If you can’t make it to New Orleans this year for Mardi Gras, Arlington has plenty of options to help celebrate the occasion. (Nick Tomecek/AP)

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Now, on to the top blog posts from the past week:

— ARL Now provides some wonderful, Arlington-based Mardi Gras celebrations for those who aren’t fortunate enough to venture to New Orleans.

— Ready Set DC tells the story of a secret group of guerilla knitters who conspired to “yarn bomb” Dupont Circle with a sea of red and pink hearts on Valentine’s Day.

— Federal Baseball pays tribute to Gary Carter, fondly recalling how excited he was for the Nationals to recognize their Montreal Expos history, and place him on the team’s ring of honor.

— How Chow looks into the best places to buy a good drink in and around Maryland’s Howard County.

— Capital Comment moderates a panel of nonprofit professionals as part of Social Media Week DC, and comes away with some interesting insights.