Archives for November 2010

#236 – Light Up The Village

Come to Shirlington Tuesday, November 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm for the annual Light Up the Village event featuring a tree lighting ceremony, photos with Santa, carriage rides and entertainment.

Bring a non-perishable food item for the Arlington Food Assistance Cenber.

#235 – Get Beignets at Bayou Bakery

This brand new coffeehouse and gathering spot from celebrated pastry chef David Guas brings a little
bit of New Orleans to the Courthouse neighborhood in Arlington.  Open 7am-5pm Monday through Saturday.  Visit the Bayou Bakery Facebook page for more information.

#234 – Try BGR The Burger Joint

Had too much turkey this Thanksgiving? Try a burger from BGR The Burger Joint at 3129 Lee Highway in North Arlington, open from 11am-9pm daily. Great shakes and sweet potato fries, too.

#233 – Participate in Small Business Saturday

Whether you are a consumer or a small business you can participate in the first ever Small Business Saturday, scheduled for November 27th, 2010.  This link gives you some tips on how to take advantage of this day designed to promote small locally owned businesses.  The Facebook Page for this event was reported to be one of the fastest growing sites on the social media site. “Like” the page and American Express will give $1 to Girls Inc. which empowers young women to become entrepreneurs. If you have an American Express card you can register your card and receive $25 back after spending $25 or more at participating small businesses on Saturday, November 27th.  Support your favorite small businesses on November 27th and throughout the year.

#232 – Get your photo taken with Santa

Each holiday season, the Arlington Jaycees host the Photos with Santa at the Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington. For 2010 Santa will be there from 3-9 PM on Friday November 26 and weekends and other selected dates through Christmas Eve.  In addition, they will have pet photos with Santa on December 5th and 12th from 7-9 PM.

#231 – Give Thanks

Whether you are spending the day in the kitchen cooking the holiday meal, running in the Turkey Trot, visiting with family and friends, or sitting in front of the television all day watching the Macy’s Parade, all the football games and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, be thankful and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

#230 – Shop Till You Drop

English: DC USA, Best Buy, Black Friday

English: DC USA, Best Buy, Black Friday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and many area stores are offering special sales and extended hours to get a jump start on the holiday season.  View this post to see some of the specials offered.

Shop Till You Drop

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, in Arling...

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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the start of the holiday shopping season, and many retailers offer special deals or longer hours to get a jump start.  In Arlington, Pentagon City Mall plans to open at 5 am.  The Best Buy at Pentagon City is also opening at 5 am.  Nearby, several stores at Potomac Yards plan early opening hours, including The Children’s Place at midnight, Target at 4 am and Best Buy at 5 am.

Tysons Corner Center is having Midnight Madness with free giveaways, DJs and a Free For All every hour on the hour from 12-5AM and a chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree.  The first 200 shoppers to come to Macy’s Court (Level one, outside Macy’s) will receive free $10 American Express Gift Cards.

Potomac Mills and Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets also plan to open at midnight.  And Toys ‘R Us stores start even earlier with doorbuster prices beginning at 10 PM on Thanksgiving and running through 1 pm Friday.

Specific sale information is usually found in circulars in the Thanksgiving Day newspaper, but several online sites have leaked some of the sale information and can be found by visiting and which also offers tips on how to make the most of Black Friday sales.

#229 – Give Back

The holidays are a great time to give something back to the community. Volunteer Arlington allows you to register online for holiday volunteer projects.  While there are special needs during the holidays, many of these organizations can use volunteer assistance year round.

#228 – Make plans to eat out on Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving turkey that had been soaked for...

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Don’t want to cook for Thanksgiving? How about making a reservation for dinner out and let someone else do the cooking.  Check Open Table for Arlington restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving.