Holiday Parties: Time to start filling up your calendar. Arlington County Democrats will have their annual holiday party and monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association building in Ballston at 4301 Wilson Blvd. Parking is free, but the group asks that you bring cereal to donate to their food drive. Also, the Northern Virginia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, will host its inaugural holiday party at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Bailey's Pub & Grill in Ballston Common Mall. Click here for our complete 2013 Holiday Guide.
Ballston's Next Great Entrepreneur: Head over to the Regal Cinemas at Ballston Common Mall on Wednesday to see the four finalists in the Ballston Business Improvement District's LaunchPad Challenge pitch their ideas for a chance at $15,000, plus office space and legal assistance. Judges include investor and Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. The 6 to 9 p.m. event is open to the public but costs $49 to attend.
New Thoughts on Streets and Cities: Urban designer Victor Dover, co-author of "Street Design," will give a lecture on ways to fix streets and shape cities at 6 p.m. Thursday at George Mason University's Founders Hall in Arlington. The event is free.
Setting Priorities: The Arlington County Board will hold a work session with state legislators at 3 p.m. Friday at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. The board will discuss its 2014 legislative agenda with the state lawmakers.
How to Feed Turtles: Join a naturalist at Potomac Overlook Regional Park at 1 p.m. Saturday for a hands-on demonstration on how to feed turtles on exhibit at the nature center. A $5 donation per person is suggested. More information here.