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September 18, 2015

Dreams for Vets & Strolling Supper!

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Yesterday morning we headed to the Reserve Officers Association on Capitol Hill for the public launch of Dreams for Veterans.

Dreams for Veterans serves those who have served by giving back to terminally ill veterans and their families through the fulfillment of a final dream. We snapped the Kellogg Organization's Terry Wall with Veterans History Project's Karen Lloyd and Elizabeth Slaught, a supporter for 20 years and wife of the board president. The Veterans History Project is a unique program with the Library of Congress to collect veterans' stories from all over the country. 

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Guests included those who have received dreams from the Dreams for Veterans program and their families. Here, Dream Foundation Executive Director Kisa Heyer with Schmidt family members WillShawnaWendy and Cary. Guests enjoyed a continental breakfast before the program. 

Dreams for Veterans has served the dreams of more than 100 terminally ill adults; it's projected to expand to more than 600 over the next few years. Here, Eric Taylor of Sen. John McCain's office joins Dreamer family James and Sheri Malone from Phoenix, with Dreams for Veterans Advisory Committee member Kelsey Martin.

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Strolling Supper!

We went to the Washington Youth Garden's 3rd annual Strolling Supper at Pepco Edison Place Gallery, with food from MK Catering and Zaytinya, drinks from Right Proper Brewing Co, music from Notes from the Underground and The Rungs, and fresh recipes from WYG participants. We snapped Yue Hwong with Renew Richmond exec director John Lewis, archeologist Alexa Pinto, and Forbush School's Andrea Picciotto.

The Washington Youth Garden is on the grounds of the US National Arboretum, providing year-round environmental science and food education programs for DC youth and their families. Here, Camris International's Elliot Signorelli is flanked by ENOUGH Project's Annie Callaway, Rachel Finn and Megha Swani.

WYG is run by the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA), which uses the garden as a living classroom to facilitate hands-on science learning, inspire environmental stewardship, and cultivate healthy food choices for 4,500 DC students. Here, WYG program director Ulises Zatarain is flanked by two participants, or Green Ambassadors, Northwestern High School's Pedro Aviles-Gamex and MoCo College's Donte Foster.

A silent auction had exciting prizes, including a stay at the Tabard Inn, DC United tickets, and 930 Club gift certificates. Here, WYG's Morri Sands is bookended by National Arboretum director Dr. Richard Olsen and his wife, Erin, at PG Community College.

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New Novel!

Yesterday PEN/Faulkner had the season's first Founding Friends luncheon with author Rachel Urquhart, who spoke about her book The Visionist, a novel set in 1840s New England, in a Shaker community in a religious revival. She's here with luncheon host Danielle Canfield and co-chair Katherine Field Stephen.

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GEN*Z Career Summit –Take Control of Your Future!

How is your GEN*Z student preparing for college and the real world? Help them take control by joining more than 200 area high school students and registering for the GEN*Z Career Summit on Oct. 10 at American University. This event will feature more than 50 young professionals from top firms like Revolution, Accenture, Morgan Stanley, The Carlyle Group, and others. Our speakers will share their insights on careers, on how to get internships and experience, and how to get that first job. More info/sign up here!


Ritz Bazaar!

We went to Ritz Bazaar's DC Style Intervention, a Men's Fashion soiree at the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton. We snapped Best Dressed Man on the Planet CEO Alton Barber, Saks Fifth Avenue's Levi Strowder, Ritz Bazaar owner Iryna Mologoko, and High Street Aesthetics's Bradley Evans.

fashion show featured the Ritz Bazaar collection of menswear available for rental through their clothing share service. The models: Ritz Banc Group Nasr El Hage Jr., TrustCorp America's Stefan Plesea, pharmacist Anna Veshniak, Oceaneast Associates COO Lido Ramadan, Ryan Braithwaite, and Intelligent Decisions' Cliff Moseley.

Everyone's style was on fleek and special presentations showcased current trends in men's fashion. Here, publicist Isoke Salaam, DC Elite Image owner Teresa Foss-Del Rosso, and Audi of America COO Mark Del Rosso.

A portion of the proceeds benefited The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Here, Mike Luger, Jack Black's Rosetta Henderson and Lisa Bakhtiar, and Anderson Indian Law's Michael Anderson.

Travis Holler, Alfredo Flores & Liz Ovits contributed to this issue.

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Friday, September 18

5:00 – 7:00 PM, #BlackWomenLead Celebration of the Dynamic Women of the Congressional Black Caucus at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW. Free, info.

6:00 – 9:00 PM, The World We Want Wall Comes to DC on the East River, 2004 Martin Luther King Ave SE. Free, info.

7:30 – 9:30 PM, Factory Society Open House at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St Alexandria. Featuring new exhibition, Angel Soldier Dance Sublime and the CRAVE nominees. Open wine bar, interactive art activities, and performance by DJ Juan Zapata. Free, info.

8:00 PM, Hirshhorn After Hours at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave at 7th St SW. $35/general $100/VIP, inludes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and curators' tours. Benefits the Idobi Network, info.

Saturday, September 19

10:30 - 11:30 AM, Free Pop Up Yoga at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave SW. Class held on the lawn and inside the West Gallery. Free, info.

12:00 – 10:00 PM, Arlington Backyard Beer Fest at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway Arlington. Opening reception with hors d'oeuvres + speaker series, info

12:00 – 5:00 PM, NextDayBetter + Washington DC Speaker and Food Series at 1776 The Penthouse, 1133 15th Street NW. $29, opening reception with hors d'oeuvres, info.  

1:00 – 3:00 PM, DC Brunch Caucus 2015 at Policy, 1904 14th St NW.  Music, dialogue and bottomless brunch. $45, info.  

1:00 – 9:00 PM, Das Bier Bash by Drink the District at The Block, 500 New York Ave NW. Unlimited tastings of over 75 beers, lawn games, and food trucks. $25, info.

Saturday, September 19

3:00 – 11:00 PM, 4th annual SoHo Day Crab Feast at Southern Hospitality, 1815 Adams Mill Rd NW. Enjoy Maryland blue crabs, sides, and beer – all on special. Take a pic and hashtag #SoHoDay and you could win a $100 #SoHoDC bar tab. $30-$50, info.

1:00 – 4:00 PM, Oktoberfest! at The Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW. Eight DC beers on tap, brats on the grill and homemade pretzels + live music! $60, info.

3:00 – 6:00 PM, Celebrate Logan: A Taste of 14th at participating area venues. All ticket proceeds benefit N Street Village.  $30, info.  

8:00 – 11:00 PM, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy 8th Annual Affairs of State Gala at the National Press Club, 529 14th St NW 13th Fl. $60, info.

6:00 – 10:00 PM, Park After Dark at Great Falls Tavern, 9835 Georgetown Pike. The C&O Canal Trust is the official non-profit partner to raise funds for the Canal Classrooms education $175, info.  

7:00 – 10:00 PM, [Silent] Soul & Spirits: A Silent Yoga + Open Bar Social at Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, 801 K St NW. $50, headphone rental, open bar, light fare, and swag bag, info.   

Sunday, September 20 

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Wanderlust 108: 5k Run, Outdoor Yoga, and Guided Meditation Experience at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St SE. $45, mindful triathlon: 5k run, 90-minute yoga class, guided meditation, info.  

12:00 – 3:00 PM, B...s Who Brunch Fall Brunch Fest at Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth St NW. Live music, bottomless beverges and shopping. $45, info.  

3:30 – 6:30 PM, Brainfood Burger Battle at Poste Moderne Brasserie, 555 8th St NW. $75, burger battle, tastings, cocktails, beer, contest, info.