Monday, August 21, 2017

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free events MON, August 21 + Happy Solar Eclipse!

Monday, August 21

Note: If you can't make it to see the eclipse you can also watch it online, Live from the path of totality STEM in 30 broadcast of the eclipse from Liberty, Missouri, which is in the path of totality,* on Air and Space Live or View of the eclipse from Washington, DC Streamed on the Observatory's Ustream channel

Eclipse Related Events!

11:00am - 4:00pm
For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire United States! Observers located in Washington, D.C., will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon blocking up to 82% of the Sun. The eclipse will be visible in Washington, D.C., from 1:17 pm to 4:01 pm EDT, with maximum eclipse at 2:42 pm EDT. Throughout this time period, visitors will be able to observe the Moon gradually moving across the face of the Sun and blocking a portion of its light. Explore our different sites and activities in Washington, DC; Chantilly, Virginia; and online on Air and Space Live, to pick your spot to observe the eclipse!
Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, National Mall Building:
  • Morning distribution of free eclipse glasses | 10:00 am, limited supply at the Museum entrances
  • Afternoon distribution of free eclipse glasses | Later in the day, while supplies last at the Jefferson Drive entrance and at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory
  • Safe solar telescopes | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Observatory and outside the Independence Avenue entrance
  • Make your own pinhole eclipse viewer: pinhole art | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Space Race and at the Observatory
  • Make your own pinhole eclipse viewer: projection rig | 11:00 am to 2:30 pm in Space Race (while supplies last)
  • Planetarium presentation - What's New in Space Science: Today's Solar Eclipse with Genevieve de Messieres | 10:30 am in the Albert Einstein Planetarium
  • Meet Mindy Thomas, host of NPR's Wow in the World | 10:00 to 10:50 am in Space Race
  • Shadow Puppets | 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery
  • Eclipse Stories with Mindy Thomas and David DeVorkin | 11:00 to 11:30 am outside the Jefferson Dr. entrance
  • Eclipsapalooza Interactive Journey with David DeVorkin and Genevieve de Messieres | 11:30 am to 12:00 pm outside the Jefferson Dr. entrance
600 Independence Ave SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza

1:00pm - 4:00pm
View the solar eclipse through a safe solar telescope, with free safe eclipse glasses available for attendees.  Read more here.
National Zoo
Pachyderm Plaza outside the Elephant Community Center
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Cleveland Park and walk south on Connecticut, while Woodley-Park Zoo is technically equidistant it is an uphill walk from there to the zoo so best to get off at Cleveland Park. You can also walk from Columbia Heights west, down hill, on Harvard St til you get to the back entrance of the zoo.

1:00pm - 4:00pm
The National Archives will offer visitors an opportunity to view the solar eclipse through the lenses of safe solar telescopes provided by the National Air and Space Museum, as well as a chance to look through the lens of history by reviewing records about past solar eclipses. Outside near the Special Events Entrance to the National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 
Metro: Archives

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Off-site location for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum viewing, including safe solar telescopes and free eclipse glasses (while supplies last)
Metro: Smithsonian

Regular Events not related to the Eclipse

Gentle Yoga Class 
10:30am - 11:45am
Free, arrive early to ensure your space, limited to 30 people 
Tenley-Friendship Library 
4450 Wisconsin Ave NW
Metro: Tenleytown

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Diversified plays R&B music
Woodrow Wilson Plaza
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Metro: Federal Triangle

U.S. Botanic Garden Tour + See the Corpse Flower that just started to open!
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Volunteer docent Nancy Ragsdale will discuss the history of the National Garden, plants attractive to butterflies, native plants of the middle Atlantic area and roses that grow well in the Washington environment. Meet by the entrance to the National Garden Lawn Terrace for the tour. While there, you can also check out the first of three corpse flowers that just started to open. Learn more here.
100 Maryland Ave SW
Metro; Federal Center SW or take the 32, 34 or 36 bus to Independence Avenue and First Street SW
The National Mall route of the DC Circulator bus stops on 3rd St SW by the Capitol Reflecting Pool, in front of the Conservatory.

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Free, live in person or livestream online
Featuring youth performances by Step Afrika!, Split this Rock, Washington Performing Arts’ Children of the Gospel, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, accompanied by the NEWorks House Band.
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center Shuttle that runs about every ten minutes

West End Interim Library
2522 Virginia Ave NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

Free, RSVP Required 
The fix-it session will offer assistance, tools and support to attendees so that they can make needed repairs to various items.
Petworth Library 
4200 Kansas Ave NW
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth

Joe Tone, former editor of The Dallas Observer, will discuss his book about life on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. 
Politics and Prose 
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Van Ness and walk up the hill about 17 minutes or catch the L2 bus along Connecticut Ave 

Learn more about the U.S. Navy Concert Band here and read more about the concert series here.
West Steps, U.S. Capitol
Metro: Capitol South 

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! Free 4-Week Introduction to Meditation begins on MON, August 21 and continues the next three Mondays, thru MON, Sept 11, from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center. located in NW, close to American University

Free Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Facilitated by Sangeeta Prasad and Paola Neyra

4-Week Series begins - Monday, August 21
and continues the next three Mondays, thru September 11
7:00pm - 8:30pm
No experience necessary, all welcome to attend!
Free, RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (630) 597-5174

Note: If you aren't able to attend the first session on Monday, August 21 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, August 28, just RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

"Jyoti meditation provides the experience of inner light, the joy of self discovery, and the lasting value of spirituality as a complement to physical, intellectual, and cultural attainments." Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the intro sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

SOS DC will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with Science of Spirituality on twitter at @SOSMeditate.

Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus access. It looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available. You may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are coming from or from the Tenleytown Metro. See promo codes below for new users.

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UPCOMING: MAGIC + COMEDY: Tonight! Weekly: "Madam's Magical Comedy Show" every Monday Night at Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan with Mentalist + Magician Alain Nu, Comedian Haywood Turnipseed, Jr. and others MON, August 21 at 8:30pm, doors at 8:00pm, $3, 21+

"Madam's Magical Comedy Show" features Comedy + Magic with Haywood Turnipseed, Jr., mentalist and magician Alain Nu and local comics at Madams Organ
every Monday night 
8:30pm - 10:30pm or so, 8:00pm doors
$3, 21+ 

Every Monday you can enjoy comedy and a comedy open mic hosted by Haywood Turnipseed, Jr and magic and other wow tricks from mentalist Alain Nu, "The Man Who Knows" every Monday night at Madams Organ on their second floor stage. 

Next Show - Monday, August 21

Magician Alain Nu: "Throughout his entire life, Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows, has been looking at life with an unusual perspective and doing amazing things. Starting at a very early age, with interests in uncanny phenomena, hypnosis, eastern mysticism and illusions, Alain realized for himself a fantastic world of possibilities and interesting explorations."

Comedian Haywood Turnipseed Jr. "As a husband/dad/Telephone Man/Jedi by day and a stand-up comic/occasional Sith Lord by night, Haywood Turnipseed still finds time to entertain DC’s masses at comedy spots around the region. Originally from the Holy Land of Indiana, Haywood now resides in DC with his family and is a U.S. Air Force Veteran."

Madam's Organ
2461 18th St NW
in Adams Morgan, next door to Tryst 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St stop by the FedEx or walk, about 15 minutes from either station, or you can catch the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant and get off at 18th & Columbia Rd. The 90 bus lines and L2 bus also go to 18th & Columbia if that is better for you. See metro trip-planner for best options. You can also take uber or lyft there. See new user promotions below.

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UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more Free and low-cost events every day @FreeinDCBlog on twitter - and if you don't use twitter, no worries, you don't need an account to view the page!

For more events please check out @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and the Free in DC page on facebook, search for "Free in DC" or click here! Much of the event content I cover comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across and I often post links to events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

I tweet most every day, focusing on events happening that day, and some other events coming soon or ones that you might not find on the main site or on facebook. Also, if you aren't a twitter user you can just look at the page without needing to sign up for an account!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

UPCOMING: "Farragut Fridays" in Farragut Square, this FRI, August 25 with Picnic in the Park from 12:00pm - 2:00pm + Outdoor Office, Lounge Area and Free Wi-Fi from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Compliments of the Golden Triangle BID, every FRI through FRI, Sept 29

Farragut Fridays & Outdoor Office in the Golden Triangle
Friday, August 25
9:00am - 5:00pm
every Friday through September 29

Farragut Fridays is a free all-day, summer event that brings together area workers, local residents, and visitors to enjoy fun and innovative activities throughout the entire day. Hosted by the Golden Triangle BID on Fridays from May through September, this outdoor event is designed to inspire people in the area to get out and enjoy some fresh- air, relax, eat lunch oustide , and perhaps even get in some networking and collaboration or use the wifi to work in the park.

Farragut Fridays also features an outdoor office space for people to collaborate and innovate. Each Friday, a section of Farragut Park transforms into an outdoor office, which includes free Wi-Fi, tables, chairs and enough space to host your next meeting. The outdoor work space allows area workers to enjoy the free space as an alternative to their traditional office by simply bringing their laptop, colleagues, and coffee to the park. Escape the indoors!

Plus Picnic in the Park every Friday
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Each Friday, Picnic in the Park serves as the perfect place to enjoy lunch, fun lawn games, table tennis competitions, and other activities. The park provides a space where people can gather together to relax and eat lunch at the bistro tables and chairs throughout Farragut Park. There will also be pop-up events from noon - 2:00pm on select Fridays such as meeting puppies available for adoption, enjoying some live jazz music, collaborative painting in the park, and more.

Note: In case of weather-related concerns, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

Continuing on Fridays:
September 1, 8, 14, 22, 29

Farragut Square Park
Connecticut & K St NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community most Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, next Meditation & Talk will be on SUN, August 27 from 10:00am - 12:00pm followed by a free vegetarian lunch + Spanish Meditation now offered 10:30am - 11:30am & Hindi 1:00pm- 2:00pm, Free

Weekly Meditation on Sunday Mornings
except for the first Sunday of the month
at the Science of Spirituality  DC Center

Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
10:00am - 11:00am
Sunday Morning Meditation Talk
11:00am - 12:00pm
All welcome regardless of level of experience

Meditation Talk and Meditation at 11:00am is recommended for new folks. Feel free to arrive when you can to meditate with the group in a silent format so if you are an experienced meditator you are welcome to arrive anytime starting from 10:00am for a silent meditation sit. Vegetarian lunch is provided after the meditation talk. at noon, for those who participate in the morning program.

Sunday, August 27
10.00 - 11:00 am Meditation
10.30 - 11:30 am Spanish Satsang
11.00 - 12:00 pm English Satsang
12.00 - 1:00 pm Vegetarian Langar
1.00 - 2:00 pm Hindi Satsang

The Science of Spirituality Meditation DC Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and offers many free workshops and events. The center focuses on using the practice of Jyoti Meditation. Science of Spirituality has been offering free meditation workshops actively in the DC area since 1953. As part of an international, nonprofit, multi-faith organization consisting of two thousand centers and a million members world-wide, Science of Spirituality welcomes the community to participate in its meetings and activities. The group’s president is spiritual leader and author, H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, world renowned for his books on meditation and spirituality, and for leading conferences and workshops promoting love, unity, and peace, in all lands and among all peoples, through the practice of meditation.

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @SOSMeditate.
Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

New User Promotions: $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides.

Friday, August 11, 2017

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Fitiverse is Free to Join and helps you to Connect with new Workout buddies and Find Free Fitness Activities in your area

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If you're wondering why am I sharing Fitiverse on Free in DC when technically it's not an arts, culture or consciousness event, it is because Fitiverse shares a similar mission, to help people connect to fabulous, local, free things to do. In their case, they just focus on fitness. It's also free to join! The site was founded by two brothers who live in the DC area who share a passion for fitness and well-being. They wanted to help others in the greater community find people who live nearby, share similar schedules and are interested in similar ways of working out and having fun.

So go ahead, check it out, what do you have to lose? Create your free account, find some new free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends!