We are all looking forward to a weekend with family, friends, and loved ones but, we wanted to take time out to thank all of our clients. We are grateful for all of your continued support and thank YOU for enabling us to give back to the community this year. Happy Holidays!
Wishing all of our clients a very Happy New Year!
With Easter fast approaching you may be wondering what activities you can do to celebrate with the family. There are some fun events taking place in the Kingstowne area that the whole family can enjoy! Check out the festivities below:
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Where: Lane Elementary School
7137 Beulah St, Alexandria, VA 22315
When: Saturday, April 8 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Live music
- A corn hole tournament
- Giant Jenga
- Raffles and giveaways
- Bounce house
- Egg-themed relay games for the kids
- Face painting
Mad Hatter VIP Tea Party
Where: Springfield Town Center
6500 Springfield Mall, Springfield, VA, 22150
When: Sunday, April 9th from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM or Sunday, April 12th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Tea & treats
- Character Appearances: Alice, Mad Hatter & the Queen of Hearts
- Take photos with the Easter Bunny
- Face painting
- Coloring and Easter craft activities
RSVP to this event as space is limited!
Topgolf Alexandria's Easter Party 2017
Where: Topgolf Alexandria
6625 S Van Dorn St, Alexandria, VA 22315
When: Sunday, April 16th from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Pictures with the Easter Bunny
- Easter Egg activities
- Easter-themed crafts and other local activities
Tickets for this event are $5 for children 12 years old or younger. With the purchase of a ticket, families will also receive a coupon for $10 off Topgolf game play to enjoy on Easter Sunday!
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This weekend is a great opportunity to purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, Energy Star and WaterSense products and not have to pay any tax on the items you purchase. Take advantage of the legislation that was enacted by the 2015 General Assembly to combine Virginia’s three sales tax holidays into one three-day holiday. The Sales Tax Holiday will begin Friday, August 4, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. and end Sunday August 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
School supplies, clothing and footwear: this applies to clothing and footwear under $100 per item and for school supplies under $20 per item. Some items, such as sports equipment, may not be exempt from sales tax during Virginia's sales tax holiday.
Hurricane/emergency preparedness equipment: savings applies to general hurricane preparedness supplies priced under $60, as well as portable generators costing less than $1,000 each.
Energy Star/WaterSense:this applies only to qualifying Energy Star and WaterSense products purchased for in-home and personal use. It does not apply for commercial use. The purchase price must be less than $2,500 per item in order to qualify for the tax-free savings.
To learn more, visit Virginia's Department of Taxation website.
Restaurants In The DC Area Serving Thanksgiving Dinner 2017
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and while many will be waking up early to prepare meals at home there are plenty of options for those of us (raising my hand) who are looking to go out and not put in all the work it takes to pull off a Thanksgiving feast.
Seasons 52 – offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.
Fogo de Chao- offering seasonal recipes exclusive to the holidays. Dinner price applies all day on Thanksgiving.
Wildfire- enjoy Thanksgiving served family style, featuring Spit Roasted Turkey.
Bastille- offering a 3 course meal for Thanksgiving.
Fyve at The Ritz Carlton- Thanksgiving inspired cuisine served in the Grand Ballroom with live entertainment.
Essy’s Carriage House- serving Thanksgiving dinner from noon until 8pm. Turkey with all the trimmings, pumpkin and pecan pies. Salmon or London Broil will be available as alternate entrees.
Bucca de Bepo- open at 11am on Thanksgiving, join them for their sought after pasta dishes.
Lillies- prix fixe holiday menu; traditional turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and sweet potatoes await you this Thanksgiving.
Bistro Bistro- serving a Thanksgiving feast including seasoned turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin and apple pies.
Reservations are filling up fast so don’t delay if you want to take the easy route for your Thanksgiving meal!
Next week the cooking will commence for feasts in many households. As you prepare be sure to follow these tips to make sure you and yours have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
T – Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator below 40 degrees. It’s not a good idea to thaw your turkey on the counter.
U- Use caution when frying your bird and do not under any circumstances do the frying indoors. This includes the garage – outdoors for frying turkeys is the way to go.
R- Remember to clean the surfaces that food being prepared is touching frequently. Have spray or wipes on hand that kill germs and wipe the countertops down in between each use.
K- Keep the kids and pets away from hot surfaces. There’s a lot going on when cooking a big meal and it’s easy for little hands or paws to get burned. Ask a family member or guest to keep them entertained while you cook.
E- Everyone wants to have the perfect bird but, even if it’s a little overcooked that’s better than undercooked! Raw turkey is never what anyone wants on the menu. Make sure the inner temperature of Tom Turkey reaches 165 degrees.
Y- Your smoke detectors need to be fully functional. If you didn’t just test them when we rolled our clocks back be sure to do it before you start cooking for the holiday.
Holiday Safety Tips
With the holidays comes shopping, gatherings, and travel. It’s a wonderful but, also very busy time of year. Be sure to keep these safety tips in mind to make sure you, your loved ones, and your home have a happy and SAFE holiday season!
Still Need To Do Your Holiday Shopping?
If you’ve been procrastinating on your holiday shopping you’re in luck! Tomorrow, December 15, 2017 is Free Shipping Day.
Retailers participating in Free Shipping Day include Macys, Best Buy, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, Target, Belk and many more. There are retailers being added daily and currently about 900 have joined Free Shipping Day. With the free shipping, delivery by Christmas Eve is also guaranteed!
First Night Alexandria
Are you looking for a family friendly New Year’s Eve party in the DMV? Check out First Night in Alexandria!
Ring in the New Year in Old Town Alexandria, festivities start at 2pm and culminate with an amazing fireworks display over the Potomac River at midnight. This year the New Year’s party has more than 150 performances, 22 indoor venues, with live music, dancing, face painting and games! Stroll down the streets of Old Town and checkout the art galleries, church’s, historic sites, and even some retail shops that will be transformed into intimate performance venues. There are plenty of options for dining, whether you’re headed into Old Town with your family or looking for a romantic couple’s dinner to ring in the New Year, First Night Alexandria has you covered.
Tickets are $30 for adults, and FREE for children 12 and under and active military. To learn more visit www.firstnightalexandria.org or stop by the Alexandria visitor center located at 221 King Street.
St. Patrick's Day is one of those fun holidays where you get to adorn yourself in all things green, indulge in Irish cuisine, or even party at the local Irish pub with a pitcher of Guinness! If you're looking for entertainment that's a little more tame and family-friendly, however; it may be harder to figure out how to celebrate. Luckily the DC metropolitan area has a variety of cool events going on that can appeal to every member of your family. Check out some of our picks below:
March 17th at 12 PM
RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 2400 E. Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20003
The National ShamrockFest is a huge St. Patrick’s Day themed festival that adults and kids can both enjoy. This cool street festival will have food and drinks, games, carnival rides, craft vendors, and live music and entertainment with more than 30 bands and DJ's. You can score tickets to this event here.
The Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 18th at 1:30PM King Street and St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 Dog Show will be held at Market Square from 11:30-12:30.
This historical parade has been taking place for years in Old Town, Alexandria and is always a fun time! Watch the marines, local scouts, and high school bands march down King Street and enjoy the live Irish music and colorful banners. There's even a dog show that will take place before the parade kicks off and a couple Irish pubs to dine at after the festivities. Learn more about the event here.
Shamrock & Roll St. Patrick’s Day Block Party March 17th starting at 9 a.m. 43751 Central Station Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147
This event is Loudoun County’s largest outdoor St. Patrick’s Day celebration! This will be a super fun event for the whole family and is a great cause as the proceeds go to benefit the Loudon County First Responders Foundation. The festivities for this event include Irish bagpipers and dancers, games, local live music, giveaways and more. The Kid-friendly entertainment and gaming will take place until 1 p.m. Children 12 years old and under are free. You can purchase your tickets here.
Port Discovery Children's Museum St. Patrick's Day Celebration March 17th from 10 AM – 5 PM 35 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202 .
If you're looking for something to do with your little ones, then this is the event for you. This special event at the museum will be both fun and educational for the kiddo's. It will feature interactive stories and songs, science, and art stations where they can be creative, as well as a segment called "Mother Goose on the Loose" where your child can learn early literacy skills. Find out more about this event here.
If you have any questions or suggestions about how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2018, let us know in the comments.