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Vol. XXIII, No. 21

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Mayor pulls back Lab School lease

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■ Education: Surplusing vote

delayed for former Hardy site By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The fate of the former Hardy School on Foxhall Road, now used by Lab School of Washington, is on hold until District education officials complete a study on school boundaries next fall. Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday

withdrew resolutions to declare the old school building surplus and to approve its long-term lease to the private Lab School, until boundary and overcrowding issues are addressed. Lab has been using the former public school for its elementary students since 2008. Although another 12 years remain on Lab’s current lease, the school had asked for a 25-year agreement to help obtain financing for major improvements to mechanical systems, windows

and wiring. But as the necessary resolutions were moving toward D.C. Council approval in recent months, some Palisades residents protested that it makes little sense to give up public school facilities at a time when many Ward 3 schools are overenrolled, and while school boundaries and feeder patterns are in flux. In a letter to the council Monday, Gray said school officials “do not expect that the Hardy building will See Lease/Page 5

New plan scales back theater addition By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

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Georgetown’s commercial area is hosting the light-based works of four international artists through Friday as part of “Fete Des Lumieres Georgetown,” inspired by the Festival of Lights in Lyon, France. The event launched last Friday.

Architect Robert Bell is back to the drawing board with his plans to redevelop the old Georgetown Theater, this time working on creating a single-family home instead of luxury apartments behind the historic building. At his latest meeting with the Old Georgetown Board on Dec. 5, Bell said, members advised him to “go back and redesign, using the [existing] carriage house as the residence” and adding a garden to the lot behind the theater. In previous iterations, Bell had sought to build a new multistory residential building in the rear parking lot of the theater at 1351 Wisconsin Ave. “Now that building is gone,” he said of his plans. The architect said the new single-family home he’s designing for the space will be an “exceptional” twobedroom house, with a “Zen-like” garden and a loggia

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Robert Bell bought the vacant theater building this fall and has floated various ideas for its redesign.

walkway connecting to the theater. For the old theater itself, Bell said “everyone’s pretty much in alignment” with his past proposals to redesign See Theater/Page 5

Evans calls for effort to entice filmmakers

Retrofitted broadcast studio transforms into GU campus

By GRAHAM VYSE

■ Development: University

Current Staff Writer

As far as Jack Evans is concerned, the whole “House of Cards” situation is deeply frustrating. To be clear, the longtime Ward 2 D.C. Council member is a big fan of Netflix’s hit political drama. He devoured the first season, and he’s as curious about Frank Underwood’s next move as any loyal viewer. What frustrates the Democratic mayoral candidate is that the show, set almost exclusively in the District, was largely shot in Maryland, enticed by a state film incentives program that also attracted HBO’s “Veep” and “Game Change.” Maryland officials say “House of Cards” added $140 million to their state’s economy — along with 2,200 jobs — and Evans sees this as a huge missed opportunity for D.C.

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Mayoral candidate Jack Evans has included a range of new arts initiatives in his campaign platform.

“There’s no reason we couldn’t do it here,” he said in an interview Monday about arts and the economy. “It is an outrage, in my view, that the District of Columbia is so inhospitable to filming.” Among other arts initiatives, Evans believes the District should increase its own film incentives, upping the available funds from $4 million to $25 million and easSee Evans/Page 5

HoLIDAYS

School board poised to approve new science standards — Page 3

D.C. storefronts dress up for the Christmas season — Page 12

By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

Fulfilling another pledge from its new campus plan, Georgetown University last month formally opened a new downtown campus to house its School of Continuing Studies and some 3,500 part-time and full-time students in the bustling neighborhood near Chinatown and the Verizon Center. Provost Robert Groves likened

the Nov. 12 ceremonial opening — the facility opened for classes in August — to “a young adult leaving the nest and forming its own character,” but he said it’s still in the spirit of the venerable university. “This is a Washington home for this school, embedded in its community.” Formerly a broadcast studio, four levels of an imposing building at 640 Massachusetts Ave. NW were retrofitted over the past year to create 30 classrooms and faculty offices to accommodate eight graduate programs, one undergraduate program, and the many classes offered to partSee Campus/Page 3

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Visitation basketball coach celebrates 400-win milestone — Page 9

Calendar/14 Classifieds/29 District Digest/4 Exhibits/15 In Your Neighborhood/8 Opinion/6

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District Digest ‘Georgetown 2028’ document completed

The Georgetown Business Improvement District has completed drafting its “Georgetown 2028â€? vision, a major planning document suggesting 75 action items to improve the historic neighborhood, including construction of a Metro stop and the creation of a new “waterfront district.â€? “What I’m most excited about is that so many people in the community participated ‌ and there’s really broad consensus,â€? said the business group’s CEO, Joe Sternlieb. Eight months of planning guided by a 21-member task force and three working groups led to the plan’s creation, which Sternlieb said

is just the beginning of this effort. “The way I look it is that we’ve just started. ‌ We’re thinking about where Georgetown is going to be ‌ over the next 15 years and beyond,â€? he said. “I think we’ve got permission to look at some really exciting and transformative ideas, especially in the transportation world ‌ and waterfront.â€? He said his team has already started work toward about a third of the 75 goals in the document, which include: â–  revamped transportation options including a Metro station by 2028, a streetcar along K Street, a gondola lift to Rosslyn, a bike bridge to Roosevelt Island and Virginia, and coordinated parking options. â–  creation of a new waterfront dis-

trict to better connect the businesses along M Street down the northsouth streets to the Potomac River; ■ improvements to the retail offerings of the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Wisconsin Avenue, including establishment of a crowd-funded community-oriented bookstore; ■ improving visitors’ experience of the C&O Canal with a new boat, more educational programs and extended hours for the visitor center; and ■ working to fill vacant spaces, including empty offices with technology start-ups. The entire document can be read at tinyurl.com/georgetown2028. — Beth Cope

Mayor fills vacancy on zoning board

Mayor Vincent Gray has nominated Marnique Heath, a Ward 5 architect, to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Zoning Adjustment, which rules on variances and exceptions to the District’s zoning rules for construction projects large and small. Heath, according to her resume, helped design the D.C. headquarters for both the Association of American Medical Colleges and the United Nations Foundation. Her other local projects have included the new Canal Park near Nationals Park and an environmental education center on Kingman Island. If approved by the D.C. Council, Heath would serve through September 2016.

DCPS adds supplies for area schools

The D.C. Public Schools system this fall allocated unspent money to

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buy new school equipment, including more than 85,000 books, 4,000 musical instruments and 2,000 desktop computers, according to a news release. Other purchases included 1,320 laptops, tablets and e-readers; periodicals for school libraries; cameras and printers; and science kits that include laboratory materials so every high school can offer AP Biology. In Northwest, the school system also purchased Disklavier pianos, which can connect to the Internet for instruction, for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Wilson High School; and bought equipment to form “digital art labs� with cameras, computer equipment and software at School Without Walls High School and School Without Walls at Francis Stevens. Funding for this program, whose cost wasn’t specified, comes from unfilled personnel vacancies and reduced benefits costs, according to the release. “When we realized these funds would be available, we came up with a thoughtful and strategic plan to make purchases that would both help our students learn and achieve, and support our teachers with new, modern equipment and supplies,� Chancellor Kaya Henderson says in the release.

District wins grant for volunteer program

The District government has received a $25,000 grant to fund a program called “Love Your Block DC,� which will organize and sponsor volunteer efforts aimed at “beautification and environmental sustainability,� according to a news release. “The Love Your Block DC initiative is a meaningful complement to the ongoing efforts of Sustainable

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Addis Ababa becomes new D.C. sister city Ethiopia’s capital is the District’s latest “sister city,� following an accord signed last week between D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Addis Ababa Mayor Diriba Kuma. In a news release, Gray notes that the District has a large Ethiopian diaspora and calls the agreement “an unprecedented opportunity for the residents of these two great capital cities to enrich each other culturally, educationally, economically and in quality of life.� Also, last Thursday, the District reaffirmed its sister city agreement with Rome, extending that partnership for another five years with a focus on “tourism, economic development, and the continuation of art and cultural exchanges.� The District has a total of 14 sister cities, according to its website. Others include Beijing and Paris.

DC Chamber honors Ben’s Chili co-founder At its 75th anniversary celebration last week, the DC Chamber of Commerce presented a “Hometown Hero� award to Virginia Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl, who herself was celebrating her 80th birthday. Chamber members honored Ali with a standing ovation. Ali is widely considered the “Matriarch of U Street.� She founded Ben’s along with her late husband in 1958, when the area was known as the “Black Broadway� and was frequented by jazz greats like Duke Ellington.

Correction

An item in the Dec. 11 issue on a Palisades family seeking their lost dog Havoc, a 4-year-old mixedbreed male, misstated the contact number, which is 248-755-7594. A possible sighting occurred around 10 a.m. yesterday near Ward Circle, according to owners Janet Mihalyfi and Martin Karlsson. 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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Council rejects Supercan funding source By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

It seemed like such a winning idea: to replace all the Supercans, and supply larger recycling cans, for the 75,000 District households that get their trash picked up by the city, all in the coming year. But Mayor Vincent Gray’s $9 million plan — as well as several other administration spending proposals — hit a speed bump Tuesday, when the D.C. Council unanimously rejected the source of funding. Under Gray’s proposal, the money would have been shifted out of a trust fund that pays for health care and other benefits for District retirees. Mayoral aides said there’s

plenty of money for the immediate future, but Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said raiding the trust would leave it underfunded in future years. “Those are the kind of assumptions that got pension funds in other cities in trouble,� he said. Ten other so-called “reprogramming� bills, using the same source of funds, would have added money for efforts such as youth courts, a career academy, and special driver’s licenses for undocumented workers. They were all rejected. “The issue is not what the dollars will do, but where the money is coming from,� said Mendelson. At the urging of his colleagues, Mendelson did insist he’d find a way

to pay for the new trash cans and recycling containers, as well as the other programs, when the council reconvenes next year. The council had already promised to replace the big wheeled containers citywide, but it had planned to do so over the next five years rather than by next year. Mendelson said he’s confident rising revenue projections expected in coming months will allow full funding. The replacements were due to begin arriving next month, with all residents slated to receive the new containers by the end of July. Gray had said the new recycling bins, which at 48 gallons are 50 percent larger than current ones, would help improve D.C.’s recycling rates.

Board to vote on hands-on science standards By GRAHAM VYSE Current Staff Writer

The D.C. State Board of Education appears poised to approve new science standards for District schools, with the goal of increasing hands-on learning and the study of engineering, among other reforms. Board members Mary Lord and Patrick Mara, who focus on science education issues, said they expect formal approval of the “Next Generation Science Standards� at tonight’s meeting. “There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm on the part of board members,� Lord said in an interview last week. “These standards are a game changer.� If approved, the measures would be implemented over the next few years, with a specific timeline yet to be determined. The new standards aim to give teachers more guidance and increase students’ practical learning experiences such as laboratory work. “What [students] are now going to be asked to do is demonstrate mastery,� Lord said. “And that’s the Holy Grail these days — deep thinking.�

Inspired by the vision of the National Academies’ National Research Council and developed by 26 states, these standards have the support of a wide array of science education organizations and leading corporations. They also won the endorsement of several District teachers at the education board’s Nov. 20 meeting. Joshua Johnson, a science teacher at the Brightwood Campus of Center City Public Charter Schools, said he had done a thorough review of the standards with his faculty colleagues. “We looked at the Next Generation Science Standards and saw a lot of positive things, particularly from the engineering and science practices perspective,� he said. But Johnson also voiced concerns that were echoed by another speaker at the meeting — Kathleen PorterMagee, an education policy scholar at the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute. In her testimony, Porter-Magee argued that the Next Generation Science Standards are less rigorous than D.C.’s current standards, which her organization has See Science/Page 10

The week ahead Wednesday, Dec. 18

The D.C. Tax Revision Commission will continue its deliberations from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room W250, 1101 4th St. SW. ■ The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to consider revised compulsory attendance rules and to hear from leaders of several high-performing schools. Speakers will include Stoddert Elementary principal Don Bryant and Hyde-Addison Elementary principal Dana Nerenberg. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on “Understanding the Block Party Permit Application Process.� The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 268, D.C. Department of Transportation Permit Center, 1100 4th St. SW. ■ The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting regarding the planned renovation of the playground at Guy Mason Recreation Center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. ■ The D.C. Department of General Services and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a community meeting to discuss plans for a new facility at Friendship Recreation Center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 200, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. ■ The annual Palisades Toy Drive will collect unwrapped gifts at Salt & Pepper, 5125 MacArthur Blvd. NW. Organizers will gather at 7 p.m., and happy hour drink specials will be offered all night. Collected toys will be donated to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Latino Division for distribution to those in need; gifts may be dropped off throughout the day.

Thursday, Dec. 19

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items include Northwest projects at 3501 Newark St., 1921-23 14th St., 1618 Q St. and 905 16th St.

Friday, Dec. 20

Miriam’s Kitchen and the National Coalition for the Homeless will hold a vigil in honor of Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. The event will be held at noon at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW, followed by a walking memorial procession to the Luther Place Memorial Church nearby.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Rock Creek Conservancy and National Park Service volunteers will remove English ivy from trees along Rock Creek Parkway. Tools, gloves and training will be provided. The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.; volunteers will meet at Normanstone and Rock Creek drives NW. To register, visit rockcreekconservancy.org.

Thursday, Jan. 9

The Georgetown Business Association and the Citizens Association of Georgetown will hold a mayoral debate. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Reservations are requested; visit dumbartonhouse.org/events.

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timers and non-degree students. The 91,000-square-foot gleaming white interior also includes a library, a bookstore amd multiple lounges. Glass partitions and a central stairwell open to all four floors, creating a spacious feeling even when teeming with students. The new facility is in some ways a product of the university’s 2012 campus plan, hammered out with community leaders to reduce the impact of undergraduates on neighboring residents in the close confines of historic Georgetown. The school pledged to move 1,000 graduate students off campus — and out of the 20007 zip code — in part to create space to eventually house 90 percent of its undergraduates on campus. Construction of one new dormitory and the conversion of two now-vacant buildings to dorms are in the planning stages. Mayor Vincent Gray, who attended the festivities downtown, said the new facility is “part of the rollout of the campus plan,� which he and his aides helped negotiate.

The new location serves that broader purpose, stretching the university’s presence to a vibrant and denser part of the city, where it can attract more part-time students and adult workers eager for academic enrichment or trying to explore a new career. University President John DeGioia noted that when Georgetown’s law school moved a few blocks to the east on New Jersey Avenue in 1971, it played a “key role in revitalizing� that area. DeGioia pledged that School of Continuing Studies students will be “deeply invested in being an active community partner.� Students have already volunteered at the Central Union Mission and Asian-Pacific Islanders community center. Spokesperson Stacy Kerr said the university is searching for what it calls “the next 100 acres� — another new campus to help meet demand for its programs. This facility would be located outside of Georgetown, possibly in the eastern or southern areas of the city. One possible location is the St. Elizabeths campus in Anacostia, Kerr said.

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psA PsA 101 101 â–  downtown

Burglary â–  1200-1299 block, I St.; 1:35 p.m. Dec. 11. â–  1300-1399 block, G St.; 1:02 p.m. Dec. 12. Theft from auto â–  1306-1399 block, H St.; 2:47 a.m. Dec. 14. â–  200-399 block, 12th St.; 1:56 p.m. Dec. 14. Theft â–  1000-1099 block, F St.; 7 p.m. Dec. 9. â–  1000-1099 block, K St.; 10:57 a.m. Dec. 10. â–  1200-1299 block, F St.; 8:41 a.m. Dec. 11. â–  1100-1199 block, F St.; 3:33 p.m. Dec. 11. â–  1000-1099 block, 14th St.; 10:25 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  500-599 block, 11th St.; 6 p.m. Dec. 13. â–  700-799 block, 13th St.; 8:12 p.m. Dec. 13. â–  1300-1399 block, K St.; 4:35 p.m. Dec. 14.

psA 102

â–  Gallery Place PsA 102

Penn Quarter

Robbery â–  400-499 block, K St.; 4 a.m. Dec. 13. â–  800-899 block, H St.; 6 a.m. Dec. 14. Theft from auto â–  600-699 block, Indiana Ave.; 9 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  1000-1099 block, 4th St.; 10 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  1000-1099 block, 4th St.; 10 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  600-699 block, K St.; 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15. Theft â–  800-899 block, F St.; 4:14 p.m. Dec. 9. â–  700-799 block, 7th St.; 9:26 a.m. Dec. 10. â–  700-770 block, 5th St.; 1:38 a.m. Dec. 11. â–  800-899 block, 7th St.; 10:28 a.m. Dec. 11. â–  H and 7th streets; 12:19 p.m. Dec. 11. â–  800-899 block, 7th St.; 12:15 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  700-799 block, 7th St.; 10:10 a.m. Dec. 12.

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Burglary â–  5700-5799 block, 26th St.; 1:20 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  3600-3699 block, Jenifer St.; 1:34 p.m. Dec. 13. â–  5900-5999 block, 32nd St.; 7:35 p.m. Dec. 14. â–  3126-3199 block, Quesada St.; 10:14 a.m. Dec. 15. Theft

â–  5000-5199 block, Reno Road; 2:12 p.m. Dec. 11. â–  Chevy Chase Parkway and Oliver Street; 12:36 p.m. Dec. 15. â–  5523-5599 block, Connecticut Ave.; 8:09 p.m. Dec. 15.

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tenleytown / au Park

Burglary â–  5300-5399 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 4:11 a.m. Dec. 13. Motor vehicle theft â–  4600-4613 block, 46th St.; 5:46 p.m. Dec. 13. Theft from auto â–  3900-3999 block, Harrison St.; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Theft â–  3814-3989 block, Chesapeake St.; 3:32 p.m. Dec. 11. â–  4530-4599 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 9:52 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  4400-4419 block, Reno Road; 10:06 a.m. Dec. 12.

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â–  Forest hills / van ness PsA 203

cleveland Park

Motor vehicle theft â–  3500-3599 block, 35th St.; 9:20 a.m. Dec. 12. Theft from auto â–  4922-4999 block, Connecticut Ave.; 10:09 p.m. Dec. 9. â–  3600-3699 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 1:50 p.m. Dec. 10. â–  3600-3699 block, Wisconsin Ave.; 2:34 p.m. Dec. 10. â–  2700-2855 block, Tilden St.; 4:16 p.m. Dec. 13. â–  3000-3399 block, Porter St.; 4:05 p.m. Dec. 14. â–  3000-3099 block, Rodman St.; 7:08 a.m. Dec. 15. â–  2500-2880 block, Porter St.; 10:20 a.m. Dec. 15. â–  2500-2880 block, Porter St.; 10:45 a.m. Dec. 15. â–  3100-3399 block, Rodman St.; 11:41 a.m. Dec. 15. â–  3100-3399 block, Rodman St.; 3:14 p.m. Dec. 15. â–  3100-3399 block, Rodman St.; 5:20 p.m. Dec. 15. â–  3100-3399 block, Rodman St.; 7:08 p.m. Dec. 15.

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Motor vehicle theft â–  2800-2899 block, 35th St.; 3:37 a.m. Dec. 10. Theft from auto â–  2700-2798 block, Connecticut Ave.; 6:10 a.m. Dec. 10. â–  4101-4199 block, Nebraska Ave.; 9:34 p.m. Dec. 11. â–  4101-4199 block, Nebraska Ave.; 8:40 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  2800-2899 block, 39th St.; 8:57 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  2900-2999 block, Connecticut Ave.; 12:12 p.m. Dec. 14.

â–  3700-3702 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 2:53 p.m. Dec. 15. â–  3000-3199 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:08 p.m. Dec. 15. â–  2900-2999 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:20 p.m. Dec. 15. â–  2800-2899 block, Bellevue Terrace; 9:45 p.m. Dec. 15.

psA 205

â–  Palisades / sPrinG valley PSA 205

wesley heiGhts / Foxhall

Theft from auto â–  4854-4885 block, MacArthur Blvd.; 8:04 a.m. Dec. 13. Theft â–  4550-4596 block, MacArthur Blvd.; 2 p.m. Dec. 10.

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p.m. Dec. 9. Theft from auto â–  19th and M streets; 3:41 p.m. Dec. 11. â–  1300-1319 block, 22nd St.; 8:35 a.m. Dec. 13. Theft â–  1900-1999 block, K St.; 4:15 p.m. Dec. 9. â–  800-899 block, 18th St.; 4:20 p.m. Dec. 9. â–  1000-1099 block, Vermont Ave.; 4:37 p.m. Dec. 11. â–  1200-1299 block, 24th St.; midnight Dec. 12. â–  2000-2099 block, G St.; 12:37 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  1700-1799 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; noon Dec. 12. â–  800-899 block, 17th St.; 9:45 p.m. Dec. 12. â–  1400-1433 block, K St.; 1:43 p.m. Dec. 13. â–  1800-1899 block, K St.; 4 p.m. Dec. 13. â–  1100-1199 block, 16th St.; 8:20 p.m. Dec. 13. â–  1000-1099 block, Connecticut Ave.; 12:33 p.m. Dec. 14. â–  1100-1129 block, Connecticut Ave.; 3:09 p.m. Dec. 14. â–  L Street and Connecticut Avenue; 11:52 a.m. Dec. 15. â–  2400-2499 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 7:14 p.m. Dec. 15. â–  2000-2099 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; 8:17 p.m. Dec. 15.

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Motor vehicle theft â–  1700-1799 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 11:41 a.m. Dec. 9. â–  2202-2299 block, Q St.; 3:44 p.m. Dec. 10. Theft from auto â–  2000-2099 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 8:20 a.m. Dec. 9. â–  1800-1899 block, Swann St.; 11:47 a.m. Dec. 11. â–  1800-1899 block, S St.; 9:44 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  2100-2199 block, California St.; 5:06 p.m. Dec. 14. â–  2200-2299 block, California St.; 5:50 p.m. Dec. 14. â–  1200-1249 block, 22nd St.; 8:12 a.m. Dec. 15. â–  1900-1923 block, 18th St.; 5:11 p.m. Dec. 15. Theft â–  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11 a.m. Dec. 9. â–  21st and P streets; 2 p.m. Dec. 9. â–  2100-2199 block, P St.; 6:19 p.m. Dec. 9. â–  1400-1499 block, P St.; 2:02 p.m. Dec. 10. â–  1700-1799 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 4:48 p.m. Dec. 10. â–  1400-1499 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 10:47 a.m. Dec. 12. â–  1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 11:06 a.m. Dec. 13. â–  1700-1799 block, Massachusetts Ave.; 2:40 a.m. Dec. 14.


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ing regulations that cause hassles for Hollywood productions. “You can’t film by the Capitol. You can’t film by the White House. You can’t film by this, that and the other thing — it’s ridiculous. It’s just an overreaction to everything,� Evans said. As mayor, “I would convene a meeting and get everything straightened out so that we can make it easy for these companies to come to the District of Columbia.� Evans also said D.C. will need some new facilities to accommodate large productions. “When they were doing ‘The West Wing,’ they had to do it out in California, because they didn’t have a big set here. They need a big building where they can set up a stage,� he said. But with new investments, Evans feels confident Hollywood would give the District another look. “It’s an industry that works well in Washington — and they hire lots of people,� he said. “They will come here, because half the films in the country are films about Washington. We used to do it here.� In fact, Evans claims Robert Redford once reminded him that “All the President’s Men� was shot entirely in D.C. during the mid1970s, though Redford said it couldn’t be done today, because the

cost would be too high without incentives. “That’s what we have to turn around,� Evans said. The council member’s film incentives proposals are part of his larger vision for the District’s arts economy, which Evans plans to prioritize if elected. He pledges to keep pushing for more funding for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which awards grants, and capitalize on what D.C. is already doing well in the arts. “The two strong points we have are museums and theater,� Evans said, noting that the District is the nation’s second biggest city for theater, after New York. “That’s a littleknown fact, and one of the things I would do is begin to brand that.� Specifically, Evans envisions pitching D.C. as a place to see firstrate theater before it goes to Broadway. “You can see it less expensively, in a more convenient place, in a city that’s not as bustling as New York,� he said. Finally, Evans would work to ensure that all D.C. public schools students have the skills to compete in an arts economy, mandating that every school employ an art teacher and a music teacher in addition to a gym teacher and a librarian. This article is the third in a series exploring key policy objectives from mayoral candidates.

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the space as a new commercial building, so only minor changes are necessary there. The architect, who purchased the vacant theater this fall, has refined his plans and filed a new submission in advance of the Jan. 2 meeting of the Old Georgetown Board, which makes recommendations to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. The project is slated for review at Thursday’s meeting of the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission. It’s not the first time Bell has had to make tweaks. “I’ve redesigned it many times,� he said of the project, which he’d already been working on for several years before buying the property. This latest round of revisions comes after both the Old Georgetown Board and the Georgetown advisory neighborhood commission raised objections earlier this month to various details. The neighborhood commission voted unanimously on Dec. 2 to oppose Bell’s concept for a two-story building behind the theater. In its resolution, the commission criticized that building’s “large footprint, excessive scale and reduction of open space.� Bell had come to the commission that day after already lopping off a full floor from the proposed residential building, reducing it from three to two stories. The commission, on the other

hand, has supported Bell’s planned redesign to the theater building itself. “Certainly in terms of the community there’s great interest in having the [theater] building put back to productive use,â€? commissioner Tom Birch said in an interview. “But there’s no interest in having development in the middle of the block.â€? Birch said neighbors will look at the new scaled-back plans with “renewed interest.â€? The theater building has been vacant since the National Jewel Center left the space in 2011, losing its lease when the property went on the market for $4.5 million. The building started life as the “Dumbarton Moving Picture Theaterâ€? in 1913, with the Heon family taking over ownership in 1949. After buying the property from the Heons this fall, Bell, a prominent Georgetown architect, floated plans for a new mixed-use development with offices, retail and high-end apartments. In previous interviews with The Current, Bell said he wanted to rebuild the iconic neon “Georgetownâ€? sign adorning the old cinema, transform the adjacent alley into a walkable street, and create an outdoor sidewalk cafe. He estimated that retail tenants could move into the property by 2015. In an email last week, Bell said he’s sticking with his original goal “to have the front façade of the theater restored and the restore[d] neon sign up for this fourth of July.â€?

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be a part of relieving overcrowding in Ward 3.� But the mayor said he was withdrawing the resolutions “out of an abundance of caution� until an ongoing “Student Assignment and Boundaries Review� is complete. Recommendations are due by the end of the summer. Once that review is complete, Gray wrote, “we will meet with representatives from the Lab School as well as other community stakeholders to resolve the status of the Hardy School.� Asked to comment, Lab’s head of school, Katherine Schantz, said, “Of course, we are terribly disappointed, but Lab will continue to look to the future.� In the past, Lab officials have noted that they “partner� with the city

to provide services to students with learning disabilities whose needs can’t be met in traditional public schools. Roughly one-fifth of Lab’s students are sent by the District public school system. Lab also operates a middle school and high school nearby at Reservoir Road and Whitehaven Parkway. While the former Hardy School will continue to serve Lab’s 80 elementary students in the interim, the council would have to reintroduce the surplusing and leasing resolutions, and hold new public hearings on them, for the measures to move forward next year. The former Hardy closed in 1998 — when the middle school that still bears its name moved to 34th Street and Wisconsin Avenue — and has been leased to independent schools ever since.

                                 



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Hail a name change

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights called last week for Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team’s name — adding to the litany of respected activists, thinkers, writers and politicians who have weighed in on the topic. In fact, the push for a new name for the football team began decades ago, with the current protests simply raising the issue anew. This time we hope Mr. Snyder will hear the call. We understand that many have strong objections to the idea of a new name. Washingtonians have spoken and written emotionally about longheld attachments and traditions surrounding their National Football League franchise. Many clearly feel that a change would be a usurpation of their team, their city — a position we understand well, particularly given the city’s slights at the hands of Congress, which won’t give Washington a vote on the Hill or control over our own budget. Though we believe the sentiment behind these objections is real and earnest — and that many use the term with no ill will intended — we have to side with the call for change. Tradition and attachment simply don’t trump the wounds that racial slurs have inflicted, and still do, throughout centuries of cross-cultural strife in this country. There’s debate over the origin of the term “redskin” and whether the word is inherently derogatory. Yet it seems clear that many Native Americans hear negative connotations when the word is used. The Washington Post’s Mike Wise wrote early this year that he visited a reservation in South Dakota several years back, where “a man named Leonard Littlefinger told me that if I walked into a bar on the reservation and said ‘Redskins,’ I would possibly be knocked unconscious.” For what other race or group of people would we allow a word so clearly inflammatory to serve in such a prominent position? The time has come for change. While our voice is just a small one in this debate, we believe there’s value to adding to the chorus — as the D.C. Council and the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission have done in recent months with well-articulated resolutions. It’s time for Mr. Snyder to reconsider.

Happy 75th anniversary

The DC Chamber of Commerce, of which The Current is a member, just celebrated its 75th anniversary last Thursday. Formed in 1938 at a time of strict racial segregation in the District to offer services for local black-owned businesses, the organization changed its name in 1946 from Washington Chamber of Commerce to the Negro Chamber of Commerce to better reflect its purpose. In 1956, the organization assumed its current name while expanding its operations to serve not just minority firms, but all District businesses. It also became very active in the civil rights movement. Yet while the chamber’s mission was growing, its financial success was not assured. In the 1980s, the organization had a debt of about $150,000, including $90,000 of unpaid city and federal employee taxes. The staff was reduced to two from over 30. Later in the decade, however, the chamber resurged as a force in local affairs. Today its success is in no small part due to the selection of Barbara Lang as the group’s president and chief executive officer in 2002. Ms. Lang, who recently received the D.C. Medal of Honor from Mayor Vincent Gray, is tireless in representing the business community and has helped the District government attract numerous businesses to the city. As Mayor Gray put it at the celebratory luncheon, the city’s 8,000 new jobs and 938 new employers would not have been possible without her help. Unlike some business organizations, the DC Chamber of Commerce, under Ms. Lang’s leadership, operates with the understanding that it is essential to work with other interests to get the best possible outcome. The tea party’s go-it-alone approach is completely foreign to her. Last September, Ms. Lang announced that she plans to leave the organization next year. Finding a successor will not be easy. In the words of the chamber’s chair-elect, Anthony Lewis, Ms. Lang’s ability to understand another person’s perspective is unsurpassed. We congratulate the chamber for its accomplishments over the past 75 years, particularly under Ms. Lang’s leadership. We hope the organization will be successful in finding a replacement who will be able to build on her accomplishments.

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et’s rush past the ho-ho-ho’s of the season and get right to 2014. There’s a list longer than Santa’s of those who can’t wait for the new year. First, sing “Auld Lang Syne,” you woebegone ’Skins. A new year, a new coach, a new attitude? Anything new might help this football team. But the record over the past dozen years suggests that anything new will bring at best fleeting success. In spite of the record, in spite of the controversy over the name and in spite of being tired of being disappointed, the Notebook awaits the next year. It reminds us of the old saying, “Fool me once … .” And keeping with the sports theme, let’s toast good fortune to our Nationals baseball team. At the start of 2013, the squad believed its World Series hype after a dramatic playoff run in 2012. We know how that turned out. Already the preseason hype is saying that under new manager Matt Williams the team has the best pitching rotation in baseball. Williams was a slugger for the Giants, Diamondbacks and Indians. Now he has become the fifth manager in the Nats’ young history. In November, here’s what Williams said about his style: “This is not a situation where you come in and something is clearly broken that needs to be fixed,” Williams said. “What I can say is that there are some things we can refine. I think we can play a little bit smarter baseball. I think we can use the tools that are given to us a little better.” Here’s my Little League interpretation of that: Hey players, keep your heads down, don’t forget the fundamentals and leave the prognostications to the guys in the press box. If you can’t wait for spring training — which is just outside of Orlando in 2014 — here’s a link to the team’s holiday “Offseason’s Greetings”: nationals. com/happyholidays. ■ The political calendar. The new year is coming up fast for the candidates in the mayor’s race. Jan. 2 is the deadline for submitting voter petitions to get on the April 1 primary ballot. Mayor Vincent Gray has ended his Hamlet-like indecision on running again. “To be [a candidate], or not to be: that is the question: Whether … to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles.” You don’t have to be an English major to see how that loosely fits our mayor. Had he not announced for re-election, he would have been a lame duck for the remaining 13 months of his term. It was better to risk running again and irritating federal prosecutors looking into his 2010 campaign than limp off the field he loves. The chief prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Ronald

Machen, can still take action that might force Gray from office. Will he? Only a few people know that, and they’re not saying. So the mayor soldiers on, being the best mayor and candidate he thinks he can be. As the year was ending, some political folks thought the mayor got some good news. Washington Post reporter Nikita Stewart accepted a job starting in the new year with The New York Times. Stewart has led the story on the corruption investigation into Gray’s campaign. Surely, some of the mayor’s supporters said, Stewart’s plan to move on is a sign that the Gray investigation is going nowhere. When asked about that sentiment, Stewart responded with a bit of astonishment: “I don’t know why they say that.” So Gray has hobbled into the 2014 race not knowing if or when the 2010 campaign is going to jump up and bite him. He therefore will be a dramatic figure in the race as Council members Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, Vincent Orange and Tommy Wells all seek to unseat him. A crowded field gives the incumbent an edge. But as of this moment, we don’t know for sure what names will be on the final ballot. ■ That was nice. We have a helpful hint for all council members going into 2014: Respect our citizens and their time. Too many council members routinely breeze into their public hearings 15 minutes, 30 minutes or 45 minutes late. And unfortunately, many citizens who have taken off from work or arranged for baby sitters or simply have something else to do are left sitting and waiting for the council members to stroll in. Last week there was an important hearing on police treatment of rape victims and efforts to assign to those rape survivors legally mandated counselors to help them through the aftermath. The council’s Room 412 was filled with activists and others. But the hearing wasn’t starting. For the first time in your Notebook’s memory, something good happened. Council staff member Anne Phelps walked to the front of the room and got everyone’s attention. She said there had been a difficult technical issue with testimony and witness lists. And then Phelps apologized. Twice. She said she was sorry people were being delayed and inconvenienced and promised that Ward 6 Council member Wells would start the hearing as quickly as possible. A short time later, Wells did. It should be mandatory that if a hearing (or council session) doesn’t start on time, someone on staff — or even the council member — explains why and apologizes. That’s my suggested resolution for 2014. ■ A final word. There’ll be no Notebook Christmas week. Holiday cheers to all. Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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aircraft flying zones/routes. David Lloyd

Helicopters should have to fly higher

Looking for evidence on scientific matters

“Helicopters aren’t safe over homes” was the title of the letter to the editor in The Current’s Dec. 11 issue. I couldn’t agree more! Furthermore, the noise level is painfully high — because they fly so very low (and even worse when there is cloud cover). They should be made to fly higher — much higher — which they can do because they are not in regular

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I write to support the very long letter from Mr. Michael Enders in your Dec. 4 issue. Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are having no effect on the climate. But other research paid for by the federal government is also contrary to observed fact. For instance, there is no reliable proof that the Earth moves round the sun — you can look up into the sky and see that it

is quite the reverse. Likewise, the public, hoodwinked by the federal government and academia, seems to universally believe that the Earth is round. Again, this is nonsense. Anyone looking out of the window of his McMansion can see for himself that it is flat as a pancake. For 500 years government-paid scientists have plotted to fill the heads of children with unproven theories. (By the way, it is believed that the reason temperatures on land have not appreciably risen in 15 years is because the oceans have absorbed the increasing heat.) Robert Hanrott Georgetown


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he beauty of the holiday season is that we tend to put our “best selves� forward. We reconnect with friends and loved ones. We search for perfect gifts for people we cherish. An infectious spirit of generosity takes root. Occasionally, we find ourselves becoming — even if only briefly — the people that we most want to be. But the holidays are also a time for self-assessment. We start thinking of New Year’s resolutions, considering what is standing between ourselves and our “best self.� The same holds true for our city. The donation drives and fundraisers woven into the District’s social fabric display Washington’s true character over the holidays, and suggest everything the city could one day be. Yet it is also a time when we’re forced to confront some serious issues that we could change in Washington — if we only resolved to do so. Later this week, D.C. residents will be confronted with a stark example that we aren’t yet at our “best self.� On Friday, the District will join communities across the country to honor Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. Together with the National Coalition for the Homeless, Miriam’s Kitchen will join D.C. residents, advocates and other groups to remember all of those who have died in our city this past year, without a place to live. The vigil will take place Friday at noon at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. It will be followed by a memorial procession to the Luther Place Memorial Church. All are welcome. I can promise you it will be a sobering moment — a reminder that, despite our city’s enormous wealth and more enormous potential, we sometimes fail. As we memorialize those who have left this world without so much as the basic dignity of a place to call home, it should serve as a wake-up call that Washington will be at its best only once it has taken the steps to protect those with the least.

letters to the editor broad branch needs balanced approach

Last month, dozens of local residents turned out for a public hearing on the D.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to rehabilitate the section of Broad Branch Road that borders Rock Creek Park. The city must soon decide how to rebuild the road and related infrastructure, which have fallen into disrepair and threaten the natural resources of our local national park [“Agency outlines options for Broad Branch Road,� The Current, Oct. 30]. Two themes that emerged at the hearing are seemingly in conflict: One group of residents expressed support for a bike lane and sidewalk along Broad Branch to provide nonmotorized access to the park from adjacent neighborhoods. Others expressed concern that hundreds of trees could be removed or damaged to repair the road and provide

It is too easy to suggest that chronic homelessness is an issue confined to isolated individuals. This crisis — not only of the death of a homeless individual, but of a life spent in homelessness — has a ripple effect on each and every one of us. Without housing, that individual doesn’t have the tools to manage his or her health, leading to frequent emergency room visits and hospital stays. washington will Without housing, that be at its best only individual resorts to sleepbeneath the awnings once it has taken ing and in the storefronts of local businesses. the steps to Without housing, that protect those with person lacks the mental health services to keep the least. stable, causing first responders to drop everything to help during recurring mental health episodes. Without housing, that individual is less likely to find full-time employment, earn steady income or save enough money to find an affordable apartment. Collectively, this situation impacts the entire community, whether we realize it or not. And it demands a community response. The fact is that individuals who die on the street do so needlessly. They die prematurely of diseases that affect all of us. They die from exposure to the elements. They die from violence and hate crimes. These deaths represent a failure of our city’s collective commitment to prevent the preventable. As we gather on Friday, Dec. 20, we are committed to celebrating the memories of the men and women who did not survive to experience this year’s holiday season. We will honor their memory by resolving to recognize our shared responsibility to prevent needless deaths on the streets. In doing so, we may finally make the changes that will allow D.C. to be its “best self� as a city. Will you join us? Scott Schenkelberg is president and CEO of Miriam’s Kitchen.

access for bicyclists and pedestrians. In an effort to reconcile these diverse viewpoints, the Rock Creek Conservancy has come forward with a balanced approach designed to enhance pedestrian and bicycle access while minimizing impacts on the tree canopy in the scenic Broad Branch valley. The Conservancy’s formal comments to the Transportation Department acknowledge the compelling need for providing non-motorized access along Broad Branch, where cyclists and pedestrians risk their safety on the narrow, winding roadway and are thereby discouraged from accessing the park. Yet it is also vitally important to minimize the project’s environmental impacts, which we believe can be accomplished if the agency takes additional steps to preserve the valley’s trees. For starters, we’ve recommended that protection of trees be a key design criterion, requiring close attention during the design phase of the project. Furthermore, we’ve urged the department to construct

the pedestrian path using pervious materials and to narrow the path below the District’s 6-foot standard as needed to protect trees. In addition, we’ve asked officials to consider terminating the sidewalk at Brandywine Street, which should reduce the need for retaining walls and tree removal while providing safe pedestrian access via the adjacent Forest Hills neighborhood. Unfortunately, Broad Branch Road cannot be rebuilt without significant impact to existing trees, and leaving it to further deteriorate will do even more damage to nearby resources. Rock Creek Conservancy believes the city is wise to undertake this project and to propose measures for non-motorized access. It would be a shame to miss this opportunity for a balanced approach to rebuilding Broad Branch Road that enhances public access while preserving as many trees as possible. Rick Morgan David Cottingham Members, Rock Creek Conservancy Board of Directors

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The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 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 ■ GeorGetown / cloisters Cloisters burleith / hillandale The commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW. Agenda items include: ■ presentation by Mayor Vincent Gray (during a break in the regular meeting agenda). ■ public safety and police report. ■ transportation report. ■ public works report. ■ introduction of Ellen Steury as the new commissioner in single-member district 2E07. ■ community comment, including a presentation on the Georgetown Community Partnership’s rental property compliance program. ■ discussion of the Georgetown 2028 plan proposed by the Georgetown Business Improvement District with community input. ■ consideration of an application for valet parking at Pinstripes, 3222

M St. (Georgetown Park mall). ■ consideration of the proposed modernization of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 1680 35th St. ■ consideration of a proposed addition at Hyde-Addison Elementary School. ■ consideration of Old Georgetown Board matters: 1351 Wisconsin Ave., former Georgetown Theater site, commercial, demolition, rooftop addition, rear addition, alterations, concept — revised design; 3001 M St., commercial, sign for “Little Penguin,” permit; 1632 33rd St., residence, one-story rear addition, concept; 1660 34th St., residence, rear additions — options, alterations to front facade, concept; 3141 O St., residence, alterations to rear elevation and to rear yard, repair stone wall, permit; 3217 P St., commercial, alterations, outdoor seating terrace, concept; 3240 P St., commercial, three-story rear addition plus basement, concept; 3107 Dumbarton St., residence, two-story rear addition to replace two-story porch, concept; 3222 M St., Georgetown Park, window decals for “DC DMV,” permit; 3286 M St., commercial, signs for parking lot, permit; and 3307-B M St., commercial, awnings, plaque and signs for “Calypso St. Barth,” permit. For details, call 202-724-7098 or visit anc2e.com. ANC 3B ANCPark 3B Glover ■ Glover Park / cathedral heiGhts At the commission’s Dec. 12 meeting: ■ Rock Creek Park superintendent Tara Morrison said her agency, the National Park Service, is awaiting information from the D.C. Water

and Sewer Authority, which plans to rehabilitate century-old sewer lines in the federally owned Glover Archbold and Soapstone Valley parks. Morrison said now that the public input period is over, the Park Service wants to make sure the water authority is “fully fleshing out all options,” based on a project reassessment and results from its tree survey. “We’re expecting to receive information at the end of winter or early spring of next year,” she said. Afterward, the Park Service can determine what kind of environmental study to conduct. Morrison’s update generated an hourlong discussion with commissioners and residents in a packed room. One common concern was over which agency would have ultimate authority in the decision-making. Morrison reiterated that it “depends on what DC Water comes up with in terms of what options they have.” If the activity involves parkland, she said, then the Park Service would have to grant permission to the water authority. “Our role is to preserve and protect the parks,” she said. Another major fear was that the Park Service hasn’t been doing enough to protect communities around the parks, including two Glover Park community gardens that date back to the World War II era. “I just hope that the final decision by the Park Service takes a larger view of the environment than just the park that’s under their control,” said one resident. “You may save the park from being touched in any way … but really damage the environment around it where all of us live.” Morrison encouraged residents to stay engaged throughout the

Citizens Association of Georgetown

As we come to the end of 2013, I find it especially appropriate to consider how our neighbors’ commitment to Georgetown, through their work with the Citizens Association of Georgetown, benefits this community. One of our neighbors who makes a very positive impact on our streets is Betsy Emes. About the only thing she does not do for Trees of Georgetown, of which she is chair, is plant the trees. And maybe she has held a shovel in her hands and I have not been there to see it. This time of year is one of the best to plant most trees. The cold days give the recently planted tree time to establish its root system. Maybe you observed in the last few weeks Casey Trees planting a variety of trees on our streets, including hop hornbeam (one of my favorites), hackberry, black gum, willow oak and heritage oak. Our association is proud to report that 69 trees will be planted throughout December and early spring. Each tree box has organic mulch and topsoil added before the tree is placed in the ground. Custom, regulation wrought-iron fences will be installed shortly thereafter. It is reported to me that there are several do’s and don’ts integral to a new tree’s health and wellness. Please do not add plants or bushes or bulbs to the tree boxes for the first two or three years. Anything planted around the tree takes away space for the roots and limits air and water necessary to thrive. Good news is that the new trees should not need watering until spring, when the leaves begin to form. Then your help is key to providing our wonderful tree canopy over our streets. — Pamla Moore planning process to make sure their input is considered. D.C. Water and Sewer Authority supervisor William Elledge later joined the meeting to provide more details. He said most opposition during the public comment period focused on removal of trees and construction of pumping stations. He also said that his agency and the Park Service will internally discuss the revised plans in the early spring, and that the public can next comment on a “refined” document “in 12 to 18 months.” Elledge also addressed concerns that pumping stations and roads could be built where the community gardens currently sit. “There’s no option where we would put an access path through that garden,” he said. Commission chair Brian Cohen reminded Morrison and Elledge that the neighborhood commission at its last meeting opposed the project options. ■ Lt. Allan Griffith of the U.S. Park Police introduced himself to the community. He said he can be contacted about issues at federal parks at allan_griffith@nps.gov. Residents can also contact the U.S. Park Police’s 24-hour dispatch line at 202-610-7500. ■ a Metropolitan Police Department representative gave an update on the neighborhood’s crime statistics from the past 30 days. Total overall crime is up 6 percent. Theft is up 8 percent, theft from autos is up 38 percent and total property crime is up 19 percent. Meanwhile robbery with guns is down 100 percent, and robbery excluding guns is down by 50 percent — “which doesn’t sound a lot, but when we do MPD math, that’s a lot,” the representative said. ■ Assistant Chief Larry Jackson reported on improvements in the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. These include the purchase of 17 ambulances, with 13 more on the way; and the

hiring of nine employees, with seven more coming. ■ Hasim Dawkins of the DC Sustainable Energy Utility gave a presentation on his organization, which helps city residents use less energy and save money on energy-efficient purchases. ■ commission chair Brian Cohen reported that the D.C. Department of Transportation will restore six lanes along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor in the spring, in response to complaints about congestion. ■ commission vice chair Jackie Blumenthal said the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is considering liquor license renewals for JP’s Lounge and Good Guys Club, the two strip clubs in Glover Park. The commission filed protests in both cases. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Stoddert Elementary School and Glover Park Community 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 ■ cleveland Park / woodley Park Woodley Park massachusetts avenue heiGhts Massachusetts Avenue Heights cathedral heiGhts The commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. For details, visit anc3c.org. ANC 3D ANCValley 3D Spring ■ sPrinG valley / wesley heiGhts Wesley Heights Palisades / kent / Foxhall The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. For details, call 202-363-4130 or visit anc3d.org.


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Mr. 400: Visi’s McCarthy reaches milestone victory By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Visitation throttled Independent School League rival St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 63-28 on Thursday night, but the blowout wasn’t even the highlight of the evening. The victory also gave Cubs coach Mike McCarthy his 400th win at the helm. “I have had the opportunity to coach many great players and athletes,” McCarthy wrote to The Current via email. “I have also had some great assistant coaches, including Kathy Gillespie and Julie Burke, who are coaching with me now.” When McCarthy came to Visitation in 1995, he and Jack Railey shared coaching duties. By 1999, Railey, one of McCarthy’s best friends, stepped down to attend to other responsibilities with family and work. McCarthy then took over as head coach, proceeding to build a local powerhouse. Visitation has been especially dominant in the last decade, winning at least a share of the Independent School League championship eight times during that stretch. With McCarthy’s success, other high schools naturally have tried to lure him away. But the coach has remained loyal to the Cubs and the program he molded.

“I have had the opportunity to move a few times to some [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference] schools, but I have always felt that Visitation is a special place and a great school,” wrote McCarthy. “I have always felt Visitation is the best combination of academics and athletics for girls in the area.” McCarthy balances coaching the Cubs with a full-time job in sales at RR Donnelley and five children. He points to his support system — with wife Kim at the top — as the source of his ability to juggle everything. “Kim comes to every game with my five children and allows me to coach,” said McCarthy. “I don’t think she has ever missed a game. She is very supportive and the girls’ biggest fan.” After getting his 400th win, McCarthy took some time to reflect on Visitation’s accomplishments since he has been at the helm. Several moments stood out. “Beating Bullis in the old gym in 1998 with McNevin Molloy scoring 30 points was a great moment,” he recalled. “Beating Flint Hill in 2005 to clinch the banner with Mary Veith, Katherine Conley, Stacy Mack and Mary Lacey Gilbride was one of the greatest moments ever.” And “winning a fourth championship with the class of 2010 was a

Brian Kapur/Current file photo

Cubs coach Mike McCarthy, shown with members of the 2012 team, called that season “magical” and added, “That team was special. We won our last 20 games.” McCarthy has coached Visitation since 1995. great moment. That class of Bridget Coakley, Nicole Krusen, Nina Swanson and Kristen Haley brought our program to another level.” While those older memories are still vivid thrillers, there’s one moment that shines above others for McCarthy: last winter’s ISL championship victory. The clinching games for both the regular season and postseason championships were stand-

outs for the coach. “The best win and most exciting game I have coached was beating Bullis at Bullis in 2012, 51-49, to win the ISL regular season championship,” wrote McCarthy. “Kate Gillespie and Maddy Williams took over the game with everything on the line. The game was intense. The exhilaration and joy from our girls and fans was incredible.”

Roosevelt preps for marathon rather than sprint

Frogs repeat as Walker tourney champs By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

Maret’s boys basketball team opened its season by dropping three games in the 58th annual Sleepy Thompson tournament. Those defeats served as a wake-up call for the Frogs going into their next event. “We didn’t think that we were going to finish in eighth place of that tournament,” said senior guard Steffen Davis. “We had an intense practice week this week, and we said in the St. Albans tournament we have to pick it back up, and we did.” At St. Albans Saturday afternoon, the Frogs used their new motivation to roll past John Paul the Great, Theodore Roosevelt and Germantown Academy, winning the Bishop John T. Walker Tournament championship for the second year in a row. Senior point guard Drake Goddard was named MVP of the weekend event. “It means a lot because a lot of people said we weren’t going to do that well because we lost a lot of seniors,” said Davis. “There was some fierce competition out here, but we got it done late in the games.” In the championship game against Germantown Academy, a Pennsylvania school, the

Frogs dominated en route to a 56-42 victory. Davis led the team with 23 points, including four three-point buckets. The senior’s sharp shooting opened things up for the offense, which was missing senior forward Jalen Barnes, who was out with a stomach flu. “Steffen is a sniper,” said Frogs coach Garrett O’Donnell. “It’s really nice to have a guy that can knock down big shots in big moments.” While Davis did his damage from long distance, Goddard was the maestro behind the Frogs’ offensive explosion. The point guard scored 18 points, but he also constantly put his teammates in position to score. Another key player was junior guard Max Steiner, who stepped up in Barnes’ absence to support the offense with nine points. “I think it gives these seniors something to hang their hat on and move forward with,” O’Donnell said of the tournament win. The Frogs hope the early-season achievement can help them build toward bigger things, like successfully defending their MidAtlantic Conference crown. “Winning all three games here really helps us, and it helps up pick it up going into league play,” said Davis. Maret will enjoy a break until the new year, when the team will host Landon Jan. 2.

“That team was special. We won our last 20 games. My youngest son Ryan was crying because he was going to miss the girls,” he said. A constant in all of McCarthy’s best memories is watching his players succeeding, rather than any specific coaching moves he made. “I have always found that I am a better coach with better players,” he quipped.

By BRIAN KAPUR Current Staff Writer

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Maret senior point guard Drake Goddard was named MVP at the fourth annual Bishop John T. Walker Tournament.

After sprinting out to a 21-0 record last season, Roosevelt’s boys basketball team ran out of steam and lost in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title game. With that loss, the Rough Riders learned a painful lesson: It’s not how you start the season; it’s how you finish. That message has reverberated through the team’s locker room this season. “The expectations for the season — we’re going to take lumps early and we want to win late,” said senior point guard Johnnie Shuler. “Last year we won all the tough games first and lost the championship later. [This season] we had a team meeting for the players coming back and said we have one goal — win the championship.” Emphasizing that goal, the coaches are trying to keep key players fresh through more See Roosevelt/Page 10


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rotations earlier in the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The key is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to make sure that we involve the entire team and get more personnel playing early so we have fresh legs at the end of the season,â&#x20AC;? said Roosevelt assistant coach Tony Langley. The Rough Riders lost eight seniors from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including three starters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but they return a talented squad of only juniors and seniors. The coaches say the team isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rebuilding, but reloading. The squad will be led by Shuler, who recently committed to play for La Salle University next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shuler has improved his decision-making, ball handling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his total game,â&#x20AC;? said Langley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has been getting stronger and working the weight room.â&#x20AC;? The Rough Riders also bring back forward Jibrill Faulkner, a senior who recently committed to

play in college for California State University at Northridge. Faulkner was a critical starter last year and is expected to continue making an impact in the post. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing center for us,â&#x20AC;? said Langley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raw, even though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s played varsity for four years. He is a tremendous talent. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on his ball handling. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting to evolve.â&#x20AC;? Senior guard Jarell Allen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a four-year starter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is also expected to play a big role. And Roosevelt now adds junior forward Anthony Whitney to the rotation. Whitney â&#x20AC;&#x153;has really worked to improve his game,â&#x20AC;? said Langley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is definitely a significant contributor to the team.â&#x20AC;? With its experienced lineup, Roosevelt seeks to turn tough lessons into a championship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to come back more motivated and stronger this time and try to win the championship,â&#x20AC;? said Shuler.

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Purple Puck tourney enters 21st year

Gonzaga will host the 21st annual National Capital Ice Hockey Tournament â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Purple Puck â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dec. 26 through 30. The tournament takes place at Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home ice rink, Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Along with the Eagles, other participating teams from the region will include St. Albans, DeMatha, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell, Bullis and St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ryken. The event will include an exhibition game at 1 p.m. Dec. 30 featuring the USA Warrior Ice Hockey team. There will also be a free ice hockey skills clinic with the Washington Pride College Prep Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team at 4 p.m. Admission to the event is free. For more informa-

Scores Girls basketball

Grace Brethren 55, Field 25 Sidwell 47, Takoma Academy 43 Visitation 63, St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 28 Field 42, Washington Christian 40

Cathedral 64, Sidwell 30 Walls 43, Perry Street Prep 11 Wilson 47, Hill School 41 Peddie School 45, Bell 34 Visitation 47, Lansdale Catholic 23 St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 61, Ursuline Academy 55 Wilson 50, Bullis 43 Hebrew Academy 42, WIS 37

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Roosevelt senior guard Johnnie Shuler, right, recently committed to play at the college level for La Salle University. Shuler hopes to win a DCIAA title before graduating from Roosevelt.

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s falls in WCAC showdown

The Cadets boys basketball team couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep up with Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival Paul VI Thursday night, falling 71-51. It was a game that most local rankings projected as a preview of the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship match. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was led by senior guard James Palmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18 points. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three guards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seniors Darian Bryant and Tre Campbell, and sophomore Anthony Cowan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; each scored seven. The Cadets bounced back on Saturday by defeating Potomac 81-67 as part of DeMathaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National High School Hoops Festival. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will be back in action Saturday when the squad travels to play at Wise in Maryland.

Peddie School 47, Wilson 45 Nazareth 64, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 Bullis 46 , Bell 31

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National Collegiate 75, Bell 36 Saint James 73, GDS 51 Flint Hill 72, Sidwell 63 Saint Anselmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 53, Field 31 St. Albans 61, Bell 35

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Maret 77, Roosevelt 60 Germantown Academy 63, St. Albans 57 Flint Hill 86, GDS 55 The Heights 82, Bell 60 John Carroll 66, Gonzaga 57 Maret 56, Germantown 42 Roosevelt 65, St. Albans 49 Coolidge 76, Gonzaga 63 WIS 52, Hebrew Academy 42

SCIENCE: Standards stress practice-based learning From Page 3

deemed among the best in the nation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the reasons that the D.C. Learning Standards for Science earned such high marks from our team of experts is because all of the essential content was presented clearly,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Next Generation Science Standards, by contrast, omit or merely imply too much essential content.â&#x20AC;? Specifically, Porter-Magee argues that the new standards fail to explicitly articulate goals for science curriculum in the early grades. In

addition, she said the new focus on hands-on learning would come at the expense of mastering the fundamentals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something the District currently does well. Porter-Mageeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s testimony notwithstanding, Lord and Mara report virtually no local opposition to the new standards in the District. With regard to opposition elsewhere in the country, Lord said some conservative activists are upset with language citing humanityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in creating climate change, but she dismissed their concerns as outside the mainstream. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest rap against [the

standards] is coming from people who see the words â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;biological evolutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;climate changeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and freak out. It goes against their worldview,â&#x20AC;? Lord said. But according to Mara â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a prominent District Republican who has run for D.C. Council â&#x20AC;&#x201D; these concepts have support across the political spectrum in this city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even among your more conservative people in the District of Columbia, no oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really debating evolution,â&#x20AC;? he said. Detailed information about the Next Generation Science Standards is available at nextgenscience.org.


A Look at the Market in Northwest Washington

December 18, 2013 â&#x2013;  Page 11

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styled counterparts on Western Avenue, especially with its exteriorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sharp angles and mixed composition of brick, stone and HardiPlank siding. Located at 4839 Western Ave., this unique four-bedroom, with four bathrooms and two half-baths, is on the market for $1,575,000. From the front, one of the dwellingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prominent outdoor features is the multicolored stone screen wall, which sits in front of a flagstone terrace. Matching these stone features are the steps leading up to the covered entryway. A minimalist, sleek interior is found inside this 3,685-square-foot home. Uniformed themes, such as wide-plank hardwood flooring made of white oak, create a clean look on the first and second levels. And folded and cantilevered stair steps made of the same wooden material create a seamless connection between these two stories. Another recurrent theme is the oak cabinetry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with a different

Photos courtesy of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty

This contemporary four-bedroom American University Park home on Western Avenue is priced at $1,575,000. finish â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prevalent in the kitchen and in all the bathrooms and powder rooms. And an abundance of large windows on the two floors and 9-foot ceilings brightens and broadens the spacious rooms. From the glass entryway, prospective buyers are first welcomed by a sitting room with two long corner windows facing the front terrace. On the east side of the doorway is a wet bar with a mini-wine refrigerator, a powder room, a hallway closet and an office. A great room is on the other side of the front sitting area. Flanked with long windows overlooking the backyard, this open layout connects the show-stopping kitchen, a dining

area and a living area, giving new owners the opportunity to entertain on a grand or intimate level. The kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enormous marbleswirled island serves as an eating area and a cooking and prep station. Bosch stainless steel appliances adorn this space, as does a large window by the deep sink. Across from the kitchen is a gas fireplace, also lined with the same swirled marble as the kitchen countertops. Right above it are two crannies that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with their wiring for TV, cable and Internet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can accommodate an entertainment center. Next to the fireplace is a glasspanel door that leads to the rear yard and one-car garage.

   

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tional bedroom, with a full bath, is on the other side of this floor. Nearby is a side entrance and a kitchenette with an attached washer and dryer, making this area ideal for an in-law or au pair suite. This four-bedroom home with four bathrooms and two half-baths at 4839 Western Ave. is offered for $1,575,000. For more information contact Barbara Zuckerman of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty at barbarazdc@aol.com, 202-9975977 or 301-967-3344.

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The business groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lights match its revamped median, which spans 8,000 square feet from K Street to Jefferson Place. A sidewalk improvement project currently underway will continue the beautification process and will include better electrical wiring to help further light up the area in future holiday seasons, Agouridis said. The efforts of the business group and stores such as Tiny Jewel Box, with its dramatic use of red in windows showing some of the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique offerings, have made an impression on the busy professionals who walk the streets daily. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It conjures up the spirit,â&#x20AC;? said Evie Nichols, a lawyer who has a view of the seasonal decor from her office window on Connecticut Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It dresses up the area, which can be pretty corporate otherwise.â&#x20AC;? Enough to go on a shopping spree? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go that far,â&#x20AC;? Nichols said. In an interesting twist on the long tradition of sprucing up storefront windows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a tactic perhaps most famously utilized by Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in New York City â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Golden Triangle set up scenes of snowmen, complete with holiday lights, in the vacated building at 1133 Connecticut Ave. that once housed Fileneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basement. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such an effective display that it made Adams Morgan resident Jennifer Barger, a well-known local fashion and features writer, think she saw the ghost of Christmas past when she passed by it recently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It

drew me in,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then it made me angry.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew Fileneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was closed, but I was a little hopeful,â&#x20AC;? she explained. Getting people to stop when walking by open shops is what Bill McLeod is hoping to accomplish in his first year as the executive director of the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty percent of purchases are made on impulse,â&#x20AC;? McLeod said of the importance of luring customers into stores. McLeod, who previously headed the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District for more than six years, hopes Dupontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s window contest will lead merchants to better market them-

selves year-round to customers who might otherwise be headed toward D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trendier revitalized neighborhoods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dupont has rested on its success for a long time,â&#x20AC;? McLeod said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of competition on 14th Street. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new paradigm.â&#x20AC;? In the challenge to distract peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes from their phones to the stores, neighborhood groups and retailers have also taken to social media to pluck would-be customers from online storefronts. The Georgetown Business Improvement District has created a Facebook page for its contest and to better promote a festival of lights in the neighborhood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; modeled after that of Lyon, France â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which runs

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mance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 5 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  Jonathan Tucker will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. Sales â&#x2013;  A holiday market will feature jewelry, textiles, and home and personal accessories by Diane Ginsburg, Keithley Pierce, Meena Tharmaratnam, Cindy Hornaman and Melanie Ferrara. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7994. The sale will continue Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. â&#x2013;  The ninth annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket.com. The market will continue through Monday from noon to 8 p.m. daily. Special events â&#x2013;  The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $8 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;ZooLightsâ&#x20AC;? will feature environmentally friendly light displays, a model train exhibit, two 150-foot-long â&#x20AC;&#x153;snow tubingâ&#x20AC;? tracks, the Conservation Carousel and live entertainment. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Thursday, Dec. 19 Thursday DeCeMber 19 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  A one-hour holiday workshop will feature a tour of the historic Tudor Place mansion and a chance to design and build an edible gingerbread house to take home (for ages 5 and older). 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. $10 to $12; free for accompanying adult. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. The workshop will also be offered Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  The Graphic Novel Book Club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Calamity Jackâ&#x20AC;? by Shannon and Dean Hale, make an inventive craft inspired by Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adventures against the giants, and enjoy a themed snack (for ages

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Thursday, DeCeMber 19 â&#x2013;  Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, soprano Leah Crocetto (shown), mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, tenor Russell Thomas and bass-baritone Iain Paterson will present Handelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? in the Goossens orchestration. 7 p.m. $10 to $85. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. 7 through 10). 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Class â&#x2013;  Iona Senior Services will host a dance class designed for people living with Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease and led by teachers Margot Greenlee, Robert Sacheli, Erika Stratmann and Anthony Hyatt. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-253-7946. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Wayne Wilentz quartet will salute Wayne Shorter on his 80th birthday by performing music that highlights Shorterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collaboration with Brazilian singer-songwriter Milton Nascimento. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202633-1000. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature the Thomas Circle Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  Listen Local First D.C. will present its Holiday Nine Showcase, featuring songs from nine different local musicians. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Sidwell Chamber Chorus Singers from Sidwell Friends School will perform holiday songs. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Clydeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Georgetown, 3236 M St. NW. 202-3339180. The performance will repeat daily through Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  A holiday music concert series will feature The Capital Hearings performing a cappella music. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-2258333. â&#x2013;  The S&R Foundation Artist Concert Series will feature the Parker Quartet with Kikuei Ikeda performing works by Beethoven and DvorĂĄk. 7:30 p.m. $65. Evermay, 1623 28th St. NW. 202-2986007. â&#x2013;  Students of Dave Baise will present a guitar recital. 8 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-2447326.

Films â&#x2013;  Senior Cinema Thursday will feature a Springhouse-sponsored screening of Nicole Holofcenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enough Said,â&#x20AC;? starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gondolfini. 10:30 a.m. $3.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. â&#x2013;  The Chevy Chase Library will present a holiday film. 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Autumn in New Yorkâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a movie set in the Big Apple. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225. Meetings â&#x2013;  The West End Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new evening book club will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anansi Boysâ&#x20AC;? by Neil Gaiman. 7 p.m. Free. West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. 202-724-8707. â&#x2013;  The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Maria Sempleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d You Go, Bernadette,â&#x20AC;? about an eighth-grader who uses emails, letters and other documents in an attempt to find her suddenly missing mother. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-7270232. Performances â&#x2013;  The collective LYGO DC will present a stand-up comedy show featuring David Tveite and Matty Litwack. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. ODB Live! stage, Old Dominion Brewhouse, 1219 9th St. NW. lygodc.com. â&#x2013;  Washington Improv Theater will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasonal Disorder,â&#x20AC;? a look at the seemingly unavoidable chaos that the holidays deliver. 8 and 10 p.m. $12 to $30. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-2047770. Performances will continue through Dec. 28. â&#x2013;  Underground Comedy and LYGO DC will present a stand-up comedy show. 9 p.m. $15. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. lygodc.com. Sale â&#x2013;  Karen Domenici of Southwestern Silver will present a trunk show. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. National Geographic Museum Store, 1145 17th St. NW. 202857-7521. Special events â&#x2013;  A Holiday Language Meet-Up will offer a chance to practice French, Spanish, German and English skills. The event will include a tour of works from the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanent collection. 6 p.m. $12 to $15; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events. â&#x2013;  The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club will hold a holiday gala with dinner See events/Page 15


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Friday DeCeMber 20 Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature Vox Pulchra performing early music. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, emcee and producer Kokayi will present a preview concert for the Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwideâ&#x20AC;? festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Students of Jean Gioffi will present a piano, voice, flute and clarinet recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Women of the Schola Cantorum will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The King of Love & Light: Music for the Christmas Season.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Great Hall, Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202347-3215. â&#x2013;  The Gay Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sparkle, Jingle, Joy,â&#x20AC;? featuring Grammy Award winner Matt Alber. 8 p.m. $54. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. tickets.gmcw.org. The concert will repeat Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. â&#x2013;  Steady Rollin Bob Margolin will perform. 8 p.m. $15 to $18. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussion â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer Eric Denker will present a gallery talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Special event â&#x2013;  The DC Fashion Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cultural Couture Holiday Showcaseâ&#x20AC;? will feature art, jewelry, furniture, fashion, artisans, photographs, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and spirits. 6 to 9 p.m. Free admission; reservations required. Atrium Gallery, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. dcfashionfoundation.eventbrite.com. Saturday, Dec. 21

Saturday DeCeMber 21 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; FĂŞte de NoĂŤlâ&#x20AC;? will feature a holiday storytime, an activity hour and a caroling workshop with pianist Julia Tulloch. 10:30 a.m. $8 to $10. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a program on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Avian Mysteries.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. â&#x2013;  A family event will feature a festive holiday tea followed by a chocolate work-

shop, with participants making a decorated chocolate house to take home (for ages 5 and older). 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $20 to $25; $10 for accompanying adult. Reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program on stars and constellations associated with Christmas and other holiday traditions. 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. â&#x2013;  Asmae Otmani will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les dĂŠlices de Noelâ&#x20AC;? cooking workshop for ages 5 through 10. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. $55. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org. â&#x2013;  Park ranger Tony Linforth will lead a planetarium program about the science behind deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Washington Chorus will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Candlelight Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring brass, organ, percussion, harp, a 200-voice chorus, singalongs and a candlelight processional. 1 p.m. $15 to $70. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Carolingâ&#x20AC;? program will feature the Washington Sängerbund and The Alpine Singers. 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present the Choral Arts Chorus and the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington in â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Enchanted Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring Yuletide classics, Italian carols and a singalong. 4 p.m. $15 to $75. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Tuesday at 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature Philomela, a womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocal ensemble. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  Sweet Heaven Kings, a 16-member gospel brass and percussion band from Anacostiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United House of Prayer, will present a holiday concert. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  Students of Helen West will present a saxophone, clarinet and flute recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  Rootsmusic band Donna the Buffalo will perform. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. thehowardtheatre.com. â&#x2013;  On the Bus, a Grateful Dead tribute band, will perform. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer David Gariff will present a gallery talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas Story in Art.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The talk will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  Visual artists Lauren Rice and Brian Barr will discuss their work in the exhibit

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On exhibit feminist theory, will open Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and continue through April 27. The museum also opened two other shows recently: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Equal Exposure: Anita Steckelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fight Against Censorship,â&#x20AC;? on view through May 9 in the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, features personal papers, photographs and art highlighting a woman who sparked a media scandal in 1972 by refusing to self-censor her exuberant female and male erotic figures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wanderer: Travel Prints by Ellen Day Haleâ&#x20AC;? presents exquisitely detailed etchings of the cities, landscapes and people encountered by the widely traveled Hale (1855-1940). It will continue through Jan. 5. Located at 1250 New York Ave. NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students; it is free for visitors 18 and younger. Free Community Days are the first Sunday of the month. 202783-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fete des Lumieres Georgetown,â&#x20AC;? a holiday light show with five interactive displays by internationally acclaimed artists, opened last Friday at several locations in Georgetown and will continue through Friday. The displays can be viewed nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. at locations that include: Thomas Jefferson Street between M and K streets NW; the courtyard at JBGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jefferson Court office building at 1025 Thomas Jefferson St. NW; and Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. georgetowndc.com. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bojagi & Beyond,â&#x20AC;? showcasing the artistry and originality of the traditional quilted Korean wrapping cloth known as bojagi, opened last week in the cultural center of the embassy of the republic of Korea, where it will continue through Jan. 17. 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. 202-939-5600. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artwork by Tracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kids,â&#x20AC;? highlighting the Tracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kids Art Therapy program that helps young cancer patients and their families cope with the trauma of cancer and its treatment, opened last week at Carroll Square Gallery, where it will

the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star of bethlehem Quilt,â&#x20AC;? on loan from the brooklyn Museum, is part of a new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. continue through Jan. 24. Located at 975 F St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-347-7978. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art and Wellness: Creative Aging,â&#x20AC;? spotlighting older artists from Iona Senior Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wellness and Arts Center, opened recently at the Phillips Collection, where it will continue through Jan. 5. 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 free. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recent Acquisitions: American Art From the Johns Collection,â&#x20AC;? highlighting a recent gift of prints, drawings and a single painting from San Francisco collectors Bud and Fran Moreland Johns, opened over the weekend at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and will continue through Feb. 9. The gallery also recently opened â&#x20AC;&#x153;Question Bridge: Black Males,â&#x20AC;? featuring a five-channel video installation about the identity of black males in America. It will continue through Feb. 16. Located at 500 17th St. NW, the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday until 9 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students; it is free for children under 12 and military personnel. 202-639-1700.

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Films â&#x2013;  The Ballet in Cinema series will present the Bolshoi Balletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sleeping Beauty.â&#x20AC;? 11 a.m. $18.80. West End Cinema, 23rd Street between M and N streets NW. 202-419-3456. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richard Wagner Revisitedâ&#x20AC;? series will feature a restored, four-hour version of Luchino Viscontiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1972 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ludwig,â&#x20AC;? about the life of Richard Wagnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patron, Bavarian King Ludwig II. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215.

Sale â&#x2013;  The 23rd annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;BZB Holiday Gift & Art Showâ&#x20AC;? will feature holiday items, home accessories, clothes, jewelry and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-6104188.

Performances â&#x2013;  Hemu Nair and M.K. Paulsen will star in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wake & Bacon,â&#x20AC;? a weekly brunch and comedy show presented by the collective LYGO DC. 3 to 5 p.m. $10. Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern, 520 Florida Ave. NW. lygodc.com. â&#x2013;  A Youth Open Mic will feature student poets, singers, musicians and actors. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227. â&#x2013;  Linsay Demingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s variety show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Church Nightâ&#x20AC;? will present a holiday show featuring musician Jonny Grave, burlesque artist Pria Puss, comedian Sara Armour and rock band The North Country. 9 p.m.

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book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deadball, a Metaphysical Baseball Novel.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 2 p.m. Free admission. Mall Store, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a planetarium program on winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. â&#x2013;  Children will hear a story about Eleanor Roosevelt and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202633-1000. Concerts â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Carolingâ&#x20AC;? program will feature the Metropolitan Ringers and the Metropolitan Church Chancel and Dayspring Choirs. 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. â&#x2013;  Tenor Jackson Caesar will perform. 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. â&#x2013;  The Washington Bach Consort will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ceremony & Celebration: Christmas With the Consort,â&#x20AC;? featuring Benjamin Brittenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Ceremony of Carolsâ&#x20AC;? and John La Montaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colorful Christmas cantata. 3 p.m. $23 to $61. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202429-2121. â&#x2013;  Students of Doug Pierce and Stephen Baker will present a trumpet, trombone and rock band class recital. 5:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326. â&#x2013;  The D.C. roots-rock band Last Train Home will perform original holiday tunes and interpretations of yuletide classics. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Ensemble Galilei will perform works by Medieval and Renaissance composers for Christmas and the winter solstice. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6941. 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;  Singer-songwriters Phillip Noss, Natalie York and Jason Masi will perform. 7 p.m. $5 to $10. Gypsy Sallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com. Films â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Philippe BĂŠziatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Becoming Traviata,â&#x20AC;? about the creation of the 2011 production of Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera at the Aix-enProvence Festival. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202737-4215. The film will be shown again Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present Jean-Luc Godardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1963 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contempt,â&#x20AC;? about a screenwriter who is weighing an offer to jazz up â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Odysseyâ&#x20AC;? for a Hollywood mogul and trying to fathom why his wife no longer likes him. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Dec. 28 at 2:30 p.m. Service â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carols by Candlelightâ&#x20AC;? will celebrate

the national tour of the hit musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Gershwinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Porgy and bessâ&#x20AC;? will visit the National theatre Dec. 25 through 29.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Porgy and Bessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tour to visit D.C. The National theatre will host the national touring production of the Tony-winning musical revival â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gershwinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Porgy and Bessâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 25 through 29. The classic story is set in Charlestonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fabled Catfish Row â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where the

On StAGe beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown and by the seductive enticements of the troublemaker Sporting Life, the relationship between Porgy and Bess evolves into a deep romance. Tickets start at $48. The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-514-3849; thenationaldc.com. â&#x2013;  Kennedy Center will host â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flashdance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Musicalâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 25 through Jan. 19 at the Eisenhower Theater. The stage adaptation of the hit 1983 movie tells the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with Christmas with holiday music. 6 p.m. Free; passes required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. The event will repeat Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23

Monday DeCeMber 23 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Break Drop-In Programâ&#x20AC;? will offer an introduction to charcoal drawing (for ages 5 and older with an adult companion). 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Lobbyingâ&#x20AC;? concert series will feature The City Singers, an outreach ensemble of the City Choir of Washington. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100. â&#x2013;  The Encore Chorale, featuring singers over the age of 55, will perform holiday music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Ken-

her boss at the steel mill threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. Tickets cost $45 to $150. 202467-4600; kennedy-center.org. â&#x2013;  theater J will present the world premiere of Darrah Cloudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Suburbâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 19 through Jan. 12 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. This homage to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Townâ&#x20AC;? is set in suburban Illinois in 1977, when the Nazis threatened to march on Skokie. As the Major and Edelman families prepare for Christmas and Hanukkah, Ricky and Thornton fall into an interfaith teen romance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and soon find themselves absorbed in a growing menace that turns into heartbreak. Tickets cost $15 to $65. The center is located at 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497; theaterj.org. â&#x2013;  Studio theatre has extended Richard Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political family dramas â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Apple Family Playsâ&#x20AC;? through Jan. 5 in rotating repertory. The plays â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;That Hopey Changey Thingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweet and Sadâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; follow a familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story over two tumultuous years in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, 2010 and 2011. Tickets cost $39 to $85. Studio Theatre is located at 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300; studiotheatre.org.

nedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Kennedy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messiahâ&#x20AC;? singalong will feature conductor Barry Hemphill, members of the Opera House Orchestra and professional soloists. 8 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the Hall of Nations two hours before the performance. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer Eric Denker will present a gallery talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northern Mannerist Prints From the Kainen Collection.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-7374215. The talk will repeat Tuesday at noon. â&#x2013;  National Gallery of Art lecturer Eric Denker will present a gallery talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Primer of Dutch Genre Painting.â&#x20AC;? 1 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The talk will See events/Page 17


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Events Entertainment Continued From Page 16 repeat Tuesday at 1 p.m. â&#x2013;  A National Gallery of Art lecturer will present a gallery talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell It With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shaw Memorial.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature 1991â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antonia and Jane,â&#x20AC;? a British film about two women living vicariously through one another to escape their respective routines. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Fiction Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Companion series will present Nathan H. Juranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1958 movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 7th Voyage of Sinbad,â&#x20AC;? starring Kerwin Mathews and Kathryn Grant. 6 p.m. Free. Room A-5, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7271295. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Anaheim Ducks. 7 p.m. $44 to $428. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. Tuesday, Dec. 24

Tuesday DeCeMber 24 Concerts â&#x2013;  The Beltway Brass Quintet will perform jazzy and cheerful arrangements of holiday favorites. Noon. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present the Choral Arts Chorus and the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chorus of Washington in â&#x20AC;&#x153;An

Enchanted Christmas,â&#x20AC;? featuring Yuletide classics, Italian carols and a singalong. 4 p.m. $15 to $75. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  A holiday music concert series will feature Tony Craddock Jr. and Cold Front performing jazz music. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. â&#x2013;  The Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ will present the 16th annual Christmas Eve Jazz Vespers. 7 p.m. Free. Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW. 202723-3953. Film â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will present Philippe Lelloucheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Best Holidays,â&#x20AC;? about a familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memorable summer vacation during the heat wave of July 1976. 7:30 p.m. $11. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. Services â&#x2013;  St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, will present the Carols, Pageant and Choral Eucharist, at 5 p.m.; and the Festival Choral Eucharist with orchestra, at 7:30 and 11 p.m. Free. 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  A candlelight Christmas Eve service

will feature seasonal music, readings, reflections, silence and prayers. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. â&#x2013;  The Choir of the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart will perform a choral prelude, and the Rev. Walter Rossi will lead a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mass with pageant, at 5 p.m.; the National Shrineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir and Chamber Orchestra will offer choral meditations on the Nativity, at 10 p.m.; and Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, will lead the Solemn Vigil Mass of Christmas Eve, at 10:30 p.m. Free. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300. â&#x2013;  Cardinal Donald Wuerl will celebrate the Solemn Mass of Christmas. 9:15 p.m. Free. Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-3473215. â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral will celebrate Christmas Eve with a Festival Holy Eucharist service. 10 p.m. Free; passes required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. Wednesday, Dec. 25

Wednesday DeCeMber 25 Concerts â&#x2013;  Washington National Cathedral organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley will perform a Christmas Day recital with soprano Rosa Lamoreaux. 5:15 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-5376200. â&#x2013;  The Millennium Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 15th annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam will feature

drummer Lenny Robinson, trumpeter Tom Williams, bassist James King, vocalist Delores Williams and host Chuck Redd. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Services â&#x2013;  The Washington National Cathedral will celebrate Christmas with a Festival Holy Eucharist service, at 11 a.m.; and soloist Rosa Lamoreaux (shown) will perform at the Christmas Day Service of Lessons and Carols, at 4 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-6200. â&#x2013;  Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, will lead the Solemn Christmas Day Mass, at noon; and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, will lead the Spanish-language Christmas Day Mass, at 2:30 p.m. Free. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300. Special event â&#x2013;  The Washington DC Jewish Community Center will hold its 27th annual Day of Service, featuring events at more than 50 sites throughout the area. Various times. $18 fee; register by Monday at noon. washingtondcjcc.org/d25. Thursday,DeCeMber Dec. 26 Thursday 26 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  A â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Break Drop-In Programâ&#x20AC;? will offer a chance to create a sculpture

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John Eaton first-graders all went to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. We went to the Discovery Room and learned to look at shells like scientists. We had to describe them by color, texture, pattern and size. We sorted them into different categories. We also went to the gems and minerals room where we saw rocks in lots of colors, shapes and sizes. We even got to touch some. Here is what first-graders had to say about the field trip: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were some really cool, sparkly gems.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We saw a cave with brown rocks and glow-in-thedark rocks.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the shiny minerals and gems.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw purple rocks.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the rocks had a lot of colors, not just one color.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned that rocks can be bumpy and smooth.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I noticed there was jewelry, not just gems and minerals.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had fun.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We saw fuzzy rocks.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked when it said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Please Touch.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played I spy and told about a rock, then someone had to point to it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite rock was sparkly gold.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found rocks that looked like tall buildings.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the rocks looked like they had hair!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were stripey seashells.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the shells were rigid.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked the colorful crystals.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was awesome, spectacular, fantastic!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; First-graders

Edmund Burke School

Cross-country is not the most popular sport at Burke. I am unsure why that is. I joined cross-country this year, and although I only got my first taste of it, I am looking forward to more great seasons. The team consists of both mid-

break begins this Friday. In lieu of a regular assembly, the high school had a disassembly last Friday to de-stress. During the hourlong community event, students and faculty enjoyed holidaythemed movies, refreshments, entertainment and time to simply relax. In sports, the boys varsity basketball team was recently led by junior Cameron Koubek, with 20 points, in the defeat of Thurgood Marshall Academy 68-54 to bring its season record to 4-2. The team also competed against Flint Hill and Sidwell Friends before having time off for winter break. The girls varsity basketball team recently defeated Holton-Arms 44-41, led by sophomore Ari White with 21 points, bringing its overall record to 4-3. In wrestling, senior Julia Ernst won the St. James Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and was also voted the most outstanding wrestler for the tournament. In diving, sophomore Lexi von Friedeburg clinched first place at a recent Stone Ridge meet. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carlton Marshall II, 12th-grader

School disPatches dle- and high-schoolers, with the high school students being the majority. The middle school boys had five members, which was enough to create a boys middle school team to compete in the PVAC championships. It was Burkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first middle school crosscountry team in a long time. The middle school team had its own traditions as well. One of them was a spaghetti dinner before meets to give us carbs so we could run well. The runners all contributed to the dinner and brought spaghetti, salad, bread and cookies. At the end of the year, a banquet was hosted to acknowledge the members of the team and to meet one last time as a team in the 2013 season. The coaches gave short speeches about each member of the team and presented each of them with a small yearbook of the season. The Burke cross-country team attended several races and meets over the course of the year. The first one we went to was the initial meet of the PVAC tournament and our last was the championship meet at Sandy Spring. Though not winning a title, two of our runners received well-earned medals for placing. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pablo Laguard, eighth-grader

Hyde-Addison Elementary

Go Hyde-Addison Hurricanes! Congratulations to the boys basketball team as they begin their season. Mr. Harrison, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach, is very good. Having played for the Georgetown Hoyas when he was in college, Coach Harrison makes the boys work hard and also have fun at the same time. Mr. Atwell, HydeAddisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth-grade teacher, manages the team and works behind the scenes to make sure the season goes well. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first game, although it was lost by eight points, was a good sign that this is going to be a

Georgetown Day School

Let it snow! The first snow day and delayed opening of the school year took place last week and students were delighted. It goes without saying that everyone was in need of a short break and time to recharge. Fortunately, another break is approaching as only a few more days of school remain before winter

great year for the team. Without any practices ahead of time, the Hurricanes beat their highest score from last season. At their second game, the Hurricanes came back from a 0-10 first quarter to end at 16-30. Jack Maysak, a second-year player, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a work in progress. I think we can win three or four games. We are still a young team but we are a good team and got a lot of talent.â&#x20AC;? Luca Camponovo said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team is going to be very good if we hustle and pass.â&#x20AC;? The boys practice on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school and play their games on Thursdays at different schools around the city. Come see us play. This season is going to be awesome. You can find our schedule at tinyurl.com/ hyde-addison-basketball. Go Hurricanes! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maxwell Levine, fourth-grader

Mann Elementary

Every two weeks at Horace Mann we meet with a Centaur Action Team made up of Mann students and adults. We have been working in a group called Helping Hands. We have done four large projects. First we made cards for the seniors at a retirement center. When they came to Mr. Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-k class we greeted them with our cards. Our next project was a stuffed animal drive for the Mustard Seed Community in Jamaica. They make a holiday meal and give out stuffed animals to the kids at the Christmas meal. We started off at an all-school morning meeting by presenting our signs and speaking about our community service project. We collected 530 animals in five days! Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than 100 stuffed animals a day! Another project was Holiday Mail for Heroes. We created our own cards and messages. These cards were sent to our servicemen and women all over the world.

Our last project was a food drive for our friends at the homeless shelter Friendship Place. We put cans and nonperishable goods in boxes outside of each classroom. We filled 12 boxes of food in one week. We felt great helping people in our community and around the world by making a contribution in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Josh, fifth-grader; Jack and Keegan, fourth-graders; Sunhee and Natalia, third-graders; Sara, second-grader; and Victoria and Tom, first-graders

Maret School

We just finished a nonfiction writing unit. First, we brainstormed ideas. Then we made a S.T.O.C. (Speed Table Of Contents) to organize our work. Then using each of the topics we had in our S.T.O.C., we would write as much as we could about them in our writing journals. Next, we would use a blue pen to make each piece of our writing transition better. That improved our writing, and with the blue pen, we also added more facts into our story. Then we used the red pen to edit capitalization, handwriting, organization, punctuation and spelling. After that, we got the iPads and started to type our story using the Book Creator app. We could also change the background colors and post pictures that went with our topics. Once we were done, we admired our books and congratulated each other. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a fun time making the iPad books!â&#x20AC;? I exclaimed to my partner. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Courtney Pine, third-grader

Murch Elementary

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HANDYMAN Donald Davidson 202-744-3647 • Sash Cords, Glass, Wood Rot, Blinds • Doors, Locks, Mail-Slots, Shelves • Decks, Steps, Banisters & Moulding • Carpentry, Tub Caulking & Safety Bars • Furniture Assembly & Art Hanging 25 Years Experience Recommended in May ‘03,‘04 ‘05

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Help Wanted Retail Store Manager, Sidwell Friends Sidwell Friends, a coeducational Quaker day school, seeks a Manager for its Tenleytown campus coffee shop/retail store. A complete commercial coffee shop serving a variety of drinks and fresh baked goods adjoins a retail store offering clothing, school supplies and snacks. The Manager is responsible for general oversight of all daily operations, including sales, purchasing, receiving, maintaining inventory, merchandising, public relations and supervision of baristas and cashiers. This position is ideally suited for a seasoned food services/retail professional with excellent interpersonal, organizational and management skills. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years experience in the management of a coffee shop, restaurant or café. He/she must be detail-oriented, possess a sense of humor and enjoy working in a casual, friendly, yet fast-paced environment with adolescents and adults. Current DC Food Protection Manager certification required. Retail experience with clothing or gifts highly desirable. This 12-month, full-time position begins mid-December to mid-January. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to: HR@sidwell.edu Human Resources Sidwell Friends School 3825 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20016 Sidwell Friends School is committed as an institution to the ideal of diversity with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, economics, gender, genetic information, sexual orientation, physical ability and veteran status in its student body, faculty, and staff.


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EXPERIENCED PETSITTER/ Housesitter available. Responsible 32/F, seeking long or short-term opportunities. Employed non-smoker with car, can provide multiple references. Call 703-772-8848 or email kp105dc@gmail.com for more details.

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washing wand ensures no damage to clean brick, stone, slate, wood, and siding. Careful workmanship with 20 years exper. Lic. Bond Ins. 301-656-9274 Chevy Chase, MD

Senior Care Pets CAT CARE Services Providing loving, attentive care for your cat(s) while you are away by doing more than just cleaning the box & filling the bowl. • Over 15 years experience. • Am/pm & weekend visits • Short term & long term. Will also take care of other small indoor pets, water plants & bring in mail. References available upon request. Great rates! Located in The Palisades. catcaresvcs@yahoo.com call 703-868-3038

ELDER CARE: Experienced Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who is also a Certified Practical Nurse (CPN) seeks position in private home or assisted living facility. Has own transportation. Christina 202-644-2546. KIND, TRUSTWORTHY caregiver/ companion available. References avail. Call 240-462-8528.

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Windows Ace Window Cleaning, Co. Family owned and operated for over 20 years using careful workmanship 301-656-9274 Chevy Chase, MD Licensed • Bonded • Insured • We also offer glass, screen, and sash cord repair service

Yard/Moving/Bazaar

disPatches From Page 18 winter. Murch students and their families undertook an incredible effort to gather all of the items, including the shoe boxes and gift wrap. Fifth- and second-graders paired up to choose the items to put into each box, wrap the boxes, and finalize cards for the boxes. Students were careful to select items for the intended recipients based on their age. In fact, that’s what made the project so exciting. Adam Watkins from Ms. Levy’s fifth grade said, “I felt that it was a good experience because I knew I was helping others and being a good person. It was also a good way to involve our buddies.” When the project was over with, fifth-graders had a lot of cleaning up to do. They were also sad to leave their second-grade buddies and to have completed the project. Zara Kovner, a student in Ms. Otten’s fifth-grade class, said “I felt sad, but I knew that I had done something good.” Many of the participants felt the same way. The boxes were given to SOME (So Others Might Eat) for distribution to homeless children in D.C. We hope the project is repeated again next holiday season. — Daniel Aksyonov and Nathan Sigel, fifth-graders

Our Lady of Victory School

Every year my school has a special event a few weeks before Christmas called Breakfast with Santa. This year the fifth-graders got to be elves. When Santa arrived, the elves escorted him to his chair while singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” We handed out chocolate ornaments and candy canes to the children. We also helped them get in a straight line, guided them to Santa’s lap and got them ready to take a picture. Other elves helped at the gift shop, where you could make your own Christmas ornament. In the craft room, elves helped students make paper plate angels, pipe cleaner snowflakes and oranges that had cloves in them and were wrapped with a ribbon. There was also lots of delicious food such as panettone (a traditional Italian Christmas cake), waffles, hot chocolate, muffins, smoked salmon for the adults and much more. It was such a great experience being an elf. It was so much fun except for the fact that the fifthgraders had to arrive extra early! — Eleanor Bender, fifth-grader

Ross Elementary

Mr. Rogers, our school counselor, is taking the fifth-graders to donate cereal to Martha’s Table as part of their project on donating. When I asked students how important this donation was some said it was very important to the homeless. One or two said the more cereal boxes they can donate, the more likely their class will win the school prize — a meal from Subway. Mrs.

Wednesday, december 18, 2013 Hagan’s kindergarten class won the prize for the most cereal boxes donated to Martha’s Table, with 79 boxes. The book fair has ended, but kids are enjoying the books they bought and Ross is enjoying the new items purchased with the money the school earned. A big thank you to all of our parents for buying books for us and our teachers, and special thnaks to great parents Mrs. Stack, Mrs. Sally, Mrs. Rigby and Mrs. Platypus for all their help. In science, fourth- and fifthgraders are learning about magnetic force and how to show it. Fifthgraders are learning how to power magnets with electricity. This unit is fantastic because we’re learning about machines that are powered by magnets such as a Maglev train. Mrs. Zuerblis, our literacy coach, has been meeting with first-graders and kindergartners. She is reading books from Junior Great Books. She reads the books aloud and discusses them with the students. I agree with this program because when students get older, they would start do this and it’s like they’re preparing for other grades. — Jonathan Velasquez, fifth-grader

School Without Walls High School

Despite the ubiquitous holiday cheer around our school, before students are released for winter break, we must take mid-year exams. Most midterm exams are worth a portion of our final grade for a class, combined with either a final project or a final exam for a fifth advisory grade. Our final grade is made up of the average of each quarter grade plus the mid-year and final test scores. Because these tests are equivalent to about two months of school, students can often find the process stressful. Nevertheless, these tests are preparing us for college, where sometimes class grades are determined only by a final test or paper. To ease the testing anxiety, the counseling department is planning a door-decorating contest for the third year in a row. The theme this year is winter since we try and keep the contest non-denominational. The theme also fits well with our mascot, the penguin. Each advisory is in charge of its respective advisory teacher’s door. In past years, some examples included a winter Charlie Brown scene and an elaborate penguin display where each penguin had a different advisory member’s picture as the face. Good luck to each entrant and good luck to students in preparing for midterms! — Eleonore Edgell, 12th-grader

Sheridan School

What has 34 arms, 17 heads and a crazy jump shot? The undefeated Sheridan JV boys basketball team. In the six weeks that we’ve been playing we’ve spent time drilling every aspect of our game. In practice, we work on layups, jump shots, block shots and lots of run-

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ning. This year we are playing a zone defense. It helps keep us as defenders in one spot on the court. This makes sure no one gets by us and keeps the ball far from the basket. Our offense is designed to move the ball around the court. If you don’t have the ball in your hands your job is to get open or set a pick on the opponent. This has led us to some pretty high-scoring games. Many of my teammates, on the JV team, also played soccer in the fall. Basketball keeps us healthy and fit in the winter. Coming straight from soccer season benefits us because our footwork is in mid-season form. Basketball also helps improve our focus, on playing defense. I normally don’t play a winter sport, so this is really fun for me. If I weren’t playing basketball, I’d be at home fooling around, and this gives me something exciting to do. Basketball is fun, keeps you fit and is a great experience. — Oliver Satola, sixth-grader

Stoddert Elementary

We read “The Lion and the Mouse” and wrote about the characters. We talked about the bad stuff that happened like when the lion got caught in the net and the mouse freed him by biting the net open right before the hunters got home. In math we’re working with the number 10. We’re putting numbers in order from one to 10. We added one thing and then we added nine more things to make 10. We counted with our fingers, too. We sometimes started at the number three and counted up to 10 and other times we started with five and counted up. We used blocks to fit on paper and we had to count them and then we wrote the numbers that added to 10. Ms. Guaraldo read “The Nutcracker” and it was really fun because we got to color a nutcracker by number. — Neve O’Connell and Nate Godzwa, kindergartners

Washington Latin Public Charter School

Ninth-grade students are deep into their study of newspapers right now. Students are interviewing teachers, peers, parents and community members for news articles about D.C. Before the vacation, the ninth-graders will take a trip to the Newseum to see how history has been made through newsgathering. On the day before vacation, students in the ninth grade will have a special schedule focused on newsgathering. One station will involve a debate on the editorial accuracy of WikiLeaks. Another station will be a historical re-enactment by the history teacher, with students acting as reporters to take notes and write an article in “real time.” Students will also get to listen to speakers who cover science, history, sports and politics. Finally, students will take part in a seminar on the morality of photojournalism. — Niara Tarleton-Allen, 10th-grader


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Bethesda. Exciting new construction built w/old school style, classic finishes, charm & character. 6 BRs, 5.5 BAs. Close to dwntwn Bethesda, Metro, NIH & Naval Hospital. $1,695,000

urBan oasis Colonial Village. Distinguished & grand colonial backing to Rock Creek Park. 5,000 sf. 5 BRs, 4BAs, 2 HBAs. Soaring ceilings, walls of windows. Family rm, library, au pair suite, back stairs. $1,499,000 Dina Paxenos 202-256-1624 Lee Goldstein 202-744-8060

mountain rEtrEat Bluemont, VA. Magnificent 5+ acre estate w/views of Shenandoah Valley. Vintage 1910 home w/4 BRs, 3 BAs + separate guest suite & pool. Specimen plants, charming pocket gardens. Walk to Appalachian Trail! $1,275,000 Barbara Powell 540-303-2299

Kenwood. Renovated by owner/ architect this rambler w/contemporary flair oozes w/charm. 5 BRs, 3.5 BAs. Fin. LL w/rec rm & in law suite. Super location. $1,140,000

Marina Krapiva 301-792-5681

Bethesda, MD. Beautifully appointed & masterfully built residence. Open flr plan on 4 finished levels. 6 BRs, 5.5 BAs. 1st flr library & fam rm. Extensive built-ins. Walk to dwntwn Bethesda. $1,649,000

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Bethesda. Impressive new construction on peaceful lane in Glen Mar Park. High quality finishing w/grand spaces & wonderful flow. 5 BRs, 4.5 BAs. Options still available. $1,825,000

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Town of Chevy Chase. Kent. Lovely brick home tucked Chevy Chase, MD Park View Estates Chevy Chase, MD. Sparkling & bright Colonial Village. Updated 4 level away on leafy cul de sac. Lovely Rambler on over 1/2 acre in this well maintained home in charming split. Dramatic entry, 1st flr office/ Enchanting cottage w/inviting front porch. 2 BRs/2 BAs 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Redone quiet tucked away area. 3 BRs on main close-in neighborhood. 3 BRs, 2 BAs den. 4-5 BRs, 3.5 BAs. LL fam includes tree top BR w/dramatic kitchen, 2 frpls. Delightful deck level, 4th on walk out LL. Updated kitchen includes 1st floor BR/BA. Home rm w/wet bar. 2 frpls. Idyllic BA. Fabulous kit. Lovely and terrace. Steps to shops & baths. Built-ins, frpl. Picture window office, family room & gourmet kitchen. courtyard. 2 car gar. $799,900 stone patio. Offchef’s St pkg. $795,000 & restaurants. $999,500 overlooks the deep lush yard. $989,000 Peaceful sunny lot. Garage. $820,000 Lee Goldstein 202-744-8060

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Forest Hills. Stylish 2 BR at The Chevy Chase, MD. Sunny brick split level. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths include a Parker House combines convenience w/vintage details. Arched doorways, special tree top 3rd flr MBR suite & high ceilings, French drs to solarium. LL au-pair suite. Built-ins, TS kitchen. Wall of built-ins & 5 generous closets. Patio. Off street parking. $679,000 Pet friendly. $525,900

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Glover Park. Large 1 bedroom in the heart of Glover Park. Gourmet kit w/granite & SS. W/D,open flr plan. Patio roof top deck. Pet friendly. Across from Whole Foods, next to Starbucks for your morning boost! $365,000

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