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November 14, 2008

Weekend Watch: Nutcracker in Clarendon + concerts in DC

Filed Under: Maryland | Northern Virginia

This weekend it's the unofficial launch of Nutcracker season - and a fundraiser for a great children's charity - in Arlington's Clarendon neighbhorhood... plus a coupla big-name kiddie concerts in the District.

Thanks to DCB reader (and my friend) Heather for the heads up: This weekend the Barnes & Noble Clarendon will host a couple of family happenings. A special storytime, Saturday at 10 a.m. features characters from the Nutcracker ballet. Kids can get up close and personal with The Sugar Plum Fairy, the Prince, and other costumed dancers from the Center Dance Co.

And Saturday and Sunday, the store hosts a book fair to benefit First Book, a nonprofit organization that gives low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. A percentage of in-store purchases this weekend will go toward First Book. IMPORTANT: Tell the clerk at checkout that you are there for the First Book benefit. (Or you can participate at any other B&N bookstore or cafe by giving them the First Book fair code. Jot it down before you go: 415323.) And yes, you can buy a copy of DC BABY's Revised Second Edition at B&N - and have a portion of your purchase go to the First Book program!

In DC, The Laurie Berkner Band performs Saturday at GW's Lisner Auditorium. And Lisa Loeb & Friends (performing stuff from her new CD of kids' camp songs) will do a show Saturday at National Geographic's Grosvenor Auditorium downtown.

p.s. Quick reminder that on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Celebrate Mama! event goes to Loudon County, at the Claude Moore Rec Center in Sterling. Free admission (fee for some services and activities once you're in the door). Goodie bags to the first 300 families.

Posted by Sarah at 10:14 AM.