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President Obama To Attend Groundbreaking of African American Museum

February 15, 2012

The Smithsonian Institution announced Wednesday that President Obama will deliver remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), February 22nd starting at 10:00 am.

Actress Phylicia Rashad will be the emcee and musical performers include Denyce Graves, Thomas Hampson, jazz pianist Jason Moran, Stanley Thurston and Howard University Jazz ensemble-Afro Blue.

The construction site of the NMAAHC is at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History.

The Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith Group designed building will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture and will be the first green building on the National Mall.

The museum is scheduled to open in 2015.

The event is by invitation only and not open to the public. The ceremony will be webcast.

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Ultra Violet Flowers and Fleurir for Your Valentine

February 6, 2012

Georgetown's favorite flower shop, Ultra Violet Flowers, is offering a Valentine's Day special with Georgetown's newest chocolate shop, Fleurir.

From now until February 14th, romance your loved one with a signature Valentine's Day flower arrangement and a box of specialty chocolates for $150. It's the first time two complementary Georgetown businesses have joined together to present a unique package to the community, so instead of opting for a standard V-Day flower/chocolate combo, support your local businesses! Both Ultra Violet Flowers and Fleurir Chocolates are known for their creative designs and arrangements, so your sweetheart won't be disappointed. 

To place an order, call Ultra Violet Flowers at 202.333.3002

Visit Ultra Violet and Fleurir to get a sneak peak at what's in store for Valentine's Day. 


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Sugar and Champagne for Our Furry Friends

January 23, 2012

Peanut Butter Mousse from Founding Farmers (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) Peanut Butter Mousse from Founding Farmers
Mark your calendars for February 1st to attend the Washington Humane Society 11th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair, an event to honor the Law Enforcement Officers, Humane Educators, and the countless others that devote themselves to the animal welfare agency. For the first time in eleven years the organization decided to throw a preview of the event for media representatives to give us a taste of what we would be experiencing at the event in two weeks, literally. We were able to sample foods from Founding Farmers, Sticky Fingers, Muse Café at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and many others that will be available during the reception. Among the favorites was a “Tar Tar” of heirloom beets from Equinox, the oatmeal cream cookie from Sticky Fingers, and a peanut butter mousse from Founding Farmers.
Doran Peterson with Sticky Fingers (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) Doran Peterson with Sticky Fingers
Things to get excited about include the opportunity to meet contestants from TLC’s show Next Great Baker, Tommy McFly from 94.7 emceeing the reception, free-flowing champagne, and amazing desserts. Add amazing cocktails to that list as Graffiato and new restaurant Bandolero whipped up some fantastic creative concoctions that left us wanting more.

Tickets to the general reception are $90, while VIP tickets for the Chef’s Tasting Room are $150. The VIP status includes a savory portion to the night before the desserts are brought out (for the rest of the attendees). All proceeds go towards the Washington Humane Society. Visit here to purchase tickets.

Mixologist genius from Bandolero, Sam Babcock, with his wife Stephanie. (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) Mixologist genius from Bandolero, Sam Babcock, with his wife Stephanie.

The event will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

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