Clarendon Day Cancelled Again
The Clarendon Alliance announced that for the second year in the row Clarendon Day is cancelled. A compressed production timeline, increased costs, staffing changes, and the ongoing concern of Covid-19 and the delta variant make the viability of an event too risky.
Clarendon Day has been one of Arlington’s biggest and best loved street festivals, with several music stages, a large kid’s area, arts and crafts vendors, plenty of great food from local and regional restaurants, Craft beers and Virginia wines, business and nonprofit exhibitors from Clarendon and the region and more. ARLnow CA Facebook post
Library Service Increases
Arlington Public Library continues to reopen in stages because the library is having trouble finding sufficient staff. There are now 5 open library locations:
● Aurora Hills
● Central Library
● Columbia Pike
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July 4 Road Closures
Multiple roadways will be closed on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 to facilitate the safe passage of large crowds for the Independence Day events and fireworks. Most Arlington closures will begin at 3:30PM on Sunday. Most National Parks Service closures will begin at 6AM on Sunday.
Arlington Closures National Parks Service Closures
LV Park Sprayground Reopens for 2021!
After a year of no fun at all, Arlington’s spraygrounds are now open for the summer. Sprayground season starts the weekend before Memorial Day and ends Labor Day weekend.
Also nearby is the sprayground at Hayes Park (1516 N Lincoln St).
| Lyon Village
| Hayes Park
Arlington Spraygrounds Webpage
Irregular Sprayground hours were instituted as part of FY2011 budget cuts and continue to this day.
Smithsonian Museums & National Zoo Limited Reopening in May
Limited hours and timed tickets required. Get Tickets
Whitlow’s to Close June 26
Whitlow’s was unable to extend its lease and the property it occupies is now being offered for sale. The property is zoned C-3 so by-right could possibly be replaced by a 7-story (75 foot) building. ARLnow Story
Rolling Road Closures on Lee Sat, Mar 13, 2-4PM
The Run for Her Life 5K Walk and Yoga Event will take place on Saturday, March 13, 2021, from 2PM to approximately 4PM. The Arlington County Police Department will conduct rolling road closures to accommodate the event. Click map to enlarge News Release
Spring Parks & Rec Catalog
Featureing recreation, nature and history programs to keep you active, while practicing safe social distancing and following Virginia COVID guidelines. Online registration begins Wed, Mar 10 at 8AM.
All Parks & Rec programs, classes, and camps can accommodate participants of all abilities.
Athletic Field Availability and Utilization Survey
The County is seeking input on how fields are currently used and suggestions for making field allocation policy equitable and effective. Share your thoughts. Survey (ends Feb 25)
12 Days of Active Winter Break
County staff and residents will be offering 12 different, kid-friendly activities for 12 Days of Active Winter Break to keep students and their families active and entertained. Activities will be free, physically distant, accessible, and walk/bike friendly.
The 12 Days will start with a kick-off event held on Zoom on Thur, Dec 17, from 6:30-7:30 PM. Register in Advance
Daily activities will be posted on social media.
ICYMI: Rosslyn Holiday Inn Implosion (Video)
The 18-story former Holiday Inn hotel in Rosslyn came down Sunday in a controlled demolition. View Video by ARLnow. Booms start at 8:30 mark. Fails to play in some web browsers.
Girl Scout Troops Organizing in LV
Girl Scout Troops are now forming near Lyon Village! Troops at Key, Arlington Science Focus, and other nearby schools are open for registration. Troops are meeting both virtually and in-person, outside! Girls and interested parent volunteers contact Maxine Laberge at email@example.com or 202-534-3763.
Labor Day Street Festival Cancelled
The Arlington Labor Day Weekend Festival of the Arts, that was to be held in Clarendon, has been cancelled due to an “unforeseen issue with local authorities is preventing the show from taking place.” The cancellation occurred prior to the results of LVCA’s quick poll being communicated to the County. Kudos to the County for figuring this out on its own. Thank you to all 261 LV residents who responded to the poll.
Many LV residents added insightful comments that are worth reading…
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Virtual County Fair:
No rides, no yummy/unhealthy food, but lots of fun events. To share the magic of the Fair even during unsure times the Fair will be hosting a variety of live events via Facebook Live. Unlike many events on the Internet, these events are live—don’t be late!
Fair Facebook Page
Designing Streets for Kids Guide
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) just published the Designing Streets for Kids guide to pave the way for cities to promote streets that better serve the specific needs of children and caregivers as pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. Download
Restaurants with Outdoor Dining
The County has published a map of Arlington restaurants with the ability to offer outdoor dining either through existing outdoor cafes or temporary outdoor seating areas. Many are near LV. Map
High School Sports Season Delayed
The Virginia High School League voted to delay the start of the 2020-21 high school sports season. A compressed sports season will run from Dec 28 to June 26. The Winter season will start in late December, followed by Fall sports and Spring sports. More at VHSL
Arlington Pools Limited Reopening
The indoor public pools at Washington-Liberty and Yorktown high schools have reopened. The Wakefield High School pool should reopen soon after major maintenance work. Activities include Lap Swimming, Water Jogging, Water Exercise (aerobics) and Water Walking. Advance reservations are required for 45-minute sessions. Cost for adult sessions is $6.30 and $4.10 for seniors. Multi-day passes and memberships are available. There are many restrictions; read everything carefully. More Details Fee Schedule
Arlington County Fair CANCELED
The Fair, scheduled from Aug. 12-16, has been canceled. There are plans for 3 days of virtual programming Aug 14-16 on the Fair’s Facebook page.
Fair Facebook Page
Arlington County 2020 Summer Camps Canceled
Parks and Recreation announced “in accordance with the health and safety guidelines of state, national and camp officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, Arlington County is cancelling summer camps for 2020.” It is “not confident all campers and staff would be able to safely enjoy an even modified camp experience.” Credits will be provided to all who previously signed up.
Egg Hunt Social Distancing Version
1) Decorate some paper eggs on an 8.5×11 paper sheet. You can download a template to print and color at Simple Mom Project
2) Post your eggs in a front window where they can easily be seen from the street. Please display them from Sat, Mar 28 to Tues, Apr 14.
3) Go for a walk around the neighborhood with your kids to see how many eggs you can find! Please walk only with members of your household, not in large groups.
Sorry, no prizes this year. Thanks, and stay safe and healthy!
LVWC/LVCA Egg Hunt Postponed
The Lyon Village Egg Hunt which was to be held on Sat, Mar 28 in LV Park has been postponed. Hopefully it can be held later in the Spring. Watch LyonVillage.org and LyonVillageWomensClub.com for news.
Fall Colors: Tree Identification
Fall brings us breathtaking sights of trees turning vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow. The changing foliage provides more than just a beautiful views—the change in colors can better help to identify the tree species.
Tree Identification: Part 1 Tree Identification: Part 2
Arlington Tree Canopy Favorite Leaf-Peeping Spots