it’s only one part of the department’s overall community outreach efforts.

“Our district teams are regularly interacting with their neighborhoods in the county,” Sternbeck said.

There will be be events throughout the county tonight and residents are encouraged to come out and talk with police officers and their neighbors.

The events include:

  • Arlington Forest Ice Cream Social (at the corner of of N. Galveston Street and 2nd Street N.) at 7:30 p.m.
  • Park Glen Ice Cream Social (between 812 and 816 S. Arlington Mill Drive) from 7-8 p.m.
  • Williamsburg neighborhood (6207 31st Street N.) at 7 p.m.
  • Barcroft School and Civic League (800 S. Buchanan Street) from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Nauck Town Square (24th Road S. between S. Shirlington Road and S. Kenmore Street) from 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Fairlington Pool 2 (3025 S. Buchanan Street) from 5-7 p.m.
  • Fairlington Pool 4 (2848-B S. Buchanan Street) from 5-7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of National Association of Town Watch

by Heather Mongilio — July 30, 2015 at 11:45 am 1,549 0

Arlington Central Library

At Arlington Public Library the library isn’t just for reading and summer reading events are not just for kids.

The library is holding two outdoor movie screenings (Aug. 6 and Aug. 13) as part of its Summer Reading 2015 for Adults event. Movies start roughly at 8:45 p.m. on the field next to Arlington Central Library (1515 N. Quincy Street).

Attendees are encourage to “bring a picnic and blanket and watch a movie under the stars.” Both movie showings are free. In the case of bad weather, the event will be canceled.

The first screening is “Empire Records” on Aug. 6. The movie, rated PG-13, is about a group of record store employees attempting to save the store from selling out, which just like the movie is a very Gen X concern.

“A flashback to a time when there were record stores and people paid to work in them,” the library notes on its event page. “It’s a day in the life of a staff of hip, quirky youngsters who are fighting a store buyout from a big greedy record store chain. Those once existed too.”

The second screening is “The Great Gatsby” on Aug. 13. The 2013 movie version of the classic book by F. Scott Fitzgerald stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, a mysterious rich man pining after an old love. The movie is also rated PG-13.

by Heather Mongilio — July 29, 2015 at 4:55 pm 1,440 0

Kennan Garvey

County Board member Libby Garvey and other cyclists will brave the heat on Saturday, riding up to 100 miles as part of the second Annual Kennan Garvey Memorial Ride.

The cyclists will bike on the W&OD Trail from Arlington to Purcellville and back, a 90-mile trek. For riders wanting to do a true century, they can continue to cycle to Roosevelt Memorial Bridge after returning to Arlington.

Cyclists can also shorten the ride by turning around in Reston at the 15-mile mark to make it a 30-mile ride, or in Leesburg, Virginia, at the 30-mile mark to make it a 60-mile ride.

It’s an easy ride, making it a great ride for a family, Garvey said.

“This ride is the perfect way to remember Kennan and to continue the good influence he had on so many people during his life,” Garvey said.

Garvey, herself, is planning to ride out to Purcellville, but is not planning to turn around and head back to Arlington. She and her husband previously rode to Purcellville on a tandem bike, she said.

The ride is also known as the Sizzling Suburban Century because of August’s heat, Garvey said, while promoting the event at County Board meetings. National Weather Service is predicting a high of 91 degrees on Saturday.

Garvey started the bike ride last year in honor of her husband, Kennan, who died of a heart attack in 2008. He was 56 years old.

“The ride means a lot to me and Kennan’s family and friends,” Garvey said. “Kennan commuted by bike to his job at EPA since the early ’80’s.  He loved cycling, loved to help people and loved to get young people interested in bicycles.”

The ride has an entry fee of $25, and participants are encouraged to raise $500 for the Kennan Garvey Memorial Fund. All participants will get a boxed lunch and t-shirt as part of the ride. Those who meet the fundraising goal of $500 will also receive a Phoenix Bikes jersey.

The ride benefits Phoenix Bikes’ Capital Campaign, with proceeds going toward helping the nonprofit fund a new building, now possibly in the area of Columbia Pike. The shop had previously looked at a spot at Walter Reed Drive and W&OD Trail, but that faced some community opposition.

Kennan had wanted to volunteer with Phoenix Bikes after retiring.

“Phoenix Bikes is a wonderful little organization,” Garvey said. ” They just do incredible things. And once they get a building, they’ll be able to take off.”

Photo courtesy of Libby Garvey

by Mariah Joyce — July 29, 2015 at 3:50 pm 4,395 0

DCBWD.C. Beer Week is less than two weeks away and one of its most popular events will take place in Arlington.

Local brewery DC Brau and Quarterdeck Restaurant (1200 Fort Myer Drive) are partnering to put on the “Fourth Annual D.C. Beer Week Crab Fest” on Monday, Aug. 10 from 5-10 p.m.

The fest is being billed as “the event of D.C. Beer Week,” and promises all-you-can-eat Mid-Atlantic crab, $1 DC Brau on draft and pitchers of DC Brau for $5.

Tickets cost $45, and are available online.

“$1 Drafts? $5 Pitchers? They must be insane!!!” says the festival web page. “Yes, they are! Insane with our craving for these colorful crustaceans!!! Eat til your [sic] full.”

Although the crab fest is the only event in Arlington, Beer Week has events planned for the D.C. Metro area from Aug. 9-16. The schedule kicks off with a beer tasting in Northeast on Sunday, Aug. 9. Next comes the crab fest in Arlington on Monday, followed by a beach party at the National Building Museum on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

The schedule of events continues with three consecutive tap-takeovers featuring locally brewed beers at RFD on Wednesday, ChurchKey on Thursday and High Velocity on Friday.

Finally, the week-long celebration of beer rounds out with two weekend events in Dupont: a beer-tasting hosted by Devil’s Backbone Brewery on Saturday, Aug. 15 and a “beer scavenger hunt” on Sunday, Aug. 16.

by Heather Mongilio — July 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm 456 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

skaiotaflyerThe Ska Revival Tour
Iota Club and Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8 p.m. to midnight

Local Northern Virginia band Thirteen Towers joins bands Be Like Max and A-OKs at Clarendon’s Iota Club for the last leg of a ska-punk tour. The concert is for those 21 years and older. Tickets are $12 at the door.

Thursday

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Painting Parties @ P. Brennan’s*
P. Brennan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (2910 Columbia Pike)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Paint Irish scenery while enjoying a glass of wine and an authentic Irish vibe from P. Brennan’s. Tickets are $40 and include one canvas, painting and one glass of wine. No experience is necessary. Another session will be held Aug. 13.

Friday

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The Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m.

Fans of “The Office” and “Anchorman” will want to make their way to the Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse to see standup from David Koechner. If you can’t make the show on Friday, he’ll also perform on Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $22.

Saturday

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Islamophobia Book Talk and Signing
Busboys and Poets – Shirlington (4251 Campbell Avenue)
Time: 10-11 a.m.

Author Tom Green will discuss his new book “The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West” and why everyone should be concerned about anti-Muslim bigotry. Green will hold a book signing after his talk. The event is free.

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by Heather Mongilio — July 27, 2015 at 1:45 pm 2,469 0

Big-Latch-On

A synchronized breastfeeding event will be held at the Arlington Central Library auditorium this week.

The Big Latch On is an international event where women across the country and world breastfeed their children at the same time. Women will join together in the Arlington County Central Library’s auditorium (1015 N. Quincy Street) to breastfeed from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday.

“The Big Latch On involves groups of breastfeeding women coming together at registered locations around the world to all ‘latch on’ (breastfeed) their child or children at a set time,” according to the event’s website.

The Big Latch On was started to promote the benefits of breastfeeding and to encourage more women to breastfeed. It also aims to make breastfeeding in public part of daily life, according to the website. Last year, 14,173 women in 31 countries participated.

The World Health Organization encourages mothers to breastfeed their child for at least six months. Breastfeeding helps protect babies from infectious diseases and can promote cognitive development, according to WHO.

This year, the Big Latch On is hoping to beat its record of 14,356 children breastfeeding at one time. The women start breastfeeding at the same time for one minute while the children are counted, according to the Big Latch On’s website.

by Eleanor Greene — July 23, 2015 at 10:50 am 552 0

Courtesy of Style FestivalYou’ve heard of music festivals and fashion shows, but what about a style festival?

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is teaming up with Refinery29, a digital media company focusing on fashion, to host an event they’re calling “Style Festival,” on Saturday, August 8.

A music festival would have several different stages so people could see the bands they want and personalize their music experience. The style festival’s goal is to “elevate the millennial shopping experience” by bringing the idea of music festival stages into the mall, with different attractions at each stage, according to a press release.

The four stages will include:

  • A music stage, which features a 3:00 live concert from the R&B duo LION BABE, bookended by DJ performances
  • A style stage, with new fashions put together by Refinery 29 editors
  • A beauty stage, where attendees can get “festival-inspired hair trends” and temporary tattoos
  • A DIY stage, to give personalized concert tour tees — “a keepsake souvenir” to shoppers

The event will be held at the mall (1100 S. Hayes Street) on the ground-level “Nordstrom Court,” from 1-6 p.m.

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