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Nearly 5,000 DC Residents Get Free Thanksgiving Meal

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 5,000 District of Columbia residents enjoyed a free Thanksgiving feast at the Washington Convention Center.

The 13th annual Safeway Feast of Sharing includes a traditional turkey meal and trimmings served by hundreds of volunteers on Wednesday.

The event also features a job fair and a free clothing distribution for those in need. Organizers also offered free health screenings, flu vaccines and diabetes testing.

Organizers are expecting about the same demand for the meal as last year. That's at least 1,000 more attendees than in 2009.

 

5 Reasons to Go Vegan

5 Reasons to Go Vegan

Bill Clinton did it. So did Ellen DeGeneres. In fact, millions of people around the nation have taken the pledge to go vegan. November is considered World Vegan Month, and it is a great time to take a look at what veganism is and why so many people are moving toward this lifestyle, which eschews using any animal products.

“Veganism is a diet based on living in peace and harmony with the natural world,” explains Louix Dor Dempriey, a spiritual master who started and leads events through the Louix Dor Dempriey Foundation. “There are many great reasons for being vegan, and people around the country are beginning to take notice, helping to increase the number of those who are either vegan or moving toward a vegan lifestyle.”

Myra Dorsey Turns Tragedy into a Page Turner

Myra Dorsey Turns Tragedy into a Page Turner

At some point, we all face adversity and challenging times. But what we choose to do with the lessons we learn through them can make a world of difference. For Myra Dorsey, author of the book “Benefit of the Doubt,” she has taken her struggles and turned them into a page-turning book that helps others learn how to change their mindset in order to change their life.

“People are brought up to believe and aspire to many different things, and our lives can take many different directions,” explains Myra Dorsey. “We may get caught in traps of thinking one way when, in order to overcome challenges and live our lives to the fullest, we need to be willing to change the way we think.”

Waters-Ward Third Annual Fundraiser for Children's Law Center Held at Boffi Georgetown

Waters-Ward Third Annual Fundraiser for Children's Law Center Held at Boffi Georgetown

Attendees enjoyed Praline Bakery & Bistro sweets, Black Elk wine and light bites in the beautiful Italian kitchen and bath showroom.

Jessica Waters, assistant professor in the Department of Justice, Law & Society at American University, along with her husband Doug Ward, held a fundraiser for the Children's Law Center (CLC), www.childrenslawcenter.org, at Boffi Georgetownwww.boffigeorgetown.com, 3320 M St. NW in Cady's Alley on Saturday evening, November 3rd.

Boffi Georgetown holds evening event with Praline Bakery & Bistro during Days of Design

Boffi Georgetown holds evening event with Praline Bakery & Bistro during Days of Design

Julia Walter, showroom manager of Boffi Georgetown along with project manager/architect Robert Matic and senior project designer Alberto De Marco, opened the Boffi showroom on Thursday evening, October 18, to architects, designers, friends and the general public during last week's Days of Design event in Cady's Alley.

Medal For Man Shot At Family Research Council

WASHINGTON (AP) -- District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray awarded the mayor's medal of honor to a man wounded in a shooting at the Family Research Council building in Washington.

Gray presented the medal Monday to Leo Johnson who was wounded during the shooting in August. Johnson is the facilities manager for the FRC and was working security when the shooting happened.

Though he was shot in the arm, Johnson was able to help restrain the shooter.

"Leo Johnson put his life on the line to wrestle a firearm away from an assailant and prevented what could have been a very tragic situation," said Mayor Gray. "He is a hero and it is my privilege to recognize his bravery by awarding him with the Medal of Honor." 

Floyd Lee Corkins II is accused of opening fire inside the headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group. Authorities say Corkins told the Johnson that he didn't like the group's policies before shooting him.

Steve Lobel Offers Motivation to the Musical Masses

Steve Lobel Offers Motivation to the Musical Masses

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are over 176,000 musicians and singers in the country. Many people dream of a career in music, yet don’t know where to begin or how to make it happen. For those who do, there are often certain things that they do in order to make it big. Knowing what those things are, and being able to pull them off, can make all the difference.

“Many people who want to become musicians or have a career in the hip hop industry shy away from it because they are afraid they won’t be successful,” explains Steve Lobel, well-known celebrity music manager. “But their success starts with what they believe. If you believe in yourself, you can make it happen.”