Something for your body, your brain, your happiness, & someone else.
May 7, 2020
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In today's BIDness, we're bringing some more good news (and a very cute dog surrounded by berets) to your inbox. For the latest updates on COVID-19 and the Georgetown community, you can always refer to our dedicated website page. You can also follow us on Instagram at @officialgeorgetowndc

For more information on Georgetown restaurants offering delivery and carry-out, plus gift cards and online shopping, click here.

Something for Your Body 

There's this fun thing we've been doing called The Button Challenge, where you put on a normal pair of pants and try to button them. What a thrill! Get moving and join the elite women's racing team of Rise p/b Rapha DC and Georgetown's District Cycle Works bike shop tonight at 7:30 pm on a 20-mile Zwift bike ride that will be live-streamed from their homes and District Cycle Works. The ride raises funds for local immigrant students who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 and need gift cards for groceries, personal hygiene products, and other essentials. You don't need to be a member of RCC DC to participate; just donate $20 and ride 20 miles (or watch the livestream from your couch). Follow along on Instagram for event updates, and click here to join the Zwift ride.

Unable to make the ride, but anxious to cycle, or show your bike some TLC? Georgetown's Big Wheel Bikes and Trek Bikes are still open, the latter offering curbside pick-up, in-store pickup, free home bike delivery, and online ordering shipped to your home. Bicycle Pro Shop is offering tune-ups with curbside drop-off and pick-ups, and limiting in-store customers to five at a time.

Something for Your Brain

Remember how you always wanted to learn a second language, or develop a more cultured taste for international films, if only there was more time? And now there is more time, and turns out the real problem was you. 2020: The year of haunting self-reflection. As part of our Virtual Georgetown French Market running through May 8, the Georgetown library is offering several free French language (or any language, really) learning tools, and movie streaming services. You can access the following virtual resources with your DC library card (apply online if you don't have a library card):

For parents who need to give their brains a rest, Isabel Sanchez Vegara - author of the Little People, Big Dreams series - sent Georgetown's Little Birdies Boutique a beautiful, fun reading of her Frida Kahlo book. Hit play, and close your eyes.

Something for Your Happiness  

We're feeling nostalgic for days like this one in Georgetown, full of socializing instead of social distancing. We also know we'll get back there again. In the meantime, we want to ensure Georgetown's public spaces are ready to welcome you back to Georgetown safely, because there's still so much happiness to be had here - even if that looks a little different right now. Our new Safe in Public Space section of our website includes a list of places in Georgetown where you can buy face masks - many of which benefit local COVID causes. We'll be wearing them for awhile, so we may as well look good doing it. As we explore additional public space initiatives to facilitate social distancing on our narrower shopping streets, curbside pick-up, and more, we'll include those updates on the website. The "when" of it all is still uncertain, but we'll be ready.

As part of our public space plan, today we also put out a request for proposals from professional, local artists to create and install temporary storefront window artwork throughout Georgetown to help spread positive and inspiring messages. We're partnering with Halcyon Arts Lab in Georgetown on this program, and will start with 10 initial locations. Click here if you're interested in submitting a proposal.

Something for Someone Else

Because motherhood wasn't challenging enough, the universe thought, "Hey, let's throw in a pandemic! Also, an early release of Frozen 2 to be watched 12 times a week. That sounds like a good mix." Whether they're home with the kids, or worrying about their grown ones from afar, moms need some serious love this Mother's Day. Check out our events and promotions calendar for Mother's Day specials - from a macaron sale, to a curated coffee box, a mother-daughter Zoom make-up lesson, up to 20% off online purchases, skincare e-gift card specials, gifts that benefit local nurses (today only!), and more. Your favorite Georgetown restaurants are also offering Mother's Day brunch-to-go specials, including a family-style spread at America Eats Tavern, and a four-course splurge from the Four Seasons. Click here for the full list of restaurants offering take-out and delivery. If you want to make an activity out of your meal, Four Seasons Chef Sebastien Giannini and his family have shown us how to make French crépes from three simple ingredients - perfect for Mother's Day, and the end of Virtual French Market. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, and women who are mothering others in so many ways right now. Keep going! (Or hide in the closet until all of this passes.)

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