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Vol. XLVI, No. 36

The NorThwesT CurreNT

Agency, law at odds over usage of 911

City lets residents seek stricter parking limits

HOOPS FOR HEROES

■ Transportation: Enhanced

RPP expanding Districtwide

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Two years ago, Phil Mendelson — then an at-large D.C. Council member — introduced legislation to remove non-emergency calls from the District’s 911 call center. The measure was designed to restore a pre-2008 system in which non-emergency police calls were directed to 311, thereby freeing up 911 for more urgent matters, Mendelson said. The 911 Purity Amendment Act ultimately passed the council by an 11-0 voice vote in November 2012, and it became law this year. “The District’s 911 call system shall be reserved exclusively for emergency calls,” the law states. “The Mayor shall not use the 911 call system for administrative purposes, for placing outgoing calls, or for receiving non-emergency calls.” Despite the law, that “purity” of the 911 line hasn’t been achieved. Currently, all matters that require an officer to respond in person — whether emergency or non-emergency — get funneled through 911 See Calls/Page 18

By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

More District residents can now request extra parking restrictions on their blocks, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation, and a stretch of 43rd Street just off Wisconsin Avenue is one of the first beneficiaries of the agency’s new standards. “Enhanced Residential Parking Permit” limitations set aside one side of a street exclusively for cars with a

Dancing Crab working to shake nightlife reputation Bill Petros/The Current

John Williams shoots some hoops during last Thursday’s open house at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. The day’s events included a tour of Lincoln’s Cottage, military demonstrations, food vendors, a petting zoo and carnival games.

St. John’s replaces bulky backpacks with iPads By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

A tablet for every student: A few years from now, that could be the reality for most schools, but some — like St. John’s College High School in Chevy Chase — are joining that trend at its forefront. The Catholic school started classes last week by equipping each of its 1,075 students with an iPad as part of tuition. The school also supplied all of its 88 teachers with iPads, instructing them to integrate the technology into their classrooms. With the change, St. John’s has moved to 80 percent e-books as opposed to traditional textbooks, said school president Jeff Manca-

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Courtesy of St. John’s College High School

Every St. John’s student received an iPad this year for schoolwork.

belli. That means clunky backpacks are no longer a part of the scenery at the 2507 Military Road campus, he said. “The visual is, you see [students] walking down the hallways,

and all they’re carrying is a file folder and their iPads.” It all adds up to $665,000 worth of equipment, with the iPads leased for two years through a technology firm called First American Equipment Finance, according to St. John’s communication director Kathy Howe. Across the country, tablets and e-readers are becoming a commonplace feature in schools, replacing textbooks and blackboards. In Los Angeles, for example, officials are now unrolling a $1 billion effort to supply iPads to every student in the public school district by December 2014. In D.C., both public and private See Tablets/Page 7

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Washington Latin opens new campus at old Rudolph site — Page 3

permit for that parking zone, instead of offering non-residents a two-hour window. Until recently, this approach was used only in particularly congested areas, as evaluated and selected by the Transportation Department. The restriction is intended to protect residents who live in areas with particularly high visitor traffic. It’s been in place for several years near Nationals Park and the DC USA complex in Columbia Heights, and it more recently expanded to a few other places that include Logan Circle and a small section of Glover Park. But now those extra protections See Parking/Page 2

Late field goal lifts Gonzaga Eagles to season’s first win — Page 11

■ Tenleytown: New owners

cite upgrades to restaurant By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

It was long apparent to many Tenleytown residents that the Dancing Crab was in decline. The facilities were deteriorating, the menu had become unpredictable and the core customer base had become young people who came for late-night drinking. But longtime customers Carlos Horcasitas and May-May Au-Huie — married gasoline magnates from Potomac, Md. — never noticed the issues. They had never seen the kitchen and always finished their meals before the partiers arrived. So they were shocked to hear last year that the restaurant, located at 4615 41st St., was in danger of closing. And despite having no restaurant experience, they offered to purchase it on the spot before even scoping out the building. “I opened my big mouth,” Horcasitas said at last Thursday’s meeting of the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights advisory neighborhood

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The restaurant needs a permit for its enclosed front porch.

commission. “A lot of the neighbors in this ANC haven’t been at the restaurant for years because I think you guys knew something that I clearly didn’t know, which is that the restaurant [was] a complete mess,” Horcasitas said. “Believe me, we know this, because we sent people in with masks and they were bringing out all See Restaurant/Page 10

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Paraguayan youth orchestra visits local music shop — Page 5

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PARKING: City program to expand resident-only restrictions upon neighbors’ requests

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can be just a petition away for any block in D.C., according to Transportation Department spokesperson Reggie Sanders. If 51 percent of a block’s households are dissatisfied with their current parking protections, they can request resident-only parking for one side of their street.

Non-residents would be able to park only on the other side of the street, and still for no more than two hours. This would allow the city to immediately ticket a car without a resident or visitor permit that is parked on the residents-only side, rather than needing to observe the car twice more than two hours apart. One of the first new spots to see

“enhanced RPP� will be the west side of the 4900 block of 43rd Street, which is between Fessenden and Ellicott streets just off Wisconsin Avenue’s commercial corridor. The enhanced restrictions will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. All residents of the block supported the petition, which also won support — though divided and unen-

thusiastic — from the local advisory neighborhood commission last Thursday. “We live half a block from the commercial district, and all hours of the day up until 10 o’clock at night we cannot find a parking space,� Bill Smith, who lives at 43rd and Fessenden streets, said at the meeting. Smith said he launched the petition

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drive based on a recommendation from a Transportation Department employee. Neighborhood commissioners, however, feared that the tougher protections would simply shift parking pressures onto nearby streets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little problematic, this piecemeal approach,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Matt Frumin, who joined two colleagues in voting to back the 43rd Street proposal on a trial basis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pushing a balloon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moving things over, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not solving any problem.â&#x20AC;? Frumin and other commissioners also predicted that a flurry of nearby blocks would rush to request the same protections, and they asked that the Transportation Department study parking in the area before and after the new restrictions go into effect. Sanders said the agency will consider doing so. Commissioner Sam Serebin, who voted against the enhanced protections for 43rd Street, said the change would lead to one of two potential outcomes: Either parking pressures will remain, or nearby businesses will lose customers. Serebin predicted little change to the volume of parked cars, since the â&#x20AC;&#x153;resident-onlyâ&#x20AC;? parking will still apply to all cars registered in Ward 3, rather than specifically for residents of that block. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to stop me from driving there,â&#x20AC;? he told 43rd Street residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a Volvo station wagon, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see it in front of your houses because I have a Zone 3 sticker.â&#x20AC;? That said, some residents swear by enhanced RPP. Jackie Blumenthal, a Glover Park advisory neighborhood commissioner, said â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happyâ&#x20AC;? with the restrictions in place daily from 7 a.m. to midnight on Hall and W places and a section of Tunlaw Road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has opened up more parking for people who actually live on these streets,â&#x20AC;? Blumenthal said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to chase around to find a spot late at night.â&#x20AC;? In Glover Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, the restrictions went into effect earlier this year at the request of that neighborhood commission. Blumenthal said there hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been a push to expand the program because streets farther from local businesses werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as affected by customer parking. Glover Park had requested 24/7 restrictions and received a compromise instead. On 43rd Street, residents said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see hours from noon to 9 p.m. daily, instead of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal to add restrictions during the existing RPP hours of 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sanders said the agency isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t likely to tweak the timeframe due to administrative hassles. Enhanced RPP is the second program the Transportation Department recently expanded citywide. The other, visitor parking passes, faced some criticism as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;one size fits allâ&#x20AC;? measure that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the comprehensive reform some residents and D.C. Council members had sought.


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Washington Latin opens year in expanded Ward 4 campus By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

Washington Latin Public Charter School began its academic year with major changes, having traded a three-campus model for a single facility and placed the entire student body under the same roof for the first time in half a decade. The high-performing charter opened its doors yesterday at 5200 2nd St. NW, the former Rudolph Elementary School, christening a refurbished building that includes a new library and parking lot as well as an athletic field. The five-acre campus put students in grades five through 12 in the same location; they had been divided among three campuses along 16th Street. Now, students share a single building divided into three wings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one for high school students, another for middle school students and a third for shared space.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The building is just fabulous,â&#x20AC;? said head of school Martha Cutts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the school to finally have a space commensurate with the quality of the educational program is a dream come true.â&#x20AC;? Cutts said an Aug. 25 open house for students and their families drew a crowd of approximately 1,000 to the new building. The updates on display included a new library with a reading room and a research space; a new 80-space parking lot that doubles as a basketball court; and an extended handicap ramp in front of the school. The building has separate entrances for middle and high school students as well as new windows and heating, Cutts said. Washington Latin received the building permit for its new location in February and was issued its certificate of occupancy last month. The city agreed last year to provide the charter with a 25-year lease for See School/Page 7

The week ahead Wednesday, Sept. 4

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a working session to hear updates on proposed revisions to D.C. high school graduation requirements and to annual report cards on performance prepared by the D.C. Public Schools system and charter schools. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1112, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

Ethiopian coffee shop perks up Brightwood Mani Tesema never she thought would own her own business. But after years of working in the retail industry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; much of it in management roles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she realized she has a knack for customer service and for being her own boss. Deciding on the kind of business was also a cinch.

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As a native of Ethiopia, she said owning a shop serving coffee, one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main exports, was an easy choice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coffee is our passion,â&#x20AC;? she said. Now sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the proud proprietor of Maniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee and Market, a business she launched with her husband, Dawit Zewdie, on July 15. The cafe, located at 5220 Georgia Ave., has been catering to the Brightwood neighborhood, which she says needed this type of service. Since there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a coffee shop within walking distance of the bustling Georgia Avenue commercial strip, Tesema said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this was a good opportunity to give to people.â&#x20AC;? At Maniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Tesema offers four types of coffee beans from Africa and Central America. The cafeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specialties are Yirgacheffe and Sidamo, beans produced in the southern region of Ethiopia, where cof-

fee enthusiasts consider the fertile land among the best producers of the crop. Her purveyor is Moredocofe, a family-owned organic coffee company founded in 2001. She says she is currently negotiating with the company to import other types of beans from Ethiopia. The menu at Maniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s includes hot and cold lattes, mochas, Americanos and cappuccinos. She also sells different flavors of tea and smoothies, as well as baked goods mostly made by her cousin. Tesema arrived in the U.S. in 1995. Not knowing any English, she found a job at a Kroger grocery store, where she worked as a deli associate for two years. She then went to work at Walmart for 13 years, rising through the ranks from bakery sales associate to regional manager of multiple stores in North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. Because of her positive experience at Walmart, Tesema has a lot of love for the controversial billiondollar business. She credits the retail giant for giving her â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a foreigner who knew very little of the U.S. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the opportunity to become a businesswoman. And she believes the Walmart under construction a mile north of her shop will be a boon to her business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to get an advantage,â&#x20AC;? she said, explaining that she expects a stream of customers and See Coffee/Page 10

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Thursday, Sept. 5

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the Trust for Public Land will hold a community meeting to present schematic designs for the planned renovation of the Rose Park Playground. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 2600 P St. NW.

Saturday, Sept. 7

The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education will hold â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passport to Excellence,â&#x20AC;? the second annual DC Parent & Family Engagement Summit. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. To RSVP, contact Lysa Romero at 202-727-8577 or visit osse.dc.gov. â&#x2013; The Green Living Expo DC will feature eco-friendly exhibitors and sponsors, local artisans, music and speakers. The expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dennard Plaza, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013;  The group Wholeness for Humanity will hold a GreenHomes Bike EcoTour, featuring visits to a solar home, a RiverSmart home, St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church and a Spring Valley contamination cleanup site. The tour will start with check-in at 1:30 p.m. at Dennard Plaza, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Admission is free; to register, visit wholenessforhumanity.com or call Greg Drury at 202-674-8102. Capital Bikeshare will make free bikes available for those in need.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

The D.C. Business Regulatory Reform Task Force will hold a public forum regarding simplifying and streamlining the regulatory requirement for doing business in D.C. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Conference Room E-200, 1100 4th St. SW. â&#x2013; The Brightwood Community Association will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. John United Baptist Church, 6343 13th St. NW. â&#x2013;  DC Solar United Neighborhoods will hold a community meeting on plans to coordinate solar bulk purchases. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Thursday, Sept. 12

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a community meeting and workshop to discuss the Cleveland Park transportation study from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. â&#x2013; The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the Trust for Public Land will hold a community meeting to present schematic designs for the planned renovation of the Forest Hills Playground. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Capital Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3150 Chesapeake St. NW.

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District Digest D.C. attorney general speaks to Rotarians

Speaking to the D.C. Rotary Club last week, D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan discussed the potential cost savings at the gas pump that could come from his officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new lawsuit and opined about the change to an elected attorney general, among other topics. Last Tuesday, Nathan filed a suit against the Exxon Mobil Corp. and three wholesalers of Exxonbranded fuel. The city alleges that agreements requiring operators of Exxon stations to buy from particular wholesalers violate D.C. law. The three local wholesalers, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;jobbers,â&#x20AC;? are all owned by the same individual, Virginia businessman Joe Mamo, and the firms collectively own every Exxon station (and many others) in the District. Nathan said that by preventing gas station operators from shopping around to different wholesalers, the Mamo firms are able to increase their prices â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in turn squeezing D.C. residents. The Mamo firms in question are not only the suppliers of gasoline, but also the owners of the gas sta-

tions they supply to, though most of those stations are independently operated. If the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suit is successful, Nathan said wholesalers would be violating the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision if they enforced their exclusivity agreements, and he would sue them for contempt. Legislation proposed by Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh that would have banned wholesalers from owning stations or their real estate failed last year on a tie vote. Also as part of his remarks to the Rotary Club, Nathan spoke about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned move to an elected rather than mayorally appointed attorney general. In a 2010 referendum District voters overwhelmingly endorsed making the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney general an elected position, in part to protect the office from mayoral influence. But in an 11th-hour decision, the D.C. Council postponed the election â&#x20AC;&#x201D; previously scheduled for April 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; until 2018. The council is expected to take a final vote on the act this month. The issue has â&#x20AC;&#x153;turned out to be controversial,â&#x20AC;? Nathan told the Rotarians, involving â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot of arm-

twistingâ&#x20AC;? on the council. Nathan said he believes more time before an election would be useful, both to improve the law and to give candidates more time to prepare. He said one problem with the law as currently proposed is that it precludes Office of the Attorney General attorneys from seeking partisan political office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want people in my office to be able to run,â&#x20AC;? he said. Nathan also suggested that the mayor should continue to appoint attorneys for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various agencies. Because an elected attorney general â&#x20AC;&#x153;will invariably want to run for mayor,â&#x20AC;? he said, attorneys with the D.C. agencies â&#x20AC;&#x153;might want to sabotage the [incumbent] mayor.â&#x20AC;? He noted that even though he is a mayoral appointee, he has been able to maintain his independence because â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot be fired by the mayor â&#x20AC;Ś except for cause.â&#x20AC;?

City keeping some spray parks open

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is keeping five spray parks open for an extended

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season this year, allowing residents access to the water features through Sept. 29. Four of the parks are in Northwest: 14th and Park Road; Harrison, 1330 V St.; Macomb, 3409 Macomb St.; and Takoma, 300 Van Buren St. A fifth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fort Greble â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is in Southwest. The spray parks are new features at the Harrison, Macomb, Takoma and Fort Greble playgrounds, and residents were eager to have more time with the fountains before theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re shut off for the season. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor pools and spray parks are generally shut down on Labor Day; besides the five spray parks, the other exception this year is the East Potomac Pool at 972 Ohio Drive SW, which will remain open through Oct. 13.

AU opens new dorm, expands another

American University has added new dormitory space this semester with the completion of two projects. The university last month finished the eight-story Cassell Hall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the first new dormitory built on campus since 1987 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and a threestory addition to Nebraska Hall, according to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community newsletter. Cassell Hall, located along the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s border with Wesley Theological Seminary, now accommodates 360 sophomores, juniors and seniors. Built on the site of a former surface parking lot, the facility includes a fitness facility and a bike storage area. The Nebraska Hall project adds 150 new beds to the university, as well as a faculty apartment and new offices for residential life staff. It also replaced a surface parking lot. Further new housing is due by

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fall 2016 on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;East Campusâ&#x20AC;? site of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nebraska Avenue parking lot.

India to open cultural center on U Street

After ruling out extensive redevelopment options, the Rock Creek Property Group yesterday announced its sale of a prominent U Street building to the Republic of India for $5.75 million. The 12,325-square-foot building at 1438 U St. will become a â&#x20AC;&#x153;stateof-the-art cultural center,â&#x20AC;? according to a news release from the sellers. Constructed as a post office in the early 1900s, the building has since housed various offerings, including a restaurant/nightclub hybrid known as Cada Vez. Rock Creek acquired the site 18 months ago for $2.75 million and subsequently considered redeveloping it as a retail, office, residential or mixed-use building with several extra stories. But the firm ultimately decided to undertake â&#x20AC;&#x153;strategic interior renovationsâ&#x20AC;? and sell the building without an addition. Gary Schlager, one of the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principals, noted the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location on the bustling U Street corridor and distinctive assets such as exposed brick, 10- to 20-foot ceilings and large, efficient floor sizes.

Colorado Apartments reopen after rehab

The D.C. Housing Authority held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to mark the reopening of the Colorado Apartments in Ward 4 after a $2.6 million rehab project, according to a news release. The 21-unit midrise at 5336 Colorado Ave. NW suffered extensive fire damage in 2009. The building serves seniors and individuals with physical disabilities, and the D.C. Housing Authority found homes elsewhere for all of the displaced residents. Seven have returned since completion of the renovations in June. The Aug. 28 celebration featured Ward 4 D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, D.C. Housing Authority executive director Adrianne Todman and U.S. Housing and Urban Development field office director Marvin Turner, as well as other officials, returning residents and guests.

Correction

In the Aug. 28 issue, an article on a proposal to rename the University of the District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amphitheater after musician Chuck Brown misstated the vote of the Forest Hills/Van Ness advisory neighborhood commission. It was 3-1 with one abstention, not 3-2. The Current regrets the error. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, call the managing editor at 202-567-2011.


The Current Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tenleytown shop gets visit from Paraguayan orchestra By KAT LUCERO Current Staff Writer

After performing a musical doubleheader at the Inter-American Development Bank and the Kennedy Center, touring the U.S. Capitol and then checking out part of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, young musicians with the Recycled Orchestra had one more stop for their week in D.C.: Middle C Music. Sixteen members of the touring group from Paraguay dropped by Tenleytown for a reception last Wednesday, not only to greet and chat with fans, but also to visit the shop owned by one of their major benefactors. This spring, Middle C Music owner Myrna Sislen donated and arranged for the transport of nearly 40 professional instruments to the youth orchestra in Cateura, a slum village near Paraguayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital.

Though the group still performs with the recycled instruments itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous for, Sislenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donation has helped the kids refine their skills as musicians. The orchestra is widely known for playing musical instruments made from a variety of discarded items like used cans, old tubes and cast-off kitchen tools. NicolĂĄs GĂłmez, who was involved with a recycling program in Cateura, cofounded the program with Favio ChĂĄvez, a trained musician also involved in recycling efforts in the village. Together they set up a band of children from the area who wanted to learn music and perform. The group started with around 20 children and has since grown to more than 100, according to ChĂĄvez, who is now the orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director. In Tenleytown, Sislen first heard of the orchestra from her friend Berta Rojas, a renowned guitarist from Paraguay. After watching a See Orchestra/Page 10

Mendelson submits living wage bill to mayor Current Staff Report D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson last week submitted the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013 to the mayor for his consideration, almost two months after the council passed the measure. The act would require non-unionized large stores like Walmart to pay $12.50 in hourly wages and benefits to employees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than $4 above the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minimum wage. Passage of the bill this summer prompted threats from chains including Walmart about halting plans for new D.C. stores. Mayor Vincent Gray has

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Burglary â&#x2013; 900-999 block, New York Ave.; 6:59 a.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, New York Ave.; 1:45 p.m. Aug. 28. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  1200-1299 block, K St.; 11:04 a.m. Sept. 1. Theft â&#x2013;  1100-1199 block, K St.; 11:32 a.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  1000-1099 block, F St.; 3:35 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  1322-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 8:57 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, 13th St.; 2:23 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 11:28 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, G St.; 1:37 p.m. Sept. 1.

psa PSA 201 201

â&#x2013; chevy chase

Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; 33rd and Tennyson streets; 3:15 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  5600-5699 block, Western Ave.; 5:24 p.m. Aug. 31. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3300-3399 block, Runnymede Place; 8:50 a.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  Patterson Street and Nevada Avenue; 8:53 a.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  5450-5499 block, 31st St.; 1:05 p.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  Morrison Street and Connecticut Avenue; 2:15 p.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  5520-5599 block, Nevada Ave.; 6:10 p.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  3400-3599 block, Morrison St.; 8:47 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  3600-3699 block, Jocelyn St.; 8:49 p.m. Aug. 31. Theft â&#x2013;  5600-5628 block, Connecticut Ave.; 1:56 p.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  5600-5628 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:51 p.m. Aug. 30.

psa 202

â&#x2013; Friendship Heights TenPSA 202

leytown / AU Park

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 5100-5199 block, 42nd St.; 1:16 p.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  4210-4299 block, 39th St.; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  4900-4999 block, Brandywine St.; 10:36 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  4700-4799 block, Butterworth Place; 11:26 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  4600-4699 block, Alton Place; 9:17 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  43rd and Jenifer streets; 4:22 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, 43rd St.; 5:06 p.m. Aug. 29.

â&#x2013; 4400-4499 block, Albemarle St.; 10:44 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  Wisconsin Avenue and Grant Road; 9:50 p.m. Aug. 30.

St.; 1:20 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013; 6900-6999 block, 5th St.; 1:50 a.m. Aug. 31. â&#x2013;  500-599 block, Butternut St.; 2:19 a.m. Aug. 31.

Ave.; 10:06 a.m. Aug. 26.

Theft â&#x2013; 4310-4399 block, Brandywine St.; 8:08 p.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  5200-5223 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 5:57 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, Yuma St.; 9:24 p.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  4500-4537 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:26 p.m. Aug. 31.

psa PSA 402 402

Robbery â&#x2013; Georgia Avenue and Quincy Street; 2:40 a.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  3800-3899 block, 14th St.; 7:10 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  1400-1498 block, Upshur St.; 1:13 p.m. Aug. 30.

psa 203

â&#x2013; forest PSA 203 hills / van ness

cleveland park

Sexual abuse â&#x2013; 3700-3899 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Van Ness St.; 2 p.m. Aug. 29. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  4522-4599 block, Reno Road; 8:55 a.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  2500-2880 block, Porter St.; 12:57 a.m. Aug. 31. Theft â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Ellicott Terrace; 1:49 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  2900-2999 block, Van Ness St.; 9:29 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  4530-4599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 5:51 p.m. Aug. 30.

psa 204

â&#x2013; Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Burglary â&#x2013; 3800-3899 block, Klingle Place; 3:35 p.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  2800-2899 block, 34th Place; 4:58 p.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  3416-3499 block, Fulton St.; 10:29 p.m. Aug. 30. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  2600-2699 block, 36th St.; 3:02 p.m. Aug. 30. â&#x2013;  28th Street and McGill Terrace; 3:45 p.m. Sept. 1. Theft â&#x2013;  3520-3599 block, Fulton St.; 6:53 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  2111-2199 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 11:31 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  3612-3699 block, Fulton St.; 5:31 a.m. Aug. 30.

â&#x2013; Brightwood / manor park

Robbery â&#x2013; 1400-1499 block, Tuckerman St.; 11:08 p.m. Aug. 28. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Tewkesbury Place; 7 p.m. Aug. 27 (with knife). â&#x2013;  700-799 block, Tuckerman St.; 1:45 a.m. Aug. 31 (with gun). Theft from auto â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Oneida Place; 11:52 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Oneida Place; 1:52 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  6500-6599 block, 7th St.; 2 a.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  6501-6598 block, 16th St.; 6 p.m. Sept. 1. â&#x2013;  300-399 block, Van Buren St.; 5:12 p.m. Aug. 31.

psa 403

â&#x2013; Brightwood / petworth

Brightwood park PSA 403

16th Street heights

Robbery â&#x2013; 1200-1299 block, Longfellow St.; 2:11 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Kennedy St.; 4:54 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Georgia Ave.; 12:12 a.m. Aug. 30 (with knife). Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  500-699 block, Hamilton St.; 2 a.m. Aug. 28 (with gun). Burglary â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, Illinois Ave.; 8:36 p.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  5700-5799 block, 13th St.; 8:46 p.m. Aug. 27 (with knife). â&#x2013;  5700-5728 block, Colorado Ave.; 8:28 p.m. Aug. 29. Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  5700-5899 block, Georgia Ave.; 9:25 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 7:53 a.m. Aug. 31.

Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013; 6800-6899 block, Georgia Ave.; noon Aug. 26.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 700-799 block, Kennedy St.; 7:42 a.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Jefferson St.; 5:57 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  5600-5699 block, 8th St.; 8:40 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  5300-5399 block, 2nd St.; 10:33 a.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  5800-5899 block, Manchester Place; 4:08 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  5800-5899 block, Manchester Place; 6 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  300-399 block, Gallatin St.; 2 p.m. Aug. 31.

Theft from auto â&#x2013; 500-599 block, Butternut

Theft â&#x2013; 5700-5728 block, Colorado

psa 401

â&#x2013; colonial PSA 401 village

shepherd park / takoma

Robbery â&#x2013; 821-999 block, Juniper St.; 9:48 a.m. Aug. 31 (with gun). Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  6900-6919 block, 4th St.; 1:10 p.m. Aug. 31.

psa 404

â&#x2013; 16th Street HEIGHTS PSA 404

crestwood

Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013; Georgia Avenue and Allison Street; 11:57 p.m. Aug. 28 (with gun). Theft from auto â&#x2013;  3700-3799 block, 9th St.; 11 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  3900-3999 block, 16th St.; 11:27 a.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1300-1399 block, Taylor St.; 2:44 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  3900-3999 block, Kansas Ave.; 2:46 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  1300-1334 Spring Road; 12:20 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  900-998 block, Randolph St.; 5 p.m. Sept. 1. Theft â&#x2013;  1400-1499 block, Decatur St.; 12:19 p.m. Aug. 29. â&#x2013;  1720-1779 block, Shepherd St.; 12:19 p.m. Sept. 1.

psa PSA 407 407 â&#x2013; petworth

Robbery â&#x2013; 1-99 block, Farragut Place; 4 a.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  4600-4699 block, 9th St.; 11:45 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  New Hampshire Avenue and Upshur Street; 11 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  4100-4199 block, 7th St.; 12:35 p.m. Aug. 29. Assault with a dangerous weapon â&#x2013;  500-599 block, Buchanan St.; 5:07 p.m. Aug. 27 (with gun). â&#x2013;  100-199 block, Rock Creek Church Road; 9:56 a.m. Aug. 29 (with gun). Motor vehicle theft â&#x2013;  4300-4399 block, Georgia Ave.; 7 a.m. Aug. 28. Theft from auto â&#x2013;  100-199 block, Emerson St.; 6:01 a.m. Aug. 26. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, Quincy St.; 8 a.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  400-499 block, Decatur St.; 10:16 a.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  800-899 block, Buchanan St.; 11:08 p.m. Aug. 27. â&#x2013;  900-999 block, Decatur St.; 1:30 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  700-799 block, Taylor St.; 1:57 p.m. Sept. 1. Theft â&#x2013;  4800-4899 block, New Hampshire Ave.; 1:55 p.m. Aug. 28. â&#x2013;  200-299 block, Upshur St.; 12:24 a.m. Aug. 31.


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the red-brick Rudolph school, which had closed in 2008. Cutts said yesterday’s school opening came a week later than usual, but the Sept. 3 date was picked to ensure the building would be ready for use. Asked about future upgrades at the facility, she said the school has raised $1.2 million for faculty support and the construction of a new gymnasium. The goal is to raise $4.5 million for these projects. Thus far, the changes at Washington Latin appear to be benefiting students and teachers alike. Court-

ney Farrell Brouse, who teaches seventh-grade Latin as part of the classical curriculum, said she previously shared classrooms with other faculty members, but now has a room of her own. “It has walls and a window that looks out over the field,” she said. “It’s perfect.” Farrell Brouse also said having every student in the same building will give her an unexpected pleasure this year: She will have the chance to spend time with the seniors, the first crop of students she taught as seventh-graders, before they graduate next spring.

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schools have been experimenting with tablet technology on various scales. A couple of years ago, a federal education grant provided iPads to all middle-schoolers at Friendship Tech Prep Academy in Southeast. More common are curriculum-based programs like D.C. Public Schools’ “Kindle Project,” which used the e-readers in eighth-grade English classes at Hart and Deal middle schools; and a pilot at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School that gave iPads to its macroeconomics students. At St. John’s, iPads were first introduced through a pilot program that began last January after months of discussions by a technology task force, then teacher training sessions. The pilot provided iPads to 13 teachers and 260 students in classes in all grade levels, gauging how a schoolwide program might work. Spanish teacher Shannon Egan wrote in an email that she liked the iPad capabilities with interactive whiteboard lessons — through which students can connect their devices to a larger display screen. She also mentioned that they helped “open up the walls of the classroom … and engage the students on a much deeper level.” Martin Zewe, who’s been at St. John’s for more than two decades and now teaches ninth-grade English, found that iPads have made his students “much more organized.” He said it’s easier for them to take notes during class and organize their documents into folders, using an app called Notability. And downloading reading materials as e-books prevents the old cases of “forgetting to bring [the book] to class today.” In writing, Zewe said, the iPad “comes in extremely handy” because students can project their drafts onto the whiteboard to “get immediate feedback.” Both the teacher and peers can also get access to the document to help with editing. St. John’s president Mancabelli has seen similar improvements in organization. An app called Dropbox, for example, helps students keep all their files in one easily searchable collection. “Gone are the

days when you’d have to search through your locker or car or under your bed to find all your notes,” he said. The end goal of the pilot was always to move to full integration of tablet technology at St. John’s. The school opted for leasing rather than buying in case it wants to switch from iPads to another technology in the future, said communications director Howe. St. John’s officials believe their new program is unique for its comprehensiveness and in providing the iPads as part of tuition, rather than through extra fees. Both “fiscal planning and alumni donations” helped make this work, according to Howe. For help with training and troubleshooting, St. John’s has hired two new technology staffers this year — one to work with students, the other with teachers. Mancabelli admits that entrusting teenagers with the expensive technology can be “daunting.” However, none of the iPads were lost and only a small number were damaged, he said. And students were required to go through an orientation program about the technology before classes started this year. St. John’s has also established an “acceptable use policy” that helps students “understand that having this device is a privilege,” said Howe. The school “passively monitors device usage” and during the pilot found no real red flags, she said. On campus, access to social media sites is automatically prohibited. Zewe, who goes by “Brother Martin,” said he hasn’t seen many problems with students using the iPads improperly during his classes. Looking out for that, he said, isn’t much different from the days “when kids were doodling in their notebooks.” With the tablets, “you can see a [student’s finger] swipe when you shouldn’t see a swipe.” Mancabelli said support for the technology from longtime teachers like Zewe encouraged “buy-in from the very beginning” among faculty members. He said the school is also trying to be flexible in its expectations of teachers. “We didn’t put a line in the sand that said, you all have to be doing X by Christmas.”

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Protecting consumers

We were dismayed last year to see the D.C. Council reject a measure that would prohibit gasoline distributors from also owning and operating retail gas stations. We had witnessed a dramatic consolidation of station ownership and saw evidence that the reduced competition was leading to price fixing. Thankfully, D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan has now picked up some of the council’s slack to address this issue of distributors, or “jobbers,” who have too much control — both horizontally and vertically — of the city’s gasoline supply chain. His office filed suit last week against three companies owned by the biggest offender: Joe Mamo, a Virginia businessman and extravagant contributor to D.C. Council campaigns. Mr. Mamo’s companies — Capitol Petroleum Group LLC, Anacostia Realty LLC and Springfield Petroleum Realty LLC — hold exclusive supply agreements with about 60 percent of the District’s gas stations, according to a news release from the attorney general’s office. Among others, this includes all 31 Exxon stations in the city. This is the crux of Mr. Nathan’s case, in which the Exxon Mobil Corp. is also named as a defendant. According to the complaint, Mr. Mamo’s companies are the sole supplier of Exxon-branded gasoline in D.C., preventing stations from shopping around among Exxon’s other regional wholesalers. Mr. Mamo purchased the Exxon stations in 2009, and he leases 27 of them to independent operators who must purchase gasoline from one of his companies. The attorney general alleges that this violates the city’s Retail Service Station Act, under which “a retail gasoline dealer is free to purchase a brand of gasoline from any supplier of the brand.” If the city’s lawsuit is successful, the attorney general would sue any wholesaler for contempt if it tried to enforce its exclusivity agreement, Mr. Nathan told the D.C. Rotary Club last Wednesday. In a statement, Mr. Mamo has disagreed with the attorney general’s interpretation of the law. We’re pleased to see an effort from somewhere in D.C. government to provide fairer competition on fuel prices. Mr. Mamo has said previously that his prices are in line with the competition; we would like to see him put his money where his mouth is and give gas station operators the right to decide for themselves. And since that seems unlikely, and since the council has failed to address the issue, we applaud Mr. Nathan for stepping in.

A tradition to celebrate

Since 2002, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and others — of different and even no faith — have joined on or around the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to walk Embassy Row, visiting all its houses of worship. The “9/11 Unity Walk” is billed as the “nation’s largest display of interfaith unity.” And we think it’s a beautiful tradition. It’s also a reminder of the international spirit of this main street of diplomatic Washington, and of the broad diversity of the overall D.C. area. Sunday’s walk will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3539 Macomb St. NW. It will feature speeches by South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, who will help dedicate the walk to Nelson Mandela; Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao; and Rosa Djalal, wife of the Indonesian ambassador and president of the Muslim Women’s Association. It will also offer — for the first time — a chance for walkers to visit the Vatican Embassy, which, in honor of Pope Francis, will invite guests in to make trail mix for the poor. The event will also feature a “potato drop” led by the Society of St. Andrew’s Potato & Produce Project. A load of 40,000 pounds of potatoes will be dropped in the parking lot of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, where volunteers will help bag them for distribution to those in need. Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi returns to lead the walk, which was founded by Kyle Poole. “Who could imagine that the Unity Walk would start with a Muslim call to prayer in Washington, DC’s largest synagogue, or that Evangelical Christians, Mormons and Jews would speak over Mosque loudspeakers and that people of all faiths would sing Amazing Grace from the Islamic Center, or take a spiritual walk with Gandhi’s grandson,” Mr. Poole said in a release. His event has drawn notice even from Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “I encourage these Unity Walks, not only in Washington, DC, but around the US, and the World. Your actions speak volumes and I pray for your every success,” he said, according to the news release. We won’t suggest that our support is anywhere near as important as Mr. Tutu’s, but we’d like to offer it nonetheless. Best wishes to the walkers.

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ead,” answered former Ambassador Andrew Young, when a School Without Walls high school student asked him how young people could keep the Dream and the civil rights movement alive. “Know your history,” he told her. “If your grandparents are still with you, talk to them. Study. Graduate. Go to college. Graduate. Find a job or start a business. Get married and have a family. In that order.” Ambassador Young was one of more than a dozen icons of the civil rights movement who met with students Aug. 27 on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The event, held in the auditorium of the School Without Walls at FrancisStevens, was sponsored by the King Foundation and hosted by Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A morning session, lasting more than two hours, was for Walls’ high school students. A shorter afternoon session was for middle school and elementary students at School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens. Young shared memories of his rebellious youth with the high school students. “Martin got a C in public speaking in college because his professor wanted him to speak and deliver sermons like white preachers, and Martin would have none of it. And I got a D in sociology because my sociology professor went to the Sorbonne and she had a different view of why there was juvenile delinquency in my neighborhood than I had. What she was taught at the Sorbonne in Paris was different from what I saw with my own eyes on the streets of my neighborhood.” Young said his parents warned him not to get involved in the civil rights struggle; Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., later said the same thing. Both used remarkably similar language, saying they were told to accept the way things were, and to keep out of trouble. But both said they — and their friends — refused to accept the status quo and dedicated themselves to the struggle. Christine McKinstry, a survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in which four of her young friends were killed, read aloud from the Birmingham, Ala., segregation ordinance, which mandated separate entrances to public places, separate water fountains, separate restrooms, and a 7-foot-high partition in restaurants between white and “colored” areas. Actress Elizabeth Omilami, daughter of civil

Letters to the Editor GWU alley closing is necessary for dorm

I am writing in reference to a letter to the editor by Jackson Carnes published on Aug. 21. In 2007, the D.C. Zoning Commission approved the current version of the George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom campus plan. One of the commitments of that plan limits our rights to acquire residentially zoned property outside of the campus plan boundaries and proposes a schedule for ending the use of off-campus residence halls to house undergraduate students. To honor that commitment, the university pursued an alley closing on Square 77 so that a new on-campus residence hall could be constructed.

rights leader Hosea Williams, ordered middle school students in the first row to stand up and march to the back of the auditorium. She told them to sit down there, to use separate entrances and not associate with other students. That, she told them, was what segregation was all about. She asked them if they wanted to rejoin their classmates, and they all said they did. They then returned to the front row. The students learned how women were the backbone of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, during which more than 700 were arrested. And how children, some young as 5 or 6, were among those arrested in acts of civil disobedience. And how people of all races and faiths joined together in the struggle. One middle school student asked the Rev. Willie Bolden what was the scariest moment he experienced. Students held their breath as Bolden described how a small-town sheriff once grabbed him, shoved him against a wall, put a gun inside his mouth and cocked the trigger. Bolden said the sheriff chipped one of his teeth with the gun and struck him in the head before hauling him off to jail. Naomi King, Martin’s sister-in-law, described her emotions when she heard her husband’s brother deliver the “I Have a Dream” speech. “I felt like I was in the presence of greatness,” she said, smiling. All the panelists stressed the need for nonviolence, reconciliation and forgiveness. Lewis, who recounted how he was “beaten, bloodied and left unconscious” by state troopers in Selma, Ala., stressed that faith and love were able to conquer hate and how nonviolence triumphed over the Klan, mob violence and police brutality. Lewis’ own life is testament to nonviolence and forgiveness. Not only was he elected to Congress, but — decades after his beating — the trooper who nearly killed him asked for his forgiveness and the two publicly and tearfully reconciled.  The participants all expressed pride that 50 years ago, none dared imagine an African-American president. John Lewis recalled how President John F. Kennedy invited the speakers to the White House after the march, and shook each one’s hand as they entered the Oval Office. “Dr. King was the last to enter,” Lewis said, “and President Kennedy shook his hand, smiled and said, ‘And you have a dream.’” For the students, the event was a gift that will last a lifetime. Whenever they read the history of the civil rights movement, they will recall how these famous historical figures came to their school and shared their stories. Mike Silverstein is a Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner.

The D.C. alley-closing process is exhaustive. Government agencies and the local advisory neighborhood commission must review the request. Then the council holds a public hearing before taking final action. During the alley-closing process for Square 77, the university’s staff members simply communicated facts about the alley closing to members of the council and made it clear why this project was a win for both the university and the community. The council found unanimously that closing the alley was a necessary step to construct the residence hall as approved in our 2007 campus plan. We are pleased that the council

Tom Sherwood is on vacation. His column will resume when he returns.

approved the alley closing so that we are able to honor our campus plan commitment. Renee McPhatter Assistant vice president of government and community relations, The George Washington University

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While I’m ready to empathize with the writer regarding biannual auto inspections being stressful [“Inspection problems show city ineptitude,” Aug. 28], in 37 years of living in the District and having cars inspected over that period, I have never experienced a situation in which inspectors “generally speak a language that is hard to recognize as English.” I couldn’t help but conclude that this is derisive, coded language and needs to be flagged as offensive. Doreen Thompson 16th Street Heights


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ANC-Cafritz accord good for neighborhood VIEWPOINT

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t an Aug. 27 public meeting, the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding regarding the proposed Cafritz development at 5333 Connecticut Ave. As the four commissioners who voted for this action, we want to explain our reasoning. For eight months, the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission has supported a neighborhood coalition that raised reasonable questions about the proposed 261-unit apartment building. In April, the commission voted to join the coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrative appeals of building-related permits. This project had proceeded in complete secrecy (at least to those of us in the neighborhood) for nearly a year; after its discovery, city agencies continued to snub legitimate requests for information. The coalition raised important issues regarding zoning, building height, site access, traffic, parking, effects on trees and emissions from the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage. In our minds, the city had given short shrift to these concerns: While Mayor Vincent Gray agreed to meet with neighbors to discuss these issues, permits to begin work were granted within hours of that meetingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conclusion. Our commission joined the appeals in hopes of getting an impartial hearing and, if we could, a better deal for the neighborhood. Like the coalition, we said that it was not our intention to stop this project. Our decision to appeal bore fruit: The Cafritz team agreed to meet with representatives of the commission, a process later joined by representatives of the neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coalition. Although we initially discussed legal issues (whether the site was zoned for a building of this size, whether the project conformed with the Height of Buildings Act, et cetera), we realized that the discussions needed to move beyond these issues. The outcome of our administrative appeals was uncertain, and ultimately, should the issues be appealed to the courts, the commission would be unable to back the neighbors. (As an entity of the District government, we do not have the right to file suit against other D.C. government agencies.) This suggested to us that we should negotiate to lessen the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impacts rather than argue over its legality. After many meetings with both the coalition and Cafritz, we reached an agreement. On balance, we believe this agreement resolves most of the neighbor-

Letters to the Editor Let residents enjoy wedding at home

As the father of the groom, I feel compelled to comment on the dueling letters between Kristina Hamilton [â&#x20AC;&#x153;City should protect at-home weddings,â&#x20AC;? Sept. 21] and Michael Greene [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weddings arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an excuse for noise,â&#x20AC;? Sept. 28]. The point of contention begins with Mrs. Hamilton arguing that one should be given some leeway in celebrating very special occasions in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own home, and not have the police shutting the party down well before it ends. Mr. Greene disagrees but in making his case, he makes a num-

hoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major concerns. The agreement includes design modifications to make the building less intrusive. Cafritz will reduce the amount of glass in the facade, add more masonry and lower the height slightly. More trees will be preserved, and additional landscaping will help screen the building. The garage exhaust fan will be moved to minimize its impact on neighbors, and the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lighting and shades will be designed to reduce light pollution. Although these are all welcome steps, we focused our negotiations on parking and traffic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; issues that would affect the most neighborhood residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and obtained five significant concessions: â&#x2013; a physical barrier will prevent garage traffic from using the narrow alley to Chevy Chase Parkway; â&#x2013;  40 additional parking spaces in the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage will mean a total thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than double whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s required by zoning minimums; â&#x2013;  a request that the building be removed from eligibility for the Residential Parking Permit program will discourage tenants from parking on residential streets; â&#x2013;  Cafritz will ask the city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for permission to build a circular drive on Connecticut Avenue that will facilitate deliveries and drop-offs, reducing on-street parking; and â&#x2013;  an offer of space to car-share services and for a Capital Bikeshare station will reduce tenantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; need for car ownership. In return for these concessions, the commission will withdraw its appeals and encourage the neighborhood coalition to do likewise. Some neighbors will feel that Cafritz should have made more changes. Although we continue to encourage them to join in this agreement, they may choose to pursue their appeals. Nothing in this agreement prevents them from doing so. What the agreement does do is lock in concessions by Cafritz that cannot be lost regardless of the outcome of further coalition appeals. This large lot has been vacant for 40 years, forfeiting significant tax revenue and a potential stimulus to the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial and residential base. While there are legitimate differences of opinion about the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design, all sides have acknowledged that the existing zoning allows Cafritz to construct a building of approximately this density. The challenge, then â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to use the slogan of the neighborhood coalition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is to build without harm. We think this agreement comes close to achieving that. Jim McCarthy, Henry Griffin, Randy Speck and David Engel are members of the Chevy Chase advisory neighborhood commission.

ber of mistakes, oversights and incorrect assumptions. First of all, contrary to his assumption, he was â&#x20AC;&#x201D; according to the police anyway â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only person who called them. He whines that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the cutâ&#x20AC;? on being informed of the party. Well, I guess he showed us. But perhaps the giant white tent in the front yard, the 200 or so people celebrating the joyous event, and the party lights strung everywhere would be a tipoff that this was not a CD release party for Peruvian pan flutists, but rather a once-in-a-lifetime celebration in the celebrantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own home. Mr. Greene opines that his actions are evidence of his being â&#x20AC;&#x153;unkindâ&#x20AC;? and unwilling to accommodate his neighbors. I believe that this may be the only statement he made that is correct. The key word

in this mea culpa is â&#x20AC;&#x153;neighbors.â&#x20AC;? It seems he was unwilling to accept a few minutes of personal inconvenience (though the band really was excellent, and it was only 10 p.m. on a Saturday for Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake) over being a good neighbor. Perhaps he should reconsider his choice to live in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;densely packed residential areaâ&#x20AC;? filled with all those pesky neighbors such as my son and his new wife who, for the record, actually live in the house where the celebration took place. A small army spent weeks preparing the house for the party, hours getting the band set up, and an hour or more packing them up after six songs (about $100 per song). And then the Grinch stole our familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding. Peter Schaefer Kent

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employees from Walmart to come to her coffee shop. Tesema sees her businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uniqueness as another key to its success. In addition to selling what she describes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best tasting coffee,â&#x20AC;? her shop includes a market section offering spices commonly used in Ethiopian cuisine, as well as items used for Ethiopian coffee drinking rituals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; incense holders, coffee and tea sets with small drinking dishes that are the size of espresso cups, and handmade food baskets. Customers can also find handmade jewelry and scarves. Tesema even sells literary goods, including Ethiopian books and magazines and copies of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haile Selassieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War,â&#x20AC;? a book by Anthony Mockler about Ethiopiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former emperor.

popular YouTube video of their performance, she decided to take action. With the help of the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay, Sislen shipped packages to the children and even visited Cateura in person. There, the former performance guitarist got a chance to play a recycled guitar. The orchestra also gave her a recycled violin that now hangs in her shop at 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The Recycled Orchestra visited Middle C Music as part of a two-week tour of five cities in North America this summer. Since the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s younger members recently started school in Paraguay, only the older members â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in their late teens to early 20s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; performed in the latter part of the trip. At the Kennedy Center last Tuesday, they played in front of a packed crowd of around 1,500 at the Millennium Stage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an extraordinarily large crowd,â&#x20AC;? said center spokesperson Michael Solomon. Through a translator, ChĂĄvez said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

expect the performance to attract so many people. In fact, he thought the crowd was there for another event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the attention brings improvement to the community,â&#x20AC;? he said of the orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home base in Cateura. The Recycled Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popularity is in part due to a production company called Landfill Philharmonic, which is developing a documentary about the group. The company started a Kickstarter campaign to fundraise for the film, and it also posted the promotional YouTube video that caught Sislenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention. At Middle C Music last week, fans of all ages came to meet the orchestra members. Ana Mundaca, a student at Sidwell Friends, learned about the group from Sislen only a few days before the Kennedy Center performance. A guitar student at Middle C, Mundaca went to the show with her mother and was amazed by the experience. She was especially entranced by the large recycled cello. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a lot they put into it. It sounded

really cool,â&#x20AC;? said Mundaca. Elizabeth Diaz said she saw the orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s YouTube video and was â&#x20AC;&#x153;blown awayâ&#x20AC;? by the music that came from their recycled instruments. She brought her 9-year-old daughter, a piano student at Middle C, to the reception to inspire her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If kids who have less resources than them can do it, then they can do it,â&#x20AC;? too, she said. After welcoming the group to her store, Sislen announced to the Paraguayan musicians: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more than welcome to play anything!â&#x20AC;? Andres Riveros went right to the back and picked up one of the saxophones; Lucia Solis, Jose Luis Rodriguez and Daniel Allende flipped through bins of classical music sheets; and JosĂŠ Carlos Cabrera selected a Spanish guitar, sat down and started strumming a tune. Sislen also gave ChĂĄvez a box of music scores donated by one her friends who owns a music store in Kansas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone can make a difference, even a brickand-mortar store in Tenleytown,â&#x20AC;? Sislen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yea for the little guy!â&#x20AC;?

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Cadets eye the WCAC volleyball championship By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Cadets senior setter Becca Bateman, above left, hopes to lead the team to a WCAC title. Ellianna Shadricks, far right, will also play a big role this year.

When the St. John’s volleyball team is on the court, don’t worry about looking at the scoreboard to see how the Cadets are doing. Instead, take a look at senior setter Becca Bateman to get the pulse of the team. The Cadets’ rambunctious leader will rally her teammates with fiery encouragement if the squad is in a critical situation, or keep the mood on the court positive if the Cadets have a cushion. “She’s always intense, and she can be a little looser when things are going well — but she is always intense,” said coach Bill Pribac. “The team this year understands her better than the team did last year. They know it’s just Becca being Becca. She leads us through and can set any ball.” Bateman hopes to lead the Cadets to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title, a goal that has eluded her during her time at St. John’s so far. “It’s my senior season,” said Bateman. “I want to go all the way. I’ve always made it to the semis, but never past that.” The Cadets had to reload after graduating Darian Dozier before last season, which forced the team to search for a new identity and a new go-to hitter. Over the latter half of last season St. John’s found new combinations and players who could step into starring roles.

“We got on such a roll last year,” said Pribac. It “took us some time to find ourselves last season and we weren’t that far off and lost some close matches. But we adjusted and caught fire. All except two matches at the end of the season last year, we were on a roll.”

This year, the team also has high expectations for do-it-all sophomore Ellianna Shadricks, who was called up to the varsity roster midway through last season and made an immediate impact. “She is going to be one of our middles,” said Pribac. “When we pulled her up [from junior varsity] everything changed for our team. We had her play three different positions. She did a fantastic job. She’s so versatile and

calm.” The team will also look to sophomore middie Madison Cheatham for depth along the front row. “She’s great at blocking,” said Pribac. “We just need to get some more offense out of her and we will be pretty solid.” St. John’s also has a powerful hitter in junior outside player Lena Washington. “The chemistry with the hitters is getting strong and stronger,” said Bateman. “They know how I set, and I know how they work.” Several younger players have seen action in preseason and during scrimmages because of injuries to projected rotational players, who are expected to begin the season on the mend. The Cadets’ infirmary report includes junior libero Najah Franklin, senior outside hitter Erin Bistany, senior outside hitter Ashli Taylor, junior outside hitter Josie Iapalucci and sophomore middle Jeanne Westney. Although the team has started the season with a slew of injuries, the players have used it to their advantage. “I’m so impressed with the team this year,” said Bateman. “We can really deal with anything. We started off with four injured. Now we have five injured, who are going to be out for the first couple of weeks. I’m really impressed with this team; I think we’re going to go really far.” The Cadets will begin their quest for the WCAC title when they host conference foe St. Mary’s Ryken at Friday afternoon at 5:30.

Eagles tame Tigers by a foot By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Gonzaga senior Ben Cima spent the last three years as a rugby player. But over the summer, the Eagles’ football coaches approached the rising senior and asked him to join their squad as a kicker. Cima had never kicked a football until the team began camp in August, but he earned the starting job going into this season. And his quick progress was put to the ultimate test on Sunday afternoon when he was called upon to make a game-winning field goal. Cima turned out to be calm under pressure, delivering a 34-yard field goal as time expired. With that he lifted the Eagles to a 17-14 win over Cocoa, a powerhouse team from Florida, at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium. “It’s one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever felt with the huge crowd here,” said Cima. “All my friends and classmates were here. It was just great that I could get the win for them and for our school.” The Eagles were led by senior running back Reggie Corbin’s 111 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, fellow senior tailback Robbie Walker added 89 yards and a touchdown, and junior quarterback Nick Johns

had 98 yards through the air and a touchdown pass. Senior tight end James Orfini caught Johns’ scoring strike from 14 yards out. His go-to receiver was Corbin, who had 40 yards on five catches. While the game ended with a raucous Gonzaga celebration, the contest started with both the Eagles and the Tigers struggling to get on track because of sloppy play and a penalty-filled first half. “The offense couldn’t get clicking at the beginning, and it was a lot of mental mistakes and just killing ourselves,” said Walker. After halftime, both teams found their stride and turned the game into a thriller. The Eagles began the third quarter with a fast-moving drive into the Tigers’ territory, but a Cocoa lineman intercepted a screen pass and returned it for a 67-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 7-0 advantage. Gonzaga answered on the ensuing drive when Walker weaved through the Tigers defense and made his way into the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown to knot the game at seven. The Tigers continued the secondhalf scoring when they found the end zone on a quarterback-keeper to take a 14-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.

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Gonzaga senior kicker Ben Cima celebrates his game-winning kick with the Eagles’ student section. Gonzaga once again found a way to bounce back, this time with Corbin and Walker running through the Tigers defense to push the ball into the red zone. Johns completed the drive with a 16-yard touchdown strike to Orfini, tying the game at 14 midway through the fourth quarter. The seesaw battle continued into the final minutes of the game. With less than two minutes to play, the Eagles defense needed a stop to get the ball back to their offense. The

unit — which had a tough game against Charlotte Catholic last week while allowing a 300-yard rusher — forced the Tigers to punt. “After last week our defense had a lot of scrutiny on them,” said Eagles coach Aaron Brady. “They responded today with a great week of practice, and it showed in the game. They tackled better and flew around.” The Eagles ran a great two-minute offense, putting the ball in field

goal range for Cima. When the senior kicker took the field, the usually loud Gonzaga student section fell silent, while the players on the sideline took a knee to silently pray. Once the ball went through the uprights, the silence turned into a roar of celebration. “I’m kind of used to these lastseconds wins now,” said Walker. “This is my third or fourth at Gonzaga. I kind of knew it was going in but I was praying.”


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St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traveled to Bullis Friday night for an interconference battle against the Bulldogs. When the final whistle sounded, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cadets stood tall with a 42-0 blowout over Bullis, from the Interstate Athletic Conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just came out and executed at practice all week,â&#x20AC;? said Cadets quarterback Will Ulmer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came out focused, and we balled out.â&#x20AC;? Ulmer led the Cadets with 105 rushing yards and three touchdowns, along with 98 passing yards. Junior running back Omar Garcia racked up 67 yards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought the team came out strong,â&#x20AC;? said Cadets coach Joe Patterson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played a pretty good physical brand of football and took advantage of the opportunities that were presented.â&#x20AC;? St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s started to light up the scoreboard when senior linebacker Kenneth Brooks intercepted an errant Bullis pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown. The defense is â&#x20AC;&#x153;flying to the ball pretty well, and if you are able to do it consistently, the ball will bounce your way once in a while,â&#x20AC;? said Patterson. Then Ulmer took over the game with his legs. The future University of Maryland quarterback had a pair of long touchdown runs to push the Cadetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lead to 21-0.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is playing very well,â&#x20AC;? said Patterson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is very fast but also very strong.â&#x20AC;? At halftime, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s led 35-0, invoking a running clock, which is footballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mercy rule. The Cadets will continue their season Saturday when they travel to play Loyola Blakefield in Towson, Md.

Tigers maul Perry Street Prep

Wilson used its new up-tempo offense to roll over Perry Street Prep 55-12 in the Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; season opener Friday at Coolidge. Senior quarterback Scot Beumel led the team with 231 passing yards to go with three passing touchdowns and one rushing score. Beumelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go-to guy was junior receiver Dewayne Shorter III, who had seven catches for 132 yards and two scores. Senior wideout Darnell Fox added four catches for 57 yards. The Tigersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ground attack was led by sophomore Abdul Adams, who had a touchdown and 95 yards. Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rushing offense was also powered by junior runner Larry Frazier, who racked up 47 yards. The Tigers took a commanding 26-0 lead at halftime and kept the pressure on after the break, when Adams ripped off a 79-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach.

Frogs come into the season with high hopes By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

The most striking thing about Maretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football team is its numbers: The Frogs have just 19 players on their varsity squad this year. But the team doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want sympathy; during camp, the players bonded as a tight-knit group with a big heart, according to coach Mike Engelberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be OK,â&#x20AC;? said Engelberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously there are huge discrepancies in numbers with the enrollments in our conference. Some will have 60 kids and some will have 19. I like our starters. I think they can compete with anybody.â&#x20AC;? The Frogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; small roster is a unique situation for Maret, which usually has more bodies to work with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the lowest that we have ever had,â&#x20AC;? said Engelberg, who has coached the team for eight years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re usually between 25 and 35. This is just a weird year.â&#x20AC;? Maretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numbers have been a

factor as the team prepares for the season, demanding more focus on stamina and fewer scout-team drills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to completely change the way weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve practiced,â&#x20AC;? said Engelberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone more with hitting bags. We never go 11-on-11. The conditioning part has been huge in the preseason to get the guys ready for the season.â&#x20AC;? The Frogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offense will be led by senior quarterback Marco Tornillo, who returns after serving as the starter last season. He brings strong running ability and a reliable arm to the position. Tornillo will work behind a hardnosed offensive line led by returning All-Mid-Atlantic Conference guard Jeremy Zietler, a senior. The team will also have several running backs to shoulder the load rather than a single feature back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be running back by committee. We have four different guys that can carry the ball,â&#x20AC;? the coach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll spread it out so we can save some guys for defense rather than [relying on one] workhorse that we exhaust.â&#x20AC;?

The Frogs will begin their season at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to play Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Baltimore.

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Maret senior quarterback Marco Tornillo will lead the offense.


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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OFFICE ON AGING NEWS

Spotlight on Community Living Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Serving D.C. residents who are age 18+ with a disability or age 60+ and their caregivers Vol 1, No 11 Mayor Vincent C. Gray asked citizens to join him for a DC Rally for Statehood and Determination and march to the Lincoln Memorial for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington Commemoration. Seniors answered the call and assisted with making signs and attending the historic event. Pictured above, chair of the D.C. Commission on Aging Chairperson Romaine Thomas

Executive Director’s Message John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA D.C. Office on Aging In this month’s edition of the Spotlight on Community Living, I would like to share some news about DC Office on Aging’s (DCOA) partnership with DC Public Schools (DCPS) to establish an intergenerational pr ogram. This partnership unites awesome and caring seniors with energetic and bright children enrolled in DCPS’s Early Childhood Program. This partnership started in January 2013 at Langdon Education Campus in Ward 5. At Langdon, we were able to recruit senior volunteers to work with three and four year old students. Activities included seniors reading to the children and the children reading to the seniors, seniors serving children lunch and snacks, and simply providing them with quality time that is absent in some children’s homes. Based on my conversation with the senior volunteers, they found their experience to be a productive and rewarding one. It was an opportunity for them to give back. I trust that this provides you with a snapshot of the endless opportunities to influence the life of a child in the classroom. Other seniors have shared ideas about starting a gardening program involving the children. If you have a green thumb and would like to share your exper-

tise, I believe that we can pair you with eager, young children with whom you can spend time as a mentor and broaden their horizons. I know from personal experience that when my daughter was three years old, I exposed her to art of gardening and now, she enjoys planting flowers and picking weeds out of the flower bed. Gardening may not be your forte, but you may have an interest in exposing children to the arts, history, or some other area of interest. This is your golden opportunity to share wisdom, give back in a very meaningful way, and observe how the students benefit from the interaction. I trust that through your efforts, children will be better prepared for kindergarten as they build strength in reading and interacting with people of all ages. As students have gone back to school on Monday, August 26, 2013, I am excited to announce that DCOA/ DCPS’s Intergenerational Program now includes five schools! If you are interested in working with Early Childhood students, I encourage you to contact Tony Moreno at 202-5351372 or tony.moreno@ dc.gov to get information about how to start the registration and training process. ~

Becoming an age-FriendlY citY: es riendly Citi The Age-F an initiative is to nal effort internatio r fo prepare help cities e l trends: th two globa g of rapid agin ns and populatio on. urbanizati increasing the m targets The progra ial and ental, soc environm t factors tha economic and the health e c n e u fl in of older well-being adults.

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Together we can make the District of Columbia a friendlier place for all ages

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Community EvEnts CalEndar September eventS 4th • 10 am to 2 pm Learn more about healthy living at the Langston/Carver Health Fair. Call Vivian Grayton at 202-529-8701 for the location and further information. 6th • 10 am to 2 pm Ward 5 seniors are invited to “Seabury Ward 5 Community Day – Unleash the Power of Movement” at the North Michigan Park Recreation Center, 1333 Emerson St. NE. Make a reservation by calling Vivian Grayton at 202-529-8701 10th • 2 to 4 pm The next part of Iona Senior Service’s Livable DC Series is “Prepare to overcome everyday challenges and thrive” with Marlene Berlin, pedestrian safety advocate; Becca Smokowicz, Housing Counseling Services; and Bob Pohlman, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development. This free seminar takes place at Iona, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. To register, call 202- 895-9448 or go to http://iona. org/education-and-events/online-registration-for-free-events.html. 12th • 10 am to 12 pm The DC Office on Aging (DCOA) Ambassador Program is a free interactive, member-based program designed to reach out to older adults and their caregivers to help them learn about the services and resources available to them through DCOA. If you are interested in expanding your network and educating older adults about the services and resources available to them, take part in the next ambassador training workshop to learn about all of the programs and services that DCOA offers to the community and how you can become an Ambassador. Call 202-724-5622 to register today.

12th • 2 pm Art Cart: Saving the Legacy is a research project to assist elder artists in documenting their artwork. Join former Iona artists in residence with other program artists in a free panel discussion moderated by Patricia Dubroof, director of the gallery at Iona. Visit the website to see images of the artists’ work: www.artsandcultureresearch.org/ac-artists1. The program takes place at Iona, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. To register, call 202- 895-9448 or go to http://iona.org/education-and-events/ online-registration-for-free-events.html. 18th • 9 am to 4 pm The AARP Driver Safety course, geared for ages 50 and up, will be held at the Washington Senior Wellness Center, 3001 Alabama Ave. SE. A certificate will be given at completion of course. The cost is $12 for AARP members; $14 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call 202-575-7711. 18th • 10am-3pm DCOA will partner with the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church Health Ministry, Zion Baptist Church and Zion Baptist Senior Day Program to present a Community Health and Wellness Fair at 4606 16th Street, NW. The event will feature Flu Vaccines, health screenings, legal counseling and information and resources from government partners, utilities and senior resources. 18th • 11:30 am The Delta Towers Senior Nutrition Site will hold a financial fraud seminar. It will be held at 1400 Florida Ave., NE. Call Vivian Grayton at 202-529-8701 for more information.

SpOtlight On cOmmunity living Spotlight on Community Living is published by the External Affairs and Communications unit of the D.C. Office on Aging. Advertising contained in the Current is not endorsed by the D.C. Office on Aging or by the publisher. The D.C.Office on Aging is responsible for developing and carrying out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, nutrition, education, employment, training, and social services for the District’s elderly population, who are 60 years of age and older. The Office on Aging also administers the Aging and Disability Resource Center, a one-stop shop resource center, designed to assist seniors, persons with disabilities 18 years of age and older and family caregivers navigate the long-term services and supports system. 500 K Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 202-724-5622 • www.dcoa.dc.gov John M. Thompson, Ph.D., FAAMA Executive Director In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code Section §§2-1401.01 et seq.,(Act), the D.C. Office on Aging does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

24th and 25th • 12:30 to 4:30 pm Learn proven safety strategies to maintain your confidence behind the wheel at this AARP driver safety course. It will be held at the Hattie Holmes Senior Center, 324 Kennedy St. NW. The cost is $12 for AARP members; $14 for non-members. Space is limited, so register by calling 202-291-6170. 26th • 10am -3pm Vida Senior Center will host a Health Fair at 1842 Calvert Street, NW. Stop by to receive information on health and wellness and receive health screenings. Call 202-483-5800 for more information.

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early OctOber event 6th • 3:30 pm The Choraleers will present its annual concert at St. John Christian Methodist Church, 2801 Stanton Rd. SE.

Vol 1, No 11

Free Fall riSK ScreenS Monday September 23rd 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Free Fall Risk Screening open to all DC Seniors. Have healthcare professionals check your balance, strength, vision and medications to help prevent falls! Appointments required. Please contact one of the following sites to make your appointment. Ward 2. Contact Kenyatta Hazlewood George Washington University Hospital 900 23rd St NW Washington DC 20037 (202) 715-4210 kenyatta.hazlewood@gwu-hospital.com Ward 4. Contact Teresa Moore Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center 324 Kennedy Street, NW Washington, DC 20011 (202) 291-6170 Ward 6. Contact Sherrel Briscoe Hayes Senior Wellness Center 500 K Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 727-0357 Ward 8. Contact Sherry Compton Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center 3500 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20032 (202) 563-7725 Check website at www.fallsfreedc.org for details. Email info@fallsfreedc.org.


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Spotlight on Schools British School of Washington

After our International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams had been completed, Year 11 students headed to Parksley on Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eastern Shore to participate in work for Habitat for Humanity. We arrived early at school, with each of us holding a suitcase in one hand and a sleeping bag in the other. After a slightly rainy three-hour car ride, we arrived in Parksley, where we were warmly welcomed by the pastor and the receptionist of the local church. The church had generously offered to provide space for the students to sleep. We all quickly settled into the comfortable environment, which we called home for the next 10 days. Following breakfast the next morning the foreman of the site promptly split us into groups and had us work on different aspects of the house, including putting up drywall on the walls and ceiling and hanging insulation in the roof. This allowed us to gain experience in using different tools and learn new skills, as he was always there to show us how to do something. This continued for the time we were there, giving ample time to participate in all the different jobs involved. Midway through our trip we had the chance to meet the future owner of the house and her children, who came around and thanked all of us for volunteering. It allowed us to understand why the project was so important to them, and seeing the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s positive impacts gave a boost to morale. Over the course of the trip we managed to fit in a wide variety of activities. We travelled to the beach in Chincoteague Island and spent some time in the ocean and sunbathed during the weekend to take a well-deserved rest. Our group displayed a growing bond with each other, as well as with our teachers. Overall, it was a memorable experience for all of us. Throughout the 10 days we all proved that with

School DISPATCHES

teamwork you can easily accomplish the hardest tasks. Moreover, we developed a series of skills that will remain with us for life. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Mohieldin and Conal Ritchie, Year 12 Cambridge (11th-graders)

Our Lady of Victory School

Our Lady of Victory is already back in full swing for the 20132014 school year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and with some welcome changes. Due to the generosity of our parents, parishioners and friends during our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fund a Flushâ&#x20AC;? event at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual gala, we arrived at school the first day to find all of our bathrooms totally renovated! This is a welcome change! Upgrading the bathrooms was one of the top facility improvement priorities from the students, teachers, staff and visitors. Each year during our annual gala, we target a specific improvement and raise money just for that item. In past years we were able to use funds for a new science lab, new carpets and new computers. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fund a Flushâ&#x20AC;? was a big success. Most everyone approves of the renovated bathrooms in the school and in the church. What a difference a summer makes! Now we can all focus our attention to our academic studies and connecting with classmates, both old and new! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Neil Stockmal and Daniel Stockmal, eighth-graders

St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy

At St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy, we just finished our first week of school after the summer break. We are happy to see our friends again, and it seems like there are new faces in every classroom. Even some of our teachers are new faces. Our new kindergarten teacher is Ms. Amanda Surless. Ms. Surless is from Ramsey, N.J., but she went to college at Catholic University and

received her degree in early childhood education. Our new second-grade teacher is Ms. Maggie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Boyle. Ms. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Boyle went to Blessed Sacrament for grade school and Georgetown Visitation for high school. Ms. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Boyle received her degree in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina. Our new music teacher is Ms. Kristina Laus, who also lives in our area. Ms. Laus went to Towson State University, where she received her music degree. Her chosen instrument was the flute. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eighth-graders

School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens

It is Aug. 26, and it is my first day at School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, and my first day as a kindergartner. My new teacher is Ms. Redliner. She has been teaching for 13 years and has a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in elementary education. My little brother and I met her for the first time on Saturday during Beautification Day. A lot of volunteers came by to paint, garden and help spruce up the school. I played in the playground and visited Ms. Redliner and my new classroom. For the first day, my class met in the auditorium and I helped lead them to our classroom. My new principal, Mr. Trogisch, saw me in the hallway and gave me a high five. I played with blocks and learned that an author writes books and an illustrator draws pictures. At the end of the day I played on the playground with my new friends and saw a friend from my old school. I had a great first day. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maya M. Hendricks, kindergartner

Shepherd Elementary

How was everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer? Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer was fun and exciting. I did so many fun things that I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t list them all, but here is a sample: swimming pools, Six Flags, sleepovers, Girl Scout camp, the beach, an overnight lacrosse camp and a Mindless Behavior concert. I hope you guys had close to as much fun as I did. Summer was fun but went by too fast. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to switch gears and say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. Lauren spent her summer vacation doing lots of stuff! In June, I went to the UniverSoul Circus, and I saw the acrobats and some really cool magic. A lady was in a cage and disappeared, and then a lion came into the exact same cage! In July, my family and I went to our family reunion in North Carolina. I got to hang out with my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side of the family. Every year we have a fish fry, and this year it was at my great-uncle Robertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house. We also ate a lot of barbecue and hush puppies. In August, my brothers and I spent time in Virginia with our Nana. I helped my aunt and uncle move into their new house. I also went to the Fredericksburg Fair. I got on some rides, ate cotton candy and got a light-up baton. My family and I went to Kings Dominion. Two of my favorite rides were the Avalanche and the Ricochet. When we were at Kings Dominion, we saw two skunks walking around! My brothers and I went to vacation Bible school and learned some stories, scriptures from the Bible, and sang lots of songs. I did some arts and crafts, like painting. We went to Virginia Beach, and I rode a boogie board. I almost got swept away with the big waves!

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to start a new school year in an almost-new building. The construction team worked all summer long to get our school ready for us. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do our part by being ready with our new uniforms, backpacks and school supplies. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget our new learning attitudes. We hope everybody has a successful year at Shepherd and enjoys all the new renovations. Time to see old friends and make new ones! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; London Downing, fifth-grader, and Lauren Curtis, fourth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Mr. Dingledineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifthgrade class. This year thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only one fifth grade. We are learning French with Mr. Maubouche, who teaches world languages. We like learning French because if we go to France and other countries then we can communicate. We have a new principal, Mr. Bryant. He is happy here. He always has a smile, and he talks to us. He comes in the lunchroom, and he visits us on the playground every day. Ms. Walker, our new assistant principal, talked to my mother the first day of school and spoke to everyone. Ms. Walker is happy, too. We also have a new librarian, Ms. Bowlin. Library was fun, and we learned that our librarian has visited many countries. Mr. Dingledine bought a new double-sided white board for us. He also has a morning math club from 8:10 to 8:45 a.m. You get to learn more things in math, and you can be helpful to others. I was the first boy in the math club, and now there are three. There are lots of surprises in fifth grade. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Diana Fernadez and Quadri Ahmed, fifth-graders

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WATERFRONT – GEORGEOUS BAY VIEW! Awake to your own Chesapeake sunrise! Bright 1BR home on Chesapeake Bay. Simple 1-lvl living, open flr plan, full Bay views. Add BRs, upgrade, or leave as is! EIK; MBR w/dual-entry BA; deck, fenced yrd, OSP. A unique opportunity! Lili Sheeline 202.905.7561 / 202.363.9700 (O)

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BAY FRONT VICTORIAN with modern style! Victorian row house on a quiet block just steps to Metro. 2 FP, full-flr Mste with luxury BA, fantastic gran/ss eat-in KIT, amazing roof deck with great views, 2 car PKG and a lower level unit with C of O complete the perfect package! ww.1819RiggsPlace.com. Richard Oder 202.329.6900 / 202.483.6300 (O) 16TH STREET HEIGHTS $899,500 UNIQUE RENOVATION! Totally redesigned into a detached 4-level Federal w/soaring open spaces and LivingDining Area w/open Kitchen with abundant cabinets and ss appliances. 6-7BRs, 5BAs, incredible 3rd flr ideal for home office/studio! www. TheChampionCollection.com. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 ADAMS MORGAN / KALORAMA $499,900 EVERYTHING ON YOUR WISH LIST! Big 2BR, 1BA condo on a quiet block yet close to the energy and buzz of downtown DC. Granite/stainless kitchen, wood floors, W/D, HUGE closets, pet friendly and low fee. www.1858California.com. Richard Oder 202-329-6900 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 ARLINGTON, VA $1,925,000 SPECTACULAR 5 lvl end unit TH w/ incredible views! Exquisite detail thruout. 3BR, 4FBA, 2HBA. Marble foyer, formal LR. Gourmet kitchen, custom closets, high ceilings, moldings. Large roof top terrace, elevator. Close to Metro. 1421 N Nash St. Sara Bjerde 202-374-0052 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 BRENTWOOD $268,000 CHARMING 3BR with 1.5BA on quiet

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street. Updated kitchen & baths. Open living & dining room, finished walkout basement. Covered porch overlooks deep front yard. Screened back porch, 2 car parking. 2339 15th St NE. Deborah Charlton 202-415-2117 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 CAPITOL HILL $349,701 LARGEST 1BR, 1BA w/balc overlooking fab courtyard. Gour KIT w/gas range, maple cabinets, granite counters. Large liv/din room leading to balcony. In-unit W/D, CAC and closet space. Bldg has indoor pool, 24 hr desk, fitness center, PKG + fab location. Subject to release of prior contract. Elizabeth Russell / Jeffrey Kochan Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 CHEVY CHASE $1,340,000 CHIC urban living in the heart of Chevy Chase upscale shopping and restaurants and METRO across the street. EZ access to the Beltway and dtown. Beautiful penthouse with loft and semi-private terrace with gas grill. 2BR, 2FBA, gourmet KIT with ss Viking applcs and gran counters. 4-car garage parking conveys. Kent Madsen Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 CLEVELAND PARK / BROADMOOR $609,000 “BEST ADDRESSES” BROADMOOR.

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DASHING Colonial on R St in Georgetown’s East Village. Beautifully decorated with crown moldings, inspired millwork and gleaming wooden floors. 3BR, 3.5BA. Elegant LL with FR, guest room with BA, laundry and entrance from the garage. 2810 R St. Margaret Heimbold 202.812.2750 / 202.944.8400 (O) 1400 SF, 2BR, 2BA unit feels like a house not an apartment. Stunning renov KIT w/ custom cabs, granite & ss, HWF’s, SEP DR, big BRs, elegant master BA, period details & great closet space. Indoor parking to rent. Location, Metro & more!! John Mammano 571-331-8557 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 FOREST HILLS, WDC $325,000 LARGE 2BR, 1BA. MBR has wall of closets, space for desk. Lg sep dining area, newer HWFs, great light. Full service bldg, gym, storage, roof deck. Utilities included in fee. 1 blk to Metro, near shops & restaurants. 3701 Connecticut Ave, NW #516. Chris Jones 202-441-7008 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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KALORAMA $634,500 THE MENDOTA Rarely available 2BR, 1BA corner unit at The Mendota in the heart of Kalorama! Gleaming heart of pine floors, crown molding, bay windows, fireplace, 5 panel pocket doors, extra storage and more awaits. Convenience abounds with a walk score of 89! Marian Marsten Rosaaen 703-855-7647 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

FT DUPONT PARK $165,000 Walk to Metro! This 2BR with hardwood flrs, painted bsmnt, great for RR/storage and extremely deep back yard. Norris Dodson 202-486-7800 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200

KENT $1,539,000 SUNNY classic colonial on one of the prettiest streets in Kent. Lovely residence w/beautifully renov cook’s KIT w/brkfst room and outdoor deck, spacious formal LR and DR, and custom picture frame moulding throughout. HWFs on main & upper levels and a total of 5BR and 4.5BA. Nancy Itteilag Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

GEORGETOWN, WDC $975,000 STUNNING 2BR, plus den, in soughtafter Sheridan Garage in Georgetown’s East Village. Minutes to Dupont Metro or the shops on M Street. Features 2 level living, lofty ceilings, contemporary finishes, hardwood flrs & open-plan kitchen. 2516 Q St, NW #Q-107.

SHEPHERD PARK $799,500 SENSATIONAL KNOCKOUT RENOVATION!! Sun-filled Tudor w/4 fin lvls, front porch w/double full-view French doors, LR w/FP, open DR-KIT w/ss upgrades leading to oversized deck, yard & garage! MBR with doublesize shower. 4 addt’l BRs (one could

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THE RESIDENCES at the RITZ-CARLTON! Over 3,400 SF of open living space, panoramic Potomac River & Gtown city views. Marble foyer entrance & gallery, hi ceilgs, cherry flrs, library w/custom built-ins, grand scale luxury in the heart of historic Gtown. 3150 South St NW. Salley Widmayer 202.215.6174 / 202.944.8400 (O)

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be loft), 3.5 BAs, CAC. EZ walk to Silver Spring Metro & shops! www. TheChampionCollection.com . Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 ST MICHAELS, MD $249,000 GET AWAY from the city!! Buy while the rates are low. Beautifully remodeled rancher with 3BR, 1.5BA, upgraded KIT w/new applcs, cozy sun-filled FR, huge storage shed and more. Located in Rio Vista with water views. Owner/agent. Mary Saltzman Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 RIGGS PARK $364,900 YOU’LL LOVE this clean, bright, wellmaintained, move-in ready corner home with recently updtd fresh BAs. Hardwood flrs on main lvls, spacious MBR, cooled by CAC w/6’ ceiling fans. Fully freshed carpeted bsmnt w/BR, RR & rear entry. Maria Hardy-Cooper 202-302-2225 Friendship Hts Office 202-364-5200 WESLEY HEIGHTS $339,000 JUST REDUCED Well designed 2BR, 2BA Condo. New KIT w/ceramic flr, tile BAs, great closets. Recently refinished hrdwds. Fresh paint, crown moldings, new blinds. Impeccable condition! Fee includes utilities. Parking included. Vicky Lobo-Kirker 301-213-3725 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700


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in the early 1900s. In Kalorama Triangle, it joined two other design trends of that period, creating a distinct aesthetic for the neighborhood. On the 1800 block of Biltmore Street, records show that engineer and architect W. Granville Guss in the early 1900s built two row houses that pay homage to the Spanishstyle movements of that time. The house at 1852 Biltmore St. adopted the Mission revival style, which incorporated notable design elements from religious and military outposts of Spanish missionaries. These mission-inspired designs include the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stuccoed brick and light-hued facade, arched windows, baroque gable and terra-cotta reliefs. From 1929 to 1930, the four-level house served as the headquarters for Delta Phi Epsilon, the foreign service fraternity founded in World War I during the apex of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests in international affairs.

When the neighborhood achieved federal historic status a few decades ago, historians and design buffs highlighted the property as one of the unique structures that helped enhance Kalorama Triangleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varied architectural style. A century after its construction, this eight-bedroom, six-and-a-halfbath attached home is on the market for $2,499,900. When Bobina and Sanjay Khanna purchased the 4,500-square-foot property in 2011, the home needed major repairs. So they renovated the interior but kept much of the original footprint. The modern details they added were state-ofthe-art features such as recessed lighting throughout the house, energy-efficient systems, structured wiring, and wireless speaker systems that can be controlled by an iPhone or iPad. The couple also took advantage of the width â&#x20AC;&#x201D; greater than that of several neighboring houses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by knocking down separate entrances to rooms to allow an easy flow. They chose a durable wood from South America â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ipe, also known as Brazilian walnut â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for floors on the main and upper levels. To enter this grand home, one goes through a set of side double

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This Kalorama Triangle home on Biltmore Street is listed for $2,495,000. doors from the front patio. The short foyer immediately opens to an expansive space that is currently used as a family room. The wide nook can accommodate an entertainment center. The front of the house also has a cozy living room. Creating this ambiance are a travertine-clad fireplace that replaced the original and two sets of picture windows facing the tree-lined street. Seating about eight guests, the separate dining room lies behind the family room. The spacious kitchen on the main floor is dressed with dark-stained maple cabinetry, granite tops and the latest stainless steel appliances. The wide island contains a Jenn-Air stovetop and more granite counter space. Mini pendant

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Palisades. Sears Catalog Home beautifully restored. 3 BR sun drenched Colonial. Kitchen w/brkfst room, spacious MBR suite. Charming front porch. Great location. $875,000 Delia McCormick 301-977-7273 James Gregory  240-447-7701

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Town of Chevy Chase, MD. Close in home built in 2001 w/6 BRs, 4. BAs. Open spaces perfect for entertaining. 4 finished levels! Lovely tree lined street. Short walk to Metro. $1,999,500 Eric Murtagh   301-652-8971

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Woodley Park. 2 story TH condo. Open flr plan. TS kitchen w/ granite. LR w/ frpl, French drs to balconies. Above: 2 BRs w/ensuite BAs. Skylights, high ceilings. 1 pkg space. $795,000 Beverly Nadel  202-236-731 Melissa Brown  202-469-2662

Georgetown. Renovated brk semi-detached townhouse. Terrific kit w/ brkfst bar, tile flr, granite & SS. DR access to walled patio. MBR suite + 2 addit. BRs. Fin. LL, custom built-ins. $1,149,900 Delia McCormick 301-977-7273

lights with a dark-hued tubing to match the cabinetry brighten the eat-in area close to the back. On the other side, this breakfast nook is framed by the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original bricks. Next to it is a room that can accommodate a small breakfast table. The ipe stairs leading to the two upper levels help create a consistent design flow. Finding boards that matched most of the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wooden floors was difficult, said Sanjay, but the extensive search for this robust material speaks to the ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quest for a seamless design. The second and third floors each

contain a master suite facing the street, as well as two bedrooms, a full bathroom with porcelain-clad showers and plenty of hallway closet space. The twin master suites both have a spacious bathroom and a corner walk-in closet. While four of the bedrooms can also be used as an office or study, the large back ones each have distinctive qualities. The larger of the second-floor rooms has a separate small area that can be used as an exercise or sitting area. And one of the delights of this home is accessible from the third floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back bedSee Kalorama/Page 18

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stripped of their many layers of paint during the renovation. While natural light comes through one window at the front, the lighthued original bricks, the wall sconces and more recessed lighting illuminate the rest of the living area. Travertine printed porcelain tiles throughout this floor also brighten the room. The open-space kitchen here is a miniaturized version of the one upstairs, with stained

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Tucked in the city but out of this world. This beautiful 3+ bedroom updated row house, with a lower level in-law suite, is located in DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;very walkableâ&#x20AC;? Glover Park neighborhood. (Walkscore 89). A charming front porch, rear yard patio, and fabulous sunny interior spaces. There is so much to see, it is worth a visit. Offered at $815,000

at some point, representatives of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Unified Communications told The Current. Since 311 call-takers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t connect directly to a police dispatcher, any matter requiring police attention gets shifted to the 911 line, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an emergency or not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we know this is something that only a police officer can get solved, this call is going to be transferred over to 911,â&#x20AC;? said agency spokesperson Wanda Gattison. At that point, police dispatchers will prioritize issues and assign officers accordingly. But 911 calls are answered in the order theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re received â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both the calls that are phoned in directly and those transferred from 311. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the way the system currently works,â&#x20AC;? said Stephen Williams, the Office of Unified Communicationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief of operations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you call 311 and the police need to go, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to process the call, but it has to be transferred to the police side.â&#x20AC;? In an interview yesterday, Mendelson said he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been following the issue closely of late because he no longer chairs the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, which oversees the call center. But based on a description of current operations, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that sounds like it would be in compliance.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The system has to be designed so that emergency calls are going to [911] and non-emergency calls arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? Mendelson said. In a 2011 hearing on his bill, Mendelson said overlapping the two types of calls could compromise police response. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calling about stolen license plates could be utilizing resources while an assault in progress is put on hold,â&#x20AC;? he said at the hearing. The law does not specify what constitutes an â&#x20AC;&#x153;emergency.â&#x20AC;? But the Unified Communications Office

transfers calls to 911 based specifically on whether a police response is needed, not by determining whether thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an emergency. This means police situations that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t potentially life-threatening â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like noise complaints and car break-ins discovered hours after the crime â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can get funneled to 911. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There seems to be some gray area there,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to follow the law and say 911 is for emergencies and 311 is for non-emergencies.â&#x20AC;? Until recently, the Office of United Communications had been telling residents to call 911 anytime they needed a police response. Mendelson said the purpose of his bill was twofold: to ensure that 911 isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;cluttered with non-emergency callsâ&#x20AC;? and to reduce confusion about which phone number to call. Although the law doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mandate this, he had hoped to see 202-7271000 restored as the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main number for information or to file a complaint, setting aside 311 for non-emergency police calls and 911 for emergencies. The Unified Communications Office and Police Chief Cathy Lanier had opposed Mendelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill, saying it was valuable for professionals at the 911 call center to decide which incidents were emergencies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for instance, a report of a suspicious person â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rather than putting it in the hands of individuals. That logic is still valid, Williams said in an interview last month. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can play you dozens of 911 calls that start: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this is an emergency, but â&#x20AC;Ś .â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And then officers get there and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serious,â&#x20AC;? he said. According to Williams, the system is performing as needed: Of the 1.4 million annual 911 calls his agency handles, 94 percent are answered in five seconds or less. Mendelson said the council has already passed the bill, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for the emergencies to be filtered out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They should be pressed to comply with the law,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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As summer winds down, we look forward to September community activities in our area. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following upcoming events: On Saturday, come to the third annual Circle Yoga Arts Market, at 3838 Northampton St. NW, from 1 to 4 p.m. The community event, which is free and open to the public, celebrates the work of Circle Yogaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff, students, friends and neighbors. Begin your holiday shopping early this year, and buy local! For more information, visit circleyoga.com. Then on Sunday, enjoy the last days of summer with a beautiful hike along Rock Creek. Join the Rock Creek Conservancy and hike leader Kathy Stevens for a 3.5-mile loop through Meadowbrook/ Candy Cane City to Connecticut Avenue. This hike is part of a yearlong series of hikes exploring the Rock Creek Valley. Bring your own water and snacks. Dress appropriately for outdoor weather and walking. The entire hike can be done on paved surfaces. Meet at Meadowbrook Recreation Center at 7901 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, Md., at 3:45 p.m. for a 4 p.m. start. The event will be held rain or shine, unless thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lightning. For more information visit rockcreekconsevancy.org. Finally, remember that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Chevy Chase DC Day is on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. The association and the Chevy Chase Community Center, with support from others, will be co-sponsoring treats and activities at the Chevy Chase Commons outside the center, at 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. There will be free ice cream, musicians, a moon bounce, community information and more! In addition, along Connecticut Avenue and neighboring streets, there will be business promotions, sidewalk sales and entertainment. This year, the association will also be sponsoring a scavenger hunt involving the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business members. For details, visit chevychasecitizens. org. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Lawlor ment of the Environment to minimize tree loss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making a lot of progress,â&#x20AC;? she said. Former commissioner David Bardin said DC Water should work with developer B.F. Saul, which is razing and redeveloping its property at 4455 Connecticut Ave. Bardin suggested that sewer workers could access the park using that site to reduce the number of tree removals. He added that some of the land over the sewer belongs to the city rather than the National Park Service. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 3-1, with Mary Beth Ray opposed and Manolis Priniotakis abstaining, to support naming the University of the District of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amphitheater after Chuck Brown, known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godfather of Go-Go.â&#x20AC;? The resolution also asked the city government to allocate funds to refurbish the amphitheater. Michael Rogers, the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president for advancement, said the motion was premature. He noted that the responsibility for naming rests with the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of trustees, and said the school must look at options that might bring financial benefit. Commissioner Bob Summersgill answered that the trustees can always say no. Former commissioner David Bardin urged the commission to delay taking any action. Priniotakis agreed, with support from Ray. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously agreed to have commissioner Manolis Priniotakis inquire about delays in answering 911 emergency calls. The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Methodist Home of D.C., 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, call 202-670-7262 or

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The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Agenda items include: â&#x2013; announcements. â&#x2013;  consideration of the D.C. Office of Planningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest proposed revisions to the zoning code. â&#x2013;  consideration of a Board of Zoning Adjustment application for a special exception at 3400 Morrison St. for a side and rear addition. â&#x2013;  presentation by the Metropolitan Police Department on the traffic camera at Fessenden Street and Nebraska Avenue. For details, send an email to chevychaseanc3@verizon.net or call 202-363-5803. ANC 4A ANC Village 4A Colonial â&#x2013;  colonial village / crestwood Shepherd Park Shepherd Park / brightwood Crestwood 16th street heights The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 14th and Underwood streets NW. For details, call 202-450-6225 or visit anc4a.org. ANC 4C ANC 4c Street Heights Petworth/16th

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he Studio Theatre will present Harvey Fiersteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tony-winning play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Torch Song Trilogyâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 4 through Oct. 13. Arnold Beckoff knows what it is to long for love. Tired of trawling New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gay bar backrooms and armed with fierce humor,

On stage Arnold faces commitment-shy men, a hostile world and his formidable mother as he tries to find a family on his own terms. Michael Kahn directs. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $39 to $85. The Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-3323300; studiotheatre.org. â&#x2013; Scena Theater will stage the regional premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Marriage of Maria Braunâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 7 through Oct. 11 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. German dramatists Peter Märtesheimer and Pea FrĂśhlich adapted Rainer Werner Fassbinderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1979 cult film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Marriage of

Maria Braunâ&#x20AC;? for the stage and translated the play into English. It depicts a young German woman who marries a soldier in the waning days of World War II â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and must adapt when he is imprisoned afterward. Performance times generally are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $40, except for $10 previews Sept. 7 through 13. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993; scenatheater.org. â&#x2013; Theater J will present the D.C. premiere of Amy Herzogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;After the Revolutionâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 7 through Oct. 6 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. The brilliant, promising Emma Joseph is primed to follow in the footsteps of her progressive political family. But when she discovers a troubling secret about her blacklisted grandfather, Emma must confront her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and find her own path. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $30, except for paywhat-you-can previews on Sept. 7 and 8.

The Washington DC Jewish Community Center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800494-8497; theaterj.org. â&#x2013; The Shakespeare Theatre Company will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experienceâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 5 through 15 in the Sidney Harman Hall. Performance times vary. Tickets start at $45. The theater is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. â&#x2013;  Arena Stage will present Eric Cobleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Velocity of Autumnâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 6 through Oct. 20 in the Kreeger Theater. Performance times are generally 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $40 to $90. Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300; arenastage.org. â&#x2013;  Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will kick off its 34th season with Lisa Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Detroit,â&#x20AC;? a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sept. 9 through Oct. 6. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices start at

Exhibits look at faces, nature and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Barbarellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Harvey Fiersteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tony-winning drama â&#x20AC;&#x153;torch song trilogyâ&#x20AC;? will run at the studio theatre sept. 4 through Oct. 13. $35, except during pay-what-you-can performances on Sept. 9 10. Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939; woollymammoth.net.

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On exHibit media by Northwest D.C. artist Sally Levie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbarellaâ&#x20AC;? includes paintings by Brian Williams that reflect on otherworldly aspects of the 1968 film. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Fridayâ&#x20AC;? reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and an artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception will be held Sept. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. Located at 2108 R St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. 202-232-8734. â&#x2013; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night and Reflection,â&#x20AC;? featuring drawings by Charles Ritchie, will open today with an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk and reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Georgetown Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spagnuolo Gallery. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 13. Located in the lobby of the Walsh Building at 1221 36th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-687-9206. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edges, Lost and Found,â&#x20AC;? presenting new watercolors by Katherine Blakeslee, will open today at Foundry Gallery and continue through Sept. 29. A reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Located at 1314 18th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202463-0203. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Map Is Not the Territory,â&#x20AC;? a traveling exhibit that looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American and Irish experiences, will open Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery. It will continue through Oct. 18. Located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-338-1958. â&#x2013;  The Heurich Gallery will open an exhibit of photography by Frank Hallam Day and drawings by Allison Long Hardy with a reception Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Dec. 3. Located at 505 9th St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday

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Wednesday september 4 Classes and workshops â&#x2013; The Downtown Business Improvement Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Workout Wednesdays in Franklin Parkâ&#x20AC;? will feature a weekly fitness class. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Franklin Park, 13th and I streets NW. downtowndc.org. The classes will continue through Sept. 25. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Create at the Corcoran Happy Hourâ&#x20AC;? will feature a chance to explore the traditional Japanese hand-dyed technique of Karamatsunui, with participants creating their own bread cloth or napkin. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 to $30. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. corcoran.org. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Solve Our Human Problems,â&#x20AC;? about Buddhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachings on the Four Noble Truths. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202986-2257. The classes will continue through Oct. 16. Concert â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jazz ensemble, The Commodores, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Film â&#x2013;  The Avalon Docs series will feature Joshua Oppenheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Act of Killing,â&#x20AC;? about a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes. 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Bibliophilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Book Club will feature a discussion of â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Am an Executioner: Love Storiesâ&#x20AC;? by Rajesh Parameswaran. 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.

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Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013; The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music on the Lawnâ&#x20AC;? series will feature the vocal and instrumental jazz and blues ensemble Sandra Y. Johnson and Friends. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. â&#x2013;  The Freddie Dunn Quartet will perform jazz selections. 6:30 p.m. Free. Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza, 8th Street and Monroe Street NE. 202-269-1600. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Navy Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Country Current ensemble will perform works by Charlie Parker, Peter Erskine and Pat Metheny. 7:30 p.m. Free. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. 202-4334011.

Classes â&#x2013; Club 60+ will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cardio With Will.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. Free. Multipurpose Room, Chevy Chase Community Center, 5501 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-777-3535. â&#x2013;  The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pilates in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? class. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. goldentriangledc.com. The class will repeat weekly through Oct. 10.

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013; Panelists at a symposium will discuss the diverse contributions of historically black colleges and universities to the nation and the global community. 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Free. Cramton Auditorium, Howard University, 2455 6th St. NW. howard.edu. â&#x2013;  Andrew Moravcsik, professor of politics and director of the European Union program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Europe Is the Other Power of the 21st Century (and China Is Not).â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. kkornell@jhu.edu. â&#x2013;  Scholar Adel Iskandar will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;America as Chimera: Public Diplomacy Between Journalism and Transculturalism.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 241, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. adeliskandar.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Religion, Rights and Reform: Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Political Participation in the Middle East and North Africa.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 413-415, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. go.gwu.edu/sirfallevent2013.

Concerts â&#x2013; The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host a chamber concert. Noon.

Film â&#x2013; The Global Lens Film Series will feature Mohamed Diabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cairo

Thursday,september Sept. 5 Thursday 5 Auditions â&#x2013; The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington will hold auditions for its vocal programs for ages 9 through 18. Various times. Free; reservations required. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-237-1005. Auditions will also be held Sept. 11 and 18 at the Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church, 3920 Alton Place NW. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  Kids will go on a nature hike to learn about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mushroom Maniaâ&#x20AC;? as part of the junior scientist series. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

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678,â&#x20AC;? about three women from different backgrounds who join together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has affected their lives. 6:30 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Meeting â&#x2013; The Mystery Book Group will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Churchillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secretaryâ&#x20AC;? by Susan Ella MacNeal. 6:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. Performances â&#x2013;  The 13th annual Local Dance Commissioning Project will feature the world premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Australia Home Land,â&#x20AC;? a work by D.C.-based choreographer Sarah J. Ewing. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 6 p.m. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University will present an interactive workshop production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things That GO!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an immersive gaming experience inspired by Richard Scarryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books and devised, designed and directed by Robbie Hayes. 7:30 and 9 p.m. $5. Devine Studio Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. The performance will repeat Friday at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Topaz Hotel Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekly standup show will feature local comics. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. 1733 N St. NW. 202-393-3000. â&#x2013;  The collective LYGO DC will debut its new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stand Up at Bier Baronâ&#x20AC;? series with a performance by local comedians Tony Woods and Sara Armour. 9 p.m. $15. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. lygodc.com. Special events â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will provide chess sets for players of all ages and abilities. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. The event will continue daily during the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operating hours. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phillips After 5â&#x20AC;? will feature a program on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellsworth Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Colors,â&#x20AC;? a

chance to experience the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glowing panel paintings through music by Grammy nominee Christylez Bacon, a gallery talk about works in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanent collection that relate to Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contemporary art, and a showing of the 2007 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events. â&#x2013; The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch the Mutual Inspirations Festival with â&#x20AC;&#x153;VĂĄclav Havelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Evening,â&#x20AC;? featuring a discussion of Havelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experiences as a political prisoner, a screening of Jan NovĂĄkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citizen Havel Goes on Vacationâ&#x20AC;? and the opening of an exhibit about first lady Olga HavlovĂĄ. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. mutualinspirations.org. Tours â&#x2013;  U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will lead a tour of the National Garden. 10:30 to 11:15 am. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. â&#x2013;  A tour will focus on the symbolism of the Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stone, stained glass and fabric art. 3 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. Friday, Sept. 6

Friday september 6 Concerts â&#x2013; Organist Charles Miller, minister of music at National City Christian Church, will perform works by Mendelssohn, Clark, Bach and Mathias. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Blues will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW. usarmyband.com. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Overtures Summer Concert Series will feature violinist Ayano Ninomiya. 6:30 p.m. $65. Evermay, 1623 28th St. NW. overtureseries. org. â&#x2013;  The DC Casineros will perform Cuban salsa. 6:30 p.m. Free. Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza, 8th Street and Monroe Street NE. 202-269-1600. â&#x2013;  Jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Patricia Barber will perform. 8 and 10 p.m. $27.50. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-3374141. The concert will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 8 and 10 p.m. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Armando Marques Guedes, professor of international politics and law at George Washington University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Reconstruction of Central and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Easternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Europe.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/Guedes. â&#x2013;  Thomas Pogge, director of the Global Justice Program and professor of philosophy and international affairs at Yale University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Post-2015 Development Agenda.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 213, Elliott School of See Events/Page 23


Continued From Page 22 International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/2013eltonlecture. ■ Legendary musician Graham Nash will discuss his autobiography “Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life.” 7 p.m. Free. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502. Meeting ■ A weekly bridge group will meet to play duplicate bridge. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $6. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 301-654-1865. Performances ■ L’Acadco, Jamaica’s leading contemporary dance company, will perform. 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. ■ Bomani Armah will host the monthly “Live! From Busboys” talent showcase. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202387-7638. Special event ■ The Mordecai Wyatt Johnson-Benjamin E. Mays Student Debate will showcase the academic rivalry between Howard University and Morehouse College. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Cramton Auditorium, Howard University, 2455 6th St. NW. howard.edu. Saturday,september Sept. 7 Saturday 7 Children’s programs ■ Ford’s Theatre will hold open auditions for roles in “A Christmas Carol” for ages 6 through 13. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Free. Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership, 514 10th St. NW. fords.org. ■ The DC Youth Orchestra Program will host “DCYOPalooza,” an annual open house featuring an instrument petting zoo, demonstrations and performances. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE. 202698-0123. ■ A park ranger will lead a night sky tour in the Rock Creek Park planetarium. 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956224. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. ■ An “Arts for Families” program will offer a chance to use fabric crayons and circles of various sizes to trace, craft and color a kawung design on a bandana. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441, ext. 64. Classes and workshops ■ Egyptologist Bob Brier will lead a seminar on “Write Like an Egyptian: Hands-on Hieroglyphs.” 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Paul Hayes, director of debate at George Washington University, will lead a seminar on the art of advocacy, drawing on the skills and processes that championship debaters use. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Richard Bell, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland at College Park, will lead a seminar on “Ordinary Lives in the American Revolution.” 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030.

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■ Taíno artist Jorge Porrata will share stories based on Mayan folk tales and lead a clay-sculpting workshop. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Free; tickets required for craft activity. ImagiNATIONS Activity Center, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The workshop will repeat Sept. 8, 28 and 29 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ■ Yoga instructor Debbie Bennett will lead a class on how to reduce everyday stress with yoga and meditation. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Concerts ■ Singer Kyle Ensley will perform a mix of pop classics, inspirational ballads and patriotic songs. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. ■ The Washington Sinfonietta and pipe organ soloist Charles Miller will perform works by Handel, Mozart and Brahms. 7 p.m. $15 to $20; free for ages 18 and younger. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103. ■ The Metropolitan Women’s Choir, Flutopia Baltimore and pianist Yong Hi Mong will perform classical music selections at the 12th annual Memorial Concert in Honor of Susanna “Susie” Kim. 7:30 p.m. $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Demonstration ■ Cherie Lester, healthy eating specialist at Whole Foods Market, will present ideas for “Brain-Building Breakfasts” as part of a back-to-school series. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Whole Foods Market Georgetown, 2323 Wisconsin Ave. NW. cherie.lester@wholefoods.com. Discussions and lectures ■ Rudy D’Alessandro, Asia specialist at the National Park Service Office of International Affairs, will discuss the “National Parks of China.” 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. ■ Cora Mack will read from her debut novel “Shaw,” about an African-American reporter on the rise in 1950s Washington who must confront the institutional racism of the city’s police force to uncover a killer. 1 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ Stephanie Fedor, executive director of Arlington Arts Center, will discuss the exhibition “Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses, and Abandoned Lots.” 5 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. ■ In a conversation with Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser, ballet superstar David Hallberg will discuss his technique and training, the world of ballet, and being the first and only American premier dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet in its 237-year history. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Films ■ The Global Lens Film Series will feature Srdjan Dragojevic’s 2011 comedy “The Parade (Parada),” about a group of gay activists in Belgrade who strike an uneasy alliance with a war-hardened Serbian

Sales ■ The group Friends of the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library will hold its quarterly book sale. 10 a.m. Free admission. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. ■ The third annual Circle Yoga Arts Market will feature the work of local vendors and highlight pieces that use organic, recycled and locally sourced materials. 1 to 4 p.m. Free admission. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St. NW. circleyoga.com.

Saturday, sEptember 7 ■ Discussion: Mary Kay Zuravleff will discuss her novel “Man Alive!” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

crime boss. 2 p.m. Free. Takoma Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. ■ The National Gallery of Art will present Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film “Le Petit Soldat.” 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. Performances ■ SpeakeasyDC will present a longform story performance featuring “No More Helen Keller Jokes” by Anne Thomas (shown) and “Lose the Kid” by John Donvan. 3 p.m. $20 to $25. Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. speakeasydc.com. The performance will repeat Sept. 14, 21 and 28 at 3 p.m. ■ L’Acadco, Jamaica’s leading contemporary dance company, will present a program that fuses rich Caribbean folklore with contemporary themes. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. ■ The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will perform. 7 and 10 p.m. $20 to $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. ■ Jane Franklin Dance will perform as guest artists in a concert featuring the choreography of Old Dominion University faculty members Marilyn Marloff and Amanda Kinzer. 8 p.m. $12 to $14. Jack Guidone Theatre, Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207

Special events ■ Architecture and construction teams that participated in “Canstruction 2013,” a design-build competition to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank, will disassemble their entries to donate the canned food used in their projects. 10 a.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. ■ Sloth Day will feature educational activities, keeper talks and live animal demonstrations. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Small Mammal House, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu. ■ A Fashion Week tea and talk will feature costumed interpreters leading a tour of American fashion trends from the late 1700s through the early 1900s. A tea with sandwiches and desserts will follow. 1 to 3 p.m. $25 to $30. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplacefashionweektea.eventbrite.com. ■ Homegrown DC — a one-day, hyperlocal farmers market and celebration of food grown in D.C. — will feature produce from more than 25 school gardens, nonprofits and home gardens. 4 to 7 p.m. Free admission. Old City Farm and Guild, 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-505-1634. Sporting event ■ Howard University and Morehouse College will square off in the 2013 AT&T Nation’s Football Classic. 3:30 p.m. $25 to $50. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. Walks and tours ■ Writer Rocco Zappone will lead a weekly “Ulysses-esque” walking tour of Washington, filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. $20. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208.

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■ A docent-led walk through the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elizabethan Garden will focus on the plants, design and Shakespeare-inspired statues by Gregg Wyatt. 10 and 11 a.m. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. ■ Biochemist Beth Burrous will discuss medicinal and poisonous plants on a walking tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Conservatory East Gallery, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Washington Walks will present a walking tour of “Abraham Lincoln’s Washington.” 11 a.m. $15. Meet outside the White House exit to the McPherson Square Metro station. washingtonwalks.com. Sunday, Sept. 8

Sunday september 8 Children’s program ■ Park ranger Tony Linforth will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way galaxy and deep space. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. Classes and workshops ■ Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria will present “It’s the Composition, Stupid: The Essence of Good Photography,” featuring a talk on photographic techniques, examination of classically composed examples from the 1940s and 1950s on display at the National Gallery of Art, and hands-on sessions photographing art and architecture. 2:30 to 5 p.m. $74. National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. washingtonphotosafari.com. ■ A weekly Ukulele Circle led by Liz Ennis will offer beginners a chance to learn a few easy chords and more advanced players an opportunity to improvise and jam. 4 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. Concerts ■ The Steinway Series will present the VERGE Ensemble featuring pianist Laurie Hudicek. 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. ■ “Let There Be Jazz,” a benefit concert to support an upcoming salon-style jazz performance and conversation series in D.C., will feature musicians Herman Burney, Harold Summey, Fred Foss, Mark Meadows, Paul Carr, Karen Lovejoy, Craig Alston, Deirdre Wright, James Zimmerman, Peter Fraize, Michael Raitzyk, Herb Smith and others. 4 to 7 p.m. Donation requestSee Events/Page 24 KĨĨĞƌŝŶŐĂWĞƌƐŽŶĂůŝnjĞĚ ƉƉƌŽĂĐŚ

         





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Continued From Page 23 ed. St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 1514 15th St. NW. eastriverjazz.net/party. â&#x2013; Washington National Cathedral organist Christopher Betts will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Air Force Concert Band will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will present its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-5279522. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Latino Center and the National Museum of the American Indian will host a symposium on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revealing Central America,â&#x20AC;? about the interpretation and recovery of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich indigenous heritage. 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Free. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Judith Brodie, curator and head of modern prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art, and Adam Greenhalgh, postdoctoral curatorial fellow at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, No, Maybe: The Art of Making Decisions.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditori-

um, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013; Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., will join Eisner Award-winning artist Nate Powell and new media specialist Andrew Aydin to discuss their collaboration, â&#x20AC;&#x153;March, Book One.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. Films â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pages of Beauty and Madness: Japanese Writers Onscreenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Hiroshi Teshigaharaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1964 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woman in the Dunes.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will screen a selection of recent abstract animations with live accompaniment by composer Andrew Simpson. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Tyler Jeffrey of Beasley Real Estate will present an outdoor screening of Chris Columbusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1993 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mrs. Doubtfire,â&#x20AC;? starring Robin Williams and Sally Field. 7:30 p.m. Free. Harrison Recreation Center,

1330 V St. NW. dlanning@beasleyre.com. Sporting event â&#x2013; The Washington Mystics will play the Chicago Sky. 4 p.m. $12 to $300. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Rock Creek Park will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fun Run,â&#x20AC;? featuring a three- to four-mile loop and a five- to seven-mile option. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6227. â&#x2013;  A tour will focus on the symbolism of the Washington National Cathedralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stone, stained glass and fabric art. 1:30 p.m. $10; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. nationalcathedral.org. â&#x2013;  Artist Jackie Bailey Labovitz will lead a tour of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understoryâ&#x20AC;? exhibit of her photographs and discuss her relentless search for the rare exotic woodland orchids known as ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slippers. 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory East Gallery, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Monday, Sept. 9

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University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/haitiaid. â&#x2013; Amana Fontanella-Khan will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor Jonathan Brown will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The George Washington University International Affairs Society will host Michael Chertoff, former U.S. secretary of homeland security. 7 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 113, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. iasmichaelchertoff.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Emmy Award-winning costume designer Janie Bryant will discuss her work on AMCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Menâ&#x20AC;? and how the show has influenced contemporary style. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $40 to $50. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Rabbis Walk Into a Bar: The Book of Lifeâ&#x20AC;? will feature Rabbi Aaron Miller of the Washington Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Scott Perlo of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Rabbi Jessica Shimberg of Maryland Hillel and Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman of Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. â&#x2013;  Derek Penslar, professor of Jewish history at the University of Toronto and professor of Israel studies at Oxford University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Founders of Israel and Their Relevance Today: Theodor Herzl.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american.edu/cas/ israelstudies/rsvp. Films â&#x2013;  The Books on Film series will feature Agnieszka Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1997 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington Square,â&#x20AC;? based on a novel by Henry James. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-9, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The Global Lens film series will feature Suman Ghoshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights,â&#x20AC;? about an 80-year-old Kolkata retiree on a mission to get his neighborhood streetlights turned off after sunrise. 6:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. â&#x2013;  The Goethe-Institut will present Margarethe von Trottaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1981 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marianne and Juliane,â&#x20AC;? about two sisters who both fight for social change in the 1960s but use different means. 6:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-2891200. â&#x2013;  The Washington Psychotronic Film Society will present Allan Moyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1980 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Times Square.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. Donation suggested. McFaddenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202462-3356. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase DC Library Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancerâ&#x20AC;? by Siddhartha See Events/Page 25


Continued From Page 24 Mukherjee. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202282-0021. Performance â&#x2013; Busboys and Poets will host its monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine on the Ninthâ&#x20AC;? poetry series. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-3877638. Tuesday, Sept. 10 Tuesday september 10 Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  The group Yoga Activist will present a weekly yoga class geared toward beginners. 7 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2823080. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Levine School of Music faculty members Natasha Bogachek on violin and Dasha Gabay on piano performing a program of Native and African-American music. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Owen Kelley, research scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discovering Hot Towers in Hurricanes.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202707-5664. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Livable DC?â&#x20AC;? seminar series will feature pedestrian safety advocate Marlene Berlin, Becca Smokowicz of Housing Counseling Services and Bob Pohlman of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prepare to Overcome Everyday Challenges and Thrive.â&#x20AC;? 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Willy Brandt: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ostpolitikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Understanding and Rapprochementâ&#x20AC;? will feature a screening of a Deutsch Welle film about the former mayor of West Berlin and chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, followed by a discussion of his policies and legacy. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Susan Buck, conservator and paint analyst at Colonial Williamsburg, will discuss her investigation into the original paints used by Shaker communities on furnishings and architecture. 6 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  David R. Simon will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Michael B. Toth of the Sinai Palimpsests Project will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revealing Lost Texts in the Sinai,â&#x20AC;? about the use of stateof-the-art spectral imaging technology at the mountaintop St. Catherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Farzaneh Milani, professor of Persian literature at the University of Virginia, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Veils and Words: Iranian Women

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Tuesday, september 10 â&#x2013; Concert: Bachata singer and guitarist Joan Soriano, a native of the Dominican Republic, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Special event â&#x2013; Buddhist monk Geshe Phelgye, founder of the Universal Compassion Foundation and an international animal rights activist, will offer a pet blessing and speak about kindness to animals. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St. NW. circleyoga.com. Wednesday,september Sept. 11 Wednesday 11 Classes â&#x2013;  The Downtown Business Improvement Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Workout Wednesdays in Franklin Parkâ&#x20AC;? will feature a weekly fitness class. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Franklin Park, 13th and I streets NW. downtowndc.org. The classes will continue through Sept. 25. â&#x2013;  The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will host a weekly class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Solve Our Human Problems,â&#x20AC;? about Buddhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachings on the Four Noble Truths. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 per class. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202986-2257. The classes will continue through Oct. 16. Concerts â&#x2013;  The U.S. Army Blues will perform. 6 p.m. Free. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues. usarmyband.com. â&#x2013;  Water Liars will perform roots-minded indie rock, and South Rail will fuse Americana and rock. 8 p.m. $10 to $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Author and journalist Michael Dobbs will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  John Hessler of the Library of Congress will present a gallery talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mayan Writing and Mathematics: The Dresden Codex and Materials From the Jay I. Kislak Collection.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploring the Early Americasâ&#x20AC;? exhibition, second floor, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-4604. â&#x2013;  University of Maryland at College Park professor Shibley Telhami, Princeton University professor Daniel Kurtzer and University of Virginia professor William Quandt will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Peace

Puzzle: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/mqj4atq. â&#x2013; Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and design operations at Hillwood, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perennial Traditions: Marjorie Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Floral Designs.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. â&#x2013;  London- and Milan-based architect Claudio Silvestrin will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can Architecture Uplift Our Spirit and Prevent the Weight of Materialism From Crushing Us?â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. architecture.cua.edu. â&#x2013;  Stephen Kimber will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Lies Across the Water,â&#x20AC;? about the events leading up to the arrest of the Cuban Five. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Congregants from Masjid Muhammad will discuss the life of the local Muslim community in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Slateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emily Yoffe, author of the advice column â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear Prudence,â&#x20AC;? will discuss her most memorable and controversial letters, as well as lessons she has learned from letter writers and readers. 7 p.m. $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487. â&#x2013;  Donna DeCesare, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unsettled/Desasociego: Children in a World of

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Thursday september 12 Art event ■ The Woman’s National Democratic Club’s fall art exhibition reception will mark the opening of Micheline Klagsbrun’s “Undergrowth” and Melchus A. Davis’ “The Many Colors of Expressionism.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Classes ■ Mike Feerick, chair of Ireland Reaching Out, will discuss how the reverse geneaology program helps trace and locate all the people who left Ireland and invites them to become part of a new extended Irish society. 10 a.m. Free. Room G-25, Research Center, National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. ■ The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District will present a “Pilates in the Park” class. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. goldentriangledc.com. The class will repeat weekly through Oct. 10. Concerts ■ D.C. funk band The Good Thing will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ Musician Leonardo Lucini will perform Brazilian jazz. 6:30 p.m. Free. Monroe Street Market Arts Plaza, 8th Street and Monroe Street NE. 202-269-1600. ■ The U.S. Navy Band’s Cruisers ensemble will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. 202-4334011. Demonstration ■ Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi will lead a cooking demonstration on ways to use eggplant in its myriad forms. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Discussions and lectures ■ Scientists, humanists, journalist and science fiction authors will participate in a symposium on whether the longevity of human civilization on Earth will be imperiled or enhanced by world-changing technologies. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1639. ■ Jens Lund, folklorist and program manager emeritus at Washington State Parks and Recreation, will discuss “I Done What I Could: Occupational Folk Poetry in the Pacific Northwest.” Noon. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. ■ Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mark

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Films ■ The Goethe-Institut will present Yasemin Samdereli’s 2010 film “Almanya — Willkommen in Deutschland,” with introductory remarks by Georgetown University visiting professor Asiye Kaya. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com. ■ “Washington Project for the Arts — Experimental Media 2013” will feature video work by local, national and international artists exploring cybersecurity, data collection and imaging surveillance practices in the digital age. 6:30 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202387-2151. ■ In conjunction with the Mutual Inspirations Festival, the West End Cinema will screen Jana Chytilová’s 2002 documentary “The Plastic People of the Universe.” 7 p.m. $8 to $11. West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 202-419-3456. Meetings ■ The Talking Book Club will discuss “Shadows of Glory” by Owen Parry. 11 a.m. Free. Room 215, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7272142. ■ The Literary Book Group will discuss “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. 2:30 p.m. Free. Room A-9, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. Performance ■ Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara and KARAS will perform the North American premiere of “Mirror and Music.” 8 p.m. $19 to $45. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Tours and walks ■ Birder Sheila Cochran will lead a walk through the Olmsted Woods. 8:30 a.m. Free. Meet at the George Washington statue on Pilgrim Road on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2319. The walk will repeat Sept. 19 at 8:30 a.m. ■ U.S. Botanic Garden education technician Alex Torres will lead a tour of the National Garden. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. ■ Historian James Barber, curator of the National Portrait Gallery’s Time collection, will lead a tour of the exhibit “Mr. Time: Portraits by Boris Chaliapin.” Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Wine seminar ■ Master sommelier Fred Dexheimer will present a seminar about the quality and diversity of the Pays d’Oc IGP wines. 7 p.m. $50 to $65. Napoleon Bistro, 1847 Columbia Road NW. francedc.org. The Current welcomes submissions for the Events & Entertainment calendar, although space constraints limit the number of items we can include. Items must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event and include a summary of the event and its date, time, location with complete address, and cost to attend (indicate “free” if there is no charge). Also, please list a phone number for publication and a phone number for an editor to reach a contact person. Entries may be sent to calendar@currentnewspapers. com or The Current, P.O. Box 40400, Washington, D.C. 20016-0400.


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