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Remember last week when we commented on how wild it was that the weather hadn’t turned this very city into frozen Hell tundra? Now it is cold and sad, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways you can still enjoy the great outdoors. Remember, patio heaters and blankets were created for a reason. And that reason is so that you can drink outside when it’s cold.

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Happy Hour at El Rey

It’s raining and it’s cold. El Rey has a heated and enclosed patio, meaning that you can enjoy the outdoors tonight without having to sit in the rain shivering like a wet dog. $21 margarita pitchers, $6 individual margaritas, $3 Natty Bohs, and $3 tamales are just some of the deals they’ve got going on tonight. Head over to U Street and join in on the fun.


Bicycle Maintenance Essentials Class in AdMo

Bike maintenance is important always, but even more so during the colder months. Taking care of your bike ensures fun and safe riding for you. This free class shows you all of the basics, from pre-ride checks, preparing for a ride, replacing a flat tire, and lubricating the chain. RSVP now to reserve your spot for class this Wednesday.


Bike Ride to a Movie in Silver Spring

Tired of going to the same happy hour with your coworkers every Thursday? Spice things up with a bike ride through downtown Silver Spring to the theater to see a special showing of Le Ride. This is a one night only screening of the film that follows Phil Keoghan’s story of The Amazing Race. So grab your helmet and some popcorn and get ready for a night of riding and relaxing in Silver Spring. Meet at Takoma Bicycle at 6:00 p.m. to join the ride.


Veuve Clicquot Picnic Party @ W Hotel

Nothing says “weekend” like sipping on fancy champagne with friends. Head to the W Hotel for a night of Veuve Clicquot bubbly, including their rosé and Yellow label, on the outdoor patio of Pinea restaurant. There will be music, games, and plents of bottles to enjoy this Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Your fall happy hour game just got a whole lot cooler.

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Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil for Healing

Join your friends and D.C. residents for the third annual Catharsis on the Mall. This three-day event beginning on Friday, Nov. 10 and ending Sunday, Nov. 12, features guest speakers, art, education, workshops, and more. Best of all, this event is completely free to all. This year’s theme is “Nurturing the Heart” and will focus on building community and practicing kindness. Catharsis on the Mall is your best bet for feeling at peace with yourself and others this weekend, so go check it out!


Sunday Fun Run w/ Hellbender Brewing Company

Sundays are for fun runs and brewery tours. Meet at Pacers on 14th street and lace up your sneakers for a 4.5 mile run to D.C.’s very own Hellbender Brewing Company for a tour of how the magic (beer) gets made, plus beer deals all day for participants. There will be plenty of board games and fun to be had once you get there. Hellbender is happy to transport any belongings from Pacers to the brewery. The run starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.

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Go forth into nature!