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09/20/2016 - 10:02am
Last May, in a bustling auditorium in Southeast DC, more than a hundred family and community members gathered to watch a student production of Disney’s “The Lion King.” Some parents wore shirts that teachers had designed to raise funds for the show. The performers were students from Moten, a Ward 8 elementary school. “We had to practice every day,” said Kamille, a fifth-grader in the ensemble. “I enjoyed it a lot.” Moten secured the licensing and... >>more
09/20/2016 - 9:10am
An old dentistry joke goes, “Dentists get to the root of the problem.” But to get to the problem, patients have to show up at the office. Since 2001 Kids Smiles has been serving children who show up to prevent and address oral health problems. Kids Smiles provides screenings, education, and treatment for children in underserved communities with or without insurance. Oral health is an important part of overall healthcare for children as well as adults. Lack of proper care can lead to... >>more
09/19/2016 - 10:06am
The summer of 2016 has been a scorcher, one of DC’s hottest ever. In July and August more than 38 days exceeded 90 degrees, with several heat advisories for temperatures over 100 degrees. Not the ideal conditions to start a new garden, but when you have the motivation of activist Hanin Ahmed, a little heat isn’t going to stop you. The Peace Garden is located at 2410 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. Long-time Anacostia business owner Andrew Cho, who owns the land, plans to develop... >>more
09/19/2016 - 9:10am
At long last, on Sept. 24, the Smithsonian Institution will open the doors to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It promises to tell the story of the journey of African-Americans and document current events that will assuredly be long remembered. Artifacts (some 37,000 of them), videos, and multimedia displays await visitors as they explore the five-story, 400,000 square-foot, bronze-painted structure on the National Mall. A dozen exhibits and an abundance of artifacts... >>more
09/17/2016 - 10:12am
From September 24 to October 2, the Pleasant Plains Workshop is conducting a series of cultural events in Shaw. Called “What’s Going On: Voices of Shaw,” the series will try to reveal and celebrate the variety of cultures and traditions found within the historic neighborhood. The first step in the project took place on August 27, when over 70 Shaw residents, property owners and businesspeople gathered together in front of the Wonder Bread Factory to take a community photo. The... >>more
09/17/2016 - 9:15am
Better Drinking in Shaw The Table 8 Blog on DC dining notes that “Shaw is the District’s darling right now” for food and drink. No offense to other trendy DC neighborhoods, “but Shaw is where it’s at…” Shaw’s preeminence as a sybaritic destination continued over the last month, with three new openings and a national honor to a fourth business. Probably one of the most anticipated events of the year was the reopening of The Passenger (1539 Seventh... >>more
09/16/2016 - 10:11am
She raised three boys, helps care for her 11-year-old grandson, and spends her free time giving back to the homeless. She fought breast cancer, replaced both her knees, and underwent nine surgeries. Tanya Nash, 57, doesn’t give up. So when the Goodwill Excel Center (1776 G St. NW) offered her a second chance at earning her high school diploma, she jumped. “If you want to grow, you have to go where you’re going to better you,” Nash said. “You really can’t... >>more
09/16/2016 - 9:10am
As the saying goes, the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location. If you’re trying to buy a house on Capitol Hill, that location is over a barrel. We’re one of the hottest neighborhoods in the country, and that’s before the Trader Joe’s is finished. Experts warn that the housing bubble could burst soon, but we don’t have a housing bubble, we have a housing thunderdome. “For Sale” signs are sprouting up like a game of... >>more
09/15/2016 - 10:23am
On a warm sunny day at the Common Good City Farm, which is adjacent to Bloomingdale’s Le Droit Park, 30 paid attendees gathered to learn the ins and outs of canning crushed tomatoes. Common Good’s first annual Tomato-palooza happened on Sunday, Aug. 21, at the local farm. The attendees listened intently as their instructor for the day, Cathy Barrow – better known as Mrs. Wheelbarrow – took them through her six steps of canning tomatoes. After starting by blanching,... >>more
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