#194 – Cast your vote for the ABBIES.

The ABBIES are the People’s Choice award for Arlington’s Best Businesses.  2010 nominations are now in and you can vote for your favorites in fifteen different categories.

#193 – Shop at Casual Adventure for Camping, Hiking and Outdoor Gear

You can pick up your camping gear, scout uniforms, or other outdoor specialty items at Casual Adventure, a locally owned store on Washington Blvd. in the Clarendon/Virginia Square area that has been in operation since 1955.  Their Columbus day sale runs through October 17th with some items 20-40% off.

Casual Adventure also accepts donations of warm clothing, footwear, gear and accessories for ASPAN, the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network.

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#192 – Watch the Redskins game at Bailey’s Sports Grille

Located at Ballston Common Mall and Crystal City, Bailey’s offers happy hour prices until 9 PM Sundays.  The Skins play the Colts on October 17th at 8:20 PM.  This month Bailey’s is also raising money for St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital and will be holding a a fundraiser on October 15th and a Silent Auction/Halloween Party on October 29th.

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#191 – Come to the Superstar Family Fun Day and “Mason Mile” Fun Run

This free community event sponsored by Key School is held rain or shine at the school in mid-October.  For 2011, the event will be  Saturday October 15th from 9-12. The Superstar Family Fun Day is held in memory of Mason Lynch who lost his battle with cancer.  Wear your favorite sports jersey and come out to play sports, participate in a fun run/walk, and enjoy outdoor activities. The Children’s Bloodmobile  will also be on site taking blood donations.  The event is free, but donations  to the Mason Leach Superstar Fund at Children’s National Medical Center and the Key School PTA are welcome.  For more information, click this link.




#190 – Participate in the Freedom Walk

The US FreedomWalk Festival is a three day annual event that  features non-competitive walks on ten trails with distances of 3-27 miles. All are welcome. It is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association and the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV). For 2014, the event will  be held in Arlington from October 17th-19th.

#189 – Go to a high school football game

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Yorktown High School’s Homecoming Game is Friday, October 15th at 7:30 and cross-county rivalries are coming up soon. Yorktown plays at Wakefield Friday October 22nd, Wakefield plays at Washington-Lee Friday October 29th,and Yorktown plays at Washington-Lee in their final game Friday November 5th.  Check http://digitalsports.com for complete schedules.

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#188 – Go to beer school

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The Washington Wine Academy in Crystal City has regularly scheduled beer courses including one hour introductions and two-three hour theme classes.  Check their website for the current class schedule. Of course they also do wine courses,cruises, events and limousine driven winery tours.

#187 – Come to a wine tasting at Best Cellars

Best Cellars wine shop in Clarendon hosts a wine tasting the second Tuesday of every month. This month’s tasting on October 12th features Portuguese wines.  The store was founded on the premise that selecting a wine to fit your food or mood should be simple, easy and affordable.  Most of their wines are designed for every day and are priced at $15 or less per bottle.  They group the wines in eight distinct groupings including fizzy, sweet, big, juicy, fresh, soft, luscious and smooth.  They also may include higher priced wines that are particularly good values.

#186 – Enjoy the Fall Foliage

You don’t have to take a day trip to Skyline Drive to enjoy beautiful fall colors. We have plenty of mature maples, oaks and hickories right here in Arlington which turn brilliant red, orange and golden in the Fall. Take a leisurely drive through the residential neighborhoods, take a picnic to your local park, or hike the trails at Potomac Overlook and enjoy the colors.

#185 – Fall into Oktoberfest with the Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe   is a unique German bakery and delicatessen located on Lee Highway. To celebrate Oktoberfest, they offer a special Oktoberfest meal, a Big Bavarian pretzel sandwich, and wurst by the pound. It’s great the rest of the year, too, for pies, cakes, pastries and breads as well as deli items.