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Rhonda Aghamalian

Rhonda Aghamalian is a freelance writer, third-generation Arlington native and occasional guest contributor to the Pursuit of Happy blog. Arlington organizations she’s been involved with as an employee or a volunteer include Arlington ISD, Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington and the Junior League of Arlington.

Q&A: All About Arlington Esports

Arlington’s dominance as one of the top sports destinations on the planet will expand into the digital arena this week with the opening of Esports Stadium Arlington, a 100,000 square-foot gaming facility that is the largest Esports arena in North America. (Scroll down to the end of the article to get a look at upcoming Esports Stadium Arlington…

Why I’m Thankful for Arlington

Title: “Why I’m Thankful for Arlington” As someone who was born and raised in Arlington—and who has also lived and worked here during multiple eras of my adult life—I’ve racked up a sizeable list of favorite places and an even larger collection of memories, as you might imagine. The older I get, the more appreciative I am of both, so it seems…

November 1: Happy Birthday, Arlington Downs!

As a kid growing up in Arlington in the ‘80s, there were two things about my city that puzzled me: Why did my also-grew-up-in-Arlington parents sometimes refer to the highway near Arlington Stadium (the forerunner of today’s Globe Life Park) as “the turnpike” (and just what exactly was a turnpike, anyway?)—and also, why did they sometimes talk…

6 Spots for Festive Fall Boo-ze

There are so many reasons why fall is my favorite season—like the cooler temperatures, smell of cookouts and burning leaves, changing colors, and general excitement that’s always in the air in the form of football games, baseball playoffs, and the approach of upcoming holidays. One of my favorite autumn activities is sitting outside on a brisk…

From a Local: Spooky Halloween Happenings in Arlington

I’m pretty much a fan of all holidays. Whether we’re talking Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July, Arbor Day, or National Cheeseburger Day, if it involves parties, gift-giving, good stuff to eat, or time off work, I’m all for it. But by far, my most favorite of all holidays is Halloween. I love everything about the season—black cats, candy corn, crazy…

6 Ways to Experience Arts and Culture in Arlington This Fall

Just about everyone loves fall, but for different reasons. For some, fall means cooler temps, outdoor dining and changing leaf colors, for others it’s about non-stop sports in the form of football, basketball and playoff baseball. I dig a lot of those things, too—but I also love fall because it’s the launching point for a new year of culture and…

Q&A: How To Discover Your Favorite Wines (Even If You Don’t Know Anything About Wine)

Drinking wine can be one of life’s more pleasurable experiences, whether you’re enjoying a glass over a good book, drinking with friends in celebration of a special event, or pairing with a delicious dinner. But if you don’t know much about wine, the dizzying array of available options can seem bewildering and overwhelming. In this article, we ask…