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Posted at 1:58 PM ET, 07/20/2009

Foodie Calendar: DJs, Do-Gooding and Discounts

By Julia Beizer

The upcoming week or so is a great one for dine-o-philes. Urbana's celebrating a birthday. Asia Nine's celebrating the moon. And Columbia Heights restaurants and bars band together to contribute to a local fest. Read on for the deets.

Urbana turns three years old today, but you get the presents. DJ Remix's blend of Top 40, hip-hop and dance music takes over the lounge at 6:30 and glasses of prosecco, cava, chenin blanc and brut rose go for $3. The party goes until at least 9:30 p.m. From Tuesday until Sunday, July 26, there are two ways to save at the restaurant. Between 5 and 7 p.m., you can snap up a $30 prix-fixe meal, including three courses culled from the summer menu, a glass of prosecco and a cupcake. Or, from 4 to 7 p.m. (and 10 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday), opt for $3 beers and wines, $3 half-size pizzas and $3 small plates (specific dishes will be announced daily on the restaurant's Facebook fan page).

Those of us who live nearby have come to love Columbia Heights Day, an annual fest that includes a cupcake-eating contest, a petting zoo and plenty of live music. The fest isn't until Aug. 29, but on Thursday night, neighbors and non-neighbors alike can support the all-volunteer event with their dining dollars. Some locations (like Looking Glass Lounge and Wonderland) are making a lump-sum donation to the Columbia Heights Day crew. The other locations -- CommonWealth, Tonic, The Heights, RedRocks, Rita's Water Ice and Panda Express (3100 14th St. NW, Suite 105, entrance on Irving Street; 202-986-0292) -- will donate up to 15 percent of sales to the cause. Last year, the promotion raised $1,200 for the festival. With more restaurants participating this year, organizers hope to bring in $2,000. (Bring a copy of this flyer if you're headed to Panda Express). Heads up for Columbia Heights Day lovers, the organizers will be selling T-shirts at Duffy's on Monday, Aug. 10.

Looking ahead to next week, Asia Nine could be the place for happy hour on Wednesday. The restaurant riffs off a Thai tradition and hosts a full-moon party from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Selected wines, beers and mixed drinks are $4 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Apps like Asian wings, gyoza and selected sushi rolls are $3 to $6. There will be a DJ (beginning at 6 p.m.) door prizes and a digital photo booth. A $3 fee at the door goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

-- Julia

By Julia Beizer  | July 20, 2009; 1:58 PM ET
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