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On Monday, December 12 from 6 to 8 pm, we're having a holiday party to celebrate another year of writing about the people and places that make the DC area great. Join us in Navy Yard to celebrate!

We'll be at Il Parco, the new Italian restaurant inside Canal Park. Meet contributors and readers, enjoy drinks and Il Parco's famous Neapolitan-style pizza, and watch the action in the adjacent ice skating rink. (Maybe Matt' Johnson will show us some moves!) If you plan on coming, please RSVP here.

Il Parco is located at 200 M Street SE, one block from the Navy Yard Metro station (Green Line). The DC Circulator Navy Yard-Union Station line stops one block away at M Street and New Jersey Avenue, Metrobus routes A9, P6, and V4 stop across the street, and the W9 is a few blocks away on South Capitol Street. There's also a Capital Bikeshare station at M Street and New Jersey Avenue.

This year, we've held happy hours in Chinatown, Court House, Mount Rainier, 14th Street, Silver Spring, Edgewood, H Street NE, and Adams Morgan. Where should we go next year? Let us know. Once you've got our happy hour on your calendar, plan ahead for a few other great events coming up!

Aside from celebrating with us tonight, make sure to add these other great events to your calendar!

Monday, December 12, through Thursday, December 15: It'd be very expensive, but a Maglev train, which can travel up to 300 mph, could one day run from DC to Baltimore. Hear where federal and Maryland transportation officials are in the process of studying the possibility at one of four meetings throughout Maryland and DC this week. Monday’s meeting is in Arundel, Tuesday’s is in Baltimore, Wednesday’s is in DC, and Thursday’s is in Lanham. All the meetings are from 5 to 7 pm.

Tuesday, December 13: DC’s Main Streets program, launched in 2002, has been successful in revitalizing several important corridors in the city. Hear from the head of Shaw Main Streets, which won the 2016 Great American Main Street Award, and the DC Main Streets program coordinator on what has made the program so successful at Tuesdays at APA, December 13, at 5:30pm at 899 O Street NW.

Tuesday, December 13: Montgomery County has made big strides towards making streets safer for walking and biking. Hear from Darrel Drobnich, outgoing chair of the county's Pedestrian, Bike, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee, on recent successes at the Action Committee for Transit’s Tuesday meeting at 7:30 pm at Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Place.

Wednesday, December 14: Technology can always push us to improve our transit. Check out the latest tech hacks for Metro at the sixth Metro Hack night this Wednesday, December 14, at WMATA headquarters (600 5th Street NW) at 6 pm.

Saturday, December 17: Arlington is considering changes to the county’s requirements for parking at newly built apartments and condos. Think you know the right balance? Join the Residential Parking Work Group this Saturday from 10am to 12pm at 2100 Crystal Drive to weigh in.

Saturday, December 17: From 1908 to 1933, you could have taken a streetcar from downtown DC to Greenbelt. Learn about this historic ride at a talk at the Ranger Station of Greenbelt Park this Saturday at 1 pm.

Calendar: Beyond what we've highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers that should go on our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

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Dan Reed is an urban planner at Nelson\Nygaard. He writes his own blog, Just Up the Pike, and serves as the Land Use Chair for the Action Committee for Transit. He's also an agent at Living In Style Real Estate, licensed in DC and Maryland. He lives in downtown Silver Spring. All opinions are his own.

Claire Jaffe was born in DC and now lives in the U Street area. She is a University of Michigan graduate and currently works at Coalition for Smarter Growth. On her off time, Claire can be found biking the street of DC or exploring the many green spaces throughout the region.