Archives for May 2011

Washington Post Challenge Index

Today’s Washington Post reports that Arlington public high schools finished 1st, 6th, 8th and 52nd out of 195 Washingotn area schools in the Washington Post Challenge Index which measures how many college level tests were taken (including AP exams, International Baccalaureate exams and in some circumstances final exams with dual enrollment in college classes) divided by the number of graduating seniors.

HB Woodlawn finished in the top spot where it has been since 2004 and 46th nationally with Washington-Lee High School and Yorktown, which have consistently been in the top ten,  finishing 6th and 8th respectively.  Wakefield finished at 52nd in the DC area.  This also puts Arlington County schools at #2 in Northern Virginia with only Falls Church City, which only has one high school, finishing ahead.

For the complete results, visit the Washington Post website here.

Authors Note:  My copy of The Washington Post shows the results above, but the online version shows Washington-Lee and Yorktown reversed with W-L in the 8th spot and Yorktown in 6th.  I am trying to confirm which is accurate with the Post and will update that information here as soon as I have it.

Bike DC 2011 is May 22nd

Bike DC

Bike DC, a 20 mile bike ride through Washington and Arlington on car-free streets, highways and parkways will be held Sunday, May 22nd 2011.  The ride begins on the National Mall in front of the U. S. Capitol and continues up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and across the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge/I-66 into Virginia.  The route then goes along the George Washington Memorial Parkway and past the Marine Corps Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Pentagon and the Air Force Memorial before heading back into DC.   The entire ride is on streets closed to motorized traffic.

Neighborhood Day 2011 is May 21st

Arlington County Neighborhood Day

Saturday, May 21st will mark the 11th annual Neighborhood Day designed to help make Arlingtonians connect with their neighbors.  Among the many events scheduled (some of which I mentioned in earlier posts) are the HB Woodlawn 5K at Potomac Overlook Park to benefit H20 for Life, a Walkabout beginning at the Westover Library at 10 and going through the Highland Park/Overlee Knolls neighborhood, Lyon Park’s Spring Fair. the dedication of the new park and playground at Dominion Hills, yard sales in Ashton Heights and the Old Dominion neighborhood, invasive plant pulls in Fairlington and Barcroft, a Turtle Trot 5K to benefit injured turtles and other wildlife at Bluemont, a  BBQ for the Bluemont Civic neighborhood from 11:30-1 at Firehouse #2 on Wilson Blvd., a “family affair” themed picnicat the Drew Elementary School field for the Nauck neighborhood, and a ribbon cutting of the new truck themed playground at Bluemont Park.  For a complete list and more information, visit the county website here.

#147 – Enjoy Live Music at Market Common Clarendon

Clarendon Market Common

Enjoy live acoustic music at the gazebo at Market Common Clarendon every Thursday during the summer season from 6-8 PM.  For 2013 the scheduled artist lineup is as follows.

June 6 — Lloyd Dobler Effect
June 13 — Hand Painted Swinger
June 20 — Josh Burgess
June 27 — Willem Dicke
July 4 — David Andrew Smith
July 11 — Melodime
July 18 — Levi Stephens
July 25 — Jason Masi
August 1 — FarAway Duo
August 8 — Paul Pfau
August 15 — Shane Gamble
August 22 — Heather Renee
August 29 — Kerry McCool


#146 – Get Out and Explore with CANN

Bluemont Park CabooseJoin Arlington’s Children and Nature Network (CANN) when they “Get Out and Explore. Discover nature through simple activities guided by Arlington Regional Master Naturalists on the first Wednesday of each month from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Bluemont Park Caboose, on the W&OD Trail near Wilson Blvd. and N. Manchester Street.  This free program for adults, families, and children of all ages will focus on time to play, learn, and experience the natural world. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-228-6427 for more information.

Arlington Children and Nature Network

#145 – Beat the Heat with Frozen Yogurt

Yogen Fruz

Try frozen yogurt, smoothies and fruit cups from Yogen Fruz at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.

#144 – Get out for a Run

The weather is improving.  Why not get out for a run/jog/walk?  Check out this website  for some great running routes in Arlington.  Or hit the tracks at Washington-Lee High School, Wakefield, Yorktown and Thomas Jefferson Middle School.  Here is the County information on their public track schedules.

#143 – Shop for Teen Clothing at It’s All Good

Its all good consignment shop westover

It’s All Good Consignment shop in Westover offers teen clothing and accessories. Check their website for special events like a “bag sale”  where you can  fill up your bag for just $10.

It’s All Good » Blog Archive » All You Can Grab in a Bag Sale

#142 – Visit Shirlington Village for Wags ‘N’ Whiskers

This event was held on Saturday August 28th, 2010 from 11-4. The free activities included live music, children’s entertainment, exhibitors, pet portrait sessions, demonstrations and prizes.  This may be an annual event so check back in 2011 at the Shirlington Village website.

#141 – Check out Happy Hour at Restaurant 3

Restaurant Three Clarendon‎Restaurant 3 in Clarendon has happy hour specials in the bar, lounge and patio from 4-8 Monday through Friday.   They serve over 70 different beers and over 25 wines by the glass from around the world.  The chef was influenced by his grandfather who went to culinary school in New Orleans and introduced him to the art of Soulful Southern food.  For a full meal, they are open daily for lunch and dinner as well as for Sunday brunch.


Editor’s Note:  Restaurant 3 has closed and is now La Tagliatella.