The Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling Event will be Saturday, October 12, 2013

Come to Thomas Jefferson Middle School at 125 S. Old Glebe Road on Saturday, October 12, 2013 between 830 AM and 3 PM for Arlington’s E-Care biannual event to safely dispose of household hazardous materials, and recycle many items including eyeglasses, small metal items, shoes, clothing, bed frames, durable medical equipment and bicycles.  For more details on the different organizations that will be on hand to collect donated items and any specific requirements or fees involved, visit the Arlington County Environmental Services website here. 

Bikes for the World

Bikes for the World (Photo credit: Arlington County Environmental Services)



With Earth Day coming up Monday, April 22nd, 2013, there are several related activities going on in Arlington.  There is an E-Care Recycling Event at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Saturday, April 20th from 8:30-3.  On Sunday, April 21st, Arlington’s Green Living Expo will be partnered with George Mason University’s Earth Week Community Fair to be held at GMU’s Arlington campus from noon-4:30.  Mason’s Office of Sustainability is also hosting speakers, workshops, volunteer opportunities and other activities throughout the month of April.  For a list of events, click the Office of Sustainability’s  link here.  And on Monday, April 22nd, the Nauck Community Services Center will be holding a recycling fundraising event from 10-4.

The 2012 Arlington County Fair Runs From 8/8 – 8/12


Arlington County Fair

Arlington County Fair (Photo credit: asmythie)

The 2012 Arlington County Fair begins Wednesday August 8th and will run through Sunday, August 12th at Thomas Jefferson Community Center.  The theme for the 2012 fair is “Live Green, Learn Green” and is directly tied to Arlington County’s initiative to make our community a sustainable place to live, work, and play.  The fair will feature competitive exhibits, carnival rides, food vendors, piglet races, pony rides, a kids court with face painting, inflatables, and other games and activities, entertainment including appearances by the Harlem Wizards, musical groups and outdoor movies.

Opening ceremonies will begin with entertainment from the US Army Brass Quintet at 6:00 Thursday, August 9th.  For hours, schedule of performances and more information, visit the Arlington County Fair website.

Parking at the fairgrounds is prohibited but shuttles will run every 30 minutes each day during the Fair’s operating hours from the Ballston Metro, the Arlington Career Center, and the I-66 parking garage. Parking is complimentary at shuttle locations. A $2 round-trip fee is charged for shuttle services and will be collected upon arrival at the Fair grounds. Children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over ride for free. Onside ADA parking is available at the Fair site in the parking lot located directly in front of the Thomas Jefferson Community Center.

For a video of a previous Arlington County Fair, see below.


Home Show and Expo Returns on April 14, 2012


Arlington’s 6th Annual Home Show and Expo will be coming to Walter Reed Community Center (2909 S. 16th Street) on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 from 10-4.  More than 60 home builders, contractors and specialist vendors, architects, inspectors, Realtors, master gardeners, banks, nonprofit organizations and County housing, zoming and inspection representatives will be on hand to answer questions about your housing and remodeling needs.  There will also be free classes on a variety of topics regarding remodeling, green projects, gardening, being a landlord and other topics related to your home.  Visit the Arlington Home Show website for more details.

#173 – Come to Hallowgreen

‎Order your early bird tickets to Hallowgreen, the Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment’s fundraising gala by October 4th. The event begins with a VIP reception at Twisted Vines on October 27th, 2010 at 6:30 followed by the main event at The Salsa Room from 7:30-9:30.

Check with ACE to see if this event will be held again this year.

Join Arlington’s Children & Nature Network for a Winter Nature Celebration

Chick-fil-A at the Ballston Common Food Court and the Arlington Children and Nature Network are holding a Winter Nature Celebration on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 10am to 2pm.  Come to the lower level of the mall near Chick-fil-A.   (If Arlington Public Schools announces activities are closed that day due to inclement weather then it will be moved to February 18th. This free event will include activities to learn about nature and how to enjoy our urban environment, even in winter, including crafts, exhibits, a kid-friendly walk of the Ballston neighborhood led by WalkArlington, and refreshments including hot beverages courtesy of Chick-fil-A.  The 45 minute walk will begin at 11 am.  For more information or to RSVP, email or call 703-228-6427.


#356 – Get Your Items Ready for the E-Care Recycling event

The Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling (E-CARE) is an event where Arlington residents can safely dispose of household hazardous materials, recycle bikes, small metal items, shoes, eyeglasses, and durable medical equipment.  Team up with your neighbors to bring everything in one car.  View the Spring 2011 E-CARE brochure. Business or Commercial wastes will not be accepted.  The event will be Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Thomas jefferson Middle school at 125 S. Old Glebe Road.

#348 – Participate in Earth Hour


On March 26, 2011, turn off your lights at 8:30 pm for Earth Hour, a worldwide collective display of commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all – the planet.  Spread the Word.  To learn more, watch the video or visit this link.

#340 – Come to the Green Living Expo


Arlington has been holding an annual Green Living Expo in March or April.  The event is family friendly and free to the public.  For 2014, the event will be held April 26th from 10-4 at Founders Hall at the George Mason Arlington campus.  Check the Arlingtonian’s for a Clean Environment (ACE) webpage for future dates and other green events.

#336 – Help With the Four Mile Run Watershed Cleanup

Four Mile Run ArlingtonArlingtonians for a Clean Environment will be meeting at Shirlington Park, Barcroft Park, and Arlington Mill Community Center Saturday, March 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Registration is required.  Email or call 703-228-6406 and specify which location