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Five Things for Today: July 4th, 2020

Happy 4th of July!


1. Looking to cool off? WTOP has the scoop on local pool reopenings. And here are quick links for facilities now open: PG County (only outdoor pools are open), Arlington County, Fairfax County.

2. For swimming at parks and other areas, see this Facebook post crowdsourcing recommendations. We really enjoyed a dip at Patapsco Valley State Park, which I mentioned a few weeks ago here.

3. Music for the 4th… The United States Air Force Band, Washington Performing Arts, and National Harbor have partnered together with special guest artists Joshua Bell, Soloman Howard, and Larisa Martinez to present a special online event, streamed live at 4pm. Hosted by DC’s own Aaron Gilchrist, morning anchor at NBC4, β€œA Tribute to the American Spirit” will highlight the resilience of all Americans, honor our veterans, and celebrate Independence Day with some patriotic favorites. And the annual A Capitol Fourth concert that usually takes place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol is going virtual this year. Watch the special 40th anniversary presentation on PBS at 8pm tonight.

4. Boozy Fourth of July drinks.

5. A round-up of stylish face masks and where to shop for them from Vogue. (You can also get very reasonably priced masks from Old Navy and Target, and these are so pretty.)

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Five Things for Today: July 3, 2020

The debate over the Emancipation Statue continues


1. Quick links for weekend activities:
* Local Hikes
* Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in bloom (more about it here)
* Shark tooth hunting (be sure to note restrictions)
* DC playgrounds
* Fairfax Parks, NoVa Parks, MoCo Parks.
* Pick Your Own places
* Paddling opportunities
* The virtual Smithsonian Folklife Festival
* July 4th protests and marches

2. Today, bring the kiddos to The Lane Social Club from 3-7pm for story time and afternoon of kid’s activism on their outdoor roof terrace. Cyana Riley, author ofΒ “Not So Different” will be there to read her book, and each child who attends will be able to decorate an activist T-Shirt that they can proudly wear all summer long. The T-shirt is black and white and says: “Science is Real, Black Lives Matter, Love is Love, No Human is Illegal, Kindness is Everything”. The Lane will supply fabric pens available for everyone to make the design their own. Reservations are required, as are masks (until seated at the table). Tickets are required and available here.

3. And speaking of activism, there’s going to be both a protest of and a conversation about the history of the controversial Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill — the protest is 5-9pm, and the conversation 6:30-8pm.

4. Lots of July 4th recipes and menu ideas.

5. How to Guilt People Into Wearing a Face Mask πŸ™‚

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Five Things for Today: June 27, 2020

Today’s Black Mamas March will culminate near the NMAAHC


1. Two local #BLM events today:
* All Mamas — Black Mamas, White Mamas, and everyone in between — and their families are invited to join the Black Mamas March. The event begins at 11am at Navy Memorial Plaza (btwn 7th & 9th on Pennsylvania Ave NW) for a short program of music, education, and a babies’ march. Then the march will proceed to Madison Drive & 14th Street NW near the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Find more information here.
* All ages are welcome to join the Chocolate City Experience at the #BlackLivesMatter Plaza. The old school block party will include resources for the black community, a farmers market, chess, yoga, double dutch, hopscotch music, and more.

2. Quick links for weekend activities:
* Local Hikes
* DC playgrounds
* Fairfax Parks, NoVa Parks, MoCo Parks.
* Pick Your Own places
* Paddling opportunities
* The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
* The virtual Smithsonian Folklife Festival

3. Two virtual musical events tonight:
* Tonight at 8pm, tune in to NBC for Global Goal: Unite for Our Future, a historic, global event unite the world and make COVID-19 testing, treatments, and vaccines available to everyone, everywhere. Performers and appearances include Shakira, Coldplay, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Original Broadway Cast of HAMILTON with Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Chris Rock, Hugh Jackman, Justin Beiber, The Los Angeles Philharmonic and YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), and many more exciting entertainers
* The Roots Picnic, the annual music festival create by The Roots, is going online this year. Hosted by Michelle Obama, it will feature performances by Lil baby, H.E.R., Roddy Rich, and several more artists and groups, including The Roots, of course. It also starts at 8pm and will stream on YouTube.

4. Who else learned what a β€œstan” was in the last week? (I first heard of it here.)

5. Guaranteed to get you dancing: Spotify’s Pride Party 2020 playlist.

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Five Things for Today: June 26, 2020



1. DC was recently named one of the best cities for biking by PeopleForBikes. In light of that, here’s a (repeat) recommendation to get the fam out on two wheels! This Curbed article that I’ve shared before has info on a bunch of good bike rides in the area. We really like the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail which runs from the Tidal Basin to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, and links up with the Anacostia Tributary Trail System that extends to College Park. (Read more about it in this KFDC post, but heads up that the Aquatic Gardens are currently closed.)

2. Plan ahead: Tomorrow at 10am, join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a special Drag Queen Story Time to celebrate Pride. DC drag queen Ruth Allen Ginsburg will bring fun for the whole family while reading classic nursery rhymes and tales for children. And the museum’s online Pride Family Zone has all kinds of related activities, including crafts, videos, and more.

3. Pizza and a movie, anyone? Enjoy both at Tino’s Pizza, located on Connecticut Avenue next to the former Uptown Theatre. They’ve launched an outdoor movie and pizza night on the patio and will be screening What About Bob, a summer classic, tonight at 8:30pm. Get there early to snag a spot! (PS: This will be taking place on Wednesday and Friday nights.)

4. To allow for better social distancing as more restaurants reopen to diners, 18th Street in Adams Morgan will close to traffic and become a pedestrian and bike zone. (DCist)

5. A recent Code Switch podcast episode asking, β€˜Why now, White People’ is an interesting listen.

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