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Construction continues inside the old Misha's location at 102 S. Patrick St. as coffee makes way for ice cream. Jeni's Ice Creams continues to prepare for its new digs in the heart of Old Town as the shop transformation takes place. An opening date has yet to be named.

Construction continues inside the old Misha's location at 102 S. Patrick St. as coffee makes way for ice cream. Jeni's Ice Creams continues to prepare for its new digs in the heart of Old Town as the shop transformation takes place. An opening date has yet to be named. Photo by Hope Nelson.

Capitals Home Opener Watch Party at Hops n Shine, Oct. 5

The Washington Capitals take on the Carolina Hurricanes in the storied hockey team’s home opener, and Hops n Shine is ready for the season. The bar and eatery will offer up game day specials along with multiple TVs. With more than 50 draft lines, guests won’t ever be parched as the game proceeds. Game day food and drink specials will be on tap to toast the occasion. 3410 Mount Vernon Ave. 7 p.m.-midnight.

Female Stranger Beer Dinner at Gadsby’s Tavern, Oct. 14

The spookiest month of the year brings with it a celebration of one of Alexandria’s most haunting stories – the mysterious Female Stranger who is said to still inhabit Room No. 8 in Gadsby’s Tavern. Port City Brewing is teaming up with the tavern to put together a four-course beer dinner featuring the brewery’s Long Black Veil black IPA, concocted in homage to the Stranger herself. Convene at the tavern on the anniversary of the Female Stranger’s death – Oct. 14, 1816 – to toast her legacy. 134 N. Royal St. 7-10:30 p.m. $85.

Diya’s First Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 18

What a difference a year makes! Diya, the Indian restaurant that took up residence on North Lee Street in 2018, turns a year old this month, and the restaurant is hosting a party to celebrate. The first 300 customers will each receive a $10 gift card to the restaurant; all attendees can feast on Diya’s dinner buffet while listening to live entertainment. 218 N. Lee St. 5-9:30 p.m. Buffet $14.99 for adults, $6.99 for children under 10.

OysterFest XII at Hank’s Old Town, Oct. 19

Hank’s Oyster Bar has long been a go-to spot for the salty mollusks, and its annual OysterFest celebrates the best of everything Hank’s has to offer. The $95 ticket price earns guests the opportunity for all-you-can-eat oysters in all the classic fashions – on the half shell, fried, grilled and shooters. Round out the menu with Old Bay fries, onion rings and popcorn calamari, and wash it all down with all-you-can-drink craft beers, wine and punch. 1026 King St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $95.

Hope Nelson owns and operates the Kitchen Recessionista blog, located at www.kitchenrecessionista.com. Email her any time at hope@kitchenrecessionista.com.