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Registration is open for the new flag football-based workout program, as the trial practice and Spring program start in April.

Arlington, Va. – March 26, 2018 – DRILLS Practice is a new way to work out, integrating football-based strength and conditioning exercises, with traditional flag football drills. Experienced coaches incorporate route runs, coverage, footwork, and speed and agility drills, to improve your fitness and athleticism.

This program is perfect for those looking for a new, intense, non-traditional workout, and for those in recreational flag football leagues looking to improve their game. There will be a trial practice on April 7, with the men’s 9-week program beginning later that month. Go to www.drills-practice.com for more info.

PRACTICES: DRILLS Practice is a unique, full body, sports-based workout, where experienced football coaches conduct football-based strength, conditioning and skill-building techniques to improve your overall fitness, while also building your athleticism.

Workouts include cone drills, hurdles, agility ladders, route runs, footwork, coverage, one-on-ones, a scrimmage, etc.

The program includes a “combine” assessment of your 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, 3-cone drill and more, to test and measure performance and progress.

The program is ideal for adults who:

  • Are looking for a new, fun and intense non-traditional workout to improve their fitness and athleticism in a sports-based environment;
  • Play in flag football rec leagues and want to be coached to improve their technical skills; or
  • Previously played football in high school or college and miss being back on a football field.
  • DRILLS Practice is for all levels and abilities, and uses flags (non-tackle and non-contact).
  • PROGRAM DETAILS:
    • Registration is officially open for the Spring Men’s Program, in partnership with Arlington County Parks and Recreation.
    • The workouts will be held on Sundays at Wakefield football stadium in Arlington, VA from April 22 – June 24th, 2018 (skipping Memorial Day weekend).
    • The program registration fee is $199 and includes a free performance T-shirt and local discounts.
  • Co-ed programs to follow.

About DRILLS Practice:
DRILLS Practice was founded by Danielle Chelminsky, and was created as an alternative workout for people to cross train and work on their fitness and athleticism in a fun, sports-based environment. DRILLS Practice was recently featured on FOX Sports Radio, Listen in with KKN, which Chelminsky won the “Do Good” Sports Person of the Week Award.

For more information, go to www.drills-practice.com
Follow on facebook (www.facebook.com/drillspractice) and Instagram @drillspractice.

By: Michael Zuiker

March 20, 2018

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — This week’s snow has the potential to wreak havoc on the lives of many wild birds struggling to find enough food to survive the long, cold nights.

Many people mistakenly believe that once the brunt of winter is over, birds can easily fend for themselves. However, even under normal weather conditions, spring is a difficult and stressful time for birds.

Most of last year’s natural food sources have been depleted, and the majority of this year’s seeds and berries won’t be available until much later in the year. Meanwhile, birds are expending a great deal of energy migrating, courting and building nests.

“Providing food throughout the spring is as important as winter feeding,” explained Michael Zuiker, owner of the Arlington, VA Wild Birds Unlimited. “Feeding the birds is even more critical as we experience these very cold conditions and this very unusual snowstorm, during which a supply of food can mean the difference between life and death for a bird. Ideally, birds should have food available late afternoon in order to survive the cold nights, and early morning to replenish their energy supply.”

Food loaded with fat and calories helps birds struggling to survive cold times such as these. The best seeds for providing high energy levels are black oil sunflower, striped sunflower and safflower.

Suet and peanuts are also high-energy foods that are invaluable when birds need many more calories to keep warm.

In addition to high-calorie foods, birds also need an open source of water for drinking and a place to bathe when temperatures drop. Clean feathers help birds stay warm, and a bird bath with open water is often the only way for some birds to drink and stay clean when it’s cold.

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.wbu.com. To learn how you can open your own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com. Stop in and save $10 off any $50 purchase now until March 31, 2018.

By: Orange Line Living

March 7, 2018

Free Home Buying Workshop to be held in Rosslyn – Multiple Dates!

The first 3 to register and attend the class get a FREE Google Chromecast!

Attend the free Home Buyer Class hosted by Orange Line Living and learn all of our tips and get $1,500 towards your next home purchase!

Benefits of Attending

• $1,500 credit towards your new home or towards early lease termination
• 12-month home buy-back guarantee
• Wine and cheese provided
• AND the first 3 to attend will receive a Google Chromecast!

Space is limited, register by clicking here.

Details
• When: Monday 3/19/18 and 3/26/18 at 6:00pm
• Where: Orange Line Living, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
• Cost: Free
• Parking: Validated Parking or Free Street Parking
• Food: Wine and Cheese
• Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

Learn More About Home Buying Essentials at Arlington’s Free Home Buying Workshop! You will get a comprehensive explanation of the home purchasing process – there’s more to know than you’d think. The Orange Line Living Team and Keri Shull Team will be teaching all of the acronyms and definitions you will need, what happens at each stage of your transaction, real strategies on how to negotiate a lower purchase price, the different type of loans available, and much more. There will be local specialists from multiple industries in attendance, so come with questions.

By: Blackfin Real Estate Investors

March 6, 2018

Arlington, VA (March 1, 2018) – Blackfin Real Estate Investors of Arlington, VA has acquired another asset in Charlotte, NC, the firm’s fourth acquisition in the Carolinas in the last eight months and the most recent addition to its growing portfolio of value-add multifamily that now exceeds 2,000 units and spans major markets across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast.

Montclaire Estates is a 301-unit, residential community located in Charlotte’s North Pineville submarket. The asset is poised to capture strong rental demand given its walkable access to the Arrowood LYNX Light Rail Station and its proximity to major employment centers and entertainment destinations throughout the Charlotte MSA.

“Blackfin is extremely excited to expand its presence in the Charlotte market, and we look forward to transforming this asset to meet its potential,” said Doug Root, co-founder and managing partner at Blackfin Real Estate Investors. “We have immediate plans to commence renovations with the addition of a best in class amenity package that includes a turf soccer field, amenity deck, and upgraded unit finishes.”

Andrew Buchanan, a co-founder with Root and managing partner, said, “We believe this asset sits directly in the path of growth along Charlotte’s LYNX train line and will benefit tremendously from the increase in demand that is coming from the area’s rapid gentrification.”

Montclaire Estates is Blackfin’s sixth acquisition in the last 11 months and complements the company’s earlier acquisitions of Calvert at Quarterfield Station, 203 unit property in Glen Burnie, MD, Pressley South End, a 504-unit apartment community in Charlotte, NC, Berkshire 54, a 301-unit apartment community in Carrboro, NC, The Bixby, a 128 unit property in Haverhill, MA, and Westborough Apartments, a 502-unit apartment community in Greensboro, NC.

Buchanan and Root founded Blackfin in August 2016. It is capitalized to build a billion dollar portfolio over the next three to five years.

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: Heritage Brewing

March 5, 2018

Since 2013, Heritage Brewing co. has consistently sought to improve their company and products in every way possible. Their initial offerings provided an introduction to their craft brewing ability, but by no means the limits of their capability.

They have taken their lessons learned in their five years in the industry and made impactful changes to their processes and recipes. With their continuing desire to improve, they have also decided to make changes to their brand and product lineups to reflect the company they are today and the company they feel they have always been at heart.

This year, they are taking their brands forward in a big way. They have refined their products inside and out to meet craft beer drinker’s demands. With expertly tuned recipes, and fresh new flagship offerings, Heritage Brewing co. has never been more ready to serve the craft beer community.

Over the coming months they will be updating their company to reflect these changes, to include a new flagship lineup available March 10. Updates to their existing taproom will follow in the next few weeks and updates to their Arlington brewpub throughout the course of the year. They expect to be complete with this update by the end of 2018.

Heritage Brewing co. has always taken every effort possible to create and design everything that they make, in look, feel, and taste. They hand craft their own brews from start to finish and design their aesthetics, logos and products themselves.

Heritage Brewing co.’s founders and veteran brothers Ryan and Sean Arroyo are at last working side by side full time in the brewery. Ryan honorably finished his service with U.S. Army recently, where he served for 10 combat deployments, and received the Purple Heart, and four Bronze Stars, amongst other awards.

Their new brand and logo gives a nod to the two veteran founders of their company with its subtle stars side by side. The “H” in the center is meant to indicate the ever forward moving and progressing nature of their company. As they continually seek out excellence in everything that they do, their logo is always moving onward to the next goal, next pursuit, next great creation.

This is just the beginning! Heritage Brewing co. has just launched their new website, HeritageBrewing.com. Their new site showcases additional details on their new brand, product lines, locations and upcoming events. Keep up to date with Heritage Brewing co. on social media to find out whats coming next.

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.

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