#75 – Cool off with Ice Cream from Toby’s

Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream at Westover Village (formerly Scoops Beauregard’s) serves up gourmet superpremium ice cream they say is richer and fuller in flavor than mass produced frozen desserts.  All students receive a 15% discount on school days until 4 PM while Swanson Middle School students amd Shop Arlington card holders receive 15% off one ice cream item anytime.  Toby’s also sells ice cream cakes, and has coffee, espresso and during the winter months, hot chocolate (as well as frozen hot chocolate).

#74 – Do Something Good for the Environment

Join Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) and attend events they participate in during the year, including an upcoming Green Living Expo.  ACE sponsors volunteer events such as stream cleanups, invasive plant removals, highway cleanups, and storm drain markings, and educational Green Living events. Special events this year included a Summer Solstice Celebration at Barcroft Park  with several service project options as well as a geocaching demonstration, a high tech treasure hunt game where you use a GPS to find a hidden container.

#73 – Run in the Amazon Conservation Team Run for the Rainforest 5K

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‎The annual Amazon Conservation Team Run for the Rainforest 5K at Pentagon Row is typically held the last weekend in June.  The race is the first and only charity race in the Washington Metropolitan  area that directly benefits rainforest conservation and indigenous community support.   In addition, a school supply drive is held in conjunction with the race to collect items needed for children that attend school in the rainforest villages of Suriname and Colombia.

#72 – Attend the Columbia Pike Blues Festival

The Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival held in June features free live music from national and local artists, lots of food, and a Music Experience Tent where kids can get a mini-lesson in guitar.  For 2013 the event will be held June 15th from 1PM to 8 PM on South Walter Reed Drive at Columbia Pike.  The lineup for 2013 is below.  Check the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization website for more details on this year’s event.

  • 1:00p – BG and the Mojo Hands
  • 2:00p – Clarence “Bluesman” Turner
  • 3:30p – Chris Polk
  • 5:00p – Cathy Ponton King
  • 6:30p – G.E. Smith

#71 – Enjoy Free Concerts al fresco at the Lubber Run Park Amphitheater

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Lubber Run Park in Arlington Forest has frequently been the site of many Arlington Arts Al Fresco Events including free outdoor dance, musical and theatrical performances.  After a hiatus for a couple of years due to budget cuts regular performances returned to Lubber Run Amphitheater in 2011.  The 2013 schedule begins June 14th with a performance by May Ann Redmond, winner of 16 WAMMIE Awards followed by the Lennie Burride Duo with an eclectic blend of acoustic, blues and rock on Saturday, June 15th.  After some a special weekday performance on Wednesday of  opening week, shows will continue on most Fridays, Saturdays and  Sundays evenings through early August.  For the complete 2013 schedule, visit the Arlington Arts website.

#70 – Visit The Salsa Room

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Try The Salsa Room on Columbia Pike for dinner and dancing.  The club, formerly known as Ceclias, has consistently offered live international Latin acts.  They also offer classes and special events throughout the year, including a New Year’s Day event known as Fade2Black coming up on 1-1-11 where you can get a VIP card offering discounted admission for the rest of the year and take salsa and bachata classes.  Regular weekly events include “Salsa State of Mind” Thursdays, “Salsa Obsession” Fridays and “Visage” Saturdays.  Check their website for details.

#69 – Come to the Summertime Concerts at the Air Force Memorial

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Virginia – Arlington: United States Air Force Memorial (Photo credit: wallyg)

The Air Force Band conducts a Summertime Concert Series at 8 PM most Wednesdays and Fridays during the Summer at the Air Force Memorial on Columbia Pike in South Arlington. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs and you can listen to the music while you enjoy a great view of the monuments in DC.

#68 – Visit Fort C.F. Smith

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If you are a history buff, you might want to visit Fort C.F. Smith in the Maywood neighborhood of North Arlington, offering some of the best preserved ruins of the 22 Civil War forts that were located in Arlington. There are also trails, gardens and a restored 20th Century mansion, Hendry House, on the site. A half mile walking tour points out the highlights.

#67 – Check out Pacers Running Stores

Are you a runner? Visit Pacers Running Stores. Besides the shop, which has a large selection of footwear, apparel, and accessories, they have clinics, injury assessments, training programs, fun runs and races throughout the year.  In Arlington, they have stores in Clarendon (which also houses their triathalon shop) and at Pentagon Row.  Pacers Arlington was recently awarded the “Best Customer Service” award by Arlington County among all county businesses and was tops in the mid-Atlantic region among running specialty stores by the Independent Running Retailers Association.

#66 – Play Disc Golf or Ultimate Frisbee at Bluemont Park

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‎Bluemont Park at 329 N. Manchester Street has an ultimate frisbee course where tight fairways, trees, hills,  and a creek all come into play.  There are four pin placements and three cement tees on each of the nine holes.  For more information, visit the  Professional Disc Golf Association
website.  One of Arlington’s High Schools, HB Woodlawn, even has its own ultimate team.