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11/11/2015 - 10:12am
The DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the DC Public Library (DCPL) are considering expanding the distribution of public library books to the individual school libraries. In 2014, roughly 22 percent of DC students attended schools with library collections containing less than 10 books per student, according to a Washington Post report. DCPS and DCPL conducted a joint study last year that examined sharing resources and reducing that percentage, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of DCPL.... >>more
11/11/2015 - 9:42am
The words “affordable” and “sustainable” don’t always go hand in hand – especially when it comes to housing, but that’s changing across the District and in Ward 7. In August DC’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) announced that the International Living Future Institute (ILFI)had awarded the District a Technical Assistance for the Living Building Challenge Affordable Housing... >>more
11/11/2015 - 9:17am
Scattered neighborhood communities in Ward 8 can start unifying to share concerns and celebrations with the help of revitalized civic associations. Members of the Anacostia Coordinating Committee (ACC) reached out to the Hillsdale and Bellevue neighborhoods three months ago to rebuild their neighborhood leadership. They hope to establish new civic associations so residents can address public safety, living environments, and locally sponsored events such as parades, fundraisers, and holiday... >>more
11/10/2015 - 11:12am
East of the River, Plenty of Strayhorn Music fans east of the Anacostia River have special treats this month, thanks to the Strayhorn Centennial Celebration series of concerts honoring the life and music of legendary composer and musician Billy Strayhorn. Vernard Gray and CA-FAM III Inc.’s year-long series of performances, public conversations, and dramatic readings culminates in the weeks ending on Nov. 29, Strayhorn’s birthdate.   On Nov. 10 there is the “Gill/Dunn... >>more
11/10/2015 - 10:12am
America's Islamic Heritage Museum (AIHM), in Historic Anacostia, shares the history of Muslims in America and promotes cross-cultural understanding around Islam. City Sundays, a new series of gatherings around town, is based in Islam, “open to all ethnicities, genders and faith traditions.” The two entities are fostering a diverse, new worship community.   History and Mission America's Islamic Heritage Museum is a project of the Ward 8-based nonprofit Collections &... >>more
11/10/2015 - 9:12am
Seven days a week, 14 hours a day, the royal blue doors of Mama’s Pizza Kitchen are open. Serving lunch and dinner and addressing cravings for dessert in between, the owners of Anacostia’s small sit-down restaurant share smiles with the neighbors they serve. “Hi, how are you today?” said Fatma Nayir to the first person who stepped over the threshold on a recent rainy October morning. Nayir, “Mama” to the locals, knows the children, grandchildren, and families... >>more
11/09/2015 - 11:43am
This installment of Let’s Get Physical is a slight departure from the usual. It’s about sisterhood, self-actualization, and holistic wellness. And twerking. On an overcast Saturday morning last month roughly 70 women of all ages and sizes gathered at the Howard Theatre for Down South Bounce, a Southern music-fueled, dance-fitness session. Presented by 2 Southern Girls, in partnership with Helix Social, the event, a $30 “day party meets workout,” brought a photo booth,... >>more
11/09/2015 - 11:12am
Tia Thompson Captures a Disappearing Eckington Commuters traveling along North Capitol Street are now greeted by a brand new “Welcome to Eckington” sign. However, when Tia Thompson moved to the neighborhood from her hometown of Fort Pierce, Fla., in 2013, this was not the case. Between 2013 and 2014 Thompson serendipitously began to photographing her new neighborhood, and as she began connecting with her neighbors Thompson quickly saw a larger story take place before her eyes... >>more
11/09/2015 - 10:42am
Thanksgiving may be my favorite holiday. With all due respect to the mad rush of December and the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving has it all: the pomp and circumstance of a well-set table laden with a host of dishes lacking in simpler summer holidays, but without the December crush of parties, gift buying, and daunting decorating. That said, Thanksgiving can get a bit dull, weighed down by starchy traditions (peas, potatoes, and stuffing) that no longer delight our adult palates. However, I’... >>more
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