6 Things to Do This Week

Swim like an Olympian, rock out like Jeff Spicoli, celebrate young readers, support Afghan refugees and catch an American treasure at Wolf Trap.
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Long Bridge Aquatics and Fitness Center

Check out the Long Bridge Aquatics Center

When: Opens Aug. 23

Where: Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center, 333 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington

Ready to kick-start the fall season with a new workout routine? Arlington’s much-anticipated Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center opens Aug. 23 with two pools: a 50-meter pool with lap lanes and diving towers, and a leisure pool with a water slide, indoor sprayground and lazy river. The center also offers a gym with machines, plus drop-in fitness classes both in and out of the pool. Arlington Masters Swimming provides training for competitive swimmers 18 and older. View the pool schedule here. And speaking of swimming, read our interview with Olympian Torri Huske.


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Support Afghan Refugees

 When: Now

Where: Multiple locations/nonprofits throughout the D.C. area

The first waves of refugees fleeing Afghanistan are arriving on U.S. soil and in need of health care, housing, clothing, furniture and basic necessities, as well as volunteers who can help with resettlement. Several Northern Virginia nonprofits and faith-based groups are organizing relief efforts, including Catholic Charities – Diocese of Arlington, the Ethiopian Community Development Council and Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area. Learn more about what you can do to help.


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Reading is Magic! End of Summer Reading Party

When: Aug. 25, 10-11 a.m.

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

Arlington Public Library’s Summer Reading program officially ends Sept. 1.  Designed to celebrate young readers and their accomplishments, this outdoor event will feature a Library Truck with free books and giveaways, an interactive pop-up art project, a performance by magician Wes Iseli, balloon animals, a scavenger hunt and more. Kids can also pick up Summer Reading prizes.


Curtis Knocking at Dogwood Tavern

When: August 28, 9:30 p.m.

Where: Dogwood Tavern, 132 W. Broad St., Falls Church

Feeling the need for some classic live tunes, a la Tom Petty, Springsteen, Cheap Trick, Bowie and Prince? Catch the Best of Arlington-winning cover band (their name is a shout-out to a Fast Times at Ridgemont High scene) at Dogwood Tavern in Falls Church this Saturday.


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Patrick McDonough: Portrait of a County by a Youngish Man

When: Through Aug. 28 2-3 p.m.

Where: Arlington Arts Center, 2550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Populist Artist Patrick McDonough pays homage to the unsung workers of Arlington County in this Jenkins Community Gallery exhibit, which features portraits of the individuals who repair our streets and sidewalks, maintain our parks and beautiful our public spaces. The portraits are rendered on handmade paper that McDonough made with grass harvested from the AAC lawn. McDonough will close out the exhibit with an artist talk from 2-3 p.m. on Aug. 28.


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Brandi Carlile comes to Wolf Trap

Brandi Carlile at Wolf Trap

When: Aug. 28, 8 p.m.

Where: Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

The six-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, known for ballads such as “The Joke” and “That Wasn’t Me,” takes the outdoor stage at Wolf Trap with Amythyst Kiah. Awarded Billboard’s Women in Music “Trailblazer Award,” Carlile has received multiple recognitions from the Americana Music Association as a solo artist and with the group The Highwomen.



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