While his favorite things include flowers, Batman, and building cars, local four year old Luca has spent most of his time lately dealing with radiation, needles, and MRIs. The preschooler, diagnosed in April with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DPIG), has been fighting his own superhero battle against a brain cancer that fewer than 1% of children ever survive. To keep him going through radiation, his mom, Catherine Velleco, brought him through the local Chick-fil-A for waffle fries. “Chick-fil-A was the only thing that brought a smile to Luca’s face following his daily sedation for radiation.” She wrote on a comment card in May.
When Justin Smith, the owner/operator of the Fair Lakes location found out about the family’s situation, he wanted to make Luca smile even more, and tasked his event coordinator with designing a night around Luca. Charity Casey, the marketing and event coordinator, took on the project with gusto, and now CFA Fair Lakes is excited to invite the community to join them for Luca’s Super Hero Night on July 24th from 5-8pm. Superhero costumes are encouraged, and there will also be a face painter, character meet and greet with “real” superheroes, and a craft for children. There will be a special superhero mobile, as well, and the superhero cow will be in attendance.
While normal spirit night events donate 10% of sales from those who identify as attending for the cause, on this night, 25% of all sales from everyone who purchases food from 5-8pm will go to research for DPIG patients, so that hopefully in the future, Luca’s superpower can be finding a cure for other children, even if it’s not in time for him. The goal is to raise $4000 for research- $1000 for each of Luca’s four years of age.
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/864601430571365/
A morning of children’s activities including Walkaround Elmo from Sesame Street, Get Fit Mobile Unit, UniverSoul Circus, children’s programming, giveaways and more
National Harbor has teamed up with WHUT (Howard University Television); M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County; WHUR 96.3 and UniverSoul Circus to bring a wide array of children’s activities to the Waterfront District at National Harbor on Wednesday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event takes place on the National Harbor Plaza (151 National Plaza.)
Fun Day! includes Walkaround Elmo from Sesame Street who will be there to greet children and take photos; Department of Parks and Recreation will have their Get Fit Mobile Unit on site to get kids moving. In addition to kids’ activities there will be giveaways and UniverSoul Circus will perform two of its highly acclaimed acts.
“This is great entertainment and activities for children under 12 years of age,” said Deborah Topcik, director of marketing for National Harbor. “It’s a morning packed with fun.”
For more information, visit www.nationalharbor.com.
The Yards, DC’s most exciting waterfront neighborhood for living, dining, shopping and relaxing, and Ice Cream Jubilee invite you to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 21st with a free event, where DC’s longest sundae will be created - and eaten! Each participant will receive a 2-scoop sundae with Ice Cream Jubilee’s signature flavors as we create a new city record! Tickets can be reserved here or in person at Ice Cream Jubilee’s Yards Park location.
WHEN: Sunday, July 21 at 11:30 am
WHERE: The Yards Park Sun Deck, next to Ice Cream Jubilee - 301 Water St, SE Washington, DC. Directions can be found here. The Yards is metro accessible via the Navy Yard Metro on the Green line and Capitol South Metro on the Orange/Blue line. Parking is also available on The Yards’ surface parking lots.
TICKETS: Tickets can be reserved via Eventbrite
About The Yards:
The Yards is DC’s most exciting waterfront neighborhood for living, dining, shopping and relaxing.
The Yards gets its name and rich history from the neighboring Washington Navy Yard. In the early 19th century, the area now known as The Yards was home to a bustling wharf, sugar refinery and brewery. Up until World War II, The Yards was an important part of the industrial capacity of the Navy Yard, which has since been reduced in overall size. Now, that proud nautical and industrial heritage has found new life within The Yards neighborhood!
About Ice Cream Jubilee:
Ice Cream Jubilee serves super premium ice cream made from local South Mountain Creamery’s all-natural 18% butterfat grass-fed cream. Each flavor is made by hand in small batches in northeast Washington, DC, inspired by international flavors, boozy cocktails, and childhood treats. Ice Cream Jubilee also serves several non-dairy vegan flavors.
Ice Cream Jubilee has four locations in the Washington, DC area:
Ice Cream Jubilee proudly represents Washington, D.C. on multiple “Best Ice Cream in America” lists, including Food & Wine magazine, Thrillist, Tastemade, and TimeOut magazine. Ice Cream Jubilee’s flavors and the story of founder Victoria Lai has also been featured by NBC Nightly News, Travel + Leisure magazine, Forbes, FoodNetwork.com, and More magazine. Ice Cream Jubilee was named “Best Ice Cream Shop in DC” four years in a row, and recently named one of America’s Best Ice Cream Shops by Thrillist.com in May 2018.
-Vodka Tastings, Interactive Drink Stations, Complimentary Bites and Live Vibes-
Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is partnering with Sash & Fitz FOR Sip and Savor in the hotel’s interior courtyard on Thursday, May 30th from 7 to 9 p.m. At the Sash and Fritz Vodka launch, guests will enjoy complimentary German vodka tastings by Sash & Fritz* owner Mr. Peter Steger, a make your own frozen vodka cocktail station, a demonstration of flaming libations, complimentary bite and mood setting vibes by DJ Juba.
The courtyard’s lush landscaping, cozy fire pits and ample seating creates the perfect venue for all vodka lovers and culinary aficionados.
Executive Chef Jordi Gallardo’s vodka compatible vittles include:
Tartare Station with Beef, Salmon and Pickled Beets
Oyster Shooters with Horseradish
East Coast Caviar on Pumpernickel bread with Crème Fraiche
Arancini with Vodka Tomato Sauce
Station of Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon Sorbets to be tasted with a Splash of Vodka
Vodka specialty cocktails will be priced at $6 along with other cash bar options.
Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for a launch worthy vodka celebration, no ripped jeans, t-shirts, caps or sneakers please.
There is no fee required for the Sip and Savor with Sash and Fritz. Reservations must be made through Eventbrite at: https://sip-and-savor-with-sash-and-fritz-at-fairmont.eventbrite.com
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Don’t “Kale” Your Summer Vibe by Dining Indoors During Patio Season
The herbs have been planted on the patio, all the original artwork has been installed and the bar is fully stocked. True Food Kitchen is ready to share its health-driven cuisine with the Arlington, VA community! The highly anticipated addition to Ballston Quarter’s booming restaurant scene is True Food Kitchen’s third location in the Washington DC metro area (other locations include on in Bethesda, MD and one in Fairfax, VA.)
Co-founded by world renowned integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil, True Food Kitchen’s thoughtfully crafted, seasonal menu is rooted in the principles of the anti-inflammatory food pyramid – emphasizing wholesome, simple ingredients with thoughtful preparations to highlight the natural health benefits and flavors of each ingredient. From nutrient-dense staples and responsibly sourced proteins to little-known superfoods, True Food Kitchen is committed to sourcing the most creative and freshest in-season ingredients.
\The new hotspot has arrived just in time for spring and summer. True Food Kitchen’s Ballston Quarter location boasts an expansive, brightly colored patio that’s perfect for dining (and drinking) al fresco.
True Food Kitchen’s flavor-forward menu rotates seasonally to allow guests to experience the season’s most delicious and nutrient-dense produce at the peak of its freshness and flavor. Executive Chef Richard Collins opened the new Arlington location with the Spring menu that includes a seasonal showcase of organic produce and fresh ingredients with dishes like: Green Asparagus Starter featuring house-made lemon almond ricotta; Seared Chicken Satay complemented with pumpkin seed salsa, Spinach & Mushroom Pizza; Cauliflower Polenta topped with asparagus, snow pea, and yellow squash; Korean Noodle Bowl; and a new seasonal dessert, the Key Lime Mousse.
Signature favorites like the Edamame Dumplings, Grass-fed Steak Tacos and the Inside Out Quinoa Burger also appear on the menu. True Food Kitchen is dedicated to accommodating the food preferences and restrictions of its guests; many of the brand’s delicious dishes are appropriate for a vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten-friendly lifestyle.
The restaurant’s scratch bar serves freshly pressed natural beverages including a selection of organic teas, refreshers like the Kale Aid and Hangover RX, and handcrafted cocktails such as the Basil Cucumber Collins, Cherry Bourbon Sour, Farmers Market Sangria and Strawberry Rhubarb Margherita.
Located directly adjacent to Ballston Quarter’s tiered courtyard (which features a small playground,) True Food Kitchen is sure to be a favorite for families while the kids are on summer break.
The Kids Menu at the award-winning restaurant is wholesome enough to please parents and tasty enough to keep even the pickiest of little eaters happy. Kids can choose from the Mozzarella & Organic Tomato Pizza, Almond Butter, Banana & Apple Sandwich, Chicken Teriyaki Bowl and Grass-fed Burger.
True Food Kitchen in Arlington, VA at Ballston Quarter is located at 4238 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1110. The restaurant is open Monday–Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with brunch served Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Nationals return home on Friday to begin a seven-game homestand, and Kids Opening Day is just one of several family-friendly events at Nationals Park over the next week. Use Coupon Code: 19NATSKDS for an exclusive deal for this weekend’s Saturday and Sunday games vs. the San Diego Padres! This offer includes a 20% discount on any ticket available to the April 27 or April 28 games on nationals.com/Tickets with a $10 food and beverage credit preloaded to each ticket purchased. The food and beverage credit can be redeemed at any concessions stand in the park.
Friday, April 26 vs. San Diego Padres
Fireworks Night: Friday night is the first of five opportunities during the 2019 season that Nationals fans can watch fireworks light up the sky above Nationals Park! All fans are invited to stay after the game against the San Diego Padres to enjoy the fireworks show. Fireworks Nights are presented by Budweiser.
Teacher Appreciation Night: Friday is the first of two opportunities Nationals fans will have to join in celebrating the hard work of teachers, administrators and school employees on Teacher Appreciation Night. With the purchase of a special ticket, fans will receive a concession credit and an exclusive appreciation mason jar! For tickets and more information, please visit nationals.com/Teachers.
Saturday, April 27 vs. San Diego Padres
Girl Scout Day: Join fellow Girl Scout associations, service units, troops and families at Nationals Park for the first of two Girl Scout Days in 2019! With the purchase of a special ticket, fans will receive a limited edition Nationals Girl Scout Patch. For every ticket sold, $5 will be donated to the GSCNC. For ticket and more information, visit nationals.com/GirlScouts.
Sunday, April 28 vs. San Diego Padres
Kids Opening Day: The Nationals invite the team’s youngest fans to help kick off the 2019 season! A variety of kid-friendly activities will be available before the start of the game, including face painters, caricature artists, and balloon twisters by the PenFed Kids Fun Zone from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Kids Watch Giveaway: The first of five kids giveaways presented by Harris Teeter is a Nationals Kids Watch! The first 10,000 fans ages 12 & younger will receive a Kids Watch when they enter through ALL GATES at Nationals Park.
Screech’s Birthday: Happy 14th birthday, Screech! Mascots from across the D.C. area will be at Nationals Park to help Screech celebrate his big day. Screech and his friends will perform various birthday-themed skits and participate in other fun events throughout the day.
Youth Baseball & Softball Day, presented by Inova Children’s Hospital: Sunday is the first of three Youth Baseball & Softball Day at Nationals Park of the 2019 season. Youth Baseball & Softball players, coaches, and parents will have the opportunity to participate in a pregame parade on the warning track with the purchase of a special ticket. For tickets and more information, please visit nationals.com/YouthBaseball.
Kids Run the Bases presented by Harris Teeter: All kids ages 4 through 12 will have the opportunity to run the bases after Sunday day games, weather permitting. Jr. Nationals MVP members will have access to an exclusive line. For more information on the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, please visit nationals.com/JrNats.
Thursday, May 2 vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Expandable Beach Bag Giveaway: On Thursday, the first 20,000 fans to enter through ALL GATES at Nationals Park will receive a Nationals Expandable Beach Bag presented by Kaiser Permanente.
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Can you feel it? The season is here, the season of planning those perfect spring and summer house parties, BBQs and game nights. I don’t know about you but when I think about these fun events taking place in my home, I immediately think about the improvements and additions I would love to make to my indoor and outdoor entertainment areas.
Perfect The Art Of Entertaining In Your Home With GreatGatherings
While we would all love to do a complete remodel of the areas we use while entertaining, that just isn’t possible but heading to GreatGatherings is a great place to start as we venture into this season of entertaining.
Human beings are social creatures by nature – they long to talk, to share, to interact and to connect with those who are near and dear. Sadly, these connective needs are often trumped by the demands of an ever-quickening pace of life they cherish. Well, this spring and summer it is time to take action and slow down and enjoy those friends and family.
GreatGatherings was created to inspire friends and family to gather more often in their homes. We believe that every gathering, no matter how large or small, is an opportunity to create cherished memories that last a lifetime. We’ve built a place that brings the most inspiring elements of entertaining together in one place so that you can easily visualize and experience all the unique and exciting ways to enjoy “Connecting with Family and Friends.”
GreatGatherings believes the space outside your home should be as warm and inviting as that inside. So we offer luxury outdoor furniture with unparalleled quality and sophisticated styling from the industry’s leading brands such as Brown Jordan, Lloyd Flanders, Tommy Bahama, Tropitone, and more. You’ll also find all the accessories – from breathtaking chaise lounges to cozy fire pits - to make any outdoor party one to remember.
A GreatGatherings store is an experience that caters to all of your senses. It might be the inviting scents permeating throughout, or the stunning visuals of the professionally decorated and merchandised room vignettes, or perhaps it’s the monitors throughout the store where you stop to watch the greatest party clips from our favorite Hollywood movies, or the potential sounds of our guests playing pool or air hockey, or the professional sales associates that treat you like a guest rather than a customer. GreatGatherings has a way of inspiring its guests and enticing them to repeat their store experience in their own home with the people.
Time to Shop with GreatGatherings:
After experiencing a GreatGatheringsstore you better believe I am ready to spruce up our entertaining space and get ready for some great memories between friends and family this spring and summer.
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Be Inspired and Get To GreatGatherings
In GreatGatherings we’ve created a retail store that brings the most inspiring elements of entertaining together in one place so that you can easily visualize and experience all the unique and exciting ways to "perfect your art of entertaining" in your home.
No other retailer in the D.C. area has the massive inventory like GreatGatherings and, in many cases, exclusive furniture style so you can create the best gathering spots in or outside any home. We have five 17,000 sq. ft. designer showrooms where you and your clients can see an enormous variety of product selection.
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What area of your home - inside or outside - are you excited to be updating this spring?
The famous Delaplane Strawberry Festival returns on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 for its 26th year. The event, held in the beautiful Virginia countryside at Sky Meadows State Park (11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, Va., 20144) and run by the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, has continually supported over 100 organizations around the world.
Over the past 26 years, the Delaplane Strawberry Festival has raised $712,522 to fund a variety of programs including: Fauquier free clinic, Camp Love, The Boys Home, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, Literacy Volunteers, People Helping People, Leeds Ruritan Club, St. Marc’s Trade school in Haiti, Marshall Fire Department, Fauquier Family Shelter, Clarke County and Fauquier County 4H, Piedmont Dispute Center, Fauquier Community Food Bank, Women of Wonder, Services to Abused Families, and Seven Loaves.
“This two-day festival takes all year to plan! Members of the Emmanuel Church meet monthly to bring it to life,” said church rector Rev. Amanda Knouse. “Over 200 volunteers put in thousands of hours throughout the weekend to ensure it runs smoothly. This festival not only unites us as a church, but also offers us the opportunity to lend a hand to those who could use one.”
Each year 500 flats of strawberries are purchased for the festival, totaling over 10,000 pounds. They are available by the flat or pint, as a sundae, in a pie, or on your funnel cake. While the strawberries are not grown locally, the festival remains a celebration of the spring bounty and the coming of summer. The event also includes live musical entertainment, children’s activities, raffles, food vendors, and crafters. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine.
Festival participants can visit the 4H petting farm, go for a hayride (over 300 rides given during the festival!), or take a guided tour of the circa-1860 Mt. Bleak House. Children can participate in old-fashioned games (three-legged races, tug-of-war, water balloon tosses, a cupcake walk, and more), ride a pony (additional fee), as well as have their faces painted. Visitors will also enjoy strolling entertainers including Jerry Brown and Django, Danimal the stiltwalker, and Mint Condition Barbershop Quartet. K9OLOGY will have a pool and agility course for your leashed canine friends both days and the Virginia Raptor Conservancy will also be on-site with some amazing birds. The Strong Person Tractor Pull competition is back again this year. Teams of four will pull a tractor 25 meters, quickest time wins! Other events include Strawberry Sundae Eating Contests, Park Ranger Demonstrations, and the Tasting Tent. Stop by the tent to try some local craft brews (additional fee).
Music entertainment on Saturday includes: Americana, Nu-grass and bluegrass band- HENRY; Jazzy classic rock with The Imaginary Blues Band; Enchanting Illusions magician Kevin Owens; The City of Winchester Pipes and Drums; SPOON MAN musical comedy act; and a mix of folk, blues, and Celtic music with Wicked Olde. Sunday’s stage entertainment starts with a Coffee House assortment of folk musicians, The Imaginary Blues Band, Magician Kevin Owens, Spoon Man; and traditional old timey country music, The Butcher’s Family Band.
On Sunday morning at 9 a.m., there will be a 5K Trail Run/Walk to kick off the Delaplane Strawberry Festival that day. The race/walk fee is $25 per participant in advance (until May 20) and $30 after that up until the time of the race, and includes admission for all occupants of the car to the festival for the day.
The per-day cost of the festival is $25 per car at the gate, or $20 in advance (purchase from the website www.delaplanestrawberryfestival.com. All of the activities and events (except pony rides and the tasting tent) are included in the per-car fee and include access to Sky Meadows State Park and the Appalachian Trail. (The Lost Mountain and Turner Pond access to Sky Meadows State Park will be open for normal park use and fees. Go towww.virginiastateparks.gov for more information.)
Sky Meadows State Park is located approximately 55 miles west of Washington, D.C. To get there, take Route 66 west to Exit 23 (Delaplane/Paris) and go approximately 6.8 miles to left on Edmonds Lane and to Sky Meadows State Park.
This year, National Harbor brings back its popular Movies on the Potomac series from May 1 through September 30. Every Thursday (“date night”) at 7 p.m. and Sunday (“family night”) at 6 p.m. guests are invited to gather in front of the Plaza Screen to watch recent releases and classic films. Movie goers are encouraged to bring chairs and order take-out from one of the many restaurants right around the plaza to enjoy the following screenings:
2 - Jurassic World, Fallen The Fate of the Furious
5 - The Little Rascals
9 - First Man (2018)
12 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
16 - Robin Hood (2018)
19 - Incredibles 2 (2018)
23 - Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)
26 - The Lego Batman Movie
30 - Crazy Rich Asians
2 - Matilda
6 - Aquaman (2018)
9 - Cars 3
13 - Pele (2016)
16 - Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
20 - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
23 - Air Bud: World Cup (2000)
27 - Dream Girls
30 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
4 - Selena
7 - CoCo
11 - Kin (2018)
14 - Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
18 - Night School (2018)
21 - The Nut Cracker and the Four Realms (2018)
25 - Justice League
28 - The LEGO Movie 2 (2019)
1 - Green Book (2018)
4 - How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
8 - Transformers: The Last Knight
11 - Learning to See: The World of Insects (2018)
15 - Bring it On
18 - Holes
22 - Bumblebee (2018)
25 - Dumbo (2019)
29 - Mean Girls
1 - A Wrinkle in Time
5 - Black Panther
8 - The Wizard of Oz
12 - Venon (2018)
15 - The Wiz (1978)
19 - Creed II (2018)
22 - Despicable Me 3
26 - Ocean’s 8 (2018)
29 - The Lion King
Please note that movie times/dates may be changed or cancelled due to weather. National Harbor will announce any updates via social media. For additional information, please visit https://www.nationalharbor.com/movies-on-the-potomac/.
A DAY OF TAIL-WAGGING FUN DEDICATED TO MAN'S BEST FRIEND
Great Country Farms will be hosting their annual Dog Days Bloom Festival on April 13, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event is in partnership with Appalachian Air Canines, a small, regional club comprised of members who enjoy having fun with their dogs through disc-dog sports. Appalachian Air Canine competitors will be showcasing their talents, and novice and veteran competitors are encouraged to compete for prizes.
Bluemont Vineyard and Dirt Farm Brewing will be serving beer and wine in our beer and wine garden, and specialty doggy vendors will be on-site offering everything from pet accessories to mini training sessions. Dogs are also invited to compete in our "Doggy Olympics" in events like Dog or Frog to see how many times your dog can jump in 15 seconds, Musical Sit and Trick for a Treat.
Advance ticket sales are $8 per guest. Tickets at the door are $8 per child and $10 per adult. Dogs are free, but must remain on a leash sporting their current rabies tags. Drinking water for dogs is available from our farm pump, so bring a bowl to keep Fido hydrated. Please pick up whatever your dog leaves behind.
For more information and advance ticket sales please see the official event link.
Great Country Farms: Open daily 10am-5pm
Admission: $8/child (3-17 years) & $10/adult (18+)
Children under 2, CSA and Fan of the Farm members, and military ID holders do not pay admission.
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