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Keep Your Social Life Active and Fun This Winter with DC Bocce

Keep Your Social Life Active and Fun This Winter with DC Bocce

Don't hibernate this winter.  You can keep your social life active this winter by playing in DC's home grown bocce ball league.  Bocce is an easy, fun, and social game to play.  The league welcomes newcomers as well as experienced players. There are indoor leagues during the winter time, so you can keep active and keep warm at the same time.

You can choose from the following neighborhoods:

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER FEATURES NUTCRACKER; DONATES TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER FEATURES NUTCRACKER;  DONATES TO MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Dec. 1 and Sun., Dec. 2 at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus. All tickets can be purchased online, with $1 of every ticket going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of MFAC’s former dance student, Emma Jordan, who lost her battle with cancer.  Nutcracker tickets can be purchased at www.metrofinearts.com.

The dance studio will also offer free Frosty Follies performances at:
            Sat., Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. - Reston Town Center,  Reston Va.

            Sat., Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. – Kingstowne Towne Center,  Alexandria, Va.

5 Reasons to Go Vegan

5 Reasons to Go Vegan

Bill Clinton did it. So did Ellen DeGeneres. In fact, millions of people around the nation have taken the pledge to go vegan. November is considered World Vegan Month, and it is a great time to take a look at what veganism is and why so many people are moving toward this lifestyle, which eschews using any animal products.

“Veganism is a diet based on living in peace and harmony with the natural world,” explains Louix Dor Dempriey, a spiritual master who started and leads events through the Louix Dor Dempriey Foundation. “There are many great reasons for being vegan, and people around the country are beginning to take notice, helping to increase the number of those who are either vegan or moving toward a vegan lifestyle.”

Greenspring Donates 800 Turkeys with Funds Raised from 10th Annual Turkey Trot

Greenspring Donates 800 Turkeys with Funds Raised from 10th Annual Turkey Trot

On Friday, November 16, Greenspring residents and staff participated in the retirement community’s 10th Annual Turkey Trot, raising money to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to area families in need.  Greenspring’s wellness and fitness staff organize the event each year, which continues to grow annually, according to Greenspring’s Wellness Manager, Brad Hibbs. 

“So many of the residents recognize that they are fortunate and are willing to help,” said Hibbs. “They are incredibly generous.”

Four Washington, D.C.-area mission organizations are receiving turkeys from Greenspring this year including SOME (So Others Might Eat)Central Union MissionGospel Rescue Ministries, and Southeast White House.  

Myra Dorsey Turns Tragedy into a Page Turner

Myra Dorsey Turns Tragedy into a Page Turner

At some point, we all face adversity and challenging times. But what we choose to do with the lessons we learn through them can make a world of difference. For Myra Dorsey, author of the book “Benefit of the Doubt,” she has taken her struggles and turned them into a page-turning book that helps others learn how to change their mindset in order to change their life.

“People are brought up to believe and aspire to many different things, and our lives can take many different directions,” explains Myra Dorsey. “We may get caught in traps of thinking one way when, in order to overcome challenges and live our lives to the fullest, we need to be willing to change the way we think.”

WHS Promotion Gives Homeless Pets Hope For The Holidays

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  In the season of gifting, the  Washington Humane Society (WHS)  asks you to remember the animals whose only holiday wish is the gift of a forever home. WHS is offering area residents four ways to help during its Hope for the Holidays promotion.:

• For Thanksgiving, WHS is calling on the community to open their hearts and homes to the many deserving animals who are seeking a loving family by offering $22 adoption fees for all animals adopted between November 19 and 26. (For more information on adoptions and available animals, visit www.washhumane.org.)

• For those who would like to give a special gift this season, there are gift certificates to cover the cost of WHS adoption fees, so rather than presenting an animal as a gift, a certificate for the right choice will offer a surprised potential pet owner the perfect opportunity to find the right animal match.

5 Tips for Making Amazing Fall Soups

5 Tips for Making Amazing Fall Soups

One thing that most people can agree upon is that autumn is the perfect time for soup. Millions of people around the country eat soup in the fall, whether they make it at home or eat it while dining out. Those making soup at home are often in search of the perfect way to make theirs taste every bit as good as those they eat while dining out. With some attention paid to detail, they too can have amazing fall soups.

“People are often intimidated when it comes to making tasty soups, but it’s not nearly as challenging as it may seem,” explains Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Thunder Burger. “Great tasting soups are within reach for everyone to make. It may just take a few extra steps to make it happen.”

Here are 5 tips for making amazing fall soups: