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Finding the Right Mentor

A mentor can brighten a young person’s future.

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Patio Ready for Summer?

The latest in furniture and accessories for alfresco entertaining.

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Getting Hurt in the Gym

Strategies for preventing and treating workout injuries.

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Safety in the Water

Water Safety Month designed to educate public in advance of summer swimming.

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Home on Cameron Opens in Old Town Alexandria

New store offers assortment of home furnishings.

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Expanding Family, Expanding Home

WINN Design + Build honored for remodeling Arlington home.

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Walk-In Closet Design Ideas

From chandeliers to luxury seating, the options are plentiful.

Strategies for Maintaining Weight Loss

Study shows lifestyle changes are critical to keep off unwanted pounds.

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Nursing Camp for High School Students

Campers will get a real-world view of the nursing profession.

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Fighting Summer Brain Drain

Academic camps keep minds engaged when school is out.

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Easter Table Design Ideas

Local tastemakers offer spring table setting and centerpiece ideas.

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Fit for the Golden Years

Exercises for strength, endurance, balance and aerobics are key.

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Backyard Adventure

Ideas for a spring break family staycation.

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Practice Makes Perfect

Local educators share strategies for getting children to practice music.

When Linda Gulyn’s son entered high school and asked to quit his clarinet lessons, the Arlington mother of four declined his request.

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Herndon Artist Lisa Tureson Exhibits at Touchstone Gallery, D.C.

Oak Hill-Herndon-based artist Lisa Tureson celebrated the opening reception of her latest exhibit Scribbles: an Urban Art Series, on Friday March 3, 2017 at Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave., NW.

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Pool Room in Time for Summer

Family turns unfinished basement space into pool-changing area.

When a Potomac family decided to transform part of their unfinished basement into a changing room which overlooks their new backyard pool, they enlisted the help of Hopkins & Porter Construction.

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Sow Now, Reap this Spring

Getting a garden and yard ready for warm weather.

One of the most anticipated sights of spring is a garden in bloom.

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Kitchen Design Trends to Expect in 2017

Local designers share popular design ideas.

Those looking for kitchen design ideas have a new source of inspiration: the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) list of trends for 2017.

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Pioneering Change For Autism

University of Virginia seminar studies tension between “The Science & Lived Experience of Autism.”

Despite a recent surge in attention and research over the past decade about autism, controversy exists.

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Beware Early Allergy Season

Experts offer suggestions for preventing and treating allergy symptoms.

Those experiencing Itchy, watery eyes and seemingly endless sneezing know that spring allergy season is getting an early start this year thanks to this season’s mild winter weather.

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Matching Pets to Their Owners

Animal shelters’ counselors help families find the right fit when seeking a pet adoption.

Natasha had been abandoned and was wandering the streets of Arlington under the blaze of a hot summer sun when she was rescued and taken to a local shelter.

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Celebrating Black History Month

Educators say these lessons are urgently needed in current racial climate.

Even though Elavie Ndura knows that it is a daunting challenge to help children grasp the entirety of the African American experience in the shortest month of the year, each February she and other educators give it their best effort.

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Bethesda Designer Sample Sale

Collection curated by interior designer.

Those looking to snag some of the trendiest home furnishings and accessories will have an opportunity to do so later this month when Bethesda-based designer Kelley Proxmire hosts a sample sale.

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Honoring the Past and Present

A home with both a rich history and modern conveniences is on the market in Fairfax.

When Betsy Rutkowski purchased her Fairfax home, she was drawn to its rich history and the childhood memories which it evoked.

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City House, Country House

Home offers sunny interior and bucolic surroundings.

European craftsmanship, a free-flowing floor plan and light-filled rooms characterize a home that was designed according to the vision of a local jurist.

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To Move Or Not To Move: Local family moves mother into newly opened Kensington Falls Church.

One of the most heart-wrenching decisions that Denise Schossler, her two siblings and her 95-year-old mother had to make was whether or not to move her into an assisted living facility, leaving the home where she’s lived since 1954.

New Administration Could Impact Potomac Businesses

Locals enter a wait-and-see period.

A period of uncertainty is the way that some are characterizing the current business climate in Potomac.

Planning for Summer Camp

Local camp fairs help families navigate the maze of summer camp offerings.

In an effort to confront religious intolerance, a group of local middle school students will attend a camp aimed at bringing together children from different religions and giving them the chance to come together, make new friendships, visit houses of worship, learn about other traditions and practice dialogue to confront Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism.

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New Year, New Order: Organizing an unruly linen closet

If retrieving an item from the top shelf of one’s linen closet sets off an avalanche of mismatched sheets and tattered towels, it might be time for a linen closet reorganization.

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Organizing a Home Office

Design ideas for workspace order.

Whether located in a basement, spare bedroom or kitchen corner, one of the keys to creating a functional home office is organization.

Keeping Resolutions

Realistic goals and specific plans among keys to success.

Keeping Resolutions

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Remodeled to Sell in Potomac

Couple overhauls bathrooms to minimize home’s time on the market.

Shortly before Sheila and Brian Boyle decided to sell their Potomac, Md. home, they took a look around and decided it needed updating.

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A Stylish, Budget-friendly Kitchen in Alexandria

Local homeowners transform their kitchen, without breaking the bank.

When Janet and Frank McDermott purchased their Alexandria home in 1997, it was already outdated.

Coat Drive for the Needy in Montgomery County

Share the gift of warmth this holiday season.

A local charity is joining forces with an area music center to help ensure that Montgomery County’s neediest residents are warm this winter.

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New Dining Option in Alexandria

BurgerFi opens restaurant in Old Town.

There’s a new dining option in Old Town.

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Thinking Beyond Serving Meals

Experts advise finding age-appropriate ways for children to give back.

During this season of giving thanks, opportunities for expressions of gratitude can seem ubiquitous.

Easing Election Fears

Local therapists say acknowledging, reassuring are keys to easing anxiety.

On the morning after what was possibly the most adversarial election in recent history, psychologist Carolyn Lorente, Ph.D. felt an urge to send a text message to her two teenaged children.


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Setting a holiday table

Local tastemakers offer suggestions for creating festive tablescape.


As Thanksgiving draws near, thoughts of table settings and holiday décor abound.

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Guest-Ready Home for the Holidays

From organizing to decorating, a guide for getting a house ready for visitors.


Ready or not, the holidays are coming.

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Decking the Halls, Stuffing Bellies

Local cooking schools offer crash courses in holiday dishes.

Ever since Bernadette Lott can remember, she’s had a sweet tooth as big as a sugar cane field.

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Additional Factors Impede Efforts To Quit Smoking

Public encouraged to learn about challenges faced by smokers with mental illness who want to quit.

Despite her mental health challenges, Deneice Valentine quit smoking in part by learning to meditate.

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Making STEM Fun for Children

Event offered opportunity to learn about STEM subjects.

A local educator used carrots and broccoli to teach girls about science and technology.

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Advice from the Pros

Local private school admissions directors share wisdom they’d offer to their own children.

From interviews to essays to standardized tests to open houses, the season for submitting independent school applications is underway. For families vying for a spot at the area’s most elite schools, the process can be fraught with anxiety, stress and confusion as parents and students wade through the myriad academic options in the Washington, D.C., region.

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Discussing the Election with Children

Local educators offer suggestions for navigating a complicated political climate.

While Colleen K. Vesely has watched televised debates and political events with her children throughout this election season, an event during which the American Civil Rights movement was discussed stands out. It was a concept her 3-year-old daughter didn’t grasp, of course. But Vesely used the moment as opportunity to start guiding her children through this year’s election season.

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Potomac: Countdown to Halloween

There’s still time to for spooky design.

Grown up Halloween preparations aren’t just about ghosts and smoke machines anymore. They include home décor with a twist, perhaps glittered or velvet pumpkins, or spooky fine china.

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Showcase Home Offers Design Inspiration

DC Design House was transformed by local designers to raise money for charity.

Those in search of interior design ideas now have a source of new inspirations, at least temporarily. The 2016 DC Design House is now open to the public and runs through Oct. 30.

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Home Improvements for the Holidays

Local contractors say there is time to spruce up your house and yard.

Changing temperatures and falling leaves are a signal the holidays are near. From Thanksgiving through the New Year, homes are filled with guests and schedules are stacked with parties. Getting one’s home guest ready by the holidays may be daunting, but it’s doable with proper planning and realistic expectations, say local contractors.

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Potomac: A Taste of Serbian Culture

SerbFest DC offered food, music and dance.

Hundreds had a chance to experience Serbian culture and heritage through food, music and dance at SerbFest DC recently.

Senior Living: Regaining Mobility

Local orthopedic surgeons offer keys for successful joint replacement surgery.

Tired of the limited mobility and pain that have thwarted her love of foreign travel and fall hiking, Lynda S. Johnson, 72, scheduled a knee replacement surgery for later this month. She chose a doctor, found a pet sitter to watch her Cairn terrier, and enlisted her sister to live with her while she recovers. “I had been debating for months about whether to have it,” she said. “I was in so much pain, though, that I don’t really think I have anything to lose.”

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Potomac: Serbian Festival this Weekend

A taste of Serbian culture is coming to Potomac this later this week. SerbFest  DC’s Fall 2016 festival kicks off Friday, Oct. 7, bringing authentic Serbian food, culture, crafts and entertainment.

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