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Community News

From July 2010 Issue

Columbia Heights Neighborhood Watch Block Captains Training Set

Sat., Jul. 10 (9:30-11:30am): This will be fourth Neighborhood Watch Block Captains TRAINING SESSION since the program was initiated a year ago by the Northwest Columbia Heights Community Association (NWCHCA). An RSVP is required for persons planning on attending the session at Social Restaurant (14th St. & Meridian Pl., NW; www.social14.com); either by email to cecilia.a.jones@gmail.com or by calling (202) 299-7868. To date, this NWCHCA program has already trained nearly 50 block captains, with the goal of having a block captain for every block in the neighborhood.

The session, to be led by MPD 2nd District Citizens Advisory Chair and Neighborhood Watch Program Director, Samantha Nolan,  will focus on teaching how to form a responsive, active network of involved neighbors for the purposes of crime prevention, cleanliness, city services and repairs, and emergency preparedness. There is no charge for attending the training, which also includes materials and light refreshments. For more info about the Association, visit www.nwchca.org.

Shaw Neighborhood Event to Protest Parcel 42 Disposition

Sat., Jul. 10 (12noon-5pm): One DC / Organizing Neighborhood Equity (www.onedconline.org). and Take Back The Land (www.takebacktheland.org) will be holding a community BLOCK PARTY at 7th and S Streets in the block located adjacent to the Shaw-Howard Metro station and the new Watha T. Daniel Branch Library. This will not be your standard block party, however (although there will be lots of food, street art and fun for the entire family, including face art for the kids), the primary focus will be on addressing the District’s housing and economic inequalities through teach-ins on the right to housing as a human right, take back the land dc resource trainings, street law workshops on adverse possession laws, anti-loitering laws and anti-discrimination bills.

The event’s activities will be calling special attention to the fight for affordability on Parcel 42, the long-empty and rubble-strewn lot at 7th and R Streets. According to the organizers this public property has been slated for the construction of a 94-unit affordable housing project, for which construction was supposed to be started back in the winter, yet nothing has yet been done. The organizers are calling attention to the more than 6,000 people who sleep on the city’s streets every night, that the only remaining city-operated downtown, shelter has been closed and not replaced, that the relocating of persons from Ward 2 “where the average family income exceeds $140,000 [and] moving those most in need to Ward 8, one of the poorest wards in the city, where the average family income is less than $35,000 [reveals] to anyone paying attention the picture of displacement is quite clear. ONE DC believes development should not mean displacement and that] housing should be a human right and as such the housing that is developed should be affordable for the current DC residents, particularly to low-income households to preserve racial and economic equity in the District. For more info, contact Rosemary Ndubuizu by email at rndubuizu@onedconline.org or Eric Sheptock by phone at (240) 305-5255 or by email, ericsheptock@yahoo.com.

Free U Street Movie Series Free Screenings Announced

Tue., Jul. 13 (8:30pm): With free popcorn at 8pm for the first 100 persons arriving when the gates open at 7pm, the U STREET MOVIE SERIES continues with its July screening at 8:30 pm of Buena Vista Social Club (rain date, July 20th) out on the Harrison Recreation Center playing field (V St., bet. 13th & 14th). Sponsored by Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, U Street Neighborhood Association, Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association, ANC 1B, and Midcity Business Association, the series’ theme is highlighting the musical and culturally diverse roots of the U Street neighborhood though films telling the stories of accomplished musicians.

The series will continue on August 10th (rain date, the 17th) with The Soloist and on September 14th with Duke Ellington’s Washington and Soul Power (rain date, the 21st). For more info, visit www.facebook.com/ustreetmovieseries.

Donations and sponsorships to assist in underwriting the cost of this annual summer series can be made by visiting http://movies.ustreet-dc.org, and will benefit Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, a nonprofit formed in 2009 that works directly with the DC parks and recreation department to involve the community on how to improve the recreation center through capital improvements and design changes, and how to enhance the center’s management and programming. The goal is to make Harrison Recreation Center a better designed, cleaner, safer, and better managed facility in the neighborhood for all to use and enjoy.

New Oil Paintings Show Set for Logan Circle/14th Street Art Gallery

Wed., Jul. 28 (12noon-7pm): Opening at Gallery Plan B (1530 14th St.) and on view through August 29th, with a reception to meet the artists the next evening, Thursday, the 29 *6-8pm), will be their new show, “Take You Home” featuring the oil paintings of Jason Wright and Mike Weber. Weber uses iconic, recognizable, comforting photographic images as a departure point, enhancing them with drawing, paint and texture, all layered beneath a unifying surface of glossy, appealing and impenetrable resin. Wright, in his new body of work being shown, returns to oil painting in a pure form — thick, juicy strokes of almost monochromatic paint create a vast and expressive sky over minimal shelter forms, juxtaposing dramatic fluidity and rigid construction. For more info, including gallery hours, visit www.galleryplanb.com or call (202) 234-2711.

Open House Set for Source Performing Arts Space on 14th Street

Sun., Aug. 8 (11:30am–6:30pm): Enjoy a day of FREE THEATER, IMPROV, MUSIC AND DANCE through workshops and performances for all ages and meet neighborhood artists and find out all that Source has to offer. Sponsored by DC’s Cultural Development Corporation, this event is being held in the former Source Theater space (1835 14th St.) and will, for the adults, provide a sampler of what Source has to offer year-round with performances from resident organizations as well as improv workshops from Washington Improv Theater. And for the kids, there will be light saber training, acting, dancing, sidewalk-chalk drawing and more. More information may be found at www.sourcedc.org.

The day’s program schedule will include the following activities: 11:30am, Step Workshop for all ages (Step Africa); 12:30pm, Light Saber Workshop for all ages (Adventure Theater); 1pm & 5pm, Improv Workshop for adults and teens (Washington Improv Theater); 2pm & 5pm, Resident Showcase Performance followed by a meet-and-greet with the artists.

Source is a vibrant, multi-user performing arts space featuring a flexible black box theater as well as a rehearsal studio, classroom and shared business center for multiple arts organizations through which it offers an affordable, accessible venue for innovation and experimentation and provides visibility and support for area theater artists.

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