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Vote Mrs. Z

You may remember Jill Zarin as the mouthy but lovable “Jewish mother” on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” trying (usually in vain) to keep the peace between the other high-maintenance Manhattanites on the show while she juggled her multiple charity functions.

The ever in-demand Mrs. Z is taking a break from the production of the next season of the series to visit the District this weekend for a cause close to her family. When her teenage daughter Allyson was 10 years old, she was diagnosed with arthritis. On Saturday, Mrs. Zarin will join members of Congress, patients and their families for an event to elevate musculoskeletal awareness among the public through an event organized by the Bone and Joint Decade National Action Network (NAN).

“A lot more kids have arthritis than you may think,” Mrs. Zarin tells G2, “but no one ever talks about it in kids, because they think it is an old person’s thing.”