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Short Stuff: July 2021

Enjoy a list of top news and notes from our staff and advertisers this July.

news and notesTown of Colonial Beach

Live, work and play at the second longest sand beach in Virginia: Town of Colonial Beach. Only 65 miles from Washington, D.C. New $25 million development project including townhomes, condos, hotel, office and retail space now underway. CBVA, the Playground of the Potomac since 1892. #CoBe


buffalo gap retreat news and notesBuffalo Gap Retreat

Buffalo Gap Retreat: a family-friendly and pet-friendly cabin rental, campground and event space. We offer kayaking, canoeing, hiking, fishing, swimming, sauna, massage, games and more. Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, only two hours from D.C. Come wander, come explore.


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Sportrock Climbing Centers

Sportrock president Lillian Chao-Quinlan walked through Sportrock’s Alexandria location with President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Governor Ralph Northam and the Mayor of Alexandria, Justin Wilson. Sportrock was chosen as a venue to speak to the perseverance of small businesses, and to how far we have come as a country over the past year. Sportrock started running their award-winning summer camps June 14. Check out their offerings! 

cardinal fencing news and notesCardinal Fencing Academy

Our fencing programs introduce students in Ashburn, Sterling, Reston and other areas of Northern Virginia/Loudoun/Fairfax County to the many benefits of this Olympic sport. Beyond the fitness benefits, fencing promotes intellectual development, decision making skills, self-discipline and confidence. All taught in a safe, supportive environment. First visit is always free. 240-424-0749;

eric energy news and notesEric Energy

Eric Energy offers interactive and engaging science shows that come directly to you in the Maryland/D.C./Virginia corridor. A well-trained “wacky” scientist will perform visual experiments and use volunteers throughout. The shows are great for a group with a wide range of ages and can be customized to fit your theme. Perfect for parties, camps, school assemblies, STEM nights, scouts and more! Ages pre-K and up.  

prep matters news and notesPrepMatters

PrepMatters provides one-on-one academic tutoring, test preparation and educational planning in our D.C., Maryland and Virginia offices and remotely to students around the world. By listening well, building trust and fostering a sense of control, we help guide your students to their long-term educational goals. Learn more at