#169 – See a performance by the Washington Shakespeare Company

The Washington Shakespeare Company, now known as WSC Avant Bard, has relocated from the Rosslyn Spectrum to the Artisphere. One of their more unusual productions includes performances of memorable Shakespearean scenes presented in both English and Klingon.  “Shakespeare in Klingon II”  is scheduled for March 4th, 2012.  Other upcoming performances include Les Justes, The Baccae, and The Tooth of Crime.

Come to the Grand Opening of the Yorktown Aquatics Center

View from Spectator area


Grand Opening festivities at the Yorktown Aquatics Center begin at 12 PM on Sunday, January 15th, 2012 with a  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and will be followed by an afternoon of aquatic activities including water aerobics classes, an introduction to SCUBA, a Senior Water Polo workshop, an introductory clinic of triathlon training techniques, Synchronized swimming demonstrations, pee wee water polo, and an adults co-ed water polo match.  Lap swimming will also be available throughout the day.  For the complete Yorktown Aquatics Center Open House Schedule, click this link. Admission will be FREE on Sunday.

The new facility will contain an 8-lane by 25 yards competition pool with a  diving well, and a separate instructional pool.
 A wet classroom, available for pool party rentals, and a spectator area overlooking the pools are also available.

The new pool will resume  its winter schedule on Tuesday, January 17.







#254 – Take a Class. Learn Something New!

Photo Courtesy of Arlington County

Arlington County’s Parks and Recreations Department began taking online, fax and mail-in registration for Winter and Early Spring classes on December 14, 2010.  In Person and Phone-In Registration begins December 21st.  Check out the  listing of fitness, arts, dance, music, swimming and wellness options in their online catalog.

#250 – Get In The Swim

The new Washington-Lee pool
Image by alykat via Flickr

Below freezing temperatures this time of year might keep you from exercising outdoors but you can still get a good workout by swimming at one of Arlington’s three indoor swimming pools, located at the three public high schools. Washington-Lee’s natatorium just opened in 2009 and features a 25 meter x 25 yard pool with a movable bulkhead, two 1m springboards, a separate instructional pool, a wet classroom and a spectator area.  The other two pools are six lane 25 yard pools with a separate instructional tank.   The pools open for community swim as early as 5:30 a.m. and stay open some days to 8:30 at Wakefield and Yorktown and 9:30 at Washington-Lee.   There are designated lap lanes, open swim areas, a tank pool for children and they offer swimming and aqua fitness classes.   Daily passes are available or you can purchase multi-use passes or memberships.  Free swim times for Arlington Seniors and Arlington Children and Youth are also available each week.  Check the Arlington Public Schools Aquatics Center website for more information and links to community swim schedules, lane and tank availability, class descriptions, and fees.

The pools are located at:

  • Wakefield High School 4901 S Chesterfield Rd, Arlington, VA 22206, 703-578-3063
  • Washington-Lee High School  1300 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22201, 703-228-6262
  • Yorktown High School  5201 N. 28th Street, Arlington, VA 22207, 703-536-9739

They are currently offering gift cards for memberships so if there is an avid swimmer on your gift list you might want to check it out.

#41 – Celebrate National Biking Month

May is National Biking Month. On one Sunday in May you can participate in the Washington and Arlington Community Bike Ride where the streets will be car-free. Highlights include an extended section of George Washington Memorial Parkway and visits to the Marine Corps and Air Force Memorials.  For 2012, the event will be held on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13th.

For more trails and bike routes visit Bike Washington.


#30 – Take a bike ride

Arlington is a very bike friendly community. One of my favorite routes is to take the Custis Trail to the Mount Vernon Trail where you ride along the river. The Washington & Old Dominion Trail is another great one. Part of the “Rails to Trails” program which converted unused railroad routes to multi-use trails, thie W&OD Trail begins in Arlington and runs 45 miles through rolling Virginia countryside ending in Purcellville.

BikeArlington offers maps and rides of the trails in Arlington.

#20 – Play tennis at Bluemont Park

Bluemont Park, at the intersection of Wilson Blvd. and Manchester Street is the largest public tennis facility in Arlington offering nine courts with lights. Arlington residents can now reserve courts online.

#17 – Visit Potomac Overlook Park and Nature Center

Potomac Overlook Regional Park-4
Image by TrailVoice via Flickr

Potomac Overlook Park on the Potomac Palisades in North Arlington offers 70 acres of peaceful woodland, trails, educational gardens, a small picnic area and a Nature Center.  The Nature Center has a new exhibit called the “Energerium”, where visitors can learn energy basics and ways they can help create sustainable energy solutions.  The Nature Center also offers live animals and natural history exhibits.