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Gasoline and Fuel Pump Octane Measurement Amendment Act of 2012 What: Come Learn About DCRA’s Office of Weights and Measures new Gasoline and Fuel Pump Octane Measurement Amendment Act of 2012. This workshop will educate individuals on automotive fuel to ensure that the octane levels sold to customers is of the quality that is advertised. When: January 21, 2014 Time:

9:00 am - 10:30 am

SBRC’s Money Smart for Small Business Program: Financial Management and Credit Reporting Workshop What: If you want to learn basic financial management and credit reporting concepts of how to run your own business, this workshop is for you. Presented By: BB&T Bank When: January 30, 2014 Time:

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Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic Meet One-on-One with a Lawyer for Free!

Presented by the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs Sponsored by the DC Bar Pro Bono Program If you are an existing or an aspiring small business owner, come and meet one-on-one with attorneys at this brief advice clinic. You can get information on business formation, contracts, leases, taxes or any other questions you may have related to small business legal issues. Or, if you do not have specific questions, come and tell the attorneys about your business—they can help you spot legal issues or give you general advice. Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Time: 5pm – 7:30 pm Location: DCRA Small Business Resource Center 1100 4th Street SW, Second Floor Waterfront-SEU Metro Station Please bring any documents relevant to the issues you wish to discuss. This is a walk-in clinic; however, if you wish to pre-register, call Lauren Paley, Project Coordinator at 202-737-4700, ext. 3357 or visit http://bizdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferencePresignup.action?iD=37647 Language translation services are available upon request.


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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS 08.............What’s on Washington

10.............East of the River Calendar 16.............The Bulletin Board 20.............District Beat • by Andrew Lightman 23............. E on DC • by E. Ethelbert Miller 24.............The Numbers • by Wes Rivers and Jenny Reed 26............. Unity Health Care Celebrates 25 Years of Service by Candace Y.A. Montague

EAST WASHINGTON LIFE 28.............Octavia Payne • by Jonathan Neeley

30.............In Your Kitchen • by Annette Nielsen 31.............Jazz Avenues • by Steve Monroe


32............. Films Feature Cool ‘Disco’ Dan & Big Chair Chess Club • by John Muller


33.............Changing Hands • compiled by Don Denton


34.............Kids and Family Notebook • by Kathleen Donner 38.............Privileged To Do Without • by Stephen Lilienthal

THE CLASSIFIEDS 40.............The Classifieds 15 ............Crosswords


Octavia Payne, DC Ultimate Star on the Rise. Photo: Micah Tapman. Story on page 28.



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National Skating Month Open House at Fort Dupont

This year to celebrate National Skating Month, Fort Dupont Ice Arena is hosting an open house on Monday, Jan. 20, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day public holiday. Come and skate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s free skating lessons from 11 a.m. to noon and a special exhibition at 12:25 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under and seniors. Skate rental is free. If you miss this one, there is another open house on President’s Day, Feb. 17 (same time and program). Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. NE. 202-584-5007. fdia.org

Arica Shepherd, a longtime volunteer of the Fort Dupont skating program is a high school senior. Photo: Brittany Greene

“Let Freedom Ring” Concert at the Kennedy Center

On Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. Grammy Award winning singer and actress Dionne Warwick joins the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University in a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. During this event Georgetown University will award the 2014 John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award to Lecester Johnson, executive director of D.C.’s Academy of Hope. Free tickets, two per person, will be distributed beginning at 5 p.m. on January 20 in the Hall of Nations. The concert is in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. kennedycenter.org Rev. Nolan Williams conducts the Let Freedom Ring Choir during the 2013 Let Freedom Ring Celebration in the Concert Hall. Photo: Margot Schulman


Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Open House

On Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., celebrate the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum’s tenth anniversary with its first-ever open house. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at historic artifacts, documents, and works of art that are not on public display and see what it takes to collect, preserve, and restore them. Tour the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar and see the Museum’s current projects such as the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver. Meet curators, conservators, archivists, and other specialists, and learn how the aircraft are hung for display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar. Participate in hands-on activities designed for adults and children. Get some tips for photographing objects in the Museum from a staff photographer. Free but parking is $15. UdvarHazy Center in Chantilly, VA Courtesy of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Cente

The Washington Ballet Jazz/Blues Project

This mixed repertory program pays homage to American Jazz and Blues music and includes Blue Until June by Trey McIntyre, Bird’s Nest by Val Caniparoli and PRISM, a world premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Set to the soulful songs of Etta James, Blue Until June explores how our ideas of love are influenced by the American songbook. Val Caniporali’s Bird’s Nest, uses the music of Charlie “Bird” Parker that ushered in the modern Jazz Era and explores the relationships between men and women. PRISM set to Keith Jarrett’s iconic improvisational work, The Köln Concert reflects the different moods and atmospheres of the music like a prism reflects light. PRISM is choreographed to give the audience an improvisational feel as a tribute to the music. Both Blue Until June and Bird’s Nest premiered at The Washington Ballet in 2000. The Washington Ballet Jazz/ Blues Project will be performed Sidney Harman Hall, from Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. washingtonballet.org

Brooklyn Mack and Sona Kharatian. Photo: Steve Vaccariello.

The Tallest Tree in the Forest at Arena

Bursting with poetic storytelling and 14 songs, including “Ol’ Man River,” and “Happy Days Are Here Again,” The Tallest Tree in the Forest combines the talents of award-winning solo-artist Daniel Beaty (Emergence-See!) with acclaimed director, Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, The Laramie Project). Discover the true story of Paul Robeson, hailed as the ‘best-known black man in the world’ for his incomparable singing and acting, brought low by accusations of disloyalty to America. Beaty brings his signature wit, grit and piercing lyricism to more than 20 characters, asking the question, how does a man remain an artist when his soul cries out to be an activist? On stage, Jan. 10-Feb. 16 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. arena-stage.org Daniel Beaty as Paul Robeson in Tectonic Theater Project’s The Tallest Tree in the Forest, which comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Jan. 10-Feb. 16, 2014. Photo: Don Ipock.



Last year’s Frederick Douglass birthday celebration speaker at the historic site. Photo: Courtesy of the National Park Service

MLK DAY AND RELATED EVENTS Dr. King Comes to Washington Tour. Jan 12, 19, 20 and 26. 3:00-4:00 PM. He shared his dream with the world here, but August 1963 wasn’t his first trip to the city. Come hear about all the marches in Washington. Free. For more information, Susan Philpott at 202426-6841. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW. nps.gov/mlkm “With Their Own Eyes: Photographers Witness the March on Washington” Symposium. Jan 13, 1:00-4:00 PM. A Library of Congress symposium will bring together photographers who took pictures at the March on Washington more than 50 years ago. Whittall Pavilion on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are needed. loc.gov


“A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington”. Through Mar 1. The exhibition consists of 40 iconic black-and-white images that mark what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the nation’s history.” The photographs, part of the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division collections, convey the immediacy of being at the march and the excitement of those who were there. A video-screen display in the exhibition features another 75 images. Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. loc.gov Staged Reading of Dr. King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”. Jan 14, 6:30 PM. Join in honoring Dr. King with a live staged reading of his beloved, “Letter from the Birmingham” by a diverse group of DC Public Library Staff. This program will also feature a video display

and special musical offering from vocalist Orlanzo Chapell and pianist Maceo Kemp. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King at Fort Stanton Recreation Center. Jan 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join Fort Stanton Recreation Center as it salutes Dr. King with trivia questions and a video presentation. 1812 Erie St. SE. dpr. dc.gov 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program. Jan 17, 7:00-9:00 PM. Join them for their annual program to commemorate the legacy of one of the nation’s most influential leaders. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Ave. at 10th St. NW. “I Have a Dream” Tournament at Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. Jan 17, 4:00-

8:00 PM. Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Ave. SE. dpr.dc.gov MLK Civil Rights Film Festival. Jan 18-20, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. There will be screenings of the Eyes on the Prize Series and the A&E: Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Man The Dream (Biography. The films, for ages 15-up, are free and open to the public. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Visitor Information Center, 1411 W St. SE. To find out more about this and other programs, call the site at 202-4265961 or visit nps.gov/frdo. Collective Voices Poetry Extravaganza in Honor of Dr. King. Jan 18, 1:00 PM. Please join them in the Great Hall for this very special event as Collective Voices once again presents their annual literary tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There will

Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration-Frederick Douglass and Play.

Feb 8. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site & Historic Anacostia will host a community wide birthday party for Frederick Douglass on Saturday, Feb. 8. The event will focus on Frederick Douglass and fun, looking at how he and other Washingtonians played and had a good time. Events begin at 10 a.m. at the Anacostia Playhouse with live music, performances by the winners of the 2013 Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest, and guest speakers. Throughout the day there will be music, games, films, lectures, tours and other performances at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum, The Anacostia Art Center and other locations in historic Anacostia. A complete listing of programs and events can be found at nps.gov/frdo.

be many special guests, including the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers and Washington, DC Poet Laureate, Delores Kendrick. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk Transformations-Pathways-to-Work MLK Celebration and Awards Ceremony. Jan 20, 9:00 AM. Training Grounds is a nonprofit organization serving young adults ages 18-24 who reside East of the River. Through their Transformations-Pathwaysto-Work program, they provide soft skills training to equip and prepare educationally and economically disadvantaged young people with the skills necessary to attain and maintain living wage careers or begin entrepreneurial pursuits. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org

Wreath-laying at the MLK Memorial. Jan 20, 8:00 AM. 1964 Independence Ave. SW. The memorial is open all hours, every day. nps.gov/mlkm Wreath-Laying at the Lincoln Memorial. Jan 20, 1:00 PM. The National Park Service will place a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial, on the steps where Dr. King gave his 1963 speech. The recitation of the “I Have a Dream” speech will be presented by students of a Washington, DC school. 202426-6895. nps.gov/linc For Light and Liberty-African Americans and Civil War Espionage in Washington and Beyond. Jan 23 and 30, 6:30 PM. Join Hari Jones, Curator of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum, to discuss the activities of the “Loyal League,” a secret national EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | January 2014 H 11

CALENDAR organization made of men and women of African descent whose extensive efforts helped the Union war effort to end slavery. Jones, a foremost authority on the role of African Americans in the Civil War, will deliver a twopart lecture highlighting the League’s covert operations in Washington and beyond. Free. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. historydc.org Glorious March to Liberty: Civil War to Civil Rights at Francis A. Gregory Library. Jan 27, 11:00 AM. In this interactive program, participants will learn about the scope of African American involvement in the Civil War and have the opportunity to handle reproduced Civil War items. Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-6986373. dclibrary.org/francis Alexandria’s Watson Reading Room. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Visitors should call in advance for holiday hours. Located next door to the Alexandria Black History Museum, the Watson Reading Room is a non-circulating research repository focusing on issues of African-American history and culture. Black History Museum staff and volunteers are available (by appointment) to work with visitors of all ages who are researching African-American history. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA. 703-746-4356. alexandriava. gov/historic Visit the MLK Memorial. Open to visitors all hours, every day. 1964 Independence Ave. SW. nps.gov/mlkm NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom Online Exhibition. The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom exhibition presents a retrospective of the major personalities, events, and achievements that shaped the NAACP’s history during its first 100 years. myloc.gov/Exhibitions/naacp Civil Rights at 50 at Newseum. On display through 2015. “Civil Rights at 50,” a threeyear changing exhibit, chronicles milestones in the civil rights movement from 1963, 1964 and 1965 through historic front pages, magazines and news images. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave, NE. 888-639-7386. newseum.org MLK Day of Service. Find volunteer service opportunities by calling 202-727-7925 or at serve.dc.gov.

SPECIAL EVENTS Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week. Jan 17-26. For 10 days and two weekends, 50 Alexandria restaurants offer a $35 prix-fixe three-course dinner or a $35 dinner for two. Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week showcases the inventiveness of local chefs in neighborhoods throughout the city, including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End. At a range of locales, from fine dining establishments to casual neighborhood favorites, guests will savor the flavors of Alexandria’s distinctive collection of eateries. visitalexandriava.com/ restaurants/restaurant-week Inauguration Day Celebration. Jan 20, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. Learn about U.S. Presidential Inaugurations from staff in Federal


Period clothing. Sign and take home a copy of the U.S. Constitution. For more information, conatct Mike Rose at 202-438-9667. Jefferson Memorial Washington Auto Show. Jan 22-Feb 2. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW. wanada.org Maryland Polar Bear Plunge. Jan 25, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Maryland. Sandy Point State Park. plungemd.com NatsFest. Jan 25, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. The annual fun-filled baseball festival will offer a variety of interactive games and activities, including live batting cages, exclusive Q&A sessions with players and team personnel, skills challenges and much more. Advanced tickets are $20, adults; $10, children 12 and under ($25 and $15, day-of). Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. nationals.com/2014

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Common Ground at Honfleur Gallery. Through Feb 28. Common Ground presents the work that arose from a collaboration between painter Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann and photographer Michael B. Platt. Artist talk is on Saturday, Feb 1, 2:45 PM. ; Jadallah’s talk begins at 2 p.m., Mann and Platt’s talk will follow at 2:45 p.m. Both exhibits close February 28, 2014. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-365-8392. Adrift at The Gallery at Vivid Solutions. Through Feb 28. Adrift showcases multiple incamera exposure landscapes by Laila AbdulHadi Jadallah. Artist talk is on Saturday, Feb 1, 2:00 PM. The Gallery at Vivid Solutions, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-365-8392. “Question Bridge: Black Males” at THEARC. Jan 11-Feb 16. Framed as an internal conversation within a group too often defined externally, Question Bridge uses candid discussion to expose the diversity of thought and identity among black males, challenging monochromatic views of “blackness.” The wide-ranging conversation touches on family, love, masculinity, discrimination, community, education, violence, and the past and future of black men in society. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org Gin Game at Anacostia Playhouse. Jan 11Feb 2. This Pulitzer Prize winning play uses a game of cards as a metaphor for life. As the two characters play gin, they reveal the intimate details of their lives and their secrets become weapons. The New York Times called it, “a thoroughly entertaining lesson on the fine art of theatrical finesse. The closest thing the theater offers to a duel at 10 paces.” Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE (under five minutes from Capitol Hill). 202-290-2328. anacostiaplayhouse.com TWB Adult African Dance Class at THEARC. Jan 16, 23, 30; Feb 6,13,20 and 27; 11:00 AMnoon. Call The Washington Ballet at 202-2744533 for pricing information or to purchase class cards. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. thearcdc.org

Movie Night at Deanwood. Jan 17 and 31, 6:00-8:30 PM. For all ages. Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th St. NE. dpr.dc.gov “Question Bridge: Black Males” Roundtable Discussion at THEARC. Jan 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Roundtable discussion with local leaders of the African American community. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org Exploring Your Anacostia Watershed Field Trip. Jan 22, 12:30-3:30 PM. Learn how Groundwork Anacostia River DC assists in the clean-up of the Anacostia River. Experience first hand how the litter trap program affects the restoration of our local river, as well as discover the many ways you fit into the health of the Anacostia River. The program includes a field trip to the watershed litter trap sites. Free, but space is limited; for reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu Bead Workshop at the Anacostia Community Museum. Jan 23, 10:30 AM-1:30 PM. Join jeweler and entrepreneur Elena Crusoe Aikens in a bead workshop as we celebrate the Ubuhle community of South African women. The workshop covers a brief history of bead art and craft before participants create their own beaded project. All tools and supplies are provided. This program is for middle school students to adult. Free; for information and reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu The Wynton Triangle at Anacostia Community Museum. Feb 1, 2:00-4:00 PM. Historian Marvin Jones leads a gallery tour and talks about the history of three communities in eastern North Carolina. A Q&A follows that may shed light on visitors’ own family histories. Celebrates Black History Month. Free; space is limited, call 202-633-4844 for information or to attend. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu Frederick Douglass Day with the National Park Service. Feb 8, 1:00 PM. In recognition of the National Park Service’s annual Frederick Douglass Day, museum educator Tony Thomas discusses Douglass’s enthusiasm for baseball and gives a tour of the exhibition Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia. Free; space is limited, call 202633-4844 for information or to attend. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu Knitting and Crocheting at Francis A. Gregory Library. Mondays, 6:30 PM. Come to the weekly knitting/crocheting meeting. Knitting will be the primary focus, but crocheting lessons and support will continued to be provided. All levels of experience welcome. Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-698-6373. dclibrary.org/francis

SPORTS AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Washington Wizards Basketball. Jan 11, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22 and Feb 1. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-SEAT. nba.com/wizards Washington Capitals Ice Hockey. Jan 12, 14

and 21. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202628-3200. capitals.nhl.com NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo. Jan 11-12, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. More than 200 health care providers, businesses, and non-profit organizations will be on site at the Expo. They will provide free assessments, advice and information, and tests, screenings and services. Also, raffles and giveaways, blood drive, dancing, healthy cooking stage and a Winter Olympics pavilion. Free. Washington Convention Center. nbcwashington.com DC Rollergirls. Jan 18 and Feb 1, 4:00 PM. (Doors open at 3:00 p.m.) Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and up, $6 for children 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Tickets are available in advance at ticketmaster.com or at the door on bout day. Individuals with a valid military ID can purchase tickets for $10 at the door. Bouts are at DC Armory. dcrollergirls.com Championship Boxing at DC Armory. Jan 25, 9:00 PM. Hometown hero IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson defends his 140-pound crown against Montreal’s unbeaten Dierry Jean as part of a live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event at the DC Armory. In the co-main event, Middleweight Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo risks his undefeated record against Two-Time World Title Challenger Gabriel “King” Rosado. Tickets $25-$250. Tickets available for purchase at ticketmaster. com or by calling 800-745-3000. Adult Exercise Group-Aerobics at Capitol View Library. Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:15 PM. Are you looking to get in shape? Loose a few pounds? Need to get rid of some stress? Or maybe you just need some mutual support? This fun, hour-long workout will leave you feeling great, and ready to take on what life throws at you. Free. Capitol View Neighborhood Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. 202-6450755. dclibrary.org/capitolview Zumba Gold Class for Seniors at Capitol View Library. Wednesdays, 10:00 AM. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for seniors, beginners or others needing modifications in their exercise routine (Zumba Gold chair class). The Zumba Gold program creates a party-like atmosphere. It is exhilarating, easy to follow and effective. The one-hour class is led by LaNeta Banks, Licensed Zumba Gold Instructor. For more information, or to reserve your spot, call 202-645-0755. Capitol View Neighborhood Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. 202-645-0755. dclibrary.org/capitolview Canal Park Ice Rink. Open Monday-Friday, noon-9:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM-10:00 PM; Sunday 10:00 AM-7:00 PM. Adult fee is $8; children, seniors (55+) and military fees are $7. Skate rental is $3. On Tuesdays, two can skate for the price of one from 4:00-6:00 PM. The park is at Second and M sts. SE, one block from the Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Avenue exit). canalparkdc.org Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Open through mid-Mar (weather permitting). Monday-Thursday, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 AM-11:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM. $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, stu-

dents with ID and seniors 50 and over. Skate rental is $3. Seventh St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-289-3361. nga. gov/ginfo/skating Public Skate at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Fridays, noon-1:50 PM and Saturdays 11:45 AM-12:45 PM. Children (12 and under) and seniors are $4, adults (13 and older) are $5. Skate rental is $3. For more information, call 202584-5007. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. NE. fdia.org Washington Harbour Ice Skating. Open through mid-Mar (weather permitting). Monday-Thursday, noon-9:00 PM; Friday, noon-10:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM-10:00 PM; Sunday, 10:00 AM-7:00 PM. At 11,800 square feet, the new Washington Harbour Ice Rink is DC’s largest outdoor ice skating venue, and is also larger than New York City’s Rockefeller Center rink. Adults, $10; children/seniors/military, $8. Skate rental is $5. 3050 K St. NW. thewashingtonharbour.com Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating. Open through mid-Mar, 10:00 AM-11:00 PM. $7-$8. $3 for skate rental. 1201 South Joyce St. Arlington, VA. 703-4186666. pentagonrowskating.com Deanwood Pool. Mon-Fri 6:30 AM-8:00 PM; Sat-Sun, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Free for DC residents. 1350 49th St. NE. 202671-3078. dpr.dc.gov Ferebee Hope Pool. Open weekdays, 10:00-6:00 PM. Closed weekends. Free for DC residents. 3999 Eighth St. SE. 202-645-3916. dpr.dc.gov Southeast Tennis and Learning Center Indoor Courts. Open daily; Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM (closed Sunday). Four indoor courts. 701 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-645-6242. dpr.dc.gov DC’s Rock N Roll Marathon Registration Open. Marathon is Mar 15. runrocknroll.competitor.com

MARKETS Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:00-7:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253. easternmarketdc.com Union Market. Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 AM-8:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM. Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 Fifth St. NE. 301-652-7400. unionmarketdc.com Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-

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6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253. easternmarket-dc.com Anacostia Big Chair Flea Market. Saturdays, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. The market features a diverse mix of art, crafts, imports, antiques, collectibles and furniture every Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The market will also feature local specialty food items such as fruits and vegetables, flowers, preserves, prepared foods and beverages. 2215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. bigchairmarket.com Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays year round (rain or shine), 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named the market one of the top farmers’ markets in the country 20th St. and Mass. Ave. NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202-362-8889. freshfarmmarket.org Georgetown Flea Market. Sundays year around (except in the case of very inclement weather), 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM. The crowd is as diverse as the items for sale! Antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, rugs, pottery, china, jewelry, silver, stained glass, books and photographs are an example of the available items. 1819 35th St. NW. 202-775-3532. or georgetownfleamarket.com

CIVIC LIFE Free Foreclosure Prevention Hotline. 1-855449-2255. Housing Counseling Services, a DC based HUD approved non-profit, now offers a free hotline for homeowners in danger of foreclosure. If you own a home and are in danger of falling behind on your mortgage or have already fallen behind, you can get free counseling and assistance. DC Hypothermia Hotline. 1-800-535-7252. Please call when you see a homeless person who may be impacted by extreme temperatures. Families seeking emergency shelter should go to the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 33 N St. NE. The shelter operates 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except for holidays and days the District government is closed). After 3:30 p.m. and on weekends, during extreme temperature alerts, families should call the Shelter Hotline for transportation to the DC General family shelter or other available family shelter.


Grosso Near You (informal) Meeting. Third Thursday, 8:00-9:30 AM, Big Chair Coffee and Grill, 2122 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. The meetings will provide the opportunity for constituents to bring ideas and issues directly to Councilmember Grosso as part of an effort to make the DC Council more accessible. Congresswoman Norton’s SE District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 2041 MLK Ave. SE, #238. 202-678-8900. norton.house.gov

“Fly by Night” Screening at THEARC.

Jan 17, 6:30 PM. Join them for a special evening, hosted by Covenant House Washington at the THEARC Theater to view One Common Unity’s new documentary film “Fly By Light”. Recently accepted in to the BolderLife International Film Festival and Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF). Tickets will be available at the door for the price of $10. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org Photo: Courtesy of OneCommunity.org.

Councilmember Alexander’s Constituent Services Office. Open weekdays, 10:00 AM6:00 PM. 2524 Penn. Ave. SE. 202-581-1560.

Deanwood Citizens Association General Body Meeting. Fourth Monday, except Aug. and Dec., 6:30 PM. 1350 49th St. NE.

ANC 7E. Second Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Jones Memorial Church, 4625 G St. SE. 202-5826360. 7E@anc.dc.gov

Councilmember Barry’s Constituent Services Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. 2100 MLK Ave, SE, #307. 202-698-2185.

Eastland Gardens Civic Association Meeting. Third Tuesday. 6:30-8:30 PM. Kenilworth Elementary School (auditorium), 1300 44th St. NE. Greg Rhett jrhett3009@aol.com or 202-388-1532.

ANC 7F. Third Tuesday, 6:30 PM. Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, 200 Stoddert Place, SE

Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting. Last Tuesday, noon-2:00 PM. Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort St. SE. For further details, contact Philip Pannell, 202-889-4900. Capitol View Civic Association Meeting. Third Monday, 6:30 PM. Hughes Memorial United Methodist, 25 53rd St. NE. capitolviewcivicassoc.org

Fairlawn Citizens Association. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Ora L. Glover Community Room at the Anacostia Public Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE.


Historical Anacostia Block Association. Second Thursday, 7:00-9:00 PM. UPO-Anacostia Service Center, 1649 Good Hope Rd. SE. For further details, contact Charles Wilson, 202834-0600.

ANC 7B. Third Thursday, 7:00 PM. Ryland Epworth United Methodist Church, 3200 S St. SE (Branch Ave and S St. SE). 202-584-3400. anc7b@pressroom.com. anc7b.us

Anacostia High School School Improvement Team Meeting. Fourth Tuesday. 6:00 PM. Anacostia High School, 16th and R sts. SE.

ANC 7C. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church, 5109 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE. 202-398-5100. anc7c@verizon.net

Deanwood Citizens Association General Body Meeting. Fourth Monday, except Aug. and Dec., 6:30 PM. 1350 49th St. NE.

ANC 7D. Second Tuesday, 6:30 PM. Sixth District Police Station, 100 42nd St. NE. 202398-5258. 7D06@anc.dc.gov

ANC 8A. First Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Anacostia UPO Service Center, 1649 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-889-6600. anc8adc.org ANC 8B. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Seventh District Police Station Community Center, Alabama and McGee Sts. SE. 202-610-1818. anc8b.org ANC 8C. First Wednesday, 7:00 PM. 2907 MLK Jr Ave. SE. 202-388-2244. ANC 8D. Fourth Thursday, 7:00 PM. Specialty Hospital of Washington, 4601 MLK Jr. Ave. SW. 202 561-0774 u

“On the Road Again”

Crossword Author: Myles Mellor • www.themecrosswords.com • www.mylesmellorconcepts.com

by Myles Mellor and Sally York Across: 1. Suffix with sea or moon 6. Pago Pago’s place 11. ___ Aquarids (May meteor shower) 14. ___-eyed 18. 200 milligrams 19. Online publication 20. Contents of some banks 22. Coatrack parts 23. Freddy flick 27. Expunge 28. Greasy 29. English county 30. Flush 32. Conclusion of some games 33. Element #10 34. Annoyance 37. Library section 41. Put in stitches 45. ___ system 46. Aggravate 48. Biddy 49. Tournament passes 51. Mayan language 52. Key letter 54. Norse goddess of fate 56. Beneficiary 57. Cook’s meas. 58. Children’s book inspired by 23-Across 62. Medium claim 63. Alleviate 64. Durable wood 65. Robust 66. Complex unit 68. Tie indicator 69. Capital on the Red River 72. Range rover 75. Losing come-out roll in craps 76. Launch site 77. High degree 80. 1947 Williams play 87. Beach bird 88. Compassion 89. ___-en-scène 90. Man of La Mancha 91. Bonanza find 92. United Nations agency acronym 93. Hale 94. “Hogwash!” 96. Gloppy stuff 97. Just out 100. Prayer book

103. “E” and “u,” e.g. 105. Soaks, as flax 107. “Uh-uh” 108. Run off to the chapel 110. Buttonwoods 114. Elliptical 115. Elderly 119. “On ___,” “My Fair Lady” tune 122. English Channel resort 123. “La Scala di ___” (Rossini opera) 124. High wave 125. Narrow groove 126. “Idylls of the King” lady 127. Abbr. next to a telephone number 128. Clothesline alternative 129. “Get ___ of yourself!”

Down: 1. Bunch 2. Staff 3. Husk 4. Items on belts 5. Biblical verb ending 6. Round after the quarters 7. Spring bloomer 8. Like a bog 9. Inseparable 10. Relating to the Greek god of the winds 11. Scene of a fall 12. It’s softer than gypsum 13. Soul, in Hinduism 14. Track event 15. Bad look 16. Curved molding 17. “Humanum ___ errare” 21. Charges 24. Contents of some cartridges 25. Grandmothers, in the U.K. 26. 10 C-notes 31. ___ artery 32. First American to orbit the Earth 34. Maori war dance 35. Belittle 36. Second-year students, for short 38. Paroxysm 39. Digital tome 40. In ___ (harmonious) 42. Brownish 43. Pulled down, var. 44. Drain 47. Work, as dough

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50. “Omigod!” 53. It was discovered by Native Americans 55. Approximately 56. Spicy stew 57. Gallivant 59. Boy toy? 60. Sage 61. Even if, briefly 67. “A Chorus Line” number 68. Not straight 69. Goes quickly 70. Birch relative 71. Affirmative action 72. Cop club 73. Alpine river

74. Scatter 75. Fiesta fare 76. Cuff 78. Door part 79. Drivel 81. Electrodes in a transistor 82. Dick 83. Losing first throw in Reno game 84. Concord 85. Prevent 86. “Aeneid” figure 93. Briefly showed oneself in public 95. Convex molding 98. Cleared 99. Cast 101. Again

102. Idolize 104. Fortune 106. Animal in a roundup 109. Cake part 110. Unit of loudness 111. Dolly ___ of “Hello, Dolly!” 112. Anatomical network 113. Fraternity letters 114. Bacchanal 116. Copter’s forerunner 117. Axis of ___ 118. Gone 119. Everyday article 120. Ring bearer, maybe 121. Cable network


BULLETIN BOARD Learning to paddle a voyageur canoe on the Anacostia River.

Anacostia Watershed Society Water Trail Map and Guide for Anacostia River Now Available Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Kenilworth Park

Join them on Jan. 18, 9-11 a.m., for MLK Jr’s National Day of Service and their first event of the year at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. They will be inventorying tools, cleaning up the greenhouses, transplanting native grasses and performing other projects as needed. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is at 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE and the phone number for the park is 202-426-6905. The closest Metro station is Deanwood on the orange line. RSVPs recommended. Please contact Tina O’Connell at tina@ friendsofkenilworthgardens.org.

Honfleur Gallery’s East of the River Call for Art

Honfleur Gallery’s 7th annual East of the River call for art will be posted on the gallery website, honfleurgallery.com, in February. This year judges will select up to 5 artists. Each artist will receive an award of $500. To qualify, artists must live, work or have roots in the East of the 16 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

River communities (in wards 7 or 8). The deadline is April 30. Exhibit dates are July 11-Aug. 29.

Fly By Light Screening at THEARC Theater

On Friday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m., join them for a special evening, hosted by Covenant House Washington at the THEARC Theater to view One Common Unity’s new documentary film “Fly By Light”. Recently accepted in to the BolderLife International Film Festival and Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF). Tickets will be available at the door for the price of $10. Call 202-7653757 for ticket or event information. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org A group of teenagers board a bus for West Virginia, leaving the streets of Washington, DC to participate in an ambitious peace education program. For the first time in their lives Mark, Asha, Martha, and Corey play in mountain streams, sing under the stars, and confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past. But as they return to

DC, each young person faces an unforgiving series of hurdles and roadblocks that challenge their efforts to build a better life. Through breathtaking visuals from street corners to mountaintops, Fly By Light is an intimate exploration of the chaotic, confusing, and emotional journey to rewrite a young person’s future.

MLK Civil Rights Film Festival

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site will honor the birthday and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with their annual film festival for the 2014 calendar year. There will be screenings of the Eyes on the Prize Series and the A&E: Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Man The Dream (Biography.) Each featured film will be shown between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day, Saturday, Jan. 18 through Monday, Jan. 20. The movies, for ages 15, up, are free and open to the public. The film festival is at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Visitor Information Center, 1411 W St. SE. To find out more about this and other

programs, call the site at 202-4265961 or visit nps.gov/frdo.

Nash Run Trash Trap Cleanup Volunteers Needed

The Anacostia Watershed Society is looking for up to ten volunteers to help with a cleanup on Jan. 25., noon-3 p.m. The area is around the intersection of Anacostia Ave. NE and Douglas St. NE. This site is about an 8-minute walk from the Deanwood Metro station on the Orange Line. anacostiaws.org The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage. The vision is to make the Anacostia River and its tributaries swimmable and fishable, in keeping with the Clean Water Act, for the health and enjoyment of everyone in the community. Community involvement is critical to achieving this vision and AWS seeks win-win solutions through strong partnerships and coalitions, with all parts of the


he Anacostia Watershed Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cleaning the water, recovering the shoreline, and honoring the heritage of the Anacostia River and its watershed communities, has released the Anacostia Water Trail Map and Guide. The Anacostia Water Trail Map and Guide, created in partnership with the National Park Service, brings together all of the resources and activities available on the Anacostia River and guides users to access points and features of the trail.

The Anacostia Water Trail Map and Guide will inform the public on the resources available to them throughout the Anacostia River. Features of the map and guide include highlighted sites along the river including parks, marshes, marinas, an education center and an aquatic garden; tips for experiencing the trail; a timeline detailing 400 years of the Anacostia River’s history, use and restoration; facts about the history and nature of the Anacostia; and boating safety tips. It is currently available online at anacostiaws.org/anacostia-water-trail, as well as at Anacostia Watershed Society’s office and National Park Service offices around the Anacostia. They are currently working to have it available in various outdoor retailers as well.

community, government, and other stakeholders. Core to our work is reaching out to, educating and engaging the next generation of decision-makers, our youth.

Verbal Gymnastics at Anacostia Community Museum

On Thursday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., poet and playwright John Johnson hosts an interactive workshop that incorporates poetry and storytelling. Participants use their observation of community and personal experience to create a unique and original piece, unlocking the poet and wordsmith inherent in all of us. Johnson also shares some of his poetry and tips that highlight the creative spirit of the spoken word. This program is also geared to promote awareness and civic engagement in the communities surrounding the Anacostia River. This program repeats Sept 10. Free; for information and reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum at 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu

C.R. Gibbs Lecture Series on African American History and Culture

In celebration of 2014 African American History Month, noted historian C.R. Gibbs will deliver a presentation from his African American History and Culture Lecture Series at three neighborhood libraries at 7 p.m., Feb. 3, “Word, Its Origins and Evil Uses” at Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE; Feb. 10, “Twelve Years a Slave: Solomon Northup’s Washington” at Parklands-Turner, 1547 Alabama Ave. SE; and Feb. 24, “Fighting For Freedom: Strategies for Resistance” at Francis Gregory, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. dclibrary.org

Anacostia Community Museum Needs Volunteers

Dedicated volunteers are needed to assist the museum in a variety of research, educational, and collections activities. If interested, contact Shelia Parker at 202-633-4823 or parkers@si.edu. The museum is EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | January 2014 H 17

BULLETIN BOARD Mount Vernon Slave Memorial. Phot

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Mount Vernon

DC Streetcar Connections

There are several ways to stay in touch with DC Streetcar. For 24/7 construction information, call 202-210-3700. To speak with a person, call at 855-413-2954. For employment information or if you have questions about their upcoming job fair, contact Molly at 202-887-4747. You can always e-mail them at info@dcstreetcar.com. For construction-related inquiries, email at construction@dcstreetcar.com.

Corcoran Presents “Question Bridge: Black Males”

Mount Vernon Celebrates Black History Month In observance of Black History Month, George Washington’s Mount Vernon highlights the lives and contributions of the slaves who built and operated the plantation home of George and Martha Washington. Throughout the month, a daily Slave Life at Mount Vernon Tour explores the lives and contributions of the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon. A wreath laying and presentation occurs daily at the slave memorial site throughout the month of February. Black History Month activities are included in admission: adults, $18; senior citizens, $17; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $9; and children under age 5, free. mountvernon.org


accessible to people with physical disabilities. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu

Chess Tournament for Adults at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library

Chess tournament is Saturday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m. Chess tournament for adults held on the last Saturday of each month. This program is free and open to the public. Dorothy I. Height/ Benning Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. dclibrary.org/benning

“Brother Outsider” Screening at the Anacostia Community Museum (save the date)

This award-winning documentary follows the career of Bayard Rustin, the openly gay architect of the 1963 March on Washington. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Andrew Young, actress Liv Ullman, and others who knew Rustin provide insightful commentaries. A discussion follows the screening. Screening is on Feb. 27, 11 a.m., at the Anacostia Community Museum at 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free; space is limited, call 202-633-4844 for information or to attend. anacostia.si.edu

This winter, through Feb. 16, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design hosts Question Bridge: Black Males, a collaborative, transmedia project that complicates traditional views of identity by exploring the full spectrum of what it means to be “black” and “male” in America. In video-mediated exchanges, over 150 African American men of different social, economic, political, and generational backgrounds from across America respond to questions posed by one another about issues that unite, divide, and puzzle them. Framed as an internal conversation within a group too often defined externally, Question Bridge uses candid discussion to expose the diversity of thought and identity among black males, challenging monochromatic views of “blackness.” The wideranging conversation touches on family, love, masculinity, discrimination, community, education, violence, and the past and future of black men in society. In addition to the five-channel video installation at the Corcoran, the project includes a single-channel version of the project at the Corcoran’s Community Gallery at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Jan. 11-Feb. 16. A roundtable discussion with local leaders in the African American community will take place at THEARC, Jan. 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Space Available at Anacostia Arts Center

Space is available at Anacostia Arts Center for short or long term creative projects! Located two doors down from Honfleur Gallery and The Gallery at Vivid Solutions. Contact Director Kate Taylor Davis at kdavis@archdc.org or 202-321-2878. anacostiaartscenter.com

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Available

Serve DC’s free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program trains citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can provide critical support to first responders, immediate assistance to victims and can help organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the community safety. CERT training is free and open to anyone who lives, works or congregates in the District of Columbia. Classes include: Disaster Preparedness; Fire Safety; Medical Operations and First Aid; Search and Rescue; Disaster Psychology; and Terrorism. Register at serve.dc.gov/service/community-emergencyresponse-team-cert-training.

Annual Black History Month Luncheon Volunteer Opportunities

The luncheon is on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The 2014 theme is Civil Rights in America. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History is recruiting volunteers for the event. Help as a greeter, host, stage production and raffle support. Contact them at 202-238-5910 or at info@asalh.net.

For Light and Liberty

On Jan. 23 and 30, 6:30 p.m., join Hari Jones, Curator of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum, to discuss the activities of the “Loyal League,” a secret national organization made of men and women of African descent whose extensive efforts helped the Union war effort to end slavery. Jones, a foremost authority on the role of African Americans in the Civil War, will deliver a two-part lecture highlighting the League’s covert operations in Washington and beyond. Free. Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K St. NW. historydc.org

NeighborGood, DC’s New Volunteer Database

As the District of Columbia Government agency dedicated to empowering residents to meet community needs through service, Serve DC has developed NeighborGood, a free, online DC-specific volunteer opportunity database and search engine. NeighborGood connects residents with meaningful DC-based volunteer opportunities and connects community-based

organizations with the city’s cadre of dedicated, experienced volunteers. Visit serve.dc.gov/ node/607792. What makes NeighborGood unique? All volunteer opportunities must be located in the District of Columbia. Individuals and groups looking to volunteer can search by ward or quadrant in addition to traditional search fields like interest area and organizer. Community-based organizations and other groups in need of volunteers can maximize recruitment and outreach efforts by submitting their opportunities to NeighborGood. For more information, contact Emily Batchelder at emily. batchelder@dc.gov.

Changes to Park Reservations Process and Fees

Beginning Mar. 1, 2014, the National Park Service will move the reservation process for group picnic areas at Rock Creek Park and Fort Dupont Park to Recreation.gov, a website used by many national parks and thousands of park visitors across the country. Since 1949, the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation has managed these reservations under an agreement with the NPS. DPR has asked the NPS to assume reservations management. The fee for group picnic areas has not changed since the early 1990s, and an increase is under consideration. The NPS proposal would bring the fee in line with the price for similar group picnic areas in the Washington Metropolitan Area, and would provide options for full-day and half-day rentals. The proposal is to phase this increase over three years starting in the summer of 2014 with an increase to $25/half day. Additional increases will occur in 2015 at $45/half day, and 2016 at $65/half day. The additional revenue will improve the condition of the picnic areas and the service provided to visitors.

Art Enables Call for Art: Amazing Marvels

The Off-Rhode Studio at Art Enables is opening its walls and inviting artists in the Washington, Virginia, Maryland area to participate in Amazing Marvels, a show featuring work inspired by the circus, sideshows or carnival acts. Off-Rhode is a gallery for self-taught and outsider artists, however, this call is open to all artists working in all mediums and preference will be given to self-taught and outsider artists. Electronic submissions due by Jan. 29, 2014. Email bbaldwin@art-enables.org. Art Enables is a studio and gallery for emerging artists with developmental disabilities. Their

chance to make art comes through Art Enables. Their reasons for doing it are their own: to have something to do, to make money, to feel important, to tell the world who they are, to become famous. All those reasons and more. Art Enables is at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE. 202-554-9455. art-enables.org

Housing Financial Assistance and Case Management for Veterans

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program offers financial assistance and case management to help veterans and their families attain and maintain safe, stable housing. Through SSVF, veterans who are homeless or in danger of homelessness receive short-term assistance with rent, utilities, childcare, security deposits, and other household expenses. The program also provides case management to help veterans resolve the issues that caused their housing crises and to ensure long-term housing stability. SSVF serves veterans in DC, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Alexandria, Fairfax, and Arlington. Call Housing Counseling Services at 202-667-7006 for more information about this important resource for veterans.

DC Awarded $25,000 Cities of Service Grant

After receiving a record number of applications, Cities of Service has awarded $25,000 to the District of Columbia to implement a service initiative designed to address neighborhood beautification and environmental sustainability. The District is one of 23 cities to win a Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund grant, which supports mayors who are implementing “impact volunteering” strategies that tackle pressing local challenges. “The Love Your Block DC initiative is a meaningful complement to the ongoing efforts of Sustainable DC and leverages the power and energy of residents to take an active role in making the District the healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the nation over the next 20 years.” said Mayor Gray. “Through Love Your Block DC, 430 trees will be planted, 25 city blocks will be revitalized, and three community gardens will be created along with a number of new local park affinity groups.” Serve DC, DC’s Office on Volunteerism, is lead coordinator for Love Your Block DC and will work closely with the Mayor’s Office of the Clean City and the District’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Public Works along with hundreds of volunteers to achieve the grants measurable goals and outcomes. u



The Gray Equation


hen a candidate is considering running for office in the District, the first order of business is to figure out the magic number of votes needed to win the election. The key element of this political calculus is taking an educated guess at the total number of registered voters likely to show up at the polls. This month The District Beat will walk readers through just such an exercise. So, power up your calculators and let’s begin.

The Magic Number

In August 2013 there were 355,774 registered Democrats in the District of Columbia. Of course not all those registered choose to vote. Good electoral calculus involves making an educated guess at predicting voter turnout. Previous elections can provide some guidance to the electorate’s behavior. In the September 2006 Democratic primary 37.23 percent (106,288) of registered Democrats voted. Adrian M. Fenty received 57.20 percent (60,732) of the votes, Linda Cropp received 30.98 percent, and Marie Johns 8.01 percent. In the 2010 Democratic primary 39.95 percent (134,342) of registered Democrats voted, and 54.27 percent of them (72,648) voted for Vincent C. Gray. Fenty garnered 20 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

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44.47 percent of the total (59,524). Unlike previous primaries, which were conducted in September, the 2014 Democratic election will take place on April 1. No longer will candidates slog door-to-door in the summer heat. Campaigning will take place in unpredictable winter weather. It is unclear whether the turnouts of early mayoral primaries offer a guide to predicting future voter behavior. To add insult to injury, the primary is being held on April Fools’ Day. Fortunately for political prognosticators, DC held an April Democratic primary election in 2012 that gives some idea of turnout in a non-mayoral contest: 17 percent of Democrats voted. Accepting that prior electoral turnouts provide a guide to future behavior, we can take the mean of the percentages of voter turnout in the 2006, 2010, and 2012 primaries. This yields a 31.39 percent figure. Applying this to the current number of registered Democratic voters (355,774) yields a prediction of 111,677 votes in the 2014 primary. If the mayoral field remains crowded, and the US Justice Department fails to issue additional indictments, Gray, following the path charted by Councilmember Anita Bonds (D-At Large), can

win with low as 31.49 percent of the vote. However, many pundits believe that voters, much like herd animals, converge on candidates they think likely to win. If the electorate becomes focused on two challengers, Gray’s victory might require as much as 40 percent of the vote, as it did for Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) in 2012. Depending on the dynamics of the race Gray needs between 34,000 and 44,000 ballots. Unfortunately for Gray these votes are unlikely to come from the city’s western, mostly white, wards.

A Wounded Mayor

In July 2012 The Washington Post commissioned Abt SRBI to poll public impressions of Mayor Gray. The pollsters found that 34 percent of all adults had a favorable impression, though perceptions varied strongly by race. While 37 percent of African-Americans approved of Gray’s performance, only 15 percent of whites agreed with this assessment. Surprisingly, 61 percent of the respondents believed the mayor to be untrustworthy. When asked whether Gray should step down owing to the federal investigation, 62 percent of whites agreed joined by 48 percent of African-American respondents. Gray’s strong negatives did not

improve with time. A year later a poll conducted by Lake Research Partners for Candidate Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) found only 31 percent of likely voters in the Democratic primary had a favorable impression of the mayor. This dismal view of Gray’s stewardship was confirmed by a poll of voters conducted by Hart Research Associates this past September, which found support for the mayor hovering at 35 percent. Of those surveyed, 45 percent held a totally unfavorable opinion, an improvement on the previous year. It is clear from these polls is that there is persistent, widespread dissatisfaction with the mayor. Moreover, white residents are significantly more displeased. The situation, somewhat ironically, mirrors that of the summer of 2010, when 56 percent of AfricanAmericans expressed unfavorable views of Fenty in a Washington Post poll. It was the heat from this simmering discontent that lifted the fledgling Gray campaign to victory against a well-funded incumbent. Is it a stretch to imagine angry white voters propelling one of his opponents to victory in 2014? Fortunately for Gray, Wards 2 and 3, the city’s predominantly white wards, are home to only

18.66 percent (66,402) of the city’s registered Democrats. This gives him an opportunity to pursue the same path to victory pioneered by Orange and Bonds in their recent primary victories, the “Eastern Strategy.” Wards 4, 5, 7, and 8 are home to 55.53 percent of registered Democrats. Ward 7, Gray’s home ward, contains the largest number, 51,174 (14.38 percent), followed by wards 5 with 50,806 (14.28 percent) and 8 with 47,286 (13.29 percent). Ward 6, their immediate neighbor and home of challenger Councilmember Tommy Wells, contains 49,600 registered Democrats, representing 13.94 percent of the city’s total. Given the racial and geographical breakdown of Gray’s negatives, these neighborhoods are the key to his finding between 34,000 and 44,000 votes.

Gray’s Base: Wards 7 & 8

In September 2006 Ward 7 provided Gray with 11,314 votes to propel him to the chairmanship of the DC Council. This number constituted 19.39 percent of his total citywide take and 82.46 percent of the ward’s vote. The Democratic turnout in Ward 7 was 34.46 percent. In the September 2010 contest with Fenty, Ward 7 provided Gray with 14,518 votes, roughly 20 percent of his total citywide, and 82.26 percent of those cast in the ward. 36.75 percent of registered Democrats voted in Ward 7. In the April 2012 Democratic primary, in which Councilmember Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) won reelection, the turnout was 19.07 percent in Ward 7. If we average the percentage of voter turnout in the 2012, 2010, and 2006 primaries (30.01 percent) and apply this to the total number of registered Democrats in Ward 7 we get 15,337 voters. If Gray manages to maintain his previous margin of victory, he can expect 12,576 votes. Given the fact that his Ward 7 political machine has been decimated by indictments and defections, and that candidate Muriel Bowser’s (DWard 4) brother may garner support in Hillcrest, this is likely an optimistic figure. Moreover, the total constitutes only 29 percent of the 44,000 needed to ensure his victory in a crowded field. The situation in Ward 8 is analogous to its neighbor’s. In September 2006 Ward 8 provided Gray with 6,823 votes

to propel him to the chairmanship of the DC Council. This constituted 11.70 percent of his total votes citywide and 78.90 percent of those cast in the ward. The Democratic turnout was 27 percent. In the September 2010 contest with Fenty, Ward 8 provided Gray with 10,502 votes. This was roughly 14.5 percent of his total citywide and 82.10 percent of those cast in the ward. The polls drew 31.35 percent of registered Democrats in Ward 8. In the April 2012 Democratic primary, in which Councilmember Marion Barry (DWard 8) handily won reelection against a crowded field, the turnout was 15.78 percent. If we average the percentage of voter turnout in the 2006, 2010, and 2012 primaries (24.71 percent) and apply this to the total number of registered Democrats in Ward 8 we get 11,684 voters. If Gray manages to maintain his previous margin of victory in the ward he can expect roughly 9,400 votes – 21 percent of the 44,000 needed to ensure victory in a reduced field. Even if Gray’s base performs as expected in wards 7 and 8 he still needs another 22,000 votes elsewhere (50 percent of his needed total) to sail to victory. Given his huge negatives among white voters, he will no doubt seek these votes in wards 4 and 5, the battlegrounds of the 2014 election.

Ward 4: Can 2010 Be Repeated?

The situation in the battleground wards remains unsettled. Here Gray faces competition from sitting councilmembers, each of whom possesses a ward political machine. Demographic change wrought by three years of gentrification may have eroded previous strongholds of support. Let us begin with Ward 4. In September 2010 Gray trounced Fenty, a favorite son, in Ward 4, amassing 12,815 votes (58.94 percent). This constituted 17.64 percent of his total citywide. Turnout in the ward was high at 45.10 percent. In 2014 an incumbent Gray faces Councilmember Bowser, a well-funded favorite daughter. In her first election, in May 2007, Bowser beat out a crowded field with a total of 5,064 votes or 40.30 percent in a low-turnout election. In September 2008 Bowser defended her seat, taking 74.85 percent of the vote EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | JANuARy 2014 H 21

(7,132). In April 2012 she won with 64.95 percent of the vote (7,541) against a crowded field. By comparison, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells garnered 12,862 votes. In 2010 Fenty pulled in 8,639 votes, 1,000 more than his successor did in any election. If we average the percentage of voter turnout in Ward 4 for the September 2006, 2008, 2010, and April 2012 primaries we get 33.13 percent. However, given the ward’s historically high turnout during mayoral contests, a figure of 40 percent is more likely. Applying this to the total number of currently registered Democrats we get 19,321 voters. For the sake of argument, if Gray takes the same percentage of the electorate as Bowser’s earlier opponents he could garner a minimum of 6,700 voters. The amount could be larger depending on the effectiveness of Bowser’s campaign and whether Tommy Wells can attract progressive voters into his camp, as David Grosso (I-At Large) did. In November 2012 the Brookland independent garnered 10,981 votes in Ward 4 during his contest against former councilmember Michael A. Brown, a favorite son. Either way, this only brings a third or less of the 22,000 additional votes Gray needs outside his eastern base.

nered only 42.25 percent of the vote for a total of 7,742 votes. If we average the percentage of voter turnout in Ward 5 for the 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 primaries we get 27.5 percent. However, given the ward’s historically high turnout during mayoral contests, a figure of 35 percent is more likely. Based on the 50,806 registered Democrats in the ward, 17,782 voters are in play. In Ward 5 Gray faces Orange (D-At Large), a favorite son. He also must contend with Bowser, the neighboring councilmember, who has a strong claim on the ward owing to her father’s long political activism in its northeast corner. Finally, the ward provided Grosso with progressive support from the Brookland and Bloomingdale neighborhoods (5,405 votes). These western sections of the ward, having seen enormous demographic change, are being actively courted by Wells. There is no easy way to quantify what will happen in Ward 5. Bowser is an unknown entity, having never competed there. Orange has had trouble historically holding his own against a powerful African-American incumbent from Ward 7. It seems likely that Gray can conservatively pull at least 12,000 votes out of the ward.

Uncertainty in Ward 5

One Fractured City

While Ward 4 remains very much in play, the situation next door in Ward 5 is even more unsettled. In his September 2006 race for chair, Gray garnered 9,772 votes, or 17 percent of his total, from Ward 5. Turnout in the ward was 36.76 percent. Orange garnered 1,255 votes, or 7.99 percent of the total cast. In September 2010 Gray trounced Fenty, a favorite son, taking 14,160 votes (74.75 percent). This constituted 19.5 percent of his total citywide. Turnout in the ward was 39.05 percent. Orange, running against then popular Kwame R. Brown for chair, gar22 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

Wards 4, 5, 7, and 8 contain 247,169 registered Democratic voters. Yet, Gray’s path to victory through an eastern strategy remains uncertain. The analysis above suggests the mayor will garner something in the neighborhood of 40,000 votes, possibly more. While this will certainly provide a base for victory in an election waged against multiple opponents, success in a reduced field is much less certain. If one of Gray’s opponents can harness the discontent in the city’s western neighborhoods, Gray may be looking for a new job come 2014. u

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Leaping From December Without Falling


by E. Ethelbert Miller

or me 2013 was a year of too much cancer. Friends either died from the disease or discovered they had it. Lumps and bumps in the night. A different type of pain making one suddenly feel old or just old enough to really think about death for the first time. A person you love loses their hair and maybe a breast. It’s December and everyone wants to be a survivor. Can the new year be four seasons of spring? I keep thinking terrorism starts from within. If only we could stop cancer and all those sleeper cells. What if we could free ourselves from cancer the way we hand over bottled water in the airport terminals? Why can’t we all fly free? Sad texts and painful phone conversations filled 2013. What do you say when a person shares the “c” news with you? No way I can turn away and simply write a poem. Do I blame God for changing a friend’s narrative? How many sunsets do they have left? How many years? In 2013 we had endless talks about healthcare. Cancer treatment, however, comes with a price tag. If only we could solve the “Big C” the way we shut down our government. We continue to experiment with new drugs the way we handle our democracy. We take risks. We make mistakes. But what gives me hope is the ability to dream and to be seduced by my imagination. What gives me hope is memory: the stories already told that I can return to. Poet Lucille Clifton once wrote about the good times and how we should celebrate them. We accomplish this by remembering – everyday I call a close friend who is fighting cancer and I let her know how much I love her. I still believe love is eternal, it’s what endures after everything is lost. It’s love that provides the blueprints to rebuild after disaster. It’s love that unwraps the New Year and presents itself as a gift. What we cherish can never be

denied by illness or diminish our hope. We embrace life even when it flickers, knowing we determine the brightness no matter how short or long. Gil Scott-Heron once sang about “Winter in America.” Did he sense the cancer in the air? Two thousand thirteen was a year of dark clouds, bombs, floods, and guns in schools. If politicians were doctors they would be accused of malpractice. History sits in a crowded emergency room holding a number that reads 2014. While my friends fight, to live I’ve started to pay more attention to how wounded I too have become with time. My feet and knees hurt more. My eyes no longer see in the dark or even in the light as well as they did two years ago. At my workplace many of my friends have retired. I was starting to make my own arrangements but I looked ahead to what W.E.B. DuBois once called “dusk of dawn.” I’m writing more, pushing myself into the extra innings. It’s not about throwing fast balls, it’s about knowing how to finally pitch well. Yes, I’m looking forward to a few more springs with optimism. December’s darkness can only descend so far. Two thousand thirteen will not repeat itself. If 2014 brings the changing same, then our struggle to make this a better world will have to continue. Faith often comes with gray hair. What I’ve learned about winter is that I must avoid slipping or falling during or after a storm. World events can often turnw a sane person into an acrobat. In 2014 we must land on our feet. I’m afraid there is no longer enough money for nets. E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University and the board chair of The Institute for Policy Studies. u

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Making Work Pay Even More for DC Residents


or District residents in lowwage jobs, making work pay is important. We live in an expensive city, where $8.25 or even $11.50 per hour doesn’t go very far in paying for housing, transportation, food, and other necessities. That’s why DC gives an incentive to working residents through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which eases taxes for low-income workers. But right now the credit provides very little to a big group of workers: singles without children. The DC Tax Revision Commission (DCFPI) recognized this gap


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and recently endorsed an expanded EITC that increases benefits to lowwage workers without children, a group which is ineligible for many other public benefits. DCFPI enthusiastically supports this recommendation. We hope that Mayor Gray and the DC Council will fund this important tax credit in the upcoming budget. Making the EITC work for childless households will provide a boost to the pay of these residents, as well as to our local economy, because most of these dollars will go right back into local businesses.

Little Safety Net for Singles

Over one-fourth of DC families who lived in poverty in 2012 had no children, making them a significant portion of the poorest residents. Yet the District’s safety net and income tax system offers fairly little assistance to them. Low-income childless workers are ineligible for cash assistance like TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and can get just $195 a month in food stamps. And the EITC, one of the best tools to lift families above poverty, provides very little benefit to singles.

The fact that singles without kids are largely excluded from assistance means that singles working at a lowwage job get much less to make ends meet than low-wage workers with children. But if properly designed the EITC could lift thousands of single earners out of poverty by incentivizing work and supplementing the wages of those who need it most.

EITC 101: How the District’s Credit Works

The District offers an EITC that reduces DC income taxes, much like

the federal EITC that applies to the federal income tax. The credit is refundable, meaning that if a worker’s EITC benefit exceeds the amount of taxes owed, the excess is given as a tax refund. DC’s EITC is equal to 40 percent of the federal credit, making it the second largest state-level EITC among the 21 states that offer an EITC. Very low-income households receive an EITC equal to a percentage of their income, so that the credit grows as these households earn more. As income increases further, households reach a range of incomes in which they can claim the maximum EITC benefit. Beyond the maximum credit income range the credit slowly phases out. The District credit, like the federal credit, varies based on the number of children living in the household. Households with no children receive the smallest credit, while households with three or more children receive the most. As Figure 1 illustrates, the District’s credit for childless adults is small and claimable by only a very limited group of single filers without children. For 2013 a single person without children can receive a maximum credit of $195, compared to a single person with one child who can receive a maximum credit of $1,300.

Making Work Pay for Childless Workers

The District’s EITC is effective at providing income tax relief for very low-income families with children, but fairly limited in its effect for childless singles. For example, a single parent with one child making the new minimum wage of $11.50 per hour and working 30 hours a week can

receive the maximum EITC of $1,300. A childless single with the same amount of income – about $17,250 a year – would not be eligible for any EITC benefit at all and would instead owe DC income taxes of $500. A recent proposal endorsed by the DC Tax Revision Commission would change the DC EITC’s benefit level and income eligibility for childless singles, while still maintaining the benefit for families with children at 40 percent of the federal credit. The commission recommended raising the credit to about $500 for a single worker earning between $6,400 and $16,800, which means someone working part-time to almost full-time at minimum wage. The credit would then start to phase out completely at about $23,000. This would significantly increase the number of singles without children who could claim the credit and provide more relief to childless workers at the minimum wage. For example, the minimum wage worker who earns $17,250 and owes $500 in taxes currently would have an EITC of $450 and end up owing only $50. That’s a 90 percent reduction in income taxes. Figure 2 shows the proposal’s EITC benefits at different level of income. The tax commission’s EITC proposal would provide tax relief to a substantial number of low-wage workers who get little work support from other sources. If the mayor and DC Council adopt the proposal, DC would be the first state to create an EITC for childless adults that goes beyond the federal credit. As with the recent passage of the $11.50 minimum wage, the District would remain a national leader in making work pay for all its residents. u

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Unity Health Care Celebrates 25 Years of Service How Unity Health Continues to Provide High-Quality Care for Patients by Candace Y.A. Montague


n a quiet corner along Galen Street in Ward 8 there is a Unity Health Care facility next door to Frederick Douglass’ historic home. On Kenilworth Terrace in Ward 7 a state-of-the-art Unity Health Center opened in October. And in the Upper Cardozo area of Ward 1 a Unity Health Medical Home served 20,000 patients in 2008 alone, including immigrants and homeless men, women, and children. Even in the DC Jail on the border of the Anacostia River in Ward 6 there’s a Unity Health Care center that attends to the medical needs of the inmates. Over the past 25 years Unity Health has become the District’s leading health-care provider. What sets them apart from the rest? How do they maintain a high quality of service for every patient regardless of their ability to pay?


The Transformation

Unity Health began as a Health Care for the Homeless Project in 1985. In the old Pierce Street Homeless Shelter Dr. Janelle Goetcheus and her staff began treating patients who were living on the street and had no primary care providers. Over the next two decades Unity Health expanded from a provider on a mobile outreach van to setting up shop in emergency homeless shelters to establishing health stations in all eight wards of the city. Their patient base expanded beyond the homeless to embrace at-risk families, Medicaid and Medicare dependents, the working poor, and immigrants. Vincent Keane, president and CEO, says back then partnerships with local hospitals were crucial. “We relied very heavily on our partner hospitals to provide services we couldn’t provide like in-patient care and lab work. Providence [Hospital] arranged admissions to the hospital and procedures. That began our partnership with Providence.” By 1996 Unity Health was operating on a nearly $4 million budget, receiving costbased reimbursements for services rendered to Medicare patients, getting discounts for drugs, and recruiting doctors from the National Health Service Corp to work in their clinics around the city. When DC General closed in 2001 the DC Health Care Alliance was formed to meet the needs of the uninsured and underinsured. Unity Health Care was one of the providers selected to support the medical needs of the District’s most underserved populations. Today they continue to be one of the most sought-after healthcare providers in the city. Ward 7 Council Member Yvette Alexander says that Unity Health’s reach into communities where providers were once sparse

formation. Patients can review lab results, medical records, and billing and receive reminders for health maintenance checkups. Keane says electronic health records satisfy a key element of the ACA and address the needs of the community. “Unity’s mission is to improve the health status of our community. Electronic health records are a very important tool in addressing this goal.”

The Not-So-Secret to Success

How does Unity Health continue to rise and grow while serving traditionally indigent people? Donations, awards, and partnerships. Unity Health

helps take care of problems before they begin. “This [health center] has been a long time coming for this community. We can definitely bridge the gap with health disparities for people east of the river with clinics like these around. It’s my hope that people will come not only when they’re sick but also for preventative care. That is the key.”

Unity Health also receives support for human capital through partnerships with Providence Hospital and A.T. Still University in Arizona. Recently Providence announced that it will be bringing more primary and specialty care physicians to the clinics. This kind of teamwork (not a merger) reduces duplicate testing by sharing eHealth records and allows doctors better to collaborate on how to treat the patient. Amy Freeman, president and CEO of Providence, says that continuing the long-standing partnership with Unity Health will improve health outcomes. “By expanding access to Providence physicians at Unity Health Care we can help patients better manage their diseases, improve outcomes, and ease the financial burden on a strained health-care system by reducing avoidable trips to the emergency room.” Perseverance and continuity are common themes in the Unity Health Care System. Vincent Keane says teamwork within the company and partnering with other health-care providers around the city gives Unity Health its edge. “I’d love to think there was some strategic formula. But we are just fortunate to have had some very creative staff over the years, and we seize opportunities when they arise. Working together as a team is critical to giving the best care to our patients in all eight wards of the city.” Candace Y.A. Montague is the health reporter for East of the River magazine. u

Upgrading Health Care in the District

Unity Health has come a long way from using homeless shelters to conduct business. Take a look around the city and you will find newly constructed buildings in many locations such as the medical home built in the Parkside community of Ward 7. These facilities offer the latest medical technology including digital dentistry and digital x-rays. The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped to usher in the electronic era of health care. Paper files are becoming a thing of the past and e-records are becoming the more economic and “greener” choice for recordkeeping. Unity Health has adopted the eClinical Works system for patient files, which gives every provider and specialist that works with a patient a chance to review their medical history. Since Unity Health began using the eClinical Works System it has experienced a 21 percent increase in overall provider productivity and realized $12.2 million in additional revenue. There is also the Patient Portal, which gives patients secure online access to their medical in-

has been receiving awards since its founding in 1985: millions of dollars from funders such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Verizon Foundation, and the Microsoft Corporation to name a few. First Lady Michelle Obama used Unity Health’s Upper Cardozo location to announce the Obama administration’s support of the Recovery Act, which in part aimed to invest in community health centers. Unity Health received $2.5 million in funding, which they used to completely renovate the Upper Cardozo center. DC Primary Care Association dedicated $15 million from the District’s Tobacco Master Settlement agreement to fund the construction of both the Anacostia and Parkside centers. EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | January 2014 H 27


Octavia Payne DC Ultimate Star on the Rise by Jonathan Neeley


n Sunday, Oct. 20, Octavia Payne and DC Scandal, the region’s top women’s ultimate Frisbee team, won the USA Ultimate Club Championships in Frisco, Tex. Scandal beat San Francisco Fury, a seven-time defending champion, in the title game – the first time that a team not from Boston, San Francisco, or Seattle has won a women’s championship since 1989. The next morning Payne, an account executive at Edelman Public Relations, flew to Denver for a client training session. Despite being less than a full day removed from winning a national championship, it was just another Monday at work. “Twelve hours [before],” says Payne, “I’m on top of the world. “On the biggest stage of my sport, I made this great achievement. Now I’m just working at some event. Nobody knows why I have scabs all over my arms. They just think I get rough on the weekends.” Created in New Jersey in the late 60s, ultimate is a lot more than rowdy weekends. Played with a flying disc, the game combines the non-stop movement of soccer, the individual match-ups and technical skill of basketball, and the end zone scoring of football. Opposing teams field seven players at a time, and teams like Scandal compete at grueling tournaments that run from Saturday Photo: Steve Helvin


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morning to Sunday afternoon. The Sports and Fitness Industry Association estimates about five million people in the United States play ultimate – more than lacrosse and rugby combined. Known as “Opi” to the nickname-loving ultimate community, Payne is the face of a new wave of players – high school varsity studs and Division 1-caliber athletes – taking up the game. Standing 5’6” with a frame that is slim but strong, powerful but nimble, the Baltimore native features blazing speed and pinpoint long throws that make her one of the best women’s players in the world. The scabs come from her high-flying layouts to save possession or block opponents from scoring. In addition to captaining Scandal, this July, Payne was one of 13 players to represent the United States and win gold at the World Games, a 2,800-athlete competition overseen by the Olympic Committee in Cali, Colombia. Despite her achievements, the anonymity Payne felt in Denver is commonplace for ultimate players. With very few exceptions ultimate has no college scholarships, sponsorships are marginal, and the only reward for the endless weekend practices, nights on the track, and hours in the weight room that a high-level season demands is personal satisfaction. Payne and the rest of the

National Team fundraised their way to Colombia, and Scandal players themselves foot the bill for the cost of a season (which included travelling to seven tournaments). Still, Payne says there’s no question that it’s all worth it. She had never used a passport before going to Colombia, and that’s not to mention domestic travel to California, Colorado, Boston, North Carolina, and Texas, all done this year alone and all to play or practice ultimate. As the coach of George Washington University’s women’s team, a position she volunteers for, Payne is revered as an expert, which she says has made her more assertive and improved her public speaking ability. And back when she was looking for her first job out of college, her initiative with running Scandal’s Facebook and Twitter accounts prompted a teammate to recommend her to a colleague at Edelman. Above all Payne values ultimate for the camaraderie. While playing for the National Team, Payne formed a particularly close bond with Sarah Griffith, a player from Seattle. The duo quickly learned the best ways to encourage each another at practice and enjoy low-key relaxation together between games. The relationship is one in a long line of examples of friendships that started with

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a shared love for the game. “Only [Sarah] and I will understand the connection that we made in a matter of six months,” says Payne. “These people, I’ll be friends with for life.” On top of coaching a college team, Payne frequently helps run local youth clinics and participates in Washington Area Frisbee League games. She points to ultimate’s low barriers to entry – to play, all you need is a field and a disc – as reason to use the sport for youth development. “It’s very welcoming,” she says, “very accessible, very flexible.” And though she’s only 24, Payne is acclimating to the view that her status as a minority – she’s half black, half Japanese, and has a long-term girlfriend – makes her a role model. “I’m a recognizable player by virtue of the way I look,” she says, “so I might have an automatic foot in the door. [A friend] asked me to come by his school with my medal and talk to his kids about being healthy and exercising and how it can lead to really good things, which I thought was really cool.” Before she left for the World Games, Payne’s co-workers made her a poster to wish her good luck. When she came back there was a gold-medal-shaped cupcake wait-

ing on her desk, and after Scandal’s win her office organized a viewing party to re-watch the championship game. “I think inevitably, if you’re as into ultimate as I am, that bleeds through your immediate circle and into the people you interact with everyday,” she says. “My co-workers are happy for me” Payne says their understanding is aided by ultimate’s recent push toward mainstream relevance. DC is home to two semi-professional teams, the DC Current, part of Major League Ultimate, and the DC Breeze of the American Ultimate Disc League, both of which are running unprecedented social media campaigns. The Washington Post, City Paper, and DCist have all recently run stories about the sport. In May ESPN began broadcasting major USA Ultimate events, and in September Time magazine ran a feature about ultimate that included a full-page photo of Payne diving to catch a disc. Most recently, on Dec. 3, the DC City Council passed a ceremonial resolution honoring Scandal’s championship. National exposure and recognition from a government as big as DC’s feels like a pretty big deal for a sport that, throughout its existence, has struggled to achieve even blip status on pop culture’s radar. “Time,” says Payne, “is something that at face value doesn’t need a lot of explaining. [Passing] the resolution is similar: the city recognized our achievement. You don’t have to explain much about why that’s noteworthy.” u

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native of rural Roper, N.C., near the Outer Banks, Erika Foard first came to DC to study theater at Howard University. After stints at Source Theatre and Studio Theatre and some voiceover work, she went back to North Carolina briefly to teach theater to high school students. Upon returning to the District she worked as the development director for a small theater company and performed with Imagination Stage. Over the years Foard also become a spiritual advisor in a faith-based community. It was taking up more and more time, so the acting took a back seat. “My last acting project was a directing job with actor John Amos (“Good Times,” “Roots”) – it was pretty exciting.” Foard took a full-time advertising position with Science magazine, a job she really loved. During the time she was at that job she met her husband, an entomologist. “We were married during the summer of 2004 – and the cicadas were surfacing (thought to be one of the biggest cicada swarms ever). I told him I didn’t want any cicadas attending our wedding.” Downsizing at the magazine cost Foard her position, so she decided to take her severance package and invest in a culinary degree at the Art Institute of Washington. Prior to that time she had no formal culinary training. Foard says the men in the family often took charge of the kitchen, but she had lots of kitchen time with her grandmothers, and she started cooking for her family when she was only nine. Foard has always believed that if you can read you can cook. Only a few months into school she started picking up culinary jobs. She now works full-time at a noted corporate firm, W. Millar and Company Caterers. Recently she started her own personal chef business, Moment2Moment Creations, LLC. “I truly believe we live in moments. Ideally I want to be of service to make the ‘moment’ wonderfully memorable with a heart memory or imprint for the event.” Many of Foard’s friends and coworkers have 30 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

told her that she is a natural at organizing events. For those in the food business every night is like putting on a theater production or show – it’s choreography and timing. Food needs to arrive on time and reading your “audience” or guests is key. Foard staffs events she organizes with people she met while studying culinary arts at the institute. “Throughout my life, people have always told me that I should become an event planner. Now I can pull together organizing and culinary skills and plan an event from start to finish,” she says. Here is a healthful recipe Foard offers up for the winter months:

Erika Foard with platter of healthful winter harvest roast, an easyto-cook, one-platter dinner that combines rich colors and nutrients Photo: Annette Nielsen

Winter Harvest Roast

Yield: 4 servings Vegetables 1 pound butternut squash 1 large yellow onion, peeled and quartered 1 pound total petite red, purple, gold, and white potatoes, cut in half 2 bulbs fresh garlic approximately 6 or more petite beets (depending on how much you like them), peeled and cut in half 1 large shallot 1½ pounds fresh green beans 1 teaspoon fresh thyme salt and pepper to taste extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)


Virtually any protein can be used for this dish. Pork loin, chicken breast, beef roast, even a meaty fish such as salmon. Tofu, properly drained and dusted with a little corn starch, can be pan fried for this as well. For the beef roast or pork loin use 2-3 pounds. For the fish or chicken filets use 24-32 ounces.

Maple-Chipotle Glaze for Proteins

1/3 cup maple syrup 1/3 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon crushed chipotle chili peppers or powder (crushed red peppers can be substituted) ¼ teaspoon ketchup ½ tablespoon minced onion salt and pepper to taste

Wash all vegetables and drain. Toss vegetables (except the beets and green beans) with a few tablespoons EVOO. Place on shallow baking sheet in the oven at 400 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes. Peel beets and roast them on a separate baking sheet for 45 minutes to an hour. (They take a while.) Beef or pork roasts: season with salt and pepper or as you wish and bake

Erika Foard holding a plated version of winter harvest roast with root vegetables and boneless pork. Photo: Annette Nielsen

covered at 400 degrees F until internal temp reaches 135 degrees F (medium rare); let rest for 5 minutes. Chicken breasts: season with salt and pepper as you wish and bake covered at 350 degrees F until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Salmon: foil wrap fresh salmon and bake at 375 degrees F for about 25 minutes or until firm but flaky with a slight fleshy pink color. Tofu: drain between paper towels, one to two hours. Cover in light coating of seasoned cornstarch. Pan sear on both sides in a tablespoon of EVOO. Any of the protein versions can be garnished with a glaze of maple-chipotle sauce to a quantity of your liking. When the vegetables have finished roasting, quickly cover them loosely in foil and set aside. Blanch the green beans in boiling salted water for about 90 seconds. Then quickly sauté in a pat of butter and a tablespoon of EVOO, chopped garlic, chopped shallots, salt, and pepper. Put aside. Once meat/protein has been glazed, place in a serving dish. When beets have finished roasting, transfer them along with the other vegetables to a serving dish. For a gorgeous plate surround the meats/proteins with a mix of all the roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy! To reach Erika Foard email her at Erika@m2mcreations.org or call 202-297-6111. u

by Steve Monroe


nother year has blessed us and another year has seen WPFW-FM manage its way through the headwinds of a very turbulent 2013 – and we still have it pumping out jazz, justice, progressive music, and more. Thank goodness the station found at least a temporary home in 2013, in downtown DC, after questions swirled around the station a year ago as to its future, regarding a place to broadcast, type and nature of programming, a sustaining financial stream, and equipment issues. We are thankful the station is still with us, though at this moment only streaming online, with some temporary technical issues preventing it from airing on regular radio channels in late December. We wish Willard Jenkins, Ellen Carter, Bobby Hill Jr., Tom Cole, Rusty Hassan, Bobby Rocks, and all the folks at WPFW all the best New Year’s wishes and success in the search for stability. A special New Year’s wish for our jazz masters like Buck Hill, may they find peace and health – and maybe time for a few more vintage riffs – in 2014. Blessed New Year’s wishes also to Bobby Felder, Nasar Abadey, Michael Thomas, James King, Herman Burney, Arnold Sterling, Davey Yarborough, and the rest of you stalwarts. Special best wishes to Paul Carr as he embarks on another Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival while also playing and educating full-time. Health and wealth to Charlie Fishman as he embarks on another year of the DC Jazz Festival. Best wishes go out also to our venues: long live Bohemian Caverns, back from a renovation from a freak car accident, and Twins Jazz and HR-57 and Blues Alley and the rest … and the new venues, Chez Billy and Dukem Restaurant; and thanks for coming back to jazz, Loews Madison Hotel. Which brings to mind, here’s a special nod of goodwill toward Chris Grasso for bringing jazz back to the Madison and promoting his crew of fine vocalists and musicians everywhere. And finally a very special birthday month and Happy New Year’s wish to DC homeboy and National Endow-

jazzAvenues Our own vocalist supreme Sharon Clark, who performs at the Loews Madison Hotel Jan. 24, had a great 2013 on a nine-concert tour through Russia and elsewhere, winning raves for performances in New York. Photo: Sharon Clark

ment for the Arts Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb, he of the grand legacy of playing with Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis, and all the other stars of the music over the years. The quintessential drummer, Cobb had his 83rd birthday jam two years ago here at Bohemian Caverns. Last January he played with Randy Weston and Ron Carter at the NEA Jazz Masters program to induct Eddie Palmieri, Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, and Lorraine Gordon. This January, on the 19th, Cobb is getting an 85th birthday celebration in New York at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Chez Billy/Herb Scott

Finally ducked into Chez Billy to hear Herb Scott one Staurday night last month, when he was playing with Mark Meadows on keyboards and Allen Jones on drums. The music was smooth and tasty, in that rightnow space in the front window of the impressive wood-paneled, high-ceilinged bar area. The fine dining, and fine diners, went on under soft conversation as Scott and friends played holiday fare with tunes like “What Child Is This” and “Santa Baby.” Scott, a DC product who graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts and attended Michigan State University, has also been playing at another new spot, the Ulah Bistro on U Street, in their Thursday night jams.

Jazz Night Anniversary

Wishing a very Happy New Year to the folks at Westminster Presby-

terian Church in Southwest, which celebrates its 15th anniversary of Friday night jazz for the community on Jan. 17. Scheduled performers include Wade Beach and Ernie Douglas, piano, James King and Herman Burney, bass, Percy Smith and Nasar Abadey, drums, and a “host of other friends.” January Highlights: Steve Abshire, Allyn Johnson, Salute to Dick Morgan, Jan. 10, Westminster Presbyterian Church … Lena Seikaly, Jan. 10, Loews Madison Hotel … Ralph Peterson Sextet, Jan. 10-11, Bohemian Caverns … Herb Scott, Jan. 11, 18, Chez Billy … Anthony Pirog, Jan. 16, Atlas Performing Arts Center … Kevin Peter Jones All-Star Band, Jan. 16-17, Blues Alley … Jazz Night 15th Anniversary, Jan. 17, Westminster Presbyterian Church … Elijah Jamal Balbed, Jan. 17, Loews Madison Hotel … Benito Gonzalez, Jan. 17-18, Twins Jazz … Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Jan. 18, Kennedy Center ... Kenny Rittenhouse Quintet, Jan. 22, Blues Alley … Sharon Clark, Jan. 24, Loews Madison Hotel … Christian Scott Quintet, Jan. 24-25, Bohemian Caverns … Bonnie Harris, Tribute to Gloria Lynne, and Jazz Night at the Movies, Jan. 31, Westminster Presbyterian Church … Lori Williams, Jan. 31, Loews Madison Hotel … January Birthdays: Frank Wess 4; Kenny Clarke 9; Max Roach 10; Jay McShann 12; Melba Liston, Joe Pass 13; Gene Krupa 15; Cedar Walton 17; Jimmy Cobb 20; J.J. Johnson 22; Gary Burton 23; Antonio Carlos Jobim 25; Bobby Hutcherson 27; Roy Eldridge 30. u



Films Feature Cool ‘Disco’ Dan & Big Chair Chess Club by John Muller


hroughout the 1980s and 1990s the ubiquitous mark of local Washington graffiti phantom Cool “Disco” Dan appeared throughout the city, sprawled on the sides of Metro buses, vacant buildings, and city street signs. His omnipresent tag blanketed neighborhoods in all eight wards, but there was an extra meaning in his specialty tags such as “South Beast” and “The 1st Southeast Soldiers.” “Southeast is where it all started for me,” Dan said as he signed promotional posters at a recent screening of the feature documentary film, “The Legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan” at the restored Howard Theatre on T Street NW. “I would sign Beast beside my name because beast meant you were the toughest person out there, and, you know, since I was from Southeast and everyone thinks that’s the toughest part of the city I thought I’m the Beast of Southeast. It let people know where I was from and gave Southeast its respect.” Dan no longer uses the city as his canvas. His imprint has been buffed over in the last decade, but evidence of his presence still lives in an alleyway in the rear of an abandoned building in the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. When shown a photo of the mark, which can be accessed via Talbert Street SE, Dan said the tag is relatively new, created a couple of years ago while scouting scenes for “The Legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan.” After the highly anticipated and successful premiere of the film in February 2012 at the AFI Theatre in Silver Spring, and a subsequent nationwide tour, Dan emerged from relative seclusion to greet fans at movie screenings and special programs. 32 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

“The Legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan” blends exclusive interviews with dozens of local and national celebrities – including Chuck Brown, civil rights advocate Walter Fauntroy, Ward 8 City Councilmember and former Mayor Marion Barry, and graffiti writers – with archival footage to offer the most comprehensive portrait to date of the city’s underbelly during this critical period in the nation’s capital. By tracing the development of go-go – DC’s indigenous sound – plus racial tensions, neighborhood “crews,” sensationalist media, crack cocaine, and graffiti the movie captures the spirit of a bygone era as told by those who lived to tell it. For more information on the film visit http:// cooldiscodan.com/.

Big Chair Chess Club

Near the corner of 43rd Place and Sheriff Road NE in the Deanwood neighborhood is a house that stands out from the rest: a six-by-eightfoot chess board rests atop the first floor’s awning. Since 2000 the home has been the center of the Big Chair

TOP: A Cool “Disco” Dan tag lives on in the rear of the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. RIGHT: Cool “Disco” Dan, Dan Hogg, at a recent film screening at the Howard Theatre

Chess Club, founded to teach chess to inner-city youth and adults, not only as a board game but also as an application of life skills, such as improving one’s concentration and selfdiscipline. The organization is headed by Eugene Brown, who will be portrayed by Cuba Gooding Jr. in “Life of a King,” a major motion picture set for nationwide release on Jan. 17. Brown, a real estate agent, bought the home in 2000 for less than $50,000, according to a 2003 profile in a local newspaper, and got some friends to help fix it up. “I was riding by and it had bushes all around it and I could barely see the ‘For Sale’ sign,” he recalled. According to press releases for the movie Brown discovered a multitude of life lessons through the game of chess during his 18-year incarceration for bank robbery. After his release and reentry into the workforce

Brown founded the Big Chair Chess Club to get kids off the streets and working toward lives they never believed they were capable of. From his daring introductory chess lessons to groups of unruly high school students in detention to the development of the club and the teens’ first local chess competitions, this movie reveals his difficult, inspirational journey and how he changed the lives of a group of teens with no endgame. The Deanwood Chess House, the only facility of its kind east of the river, has provided youth and adults with lessons on chess and life since opening three years ago. It has become a training ground for young players who want to hone their strategies and an alternative to the pull of the streets. For more information on the Big Chair Chess Club visit www.bigchairchessclub.org. u

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Kids & Family Notebook by Kathleen Donner

King Week Project: “Let’s Promote Peace” Mural

Between Jan. 12-18, families can stop by any neighborhood library to participate in the King Week Project. Your child can personalize a paper peace symbol and sign a peace pledge to be displayed as a “Let’s Promote Peace” mural in the children’s room. After the mural is displayed in your neighborhood library, it will be sent to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to become part of a larger peace display for Black History Month! “We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends by peaceful means.” -Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Especially for ages 4-12. dclibrary.org

Drew Elementary School celebrates winning the DC SCORES Poetry Slam! in its first year of the event! Photo: Courtesy of DC SCORES

DC Parks and Recreation Outdoor Explorer Family Adventures

Outdoor Explorer: Family Adventures is series of outdoor recreation excursions, designed for families to enjoy the great outdoors together. Excursions are one the 2nd Saturday of each month. The next adventure is snow tubing at Ski Roundtop Resort on Feb. 8, all day, and leaves from Fort Stanton Recreation Center, 1812 Erie St. SE. Registration is required at bit.ly/oefa2014.

Black History Month Evening Story Time at Anacostia Library

On Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, they will have a special story time celebrating African and African-American history and culture. Stories, songs, and a craft for ages 5-9. Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707. dclibrary.org/anacostia

Schools Skate for Fitness at Fort Dupont Ice Arena

In partnership with DC Public Schools Department of Health and Physical Education, the Schools Skate for Fitness is a program designed to meet the physical education requirements of the elementary, middle and high schools in Washington, DC, and to promote physical fitness and an active lifestyle. The Fort Dupont Ice Arena encourages you to bring the same class or group of students 34 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

DC SCORES Poetry Slam! The 16th annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!, the largest youth spoken-word competition in the District, showcased original poetry and songs written by students who participate in the award-winning after-school program. December’s two-night event was held at Cardozo Education Campus on Dec. 4 and H.D. Woodson Senior High School Dec. 5. On the second night of the Poetry Slam!, students representing 19 elementary and middle schools wowed 500 guests with group and individual performances. Afterward, Executive Director Amy Nakamoto labeled the performances the best she’s ever seen! The poems’ topics covered everything from the very serious (school shutdowns, violence in neighborhoods) to the comical (the sounds three or four times for a full ice skating curriculum. This curriculum, or repeat instruction, enables those particular children to advance beyond the

of different dogs barking, the walking gaits of various animals) and illustrated the freedom of expression poetry offers. Elementary school winners were Drew (1st); Arts and Technology Academy (2nd); and Imagine Hope Community Charter - Tolson Campus (3rd). Skky Mabry of Imagine Hope won the individual Shine Award. Middle school winners were KIPP DC: AIM Academy (1st); Kelly Miller (2nd); and Jefferson (3rd). Immanuel Webb of KIPP AIM won the Shine Award. DC SCORES builds teams through afterschool programs for 1,500 low-income DC youth at 47 schools by instilling self-expression, physical fitness, and a sense of community. To learn more, visit DCSCORES.org. very basic first skating lesson and to truly develop recreational ice skating skills. Developing strong skating skills increases the likelihood that these

children will continue to skate and make exercise and physical activity a regular part of their life. Ice time is available Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Skaters must be in 2nd-12th grades (kindergarten and first grade by special arrangement only). Visit includes 15 minute orientation, 25 minute onice lesson, and 20 minute free skate time. Skaters must be dressed properly: long pants, long-sleeved shirt, long socks, and jacket. Permission slips are required for every skater under age 18. There is no charge for DC Public Schools. There is a $120 fee per visit for private schools, charter schools, Virginia and Maryland schools, and community groups. The $120 fee covers 30 children, and skate rental for each child. For groups larger than 30 children, please add $5 per skater. To schedule a visit, contact Program Director Leticia Moreno Enos at 202-584-5007, ext.13 or lmoreno@fdia.org

Glorious March to Liberty: Civil War to Civil Rights at Francis A. Gregory Library

On Monday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m., Hari Jones, the African American Civil War Museum’s Curator and Assistant Director, will present the program “Glorious March to Liberty: Civil War to Civil Rights.” In this interactive program, participants will learn about the scope of African American involvement in the Civil War and have the opportunity to handle reproduced Civil War items. Program is for ages 5, older. Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-6986373. dclibrary.org/francis

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KIDS & FAMILY DC Youth Poetry Slam Team

President Obama addresses 3D movie goers in White House movie theater.

White House Student Film Festival Entries Deadline Approaching The White House is having its first-ever White House Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages. Films should address at least one of the following themes: (1) how you currently use technology in your classroom or school and (2) the role technology will play in education in the future. Submissions for the White House film festival will be accepted through Jan 29, 2014. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo to be submitted. Read details at whitehouse. gov/filmfestival. trict residents and guests at DPR Aquatic Facilities. To maintain this level of service, DPR regularly hosts training sessions to certify those interested in becoming lifeguards. Sessions include conditioning exercises and complete American Red Cross lifeguard training in three areas: Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator) for the professional rescuer. Lifeguard training for DC residents is $100 with a $10 registration fee for a total of $110. Visit dpr.dc.gov/node/539492 for details.

Children’s Cinema: Spotlighting The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m., see the story of a young school girl in Selma, Ala., who is inspired by Dr. King. On Jan. 16 at 4 p.m., see an animated film showing the adventures of time-traveling students who meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both are for ages 8-12. Deanwood Neighborhood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. 202-698-1175. dclibrary.org/deanwood 36 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., teens are invited to participate in weekly poetry and spoken word workshops. The DC Youth Poetry Slam Team will host bi-weekly workshops on Wednesday afternoons at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library. The DC Youth Poetry Slam Team uses poetry to teach and empower teens from the area to speak up about issues of social justice. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. dclibrary.org/benning

imagiNATIONS Activity Center at the American Indian Museum

Open every day, the interactive, family-friendly imagiNATIONS Activity Center provides visitors of all ages with a multitude of unique learning experiences. Native peoples have always used the natural environments around them to meet their needs, and today many of their innovations and inventions are part of daily life for millions worldwide. Visitors to the center can explore some of these ingenious adaptations through a variety of hands-on activities: Weave a giant basket to learn about the various styles of basketry. Explore different modes of transportation like snowshoes and skateboards. Sit inside a full-sized tipi and learn about the buffalo. And stamp your imagiNATIONS passport with real tribal seals as you journey through the center. Even the homes where Native people lived show how they adapted to their environments! Visitors can find out how as they wander through an Amazonian stilt house, see what makes a Pueblo adobe house special, or learn how a Comanche tipi is built. The craft room offers visitors the opportunity to create art projects and take them home. Their newest activities include a kayak balancing game and our Native Beats Music Room, where kids can explore music through Native percussion instruments. Don’t forget to test your knowledge of Native history, culture, and customs by participating in a competitive quiz show! They invite you to come and explore! The center always has something new, hosting a regular schedule of storytellers, artists, and other unique performers and activities. The imagiNATIONS Activity Center is open Monday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. NMAI

on the National Mall at 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW. nmai.si.edu

“I Have a Dream Wall” for Teens at MLK Library

Between Jan. 12-19, teens are encouraged to artistically express themselves and continue the nonviolent fight towards equality for all. Come to MLK Library and decorate a “dream cloud” that will state your dream for the future for yourself, your community and/or this country. Your “dream cloud” will be on display on the “I Have A Dream” wall during Black History Month at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library during February.

Chinese New Year Family Day at the American Art Museum

On Saturday, Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., the American Art invites everyone to join them in celebrating the Chinese New Year in the heart of Chinatown. Festivities to bring in the Year of the Horse include traditional dance performances and demonstrations. Learn the art of calligraphy and make red paper lanterns to bring yourself good luck in the New Year! Free admission. American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, 8th and F sts. NW. 202-633-1000. americanart.si.edu

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2014-2015

Kate DiCamillo, Newbery Medal Award-winner and honoree, has been named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. DiCamillo will serve in the position during 2014 and 2015, succeeding Walter Dean Myers. She has chosen “Stories Connect Us” for her platform. The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is named by the Librarian of Congress for a two-year term, based on recommendations from a selection committee representing many segments of the book community. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and the ability to relate to children. The position was created to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. During their tenures, the ambassadors appear throughout the country at events with young people, encouraging them to make reading a central part of their lives. loc.gov

In Every Language Love at the Sackler

On Feb. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 2 p.m., view a digital slideshow of images of love in Asian art. Use printing blocks that say “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages as well as symbols of love to print vivid Valentines to take home. It’s an open house for all ages. The Sackler Gallery is at 1050 Inde-

pendence Ave. SW. asia.si.edu

Library of Congress to Offer Junior Fellows Summer Internships

Now in its 10th year, the Library’s Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program once again is offering special 10-week paid fellowships to college students. For a stipend of $3,000, the 2014 class of Junior Fellows will work full-time with Library specialists and curators, May 27-Aug. 1, 2014, to inventory, describe and explore collection holdings and to assist with digital-preservation outreach activities throughout the Library. The focus of the program is on increasing access to collections and awareness of the Library’s digital-preservation programs by making them better-known and available to Members of Congress, scholars, researchers, students, teachers and the general public. The fellows will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright deposits, digital preservation, reference, access standards and information management. From 15th-century German woodcuts and Civil War battlefield maps to Abraham Lincoln’s life mask and a braille copy of the book “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” published in 2003, rare and unique treasures were processed by the 2013 Junior Fellows. Applications will be accepted online only at usajobs.gov, keyword: 357481100, through midnight, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. For more details about the program and information on how to apply, visit loc.gov/hr/jrfellows. Questions about the program may be sent to interns2014@loc.gov.

DCPS K-12 Out-of-Boundary Lottery

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On Saturday, Jan. 25, the National Archives and the Foundation for the National Archives are partnering to host the first-ever overnight event for children ages 8-12 years old in the home of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Each participant will have the chance to engage with National Archives documents in fun and exciting ways: decode Civil War ciphers, write a letter to the President, learn how to write with a quill pen, play with historic toys and games from their patent collection, and other activities. The evening will end with with a selection of Oscar-nominated short films in the William G. McGowan Theater. The cost is $125. After the night sleeping in the Archives Rotunda and Rotunda Galleries, participants will enjoy breakfast, play Archives trivia, and join in an interactive demonstration on how hot chocolate was made in colonial times, using American Heritage Chocolate. For more information and to register, visit archivesfoundation.org/sleepover. Questions about the event should be directed to sleepover@archivesfoundation.org. u

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African Trip Shows Eastern Students What Is And Isn’t Important In Life by Stephen Lilienthal


ahni Clarke-Hellams, junior at Eastern Senior High School (ESHS), and five classmates spent five days in July living in a place without television, the internet, electric lights, ovens or stoves, bathrooms, not even running water from a sink. Is it any wonder that some of Mahni’s friends would exclaim, “Africa! Why would you want to go there? You could look at it on TV.” Yet, Mahni’s and her classmates’ experience as Student Ambassadors (SA) for buildOn, a nonprofit concerned with development issues, challenges the conventional American view of how life is to be lived.

From Eastern SHS to Southeast Africa

The students visited Malawi, a country in southeast Africa, this July thanks to buildOn, a non-profit dedicated to reducing poverty, illiteracy, and gender inequity in underdeveloped areas. Skyler Badenoch, buildOn’s DC representative, emphasizes that the non-profit’s mission is to have students travel to underdeveloped areas to do their part to diminish the deficits in educational resources. In over two decades, buildOn has built well over 550 schools in countries with high rates of poverty. Eastern’s buildOn chapter helped raise money for the trip while the DC chapter raised a majority of the funds. Six students were selected to serve as Student Ambassadors (SA) after being recommended by Eastern faculty, completing two essay questions and going through a panel review conducted by DC buildOn Chapter members. Mahni, Naomie Williams, Givon Clair, Davonya Flythe, Alexis Adams, and Ke’Asiah McLaughlin, left in July to visit Guchi, a small Malawian village with an economy based on agriculture. They were accompanied by their science teacher, Megan Fisk, and 38 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

their Dean of Students, Neutah Opiotennione. Eastern student Mahni ClarkeHellams carries a village child who resides in Guchi.

Arriving in Guchi

As they rode the bus to Guchi, the students felt apprehensive. Even though Guchi needed a school to serve its residents and those of nearby villages, Mahni found herself wondering, “Are they going to appreciate what we’re doing? Are they going to accept us?” Seeing all the empty homes in Guchi increased the uncertainty. However, the SAs unease quickly dissipated upon entering the center of the village where they were greeted by singing and dancing villagers. Alexis Adams smiles when recalling the warm greeting, “I don’t really dance, but I danced there because it’s respectful to dance” with villagers. After the reception, the village leaders spoke in a hut, welcoming the SAs. Mahni and Davonya responded by expressing the wish that both Guchi residents and the SAs would learn from each other.

What They Did

ESHS’s SAs were soon at work helping the village construct the school. Receiving help from buildOn requires the signing of a covenant in which villagers promise to maintain the school

and ensure it provides equal access to males and females. Villagers unable to write their name provided their fingerprints. After breaking ground, the villagers and buildOn mixed cement, sifted sand, and laid bricks. Village men worked on construction and the women prepared food and carried water. “It was fun to show them that in the US women do construction work and that we actually are good at it.”

Life Not As We Know It

ESHS’s SAs had to confront all kinds of challenges unthinkable to most Americans. Villagers must walk to obtain water from a well. Travel for most villagers means walking. Guchi has no electricity so the students had to use flashlights. They had spent days studying Chichewa, the language spoken by Guchi’s residents, but

found themselves relying often on non-verbal communication with their families and translators at the worksite. Children in Mahni’s residence spoke some English, allowing her to forge bonds with them by the visit’s end. The students taught them freeze tag, Uno, and answered their questions about President Obama and his family. Mahni ‘s host family was fairly affluent by rural Malawian standards, residing in a hut but also owning a brick house that some SAs used for their stay. Alexis stayed there too, recalling that the family had a TV yet, like all of Guchi, no electricity. Showering and cooking meant using water heated by fire. Mahni found using an outside bathroom difficult particularly in the cold night.

Contrasting Here and There

The six students returned to the States with a stronger understanding between wants and needs. As Ke’Ashiah wrote in a journal, ”Living with a host family halfway across the world from mine really made me appreciate everything I have at home.” Interested in health care, Mahni learned that Guchi residents must travel two hours by vehicle or walk four hours to reach the nearest hospital. Only children under 5 have regular access to doctors. Mahni and the SAs were im-

pressed by the interest young Malawians show toward education. Visiting a school on the way to Guchi, students were “ready to learn.” When asked questions, hands shot up. Davonya says, “Malawians view education as a privilege.” When asked about the low standard of living in Malawi, Mahni says, “The striking thing is that Malawians do not carry themselves as if they need money.” She wrote in her journal that the Guchi residents “seemed to smile despite their circumstances.” Ke’Asiah now believes that many of her wants “are unimportant to living.” The hard working nature of the villagers and the commitment of Guchi’s parents to see their children prosper impressed her. Alexis says what she finds inspiring is that Malawians are helpful without expecting things in return. “That’s something you don’t see a lot of in America.” When asked about how the experience changed her life, Mahni says, “I don’t ask for much anymore.” Her fellow ESHS classmates now have a changed view of Africa. “When we came back and told our classmates and families everything, they were like, “Wow! I want to go.” Stephen Lilienthal is a freelance writer. u EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | January 2014 H 39

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