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Sake and SushiFriday, April 23, 7 - 8 p.m. via Zoom The National Cherry Blossom Festival will have ended and the blossoms will have fallen, but the Town’s participation in the festival will continue with an exploration of sake, Japan’s traditional rice wine.
Join Amanda Page, Certified Sake Professional, for this unique presentation. Amanda will discuss sake production, rice milling and terminology. She will feature two sakes, both of which will be available at Magruder’s with a 10% discount for Town residents with a promo code. The wines with their retail prices are Junsui Junmai Ginjo ($11.99) and Hakusho Junmai Extra Dry ($8.99).
We suggest pairing your sake with sushi to round out your Japanese experience! There are several sushi restaurants in the area, such as Maki Bar (makibarbethesda.com), Hanaro (hanarosushi.com), Maki Maki (makimakisushirestaurant.com), Yuzu (yuzubethesda.com) and Hinata Sushi Carryout (www.zmenu.com/hinata-sushi-carry-out-bethesda-online-menu/).
RSVP for the Zoom link and promo code to email@example.com or 301-654-7144.
Virtual Party Games with Labyrinth Games & PuzzlesSunday, April 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. via Zoom Parents make sure to sign up your 8 to 13 year old children for the Town's first online Games Event taking place on Sunday, April 25 from 11 a.m.?to 2 p.m.
The Community Relations Committee has arranged for two game rooms for your 8 to 13 year old children. (You can fudge a bit on age, as you know your children better than we do!) Each session will last one hour in virtual game rooms over Zoom. The games will be run by staff from Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, who also have a brick-and-mortar family friendly shop in D.C.
Here are the choices of games: Spyfall and Codenames.
In Spyfall, you and a group of people are told a location, and each person is also assigned a role in said location - except one player, the 'spy' who gets told absolutely nothing. Players take turns asking questions to each other, trying to work out who the spy is, while the spy tries to discern the location so they can easily fit in and answer the questions correctly. The game ends when everyone takes a vote on who the spy is, and that's when you find out how good at deception this spy is.
In Codenames, the two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their Codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. Codenames: win or lose, it’s fun to figure out the clues.
We do research! A member of the committee played one of these games online and had fun. Thanks to Tambra Leonard for checking this out for the Committee.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link. Please include your child’s preferred game and age.
Book Club MeetingSunday, April 25, 7 p.m. via Zoom The Community Relations Committee’s first Town book club meeting was a success, with a lively zoom discussion of Calypso by David Sedaris. Many thanks to author and Town resident, Nancy Lemann, who moderated and expertly led us through an exploration of Sedaris’s dark humor and themes of family and mortality.
The next book club meeting will be held on Sunday, April 25 at 7 p.m., and we will be discussing Infinite Country by Patricia Engel. The novel follows a Colombian and American family as they struggle to survive and reunite after a father’s deportation from the United States. The meeting is open to all Town residents. RSVP to email@example.com.
Cicadas! with Dr. Tolbert Feather, Town ArboristFriday, May 7, 5 p.m. via Zoom Tolbert Feather, PhD is the Town’s arborist who has been studying these charming, noisy insects and will share his knowledge with us, followed by a Question & Answer period. There is still time to prepare for what should be a remarkable, spectacular month of Cicada activity. Learn what to do and what you don’t need to do. Mid-May is when the cicadas of brood X will emerge from their 17-year dormant hibernation.
This event is brought to you by the Community Relations Committee. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom Link.