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Behind the scenes at the National Christmas Tree lighting

Behind the scenes at the National Christmas Tree lighting

The National Christmas Tree is a great holiday tradition in the D.C. area and best of all, it's free! I was lucky enough to get access as preparations were made for the tree lighting event that took place December 9. The event will be televised on public television and will feature some terrific musical performances including the great B.B. King, Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles, and Ingrid Michaelson. I want to single out 10 year old Jackie Evancho, who gives an amazing rendition of "O Holy Night." Catching the broadcast is worth it for that alone.

Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney Screens "The Pelican Brief"

Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney Screens "The Pelican Brief"

On Thursday, Dec. 9, the Newseum will debut the 2010-2011 "Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney" film series with the thriller "The Pelican Brief."

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams will discuss the movie and take questions from the audience.

Williams joined Fox News in 1997 and is a regular panelist on Fox Broadcasting's Sunday morning public affairs program "Fox News Sunday." He anchors weekend daytime live coverage on the Fox News Channel.

Before joining Fox, Williams spent 23 years at The Washington Post as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist and White House correspondent. He most recently was a senior national correspondent for NPR.

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

When  Miss DC USA pageant director, Althea Smith asked me to be the last female judge for the Miss DC competition, I was ecstatic and of course said "YES".  I hadn't ever done anything like this before and the experience was a ton of fun.  The most suprising part of the competition was how much love and support the girls gave each other. Even though it was a competition, the sisterhood they belong to makes it more like a family than a contest.
 

NYE at The Newseum: Headliners Ball, Dec. 31

When the ball drops at midnight on December 31, the Newseum will be hopping. Preparations are underway for the Newseum to host its first-ever New Year's Eve party at its glamorous location on Pennsylvania Ave. The evening of music, dancing and cocktails will include:

  • One-of-a-kind cocktails and food from Wolfgang Puck.
  • Entertainment by The Mustangs Band of Washington, D.C.
  • Dance jams with DJ Scientific of "Scientific Beats."
  • Access to Newseum exhibits.
  • Countdown to midnight on the 40-foot by 22-foot high-definition video screen.

Three packages are available for purchase. Please visit Newseum.org for more information.

The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show honored Military Spouses

The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show honored Military Spouses to spend a day of Food bliss with Food Network stars.

 

On November 13th The 2010 Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show (MCES) honored Military spouses including the Wounded Warriors and Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan spouses through their specially supported and funded  “Operation Home Cooking”.

 

Series of International Films For Children at National Gallery

On November 13 at 10:30 a.m. and November 14 at 11:30 a.m. the National Gallery of Art will be showing a set of short films for children. 

It's a series of international films, none of which have dialogue. The movies depict the day in the life of several small children. Find out what adventures a day brings to Anita in Chile, Darioush in Iran, Wen-Zheng in Taiwan, and Yolanda in South Africa, when each child opens a door and leaves home behind.

Seating is on a first-come basis; children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information call 202.789.3030 or log onto www.nga.gov/programs/flmchild.

 

THE 2010 METROPOLITAN COOKING & ENTERTAINING SHOW is coming...........

On November 13 and 14, 2010, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show will return to the Washington Convention Center for it’s fifth year with special events featuring Food Network and Cooking Channel stars and DC-based chefs hosting cooking demonstrations.