DepartDC/Contribute: Take a Bite Out of Lyme

Consider this your official invitation to the Loudoun Lyme 5K Run with proceeds benefiting the National Capital Lyme Disease Association. Lyme disease is the leading tick borne illness in the country and is particularly prevalent in Loudoun County.  Some amazing strides have been made in Virginia with new legislation passed which forces doctors to alert their patients to the inconsistent and often times inaccurate results from the Western Blot test which has been the go-to test for Lyme. Patients are now armed with the information that there are other options, more effective and accurate options for testing. The longer the disease goes undiagnosed, the harder it is to treat and it attacks more organs in your body making you increasingly more ill.  Come on out and support your friends and neighbors that are suffering from this debilitating disease.

When: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Where: Loudoun Valley High School
340 North Maple Ave.
Purcellville, VA 20132
8:00 AM start

13 years and older (free t-shirt)
$30 up until May 14th
$35 – day of event

Children 12 and younger (free t-shirt and goodie bag)
$15 – up until May 14th
$20 – day of event

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Depart DC: European Union Embassies’ Open House [May 11, 2013/ 10AM-4PM]

According to the European Union Embassies’ Open House  website: “Each embassy will open to the public from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2013, offering a rare look inside the buildings and providing a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions.”

Consider taking the time to experience this once a year opportunity. Bring the kids and make a day of it. Afterwards take a stroll along the Mall and marvel at this great city!

For more information visit EUOpenHouse.

Depart DC: In Honor of the Cherry Blossom…

Cherry-Blossom-Themed Perks from Washington D.C. Hotels 

Select D.C hotels have come up with some super fun perks!  Cherry Blossoms are at their peak this week so if you’re planning a trek into the city consider a stop at one of the fine hotels nearby. Take the above photo for example. Cherry Blossoms never looked so delicious at the Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C. Ever want a branch of your very own cherry blossoms? Guests staying at the Liason Capitol Hill actually get to take one home!  How about sipping a specially blended Cherry Blossom Green Tea? Visitors to the Park Hyatt Washington D.C. are able to do just that. For more Cherry Blossom specialties, check out Condé Nast Traveler. Happy travels!