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This Friday Is Packed With Nice Things

As if the great weather forecast for September 21 weren't reason enough to get you away from your desk for a little while, we have a few more reasons to stay out of the office.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS: From 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., stop by the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro exit at 2nd and N Streets NE or the plaza at 810 First St. NE for free coffee and other treats that will get your day started right. Then, join us from noon until 1:00 p.m. at the corner of First and Pierce streets NE, where jazz-blues guitarist and singer Kenney Holmes will be serving up soulful, mellow sounds for your lunchtime enjoyment. Oh, and did we happen to mention the free massages? Don't forget: We'll do it all again on September 28, when the featured midday musician will be Lauren Calve.

PARK(ING) DAY: For one day, people across the District will convert on-street parking spaces into temporary parks, and the heart of NoMa will have three! Up at 1275 First St. NE you'll find the Active Mindful Garden, a green space where simple exercises and meditation will encourage you to find serenity in the everyday. Down at 1150 First St. NE, Yoga NoMa will offer tips and sessions on how to empty the mind and renew the body. Next to that, architecture firm Ayers Saint Gross will create "Chill in the Clouds," a space to imagine floating above it all — and also make paper airplanes! All parklets will be active from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.

Eins, Zwei, Drei … Bier!

Wunder Garten's fourth annual Oktoberfest celebration — which starts next Friday, September 28 — is a weekend full of traditional German food, music, games, beer, and pet-friendly events. Highlights include brats, sauerkraut, and more from Cafe Berlin, draft Märzen-style beers from Bavaria's oldest breweries, the Bavarian Olympics (stein holding, yodeling, and more), and a costume contest for dogs. Find the full schedule of events at the Wunder Garten website. 

The District Gets Artistic

Art All Night: Made in DC, the District's annual overnight arts festival, starts at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, and runs until 3:00 a.m. the following morning. The festival will take place in eight Main Streets neighborhoods, bringing visual and performing arts to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces. Check out how North Capitol Main Street will be activating eight different spaces — including the plaza outside the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro station and the large lot at New York Avenue and North Capitol Street. 

Do You Have a Small Biz in D.C.?
Then Read This 

The District Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development is soliciting grant applications from qualified small-business owners who wish to improve their place of business. The city is looking to give away up to $3.5 million in funding, with each grantee — which must be located in one of the District's 13 Great Streets corridors — receiving up to $50,000. Find out more about the grant program and the eligibility requirements, and download the Request for Applications document, at the DMPED website. Application deadline: October 22. 

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