Page 1

Photo Credit: Amber Lupin

Monthly Features: • Free Shirlington Events • Shirlington Coupons • Community News • Real Estate Update • Shirlington Spotlight: Ginger Harden

MARCH 2010


Also This Month: • Balance: How do you attain it? • 10 Ingredients for Healthier, Happier Living • 15th Annual Walk for the Animals -1-


While looking ahead to a warmer future, I want to take a moment to reflect on the historic snowfall that we saw in February. It was great to see the Shirlington Snowball fight after the first storm (pictured on the cover) as well as the many who took advantage with their skis and make-shift sleds. It’s amazing how having fun can bring so many people together. While many people were enjoying the snow, I wanted to recognize all of the people who worked tirelessly to help clear the roads and sidewalks as best they could despite the conditions. And for those restaurants that stayed open with a skeleton crew to give a welcome break to those with cabin fever and Harris Teeter for staying open as long as they could to give residents a place to get some necessities, a warm thank you to you as well. A special thanks also goes out to Hilton Garden Inn who provided a warm place to stay for Fairlington residents that lost power as well as to performers from Signature. Basically, I want to thank all of you who continue to make Shirlington a great community to live in! – Adrian U.

To Advertise, please call Adrian at (301) 523-6453


Emergency: Fire / Police / Ambulance:.......................................911 Poison Control (National):........................................ 1-800-222-1222 Poison Control (Local):.................................................202-625-3333 School Closings/Delays:.......................................... 1-866-322-4277 Non-Emergency: Police / Fire:.....................................703-558-2222 Public Health:.................................................................703-228-4992 General County Info:.....................................................703-228-3000 Social Services Mental Health:....................................703-228-4611 Human Services Referral Line:....................................703-228-1300 Animal Welfare:.............................................................703-931-9241 Dominion Virginia Power:......................................... 1-888-667-3000 Washington Gas:....................................................... 1-800-223-9452 Metro:..............................................................................202-637-7000 VDOT:.............................................................................703-383-8368 Child Protective Services:............................................703-228-1500

Letter from the Editor

When Your Shirlington Connection first started, there was a rash of business closings that were occurring in Shirlington. As a member of the community, it was hard to see these hard working business owners unable to make it. With time, we are starting to see a turnaround here in Shirlington. This month welcomes two new additions to the Shirlington community: Studio Salon & Spa in the new Randolph Square Building and Periwinkle in the space previously occupied by Viera, next to CakeLove. Please help in extending a warm welcome to the new business owners, Sharon and Elizabeth, respectively. On top of these new businesses openings, Busboys & Poets continues their expansion into the space next door to allow more room for performances. The more that we are able to support our local businesses, the more likely that we will be able to attract the type of businesses that you have expressed interest in.


Settled sales in zip code 22206 There were 21 sales reported in the MRIS in zip code 22206 from 1/16/2010-2/21/2010. Traffic and sales have started to pick up already for the spring market, and the tax credit in the stimulus package appear to be having a strong effect on Buyers. Information gathered by Ginger Harden.


FAIRLINGTON 4102 32nd Rd. S. B1 3313 Stafford St. S #419 4629 36th St. S B1 3079 Buchanan St. S #A1

Garden Condo TH Garden Condo Garden Condo

3 BR 2BR 1 BR 1 BR

2 BA 2 BA 1 BA 2 BA

$360,000 $441,000 $305,000 $375,000

FORT BERNARD HEIGHTS 3806 Kemper Rd 3708 Kemper Rd

Duplex Duplex

3 BR 1 BA 3 BR 1 BA

$305,000 $246,000



2 BR 1 BA


OLDE FACTORY 2832 Meade St #12


3 BR 1 BA


NAUCK 3445 S. 25th St


4 BR 3 BA


COURTBRIDGE 2805B Woodrow St. S

Garden Condo

2 BR 1 BA


SHIRLINGTON VILLAGE CONDO 2720 S. Arlington Mill Dr #414 2720 S. Arlington Mill Dr. #512 2720 S. Arlington Mill Dr. #602 2720 S. Arlington Mill Dr. #302


2 BR 2 BR 2 BR 2 BR

2 BA/DEN 2 BA 2 BA 2 BA

$550,000 $430,000 $461,000 $479,000

THE ARLINGTON 2702 Walter Reed S. #B 2505B Walter Reed S. 2839B Wakefield S 2659C Walter Reed Dr. S 2625B Walter Reed Dr. S

Garden Condo Garden Condo Garden Condo Garden Condo Garden Condo

2 BR 2 BR 2 BR 2 BR 2 BR

1 BA 1 BA 1 BA 1 BA 1 BA

$284,900 $282,000 $305,000 $287,500 $303,000

WINDGATE 2404C Walter Reed Dr. S 2438D Walter Reed Dr. S


3 BR 2 BA 3 BR 3 BA

$435,000 $475,000


Information Gathered by Ginger Harden. Please see her ad on Page 2. 2776 S. Arlington Mill Drive Ste #233 Arlington, VA 22206 301.523.6453 -4-

Mention Your Shirlington Connection when responding to Ads.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training originated in California in the 1980s and found its way to Arlington in 2002. It’s intended to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to be safer in their own homes and to help save lives when professional responders are unavailable or delayed in their response. It’s free, takes about 24 hours over a seven week period (six weeknights and two Saturday mornings) and is sponsored by Arlington County’s Citizen Corps Council, Office of Emergency Management and Fire Department. Over 400 County residents have completed the training and more than half of them have continued as active members of their neighborhood teams. Topics included in the training are disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, fire suppression, terrorism, disaster psychology and team organization. Classes meet at the Fire Training Academy in Shirlington and most are taught by Arlington County Fire Department personnel. If you’d like more information about CERT training, drop a line to ArlingtonCERT@ There are two classes beginning in early March and there are still spaces available.

Your Shirlington Connection Website. Based on your feedback, Your Shirlington Connection website ( has been updated to include the following features: • Arlington Alerts: Any alert affecting the Shirlington area will be posted here • Community Forum: Do you have a question or comment for Shirlington residents that you would like some feedback on? Or perhaps a suggestion on what might make Shirlington a better place to live? Post your thoughts here! • Blog: Help stay up to date on the latest happenings in Shirlington. Additional features that are expected to roll out in March include Movie Listings and forums specifically for the Shirlington groups & clubs in the area. Also don’t forget to check the Shirlington Events calendar often as the list is updated frequently throughout the month!


A Signature Evening at the Signature Theatre. Beat the winter doldrums and enjoy a fun evening out on March 19. Virginia Hospital Center Foundation is hosting its first annual benefit, A Signature Evening, at the Signature Theatre. A unique twist on the traditional evening gala fundraiser, this event supports two pillars in our community, the arts and healthcare. Virginia Hospital Center is the first local organization to “buy out the house” at the Signature Theatre for a performance. This is truly a community-focused effort, with Arlington organizations supporting one another. All proceeds from the evening will support healthcare excellence at Virginia Hospital Center. With the return of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd to the Signature, this is an evening not to miss. The reception will even include blood red “Sweenytinis” and special meat pies (filet and mushrooms) for Sweeney Todd fans. Details: Friday, March 19; Pre-Show Reception & Dinner at 6:30pm; Show: Sweeney Todd at 8 pm; Dessert with the Cast at 10pm; Cost: $150 per person.

All about Energy Audits. For Single-Family, Condo Owners, and Property Managers. Saturday, March 6, 2010. 10:30 AM – 12:00PM. Are you thinking about getting an energy audit for your home or condo, but having trouble getting the facts? Learn who should get an energy audit, what an audit should include, how to choose the energy auditor and approximate costs. Simultaneous sessions focused on energy audits for single-family homes and condominiums/ apartments. Free. Location: Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street S. Free photography services. Shirlington resident Amber Lupin, who took this month’s cover photo, is offering free photography services to Shirlington residents. While she’s taken lots of pictures since she first picked up a camera, she’s trying to gain experience in delivering the pictures that other people specifically ask for. So if she has the time, she’d be happy to shoot your engagement, family, pet, baby, event, or any other kind of pictures completely free. For details, please go to and click on “For You”.

To Advertise, please call Adrian at (301) 523-6453



This month we’re going to do a twist on your typical restaurant review. Rather than Your Shirlington Connection conducting a review from a single point of view, we’re turning to you to provide your collective reviews to the community and anyone else lucky enough to visit Shirlington! This month, with the support of restaurant coowner Tony Suh, we will focus on Luna Grill & Diner. To participate, either bring this review in with you to fill it out or simply go to our website at after your visit. All of the results will be shared directly with Tony to allow him to make Luna Grill & Diner even better than it already is. We will then summarize the results to let everyone else know why they should visit! Here are this month’s questions: • Why do you go to Luna Grill & Diner? • What do you like most about Luna Grill & Diner? • What is your favorite appetizer and why? • What is your favorite main dish and why? • What is your favorite dessert and why? • What is your favorite drink and why? • How would you describe the atmosphere? • How would you describe your experience at Luna Grill & Diner? • What improvements, if any, would you suggest to Tony?


Mention Your Shirlington Connection when responding to Ads.

Valid in Shirlington locations only

Valid in Shirlington locations only



10% OFF

Entire Dinner Check starting at 5:30 p.m. 1/2 price pastas & burgers excluded. 1 coupon per table. Cannot combine coupons.

Expire: 3-31-10

20% OFF Entire Meal

(excluding alcohol) Expire: 3-31-10

Valid in Shirlington locations only


The UPS Store

Entire Meal (excluding alcohol) Expire: 3-31-10

Valid in Shirlington locations only

Piano on the Run

50% OFF Your 1st Lesson!

$5 OFF

Purchase of $25 or more.

Limit one coupon per customer. Not valid with other offers.

Expire: 3-31-10

Valid in Shirlington locations only



Valid in Shirlington locations only

$1 OFF

Any menu item of your choice (limited to purchase of $5 or more)

Expire: 3-31-10

Expire: 3-31-10

To Advertise, please call Adrian at (301) 523-6453


Balance: How do you Attain it? By Amy Schoen, MBA, CPCC Who today doesn’t feel a bit of overwhelm? As a working Mom or Dad, not only do you desire to have a successful career or business, you also want to take care of your family, and take care of your health and well being, as well. There are only 24 hours in the day. Did I mention that you may also need to sleep 7 to 8 hours a day to function properly? How do we balance it all? You don’t! You make choices. So what are you choosing for your family and yourself? Life balance is something you define – it’s dynamic and it’s always changing. Your balance status requires constant readjusting all the time. Imagine you are standing on a half ball at the gym. This is a piece of equipment trainers use to strengthen your core and restore your physical sense of balance. You stand on a round flat surface that is mounted on a half of a ball. Your weight shifts from side to side and back and forth while you are working hard to not fall off the platform. It takes constant small shifts to maintain balance. The same concept applies to life balance. So what really determines life balance for you? What gives you a sense of fulfillment? The answer lies in your values and having them fully realized. For example, let’s say you have a value of a healthy, active lifestyle. You feel you are not exercising at all – which you need to feel good and stay in shape. By not exercising, you feel run down, tired, blah and overwhelmed! By making time for exercise, you will move towards feeling more in balance. At this point I explore with my life coaching client what steps he can take to get more exercise back into his life. Another example that I see with many of my life coaching clients is they have a value about spending quality time with their family. Many times work has required them to put in extra hours where they find that they barely have time with their kids and spouse. This creates a sense of imbalance. Through the life coaching process we explore ways to put back time with their family and still satisfy their work/business demands. It requires that the client makes choices about how they spend their time. By finding that time and fully expressing that core value, they become happier and as a result, feel more in balance. So the next time you feel out of balance in your life, think about which of your values are currently being suppressed. Once identified, you can begin to explore what Coach Amy Schoen, MBA, CPCC steps to take in order to fully live those values Personal and Business Life Coaching again. Then, you will find yourself moving in Are you prepared for what’s next? the right direction in your life – towards a Try an introductory coaching session. 240-498-7803 greater feeling of balance! -8-

Mention Your Shirlington Connection when responding to Ads.

PIANO ON THE RUN For people on the near Four Mile Run. Yes! We teach piano in your home. If you’ve ever dreamed of playing piano - now is the time - in the comfort of your own home. Accepting and adults.


keyboard or piano needed for practice. Register quarterly and receive one free lesson.

(703) 400-1814

Continental Movers Local-Long Distance Free Boxes $ 80.00 per hour x two men

703 929 1302 202 438 1489

hurch of the Resurrection, 2280 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311 FOCUS: An Intimate Listening Venue for Folk & Acoustic Music THE KENNEDYS, with Dan Cohn (acoustic folk/pop) Sunday, March 14, at 7 pm Church of the Resurrection 2800 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311

April 18: Don White, with Nick Annis * 703-501-6061 To Advertise, please call Adrian at (301) 523-6453



Mention Your Shirlington Connection when responding to Ads.

10 Simple Ingredients for Healthier, Happier Living

By: Joanne Duchaine—Group Fitness Director, Energy Club Shirlington Village Really, all it takes is 10 simple ingredients to achieve a happy, healthier life. Leaving one ingredient out, though, could ruin the entire meal. Granted, life isn’t a kitchen with cabinets full of preferential ingredients, but here you go: 1. Balance Your Energy Eat the right number of calories to maintain your body’s structures and fuel all of the jobs that your body does. Every person has different demands, but to create a balance means consuming no more calories than you’ll burn throughout the day. The more calories you burn, the more you can eat. To help you find a better balance could mean keeping a daily food log and paying close attention to the types of foods you consume. Visit the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) dietary guidelines resource online at to create your personalized nutrition Plan. 2. Balancing Essential Nutrients Find the right balance of six essential nutrients—carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water—in the right proportion for your body, activity level, and personal preferences. Visit MyPyramid online to learn about healthy food choices, portion sizes and how to measure quantities of food correctly. A few healthy tips: Cut up fruits and veggies and place them into zip lock bags to enjoy at work. Prepare lunches at home rather than eating out. It’ll save you money and help you avoid the many pitfalls associated with eating away from home. 3. Strong Metabolism Balance input and output. In other words, for weight management it’s important to consume a healthy diet and to exercise regularly. The Pyramid offers users valuable tools for weight management, keeping in mind that little steps can go a long way. Start by using the stair steps instead of the elevator and move wherever and whenever possible to burn calories. 4. Satiety Eat little meals throughout the day and don’t starve yourself. Restricting food intake can lead to hunger, bingeing, and subsequently, overeating. 5. Cardiovascular Exercise To help reduce your risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases, engage in 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity on most days of the week. Richmond recommends, at a minimum, engaging three to five days in an activity you enjoy each week: Walking, jogging, biking, dancing, whatever it takes to get and keep you moving. However, to manage body weight and prevent gradual unhealthy weight gain in adulthood, takes at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity on most days of the week without exceeding caloric intake requirements. A lot of people feel they don’t have enough time, but Richmond and Patterson recommend rethinking your daily activities by making physical activity a priority. For some people that may mean packing their gym bag and work clothes the night before, and setting it by the front door to hit the gym early. For busy moms, it may mean taking their children to the health club or stressing family activities, such as weekend bike rides and hiking. Patterson, who owns the consulting firm Midwest Fitness Consulting, tells her traveling clients to keep up their fitness routine by either working out at their hotel’s fitness center or as a guest at a nearby health club. She also creates her own total-body travel fitness routine during travel consisting of walking hotel stairs and halls for 25 minutes and strength training using her own body weight to perform squats, sit-ups, push-ups and crunches for a complete body workout. Don’t have 30 minutes to spare for exercise? Break it up into three 10-minute sessions a day for a very similar effect. 6. Strength-Training Participating twice to three days a week in a basic strength-training program is a key to a comprehensive fitness program. It helps trim excess body fat, increase lean muscle mass and strengthen bones for men and women. Richmond recommends performing 8 to 15 repetitions each time working on strengthening the major muscles groups of the body, stabilizing the core, stability and enhancing balance. Visit the ACE store for information on strength-training program design and exercise technique as well as a listing of ACE-certified Personal Trainers working in your area. 7. Flexibility Training Another component of a good exercise program is stretching for good posture, spinal alignment and keeping muscles strong and balanced. Performing 8 to 10 stretching exercises (held for 10-30 seconds) for all of the major muscle groups at least three times a week (ideal is five to seven days a week) represents a good start. Note: As a general rule, stretch to a point of mild discomfort. For more information on flexibility, including yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi, visit the ACE web site. 8. Manage Stress Most people can’t escape stress. While some stress can actually be beneficial, such as revving up your heart rate up during aerobic exercise for good heart health, negative stressors, such as balancing high demands at work with a busy family life, can increase your risk for disease, compromise your daily activity and cause you to eat more. Hence, finding a stress release is critical. The trick is to learn what’s right for you. Mind-body exercises, such as yoga, Pilates and mediation are proven remedies. For others, removing themselves from a stressful environment, even for a few minutes, such as taking a walk and enjoying time alone, can make a significant difference. 9. Sleep/Rest According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 30 percent of Americans habitually get less than six hours of sleep a night, which is far less than the recommended seven to nine hours; an estimated 50 to 70 million people suffer from sleep disorders or sleep loss. The National Sleep Foundation offers the following tips for a good night’s rest: 1) Try to go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends; 2) Develop a sleep ritual: A hot bath, drinking a cup of herbal tea or reading a book just before bed can cue your body to settle down for the night; 3) Exercise regularly to relieve tension, but not too close to bedtime. 10. Joy Make sure to take time each day to be with people, go to places and do things that make you laugh and happy.

To Advertise, please call Adrian at (301) 523-6453


Shirlington Spotlight:

Ginger Harden Written by: Lauren Rachal


Ginger Harden, a veteran real estate agent for over 20 years, is not letting the lull in the housing market get her down. This is apparent when she says that what she likes most about being a RealtorTM is that she “never has to retire!” After graduating Bridgewater College in Shenandoah Valley with a Spanish degree and teaching at Stafford Senior H.S. for a number of years, Ginger tired of small towns and moved to explore the city life. In 1986, after a brief stint in wholesale giftware, she stumbled into the career that she continues to dominate - real estate. After being selected for a job that had over 125 job applicants, she began her career in Maryland while working in new home on-site sales in order to gain experience. Soon after, Ginger quickly moved on to work in areas such as Dupont Circle, Kingstowne, Fredericksburg, and Berryville, Virginia. Since the 1990’s Ginger has been working as a general broker exclusively in Northern Virginia and continues to excel at her work. After owning different properties all around the Arlington area, she came to settle in Shirlington Village after petitioners came knocking on her door in Windgate to fight the expansion of the Village “I not only would not sign [the petition], but said that it would be the best thing to happen in this area, and I was right!” she said, “Shirlington is a small ‘town’ with ‘city lights’ so it comprises both aspects of my personality.” Ginger was one of the first buyers (preconstruction) in 2004 for the Shirlington Village Condominium, where she officially moved in during 2006 after its completion. After 24 years of working in real estate, Ginger maintains that


she can’t imagine ever wanting to leave Shirlington. She has seen the likes of Broadway stars and pseudo celebs while strolling along the quaint brick covered streets in the Village. It has been one of her favorite experiences while living in Shirlington to see the likes of “Chita Rivera, Kathie Lee Gifford, George Hearn and other Broadway names right here in ‘Shirleyville’ as one performer lovingly called it,” Ginger said. When asked why someone looking to buy should use her as an agent, her answer was short and sweet: Her experiences in varied markets and products are what make her stand out from other realtors in the area. Her motto is: “Support local businesses. The real estate values in this area are strongly tied to the vitality of the Village.” There is no doubt that she loves her job and that she practices what she preaches as she has been referred to by others as the “unofficial mayor of Shirlington.” Although Shirlington is not on the metro line, it has its very own metro bus station that can take you to the Crystal City or King Street metro within 10 minutes. Ginger has sold properties and visited almost every community in Northern Virginia and has found that no other community offers the likes of Shirlington. With a plethora of restaurants to choose from, a library, the Signature Theatre, live music, a Cinema, great walking and biking trails, and it’s very own 24hour grocery store, it is easy to see why anyone would want to permanently make their mark in the Village. “Shirlington has character, the seamless blending of the old and new sections are genuine” said Ginger. Anyone would be lucky to call The Village of Shirlington home.

Mention Your Shirlington Connection when responding to Ads.

1/8th Page Ad • • • • • • •

Renita Johnson

Nancy Pagliaro Independent Consultant SOL Test Review – Grades 3-12 Reading, Writing, U.S. History, World His Will drive to student’s home or public lib FREE Consultation Provided Phone: 703-553-0183 202.345.1010 E-mail:

Nancy Pagliaro SOL Test Review – Grades 3-12 Reading, Writing, U.S. & World History

Will drive to student’s home or public library

* FREE Consultation Provided Phone: 703-553-0183 E-mail: To Advertise, please call Adrian at (301) 523-6453


Baliko Buddies

Dog Walking & Pet Care Services

Nobody Knows Dogs Better!!

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to local Animal Welfare Leagues!!

Daycare, Boarding, Obedience Classes, Dayschool, Board and Train, Puppy Specialists, Indoor Agility and Rally Classes Ballston Campus 4241-A N. Pershing Dr. Arlington VA 22203 703-536-7877


Shirlington Campus 4160 S. Four Mile Run Dr. Arlignton VA 22206 703-379-9022

Jessica Lozada, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Dog Walking Cat Sitting Small Animal Care Pedicures, ear cleanings ...and much more!! 703.401.1551 Licensed, Bonded & Insured

Mention Your Shirlington Connection when responding to Ads.

To Advertise, please call Adrian at (301) 523-6453


Drop-in Program: Page Turners for Preschoolers (Multiple Dates) When: Mon, Mar 1, 8, 15, and 22; 10:30am – 11:30am Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: For children ages 2 to 5 and their accompanying guardian. No registration req’d. 703-228-6545 for more info. From Page To Stage When: Mon,March 1, 7pm – 8pm Where: Shirlington Library in conjunction with Signature Theatre Description: Conversation with the Cast of Signature in the Schools. For the 15th Annual Signature in the Schools production, director/playwright Joe Calarco tackles Shakespeare—his life and times. The young cast is thrust back into the London of the 1590s—accents and all. Forty+ Performing Dance Group (Multiple Dates) When: Tue, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 12 – 1:30pm Where: Jane Franklin Dance 3700 S Four Mile Run Dr Description: FREE, reservations are required. Call 703.933.1111 to enroll. Forty+ is a performing group of older adults committed to the joys of movement past the age of 40. Forty+ dancers work collectively under the direction of Jane Franklin to create works that blend dance, theatre and humor.


Non-profit Tuesday featuring Beads for Life When: Tue,March 2, 4pm – 7pm Where: Busboys & Poets Description: 5% of the evening’s revenue goes to the hosting organization. Drop-in Program: Stop In for Stories—Shirlington (Multiple Dates) When: Tue, March 2, 9, 16, and 23; 4pm – 5pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: All-ages storytime. No registration necessary. Call 703-228-6545 for more information. Live Music at the Bungalow (Multiple Dates) When: Tue, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 29, 9pm – 12:00 am Where: The Bungalow Description: Live Music Drop-In Program: Tales for Tots—Shirlington (Multiple Dates) When: Wed, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; 1:30pm – 2:30pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: For children 2 and younger and their accompanying guardian. No registration req’d. 703-228-6545 for more info Book Group: Thursday Morning Discussion--Shirlington When: Thu, March 4, 11am – 12pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: The Shirlington “Thursday Morning Book Discussion” group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. at the Shirlington Branch Library. Brown Bag Thursdays at Signature When: Thu, March 4, 1pm – 2pm Where: Signature Theatre Description: Enjoy your lunch while you engage in an informal discussion with the Artistic Director of Signature, Eric Schaeffer. Eric is directing his third production of Sweeney Todd to celebrate Signature Theatre’s 20th Anniversary. Join him for a discussion of Sweeney 1, 2, 3, and a look at some of his favorite past productions. Spanish Yoga Class/Clase de Yoga en Español—Shirlington (Multiple Dates) When: Sat, March 6 and 27; 3:00pm – 4:30pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: Spanish Yoga Class/Clase de Yoga en Español: This class is taught by a certified yoga instructor and is ideal for Spanish speakers and those who would like to improve their physical wellness while practicing Spanish in an interactive manner. Clase en español por maestra certificada, ideal para hispano parlantes y aquellos que quieran mejorar su bienestar fisico practicando el español de una manera interactiva. Microsoft Excel Basics When: Wed, March 10, 6:30pm – 8:00pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: Learn some common uses of spreadsheets and how to manage information. This class will show you how to create worksheets; navigate toolbars; manipulate rows, columns, and cells; use formulas and functions; and produce graphs. Keyboard and mouse skills along with knowledge of Windows are required. Film: “In Love We Trust (Zuo you)” [2007]—Presented by the “World Cinema Spotlight” Series at Shirlington When: Wed, March 10, 6:30pm – 8:00pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: Chinese with English subtitles. Directed by Xiaoshuai Wang. A divorced couple learns that the way to possibly save their daughter from blood cancer is to have another child. The problem is that they’re both remarried to other people. Dining Out For Life When: Tue March 11, All Day Where: Busboys & Poets Description: Join us to support men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Busboys and Poets will contribute 35% of our sales today to Food & Friends! Food & Friends is the only nonprofit organization in the Washington area providing daily, home-delivered, specialized meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to individuals in the community who are facing some of life’s most difficult challenges. The funds raised through Dining Out for Life allows Food & Friends to continue to provide these critical services at NO COST to the clients. Book Group: Books Sandwiched In--Shirlington When: Thu, March 11, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: Join an informal discussion of what neighbors are reading. Bring a sandwich, to be eaten in the meeting room.


Mention Your Shirlington Connection when responding to Ads.

Baby-Ready Pets When: Tue, March 15, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Where: Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) Description: Baby-Ready Pets offers preparation and assistance to help expectant families prepare their home and their pets for the arrival of the new baby and to make sure that it is a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for all. This program has been endorsed by the ASPCA. Reservations required. To make a reservation or for more information, please contact Jennifer Newman at or call (703) 931-9241 x213. Non-profit Tuesday featuring Samaritan Inns When: Tue, March 16, 4pm – 7pm Where: Busboys & Poets Description: 5% of the evening’s revenue goes to the hosting organization. Film: “The Quiet Man” [1952]—Presented by the “Shirlington Screens” Series at Shirlington When: Wed, March 17, 6:30pm – 8:00pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: Starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. An Irish-American boxer who returns home to Ireland, where he falls in love with a local woman. Their romance is complicated by local customs and traditions. Lushly photographed.

Film: “Gypsy” [1962] - A “Sondheim 80th Birthday” screening When: Wed, March 20, 2pm – 4pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: Not Rated, 143 minutes. Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose. Gyspy includes many songs that became popular standards. Film: “West Side Story” [1961] - A “Sondheim 80th Birthday” screening When: Wed, March 21, 3pm – 4pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: Not Rated, 152 minutes. With biting lyrics by Stephen Sondheim set to a magical Leonard Bernstein score, “West Side Story” adapts the basic conflicts of “Romeo and Juliet” to the rivalry of New York City street gangs. The vitality of Jerome Robbins’ choreography is unmatched. Non-profit Tuesday featuring The Greater Washington Indie Arts Festival When: Tue, March 23, 4pm – 7pm Where: Busboys & Poets Description: 5% of the evening’s revenue goes to the hosting organization. Author Event: “A Taste of Honey” by Jabari Asim When: Wed, March 21, 7pm – 8:30pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library & Busboys and Poets Description: While truly and effectively executed “linked stories” are something of a publishing urban legend, “A Taste of Honey” is a work that stands out precisely because it is neither a novel nor a disparate collection, but rather very deliberately fashioned as a connected collection. The characters appear and interact across the pages in an elliptical but thematically significant and satisfying manner. iTunes: Rock ‘n roll When: Wed, March 24, 3:30pm – 5:00pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: Learn how to manage your music collection using one of Apple’s most popular software programs. Attention will focus on importing CD’s collection into the iTunes library; burning CD’s; and creating playlists. We will also discuss how to transfer files from iTunes into an iPod. Keyboard and mouse skills along with knowledge of the Internet are required.

Fri 3/5, 7:30-11:30pm Lydia Lewis Combo Sat 3/6, 7:30-11:30pm Potomac Jazz Project with a guest vocalist Lena Seikaly Fri 3/12, 7:30-11:30pm Kerensa Gray Sat 3/13, 7:30-11:30pm James Bazen Quartet Fri 3/19, 7:30-11:30pm Triple Double Jazz Sat 3/20, 7:30-11:30pm Potomac Jazz Project with a guest vocalist Lena Seikaly Fri 3/26, 7:30-11:30pm Potomac Jazz Project with a guest vocalist Lena Seikaly Sat 3/27, 7:30-11:30pm Josh Walker Quartet Express Lunch Buffet Monday - Friday for $10.95 per person Happy Hour Specials 3-7pm Mon - Fri A La Carte Bruch 11am - 3pm Sat - Sun EXTRA VIRGIN Modern Italian Restaurant 4053 Campbell Ave Arlington VA 22206 703.998.8474


Wedding Cake Tasting and Seminar - CakeLove When: Fri, March 19, 6:30pm – 7:30pm Where: CakeLove Description: Cakelove offers free tasting and information sessions. The sessions last 60 minutes and are limited to participants who pre-register. Please call to sign-up. This is a demonstration class.

Extra Virgin Schedule

Film: “The Drummer” / “Zhan. Gu” [2007]—Presented by the “World Cinema Spotlight” series at Shirlington When: Wed, February 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Where: Shirlington Branch Library Description: Not Rated, 118 minutes. “The Drummer” is the first feature film from Hong Kong and Taiwan selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won The Hollywood Reporter’s Critics’ Pick.It’s the story of a young man on the run from organized crime who hides out among a drum circle group. Focus-In Presents “Where the Water Meets the Sky” (Film of the Month) When: Sun, February 28, 8pm – 10pm Where: Busboys & Poets Description: Cinema for a Conscious Community Non-profit Tuesday featuring the Eating Disorders Coalition When: Tue, March 23, 4pm – 7pm Where: Busboys & Poets Description: ( The EDC’s mission is to advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority. -- 5% of the evening’s revenue goes to the hosting organization.

To Advertise, please call Adrian at (301) 523-6453


Apartments • Windsor........................... 19 • Io Piazza........................... 14 • Delancey.......... Distributor Restaurants • Luna Grill & Diner........ 6, 7 • Johnny Rockets............. 6, 7 • Extra Virgin................. 7, 17 • maggie Moo’s...................... 7

Publisher: Your Local Community Connection Editor: Adrian U. Cover photo credit: Amber Lupin Designed by: Vicki Sowards Printed By: Sir Speedy Springfield (You can download future issues here)

• Busboys & Poets............ 16, 17 Life Coach • Amy Schoen......................... 8 Pet Services • Woof’s Dog Training Center.................. 14 • Baliko Buddies................... 14


• Animal Welfare League...... 15


Health Club • The Energy Club.......... 10, 11 Shipping Services

Advertising Rates: • Deadline 16th of the month with full payment. • Make checks payable to Your Shirlington Connection; Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover accepted. • All ads will also be placed on the website so please include a link to your webpage if you have one. • 2 Page Center Spread:........................$500 • Full Page Back Cover:.........................$350

• The UPS Store.................... 7 • Full Page Inner Cover:.........................$300 Music Tutor • Full Page Center:.................................$270 • Piano on the Run........... 7, 9 • Full Page:.............................................$245 Realtor™

• Half Page:............................................$125

• Ginger Harden......... 2, 4, 12 • Quarter Page:.........................................$65 Non-Profits • Eighth Page (Home Business):..............$35 • the church of

• Eighth Page (Non-Profit):.......................$25

St. Clement....................... 9 • Classifieds (Business)......... (Per Word).50¢ • FOCUS Music...................... 9 • Classified (Non-Business)............... FREE • Shirlington Library....................... 20, 21 Insurance • State Farm....................... 13 Tax Preparation • Charles Coker................. 13 Home Remodeling/Repair • GMG Services................... 20 • Allegro.............................. 9 Candle Party • PartyLite.......................... 13 Tutor • Nancy Pagliaro................ 13 Moving Services • Continental movers.......... 9 Theatre • American Century Theatre.............................. 4

For Sale, Help Wanted, Roommate, Carpooling, Personals, Lost Pet, Giveaway

Direct Mail: 1000 Issues This includes distribution to all of the residents of: The Delancey • The Windsor Limited distribution to: • Windgate • Heatherlea Pick-Up Locations: 750 Issues • Shirlington Bus Station • Robeks • Shirlington Service Station • Shirlington Village Condominium • Johnny Rockets • Busboys & Poets • The Bungalow • Extra Virgin • Luna Grill and Diner • Maggie Moo’s • Aladdin’s Eatery • The UPS Store • Shirlington Library • Carlyle • Hilton Garden Inn • The Energy Club • Capitol City Brewery • WETA break room • The Windsor lobby • The Delancey lobby • Bear Rock Cafe • Io Piazza lobby • Numerous waiting rooms • Le Village Marche, Verbena Website Stats / Month • 1000+ visits • 400+ downloads of current issue • 180+ e-subscribers • Visitors from Fairlington, Claremont, Parkfairfax, & more.

Mention Your Shirlington Connection when responding to Ads.

To Advertise, please call Adrian at (301) 523-6453


Expires March 31, 2010 -20-

Your Shirlington Connection March 2010  

YSC is your source for Shirlington events, restaurant & business coupons, community news, real estate updates, and much more!