Construction Update: South Wakefield Street to South Four Mile Run

posted Feb 20, 2015, 12:09 PM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 12:09 PM ]


Feb. 20, 2015


Construction Update: South Wakefield Street to South Four Mile Run
Unfortunately, the recent snowfall and extreme cold temperatures have hindered work along this segment of Columbia Pike. The County’s contractor is committed to continuing work as weather permits.
Substantial completion of this utility undergrounding and street improvement project, including the realignment for South Four Mile Run Minor up to base asphalt, is now anticipated for early March 2015, weather permitting. Final surface asphalt, which requires warmer weather for installation, will take place this spring along with any additional repairs listed with the final walk-through by County staff.
Here is the current status of project work:
  • Building the roadway - Traffic has been diverted from the old segment of South Four Mile Run Drive to the new realigned roadway. Some curb, gutter and sidewalk work along the new realigned roadway and within the recycle center has started.
  • Removing power poles - Most power poles have been removed from this section of Columbia Pike. The last pole at South Wakefield Street will be removed once the new traffic signal is cut over, which is expected to take place the first week of March.
  • Installing new street lights - The new lights on the north side of Columbia Pike are functioning. Street lights on the south side will be operational once the light within the old segment of Four Mile Run Minor is installed.
  • Installing bus shelters - County staff are preparing to move forward with the installation of bus shelters on northbound Four Mile Run Minor and eastbound Columbia Pike once sidewalk work is completed.
Arlington County


Neighborhood Street Improvements Online Survey

posted Feb 18, 2015, 6:57 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Neighborhood Street Improvements
Online Survey

Take 5 Minutes, Share Your Perspective

Deadline is Feb. 28


A new “Neighborhood Complete Streets” program is being developed to provide improvements on neighborhood streets in Arlington County.
Take the online survey to help County staff and commission members finalize:
 Program goals
 Determine whether we are considering the right criteria
 Identify the elements that should be considered a “problem” on a street

For more information, visit and search “Neighborhood Complete Streets.”

Questions? Contact Bonnie Parker, Transportation Division, 703.228.3173 or


Open Door Mondays with County Board - Feb 9

posted Jan 29, 2015, 5:55 AM by Lilly Mancilla

A county board member comes to Arlington Mill Community Center (AMCC) on the second Monday of each month (unless it falls on a holiday).
On Monday, February 9, county board member Libby Garvey will be at the AMCC from 7-9 pm to answer any questions or address any issues you may have.  Don't miss this opportunity to have the ear of a county board member. 
When you arrive at the AMCC, check in at the reception desk as to the room for the meeting.
There is four hour free parking at the AMCC garage.  Enter from S. 9th St. and go to second garage.

Open Door Mondays

Come Chat with a Board Member About Any Topic
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Mondays*

2nd Monday

Arlington Mill Community Center
909 South Dinwiddie Street

Relocation of Columbia Pike Recycling Center - Poll

posted Jan 26, 2015, 4:37 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Some residents of Columbia Heights West would like to request the relocation of the County Recycling Center that is located on Columbia Pike at Four Mile Run. Arlington County has spent millions of dollars to improve this area of the Pike. The ongoing project to underground the overhead utility lines, realign South Buchanan Street, and improve the streetscaping along Columbia Pike is a significant and welcome improvement to the Pike. However, given this kind of investment, some believe it makes no sense to leave the Recycling Center front and center on the Pike.

Please let us know if you support the request or oppose it via this Poll:

If we can get majority support, we will submit the request as civic association.

Thank you,
Lilly Mancilla,
Columbia Heights West Civic Association

Arlington ENERGY JOURNEY GAME, Jan. 31st, 1-5pm WHS

posted Jan 17, 2015, 5:13 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Looking for a free fun indoor family activity on a cold January day?


I am writing to make you aware of a community-wide event that my department, the Arlington County's Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE), is hosting. It is called the Energy Journey.


The Energy Journey is a life-sized board game that  teaches people of all ages about how they use energy in their daily lives. It will take about an hour to play and is a great family activity.  We had several hundred people attend and play the first two Energy Journeys and we hope that this year's event will be even bigger and better. Even if you played it before, come again, as the game has been changed fairly significantly.


There will also be some giveaways and you can be entered into a drawing to win several home energy improvement prize packages.


I will be at the event, along with other County staff and the Local Energy Alliance (LEAP), to help people with any home energy and home renovation questions. Virginia Sun and ACE will also  be there to talk to anyone who is interested in learning more about putting a solar system onto their home.


WHEN: January 31st, 1-5pm (last game will begin at 4pm)

WHERE: Wakefield High School Cafeteria.


Here is some more information about the event and a link to register, although walk-ins are also certainly welcome.


**If anyone is interested in volunteering to man a booth at the event, please let me know.


Thanks and I hope to see you there!





Helen Reinecke-Wilt, AICP, LEED AP

Green Home Choice Program Manager

Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE)

Volunteer Arlington - Survey

posted Jan 17, 2015, 4:56 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Dear Neighbor,


Arlington County wishes to consider whether outsourcing the Volunteer Arlington program now housed in the County’s Department of Human Services would lead to an enhanced level of volunteer activity throughout the community.  Regardless of any change in delivery, the County's goal is to ensure that all residents and workers - regardless of their background, age or socioeconomic status - have access to reliable avenues that lead to volunteer opportunities in Arlington's non-profit and public sectors.  The County Manager has appointed an Advisory Task Force to make recommendations to help shape the future direction of volunteer services in our community.


An important step is to gather input from stakeholders to ensure that concerns and aspirations are reflected in alternatives considered and to incorporate advice and recommendations from the broader community into the decisions.  Please click on the link below to complete a short survey on volunteer services and needs in Arlington. Your feedback is important and will help determine the future of volunteer services in the County.


The Volunteer Arlington Advisory Task Force will review survey results as well as information gathered from community meetings to recommend changes to the current Volunteer Arlington program.  The Task Force will analyze and catalog current volunteer services, examine strategic enhancements that may be needed in the next few years, and make a recommendation on whether or not to outsource the Volunteer Arlington program.   The current Volunteer Arlington program has several  core services: an on-line volunteer matching function connecting residents with volunteer opportunities in non-profit and public agencies, and promotion, training, and celebrating volunteerism.      


Thank you for taking the time to participate in this community survey on Volunteer Arlington.


Robert Sharpe
Assistant Director
Department of Human Services

Holiday Service Martin L. King Jr./ Open Casting Call BikeArlington Campaign

posted Jan 17, 2015, 4:49 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Mensaje bilingüe/ Bilingual message

Hola, por favor comparte esta información. Si lideras un programa de outreach, administras un centro de trabajo o edificio de viviendas, coloca este comunicado en lugar visible.

Hello, please share this information. If you lead an outreach program, community center or manage an residential building please consider printing and posting it.

Servicio de ART,  Metrobus y Metrorail el feriado del lunes 19 de enero

Buses ART: operarán en horario de feriado el lunes 19 de enero, observando el Día de Martin Luther King Jr. ART 41, 42, 51, 77 y 87 operarán bajo el horario de los sábados. Todas las demás rutas no circularán.

Metrorail: Metro abrirá a 5 A.M y cierra a medianoche. Servicio en horario de sábado (cada 12 minutos), no habrá obras de mantenimiento en ninguna línea. Tarifas “no-pico” durante todo el día y estacionamiento gratuito.

Metrobus: operará en horario suplementario del sábado, con ciertas rutas nocturnas canceladas (post- medianoche). Para más detalles vea los horarios suplementario de la ruta.

MetroAccess: operará en horario normal. Sin embargo, se cancelarán viajes de suscripción salvo sean solicitados.

Cambios al horario de ART 84, efectivo 5 de enero

El lunes 5 de enero entraron en vigencia cambios en el horario de ART 84. Parada adicional en Avalon Bay Apartments. Ver horario en

BikeArlington está buscando a quienes deseen ser parte de un proyecto de videos

Si andas en bicicleta y deseas ser parte de un excelente proyecto en Arlington, BikeArlington está buscando nuevos rostros que vivan, trabajen o visiten Arlington. Serán 6 mini-films con protagonistas como tú, que se movilizan en bici. Anímate y postula, será divertido. Todos son bienvenidos. Más info en o

Semana de Restaurantes: Desde lunes 19 hasta domingo, 25 de enero

Especiales de almuerzo por  $20.15 y cenas por $35.15. El siguiente video te muestra opciones para visitar restaurantes participantes sin necesidad de auto:

ART, Metrobus and Metrorail Holiday Service on Monday, January 19

ART Bus: will run holiday service on Monday, January 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ART 41, 42, 51, 77 and 87 will operate Saturday schedules. All other ART routes will not operate.

Metrorail: The rail system will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight.  Trains will operate on a Saturday schedule (every 12 minutes from endpoint terminals) with no track work on any line. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and parking will be free.

Metrobus: Buses will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule, with some late-night (post-midnight) trips cancelled on select routes.  For details, please check the timetable for your route.

MetroAccess: Service will operate normal hours. However, subscription trips will be cancelled unless specifically requested.

ART 84 Schedule Changes Effective January 5

Slight time adjustments will go into effect for the ART 84 schedule on Monday, January 5, 2015. An additional stop at the Avalon at Arlington Square Apartments will also be added. Schedule at

Open Casting Call - BikeArlington Campaign

You look GREAT today. You should probably answer our casting call for awesome people. We're working with the folks Modacity to create 6 short films about folks who live, work and play by bike in Arlington County.

Winter Restaurant Week: Monday, January 19 through Sunday, January 25

Lunch specials for $20.15, dinner specials for $35.15. The video shows how to go car-free to participating Arlington restaurants:

CHESS CLUB - Arlington Mill C.C.

posted Jan 16, 2015, 6:59 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Every Wednesday, 8-10pm
Join in on the fun and let your mind explore the black and white jungle!
Players of all age and skill levels are welcome, even those who have never
played. Tournaments and ranked games may take place depending on interest
level. The Club will be led by Tommy Flynn, a recent George Mason
Law graduate and chess enthusiast.
All ages are welcome!
Bring friends & family…
beginner & advanced

Arlington Mill 55+ Senior Center
909 S. Dinwiddie St.
Arlington, VA 22204
For more information or to register call: 703-228-7369 

Arlington Mill Community Center

posted Jan 16, 2015, 2:21 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Arlington Mill Community Center


January 16, 2015


sent by: Patrick Todd



  • Upcoming Events
  • Programming News
  • Hours of Operation
  • Inclement Weather Information





909 S. Dinwiddie Street

Arlington, VA. 22204


(703) 228-7790






Hours of Operation


1 - 9 p.m.


7 a.m. - 10 p.m.


7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

7 a.m. - 10 p.m.


7 a.m. - 10 p.m.


7 a.m. - 10 p.m.


10 a.m.- 10 p.m.




Arlington Mill Community Center Staff


Facility Manager:

Patrick Mallon


Assistant Managers:

Shettima Abdulmalik

Teresa Taylor


Customer Service Representatives:

Daricka Bigelow

Maday Delgado

Tim Stroble


Team Members:

Yvonne Bingham

Charles Blevins

Marcela Camacho

Donna Fitzgerald

Regina Glasgow

Cliff Johnson

Branden McCutchen

Rebecca O'Donnell Crews

Curtis Parks

Jonathan Swann







Arlington Mill Holiday Closures include:


All Community Centers

will be CLOSED on

Monday, January 19, 2015


We will re-Open with regular hours

on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.


Community Center News


Patrick Mallon is the NEW Facility Manager for the Arlington Mill Community Center.  Patrick was raised in Arlington County and is a graduate of Washington Lee High School. Patrick brings a wealth of DPR experience to this assignment. 


Patrick Mallon got his start with the Department of Parks and Recreation as Manager of Yorktown and Wakefield Pools, has worked as the DPR Transportation Coordinator, was Assistant Manager and Manager of the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, and for the past 6 years he has worked as the Manager of the Fairlington Community Center.


Patrick's work as Facility Manager will continue to be supported by the excellent team of Staff whose names are listed in the margin on the left.



Programming News


Call for Bill Thomas Award Nominations

The Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Award was established to pay tribute to lifelong parks volunteer Bill Thomas and to honor and encourage those residents who also demonstrate a passionate dedication and support for our dynamic programs, natural resources and public open spaces. For more information about the Award or to nominate an outstanding parks volunteer, please visit our

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on February 6.


National Youth Congress Internship Opportunity

Teens wanted–to apply for the National Youth Congress internship! Selected teens 14-18 will learn about the parks and recreation field and other service jobs; develop career and leadership skills and gain independence. These internships range from office work to assistance in daycare programs to assisting someone who works in a highly ranked job such as marketing.Applications are due February 9. For moreinformation visit our []web page or attend the orientationThursday, Jan. 22, 4-6 p.m. at Arlington Mill Community Center.


Fencing Club for High School Students

Join former USA National Team Member and Olympian, Greg Kaidanov, for instruction on beginning fencing as well as advanced competition training and continuing instruction in foil, saber and epee. Fencing is great exercise and extreme fun! Class enrollment includes membership to the Arlington Fencing Club. For more information attend the open house at theNOVA MMAThursday, January, 22, 3:20-4 p.m.



Inclement Weather

Parks and Recreation, Community Centers, Senior Centers, Fields & Other Facilities: For parks-related last minute weather cancellations, call the:

DPR Inclement Weather Line, 703-228-4715703-228-4715









Upcoming Programs for Parents

posted Jan 16, 2015, 2:12 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Please share these learning opportunities with other Arlington families by forwarding this message, posting, or telling your neighbor!  Note-there are several activities for February so you can plan aheadJ


Sunday, January 18.  NAMI Support Group

Support group for families.  Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  1-2:30 pm, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N. 16th St, Arlington.  (Enter through the door marked “Office” nearest to the small parking lot off N, Inglewood St.) Please bring any magazines to donate to Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute.  Questions?  Contact Naomi Verdugo at


Monday, January 19.  Job Search Training

Computer C.O.R.E. is offering a free job search training session in the Fairlington Presbyterian Church at 3846 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302.  During this session, attendees will learn how to search for jobs more effectively and sharpen how they present themselves to potential employers.   Seating is limited to 25 people, so anyone wishing to attend should contact Tom Hutton at CORE to reserve their place at 703-931-7346 x101.  Visit for more details.


Tuesday, January 20.  WEBINAR EVENT:  How Families Can Shape & Strengthen the Early Intervention System

Do you want to know how you can shape and strengthen the Early Intervention System?  The Arc of Virginia’s New Path Program is hosting a free webinar on January 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM to highlight the ways that your input can impact services across the state.  We will discuss the Family Survey, early intervention advocacy, and how your voice can make a difference. To register, click here.


Wednesday, January 21.  Paying for College—Little Known Secrets and Other Useful Information

This session will provide students and their parents with an overview on how to best navigate the daunting process of paying for college.  The session led by financial advisor and educator on college financing, Brock Jolly, will provide parents with tips on how and where to save money.  In addition, families will learn how to attend private universities for the same out of pocket costs as in-state schools, how to qualify for the maximum package and unique strategies for paying for multiple children attending college simultaneously. 7:00-9:00 p.m.  at Yorktown High School-Auditorium.  For more information, contact Clare Hessler at  Sponsored by Yorktown High School Family Network.  


Thursday, January 22. Supporting Your Child's Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten 
Families of children receiving special education services are invited to join us to discuss the transition of preschool students with disabilities to kindergarten.  This session will provide an overview of the transition process and special education programs, and information on the important role families play in their child's transition from preschool to elementary school.  Registration is requested to assist us in planning for adequate materials.  Kindly register online, via email to: or by phone - 703.228.7239.Morning Session:  10:00am to 11:30am at the Integration Station at Reed (Children's School Entrance), 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington, VA  22205. Evening Session:  7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Syphax Education Center at Sequoia Plaza, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 101/103, Arlington, VA  22204.

Thursday, January 22.  Super Sibs Club

Super Sibs Club is a series of Sibshops - peer recreation and support sessions for students, grades 2-5, who have brothers or sisters with disabilities, special needs, and/or significant health issues. Donations for activity fees* to cover the costs of snacks and materials are requested as follows - $10. for 4 hour sessions, (includes lunch) and $5 for 2 hour sessions (includes snacks). *Activity fee waivers are available.  Registration is required.  Kindly register online, or contact the Parent Resource Center or 703.228.7239 to register or obtain additional information

4:00pm to 6:00pm,  Langston Community Center, 2121 Culpeper Street, Arlington, VA  22207

Thursday, January 22.  Reunified Families:  Acculturation and Parenting in the United States/Reunificación Familiar:  Culturización y Crianza en los Estados Unidos

Taller para padres.  Presentado en español.   Cuidado de niños disponible desde las 6:00 p.m.  Para inscribirse contacte a or 703/228-1568.   Workshop for Parents.   Workshop will be presented in Spanish.  Childcare available beginning at 6:00 p.m. To register or 703/228-1568.  6:30-8:30 p.m. at DHS, Sequoia Building, 2100 Washington Blvd.


Friday, January 23.  Middle School Sibshop

Middle School Sibshops are peer recreation and support sessions for students, grades 6-8, who have brothers or sisters with disabilities, special needs, and/or significant health issues.  Sibs are encouraged to join us for a super fun evening.  Dinner will be included!  A $5.00 donation is requested, but not required, for dinner and materials.  Registration is required.  Kindly register online, or contact the Parent Resource Center at or 703.228.7239 to register or obtain additional information. 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 113, Arlington, VA  22204.

Monday, January 26.  Preparing for the Transition from High School to College:   Information that Families of Students with Disabilities Need NOW!
This session will focus on post-secondary options with academic components - colleges and universities, as well as postsecondary programs designed for students needing intensive academic and vocational support services. Morning Session:  9:30am to Noon, Room 171. Evening Session:  7:00pm - 9:00pm, Room 101Syphax Education Center at Sequoia Plaza, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA  22204. Registration is requested.  Please register online, via email to, or by phone - 703.228.7239.

Thursday, January 29.  Celebrate Calm.

Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, will provide practical strategies to: get your kids to listen the first time, stop defiance, disrespect, and yelling; stop whining, tantrums and sibling fights; get kids off video games/screens without a fight; create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime. 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Rd. Click here for the Workshop Flyer.


Thursday, January 29. An Introduction to Understanding Special Education
Do you have a child being referred for, or receiving special education services?  Want to learn more about what to expect at meetings, and how special education services support students with disabilities?  Parents and staff members are invited to join us to learn about the special education process, from referral to provision of services.  Parents will receive information on how to prepare for special education meetings, and work collaboratively with staff to support their children throughout the special education process. Morning Session:  9:30am to Noon. Evening Session:  7:00pm to 9:00pm
Syphax Education Center at Sequoia Plaza, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Room 105, Arlington, VA  22204Registration is requested.  Register online.


Friday, January 30.  Celebrate Calm.

Celebrate Calm Founder, Kirk Martin, will provide practical strategies to: get your kids to listen the first time, stop defiance, disrespect, and yelling; stop whining, tantrums and sibling fights; get kids off video games/screens without a fight; create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime.  9:30-11:30 a.m. Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Rd.  Click here for the Workshop Flyer.  


Saturday, January 31.  Energy Journey Game

The newest version of the interactive, life-size Energy Journey board game will debut at Wakefield High School. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the last game starts at 4 p.m. Don’t miss this fun & free community event – it’s great for kids and adults alike. Learn more and RSVP here. To volunteer (free t-shirt! snacks!) complete the online form.


Monday, February 2.  El Parto, El Cuidado del Bebé y de si Misma:  Cuidado de Recién Nacido/Childbirth and Infant Care Series:  Newborn Care

Sponsored by the DHS Public Health Division, Maternity Clinic.  9:00-11:00 a.m.  Free!  Arlington Human Services Center, 2100 Washington Blvd., Room 272.  Contact Brunilda Hernandez at 703/228-1243 or to register or for more information.  Workshop is offered in Spanish.  Sera ofrecido en español.


Thursday, February 5.  Project Family @ Night-The Cost of Raising a Child and Money Saving Tips to Survive

How much does it cost to raise a child today?  What’s the best way to manage all of these expenses?  Join us for a discussion on the real cost of raising a child, learn strategies for saving money, and discuss how to save for the future.  For parents of children ages 18 months-5 years old.   Children can attend with their parent.  Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street, Room 120.  Register in advance by contacting Cheryl Fuentes at 703/228-1549 or  Space is limited.  Offered in collaboration with the Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Friday, February 6.  First Fridays Futures Planning: Letter of Intent - An Interactive Writing Workshop 
In this session Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts, presents information about this critical document when planning for your child’s future.  A Will or a Trust will not necessarily ensures that your wishes for your child are always carried out. A Letter of Intent is a way to have your voice be heard when you are not there. This document is prepared by you to help those who care to interpret your hopes and desires for your child. Find out why we need a Letter of Intent and the purpose of this critical document when planning for your child’s future. 10 a.m.-12 noon.  The Arc of Northern Virginia, 2755 Hartland Road Suite #200, Falls Church, VA 22043.  Free, but must register in advance.  RSVP For February 6th Now!  Check out our website to see the more First Fridays Futures Planning Sessions.  Sponsored by the Arc of Northern Virginia.


Friday, February 6-Sunday, February 8.  Mothers and Daughters:  Keeping Your Bond Strong through the Pre-Teen Years (ages 10-14)

Sil Reynolds and her 24 year old daughter, Eliza Reynolds, lead mothers and their 10-14 year old daughters in a weekend of initiation, communication, and celebration, taking time to nourish their relationship and learn how to respect and understand each other more completely.  Through ritual, storytelling, art, and exercises in communication, new tools are gained that build bridges and keep those bridges strong through the teen years.   Meets Friday from 7-9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Blueberry Hill Cohousing meeting room, Vienna, VA.  Cost:  $260/mother and daughter pair.  Must pre-register by Jan. 23.   Presented by Mindful Parenting.  Contact Francine Ronis at or 571/213-9215


Friday, February 6. Family Night at The Mill

Join us at the new Arlington Mill Community Center for FREE family friendly programs. Come out for International Night!   Go around the world in two hours with us and make memoies at a multicultural night to remember!  All ages welcome, ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 7:00-9:00 p.m.  For more info visit our event page.  Cost: FREE to enter.  Concessions for sale, cash only, starting at $1 per item. Sponsored by the Arlington Department of Parks & Recreation.


Monday, February 9.  Childbirth and Infant Care Series:  Newborn Care.

Sponsored by the DHS Public Health Division, Maternity Clinic.  9:00-11:00 a.m.  Free!  Arlington Human Services Center, 2100 Washington Blvd., Room 272.  Contact Kathleen Pons Haines at 703/228-1288 or to register or for more information. 


Thursday, February 12.  2015 APS Pre-K Registration Night

For Arlington parents with children turning 3 or 4 by Sept. 30, 2015.  Families will have the opportunity to learn about each program, meet Pre-K staff and complete and turn in applications.  Sponsored by the Arlington Public Schools.  Information and resources to our incoming Pre-K families. Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd.  6:30-8:30 p.m. (6:30-VPI Presentation, 7:00-Primary Montessori Presentation.  Interpreters will be available.  Questions?  Contact the APS Early Childhood Office at 703/228-8632.


Thursday, February 12.  Healthy Co-Parenting

Workshop in Spanish for Spanish-speaking immigrant parents.  6:30-8:30 p.m.  Dept. of Human Services, 2100 Washington Blvd., Lower Level.  Childcare provided.  Register in advance with Bonita Parker at or 703/228-1102.

Friday, February 13.  Teaching Peace, Living Peace

The Arlington Out of School Time Council Asset Brownbag Workshop.  MJ Park from Little Friends for Peace will guide you to connect with others and be peacemakers. MJ will bring her inspirational and interactive workshop to help you become a peace maker in your interactions with children, as well as in all areas of your life. 11:45-1:45 p.m.  Arlington Central Library, Auditorium, 1015 N Quincy St.  Contact Michael Swisher at for more information.


Tuesday, February 17.  Kinship Support Group

Come meet with other families like yours who are caring for their own.  Dept. of Human Services, 2100 Washington Blvd., Lower Level.  Meets every 3rd Tuesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Childcare and dinner provided.  For more information, contact Nakejah Allen at 703/228-1583 or  Sponsored by the Arlington DHS Child and Family Services Division.


Thursday, February 26.  Social Supports

Workshop in Spanish for Spanish-speaking immigrant parents.  6:30-8:30 p.m.  Dept. of Human Services, 2100 Washington Blvd., Lower Level.  Childcare provided.  Register in advance with Bonita Parker at or 703/228-1102.


Registration is open for "Your Child's Development 2015: Resource Fair for Arlington Parents and Caregivers of Infants and Preschoolers." This is the 7th annual FREE fair with resources and information from several County agencies and community organizations.   This year's workshops are:

•         "Supporting Healthy Social and Emotional Development  in Children Aged 0-5: Foundations for Success"

•         "Early Brain Development"


Come for all or part of the event. Coffee and refreshments will be provided by Arlington SEPTA (Special Education PTA).


Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015

Time: 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Place: Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St. South, Arlington, VA  22204


Please register in advance for this FREE event!

By Internet at

By e-mail to

By phone at 703-228-1631


 This event is sponsored 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.  Flyers attached in English and Spanish.


Registration is ongoing for the Project Family Winter Session.

Project Family is a free, parents and children learning together program for Arlington parents and children ages infant to 5 years old.  Classes available at 5 locations throughout Arlington, Mondays-Saturdays.  See the full Winter Session schedule at under Parenting Resources.  For more information or registration, contact Cheryl Fuentes at or 703/228-1549.  Families may register at any time, pending space availability.



Calling Playful Volunteers! Are you willing to give 10 hours of your time to learn more about opportunities for kids to play outside in Arlington?  The FitArlington Healthy Community Action Team will be launching a website listing the features available at different Arlington playgrounds. The website will help people find the local playground closest to wherever they are and to understand in advance what features the playground offers for children of different ages.  We are looking for 15 energetic volunteers to visit 5-6 playgrounds each (we will group them all in the same geographic area). At each playground, the volunteer will take photos and complete a checklist noting what features are available at each site. The volunteer will enter data into an online survey tool. Prior experience visiting a playground is helpful, but not required. Training documentation will be made available to all volunteers to explain the survey.  The surveys should be completed between February 10th - March 8th. We estimate the playground visits will take 15 minutes each and data entry time will take another 10 minutes per playground.  Please contact Rachel Bedell ( by January 28, 2015 if you are interested and available. Currently we are including all County and Arlington Public School managed playgrounds. If you know of a private playground that should be included on the list, please let us know by responding to Rachel at



Please note--my new phone number is 703/228-1549. 


Cheryl Fuentes

Coordinator, Project Family

Arlington DHS/Child & Family Services Division

2100 Washington Blvd., 3rd Floor

Arlington, VA 22204



Looking for something to do with your child? Need parenting information or resources?  Visit -a website that will link you to parenting information and resources for parents of kids of all ages-from infant to teen and everyone in between!

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