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Weekend Guide: Celebrating Oktoberfest in D.C., Md., Va.

Those looking to have a "hoppy" time this weekend will find no shortage of options from which to choose. After all, D.C.-area Oktoberfest celebrations are in full swing.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 07:22am EDT

Tags: Oktoberfest, weekend guide, events, Rachel Nania

Petworth named one of the best neighborhoods in the country for old houses

This Old House, a home improvement magazine and television show, named Petworth one of the best neighborhoods in the country for its promising future and collection of beautiful homes.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 08:28am EDT

Tags: Petworth, This Old House, D.C., housing, houses, Rachel Nania

Hard cider orchards: Virginia's other wine country

There's another beverage that's filling locals' glasses and the need for a homegrown, seasonal taste -- and it's got a crisp, hard edge.

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 02:00pm EDT

Tags: cider, hard cider, Rachel Nania, beverage industry, wine, orchard, Foggy Ridge Cider, southwest

Touring D.C. step-by-step and bite-by- bite

For tourists and residents, alike, D.C. has an endless list of must-see museums, monuments and historic landmarks. And while double-decker buses, segways and Potomac cruises will take you to the sites, there's another way to experience the nation's capital -- through your taste buds.

Thursday - 09/19/2013, 07:22am EDT

Tags: food tour, tours, DC Metro Food Tours, Washington Walks, Rachel Nania

Chevy Chase author challenges families to eat together

Aviva Goldfarb is making it her mission to have families all over the country eat dinner together. She wants to get 10,000 people to commit to eating dinner together as a family at least three times a week for four weeks.

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 07:41am EDT

Tags: Aviva Goldfarb, The Family Dinner Challenge, family, dinner, Rachel Nania, spinach and mushroom risotto, family dinner

It's not about the retail: Local school uses American Girl for history, life lessons

Beverly Vick leads an American Girl club for students at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Alexandria, Va.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 08:56am EDT

Tags: American Girl, American Girl dolls, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, club, Beverly Vick, Rachel Nania, girls

Trading ‘om's for ‘ha's in laughter yoga

Some Arlington residents are participating in a yoga class that requires no mat, no downward-facing dog and no sweat. It's no joke, but it is something to laugh at.

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 08:42am EDT

Tags: yoga, laughter yoga, Arlington, stress, Rachel Nania

Steering girls toward STEM: Statistics and solutions

Women are significantly underrepresented in one of the fastest growing job sectors in the U.S. Experts say parents and teachers need to support girls' interest in math and science at a young age.

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 09:14am EDT

Tags: math, science, STEM, career, college, Women, work, Rachel Nania

Are malls dead? The landscape of retail in the D.C. area

As some local malls struggle to maintain business, others flourish. But is this sustainable? And what is the future of retail in the D.C. area?

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 11:21am EDT

Tags: malls, mall, retail, Rachel Nania, Springfield Mall, Ballston Common Mall, Bethesda Row, development, shopping

Money doesn't grow on trees: Small farmers turn to organic alternatives

Organic food products are traditionally more expensive for consumers than their conventional varieties. This difference in price is also felt by the farmers who grow and produce certified organic food. But a new program is helping small farmers grow certified natural food.

Wednesday - 08/14/2013, 08:31am EDT

Tags: organic, organic food, farm, Certified Naturally Grown, Rachel Nania, market, usda

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