Five Things for Today: February 16, 2022


1. Get your Petal Porches ready for the National Cherry Blossom Festival!  For the second year, residents in DC and surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia are invited to decorate their front yards, porches, and windows to show their cherry blossom spirit during the Festival’s run, March 20-April 17.  This event started last year as a pivot when some of the Festival’s annual events were canceled due to Covid. This year, there will also be awards for Best Blossom Block (for a block of participating porches), Prime Petal Porches (for 10 porches in the DMV) and the People’s Petal Porch (voted by Instagram poll and awarded to one porch). A digital map with the locations of all registered Petal Porches will be made available, so we can all get in on the fun and do some Petal Porch viewing.  We loved seeing all of the decorations around our neighborhood last year!  More info and registration available here.


2. A fun activity for Black History Month:  Mt. Pleasant Library is hosting a collective art project that all are welcome to join.  Lend your creativity to the Alma Thomas Interactive Mural by adding strips of colored paper to a wall-sized mosaic inspired by Thomas’ art.  And plan to hang out after and explore books and more activities — our local libraries are great places to spend time with kids (as discussed in that linked post from the very early KFDC days)!   Mt. Pleasant Library is located at 3160 16th Street Northwest.  It’s open daily, but check the website for hours as they vary by day.   Admission is free.  PS:  There are always events and activities for all ages at all of the DC Public Libraries — view the full calendar or search for specific types here.


3. Thrillist’s most beautiful places to visit in Virginia.


4. Just finished reading Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead – and it was fantastic (and long)!  Deciding among these for my next read: Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe, and Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad.  Have you read any of them?  Input or other recommendations?


5. Best part of the Super Bowl!😂 (Warning: turn volume down.)


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