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by Tim Regan — April 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm 0

Kapnos Taverna in Ballston

Celebrity chef Mike Isabella will host a Greek Orthodox Easter festival at Kapnos Taverna (4000 Wilson Blvd.) this weekend.

Patrons will celebrate the holiday with “spit-roasted meats, homemade spreads and flatbread, live Greek music, [and] Greek wine,” according to an event listing.

“Easter is one of the most important events on the Greek Orthodox calendar, and this year Kapnos Taverna is hosting our first annual Greek festival in honor of the holiday on Sunday, May 1,” the listing reads.

The festival starts on the Kapnos patio at noon. Tickets cost $70.

by ARLnow.com — April 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm 0

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Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Wednesday

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 3.26.13 PMFundraiser to Support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Cafe Pizzaiolo (2800 S. Randolph Street)
Time: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

A fundraiser is being held for Jack Creedon, an 11-year-old boy from Alexandria who was diagnosed with “very high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia” in November. Mention the fundraiser and Cafe Pizzaiolo will donate 15 percent of the sale.

The Celtic HouseARLnow Presents: Hot Topics on the Pike
Celtic House Irish Pub (2500 Columbia Pike)
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Development, affordable housing, school crowding, Metro’s woes, the future of Columbia Pike. Those are just a few of the Arlington issues we’ll discuss with our opinion columnists and a number of notable local leaders. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Doorways for Women and Families.

Thursday

ConfederateHistoryMonthProgram on Arlington’s Civil War History 
Aurora Hills Branch Library (735 18th Street S.)
Time: 2-3 p.m.

Warren Nelson, Chairman of the Arlington County Board’s Civil War sesquicentennial observance, will offer insight into Arlington’s role in the Civil War. Learn about this fascinating history, and see pictures of your own backyard from years gone by.

Friday

ADDAMS-Logo_RGB_smMusical: The Addams Family
Wakefield High School (1325 S. Dinwiddie Street)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

The first of four performances of The Addams Family musical. Tickets are $10 at the door. Synopsis: “Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday Addams’ ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.”

nickdipaolo2Live Comedy: Nick DiPaolo
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 10 p.m.

“In this day of watered down comedy Nick DiPaolo’s brutally honest performances remind us of what great stand up should be funny, socially relevant and a little bit reckless.” Tickets are $25. Two additional performances are planned for Saturday night.

Saturday

kilogoArlington Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast*
Clarendon United Methodist Church (606 N. Irving Street)
Time: 8 a.m.-Noon

A “fun-filled morning sponsored by the Arlington Kiwanis Club,” including pancakes, a moon bounce, raffles and more.

IMG_2347Spring Fling and Kids’ Sale*
Children’s Weekday Program (716 S. Glebe Road)
Time: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Inside will be gently used children’s clothing, gear, toys, and household items for sale at below-consignment prices. Outside, families will enjoy kid activities including a bounce house, face painting, active games, refreshments and more.

Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival (photo courtesy Capitol City Brewing)Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival
Village at Shirlington (2700 S. Quincy Street)
Time: Noon-7 p.m.

This springtime beer-tasting event will include a line-up of 35 regional breweries. Admission for beer drinkers is $30, which includes a wristband, official tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. The event is free for non-drinkers and children.

Jr_NBA_Under_Armour_tightJr. NBA Skills Challenge
Wakefield High School (1325 S. Dinwiddie Street)
Time: Noon-4 p.m.

A local competition for the national basketball skills challenge. Registration is $20.

Four Mile Run (file photo)Go Gaga for Green
GMU Founders Hall (3351 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 5-8 p.m.

Go Gaga for Green is a family-friendly, community-wide gathering to celebrate Earth Day and benefit three special programs. The event includes food, fun and live entertainment including a lip sync battle. Additionally, the nominees and winners of the Arlington Green Patriot Award will be announced.

Sunday

avmfinal5K AVM Awareness bRUNch*
Gravely Point Park
Time: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) survivor Bridget Falcone for her 10-year anniversary celebration – the 5K AVM Awareness bRUNch. Part awareness run/walk, part brunch festivities, this fundraising event is not to be missed.

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by ARLnow.com — April 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Arlington County police logoThe Arlington County Police Department is holding a community law enforcement forum on Wednesday (April 20).

The forum is being held at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (125 S. Old Glebe Road) from 7-9 p.m. and will be moderated by WJLA reporter Jennifer Donelan.

The police department says the forum is intended to focus “on the community’s trust and confidence in Arlington’s criminal justice agencies.”

“Safe communities are built on strong relationships among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” the police department said. The event will feature a panel discussion, followed by an open question and answer session with audience members.

“This is the public’s opportunity to ask local officials and community activists about issues affecting Arlington County and to learn how we can work together to maintain a safe community,” said police.

Panel members include Arlington police chief Jay Farr, Sheriff Beth Arthur, Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos, public defender Matthew Foley, local NAACP vice president Julius Spain and community activist Andres Tobar.

At an ACPD community forum in 2014, activists called for the hiring of more Latino police officers, while a couple vocal residents decried alleged police profiling and harassment. One of the attendees who spoke out against police profiling was arrested a week later for stripping naked and doing pushups in the middle of the street in Nauck.

Spanish translators will be available at the event, according to ACPD.

by ARLnow.com — April 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm 0

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Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Monday

logo-2Home Buyer Seminar*
Optime Realty (1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101)
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Our team is hosting a Home Buying Seminar on April 18 at our Rosslyn office. We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process. The event is totally free.

Tuesday

Money (file photo)Money 101
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Have an eye-opening tax day? Consider participating in a three-class money management series for young professionals. Learn about salary negotiation, financial basics, student loan debt repayment and investing for your goals.

Wednesday

MAZZEI1Super Tuscan Wine Dinner*
Osteria da Nino (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Wine pairing dinner, featuring wines and dishes from the Tuscany region of Italy, with the Mazzei Winery. Five courses and five wines. Speaking at the event will be Sig. Giovanni Mazzei. For reservations please call 703-820-1128.

Thursday

Pink ribbonAnnual Breast Cancer Awareness Softball Game
Greenbrier Park (2700 N. Greenbrier Street)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

The Yorktown Patriots softball team takes on the W&L Generals at Yorktown High School April 21 in its annual PINK OUT game to raise awareness about breast cancer and support the Sharon McGowan Breast Health Fund.

Rotary-Logo-blue-yellow-simplified-2014Arlington Rotary Fundraiser Banquet*
China Garden (1100 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.

A fundraiser to benefit the Arlington Rotary Education Foundation. The cost is $50 per person. The evening’s program includes a silent auction and scholarship awards. To reserve your seat at the banquet, call 703-625-6638.

Friday

Michelle WolfLive Standup Comedy: Michelle Wolf
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 10 p.m.

Michelle Wolf, writing supervisor and occasional performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, performs live standup comedy at the Drafthouse. Tickets are $25. Wolf will also be performing on Saturday night.

Sunday

IBIS_StepsChausson Concerto: French Music for Piano and Strings*
Clarendon United Methodist Church (606 N. Irving Street)
Time: 3-5 p.m.

IBIS Chamber Music performs a program of French music for piano and strings. The gorgeous Ravel string quartet will open the program. The second half will contain a rare work by Chausson, accompanied by string quartet.

Rose wine2016 Twisted Vines Spring Rosé Slam!*
Twisted Vines Bistro & Bottleshop (2803 Columbia Pike)
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

A walk-around tasting party featuring 16 open bottles of rosé and an assortment of passed appetizers. Wines include sparkling, still, Virginian, French, Californian, Spanish, Austrian, Oregonian, Macedonian, Georgian, and the list goes on!

AoL-picFilm Screening: An Act of Love
Mount Olivet United Methodist Church (1500 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 7-9:15 p.m.

This award-winning documentary tells the stories of the Rev. Frank Schaefer and other Methodist pastors who have fought for LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church. Rev. Schaefer had his ministerial credentials revoked in December 2013 after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding.

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by ARLnow.com — April 14, 2016 at 11:45 am 0

Runners lined up for the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run on Saturday (courtesy photo)It’s five months away, but registration is open for the annual Arlington Police, Fire and Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K.

Marking the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, this year the race is raising funds for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Early bird registration, through June 6, is $35. It’s $40 after that.

The race will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 in the Pentagon City area. It is limited to 5,000 runners.

“Since its inception, the Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial Race has had over 30,000 runners cross its finish line and has raised over $500,000 for 9/11-related charities,” notes the race website.

Race organizers are also helping to promote a race this weekend in Alexandria.

The Run for 32 is being held at Cameron Run Regional Park (4001 Eisenhower Avenue) on Saturday, April 16. Held in remembrance of the victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech school shooting, the race helps to raise money for the Koshka Foundation, which was founded by one of the shooting’s most critically injured survivors.

by ARLnow.com — April 11, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

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Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

900px-by-460pxConversations with Tyler: A Conversation with Camille Paglia*
George Mason University Arlington (3351 Fairfax Drive, 4th Floor)
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Cultural critic, intellectual provocateur and feminist icon Camille Paglia will join Tyler Cowen for a wide-ranging discussion. Paglia, one of the world’s great polymaths, will engage Cowen on topics from Edmund Spenser to the Rolling Stones to Carly Fiorina.

Wednesday

NGN-logo_with-taglineNextGenNow Gives Back Spring Social*
Lyon Hall (3100 Washington Boulevard)
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Join NextGenNow young professionals at the NGN Gives Back Spring Social! Each year the NextGenNow initiative selects an area of focus for their grant-giving activity. This year NGN will focut on physical, mental and/or emotional health.

Thursday

Jim BreuerLive Comedy: Jim Breuer
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jim Breuer, the famed “Goat Boy,” will perform live standup comedy at the Drafthouse Thursday and Friday night at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are available online for $35.

Friday

NOVA-sale-2016Fancy Pants NOVA Spring Sale*
The Falls Church Episcopal (115 E. Fairfax Street)
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Don’t miss the largest selection of new and gently used boutique kids clothing, sizes 0-10. You’ll find brands like: Anavini, Bella Bliss, Crewcuts, Funtasia Too, Lilly Pulitzer, Oscar de la Renta, Mini Boden, Shrimp and Grits, Vineyard Vines and more!

Rhodeside Grill (courtesy photo)Twentieth Anniversary Celebration
Rhodeside Grill (1836 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

Rhodeside Grill celebrates its 20th anniversary with a party that will rage from happy hour to closing time. Original happy hour prices offered from 4-7 p.m. Original appetizers back on the menu. Live music all night.

Saturday

logo-2Home Buyer Seminar*
Optime Realty (1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101)
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Our team is hosting two Home Buying Seminar events on April 16 and 18 at our Rosslyn office. We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process. The event is totally free.

Arlington Festival of the Arts posterFourth Annual Arlington Festival of the Arts
North Highland Street & Washington Blvd in Clarendon
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Enjoy a weekend of true visual inspiration in Clarendon, as over 100 artists will showcase their works including glass, mixed media, paintings, jewelry and pottery, providing all sorts of opportunities to appreciate and purchase art. The festival continues on Sunday.

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by ARLnow.com — April 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Arlington poetry boothApril is National Poetry Month and Arlington has a number of activities planned to help promote poetry and the literary arts. Two are taking place this Sunday, April 10.

First, a Peanuts-like poetry booth (left) will be set up at the Columbia Pike farmers market starting at 10 a.m. A local poet will offer a free poem or literary advice to anyone who asks. The booth will also be set up at the market the following Sunday.

Other poets will staff the booth at the Shirlington Branch Library on Thursday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m., and at the Westover library at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 and 28.

Also taking place Sunday is a free poetry reading by the six winners of Arlington’s 16th annual Moving Words poetry competition. That’s scheduled for 4 p.m. at Iota Club and Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd).

Arlington County announced earlier this week that it’s accepting applications in an effort to select the county’s first poet laureate.

by ARLnow.com — April 7, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Arlington Festival of the Arts posterThe Arlington Festival of the Arts is returning for to Clarendon next weekend.

The annual event, now in its fourth year, will take place at the corner of N. Highland Street and Washington Blvd from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 16-17.

“Enjoy a weekend of true visual inspiration, as over 100 artists will showcase their works including glass, mixed media, paintings, jewelry, and pottery; providing all sorts of opportunities to appreciate and purchase art,” organizers wrote on the event website.

Admission is free.

by ARLnow.com — April 7, 2016 at 2:10 pm 0

The Celtic HouseDevelopment, affordable housing, school crowding, Metro’s woes. Those are just a few of the local issues we’ll discuss during ARLnow Presents: Hot Topics on the Pike on Wednesday, April 27.

The event is taking place at Celtic House, at 2500 Columbia Pike, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

(Feel free to take advantage of the $5 Wednesday wing special or stick around afterward for Celtic House’s weekly trivia night at 8:30.)

The first half of the event will be a debate among our opinion columnists — Mark Kelly (The Right Note), Peter Rousselot (Peter’s Take) and Lawrence Roberts (Progressive Voice) — on countywide issues.

Next up is a discussion of the future of Columbia Pike. It’s been more than a year since the cancellation of the streetcar, yet development has continued on the Pike seemingly unabated. So what does the future hold for the corridor? Among those joining us for the conversation are County Board member Katie Cristol and Arlington Transportation Committee Chair Chris Slatt.

Doorways for Women and Families logoRSVP is required — tickets are only $5 online.

April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month. All of ARLnow’s proceeds from the event will be donated Doorways for Women and Families, an Arlington-based nonprofit that creates pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault.

by ARLnow.com — April 6, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Arlington Central Library(Updated at 11:15 a.m.) Confronting a wave of national Islamophobia in the wake of high-profile terror attacks, community leaders in Arlington are aiming to tackle bigotry via civic engagement.

A “Muslim Town Hall Meeting” has been organized and is scheduled to take place from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street).

The town hall, described as a “non-partisan community event,” is being hosted by the groups NOVA Muslim Americans and Veterans Challenge Islamophobia. It will take place in three parts:

  1. “Civic engagement panel discussion”
  2. “Political engagement panel discussion”
  3. “Tackling Islamophobia”

Scheduled speakers at the event include:

  • State Sen. Adam Ebbin
  • Arlington County Board members Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey
  • Arlington School Board member Nancy Van Doren
  • Arlington Police Chief Jay Farr
  • Baroness Pola Uddin of the British House of Lords
  • Jim Driscoll of Veterans Challenge Islamophobia
  • Kip Malinosky, Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee
  • Eric Brescia of the Arlington County Republican Committee
  • Ghizlane Moustaid, Chair of GMU Muslim Association
  • Yasmine Taeb, co-author of “Fear, Inc. 2.0”

by ARLnow.com — April 5, 2016 at 2:00 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.

Tuesday

Crystal City FRESHFARM MarketOpening of FRESHFARM Crystal City Farmers Market*
1823-1965 Crystal Drive
Time: 3-7 p.m.

The popular Crystal City farmers market returns to weekly operations along Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets. Stop by early and pick up a free banner bag from the market’s information table.

Wednesday

Thrive-YP-Networking-HH-Poster-2016-04-06Young Professional Networking Happy Hour*
Sehkraft Brewing (925 N. Garfield Street)
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Arlington Thrive’s Young Professionals Group is hosting a Networking Happy Hour. Enjoy food and drink specials, a raffle and learn about ways to help our neighbors in need.

Taste of KentuckyTaste of Kentucky Whiskey Tasting
Marble & Rye (2501 Columbia Pike)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Whiskey tasting featuring Bernheim, Elijah Craig 12 year, Evan Williams Single Barrel and Larceny. Brand ambassadors will be on site with swag, pouring flights and answering any of your questions about Kentucky whiskey. $25 per person.

Friday

GMU Toast to December 2013 GradsGMU New Zealand Wine Tasting & Policy Event
George Mason University Founders Hall (3351 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The community is invited to this 5th annual policy discussion and wine tasting event. The Honorable Tim Groser, New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United States, will discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other issues.

2014 Tom Arnold Headshot by Gremly MediaLive Comedy: Tom Arnold
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Actor, writer and comedian Tom Arnold brings his standup comedy act to the Pike. Arnold has four scheduled performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are available online for $25.

Saturday

Bishop O'Connell High School (Photo via Facebook)5K and Kids’ Fun Run*
Bishop O’Connell High School (6600 Little Falls Road)
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon

Join the DJO community for the inaugural O’Connell 5K and Kids’ Fun Run. Run or walk our Arlington-friendly course and stick around for a fun block party type atmosphere on the campus afterwards.

12593655_1222047001143345_9143569338174610233_oGet Fierce About Your Finances Expo 2016*
Westin Crystal City (1800 Jefferson Davis Highway)
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Get Fierce About Your Finances Expo will bring financial experts together under one roof. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your financial concerns one-on-one with industry experts in a comfortable environment.

Sunday

Sig Sauer handgun (photo via Sig Sauer)Documentary Screening: Making a Killing – Guns, Greed and the NRA*
Lyon Park Community Center (414 N. Fillmore Street)
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

This film explores how guns, and the billions of dollars made off them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country affected by gun violence. RSVP to [email protected]

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by ARLnow.com — March 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm 0

Crystal City Farmers MarketSpring has sprung and Crystal City is gearing up to take full advantage of the warming weather.

On Tuesday, April 5, the Crystal City FRESHFARM Market will open for the season. The farmers market is held from 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday, along Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets S.

“Shop from nearly 20 local farmers and producers with seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, container plants and herbs, farm-raised eggs, all-natural meats, artisan baked goods, specialty foods and much more,” organizer Crystal City BID said in a press release. “Stop by early and pick-up a free Crystal City banner bag from the market’s information table (while supplies last).”

Two days later, the BID will hold its first Food Truck Thursday of the season. The lunchtime event is held on Thursdays from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and features a flotilla of food trucks in two locations: the corner of 18th Street and Crystal Drive and at 12th Street and Long Bridge Drive.

Also coming soon to Crystal City: the first 5K Friday race of April, this coming Friday (April 1), and the neighborhood’s weekly Mobile Bike Repair Station will open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at the corner of 18th and Crystal.

Crystal City isn’t the only local community with seasonal events and amenities that have opened or are opening soon. Among the others:

A number of other farmers markets around Arlington are held year-round.

by ARLnow.com — March 29, 2016 at 2:20 pm 0

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Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Arlington tech eventArlington Tech: Networking and Discussion*
Highline RxR (2010 Crystal Drive)
Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Join ARLnow.com for an evening of networking and conversation about Arlington’s tech scene. Starting at 6:30 p.m., host Sarah Fraser will lead a discussion with some notable local innovators. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. There will be free food and drink, plus a free ARLnow t-shirt for the first five attendees through the door.

Crayons / coloring (photo courtesy Arlington Public Library)Coloring Party for Adults
Aurora Hills Branch Library (735 18th Street S.)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. We will supply coloring pages featuring intricate designs. We’ll also have crayons and colored pencils but feel free to bring your own.

Thursday

adamcoverjpeglowerres-copyPermissionless Innovation Book Launch and Happy Hour
Mercatus Center at George Mason University (3434 Washington Blvd, 4th Floor)
Time: 5-7 p.m.

Join Adam Thierer, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, for a discussion of the intersection of government policy and innovation, as explored in the expanded edition of his book, Permissionless Innovation.

Carlos MenciaLive Comedy: Carlos Mencia
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:45 p.m.

Standup comedian Carlos Mencia, of TV’s “In Living Color” and “Mind of Mencia,” performs at the Drafthouse this week. In addition to Thursday’s show, he will also be performing twice on Friday and Saturday.

Saturday

HandmadeArlingtonHandmade Arlington Arts and Crafts Fair*
Swanson Middle School (5800 Washington Blvd)
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Handmade Arlington 2016 — arts and crafts show — returns to Swanson Middle School for its 4th year. The annual event will feature a record number of artisans debuting a range of arts and crafts including photography, pottery, jewelry, stationary, purses and other works made from fabrics.

Ball-Sellers HouseBall-Sellers House 2016 Opening Day
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Ball-Sellers House (5620 3rd Street S.)

The Ball-Sellers House Museum opens its 2016 season. Join our costumed docent for a free tour of the oldest building in Arlington. See how farm families really lived in colonial Virginia. There will also be colonial era beverages and sweet treats!

PAN_logoVegan Pledge Program*
Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th Street S.)
Time: 1:45-4:45 p.m.

Are you vegan-curious? For health, environmental, or ethical reasons? The Vegan Pledge Program gives you a mentor, a cooking demo, tips from a registered dietitian, a farm sanctuary tour, an acclaimed film screening and more.

Sunday

Marymount University logoA Journey Through History
Marymount University Reinsch Library Auditorium (2807 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 4 p.m.

Sponsored by Marymount’s Black Student Alliance, this free event features an afternoon of music, poetry and dance. The program will highlight historical figures and key events in African American history, including the Civil Rights Movement and such contemporary issues as Black Lives Matter.

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by ARLnow.com — March 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

Nova Armory t-shirtThe new gun store in Lyon Park is planning a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning. At the same time, opponents of the store will be holding some counter-programming: a “community celebration” in the park.

The grand opening for Nova Armory is scheduled for 9 a.m., at the store on 2300 N. Pershing Drive. Among those scheduled to be in attendance are Del. Rich Anderson (R-Prince William), Virginia Citizens Defense League President Philip Van Cleave and “distinguished members” of the National Rifle Association.

The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, some free Nova Armory schwag, a “gun coupon give-away,” and free coffee and pastries, according to the store’s website.

The anti-gun store group Act4LyonPark, meanwhile, is planning to host a number of local lawmakers during their “family-focused event,” from 9-10:30 a.m. in Lyon Park (414 N. Fillmore Street).

Nova Armory in Lyon ParkScheduled speakers at the event include a trio of Democratic state lawmakers who represent Arlington — Sen. Barbara Favola, Del. Alfonso Lopez and Del. Mark Levine — along with Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.

The Lyon Park event will also feature children’s activities, refreshments and “ways to stay involved.” From an Act4LyonPark press release:

We are gathering in our community park to demonstrate what Lyon Park, Ashton Heights, and Arlington are all about. We are civic-minded, community-oriented, and family-focused and we choose to live and work in a region and county that is safe, friendly, and fun. This is a celebration of our home.

“As members of the community, we have the right to protect the well-being of our families and our recently revitalized business area,” says a member of Act4LyonPark. “A gun dealership close to schools, parks and residential homes does not add any value to our community. Our issue is not with the 2nd Amendment. If people choose to own guns, that’s their business. When people start carrying guns around our homes and children, that’s our business.”

by ARLnow.com — March 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Springtime in Shirlington, in front of Signature Theater and the Shirlington Branch LibraryShirlington’s Signature Theatre has unveiled the lineup for its 2016-2017 season.

Among the productions scheduled are the Tony Award-winning Titanic: The Musical, Freaky Friday based on the novel and Disney movies and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Jesus Chris Superstar.

Here’s the full list:

  • Jelly’s Last Jam (Aug. 2-Sept. 11) — A musical about “famed and notorious jazz entertainer Jelly Roll Morton,” featuring his music.
  • The Gulf (Sept. 13-Nov. 6) — The world premiere of a “provocative new comedy” set in the Alabama Delta, written by D.C. playwright Audrey Cefaly.
  • Freaky Friday (Oct. 4-Nov. 6) — The world premiere of the body-swapping musical comedy based on the Disney films.
  • Silver Belles (Nov. 22-Dec. 24) — Another world premiere musical comedy that’s billed as “a raucous send up of small town Christmas pageantry.”
  • Titanic: The Musical (Dec. 13-Jan. 29) — A new production of the 20-year-old musical, featuring “a cast, crew and orchestra of over 50 artists and an inventive new 360 degree staging.”
  • Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing (Feb. 28-March 26) — A new comedy written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Debra Monk.
  • Midwestern Gothic (March 14-April 30) — A new musical that “paints a vivid portrait of a young woman whose imagination runs wild in a desperate to escape her desolate surroundings.”
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (May 9-July 2) — Signature’s season concludes with the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Signature is also planning a cabaret series featuring “Woodstock,” with music from the music festival, in addition to its annual open house on Saturday, July 23.

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