WISH Newsletter: Things to Do
WISH Welcome Reception, Wednesday, January 14th, 6:00 pm
WISH Welcome Reception for Spring 2015 interns. Meet your WISH neighbors over catered dinner!
WISH Ballroom on Capitol Hill
NBC4’s Health and Fitness Expo, January 10-11, 2015, 9 am-5 pm.
The annual event offers fun activities to motivate you to take charge of your health. Try a new sport such as golf, skiing or snowboarding with the virtual simulators. Check your body mass index, take a heart risk test, learn about ergonomics and much more.
Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro
Community Class Yoga, January 11, 4:00pm
A holistic yoga session including asana, pranayama, and meditation. All levels are welcome, and a sliding scale means you can pay whatever you want, whether it’s $10, $5, or $0. Whatever you can afford, you are welcome & encouraged to attend.
Columbia Heights Metro
Tuesday Night Poetry Open Mic at Busboys and Poets, January 13, 9:00pm
Every Tuesday night at Busboys and Poets. 9:00pm-11:00pm. Hosts vary each week.
U Street Metro
Pressing Strings, Will Duvall, Eileen Graham, January 16, 7:00pm
Pressing Strings is a soul stirring trio based out of the musically fertile scene of Annapolis, Maryland. Their sound is versatile and stems from lead singer Jordan Sokel’s soulful, bluesy songwriting combined with a solid and dynamic rhythm section.
Recitation of the “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Lincoln Memorial, date TBA
The National Park Service will place a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial, on the steps where Dr. King gave his 1963 speech. The recitation of the “I Have a Dream” speech will be presented by students of Washington, DC’s Watkins Elementary School.
Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, ongoing until January 19
This exhibition commemorates the 800th anniversary of the creation of Magna Carta, the charter of liberties that England’s King John granted to his barons in 1215 in order to halt their rebellion and restore their allegiance to his throne.
Capitol South Metro
Opening of the DC Street Car, Starting January 19
DC’s transportation will be expanded with the opening of the 37 mile light rail trolley system. The first line to open starts just a couple of blocks from the WISH office, on H Street near Union Station. Fares, though not yet determined, are affordable.
Let Freedom Ring Concert, January 19, 6:00 pm
The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration featuring the Let Freedom Ring Choir and other special guests honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in a free Millennium Stage concert. Tickets are required and will be distributed the day of the event in front of the Concert Hall beginning at 5 p.m. The 2015 concert features nine-time Grammy Award® -winning singer and actress Natalie Cole.
Free (tickets required)
Foggy Bottom Metro
DC Restaurant Week, January 19-25, 2015
Try three course lunches and dinners at some famous DC restaurants for a fixed price.
All around DC
The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis, January 21, 7:30pm
Come join this free event, hosted by two former congressional campaign committee chairmen, which discusses the gridlocked state of our political system and the possibility of reform.
Free, reservations recommended.
National Archives Metro
Alexandria Restaurant Week January 23-February 1, 2015.
More than 45 restaurants will be offering special menus and pricing to entice visitors to dine in Alexandria, Virginia, just five miles south of Washington, DC. The restaurants are offering either a three-course pre-fixe dinner or dinner for two, both priced at $35.
King Street Metro
Eastern Market, Tuesday-Sunday, hours vary
Welcome to Eastern Market, Washington DC’s original and premier food & arts market. Located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, Eastern Market is DC’s destination for fresh food, community events, and on weekends, local farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts.
Eastern Market Metro
Free Performances at Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, every night 6:00pm
Free concerts every night, with a variety of performers, from comedians to symphony orchestras. See website for full schedule.
Foggy Bottom Metro
Washington Memorial Tour, ongoing
Get a bird’s eye view of the nation’s capital from the Washington Monument. This popular attraction is limited to ticketholders only. Tickets are required for all visitors ages 2 and up.
Ice Skating at the National Sculpture Garden, through March 16
The 2014–2015 ice-skating season at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink on the National Mall.
$7.00 with student ID, skate rentals available.
Judiciary Square Metro
Arlington National Cemetery
For a more solemn sightseeing experience, stroll the grounds of the Arlington National Cemetery. The 624 acre park has a paved road for visitors and overlooks almost all of DC. Make sure to stop and visit the Welcome Center, the Kennedy grave site, and see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Arlington National Cemetery Metro