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Five Things for Today: June 13, 2020

Checking out the wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park yesterday


1. Quick links for weekend activities:
* Local Hikes
* Pick Your Own places
* Paddling opportunities
* Fairfax Parks and NoVa Parks (more open with Phase 2)
* Protests around the DMV

2. Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to Create by the Creek: A Socially-Distant Celebration of Art and Community in Rock Creek Park. Any time between today June 21, find a safe spot in Rock Creek Park and let your creative juices flow. Draw or paint a landscape or a single flower, write a rap or a poem, take a photograph, record a TikTok, make a collage. Then share your artwork using the hashtags #createbythecreek, #rockcreekpark, #loverockcreek, or #summerintheparks. See what other people have been making on Instagram and Facebook.  All ages and artistic experience are encouraged to participate!

3. Oprah Magazine recommends 43 books by black authors to read in 2020.

4. Where to donate effectively right now.

5. Dave Chapelle’s brand new special, 8:46, is not funny. And it’s not supposed to be. (Update: This is NOT for kids — apologies for any confusion! I assume parents see “Dave Chapelle” and know that. Just like Oprah’s book recs, some of the “Five Things” are specifically for adults, since they are the ones actually reading KFDC.)

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Five Things for Today: June 12, 2020

Seen on a recent neighborhood walk



1. Northern Virginia begins Phase 2 of reopening today. This DCist article has more on what this entails, but it includes many places for recreation and entertainment, including museums, zoos, gardens, and outdoor venues for sports and the performing arts. More park facilities will also open — find details for Fairfax Parks and NoVa Parks. A quick heads-up that this includes playgrounds, so Clemyjontri in McLean will open along with many others. (I still recommend calling ahead if you plan to go, just to confirm there aren’t any issues.)

2. The Yards’ Friday Night Concert Series is back this summer — online! Starting this evening through July 3, you can stream the free concerts from the comfort of your own home. It kicks off at 7pm with a performance by Justin Trawick that you can view on Facebook.

3. Tomorrow, June 13, is a Free Fishing Day in Maryland, which means you don’t need a license to cast a line in waters that usually require one — a fun way to enjoy being outdoors on what’s forecast to be a nice day! (FYI, this is happening June 20, too.)

4. Netflix just introduced a Black Lives Matter section of films to view.

5. What the recent Black Lives Matter protests have changed so far. (PS: Protests continuing this weekend.)

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Five Things for Today: June 11, 2020

One of the outdoor sculptures at Glenstone


1. Glenstone, the wonderful modern-art museum in Potomac, MD, has reopened on an outdoor-only basis — but I can assure you the beautiful, expansive grounds showcasing large-scale installations are lovely to wander. Hours are 10am – 5pm Thursday – Sunday. Visitors must be at least 12 years old, and reservations are required. Free tickets are released at 10am every Monday in two-week increments.

2. A KFDC reader recently let me know about Camp Kinda, described on the website as a “free virtual summer experience designed to keep kids in grades K-8 engaged, curious, and having fun–even if they’re stuck at home.” It offers themed daily ideas for activities to keep kids occupied for several hours.

3. Today at 2pm, Freedom Fighters DC is hosting a live session on Instagram to discuss what it means to Defund the Police, the MPD budget hearing on June 15, and how to submit a public testimony to the city council to push for change.

4. My friend Darcy’s list of 10 Happy Things for June. (Btw, she’s an amazing family photographer and currently scheduling summer sessions!)

5. A fascinating and powerful read. (It should be noted this is one person’s POV, but…whoa.)

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Five Things for Today: June 10, 2020

The Black Lives Matter Plaza in Downtown DC


1. Opera starts with Oh! is bringing their free family opera program to you at home. Every Wednesday 10:30-11am for the next four weeks, join them for a live session of artistic playtime with teaching and guest artists à la Opera Lafayette. They will also share ideas about how to play on throughout the week. It’s recommended for families with children 3 – 6 years old. Sign up for today’s free session here.

2. The Lane Social Club reopens on Friday with their rooftop beer garden/events space where ALL are invited. Kids are welcome, but not required. They’ll be serving all of your favorite picnic foods + drinks (and ice cream). Table reservations are $5, and seatings begin at 3pm — make yours here!

3. Mayor Bowser announced that Slow Streets will be introduced in DC. Stretches of roads, one in each ward, will be blocked off for local traffic only and the speed limit reduced to 15mph, giving residents more space for socially distant recreation. This starts with five miles of slow streets this week, and eventually will be up to 20 miles. (The linked NPR article has details on the slow street locations.)

4. Yelp’s growing collection of black-owned businesses in the DMV to support.

5. Baby Names.

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