ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FROM CULTURECAPITAL.COM: Labor Day 2014

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Arts & Entertainment:

Labor Day Weekend DC 2014

Your Labor Day Weekend planning guide has arrived!

Check CultureCapital.com for concerts, theatre and special events happening on Labor Day Weekend throughout Metro DC.

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

Jazz in the Garden: Dixie Power Trio (zydeco, Cajun, and Louisiana funk)
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Friday, August 29 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Dixie Power Trio delights audiences across the country with their eclectic mix of New Orleans jazz, zydeco, Cajun and original compositions, and charms them with their zany wit. Neither a trio nor purely a Dixieland band, the Trio is comprised of Zack Smith on cornet and accordion, Andy Kochenour on bass, Chuck Underwood on guitar, and Byron McWilliams on drums.

MetroPerforms! 2014 Showcase
Kennedy’s Center Millennium Stage
Friday, August 29  ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority presents the talents of D.C’s best street performers.

Art on 8th: Freddie Dunn Jr., POP and Hoop Jam 
Presented by Dance Place
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Friday, August 29 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Join Freddie Dunn Jr., POP (People, Objects Play) and Carla Perlo for live jazz, interactive dance and hoop jam!

Free Summer Saturdays
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
Saturday, August 30 ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design’s Free Summer Saturdays series of programming includes gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Admission to the museum and to these special programs and workshops is free every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend.
Guided Tours are available from 11am-3pm.

Page to Stage
Kennedy’s Center Millennium Stage
Saturday, August 30  ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the University of Maryland, presents a performance combining music, dance, and spoken word with text from Myers’s books, including We Are America and Monster, and his memoir Bad Boy.

KanKouran West African Dance Company: Sounougal (Our Boat)
GW Lisner Auditorium
Saturday, August 30 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $20-$25 
This exciting production is a celebration of cultural unity, and will feature KanKouran’s Senior Company, Junior Company, Children’s Company, and community class participants.

Half-Price Summer Sundays: August 2014
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Through Sunday, August 31 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ $4-$5
Enjoy half-price admission to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) every Sunday in August! Take this opportunity to visit NMWA’s collection and current exhibitions. Explore Total Art: Contemporary Video, which highlights the inventive processes that sustain women artists’ position at the forefront of video. Also, examine Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships, featuring sculptures, books and drawings created by artist Meret Oppenheim.

Howard Gospel Brunch Featuring The Harlem Gospel Choir
The Howard Theatre
Sunday, August 31 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $35-$45 
On any Sunday you can visit with the Harlem Gospel Choir and enjoy a soul food brunch at The Howard Theatre. Here the Choir brings its experience of the Black Church to the U Street district in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping show for fans from around the world.
The homestyle all-you-can-eat Southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir’s joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage.

National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert 2014
Presented by National Symphony Orchestra
West Lawn US Capital
Sunday, August 31  ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The National Symphony Orchestra celebrates the beginning of its 2014-2015 season with its annual Labor Day Capitol Concert. Participating artists and program to be announced.Free event, no tickets required. Gates open at 3 p.m., open rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.

Celebrating Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
Through Sunday, September 7 ∙ FREE!
The Portrait of Joseph Roulin, on loan from the Netherlands’ Kröller-Müller Museum, portrays both a friend and muse of the artist. Van Gogh also immortalized the postman’s infant daughter in the Gallery’s own Roulin’s Baby (1888). In this special installation, father and daughter are reunited alongside 7 other Van Gogh works, including recent acquisitions.
West Building, Main Floor, Gallery M-83

Wildest Weather in the Solar System 3D
National Geographic
Through Sunday, September 7 ∙ $7-$16
Go on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system in 3D. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth!
Audiences will fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter. Wildest Weather In the Solar System 3D is packed with eye-popping visuals, high-end CGI, and cutting-edge science.

She Kills Monsters
Presented by Rorschach Theatre
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Thursday, August 21 Through Sunday, September 14 ∙ $10-$30
It’s the 1990s in suburban Ohio and Tilly lives among the most fearsome creatures known to man: American high school students. She copes with the stress by creating an elaborate Dungeons & Dragon’s module where she plays out her fears and fantasies in a world she controls. When Tilly dies unexpectedly, her older sister Agnes has no choice but to run the gauntlet of this mysterious world, battling and befriending the strange and fantastic monsters her sister has created.
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Randy Baker

Home Sewn: Quilts from the Lower Mississippi Valley
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Through Sunday, September 21 ∙ FREE!
The first in a series of collections-focused exhibitions, Home Sewn features several colorful quilts, most of them created by Annie Dennis (1904-1997) and her sister Emma Russell (1909-2004). The quilts represent classic American quilt patterns and techniques passed down through five generations. This exhibition examines the generational, social, and economic fabric of an African American quilting community in rural Mississippi. In addition, fieldwork and interviews with present-day African American women quilters give voice to the continuing tradition of quilting in these communities.

***Maryland***

National Players presents “As You Like It”
Olney Theatre Center
Wednesday, August 27 through Sunday, August 31 ∙ various show times ∙  $15
All the world’s a stage in Shakespeare’s classic love story about concealed identities and leaving home to find oneself. Running away to the woods to begin anew, Rosalind is surprised to find true love instead. Can she make a new home of this strange new world? With a little creative costuming and luck, each character creates a new life As You Like It. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Tiny Tots: Animal Crackers
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, August 30 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
See Hobey Hound on the hoop trapeze, Donna Dodo the ring juggler, Carmen the performing bear, and a chorus line of lambs in an old-fashioned vaudeville show!

Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Through Sunday, August 31 ∙ various show times ∙ $10 [check for Discount Tickets]
What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This tongue-in-cheek version of two children’s favorites uses humor and music to explore our fear of things we don’t understand. This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation.

Pinkalicious – The Musical
Adventure Theatre MTC
Through Sunday, August 31 ∙ various show times ∙ $10.50-$19 
Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Based on the book “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann∙ Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann ∙ Music by John Gregor ∙ Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann ∙ Directed by Carl Menninger ∙ Starring Felicia Curry ∙ All Ages. Check TicketPlace.org for discount ticket availability.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Strathmore
Saturday, August 30 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $38-$58 
The iconic band that gave us hits like “Mr. Bojangles,” albums like Will the Circle Be Unbroken and decades of genre-defining music features Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, John McEuen—ready to rock!
Party on the Patio starts 1.5 hours before the concert, featuring food and drink specials.

Tiny Tots: Old McDonald’s Farm
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Sunday, August 31 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ $5
The animals on Old McDonald’s Farm come out to entertain us. Al E. Cat introduces us to his barnyard buddies who will delight and amaze with their antics!

***Virginia***

Prince Royce
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – Filene Center
Friday, August 29 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $35-$75
Sizzling bilingual bachata and pop combine in “the most successful breakout Latin act in recent years.” Billboard magazine.

The Fresh Beat Band Live In Concert!
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – Filene Center
Saturday, August 30  ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ $25-$50
Its a Great Day to sing and dance Just Like a Rockstar with Kiki, Marina, Twist, and Shout from Nick Jr.s sensational TV band!

Chaise Lounge Band
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, August 30  ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Chaise Lounge’s album The Early Years takes the listener to the Sands hotel in Las Vegas. The year could be 1958 or 2008, so timeless is their music.

George Benson with Special Guest: Andreas Varady
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – Filene Center
Sunday, August 31 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $25-$55
On Broadway icon, jazz guitarist, and silky-smooth singer jams on funky favorites ranging from pop to bebop.

‘Scapes
Presented by The Art League
The Art League Gallery
Through Monday, September 8 ∙ FREE!
The Art League’s annual juried (land)scape show, ’Scapes is open to interpretations of not just landscapes but cityscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes, real or imagined.

 

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Shakespeare Theatre Company ∙ 2014 FREE FOR ALL: The Winter’s Tale

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2014 Free For All

The Winter’s Tale

directed by Alan Paul
original direction by Rebecca Taichman
Sidney Harman Hall
August 19 – 31, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free For All is a much-loved Washington tradition, offering FREE performances of a Shakespearean classic to the general public. STC was  thrilled to kick off our 28th season with The Winter’s Tale.

Each summer, with the help of numerous community-minded sponsors, the Shakespeare Theatre Company presents a series of free Shakespeare performances. Started in 1991 to bring free Shakespeare to new and diverse audiences in the Washington metropolitan area, the Free For All presented Shakespeare under the stars at the Carter Barron Amphitheater. In an effort to make Shakespeare completely accessible for all residents of D.C. Metro area, the Free For All was brought to downtown D.C. in 2009 and now resides at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall.  To date, the Free For All has reached more than 572,000 area residents and counting.

Students for Shakespeare, now Citizens for Shakespeare, has helped thousands of area students and community members gain access to Shakespeare’s plays. The Shakespeare Theatre Company Free For All’s unique contribution to the community was recognized with The Washington Post Distinguished Service Award in 1992 and the 1997 Public Humanities Award presented by the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company Free For All is a highlight of Washington’s theatre season, a traditional outing that attracts the city’s most diverse audience. Championed by Kahn and Shakespeare Theatre Company founding chairman R. Robert Linowes, and made possible with invaluable support fromThe Washington Post, Philip L. Graham Fund and a committed group of community-minded sponsors, the Free For All proved an enormous success its first year, attracting more than 2,500 theatregoers each night. Succeeding summers have seen the Free For All build on its early promise, with audiences flocking to see some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays—All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Henry Vand King Lear—performed by the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s actors and such guest artists as Sabrina LeBeauf, Kelly McGillis and Harry Hamlin.

Former Chair of the National Endowment of the Arts Jane Alexander, a frequent attendee at Free For All productions, enthuses about the program’s importance to Washington: “I remember once when I was at the Free For All, there was a couple sitting next to me with a very, very young child, and I began to talk to them and I asked: ‘Why are you here?’ And they said, ‘Where else would we have the opportunity to introduce our child to Shakespeare and be able to afford it?’”
Alexander sums up the sentiments shared by Kahn, the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the many generous individuals, foundations and corporations who make the Free For All possible each year: “The Free For All is a wonderful success for everybody involved … not just for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, but for the entire city.”

Past Free For All Productions
2013: Much Ado About Nothing
2012: All’s Well That Ends Well
2011: Julius Caesar
2010: Twelfth Night
2009: The Taming of the Shrew
2008: Hamlet
2007: Love’s Labor’s Lost
2006: Pericles
2005: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2004: Much Ado about Nothing
2003: Hamlet
2002: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
2001: King Lear
2000: The Merchant of Venice
1999: The Merry Wives of Windsor
1998: All’s Well That Ends Well
1997: Henry V
1996: Measure for Measure
1995: Twelfth Night
1994: Comedy of Errors
1993: Much Ado about Nothing
1992: As You Like It
1991: The Merry Wives of Windsor

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at the HARMAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Over the past quarter of a century, the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., has become “the nation’s foremost Shakespeare company” (Wall Street Journal) and the “region’s most dynamic theatre” (The Washington Post), and received more Helen Hayes Awards for producing than any other theatre. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Kahn, STC has grown from its residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library to the Lansburgh Theatre in 1992 to the opening of the brand new Sidney Harman Hall in 2007.

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Staples Makes More Happen for Less! ∙ Back-to-School Review & GIVEAWAY

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STAPLES - DC Thrifty Mom Review Now that I have an 8-year-old, trendy patterns are important to her, while quality and price remain the driving force for me. I was elated to receive and review some items from Staples Fun, Fashionable and Functional Back-to-School Collections.

Of course, I had assistance when the package arrived.  My daughter quickly noticed the Teen Vogue  Lipstick Eraser and called “dibs.” In her words, she found the Teen Vogue line “stylish and more grown up” compared to the Nickelodeon products. While my 3-year old was disappointed not to see the lipstick first (not certain she understood it wasn’t really lipstick but an eraser ) but found the SpongeBob Squarepants products more appealing.

The Teen Vogue collection, exclusively at Staples, features Electric Jungle, Punk Prodigy, Rive Gauche and Festive Floral prints across an array of school supplies including notebooks, pens, erasers, folders, Staples Better® binders, and more! Inspiration straight from the runway gives trendsetting students function with fashion.

Staples offers unique designs on products including exclusive Nickelodeon patterns on Staples Better® binders, pencil pouches, die-cut erasers, notebooks, folders and clipboards that make it easy for students to show off their favorite characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob.

Personally, I am happy that my kids like their school supplies. I believe it makes returning to school fun. However, it’s the Staples Back-to-School guarantee that makes me want to purchase my school supplies at STAPLES!  Did you know that Staples customers are guaranteed to pay the lowest price every time they shop, whether it’s in stores or online. Staples will price match items sold and shipped by Amazon.com or any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand. Customers will receive an additional 10% off the difference between the Staples price and the competitor price. The Back-to-School 110% Price Match Guarantee is valid at the time of purchase in Staples stores and on Staples.com.

Thrifty Friends, with Staples commitment to offering the widest assortment of great products, including must-have essentials at the best prices during this Back-to-School season, you’ll know where to find me!

Who’s excited for school savings?

***DISCOUNTS***

Below is a sample of some of the amazing Back-to-School “weekly hot buys” available at Staples through Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Note: Limited to store availability.
$2 and Under
• Sharpie® Accent® gel highlighters, 3/pack ($2.00)
• Staples® ¾" invisible tape, 4/pack ($2.00)
• Westcott® 7" Preferred Stainless-Steel Scissors, Straight-Handle ($2.00)
• Sustainable Earth by Staples®,1-subject notebook, 9.5" x 6", 100 sheets ($1.99)
• Staples® glue sticks, .26 oz., 4/pack ($1.25)


$1 and Under
• BIC® Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, 5/Pack ($1.00)
• Staples® poly 1-subject notebook, 8" x 10.5", 70 sheets ($1.00)
• Staples® mini stapler ($0.99)
• Crayola® assorted colored pencils, 12/pack ($0.97)
• Crayola® Classic Markers, Fine Line, 10/Box ($0.97)
• Staples® Slider Pencil Cases, assorted ($0.75)


$0.50 and Under
• Crayola® standard crayons, 24/pack ($0.50)
• Staples® composition book, 100 sheets ($0.50)
• Staples® Ruled 3" x 5" White Index Cards, 100/Pack ($0.48)
• Staples® school glue, 4 oz. ($0.39)
• Staples® 1-subject notebook, 8" x 10.5", 70 sheets, wide ruled ($0.17)
• 2-pocket paper folder, assorted ($0.15)


Staples Back-to-School 110% Price Match Guarantee
Staples customers are guaranteed to pay the lowest price every time they shop, 
whether it’s in stores or online. Staples will price match items sold and 
shipped by Amazon.com or any retailer who sells products in both retail stores
and online under the same brand. Customers will receive an additional 10% off
the difference between the Staples price and the competitor price. The
Back-to-School 110% Price Match Guarantee is valid at the time of purchase
in Staples stores and on Staples.com.  

Staples Back-to-School Less List
Staples is also helping parents find everything they need on their supply
list for less this Back-to-School season with the Back-to-School Less List.
The Back-to-School Less List includes iconic Back-to-School products such as
folders, notebooks and index cards that are low priced all season long
to make it easy for families to save this year.

In addition to the Back-to School 110% Price Match Guarantee and the
Back-to-School Less List, Staples is continuing to offer great value every week
through weekly deals. Customers can find information on weekly deals at
www.Staples.com/weeklyad. Staples Rewards® customers can also save by earning
Staples Rewards on everything in the store and take advantage of free shipping
on Staples.com.

***Giveaway Details***

DC Thrifty Mom appreciates the opportunity to provide my Thrifty Friends with opportunities for savings.  I am excited to share Staples Back-to-School products, offer product reviews, and sponsor this giveaway for one lucky DC Thrifty Mom follower to win a $25.00 Staples gift card. Note:  This giveaway is non-transferable and you must be at least 18 years old to enter.

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Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. For more information about Staples (SPLS), connect below. more information.

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Disclosure: DC Thrifty Mom received school supplies, with a retail value of approximately $40, to conduct this review.  Even though I received these products, ALL thoughts and opinions are my own.

FREE & Cheap Things To Do In Washington DC – This Weekend: Aug 16 & 17

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Weekend Recap

DC Thrifty Mom’s

FREE & Cheap Things To Do 

in the Washington DC Metro Area:

August 16 & 17, 2014

Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

2014 Pokémon TCG World Championships
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Through Sunday, August 17 
The 2014 Pokémon TCG World Championships are the ultimate test of a player’s Pokémon TCG skills, strategy, and creativity. Each year, Champions are awarded the most prestigious title in the Play! Pokémon Championship Series: Pokémon TCG World Champion!

Saturday Morning at the National Christiana Drapkin: Bop Goes the Weasel!
The National Theatre
Saturday, August 16 ∙  9:30 am & 11:00 am   FREE!
Clap your hands, snap your fingers, and swing in a musical morning filled with variations on popular children’s tunes. Everyone is part of the action whether singing about Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Old MacDonald’s band, or Swinging on a Star!  See a sampling of this interactive jazz program here.

Chikasha Poya-We Are Chickasaw Festival
American Indian Museum
Saturday, August 16 ∙  10:30 am – 5:00 pm   FREE!
The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma celebrates its tribal heritage and history with two days of food, hands-on activities, and performances, including dancing, singing, storytelling, and other cultural arts such as beading, woodwork, pottery, weaving, and more. Come join this celebration and get to know the Chickasaw people! View schedule.

2nd Annual Back to School Health and Wellness Festival
Greater Washington Urban League
Saturday, August 16  ∙ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) in partnership with AmeriHealth D.C. will host its second annual Back to School Health and Wellness Festival on Saturday, August 16, from 11 AM to 5 PM at League headquarters at 2901 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. (corner of 14th and Harvard Streets). The GWUL is conveniently located near the Columbia Heights Metro Stop on the Green Line.
The event, free and open to the public, will provide fun for the entire family! The League will host a variety of activities for children, including a Moon Bounce and face painting. Opportunities for free prizes will last throughout the day, specifically with free backpacks and school supplies to help students get ready to go back to school. Parents and community members will be able to receive free health screenings and participate in various workshops, including First Time Homebuyers and Financial Literacy Training.
Additionally, the festival will feature healthy cooking demonstrations as well as fitness dances. Throughout the festival, members of the community can enjoy the music of D.C.’s own Bel’a Dona as well as local Latin pop band Ocho de Bastos. Join GWUL in celebrating health and wellness with members of the community – and get ready to go back to school!

Free Summer Saturdays: Kid Pan Alley Performance 
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 11:00 am∙ FREE!
This week, see a special performance from budding songwriters and artists enrolled in the Corcoran’s Kid Pan Alley Camp Creativity session as they perform their original songs inspired by art in the Corcoran’s galleries.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design’s Free Summer Saturdays series of programming includes gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Admission to the museum and to these special programs and workshops is free every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend.
Guided Tours are available from 11am-3pm.

Children’s Film: Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
National Gallery of Art
Saturday, August 16  11:00 am & Sunday, August 17 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
(Ages 4 and up) Join us for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezias Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of these two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. (Mary Cassatt, Mike Venezia, U.S., 2008, 24 mins.; Edgar Degas, Mike Venezia, 24 mins.) A free Family Guide to the exhibitionDegas/Cassatt will be available at each screening. West Building Lecture Hall.

2nd Annual Smile Project Back-To-School Street Carnival
Gateway DC Pavilion
Saturday, August 16  ∙ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Join Broccoli City, in association with the District of Columbia Department of Environment (DDOE) and the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) for the 2nd Annual Smile Project Back-to-School Carnival will be held on Saturday, August 16th at the Gateway DC Pavilion (1100 Alabama Ave., SE near Congress Height Metro on the Green Line).
The Smile Project encourages a positive mental attitude towards education through having fun and smiling in an effort to excite young students about the upcoming 2014/2015 school year. Students will receive backpacks, notebooks, pencils, pens, books, water bottles, lunch boxes, calculators, and other useful tools and information for learning while supplies last.
This fun-filled afternoon will also feature rides, games, moon bounce obstacle courses, giant slides, water activities, rock climbing, live music, healthy eating demonstrations, food trucks, vendors, and much more!

Be Creative (Studio 21 Gallery Workshop)
Presented by Dance Place
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 12:30 pm ∙ FREE!
This event takes place at Studio 21 located on the Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market.
Enjoy arts and crafts workshops at Studio 21 from 12:30pm – 2:00pm, led by Carla Perlo, Andrea Petty-Brown and guest artists.

OCASE Foundation’s Annual Backpack School Giveaway
Rita’s Water Ice – Rhode Island Avenue NE
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
“If a child has to start school without the basic supplies needed, or has to start school late while waiting for the money to purchase the supplies, it puts them at a major disadvantage.  Therefore, the Back-to-School Giveaway is an investment in the future for us all.”
Get school supplies and enjoy live entertainment! Parents must accompany students.

14th Annual DC Poetry Festival
Carter Barron Amphitheatre
Saturday, August 16 ∙ Gates open at 7:00 pm – Showtime 7:30 pm  FREE!
Featuring The Last Poets ∙ Honoring Gil Scott-Heron ∙  First Come-First Served

Half-Price Summer Sundays: August 2014
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, August 17 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ $4-$5
Enjoy half-price admission to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) every Sunday in August! Take this opportunity to visit NMWA’s collection and current exhibitions. Explore Total Art: Contemporary Video, which highlights the inventive processes that sustain women artists’ position at the forefront of video. Also, examine Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships, featuring sculptures, books and drawings created by artist Meret Oppenheim. 

SynchroSwim!
Presented by Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)
Capitol Skyline Hotel
Sunday, August 17 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
DC’s performance art explosion is taking to the pool with SynchroSwim 2014, the fourth presentation of WPA’s synchronized swimming performance art competition! A celebration of creativity and enthusiasm. During the one-hour event, 4 artist teams will perform short, unique routines set to musical compositions. Performers this year include DC Synchromasters, The Docents, The Elementals, and Fluid Movement.

Celebrate Sunday with the Nationals  ∙ WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Nationals Park
Sunday, August 17 ∙ Game begins at 5:05 pm
Celebrate Sunday with the Nationals. DISCOUNT CODE: THRIFTY14 
Promotion: Racing President Bill Bobblehead
REMINDER – Children Two and under are admitted FREE!  GO NATS!!!

DC PUBLIC LIBRARY Activities -  Find FREE things to do for kids in every library in D.C.:

Kids Smiles ∙  Mt. Pleasant Library ∙ Saturday, 2 pm - Meet the Kids Smiles team and learn about taking care of your teeth! Children of all ages and their parents and caregivers are welcome to attend this engaging and educational program.

Summer Reading Superheroes Party ∙ Northeast Library  ∙ Sunday, 2:00 pm - It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a… party of epic proportions! Join us for crafts, movies, and snacks to celebrate your awesome Summer Reading achievements! Come dressed as your favorite real or imaginary superhero. Be Ironman, your Mom, Harry Potter girl… whoever! All ages are welcome.

Recycled Puppets Workshop with Wit’s End Puppets ∙  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library ∙ Sunday, 2:00 pm – Come by the library and make your own puppets out of recycled materials such as fabric, buttons, plastic bottles and cardboard tubes as a part of our weekly STEAM Team. This workshop teaches conservation and creativity by encouraging students to use their imaginations to turn trash into treasures. Wit’s End Puppets will be leading this workshop in Children’s Room at 2 p.m. Ages 6-12.

***Maryland***

Shopping Alert: Through Saturday, August 16, 2014 – The Maryland Sales Tax Holiday gives shoppers a 6 percent savings on qualifying clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less. Qualifying apparel included belts, coats, jackets, pants, shoes, socks and sweaters. The sales tax exemption applied to each eligible item, regardless of how many items you purchase at the same time.

Pinkalicious – The Musical
Adventure Theatre MTC
Saturday, Aug 16 & Sunday, Aug 17 ∙ various show times ∙ $10.50-$19 
Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Based on the book “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann∙ Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann ∙ Music by John Gregor ∙ Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann ∙ Directed by Carl Menninger ∙ Starring Felicia Curry ∙ All Ages.  The show continues through Sunday, August 31. Check TicketPlace.org for discount ticket availability.

National Model Aviation Day
College Park Aviation Museum
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ∙ $8 workshop fee
Learn all about model airplanes! The Sky Lancers of Washington will be flying their control line model airplanes and offering training flights. A workshop to make your own static model airplane will be also be available. Please call the museum in advance to register for the workshop. Ages: 10+

Fall Open House
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy
Saturday, August 16 [11:00 am - 4:00 pm& Sunday, August 17 [ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm] ∙ FREE !
Fall Registration is now open to current and new families! If you know which class(es) you prefer, we urge you to register now! Some classes are filling up and we want you to get your preferred class times! If you have questions about registration or which class you should choose, please call the office to schedule a placement class or to talk with MBT staff.

Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17 ∙ 11:30 am & 1:00 pm ∙ $10 [check for Discount Tickets]
What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This tongue-in-cheek version of two children’s favorites uses humor and music to explore our fear of things we don’t understand. This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. The show continues through Sunday, August 31.

Back to School Kids Fair featuring Radio Disney
The Mall at Prince George’s
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Free entertainment including face painting, balloon clowns, DJ and more!  Lots of great prizes and fun activities!
Exhibitors include -
Prince George’s County Public Schools – meet representatives from local schools and the Board of Education
Prince George’s County Police Department – child car seat safety demonstrations
Don’t miss Macy’s Trends Show in Center Court at 1pm!  Check out the latest fashions for Homecoming and Back to School!

Kidgits Back to School Event
St. Charles Towne Center
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Excited for Back to School? We are too!! Summer might be ending soon but the fun is just beginning. Our Back to School event will be located on the Lower Level at Center Court behind Guest Services. Come join us for fun, family friendly crafts and activities, cookie decorating, giveaways and more.

Montgomery County Fair
ENDS TODAY – Saturday, August 16 ∙ 12:00 pm – 12:00 am ∙ $10 (ages 12+)/11 and under FREE 
Parking: $10 onsite – FREE at Lakeforest Mall

NCM READS SUMMER SERIES: LUCKY’S TAP DANCING SHOES by Quynn Johnson
National Children’s Museum
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ Included with Admission
Author and dancer Quynn Johnson joins us in the NCM Theatre to share her story about a horse who dreams of tap dancing. Following the reading, children will have a chance to try on their own tap dancing shoes!

18th Annual Comcast Outdoor Festival
MCPS Board of Education lot
Saturday, August 16 [Gravity& Sunday, August 17 [ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire]
Gates open at 5:00 pm.  Music, Food, & Family Fun begins at 5:30 pm  ∙ FREE Admission!
Pile in the family and enjoy a weekend of FREE movies, Drive-In Style! There will be gourmet food trucks, a moon bounce, and chances to win prizes from their awesome carnival games.  The proceeds from the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival supports the NIH Children’s Charities: The Children’s Inn at NIH, Friends of the Clinical Center, and Camp Fantastic/Special Love.  Enjoy yourselves for a great cause.

Beltsville CC Summer Concerts: Project Natale
Beltsville Community Center
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
A premiere, traditional jazz group.
M-NCPPC & the Beltsville Recreation Council invite you to bring your family and friends to enjoy FREE musical performances. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit comfortably!

Back to School Movie Night
Goodwin Park
Saturday, August 16 ∙ FREE!
Head to Goodwin Park for a school supplies giveaway at 7:30 p.m.
Followed by a free screening of “Rio 2″ at 8:30 p.m.
Popcorn will be served

Family Nature Time
Black Hill Visitors Center
Sunday, August 17 ∙ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Mom and Dad, grab the kids and come out to play! We’ll have nature-y activities that families can do together. Drop in any time during program hours on the first and third Sundays of the month. Free! No registration required.

Family Sundays
Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, August 17 ∙  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm   FREE!
The BMA is the place to be for free family fun! Every Sunday, enjoy different activities—sketching tours, hands-on workshops, gallery tours, and more—designed just for families. AUGUST’s Theme: Contemporary Explorations  - Aug 17: Create a Colorful Collage

Movies on the Potomac – 007: From Russia with Love
National Harbor
Sunday, August 17 ∙ movies start at 6:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Meet us at the Plaza’s big screen for a FREE evening of ocean breezes and all-ages fun! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show!

***Virginia***

The 42nd Annual Lucketts Fair
Loudoun County
Saturday, August 16 & Sunday, August 17 ∙ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm  ∙ $5 – FREE under 6.
You will be pleased to see your kids put away the cell phones to pet the pot bellied pig and scratch the chin of a sweet little goat. The roaming stilt walker will amaze the kids as he glides by high above the ground. There are pony rides, a-day-on-the-farm activities, craft demonstrations and so much more!

Arts in the Park
Fairfax County – various locations
Saturday, August 16  ∙  10:00 – 11:00 am  ∙  FREE!
Arts in the Parks is a FREE family fun alternative to Saturday & Wednesday morning cartoons & video games. It serves to entertain children, teach them the importance of protecting our natural resources, introduce them to live entertainment in an informal kid friendly atmosphere, and forge a connection between kids and parks.
For most children, Arts in the Parks is their first exposure to live entertainment, and for practically all of the young watchers, it’s their first chance to join professionals on stage. So they remember and forever associate the delightful experiences with parks.

Today’s Arts in the Park schedule includes:

Pointless Theatre * Burke Lake Park Amphitheater

The YOJO Show * E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater

Rocknoceros * Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater

Blue Sky Puppet Theater * Mason District Park Amphitheater

Meet Washington Outfielder Denard Span!
Tysons Corner 
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The new outdoor Plaza is not only the place for free concerts, movies and fitness classes, but is THE venue in Tysons Corner to meet and greet your favorite celebrities and athletes!
Come to The Plaza from 11:30am to 12pm on Saturday August 16th and get your picture taken with Washington outfielder Denard Span and get an autograph as well!
*A photographer will be on-site taking complimentary photos. Photos will be available via Tysons Corner Center’s Facebook page by Wednesday, August 20th. No personal photos are permitted. 1 picture per person.
**Autographs will be permitted however may be limited to items provided by Tysons Corner Center.
***Denard Span will leave promptly at 12pm and depending on volume, the line may close shortly after it is open.

65th Annual Prince William County Virginia Fair
Prince William County Fairgrounds
ENDS Saturday, August 16 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ Admission $5+ [Active Duty Military FREE Everyday]
The Prince William County Fair is the largest County Fair in the state of Virginia. The annual event in Manassas includes livestock exhibits, home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derbies, baby contests, live music and a variety of midway shows. Games and carnival rides are provided by America’s #1 Carnival Company, Deggeller Attractions Inc. Prince William County 4-H Clubs participate in numerous activities and demonstrations. Upwards of 90,000 to 100,000 spectators are expected to pass through the turnstiles this year.

Cinema Del Ray: The Lego Movie
Mount Vernon Rec Center
Saturday, August 16  ∙  7:00 pm [fun starts at 7 pm and the movie at dusk]  ∙ FREE!
FREE open air showing of The Lego Movie.

Mount Vernon Nights: IONA (Celtic)
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
IONA’s trademark is a high-energy, pan-Celtic weave of the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall (England), Brittany (France), the Isle of Man and Galicia (Spain), featuring fiddle, vocals, flute, guitar and percussion.

Starlight Cinema
Trinity Centre Parking
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 7:30 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Your evening will begin with an outdoor pre-movie program – music, food and children’s activities. Then, at dark, the movies will start. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. A FREE series of drive-in movies held Saturday nights in August at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Centre Parking in Centreville. For those who remember taking a date or the whole family, kids and all, to a drive-in movie, here is a chance to relive the good old days; for those who came along to late for the drive-in era, it’s an opportunity to sample this old fashioned fun. The Spotlight on Cinema movies can be watched on the big screen from the comfort of your car or from beneath a canopy of stars in a designated seating area. Tonight: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”  Rating PG; 95 minutes; 2013

Movies On The Green
Tysons Corner
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission
Join Tysons Corner Center on Saturday evenings at dark for our complimentary Movies on the Green series. Enjoy evenings outside with friends and family while watching your favorite films on our spectacular new outdoor plaza. Tonight: JAWS (1975) (PG)

Summer Chamber Series
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum
Sunday, August 17 ∙ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ∙ FREE Parking & Admission [Donations Accepted]
Each summer, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association sponsors a Summer Chamber Music Series, held between mid-June and September at The Lyceum in historic Old Town Alexandria.  These weekly performances are free and open to the public.  The performances feature small ensembles and soloists, primarily from Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the local arts community. Today: Clarinetist Kristen Sheridan with piano accompaniment: Music by Bernstein, Gershwin, Kovacs and Copland

Concert on the Green
Great Falls
Sunday, August 17 ∙ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Come out with your picnic baskets and chairs for an entertaining evening of live, free music! August 17: High Five Worldwide - Fusing high energy modern pop with yesterday’s hits, High Five Worldwide combines four of the region’s finest talents into one dynamic package.

Summer Movies at Stonebridge
Potomac Town Center
Sunday, August 17 ∙ 7:00 pm  ∙ FREE!
Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge every Sunday at 7 pm through August on the Jumbo Tron!  Tonight’s Feature: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” 

 

***Visit our Calendar for more FREE & Cheap happenings.***

Giveaway Reminder

CELEBRATE SUNDAY: NATIONALS vs. Giants

*****GIVEAWAY ENDS TONIGHT – SATURDAY, August 16 at 11:59 PM*****

Family 4-Pack Sunday, August 24, 2014 Nationals Park at 1:35 pm Everyone knows that my favorite day to catch a Washington Nationals game is on a SUNDAY! My daughters love eating all the food, the 7th inning stretch, the hopes of catching a fly ball, and of course, when Kids Run the Bases. There are only a few Sunday games left and three more opportunities during this season to Run the Bases.  Not to mention, who doesn’t want to support our Washington Nationals, currently #1 in the National League East! DC Thrifty Mom is proud to partner with the WASHINGTON NATIONALS again and offer a 2014 Regular Season Ticket Discount. Remember to enter coupon code: THRIFTY14 & click apply.  Children Two and under are admitted FREE.  GO NATS!!!

MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!

Family 4-Pack Thursday, September 4, 2014 Verizon Center at 7:30 pm After much anticipation, Marvel Universe LIVE!, featuring the most Marvel characters ever assembled in one production, will be flying into the nation’s capital with performances at the Verizon Center starting September 4 and at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia starting September 12 through September 21. Marvel Universe LIVE! is a new live entertainment experience for the entire family. Children and adults alike will enjoy watching their favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine and many more during a comic extravaganza that brings both heroes and villains to life. The audience will enjoy the special effects, stunts and never before seen story in this family-friendly live action adventure. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it! DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE HERE!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Back to School Events in the Washington DC Metro Area

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Back To School Events

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Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

 

Greater Washington Urban League - Health and Wellness Back to School Festival-Flyer

2nd Annual Back to School Health and Wellness Festival
Greater Washington Urban League
Saturday, August 16  ∙ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) in partnership with AmeriHealth D.C. will host its second annual Back to School Health and Wellness Festival on Saturday, August 16, from 11 AM to 5 PM at League headquarters at 2901 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. (corner of 14th and Harvard Streets). The GWUL is conveniently located near the Columbia Heights Metro Stop on the Green Line.
The event, free and open to the public, will provide fun for the entire family! The League will host a variety of activities for children, including a Moon Bounce and face painting. Opportunities for free prizes will last throughout the day, specifically with free backpacks and school supplies to help students get ready to go back to school. Parents and community members will be able to receive free health screenings and participate in various workshops, including First Time Homebuyers and Financial Literacy Training.
Additionally, the festival will feature healthy cooking demonstrations as well as fitness dances. Throughout the festival, members of the community can enjoy the music of D.C.’s own Bel’a Dona as well as local Latin pop band Ocho de Bastos. Join GWUL in celebrating health and wellness with members of the community – and get ready to go back to school!

 

The Smile Project

2nd Annual Smile Project Back-To-School Street Carnival
Gateway DC Pavilion
Saturday, August 16  ∙ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm ∙ FREE Admission!
Join Broccoli City, in association with the District of Columbia Department of Environment (DDOE) and the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) for the 2nd Annual Smile Project Back-to-School Carnival will be held on Saturday, August 16th at the Gateway DC Pavilion (1100 Alabama Ave., SE near Congress Height Metro on the Green Line).
The Smile Project encourages a positive mental attitude towards education through having fun and smiling in an effort to excite young students about the upcoming 2014/2015 school year. Students will receive backpacks, notebooks, pencils, pens, books, water bottles, lunch boxes, calculators, and other useful tools and information for learning while supplies last.
This fun-filled afternoon will also feature rides, games, moon bounce obstacle courses, giant slides, water activities, rock climbing, live music, healthy eating demonstrations, food trucks, vendors, and much more!

 

OCASE Foundation Annual Backpack School Supply Giveaway

 

 

OCASE Foundation’s Annual Backpack School Giveaway
Rita’s Water Ice – Rhode Island Avenue NE
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
“If a child has to start school without the basic supplies needed, or has to start school late while waiting for the money to purchase the supplies, it puts them at a major disadvantage.  Therefore, the Back-to-School Giveaway is an investment in the future for us all.”
Get school supplies and enjoy live entertainment! Parents must accompany students.

Chuck Brown Memorial Park Dedication

 

 

 

Chuck Brown Memorial Park Dedication 
Chuck Brown Park
Friday, August 22 ∙ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Chuck Brown Foundation will be giving away 500 drawstring backpacks to children in attendance.

 

***Maryland***

Shopping Alert: Through Saturday, August 16, 2014 – The Maryland Sales Tax Holiday gives shoppers a 6 percent savings on qualifying clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less. Qualifying apparel included belts, coats, jackets, pants, shoes, socks and sweaters. The sales tax exemption applied to each eligible item, regardless of how many items you purchase at the same time.

 

PGP_BTS-KidsFairBack to School Kids Fair featuring Radio Disney
The Mall at Prince George’s
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Free entertainment including face painting, balloon clowns, DJ and more!  Lots of great prizes and fun activities!
Exhibitors include -
Prince George’s County Public Schools – meet representatives from local schools and the Board of Education
Prince George’s County Police Department – child car seat safety demonstrations
Don’t miss Macy’s Trends Show in Center Court at 1pm!  Check out the latest fashions for Homecoming and Back to School!

 

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Kidgits Back to School Event
St. Charles Towne Center
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Excited for Back to School? We are too!! Summer might be ending soon but the fun is just beginning. Our Back to School event will be located on the Lower Level at Center Court behind Guest Services. Come join us for fun, family friendly crafts and activities, cookie decorating, giveaways and more.

 

 

Back to School Events

 

Back to School Movie Night
Goodwin Park
Saturday, August 16 ∙ FREE!
Head to Goodwin Park for a school supplies giveaway at 7:30 p.m.
Followed by a free screening of “Rio 2″ at 8:30 p.m.
Popcorn will be served

 

 

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Casey Trees: FREE September Family Programs

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FREE September Family Programs

Register TODAY!

 

Buds Story Time at the Hill Center

Date: FRIDAY, September 5, 2014, 10:00 am to 10:45 am

Venue: Hill Center

Address: 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE,Washington, DC20003 [Directions]

Buds is a tree-focused story time aimed toward an audience of toddlers and preschoolers (18 months to 4 years). Buds will be held in the Art room of the Hill Center. The story time will feature three to four tree and environment focused books interspersed with songs and a craft project. Each family will leave with a list of seasonally appropriate “scavenger hunt items” to track down while exploring the Hill Center on their own after the Buds program has concluded.

Who Should Attend?

Buds story time is for families with children 18 months to 4 years old.  Children must be accompanied by an adult(s) at all times.

Site Information

Restrooms are available on site.

Getting There

The Hill Center is two blocks east of the Eastern Market Metro stop on the Blue and Orange lines.

Click Here to Register

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Buds Story Time at

Rock Creek Park Nature Center

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 am to 10:45 am

Venue: Rock Creek Park Nature Center

Address: 5200 Glover Rd NW ,Washington, DC20015 [Directions]

Buds is a tree-focused story time aimed toward an audience of toddlers and preschoolers (18 months to 4 years).  Buds will be held in the area outside the auditorium on the lower level of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center one Saturday per month.  The story time will feature four to five tree and environment focused books interspersed with songs and a craft project.  Each family will leave with a list of seasonally appropriate “scavenger hunt items” to track down while exploring the Arboretum on their own after the Buds program has concluded.

Who Should Attend?

It is recommended that participants bring sun protection, bug protection and water for exploring Rock Creek Park after the Buds story time has concluded.

Site Information

Restrooms are available on site.

Getting There

The E2, E3 and E4 metro buses all stop at Military and Glover Road.  It is a five minute walk from the intersection to the Nature Center along Glover Road.  There is also free parking available on site. We will meet in the area outside the auditorium on the lower level of the Nature Center.

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Casey Trees - Tree Detectives at Garfield Park

Tree Detectives at Garfield Park

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Venue: Garfield Park

Address: 3rd Street Southeast,Washington, DC20003 [Directions]

Tree Detectives is series of family-focused tree tours styled as scavenger hunts. Kids and their families hunt for clues based on leaves, flowers, fruit, bark and other characteristics and use these clues to identify different trees.

Who Should Attend?

Tree Detectives is for families with children in 1st through 6th grade.  Children must be accompanied by an adult(s) at all times.

Site Information

There are no onsite restrooms at Garfield Park.

Getting There

The Metrorail station is Capitol South (Orange and Blue Lines) which is a 10 minute walk. There is ample street parking surrounding Garfield Park. We will meet at the southeast corner of 3rd St SE and South Carolina Ave SE.

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Become a Casey Trees Member today and receive some incredible perks and benefits – all while doing your part to help build a greener place to live for us all. Casey Trees relies on the support of friends, neighbors and volunteers like you to make our work possible. Thank you for your help!

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3030 12th Street NE, Washington, D.C.

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Pediatric Dentistry ∙ Complimentary Dental Exam!

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With the start of school quickly approaching, I have received a few emails requesting pediatric dentist recommendations. Seven years ago, when my daughter turned one, I took her for her first dental appointment. I selected a nice dentist, based on credentials and a general dental practice referral.  As my daughter sat in a booster, within the adult-size examination chair, I realized this dentist was capable but didn’t cater to children.

So, I sought out to find another dentist that I hoped would be a better fit for my daughter. A friend, and also mom to a child with special needs, recommended Dr. Mahnaz Shahinfar at Pediatric Dentistry to me for the next check-up. I still vividly recall our first visit to Pediatric Dentistry, six and a half years ago. My daughter immediately noticed the play area in the waiting room of the office.  It consisted of a small collection of books, games, and toys. This was a welcome surprise and my daughter quickly forgot we were here for a dental appointment. When it was our turn to be seen, we were taken to the jungle room. Wow! This was a kid friendly, custom painted room with friendly stuffed animals that made you feel as if you were in a jungle.  Then, we met Dr. Shahinfar (affectionately called “Dr. S” by my girls) and she greeted my daughter with a hello and an oversized toothbrush.  Dr. Shahinfar asked my daughter if she wanted to be the dentist to a stuffed kangaroo with a huge set of teeth. She offered tips on how to do an examination and how to use the toothbrush.  The interaction was helping us feel more comfortable. I was actually starting to enjoy the visit too.

Once the kangaroo examination was completed, my daughter was allowed to select her video of choice from their child friendly collection.  Yes, Dr. Shahinfar has thought of everything, including a tv located on the ceiling for her patients viewing pleasure.  Once my daughter was seated, Dr. Shahinfar got her settled into the examination chair by allowing her to explore the chair and experience how it moves up and down before proceeding. During the check-up, my daughter was very nervous, but Dr. Shahinfar was very calming and explained every step of what she was doing which eased everyone. Dr. Shahinfar demonstrated proper methods of brushing and flossing, evaluated my daughter’s oral development, discussed prevention of early tooth decay, dietary issues, and much more. All of  Dr. Shahinfar’s advice, tips, and suggestions have helped to keep both of my girls cavity-free! I’m not certain that either of my daughters ever get to fully engage in the video but they both have no problem with going to the dentist. Every visit ends with a selection from the toy basket and an animal balloon! Yes, Dr. Shahinfar’s son is a balloon artist and makes animal balloons for the brave little patients and it always brings a smile to the faces of all the patients, regardless of age.

Dr. Shahinfar is truly a gem in how she engages with children and making the dentist experience a positive one. I must mention that she is readily available to schedule an emergency appointment (our girls have needed a few) and parking is available with validation behind the office building.  If you are looking for a dentist, I recommend Dr. Mahnaz Shahinfar of Pediatric Dentistry.

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About Mahnaz Shahinfar, D.M.D. Dr. Shahinfar received her D.M.D. degree at Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. She pursued her postdoctoral training and received her specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry at Temple University, where she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. For over twenty years, Dr. Shahinfar has enjoyed practicing pediatric dentistry along with all its rewards and challenges. Her special training and experience in academic and clinical dentistry will allow her to provide the highest quality of care to her patients. Dr. Shahinfar is a member of the:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Shahinfar lives in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband who is also a dentist (Endodontist) and their two sons.

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Location: It is conveniently located at 5100 Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, DC, one block from the Friendship Heights metro station. Free parking (with validation) is available behind the building.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Note: Evening and weekend appointments are also available. Dr. Shahinfar tries to accommodate the busy schedules of working parents and school-aged children.

Insurance: They accept most dental insurance companies; for all others, they will gladly file the claim for you.

To schedule your child’s COMPLIMENTARY Dental Exam, contact

Pediatric Dentistry

5100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW ∙ Suite 309 ∙ Washington, D.C. 20016

Mahnaz Shahinfar, D.M.D. at (202) 363-1537

and remember to mention “DC Thrifty Mom”

 

Disclosure: When you receive a complimentary dental exam, DC Thrifty Mom will receive a referral credit. This is a benefit offered for all patient referrals. There is no agreement with Pediatric Dentistry and Mahnaz Shahinfar, D.M.D for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you for mentioning and supporting DC Thrifty Mom when scheduling your appointment.

United States Botanic Garden – FREE Upcoming Programs

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Snugglers

Event Dates:
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Conservatory Garden Court

Do you have a tiny treasure in a snuggly? Looking for ways to get out of the house, and learn? Join us each Thursday for a 45-minute guided tour of the Conservatory. Each week will be a different exploration. This program is designed for parents and care providers who have a tiny one in a snuggly.

Please note: Due to our narrow paths and the nature of this program, we cannot support strollers or older siblings.

FREE: Pre-registration required

Night Adventure at the USBG Children's Program

Night Adventure 

Event Dates (choose from two dates):
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Conservatory

Lee Coykendall, USBG Children’s Education Specialist

Ever wonder what it’s like to be at the U.S. Botanic Garden late at night after the public and gardeners have gone home? A night adventure awaits you as you venture out on a flashlight tour of the Jungle, explore night-blooming flowers and night pollinators, experience the cool of the night desert and participate in several hands-on plant science experiments.

Please note: Participants must be between the ages of 8 and 12 and be accompanied by an adult. No adults may enroll without registered children. Parents must remain on site during the program.

FREE: Pre-registration required

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Science Fair Prep:

How Plants Works Youth Workshop

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Conservatory Classroom

Lee Coykendall, USBG Children’s Education Specialist

Are you a 5th-8th grader curious about how plants work and/or in need of a science fair project? During this workshop, we will investigate plants, explore hands on learning and probe different models to assist you in identifying questions, hypotheses, supply lists and the steps to conduct a plant science project.

Topics will include:
* Carnivorous Plants and Plant Adaptations
* The Dissection of the Photosynthesis Process
* Plant DNA

Please note: This program is limited to 15 students with one adult chaperone per student.

FREE: Pre-registration required

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United States Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 225-8333

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FROM CULTURECAPITAL.COM: August 14 – 20, 2014

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Happenings in Metro DC

August 14 – 20, 2014

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Event information is subject to change.

***Washington D.C.***

Theatre Lab School of Dramatic Arts Summer Teen Program
Kennedy’s Center Millennium Stage
Thursday, August 14  ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Participants perform scenes from Evita and West Side Story.

Art on 8th: Ryan Martinez
Presented by Dance Place
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Thursday, August 14 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Ryan Martinez is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Takoma Park.  He’s played with rock, hip-hop, folk, and afro beat groups.  His fourth solo album, Renaissance, is an ecclectic combination of acoustic rock, electronic dance music, and ukulele reggae.

Energizers Creative Arts Camp Concert 2014
Dance Place
Thursday, August 14 & Friday, August 15  ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ $10-$15
The culmination of 7 weeks of summer fun, this concert showcases the talent of the Energizers Creative Arts Camp students in dance, music, and more.

Film Series: Master Class: Pina and Tanaquil: Pina
National Gallery of Art
Thursday, August 14 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
German director Wim Wenders was in the midst of filming the groundbreaking modernist choreographer Pina Bausch when she died suddenly in 2009. A visionary whose cogent and compelling work with the Tanztheater Wuppertal transformed the history of dance, Bausch believed in blending the formal vocabularies of theater, dance, sound, and design. Although Wenders stopped all work on the film when his subject died, he was able to complete the project two years later. Pina made its debut at the 2011 Berlinale. (Wim Wenders, 2011, 100 minutes). McGowan Theater, National Archives.

Disney’s The Lion King
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Ends Sunday, August 17 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $40 – $170
Winner of six Tonys including Best Musical,Disney’s The Lion King returns! With direction and costumes by Julie Taymor, Elton John and Tim Rice’s score brings the African Pridelands to life with “Circle of Life” and many more great songs.

American Experience: The Panama Canal (2008; 81 minutes)
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Friday, August 15 ∙ 10:00 am ∙ FREE!
On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world’s two largest oceans and signaling America’s emergence as a global superpower. The museum presents this PBS documentary in recognition of the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s most significant technological achievements. Discussion with a museum educator follows the film.

Jazz in the Garden: Swingtopia (big-band swing)
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Friday, August 15 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Swingtopia consists of eight musicians from Washington DC who between them have performed and toured throughout the world with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, Tex Beneke, Ray Anthony, Les Brown, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Diva, and many others. Most are also past or present members of the premier service bands in DC, including the Airmen of Note, the Army Blues, and the Navy Commodores.

Quraishi
Kennedy’s Center Millennium Stage
Friday, August 15  ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
World-class Afghan-American rubab player Quraishi offers a performance of original compositions that carry a deep dedication to his native country’s artistic tradition and its national instrument.

Art on 8th: Line Dancing with Denise Bryant
Presented by Dance Place
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Friday, August 15 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
Denise Bryant and students from her group Music2yourfeet will be leading the audience in some easy-to-enjoy line dances. Get down to  R&B, Country, Soul and everything in between, oldies as well! Denise will be teaching two of 2014′s hottest line dances: Blurred Lines and Happy and more!

Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions
Warner Theatre
Friday, August 15 & Sunday, August 16  ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $37.50-$67.50
Pokémon: Symphonic Evolution, a live orchestral concert, will showcase memorable music from throughout the world of Pokémon, featuring all-new musical arrangements that will entertain not just Pokémon fans but all music lovers. Look forward to a wonderful symphonic experience that covers nearly 20 years of Pokémon entertainment around the world.

Free Summer Saturdays: Kid Pan Alley Performance 
Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 11:00 am∙ FREE!
This week, see a special performance from budding songwriters and artists enrolled in the Corcoran’s Kid Pan Alley Camp Creativity session as they perform their original songs inspired by art in the Corcoran’s galleries.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design’s Free Summer Saturdays series of programming includes gallery tours, workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Admission to the museum and to these special programs and workshops is free every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend.
Guided Tours are available from 11am-3pm.

Children’s Film: Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt
National Gallery of Art
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 11:00 am & Sunday, August 17∙ 12:00 pm ∙ FREE!
(Ages 4 and up) Join us for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezias Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of these two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. (Mary Cassatt, Mike Venezia, U.S., 2008, 24 mins.; Edgar Degas, Mike Venezia, 24 mins.) A free Family Guide to the exhibition Degas/Cassatt will be available at each screening. West Building Lecture Hall.

Be Creative (Studio 21 Gallery Workshop)
Presented by Dance Place
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 12:30 pm ∙ FREE!
This event takes place at Studio 21 located on the Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market.
Enjoy arts and crafts workshops at Studio 21 from 12:30pm – 2:00pm, led by Carla Perlo, Andrea Petty-Brown and guest artists.

Charles Covington, Steve Abshire, and Ken Kimery
Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The trio offers a performance of jazz standards.

Half-Price Summer Sundays: August 2014
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday, August 17 ∙ 12:00 pm ∙ $4-$5
Enjoy half-price admission to the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) every Sunday in August! Take this opportunity to visit NMWA’s collection and current exhibitions. Explore Total Art: Contemporary Video, which highlights the inventive processes that sustain women artists’ position at the forefront of video. Also, examine Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships, featuring sculptures, books and drawings created by artist Meret Oppenheim. 

SynchroSwim!
Presented by Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)
Capitol Skyline Hotel
Sunday, August 17 ∙ 5:00 pm ∙ FREE!
DC’s performance art explosion is taking to the pool with SynchroSwim 2014, the fourth presentation of WPA’s synchronized swimming performance art competition! A celebration of creativity and enthusiasm. During the one-hour event, 4 artist teams will perform short, unique routines set to musical compositions. Performers this year include DC Synchromasters, The Docents, The Elementals, and Fluid Movement.

Ezekiel’s Wheels
Kennedy’s Center Millennium Stage
Monday, August 18 ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The internationally recognized klezmer ensemble blends the intimacy of chamber music with the rowdiness of a dance band.

Beadazzling Beads!
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Tuesday, August 19 ∙ 10:30 am ∙ FREE!
Join jewelry artist and entrepreneur Elena Aikens as she facilitates a seed bead workshop for adults. Learn to create bead jewelry for a special occasion. Elena repeats this workshop on September 9.

Carlos Nunez
Kennedy’s Center Millennium Stage
Tuesday, August 19  ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Galician multi-instrumentalist and world-famous gaita (bagpipe) player plays expressive Celtic traditional music.

The Quebe Sisters
Kennedy’s Center Millennium Stage
Wednesday, August 20  ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The Quebes musical repertoire includes a wide variety of traditional styles, especially western swing, hot jazz and swing standards, western and cowboy songs, vintage country and bluegrass.

Community Forum: Women in Business, Pt 1
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Wednesday, August 20 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Hear women business owners discuss their recipes for success, motivation, and the businesses they started as a result. Program repeats Wednesday, August 27 with new speakers.

***Maryland***

Little Red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs
The Puppet Co. Playhouse
Thursday, August 14 – Sunday, August 17 ∙ various show times ∙ $10 [check for Discount Tickets]
What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This tongue-in-cheek version of two children’s favorites uses humor and music to explore our fear of things we don’t understand. This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. The show continues through Sunday, August 31.

Artists of the Arc of Prince George’s County II
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Saturday, August 16 ∙ FREE!
The Brentwood Arts Exchange and The Arc Prince George’s County celebrate two years of making art together with this exhibition of artwork created by The Arc’s Day Center participants in classes at the Brentwood Arts Exchange as well as the Day Centers.

Pinkalicious – The Musical
Adventure Theatre MTC
Saturday, Aug 16 through Monday, Aug 18 ∙ various show times ∙ $10.50-$19 
Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Based on the book “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann∙ Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann ∙ Music by John Gregor ∙ Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann ∙ Directed by Carl Menninger ∙ Starring Felicia Curry ∙ All Ages.  The show continues through Sunday, August 31. Check TicketPlace.org for discount ticket availability.

Best of Strathmore Tribute Shows
Strathmore
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ $15 – $29
This celebratory concert will feature the Music of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Band, and many others, with performances by Julia Nixon, Jon Carroll, Patti Reese, Owen Danoff, Eric Scott, Mary Ann Redmond, and more!

Free Summer Outdoor Concert: DakhaBrakha
Strathmore
Wednesday, August 20 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Enjoy the distinctive world music sound of DakhaBrakha, the quartet from Kiev whose name means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. DakhaBrakha blends traditional Ukranian music with instrumentation from India, Arabia, Africa, Russia and Australia to create an amazing sound that crosses sonic boundaries.

***Virginia***

Second Thursday Art Night
Torpedo Factory Art Center
Thursday, August 14  ∙ 6:00 pm ∙ FREE!
Second Thursday Art Night series brings the fun and spontaneity of the creative process to the streets of Old Town. Visitors can browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments and music for free on the second Thursday of each month. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!
This year’s events focus on specific artistic disciplines represented in our building.  Look for special themed exhibits, sales and activities designed to highlight a particular visual form.

‘Scapes: Opening Reception
Presented by The Art League
The Art League Gallery
Thursday, August 14 ∙ 6:30 pm ∙ FREE!
The Art League’s annual juried (land)scape show, ’Scapes is open to interpretations of not just landscapes but cityscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes, real or imagined.

Legally Blonde – The Musical
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, August 16 thru Sunday, August 24 ∙ schedule varies ∙ $20
MPAT is proud to present Legally Blonde – The Musical, a high-energy musical from an all-teen cast! Based on the 2001 novel by Amanda Brown and the hit film, this Broadway musical follows the story of Elle Woods, as she goes on a mission to find love (and herself) at Harvard Law School. After discovering how the law can be used to help others, Elle finds herself using her new found skills to defend a workout-queen caught in a murder trial!

Free Fine Art Photography Lecture and Demonstration
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, August 16  ∙ 11:00 am ∙ FREE!
Instructor Craig Rudlin will explore the elements of Fine Art Photography and how to utilize them to create images that engage and challenge the viewer. The seminar will be a short journey into the essence of Fine Art Photography with room for discussion, illustrated with examples from the instructor and possible “live” processing of raw captures into final images as time allows. Registration required.

Mount Vernon Nights: IONA (Celtic)
Workhouse Arts Center
Saturday, August 16 ∙ 7:00 pm ∙ FREE!
IONA’s trademark is a high-energy, pan-Celtic weave of the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall (England), Brittany (France), the Isle of Man and Galicia (Spain), featuring fiddle, vocals, flute, guitar and percussion.

Upcoming Events - CultureCapital

A Matter of Worth
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Saturday, August 23  ∙ 10:30 am ∙ FREE!
Inspired by the current Ubuhle exhibition, artist Marcia Cole performs a one-woman “vo-collage” she titles “A Matter of Worth.” The work is a series of dialogues, poetry, quotations, and proverbs unified by themes of exploration and self-evaluation. Cole says of the performance, “It’s for the anonymous ancestors—gone but not forgotten.”

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – Filene Center
Saturday, August 23  ∙ 7:15 pm ∙ $25-$38
Maria, the Von Trapp family, and even the lonely goatherd are back to bring you a few of your favorite things: the classic film shown on huge screens with lyrics and an unforgettable costume contest.

Dolley Day at Dumbarton House: War of 1812 Commemoration
Dumbarton House
Sunday, August 24  ∙ 1:00 pm ∙ $10
Join us for an extra-special Dolley Day! Celebrate this special day at Dumbarton House with an afternoon of fun and festivities! Make your own ice cream, sample “Dolley” cake and learn period games with Dolley herself!
On August 24, 1814, as the British marched toward Washington, Dolley was preparing for a party. As the British came closer, Charles Carroll, owner of Dumbarton House and close friend of the President and Dolley Madison, sent his carriage to the White House to bring Dolley to safety. During her flight, Dolley stopped at Dumbarton House on her way to Virginia.

The Fresh Beat Band Live In Concert!
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – Filene Center
Saturday, August 30  ∙ 2:00 pm ∙ $25-$50
Its a Great Day to sing and dance Just Like a Rockstar with Kiki, Marina, Twist, and Shout from Nick Jr.s sensational TV band!

National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert 2014
Presented by National Symphony Orchestra
West Lawn US Capital
Sunday, August 31  ∙ 8:00 pm ∙ FREE!
The National Symphony Orchestra celebrates the beginning of its 2014-2015 season with its annual Labor Day Capitol Concert. Participating artists and program to be announced.

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18th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival

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Drive-In Film Festival benefitting NIH Charities

18th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival

August 15 – 17, 2014

Three nights of Movies, Music and Delicious food –

All benefitting the NIH Children’s Charities! 

Located at 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850 [Directions]

Pile in the family and enjoy a weekend of FREE movies, Drive-In Style!  There will be gourmet food trucks, a moon bounce, and chances to win prizes from their awesome carnival games.  The proceeds from the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival supports the NIH Children’s Charities: The Children’s Inn at NIH, Friends of the Clinical Center, and Camp Fantastic/Special Love.  Enjoy yourselves for a great cause.

This event is FREE!  Gates open at 5:00 pm.  Music, Food, & Family Fun begins at 5:30 pm.

Movies start at dusk (For your convenience, linked to Common Sense Media):

FRIDAY, August 15 – The Lego Movie

SATURDAY, August 16 – Gravity

SUNDAY, August 17 –

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

About the Festival

The Comcast Outdoor Film Festival started in 1996 as the first major outdoor screening event in the United States.  The event began on the grounds of the NIH Charities and remained there until the events of 9/11 eliminated public access to the grounds of NIH.

The film festival then moved to several other locations, but in 2013, found a home at the MCPS Board of Education lot. Join 20,000 community members as we bring the drive-in theater back to Montgomery County for three nights of fun for all ages, fully equipped with our gigantic 65′ screen, music and games.

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18th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival

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