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Arlington Notes, 4/3/24 roundup

News of community interest from around Arlington

‘NO PLACE LIKE HOME’ WILL SUPPORT HOMELESS SERVICES: The upcoming “No Place Like Home” celebration set for April 11 will help support the Mobile Medical Program (MMP) of the Arlington safety-net provider PathForward.

The event, to be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Army Navy Country Club, will kick off efforts to raise $750,000 to fund two fully staffed medical “dream teams” composed of a registered nurse, licensed clinical social worker and case manager.

The teams will provide free healthcare to more than 500 uninsured/underinsured people on the street and to PathForward’s housed clients.

Founded as the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network in 1992, PathForward offers a full continuum of services to help its clients. For information, see the Website at

KIWANS CLUB OF SOUTH ARLINGTON TO HONOR MORAN: The Kiwanis Club of South Arlington has announced that former U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) will receive the service club’s inaugural “Legendary Service Award” during an April 25 presentation.

Rep. Moran served in Congress from 1991-15 and was previously Alexandria’s mayor.

He was chosen for the honor owing to his long-standing service to the residents of Northern Virginia, the organization noted, and will deliver remarks at the presentation.

The event also will serve as the kickoff to a membership drive for South Arlington Kiwanis, which has served the community for more than 75 years.

OFFENDER AID & RESTORATION TO HOST ‘LIBERATION CELEBRATION’: Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) of Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an online “OAR Liberation Celebration” on Wednesday, April 24 at 8 a.m.

“No one’s going to want to miss this incredible celebration,” said the organization’s executive director, Elizabeth Jones Valderrama.

Now in its 16th year under various names, the event is a chance to spotlight OAR’s efforts at preventing incarceration and assisting those coming out of it. It also serves as a fund-raiser for the social-safety-net organization.

For information, see the Website at

FAIR-HOUSING CONFERENCE ON THE HORIZON: The NAACP Arlington branch, HOME of Virginia and the Equal Rights Center will host the third annual Arlington Fair-Housing Conference on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Heights (home to H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program) in Rosslyn.

“Our expert panelists and guest speakers include fair-housing advocates, elected officials and government officials tasked with advancing housing equity at the local, state and federal level,” organizers said.

For information and registration, see the Website at

HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO ZERO IN ON ‘THE RAMBLER’: The Arlington Historical Society’s monthly program will look at the life and career of journalist/photographer Harry Shannon, known to readers of the Washington Sunday Star as “The Rambler” for his coverage of the local area.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Reinsch Library on the main campus of Marymount University. An online option also will be available.

Speaker Martin Suydam will discuss the life of Shannon (1869-1928), who from 1912-27 “rambled” across the local region with notepad and camera to chronicle people, places and things.

“Shannon is an historian’s treasure,” officials with the historical society said. “Reading his newspaper articles is like traveling in a time machine – you are there seeing and meeting people with first-hand accounts of history.”

The event is free. No registration is required for the in-person option; for online, registration is requested by April 10.

For information, see the Website at

‘EARTHFEST’ CELEBRATION IN THE WORKS: EarthFest 2024 will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. on the plaza and in the gym at Arlington Mill Community Center.

The event will feature a variety of earth-friendly crafts and demonstrations with an Earth Day theme.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

DEADLINE NEARS FOR VOLUNTEER-AWARD NOMINATIONS: Nominations will be open through April 20 for Volunteer Arlington’s annual volunteer awards, to be presented during a community gathering on July 9 in Ballston.

Awards will be presented in a number of categories, honoring both adults and youth and saluting both specific service and lifetime achievement.

In addition, the event will honor Arlington residents who have provided more than 100 hours of community service over the past year.

For full information, see the Website at