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Competition Awards Celebration and Networking Night

Celebrate with us as we complete the STC WDCB Summit Competition for Technical Communication with a meal, an awards ceremony, and plenty of time to get to know other local technical communication professionals. The award-winning entries will be on display so that you can see some of the best work in our profession and read snippets of what our judges had to say. All winners will be invited to share the secrets to their success when they receive their awards. This will be a great opportunity to broaden your network and make new friends.

Menu

Appetizers

  • Crostini with Sweet Red Peppers
  • Italian Meatballs
  • Mozzarella Caprese Bites

Entrée Choices

  • Gnocchi
  • Salmon Filet
  • Meat Lasagne

Dessert Table

  • Tiramisu
  • Italian Layered Cake
  • Black Forest Cake

Meals also include:

  • House Salad
  • Bread
  • Soft Drinks and Iced Tea
  • Coffee and Hot Tea

Cash Bar

Metro Proximity

The restaurant is 0.3 miles, a 7-minute walk, from the Bethesda Metro station on the Red line. When you get to the top of the escalator, head north on Wisconsin Avenue. Turn left onto Old Georgetown Road. Make your third right onto Fairmont Avenue. The restaurant is on the right.

Parking Tips

Besides street parking, the best garage is the one in the Fairmont Building right across the street from the restaurant at 4975 Fairmont Aveneu. It is $5 for the night when you enter after 5 p.m. and it closes at 11 p.m.

The Woodmont Corner Garage is at 7739 Woodmont Avenue and is directly behind Positano, with entrances on Old Georgetown Road and Woodmont Avenue. However, this could be a complicated walk due to construction nearby. The cost is $0.80 per hour until 10 p.m. From the Woodmont Corner garage, walk out to Old Georgetown Road and turn right when you get to the sidewalk. Turn right onto Fairmont Ave and Positano is on the right.

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First Friday Lunch (Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafe, Gaithersburg, MD)

Let’s warm up at Uncle Julio’s in Gaithersburg for our February First Friday Lunch. Please join Carolyn Klinger, STC WDCB member and occasional leader, on February 3rd. This fun, informal networking event starts at 11:45 and ends at 1:00 pm. There is no cost to register, but you do buy your own lunch.


It’s a fun place for lunch with a nice menu. Parking is in a big lot right out front. Uncle Julio’s is in the RIO Washingtonian Center, not far from Target and Kohl’s.


Did you know that as a member of our STC chapter that you can host your own First Friday Lunch? If you are interested in hosting a future First Friday Lunch at a location near you, please contact Greta Boller Buskirk (email hidden; JavaScript is required). Greta serves as the First Vice President of the Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter. It’s easy and fun!



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Escape the Oval Office Game and Happy Hour

In the spirit of big changes afoot in Washington, DC, let’s enjoy happy hour at Smith Commons Dining Room & Public House (optional) and then challenge ourselves to the Escape the Oval Office escape game. Wikipedia tells us that an escape room is a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit. During the Escape the Oval Office escape game, our group will form a team of White House Correspondents for the National News Agency. Having just received an anonymous tip about a brewing scandal in the White House, we will sneak into the Oval Office (in a secret location on H Street!) to uncover the details so that we can get our story to print in 60 minutes. This is a fun team-building game and a great way to start the new year as a community of fact-seeking technical communicators! The challenge for our group will be not to over-think the clues and to just have fun.


If you buy a ticket to this event, which covers the costs for the escape room game only, you may be our guest for happy hour at Smith Commons Dining Room & Public House before the escape room game starts. The chapter will treat you to happy hour appetizers from the restaurant’s selection of “approachable international cuisine” in a comfy, private area. You pay for your own alcoholic beverages. We’ll then walk across the street together to The Escape Lounge to begin our adventure.


If you cannot make it in time for happy hour, please meet us at The Escape Room between 6 and 6:15 p.m.


AGENDA


4:30-6 p.m. Drinks and apps at Smith Commons Dining Room & Public House at 1245 H St NE.


1245 H St, NEat

1245 H St, NE

6:30-7:30 p.m. Escape the Oval Office game at The Escape Room at 1322-B H Street NE.


The two establishments are across the street from one another.


HOW TO GET THERE


The Escape Lounge and Smith Commons are on the H Street corridor in Northeast DC.


The closest Metro stop to both locations is Union Station on the Red Line but it is 1.5 miles or an 11-minute car ride away. From Union Station, you may opt to take a shared ride or taxi, which may be easiest, but you may also want to consider the new and currently FREE DC Streetcar, which stops right in front of both Smith Commons and The Escape Lounge. Just build in about a half hour to do this, in case you have to wait for a Streetcar. You can also consult the Transit Tracker to find out about exact arrival times at each stop. The DC Streetcar line starts behind Union Station, about one block away at 2nd and H St. NE (note that if you exit Union Station in the front, you will be on 1st and Massachusetts and will need to walk around the building). The DC Streetcar is an above-ground transit system distinguished by cheerful, red cars. It only goes down H Street. Get off the DC Streetcar at the 13th St. stop. Again, the DC Streetcar is free for now. The DC Streetcar departs every 10-15 minutes until midnight.


Accessibility of the DC Streetcar


The DC Streetcar is ADA compliant. The modern streetcar’s interior layout is designed to accommodate wheelchairs using wide passenger doors that are level with the station platforms. The streetcars have level floor areas with substantial standing areas that can be used by wheelchairs. In addition, vehicles also accommodate bikes and strollers.


PARKING


If you do not want to take public transportation, there is two-hour street/metered parking available and there is a small parking lot on 10th and H Street, NE, across from The Atlas Room restaurant. The Escape Lounge does not have a parking lot.

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First Friday Lunch (Eggspectation, Chantilly, VA)

We had such a terrific turnout in May that we’re headed back to Eggspectations in Chantilly, VA for our December First Friday Lunch. Please join Liz Herman, STCWDCB member and STC Director at Large at Eggspectation on December 2nd. This fun, informal networking event starts at 11:45 and ends at 1:00 pm. There is no cost to register, but you do buy your own lunch.


http://eggspectation.com/


5009 Westone Plaza
Chantilly, VA 20151


Did you know that as a member of our STC chapter that you can host your own First Friday Lunch? If you are interested in hosting a future First Friday Lunch at a location near you, please contact Greta Boller (email hidden; JavaScript is required). Greta serves as the First Vice President of the Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter. It’s easy and fun!

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