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Annual Spring Artfest Week at Fort CF Smith Park in Arlington

posted Mar 16, 2017, 5:39 AM by Lilly Mancilla

It’s Back! Annual Spring Art Week at Fort Smith Park in Arlington

 

ArtFest Week (March 31-April 7, 2017)

Presented by the Arlington Artists Alliance

at Fort C.F. Smith Park 

2411 24th Street North, Arlington, VA 22207

 

Friday, March 31, 6-8pm - Opening Reception

Saturday, April 1, 10am-5pm

Sunday, April 2, Noon-5pm

Tuesday-Thursday, April 4-6, Noon-4pm

Friday, April 7, 10am-Noon

 

The 14th annual ArtFest Week is almost here! Our community is invited to take part in this popular week-long celebration of Art in Arlington. Highlights include an art show and sale featuring the works of more than 30 Arlington-based artists, in paintings of many genres, ceramics, sculpture, artists cards, unframed works and more.

Full schedule available on www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org 

Free and open to the public.

 

The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, March 31 from 6-8pm, and events will take place throughout the week. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments in the historic 1902 Hendry House.

 

FREE workshops through this artful week include the following:

 

Saturday, April 1

10am-12pm: The Art of Comedy (No Foolin'!)

Learn the art of writing and performing stand-up comedy. You’ll not only get to laugh and have fun on a Saturday morning, but you might just catch the bug to perform yourself. Ages: 12 and up. To register email: mary@maryjenningsart.com. FREE!

 

1-2pm:  Dance on the Terrace

The Sultanas Dance Troupe presents an al fresco performance of Ancient Art Movement on the front terrace at the Hendry House (weather permitting). FREE!

 

Sunday, April 2

12noon-1pm  Paint Your Favorite Animal

This is a hands-on activity where kids can paint their favorite animal as artwork to take home and share. All materials provided, and all families welcomed. FREE!

 

2-3pm: Gilding Techniques in Iconography

A noted iconographer demonstrates the gilding of backgrounds in icon painting, and the use of paint made from gold (gold shell) and acrylic assist for line work. FREE!

 

Tuesday, April 2

12:15-1:15pm: Ways to Play with Oil Markers

Draw and paint at the same time! Explore French oil markers, fun to use by themselves or combined with other oil media. Ages: 18 and up. Min: 3, Max: 12. To register email: jackie.afram@verizon.net. FREE!

 

Wednesday, April 2

12:15-1:15pm: Rembrandt and Poetry: Drawn To the Light

Poetry helps us to stop and take a fresh look into stories we think we already know. Savor the religious paintings of Rembrandt and listen to the poems of Marilyn McEntyre and several local poets.  Min: 5, Max: 12. Registration required, but last minute attendance welcome! To register email: rustylynn@earthlink.net. FREE!

 

1:30-3:30pm: Watercolor Portraits: Looking at the Work of Emile Nolde

This workshop explores the bold, colorful style of Emile Nolde's work, as can be applied to portraiture (many examples of Nolde’s style can be found on Pinterest). Max: 7. To register email: chickelly1@gmail.com. FREE!

 

Thursday, April 6

1- 3pm: Contemporary Acrylic Painting

Learn how to use acrylics in a watercolor-like fashion through the artist’s demonstrating the use of treated paper, abstract underpainting, and creating work that is representational but contemporary. Ages: 12 and up. Min: 3, Max:12. To register email: jane.coonce@gmail.com. FREE!

 

Friday, April 7

10am-12pm: I Bought Some Art. Now What?” Learn About Art Display

Owning art is a wonderful adventure. Get tips on how to curate, display, and enjoy your art to make your home a place of culture and beauty for your family and friends. Ages: 18 and up. Min: 2, Max: 8. To register email: mary@maryjenningsart.com. FREE!

 


Arlington Artists Alliance

A Nonprofit Organization Serving and Supporting Arts and Artists in Arlington County

Tom Mulczynski, President

www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org

571-483-0652

 

This program is supported in part by Arlington County through the Arlington Cultural Affairs division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts and in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about the Arlington Artists Alliance members, exhibits, and programs, visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org



April Public Education Programs from the Virginia Cooperative

posted Mar 16, 2017, 5:37 AM by Lilly Mancilla

DATE:      March 14, 2017

TO:          Arlington/Alexandria Community Organizations

FROM:     Cherri Harris, Publicity Chair, Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE)

                   Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Alexandria/Arlington)

SUBJ:     April 2017 Free Public Education Programs

The following are free public education events for April 2017.  They are open to all, and posted at https://mgnv.org/events/mgnv-events/.

Saturday, April 1, 9am – noon. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 

Sustainable Landscaping 3: Plant Selection, Design & Planting

Learn how to select plants that will function best in your location, focusing on the 3,000 native and naturalized plant alternatives to commonly used non-native plants. You will learn about designing with the propagation and habit of plants in mind, best practices for planting, companion planting, and identifying and removing invasive plants. Free. Advance registration required as space is limited, at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Sunday, April 2, 1-4pm.   Potomac Overlook Park, 2845 Marcey Rd., Arlington 22207

Sunday in the Organic Vegetable Garden

Join our very own VCE Master Gardeners who maintain the Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden when they answer your questions about organic gardening, including controlling pests and diseases without the use of chemicals. The garden is located beyond the Nature Center. No registration necessary.

Tuesday, April, 11 a.m. to noon, Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St., Alexandria (by the YMCA).

Simpson Gardens Stroll

Stop by and chat with the VCE Master Gardeners who maintain the Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens and see what is springing to life. Have all your gardening questions answered too! No registration necessary.

Monday, April 17, 7-8:30 pm. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304

Thursday, April 20, 7-8:30pm, Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Plan, Plant and Use Herbs (note class is offered 2 times)    

Taught by our Guest Lecturer, learn about the elements of an herb garden and tips for planting a successful herb garden. And now that you’re growing it, what are you going to do with it?  Come and explore the many uses of herbs for cooking and crafting. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com

Monday, April 17, 7-8:30. Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314

Container and Window Box Edible Gardening

Use your prettiest containers or sunny window to grow herbs, vegetables, and other edibles. Learn what works best in these special places, and tips for maintaining them in our tough climate.  Free. Advance registration requested, at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Sunday, April 30, 1-3pm, Simpson Park Demonstration Gardens, 420 E. Monroe St., Alexandria (by the YMCA).

Creating a Bird-Friendly Garden

Learn easy tips to entice birds and other beneficial pollinators to your yard. Master Gardeners and Audubon at Home volunteers will be on hand to offer tours, answer your gardening questions, and distribute free seeds. No registration necessary.

…….and don’t miss the Wednesday Night Series, Central Library Garden Talks, featuring a different timely gardening topic each week.  7pm every Wednesday thru October at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington 22201. Check  www.plotagainsthunger.afac.org, http://arlingtonva.libcal.com/ or download the entire schedule at: https://afac.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/GardenTalks.Central.2017.pdf   

Check out our Plant Clinics!  The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic has opened and will operate from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday to October 25, 2017. It is located in the East Lobby of the library, 1015 N. Quincy Street. (Directions/Map).  The Arlington Farmers’ Market Plant Clinic opens April 16 and will operate every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. through September. The Farmers’ Market is located at N. 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd.  (Directions/Map).  Our other Plant Clinics will open in May.

Note to All:  Our Help Desk operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk operates from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the VCE office, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington 22206. Contact us at 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers. But it’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.

Also, check out the resources on our website, mgnv.org. You’ll find a Quick Guide for Gardeners in Northern Virginia, with our hardiness zone and frost dates; a list of problem plants and better alternatives; and an extensive list, with pictures and descriptions, of Tried and True Native Plants for the Mid-Atlantic area.  Our schedule of gardening programs is posted on this website, so be sure to check it often.

Virginia Cooperative Extension http://www.ext.vt.edu is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. VCE programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.


See you at the 2017, Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo! Celebrating Earth Day!!

posted Mar 16, 2017, 5:36 AM by Lilly Mancilla

We are now in the final stretch for the 2017 Arlington Home Show & Expo. The Arlington Home Show team looks forward to a great 11Th  edition on April 22. As in previous years, we are creating a one-stop shopping experience for a wide variety of home improvements. Please take a look at the list of seminars and the celebrities presenting them!

 

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For the list click here: EXPO SEMINARS.

Limited seating, first come first served!

Celebrity presenters


 


    

 



 

Save the Date!

Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo 2017

 

Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 South 2nd Street

Saturday, April 22th ~ 10:00am - 5:00pm

 

"Arlington's Best Remodeling Event!”


* Free admission and parking *

 

 Green Award Ceremony!

 Solar Coop Launch!

More than 80 Exhibitors!

Home remodelers, architects, energy auditors, realtors, master gardeners, banks, nonprofit organizations and Arlington County housing, zoning and inspection representatives!

Come get GREAT tips on how to make your home more beautiful, valuable, and energy efficient!

For more information:
Call the Housing Division at 703-228-3765 or The Expo Team at 202-599-0665

 

visit the Home Expo webpage at:

 

www.arlingtonhomeshow.org

 

        




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Arlington County Dept. of Parks and Recreation Nature and History Programs for February 2017

posted Jan 25, 2017, 12:24 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Arlington County Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Nature and History Programs for February 2017

 To register:

            Phone: 703-228-4747

            On-line: https://registration.arlingtonva.us

 Locations:

 Gulf Branch Nature Center

3608 Military Rd.

Arlington, VA 22207

703-228-3403

gulfbranchnaturectr@arlingtonva.us

 Long Branch Nature Center

625 S. Carlin Springs Rd.

Arlington, VA 22204

703-228-6535

longbranchnaturectr@arlingtonva.us

 Fort C.F. Smith Park

2411 N. 24th St.

Arlington, VA 22207

703-243-4342

dfarner@arlingtonva.us

 

Special Events

Bird Arlington! Waterfowl at Gravelly Point
Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 - 9:30am
Families ages 8 and up. Join our new bird watching series for families! We’ll visit different birding spots in Arlington throughout the year and build our County bird lists. Birders of all experience levels can participate and loaner binoculars are available. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gravelly Point - George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Arlington. Gravelly Point is a great spot for viewing winter waterfowl on the Potomac. We will bring spotting scopes, and stroll around the park looking for winter specialties and maybe a Peregrine Falcon. Flat terrain.
Free. Program
#622857-J

 

Celestial Stroll
Friday, Feb. 10, 7 - 8pm
Families. Join us for a moonlit walk through the forest searching for nocturnal animals. Come learn how the moon moves, its phases, and its effect on wildlife. We'll also hear legends about the moon. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Fort C. F. Smith Park.
$5 fee due upon registration. Program
#622857-N

 

Pola Negri Movie Afternoon
Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 - 5pm
Adults and teens ages 14 and up. Pola Negri was a famous silent screen siren who took Hollywood by storm. Legend has it she lived at Gulf Branch when it was a private home. We'll be screening her hit 'Barbed Wire', featuring Pola as a farm girl torn between love and patriotism during World War One. Refreshments and romance will be served. For more information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center.
$5 fee due upon registration. Program
#622847-D

 

Arlington's Earliest Amphibians
Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 - 11am
Adults and teens ages 13 and up. Wood frogs, spring peepers and spotted salamanders that have spent the winter hibernating will soon begin to move to our ponds. Come learn about Arlington's amazing amphibians. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. $5 fee due upon registration. Program
#622847-E

Salamander Patrol Training
Saturday, Feb. 18, 11 - 11:30am
Adults and teens ages 13 and up. Every year with the first 'warm' rain, a dangerous journey begins for amphibians crossing driveways, parking lots and roads trying to get to ponds. Get trained to be added to our 'safety patrol' list, for a one or two hour shift some night in late February or early March (we can't predict the evening(s) more precisely). For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Free. Program
#622847-F

Hanssen Spy Talk
Saturday, Feb. 18, 3 - 4:30pm
Adults. Back by popular demand! The infamous spy and traitor Robert Hanssen worked in secrecy all around the nation's capital for years before being discovered. Some of those clandestine affairs were conducted right here in the woods of the Long Branch Nature Center. Join us on the anniversary of his capture as we unfold the dramatic story of this notorious spy, his eventual downfall and arrest, including the FBI's nature center operations. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center. $7 per person. Program
#622947-K

Keeping Warm Campfire
Saturday, Feb. 18, 6 - 7pm
Families ages 3 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Spend a chilly evening by the warmth of our campfire while making S'mores. We'll learn how animals have adaptations to stay warm and survive winter outdoors. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center.

$5 fee due upon registration. Program #622857-O

 

Excursión Bilingüe por el Parque / Bilingual Walk
Sunday, Feb. 26, 1:30 - 3pm
Familias. Bienvenidos a una excursión bilingüe por el parque. Nos encontraremos en el Centro de Naturaleza Long Branch. Conoceremos a los animales en el centro y caminaremos por el parque para observar y hacer preguntas sobre la naturaleza. Regresaremos al centro de naturaleza para tomar chocolate caliente, té, o café. Nos reunimos en Long Branch Nature Center. Gratis. Families. Welcome to a bilingual walk in the park. We’ll meet at Long Branch Nature Center to learn about the animals there and we’ll take a hike out in the park to check out and ask questions about nature. We'll return to the nature center to have your choice of hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Free. Program
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Programs for Children, Families, and Adults


Northern Virginia Bird Club Walk
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 9:30 - 11am
Adults. Join members of the Northern Virginia Bird Club for one or all of these informal walks through Long Branch and Glencarlyn Parks in search of resident and migratory birds. Experienced and beginning birders welcome. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at the parking lot at Long Branch Nature Center.
Free. Program
#622947-F

Home Hunting is for the Birds
Friday, Feb. 3, 10 - 11am
Ages 6 to 10. The best time to spot bird nests is in the winter when the leaves are gone. We’ll examine some nests, learn how birds make and select the best locations for their homes, then go on a short hike to see some birds’ nests. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. $5 fee due upon registration. Program
#622827-F

Scatology
Friday, Feb. 3, 3 - 4:30pm
Ages 6 to 10. Come learn about the traces our animal friends leave behind! Each animal has its own unique footprints and scat that are clues for naturalists, field biologists and animal investigators. We'll practice identifying scat and make fake scat to take home. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center.

$5 fee due upon registration. Program #622927-G

Keeping Mini-Beasts! Beautiful Beetles
Friday, Feb. 3, 4:30 - 5:30pm
Ages 10 to 13. Get ready to (temporarily) own all sorts of mini-beasts and have a series of amazing, unique pets. Learn all about different animals’ lives while caring for them over a month. At each session, you'll return last month's critters and learn about and receive new ones. Over the year we'll work our way up to more demanding critters - graduating with tadpoles in the spring! Fee covers all three sessions and includes everything you'll need for the season: a container you'll keep, food, bedding, the critters themselves, and more. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center.
$30. ($20 material fee for first-time participants paid on site.) Call to register.

 

Animal Tracks
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 - 3pm
Ages 8 to 12. Winter is a great time to see animal tracks in the snow or mud. We’ll make plaster casts of local animal’s footprints, and while it sets we’ll hike to look for real tracks and traces out on our trails. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center.
$5 fee due upon registration. Program
#622927-H


Tree ID Without Leaves
Sunday, Feb. 5, 11am - 12:30pm
Adults and teens ages 14 and up. The leaves are all gone but we can still identify trees with other clues. We'll learn to ID the trees of Arlington by their bark, shape and other factors. Dress for the weather. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center.
$5 fee due upon registration. Program
#622947-C

Birding Trip to Point Lookout State Park
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7:30am - 5pm
Adults. Enjoy winter birding at the southernmost point in Maryland. We'll search for waterfowl in the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River, and brown-headed nuthatches in the woodlands. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, a bag lunch and a drink and snacks for the day. For information: 703-228-3403. Our vans leave from the parking lot at Lubber Run Recreation Center, 300 N. Park Drive, Arlington.
$45 fee due upon registration. Program
#622847-C

Feeding Time!
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 4 - 5pm
Ages 6 to 10. Find out what's on the menu for our animals and what they would eat in the wild. We'll learn about the adaptations that help them find, capture and swallow their meals. Then we'll feed our snakes, turtles and frogs. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. $5 fee due upon registration. Program
#622827-H

 

Hawks in Arlington
Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 - 11:30am
Adults and teens ages 12 and up. Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks all call Arlington home. We'll learn to tell these four hawks apart and how they survive in urban areas. After our discussion, we’ll go out to look for hawks and other birds. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center.
$10 fee due upon registration. Program
#622947-J

 

Remove Invasive Plants
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 - 4pm
Adults, teens, and families ages 8 and up. Want to increase native species diversity right here in Arlington? Work parties are held every month and are making a real difference, with the return of ferns and wildflowers, and the animals that depend on them, in areas once covered in destructive invasive plants. Help make it happen! No registration required. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Free. Call to register.

 

Flying Squirrel Lore & More
Saturday, Feb. 11, 6 - 7pm
Families ages 4 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Flying squirrels are found throughout the wooded neighborhoods of Arlington, but are seldom seen. Join us to learn about these engaging nocturnal acrobats. After an indoor presentation, we'll tiptoe outside to see these little pixies glide in for an evening meal. These creatures are truly one of the natural wonders of the Arlington! For more information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center.

$5 fee due upon registration. Program #622957-E

 

We Love Animals!
Sunday, Feb. 12, 1 - 2pm
Ages 6 to 10. Happy Valentine's Day! Which animal at the nature centers - or in the whole world - do you love the most? Come show your love by making them a valentine, and learn ways you can help them in the wild. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. $5 fee due upon registration. Program
#622827-G

Notable Nature
Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 - 4pm
Families ages 5 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Join us for lessons in nature journaling and sketching. We'll construct our own nature journals, hone our writing and drawing skills, and talk about the season during our hike. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center.
Free. Program
#622957-H

 

Winter Storytime
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 10:30 - 11am
Families ages 2 and up. Register children only. Come in out of the cold and warm up as we read our favorite stories about winter. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center. Free. Program
#622917-O

 

Third Sundays - Remove Invasives!
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 - 4pm
Adults, families, and teens. Want to increase species diversity right here in Arlington? Join us as we keep the park free of destructive invasive plants. Work parties are held every month and are making a real difference. We are starting to see the return of ferns and wildflowers in areas once covered in ivy. Come for all or part of the time. No registration required. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center. Free. Call to register.

Wake up, Wood Frogs!
Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 - 11am
Families ages 5 and up. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Get ready to learn all about our earliest amphibians! After the first warm rain of spring, you'll hear them "quacking" as we explore and search for them around our pond! For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center.
$5 fee due upon registration. Program
#622857-P

Free Play Day - February
Saturday, Feb. 25, 1 - 2:30pm
Ages 5 to 9. Register child only. Give kids unstructured time they can call their own. Your child will love this chance to explore our woods, make snow forts, stoke the campfire, throw rocks in the creek and just be free. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Free. Program
#622827-C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiny Tots
Ages: 18 - 35 months with adult. Tiny Tot programs provide a wonderful opportunity to interact one-on-one with your child while discovering the wonders of nature. Each program has a theme, but themes are not published ahead of time so that we have flexibility in exploring and incorporating all of the amazing and changeable aspects of the park and its wildlife into our programs. The theme for each program is repeated during the month, so please register for only one program at each nature center per month. Adults must remain during the entire program. $5 per child due at registration.

 


Gulf Branch Nature Center

Saturday, Feb. 4
10 - 10:45am
#622817-S
Saturday, Feb. 11
10 - 10:45am
#622817-T
Wednesday, Feb. 22
10 - 10:45am
#622817-U

 

 

Long Branch Nature Center
Thursday, Feb. 23
10 - 10:45am
#622917-V
Friday, Feb. 24
10 - 10:45am
#622917-W
Tuesday, Feb. 28
10 - 10:45am
#622917-X

 


 

Preschool
Ages 3 to 5. Preschoolers can actively explore their natural world with programs that build the foundation for a lifetime of wonder, appreciation and discovery. Hands-on interactive learning, crafts, mini-hikes and nature play provide a fun and engaging experience for your children. Parents can leave the classroom but must remain in the building. $5 per child due at registration.

 


Gulf Branch Nature Center

Animal Valentines
Thursday, Feb. 2
1 - 2pm
#622817-I
Friday, Feb. 3
1 - 2pm
#622817-J
Tuesday, Feb. 7
1 - 2pm
#622817-K
Wednesday, Feb. 8
1 - 2pm
#622817-L

Long Branch Nature Center
Red and Gray Foxes
Thursday, Feb. 16
10:30 - 11:30am
#622917-I
Friday, Feb. 17
10:30 - 11:30am
#622917-J
Friday, Feb. 17
4 - 5pm
#622917-K
Saturday, Feb. 18
10 - 11am
#622917-L


 

Child Development Workshops - Feb 25

posted Jan 25, 2017, 11:21 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Child Development Workshops

Parents and caregivers: Registration is open for "Your Child's Development 2017." This 9th annual FREE fair for Arlington parents and caregivers of children aged 0-5 years old includes resources and information from several County agencies and community organizations. This year's workshops (presented in English with Spanish interpretation) are:
.         "Nurturing Positive Parent-Child/Adult-Child Relationships"; and
.         "Helping Children Handle Stress and Trauma"

Come for all or part of the event. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Place: Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington 22204

Please register in advance for this FREE event!
Online at www.arlingtonresourcefair.com
By e-mail at tsfoster@arlingtonva.us
By phone at 703-228-1630

The fair is presented by the Arlington Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council, which is comprised of several Arlington County agencies, Arlington Public Schools' offices, local community organizations, and Arlington parents.

Cooperative Extension FREE Finance programs February

posted Jan 25, 2017, 11:20 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Virginia Cooperative Extension FREE Finance programs February

Event Name: Money 101: Basic Budgets
Description: A Financial Primer for College Grads and Young Professionals - A free 3-week course designed to increase financial knowledge and empower young people to make savvy financial decisions. Learn to budget for happy hour, student loans, and more!
Date/Time: Feb. 1, 6:30-8:30pm
Address: Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201
Price: FREE
Phone Number: 703 417 6421
Register at: http://bit.ly/VCEFinancePrograms

Event Name: Student Loan Debt Repayment
Description: Federal Student Loans can be complicated. Attend and start taking control of your student loan debt. This class will include: learn about different repayment plans, how to get help if you can’t afford your payments, can a loan be forgiven, canceled, or discharged?, what to do if you can’t afford your payments, helpful tips.
Date/Time: Feb. 6, 7:00-8:30pm
Address: Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22304
Price: FREE
Phone Number: 703 417 6421
Register at: http://bit.ly/VCEFinancePrograms

Event Name: Money 101: Salary Negotiation & Student Loan Debt
Description: A Financial Primer for College Grads and Young Professionals - A free 3-week course designed to increase financial knowledge and empower young people to make savvy financial decisions. Learn to budget for happy hour, student loans, and more!
Date/Time: Feb. 8, 6:30-8:30pm
Address: Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201
Price: FREE
Phone Number: 703 417 6421
Register at: http://bit.ly/VCEFinancePrograms

Event Name: Tax Basics
Date/Time: Feb. 9, 6:30-8:30pm
Description: An interactive class that will help you understand the basic tax forms, what documents you need to prepare your tax return and tips to reduce your tax bill. This is an educational program; personal tax situations will not be discussed. Topics include: introduction to the 1040 form, explanation of important terms, how to identify tax scams, tax planning discussion.
Address: Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA 22304
Price: FREE
Phone Number: 703 417 6421
Register at: http://bit.ly/VCEFinancePrograms

Event Name: Money 101: Investing
Description: A Financial Primer for College Grads and Young Professionals - A free 3-week course designed to increase financial knowledge and empower young people to make savvy financial decisions. Learn to budget for happy hour, student loans, and more!
Date/Time: Feb. 15, 6:30-8:30pm
Address: Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22201
Price: FREE
Phone Number: 703 417 6421
Register at: http://bit.ly/VCEFinancePrograms


Maraea Harris
VCE Arlington - Marketing & Communications Associate
maraea@vt.edu | 703 725 9651

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital, family, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.

Cooperative Extension America Saves Essay Contest

posted Jan 25, 2017, 11:20 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Virginia Cooperative Extension Annual America Saves Essay Contest

Open to high school students ages 14 and older in 9-12th grade. Students must attend an Arlington County or City of Alexandria high school.

Theme: Small Savings can lead to Big Impacts

Deadline: Friday, Feb. 10, 5pm EST

Awards: 1st place - $600, 2nd place - $400, 3rd place - $200

More details: Essays must be 250-500 words, typed and double spaced. Essays must be submitted as attachments to Meggan Orenstein via email to mkco214@vt.edu. Essay submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 10, 5pm EST. Please include in your submission: your name, email address, phone number and name of your high school.

Please answer the following question in your essay:

1) How have you and your family started with a small savings plan, but eventually achieved a big goal?

In addition to submitting the essay, contestants must complete and submit the America Saves Pledge. Submitted essays will be judged by VCE Master Financial Education Volunteers. Judges will grade the essays on relevancy to the theme; consistency & continuity of style; expression of thoughts; clarity; readability, spelling, grammar & punctuation and overall presentation.

The prizes will be awarded at a ceremony during America Saves Week on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at Fairlington Community Center.
http://offices.ext.vt.edu/arlington/programs/fcs/financial-ed/essay_contest.html

Sustainable Landscaping series from Cooperative Extension

posted Jan 25, 2017, 11:19 AM by Lilly Mancilla

New 5-Part Series on Sustainable Landscaping from the
 Virginia Cooperative Extension

We are proud to announce our new 5-part public education series on Sustainable Landscaping beginning February 11. Sign up for as many as you want; all workshops are FREE and held at Fairlington Community Center, Room FC100, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA (off Quaker Lane south of I-395).

DIY Sustainable Yard, Saturday, February 11, 2017 9:00am–nnoon. Want to know the best practices for creating an environmentally sustainable yard or common area? We will focus on site planning and preparation to help conserve energy and water, and how to best use the plants and materials you already have in place. Through case studies and a site design exercise, you will leave with ideas for what you, as a homeowner, property manager, or someone interested in promoting sustainable land practices, could be doing now.

Soil Health and Water Conservation, Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:00am–nooon. Get to the root of the matter and learn to protect and build soil health. This workshop will delve into the structure of soils, the geology of our area, how to create great compost, and how to prevent soil erosion and compaction. Learn too about water conservation techniques such as rain gardens, dry beds or bioswales, rain barrels, and plants for wet areas.

Edible Landscaping, Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:00am–noon.  Can’t decide whether to grow ornamentals or edible plants in your garden? Limited time and/or space constraints? Want to put more “fun† in your gardening fundamentals? Then come learn the art of edible landscaping that mixes ornamentals, herbs, greens and vegetables. Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will discuss easy and straightforward techniques that you can use to turn your yard into a sustainable and delicious oasis.

Plant Selection, Design & Planting, Saturday, April 1, 2017 9:00am–noon. Confused about what to plant, and what plants work best in this area?  In this workshop, learn how to select plants that will grow best on your site. We will present ideas for native plant alternatives to commonly used non-native plants, how to plant wisely to help your plants succeed, companion planting, and identifying and removing invasive plants. You'll take away information that can help you smartly navigate the wide choice of plants available.

Maintaining the Sustainable Yard, May 6, 2017 9:00am–noon. Topics will include plant health and disease identification and troubleshooting, good bugs versus bad bugs in integrated pest management, how and when to prune woody plants, and overall seasonal maintenance tasks. In addition, we will explore wildlife issues and techniques to help your sustainable yard meet local ordinance codes. Leave with more ideas for what you could be doing now.

All workshops are free of charge and open to the public. You can sign up for the whole series, or individual sessions.  Advance registration requested at https:// mgnv.org/events/vce-horticulture-programs-registration/. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com


The Sustainable Landscaping Winter–Spring 2017 series is offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, serving Arlington and Alexandria, dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management. This series draws on Landscape for Life™, based on the prrinciples of The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES), federal and state conservation landscaping resources, and research from Virginia’s land-grant universities.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Aachen High School Exchange

posted Jan 25, 2017, 11:18 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Arlington Sister City Association

Aachen High School Exchange application deadline

Visit Germany this Summer with the
Arlington-Aachen High-School Exchange!
July 8-25, 2017

Application deadline: February 20, 2017

Arlington high-school students are invited to participate in this summer's Arlington-Aachen High-School Exchange. The trip includes a two-week homestay in Arlington's sister city of Aachen plus three days in Berlin, the capital of Germany and one of Europe's most exciting destinations. No knowledge of the German language is required, but if you already speak some German you will definitely improve your language skills on this trip!

During your residence in Aachen you will be hosted by a German teenager and warmly welcomed into his or her family home, where you will experience typical daily life in a way few tourists ever get to see. Each day will feature both organized group visits to nearby historical and cultural sites plus ample free time for socializing with your new German friends. You will spend one day attending high-school with your German host, and may also play sports, take in a concert, try new foods, do some shopping, and learn about Aachen's rich history and vibrant present.

Then it is off for three days in Berlin, where you will stay in a youth hostel in the center of town, take bicycle tours, ride the U-Bahn, and visit the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall, German parliament, and some of the city's most famous museums and galleries.

Applicants must be high-school students between 15 and 18 years of age, and should demonstrate leadership, maturity, and an interest in foreign history and cultures. All participants will also be invited to host a German student in October 2017 during the inbound portion of this exchange.

To apply visit:
http://www.arlingtonsistercities.org/our-sister-cities/aachen/
Contact:
AachenArlingtonExchange@gmail.com for more information

Arlington Sister City Association (ASCA), is a nonprofit organization established 1993. ASCA promotes the region's international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture, and the arts.
arlingtonsistercities.org

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