Mazda announced it will provide free standard oil changes and enhanced cleaning services for
U.S. healthcare workers at participating dealers nationwide. This program, which begins on April 16, is not limited to Mazda owners and is available for most makes and models from other manufacturers.
During this unprecedented time, Mazda and its dealer network would like to honor the selfless dedication of the nation’s healthcare heroes in the fight against COVID-19. In that spirit, we are honored to announce the Essential Car Care program, through which we will invest a minimum of $5 million of service costs, by offering U.S. healthcare workers a free oil change and enhanced vehicle cleaning. This program, which begins on April 16, is not limited to Mazda owners and is available for most makes and models from other manufacturers.
The Essential Car Care is available from April 16 - May 4, 2020.
Eligible participants are all active healthcare workers in eligible U.S. medical facilities (defined below). Medical Facilities for the purpose of this program include:
• Hospitals, Urgent Care, Surgical Centers, Birth Centers
• Healthcare Providers, Doctor Offices, Medical Clinics, Medical Offices, Medical Centers, Medical Facilities, Health Systems
• Mental Health Providers and Addiction Treatment Centers
• Medical Testing Facilities, Imaging and Radiology Centers
• Assisted Living, Long-Term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes, Hospice Homes, Adult Care Homes, Home Health Agencies
• Public Health Agencies
• Medical Laboratory and Research Centers
• Medical Equipment Providers
• Orthopedic and other Rehabilitation Centers (Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, etc.)
• Blood Banks
• Telehealth Providers
Eligibility for the program is simple. Healthcare workers will be asked to share proof of occupation, such as a valid employment ID badge or a pay stub. The offer is not transferrable to others.
ELIGIBLE VEHICLES: Most standard make/model passenger cars, crossovers and SUVs are eligible. The program excludes certain vehicles, including exotic vehicles, classic car vehicles, offroad vehicles, vehicles with greater than 8-quart engine oil capacity or any other vehicles with special manufacturer requirements.
To ensure they can service as many healthcare workers as possible, the program allows for each worker receive the service on one car, per program period.
Essential Car Care is available at participating Mazda dealers throughout the country. Mazda encourages healthcare workers to contact their local Mazda dealer to determine if they are participating in the program.
“Supporting the communities where we live and work is rooted deeply in Mazda’s 100-year history. We are honored to give back to those dedicated to saving lives during this pandemic,” MNAO President Jeff Guyton said. “We understand the important role vehicles play in people’s lives, and by partnering with our dealer network, we hope to make a meaningful impact in communities around the country.”
Inspired by Mazda dealers who implemented similar programs for healthcare workers locally, Mazda quickly developed a nationwide plan to partner with its dealer network to invest in this initiative honoring healthcare heroes across the U.S.
“Mazda dealers prioritize giving back to the communities in which they operate,” Jim McDonald, Mazda National Dealer Advisory Council Chairman said. “In this challenging time, we want to do what we can to support our local healthcare workers. We deeply appreciate all they have done and will continue to do in the fight against COVID-19.”
In order to help ensure the safety of healthcare workers and service employees, dealers participating in the Essential Car Care initiative have committed to enhanced vehicle cleaning of high-touch interior and exterior surfaces using Mazda and EPA-approved cleansers. Mazda has also encouraged dealers to continue following the recommendations from the CDC and local public health and government officials, along with workplace personal hygiene practices to help ensure the safety of everyone in the service areas.
Dr. Peter is the founder and pediatric dentist at VK Pediatric Dentistry in Arlington, VA. The brand-new office, located on Lee Hwy and Glebe, offers the latest in dental technology and is designed to be comfortable and welcoming for children of all ages from infants to teens. “With a staff that never stops smiling, behavior guidance, and nitrous oxide sedation, we can usually get even the most nervous patients to have fun and accept care,” Dr. Peter says. “We love kids and want them to have the best experience possible at the dentist.”
Dr. Peter is a specialist in pediatric dentistry. This means he went through an extra two years of hospital training at one of the top-10-in-the-nation Children’s Hospitals after receiving his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University. His specialty training gives him extensive experience and knowledge of children’s dental health needs and growth development with training in advanced techniques and special materials. He trained and worked alongside some of the best pediatric dentists in the nation, cleft craniofacial, speech pathology, and plastic surgery teams, with an education that is second to none.
“When I was designing the office, I wanted to create an environment that is comfortable and welcoming for both parents and kids. Everyone in the family should look forward to coming to the dentist,” he says. Children from infants to teens look forward to the fun and inviting waiting room, the TV’s with their favorite movies above their chairs, and the RewardZone with toys for successful visits. Parents love the conveniences that VK Pediatric Dentistry offers including free reserved parking, online scheduling, text and email appointment reminders, accommodation for an expanded list of insurance carriers. VK Pediatric Dentistry is easily accessible to families not only in Arlington but most of Northern Virginia including Falls Church and Mclean.
Dr. Peter Markov, Owner and Pediatric Dentist at VK Pediatric Dentistry, is a specialist in pediatric dentistry. He believes in starting children off right when it comes to their dental health. Not only does he want each visit to be educational, but he also does his best to ensure you and your kids have a great time when you’re at his office! He hopes you’ll let him show you how he accomplishes this! VK Pediatric Dentistry is located at 5001 Lee Hwy, Arlington VA 22207. Schedule online at www.smilewithvk.com or call VK Pediatric Dentistry at 703-962-7814. As a special promotion, any readers of the blog who schedule an appointment in March will receive a complimentary Quip Kids Electric Toothbrush Starter Kit.
CONTINUES EXPANSION OF ITS SIGNATURE PREMIUM MOVIEGOING EXPERIENCE
As one of the nation’s oldest theater chains, with over 110 years of experience in the movie industry, Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres continues to be a trailblazer and influencer in the moviegoing experience by expanding their footprint with the opening of its 7th ShowPlace ICON Theatre location in Tysons, Virginia. The superior state-of-the-art cinema is located at The Boro, the newest premier, multi-phase development in the heart of Tysons, directly across from the Whole Foods.
“We are thrilled to share our passion for creating an unparalleled moviegoing experience with the dynamic local communities. The ever-growing Tysons neighborhood seemed like the perfect choice when deciding where to plant our roots in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. By aligning ourselves with one of Tysons’ newest multi-phase developments, The Boro, we were able to create a premier destination like no other.” says Tony Kerasotes, CEO of ShowPlace ICON.
Spanning over 72,000 square feet, ShowPlace ICON features 14 spacious auditoriums with seating for 1,795 guests. Auditoriums range from the 226 seated VIP•ICONX Dolby® ATMOS™ premium large format rooms to the more intimate 45-seat auditorium.
The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) announces a year-long celebration of its 200th anniversary with the launch of a new exhibit. The Garden will continue the theme throughout the year with a program of exhibits, events, historic collaborations, plant collecting trips, and activities. The Garden invites visitors to be a part of the celebration and come engage with its distinctive plant collection, unique place in American history, and exploration of the Garden today and into the future.
Rooted in history, the Garden was a vision of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. These Founding Fathers wished for the new capital city to have a botanic garden to demonstrate and promote the importance of plants to the young nation. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820 and open to the public continuously since 1850, the U.S. Botanic Garden is the oldest continuously operating botanic garden in the United States.
“As we celebrate 200 years of history at the U.S. Botanic Garden, I am excited to explore new ways of helping people make meaningful connections to plants,” said Saharah Moon Chapotin, executive director. “Whether it’s to spend a quiet moment in our beautiful conservatory and gardens, to discover the tastes and textures of new food plants, or to learn about how plants contribute to a more sustainable planet, I want every visitor to the Garden to feel welcome here and to come away with a greater appreciation for the natural world.
“We want to continue the Garden’s legacy of showcasing the wide variety of useful plants and to expand our work in keeping the planet healthy for the next generation. We look forward to welcoming visitors from diverse communities across the United States and around the world to join us in another 200 years of plant exploration, discovery, and celebration."
The major exhibition of the bicentennial is “The U.S. Botanic Garden at 200: Deeply Rooted, Branching Outward,” on display Feb. 20 – Oct. 15, 2020 in the Conservatory’s East and West Galleries. Visitors can explore historic images of the Garden, learn about plant exploration through the years, and discover how the Garden works day-to-day. Discover the original 3D images through historic 1800s stereoscope photos of the Garden, test your detective skills with botanical challenges in a set evoking a scientist’s station in an 1800s exploration ship, and see what notes you can identify in a recreation of the infamous corpse flower smell. Visitors will also see a life-size bronze sculpture of a corpse flower created especially for the Garden.
Your favorite Disney stories come to life at Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories! Sail along with Moana on her high-seas adventure and dance with Woody, Buzz and all the Toy Story friends. Feel inspired when love wins in Frozen and dreams come true for the Disney Princesses. Share the excitement and make new memories the whole family will treasure forever! Create memories with your family today -Tickets Start at $15
Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 15 @ 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16 @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 17 @ 10:30 a.m and 2:30 p.m. (President’s Day)
Ticket Prices: $90 Front Row, $55 VIP, $35, $30, $20 and $15
Additional fees may apply. Ticket prices based on market demand and subject to change.
1. Visit www.ticketmaster.com
2. Arena Box Office (Capital One Arena)
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Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ is an action-packed, points-based event that showcases athletes as they go head-to-head in six different competitions, driving three different vehicles – Monster Jam Trucks, Speedsters and ATV’s. These world-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes bring action-packed, adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans across the country and deliver what they want to see most… more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more action!
The Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series Pit Party provides unprecedented access to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers. This unique experience in the world of motorsports gives you access to see the trucks up close, take pictures, meet the drivers and get their autographs.
DATE: January 25-26, 2020
VENUE: Capital One Center
EVENTS: Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1:00pm
Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:00pm
Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1:00pm
*Doors open one hour prior to event time.
TICKET PRICES: Tickets prices start at $20. Additional fees may apply. Ticket prices based on market demand and subject to change.
TO PURCHASE: Visit the Arena Box office or visit Ticketmaster.com
PIT PARTY: Saturday, January 25th and Sunday January 26th
10:30am – 12:00pm (must accompany corresponding 1:00pm event ticket). Pit Passes can also be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster for $20 or on the day of the show at the arena box office.
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Join us for a magical night of boating and a dazzling fireworks finale at The Wharf
The Wharf presents The District’s Holiday Boat Parade, a magical night of boating on the Potomac River, from Hains Point to the docks and piers of The Wharf. This is the 28th year of this annual waterfront holiday tradition. Free public activities will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., including the lighting of The Wharf’s 40-foot tall Christmas tree; photographs with Santa Claus and the live musical performances on District Pier.
The boat parade will kick off at 7 p.m. and highlighted by a stunning holiday fireworks parade finale at 8 p.m. The festive holiday boat parade will include up to 60 beautifully decorated boats. Attendees will also get into the holiday spirit with a guaranteed magical snowfall, painting signature holiday ornaments, balloon art and enjoying s’mores at The Wharf’s roaring fire pit. Other fun activities include skating on the Wharf Ice Rink and sampling seasonal refreshments from our Waterfront Beer and Wine Garden.
WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. This event is rain or shine.
6:00–9:00pm — Activities throughout The Wharf (Waterfront Beer and Wine Garden, s’mores, and music)
7:00pm — Boats arrive in the Washington Channel
8:00pm — Fireworks Salute
8:15pm–9:00pm — Live music continues on District Pier Stage
WHERE: Activities take place throughout The Wharf neighborhood along Wharf Street, District Pier and Transit Pier, Washington, DC 20024. A map of The Wharf can be found here.
HOW: This event is free and open to the public. For more information on The Wharf including how to get here or where to dine please go to WharfDC.com, download The Wharf app or follow us on Facebook and @TheWharfDC on Instagram and Twitter.
ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY EVENTS AT THE WHARF
11/30 - Light Up The Wharf
11/30 - Holiday Camp Wharf
12/12 - 12/15 - Shop The Square Holiday Market
12/21 - Caroling at The Wharf
12/22 - Lighting of The Menorah
All Photos Courtesy of The Wharf, Washington DC.
All winter events are produced by Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, developers of The Wharf, along with The Wharf Community Association (WCA). Additional event information can be found at www.wharfdc.com/upcoming-events, the District Wharf app available on Apple and Android devices or by calling 202-688-3590.
ABOUT THE WHARF The Wharf is Washington D.C.’s most exciting neighborhood. This remarkable mile-long neighborhood along the Washington Channel of the Potomac River reestablishes Washington, DC, as a true waterfront city and destination. Phase 1 opened in October 2017 with two million square feet of residences, offices, hotels, shops, restaurants, cultural uses, marinas, and public areas including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks. When complete in 2022, this $2.5 billion, world-class, mixed-use waterfront neighborhood will feature more than 3.5 million square feet of development. The Wharf is easily accessible to the region by water taxi, Metro, WMATA and Southwest Neighborhood Shuttle buses, bicycle, foot, and car.
Ring in the holidays with the mind-blowing spectacular THE ILLUSIONISTS – MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS, showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Purchase your tickets today for the upcoming shows Tuesday, Dec. 3 - Sunday, Dec. 8 at National Theatre DC!
Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes with intermission
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Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to be coming to the Washington, DC area with the arrival of Alegría, its most iconic production. From July 28, 2020 – August 30, 2020, audiences are invited under the Big Top at Tysons II to fall in love with Timeless Alegría; a true Cirque du Soleil classic reinterpreted through today’s creative lens.
A production destined to change its history, Cirque du Soleil first presented Alegría in April 1994, launching an emblematic show that won over more than 14 million spectators in 255 cities in over 19 years of touring. To mark the show’s 25th anniversary, Cirque du Soleil is now revisiting its iconic Alegría through today’s lens—including refreshed costumes and set design, a renewed acrobatic vocabulary, and modernized musical arrangements —to touch new generations of spectators.
With its signature songs, stunning acrobatics, memorable characters and enchanting artistry that have helped define the Cirque du Soleil aesthetic, Alegría is the reincarnation of a classic; reinterpreted for the age and rekindled to inspire fans—old and new alike.
Share the joy of Cirque du Soleil with family and friends this holiday season. Tickets for Alegría in the Washington, DC area are available online starting today. Purchase during Black Friday and Cyber Monday and receive 40% off on select tickets November 19, 2019 – December 2, 2019.
Hurry while supplies last! Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, visit cirqueclub.com. Public tickets for Tysons II performances of Alegría will be available at cirquedusoleil.com/alegria. Tickets start at $45.
More about Alegría:
Alegría (‘joy’ in Spanish) takes audiences at the heart of a once glorious kingdom now in decay led by the king’s fool and a dusty aristocracy. Carried by an intangible wind of change, an emerging movement from the streets strives to shake this established order, instilling hope and renewal to bring light and harmony to their world. With its joyful spirit, Alegría is a vital, energizing force driven by a thirst for a brighter tomorrow.
In true Cirque du Soleil fashion, Alegría unfolds with soul-touching clown antics and remarkable acrobatic performances in a whimsical and immersive visual universe. Perched at the top of the Big Top, gymnasts fly from one High Bar to the next, and leap into the void to reach the hands of mighty catchers suspended on a cradle swing. Using all her limbs, an artist dazzles with her ability to spin and twirl a multitude of hoops while contorting her body with otherworldly ease. Other Jaw-dropping highlights include a daredevil Fire Knife Dancer eating, breathing, touching and juggling with flames; a sublime couple on Aerial Straps soaring through a delicate snowstorm; and fourteen tumblers bouncing off a Powertrack (trampoline tracks) embedded into the stage to perform crisscrossing series of daring somersaults.
For more information about Alegría, visit cirquedusoleil.com/alegria.
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To watch a preview video of Alegría, visit cirk.me/alegriatrailer.
Photo Credit: Marie-Andrée Lemire / Costumes Dominique Lemieux / Cirque du Soleil 2019
As we come to a close of 2019, you should consider a stay-cation to The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. This location has the views to die for, luxury amenities, family-friendly accommodations and history at its fingertips. Here are my top three reasons to book your next stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City and why you should book the Mount Vernon getaway package!
The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City is located on the north side of Alexandria with breathtaking views of nearby DC at night. With its unique location, you’re able to experience all that our nation’s capital offers during the day and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city at night.
There are many other locations to visit outside of the typical DC experiences. You can spend the day in Old Town Alexandria, the nearby award-winning wineries or visit the beautiful historic Mount Vernon estate.
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