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Strathmore Goes for Guinness World Record at UkeFest 2011

Strathmore Goes for Guinness World Record at UkeFest 2011

 

Ukulele players of all ages and experience levels will pluck, pick and strum their way to a Guinness World Record at Strathmore’s third annual UkeFest on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 beginning at 7 p.m. In addition to an evening of live performances by local uke aficionados, Strathmore will attempt to convene more than 851 intrepid uke players and curious community members to use the tiny ukulele to surmount a monumental task – beat the world record for Largest Ukulele Ensemble at its most popular summer concert of the season. 

Strathmore Goes International

 

Strathmore’s Backyard Theater provides innovative performances during Free Summer Outdoor Concerts for adults and a Backyard Theater for children, featuring international artists and musicians who bring eclectic, multicultural flavor to Strathmore’s campus through August.

Children can experience performances inspired by the cultures of Japan, Russia,India and Spain on Strathmore’s tented backyard theater stage during Backyard Theater for Children, every Thursday in July at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Families will see performances by Sin Miedo, Taikoza, Citydance and Barynya. Tickets are $8 for the general public, $7.20 for Strathmore Stars members and free for kids 2 years old and under.

Celebrating the Meaning of the Fourth!

Last night my family and I watched the fireworks. It has long been my feeling that for national holidays such as these, that everything should be closed. July Fourth, Memorial Day, and so on, end up being retail sales days.

I believe people forget the meaning of the actual day, especially children who haven’t really learned the meaning yet. Men and women have died in order to protect our country. As more and more people from different lands come to the United States to live, it is of great importance that they know the meaning of what they are celebrating, and then in turn, can teach their families.

So while we may have celebrated these holidays it is not too late to celebrate what they stand for and to wish the home of the brave and the land of the free a very Happy Birthday.  If you have not already, have this conversation tonight at dinner!

It’s a wonderful time to talk about your family values and the values of our country.

Summer Programs For Children At The National Capital Trolley Museum

Summer Programs For Children At The National Capital Trolley Museum

The National Capital Trolley Museum facility on 1313 Bonifant Road, in cooperation with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, brings the sights and sounds of the streetcar era to visitors of all ages, especially children. This summer kids can enjoy a program of stories, crafts and videos about trolleys and railroads designed to appeal to, and educate, elementary aged children. 

 

Programs run on the following days:

Friday, July 01, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 07, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friday, July 08, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Are You A Weiner, A Whiner, Or A Winner?

Are You A Weiner, A Whiner, Or A Winner?

With more than 14 million Americans currently looking for work, it is definitely a buyer’s market out there.  Companies understandably want to hire the best candidates they can find.  With so many people to choose among, businesses are looking beyond black-and-white credentials such as education and experience to identify prospective employees who bring something more to the table, such as basic common sense. 

In this regard, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s recent fall from grace should serve as an object lesson for anyone who has a job...and especially for anyone who is seeking a job. 

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Earns Gold Medal

 

 

Rockville, MD – Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is the only hospital in Maryland to earn the Gold Medal award for quality care provided to critically ill newborns from the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) Neonatal Collaborative.

Twenty-six hospitals in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia participate in the Neonatal Collaborative, which strives to