East of the River

09/29/2016 - 9:55am
Department of Energy and Environment has announced that for the first time since 2009, the District Sustainability Awards will be open for a “People’s Choice” award honoring a DC business or organization for outstanding achievement in sustainability. The public is invited to vote online at doee.dc.gov until Oct. 10. The nominees for “People’s Choice” are: American University, Atlas Brew Works, Cultivate the City, Green Impact Campaign, OLD CITY Farm and Guild... >>more
09/29/2016 - 12:00am
National Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on the Ellipse in President’s Park on Dec. 1, 5 p.m. Free tickets for the 94th annual tree lighting ceremony presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are awarded through an online lottery, which opens at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 and closes at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 10. To enter the lottery, visit the nationaltree.org and click the TICKET LOTTERY link. Those without computer access may call 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-... >>more
09/28/2016 - 12:00am
On Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6 to 8 p.m., the District Department of Transportation will host a public meeting on the rehabilitation of the Anacostia Freeway Bridges over South Capitol Street. The rehabilitation project is designed to eliminate deficiencies, increase safety for the traveling public, and enhance the durability of the bridge structures. The meeting is at Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Neighborhood Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. >>more
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 - 11:07am
The Brixton Becomes a Hot Spot for Sunday Jams Of the many quality jam sessions around the area, the DC Jazz Jam Sundays at The Brixton have become one of the must-go venues. The no-cover sessions from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. “in the heart of Washington DC's historic U Street jazz corridor” are a project supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, according to www.dcjazzjam.com. A couple of weeks ago... >>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
09/16/2016 - 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