Category Archives: Nature

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







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.


A Flush of Insight: Local Mom Tours the Arlington Water Pollution Plant

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.

Operations Center

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

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 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

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

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.

Easter Egg Hunting Around Arlington

Easter Egg Hunting Around Arlington

Westover Village
Grab your baskets, cameras and Children age 9 and under! Go on an egg hunt with your friends at the Westover Library Green Space on Saturday, April 23rd beginning 10:00AM.

Penrose Neighborhood
Bring the kids and join them for a holiday Egg Hunt. At Penrose Park, 6th and Wayne St. Saturday, April 23 at 1:00PM.

Ballston – Quincy Park
Easter Egg Hunt, Life-size Easter Bunny, Face Painting, Moon Bounce, Bike Raffle. Saturday at 10:30AM. Quincy Park – 1201 North Quincy Street.

North Fairlington
Saturday, 10:00AM at the Farilington Community Center. Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunt. Children age 10 and younger.

Park Closures Around Arlington County

The upper fields at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, in Arlington Heights, will be closed from weekdays sunrise to 3pm for at least three weeks due to problems found with the light poles. Utah Park, in Fairlington, has been closed weekdays for similar issues but will reopen no later than April 15. The skate park at Powhatan Springs Park, in Boulevard Manor, will be closed from April 11 to May 27 for repairs to concrete. During a regular inspection, it was found that these facilities needed to be closed for repairs to maintain a safe environment for our community. (via Arlington Parks)

Arlington Green Living Expo Highlights Green Schools (This Weekend)

Green Living Expo on this Saturday, March 19 at Washington-Lee High School from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Expo is FREE to the public and family-friendly! Featuring green suppliers, products from local and national businesses, exhibits, seminars, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, and food sales.

This year the expo will highlight a green schools section that will include a separate area in the exhibit hall with exhibit booths, networking round-tables, and posters from individual schools on their green school activities. Networking round-table topics will include energy, water, climate change, global dimensions, transportation, school grounds, consumption and waste, and green hour. There will also be a dedicated area for 45-minute green school seminars taking place all day.

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