Cars 3: Road to the Races Tour

Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” is hitting the road with Road to the Races, a nationwide tour inviting fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release, and will be stopping at Downtown Silver Spring. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm will be rolling into 27 cities coast to coast to celebrate the new movie, which opens June 16, 2017.

A host of sponsors have signed on to support the tour, which includes a variety of activities.

  • Alamo Rent A CarSM is hosting a street art booth and will bring “Cars 3” to life with a giant coloring mural featuring Lightning McQueen and friends, along with a color pencil pack souvenir. Owned and operated by Enterprise Holdings, Alamo Rent A Car offers low rental rates and a hassle-free customer experience at the most popular travel destinations around the world.
  • Coppertone® is creating a racer pit crew that encourages visitors to take part in a tire-changing activity and photo-sharing opportunity. A leader in the sun care industry, Coppertone is made by Bayer HealthCare, LLC.
  • Crest® and Oral-B® celebrate the Road to the Races tour, providing fans with an opportunity to create a digital postcard with Lightning McQueen and get “Cars”-themed oral care products. Crest and Oral-B are the first step to enjoying a lifetime of healthy smiles.
  • Dole®, the leader in fresh, quality produce, invites visitors to fuel up and recharge their batteries, sample high-octane fruit and vegetable smoothies, collect “Cars 3”-inspired recipes and discover how Dole and Disney are working together to make healthy living fun and easy for families. To see more of Dole’s exciting promotions around summer family fun, visit www.dole.com/Cars3.
  • Mattel presents an interactive play area, which sends Lightning McQueen and other racers down the gravity drop and launches them into action in new play sets that feature locations from the movie. Also on display will be a collection of die cast racers from past and present. Mattel is the leading global childhood development and play company.

Fans will be able to catch a sneak peek of the movie in the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater. Visitors will also be able to take photos with the life-size character cars. In addition, the sports national youth program NASCAR Acceleration Nation will display the science behind NASCAR racing, and elements from the NASCAR Hall of Fame will allow attendees to get up close and personal with the history of NASCAR. Mack Trucks, Inc. will transport the life-size character cars on the coast-to-coast tour.

Schedules are subject to change without notice, and attractions may be unavailable for unscheduled reasons.

Hurricane Hunters Tour

Want to tour the planes & talk to the pilots that fly into hurricanes for better forecasts?

For the first time ever, four Hurricane Hunter aircraft will be visiting Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) for a public event. Hurricane experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Air Force will visit to talk with our community to raise awareness of our local threats from  tropical cyclones, and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan.

 Hurricane Hunter pilots and crew from NOAA and USAF, as well as Dr. Rick Knabb (Director of the National Hurricane Center/NHC), NHC hurricane specialists, and meteorologists from our local NWS forecast office will all be on hand to educate residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness, and will be available for interviews.

Staff from local and state emergency management offices, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, NOAA & FEMA, and other partners will be a part of the event.

 Community groups, media, elected officials, and the public are invited to participate and tour the aircraft and exhibits. Public tours will start at 2 pm. The gates will close at 4:30 pm, but those inside will have until 5 pm to tour. Registration is not required for the public tours; those wishing to visit this event can simply show up any time between 2:00 and 4:30 pm. No backpacks or large bags permitted. Any attendee may have their bag searched.

For more information, contact Chris Strong of NWS Baltimore/Washington at 703-996-2223 or christopher.strong@noaa.gov.

Make Room for Matzah

Join us for hands-on Passover workshop to get ready for Passover and learn more about this tradition for your interfaith or Jewish family. Your child will make a beautiful Miriam’s Cup to enhance your seder and do a mitzvah for seniors celebrating Passover. Then we will have a Seder Plate Taste Test, as we delve into why we have the things on the Seder plate that we do.

Best for ages 3 and up.

Sign up by March 24, and it’s just $10 for your family. All registrations after March 24 will be $15/family and can be paid at the door.

Register now:  http://bit.ly/Matzah2017

Co-sponsored by PJ Library Greater Washington, Edlavitch DCJCC, InterfaithFamily/DC, Federation’s Jewish Food Experience, Love and Religion – An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners, Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital and JSSA

Community Chanukah Lighting

Come light the menorah, followed by latkes, donuts, dreidel games, music, crafts and more! Open to all ages and abilities.

Date:
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Address:
1529 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Chanukah Celebration at the DCJCC

Grab your socks and your yarmulke, it’s time to bounce for Chanukah! 

This year’s rockin’ Chanukah party will feature a moon bounce, games, crafts, treats and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Pre-registration prices (register online before December 14):
$23; $18 Discounted EDCJCC member or DC Minyan Member Rate

After December 14, they will accept walk-in registrations only:  $25 per family; $20 Discounted EDCJCC member or DC Minyan Member Rate

Community Christmas Festival in DC!

Community Christmas Festival
Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am–Noon
Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Street NW, WDC 20009

Join Friends of Stead Park and Foundry United Methodist Church for free photos with Santa, Christmas crafts and snacks.

You can purchase a gingerbread house to decorate for $15. Pre-purchase yours online: http://www.foundryumc.org/ChristmasFestival

*** Please bring a donation of NEW hats, gloves or scarves to be given to our adult unhoused neighbors. ***

ZooLights at the Smithsonian National Zoo in DC!

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

Thaw your paws in the animal exhibit buildings and see the nocturnal critters! The Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, and Think Tank are open every night.

Rides and attractions include:
– The Smithsonian’s National Zoo Choo-Choo: take a merry tour through the Zoo on a trackless train that whisks guests all around the Great Cats exhibit and features gorgeous views of the Zoo’s holiday light displays.
– Snow-less Tubing: take the plunge down one of our 150-foot-long tracks—no snow necessary! (weather permitting)
– Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel: hop on to your choice of 58 animal figurines, as the carousel highlights the Zoo’s incredible research and success stories. As one of the few carousels in the world powered by solar energy, thanks to a generous donation by Pepco Energy Services, the carousel is a new spin on conservation.

Ride Tickets are available for purchase at the Zoo for $3 each; 1 ride per ticket. Family Packs are available for purchase online or at the Zoo for $20 for 8 tickets; 1 ride per ticket.

Make Room for Latkes!

Chanukah is coming and with it, eight nights of family fun! Join PJ Library, the DCJCC, InterfaithFamily/DC, the Jewish Primary Day School,  the Jewish Food Experience, the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) and the interfaith program, Love and Religion, for hands-on Chanukah activities including crafts, cooking, singing, candle lighting, latkes, a mitzvah (good deed) project and take-home goodies.  It’s a perfect morning for Jewish and interfaith families with children ages 3 and older. Cost:  $10 per family in advance; $15 at the door. 

Information and registration:  pjlibrary@shalomdc.org, 301-230-7243, http://bit.ly/pjlatkes

Havdalah Popup in DC

Celebrate the end of Shabbat with an outdoor, sensory Havdalah experience with PJ Library and their partners. Together they will play, snack, read, do crafts and enjoy a delightful Havdalah ceremony to welcome the new week.  This program is free and is particularly good for interfaith families!

For Questions: pjlibrary@shalomdc.org

Tour a working glass studio and make your own driedel, or menorah!

Get a head start on your Chanukah gifting and celebrating with artist Gary Rosenthal! Take a tour of this working studio and make your own fused-glass dreidel, menorah or other Judaica item.   The cost is $22.50 per family and will be applied to the cost of the project you choose (which start at $22.50).

For kids 3-8 years old, pre-register at https://studiosunday.eventbrite.com/  For kids 8.5 and older, check out the PJ Our Way event:  http://bit.ly/PJOWRosenthal