Author: Bob Whitman

CBC Snow Tubing Party

Everyone is invited to join at the Bryce Resort (1982 Fairway Dr, Basye, VA 22810) on Saturday, February 16th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 .m. The cost is $27 per person. Resort Rules; Children must be36″ tall and 4 years old. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Contact for more information.

Help for Furlough Government Employees and Contractros

Resources for Furloughed workers in the Virginia/DC area:
More deals: Other restaurants are offering specials or support for furloughed government workers. Search social media with terms like #ShutdownSpecials or Google furlough freebies, shutdown assistance with the name of your city. Workers furloughed during federal shutdown or contractors can seek food assistance and other help

At&T. From USA Today 1/10/19
Food/ activities

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Four Virginia locations are offering federal employees free movies throughout the month of January to “help cure the Government Shutdown blues,” the company posted on Facebook. The free tickets are available Mondays through Thursdays for federal employees when they present a federal ID at the box office. The Ashburn, Woodbridge, Charlottesville and Winchester locations are participating in the offer.

America Eats Tavern: The Georgetown restaurant is giving away free sandwiches to furloughed workers from 2 to 5 p.m. daily. One of Chef

José Andrés’ six D.C.-area restaurants.

Anytime Fitness locations in Poolesville, Maryland, and Kensington, Maryland, are offering 14 days free for furloughed workers, which includes access to fitness classes and private fitness consultation.

The Audubon Naturalist Society has free memberships available for furloughed workers. But, if you’re already a member and a furloughed employee, there are free extensions on membership renewals. Also, free “Yoga in the Woods” and guided sanctuary tours. Get the full details here.

&pizza: The pizza restaurant has teamed up with World Central Kitchen to provide free food to furloughed government employees and their families daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the World Central Kitchen site (701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) and Broccoli Bar (1817 7th Street Street NW).

Baked by Yael: The bakery across from the National Zoo is offering federal employees and contractors free coffee for the duration of the current partial government shutdown, while supplies last, according to the bakery’s website. The bakery also is offering a free bagel sandwich or small soup each weekday while supplies last to essential Zoo employees “who must stay at work to keep the animals safe,” the website notes. They’re also offering free cake pop classes for federal workers and contractors.

Bar Method: The boutique fitness studio’s three D.C.-area locations are offering two weeks of unlimited barre classes for new and lapsed clients for $39 with code SHUTDOWN, down from the regular price of $80. Purchase at

Beefsteak: Show a government ID to get a free Beefsteak Burger 2 to 5 p.m. daily through the end of the furlough.

Bark! Pawsitive Petfood: Show your government employee ID and get a free bag of pet food at the eight Maryland locations.

Burns Heating & Air says it will help furloughed workers stay warm in the freezing weather with furnace repair. The company, which serves Loudoun and Fairfax counties in Virginia, is offering a payment plan allowing furloughed workers to pay their bills whenever the government reopens. Call 540-208-5660, or text and call 703-884-7130, and have a pay stub and government ID ready.

Catholic Charities USA (2050 BALLENGER AVE) extends an invitation to any furloughed government employee or contractor to pick up a bag of groceries in our lobby on Tuesday, January 22 between 3:00 and 5:00pm. We will distribute until food runs out! While our national office is not a service center, we wish to reach out to our neighbors during this challenging time.

Compassion Cultivation Training: A donor is sponsoring scholarships for furloughed government workers to take an eight-week class starting Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. The program – designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others – will be held at The Insight Shop at 114 Courthouse Rd. SW in Vienna, Virginia. Registration is required by Jan. 27 and the regular cost of the course is $395. For questions and more information, visit or email

Government workers that need to sweat it out can try an indoor cycling class at the CYCLEDstudio in Silver Spring or try the Cycling, Barre or

Yoga Sculpt class at the Takoma Park location. Furloughed feds should use the code “SweatItOut@CYCLED!” to sign up and flash a government ID at the check-in desk.

District Doughnut: Furloughed employees get a free cup of coffee, dubbed Furlough Joe, with any purchase.

The Dog Park: The Alexandria, Virginia-based dog and cat boutique is offering 20 percent off all dog and cat food for government employees and contractors affected by the shutdown. Present a government or contractor ID for the discount.

Fazoli’s: Until the shutdown ends, participating Fazoli’s restaurants nationwide are giving furloughed federal government employees with a valid ID a free Pizza Baked Spaghetti with the purchase of a regular-size or larger drink. There’s a limit of one meal per eligible guest per day.

Fibre Space: The Alexandria, Virginia shop is hosting free learn-to-knit classes for all furloughed government employees and federal contractors during the shutdown. Learn more and find class schedule at

Firenza Pizza: The Alexandria and Fairfax locations are giving all federal workers a free 10-inch cheese or pepperoni pizza on Tuesday, Jan. 22. To get this offer, you need to show your federal ID and that you have downloaded the chain’s app. One free pizza per person and dine-in only while supplies last.

Hotel Association of New York City: Furloughed federal workers who need to travel to New York City for personal emergencies during the shutdown can get free hotel rooms, the association announced in a Jan. 18 news release. Affected federal workers in personal emergency situations interested in applying for a free hotel stay should send an email explaining their circumstances with

Museums: Several non-federal museums are offering furloughed workers free admission including Newseum and the National Building Museum in D.C.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Government workers can get a buy-one-get-one free sandwich deal Wednesday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 27 when they show a federal government ID. A company representative said this offer is for all locations nationwide.

Rosetta Stone: Furloughed government workers can get a free three-month online subscription. Email your name and validation information to Learn more here.

Sky Zone: At participating parks, federal government employees furloughed or currently without pay and up to three immediate family members can get 60 minutes of free play every Tuesday through Thursday in January. Sky Zone socks are required but you can reuse

SkySocks from previous visits. Valid government ID required. Learn more at

Zaytinya: With a government ID from 2 to 5 p.m. daily, get a free Chicken Schwarma through the end of the furlough at the D.C. location.

Zengo Cycle is offering $10 off-peak (7:15 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 12 p.m.) walk-in classes plus free shoe rentals for all government employees who can show a valid federal ID. (You can’t pre-book with the $10 deal). Valid at all five studios where off-peak classes are offered.
. Local sports teams are helping furloughed federal employees too by stepping up to ease some financial burdens and offer free tickets.

• Great Harvest Bread Co.: More than 50 locations have set up a “Shutdown Shelf” and giving away free bread to federal workers. Sarah Burtch, a Great Harvest franchisee in Lawrence, Kansas, started the idea and it has since spread.
• 1711 Centre Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22302
• 44260 Ice Rink Plaza, Ashburn, VA, 20147
• 6030-G Burke Commons Rd., Burke, VA 22015785 Station St., Herndon, VA, 20170
• 9000 Lorton Station Blvd., Lorton, VA 22079
• 132 Church St. NW, Vienna, VA, 22180

Harlem Globetrotters: Any furloughed government employee can show their valid government ID at their local box office and receive two free game tickets to the team’s 2019 Fan Powered North American tour, according to a news release. The offer is only valid during the government shutdown and not valid on previously purchased tickets. Quantities are limited and seat locations vary by venue. The release said fans should check with their local box office for details. The online pharmacy is offering furloughed government employees up to 50 percent off prescription drugs. Call 800-748-7001 to speak with a licensed pharmacy technician to discuss options. Company CEO Joseph Peters said the company will “continue the federal employee discount pricing for a month beyond the shutdown’s conclusion.”

Hudson Group: This deal is for TSA and customs employees. The Hudson Group, which has more than 1,000 stores in airports and transportation terminals, is offering TSA and customer workers 20 percent off food, beverages and core store products when they present their TSA or Trans border ID. This special will continue until the end of the shutdown.

Notarize: The online notarization company is offering free notarizations during the government shutdown for all federal employees who sign up for an account with a .gov email address, according to a company blog post at

Have a child with an upcoming birthday party? Let’s Make A Face offers face painting, balloons and glitter tattoos, and government workers affected by the shutdown can defer their payments until 45 days after the government reopens.

The Smithsonian museums are closed, but the Woodrow Wilson House, on S Street in Northwest, which usually closes for January, has decided to stay open (except Mondays), with free admission for federal workers.


The National Building Museum, at 401 F St. Northwest, and President Lincoln’s Cottage, at 140 Rock Creek Church Road Northwest, have the same deal.

The National Law Enforcement Museum is also offering free admission to federal employees with a valid ID.
And the Newseum, at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. Northwest, is offering free admission to federal workers who show their badge.

Food and drinks
D.C. will offer free lunch during the shutdown to kids 18 and younger on Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. at 10 Parks and Recreation Department locations:
• Ward 1: Rita Bright Family and Youth Center (2500 14th St. NW)
• Ward 4: Emery Heights Community Center (5701 Georgia Ave. NW)
• Ward 5: Harry Thomas Recreation Center (1743 Lincoln Road NE); Joseph H. Cole Recreation Center (1299 Neal St. NE)
• Ward 6: King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St. SW)
• Ward 7: Benning Park Community Center (Southern Avenue and Fable Street SE); Benning Stoddert Community Center (100 Stoddert Place SE); Hillcrest Recreation Center (3100 Denver St. SE)
• Ward 8: Bald Eagle (100 Joliet St. SW); Barry Farm (1230 Sumner Road SE)
The Crystal City Business Improvement District — in partnership with JBG Smith, the Consumer Technology Association, Gates Hudson, We Companies and Eastern Foundry — will offer free lunch to federal workers with a valid government ID from Tuesday, Jan. 22 to Friday, Jan. 25. One local restaurant per day will participate. See the full list of participating restaurants.
All Gregorys Coffee locations — 1000 Vermont Ave., 1147 20th St., 1900 L St. and 1101 Connecticut Ave., all in Northwest — are offering a free 12-ounce cup of coffee to all federal workers with ID.
Healthy Fresh Meals is offering five free meals each to the first 150 feds, and 25 percent off for all federal workers, who email them at a special address they’ve set up for the purpose.
Starting Friday, Jan. 11, Punch Bowl Social in Arlington is offering a 25 percent discount on all food, beverages and games to all feds.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is offering free desert or appetizers during afternoons, Monday through Friday as well as happy hour all day to government workers who show proper ID.
At Ted’s Bulletin, government workers can get happy hour prices on draft beer, wine and cocktails all day Monday through Friday with government ID.
At Taco Bamba’s Chinatown location, furloughed government employees can show their ID to get one complimentary traditional taco per day.
Little Havana, located at 3704 14th St. Northwest, is offering federal workers a chance to unwind with half off all drinks until the shutdown is resolved. Just show your government ID.
Commissary, at 1443 P St. Northwest, offers Bottomless Mondays to Fridays. Show your government ID to get endless mimosas and Bloody Marys for $15 during the shutdown. Weekends not included.
Urbana is offering their popular combo special — a margherita pizza and happy hour beer for $10 — to all federal employees any time, any day of the week during the government shutdown.
At Across the Pond, located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, show your federal government ID to get 10 percent off your check. The shutdown deal doesn’t apply to in-house specials.
In Northwest DC, Radiator is offering a complimentary cocktail, the Furlough Fix, to all federal employees during the government shutdown. They are also bringing back the Burger-Beer-Shot combo for $22, and will donate $2 from each combo to a federal agency affected by the shutdown.
During their lunch service, Firefly is offering a percentage off the entire bill for federal employees that is commensurate with the length of the government shutdown (e.g. 21% off on Day 21, 22% off on Day 22, etc.) through the end of January. Extended happy hour will also be offered to federal employees during dinner service.
Capitol Lounge, located a few blocks from the Capitol, unveiled a list of cocktails on Twitter. They started offering $5 drink specials for thirsty patrons on Dec. 22, when government funding officially ran out. Cocktails such as “Nothing Really Mattis” (Mad Dog 20/20 and Vodka) and “Mexico Will Pay for This” (Montezuma Blue tequila, orange juice and grenadine) are a part of the drink menu.
Chef Jose Andres has also offered free sandwiches during lunch for government employees at each of his D.C. restaurants until they get paid again.
Catch 22, a new seafood restaurant in Brightwood, is offering 15 percent off the final bill for all federal workers during the shutdown. The only catch? The deal doesn’t apply during happy hour.
Carmine’s in downtown D.C. is offering a free order of meatball sliders for federal employees from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. They will also have their happy hour menu available all day long at their bar for as long as the shutdown lasts. To top it off, they will have a “hard times cocktail” (Campari, bourbon, orange juice, simple syrup) available.
City Tap in Penn Quarter is offering extended happy hour from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily during the shutdown. Deals include select $5 draft beers, $6 house wine and $7 beer and shot combos.
The Brighton at The Wharf is offering 10 percent off for anyone who shows their federal ID.
Pennsylvania 6 (1350 Eye St. Northwest) is offering a special happy hour, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. while the shutdown lasts. The specials include $5 mixed drinks, a draft beer and a house wine.
City Winery, in Ivy City in Northeast D.C., has $1 glasses of its own City Winery wines on tap. The deal is available for those who have a government ID.
Paisano’s Pizza is offering a free 10 inch, 1 topping pizza to all federal government employees for the duration of the shutdown at all 40 of their locations around the area.
Chatter, the restaurant and bar in Northwest D.C., part-owned by Tony Kornheiser and former University of Maryland Basketball coach Gary Williams, is offering 15 percent off entrees.
The Federalist Pig is offering a free drink with any purchase for federal government employees with a valid ID.
Other resources

American University’s School of Professional & Extended Studies is offering furloughed federal workers free admission to its AU4U workshops from Jan. 22 to 24. The workshops, which will be held at the Spring Valley Building from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The classes include topics, such as “sustainability,” “a brief history of presidential pardons” and “how to optimize your super power.”
American University’s Airlie Center in Fauquier County, Virginia, is also offering complimentary buffet meals during the shutdown. You’ll need your government ID to be seated. See Airlie’s Facebook page for a list of when free meals are being offered. You can also email

Beginning Jan. 14 until the end of the shutdown, Loudoun County Transit fares will be waived for federal workers who present a valid government ID when boarding a bus.

The Metropolitan Wellness Center, at 409 8th Street Southeast, on Capitol Hill, is offering all federal workers who show proof of employment 20 percent off all non-flower cannabis products for the duration of the shutdown.

Washington Gas is offering potentially cash-strapped federal employees a range of flexible options for paying their bills during the shutdown. The options range from a 12-month budget plan to deferring payments, altogether.

The Fairfax County Connector is also offering free rides to federal employees with valid ID.

Alexandria, VA Restaurants, business add federal government shutdown specials:
Bring your Federal government employee ID with you for proof for all of these deals!

The Art League is offering a free painting class every Tuesday afternoon until the shutdown ends. Classes are at The Art League’s Madison Annex (808 North Fairfax St.) on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. RSVP here.
Tuesday through Friday, furloughed federal employees can take free classes at Local Motion Studio — pilates, yoga, ballet and barre. Bring your federal ID. The class schedule is available at

Fibre Space is bringing back its free classes for furloughed federal employees this winter. The next class is Tuesday, Jan. 22. There will be open knit time each day, as well. Fibre Space is offering starter kits available for a discounted price of $15, and donated kits may be available. (Learn more here.)

Federal workers can pick up a free Key to the City museum pass (a $44 value), which will give them to free entry to Alexandria historic sites. Key to the City passes are available at the Alexandria Visitor Center, 221 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. A federal employee ID is required.

Visitors staying overnight in Alexandria can also show their hotel room key for one free pass. The Alexandria Visitor Center is located at 221 King Street and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information about the Visitor Center, call 703-838-5005. Visitors should check individual museum hours before visiting, as hours of operation vary depending on the season and the site with several closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

South Block Juice Co. is offering a free regular smoothie every Friday to furloughed federal workers.
Ten Thousand Villages is offering a free small, fair trade chocolate bar. The store is at 915 King St.
Lavender Moon Cupcakery is offering a free cupcake for federal employees every Tuesday until the government shutdown ends. Lavender Moon is located at 116 S. Royal St.
Tanger Kabob House Cafe is offering 50 percent off the menu for furloughed feds. The Moroccan restaurant is located at 5735 Telegraph Road.
Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap is offering 10″ pizzas for just $10 at the bar (only) Monday thru Friday for furloughed workers during the government shutdown.
Healthy Fresh Meals founders Shana Greenbaum and Luba Hansen are both former USDA contractors, who know how hard shutdowns can be. Healthy Fresh Meals is offering 5 FREE meals (each) to the first 150 employees, and a discount of 25% off for everyone that can provide a government ID and proof of not working during the shutdown. Workers can contact Healthy Fresh Meals via a special email set up for this:
Sweet Fire Donna’s is offering a free pulled pork sandwich to furloughed workers.
Tequila & Taco is giving away two free tacos to all furloughed government employees.
Pork Barrel BBQ is offering all out of work, furloughed federal government employees (and out of work federal contractors) a free pulled pork sandwich.
&pizza is offering any government employee a free pie from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the shutdown. For updates, follow &pizza on Twitter. (The closest &pizza is at Potomac Yard.)
Jose Andres — The chef’s restaurants will be offering a free sandwich (mostly between 2 – 5 p.m.) to federal employees who have been furloughed. Follow @chefjoseandres on Twitter for details.
If you hear of more shutdown specials in Alexandria, send an email to

Exploring Religious Idenity & Race Through Civil Dialogue

We are a congregation that invites all to the table.  That being said, how often and how effectively do we communicate across boundaries to address difficult subjects and challenges.  You are invited to a workshop that will help us to practice civil dialogue skills.  Workshop exercise will empower attendees to explore controversial topics using the skills of civil dialogue.

The workshop will be led  by Dr. Kristen Farrington, Director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum.  The program will also include a religious freedom tour of the Newseum led by Alexandrian and Newseum volunteer, Barry Farlow.

For more information contact Pastor Robin, RSVP by 1/26/19.  The cost is $25, but the church can provide scholarships to anyone who needs one.

Beer & Hymns

Beer & Hymns…. We will gather at 6pm Sunday, January 6th at the New District Brewing Company (2709 S. Oakland Street, Arlington, VA 22206~it looks like an industrial area) to sing some good, old-fashioned  hymns together. We’re looking on arranging for family friendly food and beverages – so plan on bringing your family, and some friends!

World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day… a day to remember those we have lost and those who are either living with this disease of affected in someway. A day to show support, friendship and love to all those infected, a day to remember that we stand with each and everyone.