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The Reading Connection is Raising Funds for At Risk Kids in Arlington

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

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Neighborhood Day in Arlington: An Abundance of FUN!

Neighborhoods are going all out TODAY celebrating community through events in just about every corner of Arlington.

13 Neighborhood Event’s Around Arlington

1. Ashton Heights Yard Sale
8am-noon, Ashton Heights – Sponsored by the Ashton Heights Civic Association
Dozens of homes will be participating with yard sales featuring children’s toys and clothes, furniture, books, kitchen equipment, and more. Go to http://ashtonheights.org/ for a map to all the homes. Some yard sales may start a little later than 8 and some run a little later than noon.

2. Old Dominion Neighborhood Day & Yard Sale
8:00am-12:30pm, St. Mark’s Church — 2425 N. Glebe Road (just north of Lee Hwy) – Sponsored by the Old Dominion Citizen Association, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church & St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Fourth annual neighborhood-wide yard sale with more than 20 families selling items. Live music performances from 10:30am to noon. Various family entertainment including cultural displays, fire truck and activities for kids. Food & drinks. There will be a food donation drive for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, so please bring a non-perishable food item (cereal, pasta, canned tuna or chicken, other nutritious low-sodium, low-sugar foods); in return, you will receive a raffle ticket for various prizes. For more information go to http://www.olddominionca.org.

3. Patrick Henry Fun Run
9am–noon, Patrick Henry Elementary School – Sponsored by Patrick Henry Elementary School
Come join the fun at the 7th Annual Patrick Henry Fun Run! This event is a non-competitive 5k run/walk for people of all ages. It is free to participate and everyone walks away with something. The run/walk starts and ends at Patrick Henry Elementary. Immediately following the fun we will have a raffle and lots of games with small prizes. If you would like to participate, just show up on the day of the event.

4. Bluemont Spring BBQ at Firehouse # 2
11:30 am-1:00 pm, Firehouse # 2 (4805 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22203) – Sponsored by the Bluemont Civic Association
Bluemont residents, children and visitors are invited to the annual Spring BBQ. Tour Firehouse #2, meet with the Civic Association representatives, and enjoy free burgers and hot dogs courtesy of the Bluemont Civic Association. Continue reading

Taste of Arlington: Perfect Weather for Spring Tasting

Taste of Arlington
May 22, 2011 Noon-5 p.m.
Local foodie favorites and live music come together for this lively street festival that serves as the largest one-day event in Arlington. The stretch of Wilson Boulevard along the Ballston Commons Mall is transformed into a giant block party featuring Arlington’s best eats and drinks along with local television personalities, bands. There is no admission fee, tickets are needed to sample the food and beverages at the event. Map of vendors/activities.

Why we love it:
It’s not just FOOD! It’s lots of food! Taste test the many delights you’ve always wanted but never have. See what you’ve been missing. Arlington is home to an abundance of foodie favorites. We have incredible chef’s with inventive creations and use quality farm to table meats, cheeses and produce.

KIDS ZONE:

  • Jump Works will have a smattering of jumpy activities and the Twisted Twister slide.
  • Spanish chorus (El Coro Infantil en Espanol), Bowen McCauley Dance’s Junior Company and the Levine School of Music.
  • Arlington Arts Center
  • Let the kids experiment and develop their palate by trying the foods that look interesting but they’ve not quite said yes too. Vendors will be serving small portions, perfect to have a little taste.

No Animals at the Petting Zoo? Because it’s a “Real Truck” Petting Zoo!

Confused? A petting zoo without animals?

That’s right, no animals, but Arlington’s Central Library knows kids and the many interests and stages they experience. Like the love of BIG vehicles.

They’ve gathered a lot  filled with the “real” BIG TRUCKS of Arlington. Cool work vehicles including trucks for construction, fire and rescue, trash pick-up, police cars, a commuter bus and more! Find out how these vehicles get the job done.


Expected in the “Zoo”:

  • A fire engine from the Arlington Fire Department
  • A street sweeper, garbage truck and dump truck from the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services
  • A concrete mixer from Vulcan Materials
  • A gas operations vehicle from Washington Gas
  • Arlington Transit’s Art on the ART Bus
  • And a motorcycle and police cruiser from the Arlington Police Department

* Depending on availability, they may also have an ambulance and ladder truck, as well as other large construction vehicles.

This Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m
Central Library East Parking Lot (near tennis courts)
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va.

Ballston Arts and Crafts Market is Back!

Ballston Arts and Crafts Market

The Ballston A&C Market is Arlington’s ONLY 100% handmade indie market. The next monthly market is this Saturday, May 14th continuing the second Saturday of every month until October!

By: Grumpy Haters

This season, they’ll have everything from organic baby bibs, felt toys, soft plushes, children’s fashions, all-natural soaps & lotions and much more. Plus, from noon – 2:00 we’ll have live, kid-friendly music for everyone to enjoy!

And this year, Saffron Yoga is hosting FREE yoga classes for the whole family from 12-2pm inside the grassy circle at the Market! Children are encouraged to join! Each month, donations will be accepted to benefit a different charitable organization. On May 14th, donations will go the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.

Portable Playmat for Cars

There’s plenty of shade and benches to just hang out and enjoy the day. You can even catch some lunch while your there! Maybe some delicious, organic crepes by Solar Crepes.

This is a fun, family-friendly event that’s held in Welburn Square located between N. Stuart & N. 9th Streets across from the Ballston Metro on the Orange Line.

Bring  the entire family!

Jelly Belly Mobile to Visit Alexandria Friday (5/13)

First the Wienermobile, then the Peepster and now…… the Jelly Belly Mobile!

Sweets have gone mobile!

Friday from 11:00am – 3:00pm the Sugar Cube in Alexandria will be an official stopping point for the Jelly Belly Mobile’s East Coast tour. Bring the kids for fun and prizes, enjoy free samples of some of Jelly Belly’s classic flavors and latest confections as they meet Mr. Jelly Belly himself.

The Sugar Cube will also host a cupcake decorating party for creative candy lovers who wish to enter Jelly Belly’s $10,000 Cupcake Challenge. Cupcakes, frosting, frosting dye, and jelly beans and other Jelly Belly candies will be provided. Participants must be 13 years of age or older and possess a valid email address.  (via The Sugar Cube)

Under 13 and still want to have fun? Fear not! If you are ages 4-12, you are invited to participate in The Sugar Cube’s spin-off Cupcake Challenge for a $100.00 prize. For details call 703-548-2868 or email info@sugarcubesweets.com.

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Everyday with your Family in Arlington

Earth Day 2011

We reached out to our friends at Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and they helped us gather ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day with your family. Have a look at these great activities below.

About Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE):
Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) promotes stewardship of our natural resources and practical solutions to a sustainable lifestyle in order to protect water, air, and open spaces in the Arlington community.