Washington Gas Nigh Work in Arlington Mill -May 29th through June 9th 2017

posted May 24, 2017, 6:50 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Washington Gas will be performing night work in the area of your Arlington Mill Neighborhood Association area in Arlington during the period of May 29th through June 9th .  Attached is an overview of the project.  Night work will be performed at the intersection of Columbia Pike and S Greenbrier St. Northern Pipeline (WG’s Underground Contractor) will send out notices to the property owners affected.

Share Your Views on Buck Property, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road

posted May 19, 2017, 8:34 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Share Your Views on Buck Property, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road

  • Interactive public forum Wednesday, May 24
  • Open house on May 30
  • Public asked to review scenarios for both properties
  • Sponsored by County-APS Joint Facilities Advisory Commission

The public is invited to join Arlington’s Joint Facilities Advisory Commission (JFAC) on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 for a public forum to review possible scenarios for the Buck property, off Quincy Street, and the Virginia Hospital Center site at 601 S. Carlin Springs Road. The County has the option to acquire both properties and has been engaged in a broad-based community review effort to determine their best uses.

“JFAC, working with County and Schools staff and with the community, has developed five scenarios for how the County might use each of these possible land acquisitions to meet some of our many pressing facility needs,” said JFAC Commission Chair Ginger Brown. “This forum is meant to put those scenarios before all Arlingtonians, to gather their feedback before JFAC makes recommendations to the County Board.”

The free forum will be held in the Wakefield High School cafeteria, 1325 South Dinwiddie St. in Arlington, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Members of the public will have another opportunity to review specific use scenarios for the two properties during a JFAC Open House at Courthouse Plaza on May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, on May 25, an online form will be available on the JFAC website for sharing feedback on specific use scenarios for properties.

Learn more about JFAC, an advisory body jointly appointed by the County Board and School Board, and sign up for updates on JFACs activities and opportunities to provide feedback.


posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:19 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Columbia Pike

APRIL 3, 2017

Work Starting Between Four Mile Run, County Line

Pre-construction work is scheduled to begin Monday, April 10 on the west end of Columbia Pike between Four Mile Run and the Arlington/Fairfax County line. The work is part of the County's project to make Columbia Pike a safer, more accessible route for all users, which includes upgrading and undergrounding utilities and improving the streetscape.


The first major activity is the relocation of the in-street gas main, which will start this month and is expected to last until fall 2017. Washington Gas is required to relocate their gas main prior to the County beginning construction.


What to expect during the Washington Gas gas-main relocation:


  • There will be traffic disruptions and lane closures while Washington Gas crews are in the street.
  • Around the work zone on Columbia Pike, at least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times.
  • Washington Gas will stage equipment and materials at several locations along Columbia Pike. Access to adjacent properties will remain open, but bus stops at these locations will be relocated or removed during construction.
  • In addition to weekday work, weekend and night work are possible. Night work will be limited to intersections.


Additional information can be found on the County's project webpage.


Columbia Pike Transit Stations - Project Update

Rendering of transit station design

Last October the County Board voted to further reduce costs for the transit stations project by choosing a design concept that includes the option of mass-producing components for the station shelters and partially assembling them in a factory. Since then, County staff, working with a design consultant, have been developing specifications that will be used to purchase the station shelters.


The consultant also is working on design plans showing how the stations will fit into the first 6 locations slated for construction. These plans will be shared with the community this spring.


The transit stations are a major feature of Arlington’s planned Premium Transit Network connecting Columbia Pike, Pentagon City and Crystal City.

Street cleaning schedules for Arlington Mill

posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:13 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Zone 8: Wednesday – April 19; May 17; June 14
Arlington Forest Columbia Heights West/ Arlington Mill
Barcroft Forest Glen
Buckingham Glencarlyn

SPRING CLEANING OPPORTUNITY - Spring E-Care Event Saturday, April 15

posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:09 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Good afternoon,

Arlington County’s E-CARE event will be held Saturday, April 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. E-CARE is an event where residents can safely dispose of hazardous household materials (HHM), recycle bikes, small metal items, shoes, clothing and much more!

HHM are products found in the home that are flammable, corrosive, poisonous or potentially hazardous. They include items such as automotive fluid, car care products, fluorescent light bulbs, corrosives, household cleaners, and propane gas cylinders.

Before you come to the event, talk to your neighbors. Combine your items and save a trip to the collection site. Place all materials in the original container or label materials clearly, overpack any leaking containers, and bring your ID to verify that you are an Arlington resident or employee.

For a full list of acceptable items, go to and search “E-CARE.”

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Katie O’Brien

Communications Specialist

Arlington County Department of Environmental Services

Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 29

posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:08 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Police to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 29, 2017

Public Information Officer Ashley Savage from Arlington County Police Department · 15m ago

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the listed sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Please note: The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Only pills or patches will be accepted.) 

The Arlington County Police Department will be collecting prescription drugs at the following sites: 

Fire Station #1 
500 S. Glebe Road 
Arlington, VA 22204 
(Rear parking lot) 

Fire Station #8 
4845 Lee Highway 
Arlington, VA 22207 
(Side parking lot) 

Fire Station #9 
1900 S. Walter Reed Drive 
Arlington, VA 22204 
(Rear parking lot) 

Last October, efforts across the nation resulted in the collection of approximately 366 tons of pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for safe and proper disposal. In Virginia, 127 agencies collected over 23,000 pounds at 174 collection sites. When those results are combined with what was collected in its twelve previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3500 tons—of pharmaceutical medications. As a result, our communities are safer because of the disposal opportunities provided by the DEA and partnering agencies. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 

The DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. 

If residents are unable to participate in this event, the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services advises residents to throw unwanted prescription drugs in the trash! Arlington County recommends disposing of over-the-counter and prescription medications with your regular trash. The County’s municipal solid waste is incinerated at the Waste-To-Energy facility so medications, when thrown away, will be incinerated. To dispose of medications in the trash, remove them from their original container, add water to melt the pills then place them in an unattractive substance such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter and put them in your garbage. For more information about disposal of medications visit:

Shared with all areas in Arlington County Police Department in Crime & Safety

Community Walking Tours

posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:06 AM by Lilly Mancilla







11AM - 12: 30PM





11AM - 12: 30PM




MAY 21

11AM - 12: 30PM



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 

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: FREE!


Arlington Artists Alliance

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

Tom Mulczynski, President



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

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

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 Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email

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 Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email

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 Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email

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, or download the entire schedule at:   

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, 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, 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 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.

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