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Bloomingdale's 13th Annual' Love Where You Live' Charity Event

Bloomingdale’s will host Love Where You Live on Thursday, October 20 and 21, 2009 from 10am-10pm in its three area locations: Chevy Chase, Tysons Corner and White Flint.  Dedicated to supporting six of the Washington, D.C. area’s prominent non-profit organizations, this charity event features live entertainment, fashion events, culinary demonstrations, incredible discounts, and more, as well as focuses on giving back to the community.  This year’s charities include Autism Speaks, U.S. Dream Academy, National Capital Area of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Junior League of Washington, Family Support Center and Choral Arts Society.

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Community Invited to Celebrate National 'Make a Difference Day'

This was sent to us by Christopher Copley of Volunteer Fairfax:

Fairfax County, VA – Registration opens on September 20 for this year’s VolunteerFest®, to be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Over 1,500 volunteers are needed at area nonprofits, schools and parks to complete 31 projects on this county-wide day of service, held in conjunction with national “Make a Difference Day.” Individuals, families, corporations and civic groups are encouraged to participate.

The 16th annual VolunteerFest® encompasses a variety of volunteer projects, including assembling care packages for troops, entertaining seniors, creating wildlife habitats, painting houses and beautifying libraries inside and out across Fairfax County.

“In this time of economic distress, we should realize that service is a solution to some our toughest challenges and volunteers are needed now more than ever,” says Jeanne Sanders, executive director of Volunteer Fairfax. 

Celebrate Fairfax

Get ready to have some fun! Come out to the Celebrate Fall for Fairfax event this Saturday at Fairfax Government Center. Fall for Fairfax will run from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Activities include a train ride, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, inflatables and several kid's performances. There will also be exhibits on education, sport and fitness, public saftey, personal health and the environment.

It is free to attend. For more info please go to http://www.celebratefairfax.com/ or you can contact (703) 324-3247.

Suits and Sneakers Extravaganza

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) will host its first “Suits & Sneakers Extravaganza” on Thursday, October 7, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm. The event will benefit the Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s facilities and activities as well as programs of the GMCC. 


McLean area restaurants, including Assaggi Osteria, Café Oggi, Evo Bistro, Fluffy Thought Cakes, J. Gilbert’s Wood Fired Steak and Seafood, JR’S Custom Catering and the Pavilions of Turkey Run, La Sandia, and Wildfire, will provide the gourmet fare. The evening will also feature live music from the McLean Orchestra, a cigar-tasting tent, and the opportunity to sample fine wines recommended by a sommelier. Sponsors of the event will have the chance to imbibe cocktails by Todd Thrasher, the celebrity mixologist famed for his innovative cocktails at Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia.


Favorite Restaurant

So, I have been in Chicago for the past few days getting out and checking out the sites - it is crazy how much that town has changed since I lived there. It’s always good to get back to my roots and the food there – unreal. I forget how many great restaurants there are out there and that is probably because I spend my life in one. So, I need some help. I don’t have much time to get out so I need some recommendations for some of Virginia and DC’s best restaurants. Any type of food, any type of ambiance – I just want to know what the next place is that I should try. Hook a brother up.

Also, in case you want to follow me further, check out my blog at http://stevenlukisblog.wordpress.com/. Look forward to seeing you there.

Embassy Suites Running "Uber Fan" Giveaway Contest

This story about an Embassy Suites giveaway contest was sent to us by Maryellen Conroy:

Throughout the month of September, Embassy Suites Hotels is bringing “fans” back to Facebook. But don’t expect to find everyday run-of-the-mill fans on the Embassy Facebook page.  These fans do more than click a button to show their love – or “like.”

These fans are entering the Embassy Suites Über Fan Contest.  The all-suites hotel brand wants to reward one grand prize winner with the tools to take their passion on the road: a $10,000 cash prize, 20 free nights at any Embassy Suites and an iPhone 4 to document the experience.

For more information log onto Embassy Suites Facebook Fan page.