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By: Michael Zuiker

February 13, 2018

Arlington, VA-The annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place (FEBRUARY 16-19), it is the perfect opportunity to enjoy nature and be a citizen-scientist. This study helps scientists better define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and habitat needs.

Wild Birds Unlimited is the major sponsor of this joint project between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society. Individuals, families, schools and organizations are encouraged to count birds at bird feeders and in backyards, local parks or other locations. Those tallies are then reported online through the BirdSource web site at www.birdsource.org/gbbc.

The BirdSource Web site is a revolutionary partnership between citizens and scientists. It gives participants almost instantaneous feedback through graphics, animated maps and other regularly-updated information.

The GBBC is a fun and educational way to get kids excited about birds and nature. Kids are encouraged to participate in the count. To learn more and get additional activities for kids, visit the GBBC Web site (http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/kids). Additional kid’s activities can be found on the Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways to Nature for Kids Web site (http://www.wbu.com/pathwaysforkids/index.html). We invite you to stop in our store from now until February 19, 2018 to receive a FREE 1# bag of our No-Mess Blend with any purchase.

For more information about the Great Backyard Bird Count, call or stop by the Wild Birds Unlimited located at 2437 North Harrison Street, Arlington, VA 22207, 703-241-3988.

Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Arlington, VA, is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 275 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Visit our Web site and shop online at www.arlingtonva.wbu.com. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com.

By: Daniel Lesniak

February 8, 2018

What a year it’s been – and how hyperfast it’s passed! Last year to this day – my birthday, in fact – I announced the publication of my first book, The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent, which detailed how I sold over $22 million worth of properties and became one of the highest grossing real estate agents in the country in my first year.

That book ended up becoming a #1 best-seller in numerous categories on Amazon and has since been read and listened to by thousands across the globe. However, by far the greatest reward so far has been the sheer amount of positive feedback I have received from readers interested in learning about my story and the unique methodology I used to achieve success.

So I decided to create the Hyperlocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent Companion Guide to help you dominate your field like I did. Whether you’re a prospective or a seasoned realtor, a budding or a proven entrepreneur, or simply a self-motivated individual, this book is designed to help you develop and implement for yourself the strategies I have found so much success from.

The path to success is a multi-pronged process, and it isn’t achieved overnight nor by hard work and talent alone. A good idea is useless if not utilized effectively; hard work is wasted if not targeted efficiently. But anybody can find success like I did; it just takes patience and perseverance to find the right approach for you. I’m hoping that my book will help you find it!

And so as I cede ownership of this book over to the public, I want to conclude by thanking my lovely wife Keri for her invaluable support all along the way. You continue to inspire and amaze me, and I cherish every day I get to spend with you.

By: Buzz McClain

February 5, 2018

For many of us, special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and the upcoming Valentine’s Day demand “destination” restaurants in order to make the evening exceptional. That usually involves a bit of travel and typically a lot of money.

This year, you don’t have to go far–or spend much–to reach that special occasion Valentine’s Day destination.

Bistro 360, the restaurant, wine bar and world market at 1800 Wilson Boulevard, is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner Wednesday, February 14. It’s a four-course, prix fixe menu of some of chef Travis Obertach’s seasonal favorites.

The meal begins with a choice of six appetizers, including braised pork belly, lobster and ginger spring rolls and lo-country she crab soup. The feast ends with a selection of chocolate soufflé, crème Brule, tiramisu or decadent hazelnut torta Nicciola

In between are the salad course–there’s a choice of three–and the entrée, which is where Obertach’s talent really shines: scallop gratin with Gruyere cheese sauce; lump crab, country ham and asparagus; lobster bucatini with lemon butter sauce; chargrilled ribeye in a green peppercorn and Dijon mustard sauce; smoked duck breast with sautéed wild mushrooms; or a roasted vegetable medley with black truffle risotto.

The fixed cost? About the same as a lush dozen roses, $65 per person, not including tax and gratuity. You are on your own for the roses.

Bistro 360 is located at 1800 Wilson Boulevard between Rosslyn and Courthouse Metro stations. Call 703-522-3600 for reservations.

By: Bob Romano

January 29, 2018

If you are a private high school baseball player living in Arlington County and interested in playing American Legion Baseball this summer please reach out to the contact information below.

Our season starts the beginning of June and ends around July 25. Our season consists of four nine inning games a week. The eligible grades are sophomore — college freshman. Age eligibility-born in or after 1999.

Bob Romano
[email protected]
703-231-6884

By: Aileen Pangan

January 19, 2018

Encore Stage & Studio Presents 2018 Summer Camp Programs
Encore Stage & Studio announces open registration for 2018
theatre summer camps for ages 4-18.

Arlington, VA – Encore Stage & Studio, Northern Virginia’s Award-Winning Children’s Theatre, is delighted to announce its 2018 summer programs. Encore summer camps provide a fun and safe environment for children and teens to explore theatre arts. “This is an exciting summer for us,” says Sara Duke, Executive Director. “We are looking forward to a new partnerships, expanded programs and providing multiple week options. Sessions are filling up fast!”

Encore Stage & Studio’s Summer 2018 camps begin June 18 and continue through August 31, with multiple one, two and three week sessions. For ages 4-9, Encore offers an introduction to theatre and dance in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere. These programs are focused on building up the confidence of the youngest performers. Students ages 8 – 12, develop their performance skills through a variety of topic based programs, such as musical theatre in Broadway Bootcamp and comedy in Summer Nights Live! Back by popular demand, Encore Stage & Studio has expanded its three-week theatre conservatory, Stage Door, by opening an additional location in Falls Church, VA. Encore is starting a Shakespeare Intensive designed to give the most committed theatre students an innovated performance experience.
Lastly, Encore Stage & Studio is proud to partner with Lola Lombard of Lola’s Laboratory for two camp sessions. In Lola’s Lab, story characters invite the campers along for an interactive theater experience. Kids activate inside the story, mobilizing their creative program solving skills and become the heroes through expressive art, drama, movement, creative writing and more.
Full schedule and details are below. Registration is available online at www.encorestage.org.

For Ages 4-9:

Amazing Adventures| June 18–22, 2018
Adventure is out there, and Encore will help you find it! This session is jam-packed with heroic escapades, discovering lands unknown and more! Will there be detours along the way? You won’t want to miss your chance to participate in these amazing adventures!
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm
Fee: $300 | $50 AM Extended | $50 PM Extended
Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

Encore Presents Lola’s Lab–NEW!
June 25 – June 29, 2018: Zoopossible Kingdom
The wise King of Zoopossible has a big idea to sustain his “green” kingdom. But the prince-zoologist goes missing when he finds out that it involves a royal marriage to his neighbor! Our story comes to life when campers become citizens and animals of Zoopossible, using their creative skills combining art, movement, drama, creative writing and more, to help the prince and save Zoopossible.
July 2 – July 6, 2018: Captain Kaleidoscope
Off the Isle of Black and White, a young sea captain sails under the stormy skies and catches something that changes everything his land has ever known to be true. A rainbow. Imaginations will be dipped in amazing shades of fantasy as campers activate in expressive art, movement, creative writing and more to help the captain in bringing back the colors to the Island. No camp July 4.

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm
Fee: Zoopossible: $350 | $50 AM Extended | $50 PM Extended |Captain Kaleidoscope: $280 | $40 AM Extended | $40 PM Extended
Location: Swanson Middle School* (5800 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22205)
Visit www.lolaslab.com for more information on Lola Lab’s programs, activities and merchandise.

It’s Elementary
Join us this summer for an exciting theatre adventure! At It’s Elementary, Teaching Artists will help students learn to work as an ensemble to perform short, original plays. Students will have the chance to try out their acting skills, create props and scenery for their performances, play theatre games, and experiment with dance and movement. Students will also enjoy performances by professional guest artists throughout the summer. Each session features a unique theme and a final performance for family and friends. Students will be divided into age groups.

July 9 – July 20, 2018: Whodunit? Be a dashing detective! From secret agents to super spy kids, uncover and act out the hilarious and mindbogging mysteries!
July 23 – August 3, 2018: Happily Ever After Make your Once Upon a Summer into Happily Ever After! From dragons and wizards to brave princesses and princes, bring classic tales to life as you embark this royal adventure!
August 6 – 17, 2018: Kings, Queens, and Courtly Figures Live like a king or queen! Break magic spells as we relive classic stories near and far!
August 20 – August 31, 2018: Fantastic Voyage Set sail with Encore on your greatest journey yet! Make your way through the seven seas, soar over the moon or discover new heights in our fantastic voyage-the imagination’s the limit!

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm (Full day) | 8:30am-12:30pm (Morning half day)
Fee: $810 Full Day | $405 Morning Half day
Location: Whodunit & Happily Every After: Swanson Middle School* (5800 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22205)
Kings, Queens & Courtly Figures and Fantastic Voyage: Theatre On The Run* (3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington, VA 22206)

For Ages 8-12:
Modern Day Myths | June 18 – June 22, 2018
Have you heard about the daring adventures of Odysseus or the epic feats of Hippolyta and the Amazons? What if those heroes and heroines lived in today’s world? In this one-week camp students will devise and perform their very own modern day myth determining important morals, creating characters, and constructing stories all while building their theatrical skills.

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm
Fee: $300 | $50 AM Extended | $50 PM Extended
Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

Summer Stories | June 25 – June 29, 2018: Playwriting
Put your imagination to the test in this one-week camp! Students will turn their favorite stories into memorable scenes and skits and use their creativity to write brand-new plays while also enjoying theatre games, ensemble-building activities, and more. Camp will conclude with a performance of the students’ brand-new, original works. Staff to student ratio 1:8.

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm
Fee: $315 | $50 AM Extended | $50 PM Extended
Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

Season Sampler | July 2 – July 6, 2018 (no camp July 4)
Can’t get enough of Encore onstage? Explore four upcoming shows from Encore’s 2018-2019 season in this fun camp! Each day, we’ll focus on a new script and skill set, including training in stage combat, musical theatre, and more. This innovative camp is perfect for budding actors and eager audience members alike! Staff to student ratio 1:8.

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm
Fee: $240 | $40 AM Extended | $40 PM Extended
Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

Scenes For Tweens
Ready for a summer of theatrical fun? During Scenes for Tweens, students will develop their performance skills through workshops in character study, movement, improvisation, ensemble building, and more. They’ll then put their new skills to the test while working to create a scripted performance for family and friends.

Each session has a unique theme from exploring the opposites of tragedy and comedy to Shakespeare and even jiving to your favorite Broadway musicals! Participate in multiple sessions or repeat a session you’ve enjoyed in the past as the performance material and skill-building classes change each year. Students will be divided into age groups. Each session will culminate in a performance.

July 9 – July 20, 2018: Tragedy vs. Comedy
Explore acting opposites of tragedy and comedy and decide for yourself which will reign supreme! Actors will delve into the extremes of both comedic and dramatic acting styles as well as the skills needed for both. Culminating in a performance of scripted scenes, students can embrace both their inner clown and tragedian.

July 23 – August 3, 2018: Broadway Bootcamp
Push your musical theatre skills to the limit in a focused two week ensemble atmosphere. Geared toward musical theatre lovers and newbies alike, this camp will build music, dance, and acting skills through classes and rehearsals for a musical theatre showcase! Start on your path toward triple-threat status and learn all about what it takes to make it on Broadway.

August 6 – August 17, 2018: Shakespeare Clowns & Comedies
Tackle Shakespeare’s famous comedies in this two-week camp. Bolster your understanding of the Bard’s language and performance techniques as you embody his famous clowns, enact hilarious misunderstandings, and attempt to decipher twins in disguise!

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm
Fee: $630 | $100 Extended AM | $100 Extended PM
Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

Improv-a-thon—NEW! | August 20 – August 24, 2018
Get the ultimate improvisation experience to stretch your creativity while learning to trust your instincts! In this one week camp, students will explore various improv techniques including games, short-form improvisation, and character work. Want to take it to the next level? Make it a two-week experience by building on skills learned in Improv-a-thon in our Summer Nights Live camp!

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm
Fee: $315 | $50 AM Extended | $50 PM Extended
Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

Summer Nights Live—NEW! | August 27 – August 31, 2018
Coming to you live from Arlington, VA it’s Summer Nights Live where you take center stage! Explore everything sketch-comedy from developing an idea to finalizing a script in this one-week side splitting spectacular. Want to make it a two-week experience? This camp pairs perfectly with our Improv-a-thon camp, where students will build improvisation skills that feed into their sketch-comedy work! Staff to student ratio 1:8.

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm
Fee: $315 | $50 AM Extended | $50 PM Extended
Location: Encore’s Main Campus (4000 Lorcom Ln Arlington, VA 22207)

For Ages 11-15:

Stage Door
Ready to embrace the spotlight? Participate in a fully-staged musical production with Stage Door!
In this conservatory-style program, you’ll work to sharpen your acting, singing, and dancing skills each morning, then immediately put those skills to the test as part of our daily rehearsal process. This camp experience is led by a director, music director, and choreographer, and the curriculum is enhanced by workshops with guest artists. Past workshop topics have included stage combat, clowning, makeup design, and physical comedy. As the camp builds towards public performances of a fully-staged musical, you’ll be challenged to fully engage your creativity, to develop a memorable character, and to work as part of a team while gaining valuable stage experience.
Runs in conjunction with Encore’s Tech Camp.

June 25 – July 13, 2018 (no camp July 4): Shrek, Jr.
Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.
Performances: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:30pm and Friday, July 13, 2018 at 2:00pm

July 9 – July 27, 2018: Peter Pan, Jr.
Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero.
Performances: Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7:30pm and Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00pm

July 23 – August 10, 2018: Bye, Bye, Birdie YPE
A loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye, Bye, Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses all-American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for kids, and a hilarious script, Birdie remains one of the most popular shows in schools across the country.
Performances: Thursday, August 9 at 7:30pm, 2018 and Friday, August 10, 2018 at 2:00pm

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm
Fee: $975 | $150 Extended AM | $150 Extended PM

Location: Shrek Jr. and Bye, Bye Birdie are located at Kenmore Middle School* (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204)
Peter Pan Jr. is located at Falls Church High School** (7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042)

Tech Camp

Interested in developing your technical theatre skills? Here’s your chance to get backstage!
With just three weeks to put together all of the technical elements of a show, you’ll be challenged to bring your best, most creative self to camp every day. Each morning, you’ll focus on exploring technical skills including scenic design, costuming, stage management, and more. Afternoons will be spent turning designs into reality by creating set pieces, props, and costumes. By the third week of camp, you’ll be ready to present your designs to the public and run a seamless show backstage. Throughout each session, your work will be supplemented by guest artist-led workshops on topics such as stage combat, sound design, and lighting as you prepare for two public performances. Runs in conjunction with Encore’s Stage Door camp.

June 25 – July 13, 2018 (no camp July 4): Shrek, Jr.
Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way. Performances: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:30pm and Friday, July 13, 2018 at 2:00pm

July 9 – July 27, 2018: Peter Pan, Jr.
Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero. Performances: Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7:30pm and Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00pm

July 23 – August 10, 2018: Bye, Bye, Birdie YPE
A loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye, Bye, Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses all-American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for kids, and a hilarious script, Birdie remains one of the most popular shows in schools across the country. Performances: Thursday, August 9 at 7:30pm, 2018 and Friday, August 10, 2018 at 2:00pm

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm | Extended Hours: 8:30-10:00am; 4:00-5:30pm

Fee: $960 | $150 Extended AM | $150 Extended PM

Location: Shrek Jr. and Bye, Bye Birdie are located at Kenmore Middle School* (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204)
Peter Pan Jr. is located at Falls Church High School**
(7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042)

One Act Wonders
Want to pack as much theatre as possible into just two weeks? Hone your performance and technical theatre skills in the fast-paced environment of this innovative camp! Under the guidance of professional directors and designers, students will have the opportunity to participate as both actors and designers/crew members as they channel their creative energy, talent, and enthusiasm into two fully-staged public performances.
July 16–27, 2018: The Importance of Being Earnest & Pygmalion
Theme: One-acts

For Ages 14-18:

Shakespeare Intensive
August 13 – August 31, 2018: Hamlet
Encore’s Shakespeare Intensive will challenge students to take the reigns as they present a fully staged production of Hamlet. Guided by professional teaching artists, actors will approach the Bard’s most famous work from the perspective of actor-directors. Through text analysis, movement and voice classes, and character development exercises the ensemble will focus on staging Hamlet in a contemporary setting. The intensive is suitable for both students who have experience working with Shakespeare’s text and those who are new to his plays and want to round-out their theatrical skills.

Performances: Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 7:30pm and Friday, August 31, 2018 at 7:30pm

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm | Extended hours: 8:30 – 10:00am and 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Fee: $960 | $150 Extended AM |$150 Extended PM

Location: Gunston Arts Center – Theatre Two* (2700 S. Lang St. Arlington, VA 22206)

*The locations listed are request by Encore Stage & Studio. Arlington County will confirm locations in February 2018.
**The locations listed are request by Encore Stage & Studio. Fairfax County will confirm locations in March 2018.

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About Encore Stage & Studio: “Theatre by kids, for kids!” For 50 years, Encore Stage & Studio has given children in Arlington an opportunity to grow and discover themselves through theatre: onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. Encore Stage & Studio is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to all of its programs. We believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers. Encore Stage & Studio’s 2017/2018 season is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. Encore Stage & Studio is proud to partner with Lola’s Laboratory to present Zoopossible Kingdom and Captain Kaleidoscope.

By: Leaseably

January 18, 2018

Online property management can provide you with all of the professional services you need, without costing more than you want to spend. Today, we’re explaining our leasing and management services.

Property Management Bethesda: Leasing Services

Leaseably offers a flat fee service to help you rent your property. We’ll do a comparable market analysis of other available listings near your property with similar characteristics. We’ll monitor the properties that are no longer on the market as well as those that are currently for rent. This will help us set the highest possible rental price.

Our marketing strategy includes online advertising through all of the major rental sites. Our average vacancy time is between two and four weeks. We limit vacancy times by scheduling showings for prospective tenants before the current tenants move out of the property. We offer online applications to expedite the screening and placement process.

Leasably screens tenants thoroughly to ensure only high quality renters are placed in your property. We check criminal and credit backgrounds, talk to employers, and verify income. We also contact current and previous landlords to discuss a prospective tenant’s rental history.

Northern Virginia Online Property Management

Once a tenant is placed, Leasably can provide ongoing management services. With our Rental Concierge Service, we will respond to tenants and coordinate maintenance. We’ll use your preferred providers and contractors when repairs are needed. We know that private landlords have developed relationships with vendors and contractors who know their properties. If you don’t have a preferred provider, we will access our list of high quality vendors to take care of any necessary maintenance work.

We’ll provide your tenants with a 24-hour emergency phone number in case something happens outside of regular business hours. If there’s a plumbing emergency, a loss of heat in the winter, or other emergency, someone will be available to help.

We are here to provide peace of mind for you and your tenants. Our goal is to save money on professional management services for private landlords and rental property owners.

If you have any questions about Arlington property management or any of our services in the DC metro area, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Leaseably.

By: Blackfin Real Estate Investors

January 11, 2018

Blackfin Real Estate Investors Purchases Westborough Apartments in Greensboro, NC for $28.1MM Continues Its Hot Streak With 5th Acquisition In 7 Months
502-unit community in Greensboro, NC

Arlington, VA (January 4, 2017) – Blackfin Real Estate Investors of Arlington, VA has closed its fifth investment in less than 7 months with the acquisition of Westborough Apartments. Blackfin acquired the asset in a joint venture with Capital Solutions out of Blue Bell, PA. This is Blackfin’s second acquisition with Capital Solutions. The partnership acquired Calvert at Quarterfield Station in Glen Burnie earlier in 2017. This investment adds to Blackfin’s growing portfolio of residential properties that provide upside potential through creative repositioning and management.

Westborough is a 502 unit Class B garden style property that was built in 1972. Westborough occupies an ideal location in the Northwest submarket of Greensboro, with walkability to an abundance of grocery, retail, and dining along Friendly Avenue, one of Greensboro’s primary thoroughfares. Residents also value the Property’s proximity to I‐40, I‐73, and Bryan Boulevard providing convenient access to the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

“We are very excited to be expanding our NC portfolio further with the acquisition of Westborough” said Doug Root, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blackfin.   “This is a great asset and it has been very well maintained. The previous owner did a great job modernizing the look and feel of the property by adding standing seam roofs and modernizing the façade. We plan on taking it to the next level by adding a top notch amenity package.”

Andrew Buchanan, a Co-Founder with Root and Managing Partner, said, “This is our third acquisition in North Carolina in just a few months. We are excited to expand our portfolio to Greensboro and to improve our economies of scale in the region. The Triad continues to see steady job growth we really like the overall risk/return profile of this market relative to what we are seeing in other east coast markets.   Westborough is well positioned to benefit from the growth of the submarket through Blackfin’s implementation of new amenities and unit upgrades.”

Westborough is Blackfin’s fifth acquisition in the last 7 months and complements the company’s earlier acquisition of Calvert at Quarterfield Station, a 203–unit, garden style apartment community in Glen Burnie, MD; Pressley Ridge Apartments, a 504 unit apartment property in Charlotte, NC; The Bixby, a 128 unit apartment property in in Haverhill, MA; and Berkshire Manor East and Berkshire Manor West, a 296 unit property in Carrboro, NC.

Buchanan and Root founded Blackfin in August 2016. It is capitalized to build a $500 million to $750 million portfolio over the next three to five years.

Triad Commercial Properties’ Richard Montana and Marcus and Millichap’s Jim Davis co-brokered the transaction for the Seller.

About Blackfin Real Estate Investors

Blackfin Real Estate Investors is focused on acquiring and repositioning multifamily properties from the Carolinas to Boston. Its experience within real estate spans the spectrum of real estate investment management, capital renovations, property operations, finance and accounting. Founders Andy Buchanan and Doug Root have more than 30 years of combined experience working for institutional

quality apartment acquisition, development, and management companies. Both are experienced real estate and investment management professionals. They have worked with some of the most respected names in real estate, development and investment management throughout the country and they plan to continue working with this network as they grow their portfolio. Visit www.blackfinrei.com for more information.

By: ASAP Screen Printing

January 10, 2018

ASAP Screen Printing is partnering with Alto Fumo to offer customers a free pizza with $100 printing purchase. This is not just another marketing ploy – in 2018, ASAP Screen Printing is hoping to become an influential force in local cooperative economics, beginning with this partnership with one of the many customers who have helped ASAP survive 30 years of economic hardship.

Mr. Shiekhy, ASAP’s proprietor and a firm believer in the power of social economics, says of his idea, “When people help people, everybody wins.” Mr. Shiekhy, who took over ASAP Screen Printing in 1986, hit the ground running. He has seen this area change over the years – and not always for the better.

“Many of the smaller businesses have gone away,” he says, “You can see this area in depression, and it is disheartening. We want to change that this year by partnering with our neighbors in Arlington.”

You may know Alto Fumo under another name: Faccia Luna. ASAP Screen Printing has been in partnership with Faccia Luna Arlington for years, and helped to design Alto Fumo’s new menus and marketing materials.

“Everything should look sharp,” Stephanie in ASAP’s Creative Department says, “Even the fine print. If the menu looks good, it puts you in the mood for good food. And Alto Fumo is up to the task. That’s why we talked with Alto Fumo about this promotion when they came in for new marketing materials – good design and good food go hand in hand.”

ASAP Screen Printing hopes neighbors can enjoy pizza and printing together, to support local businesses in Arlington.

December 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee joined a bipartisan bill to help halt the flow of illicit fentanyl from Mexico, China and other nations around the world into the United States. The International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act would provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tools such as hi-tech chemical screening devices to help detect and interdict fentanyl and other illicit synthetic opioids.

“The INTERDICT Act is an important step in combating the opioid crisis by restricting the flow of illicit fentanyl that is trafficked into the United States,” Kaine said. “The bill would ensure that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has the resources necessary to intercept and block the unlawful importation of fentanyl.”

Drug overdoses have been the leading cause of unnatural death across Virginia since 2013. Last year, more than 75% of fatal drug overdoses in Virginia were a result of opioid overdose.

Specifically, the INTERDICT Act:

  • Ensures that CBP will have additional portable chemical screening devices available at ports of entry and mail and express consignment facilities, and additional fixed chemical screening devices available in CBP laboratories.
  • Provides CBP with sufficient resources, personnel, and facilities – including scientists available during all operational hours – to interpret screening test results from the field.  
  • Authorizes – based on CBP guidance – the appropriation of $15 million for hundreds of new screening devices, laboratory equipment, facilities, and personnel for support during all operational hours.

A copy of the International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act can be found HERE.

By: Jay Jacob Wind

December 19, 2017

Book signing on Sunday, December 24, at 1 PM at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

(Arlington VA, December 18, 2017) Arlington Sun Gazette staff writer Jay Jacob Wind published his first novel on December 9, a techno-thriller entitled “The Man Who Stole The Sun,” available now on Amazon Kindle.

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, 1621 South Walter Reed Drive in Arlington, hosts a book signing by author Jay Jacob Wind on Sunday, December 24, at 1:00 PM, following Mary Joy One Mile Run / Walk starting at 12:00 noon at the restaurant. (safetyandhealthfoundation.org/maryjoy)

The suspense story is set entirely in Arlington and written in the style of the TV show “24.”  The story revolves around three Arlington runners planning to run Marine Corps Marathon the next day.  “The Man Who Stole The Sun” is the first fiction novel to feature Marine Corps Marathon.

One of them, running his 21st Marine Corps Marathon, a genius inventor, visually-impaired, obsessed by his desire to see the Sun with his own eyes, gets a fusion reactor up-and-running the day before the marathon, in a building that just happens at mile 25 of the marathon, with unexpected consequences.

The other two marathoners are an Arlington County police officer, earlier disabled in action, and his 14-year-old daughter, a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  Both of those characters are heroic, and both plan to run their first 26.2-miler the next day.

The rest of the ensemble cast includes assistants at the reactor — an exceedingly-bright engineer-programmer, a hard-working heavy-equipment operator, a highly-creative Ethiopian woman, and three brothers who were born in Russia but grew up with their freedom-fighter father in Syria; the inventor’s wife and cat; an intrepid reporter from the fictional Washington Today and her editor; Arlington County’s police chief, fire chief, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School middle school principal; a world-class computer software designer who solved two problems that we all face every day; and an unnamed youth track coach / track meet and marathon director.

Author Jay Jacob Wind said, “The story takes many twists and turns, but I always lay out clues in advance.  Anton Chekhov said, ‘If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off.’  If you follow everything in the first half of the book, from 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the Saturday before Marine Corps Marathon, then you may be able to anticipate the fast-moving action in the second half, from 6:00 PM that Saturday to 8:00 AM on the Sunday of Marine Corps Marathon.”

“This book is the first-ever fiction novel to involve Marine Corps Marathon,” said Wind, “and you learn what it takes to train for and then run Marine Corps Marathon, but wait, there’s more.  Along the way, you learn quantum mechanics, astrophysics, the elusive “Theory of Everything,” Internet history, a little bit of Russian language, a lot of chess, the redemptive power of running, and how three very different families show their love in three very different ways.”

The book is available for $4.99 directly via amazon.com/dp/B0789VMT9D or the author’s web page www.arlingtonsunrise.com

The book will soon be available as a paperback.  You can reserve a copy for $10 via PayPal.com to [email protected]

One dollar of every sale goes to Old Dominion Eye Foundation.

December 14, 2017

Despite the weather, the first community wide drop off for the Arlington Realtors Care (ARC) initiative, held on Saturday, Dec. 9 was a great success. ARC is sponsoring a second community wide drop off date scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16 at RGS Title.

For members of the public interested in contributing outerwear, blankets and food items in support of the Arlington Realtors Care Drive (ARC), donations can be made at RGS Title located at 4600 Lee Highway, Suite 110, Arlington. Collection hours are 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Donated items will continue to be delivered from the participating ARC partners to individual charitable organization.

Clothing items will be delivered to A-SPAN, an organization that strives to end homelessness in Arlington through housing and ongoing case management. A-Span’s current needs are sneakers, NEW socks, winter-wear (gloves, scarfs, beanies), NEW underwear and bras, blankets and backpacks. Items should be new, cleaned or recently laundered.

Food donations will be delivered to The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a community-based non-profit that provides supplemental groceries to Arlington residents. AFAC accepts most unopened, unexpired, and unprepared foods, including perishable items. The organization is most in need of low sodium tomato products (diced, paste, & sauce), low sodium canned tuna, low sodium canned soups, low sodium canned beans, low sugar cereal and cooking oil.

ARC is comprised of 8 real estate firms and RGS Title who have joined forces to provide winter essentials for those in need throughout the Arlington community. The drive continues through Dec. 31.

Participating real estate firms are Advon Real Estate, Brock Realty, Buck & Associates, Coldwell Banker, Compass, Long and Foster, Realtors | Christie’s International Real Estate, TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty, and Weichert, Realtors.

For more information on the charities involved, visit AFAC: The Arlington Food Assistance Center –https://afac.org/ and A-Span – http://www.a-span.org/.

By: Wild Birds Unlimited

December 14, 2017

They give to us without asking for anything. They give us the beauty of rainbow colors. They give to us the melodic notes of a myriad of songs. They give us babies. And they give us the mystery of science and nature. They do all of this and ask for nothing.

So, this holiday season, wouldn’t it be nice to give back to them the gift of life? The gift of life in the form of food, water, shelter and a house to raise their young. Because the dozens of wild bird species in your backyard give to us all year long. They ask for nothing. But as we remove more and more of their wild habitat, they are stressed to survive. Stressed to find food.   Stressed to find water to drink and bathe. Stressed to find habitat to roost in during the colder months of the year. And stressed to find a safe habitat to raise their young.

Don’t get me wrong. Colorful silly ties, chewy healthy Fruit Cake and electronic gizmos are fun to open on Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanza. But the tie will only be worn twice in the year. The electronic gizmo will be broken before nightfall. And you better not keep the Fruit cake more than a week! But a bird feeder is a gift of life that will last for years and years. Which each passing season, you will be helping the wild birds to survive and sustain themselves. You will also be giving the wonderful gift of “the hobby of bird feeding” to someone. The joys of discovering the natural world all around us is never ending. With the four seasonal changes, comes new birds, colors and songs. An awareness to being observational as to which bird species visits and or live in your yard becomes more focused with each day, week and month. Before you know it, you have given someone a lifetime worth of magic. And it all started with one simple gift of a bird feeder and some food.

Now until December 24th, we will help you get started. When you bring in one donation of food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, we will give you a FREE 2# bag of bird food to feed your birds.   You give the gift of food to help the hungry; we will give you bird food to help the hungry and cold birds in your or your neighbor’s yard. We have bins ready in the store for your generous contributions. Thank you for giving

Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Arlington, VA is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard birdfeeding and nature specialty stores with more than 300 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with their bird feeding and nature products, their expert advice and educational events. Visit our Web site at www.wbu.com.

By: Buzz McClain

December 12, 2017

Headed out the door to the holiday party without a gift for the host? Looking for something inexpensive but adorable for that white elephant gift exchange? Bistro 360 is your answer, and it’s right around the corner.

More than a full-service restaurant and international wine bar, Bistro 360, located at 1800 Wilson Boulevard, is also a convenient market stocked with fresh baked breads, pre-made salads, cheese, charcuterie, gourmet sweets and craft beers but also whimsical-but-practical stocking stuffers. Here are three:

Laugh at the Lab lapping up the vino: A wine holder with whimsy. $32.

Spice up the cocktail party: Assortment of bitters, and real maraschino cherries. From $9.50.

Teas from around the world: Brands you can’t find anywhere else. From $10.

Bistro 360 is located at 1800 Wilson Boulevard, between Rosslyn and Courthouse. Reservations can be made at OpenTable or by calling 703-522-3600.

By: Michael Zuiker

December 8, 2017

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – From food consumption to feather adjustments and shivering, birds use a variety of techniques to stay warm during winter.

Food is the most essential element, providing birds with the energy, stamina and nutrition they need. To stay warm, birds will expend energy very quickly, some losing up to 10% of their body weight on extremely cold nights. An ample supply of high-calorie foods, such as black oil sunflower seeds, peanuts and suet can be crucial to a bird’s survival.

“We can play a vital role during cold conditions,” said Michael Zuiker, owner of the Arlington Wild Birds Unlimited. “At these times, a reliable supply of food can mean the difference between life and death for a bird.” If you think of birds as little flying furnaces, you understand that they need fuel to keep the fire burning throughout the night. High fat foods in the form of Oil Sunflower seeds, nuts and suets give the birds the fuel they need.

Most birds will also keep warm by adjusting their feathers to create air pockets.

“You will often notice the birds look fatter or ‘puffed up’ during cold weather,” explained Zuiker. “This is because the birds are fluffing up their feathers; the more air space, the better the insulation.”

Staying warm is not all about food and feathers, though. Some birds perch on one leg at a time, drawing the free leg to their chest for warmth. Most birds will shiver to convert muscular energy into heat for the short term, but the energy must be replenished shortly thereafter.

While birds are equipped to withstand most winter weather, survival can be made easier by providing food, a heated, open source of water and protection from the elements with natural plant cover or a roosting box.

So, while your sitting by the fireplace, roasting chestnuts and singing holiday songs- remember to fill your bird feeders. You will be receiving a great show of colorful birds as the frozen, white flakes of water, fall. Knowing all the while that you are helping the wild birds, as the Winters wrath begins to take hold.

Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Arlington, Virginia, is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 275 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Visit our Web site and shop online at www.wbu.com/arl. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com.

By: Dante

December 5, 2017

Ouli connects merchants and consumers through personalized recommendations

Arlington, VA – December 4, 2017 – Arlington-based software company, Dante, announced Signature Theatre is the latest to join its consumer product Ouli App. The uniquely intelligent, personal concierge app connects consumers to local merchants, events, and community experiences that are personalized based on chosen activities, time, location, history and preferences. The app is available for free download on iOS and Android devices.

Shirlington-based Signature Theatre is one of many local theaters that has partnered with the app to spread the word about upcoming productions. The theater scene in Arlington is robust. With everything from children’s theatre to award-winning productions, the choices can be overlooked and even a bit overwhelming. With Ouli users can select the “See a Show” intent, and the app will provide suggestions which allows them to see a synopsis of the play, the dates and times it’s running, and allow them to add it to their calendar to receive reminders. In addition to partnering with local theaters and arts groups, Ouli has partnered with local businesses and community organizations since its launch in late 2015. With thousands of current users, the app is connecting consumers to businesses, theaters, local events, volunteer opportunities, community experiences and more.

One of the community organizations with whom Ouli has partnered is Embracing Arlington Arts – a local citizens group that advocates and helps increase the visibility of Arlington Arts organizations and artists in the County. “Ouli App is a great way to discover local theater,” stated Janet Kopenhaver, Founder and Chair of Embracing Arlington Arts. “Many of our groups and artists have very limited budgets and staff so any avenues to help them reach the community – especially targeting our younger audience members – is so critical in spreading the word about the thousands of events, productions and openings offered each and every day in Arlington.”

“Dining out and shopping are only a small part of enjoying a community. Cultural events, sports, performing arts; there are so many great things to do in cities. The Metro DC area has a great performing arts scene and we want to make it easier than ever for residents to enjoy and support their local theaters,” said Pierre Malko, Dante’s CEO. “By fusing technology and performing arts we are bringing theaters to top of mind for the age-old question, ‘what should we do tonight?’ Within minutes Ouli users can plan an entire day or weekend out. Users can find what they want to do and then make it happen all within the app. No additional searching and planning required.”

By learning users’ preferences, the app tailors its recommendations to each user and provides personalized suggestions based on location, time of day and choice of activity including: dining out, happy hour, shopping, local events, doing something with the kids, volunteering, and many other options. Ouli is steadily adding merchants in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. In addition to providing personalized offers and suggestions, Ouli can help users book reservations with OpenTable through the app and set up Uber rides to merchant locations.

Merchants interested in partnering with the app should contact: [email protected]

For more information connect with us online:
Facebook: Facebook.com/ouliapp
Twitter: @Ouliapp
Instagram: @Ouli.app
Website: www.ouliapp.com
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