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Virginia Hospital Center Fitness Classes. Begins March 9. Virginia Hospital Center conducts fitness classes for all ages and abilities -- so take the first step to improve your strength, flexibility or balance. Visit www.virginiahospitalcenter.com/healthy to view the full schedule and register online. If you need guidance, call the Health Promotion Department at 703-558-6740.
Registration Open for AAC's Summer Camps. At Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. Thematic and technique-focused camps return this summer for children and teens, ages 5-18. Campers explore the fundamentals of the visual arts through creative projects in various two- and three-dimensional media. Line, color, shape, texture, space, and form will all be emphasized through creative projects based on campers’ observations and imaginations. AAC’s camps meet weekly, Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. Families have the option to participate in one or both sessions of camps that meet during the week. For families interested in the full day option, add the morning and afternoon camp sessions to your shopping cart. Extended day options are detailed below. Call 703-248-6800 or email email@example.com or visit the website: www.arlingtonartscenter.org.
Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes. Now thru March 29. At Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. The latest Heidi Thomas Writers' Initiative is a surprising comedy about opening your home, occasionally your wallet, and always your heart. Marian, the matriarch of a far-flung Jewish family, had happily settled into retirement life with her new husband Richard. However, when a pregnant niece, the troubled boy next door and a distressed daughter with a secret show up at her door, Marian's empty nest ends up a little fuller than she imagined. This firecracker play by D.C.-area playwright Dani Stoller takes the dysfunction, puts it back in the family, then gives it a hilarious – and subversive – stir. Contains sexual content and herbal smoking. Visit the website: https://www.sigtheatre.org/events/201920/easy-women-smoking-loose-cigarettes/
Forty+ Dance Project. Now thru March 10. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. At Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. Forty+ celebrates the collective creativity of people past the age of 40. Each project features a different choreographer and results in a unique tapestry of collaboration. Forty+ is frequently seen in concerts presented by Jane Franklin Dance and for organizations serving older adults. This project culminates with a performance at Theatre on the Run on April 25, 2020. The project is open to people of all physical facilities. No previous performance experience is necessary. Cost is $160. Visit the website: https://www.janefranklin.com/adult-dance/forty-plus
Coffee & Conversation. 10-11 a.m. At Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 North Culpeper Street, Arlington. Certified Financial Planners Nick Harris and Mike Carey will discuss required minimum distributions (RMDs) and qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) from IRAs. For more information or to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of Arlington Neighborhood Village, call the ANV office at 703-509-8057 or visit www.arlnvil.org .
Author Sara Fitzgerald. 7-8 p.m. At One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland Street, Arlington. Sara Fitzgerald will share her new novel, The Poet’s Girl, at One More Page Books. It tells the story of a woman whose own story will never be fully known: the woman behind one of Eliot’s most treasured poems and a woman whose greatest act of love was to bury her side of their story. Call 703-300-9746.
Racial Equity and Inclusion Meeting. 7-8 p.m. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington. This meeting will be a screening of "The Bail Trap: American Ransom" presented by Brave New Films. This is a series of short films exploring the injustices of cash bail and America's mass incarceration system. These meetings are open to adults. Visit https://www.oaronline.org/news-events/oar-tours-upcoming-events
Now thru Feb. 28
Lions Club Citrus Fundraiser. At Overlee Pool, 6030 Lee Hwy, Arlington, Lower entrance off John Marshall Drive. The Lions Club is selling honeybells, temples, honey tangerines, valencias, pecans and maple syrup. Proceeds benefit the NWAR Lions charities. Hours of operation: Wednesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 703-528-1130.
Spring Senses Campfire. 6 - 7 p.m. At Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road, Arlington. Families ages 3 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Spring is right around the corner – time to give our senses a tune-up. Learn about our five senses, how animals use their senses, and then use your sense of taste to enjoy some S'mores! Call 703-228-3403. Cost is $5.
Wake up, Wood Frogs. 10 - 11 a.m. At Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road, Arlington. Families ages 5 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Get ready to learn all about our earliest amphibians. After the first warm rain of spring, you'll hear them "quacking" as we explore and search for them around our pond! For information: 703-228-3403. Cost is $5.
Spring Lawn Care. 10-11:30 a.m. At Lee Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Learn what you can do now to improve and manage your lawn to make it a more environmentally friendly, less resource intensive part of your home garden. We will discuss the best types of grasses for our area, specific springtime turf management practices, nutrient management and soil testing, and basic pest and disease management. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Call 703-228-6414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel the Heritage Festival. 1-6 p.m. At Drew Community Center, 3500 23rd Street, S, Arlington. The Feel the Heritage Festival welcomes residents to enjoy live music and dance, dozens of vendors, free activities for kids, delicious food, cook-off competition, Hall of History with photos and artifacts for Arlington’s historically African American neighborhoods and organizations and more. Arlington Historical Society will have a booth at the festival. Author Jessica Kaplan will share information about her paper and presentation, “The Bottom: An African America Enclave Rediscovered.”
Soul Food Cookoff. 1 p.m. At Charles Drew Community Center, 3500 23rd Street South, Arlington. Cooks from across Arlington County are invited to test their skills at the 3rd Annual Soul Food Cookoff at the Feel the Heritage Festival. Though "soul food" is a phrase so deeply entrenched in our vocabulary, the term only became common in the 1960s and around the civil rights movement. The word "soul" became so broadly applied to black culture at that time—"soul music," "soul brother," "soul sister," etc.—that "soul food" naturally became a way to encapsulate the essence of the foods that African Americans have been making for centuries.
Move Me Festival. 2-5 p.m. At Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Bowen McCauley Dance Company presents the annual Move Me Festival production. Expect 17 local artists and performance groups that will offer classes, educational activities, and performances. Festival participants include students, parents and community residents that participate in workshops, demonstrations and performances across two stages. Expect face painting, prizes, classes, concerts and a special performance by the Kenmore M.S. student dancers, the professional Company along with an opportunity to join them on stage. Free. Visit the website http://www.bmdc.org/events
Hooray for Love. 3 p.m. At Sanctuary of Rock Spring UCC Church, 5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Elizabeth Kluegel Niblock and Lewis Freeman return with pianist Edward Roberts to bring you a program of American Songbook selections, featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and a special feature of music by Jerry Herman. Contact Elizabeth Kluegel Niblock at 703-538-4886.
Are Green Certified Buildings Truly Green? 7-9 p.m. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy Street, Arlington. Oberlin College professor John Scofield, a national expert on U.S. green building certification, will speak about his research on energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions from LEED buildings that demonstrate such building certifications do not significantly reduce emissions. Discussion follows on Arlington County’s own green building program, and the forthcoming 2020 Community Energy Plan in Arlington that proposes to make Arlington carbon neutral. Attendance is free. Information: email Info@greensofarlington.org
Northern Virginia Bird Club Walk. 8:30 - 11 a.m. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Join members of the Northern Virginia Bird Club for informal walks through Glencarlyn Park in search of resident and migratory birds. Experienced and beginning birders welcomed. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Call 703-228-6535.
Coffee and Conversation. 10-11 a.m. At Westover Market & Beer Garden, 5863 Washington Blvd., Arlington. Former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey will discuss “The Golden Era at The Washington Post” and also his new novel, Larry Felder, Candidate. Everyone is invited to join the conversation. Bring your own coffee, learn interesting things about our community and hear from the speakers listed below.
Grow What You Eat. 7 – 8:30 p.m. At Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street, Arlington. Learn easy to implement practices for selecting a site, evaluating and improving your soil. We will discuss which plants grow best locally, which are best planted as seeds and which are typically transplanted as seedlings. Discover how to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects while identifying and managing pests, weeds and diseases. Get free seeds and a vegetable garden calendar customized for our region. This class is offered by Extension Master Gardeners. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions? Telephone 703-228-6414 or email email@example.com.
Monte Carlo Night. 8-11 p.m. At Army Navy Country Club of Arlington, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. Dress to the nines, put on your poker face and get your tickets! Try your hand at gaming favorites, enjoy beer, wine, signature cocktails, light hors d'oeuvres, and plenty of dancing. Feeling lucky? Enter our raffle to win great prizes and visit our exclusive silent auction. Proceeds from the event support the JLNV's ongoing efforts to improve the Northern Virginia community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers and educational programming. Come on out and party for a good cause. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.jlnv.org/montecarlonight/
Fort C.F. Smith Park Walking Tour. 9 - 10 a.m. At Fort C.F. Smith Park & Historic Site, 2411 N. 24th Street, Arlington. Families ages 7 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Fort C.F. Smith was one of the last Union forts built to protect Washington during the Civil War. We'll learn about the park's history, the role of the fort and the soldiers stationed there in the Civil War. Dress for the weather. Terrain will be uneven and possibly muddy. For information: 703-228-4775.
Service Project/Outreach Leader Training. 10 a.m. - noon. At Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S Stafford St., Arlington. Are you interested in getting more involved with EcoAction Arlington? Would you like to learn how to lead outdoor service projects from start to finish or be an EcoAction Arlington ambassador for outreach events? Then take the Outreach Leader Training.
Spring Garden Kick Off. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. At Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington. Plot Against Hunger 6th Annual Spring Garden Kick-Off. Learn how you can support our partner, the Arlington Food Assistance Center, with fresh produce donations from your garden or community plot. There will be growing tips for new and experienced gardeners. Hear from community garden coordinators about lessons learned. Join a team that harvests bamboo for garden structures. So much more at https://afac.org/afac-events/plot-against-hunger-spring-garden-kick-off-2020/.
Animal Art: Deer. 10-11 a.m. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Ages 6 to 12. Learn the distinguishing features of male and female White-tailed deer and draw them in their late winter habitats. Drawing supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Call 703-228-6535. Cost is $5.
Civil War Discoveries: Infantry Drills. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. At Fort C.F. Smith Park & Historic Site, 2411 N. 24th Street, Arlington. Ages 7 to 11. We'll drill like Union soldiers by practicing our marches and turns, as well as how to “load in nine times” with replica wood rifles. Call 703-228-4775. Meet at Fort C.F. Smith Park. Cost is $
Civil War Discoveries: Artillery Drills. 1-2 p.m. At Fort C.F. Smith Park & Historic Site, 2411 N. 24th Street, Arlington. Ages 7 to 11. Work as a team practicing the steps to load and aim a replica Civil War cannon. We'll talk about different types of artillery and put our skills to the test. For information: 703-228-4775. Cost is $5.
Vanishing Vernal Pools. 2 - 3 p.m. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Families age 6 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For wood frogs, spring peepers and spotted salamanders, spring comes early! They lay eggs in pools that dry out by summer, so they need to start the next generation before the last frost. We’ll meet these animals up close, then look for them and their eggs in our vernal pool. Cost is $5. Call 703-228-6535.
Drawing in Nature. 3 - 4 p.m. At Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. Families ages 5 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Join us for lessons in nature drawing and art. We'll construct our own nature art journals, hone our drawing skills and talk about the season while connecting with nature on a hike. For information: 703-228-6535.
32nd Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hosted by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, 2001 Bryan Point Rd, Accokeek. The Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has become a catalyst for progress that ignites people’s interest and passion for the environment and community action. The largest regional event of its kind, the Cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages residents and community leaders and generates momentum for change.The Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has grown from a small shoreline cleanup at Piscataway National Park to a watershed wide network. What started as a few cleanup events along the Potomac River is now a regional event spanning Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. If you can't make this date or location check out PotomacCleanup.org to find another cleanup near you.
Arlington Historical Museum. Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Arlington Historical Museum, owned and operated by the Arlington Historical Society, is located at 1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road. The two-story brick structure was built in 1891 as the Hume School, named for Frank Hume who gave some of the property for the school. It is the oldest school building in Arlington County. Now a museum, it houses permanent and temporary local history exhibits ranging from pre-1607 to Sept. 11, 2001. Visit arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.
Civil War Artifact Display. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith Park Visitor Center, 2411 24th St. N. The New Fort C.F. Smith Park Visitor Center features displays about Union soldiers and the Defenses of Washington between 1861 and 1865. Artifacts from archaeological studies from Forts Ethan Allen and C.F. Smith are on display. Kids can try on replica Civil War uniforms and learn about camp life. Visit parks.arlingtonva.us/locations/fort-cf-smith-park/.
Arlington Farmers Market. Every Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon at the corner of N. 14th Street and N. Courthouse Road. A weekly celebration of local food including fresh produce, meats, dairy, cheese, baked goods, free range eggs, specialty items, cut flowers, plants and herbs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-733-6402.
FRESHFARM Market. 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays at 1900 Crystal Drive. Shop from local farmers and producers with seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, container plants and herbs, farm-raised eggs, all-natural meats, artisan baked goods, and specialty foods. Visit www.crystalcity.org for more.
Mobile Bike Repair. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursdays at 1900 Crystal Drive. Drop off your bike on Thursday morning and have it tuned up and ready to ride before heading home. Email DC@velofix.com, or phone 855-VELO-FIX for more.
Food Truck Thursdays. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1900 Crystal Drive and 201 12th St. Actual truck schedules are subject to change so be sure to follow your favorites. Visit www.crystalcity.org for more.
Healthy Lifestyle Runs. Saturdays, 9 a.m. at Roosevelt Island, George Washington Memorial Parkway. American Cancer Society partners with parkrun USA to promote fitness in the fight against cancer. Free. Visit www.parkrun.us/rooseveltislanddc/ for more.
Friday Night Live. 8 p.m. Fridays at the Church at Clarendon, 1210 N. Highland St., Suite A. Local musicians perform. Free. Visit 1bc.org for more.
Arlington’s Historical Museum Open on First Wednesdays. The Arlington Historical Museum is open to the public on the first Wednesday of every month from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The museum consists of exhibits chronicling Arlington County’s history from Native American settlements up to the present day. The museum will continue to be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is located in the former 1891 Hume School building at 1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road. Visit arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.
Open Mic Comedy. Wednesdays 8-10 p.m. at Ri Ra Irish Pub, 2915 Wilson Blvd. Doors open at 7 p.m. Age 21 and up only. Free show, $25 cash prize for best joke. Call 703-248-9888 or Visit www.RiRa.com/Arlington for more.
Invasive Plants Removal. Work parties are held every month to keep the parks free of destructive invasive plants. Teens, adults and families welcome. Every second Sunday of the month 2-4:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road; call 703-228-3403. Every third Sunday of the month 2-5 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road; call 703-228-6535 or visit registration.arlingtonva.us. Free, no registration required.
Karaoke. 8 p.m. on the first Sunday every month at Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd. Visit www.galaxyhut.com or call 703-525-8646.
Pub Quiz. 8 p.m. every Sunday at Whitlow’s on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd. Prizes for first place. Free. Visit www.whitlows.com or call 703-276-9693.
Storytime. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m. at Kinder Haus Toys, 1220 N. Fillmore St. Storytime with Ms. Laura. Call 703-527-5929.
Lego Club. Monthly on the first Wednesday. 4-5 p.m. Glencarlyn Branch Library, 300 S. Kensington St. The library provides tubs of legos and a special challenge and after the program the creations are displayed for everyone to see. No registration required. Call 703-228-6548 for more.
Crystal City Sparket. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesdays at 1900 Crystal Drive. Sparket — A Creative Market is an extension of DC’s Eastern Market with arts, crafts, and handmade goods. Free to attend. Visit www.crystalcity.org.
Art for Life. Third Thursday of each month. The Hyatt Regency Crystal City’s “Art for Life” Partnership with National Kidney Foundation brings a new artist each month to The Hyatt for a reception. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.
Brunch at Freddie’s. Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar, 555 23rd St. The Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance gathers for an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet ($9.99). All are welcome. No reservation is required. Visit www.facebook.com/events/700174390103305.