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Posted at 3:04 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Books for Ballou: D.C. area blogs

By Lori Aratani

Good afternoon. Cold enough for ya? Lots of our D.C. area bloggers are feeling the chill. Dining in DC has some recommendations for warming up. And the WashCycle had a photo that perfectly sums up our recent weather pattern.

If you didn’t, be sure to catch Bill Turque’s story in Monday’s Washington Post about the library at Ballou High School, which currently has only one book per student. Librarian Melissa Jackson is doing her best to rebuild the collection, but she’s short of funds. You can help. Susie’s Budget and Policy Corner reports that the high school and the Friends of Ballou are hosting a Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser at Lucky Strike in downtown D.C., Jan. 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. The goal is to raise $10,000 in hopes of meeting the national standard of 11 books per student. Details here. If you can't attend the fundraiser, here's some information on how you can help.

Only in Washington: Famous D.C. offers its picks for the best bars to watch the State of the Union address. Why? Because we’re a town of political junkies, and that’s what we do. (The post also includes a handy link to SOTU drinking games).

When the temperature drops, what could be better than a crackling fire? Dining in DC offers her picks for the best spots for fireside dining.

From the WashCycle, this photo pretty much sums up our recent weather pattern.

With temperatures dipping into the 20s and 30s, you may be noticing a lot more sniffling and sneezing around the office, on the bus or in your own home. You may be tempted to break out the zinc lozenges or do double doses of orange juice in the morning, but before you do, you might want to read Surprising Science’s take on mythical cures for the common cold.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. I'll be back tomorrow with more great posts from the D.C. area blogosphere.

By Lori Aratani  | January 24, 2011; 3:04 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  
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