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by Chris Teale November 30, 2017 at 4:45 pm 0

Pentagon Row will host its fourth annual holiday celebration this Saturday (December 2).

Frost Fest begins at 5 p.m. at the ice rink at Army Navy Drive and S. Joyce Street. The event will include an on-ice firework display with Santa Claus, music from a DJ, live entertainment from local artists and ice sculptures.

Attendees can also sample foods from some nearby restaurants, pick up holiday shopping specials and win a $1,000 Pentagon Row shopping spree giveaway.

Pentagon Row’s 6,840-square-foot outdoor ice rink is now open, and will be open on all holidays. Admission costs $8 for those aged 12 and under); and $9 for those aged 13 and older. Skate rental costs $4.

The rink’s hours will be as follows:

  • Mondays to Thursdays: Noon to 10 p.m.
  • Fridays: Noon to 11 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

by Chris Teale November 29, 2017 at 10:45 am 0

The annual Christmas tree lighting at The Village at Shirlington (2700 S. Quincy Street) will take place on Thursday evening.

It begins at 6 p.m. with a Signature Theatre holiday production featuring the cast of The Holiday Follies, with the tree to be lit at 6:30 p.m.

That will be followed by pictures with Santa in Hardwood Artisans (2800 S. Randolph Street) and a performance by the Bishop O’Connell High School Choir at 7 p.m.

The evening will also feature horse and carriage rides, strolling entertainment and live music, as well as specials at local shops and restaurants including Cheesetique, Busboys & Poets and Le Village Marche.

Per the Arlington County Police Department, the following roads will be closed to accommodate the event:

  • Campbell Avenue, from the Harris Teeter driveway to S. Randolph Street (12:00-4:00 PM)
  • Campbell Avenue, from Arlington Mill Drive to S. Quincy Street (4:00-10:00 PM)
  • S. Randolph Street, from Arlington Mill Drive to the alley behind Charlie Chiang’s Restaurant, roughly the 3000 block (4:00-10:00 PM)

Vehicles will be allowed to exit the covered Harris Teeter parking structure onto Campbell Ave. until 4:00 PM, then must use the alternative entrance accessed from Arlington Mill Drive. Drivers are warned that traffic in the area may be congested throughout the event and alternative modes of transportation are recommended.

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

All areas within the lines on the included map will be closed to vehicular traffic during the actual event (4:00-9:00 PM).

by Chris Teale November 28, 2017 at 10:30 am 0

A sold-out reception in Ballston tomorrow will celebrate the new businesses that have moved into Arlington County.

Arlington Economic Development is hosting Arlington Premiere at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex (627 N. Glebe Road) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29.

Attendees can “welcome new business owners and network with other key business and community leaders as we celebrate our growing business community,” a blurb on the event, which is sponsored by the Ballston Business Improvement District, says. Registration is no longer available as the event has reached capacity.

Also at the event, AED will reveal the winners of the Arlington’s First Four competition. The contest honors locally-based businesses that have shown revenue growth over a three-year period.

“The Arlington Premiere is a great way for you to meet our new businesses and strengthen your relationship with other county and community leaders,” AED director Victor Hoskins wrote in an email to the public.

by Chris Teale November 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

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Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Talking to Your Teens About the Tough Stuff *
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (2609 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Dr. Heather Tedesco, a McLean-based applied psychologist, discusses how to improve family life and to support the long-term development of happy, authentically successful children, teens and adults in times of stress.

Code Girls
One More Page Books (2200 N. Westmoreland Street)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

Washington Post reporter Liza Mundy will share from her new book “CODE GIRLS: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II,” revealing the previously hidden history of the women who worked in secrecy.

Wednesday

The Future of Saving Energy *
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 8 a.m.

Join county staff and industry leaders for a community discussion on the impact that the Digital Revolution will have on energy in Arlington, featuring architect David Peabody, Anna Buglaeva of Aquicore and Adam Segel-Moss of AIRE.

Thursday

Frequent Travelers’ Happy Hour
Tortoise & Hare Bar and Grille (567 23rd Street S.)
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Talk travel and help some children have a brighter holiday at this happy hour in aid of Toys for Tots. Bring an unwrapped toy, which should not contain any food nor resemble a weapon. Ask for travel advice and meet other travelers.

Friday

World AIDS Day Breakfast
Stambaugh Human Services Center (2100 Washington Blvd)
Time: 9-10:30 a.m.

An annual event organized by the Arlington Department of Human Services as a reminder that HIV/AIDS is still a problem in Arlington. The panel of speakers will address the concern, as well as more about the current opioid epidemic in Virginia.

Saturday

CWP Annual Holiday Bazaar *
Children’s Weekday Program (716 S. Glebe Road)
Time: 9 a.m. to noon

An event featuring seasonal treats, a silent auction, holiday gifts from crafters and local vendors, children’s activities and a visit with Santa. Money raised will support local nonprofit Children’s Weekday Program and its work.

Washington-Lee High School Holiday Bazaar
Washington-Lee High School (1301 N. Stafford Street)
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Over 70 local artisans will be selling handcrafted and other gift items including jewelry, ceramics, glassware, pet items, accessories and more. Shoppers can also sample multi-ethnic food and live entertainment from school groups.

BalletNova presents The Nutcracker
Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 1-3 p.m.

An annual interpretation of The Nutcracker for the Northern Virginia community by BalletNova, choreographed by Nancie Woods and Caroline Frankil Warren. Performances are on November 30 and December 1, 2 and 3.

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by Chris Teale November 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm 0

The Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) is expanding its Christmas Movie Festival for the first time this year.

The festival usually takes place on one day, but instead will last for three weeks, starting on Friday, November 24 with showings of Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life. It wraps up on December 13 with Gremlins.

Paying for one $10 ticket will get attendees unlimited admission to all the scheduled festival movies across all three weeks, depending on space.

Dates for each movie screening are as follows:

Flickr pool photo by Bekah Richards

by Chris Teale November 20, 2017 at 2:45 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.

Thursday

Arlington Turkey Trot
Christ Church of Arlington (3020 N. Pershing Drive)
Time: 8 a.m.

Arlington’s 12th annual Thanksgiving race, raising money for local nonprofits AFAC, A-SPAN and more. The 5k race leads more than 4,000 runners through the Lyon Park neighborhood, and finishes in front of the Lyon Park Center.

Thanksgiving Dinner*
Copperwood Tavern (4021 Campbell Ave)
Time: 5-10 p.m.

Copperwood Tavern in Shirlington will be open on Thanksgiving from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., offering a traditional turkey dinner with other Thanksgiving dishes until 10 p.m. The following day, gift cards at Copperwood will be buy one, get one free.

Friday

NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey*
Kettler Capitals Iceplex (627 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 1 p.m.

Four NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey teams face off at Kettler over two days of competition on Friday and Saturday afternoons: Boston University, Minnesota State-Mankato, Northeastern University and University of Wisconsin.

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by Chris Teale November 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0

A 5K race and festival in memory of an Arlington mom killed by a passing truck while placing her children in a minivan will be held for the third time on Saturday.

The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Memorial 5K Race begins at 9 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road). It will feature a 5K race, a kids’ fun run with Teddy, one of the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents, and a “Family Fun Day Festival.”

The family festival will live feature music from local band Gutterball Kingpin, as well as moon bounces, a rock climbing wall, obstacle course, in-line jumper, human hungry hippo, food trucks, a beer garden, corn hole, face painting, balloon animals and more.

The event benefits the Arlington Pediatric Center and the Virginia Hospital Center Outpatient Obstetrics Clinic, with a focus on prenatal and postnatal health services for underprivileged mothers and babies.

Police will close several roads to accommodate the event. Per the Arlington County Police Department:

The 3rd Annual Jennifer Bush-Lawson Memorial 5K Race will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017.  The Arlington County Police Department will conduct the following road closures from approximately 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM to accommodate this event:

Main Closures:

  • Little Falls Road: N. George Mason Drive to Yorktown Blvd.
  • Yorktown Blvd.: N. George Mason Drive to Williamsburg Blvd.
  • Williamsburg Blvd.: Yorktown Blvd. to N. Emerson Street
  • 33rd Street: N. Emerson Street to N. George Mason Drive
  • George Mason Drive: N. 33rd Street to Yorktown Blvd.
  • Smaller closures exist within the race area

by Chris Teale November 16, 2017 at 9:45 am 0

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Courthouse will host a doughnut and beignet eating contest Sunday to coincide with the NFL game between the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints.

Nine participants will compete at halftime of the game, which kicks off at 1 p.m. on November 19, in the “Beignet and Brown-Butter Doughnut Eating Contest.”

Bayou chef and New Orleans native David Guas will be putting on the competition alongside District Doughnut chef Christine Schaefer.

Competitors will be asked to take on 10 beignets — a pastry made from deep-fried choux pastry — and 10 doughnuts each, and the one to get through all 20 the quickest will win $150 cash.

Anyone wishing to compete should arrive by 12:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the contest is free. Bayou Bakery is located at 1515 N. Courthouse Road.

More from a press release, after the jump.

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by Chris Teale November 14, 2017 at 10:45 am 0

The findings of a study on the feasibility of a pedestrian link between Crystal City and Reagan National Airport are set to be unveiled at a public meeting Wednesday.

The Crystal City Business Improvement District and civil engineering firm VHB will host a public meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. and again from 6:30-8 p.m. on November 15, on the 11th floor of 2011 Crystal Drive.

There, they will present the findings of a feasibility study on the project commissioned earlier this year, as well as several renderings of possible pedestrian links.

Those unable to attend can watch the presentation on Facebook Live, while the presentation slides will be uploaded to the project website after the meeting.

Crystal City BID CEO Angela Fox has said previously that a “new pedestrian connection will bring the airport even closer, from a 15-minute walk to a four-minute walk.”

Courtesy photo

by Chris Teale November 13, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

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Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Wine Tasting Fundraiser to Support Homeownership *
Bistro 360 (1800 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

A wine tasting fundraiser to support local nonprofit Arlington Home Ownership Made Easier, Inc.’s  homeownership program. With the purchase of a $50 ticket, attendees will also be included in the raffle to win prizes.

SoFar Sounds Crystal City
Crystal City (Location TBD)
Time: 7 p.m.

Crystal City’s small, personal concert to bring the magic back to live music. The event features artists in intimate spaces, performing stripped-back sets to carefully curated audiences in the heart of the neighborhood.

Wednesday

Home Buyer Seminar *
Washington First Mortgage – Ballston Branch (4501 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

A session giving a complete home buying overview and valuable home buying strategies that will provide customers with savings when they purchase. The speakers will also be sharing tips in how to be successful in a competitive market.

Thursday

How to Talk to Kids About Death
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (4444 Arlington Blvd)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Join the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of the Holistic Moms Network for the latest in a series on how to talk to children about difficult topics. Brooke Johnson will lead a conversation about the best ways to approach death with children.

Friday

Mister Days 40th Anniversary Party
Mister Days (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Celebrate 40 years since sports bar Mister Days opened in Dupont Circle, before moving to Arlington in the 1990s. The night will include “blast from the past” drink specials, giveaways, contests and a DJ playing music from the bar’s four decades.

Joel McHale Live
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10 p.m.

A stand-up comedy performance by Joel McHale, a comedian and actor most well-known for his appearance on “Community.” Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday; and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday

Native American Heritage Month
Aurora Hills Branch Library (735 18th Street S.)
Time: 2-3 p.m.

A colorful, educational and entertaining pow wow-style event featuring Native American dance, drum and song, presented by Mark Tayac (of Tayac Territory in Port Tobacco, Md.), and members of the Piscataway Indian Nation.

Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation 5k and Family Fun Day *
Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road)
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The race and Family Fun Day will include a certified 5K course and a Family Fun Day festival including a kids’ fun run, music, moon bounces, rock climbing wall, obstacle course, food trucks, a beer garden, corn hole and more.

Sunday

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

A wine dinner featuring drinks from the Sardegna region of Italy. Wines to be paired with the five-course food menu include La Cala, Terre Bianche Torbato, Terrerara Carignano Riserva, Cannonau Di Sardegna and Marchese Di Villamarina.

The Capitol Steps *
Yorktown High School (5200 Yorktown Blvd)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

The Yorktown High School Theatre Arts Program sponsors a performance by the political comedy troupe, a local institution for over 30 years known for their tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave all of the political spectrum laughing.

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by Chris Teale November 8, 2017 at 10:45 am 0

Arlington County will commemorate Veterans Day at the American Legion War Memorial in Clarendon Central Park on Saturday morning.

The event is set to begin at 11 a.m. at the park between Clarendon and Wilson Blvds, above the Clarendon Metro station. It will include the presentation of colors and remarks from local officials.

VFW Post 3150 will conduct the ceremony, which is beginning earlier than in previous years.

Courtesy photo

by Chris Teale November 7, 2017 at 10:30 am 0

A sign near the Arlington Mill Community Center marking one of the early skirmishes in the Civil War will be unveiled this weekend.

The ceremony is set for Saturday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at the center at 909 S. Dinwiddie Street. Members of the Army of the Potomac Living History Society portraying Union soldiers will provide a color guard, and a short video will be shown to show the Civil War history in the area.

“On June 1, 1861 one of the early skirmishes of the Civil War occurred near Arlington Mill when Union pickets were attacked by a handful of Confederate soldiers,” an announcement reads. “After a brief fight, the Confederates fell back. One Union soldier was killed.”

Courtesy image

by Chris Teale November 6, 2017 at 1:00 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

Arlington Home Buyer Class *
Orange Line Living (1600 Wilson Blvd. #101)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

A comprehensive class highlighting what you need to know to buy a home. Learn terminology, what happens at each stage of the transaction, strategies for negotiating a purchase price and the types of loans available. Admission is free.

Wednesday

Immigration Policy Impacts on Community Organizations *
Arlington Career Center (816 S. Walter Reed Drive)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

The Arlington Committee of 100 will hear about the impact of the changes in immigration policy on county nonprofits and other community organizations. The series explores how Arlington institutions have responded to changes in federal policy.

Thursday

Spirit of Community Award Luncheon *
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel (2800 S. Potomac Ave)
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Arlington Community Foundation honors John G. Milliken with the 2017 William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award. The award recognizes an individual and/or organization who epitomizes the true spirit of the Arlington community.

Code Girls of Arlington Hall
Marymount University Reinsch Auditorium (2807 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Learn more about the women who went to makeshift buildings in Arlington and D.C. to break codes while their loved ones were away fighting in World War II. Author Liza Mundy discusses their top secret work, their lives and the war itself.

Friday

Shawn Wayans Live
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Film and television star Shawn Wayans performs his standup routine, having made his acting debut in 1989 and starred in several box office hits. Performances at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday; and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday

Natural Discovery Talk
Long Branch Nature Center (625 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Long Branch Nature Center and the Washington Area Butterfly Club present a talk by conservationist Jim Waggener. He will talk about his work at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and how citizen science can help natural resources.

Sunday

Virginia Cider Week Tap Takeover *
BrickHaus (2900 Columbia Pike)
Time: 4-10 p.m.

Join Arlington’s newest beer garden for a celebration of Virginia Cider Week. The day will feature ciders on tap from Potter’s Craft Cider among others to kick off the week of celebrations. Virginia Cider Week runs from November 10-19.

Barboursville Wine Dinner *
Twisted Vines (2803 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Join Twisted Vines Bistro & Bottleshop for a four-course dinner with five wine pairings from the Barboursville Winery. Featured wines include Brut, Monticello Chardonnay Reserve, Viognier Reserve, Cabernet Franc Reserve and Octagon.

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by Chris Teale October 30, 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

Theodore Roosevelt Program *
Arlington Hilton Hotel (905 N. Stafford Street)
Time: 6-9 p.m.

A Theodore Roosevelt Salute to President Lincoln, sponsored by the Lincoln Group of D.C.Joe Wiegand as Theodore Roosevelt will deliver a salute to the president he most admired. Teddy will greet guests, then take questions after his address.

Friday

For The Love of All Things Italian *
St. George’s Episcopal Church (915 N. Oakland Street)
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.

The Vivaldi Project performs works by members of the Bach family alongside those of Vivaldi, C.A. Campioni, Haydn and others in a chamber music concert on period instruments. Tickets cost $20 at the door, $10 for students.

Tom Arnold Live
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Film and television star Tom Arnold brings his stand-up show to the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, having won awards as a writer, producer and actor. Arnold will also perform on Saturday, November 4 a 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Saturday

Educational Theatre Company’s Fall Celebration *
Barcroft Community House (800 S. Buchanan Street)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Educational Theatre Company celebrates the kickoff of its 20th year with desserts, a live band, cash bar, face-painting and much more.ETC expands access to theatre for children, adults and senior citizens through participant-driven programming.

Clarendon Halloween Crawl
Clarendon Grill (1101 N. Highland Street)
Time: 1-9 p.m.

A chance to celebrate the spirit of Halloween while bar-hopping through Arlington’s most popular bars with thousands of people. Attendees get a souvenir haunted mug, cover-free access to Arlington’s best bars, drink  and food specials and more.

Seventh Annual Arlington Puzzle Festival
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A celebration of words, logic, numbers and thinking, and a place to meet other puzzle fanatics. Participation is free for members of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library, with a suggested donation of $15 for non-members.

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by Chris Teale October 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

The Arlington County Police Department and Sheriff’s Office will take part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day tomorrow (Saturday).

In partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, county residents can safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

Drugs will be collected at the following sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Fire Station 1 (500 S. Glebe Road)
  • Fire Station 5 (1750 S. Hayes Street)
  • Fire Station 8 (4845 Lee Highway)
  • Fire Station 9 (1900 S. Walter Reed Drive)
  • Pentagon parking lot between S. Fern Street and S. Eads Street (551 Army Navy Drive)

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharp objects. Only pills or patches will be accepted.

More from an ACPD press release:

Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds–more than 4,050 tons–of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines–flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash–both pose potential safety and health hazards.

If residents are unable to participate in this event, please visit the Arlington County website for information on how to prepare unwanted medications for disposal. For additional information about the October 28 Take Back Day Event, please visit the DEA Diversion website.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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