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Applications being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year

Spaces available in 1st grade and kindergarten Waiting list for Pre-K 3 & Pre-K 4 building on our strong foundation as an early childhood program Serving Preschool - First grade for the 2013-2014 school year. A new grade will be added each year through 5th grade.

Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Voted Best Preschool in DC, City Paper Readers Poll 2013! INFORMATION SESSIONS: July 11 & 18 at 9:30am – 10:30am • • • •

Before & After Care Small classroom size and well trained staff Individual planning for each student Hands-on and project-based curriculum

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DCRA’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) Celebrates Small Business Week 2013 Small Business Restaurant Symposium and Expo “Capitalizing on the Thriving Restaurant Industry in the District of Columbia” (FREE OF CHARGE)

When: June 17, 2013 Where: Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University 800 Florida Ave, NE, Washington DC 20002 Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30 am) Topics will include: • The D. C. Government Regulatory Processes

How to Open a Small Business by Navigating through DCRA’s Regulatory Process When: June 19, 2013 Where: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) 1100 4th Street, SW, Suite 200; Washington DC, 20024 Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Featuring DCRA’s

• How to Open a Restaurant (in Spanish) • Financial Management • New Frontiers in Restaurants, Catering and Pop-Up Restaurants • How to get Financing to Open a Restaurant • Building Lease Agreements

• Business Licensing Division • Corporations Division • Occupational and Professional Licensing Division • Permits and Inspections Division • Weights and Measures Division • Zoning Division

• New Development Hot Spots in the District

To register for the SBRC workshops go to: For assistance with registering for the SBRC workshops call: 202-442-4538

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50 Classifieds Cover: Christylez Bacon performs at The Light Box during LUMEN8ANACOSTIA April 14, 2012. This show was produced by The Pink Line Project in partnership with ARCH Development Corporation. This years LUMEN8ANACOSTIA takes place on June 22, 2013 from 1pm - midnight at Honfleur Gallery, Anacostia Arts Center and The Music Box (warehouse space) in Historic Anacostia. Photo: David Y. Lee / ARCH Development Corporation

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GO.SEE.DO. July 4th Fireworks on the Mall

Any spot is a good one if you can see the top half of the Washington Monument. The fireworks start at about 9:15 p.m. (full darkness), last about 30 minutes and are always worth the effort. If you want to make a day if it, park yourself on the west lawn of the Capitol midafternoon with picnic (no alcohol), lawn chairs, blanket, water for the 8 p.m. for the National Symphony Orchestra concert with fireworks to follow. You will go through security and alcohol may be confiscated. The fireworks and concert go on except in the case of extremely bad weather. Your best source for up-tothe-minute information is local TV and radio stations.

Fireworks as seen from the Truman Balcony of the White House

Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series

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Friday evening concerts at Yards Park have become a summer tradition. This year the concerts will feature bands selected by OnTap magazine, as well as delicious tastes, sweets, beverages provided by Pepe, mobile sandwiches from Jose Andrés’. OnTap will bring a wide range of live musical performances to Yards Park including top-40, country, salsa, pop, bluegrass, and reggae. Here’s the lineup: June 7, J.P. McDermott; June 14, Cazhmiere; June 21, Nayas; June 28, The Reserves; July 5, Scott’s New Band; July 12, Texas Chainsaw Horns; July 19, 40 Thieves; July 26, Practically Einstein; Aug 2, Sam O; Aug 9, 19th Street Band; Aug 16, Crowded Streets; Aug 23, Alma Tropicalia; and Aug 30, Framewerk. Yards Park is in the Capitol Riverfront at 355 Water St. SE, three blocks from Nationals Park. Take the Green Line to Navy Yard (New Jersey Avenue exit). Concerts start at 8:30 p.m.

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Community Forklift Turns Seven and a Half

The all-day celebration will feature activities for kids, live music from local bands, and half-smokes on the grill. They’ll have half-price discounts on modern and vintage building materials throughout the 34,000 sq. ft. warehouse, as well as free do-it-yourself workshops to inspire you to complete the half-finished projects around your house. Community Forklift is an unusual organization that has attracted loyal customers and donors from all over the region. In 2013 Community Forklift was voted “Best Hardware Store” by readers of The Washington City Paper; in 2012 it was voted “Best Home Store” by readers of The Washington Post Express. Join them from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Forklift’s Edmonston warehouse, 4671 Tanglewood Drive (near the D-Prince George’s line in the Hyattsville area). For details and updates on the Half-Birthday Party visit CommunityForklift. org. Community Forklift, the DC area’s largest thrift store of surplus and salvaged building materials, opened in 2005. Their name reflects their mission: to lift-up local communities by keeping waste out of landfills, creating green jobs, and making renovation supplies affordable. Hours are noon-6:00 p.m., Tuesday; 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; and 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. This couple loads up an iron fence and vintage shutter. Photo: Edward Jackson

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship

Photo: Rebecca Hale/National Geographic

Discover the perils and privileges of 18th-century pirate life as you explore artifacts recovered from the Whydah, the first authenticated pirate ship found in US waters. One of the most technologically advanced vessels of her day, the Whydah was built and launched as a slave ship and captured on her maiden Atlantic voyage by legendary pirate Sam Bellamy and his crew. After a few alterations and a quick hoist of the Jolly Roger, the Whydah became the flagship of Bellamy’s flotilla, leading raids throughout Caribbean waters and up the Atlantic coast. Then on April 26, 1717, the perfect storm sank the Whydah with most of her crew aboard, as well as the bounty from more than 50 captured ships. Almost 300 years later underwater explorer Barry Clifford and his team managed to locate the wreck and painstakingly unearthed her treasures. In Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship dive into the wreck to discover the true stories of Capt. Bellamy and his crew through fascinating artifacts in the world’s first exhibition of authentic pirate treasure. Touch real pirate treasure and marvel at gold and silver coins from all over the world, and discover the advanced technology that revealed these treasures to the modern world. National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588.


ARCH Development Corporation brings LUMEN8ANACOSTIA back to Historic Anacostia for a second year, kicking off seven full weeks of programming with a music-themed all-day festival on Saturday, June 22. LUMEN8ANACOSTIA will continue through Aug 10 with weekly themed programming including a film week, a fashion week and a closing celebration on Aug 10. The June 22 kickoff festival runs from 1 p.m. to midnight. The noon-6 p.m. programming will be concentrated at the new Anacostia Arts Center and the 6 p.m.-midnight programming will take place at 2235 Shannon Pl. SE in the old police evidence warehouse. The first part of the day will include local ward 8 artists selling work, children’s programming produced by art collective Albus Cavus, a Gallery Operator Contest at the Anacostia Arts Center, the first open day of the Public Studio Project among other programming that includes music and food. In the evening, the fun moves to 2235 Shannon Pl. SE, with a list of local musicians lined up including the Funk Arc and local favorite Thayobleu. This warehouse space, to be transformed by creative lighting, will also house a Busboys & Poets pop-up restaurant and a cash bar.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS Post Game Fireworks at Nat’s Park. July 3. Game begins at 6:05 PM. Fireworks about 9:00 PM. Watch from inside the park or anywhere you can see the top of the park. July 4th National Symphony Orchestra Concert Full Dress Rehearsal. July 3, 7:30 PM. US Capitol west lawn. You will find a much smaller crowd at the concert rehearsal. You will be allowed on the Capitol grounds starting at 3:00 PM. You will go through security and alcohol may be confiscated. Free. July 4th Fireworks and National Symphony Orchestra Concert. July 4, 8:00 PM. US Capitol west lawn. Fireworks at about 9:15 PM. No one will be allowed on the Capitol west lawn until 3:00 PM. Come early with a picnic and a blanket to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol for the National Symphony Orchestra Annual Independence Day Concert. The fireworks can be seen from all over the mall, from many rooftops and from across the river. Just make sure that you have a clear view of the top half of the Washington Monument. You will go through security and alcohol may be confiscated. The fireworks and concert go on except in the case of extremely bad weather. Your best source for up-to-the-minute information is local TV and radio stations. Free. This Frisbee Clears Mines Tournament. July 4, 9:30 AM. at Anacostia Park. In honor of International Mine Action and Awareness day, on July 4, will host the second annual This Frisbee Clears Mines Tournament, an Ultimate Frisbee tournament, with support from the Washington Area Frisbee Club to benefit MAG America‘s landmine clearance activities. All participants should arrive no later than 9:30

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Drone Shadow 002 (Istanbul), 2012. Photo: Courtesy of James Bridle

James Bridle: A Quiet Disposition at the Corcoran. June 19-July 7. Exhibit on the subject of drone warfare opens in Gallery 31 at the Corcoran. Admission to the exhibition, in the Corcoran’s Gallery 31 exhibition space, is free and open to the public during regular museum hours. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. a.m. for registration and team assignments. This is an open tournament and will be great fun to play or to watch. Capitol Hill July 4th Parade and Festival Picnic. July 4. Parade,10:00 AM. Festival, 11:00 AM. Parade route is along 8th St. SE between Penn. Ave. and I St. SE. Festival is at Eastern Market Metro Plaza. Free.

“What to the Slave is the 4th of July?”. July 4, 11:00 AM-noon. On July 5, 1852 Frederick Douglass climbed onto a stage in Rochester, NY and into the history books. His audience that day came to hear just another 4th of July speech. What they got was as brilliant indictment of slavery and of those who would not lift a hand to attack “the accursed system” as the country had ever seen. On July 4th hear

the speech ring out from the steps of Frederick Douglass’s own home in Washington, DC. Frederick Douglass national Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE, (corner of 15th and W). Patriotic Organ Concert at the National Cathedral. July 4, 2:00 PM. Washington National Cathedral. The all-American program opens with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, and in-

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cludes opportunities for audience singing the National Anthem and “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” Free. 202-537-8980. The National Archives Celebrates the Fourth of July. July 4. Band performance, 8:30–9:45 AM; Ceremony, 10:00-11:00 AM; Family activities, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. The celebration will include patriotic music, a dramatic reading of the Declaration by historical reenactors, and exciting free family activities and entertainment for all ages. Free. Constitution Ave. and Seventh St. NW. 202-357-5400. Independence Day Celebration and Air Force Band Concert. July 4, 8:00 PM (fireworks over Washington Monument follow). Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, VA. (14th St. Bridge into Virginia, merge onto Washington Blvd. and then Columbia Pike in the direction of the Navy Annex. Then follow signs and crowds.) Contemporary and patriotic tunes and spectacular views of the nighttime Washington, DC skyline. Free. Alexandria’s Birthday Celebration. July 13, 4:00-10:00 PM. Enjoy a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake, food and fireworks. The evening culminates in Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Oronoco Bay Park. Free.

SPECIAL EVENTS Everyone Needs Retail Therapy Happy Hour. June 12, 5:00-7:00 PM. ...with Simone Butterfly, Fashion Investigator. Ulah Bistro, 1214 U St. NW. DC Government “Truck Touch”. June 15, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM., at RFK, Lot 7, 2400 E. Capitol St. NE. The DC Department of Public Works invites the public to attend DC’s annual free, citywide “Truck Touch”. DC government agencies will demonstrate and explain the vehicles used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, fix potholes, clear snow, provide emergency services, and more. Mayor Vincent Gray’s official summer kick-off event will take place in the adjacent Lot 6 and will offer activities for youth of all ages, as well as family services and information until 5:00 PM. Free, family-friendly event is city’s official summer kick off and offers something for all ages.

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Safeway Barbecue Battle. June 22, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM; June 23, 11:00 AM-7:30 PM. $10-$12. Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 9th & 14th sts. LUMEN8ANACOSTIA 2013 Kickoff. June 22. 12-hour day and night festival with creative events, performances, artistic installations, and family friendly events at Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE and Good Hope Rd. SE LUMEN8ANACOSTIA runs through Aug 22. Smithsonian Folklife Festival. June 26-30 and July 3-7. 11:00 AM-5:30 PM. Evening events at 6:00 PM. Festival features programs on Campus and Community, Citified, and Creativity and Crisis. Free entrance. National Mall between 7th and 14th sts. Marine Barracks Evening Parade. Friday evenings through Aug 30. Guests admitted starting at 7:00 PM. Guests should be seated by 8:00 PM. Program begins at 8:45 PM. The Evening Parade has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. The ceremony begins with a concert by the United States Marine Band. Free. It is wise to have reservations that can be made online at mbw. Marine Barracks (front gate), Eighth and I sts. SE. 202-433-4073.

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2013 Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer. Wednesdays, through Aug 28, 7:00 PM with pre-ceremony pageantry starting at 6:45 PM. Members of the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard), the US Army Band “Pershings Own,” Fife and Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team will perform an hour-long sunset military Pageant. Over 100 Old Guard soldiers dressed in period uniforms will provide a glimpse of Army history from colonial times to the soldier of the future. Summerall Field on historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA. Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran. This summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, enjoy special exhibitions and programming free of charge in addition to Gallery tours, select workshops, demonstrations, and performances for all ages. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700.

OUTDOOR SUMMER MUSIC AND MOVIES DC Jazz Festival. Through June 16. With more than 100 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in Washington, D.C. and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. The Festival presents year-round music education programs and concerts for DC students and residents by local, national and internationallyknown talent at venues across DC, promotes music integration in school curricula, and supports outreach to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts. Adams Morgan Summer Concerts. Saturdays, through July 6, 5:00-7:00 PM at the corner of Columbia and 18th NW.

NoMa Summer Screen “Outlaw Heroes”. 7:00-11:00 PM. June 12–The Italian Job; June 19–Goonies; June 26-Breakfast Club; July 3-The Fugitive; July 10-Bridesmaids; July 17-Moonrise Kingdom; July 24-True Grit; July 31-Hunger Games; Aug 7-Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Aug 14-Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Aug 21- (rain date). Movie location at L St. between 2nd and 3rd, NE. Military Band Concerts at the US Capitol. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in summer (weather permitting). 8:00 PM. Mondays, US Navy Band; Tuesdays, US Air Force Band; Wednesdays, US Marine Band; Fridays, US Army Band. Free. West Terrace US Capitol Building. Yards Park Marine Band Thursday Night Concerts (before the movie). Thursdays, 7:30 PM, through Aug 29 (not Independence Day). Yards Park is in the Capitol Riverfront at 355 Water Street SE, three blocks from Nationals Ballpark. Take the Green Line to Navy Yard (New Jersey Avenue exit). Postgame Concerts at Nationals Park. Blues Traveler (June 8), Thompson Square (July 6), Gavin DeGraw (August 31) and Montgomery Gentry (September 21) will comprise the lineup for the 2013 NatsLive Free Postgame Concert Series following select Nationals home games throughout the summer. The performances will begin approximately 15 minutes after the final out of each Nationals game. Fans who wish to attend the free concerts must have a valid ticket for that day’s Nationals game, which can be purchased at The Double Play Giveaway & Concert Packs are also available at for those who want to ensure their seat for each of the four postgame concerts. Music in the Courtyard. June 8 and June 15, 7:00-10:30 PM. at Gallery O on H, 1354 H St. NE. Navy Band “Concerts on the Avenue.” Tuesdays starting June 11, 7:30 PM (new time). US Navy Memorial. The United States Navy Band and its specialty groups will perform. Free. Seventh and Penn. Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. Canal Park Outdoor Movies. Thursdays at sundown. June 13, Iron Man; June 20, Batman and Robin; June 27, The Hulk; July 4, no movie because of the holiday; July 11, Batman Begins; July 18, Thor; July 25, The Dark Knight; Aug 1, The Avengers; Aug 8, The Dark Knight Rises. Every week there will be trivia for each comic, as well as special giveaways on designated theme nights and more. Canal Park is accessible from the New Jersey Avenue entrance of the Navy Yard Metro. Canal Park is at 200 M St. SE. U Street Movies. June 19, July 17, Aug 21, Sept 18. Contact to help organize or donate. Movies shown at the Harrison Recreation Center field, V St. between 13th and 14th sts. NW. Free admission. Attendees are encouraged to come early to picnic in the park and listen to music spun by local DJs. Rhythm in NoMa Concerts. June 27, July 25, Aug 29, Sept 26; 6:00-8:00 PM. Connect with business partners, family or friends while listening to a variety of popular musical styles, from Motown to funk to quiet jazz ensembles. location TBA.

Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series. Fridays, 8:30 PM. Here’s the lineup: June 14, Cazhmiere; June 21, Nayas; June 28, The Reserves; July 5, Scott’s New Band; July 12, Texas Chainsaw Horns; July 19, 40 Thieves; July 26, Practically Einstein; Aug 2, Sam O; Aug 9, 19th Street Band; Aug 16, Crowded Streets; Aug 23, Alma Tropicalia; and Aug 30, Framewerk. Yards Park is in the Capitol Riverfront at 355 Water Street SE, three blocks from Nationals Ballpark. Take the Green Line to Navy Yard (New Jersey Avenue exit). Air Force Band Concerts. Fridays in June, July and Aug. 8:00 PM. Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, VA. (14th St. Bridge into Virginia, merge onto Washington Blvd. and then Columbia Pike in the direction of the Navy Annex. Then follow signs.) Expect a pleasing mix of contemporary and patriotic tunes and spectacular views of the nighttime Washington, DC skyline. Free. Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. Fridays, through Aug 30 (rain or shine), 5:00-8:00 PM. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Live jazz performed by an eclectic mix of top artists from the Washington area entertains visitors outdoors in front of the fountain or in the Pavilion Cafe (if it’s raining). The Pavilion Cafe features a seasonal tapas-style menu and bar service during the concerts. Everyone can enjoy these concerts. You do not have to order food or drinks. Free. 202- 289-3360. Live American Roots Music. Friday and Saturday nights in summer. The National Building Museum has partnered with Hill Country Barbecue Market to present Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue, a unique branded outdoor experience featuring Hill Country’s awardwinning Texas-style barbecue, ice-cold Shiner beers, and signature cocktails on the Museum’s spacious and picturesque West Lawn. Throughout the summer, the space features live American roots music on Friday and Saturday nights, presented by Hill Country Live, Hill Country’s Austin-inspired music program. National Buildiong Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts at Canal Park. Wednesdays, Through July 31, 11:30 AM1:30 PM. Canal Park is located at 202 M St, SE.

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Music at Sixth and I. June 9, From Bagels to Bongos: Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; June 10, The Heavy with The Silent Comedy and The Skins; June 13, Dana

Leong Trio; June 16, Dan Croll; June 17, Low with Mike Doughty; June 29, The 18th Street Singers-Defining the Times: American Music Through the Generations; July 6, The Polyphonic Spree. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. Music at The Howard. June 9 and 10, Tamia; June 12, Buika; June 13, Susana Baca; June 14, Big Boi of Outkast; June 16, John Mclaughlin and the 4th Dimension; June 20, Sucker Punch, June 21 K-Ci & JoJo; June 22, Syleena Johnson and INNA; June 23, Wale; June 26, Geto Boys; June 27, The Greyboys Allstars; June 29, Joe; June 30, KES The Band; July 1, Alpha Blondy; July 3, A Drag Salute to the DIVAS; July 5, The Furious Five; July 6, Trouble Funk. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. Charles Mokotoff at the Harman. June 12, noon. Charles Mokotoff holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in guitar performance from Syracuse University and Ithaca College, respectively. He has served on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities in the New York and New England area as a lecturer in classical guitar and lute. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Sunday Gospel Brunch Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir. Every Sunday, 12:30-2:00 PM. $30-$45. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Free but free will offering taken. 1317 G ST. NW. 202-347-2635. 1st Thursday @ First Church. First Thursday of every month, 5:30-7:00 PM. First Congregational United Church of Christ hosts a “Different kind of Happy Hour” for those passing by the corner of 10th and G sts. NW-music, art, refreshments and conversation. Childcare provided. 945 G St. NW. National City Christian Church Organ Concerts. Every Friday, 12:15-1:15 PM. Free. 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-232-0323. Steinway Series of classical music concerts at American Art Museum. Second Sunday, 3:00 PM The Steinway Series is a classical music concert that features the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s refurbished Steinway Concert Grand piano. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level American Art Museum (between Seventh and Nineth and and F and G sts. NW.) 202-633-1000.

The BASIS DC Boosters would like to thank our generous sponsors for making our first Annual Gala such a success. • Arena Stage

• Labyrinth Games & Puzzles

• Atlas Performing Arts Center

• Obelisk Restaurant

• Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill

• Teaism

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• Washington Kastles

• Capital Community News

• Westminster Presbyterian Church

• GB Fit Summer Boot Camp

• ZipCar

• Knitting 101

“Take Five” (free jazz at the American Art Museum). Third Thursday, 5:00-7:00 PM. Smithsonian American Art Museum, (Great Hall on the 3rd floor), Eighth and F sts. NW. 202633-1000.

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tive and entertaining theatre. This unique 35-minute play captures the emotions of that fateful night in 1865, as told through the eyewitness accounts of actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford, among others. Ages 8 and up. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW.

DC United Soccer Home Matches. June 15 vs. Toronto; June 22, vs. San Jose; June 29 vs. Vancouver. $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000.

My Father’s Keeper (stageplay) at the Howard. June 15. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899.

DC Running Club 5 Mile Disco Roll & Run. June 15, 8:00 AM. Hains Point. 240-472-9201.

One Night with Janis Joplin. June 21-Aug 11. Get ready to relive the summer of love! Back by popular demand, One Night with Janis Joplin returns to rock Arena Stage for another round of exhilarating performances packed with classic songs like “Piece of My Heart, “Summertime” and “Mercedes Benz. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300.

Host and Director Mike Kane. Photo: Alexander Morozov

SpeakeasyDC’s Father’s Day Show. June 15, 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Dads are parents, too. In SpeakeasyDC’s “Wait Till Your Father Comes Home,” eight fathers tell touching and hilarious true stories about the joys and challenges of parenting. $22. Not recommended for children under 16. Dance Place. Tickets can or 202-269-1600. $22. Not recommended for children under 16.

Baby Universe at Studio. June 26July 14. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300.

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Washington Mystics Basketball. June 8, 16, 27 and 30. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW.

THEATER Stupid Fucking Bird at Woolly. Through June 23. An aspiring young theatre director named Conrad struggles to get out from under the shadow of his mother Emma, a famous actress. Meanwhile, his young muse Nina falls for Emma’s lover Doyle, and everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this contemporary and irreverent riff on Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner transforms the famous “subtext” of the classic play into exuberant scenes and songs. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare Theatre. Through June 23. Traveling through time, visiting the austere court at Sicilia and the bright sea shore of Bohemia, two generations transcend torment and obsession. The Winter’s Tale is a compassionate and dazzling saga that tells the tale of King Leontes, who is overcome with jealousy when he believes his pregnant wife Hermione and his good friend King Po-

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lixenes are lovers. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard at Studio. Through June 30. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. The Hampton Years at Theater J. Through June 30. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 202518-9400. ReDiscovery Reading: Love for Love. June 10, 7:30 PM. The game of love has many players, but only two can win. Valentine loves the beautiful Angelica but he has to overcome rivals such as his lusty father Sir Sampson and his sea dog of a brother Ben. Free. Reserve at 202-547-1122, option 4. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. One Destiny at Fords. June 11-July 6. One Destiny was commissioned by the Ford’s Theatre Society to bring the drama and emotion of the American Civil War to life through informa-

Nats Baseball. June 8, 9, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26 and 27. Nationals Park. 202-6756287. National’s Ballpark Tours. Wednesday-Sunday (non-game days), 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On day of night-time home games, tours at 10:30 AM. Take the Nationals Park Ballpark Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at Nationals Park. Over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes you will visit the PNC Diamond Club, the Lexus Presidents Club, the Stars & Stripes Club, luxury suites, the Shirley Povich Media Center, Nationals dugout and Nationals clubhouse. Throw a pitch in the Nationals bullpen. $12-$15. All proceeds from Nationals Park Tours will be donated to the Nationals Dream Foundation. Washington Nationals Pups in the Park. June 9, 1:35 PM. Nat’s vs. Minnesota Twins. Bring your well-behaved dog (on a leash) to the ball park. Tickets for you and your dog are $30 which includes a $8 donation to Humane Society.

Purple Stride 5K. June 15, 7:00 AM. Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 13th and 14th)...raising awareness for pancreatic cancer. 310-725-0025.

Father’s Day 8k. June 16, 6:30 PM. C&O Canal Towpath. Sunday Road Ride. Every Sunday, meet at 8:30 AM, depart by 8:45 AM. The Bike Rack. A 40-mile, moderately paced ride that emphasizes group riding techniques, newcomers to the group riding are welcome as riders regroup throughout, so that nobody is left behind. Helmets mandatory. Free. 1412 Q St. NW. 202-387BIKE. Saturday Road Ride. Every Saturday, meet at 10 AM, depart by 10:15 AM. The Bike Rack. The Saturday ride is more of an introductory ride and caters to road riders who are new to the sport, hybrid riders intimidated by the faster pace of the Sunday ride, and anyone who just wants a shorter (approx. 20 to 30 miles) and slower (12 to 14 mph) pace. Helmets mandatory. Free. 1412 Q St. NW. 202-387-BIKE. Shaw Skate Park. A new 11,000 sq. foot skate park has opened in the Shaw neighborhood. 11th and Rhode Island Ave. NW. Nearby public tennis courts. Banneker Community Center (eight outdoor tennis courts), 2500 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-673-6861. Kennedy Recreation Center (one outdoor tennis court), 1401 Seventh St. NW. 202-671-4794. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314. Nearby outdoor public pools. Francis Pool, 2435 N St. NW; East Potomac Pool, 972 Ohio Dr. SW; Randall Pool, S. Capitol and I sts. SW. All DC public pools are free for DC residents. Have ID. Nearby indoor public swimming pools. Turkey Thicket, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-576-9236. Rumsey Pool, 635 No.Carolina Ave. SE. 202724-4495. All DC public pools are free for DC residents. Have ID. NSBC Boxing, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:007:00 PM. Self defense/PVA boxing class. New Samaritan Baptist Church, 1100 Florida Ave. NE.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) “Property Management Services” Solicitation No. 0015-2013 The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to provide property management services to one (1) or more of DCHA’s property. SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS will be available at the Issuing Office at 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 300, Administrative Services/Contracts and Procurement, Washington, DC 20002-7599, between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, beginning on Monday, May 13, 2013. SEALED PROPOSAL RESPONSES are due to the Issuing Office by 11:00am on Friday, June 14, 2013. Contact the Issuing Office, LaShawn Mizzell-McLeod on (202) 535-1212 or by email at for additional information.

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Contact Coach Odell Montgomery, 202-9055215 for more information. Roller Skating at Anacostia Park. Skate weekends, sunrise to sunset. This is a covered, outdoor skating pavilion. Free. One-hour free skate “rental” has started but sizes and supplies are limited. During summer months, open daily. Go east on Penn. Ave. across Anacostia River and make the first right turn onto Fairlawn Ave. and another right onto Nicholson and then into the park. 202-472-3873. Fort Dupont Ice Arena. reopens July 1. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. NE. 202-5845007.

MARKETS Bloomingdale Farmers Market. Sundays, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. First and R Sts. NW. Aya @ SW Waterfront. Saturdays, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. On the grounds of Christ United Methodist Church, 900 4th St. SW. New Grant Avenue (flea) Market in Takoma Park. June 9 and July 14, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. The new market is at the intersection of Grant Ave. and Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park, MD with antiques, collectibles and funky finds. Over 25 vendors plus popular DC store anchor vendors: FOUNDRY, Parisian Flea Market from U Street, NW and Ruff & Ready Furnishings from 14th St. NW. Market goers can expect to find the same winning format as the Fenton Street Market-vendor booths, music and food trucks-adding yet another activity to the busy Sunday line-up in Old Takoma which already offers the popular Takoma Park Farmers Market. Families will enjoy the day with a host of children’s activities including a bicycle carousel made from re-purposed bikes and a giant trike-both thanks to sculptor Howard Connelly. Capital Riverfront Farmers Market. Open Tuesdays through October, 4:00-7:00 PM. Every Tuesday, Canal Park’s southern block will transform into a festive marketplace with a dozen local farmers and vendors selling fresh produce, locally prepared food, and artisan crafts. Canal Park is located in the Capitol Riverfront at 2nd and M Sts. SE. H Street FreshFarm Market. Saturdays through Dec 21, 9:00 AM-noon. H St. and 13th St. NE. Vendors are Atwater’s; Blueberry Hill; Cedarbrook Farm; Dolcezza Gelato; Full Cellar Farm; Garden Path Farm; Gordy’s Pickle Jar; Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm, LLC; Quaker Valley Orchards; Red Apron Butchery; Richfield Farm. Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:00-7:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’

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line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253. Union Market. Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 AM8:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM. The newly-opened Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 Fifth St. NE. 301-6527400. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-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. Penn Quarter, DC FreshFarm Market. Thursdays through Dec 19, 3:00-7:00 PM. North end of 8th St. NW, between D and E Sts. NW. 14th and U Farmers’ Market. Saturdays through Nov 23, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Reeves Center Plaza at the corner of 14th St. and U St., NW. 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. During the peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. 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. 9th and U Flea Market. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. 9th and U sts. NW. 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. 202-7753532. or

CIVIC LIFE 2013 Small Business Restaurant Symposium and Expo. June 17, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. On the subject of “Capitalizing on the Thriv-

ing Restaurant Industry in the District of Columbia.”Free. Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. To register, go to For help with registering, call 202-442-4538. DDOT Semi-Annual Circulator Forum. June 18, 6:00-8:00 PM. At the forum DDOT will solicit feedback from passengers on the strengths and weaknesses of the bus system to ensure the DC Circulator continues to meet the needs of current and future riders. Studio Theatre, First Floor Lounge (P Street Entrance), 1501 14th St. NW How to Open a Small Business by Navigating DCRA’s Regulatory Process. June 19, 5:307:00 PM. Free. DCRA, 1100 4th St. SW, Suite 200. All Politics is Local with NBC4’s Tom Sherwood featuring Chancellor Kaya Henderson. June 19, 7:00 PM. NBC 4 reporter Tom Sherwood welcomes Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools to June’s edition of All Politics is Local. Together, they will discuss current issues facing the DC public schools. Free. RSVP online at or call 202-549-4172. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Grosso Near You (informal) Meeting. Fourth Thursday, 8:00-9:30 AM, Big Bear Cafe, 1700 1st St. NW. 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 NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW, suite 900. 202-783-5065. norton. All-Ways Mount Pleasant. First Saturday, noon-2:00 PM. LaCasa. All-Ways is a citizen’s association primarily for the tenants of the larger apartment buildings of Mount Pleasant. 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. Chinatown Revitalization Council. Fourth Monday, 7:00-8:00 PM. 510 I St. NW. Chinatown Revitalization Council (CRC) promoting the Chinatown renewal and the preservation of its cultural heritage. The public is welcome. Convention Center Community Association. Last Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Kennedy Rec Center, 1401 Seventh St. NW. www.ccca-online. Downtown Neighborhood Association. Second Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 PM. US Naval Memorial Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. miles@ East Central Civic Association of Shaw Meeting. First Monday, 7:00 PM. Third Baptist Church, 1546 Fifth St. NW. Contact: Al Hajj

Mahdi Leroy J Thorpe Jr, 202-387-1596. Eckington Civic Association. First Monday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Harry Thomas Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE. Edgewood Civic Association. Last Monday, 7:00-9:00 PM. Edgewood senior building, 635 Edgewood St. NE, nineth floor7-9pm. They encourage all Eckington and Edgewood residents to come out and take part in the lively civic life of our communities. Logan Circle Citizens Association. Please contact Jennifer Trock at jennifer.trock@ for meeting dates and times. Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association. Third Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 PM. Yale Steam Laundry, 437 New York Ave. NW. lifein. U Street Neighborhood Association. Second Thursday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Source (second floor classroom), 1835 14th St. NW ANC 1A. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 3101 13th St. NW. 202-588-7278. ANC 1B. First Thursday, 7:00 PM. Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW (second floor). 202-8704202. ANC 1B11. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. LeDroit Senior Building (basement community room), 2125 Fourth St. NW. 202-481-3462. www. ANC 1C. First Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Health, 2355 Ontario Rd. NW. 202-332-2630. ANC 1D. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. 3166 Mount Pleasant St. NW. 202-462-8692. ANC 2C. First Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 PM. Watha T. Daniel Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW (new location). 202-682-1633. u

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hether you’re a long-time resident, summer intern, or first-time visitor, the Washington area offers an incredible array of entertainments, adventures, and opportunities. Summer is no different. One obvious way to enjoy DC in the summer is the National Mall. It speaks for itself. Four of the ten most visited museums on Earth are here – Air and Space, Natural History, American History, and the National Gallery of Art – and you

shouldn’t miss them. Listed below, however, you’ll find places to visit, things to do, and experiences to have that are classics, like an evening at Wolf Trap, or “I didn’t know that” destinations like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s gravesite in Rockville, or the closest place to go “pea-ing” (pea-picking), or something else a little off the beaten path. They may be just down the street, in the nearby burbs, or a manageable drive away but they won’t disappoint. So, what’s your poison?

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The lawn at Wolf Trap. Photo: Nathan Adams

I. Eat Local

A. Litteri Italian grocery store is a legend. It’s also hard to find if you’re not familiar with the wholesale food distributors area just north of the intersection of Florida Ave. and 6th St. NE. Heading north on 6th, make the first left just before the Metro. It’s the second business on the left (517 Morse St. NE). There you’ll find every imaginable olive oil, vinegar, pasta, and wine import from Italy and a great deli. Walking out of Litteri’s, past chainlink fences and an abandoned truck, stop at the equally remarkable Union Market. It’s new and fast becoming DC’s premier foodie hangout. Litteri’s is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Union Market is open Wednesdays through Sundays. and Picking our own produce is the closest most of us will ever get to being farmers. They say farmers have very satisfying jobs because they extract something of value from the soil. You’ll feel the same way picking peaches, spinach, peas, and berries. We’re going to send you to a clever website where (we believe) a wonderfully eccentric and dedicated person keeps a labor-of-love listing that you can sort by state and county: go to This site will also lead you to pumpkin patches in the fall and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms. Nothing says summer like a squeaky floor, a brown paper table cloth, and a hammer. Don’t miss out on a crab-shack dinner on Chesapeake Bay or a tributary river. Capt’ Billy’s Crab House, 11495 Popes Creek Rd, Newburg, Md., is the place we suggest. Old-timers will remember Robertson’s (closed now), which was next to Capt’ Billy’s. Their famous “backrub” cocktail could keep you from driving legally for a week, and it’s hard to find a yard sale that doesn’t have a pilfered Robertson’s glass. Capt’ Billy’s is about 25 miles from the DC border, south on Rte. 301 about 20 miles and then right on Popes Creek Rd. You can’t miss it: 20 u

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“All the President’s Pups” explores five different historic locations on the estate. Photo: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens

PS. The St. Mary’s County Crab Festival in Leonardtown, Md., is June 8 this year with a June 9 rain date.

II. Listen to the Music

If you’re of a certain age and attended parochial school, there’s a good chance that you chipped in for National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception construction costs. The shrine has a lovely way to end a summer weekend during July and August, Sundays at 6:00 p.m. – organ recitals in the sanctuary. The music is relaxing and contemplative, all the more so because of the basilica’s spectacular mid-60s architecture. Free but an offering is appreciated. All are welcome and there’s plenty of parking. The National Shrine is at 400 Michigan Ave. NE on the Catholic University campus. The quintessential summer evening out is an evening of music at Wolf Trap. And for this, lawn seating is best because (1) you can bring a picnic with wine (2), the sound is just as good, and (3) the tickets are cheaper. Lawn seating is first-come, firstserved, but you’re making an evening of it anyway. From Interstate 66 West take exit 67 to Rte. 267 (Dulles Toll Road), follow signs for local exits, pay a $1.75 toll, and exit at the Wolf Trap ramp. It’s not a far as you think and the parking lot empties out quickly following the show. Listen to the music at LUMEN8ANACOSTIA 2013 ( June 22-Aug 12). This is an eclectic and fun festival of the arts in Anacostia. The Saturday, June 22, 12-hour kick-off is a free day and night of art, light, music, chess, classes, theater, dance and performance art. The kick-off festival is followed by six weeks of creative events many of which are family-friendly. Much of the action is at or near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road. LUMEN8ANACOSTIA is defined as LUMEN, a measure of light; 8, Ward 8 and ANACOSTIA, an amazing historic neighborhood in Washington, DC’s Ward 8.

III. Survive the Dog Days

Hirshhorn “Summer Camp” movies this year are “The Breed” (2006), June 6; “Man’s Best Friend” (1993), June 13, and “Cujo” (1983), June 20. All movies are shown at 8:00 p.m. in the Ring Auditorium. In case you haven’t figured it out, these are all doggie horror movies. They’re free (no tickets) and fun. The Hirshhorn is at the corner of 7th and Independence, SW. George Washington’s Mount Vernon invites all dogs and their two-legged friends to explore the estate through a new guided walking tour devoted to dogs! “All the President’s Pups” takes place on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., through June 29. This special walking tour covers 1.25 miles of Mount Vernon terrain, stopping at five historic locations including the West Gate. Learn about canine life at Mount Vernon, from the first president’s dogs to the dogs that live at Mount Vernon today. The walking tour costs $5 in addition to general admission for humans. Admission for dogs is free. All dogs must be leashed with their owner at all times. Mount Vernon is about 16 miles from DC. Take the George Washington Parkway east. Midcity Dog Days Sidewalk Sale and Street Festival, traditionally the first weekend in August, is an annual event where retailers along U and 14th streets NW have “open houses” and offer up deals and freebies. This includes restaurants, bars, galleries, gift shops, florists, and anyone else who wishes to jump in. Goods are out on the sidewalk. Live music permeates the experience, and Studio Theater, 1501 14th Street NW, has its popular annual “garage” sale. PS. The last Washington Nationals “Pups in the Park” until fall is June 9, 1:35 p.m., at the Nats vs. Minnesota Twins game. Bring your wellbehaved dog (on a leash). Tickets for you and your dog are $30, which includes an $8 donation to the Humane Society.

IV. Have an Adventure

Terrapin Adventures in Savage, Md., among other thrills offers Zip Line. They want you to experience the thrill of gliding through the trees 30 feet in the air at speeds up to 20 mph as you travel on their 330 ft.-long zip line. They call it no-sweat adrenaline. It’s $15 per ride. Upon arrival add an additional zip line ride for just $10 and try it backwards. Must be 8 years old, at least 48 inches tall, and weigh between 60 and 275 pounds. You can book online. Take I-95 North to exit 38A, Rte. 32 East toward Ft. Meade. Follow signs to Savage Mill. Take exit 12B, Rte. 1 South. At 2nd light take a right on Gorman Rd. Take right at Foundry St. Take 2nd left on Baltimore St., 2nd left at Fair St. and enter parking lot (takes about 40 minutes). Carderock is probably the most climbed cliff in the eastern United States. It’s located nearby in Maryland just north DC. The west-facing cliff, 25 to 60 feet high, offers lots of easy and moderate top-rope routes. If you are interested in making the jump from contrived healthclub walls to a real rock, this is the place. We suggest that you go there and have a look first. On the weekends the area is full of climbers. There’s always an obnoxious 17-year-old, barefoot with no ropes, who scampers to the top, effortlessly, in seconds. Never mind. Watch their route. From I-495 take exit 13 and drive north on the Clara Barton Parkway to the first exit for Carderock Recreation Area and then follow the signs. Take a biplane ride before or after the Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, VA. Most Sundays through October (check their website) the gates open at 11:00 a.m. and the show begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($7 for ages 3-12). An enclosed-cockpit ride is $50 and an open-cockpit ride is $80. There’s an open-cockpit aerobatic ride for $140 but make sure you have a strong stom

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V. Connect with the Potomac

Fishing on the Potomac is regulated by the District Department of the Environment. Here are the rules. The striped bass season begins May 16 each year. The minimum possession length is 18 inches. Anglers may possess no more than two fish in the following combinations of lengths: two fish between 18 and 28 inches or one fish between 18 and 28 inches and one fish greater than 28 inches. (We told you this was government.) There are no bait restrictions. They do, however, take licensing seriously and you can get one online at Fragers, 1115 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, sells bait. The Potomac Riverboat Company operates a water taxi between Alexandria and National Harbor. It’s a fun and effortless way to get out on the river and particularly beautiful after sunset. The roundtrip fare is $10-$16 and all three destinations are worth a stop: Alexandria, National Harbor, and the Gaylord National Hotel. The boats run frequently, and the one-way trip across the river takes about 25 minutes. DC Sail is the community sailing program of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation. Their mission is to promote and sustain affordable educational, recreational, and competitive sailing programs for all ages in a fun and safe environment. They operate out of the Gangplank Marina in SW. They’ll get you out on the water and give you the confidence to handle a boat.

VI. Do July 4th Differently

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to benefit MAG America‘s landmine clearance activities. This year’s tournament will take place at Anacostia Park. Participants should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. for registration and team assignments. An open tournament, it will be great fun to play in or to watch. Chesapeake Beach asks us to re-

A Local Tourism Guide at sunset. Take Rte. 4 South into Calvert County, then Rte. 260 (another 9 miles) to Chesapeake Beach. There will also be post-game fireworks on July 3 after the Nats vs. Milwaukee Brewers baseball game. The game starts at 6:05 p.m., which means that the fireworks will start at about 9:00 p.m. You don’t have to be

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Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas hiked the length of the C&O Canal in 1954 when its neglected remnants were threatened by the construction of a scenic highway. Photo: National Park Service

member the fireworks we saw when we were children. There are always fireworks on July 3 at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park. They invite us to spend the morning celebrating our Independence and the afternoon playing at the water park, then join family, neighbors, and friends at the special fireworks display on the beach

at the ballgame, just be where you can see the top of the park. DC comes pretty close to being a small town on the 4th of July with its two neighborhood parades, Capitol Hill and Palisades. The Capitol Hill parade starts at 10:00 a.m. and marches along 8th St. SE from I St. north. The Palisades parade begins at 11:00

a.m. and marches along MacArthur Boulevard. They’re both open-participation parades, and you can expect all the mayoral candidates to do Capitol Hill and then streak up to Palisades.

VII. Experience History

Take a trip back in time to the 1870s. Ride along the historic C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules. Experience the feel of rising eight feet in a lock. Hear park rangers in period clothing describe what life was like for the families that lived and worked on the canal. Enjoy life at a slower pace. The Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center is located at 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, Md. The boat tours are offered April through October, Wednesday through Sunday. Rides are $5-$8. 301-767-3714. The “Gettysburg: A New Birth of Freedom” Commemorative Ceremony will be on Sunday, June 30, 7:309:00 p.m. It marks the 150th anniversary of the historic battle and will take place on an outdoor stage near Gen. Meade’s Headquarters. The ceremony will include music, a keynote address, and “Voices of History,” a dramatic reading of eyewitness accounts written by soldiers and ordinary people swept into the events of the battle and its aftermath. Keynote speaker will be historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Country music artist Trace Adkins will sing the National Anthem accompanied by the United States Military Academy Orchestra. The ceremony will end with a procession to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery to see luminaries marking each of the more than 3,500 graves of soldiers killed in the battle of Gettysburg. Take George Washington Parkway West to I-495, then I-270 north, Rte. 40 west, Rte. 15 north, and Rte. 134. Watch for signs. It’s about two hours. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia preserves the home and legacy of runaway slave, abolitionist, civil rights advocate, author, and statesman Frederick Douglass. He was a towering historical figure in the 19th century and his home, “Cedar Hill,” is preserved as closely as pos

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sible to the way it was when he lived there. Frederick Douglass was born on a plantation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland around 1818. He died 77 years later at Cedar Hill. The rangers are happy to take you on a tour but you should reserve first.

VIII. Take a Road Less Traveled

The National Arboretum is practically in our own backyard and it has nine miles of roads suitable for biking. It’s a wonderful way to spend a summer morning. You can picnic (no alcohol) at the Grove of State Trees. Due to recent sequestration budget cuts the Arboretum is closed Tuesdays through Thursdays. But the rest of the time it’s open, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., welcoming and underappreciated. Enter the Arboretum at 3501 New York Ave. NE or Bladensburg Road NE. Find out what’s blooming at Northern Frederick County is home to three historic covered bridges. All three are listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The Utica Mills, Loy’s Station, and Roddy Road covered bridges all cross streams within 12 miles of one another. Besides their beauty the bridges are also structurally interesting, as each has a different truss system (which is what keeps a bridge standing). Start your tour in Frederick. Visit for the intricate directions. Back in DC, sections of Beach Drive are closed on weekends (Saturday, 7:00 a.m., to Sunday, 7:00 p.m.) and holidays for bikers, rollerbladers, hikers, and joggers (no horses). The closures run from Broad Branch Road to Military Road, from Picnic Grove 10 to Wise Road, and from West Beach Drive to the DC line. Enjoy.

IX. Explore the Underworld

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Mary’s church at the intersection of Maryland Rte. 355 (Rockville Pike) and Viers Mill Road. It’s a quiet place and rarely visited, but on Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald’s birthday, Sept. 24, visitors find their way to the gravesite and leave flowers, packs of cigarettes, martini glasses, and gin bottles. The grave is adorned with the familiar “Boats against the current” quote from “Gatsby.” The best way to get there is to take Metro to Rockville. The cemetery is adjacent to the station. Edgar Allen Poe lived and worked in Baltimore (think Baltimore Ravens) for a good part of his life. In addition to his home (closed and under renovation) and his gravesite, traces of Poe’s life and death can be found throughout the city. The gravesite is at Westminster Cemetery on the southeast corner of Fayette and Greene. Before you leave for Baltimore in search of Poe, have a look at the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore website at About two hours from DC in Luray, Va., is Luray Caverns, an active cave where new deposits accumulate at the rate of about one cubic inch every 120 years. Take a one-hour walking tour along well-lighted, paved walkways that lead through cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high. The enormous chambers are filled with towering columns, shimmering draperies, and crystal-clear pools. Getting there is a pleasant drive through the Virginia countryside and over the mountains. Take I-66 West to Gainesville, US 29 South to Warrenton, US 211 West to Luray Caverns, 45 minutes from Warrenton, 90 minutes from Capital Beltway.

X. Reach for the Stars

The Air and Space Museum has an observatory with a 16-inch telescope on the east terrace. Weather permitting, you can look through it Wednesdays through Sundays, noon-3:00 p.m., and see spots on the sun (using safe solar filters), craters on the moon, or the phases of Venus. Often overlooked as people rush past to enter the building, it’s definitely worth a few minutes. The best way to watch a meteor shower is by getting out of the lights of a big city. A meteor shower is a spike in the number of meteors, or “shooting stars,” that streak through the night sky. The next meteor shower is the Perseids on Aug. 11 and 12. Under dark skies you might see 15-20 “shooting stars” per hour. The Moon sets by late evening. Other meteor showers in 2013 are the Orionids on the night of Oct. 21, Leonids on Nov. 16, and Geminids on Dec. 12 and 13. According to the Air Force Times, because of budget cuts due to the sequestration the Andrews Air Show has been cancelled. Officials at Joint Base Andrews near Washington say budget cuts are forcing them to turn a popular annual air show into a biennial event. The Air Force says about 200,000

people attended last year’s free show. They’ll have to wait until 2014 for the next one. It costs about $2.1 million to produce an air show and the military needs to save money.

XI. Meet Some People

One Brick (volunteering made easy) brings volunteers together to support other nonprofit organizations by adopting an innovative twist to the volunteer experience: they create a friendly and social atmosphere around volunteering, and after each event they invite volunteers to gather at a local restaurant or cafe where they can get to know one another in a relaxed social setting. Their commitment-free volunteering allows you to choose when you volunteer, rather than having to make commitments for a certain number of volunteer hours, or agree to be available every week at a specific time. Take a Sunset Sail aboard a schooner every other Friday evening, June 14 through September, from the Gangplank Marina on the Southwest waterfront. The sail lasts about three hours, and you can bring along a picnic, champagne, and snacks (whatever you please). The boat accommodates 35 people. It’s $50 and you register online. Please be kind and wear soft-soled shoes and (they’re adamant) no open toes. Every third Thursday ( June 20, July 18, and Aug. 15), at 5:00 p.m., Relax and Take 5 with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard of the American Art Museum. The Courtyard Cafe is open and you can borrow a board game to play during the concert. Feeling inspired to create? During concerts ArtJamz sets up a temporary studio, offering registered participants an opportunity to paint while the audience mingles. For registration information visit The American Art Museum is at 8th and F streets NW.

XII. Have Quiet Moments with a Great Man The memorial to Albert Einstein is situated

Hubble’s Ultra Deep Field. Photo: NASA

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Albert Einstein by sculptor, Robert Berks. Photo: Alex Jamison

in an elm and holly grove at the southwest corner of the National Academy of Sciences grounds, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. Einstein is depicted seated on a three-step bench of Mount Airy (North Carolina) white granite. The bronze figure, weighing approximately four tons, is 12 feet in height. Three caissons, totaling 135 tons, sunk in bedrock to a depth of 23 to 25 feet, support the monument. George Mason is also seated on a bench. The George Mason Memorial is part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. The memorial stands in West Potomac Park, near the intersection of Ohio Dr. and E. Basin Dr. SW. In terms of placement, the memorial occupies a highly symbolic and important position on the National Mall, within sight of the more prominent tributes to two of Mason’s Virginia contemporaries, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The memorial garden to Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) is on Massachusetts Ave. NW, midway between Dupont Circle and the National Cathedral. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. The memorial garden must be visited in summer when the fountains are on, otherwise it’s rather bleak. Here’s a favorite line of his poetry: “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.” u 26 u

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by Jonathan Bardzik

Start Ups Spice Up Your Cooking and Your Social Life

Baskets in Bazaar Spices: Bazaar Spices owners Ivan and Monica wanted to recreate the experience of spice markets they had seen around the world. Union Kitchen helps DC culinary start ups get off the ground.

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Bazaar Spices heats up summer at Union Market

Bazaar Spices ( opened at Union Market (1309 5th St NE, www. last November. Owners Monica and Ivan Grover wanted to bring to DC the magnificent spice markets they had experienced traveling the world. “Shopping for spices should be like shopping for produce,” says Ivan, “letting shoppers smell and taste what they are buying.” While open baskets of bulk star anise and cinnamon bark turned out to be a bit impractical, their stall at Union Market is filled with baskets and small pouches of spices and jars to inhale. Sharing their knowledge of the culinary richness and health benefits of spices is an important part of their dream business. Each bag is labeled with health information and simple recipe ideas. Ivan begins by asking new customers about their favorite flavors. “I’ll usually tell people to start with a good pepper,” he says. “Most people think that peppers as just hot, but there are many that aren’t and deliver a lot of flavor.” Interested in the holistic benefits of spices and herbs? “You need to incorporate a variety of spices into your diet. The benefits, just like changing other eating habits, build over time.” Tumeric lowers blood pressure and inflammation. Cardamom and cinnamon have antibacterial effects and strengthen the immune system.

Learn in the kitchen

There’s no question that eating is my favorite way to learn. Bazaar Spices has two upcoming classes at Union Market on their calendar. Doreen Thompson, founder of the Caribbean Food Alliance, will be celebrating Caribbean Heritage Month with Bazaar Spices on June 12th at 6 p.m. At this free class, Doreen will share ideas on how to incorporate spices like cinnamon, mace and cloves into your summer grilling. On June 26th, at noon, take a lunch break and learn more about Indian food with local chef, Deepa Patke of Aromatic Spice Blends, LLC. Enjoy classic Indian spice blends in dishes like cauliflower with Garam Masala and Cumin Rice with Pilaf Spice.

Miss Vic’s Kitchen blends a little Latin flavor

Incorporating one or two spices into your diet is an exciting adventure, but many of the world’s most spice savvy cuisines are known for their blends bringing together 5, 10 or 20 different spices in curries, chili rubs, or Ethiopian berbere. The balance of many flavors is fun to experiment with, but I often turn to the experts, one of whom I met on a recent visit to Bazaar Spices. Victoria Cardwell was down visiting Ivan, who sells her many of the spices she uses in her Latin blends. Victoria has been mixing spices since high school. “My first recipe was for homemade taco seasoning. I was making a Mexi-

can casserole with my Mom and thought, ‘I didn’t know you could make that from things I already have in my cabinet!’ I was hooked.” With coworkers asking about the amazing meals she brought into the office, Victoria’s mother convinced her to write a business plan and Miss Vic’s Kitchen was born. In town to fill out some paperwork with the DC government, Victoria will soon be selling Ivan and Monica’s spices back to them in the form of her delicious blends.

Union Kitchen starting out startups

Victoria Carwell isn’t the only small business owner trying to navigate the laws and regulations of DC government. While all startups face the sometimes daunting challenge of tax laws and licensing, culinary businesses face a unique set of regulatory challenges. That’s exactly where DC business incubator, Union Kitchen (1110 Congress St NE, www. comes in. Owners Jonas Singer and Cullen Gilchrist understand these challenges first hand. They faced them while starting their LeDroit Park coffee shop, The Blind Dog Café (944 Florida Avenue NW, www., which shares space with Darnell’s Bar. Jonas shares, “By sharing space, running a coffee shop during the day, while they continued to run the bar at night, we were able to overcome the early hurdles of financing a lease and expensive kitchen equipment.”

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Party this summer with Union Kitchen

With a new outdoor space ready to go in their parking lot across from the Loree Grand, Union Kitchen is spending the summer introducing their craft food and drinks to the NOMA Neighborhood. Join them Wednesday nights before NOMA’s Summer Screen outdoor movies for what Jonas describes as a pre-party. Their first Union Kitchen Lot party featured chili, salted caramels and (most importantly!) free beer. Join Union Kitchen for live concerts including the Rhythm in NOMA series the last Thursday of each month.

Capitol Hill Cake Mom bakes at the Capitol

It seems so logical for Sharon Boesen, one of the businesses at Union Kitchen, and the owner of Capitol Hill Cake Mom (www.capitolhillcakemom. com), to have a job at the Capitol. As of June, she does. This former DC marketing consultant was searching the web for potential customers when she saw the listing for a pastry chef position at the US Senate. Sharon arrived at the interview, baked a cake and was offered a job on the spot. What kind of cake earns you a job offer at the Capitol? A Key Lime cake, filled with a graham cracker crumble, iced in Italian buttercream. Don’t worry. Sharon’s not ditching her customers for new Senate digs. She’ll still be baking her custom novelty cakes - you know, the ones you see on all those TV shows. You can have your cake vegan, gluten free, or my favorite, full fat. u


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RETAIL THERAPY by Mariessa Terrell


Poolside is the best revenge at Vida Fitness. Photo by Marcus Bennett

Sparkle and shine for less at Meeps Vintage Fashionette. Photo by Kristopher Johnson

FASHIONETTE QUERY: The clutch on my Pathfinder officially went out on the Thursday before Memorial Day. I am now faced with a serious dilemma. Should I pay the $905 to repair the Green Hornet? Or should I keep my holiday travel plans and join my girls in Miami Beach for the weekend? SIMONE: While it may seem cool to ditch the truck and rely solely on public transportation or bike shares like your new neighbors, we caution you to think twice before abandoning your ride. Recall that your nieces live in Upper Marlboro, eight miles from the nearest train; your mother lives on top of one of the highest hills in the District; and the red line rarely works on the weekends. Why not get the truck fixed and spend the remainder of the weekend lounging by Vida’s luxe rooftop pool? The water is perfect and the bar is divine. Sand is over rated, darling. Astro turf is the future!


Peruvian butterfly sightings at Toro Mata Photo by Kristopher Johnson

Indoor flowers to inspire re-creations at Lee’s Flower and Card Shop. Photo by James Terrell

FASHIONETTE QUERY: I spent all Friday and Saturday at the VIDA Fitness pool chatting it up with my super cool new friends. They just invited me to lounge with them at the Brixton tonight. But because my truck is still at the shop, there is no time to dash home to change. Where can I find some bling in the vicinity for $30 or less? SIMONE: The MidCity area of Washington, DC boasts the best vintage shopping options in the area. If you love Treasury, you will also adore Meeps, a sister boutique located in Adams Morgan, a few blocks from VIDA fitness. Recently rated one of the best vintage stores in the US by Elle Magazine, Meeps always has a reasonably priced option. For $24 you too can cop a multi layered silver chain necklace with glass red, white and blue beads. Who says sparkle and shine has to break the bank?

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lous weekend in Miami. Despite taking your advice, I am starting to feel a bit left out. Surely there is an exotic destination I can visit that won’t require me to leave northwest. SIMONE: Absolutely, darling! Never mind all of the embassies lining Massachusetts Avenue. Northwest DC, which includes the Hillwood estates is exactly “Where Fabulous Lives!” As far as exotic destinations go, there is no other boutique as eclectic and reasonably priced as Toro Mata. Where else can you find a butterfly plucked from the top layer of the Peruvian Amazon forest neatly pressed into .950 nickel free sterling silver jewelry? I prefer to admire my Yolanda Mitos b-fly charms while reenacting the battle between the Spanish Conquistadors and the Incan Empire. Who needs Miami? We’ve got Peru!


FASHIONETTE QUERY: My weekend is coming to a close. Yet, I feel obligated to complete some kind of home project before Tuesday. I really need to clean my refrigerator. But, I don’t think I can stand being cooped up in a galley kitchen when the sun and all the new summer blossoms beckon. Any recommendations to help me power through my chores? SIMONE: Who wants to clean a refrigerator on a sunny day? The only way I could get through that type of project would be to start early and to add a decoupage element to the mix. Why not clean and decorate the fridge between 8 am and 12 noon? Simply cut out your favorite phrases, photos and headlines from the most worn Elle, V, Vogue, Suede, Honey and W magazines lying around your flat. Then snag some Modge Podge and get to work. We recommend wearing a fantastical fuchsia arm corsage from Lee’s Flower and Card Shop for a bit of flower to power you through the project and beyond. Burn calories, de-clutter, and re-cycle all before noon! Mariessa Terrell, aka Simone Butterfly, Fashion Investigator, does her sleuthing at www.yoohoodarling. com and @SimoneBtrfly. u

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JAZZ AVENUES by Steve Monroe

DCJF: Fishman showcase honors the heritage

“So anyway I led the jazz ensemble … so I would go around and play in bands around in Brooklyn, and then when we moved to Westchester … I was doing the usual thing, concerts, weddings, bar mitzvahs, community center dances ... we would play everything … pop stuff, rock stuff, jazz stuff … MJQ … Erroll Garner ... Oscar …” “Art Tatum?” “You know,” said Fishman, and he brightened and smiled, “Dizzy said once, semi-jokingly … out of respect, he said Art Tatum was the only musician who ever scared him! … Yeah, you know, I listened to Tatum, listened to [Earl] Hines … Nat King Cole … who many people don’t realize is a great jazz pianist …” That was Charlie Fishman, producer of the DC Jazz Festival, a couple of years ago, reminiscing on his teenage years as a musician before he became an impresario of the music from Israel to America and beyond. The fruits of Fishman’s passion about jazz are now shared with all of us in this, the ninth year of his multi-faceted festival. This year’s festival, June 5-16, features in its last week shows that include Cyrus Chestnut, Ron Carter, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet at the Hamilton, Paquito d’Rivera at the Kennedy Center, Susana Baca, and John McLaughlin at the Howard Theatre, the CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series, and Nasar Abadey, Lee Konitz, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Foss and others at various venues. One special show has The Roots, the Grammy Award winning hip hop band, celebrating their 25th anniversary with a concert Saturday, June 15th at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf. See and for complete information.

InPerson... UDC Band Festival

It was a fabulous night at the 27th annual Calvin Jones Big Band Festival April 29 at the University of the District of Columbia before a large audience, thanks to Dr. Judith A. Korey and her UDC folks and the others who made it happen. The Howard University Jazz Ensemble directed by Fred Irby III was in top form, in particular on the group’s tribute to former HU jazz studies chairman Donald Byrd, who passed away earlier this year, with a scintillating performance of Byrd’s “Nai, Nai” highlighted by Gregory Chambers on piano. The University of Maryland Jazz Ensemble led by director Chris Vadala kept the jamming going, especially honoring

Famed bandleader Paquito D’Rivera performs June 14 at the Kennedy Center.

Duke Ellington on his birthday with a golden “In A Mellow Tone.” The UDC Jazz Ensemble, led by director and pianist Allyn Johnson, closed the evening with some hot numbers, including the Calvin Jones tune, “Hangin’ Foot,” a bluesy swinger. And Willard Jenkins, WPFW Radio programmer, writer, creator, as well as scholar, promoter, artistic consultant and producer, received his Jazz Journalists Association 2013 Jazz Hero award, presented by Cedric Hendricks, executive producer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference Jazz Issue Forum and Concert.

June Highlights: Nasar Abadey, June 12, Hill Center ... Lee Konitz, Brad Linde, June 14, Atlas Performing Arts Center ... Paquito D’Rivera, Jazz Meets the Latin Classics, June 14, Kennedy Center ... Ron Carter Golden Striker Quintet, June 13, The Hamilton ... Twins Jazz ... Buster Williams, June 13-16, Blues Alley ... Lori Williams, June 14, Mandarin Oriental Hotel ... Gary Jenkins All-Stars, June 14-15, Twins Jazz … The Brubek Brothers Quartet: Tribute to Dave Brubek, June 14, The Hamilton ... Pharoah Sanders, June 1416, Bohemian Caverns ... Eric Alexander, June 17, Blues Alley ... Monty Alexander, June 20-23, Blues Alley ... Nordic Jazz, June 21-22, 28-29, Twins Jazz ... Arnold Sterling Jazz Quintet, June 28, Westminster Presbyterian Church ...

InPerson... Debra Tidwell/ Lafayette Gilchrist

The new Hill Center music season concluded in dramatic fashion May 22 with a commanding performance by Debra Tidwell, a one-woman cabaret of music, drama and comedy. Tidwell, a Helen Hayes Award nominee known for performances incorporating tunes from Broadway to Billie Holliday, dazzled that night especially on “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most,” and “Caravan.” A few days later the Lafayette Gilchrist trio played some compelling sets of drama in its own right at Twins Jazz. Pianist Gilchrist, supported by Hilliard Greene, bass and Robert Shahid, drums, performed some of his vintage percussive, yet melodic, winding lyrical original compositions, tunes that take a free form flight while powering themselves ahead with a boppish and funky drive. Steve Monroe is a Washington, D.C. writer who can be reached at steve@jazzavenues. com and followed at u

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ial the Surgeon General! Call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention! Grab a bugle and summon the US Cavalry! There is a dread malady, Dear Readers, blighting the lives of our hapless elected officials. The oft denigrated denizens of the dais are suffering a pernicious plague of PANDERING! No, the mendacious mandarins of the Wilson Building are not moonlighting as DC Madams or Pimps on the Pike! Dialing 311 does not guarantee a constituent a ‘good time.’ Content inappropriate for children is not being broadcast by The Office of Cable Television! This new scrounge on our body politic originates, not among Chinese pigs or waterfowl, but in the throes of the last heated election. Scrambling to gin up a few more votes late in the game, Anita ‘DC Mama’ Bonds (D-At-Large) floated the notion of exempting senior, long-term residents entirely from property taxes. To be more specific, residents over age eighty with 25 years in the District and an annual household income of $100,000 or less would get a free ride. These qualifications were changed to $60,000 and age 75 in the legislation introduced recently by Bonds and Evans. Terming it proper compensation for surviving the District’s dismal decades, the tax break, Bonds argues, is a necessary hedge against seniors with fixed incomes losing their homes to the taxman due to DC’s overheated property market. Eager to share the political dividends, undeterred by any negative effect on District finances, near mayoral candidate Jack ‘Can’t Read The Budgetary Fine Print’ Evans (D-Ward 2) joined Bonds in her full-throated call for senior tax relief. “Who does not love little old ladies?” Dear Readers, The Nose wants you to know that some of his best buds are old biddies and codgers. While sharing a love of the aged with Evans and Bonds, he thinks it important to reacquaint these two esteemed members with several essential truths: 1. The District protects long-term residents against rapidly escalating real estate values by limiting increases on property assessments and granting homestead exemptions. 2. District residents 65 years and older receive a 50% discount on their property taxes. 3. Seniors pay on average $1,129 in property

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by Anonymous taxes while non-seniors pay $3,771, according figures provided by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. 4. The District already gives away an estimated $14.6 million in tax relief annually to seniors, an amount substantially expanded in the latest budget. 5. The District median household income is $62,000. In sum, District seniors already receive considerable tax relief. Moreover, “Why is 25 the magic number?” The Nose wonders. Are residents who have lived in the city for 24 years and 364 days no less deserving of protection from the rapacious taxman? Thus, it appears that the legislation devised by Bonds and Evans is directed not at the aged poor, but at garnering support from middle class residents of Wards 4, 5 and 7. This is the epitome of PANDERING, in The Nose’s humble opinion. Bonds and Evans are not alone in their legislative quest for votes. The District’s current plan to implement Obamacare is in serious danger of stalling. Yvette ‘Ms. Congeniality’ Alexander (D-Ward 7) has questioned requiring businesses of 50 or fewer employees to opt-in to the new insurance exchange. Her position mirrors that of David Wilmot, who lobbies for several major insurance plans and Walmart. Oddly, Wilmot has represented the councilwoman’s campaign in investigations over its finances. Alexander is joined in her skepticism by David ‘What A Long Strange Trip’ Grosso (I At-Large), whose former employer is CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, no proponent of healthcare reform. While both Grosso and Alexander voted with a majority of their colleagues to pass the emergency legislation establishing the exchange, which incorporated the small-business opt-in, it is unclear whether the mandate will survive into the law’s permanent incarnation. Perhaps Grosso and Alexander have never had to deal directly with the small business health insurance market. The Nose’s own experience is illustrative. His enlightened employer provides him with the choice of either a high or a low deductible plan from a single company. Under the proposed exchange, The Nose could choose among bronze, silver and gold alternatives from any participating insurer. Moreover, unlike the current situation in which the price of The Nose’s monthly premium is directly linked to the average age and general health of his small group, his insurance rate would be

calculated as a member of a much larger collective. Greater choice? Protection against sudden rate spikes? All this sounds good. So, The Nose pronounces both Grosso and Alexander guilty of PANDERING to the insurance industry. If he had found the stomach to dig through the reams of data recently unearthed by WAMU on the political contributions of DC developers, The Nose no doubt would have diagnosed more infections. However, the limitations imposed by his vigilant Editor leaves room only for a ditty penned to the tune of The Wanderer: Oh well, I’m the type of pol who likes to run around. Wherever old people gather, you know that I’m to be found. I glad hand ‘em and I schmooze ‘em ‘cause to me they’re all votes to gain. I eliminate their property taxes so they remember my name! They call me the Panderer, Yeah, the Panderer, I spread the tax breaks around, around and around. Oh well, I roam from ward to ward as happy as a lord. I dispense monies to any development not completely untoward. When stadiums are threatened I take up my sword. ‘Cause I’m a Panderer, Yeah, the Panderer, I spread the TIFs around, around and around. There’s old ladies on my left and developers on my right, But Dave Wilmot is the guy that I’ll be with tonight. And when he asks me, “What healthcare exchange do you love the best?” I tear open my shirt, I got a Blue Cross tattooed on my chest ‘Cause I’m the Panderer, Yeah, the Panderer, I vote around, around and around. Around and around we go, where the PANDERING stops, nobody knows. Have a bone to pick with The Nose, email u


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+ The Numbers

Let’s Get Started Now on Ending Homelessness in DC


any were saddened this year to learn that 600 children were living in DC’s largest family emergency shelter. That crisis may be out of the news but it is still with us. Now that the cold weather is gone, the District is working to move families out of shelters and motels. But most newly homeless families will be turned away from shelter until next November, when hypothermia season starts. Even worse than 600 children in shelter is 600 homeless children on the street. DC’s practice of denying shelter to families with children for half of the year is both a moral and a policy failure. The number of families in desperate situations – staying with an abusive partner, living with friends or relatives in seriously overcrowded conditions, or sleeping in cars or under bridges – accumulates during the summer. These families then flood the shelter system in the winter, an overwhelming crush that makes it hard for the city to act humanely and effectively. There is broad agreement about what we need to do to fix this problem. A promising new national practice gets families and individuals out of shelters quickly and brings many to a reasonable level of stability with short-term housing and social service assistance. Beyond this the District needs a plan for helping chronically homeless residents such as those who have severe mental illness but few social supports. Ending and preventing homelessness also will require a consistent investment to maintain a stock of low-cost housing in the face of expanding gentrification. DC’s leaders deserve credit for starting to move in this direction. The recently adopted budget for 2014 includes new funds for all of these elements, and

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by Ed Lazere both Mayor Gray and the DC Council directed resources to these efforts. Council members Mary Cheh and Jim Graham just announced legislation to end homelessness in DC. The hope is to fund it with sales tax collections on online sales, assuming Congress adopts legislation to allow DC and the states to do so. That’s an iffy proposition, though, and even if it happens Council Chair Phil Mendelson has other plans for those new tax dollars. We don’t need to wait for Congress to get started on ending homelessness. There are things the District can do to make progress, building on the budget the Council just adopted.

Get Homeless Families Out of Shelter Quickly

A key tool to getting the number of children in shelter below 600 is “rapid re-housing,” under which families are moved into housing quickly and get rental help and services for one to two years. Early findings on this approach suggest that it often is enough to get families back on their feet. DC has started to use rapid rehousing, but the program needs to spell out rules that define the benefits, rights, and responsibilities of participants. The rules have been drafted but not finalized, and the program cannot be fully implemented until this is done.

Expand Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Residents

A small share of homeless residents face challenges, such as severe mental illness, that lead to long-term homelessness. DC’s Permanent Supportive Housing program follows the successful “housing first” approach of placing resi-

dents into housing and then using that stability to address the challenges that led to homelessness. The District placed several thousand individuals and families in permanent supportive housing before the recession, but funding dried up in the downturn. The just-adopted budget for 2014 will house about 100 more families and individuals, but that is just half the pace needed to end chronic homelessness over the next seven years, a goal set by DC’s Interagency Council on the Homeless.

Keep More Residents from Losing Their Homes

DC’s Emergency Rental Assistance program helps families facing eviction due to a temporary crisis – such as loss of a job or illness. For some families one-time assistance is enough to avoid homelessness. The 2014 DC budget includes the first funding expansion for emergency rental assistance in years, but it is likely that demand will remain greater than the resources available. And assistance today is only available to certain categories of residents; single adults are excluded, for example.

Help Families with the High Cost of Rental Housing

Efforts to reduce homelessness in the long term must address the wide gap between low-wage work in DC and the high costs of housing. A parent currently needs to earn $29 an hour to afford a decent two-bedroom apartment in DC, but half of working DC residents earn less than that. As a result the typical low-income family in DC spends more than half of its income on rent every month.

Homeless families that go through rapid re-housing will lose their housing subsidies within a few years and find themselves in the same place as other working poor families, struggling each month to pay the rent while meeting other basic needs. Rapid re-housing thus works best if there are longer-term affordable housing options available for those who have the hardest time paying the rent. Mayor Gray pledged $100 million to affordable housing this spring, mostly to DC’s Housing Production Trust Fund, which supports construction and renovation of low-cost housing. It is part of the mayor’s goal of creating 10,000 affordable homes. That will make a tremendous difference, but because housing construction can take years it won’t do much to address the immediate need. Another DC program, Local Rent Supplement, provides rent subsidies through nonprofits that offer supportive services, as well as vouchers that go directly to families so they can move into private-market housing. Housing vouchers are the fastest way to get help to the lowest-income families. The DC Council provided funding for 120 new vouchers in the 2014 budget, a step in the right direction but not at the right scale to help the 30,000 households with severe housing cost burdens. Ending homelessness requires a sense of urgency and willingness to try new approaches. The good news is that the District has both of those right now. It also takes a high level of collaboration among many partners, and lots more resources. Those are things to work on next. Ed Lazere is executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect lowand moderate-income DC residents. u

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The Corporate Contribution-Free Campaign


unning a citywide campaign is expensive. Begging friends, family, supporters, and total strangers for cash to run a citywide campaign is a thankless and time-consuming task. Put the two together, and it becomes no surprise that candidates for elected office in D.C.—and just about everywhere else—have been happy to take money from corporations and well-connected contributors over the years. This year, though, at least one candidate has pledged to do exactly the opposite. As part of his nowofficial mayoral run, Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) has promised not to take money from any corporations, much less accept contributions that are bundled together by lobbyists looking for outsize influence in the Wilson Building. Even more specifically, Wells says that the money that fuels his campaign for the city’s highest office will be traceable back to the individuals who gave it. “For every contribution I get, there will be a name on there, someone you can call, a person that’s contributing to our campaign,” he said at his campaign kickoff in mid-May. It is important to remember that this does not prevent Wells from accepting a handful of checks from a single person provided the contributions are made by individuals. Given what happened with Mayor Vince Gray’s 2010 shadow campaign and the persistent concerns that the city’s elected officials are beholden to the developers and corporate interests that fund their campaigns, it’s a smart way for Wells to set himself apart from his competitors, which at this point includes Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), with Councilmember

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by Martin Austermuhle oodles of money, including hefty sums from parking interests and realtors, but only managed a third-place finish. In fact, he scored fewer votes than fellow contender Elissa Silverman, a first-time candidate who did exactly what Wells is doing: she refused corporate campaign contributions. The 2010 mayoral election stands in even starker contrast: incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty had a $5 million war chest, the biggest in the city’s history, and still couldn’t manage to beat Gray, who only had $1.7 million to work with. Sure, you could say that Gray had the assistance of an illicit $653,000 shadow campaign, but even that money put his total bankroll at half of what Fenty had. Or how about Pete Ross? The furniture magnate dumped $200,000 of his own money in a 2012 bid for one of the city’s unpaid shadow senator seats, but still Councilmember couldn’t manage to unseat incumTommy Wells kicks off bent Michael D. Brown, who raised campaign by pledging to fore go corporate less than a tenth of that amount. conrtributions. Photo: It’s also worth noting that Andrew Lightman. while corporate and bundled contributions—which usually come though—it’s also about message. Will from multiple LLCs registered at the same address and controlled by the it make a difference for him? same people—are an easy way to inflate Money Won’t Buy You Love, fundraising totals, they have the pernicious effect of giving the candidate an Much Less An Election If it seems like Wells could be ham- inflated sense of popularity and politistringing himself in what could be a cal relevance. (It also affects media covtough year-long campaign, consider this: erage: absent reliable polling, we tend money - the presence of lots of it, that to go with money as an indicator of popularity, sometimes mistakenly so.) is - doesn’t win elections. Having to raise small amounts It doesn’t take much digging from more contributors is an importhrough campaign finance reports to tant—albeit time-consuming—way find that the best-funded candidates to build a base. Silverman seemed don’t always come out victorious. In the to prove this point, using her antirecent At-Large special election, Recorporate stance as a means to attract publican contender Patrick Mara raised Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) expected to jump into the race this month. For the first-time citywide contender hoping to become the city’s first white mayor, the pledge to steer clear of the usual campaign finance shenanigans isn’t just about money,

support from progressives and run a lean—though efficient—campaign. All of this is important to Wells. In making his pledge, Wells has said that he’ll only need between $1 million and $1.5 million to run his campaign, generally less than what most mayoral contenders have raised. Still, he insists, that money coming from lots of small contributors will be more powerful than a larger war chest filled with corporate dollars. His exploratory committee’s fundraising offers a hint of what he has in mind: he raised $150,000 from 500 contributors, for an average of $300 per donor.

Money and Message

For Wells, the anti-corporate pledge isn’t only about the money—it’s also about the message. He knows he’s up against a tough contender in Bowser, who isn’t only a proven fundraiser, but has also indicated that she’ll make ethics and integrity one of the key planks of her campaign. In pledging to steer clear of corporate dollars, Wells is trying to drive a wedge between what Bowser—and any other contender that jumps in the race—says and does. His first step has been to challenge those contenders to follow in his footsteps. Last month he launched the “Leadership Challenge,” a pledge under which all candidates for office would decline corporate and anonymous contributions. “It’s the only way the politicians can prove that they haven’t been bought, and that government decisions aren’t for sale to the highest bidder,” he explains. The challenge is squarely aimed at Bowser and Evans, both of whom have benefitted from the largesse of deeppocketed business interests over the years. (Both raised over $300,000 for


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The Corporate-Free Campaign

Despite those very legitimate arguments, Wells has taken a strong first step in his aspirations to be mayor. Given Gray’s shadow campaign and nagging concerns that the city’s politicians are far too close to the people that provide the most in campaign contributions, Wells isn’t only claiming he’ll be more ethical than his competitors or his predecessors, but he’s taking a step in that direction—while putting his competitors on the defensive. Silverman proved it was possible to take in less money from more small contributors and still run an effective campaign. In fact, the decision made her campaign that much more compelling, and left her only a few thousands votes short of victory. The issue won’t be limited to the campaign trail, though. On July 11, a council committee will hear testimony on a bill introduced by councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and David Grosso (I-At Large) that would allow D.C. to establish a public financing system for local elections.

The Boys of Summer


hen June arrived back in the South Bronx in the early 1960s, schools went the way of the yo-yo. I ran across the street to the playground next to PS 39. It was where I played baseball. It was where I fell in love. How did this begin? It might have started with baseball cards, pink Spaldings, and a good broomstick. Yes, there is such a thing as seduction. Little did I know. I thought I was just collecting cards with my heroes’ pictures. Today people draft reports about why there are few African Americans playing baseball in the major leagues. How many young black kids are collecting cards? How many kids are playing stickball in the streets of Washington? I don’t see them. Back in April, as the cherry blossoms were trying to bloom, I found a greenishyellow softball on Georgia Avenue across the street from Howard University. At first, from a distance, I thought it might be a tennis ball. I seldom find baseballs in the streets of our city. No one is hitting a ball over a fence. Why? My father never took an interest in any sport except boxing. His favorite fighters were Kid Gavilan, Kid Chocolate, and sweet Sugar Ray

by E. Ethelbert Miller Robinson. It was my mother who purchased my first baseball glove. I was blessed to have a cousin who lived upstairs in our apartment building on Longwood Avenue who had been bitten by the baseball bug. Even in the snow we played catch, throwing the ball until our arms grew tired or the sun did. My mother only knew the name Jackie Robinson. She was a closet Dodgers fan only because she once lived in Brooklyn. Baseball might have been in my blood, but I didn’t get it from anyone who sat around the dinner table. While my brother was discovering Thomas Merton, my sister was into Sam Cooke. Not the best siblings to discuss RBIs and strikeouts with. In June 2010 my son and daughter treated me to a Washington Nationals game for Father’s Day. It was hot, very hot. My children’s clothes were sticking to their seats. I looked at both of them and knew on that day they were not baseball kids. I also knew how much they loved me. They were willing to suffer sunstroke for their dad. It would be nice if love was simply as round as a baseball. You could toss it into the air and always catch it. My children rarely played

baseball. Is it because they were DC kids growing up before the Nats came to town? There is an emptiness in the streets these days. Not the playgrounds or the gym – but the streets. When was the last time you saw a Spalding? When was the last time you saw 12 or 18 kids with bats and gloves? Where is the addiction to the game? How many kids imagine themselves pitching a no-hitter in the big leagues? Maybe it should begin with the baseball cards and the collection of memories and dreams. But who would invest in them? It’s sad to see young boys this summer ignoring the American pastime. I’m afraid something might be forever lost. Why must the number 42 remain so lonely? There are many black people playing baseball. They just happen to be black people who speak Spanish. This reflects our changing nation. What’s good for the American and National leagues should be good for all of us. Maybe we need to embrace language the way we keep embracing color. There was a time when the ball I played with in New York was pink. Si! Pink. u

Martin Austermuhle is a web producer and reporter for WAMU 88.5 FM and freelance writer. He lives in Columbia Heights. u Midcity DC | June 2013 u 37

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Logan Circles

very month we mention several business openings in this column because there is just so dang much going on in these parts. Piola Italian restaurant, an international chain known largely for its pizza, has opened in a renovated building at 2208 14th street near W. The multi-level space, which includes a roof deck, was designed by a local DC architectural firm and it looks pretty sweet! This is the restaurant’s second time at the rodeo in the DMV. There is also a Piola across the river in Arlington. That particular block of 14th Street has been seeing a lot of new development over the past two to three years now. Nearby is gay bar MOVA, which replaced a bicycle shop that moved away, Federal, a men’s clothing store and a shop that sells higher end sneakers to a lot of

by Mark F. Johnson

skateboarders and other teens and twentysomethings, called Palace 5ive. Across the street is the brand new residential/retail project 14W. In addition to Sweetgreen just moving in, the Bowen YMCA that originally occupied the site, has been brought back more beautiful than ever. More changes coming on the east side of the block as a couple of restaurants await opening day on the ground level of the 14W. But alas in an old city like DC with very limited land parcels, openings often mean that something else closes. This is true in the 1800 block of 14th as old timer Muleh has now gone dark. The clothing, art and accessories store had been around in that location for quite a few years next door to furniture dealer Vastu. As far as I hear, something else is slated to go into the Muleh space. Looks like the British vintage invasion on U Street is over as clothier Rock It Again is about to depart. The upstairs space at 1828 is now up for lease again. Rock It Again, which had somewhat erratic hours, held the space for a couple of years, but never seemed to be open on the weekends when most shoppers were out and about. The owner also sold at Eastern Market and

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I guess his theory was that those looking for a Bond Girl shift dress or a pair of Twiggy boots on U Street on a Saturday afternoon would just have to underground it to SE to find them. The U Street Movie Series begins June 19 and ends September 18 at Harrison Park on V Street between 13th and 14th. The films haven’t been announced yet as far as I have seen. But the under the stars filmfest continues to be popular, bringing out neighbors from Shaw, Columbia Heights, Logan Circle and other areas on summer nights.

Jack Evans Supports Gay Pride

Capitol Pride steps off the second weekend of June for the 38th time! The parade is on Saturday afternoon and the festival itself is on Sunday. As usual, the parade will wind its way down P Street from Dupont Circle, but this year, it will follow a slightly new route and travel up 14th Street to end at R. The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. Expect many of the city’s politicians from Mayor Vincent Gray to City Councilmembers to be out glad-handing at the parade and festival. Also, I hear that Ward 2’s Councilmember Jack Evans will run to be the city’s next mayor. Evans represents Shaw and Logan Circle as well as Georgetown and most of downtown. His entrance into next year’s race to lead the city makes him the third City Councilmember hoping to replace the embattled Gray. Evans’ interest in running for mayor is no real shocker. He has more years in city government than any Councilmember who has announced so far. Gray, an even longer veteran of city government as of this writing, has yet to announce his intentions to seek a second term. Happy Pride Weekend! Go Rainbow! u

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Florida Avenue Restaurant Boom

Liquor license placards indicate that the Florida Avenue corridor is flourishing as a dining destination (evidenced by the popularity of newcomer establishments like Shaw’s Tavern and Bistro Bohem). At 639 Florida Ave, NW, an establishment called “Ching” will be a tavern serving Thai and Asian cuisine on hot top grills with a seating capacity of 150. At 801 Florida Ave, NW, a Mediterranean restaurant called “Dunya Restaurant & Lounge” will serve tapas and cocktails. At 247 Florida Avenue, a venture called “Meat & Foods” will serve house made sausages, sides, coffee and beverages.

Building Permits Issued for All Souls Tavern

In late May, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (“DCRA”) issued a building permit for 725 T St., NW – future home to All Souls Tavern. The permit provides for construction of a new bar, an exterior walk-in refrigerator, and a new exterior wheel chair ramp. As reported last July, All Souls seeks to be a neighborhood bar where one can find the craft beers of a gastropub. the interesting labels of a wine bar, and cocktails made care and attention to detail. The food will be simple, but elevated, not your typical bar food.

ginia as part of Partners in Preservation’s commitment to preservation efforts in the area. One grant recipient was the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site (1538-1542 9th St., NW), which received $75,000. Dr. Carter G. Woodson was a scholar, author, publisher and is known as the “Father of Black History.” The Woodson Home is a three-story Victorian rowhouse that was the original headquarters of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Currently closed to the public, this property will The plans for this empty lot at 1505 9th St., NW include a four story, three unit residential building. Photo: Ralph Brabham be a museum honoring Dr. Woodson’s life work and that of the ASALH. tween the Queen of Sheba restaurant Signature drinks, food and cocktail The grant will help rebuild the (1503 9th St., NW ) and the Shiloh specials, and prizes from businesses in façade, which is currently stabilized Child Development Center (1507 Shaw and beyond will be raffled off with steel beams. 9th St., NW ). The owner, 9th Street at each stop on the progression. Par-

Prime Corner Lot Available

A “for sale” sign recently appeared at the corner of 6th St., NW and Rhode Island Ave., NW, an underutilized property prime for new life. Zoned commercial (C2A), the 3, 238 square foot parcel has a small building on it, formerly home to an auto repair shop. The asking price is $1.9 million.

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site Wins Grant Three Residences In May, sponsors American Ex- Planned for 9th St.

press and the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded $1 million in grants to thirteen historic places in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Vir-

On May 30, the Historic Preservation Review Board (“HPRB”) approved plans for a small infill development at 1505 9th St., NW, be-

NW LLC, plans a four-story, three unit residential building designed by Workshop T10 Design Studio. The new structure will have a brick veneer, feature an entrance that references a storefront, a big band of windows up through the upper three floors, and a mansard- roof form.

Gatsby Themed Bar Crawl Planned for June 8

On the afternoon of Saturday, June 8, commercial revitalization nonprofit Shaw Main Streets will host the “Roaring 20’s Bar Crawl.” The event will take place from 1 to 7 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to wear period costumes.

ticipating venues will include Bar 7 (1015-1/2 7th Street, NW), Queen of Sheba (1503 9th Street, NW), Old Dominion Brewhouse (1219 9th Street, NW), A&D (1314 9th Street, NW), The Passenger (1021 7th Street, NW) and Penthouse 9 (1318 9th Street, NW). This will be Shaw Main Streets’ third bar crawl. In addition to raising money for projects like the call box project, events like the Roaring 20’s Bar Crawl are aimed a t bringing crowds out to experience the fun and excellence of Shaw’s commercial corridors. Tickets are $15 in advance (available online through and $25 at the event. u Midcity DC | June 2013 u 39

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Bloomingdale Bites

New Meat Shop To Open

A new sausage shop and deli is set to come to Bloomingdale in the near future. The owners of transient pop-up food store 13th Street Meats will bring their homemade sausages to the neighborhood when they open Meat & Foods, a retail store and diner-style counter that will serve half-smokes, chilli, sausage sandwiches, beer and coffee. The store will operate out of the long-vacated retail space at 247 Florida Ave., NW. According to a permit for the store, Meat & Foods will be a relatively small shop--it will include seating for 12 patrons indoors and a small four-seat sidewalk café. The store is still in the development stages and will not open for some time to come, though foodies can taste the sausage links at Toki Underground, Breadsoda and DC Brau Brewing.

Neighborhood Prepares for Summer Storms

To prevent the flooding disasters that damaged homes in Bloomingdale last summer, residents are readying themselves for a similar surge of storms expected to come in the next few months. The D.C. Department of Transportation and DC Water has already began work on building a temporary five-foot-wide storm sewer line to remove storm water from the roadway before it is slowly released into the sewer system. The project,

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which will take three years, is located on the 100 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. The temporary solution has already created problems for residents who live near the construction area. The city has banned parking on Flagler and Adams Streets. Residents are also dealing with the noise of the construction work. In addition to the implementing the sewer line, the city is also taking several steps to the reduce the storm water impact based on recommendations from the Mayor`s Task Force on the Prevention of Flooding in Bloomingdale. The city has installed catch basins on the 500 to 600 blocks of Florida Ave. NW and the unit block of T Street NW to divert water from area roadways. In the future, the city will install new sewer lines, double catch basins, permeable pavement and a rain garden in the neighborhood. Before the new Clean Rivers Project water storage tunnels debut in 2022--the completion date has been accelerated by three years--the city has announced plans to transform two sand-filtration cells at the McMillan Reservoir to capture six million gallons of storm water. According to a city release, sand is being removed now and the cells will be converted to storage tanks to hold the storm water during intense rains. Until the storm water solutions take effect, residents are encouraged to install backwater valves in their homes and contact their home insurance

companies to inquiry about sewer back-up riders that cover damage caused by sewage backing up pipes into homes. Additionally, residents can request rain barrels from the D.C. Department of the Environment.

Residents Come Out for Crispus Attucks Park Community Day and Yard Sale

Bloomingdale residents came out for the 10th Annual Crispus Attucks Park Community Day and Yard Sale on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The event, which is hosted every year by the Crispus Attucks Development Corporation, is the largest fundraiser for Crispus Attucks Park. The park group uses proceeds from the event to pay for the park’s yearly $10,000 maintenance costs. The alley park event included the “Taste of Bloomingdale,” which gave attendees the opportunity to sample dishes from newly opened restaurant The Red Hen. Attendees also tasted food offerings from Costa Brava, the still-under-construction Balkan-style tapas restaurant. In addition to the food tasting, the community day included dozens of vendors, musical performances, and play activities for children. The park nonprofit plans to host other events throughout the year, including a possible outdoor movie night, as well as a holiday tree lighting event in the winter. u

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On Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. there are free live performances for children in the Helen Hayes Gallery. Tickets are required and distributed first come-first seated. Tickets are distributed 1/2 hour prior to performance. One ticket per person in line. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. 202-783-3372. June 15-Christian Fleetwood and Clara Barton. The talented actors of the Maryland Historical Society tell the brave story of Sgt. Maj. Christian Fleetwood, a newspaper editor and musician who was the first African American awarded the Medal of Honor. Kids will also learn of the courageous work of Clara Barton, a determined woman who founded the American Red Cross and brought hope to Civil War soldiers. June 22-Grandma’s Cautionary Tales. Storyteller Debra Mims entertains the kids with delightful, interactive tales handed down through the generations of her family. Her stories are a mix of folk and “cautionary” legends derived from Caribbean literature—each filled with its own message and a valuable lesson. June 29-Mucha Música! A Musical Journey with Cantaré. Cantaré, recipient of the 2006 Parent’s Choice Award for their CD Al Agua Pato, invites the kids to sing and dance their way on a tour of European and African culture that shaped Latin American music. Kids will be fascinated at the rhythms these performers find in their unusu42 u




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Connecting Rainbows in LGBTQ Youth in Care Summit

This June 26 event is a one day youth summit focusing on the needs of LGBTQ youth in foster care. As the LGBT Task Force and Connecting Rainbows Initiative embarks

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Kite-Making Workshop at the Corcoran

On Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.noon, get ready to fly a kite that you build and decorate yourself. We will have a kite-making instructor in the Corcoran’s Atrium with all the materials for your unique kite-building experience. All ages; no registration required. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700.

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Pirate Family Festival at National Geographic

Ahoy, me mateys! Tired of the same old pirate stories? National Geographic Museum brings real pirates to life with historical re-enactors, telescope making, and traditional pirate tunes. Create your own jolly roger, see a live pirate show and falconry demonstration, learn how to build a boat and dive into the world of underwater archaeology! Festival is on June 22 at 10 a.m. at National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588. and “read-in” with them! A librarian will be on hand to read you a story, or help you read one of your choosing! This is also a great opportunity to sign up and get a head start on your Summer Reading. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary. org/mlk

on their first-ever LGBTQA Youth in Care Summit, they are providing an opportunity for their community partners to conduct workshops, trainings and presentations at this event. The call for presenters is open to anyone with experience working with LGBTQ youth and their families. To register for the event or receive a pre-

“Grow into science” at the library this summer with their Science in the Summer program sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and organizations in the Washington Metro Area. The theme for this year’s program is Physical Science & Electricity. Science in the Summer is a fun, free, handson experiment-oriented course, taught by certified teachers. Level 1 classes are for children entering grades 2-3. All children must be pre-registered to attend Science in the Summer and be able to commit to attending all four sessions from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 24-27. Space is limited to 15 students per class, so please visit our children’s department or contact them at 202-727-0971 to participate. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw

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“Breaking the Silence on Youth Violence” Youth Summit

The 3rd Annual “Breaking the Silence on Youth Violence” Youth Summit will be held Thursday, June 27, at Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School, across the street from the Minnesota Ave. Metrorail Station. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the day will conclude at 4 p.m. This year’s event will focus on preventing the precursors of youth violence, including drug abuse, gang involvement, bullying, and sexual assault. The event will be full of important information, dynamic speakers, invaluable resources and entertainment. In addition, in an effort to show our youth that fun does not have to include negative behavior, the youth and adult participants will be having an “Old School/New School” Dance-Off. All kids, ages 8-18, are invited to attend. If you have any questions or interest in bringing a youth group to the summit, contact, Lenney Lowe at 202-698-1452 or

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Lucky Diaz, Alisha Gaddis, and company rock out with contemporary family music all dressed up in the ‘50s. The Chicago Tribune applauded their “indie pop-rock for seriously groovin’ families.” Presented with Jammin’ Java coffee house and music club. Ages 2-6. Performances on Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28, 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW. $6 (under 2, $3) and adult general admission, $8. For tickets and information call 202-6338700 or visit Midcity DC | June 2013 u 43

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Registration is now open for the NCAA Football Youth Clinic Hosted by the Military Bowl, Events DC and Positive Choices on Saturday, June 15, at Anacostia High School from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free clinic is open to boys and girls ages 7-14, and features instruction by college coaches and professional players. Participation is limited to children in grades 1 through 8 (participants cannot be in high school). Participants will run offensive, defensive and agility drills; learn proper techniques to promote on-field safety; and learn about the importance of their offthe-field behavior as well. Lunch will be provided as part of the full day of instruction. For more information, visit clinic. While a limited number of walk-up spaces will be available the day of the clinic, participants are encouraged to pre-register at

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DDOT’s School Transit Subsidy Program encourages District of Columbia Public School system students who plan to attend summer school in the District to obtain a DC One Card, at a school that currently participates in the program before June 12. Students who have a DC One Card and are registered for summer school, can print out a Summer Session Eligibility Letter after June 16 to purchase a reduced rate transit pass after June 16 at one of the Metro Sales offices in the District. Charter and Private Summer School students should complete and submit a DDOT Summer School Student Travel Card application before Friday, June 7, if possible, at their respective school. Parents and students may request a DDOT summer student travel card through your school. If the school does not have applications, please have the school representative contact the Transit 44 u


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a smooth start for the summer session, DDOT encourages all summer session students to begin these steps before school starts. For additional information about the Transit Subsidy Program, visit or call 202-673-1740.

Resource Room for Foster Parents Opens

Photo: Courtesy of DC SCORES

Global Youth Service Day

On April 27, four school teams from DC SCORES, the largest after-school program in the District, took part in Global Youth Service Day at Tubman Elementary School. Global Youth Service Day is a weekend-long event dedicated to servicelearning projects created and implemented throughout six continents and 100 countries. All projects are led by youth. At Tubman, students from C.W. Harris and Aiton elementary schools in Ward 7, Thomson in Ward 2 and Bancroft in Ward 1 came together to fight childhood obesity as well as childhood hunger. Following the theme “Dance, Run, Play,” students showed off their dance moves to songs such as Beyonce’s “Move Your Body;” created snack bags full of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables; competed during the Presidential Fitness Test; and finally paraded around the Columbia Heights neighborhood chanting lines such as “When I say fruits, you say veggies. Fruits! Veggies! Fruits! Veggies!” The DC SCORES service project was made possible thanks to mini grants from the Sodexo Foundation, Disney Friends for Change and UnitedHealth HEROES. Learn more about DC SCORES at Subsidy Program office at 202-6731740. Complete the application and give it to your school and the school administrator will approve and fax the application to the DDOT’s Mass Transit Office. A purple-colored summer travel card will be sent to the school for distribution to the student. In order to have 46 u

On May 24, Mayor Gray opened a new resource room for foster parents at the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) and dedicated it to the memory of the Honorable Eugene N. Hamilton (1933-2011), former Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, foster parent to more than 50 District children, and adoptive father of four. Room 1206 at CFSA headquarters, 200 I St. SE, is now the Honorable Eugene N. Hamilton Family Resource Center. CFSA is currently serving 3,138 children, including 1,755 at home and 1,383 in foster care. Of those in care, over 700 are in foster homes in Maryland that CFSA purchases via contracts with private providers. CFSA is working to recruit more homes in the District so that children can maintain some continuity by staying in their own communities. District residents interested in fostering should call 202-671LOVE.

Family Film Night at Sursum Corda

Now in its third year, the NoMa BID is sponsoring a (outdoor) Family Film Night at Sursum Corda, where families and children gather for free family-centric movies and free food. Family Film Night will take place on four Tuesdays this summer: June 18: How to Train Your Dragon: A hapless young Viking

who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. PG. July 9: Brave: (Pixar) Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. PG. July 23: The Incredibles: (Pixar) A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. PG. August 6 (in conjunction with National Night Out): Toy Story 3: (Pixar)The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home. G. The event starts at 7 p.m. with kid-centric activities and free food. Films start at dark. Sursum Corda is bounded by No. Capitol St. on the east, First St. NW to the west, K St.NW to the south, and New York Ave. NW to the north.

mously fun method to help children memorize passages from Shakespeare’s plays while learning a world of information about the Bard’s life and works. You don’t need to be a Shakespeare scholar to reap the benefits of great literature for your children. Ludwig found that a foundational understanding of Shakespeare is a leg up for any child, giving them a head start in reading comprehension, public speaking, literary history, and overall academic confidence. In How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, Ludwig provides the tools to instill children with a lifelong love and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, without overwhelming them. His method combines read-aloud, repetition, and rhyming techniques together with vivid descriptions of the plays and characters to introduce kids to Shakespeare’s world. Folger Shakespeare Library, E. Capitol St. SE.

“How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare” at the Folger

Family Matters of Greater Washington, one of the nation’s oldest, nationally-accredited social services organizations, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced a new collaboration to bring arts programming to lowincome District seniors and youth. The collaboration is made possible through the generosity of philanthropist and arts patron Richard A. Herman, who passed away in November 2012 at the age of 100. The collaboration will include the introduction of several new programs designed to target the involvement of seniors and youth, including a “Seniors Night Out,” National Symphony Orchestra family performances and instrument “Petting Zoos,” and other programs. Once a month, “Seniors Night Out” will enable District seniors to enjoy an evening at the Kennedy Center, complete with dinner, a performance and an opportunity to interact with the performers. The

World-renowned playwright and Tony Award nominee Ken Ludwig (Crazy for You, Lend Me a Tenor) will be hosting an interactive discussion on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, followed by a book-signing of his new book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Saturday, June 8 at noon. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting or by calling the Box Office at 202-544-7077. The talk is presented in association with Folger Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night, playing through June 9. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will follow the event. How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Crown Publishers: on sale June 11, 2013) details an enor-

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Bryce Harper Bobblehead Giveaway at Nat’s Game

On June 23, 1:35, Nats vs. the Colorado Rockies the first 15,000 fans will receive a Bryce Harper Bobblehead. Fans must enter through the Center Field Gate to receive a promotional item, while supplies last. One promotional item per person, per ticket based on availability. On June 6 and 23, kids can run the bases after the game. On June 20, there is $1 ice cream and on June 26, there are $1 hot dogs.

Healthy Kids Fun Run Registration Open

On Oct 26, children ages 5-12 can experience the thrill of reaching the finish line in the one-mile, just-for-fun Healthy Kids Fun Run, held the day prior to the MCM. The event includes a family fitness festival, mascots, healthy snacks, giveaways and music. You can choose from different start times between 10:00-11:40 a.m. $10 plus processing fee. u

Changing Hands Changing hands is a list of most residential sales in the District of Columbia from the previous month. A feature of every issue, this list, based on the MRIS, is provided courtesy of Don Denton, manager of the Coldwell Banker office on Capitol Hill. The list includes address, sales price and number of bedrooms. Neighborhood

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$732,500 $769,000 $1,300,000




$280,000 $461,000 $525,000 $535,000 $540,000 $575,000 $602,500 $635,000 $640,000 $641,000 $650,000 $699,900 $700,000 $1,000,000 $115,000 $126,000 $147,900 $1,305,000 $1,960,000 $650,000


$1,399,000 $1,948,000 $2,250,000 $2,550,000


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$350,000 $360,000 $438,000 $439,900 $536,000 $600,000

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1441 SPRING RD NW #B-01 3900 14TH ST NW #304 2608 SHERMAN AVE NW #101 1341 CLIFTON ST NW #103 1417 NEWTON ST NW #107 739 NEWTON PL NW #201 1423 NEWTON ST NW #203 1324 EUCLID ST NW #307 1308 CLIFTON ST NW #510 1350 KENYON ST NW #2 1324 EUCLID ST NW #B-6 U STREET 1527 PARK RD NW #303 2110 VERMONT AVE NW $560,000 2 1443 OAK ST NW #T-1 1830 9TH ST NW $970,000 5 1307 CLIFTON ST NW #1 1117 S ST NW $833,500 3 1427 CHAPIN ST NW #105 1909 12TH ST NW $1,400,000 3 1317 SHEPHERD ST NW #C 1321 EUCLID ST NW #T-1 1317 SHEPHERD ST NW #D WOODLEY 1454 EUCLID ST NW #4 2708 WOODLEY PL NW $772,000 3 1332 BELMONT ST NW #1 2720 WOODLEY PL NW $995,000 3 1425 EUCLID ST NW #3 3212 KLINGLE RD NW $1,210,000 5 2750 14TH ST NW #PH3 2949 GARFIELD TER NW $1,600,000 4 2535 13TH ST NW #105 1451 BELMONT ST NW #118 1451 BELMONT ST NW #419 CONDO 1323 GIRARD ST NW #7 1480 HARVARD ST NW #3 14TH STREET CORRIDOR 1341 IRVING ST NW #C 1414 BELMONT ST NW #406 $560,500 1 1480 HARVARD ST NW #4 2125 14TH ST NW #813 $839,000 2 1470 CHAPIN ST NW #4 1348 EUCLID ST NW #207 ADAMS MORGAN


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$185,000 $191,000 $247,000 $275,000 $283,500 $287,000 $326,000 $335,000 $339,500 $365,000 $365,000 $375,000 $399,000 $399,999 $420,000 $429,000 $440,500 $449,000 $465,000 $485,000 $525,000 $535,000 $560,000 $590,000 $594,000 $600,000 $620,000 $689,000 $757,500 $820,000 $560,000

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$355,000 $510,000 $555,000 $568,000 $257,000 $365,000 $381,000 $540,000 $1,250,000 $460,000


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he last couple of months have been good for home owners. In fact, I heard it is an “seller’s market.” Real estate agents have told me that there is a home shortage in DC right now. So, to all you home owners out there who are considering selling, I say: “Think inside out.” That’s right. In my opinion, if you spend a little money on your yard, balcony or roof top, you will get back at least double your investment. Many people have walked into a house and have immediately bought it when they saw the outside space. A garden, postage samp front yard, or curbside green space can do wonders in improving the look of your house when it goes on the market.

Paying attention

I had a client that wanted to sell her house “asap.” I came by and took a look at her space. Her backyard was overgrown with weeds. The shrubs had been ruined by winter’s cold. She had bought that black mulch the spring before from Home Depot. (Needless to say, it had faded to a dirty gray.) Her BBQ was greasy and dirty. There was plenty of sun in her yard. Her beds were raised. I did a simple make over here. I brought in three evergreen shrubs. I added several herbs and a few colorful perennials. We brought in a little table and chairs. We 48 u

by Frank Asher cleaned her BBQ and moved it near the herbs. Bam! Her little patio was turned in a sitting area for an outside eating. A potential buyer could immediately envision himself sitting and communing in the new yard. This didn’t take a lot of money. Giving a little attention can create a space for intention.

Garden/Terrace Makeover.

If you are a new home owner and you want to make your home yours, do your garden. I will bring up two different clients here. First, a great couple, (a husband and wife) in the U street area. Their backyard had an old brick patio with weeds growing through it. It was so old that bricks were crumbling and coming up. The woman said with her lovely South African accent, “I want to be able to invite friends over for dinner. I want to feel comfortable and be able to relax back here.” We created an “S” shaped raised bed with a sitting ledge on top. We did a new custom built fence with copper tubing. We added a brick wall near the fence for a big gas BBQ. We made a pergola with the wood and copper from the fence over the bed. We added lights and a water feature. But most importantly, we did a slate floor with cobble stone to create a pattern that is very unique. It combines

old and new. My customer’s biggest complaint was that previous proposals were, “arborvitaes,” slate, and five-foot fencing. Of course, there was a bit more money spent here, but the final outcome was, in my opinion, so very beautiful. It is all about what the customer wants. This couple now spends 75-80% of their time from spring until fall outdoors in back with friends. My client just said last week that she knows that when they sell this house, it will be the back yard that makes it.

To Tantalize with your Terrace

All it takes is a few planters that match, and don’t match. There is room for many different feels here. Another couple who are clients were mainly concerned about privacy on their terrace. I set up three tall rectangular planters made of fiberglass and cement. We made a metal frame that surrounds these planters. I planted climbing roses, wisteria, and a few moon vine flowers. This is the second spring for this live green wall. It serves a great purpose. It offers privacy, live color and it is movable. If the clients wish, they can take it with them. However, I think this will b e a great selling point if they move in the future.

Selling your move

So you want to move? You want a

little curb appeal? A simple clean up, a quick shaping of shrubs, a little new mulch or compost and your garden can give ideas to a potential buyer. Add a few annuals for immediate color. Add a soaker hose with a timer. That will help any buyer with water anxiety. Some real estate agents bring in a person to “stage” your home. Stage your garden or patio. All you have to do is give the hint that there is potential for outdoor communing. It really helps…Oh, one last thing. You know that tree box in front of your house? If you don’t want to plant anything in it, don’t. But I highly suggest a weeding with a bit of shredded pine mulch. A simple act like that offers hope for the whole neighborhood. Buyers are really into “neighborhoods”. And, if you want to get your neighborhood association to work at tending to the tree boxes along your street, all the better. When the streetscapes are tended to, the whole neighborhood benefits. With that, let me give a big shout out to Shaw Main Streets for beautifying 9th street tree boxes with liriope and mulch. I hope we can do more tulips this fall. Frank Asher is the Director of OLD CITY farm and guild founded in 2013. Where people and plants come together”. Owner of Fairies’ Crossing, A landscape gardening company. u

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MOUNT PLEASANT 2515 17TH ST NW #2 1673 PARK RD NW #301 1654 EUCLID ST NW #102

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