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Give the Gift of Charity this Holiday Season

Still searching for the perfect gift for that person who seems impossible to buy for? This year, save yourself from a frantic last-minute trip to the mall and consider giving the gift that gives back.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy offers gift e-cards that make the perfect gift for anyone on your list: from that one person who has everything to the budding junior philanthropist in the family. In fact, we can’t think of a time when a Catalogue gift card wouldn’t be a great gift.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy’s e-gift card not only captures the spirit of the holidays through the joy of giving, but it also gives recipients the opportunity to support the causes that mean the most to them — whether in the environment, arts, education or human services in the community where they live and work. And it’s SO easy to give!?Simply click. Give. And inspire.

7 Questions with Tracy Leonard, Public Education Manager of SCAN

Tracy 2SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) works to stop the cycle of abuse through its parent education, child advocacy and community outreach programs. Tracy works to enhance how SCAN both engages and empowers community members to take action to stop child abuse. She facilitates SCAN’s Allies in Prevention Coalition — Northern Virginia’s only comprehensive coalition focused on child abuse prevention — as well as SCAN’s partnership with Darkness to Light.

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How D.C. spends (and it's not what you think)

When it comes to daily spending habits, what has you reaching for your wallet most often? Coffee? Parking? Lunch?

What about…Elder care?

In Sunday’s New York viagra 100mg Times, . Using a national survey of consumer spending conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the basis for her analysis, the author finds that people in different metropolitan areas buy significantly different items (the average household in the nation spends approximately $5,000 per year on conspicuous items). In Washington D.C., for example, we spend significantly more than the national average on elder care, and men’s clothing (suits, footwear, underwear), yet are on par with the rest of the country when it comes to charitable giving.

Source: Analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey data by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and Hyojung Lee

Source: Analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey data by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and Hyojung Lee

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Give like a local this holiday season

Looking for directions on how to give this holiday season, but not sure where to start?

The Catalogue has made it easy for donors to find causes to support, thanks to our “Holiday Giving” page. Through January 1st, Catalogue charities have the opportunity to showcase their end-of-year giving campaigns all one place on the Catalogue website. Each featured charity campaign includes special wish list items to help donors know exactly how their dollars will make a difference for the organization and the people it serves. And the best part? We charge no fees for donations made through campaign pages (or anywhere on our website)!
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Around Town 12/12-21/18

Catalogue nonprofits are showcasing their impressive accomplishments at end of year events across our region. Our charities invite you to music performances, holiday parties, theater festivals, and more!

We hope to see you there!

Friday, December 12, 2014

YPT’s 20th Anniversary Festival

Young Playwrights’ Theater To honor 20 years of imagination, inspiration and young talent, Young Playwrights Theater (YPT) is joining forces with nine other local theater companies to produce 20 of the most celebrated plays from YPT’s history. On Friday, December 12, 2014, at 7pm at Theater J, beloved YPT characters such as Magnet Dude, Tornado Boy and Little Lucy will be reborn in the unique styles of many of the DC region’s favorite theaters. Featuring YPT and: dog & pony dc Faction of Fools Forum Theatre GALA Hispanic Theatre No Rule Theatre Company Pinky Swear Productions Rorschach Theatre The Washington Rogues Wild Women Theare

When: Fri Dec 12 2014 (7:00 PM) Where: Theater J, 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 Fee? no Contact: YPT, (202) 387-9173 For more information: click here

Saturday, December 13, 2014

DC Bilingual Christmas Tree Sale

DC Bilingual Public Charter School Still looking for the right Christmas tree this holiday season? Come by DC Bilingual in Columbia Heights to get the perfect one. All proceeds benefit the school!

When: Sat Dec 13 2014 (09:00 AM – 3:00 PM) Where: United States, 1420 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009 Fee? yes tree prices vary. Contact: Alice Sadler, (202) 332-4200 ext 1090

CHAW’s Annual Winter Performance Festival & Arts Showcase

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop The CHAW Winter Performance Festival & Arts Showcase will take place throughout the day and throughout our building at 545 7th St. SE. Drop in for some or all of the festivities and kick off the season with lots of great art! Full schedule below, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We look forward to celebrating the season with you on the 13th! Schedule: 11am-5pm: Art Sales/Shop ‘n Drop and winter class registration in the Gallery 12pm-1pm: Youth Arts Program performances and demonstrations in the Dance Studio; Youth Arts Program Art Show in the Art Studio [Special event 1pm-4pm: Gingerbread House-making fundraiser at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 3rd and A Sts. SE. Donation-based. Thanks to the generous support of CHAWsome sponsors Phil & Jeanne!] 1:30pm-2:30pm: Youth Music and Dance performances in the Dance Studio 2pm-3pm: Faction of Fools Theatre Company Benefit Performance for Homeless Children’s Playtime Project in the Black Box Theatre 4pm-5:30pm: Adult class performances 5:30pm-7pm: Student Art Show Opening & Reception with wine and cheese All events taking place at CHAW on festival day are free and open to the public–just bring your love of art, and we’ll provide the holiday cheer!

When: Sat Dec 13 2014 (11:00 AM – 7:00 PM) Where: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003 Fee? no Contact: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, (202) 547-6839 For more information: click here

A Gift of Music

Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center Concert of Sacred and Secular Holiday Music presented by the Woman’s Club of McLean Chorale to benefit the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center. The Chorale is comprised of former professional chanteurs now residing in McLean. A bake sale of holiday fare will follow the performance. The concert is free; donations welcome.

When: Sat Dec 13 2014 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM) Where: United States, 7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22043 Fee? no Contact: Renee Boyle, (703) 534-4907

Winter’s Muse

Fairfax Choral Society Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music interwoven with short, winter proverbs and witty observations performed by our very own West & South Campus youth choristers.

When: Sat Dec 13 2014 (5:00 PM) Where: First Baptist Church of Herndon, 681 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170 Fee? yes At the door: $25 adults; $10 Students (children 4 & under free) – lower prices in advance via the website Contact: Christi Esterly Schwarten, (703) 642-3277 For more information: click here

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WABA’s Future of Family Biking Forum

Washington Area Bicyclist Association WABA needs your heklp with including family biking priorities in our events, advocacy and education. So please join us on December 14, 2014 for our Family Biking Town Hall meeting. Using input activities and a facilitated discussion we’ll gather information from families and those who work with youth in the Washington area. With the information you provide, we can set realistic goals, raise funds, hire staff, and implement family biking programming and priorities. This is a family-friendly event, all ages are welcome and childcare will be provided on-site.

When: Sun Dec 14 2014 (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM) Where: Mt. Pleasant Public Library, 3160 16th ST NW, Washington, DC 20010 Fee? no Contact: WABA, (202) 518-0524 For more information: click here

Monday, December 15, 2014

Carols & Cocktails

The Choral Arts Society of Washington Join the Choral Arts Young Patrons for the 5th Annual Carosl & Cocktails. This year we celebrate the music and culture of Argentina with Fuego y Hielo — Fire and Ice. Tickets include a ticket to the Choral Arts’ Holiday Concert, A Capital Christmas, at the Kennedy Center, and admission to our exclusive after-party featuring hors d’oeuvres, beer and Argentine wine at the City Tavern Club.

When: Mon Dec 15 2014 (7:00 PM – 11:00 PM) Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F ST NW, Washington, DC 20566 Fee? yes Tickets: $99 Contact: The Choral Arts Society of Washington, (202) 244-4244

The Theatre Lab’s 2014 Honors Conservatory Final Showcase

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts The Theatre Lab’s 2014 Honors Conservatory concludes with their Final Showcase on December 15 at 7:30 pm. The evening will feature a collection of the students favorite monologues and scenes they have performed this year. Admission is free. Come help them celebrate a year of hard work and great achievement.

When: Mon Dec 15 2014 (7:30 PM) Where: The Theatre Lab, 733 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 Fee? no Contact: The Theatre Lab, (202) 824-0449

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Red Tag Sale!

DC Bilingual Public Charter School On December 18th, DCB Parents will be hosting a Red Tag Sale at our 1420 Columbia Road location from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Stop by to snag some great deals on holiday gifts! All proceeds will benefit the Global LEADers program and the 5th grade excursion to Puerto Rico.

When: Thu Dec 18 2014 (4:00 PM – 7:00 PM) Where: DC Bilingual, 1420 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009 Fee? no Contact: Alice Sadler, (202) 332-4200 ext 1090