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Holiday Happy Hour

And on the sixth night of Hanukkah there was happy hour. That’s right: Tonight the D.C. Jewish Community Center’s EntryPointDC hosts a Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill for Jewish young adults.

This happy hour is about more than just drinks and Hanukkah fun, though. The DCJCC will be collecting donations of winter clothing and essential toiletries to be donated to the D.C. homeless community.


The drinks start flowing at 6 p.m. at Hawk ’N’ Dove, 329 Pennsylvania Ave., SE. There’s a $5 cover charge. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Dumpster Diving

Every year Americans throw away 96 billion pounds of food. This wastefulness is the focus of the documentary DIVE! Living Off America’s Waste. On Tuesday, there will be a special screening of the film, sponsored by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., at the Capitol Visitor Center.

The free event is open to the public and will feature the extended-cut premier of the documentary followed by a panel discussion on the growing issue of food waste in America with Polis and filmmaker Jeremy Seifert. The movie starts at 6 p.m. in the South Orientation Theater. Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP to For more information, call (202) 225-2161.


Light Up

Deck the halls, and plug in all of those holiday lights. And don’t forget those Christmas trees. D.C. has plenty of tree-lighting activities to keep you busy.

On Tuesday, the Capitol will put the finishing touches on decorating when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., lights the Capitol Christmas Tree. The annual event takes place at 5 p.m. on the Capitol’s west lawn.

Not to be left out, the Ellipse at the White House gets in the holiday spirit with its own lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Thursday.

This event has turned into more than just plugging in some lights. Throw on your scarf and mittens and head over to the Ellipse at 5 p.m. for a concert featuring Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles, and B.B. King.


Migrant Movie

Despite everything else happening on the Hill, immigration reform is still at the forefront of many lawmakers’ minds.

On Tuesday, the Center for American Progress is sponsoring a screening of the documentary Abused: The Postville Raid, a look at the 2008 Postville, Iowa, immigration raid—the largest and most expensive every by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The movie starts at 7 p.m. at the Center for American Progress, 1333 H St., NW, and will be followed by a discussion with the documentary’s director, Luis Argueta, and Randy Capps, senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute. Admission is free, but RSVP is required. For more information, call (202) 682-1611.


Know a lawyer? Need a lawyer? One place you’re sure to rub elbows with one is at the American Society of International Law’s annual holiday open house on Thursday. It’s a great chance to mingle with those educated in law and toast the holiday season. In addition, the society will be accepting donations for the Capital Area Food Bank. The open house starts at 6 p.m. at the Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Ave., NW. Registration is required. To register, or to find out what items the food bank needs most, visit

French Fête

Feeling lucky? Roll up your sleeves and get ready to toss the dice. On Friday, the Embassy of France hosts its black tie Monte Carlo Holiday Gala.
Throw on your suit or cocktail dress for a night of dinner, dancing, and casino games. The Monte Carlo Casino will be in full swing, featuring blackjack, craps, and Texas hold ‘em poker—just for fun, though, so don’t worry about losing all of your holiday cash.

Later in the evening, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the European nightclub atmosphere. You can even help make a child’s holiday season extra special by bringing a toy along to be donated to the National Children’s Hospital.

The event starts at 8:15 p.m. at La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW. Tickets cost $95 and are available at or by calling (301) 519-8030.

This article appears in the December 6, 2010 edition of NJ Daily.

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