Parties and Networking Events around Washington, D.C. Through Oct 19, 2010

Today from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, The First Tee will host the Fifth Annual Putting & Politics Reception  on the Citi Rooftop, 1101 Pennsylvania Ave, NW . We are expecting 150 people to join to honor Senator Judd Gregg  and his wife Kathy, and Congressman Joe Baca. We will also recognize our junior golfers for their achievements throughout the summer. Tickets: $250.

Today from 11:45 – 1:30 PM, lunchtime concerts at CentralSpace to CentralPlace has been extended with the Wednesday concert: Frame Werk Band with a variety of R&B favorites. Wilson Boulevard & N. Moore Street, info.

Today starting at 6pm at Iron Horse Bar in Chinatown , join WGirls DC at a Happy Hour benefiting Farm to School D.C. The WGirls DC provides underprivileged women and children the support  to achieve health, happiness, and the ability to lead productive lives. To learn more visit here. Farm to School programs connect local farmers with schools to get healthy, local foods into school cafeterias. For info visit here. Men and women are encouraged to attend for a $10 donation at the door for raffles and more!

Today from 10:00 – 11:30AM, come to the USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences at the corner of 6th and E Sts., NW, Washington, DC.  Learn about science and help kids learn about the incredible opportunities within these fields. RSVP .

Today from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, join the Tigerlily Foundation for its 2nd Annual Gala at the Willard Intercontinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW . The theme is “Black Tie Pink Masquerade” to raise funds and awareness about breast cancer with live entertainment, speeches from Members of Congress, dinner, signature cocktails, live and silent auctions etc.  Tickets: $175/person.

Roadmap for the Future: The Way Forward for Cybersecurity  – For government employees only, this three-hour complimentary event covers internal and external cybersecurity threats to the federal government. Attendees will hear from leading experts on the technologies available to enhance agency security, discuss the future roadmap of technology for federal agencies and hear a Department of Defense case study from a senior executive of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Join colleagues this Thursday in Washington DC at 1 p.m. for this event. For more information and to register.

Thursday, September 30 from 6:00 – 8:00PM, meet Hilton Hollis at Betsy Fisher, 1224 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  Cohost DLA Piper’s  Women’s Leadership Association provides models for Hilton’s presentation of key Fall 2010 looks.  Ten percent of the evening’s sales will be donated to the Rebecca Lipkin Memorial Fund for breast cancer research.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, donations accepted at the door. ,

Thursday, September 30 from 7:30 – 11:00 PM, join over 28 of the nation’s most talented chefs, including DC-based Michel Richard and Jose Andres for A Night of Extreme Taste to benefit the Jerome Girardot Foundation.  Enjoy more than 13 savory action stations and a grand dessert buffet with more than 20 different pastry selections prepared along with fine wine and spirits and beer.  The Ritz-Carlton, Washington , D.C. 1150 22nd Street NW , Washington , D.C. 20037 , Tickets $125. .

Thursday, September 30, 6-10 PM at Costa Verde. Join Spotlight Comunicaciones for a Benefit Dinner to support the theatrical play “Accept Me If  Love Me” coming to the Theatre J (DCJCC) next summer. Enjoy special performances, traditional Peruvian cuisine, and musict. Guest actors Edith Tapia and Ben Horen will be present with distinguished guests from the international and performing arts community. Costa Verde,  946 North Jackson Street ,  Arlington , VA 22201-4424 . Cocktail attire – Valet parking available. TICKETS: $150 for Cocktail Reception and Dinner; Cocktail Reception only: $50. RSVP .

Thursday, September 30 from 5:00-9:00PM, join the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation for the Young Professional “GO BLUE” Happy Hour at Harry’s Tap Room, located at 2800 Clarendon Blvd , Arlington , VA 22201 . There will be a silent auction, raffle prizes, specialty drinks, as well as special guest celebrities.  Proceeds benefit Chris4Life and the Colon Cancer Alliance . Info.

Thursday, September 30 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM, visit Architecture Week Closing Party & Design Awards Gala at Jones Day, 51 Louisiana Ave. NW . This exclusive opportunity to see 300 NJ Avenue designed by architect Sir Richard Rogers. Food, drinks, and mingling with the winners of the Chapter’s Annual Design Awards. Tickets: $100/person.

Friday, October 1 from 8 p.m. – midnight, join the Corcoran Contemporaries for NOW at Night, the inaugural fundraising cocktail party for the Corcoran’s new contemporary program, NOW at the Corcoran.  NOW artists Spencer Finch and Chris Martin will host the party, which includes music from ESL Music’s Thunderball, specialty drinks inspired by the artwork, a cocktail and dessert buffet, private viewings of the new and permanent installations of modern and contemporary art, and an after-party at the W Hotel’s Living Room Bar.  All proceeds benefit future NOW exhibitions.

Friday, October 1 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, visit the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery for “Portraits After 5,” a happy hour event combining art and music with a contemporary twist at the Courtyard Café, 8th & F Street NW. Food, drinks, access to the special exhibition “Americans Now,” and a musical performance by DJ Todd Threats. Free.

Friday, October 1, 9 PM-3AM. International Acting Party at Lounge Eden . Join Spotlight Comunicaciones and the cast, including International Top Model Edith Tapia, of “Accept Me If You Love Me” for our first International Acting Party at Eden Lounge. organized by DCPARRANDA. All proceeds from the evening will go toward production of the play. Free, before 11 PM. EDEN Lounge, 1716 I Street NW,  Washington , DC.

Friday, October 1 & 2 beginning at 8:00 PM,  join Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) at 15 – Red, Hot & Fabulous 15th Anniversary Celebration Weekend with a “greatest hits” program of intimate works at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington , VA. Performances both nights – Saturday features a gala celebration with signature cocktails, light buffet, silent auction, and local DC notable guests.  Ticket $50-$150.

Saturday, October 2 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM, join numerous organizations such as Madame Tussauds, Ping Pong Dim Sum, The Spy Museum, and Clydes for a Scavenger Hunt, starting at Buddha Bar. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 2 – 2:45 then everyone can begin the scavenger hunt. Info found on our Facebook page.

Saturday, October 2, 6PM. House Actors Jam and Osbel’s House of Arts. Join Spotlight Comunicaciones and the cast for a House Actors Jam to support the theatrical play “Accept Me If  Love Me” coming to the Theatre J (DCJCC) next summer, July 2011. Open Bar, DJ, Actor Performances, and Door Prizes. Osbel’s House of Arts, 6106 42nd Place , Hyattsville , MD , 20781 . Minimum donation: $30. Advance: $20 (Advance donation cover; please use our paypal account: Donate.

Saturday, October 2 from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm, join non-profit DC SAIL for its annual sailing regatta Cantina Cup at the Cantina Marina, 600 Water Street, Washington, DC (Waterfront/SEU Station on the Metro Green Line) to raise funds for its sailing education programs.  Watch sailing races throughout the day starting at 10:00 am, then stay for the regatta after-party. Food, drinks, live music.  Tickets:  $20 for Spectator boat (1:30 – 4:30 pm); $20 for Mount Gay Rum sponsored after-party at Cantina Marina (6:00 – 11:30 pm) includes 4 free drinks. tickets at the door.

Sunday, October 3 from 6 p.m. – midnight, one of DC’s top black tie galas: join the Shakespeare Theatre Company for the Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala. First, cocktails and performance, where the  Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre will be presented to Annette Bening, at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW. Performance features musical theatre, opera, ballet and jazz inspired by Shakespeare’s Italy, with René Auberjonois, Paloma Herrera, the Julliard Jazz Artists Diploma Ensemble, Rebecca Luker, Bronson Pinchot, Frederica Von Stade and Shakespeare Theatre actors. Then dinner and dancing follows at the National Building Museum. The Gala raises funds for the theatre’s Free For All and Education programs. Tickets $750,

Sunday, October 3 from 7 pm – midnight, Young arts patrons (ages 21-40) join the Shakespeare Theatre Company for its After Hours event as part of the Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala and have a party of their own. at Sidney Harman Hall,  610 F Street NW , to raise funds for the theatre’s Free For All and Education  programs. Performance, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and dancing to the music of DJ Will Eastman. Tickets only $50 – great time and a great cause.

Monday, October 4 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, join Habitat for Humanity for its “Thanks a Million! A salute to the life and service of our most famous volunteers – Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter” Gala to raise funds and kick-off of a week of build activities engaging more than 1,000 volunteers in the revitalization of neighborhoods in six U.S. cities.  Tickets: $1,000 per person.  Please contact Katie Griffin Hand .

Tuesday, October 5 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, join the Lourie Center for its benefit reception at the Residence of the Ecuadorian Ambassador, 2320 Bancroft Place, NW. Tickets start at $250. Program and award presentation honoring U.S Senator Ben Cardin. Contact Elizabeth Franzino.

nSight Free Webinar: The Three Vs of Corporate eLearning Content – Oct. 5 – A critical success factor for every corporate eLearning program is the quality of the content. Training managers and learning leaders must demonstrate to the CEO that delivering successful eLearning programs requires much more than simply cutting and pasting words online. The first Webinar of the series, conducted by nSight will cover the following business challenges and opportunities involved with creating corporate eLearning content: setting attainable business goals and learning objectives; the pros and cons of outsourcing content development; the types of content assets and when to apply them; the roles and skills required to create and adapt eLearning content; and common pitfalls of sustaining a successful eLearning program. Learn more and register for free online or send inquiries to

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Why Enterprise Agile Fails & How to Avoid It – Wednesday October 6th 11am–1pm, Tysons Corner. We’re buying lunch! This workshop will give you insights & best practices on applying Agile practices to building and delivering web apps. With 600+ successful agile projects, OutSystems has refined an Agile approach that scales to meet Enterprise needs and helps you avoid the common mistakes. The ideal workshop participants are both business and IT managers who will champion an Agile project – this way you will benefit from understanding how IT and the business must work together to deliver applications using Agile. Register Now, Seats are limited. Send inquiries to

7th Annual Bootcamp for Growing Companies and Entrepreneurs – Oct. 15 – Are you an entrepreneur or thinking of starting your own company? Are you dealing with infrastructure/back office/cash issues as you manage your growth? What are best strategies for you to use for sales and marketing? – to crack the federal marketplace? -expand into new markets? Network and learn from Keynotes Rick Toren, President and Chairman, CodeRyte; Ron Packard, CEO and Founder K12, and more than 30 other CXO’s who will share best practices and lessons learned about these topics and MORE. Come for certain sessions or stay all day. Bona fide entrepreneurs can register for as little as $49 to see a full day of presentations (service providers – $99) – but you must cite TechWire as your host to receive this discount (general registration $149); McLean Hilton, Tysons Corner, VA. Complete list of speakers, agenda and registration

Expo Pass Extras at Leading IT Event – Register for a complimentary Expo Pass to see all the latest IT solutions at Interop New York. Meet 150+ exhibitors including AT&T, Cisco, Dell, HP, Microsoft, attend 40+ free sessions and attend keynotes to learn all about the latest innovations—including virtualization, cloud computing, security, mobility, networking and more. Register with priority code CNRXNY51 at by Oct. 17 for your FREE Expo Pass.

Lights, Camera, Technology! Walk the Red Carpet at TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet, October 19! – Join the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the superstars of the technology community at the networking event of the year: TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet! This star-studded evening will feature keynote speaker Cisco Chairman & CEO John Chambers and presentations of the 2nd Annual NVTC Green Awards and the first-ever NVTC/Washington Technology Government Contractor CTO Awards. NVTC also will honor business leader and former NVTC Chair Dan Bannister with the 2010 NVTC Chairman’s Award. Don’t miss your chance to see and be seen among technology’s brightest stars! Register today to be a part of the celebration! October 19, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. 5:30-9:15 pm. For more information or to register, visit here

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