Where to eat
Banana Cafe and Piano Bar 500 8th St. SE
Pan-Latin American and Spanish cuisine. Tapas $3.50-$10.95. Main dishes $15.95-$24.95.
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday till 11, Sunday 3-11. Piano bar Monday-Thursday 5-11:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday till 12:30 a.m., Sunday till 10:30.
Belga Cafe 514 8th St. SE
Belgian food and beers. Four-course menu (soup, salad, main course , and dessert) $39.99.
Lunch Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., brunch Saturday-Sunday 11-3:30. Dinner Monday-Thursday 5:30-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday till 11, Sunday till 10.
Szechuan House Restaurant
515 8th St. SE
Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian , and French fusion cuisine. Entrees $12-$24.
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11:30-11, Saturday noon-11, Sunday noon-10.
Where to shop
Eastern Market 7th and North Carolina Avenue SE
Food merchants Tuesday-Saturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9-4. Closed Monday. Open Air Farmer's Line Saturday-Sunday 8-6.
Flea market Sunday 10-5. Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday 10-5. Market Gallery Tuesday-Friday 10-5, Saturday-Sunday 8-5.
Chateau- Animaux 524 8th St. SE
Pet accessories, dog treats, and health and beauty supplies.
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9-6, Sunday 11-5.
What to do
Marine Barracks Washington 8th and "I" Streets SE
202-433-6060 , 202-433-4075
Evening parade: Friday s at 8:45 beginning May 4. Seating begins at 7:15. Event is free but reservations are recommended.
Sunset parade: With music, Wednesdays June 6-Aug. 1 at7 p.m., Aug. 8 and 15 at 6:30. Free; no reservations necessary. Lawn chairs recommended.
Congressional Cemetery 1801 E St. SE
Office- library open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday 9-1 or by appointment. Free. Walking -tour guides available in mailbox inside the main gate. Gates close at dusk .