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.

Washington-Lee Summer Concert Series

Washington-Lee Summer Concert SeriesThe US Army Band begins it’s “Washington-Lee Summer Concert Series” tonight, July 8th at 7:30  with the US Army Blues  bringing their high-energy and artistic verve to this program  featuring big-band classics and new compositions by its members. 

The series continues  on July 22nd with the US Army Ceremonial Band and July 29th with the U.S. Army Band Downrange with Washington-Lee High School student and Arlington Idol 2010 winner, Sophia Delmar. 

The U.S. Army Concert Band performs August 5th and the U.S. Army Orchestra closes out the sereis on August 12th.

All performances will be held at the Washington-Lee High School Auditorium in Arlington and are free and open to the public.

For a complete schedule, including other local venues, click here.

Record Breaking Temperatures

With record breaking temperatures in our area this week here are some ways to beat the heat. 

http://www.arlingtonva.us/portals/topics/TopicsWeatherHeat.aspx

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/07/tips_to_beat_th.html?s_campaign=8315

http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/articles/2010/07/07/lifestyles/doc4c33c7fad368c612706975.txt

Arlington and DC are launching Bike Share Program

A joint effort has been announced between Arlington and the District of Columbia to expand bike sharing tenfold in the region. Both jurisdictions have signed contracts for what will become a regional bike sharing system later this year. This expanded system will launch with roughly 1100 bikes at 114 stations making it the largest of its kind in the U.S.

For the complete press release, click here.

Photo courtesy of Alta Bike Share who will be running the program.

National Open House Weekend 4/10-11

Coordinated open house weekend helps buyers take advantage of tax credits, ideal affordability conditions

Thousands of Properties Open to the Public

Chantilly, VA — Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc. is joining forces with the National Association of REALTORS® by participating in the National Open House Weekend on April 10-11. With the federal homebuyers tax credit expiring April 30, the open house weekend will provide an opportunity for homebuyers to take advantage of historic home buying opportunities.

To make it even easier for potential buyers, loan officers with Prosperity Mortgage® Company will be on site at as many Long & Foster open house locations as possible to answer questions and pre-qualify interested buyers.

“Long & Foster and our sales associates are committed to making the home buying and selling experience the best possible for our customers,” stated Gary Scott, president real estate brokerage, Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc. “We are delighted to participate in this unique opportunity enabling sellers to showcase their homes and buyers to shop for a home while interest rates are low, home prices are affordable, and before the tax credit ends on April 30th.”

“The National Association of Realtors®’ Housing Affordability Index rose to record high levels this year,” explained Jeffrey S. Detwiler, president and chief operating officer of The Long & Foster® Companies. The index is a measure of the financial ability of U.S. families to buy a house and ended 2009 at over 170. An index above 100 signifies that a family earning the median income has more than enough income to qualify for a mortgage loan on a median-priced home, assuming a 20 percent down payment. More information on the Housing Affordability Index can be found at the National Association of Realtors® website (www.realtor.org).

“It’s a thorough analysis,” Detwiler added. “Combine this information with the expiring tax credit and buyers are being presented with a unique opportunity to take advantage of a market with affordability levels not seen in decades. We expect a high level of activity over the next few weeks and would recommend buyers make their plans to see the homes they are most interested in as early as possible.”

For information on Long & Foster homes for sale in communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, visit www.longandfoster.com. To preview homes scheduled to be open on April 10-11, visit this site to search for open houses that meet your criteria.

Cherry Blossom Festival Runs from March 27 – April 11

Spring in Washington is my favorite time of year.  Growing up here, I always enjoyed the annual trek downtown to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. The “guest of honor” (the cherry blossoms in bloom) doesn’t always arrive in time for the annual festival, or may have arrived and already be gone, but this year it looks like the peak date of blooms falls right within the  festival celebration and if the temperatures don’t get too warm, rainy or windy, we may be able to enjoy the blossoms through the parade on April 10th.

For details on the Cherry Blossom Festival and its related events, go to the  official festival site here.  The Washington Post also has a site dedicated to the festival here.

The area around the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park is the most popular place to visit and you can even rent a paddle boat to get out on the water and enjoy them there.  But if you don’t want to fight the crowds at the Tidal Basin, try the National Arboretum which offers a self-guided tour or visit  the  Kenwood neighborhood near River Road and Brookside Drive in Bethesda/Chevy Chase which offers a seasonal walk.  Blooms in Kenwood should peak a few days later than the ones in DC because of cooler temperatures.

Arlington Art Center to go in former Newseum space

photo courtesy of Arlington Arts
A new cultural center in Rosslyn scheduled to open 10-10-10 will combine the former Newseum space with the Rosslyn Spectrum. A countywide contest to come up with a name for the new center resulted in “Artisphere.” To see more about what this new center will include and its purpose click here