Bernie Sanders (Photo via Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore)

Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to bring his “political revolution” to a parking lot near the D.C. Armory tomorrow.

Only days after Hillary Clinton picked up her party’s presidential nomination, her Democratic primary opponent is scheduled to host a free rally at the armory’s Lot 3 (2001 East Capitol St. SE) at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Sanders is scheduled to talk about “making college tuition-free, getting big money out of politics, combating climate change, and much more,” according to a press release.

The Sanders campaign urges anyone interested in attending to RSVP online.

Photo via Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore


Garden Bros Circus, photo via FacebookElephants, clowns and acrobats with the Garden Bros Circus are scheduled to visit DC Armory for five performances Saturday and Sunday.

The circus, which touts itself as a “family tradition for over 100 years,” also includes jugglers, a zebra, contortionists, camels and the “world’s largest and smallest horse.”

Performers will take the ring at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

More information from the Garden Bros website:

Exploding with high flying daredevils, Motorcycle Extreme Stunt Team, The Wheel of Death, Cowboy Poodle, Clowns, Camels, Zebras, Jugglers, Contortionists and the largest & smallest horse!

A Real Family Adventure!

Come Easly! Enjoy our Fun Zone with rides and activities. Meet and greet all the characters.

Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Funnel Cakes, Sno Cones and More! YUM-TIME!

One and a half hours of surprises with sound, lights, music & special effects that’ll blow you away!

Photo via Facebook / Garden Bros Circus


Gangplank Marina boat homes

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Capitol Hill Walk to School Day

Lincoln Park

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Join the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization for an early morning party to kickoff Walk to School Day. The event is set to have snacks, school performances, transportation and education supporters, as well as parkour and yoga, which are new for this year. The party will end with students from each school walking to school together. Schools can register online for materials and giveaways from the District Department of Transportation’s safe routes program.


Drinky Events Cider and Popcorn Pairing

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)

Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

The first event from Drinky Events will teach locals, who are at least 21 years old, how to enjoy ciders and certain flavors of popcorn at the same time. A tasting will include five ciders and different popcorn flavors to go with each. Mike Stein of Lost Lagers will also shed some of his knowledge about ciders. Tickets are $35 and available online.

Friday and Saturday

Army Ten-Miler Race Expo

D.C. Armory (2001 East Capitol St. SE)

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (8:30 – 10 a.m. for U.S. military and Defense Department workers)

D.C. residents don’t have to have run in Sunday’s Army Ten-Miler to stop by the race’s expo, held all day Friday and Saturday. Vendors inside the D.C. Armory will have sales on running clothing, shoes and accessories. Old Guard Drill Team and Fife and Drum Corps performances will happen throughout the day inside the armory, while Army special operations soldiers will host interactive exhibits outside the expo. The displays may include helicopters, trucks and a tank. The expo is free.


Southwest DC Waterfront Boat-Home Tours

Gangplank Marina (600 Water St. SW)

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Meet the “liveaboard” community at Gangplank Marina as they open their doors to the public in the name of charity. The tour is self-guided with the opportunity to see up to 18 boat homes and learn about the residents’ lifestyles. Tickets are available for $20 online, and proceeds will benefit local southwest charities. The tours will happen as scheduled rain or shine.


D.C. Fire and EMS Department logo (Photo via D.C. Fire and EMS Department)(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) The memorial service for Lt. Kevin McRae, who died last week fighting a fire in Shaw, will be held tomorrow in the D.C. Armory — and officials are seeking volunteers to help with the event.

The viewing will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the Armory (2001 East Capitol St. SE), and the service is set to start at 11 a.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office and the D.C. Fire and E.M.S. Department announced today. Both ceremonies will be open to the public.

Volunteers are needed for three-hour shifts between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. People interested in helping should send an email to [email protected].

McRae’s body will be led to Fort Lincoln Cemetery in a procession that will cross the city.

McRae collapsed May 6 after fighting a fire in an apartment building on 7th Street NW and later died in a hospital. He was 44.

“The District lost one of its heroes last week in a tragic fire,” Seth Shapiro, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Ward 6 liaison, said in an email.

“Lt. Kevin McRae dedicated his life to serving as a firefighter for 24 years, and while we are deeply saddened by this loss, we are committed to honoring his life and his legacy.”

Image via D.C. Fire and E.M.S. Department


By Meredith Somers

Rudolph has nothing on these guys.

This weekend, the D.C. Armory is going back in time, hosting “Discover the Dinosaurs.” The two-day event is billed as a family-friendly exhibit that combines education, fun and more than just fossils.

“Our dinosaurs are animatronic, they move, they breathe,” said show manager Tracy Beasley. “It’s more unique than going to a museum where it’s just bones.”

The show begins Saturday and organizers promise visitors will get an education and a good time.

“It’s both educational and entertaining,” said Eric Dornfeld, a member of the Blue Star Productions team, which produces the show. “It’s transformed into something pretty special to all of us.”

Dornfeld said the Shoreview, Minn.-based production company started off doing consumer shows and events, and when the opportunity came to look at broadening their offerings, the creators went back in time.

“What’s cool about dinosaurs is that there is all sorts of research that continues even as of today,” Dornfeld said. “It’s something that’s engaging but yet there’s a mystery about it that leaves some of it up to our imaginations.That’s the cool part of what we are doing.”

To give imaginations a boost, the producers of “Discover the Dinosaurs” created a sprawling exhibit with up to 10 dino-related scenes.

The scenes vary in size and dinosaur, but each is designed with a backdrop, plants, nets, and colors to reflect the natural environment of the giant reptiles.

“Kids are fascinated by dinosaurs,” Dornfeld said. “And you run across some 7- and 8-year-olds who are pretty darn good fact checkers.”

The exhibits also differ in how visitors can interact with them.

“The walk-through exhibits, some are customer controlled dinosaurs,” Dornfeld said. “You can push a button and make their tail move, or push a button and make them roar. That part is pretty cool. Kids like that.”

If the dinosaurs aren’t enough, the event also offers mini-golf and giant inflatables for children to help burn off the extra sugar from those Christmas cookies. But for all the extra activities, said Dornfeld, the hope is that people “come away with something they might not know about before.”

What: Discover the Dinosaurs
When: Dec. 20-21
Where: DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE
Ticket prices vary but are available at the door.
For more information visit

Photos courtesy of Discover the Dinosaurs

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