December’s Paw-Parazzi Winner

Henry December Pawparrazzi Winner

Henry is December’s Paw-Parazzi winner. He is a 5-pound, 13-year-old Chihuahua mix rescue dog from Southern California.  Though he misses “SoCal” weather, he has been enjoying the simple things in life at CityCenter.

Henry is only 5 inches tall, so he really appreciates the floor to ceiling windows where he can soak up the sun or check out what’s happening in the courtyard.

Welcome Henry to The Apartment at CityCenter!

Think your pet is a star? Send a picture to TaccConcierge@bozzuto.com.



Collections for Toys for Tots and the Washington Humane Society

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At the Apartments at CityCenter, we have two December efforts happening to help children and animals in our community. From Dec. 1-22 we will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots and the Washington Humane Society.

Toys for Tots

Residents may drop off new unwrapped toys at the Concierge desk for infants up through 13-year-olds.

“The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens,” according to their website.

Last year the U.S Marine Corps Reserve collected 220,000 toys! We are excited to be part of the effort this year.

Washington Humane Society 

Residents may drop off new toys and food for the Washington Humane Society, sponsored through Home Buddies.

The society operate DC’s open-access animal adoption center and offer an array of dynamic programs and services; providing comfort and care to more than 51,000 animals annually all made possible through your support. They are supported almost entirely by private contributions.



Food Drive for Capital Area Food Bank


There is an easy and convenient way to help others this holiday season. We are collecting non-perishable food for the Capital Area Food Bank!

The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: Chronic undernutrition, heart disease and obesity.

According to the food bank, in D.C. 14.5% of residents struggle to get the food they need. D.C. has the sixth highest child food insecurity rate of any state in the nation, with 27.9% of children under the age of 18 living in food insecure households. Food insecurity is defined as limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways. Many food insecure residents in the D.C. area have to make difficult choices between buying food and other necessities: 67% of individuals served by the Capital Area Food Bank report having to choose between food and transportation; 61% reported having to choose between food and housing.

How can you help? Just donate some of the following items during November. The food bank especially wants food that is high fiber, low sugar and low sodium.

Most wanted items:

Canned salmon, tuna or chicken

Canned vegetables, low sodium or no salt

Canned fruit, in light syrup or its own juice

Rice and pasta

Cereal, hot and cold

Beans, canned and dry

Healthy snacks

Peanut butter

100% juice



Beltway Barks at CityCenterDC

Beltway Barks returns to The Park at CityCenterDC on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This cornerstone event from DC Actors for Animals is an all-star adoption event featuring favorite award winning DC actors and dozens of local adoptable animals!
The mission of DC Actors for Animals is to help animals in the Washington. D.C., metropolitan area through adoption, advocacy, and education. Members of DCa4a are theater professionals working on and off stage at the area’s biggest theaters. DCa4a coordinates adoption events, charity events and fundraisers with local rescue organizations and animal shelters, provides world class entertainment and promotes humane education for owners and animals-in-need in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Beltway Barks features musical performances, local vendors and presentations of adoptable animals from rescue groups throughout the area.
The event is inspired by Broadway Barks®, an organization founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore to help animals in the New York City area. Lisa Carrier Baker founded DCa4a to do the same in DC.
This year’s event will be emceed by Dr. Katy J. Nelson. Co-emcees are Michael J Bobbitt and Bobby Smith. Rescue groups at the event will be Rural dog Rescue, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue,  Capitol Canines Animal Rescue  and Operation Paw for Homes Rescue 



Spring Soiree features Harpist Kristen Jepperson  

Few sounds can compare to the dulcet tones of the harp. At once elegant and calming, soothing and playful, it will be the perfect accompaniment to our Spring Soiree on March 25 at 7:00 pm.

The Apartments at CityCenter are lucky to have enlisted local talent Kristen Jepperson to provide the entertainment on the instrument and vocals for the evening! Her repertoire extends from classical music to ballads, from show tunes to pop classics.  Currently the harpist at High Tea at DC’s historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel, she has also played on the Kennedy Center Millennial Stage, and has toured nationally with the New Christy Minstrels and shared the stage with the likes of Ray Charles, Shirley Jones and Tony Bennett.  http://www.dc-harpist.com/Home_Page.html

As part of the Spring Soiree that includes atmosphere/lighting from Brian Bronlowe and catering from Crystal City Caterers – including a special Cherry Blossom Punch cocktail – be sure to come early. You won’t want to miss a minute – or a single note.

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Get your shoes on for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

It might seem like the year just began, but one sure sign that warmer weather is around the corner is coming: the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon, kicking off on Thursday with a 2-day, Health & Fitness Expo.

Over 80 exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health & nutritional information on Thursday and Friday, March 12 and 13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Runners: lace up your shoes for either the marathon or half-marathon. There’s even a 5k for those not quite ready for a longer distance.

Throughout the course everyone can enjoy live music from local and national acts performing everything from alternative to punk to classic rock and soul. The concerts and race culminate at the finish line, with a Finish Line Festival featuring a concert from Better Than Ezra.

Grab your running shoes or your dancing shoes and enjoy the weekend!

More information available on the event website: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/dc

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Celebrating Chinese New Year with a Party on the 25th

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These red lanterns are hung to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. Chinese New Year remains the most important holiday in China. Its celebration begins on the last day of the Chinese calendar and culminates on the 15th day of the new year with a lantern festival, making it the longest festival in the Chinese calendar.

It is celebrated throughout the world, in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations. The largest celebration outside of China is in San Francisco, CA.


Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one.  Those born in sheep years are often artistic, charming, sensitive, and sweet. It is known as the most creative sign in the Chinese zodiac.

Residents are invited to our Chinese New Year Party on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00 to 8:30 on the Mezzanine. We will enjoy traditional foods, drinks and music to welcome in the Year of the Sheep.

Thanking Asia Nine for what will be a delicious menu.





Trivia on Washington to honor President’s Day

In honor of President’s Day, here is some lesser known trivia about the inspiration for our very District of Columbia:


  • George Washington was the only president to be elected unanimously.
  • He was the only president that did not live in the White House.
  • He delivered the shortest inaugural address of all time. He had only one tooth at the time and his dentures often gave him pain. It was only 133 words long and took a mere 90 seconds to deliver.


  • George Washington never chopped down a cherry tree. The legend was made up by Mason Weems shortly after Washington’s death.
  • He had many sets of false teeth, but none were made of wood; they were actually made from human or animal teeth and ivory or lead.
  • It is also said that he threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River. However, the Potomac is over a mile long and there were no silver dollars when he was a boy.

The Man

  • George Washington never attended college. In fact, he stopped attending school at age 15.
  • One of his hobbies was to breed hound dogs. He often gave them rather unusual names like: Tarter, Venus and Sweet Lips.
  • He inherited 11 slaves from his father, as was commonplace at the time. Though he owned more than 300 at his death, they were emancipated in his will and some were paid pensions for decades.
  • After retiring from the presidency, he built one of the largest whiskey distilleries in the U.S.


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Charity Begins at Home – Supporting Our Community – Food & Friends DC

At The Apartments at CityCenter, we believe that supporting the community isn’t limited to the holiday season. We will be partnering with local charities throughout the year, making it easy for you, our residents, to give where you live and make this corner of your world feel like home.


Starting in February, we will be offering support to Food & Friends, the only DC-based charity that provides food, nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Food & Friends’ staff of professional chefs and community dietitians design meals that meet the special dietary needs of persons living with a broad range of illnesses. These meals are delivered 6 days a week – every week – throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia at no cost to the recipients.

The impact of the work done at Food & Friends is best explained by some of their clients:

“I am extremely lucky to have Food & Friends in my life. I would never look or feel good without your help, care and support.”

“They are always kind and professional, even the little 12-year old boy who delivers to us. It gives you this sense of humanity, like you’re in contact with a larger community than yourself, and it just gives you this little pin prick happiness.”

“Since I have been dealing with Food & Friends, my health has been beautiful. I haven’t been in any hospital. My doctor says I am getting better.”

Look for special collection boxes at the Concierge Desk in each building and donate generously. $25 will provide one full day of meals for a child or adult living with a life-challenging illness. We are collecting cash and checks made to Food & Friends. The change in your pockets at the end of each day could make a huge difference to someone struggling in our community.

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Taking Care of You in the New Year

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Cough, cough, sniffle, hack, sore throat, and then the ever popular chills. Blankets and warm tea won’t shake the worst colds and flu. The melodies of sick sounds are in the air, and are always looking for new human hosts.

How do you take care of yourself during the colder months? Naturally, keeping our regularly scheduled check ups are important. Physicians prescribe and advise on several remedies and medications which help. Here are five of our recommendations for keeping The Apartments at CityCenter buzzing with fun, instead of sounds of cold and flu.

1. Remember to wash your hands often. Washington our hands my not create a germ-free environment, but it can cut down on the spread of them.

2. Use antibacterial wipes and hand liquid. We have many touch – points, from the front door, to the handrail along the stairs, elevator buttons, door knobs, computer keyboards, and more. A wipe or two throughout the day can help decrease the spread of germs.

3. Consult your doctor quickly if you feel the onset of cold or flu – like symptoms. Some are skilled at ridding themselves of illness quickly. Others can see cold symptoms linger. It’s never a bad idea to connect with your physician about your health.

4. Maintain your healthy eating and fitness routine. Healthy bodies combat illnesses a lot better than when we don’t keep ourselves fit. Our FitnessFirst programming can augment most fitness programs. Check with your physician to determine which programming is best for you, then join in on the fun!

5. Suggest new programs and health topics for upcoming events. Are you very connected in the Washington, DC area and have access to fitness and healthy living experts? Let us know who they are. We can’t program around them all, but we can try.

Spring will be here before we know it! Let’s all stay healthy together.