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Monthly Features: • Free Shirlington Events • Restaurant Coupons • Community News • Real Estate Update • Brain Games • Local Clubs/Groups


Also This Month: • Pilates for Breast Cancer Recovery • Surviving the Holidays • Spotlight: Mohamed Islam • Shipping Tips -1-


As 2009 comes to an end, I want to thank everyone who helped get Your Shirlington Connection off the ground this year. As a resident of Shirlington for almost 3 years now, my hope was and will continue to be for YSC to help bring the community together. I want YSC to be a voice for the community as well as a trusted resource. As always, if there’s something that you would like to see in YSC, please let me know. Happy Holidays to all! – Adrian U.

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Letter from the Editor

In previous issues of Your Shirlington Connection (YSC) we have asked readers to help support local businesses as they are a strong part of what makes our community so great. While this is true, it is important not to forget that perhaps the biggest sign of a strong community is helping support those who are in need. When you think of community-based non-profits in the Shirlington area, perhaps the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) comes to mind because a lot of you pass it every day. But how many of you have ventured across S Arlington Mill Dr aside from going to the dog park? If you did, you would find both the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). These non-profits have all been widely recognized for how much they have done to help those in need. But in today’s economic times, all of their missions are far from over. This is why YSC is setting up a fundraiser for all three of these wonderful organizations. YSC is setting a modest goal of raising $1000 for each charity this December. To donate, please go to and follow the links to find out more about AWLA, A-SPAN, and AFAC and how you can contribute. The links will direct you to, a secure fundraising website whose sponsors pay for all credit card transaction fees to ensure that your entire donation goes directly to the charity.


Your Shirlington Connection is a great resource, and I plan to read it every month, as I’m sure will be true for our Fairlington readers. Because we live “just up the hill,” I think it’s fair to say that Fairlington residents spend a considerable amount of time and money in Shirlington--always have done. - Gretchen Fallon, Editor, All Fairlington Bulletin (View the Bulletin online at


This is in response to my request for the All Fairlington Bulletin to put a blurb about Your Shirlington Connection in their next issue. As Shirlington is central to many great neighboring communities that frequent Shirlington often, I’m trying to get the word out about all that Shirlington has to offer. This past month, the current issue of YSC became available to view online at and the AFB, Claremont Citizens’ Association, and Arlington Heights Civic Association, have all been very receptive and supportive of letting their community members know about it. Thank you! The following is an excerpt of the numerous responses I received when people voted on the Shirlington Businesses they would like to see: Anything that supports ‘MOM&POP” type businesses. Anything that encourages LOCAL people with start-up’s. How about a greater sales pitch for using the public/ small conference spaces with tie-in’s to the local businesses? - Mary S. I’ve lived in the area for 18yrs & most of these types of stores have come & gone in Shirlington. The restaurants seem to be the ones that last. The history of the Shirlington shopping center is interesting- it was one of the 1st large shopping areas in the country- it dates back to the 1940s. Anyway- what I like about Shirlington is that it’s all local businesses- except for some of the recent additions. We need to support local businesses. I would like to see that theme continue. How about a WETA/PBS store as a gift store? (sort of like a MoMa store). [Or] a family pizza place - like Atlantis. We used to have a bike store that did fabulous business, but the death of the owner forced it to close. A bike store would be great because of the bike path. – Mary M. I would like to see more retail establishments and less of a focus on being a purely restaurant zone. I’m not interested in restaurant free, just more shopping. I would prefer home and lifestyle retail establishments over clothing, but would still be interested in clothing as it was upscale but still mass market (quality outdoor, or ecofriendly).- MBT Let’s keep the ambience and charm of Shirlington, and not add “mall-type” stores and restaurants. - JB Please, no big chain stores. Let’s keep it local! - ZMR Instead of a simple “Pet Food Store” a successful idea would be a Pet Boutique, with higher end products for individuals with dogs or cats. I’d be interested to see if Shirlington is interested in taking all the open store fronts to put in chain retail (i.e. Reston Town Center) or keep it more unique, independent stores (i.e. Del Ray). ASK First, I want to thank all of you for taking the time not only to vote but to voice your opinion. I will combine the results with that of Ed Hilz, who conducted a similar survey in Fairlington, to present them to Federal Realty. There were also a number of requests for a Winebar…well guess what, it’s already here! Ali’s Bar at Signature Theatre, masterminded by wine expert Suzanna McGrath (proprietor of The Curious Grape), is open for theatre and non-theatre goers starting one hour before and extending for one hour after performances.


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Speaking of Shirlington Festivities, the Shirlington Business Alliance is currently trying to come up with ideas for future large-scale Shirlington Events. A couple summers ago, Federal Realty put together Outdoor Movie Nights and last summer held a Jazz Series. These nights are not only meant for us to enjoy as residents but they’re also to help spur up business for the local retailers. Based on the number of great ideas that were offered last month for new Shirlington Businesses, there is no doubt that you can come through once again. As happened last time, you can vote on the ideas suggested as well as put in new suggestions. The new suggestions will then be added to allow others to vote on them. Last month’s survey grew from 6 ideas to 38 in a matter of days. Once again, go to to voice your opinion. The results of last month’s survey will also be available.


Light Up The Village is on Tuesday Dec 1st from 6:30-9pm. You can see more details about it in the Free Shirlington Events section. For those of you new to the area, Campbell Ave is typically blocked all the way from S Quincy St to S Arlington Mill Dr, so please plan accordingly. This is definitely an event that you don’t want to miss as it has a bit of everything for everyone. So come out, enjoy the free festivities, sing some carols, drink some cocoa, eat some goodies, and if you’ve been good this year, be sure to visit Santa at The UPS Store!

Hotel Update: They are scheduled to open the week of December 15th so keep your eyes peeled! With the success of Your Shirlington Connection magazine, the website, is beginning to take on a brand new look. This month, you will not only be able to subscribe to the electronic version of the magazine and vote on the new resident survey, but you will also start to see a list of Shirlington Resources and Classified Information. If you walk around Shirlington, there are corkboards everywhere cluttered with business cards, events, items for sale, places for rent, etc. So whether you’re a buyer or a seller, why not go to a single source and get the information you want or reach the people you need? Also, for those of you who carry your electronic schedule around with you, the expanded Shirlington Events list will now also be available online and accessible for you to transfer the events over that you’re interested in.

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The TRENDS IN HOUSING, 3RD QUARTER REPORT, a joint publication of the MRIS and Delta Associates just came out and “spotlighted” Shirlington. Here is some of what they had to say. This is excerpted from their report. “In the late 1970’s the area now known as Shirlington was a rundown commercial area adjacent to I-395. The neighborhood was modified in the 1980’s to include a traditional main street with office buildings and a movie theatre. Shirlington’s “village” concept really took off in the early part of this decade with significant investment in additional mixed-use development including a state-of- the-art library, theatre and public plaza. Even more amenities followed and the neighborhood is now home to several restaurants, shops and a Harris Teeter grocery store. Shirlington’s mixed-use design attracts young professionals, and the area is denser than Arlington County on average. Although Shirlington is not within close proximity to a Metro station, the neighborhood has been successful at drawing demand with its superior design and is outperforming the region as a whole. For the Zip codes 22204 and 22206, which comprise Shirlington according to Arlington Economic Development, the average sales price of $419,817 in the 3rd quarter of 2009 represented a 7.6% gain from the 2nd quarter, and a decline of 8.4% from the 3rd quarter of 2008. However, the 3rd quarter 2009 average sales price is up 5.4% from the 1st quarter of 2007. A relatively small number of sales – 135 in the 3rd quarter – contributes to greater swings in sales price.


Homes in this area have sold more quickly than in the Washington region as a whole. The average time on market in the 3rd quarter of 2009 was 42 days in Shirlington, about half the regional average of 81 days and below the area’s recent high of 60 days in the 1st quarter of 2008.”

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We asked, you responded, and we listened! Below are groups that are either in existence already here in Shirlington or have been requested by our readers. For more information about each of the groups, please go to and click on the Groups tab. You can sign up for the groups there to receive information about meeting times and locations. If you don’t see a group listed that you would like to be a part of, please write to us at and let us know!

Puppy Parties Did you know there was a section at Shirlington Dog Park specifically for the little ones? Help socialize your newfound love to other puppies and people in a nice, safe environment. Washington Pug Group As the name indicates, this group is for fellow Pug lovers. This group meets once a month at the Shirlington Dog Park. DC Metro English Bulldog Group This group gets English Bullies together from around the DC metro area for a monthly play date in the Shirlington area. Shirlington Social Club No experience necessary! Just bring yourself for a good time! Meet other Shirlington residents and take advantage of all that Shirlington has to offer. Shirlington Military Club This group is for members of all branches of the military, active or retired, as well as their families.

Shirlington Volunteers You don’t have to look very far to see where you can help. Join forces with other Shirlington residents and help give back to the community. “Lunch in Shirlington” Bike Ride Whether you’re an avid bike rider or just looking for an occasional ride, you can join this group to meet fellow enthusiasts. This group meets once a week in front of Shirlington Library for a 16 mile loop on the bike trails of Arlington. Finish off with lunch in Shirlington. Mom’s Club Expecting, newly blessed, and experienced mothers are encouraged to join this group. Whether it’s for a break, support, or even just to socialize, this is the group for you. Games Club Do you start strategizing at the site of a chess board or dream of world domination when you think of Risk or Monopoly? Then this club is definitely for you! Hosted once a month at Johnny Rockets. Jazz and R&B Musicians Do you wish you could meet fellow musicians and vocalists and just jam? Well now’s your chance… perhaps we’ll see you play at Extra Virgin some time


Shirlington Running Club For healthy people with social interests! This thriving group meets once a week for a 5K run before enjoying Happy Hour at Capital City Brewery. They are also sponsored by The Energy Club.

Aside from these groups all being in Shirlington, they have something else in common…they could all use some sponsors! This could come in the form of discounts from retail locations as well as hosting opportunities from local restaurants. To sponsor one or more of our groups, please call 301-523-6453 or write to with the subject “Sponsor”. Thank you!

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5 Strategies for Surviving the Holidays for Singles By Amy Schoen, MBA, CPCC It’s now December and the holidays are currently upon us. All you see are Christmas decorations in the stores and holiday commercials of happy families celebrating mostly Christmas and New Years Eve. If you are single and not even in a significant relationship, this can be a tough time of year for you, especially if you desire to be a part of a couple and have a family of your own. The feelings that come up range from loneliness to dread to jealousy of your friends and family who seem to have it all! What’s a single guy or gal to do? I surveyed my friends and I found 5 different strategies that make the holiday season bearable for them. 1. Stay home and catch up on paperwork! What a great time to get your taxes in order! You can also spend your time at home searching the internet dating sites for your true love. Besides, it’s just another day in the year. It will be over before you know it and you will get a jump on next year! 2. Earn overtime pay by working! Most people want to take off during the holidays. Who is going to hold the fort? I have a friend who works in radio. She covers the holiday shift so others can be with their families. I also know someone who helps out in a restaurant once a year to help out a friend who is short-handed. You help others and make some extra pocket change- it’s a win-win! 3. Go out and do the stuff you love! Go to the gym- it’s usually open part of the day (closes early on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day). You can go shopping and take advantage of the sales late Christmas Eve or New Years Day. Buy yourself the items you really wanted for yourself. Go see the movie that you are dying to see. Go to a museum exhibit you haven’t been able to visit. You don’t have to worry about anyone holding you back. Or many Churches and Synagogues have volunteer programs on Christmas Day. 4. Seek out singles events and gatherings. There are many singles parties on New Years Eve in every major City ( It’s a great time to meet people because it is open and festive. No one wants to be alone on New Years. Or you can create your own party for friends. Each year I organize a mostly singles dinner for my friends (we’re Jewish) on Christmas day at a local Chinese restaurant. It’s sometime easier not to deal with the couple or family thing - especially if there are married couples with kids. Most of my singles friends yearn to have a family. I also know my single friends are uncomfortable with witnessing the public display of affection sometimes demonstrated by couples, so it’s just easier to hang out with other singles. 5. Take a trip and get out of town! My girlfriend takes a cruise in the Caribbean during Christmas week through New Years Day. There are also singles ski trips, Club Med and such. Or find a buddy and go away to the destination of your choosing. Not only are you taking a vacation, but you never know who you will meet on your adventure! A word of caution: Around this time, beware of falling into a false, convenient relationship. Here you find yourself in a precarious relationship that’s somewhat comfortable (and clearly not the one) that can carry you through the cold, dark months of winter. This is the hardest time of the year to be single. It seems as though we are sometimes playing musical chairs and that by late November, whomever you were dating, you attach yourself to this person and settle into a relationship for the time being. When I was single, I unconsciously found myself in relationships by late Fall so that I would have someone to be with me during the holidays. And with my birthday in January and subsequently the dreaded Valentine’s Day in February, I was then in a position to get the attention and the gifts I truly desired! Funny how by March or April the relationship broke up and I was out in the dating world again as spring blossomed. So you get to choose. How do you want to spend the holidays? Only you know what feels right for you. Perhaps you want to try something new this year. It’s time to make your plans now so you are not left out in the cold! Coach Amy Schoen, MBA, CPCC, will help you be prepared for what’s next in your life! As a certified whole life coach her many areas of personal and business coaching includes: dating and relationships for singles, couple, new moms and working moms, family creation (fertility decisions & adoption), 20-somethings, business relationships, and new and established business owners. She will explore with you what you truly want for your life and create strategies to achieve your personal and professional goals.

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Pilates for Breast Cancer Recovery by Tommy Tomlo, Fitness Director, The Energy Fitness Club Today, radical mastectomies are rarely performed. Women still suffer from decreased range of motion, pain, altered body image, lymphedema and loss of function after breast cancer surgery and treatment. The purpose of this article is to learn about these treatments and how they impact mind and body. Pilates can be a valuable exercise modality to help breast cancer survivors regain mobility, strength and endurance. However, it is important to know the issues these women face if you are working as a Pilates instructor or use Pilates as part of an exercise program. Included below is a very brief summary of the implications of breast cancer surgery and treatment. Please remember that every woman is different, and the treatments can vary. Benefits of Pilates Pilates can help to restore mind and body integration because it is a low impact exercise regimen that strengthens the scapular, abdominal /back and pelvic core musculature while emphasizing deep breathing. If the core is strong, there is an improved ability to use more distal musculature. Other benefits include: • Improved lymphatic drainage by its focus upon deep rib cage breathing. • Promotes better posture, which is often impaired after breast cancer surgery. • Improved scapula-humeral rhythm since so much emphasis is placed upon use of the scapula stabilizers including the latissimus dorsi, rhomboids and middle trapezius. • Since osteoporosis is a concern, many Pilates exercises can be modified, adapted or eliminated from the traditional Pilates repertoire. For example, keeping the head down during the “hundreds” instead of lifting it up or eliminating the roll up are some suggestions. Hints for Success Be sure to work with a trained rehabilitation specialist who is familiar with the issues that can arise including peripheral neuropathy, lymphedema, axillary web syndrome and post mastectomy pain syndrome. Learn when to refer out to other medical professionals. Always secure a physician’s clearance for exercise, especially if women are undergoing treatment or have multiple health problems. Be sure to note any special precautions. Obtain a complete medical history with dates of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction. Find out about the side effects of any of the treatments. In addition, there are many protocols for breast reconstruction. It is advisable to work within the doctors’ guidelines, especially when beginning a strengthening program after breast reconstruction. To conclude, Pilates is an excellent exercise regimen to restore wellness. Many of my clients have found that it takes time to master Pilates, but the benefits are extremely rewarding. They report feeling stronger and more relaxed after participating in the exercises. References: 1. Aaronson, N. and Touro, A.M. Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Using a Pilates Based Approach (2008) course manual 2. Betz, S. Modifying Pilates for Clients with Osteoporosis www.modifyingpilates.pdf 3. Clinical Pilates : The Art and Science of Pilates as a Rehab Approach archive/ 4. Harris, S. et al. Upper Extremity Rehabilitation for Women who have been treated for Breast Cancer Physiotherapy Canada 2004;56:202-214 5. Keays, K. Harris, S. et al. Effects of Pilates Exercises on Shoulder Range of Motion, Pain, Mood & Upper Extremity Function in Women Living with Breast Cancer: A Pilot Study Physical Therapy 88:494-510 6. Owsley, A. An Introduction to Clinical Pilates Athletic Therapy Today 2005;10(4) 6-10 7. Position Statement of the National Lymphedema Network Topic: Exercise 2008 Tommy Tomlo, Fitness Director, The Energy Club at Shirlington. Address: 2900 South Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22206. Phone: 703-824-0600 The Energy Club offers pilates classes every day, at varying times, all taught by the highest level of pilates instructors. Contact us and let us ease your pain!


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Shirlington Spotlight will feature a prominent member or members of our community each month. If you would like to suggest someone for next month, please let us know at . This month, we focus on Mohamed Islam, franchisee owner of Subway. As is common for many people, perhaps especially in the Shirlington area, restaurant and retail chains carry a certain stigma with them. When it comes to a chain, customers come to expect the same thing in every single store. Obviously, the majority of that is by design, but in a place like Shirlington, a chain can be perceived as lacking character. What many people fail to realize, however, is that these chains can be franchised owned, meaning that it’s a real person who works and operates there to make the best of an opportunity. It doesn’t mean that they love the Shirlington community any less or don’t want to contribute to what makes it special to begin with.

break time. While there is no doubt that he is a hard worker, Islam also loves everything he does, from the cleaning to the paper work. He definitely takes pride in what he does. He also enjoys being part of the Shirlington community as the good environment and nice customers is what originally attracted him to the area.

That’s what brings us to Mohamed Islam. Whether you show up when Subway opens or rush in right before they close, chances are that you’ll run into Islam or someone from his family. Islam’s daughter, Shahida, and son-in-law, Shahriar also work there. Originally from Bangladesh, Islam saw the Subway franchise as a potential future for his family. While the recent Shirlington revitalization efforts have added many new faces to the community, Islam has been a part of it now for 13 years. He attributes the success to a loving, supporting, and hard working family.

Islam understands that there is a need in Shirlington for deli sandwiches and he wants to do his best to serve delicious, fresh food, quickly. He wants the Shirlington community to know that they can expect continued improvements in everything they do at Subway as long as he works there. Right now, they are offering 8 different footlong subs for only $5 and they have new subs every month. So if you haven’t been there in a while, it is probably worth checking out…and who knows, maybe you too might be lucky enough to get a free cookie once in a while.

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This is evident when Islam was asked about his favorite experience working at Subway. He said it was when this adorable child said she was lucky to get a free cookie. While a simple story, it has a lasting impact as it is a microcosm as to why he still loves what he’s doing and where he’s doing it.

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Saturday, October 24, 10pm Arlington Independent Media presents a discussion on “Spirituality and Sexuality” Description: Come out and enjoy an evening of stimulating Walkers, LLC Shirlington's Premier Pet Carethe Provider conversation as we discuss union between spirituality and sexuality. We will start the night off with a panel discussion Call Today! 571-276-6327 and end with artist performances. If you have an opinion or an experience you want to share about the union between spirituality and sexuality, you won’t want to miss this event! Co-sponsored by Arlington Independent Media. Sunday, October 25, 2 PM – Shirlington Screens Vampire Movies: Twilight (2008) Rated PG-13, 122 minutes. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Featuring: Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson, Where: Shirlington Library

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The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is a nonprofit humane society that operates the animal shelter in Arlington County, Virginia. Dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, bunny rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and other small companion animals are available for adoption to residents of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

Tips from the Animal Welfare League of Arlin Low-Cost RabiesSpaying Clinic and Neutering

The League holds eight low-cost rabies vaccination clinics per year. Our next clinic isyear Thursday, December 3, 2009. Clinicscats beginand at 6:30 PM and until or ar Every millions of unwanted dogs dieareofopen neglect 8:30 PM. Avoid the crowd by coming the last hour. Cats, dogs and ferrets can be atvaccinated animal for shelters. only way to reduce thePlease pet $10.00 perThere pet. All is pets mustone be on leashes or in carriers. bring proof of a prior rabies shot (a certificate, not a tag) to get a three-year rabies overpopulation problem: spaying or neutering your pet. So why d shot. Without proof, your pet will receive a one-year vaccination. Please note, all people to have litters?byBelow area some cats andstill dogsallow over thetheir age ofpets four months are required law to have current of the rabies vaccination.


Baby-Ready Pets

"It's healthier for my pet to have one heat or one litter before bein Every year, thousands of animals are turned into shelters by parents concerned spayed." False! Going through heat actually increases a pet's chan about how their pet may affect the health and safety of their new baby. Any pet can have undesirable, although natural uterine reactions to new baby.infections. New sounds, Spayin developing mammary cancer, ora ovarian smells, and activities surrounding an infant may cause a pet to see the baby as eliminates these infections and reduces the risk of cancer. Neuter competition, prey, or even a toy. also reduces the risk of cancer in males.

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 itpet's is a safe and (relatively)will stress-free experience for all. This seminar is based “My personality change." True! It will change for the bet on a program created by the Providence Animal Rescue League and the Rhode Spaying andand neutering helpsbyprevent a cat or dog fromLeague developing Island SPCA, has been endorsed the ASPCA. The Animal Welfare of Arlington’s staff will present Baby-Ready Pets for expectant parents a twoaggressive, erratic (or embarrassing!) behavior due toin territorial in hour workshop at the League.

or the drive to reproduce. They'll be less inclined to run away and After the program, participants call or e-mail follow-up if they need the neighborhood, too. may Neutering your malequestions cat before he mature additional support. Participants will also receive helpful handouts and a CD of baby keep him from marking territory sounds to help desensitize theirhis petsindoor to the sounds of the by new"spraying." arrival. This is a

HUMAN-ONLY class, please leave your pets at home. Baby-Ready Pets sessions are conducted at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, 2650 S. Arlington Mill “My will get14, fat2009 and lazy." False! Drivepet on December from 6:30-8:30 PM. Spaying or neutering is

not th reason pets gain weight. It's too much food and too little exercise. There is no fee for the class, but donations are welcome. Reservations are required and space is limited. To make a reservation or for more information, please contact Jennifer Newman at or call (703) False! 931-9241Today's x213. "Spaying and neutering is ‘unnatural.'" domestic

ca dogs are far from their wild ancestors and don't live "nat Seeremoved our Web site at events page to is see calendar upcoming classes. to preserve the anyway. There noa need forofthem to reproduce species; there are too many already! To Advertise, please call Adrian at (301) 523-6453 -19-

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Tuesday, December 1 Where: Shirlington Village, 6:30pm – 9pm. Description: Light Up The Village! Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, photos with Santa, treats, entertainment, and more! The UPS Store will be taking FREE photos of children, pets, and families with Santa; each family will receive a digital version of their Photo along with a 4x6 photo they can pick up the week of Dec. 7. Wednesday, December 2 Where: Shirlington Branch Library, 7pm – 9pm Description: The Shirlington branch “Real Life Reels” series presents the documentary “Food, Inc.” [2008]. Rated PG, 94 minutes. Directed by Robert Kenner. Featuring writers Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser. The film examines the precarious state of the global food supply. The film illustrates how the production of food in the United States has drastically changed since the 1950s, with a handful of multinational corporations control a vast portion of the global supply of food sources. The film illustrates how to take action to return to a more local and sustainable food production mode.


Thursday, December 3 Where: Shirlington Branch Library, 11am – 12pm Description: “Thursday Morning Book Discussion” group discusses “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. Where: Signature’s Mead Lobby, 1pm – 2pm Description: Brown Bag Thursday presents a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the current production of Show Boat at Signature. Enjoy your lunch while you engage in an informal discussion with James Kronzer. James has received more Helen Hayes Awards for his work than any other DC designer. He has been designing for Signature for over 10 years. Saturday, December 5 Where: Shirlington Branch Library, 3:00pm – 4:30pm Description: A networking seminar with Jim Wylde. Jim Wylde offers training in business and professional networking skills for people who work in public, private, and international settings. Where: Busboys and Poets, 10pm – 12am, Suggested Donation - $5 Description: MANgina Monologues: A One Trans Show by Riki Wilchins. Just what America needed but didn’t know it wanted: a lesbian Jewish comic with a sex change and an attitude. One of the country’s most prominent trans-activists, Wilchins takes on binary genders, identity politics, passing, political correctness and the medical establishment in an evening of humor, sketch and improvisation that leaves no rhinestone unturned and no slip showing. Founder of the protest group Transsexual Menace and the advocacy organization GenderPAC, Wilchins is author of Queer Theory/Gender Theory, GenderQueer and Read My Lips. Sunday, December 6 Where: Shirlington Branch Library, 2pm – 4pm Description: A “Family Movie Matinee,” the Shirlington branch presents the animated “Up” [2009]. Rated PG, 96 minutes. Directed by Peter Docter and Bob Peterson, and featuring the voices of: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer and John Ratzenberger. Where: Busboys and Poets, 4pm – 6pm Description: Film Screening. Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Monday, December 7 Where: Signature & Busboys and Poets (book signing afterwards), 7pm – 9pm Description: Edward Luce’s “In Spite of the Gods” looks at the forces shaping India as it tries to balance the stubborn traditions of the past with an unevenly modernizing present. Deeply informed by scholarship and history, leavened by humor and rich in anecdote, it shows that India has huge opportunities as well as tremendous challenges that make the future “hers to lose.” This event is presented in partnership with the Cultural Affairs Division of the Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department, Signature Theatre, Busboys and Poets and the Global Exchange Store. Where: Shirlington Branch Library, 7pm – 8pm Description: A “From Page to Stage” showing of “Show Boat” [1951] Not Rated, 108 minutes. Directed by George Sidney. Featuring Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner and Howard Keel. The Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein musical brought vividly to the screen. Popular songs include “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man,” “Make Believe” and “Ol’ Man River.” Based on a novel by Edna Ferber, “Show Boat” is widely considered one of the most influential works of the American musical theatre. Wednesday, December 9 Where: Shirlington Branch Library, 7pm – 9pm Description: The “World Cinema Spotlight” series presents “Moliére” [2007]. Rated PG-13, 120 minutes. Directed by Laurent Tirard. Featuring: Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, and Laura Morante. A lively comedy that follows the premise that Molière’s life between 1644, when he left Paris as a failed actor and theater producer, and his return thirteen years later, provided the inspiration for his theatrical satires including “Tartuffe,” “The Bourgeois Gentleman” and “The Misanthrope.” Thursday, December 10 Where: Busboys and Poets, All Day Description: “Dining Out for Human Rights” - Celebrate Human Rights Day with Amnesty International and partake in Amnesty’s Global Write-a-thon! You can write a letter to government officials and ambassadors on behalf of a


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prisoner of conscience, learn more about Amnesty’s work, join a local group, or just contribute by ordering food and drink. 5% of the day’s revenue will be donated to Amnesty International USA. Where: Shirlington Branch Library, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Description: Join “Books Sandwiched In,” an informal discussion of what neighbors are reading. Bring a sandwich, to be eaten in the meeting room. Saturday, December 12 Where: Shirlington Library and Busboys and Poets, 3:00pm – 4:30pm Description: Author Rebecca O’Connor will sign and discuss her latest book, “LIFT.” The culmination of a ten-year career in falconry, Lift is a memoir that illustrates the journey and life lessons of a woman navigating a man’s ancient sport. Captivated by a chance meeting with a falconer’s peregrine as a child, the indelible memory eventually brings the author’s life full circle to flying a peregrine of her own. Exploring themes of predator and prey, finding tribe, forgiveness and femininity, the memoir asks universal questions through a unique backdrop. Lift illustrates the beauty and meaning the sport of falconry can add to a falconer’s life, echoing the challenges and triumphs of being human.

Where: Shirlington Branch Library, 7pm – 9pm Description: The “Monday Night Musicals” series presents “Dream Girls” [2006] Rated PG-13, 131 minutes. Directed by Bill Condon and starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, and Eddie Murphy. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, a trio of black soul singers becomes a crossover hit on the pop charts in the early 60s. The friendship of the three girls from Chicago is put to the test when they are faced with the pressure of money, fame and adulation. Features the Grammy winning song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” Tuesday, December 15 Where: Busboys and Poets, 4pm – 7pm Description: Non-Profit Tuesdays presents Computer C.O.R.E, whose mission is to help low-income adults acquire the technological and life skills they need to pursue their career aspirations. A donation of 5% from the evening’s revenue will be given to the hosting organization.

Thurs 12/3, 7-11pm E & Me Fri 12/4, 7:30-11:30pm Triple Double Jazz Sat 12/5, 7:30-11:30pm Midway Jazz Alliance Wed 12/9, 7-9pm Nancy Scimone Thurs 12/10, 7-11pm Tara Hoffman & Pete Fields Fri 12/11, 7:30-11:30pm George Johnson & Mark Deffenbaugh Sat 12/12, 7:30 -11:30pm Full Consensus Band Thurs 12/17, 7-11pm Sharif Fri 12/18, 7:30-11:30pm Josh Walker quartet Sat 12/19, 7:30-11:30pm Kerensa Gray Sat 12/26, 7:30-11:30pm Potomac Jazz Project Thurs 12/31, New Years Eve 9pm-1am - E & Me EXTRA VIRGIN Modern Italian Restaurant 4053 Campbell Ave Arlington VA 22206 703.998.8474

Wednesday, December 16 Where: Shirlington Branch Library, 7:00pm – 8:30pm Description: The “World Cinema Spotlight” series presents “The Valet” (“La Doublure”) [2006]. Rated PG-13, 85 minutes. Directed by Francis Veber. Featuring: Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil and Kristin Scott Thomas. Pierre Levasseur, a wealthy business man, is photographed with his lover, Elena, a world-famous model. In an attempt to salvage his marriage, he tries to convince his wife that Elena is not his lover, but that of François Pignon, a valet who was passing by and ended up on the photograph.


Sunday, December 13 Where: Shirlington Library and Busboy and Poets, 3:00pm – 4:30pm Description: At a moment when the U.S. military decided it needed cultural expertise as much as smart bombs to prevail in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s Counterinsurgency Field Manual offered a blueprint for mobilizing anthropologists for war. The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual critiques that strategy and offers a blueprint for resistance. Written by the founders of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists, the Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual explores the ethical and intellectual conflicts of the Pentagon’s Human Terrain System; argues that there are flaws in the Counterinsurgency Field Manual (ranging from plagiarism to a misunderstanding of anthropology); probes the increasing militarization of academic knowledge since World War II; identifies the next frontiers for the Pentagon’s culture warriors; and suggests strategies for resisting the deformation and exploitation of anthropological knowledge by the military.

Extra Virgin Schedule

Friday, December 18 Where: CakeLove, 6:30pm – 7:30pm Description: CakeLove offers a 60 minute Wedding Cake Seminar and Tasting information session. Please call as the session is limited to participants who pre-register. Tuesday, December 22 Where: Shirlington Branch Library, 7pm – 9pm Description: The premiere of local filmmaker Elaine Watts’ latest project, “Isolated Disappearances.” The suspense film is set in metropolitan D.C. and features a local cast and crew. Discussion follows the screening.

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If I sell you a home here or anywhere in Northern Virginia, I will: Pay for a home warranty or $500 towards closing costs Contribute $100 to the Arlington Food Assistance Center Donate $100 to Signature Theatre or the Arlington Animal Shelter, your choice.



December 2009 Issue of Your Shirlington Connection magazine

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