#196 – Check out the new boutique, Covet

Covet is a new art, jewelry and home decor gallery near Ballston. The shop, which just opened in May, has already been nominated for Best Boutique and Best New Business in the ABBIE Awards. Hours are Wed-Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 12-5. Thursday, October 21st they will be holding a Mad Men Cocktail Party from 7-10:30.

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#195 – Cheer on your favorite Marching Band

Yorktown High School Marching Band

Photo Courtesy of Yorktown High School Marching Band

Yorktown High School is hosting its second annual Marching Band Showcase on Wednesday, October 20th at 7 PM at the stadium at Greenbrier Park in Arlington.  Marching Bands from Wakefield, Yorktown and Washington-Lee High Schools will  be performing as well as an All-County Middle School Pep Band.

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#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 your favorite Sports Bar


Looking for a spot to watch Redskins games with other fans without going to the game?  Here are some local Arlington sports bars you might check out.



Mister Day’s in Clarendon will be showing the games on their 65 TV’s.

Summer’s in the Courthouse neighborhood

Courthouse Social in the Courthouse neighborhood

Crystal City Sports Pub

Spider Kelly’s in Clarendon

Thirsty Bernie’s on Glebe Road near Lee Highway

The G.O.A.T. in Clarendon

First Down Sports Bar on Fairfax Drive

Hard Times Cafe in Clarendon

#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

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.