It's Steaming

A Band of Sisters & Brothers Strengthen Women's Power

February 26, 2019

A celebration on Capitol Hill of a landmark act that builds women’s economic muscle not only in the USA but everywhere was held on Monday, supported by MARS Incorporated and CARE, the international philanthropic organization.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence, co-chair of Congressional Bipartisan Women's Caucus (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Rep. Brenda Lawrence, co-chair of Congressional Bipartisan Women's Caucus

The legislation was praised by Rep. Brenda Lawrence, co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Womens Caucus, and former Rep. Ed Royce, an author of the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act (WEEE).

President Donald Trump signed the act in January.

Former Rep. Ed Royce, author of legislation to advance women's empowerment (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Former Rep. Ed Royce, author of legislation to advance women's empowerment

“We have a lot of work to do when it comes to women empowerment,’ said Lawrence.  “CARE, your leadership is not going unnoticed.”  She then pledged to fight to make sure that Congress funds the work yet to be done.

In his talk to about 80 Hill staffers and others who were instrumental in pushing the legislation to a positive vote, Royce said that despite the reluctance of Congress to pass anything  “I’m still a little astounded we got this bill through….it takes time to change attitudes.”

Kelly Horton, public affairs at MARS, (left) & Kim Frankovich, vice president of Cocoa Sustainability at MARS Wrigley Confectionery (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Kelly Horton, public affairs at MARS, (left) & Kim Frankovich, vice president of Cocoa Sustainability at MARS Wrigley Confectionery

CARE led the coalition effort to successfully fight for the legislation.

CARE CEO and President Michelle Nunn, in a recent op-ed in the newspaper The Hill, said:

“If you really want to help lift entire communities out of poverty for the long-term, they key is by empowering women and girls.” The WEEE Act does just that, boosting global efforts to support women’s economic advancement.

David Ray, president of CARE Action (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) David Ray, president of CARE Action

“The WEEE Act improves USAID’s programs and activities that focus on women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment globally by expanding access to tools, resources, and skills for women entrepreneurs.

“With this legislation, millions of women will have protections around things like inheritance rights and financial inclusion which is critical for the 1 billion women left out of the global banking system,” said Nunn.

“The WEEE Act is a starting point for broader work that will empower women globally, including improving their access to comprehensive health services and addressing gender-based violence, two issues that hold women back from economic empowerment everywhere.”


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Kim Waters Live at Blues Alley Feb. 21-24

February 12, 2019

Saxophonist Kim Waters will be performing live at Blues Alley February 21-24, 2019.


Kim Waters has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in the music business. For close to two decades the saxophonist, composer and producer has been one of the premier architects of Urban Smooth Jazz and a beacon of light in contemporary jazz. He has garnered praise from critics and fans alike, amassing record sales of over a million albums and ranks among the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz. Kim Waters’ music has fine-tuned the perfect combination of sensitivity and brawn, intellect and emotion and technique and soulfulness.

Kim Waters is the epitome of cool. The Washington Post says the model-handsome and charming saxophonist is "like a romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll...he has a flair for composing seductive melodies" while JazzTimes Magazine hails Waters"" sax stylings as "effortlessly expressive."


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Ice Skate in Georgetown Now

November 18, 2018

The Washington Harbour Ice Skating Rink on the Georgetown Waterfront is open November 18, 2018 through March 1, 2019.


Transforming from its interchangeable use as a picturesque fountain and is open for recreational skating every day, including all holidays.


Two for Tuesday Skate: 2 for 1 Admissions on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 pm*

College Night Skate: Each Thursday, $2 off Admission with a Valid College ID between 4:00 - 6:00 pm* 

Cartoon Skate: Saturdays - 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Rock the Rink: Saturdays - 8:00 – 10:00 pm

*Weekly Skating Events not valid on Nov 22, Dec 25, Dec 27 and Jan 1



Whether you’re new to skating, brushing up, or wanting to take your skating to the next level, you’ll love our Learn to Skate classes! Enthusiastic instruction along with an unbeatable view of the Potomac River from the Washington Harbour Ice Rink will make your skating lessons an experience to remember! We teach all ages (3 and up, including adults) and skill levels.  The program stresses a skating environment that is exciting, rewarding, safe, and fun.


Learn to Skate November 2018 – February 2019

Saturdays: 9:00 - 10:00 am or 9:30 - 10:30 am

Session I (9:00 am): December 1, 8, 15, 22

Session II (9:30 am): January 5, 12, 19, 26

Session III: (9:30 am) : February 2, 9, 16, 23

Wednesdays: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Session I: November 28, December 5, 12, 19

Session II: January 9, 16, 23, 30

Session III: February 6, 13, 20, 27

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Any questions regarding group classes OR private lessons can be directed to the Skating Director at

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