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While most cleaning companies are content to leave floors clean enough to eat off of, the team from L & S Maid Service strives to leave them safe to eat off of as well. These cleaners wipe away dust with microfiber cloths, polish surfaces with Green Seal?certified products, and use HEPA-filter vacuums to clean up after the kids leave a trail of breadcrumbs to remember how to get to the kitchen. They use green cleaning techniques not only during new baby cleaning services, but also during regular house and commercial cleaning sessions. In addition, L & S Maid Service's staff can clean carpets and straighten up messes after construction projects or parties.

2776 South Arlington Mill Drive
Arlington,
VA
US

Today's side deal gets you a ticket to see Jane Franklin Dance's new work, Of Bones and Bridges. Inspired by nature's cycle of growth, destruction, and change, this composition explores the tension between people and the natural world. Head to Source, a recently renovated black-box theater in the 14th Street Corridor, for an evening performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, or a matinee on Sunday, February 28 (a $28 value). Pick up adult tickets at the box office on a first-come, first-serve basis for your chosen evening; if you're planning on bringing children, call ahead to reserve special $10 kids' pricing (to be paid out of pocket to the theater, normally $16).

3700 S Four Mile Run Dr
Arlington,
VA
US

The technicians at Eko Smart Solutions keep homes energy efficient by reducing drafts, improving air quality, and lowering their overall carbon footprints. Their energy audits assess how much energy a building consumes, then provide a plan to make homes run more efficiently. These audits may save homeowners between 10% and 45% on their energy bills and significantly reduce their consumption of environmental resources.

3213 Duke St #717
Alexandria,
VA
US

If there's a vegetable that can't be pickled, Matt Bressan has yet to find it. As the owner of Fresh Crunch Pickles, he excels at brining and jarring veggies such as cucumbers, cabbage, beets, and ginger in an array of traditional flavors. He and his team showcase their gallery of pickled delights on a simple white and green-checked, picnic-style tablecloth every weekend at five Capital-area farmers markets. Bressan also inducts others into his art with pickling classes, which elucidate the basics of making sweet and spicy, bread-and-butter, and other pickle varieties. Every workshop includes a complimentary jar that students can take home and plant in their backyard to grow their own pickle tree.

4415 Wheeler Ave
Alexandria,
VA
US

The story of Mental Health America is a story of hope and transformation. In the year 1900, a young man named Clifford W. Beers suffered an acute breakdown brought on by the death of his brother, and after an unsuccessful suicide attempt, was hospitalized in a private Connecticut mental institution. There, he faced degrading and inhumane abuses at the hands of the untrained staff. Over the next decade, Beers was confined in a number of hospitals, all in brutal conditions. Bruised—literally—but unbroken, Beers began to overcome his tribulations in 1908 with the publication of his autobiography, A Mind That Found Itself. The next year, he founded the organization that would become Mental Health America. Perhaps the starkest symbol of Mental Health America's metamorphic character is the Mental Health Bell, a 300-pound carillon forged from the melted-down chains and shackles once commonplace in mental institutions.

Today, Mental Health America consists of a network of 240 affiliates working to address mental health conditions. The organization lives up to its mission of "promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders, and achieving victory over mental illness" through a number of programs, including health-care reform advocacy programs. Mental Health America has been combating mental health conditions and their associated stigmas for more than a century, and will continue to do so.

2000 N Beauregard St
Alexandria,
VA
US

Signature service: Tax preparation

Established: 2003

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Pro Tip: Clients are welcome to phone ahead about the wait time anticipated; however, appointments are not taken

5100 Leesburg Pike Suite 304
Alexandria,
VA
US