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Fun-filled Summer Activities in Arlington Parks!

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June 13, 2017

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Free Summer Concerts at Lubber Run

Whether you need a break or are looking for a quality outing for the whole family, here's one of Arlington's best kept secrets: free Summer Concert Series at Lubber Run Amphitheater. Opening this Fri., June 16, 8 p.m. with THE GRANDSONS. Can't make it? How about Saturday, same time and place for RENE IBANEZ y CUBANO GROOVE who will have you up and dancing to Latin-jazz and Cubano Groove. Check out all the performances here! Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and prepare to take a musical journey around the globe!

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Bon Air Park's Memorial Rose Garden

Celebrate National Rose Month at Bon Air Rose Garden 

As World War II was coming to a close, local community and business leader Mrs. Nellie Broyhill sought to create a living tribute to Arlingtonians who served in the war. The plan was to establish a rose garden on the grounds of the upcoming Arlington Hospital. Each rose would honor a specific individual and a special area would contain “gold star” roses for those who lost their lives. In 1951, the rose garden was dedicated and less than 15 years later, the Memorial Rose Garden was relocated to Bon Air Park where it's been since 1964. A community gathering place and favorite spot for photography for decades, the garden currently has over 2600 rose bushes and approximately 150 varieties. Come celebrate the one and only rose and share the beauty of Bon Air Park's Memorial Rose Garden!

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Photo by David Howell

Pollinator Patch Coming to Bluemont Park

Thanks to a partnership with Arlington County, Dominion Energy, NOVA Parks and community volunteers, nearly 500 native plants will be planted along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail (by the Bluemont Park parking lot) on Tues., June 20 at 10 a.m. The space is currently turf grass and weeds, but in honor of National Pollinator Week (June 19- 25) the space will be transformed into a native meadow for Arlington’s pollinators and passersby to enjoy. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. Thanks to our partners and volunteers for their efforts in enhancing the natural areas of Arlington.

Skateboarders -- pack your board, helmet and pads and head to Powhatan Springs Skatepark for Go Skateboarding Day on Wed., June 21. 

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Let's Go Camping!

Your family is invited to join us at the Gulf Branch fire ring for an introduction to overnight camping on Sat., June 24 at 4:30 p.m. - Sun., June 25 at 9:30 a.m. We'll set up our tents, relax and explore the park, then enjoy a delicious dinner cooked over the campfire with songs, stories and, of course, S'mores. Only $25 per person. The next morning we'll cook breakfast before breaking camp. Registration fee includes meals. Questions? Call 703-228-3403. Register for Activity #642857-H.

Firefly Festival

Celebrate summer’s natural night lights as we learn about these bioluminescent beetles on Sun., June 25, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith. Enjoy bug hunts, games, crafts, walks and talks about fireflies. Only $7 per person. Bring a picnic blanket and dinner as we'll wait for sunset and the natural lights to come out. Register for Activity #642957-L.

 

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Our Creative Preschool Program still has availability this fall at Carlin Hall, Lubber Run and Madison Community Centers. Details here.

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