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Giving Thanks

WHS has a lot to be thankful for this year. We have found forever homes for thousands of pets, we have a dedicated staff of animal lovers, plus we have generous donors and wonderful volunteers and partners who support us year round. But what we are most thankful for are the animals. They are the life blood of this organization and now it’s our turn to give thanks to them for enriching our lives.

Please join us in giving thanks to these wonderful shelter animals. Here’s what you can do:

Douglas Jemal of Douglas Development Shares His Top 5 D.C. Spots

Check out the list and story below provided by Cultural Tourism DC and sent to us by Alexandra Ludmer.  Cultural Tourism DC asked Douglas Jemal of Douglas Development to share his top five favorite places or events in DC that he believes make the city unique. 

Fenty, Gray Break Ground for Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel at Convention Center

After years of debating, voting, and planning, D.C. officials gathered at the corner of 9th Street and Massachusetts Avenue on Tuesday, November 10th, to break ground on the Washington Marriott Marquis hotel.

"I know I don't have to ask, but I will anyway," D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty questioned the significantly large crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony.  "Is there anyone here who is excited that this day has finally come?" 

The response was a cacophony of joyful screams and cheers, as everyone in attendance was able to see the Capital City's dream project finally become a reality. 

Since the Walter E. Washington Convention Center opened its doors in 2003, the city has yearned for a hotel space grand enough pair with it.  As time has passed without this space, the D.C. government has seen opportunities to develop its tourism industry, as well as improve the city's employment rate, go by the wayside.

Rally to Restore Sanity

    People are quibbling over how many people showed up at the rally to restore sanity on the mall Saturday. I have no idea what the real number is (200,000 or ten million), but I was at the inauguration and took the same metro stop into the city and I've never seen anything like it.     It took about an hour to get on the train and then we were packed like sardines.  At each stop the people on the train would shove closer to each other to try to get more people on. The guy next to me said sharing butt heat from the guy/girl behind him that he couldn't see was a special moment in time, it would be over soon, and he didn't want to know who it was.

Councilman Evans To Host Birthday Celebration, Inviting Whole Community

This story comes to us from Andrew Huff:

Councilmember Jack Evans will host residents from around Ward 2 on Wednesday, October 27 to celebrate his birthday and introduce his new family, including wife Michele Evans.

The event will take place in the Homer Building atrium (601 13th Street, NW) from 6:00pm-8:30pm. 

“I look forward to welcoming friends and colleagues from around the Ward and city to celebrate with me and my new family,” Evans said.  “If you are in the neighborhood, I hope you’ll stop by.”

Evans expects over 100 seniors to join him along with a host of constituents from around Ward 2.

Register for the LUNGevity Foundation Breathe Deep DC 5K Walk NOW!

This story was sent to us by Nina Foster:

The LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s premier grant-making organization to fund research for the detection, treatment, and cure of lung cancer announces the second annual Breathe Deep DC, a 5K walk to raise awareness and critical funds to find a cure for lung cancer. The walk will take place on the National Mall on Sunday, November 7, 2010.

Event day check-in will start at 9 a.m. at the Washington Monument and the walk will begin at 10 a.m..  The walk will take place rain or shine. Walkers must register online at www.lungevity.org/dcwalk by Friday, November 5.