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Archive - 2013

December 17th

Two New Exhibits At ACM

Quilts and beadwork by women artists are the focus at the Anacostia Community Museum’s New Exhibits

Starting December 9, the Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) will host two exhibits focusing on women artists. “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence” introduces a collective of South African women who create artwork using the ndwango bead art form. “Home Sewn: Quilts from the Lower Mississippi Valley” is a smaller exhibit, focusing on three African-American quilters whose skills were passed down through generations.

Meet the Curators

“Ubule Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence” and “Home Sewn: Quilts From the Lower Mississippi Valley” will be on display from December 9 to September 21, 2014. The Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC 20020. Operation hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily except Christmas Day. For more information, call 202-633-4820 or visit  

Remembering to Be Thankful

The Man from Anacostia

One of my favorite activities is to attend public events where I have the opportunity to meet new and interesting people. Recently I had the pleasure of attending TheARC’s “After Dark” fundraiser, where I had the opportunity to sit at the table sponsored by Covenant House. I had heard of Covenant House because they are in the same building as the TheARC on Mississippi Ave SE, but I never really understood their mission and the work they perform in the community.

Charles E. Wilson is a former candidate for the Ward 8 City Council seat. He is the advisory neighborhood commissioner for 8A 05 as well as president and co-founder of the Historic Anacostia Block Association and River East Emerging Leaders. You can read his blog, The Art of WARd8, at www.

Ward 8 Student Challenges Perceptions Abroad and at Home

This summer 10 high school students from DC and Prince George’s County traveled to Beijing as part of the Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA) Summer Program. When they returned they made a video detailing their expectations and experiences. Jabari Jefferson, a senior at Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School, directed the video, which premiered during International Education Week, observed during the week of Nov. 18.

DC China Scholars

December 16th

Changes to Picnic Reservations Process and Fees at Rock Creek Park and Fort Dupont Park

The National Park Service will move the reservation process for group picnic areas at Rock Creek Park and Fort Dupont Park to, a website used by many national parks and thousands of park visitors across the country, beginning Mar. 1, 2014. Since 1949, the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation has managed these reservations under an agreement with the NPS. DPR has asked the NPS to assume reservations management.

ANC 6E Report

Model Project

The next ANC 6E meeting occurs on Wednesday, December 4th, 6:30 p.m., at the Shaw Library located at 1630 7th Street NW. Visit to view the ANC 6E newsletter. Follow on Twitter, @ANC6E, and Facebook by searching ANC6E.

Bloomingdale Bites

On a foggy Saturday in November residents from the Bloomingdale, Eckington, and Stronghold neighborhoods gathered on the McMillan Park grounds to take a tour of one of the site’s remaining underground filter cells. Throughout the tour, representatives for DC Water, the agency currently working to divert floodwater to one of the cells, assured visitors that the cell is stable enough for flood-relief construction. But, given that several cells on the sand filtration site have already collapsed, just how safe is the filtration site?

Logan Circles

I have always thought that we need a little more Christmas in Logan Circle! And by that I mean, actually IN the Circle.

Wouldn’t a tall pine or spruce tree, done up the way the Victorians used to, just look grand standing decorated in tinsel and bows right in the middle of Logan Circle? Surrounded by all the beautiful homes and the lights and candles in neighboring windows, it would just glow beautifully and remind us of the majesty of Christmas in a way befitting of Logan Circle’s history. But year after year, it never appears!

Shaw Streets

City Market at O Giant Supermarket Opens