This will be the 3rd year for the Bunny Hop event, with proceeds going towards the Children’s Museum of Virginia. Most of the earnings go towards maintaining the museum’s exhibits. Stephen Corving, the unofficial race director, and one of five board members that volunteer for the event said “we encourage kids to play with the exhibits, so you can imagine the work to maintain them.”
The family fun run begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by fun activities for the children including face painting and balloon animals. Food will be provided by Chick-fil-a, and beer will be available for adults. The events will begin wrapping up at 11 a.m.
Stephen says to save your race bib to get free admission into the museum. The admission is good to be used one time between race day and April 15.
“My whole life I have worked for women’s rights and have a strong passion towards women and men working together to change current structures,” the 10 plus year yoga veteran said about why she teaches the class.
“We have come such a long way in our world towards women being treated as human beings, not objects, and yet we still have SO far to go.”
“I want to stand with and for women, not as competition, but as a movement to say NO to being treated as objects and YES to being our own heroes. I am also a huge believer in community, so bringing together Women, Wine and Self Defense seemed like a no brainer,” says Angela who has been doing Krav Maga training for the past six years.
The class is $20.00, and includes wine after the lesson. Do your part to build the movement of strong women by taking the class, or encouraging women you know to sign up for a self-defense course in their area.
Nya Alemayhu, an experienced yoga instructor in Washington D.C., offers free yoga classes on Sundays at S3 Active, a sportswear store in Union Market. The idea to have free classes came to her after realizing the price of yoga instruction was becoming very expensive.
Nya has been practicing since 2004. Her instructors had given her the motivation to take the teacher’s training course, and once completed, she knew she wanted to be an instructor.
“It’s the pillar of my life, it’s just a template to be a better person,” she said when discussing what yoga means to her in her life.
Originally at Dock5 when she started the free class journey, Nya said it was supposed to be just a 30-day pilot period, but it’s been over two years.
The room she holds her class in is often used for whatever pops up in the workout world, such as boot camps or yoga.
When discussing modern practices like hot yoga, or Barre, Nya said she enjoys the slower paced world of classic yoga. “I like things slow, and I like things safe, that doesn’t’ mean I don’t like them challenging, it just means that I don’t have the desire to be in a 100-degree room, sweating and moving so fast that I don’t know what’s happening and I can’t control my breath.”
She says that type of workout actually causes her more stress and defeats the purpose of having a clam practice.
“People that gravitate towards that kind of yoga practice are athletic and see it has a workout instead of a lifestyle.”
“Yoga itself as a lifestyle, as a practice, is good for everyone,” says the experienced teacher when discussing who benefits the most from yoga.
Many students said they simply put “free yoga” into a search engine, and Nya’s class came up, so she is able to serve the community in Washington D.C. by helping them save some money and practice yoga.
Nya can be followed on Facebook or Instagram, and more information on her background and practice can be found on her personal website.
Almost every exercise picture on Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter probably shows you someone doing Yoga or some form of exercise outside. Even in colder weather, people enjoy taking their mats to their surrounding environment to reap the benefits of being outside.
Yoga Journal defines yoga as a union. A union meaning the joining of two or more elements. Yoga is the practice of balancing yourself, and aligning your chakras through various poses and meditation, so it seems valid to see so many people going outside to achieve harmony and joining various elements.
Business Insider published the scientific benefits of being outside. Among the eleven benefits were improved mental health, especially combined with exercise, immune system boost, possible anti-cancer effects, better vision, and reduced inflammation. An interesting benefit was the last one where researchers explained people who lived near green spaces recovered from stress, and were encouraged by physical activity, which therefore reduced the risk of early death.
Yoga isn’t the only exercise you will see outside in the warmer season. The new fitness fad Barre, is starting to take classes to the outdoors. Barre fitness is a mixture of yoga, ballet, and Pilates, using a stationary barre as a prop to enhance the workout. People are incorporating yoga and Pilates with many outdoors experiences, such as paddle boarding in Maine. It won’t be long until Barre fitness is incorporated into hiking clubs or water aquatics.
Since the 2016 Olympics in August, Zika has been slowly fading from the public’s eye. In July, the House passed the Zika Response Appropriation Act, which is now waiting for the Senate’s approval, but doesn’t look like it will be addressed until next year, according to Dr. Nathan Paxton, a Professorial Lecturer at American University’s School of International Service.
For now, Dr. Paxton, who studies global and public health, is just making a lot of phone calls to gather information.
Just this summer, Capitol Hill had a sighting of Zika carrying mosquitoes, but wasn’t made a huge issue with the upcoming winter months hopefully killing off all of the mosquitoes.
Staying current on what we’ve learned about Zika will help those who live in warmer climates, like Florida, or are planning to travel to places where Zika has continued to be an issue.
Jill Christmas, an experienced traveler and hiker, often escapes the city life to enjoy a warmer climate. Her upcoming trip is to Argentina, where she says, “Zika is always in the back of my mind.” She said she was given the extensive run down of Zika before her last trip to South America earlier this year, but because she’s not planning on having children anytime soon, she’s not overly worried.
Dr. Paxton says that Zika is dangerous for three reasons.
“First, it’s hard to detect, we have tests that can now detect it, but they’re not normal,” meaning it’s not a routine test and can’t be given to everyone because the resources aren’t available.
“Second, it’s the transmission method, anywhere on the East Coast, we know what it’s like, I mean we spend all of our Summers with Mosquitoes, most of us can’t tell if they’re sort of normal mosquitoes we have, or Aedes aegypti,” says Nathan Paxton, on why Zika is dangerous.
The third thing that makes Zika dangerous is that it is also sexually transmitted, which Nathan says is the first mosquito driven disease he is aware of that can be transmitted this way.
One of the side effects of Zika is babies being born with Microcephaly, a birth defect which causes the babies to have smaller heads.
Street performers in Washington D.C. seem lucky to have a few people stopping to drop a dollar or two in, but to draw a crowd is a tremendous feat. For Vanny, the crowd and the attention is fairly normal.
“You’re so amazing,” was the common phrase of people complimenting the performer as she was unplugging her equipment. One woman standing next to Vanny couldn’t stop complimenting the artist on her talent and beauty.
Vanny, short for Vanessa, has been singing and playing music since she was 11-years old. Being homeschooled her Senior year of High School allowed her the time to practice online and further her musical talent.
“When I got to my Senior in High School, and I had all of that free time, I just encouraged my Dad to come with me out here and to just start playing guitar.” Said Vanny, who has been busking for two years now.
In regards to her experience performing, she says, “for the most part, it’s a crazy experience, dealing with the public, anything can happen.”
Vanny says that every now and then someone will harass her and disrupt the scene, but for the most part it’s people who want to compliment her, book her, or just simply tip.
Vanny can be seen outside of the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station on the red line in Washington D.C. She says she performs mostly on the weekends because she’s in school and has homework.
It has been a week since the 5th Flagship for the REI Co-Op opened in Washington D.C, and according to the General Manager, Becky Smith, the three-day block party exceeded her expectations.
When discussing the successful weekend, Becky had this to say of her experience.
“It was amazing to see the people come into the store and simply step back and say, “Wow!”. The lines of people waiting to check-out, engage with our vendors, talk to our Adventure Station or simply get a cup of coffee was indicative of what our goal was: bring together a sense of community and a place for people to dream about new adventures.” Said Becky Smith, the new General Manager for the D.C. Flagship.
The grand opening celebration of the store has faded, but their mark on the community is just starting.
Members of the Co-Op and the community are able to sign up for classes, such as paddling, climbing, or hiking, to prepare them for a better experience outside.
REI gives back to the community in a big way, as mentioned by the GM, Becky Smith, in last week’s article. Whether it be cleaning up trails in a park, or donating thousands to local non-profits, like WABA, REI is doing their part to make a positive impact on the Washington D.C. community.
For more information on REI Flagship in Washington D.C. and their contributions, visit their website.
Becky Smith, the General Manager for the new Flagship was beyond excited to be opening this Flagship in the historical arena that it once was.
“This building is just a really incredible example of architecture that was back in the 40’s, and we’ve been able to really keep some of those original elements in the space,” says Becky Smith, who has been with REI for ten years as of August 21st. “You see the arches from the outside of the it, and then when you come into our space, you still get a sense of some those old features that we have. We’re able to recover some of the old basketball flooring from where the Harlem Globetrotters played on this court, we’re able to keep some of the old stadium style seating, kind of up on a wall.”
The building isn’t the only thing Becky is excited about sharing with the community. As far as the impact on the DC community, she had this to say about how REI plans to leave its mark.
“REI gives back big time to the DC community, so this year alone, we’ll give over 1 million dollars to local and national non profits that are headquartered here in the DC area, so absolutely an amazing example of that. On a more local level, just a few weeks ago we took 84 of our new inspired guides out to Fort Dupont, worked side by side with members of the National Park to clean up some of trails.”
Each day started with hundreds of people lining up early in the morning to get in as soon as the doors opened. The first 500 each day received water bottles with gift cards inside of them. The three day block party proved that people are excited to have an REI in their DC community.
For more information, or to find an REI closest to you, visit their website.
This past Friday, October 14th, 2016, the Goethe-Institut in Washington D.C. hosted an evening of board games, wine, snacks, and social interaction. Anyone who wanted to participate was welcome to join for a fee of $5.00. Over 40 people eventually showed up to enjoy the event.
Norma Broadwater is the Public Relations Coordinator for the Goethe-Institut, and she got the idea for a game evening after visiting a store that informed her that the most popular board games come from Germany.
“It was kind of a revelation to me, so I thought well, wouldn’t that be fun to present that to others,” says Norma, who has been with the Goethe-Institut for almost 15 years.
She says what she likes about the evening is it brings together people from both Germany and the U.S.
With the help of Ben and Evan, owners of the game store Labyrinth, Norma has been able to make the experience more enjoyable.
Ben and Evan have been hooked on board games for years, so their expertise allows them to teach the instructions of many complex games including Settlers of Catan, Carrassonne, The Downfall of Pompeii, Camels Up, Karuba, and Hanabi.
With the help of Ben and Evan, Norma and the staff at the Geothe-Institut have set up an experience that offers numerous health benefits from playing board games. The most important one being, it makes us happy.
“Between the game store folks being very good at explaining and people just being very welcoming,” says Norma, “there have been a lot of friendships formed and by the end of the evening people aren’t really wanting to leave, and there’s a very happy sound throughout the space.”
For more information on the Goethe-Institut’s events, visit their website.
For more information on Ben and Evan, visit their game store on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington D.C., or their website.
People from neighboring communities gathered at the cemetery, many dressed in Halloween costumes, to have some fun and support the preservation of the 209-year-old historic cemetery.
More than 300 people signed up to participate and support one of the oldest institutions in D.C. Many kids also showed up to run the 3.12 mile race through the cemetery, showing their abundance of energy is helping them stay healthy. If they weren’t up for the challenge, a kids’ fun run started five minutes after the 5K at 6pm.
Activities before the race included a DJ playing music for people to dance and warm up to, and a bubble machine for kids. The after race activities included a beer tent for all 21 and over participants.
The first place winner was Desta Morkama of Arlington, VA with a time of just over 17 minutes.
For more information on the cemetery and its upcoming events, visit their website.