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Nov

01

Don’t miss the Kids Euro Festival

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Have you been enjoying the Kids Euro Festival? If not, you still have a week left!

It is one of the country’s largest performing arts festivals for children with more than 125 free events around the city. It runs from now until Nov. 8 and it’s all brought to you by the 28 European Union Member States.

Here are some of the highlights happening this week:

Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. see Storytelling from Ireland at the Capitol View Library for ages 8 and up

Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. see Drum Bommel from Luxembourg at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for ages 3-9

Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. see “Mysterious Boy,” a live action film from Croatia at Deanwood Library for ages 9 and up

Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. see Music To Your Ears from the United Kingdom at the Palisades Library for ages 7-14

Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. see Baba Marta’s Yarn Puppetry / Storytelling Performance from Bulgaria at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for ages 5-11

Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. see “Moomins on the Riviera,” an animated film, from Finland at Mount Pleasant Library for all ages

Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. see “The Amazing Wiplala,” a live action film from The Netherlands at the National Gallery of Art for ages 8-13.

Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. see “Finn,” a live action film from the Netherlands at the National Gallery of Art for ages 10 and up.

Oct

18

Washington Horse Show at the Verizon Center Oct. 20-25

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Did you know that just down the road at the Verizon Center you will find the 57th annual Washington International Horse Show from Oct. 20-25?

The event brings top horses and riders from throughout the country and the world to the nation’s capital each October for six days of championship competition and community and social events. The event attracts tens of thousands of equestrians, non-equestrians, celebrities and politicos alike with exciting events such as World Cup show jumping, dressage, hunter and equitation competition, plus Kids’ Day, Barn Night, Military Night, special exhibitions, shopping and hospitality.

Highlights include the $125,000 Longines FEI World Cup Saturday night for the President’s Cup and the $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final Friday night which is also military night. Saturday is also Kids’ Day with free kids’ activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

See the Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, where the jockeys are youngsters from 7 to 14 mounted on traditional Shetland Ponies racing over a course of mini-hurdles.
They will be in action on Thursday, Oct. 22, Barn Night, and Saturday, Oct. 24, Grand Prix Night.

WIHS tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Verizon Center Box Office.

Sep

14

Beltway Barks at CityCenterDC

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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 

May

11

Who’s up for Rooftop Bocce?

Warm weather and fantastic views are both great reasons to head to the roof of The Apartments at CityCenter – and our free rooftop bocce court is a great way to enjoy yourself once you’re there!

Have you ever played bocce? Just imagine a game almost anyone can play that combines the best of skee-ball, bowling, and shuffleboard.

According to the U.S. Bocce Federation, “bocce is a competitive and precision sport aimed at rolling or throwing balls down a long, rectangular court with the goal of trying to rest your ball(s) closer to the target ball (pallino) than your opponent’s ball.”

You can find a set of bocce balls at most variety or sports stores, or online, for a minimal investment. Try a game next time you decide to grill up a meal and we’ll bet you’ll become hooked on this international pastime!

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May

05

May’s PAW-PARAZZI is Not Your Standard Standard Poodle

Karbon, our newest member of our PAW-PARAZZI, is not your average city canine. In fact, Karbon sent in his own profile for The Apartments at CityCenter’s pet of the month club. From the pup’s mouth:

“Ruff ruff!  I’m the new standard poodle at City Center. I love it here – especially the great concierge service that stands ready to provide a treat or warm smile, and the sky bark with an elevator to the top just for me. I spent my first eight years in Loudoun County, which is a great place to grow up, but there’s nothing like the city. See you around the block. “

We’re happy to have you here, Karbon, as well as your “roommates” the Mayos!

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Apr

27

Car Sharing Benefits the Planet – and Our Residents

Living in the center of the city at the Apartments at CityCenter, getting around town is easy. So much is in walking distance, including metro stations that can get you into the suburbs in minutes.

But for those times when you need wheels, car sharing is an option that not only saves you money but also helps to save our planet.  Consider these benefits:

  • Save money on gas, parking, car maintenance and registration fees
  • Access to a variety of vehicles to fit your needs at the moment
  • Fewer cars on the road lead to less air pollution

At the Apartments at CityCenter, we make it easy to care for our planet. In fact, residents can take advantage of a special offer through our Privilege Card Program for car sharing and enjoy $30 in free driving from Zipcar.

http://www.citycenterdc.com/privilege-card-program#CAR

 

REMEMBER: share your environmental tips with a photo on Twitter or Instagram for a chance at $1,000 and a new bicycle from @Bozzuto! Use the hashtag #BeTheGreen. The winning post will be randomly selected on April 30th. Good luck!

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Mar

09

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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Mar

02

Are you getting enough sleep?

March 2 – 8 defines National Sleep Awareness Week, culminating on the start of Daylight Savings Time, when almost all Americans will lose an hour of sleep.  But, perhaps due to stress, diet, illness or environment, getting enough sleep every night may be a recurring problem for some.

How much is enough sleep? We will spend up to a third of our lives asleep. The recommended range for adults is between 7 and 9 hours per night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Many can do fine with as few as 6 and as many as 10 hours per night. The key is to pay attention to how you feel upon waking up.

  • How is your energy level? Are you jumping or dragging yourself out of bed?
  • Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day?
  • Are you falling asleep on the metro – or worse, behind the wheel?

If you are having trouble with getting enough sleep, the impact on your quality of life can be significant. For more information on improving your sleep, visit the National Sleep Foundation website: https://sleep.org/

photo credit: Sweet Dreams via photopin (license)

Feb

23

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.

THE YEAR OF THE SHEEP

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.

 

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Feb

16

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:

Presidency

  • 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.

Myths

  • 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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