EOTR - Bulletin Board 2012

The Art in Embassies Artist Exchange at THEARC, with Artist Nick Cave. On Wednesday, Nov 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., THEARC is collaborating with Art in Embassies and sculptor/performance artist Nick Cave for THEARC’s Community Open House-Arts Day.  Photo: James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York



2012 Military Bowl Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the 2012 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman are now on sale. The game is set for a 3 p.m. kickoff on Thursday, Dec. 27 and will be televised live nationally on ESPN. Ticket prices start at $25.Returning to RFK Stadium for its fifth year, the Military Bowl will once again provide $100,000 to the USO and more than 5,000 tickets for military families. Ticket prices remain the same as the 2011 Military Bowl, a 42-41 victory for the Toledo Rockets over the Air Force Falcons. Tickets are priced at $25 for reserved, $55 for premium reserved and $90 for VIP, and can be purchased at militarybowl.org.

Design-and-Construction Team Unveil Plans for St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion

Mayor Gray, Ward 8 Councilmember Barry, and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Hoskins unveiled the design plans for the St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion on October 13. Near the center of historic neighborhoods in Ward 8, St. Elizabeths East Campus is an exceptional opportunity for the District government and the private development community to create a landmark for the 21st century: a well-planned, mixed-use, mixed-income, walkable, livable community. The Gateway Pavilion is envisioned as an innovative, flexible and aesthetically unique structure designed to serve a wide range of interim uses, including stimulating economic development by providing food vendors and other amenities. The structure will allow visitors to experience St. Elizabeths before Phase I redevelopment of the East Campus is complete.

Listen for the Music at Kenilworth Park

AARP is the latest to endorse "vitamin N" for healing. The N stands for nature as therapy for stress, pain and to speed recovery from surgery and illness. Join Ranger Kate for a half hour or more of gentle exercise, relaxation techniques and focus on the music of nature our ears were made for. No special equipment is needed. Free. Appropriate for older teens and up. Nov 10 and Dec 1 at 8-8:45 a.m. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. nps.gov/keaq

SOS: Steps of Success to Wellness at THEARC

The SOS: Steps of Success to Wellness is a free six-session training series, taught by experienced medical practitioners including several pediatricians and a dentist. Participants who attend all six sessions receive a $100 gift card. Those who attend 5 sessions receive a $50 gift card, and $25 if you attend 4. Participants must be at least 18 to be eligible for the gift card. All attendees also receive a certificate of completion. Sessions take place the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A light meal is provided each session. For more information or to register, contact Ellen Wiggins at 202-436-3076. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org

Boating & Recreation on the Anacostia River Community Forum

On Tuesday, Nov 13 at 7 p.m., join the discussion in the Anacostia Community Museum's latest community forum on the use of the Anacostia River by boaters and other recreational users of the river-past, present & future. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu

See JONAH: Sight & Sound Theatre

In case you missed it, here’s your chance to see the latest production at Sight & Sound Theatre’s JONAH with East River Family Strengthening Collaborative. Before the show, shop at Rockvale Outlets and enjoy a lunch at Hershey Farm Restaurant, one of the best in Lancaster. Fee includes transportation, lunch and the show. This trip is on Friday, Dec 7. It departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m. $150. For more information, visit erfscjonahfundraiser.eventbrite.com or contact Rosie Parke at 202-397-7300, ext 14 or rparke@erfsc.org.

Free Cell Phones at Ward 8 Farmers Market at THEARC

Safelink, a program that offers free cell phones (with 250 free minutes per month) to people who meet income requirements will be at the Ward 8 Farmers Market every Saturday through Thanksgiving. Read more about the program at safelinkwireless.com. The Ward 8 Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. ward8farmersmarket.com

Anacostia Library Social Media Marketing Series

Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE, is offering a series of social media classes this fall and winter. The schedule is as follows: Nov 15, Bloggers International; Nov 20, Facebook; Dec 6, LinkedIn; Dec 18, YouTube; Jan 17, Google+; Jan 31, Twitter; Feb 7, Blogging; Feb 21, Email Marketing. All classes are 6:30–8:45 p.m. Register with Mr. Strickland in the Library at anacostialibrary@dc.gov or 202-715-7707 or 202-717-7708. These classes are a service to the DCPL by Kim Baker PR. For more information, contact Kim Baker at 202-754-6803 or kimbaker0320@yahoo.com.

Southeast White House to Provide Thanksgiving Baskets

The holidays are a very special times and parents have an urgency to meet the expectations of their children. Traditions are an important part of family life because it cultivates a sense of belonging and security. Deuteronomy 15:11 tell us that our God wants us to share what we have with the less fortunate.

To help, SE White House is accepting monetary donations which will be used to purchase a basket from the SHARE Food Network. This basket contains enough food for more than one meal. The cost of a basket is approximately $25. They are also asking for donations of non-perishables and can goods that will be used to make up a basket. Contributors may also make their own baskets. Reach the SE White House, 2909 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, at 202-575-3337 or visit sewhitehouse.org.

Double Nickels Theatre: ElderSpeak Salon

On Nov 15, 10 am-noon, Double Nickels Theatre wants to hear from all elders who wish to share their interesting and humorous stories. Your stories could possibly be the start of the next DN Theatre production, or features for DN’s website or other programs. This event is free and open to the public. THEARC community room, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org

No More New Bonus Dollars at Ward 8 Farmers Market at THEARC

The Ward 8 Farmers Market at THEARC has run out of bonus dollars for their customers using food assistance programs such as WIC, SNAP or Food Stamps. Many of their customers have received these bonus dollars but have not spent them. The market will accept bonus dollars already issued. The Ward 8 Farmers Market at Saint E's is closed for the season.

Chartered Health Plan to Continues Services in Receivership

The Department of Health Care Finance announces that the DC Chartered Health Plan will continue to provide services to beneficiaries and payments to health-care providers as the company is put into receivership under the auspices of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking. As a result of the anticipated receivership, DHCF will forward a contract to the DC City Council for approval. DHCF’s managed care contracts expire April 30, 2013 completing the five-year term for Chartered as well as the District’s two other health plans.

Bread for the City's Holiday Helpings

Bread for the City's Holiday Helpings campaign kicks off next week! Already, 36 individuals and organizations have started their own fundraising drives to provide complete holiday meals to families facing hunger here in DC. This holiday season, Bread for the City is providing 9,000 people with a turkey and all the trimmings. Just $29 will help them provide a complete holiday meal to a family of four. Find out more at breadforthecity.org.

DCHA Receives $300,000 Grant to Start Barry Farm Redevelopment

The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) announces the receipt of another grant to continue making strides in the redevelopment of blighted neighborhoods in the city. The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded DCHA a $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant to support the development of a comprehensive neighborhood transformation plan for Barry Farm and Wade Apartments. This will allow DCHA to capitalize on the redevelopment momentum in this section of Ward 8. This award marks DCHA’s second Choice Planning Grant for this calendar year, with the first one awarded in January for the Kenilworth-Parkside Neighborhood. Last month DCHA was notified that the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood was designated as a finalist for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant for up to $30 million. DCHA has received seven HOPE VI grants from HUD, the second highest tally in the nation.  DCHA has leveraged the $181 million in grants into $2 billion in redevelopment across the District.

DDOT Building vs. Infrastructure DBE Construction Workshop

The District Department of Transportation is hosting a workshop that will take an in-depth look at the differences and similarities existing within commercial/residential building construction and heavy highway/infrastructure construction, and how one’s business may transcend into both industries. Topics to be discussed may include the following areas: Concrete and paving; electrical and utility; trucking; structural steel; geotechnical; and other professional services. Panelist will include representatives from DDOT/AWI and the 11th Street Bridge Project’s prime contractor, Skanska/ Facchina Joint Venture, and construction manager, HNTB.

This workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov 29, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Anacostia Gateway Government Center (in the Housing Center Resource Ballroom), 1800 MLK Ave. SE. It is open to certified DBE firms and other construction-related small business firms. Advanced registration is required no later than November 26 via 11thstbridgeworkshop.eventbrite.com. Questions about this meeting may be directed to David Janifer at 11thstbridge@btgworks.com or 240-375-3345.

Douglass Descendent Returns for 50th Anniversary

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is celebrating its 50th anniversary with Frederick Douglass descendent Kenneth Morris. Mr. Morris has been working with students around the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation to create a “New Proclamation of Freedom” which will state the urgent problem of human trafficking and ask the US Department of Education to initiate a National Human Trafficking Education program. The new proclamation was introduced publicly for the first time at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site on Oct. 20.

The Frederick Douglass National Historic joined the National Park Service in 1962 under the direction of President John F. Kennedy. The site preserves Douglass’s final home, Cedar Hill, in an effort to ensure that his memories and ideas remain accessible to Americans today. Douglass’s tireless commitment to civil rights, human rights, as well as to civic engagement are as important today as they were in the 19th century. His work remains particularly relevant considering human slavery and trafficking continue today.

Kenneth Morris’s organization, the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation (FDFF) is an Atlanta-based 501c(3) that attempts to prevent young people from becoming victims of human trafficking by bringing education on the subject to secondary school classrooms..

Fort Stanton: Enemies Amongst Us

On Nov 25, 1 p.m., join a Ranger at Fort Stanton to learn about the dangers inside and around the forts that circled Washington and the escape of John Wilkes Booth after assassinating President Lincoln. Parking at Anacostia Museum (1901 Fort Pl. SE). nps.gov/fodu

Free DCRA Vending Workshop

If you are interested in learning about obtaining a Vendors permit, then you should attend this workshop. DCRA’s Vending Division will assist current and future vendors with navigating through the vending processes. Workshop is Dec 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, 1100 4th St. SW, Room E-200. The closest Metro is Waterfront-SEU (Green Line). To register go to bizdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferencePresignup.action?iD=34044. If you need further assistance with registering for this workshop, contact Jacqueline Noisette (DCRA) at jacqueline.noisette@dc.gov or 202-442-8170.

Arts and Humanities Forum on Increasing Arts Funding in DC

On Wednesday, Nov 14, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will host an open forum to receive feedback from the District's arts community on upcoming plans for the increased arts budget for FY 2013. The top priority of the forum will be to discuss the agency's new grant program, the Arts Stabilization Grant (ASG). The Arts Stabilization Grant (ASG) is one-time funding to support cultural organizations that have demonstrated a long-term impact within the District of Columbia. The program provides general operating funds to arts and humanities organizations whose primary function is exhibition, presentation or training in the arts and humanities.

DCCAH will host this forum on Nov 14, 6-8 p.m., at the new DCCAH office at 200 I (Eye) Street, SE, in the conference room. The Navy Yard Metro station (Green Line) is two blocks from to the office. Public transportation is encouraged because of limited street parking. Photo identification is required to enter the DCCAH office building.

Greater Washington Urban League Financial Literacy Seminars

Greater Washington Urban League is offering a series of financial literacy and first time homebuyers' seminars. Registration available on-line for all classes at gwul.org. First Time Homebuyer’s Seminars are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 17, Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights, MD; Dec. 15, New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton, MD.

Financial Literacy "Know Your Credit Score" Seminars are at the Greater Washington Urban League (Pepco Community Room), 2901 14th St. NW, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 and Dec.13. Attending one of these seminars gives you the opportunity to register for the GWUL Homebuyers Club. This club offers monthly meetings that will prepare you for Homeownership. For more information, contact Tracey Johnson at 202-265-8200 x 228 or email carlafreeman@gwul.org.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Clinics 

Housing Counseling Services (HCS)-a DC based non-profit will offer free Foreclosure Prevention Clinics to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Clients will receive information and individual counseling to help them identify their realistic options for avoiding foreclosure and “foreclosure rescue scams.” DC law gives DC homeowners in danger of losing their homes the right to seek mediation with their lender in order to avoid foreclosure. Learn about the benefits of mediation and how to navigate the mediation process on Wed., Nov 14 and 21 at noon and Wed., Nov 28 at 6 p.m. Please call Su Cheng at 202-667-7006 for more information.

Street Vending Details for 2013 Inauguration

DCRA begun accepting applications for 2013 Inauguration.Street Vending. 750 vending licenses will be issued. Applicants not already registered with the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR), must register their business using OTR Registration Form FR-500B. Applications may be obtained at OTR, 1101 4th St. SW. This form may be obtained online by going to: (a) cfo.dc.gov, then (b) Taxpayer Service Center, then (d) Forms and finally, selecting the Form FR-500B. Applicants must also obtain a Clean Hands Certification from OTR. (Available at the OTR Costumer Service Center). Applications will be accepted through Friday, Nov 23, 5 p.m.. All applications must be mailed or submitted in-person; no online applications will be accepted.

National Archives Veterans’ Day Documentary Screening

On Wednesday, Nov 15, at 7:30 p.m., the National Archives marks Veterans’ Day with a screening of the 2012 documentary “Profiles in Service: It Takes a Nation,” a film exploring the service and sacrifice made by American service members, veterans and families. The film was directed by author Alivia Tagliaferri and narrated by Associated Press correspondent and Peabody Award-winning journalist Kimberly Dozier.

Following the screening, Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton (retired) will moderate a panel including Deputy Assistant Secretary Junior Ortiz, Department of Labor; Col. Anthony M. Henderson, Special Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for Warrior and Family Support; Cheryl Laaker Hall, COO, USO Metropolitan Washington; Sonja Batten, PhD, Department of Veterans Affairs; and Kristina Kaufmann, Executive Director, Code of Support Foundation.

This public program is free and no registration is required. William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Entrance on Constitution Avenue at Seventh St. NW. Fully accessible. Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. For more information, call 202-357-5000 or visit archives.gov/calendar.

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