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Zack Lewkowicz

Weather: We’re always encouraging you to explore the vast outdoors here in DC, but we wouldn’t judge you if you did the opposite of that this weekend. Things are going to get a little weird, with Saturday starting out in the 30’s but then quickly climbing into the 50’s by the afternoon. Sunday should be even warmer, with a strong chance we’ll hit the 60’s. Sadly, the chances of you staying warm and dry this weekend are about as likely as the POTUS and PEOTUS playing some Sunday hoops.

Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Learn how to make a cocktail like a real mixologist; Sip on some whiskey while you shop at Filson’s one-day pop-up; If you’re looking to rock out, you’re in luck. Tonight at the Rock and Roll Hotel, Lanternfish, Black Dog Prowl and Fellowcraft will be doing just that and they’re inviting you to join them! Doors open at 8pm. Get tickets here; Shopping for loved ones that are hard to please? Definitely Not Coal will have curated gift boxes for the most picky of friends; Honor America’s fallen heroes by placing Veterans’ Remembrance Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery tomorrow morning as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. If you’re unable to make it, you can donate by clicking here!; Can’t get enough of Harry Potter? Check out these wizard rock bands at the Black Cat; Help keep Radio CPR alive at their benefit record fair; Ever wanted to see “A Christmas Carol” in an Irish pub?; Ride some laps at this year’s Hains Point 100; There’s nothing like seeing “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” to put you in the holiday mood; “Wicked” is back at the Kennedy Center, but only for a limited run; Be one of the first to see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; Cozy up indoors for the Christmas flick “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Miracle Theater; Support the Capitals at their home game against the Montreal Canadiens; Learn how to juggle like a pro

National Confectioners Association

DYK – For every 1 job in confectionery manufacturing, another 7 are supported in related industries? Now that’s the #PowerOfSweet! There’s lots of reasons to love and enjoy this season’s #HolidayTreats, from the jobs the candy companies create in states across the country to the unique role that chocolate and candy play in our traditions and celebrations. The National Confectioners Association and America’s chocolate and candy manufacturers wish you a joyful holiday season.

Learn more straight from Santa’s workshop right here.


It’s easy to lose sight of the people, places and things around us as we hurry from one place to the other. Febin Bellamy is a student at Georgetown University who noticed this trend and decided to do something about it. His organization, Unsung Heroes, connects students to the dedicated workers at Georgetown and gives them the recognition they deserve while inspiring other communities to do the same.


Make sure your next house is a smart home; Did the Trump University marching band say they will play at the Inauguration?; Maybe parking in DC won’t be a nightmare; I’ll have whatever Michelle Obama ordered; Is 2016 over yet? Here are the highlights; Don’t drive drunk. SoberRide…for free this holiday; Prohibition is over, but the speakeasies are alive and well; It’s dangerously cold out there, DC. Don’t hesitate to call (202) 399-7093 or just dial 311 to send help. Your phone call could save someone’s life.


The United States Senate” is a C-SPAN original coming to you in Spring 2017; The only qualification for this job is to be a Millennial; These kids have a lot to say about the story of Christmas; This is your pilot speaking: you drank all the booze; THIS IS NOT A TEST. We are running out of whipped cream; It’s not happening here, but it’s happening now; On a lighter note, how about TFW your butt dials the police on you.


Battle of the Egos: Trump vs. West

The sweetest time of the year

10 ways to experience DC during the holidays

Dash, Dance and Prance to our holiday playlist


If you’re coming up dry on your search for colorful Christmas lights, the elves at Miracle on 7th Street might just have a few strings to lend you. The District’s most beloved holiday pop-up bar is back this year and better than ever. For those few of you who haven’t stood in line to get your hands on a cookie dough cocktail (or five), we highly suggest you do. Just tell ‘em Barb sent you.


Famous birthday wishes to Scott LaGanga, Holly Campbell, Alex Sipilief, Perry Crain, Shayne Feinberg, Mark Gress, Whitney Kuhn Lawson, Phil Mattingly, Brooke Baird, Ashton Hupman, Brett Quick, Izzy Ortega, Sarah Flack Lopez, Lauren French, Olivia McDonald, Emily Pierce, Maha Hakki, Cyrus Krohn, Frank Coleman, Matt Schlapp, Shannon Flaherty McGahn, Amy Best Weiss, Gina Rigby, Mike House, Susan Neely, Tom “The Man” Tauzin, Riva Litman, Annie StoneMatt LieppeLindsay Dahl, Jake Sherman, Zach Cohen, Jesse Suskin, Mark Warner, Meridith Webster, Neal Carter, Lacy Baugher, Jim McDermott, Katie Johnson, Kristen Powers, Abigail Crutchfield, Matt Beynon, Noah Bradshaw, Harold Brazil, Mo Elleithee, Brie BythwoodDavid PaschHolly McGovern Barber, Gibran Esa, Laura Clendenny Sutton, Todd Cranney, Laura Landrau and Andy Polesovsky.


We guarantee Chris Gindlesperger had more fun at Ford’s Theatre than Abraham Lincoln; Did Stef Petropoulos and Catharine Cypher “Work From Home” after their Jingle Ball date night with Fifth Harmony?; Chris Golden’s Christmas card is making us jealous; Nicole Tieman is one crafty lady; Maddie Temoyan is getting back to the District; Kathryn Lyons has beef with Michael Kors; We’re going to miss Ana Asano!; Congratulations to Sarah Makin for getting engaged at Bluejacket! Thomas Acciani is one lucky guy; DC will miss you, Paige Burton! Good luck in Kentucky and congratulations!; Kevin Gannon really needs to go housewares shopping; How does Tommy McFly reward his little elves after a long day of hard work?; Lisa Marie has good news!; Everyone at Starbucks is loving Chad Johnson today. He’s spreading the holiday cheer!; Thomas Tobin is celebrating National Ugly Sweater Day; John B. Hammer has something to say about Facebook; Airlines are the worst, Eva Palmer; Ask Abe Yospe what he tells his kids about Santa Claus; Lisa King is sporting a fabulous ugly Christmas sweater today; Esteban Tara loves him some Bob Dylan; There are Star Wars fans everywhere, Mark Kelly; Speaking of Star Wars fans, how happy is David Casterline with Rogue One?; Safe travels to North Carolina, Brian Johnson and Morgan Gress; Ask Michael Brody who Jeremy is; Congratulations on the new gig, Andrew Restuccia!; Group photos are always interesting, Melanie Ehrenkran; Jim Treacher definitely enjoyed Rogue One; Lisa Petrovich Smith has a love/hate relationship with yoga pants; Feel better, Kayleigh Elizabeth; We will definitely attend that karate fight, Jesse Berney; Mary Stewart Bell is going to work the runway (aisle) this weekend; Robert Horne has some awesome ice cream history; Rory Cooper has amazing New Orleans advice; Will Allison’s sweater collection is on point; We want some winter Oreos, Zac Smith; Jenn Sherman wins the week in selfies; Sean Spicer’s LinkedIn request inbox is blowing up; Cassie Smedile and Alana Wilson love the Capitol Police dogs; Ask Katie Patru how orientation is going; Kanye West visited with Donald Trump. <– close your eyes and pretend you’re reading that sentence in 2015; Does Mark Walters still read this far down?; Geoff Embler signed on with Cobra as a Ninja Viper; Ellie Knust knows good beer and Cassie Weithman knows a good TV broadcast voice whens she hears it; Emily Pasi and Cameron Smith are turning into icicles this winter season; Hamilton Porter has the best Christmas jammies; Congratulations on making it through finals, John Martorella! You’re a champ; Anna Tarantino doesn’t need this – she has two jobs!; Danielle Gaspe is on a sinking ship; Kaitlyn Bustamante and Miguel Ruiz need to figure out how Snapchat groups work; Sandy Melara thought the office party was awkward, but was so happy to be invited; Mike Jett wants all of Twitter to see Rogue One; Congrats to Julia Clancy for getting her master’s from Georgetown; Dana Liebelson wrote a sports story!; Ellie Knust knows good beer and Cassie Weithman knows a good TV broadcast voice whens she hears it.


Congrats to Sara Fischer on her new job at Axios, where she will cover media trends. She most recently worked as a digital producer at the Washington Post; Peter Baker, who has covered the White House beat for 15 years and currently serves as The New York Times’ Jerusalem Bureau Chief, is returning to D.C. to cover the Trump White House; BuzzFeed has added two new additions to its DC team. Nancy Youssef, former senior national security correspondent at The Daily Beast and Anthony Cormier, who comes over from the Tampa Bay Times. Nancy will work on the world team and Anthony will focus on investigative projects; Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has announced Jonathan Burks as his new chief of staff; Finsbury welcomes Jeremy Pelofsky as senior vice president. He most recently worked for Ketchum’s public affairs practice; Former press secretary to House Majority Whip Steve Scales (R-LA), T.J. Tatum also makes a move to Finsbury. The firm also welcomes Eric Wachter, who will serve as a vice president. Wachter was previously the associate director in the Anti-Defamation League’s D.C. office; Lauren Ehrsam joins the Presidential Inaugural Committee as director of credentialing for media. Congratulations to Sarah Ferris on her new position with the POLITICO team after dedicating over two years to The Hill; Greg Orlando, most recently with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation is joining BakerHostetler as a senior advisor on its federal policy team; Amanda Pedigo joins Expedia as vice president of government affairs; Franklin Foer joins The Atlantic to write essays and features. He most recently was a contributing editor at Slate. (h/t Corinne Ginapol); Former Director of Legislative Affairs for Vice President Joe Biden, Tonya Williams joins W.K. Kellogg Foundation as vice president for policy and communications; InState Partners welcomes Mark Scheffel as senior vice president. Scheffel makes the move from his most recent role as Senate Majority Leader in the Colorado State Senate; Kamran Mumtaz is the new director of communications at the NFL. He previously headed up communications for Citi Group’s D.C. office; Richard Keil joins Hill+Knowlton as executive vice president. Before this, Keil worked in public and government affairs at ExxonMobil Corporation in Texas; Airbnb has hired Casey Aden-Wansbury to be its new director of Federal Affairs and Engagement. She previously served as chief of staff to Senator Al Franken (D-MN); Airbnb also welcomes Meagan McCanna to its federal affairs team, where she will serve as a senior manager. She most recently worked as chief of staff to Rep. John Kline (R-MN); The Weekly Standard has announced Stephen Hayes as its new editor-in-chief. Hayes previously served as senior writer for the magazine; Aaron Murphy has moved from communications director to chief of staff in Senator Jon Tester’s (D-MT) office; Speaking of promotions, Margaret Atkinson will serve as Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) new communications director (Taz says “Hi!,” Margaret). Also in his office, Liz Wolgemuth has been announced as the new senior communications director and speechwriter; Former head of the International Franchise Association, Stephen Caldeira, will serve as the new president and CEO of the Consumer Specialty Products Association; And finally, Fox News Channel has announced John Roberts as chief White House correspondent. Roberts makes the move from his current position as senior national correspondent in Atlanta.


Netflix and freeze.