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Awesome events: Don’t miss out on the chance to scare yourself at PUB Dread before it’s dead; When you wanna go out, but don’t feel like dressing up – the Rosslyn Harvest Fest is more a celebration of fall than it is just Halloween; If you hate laughing and feeling all kinds of jovial feelings, then DO NOT attend the Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival; Live in Petworth? Stop by Dia De Los Muertos; Come for the boos, stay for the Night of the Living Zoo; Trick-or-Treat at Mount Vernon; Get culinary with the chefs at some of DC’s best restaurants; Planning on partying all weekend? Reflect on your bad decisions at yoga on Sunday or spend it swaying in a hammock; These are either the best neighborhoods to spend Halloween, or the worst (depending on how you feel about kids). DC’s haunted history comes alive for one night only at this spooky murder mystery dinner party Halloween night!


We’re not competitive – but if we were, our pumpkin would beat your pumpkin.


Stranger Things is back. Are you ready for things to get even stranger?; Halloween candy and wine? Please and thank you; Selena Gomez receiving a kidney from her friend is #FriendshipGoals; No, the seats at RFK Stadium are not a parting gift; Speaking of which, The next chapter for RFK requires Congress to act; District Winery held a fake wedding and 200 people attended; Does Bill Murray love Taylor Gourmet as much as we do?


No offense to Charlie Brown, but we saw some pretty great pumpkins this week that weren’t cartoons. The 3rd annual Monster Mash Pumpkin Bash, featuring pumpkins carved by Members of Congress, raises research funds and awareness to fight kids’ brain cancer.


These tees will keep you warmer than a Pumpkin Spice latte.

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to Tori Barnes on her new role as senior vice president of government relations at the U.S. Travel Association. Barnes most recently was executive director of federal affairs for GM, and spent nearly fifteen years with the company in senior roles. She is also on the board of the Congressional Women’s Softball Game, and coaches the Members of Congress team. #DoBigThings; Scott Stanzel, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy press secretary for the Bush White House, has joined Capital One to lead its corporate communications team. Before this, Stanzel spent six years with Amazon, most recently as director of worldwide marketplace PR; As reported by Politico, Bryan Lanza is joining CNN as a contributor. Lanza is an alum of President Trump’s campaign and transition teams and currently serves as a managing director at Mercury; The newly formed Partnership on Artificial Intelligence has named Terah Lyons, former policy adviser for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as its first executive director; From CSIS, Alexandra Viers has joined Boeing as a government relations specialist; NBC adds former senior director of communications at Dow Jones, Steve Severinghaus, as senior communications director; Siraj Hashmi is making moves from Red Alert Politics to the Washington Examiner, where he is now a writer and commentary video editor; At TIME, Kira Pollak, most recently director of photography and visual enterprise, is now deputy editor; From The New York Times, DealBook Managing Editor Jeffrey Cane is joining Barron’s as a news and features editor. Cane has also done work for Thomson Reuters and Conde Nast Portfolio; Most recently director of global trade and regulatory affairs for Diageo, Mark Baker, has a new role as Vice President of public policy and government affairs at Warner Music Group; Matthew Ballard is joining Burson-Marsteller’s public affairs and crisis team as a director. Before this, Ballard was a senior associate at the Glen Echo Group;Quicken Loans recently promoted Ryan Eaton from government affairs associate to director of government affairs; Speaker Paul Ryan’s office welcomes Ways and Means professional staffer Stephanie Parks as an assistant to the speaker; Walter Suskind and Kalina Francis both recently joined Edelman’s financial communications and capital markets team as senior account supervisors; Franklin Square Group welcomes Sarah Beth Jansen, most recently a senior director for government affairs & policy counsel at the Information Technology Industry Council, as a partner; Ward Circle Strategies adds David Molina, most recently a legislative specialist at Molina Healthcare, as an associate; Ruth Guerra, most recently deputy communications director for the American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund, has joined CLS Strategies as a managing director. Guerra also previously served as director of Hispanic Media at the RNC; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck policy advisor Darien Flowers has a new role as special assistant to the undersecretary for policy at the Department of Transportation; The Senate Finance Committee adds four: Ryan Martin, Stuart Portman, Matt Hoffmann and Brian Bombassaro; At Bloomberg, Josh Gallu is making moves from team lead for campaign finance and lobbying coverage to editor for the White House team. Joe Sobczyk is now team lead for the Congress beat. Kevin Whitelaw, most recently Congress editor, is now deputy managing editor. And longtime journalist Sara Forden is now team leader for corporate influence; And finally, a big congrats to Gail MacKinnon on her recent appointment as the new executive vice president for government affairs at MPAA. MacKinnon most recently was executive vice president and chief government relations officer for Time Warner Cable. She also previously served as vice president of government relations for Viacom, and held senior positions at CBS, Telecommunications Inc., and Turner Broadcasting.


How’s this for a FamousDC mention, Eddie Stamper?; Bill Murray was spotted at Le Diplomat and Black Jack this week; How does Spud Cunningham take his coffee?; Anyone hungry for a little Taste of The South? Mark your calendars – April 28, 2018 to be exact – and check out their new website for more deets; GAIN would like to give a big shout-out to some AMAZING instructors from last week’s media training event! Heather Wilson, Evan Nierman,  Fred Frommer and Dan Rene – you’re all FABULOUS and true masters of the communications craft! Thank you to Levick for hosting us and to Unfold for being the official sponsor of GAIN Mentors!; Gamification in media influence – join the revolution; Kelley Hudak is going to take over all subject lines on Capitol Hill from now on; Zach Hunter is in NYC for his birthday on Saturday and probably hating it; Paul Singer does not work for the CIA; Jeff Flake gave a floor speech; Frank Stephens was the “star of the show” this week at the HHS hearing on Down Syndrome research; Alex Conant‏ thinks the Nats were robbed, and so do we; Karen Hanretty‏ gets fired up about quarterback protection; Does Kathryn Lehman read the roundup?; Mick Kaplan is our favorite arm-chair editor; Nikki Schwab is on a beer tour and we didn’t get an invite; Congrats to Eric Garcia on being really awesome (h/t Alex Gangitano); Hats off to Sara Damelio of Skincando and Valerie Carrasquillo of Salon Bisoux put on an elegant soirée celebrating healthy and green beauty products at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel on Thursday night; Does John Scofield like Halloween or not really?; Congrats to the gang at Orange Theory Fitness in Old Town on being #1 in the WORLD; What’s Ian Martorana eating this weekend?; Mosheh Gaines looked sharp at the National Building Museum; Neil Chatterjee has a message for you competitive sports parents; Shoutout to the kid who dressed up as the bill from Schoolhouse Rock; Kasie Hunt is rockin’ our Sunday evenings; Christa D’Amico was spotted rubbing elbows with Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush.


Famous birthday wishes to Stuart Roy, Ralph Gaudino b Jordan Frasier, Cate Martel, Christine Schaefer, Bryan DeAngelis, Meg Taylor, Hillz Clinton, James Carville, Caroline Cunningham, Katy Perry, Megan Smith, Vikrum Aiyer and Hannah Edwards!

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Boo, bye.