Celebrate the Joy of Eating and the Art of Cooking at the 24th Giant National BBQ Battle

The Giant National BBQ Battle has become one of the largest and most unique food and music festivals in the country. You’ll be in the middle of one of the nation’s largest barbecue competitions as the event kicks off their 24th year June 25th and 26th, 2016.


This extravaganza turns Pennsylvania Avenue into a barbecue pit, complete with the signature sights and smells of a giant outdoor summer party. Featuring cooking demonstrations by the Pitmasters, Interactive exhibits, and National BBQ Championship Contests as teams from across the country compete for over $40,000 in cash and prizes. This year will feature the 1st Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating contest too.

Experience free food samples in the Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion (while they last), 30 bands and 3 music stages with a wide range of artists across Rock, Reggae, Jazz and Blues, from EU featuring Sugar Bear, Trouble Funk, I&I Riddim, Tweed Funk, Be’la Dona, Bad Influence and more.

This year’s Giant BBQ Battle benefits the USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Capitol Area Food Bank.

Get your tickets at: http://bbqindc.com/tickets/



“Celebrate diverse, authentic and beautiful traditions — both old and new” at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival!

This year the Folklife Festival celebrates resilient communities around the world. Discover how the Basque country sustains culture, drawing on traditions to innovate in a rapidly changing world. At the 2016 Folklife Festival, Sounds of California will present a series of evening concerts as well as daytime performances and activities, offering a glimpse into how musical culture mirrors the movements reshaping the state and the nation today

One of the big reasons for highlighting Basque culture is its successful language revitalization program. “The Basques took a language that was disappearing and through community activism and public-policy advocacy, have brought Euskara into the schools and into everyday usage,” said Mary S. Linn, program co-curator, in a statement. Visitors will get the chance to learn some of the language.

Learn renowned cooking techniques and phrases in the Euskara language. Experience bertsolaritza poetry competitions and stone-lifting matches. You’ll find many Basque master craftspeople at work, making espadrille shoes, pottery, textiles, stone carvings, iron fencing, and enormous paintings. Drink a refreshing glass of cider or rioja wine and meet master artisans.


At the 2016 Folklife Festival, “Sounds of California” includes musical influences from Armenia, Mexico, the Philippines, and beyond. Representing the Afghan exile community in the United States, Homayoun Sakhi is a renowned rubâb player and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist.

See him perform in the evening concert on June 30 with tabla virtuoso Salar Nader. See the complete evening concert schedule here: http://s.si.edu/1XNujrO





Apartments at City Center celebrates Paul Mellon and our neighbor The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

May 8 – September 18, 2016

West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 72–73



Paul Mellon was one of America’s greatest art collectors and remains one of the National Gallery of Art’s leading benefactors. Timed to coincide with the Gallery’s 75th anniversary, In Celebration of Paul Mellon features 88 of the finest pastels, watercolors, drawings, prints, and illustrated books selected from his donations.

Mr. Mellon contributed to the National Gallery more than one thousand carefully selected, distinguished works of art–primarily French and American paintings and drawings–originally acquired for his and his wife’s private enjoyment, but always with the idea that they would one day be shared with the American public. He cared deeply about creating a gracious and hospitable setting for museum visitors and about providing the opportunity for direct encounters with great works of art. He commented in 1967, “There is no intellectual or emotional substitute for the authentic, the original, the unique masterpiece.” Paul Mellon was a sincere and devoted art collector in whose life works of art were integral.

The great majority of Paul Mellon’s gifts, however, are works of art on paper, which, because of their sensitivity to light, cannot be constantly displayed. Timed to coincide with the Gallery’s 75th anniversary, this celebratory exhibition brings together some 80 of the finest pastels, watercolors, drawings, prints, and illustrated books given to the Gallery by Paul Mellon. Among the works on display are evocative watercolors by Winslow Homer and Édouard Manet, powerful portrait drawings by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Edgar Degas, sporting lithographs by George Bellows, a pen landscape by Vincent van Gogh, and cubist compositions by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

Apartments at CityCenter residents can enjoy a short cab, bike ride or extended walk over to the National Gallery this Spring. We are indeed lucky to have so many treasures like this one nearby our home here in DC.



Meet Zanante Razmilic new Director of Resident Concierge Services at The Apartments At CityCenter DC.



Zanante who goes by just “Zan” arrived in DC about 3 years ago and still loves finding new places to discover across the city. He grew up in beautiful North Carolina right outside of Charlotte before moving to DC. His unusual name came from both his father and grandfather’s family from Croatia, and if he has a son he will be passing it along too.

What is Zan looking forward to?

“I’m certainly looking forward to getting to know the residents here at CityCenter the most. We have such a great diversity of amazing residents that I truly believe, we will never see a dull moment!”

For upcoming plans….
“We certainly are looking forward to our “May BBQ” event. I hope to carry on Daniel’s tradition of fantastic resident events where our residents can come together and continue to make the Apartments at CityCenter a true community.”

Zan would love to meet each and everyone one of our residents. Stop by the 825 front desk to say “hello.”



Celebrating Earth Day in DC and at The Apartments at CityCenter.

April brings the celebration of Spring and Mother Earth.

Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator, created Earth Day in 1970. The first edition of the holiday celebration drew over 20 million enthusiastic, eco-conscious revelers. Earth Day is celebrated by over one billion people in nearly 200 countries. In America, there’s no better place with a healthier list of Earth Day events than the nation’s capital. Events take place throughout the month of April.



2016 Earth Day Events

Potomac Watershed Cleanup
Annual Cleanup Day, April 16, 2016, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Throughout April, families can help remove trash from one of 276 sites along the Potomac River in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Anacostia River Festival
April 17, 2016, 1-5 p.m. Anacostia Park, SE Washington DC. The festival concludes the National Cherry Blossom Festival and honors Earth Day with a variety of activities including outdoor recreation, musical performances, a photography exhibition, a bike parade and more.

Earth Day at Union Station
April 21-22, 2016. The celebration will feature interactive, eco-friendly exhibits and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability. Enjoy a full day of entertainment, discussion panels, contests, games, giveaways and much more.

Earth Day at the National Zoo
April 23, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Zoo and FONZ will commemorate Earth Day with green-themed activities. Get gardening tips from expert horticulturists, take a tour of the Zoo’s green facilities, attend special demonstrations, and more. Take a ride on the sustainable side, and join the Zoo in its inaugural Bike to the Zoo event this Earth Day!

Did you know? The Apartments at City Center is a LEED Silver certification property and residents’ positive impacts can be felt on both an individual and community level. The property makes eco-conscious living a daily experience for the residents at The Apartments at CityCenter.

Eco-friendly amenities include:
• Onsite electric car charging stations – if you’re in the market for a new ride, check out the hybrid vehicles at Tesla Motors (located two blocks north).
• Resident recycling program – you’ll never forget to put the recycling out again!
• Clean indoor air
• Energy Star appliances
• Eco-friendly bamboo flooring
• Efficient lighting fixtures

It’s our small part to impact our planet Earth.