Category Archives: This Weekend

Why the first Friday in June is so Sweet: National Donut Day! | What’s Your Favorite Flavor? (Poll)

mmmmnnnn..... donuts.....

That special day is here, the first Friday in June when Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts hand out FREE donuts in their stores.

Go ahead…
it’s a Friday, splurge a little!

 

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.

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.

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.

LGBT teens find their community in Fairfax Open House

Fairfax Open House is a supervised, safe gathering space for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning or intersex (LGBTQQI) Jewish teens, their friends and allies.

Teens between the ages of 13-18 yrs old in the Northern Virginia area are finding an accepting community to socialize and work through the life challenges teens face.

Fairfax Open House is modeled on the Rockville Open House in Maryland and the Jerusalem Open House in Jerusalem, Israel who provide community support and human rights advocacy.

With the assistance and guidance of Keshet, a grassroots organization that works for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Jews in Jewish life, and with the support of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV), Fairfax Open House will begin meeting this Fall.

Meet the people behind FOH this Sunday at the Israeli Street Festival (event flier) at Fairfax Corner.

Wakefield High School to Complete Final Two Performances of musical, “Once On This Island” this Weekend

Jhonny Maldonado, Tyler Lazzari, Delia Penalva, Dylan Everett, Jorge Acevedo, Arami McCloskey and Tony Charles. Photo by: Christine Armstrong

Wakefield High School’s spring musical, Once On This Island is in it’s last weekend of performances. The last to run this Saturday evening.

Written by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, the musical is based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy, the same story that Hans Christian Anderson based The Little Mermaid on. The musical is a Caribbean tale about a orphaned peasant girl, Ti Moune and her love for a rich grand home. The gods of the island take her on a colorful journey to find out which is stronger, love or death.

Marquis Allgood, Lintle Motsoasele and Adriana Lopez-Piper. Photo by: Christine Armstrong

The cast includes Lintle Motsoasele, Tony Charles, Jame Jackson, Jhonny Maldonado, Delia Penalva, Dylan Everett, Adriana Lopez-Piper, Marquis Allgood, Dominique Lopez-Piper, Mark Tanner, Jorge Acevedo, Carla Astudillo, Tyler Lazzari, Arami McCloskey, Alexa Moore, Shelton Siegel, Sasha Vasquez and features Kyra Smith from Claremont Immersion School.

Mark Tanner, Dylan Everett and back row: Dominique Lopez-Piper, Lintle Motsoasele, and Shelton Siegel. Photo by: Christine Armstrong

Final performance dates are May 13th and 14th at 7pm at the Wakefield High School auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.