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Five Things for Today: December 10, 2020

The National Menorah Lighting from a Chanukah past


1. Chanukah begins tonight!  If you’re looking for a community celebration (socially distanced, of course), the National Menorah Lighting is at 4pm on the Ellipse — tickets are free, but you must register for them.  The Wharf is also hosting a Lighting of the Menorah all eight nights — join at District Square at 5pm. It’s free to attend, and you can just show up. And for more ways to celebrate, both virtual and IRL, see the KFDC holiday guide.


2. Montgomery Parks’ nature centers are offering unique and fun opportunities to enjoy the season safely and outdoors this winter.  Visit their website to browse programs and get more info.


3. Heads up! The Geminid meteor shower sounds really cool, and it’s expected to peak overnight December 13-14, but you might be able to start seeing it over Friday night, December 11-12.  The catch: The best time to view it is 2am.


4. In case you haven’t seen the best look ever making the Internet rounds yet…  The original and the holiday music version. 😏


5.  A classic for tonight’s holiday.  And if you’re celebrating… drink your gin and tonica and have a happy, happy, happy, happy Chanukah!


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Five Things for Today: December 9, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk 🦖🤔


1. The National Building Museum is celebrating its 40th birthday this week with all kinds of free online programming!  That includes Trivia Night this evening at 7pm, behind-the-scenes virtual tours of the museum’s collections and the building, and a celebratory video about its illustrious history.  And, FYI, the Museum Shop has a fantastic inventory of items perfect for holiday gifting.


2. Today, the Capitol Riverfront BID kicks off 12 Days of CapRiv, an exciting lineup of festive activities to safely celebrate the holidays in fun and socially-distant ways. Holiday ornaments, family photo pop-ups, drive-in movies, pet portraits, and more special offerings are happening over the next couple of weeks. See the full schedule of activities and details here.


3. This Friday, December 11, the Smithsonian is hosting a daylong virtual program, “24 hours in a Time of Change,” and invites the public to share their stories about this time.  You can submit stories here, and there are prompts to help guide you.  Select responses will be shared during the program.


4. Rolling Stone’s list of the best TV shows of 2020. (Several on there that I really enjoyed:  Better Things, My Brilliant Friend, Pen15, The Great, and I May Destroy You.)


5. 2020: The Year in Pictures.



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Five Things for Today: December 8, 2020

See Stars at Light Yards


1. The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is making the season brighter once again as its annual Light Yards returns.  This year’s installation features “Stars,” larger-than-life illuminated star sculptures constructed from metallic mesh that twinkle with dancing lights and festive music.  While it’s not interactive like most previous installations, it’s a nice, easy way to experience some socially-distanced holiday cheer and a bright start to 2021 — it will be lit nightly 6-10pm through January 10.  If it’s not too cold, you can pick up take-out from one of the many eateries at The Yards and enjoy dinner al fresco amid the Stars and sparkling Sundeck or pair your visit with outdoor dining at one of the nearby restaurants.  A couple of take-out recs:  Takorean and Sweetgreen. Restaurants with heated outdoor seating: Agua 301, Blue Jacket, Osteria MoriniNandos, and All Purpose Pizzeria and Salt Line are a short walk away by Nationals Park. (PS: Find more holiday lights around the area in the KFDC holiday guide.)


2.  Families  are invited to join The Boro at Tysons for their virtual Crafting with Paper Source series. A $10 ticket buys you the craft supply kit, access to the online workshop, and a $10 gift card to Paper Source.  Supplies will be available for pick-up at Paper Source at The Boro in Tysons ahead of the workshops that take place tomorrow, December 9, and next Wednesday, December 16.  Follow the link above to purchase your ticket.


3. Shlagel Farms, who many of us know best for their PYO strawberry fields, is doing something really nice this week — they are offering a Giving Box for purchase.  And for every box sold, they will donate $10 to a local charity that they have researched and chosen. Additionally, Russ and Eileen Shlagel will personally match that donation dollar for dollar. If you purchase from Cheverly Community Market, donations will go to St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families.  In Waldorf, they’ll donate proceeds to The Arnold House (order via email or DM them on Facebook).  And for orders through the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, they will donate to ALIVE.


4. Chanukah recipes, both traditional and modern, to help prep for the holiday starting Thursday evening!


5.  What’s your One Reason? 💛


PS:  We’re ready for the holidays!


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Five Things for Today: December 7, 2020



1. Even in these socially distanced times, you can still get an up close look at the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.  There are two entrances to access it at the bottom of the West Lawn (next to the road that runs at the top of the Reflecting Pool).  It’s lovely to view both during the day and in the evening, so plan two visits if you can swing it.  While you’re in the area, see more holiday decor and lights at the U.S. Botanic Garden, both in the front area and across the street at Bartholdi Park (which is also part of the USBG).  If you want to grab a bite before or after your visit, just head down Independence Ave. toward the Capitol Hill neighborhood where it turns into Pennsylvania Ave.  Spike Mendelsohn’s trio of restaurants, We the Pizza, Good Stuff Eatery, and Santa Rosa Taqueria are located right by 3rd & Penn, have outdoor seating, and are all good bets for feeding the fam. (And for more holiday activities in the area, check out the KFDC holiday guide.)


2. Explore the world and do some holiday shopping today.  Winternational, the annual festival that usually takes place at the Ronald Reagan Building is turning into a virtual marketplace this year.  The new online platform will offer a curated online shopping experience — you’ll find visual arts, food, apparel, décor and more from participating countries — along with a celebration of international culture.


3. The 10 best podcasts of 2020 according to Time Magazine.


4. Milk Bar, the bakery that makes my very favorite Birthday Cake, has some special holiday offerings available for in store pickup and online for delivery.


5. The Social Life of Forests – A really interesting NYT feature about how trees interact and communicate; you can also listen to it on The Daily.  (If you read The Overstory, you know this concept. One of the main characters in the book is based on the scientist featured in the article.)



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