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Arlington Courage Wall: Overcoming Fear To Achieve Dreams

The Courage Wall was unveiled in Ballston’s Welburn Square on Thursday afternoon, July 2. Ballston residents and visitors are invited to use a piece of chalk from one of the buckets hanging on the Courage Wall to share their wishes and express their joys and fears on the blank lines.

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Arlington: Washington-Lee High Graduates Look to the Future

Washington-Lee High School’s 2015 graduation was held at D.A.R. Constitution Hall on June 18.

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Arlington: A Farewell to Yorktown High School

Yorktown High School held 2015 graduation ceremonies at DAR Constitution Hall on June 18.

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Arlington: Preparing for Hawaiian Festival

Halau O 'Aulani, a Hawaiian cultural school, will present its first Ho'olaule'a — a Hawaiian cultural festival, on Saturday, June 20, at Gunston Theatre One.

Arlington: Four Mile Run Restoration Project Begins

Cooperative effort cited at groundbreaking.

Arlington County and the City of Alexandria have been working with a citizen task force for several years to plan the Four Mile Run Restoration Project.

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Enjoying the 28th Annual Taste of Arlington

More than 50 Arlington restaurants served up sample tastings at the 28th annual Taste of Arlington on Sunday, May 17, in Ballston.

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Festival Highlights Local African-American History

The Drew Community Center hosted the 23rd annual Arlington Black History Celebration on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28.

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Encore Stage & Studio Presents ‘Three Musketeers’

In 17th-century France, a poor young nobleman named D’Artagnan leaves home to join the famous Musketeers of the Guard – defenders of the King and masters of the rapier.

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Standing Up 2 Cancer in Arlington

Celebrating the one-year anniversary of surviving “major league” cancer, Alexandria resident and retired Air Force veteran Pat Malone held a 24-hour marathon fundraiser at Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar in Arlington.

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Winter Harvest in Arlington

Half a dozen vendors set up tables laden with winter fruits and vegetables, handmade jams and jellies, grass-fed meats, eggs and home cooked foods, freshly baked pies and breads at the Sunday farmers market on Columbia Pike.

Arlington Atheletes Participating in 30th Annual Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints

More than 1,700 rowers from 13 states and the District of Columbia participated in the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints on Saturday, Jan. 31 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.

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Gathering To Play the Energy Journey Game in Arlington

Is your water too hot? Did you know if you install a low faucet aerator you can reduce water use by as much as 50 percent in your home?

Wintry Snapshot in Arlington Cemetery

Stopping by a snowy cemetery....

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A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. in Arlington

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Arlington County held its 46th annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday evening, Jan. 18, at Washington-Lee High School.

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If the Shoe Fits... in Arlington

Encore Stage & Studio presents “Cinderella.”

A young girl, nicknamed Cinderella by her stepsisters, dreams of leaving her work behind and becoming a princess in this classic musical being presented by Encore Stage & Studio.

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Arlington: ‘The Nutcracker’ Returns

Once again the stage was a flutter with fairies and clowns, mice and dolls, soldiers and snowflakes, flowers and Clara as the students at Kenmore Middle School prepared for performances of “The Nutcracker.”

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Trick or Treat in Shirlington

Zombies, firefighters, cheerleaders and frozen princesses filled the sidewalks with dozens of other costumed characters for an afternoon of Trick or Treating in Shirlington on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 1.

MS Is BS Blues Fest

The 2nd annual MS Is BS Blues Fest got underway Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9, in South Arlington.

Boeing Backpack Drive Returns

The back lobby at Boeing in Rosslyn was humming with activity as employees filled 875 elementary school backpacks on Friday morning, Aug. 8.

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Open House at Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre held its annual open house on Saturday, Aug. 2.

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Renewal & Remembrance

Hundreds of lawn care and landscape professionals donated time and services on Monday July 28, to care for the grounds and trees of the historic Arlington Cemetery.

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Operation Ready Rescue

More than 100 Arlington County students participated in the first Operation Ready Rescue workshop on Thursday, June 26, at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in South Arlington.

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Demonstrating Energy Efficiency Homes

More that 200 people attended Energy House Showcases highlighting energy efficiency at 4033 N. 22nd Street and 2200 N. Military Road.

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At the Columbia Pike Blues Festival

The Blues returned to the Pike on Saturday afternoon, June 14.

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Carnival Cruceno-USA 2014

The third annual Arlington Parade of Santa Cruz-Bolivia Carnival was held Saturday afternoon, June 7, on Four Mile Run in Shirlington.

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27th Annual Taste of Arlington

Thousands of residents and visitors strolled up and down Wilson Boulevard on Sunday, May 18, enjoying samples of food and beverages offered by 46 local restaurants and 13 breweries at the annual Taste of Arlington in Ballston Commons.

Move Me Festival

Music, dance, theater and martial arts troupes entertained and hosted workshops at the 5th Annual Move Me Festival on Saturday afternoon, April 26, in Kenmore Middle School. The festival, organized and produced by Bowen McCauley Dance, was sponsored this year by The JBG Companies, KCI, Servant’s Heart Foundation, Arlington Community Foundation, The Shooshan Company, Washington Forrest Foundation, Dominion Foundation, Kenmore PTA, BB&T, Ballston BID and the Perfect Pointe Dance Studio.

Rehearsing for ‘Shrek - The Musical’

The Washington-Lee High School drama department is in rehearsals for the spring performance of "Shrek - The Musical." Performances will be Thursday, May 1- Saturday, May 3 at 7 p.m., in the school's auditorium.

‘Anne of Green Gables’ Opens Friday

Aldersgate Church Community Theatre presents the Alexandria premiere of “Anne of Green Gables.” Relive all of the memorable events and characters from the in L.M. Montgomery’s enduring tale about an orphan, Anne Shirley — “Anne with an ‘e’” — who dreams big and leads with her heart. From her first encounter with Marilla, her austere guardian, to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy, we experience all the tragedies and triumphs that mark Anne's growth from adolescence to early adulthood: her friendship with Diana, her feuds with Gilbert, her adoration of Matthew, the mistaken wine bottle, the cake disaster, the broken leg, the scholastic achievements, and the saving of Green Gables. Whether the playgoer is an old “kindred spirit” of Anne's or meeting her for the first time, audiences will fall in love with one of literature's most unforgettable characters.

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15th Biennial Ikebana Show at the Art League

Twenty-five members of the Washington, D.C., branch of the Sogetsu School participated in the 15th biennial Ikebana Show at the Art League in the Torpedo Factory last week.

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Looking for Homes

Dogs and cats, rabbits and birds are just a few of the animals that may be adopted at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

Yorktown High To Present ‘The Widow Ranter’

Performances begin Thursday.

The curtain rises this Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Yorktown High School auditorium for the first of two community performances of “The Widow Ranter.” Written in 1675 by Aphra Behn, one of the world's earliest professional female playwrights and among the least-known writers of Restoration comedy, “The Widow Ranter” is set in the New World, a contemporary account of the real-life Jamestown uprising known as “Bacon's Rebellion.” While this historical-fictional adventure includes many invented subplots (romantic and comedic), it is also a document of Jamestown's true character, with its outlaws, American Indians, opportunists and individualists.

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From Elle Woods’ Pink to Harvard Crimson

Encore Stage & Studio presents “Legally Blonde The Musical.”

Bubbly and bright Elle Woods never takes “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle upgrades her signature pink for Harvard crimson. Encore Stage & Studio presents “Legally Blonde The Musical.”

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Students Step Out At Yorktown Prom

On Friday evening, May 31st, students attended Yorktown High Prom in the Marriott Gateway Hotel, Crystal City. Yorktown principal Dr. Ray Pasi, along with Bill Lomax and Susanne Evans greeted students as they arrived. In addition to dinner and dancing, the event featured a photo booth where students could choose from a variety of costumes to take pictures in.

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Local magician Brian Curry hosts “24 Game” tournament

Local magician Brian Curry hosted a “24 Game” tournament at Claremont Immersion School on Saturday, June 1. Fifty students, who are tops in their respective elementary schools at playing the 24 Game, were invited to compete.

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Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual public safety valor awards luncheon on April 17 at the Fort Myers Officers Club.

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Yorktown

A new twist on the classic musical about a girl named Dorothy, a tornado, her journey to a magical place "over the rainbow," friends and foes encountered, and lessons learned along the way, arrives at Yorktown High School next week.

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Reviewing Seasonal Energy-Saving Tips

Environment Virginia, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran and the BlueGreen Alliance offered springtime energy-saving tips during a tour at Scott Sklar’s super-efficient home in North Arlington on Thursday morning, March 28.

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41st Annual ‘Messiah’ Sing-Along

The church quietly filled with people as Dennis Edelbrock, Chuck Seipp and Paul Skevington performed a pre-concert recital on Sunday evening, March 31, at the Clarendon United Methodist Church in Lyons Village.

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Ultimate Spring, YULA Invite, Opens Season in Arlington

Twenty-two teams playing at Washington-Lee and the new Long Bridge fields kicked off the 2013 Ultimate’s (Frisbee) season last weekend with the YULA Invite tournament.

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Batman Visits YMCA

Batman AKA Bruce Wayne, AKA Lenny B. Robinson stopped by the Arlington YMCA on North 13th Street on Friday, March 22, promoting National Inhalants and Poison Awareness Week.

Opening Up a World’s Worth of Reading

The Reading Connection opened its 12th Read-Aloud site on Feb. 25, at the Columbia Grove property of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.

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Encore Stage & Studio Presents ‘Big Bad’

Mr. Wolf is in the defendant’s seat, and the plaintiffs, represented by the Fairy Godmother, take the witness stand one by one to tell of their traumatizing stories of their encounters with Mr. Wolf.

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Crew Rows for Humanity

The ergometers were in place and in action by 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Ballston Commons.

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Witness for Marriage

Nearly 50 people gathered on the Arlington County Courthouse Plaza on Thursday morning, Valentine’s Day, for a rally in support of marriage equality in Virginia.

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Extreme Recess Hockey

The viewing stands in Kettler Capitals Iceplex at Ballston Commons filled with parents and children and dozens of volunteers as the Washington Capitals took to the ice for practice on Friday morning, Feb. 8.

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Fashion’s Favorites

Fifth Crystal Couture rocks the runway.

Bikinis, suits, and the finest local apparel greeted visitors at the fifth installment of Crystal Couture, held Feb. 5-9. The fashion event drew large crowds as designers shared the spotlight with their creative takes on summer style.

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At the 89th Annual Arlington Business Gala

The Arlington County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 89th annual business gala at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City on Saturday, Jan. 26.

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Feeling Fine Art

Third DC Tattoo expo hosted in Arlington

The hum and whiz of needlework welcomed visitors to the third DC Tattoo Expo, held Jan. 12 and 13 at the Crystal Gateway Marriot in Arlington.

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Raising Funds for High Adventure

The aroma of garlic and tomato sauce wafted up from the stove and out the doors into fellowship hall as scouts from Boy Scout Troop 167 prepared for the annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday evening, Jan. 5, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.