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.



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.

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
    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 or respond as such during event registration. We will have limited supplies available through Arlington Public Library’s Take and Make craft pickup.


Have your materials in advance! Download the pattern and instructions in the link below.


12 Days of Active Winter Break @ Free Event
Dec 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

BikeArlington, WalkArlington, and the APS Safe Routes to School Program invite you to join us for 12 Days of Active Winter Break. We will be sharing 12 kid-friendly activities to keep everyone active and engaged over the holidays.

Every child counts down the days until Winter Break, but parents and caregivers may feel like they are counting the days until it is done! This year, the pandemic presents even greater challenges in keeping everyone sane during the holidays.

County staff and local residents will be offering 12 different activities that you and your family can participate in to stay active and entertained. Arlington has so much to offer and what better time to experience it than over the long break. Each activity will be free, physically distant, accessible, and walk/bike friendly.

We encourage you to share the event with your family and friends to make sure they don’t miss out on any of the fun to be had over the break. Make the most of the time you have with your family while maintaining a fun and active lifestyle.

National Walking Day
Apr 7 all-day
National Walking Day

Have you ever stumbled across a hidden piece of history, art, or nature that you’ve never seen before? The best way to find these hidden gems is by walking somewhere new! WalkArlington and Arlington Transportation Partners would like to invite you to participate in National Walking Day on April 7, 2021. Join us on a virtual hunt for hidden gems in your own neighborhood that you may not have known existed.

As valuable members of our active community, your wellbeing is important to us, so this year’s virtual event prioritizes the health and safety of the community.