Events

May
8
Wed
Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) @ Courthouse Plaza (Room 311)
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The PAC advises the County Board and the County Manager on the implementation of the pedestrian element of the Master Transportation Plan and other matters the committee deems important to advocate for the needs of pedestrians in Arlington.

The committee is made up of volunteers who keep the County focused on making Arlington a better place to walk — from the high-rise canyons of Rosslyn, Ballston and Crystal City to the leafy residential areas of north, south, and west Arlington.

Meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to join any meeting. Room location change for May 2019: Room 311.

 

Mar
19
Thu
[Cancelled] Walk + Craft: Reflective Pin-making with WalkArlington @ East West Rosslyn
Mar 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
March 17, 2020: Our team has been closely monitoring the public health recommendations about COVID-19  and has decided to cancel this event. Your wellbeing is important to us, and practicing social distancing is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus at this timeFollow us @WalkArlington on social media to stay updated on the rescheduled date for this event and for information about future events, walking tips, and more. Also, check out Iris’s work at ReflectiveSociety.com 
Join WalkArlington and Reflective Society as we create our own reflective pins and enjoy an early-evening walk in Rosslyn.

About this Event

Do you love making your own accessories? Do you like being visible at night? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, join WalkArlington and artist Iris Vondell of Reflective Society. We’ll gather at a neighborhood coffee shop, where Iris will teach us to make simple pinback buttons we can attach to our backpacks, bags, and coats. She will guide the group through the pin-making process, including painting or stamping the fabric, cutting out circles, and using a pin press.

This activity is great for anyone who walks, runs, or bikes outside: Iris creates all her accessories with reflective fabric, so the pins will glow in the dark and increase nighttime visibility.

Afterwards, we’ll head out for a brief guided walk of the Rosslyn neighborhood, where we can test out the reflective properties of our new creations! Bring a friend!

Registration

This event is free but registration is required. Participants must descend a small staircase to access the event space. All supplies will be provided. Pin-making will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on a rolling (drop-in) basis. The walk will start at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to bring cash/credit card if you plan on ordering coffee, wine, or snacks while we craft.

This event will take place, rain or shine.

Getting to the Event

This event will take place at East West, a neighborhood coffee shop and wine bar in Rosslyn, which is served by Metrorail and Metrobus, ART bus, multi-use trails, car-sharing and Capital Bikeshare. The entrance to the building is on a small access road parallel to North Lynn Street. Our crafting space will be at the large table in the back. Use Car Free Near Me to check out your transportation options.

Contact WalkArlington at info@walkarlington.com with any questions.

More

To learn more about Iris Vondell and view more of her beautiful reflective accessories, visit her website, Reflective Society. Iris will have additional jewelry and accessories on hand at the crafting event for purchase.

This event is cohosted by WalkArlington and Reflective Society.

Apr
4
Sat
[Cancelled] A Saturday Morning Stroll in Bluemont @ Bluemont Capital Bikeshare Station
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

March 17, 2020: Our team has been closely monitoring the public health recommendations about COVID-19  and has decided to cancel this event. Your wellbeing is important to us, and practicing social distancing is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus at this timeFollow us @WalkArlington on social media to stay updated on the rescheduled date for this event and for information about future events, walking tips, and more.

Join WalkArlington and Walk Virginia for a stroll through the neighborhood of Bluemont, featuring parks, trails, and a thriving retail core.

About this Event

National Walking Week is April 1-7, and what better way to celebrate than with a relaxing Saturday-morning stroll in Bluemont, recently named the best place to live in Arlington by Niche.com. WalkArlington and Walk Virginia are teaming up to lead this three-mile, guided ramble that will take us through Bluemont’s unrivaled network of trails and parks, not to mention its thriving retail core, which is home to small shops and several restaurants. We’ll finish at Lacey Woods Park, a favorite neighborhood spot that has places to sit, an open field, a basketball court, and a great playground. Bring your lunch or a snack if you want to enjoy an optional picnic in the park with us afterwards.

Registration

This event is free, but registration is required. Bring a lunch or snack if you want to picnic with us afterwards at Lacey Woods Park. Safeway Grocery is located approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the park if you want to purchase something to eat.

This event will take place, rain or shine.

Getting to the Event

This event will take place in Bluemont, a neighborhood in Arlington that is served by Metrorail and Metrobus, ART bus, multi-use trails, car-sharing, and Capital Bikeshare. The walk will start at the Capital Bikeshare Station on the corner of Wilson Blvd. and North George Mason Drive. Use Car Free Near Me to check out your transportation options.

Contact WalkArlington at info@walkarlington.com with any questions.

More

Walk Virginia (aka Virginia Volkssport Association) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3, inclusive recreation program and an advocate for fitness for all generations and abilities. Every October, it hosts the world-class US FreedomWalk Festival, which draws athletes of all ages and abilities from around the world and the United States for three days of non-competitive, social walks and a bike event throughout Arlington and Washington, D.C.

This event is cohosted by WalkArlington and Walk Virginia.

Apr
28
Tue
[CANCELLED] Joint Meeting of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) and Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) @ Navy Annex
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Update: this meeting has been postponed to a later date, to be determined.

April 28, 2020 will be a special joint meeting of the PAC, BAC, and Parks and Rec Commission.

The PAC advises the County Board and the County Manager on the implementation of the pedestrian element of the Master Transportation Plan and other matters the committee deems important to advocate for the needs of pedestrians in Arlington.

The committee is made up of volunteers who keep the County focused on making Arlington a better place to walk — from the high-rise canyons of Rosslyn, Ballston and Crystal City to the leafy residential areas of north, south, and west Arlington.

Meetings are typically held every second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to join any meeting.

Jun
4
Thu
Virtual Book Club: Take “A Walk in the Woods” with us! @ Online
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

If the stay-at-home order has significantly upped your reading time, consider joining us for our new virtual book club. We’ll be reading Bill Bryson’s funny and endearing memoir of his thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, “A Walk in the Woods.” Now more than ever, many of us would enjoy cozying up with a familiar good book that makes us laugh!

To participate, simply order a copy of the book online if you don’t already have one and register here on Eventbrite. Registration opens on Tuesday, April 21.

As the date of the online event gets closer, you’ll receive information on how to participate.

This is an informal opportunity to connect with other Arlington, Va., residents who like reading and walking/hiking.

If you’re feeling festive, make yourself a special appetizer and enjoy a favorite drink while we chat!

Jun
29
Mon
A Conversation on Walking Mindfully @ Online event
Jun 29 @ 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
Mental health and wellness professionals discuss the mental health benefits of walking. Afterwards, they’ll guide us on a mindful walk.

About This Event

Walking is one of the simplest and most accessible activities we can take part in, yet it can play a transformational role in improving our mental and physical health. Even a short, 10-minute walk each day has been found to reduce stress, anxiety, and fatigue while boosting our mood and sleep quality.

In this online event, A Conversation on Walking Mindfully, you’ll learn why walking is good for your mental health and how you can practice mindful walking to derive mental health benefits. You’ll hear from two mental health and two wellness professionals and have the opportunity to ask questions. After our discussion, we’ll lead you through a virtual, 10-minute mindful walk that we’ll experience together but apart using Zoom. Walk in your living room or in your neighborhood: It’s up to you! We’ll reconvene to wrap up and share how it felt.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS ZOOM EVENT ON EVENTBRITE. YOU WILL BE EMAILED A LINK TO JOIN IN THE REMINDER EMAIL SENT THE DAY BEFORE IT TAKES PLACE.

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About Our Speakers

Nicole Armstead-Williams (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a clinical social worker/therapist (MSW, LICSW) who provides individual therapy and therapeutic forest bathing experiences to survivors of trauma/loss/grief, acute and chronic stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. She holds awareness to unique issues of mental health and intersectionality, focusing primarily on racial identity/issues impacting black people, indigenous people, and people of color, women’s issues, and LGBTQIA+ issues. Ms. Armstead-Williams is founder of Prolific Harvest, a mission-driven private practice that honors the power of narrative and nature as growth toward trauma repair. She infuses walk-and-talk therapy with sensorimotor approaches, mindfulness-based stress reduction practices, and creative writing journal prompts to support clients in their healing journey.

Colleen Avis is an Ayurveda and yoga wellness coach who works with clients to find balance in their lives through nourishment, movement, mindfulness, and time in nature. Ms. Avis often meets her clients in nature for meditative walks and yoga. Chopra Center-certified in Ayurveda and meditation, and a Yoga Medicine certificate yoga teacher, Ms. Avis combines these skills to create offerings that meet her client’s unique needs, meeting them where they are.

Gretchen Robbins is a health and wellness coach who offers her clients walking and coaching sessions, culinary coaching, and healthy cooking classes. She has a master’s degree in Health and Wellness Coaching from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Ms. Robbins uses accountability, goal setting, and coaching techniques to help her clients achieve the balance that works best for their unique situations.

Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker who leads the team at Positive Strides, a unique psychotherapy practice where therapists walk and talk outdoors to physically and emotionally move a client toward their therapeutic goals. Ms. Udler specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and supportive counseling.

Nov
16
Mon
A Conversation on Healthy Living Through Walking @ Online event
Nov 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Four health and wellness professionals will share their best ideas for staying motivated to achieve better physical and mental health.

About This Event

The conversation will be centered around committing to a healthier lifestyle. We will discuss how to get started with walking, yoga, and other forms of exercise and activities that are not only good for your physical health, but can also help you to be mentally and emotionally healthy as well.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS ZOOM EVENT ON EVENTBRITE. YOU WILL BE EMAILED A LINK TO JOIN IN THE REMINDER EMAIL SENT THE DAY BEFORE IT TAKES PLACE.

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About Our Speakers

Marsha Banks-Harold is a Certified Yoga Therapist, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator, and owner of PIES Fitness Yoga Studio. She is an intuitive healer called to empower clients to fortify one’s strength of awesomeness; to learn to rely on one’s authentic self; and to cultivate everlasting physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual (PIES) peace. Marsha is the creator of the flagship yoga class My Body Don’t Bend That Way designed for clients who don’t believe they are flexible enough for yoga, who are afraid to get onto the floor, who are living with physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual pains, or those who have restricted range of motion.

Victor Carcamo grew up in Los Angeles and was raised by parents who supported his love of sports from a very young age. Over the years he played many different sports, but soccer turned out to be his greatest love. He attended Cal-State LA on a soccer scholarship and went on to play professionally in both Sweden and El Salvador. He became a certified trainer through ACE and has been personal training for about 15 years. He currently works for the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) as the director of operations and teaches the BID’s bootcamp. He also shares fitness and nutrition tips through the One20 Brand.

Erina Chander is a peer wellness specialist for Arlington County’s Healthy Living Program. She has lived experience with a mental illness and shares her experience and makes connections with others who have mental health challenges to bring about balanced health and wellness. She believes cultivating a healthy body creates a healthy mind. Erina enjoys hiking and being creative.

Deanna Cordova is a health professional and entrepreneur. She is the proud owner of DC Fit 10, a training community that she founded in 2014 to encourage people to laugh more, move more, and to play hard. She grew up in Santa Fe, NM, and was a multi-sport athlete all of her life. She went on to play basketball at Seattle University where she earned a BA in Business Management. After college she earned an MA in Kinesiology from Cal State Long Beach and began learning the ropes of the training industry. In 2005 she started helping people to develop their bodies as machines, encourage them to move more and to move often, and to always remember to have fun. She plans to continue this for the rest of her life. Her training philosophy is that everyone and everybody is an athlete. Whether you are training for a specific event or training for life, she is here to help you. She is certified with NASM, AFAA, TRX, FAI, FMT, and Parkinson’s Regeneration.

About Our Moderators

Marianna Cardozo is the Arlington County Healthy Living Program Coordinator. Marianna is a social worker and a certified personal trainer and ACE-certified health coach. Marianna approaches her practice from the perspective that health and well-being should be self-defined and self-determined, with an emphasis on developing intuitive, compassionate, and trusting relationships with ourselves. “All bodies are good bodies”, and we all deserve to feel safe and empowered in ours.

Mary Dallao is program manager for WalkArlington. She loves being outdoors and can often be found walking or running on one of Arlington’s beautiful trails.

Dec
10
Thu
Balaclavas and Baklava: Make Your Own Winter Accessory Workshop @ Online
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

BikeArlington, WalkArlington, and Arlington Public Library invite you to join Balaclavas & Baklava, our signature Winter Accessory Workshop. Participants will learn how to make their very own winter walk or bike accessory, from a warm ear cover to a full-head balaclava. These make a great gift, donation, and are of course perfect for your own winter outdoor activities. Register for this event.

Materials provided:

    Step-by-step instructions to make a balaclava and ear cover/neck gaiter
    Downloadable templates
    Live tutorial

Materials to have on hand:

    24”x16” piece of fleece (or other stretchy, cozy wicking fabric – not cotton) in the pattern of your choice. Note: one yard of standard-width (60 inches) fleece yields about 6 balaclavas or 10-15 ear covers/neck gaiters
    Sewing machine OR needle and a few feet of thread
    Scissors
    Straight pins or safety pins
    Marker or pen

All skill levels are welcome. All of these patterns can be made if you know how to do a simple stitch, although the ear cover and neck gaiters are simplest. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested.
Note: Don’t let materials be a barrier! If you need assistance obtaining the materials necessary for this event, please contact info@bikearlington.com or respond as such during event registration. We will have limited supplies available through Arlington Public Library’s Take and Make craft pickup.