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Things to Do in NoVA: April 1-7

A handful of things to do in NoVA that should be on your calendar.

11th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge
April 2
Sample international fare from some of the best chefs in the world as more than 20 chefs cook authentic fare. There will be entertainment and cocktails, plus awards. Must be 21+ years old. All you can eat, too. // Washington, DC

Annandale Carnival
April 4-14
It’s carnival time in Annandale. Happening in the KMart parking lot on John Marr Drive. If you can’t make it you can also check out a carnival at Dulles Town Center ending April 7, or one at Potomac Mills April 11-22. // Annandale

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg
April 5-7
The Bard is on stage as Middleburg gives over to his famous works with a weekend full of performances and a champagne brunch. // Middleburg

Art Blooms at Mosaic
April 6-7
Don’t want to head to D.C. for the cherry blossoms? This weekend Mosaic puts the focus on the beautiful plumes with artworks, workshops, music, entertainment, a farmers market and beer garden. // Merrifield

Kokedama Workshop
April 7
Learn to make your own beautiful kokedama, or moss ball, that will bring unique life to your space. // Falls Church

What you didn’t know your printer could do for you: A talk with Allegra Printing of Fairfax

Every business, non-profit, PTA and religious center needs paper and promotional products. Oanh Henry, owner of Allegra Print Mail Services of Fairfax, explores how printed collateral helps businesses, large and small, get the word out and make a lasting impression. From church programs to huge conference packages, she has you covered from pens and bags to bound booklets and banners.

When Megan Merkosky and her partner Tiffany started Peppi Gel (a nail color company based in Manassas) they sought out Oanh’s help to brand and market their product. Oanh walks us through the evolution of their brand.

Lastly, Oanh is a believer in Givers Gain and explores why giving back to the community is so important.

What You Didn’t Know Your Printer Could Do For You

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Things to do in NoVA: Feb. 25-Mar. 3

A handful of things to do in NoVA that should be on your calendar.

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
Opens Feb. 26
Three women are tasked with restoring a Rembrandt painting that has been damaged, though their environment is something else: they are trapped in a museum during a hundred year war. The women: an art restorer, a nurse and their captor. // Signature Theatre, Shirlington

Sister Hazel
March 2
You’re teen/college-year musicians are back. Leesburg’s Tally Ho hosts Sister Hazel for a night. // Leesburg

Prune Like a Pro
March 2
It’s time to get those shrubs in shape for the spring. Experts at Merrifield Garden Center will bring your through tips and tricks so you can make sure you are manicuring correctly. // Merrifield

D.C. Annual Flea Market
March 2-3
Find those one-of-a-kind items that bring life into your home design at this year’s D.C. Annual Flea at the Dulles Expo Center. // Chantilly

Fairfax City Restaurant Week
March 3-9
Almost every meal of the day will have a deal on it in at the 20+ participating restaurants for Fairfax City Restaurant Week that kicks off this Sunday. Participate through the even app and you can win bonuses and prizes. // Fairfax City

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Things to do in NoVA: Feb. 18-24

A handful of events to get on your calendar this week.

Aaron Carter
Feb. 20
After a 15-year pause Aaron Carter is back on stage at Jammin Java this week to play his new album. // Vienna

Preacher Lawson
Feb. 21
We met him on America’s Got Talent now the comedian Preacher Lawson is taking the local stage at George Mason Center for the Arts to get the laughs with his clean, goofy and high-energy routine. // Fairfax

The Wolves
Through Feb. 24
A bold, dramatic comedy, The Wolves is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about the lives of suburban high school girls and the obstacles of life they face. // Herndon

Capital Remodel and Garden Show
Feb. 22-24
The weekend of home DIY is back as the Capital Remodel and Garden Show takes over the Dulles Expo Center this weekend with guest Clint Harp of HGTV’s Fixer Upper on the main stage Friday and Saturday. // Chantilly

Grand Opening of BusyBees
Feb. 23
The newest play spot for those under 48-inches is holding its grand opening BusyBees in Fairfax Corner is the spot for little ones to expend their energy at this indoor playground where they can run, jump, spin and fly. // Fairfax

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Things to Do in NoVA: Feb. 11-17

A handful of events to get on your calendar this week.

Celebrating Black History and love at Angelika Film Center
Throughout February
And in honor of Black History Month, multiple bog screen hits will be shown throughout the month, like Do the Right Thing, Poetic Justice and The Color Purple. And for Valentine’s Day there will be a showing of Casablanca. // Merrifield

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Through March 10
This Tony Award-winning musical is on stage at Signature Theatre and features all the classics of Thomas “Fats” Waller and brings the audience back to Harlem of the 1920s and ’30s. // Shirlington

Kick the Kegs at Ornery Beer Company
Tuesday, Feb. 12
The sudden loss of Fair Winds Brewing’s owner Casey Jones has the local beer community coming together to raise funds for his children. Eighteen breweries are headed to Ornery Beer Company with one keg each; first keg to kick wins. Proceeds go to the Jones family. // Fairfax

Corks and Cupcakes
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17
Pair your wine with cupcakes, Georgetown Cupcakes, as Bluemont Vineyard takes you through four pairings of their wine and the popular confectionary delights. // Bluemont

Planning 101 Workshop at Erin Condren
Sunday, Feb. 17
Now that we’ve all Kondoed our homes it is time to get our planners in order. The Erin Condren store in Mosaic is hosting a workshop to get your goals and planners on track and looking great. // Merrifield

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Things to do in NoVA: Feb. 4-10

A handful of events to get on your calendar this week

Arlo Guthrie
Feb. 8-9
The Birchmere hosts Arlo Guthrie, who follows in his father’s (Woody Guthrie) footsteps of folk music with a focus on tackling social injustices. // Birchmere, Alexandria

Wine and Chocolate Pairing
Feb. 8-17
Paradise Springs Winery goes sweet with their special event that pairs decadent chocolates made by local artisans with a full tasting of their wines and Swagger, a port-style wine. And if you are there on Feb. 9, stay for their Valentine’s Wine Dinner. // Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton

Defining your outdoor space
Feb. 9, 10 a.m.
Experts at Merrifield Garden Center will take you through the steps of planning out your outdoor oasis as they talk about mixing plants, hardscapes and outdoor furniture to create a peaceful respite. // Merrifield Garden Center, Merrifield

Heart-Shaped Floral Wreath Workshop
Feb. 10, 10 a.m.
The floral masterminds at Botanologica are hosting a workshop where you will create a beautiful fresh wreath with the holiday of love in mind. Not only will you walk away with a piece of art, but you will also learn the history behind the sentiment of giving flowers. // Botanologica, Falls Church

Valentine’s Day Card Making Workshop
Feb. 10
Pop into Park Story on Sunday and make a card from the heart as Calligraphette and Co. showcases a workshop where those of all levels will create and walk away with a brush pen, four Valentine’s Day cards and envelopes, a calligraphy alphabet, guidelines and marbling supplies. // Park Story, Mosaic District

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Things to Do in NoVA: Jan. 14-21

Events to get on your calendar this week.

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week
Through Jan 20
D.C. restaurants offer up great deals to get you in the door on these snow evenings but if you are willing to brave the cold and ice you are treated to renowned fare at discounted prices: $22 brunches and lunches, $35 dinners at over 100 restaurants in NoVA, D.C. and Maryland.

The Hip Hop Museum Pop-Up
Jan. 18-19 opening
The Source magazine founder and creator, Dave Mays, has set this pop-up museum in motion where patrons attending the kick-off show will be treated to a concert by The Sugarhill Gang, Trouble Funk, Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of “Rapper’s Delight”.
The museum, housed at Culturehouse, will be open until Feb. 18. 

Heather McDonald at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
Jan. 18-19
Known for her podcast and comedy shows, Juicy Scoop, White Chicks and I Don’t Mean to Brag, Heather McDonald is making her debut at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse this weekend and will surely put a smile on your face and some guttural laughter in your belly as she takes on relationships, pop culture and more, though she stays clear of politics.

Home + Remodeling Show
Jan. 18-20
Get design inspiration and advice all in one spot this weekend as the Dulles Expo Center is turned over to home designers and contractors plus workshops, talks and appearances by HGTV’s Design Star personality Tyler Wisler and John Gidding of TLC’s Trading Spaces.

Opens Jan. 18, runs through Feb. 24
Kenneth Lin, he of House of Cards, takes on Russia in a fictional manner with his theatrical show spotlighting the U.S.-Russia “relationship” and one man’s, Vladimir Putin’s, rise to power.

Alexandria’s Maker’s Mile
Jan. 18-21
Old Town Alexandria is putting the focus on its local makers this weekend with an event that will not only inspire you to buy from area artisans but also to get you using your hands by making your own items. Store that are participating include AR Workshop, fibre space, Penny Post, Red Barn Mercantile and Stitch Sew Shop.

Chefscape Opening
Jan. 19-20
A new food hall is hitting the NoVA scene, this time in Leesburg as Chefscape holds its grand opening this weekend. Find four concepts from Rooted and Bloomed, Muggerz BBQ, Sultry Soul Food and Sandwich Bistro.

Northern Virginia

Guide: Local Coffee Shops

Support your local baristas and roasters by frequenting one of these local coffee joints.

Alexandria Coffee Shops

Extra Perks Coffee Shop

Swing’s Coffee Bar

Killer ESP

Buzz Bakeshop

Stomping Ground

Junction Bakery


Bon Vivant


Nectar Del Ray Coffee and Wine Bistro

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub

Arlington Coffee Shops

Bayou Bakery

Blumen Cafe

Chill Zone Coffee

The Java Shack

Bean Good Coffee Pub

Burn & Brew

Northside Social Coffee & Wine

Republik Coffee Bar

Fairfax Coffee Shops

De Clieu Coffee and Sandwich

Caboose Commons

Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates

Simply Social Coffee

29th Parallel Coffee and Tea

Gathering Grounds Cafe

Corner Coffee House

Lake Anne Coffee House

Mom & Pop

Caffe Amouri Coffee Roaster


Weird Brothers Coffee

Loudoun Coffee Shops

Bean Bar

Blend Coffee Bar

South Street Under

Brew LoCo


3C’s Chai Coffee Café

Colada Shop

Route 15 Grind

King Street Coffee

Middleburg Common Grounds

Happy Creek Coffee

Side Bar

Shoe’s Cup and Cork

Petite Loulou

Cuppa Giddy Up

Market Street Coffee

Ridgetop Coffee and Tea

Baby Gifts: The Nest Egg Fairfax Corner

The arrival of a new baby is always an exciting even to celebrate. Finding the perfect gift for the new baby, the granddaughter or grandson, niece or nephew, or what ever your relation, is a simple if you know where to look. Well, here is where to look, The Nest Egg at Fairfax Corner. Located across from Ann Taylor Loft, you will get lost in all they have to offer. 

The Nest Egg’s owner, Ann, gives Tracey Barrett of FOCUS on NoVA Real Estate a tour of this wonderful corner of her shop. Please also visit the gallery below. 

Baby Gifts: The Nest Egg Fairfax Corner