The Reading Connection serves at-risk families and their children in Arlington by creating environments that encourage reading. Tuesday, June 14th, between 5-8pm, Chick-Fil-A Ballston Commons Mall will donate 15% of purchases to TRC. Just bring in the TRC Chick-Fil-A Flyer or tell the cashier when you order you are with TRC!
How they do what they do:
Volunteers read aloud to children at shelters and community centers, donations provide children with free, new books to keep, parent workshops teach effective reading techniques, training for family support workers who promote the importance of reading.
Volunteers read aloud to children at 12 shelters and community centers throughout Washington DC and Northern Virginia. Continue reading →
The Childrens Theatreof Arlington is going the extra mile supporting Arlingtonian’s by collecting canned foods for AFAC during their production of Jack and the Magic Beans! Donations of non-perishable food times will be collected in the lobby before each performance. Help them reach our goal of collecting 500 pounds of food!
Jack and the Magic Beans is getting great reviews and runs through June 12th.
Enjoy the Wakefield Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band at their last performance of the year. Following Wakefield’s performances, listen to the Arlington Community Band. This is ACB’s adult community band that offers free concerts throughout the year.
TONIGHT – Thursday, June 2nd 7:30 pm
Wakefield HS Auditorium
I’m a sucker for a plant tour. Such a sucker, in fact, that a mild day in March had me suiting up in reflective vest, safety goggles, and a hardhat for an hour-and-a-half tromp around Arlington County’s sewage treatment facility, the Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP). (Also, I am the mother of a potty-training three-year-old boy. This is familiar territory.) My guide was Frank Corsoro, Operations Specialist. His job involves monitoring and controlling the processes that turn all the stuff that people flush down their toilets into clear water that is pretty darn clean. (Cleaner, in fact, than what much of the world is drinking.) Mr. Corsoro conducts tours of the plant to help educate the public about this facility that is so important to the health of Virginia waterways, including Four Mile Run, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay. If you like to eat crab cakes, you should care deeply about what goes on at the WPCP and places like it throughout the Ches Bay watershed.
Mr. Corsoro is a longtime sewage treatment process control guy. When he says he could talk about this stuff all day, I believe him. There is a lot to know. Raw sewage undergoes physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes. All the inputs and outputs of each process are constantly measured and monitored, to make sure the right levels of nutrients, oxygen, coagulants, bacteria, and minerals are present. Computers in the Operations Control Building keep all the systems running smoothly. Recent upgrades to the plant included a massive generator to allow business to continue as usual in case of power outages. Continue reading →