Marty the robot (about 500 models of him) will be deployed this year to every Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia Giant location to work alongside employees.
All 172 Giant grocery stores will have “Marty,” a tall, thin, gray robot with googly eyes, to work alongside staffers. The robots will move around the store unassisted identifying and reporting hazards such as spills for quick cleanup. Giant officials said that the robots work will free up associates to spend more time serving with customers.
Over the past year, the grocery chain has been testing Marty and the in-store robotic program in its stores located in Harrisburg and Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week will provide you with an opportunity to try a new restaurant that you have been wanting to visit. Cuisines are varied and range from international, to BBQ, to Southern cooking.
For 10 days and two weekends, 65 restaurants in Alexandria will offer a $35 three-course dinner for one OR a $35 dinner for two during Alexandria’s Winter Restaurant Week January 18-27. More than 35 restaurants will offer lunch menus at $15 or $22 per person. Brunch lovers can enjoy brunch menus for $15 or $22 per person at 14 restaurants.
Starting in January, you can review the restaurants and menus being offered by clicking here.
Furloughed workers will get a little relief around Alexandria.
Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant (2312 Mount Vernon Avenue) announced that it would offer free pulled pork sandwiches to furloughed federal employees for as long as the government shutdown lasts.
Owners Bill Blackburn and “Mango” Mike Anderson published this statement on their Facebook page around 10:30 on Tuesday, January 2:
“We are all in.
We been getting questions about shutdown sandwiches. Starting today we are offering all out of work, furloughed federal government employees (and out of work federal contractors) a free pulled pork sandwich. We hope to see this end soon, the offer is good until this shutdown is over.”
Another generous offer comes from Diya Indian Cuisine (218 N Lee St 2nd Floor). They are offering free buffet lunches to any Federal Government employee during the shutdown. This offer is available every weekday (Monday to Friday) from 11 am to 1 pm starting January 2nd, 2019 and ending January 11th, 2019 to any person who shows a current Federal Government employment ID.
And if you have always wanted to learn to knit, Fibre Space (1319 Prince Street) is offering knitting classes for furloughed federal workers. Sessions run Wednesday through Friday at 2 pm and another at 3 pm. If you can knit but need to learn purl and ribbing, come at 3:30! For those who can knit and purl already, they will add brioche classes next week!
First Night Alexandria is an annual New Year’s Eve music festival and the largest family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve party in the DC area. The fun for the family begins at 2PM. Entertainment starts at 7PM around Old Town. And, of course, there will be a fireworks display—the only one in the DC area—over the Potomac River at midnight.
Old Town will showcase more than 100 performers at 25 warm indoor venues. New this year is a Kids Karnival for children 12 years old and younger at three locations from 6 to 9PM that includes face painting, games and a kids’ countdown; a bigger-than-ever party at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial featuring Magician Mike Rose, dance parties with DJ Good Times and fireworks viewing from the lawn; and a Variety Showcase from 8 to 10 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church featuring comedians and spoken word poets.
And there is always the Fun Hunt for both kids and adults. Teams can pick up a clue sheet at the Torpedo Factory, search for items on the list, and return the completed sheet for a chance to win money, vouchers, games and merchandise.
Tickets are $30 December 1-30, 2018 and $35 December 31, 2018. Kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult with a badge and active military get in free.