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Five Things for Today: September 23, 2020

River meets woods at Turkey Run Park


1. It’s going to be another lovely day!  If you’re looking for an out of the house activity with DCPS (or any other) kids who have Wednesdays off, how about a hike?  We just enjoyed a nice walk in the woods at Turkey Run Park, and there are lots of other great places to hit the trail around the area — especially on weekdays, when there aren’t big crowds. And if you’re looking for more fun with little ones, Clemyjontri, the sprawling playground in McLean, is just a few minutes’ drive from Turkey Run.


2.  After a three-year renovation, the Martin Luther King Jr. Library is reopening tomorrow, September 24, and there will be a week of virtual programs to celebrate! On opening day, join an Opening Ceremony at 11am., and see what other online activities are coming up here.  The brick-and-mortar library will be open with limited services — read more about that here


3.  Yogis and goat lovers, plan ahead for the weekend: Congressional Cemetery is hosting No Kidding: Baby Goat Yoga at various times on Saturday and Sunday. The 45-minute gentle and informative yoga class will be taught by instructors from St. Mark’s Yoga Center, while the cutest baby goats roam and climb around participants. After the class, there will an opportunity to buy a ticket for bottle feeding or a snuggle session with your new friends. Cost for the class is $40 (which includes mimosas for yogis 21+) — sign up in advance here.  PS: Be sure to check out other events going on at the Cemetery this weekend, including a Yard Sale and tours. And read more about the Capitol Hill locale here — though note that it’s closed to most visitors outside of events.


4. Brightest Young Things just published an awesome fall entertainment guide with recs for movies, shows, music, books, and more.


5. This Tiny Desk Concert broke records for most views on its first day.  I hadn’t heard of the group (and my kids would probably call me a Boomer for admitting that), but it’s a fun watch and listen!


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Five Things for Today: September 22, 2020


1. It’s fall, y’all!  As the season officially starts today, here are some Great Places to Enjoy Autumn in the DC Area (that are not Farm Festivals). The post was originally published a couple of years ago, but there are updates to reflect any status changes due to COVID.


2.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday, September 23-24.  Her casket will arrive there tomorrow at 9:30am, and a private ceremony inside will follow.  The public is invited to pay respects outdoors in front of the building from 11am – 10pm both days.  It’s guaranteed to draw a lot of people, so plan accordingly if you intend to go.  Another tribute for those who like to seek out DC murals… there’s a new one honoring RBG at 1620 I Street NW, close to the White House and just one block from Black Lives Matter Plaza.  There is also one at 15th & U Streets NW that was painted about a year go.  (PS: On Friday, RBG will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol.  That will not be a public event.)


3. Two more Smithsonian Museums are reopening this Friday, September 25!  The National Museum of American History and the National American Indian Museum will once again welcome visitors with  safety measures in place for COVID.  New days/hours at both are Wednesday – Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm. Capacity will be limited, so free timed-entry passes are required — reserve them here.


4. While Halloween is sure to look a lot different this year 😱 , one tradition that can safely continue is decorating for the holiday.  Michael’s currently has a great sale going on — 40% off Halloween decor.  Maybe 2020 should be the year we all go all out on the Halloween decorations, both indoors and out!


5. What did you think of  Ellen’s return? (I found it sincere and well done.)


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Five Things for Today: September 21, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk


1. The DC Board of Elections is kicking off National Voter Registration Week — a nonpartisan civic observance of American democracy, highlighting the importance of registering and voting — with an event at The Wharf from 12-2pm today.  Volunteers and organizations from all over DC will come together in a single day, creating widespread awareness of opportunities to maximize and deploy residents to register and vote. Join them outside of The Anthem — there will be prizes and giveaways, too!


2. National Harbor has created a roundup of experiences throughout and around the property where parents can take their children to enhance home schooling or distance learning. The various locations and activities provide hands-on learning opportunities in math, science, history and art. Read more about National Harbor in pre COVID times here.


3. NPR’s 100 favorite children’s books.


4. Keeping cool during pandemic parenting.


5. Math Problems for the Fall

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Five Things for Today: September 20, 2020



1. Today at 2pm, catch some live entertainment outdoors at the National Sylan Theater on the southeast grounds of the Washington Monument on the National Mall. The Insurrection + Resurrection Service Circus presents a bright, raucous melee of short acts governed by a brass band, addressing the heart of the current moment using diverse puppetry styles and spanning many moods, from slapstick to the sublime.  Bring your own blankets, chairs, food, drink, etc. for the 90-minute performance featuring music, puppetry, dance and theatrical narratives. Masks and physical distancing are required.


2.  Through September 27, celebrate the flavors of African-American, African, and Caribbean cuisine during the inaugural Washington DC Black Restaurant Week. Dine at one of the participating restaurants or eateries offering a special menu — see which places are participating here.


3.  Lovely ideas for gifts that don’t cost anything.


4. The Emmy Awards air tonight, and they should be interesting, both because they are virtual for the first time, and because most of us have probably been watching more TV than every this year.  It’ll be broadcast on ABC at 8pm.  (PS: There’s still time to vote in the Pandemmy Awards! 😉)


5. A model for working moms 💜


Bonus:  Quick links for activities to enjoy the lovely day: What’s Open Now, Fall Festivals, Local Hikes, Bike Rides, Peaceful Places, Pick-Your-Own, Paddling Ops, and Best Outdoors.


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