October 19, 2018
Is It Happy Hour Yet?

Free drinks, food and prizes? Check!

The Ballston Sip & Mingle happy hour just keeps getting better, and the next one is just around the corner on October 24 th, from 5-7pm.  

This Sip & Mingle, we're looking ahead to the new year and getting a jump start on our health and fitness resolutions. Ballston newcomer, BASH Boxing will be there giving away some great prizes and giving you a taste of the BASH experience. Find out how you can enter for a chance to win a free and fun workout at their newest studio! Sweetgreen is bringing an array of seasonal greens and Craft Kombucha will be offering samples of their naturally sparkling tea known for its amazing detox benefits.

But what would a happy hour be without the booze? From 5-7 pm we'll be serving refreshing beer, wine, and specialty cocktails by Belle Isle Premium Moonshine! Register early--space is limited.

Our charitable partners this month are Diveheart and Arlington Arts Center.

BallstonGives is also teaming up with A-SPAN to collect new and gently-used bras for our Bras for Boo-bies. All donations will go to A-SPAN's clients suffering from homelessness. Drop off your donations at Sip & Mingle registration table, and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card! 
Farmers Market Farewell

All good things must come to an end, but not just yet. The Ballston FreshFarm Market is extending into November! You can now enjoy all your favorite fresh and local produce, juices, artisan breads, and prepared goods until November 15 th. As always, the markets will be held in Welburn Sq, across from the Ballston Metro.You’ll see our tents every Thursday from 3-7pm.

But wait—there’s more! With another month of markets comes another mega market. The final mega market will be on November 1st, and you won’t want to miss this one. Bid farewell to market season with live musical performances, seasonal craft brews, and wine from Monroe Bay Vineyards. Don’t forget to do your shopping before heading to the Beer and Wine Garden. For every $10 you spend, you’ll receive a voucher for a free drink! 

Make It Sustainable

What does sustainability mean, anyway? This term has become a catch-all in the corporate world, but the theories and practices behind the term can apply to any industry. Sustainability in the food and restaurant industry means much more than being environmentally-friendly. It encompasses a holistic process, from start to finish, that helps restaurants keep costs low and bolster their bottom line, spurs social responsibility, and functions to protect and preserve our environment.

Join the Arlington Chamber of Commerce November 1st for “Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Food & Restaurant Industry,” a panel discussion focused on the best practices for implementing and maintaining a sustainable culture in the industry. Hosted by the Chamber’s Sustainability Committee, this interactive panel event will focus on what sustainability entails in the food and restaurant industry, why it is important to cultivate such a culture in this environment, and how other industry professionals can successfully execute these initiatives through design, programs, and practices.

The expert panel will feature local restaurateurs and business owners:

Dia de los Muertos

The Arlington Arts Center is bringing back their 15th annual Día de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, November 3 rd .

From 5-8 pm, you can enjoy family-friendly art projects, face painting, live dance performances by Ballet Folklorico Mi Herencia Mexicana , and traditional mariachi music by Mariachi Aguila . Traditional Latin American delicacies will also be served. Try Mexican hot chocolate, pan de muerto, and delicious tacos from participating food trucks.

In conjunction with the celebration, AAC’s  Día de los Muertos exhibition  will feature a selection of prints from Self-Help Graphics & Art’s 2017 exhibition Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present & Future. Self-Help Graphics & Art is a community-driven nonprofit based in Los Angeles that is devoted to fostering the creation and advancement of new work by Chicano/a and Latinx artists. Washington, DC-based artist David Amoroso will also create a site specific ofrenda in one of AAC’s upper level galleries.
Photo Credit: Sonia Romero, Untitled , 2015 
Bras For Boo-bies

The Ballston BID and its charitable arm, BallstonGives, are teaming up for the third year with A-SPAN for the Bras for Boo-bies Bra Drive.

The drive will be collecting new or gently-used, clean bras for those in need. A-SPAN is a non-profit committed to ending homelessness in Arlington County through a variety of services and programs. Those facing homelessness often must forego items many consider necessities and many of A-SPAN's clients have never had a properly fitted undergarment. We are looking for bras in all shapes and sizes, and all donations are appreciated.

This year's drop-off location will be at the Ballston Sip & Mingle Happy Hour at the Arlington Arts Center on Wednesday, October 24th, from 5-7 pm. Any donation will automatically enter you to win a raffle for a $50 gift card. Come out to support a scary good cause!

Kids in the Kitchen

How do you help your kids increase language development, enhance their motor and math skills, and improved focus and attention? Teach them to cook!

SER, Ballston’s favorite spot for authentic Spanish cuisine, is bringing a love of fine dining to a younger generation with their cooking class brunch for kids.

Every weekend from October 20 th- to November 11 th at noon, kids will be taught the finer points of cooking by SER’s chefs while parents enjoy a leisurely brunch. The best part? The class is complimentary with your meal. Each week, the chefs-in-training will learn a different Spanish delicacy, from croquetas and paella to goxua, a layered dessert with a caramelized crust.  

Drink a Little, Help a Lot

We love when a good cause aligns with a great night out! The Arlington Rotary Club is hosting their 3 rd Annual Wine Helps event on Oct. 22 to raise funds to meet the needs of the community. Guests will enjoy wine and craft beer tastings, delicious hors d’oeuvres by Allspice Café and Catering, Mezeh, and Lebanese Taverna, plus a live Jazz performance by Boaté & Ajluni!

This year’s beneficiary is Doorways for Women and Families. Doorways creates pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault leading to safe, stable and empowered lives. From immediate crisis intervention to counseling, housing and employment support, they offer real options and multiple pathways to build brighter futures.