Get there early to make sure you get a good seat on the lawn! More details: www.herndonrocks.com
This summer, we've been checking out the FREE family concerts in Herndon on Friday nights. I had never been before -- but the shows are awesome, the kids run free, and they serve food, drinks, and alcohol. Bring some cash for your kids to hit up the Dairy Queen tent!
Get there early to make sure you get a good seat on the lawn! More details: www.herndonrocks.com
Encouraging women to become masters of their GYN health, The Center for Innovative GYN Care (CIGC) will host a free educational series this summer in Rockville, Maryland.
Kicking off on July 20th at the Rockville Hilton Hotel (1750 Rockville Pike), the first educational forum will focus on conditions that cause infertility, such as large uterine fibroids, severe endometriosis and pelvic adhesions, and minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat these conditions, including new fibroid removal options.
Infertility touches many lives – an estimated 6.7 million American women. The surgeons will discuss how new minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as LAAM and DualPortGYN, can help to drastically improve a woman’s chance of getting pregnant, while also improving recovery from the surgery itself.
Attendees at the educational session will also get a chance to meet Danni Starr from Hot 99.5 and Jenni Chase from WASH-FM and be entered to win a VIP package to the iHeartRadioMusic Festival in Las Vegas!
Minimally Invasive Fibroid Removal & Conditions that Affect Fertility
When: Monday, July 20, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Where: Rockville Hilton Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Audience: Women & couples who struggle with fibroids or other conditions causing infertility who want to learn about surgical options that can improve their health and chances of getting pregnant.
Register: Click here to register.
Future sessions will focus on new minimally invasive hysterectomy procedures & other complex GYN conditions. Visit www.innovativegyn.com for more information.
by Stephen Diehl
Relatively-Short Spoiler Free Performance Review: Second exit to the right and straight on ‘til morning! Errrr, I mean, ‘til Tysons’. I recently was lucky enough to visit “Neverland” by entering a huge tent in a parking lot down the street from the Tysons Corner Mall. What could possibly be different about this performance of a tale that’s been around for over a century? Three hundred and sixty degrees, CGI effects, and fantastic aerial acrobatics, that’s what. I think we all know the basic story of the boy who refused to grow up (no, not Michael Jackson, but rather “Peter Pan”) and so I’ll save you from a rehash. Except to say that this performance differed in some ways from the theatrical and TV versions; “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
That said, this performance is fun for the whole family although it may benefit younger viewers to have seen another version previously (such as Disney’s classic animated version) as it may make it easier for them to follow the high flying, acrobatic action they see on (and above) stage. Speaking of the stage, this one is circular—so all the action is quite visible from anywhere in the tent. And since the tent is entirely supported by external trusses, there are no pillars or poles inside to obstruct the view; there’s really no bad seat in the house. And there are no obstacles to the “flying” which was spectacular with the cast soaring more than 40 feet above the audience at times.
And speaking of Disney, it’s worth noting that this is NOT a Disney production so you shouldn’t expect to hear either familiar Disney songs or those from the more familiar theatrical versions. However, that is entirely okay, as the music and Cirque de Soleil like performances make for a very enjoyable time. I personally enjoyed Peter Pan 360’s take on Captain Hook’s feared nemesis, the crocodile, who was intimidating and endearing with its clothespin teeth and visible human actors operating from within the skeletal frame.
I’m sure you’ll also enjoy helping the audience bring Tinker Bell back to life. Speaking of the audience, I was surprised to see that—while there were many adults with children—there were also a number of adults there WITHOUT children. I guess some of us still like escaping the daily grind with a journey to a land where one’s imagination rules supreme.
This journey was a fully engrossing experience with multimedia projection in 360 degrees all along the tent’s interior making for a fanciful flight through London and throughout the entire stay in Neverland. Note that the production runs for 2 hours which includes a 20 minute intermission. The bathrooms were surprisingly pleasant as they were located in trailers with running water. Definitely a step up (literally and otherwise) from the Porta Potties that typically accompany an event located in an outdoor venue.
As for parking, although you can pay $25 for one of the limited spaces adjacent to the site, I’d suggest simply taking the production company’s recommendation to park at Tyson’s Corner (Garage A). From there it is a relatively short walk with officials assisting in crossing the main streets. And there are a number of local production attendants to direct you to the venue. My biggest regret regarding the show? The dread I felt upon leaving with the knowledge that I’d have to get up the next day to work at my “big boy job” instead of remaining in a place where I could spend my time—fun and fancy free—in a land where I make all the rules.
You can experience your own ‘Neverland Adventure” through August 16th. For more information and tickets, visit peterpan360.com.
We've been big fans of Dr. Charlie and Dentistry for Children for quite some time! Their staff is amazing - and now, they're opening a new office in Fairfax! To celebrate, we're giving away a Longchamp Le Pilage Large Shoulder Tote with Pouchette for one lucky winner! Enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below:)
From the Dentistry for Children team: "Let them see the world while they see the dentist. From floor to ceiling, this dentist office is like no other. Our “Adventures Around the Nation's Capital” theme makes each visit stress-free and full of fun. As pediatric dental specialists, we know dental health is about more than keeping teeth healthy – it’s about keeping children happy. And when dentistry is this fun, you can be sure your child will grow into healthy, smiling adults. Call 703-665-1206 to schedule an appointment at Dentistry for Children in Fairfax or visit http://dentistry4childrenva.com/contact-us/request-appointment/. Appointments begin July 10!"
*giveaway sponsored by Dentistry for Children of Northern Virginia.
Carluccio’s, the celebrated Italian restaurant, cafe and market opened in Old Town Alexandria! Set on the corner of King Street and South Union Street in Old Town, residents in the Washington Metropolitan area can now taste and experience Carluccio’s true flavors of Italy that Italian food lovers across the world have been enjoying for years. From a quick espresso at the bar, to a leisurely al fresco lunch on the patio, to browsing the gourmet market with more than 80 imported products sourced direct from small artisan producers in Italy, Old Town residents, foodies and families alike are in store for a real Italian treat!
We had a chance to swing by the media preview and sample the restaurant fare prior to the grand opening events and meet Mr. Carluccio and his amazing staff. Thank you to Sarah from Tiny Sparrow Photography for taking the photos in the gallery!
Carluccio’s is open Monday – Friday 6 a.m. (Italian Market) 7 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. (Restaurant); Saturday 7 a.m. (Italian Market) 8 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. (Restaurant); Sunday 7 a.m. (Italian Market) 8 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Restaurant); Sunday Brunch 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.carlucciosusa.com. You can also follow Carluccio’s on Facebook, Twitter @CarlucciosUS and Instagram @CarlucciosUS.
Earlier this week, I popped into Athleta Tysons to grab some yoga outfits and tennis gear for summer. I met with Christina, the store manager, and went to town in the dressing room trying everything on. Athleta has a pretty neat service on their website that allows you to reserve items prior to arriving in-store... so when you show up, everything that you've selected is already for you in your fitting room! Saves SO much time and perfect for shopping with kids in tow!
I have to admit that I had no idea Athleta also sold casual wear for post-workout -- and I even picked up that cute pink dress that I wore to the Whole Foods Market Ashburn VIP party.
This Sunday, you can join Athleta and East Meets West in celebration of the first official day of summer. East Meets West will guide you through your morning practice to welcome and honor the change in season while simultaneously strengthening your physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Sunday June 21, 2015 from 11:00a-12:00p
Meadowlark Botanical Garden, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna VA 22182
RSVP via Eventbrite. This event is FREE and open to the public
Athleta will be offering free goodie bags to first 100 people with RSVP. Athleta will be hosting a trunk show with new summer items to compliment your yoga practice. Raffle, Prizes and more from East Meets West and Athleta.
Follow Athleta Tysons on Twitter for updates and more events!
Excited to announce that I've partnered with Quicken Loans National and Tiger Woods Foundation as the co-sponsor for my June event! They will be bringing tons of giveaways and swag. The tournament is July 27-Aug 2 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville. Check out the volunteer opportunities on the #QLNational site.
RSVP Here: Real Housewives of Northern Virginia: June Girls Night Out at Hyatt Fair Lakes sponsored by Quicken Loans National
Last night, I invited my girl Angelica from Clarendon Moms to be my +1 for my FAVORITE event of the year -- the AT&T Best of Washington Party at the National Building Museum. We hopped a ride via Reston Limo so that we could thoroughly enjoy ourselves in the VIP area of the party. Each year, the event raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- and I'm pretty sure that they announced last night that this year, they raised more than $1 million dollars!
There were delicious cocktails and fare from Washingtonian's "100 Very Best Restaurant Winners" all under one roof. Unfortunately, my phone died before I could take any pics of the food and drink - but it's definitely an event worth checking out next year if you missed it - and for a great cause!
Stay connected with AT&T in DC on twitter @DCMobility!
On Tuesday night, I partnered with the new Whole Foods Market Ashburn to throw an AMAZING pre-grand opening party to announce the grand opening date: July 29! Thanks to everyone who came out to Old Ox Brewery to celebrate with us! Check out some of the photos below and you can view the full album on my Facebook Page.
Last year, we bought tennis rackets at Dick's and an oversized box of balls at Costco. We decided we were going to start playing tennis, casually, just for some sun and exercise. Little did I know how competitive I'd be - and how much fun we'd have playing with the neighbors and our kids on the court.
To amp up my game, I searched for tennis lessons in DC and found an awesome web site called Play Your Court - where you can arrange lessons with a tennis pro online and they'll come right to your home court for instruction.
The site was easy to use, and when you go through the process of selecting your skill level, age, and goals, Play Your Court will show you your matches. You can see photos of the tennis professionals in your area, as well as their locations, experience, and hourly rates. Even better, there are customer reviews that you can read for your recommended professionals.
B and I had a lesson, in the hot hot heat, with Lancy. She was so lovely! Knowing that I had signed B up to be a part of the tennis lesson, she brought special kids balls and set him up with drills on his own court while she and I practiced right next to him.
I learned SO much in just one short hour. It's amazing how all of the little tips and pointers can really improve your overall game. I always felt confident in my forehand, but struggled with an appropriate follow through. I also FINALLY figured out how to make better contact on my two-handed backhand. At the end, with a quick flip of my fingers, I was more comfortable serving that I have ever been.
If you're looking for tennis lessons in DC, check out Play Your Court. I'm ready to sign up for my next lesson! My neighbors better watch out for my backhand! :)
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