Republican convention selects conservative slate of candidates for November.
Perhaps the biggest sign that the Tea Party has taken control of the Republican Party of Virginia was the yellow Gadsden flag emblem that appeared on placards distributed by supporters of Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, who was one of seven candidates vying to be the nominee for lieutenant governor last weekend at a raucous convention in Richmond. Davis, who represented Fairfax County for a decade in the General Assembly, has a reputation as being a moderate.
Go Dancing At the Ballroom at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850. Salsa Tuesdays. 7:30-8:30 p.m. dance class; 8:30-11 p.m. dancing. Dance Wednesdays. 7:30-8:30 p.m. dance classes; 8:30-11 p.m. dancing. Tickets are $15/$12 at door. On Wednesdays, dance at Artisphere to zydeco, cajun, rock, R&B and swing. 11:01 Saturday Nights. Starts at 11:01 p.m. Late-night dance party. Tickets are $15/$12 students.
Forum provides information about a national debate.
As Congress tries to tackle immigration reform, residents gathered in an auditorium at Kenmore Middle School on Tuesday, May 14, to learn about the various and complex parts of this issue. U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) started the forum off by speaking of one area of common ground between both sides of the immigration reform debate.
Local probation office reintegrates ex-offenders into community.
Probably the only time the average citizen hears about the Department of Corrections probation program is when something goes wrong. An offender on probation violates his or her terms of her parole and commits a crime. The public is outraged and concerned about their safety and the safety of the community.
Ongoing Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street. Line Dancing Class. Fridays, 10-11 a.m. Line dancing with Barbara Allen. Covers the basic steps, then combines them to music for a gentle aerobic workout. More experienced line dancers are welcome as they can assist newer dancers. At Aurora Hills Senior Center. Call 703-228-5722. Theater Performance. Through Saturday, May 25, see “Club de Caballeros” at Gunston Arts Center Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang St. Performances on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m., with tickets $30/general; $25/student or senior. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with tickets $35/general; $30/student or senior. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org or 703-548-3092.
The following incidents were reported by the Arlington Police Department. MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 4200 block of N. 2nd Road. At 6:59 a.m. on May 10, a verbal argument escalated out front of an apartment building and the victim was assaulted by three subjects. The victim was stabbed in the left side of the torso during the assault. A 37-year-old Arlington man, a 43-year-old Arlington man and a 25-year-old Hyattsville, Md. man were arrested and charged with malicious wounding. They were held without bond.
Award promotes Northern Virginia’s leadership diversity.
The nonprofit organization Virginia Leadership Institute (VLI) held its Top 10 Under 40 awards reception on May 7 at Kora Restaurant in Crystal City to honor black leaders in Northern Virginia. In a room filled with dozens of attendees along with award recipients and their families, 10 people were celebrated for their achievements in business, politics, civic engagement and philanthropy. Representing the scope of cities and counties making up Northern Virginia, honorees were from Alexandria, Arlington, the Town of Dumfries, Fairfax County, Loudon County, and Prince William County.
Thursday/May 23 Spring Carnival. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Washington Golf and Country Club. Arlington Food Assistance Center is hosting boardwalk performers, carnival treats and entertainment. Visit www.afac.org for more. Annual Senior Law Day. 12:30-4 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Enjoy a proclamation, exhibitions, photo identification cards and more. 703-228-0948.
Marymount students learn counseling technique by helping U.S. troops.
A group of counseling students got to experience a therapeutic technique while also helping service men and women serving in Afghanistan. Graduate students in the Pastoral Counseling program at Marymount University in Arlington assembled care packages for U.S. troops as part of a community service requirement. One of the project’s goals was to teach the future therapists how altruism can have long-term mental health benefits.
BalletNova Open House on June 1
BalletNova Center for Dance holds a free Open House on Saturday, June 1 from 2-5 p.m. at the BNCD studios. Free 30-minute mini-classes for children and adults are offered in a variety of dance genres. Ballet, tap and hip hop for varying age groups will be available for children to try. Adults can sample from basic levels of jazz, tap, modern, ballet, dance cardio and hip hop. The Open House is a great way to sample different BNCD teachers and types of dance and conditioning, and special class discounts are available. There will also be crafts for the kids and refreshments, as well as tours of the 20,000 square foot 6-studio dance training facility. Everything is free and open to the public.
Ongoing Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street. Line Dancing Class. Fridays, 10-11 a.m. Line dancing with Barbara Allen. Covers the basic steps, then combines them to music for a gentle aerobic workout. More experienced line dancers are welcome as they can assist newer dancers. At Aurora Hills Senior Center. Call 703-228-5722.
Martin Ogle, chief naturalist at Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington, is the first recipient of the Arlington Green Patriot Award. The honor recognizes an individual, business or organization that exemplifies sustainability in more than one aspect of their recent life or operations to improve civic life in Arlington. Ogle was recognized for his lifelong dedication to environmental education and for emphasizing the interrelationships between people and the rest of nature. He served on the boards of several environmental and community organizations, including the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, Arlington Food Co-op, Arlington Heritage Alliance, the Arlington/Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment.
Primary voting, absentee voting, Republican convention
Absentee voting, including “in-person” absentee voting, is already underway for the June 11 primary, a statewide Democratic party primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general, plus one delegate race in Northern Virginia. Voters in the Democratic primary will choose between Ralph S. Northam and Aneesh Chopra for lieutenant governor; and between Mark R. Herring and Justin E. Fairfax for attorney general.
The following incidents were reported by the Arlington Police Department. ARSON & ATTEMPTED ROBBERY, 5500 block of S. Columbia Pike. At 10:37 p.m. on May 2, a subject attempted to rob a store by demanding that a store employee give him money. When the employee refused, the subject proceeded to light coffee filters on fire and announced that no one could leave the store. The subject threw several items at store employees, including at their 16-month-old child. All of the victims barricaded themselves in another room where they stayed until police arrived on scene. The suspect knocked over shelves, broke machines, and threw store merchandise all over the store. A 49-year-old Arlington man was arrested and charged with arson, attempted robbery, four counts of abduction, felony destruction of property, and three counts of assault and battery. He is currently being held without bond.
Thursday/May 16 Speaker. 12:15-1:30 p.m. at La Cote D’Or Restaurant. The Arlington Rotary Club is hosting Mario Price, who will speak on “7 Things You Must Know About Energy Deregulation.” Friday/May 17 Bike to Work Day. 6:30-9:30 a.m. at Gateway Park. Register and be entered in to win a bicycle. Free.