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May 11, 2007

Weekend Watch: Happy Mother's Day!

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Mother's Day weekend really should be all about the mamas. So whatever makes YOU feel good is what I recommend for the weekend!

If you're in need of ideas... I learned from this week's fabulous Our Kids newsletter that there's a free Mother's Day Concert on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria. It's Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at River Farm (which is the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society). Sounds lovely!

There's also the free-admission Hawaiian Festival in DC, Saturday and Sunday at the National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall. I HIGHLY recommend a meal in the museum's cafe - We had a fabulous lunch there with my visiting mother-in-law just last weekend! There are plentiful highchairs, a "chicken fingers" meal option for finicky kids who won't touch the more delectable items, and even when it's crowded the lines move efficiently. Try to sit on the right-hand side of the cafe, next to the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the rocks and waterfalls. Little ones will be riveted!

Also this weekend, for politically-active mamas: The grassroots mothers' movement that started in Old Town in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy is spreading - A group of Bethesda/Chevy Chase/NW DC moms, dads, and concerned citizens will stage another "Protest Easy Guns" demonstration on Sunday at 12 noon, in front of the Barnes & Noble in downtown Bethesda. Among the participants: A mother and her Virginia Tech student daughter.

Then there's the feisty CODE PINK, which holds its Mother's Day Peace Event and "Mother of a March" in DC, with famous participants including (my hero for all time) Gloria Steinem - and live music, children's booths, etc.

Heading it off at the pass: If you like easy access to guns, if you like the war in Iraq, or if you just don't care for my (very rare) mention of anything reflecting my personal politcs, please do not waste your energy sending me nasty email. I wish you no ill will, but this is MY blog. It's free for the public to use, but it requires a good deal of my time and effort. Occasionally it reflects my politics, when relevant to local children or mothering. If you don't like what I write, just don't read.

Posted by Sarah at 10:47 AM.