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Clients in the News – October 2016

As Halloween approaches, Avalon’s clients are once again getting into the spooky spirit, preparing dreadfully bone-chilling delights for people of all ages. Check out the hair-raising events they’ve got in store…

  • Frightful nighttime fun is happening at the National Zoo October 21–23, when Friends of the National Zoo presents Boo at the Zoo! Dress up the kids and come down for terrifying treat stations, abominable animal demonstrations, killer keeper chats, and devilishly decorated trails. Plus, an entertainment stage with magicians, jugglers, and a DJ—and a costume contest and themed scarecrow field. And after all the fun with the kids, get a babysitter so you can head to the adults-only Night at the Living Zoo on October 28 from 6:30–10 pm, where ghouls and goblins will enjoy craft beer, fare from popular DC food trucks, a spooktacular costume contest, and performance artists—all while dancing to music at the DJ dance party. It’s a wicked night of fun that would be scary to miss! Tickets for both events are going fast, so visit the Zoo’s website to get yours now!
  • They say that in space, no one can hear you scream. Find out if that’s true at the National Air and Space Museum’s Air & Scare family event on October 22 from 11 am–5 pm at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA (near Dulles Airport). This annual Halloween extravaganza includes chilling crafts, scary science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Kids can wear their costumes and enjoy safe indoor trick-or-treating. For more information, visit NASM’s website. There’s always a big turnout, so plan to arrive early.
  • The National Museum of the American Indian once again celebrates Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead on October 29 and 30. Traditionally, Dia De Los Muertos is when families in Central and South America gather to remember and pray for friends and family members who have died, which they believe supports their loved ones’ spiritual journey. It’s always close to Halloween and has some of the same macabre themes—but it is also a wonderful celebration of life. NMAI’s two days of free festivities in its Washington, DC, and NYC venues include hands-on activities, workshops, and demonstrations with traditional artists and musicians. Visit NMAI’s website for more details.

And for those who prefer less eerie events, here’s a roundup of other Avalon client milestones and occasions happening in the weeks ahead:

  • Here’s a truly unique fundraiser—the American Horticultural Society holds its 8th annual online auction October 14–27, auctioning off an array of exclusive garden experiences and special offerings, some including hotel stays and meals. Imagine having a VIP tour of one of the most prestigious and beautiful gardens in the United States, like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Chanticleer Garden, and many more. Visit AHS’s website for incredible photos of the gardens you could tour and instructions on how to place a bid.
  • Farm Sanctuary holds its annual Gala at the renowned Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on November 12, and it promises to be an evening of fun and surprises. This very special evening, celebrating 30 years of rescue, education, and advocacy for farm animals and honoring all those involved with Farm Sanctuary, will be hosted by Kevin Nealon. And as a bonus, FS President and Co-Founder Gene Baur—whom TIME magazine calls “the conscience of the food movement”—is bringing his original VW Westphalia van, in a nod to his days traveling across the country selling veggie dogs at Grateful Dead concerts! For tickets and more information, visit Farm Sanctuary’s website.