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First Ever National Fossil Day Celebration on the National Mall

This community news post comes to us from the Smithsonian Institute:

Join paleontologists from the Smithsonian and park rangers from the National Park Service to celebrate the first annual National Fossil Day.

These two organizations are partnering to host the first National Fossil Day during Earth Science Week, in order to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

The day will be devoted to celebrating the diversity of fossils for understanding the history of life, promoting understanding of fossils as non-renewable resources, highlighting the science-based management of fossils, and establishing partnerships among organizations and agencies that focus on fossils.

At Walk This Way, Fashion Stepped Out Against Domestic Violence

The Second Annual **Walk This Way** Charity Fashion Show took place last evening at The Liaison Hotel in Capitol Hill. The event was hosted by Becky's Fund and Eric Finn Custom Clothiers, and as anticipated, many of D.C.'s social and philanthropic elites were present, including WUSA 9's Angie Goff.

Man Attempting to Create World's Longest Shish Kebab at Turkish Festival

This story was sent to us by I AM Modern Magazine:

Award-winning regional magazine for women, "I AM Modern," along with Coca Cola North America, is sponsoring the attempt to establish the Guinness World Record for the Longest Shish Kebab on October 3rd, 2010. The attempt will be undertaken by I Am Modern Magazine’s Food Editor Murat Aksu and it will take place during the annual Washington D.C. Turkish Festival at Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 12th and 14th Streets. This will be the first ever recorded attempt for the Longest Shish Kebab with the Guinness World Records.

"Our goal is to support and sponsor cultural events that bring our Metro DC communities together” said Hulya Aksu, publisher of "I Am Modern.” “We are a firm believer that communities that celebrate diversity and different cultures are stronger for it.”

This Weekend WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC Offering Tours All Over the City

This story about this weekend's WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC events comes to us from Pat Wheeler of the Cultural Tourism DC Board:

Cultural Tourism DC celebrates the history and heritage of Washington, DC with the Fall Edition of WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26. This two-day event of DC features guided tours in all eight wards of the city. Healthy for both body and mind, this weekend of more than 100 free walking and biking tours allows visitors and residents to explore both new and familiar places throughout the city. From the well-known to the unfamiliar, tour topics explore all things DC, including neighborhood history, art, community heritage, environmental initiatives, and much more. 


Nationwide "TextKills" Tour Concludes in Northwest DC

Today marked the end of the “Textkills" Tour that saw an RV cross the entire nation in attempt to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving.

The RV traveled cross-country collecting signatures that the organization hopes will sway law enforcement officials to outlaw texting while driving in all fifty states.

The RV concluded its tour in DC today, September 21, at the Renaissance Hotel at 999 Ninth Street NW.  The conclusion of the tour featured a full day of events and speakers, brought together by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood. 

Iconosys, an app development company that worked on the tour, gave away free downloads of the special driving while texting app that they created.  The app sends customized autoreplies to texts and calls when a person is driving.

Unique Wheat Food Festival Coming to Downtown DC

This event, which was sent to us by Shane Arman, will take place on Thursday, September 23 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Friday, September 24 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m..  The event will be held on 3rd Street and Maryland Avenue in Southwest, next to the National Museum of the American Indian, just a mile from the Chinatown metro stop.  The event is free to all entrants:

Congressional Black Caucus Conference To Feature Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

This came to us from the U.S. Department of Education: