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Here is the March 2014 Calendar of fairs, festivals, sporting events, concerts, special events and other things to do in Arlington, Virginia and the DC Metropolitan area.
The U.S. Army Blues will be taming up with The U.S. Army Orchestra and soloists from the Army Chorus, Downrange, and Army Voices for two performances in tribute of Black History Month. The performances will be held at Brucker Hall in Ft. Myer on Friday, February 21st at 7:30 and Sunday, February 23rd at 3:00. Music from some of America’s most iconic African-American jazz composers and musicians, including Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday will be performed as well as a world premiere of a jazz orchestra arrangement of a Freddie Hubbard composition and rarely heard works by James Reese Europe, a World War I bandleader. For a complete schedule of this and other performances from the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, visit the Army Band website here or call the concert information line at 703-696-3399. A valid driver’s license or official DOD ID is required to enter Fort Myer. For more information about gaining access and directions, click here.
Arlington has been named one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world for 2014 by this Intelligent Community Forum, the second time they have received this honor.
Arlington is one of only two communities in the U.S. to achieve the Top 7 ranking. Three communities in Canada and two from Taiwan also made the list that came out Thursday, January 23rd. Columbus, Ohio, which also made the list in 2013, is the other U.S. community that made the list.
According to the Arlington County press release, “Communities are evaluated based on five Intelligent Community Indicators, which provide the conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community’s competitiveness and point to its success in the “broadband economy” – the Intelligent Community Forum’s term for globalization of the world economy.”
Some of the factors that contributed to the designation were Arlington’s construction of its own fiber-optic network, the “forward-looking planning”, highlighting the County creations of “high-density economic growth in the Metro corridors while preserving quiet residential neighborhoods and parks/open space.” Other factors were the successful economic ecosystem and collaboration between government-business-university.
For the complete press release from Arlington County, click here.
The Arlington Department of Environmental Services has announced that Christmas Tree Collection will be from January 6-17, 2014 on your regular trash day. Be sure to removal all decorations, nails, stands and plastic bags and place the tree on the curb no later than 6 am on your regular trash collection day. After the trees are collected, they will be ground into wood mulch for garden use. Check out this short video to see how Arlington recycles your tree.
Residents who do not have curbside recycling service, such as those living in townhouses, apartments, or condominiums, may call (703) 228-6570 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m to schedule an appointment to bring their Christmas trees to the Solid Waste Bureau.
After January 17, holiday trees will not be recycled, but will be collected as trash on your regular trash collection day.
Light up the Village
Shirlie Lights Up the Village in Shirlington on Tuesday, December 3rd from 6:30 -8:30 pm with a tree lighting at 6:30 by Allison Starling, photos with Santa beginning at 6:45 inside the UPS Store, horse and carriage rides (Bring a non-perishable food item for AFAC), live entertainment, and promotions and specials from some of the Shirlington merchants.
Light Up Rosslyn
On Thursday, December 5th, dozens of rooftops will be lit up at Light Up Rosslyn from 5:30-6:30 in front of the WJLA Jumbotron at the corner of Wilson Blvd. and N. Lynn Street. The event will feature speeches, music, free food and drink. There will also be a winter clothing collection drive.
Miracle on 23rd Street
And on Friday, December 6th, from 6-9 PM, Linden Resources will present their annual “Miracle on 23rd Street” at their headquarters at 750 23rd Street S. This free event is the traditional kick-off of the local holiday season in the Crystal City area. Santa Claus will arrive on an Arlington County fire truck, there will be a tree lighting ceremony, holiday music and children’s activities.