Week in Arlington

Week in Arlington

<sh>Car Share Pilot Program Expands

<bt>Arlington County has announced that it will be expanding its car-sharing program to put Zipcars at new locations and make car-sharing a permanent part of its "Way To Go Arlington" initiative to discourage residents from owning cars and encourage them to walk, ride bikes and use public transit whenever possible. New Zipcars will include Hybrid Prius, MINI Coopers, and Tacoma pick-ups.

Zipcar is moving into four new neighborhoods as well as putting additional vehicles in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. Fifteen cars are being added in the county. Flexcars and Zipcars are being added to Shirlington and Columbia Pike, areas not within walking distance of Metrorail, but with bus service. Another 15 cars are planned to be added by the end of 2005.

To foster adoption of the service in these areas, Zipcar and Arlington County will cover all application and annual fees for the first year as well as include free driving credits for new individual and business members through July 18, 2005.

For more information, visit www.commuterpage.com/carshare.htm or www.zipcar.com/arlington.

<sh>Catholic Charities Golf Tournament

<bt>The 13th annual Catholic Charities Classic golf tournament will take place on Monday, June 20, at the course at Belle Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. The registration deadline is Tuesday, May 31. Proceeds from the event will support programs and services of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. Players will have a chance to win $5,000 in a putting contest, and, at designated holes, players can aim for a hole-in-one to win a Honda Accord or a Cadillac SRX. The $285 registration fee covers lunch, access to the putting green and driving range from 11 a.m. on, and beverages during the tournament, which begins at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. Also included are a post-game reception, silent auction, dinner and awards. For registration and sponsorship information, go to www.ccda.net and click on "special events." Tickets for the reception are available for $65. For more information or to donate items for the silent auction, call 703-841-3835.

<sh>Preservation Design Awards Entries Sought

<bt>Applications are being taken now through June 3 for the seventh annual Arlington County Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) Preservation Design Awards Program. It honors projects that demonstrate excellence in design and craftsmanship in the restoration/renovation of historic buildings, the construction of new additions to historic buildings, adaptive reuse projects sympathetic to historic character, as well as new infill construction in an historic context. The public is invited to submit nominations for residential, commercial or institutional buildings within these categories: Exterior Restoration/Renovation, Major Additions, Adaptive Reuse and New Infill Construction.

Projects must be located in Arlington County, have been completed within the past five years and involve buildings at least 50 years old (except new construction). Written consent of the property owner(s), a brief project narrative and visual materials are required for all entries. A jury of historic preservation professionals will select the winners, and an awards ceremony will be held in July. All entries must be postmarked by June 3.

Detailed submission requirements are available online at www.co.arlington.va.us/Departments/CPHD/ons/CPHDOnsHistoricPreservation.aspx.

<sh>Ballston Farmers Market

<bt>Weekly Farmers Markets are set to begin June 3 in Ballston’s Welburn Square. The markets will operate every Friday from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 14. Nine vendors have signed on including Flowers of the Forest Farm, Tree and Leaf Farm, A Thyme to Plant Herb Farm, Marshall Farms Natural Cheese, Goats-R-Us, Bonaparte Breads, Grace’s Pastries, Dick’s Kitchen, and Around the Clock Maple Sugar Makers. Their products include many varieties of produce, fruit, cheese and dairy products, herbs, French bread, pastries, flowers, syrup, grilling sauces, free-range eggs and lots more.

During the months of June and July, visitors to the Ballston Farmers Market will also enjoy live concerts provided through the Arlington Arts al Fresco program. Music will range from Celtic to folk, blues, and jazz, with such popular musicians as Lisa Moscatiello, Barb Martin & Mac Walter, Moe Nelson & Mark Noone.

Welburn Square is located between N. Stuart and N. Taylor Streets across from the Ballston Metro Station, just steps from Ballston Common Mall. For directions and further information, please call 703-528-3527 or e-mail: ballsonvasquare@aol.com.

Both the Farmers Market and Concerts in Welburn Square are sponsored by the Ballston-Virginia Square Partnership. Major corporate funding for the Concerts is provided by The Jefferson, The Wells Real Estate Funds, Hi-Ball Events and the Paradigm Development Company.

<sh>Interacting with History Photo Contest

<bt>All elementary, middle and high school students who live in or attend school in Arlington are invited to submit photographs for the Arlington County Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) photography contest. The theme of the contest is "Interacting with History," and students may submit digital or traditional, black and white or color photographs that show interactions with historic sites in Arlington. Entries must be postmarked by May 31. Historic sites can be those officially recognized (a list is available at www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/CPHD/ons/hp/CPHDOnsHpHistoricSites.aspx) or any site 50 years old or older. The photographs will be judged by a panel of professional photographers and will be displayed at the HALRB's booth at the Arlington County Fair in August, as well as at various sites throughout the County.

<sh>Arlington County Receives Outstanding Plan Award.

<bt>The Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association (VAPA) has an annual competitive awards program in which it recognizes excellence in Virginia planning. This years winner was the Nauk Neighborhood within southern Arlington County for their Village Center Action Plan of June 2004. The plan was developed to revitalize the community's commercial core. Beyond its role as a planning policy framework the Nauk Village Center Action Plan provides a number of implementation measures aimed at ensuring that the vision is achieved. It includes recommendations addressing the following areas: transportation, land and zoning use, implementation management, pre-development assistance, development incentives, special projects (support and spur private investment), affordable housing. Through a combination of sound policy framework and effective implementation measures, The Nauk Village Center Action Plan represents an achievable blueprint for a revitalized commercial core within the Nauck community.