Celebrating decades of public art in Arlington

Friday will be “Dark Star Park Day” in Arlington, kicking off a celebration of 30 years of public art, an Arlington County news release said. County Board Chairman Jay Fisette (D) will officially proclaim “Dark Star Park Day” at an event starting at 9 a.m. at Dark Star Park, 1655 Fort Myer Dr., Rosslyn.

“Dark Star Park” (1984), Arlington’s first major commissioned public art project, features an environmental sculpture by Nancy Holt — large spheres and slender columns whose “shadows” are inset into the earth. Each year at 9:32 a.m. on Aug. 1, the day that William Henry Ross acquired the land that became Rosslyn, the actual shadows cast by the piece align with its shadow insets.

For information, visit www.publicart.arlingtonva.us.

Alexandria librarian wins history writing contest

Leslie Anderson, the reference librarian for the Alexandria Library’s Special Collections section, has won the National Genealogical Society’s annual Family History Writing Contest, according to a library statement.

Her winning entry, “Tabitha’s Story: Survival, Struggle, and Success,” chronicled four generations of her mother’s family. Anderson received the award at the society’s annual banquet in Richmond this spring. Her piece will be published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in December.

For information about the library’s Special Collections, visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us.

Arlington to hold hearings on water master plan

Arlington County will hold two public hearings in September about the adoption of the updated Water Distribution System Master Plan, according to a statement by county officials. This master plan sets forth the policy and infrastructure improvements necessary to meet anticipated growth and development through 2040, the statement said.

County staff members will be available in August to meet the public for review of recommendations set forth in the updated plan.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Sept. 8, followed by a County Board meeting Sept. 20, to consider adoption of the proposed update. Both meetings will be held in the County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington.

For information, visit www.news.arlingtonva.us/releases.