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Arlington Mill Ribbon Cutting Set for Sept. 21; The new Arlington Mill Community Center features including a high school size gymnasium, a teaching and preparation kitchen, Project Family, Early Headstart and senior nutrition program areas on the plaza level. On the Dinwiddie Street level is the game room, shared areas for youth, teen and senior programs, the community living room with public access computers and bakery shop. Visual arts, fitness, community outreach, clinic and computer skills training programs are on the top level of the center. There are a total of four multipurpose rooms and five classrooms. Also the Capital Bikeshare station has been installed. Join the community in welcoming this facility on Saturday, Sept. 21, 5-7 p.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony will include remarks from the County Board, a sneak peek of the center's programs, light refreshments, an opportunity to sign up for classes at the center, live music and more.

Harlem Wizards Basketball Game; Watch the Harlem Wizards take on the Arlington Elite at Thomas Jefferson Community Center on Friday, Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m. The halftime show invites hundreds of youths on the court. The Wizards will stay until every autograph is signed. Haven't heard of the Arlington Elite? They are made up of school teachers and administrators, parks and recreation staff, police and firefighters, and other community leaders. Purchase tickets online or at the event.

Arlington Youth Fitness And Wellness Expo; Discover the variety of youth-based fitness offerings in the community at a free expo held on Saturday, Sept. 28, 5-8 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Open to all ages, it will feature sports and fitness demos, inflatable moon bounces and slides, rock climbing wall, an obstacle course, live performances and more. Visit the interactive information tables to get the latest on classes and workshops, sports organizations, dance/theater groups, community groups. While there, don't forget to sign up for the award-winning Arlington Teen Fitness Challenge. For more information, contact Kevin Clements at 703-228-4729.

Latinoamericano Festival; Celebrate the best of Latino culture during Hispanic Heritage Month, Sunday, Sept. 29, 1-5 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road. Live music, authentic food, local vendors and artistic performances from different countries. Free entrance. Free Parking. Free shuttles from Ballston Metro. For more information, call 703-228-3329 or visit the Latinoamericano Festival webpage.

Tree Distribution Event; Arlington County's Natural Resources Division is providing 500 native tree species for residents. The annual tree distribution event takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Arlington County nursery facility (located in South Arlington on South Four Mile Run, behind Barcroft Field #6), 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fort Barnard Park Playground Re-Design; The reconstruction of the playground at Fort Barnard Park will focus on play equipment, picnic shelter, accessibility from Pollard Street and around the playground, site furnishings, site drainage improvements and enhanced plantings which will all be implemented according to current playground safety guidelines and ADA standards. The project is expected to be completed Spring 2014.

Towers Park Site Improvements; As part of the County Maintenance Capital Program, reconstruction of Towers Park will begin soon. Updates include replacement of all basketball, tennis, practice courts and picnic shelter, as well as minor improvements to the dog areas, paths, lighting and parking lot. These improvements will bring the facility up to current park design standards and provide accessibility as required by ADA. The project is expected to be completed Spring 2014.