Arlington this Week

Arlington this Week

<sh>Six Point Music Festival Kicks Off

<bt>A selection of 40 performers over four nights on 13 local stages, the Six Points Music Festival kicks off April 7. The festival — marking the third anniversary of the Web site — is the homegrown creation of Arlington musician Mike Holden.

"It got started on the second anniversary of the Web site," Holden said. "It had grown to about 700 members at that point, and we wanted to celebrate."

Holden began the site as a Yahoo bulletin board to keep in touch with fellow musicians he met at open mic nights and concerts around the area.

"It has really grown into a supportive community of musicians, people in the music business and people who just share an interest in the local music scene."

From there, the project mushroomed into the festival. Performances will be held at local venues like Whitlow's on Wilson, Dr. Dremo's, The Clarendon Grill, Rock Bottom and Front Page. Madam's Organ, in Washington, D.C., will also host three shows.

To promote the festival and spread the word about unknown Arlington musicians, Holden got some radio play on Z104's "Capital Scene," hosted by Jenni Chase. Turning once again to the Internet, Holden also began "podcasting," Internet lingo for supplying an mp3 download of the festival. On festival's current site,, file swappers can get a listen to music from last year's festival.

"I felt like there were a lot of artists that people hadn't heard of," Holden said.

Opening the festival Thursday are Paul Iwancio, Radio Caroline and No Second Troy at Whitlow's on Wilson. Koko Boom, TGO (The Gifted One) and N-Theory will open it at Staccato, on 18th Street in Washington, D.C. Ragtime, in Arlington, will host Michael Jantz, Daniel Lee and the Nefrit El-Or Band on Friday. That same night, Dr. Dremo's will present The Groaning, The Want and Jezebel's Cure. Saturday, at Royal Lee, A Month of Sundays, The John Evan's Band, Greenland and Saints of Silence take the stage. At Rock Bottom, check out Laura Tsaggaris, Lianna and Lejeune that same night. Also Saturday, Steve Orders and Cerulean Groove will both be at the Front Page.

For a complete listing of the schedule and venues, check out The festival is sponsored by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), a nonprofit group for local musicians.

"It's important to showcase local artists, and this is a great way of doing that," said WAMA spokesman Mike Schriebman.

Arlington has a burgeoning music scene, he said, thanks to the enthusiasm of the community to have live performances in local night spots.

"There's an openness here that you don't find in D.C. or Maryland," Schriebman said. "It's also more organized than others."

<1b>--Stefan Cornibert

<sh>Bank Robbers Arrested

<bt>Arlington police captured two men Friday, April 1 after they committed an armed robbery in Crystal City.

At approximately 9:56 a.m., the Arlington County Emergency Communications Center received a report of an armed bank robbery in the 2100 block of Crystal Drive. Dispatchers broadcast a description of the suspects, and a patrol officer positioned himself on northbound Route 1 in case the suspects attempted to flee into D.C.

After a few minutes, two men fitting the description of the suspects drove past the officer in a car with improper temporary Maryland tags. When the vehicle slowed in traffic on northbound I-395 just before the 14th Street Bridge, several officers conducted a felony stop and took both men into custody without incident. Officers recovered a handgun and an undisclosed amount of cash from the suspects. Virginia State Police assisted with the arrest, and the FBI is assisting the Homicide/Robbery Unit with the investigation.

The men, 60-year-old Ronald Banks and 20-year-old Eric Gray, both of Washington, D.C., are charged with multiple felonies including robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and use of a firearm in committing a felony.

<sh>Arlington Red Cross Announces Gala Honorees

<bt>Arlington Chapter Gala will honor WWII veterans and Red Cross workers of Arlington on April 8 with Senators Elizabeth and Robert Dole as honorary chairpersons at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Below is the list of names of Honorees that will be recognized as members of our Greatest Generation and valuable members of the Arlington Community:

Mr. Thomas E. Adams, U.S. Army; Colonel Richard T. Ball, U.S. Army Artillery; Mr. Howard E. Camp Jr., U.S. Army, American Red Cross; Mrs. Howard E. Camp Jr. (Janice), American Red Cross; Mr. George Chesnut, U.S. Navy; Mrs. Louise Chesnut, U.S. Navy WAVES; Mr. Eftem Chiamardas (Tim), U.S. Army Air Corps Infantry; Mr. Heyward Cook, U.S. Army; Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Corry, U.S. Army; Mr. Joseph W. Creekmore Sr., U.S. Army; Katherine A. Dey, St. John's River Shipbuilding Company, American Red Cross; Mr. Bernard Dupuis, U.S. Air Force; Chief Petty Officer Walter Hawtin, U.S. Navy, Aviation Branch; Colonel Helen E. O'Day, U.S. Air Force; First Lieutenant Grace Hunn, U.S. Army, Nurse Corps; Mr. Frederick Karch, U.S. Marine Corps; Phyllis Kinsey, American Red Cross; Lieutenant Colonel Frederick M. Maloof, U.S. Air Force; Major James H. McMullin, U.S. Army; Barbara Pathe, American Red Cross, Germany; Mr. William Phillips, American Red Cross, U.S. Navy; Mr. Roy Popkin, U.S. Air Force; Major General George A. Rebh, U.S. Army Core of Engineers; Mrs. Joyce Rebh, American Red Cross; Corporal Elwood Richardson, U.S. Army, Infantry Counter Intelligence; Frances Richardson, American Red Cross; Major General J. Milnor Roberts, U.S. Army; Lorraine Rodgers, U.S. Woman AirForce Service Pilot - World War II (WASPS); Mr. Randolph Rouse, U.S. Navy; Staff Sergeant Theodore R. Samsell, U.S. Army; Sergeant George L. Saunders Jr., U.S. Army, American Red Cross; Mr. Edward Seeger, U.S. Navy, Naval Intelligence; Corporal Dennis Sheffield, Royal Signals, British Army; Mr. Buell Smith, U.S. Army, Cavalry; Corporal John E. Stocker,

U.S. Army Air Corps; Marian True, American Red Cross; Chief Petty Officer Laura Vogt, U.S. Navy, WAVES; Colonel William W. Wright, U.S. Marine Corps; Major Frances N. Towson, U.S. Army; and Dorothy Davis, U.S. Army.

<sh>Commission on Aging Seeks New Members

<bt>The Arlington Commission on Aging is a 15 member, County Board-appointed advisory group made up of individuals who live and/or work in Arlington, and who are interested in and knowledgeable about aging issues and services. At least 50 percent of the membership must be age 60 or older. The Commission is seeking people who would like to serve on the Commission and/or one or more of its committees. One does not need to be a Commission member to serve on a committee. Currently, there is a particular need for people interested in serving on the Housing, Meals/Nutrition, Medicare Outreach and Senior Center committees.

The Commission meets monthly at 9 a.m. on the third Monday of the month, except in January and February when it meets on the fourth Monday. There is no meeting in August. Commission members are also expected to serve on one or more committees. Time commitment is approximately 6-8 hours per month. Individuals interested in serving on the Commission or any of its committees should contact the Arlington Agency on Aging at 703-228-1700 or via e-mail at for more information or to request a copy of the Commission’s Nominations Interest Form. The form may also be found on the Commission on Aging’s web page on the Arlington County Web site. Go and search on “aging” to find the Commission’s home page.

<sh>DeVry to Hold National Video Game Tournament

<bt>DeVry's "FlatOut" Video Game Challenge will feature a sneak preview of and opportunity to play Empire Interactive's new "FlatOut" racing game, which is scheduled for release this summer. Individuals 17 and older are invited to participate and compete for prizes, including a computer and video game packs. A single, national grand prize winner will be awarded a new car valued at $20,000.

The tournament will be held Friday, April 15 from 3-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. DeVry is located at 2450 Crystal Drive, Arlington. The event is free, but only a limited number of walk-in registrations will be available on the days of the event. Participants are encouraged to pre-register before April 12 at

<sh>Bar Foundation Grant Application Deadline Nears

<bt>The deadline for applications/proposals by community groups for Bar Foundation grants for this year is Monday, May 2. The Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, the general goals of which include the assistance and support of pro bono legal services to the poor, the improvement of the legal process and greater accessibility of the legal process to the general public.

The Bar Foundation provides grants annually to nonprofit community organizations to fund projects that help further the mission of the Foundation. Applications can be obtained at Arlington County Bar Association offices on the ground floor of the Arlington County Court House, 1425 N. Courthouse Road, or by calling the Bar offices at 703-228-3390. Applications must be received at the Bar Association office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 2 or must be postmarked by that date.