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Posted at 2:40 PM ET, 10/22/2010

Jack-O'-Lantern mushrooms? D.C.'s blogs

By Washington Post editors

Good afternoon. Aren't you glad it's Friday? It will be a great weekend to get out. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures might even hit the 70's on Sunday. If you're communing with nature this weekend -- what could be better than stumbling across some glow-in-the-dark mushrooms? The Natural Capital tells us about the aptly dubbed "Jack-o-Lantern" mushroom, recently sighted in Rock Creek Park. Perhaps a trip over to Columbia Heights to check out the Museum of Unnatural History? More details below.

From My Pretty Pennies: Ever have a week, month, year like this? Makes you even glad it's Friday, eh?

On your next nature walk, the folks at The Natural Capital recommends you keep an eye out for the Jack-o-Lantern mushroom. It’s orange in color and even better – it glows in the dark. They spotted a couple of lovely specimens in Rock Creek Park.

When you live in the D.C. region, it’s easy to take some of the historical sites around town for granted (particularly when you’re stuck in traffic behind a tour bus parked in front of the Washington Monument.) The Hill is Home reminds – gently of course – to take some time to appreciate these great architectural marvels.

DCist reminds us that The Museum of Unnatural History opens in Columbia Heights on Saturday. What the heck is it? The Museum is a project of the non-profit group 826DC – the local branch of a national organization that hosts writing workshops, field trips and tutoring services for students. It’s part of a larger effort launched by author Dave Eggers to cultivate a love of reading and writing in young people. Profits from the “museum” which sells lots of fun, funky items you won’t find anywhere else – are used to help pay for 826DC’s youth programs. If the concept sounds familiar it’s because 826DC was formerly the Capitol Letters Writing Center. Full disclosure: I recently attended a volunteer training and am looking forward to working with 826DC

Since it’s been at least three days since I including the word “cupcake” in the daily roundup, I’m clearly due. Vox Populi offers this snappy analysis of a “Georgetown Cupcake” line.

That's it for now. Have a great weekend and I'll be back Monday with links to more great posts from the D.C.-area blogosphere. Have a thought, a question or a blog to recommend? Send me an email at aratanil@washpost.com


By Washington Post editors  | October 22, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
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