- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 27, 2009

Elmo to the rescue

Move over, Mr. President. American families have another warm and cuddly leader to look to for inspiration. He may not be as tall, handsome or articulate, but you can’t deny he has that inexplicable something known as star power.

Elmo, the cheerful muppet of “Sesame Street” fame, is teaming up with his own “kitchen Cabinet” of friends, including financial expert and author Jean Chatzky, on a special that aims to give parents and children hope during difficult economic times.

“Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times,” is a one-hour program airing Sept. 9. The show - hosted by Elmo, Al Roker of NBC’s “Today”and his wife, ABC’s Deborah Roberts -will feature real stories about how families are remaining upbeat while struggling financially. Ms. Chatzky and clinical psychologist Joshua Cohen will offer advice. We hear Elmo’s sidekick, Grover, also will make an appearance.

We think Elmo/Grover 2012 has a nice ring.

On the hunt

Looking for a good time? How does a scavenger hunt sound? It certainly beats the usual cocktail-party fundraiser. On Sept. 12, Women in Government Relations, a nonprofit educational and networking resource, will host the Great Political Race, in which “teams of up to five people race around town and compete in a scavenger hunt that will test brains, savvy and stamina,” according to the group’s press release, which was obtained by G2.

Among those scurrying about will be some high-profile lobbyists and Hill staffers, so your lady spies will be doing some hunting of our own.

Proceeds from the hunt will go to Horton’s Kids, a local mentoring organization that helps at-risk youth in the District. Visit www.wgr.org to register - $40 for individuals, $200 for teams - and get ready to lace up your running shoes.

On the prowl

Speaking of fuzzy guys, we hear a wax figure of Hugh Jackman as the hairy movie character Wolverine will have its 12-inch-long, razor-sharp claws “manicured” today at the Grooming Lounge D.C. in Northwest, an upscale spa featuring uber-luxurious products. We didn’t know wolverines had such good taste!

At any rate, the 6-foot-plus-tall figure will be on display at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. until Sunday for visitors and fans to admire.

Music news

If you’re not a big fan of radio commercials but still want to tune in, turn that dial to Citadel Broadcasting 105.9 FM, which will be airing commercial-free through Labor Day. The station, formerly known as True Oldies 105.9, is ushering in a new era as 105.9 the Edge.

Like MIX 107.3, 105.9’s Citadel sister station, the Edge will feature a variety of music, but it’s targeting a specific demographic - men who enjoy the best of rock ‘n’ roll across the past few decades. Featured artists include Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Rolling Stones, the Who and AC/DC as well as Pearl Jam and U2.

Rock on!

To contact Stephanie Green or Elizabeth Glover, send e-mail to undercover@ washington times.com.

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