Beating the February blahs

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While much of this winter has been downright balmy, February can still be a month where leafless trees, early sunsets and frigid early mornings can wear you down. And with leap year, we have to slog through 29 days.

Check out the Beacon for some fun February activities to brighten the month. Consider chocolate for breakfast for Valentine’s Day in a decadent-yet-healthy chocolate bread pudding recipe on page 21 of the February Washington Beacon. (Email to get the recipe sent directly to your in-box.).

Black History Month events abound. For example, free movies with African-American themes followed by refreshments are scheduled at the Bain Center, with The Great Debaters at 1 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 2; Jumping the Broom at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, and Good Hair on Thursday, Feb. 23. The center is located at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. For more information, call (410) 313-7213.

You can celebrate African-American culture at the 20th annual Feel the Heritage Festival, Sat., Feb. 25, noon to 5 p.m. at the Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington, Va. The event will feature music and dance performances, food, dozens of vendors and more. Free admission. For more information, call (703) 228-3329 or visit

Look for dozens more February activities, from Wii bowling to classical concerts, under the Events tab at the top of this website.