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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







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.


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.


  • 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.

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!

Open House Art Sampler at TJ Art Studios

Open house hands-on fun! Explore the studios and classes, meet the talented instructors and even get a little dirty.

Try-It sessions in ceramics, photography, jewelry and mixed media. Art instructors for  children and adult classes will be available for demonstrations and to answer questions on all the community arts resource programs. There will be light refreshments served and pottery for sale.

TJ Art Studios is located inside of Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 S 2nd St., Arlington, VA 22201
Date: Saturday, April 9th, 2011
Time: 12:00 – 4:00 pm

529.Kids.Consign and Salon deZEN to Host an Evening of Shopping, Fashion and Giveaways

529.Kids.Consign, an online boutique and “pop-up” shop where you can buy and sell new and gently used designer children’s and maternity, clothing and accessories and Salon deZEN have joined together for shopping, fashion and giveaways.

On Wednesday, April 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m at Salon deZEN (1008 King Street). Check out Old Town, Alexandria’s premier salon. Salon
deZEN will be raffling off $150.00 worth of product and services
to 529.Kids.Consign customers! The more you purchase from
529.Kids, the more raffle tickets you will be given and the better
your chances are to win the fabulous prize!

Get your kids ready for Spring!

Surf Legend Shaun Tomson to Visit Arlington Tonight to Promote His Childrens iPhone App and Digital Book (2.18.11)

Surf legend, Shaun Tomson, one of the greatest and most influential surfers of his time will be hosting an exclusive event at the South Moon Under Clarendon store on Friday, February 18th at 6p.m. The Clarendon store is located at 2700 Clarendon Blvd, Ste. R440, Arlington, VA 2201.

South Moon Under is inviting children and families to meet Tomson as he introduces his innovative children’s storybook iPhone app, “Surf Creatures.”  At this family event, Tomson will also be signing his best selling book Surfer’s Code – 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life.

“Surf Creatures” is an innovative children’s storybook iPhone app made for families featuring 26 animated rhymes about thefierce and friendly creatures that live under Tomson’s surfboard. “Surfers are the only people in the world that come into daily contact with such a wide variety of wild creatures. I thought it would be entertaining and educational for kids and their parents to hear about the wonderful creatures with which we share the ocean. One of the most important things a child can do is connect with our oceans,” says Tomson. Continue reading