September 28, 2018
Listen. Learn. WIN.
We want to reward the listeners of the BallstonConnect Podcast, and what better way than giving you free stuff? Each month we'll have a Podcast Trivia Contest. The rules are simple: listen, learn, and win.

Listen to the newest episode of the BCP and answer the single trivia question. Anyone who answers correctly is automatically entered to win prizes and prestige. Winners will be announced at the end of each month.There's still time to enter the September contest and win a $100 gift card to the Ballston restaurant of your choice. Enter below!

On the September episode of BCP...

Corrupt politicians. Illicit gambling. Illegal saloons and bordellos. Arlington, or Alexandria County as it was once known, used to be a very different place.

This month, Ballston BID CEO, Tina Leone, continues her exploration of Arlington's past with local historian, author and journalist, Michael Pope. Pope, the author of Shotgun Justice, shares the story Alexandria County Attorney General, Crandal Mackey. Find out how one man stood against the political machine and formed an ax-wielding posse to bring order to a violent town.
Michael Lee Pope is an award-winning journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for NPR, the New York Daily News, the Tallahassee Democrat and the Alexandria Gazette Packet. A native of Moultrie, Ga., he grew up in Durham, N.C., and graduated high school in Tampa, Fla.

He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Pope is the author of four books on the history of Arlington and Alexandria, all published by History Press in Charleston, S.C.
Extra...Extra, Eat All About It

You asked, and we listened. One of Ballston's most beloved events, the Ballston Freshfarm Market is now extended into November! Purchase fresh produce, meats, cheese, pressed juices, breads, prepared delicacies and more through the end of the season.

Don't forget to join us November 1st for the Mega Market for live music and a pop-up beer and wine garden featuring local and seasonal beverages. As always, remember to shop first. For every $10 dollars you spend with the market vendors, you'll receive a free drink in the beer and wine garden. See you November 1st!
Mosey On Down This Saturday

Still trying to decide your weekend plans? Let us make it a bit easier. Arlington Thrive's 3rd annual family-friendly, fall fundraiser,  BBQ, Boots & Bingo  is this Saturday, September 29 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Columbus Club of Arlington!

BBQ, Boots & Bingo features mouthwatering treats provided by  Rocklands BBQ  and  Orange Cow , moon bounces, music, face painting, bingo and much, much more! All proceeds will go directly to support Arlingtonians in need.

Since 1975 Arlington Thrive has delivered same-day emergency funds to neighbors in crisis, so they can be secure in their jobs, health and homes and thrive in a caring community. Find out more about Thrive's mission and how they help our community in this month's Ballston Buzz Blog .
We're Dying to Go

The Arlington Arts Center is celebrating Latin American and Latino history and culture on November 3rd with their 15th Annual Dia de los Muertos festival.This event is AAC's most popular and best-attended program of the year, drawing over 700 community members last year despite a massive downpour! The evening features traditional live music and costumed dancers, face-painting and art activities for kids, an exhibition of Dia de los Muertos-themed prints by professional Latino/a artists, and free authentic desserts and other goodies!

This event is offered entirely  free to the public. Sponsorship opportunities for this exciting event are still available. Contributors to Dia de los Muertos are recognized in publicity advertising, including press releases, posters, social media, print materials, and multiple emails to AAC's list of nearly 9,000 community members. Sponsors will also be prominently recognized on signage and verbally acknowledged at the event.

For more information on sponsorship, click the button below.
Capital Caring Expo

The upcoming season is typically a time when families gather for the holidays and celebrate quality time with friends. But for families who are providing care for their loved ones facing advanced illness and deteriorating health, the holidays may also bring additional stress and challenges.

There are approximately 43.5 million caregivers in the United States providing support to their loved ones, and the month of November has been designated as National Family Caregivers Month. To celebrate and support family caregivers, Capital Caring will host its first Caregiver Expo on Saturday, November 10 at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington.

The event is being presented in partnership with WJLA-TV and AARP, and will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The expo is free and will feature information highlighting resources and support programs available to family caregivers, including home care services, financial and estate planning, elder law, and information sessions on such topics as Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Preservation of Assets, and Caring for the Caregiver. Free health screenings will be offered as well as free massages. Free respite care will be provided upon request to enable caregivers to experience the event.

“In addition to providing quality and compassionate care to our patients with advanced illness, we are excited to have an opportunity to recognize and support family caregivers at our inaugural Caregiver Expo,” said interim CEO, Tom Koutsoumpas. “Serving patients with advanced illness and supporting their families is at the heart of our mission. Our entire team of clinicians, social workers, chaplains, volunteers, counselors, and staff is focused on helping our patients and their families make the most of every moment.”

To register or to find out how you can sponsor this event, please click the button below.
BMDC Returns with New Performances

Ballston-based Bowen McCauley Dance Company is kicking off their fall season October 13th with Britten’s opera, Gloriana, a production originally written in celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (premiered June 8, 1953). This performance is in partnership with the Cantate Chamber Singers and its Music Director, Gisèle Becker .

Expect a new dance piece choreographed by Lucy Bowen McCauley . This is a return collaboration between BMDC and the Cantate Chamber Singers to introduce both genres to new audiences. The fall performance has a new venue in Washington, DC, the First Congressional United Church of Christ.

History is a continuing theme this season. BMDC celebrates the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day with a performance of Eric Hampton's "UnRavel" set for the first time to a live music accompaniment. The Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra will present the music of Maurice Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin as a memorial dedication to Ravel and the many friends he lost to WWI. The performance will be on November 11th.