Archives for March 2011

#355 – Watch Baseball or March Madness at your Favorite Sports Bar

Opening Day

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day and March Madness keep sports fans occupied through late March and early April.  Arlington is filled with sports bars that have multiple televisions to watch the games.  Here are some of the favorites:

Mister Day’s in Clarendon will be showing the games on their 65 TV’s.

Summer’s in the Courthouse neighborhood has specials for opening day.

Courthouse Social in the Courthouse neighborhood

Crystal City Sports Pub

Spider Kelly’s in Clarendon

Thirsty Bernie’s on Glebe Road near Lee Highway

The G.O.A.T. in Clarendon

First Down Sports Bar on Fairfax Drive

Hard Times Cafe in Clarendon

#354 – Go Island Hopping

Isand Hopping

Tired of the cold weather? Ready for a Spring Break? Arlington has its own suggestions for a stay-cation where you can do a little island hopping right here. Click the link for details.

#353- Check out Piola in Rosslyn

Gnocchi al sugo di pomodoro

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The 29th of every month is “Lucky Gnocchi Day”, an International tradition, with all you can eat gnocchi with a variety of sauces at Piola Restaurant. Plus, every weeknight Piola serves $3 beer, $4 wine and $5 sangria from 4:30-8pm at the bar and in the dining room. They also feature free finger food at the bar.

#352 – Come to Arlington Food Assistance Center Young Professionals “Hunger is No Joke” Benefit

Arlington Food Assistance centerAFAC’s Young Professionals Group will be holding a “Hunger is No Joke” benefit on Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 8PM at Ireland’s Four Courts with honorary chair Mike Green of the Washington Capitals. Tickets are $30 or 2 for $50. The group for 21-40 year olds also has monthly bagging nights, happy hours and will be holding a “Clean Sweep to clean the AFAC warehouse on April 10th.

#351 – Check out this Student Artist

It's All Good Teen Consignment Shop in WestoverNicole Dobson’s work is on display at It’s All Good in Westover until April 2nd, 2011. The Yorktown Senior has put together a photography exhibit  depict what she remembers about her childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

#350 – Go see the Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC Area - Tidal basinSpring in this area is my favorite time of year and I love going to see the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin.  But since this site is about Arlington, I wanted to try to suggest some places within our boundaries to see cherry trees.  I am told over 1000 ornamental cherry trees line Arlington’s streets although they are not concentrated in one area. Here are some suggestions for where to see them without going across the river to the tidal basin or Kenwood, Maryland,, although I recommend that as well.

Richard Miller, an urban forester for Arlington, made these suggestions. “The 3100 block of N Inglewood Street is a small dead end street with 12 houses and is lined by Kwansan cherries. Kwansan cherries are the later blooming ornamental cherry with a candy cane pink color. The Cavalier Club condo on the corner of Wilson Boulevard and McKinley Road has a nice group of large flowering cherries along Wilson Boulevard.”

There are three small cherry trees in a small urban park at the corner of Lorcom Lane and Vacation Lane. I will post pictures later today. There are also some larger trees up the street on Quincy Street just North of Lorcom and a pretty weeping cherry in the circle on Edison Street near 28th.

There is a gorgeous old one in the 800 block of N. Harrison Street and some newer ones planted just up the street. I also saw a nice one on Sycamore between Washington Blvd. and Lee Highway. Enjoy them while you can!

Brookside Drive….Thanks Arlington County they are lovely!

The median of Lee Highway in Cherrydale (seems appropriate).

For a list of other sites in our area The Washington Post recommends for cherry blossoms, visit this site.


#349 – Check out Circa at Clarendon

Circa, offering American style cuisine with an International Flair,  is one of Clarendon’s newest restaurants.  They are serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch as well as a late night menu, over 20 wines by the glass, and custom cocktails for every season.  Patio dining should open soon.  They even have big screen TVs so you can watch March Madness.

#348 – Participate in Earth Hour


On March 26, 2011, turn off your lights at 8:30 pm for Earth Hour, a worldwide collective display of commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all – the planet.  Spread the Word.  To learn more, watch the video or visit this link.

#347 – Watch “Arlington Idol”

Arlington Idol

The third annual Arlington Idol singing competition will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School. Admission is free and open to the public. It will also be broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 72 and on the web. Each Arlington public high school selected one singer to participate in the contest and one runner-up to sing back up along with the US Army’s rock band “Downrage.”  This year’s finalists are  Mary Shields from H-B Woodlawn, Danyele Greenfield from Wakefield High School, Abir Haronni from Washington-Lee High School and Kate Mountain from Yorktown. Runners-up include Kyra Klontz of H-B Woodlawn,Tigist Worku of Wakefield, Mallory McKenzie of Washington-Lee and Rachel Gomberg from Yorktown.    You will be able to cast your vote  for Arlington Idol via text messaging. The link to watch online will be posted on the Army Band’s website the day of the competition along with voting instructions.

#346 – Come to “Hoops and High Heels”

A pair of circular-head court shoes / pumps in...

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The Junior League of Washington wil be holding a preview party for their annual Tossed and Found sale on Friday, March 25th.  Wear your favorite team’s jersey and slip on your high heels for an evening of food, drinks, March Madness basketball games on big screen TVs and silent and live auctions.  The event will be held from 7-10 PM at the Crystal City Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive in Arlington.   Click here to purchase tickets.

The sale will be held Saturday, March 26, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 27, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Quality pre-owned housewares, fashions, books, sporting goods, electronics and furniture will be available at great prices.  Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Washington’s literacy programs.