Department of Parks and Recreation Community News 6-20-13

Post date: Jun 20, 2013 7:32:09 PM

Fall Class Registration Times Change!

Resident online registration begins August 14 for fall classes. In an effort to better serve the growing number of Arlingtonians who enjoy our classes, the Department of Parks and Recreation is moving up and dividing class registration times. On August 14, online registration opens only for Gymnastics classes at 7:00 a.m. and for ALL OTHER classes online registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

5th Annual Firefly Festival

All ages are invited to Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 24th St. N., Sunday, June 30, 7:30-9:30pm to celebrate summer's natural night lights with us! Learn all about the critters that light up the night. Events include: bug hunts, games, crafts, walks, and talks about fireflies. Bring your picnic blanket and dinner to enjoy as we wait for the sun to go down and the lights to come out. $7 fee per participant; children 2 and under are free. To preregister: visit or call 703-228-4747, Program #642953-A. You may also pay at the event. Cancelled if raining. For more information, call 703-228-6535.

iCan Bike Camp Call for Participants, Volunteers and Sponsors!

iCan Bike is a camp designed to teach children with disabilities how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle. With their adapted bicycles, specialized instructional program, and trained staff and volunteers, we're able to get most participants up and riding on a two-wheel bicycle in 5 days! Interested in participating, volunteering or sponsoring? For more info April Rosenthal, iCan Bike Camp Director, 703-228-4736.

July 4th Event

Arlington's signature July 4th event will return in 2013! On Thursday, July 4, all are welcome to participate in the festivities at Long Bridge Park (475 Long Bridge Drive). The event will begin at 3pm with a food truck rally, arts and crafts market, free fitness activities for all ages, live music, and lots more including a view of the fireworks! For more info visit

Family Fun: Campfires at Long Branch and Gulf Branch Nature Centers!

The whole family is invited to join us every Saturday this summer (except Aug. 24), 7-8pm, for some old-fashioned fun! Campfire programs include stories, songs, games, special live animal guests and of course, S'mores! This summer topics will range from Rascally Raccoons to High-flying Hawks to Buzzing Bees. $5 fee per participant, registration not required for children age 2 and under. For more information, contact the Nature Centers.

July/August 55+ Registration

Summer sizzles with the hottest programs, social events, learning opportunities and classes for those 55+. We offer a variety of times, locations and topics to accommodate your busy schedule. Have fun and get fit with Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, Cardio Tone and more! Brush up on your tech skills with Facebook intros, cell phone workshops and computer basics classes. Eat, taste and be merry with classes to teach you how to make delicious healthy food. Catch a movie, join a book club, play Scrabble or practice ballroom dance for some much needed unwinding. Check out the latest 55+ Guide for our full offerings. Our online class and trip registration is now new and improved! Registration for classes with fees begins July 1 (please note that we no longer accept American Express).

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