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The energy experts at USA Insulation furnish attics with heat-absorbing blankets of loose-fill fiberglass and formaldehyde-free insulation. After wrapping attic hatches with batten insulation, USA technicians deploy up to 200 square feet of Johns Manville Climate Pro R-19 insulation, sealing in heat and obsolete VHS home movies lining your attic. All USA Insulation is free of CFCs, safe for the environment, and can help to decrease monthly energy bills and the release of greenhouse gases. USA Insulation schedules appointments 6:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Monday–Friday; for an additional cost the company can also provide homeowners with complimentary baffles and attic rulers, as well as air-seal recessed lights and ceiling fans ($35 each). Each additional square foot is $1.29.

7554 Rickenbacker Dr
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

As part of the national ALS Association, the DC/MD/VA Chapter provides help and hope to individuals living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and their families, with a mission to help treat and cure ALS through research and advocacy. The chapter's staff works to help individuals and families establish communication systems, collaborate with health-care providers, and access resources for medical care and support.

7507 Standish Pl
Rockville,
MD
US

Jiu-jitsu master Pedro Sauer, a native of Rio de Janiero, has spent nearly his entire life honing his craft. He began training at age 5, learning boxing, judo, and taekwondo. At 15, his friend Rickson Gracie approached him with the suggestion that he train in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu—and Pedro's bond with the Gracie family was formed. In the early 1990s, he moved to live and train with Rickson and the Gracie brothers under grand master Helio Gracie. Through diligence, discipline, and skill, he worked his way up to become an eighth-degree black belt in jiu-jitsu—a title held by only a few in the country.

Today, Pedro passes on his knowledge as the founder and head instructor at Pedro Sauer Total Self-Defense Academy. Inside this 4,000-square-foot training facility, he and his team of certified trainers helm a range of martial-arts programs for youth and adults. Master Pedro personally coaches others in the skills of Brazilian and Gracie jiu-jitsu, techniques that blend standing and ground-based grappling moves with a focus on leverage and teaching one's opponent to sympathize with pretzels. Black belt Krav Maga instructor Brad Burnette trains students in a style of striking and grappling techniques devised by the Israeli Armed Forces. Additionally, khru Bryan Mossey helps students hone body control and striking prowess in Muay Thai boxing and the Filipino martial-arts styles of Kali and Silat.

46950 Community Plaza
Sterling,
VA
US

In 1985, drawing from his own struggles with learning to read, Dr. Ken Gibson set out to change the way we learn. After convening with other experts to discuss challenges children were facing in the classroom, he cocreated a cognitive-skills program that eventually became the foundation of the LearningRx centers.

The clinically proven brain-training method, which is used on adults and children alike, consists of specific targeting, one-on-one coaching, and immediate feedback. Using professional cognitive tests, the centers first identify where strengths and weaknesses lie in their clients’ cognitive framework. From there, they are able to tailor mental workouts that help strengthen those areas of the brain and even create new neural pathways. The brain-training method can be beneficial for struggling students, adults wanting to remain competitive in the workplace, and the elderly.

11260 Roger Bacon Dr., Ste. 100
Reston,
VA
US

Surrounded by more than 1,200 acres of protected land, Irvine Nature Center grants kids and parents access to 116 acres of open wetlands, forest, and meadows, affording families the opportunity to explore multiple ecosystems all in one afternoon. Dedicated to protecting nature and fostering respect of the outdoors, the center educates families with everything from field trips into the woods to hands-on lessons on specialized topics, from "Good Bugs for the Garden" to "Nature's Sweets: Maple Syrup & Honey." An indoor gallery sweeps adventurers through a collection of exhibits highlighting Maryland's local biomes, guiding visitors through an interactive box-turtle habitat and a darkened room echoing with the sounds of nocturnal animals such as owls and infomercial hosts.

11201 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills,
MD
US

The artists and affiliates at the nonprofit organization The Bead Studio get the creative gears turning in children's brains with bead-related classes and events that emphasize improving art education for the DC-area youth. The Bead Studio hosts seasonal festivals spotlighting a slew of artisan-bead vendors to raise money for their mission and benefit other philanthropic, bead-related foundations such as Beads of Courage and BeadforLife. More than a dozen types of workshops led by instructors with impressive portfolios also benefit these causes, covering kid-centric beading techniques and business-related tips for adults wishing to start their own bead shop or kids looking to barter with the local ice-cream man.

4450 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington,
DC
US