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Weather:  Autumn is holding on for dear life, and we’re very thankful! Expect weekend temperatures in the high 50’s, featuring sunny skies and a strong suggestion from FamousDC that you grab brunch with friends.

Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Turkey Trot for a good cause at Freedom Plaza; Support local businesses and get holiday shopping out of the way at the Downtown DC Holiday Market; Go see the U.S. Botanic Garden’s “Season’s Greenings” special holiday exhibition; Jam out with Sharam at club Soundcheck; Take a candlelit tour of Mount Vernon; Watch the Washington Ballet put their twist on “The Nutcracker,” opening this weekend; Burn off as many calories as you can (and have some fun with holiday-themed classes) before it’s turkey time at Flywheel Sports’ Thanksgiving classes. Book your ride at CityCenterDC or Dupont; Get your eggnog on at DC’s favorite holiday pop-up bar, Miracle on Seventh Street (opening this Friday!); Get into the holiday spirit at CityCenterDC’s Holiday Tree Lighting; Or check out ZooLights, opening this weekend!; Take the kids to “Muppets & Puppets” at the Natural Museum of American History; Fall in love with the musical “Once”; DC Brau and Think Local First DC team up for this year’s Made in DC Holiday Marketplace; Hit up Sakerum for an awesome Thanksgiving eve rooftop party, then head to Columbia Room for some amazing hand-crafted cocktails; Need a break from the family? Sneak over to Central Michel Richard on Thanksgiving; And Dirty Habit is featuring a communal cocktail, perfect for a boozy Friendsgiving.


Let kindness guide your actions today. And tomorrow. And the day after that.

It’s a simple idea with endless possibilities. By sharing our #PositivityPromise online, we all hold the power to change the course of a conversation, to brighten someone’s day and to influence our peers to think twice before sharing negativity on social media.


This development is putting the DC Waterfront first; Because we love Thanksgiving and we love Trader Joe’s; The first bucket used in the “ALS ice bucket challenge” is coming to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History; The 30th Annual DC Adoption Day was a great success for many families; Our local treasure, Bei Bei, is growing up so fast; There’s nothing like some Senate Bean Soup during the holidays.


Have a look at these holiday travel tips, and the airline most likely to get you home on time; How to survive that political Thanksgiving dinner conversation; ‘Tis the season for transportation fees!; Patagonia is donating ALL Black Friday sales to helping the planet; Vigilante justice at its finest right here; When you see someone in need, you help them out. This Indiana farming town is a lesson to us all; What’s the best thing about being an adult? Ask the kids.


FamousDC and Harbinger Host Election Wrap At Nationals Park

Famous Congratulations, Rodell!

DC on tap: Your guide to Thanksgiving Eve

Free Bird: The presidential pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey


This week’s Editor’s Pick is dedicated to all of us in the District and beyond. Since launching our #PositivityPromise earlier this week, we’ve seen extraordinary support and encouragement from our friends, families and complete strangers who are dedicated to making a positive and powerful impact. It’s a nice reminder to know that spreading kindness, even for a brief moment amidst the rush of the workday, can be really easy. Living at a time during which the news can often seem exclusively negative, it’s reassuring to know that we can depend on friends like you to help paint a silver lining.

Thank you for helping us change the conversation by letting kindness guide your actions today, tomorrow and the day after that.



Brett Nadolinski, Emma Berntheizel, Sean Lyon, George Whitmeyer, Cory Elizabeth, Carly Popovich, Christopher Gindlesperger, Aaron Skopek, Joey Evancho, Cydney Weiner, Kate Shanahan, Bianca Seward, Scot Seplowe, Francesco AsanoScott WongTJ Tatum, Charlotte Savercool, Gordon Gray, Trent Edwards, John Stone, Shawn RyanAmanda LauroTroy Zieman, Matthew Hays and Rachel Rauscher.


“Actual quote from my mom just now: “This CAN-yay West, what does he do?”‘

Geoff Embler


Let’s talk about those yoga pants, Hend Amry; David Erickson has all the details on how to be a YouTube hit; We’re not feeling this cold weather either, Stephen Acott; Ask Emily Holden about a scorpion cookie; You’re just as cool, Matt Negrin; Erica B. runs on triple A batteries; Erick Sanchez might just be the next great global leader; Sarah Demarest is on her way to becoming a bodybuilder; We’re still really diggin’ Nicole Tieman’s bangs; Brenna Williams is #instafamous; Anna Tarantino gives Matt LaBarge an ice-skating lesson; Melanie Ehrenkranz has an awesome dog; Paul Bedard is a Michael Jordan fan; Brian Johnson is loving him some Labatt Blue this week; Lisa King and Cameron Smith had quite a week; Sam Gordon is an FDC super fan; Geoff Embler’s mom is awesome; Lauren Hagen’s dog is Joe Biden’s biggest fan; Kevin Gannon is finally returning to the District; Joan Walsh had a good laugh this week; Safe travels, Taz Jones!; Kathryn Lyons totally dropped the mic this week; Warp drive is next, Joe Achenbach; How much chip dip has Morgan Gress eaten so far this week in Buffalo?; Megan Owings is staying positive!; Kurt Bardella has awesome taste in music; We hope you had a killer birthday, Gindy!; Thanks for joining the Positivity Promise, Louisa Imperiale!; How was your 4.5 star Uber, Anton Vuljaj?; Tommy McFly is a total boss. Thank you for supporting our #PositivityPromise!; Thanks for the Twitter love, Mattie Duppler; Happy Birthday, Sean Lyon! We’re ready to rage; Bubba Atkinson loves some flute music and positivity; DaytonDC has a fresh new coat; Alexandra Tennant’s things are already on their way to Paraguay!; Brittany Havens has a quick SOUL trigger finger; Thanks for the baking tip, Rob Collins; Don’t forget to bring back some soup, Meghan Burris; Ask Brian Faughnan what his spirit animal is; Tell us more about that breakfast margarita, Meaghan Moynahan; What exactly is a flaming pineapple, Stacey Viera?; Dana Hedgpeth has all the shark tracking news; Is Cameron Easley just surviving or also thriving in Cuba?; Public speaking isn’t Samantha Smith’s love language; Hallie Williams and Brittany Bramell’s Friendsgiving leadership simply cannot be topped. Sorry, mom; McRae Lenahan and everyone at CHIEF deserve a high five for their contributions to the Positivity Promise; Sarah Ellenberger’s wedding band is going to be better than everyone else’s, ever; Will Marty is on an all-ramen diet; Amos Snead always gets cheesy during the holidays; Paige Gress deserves a snowstorm and a few Labatt Blues.


A big congrats to Ashley Parker on her move to the Washington Post, where she will cover the White House. Parker previously spent eleven years with the New York Times, most recently covering the Trump campaign; Jon Potter, co-founder and former president of the Application Developers Alliance, joins Burson-Marsteller as executive vice president; NPR welcomes Meg Goldthwaite as its new chief marketing officer; Paul Poteet joins Glover Park Group’s GR team as a managing director. He most recently worked as a senior policy advisor for Sen. John Thune (R-SD); Sanah Baig moves to the National Association of Counties, where she will serve as program director for economic development, resilience and transportation; Jim Moorhead, formerly with Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. public affairs and crisis practice has joined the APCO International Advisory Council; The Biotech Innovation Organization has named former chief of staff to Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Taylor Booth, as director of federal government affairs; Sam Heitner, formerly with CLS Strategies, joins the Case Foundation as senior vice president of communications and marketing; Congratulations to James A. McGreevy III on the announcement of the Voluntary Disclosure Initiative; And finally, best of luck to Sara Armstrong on her new role as CEO of the Inaugural Committee. Armstrong most recently worked as Vice President for the 2016 Republican National Convention.


FamousDC is so inspired by the contributions you provided to our Positivity Promise earlier this week. For taking a break from your busy lives to promote positivity and for encouraging others to follow suit, we’re very thankful. As 2017 draws closer quickly, FamousDC would like to thank you – our friends, family, colleagues and overall advocates – for making our work possible. Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for your support!