More Than a Sit-In

D.C.’s proposed 5.75 percent tax on gyms and fitness studios has the city’s exercise community up in (very strong) arms. Roam Fitness’ Graham King has devised an appropriate protest: At noon today, everyone’s invited to surround the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) and do eight burpees — one for each ward. Get more details about the event at

Anacostia Watershed Society’s Lee Cain helps a mom and son get into a canoe at a Paddle Night last summer. (Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post)

Banner Year for Maryland Trails

Want a family-friendly trip that’s big on recreation, nature and history?

“You don’t have to pack kids in the car and go to the Grand Canyon,” says William Pencek, executive director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

Instead, he recommends visiting Bladensburg Waterfront Park (4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, Md.). It’s the site of Thursday’s double ribbon-cutting for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail ( and the Anacostia Water Trail (

Both routes — which connect battlefields, boat docks and bird habitats — provide opportunities to get better acquainted with places many Washingtonians zip by in their daily lives.

“We want people to experience the river in more ways,” says Lee Cain, director of recreation for the Anacostia Watershed Society, which kicks off its Paddle Nights series on Friday. (That’s the first of 25 free chances to canoe or kayak along the river. See

There’s yet another reason to celebrate on Saturday: National Trails Day (

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