25 Things to Do in January

Ring in the new year with musical tributes, a tattoo expo, MLK observances and a different brand of ballet.

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Arlington County MLK Tribute

When: Jan. 19, 3:30-7 p.m.

Where: Wakefield High School Auditorium, 1325 South Dinwiddie St., Arlington

In partnership with Encore Stage & Studio’s Flip the Script, the county hosts its 51st tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s event will feature live music, dance and spoken-word performances centering on a “Prayers of a King” theme. Free. Seating is first come, first-serve.


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MLK Day of Service

When: Jan. 20

Where: Various locations

Celebrate Dr. King’s life by making Arlington a better place. Each year more than 1,000 local residents attend a commemorative morning event and then head out to participate in hands-on service projects throughout Arlington County. Visit volunteer.leadercenter.org/MLK to sign up.


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Martin Luther King, Jr. Watercolor Portraits

When: Jan. 21, 4 p.m.

Where: Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade can honor the civil rights leader by creating their own watercolor portrait. Materials supplied. Free, but registration required.


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From News to Talk

When: Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

Where: Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington

Kimberly Meltzer, an associate professor of communication at Marymount University and author of From News to Talk: The Expansion of Opinion and Commentary in U.S. Journalism, stops by the Westover Library to discuss “fake news” and related media issues. Free, but registration required.


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Snow Ball

When: Jan. 24, 7-9 p.m.

Where: The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean

If your fifth or sixth grader is suffering from cabin fever, here’s their chance to get moving and get out of the house. The Snow Ball promises a DJ spinning tunes and catered food and drink, all in a decorated space that’s reminiscent of a winter wonderland. Tickets $35; $25 for McLean Community Center district residents. Registration highly recommended.


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