Sledding Allowed on Capitol Hill this weekend

According to local news sources, Senator Chris Dodd requested and received a waiver on the ban on sledding on the hill at the Capitol for the President’s Day weekend. Click this link for more info.

Arlington’s Four High Schools Rank in Top 100 in Challenge Index

H-B Woodlawn tops the list of area high schools in The Washington Post’s 2010 Challenge Index which measures a public high school’s effort to challenge all of its students.  Three of the four Arlington high schools finished in the top ten, with Washington-Lee High School at Number 6 and Yorktown High School at #10.  Wakefield High School also made the top 100 with the #53 spot.

Earth Day Event Scheduled for National Mall


Earth Day 2009 is April 22nd.  This date will mark the beginning of  The Green Generation Campaign, a two year initiative that will culminate in next year’s 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  The campaign encourages individuals to become members of the Green Generation by agreeing to be an active citizen, transform their immediate environment, stay informed and inform others, and consume wisely. 

 In recognition of Earth Day 2009, the Earth Day Network is holding a large-scale event on the National Mall in Washington, DC. On April 19th from noon to 6pm.  For details go to The Earth Day Network website.   The event will have speakers, entertainment and exhibitors.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia is April 18-25th, 2009

dsc_0054Homes and gardens around the state will be on tour during Virginia’s Historic Garden Week.  For a schedule of tours go to Virginia Garden Week’s website.  In our area, the Fairfax Garden Club is hosting a tour of homes and gardens in McLean on Tuesday April 21st.   On Saturday, April 17th, the Alexandria Garden Club will have many historic homes and gardens available to tour, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

Cherry Blossom Festival Opens March 27th, 2011

Cherry Blossoms in bloom at the Tidal Basin

Cherry Blossoms in bloom at the Tidal Basin

My favorite time of year in this area is when the cherry blossoms come out.  The “guests of honor”  are not always here in time for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  The next festival begins March 7th, 2011.  Many activities are planned during the two week period of the festival including the  SushiMasters competition which debuted in 2010.  The area around the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park is the most popular place to visit and you can even rent a paddle boat to get out on the water and enjoy them there.  But if you don’t want to fight the crowds at the Tidal Basin, try the National Arboretum which offers a self-guided tour or visit  the  Kenwood neighborhood near River Road and Brookside Drive in Bethesda/Chevy Chase which offers a seasonal walk.  Blooms in Kenwood should peak a few days later than the ones in DC because of cooler temperatures.