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.

Kennedy Center CETA Program Awards Arlington Teachers

Arlington teachers from Abingdon Elementary, Drew Model School and Kenmore Middle School were honored at the Kennedy Center’s Certificate of Study Awards Dinner on Friday, May 13th. The teachers were among the 69 D.C. Metropolitan area educators that have successfully completed the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program.

Through CETA’s courses and workshops, led by expert artists and artisans, teachers learn various ways to integrate the arts in their teaching of math, science, social studies and the language arts. Anne Sywilok, Abingdon Elementary Science teacher, has taught for 34 years. “This innovative program cultivates an active, fun and highly engaged learning environment for all students. Furthermore, second language learners communicate and understand at a higher level.” Her colleague, Carrie Abbott, Abingdon Elementary Communications teacher says, “CETA builds confidence in learning. Every year I witness shy students that blossom into open and expressive learners.”

Abingdon Elementary has the largest contingent of CETA certificate recipients. Under the leadership of Principal Joanne Uyeda, Abingdon’s partnership with CETA has fostered higher testing scores, a culture of engaged students and a loyal and dedicated teaching staff. Principal Uyeda commented after the event, “It was an honor to celebrate with 17 Abingdon teachers. This is another example of the staff’s continued commitment and dedication to their own professional learning and the education of our students.” Continue reading

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.