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Its February and you said you would start your journey to a healthier you, last month! If you are struggling and do not know how or what to do to get started, we are here to keep you accountable. At Aspire Higher Training, we offer 1-1 Personal Training for ALL fitness levels, Semi-Private Group Training, Sport Specific Training and Injury Prevention/Post-Physical Therapy Training. Monica and her team of trainers are available across Arlington, Va.

If you don’t have access to a gym, no problem, we are located in South Arlington, but if you want to workout from your home gym, we also offer that flexibility. We make it as convenient as possible to ensure your success. Before getting started, we offer a free 15-30 minute consultation call to see how we can best help you towards your health and fitness goals. Let’s get started on your health and fitness goals today by setting up a call at your earliest convenience:

https://www.aspirehigherfitness.com/contact

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YULA’s ultimate frisbee spring season is now open for registration. We offer programs for middle and high schoolers — open to all players, whether they are new or have previous experience.

Middle School

In the Middle School league, mixed-gender teams practice once during the week and have games on Sunday afternoons. Spring league is a fun, safe, and positive environment. The season begins mid-March and wraps up with a tournament in early June. There are several options for practice days, so we can often work around schedule conflicts with other sports & activities.

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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.

The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.

Former participants have this to say:

_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._

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Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.

Please register in advance to assure your place at the webinar, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/29543206508863839.

About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.

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Need help dealing with anxiety, depression or stress?

If you’re struggling to cope with anxiety, depression or stress, our virtual psychotherapy services can help. We offer a confidential and convenient service that’s tailored to your needs.

In our practice, cognitive behavioral therapy (or CBT) is an important tool we use to provide effective relief for those facing anxiety and depression. We believe that cognitive change can be used to improve behaviors and emotions, thus allowing you to achieve mental wellness. By understanding the cognitive distortions that lead to negative thought patterns, we are able to create interventions tailored to each of our clients. This empowering approach can help you gain control of how your own thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors impact your experience. With CBT, our service provides an effective treatment that can bring long-term change and mental stability.

Book a free consultation today and see how we can help you live a happier and healthier life.

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St. Charles offers a play-based curriculum in a welcoming, Christ-centered environment.

Our program focuses on socio-emotional development and kindergarten readiness through hands-on and engaging activities. Our programs offer different schedules ranging from 7:30 am-5:30 pm for students, ages 2-5. We feature a full-day Jr. kindergarten class for older 4’s/5’s. Our facility includes a full-sized gymnasium, school chapel, and library. All of our students enjoy music and physical education weekly. Children have an opportunity to participate in enrichment classes such as soccer, basketball, ballet, and science.

We offer Summer Camp with weekly themes and twice a week water play, including Fun Friday moon bounce. Please join us for our Open House Feb. 3 at 9:30 am and 11:00 am. Click here to sign-up.

For more information or to schedule a tour, visit us at www.stcharlesarlington.org or call (703) 527-0608.

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If you are a lifelong learner over 50+ who wants to make new friends, power up your brain, and enjoy a wide-variety college-level courses, Encore Learning is for you. An Arlington based nonprofit, Encore Learning offers courses in the arts, theater, literature, history, technology and more. This semester we offer our most popular course, Global Hot Spots as well as 25 new courses. Courses are presented either online or in-person at George Mason University at Virginia Square and other Arlington locations.

Join the free presentation to learn about courses and meet the instructors. This is Encore Learning’s signature event to highlight the upcoming semester with brief presentations by each instructor.

The Spring Course Preview event is Thursday, February 2nd at 9:30 AM via Zoom: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84855394419

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, join The Arlington Players (TAP) for Almost, Maine, a series of vignettes that revolve around the theme of love. Taking place in a town called Almost, Maine, we will show you different, but important, facet of love in each scene: falling into it, falling out of it, muddling through it, and discovering it, to name a few. We hope that you will join us in this beautiful study of the human heart and allow us to dazzle you with TAP’s version of the Northern Lights.

Almost, Maine runs February 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 pm; and February 5, 12, and 19 at 3 pm. The performance on Saturday, February 11 will have Sign Language Interpretation. Get your tickets here.

The following month the “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is adapted for the stage with each unforgettable scene, song, and dance including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and an unforgettable score makes for the perfect evening of entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.

Singin’ in the Rain runs March 25 and 31 and April 1, 6-8 at 8 pm; and March 26 and April 2 at 3 pm. Please note that the performance on Saturday, April 1 will have Sign Language Interpretation. Get your tickets here.

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Guest Speakers: Christian Dorsey, Chair, Arlington County Board

Christian Dorsey is currently Chair of the Arlington County Board, having been first elected in 2015, and has also served on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) since 2016.

Reid Goldstein, Chair, Arlington School Board

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The Yorktown High School Wind Ensemble is proud to announce its selection to the Music For All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, IN. The ensemble was selected as an “Invited Band” based on previously submitted recordings. Students will participate in workshops with nationally-recognized clinicians and have the opportunity to meet with and hear other top-notch bands including the National Honor Band of America.

Joseph Witkowski, Director of Bands at Yorktown High School shared, “It is truly an honor and testament of their hard work that the student musicians of the Yorktown Wind Ensemble have earned an invitation to perform at this prestigious event. I am incredibly proud of these exceptional young people and am excited for them to share their artistry on a national stage.”

Students have been raising funds through their annual “Band Day” event, fundraising nights with locally-owned restaurants, as well as selling poinsettias during the holiday season. Despite a record-breaking “Band Day” tally the ensemble is still short of their goal.

Yorktown Band Boosters are working with the students on a Practice-A- Thon to continue to raise funds. Well-wishers can sponsor a student or a section for practice blocks completed.

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The Dream Project Scholarship is for immigrant high school and college students in Virginia – we award $3,000 in renewable college scholarships annually to 100 high-achieving students whose immigration status creates barriers to higher education. We are committed to serving Virginia students who have demonstrated perseverance in the face of adversity. 98,000 students with undocumented status graduate from public schools in the US each year, and less than 10% of them go on to earn a college degree. The Dream Project works to bridge that gap- through financial support, leadership, and a community built by and for immigrant families. 84% of our scholarship recipients cite the Dream Project as a critical factor in their success in earning a college degree. Applications close on February 1, and recipients will be notified by April 1.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Graduated or will graduate from a Virginia high school
  • Born outside the United States and whose immigration status creates barriers to success in college (undocumented, DACA, TPS, or asylum applicant)
  • Plans to enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year university in the United States

About the Dream Project

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