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Outdoor Movies This Summer

July 3rd, 2014 | Comments Off on Outdoor Movies This Summer | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Watching movies on a large screen outdoors has become a popular summer activity. There are several outdoor movie festivals in the Washington, DC area. Most of the movies are free and offer a great opportunity for families to enjoy some time together under the stars.

1. Screen on the Green

Photo by Miller Taylor

Mondays, July 21 – August 11, 2014
Washington, DC
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2. Films at the Stone – Martin Luther King Memorial

Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Thursdays, June 19; July 24; and August 28, 2014
Martin Luther King Memorial
Washington DC
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3. Drive-in Movies at Union Market

Fridays, April 18-May 9, 2014
Union Market
305 5th Street, NE
Washington DC
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4. Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival

Fridays, May 30-August 22, 2014
Gateway Park
Rosslyn, Virginia
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5. NoMa Summer Screen

Photo courtesy of NoMa BID

Wednesdays May 28-August 20, 2014
Family Film Nights are on select Tuesdays
L Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, NE
Washington, DC
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6. Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movies

Photo courtesy of Capitol Riverfront BID

Thursdays, June 5-September 4, 2014
Canal Park, M St and 2nd St, SE
Washington, DC
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7. Crystal Screen Outdoor Film Festival

Photo courtesy of Crystal BID

Mondays, June 2-August 25, 2014
18th and South Bell Streets
Crystal City, Virginia
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8. National Harbor Movies on the Potomac

Photo courtesy of National Harbor

Sundays, May 25 – Sept 28, 2014
Waterfront Street
National Harbor
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9. Golden Cinema Series

Fridays, May 16–June 27, 2014
Farragut Square NW
Washington DC.
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10. Bethesda Outdoor Movies-Stars on the Avenue

Photo Courtesy of Bethesda Urban Partnership

July 22-26, 2014
Woodmont Triangle
Bethesda, Maryland
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11. Alexandria Comcast Outdoor Film Festival

July 17-18, 2014
Waterfront Park
King Street
Alexandria, Virginia
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12. Greenbelt Outdoor Movies

Select Saturdays, May 31-October 4, 2014
Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center
101 Centerway
Greenbelt, Maryland


13. Lake Anne Summer Outdoor Movies

Photo Courtesy of Lake Anne Plaza

Second Sunday of the month, May-September 2014
Lake Ann Plaza Waterfront
Reston, Virginia
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14. Outdoor Movies on Rockville Town Square

Photo courtesy of Rockville Town Square

Thursdays, June 12-August 21, 2014
Rockville Town Square
Rockville, Maryland
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15. Columbia’s Lakefront Summer Festival Movies

Mondays and Fridays, June 20-Spetmber 13, 2014
Columbia Town Center
10320 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Columbia, Maryland
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16. Family Movie Nights in Woodbridge, VA

Sundays, May 18 – August 28, 2014
Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center
15151 Potomac Town Place
Woodbridge, VA
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17. U Street Outdoor Movies – Harrison Field Under the Stars

June 18, July 16, August 20, and September 17, 2014.
V St. between 13th and 14th Sts.
Washington DC
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18. Comcast Outdoor Film Festival – Rockville

2014 Dates to Be Announced
Drive-in at a New Location! – MCPS Board of Education Building, 850 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, Maryland
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Beyond Thunder Dumb

July 3rd, 2014 | Comments Off on Beyond Thunder Dumb | Posted in U-Tube

Beyond Thunder Dumb: When Lightning Strikes…

More than 80% of lightning fatalities are men who did not seek shelter from an approaching storm, but instead kept on fishing, boating, golfing, biking, or working outdoors. Be prepared by recognizing danger and knowing what to do and what not to do. If you can hear thunder, even a distant rumble, lightning is close enough to strike you. Immediately seek shelter in a substantial building or a metal-topped vehicle.

Swimming Pool Safety

July 3rd, 2014 | Comments Off on Swimming Pool Safety | Posted in U-Tube

Swimming Pool Safety

Swimming pools are fun, but also potentially dangerous to young children. Learn ways to keep your loved ones safe. Spokespersons: Nadina Riggsby, Parent; Madelyn Flannigan, Independent Insurance Agents of America.

Planning a Road Trip

July 3rd, 2014 | Comments Off on Planning a Road Trip | Posted in Live Well, Work Well

shutterstock_72936568Now that summer is here, many people are planning road trips for their vacations. Going on a road trip during the summer can be fun and liberating, but it can also be a source of stress and danger if you don’t take the proper precautions. If you plan on traveling by car this summer, follow these tips to ensure your trip is safe and carefree.

Car Maintenance:

  • Perform basic maintenance on your vehicle. Replace oil, wipers, fluids or the air filter if necessary.
  • Have your brake pads inspected.
  • Check your battery’s charge and terminals.
  • Check tires for tears and for bulges on the side wall. Also check your treads. If you don’t have a gauge, insert a quarter upsidedown into the tread. If the quarter stops while Washington’s head is visible, your tires are too worn to be driven on safely.

Trip Planning

  • Try to pack as lightly as possible to save on gas and stress, and to make your car more maneuverable. Most new cars have the total weight you can carry printed on the driver’s side door.
  • If you’re driving with kids, make sure you pack enough snacks, water, games, videos and music to keep them occupied and comfortable during your journey.
  • Bring GPS navigation to avoid getting lost, or to receive notification on traffic conditions ahead. Be aware that these can drain your phone’s battery or may not be available where there is no Internet connection, so make sure you have a
    contingency plan (such as a map).

  • Make sure your car has up-to-date tags and insurance. Among the worst things that can happen during a road trip are having your car ticketed or impounded for letting those things lapse.


  • Pack an emergency kit. Include a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, tools, water and nonperishable food items.
  • Wear your seat belt. Not only is this a life-saving precaution, but in most states it’s also the law.
  • Keep your eyes on the road. Pull over to adjust any GPS settings and make phone calls. Never text while you are driving.
  • Stay alert. Take breaks to recover from the strain of long-distance driving. Always stop for a break when tired.
  • Use your turn signals when changing lanes or making a turn, and turn on your headlights when it’s raining or dark out so other drivers can see you.
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Healthy Meals On A Budget

July 3rd, 2014 | Comments Off on Healthy Meals On A Budget | Posted in Misc

Healthy Meals On A Budget

Eating healthy on a limited budget may seem impossible, but with a little time, planning and strategic shopping, you can eat healthier and stay within your means.

Healthy Meals On A Budget_textImportance of Planning

Planning your meals for the week is the best place to start. Planning will help you make sure you are including foods from each food group—pay special attention to serving enough fruits and vegetables in family meals. Also, it helps you achieve a healthy balance—for instance, if you plan to serve a food higher in fat or salt, you can plan low-fat or low-salt foods to go with it.

In addition, planning saves time and money. Making a shopping list helps you know what food you already have, and what food you need—and helps avoid pricey “impulse” buys. Plus, planning your meals means fewer trips to the grocery store and helps you make use of leftover food and ingredients.

Planning Tips

  • Build the main part of your meal around rice, noodles or other grains. Use smaller amounts of meat, poultry, fish or eggs.
  • Add variety to family favorites and try new, low-cost recipes. There are many online resources for finding healthy recipes.
  • Try new ways to cook foods, such as a slow cooker or crock-pot, to make meals easier to prepare.
  • Make use of leftovers to save time and money. For instance, if you make a pot roast, serve half of it and freeze the rest to use later in a casserole.
  • When time allows, cook large batches of certain meals and freeze family-size portions for meals later in the month.

Tips for Shopping

  • After planning your meals, make a list of all the foods you need (don’t forget to check the kitchen first!)
  • Look for coupons for the foods you plan to buy.
  • Avoid convenience foods (fancy baked goods, frozen meals, etc.); you can usually make these at home much cheaper and can control the nutritional value as well.
  • Try store brands. They cost less and generally taste as good and have equal nutritional value.
  • When buying produce, buy what is in season. Compare fresh, frozen and canned to see which is cheapest.
  • Buy only the amount of a food that your family will eat before it spoils.
  • Read food labels and choose foods with less fat, sodium or calories, and more vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • When your budget allows, buy extra, low-cost nutritious foods like potatoes and frozen orange juice concentrate. These foods keep well.

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