Sept 2016: Arlington Mill Civic Association Meeting

posted Sep 16, 2016, 9:21 AM by Lilly Mancilla

WHAT:  Arlington Mill Civic Association Meeting

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm

WHERE: Arlington Mill Community Center - Senior Lounge -

                 second floor at Dinwiddie Street entrance


                                    Proposed Agenda

Tyrol Hill Park Upgrade.  Last phase of the master plan on the western side of the park.  Josh Serck, Arlington County's Department of Parks and Recreation, will give a presentation on proposed upgrades.

Presentation on Columbia Pike Multimodal ImprovementsThis fall, pre-construction work will begin on the west end of Columbia Pike between the Arlington/Fairfax County line and Four Mile Run. The work is part of the County's Columbia Pike Multimodal Project to make Columbia Pike a safer, more accessible route for all users, which includes upgrading and undergrounding utilities and improving the streetscape.

 Please pass the word around.  We look forward to seeing you

CPRO’s events This Fall

posted Sep 16, 2016, 6:41 AM by Lilly Mancilla

An update about CPRO’s events and other activities along Columbia Pike, Arlington’s newest and oldest Main Street.


Events! Events! Events!


Save the Date! Columbia Pike's Fall Wine & Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, October 8
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Adams Street at Columbia Pike

Sample Columbia Pike’s UNIQUE wines and RARE craft beers at this 2nd annual FAMILY-FRIENDLY, ticketed event! Also enjoy a taste of Pike restaurant fare!


The Sports Junkies LIVE from Columbia Pike!

Sunday, September 18 • 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, September 25 • 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 1 • 10:00 a.m.

William Jeffrey's Tavern

Ready for some football? William Jeffrey’s Tavern  (WJT) is!

The Sports Junkies are broadcasting their  #1 Redskins Pregame Show LIVE from WJT for the next three Sundays!

WJT’s “NFL Sunday Brunch” will feature a Bottomless Omelette & Waffle Bar, a DIY Bloody Mary Bar and much more. 

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. The Sports Junkies broadcast begins at 11:00 a.m. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.

WJT also will be showing all other NFL games at 4:00 p.m., 4:25 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 

Come enjoy a libation and irreverent sports commentary – LIVE FROM THE PIKE!


Summertime Movie Series Ends

"He Named Me Malala" 

Thursday, September 15 • 7:30 p.m. 
Arlington Mill Community Center (info)
"He Named Me Malala" is sponsored byNaked Juice and Capital Bikeshare Fiesta.


Saturday, September 17 • 7:30 p.m. 
Penrose Square 
"Water" is sponsored by Orr Partners andMMA & SPORTS REHAB Physical Therapy Clinic.

"Moulin Rouge"

Friday, September 23 • 7:30 p.m. 
Penrose Square 
*Rain date from originally-scheduled time.*

CPRO's Movie Nights program is underwritten by the Washington Forrest Foundation, B.M. Smith and the Penrose Square Association. Call the CPRO office for sponsorship opportunities. 



Celebrate on Columbia Pike with concerts and cooking class!

How to Prepare Mexican Cuisine

Saturday, September 17 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Columbia Pike Branch Library, Multipurpose Room

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by learning how to prepare quesadillas and fajitas. Samples provided by Cantina Mexicana Restaurant. Space is limited andregistration is required.

U.S. Army Blues/Latin Jazz Combo in Concert

Friday, September 23 • 6:00 p.m.
Arlington Mill Community Center 

Featuring music from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, with special guest artist SSG Juan Quinones of the West Point Band. Free and open to the public.


Farmers Market

Sunday, September 18 • 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pike Park

Recipes for You is coming to the Columbia Pike Farmers Market! Make your own cookbook from 12 pages about Columbia Pike’s diverse restauranteurs: a cherished recipe on one side, the personal journey of the owners and chefs on the reverse. 

SNAP Tour of the Market will also be held on the 18th. Come learn about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program!

Smith Meadows Farm is now taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. Reserve yoursbefore they sell out!

Finally, remember that September is AFAC’s Hunger Action Month. Find out how to help!


Funshine Fundraiser at Macedonia Baptist Church

Tuesday, September 20 • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Macedonia Baptist Church • 3412 22nd Street South

Join Katie Cristol, Rev. Leonard Hamlin and the event sponsors to learn about Funshine, plans to revitalize the community center and how you can get involved. To help the cause, make a tax deductible donation.
RSVP if you plan on attending.


Support Randolph Elementary School at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market!

Sunday, September 25 • 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Pike Park

Located on Quincy Street in the Douglas Park community, Randolph Elementary School is an APS neighborhood school that serves an extraordinarily diverse population of nearly 500 students. Many Randolph students are from countries around the globe and are English language learners; many others are from low-income families.

On Sunday, September 25th, the Randolph PTA will have a booth at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market. The PTA works hard to raise funds to support literacy, arts and sports activities for the children. They invite Pike residents to link their Harris Teeter, Giant and Amazon accounts to help direct funds from those companies’ fundraising programs to help support the school.


Pike Restaurants


Marble & Rye
Woodfire Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

2501 Columbia Pike – At Penrose Square
Arlington, VA  22204

Marble & Rye is an intimate whiskey bar and restaurant with a focus on:
• Great Spirits
• Great Cocktails
• Great Burgers
• 20 Craft Beers on Draft
• Neapolitan Pizzas

Open Mic Night Every Sunday:
• Sign up at 4:30 p.m.
• Music at 5:00 p.m.
• Featured Artists at 6:00 p.m.

Free Parking in the Giant parking garage. Ask your server for validation.

Pike Businesses


Pike 3400 Apartments

3400 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA  22204

Now Leasing Studio, 1- and 2- Bedroom Floorplans!

  • Modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops
  • Full-size washer/dryer in every apartment

Onsite retail:  ChipotleSugar Shack Donuts1000 Degrees PizzaSuper Cuts,Cycle Bar, and more! 

Check out Pike 3400 Apartments or call for an appointment.


Pike Places


Wandering the Pike with Graham Coreil-Allen

Sunday, September 18 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Columbia Pike Farmers Market (look for the "Come Wander" sign)

All visionaries are invited to go “Wandering the Pike” with public artist Graham Coreil-Allen. Explore and re-imagine the urban and suburban space of Columbia Pike with this alternative walking tour. Reservations are not required but encouraged. RSVP to Paul Shortt at:

Touring the Pike with Virginia’s City Planners 

September 30 – October 1
Pentagon City Sheraton

City planners from across the state will be right on Columbia Pike at the Virginia Statewide Neighborhood (VSNC) Conference  September 30th – October 1st at the Pentagon City Sheraton. Attendees can take a mobile tour of the Pike and Crystal City area, with CPRO president John Snyder taking the honors as tour guide for the Columbia Pike leg of the trip.


CPRO Notes


September 12–16 are the County’s Street Sweeping days, from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Check the neighborhoodschedule for more information.

September 19–23 is Try Transit Week. Discover new alternatives to your commute – how to get around while saving time, money and energy.

Sign Up for Arlington Alert, now featuring Zika updates.

Be sure to "Like" the CPRO Facebook page to keep us in your newsfeed and stay up to date on all the activities on Columbia Pike.

The Arlington Fun Ride - a great family-friendly bike ride

posted Sep 16, 2016, 6:39 AM by Lilly Mancilla

The Arlington Fun Ride is a great family-friendly bike ride coming up on October 1st.  Pick the ride length that matches you or your child's ability - do anything from the 3 mile "Kidical Mass" loop to the full 16 mile Arlington loop.  All rides end at a Family Fitness Festival featuring a bicycle obstacle course, inflatables, face painting and more!  All proceeds benefit the awesome youth programs at Phoenix Bikes.

Oct 15 2016: One Stop Shop for Housing and Health information

posted Sep 16, 2016, 6:38 AM by Lilly Mancilla


Click for transportation information





Food & Music

Family Friendly Fun!


Save the Date!

Oct 15, 10a.m.-4p.m.


Live-In Arlington Info-FairHousing - Health and Wellness

* Free admission and parking *

(4 hrs. free parking)



Arlington Mill Community Center 

909 S. Dinwiddie Street 
Arlington, VA 22204

 Free Seminars & Workshops!

See the list of classes in the LAIF webpage or click the blue logo. Limited seating, first come first served!


Registration is needed for ”The Condo Seminar”  
Call us at 
703-228-3765 to register! 


 One Stop Shop for  Housing and Health information:

  • Realtors, mortgage companies, banks, nonprofit organizations and Arlington County housing and health representatives!
  • From workshops for Tenant’s Rights to First-Time home buyers to Free Flu and Health screeningthe Arlington Info-Fair has something for everyone!

 For more information:


Call the Housing Division at 703-228-3765 or the LAIF team at  at 202-599-0665





Exhibitor registration





Arlington Community High School

posted Sep 16, 2016, 6:37 AM by Lilly Mancilla

All Invited to Sat Sept 24 @ 9:00 - 11:30 AM 

This is the program that was formerly known as Arlington Mill High School. There is a brief history on their website.

Outdoor Movie Night - The Peanuts Movie at AMCC Plaza - 8:30 pm

posted Aug 31, 2016, 7:58 AM by Stephen Finafrock   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 8:07 AM ]

TOMORROW NIGHT - September 1, 2016 at 8:30 pm - The Peanuts Movie 


Come and join your neighbors on the Plaza at AMCC (909 S. DInwiddie St, Arlington, VA 22204)

Summer outdoor movie sponsored by CPRO on the Plaza at AMCC. 

Limited seating is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are encouraged to bring your own chair. 

In case of inclement weather please check this page, CPRO's Facebook page or Twitter feed to find about a potential cancellation of a screening. We make that call typically at 3pm on the day of every screening.

Outdoor Movie Night - The Sandlot at AMCC Plaza - 8:30 pm

posted Aug 25, 2016, 11:49 AM by Stephen Finafrock

Tonight - August 25th, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Come and join your neighbors tonight on the Plaza at AMCC (909 S. DInwiddie St, Arlington, VA 22204)

Summer outdoor movie sponsored by CPRO on the Plaza at AMCC. 

Limited seating is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are encouraged to bring your own chair. 

In case of inclement weather please check this page, CPRO's Facebook page or Twitter feed to find about a potential cancellation of a screening. We make that call typically at 3pm on the day of every screening.

The 2016 ACPD Block Party is at Kenmore Middle School on August 27, 2016

posted Aug 2, 2016, 9:40 AM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated Aug 2, 2016, 9:41 AM ]

Community members,

It is less than a month until our big event!  The Arlington County Police Department is hosting the 2016 ACPD Block Party on August 27, 2016.  The event will take place at Kenmore Middle School200 South Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, Virginia, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Attractions that do not have a specified time frame below will be available for the entire duration of the event.
Planned attractions include:
    - 15 Minutes Behind the Badge (9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
       Participants will receive a brief training from police instructors on police tactics, attend a simulated Roll Call to gather
       information, and play the role of a police officer in two live scenarios.
    - ACPD KidZone
      The ACPD KidZone is an area inside the school featuring kid-friendly activities like trying on police equipment, learning
       about fingerprints, exercising, and playing video games.
    - Vehicle VIN-etching (10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
       A free service offered by the Virginia State Police which etches the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the vehicle's
       windows as a deterrent to auto theft.
    - Distracted Driving Simulator
       Participants will drive a golf cart through a cone course while being distracted by various methods including the use of
       special goggles.  This event highlights the dangerous effects of distracted driving.
    - Police Vehicle Expo
       Police specialty vehicles will be on display, including a police motorcycle, the Mobile Command Vehicle, the Chooser
       Cruiser, and a SWAT Armored Personnel Carrier.
    - Police K-9 Demonstrations (Performances scheduled at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm)
       K-9 handlers will discuss and demonstrate some of the capabilities of their canine partners.
    - Police Motorcycle Demonstrations (Performances scheduled at noon and 2:00 pm)
       Motorcycle officers will demonstrate some of the riding skills needed to perform their work. 
    - Bicycle Registration
       This free service registers bicycles with the County so it is possible to identify and recover them if they are stolen.
    - Child Safety Seat Inspection
       A certified child safety seat inspector will verify that child safety seats are properly installed to best protect children.
    - Inflatable attractions
      A moon bounce and similar activities will be available for kids.
    - Free food and drinks
       Rockland's BBQ and Grilling Company is providing free food.  Free cold drinks will also be available due to the
       generosity of Coca-Cola.
    - Music (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)
      There will be a live DJ from HOT 99.5 providing entertainment.
    - Various information tables
       There will be a variety of County and private organizations with information tables and free giveaway items.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to interact with Arlington County public safety personnel!

Please let me know if you have any questions.  If you do not wish to receive further information about this event, let me know and I will remove you from the distribution list.

Third District Team

Arlington Mill Community Center eNews -August, 2016

posted Aug 2, 2016, 9:39 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Arlington Mill

August 2016


Important Links

Arlington Mill Website

Weekly Schedule

Senior Programming

Fitness Room Information

Inclement Weather Information

Find a Park

Countywide Drop-In Activities

Hours of Operation

1-9 p.m.

Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

10 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Facility Manager
Patrick Mallon

Sr. Center Programmer

Jennifer Weber




909 S. Dinwiddie Street
Arlington, VA 22204



Community Center News

Back to School Supplies Drive

Invest in Arlington's children! Provide school supplies kids need to succeed! Arlington Department of Human Services seeks donations of new backpacks and school supplies for local children in preparation for the upcoming school year. Drop off donations at Arlington Mill Community Center (look for the collection boxes near the main reception desks) through August 26. Questions? Contact call 703-228-1198 or e-mail Susan Stolpe


Know an adult immigrant who needs English classes? Placement tests for adult ESL classes (English as a Second Language) at AMCC will take place Mon. Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, starting at 5 p.m. on the 4th floor. Classes will begin Aug. 22.  For more information, call the REEP Program at 703-228-4200 or go to  

Movie Nights at Arlington Mill Community Center

Aug.11 – Kung Fu Panda 3

Aug.18 – Maze Runner, Scorch Trials 

Aug. 25 –The Sandlot 

Sept. 1 – The Peanuts Movie 

Sept. 8 – Brooklyn

Sept. 15 – He Named Me Malala 

All movies are on Thursdays and will start just after sunset in the Plaza... provided to you by CPRO - Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization   

County Seeks Informal Ideas for Adaptive Use of the Vacant Retail Space at AMCC

Great news for the west end of Columbia Pike.  Arlington County is seeking ideas from organizations who would be interested in using the 1,875 sq. ft. of unfinished retail space (with an option for including three unfinished rooms on the 4th floor) at the Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S. Dinwiddie Street). Specifically, the County is interested in organizations that can provide clear public benefit that adds value to the community center experience and can pay for the entire buildout, operation, maintenance and rent of the space.

·        Request for Expressed Interest

·        Retail Space Floor Plan

·        Dinwiddie Street Level Floor Plan

·        4th Floor Plan

Interested organizations can learn more by contacting Peter Lusk at


55+ Program News

Arlington Mill Pickleball Summer Hours:

  • Mon., Wed., Fri.: 10:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Tues. & Thurs., 12:30 - 3 p.m.
  • No Pickleball: Aug. 22 - Sept. 2, resumes Sept. 6  

Call 703-228-7369 for more details.


Parks & Recreation News

Registration for fall Recreation classes begins Aug. 10. Visit to view Enjoy Arlington!, our guide to recreation classes and programs.

Ranger Led Walks!

This summer Arlington County’s Park Rangers will lead a series of park-based walking tours. Pack a water bottle, wear comfortable shoes and bring the family to learn about the history and natural environment of these special places. Walks are free, at an easy pace and last 30-45 minutes.

Thurs., Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at Lubber Run Community Center (Meet at center parking lot.)

Sat., Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. at Bluemont Park (Meet at parking lot at 601 N. Manchester St.)

Park Idol & Sing-A-Long

Come Sing with Us or cheer on your friends and neighbors as they perform at our first-ever, free Park Idol & Sing-A-Long! Fri., Aug. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Lower Bluemont Park Picnic Shelter.

Come Make Nature Art with Us!

Kids 8-12 years are invited to join us at scenic Glencarlyn Park to create some Nature Art with colored pencils. And even better…come back to Long Branch Nature Center and to make clay sculptures using our resident animals as models. Wed., Aug. 10 from 2-3 p.m. Only $5. Register either online or by calling 703-228-4747. Activity# 642926-E

Come to the Arlington County Fair Aug. 17-21!

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Arlington County Fair with dozens of rides, over 100 indoor exhibitors, a variety of food offerings and free family-friendly entertainment at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. This volunteer-driven event embraces a diverse community by educating, entertaining and showcasing the best of Arlington.  Get specific info on fun things to do here.

Want more Parks & Recreation News? Sign up for our bi-monthly enewsletter

Task Force to Review Real Estate Tax Relief Program

posted Jul 20, 2016, 10:06 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Task Force to Review Real Estate Tax Relief Program

  • Manager sets charge for working group
  • Addressing needs of low-income senior households
  • Reviewing income and asset limits, exemption and deferral criteria

Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz reported today to the County Board on the official charge for a Real Estate Tax Relief Working Group that will perform a comprehensive review of the County’s program.

“We all acknowledge that Arlington’s rising property values and related increase in the property tax burden is sometimes difficult for seniors on a fixed-income to deal with,” Schwartz said. “This working group will be taking a hard look at our current program and present recommendations early next year on what, if any, changes should be made to better achieve our goal of supporting residents, where we can, who wish to age in place.”

The working group, which will be appointed by the County Manager this month and report to him on its findings, is charged with:

  • Researching and reviewing best practices across the nation related to real estate tax relief.
  • Engaging and informing the community and relevant stakeholders of the group’s ongoing efforts and discussions.
  • Determining if there may be Arlingtonians who qualify for real estate tax relief but are not currently participating in the program, and providing recommendations for what could be done differently to effectively reach these residents.
  • Collaborating with a consultant to conduct surveys and/or focus groups to gauge the program’s historical success in reaching eligible Arlingtonians and enabling these residents to stay in their homes, and to ascertain what changes (if any) would allow the program to better address elderly and disabled Arlingtonians’ needs.
  • Using identified best practices and survey/focus group results to inform an analysis of the current program’s approach to enabling elderly and disabled Arlingtonians to stay in their homes.
  • Providing recommendations on how to best structure and administer the program in Arlington moving forward.

Read the charge to the working group, which includes timeline and proposed members. 

More than 900 households now participate in the program

In Fiscal Year 2015, 911 households received a full or partial exemption and 29 households received only deferrals, resulting in a combined $4.2 million in uncollected revenue.

The County reviews criteria for the Tax Relief Program annually as part of the County budget process. The working group will conduct a broader review involving the community. One of the key recommendations of the Affordable Housing Master Plan adopted by the County Board in September 2015 was to review the goals and guidelines of the program, and to consider redefinition of income levels, asset levels and criteria for exemptions and deferrals.


Virginia localities are authorized to provide real estate tax relief to homeowners aged 65 or over, as well as to permanently disabled homeowners.

  • The current Arlington County Tax Relief Program provides an exemption or deferral from real estate taxes for qualified Arlington homeowners whose annual household income is below $99,472, and whose household assets (excluding the value of their Arlington home) are below $340,000.
  • A household may receive a full, 50 percent or 25 percent exemption depending on income, assets and household size. For households receiving a partial exemption, the non-exempt portion of the tax may be deferred.
  • Homeowners within the income guidelines who have assets over $340,000 but below $540,000 may defer payment of their real estate taxes until their property changes ownership.
  • No interest or penalty fees are charged.

Working Group structure

The County Manager will appoint a limited-term advisory body, the Real Estate Tax Relief Working Group, which will consist of a chair and vice-chair, along with members representing the following:

  • Commission on Aging
  • Disability Advisory Commission
  • Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission
  • Housing Commission
  • Member(s)-at-large
  • Real Estate Tax Relief Program participant(s)

Final report

The working group will produce a final report on its key findings in early 2017. The report could include recommendations for eligibility, structural, administrative and other changes to the existing program.

Media Contact

Kurt Larrick703-228-1775

View this release in our newsroom

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.

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