Five Things for Today: February 18, 2021

    Pops of color in Georgetown brighten up a gray, winter day


1. This wintry-mixed day is a perfect time to watch an exciting space event!  This afternoon, Mars Rover Perseverance will land on the Red Planet to begin an exploration mission.  NASA will start broadcasting live at 2:15pm, and the landing is scheduled for 3:55pm.  View it on NASA’s YouTube channel or on  More information about the mission is available through the first link.


2. Kids ages 8-17 can earn $20 for participating in a fun online research study to help the  Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab at George Washington University learn more about social development. They will be asked to join a quick online game and will be compensated per hour.  Anyone interested should contact [email protected].


3. Celebrating Purim?  Chabad of East DC is hosting a virtual Purim Carnival — in a Box!  Order a kit full of festive supplies and join them on zoom Sunday, February 21, for afternoon activities.  Supply packs can be picked up near Stanton Park on Capitol Hill on Thursday or Friday, or delivered for a $5 fee anywhere on the Hill.


4. Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival, which is going virtual this year, begins on Sunday and will run through May.  The annual event celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world, highlighting the crucial role languages play in our daily lives. All films are free to watch online.


5. HONY always tugs at the heartstrings.


PS: There are some places welcoming visitors indoors, all of them with extra safety protocols in place (it includes spots that reopened but closed again, but the current status is noted).


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