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The Arlington Community Tries to Save the Westover Beer Garden

A year ago, the Westover Market opened a small beer garden that has been embraced by the community. On weekend nights, it is the best place to meet your neighbors; a family friendly place where kids dance to live music and neighbors share drinks and stories. It is one of the places that make the town of Westover such a unique and tight-knit community. Unfortunately, after receiving a noise complaint, the county zoning commission forced the Beer Garden to go silent.
 

Clarendon Day 2010

On Saturday, September 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. come celebrate the 13th Annual Clarendon Day! Clarendon is Arlington’s original downtown and this year there will be a full day of music, art, kids’ activities, health screenings, fitness classes and more! The event will take place rain or shine and this year it is sponsored by the Clarendon Alliance and Virginia Hospital Center Foundation. Find out what tunes, eats, shopping and fitness activities the day has to offer. 

Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse Appeals to All Ages

Arlington Drafthouse continues to host affordable, fun nights with its $5 Standup Comedy Thursdays and its Friday “Wine Night at the Movies.” However, you may not know about the family friendliness of the Drafthouse. Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse is hosting “Mommy & Me Movies” every Tuesday. Adults are $5.50 and children are free. Strollers can be brought into the theatre and the movies start at 1:30 p.m.

Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse is located at 2903 Columbia Pike in Arlington, VA. For more details about any Drafthouse event you can check out http://www.arlingtondrafthouse.com/.

 

The Office of Senior Adult Programs Offers More for Seniors

Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs is offering more activities than ever. In the next few weeks, the center is offering senior employment counseling, senior trips, square dancing, chess groups, Facebook training sessions, a weight loss group called TOPS (take off pounds sensibly), walking groups, Wii Fit groups, piano lessons, line dancing classes, and much more.

For dates, times, locations, and more information about programs you can visit http://www.arlingtonva.us/Portals/Topics/TopicsSeniors.aspx. Many of the programs are free and newcomers are welcome; the only qualification is that you must be 55 years old or older!

Vintage Crystal Will Serve Up Tapas and Tequila Yet Again

The Crystal City Business Improvement District is bringing the 4th annual Vintage Crystal on Sunday, September 19th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at 220 20th Street South in Arlington, VA. Part of Crystal City BID’s goal is to promote the vibrant Crystal City restaurants, so going off of last year’s Latin theme, there will be more than 30 different wines from Spain and South America, as well as tequila, and tasty tapas.

Some of the 25 local restaurants participating include CC Bistro, Cabot Creamery, Restaurant Mez, Salsa La Glorias, Lebanese Taverna, and Zpizza. There will be over 30 different wine selections from Spain, Argentina, and Chile. Jazz music will fill the streets and local Latin American dance groups will light up the stage. But the dancing is not limited to these performers! Attendees can join in on the Salsa, Samba, Rumba, Cha-Cha-Cha with lessons provided by the Salsa Room.

American Century Theater to Open New Theatrical Season

Arlington’s American Century Theater is getting ready to open an all-new theatrical season. This professional non-profit theater company is getting ready to open the season with The Tenth Man (1959) by Paddy Chayefsky. This romantic comedy by the Emmy and Academy Award-winning writer of screenplays for Marty and Network is about a Jewish exorcism of a young woman and the power of faith and love.

Following The Tenth Man, the theatrical season will continue with One Night with Fanny Brice, Beyond the Horizon, Stage Door, and Visit to a Small Planet. The American Century Theater is committed to producing 20th century American plays and musicals that are at the risk of being completely forgotten. 

The performances are held at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center located at 2700 South Lang Street in Arlington, VA.

“World Fare: A Street Food Festival” at Willow Restaurant

A local chapter of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs will be hosting their annual fundraiser on Sunday, October 3rd at Willow Restaurant in Arlington. WCR was first founded in 1993 by eight of the nation’s top chefs and restaurateurs and has now grown to over 2,000 members.

The annual fundraiser at will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will feature delicious dishes from local women chefs. The theme of the fundraiser is “World Fare” and there will be street fare style food samples. There will also be fun door prizes and a variety of wines, beers, and spirits. The WCR is predicting that more than 300 people will be attending the fundraiser from the greater DC metropolitan area.

Going along with the mission of WCR, which is to promote and enhance the education, advancement and connection of women in the culinary industry, the World Fare proceeds will go to scholarship and internship programs for women in culinary arts.