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Capitol Hill Community

08/29/2015 - 9:42am
Where do small businesses and budding entrepreneurs go when commercial banks find their proposals too risky? They go to the Washington Area Community Investment Fund, referred to more commonly by its acronym, WACIF. For over 25 years WACIF, a... >>more
08/12/2015 - 2:55pm
Nyle DiMarco appeared on the giant television screen above the bar at Red Rocks on H Street NE – and the crowd of friends, family, and strangers went wild. DiMarco, 25, is the first deaf contestant on the popular long-running modeling... >>more

Commentary

08/29/2015 - 9:11am
The poet Ahmos Zu-Bolton once called Washington the Demon City. Ahmos, who died here in 2005, was from DeRidder, La. Together we edited the anthology “Synergy,” the first collection of DC black poetry, birthed back in 1975. Ahmos put a... >>more
07/31/2015 - 4:00pm
The doldrums of August are nearly upon us, Dear Readers. In the evenings, the thwack of bats sound across the Mall as millennial interns engage in gladiatorial contests. A humid haze obscures that patriotic testament to George's manhood. On... >>more

Kids & Family

08/27/2015 - 12:00am
This festival showcases all the ways parents can help young children build their vocabularies, fall in love with reading and develop the skills they will need when they start school--often without books. On Sat., Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at MLK... >>more
07/31/2015 - 7:18pm
In addition to an enviable array of school choice options, DC parents enjoy perhaps the largest selection of educational consultants available anywhere. Parents looking for help, ideas, or a professional opinion on educating and raising children... >>more
07/31/2015 - 6:00pm
Back in the Dark Ages, aka Before Common Lottery, the school application process was confusing and probably unfair. It favored families with better resources and allowed children to gain simultaneous admittance to multiple schools. Then, in the fall... >>more
07/31/2015 - 5:06pm
The DC Council Committee on Education and Libraries held a roundtable earlier this summer on the independent evaluation of the city’s eight-year-old school reform. During that session DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson looked around... >>more
07/31/2015 - 11:00am
Ballet lessons aren’t just for little girls. Beyond the fact that boys can and do study ballet, there is also the fact that adults, male and female, can and do study ballet. And not just ballet but jazz dance as well. There are professional... >>more

Home & Gardens

07/31/2015 - 3:00pm
My neighbor uses mirrors in her garden. They reflect her charming rose arbor. But when I plan where to put a mirror, I realize that it is going to reflect our dogleg with garbage cans or the back of the house which needs painting. Any ideas? The... >>more
07/31/2015 - 2:00pm
Staying cool is a top priority during these humid dog days of summer. If the heat is getting to you, and you’re contemplating replacing or retrofitting your home with a cooling and/or heating system or considering it as a part of your home... >>more
07/31/2015 - 1:00pm
First-time gardener (and Hill Rag managing editor) Andrew Lightman spends about half an hour a day tending potted herbs and vegetables on his eighth-floor balcony. “I cook constantly and love the idea of making something,” he says.... >>more

Health & Fitness

07/31/2015 - 10:42am
So your pet has worms. You receive a call from your vet’s office about a positive fecal test result. Or, worse yet, see worms in your pet’s stool. Understandably clients often have lots of questions and concerns about intestinal... >>more

Food & Dining

07/31/2015 - 9:38am
Saturday morning is a busy work day for Kip Kelley. While most of us are leisurely awakening and sipping coffee, Kelley has been up before dawn to pack his truck for the hour or so drive down to the H Street farmers’ market where he sells his... >>more

Arts & Entertainment

07/31/2015 - 8:00am
The Joy of Shakespeare If you’ve been to the Bard’s birthday party at the Folger Shakespeare Library, you may have seen a guy dressed in full motley, juggling and making Renaissance patter, the bells on his hat jingling. That would be... >>more
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