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Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Design Army creates Louis at 14th Dog Contest via Facebook event

In celebration of Washington DC's MidCity Dog Days Summer Sidewalk Festival last weekend, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, https://www.facebook.com/MidCityDogDays, @MidCityDogDays, along 14th Street NW in the U Street Corridor, Louis at 14th has launched a nationwide Dog Contest via its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/551444418224193/, with more than 130 dogs entered to date.

MANASSAS UTILITES COUNTS DOWN 100 DAYS UNTIL 100 YEAR ANNIV

MANASSAS UTILITES COUNTS DOWN 100 DAYS UNTIL 100 YEAR ANNIV

The City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities is gearing up for their grand 100-year anniversary celebration on Sat., Oct. 12 with a special 100-day countdown, starting mid-July, where the City of Manassas is saluting their customers with 100 variations of month-long giveaways.  A random set of Manassas utility customers could receive flashlights, water bottles, hats, coffee mugs or beach totes in July, August and September, while a few, fortunate customers will win grand-prize giveaways in October, leading up to the Oct. 12 celebration, including four restaurant gift cards from Manassas, Va.-based Carmellos, City Square Café and Monza, valued at $50 each; and one 17-inch freshwater pearl necklace and 7-inch bracelet with sterling silver clasps from Ashby Jewelers of Manassas, Va. For information, go to www.manassascity.org.  

FREE CUPCAKES ALL DAY AT OCCASIONALLY CAKE on SUN. JULY 21

FREE CUPCAKES ALL DAY AT OCCASIONALLY CAKE on SUN. JULY 21

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. is celebrating their four-year anniversary on Sun., July 21 and handing out one free cupcake per person to all their patrons with no purchase necessary at their Old Town Alexandria shop at 207 King Street. They will also donate 25 percent of all their sales that day to the March of Dimes, as well as collect donations to be given to the organization. Occasionally Cake will be offering free cupcakes from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

The free cupcakes will be available in Snickerdoodle and Chocolate Marshmallow flavors. A variety of other flavors will be available for purchase.

IS THE PARKING AT MARK CENTER REALLY "PAY?"

   
     I recently had occasion to visit the INOVA Imaging Center - Mark Center for two MRIs. As I approached the building,  I was surprised to be greeted by an automated pay parking kiosk, which was not there on my last trip to the area, to eat dinner at Clyde's, approximately a year ago.
     When I entered the medical facility, I handed the clerk behind the counter my ticket to validate. She promptly pointed me to an apparatus in the entranceway where it was done electronically. I was told the formerly FREE - and ample - parking was eliminated this past December, about the time BRAC became fully operational, apparently with the intent to capitalize on the limited availability of commuter parking at the military installation.

Alexandria: Champion of the Caste (Off) System?

Alexandria: Champion of the Caste (Off) System?

On June 6th, the Giant Food stores located on Beauregard Street and at Bradlee Shopping Center closed. A little less than six months prior, ditto for the Magruders in Seminary Plaza, when the local chain went out of business. And nary a word of lamentation in the local press.

These were businesses that for the most part served other than upscale communities within the larger city, within walking distance for their clientele, characterized by the relative longevity of their presence and the relationships between staff and shoppers. In the words of the theme song to that iconic 1980s sitcom, "where everybody knows your name " - or at least your face. Now they're gone...and the jobs and small town feel are as well.

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS GRADUATES MOVE ON TO COLLEGE

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS GRADUATES MOVE ON TO COLLEGE

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria, Va. recently hosted its annual Spring Recital, featuring their senior students with piano and musical theatre performances at the The Artisphere in Arlington, Va. The Center’s high school graduates are moving on to college, including

Hermela Solomo, joining the High Tech Dance Team at Virginia Tech, Rosie Matthews going to Pace University in NYC, studying commercial dance, Gabi Stapula, also to attend Pace University in NYC for musical theatre, Arianna Bhambhani to attend Virginia Tech, Brianna Latrash, heading to University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music,  Emily DiMaggio attending University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Alexandra Rosenberg going to The College of William and Mary and Ara Snyder attending Pennsylvania State University. Go to www.metrofinearts.com for more information.

Dinners by Design Raised Money for Smithsonian Programs

Dinners by Design Raised Money for Smithsonian Programs

Smithsonian Women's Committee Members, Smithsonian Craft Show Artists and Dinner Guests Joined Five of DC's Top Interior Designers at Their Homes for the Second Annual Dinners by Design

David MitchellAndrew Law, Camille SaumSkip Sroka, and Rosemarie Howe generously and creatively supported the recent Smithsonian Craft Show by hosting five exciting Dinners by Design. David Mitchell founded this annual event in 2012 and is working towards declaring April Design Month in DC.

Guests had the unique opportunity to tour the designers' homes, who offered a rare behind-the-scenes look at their residences while also sharing insight into the process of designing homes for some of the DC area's celebrities.