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<sh>Taste of Arlington 2010 - A Recipe for Fun

<bt>The Taste of Arlington 2010 will take place on Sunday, May 16 from noon to 5 p.m. on Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall in Arlington.

What has become a beloved spring Arlington tradition will be back this year and bigger than ever with 40 restaurants, local talent, arts and crafts, children’s activities and an average of 12,000 people from the area. Visitors can also taste wines from local Tarara Vineyards, listen to the smooth sounds of Marcus Johnson and teach their families about food safety inside the new interactive FDA Food Safety Zone.

The Ballston Partnership has teamed up with the Clarendon Alliance, Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, Rosslyn Renaissance, and the Crystal City BID to present the Taste of Arlington, a celebration of their collective communities and the largest single day event in Arlington. Proceeds from Taste of Arlington will benefit the Virginia Hospital Center and Arlington Community Foundation.

<mh>Highlights of the 2010 Taste of Arlington

<cl>Participating Restaurants:

<bt>Best Buns Bread Co.

Busboys and Poets

Carlyle

Caribbean Breeze

Chevy’s Fresh Mex

Cityhouse at Hyatt Arlington

Dan and Brad’s

Delhi Dhaba

Domaso Trattoria

First Down Sports Bar & Grill

Front Page

Grand CruAlso

Jaleo Crystal City & Wine Shop

La Tasca

Melting Pot

Moorenko’s

PF Chang’s

Pinzimini

Rock Bottom

Rustico Restaurant

Sangam Restaurant

Ted’s Montana Grill

Thirsty Bernie

Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream

Union Jack’s British Pub

Willow

Whole Foods Arlington

<cl>Performances By:

<bt>Marcus Johnson

Levine School of Music’s Virginia Big Band

The Children's Spanish Chorus or El Coro Infantil en Espanol

Bowen McCauley Dance’s Kenmore Junior Company

Also stilt-walkers, jugglers and much much more!

<cl>Other Highlights:

<bt>Wines from Tarara Vineyards

FDA Interactive Food Safety Discovery Zone

Jump Street

Appearances by Alison Starling, Jennifer Donelan, Scott Thuman and Suzanne Kennedy from ABC7/WJLA-TV

<ro>To Go

<bt>When: Sunday, May 16, noon to - 5 p.m.

Where: Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall.

Tickets: The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to taste.

Parking is available all day for $1 at the Ballston Public Parking Garage adjacent to the Ballston Common Mall

Metro Ballston-MU station (Orange line).

Bike Valet Service provided by Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Advance Online Tickets: eight Tastes for $20

Day of Event Tickets: eight Tastes for $25

One food sample costs one Taste

Beer and wine cost two Tastes

Tickets are on sale now at:

http://www.tasteofarlington.com/tickets.html

<sh>Two Arlington Groups to do Food Drives for AFAC on Neighborhood Day

<bt>Arlingtonians can participate in two activities on Neighborhood Day, Saturday, May 15, 2010, that will benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).

The Zonta Club of the Arlington Area will hold a food drive for AFAC at the Giant grocery store at 3450 Washington Blvd. from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Club is the local chapter of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization dedicated to improving the status of women through local and international service projects and advocacy efforts.

The Restoration Anglican Church will hold a car wash/food drive at 1815 N. Quincy St. for AFAC from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Restoration Anglican Church is a new church community founded by a group of friends who value deep community.

AFAC is Arlington’s food pantry, with the mission of distributing groceries to families in need in Arlington. AFAC currently serves over 1,200 families each week. For more information about AFAC, visit www.afac.org or contact Christine Lucas, Executive Director, at 703-845-8486 or Christine.lucas@afac.org. For more information about Zonta, visit www.zontaarlingtonarea.org. For more information about Restoration Anglican Church, visit www.restorationarlington.org.

<ro>Ballston Arts and Crafts Market Starts May 8

<bt>The 2010 Ballston Arts & Crafts Market returns to Welburn Square on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Experience local art at its best with handcrafted silver jewelry by bLuGrn design, demented decoupage by BoxBoy, upscale photography by Steven L. Miller Words & Images, cheeky plushes by Grumpy Haters, designer tees by Sharp Shirter and more.

Arlington's own Homeward Trails Animal Rescue will be on hand with information and an artist raffle to benefit its charitable organization. Opening Day will also feature:

Live music Lynn Veronneau Trio (noon - 2 p.m.);

Free tote bags by Bright Green Cleaning Products;

Free goodie bags full of healthy eats and coupons courtesy of Curves of Cherrydale (for the first 50 guests);

Free demos by select artists.

Located between North Stuart and North 9th Streets, across from the Ballston Metro, the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market is Arlington's only 100 percent handmade market.

For a full list of vendors, a glimpse of the Market's art and more, check out the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market blog at http://ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com. Call 703-528-3527.

Dates: Second Saturday of every month: May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, and Oct. 9.

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.