Arlington the Slim? Fairfax the slimmer?
An exploration of things to do in Arlington
MSNBC just listed Arlington as the 8th most beautiful place in America.
If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors on a summer evening, stop by the Ballston Beaver Pond this Saturday July 28th from 5-7pm! Volunteers from Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and Arlington County’s Community Role Models program will be cleaning the pond not just from the shore, but also from the pond itself.
Arlington County Board Chair Paul Ferguson recently delivered his State of the County address. From the Arlington Connection:
Arlington County has been a national leader on environmental issues in the last decade while keeping its tax rate lower than most of its neighbors. However, it still has several chronic problems, such as a lack of affordable housing and lagging capital improvement projects.
This was the message from County Board Chair Paul Ferguson (D) in his State of the County speech last week."It will come as no surprise to you that I say that the state of the county is excellent," Ferguson said to a group of business leaders at a meeting of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. "But the statistics back me up on that."
Ferguson, who is not seeking reelection to the Board and instead is running for the Clerk of Courts position, cited Arlington’s solid financial footing as one reason that the county is in good shape.
Dozens of Harry Potter fans (including The Green Girlfriend) packed Olsson's in Courthouse on Friday night, counting down the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We heard it was even worse in Clarendon at the Barnes & Noble. Rumor had it that around 10pm the line there was already hundreds of people long.
Is it better for the environment to use paper towels or the electric hand dryer to dry your hands after washing them?
Labels: Summer heat
Ice Skating for Adults!
Every Wednesday night this Summer from 7:45pm – 9pm is an Adult Skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex – Arlington’s new twin-sheet ice arena and practice facility of the Washington Capitals. The cost is just $7 per person, plus $3 if you need to rent skates. Get a group of 10 or more together and the cost drops to a mere $6 per person, which includes the rental skates.
A great way to beat the heat - Adult learn to skate session starts the first week of August.
The Iceplex also has party rooms available for an hourly charge should anyone want to continue their party off-ice.
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza
Labels: Arlington Media
Now, you ask, how do you get involved? A couple of possibilities, 1)go to the CRM website and sign-up for an activity that sounds good to you or just something that sounds interesting 2)Sign up for the What's Up Arlington! e-newsletter. You won't officially be on the CRM list, but the newsletter includes a regular listing of CRM events.
Hope to see you at an event soon.
The Post just ran an interesting story about volunteering in the D.C. area. According to the writer, we, Washingtonians, Arlingtonians, etc, have a high sense of civic responsibility and people who are passionate about causes that lead them to lend a helping hand. And, of course, as the article points out we also have a lot of type A personalities so we like to DO things.
Locally, however, it [a study by the Corporation for National and Community
Service] belied the notion that Washington area residents are becoming more
isolated and cut off from civic life as they spend more time in their cars,
struggling through the second-longest commutes in the country.
This is a great article, but I think for a lot of us, we want to volunteer, but don't always know how. There are a lot of great ways to volunteer in Arlington. But let me tell you
about one - and for regular blog readers, you probably know this already -- CRM.
CRM is a group of "young adults" (read 20s and 30 somethings) in Arlington who
are committed to volunteering, having fun, and connecting with others. Each
month they sponsor at least one volunteer activity, generally followed by some
sort of social outing. There are lots of different types of activities, so there
is bound to be something to peak your interest.
If you ask me why I like CRM, though, truth is, it's the people. It's a fun
group to hang out with and the bonus is you are helping out your community.
To get involved with CRM, visit their homepage. To read more about CRM activities on this blog, click here. And of course, as you will see from the post Miles just put up (sorry I missed it
before I started writing, you can also check out CRM tonight at the annual
summer celebration). See you there.
The annual CRM Celebration will take place tonight (Wednesday July 11th) at 7:30pm at Eleventh in Clarendon! It's a chance to thank people who've volunteered with Community Role Models over the last year, as well as a welcoming party for people thinking about joining.
Another great find from Night Out in Arlington:
Friday, Jul. 20
Calling All Muggles!
Join Olsson's for a Harry Potter Pre-Release Party! Doors open at 9 pm and the final book in the series, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows will go on sale at midnight. Come in costume and treat yourself to refreshments, prizes, and all things magical!
Olsson's Arlington/Courthouse, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, (703) 525-4227
UPDATE: My review of Live Earth at Giants Stadium is up at The Green Miles
Next week Shirlington's 4th Annual "Movies Under the Stars" kicks off on Campbell Avenue (formerly known as 28th St S)! They'll set up the big screen in front of Guapo's. Here's the schedule:
This will be my seventh Fourth of July here in the DC area -- I've lived in Arlington for six of them and came to visit a friend once during college. It's given me a chance to experience the Fourth from many different locations, so here are a few tips for a successful celebration: