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February 6, 2009

Weekend Watch: Old-fashioned lantern show & Locks of Love benefit

Filed Under: Maryland | Washington, DC

Saturday and Sunday, the National Gallery of Art hosts a FREE Kids' Magic-Lantern Show for ages four+ and their families. Staged by Terry Borton of the American Magic-Lantern Theater, it's an authentic late-nineteenth-century big-screen production of the type that preceded silent movies. The show includes favorite Victorian stories like Alice in Wonderland and sing-alongs including "Old MacDonald." Show time is 11:30 a.m. both days.

Also this weekend...On Saturday, Bella Bethesda salon hosts a (free) kick-off party launching their week-long benefit for the fabulous national nonprofit organization Locks of Love, which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 with medical hair loss due to disease, burns, and cancer. Because of the great response from the community, Bella was able to donate a total of 640 inches of hair to Locks of Love, which helped more than 2,000 children across the country.

Last year there was great participation from Bethesda-area schoolchildren, and this year a number of students from an elementary in Bethesda plan to come to Bella to donate their hair. On Saturday to kick off the benefit, Bella Bethesda will offer free treatments and discount deals on hair products. And throughout next week, individuals who donate 10 or more inches of hair will receive a free haircut, blow dry and a makeover. For those interested in donating but who do not have 10 inches yet, Bella will offer a pledge board, so individuals can redeem their free makeover and donate their hair later in the year.

Posted by Sarah at 2:49 PM.