Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bike DC -*-* In Arlington :: October 17

Bike DC is your one opportunity each year to enjoy our Capital, our community in a very special way--by bicycle on car-free streets.

See the expected in a new light: the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the White House, Embassy Row, the Pentagon, the Marine Corps and Air Force memorials.

And explore the unexpected: the George Washington Parkway, Twin Oaks Estate, the Whitehurst Freeway and much more.

Enjoy it all from the best possible vantage point, the seat of your bicycle.

Join with your family and friends through a car-free District of Columbia and Arlington. There is a family friendly 12 mile route and a more challenging 25 mile option. View the Routes

Kids Bike Free

To make Bike DC as affordable to as many families as possible during these trying economic times, children 15 years old and younger are invited to participate free of charge. Adult supervision is required. And all participants must wear bicycle helmets.


WABAThe Washington Area Bicyclist Association -- WABA -- is Bike DC’s principal beneficiary.


Community Health Fair, Saturday Oct. 3, Kenmore Middle School


Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling (E-CARE) Saturday Oct 3

The Arlington Environmental Collection and Recycling (E-CARE) is an event where Arlington residents can safely dispose of household hazardous materials, or recycle bikes, small metal items, electronic equipment, shoes, eyeglasses, and durable medical equipment. In addition, compost bins will be for sale. Before you come to E-CARE, talk to your neighbors! Combine your items and save a trip to the collection site. View an ECARE brochure (112 KB, PDF format).

Location and Hours
DATE: Saturday, October 3, 2009. 8:30 AM - 3 PM
LOCATION: Thomas Jefferson Middle School at 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. One block east of Glebe Rd. and one block south of Rt. 50. (703) 228-5900. The entrance will be marked.

DIRECTIONS: Take Route 50 West. Make a left turn on Fillmore St. Make a right turn on 2nd St. South at the light. TJ Community Center is a few blocks ahead on your right. After passing the TJ Community Center, turn right onto S Old Glebe Rd
From north Arlington, take Glebe Road south. After crossing route 50, make a left on 2nd St. South. Make a left onto Old S. Glebe Rd.
From south Arlington, take Walter Reed north. After crossing Columbia Pike and passing the school/ library on your left, make a left on S. 2nd St. TJ Community Center is a few blocks ahead on your right. After passing the TJ Community Center, turn right onto S. Old Glebe Rd.

Household Hazardous Materials Collection
Get rid of your unwanted paint products (25 can limit), flammable solvents, automotive fluids, garden chemicals, household cleaners, and many other flammable, poisonous or corrosive household products. We provide environmentally safe disposal for your hazardous materials. This collection is open to Arlington residents only. Commercial or business wastes will not be accepted. For further information, call the County HHM Program at 703-228-6832.
HHM Drop-Off Guidelines
  • Materials should be in original container or properly labeled.
  • Leaking containers should be over-packed to prevent spills.
  • Non-hazardous refuse materials will not be accepted.
  • No business or commercial wastes will be accepted.
  • Bring ID to verify residency.
  • Materials are accepted only during posted event hours.
  • Smoking is not allowed at the drop-off site.
Fluorescent tubes Explosives & Ammunition
Paint Products (25 can limit) Freon
Fuels/ Petroleum Products Radioactive Materials
Lawn & Garden Chemicals Prescription Drugs
Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs Medical Wastes
Poisons (pesticides) Asbestos
Automotive Fluids
Propane gas cylinders (small hand-held type or larger ones)
Photographic Chemicals
Swimming Pool Chemicals
Household Cleaners
Flammable Solvents
Fire Extinguishers
Corrosives (Acids/Caustics)


Monday, September 28, 2009

Letter to DCRA on the Excellent New Website

I am thrilled to see the new DCRA website.

But I am also confused. Why is the comment function disabled?? Why does the site not permit people to discuss the issues posted at the site (every other online Arlington civic association has the function)

One of the frustrations of DCRA is that is so temporally limited - one can only participate if one has time at the particular moment you schedule meetings. As a family, we NEVER have time. But we could virtually. We could participate in an online discussion of issues relevant to our neighborhood, we could share, we could vote, we could do almost everything you do IN a meeting through online tools - if DRCA would let it happen. Without this, participation in DCRA is dramatically limited.

I encourage DCRA to take a look at the other Arlington Civic Associations (listed in the side column of bobArlington) who have online presences, and take particular note of the dialogue happening through comments at those sites. These are enabling tools. They expand civic discourse. They make the civic associations more accurately reflect the views of those who live in the area. And being that Arlington is the mother of the Internet (the Internet was a DOD DARPA project), it seems perfectly fitting for the Arlington Way.


Yorktown Marking Band - AFAC at Cinema N DaftHouse - Community Open House at Career Center

Yorktown Marching Band and Color Guard Fund raising:
On Saturday morning, October 3rd, uniformed members of the Yorktown High School Marching Band and Color Guard will go door-to-door in Yorktown district neighborhoods to request donations for the school's band and color guard programs. The tax deductible donations will support scholarships for needy students, purchase and repair of musical equipment, as well as instructional enrichment. For more information, visit or call the YHS Music Department at 703 228-5370.


Fun Food Drive at Cinema 'N' Drafthouse:
Tuesday, September 29th, 7:30pm -- "Up" at Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse: Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, is hosting a Food Drive and $2 Movie Night for AFAC. Come enjoy Disney Pixar's comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman, who ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. Bring a bag of food for AFAC and you'll receive a coupon for a discount on your next movie at Cinema 'N' Drafthouse. Any Questions contact Melissa McCracken 703-538-1102


Community Open House at the Career Center
Career Center Parent/Student Breakfast Open House
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009
8:30-11 a.m.
From aviation to zoology, the Career Center offers more than 20 career and technical elective classes for Arlington high school students. Come tour the Career Center and learn how students can explore career interests while fulfilling high school diploma requirements, earning professional certifications and licenses, studying through internships, and even accruing college credits. The Career Center's open house will feature
* Continental breakfast by the Career Center Culinary Arts & Sciences Program
* Tours, and an overview of the Career Center by principal, Dr. Jerry Caputo
* Breakout sessions on how to register for classes, The Governor's Academy program at the Career Center, and earning college credit through dual enrolled classes with NOVA.
For more information, call (703) 228-5800.

Fall 2009 Bicycling Classes in Arlington


Two Northern Virginia adult education programs are separately sponsoring four cycling skills and bicycle maintenance courses taught by Allen Muchnick, a nationally certified League of American Bicyclists (LAB) Cycling Instructor.  Except as noted otherwise, all classes meet on
weekday evenings from 6:30-9:30 PM.

The four courses are:

* Bicycling 101, a 3-hour discussion of bicycling basics for new and intermediate riders.

* Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101, the League of American Bicyclists' essential, comprehensive, and very practical 9-hour cycling skills course for *all* bicyclists;

* Bicycle Maintenance & Repair, a 3-hour lecture and demonstration; and

* Bicycle Mechanics Workshop, a 3-hour hands-on sequel to any course listed above. 

TO REGISTER, enroll with the local course sponsor IN ADVANCE:

* Fairfax County Adult & Community Education (703-658-1201 [or 703-658-1225] or [] . Search "bicycle" and "cycling" to find all classes, or go to [] .

* Arlington Adult Education (703-228-7200 or [] .  To view all bicycle classes, go to [] .

For questions about the instruction, contact the instructor, Allen Muchnick, at <> or 703-271-0895.



BICYCLING 101. Performance, equipment, safety, and maintenance basics
for new and intermediate riders: comfort and improvement tips,
self-sufficiency, use of gearing, and street cycling fundamentals. No
riding. One three-hour session.

Fairfax County Session, $49 ($29.40 for resident seniors)
* TI05299-31: Tu, Oct 13, Plum Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

* * *

SMART CYCLING--TRAFFIC SKILLS 101 (Cycling with Confidence!). Learn the
craft of cycling with on-bike and classroom instruction in key cycling
skills for roads, paths, and groups: equipment use and care, breakdown
repairs, efficient pedaling, bike handling, training, vehicular (street)
cycling, and crash prevention. Bike and helmet REQUIRED at the second
and final 7-hr class session on Saturday (bring or buy lunch). One
weeknight and one Saturday session (10 hrs total).

Fairfax County Course, $119 ($75.40 for resident seniors):
* TI05302-30: Th, Oct 22, 6:30-9:30 PM, plus Sat, Oct 24, 9 AM-4 PM,
Plum Ctr

Arlington County Course, $85 residents/$109 non-residents, seniors
* GI-816: W, Oct 28, 6:30-9:30 PM, plus Sat, Oct 31, 9 AM-4PM, Arlington
Career Ctr

* * *

BICYCLE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR. Lecture/demonstration on bike fit,
breakdown repairs, and the inspection, adjustment, lubrication, and
renovation of diverse components. Bike not required. One 3-hour session.

Fairfax County Sessions, $42 ($25.20 for resident seniors), plus $17 for
optional "$25" textbook:
* TI05300-31: Tu, Oct 20, Plum Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM
* TI05300-32: W, Nov 4, Pimmit Hills Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

Arlington County Sessions, $39 residents/$50 non-residents, seniors
* GI-813B: W, Oct 14, Arlington Career Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM
* GI-813C: Tu, Nov 10, Arlington Career Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

* * *

BICYCLE MECHANICS WORKSHOP. This self-directed, hands-on sequel to any
other bicycle class lets you tune up, fix, or modify your bicycle or
practice inspection, maintenance, or repair procedures. Bring bike(s),
supplies, and inspiration. One 3-hour session.

Fairfax County Sessions, $49 ($29.40 for resident seniors):
* TI05301-30: Tu, Sep 29, Pimmit Hills Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM
* TI05301-31: Tu, Oct 27, Plum Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM
* TI05301-32: W, Nov 11, Pimmit Hills Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

Arlington County Sessions, $39 residents/$50 non-residents, seniors
* GI-814B: W, Oct 21, Arlington Career Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM
* GI-814C: W, Nov 18, Arlington Career Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Geocaching in Arlington

Don't be seen. Don't be heard. Go quiet. Use stealth. The muggles can't know about it.

There is a message for you. Hidden. It's in a container that can't be seen in a place that is not known. It may be as large as an old army ammo container. It may be as small as a pencil eraser. To find it you must slip amongst an urban crowd; it is attached by a magnet under a bench. Or perhaps you will have to hike deep into unknown woods and find the tree that smiles.

When you find it, leave your mark. Take a coin. Leave a bug. Onward.

You're not a spy. This is not the cold war. You are geocaching.

Geocaching is the hobby where people use billion dollar USG GPS satellites to find tubberware in a park. There are several hundred geocaches in Arlington. One is hidden by the caboose in Bluemont. Another is hidden high on a hill in Windy Run. And yet another marks the origins of Arlington / Alexandria, in the middle of National Airport.

It's addicting. It's a global treasure hunt. It's a lark. It's an excuse to take the dogs for a hike.

What do you need to start your wanderings? A GPS device ( built into many smart phones these days ) and access to, the website containing a database of all the caches, their coordinates, descriptions and even perhaps a hint or two. When you have made your find, log you adventure and keep track of the number of caches that you have unearthed.

Arlington has a large caching community. They uncover each others identities as they sleuth. The band together for explores. Occasionally they have geocaching gatherings. Novago is the loose collection of geocachers in the Northern Virginia area.

So the next time you see a weirdo wandering around Four Mile Run park, with a bewildered expression, staring at a little electronic device in their hand, you have probably just muggled at geocacher.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Traffic on Yorktown near Marymount construction


All –

We had a conversation at our project team meeting today about the utility work on Yorktown. It is very likely that, for the next 2-3 weeks, traffic flow on Yorktown Blvd. will be heavily congested due to our operations of pouring concrete, hauling off dirt spoils and the installation of the new sewer and water lines as mandated by the County. If you have a newsletter going out soon, you might want to put in a notice about this congestion.


Ralph D. Kidder, Ed.D.

Vice President for Financial Affairs

Marymount University

2807 North Glebe Road

Arlington, Virginia 22207+

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It's Clarendon Day this Saturday!

It's time for a street festival - and look who the MC is - favorite son GOREMY

Kick Off Event at Whitlow's on 9/25/09 with 3 Bands:
12am-12:45 THE METHOD

Live Music on 2 Stages!
MC: Remy Munasifi & Brett Thorson
Clarendon Stage: (Clarendon Boulevard & N. Highland Street)
11 am – 11:45 am Taylor Carson
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Jumpin’ Jupiter
2:15 pm – 3 pm Road Soda
3:45 pm – 5 pm EFG (Featuring Members of Everything, Egypt & Fighting Gravity)
6 pm – 7 pm Mambo Sauce

Wilson Stage: (Wilson Boulevard & N. Irving Street)
Noon – 12:45 pm Buster Brown
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Brother Shamus
3 pm – 3:45 pm The Constituents
5 pm – 6 pm Crowded Streets

Kinderhaus Kid’s Stage (Clarendon Metro)
12:15 pm Puppet Show by Cecilia Cackly
1 pm Storytelling by Jim Weiss
1:45 pm Magician, Bob Tobias
2:30 pm Storytelling by Jim Weiss
3:15 pm Puppet Show by Cecilia Cackly
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Face Painting by Emma Sky Wolfe (under the trees in the park)
Noon – 4 pm Crafts Table by The Reading Connection

Food Booths
Art Vendors
Belly Dance Performances
Skateboarding Demos
Electric Cars
Clarendon Kid's Carnival +

Friday, September 18, 2009

Pop Quiz: What Newspaper Gets Delivered to a House No One Lives In?

No one has lived in this house for years. The yard is overgrown. The leaves and weeds make clear no one has been in the garage or up the steps. The steps themselves are falling apart. There are squirrel holes in the front of the house. A white bag has hung on the front door knob for a year. The light in the window has been on, unchanged, since there was last snow on the ground.

Yet there they are, two newspapers. I wonder what paper that would be?

Of course. Notice how the step next to the newspaper is completely crumbled, and covered with leaves, announcing to the almost all the world, "no one uses these steps."

Hey Arlington County, how is that effort going to stop and punish people who deliver unwanted newspapers??


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Arlington Middle School Hockey Try Outs Sept 25th

Arlington has a middle school hockey team. Tryouts are Sept. 25th from 8:30-9:45 p.m. at The Kettler Capital Iceplex. Try Out Fee of $50 to be credited to season fees.

Please email Janet Smith to confirm your attendance or with questions.

The club was formed in 2006 coterminous with the opening of the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the new practice facility of the NHL Washington Capitals. The club was formed to grow hockey in the Arlington area and develop our Middle School players for high school hockey careers.

AMSHC holds competitive tryouts for roster spots in the fall. Priority for roster spots are given to qualified Arlington residents or students at Arlington public or private schools. Ocassionally the board will approve the addition of a player from outside of the Arlington community but this is generally limited to Falls Church, Fairfax or Alexandria residents. Such players should contact the coaches advising of their interest and a decision as to participation will be made as soon as the tryout date is complete. In 08-09 only two players were aprroved. Players must be in the 6,7th or 8th grade to participate.

Selection is determined by try-out but players not able to make the try outs will be considered or evaluated at a later date before final roster determination. In the interest of growing our program and fullfilling our objectives some players will be taken as practice players/ alternates and will sometimes get playing opportunities.

AMSCH is intended as a fun supplement to a players other hockey playing activities. Most of our players are actively engaged in other area club or travel hockey programs. Games and practices are scheduled for Friday evenings, so as to not clash with other hockey commitments.

The Middle School informal league is played with full checking. All games are referreed by qualified officials.