‘Embracing the Past, Changing the Future’ in Arlington

‘Embracing the Past, Changing the Future’ in Arlington

Chomp on a fish sandwich, play basketball with local first responders, dance to live Gospel music and get a free medical screening in the health truck — but not all at the same time — at Nauck Civic and Community Pride Day on Sept. 15. Nauck was founded in 1844 and this year will celebrate 174 years in Arlington.

Each year the community gathers to celebrate its African-American heritage with hundreds of citizens, businesses, community partners, and friends and family. Historical photos and oral histories will recapture some of the favorite moments from the past.

The event will take place at Drew Model School and Community Center from 12-6 p.m. Children can jump in the moon bounce, grab a hotdog, head for the kid's pavilion or join their parents at the variety of community booths with special fun handouts. At the other end of the age scale, the Nauck Centenarians will receive a special award.

At 2 p.m. between the R&B and the Go-Go music will be a "Stop the Violence" community basketball game featuring local players as well as members of the Arlington County Police, Sheriff and Fire Departments.

Interested vendors should contact Kimberly Roberts ncaarlington.org or 703-486-0058.