#257 – Destress at Tranquil Space

Has the holiday hustle and bustle got you stressed?  Check out Tranquil Space, a lifestyle focused yoga destination named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine.  The studio is located on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington one block from the Virginia Square Metro.  Take a yoga class, have a massage, sip some organic tea and relax.  You can also do some last minute shopping at the Tranquility Boutique or buy a gift card for classes or services.  New students can sign up for an unlimited number of classes for a month for $50.

#256 – Get Outside to Watch the Lunar Eclipse

‘Twill be nights before Christmas and high overhead, the moon will turn brown or maybe deep red. The Earth and the sun with celestial scripts will conspire to make a lunar eclipse. (courtesy of the Huffington Post)

We will have a total lunar eclipse beginning about 1:30 a.m. EST Tuesday, December 21st which is also the Winter Solstice, something that hasn’t happened in 350 years.  Totality will be about 2:41 a.m. EST and will last a little over an hour.  If you only want to be outside for a few minutes, try to time it so you are watching at 3:17 a.m. when the moon will be in its deepest shadow.  For more information go to this website from NPR or follow one of the links below.

#184 – Come hear Barbershop Harmony


The Arlingtones Barbershop Chorus and Chapter Quartets will be presenting “A Cappella Autumn IV” on Saturday, October 9 at 2PM at the NRECA Building, 4301 Wilson Boulevard. Tickets are $12 at the door and garage parking is free at the N. Taylor Street entrance. Call 703-521-9331 for more information.

Want to sing barbershop harmony?  Join the Arlingtones any Tuesday from 7 to 10 pm at Gunston Middle School.

‎#36 – Eat Chesapeake Bay Steamed Crabs

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One of my favorite things about this area is being able to get blue crabs steamed with Old Bay seasoning and eat them outdoors, preferably by the water, but if you want to stay in Arlington, The Quarterdeck will do just fine.  The season generally runs from mid-late April until October.

We had a bit of a scare recently when we heard that The Quarterdeck was not renewing its lease but got good news this week when they announced that they had just worked out their issues and signed a fifteen year lease.

#35 – Stop and smell the roses

Visit Bon Air Park and the Memorial Rose Garden on Wilson Boulevard when the roses are in bloom.  They also have an azalea garden, a shade garden, and a sun garden, but the roses are the real stars.

#34 – See free movies at the Shirlington Library

The Shirlington Branch Library hosts many free movies throughout the year, including family movie matinees, an emerging filmmaker series, classic screwball comedies, real life reels (documentaries), and Arlington Reads films.  For a complete schedule, call the Shirlington Branch Library at 703-228-6545 or visit their website.  For the 2010-2011 Winter season they will be hosting a “Billy Wilder” film series.

#33 – Take a blanket and go to Gravelly Point Park

Gravelly Point
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You can get a great view of the Washington skyline while you watch airplanes take off and land from Reagan National Airport at Gravelly Point Park. The parking lot is accessible from the George Washington Parkway if you are heading North from the airport, or you can bike or walk there from the Mount Vernon Trail.

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#32 – Visit the new Westover Library to see Tiffany stained glass and search for books

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Photo Courtesy of Arlington County Libraries

The Westover Branch Library which was rebuilt in 2010 has installed four newly restored stained glass windows, originally created by Louis Comfort Tiffany for the old Abbey Mausoleum.  Read more about it by clicking here.

#183 – Check out Artisphere

A new art space in the old Newseum building in Rosslyn, Artisphere officially opens 10-10-10 with two days of free open houses.  The facility includes three galleries,three theatres, a 3000 sq. ft. ballroom, and an outdoor terrace.  The site will be used to showcase “thought-provoking, weird and wonderful arts activities” including “Skateboarding Side Effects”, weekly Salsa Tuesdays in the ballroom featuring regional and national bands, the Washington Shakespeare Company, comedy shows, a banjo and fiddle festival and the Aurora Opera currently presenting “The Secret Marriage”.

#182 – Watch Rhythmic Gymnastics at Marymount University

The Danish National Performance Team will kick off its 22-city U.S. tour at Marymount on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Lee Center’s Verizon Sports Arena.

Author’s note:  This event has already taken place and is not likely to occur on an annual basis like some of the other events. For other activities at Marymount, please check out their website.