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Community News

From November 2009 Issue

Organ Recital Series Continues at Thomas Circle

Fri., Nov. 13 (12:15pm):  The weekly MUSIC AT MIDDAY free, 45-minute lunch hour concerts at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle continues with organist William Atwood from All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, Virginia who will be performing in the soaring John Russell Pope designed sanctuary (reminiscent of a great Christopher Wren church in London) on National City’s magnificent 7,000-pipe, five-keyboard Moller organ. In the words of the church’s Minister of Music Dr. Charles Miller, it is truly a “magical, musical, mystical machine!” Mark your calendars also for Fri., Dec. 20th when organist Marvin Mills of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland will perform. For more info, call Dr. Miller at (202) 797-0103 or send an email to cmiller@nationalcitycc.org.

Georgia & Sherman Avenues Improvements to be Discussed

Sat., Nov. 14 (12noon-2pm): The Pleasant Plains Civic Association’s monthly MEETING at the Banneker Recreation Center (2500 Georgia Ave) will feature a presentation by BOB Moore of the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights (DCCH) who will discuss plans for the Georgia Avenue corridor. DCCH assisted with the development of the Tivoli Theater and Giant supermarket complex at 14th Street and Park Road and DC-USA shopping complex where Target is the anchor across 14th Street.

This will also be an opportunity to view the transportation department’s (DDOT) report outlining its proposals for the redevelopment of Sherman Avenue, a document of 100-plus pages. Planning is reportedly 65 percent complete. Hot refreshments will be served. For more info, visit www.pleasantplainsdc.org or call the association’s president, Darren R. Jones, at (202-723-0119.

Dupont Circle Restaurants Holding Chefs’ Specials Event

Tue., Nov. 17 (6-9pm): The annual and popular Taste of Dupont fundraiser to benefit the programs of event’s sponsor, Historic Dupont Circle Main Street this year will feature a new format. Instead of the event being held under one roof with participating restaurants setting up tasting stations, this year participants will create their own progressive dinner by walking from restaurant to restaurant redeeming individual $5 tasting tickets at any of the dozens of participating establishments in and around Dupont Circle.

Many of the restaurants will offer specialty paired and priced cocktails, beer or wine with their chef’s creations. Information about purchasing advance tickets and about the participating restaurants can be found at www.DupontCircle.biz. Tickets ($20 buys five tastings) will also be on sale starting at 5 pm of the evening of the event at the Dupont Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle (west side of the Circle between P Street and Massachusetts Avenue).

As we were going to press, the participating restaurants included Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, Beacon Bar & Grill, Bread and Brew, Café Dupont at the Dupont Hotel, Eola, James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant, Level One, Pesce Bistro Seafood Café, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Scion (reviewed in this issue’s Reservations Recommended column, at page 13), SoHo Tea & Coffee, The Front Page, Twist Dupont at the Carlyle Suites Hotel, and Urbana at the Hotel Palomar.

Aging-in-Place Presentation Open to Public at No Charge

Wed., Nov. 18 (5-7pm): Kalorama Village, an aging-in-place initiative for the broader Kalorama community, is inviting neighbors to participate in its FALL FESTIVAL, to be held at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church (2200 Calif. St.). Featured speakers will be Andrea Cohen, co-founder and CEO of HouseWorks, the largest private-pay homecare company in New England, and Ned Rimer, founder and Executive Director of Chronic Care Community Corps. They will share their ideas about healthcare advocacy and care giving. As the organizers state, “All of us, either as care recipients or caregivers, can benefit from hearing about becoming more effective as we navigate a complex maze of resources and make many decisions for which we may feel unqualified; as patients or caregivers, we need support.”

This will be an opportunity to learn more about an innovative volunteer movement that connects caregivers with trained volunteers who empower them to make good decisions, ask the right questions. and find solutions.

This event is open to all. Attendees do not need to be members of Kalorama Village or residents of the Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood. Light refreshments will be served. Kalorama Village, Inc., is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping its members live independently in their home and community. [For background, see, “Kalorama Village Inaugural Event Set for May 20th,” InTowner, May 2008, p.8.] Annual dues are $50 per individual or $75 per household.

14th & U Street Businesses to Hold Late Shopping Event

Thu., Nov. 19 (until 9pm): The Mid-City Business Association will be sponsoring another of its “Third Thursday” LATE SHOPPING events featuring dozens shops and boutiques on and just off the 14th and U Streets corridors that will be staying open late. Participating businesses include Cork Market & Tasting Room, ACKC Cocoa Bar, Junction, RCKNDY, Nana, Plan B, Logan Hardware, The Bike Rack, Redeem, Go Mama Go, DEKKA, Pulp , Rue 14 , Zawadi, Greater Goods, Treasury Vintage, Caramel, Green Pets, Miss Pixies, Som Records, Lettie Gooch, Bang & Olufsen, Home Rule, Pink November, Habitat, Palace 5, 4NX¢, and Passport Clothing. In addition to these shops, Gallery Plan B and The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will also be open until with special arts events. Participating retailers will be collecting donations for Martha’s Table’s food pantry to distribute to needy residents over the holidays.

The event is being sponsored by Cork Market and Tasting Room and by Washington Improv Theater in honor of their upcoming production Seasonal Disorder. For more info, visit www.midcitylife.com or call (202) 246-0343.

GLBT “Interweave” Event Open to All

Fri., Nov. 20 (5:30-7:30pm): Nellie’s Sports Bar (9th & U Sts.) will be hosting the Universalist National Memorial Church’s GLBT Interweave social/service group, joined by All Souls Unitarian Interweave and members of the Washington Ethical Society for a HAPPY HOUR. All are invited to join in and “lift a pint or two with Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender friends.” Also, to mark on the calendar will be a Sun., Dec. 6 brunch to kick off the holiday season. Interweave functions are open to all; for more info, visit www.universalist.org or call (202) 387-3411.

Thanksgiving Church Service in Adams Morgan to Welcome All

Thu., Nov. 26 (10:30-11:30am): First Church of Christ, Scientist (1782 Col. Rd.) will be holding a THANKSGIVING DAY SERVICE for the community. The one-hour service will include singing of hymns of thanksgiving and praise, readings on the subject of “thanksgiving” from the Holy Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and expressions of gratitude and testimonies of healing. For more info, call (202) 332-9010.

Ten City-Funded Neighborhood Street & Public Space Enhancement Projects Slated for Current Fiscal Year

Of the 10 projects being funded during the fiscal year that started last month, five are focused in neighborhoods located north of Massachusetts Avenue, between Rock Creek and North Capitol Street. The $2 million outlay is being made available by the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) as part of its Transportation Enhancement Program for non-traditional projects that are linked to the District’s transportation system. The individual grants range from $50,000 to $579,500.

The five projects of direct interest to this newspaper’s readership are as follows:

Cultural Tourism DC — for planning, design, fabrication and installation of self-guided neighborhood historic and cultural trails and signs;

Department of Parks and Recreation – for landscaping of Carter G. Woodson Park in the 1500 block of 9th Street, NW and the creation and installation of public art;

Tivoli North Business Association – for installation of iron tree box fences between the 3400 and 3900 blocks of 14 Street, NW;

Mt. Pleasant Main Street – for streetscape and safety improvements as called for in the Mt. Pleasant Streetscape Study;

NOMA Business Improvement District — for landscape design and implementation to enhance the roadwork occurring on and around the New York and Florida Avenues intersection.

DDOT approved funding for these projects after receiving 27 proposals earlier this year. To qualify for grants the projects were required, among other considerations, to relate to surface transportation and to meet at least one of 12 eligible activities geared towards bicycle and pedestrian facilities, scenic highway programs, historic preservation, railway corridor improvements, and rights-of-way acquisitions.

Funding for the projects is provided through the Federal Highway Administration’s Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act. The goal of the program is to “strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal transportation system.”

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