ARLNow Neighborhood Spotlight on The Italian Store

Westover Village’s own The Italian Store is a beloved Arlington institution, cherished by locals for its authentic Italian fare and warm hospitality. In a recent post by, this iconic spot was highlighted for its local history, delicious offerings, and the sense of community it fosters among patrons. From mouthwatering sandwiches to imported specialties, The Italian Store embodies the spirit of Westover Village – a place where neighbors come together to share good food and even better company.

RESCHEDULED: 2024 Westover Village Easter Egg Hunt

Overview: We’re excited to announce our Annual Westover Easter Egg Hunt on SUNDAY March 24th *NEW DATE* at Cardinal Elementary School!

Your support is crucial to make this event a success. Please join us and consider donating to help cover costs and support our community initiatives.

Event Details:

  • Date and Time: Sunday, March 24th at 10:30am
  • Location: Playground at Cardinal Elementary; 1644 N McKinley Rd, Arlington, VA 22205

Spread the word and bring your family and friends for a memorable day of celebration!

Westover Village Holiday Party

Overview: Join us for a festive holiday celebration on Saturday, 12/2 starting at The Italian Store Westover at 5pm, before we start the “Reindog Parade” to Westover Market around 5:45pm! We will be celebrating Westover’s holiday spirit, laughing at our pets’ holiday costumes, and collecting food donations in support of the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) – Come hang!

Reindog Parade: This event features dressed up pets in a variety of holiday garb. Be prepared to see all kinds of costumes from “Santa Bernards” to “Reindeer Sheepdogs”. The parade will start around 5:45pm, and will march from The Italian Store to Westover Market, where we’ll continue the celebration and highlight the following reindog parade contest winners:

  • Best holiday costume
  • Cutest pet
  • Best pet-owner look alike

AFAC Holiday Food Drive: Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) experiences its highest number of family visits during the months of November and December. We’ll be collecting food donations at both The Italian Store and Westover Market. AFAC is most in need of the following low sugar & low sodium items:

  • Canned tuna
  • Canned soups
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Peanut butter (in plastic jars)
  • Cereal

Additional items to donate for the holiday season:

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Cooking oil
  • Coffee

Please refrain from donating foods that are opened, expired, prepared meals, or packaged in glass.

Holiday Lights in Westover Village

WVCA is excited to announce a special initiative! This year, we are launching a heartfelt fundraiser aimed at bringing the holiday spirit to our beloved community. We have a wonderful plan to adorn Westover Village (along Washington Boulevard and between McKinley Road and N Longfellow Street|) with dazzling holiday lights on the business rooftops and street lamp posts, transforming our neighborhood into a winter wonderland for all to enjoy. To make this vision a reality, we need your support! Your contributions will go directly towards leasing and installing these festive decorations, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for everyone during the holiday season. Together, we can make Westover Village shine even brighter this year. Let’s come together and make our community sparkle with holiday cheer. Your generosity and participation will make all the difference!

Holiday Lighting in Westover

WVCA Meeting & Elections – 10/27/21

Hey, Westover Village, it’s been awhile!

Please join us on Wednesday, October 27th at 7pm for a Virtual Meeting.

We’ll be discussing updates on County construction projects in the neighborhood, Cardinal Elementary, and gauging interest for activities and priorities for 2022.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 914 1887 8357

Passcode: 354025

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The Westover Village Civic Association is looking for Volunteers!

We have not held Board Member elections since 2018. If there is sufficient interest, we would like to hold elections during the meeting on October 27th.

The WVCA Board has traditionally been a minimal time commitment, with the board coordinating events with surrounding civic associations. We hope to see those begin again in 2022.

If you’re interested in getting to know your neighbors, and would like to help plan events with our surrounding community, please reach out to the current Board Members with your questions about specific positions! Most of the board is interested in passing the baton on to other members of the community. If you are interested in running for a position, please let us know before the meeting so we can prepare for a virtual vote. Board positions are stated as a 2-year commitment, but if there isn’t sufficient interest to running elections, we may want to discuss reducing the scope of the WVCA until there is renewed interest.

Please remember only active members of the WVCA can participate in voting. Members must reside or own property located within Westover Village’s neighborhood boundaries.

If you have not paid your $15 dues for 2021, you can make a payment through Paypal on our website.  Dues paid in advance of the 10/27 meeting will carry through the 2022 year.

President – Primary point person for the WVCA. Coordinates with County and surrounding Civic Associations on issues relevant to Westover. Sends newsletters and updates as needed. The work of the President varies depending on needs and priorities of the community. It averages between 2-5 hours per month

Contact Lilith Christiansen,

Vice President – Supports President with planning events and community outreach as needed. The work of the VP is seasonal and depends on whether an event is coming up. But, on average, it could be about 3 hours a month.

Contact Bob Orttung,

Treasurer – Coordinates dues collection, maintains accounting of the WVCA accounts. Approximately 1 to 3 hours per month.

Contact John Marsh,

Secretary – Manages the WVCA website, and records attendance and notes during WVCA meetings. Approximately 1 to 2 hours per month.

Contact Lisa Garcia,

Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee Delegate (NCAC) – Are you interested in how your Arlington tax dollars are spent? Do you want to have more sidewalks, better parks, improved streets, and pedestrian-friendly crosswalks? Do you want to hear about new projects and initiatives that are happening in other areas of Arlington? 

Over the past 25 years, the County has spent $62.7 million on Neighborhood Conservation projects to beautify and strengthen our neighborhoods.  This neighborhood improvement program needs a representative from WVCA. Currently, the program meets virtually 8-10 times a year for about an hour every month. 

Contact John Egge,