23 Things to Do in November
Lift those spirits with virtual theater, art shows, comedy gigs and a different kind of Arlington Turkey Trot.
When: Nov. 15
Where: Wolf Trap (online)
Wolf Trap, in partnership with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is bringing live chamber music performances to your computer screen beginning Nov.15 and available for streaming through midnight on Nov. 20. Chinese-American violin virtuoso Cho-Liang (aka “Jimmy”) Lin will perform select works by Lukas Foss, Antonin Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. Streaming is free.
When: Nov. 19, 8-9 p.m.
Where: Arlington Public Library (on Zoom)
Join D.C.-based self-care expert Gracy Obuchowicz for a talk about simple practices to keep you grounded during this extraordinary time of stress. The selfcarefully author has led similar workshops for the U.S. Department of Justice, Greenpeace and D.C. Public Schools. This one brought to you by Arlington Public Library. Participation is free.
When: Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Knights of Columbus, 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington
Support pediatric and maternal health care services for women and infants in need with a 5K run paired with kids’ entertainment. An in-person race will take place—with masks and waved starts—on Nov. 21, but those who prefer to run on their own can participate virtually, all while competing for accolades in categories such as “craziest outfit,” “most elevation gained,” “most dogs run with,” and more. In place of the usual bounce house and petting zoo, this year’s fundraiser will feature a kids’ scavenger hunt that restarts with new clues at the beginning of each month and lasts through Jan. 2. $22.50-$45.
When: Nov. 23-25 and 27-28
Where: Cookology Ballston (online)
A holiday that revolves around food and gratitude calls for some professional-level concoctions. Young chefs can learn how to make a few dishes—Thanksgiving harvest gratin; pumpkin biscuits, soup, and pie; homemade crackers; and gingerbread loaf with whipped cream—on Nov. 23, 24, 25, 27 and 28. And adults can learn some creative ways to repurpose leftovers—think croquettes, fritters and more, based on whatever you’ve got left—on Nov. 28. Virtual classes $85.
When: Nov. 25-29
Where: Choose among eight 5K courses, or create your own
In normal times, this blockbuster Thanksgiving Day fundraiser draws more than 4,000 runners—which is exactly why, to keep people safe, the in-person race can’t happen this year (at least not en masse). Instead, the 15th annual 5K will take place virtually, allowing participants to complete their runs on their own time, over a period of seven days. Maps of eight different 5K courses can be found online, and some runners will be recorded via drone. Here’s a video of the usual course that wends through Lyon Park and Ashton Heights. Registration $40 (adults); $20 (kids ages 6-17); free for kids 5 and under.
When: Nov. 27-Dec. 1
Where: GRUMP online
If your favorite part of gift-giving involves simultaneously supporting local artists, here’s a bit of good news: The GRUMP holiday art and craft show will go on, offering its perennially popular selection of quirky, handmade local wares, and five lucky Arlington artists will be awarded a free vendor spot to participate. Shoppers will be able to peruse the options and buy from GRUMP vendors online. Adding a bit of fun to the 2020 experience, a yeti/bumble (the GRUMP mascot) will deliver the goods to your house.