Pig Roast! courtesy of sointula (Flickr)

Saint-Ex is holding their annual Labor Day Pig Roast on September 6th, from 11 am to 5 pm. The whole event benefits the Fillmore Arts Center, an innovative program that helps bring the arts to DC public schools. This year’s event includes a BBQ sauce competition, live bluegrass from Dry Mill Road, interactive arts for kids, and barback olympics. $10 gets you pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, and potato salad. Beer is available for sale too.

This event should be a lot of fun for a good cause, if you’re in town, definitely swing by. I’m pretty sure I’ll be there.

Chili flights from last year's cook off

Tomorrow, Saint Ex will be hosting a chili cook off, with chili, lemonade, face painting, and a good time. All proceeds will benefit the Fillmore Art Center. I went to the event last year and had a great time. The event is from 12-4. Go out, have some chili, support a good cause.

You’ve been reading about this event on other blogs, I’m sure, but it’s well worth it for me to repeat the information of a fun event that will benefit a great cause. The 9:30 club will be hosting DC chefs and musicians this Sunday to benefit DC Central Kitchen. For the first time 9:30 club will expand to its exterior, making this the first indoor-outdoor event at 9:30.

Tickets are only $30, which gets you samplings from 18 popular DC restaurants – including U street area favorites Busboys and Poets, Church Key, Commonwealth Gastropub, Cork, Marvin, and Masa 14 (and other U Street Girl faves like Jaleo, Taylor Gourmet, and Sauca). 

 The crowd will also be treated to the sounds of DJ Will Eastman, US Royalty, Bluebrain, Fatback DJs, Beautiful Swimmers and Midnight Kids over the five-hour event.

If you didn’t know, DC Central Kitchen is celebrating its 21st year of combating hunger and creating opportunity. The Kitchen works 365 days a year to provide the area’s neediest people with nutritious food and empower chronically unemployed men and women with the skills they need to get their lives back together. In the past year, 47 men and women, many of them ex-felons, gained jobs through the Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program.

Race for the Cure

Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure is taking place in DC on June 5 on the National Mall. If you don’t know, the race raises money to help end the battle on breast cancer – you run/walk a 5K and find people to sponsor you. I’ve been doing similar events (the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Boston) since I was 10 so this is a cause dear to my heart – so sign up and walk/run!

Last year, the race raised $4.7 million for local education and community outreach programs that work tirelessly to assist vulnerable populations. Thanks to a Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant, wait times for a biopsy at a major cancer center in DC were cut by 17 percent. U Street area organizations like La Clinica del Pueblo at 15th and V; Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts at 16th and U; and the Whitman-Walker Clinic on 14th Street have received grants from Susan G. Komen.

Charlie Gaynor's Paris Farm, on sale at Plan B (Courtesy of Plan B)

Through the end of the year, Plan B, one of the cooler galleries on 14th street, is donating 10% of their gallery sales to Culture Capital, a part of Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. Culture Capital serves as an online resource for arts and culture events happening in the DC Metro area. The site is basically a one-stop shop that is incredibly easy to use as it is searchable by date, region (includes DC, MD and VA) and event category.

Plan B has a lot of great, affordable art in their gallery right now. Prices were as little as $50 for a print, starting at $100 f0r a painting and went up into the thousands. Art is such a great gift to give people, in my opinion, so unique and something that you can enjoy the rest of your life. I went to an event at Plan B for Culture Capital this week and actually ended up winning a Kevin H. Adam painting in their raffle (it’s the Smith Island painting, it’s going to look lovely in my bedroom!). Just my luck, as I really never win anything, let alone raffles, so I was glad I was able to support Culture Capital and Plan B.

So stop in, check it out, and buy some art, and the money will go to a good cause!

long view gallery

Long View Gallery

Free this Saturday? Have you seen the new Long View Gallery? Want to support a good cause?  Here’s an event worthy of your time: the Granulosa Cell Tumour Foundation, supported by the Embassy of New Zealand, is holding a benefit at Long View Gallery (link includes info about tickets, which are $30) this Saturday at 7.

Granulosa cell tumors are a very rare form of ovarian cancer and because of that, have received less attention from researchers. Founded in 2004, the foundation’s mission is to provide women with information and knowledge about the disease while raising funds to support research in order to develop more effective treatments.

The event will include appetizers and drinks, including a wine and cheese tasting from New Zealand’s finest vineyards and creameries. There will also be a silent auction with items from fine dining and retail places throughout DC. Music will be provided by The Latin Jazz Project. AND you can view Long View Gallery’s current collection of works.

Go, support a good cause and have a good time.