Updates from Westover neigborhood of Arlington, Va.

I live and work very near the Westover neighborhood. It’s a great neighborhood with a central commercial area that includes the Lost Dog Pizza restaurant, Lebanese Taverna, Ayres (they have everything….really), Westover Beer Garden etc.

I am also a sponsor of the new (and thriving) Westover Farmers Market. Here’s the latest news.

 

Dear Westover Residents,
 
Please see the messages below:
 
·         Photo exhibit at the Westover Market to Feb. 23
·         Westover Winter Farmers Market
·         Arlington Neighborhood College Applications Due March 4
 
Photo Exhibit at Westover Market to Feb. 23
Westover resident Malia Rivera, a senior at Yorktown who is now taking AP Photography, currently has a display of her images at the Westover Market along the wall connecting the Beer Haus and the Garden. The show lasts through February 23rd. The theme is appropriately “food,” one of my favorite topics. My wife Susan and I recently viewed the exhibition and gave it two thumbs up. I highly recommend that you visit the show and the Market!
 
Westover Winter Farmers Market
Even though it is cold outside, hard-working farmers, bakers, granola-makers, and chocolatiers are selling their wares every Sunday from 9am to 1pm in front of the Westover Library. Come out and stock up! My family is currently enjoying excellent breads, delicious apples, and amazing muffins. Fresh doughnuts will warm your tummy! See you Sunday at the market.
 
Arlington Neighborhood College Applications Due March 4 (application and additional info. attached)
Dear Mr. Orttung,
I am writing to remind you about the 2013 Arlington Neighborhood College, a County-sponsored leadership program designed to foster community activism.  
 
The deadline for registering for the 2013 Arlington Neighborhood College is March 4.
 
I urge you to publish this information in your next neighborhood newsletter and distribute it on your community list-serve if you maintain one.  
 
I also hope you will consider who in Westover Village might be interested in taking advantage of this opportunity and contact them directly to encourage them to apply if the program sounds right for them.
 
The free eight-week program seeks to develop effective community leaders and is open to all Arlingtonians, with a particular focus on residents from one of the eleven Neighborhood Strategy Areas – Buckingham, Columbia Heights West, Pike Village Center, Nauck, Arlington View, Long Branch Creek, Radnor/Fort Myer Heights, Barcroft, Lyon Park, Penrose, and Westover.  
 
Now in its 13th year, the Neighborhood College offers an opportunity for county residents to sharpen and practice their interpersonal communication skills, meet and discuss current issues with elected officials and key professional staff members, and learn how the county government functions and how to become more active and effective in community affairs.
 
Participants in previous years have gone on to become active in their neighborhood associations, in volunteer organizations, and as advocates regarding issues of interest to the community.
 
In 2012, Neighborhood College participants met with County Board member Walter Tejada, Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy, County Manager Barbara Donnellan, and head Arlington County Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section Michelle Nuneville and Sheriff Beth Arthur, among others.
 
Participants also took part in individual projects that included attending Arlington Circuit Court, speaking on an issue of concern to the County Board, learning about plans for affordable housing in Arlington, riding on patrol with members of the Arlington Police, and investigating volunteer opportunities in Arlington County.
 
Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings from April 4 – May 23.   Class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Five sessions will take place at the Arlington Career Center (near Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive).  Three class sessions will be held at the County Building, 2100 Clarendon Blvd (near the Courthouse Metro Station).  (The graduation ceremony will also take place at the County Building, at the Tuesday, June 18, evening meeting of the County Board.)
 
Dinner will be served prior to each session.  Childcare will be provided if needed.  Spanish-language simultaneous interpretation will be offered.  Free parking is available at both locations.
 
Participation is free but spaces are limited to 25 participants.
 
Residents who are committed to improving their neighborhoods, interested in neighborhood issues, and willing to bring energy to neighborhood activities are encouraged to apply.  
 
For more information or an application, interested Arlingtonians may call             703-575-8152      , email ml@arlingtonnc.info or download an application at http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/cphd/ons/college/CPHDOnsCollegeCurriculum.aspx.
 
Sincerely,
 
Merianne Liteman
Program Coordinator
 
 
Arlington Neighborhood College
1 South Lexington Street
Arlington, VA 22204
 
For more information, call:             703-575-8152      
 
You can fax your application to             888-425-2292       or attach it to an email to mliteman@arlingtonnc.info
 
Thank you!
 

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