#44 – Have a picnic and listen to music at Potomac Overlook Park

Photo Courtesy of NVRPA.org

Starting in late May and every other Saturday through the summer Potomac Overlook Park has musical performances from local groups.  There is no admission fee but donations of $5+ per person are requested to help fund the series.

Arlington to have 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony with Gift of Steel

9/11 Gift of SteelNew York City is going to present a section of steel from the World Trade Center as a tribute to the Arlington County Fire Department’s service on September 11, 2001.  The public is invited to join in the ceremony to accept this gift from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, FDNY, the Fire Department New York-Fire Family Transport Foundation and the Iron and Steel Team.

The event will be held at Fire Station No. 5 at 1750 S. Hayes Street in Arlington on Sunday August 29th at 11:00 AM.  Visitors are requested to arrive by 10:30 AM.  Firefighters and first responders from around the country will be attending the event.

To accommodate the event and the procession, S. Hayes Street from S. 15th Street to S. Fern Street will be closed from 8AM to 4PM and parking will be restricted on parts of S. Hayes Street.

More than 500 motorcycles will accompany the World Trade Center steel from NYC to Arlington for the Iron and Steel Motorcycle Run.

Power Outage in Arlington after Storm

According to Arlington Alert, power is likely to be out in the Fairlington area until Sunday; crews are working to restore power to four separate transformers in the area. Temperatures are likely to be in the mid 80’s on Saturday and 90’s on Sunday. An optional cooling shelter will be the Central Library; other options are Pentagon City Mall, Ballston Mall, and the Crystal City underground.

Central Library’s hours of operation this weekend are.
Friday 10 a.m. – 5 pm
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 pm
Sunday 1 p.m. – 9 pm

The County offers these tips for beating the heat.

For updates, sign up for a text or e-mail from arlingtonalert.com.

The County has also offered these tips to keep food safe during a power outage:

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, meat, poultry, fish and eggs should be refrigerated at 40° F and frozen food at or below 0° F, which may be difficult with a prolonged power outage.

• Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. A refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if it is unopened.
• A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
• Obtain dry ice or block ice to keep your refrigerator as cold as possible if there is a prolonged power outage. Residents should check with local retailers for ice supplies.
• Digital, dial or instant-read thermometers and appliance thermometers will help determine if the food is at safe temperatures. The refrigerator temperature should be at 40°F or below; the freezer, 0°or lower.
• To be sure a particular food is cold enough; take its temperature with a food thermometer.
• Never taste food to determine its safety!
• Food may be safely refrozen if the food still contains ice crystal or is at 40°F or below. Evaluate each food item separately. Be sure to discard any items in either the freezer or the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices.
• Food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, soft cheeses, butter and leftover cooked meats, casseroles and pizza should be thrown out if they have been held above 40° F for over two hours.

For a complete chart and when to save and when to throw out certain foods, please visit the USDA’s food safety website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/keeping_food_Safe_during_an_emergency/index.asp.

As always please remember to wash your hands with soap and water especially before and after preparing food.

(Information courtesy of Arlington Alert).

Arlington County Fair August 18th-22nd

Come to Thomas Jefferson Community Center August 18th-22nd, 2010 for the Arlington County Fair.  There will be rides, competitive exhibits, food vendors, racing piglets,  and Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue featuring animals from the rainforest.

Opening Ceremonies will be held at 6:00 PM Thursday, August 19th with a performance by The Old Guard, Fife and drum Corp from “Pershing’s Own” US Army Band.  Prior to the ceremony, there will be a performance from Downrange, a contemporary vocal ensemble from the US Army Band.

There will also be two outdoor movies on the tennis courts.  Friday will be teen movie night and Saturday is family movie night.

For hours, directions and more information, click the website here.

Arlington County Public Schools 2011-2012 Calendar

Arlington County Public Schools CalendarMost Arlington County Public School students will start back to school Tuesday, September 6th, 2011.  Barcroft Elementary which is a year round school has already begun classes.  Elementary School students will get a five day weekend October 5th-10th with parent teacher conferences on the 5th and 6th and the Columbus Day Holiday on the 10th (middle schoolers have Friday the 6th and the 10th off while high schoolers just have the 10th).    Winter Break runs from December 23rd through January 2nd with students returning to class on January 3rd.  Spring Break begins the weekend of March 31st and runs through Monday, April 9th unless Monday is needed as a make-up day.

For the complete calendar including early release days, teacher work days and other holidays go to this link.

Arlington Resources for Foreclosure Prevention

The Arlington County website suggests three steps to help prevent foreclosure.  First, find free counseling.  There are several organizations and agencies who will help you.  Second, call today.   Third, pass it on.  If you share this information with others you may be able to keep someone else from losing their homes.

For contact information for the organizations which may be able to help and for other additional resources, visit their website here.

Two Day Book Sale at Arlington Public Library

Arlington County Public Library Summer Book SaleArlington County Public Library will be holding a two day book sale July 23rd and 24th from 10am – 5 pm at the Central Library Branch.  For more details click here.

East Falls Church Metro Development

The Arlington County Board has set policy determinations for development of the area around the East Falls Church Metro. The final plan is to be adopted within six months with emphasis on neighborhood-oriented businesses including a grocery store, public gathering space, a western entrance to the Metro Station, and better pedestrian and bicycle access. The Board pledges to preserve single-family homes, protect historic sites, and limit building heights to four to six stories where buildings meet streets. There is still concern from the neighboring residents, however, about the feasibility of the Board’s plan to reduce traffic congestion in the area by reducing parking at the Metro Station. To read the complete press release, click here.

Capitals Development Camp

Stay cool and inside this week while you watch top hockey prospects and recent draft picks on the ice for drills and scrimmages during the Capitals Development Camp July 12-17. All sessions are at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex and are free and open to the public. http://ht.ly/2akhe

Free Family Movies at Ballston

Ballston free movies

Regal Entertainment Group is presenting a Free Family Movie Festival Tuesday and Wednesday mornings now through August at Ballston and other area theatres.  See the complete schedule here.  Movies begin at 10:00 with tickets available at 9:15.  All shows are first come, first serve.