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Arlington Notes, 7/10/24 roundup

News of community interest from around Arlington

‘EMPTY THE SHELTERS’ EVENT TO BENEFIT ARLINGTON PETS SEEKING HOMES: The Animal Welfare League of Arlington will participate in the Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” national adoption event July 26-31.

During that period, adoption fees for adult dogs and cats at the shelter will be $50.

Since 1996, the national initiative has partnered with more than 700 shelters and supported the adoption of more than 226,000 animals.

For information about local adoption opportunities, see the Website at

DATES SET FOR ‘VISUAL ART STUDIO TOUR’: Nearly 60 artist studios will be open to the public in September as part of the seventh Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour.

The tour “is a community-building event that allows visitors to discover the artists who are also their neighbors,” said organizers.

Artists who work in a variety of media, from collage to sculpture to metalwork to drawing – will be featured, with studios in South Arlington open on Saturday, Sept. 21 and those in North Arlington on Sunday, Sept. 22.

The event is a collaboration of artists, visual-arts organizations and volunteers, supported by Schnider Investment Group and Dominion Lighting. For information and updates, see the Website at

LEADERSHIP CENTER ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2025: The Leadership Center of Arlington has announced the 43 members of its “Lead Class of 2025,” who will spend most of a year focused on key issues affecting the local region.

Participants include those in business, government and non-profit sectors. The upcoming program will begin in September and run through May.

Those selected to participate were chosen for their “wisdom and passion to create positive change,” said Lisa Fikes, president/CEO of the Leadership Center of Arlington.

Members of the Class of 2025 include:

Melanie Anderson, Arlington Thrive;  Katharine Ange, Arlington Economic Development; Gaston Araoz, Dominion Energy; Mariana Balgurevich, Edu-Futuro; Gagan Bali, Accenture Federal Services; Mona Birchfield, CLA; Elizabeth Collins, Center for Naval Analyses; Lindsey Crawford, Troutman Pepper; LeVar Crooms, United Bank; Lesley Daigle, Arlington Free Clinic; Jennifer Davies, Animal Welfare League of Arlington; Rev. DeLishia Davis, Calloway United Methodist Church; Sharifa Dickenson, The Association of American Medical Colleges; Kate Dykgraaf, Good Insight; Eric Ferguson, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute.

Edward Hasecke, Lutheran College Washington Consortium; Alli Henry, Rosslyn Business Improvement District; Jason Jenkins, Arlington County Fire Department; Albert Kim, Arlington County Police Department; Steven Kleppin, U.S. Marine Corps; Rebecca Koons, Affordable Homes & Communities; Richard Krumenacker, VHC Health; Sarah Loden, Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington; Candice Lopez, Arlington Department of Human Services; Aysha Malik, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; Rathish Moorthy, NTT DATA; William Mulligan, Arlington Chamber of Commerce; Ryan Nash, APAH; Jennifer Odlum, Arlington Public Library; Devanshi Patel, Center for Youth and Family Advocacy.

Sangeetha Puligella, Arlington County Department of Technology Services; Irina Razgonova, The Craddock Group; Olu Rhodes-Vivour, Ka2Lyst, LLC; Robert Sandoli, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Ashley Smith, Arlington Land Use Group; Brian Stockton, Arlington Public Schools; Doug Taylor of Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C;. Amy Thomas, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union; Jeff Warta, Capital One; Samara Weinstein, Northern Virginia Family Service; Kiely Wilkerson, Strategic Engineering Solutions; Alyssa Williamson, Arlington Department of Environmental Services; and Joshua Witt, Accenture.