Autumn is just around the corner and that means it's time to start planning your Fall getaways. With Philadelphia only a short drive or train ride away it makes a great weekend trip for everyone.
Fall in Philly means fine arts, harvest festivals and a last chance to get in some warm-weather fun before winter sets in. There truly is something for every taste, from Museums to outdoor festivals, to the Philadelphia Marathon-- there is so much going on in Philly this Fall.
a few of our faves
In a neighborhood that’s always ready for a party, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is a highlight of Philadelphia’s busy fall festival season. It draws thousands to Midtown Village for a day of family entertainment, food, shopping and all-ages activities.
October 7 | midtownvillagephilly.org
The largest and oldest festival of it's kind in the nation, DesignPhiladelphia includes 120 events representing 400 nationally recognized designers takes place each fall. Venues all over town host exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations to highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban-planning.
October 5-13 | designphiladelphia.org
Held each fall, the Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village features scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin painting and an exhibition of colorful scarecrows, which are judged for a competition. Scaring birds yet welcoming humans, this annual displayof hay-stuffed funny folks is a Bucks County must-do.
September 11-October 29 | peddlersvillage.com
Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood transforms into Hogsmeade during the Harry Potter Festival. Each fall, the celebration enchants with events including a Potter Pub Crawl, an opening Sorting Hat Ceremony, a Horcrux scavenger hunt, an all-day Quidditch Tournament at Hogwarts (a.k.a. Chestnut Hill College) and classes in defense against the dark arts.
October 20-21, 2017 | chestnuthillpa.com
Parks on Tap is Philadelphia’s traveling beer garden series, where concession trucks set up shop in permanent parks throughout the city during the 20-stop series. It also includes wine, games, food and entertainment. Enjoy Parks on Tap at Mount Pleasant (September 6-10), Pretzel Park (September 13-17) Burholme Park (September 20-24) and Powers Park (September 27-October 1)
These are just a few of the exciting things going on in Philadelphia this Autumn, to see even more be sure to check out the Visit Philly website.
With school starting up, many parents are scrambling to find after school care and activities for their little ones. It can be so hard to find just the right program for your kids. You want them to be challenged, safe, and of course you’ve got to trust the program. That’s why we are so excited to share Enshin Karate’s amazing after school program with you!
After-school programs are important for children. According to a Harvard Family Research Project, children and youth who participate in after-school programs experience benefits in not only their academic and social lives, but also in their physical and emotional health.
According to a 2004 study in The Sport Journal, published by the United States Sports Academy, martial arts can help kids improve their physical fitness, including coordination, flexibility, and strength, but the practice can also help reinforce some of life’s valuable lessons, such as perseverance and self-control.
Why you're going to love it:
Enshin Karate has been running their after-school program for over 10 years and have countless success stories from it. They're confident that your children will enjoy it and they offer a monthly membership to earn your trust and ensure that you have made the right decision for your child.
Find out more:
You can learn more (and get a free trial class) by checking out the Enshin Karate website, VirginiaKarate.com!
We here at Housewives In The City NOVA are pleased to help announce the Walking With Anthony 5th Annual Charity Celebrity Golf Tournament & Dinner.
Presented by Walking With Anthony, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the Redskins Alumni Association, this event will honor Doug Williams, NFL legend and trailblazer, for his great strides in the Spinal Cord Injury community. Williams is known for being the first African American starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl and for his remarkable performance in Super Bowl XXII. Williams became the 1st player in Super Bowl history to pass for 4 touchdowns in a single quarter, and 4 in a half.
The event will be held Monday, September 25th with registration beginning at 9:30 am at the Country Club of Fairfax. The event will feature a day of golf with Washington Redskins players, alumni, legendary sports celebrities and VIP guests raising awareness during National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. Former Washington Redskin and local ESPN radio personality Rick “Doc” Walker will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Golfers will also be treated to The Liberty Mutual Invitational Gift Suite. The Gift Suite will feature a variety of items including golf gear, shoes and custom-rolled cigars.
This year’s lead Spinal Cord Injury beneficiary is Georgetown University's Ty Williams, a Georgetown Senior football player who was tragically hurt with a Spinal Cord Injury during a September football game for the college. Although he cannot play, Ty motivates The Hoyas every day and shows perseverance in the face of adversity.
100% of donations to Walking with Anthony will benefit those who so desperately need support on their road to recovery and independence. Walking With Anthony was inspired by Anthony Purcell, a young man who became disabled during a tragic accident in 2010, but can now stand and take steps in braces after years of hard work and physical therapy training. Walking with Anthony is dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of spinal cord injuries (SCI), raising funds to provide financial assistance for SCI victims, expanding rehabilitation centers, and supporting research relating to SCI rehabilitation. The Walking With Anthony mission is to forever change the recovery outcome of SCI, currently perceived as unchangeable.
Registration for individual golfers is $500. Foursomes are $1800 and Foursomes with Redskins Alumni are $2500. Tickets to the Dinner Reception Only are $150. To register for the golf tournament or to purchase tickets to the Dinner Reception, please visit the Walking With Anthony website.
All golfers will participate in the Getaway2Give (G2G) Hole-in-One Competition. The winner of the competition will receive one trip of their choice to Punta Mita, Mexico, Costa Rica or Chelsea, London.
For Sponsorship opportunities please contact Fran McKeever at 703.217.2999 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four years after getting out of dental school and working for a few dentists, Dr. Hoda Kazemifar realized that she could make the largest difference for her patients by running her practice the way she had always envisioned it.
"I watched my father as a dentist who exhibited a genuine care and consideration given to each patient as an individual and this made me want to continue my practice in this similar fashion. I wanted to be in control of the care and attention given to my patients without the boundaries of another business owner. "
"As a woman there have been times where people look at me in surprise when I mention running my own dental practice. This reaction is quite shocking to me, more than anything else I’ve achieved up to this point in my life. Raising my two rambunctious, beautiful daughters has been more hard work than anything else I can say I’ve achieved up to this point. They are definitely the highlights of my life and I work every day full time to show them that having gratification as a mom and business owner is quite possible. "
Describe yourself in three words:
Compassionate, Ambitious, Generous
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
My greatest professional achievement has been the start up and growth of my dental practice. With every passing day, I feel like I can truly help more and more individuals with their oral health which directly is contributing to their overall health and that in itself gives me daily gratification.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
My professional goals for the next six months include providing even greater dental care to more people within the Reston and neighboring communities.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
To be honest, I haven’t viewed myself in any other profession up to this point. My role in healthcare in business fulfills many areas of professional gratification for me.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
When my business started growing, I had to sit back and make sure I made time for personal and family life as well. I created a work schedule for myself in order to able to spend additional time with my children and allowed me to be involved in their daily routine and activities. With additional help in my business and and amazing team I have been able to create this work/life balance.
What websites do you visit every day?
American Dental Association
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Eating! I enjoy spending time at Reston Town Center because of its convenient location, being outdoors and relaxing atmosphere. One of my favorite places to eat is the Barcelona restaurant at town center.
I enjoy spending time and working out at the Lifetime Athletic Club and make sure that it is a vital part of my weekly routinevbecause it helps me stay moving!
My daughters and I love checking out the local playgrounds! One of our favorites is Clemyjontri Park in Mclean.
What is your goal for retirement?
My goal for retirement is to not really retire. Dentistry has the awesome flexibility that can be included within my retirement plans. I can still enjoy doing what I do best part time and travel and spend time with family during my retirement years.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
I would advise any woman who wants to go to start a company to dedicate themselves 100% and not let anyone tell them that they can never be a business owner. Its important to keep the daily, weekly, monthly and long term goals always in sight and not allow little upsets along the way stop them. Every minor or even major hurdle can be handled and moved forward effectively. The passion and drive that females bring to healthcare or any business is what makes them very unique and successful in their areas of interest. I will give my two daughters the same advice and make sure they do not give into any of the hurdles that may pop up along their paths.
Connect with Dr. Kazemifar at Reston Serenity Smiles
www.restonserenitysmiles.com | Facebook | Twitter | via E-mail
When it's time to throw a VIP party, Miller & Smith knows how to do it in style! We celebrated the kick off of Upper West at One Loudoun last week with influencers and the Miller and Smith team -- and I was thrilled to be the host for the night.
We gathered in the Upper West experience center -- which is absolutely gorgeous. If you want to get a feel for what the new development has to offer, pop in and get a feel for yourself. It's located right around the corner from Matchbox. Mary Cochran gave us a tour of the space and a quick rundown of what the new designs will bring to the community.
Upper West is an ultra-luxury community that marries urban and suburban lifestyles in Virginia’s Downtown One Loudoun. Just 51 of the 69 massive Upper West homes are still on the market. Prices start in the mid $800s, however many of the 18 already sold homes fetched above $1 million, making Upper West one of the top-selling addresses in Virginia.
Homes at Upper West measure 4,300 square feet over four levels and include luxury details like private elevators, connoisseur kitchens with dual islands, ten foot ceilings, top-of-the-line appliances, automated in-home systems and 400-square-foot rooftop pied-à-terres with views of the community’s Central Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Upper West is currently offering pre-model pricing and incentives, and model homes will be ready to tour later this summer. To sign up for a preview visit the property’s website here, or contact Mary Cochran by email at email@example.com or by phone at 703-858-0600.
A few days ago, I popped into Waxing the City Alexandria to meet the owner, Laura, and to find out what all the hype was about. If you haven't yet been -- Waxing the City is one of the hottest new businesses in Northern Virginia.
When you enter a Waxing the City studio, you know you’re somewhere special. A quick look around reveals a modern, edgy, and upscale interior. From the vibrant reception area to the comforting treatment rooms, it’s clear that Waxing the City is all about you.
I'm not going to lie... I usually get my brows waxed at my nail salon in a cold, blank room with maybe not the cleanest equipment. I was missing out. That is absolutely NOT what you'll find at Waxing the City. From a super clean space to the friendly, knowledgable cerologists, I was beyond impressed with the service I received. In fact, after getting my eyebrows waxed by Laura, I had two people compliment them -- and the look so good, that one women asked if I had gotten them microbladed!
If you missed our $100 gift card giveaway for Mother's Day, don't worry! Everyone is a winner :) First time customers receive 50% off any service at the Alexandria location. To pick up a gift card for Mother's Day or to make an appointment, call: (703) 548-8888 or book online.
Waxing the City is located at 2727 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301. For more information, visit: http://www.waxingthecity.com.
If you missed our live video, check it out below for a tour of the studio and behind the scenes with Laura.
Summer 2017 is almost here! If you're like me, you're already looking for camps and activities to keep your kids entertained this summer. We've compiled a list of our favorite local summer camps in Northern Virginia for you to check out and sign up for!
Founded in 1997 by Anna and Austin Birch, Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park has been a trusted leader in summer camps, outdoor education, team building, and more for 20 years. From day camps with convenient pickup locations around Northern Virginia to our residential sleepaway camps and traveling teen expeditions, summer camp at Adventure Links is the perfect outdoor adventure for kids and teens ages 7-17. Activities include a high ropes course, zip line, kayaking, caving, rock climbing, sailing, and much more. Register today and find your adventure!
True as it can be! Join us this summer for Stage Door Dance Studio’s summer camps. Choose from three exciting themes, Beauty and the Beast, Trolls or Moana. All ages (3 to 10) are welcome to participate in a week of dance, crafts, games and music. If you are interested, it is easy to sign up online at StageDoorDanceStudio.com and there is no deadline! The camps will run from July 17th through August 4th. If you’re looking for a camp where your children can learn, play and most of all, have fun, sign up today!
Celebrating 35 years, TIC Summer Camp is the premier technology & sports day camp in the DC area. Not just your average computer camp, TIC offers a half day of sports for a good mind and body balance to the technology half of the day. Kids come to TIC not just to explore technology, but for personal attention (4:1 teaching ratio), excitement, choice, and creativity rarely found elsewhere. Ages 7-16. Enroll: https://ticcamp.campbrainregistration.com/. Locations in DC, VA, MD. For more information, contact: Jared@ticcamp.com.
The Pickwick Players present their 10th annual Summer Drama Camp for children ages 7 - 13. July 31st thru August 10th at the Old Stone School in Hillsboro,, VA, 9:30 am - 1 pm, weekdays. Students learn and develop the basics of stage performance as they prepare the production "Annie, Jr." in a warm, supportive and encouraging environment. Instruction and direction provided by experienced directors and counselors. A fun and rewarding experience for beginning through seasoned actors! For more information please contact, firstname.lastname@example.org or find more info at thepickwickplayers.com.
The Art League’s Summer Art Camp provides children ages 5-12 with a wonderful introduction to several forms of visual art. In our basic artcamp, each day brings a new project that may include drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. Art Camps run from Monday to Friday and have a varied curriculum from week to week with various instructors. Our specialty camps, like Drawing Camp or Painting Camp, focus on immersion in one particular medium. All materials are provided.
Week-long intensives and one-day workshops are offered throughout the summer for teens ages 12 and up. Learn more at theartleague.org/content/art_camp.
Evergreen Sportsplex offers two camp programs designed to engage and challenge your campers in sports, art and adventure!
Their week long Summer Multi-Sport & Exploration Camps are perfect for children, kindergarten through eighth grade, who are looking to test their multi-sport ability, learn a new skill, tap into their artistic side, and explore and learn more about nature.
Your kids can "fly" with them and register for the Adventure Park Camp! Perfect for children eight to 14 years old that want to climb, zip and test their ability on our ropes course.
Each camp is facilitated by Evergreen Sportsplex staff members who will lead your campers through their adventure course or through group activities that provide opportunities for fun and exciting age-appropriate sporting, and art challenges during the sport and exploration camp.
Their goal is to provide lasting memories and create new friendships for the active and creative child in your life! Register online by visiting http://www.evergreensportsplex.com/camps/.
Register your child for summer camp at Culinaria Cooking School and give them a summer to remember! Kids and Teens will learn basic knife skills, food safety, and (in most cases) prepare and eat a meal each day. Campers receive a recipe packet, souvenir t-shirt, and certificate for the week they attend. Kids' Camp: ages 9-12. Teens Camp: ages 13-17. Located at 110 Pleasant Street, NW, Vienna, VA 22180. Register online: www.culinariacookingschool.com
Want to give your kids the best summer ever? Send them to the nZone for camp! Visit www.thenzone.com/camps and check 'em out. We've got full-day and half-day options depending on the camp you choose. Kids love our popular full-day All Sports camp for ages 5-14 year olds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily featuring water play days, laser tag, and more. We've got full-day basketball camp for ages 5-15 years old - no experience necessary, cheer camp for ages 6-14 years old and half-day Cooking Camp for aspiring chefs ages 6-14 years old. And for little ones, ages 2-5 years, NO POTTY TRAINING REQUIRED, every day is an adventure in our Little Stars Playschool Camp with weekly themes, water play, and lots of fun.
Questions, call 703-266-0118 or visit the web site, www.thenzone.com/camps.
OnStage Performing Arts Collective’s PAC Summer Series gives students in grades 5 – 12 the opportunity to dive into the world of musical theater. Each day students will strengthen their performance skills through engaging the concepts and techniques of acting, movement, and singing. No matter the experience level, campers will learn, grow, and be challenged!
Weeklong intensives culminate in a musical revue uniquely conceptualized by our experienced instructors. We would love to see you at the PAC! Learn more by emailing email@example.com or visit: onstagepac.com/summer. You can also check out On Stage on YouTube!
Multi-Sport Camp: Bring your child to the Michael & Son Sportsplex at Dulles for a week of fun this summer. If your child enjoys sports or wants to try new sports, this is the camp for you. Your child will have a week of fun, learning, and playing sports that might include--flag football, soccer, wiffleball, volleyball, basketball, kickball, team handball and others. Ages: 6-14.
Soccer Camp: One Touch Soccer Academy summer camps offer an outstanding opportunity for boys and girls to develop and improve their soccer skills. Players will learn techniques to enhance their individual skill level from an experienced staff of coaches. Our staff will work with your player or entire team to strengthen all technical weaknesses. All-facets of soccer (dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, and defense) will be worked on daily. Camp includes a t-shirt and a lunch from Pizza Boli's. Daily options include two slices of pizza, chicken nuggets, hot dog or chicken nuggets.
Basketball: First Step Basketball Academy was established in 1999, at the Rockville Sportsplex in Maryland. Since that time, the academy has grown to Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Our academy has professional coaches that will teach all the fundamentals of the game to your child at any level. We teach the fundamentals of the game but stress decision making and problem solving on the court in a practice environment. Our professional coaches are experienced with the recreational, travel and the collegiate player. We emphasize rigorous training but we never forget that basketball should be played only because it is fun.
For details and to register, please visit: www.dullessportsplex.com.
We offer a camp that keeps the children busy and entertained with lots of fun and daily field trips! Some examples of the trips we go on: Laser Tag, Moon Bounce, Outdoor and Indoor Pool, Bowling, Beach Training, and trips to the Zoo. All of these are in addition to our daily martial arts class, which is taught in a fun and safe environment. Reserve your spot early because we fill up fast: http://virginiakarate.com/summer-camp/
This Friday, Williams Sonoma will be opening a new store with a contemporary look for the brand at Mosaic District. The store will offer Williams Sonoma kitchen and food products, including a curated assortment of food from local businesses, and Williams Sonoma Home furnishings.
In celebration of the opening, the store will be hosting an event with Top Chef’s Jennifer Carroll of Requin and a Trick Dog Pop Up Bar benefitting No Kid Hungry, Virginia. There will also be a Beauty and the Beast cooking class for kids following opening day, as well as a knife skills class offered on Sunday.
Williams Sonoma will offer monthly cooking technique classes and events, wedding registry and product experts, and complimentary in-home design services.
You can also enter to win $1,000 shopping spree at the new store! Sweepstakes ends April 30, 2017: www.williams-sonoma.com/mosaic
Opening Weekend Events
7pm: Grand Opening Celebration with Top Chef's Jennifer Carroll of Requin and a Pop Up of San Francisco’s Trick Dog Bar benefiting No Kid Hungry Virginia
10am: Junior Chef Class: Beauty and The Beast
12-4pm: Williams Sonoma Local- Market featuring local food Artisans
10am: Knife Skills Workshop - Complimentary knife sharpening services will be available.
And, if you love to shop local -- the new store in Mosaic will be carrying the following local products:
Gunther’s Gourmet: Gourmet sauces and salsas made with all fresh and health conscious ingredients, named after their family dog, Gunther’s Gourmet donates a portion of their proceeds to the ASPCA.
Virginia Gentleman/ Rocklands BBQ And Grilling/ Ashman: Starting out as a small college town job to barbecue whole pigs, Rocklands BBQ And Grilling makes BBQ sauces of all assortments for any grilling occasion.
Loose Leaf Tea Company: Hand blended teas from the hills of Virginia, family owned and operated Loose Leaf Teas Company offers a wide variety of loose tea options.
8 Myles LLC: Unique and tasty assortment of locally crafted specialty wing sauces.
Byrd Mill: Spoon bread and grits mixes sourced and crafted locally with delicious and warm flavors.
Gordy’s: Hand crafted, seasonal and organic local ingredients that come together to create uniquely flavored pickled goods with an elevated taste.
Harper Macaw Chocolates: Beautifully wrapped and tasty chocolate bars created by U.S. Marine Veteran with lofty goals to turn chocolate into a force for tropical reforestation.
Element Shrub Company: Growing in trend, shrubs from Element Shrub company can add a unique and tasty element to drinks, mocktails and everyday cooking.
Rocklands BBQ And Grilling/Ashman: Starting out as a small college town job to barbecue whole pigs, Rocklands BBQ And Grilling makes BBQ sauces of all assortments for any grilling occasion.
Dear Coco Chocolate: Award winning bean to chocolate maker focused on Fair Trade, Organic and non-gmo chocolate making. All natural bars also featuring vegan and kosher options.
Mouth Party Caramels: Delicious assorted caramels sourced and crafted locally, flavors feature, original, sea salt and Old Bay seasoned caramel.
See you there this weekend! For more details about store location and house, please visit: www.williams-sonoma.com/
Now that Spring has arrived, Fair Oaks Mall is excited to announce the arrival of the Easter Bunny. Easter Bunny will greet visitors in Bunnyville -- a three-dimensional town for kids to explore. Located on the shopping center’s lower level in Grand Court West, Bunnyville features many places to visit including Hoppin’ Fresh Bakery, Hare Salon and 24 Carrot Bank. The last stop along the adventure is an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny and have photos taken. Those who visit the Easter Bunny will receive a complimentary gift (while supplies last). This special family-friendly holiday experience is being offered exclusively at Fair Oaks through April 15th. This annual event is free for the public to attend. Photo packages may be purchased onsite.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
- Sensory Bunny April 1st & 2nd from 8:30-10:30am
- Bunny Paws Sun. April 2nd 6:30-7:30pm and Sat. April 8th 8:30-9:30am
- Children’s Science Center Lab Event to host free science event in Grand Court West on June 17th, 2017 from 1-4PM
- Snoopy & Belle - SNOOPY AND BELLE IN FASHION (SBIF) exhibition will be on display from June 23rd through July 16th. SBIF is a WORLD-CLASS TRAVELING EXHIBITION OF DOLLS dressed by some of the World’s foremost fashion brands.
- Summer Fun Fridays – Free (1) hour entertainment for kids and their families. The event will take place every Friday in the month of August.
For more information and updates please visit http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/events for the most up to date details of each event.
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As Valentine's Day just passed, let me take a minute to brag about my husband. I'm extremely blessed, lucky, and spoiled to be married to my husband. And the fact that he's a chiropractor is a huge perk! When I have a stressful day at work or a long day with the kids...and a pounding headache, it’s so convenient to married to a chiropractor! A simple spinal adjustment helps me get aligned, relieve my pain and salvage my day.
My husband has always been an entrepreneur at heart. He takes so much pride in his clinic and patients' care as a small business owner. He always knew he wanted to start his own clinic. He was initially deterred when he worked at standard insurance based chiropractic clinics. He saw the rising costs of copays for his patients and care based on insurance coverage. He was refreshed to discover The Joint Chiropractic’s model that makes routine chiropractic care affordable and accessible for everyone. The Joint offers affordable memberships without insurance hassles.
The Joint Chiropractic may not be as convenient as being married to a chiropractor, but it is a close second. The Joint Chiropractic has over 350 locations nationwide and 6 locations in Northern Virginia. They are all staffed by licensed Doctors of Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment, just walk in when it's convenient for you.
Do you know what I love? When I'm traveling or away from my husband I can be seen at any of the 350+ locations. After an eight-hour car ride by myself with toddlers in a backseat, I can stop in at The Joint to get tuned up. Seriously, and they have all my exam notes. I just swipe my key tag, my info pops up on their computer and I walk to the back to get my adjustment. See what I mean, a close second!
The Joint Chiropractic (Greenbriar)
13037-B Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033 | 703-996-4391
Hours: M-F 10-7, Saturday 10-4.
Dr. Jarod Rehmann, D.C. (owner and lead chiropractor)
Dr. Amir Azad, D.C. (associate chiropractor)
Membership Cost: $79/month. 4 visits per month (Cost per visit less than $20).
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