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  • Family Safety Alert: Bully Prevention

    Becky is at the White House Conference for Bullying Prevention this afternoon. You can check out the live video chat on Facebook. Click here!

    You can also find resources for kids, teens, parents, educators and more to help take a stand against bullying here.

    Sing the National Anthem

    March 8, 2011 by  
    Filed under Morning Show

    If you’ve ever wanted to sing the national anthem in front of a large crowd, the Washington Nationals want to give you that chance. They’re holding auditions for people who want to sing, play the organ or keyboard. To find out more, click here or read below:

    The Washington Nationals will host their 4th Annual National Anthem Auditions live at Nationals Park on Saturday, March 12th. If interested send an email with your resume (performance or otherwise) and a head shot (recent photo) to anthem@nationals.com. The first 100 people to do so will be invited to audition live at Nationals Park for the entertainment staff. Auditions will take place rain or shine.

    Please keep in mind the following when rehearsing:

    • The National Anthem should be no longer than 90 seconds.
    • It must be performed in the traditional style.
    • All auditions must be A cappella.
    • Groups and instrumentalists are invited to audition as well.

    Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family: Feb 25-27

    February 25, 2011 by  
    Filed under Morning Show

    MOVIE

    Support Christian Film and check out The Grace Card this weekend in theaters!

    Everything can change in an instant … and take a lifetime to unravel.When Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, the ensuing 17 years of bitterness and pain erodes his love for his family and leaves him angry with God … and just about everyone else.  Mac’s rage stonewalls his career in the police department and makes for a combustible situation when he’s partnered with Sam Wright, a rising star on the force who happens to be a part-time pastor and a loving family man. Mac’s home life is as frightening as anything he encounters on the streets of Memphis. Money is tight and emotions run high as he constantly argues with his wife and his surviving son Blake, who is hanging with the wrong crowd and in danger of flunking out of school.Sam Wright also never expected to be a police officer. He has a calling—to be a minister like his Grandpa George. But leading a small, start-up church doesn’t always put enough food on the table for a young family, so Sam doubles as a police officer. With his new promotion to Sergeant, Sam starts questioning if his real calling might actually be police work rather than the pastorate.Can Mac and Sam somehow join forces to help one another when it’s impossible for either of them to look past their differences—especially the most obvious one?Every day, we have the opportunity to rebuild relationships and heal deep wounds by extending and receiving God’s grace. Offer THE GRACE CARD … and never underestimate the power of God’s love.

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    VIRGINIA

    Winter Wonderslam Tour!  Toby Mac in concert at the Patriot Center with Brandon Heath.  TobyMac, Brandon Heath and House of Heroes at the Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA on Saturday, February 26th at 7 PM. Click here for tickets.

    Black History Month – Mount Vernon, VA Friday, February 25 – Sunday, February 27: 9 am – 4 pm.  Learn about the lives and contributions of the slaves who built the plantation home of George Washington in observance of Black History Month. Daily highlights by Mount Vernon interpreters begin at 10 am, daily wreathlaying occurs at 12 pm, daily tour starts at 1 pm. Admission fees: $15 for adults, $7 for kids ages 6 to 11 and free for kids 5 and under.  George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate is located at 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia (map it).

    WASHINGTON DC

    FREE: Tom Crowl and His Sassy Friends Washington, DCSaturday, February 25: 8:30 am and 11 am See ventriloquist Tom Crowl perform with his pals Dangerous Dudley Duck, Clair Voy Ant, Raoul the Monkey and Percival the Pirate. Free admissions. Tickets are distributed at the door for no charge about 30 minutes before the show starts. The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC

    FREE: Orchid Exhibit Family Day – Washington, DC Saturday, February 26: 11 am – 3 pm.  Explore the world of orchids at National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Take a picture with a human-sized orchid, check out stamp art and calligraphy and learn how to pot an orchid to take home. Free admissions.National Museum of Natural History is located at 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC.

    MARYLAND

    Port Discovery Children’s Museum Family Fun Day – Baltimore, MD Saturday, February 26: 11 am – 3 pm Stop by Port Discovery Children’s Museum on Sunday for a family fun day! Craft activities will start at 11 am and New Moon Theater will present Tales from the Good Earth at 1 pm and 2 pm. Admission fees: $12.95 for kids 2 and older, free for kids under 2.Port Discovery Children’s Museum is located at 35 Market Place, Baltimore, Maryland

    Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family

    February 18, 2011 by  
    Filed under Morning Show

    PRESIDENTS DAY ACTIVITIES

    Madame Tussauds Opens US Presidents Gallery
    February 17, 2011. Madame Tussauds Washington DC opens a new $2 million-plus US Presidents Gallery, which will feature wax figures of all 44 US Presidents. The interactive attraction brings historical figures and events to life through wax figures that visitors can touch, see and hear.

    White House Visitor Center
    February 21, 2011, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. “What’s in Your Backpack, Teddy?” Learn about our greatest environmental and conservationist president Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, during a family-oriented program. Explore the contents of his back-pack and discover the many facets of Teddy Roosevelt’s life. No reservations necessary, but programs are limited to 25. Call (202) 208-1631 for additional information.

    Mount Vernon
    February 19-21, 2011. Celebrate George Washington’s birthday with three days of special events at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Presidents’ Day weekend is a great time to explore the 500-acre estate and learn more about the life of the first president of the United States. See this schedule of Presidents’ Day Events at Mount Vernon.

    George Washington Birthday Parade
    February 21, 2011. See the country’s largest Presidents’ Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria through the streets where Washington once walked. See photos of the parade. Spend the day exploring historic sites in Old Town Alexandria, the historic Virginia town that was an important port during the colonial, revolutionary and Civil War periods.

    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    February 15, 2011 by  
    Filed under Journal, Morning Show

    Love Your Neighbor really works!

    All month we’ve been asking you to pay for the person behind you in line at the drive through to show God’s love to others.  It really does work!  Check out this email we received yesterday!

    “I listened to your morning show today for the first time. Money has been very tight the past couple of years but I still try to do something special with the kids. Yesterday we went to the McDonalds drive thru and when I came to the window we were told that our lunch had been paid for by the dirver in front of us. I was floored. I had never heard of such a thing and my kids were in disbelief also. All she left was a mass schedule with your radio station on it. All night they kept talking about the lady at McDonalds and trying to figure out who she was and why she had done such a nice thing for us. On our way to school/work this morning, I heard you all suggesting that people do just this. As someone who was on the receiving end of this jesture, it was amazing and something that we will never forget. I told my kids when they got out of the car they were now responsible to pay it forward to someone today and so will I. Thanks for the great idea and reminding us how a nice deed by a perfect stranger can make you feel.”

    Thanks so much for participating in WGTS 91.9′s “Love Your Neighbor”!

    Angry Birds Coming Soon to your Toy Box

    It’s moving from your iPhone to your Toy Box!  The makers of Angry Birds debuted their now product line at the New York Toy Fair this week.  They have giant plush birds and pigs, squeezable toys that made the familiar sounds from the game, backpack clips, rubber balls, and even flip-flops.

    Getting the most attention is Mattel’s Angry Birds: Knock On Wood is a clever translation of the app’s gameplay to real life. The set comes with three birds–red, yellow, and black–plus four pigs, some fake wooden blocks, a star, a tree, and a launcher. Players choose cards that outline the particular setup they must knock down plus which birds they’re allowed to use. Each card has a point value, and whoever reached 1000 points first wins. Pretty simple. Angry Birds: Knock On Wood will be out this Spring and will cost $14.99. The plushies and other toys from Commonwealth will make their way to toy stores big and small, gift shops, and even big box stores in the coming weeks.  Sounds like a lot of “pick up” for moms though.  Wonder how many of those birds will get lost under the couch…Full Story here.

    Get More Sleep

    Another reason you may want to try and get more sleep…A new study shows that people who get less than six hours of sleep a day are 50-percent more likely to develop premature cancer polyps in the colon, which could definitely put them at risk for developing cancer in the future.

    Positive Thoughts

    A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.

    By His words we can see where we’re going; they throw a beam of light on our dark path.

    The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.

    Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.

    A good name will shine forever.

    Fractures well cured make us more strong.

    Family Safety Alert: Car Seat Recall

    February 15, 2011 by  
    Filed under Family Safety, Family Safety Alert

    Almost 800,000 child seats are being recalled because their harnesses may not hold the child securely, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday.

    The recall covers a wide range of booster, convertible and infant seats, including some sold as part of a stroller travel system, made by the Dorel Juvenile Group of Columbus, Ind. The action was prompted by the safety agency, which began an investigation of the restraints last year after receiving several consumer complaints that the restraining straps on the seats had loosened.

    A Safety 1st Alpha Omega convertible car seat, model No. 22469, one of the models affected by the Dorel Juvenile Group recall.

    The restraints were sold under the brand names Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, Cosco and Eddie Bauer, Julie Vallese, a Dorel spokeswoman, said in a telephone interview. They were manufactured from May 1, 2008, to April 30, 2009. A list of the affected models can be found here.

    In a filing with N.H.T.S.A., Dorel said, “There have been no reports of center front adjuster failure in real world crashes, no injuries and no deaths reported to the company.”

    Dorel said it had received 143 complaints of the front harness loosening and was conducting the recall even though it feels there was no safety defect. Instead, it told the agency the restraints “exhibited performance issues.”

    God’s Valentine to You

    February 14, 2011 by  
    Filed under Journal, Morning Show

    My Child

    I know everything about you…Psalm 139:1
    I know when you sit down and when you rise up…Psalm 139:2
    I am familiar with all of your ways…Psalm 139:3
    Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…Matthew 10:29-31
    For you were made in my image…Genesis 1:27
    In me you live and move and have your being…Acts 17:28
    For you are my offspring…Acts 17:28
    I chose you when I planned creation…Ephesians 1:11-12
    I knew you even before you were conceived…Jeremiah 1:4-5
    I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live…Acts 17:26
    You are fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:14
    I knit you together in your mother’s womb…Psalm 139:13
    And brought you forth on the day you were born…Psalm 71:6
    You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16
    I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me…John 8:41-44
    I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love…1 John 4:16
    And it is my desire to lavish my love on you…1 John 3:1
    Simply because you are my child and I am your father…Matthew 7:11
    For I am the perfect father…Matthew 5:48
    Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand…James 1:17
    For I am your provider and I meet all your needs…Matthew 6:31-33
    My plan for your future has always been filled with hope…Jeremiah 29:11
    Because I love you with an everlasting love…Jeremiah 31:3
    My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Ps. 139:17-18
    And I rejoice over you with singing…Zephaniah 3:17
    I will never stop doing good to you…Jeremiah 32:40
    For you are my treasured possession…Exodus 19:5
    I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul…Jeremiah 32:41
    And I want to show you great and marvelous things…Jeremiah 33:3
    If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me…Deuteronomy 4:29
    Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart…Psalm 37:4
    For it is I who gave you those desires…Philippians 2:13
    I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine…Ephesians 3:20
    For I am your greatest encourager…2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
    I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles…2Corinthians 1:3-4
    When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you…Psalm 34:18
    As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart…Isaiah 40:11
    One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes…Revelation 21:3-4
    And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth…Revelation 21:3-4
    I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus…John 17:23
    For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed…John 17:26
    He is the exact representation of my being…Hebrews 1:3
    He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you…Romans 8:31
    And to tell you that I am not counting your sins…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
    Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
    His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you… 1 John 4:10
    I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love…Romans 8:31-32
    If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me…1 John 2:23
    And nothing will ever separate you from my love again…Romans 8:38-39
    I have always been Father, and will always be Father…Ephesians 3:14-15
    Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen…Luke 15:7

    Love, Your Abba, Almighty God

    Family Safety Alert: Slug Lines

    February 11, 2011 by  
    Filed under Morning Show

    If you hitch a ride into work from Northern Virginia taking slug lines, you may have a tougher time finding parking at Potomac Mills Mall. Starting Monday they’re getting rid of 750 parking spaces that were designated for commuters. Only 275 will be available after that. You can find out more here.

    Here is a list of other park and ride lots that could provide alternatives for commuters:

    • Route 123/95
    • Dale Boulevard and Gemini Way
    • Minnieville Road and Harbor Drive (no bus)
    • Dale Boulevard and Hillendale Drive
    • Dale Boulevard and Quate Lane
    • Exeter Drive near Route 234
    • Dale Boulevard K-Mart near Gideon Drive
    • Cherrydale Road and Dale Boulevard (Good Shepherd Church)
    • Route 234 near Stockbridge Drive
    • Rippon VRE Station at Rippon Boulevard (no bus service)

    Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family

    February 11, 2011 by  
    Filed under Morning Show

    Make a Valentine

    Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has a heartfelt way to help kids create a gift for family and friends to love this Valentine’s Day.

    On Saturday, February 12, in every Jo-Ann store nationwide, kids can create colorful Valentine keepsake boxes during a free Make It-Take It event.

    From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the crafting experts at Jo-Ann will be on hand to help kids create works of art using Core’dinations papers, Provo Craft cutting tools, and 3M adhesives.

    These boxes are sure to be treasured by anyone who is the lucky recipient.

    Family Movie Review:  Justin Bieber:  Never Say Never:

    From Christianity.com:  Your preteen daughter surely knows that Justin Bieber’s first feature film is opening this Friday, Feb. 11, in theaters everywhere. But does your pastor know? Or your church’s youth leaders?

    There’s a subtle-but-fascinating marketing campaign going on for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, accentuating the faith angle of the movie. Well, maybe not so much the movie as Bieber himself. Other than a quick pre-show prayer or two, the film is not overt about Bieber’s faith; one publicist clarified that “while Justin and his mother [also prominently featured] are Christians . . . this is a secular film about Justin and his music. However, it is clean, safe, wholesome entertainment that parents and grandparents can take their kids to.”

    In conjunction with the new Bieber film, Allied Faith & Family has put together a 12-page Bible study discussion guide titled, “Never Say Never: For Nothing Is Impossible With God,” based on the film and Bieber’s own faith journey. The guide bills itself as “an opportunity to teach our children about the power of hope, prayer, faith and family.” It includes sections on “Discerning God’s Plan for Your Life,” “The Power of Prayer,” and “The Importance of Godly Friendships.”

    We already knew that Bieber was a Christian, but Allied Faith & Family’s efforts — which include a video interview with Bieber’s mother, Pattie Mallette — have helped members of the media learn even more about his faith journey. Cobbled from press releases, videos, and the interview with Mallette, we learn that:

    Bieber, in his own words, is “a Christian. I believe in God. I believe that, you know, Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I have a relationship with him. And he’s the reason I’m here.”

    WASHINGTON DC

    National Aquarium

    Workers at the aquarium must have been on the good list because they got two new water-loving friends: Jimmy and Teddy. See loggerhead sea turtles before they leave the District in the fall.  14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW | Department of Commerce Building | $9, $8 seniors and military, $4 ages 3 to 11, younger free.

    The Power of Chocolate

    The importance of chocolate is conveyed through crafts, performances, puppetry, art and talks about a cacao cooperative and the history of chocolate. at the National Museum of the American Indian | Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW | FREE

    MARYLAND

    Tot Trails Grand Opening at Port Discovery.

    Non-walkers delight in exploring the padded, squishy tidal pool area, featuring sensory tubes and plenty of lean-on areas for parents to cuddle with their infants. Toddlers climb and slide through the Crystal Cave, crawl along the dune walk, and dig for fossils. Then enjoy some quite time in the reading nook. Port Discovery, Baltimore. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission. portdiscovery.org

    Living Our History: An Afternoon of Stories:

    Learn about the lives of African American women during the Civil War through dramatic performances by historic re-enactors. Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis. 2-3:30 p.m. All ages. Free. Registration encouraged. 410-216-6180, BDMPrograms@goci.state.md.us

    NORTHERN VIRGINIA

    Silverlicious Celebration.

    Celebrate the new Children’s book Silverlicious featuring Pinkalicious with games, crafts, giveaways, and a Pinkalicious Parade. Borders, Vienna/Tyson’s Corner, Annapolis Mall, or Bowie locations. 2 p.m. Ages 4 to 8.

    Family Safety Tip: Teaseproof Your Kids

    February 10, 2011 by  
    Filed under Family Safety Tip, Morning Show

    Nobody likes to get teased.  If it happened to you when you were in school you understand how it feels and you don’t want it to happen to your kids.

    We say this 2 Step plan called Teaseproof Your Kids inspired by a second grade teacher named Mr. Mendoza.  He taught his students two tricks to help make them less desirable targets for bullies.

    Step 1

    First, you cultivate a cool look.  “This teacher had the kids practice standing with their hands in their pockets, rocking back on their heels, and putting a cool grin on their face.”

    Step 2

    Next, you have a one-liner ready to let the other kid know that she has no power over you, that you’re really not hurt or affected at all by her words.  The line Mendoza suggests is, “Thanks for sharing that with me.”