#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
Image by Mrs. Gemstone via Flickr

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

arlington county library westover

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.

#181 – Come see professional figure skaters at Ice Champions Live

Ilia Kulik at the 2008 Christmas On Ice – Yokohama
Image via Wikipedia

The 6th annual Ice Champions Live will be held Sunday, Oct 24, 2010 at 5:00 PM at the Kettler Iceplex. Ticket prices begin at $30. This year’s show will include performances by Brian Boitano, Ilia Kulik, Michael Weiss, Dan Hollander, Ryan Bradley, Sinead and John Kerr, Christina Gao and Kimmie Meisner among others.

#180 – Walk or Bike to School

Kids on Bikes
Image by M.V. Jantzen via Flickr

October is International Walk or Bike to School Month and tomorrow, October 6th, 2010 is Arlington’s designated Walk or Bike to School Day. I will be riding bikes to school with my son just like we did last year. Check the Walk Arlington website  for more information and safety precautions.

#179 – Check out Sette Bello Restaurant in Clarendon

Looking for authentic Italian food at reasonable prices?  Sette Bello in Clarendon has outdoor dining weather permitting, party rooms for private events and TVs at the bar for sporting events. Happy Hour prices from 4-7 with $2.50 draft beer and rail mixed drinks, $3.50 pinot grigio and montepulciano wines.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  As of November 20th, 2010, Sette Bello is closed.  It has been replaced with American Tap Room.