22.10
2019

German Students Begin Two-Week Exchange Program in Arlington

A group of high school students from Germany have arrived in Arlington, Virginia to start a two-week exchange program that will cover cultural visits in D.C. and New York.

Arlington high school students will host the guest teenagers and their adult chaperones until the last three days of their stay in the U.S., which they will spend in the northeast touring the Big Apple.

The program is part of Arlington Sister City Association’s (ASCA) series of exchange programs between Arlington and its five sister cities around the world. Besides Aachen, they are Coyoacán, (Mexico), Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine), Reims (France), and San Miguel (El Salvador).

Info Session on Reciprocal Visit to Germany on October 17th

All ASCA exchange programs are reciprocal. As such, a group of high school students will go and visit Aachen between June 20 and July 8 next year. The independent nonprofit, operational since 1993, will hold an information meeting about that trip at 7 p.m. on October 17 at Arlington Mill Community Center. The center is at 909 S Dinwiddie Street.

The planned trip to Germany will include cultural and historical sightseeing in both Aachen and Berlin, the German capital some 400 miles away to the northeast of the country where it borders Poland.

 

The 17-day trip to Germany is open to high school students between 15 and 18 who reside or attend high school in Arlington.

 

There is also an exchange trip from Arlington to Aachen for elementary school students. As part of that particular program, a group of 5th graders accompanied by at least one of their parents will travel to Germany next April.

A Relationship for Over a Quarter Century 

The sister city relationship between Arlington and Aachen is almost as old as ASCA itself. It began with the signing of a sisterhood protocol in 1993. Ever since, hundreds of students from both Arlington and Aachen visited each other’s cities and participated in as many out-of-class activities.

ASCA has a board of directors comprised of an executive committee and representatives from each of Arlington’s sister cities. There is also a corresponding committee of volunteers who actively work on promoting exchanges between Arlington and those five cities. Board Member Heidi Addison is in charge of the organization’s flagship cooperation with Aachen.

ASCA is a member of Sister Cities International, which President Eisenhower founded in 1956 to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. Today, its network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in nearly 500 member communities with over 2,000 partnerships in more than 140 countries worldwide.

17.05
2017

Redesigning the Closets for Better Organization of Your Own Bedroom

How Redesigning Closets can Lead to Better Relaxation and Organization in the Bedroom

 

Is your bedroom feeling a lot more cramped than usual? Have you determined that you simply do not have enough space for all your clothes, shoes, and accessories not because your room is small, but because your closets are?
If the answer is yes, then maybe it’s time to seek out makers of bespoke closets. Sometimes, it’s not really a matter of having so much stuff as it is about having the right tools and ability to make space for them. So don’t go filling up that charity bag just yet–you may still have room for your stuff in your bedroom, after all.

Shelving Solutions

It could be that the house that you’re living in right now came with a really standard closet that cannot store all of your things. Adding shelves could help, but it could prove to be quite the challenge if it is built into the wall. Professional cabinet makers, however, can simply redesign the entire cabinet, and possibly even extend it.

You’d be surprised at how all it takes sometimes is a more efficient shelving reorganization. At the very least, you should know your inventory well so you can plot which items will go where. Having a clear vision can help in coming up with a more ergonomic closet design.

Vanities Inside Cabinets

Another good idea to save space to have your vanity stashed within the closet as well. That way, you can have your own private vanity nook when you open the closet, and then keep it out of sight when you close it shut.

It’s an easier and faster way to get rid of an eyesore in your room, especially if your vanity ends up having make-up and other accessories strewn all over.

Walk In Closets

Who hasn’t dreamed of having their own bespoke walk in closets and filling them with a wide array of gorgeous clothes and shoe selection? If you have a spare room that’s just collecting dust for now, or if you would like to keep your bedroom pristine and absolutely clear of any closet clutter, putting all your items in another room altogether is the solution.

The great thing about walk in closets is you have the advantage of space to work with. In fact, even if it doesn’t have as much square footage, there still could be a lot more ways to maximize the space that it has precisely because there’s only one purpose for it.

You can style it as ergonomically or as lavishly as you want. The more personal the design is, the better the flow of organization would be for you. Make sure to consult with professionals like the Closet Factory in Miami so you can have your dream closet built and installed in no time.

17.05
2017

Custom Cabinetry Vs. Off-The-Shelf: Is There Really A Difference?

If you’re planning to update your closet, kitchen pantry, home office, or garage, you’ll probably be looking at a number of cabinet options.

Eventually, you’ll be faced with a decision: is designing custom cabinetry really worth the investment?

While stopping by a big box retailer to purchase DIY cabinets might seem like the more affordable choice, they aren’t your best option for long-term satisfaction. Familiarize yourself with all of the pros and cons of custom cabinetry versus off-the-shelf alternatives before you start on your next remodeling project.

Quality Over Quantity

06.09
2016

Redesigning the Closets for Better Organization of Your Own Bedroom

How Redesigning Closets can Lead to Better Relaxation and Organization in the Bedroom

Is your bedroom feeling a lot more cramped than usual? Have you determined that you simply do not have enough space for all your clothes, shoes, and accessories not because your room is small, but because your closets are?
If the answer is yes, then maybe it’s time to seek out makers of bespoke closets. Sometimes, it’s not really a matter of having so much stuff as it is about having the right tools and ability to make space for them. So don’t go filling up that charity bag just yet–you may still have room for your stuff in your bedroom, after all.

Shelving Solutions

It could be that the house that you’re living in right now came with a really standard closet that cannot store all of your things. Adding shelves could help, but it could prove to be quite the challenge if it is built into the wall. Professional cabinet makers, however, can simply redesign the entire cabinet, and possibly even extend it.

You’d be surprised at how all it takes sometimes is a more efficient shelving reorganization. At the very least, you should know your inventory well so you can plot which items will go where. Having a clear vision can help in coming up with a more ergonomic closet design.

Vanities Inside Cabinets

Another good idea to save space to have your vanity stashed within the closet as well. That way, you can have your own private vanity nook when you open the closet, and then keep it out of sight when you close it shut.

It’s an easier and faster way to get rid of an eyesore in your room, especially if your vanity ends up having make-up and other accessories strewn all over.

Walk In Closets

Who hasn’t dreamed of having their own bespoke walk in closets and filling them with a wide array of gorgeous clothes and shoe selection? If you have a spare room that’s just collecting dust for now, or if you would like to keep your bedroom pristine and absolutely clear of any closet clutter, putting all your items in another room altogether is the solution.

The great thing about walk in closets is you have the advantage of space to work with. In fact, even if it doesn’t have as much square footage, there still could be a lot more ways to maximize the space that it has precisely because there’s only one purpose for it.

You can style it as ergonomically or as lavishly as you want. The more personal the design is, the better the flow of organization would be for you. Make sure to consult with professionals like the Closet Factory in Miami so you can have your dream closet built and installed in no time.