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Cultural Festivals in and around Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. offers a rich canvas of the culturally-diverse. No wonder, the nation’s capital is brimming with events that showcase the ethnic rich heritage and global culture.

Passport DC and Embassy Open Houses

One of Washington, D.C.’s spring-time event kicks off on May 4 with “Around the World Embassy Tour,” when more than 40 embassies open their doors to visitors from the area. This is the perfect time to explore cuisines, art, fashion and music from different countries. Admission is free and no registration is required. Complimentary shuttle services are also included. This is followed up by the open house by European Union Embassies’ on May 11.

National Asian Heritage Festival

On May 18, 800 performers perform on 5 stages from over 20 cultures on the Pennsylvania Avenue for the 8th annual Fiesta Asia Street Fair to commemorate the Asian Heritage Month. Special highlights include bhangra mania, fortune cookie writing contest and talent shows. Neighboring residents can visit the Fiesta Asia at Silver Springs, Maryland. Celebrated on May 4 on Ellsworth Drive, visit for a unique cultural experience completed with dancers, martial artists, puppeteers and musicians.

Cinco De Mayo

Hosted by Maru Montero Dance Company, the Cinco De Mayo festival at the National Mall is a free, rain-or-shine festival, which celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2013.

Celebrated between 8th and 12th streets on May 5, the annual festival is an opportunity to explore Mexican culture, food, music and dance. Along with live salsa, Mexican folk dancing, mariachis, and other dance and music performances, games and activities for the family, Mexican market and food from Latin America are also offered.

Washington D.C. Dragon Boat Festival

Celebrating its 12th anniversary, Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival is a two-day festival held on the Potomac River on May 18 and 19. It pays homage to a 2300-year-old Chinese legend and includes the traditional eye dotting ceremonies, lion dances, and other cultural demonstrations.

 

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Earth Day 2013 in and around Washington, D.C.

D.C. Cherry blossomEarth Day 2013 is all about climate change.  Perhaps a minor problem to several, “it’s already impacting real people, animals and beloved places.” Learn more about it and be a part of the change by participating in one of the many events planned in Washington, D.C. and its neighboring areas.

Union Station

D.C.’s Union Station has dedicated the month of April to the environmentally conscious. Throughout the month, various activities are planned — you can explore alternative energy options, along with fun science fair, an art contest, a green fashion show, a farmers market, NASA demonstrations, and a film festival, among others. Most events are free.

National Mall

Scheduled for April 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., a rain-or-shine event on the National Mall will feature interactive exhibits, renewable energy demonstrations, musical performances, and prominent speakers. This year, celebrity performances include Ron Holloway, The Chad Hollister Band, and seven-time Grammy-nominated R&B artist Ledisi.

National Zoo

The National Zoo has a free, family-friendly Earth Day celebration planned on April 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids will be able to create biodegradable plant pots made out of recycled newspaper and participate in giveaways.

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5K Runs in and around Northern Virginia – June Edition

5K Runs in and around Northern Virginia

5K Runs in and around Northern Virginia

Kick off June  by supporting a cause close to your heart. Whether you wish to contribute to the society, get some exercise or just indulge for the fun of it, 5K runs are great to participate in. Here are some of the places you can check out in the coming weeks.

Buzzing for a Cure 5K and 1 mile Fun Run

Date
Saturday, June 9, 2012 8am

Address
Herndon Elementary School
630 Dranesville Road Herndon, VA

Cost
5K Run/Walk – $30
1 mile Kids Fun Run – $15

CRC Benefit 5K Run / 1-Mile Walk

Date
Saturday, June 9th
5K – 8am
1K – 8.05am

Address
45425 Winding Road
Sterling, VA 20165

Cost
5K- $30
1K- $20

Queen of Apostles Inaugural Soar like an Eagle 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run

Date
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 8am
5k -8am
1 Mile Fun Run – 8.15am

Address
Queen of Apostles School
4409 Sano Street Alexandria, VA

Cost
5K Adult – $25.00
5K Family Combo (1 Adult, 1 Student 18 or Under) -$40.00
5K Student (18 and Under) – $20
1 mile – $10.00

Oakton Football 5K/1K

Date
Friday June 8th 4-8 pm
Saturday June 9th 11-4pm

Address
11950 Grand Commons Ave Fairfax, VA 22030

Cost
$35.00 5K before May 26
$30.00 1K before May 26 a
After May 26 or onsite registration $40

Kevin Stargell 5K Memorial Run

Date
Sunday, June 10, 2012 8am

Address
9971 Sowder Village Sq.
Manassas, VA

Cost
25.00
Race day – $30.00

SPCA Rescue Run 5K

Date
June 10, 7am

Address
Central Rappahannock Regional Library
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Cost
$30

Losing to Live 5K Run/Walk

Date
Saturday, June 16, 9am

Address
Capital Baptist Church,
Annandale, VA

Cost
$20 through June 14
$25 after

Run with Dad 5K and Fun Run

Date
June 17, 2012
5K- 8 am
1 mile fun run/walk-8.45am

Address
South Lakes High School
11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191

13th Annual Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk

Date
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 8:30am

Address
Fairfax County Government Center

Dash for Dance 5K Run/2 Mile Walk

Date
June 23, 6:15am

Address
University Commerce Center
44933 George Washington Blvd., Suite 120
Ashburn, VA 20147

Cost
$35

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5K Runs in Northern Virginia – May Edition

Runs in Northern Virginia

Runs in Northern Virginia

Summer is upon us! Now is the time to contribute to the community by participating in a 5K run. This gets you going, challenges your fitness levels and gives you a goal to achieve. Hard to do it alone? Find a running buddy – ask your close friend, significant other, a colleague or a neighbor. You’ll be surprised how many will be ready to take the plunge.

To help you get started, we have narrowed down some 5K runs happening in the area in May.

Kelley Cares 5K Run/Walk
Date:May 19, 2012/8am
Address:GW Middle School
1005 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301

5th Annual CPES Puma Pounce Fun Run
Date:May 19, 2012/8:30am
Address:Colin Powell Elementary School
13340 Leland Road
Centerville, VA 20120

4th Annual Saint Agnes Fitness Festival
Date:May 19, 2012
Address:Saint Agnes Catholic School
2024 North Randolph Street
Arlington VA 22207

2012 Spring 5K Girls on the Run
Sunday, May 20/8am
Address: George Mason University

Joe Cassella 5K
Sunday, May 20th/8.30am
Great Falls Village Center
750 Walker Road, Great Falls, VA 22066

Tommy’s Run For a Reason
Date:Sunday, May 20th/9am
Algonkian Regional Park
47001 Fairway Drive
Sterling, VA 20165

Middleburg 5K Point to Point Foot Race
Saturday, May 26/9am
Glenwood Park
Middleburg, Virginia 20118

Soaring Eagle 5K
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Osbourn High School

2012 YMCA CIVITAN 5K Run
Date:Monday, May 28, 2012/7am
Address:1201 Caroline St,
Fredericksburg VA, 22401

Ringing in Hope 10K, 5K
Date:Monday,May 28, 2012
Brambleton Town Center Plaza
42395 Ryan Road,
Ashburn, VA 20148o

To find new additions and registeration details, please visit Running in the USA

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Summer Kids Volunteer Opportunities in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia

 

Volunteering is a great way for kids to give back to the society, along with building character skills like team work, confidence and selfless giving. It’s also one of the best ways to keep kids occupied during summer – especially when school’s out! Whether you have a young one or a teen looking volunteer opportunities, Fairfax County in Northern Virginia has an array of prospects for them. While some of these organizations offer year round volunteering opportunities, others may be seasonal.

Arlington county

Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 10

2121 N. Culpeper
Arlington County, Virginia 22201
(703) 228-4724
Website

Alexandria

Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc.

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 13

6121 Lincolnia Road, Suite 303
Alexandria, Virginia 22312
(703) 658-9500
Website

Bucknell Elementary School

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

6925 University Dr.
Alexandria, Virginia 22307
(703) 660-2900
Website

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS)-Project Sucess

Minimum Age: 13
Website

Hopkins House

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

1224 Princess Street / 8543 Forest place
Alexandria, Virginia
(703) 549-4232, x4086
Website

United Community Ministries

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 13

7511 Fordson Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22306
(703) 768-7106 ext. 328
Website

Wright to Read

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

418 S Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 549-0111, x134
Website

Annandale

Annandale Christian Community for Action

Minimum Age: 12
Minimum Age w/Adult: 8

7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, Virginia 22003
(703) 256-0100
Website

Arts Council of Fairfax County

Minimum Age: 15
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

4022 Hummer Road
Annandale, Virginia 22003
(703) 642-0862, x7
Website

Arlington

Greenbrier Learning Center

Minimum Age: 15

5401 7th Road South
Arlington, Virginia 22204
(703) 379-6488
Website

Centreville

The Centreville Community Foundation

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

PO Box 1813
Centreville, Virginia 20122
(703) 830-5407
Website

Chantilly

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

Minimum Age: 12

13981 Metrotech Drive
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
(703) 988-9656, x3
Website

Dunn Loring

Alternative House

Minimum Age: 16

PO Box 694
Dunn Loring, Virginia 22027
(703) 506-9191
Website

Fairfax

Alzheimer’s Family Day Center
Minimum age:15

2812 Old Lee Highway, Suite 210
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
(703) 204-4664
Website

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc.

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 247
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
(703) 324-5457
Website

Earth Sangha

Minimum Age: 8

10123 Commonwealth Blvd.
Fairfax, Virginia 22032
(703) 764-4830
Website

FACETS

Minimum Age: 14

10640 Page Ave., Ste. 300
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 865-4251
Website

Fairfax County Public Libraries

Minimum Age: 12
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
(703) 324-8332
Website

Fairfax County Park Authority – IMA Program

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 5

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
(703) 324-8681
Website

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Minimum Age: 14

4103 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 273-3526, x22
Website

Hemophilia Ass’n of the Capital Area

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

10560 Main Street PH-4
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 352-7641
Website

Fairfax ReLeaf

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
(703) 324-1409
Website

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

11200 Fairfax Station Road
Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039
(703) 278-8833
Website

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Minimum Age: 16

3905 Railroad Avenue,
Suite 202 N Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 563-1990
Website

Northern Virginia Training Center

Minimum Age: 15
Minimum Age w/Adult: 11

9901 Braddock Road Fairfax, Virginia 22032
(703) 323-4079
Website

NOVACO Inc.

Minimum Age: 15
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

9677 A Main St.
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
(703) 218-3984
Website

Pathway Homes, Inc.

Minimum Age: 13

10201 Fairfax Blvd., Suite 200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 876-0390, x539
Website

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS)-Project Sucess

Minimum Age: 13
Website

Vienna

American Cancer Society

Minimum Age: 13

124 Park Street, SE, Suite 100
Vienna, VA
(703) 938-5550
Website

Falls church

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Minimum Age: 15
Minimum Age w/Adult: 15

3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042
(703) 776-6824
Website

Asian Youth Empowerment Project

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 16

6066 Leesburg Pike, Ste. 170
Falls Church, Virginia 22041
(703) 647-6495
Website

Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM)

Minimum Age: 16

803 W Broad Street, Suite 700
Falls Church, Virginia 22046
(703) 533-5505, x13
Website

Boat People SOS, Inc.

Minimum Age: 18
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 100
Falls Church, Virginia 22041
(703) 538-2190
Website

Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 11

10017 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
(703) 759-2771
Website

Coptic Orphans

Minimum Age: 17

2579 Holly Manor Drive
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
(703) 641-8910
Website

Capital Caring

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 16

2900 Telestar Ct.
Falls Church, Va 22042
Website

Shelter House, Inc. – Patrick Henry Shelter

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

3080 Patrick Henry Drive
Falls Church, Virginia 22044
(703) 538-7105
Website

Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads

Minimum Age: 15

3440 S. Jefferson Street
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
(703) 578-7671
Website

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS)-Project Sucess

Minimum Age: 13
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs

Herndon

Chestnut Grove Cemetery

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 13

831 Dranesville Road
Herndon, Virginia
(703) 435-3480
Website

Herndon Parks and Recreation Department

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 10

814 Ferndale Avenue
Herndon, Virginia 20170
(703) 435 6800, x2134
Website

Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc.

Minimum Age: 12
Minimum Age w/Adult: 9

336 Victory Drive
Herndon, Virginia 20170
(703) 437-0600
Website

Mclean

Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run

Minimum Age: 12

6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, Virginia 22101
(703) 442-7557
Website

Treasure Shop

Minimum Age: 14

6246 Old Dominion Drive
Mclean, VA 22101
(703) 536-7467
Website

Oakton

Northern Virginia Family Service

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 13

10455 White Granite Dr. Suite 100
Oakton, Virginia 22124
(703) 219-2193
Website

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS)-Project Sucess
(703) 324-5504
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs
Minimum Age: 13

Reston

Reston Association

Minimum Age: 13
Minimum Age w/Adult: 10

12001 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 435-7986
Website

Reston Interfaith, Inc.

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

11150 Sunset Hills, Road, Suite 210
Reston, Virginia 20190
(571) 323-9565
Website

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS)-Project Sucess
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs
Minimum Age: 13

Manassas

SERVE, Inc.

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 8

10056 Dean Drive, Manassas, VA 20110
Manassas, Virginia 20110
(703) 367-6725
Website

Great Falls

Neighbors International Foundation

Minimum Age: 14
Minimum Age w/Adult: 12

1146-D Walker Road
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
(703) 759-2102
Website

Others

Capital Area Food Bank
Minimum Age: 12

645 Taylor Street NE and 6833 Hill Park Drive
Washington, DC and Lorton, VA, DC 0
(202) 526-5344; (703) 541-3063
Website

Guitars Not Guns – Virginia

Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age w/Adult: 14

11 locations across the region
(703) 644-1311
Website

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List of Farmer’s Markets in Northern Virginia

 

 

 

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Farmer’s Market is a good source of seasonal and organic produce. DC suburbs host several farmer’s market in the area – some opened seasonal while others opened year round. Here is a list of markets in Northern Virginia offering fresh produce and several other products.

Farmer’s Market in Alexandria

Market Square/City Hall
300 Block of King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:(703) 883-4686/(703) 838-5005
Date(s)/Time:Open every Saturday morning from 5:30-10:30am throughout the year.

Del Ray
Corner of East Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Date(s)/Time: (8:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Phone: (703) 683-2570

Four Mile Run
4109 Mt Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Date(s)/Time:(8:00 AM-1:00 PM)
Phone: (215) 514-4144
Open Sundays April 1- October 31.

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Arlington Restaurants Serving Mother’s Day Special

 

Mother’s Day is on May 8, 2011. To help you celebrate the big day, several Arlington restaurants have geared up with Mother’s Day specials. Make an appointment today for the most important person in your life.

Arlington restaurants serving Mother’s Day Special

Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill
2424 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Dining Style: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Phone: (703) 528-3030
Website

Cafe Italia
519 South 23rd Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Dining Style: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Italian
Phone: (703) 521-2565
Website

On Mother’s Day, enjoy delicious 24.95 3-course dinner menu or come for lunch & try brunch and receive a free mimosa or bloody Mary.

Capitol City Brewing Company
4001 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206
Dining Style: Casual Dining
Cuisine: American
Phone: (703) 578-3888
Website

cityhouse
1325 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Steak
Phone: (703) 276-8999
Website

Domaso – Palomar Hotel Arlington – A Kimpton Hotel
1121 North 19th Street
Arlington, VA 22209
Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Cuisine: Italian
Phone: (703) 351-1211
Website

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet:$35 for adults and $20 for children. All mothers receive complimentary Mimosa!

The Front Page
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203
Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Cuisine: American
Phone: (703) 248-9990
Website

A special Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet for $25.99 per person with all your brunch favorites plus a decadent assortment of desserts!

Fyve at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202
Dining Style: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Contemporary American
Phone: (703) 415-5000 x2785
Website

Ireland’s Four Courts
2051 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Dining Style: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Irish, Gastro Pub
Phone: (703) 525-3600
Website

Jaleo Crystal City
2250 A Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
Dining Style: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Phone: (703) 413-8181
Website 

Legal Sea Foods – Crystal City
2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202
Dining Style: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Seafood
Phone: (703) 415-1200
Website

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood – Arlington

2010-B Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, American
Phone: (703) 413-6400
Website

Treat Mom to the best on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 6-8! All moms will enjoy free Chocolate Truffle Trio dessert on Sunday. Flowers & custom menu messages available.

Me Jana
2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 140
Arlington, VA 22201
Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean
Phone: (703) 465-4440
Website: http://www.me-jana.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Arlington
2231 Crystal Drive, 11th Floor
Arlington, VA 22202
Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
Website: http://www.ruthschris.com
Phone: (703) 979-7275

Eventide
3165 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
Phone: (703) 276-3165
Website

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