dens. Spend the day removing lotus from the ponds to help in next year’s growth, taking out invasive plants, picking up trash and performing other park projects. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and long-sleeved shirts. Bring an extra set of clothes if working in the ponds. Be prepared to work outside and a water bottle and sunscreen. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lydia Vanderbilt at Lydia@ friendsofkenilworthgardens.org or 313- 970-5195. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is at 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE.
Children from across Ward 7 attending summer enrichment programs at Aiton Elementary School, learned the meaning of Reading Is FUNdamental when Do The WRITE Thing of DC and Howard University WHUT-TV engaged them in educational games and literacy activities and took their photos in superhero costumes. The photos were used to produce a personalized book for each child.
Hillcrest Activist Frank Senger Passes Pastor Frank Senger passed away on July 20, 2018. He was a leader in Hillcrest for many years, serving as president of the Hillcrest Community Civic Association in the late 1980s and 1990s when the HCCA was known city-wide for its activism. As pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter, at Alabama and Branch Avenues SE, he facilitated the use of the church as “Hillcrest headquarters”. He was a gentle soul with a strong voice and a great sense of humor who had a way of bringing the community together even when controversial issues threatened to divide. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Good Shepherd Mission Endowment Scholarship c/o Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or to Holy Comforter Lutheran Church, 3319 Alabama Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20020. (Contributed by Kathy Chamberlain)
nesty program and additional support services are designed to give parents the tools they need to support their children. For more information, visit cssd.dc.gov.
Local Boys and Girls Clubhouse Renovated On July 17, Bank of America, Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals and DC government officials gathered for the unveiling of the recently renovated AllStar Teen Center at the Richard England All-Star Clubhouse #14 of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington at 4103 Benning Rd. NE. The complete renovation and expansion of the center creates much needed space and supplies for multifaceted after-school activities and programs. The renovation effort replaced four inoperable HVAC units, many inoperable doors as well as providing new furniture, TVs, computers and games and improving the outdoor spaces surrounding the facility.
DC Child Support Amnesty in August
Help Clean-up Shepherd Parkway
DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) has announced a month-long child support amnesty program in August as part of Child Support Awareness Month. The Office of Attorney General’s (OAG) child support amnesty program will help parents who have fallen behind on payments get back on track. To facilitate this, it will halt or postpone enforcement actions related to failure to pay. During August, OAG will also offer free paternity testing, distribute free school supplies, host a career fair for non-custodial parents and share inhouse workforce development resources. OAG’s am-
Shepherd Parkway volunteers hold their signature community clean-ups every second Saturday of the month (upcoming dates are Aug. 11 and Sept. 8), 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers meet in the picnic area near the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, SE. Gloves, bags, and light refreshments are provided. Wear work boots and clothes.
Volunteer at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens On Sept. 22, rain or shine, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, volunteer on National Public Lands Day at Kenilworth Aquatic Gar-
THEARC Fundraising Gala AfterDark@THEARC, on Sept. 29, is an elegant evening honoring THEARC’s 14 resident non-profit organizations. This year, the funds raised at the gala will fulfill the commitment to complete THEARC’s campus. The Phase III Expansion added a third and final building to THEARC’s campus, adding 93,000 square feet to the current 110,000 square feet footprint. The new building is home to five partner organizations and a black box theatre: AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, Children’s National Health System, The David Lynch Foundation, The Phillips Collection and The Bishop Walker School for Boys. In addition, the current space housing Children’s Health Project of DC at THEARC will be renovated into a commercial teaching kitchen and café operated by DC Central Kitchen, which will provide workforce training, on-site food service and nutrition programming. Sponsorships are available starting at $1000 for a position on the host committee. Individual tickets are $250. thearcdc.org.
Benefit Baseball Outing Seeks Donations Six years ago the Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) partnered with the late Hannah Hawkins to establish an annual baseball outing to Nationals Park
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