Alexandria-Arlington news in brief

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sunday is last day to vote on name for county arts center

Arlington County's new cultural center in Rosslyn needs a name, and Sunday is the last day to vote. The Arlington Arts Commission is hosting the contest. The center is at the former site of the Newseum, 1150 Wilson Blvd.

Will it be the Artisphere, the Orb or the Artopolis? Electronic votes can be cast at

Paper ballots are available at: Gunston Community Center, 2700 S. Lang St.; Buckingham (Gates of Arlington) Community Outreach Center, 4114 N. Fourth St.; Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Dr.; Carver Community Center, 1415 S. Queen St.; Charles Drew Community Center, 3500 23rd St.; Harvey Hall Community Outreach Center, 850 S. Greenbrier St.; and Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr.

The 54,000-square-foot center is scheduled to open Oct. 10 and will be the site of community and heritage arts events, as well as live bands in the 3,000-square-foot ballroom.

For information, go to or call 703-228-1850. Spanish-speaking voters can call 703-228-0751. All paper ballots are in English and Spanish.

A vote for nonprofit group could be worth $1 million

The Arlington Street People's Assistance Network was recently notified by Chase Bank that the organization is eligible for a $1 million donation. The organization successfully competed with 500,000 nonprofit groups on Facebook through the Chase Community Giving challenge to win $25,000 and be in the top 100 finalists for the $1 million grand prize.

The final voting will take place Jan. 15 to 22 on Facebook. For information, call 703-842-0154 or e-mail

Alexandria pedestrian, bicycle group to meet

The Alexandria Pedestrian and Bicycle Citizens Group is scheduled meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St.

-- Compiled by Christy Goodman

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