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This Week: April 2-8

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Lately, my weekends go like this: eat a lot, drink a lot, sleep a little, run a lot, eat a lot more, drink some coffee, do some school work, repeat.

Holy cow, Batman, I am exhausted. But I sure am having fun. Hope y’all are taking advantage of the sunshine and life in Washington in general. After all, we can sleep when we’re dead.

If your weekend wasn’t packed enough, this week is sure to be. Catch you on the flip side, kittens.

Monday
It’s time to Taste the Nation. Head to the National Building Museum and meet food-lover’s heaven. Eighty of the area’s top chefs and restaurants, including Volt, Graffiato, and The Source (three of our favorite brunch spots), serve up food and beverages all night long. The proceeds work to help end child hunger in the United States. Tickets are $75. Event begins at 7 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Tuesday
Join wonderful women for a wonderful cause at the annual Pearls for Purpose Gala. The gala benefits FAIR Girls, formerly FAIR Fund, which prevents the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education. The event is being held at the Carnegie Institution for Science and includes live music from Trio Caliente, cocktails by Veev, hors d’oeuvres and cupcakes, a fantastic silent auction and a very special presentation and sale of handcrafted jewelry by the JewelGirls art therapy and economic empowerment program. Tickets $75 for young professionals to $250 for VIP. 1530 P Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Wednesday

The beautiful ladies of the Washington Ballet will put on a spring gown runway show Wednesday at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie. The event will feature a runway show with looks from Marchesa, Kay Unger and more along with cocktails and hors d’oevures. Perfect for picking out your gowns for all the spring galas. 6-9 p.m. RSVP today to [email protected] 5300 Wisconsin Ave NW  Washington, D.C.

Thursday
FotoDC hosts a Cherry Blossom themed exhibit at the Edison Place Gallery followed by an after-party at L2 Lounge in Cady’s Alley. The free vent is 6-8 p.m., and the after party, which includes complimentary bites and specialty cocktails at a reduced price, is $20. Tickets, here. Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 701 Ninth St. N.W., Washington, D.C. L2, Cady’s Alley off M Street, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Friday
Have a romantic dinner for two over artisanal wine at the Capital Grille. The Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine hand-selected by master sommelier George Miliotes, will be available for a limited time. We tried it last week, and it was delish! Less than 1,000 bottles of this unique wine, produced in Napa Valley, will be available. For each bottle sold, the Capital Grille will donate $25 to Share Our Strength. Reservations may be made online or by calling the restaurant. There are three local Capital Grille locations.

Capital Grille

Saturday
Head to the Washington Monument for complimentary Cherry Blossom Yoga on the Mall, hosted by Lululemon. The class begins at 10 a.m., but be sure to get there early to snag a spot for your mat. The event takes place near the Sylvan Theater, which is alongside the Washington Monument. Down-dogging outdoors for free, what could be better?

Well, puppies and brunch might be. After yoga, join City Dogs Rescue for an adoption brunch and fundraiser at Nellie’s Sports Bar today.  For $20, you get a mimosa and a buffet brunch! For just a little more, you can adopt a dog! Click here to RSVP, here to reserve a table, and here for more information. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday
Don’t forget to make your Easter/Passover brunch reservations. Tomorrow we’ll have a handy guide for you.

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