It's nice to wake up in the morning and have a new car delivered to the front of your house. It's even better when you know you have lots of trips and driving coming up -- and anything is better than 18mpg in your SUV!
We had fun zipping around town for a week in the brand new Hyundai Elantra. Where's a great place to take a new car? Tailgating of course! I have to say, I think it looked pretty good right in front of FedEx Field! Perfect for a compact parking space.
Other features I enjoyed? Back up camera, media center, and a special little message that popped: Fuel is low. Would you like to search for a nearby gas station? Why, yes of course I would. Perfect for when I was in Maryland and not familiar with the area.
A great little car with great gas milage, enough room in the back for B's long legs, and enough trunk space to haul around everything you'd need to tailgate! Check out more details at www.hyundai.com.
Celebrate the grand opening of the newest LEGO® Store at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City with multi-day building events, promotions and giveaways!
Event Details: Friday, Sept. 30 – Sunday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (1100 S. Hayes Street, Arlington, VA) – Ground Floor.
Kids and adults are invited to help a LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-foot tall model of Jay from LEGO NINJAGO™, which will be constructed completely out of LEGO bricks.
The first 400 customers each day to make a qualifying purchase will receive one of these exclusive gifts:
o Friday, September 30: FREE LEGO Backpack with purchase of $50 or more
o Saturday, October 1: FREE Limited-Edition LEGO Store Set with purchase of $99 or more
o Sunday, October 2: FREE Exclusive LEGO Minifigure Set with purchase of $50 or more
The Pentagon City LEGO store will be open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit stores.LEGO.com.
Willkommen! Capitol City Brewing Company will host its seventeenth annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 1 from noon to 7 p.m. at The Village at Shirlington. Ticket sales begin at 11:30 a.m. and beer taps close at 6 p.m.Entrance is free for children and non-drinkers.
Enjoy a “familiennachmittag” or family afternoon like they do in Munich, Germany. Capitol City invites beer-drinkers and festivalgoers alike to dress in traditional German garb and enjoy the tastes of authentic Bavarian brews, bratwurst and brezlen – the German-style pretzel. More than 65 local breweries will set up taps and share ale and lager samples with the thousands of anticipated guests from the DMV region. Notable breweries include Mad Fox, James River, Fair Winds, Port City, Starr Hill, Heritage, Hardywood, Pleasure House, Adventure, O’Connor, Brothers, Jailbreak, Gordon Biersch, Flying Dog, DuClaw, Union, Blue Mountain, Adroit Theory, New District and Chaos Mountain. For a full list of participating breweries, please visit http://www.capcitybrew.com.
Capitol City will offer samples of its three feature fall beers, including the newly named Cursed Gourd, theSmoketoberfest and the classic Oktoberfest Lager. In addition to sampling from more than 100 beer taps, festivalgoers can enjoy Alpine music while they taste authentic German cuisine and other American fare from various local eateries.
The $30 admission ticket for beer drinkers includes an official Oktoberfest wristband, a Capitol City branded tasting glass, and 10 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets are available for purchase for $1 each with a five-ticket minimum. Admission is free for non-drinkers. Beer-drinkers must be 21+ to purchase a ticket.
Capitol City’s Oktoberfest Beer Selections:
Cursed Gourd - brewed with chocolate, honey, and crystal malts and flaked oats for a smooth finish. Brown sugar, cinnamon, clover, ginger, nutmeg and allspice are all in the boil in addition to 150 lbs. of “gourd-y” goodness.
Cursed Gourd – A hearty spin on a traditional Marzen, this copper beer is packed with six kinds of malt and noble hops. Our blend of beechwood-smoked barley and oak-smoked wheat gives a pleasant smoky character that is ideal with brats, bacon, or any grilled meats. Recommended in The Washingtonian as one of “Five Oktoberfest Beers to Try Near Washington!”
Oktoberfest Lager – An easy- drinking fall lager, brewed with Munich, Abbey, and Carahell malt, then moderately hopped with noble German hops. Full and complex malt profile, lovely copper hue; perfect for the festival season!
For more information on Capitol City Brewing Company, please visit: www.capcitybrew.com. Find Capitol City Brewing Company on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CapCityBrew and on Twitter: @CapCityBrewers.
Get dirty (and have fun) with Art Safari!
Hundreds of children and their families are expected to visit the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Saturday, October 8, for Art Safari, an Alexandria family tradition for 21 years. Visitors can get their hands (and clothes) a little dirty with a bevy of interactive activities and crafts from 12 to 4 pm.
Resident and visiting artists lead young visitors in creative projects across a variety of media, including clay, papier-mâché, fiber, and printmaking. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. All activities are free with most appropriate for children age 5 – 11 with some activities requiring parental assistance.
Tens of thousands of people across the region have attended Art Safari during its two-decade history. Leading up to the special day, the public is invited to share their own stories and photos of past Art Safaris with hashtag #artsafariALX.
List of Activities:
· Potomac Riverfront – Plein Air Tiny Paintings – Led by the Torpedo Factory Artists Association
Painters from the Torpedo Factory Art Center sit with visitors along the riverfront and create miniature paintings together while enjoying the fall weather.
· Union and Cameron Street Alley – Relief Printing – Led by the Mobile Art Lab
Children can check out Alexandria’s one-of-a-kind art truck while making colorful prints.
· 1st Floor Hallway – Giant Papier-Mâché Tiger – Led by Lisa Schumaier
In only four hours, children use simple paper and paste to transform a wire frame into a new sculpture. Many of Schumaier’s previous Art Safari sculptures, such as the iconic camel, are on view in the first floor throughout the year.
· Studio 16 – Bottlecap Necklaces – Led by UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
Bottlecaps are transformed into sparkling necklaces with the help of sequins and glitter glue.
· Studio 29 – Fiber collage – Led by Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery
Artists help children create a dynamic image using bits of fabric and fiber.
· Studio 21 – Gallery scavenger hunt – Led by The Art League Gallery
This year, The Art League’s scavenger hunt explores the exhibition Op-Ed. Each completed scavenger hunt can be shown at the gallery desk to receive a special prize.
· Studio 22 – Clay Experience – Led by Susan Greenleaf
Children play and experiment with a piece of wet clay to mold and shape into any form they can imagine. Potters will demonstrate their technique for throwing clay on a pottery wheel.
· 2nd Floor Hall – Easel stations – Led by Christine Cardellino,
With acrylic paint and paper, children paint anything they can imagine at the open easel stations located along the 2nd floor.
· 2nd Floor Catwalk – Community Weaving Project – Led by Hannah Elmer
By weaving strips of fabric through the crisscrossed wires along the 2nd floor railings, visitors create a beautiful design that will take form through the course of the afternoon.
· 3rd Floor Hall – Coloring Tables – Led by the TFAA Community Outreach Committee
Torpedo Factory artists created black and white line drawings for children to embellish with color.
· Studio 325 – Silk screen printing – Led by Patrick Sargent
Children progress through four different color stations to create their own full-color silk-screen image.
· Studio 327 – Potter’s Art – Alexandria Archaeology Museum
The Alexandria Archaeology Museum will have a selection of china and pottery from their collection on view. Children create their own sketches and learn to identify 19th-century Alexandria potters from the designs on stoneware pottery.
For more information, visit http://torpedofactory.org/artsafari.
We're hosting a VIP Advanced Screening of Middle School on Saturday, October 1st- 11:00 AM at AMC Tysons Corner (7850e Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102).
MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life
In theaters October 7 | Rated: PG | Run time: 92 min
MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life chronicles the trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian, as he uses his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed Principal Dwight.
Rafe has an epic imagination...and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do's and don'ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school's Code of Conduct. It's Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone as their battle with Principal Dwight explodes into chaos both real and imagined. But Dwight displays his own fiendish creativity, striking back at the rulebreakers. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to hide his misbehavior from Jeanne, the straight-A, overachieving girl of his dreams, and at home, his mother's boyfriend -- a moochy, jack-of-no-trades named Bear -- threatens to become his stepfather.
Rafe's revolution leaps from the page to the screen in this ambitious live-action/animated comedy based on the New York Times bestseller “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” by legendary novelist James Patterson.
We have 25 admit-2 tickets available for download.
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Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing Disney•Pixar’s record-breaking animated featureFinding Dory to the ice for the first time in this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice-skating extravaganza featuring Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen and other beloved Disney stories visits EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA on October 19 – 23, for 9 performances. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.
Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out –Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust– as they help Riley find the confidence to win the hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up. Venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into Fairfax, VA!
There’s something for everyone in a show that features 60 characters. The wintery world of Arendelle sets the stage for Olaf and Kristoff as they help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. Audiences will celebrate friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and more pals from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story. With Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse leading the way, this new Disney On Ice production will excite and amaze fans of all ages.
Date and Time of Performances:
Wednesday, October 19th @ 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 20th @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 21st @ 10:30 a.m., and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 22nd @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 23rd @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the arena box office. Tickets prices start at $20. Additional fees may apply.
Stay current on the latest developments through social media, including instructions on how to access presale codes for future Disney On Iceproductions:
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #FollowYourHeart @NicoleFeld (Show Producer)
Last week, I met up with other DC bloggers + WASH FM host Chilli Amar to do a fun tasting of all that Chick-fil-A has to offer. When I was asked to be a prt of the event... I didn't think twice. Chick-fil-A is my go-to for quick service when I'm on the road and need a healthier option.
If you're in the mood to try something new, you're lucky to be here in DC as they're using us as a test market for some national items.
As a part of an exclusive four city roll-out, Chick-fil-A is introducing higher protein, lower calorie options on its breakfast menu in the following markets: Washington, DC, New Jersey, San Diego, and Columbia, South Carolina.
So of course, I spent another day as a professional eater and we got to sampling!
Berry Protein Blend: This “on-the-go” beverage is packed with protein and vitamins. It’s made with ancient grains, chia, mixed berries and yogurt (with live & active cultures). It’s hand-spun with a portion of Icedream® for a thick and creamy texture and topped with a crunchy, honey brown sugar granola.
Hash Brown Scramble Burrito or Bowl (with Chicken or Sausage): Made fresh each morning, these are a hearty morning meal of sliced Chick-fil-A nuggets or sausage, crispy hash browns, scrambled eggs and a blend of Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses. It’s all rolled in a warm flour tortilla or served in a convenient bowl and served with jalapeño salsa.
Egg White Grill Bowl: This protein-packed bowl is filled with a breakfast portion of sliced, grilled chicken with a hint of citrus-flavor, scrambled egg whites and a blend of Monterey jack and cheddar cheeses and served with jalapeño salsa.
And of course, we tried some of my favorite menu items too. My new go-to is the Spicy Southwest Salad with grilled chicken (try it with the Chili Lime low-cal dressing!).
If you want to follow along all the fun, you can check out what your favorite local bloggers have to say about #ChickfilaDC on Twitter and Instagram!
Mark your calendars for Kennedy Center Family Day: Con Las Puertas Abiertas (With Open Doors) on Saturday, October 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in various venues on the Terrace Level. It's FREE to attend, no tickets required! In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, your entire family is invited to this fun-filled day of free performances, demonstrations, and hands-on activities inspired by Latino culture.
The entire Terrace level of the Kennedy Center will be transformed into a fair/playground with activities, performances, and games for families and children of all ages. Activities will include coloring, face painting, instrument building, and poetry writing. There will be 2 interactive murals for kids to create their own art.
The highlight of the day will be a special activity that involves all attendees: THE BIG HUG of the Kennedy Center. We’re celebrating unity, friendship, and diversity by joining hands in solidarity and wrapping around the entire building. Batalá Washington will lead the crowd into “el fuerte abrazo.”
Events for youth of all ages will take place throughout the Terrace Level of the Kennedy Center (in the Atrium & Foyers, Terrace Gallery, and Nations and States Galleries), including music and dance performances from local Latino artists, open dance classes, instrument demonstrations, a photo station, coloring, musical instrument making, face painting, interactive games, murals exploring fruits in Latino countries, and a mural celebrating the diverse D.C. community.
Children and families are encouraged to attend in their native/traditional dress, and the day will feature an opportunity for kids to showcase their costumes.
This KC Family Day is part of Con Los Brazos Abiertos--Embracing Mexico, a series of programs connected to the Kennedy Center's yearlong JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.
Details and full event schedule: http://www.kennedy-center.org/
We're hosting a free advanced screening of Disney's new movie: Queen of Katwe!
Thursday, September 22 – 7:00 PM
Tysons Corner Center
7850e Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102
To download your free tickets, please visit: www.seeitfirst.net and use code: 131346.
Seating is limited. First come first served. This will be slightly overbooked, so please arrive early to guarantee seating.
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Release date: September 23 (limited), September 30 (wide)
Running time: 124 mins
Cast: David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga
Director: Mira Nair
Screenplay by: William Wheeler
Based on the book by: Tim Crothers
Producers: Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a., John Carls, p.g.a.
Executive Producers: Will Weiske, Troy Buder
“Queen of Katwe” is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.
The Fall Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show will be held rain or shine on Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Historic Occoquan. A 47-year tradition, this award winning outdoor street festival features more than 300 artisans and crafters, fun interactive activities for the kids, live entertainment and great food!
The Fall show is a great time to start your holiday shopping as it features many holiday-themed arts and crafts, as well as great gifts for family, friends and yourself! Be sure to stop by the new River Mill Park to listen to live music and participate in fun activities perfect for the entire family.
In addition to the scheduled performances at River Mill Park and Mamie Davis Park, the Rockledge Assembly of English Country Dancers will be performing throughout the event area. Also, while you are at the show, be sure to stop by the kid’s activity area in River Mill Park to create your own artwork with Edgemoore Art Studio and have your face painted or get your very own balloon art with Fairy Jennabelle.
Admission is free. Off-site parking with shuttle bus service is available at the Vulcan Materials lot, Tackett’s Mill Commuter lot, Route 123 Commuter lot and the I-95 Commuter lot. There is a $5 round trip shuttle fee payable at the event drop-off; kids 12 and under ride free.
Funds generated by the semi-annual Arts and Crafts Show supports the Town’s Capital Improvement Program, which includes maintaining, updating and implementing infrastructure improvements, building maintenance and other public improvements like streets, sidewalks, gaslights, stormwater and more.
For more information on the Fall Arts and Crafts Show, to volunteer to help during the event, or for special rates at area hotels, visit www.occoquanva.gov or www.facebook.com/OccoquanCraftShow,
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.