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Statement from Executive Director Neil Albert on WMATA’s Plan to Permanently Eliminate Late-Night Metrorail Service. "The elimination of late-night Metrorail service could halt the transformation DowntownDC has been experiencing over the past 17 years. "The elimination of late-night Metro service would return Downtown to the year 1999, the last time Metro closed at midnight. That year, the decision was made to extend service hours until 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. Later, in 2007, with strong support from the business community, late-night weekend service was further extended to 3am as Metro’s leadership leveraged private sector investments in the downtown late-night economy. "Late-night Metro service enables customers to travel to and from bars, restaurants, theaters, and the Verizon Center safely, efficiently and affordably. "Late-night transit service is a vital part of a transit-oriented lifestyle not only for the 10,000 residents of DowntownDC, but for all Metrorail accessible neighborhoods in the city and the region.

Empire of the Sun. Free Museum Days or Pay What You Wish. 40 Things to Do in DC for $10 or Less. Magazine. 1. Dinosaur Land Miles from DC: 66.5 Time has nearly forgotten these three acres on Stonewall Jackson Highway in White Post, Virginia. Featuring no animatronics or CGI, Dinosaur Land still entertains as it has since 1963: with 56 fiberglass dinosaurs, a King Kong, and a 60-foot-long shark. In one concession to modernity, the gift shop—once named Rebel Korn’r—has been renamed for the park. 2. Miles from DC: 7 Founded in 1973 with the induction of Thomas Edison, the National Inventors Hall of Fame now is aptly housed on the US Patent & Trademark Office campus in Alexandria. 3. Miles from DC: 74.5 You’ve seen dioramas in Gettysburg, but not ones where the battles are fought by thousands of clay cats. 4.

Miles from DC: 39 One of the oldest theme parks in the country, Ellicott City’s Enchanted Forest was, until it closed in 1990, the Disneyland of the East Coast, home to Cinderella, the Three Little Pigs, and Willie the Whale. 5. Miles from DC: 14 6. Miles from DC: 24 7. Miles from DC: 61.5 8. 9. If you were to overhear the odd conversation between people who were involved in any type of physical activity, you would probably hear some commonalities: “I’m doing intermittent fasting.” “Really? I’m going paleo.” “My trainer has me on this really hard workout he got from It’s gotta work since it’s so hard.” “My shoulders been hurting for the past few years, but I think I could probably train through it and it will go away on its’ own.”

Along with these little snippets of people who just don’t get it is the odd dozen few people who complain of chronically tight hip flexors that no matter how often they stretch them just don’t seem to loosen up. First, let’s look at the hip flexor itself The main components come down to: the illiopsoas (the illiacus and psoas muscles)the sartoriusand the rectus femoris. Here’s what it all looks like. When these muscles contract together without the use of the floor, we see hip flexion as in the case of a hanging leg raise. Photo.php?fbid=10153954014258425&set=a.10153491897333425.1073741855. Magazine. Photo.php?fbid=10153946044303425&set=a.10153491897333425.1073741855.

Travel + Leisure. A New East Coast Bike Trail Will Stretch 3,000 Miles From Maine to Florida. Sculpt and Strengthen Your Arms With This 3-Week Challenge. Everyone has their own reasons for wanting strong, defined arms; we're here to help. After following this 21-day arm plan, not only will your arms look toned — you'll also be stronger. First thing's first: don't worry if you've never lifted a dumbbell in your life. This arm challenge was designed with everyone in mind — whether it's your first time working out or you're at the gym on a daily basis. Getting started: The challenge consists of five basic exercises that help to target all the areas of your arms.

Over the course of the challenge, you will increase the number of reps you're doing of each exercise, eventually working up to three sets of 15 reps for each exercise. Below is an explanation of how to do each of the five exercises, followed by the plan itself. ClassPass. Johnson/Weld 2016. Travel + Leisure. 12 Virginia Parks You May Be Overlooking. The big parks get all of the glory, but there are quite a few smaller parks in Virginia that deserve your attention. Here are a handful to get you started. AQUIA LANDING PARK | Stafford Aquia Landing Park Stafford County is home to much of Virginia’s history and it’s waiting to be shared.

Aquia Landing Park is a public beach location that is perfect for relaxing fishing, picnicking with the family, and kayaking down the shore. With large picnic shelters to rent, this park is an ideal place for family and friends to meet, play, and see the beauty of Virginia. What makes this park really special are the historic ties and significance it has in the state’s and nation’s history. COBBLESTONES | Glen Allen Though not quite as huge as other Virginia parks, Cobblestones offers all of the fun and excitement needed for a great day with the family. NORTHWEST RIVER PARK | Chesapeake Northwest River Park and Campground is smaller in comparison to other Virginia parks but just as big in heart. Photo.php?fbid=10153915529038425&set=a.10153491897333425.1073741855. Photo.php?fbid=10153915528613425&set=a.10153491897333425.1073741855. Photo.php?fbid=10153915513803425&set=a.10153491897333425.1073741855. Photo.php?fbid=10153901715793425&set=a.10153491897333425.1073741855.

Photo.php?fbid=10153901665668425&set=a.10153491897333425.1073741855. Photo.php?fbid=10153899958428425&set=a.10153491897333425.1073741855. Gary Johnson / William Weld Political Ad: "Are #youin?" [SD Quality] DC-Area Camping Spots for Glampers, Nature Lovers, and Everyone in Between. Skip the Tent—Try Glamping Want to sleep under some canvas, in a wooded setting, yet still have a comfy bed? Try glamping, or “glamour camping.” It’s essentially sleeping in a yurt—a large, portable, round tent, usually set up on a wooden platform.

Savage River Lodge in western Maryland offers eight 30-foot yurts nestled in the woods. Each has a king bed, full bathroom, deck, gas fireplace, and radiant-heat floor. It’s a romantic getaway for the nature lover who wants a bit of pampering—including robes, a French-press coffeepot, and house-made hot chocolate. Okay, a lot of pampering. Distance from DC:* 156 miles. For more information: Go to Camp Inside the Beltway Have the urge to pitch a tent and commune with the great outdoors—but don’t want to stray too far from urban life? Distance from DC: 16 miles. For more information: Go to Camp Near a Waterfall Distance from DC: 92 miles. For more information: Go to Keep the Kids Entertained. S Lesser-Known Beaches. Most people have heard of Virginia Beach, and other Virginia beaches are on the rise for name recognition, too. However, there are “local” beaches that are easily accessible and remain fairly hidden gems.

No doubt, a number of our readers will be familiar with some of these and think we’re crazy for calling them “hidden,” but for the majority of Virginians (and of course, visitors), these aren’t top-of-mind locations when one considers going to “the beach.” Consider these the next time you’re ready to day-trip or head out for a weekend and want a little sand between your toes. See the map below. * Note: Some beaches may require a nominal entrance fee. Cape Charles Beach is a free public beach on the bay side of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The locals position this beach as a great one for moms, thanks to the lack of serious waves and clean “wading pool” water. Cape Charles Beach Chesapeake (Chick’s) Beach is “the beach” for Virginia Beach residents. Ocean View Jamestown Beach Sherando Lake. ClassPass. Craving a crustacean during these warm summer days?

You should be! Shrimp and lobster are superfoods, containing an abundance of vitamins to boost your immune system and fight off diseases. Plus, both are loaded with protein and a cancer-fighting antioxidant. With so many health benefits, is one truly better than the other? Only one question is completely clear: Will you serve it as a main dish or sprinkle it in a salad? Shrimp “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. Just seven medium-sized pieces of shrimp provide about 18 grams of lean protein, only 1 gram of fat and a slim 84 calories. Even a shrimp’s pink color reaps reward. Lobster Grab your bibs, it’s lobster season! Yes, shellfish is high in cholesterol, but consider this: A 3.5 ounce serving of lobster contains about 72 milligrams of cholesterol, whereas the same size serving of chicken contains about 85 milligrams.

The winner Seafood is a healthy alternative to beef, pork and chicken. Metro's First SafeTrack Surge Within the District Begins on Saturday. Darrow Montgomery Metro's first maintenance surge as part of its yearlong SafeTrack plan wraps up in Virginia today. But come Saturday, D.C. is in for even more disruption when the first surge within the District proper kicks off, completely shutting down the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines from the Eastern Market to Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road stations.

It'll last for over two weeks. The work is expected to affect 61,000 weekday trips and more than 290,000 commuters. As they did in the days leading up to SafeTrack, Metro and city officials on Thursday advised residents to seriously consider alternative modes of transit, including biking, carpooling, and telecommuting. Metro has created the below video explaining the major service disruptions that the second surge will entail: To help ease congestion, the District Department of Transportation is expanding rush-hour parking restrictions along some of the most heavily trafficked bus corridors of the city.

The Old Farmers Almanac. On June 20, 2016, the Full Moon appears on the same night as the summer solstice! It’s rare, all right. A full Moon hasn’t landed smack on the solstice since 1948. But that’s what’s actually happening on Monday, June 20. This has visible in-your-face consequences. First, there’s the solstice … The solstice is, of course, the day with the most minutes of sunshine. Then you have the full Moon. The Sun gets super high so this Moon must be super-low. This is the true Honey Moon. The moment of full Moon is early Monday morning. On the evening of June 20, join me. Travelzoo. Travelzoo. Have you seen Jordan? (The country, not the basketball player.)

It’s that country that popped up in the Facebook feed of your cool friend that goes everywhere first. It’s the backdrop to more than a few movies you’ve binge-watched on Netflix. It’s the hidden gem of the Middle East, and our Deal Experts that have been there recommend it wholeheartedly. Plan on spending about a week exploring Jordan — with the help of the Jordan Pass, which combines a tourist visa and admission into 40 historical attractions across the country. So why is Jordan high on the list of travelers in the know? 1. When the Nabataeans carved a city out of solid rock 2400 years ago, it’s safe to say that they didn’t have Instagram in mind.

It could be big reveal of the Treasury when you enter through the Siq (slot canyon). It could be the many hues of red and brown that come to life in the shifting sunlight. It could be the sheer size of everything — and the fact that it looks like one big movie set. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Online Guide to Virginia's Beaches. Budget Travel Magazine.

Cape Neddick, Maine, with its iconic "Nubble" lighthouse, is an easy escape from Boston. Along the way, soak up the sun in Cape Ann, Massachusetts (stay at the Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Gloucester, from $125), grab a great lobster roll in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and know that you're spending a bit less than all those folks crowding New England's more famous cape. (Ocean / Corbis) Sure, people who live in San Francisco have it pretty good. But they still like to escape, and when they do, it's often down the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur. Here, the winding highway, oceanside cliffs, colorful beach, and enchanting forests have been casting a spell for generations. It's a short drive from Monterey's bustling wharf and world-class aquarium (stay at Casa Munras, Monterey, from $147), and if your road-trip appetite is whetted by Big Sur, keep going down to San Simeon to see the amazing Hearst Castle.

(Mariusz Jurgielewicz/Dreamstime) Shh. (Courtesy nmeyerson/myBudgetTravel) Bay St. Budget Travel Magazine. GO TO CROATIA, NOT ITALY Croatia is just a hop across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, but the savings are ample, and the rolling hills and loads of sunshine are terrific for relaxation. Plus, instead of a tourist-heavy experience, you can take in the crystal-blue seas and an almost supernaturally beautiful landscape. To wit: The HBO TV show Game of Thrones is shot there—die-hard fans who have saved their pennies can take a three-hour walking tour though Old Town in Dubrovnik (above) that includes a stop at Lovrijenac Fortress, better known as the palace at King's Landing in the series (from $66,

(Branex/Dreamstime) GO TO CROATIA, NOT ITALY (continued) And beaches? (Fisfra/Dreamstime) (Yiu Tung Lee/Dreamstime) GO TO THE CINQUE TERRE, NOT THE FRENCH RIVIERA (continued) Bring your swimsuit in warmer months: The beaches are pebbly but egalitarian—and free. (Jennifer Barrow/Dreamstime) GO TO PORTUGAL, NOT SPAIN Portugal is cheap. . ( Sean Pavone/Dreamstime) (Anobis/Dreamstime) 38 Indie Spots That Offer Uniquely Tailored Shopping Experiences. When it comes time to spend dough, many Bostonians are veering toward the indie spots. You know, the locally owned and operated gems that may even be stocking regionally-sourced goods. If you're trying to break free from the chain store circuit and don't know where to begin, visit any of these 38 stores for everything from cocktail accoutrements to the clothes you wear while enjoying one.

Our defining parameters included: Has it been open more than six months? Is it legitimately good shopping and not just quirky curiosities? Does it carry otherwise hard-to-find merchandise or boast its own private line? Like any other good 38 list, we've arranged these boutiques in no particular order; rather, it goes north to south, hopping back and forth between neighborhoods. 1 The Boston Shaker Boston has a thing for craft cocktails, but what's a person to do when making them at home?

69 Holland Street Somerville, MA 02144 2 Magpie 416 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02144 3 Sudo Shoes 4 Nomad 5 Black Ink. 44 Unconventional Things to Do in Boston. That's why we've got 44 lesser known, fun, cool, weird, different attractions that this great city has to offer. From a convenience store that turns into a high-end clothing boutique to racing around the Boston Harbor at 40 mph, we're amassing the greatest list of unconventional, lesser known, fun things to do in Boston.

We're tired of 10 Things to Do in Boston lists that all say "go to the Museum of Science" and "see a Red Sox game". Those are obvious. I'm pretty sure everyone who lives in Boston is going to figure those out on their own. First things first, check out hyper-local event info at The Boston Calendar. If you're looking for cool stuff to do in Boston within the next couple weeks, The Boston Calendar is a phenomenal resource for events and attractions in the Boston Area. And for other fun "goings on" in Boston, check out Secret Boston.

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