by ARLnow.com — September 11, 2015 at 11:35 am 0

Aerial view of Courthouse and neighborhoodsRegister for the 4 p.m. session here, or the 5:30 p.m. session here.

It’s no secret that digital marketing is the future. It allows businesses to reach customers for a fraction of the cost of traditional media — and in ways never imagined before.

Unfortunately the digital landscape is changing quickly and often it’s hard to keep up. The marketing mix in today’s mobile world is substantially different than it was just a year or two ago.

This is especially challenging for local business owners, who would rather focus on delighting customers rather than the latest geotargeting tech. Plus, local businesses often face a barrage of telemarketing calls from out of town, fly by night peddlers of various online services, making it hard to know who to trust.

To help sort out the options — and provide some real-world best practices that will bring your business more customers and more revenue — ARLnow.com is bringing small business digital marketing expert Stanley Gauss to town next Thursday.

Gauss and ARLnow.com owner Scott Brodbeck will be holding two free, small group discussions about the latest digital marketing options specifically for local businesses: social media, mobile, geotargeting, email blasts and everything in between. The events are free for owners and managers of Arlington-based local businesses.

Two sessions are available on Thursday, Sept. 17: from 4 to 5:15 p.m. and from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Registration is free but an RSVP is required.

If you’re unable to attend in person, you may also use the links above to register to phone in via conference call. Or, to inquire about a one-on-one discussion at your office earlier in the day, contact ARLnow’s Meghan McMahon at [email protected] or 703-348-0583.

by Heather Mongilio — September 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm 3,137 0

4000 Wilson Blvd, the future home of Pepita, Kapnos Taverna and Yona

Restaurant entrepreneur and Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella is throwing a “block party” to celebrate the opening of his three Ballston restaurants.

The event will be held at the patio at The View apartment building (4000 Wilson Blvd) on Sept. 12 from 1-4 p.m.

For $65, guests will enjoy food from Isabella’s three Arlington-based restaurants — PepitaKapnos Taverna and Yona, which opens in the fall — while listening to live jazz.

“The event is going to be a big party. It is a great way to experience food from all three of Mike Isabella’s Ballston restaurants, including forthcoming Yona, with live entertainment from the jazz duo The Potash Twins and DJ Toast,” said Madeline Harrington, a public relations rep for the restaurants.

Guests will be able to sample food from each restaurant at the event. There will be crispy cauliflower and barbecue goat tacos and Mexican corn on the cob from Pepita. From Kapnos Taverna, guests will be able to try spit roasted pork, falafel and classic Greek spreads. Yona, Isabella’s newest restaurant, will provide pork and kimchi dumplings, Japanese curry potato croquettes and Korean fried chicken.

“[There will be] great food, great drinks and lively music,” Harrington said. “A great way to say goodbye to the summer.”

Isabella’s first Arlington venture, Kapnos Taverna, opened last January. Pepita opened in the same building at the end of July, and new restaurant Yona is expected to open in late fall, she said.

Yona will be a Japanese noodles and small plates restaurant with new and traditional takes on ramen and other Asian dishes, she said.

“Mike loves the neighborhood. Both Kapnos Taverna and Pepita have been a huge success, and each concept is set up so that it doesn’t compete with the others other,” Harrington said. “Yona will be something fresh and new for Ballston, so it made sense [for him to open another restaurant].”

by Heather Mongilio — September 10, 2015 at 10:00 am 443 0

Children at Barcroft's Chalk4Peace (Courtesy of Marel Sitron)Barcroft Elementary School’s sidewalks and blacktops will be covered in chalk drawings on Saturday as part of annual event promoting art and peace.

Barcroft will hold its annual Chalk4Peace event on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. There will be music and chalk will be provided.

Children will be able to draw on the blacktop and sidewalks around the school. The art will stay there until it is washed away by rain, said Principal Colette Bounet.

“They [kids] get to hang out with their friends,” Bounet said. “They get to draw on the ground, which they usually don’t get to do.”

Chalk4Peace is a global initatiative started by artist John Aaron 10 years ago to help connect communities and promote peace and art.

“The peace aspect [for the Barcroft event] is more just getting out with your community,” Bounet said.

About 50 to 60 kids show up each year to the event, Bounet said, adding that at any one time there are usually 25 to 30 kids drawing.

Chalk4Peace first came first came to Barcroft nine years ago, said art teacher Marel Sitron, who helped launch the event. The original Chalk4Peace event was founded in Arlington in 2003.

“I just think it’s a wonderful event because art is an universal language,” Sitron said.

Both Bounet and Sitron draw during the event, they said. In previous years, Sitron chalked the Mona Lisa in chalk as well as other large pictures, she said.

Children who participate in Chalk4Peace also bring a box of cereal to donate. Last year, the school filled five to six large tubs of cereal boxes, Bounet said.

“We’ve just found it’s very appealing for kids to give to other kids,” she said.

by Eleanor Greene — September 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm 465 0

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Hot sauce wall at Rocklands

Second Annual Hot Sauce Contest*
Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company (3471 Washington Blvd.)
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, home of the hot-sauce Wall of Fire, invites you to submit your best sauce. Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. 

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Arlington Passages Film Premiere and Benefit
Arlington Cinema and Draught House (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7-10 p.m.

Check out this series of new films about what it’s like to bike in Arlington and who’s riding around town. The films are produced by production company Modacity and tickets to the event are $7.50.


dog festDC Dog Fest Walk n Roll
Pentagon Row (1201 South Joyce Street)
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

This community dog walk supports Canine Companions for Independence. Register yourself or a team of friends — your fundraising efforts will help people with disabilities and earn you a great prize.

Dee Dee Bridgewater at Rosslyn Jazz Festival 2011 (photo by Runneralan2004)Rosslyn Jazz Fest
Gateway Park (1300 Lee Hwy)
Time: 1 – 7 p.m.

This community jazz event is taking over all three acres of Gateway Park. Enjoy six hours of world-class music, plus food and drinks. Plus, activities especially for kids. Admission is free.

9-11 Memorial 5K logo.Arlington Police, Fire and Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5k
DoubleTree Hotel (300 Army Navy Drive)
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

The race to commemorate those fallen on 9/11 will benefit charities that focus on the healing of military personnel and civilians affected by the attacks. Race entry is $50 and is available on race day.


2015_LLT5K_FINALlogoLLT 5k and Kids’ 1 Mile Dash
Bluemont Park Trail (601 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Latinas Leading Tomorrow (LLT) is a volunteer organization to empower middle and high school Latina students to become successful leaders. Proceeds from this run will support LLT’s programming throughout the year.

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by Heather Mongilio — September 8, 2015 at 1:45 pm 1,732 0

Judy Blume (Courtesy of Elena Seibert and the Arlington Public Library)

Best-selling children’s and young adult novel author Judy Blume is coming to Arlington next month to talk about her latest book.

Blume will speak in the Washington-Lee High School auditorium (1301 N. Stratford Street) on Oct. 22 from 7-9 p.m. The event is free; copies of Blume’s latest book, “In the Unlikely Event” will be available for purchase.

Blume is the author of books like “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” and “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret,” which have sold millions of copies and tell life lessons for young readers.

While Blume is noted for her children and young adult novels, she also has written books for adults, like “Summer Sisters.”

“She’s one of those few people who have several different audiences,” said Peter Golkin, spokesman for Arlington Public Library, which is organizing the event.

Library Director Diane Kresh will lead a question-and-answer conversation with Blume about writing, having an effect of her many readers at “pivotal moments in their lives” and the challenges that come from writing for multiple audiences, according to the library website.

Fans can submit questions through the comments section on the event page, and some of them may make it on to Kresh’s list. Kresh will ultimately decide what she will ask the author, Golkin said.

The library is also planning to have audience questions at the end, he said.

Blume will sign copies of her new book, “In the Unlikely Event,” which tells the story of a series of plane crashes in a small New Jersey town. The library does not know if she will sign other books at this time, according to its website.

Photo courtesy of Arlington Public Library

by Eleanor Greene — August 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm 367 0

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Affordable Housing Month logo (via Arlington County)APAH Affordable Housing Month Open House
Columbia Grove Apartments (1010 Frederick Street S.)
Time: 8-8:45 a.m.

Want to learn more about affordable housing in Arlington? The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) welcomes community members to learn answers to important questions, including how affordable housing is financed.



Pride on the Rocks*
Redrocks Arlington (2501 9th Road S.)
Time: 6-10 p.m.

As part of NoVa Pride, Redrocks Arlington is hosting an event with food and drink specials, and trivia that starts at 7:30 p.m. Redrocks will donate 10 percent of all profits that evening to NoVa Pride. 


guitars-at-penrsoeSlam Allen
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (4444 Arlington Blvd.)
Time: 8-9:30 p.m.

Slam Allen has been a singer and performer of soul and blues music for over two decades and has performed around the world, including the famed Chitlin’ Circuit. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students and seniors.


AIR-097-LED-GDN-Ads-gh1.12Do the Light Switch @ Westover Farmers Market
Westover Farmers Market (Washington Boulevard & McKinley Road N.)
Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) will have a booth set up at the farmers market to trade in incandescent bulbs for a free LED bulb. Limited to one per household.

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by Heather Mongilio — August 31, 2015 at 10:15 am 1,034 0

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Arlington County and a local nonprofit are raising awareness of housing and hunger in September.

September is Affordable Housing Month in Arlington. Throughout the month, Arlington County will be holding events that celebrate “the County’s long-term commitment to preserving and creating housing opportunities that benefit the whole community.”

There will be bus and bike tours of affordable housing complexes, a speech from national affordable housing advocate Chris Estes and a public forum about the benefits and challenges of offering affordable housing in the county.

During the month, there will also be public hearings on the Affordable Housing Master Plan on Sept. 8 and 19. The plan addresses the decline of affordable housing in the county and includes the creation of 15,800 additional affordable housing units by 2040.

“For decades, we have invested in our affordable housing programs to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community,” County Board Chair Mary Hynes said in a statement. “These efforts support our residents at all ages and stages of life, improve our neighborhoods and strengthen our economy. This September, we will come together to celebrate our successes and discuss our challenges.”

Affordable Housing Month kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 2 with a speech from Estes, the president and CEO of non-profit National Housing Conference. The opening reception is from 4-6 p.m. in the County Board room (2100 Clarendon Blvd, room 307).

The following events are also part of Affordable Housing Month:

AFAC celebrates 25th anniversaryThe Arlington Food Assistance Center will also spend September educating residents about hunger and food demand in the county as part of its Hunger Action Month.

The organization will hold discussions about hunger, a golf tournament, a film screening and multiple food drives to raise awareness of Arlington residents who struggle with feeding their families.

There will also be a month-long exhibit about AFAC and hunger in the lobby of the Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street), with an accompanying presentation on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

“Over 2,200 families are coming to AFAC each week to access fresh and healthy supplemental groceries, freeing up tightly stretched funds for child and health care, rent, and other financial demands. The growing need shows no signs of abating and Hunger Action Month creates an opportunity to share AFAC’s story and expand its reach to every Arlington resident suffering from food insecurity,” the organization said in a press release.

by ARLnow.com — August 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm 945 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

Restaurant Week 2015 logo (via RAMW)

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

Arlington Backyard Beer Festival logo (via Backyard Beer Fest)

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.

Logo via Backyard Beer Festival

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

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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. 


Iliza-Shlesinger via Hollywood Branded/flickrIliza Shlesinger at Arlington Drafthouse and Cinema
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.


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.


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. 



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.


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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