Babysitter Charged after Girl, 9, Suffers Burns from Salt, Ice; Svetlana Pankratova, Woman with the World’s Longest Legs, Has a Surprise Neighbor in Northern Virginia; Serial Groper Has Fairfax County Neighborhood on Edge; Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia Anti-Sodomy Law; Fairfax County Schools to Alert Parents of Absences Earlier
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Babysitter Charged after Girl, 9, Suffers Burns from Salt, Ice
Svetlana Pankratova, Woman with the World’s Longest Legs, Has a Surprise Neighbor in Northern Virginia
Serial Groper Has Fairfax County Neighborhood on Edge
Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia Anti-Sodomy Law
Fairfax County Schools to Alert Parents of Absences Earlier
Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, January 25th, 2013
Now that winter is here in spades, you might find your commute beset with icy conditions, idiot drivers and those pesky “emergency vehicles.” But it’s not all bad. The time it takes to crawl down these crowded, snowy roads affords you the opportunity to listen to some great music. Because honestly, you don’t want the jaws of life prying you from your car with Katy Perry playing in the background, do you?
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Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Meadowlarks Winter Walk of Lights
Daily through Jan. 16
Meadowlarks gardens, 7950 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna
Every day through Jan. 16 Winter Walk of Lights will be open from 5:30-10 p.m. Enjoy a half mile walk through the nature, gardens, and wildlife of lights. Then, on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. join Santa for a special dinner. Dinner will be buffet style with family friendly food such as Swedish meatballs, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more!
Historic Alexandria Candlelight Tours
Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m.; Dec. 9, 3-6 p.m.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House
Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique charm and history of Old Town at this popular holiday event. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House and the historic Bank of Alexandria building by candlelight and enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and light refreshments. Special this year – a holiday taste of historic chocolate, co-sponsored by the Historic Division of Mars, Inc. Cost: More information on the holiday candlelight tours here. $20 adults/$15 seniors/$5 kids
Festival of Lights in Fairfax
Through Jan. 6 daily beginning at 5 p.m.
Kitty Pozer Garden’s in Old Town Fairfax
Ring in the holiday season at the illumination of the Kitty Pozer Garden in Old Town Fairfax. The lighting display is sponsored by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and Bull Run Festival of Lights. Other events at the garden include lunch with Santa, candlelight tours, and live holiday music. For more information on the events click here.
Nov. 23 – 25, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, Dec. 7 – 9, and every night beginning Dec. 14 – Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) from 5-9 p.m.
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington DC
The sixth annual Zoolights celebration will be held select nights in November and December. After dark, the Smithsonian National Zoo is brighter than ever! Animal zilhouettes will be lit up for a spectacular walk through the zoo at night. Not only stroll through the lighting design but you can also enjoy other attractions, exhibits and entertainment such as Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, Great Apes House, Think Tank and Kids’ Farm will stay open late especially for ZooLights. Don’t forget to have your holiday photo and panda photo taken. The lighting exhibit is free!
Bull Run Festival of Lights
Daily through Jan. 6
Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville
For more than 12 years the Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park has drawn thousands of visitors from hundreds of miles away to Centreville. The Bull Run Festival of Lights is held each year to celebrate the winter holiday season. The event sees more than 30,000 cars each season, and over 130,000 people!
‘Puppet March’ planned in DC to defend PBS funding; ICE phasing out Prince William’s illegal immigration program; Stafford County student shocked with Taser on school bus; Tension mounts in Alexandria mayor’s race between Euille, Macdonald; Virginia bill targets sex-selective abortions
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
‘Puppet March’ planned in DC to defend PBS funding
ICE phasing out Prince William’s illegal immigration program
Stafford County student shocked with Taser on school bus
Tension mounts in Alexandria mayor’s race between Euille, Macdonald
Virginia bill targets sex-selective abortions
(Compiled by Jasmine Lee)
Compiled by Natalie Kaar
photos: courtesy of gaylord national (ice! photo); courtesy of bloomingdales.com (vintage Tribal tees); courtesy of fredflare.com (sunglasses); courtesy of neiman marcus (tribal ring ); courtesy of south moon under (scarf); Courtesy Of nordstrom (sweater coat, necklace); courtesy of cathy bennett (pillow)
Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not only is Christmas just a mere 24 (counting today) days away but Game Plan, your fave source for all things arts & entertainment in Northern Virginia, has gone Christmasy, too! Over the next four weeks, we’ll be posting about the best activities, locations and ways to celebrate the season. [And that's in addition to our Christmas Guide, which is chock-full of parties, parades and more].
If you haven’t already guessed, today’s post is taking a trip to the colder temperatures: all things icy. For a list of all the frozen fun going on in and around NoVA this winter, check out our top picks below.
The weather outside may or may not be frightful, but either way there are tons of venues in NoVA to get your skate on. Like the temperature-controlled indoor rink? Prefer the sometimes windy and chilly outdoor patch of ice? We’ve got you covered. For the best places to lace up and glide, here are our top picks.
Fairfax Ice Arena [indoor]
3779 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22031; 703-323-1132; http://www.fairfaxicearena.com/index.shtml; admission $7.50-$8.25, children 12 and under $6.50-$7.50, children under 5 $5.75-$6.25, skate rental $2.75.
Harris Pavilion Ice Rink [outdoor]
9201 Center St., Manassas, VA; 703-361-9800; http://www.harrispavilion.com/ice_skate.php; admission $7, children 10 and under $6, skate rentals $3.
Pentagon Row Ice Rink [outdoor]
1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington, VA; 703-418-6666; www.pentagonrowskating.com; admission $8, children 12 and under $7, skate rentals $3.
Reston Town Center Ice Rink [open-air]
1818 Discovery St., Reston, VA; 703-709-6300; www.restontowncenter.com/pavilion.html; admission $9, children 11 and under $7, skate rentals $4.
Check rink websites for special holiday hours and additional activities like skating lessons, birthday parties and more.
It may not be kickball or softball season, but that doesn’t mean all intramural sports have gone into hibernation. Check out DC Broomball’s league for a little Canadian-inspired athletics this winter. / Rockville Ice Arena, www.dcbroomball.org/; $100.
If you, too, remember the glory days of the many Mighty Ducks flicks and still get the urge to start a slow, “Quack … quack … quack!” when watching a Caps game, then peruse our list of hot spots for pick-up games.
Ashburn Ice House
21595 Smiths Switch Road, Ashburn, VA 20147; 703-858-0300; http://www.ashburnice.com/; 15.
Kettler Capitals Iceplex
627 North Glebe Road #800, Arlington, VA 22203; 571-224-0555; http://kettlercapitals.pointstreaksites.com/view/kettlercapitals; $15.
1800 Michael Faraday Court, Reston, VA 20190; 703-709-1010; http://www.frontline-connect.com/monthlyEvents.cfm?fac=reston&facid=1&session=2; $15.
And just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more icy goodness, there most certainly is. Here are even more events that are sure to help fill up any remaining openings on your Gmail calendar.
Magical Mondays at ICE!
Dec 5, 12. If you and your family enjoy the silliness of Disney’s Madagascar and a wintery wonderland, don’t miss Gaylord’s fantastical ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar interactive experience this year. Explore the two-million-pound exhibit and give back, too: with each ticket purchased on Magical Mondays, $5 off the price will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation. /ICE! Pavillion – Gaylord National Resort, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745; www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-national/christmas-on-the-potomac/ice-experience/index.html; adults $25-$25, kids $17-30 depending upon time of week.
Rock ‘N Blades
Dec. 2, 9, 16 from 8:45 to 10:30 pm. Mount Vernon RECenter brings back their uber-popular skate night. Funky lights? Check. Cool tunes? Check check. /Mount Vernon RECenter, 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria, VA; 703-768-3224 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/mvrec.htm#mvcalendars; $10.
Holiday Ice Show
Dec. 10 from 11:30 to 1:30 pm. We mentioned back in October that Mount Vernon RECenter was hosting a costumed skate night. This month they’ll be hosting a free holiday ice show, showcasing the skating skills of Mount Vernon’s best skaters. / Mount Vernon RECenter, 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria, VA; 703-768-3224; http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/mvrec.htm#mvcalendars; free.
Posted by Lynn Norusis / Monday, November 21st, 2011
Over the weekend I took in Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac program, and it does not disappoint.
With this year’s ICE! theme based on DreamWorks “Merry Madagascar,” it was a great way of getting in the holiday spirit.
The two-million pounds of ice to make this spectacular arrangement is impressive enough, but it is the artistry of the colorful sculptures that has people coming back for more, four years in a row to be exact.
Accompanying the cool characters (housed in a tent hovering in the single digit degree marker) were dueling slides–five to be exact–that had patrons, and myself, taking a few slippery plunges. Rounding out the display is a nod to the religious with impressive clear ice sculptures which had one ICE!-goer stating as soon as he walked in, “I feel like I’m in heaven.”
Outside the tent there was still much to do: ice skating, tot train rides, character picture opps and a Christmas shop. Inside the hotel there is still more: gingerbread decorating, nightly tree lighting, brunch with Santa, nightly live music and more.
Find out more about Christmas on the Potomac here.
Posted by Warren Rojas / Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
August is historically the steamiest, stickiest, sweatiest month of the year–brilliant move, Founding Fathers, building the nation’s capital on a swamp–in these parts. We’ve tracked down 31 frozen treats (one a day for the rest of this month) to provide you with some temporary, and often insanely delicious, relief.
The place: Breeze Bakery Cafe – 4125 Hummer Road, Annandale; 703-462-9093
The prescription: fruit bingsoo. I know, I know. If you’re gonna bother to eat bingsoo you HAVE to get the red bean paste-laced variety. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t feeling red bean-y when I strolled into Breeze. In fact, I almost settled for one of their single serving fruit pops. Until I spotted a gaggle of giggling, pony-tailed Asian co-eds gleefully chipping away at a mountainous bowl of bingsoo. I opted for the same and was rewarded with a Technicolor treat loaded with a cornucopia of vivacious fruits (orange, kiwi, strawberries, honey dew melon, pineapple, cantaloupe), wildly sweet fruit syrup, condensed milk and big chewy globs of mochi (very marshmallow like). The syrup turned the shaved ice hot pink and intensified the latent sweetness of the complementary produce, while the sweetened milk gave the entire enterprise a decidedly dairy edge.
Solo diners should probably stick to the aforementioned fruit pops or gelato, as the bingsoo is clearly meant to be shared (preferably with a team of seasoned competitive eaters). Still hungry? Snag one of the ultra crunchy sweet cream twists from the self-serve bakery bins.
Keep tabs on the month long Freeze Jag trek here.
NoVA ranks high for its bathrooms (at least we’re clean); YouTube, Arlington’s crime fighter; Football is back, but crowds are scarce at Ashburn training camp; Police ask for help finding missing Springfield man; and ICE raids University of Northern Virginia
NoVA ranks high for its bathrooms (at least we’re clean)
YouTube, Arlington’s crime fighter
Football is back, but crowds are scarce at Ashburn training camp
Police ask for help finding missing Springfield man
ICE raids University of Northern Virginia
Posted by The Editorial Desk / Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Happy first day of summer! What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with a sweet icy treat? I’ve already talked about Korean bing soo, so today I will share another icy treat, Japanese “kakigori.” Kakigori is basically shaved ice with sweet flavored syrup. I guess it is pretty similar to the snow cone, but the difference is in the texture. Snow cones use crushed ice while kakigori uses shaved ice. The bad news: I haven’t been able to find any restaurants in Northern Virginia that serve it. The good news: It is extremely simple to make and requires very few ingredients.
First you’ll need kakigori syrup (try looking in your local Hmart, Lotte, or you can buy it online here), an ice shaver (again, you can try looking in your local international market, or there are plenty on Amazon for under $30), and ice (not pictured).
Just shave the ice and generously pour the syrup on top.
Have fun with it, add fruits, different flavors of syrups, or even sweetened condensed milk on top.
A lot of you might not be inclined to buy an ice shaver, but I think of it as an investment. Not only do I like these better than the snow cones from ice cream trucks (the ice is nearly impenetrable and the syrups always melt to the bottom), but think of all the endless customizable icy treats you can make for many summers to come.
- Mai Nguyen