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Five Things for Today:
January 19, 2020

Celebrating 15(!) trips around the sun for this guy. Happy Birthday, O! 😍


1.  Access into DC will be very limited through tomorrow, with many routes to and roads within the city closed. See this map and list for details. The gist: Plan to stay home on Inauguration Day.


2. We’re celebrating Owen’s birthday today with one of his favorite activities — skiing!  It’s a great way to enjoy some active fun and take advantage of the season while social distancing. Regional ski resorts are taking extra measures to make a day on the slopes safe during Covid. Go here for links to ski resorts within day trip and easy getaway distance from DC.


3. The Washington Post highlights online presidential and inaugural exhibits from some of DC’s museums.


4. Eater’s Guide to Inauguration Day 2021 in DC.


5. Love letters to Washington, DC ❤️



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Five Things for Today: January 14, 2021


The National Arboretum is a fave for getting outdoors in the city


1. It’s going to be 50s and sunny today, a perfect time to highlight The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids.


2. Washingtonian shares what you need to know about DC Inauguration Day threats and other Capitol insurrection fallout. In addition, Metro is closing 13 stations near the Capitol and National Mall for a week starting Friday.


3. In this unsettling time, journaling can be a good way to help ease anxieties. NPR has tips on how to get started.


4. TV can also be a good distractor right now. We finally watched The Queen’s Gambit, and it is as good as everyone says.  I also recently binged The Flight Attendant, and it was a fun, quirky thriller ala Dead to Me.  Hearing good things about Bridgerton, too! (All recs for adults…maybe teens, too.)


5. Of course, the Holdernesses have a song for 2021 (so far).


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Five Things for Today: January 13, 2021

A view down East Cap, the Capitol dome visible through the leafless trees


1. The National Portrait Gallery ‘s programs for children that used to be offered in person are available online.  Introducing…  is essentially the new Portrait Story Days, highlighting some of our country’s historymakers and their portraits in the museum’s collection. Today at 11am they will be Introducing… Abraham Lincoln.  Young Portrait Explorers takes place monthly via Zoom, also on Wednesdays 11-11:30am and 3-3:30pm, and explores portraits of astronauts and activists, scientists and star athletes along with the stories behind them. Free registration is required.


2. Weekdays are a great time to visit Great Falls, when you can enjoy some of the most scenic nature in the area without the weekend crowds.  Whether you opt for the Maryland or Virginia side, you really can’t go wrong. Take in spectacular views of the falls and rapids from several overlooks and hike easy trails along the river or through the woods.  Open 7am to 30 minutes after sunset. Admission is $20/vehicle. (You can also opt to hike there from Riverbend Park, where admission is free.)


3. Are you looking for a way to celebrate and honor MLK? Join Rock Creek Conservancy’s MLK Weekend of Service. Register to help with trash clean-up and invasive removal throughout Rock Creek Park — there are opportunities to volunteer on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.


4. AOC speaks about the attack on the Capitol (long but worth the watch/listen).


5. Such a powerful, human moment.


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