(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


Hanukkah is here and it’s again time to light the menorah flame while on ice.

The annual “Chanukah on Ice” event is back this year, set to take place this Thursday (Dec. 2) evening outside on the Pentagon Row Ice Skating Rink in Pentagon City.

The event, organized by the Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington, will include skating, latkes, kosher hot dogs, a raffle, and the lighting of a six-foot menorah for the fifth night of Hanukkah. It will take place from 6-8 p.m. and is family-friendly.

In case of heavy rain, the ice skating rink will close, but as of right now, weather looks clear and seasonably warm for Thursday.

This fire meets ice holiday event has been held for at least a decade. In past years, Arlington officials have provided their presence and helped light the menorah. No word yet who might be there this year, though.

“Chanukah on Ice” isn’t the only festival of lights event going on this week in Arlington.

On Tuesday night (Nov. 30), the Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington will also host a menorah lighting outside of the organization’s headquarters at 1307 N. Highland Street in Clarendon starting at 6 p.m. There will be music, latkes, dredels, chocolate, and pre-packaged jelly donuts for all.

Congregation Etz Hayim at 2920 Arlington Blvd is putting on a family Hanukkah party on Sunday (Dec. 5), the last day of the holiday. Games, magic, and latkes will be the entertainment, plus there’ll be a sock collection for local non-profit Bridges to Independence.

Hanukkah (or “Chanukah”), the festival of lights, began last night and will continue for eight nights. The holiday will conclude next Sunday night (Dec. 5).


The lights are coming on at Shirlington next week.

On Thursday (Dec. 2), the Village at Shirlington is hosting the holiday event “Light Up the Village” from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

The event will feature a Christmas tree lighting, caroling from Bishop O’Connell students, strolling entertainment, performances from Signature Theatre, horse and carriage rides, and selfies with Santa. The evening is being emceed by NBC Channel 4’s Jummy Olabanji and will benefit event partner non-profit Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).

While horse and carriage rides are free and there’s no need to sign up in advance, donations to AFAC are welcomed.

“Donations of non-perishables and cash to benefit AFAC will be accepted from those taking a horse and carriage ride,” writes a spokesperson for Federal Realty Investment Trust, which owns the retail and restaurant center, which is set for eventual redevelopment. “AFAC volunteers will be onsite at the horse and carriage rides to collect these donations.”

Attendees will be able to “sip and stroll” with an an alcoholic drink from a local, participating restaurant.

Performers and musicians from Signature Theatre’s current production of Rent will be performing about a half dozen holiday and winter songs during the event as well.

Shirlington has seen a number of new businesses put down roots recently. In the last two months, Bearded Goat Barbershop, CHIKO, and F45 gym all have opened.

Encore Stage’s Enchanted Bookshop Christmas (Photo courtesy of Encore Stage/ Cindy Kane Photography)

As the region creeps back closer to normal, and with the holiday season now upon us, in-person performing arts are making a comeback.

Local theaters are once again welcoming back audiences for an assortment of concerts and productions.

If you’re interested in seeing a show and gaining some cultural enrichment while sitting among fellow humans, below are a few Arlington options to consider over the next few months.

The cast of Signature Theater’s Rent (Photo courtesy of Signature Theater/Christopher Mueller)

Signature Theater’s Rent 

When: November 2 to January 2, 2022

Where: 4200 Campbell Avenue in Shirlington

Safety Precautions: Proof of vaccinations or a negative test are required to attend a live, indoor performance at Signature Theater. Masks are also required at all times.

Details: In-person theater is back at Signature Theater with an all-new production of the iconic musical Rent.

“RENT is a musical about love, loss and community,” wrote director Matthew Gardiner in the press release. “After this past year where we’ve all felt isolated and disconnected, reopening Signature’s doors with this story about beautiful warriors and agents for change who found each other amidst unimaginable loss feels incredibly resonant.”

With a new artistic director at the helm, the Washington Post called Signature Theater’s production of Rent “gloriously harmonious.”

Encore Stage’s Enchanted Bookshop Christmas

When: November 19-21 & December 3-5

Where: Gunston ​​Arts Center, Theater 1 at 2700 S. Lang Street

Safety Precautions: Masks are required for everyone in the audience, including staff and students, except for children under the age of two. Concessions will only be available by pre-order and patrons must eat and drink outdoors.

Details: A sequel (with a holiday spin) to “Enchanted Bookshop,” which was performed at Encore Stage in 2019. Encore did two drive-by productions prior to moving back inside earlier this fall.

It’s four days before Christmas and a very special present has gone missing. Help come-to-life book characters solve the mystery and save the day. Enchanted Bookshop Christmas for all ages that’s 90 minutes including intermission.

Synetic Theater’s Cinderella (Photo courtesy of Synetic Theater/Johnny Shryock Photography)

Synetic Theater’s Cinderella 

When: November 27 to December 26

Where: 1800 S. Bell Street in Crystal City

Safety Precautions: All audience members over the age of 12 are required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test along with an ID. Children under 12 are not required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative. Masks are required at all times and concessions will not be sold during the performance.

Details: This is a modern re-telling of the classic magical tale of “a striking clock, a glass slipper, and a brave young woman who dares to pursue her wildest dreams.”

Synetic Theater kept active throughout the pandemic by streaming performances and doing outdoor theater earlier this fall.

Known for wordless physical theater, this performance is family-friendly as well as appealing to non-English speakers due to the fact that there’s little dialogue.

Avant Bard Theatre’s How I Learned What I Learned

When: December 1 to 19

Where: Gunston ​​Arts Center, Theater 2 at 2700 S. Lang Street

Safety Precautions: Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test are mandatory for entry. Face coverings must be worn at all times while in the building.

Details: This autobiographical one-man show from one of America’s most acclaimed playwrights, August Wilson, stars William Newman, who some might know as the Chief Judge of Arlington’s Circuit Court. This isn’t Newman’s first starring role on the stage, either.

The performance deals with mature themes and is not suitable for all ages.

BallotNova’s The Nutcracker (Photo courtesy of BalletNova)

BallotNova’s The Nutcracker 

When: December 2 to December 5

Where: Kenmore Middle School at 200 S. Carlin Springs Road

Safety Precautions: Attendees 12 years old and over are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within the past three days. All attendees are required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Fully vaccinated dancers over the age of 12 will not be wearing masks while performing.

Details: This BalletNova’s first live, in-person performance in nearly two years. This rendition has all-new choreography, sets, and costumes “that are sure to make this year’s production our most magical yet,” artistic director Matthew Powell writes ARLnow.

“There are also a few fun surprises in store, but we can’t give away all of our secrets,” he notes.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or on the website. The production is suitable for all ages.

National Chamber Ensemble’s Holiday Cheer (Photo via National Chamber Ensemble)

National Chamber Ensemble’s Holiday Cheer 

When: December 18

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington at 4444 Arlington Blvd

Safety Precautions: All patrons must be fully vaccinated, wear a mask at all times, and capacity will be less than 50% to allow patrons to spread out.

Details: A holiday concert featuring “star soprano” Sharon Christmann joining the ensemble and performing the favorites.

A streaming option will be available for those who don’t feel comfortable attending in person. This performance is family-friendly.

The Arlington Players’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Photo courtesy of The Arlington Players)

The Arlington Players’ A Midsummer’s Night Dream

When: January 15 to 30, 2022

Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre at 125 S. Old Glebe Road

Safety Precautions: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours. Audience members must wear masks at all times as required by Arlington County.

Details: For the long-running community theater company, this William Shakespeare comedy is its first show back at Thomas Jefferson Community Theater. This past fall, the Arlington Players had an in-person, outdoor performance at Lubber Run Amphitheater.

A Midnight Summer’s Dream is family-friendly and open to all ages.

Know of any other upcoming performing arts shows in the area worth considering? Let us know in the comments.


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

Ajia Minnis, Owner and Founder of Thrive Hair Bar at 1010 N. Glebe Road (Photo courtesy of Thrive Hair Bar)

Thrive Hair Bar in Ballston is hosting a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic this Saturday (Oct 23).

The clinic is in partnership with the Arlington County Public Health Division and part of the “Shots at the Shop” initiative, a White-House-backed effort to recruit Black-owned barbershops and salons to help increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in the community.

The program trains barbers and stylists to dispel myths and misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, as well as provides a $1,000 grant courtesy of beauty care brand SheaMoisture.

“We saw the lagging COVID-19 vaccination rates in Black, Latinx, and other minority communities,” Thrive Hair Bar owner and founder Ajia Minnis told ARLnow via email about why they’re hosting the clinic. “Given the majority of our clients come from these communities we thought we might be well positioned to help dispel myths, help people feel more comfortable, and get more folks vaccinated.”

The clinic is from 10 a.m. to noon and is open to everyone 12 years old and older, in accordance with current guidelines. Only the Pfizer vaccine will be given. No appointments are needed and walk-ins are welcome.

Minnis says that they actually reached out to the county about holding the clinic after attending a course at the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity. It was there that she learned about the role salons have historically played in their communities in increasing awareness of health issues.

“As a community we need to serve each other and this is our small way of giving back to those who give so much to us,” says Minnis. “We want to not just be good neighbors but we want to also be valuable assets to the communities we love and serve.”

Fifty-nine percent of Black residents in Arlington that are eligible are fully vaccinated, according to Virginia Department of Health data. That’s comparable to the white population in Arlington, but both are lower than the Latino and Asian/Pacific Islander populations in the county.

Covid cases in Arlington have fluctuated over the past month but are currently down to just above 25 cases per day, on average, according to Virginia Dept. of Health data.

There remains a worry among some medical professionals that a fifth Covid wave could happen among the unvaccinated in the winter. This concerns Minnis as well and is another reason why she decided to hold the clinic now, as temperatures start to dip, she says.

Thrive Hair Bar opened in Ballston in August 2020 inside of Sola Salon Studios at 1010 N. Glebe Road. A former professional dancer and choreographer who traveled the world, Minnis opened the shop because of her experiences struggling to find a local salon that was well-versed in her hair texture.

“Our goal isn’t just for us to give [clients] a hairstyle and they walk away, it’s really to help educate women on how to maintain their hair and care for their natural hair,” Minnis told ARLnow at the time.

She says business ownership has been great so far, adding that she really enjoys being in Ballston.

“It has a modern, professional vibe with fantastic people but didn’t have enough salons that provide twists, braids and blowouts for all hair textures,” Minni said.


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.

Shucktoberfest in Shirlington (courtesy of Shucktoberfest)

Oyster and beer festival Shucktoberfest is returning to Shirlington later this month.

More than 40 food vendors will be selling craft beer, oysters and food at the Village at Shirlington (2700 S. Quincy Street). The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The fourth-annual event is put on by Copperwood Tavern (4021 Campbell Ave).

For younger attendees, there will be a kids’ zone with face painters, balloon artists and family-friendly games. Dogs are welcome, too.

Tickets are $40 and include a wristband for adults age 21 and older, a 5-ounce beer-tasting mug and 10 event tickets. Each event ticket is redeemable for one 5-ounce beer sample or two oysters.

Tickets can be purchased at the event, but organizers recommended pre-purchasing them online.


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