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by Kalina Newman June 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

An organization that’s working to end prostate cancer will hold a charity fun run and walk on Father’s Day in Pentagon Row.

Participants can take part in a 5K run/walk, a one-mile walk or a “Kid’s Superhero Dash for Dad” on Sunday, June 18 at 8:15 a.m. Snooze for Dudes is for those who cannot attend the race but still would like to contribute.

Funds raised from the races benefit ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, a national nonprofit that works to stamp out prostate cancer.

There is no fundraising minimum, but participants are advised to consider making a self-donation or to raise at least $100. All registered participants and volunteers receive a personal fundraising page and coaching on how to raise money.

Money raised will go towards providing research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing and education for men and families about prostate cancer.

This year alone, 7,730 men in D.C., Maryland and Virginia will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to ZERO.

“Our Capital Area Run/Walk gives members of the community a voice in the fight to end a disease that affects 1 in 8 American men, as well as the opportunity to connect with others who have been impacted,” said Shawn Supers, Mid-Atlantic chapter director for ZERO. “We’re raising awareness and funds to ensure that each man knows he is not fighting prostate cancer alone.”

Participants can park in the mall lot on the corner of Army Navy Drive and S. Joyce Street or in the Pentagon Row garage. Dogs are permitted to race as long as they are kept on five-foot, non-retractable leashes.

Photo via ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer

by Kalina Newman June 5, 2017 at 4:15 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

A Salute to Our Military and First Responders *
Army-Navy Country Club (1700 Army-Navy Drive)
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Arlington Historical Society presents the program, which includes a presentation of “The Day War Came to Arlington, a gripping account of 9/11 from inside the President’s bunker. General admission is $70, couple’s tickets are $120.

Wednesday

Wine Tasting *
Osteria de Nino (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 5-7 p.m.

There will be a complimentary wine tasting at the bar with wines also available to purchase at a discount price. Happy hour specials are also at the bar from 3-7 p.m., which includes dollar oysters and five dollar wines.

Thursday

History of the Mason Family’s Occupation of Roosevelt Island
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

The Arlington Historical Society hosts Bradley Krueger to discuss his research of Theodore Roosevelt Island. This program is free and part of a monthly series. Krueger is the Cultural Resources Specialist for the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

W. Kamau Bell LIVE at Arlington Drafthouse
Arlington Drafthouse & Cinema (1524 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Bell has released two stand up comedy albums: One Night Only and Face Full of Flour. Face Full of Flour was named one of the Top 10 Best Comedy Albums of the year by iTunes and Punchline Magazine. Tickets start at $35.

Saturday

Employment Mentoring for Skilled Refugees *
St. George’s Episcopal Church (3445 Washington Blvd)
Time: 3-6 p.m.

A NOVA Friends of Refugees event, combines employment mentoring for skilled refugees with a fun program of cultural enrichment for spouses and children still adjusting to their new country. Food and drink will be provided.

Armed Forces Cycling Classic
Various locations
Time: 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

A two-day cycling event benefitting members of the U.S. armed forces that brings together amateur and professional bicyclists for competition throughout Arlington. Races include the Clarendon Cup, Corporate Challenge and Crystal Cup.

Central Arlington History Tour
Clarendon Metro station (3100 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 9 a.m.-7 p.m

Sponsored by the Center Hiking Club, take an easy all-day walk of 10-12 miles touring historic points in central Arlington, including colonial, Civil War, trolley and W&OD Railroad sites. $2 fee, bring a lunch and comfortable shoes.

West Columbia Pike Food Truck Party No. 2
Columbia Pike at S. Four Mile Run Drive
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Come and join the West Columbia Pike neighborhoods for their second food truck party of the year. Bring a chair to relax along the trail or set up for a picnic. There will be new bike parking and pet stations available as well as music.

Sunday

The Arlington Youth Triathlon *
Washington-Lee High School (1300 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 7:30-10:30 a.m.

The Arlington Triathlon is a youth triathlon and is part of the USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Youth Triathlon Series.  The race is produced by Triathlon Family USA, Inc., which also manages the Arlington Triathlon Club.

Free Crescendo Concert *
Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent Street)
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.

Crescendo, the youth chamber music program of the Arlington Philharmonic will hold its final concert. Admission is free. The Crescendo musicians will perform movements from the Mendelssohn Octet, Dvorak American, and Borodin.

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by ARLnow.com June 2, 2017 at 9:45 am 0

Summer may have just kicked off, but the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) is already planning for a big autumn of marquee performances.

It’s expected to start Sept. 7-9 with comedy legend Jon Lovitz. Later that month, Pauly Shore will be performing a “one-nighter” on Sept. 24. Another former MTV personality, “Jackass” star Steve-O, will be in town Oct. 19-22. And comic/actor Tom Arnold will perform his standup act on Nov. 3 and 4.

In addition to the comedy, actor Val Kilmer will be at the Drafthouse on Oct. 6 and 7 for a special screening of his one-man play about Mark Twain, plus a question-and-answer session after the film.

The Drafthouse is in the midst of a series of changes, including new seating, a new summer focus on first-run films, and a new Mexican restaurant in the former “green room” bar space.

This summer’s comedy lineup includes “Super Troopers” star, director and co-writer Jay Chandrasekhar this weekend and W. Kamau Bell next weekend, followed by Chris Gethard, Gary Gulman, Kevin Barnett, Alex Moffat, Jade Catta-Preta, and Piff the Magic Dragon.

Photo via Arlington Cinema Drafthouse

by ARLnow.com May 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0

(Updated on 6/2/17) Arlington’s first major bar crawl of the year is scheduled for the weekend before the Fourth of July.

The All American Bar Crawl is set to take place Saturday, July 1 from 1-9 p.m. in Clarendon. It offers revelers access to local bars, food and drink specials, party favors, a raffle and a “signature patriotic mug.”

Among the participating restaurants listed on the event’s website are Mister Days, Bracket Room, Whitlow’s, Clarendon Grill, Oz and Whitlow’s Rooftop.

Early bird online registration is $15.

“The All American Bar Crawl celebrates America’s birthday a few days early!” says the website. “Rock your red, white and blue and get ready for a day full of Star Spangled shenanigans and bar-hopping in Clarendon with thousands of your closest friends.”

The last major bar crawl in Arlington happened this past Halloween. Organizers skipped the usual St. Patrick’s Day crawl this year.

In June 2014 a naked man led police on a chase through Clarendon during that year’s All American Bar Crawl. A month later the Arlington County Board passed new regulations that required crawl organizers to pay for a stepped-up police presence at the events. Both attendance and arrests dropped at subsequent bar crawls.

by Kalina Newman May 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm 0

The lineup is set for the 27th annual Rosslyn Jazz Fest.

The free event is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 in Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway). It regularly draws over 5,000 music fans to the park for world-class jazz music along with local food trucks and a beer and wine garden.

The lineup this year consists of four different music groups:

New this year, a Spotify playlist is available to listen to the artists’ work before the festival. Timings will be set at a later date. The event is presented by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District and Arlington Arts.

by Kalina Newman May 30, 2017 at 4:45 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.

Friday

Oz’s Summer Yappy Hour Kick-off
Oz Restaurant & Bar (2950 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 4-7 p.m.

While you enjoy food and drinks, your pets will enjoy treats provided by Kriser’s Natural Pet Store. The first 10 dogs to arrive will receive a complimentary toy and with the purchase of a happy hour special, you’ll be entered to win a gift basket.

Jay Chandrasekhar LIVE 
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2930 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Jay Chandrasekhar is an accomplished director, stand-up comic, comedy writer and actor. He’ll be live at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, performing comedy that has landed him as one of Variety’s Top 10 Directors to Watch.

Saturday

First Colombia Pike Summer Movie Night
Penrose Square (2503 Columbia Pike)
Time: 8:25-10:25 p.m.

Come to Penrose Square for a blast from the past outdoors 80’s movie night. Hosted by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization. In case of inclement weather check the Facebook page or the Twitter feed to find about a potential cancellation.

E60 Fitness Grand Opening
E60 Fitness Arlington (1524 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Come tour the facility, meet trainers and enjoy fun, food and games at the E60 Fitness grand opening celebration. Vendors in attendance include Mighty Meals and Noble Nutrition and raffles will be held for prizes from Lululemon and Sweet Leaf.

13th Annual Testicle Festival *
Arlington American Legion Post 139 (3445 Washington Blvd)
Time: 6-11 p.m.

The Montana State Society hosts the 13th annual D.C. Testy Fest, “The Original Sack Lunch.” Live music will be provided by the Wil Gravatt Band. Wash down the food with a limitless supply of Crown Royal and beer. Tickets are $25.

39th Annual Leeway Overlee Community Day & Yard Sale *
Leeway Overlee Civic Association (601 22nd Street N.)
Time: 9 a.m. -1 p.m.

The community will be out in force to exchange information and greetings, sell unneeded household items and pick up a few bargains. The civic association has arranged live music for the event. Over 100 families set up tables for the festivities.

Culpepper Garden Springtime Party *
Culpepper Garden (4435 N. Pershing Drive)
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Culpepper Garden, Arlington’s only senior living community that boasts 340 apartments for those 62 and over, celebrates its affordable independent and assisted living at this festive fundraiser reception in their gardens.

Sunday

15th Annual Green Home and Garden Tour
Ball Seller’s House (5620 3rd Street S.)
Time: 1-5 p.m.

The Green Home and Garden Tour highlights participants from 18 homes that practice a variety of environmental actions such as energy efficient technologies, solar elements, water-saving technologies, and more.

Bark in the Park *
James Hunter Park (1229 N. Herndon Street)
Time: 3-6 p.m.

Join Clarendon Alliance and Clarendon Animal Care for the third annual Bark in the Park celebration with live music, BBQ by Smoking Kow and local pet-friendly businesses on hand. Bounce house, face-painting and balloons included.

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by Chris Teale May 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm 0

A happy hour and listening session tomorrow (May 31) will look to encourage more young people to get involved in Arlington’s local government. County Board vice chair Katie Cristol is among those set to attend.

According to a brief blurb on the event, attendees can expect “an evening of lively conversation and discussion of the issues and topics of interest to millennials and young professionals in Arlington.”

Arlington was recently named the best city for millennials by website Niche.com, with its report card noting the good public schools, commute, health and fitness and other factors.

The event is from 6-8 p.m. at the offices of the Ballston Business Improvement District (4600 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100).

The event is nonpartisan and is expected to be attended by those on both sides of the political aisle. In an email to supporters, Arlington-Falls Church Young Republicans chair emeritus Matthew Hurtt said young people can play a key role in helping shape county policy. He pointed to the legalization of Airbnb last year and the AFCYRs’ role in helping beat back some proposed regulations on rentals.

“Whether you realize it or not, the AFCYRs is the largest Arlington-focused millennial political organization in Arlington — even bigger than the Arlington Young Democrats, according to club election statistics,” Hurtt wrote. “During the community conversation about legalizing Airbnb, AFCYRs made up a significant portion of the community feedback, rebuffing a number of destructive (and ridiculous) regulations. AFCYRs played a key role in the favorable outcome of that debate.”

The event is jointly sponsored by the county’s Office of Communications and Public Engagement and the Ballston Business Improvement District. Those interested in attending can register online.

by Kalina Newman May 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm 0

The fifth annual Father’s Day Auto Festival returns to Crystal City on Sunday, June 18, where a bevy of vehicles from sport cars to antiques will be on display.

The family-friendly festival is from 2-6 p.m. at 220 20th Street S., and will feature a range of automobiles for viewing.

Presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, the festival has a new partnership with automotive website Carsfera. The collaboration allows dozens of new cars to be added to the line-up.

In addition to the display show, there will be other activities like a mini race car painting booth, a race track, moon bounce and live music. A Toyota Prius will also be on display for local artists to creatively paint throughout the event.

The event is free to attend, and it is also free to register a vehicle to display, but online registration is required for the latter.

Photo via Crystal City BID

by ARLnow.com May 26, 2017 at 11:00 am 0

The Montana State Society’s annual Testicle Festival is returning to Virginia Square next week.

Featuring unlimited rocky mountain oysters, Crown Royal and beer (usually Budweiser), the event takes place at the American Legion post at 3445 Washington Blvd. This year, the “Testy Fest” is scheduled from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

Tickets for the event are $25 online or $30 at the door. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

As usual, organizers have used the choice of cuisine to take liberties with their write-up about the event. From the event page:

You’d be NUTS to miss this! The Montana State Society would like to invite you to have a ball (literally!) at the 13th annual D.C. Testy Fest – “The Original Sack Lunch” – to be held from 6:00PM – 11:00PM on Saturday June 3rd, 2017 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!

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.

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/1832050013725803

by Chris Teale May 25, 2017 at 10:10 am 0

A new free rock concert series will kick off next week at Rosslyn’s Central Place Plaza.

The Rosslyn Rocks! Concerts are scheduled to take place each Thursday in June from 6-8 p.m. at the plaza on N. Lynn Street. Each week, a new cover band will entertain concertgoers.

Attendees can also enjoy a drink in the neighborhood’s newest outdoor space, with proceeds from sales going to the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network.

The schedule for the month-long concert series is below.

The public plaza already hosts the newly-opened Rosslyn farmers market and is adjacent to a 31-story mixed-use building that includes apartments and retail, including a new McDonald’s.

by ARLnow.com May 22, 2017 at 11:40 am 0

Terry McAuliffe campaigns at Washington-Lee High SchoolVirginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is scheduled to be in Clarendon tomorrow night for the seventh annual NARAL Virginia “Power of Choice” event.

The gala and awards presentation will honor “those who have made an outstanding impact” on NARAL’s “work to protect and advance reproductive freedom in Virginia.”

The event is taking place at Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Boulevard) and is also expected to be attended by Attorney General Mark Herring and Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, who is currently running for governor.

Tickets for the event range from $40 for students to $150 for general admission. Sponsorships of the gala range from $500-5,000.

File photo

by Kalina Newman May 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm 0

A number of roads will be closed this weekend in Ballston to accommodate the 30th annual Taste of Arlington.

The outdoor event spans Wilson Blvd from N. Randolph Street to N. Nelson Street, and this year will include more than 50 restaurants, live music and food trucks. Tickets are still available online, or can be bought on the door.

More on the road closures, from an Arlington County Police Department press release:

The 2017 Taste of Arlington event will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The following road closures will occur from approximately 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 through 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

  • Wilson Boulevard will be closed between N. Randolph Street and N. Monroe Street, all North/South cross streets will be blocked.
  • N. Quincy Street will be closed with modified traffic between N. 5th Street and N. 9th Street.
  • All traffic trying to cross Wilson Boulevard on Pollard, Piedmont, Oakland, Nelson and Monroe Streets will be turned around.
  • N. Randolph Street will be open between the Ballston Parking Garage/Loading Dock to N. 9th Street, the area garages will not be closed.
  • Other area roadway restrictions may be in place to keep traffic impacts near the event and area neighborhoods to a minimum.

In addition, street parking in the area will be restricted. Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No Parking” signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed and/or towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, call 703-558-2222.

Image via Ballston BID

by Chris Teale May 18, 2017 at 10:00 am 0

The 24-hour Questival Adventure Race will arrive in Rosslyn on Friday as part of its 2017 tour of the Mid-Atlantic.

The race begins at Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway) at 7 p.m. on May 19. Teams of two to six will complete a series of challenges across 24 hours that could be about anything from fitness to food, with winning prizes worth up to $10,000.

Currently the quests are unknown and the challenge list will be sent out to teams 24 hours in advance.

“Whether it’s adventure & fitness, food, service, or teamwork, your quest will include challenges that push you out of your comfort zone,” the Questival website reads. “Anyone can do it, but only the slightly neurotic thrive.”

The race’s official website advises participants to bring gear such as swimsuits, tennis shoes and camping gear. Participants track their team’s challenge progress throughout the race on an app, where the judges will then decide on the winning teams.

Online registration is still open; entry costs $46 per person.

Photo via Questival. Kalina Newman contributed reporting.

by Chris Teale May 15, 2017 at 12:00 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

Free Home Buyer Class *
Orange Line Living (1600 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6-7 p.m.

Specialists including lenders and buyer agents will give an overview of the buying process, while attendees will learn Orange Line Living’s valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3 percent or more when you purchase.

Financial Scams: Just Say No!
Aurora Hills Branch Library (735 18th Street S.)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Virginia Cooperative Extension presents an interactive session that covers common financial scams and with practical tips on how you can protect yourself, especially if you suspect a family member is the fraudster.

Tuesday

Surf Like a Sleuth
Arlington Independent Media (2701 Wilson Blvd #C)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Learn tips, tricks and tools used by private investigators for tracking down information using nothing more than a web browser and an internet connection. This course will cover the basics of records searches, and more.

Wednesday

U.S. Army Twilight Tattoo
Summerall Field, Fort Myer (247 Sheridan Ave)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

An hour-long military pageant featuring soldiers from The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment and The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” Experience a glimpse into American history through performances by various ensembles and drill teams.

Thursday

Special Screening: The Crucible
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:45 p.m.

Based on Salem’s infamous witch trials, “The Crucible” takes place in a small tight-knit community, where personal grievances collide with lust and superstition, fueling widespread hysteria.

Saturday

Civil War Camp Day
Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th Street S.)
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

A Civil War living history event hosted by Arlington Parks & Recreation. The event recognizes the 156th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln ordering Union troops into Arlington on May 24, 1861 to defend Washington, D.C.

Lyon Park Spring Fair
Lyon Park (414 N. Fillmore Street)
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

A family-centered event with carnival games, pony rides, moon bounces, cake walk, face painting, cotton candy and more. Concessions, a bake sale and a plant sale are also part of the event. Bring the family and have some old school fun!

Sunday

Taste of Arlington *
Ballston (Wilson Blvd from N. Randolph to N. Nelson Street)
Time: 12-6 p.m.

The 30th annual Taste of Arlington, presented by Courthaus Social and benefiting BallstonGives. The event transforms Wilson Blvd and neighboring streets into a street festival with dining, music and entertainment for all ages.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by Chris Teale May 15, 2017 at 11:00 am 0

Thirty performances including big band, blues, soul and orchestral music as well as cabaret acts will come to the Lubber Run Amphitheater this summer.

The acts begin on June 16 with roots rock band The Grandsons, then children’s entertainer The Great Zucchini wraps things up on September 17.

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.

The amphitheater is located near the intersection of N. Columbus Street and 2nd Street N., about a 20-minute walk from Ballston. It is also accessible on Metrobus’ 4B route between Rosslyn and Seven Corners.

It almost 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. Kalina Newman contributed reporting.

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