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This Week: March 18-24

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Hope you’re nursing a healthy St. Patrick’s Day After hangover (VIDA Fitness was, ahem, empty this morning, you partiers). But there’s no rest for the wicked—as Papa Love would say—because we’re in for a packed week. Spring is here, and that means cherry blossoms and, of course, parties to celebrate said cherry blossoms! You know, as soon as the SNOW stops. Here’s your agenda.

Monday
Tonight, we’re heading to SoHo in Adams Morgan to check out their new spring and summer menu. We can’t wait to try the new dishes, plus enjoy happy hour until 7 p.m. See you there. 1815 Adams Mill Road N.W., Washington D.C.

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Tuesday
Everybody Wins! DC is hosting its 18th Annual Gala at the Capitol Hilton Tuesday evening. CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar is emceeing the event, which celebrates the inspiring work of students, mentors and partners. Also onstage? Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s Ted Leonsis (ya know, the owner of the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Wizards, and Verizon Center). EW!DC serves more than 4,500 students in 40 low-income elementary schools. Get tickets here.

Wednesday
It’s the first day of spring! Cori Sue and I, along with Washington’s petal partiers, will gather for the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s signature Pink Tie Party on Wednesday evening. We’re looking forward to top chefs’ delicious spring-, cherry- and blossom-inspired cuisine and cocktails. The seventh annual fundraiser and kick-off to the Festival and the “season of the blossoms,” will be held at the Renaissance Washington. For tickets, click here or call 202-661-7567.

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Didn’t get tickets? Don’t worry. Tons of restaurants are serving up creative cherry-inspired cocktails and dishes through mid-April, including Tel’Veh Café & Wine Bar, Park Hyatt Washington’s Blue Duck Tavern, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, Ambar, Masa 14, and Assaggi Mozzarella Bar, just to name a few.

Thursday
Party like you’re Gatsby at Guest of a Guest’s annual Great Gatsby Gala, Thursday evening at The Huxley. Wear your roaring 20s best and enjoy the open bar from 9 to 10 p.m., not to mention unlimited Deep Eddy Vodka from 9 p.m. until midnight. Get tickets here. 1730 M Street N.W., Washington, DC.

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Friday
Last time Gilt had a Warehouse Sale at Longview Gallery, I was there at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning and I could barely stomach the craziness. This time, I’ll be at the VIP preview Friday night. Game on, Gilt, game on. The legendary two-day event features Gilt’s top brands at up to 90 percent off retail, plus refreshments and snacks so you can shop until you drop. Get tickets here. 1234 Ninth St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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After that, I’ll be heading to the Corcoran for its 1869 Society’s ARTINI. The gala is the culmination of a month-long celebration in which eight mixologists from the District’s most prominent restaurants and bars compete to see who can create the most artistic martini. Sample all eight artinis and view the works from the collection that inspired them. The evening also features hors d’oeuvres and dancing. The city’s favorite artini, as chosen via online vote, will be revealed at the gala. Get tickets here.

Saturday
I’ll be day tripping out to Early Mountain Vineyards on Saturday. The winery is partnering with Chatham Vineyards for its First Annual Oyster Festival. It’ll be an afternoon of fresh Eastern Shore oysters, clams, chowder, and all the fixings. Plus, a glass or two of 2010 Church Creek Steel Chardonnay. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get tickets here. 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison, Va.

VIDA Fitness on U Street is offering a Saturday seminar on healthy eating habits, with registered dietician Dr. Stephen Chavez. This is your chance to chat about basic guidelines, daily caloric intake, and fad diets without paying for the doctor’s visit. 1:30 p.m. RSVP to Lisa at [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Sunday
Are you a bride-to-be? Don’t miss the Capital Bridal Affair, which is the perfect opportunity to meet all the area’s premier wedding vendors in one place, including our very favorite wedding and fashion photog, Moshe Zusman. Plus, there will be a fashion show featuring gowns from Elizabeth St John and Brimble and Clark. Get tickets here.

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