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November 2012 in Washington, D.C.

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Washington will be the place to be in November as the elections come to a close and Thanksgiving brings families and friends together. Some Washington events include large cooking shows, election lectures, photo exhibits, and turkey trots.

Political Machines: Innovations in Campaigns and Elections

WHAT: The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is holding a lecture on the technological developments from TV advertising in the 50s to YouTube and George Gallup’s door-to-door pollsters in the 30s to the use of social media today. WHEN: November 2, 2012 from 8 PM-9:30 PM; November 3, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. WHERE: National Museum of American History, First Floor, Warner Brothers Theater COST: Free METRO STOP: Smithsonian FOR MORE INFORMATION: 202-633-3450; website

Holiday Decorating with Smithsonian Style

WHAT: Smithsonian Gardens horticulturists share how-to secrets on how they decorate the Mall’s museums and gardens. You’ll also get some tips on how to decorate your own home for the holidays. WHEN: November 2, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 1 PM WHERE: S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr., SW COST: $42 for general admission; $30 for Smithsonian members; $28 for senior members METRO STOP: Smithsonian Mall exit on the Blue and Orange lines FOR MORE INFORMATION: 202-633-2020; Smithsonian Associates website.

Mr. Lincoln’s Civil and Political Washington

WHAT: Take an all-day bus tour with a historian who interprets Washington sites intimately associated with President Lincoln and his family. The day begins near Lafayette Square and the White House, with a 3-hour walking tour of sites. After the walk, visit Ford’s Theatre and the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church pew where Lincoln regularly worshipped. The tour then goes to the Capitol and lunch downtown. The tour also includes Lincoln Cottage and the African American Civil War Memorial. WHEN: November 3, 2012 from 8 AM to 6:15 PM WHERE: The tour leaves from the Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C St., SW. COST: $139 for Smithsonian members; $179 for general admission METRO STOP: L’Enfant Plaza FOR MORE INFORMATION: 202-633-3030; Tour website.

Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show

WHAT: This is an annual show for cooking and entertaining enthusiasts featuring exhibits, live cooking demos by well-known DC-based chefs, tasting and entertaining workshops, and presentations from Food Network celebrities like Giada De Laurentiis. WHEN: November 3-4, 2012 WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center COST: $26.99-$500 METRO STOP: Yellow line to Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center PARKING: The convention center has set aside more than 3,000 parking spaces in a three-block radius of the facility. They’re available on a first come, first serve basis. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 703-321-4890; http://www.metrocookingdc.com/

FotoWeekDC

WHAT: FotoWeekDC is a week-long festival featuring photo exhibits, seminars, lectures, workshops, portfolio reviews, photo book displays, special events, and receptions. WHEN: November 9-18, 2012 WHERE: Several locations through the city. See here for locations. COST: Several exhibits are free and some of the seminars and lectures range in price. FOR MORE INFORMATION: 855-270-3632; https://www.fotoweekdc.org/

11th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger

WHAT: This 5K foot race raises money for SOME (So Others Might Eat), an organization that provides food, services, and affordable housing for DC’s homeless. The event also includes a Little Turkey 1-mile Fun Run for kids. WHEN: November 22, 2012 - the kids fun run is at 8:30 AM and the 5K is at 9 AM. WHERE: Freedom Plaza at Pennsylvania Ave., and 14th St., NW COST: $25 for untimed participant; $30 for timed participant FOR MORE INFORMATION: 202-797-8806 ext. 1093 or trotforhunger@some.org; http://www.some.org/events_trot_main.html

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