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Get Ready for the March For Our Lives



This Saturday, March 24, kids, families, and supporters of March For Our Lives will take to the streets in communities across the country to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in schools.

As many of you are already aware, the event was organized by student survivors of the mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, FL — just five weeks ago. If that in itself isn’t incredible, impressive, and inspiring, I don’t know what is.

As I noted in this post, the courage and tenacity of these teenagers has galvanized me to get more involved. Not just personally, but through KFDC, too. So, as I get ready to march this weekend, I’m also sharing as much information as I can to help you prepare for the event as well. Details are still coming out, so I’ll keep updating this as I learn more. You can also view the DC March FAQ page for further information.

March for Our Lives – Logistics
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue, 3rd-12th Streets NW
When: Saturday, March 24, 12pm
Admission: Free

Entrances will be at Pennsylvania Avenue & 12th Street NW, Constitution Avenue & 7th Street, NW, and Indiana Avenue & 7th Street NW.

Per the Destination DC website: According to a permit filed with the National Park Service, the march will include “student speakers, musical performers, guest speakers and video tributes,” and up to 500,000 people are expected to attend. If you are planning to go, RSVP here.

* There is a March for Our Lives app with some information, too.

* It has been confirmed that Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt will be performing together at the March. And if the artist list on the app is any indication of the entertainment line-up, then Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Common, Andra Day, and Vic Mensa will be there, too.

Rally for DC Lives
Before the March, join DC elected leaders, Moms Demand Action – DC, students from across the District, gun safety advocates, and concerned families in rallying against gun violence and calling on Congress to enact stronger laws to save lives. Meet up at Folger Park on Capitol Hill (401 3rd Street SE – Capitol South is closest Metro station) at 9am to hear from students and public officials about taking action to end gun violence before taking to the streets at 10am and marching together to the March for Our Lives main stage at 3rd and Pennsylvania, NW.

Getting There
If you’re coming into DC for the March, your best mode of transport is Metro. And that will likely be crowded, so plan accordingly and give yourself enough time. I recommend buying a Metro or SmarTrip card in advance in case there are lines that day. The closest Metro stations to the March main area are Archives-Navy Memorial (Yellow/Green) and Judiciary Square (Red) and Federal Center (Blue/Orange Line). You could also ride to Union Station (Red), Gallery Place (Red/Yellow/Green), L-Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Yellow/Green), or Smithsonian (Blue/Orange) and walk a bit further. See more Metro advice here.

Lyft is offering free rides to the march. I imagine it will be hard to get one, but worth trying!

If you’re driving, consider using Parking Panda to reserve a space in advance. Even if it’s not in a nearby garage, you can always walk or Metro from there.

Street Closures & Parking Restrictions
Beginning at 7pm on March 22, Emergency No Parking will start being enforced on at least one road within the March area. Most other parking restrictions will go into effect at 3am on March 24. And from 3am – 6pm, traffic will not be allowed to travel along many roads. This WTOP article has details on all of the restrictions and closures.

Bringing Kids
While this march is organized by kids and is all about kids, there are some things to consider before bringing yours, especially very little ones. There will be a LOT of people and a LOT of standing. And there will be a focus on gun violence and recounts of scary moments, which could be heavy for young children. My kids, ages 9 and 12, will be joining me, but each parent knows their child best to judge what’s suitable for them.

*This Washington Post On Parenting article has some really good advice if you’re trying to decide if your children should attend.

*March for Our Lives has shared these great tips for parents and families attending the DC March.

Something to keep in mind: The National Mall and museums will be close by, so if you bring your kids, and it’s not going well, you can always escape to a place they enjoy.

Volunteer
Want to help out at the March? There are still volunteer opportunities available. Here are some organizations to check out:
* DC Ambassadors – Register and they will contact you about ways to help out. You must be able to attend volunteer training on March 22.
* March for Our Lives Lodging – Sign up to host marchers from outside the DC Metro area in your home.
* Moms Demand Action – DC – See their list of ways to support the March.
* William Penn House – Help out at the Comfort Station on East Capitol SE that will serve marchers as they walk to and from the event.
* Brady Campaign – No specific opportunities listed, but you can sign up to find out what you can do to help reduce gun violence.

Rest Stops
Places nearby the March and the walking route between the event and RFK, where charter busses park, will serve as rest stops and welcome people in to warm up with coffee, refresh with water and snacks, use the bathroom, and give folks a break from the crowds. Here are some of them:
* St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill: 301 A Street SE
* William Penn House: 515 East Capitol Street SE
* DC Councilmember Offices, Wilson Building: 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
* Sixth & I ($5 Open House): 600 I Street NW

Bringing Signs
In a loud crowd of thousands of people, the best way to make your “voice” heard is with a sign. Banners and signs must be smaller than 20’ x 3’, and foldable or rollable banners and signs are encouraged.

You can make your own and come up with clever or simple ways of expressing your views. There are also websites offering free or cheap printables — if you want to go that route, check out some on Etsy, Refinery29, and AdAge.

* Shake Shack in Union Station is hosting a poster-making session on Friday, March 23, 3-5pm. Free poster supplies and Shackburgers(!) will be available during the event.

* At 10:30am on March 24, East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill will serve as a kids sign-making and meet-up base for those planning to join March For Our Lives in DC.

Prohibited Items
There is a list of items that you are NOT allowed to bring to the march, including items you might think would be allowed like bikes, balloons, and coolers. Be sure to check the list of prohibited items in this March For Our Lives FAQ section.

Gear Up
Along with your voices and signs, express your views through what you wear! T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and totes are available here on the March website.

You can also find merchandise on Amazon (and if you have Prime, there’s a good chance you’ll receive it in time without having to pay extra shipping costs).

If you want to get gear locally, there is a March for Our Lives Pop-Up Shop at 2349 18th Street NW in DC. Open daily 10am – 8pm. Proceeds benefit the March!

Panel Discussion with Student Journalists
On Friday, March 23, the Newseum is hosting a special program with student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. In the lead-up to the March for Our Lives on Saturday, the teens will recount their experiences witnessing and reporting on the February 14, 2018, shooting that killed 17 of their fellow students and teachers. Margaret Brennan, moderator of CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” will lead the discussion.

Donate
Want to support March for Our Lives and the movement to end gun violence? Contribute here.

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Avaaz Memorial to Children Lost to Gun Violence



Today at the U.S. Capitol is a powerful and poignant memorial to children killed by gun violence. Seven thousand pairs of empty shoes are lined up on the southeast lawn, representing all of the kids we have lost to guns since Sandy Hook in December of 2012.

The installation, the work of the organization Avaaz, is intended to make a visual statement to Congress about gun control. I personally think it’s a strong one.

The shoes will only be there until 2pm today, which is much of the reason I am blogging about something so temporary. It’s a remarkable, impactful visual that should be preserved for all to see.

Thank you to everyone who donated shoes and helped spread the word when I posted about the call for shoes last week. The efforts and actions, big and small, of everyone makes a difference. (And I should note that I’m not part of this organization and can’t take credit for any of this, I just gladly shared their request and photos I took of the results of their work.)

Here are some more images of the memorial, but if you can get to the U.S. Capitol by 2pm, it’s definitely worth seeing in person. #neveragain

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Get Involved with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America



In my recent blogaversary post, I declared my intention to start using KidFriendly DC to do my part in the movement to end gun violence, and I’m following through. This past week, I attended my first Moms Demand Action meeting to learn more about how to get involved and take action.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was formed in 2012 in response to the Sandy Hook shootings. The non-partisan grassroots movement was created to “advocate for stronger laws and policies that will reduce gun violence and save lives.” It started as a Facebook page and has grown into a nationwide organization with chapters in cities all over the country. You can read more about their background and mission here.

Meetings are held regularly by chapters all around the areas they cover, so chances are you can find one near you. I went to one right in my neighborhood, and there was another earlier in the week in Northwest DC, plus more in both Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Our meeting began with words from Sarah Dachos, president of the Moms Demand Action DC chapter. She welcomed new members (there were quite a few of us), provided background on what they do, gave updates on recent efforts and achievements, and, of course, talked about the Parkland incident and movement started by the student survivors.

After that, we heard from a mom who lost her son to gun violence. Hearing her story about him and her consequential work with Moms Demand Action was moving and inspiring — and a reminder that this isn’t just about mass shootings, but about all gun violence that is much too prevalent in our society and country today.

Several other chapter committee leads then spoke about the particular things they do in their efforts to meet Moms Demand Action goals, both short and long term, and let us know what we can do to help. They organize groups to attend congressional hearings on gun legislation, talk to members of Congress in their offices on Capitol Hill, work phone banks to encourage donations, plan their annual Wear Orange event, and much more.

Among the handouts they gave us were a pledge to do several suggested tasks as a member of the group, including bringing new people to meetings, raising donations, and volunteering in the capacities mentioned above. I checked off mine with zeal and am looking forward to fulfilling my commitment.

I highly recommend attending a meeting if you’re interested in getting involved. Check your chapter’s event page on Facebook (see below) to find out when they are taking place.

More information about Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is available on their website. You can also stay up to date on upcoming events and action by:
* Texting READY to 644-33
* Following Moms Demand Action on Facebook (go here for local chapters)
* Following @MomsDemand on Twitter
* Following @MomsDemand on Instagram

PS: It might be called Moms Demand Action, but Dads (and non-parents, for that matter) are welcome and encouraged to join, too!

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Join DC Alumni from Marjory Stoneman Douglas for a Fundraiser to Support Victims & Families



Yesterday, when I posted about my commitment to doing my part to help end gun violence, I received a response from a reader who is also an alum of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD). He let me know there are quite a few of them in the DC area, and they have come together to organize a fundraiser to support the victims and families of the shootings in Parkland, FL.

This Tuesday, February 27, join the DC Chapter of #MSDSTRONG at Tony & Joe’s in Georgetown from 6-8pm. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, among other honored guests and speakers, will also be in attendance to honor the victims.

Since the tragedy, over 11,000 MSD alumni nationwide have come together to create the Mobilizing MSD Alumni group. The DC area group is one of 16 local chapters throughout the country that are planning fundraisers, vigils, rallies, and calls to action. There are dozens of MSD DC alumni and this is just the start of their work — there will be more activities in the near future.

#MSDSTRONG Fundraiser
Where: Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place | 3000 K St NW
When: Tuesday, February 27, 6-8pm
Admission: Suggested $20 Donation – contribute here
RSVP: Click “Going” here or email MSDAlumniDC@gmail.com
*Please save and show your e-mailed receipt at the door to be recognized as a donor.

If you can’t make it, you can still donate to the fund. All funds raised will go to support the Stoneman Douglas Victims & Families, through the Broward Educational Foundation.

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The Weekend Round-Up: December 8-10

Georgetown all aGLOW last year



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It’s really going to start looking a lot like Christmas if the predicted snow actually does fall. Luckily, the next few days are loaded with holiday activities that fit right in with that scenario. Happy Weekend!

GLOW with It
Where: Around the neighborhood | Georgetown, DC
When: Nightly through January 7, 5-10pm
Admission: Free

See Georgetown in a whole new light – literally. Every evening through January 7, the neighborhood will sparkle with modern light art installations on exhibit throughout the bustling community. Works of local, regional, and international artists will be on display in both public and privately-owned spaces, including M Street, along the C&O Canal, and more nearby places. Take the family dinner, then go for a stroll to check them all out. Read a KFDC write-up about last year’s GLOW.

Winter Wonderland Party
Where: Surprise Ride Office | Downtown DC
When: Friday, 4-8pm
Admission: Free

Join a local start-up that makes activity kits for kids (they were featured on Shark Tank) for a celebration at their offices. Kids and their families will enter the space decked out in fake snow and holiday lights to be transported into a magical Winter Wonderland! You can craft, snack, drink, and meet their Shark Tank sisters, Donna & Rosy.  The offices are located a 1146 19th Street Northwest, Suite 800. RSVP here – required for front desk security.

Imaginary World of the Nutcracker
Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through January 7
Admission: $15/adult, $8/child

Since ARTECHOUSE opened this past June, the gallery has been bringing us art experiences that are beautiful, innovative, immersive through the fusion of art and technology. The newest holiday season exhibition, “Imaginary World of the Nutcracker,” follows suit with an installation that engages and enchants. You can view Nutcracker scenery projects on walls, manipulate light and color with your own movements, and look for magical surprises throughout. Bring the kids during daytime hours 10am – 5pm, but I also recommend this for an adult outing 5:30-10:30pm or 11:30pm when special cocktails (and some extra magic) are served, too!

Christmas is Afoot
Where: Christ Crossman United Methodist Church | Falls Church, VA
When: Friday & Saturday, 6-8pm
Admission: Free

This Christmas season take a walk through historic Bethlehem! Christ Crossman United Methodist Church will open its doors to the community for a journey that begins with a live nativity and petting zoo, Christmas music from members of the George Mason High School band, warm cider, and snacks. Once inside, enjoy making crafts resembling historical Bethlehem market goods and participate in a service project assembling health kits for the Falls Church Homeless Shelter. This event is free and open to all ages.

Sound Health: Second Saturdays
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30m & 11:30am
Admission: Free

This new series of free workshops designed for families with children under the age of 8* explores the power of the arts to promote wellness of the mind and body. Every second Saturday of the month, local arts organizations offer two 45-minute workshops in the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer.

DIY Holiday Cards
Where: National Postal Museum | Union Station Area, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Create one-of-a-kind handmade cards at the museum all about mail. They provide beautiful holiday stamps from all over the world, along with a variety of crafts supplies to both inspire your creativity and decorate your cards. We’ve been to this event a bunch of times over the years, and it’s always really well-organized and tons of fun. Plan to stay after to tour the exhibits, many of them interactive and interesting for all ages. Read a KFDC write-up about the museum.

Holiday Happenings
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

There’s holiday inspired fun to be had all over the area in all kinds of ways at every price point. See model trains buzz around the Roadside Attractions-themed display at the US Botanic Garden’s Season’s Greetings exhibit. Or take the Magical Holiday Express at the B&O Railroad Museum. Enjoy an atrium full of activities for little ones at Christmas on the Potomac. View holiday planes and trains at the Aviation Museum. Take a street car ride with Santa at the Holly Trolley Fest. Go on a holiday scavenger hunt (and shop for gifts) at the Mansion on O Street. Find details on all of these events and more are in the 2017 Holiday Guide.

Celebration of Buddhist Journeys
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Join the museum dedicated to Asian art and culture for a rich day of activities for all ages, exploring aspects of Buddhist art and practice as we celebrate the new exhibitions “Encountering the Buddha” and “Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha.” Be transported on a journey across the Buddhist world, from India to China, Japan, Sri Lanka, and beyond. Experience timeless artworks, hear inspiring musical performances by members of the Silkroad Ensemble, listen to stories from the life of the Buddha, and trace the paths of Buddhist journeys past and present.

“Shop” & Gift Hope
Where: Discovery Elementary School | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Put a new spin on gift-giving and philanthropy. At this Gifts That Give Hope Fair, you can support the community and give a meaningful gift by making a donation to one of 17 locally-based nonprofits featured at the fair. Personalize the card to a loved one, then give that act of kindness in their name. Shoppers of all ages are making GTGH an annual tradition, and there are some special touches this year just for them, including a wintery performance from the Yorktown Dance Team, holiday crafts, face painting, sensory activities at the new Skill Builders pop-up shop, and Coder Kids’ Mac workstations to code a Minecraft Mod.

EdFEST
Where: DC Armory| Capitol Hill, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Explore the city’s many public school PK3-12 options for your child. Representatives from DC public schools (DCPS) and DC public charter schools will showcase their programs, just in time to help you make informed school selections for the 2017-18 school year common lottery. The event will also feature many free services and fun activities for the whole family, including games and entertainment; sports activities; story time; and flu shots, immunizations, and dental services.

Magical Mirrors Children’ Book Fair
Where: Sankofa Video & Books | Shaw, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Sankofa Video & Books will be celebrating black literature for all ages and grade levels with its 6th annual Magical Mirrors Book Fair. Children and families are welcome inside the largest collection of African American children’s literature in the District for a weekend of storytelling, crafts, kids yoga, African dance class, a creative writing workshop and more. 

Duke Ellington’s Neighborhood
Where: GALA Theatre | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 12:30pm & 2:30pm & Sunday, 1:30pm
Admission: $25/adult, $15/child

Groove along with the Duke’s jazz piano! Take the kids on an interactive journey through Duke Ellington’s DC and discover how a local hero championed African-American musicians, influenced the Harlem Renaissance and became an international star in this production from The In Series Opera & More.

Holiday Entertainment
Where: Theatres around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

If you’re looking for holiday-inspired entertainment, there’s plenty of that now. Enjoy the ultimate holiday classic The Nutcracker performed by the Washington Ballet at Warner Theatre. Join the Christmas Revel for a French-Canadian Celebration of the Winter Solstice. Take little ones to Art’s on the Horizon’s Snow Day. Get details on these shows and see what else is coming up in the 2017 KFDC Holiday Guide.

Show Time
Where: Theatres around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

For live entertainment without all the seasonal trimmings, Hansel & Gretel is a lovely wordless show for all ages at Synetic Theatre. Me… Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall is at the Kennedy Center. Charlotte’s Web is on the Imagination Stage. Kids’ fave Annie is at Olney Theatre. Nina Simone: Four Women at Arena Stage is a moving and powerful show that teens and up will appreciate. And you can make it a grown-up night for Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night.

Winter Woods Weekend
Where: Brookside Gardens
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm & Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

The Wheaton Woods are calling, “Wake up to winter!” Walk the trails with a naturalist, make a special family craft & warm up at the marshmallow campfire. There will be a woodsy mix of indoor and outdoor games and activities for kids, adults and families all weekend long to celebrate the coming of winter. Check out the Sunday schedule. A few activities and treats cost a small fee. See the Sunday schedule here.

Russian Winter Festival
Where: Hillwood Estate | Northwest DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $18/adults, $12/members, $5/ages 6-18, free/under 6

Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden are on hand at Sviatki, a Russian-style celebration of the holidays. Winsome characters will surprise and delight visitors across the estate, create and wear your own headpiece, listen to festive music, and enjoy a variety of live cultural entertainment.

Maker Morning: Trace
Where: Hirshhorn Museum | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

In celebration of Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn, builders and makers of all ages are welcome to join the Hirshhorn on Saturday mornings in December for hands-on activities related to the exhibit. Check out a kit and create portraits in the Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn galleries. Bring your youngest artists for a special Saturday edition of STORYTIME (then stay and play). Complete a 2D portrait of selected subjects featured in Trace using LEGOS® as a medium. Join in a collaborative 3D portrait challenge. And so you don’t go home empty-handed, jump in a photobooth, and create your own portrait to take home!

Winter’s Eve
Where: Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Get into the holiday spirit at Glen Echo Park’s annual Winter’s Eve celebration. It’s free, open to the public, and visitors of all ages can enjoy performances, arts & crafts open studios, hot chocolate, and a holiday sing-along. Browse and buy fine artworks at the Holiday Art Show and artist studios. Kids and adults can create gifts to share in the holiday-themed craft rooms.

Santa Claus is Coming… to Park View
Where: Walls of Books | Petworth, DC
When: Saturday, 2-4
Admission: Free (photos with Santa are $20)

See Santa at Walls of Books on Saturday. He’ll be there laughing, listening, and refining his list. Enjoy coffee & hot chocolate from Heat Da Spot Cafe. Professional photo shoot with Santa are available for $20. Spots are filling up fast, so register soon!

Silent Disco (POSTPONED to December 14 due to weather!)
Where: Washington Harbour | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday, 7-10pm
Admission: Free

Dance your heart out among a crowd of glowing headsets! As part of Georgetown GLOW 2017, Silent Dance Society is hosting a Silent Disco on Saturday evening. Free and open to all ages, just put on head sets pumping music from three different genres and get down!

Shakespeare, Family-Style
Where: Sidney Harmon Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Want to introduce your kids to Shakespeare? The Shakespeare Theatre Company is kicking off their annual Family Week, which includes a Mini-Summer Night’s Dream, discount tickets to their current production Twelfth Night, and all kinds of programming especially for young theatre-goers through December 17. Read a KFDC write-up about our first experience with STC’s Family Week!

Chanukah Celebration
Where: Edlavitch JCC | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $23/family by 12/8, $25/family after 12/8

Grab your socks and your yarmulke, it’s time to bounce for Chanukah! 
This year’s rockin’ Chanukah party will feature a moon bounce, games, crafts, treats, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Christmas on the Big Screen
Where: Arlington Cinema Draft House | Arlington, VA
When: Sunday, 12:30-9pm
Admission: $10

Catch a merry flick — or eight — and get into the holiday spirit. This Christmas-themed movie marathon welcomes you to join for as many films as you’d like. You can even pop in for one early, leave, then return for evening entertainment. All for one very reasonable admission price!

Colonial Wassail
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission:

Gather in the 18th Century Farm’s orchard to wassail (wish good health to) the apple trees with singing, dancing, and chants to ensure a “howling crop.” Hot spiced cider, ginger biscuits, a bonfire, and 18th century games will be among the festivities to round out the fun.

Let There Be Lights
Where: Around the DMV
When: Evenings all weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Take a drive or a stroll through one of the many light displays in the area. The twinkling exhibits feature all kinds of delightful scenes — holiday faves, animals, gardens, and the landscape illuminated in brilliant colors. You can find details for all of them in the 2017 Holiday Guide and view photos of Brookside’s Garden of Lights, which we recently visited, here.

Insider Info
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

According to the latest weather forecast, we’ll likely be getting the first snow of the season. So, if you’re looking for extra ideas for things to do indoors, this ever-growing list of 90 suggestions of activities that take place inside will have you literally covered.

***MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW***
* If you’re doing some holiday shopping this weekend, be sure to check out the 2017 KFDC Holiday Gift Guide, full of ideas and inspiration for presents for peops of all ages at all price points (even free!), from kids’ products to theatre tickets to unique experiences to gifts that give back!
* Don’t forget to enter the giveaway running right now for a chance to win a sewing class with Three Little Birds Sewing Co.!
* The National Menorah Lighting is this coming Tuesday, December 12, at 5:30. Free tickets to attend are still available, just go to the website and register for the event.
* I love getting feedback from you guys both about your adventures around DC and my blog in general, and I think other KFDC readers would benefit from it, too — what you especially liked (or didn’t) about a particular place, whether or not you agree with my reviews, tips you might have for others. So I wanted to take a second to encourage comments on the blog. Leave them on posts about the places you visit, or in the Weekday and Weekend Round-Ups or wherever you see fit. We’re always interested to hear you thoughts! 🙂

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