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Community News

From April 2010 Issue

Public’s Input on Georgia Avenue Improvements Sought

Mon., Apr. 12 (7-9pm): The Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force will be holding its regular second Monday of the month MEETING (it also meets every fourth Monday) to consider the needs of the small businesses along Georgia Avenue. Task Force meetings are open to all Georgia Avenue stakeholders, including residents, students, business owners, faith community members, youth, seniors, and service workers. Minutes and handouts from previous meetings can be reviewed on line by visiting Persons interested in joining the Task Force or serving on a committee you can send an email to or call (202) 462-2285.

In addition, the Task Force is soliciting responses to its survey by which it hopes to learn what members of the community believe is needed to enhance the Georgia Avenue corridor between S Street in Shaw to New Hampshire Avenue in Petworth. The survey, which the Task Force considers to be a vital tool for creating a community development plan that takes into account the views of all who live, work, socialize or are in any way a concerned about Georgia Avenue, can be accessed by visiting

The Task Force is a grassroots community group which began in December 2009 in response to development slated for Georgia Avenue with little or no community input. In the view of the Task Force organizers, its involvement is essential in light of the large projects such as Broadcast One, Howard Town Center, Howard University Tech Plaza, Bruce Monroe, Park Morton and other projects underway that will significantly change the face of Georgia Avenue. Through its on-going efforts, the community is being accorded the opportunity to not only weigh in, but actively work to ensure that the results will meet the needs and desires of the current residents and business owners and preserve the history and culture of the neighborhood.

Public Safety and Overhead Streetcar Wires on ANC Agenda

Wed., Apr. 14 (7pm): The Dupont Circle ANC will be holding its regular monthly MEETING at the Brooking Institution (1775 Mass. Ave., 1st fl. Falk Aud.). Among the numerous agenda items will be a report by the ANC’s ABRA Advisory Committee regarding proposed action to address public safety issues at 18th and M Streets and the surrounding area related to the operation of the many bars and restaurants in the vicinity.

Another discussion item will be a resolution encouraging further study and discussion regarding the advisability of allowing overhead trolley wires to accommodate the new street car lines already authorized and being planned and a resolution encouraging DDOT to establish dedicated bus lanes.

Also on the agenda will be the public space application by Raku Restaurant at 19th and Q Streets for an increase of their allowed sidewalk café seating in the existing space from 38 to 64. The need for this application appears to be related to there being two separate permits with two different numbers for the café’s capacity necessitating clarification. For more info, visit or send email to

Civil Political Discourse Being Urged

Thu., Apr. 15 (9am): People of Faith Unite To Heal The Hate, a network faith leaders from diverse faith traditions, will convene a COMMUNITY GATHERING on the steps of National City Christian Church at Thomas Circle “to urge civility in our political public discourse” and to say “‘No’ to the code language and buzz words that foster intolerance and hatred in public discourse.” The organizers have shared with us the following statement:

“During the process and in the aftermath of the Healthcare debate we witnessed many alarming things such as lawmakers having the ‘N’ word hurled at them, being spat upon, the smashing of windows at Congressional offices in home districts, and various kinds of threats and threatening language being used by political leaders that seem to suggest violence.

“Enough is enough! Irresponsible speech and behavior has no place in our political discussions or on our airwaves. We as a nation must learn to disagree without being disagreeable. We are urging all people of faith and conscience to stand together so that we can Heal the History of Hate that continues to plague our nation. The Tea Party Express will be rallying [here] in Washington [on the same day] and we are calling on them and others to embrace a culture of respect, to stop the name calling, and disengage from language that is incendiary.”

for more info, contact Graylan Hagler by email at or call (202) 723-5330.

KCA to Host Mayoral Candidate Vincent Gray Appearance

Thu., Apr. 15 (7pm): City Council Chairman Vincent Gray and now candidate for Mayor will be the GUEST SPEAKER at the monthly meeting of the Kalorama Citizens Association (KCA) at Good Will Baptist Church (1862 Kalorama Rd.). No other agenda items have been announced as of press time. For more info, contact KCA President Denis James by email at or call (202) 232-8829.

Self-Defense Training Session to be Held at Bancroft School

Sat., Apr. 17 (1:30-4:30pm): Learn how to protect yourself and loved-ones by participating the Defense Against Armed Assailants SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING session to be held at Bancroft School (18th & Newton Sts.). This interactive class will be taught by Carol Middleton, a 7th degree Black Belt who is also the Director of DC Self Defense Karate Association and DC IMPACT Self Defense. No prior experience required to sign up. This will be a benefit to raise funds for I’m Worth Defending — Africa, a self-defense training troupe working in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. 100 percent of participants’ donations (minimum $79 in advance; $89 at the door) will go to the group directly. For more info and to register: visit or call (202) 332-1203. Advance registration strongly recommended as this class is expected to fill quickly!.

9th Street Gallery to Host Artist’s Opening Reception

<BULLET> Thu., Apr. 22 (6:30-9:30pm: Long View Gallery (1234 9th St., one block from the Mt. Vernon Square Metro exit) will be holding an OPENING RECEPTION to introduce artist Mike Weber’s latest series, “Identify.” The evening will include complimentary food and beverages by acclaimed local chef José Andrés with Ridgewells, as well as live music by jazz quartet Laissez Foure. For more info send email to or call (202) 232-4788.

As the Gallery explains, in this series Weber “explores concepts of commemoration and heritage, including his own lineage, as he symbolically reinvents the life stories of his unknown or forgotten subjects. He spends months reviewing his vast compilation of source photographs (some of which date as far back as the early 19th century), seeking out unusual facial expressions and trinkets that make him feel profoundly removed from the captured time period. Weber then selectively edits and reframes these vintage snapshots, which derive from both his family’s collection and estate sales, into newly composed digital prints on canvas. This process of converting an analog photograph into a digital copy unearths previously overlooked details that shed light on the biography of the sitter and his/her relationship with the faceless photographer. He augments these details with layers of paint, unorthodox collage materials, and high-gloss resin, intensifying the mood of the original photograph. The inclusion of scant, stenciled text invites the viewer to speculate the historical importance of the depicted sitter. Ultimately, his artistic praxis ascribes a new narrative to his source materials and re-presents them as glossy, modern images.”

Shiloh Inviting Shaw Area Families to its Spring Festival

<BULLET> Fri. (5-8pm) & Sat. (11am-2pm), Apr. 23 & 24: The Circle Leaders Council of Shiloh Baptist Church (9th & P Sts.) will be sponsoring the church’s annual weekend SPRING FESTIVAL and is inviting families in the Shaw community to join the fun! The festival kicks off on Friday with the salad fest starting at 5 p.m. at which time salads and refreshments will be served, followed at 6 p.m. by the karaoke and a poetry slam. First, second and third place prizes will be given for the best performances. Admission will be $10; performers will be admitted free of charge.

On Saturday there will be a flea market and games and activities for children as well as cookout which will be offering a free of charge menu that will include hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, salads, cookies, sodas, tea, juice and water. For more info, call the church at 232-4200.

A special feature of the day will be the Historical Carnival held in Heritage Hall where both church and community members can learn more about the rich history of the Shiloh congregation and to view historical material and items including church programs, booklets, photographs, and more. Prizes will be given to participants with the most correct answers to an historical quiz to be given at either half-hour or hour intervals. For more info about the weekend activities, call the church at 232-4200.

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