#188 – Go to beer school

A wreath Kolsch Beer - LA Times of Kölsch.
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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.

#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.

#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
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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
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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.