Farmers Market Zucchini and Yellow Squash FriesWhen zucchini and squash only costs 2lbs for $1... it's hard to say no. I made my own version of french fries - except I used zucchini and I didn't fry them.For this reciepe I used three green zukes and two yellow squash. 1.5 tsp garlic powderliberal use of Adobo All Purpose Seasoning (con pimienta)salt and pepper to taste3 tbsp olive oil3/4 cup panko bread crumbs1/8 cup parmesean chees1. cut zukes & squash in half & then quarter.
place in large bowl. 2. toss
veggies in olive oil, garlic powder, Adobo seasoning, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs. 3. lay veggies out on ungreased cookie sheet.
skins down.4. mix remaining panko crumbs and parmesean cheese in small bowl, sprinkle mixture on top of veggies. 5. bake in oven at 400 for 12-15 minutes.6. once they look like they are starting to turn golden brown, set oven to broil and keep an eye on them until they start to get crispy (about 4-6 minutes). 7. enjoy!
Remember last weekend when I hit up the farmers market
? I bought a ton of sweet white corn for a BBQ. I am not sure why it took me until now to learn this trick - but it's simply amazing! I had a girlfriend from Missouri staying with me last weekend and she told me how her family makes corn on the cob with no shucking
and no silk in your teeth! SO EASY. To start, microwave corn
in husk- 4 minutes per ear. No water needed. (I have done this with the corn in a pyrex and also just simply laying au natural
on the microwave base/plate - both worked well.)
Cut off base of corn right near where it would attach to the stalk.
Squeeze the ear of corn out of the stalk. You might want to grab a kitchen towel or hot pad if you (like me) are too impatient to wait for the corn to cool down.
and... voila! now, you have corn on the cob! So easy. No shucking. No silk. Simply delicious.
, for taking pics along the way!
Operated by women, for women, The Women’s Club
has been recognized for its long-term success in Northern Virginia, and as one of the top all-women’s fitness centers in the nation. The focus during the past 22 years of operation has been on providing women with a full complement of fitness, health, beauty and weight-loss programs to assist you in being your physical and personal best. And because one size doesn’t fit all, The Women’s Club provides custom-tailored memberships
based on individual needs and preferences.To welcome Real Housewives of Northern Virginia readers to their club, they are hosting an awesome giveaway that includes SPA TIME! :)
- One month fitness membership featuring:
- Unlimited Group Exercise Classes (we have over 50 per week)
- A one-on-one Personal Training Session
- Your choice of a 55 min Swedish or 55 min Bamboo MassageENTER TO WIN ON OUR GIVEAWAYS PAGE!
Get sexy, beach, windswept styles (even if you’re miles from shore!)
WHEN: Wednesday, July 25, 12pm-2pm
WHERE: Le Shoppe
HOW DO I GET MY FREE SURF LESSONS: Call Le Shoppe (703.435.5555) today to book your spot. Slots are filling up fast, so don’t wait. (Note: A $20 reservation fee will be credited towards a Bumble and bumble product of your choice the day of the event.)
WHAT TO EXPECT: Have you always wanted to recreate the look you get in a salon. Here’s your chance to learn how. You will receive:
· Individualized styling tips with a Le Shoppe stylist to create your signature summer style
· Product application instruction
· A beach-themed goodie bag for you to enjoy
· Lemonade and sweet treats
· One-on-one time with a Bumble and bumble representative
Friday, June 29: Is This Thing On?
Start the weekend laughing as the Workhouse hosts a Live Standup Comedy Night
. This event will feature brilliant comedians who are bound to show you a good time, including Jeff Maurer, “Last Comic Standing" semi-finalist, and Kat Radley, winner of the Women in Comedy Festival Friars Club Award. The show will be hosted by Rahmen Mostafavi, who has appeared at DC Improv, Riot Act, Richmond Funny Bone and the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Ages 18 and above welcome. 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center
. $10/person in advance, $12/person (cash only) at the door. For information call 703-584-2900
.Also on Friday: Snake and Turtle Feeding:
At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed at Hidden Oaks. The program is appropriate for children age 4 and above, accompanied by a registered adult. 3 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center
. $5/person. Register online
. For information call 703-941-1065
. Campground Wildlife
: Explore the wildlife that inhabits the Pohick Bay area at a naturalist-led campfire and hike. Meet at the campfire circle in the main field of the campground for a nocturnal animals talk. Then enjoy roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. After the sugar rush, come along for a hike into the woods! Reservations required. 7 to 9 p.m. Pohick Bay Regional Park
. Free. For information and reservations (required) call 703-339-6104
Saturday, June 30: Face the Music
Bring the kids to a fun and educational introduction to chamber music. The Fairfax Symphony's " Overture to Orchestra
" is geared toward young children from preschool through early elementary, introducing them to different sections of the orchestra. Children are encouraged to participate in these exciting, educational shows, which introduce a variety of musical concepts, including sound, rhythm, the mechanics of each instrument and music of different cultures and eras. 10 to 11 a.m. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
Amphitheater. Free. For information call 703-324-7469
. Also on Saturday: Sounds of the Night Campfire:
Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories of the night around a campfire and make s’mores! Children age 4 and above are welcome, accompanied by a registered adult. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center
. $6/person. Register online
. For information call 703-941-1065
. Saturday Family Fun - Comedy with Mark Lohr:
A unique blend of circus skills and physical comedy draws in audiences and leaves them howling with laughter. He juggles, he eats fire, he spins plates and he can leap tall shrubbery in a single bound! Faster than a punch line, more powerful than a 3 -year-old, it's Mark Lohr, Super Vaudevillian! 10 to 10:45 a.m. Town Square Park at Reston Town Center. Free. For information call 703-476-4500
Sunday, July 1: Tea Time!
Enjoy a sit-down tea reminiscent of elegant garden teas without the heat and insects. At the (Indoor) Garden Tea
you'll meet butterflies and ladybugs, which contribute to lovely gardens. Make a flower crown and learn flower lore. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center
. $15/person. Register online
or call 703-222-4664
. For information call 703-941-1065
.Also on Sunday: Art Reception at Green Spring Gardens:
Come to the art exhibit opening of local artists Marni Maree, Sharon Safran and Penny McGrath. Enjoy light refreshments as you view local art and meet the artists. 1 to 3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens
. Free. For information call 703-642-5173
. Wood Carving Lessons:
Skilled wood carvers lend their tools and expertise to help uncover your hidden artistic talent as you create a creature from a block of wood. Noon to 4 p.m. Colvin Run Mill. Free. (A nominal fee is charged for wood blanks.) For information call 703-759-2771
Independence Day 2012
Celebrations are scheduled at Lake Fairfax Park, Langley High School and the Workhouse Arts Center. Concerts, picnics, pony rides, tasty treats and much more are among the offerings. Get details
Information was correct at time of publication. Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled. The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website. Additionally, the towns of Herndon and Vienna as well as the city of Falls Church offer many arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities. A complete list of county calendars is also available online. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187.
Free Concerts, Performances and Outdoor Movies in Fairfax County Parks
**** FEATURED SHOWS OF THE WEEK ****
Cheryl Wheeler (Folk)
You may not be familiar with Cheryl, but you have probably heard her music. She is highly respected as a songwriter by her peers, and many record her songs, including Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. If they think she is great, then you owe it to yourself to learn more if you aren't familiar with her.
Royal Lake Park: 5344 Gainsborough Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032
FREE 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Chinese Cultural Heritage Night (Chinese Dance/Music)
Celebrate the evening with Chinese folk music and traditional dance.
Ossian Hall Park: 7900 Heritage Drive, Annandale, VA 22003
FREE 7:30 p.m.
Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin' West African and American popular music on the planet.
Workhouse Arts Center At Lorton: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia 22079
FREE 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
COMPLETE CONCERT LISTING THIS WEEKFRIDAY, JUNE 29Anthony James Band (Southern Rock)
The Anthony James Band is a Stafford, Virginia, based trio playing a taste of Blues, Classic Rock, Southern Rock and Originals.Grist Mill Park
: 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309
FREE 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Radio King Orchestra (Big Band)
Radio King Orchestra and The Fabulous Pincurl Girls add dynamic flair and charismatic personality to classic musical arrangements made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin, The Andrew Sisters and more! The band's animated style and warm vocals combine in an exciting swing orchestra that gives audiences a fun, unique and nostalgic experience. Lake Accotink Park
: 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, VA 22152
FREE 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Ann Rabson Band (Blues)
Despite worldwide recognition as a distinguished and award-winning musician, Ann Rabson sees herself as simply the vehicle for her art. Seamlessly blending voice, guitar and piano, Ann delivers her music, the blues, in a pure form that delights audiences everywhere. Mason District Park Amphitheater
: 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
FREE 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cheryl Wheeler (Folk)
You may not be familiar with Cheryl, but you have probably heard her music. She is highly respected as a songwriter by her peers, and many record her songs, including Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. If they think she is great, then you owe it to yourself to learn more if you aren't familiar with her. Royal Lake Park
: 5344 Gainsborough Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032
FREE 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 30The Great Zucchini (Comedy/Magic)
The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical preschool and kindergarten entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and laughs are guaranteed. Experience the excitement when kids learn a magic trick at the end of the show! Burke Lake Park Amphitheater
: 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039
FREE 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's OTO Woodwind Quintet (Music)
OTO Woodwind Quartet is the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's introduction to five of the reed instruments that provide some of the orchestra's most deeply colorful sounds. Bring your imagination as 'Music Is Colorful' reveals the many moods of music.E.C. Lawrence Park Amphitheater
: 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 20151
FREE 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Pirate Jack (Songs)
Audiences set sail with this true son-of-the-seas. His colorful costuming, energy and mastery of traditional instruments have hoisted sails and spirits from Sea World and Disneyland to the Chesapeake on the original Bounty. This musical sea voyage explores the ports and lifestyles of adventurers who sailed the seas in the 1800s. The songs they sang tell of the diversity of their cultures. Lake Fairfax Park Amphitheater
: 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA 20190
FREE 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's OTO String Quartet (Music)
'OTO String Quartet' takes you on a musical adventure with the Fairfax Symphony's String Quartet, showcasing the performing techniques and unique qualities of string instruments. Hear the instruments take on different roles in each selection, much like characters in a play. Mason District Park Amphitheater
: 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
FREE 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Chinese Cultural Heritage Night (Chinese Dance/Music)
Celebrate the evening with Chinese folk music and traditional dance.Ossian Hall Park
: 7900 Heritage Drive, Annandale, VA 22003
FREE 7:30 p.m. Chopteeth (Afrofunk)
Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakinā?T West African and American popular music on the planet.Workhouse Arts Center At Lorton
: 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia 22079
FREE 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 1Kings Park Band (Big Band)
The Kings Park Band was formed in 1965 with nine people, donated sheet music and a basement rehearsal room. It has grown to a full concert band of over 55 adults with a paid professional conductor. The dedicated volunteer members of the Kings Park Concert Band carry on the American community band tradition in free public concerts.
Mason District Park Amphitheater: 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
FREE 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances to quickly search all 200 performances by date, location, type of music and more to find the performances you want. sign up for the Concert E-Newsletter
Shirlie’s Girls Night Out
July 5, 2012 from 5-11pm
Calling all lady Shirlies! Shirlie is inviting you once a month to enjoy trunk shows, cocktails, restaurants specials and more during Shirlie's Girls Night Out. Meet up with your fellow Shirlies the First Thursday of each month from 5-10pm.Merchant Specials:Ah Love Oil & Vinegar
Join Shirlie and the girls at Ah love from 5-9 on Thurs, July 5th. 20% off everything in the store; shop while sipping White Peach Bubbly. One lucky visitor will leave with a splendid gift basket; get your name on our mailing list at www.ahloveoilandvinegar.comAladdin's Eatery
Enjoy half price bottles of wine and martinisThe Bungalow
Enjoy half price bottles of wine, beer specials and all you can eat pasta buffet.
$3.50 Blue Moon drafts
$3.50 Fat Tire drafts
$3.50 Sam Seasonal drafts
Stop by for a chance to win a Diamond! All ladies will receive a raffle ticket upon arrival. Giveaways & the grand diamond prize will be drawn at 9pm. Must be present to win.Busboys & Poets
"The Skinny Strawberry". Skinny Girl Tangerine Vodka with Muddled Strawberries & Mint.$6.CakeLove
Buy 2 cupcakes, get one cupcake free. (Valid during Girls Night Out hours only. Not valid with any other offer or promotion. )Capitol City Brewing Company
Shop from a designer hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry collection while you sip half priced “Signature Martinis” and wine from 6pm-9pm (ladies only). Receive a free Cap City logo pint glass with each jewelry purchase of $25 or more. A piece from the jewelry collection will be raffled off at 8:30pm.Cheesetique
20% off all bottles of wine purchased in the restaurant.
Sip a specialty Shirlie cocktailDogma Bakery & Boutique
Adopt a cat from Animal Welfare League of Arlington! Receive 15% off all cat products. Enjoy special drinks while visiting with the cats and shopping at Dogma. $15 drop-off dog wash for all ladies visiting the Village merchants that evening. We will wash your dog while you shop! If your dog would rather you wash her, then $10 self-wash if also available. Extra Virgin Modern Italian Cuisine
Come celebrate our Independence with RJ ROCKER's Patriot Ale for $3 or a refreshing Malibu Independence for $5.Hair Cuttery
Stop by to pick up your instant savings scratch offHilton Garden Inn
Shirlie Girls, treat yourselves to one of our $5 signature martinis and cocktails and ½ priced appetizers from 4 – 10pmJohnny Rockets
Milkshake samples for all lady Shirlies!Luna Grill & Diner
$5 Special Martinis & Cocktails, 1/2 price appetizers, 1/2 price draft beers. (Valid in bar and restaurant area)PING
Savor a signature Shirlie Cocktail for $6.Periwinkle
Shop til you drop, now for extended hours til 9pm! Enjoy 10% off your purchase while sipping on bubbly and tasting cupcakes.Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub
Join us for "Sam surely discounts Shirlie's”. All Shirlie's get 20% off all bottled wine.
Try the Terry's Chocolate Orange Martini, and Shirlicious both cocktails are made with Ahh Love Oil's fabulous flavored balsamic vinegars.Signature Theater
Signature opens its air-conditioned doors once more for its annual Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret. With a different act each night, there’s always something to keep you entertained! Tickets to one cabaret event are just $25 each. Call 703 820 9771 or go to the Box Office in person to purchase your All-Access Pass or individual tickets today!THAI Shirlington
Kick off your girls night out on a bubbly note with our special Mint Cherry Bellini made with Cherry mix, fresh lime juice, mine and champagne for $5.VisualEyes Optical Boutique
Trunk Show: Gucci
All Gucci frames will be 30% off ( Not valid with Insurance)
Keri Roberts has been teaching dance and fitness for the last 10 years and recently opened eMotion in Burke - a dance and fitness studio for adults
offering smaller class sizes in a nurturing environment. Keri started dancing 20 years ago and started her journey with recreational class. She then began competing and eventually earned her BFA in dance at George Mason University. It was there she found her other love of fitness and became a certified trainer and group fitness instructor.
Keri knew she always wanted to own a studio but she needed to gain more experience. She continued teaching for many gyms and dance studios working with people ages 3-85. She’s worked with athletes, children with Down syndrome, and senior citizens. It wasn’t until she started working with adults did she realize where her passion was. She found that adults listened and wanted to learn. They had high expectations for themselves, and she found a special place for beginners. “I know so many people that have said they always wanted to learn how to dance, but they felt they were too old. They had been to classes that were too advanced or that were filled with kids. I want to create a place that catered to those that always wanted to learn how to dance and to those who used to dance as a kid and miss it. I want my studio to be a place that focused on quality instruction in a nurturing environment,” said Keri. Each class has no more than 10-15 students per class to allow for one-on-one attention. It gives enough space for the students to move around, and it allows the instructors to get to know each and every person.How did you get the courage to open your own store and what motivated you?
I knew I always wanted to open a studio, and I finally realized that working 6 places doing what I loved for little money wasn’t working. If I wanted to make this a living and set it up the way I wanted, it was time to do my own thing. It was a scary thing to start considering it was only a few months away from my wedding and money was tight. My biggest support system has always been my parents. They told me to look at the numbers: how many people would follow me? How much would I need to charge? How much would a space cost? If the numbers proved it could work, then it would be a good idea. After sitting down with my dad, who is a successful business owner himself, and an accountant to work all the numbers out, I realized this idea would work! With the support from my parents and my husband and my passion for the idea, I was set to open my space.How many hours do you put in?
Well at this point, I am the primary instructor teaching 12 out of the 16 classes we offer. It takes me about 2-3 hours per day to prepare for classes, plus the time it takes to market the business, work with my instructors to make them better, do the accounting, setting up events, etc. This probably totals about 40-50 hours a week plus I’m still teaching elsewhere in the morning at this point to help supplement my income.How do you keep a positive outlook?
I love what I do! I love dance and movement and seeing people succeed. I’m working another job and would work another if I needed to to make this work. It’s not just about dance and getting in shape. To me, it’s a place that provides its students with confidence, friendships, challenges, and, most importantly, a family. The moment you walk into the studio you feel the sense of family, that sense that no matter who you are, everyone cares about you and wants you to succeed and feel special. I think everyone needs that. I just provide it through dance and exercise.Describe yourself in three words:
passionate, caring, positiveWhat do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Since I’ve only been open for 5 months, I think my greatest achievement is knowing that what I’m doing is making people feel seen, heard and cared for.What are your professional goals for the next six months?
I’d like to be a bigger part of my community and show my local area what we do. I’d love to continue to offer great workshops with some of the best instructors around. How does your company stay connected through social media?
You can follow us on: Facebook
, PinterestWhat profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Hmm. It pretty much falls along the same lines, but I love teaching and so I’d love to mentor and help others become great teachers as well.How do you maintain a work/life balance?
It’s definitely hard starting out, but my husband and I make Friday evenings for the two of us every week. My family lives in NJ, and I make sure we schedule a time to see them either there or here every month or every other month.What website do you visit every day?
Facebook! I love seeing pictures of people’s kids and weddings, etc.What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
What am I going to have for breakfast! It’s my favorite part of the day, and I love starting it with a healthy meal.What book do you casually put out on your coffee table to impress visitors?
I love photography. So any book that has great photos is one I love sharing.What is your favorite spot to visit in Northern Virginia?
Burke Lake Park – I love walking along the trail. It’s so peaceful.What is your goal for retirement?
Well, that’s a pretty long time away, but I’d love to be like my grandparents: eat healthy, workout, spend time with family and go on lots of vacations.Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
I think the biggest piece of advice I can give is to find companies you think are great at what they do. It doesn’t even have to be the same type of business. Then contact the owner or someone who is a higher up who had worked there for a long time. I’ve spoken to some amazing people all over the world via email and in person. I’ve learned so much about business from them and it made me think of things I never would have considered otherwise.
I visited my parents' house this weekend which is in the "country"... not really, but they have a neat little farmer's market next to a gas station by their house. We stopped in for some fruits and veggies... I walked out with 4 bags of veggies for 18 dollars. I'm talking like 15lbs of veggies (plus a loaf of pumpkin bread) for less than a Jackson.
· Three green peppers (larger than a soda can) for $1.
· Two eggplans (twice the size of the green peppers) for $1.
· my favorite steal: TWO POUNDS of fresh, local zucchini for $1.
Can I find deals like that at any local fruit stand/farmer's market?
i apologize for the grainy pic. my phone was getting a cloudy lens with the hot hot heat of the summer swelter.
America's birthday party is being celebrated this year in DC on Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 3 PM-10 PM
Ticket are selling very quickly! Click here
to purchase your tickets.
American is taking over the National Harbor Waterfront, including the entire pavilion and beach areas, as well as both piers as we set up three outdoor stages to bring you the best entertainment in the DC area. Enjoy live music featuring Eve 6, Ozomatli, The Dance Party, Lost in Paris and See-i! Dance the night away to multiple DJs including Skratch & Sniff, DJ Chris Styles, and DJ Pat Premier! There will be delicious food from the DC area's most popular food vendors including Famous Daves BBQ and the Hard Times Cafe
Miller Lite and Bacardi will be at your side for great drinks everywhere to quench your summer thirst. And the night couldn’t end any better without a spectacular firework show right off the pier! Make your plans now and turn it into a weekend by booking your discounted hotel room at the Gaylord!
Great American Festival and National Harbor bring you…
- 3 stages to bring over 12 bands and DJ’s!
- Miller Lite, Bacardi and Eristoff vodka drinks!
- Unique dockside and beach area!
- Fireworks over Potomac!
- *VIP and group tickets available to purchase!
MAIN EVENT TICKETS: $39.99
- Entertainment by 10 Incredible bands and DJs
- Main Event areas feature Miller Lite Beer, Bacardi Rum and Eristoff Vodka drinks, as well as multiple food vendors
- Access to Main Band & DJ Stages, beach, pavilion and piers
- Ticket holders must be 21+
- NO REFUNDS
VIP TICKETS: $69.99
- Exclusive express registration & entry
- Access to all Main Event party areas, as well as private VIP areas including the Foster's Tent and VIP section of North Pier, which has great views of the Main Stage
- ALL BEER INCLUDED! Complimentary Miller Lite, Peroni, and Leinenkugel Summer Shandy drafts (Spirits, soft drinks and water may be purchased separately)
- Private VIP Acoustic Stage in Foster's Tent with special acoustic performances by The Dance Party, See-I, Ozomatli, and more to be announced
- Private VIP DJ sets by DJs Neekola & Flounder Premium views of the fireworks celebration
- Private VIP air conditioned restrooms
- Ticket holders must be 21+
- NO REFUNDS
Special Discounted Room Rates & Packages will be made available at the Gaylord Hotel.
Book your hotel room for the Great American Festival for the exclusive price of just $169/night! *Availability is limited so reserve your room today!Click Here to Reserve Your Room!Click here for more information or to purchase your tickets