Arlington, VA

(This column was written and underwritten by Embracing Arlington Arts.)

Although we considered not doing our annual holiday poem due to the horrendous impact the pandemic has had on the arts, we decided that the shutdown made it even more important to offer an entertaining tribute to our Arlington artists and arts organizations.

(Sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things”)

Sondheim plays at Sig, and TAP musicals
Local artists’ art, edgy Avant Bard
Synetic movement up on the stage
These are a few of my favorite things

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The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization set an ambitious goal of $20,000 for their end of year fundraising campaign. With nearly $9,000 raised so far, they are still in need of donations to continue their important programs to support area businesses continuing to feel the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

“With vaccines on the way, we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” says CPRO Executive Director Kim Klingler. “But our business community will still need support for several more months.” The funds raised will be used to support the business community along Columbia Pike with initiatives such as direct consultations, help with grant applications, technical assistance, workshops and continued work advocating for the businesses needs with Arlington County.

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A gift that lasts throughout the year. The Christian Science Reading Room at 921 S. Walter Reed Drive in Arlington is offering a special sale of the Christian Science textbook. “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” is Mary Baker Eddy’s primary work. It contains the full explanation of Christian Science and its Biblical foundation for spiritual regeneration and healing.

Through December, we will offer a convenient paperback edition of Science and Health for $12, along with an additional free copy for you to give away. E-mail us at [email protected] to place your orders or get answers to your questions. Or call and leave a message at 703-920-4877. We can arrange delivery.

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(This Community Post was written by Arlington Philharmonic: Crescendo and underwritten by Embracing Arlington Arts.)

Since September, Crescendo has been meeting virtually each Monday for interactive coaching, conversation and collaboration. Although quite different from traditional meetings — usually four youth musicians form a string quartet and rehearse with a coach each week in preparation for live performances — the content online has been an engaging, elevated musical experience that the twenty-seven members in grades 7-12 look forward to every week.

The virtual performance premieres on Arlington Philharmonic’s YouTube Channel on December 15, and is a montage of the eight different string quartets performing the first movement of Mendelssohn’s triumphant String Quartet 3 in D Major, all separately recorded from their homes. The video is artfully compiled by Matt Richardson, a violinist with 9th Street Quartet, Crescendo’s Quartet-in-Residence.

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This 90-minute experiential workshop provides you with a laboratory to explore how you perceive unconscious bias.

Lorne explains the brain science of unconscious bias and guides you through several hands-on exercises. You will learn and practice techniques designed to reduce bias and help you make better choices.

Decision-making research demonstrates that individuals who are highly aware of their decision-making process can see how unconscious bias influences their thinking. This awareness opens their mind to a broader set of choices and improves their ability to reach their intended outcomes.

In this workshop, you will uncover your unconscious biases and understand the unconscious influences limiting your decision-making. Lorne Epstein has been an HR professional since 1996. His book, “You’re Hired! Interview Skills to Get the Job,” has been downloaded over a half-million times worldwide. Since 1993 Lorne has been developing and leading experiential workshops. Visit his website to check out additional workshops.

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A Christian Science Reading Room in your community. A friendly place with helpful staff to explore the Bible, Christian Science publications in many languages, or to study and pray. During December, the Northern Virginia Jointly Maintained Reading Room at 921 S. Walter Reed Drive (one block from Columbia Pike) is offering special sale prices on all products.

Pick up the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, in Spanish, Russian, German, French and many other languages. Or check out our many Bibles, Bible study aids and Bible stories for children and young adults. We also stock the Christian Science Monitor weekly newspaper and up-to-date magazines featuring healings through prayer alone.

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Have you found your quarantine oasis? Are you tired of paying down someone else’s mortgage?

Please join us for a Rent vs. Buy Happy Hour on Wednesday, December 9 at 6 p.m. via Zoom (link to be provided upon RSVP).

Sip on your drink of choice, and learn from Washingtonian Magazine top-producing agents on how you can get $1,500 toward your closing costs immediately. We will discuss the home-buying process and rent vs. buy cost savings.

Please RSVP here by December 8. Call or text Manavi at 703-869-6698 with any questions!

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Cody Chance and Dick Nathan of Long & Foster are hosting an online workshop on the topic of “down-sizing” Wednesday, December 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. Every great endeavor begins with a great plan.

This workshop will give you the tools to design your plan. We have created a workbook with an extensive planning guide to enable you to design a personalized written plan for your move, and more than twenty pages of resources specific to Northern Virginia to help you along the way!

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(This Community Post was written by Prologue Theatre and underwritten by Embracing Arlington Arts.)  

Prologue Theatre is offering the community a unique opportunity for a glimpse into the workshop process with its virtual program FOREWORD: A New Works Series. Each play in the series receives a two-week intensive virtual workshop, a critical part of new play development, during which playwrights are paired with a director, actors and stage manager whose artistic talents help enhance the work.

Starting conversations is at the center of Prologue Theatre’s mission, so they have designed a series of conversations to pair with each of the monthly new play workshops.

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Support local business this holiday season. When you shop local, money stays in your community. Small businesses bring culture, character and friendliness to your neighborhood that we all cherish, know and love. Keep them thriving!

There are many ways to support your favorite small businesses — check out our guide on how you can help. You can also support your favorite consignment shop this weekend and take advantage of our biggest discounts of the year. Current Boutique is offering 25% off everything online and in-store until November 30. Visit our store in Clarendon Store or check us out at currentboutique.com.

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