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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Vol. XXII, No. 33

The GeorGeTown CurrenT

Judge OKs proposal for deer culling

SPRING CLEANING

■ Environment: Residents

sought to halt lethal actions By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

A controversial National Park Service plan to use lethal population control measures against Rock Creek Park deer has been cleared to proceed, as a U.S. District Court judge threw out a lawsuit against the

action last Thursday. According to the Park Service, unhealthy levels of deer in the park — 80 per square mile, or about 375 total — have been eating new trees and shrubs before they have a chance to mature, affecting the broader ecosystem. Officials last year approved a plan to use archers and sharpshooters to cull the deer population to 15 to 20 per square mile over several years. But several residents and animal

rights groups last fall filed a lawsuit to block the plan, arguing that it was inhumane and unnecessary — that the Park Service should instead use birth control to force a steady decline in the deer population. “I can’t bear the idea that DC’s native deer population will be terrorized and brutalized when other, completely harmless and perfectly sensible solutions are available to manage these animals,” lead plainSee Deer/Page 4

37th and Tunlaw work to kick off soon By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

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The Dumbarton Oaks Conservancy led a group of volunteers on Sunday in clearing invasive plants and vines from meadows and trees in Georgetown’s Dumbarton Oaks Park.

Construction to reconfigure the problematic 37th Street and Tunlaw Road intersection is expected to start by March 28, likely generating short-term traffic problems on the way to its long-term goal of increased safety and traffic calming. Calls for changes to the distinctive X-shaped intersection intensified recently when drivers avoiding Wisconsin Avenue increasingly cut through Glover Park’s northsouth side streets. The D.C. Department of Transportation’s redesign aims to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety by slowing traffic at the intersection. Construction work will take about four weeks, and during two, northbound traffic on 37th Street will be diverted to Wisconsin Avenue at Whitehaven Parkway, Paul Hoffman of the Transportation Department said at last week’s Glover Park-Cathedral Heights advisory See Traffic/Page 24

Walls parents worry about funding cuts

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The construction work will transform the confusing intersection and aims to calm traffic. It is the last major phase of the Wisconsin Avenue project.

Court hears arguments over class-action suit about lead

By DEIRDRE BANNON

By ELIZABETH WIENER

Current Staff Writer

Current Staff Writer

The merger between School Without Walls and Francis-Stevens Education Campus is facing another controversy: The two schools will now share one budget, according to initial allocations issued systemwide March 8 by D.C. Public Schools — and parents, faculty and students are concerned about what that will mean for the Foggy Bottom magnet high school. Student enrollment at both campuses is slated to go up while the number of faculty, administrators and support staff is going down. Chief among the complaints is that the two schools will now share one principal, which Walls parents say will do a disservice to both programs. Some also anticipate problems with merging a competitive application-based high school with a neighborhood

Nearly a decade after reports emerged of high lead levels in many D.C. homes’ drinking water, a Superior Court judge is deciding whether to allow a $200 million class-action lawsuit against the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority over the issue. The suit alleges that the water authority failed to adequately warn residents of the hazard after a new water treatment chemical corroded lead pipes, allowing the hazardous metal into tap water. Plaintiffs are

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School Without Walls, above, is being merged with the Francis-Stevens Education Campus.

preschool-through-eighth-grade campus, questioning whether the needs of the two populations are too disparate. And while Walls in the past has had the freedom to redistribute funding within its own budget as it saw fit, mandated positions at public elementary schools will See Budget/Page 5

SENIOR LIVING

At-large candidates square off ahead of special election — Page 3

seeking compensation for behavioral and cognitive difficulties in young children who drank lead-tainted water — including monitoring to see how the spike in lead levels affected their health, treatment of such issues, and damages. The case has been lumbering through the court system since 2009, when the law firm of Sanford Wittels & Heisler filed it on behalf of Charles Parkhurst, a Capitol Hill father who used tap water to make formula for his two infant sons, later diagnosed with attention deficit and learning disabilities. The firm, which See Water/Page 4

INDEX

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Logan Circle gallery displays artwork by local centenarian

Former Gonzaga star prepares for next month’s NFL draft

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Calendar/16 Classifieds/37 District Digest/2 Exhibits/15 In Your Neighborhood/22 Opinion/6

Real Estate/21 School Dispatches/14 Service Directory/34 Sports/9 Theater/15 Week Ahead/3

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District Digest At-large candidate vows to repay tax

At-large D.C. Council candidate Matthew Frumin told The Current he plans to repay a property tax deduction he erroneously claimed in 2000. The Current asked him about the issue in response to recent discussion in political circles. Frumin, an American University Park advisory neighborhood commissioner since 2008, bought his current house on Albemarle Street in 1992, but became a legal resident of Michigan in 2000 to run for Congress there. But he continued to claim a homestead exemption on his Washington home. “We were out of the house for six months,” Frumin said in an interview. “It was an omission. … If I made a mistake, I made a mistake and it was an innocent mistake.” Frumin said he will look into the issue and pay the difference between what he would have had to pay in real estate taxes without

the homestead exemption and the amount he paid with it. “I should have told someone that I no longer qualified,” he said. “I have to be accountable.”

Presidential Scholar candidates selected

Forty-five D.C. residents have a chance to gain recognition through the 2013 Presidential Scholars Program, one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the names of more than 3,000 candidates nationwide, selected for their exceptional SAT or ACT scores. A panel will select approximately 500 semifinalists in early April, and then in May the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will announce up to 121 academic scholars and up to 20 arts scholars. Finalists are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership

qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts. The District candidates attending D.C. schools are: ■ Edmund Burke: Soren E. Smallwood. ■ Georgetown Day: Anna E. Cerf, Elizabeth Dach, Elisabeth K. Davis, Caroline R. Gottlieb, Daniel Meyer, Joanna D. Millstein and Lily E. Silva. ■ Maret: Kumari Devarajan, Richard B. Fuisz, William H. Harrop, Christine F. Khoury and Clayton H. Perry. ■ National Cathedral: Caroline Ferguson, Meredith P. Hilton, Camille P. Kellogg, Jina Shin and Caroline K. Van Allen. ■ St. Albans: Philip J. Abboud, Mitchell G. Bryski, James R. Dreben, John W. Hassett, Jared Heath, Christian Sidak, Reed K. Srere and Cameron Thariani. ■ School Without Walls: Katherine

L. Borrazzo. ■ Sidwell Friends: Cecelia B. Auerswald, Jade W. Baxter, Andrew B. Bernstein, Evan Brown, Samuel Gondelman, Xenia C. Laguarda, Derek J. Levinson, Nina A. Moiseiwitsch, Grant Reynolds and Tyler A. Rivlin. ■ Washington International: Frederik F. Claessens. ■ Wilson High: Isabel A. Di Rosa, Elizabeth B. Fosburgh, Lily A. Joseph and Georgia Rochon. District residents attending schools outside the city also were named as candidates: Aine B. Connolly, Holton-Arms; Avi W. Felman, Charles E. Smith, Jewish Day; and Aidan J. Pongrace, Georgetown Preparatory. Eight residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties attending District private schools are among the Maryland candidates. They are Marcus S. Boorstin and William B. Cox, Georgetown Day; Megan D. McAndrews, Georgetown Visitation; Andrew C. Richard, Gonzaga College High; Emily M. Fox-Penner and Caroline R. Malin-Mayor, Maret; Satowa Kinoshita, National Cathedral; Derin Dutz, St. Albans; and Grant A. Mulitz-Schimel and Jinhie L. Skarda, Sidwell Friends.

careers. He previously served as executive vice president of the Anacostia Waterfront Corp. and director of the D.C. Office of Planning. In a news release announcing the selection, McCoy pledged to make the operations of the seven-member board more transparent, with its meetings available on television and data about charter school quality more easily accessible.

Senate panel backs District Court pick

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee last month voted to accept a U.S. District Court nominee sought by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and nominated by President Barack Obama, Norton announced in a news release. Ketanji Brown Jackson, vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission and a former federal public defender in D.C., would be the first black woman to serve in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the release states. Jackson still faces a vote in the full Senate, but Norton says in the release she foresees no obstacles to the confirmation.

Charter school board Clothing store opens taps McCoy as chair on Connecticut Ave. The D.C. Public Charter School Board has elected John H. “Skip” McCoy as its new chair. He succeeds Brian W. Jones, who is departing after six years on the board and three years as chair. McCoy, a board member since 2008, is director of programmatic initiatives at Fight for Children, a nonprofit that strives to ensure students arrive at school ready to learn and graduate prepared for post-secondary education and

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A new women’s boutique specializing in activewear and lifestyle apparel opened this month at 5502 Connecticut Ave. in Chevy Chase. Dubbed Core72, the store offers fashions from select manufacturers, including several owned and operated by women. Owner Ferrall Dietrich, a D.C. native, lives in Chevy Chase, Md., but spent much of her adult life out West. “Core72 is the result [of] my long-time dream to merge the energy and drive of these two worlds in a local, intimate retail environment that caters exclusively to urban women and their active lifestyles,” Dietrich says in a news release.

Editor’s note

The Metropolitan Police Department did not provide a listing of recent crime reports.

Correction

In the March 13 issue, an article incorrectly reported that National Cathedral School senior Emily Hester was the school’s first recipient of the D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year for girls soccer, a statement made in Gatorade’s news release on the selection. In fact, National Cathedral School students have received the award five times, from 2002 through 2006, according to Gatorade’s website. 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.


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Metro to add bus service during morning rush on lower 16th Street By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

Metrobus riders on lower 16th Street will soon have a solution to long-standing complaints about overcrowding during the morning rush hour, as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has pledged to increase service there starting Monday. The S2 and S4 buses — which collectively

carry about 20,000 passengers per day — run between Silver Spring, Md., and downtown D.C. But southbound riders have said the buses tend to fill up as they work their way south and therefore often can’t accept new passengers below Columbia Road. To address this, the transit authority will now run nine S2 buses each weekday morning on one leg of the bus line, starting at 16th and Harvard streets and traveling the roughly two

miles south to H Street. The buses will then turn north on 14th Street, discharge all passengers near I Street, and proceed to a layover parking spot on Columbia Road near 16th until the next scheduled run. The buses will run every 13 minutes from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. “We’re ready to make this happen and to begin to address the needs of riders as expressed,” Metrobus planning director Jim Hamre said as he announced the new service at

At-large council hopefuls square off in Logan By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

An at-large D.C. Council forum drew a standing-room-only crowd into a small conference room Wednesday, offering a more intimate setting for candidates to put their platforms — and personalities — on display. The forum, moderated by Logan Circle Community Association president Tim Christensen, featured all seven candidates: Democrats Anita Bonds, Michael Brown, Matthew Frumin, Elissa Silverman and Paul Zukerberg; Republican Patrick Mara; and Statehood Green Perry Redd. The town-hall event was co-hosted by the New Cambridge Tenants Association, the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission and the Urban Neighborhood Alliance. Candidates put priority on school improvements, sound fiscal spending and a return to ethical politics. “I was tired of opening The Washington Post and reading about

fully loaded SUVs and contract meddling and shadow campaigns,” said Silverman, a former journalist and DC Fiscal Policy Institute analyst. “I think it’s a major distraction from what we need to be working on in our city.” Instead, Silverman stressed the importance of closing the D.C. school achievement gap, the income gap, and what she described as the “opportunity gap” among residents. Mara, a Ward 1 State Board of Education member who touted his experience in school reform efforts as well as his work promoting D.C. voting rights, echoed those thoughts on ethics, albeit with a light tone. “Two years ago, I ran in a very similar special election, and I came in a very close second to a candidate who used suspicious money orders,” he said, referring to at-large Council member Vincent Orange: “Or as I like to say, I came in first among those who did not use suspicious money orders.” Brown, who lost his at-large seat in November amidst allegations of

shoddy finances in his personal life and campaign, said that his campaign is now focused on his achievements as a legislator. “What I got passed … actually impacts the lives of folks in this room and folks around the city,” Brown said. And he still has unfinished business to attend to on council, he said: creating affordable housing and jobs, and making the city more business- and family-friendly. Frumin, an American University Park advisory neighborhood commissioner, championed his record of effectiveness on his commission and in District schools, and his promotion of new ideas such as alternative transportation options. “I come up with creative solutions … and I have a record of getting things done in the ANC, in the schools and in every aspect of my life where I’ve tried to make a difference,” he said. Attorney Zukerberg, meanwhile, also stressed his dedication to improving the education and transit systems — even if his dedication to See Council/Page 24

The week ahead Wednesday, March 20

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to vote on rules for compulsory attendance. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on its management process for neighborhood block parties. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the second-floor community room at the D.C. Department of Transportation offices at 1100 4th St. SW. ■ The D.C. government will hold a community meeting to review design plans for the RiverSmart project in the Lafayette Elementary School neighborhood. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. ■ The U Street, Logan Circle and Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissions will hold a listening session to hear from residents and businesses about the proposed five-year moratorium on new liquor licenses along the 14th Street and U Street corridors. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St. NW.

Thursday, March 21

The D.C. Council Committee on Government Operations will hold a public hearing on two campaign finance reform bills. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ The University of the District of Columbia CommunityCampus Task Force will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room 301-F of Building 39 on the university’s campus at 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. The agenda will include updates on construction activities, leadership changes and a status report on the housing feasibility study. For details contact Thomas E. Redmond at 202-274-5622 or tredmond@udc.edu.

Monday, March 25

The D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the

Environment will hold a public hearing on pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Tuesday, March 26

The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Small Area Plan Approval Resolution of 2013. The hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. ■ Representatives of the D.C. Latino community will hold a community forum with the at-large D.C. Council candidates. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Camino Real Restaurant, 5217 Georgia Ave. NW. ■ The D.C. Federation of Citizens Association will hold its monthly meeting, which will feature a presentation by D.C. Council budget director Jennifer Budoff. The event will be held from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW.

Wednesday, March 27

The D.C. Federation of Civic Associations will hold a candidates forum for the at-large D.C. Council special election. The event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE.

Thursday, March 28

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to discuss “moveDC,” the agency’s initiative to develop a coordinated, multimodal long-range transportation plan for the District. As part of the process, an “Ideas That Build” workshop will focus on attendees’ thoughts on neighborhood and citywide transportation issues and opportunities. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW.

last Wednesday’s Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission meeting. According to transit authority spokesperson Philip Stewart, the change won’t impact other Metrobus service but will cost an additional $10,000 a month. Those costs won’t recouped by increased fare revenues because the number of riders isn’t likely to change, he added. “This change is about providing capacity to meet existing ridership.”


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tiff Carol Grunewald, a Chevy Chase resident, wrote in an email to The Current. According to Park Service documents, the agency will continue to explore non-lethal methods and introduce them when effective ones become available, but officials contend that existing drugs to prevent fertility in deer aren’t up to the task of controlling the population in Rock Creek Park. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Wilkins ruled that that the court should show “deference to the Park Service’s reasoned decisionmaking in this case.� “There appears to be little dispute that a decision must be made about what to do, and people understandably have strong views about the right course,� Wilkins’ ruling reads. “But the role of this Court is not to decide that course.� The court’s ruling does not mean that the deer population control plan is about to move forward. Even when the plan was first adopted, the Park Service said there was no money to cover its projected $1.1 million cost over 15 years, which includes $131,000 in the first year. In an interview with The Current, Rock Creek Park

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deputy superintendent Cindy Cox said funding is still an unknown. “We’re pleased with the judge’s ruling and we look forward to implementing the plan,â€? Cox said. “At this time no dates have been set, and we will notify the public when more details are available. ‌ We are hopeful that it will be soon, but I just don’t know.â€? Grunewald and other opponents, though, are continuing to fight. They have established an online petition against the Park Service plan, which describes the lawsuit as having successfully delayed action against the deer for several months. The change.org petition had more than 2,700 signatures as of yesterday afternoon. Not all park stakeholders oppose the Park Service plan, however. Beth Mullin, executive director of the Rock Creek Conservancy nonprofit, said in an interview that the agency had a “compelling argumentâ€? about the need to control deer by implementing its preferred method. “We’re not happy about killing deer, but there are too many deer in the park,â€? Mullin said. “We see the damage that they do, and we don’t like that. ... We believe the Park Service is really trying to do the right thing to bring the deer under control.â€?

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specializes in class-action lawsuits, has since added families who lived in upper Chevy Chase, Columbia Heights, Bloomingdale and Petworth. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;named plaintiffsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now in their early teens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are identified only by initials to protect their identities. Experts say lead exposure can cause cognitive, behavioral and other problems, especially in young children whose brains are still forming. But a hearing before Judge Anthony Epstein last Thursday suggested the plaintiffs will find it difficult to pinpoint the source of lead and its impact on any particular child. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So for any child with behavioral issues, â&#x20AC;Ś DC Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotta go into litigation mode, and hire experts?â&#x20AC;? the judge asked, struggling to define the â&#x20AC;&#x153;classâ&#x20AC;? of children who could join the suit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So even if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no measurable cognitive or behavioral problem, can Child X say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I want $20,000 so I can be tested annually for X, Y or Z?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Beveridge & Diamond, an outside firm representing the water authority, argued the agency did its best to warn customers as it began to understand the lead problem. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also arguing the high blood lead levels could be caused by lead paint, that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way to determine actual damage, and that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to identify a class of children with enough commonalities to proceed to trial. In a brief objecting to class certification, lead defense attorney John Guttmann emphasized there was no lead in the public water distribution system, and that the Washington Aqueduct â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not the water authority â&#x20AC;&#x201D; changed treatment chemicals in a way that caused lead to leach from private service lines. He also argued, apparently for the first time, that those service lines â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even those in public space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; belong to individual homeowners, not the

water authority. The brief also says that the authority â&#x20AC;&#x153;proactively respondedâ&#x20AC;? to the reports of high lead levels, sent â&#x20AC;&#x153;targeted notices and warningsâ&#x20AC;? to houses likely to have lead service lines, offered free water testing, and replaced some service lines â&#x20AC;&#x153;even though not required to by law.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;lead in waterâ&#x20AC;? story is well known. In November 2000 the

â??Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s variability in IQ, behavioral and causal factors, genetics, home environment.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Defense attorney John Guttmann Aqueduct, which supplies the District and some Virginia municipalities, switched from chlorine to chloramine as a disinfectant â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unaware the new chemical would cause corrosion in lead service lines common in older District neighborhoods. That treatment continued until early 2004, when a Washington Post article set off what Guttmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brief calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;a media frenzy ... an incorrect media portrayal of a citywide â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lead crisisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; caused by DC Water.â&#x20AC;? Several outside investigations subsequently alleged that the water authority submitted faulty test samples to minimize the problem, and failed to warn families with young children of the risk. The named plaintiffs, along with the as-yet-unidentified larger class, are children who lived in District homes with lead service lines while under 6 years old between 2000 and 2004, who also tested for blood lead levels of 10 micrograms per deciliter or higher during the same period. According to David Sanford, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, potential class members will be identified by cross-referencing records of children with the high blood levels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; records now kept by the D.C. Department of

the Environment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the water authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s database of homes with lead service lines. Attorney Katherine Leong said the Environment Department has so far declined to release the blood test data by name, but would have to if her firm is certified to represent the class. Judge Epstein focused on how to identify the class. What about children who no longer live in the District? What if they have a high IQ? What if the composition of a service line is unknown, as the water authority says many are? â&#x20AC;&#x153;How is a jury going to have specific information, to decide if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liability, causation?â&#x20AC;? he asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A parent could say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;My daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done very well in school, but she could have done better.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; There are scores of permutations and commutations,â&#x20AC;? he said. Sanford replied that even after broad notice goes out, he expects only parents whose children have â&#x20AC;&#x153;demonstrable harmâ&#x20AC;? to join the class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of the day weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at a fairly small number who would participate if they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have demonstrable harm,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not just where you sign your name and get a check, but actually show up, undergo discovery and sit for trial.â&#x20AC;? Guttmann, too, was skeptical about designating a class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What about renters, who come and go? â&#x20AC;Ś How are we going to find them? And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way to show how much tap water they consumed.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s variability in IQ, behavioral and causal factors, genetics, home environment,â&#x20AC;? Guttmann added later. The judge promised a decision on certifying the class as quickly as possible. Attorneys said the entire case probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be resolved for several years. And even if Epstein declines to certify a class of several thousand children, attorneys say, up to seven individual plaintiffs may sue for damages on their own.


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BUDGET: School Without Walls parents say proposed funding will diminish school

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reduce that flexibility. Parents at a school meeting last week were concerned that the merger will pull necessary funds away from the highperforming high school and toward the elementary and middle school campus, which is struggling academically. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DCPS added requirements but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add money,â&#x20AC;? one parent said at the March 13 meeting of the Walls Local School Advisory Team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had been assured by DCPS that the merger with Francis-Stevens would not diminish School Without Walls, and yet clearly having to share a principal and losing an assistant principal and sharing other staff is diminishing School Without Walls,â&#x20AC;? parent Ed Lazere said at the meeting, while proposing a resolution for the group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We oppose having to share staff and want to make sure we maintain full staffing.â&#x20AC;? And for Francis-Stevens, the merger means a loss of federal Title I funding â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which has been about $70,000 annually, based on the number of low-income families at the school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because the combined student body will no longer meet

those requirements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federal money DCPS is just throwing out because of the merger,â&#x20AC;? parent John Mitchell said at the meeting. Attendees wondered whether the Francis-Stevens parents who supported the merger â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which spared the school from the recent sweep of school closures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were aware of the loss of federal funds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are getting a Trojan horse but they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize it yet,â&#x20AC;? said Walls parent Terry Lynch. The initial budget for the combined campuses has per-pupil funding at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minimum allocation, at $8,739 per student. As proposed, the budget would provide $8,441,874, based on 966 students. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enrollment is 527 at Walls and 233 at Francis-Stevens. Walls principal Richard Trogisch, who discussed the budget at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, is sending a revised version back to D.C. Public Schools with line items he says the high school needs to remain a top-performing school. This will include adding faculty and administrative staff to at least maintain current levels, as well as support staff like additional college counselors and a

full-time librarian on-site at the high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get everything we need,â&#x20AC;? Trogisch said at the meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see this as a fantasy wish list,â&#x20AC;? Lynch said of Trogischâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revised budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be dramatically cut, and [Francis-Stevens needs] more help.â&#x20AC;? Other parents agreed, saying the increased student enrollment and decreased budget will force Walls to drop some of the programming that makes it so academically strong.

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Expanding pre-K

As the D.C. Public Schools system prepares to undertake the long-overdue process of revising school boundaries and feeder patterns, the crowding in many Northwest schools makes clear how urgent the review is. Years ago, out-of-boundary students filled seats left vacant by neighborhood residents — either because families opted for private schools or because there weren’t enough young children to fill the local schools. Modernized facilities, renewed confidence, the economic downturn and a baby boom have combined to change that in most classrooms west of Rock Creek Park — and more than a few elsewhere, too. But crowded schools with demountable classrooms outside don’t tell the whole story. There’s a hidden population that school officials need to address, particularly if they are to fulfill the city’s rhetorical commitment to building universal access to quality prekindergarten. The school system reported that the number of applicants citywide rose, and that roughly two-thirds of the applicants were offered a seat. Families are not guaranteed a place in their neighborhood school, as they are for other grades. According to the school system’s website, the 548-student Janney Elementary filled its 57 pre-kindergarten seats; an additional 318 applicants — 58 of whom live within the Tenleytown school’s boundaries — were placed on a waitlist. So for every neighborhood child who won a pre-K seat, another lost. Those may be good odds for most lotteries, but not for this one. Janney may represent the extreme, but the pattern is similar for many other nearby schools. Hyde-Addison, with 18 seats, has 12 in-boundary children (including one with a sibling accepted to the school) on a 130-person waitlist. Key, with 36 seats, has 15 in-boundary kids on a 160-person waitlist. And it’s not just west of Rock Creek Park: Bancroft, in Mount Pleasant, has 42 seats available and 20 in-boundary children on its waitlist of 206. Meanwhile, many schools in eastern parts of the city have handily accommodated applicants. Discussion of universal pre-K frequently focuses on its importance in closing the achievement gap, and that is indeed an essential element. We strongly agree with Mayor Vincent Gray and others that high-quality offerings throughout the city would pay off mightily in improved educational outcomes — and reduced social and criminal justice costs later on, as a decades-long study of Ypsilanti, Mich., has shown. To accomplish that in the District, the boundary task force must find a way to increase capacity where there are insufficient pre-K seats, without squeezing out other grades. It will not be easy — but it is essential. Part of the solution requires quality programs across the city so there’s greater community confidence and a closer match between supply and demand.

Time for local control?

For anyone who remembers D.C.’s fiscal straits in the 1990s and the federal bailout, today’s financial turnaround is quite remarkable: The local government has a surplus and is bolstering its reserves, while federal officials encounter large deficits and confront mandated cuts through the sequester. We wonder whether the time is right to explore the feasibility of turning over some of the National Park Service-administered land within the District to local control. Ample planning would obviously have to go into the transition, in part to delineate the many types of federal parkland in the city. The National Mall and Tidal Basin are obviously in a different class than Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Rose Park and the many small triangles and squares that don’t always get the landscaping attention they need. These neighborhood-style parks are out of sync with the National Park Service’s mission. The District ought to step up planning for the parks and grounds already under the auspices of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, as citizens such as Richard Layman have urged for years in testimony to the D.C. Council. Improving local stewardship would have to be a precursor to gaining additional responsibilities. Though the District would bear new maintenance costs, the transfer would bolster local autonomy — a worthy goal both in theory and in practice, since a federal agency need not pay heed to local residents. In terms of sites like Dupont Circle, it would undoubtedly ease the red tape that local residents have encountered when trying to enliven the space with activities. The complicated planning process examining ways to transform Franklin Park so it can become a premier urban park is evidence in itself; it could surely move faster if the D.C. government and the Downtown Business Improvement District didn’t need the assent of the National Park Service.

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Sprucing up for spring … and beyond

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pring has sprung. Wednesday at 7:02 a.m. marked the first day of spring here. And all around town, there are signs of rebirth, including the Cherry Blossom Festival. In downtown, there’s also a new, overdue move to reinvigorate Franklin Park, a nearly 5-acre rectangle along K Street between 13th and 14th streets NW. The late public relations maestro Art Schultz helped drum up considerable improvements long ago. But the park now is a popular site for charity feeding programs for the homeless. Its benches and walkways are providing places to rest and sleep. But it should not be just a gathering space for social services. The park is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Now the District government and Park Service are planning to hire a distinguished landscape designer to redo the park, as first reported by the Washington Business Journal. A release said the goal is to make it a “premier active, flexible and sustainable urban park connected to its community.” And Megan Kanagy, who works with the Downtown Business Improvement District, added that, “Our vision is that we want to turn what is currently an eyesore into an asset for the adjacent properties and the properties within the vicinity.” There’s no early word on contract scope, cost or time. But it is a breath of spring for this grand space. ■ National Gallery of Art. If you like the East Building of the National Gallery, you had better make plans to visit soon. The exterior of the gallery has been undergoing a corrective repair, but now the insides in January 2014 will close for up to three years of massive renovations. Some of the space will start closing down sooner, beginning in July. It’s all part of an effort with private donations to add an additional 12,260 square feet of exhibit space within the gallery, an outdoor sculpture terrace and “two flanking sky-lit interior Tower Galleries.” The $30 million project is funded by civic-minded philanthropists, including Victoria P. Sant, gallery president; her husband Roger W. Sant, a member of the gallery’s trustees’ council; Mitchell Rales, a member of the gallery’s board of trustees; his wife Emily Rales; and David M. Rubenstein, co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, a D.C.-based global alternative asset manager. ■ Downside of spring. Any police department will tell you that warmer weather can bring an increase in crime — robberies, thefts, shootings and assaults. In the early morning hours of Monday, March 10,

there was a burst of gunfire on North Capitol Street within sight of the U.S. Capitol to the south. Police reported 13 individuals were wounded. Fortunately no one was killed. The shooting took place outside of a high-rise public housing project on the west side of North Capitol. The location is notable because the east side of North Capitol is exploding not with gunfire but with development. There are new restaurants, a Harris Teeter grocery, new offices and new residential buildings. It is a gentrifying world far removed from the mostly young people who were out on the street at 2 a.m. that Monday. The incident occurred in Ward 6, home to D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, who chairs the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. On the WAMU 88.5 “Politics Hour,” Wells called the incident a “Chicago, gangland-style shooting,” adding, “that’s just not who we are as a city anymore.” Some citizens criticized Wells for too quickly blaming two nightclubs in the area for generating the shootings. Wells backed off that idea pretty fast, but he kept to his main point that no neighborhood should live in fear of drive-by shootings. The incident also created something of a pre-campaign dust-up between Wells and Mayor Vincent Gray. Despite the location and number of people shot, Mayor Gray chose not to go the scene. Gray told NBC4 that he would let Police Chief Cathy Lanier “do her job.” Gray’s press secretary Pedro Ribeiro bluntly called Wells’ visit “grandstanding.” Wells responded on the “Politics Hour,” telling host Kojo Nnamdi that he was the only elected official who visited the scene and that he had waited 24 hours to see if the mayor was going to show leadership. Wells said he went into homes and talked with scared citizens. “I don’t know why they were shot,” he said, “but I know they are my residents.” In Gray’s defense, he has recoiled at the antics of former Mayor Adrian Fenty, who regularly showed up at crime scenes. Fenty’s defenders say it was a different time, and he was promoting crime-fighting that helped reduce violence in the city. Should elected officials show up at difficult moments like the shooting? Perhaps there is a fine line between staying away completely and offensive “grandstanding.” Wells believes he stayed on the right side of that line. Voters can decide for themselves. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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Notebook

Letters to the Editor Parking is necessary part of development

I have seen letters and notices on the revised zoning rules that would allow developers not to accommodate parking in apartment buildings in some areas of D.C. to help the city become less car-centric. While this lofty goal sounds wonderful, I don’t see how it is helpful in reality. We keep hearing that the new residents don’t have cars; well, if that were true, why are we subsidizing reserved parking for them by making “residential parking only” zones in some areas downtown? If we were truly getting

new residents with no cars, this would not be an issue. We would stick to the traditional two-hour parking and metered parking that promotes turnover and business. Where is the master plan for this? I do not see expanded Metrorail service; instead, there are guarantees that weekend track work will continue for several years. I hear nothing of expanding bus service throughout the city. Limited upgrades have focused on existing routes to downtown, but improvements are needed on east/ west connections between North Capitol Street, 14th Street, 16th Street, Connecticut Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue. A letter in the March 13 issue stated that new young people would walk to the local restaurants and shops, but how will

they get elsewhere? It is currently next to impossible to get from one side of Rock Creek Park to the other with public transportation. The view presented sounds more isolationist than representative of the “One City” goal, and it punishes anyone not within walking distance of shops or commercial areas of their choice. Didn’t this used to be called redlining? Until the District develops a whole plan to increase trains, buses and other formats to promote travel within the city, a requirement for residential parking spaces should be maintained in developments if we truly would like the downtown and commercial areas to remain viable. Jim Fratoni Crestwood


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School consolidations need more planning VIEWPOINT

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s longtime D.C. public school parents, we are disheartened by the closure and consolidation plan put forth by Chancellor Kaya Henderson. When it comes down to it, the results of the plan are that if you live west of the river, your kids might be OK and make it through public schools in D.C. as long as you have the resources, time, ingenuity and determination to stick it out. Not so for those living on the east side. Had the consolidations been thoughtfully considered, they could have been used to demonstrate bold leadership to realign the schools in the system to serve the educational needs of all of our children. That is the first step needed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we must provide quality education to all District children, regardless of where they live. Bridging east and west through â&#x20AC;&#x153;sister programsâ&#x20AC;? that share resources for professional development and classroom resources is just one option that the school system has not adequately adopted. Instead of closing a school, why not keep it open and have that facility shared by a charter program that has a specific innovative focus or a proven track record? Charter schools are clamoring for better facilities at reduced costs. D.C. Public Schools is facility-rich but tragically mothballing schools that could be used right now by charter schools desperate for space to meet their growing enrollments. Why keep schools from being used for our children? The closings amount to the school system throwing up its hands and saying we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deliver quality programs in the poorer areas of the city, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just shut them down and maybe save money in the process (though the savings are not fully clear). What happened to meeting the needs of every child? Those hit hardest in wards 5, 7 and 8 already lack basic resources. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t unusual for PTAs in the wealthier wards of the city to raise tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to pay for staff positions, professional development courses for teachers, or state-of-the-art technology. When schools were closed five years ago, we were told great changes would occur over time, that we would have viable options for middle schools and high schools. Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being asked once again to be

Letters to the Editor Meeting to air views on ABC moratorium

Recently the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance and the Residential Action Coalition submitted a petition to the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that seeks to end the issuance of liquor licenses in the 14th Street and U Street corridors for five years. Tonight at 7 at the Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St. NW, members of the advisory neighborhood commissions encompassing U Street (1B), Logan Circle (2F) and Dupont Circle (2B) will hold a joint listening session to hear directly from the residents and the business community about the proposed moratorium. The proposal, which discusses a

patient for a new five-year plan, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capital Commitment,â&#x20AC;? to take hold. Yet this plan lacks comprehensive detail as to how schools will raise academic achievement, particularly for our neediest children. We can no longer wait for more costly studies. The Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s families need action today. Cookie-cutter programs donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for every ward or school. Why is the school system unable to engage its stakeholders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the children, their parents, school administrators and staff â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in a meaningful, school-by-school dialogue on how to improve the entire system, one school at a time? There are 10,000 dropouts yearly, and the large majority of those students reside in the very areas where more schools are to be closed. We need to be strengthening these neighborhood schools, not shutting them down. The parents at School Without Walls woke up to the news that the high school was suddenly a preschoolthrough-12th-grade program (having merged with Francis-Stevens Education Campus) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with no consultation whatsoever with the Local School Advisory Team that is supposed to guide the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program and growth. D.C. Public Schools proposed splitting up one grade in the high school between the two buildings, separated by about a mile. Moreover, initial planning would have relocated the high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal to the Francis-Stevens building, leaving the daily supervision of 500-plus students to an assistant principal! No other top preschool-through-12th-grade program in the region has its elementary, middle and high school students in the same building, but that is the proposal from D.C. Public Schools. It was not too long ago that officials tried to have the Hyde Elementary principal manage Hardy Middle School as well; that experiment didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t last the year. Closing east-side schools will push more families to charter schools unless they succeed in getting lottery spots to schools on the west side. That is simply the wrong approach to fixing D.C. Public Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performance. The city needs to roll up its sleeves to work with the families and communities where performance ratings are low â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not simply walk away. Terry Lynch is a 16-year D.C. Public Schools parent and a member of the School Without Walls Local School Advisory Team. Lee Granados, a teacher and education consultant, has two children at Ross Elementary School.

number of critical issues like public safety and noise, would impact almost all new liquor licenses in an 1,800-foot radius around 1211 U St. NW. This includes all new restaurant, tavern, nightclub, liquor store and special purpose licenses. As chair of the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration policy committee and commissioner of the affected district within our commission, respectively, we take this proposal very seriously and believe the moratorium has the potential to significantly impact the Dupont Circle, Shaw, Logan Circle and U Street community. ANC 2B will vote on the proposal at our May 8 meeting. We approach this issue with very open minds and are genuinely seeking as much input as possible from neighborhood residents and businesses. The meeting tonight is a great way to voice your opinion directly and publicly to commis-

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sioners from three impacted commissions. Our own commission plans to hold several public meetings of its Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration policy committee to gather further input from the Dupont community. Notice of those meetings will be sent through our listserv, so please sign up at dupontcircleanc.net. We believe that the Dupont Circle community has a unique perspective to offer on this debate, as two of the five existing moratorium zones are in Dupont. We know firsthand the positive and negative impacts that a moratorium zone can have on a neighborhood, and we encourage residents to offer that perspective tonight. We hope to see you there. Kevin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Commissioner, ANC 2B02 Chair, Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration policy committee

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Recently, Year 5 went to a Maryland observatory at night, because we had been learning about space. First we went to the lecture room to hear about one of Saturnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many moons, Titan, from two university students who work in the space department. We found out that Titan is special because it has lakes on its surface made of methane. After that we went to a room with lots of telescopes. They were made for different things; one of them was used for spying on enemies. We got to use one of their telescopes to see Jupiter, and some of us saw the great red spot on Jupiter, which is thought to be a storm of swirling gas. We all learned a lot. Here are some of Year 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was really fun and I enjoyed looking through the telescope.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned that lecture means a talk not torture.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was the best school trip ever!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ruth Williams and Ellie Wilson, Year 5 Chicago (fourth-graders)

The Field School

This month, excitement has filled the air as students prepared for renovations on campus. There will be two phases of construction. The first consists of putting a new floor on the Sapere Building, adding more classrooms, labs and teacher offices. A walkway called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bridge Buildingâ&#x20AC;? will be added, connecting the Sapere Building to the Cafritz House. The second phase will modernize Field, adding a new student space built

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into the main hill. This will be called the Elizabeth Ely Meeting House in honor of Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder. The first phase of construction will be completed by September 2013, and the second will start at the same time but will take a year longer. Students will remain on campus during the construction. Last week, White Turner construction workers set up fences and a boardwalk to help Field students and staff navigate around campus during the renovation period. These new methods of navigation are going to be a large but manageable change for students as they make their way between classes. Despite all the changes due to construction, the school still managed to celebrate Pi Day (March 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3/14) last Thursday. The celebration included T-shirt sales, a guessthe-number-of-M&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest, and a pie-eating contest, after which the winner was allowed to toss a pie into a math teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face. The winner of a pi-recitation contest, seventh-grader Jack Gutzler, easily beat last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record of 42 digits by successfully writing out 222 digits of pi. The lunch options on Pi Day were shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pie and chicken pot pie, along with many pie choices for dessert. Middle school track, the most popular sport for sixth- through eighth-grade students, had its first â&#x20AC;&#x153;fun-dayâ&#x20AC;? of the season last week. The team ran through the woods to a dog park, where they played Sharks and Minnows and two epic games of Capture the Flag. Students were preparing for their first track meet, which was to take place this

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Georgetown Day School

Students have felt the pressures of mounting tests and major assignments in the final weeks leading up to spring break. Many juniors have been especially stressed because of spring standardized tests and the conclusion of the third academic quarter. Despite these burdens, students have continued to be assiduous in their academic and athletic pursuits. As a special event, students and faculty were treated to an annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;student/staff breakfastâ&#x20AC;? last Friday. Everything thing from crepes and French toast to bagels and waffles were offered to satiate the groggy community. The girls varsity basketball team wrapped up its season with a second-place finish overall in the newly established D.C. State Athletic Association basketball tournament. The team played H.D. Woodson in the finals at the Verizon Center! Congratulations to junior Nicholas Biniaz-Harris for his piano performance in the National Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Young Soloistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Competition. For his firstplace finish in the competition, held at the Kennedy Center, BiniazHarris will have the opportunity the play as a guest soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at a future date. Sophomore Jacob Roberts placed third out of 35 competitors in an annual Shakespeare competition, held at the Lansburgh Theatre. See Dispatches/Page 14

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Gonzaga alum prepares for upcoming NFL draft By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Former Gonzaga standout A.J. Francis is currently going through a job interview process unlike any other. His resume isn’t being scrutinized by a human resources department, and a cover letter isn’t required. Instead, National Football League scouts are thoroughly evaluating the game film of the ex-Eagle’s five-year college career at the University of Maryland at College Park. Francis, a defensive lineman who graduated from Gonzaga in 2008, has been on a strict training regime to perform his best in workouts for draft evaluators. That routine was put to the test on March 13, when the former Terrapin returned to Byrd Stadium to participate in Maryland pro day. “[I got] really positive feedback [from the scouts],” said Francis. “It seemed like they liked me; it seemed like they liked my numbers and the way I move. It was a really positive day. I’m really excited.” Francis had a strong showing in all six events. In the important 40-yard dash, the 309-pound lineman posted a time of 5.1 seconds. In the 20-yard shuttle run, he notched 4.5 seconds; and in the three-cone drill, he made 7.41 seconds.

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A.J. Francis, a 2008 Gonzaga graduate, participated in Maryland’s pro day last Wednesday. The former Eagle notched 24 reps in the bench press and 29 inches in the vertical jump in front of NFL scouts.

Francis also showcased his upper-body power by bench pressing 225 pounds 24 times. And he displayed lower-body strength by covering 9 feet 4 inches in the broad jump and a 29-inch vertical jump.

“I think I had a good day,” said Francis. “I had some really good numbers.” Before Francis went to play for the Terrapins, he was a standout at Gonzaga. The lineman was named to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and All-Met first teams. In his senior season with the Eagles, he notched 61 tackles and 4.5 sacks. And during his five years at Maryland, which included a redshirt season, Francis tallied 143 tackles, 9.5 sacks and four blocked kicks. To prepare for pro day, Francis traveled to Florida to train with Bommarito Performance Systems. He was in good hands — the trainers

there have a stellar reputation that includes prepping NFL Pro Bowler defensive linemen John Abraham and Darnell Dockett, among a slew of other successful alumni. Francis underwent a physical makeover while training in Florida. The former Gonzaga star, who is an avid Twitter user, had created the hashtag phrase “#FatGuyFriendly” to honor his size and his habits, such as fast-food eating. But his time in Florida was definitely not #FatGuyFriendly. His training days began at 6 a.m. and concluded around 5 p.m. His meals consisted of three shakes and two “real” solid meals, all of which were healthy.

“I did lose some fat while I was down there and put on a lot of muscle. But I’m still fat, so it’s still #FatGuyFriendly as long as I have some on me,” he joked. Francis’ vigorous regimen and his friends in the NFL — including former Maryland players Torrey Smith, who won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, and Davin Meggett of the Indianapolis Colts — have him well-prepared for the draft process. “Torrey and I are good friends,” said Francis. “Me and Meggett are good friends. Any time I have a question, I can call them up and ask See Draft/Page 10

As lacrosse continues to grow in D.C., Walls squad begins inaugural season By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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School Without Walls’ new lacrosse program is being led by coach Mike Collins, who recently served as American University’s club lacrosse coach.

Since the inception of the D.C. Lacrosse Classic five years ago, Gonzaga and St. Albans have been the must-see teams. But on Saturday at Wilson, School Without Walls battled KIPP in a historic game. Walls, a magnet school that draws students from throughout the city, joined Wilson this season as only the second D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association member to field a boys lacrosse team; meanwhile, public charter school KIPP was also playing its firstever varsity boys lacrosse game. Walls ended up losing the landmark game 6-0, but the Penguins were less focused on the scoreboard and more on improving their skills. “We travel by Metro, we have a practice field that’s dirt, we don’t have grass — these guys are used to working harder under tough circumstances,” said Walls coach Mike Collins. “I think that’s ultimately going to pay off for these guys.”

The Penguins’ lacrosse program has been led by Collins, who also volunteers at WINNERS Lacrosse, which uses the sport to teach life lessons to underserved youth in D.C. Collins’ lacrosse experience includes earning all-league honors in the North Coast Athletic Conference all four years of his college career at Kenyon College from 1995 to 1998. And he recently coached the men’s club team at American University. “I was looking for ways to give back to the sport that gave a lot to me and to give back to the District of Columbia,” said Collins. “This is my home, and I love it here. I did a Google search on public schools and lacrosse in D.C., and I was able to reach out to School Without Walls and they brought me in. I volunteer. They offered to pay me and I said, ‘No, put it back to the school and to the program.’ It’s a labor of love. The boys make it all worth it.” Prior to Walls’ inaugural game, the team only had nine practices together to learn the See Lacrosse/Page 10


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them what I should be prepared for. I talk to them about it because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve both been through it. All in all thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a lot of guys whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve helped me out.â&#x20AC;? Francis also has distinct resume advantage that not many defensive linemen in the draft pool can claim â&#x20AC;&#x201D; versatility. He had the chance to play in both the 3-4 and 4-3 schemes at Maryland. In the 3-4 there are only three defensive linemen responsible for holding up at the line and occupying the offenseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blockers, thereby freeing up the four linebackers to make plays. But in the 4-3, the defensive linemen are the playmakers who push up the field to harass the opposing quarterback and running backs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a benefit and a blessing that I played in so many defensive schemes,â&#x20AC;? said Francis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like I can play nose or a 3-technique in a 4-3 [defense]. I feel like I can play anywhere on a 3-4 [defense]. I feel comfortable playing anywhere on the line.â&#x20AC;?

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you,â&#x20AC;? said Francis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what a lot of people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand about the draft â&#x20AC;Ś if one team likes you enough, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll draft you. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need all 32 [teams] to like you. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just taking it one day at a time and trying to get better. ... I just want to be on a team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m drafted or undrafted.â&#x20AC;?

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fundamentals of the sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We started two weeks ago,â&#x20AC;? said Collins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eightyfive percent of our boys have never played lacrosse before. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only the first game theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever played in â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the first theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen. â&#x20AC;Ś This is all very new to Walls.â&#x20AC;? Despite the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of experience, Gonzaga coach Casey Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill took note of the Penguinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; progress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing at a good level, and [the] guys understand the concepts and moving the ball around,â&#x20AC;? said Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tribute to the coaching and the dedication of these guys. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only going to get better. We need to celebrate lacrosse in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital.â&#x20AC;? With the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth, and with programs like Walls and KIPP developing, some of the more established lacrosse schools like Gonzaga and St. Albans have offered support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lacrosse community is very small, and everyone is very excited about what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing,â&#x20AC;? said Collins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill has been a great resource for us.â&#x20AC;? While Walls and KIPP are proof of the city trend with lacrosse, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all part of a nationwide pattern, according to Collins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The story of the growth of lacrosse in D.C. is not just about lacrosse in D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the sport of lacrosse,â&#x20AC;? said Collins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the fastest-growing sport in America. Over the past five years more colleges have added lacrosse than all other sports combined. Kids who want to get noticed by colleges have an easier time than their non-lacrosse-playing peers.â&#x20AC;? So far Wallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; freshman goalie Kevin Aninta has stepped up and shown progress. He was named the coMVP of Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game. Seniors Eric Scarlett and Chris Coleman have also stepped up as leaders and captains for the squad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been tremendous,â&#x20AC;? Collins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I technically started in November, and we had four boys. I started doing an after-school lacrosse program on the roof of the school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just passing and catching. The first day we had four, the second day we had eight â&#x20AC;Ś now we have 24.â&#x20AC;? Through his work with both the WINNERS program and Walls, the coach sees a bigger picture: encouraging the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth throughout D.C.

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The proceeds from the D.C. Classic will be going to WINNERS Lacrosse, which uses the sport to teach life skills to underserved youth in the District.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to take a stand. â&#x20AC;Ś People tell me you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play lacrosse at an inner-city D.C. public high school,â&#x20AC;? said Collins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong. I believe that we have motivated students, a great school and a great sport. If we build something here, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to take a stand and be a leader in the inner-city movement.â&#x20AC;?

Local squads shine at the D.C. Classic

In the game of the day, Gonzaga topped St. Albans 7-4. The Eagles were led by four goals from senior Alex Corboy. In the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first match of the day, Georgeotwn Day School knocked off Marylandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eleanor Roosevelt 10-7. Junior attacker Lynn Reed led the Hoppers with four goals. Meanwhile, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knocked off Sidwell 12-5. And in the final game of the day, Maret beat Wilson 6-5 in a four overtime thriller


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Key Elementary

On Feb. 2, Key Elementary assisted the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place. Students from pre-K through fifth grade made trail mix. The tables and ingredients were set up in the cafeteria. Each grade went down at a different time. Before each grade started, we all listened to Terry, who was homeless for 10 years but now has a job and a home thanks to support from Friendship Place. Once we understood how important it is to support and help the homeless, like Terry, we had motivation and purpose behind our making of trail mix. Each student made two bags of mix. There were bowls of raisins, cranberries, pretzels, M&M’s,

The Current Cheerios, Life cereal and sunflower seeds. “It felt really good to help people in need,” said fifth-grader Grace Kowal. “It made me feel happy to help people who don’t have what we have,” said fourthgrader Frances Eskew. All of us at Key hope our trail mix made a difference, and we look forward to supporting Friendship Place in the future. — Carly Hogan-Bruen, fifth-grader

Lafayette Elementary

March 14 is Pi Day, and at Lafayette we had several events. About 30 people participated in our recitation contest this year. Our winner, with 245 digits, was fifth-grader Daniel Freymann. Here’s Daniel’s tip for beginners: “I memorize pi in sections and look for patterns in the sections; I also look for math problems in the sections.” In second place was fourth-grader Noah Weitzner, who knew 133 digits, and third place went to fourth-grader Andy Burris with 120. Our school record is held by Jacob Weitzner, who recited 255 digits of pi in 2011. Lafayette started the pi

day challenges and recitation contest about 10 years ago. At Lafayette we also had a T-shirt-making station at recess where you could bring in a T-shirt and have it silk-screened by Mr. Gregal, one of our fifth-grade math teachers. We also had pi week challenges in our Great Hall. Math specialists Ms. Betz and Mr. Thurston posed math problems that related to a big circle made of tape on the floor of Lafayette’s Great Hall. Classes from all grade levels could come to try to solve them. Pi (π) is a number, and since it goes on forever you might think it is a big number, but it is really just over three. Pi is a Greek letter and was first used to abbreviate 3.14 in 1706. Fun fact: Pi day is on March 14 because the first two digits are 3.14, 3 for March, and 14 for the 14. For students out there, memorizing pi is fun, so if your school has a recitation contest try it, and if it doesn’t, try to start one. You have 359 days to start memorizing pi! — Noah Weitzner, fourth-grader

Maret School

In second grade at Maret, we have been studying birds! We first learned about birds in general, and then we each chose a bird to research. We each researched our bird’s physical description, food, nesting and young, habitat and migration. Once we found information about our birds, we added our own thoughts and questions about those facts to make our writing more interesting. During our persuasive writing unit, each student tried to convince someone to buy him or her a certain bird to have as a friend. One of our classmates asked her dad if she could have a

bald eagle! We have two beautiful birds in our classroom named Flutter and Star. We are going to draw them and observe their behaviors. Once we found the wingspan of each of our birds, we measured the wingspans on a piece of paper and drew what the bird looks like from a bird’s-eye view. We also wrote haiku poems about the birds we are studying. To watch birds in nature, we have been birdwatching around Maret and will go to Great Falls Park. After spring break, we will incubate button quail eggs in our classroom! We cannot wait to see them hatch and then take care of them! — Harrison Smith, Liliana Costello-Wiginton, Brice June and Meier Kuepper, second-graders

Murch Elementary

Competition. That’s the thing that can make or break people. With a serious battle, Murch Elementary School fought its way to the top to become the girls basketball regional and city champions! Undefeated the whole season, the Lady Mustangs battled OysterAdams in the regional and championship games. The final against Oyster was 25-6. Shawn Berger coaches both the Lady Mustangs and the Murch boys team and said, “We are one program.” The Lady Mustangs might have won the game but all Mustangs are champions. The Murch girls won their first game 30-0 against Marie Reed. Winning the first game gave them a great start and lots of confidence. Teamwork is very, very important for all sports, and the Murch girls basketball team is very supportive of each other. A mix of positive attitudes, hard work and teamwork

won the city championship. — Imogen Stephens and Murphy Harllee, fifth-graders

Parkmont School

Last session at Parkmont School, I took a class called Inventions. The class was fun. We did many things, and I learned things I never knew before. I learned that chocolate chip cookies were a mistake and were created with random ingredients mixed together. For our first project we made our own mousetrap-powered cars. I was scared playing with mousetraps at first but later it was simple. Later in the session, we started to talk about Rube Goldberg, an artist who drew cartoons for newspapers. He would also draw contraptions that did simple tasks. That led to our second project, making a class Rube Goldberg machine. We also learned about many inventors who made inventions that looked awesome but failed, like “Tea Whiz” and the “Water Car.” For the last part we all went on computers and would go to the “As Seen on TV” website to watch the commercials and rate the inventions on a scale from 1 to 5. Some of them looked awesome but never worked like they showed on TV. We had homework almost every day. The best part about it was creating our own inventions. If our homework was about gum, we could make an invention based on gum like “gum gummies.” — Omar Mahmoud, seventh-grader

Powell Elementary

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National Gallery of Art exhibit features Dürer artwork

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lbrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints From the Albertina,” featuring 118 works on paper by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) on loan from the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria, will open Sunday at the National Gallery of Art and continue through June 9. Located at 4th Street and Constitution

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Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215. ■ “Julie Wolfe: Rewilding,” highlighting an artist who explores the intersection of biology and art, will open Saturday at Hemphill with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will continue through May 18. Located at 1515 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-234-5601. ■ The National Portrait Gallery will open an exhibit Saturday of works by 48 finalists in the 2013 Outwin Boochever Portrait

Competition and continue it through Feb. 23. Located at 8th and F streets NW, the gallery is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ “Nothing Rhymes With Orange,” presenting sculptures and drawings by Los Angelesbased artist Thomas Müller that explore language, will open Saturday at Project 4 and continue through April 27. An opening reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 1353 U St. NW on the third floor, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-232-4340. ■ “Fragrance of Tea,” highlighting tea-infused art by Sei Ryun Chun, opened recently at the Korean Cultural Center of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, where it will continue through March 29. Located at 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, the center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. koreaculturedc.org. ■ The Phillips Collection recently opened three exhibits. The Laib Wax Room is a permanent

installation by German artist Wolfgang Laib in which a small room lined with beeswax is illuminated with a bare light bulb. “Vanitas!” features rubber sculptures by Jeanne Silverthorne portraying floral reliefs and other objects typically found in an artist’s studio. Part of the “Intersections” series, it will be on view through June 2. “Next Stop Italy: A Journey Into Italian Contemporary Photography,” on view through April 28, presents 12 works by established and emerging Italian photographers. Located at 1600 21st St. NW, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission on the weekends costs $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students; it is free for ages 18 and younger. Admission during weekdays is by donation. 202-387-2151. ■ Gallery plan b recently opened an exhibit of works by Washington-area artist Marilee H. Shapiro and will continue it through March 31. The artist, who turned 100 last December, works in bronze, ceramics, painting, printmaking and other media.

Albrecht Dürer’s “Knight, Death and Devil,” a 1513 engraving from the Albertina, is part of the National Gallery of Art exhibit. Located at 1530 14th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. 202-234-2711.

Woolly Mammoth hosts Daisey’s new ‘Utopias’

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toryteller Mike Daisey will bring his latest production, “American Utopias,” to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company March 25 through April 21. Daisey and director JeanMichele Gregory weave together gunplay, giant sex toys, raving ani-

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matronic presidents and brutal police actions to paint the landscape of the new American dream. Settings include Disney World, Burning Man and Zuccotti Park, birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Performance times are generally 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $35. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is located at 641 D St. NW. 202-3933939; woollymammoth.net. ■ Theater Alliance of Washington DC will present Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “Word Becomes Flesh” March 22 through 24 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. In this examination of the experience of fatherhood in America’s black community, five young men speak to their unborn sons through dance, poetry and living letters. Performance times at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $30. Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993; atlasarts.org. ■ The Kennedy Center will present the world premiere of “Jason Invisible,” adapted by Laurie Brooks from the novel “Crazy” by Han Nolan, March 23 through April 7 in the Family Theater.

Mike Daisey will bring “American Utopias” to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company March 25 through April 21. Caring for a sick parent is making Jason feel like he’d rather be invisible rather than talk to anyone. But with help from three new friends, Jason finds a way to face down his problems. This production, a co-commission by the Kennedy Center and VSA, is suitable for ages 11 and older. Performance times are generally 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $18. 202-4674600; kennedy-center.org. ■ The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present its hero/traitor repertory of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” and Schiller’s “Wallenstein” March 28 through June 2 at Sidney Harman Hall. Both plays revolve around military leaders who have gained fame through deadly prowess. In “Coriolanus,” the title character must re-examine his loyalties when the country he has championed turns against him. In “Wallenstein,” translated and adapted for its American premiere by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, the main character must choose

between the ideal for which he fights and his government’s agenda. Patrick Page and Steve Pickering star in the respective title roles. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with the specific schedule for each show alternating from week to week. Tickets cost $43 to $105. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org. ■ Idly Bent Theatre Company will present the East Coast premiere of Rachael Coopes’ “Art House” March 29 through April 7 at Caos on F. Charlie, an artist toiling in obscurity, paints her masterpiece — a fake suicide. But as her celebrity soars on the wings of her sister Viva, the bonds of their love begin to rust and crack, jeopardizing Charlie’s only lifeline to the real world. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets cost $10 to $12. Caos at F is located at 923 F St. NW. idlybenttheatre.com.

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Wednesday march 20 Concerts â&#x2013;  Emerging jazz artists will perform as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Betty Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Aheadâ&#x20AC;? program. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The choir of the German School of Washington will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psalms.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Bob DiPiero will lead an evening of music from members of the Country Music Association, including Jim Beavers, Lorrie Morgan (shown) and Ronnie Milsap. 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202707-5502. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Nestor Mendez, ambassador to the U.S. from Belize, will speak at the George Washington University Ambassadors Forum. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Alumni House, George Washington University, 1918 F St., NW. go.gwu.edu/belize. â&#x2013;  Don Steinberg, deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, will discuss the path to ending extreme poverty. 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N St. NW. donsteinberg.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  The Global Gender Program will present a panel discussion on migrant care work from two sides â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the work in the U.S., and the families that care workers leave behind. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. bit.ly/WNoKYn. â&#x2013;  Middle East expert Christopher Davidson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University,

Events Entertainment 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/agv2h98. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees will present a talk by certified financial planner Mark Keen on how federal employees and retirees can ensure more of their retirement account dollars stay in their own pocket. 6 p.m. Free. Second-floor Meeting Room, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. â&#x2013;  Former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Kim Prothro Williams, an architectural historian with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary Henderson and the Making of Meridian Hill.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. â&#x2013;  Ira Katznelson, professor of political science and history at Columbia University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  A panel discussion on President John F. Kennedy Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1963 commencement address at American University â&#x20AC;&#x201D; known as his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peace Speechâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will feature MSNBC anchor and commentator Chris Matthews (shown), former CBS News correspondent Marvin Kalb, former Obama White House speechwriter Adam Frankel and American University professor Robert Lehrman. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Room 1, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american.edu/calendar. â&#x2013;  Bill Gilcher will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best of Prix Europa,â&#x20AC;? featuring a discussion of excerpts from sound-rich European radio documentaries presented at an October competition in Berlin. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. GoetheInstitut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160.

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â&#x2013;  A panel will discuss the changing role of women in the military and as veterans. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Healy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. Films â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present a series of short student films, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers on the opportunities and challenges in environmental filmmaking. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. The festival will continue through Sunday with screenings at various venues. â&#x2013;  The French-American Cultural Foundation will screen the 2012 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Thirsty Worldâ&#x20AC;? as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital. 7 to 10 p.m. $5. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. eff20march2013.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will present the world premiere of Bert Ehgartnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Age of Aluminum,â&#x20AC;? about environmental and health consequences of the heavily used metal. A panel discussion will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. â&#x2013;  George Washington University adjunct professor Zachary D. Kaufman will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 103, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. tinyurl.com/DPESocEntre. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature the 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Little Room.â&#x20AC;? 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-9666000. â&#x2013;  The Center for Israel Studies will screen â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Invisible Men,â&#x20AC;? about gay Palestinians who live illegally in Tel Aviv. A discussion with director Yariv Mozer will follow. 8:30 to 10 p.m. Free. Room 200, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american.edu/calendar. Performances â&#x2013;  The National Museum of the American Indian will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet,â&#x20AC;? about the history of the Osage people. 3 p.m. Free. Rasmuson    

a workshop on college planning as part of a series on personal finance. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Suite 201, 1444 I St. NW. 202-4191440, ext. 109. â&#x2013;  David Newcomb will conclude a twopart spring meditation workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

Wednesday, march 20 â&#x2013;  Reading: American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Visiting Writers Series will feature a fiction reading by Hanna Pylvainen, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Sinners.â&#x20AC;? 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Butler Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-8852908. Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The performance will repeat Thursday through Saturday at 3 p.m. â&#x2013;  The collective LYGO D.C. will present a stand-up comedy show featuring Damo Hicks, Randy Syphax, C.J. Kirkwood, David Coulter and Simone Shif. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. The Codmother, 1334 U St. NW. lygodc.com. Special events â&#x2013;  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dragons,â&#x20AC;? a thrill-filled circus. 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. $15 to $35. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-7453000. Performances will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Corcoran Gallery of Art will host a happy hour with cherry blossom-inspired cocktails from Zengo. Docents will also lead tours of the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring-themed paintings and the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 9 p.m. $8 to $15. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. â&#x2013;  The Humanities Council of Washington DC, will hold a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Humanitiniâ&#x20AC;? happy-hour discussion of the ethics of â&#x20AC;&#x153;stand your groundâ&#x20AC;? and gun control laws. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. 876 Cafe, 4221 Connecticut Ave. NW. humanitini2013spring2-eorg.eventbrite. com. Thursday,march March 21 21 Thursday Book sale â&#x2013;  The group Friends of the Palisades Library will begin its spring used-book sale with a preview for members. 4 to 7 p.m. Free for members; $5 to join. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. friendsofthepalisadeslibrary@gmail.com. The public sale will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Book signing â&#x2013;  Jesse R. Butler will sign copies of his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extraordinary Encounters.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free admission. Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW. Classes â&#x2013;  Capital Area Asset Builders will host

Concerts â&#x2013;  Emerging jazz artists will perform as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Betty Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Aheadâ&#x20AC;? program. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundation Overtures Concert Series will present Ori Kam on viola. 7:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202298-6007. â&#x2013;  French contemporary musical ensemble Court-Circuit will perform. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $25. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. lmf_courtcircuit.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  Singer-songwriter Pegi Young and her band The Survivors will perform with country singer Jeanne Jolly. 8 p.m. $12 to $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Q&A Cafe will feature Carol Joynt interviewing the hosts of the radio show â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sports Junkies.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $38; reservations required. The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW. 202-9124121. â&#x2013;  Judy Scott Feldman and Ellen Goldstein of the National Coalition to Save Our Mall and Thomas C. Downs of the Southern Engineering Corp. will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning From Rotterdam â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Hybrid Flood Protection/Parking Facility for the National Mall.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1 p.m. $25; reservations required. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. aiadc.com/calendar. â&#x2013;  Americans for the Arts board member and D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities chair emeritus Dorothy McSweeny will speak as part of a lecture series on the arts. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Elderdice Hall, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. wesleyseminary.edu. â&#x2013;  John R. Wennersten, environmental policy writer, Smithsonian Institution consultant and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Global Thirst: Water and Society in the 21st Century,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rethinking Urban Rivers in an Age of Climate Change.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  David L. Smith, professor at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, will discuss malaria control and elimination. 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Room 239, Regents Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown. edu. â&#x2013;  City University of New York history professor James Oakes will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 18611865.â&#x20AC;? Reception at 6 p.m.; program at 6:30 p.m. $10 for reception; $10 for program. President Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage at the Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Home, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436, ext. 31232. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friends of a Feather: Pollock and Ossorio.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. $10 to $12; free for members and See Events/Page 17


Continued From Page 16 ages 18 and younger. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Artist Jessica Stockholder will discuss her work. 6 p.m. $5 to $10; free for students. Reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events. â&#x2013;  National Portrait Gallery cultural historian Amy Henderson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going Gaga: The Celebrity Craze.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $18 to $25. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  David Kaplan, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supersymmetry: The Next Big Discovery?â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Mary Kay Zuravleff will discuss her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bowl Is Already Broken.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  A panel discussion on producing films that make a difference will feature Stephanie Flack, Potomac River project director at the Nature Conservancy; Angelica Das, associate director at the Center for Social Media; and Vanessa Serrao, director of digital media and communications at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. â&#x2013;  Novelist, essayist, poet and short-story writer Abdourahman Waberi, a professor at George Washington University, will discuss his writing during a talk in English and French. 7 p.m. $8 to $12. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. â&#x2013;  Biblical studies expert Candida Moss will discuss the history and controversy of persecution in the early church. 7:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  Christian Science healer Fujiko Signs will discuss how metaphysical ideas can have a tangible impact on the world. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Author Cathy Sultan, member of the executive board of the National Peace Foundation and the Interfaith Peace Builders, will speak to the St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church Peace Fellowship about her recent trip to Gaza. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. 3404 Rodman St. NW. aloikow@verizon.net. Films â&#x2013;  The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month Film Series will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emma Goldman: An Exceedingly Dangerous Woman.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Secondfloor west lobby, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  The Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding will screen the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;5 Broken Cameras,â&#x20AC;? about life for Palestinians in a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. acmcu5broken.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  The Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital will feature the documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10 to $12. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.

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Events Entertainment 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Golden 60s of Czechoslovak Cinemaâ&#x20AC;? will feature Elo Havettaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1969 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebration in the Botanical Garden.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Slovak Republic, 3523 International Court NW. rsvp.washington@mzv.sk. â&#x2013;  AnĂ­bal de Castro, ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the U.S., will introduce the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;SosĂşa: Make a Better World,â&#x20AC;? about Jewish and Dominican teens in New York City who work with legendary theater director Liz Swados to put on a musical about the rescue of 800 Jews from Nazi Germany. A post-screening discussion will feature Jewish and Dominican musical performers and director/producers Peter Miller and Renee Silverman. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Meeting â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Anne Enrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Booker Prize-winning novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gathering.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202727-0232. Special events â&#x2013;  In honor of cherry blossom season, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tudor Nightsâ&#x20AC;? will feature a display of objects from Japan, paired with Asianthemed food and cocktails. 6 to 8 p.m. $25. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-9650400. â&#x2013;  The Emergency Community Arts Collective will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Her Honor: The Third Annual Celebration of the Service of Women in Pleasant Plains/Park View,â&#x20AC;? featuring â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincolnâ&#x20AC;? actress and philanthropist Gloria Reuben as the keynote speaker. 6 p.m. $25 to $35. Blackburn Center Ballroom, Howard University, 2397 6th St. NW. 202-462-2285. â&#x2013;  International wine guru Jancis Robinson and Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre will discuss Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wineries of the United States.â&#x20AC;? The event will include a wine tasting and a book sign-

Thursday, march 21 â&#x2013;  Discussion: Gish Jen will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919.

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Friday march 22 Class â&#x2013;  Tudor Place curator of collections Erin Kuykendall will lead a workshop on close object-study and sketching, focusing on ceramics. 1 to 3 p.m. $10 to $12. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Morehouse College Glee Club will perform a festive hour of songs and music. Noon. Free. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7270321. â&#x2013;  The Arts Club of Washington will present its Friday Noon Concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. â&#x2013;  Sopranos Jennifer Ellis Kampani (shown) and Sara MacKimmie will perform with organist Mark Janello as part of the

Friday Music Series. 1:15 p.m. Free. Dahlgreen Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. â&#x2013;  Emerging jazz artists will perform as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Betty Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Aheadâ&#x20AC;? program. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Center will celebrate saxophonist Charles Lloydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday with a star-studded concert featuring jazz pianist Jason Moran (shown) and others. 8 p.m. $20 to $65. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  A panel discussion on cyberattacks from China against American newspapers will feature Ellen Nakashima of The Washington Post, Irving Lachow of the Center for a New American Security and Delphine Halgand of Reporters Without Borders. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. tinyurl.com/CyberGWU. â&#x2013;  Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gaza Kitchen,â&#x20AC;? featuring recipes collected from the Gaza Strip along with the personal stories of Palestinians living in the region. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290. â&#x2013;  A symposium will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Engaging With American Furniture: Looking Back, Moving Forward.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 4 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The symposium will continue Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  The local chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt will present a talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egyptâ&#x20AC;? by Edward Bleiberg, curator of Egyptian, classical and ancient Near Eastern art at the Brooklyn Museum. 6:30 p.m. Free. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University

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School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. arcedc.org. â&#x2013;  Journalist and Blue Frontier Campaign president David Helvarg will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Golden Shore: Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love Affair With the Sea.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, the National Archives will screen documentaries â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Riverâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Columbia.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202357-5000. â&#x2013;  An examination of environmental issues in the Mekong region will feature screenings of Peter Degenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mekong, the Motherâ&#x20AC;? and Douglas Varcholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mekong.â&#x20AC;? A discussion will follow. 5:30 p.m. $4 to $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. boxofficetickets.com/goethe. â&#x2013;  The 2013 Korean Film Festival DC will feature the 2012 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pieta,â&#x20AC;? about a vicious loan shark. 7 p.m. Free. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6331000. Performance â&#x2013;  Georgetown University Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Emperorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Clothes,â&#x20AC;? adapted by Adrian Prado from the story by Hans Christian Andersen. 7 p.m. Free. McNeir Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202687-2787. Special events â&#x2013;  The Embassy of Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 Grande FĂŞte will feature food, drink, music and dance from the French-speaking world. 7 to 11:30 p.m. $38 to $60. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. grandefete2013.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  The Corcoran Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1869 Society will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;ARTINI,â&#x20AC;? an evening of art, cocktails and dancing featuring music See Events/Page 18

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Continued From Page 17 by B&B Jazz Duo. 7:30 to midnight. $125 to $200. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. Saturday,march March 23 23 Saturday Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Morning at the Nationalâ&#x20AC;? will feature Christiana Drapkin and her jazz trio performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother Goose Blues!â&#x20AC;? 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  The Corcoran Gallery of Art will host a family kite-making workshop. 10 a.m. to noon. $10 to $20. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. â&#x2013;  Tudor Place will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tea With the Easter Bunny.â&#x20AC;? 1 to 2:30 p.m. $15 to $25; reservations required. Tudor Place HIstoric House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. easterbunnytea.eventbrite.com. Classes â&#x2013;  Janetta Rebold Benton, professor of

Events Entertainment art history at Pace University, will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Masters and Their Masterpieces: Michelangelo, Rubens, Monet, and Van Gogh.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Bart D. Ehrman, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lead a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did Jesus Even Exist? A Scholarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Response.â&#x20AC;? 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $130. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Massage therapist Karin Silverman will lead a workshop on meditation and healthy living. 3 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. â&#x2013;  As part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wineâ&#x20AC;? event, pastry chef Peter Brett will pair up with local chocolatier Zoe Tsoukatos to host an interactive cooking class using cherries and chocolate. 3 to 5 p.m. $55. Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 4th St. NW. 202-419-6768. Concerts â&#x2013;  Actress and singer Lynda Carter of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wonder Womanâ&#x20AC;? fame will perform a cabaret performance. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $65. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-

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Weide will present and discuss their 2012 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Wolf: The Amazing Story of a Wolf Called Koani.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Grayton Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3408.

Saturday, march 23 â&#x2013;  Concert: The Embassy Series will present soprano Jeanine De Bique (shown) and pianist Christopher Cano performing works by Purcell, Strauss, Wolf, Debussy and Previn. 7:30 p.m. $110. Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, 1708 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-625-2361. Festival will feature folk music, a centuriesold egg-rolling game and a chance to decorate a FabergĂŠ-inspired egg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 to $15; free for children ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The festival will continue Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  Semifinalists in the 2013 MakesMe-Wanna SHOUT! Pie Baking Challenge will compete for prizes and bragging rights. Proceeds will benefit Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table. 2 to 4 p.m. $20; tickets required. Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table, 2114 14th St. NW. mmwspiebakingchallenge.eventbrite.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blacks in Waxâ&#x20AC;? will feature youth from the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center portraying notable entertainers, writers, athletes and political leaders. Free. 4:45 and 6 p.m. Hall of States and Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. Films â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, the Weekend Family Matinees series will feature Bob Talbotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Otter 501,â&#x20AC;? about a sea otter pup separated from its mother. 10:30 a.m. $8.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  As part of its New Black Cinema series, the National Gallery of Art will screen Julie Dashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1991 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daughters of the Dustâ&#x20AC;? and her 1977 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Diary of an African Nun.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Concourse, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Filmmakers Chris Palmer and Bruce

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Performances â&#x2013;  The National Museum of Women in the Arts will celebrate DC Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day with staged readings of plays by American women playwrights. Noon to 3:30 p.m. Free. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. â&#x2013;  The sixth annual DC SWAN Day, organized locally by Guillotine Theatre, will feature poetry readings, a dance performance by Nancy Havlikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ensemble, storyteller Ellouise Schoettlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pushing Boundariesâ&#x20AC;? and performance art by Annetta Dexter Sawyer. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. swanday.org. â&#x2013;  Jane Franklin Dance will present a family-friendly performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Meow!â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. $10 to $15. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 703-933-1111. â&#x2013;  Jane Franklin Dance will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three degrees of JFD,â&#x20AC;? the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest sampler collection. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 703933-1111. â&#x2013;  The eighth annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Capitol Movement Projectâ&#x20AC;? will use diverse dance disciplines to explore what â&#x20AC;&#x153;homeâ&#x20AC;? means to the human experience. 8 p.m. $45 to $55. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. capitolmovement.org. Special events â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids From Brooklynâ&#x20AC;? the Library of Congress will host film screenings, a special display and remarks by Dena Kaye, the daughter of Kaye and Fine. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1606. â&#x2013;  The National Building Museum will kick off Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cherry blossom season with a family festival of activities, interactive art demonstrations and performances. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. nbm.org. The festival will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.C. History Wikipedia Edita-thon,â&#x20AC;? featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the Kiplinger Research Library, a tour of the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Window to Washington,â&#x20AC;? and a hands-on session to update Wikipedia pages related to D.C. history. Participants should bring their own WiFi-enabled laptop computer. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. 801 K St. NW. info@historydc.org. â&#x2013;  Politics and Prose and Modern Times Coffeehouse will host a trivia night. 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play the Columbus Crew. 3:30 p.m. $26 to $55. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000. Walks â&#x2013;  Washington Walks and Casey Trees will present a joint walking tour recounting See Events/Page 19


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Continued From Page 18 how Japanese cherry trees came to be planted in the District and the different varieties found in the area. 11 a.m. $20; free for children ages 2 and younger. Meeting site provided upon registration. 202-484-1565. The walk will repeat March 30 and April 6. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will offer a tour of historic Georgetown. 2 p.m. Free. Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070. Sunday, March 24

Sunday march 24 Book signing â&#x2013;  Donna Gillotte will sign copies of her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secret of a Medici Mistress.â&#x20AC;? 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Soho Tea & Coffee, 2150 P St. NW. 202-463-7646. Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will present the family concert â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tchaikovsky Discovers America,â&#x20AC;? which tells of the composerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891 through more than 25 excerpts of his music. 1 and 3 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral Combined Choirs and Baroque Orchestra will perform Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. John Passion,â&#x20AC;? featuring soloists Rufus Muller, Elizabeth Cragg, Nicholas Phan and Christophoren Nomura. 4 p.m. $25 to $85. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. â&#x2013;  The Phillips Camerata will perform music by Beethoven. 4 p.m. $20; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/music. â&#x2013;  The Washington Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Camerata will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;With a Poetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eye,â&#x20AC;? featuring an unusual setting of the Wallace Stevens poem â&#x20AC;&#x153;13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbirdâ&#x20AC;? as part of a varied program. 4 p.m. $15 to $25. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-364-1064. â&#x2013;  The professional Choir of Christ Church will perform the music of Philip Radcliffe, George Dyson and William Byrd. 5 p.m. Free. Christ Church, Georgetown, 31st and O streets NW. 202-333-6677. â&#x2013;  Singersongwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche will perform indie-folk music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  The VERGE ensemble will perform a survey of flute music from the past 75 years. 4 p.m. $10 to $20. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. â&#x2013;  Pianist Michiko Otaki and violist Roger Chase will perform a concert in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-8426941. 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. â&#x2013;  The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society will present an evening of Mozart as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masterworks of Three Centuriesâ&#x20AC;? concert series. Lecture at 6:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m. $22 to $28. Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  French guitarist Stephane Wrembel

will perform with his band. 7 p.m. $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Glenn Frankel will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend,â&#x20AC;? about the true story behind John Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Searchers.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Andrew Robison, senior curator of prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art, will discus the exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Albrecht DĂźrer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints From the Albertina.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Ronald K.L. Collins and David M. Skover will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mania: The Story of the Outraged and Outrageous Lives That Launched a Cultural Revolution.â&#x20AC;? 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202364-1919. â&#x2013;  Poet Melissa Tuckey, co-founder of Split This Rock, will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tenuous Chapel.â&#x20AC;? 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Equinox restaurateurs Todd Gray, Ellen Kassoff Gray and David Hagedorn will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The New Jewish Table: Modern Seasonal Recipes for Traditional Dishes.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Films â&#x2013;  As part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital, the National Museum of Natural History will present winners from the 2012 Wildscreen Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saving Rhino Phila,â&#x20AC;? at noon; Austriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hummingbirds: Jewelled Messengers,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and the United Kingdomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hippos: Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wild Feast,â&#x20AC;? at 2 p.m. Free. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of the Belgian movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fifth Season,â&#x20AC;? about changes to the natural order in Belgiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secluded Ardennes. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Tour â&#x2013;  Dumbarton House will present a walking tour of Georgetown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with cupcakes. 10 a.m. to noon. $20; reservations suggested. Meet by the garden gates at 27th and Q streets NW. dumbartonhouse.org/events. Monday, March 25

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Sunday, march 24 â&#x2013;  Concert: The Washington Performing Arts Society will present cellist Amit Peled (shown) and pianist Alon Goldstein performing works by Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin. 2 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. tic mix of folk, pop and catchy choruses. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Duke Ellington School of the Arts will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening With Patti LaBelle,â&#x20AC;? a benefit concert starring the Grammy Award-winning singer. 7:30 p.m. $50 to $175. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Austrian tenor Paul Schweinester (shown) and pianist David Lutz will perform Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die SchĂśne MĂźllerin.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. schweinester. eventbrite.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Dupont Circle Village will host a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Design for Safetyâ&#x20AC;? by Stephen R. Hage, certified aging in place specialist and president of Strategies for Independent Living. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. Unit 710, The Apolline, 1330 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor Laura Mulvey will discuss the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alfred Hitchcock blondeâ&#x20AC;? and feminist film theory. 4 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. â&#x2013;  Lolita ChĂĄvez Ixcaquic will discuss her work with the Kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;icheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council, which represents 87 Mayan communities in El QuichĂŠ, Guatemala, against destructive mining and hydroelectric projects. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  A panel discussion will explore ecological and cultural challenges facing the Mekong region. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St.

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Films â&#x2013;  The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Companion series will screen Jane Campionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1993 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Piano.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Montgomery Clift â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hollywood Enigmaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature George Stevensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1951 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Place in the Sun.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Performances â&#x2013;  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will hold an open mic poetry night. 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 207, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. â&#x2013;  As part of the Cultures in Motion series, the National Portrait Gallery will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Common Threads: Mary Todd Lincoln, Varina Howell Davis, and Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley,â&#x20AC;? about three women who had a close-up view of the Civil War. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-8520. â&#x2013;  The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts will present a staged reading of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fidelity Drumming,â&#x20AC;? a new comedy about four friends on a guys-only weekend getaway. 7:30 p.m. Free. National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. theconservatory.org. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Wizards will play the

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Tuesday march 26 Concerts â&#x2013;  Violinist Marlissa del Cid Woods and harpsichordist Elena Tsai will perform baroque music by Bach, Buxtehude, Telemann and Rameau. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. â&#x2013;  The Washington Performing Arts Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adult and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gospel choirs will host an interactive program that celebrates Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Period-instrument ensemble Modern Musick will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music for Holy Week.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free. Wolfington Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-6933. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Environmental health advocate Thomas Lovejoy will discuss todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pressing issues of the biology of the planet and climate change. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will host a talk about personal and community safety by Rima Sifri, coordinator of crime prevention at American University. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, will talk about how scientific discoveries can intersect with faith. 6 p.m. See Events/Page 38

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FABULOUS four-story townhouse in the heart of sought-after Dupont. Renov KIT & BAs, 5BR, 3.5BA, LL in-law suite. Open LR/DR/KIT areas, intimate balconies. LR bay window boasts stained glass. Spacious 2nd floor library or Master BR. Exceptional location – near Metro, Phillips Gallery, 98 Walk score!! Ingrid Suisman / Tatjana Bajrami Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

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GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300

and restaurants. 2801 New Mexico DUPONT $450,000 Ave # 322 ‘THE CAIRO’ – Wonderful 2BR, 1BA Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 condo in DC’s historic landmark building. Sun-filled LR faces S. TS renov CHEVY CHASE, DC $660,000 granite KIT w/wood cabs, marble flr, ss GORGEOUS 3BR, 3.5BA twnhse style appls. Renov BA w/marble & new fixcondo w/1650 SF of stunning space – tures. Large BRs w/big closets. Best roof warm HWFs, custom tile & moldings, deck in the city, with panoramic views. gourmet KIT w/granite & ss, FP, W/D Mary Zitello 202-549-7515 and tandem space incl! Main flr Mstr Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 Ste, 2 more BR suites on LL sep by large FR. www.RobyThompson.com GEORGETOWN $845,500 Roby Thompson 202-255-2986 CHARMING late 19th century Victorian Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 house in the East Village and south of M Street. Zoned C2A. Three stories with CLEVELAND PARK $434,500 LR, music room, library, DR, KIT, office, WALK SCORE 86! Classic & sunny 1BR 2BR, 2BA. Outdoor patio for entertain+ sunroom in the Prestigious Broadmoor. ing. Ideal for a home office or small Large rooms, entry foyer, HWF’s, high business. 1037 30th St, NW ceilings, Sep DR, Updtd KIT w/ss appli- Margaret Heimbold 202-812-2750 ances, spacious BA, many closets & fresh- Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 ly painted. Full srvc bldg, Indoor parking avail to rent. Steps to metro & shops. MT PLEASANT $899,000 John Mammano 571-331-8557 GORGEOUS semi-detached ColonialWoodley Park Office 202-483-6300 style ctr hall TH on sun-drenched corner lot. Fab main level flr plan w/huge LR,

NEW LISTING! Stunning, contemporary PH unit at the award winning Visio. 2BR, 2BA on 2 levels featuring 20’ ceiling; expansive windows; maple floors; MBR loft with private terrace. Euro-style kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Covered parking and Metro. John Plank Woodley Park Office

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OBSERVATORY CIRCLE $314,500 THE COLONNADE – Light-filled 1BR Condo w/spectacular scenic views and an 85 SF Balcony perfect for entertaining or relaxing! Amazing amenities – from heated pool to salon, dry cleaners & more – for the lowest cost & condo fee. Close to shops, Georgetown & Downtown. Bridgit Fitzgerald 202-812-8281 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 OLD CITY 2 $699,998 CORNER PROPERTY – 3BR, 2FBA, 3level, loads of options! Mins from 2 Metros – Shaw & Mt Vernon – near O St Market developments, new dog park, Howard Theater, more. Property sold “AS IS”, totally in living condition but needs some TLC. Payam Bakhaje Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 SILVER SPRING $215,000 EXCITING and immaculate 2BR with many updates, new remodeled kit, amazing amount of cabinets space, pantry, opens brkfst bar, & professionally painted. Tim Gallagher 301-537-8464 Friendship Hgts Office 301-652-2777

TRINIDAD $239,900 EXCELLENT INVESTMENT op on 3BR, 1.5BA home in burgeoning Trinidad sep DR w/FP, FR, gran/ss KIT and brkfst community. Rear yard w/pad for parkrm w/half bath. Spacious MBR w/en suite ing. Please call. BA & private porch. 4BR, 2.5BA + 1BR, Daryl Laster 202-294-9055 1BA guest suite, attic playroom. Friendship Hgts Office 202-364-5200 Linda Low Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 U STREET $540,000 PRIME U ST location. Bright, spacious MT VERNON SQ $615K-679K corner apt with character. 2BR, 1.5BA ONLY TWO LEFT at Mt Vernon Square with windows on 3 sides. MBR has Condos! Generous room sizes, open unique circular wall of windows overplans, HWs, granite counters, beautiful looking U. HWFs & decorative fpl. tile, Kohler fixtures, Bosch appls, W/D, CAC. W/D in unit. 3 blks to U metro. high ceilings, crown moldings, sky- Pets welcome. 2001 16th St #206. lights. Pet-friendly, low fees. Scott Berman 202-641-5162 George Giamas 202-276-6708 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 WESLEY HEIGHTS $425,000 OBSERVATORY CIRCLE $240,000 RENOV JUST COMPLETED on 1BR, “POSH LISTING “ Sunny 1BR, 1BA 1,173 SF home! New appliances, granite condo with an impressive flr plan at The countertops, ceramic tile flr and new Marlyn, a full srvc, pet friendly bldg. lighting in kitchen. Call for further Features include: beautiful HWFs, sep details. DR, period details and soothing views of Connie Parker 202-302-3900 the well-manicured grounds. Friendship Hgts Ofc 202-364-5200 Jerome Brown 202-412-3569 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300


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character and charm that evokes its 1926 origins. Combined with a 2005 renovation that included an update to the kitchen and bathrooms, this three-bedroom home at 7612 14th St., on the market for $815,000, brings together the best of traditional features and modern amenities. The unique characteristics of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front rooms could win over homebuyers immediately. To the right of the foyer is the living room, which features a large wood-burning fireplace with brick mantle and arched opening. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surrounded by built-in bookcases, an element that can be found throughout the home. Even more dramatic is the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s belvedere room, which extends from the living area. This hexagon-shaped room is flanked by original wood columns that frame the space, which was built to accommodate a grand piano. The original leaded glass windows on the five exterior walls amplify the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic feel.

An unexpected space is the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sunroom, which faces the front yard. Paned windows on three walls bring the outside in. The room can be used year-round as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been retrofitted with heating and air-conditioning vents, and Realtor Elley Kott notes thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a natural flow from the living room and belvedere room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Roaring â&#x20AC;&#x2122;20s house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I can just see the parties that might have been hosted here,â&#x20AC;? she said. Unusual for a Tudor-style house, whose deep eaves and slanted rooflines often lend a darker interior, this home was built with banks of windows in nearly every room, bathing it in natural light. Many of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original windows remain. There are original hardwood floors throughout; and the doorways â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some arched â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and windows retain the original woodwork and molding. Those features are evident in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dining room, which was expanded during the 2005 renovation. It is large enough to accommodate a dining table that can seat 12 or more. Along the far wall are two built-in corner hutches. An arched doorway at the rear of the room leads to the chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen, which was fully updated in 2005. It features a Viking six-burner professional stove, a GE Profile

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This three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath property in Shepherd Park is listed at $815,000. stainless-steel refrigerator and second stove, and a KitchenAid twodrawer dishwasher. Sleek cabinets in maple are complemented by granite countertops and modern fixtures on the two sinks. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a center island with two stools, a wall of storage cabinets with glass doors, and a greenhouse window over the sink. A staging-area counter near the dining room is a handy spot for making last-minute adjustments to dishes before serving. A terra-cotta ceramic backsplash is a perfect match for the flooring in Mexican paver tiles. Off the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central hallway is an elegantly updated powder room with a vessel sink and chandelier. The master suite on the second

level also benefitted from the recent renovations. Current owners opened up the attic area and created a cathedral ceiling in the bedroom, complete with skylights, a portal window and a dramatic chandelier. They also built a spiral staircase that leads to a loft area they created in the room. Three double-door closets along one wall come with deep shelving. The master bath has a double vanity with granite countertops. It also features a steam shower with glass enclosure, a bidet and a towel warmer.

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, California Street and Phelps Place NW. For details, visit anc2d.org or contact davidanc2d01@aol.com. ANC 2E ANC 2E Georgetown â&#x2013;  Georgetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com. ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover

â&#x2013;  Glover Park / Cathedral heights

At the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s March 14 meeting: â&#x2013;  Sgt. Jeffrey Tolliver of the Metropolitan Police Department reported that crime is down overall in Glover Park, including thefts and robberies. Tolliver stated, however, that there has been an uptick in the filing of false police reports. In one instance, a man called police to say a homicide suspect was at a downtown bar. In another, a driver involved in an accident falsely claimed another car hit his from behind. â&#x2013;  Laurence Jones of the D.C. Office of the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Counsel discussed the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role as an advocate for residents when dealing with local utility companies, including electricity, natural gas and telephone services. The office represents consumer interests in legal proceedings, educates consumers and resolves consumer complaints. The agency is seeking a stay in response to Pepcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent rate hike request, arguing that the utility company has not proved a need for the increase, and that it continues to provide unreliable service. â&#x2013;  Juan Thompson of Serve DC, the Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office on Volunteerism, discussed the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. In addition to supporting national initiatives like City Year, Vista and AmeriCorps, the agency works to strengthen relationships with local community-based organizations, and helps to coordinate service projects. One of the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s key initiatives is to provide local emergency response services. It does this through two programs: Certified Emergency Response Teams

Citizens Association of Georgetown

I went to a great meeting last week. Joe Sternlieb, the dynamic director of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, and his team are embarking on a collaborative planning process for our neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial district called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown 2028.â&#x20AC;? The goals are to develop a strategic vision for ensuring that Georgetown remains a world-class commercial district â&#x20AC;&#x201D; economically, physically and environmentally â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and to identify the actions that must be taken between now and 2028 to see this vision realized. The focus group in which I participated included the general manager of the Four Seasons, the Cusp manager, a Georgetown resident and blogger, a lawyer who lives in Georgetown, and the president of the Burleith Citizens Association. Bill Potapchuk from the Community Building Institute has been hired to help with this planning process. Six small focus groups will be held in March in order to gain initial insights and feedback about Georgetown and about this planning process. Then the BID hopes to formally launch Georgetown 2028 publicly to the broader community. The goal is to engage business and property owners, neighborhood organizations and community leaders in a creative process designed to ensure that the best ideas move forward. The effort will start in early summer and conclude by Thanksgiving. There will be a kickoff meeting to explain the process and a website where you can get more information and give your suggestions for what you would like Georgetown to look like in 2028. I think this has the potential to be a really exciting and productive project for our community. I hope you will be involved. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jennifer Altemus (CERT), which provide free emergency preparedness training to residents; and its Neighborhood Corps program, which trains volunteers to serve as point persons when emergencies occur. For example, if a house fire occurs, the volunteer may be able to arrive on the scene before firefighters, and can report to responders what they observed. â&#x2013;  Paul Hoffman, the D.C. Department of Transportationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program manager for wards 3 and 4, discussed the upcoming construction project at 37th Street and Tunlaw Road, which aims to make the intersection safer for drivers and pedestrians. Work is expected to begin on or before March 28, and will last approximately four weeks. Traffic at the intersection will be disrupted for approximately two of those four weeks, with northbound traffic on 37th Street being diverted to Wisconsin Avenue at Whitehaven Parkway. This step is one of the final pieces of the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project, which began last May. According to Hoffman, the project â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which includes reconfigured traffic lanes, widened sidewalks and improved crosswalks on Wisconsin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is about 86 percent complete. The Transportation Department will continue to monitor traffic and refine the project as needed. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 4-0, with Mary Young absent, to request a bus shelter on Wisconsin Avenue at Hall Place. Although the D.C. Transportation Department has already agreed to consider it, commissioner Jackie Blumenthal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who authored the resolution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said she hoped that by reiterating the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support, the agency would move more quickly to install the shelter, which Blumenthal understands are in short supply. Commissioner Brian Cohen said Young also expressed support for

the measure. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Stoddert Elementary School and Recreation Center, 4001 Calvert St. NW. For details, call 202-338-2969, email info@anc3b.org or visit anc3b.org. ANC 3C ANC 3C Cleveland Park â&#x2013;  cleveland park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heights Massachusetts Avenue Heights Cathedral Heights The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, call 202-657-5725 or visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring â&#x2013;  spring valley / wesley heights Wesley Heights palisades / kent / foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Community Center at Mann Elementary School, 4430 Newark St. NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org. ANC 3E ANC 3E Tenleytown â&#x2013;  american university park American University Park friendship heights / tenleytown The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the library at Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. For details, visit anc3e.org. ANC 3F ANCHills 3F Forest

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Georgetown – 3306 R Street NW. Part of the former and historic "Friendship" estate, this house has wonderful details like marble floors from the Old Ebbitt Hotel in the dining room and boxwoods gifted by Jacqueline Kennedy. There is a huge pool in the south garden and large windows which provide wonderful views and fill the house with southern light. CALL FOR PRICE.

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Dupont – 1701 16th Street NW #634. NEW PRICE! Gorgeous, updated space in DC Best Addresses building. Open living with room for dining and views to renovated kitchen. New hardwood floors and bath. Roof deck. Gym. Superb location. $450,000.

Forest Hills – 4740 Connecticut Ave NW #405. Spacious and sunny 2bd 2bth, large balcony, garage + storage. Renovated kitchen and baths. Concierge & on-site management. Roof top terrace with spectacular views. Fees include all utilities. Bus out front & blocks to 2 metros. $465,000.

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Tina Macaya 202.363.5760 Christina Baheri 202.286.3426

Bethesda 301.718.0010 Dupont 202.387.6180

Capitol Hill 202.547.3525 Georgetown 202.333.6100

Palisades – 5314 MacArthur Boulevard NW. Magnificent residence quality throughout- solid cherry kitchen cabinets w/leaded glass doors, SS appliances & induction electric range. Spacious LR & DR perfect for entertaining. Beautiful plaster molding and heated BR floors, Lower level en suite plus inviting open family room with fireplace & large terrace patio. 2 car parking. Very little exterior maintenance. $1,200,000. Edward Poutier 202.421.8650 Stewart Coleman 202.841.2936 CBMove.com/DC8019389

Kalorama – 2220 20th Street NW #56. This 2BR, 2BA or 1+ den is on the 5th floor and offers 3 exposures. Light filled, tall ceilings, wood floors. Views of the National Cathedral. Groehe, Franke, Phillip Stark, Sub Zero, Miele, appliances and fixtures. 27K U/L mortgage, $308/mth. Coop Fee includes Taxes, Utilities, staffing, reserves. Simple & elegant. $729,000. Edward Poutier 202.421.8650 Stewart Coleman 202.841.2936 CBMove.com/DC9001726

Georgetown – 3030 K Street NW #201. Stunningly re-built/renovated 2BR/2.5BA at Washington Harbour. Three balconies, two fireplaces, high-end kitchen, marble baths, all new windows. 24hr service/security, rooftop pool, extra storage. GARAGE PARKING. Stroll along the river walk, and get your morning coffee at Starbucks, right outside your front door. $1,495,000 Marin Hagen 202.257.2339 CBMove.com/DC8004169

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exterior door and third full bath, it could easily be converted into a fourth bedroom or a guest suite. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an abundance of storage space in two additional large rooms on this level. A second stackable washer and dryer can be found in one, and a wall of storage cabinets can be found in another. The new HVAC system installed in 2005 is housed on this level as well. In addition to the lush front yard

is a rear yard with a stone patio, large enough for a grill and table and chairs. Beyond that is a fenced-in lawn area. The home comes with a one-car garage, accessible from an alley at the rear of the property. Of note, the next buyer would be only the fourth owner of the 1926 home. This three-bedroom, three-and-ahalf bath property at 7612 14th St. is offered for $815,000. For more information contact Elley Kott of Long & Foster Real Estate at 240351-3333 or elley@elleykott.com.

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marijuana decriminalization is often the singular focus of press attention to his campaign. Bonds, who the D.C. Democratic Party appointed to fill the at-large seat until the election, admitted that when she was first appointed she â&#x20AC;&#x153;wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite sureâ&#x20AC;? about the position, but said she was now an ideal candidate because of the momentum she has gained since. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very anxious to continue this job. â&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity to hear from more citizens, and have citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; input more directly,â&#x20AC;? she said. In the small-but-packed room, Redd decided to make his closing remarks more personal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a native Washingtonian:

born in Southeast, reared in Southwest, raised in Northeast, and live in Northwest,â&#x20AC;? Redd said to applause. But he also made a direct appeal to his Logan Circle audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to implementing some of what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done in other parts of the city, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take you to elect a council person who cares enough about those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have what you have â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether it be community spirit, whether it be financial support, whether it be fairness. â&#x20AC;Ś Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to share with the rest of the city,â&#x20AC;? Redd said. Voters will choose among the seven candidates in the April 23 special election, which will permanently fill the seat Phil Mendelson vacated when he was elected council chairman.

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neighborhood commission meeting. The D1 and D2 bus routes will also be impacted, and signs directing riders to temporary bus stops will be posted at 37th Street stops ahead of the change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will be long delays coming up 37th Street while the work is happening,â&#x20AC;? Hoffman told attendees at Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commission meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll watch it and will provide [traffic control officers] to help with traffic during construction.â&#x20AC;? While a firm start date is not yet confirmed, Hoffman said his department would notify the public and other government agencies at least a week in advance of any construction, and would do the same for any traffic detours. Changeable message signs will be installed near the intersection to keep drivers updated. Hoffman noted the team would try to begin construction work as early as possible in the day, perhaps by 8 a.m., in order to complete the project more quickly. The intersection has been a longtime safety problem for drivers and pedestrians in Glover Park. Spillover traffic from the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project only exacerbated congestion at 37th and Tunlaw as drivers cut through the neighborhood to avoid construction delays on the commercial corridor. Complaints from residents and a push from advisory neighborhood commissioners prompted the Transportation Department to commit in August to reconfiguring the intersection. The redesign will create two new intersections instead of one, forming an elongated K-shape in an effort to improve the problematic crisscross. Two concrete islands will be removed, while four new stop signs and two extended curb lines along the east side of Tunlaw will be installed to slow traffic as it enters

the intersection. The roads will then be resurfaced and new high-visibility crosswalks will be added, along with two leftturn-only lanes on Tunlaw and 37th. The Wisconsin Avenue project separately made news earlier this month when two D.C. Council members, Ward 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jack Evans and Ward 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mary Cheh, attended the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission meeting to discuss complaints about traffic headaches that arose from the new lane configuration on Wisconsin, particularly northbound from R Street to the Washington National Cathedral. The redesigned lanes were intended to calm traffic and make the corridor safer for pedestrians, but planners did not anticipate such congestion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wisconsin Avenue is not performing like we thought it would,â&#x20AC;? said Hoffman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking two minutes longer to travel northbound than we anticipated. We understand itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a problem, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working to fix it.â&#x20AC;? Glover Park commissioner Jackie Blumenthal, who also attended the Georgetown meeting, said that for the most part, Glover Park residents arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the ones complaining. People who live to the north and south â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in Georgetown in particular â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have raised the most objections, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to wait until after the intersection at 37th and Tunlaw is finished to see how it turns out,â&#x20AC;? Blumenthal said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;DDOT has been responsive to our concerns and is fixing things that can be fixed, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hopeful the traffic issues will be ironed out with safety as the priority.â&#x20AC;? Blumenthal also said her neighborhood commission brings to Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention every complaint or concern it hears from residents. While northbound traffic on Wisconsin has been a problem, southbound travel has not.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the reason southbound traffic is not a problem is not because people are instead cutting through on 37th and Tunlaw,â&#x20AC;? said J.P. Montalvan, who co-founded the neighborhood group â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glover Park Residents for Pedestrian Safetyâ&#x20AC;? soon after the spillover traffic increased last summer. By slowing traffic, the redesign of the 37th and Tunlaw intersection is intended to influence shortcutseekers to stay on Wisconsin Avenue instead. If the Wisconsin lanes are reconfigured again to ease northbound congestion, stakeholders want to make sure the southbound lanes donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel the impact and push more drivers onto the residential streets. Commissioner Brian Cohen suggested that the Transportation Department consider changing rushhour parking restrictions on Wisconsin to free up an extra travel lane. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The peak traffic hours and restricted parking hours date from 20 to 30 years ago,â&#x20AC;? Cohen said at the meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now we have schools getting out at 3:15 or 4 p.m., and they create their own unique traffic challenges.â&#x20AC;? Cheh, who chairs the council committee with oversight of the Transportation Department, will host a public roundtable discussion on the Wisconsin Avenue project May 1 at the John A. Wilson Building. The 37th and Tunlaw intersection project is one of the last elements of the Wisconsin Avenue streetscape project, which started last spring and which Hoffman says is now 86 percent complete. Besides that intersection and the traffic tweaks needed for northbound Wisconsin, the remaining work includes replacing streetlight bulbs that proved too bright, fine-tuning the timing of traffic signals and improving pedestrian features.

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Northwest Real Estate DISPATCHES From Page 14 on an expedition to Manassas National Battlefield Park in Prince William County, Va. It was exciting to see where the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, and the Second Battle of Bull Run on Aug. 28-30, 1862, happened. We saw the statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas J. Jackson at the site where he acquired his nickname “Stonewall.” We explored the historic terrain where men fought and died more 150 years ago. We stood outside Henry Hill House, while we were looking at the cannons that the soldiers used for battle. We also went to a museum with Civil War-era uniforms, weapons and field gear. We also saw the film “End of Innocence.” All in all, it was an educating experience that I really appreciated and enjoyed. The third-graders in Mr. Jenkins’, Mr. Lopez’s and Ms. Pierre’s classes also took a field trip. They visited Frederick Douglass’ Cedar Hill House in Southeast D.C. The students learned about his history, his struggle, his wisdom, his triumphs as an abolitionist and his courage as an activist. — Jeff Williams, fifth-grader

Ross Elementary

This past Friday, fourth- and fifth- graders went to the Newseum. We first saw a 4-D movie. It looked so real! My group then went to see the Berlin Wall. We even got to touch some of the wall! We then went to the FBI exhibit. I saw a cane that was a disguise for a gun! After that we had a class. We had to find dates and names of old newspapers. If we found it, we moved forward in this game. In the end my team won! Then we went up on the glass elevator. We got to see all of D.C. from the rooftop. Later that day we went to play some games in a digital room. The questions they asked were difficult. We got to a see 9/11 exhibit, too. There was a piece of one of the Twin Towers antenna. — Kevin Rivera, fifth-grader

St. Ann’s Academy

For our language arts class we worked on Black History Month reports. Then there was a black history bulletin board in the hall; for extra credit we could pick one of the many famous people shown and do a biographical essay on that person. In religion class we were assigned a saint report, which was especially important for our students who are receiving the sacrament of Confirmation in May. In math we have been preparing for Pi Day, a competition where students play math games and win prizes (pies). Also in math we are getting ready for the “Math Hoops” championship game, where you play basketball with NBA player cards.

The eighth-graders are receiving their high school acceptance letters. Once a student commits to a school, he or she gets to wear its sweatshirt. The seventh and eighth grades went on an ice skating field trip downtown, and soon both groups will go to the Franciscan Monastery. — Tadiowes Tesfaye, seventh-grader

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

In Mr. Hoover’s fourth-grade classroom, we are studying the Lewis and Clark expedition. We each have our own journals that we write in as if we were members of the expedition. I am writing my journal as Private Richard Windsor. In class, we studied the events surrounding the expedition’s encounters with several Indian tribes, including the Teton Sioux and the Arikara. We learned about the Corps of Discovery’s run-in with the great falls of the Missouri River, around which the group had to hike with all of their equipment. We studied the animals the Corps encountered, like badgers, prairie dogs and grizzly bears. During the journaling process, we had a homework assignment to study the plants, weather, animals and stars near our houses in order to map and record our own neighborhoods and surroundings. I like this project a lot, because the journaling helps me understand what this expedition felt like to the members of the Corps. — Christian Hall, fourth-grader

School Without Walls

This week our school was visited by a delegation of principals from China. Interested in seeing the U.S. school system, the principals took tours of the school. Chineselanguage students at Walls led the tours, in Chinese. Currently Walls offers five levels of Chinese, from Level 1 to Advanced Placement. The Chinese principals were surprised to hear about the AA program — no, not an Alcoholics Anonymous group, but a dualenrollment opportunity that Walls offers. Walls, in partnership with George Washington University, allows 10 to 15 selected students to attend GWU for two years, in what would be their junior and senior years. After completing the program, they graduate with a high school diploma, as well as an associate degree. Also dealing with different parts of the world, the student-run Global Issues Network club at Walls held its annual conference. This is its third annual conference, which is done in partnership with the Global Issues Network at Washington International School. This year’s theme is “Political Reform and Its Effect on Global Issues,” and speakers included a specialist in conflict resolution who was an adviser on Arab-Israeli affairs during the Clinton presidency. A total

of 120 students from across D.C. registered to attend the conference. — Delmar Tarragó, 11th-grader

Stoddert Elementary

Mr. Duff’s fifth-grade class recently visited the Kennedy Center to see the Nordic Cool exhibit as part of our embassy adoption program with the Embassy of Norway. At the Kennedy Center we saw a very large piece of sculpture that was made of men’s shirts. It formed a Viking boat. It was not together in the middle. The artist was thinking about everyone coming together. She was also thinking about the loss of her father. There was another large sculpture that was made of plywood and lots of string. It made me think of different sculptures put in one. When we walked around it, it looked very different and like a lot of sculptures. There is also an exhibit of dresses that were in a display of birch trees. The dresses were made of nature-like fabrics. There was also an exhibit that showed things that are made in Norwegian countries. There was a bike that looked like a car with seats in the front. I really liked the orange seesaw bench. The embassy treated us to yellow pea soup and thin pancakes with delicious whipped cream butter and jam for lunch. — Syanne Nosiri and Baraka Aboul-Nagd, fifth-graders

Wilson High School

Students who take the Street Law class taught by Georgetown University law students will participate in a mock trial competition against other D.C. Public Schools on Thursday. The team competition will last all day. Each student will perform an element of a real trial such as opening statement, witness testimony, cross-examination, direct examination and closing statement. They will argue a fictional case written by two clinical fellows concerning the rights of a school to fire a security guard on the basis of violation of the school’s personal appearance policy and potentially dangerous contraband found in the security guard’s locker. Students participating in the Street Law class and mock trial competition range from aspiring future lawyers to students who had no prior interest in law and simply had a free space in their schedule. Whether anticipated or not, students get the exciting, hands-on experience of handling a realistic case while simultaneously learning about their First and Fourth Amendment rights and how to read, understand and argue a case. Students practice ahead of time creating questions to extract key information from witnesses, using persuasive diction to appeal to a judge or jury. — Maria Brescia-Weiler, 10th-grader

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Senior Living

2013 2011

Logan Circle gallery exhibits work of 100-year-old artist By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

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arilee Harris Shapiro is something of a wonder woman. A working artist at age 100, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now taking part in a retrospective of her artwork at Gallery plan b in Logan Circle. Primarily a sculptor who works in bronze and ceramics, the Georgetown resident is also a painter, and her newer works incorporate mixed media. Over the years, her artwork has been displayed around the country, including local exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Franz Bader Gallery. The pieces in the Gallery plan b exhibit date from the 1940s to 2012, and range from portrait paintings to abstract bronze sculptures to works of digital art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love seeing eight decades of work in one exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most galleries donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a chance to do that,â&#x20AC;? said David Kalamar, director of Gallery plan b, who put together Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit along with gallery owner Paula Amt.

 

At a recent reception celebrating the exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening, Shapiro surveyed the space, filled with family members and friends buzzing around her pieces. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very interesting to see your lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work in one place,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I saw my pieces on the wall for the first time, I could see the difference in me and my approach between my earlier years and now,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more sophisticated now and less emotional.â&#x20AC;? Born in Chicago in 1912, Shapiro took her first art class in 1935, two years after she graduated from the University of Chicago. She had just married Bernard Shapiro, and since she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working or in school she decided to take a sculpture class in her neighborhood offered by the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. It was the beginning of something big for Shapiro â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for the first time in her life, she said, she felt wholly absorbed by something. After nearly two years studying sculpture with the Federal Art

Project, she enrolled in classes with renowned Ukrainian sculptor Alexander Archipenko, who was opening a school in Chicago. Archipenko became a mentor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he gave her a scholarship and later selected her work for an exhibition in New York City, launching Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career. In 1943, after the birth of her first child, Harvey, Shapiro and her family moved to the District when her husband took a position with the U.S. Board of Economic Warfare under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She soon began studying with William Calfee, head of American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art department, and sculptor and painter Pietro Lazzari. In 1948, she had her first solo art show at American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Watkins Gallery. A year later, her daughter Joan was born. Shapiro continued to thrive in the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art community, becoming an active member of the Artist Guild, participating in group and solo shows, and joining with three colleagues to form Associated Artists, a cooperative gallery. She also taught clay techniques to art therapy students at George Washington University, and worked as an art therapist at the National Institute of Mental Health. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine my life without art â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I do and have done,â&#x20AC;? said Shapiro. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It means life to me â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happiest doing something in the studio.â&#x20AC;? Perhaps indicative of her enduring passion as an artist, Shapiro at 89 enrolled in an Introduction to Digital Art course at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, mastering Photoshop. She uses it as a painting

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Marilee Harris Shapiro has been working as a sculptor and painter for nearly 80 years. tool to create new pieces, sometimes using scanned images of her earlier paintings, from which she isolates shapes or forms then adds new elements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photoshop allows you to do remarkable things with your images,â&#x20AC;? said Shapiro. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a truly awesome program.â&#x20AC;? An art critic in Chicago described Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work back in 1940 as having a â&#x20AC;&#x153;playful whimsicalityâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which seems to be a characteristic that has remained constant through her career. One piece on display at Gallery plan b that exemplifies that spirit is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hickory Dickory Dock.â&#x20AC;? Shapiro was inspired to created a clocklike sculpture after coming across splatters of molten that had fallen to the studio floor from a fellow artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work in progress. Shapiro thought the shapes resembled mice, and proceeded from there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She will take the most trivial objects like sticks or cubes, from all different media â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and think about them in playful ways,â&#x20AC;? said Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son Harvey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disciplined in a playful way or playful in a disciplined way.â&#x20AC;? Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work spans many mediums and themes, including science, mythology and spirituality. At a 1997 solo show of her bronze and ceramic sculptures, The Washington Post described her work as â&#x20AC;&#x153;abstract, stylistic and elegant.â&#x20AC;?

Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter Joan, a jewelry designer also based in the District, said of her mother: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hard act to follow.â&#x20AC;? The two are best friends, and Joan said watching her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career over the years was like taking a trip â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;the one you never want to miss.â&#x20AC;? Shapiro and her daughter arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only artists in the family. Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister Eleanor Harris was a painter and sculptor whose work was exhibited throughout the country. Shapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother Bonnie Harris became a painter, but not until age 79, a path encouraged by her two daughters. Bonnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work can be found in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Phillips Collection. Shapiro now does most of her work in a studio at her apartment at The Georgetown retirement residence on Q Street, where she has lived for several years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so very proud of Marilee,â&#x20AC;? said Sharon Sellers, executive director of The Georgetown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so humble and so creative, and she shares her talents with all of our residents, which is so special.â&#x20AC;? Shapiro said she isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next for her career, but the artist leaves little doubt that she will continue creating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marilee Shapiro: A Collection, 100 Years in the Makingâ&#x20AC;? will run at Gallery plan b, located at 1520 14th St. NW, through March 31.

     

       

    

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Senior Living

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2013 2011

Changing nutritional needs require fresh thinking By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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esterday in Glover Park, about two dozen seniors gathered at the Guy Mason Recreation Center to spend about two hours together cooking and eating. On the menu â&#x20AC;&#x201D; five dishes incorporating sea vegetables, including tempeh curry, a rice noodle dish and a lemonblueberry gelĂŠe. The meal might sound exotic, but Juliette Tahar, director of the local Healthy Living nonprofit, argues that it makes practical sense for her class. For one, most of the participants already know their way around a kitchen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They come from a generation that knows how to cook,â&#x20AC;? said Tahar, who runs the workshop through a partnership with the Glover Park Village aging-in-place program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re teaching them how to cook differently, and how to cook with new foods,â&#x20AC;? she said. In addition, Tahar said, although the meals the class prepares are vegan and for the most part gluten-free, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fully adaptable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

recipes are showing techniques,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of space for people to adapt to their tastes, the season, their cultural preferences.â&#x20AC;? The Glover Park Village, with funding from the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citizens association, started offering the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healthy Cookingâ&#x20AC;? series last August. Tahar partners on the classes with an on-site nutrition specialist who advises the chefs on their individual needs. For example, Tahar said, if someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking a blood-thinning medicine, they would need to avoid foods â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like certain green vegetables â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that can also thin the blood. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broader focus on the changing dietary needs of older adults, said Patricia Clark, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nutrition is important to us,â&#x20AC;? she said. The village has also started a partnership with Campus Kitchens Project to have local students prepare meals served as part of a meditation class at Guy Mason, Clark said. And one volunteer did extensive research to prepare a handbook on local meal providers and nutrition resources for seniors (available at tinyurl.com/GPnutrition).

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a topic that many organizations and government agencies are dealing with across the country as the Baby Boomer generation ages. Many issues can complicate meal planning for older adults, said Diane Greenspun, director of strategic partnerships for Iona Senior Services, a nonprofit that receives funds from the D.C. Office on Aging to serve Ward 3 and parts of wards 2 and 4. Maybe you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk or drive to the grocery store anymore, Greenspun said. Maybe the medicines you take also ruin your appetite, or dental issues have become an obstacle. Maybe you can have meals delivered to your house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford a microwave to heat them. Rose Clifford, a registered nutritionist and dietician who works at Iona, said the most common problems she sees are unintentional weight loss, vitamin deficiencies and gastrointestinal difficulties â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of which can be caused or compounded by â&#x20AC;&#x153;sub-optimal diets.â&#x20AC;? She also highlighted her â&#x20AC;&#x153;pet causeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sarcopenia, the degenerative loss of muscle

Photo courtesy of Iona Senior Services

Nutritionist and dietician Rose Clifford works at Iona Senior Services to help clients plan healthful meals.

mass that naturally affects everyone as they age but only gets worse with an improper diet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Malnutritionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a hidden secret for a lot of seniors,â&#x20AC;? Clifford said, citing a statistic that about 83 percent of older adults eat poor-quality diets, according to the national Healthy Eating Index developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Various restraints to food options â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as low incomes or mobility problems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can See Nutrition/Page 30

Local programs worry about impact of federal budget cuts By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer

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s the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior programs face challenges from both sequestration and general fundraising difficulties, city officials and local volunteers say future resources for these services may be at risk. Among the agencies facing cuts due to the sequestration is the U.S. Administration on Aging, which helps fund such popular programs as Meals on Wheels. A spokesperson for the food-delivery nonprofit said it will likely lose $41 million nationally â&#x20AC;&#x201D; equating to about 19 million meals. How hard individual branches of Meals on Wheels will be hit, said spokesperson Mary McNamara, depends on how much federal funding each accepts. Many branches rely on a combination of federal funding and private donations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so some may feel the impact more than others. Local programs for seniors that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive any local or federal funding, though, said they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect to feel the pain. The Ward Circle-Georgetown Meals on Wheels group, for example, is independent of the Meals on Wheels of America umbrella organization. Since the group doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive any government funding, treasurer Mary Sinclair said it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anticipate â&#x20AC;&#x153;any trickle-down effectâ&#x20AC;? from the sequester.

The Georgetown Meals on Wheels serves homebound residents of all ages a hot meal and a cold box lunch Mondays through Fridays. Volunteers deliver in neighborhoods around MacArthur Boulevard, Georgetown, American University Park, Spring Valley, and upper Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues. The National Presbyterian Church at Nebraska Avenue and Van Ness Street provides the organization with free office space. But as other D.C. senior services wait to take their cues from federal agencies, Peggy Ingraham, executive vice president of the Virginiabased National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, commented that â&#x20AC;&#x153;any cut in any service of any kind is clearly going to be tragic.â&#x20AC;? Under the sequester, federal discretionary spending is slated for a 5.1 percent reduction, triggering automatic cuts across agencies that began this month. John Thompson, executive director of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office on Aging, said the consequences for District seniors arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet fully understood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;District residents will not immediately see any impact in local services from the federal budget cuts triggered by sequestration,â&#x20AC;? Thompson said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, as the cuts move beyond the initial 3-4 week period that will slowly change. As federal employees begin to be furloughed and fedSee Funding/Page 30

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The Current

Senior Living

2013 2011

Council hears pleas to increase funding for D.C. aging programs By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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he Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elderly population is increasing. Costs are rising. Needs are growing more complex. Vans and buses that provide transportation for area seniors need replacement. Donations are dwindling. Seniors are on waiting lists for food delivery and meetings with counselors or case managers. This combination of factors, seniors and senior advocates testified at a Feb. 21 D.C. Council hearing, means that the District needs to boost funding for the Office on Aging â&#x20AC;&#x201D; specifically, many said, a $5.7 million boost to its $27.3 million budget.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The government keeps talking about saving money for a rainy day,â&#x20AC;? Ward 5 advisory neighborhood commissioner Bob King testified at the hearing held by Ward 8 Council member Marion Barryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already raining on the seniors.â&#x20AC;? The $5.7 million figure was developed by the Senior Advisory Coalition, an advocacy group of some three dozen nonprofits and other activists. The funds would include a 25 percent boost for the Office on Agingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grant recipients and $1 million to improve its senior transportation system, coalition members said. The performance oversight hearing was convened to solicit feed-

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back on the Aging Office, which was overwhelmingly positive. Not one of the 20 witnesses criticized the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. Director John Thompson â&#x20AC;&#x153;almost walks on water,â&#x20AC;? said Carolyn Nicholas of the Advocates for Elder Justice nonprofit. Romaine Thomas, chair of the Commission on Aging, which reviews the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance, testified that the Office of Aging employees â&#x20AC;&#x153;continually demonstrated extraordinary enthusiasmâ&#x20AC;? and that â&#x20AC;&#x153;their energy and desire to serve seniors are indeed very impressive.â&#x20AC;? At the same time, Thomas added, there are â&#x20AC;&#x153;significant problemsâ&#x20AC;? with transportation, nutrition and recreation resources for the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elderly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suffice it to say that DCOA is doing a lot with the resources they have today, but they could do a lot more if given a decent amount of resources,â&#x20AC;? she testified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While the Office on Aging is working very hard to provide access to services for seniors in the District, without a significant budget the situation for many remains dire,â&#x20AC;? testified Sally White, director of Iona Senior Services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the same time that the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population is aging, the social support services are shrinking.â&#x20AC;? Most of the Aging Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 88 percent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is distributed

to 20 nonprofits across the city that provide senior services, according to Thompson. Programs include transportation, home-delivered

â??Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not right to have these needs out here â&#x20AC;Ś .â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Council member Marion Barry meals, recreational services and counseling. But that budget has barely kept up with inflation, much less the rising senior population, testified many witnesses. According to Thompson, there are 102,000 seniors in the District â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than 16 percent of the population. Nearly 15 percent of those seniors are below the poverty line, added Joseph Williams, executive director of Emmaus Services for the Aging. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems government officials are happy with a charade of services while many of our senior citizens go without basic necessities,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. White said Ionaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of government funding has created a â&#x20AC;&#x153;crucial shortageâ&#x20AC;? of case managers, hurting both seniors and the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pocketbook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reactive instead of proactive in many cases, because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have foot soldiers out there finding those isolated

seniors,â&#x20AC;? White said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just costs the District more money down the road when peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t addressed early on.â&#x20AC;? Thomas said the Office on Aging has launched a volunteer â&#x20AC;&#x153;ambassadorâ&#x20AC;? program in which community members are trained to recognize seniors whom the agency can connect with services. Another new volunteer-run program is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;call-to-talk lineâ&#x20AC;? which seniors can phone when they just need conversation, he said. Thomas at the Commission on Aging said more is needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is commendable that DCOA is implementing new programs despite a shortage in funding, but the needs of seniors go far, far beyond what these programs provide.â&#x20AC;? At the hearing, Barry said he will work to rally Mayor Vincent Gray and his colleagues to provide more funding for the Office of Aging in the 2014 fiscal year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not right to have these needs out here when our local budget is $6 billion of our taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money. ... It pains me,â&#x20AC;? Barry said. Seniors should make a strong appearance during the budget process, Barry added, to advocate for additional funding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guarantee you if you all come down here for the budget hearing and fill this room up, all down the hall and everywhere, I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get some more results,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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2013 2011 Senior resources Here’s a listing of some free resources available for seniors: ■ D.C. Office on Aging: Agency that coordinates health, education, employment and social services for residents 60 and older. Address: 500 K St. NE Phone: 202-724-5622 Web: dcoa.dc.gov ■ D.C. Long Term Care Ombudsman Office: Free legal counsel for elderly residents living in D.C.-run nursing homes and residential facilities. Address: 601 E St. NW, Room A-4 Phone: 202-434-2140 ■ IONA Senior Services: Community-based agency funded in part by the Office on Aging to provide a wide range of services and assistance to seniors in Ward 3 and part of wards 2 and 4. Address: 4125 Albemarle St. NW Phone: 202-966-1055 for gen-

eral; 202-895-9448 helpline Web: iona.org ■ Villages: Local groups dedicated to helping seniors “age in place” by providing help with transportation and errands, social activities, guidance on professional services like home repairs, and more. ■ Cleveland Park Village Web: clevelandparkvillage.org Phone: 202-615-5853 ■ Dupont Circle Village Web: dupontcirclevillage.org Phone: 202-436-5252 ■ Foggy Bottom West End Village Web: fbwevillage.org ■ Georgetown Village Web: georgetown-village.org Phone: 202-999-8988 ■ Glover Park Village Web: gloverparkvillage.org Phone: 202-436-5545 ■ Northwest Neighbors Village (Chevy Chase, American University Park, Tenleytown, North Cleveland

Park and Forest Hills) Website: nwnv.org Phone: 202-237-1895 ■ Palisades Village Web: palisadesvillage.org Phone: 202-244-3310 ■ Emmaus Services for the Aging: Program that offers daily activities and programs at three senior centers in Ward 2. Web: emmausdc.org ■ Emmaus Senior Center (targeted at low-income seniors): 1426 9th St. NW; 202-745-1200 ■ Oasis Senior Center (targeted at homeless seniors): 1226 Vermont Ave. NW; 202-265-2017 ■ Asian and Pacific Islander Senior Center: 417 G Place NW; 202-842-4376 ■ Vida Senior Center: Bilingual facility offering wellness services, counseling, community support and in-home services to Latino seniors. Address: 1842 Calvert St. NW Website: vidaseniorcenters.org Phone: 202-483-5800

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contribute to malnutrition. “They’ll have toast for breakfast, soup and crackers for lunch,” Clifford said of some of the cases she’s seen. Though there’s no one-size-fitsall solution, Clifford generally promotes a Mediterranean-style diet “with sufficient protein and bread throughout the day” and lots of olive oil. For some segments of the senior population, though, the Mediterranean diet is going to be too ambitious, she acknowledged. “If someone’s 85 and bedridden, you really have to loosen your message. … They need to eat whatever they want to eat and can eat, and have available to them.” And, “if Nana wants ice cream every night,” she added, “that’s fine.” For cheap, simple food options, Clifford endorses “inexpensive sources of proteins” like eggs, nuts, nut butters and Greek yogurts. Planning menus for large groups of seniors — as Iona does through

the many home-delivered or group meals it provides each week through various programs — can also pose practical obstacles. There, Clifford said, the greatest concerns are usually meeting federal guidelines for balanced meals and keeping down the sodium. As part of her message, Clifford also emphasizes the necessity of physical activity — “the key to keeping muscle mass and strength up” in fighting the effects of sarcopenia. “If you don’t make food and lifestyle choices more thoughtfully,” she said, “one day, it’s like, boom, what happened to me?” Both Clifford and Tahar, of Healthy Living, also spoke of the benefits of making eating a social event whenever possible — with family, friends, community organizations, senior programs or workshops like the one through the Glover Park Village. In her class, Tahar said, “We eat the meal at the end, and people love that. … It becomes a community experience of sharing the food.”

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eral grants begin to dry up, some local programs may be affected and the District will have to shift resources to address the shortfall in federal assistance. “Until federal agencies begin actually announcing their specific furlough plans … we won’t be able to calculate all of the impacts on services,” Thompson added. Ingraham of End Senior Hunger stressed the potential harm to already-strained local services. “We need more resources, not fewer, and we need more coordination,” she said. “We need to understand that this is ... a life cycle of hunger that people move through.” In recent years, Ingraham said, there have been improvements in hunger rates for every age group in the country’s population — except for seniors. In fact, the rate of senior hunger has increased sharply. Between 2007 and 2010, there was a nationwide 78 percent increase in the number of seniors facing the threat of hunger, according to her foundation’s research. “We’re concerned that they were severely hit by the recession in a way that other groups weren’t,” said Ingraham. “Many of them thought that they had prepared well for the future, and that did not turn out to be the case. … A lot of them live in what we call ‘food deserts,’ where they don’t have access to food themselves, and have no way to get it.”

In 2010 — the most current official numbers from the U.S. Census and Department of Agriculture — 8.3 percent of seniors in the District faced the risk of hunger. And 14.7 percent had “marginal food security,” which the Department of Agriculture defines as having “anxiety over food sufficiency or shortage of food in the house.” “That’s huge,” Ingraham said. While Ward Circle-Georgetown Meals on Wheels won’t be impacted by government cuts, the organization is still struggling. The number of clients that the program serves has decreased in recent years, Sinclair said. Some clients opt to move to assisted-living facilities instead of continuing to “age in place,” and the organization sometimes finds itself competing with similar senior food-delivery services such as Mom’s Meals. Many of Sinclair’s clients are in their 80s and 90s, and not all are able to pay the $8.35 per day for meals. Some seniors can reimburse the group for the cost of food; other times, the organization is subsidized when a client leaves donations in his or her will. The Georgetown Meals on Wheels has managed very little fundraising over the past few years, Sinclair said, and difficult economic times mean that donations from both individual contributors and local churches have decreased substantially. “They just don’t have the funds anymore,” she said.


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hen a group of students recently spent several weeks repainting the Vida Senior Center in Adams Morgan, the result was more than a sprucedup facility — for many, it was a step toward a stronger connection to the city’s older population. The YouthBuild Public Charter School, an alternative high school that serves ages 16 through 24, has launched a new partnership with the D.C. Office on Aging as part of the agency’s push to increase intergenerational work in the District. The students, who have either aged out or dropped out of traditional schools but hope to earn a GED diploma, have also worked on more than a dozen seniors’ individual homes since the start of the school year, according to Arthur Dale, the charter school’s executive director. While Dale said he initially favored the partnership as a way for

his students to gain basic construction training — YouthBuild usually works with local community development nonprofits to find construction sites for students to gain vocational development — he found that this program brought unexpected benefits. “A lot of our youth are, by definition, kind of disconnected” from school, employment and their communities, Dale said. “This was an opportunity to reconnect our students, and in part reconnect them to the senior citizen population. “There were hidden benefits that I, quite honestly, didn’t take into account going in,” he added. Marco Esparza, site manager at the Calvert Street Vida Senior Center, said he could attest to those benefits during the several weeks YouthBuild students spent repainting Vida, a health and activity center primarily for Latino seniors. “The population we serve ... they’re very appreciative of anybody who will come in and visit,” Esparza said. But “the kids also opened up their eyes a little bit large

to the numbers of elderly that come in for meals and activity. It was different from how they usually see, say, their grandparents.” While the Vida Center painting project was completed last month, Esparza said he thought there were still individual seniors who could benefit from the free repairs or small fixes from YouthBuild. Many already have. Evelyn McKinley, 93, learned about the YouthBuild organization late last year from the Office of Aging, which suggested the service at a meeting at the Calvary Holiness Church near McKinley’s home in Brookland. She put in a request — and by Christmas, six students had painted her bathroom and kitchen cabinets. “It really brightened up the kitchen. My neighbor across the hall came to see it, and she was just thrilled,” McKinley said of the new yellow-and-white paint job. “A friend of mine was just carried away. She said, ‘I need some work done, too!’” Barbara Hawkins, 82, who lives

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Students at YouthBuild Public Charter School repainted Vida, a health center for Latino seniors. on her own on Texas Avenue SE, said she was also thrilled with the work done by YouthBuild. Her daughter put in a request with the Office on Aging on Hawkins’ behalf for volunteers to repaint her front door and trimmings, which had long since rusted. “I was able to leave them [at the house], and they did a very good job … They took care of my house while I was gone,” said Hawkins, who had to go to a family member’s funeral the day that YouthBuild arrived to make repairs. “They were very nice. I would rec-

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p.m. in the home of Dupont Circle Village member James Ostryniec in the Apolline, 1330 New Hampshire Ave. NW. He has renovated the apartment especially for disabilities. April’s seminar will focus on the benefits of exercise for seniors. Dr. Loretta DiPietro, chair of the Department of Exercise Science at George Washington University and the recipient of research grants from the National Institute on Aging and the American Cancer Society, will discuss current findings on the clinical and psychological benefits, as well as demonstrate specific exercises. The talk will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 22, in the North Conference Room at St. Matthew Cathedral, 1725 Rhode

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Island Ave. NW. The talks are free for Dupont Circle Village members and $10 for others. For reservations contact Linda Harsh at 202-234-2567 or lindajkh@mac.com. The Dupont Circle Village will also hold its annual auction on Friday, April 12, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Tickets cost $35 in advance or $45 at the door. Bidding has already started via an online auction. The highest bids will provide the starting point for the April 12 silent auction. Details and tickets are available at auctions.readysetauction.com/ dupontcirclevillage. ■ The Glover Park Village’s programs in April will include a concert, cooking seminar and informal get-togethers. The free programs will take place at the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. A “Friday Free-for-All,” featuring musicians from the Washington International School, will be held Friday, April 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. The seventh workshop in the “Healthy Cooking for Aging Well” series will take place Tuesday, April 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. “Friends, Fun & Food” gettogethers will be held Friday, April 12, and Friday, April 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.

For details visit gloverparkvillage.org or call 202-436-5545. ■ The Northwest Neighbors Village will present “An Evening With Susan Stamberg.” The special correspondent for NPR will share highlights from previous interviews and discuss the craft of her special brand of interviewing. The talk will be held on Sunday, April 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bill Petros/Current File Photo Ingleside at Rock The Glover Park Village’s “Free-for-All” series Creek, 3050 Military recently featured a class led by certified Road NW. Reservations are Gyrotonics instructor Stacy Palatt on the required; call 202-237- basics of meditating. 1895. es, Roll writes about the Iowa-born The Northwest Neighbors social worker who became the Village also sponsors a weekly linchpin in President Franklin D. “Gentle Yoga” class led by Sandi Roosevelt’s relationships with Rothwell. The event is held from 2 Winston Churchill and Joseph to 3 p.m. Mondays in the solarium Stalin. of the Lisner Louise Dickson Hurt Roll’s book talk will take place Home, 5425 Western Ave. NW. on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 ■ As part of its Thursday Night p.m. in Blake Hall at St. John’s Speaker’s Bureau series, the Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. Georgetown Village will host a Admission is free. Reservations lecture by member David Roll on are requested; contact lynn@ his book “The Hopkins Touch: georgetown-village.org. Harry Hopkins and the Forging of “The Hopkins Touch” will prothe Alliance to Beat Hitler.” Based on newly available sourcSee Events/Page 33


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vide fodder for the Georgetown Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly book discussion group when it meets April 8. Other regular Georgetown Village offerings include a yoga class led by Dhiyana Delatour on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. ($13 per session) at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church; monthly movies and docent-led outings; and a weekly Coffee Talk for members on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the parlor of the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rectory, 3238 O St. NW. Prospective volunteers and members are welcome. For details visit georgetown-village.org or call 202999-8988. â&#x2013;  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University is hosting a weekly speaker series through April 30. The free lectures on a variety of subjects are held each Tuesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. Upcoming sessions include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety for Seniors,â&#x20AC;? Rimi Sifri, coordinator of crime prevention at American University, March 26; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roll Over Beethoven: Classical, Rock and the Point of No Return,â&#x20AC;? Marc Medwin, April 2; â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Keystrokes to Logic Bombs: A Short Introduction to Cyber War and Cyber Crime,â&#x20AC;? Paul Rosenzweig, April 9; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Overview of Climate Science With

a U.S. Focus,â&#x20AC;? Marcus Sarofim, April 16. The final two sessions of the season will encompass the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s April 23 annual meeting and an April 30 session highlighting examples of participantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; creativity. In addition to its lecture series, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University offers eight- to 10-week study groups taught by members. The courses emphasize peer learning and teaching, and do not have any tests or grades. For a membership fee, participants may take up to three study groups that run during the day for just under two hours a week. Examples for the current semester, which began in early March, include â&#x20AC;&#x153;India: Culture, Traditions and Gandhi,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finding Your Family History on the Web,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paris: The City of Light,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;History of Western Economic Thoughtâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of J.S. Bach.â&#x20AC;? For details visit olli-dc.org or call 202-895-4860. â&#x2013;  The Petworth Library is inaugurating a new series, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Petworthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mature & Motivated,â&#x20AC;? aimed at local residents ages 50 and older. The first event will feature local senior outreach and advocacy organizations. Participating groups will include Lutheran Social Services, National Council on Aging and Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center.

The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get to Know Your Neighborhood Fairâ&#x20AC;? will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. Admission is free. The library is located at 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details call 202-2431188 or visit dclibrary.org/petworth. â&#x2013;  The Kreeger Museum offers twice-monthly tours for individuals living with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and other dementia-related illnesses through its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations at the Kreeger Museumâ&#x20AC;? series. The program is designed to foster dialogue and connection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; through conversation, memories and a sense of well-being â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by having participants look at art and listen to music. The free, 90-minute tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the second and third Mondays of each month, except in August and on holidays. At least one family member or caregiver should accompany the person with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. To register call 202-337-3050, ext. 10, or email visitorservices@ kreegermuseum.org and specifically request a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversationsâ&#x20AC;? program. â&#x2013;  The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP meets on the third Monday of each month March through June and September through December. Meetings take place are held at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. On April 15, Murray Howder will give a musical program on

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Continued From Page 19 Free. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. ■ Rachel Swarns will discuss her book “American Tapestry: The story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Room 316, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ Photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind will discuss “Fuling: Crucible of a Changing China,” about changes to the Sichuanese river city since the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $22. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-8577700. Films ■ The Georgetown Library will screen Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 movie “North by Northwest” as part of its Spy Movies film series. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. ■ The Popular Film Series will present Tom Hooper’s 2012 film “Les Misérables,” starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. ■ American University will present Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 black comedy “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” followed by a panel discussion featuring School of Communication dean Jeffrey Rutenbeck and School of International Service dean James Goldgeier. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. american.edu/calendar. Performances ■ The DC College Access Program will present performances by the top 10 finalists of the DC Capital Stars Talent Competition for D.C. public and charter high school students. Winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges and the audience. 7 p.m. $35. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ The New York City Ballet will perform a mixed repertory program. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $95. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Readings ■ Poets Dana Gioia and Eric Pankey will celebrate the birthday of American poet Robert Frost by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. Noon. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5394. ■ Charles Wright, winner of a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, will read selections from his poetry. A reception and book signing will follow. 8 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu. Special events ■ Rabbi Randall Brown will lead an intergenerational, community Seder for the second night of Passover. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $18 to $56; reservations required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. ■ Cause DC chefs Adam Litchfield and Adam Stein will use produce from the Common Good City Farm as part of a sixcourse dinner, with proceeds going to

Common Good’s programs for low-income D.C. residents. 7 p.m. $125; reservations required. Cause DC, 1926 9th St. NW. causedc.org/store. Sporting event ■ The Washington Capitals will compete against the New York Islanders. 7 p.m. $44 to $365. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Wednesday,march March 27 27 Wednesday Children’s programs ■ Tudor Place will hold a Spring Tea and Chocolate Workshop for children and families. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $10 to $25; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. The program will repeat April 3. ■ The Palisades Library will celebrate cherry blossom season with spring-themed crafts and stories. 4 p.m. Free. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Classes ■ Housing Counseling Services, a local nonprofit, will present a clinic to discuss options for avoiding foreclosure. 6 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202667-7712. ■ Actor and director Nick Olcott, tenor Doug Bowles, pianist Alex Hassan and soprano Karin Paludan will lead a class on “Gilbert and Sullivan and the Savoy Tradition,” featuring insights, anecdotes and musical highlights. 6:45 to 9 p.m. $30 to $42. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202633-3030. Concerts ■ Pianist Edvinas Minkstimas will join National Gallery of Art and Phillips Camerata resident musicians to perform Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 2.” 12:10 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. ■ “Evenings With Extraordinary Artists” will feature a performance by the Heritage Signature Chorale, as well as a discussion on the group’s focus on preserving the African-American choral tradition. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-3317282, ext. 3. ■ Pianist Wendy Chen and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will perform a chamber music concert. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370. ■ Pianist Geri Allen will perform as part of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival. 8 p.m. $25 to $35. Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Discussions and lectures ■ James Srodes will discuss his book “On Dupont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped Our World.” Noon. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. ■ Fulbright researcher Oleg Kozlovsky will discuss challenges facing the Russian protest movement. 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/Kozlovsky. ■ Curator Kristen Regina will present

an overview of the exhibition “Pageant of the Tsars,” examining the importance of the Romanov coronation albums during the imperial period and up to today. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $7 to $20. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. ■ Christopher A. Kojm, chair of the National Intelligence Council, will discuss “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/ChrisKojm. ■ Jonathan Katz will discuss his book “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster.” 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. 202-347-0176. ■ Student participants and staff from Young Playwrights’ Theater will discuss their book “Write to Dream,” which features 30 of the best plays written by program participants since 1995. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. ■ Isabelle Gournay, associate professor of architecture at the University of Maryland at College Park, will discuss “Bauhaus to Harvard: The Life and Work of Walter Gropius.” 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. brigittefessenden@comcast.net. ■ Randy Jirtle, visiting professor at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss “Epigenetics: The Ghost in Your Genes.” 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $30 to $42. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. ■ Ava Farmer will discuss her book “Second Impressions,” her sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-885-2436. ■ Lynne Olson will discuss her book “Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Film ■ The Reel Israel DC series will feature Thierry Binisti’s 2011 film “A Bottle in the Gaza Sea.” 8 p.m. $8.50 to $11.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Performances ■ DanceAntonini will perform selected works inspired from their current repertory. Noon. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. ■ Gin Dance Company will perform “Deep eMotion,” a compilation of original works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Reading ■ Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will host a reading to celebrate Southern writers, including Madison Smartt Bell, Edward P. Jones, Jill McCorkle, Ron Rash and Charles Wright. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. Special event ■ The National Zoo will host an Enrichment Day with activities, keeper talks and animal demonstrations for children and adults. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu.


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