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Events around Arlington are picking back up after a month-long lull, likely due to the snow, the holidays and the spread of omicron.

This week, folks can join moderated discussions with local elected officials as well as a D.C. author and lawyer who defends Black children in the criminal justice system, get organization inspiration and learn the Japanese art of floral arrangements and origami.

The local event highlights for Jan. 24-30 are below. Submit your event to our event calendar by filling out this event submission form at least two weeks in advance.

Monday, Jan. 24

Arlington County Federal Credit Union’s How to Buy Affordably in the DMV*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

During this one-hour webinar, ACFCU’s Mortgage Loan Officer, Sandra Ortecho, will walk attendees through the process of debt-to-income, applying for a loan, credit scores and more so they feel empowered to go out and buy a home.

NAACP Arlington Branch Monthly Meeting*
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

The Arlington branch of the NAACP’s monthly meeting is open to the public and will feature guest speakers Katie Cristol, Arlington County Board Chair, and Barbara Kanninen, the Arlington School Board Chair. Register in advance online.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

Organizing During the Pandemic
Time: 6:45-7:45 p.m.

This event aims to provide attendees with the latest tips and tricks in organizing so they can better enjoy their homes and offices during the pandemic. The class will be taught by Julie Pandya, a local mother whose company, Home Strategies LLC, helps people find solutions to their organizing problems. Registration is required for the free, online event.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Author Talk: The Rage of Innocence*
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

The Arlington Branch of the NAACP is hosting a free, virtual discussion with Kristin Henning, a professor and the author of “The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth.” Drawing on her 25 years of experience representing Black youth in D.C.’s juvenile court, Henning’s book makes the case that the crisis in racist American policing begins with its relationship to Black children. Advanced registration is requested.

Thursday, Jan. 27

ACFCU’s Beginner Real Estate Investing*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This 60-minute webinar will go over the basics of beginner real estate investing, how to choose rental properties and provide an overview of the real estate market. ACFCU’s Director of Business Lending, Marty Weitzel, will guide participants through an informational presentation and Q&A session so they feel prepared to capitalize on property investments.

Saturday, Jan. 29

Learn the art of flower arrangement and origami
Time: 3-4 p.m. 

Study Japanese in Arlington is holding a New Year Ikebana event featuring special guest Yukari Mire, from IKENOBO, who has studied the art of Japanese floral arrangements for 42 years. This free, virtual event requires advance registration online or via the QR code on the poster and is open to all ages and skill levels.

* denotes sponsored listing


More holiday events are on tap this week, including a few kid-friendly workshops and markets with local vendors.

Folks can finish off the week with showings of classic Christmas movies and holiday concerts.

The local event highlights for Dec. 13-19 are below. Submit your event to our event calendar by filling out this event submission form at least two weeks in advance.

Monday, Dec. 13

Aircraft Noise Mitigation Study Community Meeting
Virtual (Facebook)
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Living with aircraft noise from Reagan National Airport? Attend the third community meeting about a noise mitigation study for communities north of DCA, jointly led by Arlington County and Montgomery County. During the Facebook live meeting, officials will provide an update on  overall study, present draft recommendations for departure procedures and take questions and comments.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Kids Baking Class: Annual Holiday Cookie Baking Party
Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 5-7 p.m.

The ChiquiChef will be leading a cookie baking class where kids will be making two different batches of cookies over Zoom. Recipes, an equipment list and a Zoom link will be sent after registration.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Workshop: Hand Sewn Ornaments (9-12 yrs)
Art House 7 (5537 Lee Highway)
Time: 4:15-5:45 p.m.

In this festive 1.5-hour workshop, kids age 9-12 will hand-sew cute felt ornaments and embellish them with beads, sequins and pom-poms. They will bring home keepsakes for the holidays or presents for grandparents. All materials are included in this $50 course.

Free Until Help Arrives Training
Arlington County Fire Training Academy (2800 S. Taylor Street)
Time: 6:30-8 p.m. 

Until Help Arrives provides fundamental knowledge and skills civilians can use to help save lives until first responders arrive. The training by Arlington Community Emergency Response Team members will review essential concepts such as: maintaining situational awareness, identifying key life threats, stopping bleeding, moving and positioning the injured and providing psychological support and comfort to the wounded. Prior to the practice, facilitators recommend watching video recordings.

Friday, Dec. 17

Ballston’s Holiday Wreath Market
Ballston Exchange (4201 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 4-7 p.m. 

Ballston’s first annual Holiday Wreath Market will have music, holiday lights, fresh wreaths for purchase and a pop-up outdoor bar. Proceeds from wreaths will benefit local schools, nonprofits, and other charitable organizations. The event takes place Friday, Dec. 17 from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 18 from 12-7 p.m.

National Landing Holiday Market
2121 Crystal Drive
Time: 5-10 p.m.

In partnership with DCBB Productions, Bun’d Up and Made in Arlington, National Landing’s Holiday Market will be a two-day event local vendors.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Holiday Cheer – National Chamber Ensemble
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (4444 Arlington Blvd)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

National Chamber Ensemble will perform a holiday concert with classical and contemporary masterpieces and holiday favorites. The event will be in-person, with a streaming option, after a season of virtual performances.

The NCE will limit in-person attendance to less than 50% of the theater capacity to allow patrons to spread out and feel comfortable. Patrons must be fully vaccinated and wear face masks at all times.

It’s A Wonderful Life
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 12 p.m.

The Drafthouse will be showing this Frank Capra classic holiday film. In it, an angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman (James Stewart) by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. Showings are Saturday, Dec. 18 at 12 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19 and 3 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m.

A Christmas Story
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 3:30 p.m.

The Drafthouse will be showing another Christmas classic, “A Christmas Story.” In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. Showings will take place Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m.

* denotes sponsored listing


Holiday events are in full swing this week, with ample opportunities to support local vendors, sip seasonal hot drinks and give back to the community.

Some of the local event highlights for Dec. 6-12 are below. Submit your event to our event calendar by filling out this event submission form at least two weeks in advance.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Comedian Josh Johnson at Arlington Drafthouse
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7 p.m.

Comedian Josh Johnson, who has appeared on The Daily Show, will crack jokes at Arlington Drafthouse with special guest and fellow comedian Logan Nielsen, who co-hosts the Josh Johnson Show podcast with Johnson.

Thursday, Dec. 9

Arlington Reads: Imbolo Mbue in Conversation with Diane Kresh
Time: 7-8 p.m.

Join Arlington Public Library online for a conversation between novelist Imbolo Mbue and Library Director Diane Kresh about Mbue’s book “How Beautiful We Were.”

Rosslyn Tree Lighting
Central Place Plaza (1800 N. Lynn Street)
Time: 5 p.m.

Stop by Central Plaza to watch the lighting of a Christmas tree in Rosslyn. There will be beer, wine and spiked hot cider from Open Road, a photo-op in Santa’s chair, performances by the H-B Woodlawn Secondary School choir, a live mariachi band and raffle prizes. WJLA will lead a countdown to the neighborhood tree lighting, which will be live-streamed to Facebook. As a bonus, The View of DC will remain open until 9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 10

Rosslyn Holiday Market
Central Place Plaza (1800 N. Lynn Street)
Time: 5-8 p.m.

For two days, folks can browse wares from local vendors selling crafts, handmade clothing, natural beauty products and treats, grab photo ops with Santa and sip festive drinks. Friday’s market will be dog-friendly and Saturday’s market, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be family-friendly, capped by a special holiday performance of “The Miraculous Magical Balloon” by Synetic Theater at 3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 11

BSA Troop 647 Food Drive
Church of the Covenant (2666 Military Road)
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Folks can donate unopened canned or packaged dry food to Arlington Food Assistance Center through this annual Boy Scouts food drive. The troop asks that donations are boxed up or bagged, and that donors avoid glass packaging and perishable items. Those who cannot get to the church can email [email protected] to see if scouts can pick up their donations.

Scouts will be accepting old worn-out American flags, as well as state, county and other national flags, to be properly “retired.” Flags should be brought in plastic bags.

Stuff the Sleigh
Animal Welfare League of Arlington (2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive)
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spread holiday cheer to animals and help AWLA “stuff the sleigh” (a transport van) by donating the most-needed supplies from its holiday wishlist. Donations will benefit animals at the shelter and pet families in the community who need a little extra support this holiday season.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Winter Bazaar at the Arlington Drafthouse 
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shop and support local and regional vendors at a holiday market hosted by Arlington Drafthouse. The bar will be open for those looking to sip while they shop.

Peppermint Mocha Competition
National Landing (2121 Crystal Drive)
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The National Landing Business Improvement District is putting on its inaugural Peppermint Mocha Latte Competition, featuring local coffee shops that specialize in festive lattes. Guests will be able to sample signature holiday drinks from Commonwealth Joe, The Freshman and Origin Coffee Lab & Kitchen and vote for their favorite. There will also be a live DJ and branded coffee swag.


(Updated 2:45 p.m.) With Thanksgiving over, Arlington is gearing up for Chanukah and Christmas.

This week, folks can enjoy cozy foods and drinks and festive lights while getting in a spot of holiday shopping. To see some Christmas magic, head to Alexandria for a performance of The Nutcracker.

Some of the local event highlights for Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 are below. Submit your event to our event calendar by filling out this event submission form at least two weeks in advance.

Tuesday, Nov. 30

Light Up Arlington — Clarendon Menorah Lighting*
Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington (1307 N. Highland Street)
Time: 6-7 p.m.

Enjoy latkes, hot cocoa and donuts while watching the lighting of a 9-foot Menorah at this community celebration of the festival of lights. Admission is free for this event, but registration is required as capacity is limited.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Chanukah on Ice 2021*
Pentagon Row Ice Rink (1201 S. Joyce Street)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Can’t attend the Light Up Arlington celebration? Chabad Lubavitch has another event on the calendar this week. On Thursday, there will be skating at the Pentagon Row outdoor rink, with latkes, kosher hot dogs and donuts to eat and the lighting of a 6-foot Menorah. This event is $13, including skate rental, and food is sold separately.

Light up the Village at Shirlington
Village at Shirlington (4280 Campbell Ave)
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Sip, stroll and shop around The Village while enjoying performances from Signature Theatre and caroling from Obbligato Music and Bishop O’Connell High School, as well as horse and carriage rides and an appearance from Santa.

Friday, Dec. 3

19th Annual Artful Weekend at Fort C. F. Smith Park*
Fort C. F. Smith Park (2411 24th Street N.)
Time: 3-8 p.m.

Get your holiday shopping in at the historic Hendry House, where Gallery Underground will be featuring more than 30 Arlington-based artists. Their works — from paintings, ceramics and sculpture to jewelry, glasswork and artist’s cards — will be available for purchase. There will be an opening reception Friday night at 6 p.m., and the show will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday, Dec. 4

30 Minute Hit Arlington Open House*
30 Minute Hit Arlington (4001 9th Street N., #105)
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A new, women-only, high-intensity gym in Ballston is hosting an open house for the whole family. Moms can learn about the circuit workouts while kids can get their face painted and do crafts. There will also be food and music.

Washington-Liberty H.S. Annual Holiday Bazaar*
Washington-Liberty High School (1301 N. Stafford Street)
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The covered parking decks next to Washington-Liberty High School will be transformed into a holiday market with many vendors selling jewelry, crafts, clothing and more, as well as the school’s student clubs and activities fundraising booths. Admission and parking are free, and there will be food and drink to purchase.

The Nutcracker — Metropolitan School of the Arts*
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center (4915 E. Campus Drive, Alexandria)
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.

Metropolitan School of the Arts will be performing this classic holiday ballet, featuring more than 120 performers. Discounted rates are available for Girls Scouts.

Accessory Dwelling Open House and Tour*
(Address available after registration)
Time: 1-3 p.m.

Curious to know more about what Accessory Dwelling Units can look like? Backyard.Homes will be opening up one of its newest ADUs in Arlington for tours of the unit, which is not for sale or rent, on Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Alternative Christmas Market*
First Presbyterian Church (601 N. Vermont Street)
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Find fabulous goods from local charities and international co-ops to give to friends and family on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church.

* denotes sponsored listing


As the cold sets in, holiday season events are picking up in Arlington County.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, folks can learn about D.C.’s Indigenous past and present while kids can cook and bake goodies for their families. Those looking for Christmas gifts can make ornaments and, to help those in need this season, can support low-income and vulnerable mothers through a charitable 5K.

Some of the local event highlights for Nov. 15-21 are below. Submit your event to our event calendar by filling out this event submission form at least two weeks in advance.

Monday, November 15

Arlington Community Federal Credit Union’s Homebuying 101*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

With mortgage rates at historic lows, ACFCU’s Mortgage Loan Officer Chantal George will be helping prospective buyers feel prepared to close on their first home.

Wednesday, November 17

Minimize Taxes on Your 401(k), 403(b), TSP in Retirement: What Everyone Ought to Know and How to Fix It*
Time: 8-9 a.m.

Learn how to plan a retirement that benefits YOU — not the IRS. Eliminate the three biggest compromises you’ll make in retirement. Why taxes may be the biggest retirement risk you haven’t planned for.

Guide to Indigenous D.C. 
Time: 6-7 p.m.

American University professor and Chickasaw Nation citizen Elizabeth Rule will virtually present on her “Guide to Indigenous D.C.,” a walking-tour smartphone map app featuring sites of importance to Native peoples across the nation’s capital. The guide emphasizes Indigenous peoples’ contributions to D.C., highlights the historical and contemporary federal tribal policy developed in the city and acknowledges the peoples whose homelands upon which the District was built.

Thursday, November 18

Return on Creativity: Lunch Hour*
Time: 12-12:45 p.m.

Remote and hybrid work have created a new set of security challenges. Arlington Economic Development is hosting a panel with Reagan Roney, Chief Experience Officer and Principal at Solvere One IT, who will discuss how the current workforce environment has affected cybersecurity, and what non-IT professionals and leaders can do to help keep their company’s information secure.

Until Help Arrives Free Training
Arlington County Fire Training Academy (2800 S. Taylor Street)
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

When life-threatening emergencies happen, emergency responders aren’t always on-hand — but passersby can step in to save someone’s life. During this event, Arlington’s emergency technicians will be equipping civilians with the skills they need in such situations, including how to stop bleeding, move injured persons and provide support. Those 14 and older are encouraged to attend. Officials recommend watching training recordings before coming to hands-on practice.

Friday, November 19

Kids Cooking Class: Thanksgiving Yummies
6-8 p.m.

Chef Anna from ChiquiChef will teach kids Thanksgiving-themed cooking and baking skills over Zoom. Students will be making turkey meatballs, sweet potato bites and chocolate cupcakes that look like turkeys, and have plenty of treats to share after.

Saturday, November 20

5K and Family Fun Day
Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road)
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Register to enjoy a fun-filled day for families with a 5K and fun run, moon bounces, laser tag, rock wall, balloon animals, face painting and community performances. This charitable event supports work to equip low-income and vulnerable mothers with the necessities to care for their babies.

Workshop: Make Ceramic Ornaments (Adult)
Art House 7 (5537 Lee Highway)
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Come to Art House 7 to make and glaze keepsake clay ornaments for the holidays during this 1.5-hour, $55 workshop. Pieces will be available for pick-up in the studio roughly 10 days after the class. Participating adults must be vaccinated.

* denotes sponsored listing


This week, locals can dive into the era between the American Revolution and the Civil War through the life of a man with Arlington ties and unwind with drinks and comedy.

Some of the local event highlights for Nov. 8-14 are below. If you’d like your event considered, fill out the event submission form to submit it to our event calendar.

Wednesday, November 10

Arlington Community Federal Credit Union Retirement Roundtable*
Time: 12-1 p.m.

Financial advisor Momodou Bojang will discuss critical areas of retirement planning, such as protecting loved ones, risk management, tax solutions and estate planning.

ACFCU’s Business Lending Webinar: SBA Loans & You*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

ACFCU Director of Business Lending, Marty Weitzel will cover both the products and processes around securing financing from the Small Business Administration in a post-COVID world. One lucky business owner will get a $50 gift card to New District Brewery.

Thursday, November 11

George Washington Parke Custis: A Rarefied Life in America’s First Family
Marymount University, Reinsch Library Auditorium (2807 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.  

Columnist, author and local historian Charlie Clark will discuss his recently released biography of George Washington Parke Custis, whose life bridged the American Revolution and the Civil War. Raised at Mount Vernon by George and Martha Washington, he inherited much of the vast Custis fortune and enslaved more than 200 people. Their emancipation became a central struggle of his life, particularly after his daughter married Robert E. Lee.

Friday, November 12

Ryan Sickler
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7 p.m.

Standup comedian and podcaster Ryan Sickler, host of The HoneyDew Podcast, will be cracking jokes at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse Friday and Saturday nights at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older to enter the venue, unless they arrive before 9 p.m. and are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

* Denotes sponsored listing


Arlingtonians can get their arts and culture fix all week long. Kick the week off today (Monday) with mariachi and Mexican folklórico dance and end it with live theater and chamber music.

Some of the local event highlights for Nov. 1-7 are below. If you’d like your event considered, fill out the event submission form to submit it to our event calendar.

Monday, November 1

Arlington Community Federal Credit Union’s “Buying a Home in a Tight Market”*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Buying a home in this region has always been competitive, and is becoming even more so. ACFCU’s Mortgage Loan Officer, Sandra Ortecho, will teach attendees how to get started buying a home and how to make their offers attractive to sellers.

Día de los Muertos at Arlington Arts Center*
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Arlington Arts Center (3350 Wilson Blvd)

Bring a blanket, grab dinner from local food trucks La Tingeria and 7Moltin and enjoy mariachi by Grupo Fénix and dancing by the Ballet Folklorico Mi Herencia Mexicana at this evening picnic supported by Arlington Arts, AVLD Events and the Ballston Business Improvement District.

Wednesday, November 3

ACFCU’s “Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits”*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

In this installment of ACFCU’s webinar series, “Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits,” attendees can learn what they need to know to get the most from their benefits.

Thursday, November 4

EcoAction Arlington’s “Reimagining Our Homes”
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Join EcoAction Arlington for the second webinar in our Getting to Carbon Neutrality series. You’ll learn the how-to’s from industry experts on transforming our homes to meet the goal of carbon neutrality. Visit the EcoAction website to learn more and register.

Brian Posehn LIVE From Netflix, HBO And Comedy Central
Time: 7 p.m.
Arlington Cinema And Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)

Get ready to laugh at standup delivered by comedian, actor, musician, and writer Brian Posehn at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. He will perform shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with showings on Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Admission before 9 p.m. is 21+ unless a parent or guardian is present. After 9 p.m., it’s 21+.

Friday, November 5

Yorktown High School Fall Theatre Arts Showcase
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Yorktown HS Auditorium (
5200 Yorktown Blvd) 

All of Yorktown’s performance classes will be performing live theater for free on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with lighting, sound, costumes and props done by students. The nights will feature improv, original folk tale adaptations and a sneak peek of a one-act play students will be taking to a state competition about women ordinance workers during the second World War.

Saturday, November 6

National Chamber Ensemble’s “Enchanting Elgar, The English Romantic”*
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Gunston Arts Center, Theater One (2700 S. Lang Street) 

This will be the National Chamber Ensemble’s first live performance since the start of the pandemic and the opening performance of the season. Listeners will hear music from Sir Edward William Elgar as well as Gilbert and Sullivan’s Overture to “The Mikado.” People can attend in-person or watch an exclusive concert video one week later from home. Tickets are $36 for adults and $18 for students, with season subscriptions priced at $129 for all five performances.

* Denotes a sponsored listing


Although this week gets off to a slower start, event-wise, starting Thursday locals can kick off Halloween weekend with in-person shows and enjoy the fall weather with outdoor events.

Some of the local event highlights for Oct. 25-31 are below. Submit your event to our event calendar by filling out this event submission form at least two weeks in advance.

Thursday, October 28

REACH for Uganda Annual Gala*
The Columbus Club (5115 Little Falls Road)
: 6-10 p.m. 

Arlington-based nonprofit REACH for Uganda will be hosting its annual gala to support critical needs in the rural eastern portion of the country, including girls’ education and student access to technology. This year’s event will feature an evening with live music, stand-up comedy, a keynote speaker, an open bar with plated dinner and silent and live auctions.

Carlos Mencia LIVE From The Journey Podcast And Mind Of Mencia
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7 p.m. 

Honduran-American comedian Carlos Mencia will be cracking jokes at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. After the 7 p.m. show on Thursday, he will perform shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Guests must be 21 or older to enter the venue, unless they arrive before 9 p.m. and are accompanied by parent or guardian.

Halloween Bike Ride with BikeArlington
Trek Bicycle Clarendon (2731 Wilson Blvd) 
Time: 6-8 p.m. 

People can tour Arlington’s fun, wild and scary Halloween setups by night and in costume with BikeArlington. The 5-mile ride will end at Trek Bikes with refreshments, and the organization recommends registering quickly.

Shaolin Jazz and WHINO Present Can I Kick It? Featuring James Bond, “Goldfinger”
WHINO (4238 Wilson Blvd, 2nd floor)
Time: 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

WHINO and DJ Shaolin Jazz will be hosting a special 6-month series on Thursday nights highlighting the most iconic spy movie series ever made. The first event will be the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger.” A DJ will score the film live using various techniques and sound bites to highlight different scenes. A full dinner menu will be available until 11 p.m. and a late night menu available will be available until 2 a.m.

Saturday, October 30

Free Book Talk with Author, Blogger Annette Mertens*
Time: 11 a.m.

After two bouts of cancer, author and blogger Annette Mertens, who hails from Aachen, Germany — one of Arlington’s sister cities — decided to become a novelist. Hear her talk about her cancer journeys and how she was inspired her to follow her dreams. Her book, “Annas Blut” (Anna’s Blood: Anyone Can Sail Before the Wind), is published in German, but her presentation is in English. County Board Member Libby Garvey will provide opening remarks.

E-bike Demo & Group Ride with BikeArlington
Quincy Parking Deck (4001-4035 15th Street N.)
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

This free event from BikeArlington and Rad Power Bikes will teach people about e-bikes and give them a chance to test them out on trails, streets and hills. Rad will have 10 e-bikes available to take on the ride and slots are first come, first served. Helmets are required and those who do not have one will be lent one.

Dogma Dog Bakery 12th Annual Dog Trick or Treat
Dogma Bakery Shirlington (2772 S. Arlington Mill Drive) 
Time: 2-4 p.m. 

Take your dogs trick-or-treating at the Village at Shirlington. Participating businesses, restaurants and stores hand out pup-friendly treats while owners can sip adult “to-go” drinks. Costumes are not required for dogs or humans, and the event costs $15 per dog, payable online or in-person. The benefit will benefit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

*Denotes featured event


This week is chock full of interesting events in and around Arlington County.

Some of the local event highlights for Oct. 18-24 are below. Submit your event to our event calendar by filling out this event submission form at least two weeks in advance.

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Story Time Club
Animal Welfare League of Arlington (2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive)
Time: 5-6 p.m.

This event for kids will feature story time from a special guest and a visit from a shelter pet. Kids can bring books from home to read to shelter cats and small animals. Tickets are $8 per child and are non-refundable.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

ACFCU’s Business Lending Series: SBA Loans & You*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Arlington Community Federal Credit Union Director of Business Lending Marty Weitzel will give business owners tips for getting financing from the Small Business Administration. One business owner will get a $50 gift card to New District Brewery.

ACFCU’s Retirement Planning Series: Minimizing Taxes in Retirement*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Attendees will learn three compromises not to make in retirement so they can plan a retirement that benefits them, and not the Internal Revenue Service.

EcoAction County Board candidate forum
Time: 7-8:30 p.m. 

EcoAction Arlington will host a forum with Arlington County Board candidates Mike Cantwell, Audrey Clement, Takis Karantonis and Adam Theo to discuss how they will approach the various environmental issues the county faces. Attendees must register by 9 a.m. the day of the event (Wednesday).

Thursday, Oct. 21

Arlington Reads: Bina Venkataraman in Conversation with Diane Kresh
Time: 7-8 p.m.

Join Arlington Public Library online for a conversation between science policy expert and journalist Bina Venkataraman and Library Director Diane Kresh about Venkataraman’s book “The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age.”

All Hallows Group Art at WHINO
4238 Wilson Blvd, Second Floor
Time: 7-11 p.m. 

WHINO’s All Hallows art show will track how the ancient Celtic harvest-time festival of Samhain has evolved over the millennia to be a way of remembering the dead.

Friday, Oct. 22

Kids Cooking Class: Steamed Thai Chicken Dumplings and Mini Hand Pies
Time: 6-8 p.m. 

Personal caterer Chiqui Chef will be teaching kids how to make steamed Thai chicken dumplings and mini fruit hand pies.

Saturday, Oct. 23

Lady Liberty’s Birthday Party Fundraiser*
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

This virtual fundraiser hosted by local non-profit Just Neighbors, which provides immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees in the D.C. area. Tickets for the event, which includes a silent auction and giveaway gifts, start at $25.

Live-In Arlington Info-Fair
Lubber Run Community Center (300 N. Park Drive)
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

This free event will provide useful information about housing opportunities in Arlington. It will feature meet-and-greets with a myriad housing professionals, from mortgage lenders to health and housing service providers, as well as seminars.

Fall Family Celebration
Columbia Gardens Cemetery grounds (3411 Arlington Blvd)
Time: 12-3 p.m. 

This free, family-friendly fall event has events for all ages. Kids can visit beehives and paint pumpkins while adults can meet a rose expert, attend a tree planting demonstration and learn about bluebird boxes.

Tarot Teachings
Ms. Peacock’s Champagne Lounge (929 N. Garfield Street) 
Time: 1-5 p.m.

The tarot-curious can get in touch with the mystic side of life with a four-hour tarot card reading workshop that supports animals in need. Students should bring materials for taking notes, and if they have them, their own tarot deck.

Sunday, Oct. 24

Democrats AAPI Caucus Diwali Festival*
Bluemont Park (329 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 3-6 p.m.

Arlington Democrats Asian-American and Pacific Islander Caucus will host a Diwali festival at Bluemont Park. Attendees can expect to see local and state leaders, hear live music and eat Indian food.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event.


Arlington Agenda: Oct. 11-17

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in and around Arlington County.

If you’d like your event considered, fill out the event submission form to submit it to our event calendar.

Monday, Oct. 11

Beginning Fencing Classes*
Nova Fencing and Archery Club (3501 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church)
Time: 6-7 p.m.

These classes, which begin today (Monday), will teach fencing basics such as footwork and handwork to students ages 7 and up.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Arlington Community Federal Credit Union Retirement Roundtable*
Time: 8-9 a.m. 

ACFCU financial advisor Momodou Bojang will host a free webinar addressing critical topics within retirement planning.

ACFCU Homebuying 101*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Mortgage Loan Officer Sandra Ortecho goes back to the basics of buying a house for this webinar targeting first-time homebuyers.

Cocktails For Change: Support the Human Trafficking Fight
Clarendon Pop-Up Bar (3185 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6-9 p.m.

This happy hour event hosted by Clarendon Pop-Up Bar (in the former Clarendon Ballroom space) will benefit Love 146, a global organization working to end human trafficking.

Thursday, Oct. 14

Community Care Fair
Serrano Apartments (5535 Columbia Pike)
Time: 4-6 p.m.

The whole family, including pets, is invited to the fair, which will provide pet supplies and preventative care, COVID-19 vaccines, food stamps resources and children’s activities.

Doorways Open Hearts, Open Doors Virtual Fundraiser
Time: 8-9 p.m.

Arlington homeless shelter Doorways is hosting a virtual fundraising event and auction, followed by a Q&A, aimed at preventing violence and ending homelessness in the county.

Sunday, Oct. 17

Harvest Festival Japanese Tea Ceremony
First Presbyterian Church Arlington (601 N. Vermont Street)
Time: 2-4 p.m

This ceremony and educational event by Study Japanese in Arlington and Omotesenke Domonkai Eastern Region USA is open to all ages.


Arlington Agenda: Oct. 4-10

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County.

If you’d like your event considered, fill out the event submission form to submit it to our event calendar.

Monday, Oct. 4

Into the Night with Owls and Bats
Time: 5-6 p.m.

This Halloween-inspired event will feature lessons about owls and bats for kids.

Empty The Shelters
Animal Welfare League of Arlington (2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive)
Time: 12 p.m. to Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.

Animal Welfare League of Arlington is offering a limited-time adoption discount in an effort to help find more of their animals good homes. Adoptions will only cost $25 Oct. 4 through Oct. 10.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

ACFCU’s Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits*
Time: 12-1 p.m.

Axiom Value financial advisor Momodou Bojang will host a free webinar teaching locals how best to manage their social security benefits.

ACFCU’s Buying a Home in a Tight Market*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Arlington Community Federal Credit Union’s VP of Lending Katherine Magruder shares tips and tricks to buying a home in a competitive market like Northern Virginia.

Thursday, Oct. 7

League of Women Voters of Arlington Candidate Forum
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

The League of Women Voters of Arlington County and their partner organizations will host a Candidate Forum for the candidates running for local office in the Nov. 2 election.

Friday, Oct. 8

The Young, Black and Funny Comedy Jam
Arlington Cinema And Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Leonard Ouzts and other comedians will stop in Arlington on their 10-city, 33-date tour.

Saturday, Oct. 9

E-CARE Recycling Drop-Off
1425 N. Quincy Street
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Arlington residents can bring hazardous materials, bikes and bulky items to this event to be safely disposed of.

2021 Home Run for the Homeless
Bluemont Park (329 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 9-11 a.m.

The Fourth Annual 5K Home Run for the Homeless will raise support for Northern Virginia homeless families. Registration includes a t-shirt, light snacks, beverages and giveaways. Because the course is tight, please leave your dog at home. Strollers are okay.

Spooky Songs & Scary Stories
Ball-Sellers House (5620 3rd Street S.)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Actors and singers from Guillotine Theatre will tell colonial folktales and sing songs featuring ghostly encounters and mysteries.

Sunday, Oct. 10

Rose Auction & Rooting Workshop, Sponsor: Arlington Rose Foundation
Columbia Gardens Cemetery — Rose Garden (3411 Arlington Blvd)
Time: 2-4:30 p.m.

This rose auction will feature Shrubs, Hybrid Teas, Floribundas and Climbers for sale.


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