Diana Oberoi

Embassies Get Their Entertainment On

As September draws to a close, several embassies are opening their doors to the public with films and celebrations.

Kicking things off Friday is Film by the Pool at the Embassy of Switzerland (2900 Cathedral Ave. NW.) RSVP tickets will be available online Thursday morning.

A Banner Week for Capitol Hill Pets

Capitol Hill loves its pets — cats, dogs and the exotic alike — and the affection was on full display last week, as Fireside21 revealed the winners of its “Top Dog” contest and the Animal Health Institute hosted its 17th Annual Celebrity Pet Night, complete with the winners of its 2013 Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill Contest.

“Pet Night is a fun, popular and interactive way to highlight how much we love and care for our pets,” Ron Phillips, AHI's vice president of legislative and public affairs, said of Thursday night's event.

Capitol Dance Party Hopes to Shake Things Up

After Wednesday's solemn 9/11 commemorations, it falls to the organizers of Listen! Dance! Unite! to show people around the Capitol that unity events can have a little flair as well.

"This past year, we hosted a couple of successful nightclub events that were designed to bring together people from different communities and backgrounds under the power of soul-edifying music that gets you on your feet,” said Jordan Wilson, one of the event organizers. “Following our positive experience with these nights, we decided to take the idea to the nation's capital, where divisive partisanship and bitterness have become somewhat of a plague."

Health Care Debate Sparked Interest for GPhA's Wilson | Hill Climber

Working for Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., sparked Heidi Wilson’s interest in health care, an issue that led her to the Generic Pharmaceutical Association.

Wilson started as an intern for Mack before moving up to legislative assistant, where she learned to be a jack of all trades on Capitol Hill. But the debate on the health care overhaul law pushed her focus toward health issues.

Take Five: Suzan DelBene

It's time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work. This week, Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., talks about her travels during recess, social media and the great outdoors.

Take Five: Robert W. Goodlatte

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work. This week, Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., talks about National League teams vs. American League teams, his favorite hiking trail and what's on his reading list.

Q. What made you decide to transition from lawyer to congressman?

Ben's Chili Bowl Celebrates 55 Years

Fifty-five years ago, on Aug. 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl opened for business. Now an essential and thriving part of the community, it has seen the landscape of U Street Northwest drastically change over the years. It survived the riots in the '60s, waves of construction around the U Street Metro and a sluggish D.C. economy. Yet through it all, it beckoned people to come in, sit down at the counter and share conversation.

It doesn't matter if you like your half-smoke grilled, split and fried, or, as their biggest fan Bill Cosby likes it, topped with onions, mustard and chili. You can even be a vegetarian, Democrat or Republican. Ben's is nonpartisan, and celebrities and average Joes are all treated like family.

Pie It Forward in Chinatown

People often complain about the state of the world. The economy isn't great, and every day there is another tragedy in the news. What can the average Joe do to change any of that? Well, if you are Sarah Fertig and her team of self-proclaimed "weirdo do-gooders," you bake pies and give them away for free.

It began in July 2012, when Sarah and her then-boyfriend Chris Kovac were baking and giving away free pie in Ann Arbor’s Liberty Plaza. Deep down Sarah, felt a push to take their message cross-country and reach more people.

Immigration Overhaul Proves No Cake Walk for Activist Stunts

It’s been said the way to people’s heart is through their stomachs, and some immigration activists were hoping that adage might work for them as they pressured lawmakers this week to back immigration overhaul proposals.

Activists Thursday attempted to deliver half cakes to members of Congress in nine different states, while singing "Happy Birthday" in English and in Spanish.

Heurich's Lager Party Features Beer Not Seen for 60 Years

Beer enthusiasts have a chance to taste history tonight at the Heurich House Museum.

At 7 p.m., the museum will host a ticketed Heurich's Lager release party. The public is invited to toast with them, DC Brau and homebrewers Mike Stein, Pete Jones and Joshua Hubner, who created Heurich's Lager. This is a historical re-creation of a pre-Prohibition beer from the iconic Heurich Brewing Co. Guests will be the first to taste Heurich's Lager in at least 60 years.

Need a Lyft? New Car Service Aims for Good Vibes

Living in the District means having a car isn't exactly a necessity, until it is.

Uber swooped into Washington hoping to fill the void with its mobile app connecting the carless-but-connected with its uberTaxi, uberBlack and uberSUV services. The D.C. Taxicab Commission didn't take kindly to Uber, although the Federal Trade Commission has warned the local commission that coming down hard on Uber and other Web-based car services could stifle innovation.

Capitol Bells Toll for Transparency

Perhaps missing the House bells he grew accustomed to while working for Rep. Dale E. Kildee, D-Mich., Ted Henderson started Capitol Bells, an iPhone app that lets users know when House votes are happening and allows them to “vote” in real time with their representative.

The app initially launched in April for members of Congress and their staffs to keep everyone in tune with which votes were happening and when.

'Wipeout' Race Comes to Washington This Weekend

Remember "Wipeout" — the reality game show series in which contestants competed in the "world's largest obstacle course"? Well, Washington has taken the concept to another level. ROC Race is a 

is a VAVi production that combines a 5K course with game show-inspired obstacles to give you the craziest run ever. Just like the show it will feature:

Aliens Want Your Tchotchkes for Pop-Up Gallery

, the tour of America’s capital city through alien eyes, has inspired the Corcoran Gallery of Art to host a one-day Community Pop-Up Gallery on Aug. 24.

Corcoran is inviting participants to bring unusual antiques, peculiar family heirlooms and curious collected objects from the past for a temporary display in its North Atrium. Participants and visitors are encouraged to discuss and examine the objects, make up a story about what they were used for, or just reflect on what the objects might tell us about society at the time.

With J.J. Going Into Exile, Georgetown Students Want Another Bulldog

First he lost his job. Now he's losing his home.

J.J., the bulldog mascot for Georgetown University, was "retired" last month, part of a settlement agreement with two parents whose child was bitten by the dog. Then on Thursday, Rev. Christopher Steck, one of J.J.s' handlers on the campus, announced he was looking for a local family to adopt the bulldog.

Scott Brown's 'Estranged Half Brother' Arrested for Impersonating Cop

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown's "estranged half brother" has been charged in Connecticut with impersonating a police officer after authorities say he stopped boaters.

Police say 46-year-old Bruce W. Browne of Wolcott, Conn., stopped three vessels on Long Island Sound on Thursday and asked boaters for their registrations and safety certificates after identifying himself as a police officer.

The Cure for Sequesteritis? The President's SAVE Award!

Here's something for federal employees to ponder in the age of the sequester.

The Friday deadline to submit ideas for the annual Securing Americans Value and Efficiency Award, is fast approaching.

Capitol City Brewing Turns Legal, Taps Kegs to Celebrate

Washington's beer scene is hopping, with brew crews such as DC Brau, 3 Stars and Chocolate City ramping up production for a thirsty city. But the first brewpub to open in the District since Prohibition, Capitol City Brewing Co., is celebrating its 21st anniversary tonight at its downtown location, 1100 New York Ave. NW, and in honor of hitting the legal drinking age, the downtown bar and restaurant is throwing a Birthday Beer Tapping Party for its anniversary wheat beer, Honey 21.

Group Kicks Off 'Fishy' Tour

Wondering what the parade of frankenfood was doing traipsing through the streets of Washington on Monday night?

Are We Eating Fishy Food’s tour kicked off on the National Mall on an 11 city-tour to make the case that the public deserves to know when they are eating food with genetically modified organisms.