Archives for August 2010

The Arlington County Fair

The fair may be over but this video will give you something to look forward to next year.

Arlington to have 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony with Gift of Steel

9/11 Gift of SteelNew York City is going to present a section of steel from the World Trade Center as a tribute to the Arlington County Fire Department’s service on September 11, 2001.  The public is invited to join in the ceremony to accept this gift from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, FDNY, the Fire Department New York-Fire Family Transport Foundation and the Iron and Steel Team.

The event will be held at Fire Station No. 5 at 1750 S. Hayes Street in Arlington on Sunday August 29th at 11:00 AM.  Visitors are requested to arrive by 10:30 AM.  Firefighters and first responders from around the country will be attending the event.

To accommodate the event and the procession, S. Hayes Street from S. 15th Street to S. Fern Street will be closed from 8AM to 4PM and parking will be restricted on parts of S. Hayes Street.

More than 500 motorcycles will accompany the World Trade Center steel from NYC to Arlington for the Iron and Steel Motorcycle Run.

Perseids Meteor Shower August 12-13

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The Perseids Meteor Shower, one of the most consistent performers and considered by many as 2010’s best shower peaks tonight August 12th and tomorrow night August 13th. The meteors they produce are among the brightest of all meteor showers, and can produce up to 50 meteors per hour during the peak activity.  It is best viewed after midnight and with the crescent moon setting early there should be dark skies through most of the night.  For tips on how to get the best views, visit this site. 

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Power Outage in Arlington after Storm

According to Arlington Alert, power is likely to be out in the Fairlington area until Sunday; crews are working to restore power to four separate transformers in the area. Temperatures are likely to be in the mid 80’s on Saturday and 90’s on Sunday. An optional cooling shelter will be the Central Library; other options are Pentagon City Mall, Ballston Mall, and the Crystal City underground.

Central Library’s hours of operation this weekend are.
Friday 10 a.m. – 5 pm
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 pm
Sunday 1 p.m. – 9 pm

The County offers these tips for beating the heat.

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The County has also offered these tips to keep food safe during a power outage:

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, meat, poultry, fish and eggs should be refrigerated at 40° F and frozen food at or below 0° F, which may be difficult with a prolonged power outage.

• Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. A refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if it is unopened.
• A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
• Obtain dry ice or block ice to keep your refrigerator as cold as possible if there is a prolonged power outage. Residents should check with local retailers for ice supplies.
• Digital, dial or instant-read thermometers and appliance thermometers will help determine if the food is at safe temperatures. The refrigerator temperature should be at 40°F or below; the freezer, 0°or lower.
• To be sure a particular food is cold enough; take its temperature with a food thermometer.
• Never taste food to determine its safety!
• Food may be safely refrozen if the food still contains ice crystal or is at 40°F or below. Evaluate each food item separately. Be sure to discard any items in either the freezer or the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices.
• Food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, soft cheeses, butter and leftover cooked meats, casseroles and pizza should be thrown out if they have been held above 40° F for over two hours.

For a complete chart and when to save and when to throw out certain foods, please visit the USDA’s food safety website at

As always please remember to wash your hands with soap and water especially before and after preparing food.

(Information courtesy of Arlington Alert).

Arlington County Fair August 18th-22nd

Come to Thomas Jefferson Community Center August 18th-22nd, 2010 for the Arlington County Fair.  There will be rides, competitive exhibits, food vendors, racing piglets,  and Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue featuring animals from the rainforest.

Opening Ceremonies will be held at 6:00 PM Thursday, August 19th with a performance by The Old Guard, Fife and drum Corp from “Pershing’s Own” US Army Band.  Prior to the ceremony, there will be a performance from Downrange, a contemporary vocal ensemble from the US Army Band.

There will also be two outdoor movies on the tennis courts.  Friday will be teen movie night and Saturday is family movie night.

For hours, directions and more information, click the website here.