Glencarlyn Luminaria and Holiday Celebration Saturday, Dec. 9th

We invite everyone to walk the neighborhood, admire the Luminaria and come to the Library parking lot (Kensington St., between 3rd and 4th Sts.), beginning at 6 pm until 8 pm, for the celebration. We will have holiday music, cookies, warm beverages (cocoa, spiced cider) and marshmallows for roasting.

Santa will arrive around 6:30 pm with a little something for the youngsters.

Even if you won’t be placing luminaria in front of your home, please join us for friendship and refreshments. This is a wonderful family activity and a great opportunity to greet your neighbors.

Luminaria packs can be purchased at Carlin Hall, 5711 4th Street S., between 9 am and 3 pm on December 10th. Each 10 candle Luminaria pack, which includes tea candles, white paper bags and sand, costs $5.00 and will light the frontage of an average 50/60 foot lot.

Volunteers Needed for Luminaria and Holiday Party, Saturday, Dec. 9

We need lots of volunteers to help on Saturday December 9th both during the day, selling the Luminaria kits, as well as in the evening for set-up, running and clean-up at the Holiday Party.

Please sign up to help with one or both events.

Luminaria: 4 people are needed for each of the four 2 hour shifts between 8:30 am and  3:30 pm.  At least two people will be working inside and one bagging sand outside. You can rotate the assignments.  (The last shift will also place luminaria in front of the Library and Carlin Hall.)

Holiday Party: 3 or 4 people are needed for each of the four 1 hour shifts between 5:15 and 8:30 pm for set-up, operation and clean up.  Cookies Needed for Holiday Party. Please note, we need 10 dozen cookies for the Holiday Party.  Bring cookies to the Party or drop them off at Carlin Hall during the day.

  • If you can volunteer, or have any questions, please contact Julie Lee at or call 808-384-4954.
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1st Annual Neighborhood Winter Light Celebration

This year we are trying something new. The goal is to create a festive atmosphere and spirit of friendly competition, and most importantly, encourage families to get out and walk the neighborhood together while appreciating the houses. So whether you decorate your house or admire those that do, show off your holiday spirit by participating in this fun event.
No need to enter your house. Families will walk the neighborhood and list their favorite house for each category. The houses selected in each of the categories will have their photo in the February Village View and receive a free pancake breakfast at Glencarlyn Day in June.
The first gathering of families to walk the neighborhood is set for 5:00pm, Dec 9th, an hour before the Luminaria Holiday party.  Another gathering will be Sat. Dec.16th at 6:30pm.  Meet at the library for both.  We will walk the neighborhood together from there.
Nominate the homes of your choice using the ballot in the Village View. Additional ballots will be available at Luminaria sales.
Drop off your ballot at the Luminaria Holiday Party on Dec 9th, or any time at Julie Lee’s house, 5527 3rd St S.  You may also email your choices to Kelly Krug at:  Last day to submit your ballot is Dec 17th.
The chosen houses will be announced on Dec 18th.
Anything Goes (No Specific Theme, But WOW)
Inside-Out (Indoor Displays That Are Visible From The Street)
Martha Stewart Would Be Proud (Best DIY Display)
Charlie Browniest (Decorations on a Dog House,Tool Shed….Anything But Your House)
Clark Griswold (Best Light Display)
For more information, contact Kelly Krug:

GCA Halloween Party, Saturday, Oct. 28

Glencarlyn’s annual Halloween Party for the neighborhood’s younger ghosts and goblins will be held Saturday, October 28 from 2:30-4:30pm at Carlin Hall 5711 4th St. S.

  • Dress your young ones in their Halloween costume and bring them to the party.
  • We will have snacks and lots of activities.
  • Children 6th grade and under are invited, and must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Feel free to bring a snack, craft, or game to share. We need parent volunteers to help with the party.
  • If you can help, please contact Heather Parsons, or call 202-309-8511


Construction at Manchester and Arl. Blvd

Temporary Road Closure on North Service Road at N. Manchester St and Arlington Blvd.

We want to notify you about a temporary road closure on the north service road at N. Manchester Street and Arlington Boulevard, expected to begin on Monday September 25 and expected to be in place for approximately 2-3 weeks. Signs marking the detour will be set in place on Monday, September 25.

The section of the road being closed is just east of the driveway at 5901 Arlington Boulevard and continues to the start of N. Manchester Street. The service road will be closed during the project’s work hours; Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contractors will be performing pavement and drainage pipe work in the northwest corner of the intersection as part of the Arlington Boulevard & Manchester Street Intersections Safety Improvements project.

Motorists will be directed to use 1st Street N. and N. Montague Street to access the north service road or Arlington Boulevard. Homeowners who live on the service road should travel west to access Arlington Boulevard.

Thank you for your patience during the road closure and throughout the duration of this project. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For specific questions about the road closure, please contact Charles Boateng at 703-859-0147 or at

Video from the Candidates’ Forum at the Arlington County Civic Federation

Its after Labor Day and the annual local political campaign has started. The Arlington County Civic Federation held it annual Candidates’ Forum at their September 5 meeting. The candidates were given an opportunity to provide and opening statement and then answered a number of questions from the attendees. Since not everyone will be able to see the candidates in action, ACCF has high quality video of the event is available on (produced by the students from Arlington Career Center).
The entire forum lasted about 1 hour 45 minutes. So if you don’t want to see the whole thing, here are the start times for specific races:
House of Delegates 49th District: Incumbent Democrat Alfonso Lopez and Republican Adam Roosevelt starts 3 min 20 seconds (NOT GLENCARLYN we are the 47th and Patrick Hope is our Delegate)
County Board: Independent Audrey Clement, Democrat Erik Gutshall, and Independent Charles McCullough II – starts 33 minutes
School Board: Monique O’Grady (Alison Dough had another commitment and M.D. “Mike” Webb did not submit form to participate) – starts 1 hour 26 minutes
If you are new to Glencarlyn you may want to register well before the November election. For information go to

GCA Fall Family Potluck Picnic Sat. Sept. 16

Plan to attend our Fall Family Picnic/Potluck on Saturday September 16th at Carlin Hall from 4:30-7:30 pm.

  • Everyone is invited and should bring a main dish, or meat to grill, as well as a side dish to share.
  • GCA will provide water, lemonade, plates, cups, eating utensils and napkins.
  • We plan to have a number of fun activities for the family.
    GCA will provide a fire pit and the ingredients for making s’mores.


If you have any outdoor games, are able to help with set-up or clean-up, or have any questions, please contact Julie Lee at Hope to see you there!

Discussion on Current Winter Storm

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