Category Archives: Services

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

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.

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

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.

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!

Lola’s Laboratory: Spring Break Camp

Lola’s Laboratory, in cooporation with Arlington County Parks and Recreation, will host a Spring Break Day Camp in the theme of a children’s State Fair.

Kids, imagine yourself at the State Fair designed entirely by you. Attendees will brainstorm and grow giant crops, enter a prettiest cow contest, make their own monster trucks from recycled objects, design thrilling rides, invent the funniest arcade games at a fabulous state fair!

April 19-22, Grades K-5th
9am-3pm
Madison Center
3829 North Stafford St.
Arlington, VA

$300 registration fee for the week. But don’t let fees hold you back, Arlington residents may request a fee deduction.

Bonding Mom’s and Their “Tween” Daughters Through Yoga: Dream Yoga Studio Makes it Possible

Finally….  a Yoga class for Mothers and Daughters that is focused toward tweens.

Mondays beginning on April 25th from 3:30-4:30pm Dream Yoga, located in  McLean, VA will begin a 5 week session of classes called “Mother Daughter Yoga”. It’s for girls ages 8 and above. A great way for moms and daughters to connect.

A gentle yoga class that will include breath work, stretching, and individual and partner poses in a relaxed atmosphere. Each class will end with a relaxation meditation. This is a special time that is meant to honor each other and create an atmosphere of physical and emotional health together. If moms aren’t available, other female family members or close friends are also welcome as partners for the girls.

The class is taught by Judi Eskovitz who specializes in yoga for kids.

Dream Yoga offers a wide variety of classes and workshops for Adults and Children.