Category Archives: Community BUZZ

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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First Thursday Del Ray – Dog Days of Summer (Photos)

First Thursday: Del Ray

We dropped into Del Ray tonight for First Thursday, a series of monthly events the community hosts and the theme for June was “Dog Days of Summer”. So many Dogs, Kids and Neighborhood FUN!

Next months theme:
“A Nation’s Celebration”

Catch the event on July 7th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm along Mt. Vernon Ave.

 

Girls saving animals through the World Wildlife Fund raise money selling handmade stuffed Owls made from all recycled materials.

HOOT Girls

HOOT: Owls


FUSE BOX

 

 

 

 

 

Incredible group of middle school teens from local band Fuse Box played a rockin’ show in front of Del Ray Performing Arts. They’ll be playing a benefit concert on June 15th at Evening Star Cafe.

Our amazing Pedi-Cab driver Alex. He's a peddling rockstar!

 

 

Alex, from ViaVelo Pedi-Cabs a new eco-friendly transport service covers Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria for only $5.00 per zone. Surprisingly speedy and comfortable.

Wakefield HS Spring Band Concert with Special Performance by the Arlington Community Band (Tonight)

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

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.

Shirlington Dog Park to Ban Children?

This morning, the Examiner reports that after a meeting held by the Shirlington Community Canine Area (CCA) on Thursday, a decision has been made to “ban” children under 8 and require that children ages 8-14 be accompanied by an adult.

According to the Examiner, Keith Fred, head of the Shirlington Dogs sponsoring group that voluntarily manages the park, said that the County has made the decision already, and they are just waiting for a final review by the County’s lawyers before they post the new rule at the park.

With the ever growing number of families who reside in the Shirlington area. We wonder how parent’s will feel about the ban. Over recent years there area has experienced a huge boom in not only adults, but now a transformation of those adults with multiple dogs into adults with multiple dogs and children.

So what’s the reason behind the no children ban? We’d like to know.

Two Dog Tales
blog post mentions: Dog park users were not informed that the rule was under consideration, and no public notice was posted to invite community input prior to the County making the decision. Continue reading

Phoenix Bikes: Youth Programs and Biking around Arlington

Phoenix has refurbished bikes for sale.

Phoenix Bikes opened its doors in March 2007 as a nonprofit organization in Arlington, Va. A dedicated group of citizens and cyclists grew the shop from the ashes of Community Spokes, a community bike shop sponsored by the Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Based in a small brick building in Barcroft Park, Phoenix Bikes staff and volunteers operate youth development programs for middle and high school students, host workshops and shop nights for anyone interested in bicycles in the community, and coordinate community events. (via Phoenix Bikes)

Phoenix staff accepting a new donation

If you’ve not visited them before, this season is a great one to get to know them and get biking.

Local families love Phoenix Bikes.

“Almost every season, our daughter grows out of a bike. She donates it to Phoenix, they take her old bike and pretty it up for another young rider. It’s a great way for kids to experience the cycle of giving.” (Arlington Parent)

Where Phoenix Bikes will be this weekend:

5/21/11- Nauck Neighborhood Day at Drew Model Elementary from 12pm-4pm. We leave at 11:30am.

5/22/11- Taste Of Arlington from 8:30am-4pm or so. If you can make it early, come out check it out! They’ll be raffling off a custom Schwinn Paramount mountain bike.

5/23/11- Kenmore Middle School ride with Bike Arlington from 3pm-5pm

Visit them on Facebook to keep up to date on their very active community opportunities.