Archives for January 2011

#299 – Celebrate Groundhog Day!

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Long Branch Nature Center is holding a special session to learn more about groundhogs on February 2nd, 2011 at 4:00 PM for children ages 4 and up. Registration is required. Click through the link for more information.

#298 – Try the BRGR Shack

BRGR Shack just opened in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington. 4215 Fairfax Drive. Open 11-10 daily. They serve grass-fed beef burgers, regular and sweet potato fries, salads, beer, and shakes. What’s YOUR favorite burger joint in Arlington, now that we have so many to choose from?

#297 – Take a Mac Class

Got a new I-Phone, I-Pad or Macbook or thinking about getting one? The Apple Store in Clarendon Market Common offers free workshops to learn more about them.  Click the link and search on workshops to see what’s available.

#296 – Come to Crystal Couture



Crystal Couture is a FREE event held each February that is part art exhibition, trendy nightclub, fashion show, and hip retail store all rolled into one. For 2013, the event will be held February 5th through 9th from 6-10 PM at the former Crystal City Food Court at 1750 Crystal Drive.   There will be a cash bar, body painting, hair and makeup makeovers, henna, DJ entertainment, runway shows, and 20 or more boutiques featured every evening.  Many will be selling their clothes right off the runway at great event prices.

#295 – Check out Happy Hour at Carpool

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Billiards Digest described Carpool in Ballston as “. . . a pop art testament to the American obsession of automobile culture that would make Lee Iacocca jealous.” Happy Hour prices M-F from 4-7 include Miller Lite for $2.75 and $3.50 selected premium beers with 1/2 price on selected appetizers.

#294 – Let’s Go Sledding

sledding in arlington vaWe finally got enough snow to go sledding. Arlington insiders post their favorite sledding spots at this link. Please comment and share YOUR favorite spots to go sledding in Arlington.

For sledding hills in other Northern Virginia locations, visit this site.

#293 – Check out the Tuba and Euphonium Conference

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Okay, this one’s for a select group but I try to provide something for everyone. If you are a tuba or euphonium player, or just enjoy listening to them, there is a four day Tuba and Euphonium Conference with sessions at Brucker Hall at Ft. Myer and Kenmore Middle School January 27-30. All sessions are free and open to the public and tuba/euphonium players are welcome to bring their instrument to the reading sessions. Click the link for a complete schedule and description of events.

#292 – Come to Pentagon Row’s Ice Skating Gala

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The 2nd Annual Pentagon Row Ice Gala will be held on Saturday, January 29th from 5-7pm featuring live music by Fools & Horses, merchant specials and giveaways, a photo booth, FREE hot chocolate & smoothies, strolling family entertainment including a stilt walker, magician, ice princess, and juggler, with a portion of the ice skating proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Capitol Chapter.

#291 – Attend a Concert at The Spectrum

EDITOR’S NOTE:  The Spectrum and Artisphere are now closed.

See Dar Williams perform with IBIS Chamber Music

International singer/songwriter Dar Williams, “long a luminous presence in today’s pop-folk-indie music scene,” will be performing in a crossover concert with local Arlington talent IBIS Chamber Music Society January 30, 2011 at the Spectrum Theatre at the Artisphere with shows at 4:30 and 7:30.  Tickets are $35 and can be ordered online here or at The Artisphere box office.   The program will feature an exciting mix of original arrangements of Dar’s music as well as works by Gershwin, Piazzolla and Bernstein arranged for string quartet, voice and harp. This program was performed to a sell-out crowd in Boston last summer. Here’s the Facebook page for more info.  You can also read the Boston Globe’s article about this collaboration here or see a video of their August concert together below.

For other concerts at The Spectrum, check the Arlington Arts website.

#110 – Enjoy the Rooftop at Eventide

Eventide Restaurant

When nice weather arrives it’s nice to eat outside.  Try the rooftop patio at Eventide in Clarendon. The rooftop serves its own distinct menu focusing on cool and chilled foods, summertime beers, refreshing outdoor cocktails and crisp wine selections.  Reservations are not accepted for the rooftop.  There is also a popular first floor lounge and an attractive second floor dining room with exposed terra cotta walls, high ceilings and soaring windows with theatre length velvet draperies.