Air Force Cycling Classic in Arlington (photos)

August 10, 2012

Pro-cycling returned to Arlington for its 15th season. Cycling pros from around the world competed in the Annual Air Force Cycling Classic, in Clarendon on Saturday June 9 and in Crystal City on Sunday June 10. The Clarendon Cup has been the Washington area’s premier pro/am race since 1998. The challenging criterium course features hairpin turns at speeds often exceeding 30 mph. On each racing day, kids 9 and under competed on their own terms in the Kids Bike Races.

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Citi Open Tennis Highlights (photos)

The ATP World Tour hard-court tournament at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in the Rock Creek Park section of Washington, DC., had changed its name to the Citi Open, after being known as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic since 1994. And for the first time it expanded the field to include female participants.

Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine defeated Tommy Haas of Germany in the men’s final 6-7 (9-7), 6-4, 6-1.
Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia routed top-seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia to take the women’s crown 6-1 6-1.
Alexandria native Treat Huey paired with his former University of Virginia teammate Dominic Inglot to capture their first career ATP titles with a 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (11-9), 10-5 win over Sam Querrey and Kevin Anderson in the men’s doubles final.

The 2012 Citi Open ATP World Tour 500 Level men’s event is recognized as one of the top 20 ATP events in the world offering nearly $1.5M in prize money. The WTA tournament, which was historically held the week before the then Legg Mason Tennis Classic, will now be played simultaneously with the men’s event with $220,000 in prize money. The tournament took place from July 28 thru August 5, 2012.

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Native American Olympic Athletes Saluted in exhibition at Indian Museum

August 9, 2012

As the 2012 Olympics begin in London, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian has opened a special exhibit, “Best in the World: Native Athletes in the Olympics,” featuring Native-American athletes who have provided some of the most dramatic moments in Olympic history. It also happens to be the 100th anniversary of the 1912 Olympics in which Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox ) won both the pentathlon and the decathlon (a feat not since accomplished), Duke Kahanamoku (Native Hawaiian) won the 100-meter freestyle, Andrew Sockalexis (Penobscot) placed fourth in the marathon and Lewis Tewanima (Hopi) won the silver medal and set an American record for the 10,000-meter competition. Tewanima’s record stood for more than 50 years until another American Indian, Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), won Gold in Tokyo in 1964. Among the items on display are two gold medals won by Thorpe and the gold medal won by Mills. The exhibit is scheduled to run through Sept. 3. At Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, SW, the museum is located on the National Mall between the National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol. [gallery ids="100911,128530,128524,128505,128518,128513" nav="thumbs"]

Living Earth Festival features Native American Dance (photos)

August 2, 2012

The Smithsonian’s American Indian museum hosted its 3rd Living Earth Festival on July 20-22 featuring Native American music, dance, crafts and a special cooking competition.
One of the featured acts was the popular group Brule’, featuring contemporary music accompanied by traditional dancers.

There was also a Native American cooking competition which will be an annual event. Chefs Rob Kinneen (Tlingit) and Jack Strong (Siletz) competed for bragging rights as the NMAI’s top chef, emceed by Mitsitam Cafe Chef Richard Hetzler and judged by three DC-area chefs.

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Kaypi Peru Festival: The Rich Culture of Peru Is Featured at American Indian Museum (photos)

Kaypi Peru was the name of the National Museum of the American Indian’s week-long celebration of Peru’s native people and culture held July 25 through July 30. In the Quechua language, “Kaypi Peru” means, “This is Peru.” The festival featured continual dance and music performances, photo exhibitions, paso horse shows, alpacas and traditional Peruvian food.

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Paul Bakery & Café Celebrates Bastille Day with Baguette Relay Race (photos)

July 19, 2012

Paul Bakery & Café, at 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, held their second annual Bastille Day event in the District last Saturday, July 14. Waving French flags, children and adults of all ages participated in a relay race around the U.S. Navy Memorial, using baguettes as batons (it wasn’t exactly Olympics rules). The winning team received gift certificates to Paul.

Win or lose, a good time was had by all. The race, now in its second year, is intended to become an annual event.

Paul, a French bakery chain, continues to expand throughout Washington. It has followed its Penn Quarter location with one in Georgetown at 1078 Wisconsin Ave. NW (right by M Street), and at 1000 Connecticut Avenue NW. Established in Lille, France in 1889, Paul Bakery has nearly 500 stores in 25 countries

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival (photos)

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an exposition of “living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall in Washington, DC, by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.” This year’s event took place between June 27 and July 8.

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“A Capitol Fourth” Independence Day Concert (photos)

July 12, 2012

“A Capitol Fourth” is the free annual Independence Day concert extravaganza on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This year’s concert was hosted by Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron, of the hit TV series, “Dancing With the Stars”; and an all-star cast featuring Megan Hilty of TV’s “Smash”; four time Toni nominee Kelli O’Hara, Javier Colon winner of “The Voice”; R&B superstars Kool and the Gang and other’s. Olympian Apolo Ohno appeared in a tribute to Team USA and five-time Academy Award winner John Williams conducted his “Olympic Fanfare”.

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Carniverous Plants Featured at US Botanic Garden (photos)

July 6, 2012

The United States Botanic Garden’s exhibit on carnivorous plants will run through October 8, 2012. Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants “tells the story of carnivorous plants and their astounding adaptations to inhospitable habitats. Combining science, botany and hands-on activity, the exhibit demonstrates the wonders of these unique plants and the importance of preserving the delicate environments in which they live.”.

On Saturday June 16, the Botanic Garden hosted a family festival on the Conservatory Terrace featuring ativities designed to educate and investigate the amazing world of plants that need to eat bugs to survive.
The Garden is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including all weekends and holidays. The Conservatory’s main entrance is located at 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001, on the National Mall just a block from the Capitol.

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All Eyes on Planet Venus at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (photos)

June 19, 2012

Hundreds of astronomy enthusiasts, young and old, turned out on the front porch of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on June 5 to view a rare astronomical event which occurs when the planet Venus passes between the earth and the sun. It is something that won’t happen again for at least another 100 years. Though the show in the skies over Washington, D.C., was largely obscured by cloudy skies, the sun did peek out on a few occasions. A large video screen was on hand to show Venus as a black dot gliding across the disc of the sun in real time from an observatory in Hawaii. Smithsonian staff and volunteers were on hand with free viewing glasses and a variety of devices for observing the celestial event.

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