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Ward 5 Weekly Newsletter
June 16, 2023

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Dear Ward 5 neighbors, 

This week, the Council wrapped up its work on the FY24 budget by passing the Budget Support Act which contains all the laws for how funds can be used. Several amendments came forward, on issues including revenue from traffic enforcement and grants for the DC Commission on the Arts on Humanities. You can read a full recap of the activities from Tuesday's Legislative Meeting in Kendra's Corner below.

One of the things I'm particularly proud of is that we were able to secure more resources for Ward 5 with $1 million for a burn center at Washington Hospital Center and $2 million for Children's Hospital. Another hospital is top-of-mind for me right now, Providence Hospital. I hope you'll join me for a Virtual Town Hall regarding the redevelopment at Providence on June 27. I am proud of the FY24 budget the Council passed, and I hope Ward 5 neighbors are too, after the many hours, comments, testimonies, meetings and more you put in to help shape how the District allocates funds. 

Happy Juneteenth weekend! I hope you enjoy meaningful, joyful, and safe celebrations as we remember the liberation this day memorializes, and continue to fight for reparations. I'm sharing a number of Juneteenth events in the Team Zachary in the Community section of this newsletter. Monday is a government holiday, so please note that certain District services will be suspended or "slide" one day (e.g. trash pick-up and parking enforcement). One highlight is that DPR outdoor pools will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for one extra day of weekend splashing!

This newsletter also includes reminders about the upcoming DDOT public meetings (for the Bladensburg RdNorth Capitol, and New York Ave improvement projects), and public safety updates. Keep reading for more!
Week in Review

Thank you to everyone who walked with us in the Capital Pride Parade last Saturday! Bayard Rustin once said, "We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers." I'm grateful to serve alongside legislators that are willing to get into good trouble to protect the rights of LGBTQIA+ neighbors. Saturday was a moment of fun in this fight for humanity. 

On Monday morning, I joined the celebration of progress at the McMillan Sand Filtration site with the Mayor, DGS Director Hunter, DPR Director Freeman, area ANC Commissioners and Civic leaders, and neighbors. I look forward to prioritizing the community in this project—with the park and recreation center, with the businesses to come, with affordable housing for seniors, and through historic preservation. You can watch a clip of my comments from that morning here
Monday evening, I also issued a press release ahead of Tuesday's Legislative Meeting about an amendment to the Budget Support Act I was introducing with regards to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. As it stood, the BSA would have prevented organizations from receiving grants larger than 50% of their operating budget. However, this cap would have disproportionately impacted smaller organizations—many of them Black and brown. This amendment was to remove the proposed 50% cap for organizations with budgets smaller than $115,000.

On Tuesday, the Council wrapped up its work on the FY24 budget with our vote on the Budget Support Act. My amendment for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities passed unanimously, as did another amendment I introduced to make a technical clarification to the establishment of the School Safety Commission. You can read a more detailed recap in Kendra's Corner below. 

Tuesday afternoon, I participated in the Committee of the Whole's Oversight Hearing on Early Childhood Educators Equitable Compensation, where I was able to ask questions about educator concerns regarding OSSE's proposed pay scale not rewarding experience.

That evening, I held a block-specific public safety meeting with Trinidad neighbors. These issues remain a top priority for me, and I'm grateful for the practical solutions that came out of this meeting. 
Wednesday morning, my team joined Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, Chair of the Committee on Facilities and Family Services, as she kicked off her two-week tour of 21 DCPS schools and recreation centers in every DC ward alongside DGS, DCPS, DPR, DCSBOE, Councilmembers, and ANCs. We took time to walk through the North Michigan Park Recreation Center, clearing the existing work order list and identifying new work orders for some issues including with locker room showers and lights in the gym. 
Wednesday evening brought Congresswoman Norton's Town Hall with the National Park Service. I remain concerned about the lack of urgency from NPS to address concerns about potential harmful devices still remaining in Fort Totten Park. I sent this letter one month ago reiterating my expectation that NPS will fully survey Fort Totten and other parks for any harmful elements. I am still waiting on a response. Only one question about Fort Totten was asked at this Town Hall, and we were told the Army Corps of Engineers it is still conducting its investigation regarding WWI-era munitions found in the park. 
Thursday, my office held a full-day team retreat. This was a meaningful working session to look back on these first 6 months in office, assess our strengths and weaknesses, and connect and plan on our priorities so we can continue to champion Ward 5 neighbors in all we do on the Council. 

Today, my team and I are following up with District agencies and agency directors on outstanding requests across the Ward including trash pick-up, illegal dumping, rat abatement, and more. If you ever have these kinds of issues, please don't hesitate to reach out to my Constituent Services Coordinators so we can escalate your concerns with District agencies:
Ward 5 Updates
Congratulations Class of 2023!
It's that time of year! I wish to extend my most heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2023. Whether you're graduating or celebrating a graduate from college, high school, 8th grade, Kindergarten, or being promoted to the next phase in your educational journey, well done! Keep striving for excellence in all that you do. 
My office was excited to attend Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys Public Charter School's first-ever 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony. On Wednesday, Statesmen Academy graduated 53 Black and brown boys. Congratulations to Founder Shawn Hardnett and Founding Principal Rictor Craig for a job well done!
We are particularly proud of Kiye Corbitt, a Ward 5 resident who started Statesmen in the 4th grade. Kiye received the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship to pay for high school, won the National Frederick Douglass Oratorical contest, and went to the National Urban Debate League competition. Kiye also volunteered with one of our Constituent Services Coordinators, Carlos McKnight, at Bloomingdale Community Day. Congrats, Kiye!

And again, congratulations to all our Ward 5 neighbors in the Class of 2023! Do you have a Ward 5 graduate you are particularly proud of? We'd love to hear about them! Share their story with us at
Public Safety Updates
I want to highlight some of the significant public safety investments made in the FY24 budget as the Council wrapped up its work on the budget this week. These investments will help make the District safer, and prioritize stopping violence before it starts.
  • The Council's budget provides every dollar Mayor Bowser and MPD asked for. With this investment, MPD plans to increase patrols and respond faster to crimes. There are also funds set aside to address the hiring and retention difficulties that police departments across the country are facing, including MPD. 
  • The Council's budget also restores funding Mayor Bowser had proposed cutting to violence interruption programs, victim services programs for victims of crime (including programs for victims of domestic violence), hospital-based violence interruption, and infrastructure to deter crime, including increased lighting and security cameras in areas where neighbors have requested it. For example, in Ward 5, Edgewood Terrace is receiving a $200,000 investment to enhance cameras and security. 
  • The budget funds a new Safe Commercial Corridors Grant Program, creating pathways for local leaders in commercial corridors to take individualized approaches to public safety in their areas. Grant moneys can be used to increase safety patrols, address infrastructure needs such as lighting, and equip violence interruption programs. 
Public safety remains top-of-mind for me. This past Tuesday, I met with neighbors from a block of the Trinidad community to problem-solve with local leaders including violence interrupters, the Office of the Attorney General, and MPD. These kinds of area-focused, collaborative, solutions-oriented conversations are critical to our work turning the tide on crime in our communities. 

Yesterday, I introduced new legislation with Councilmembers Pinto and Henderson to improve the accountability and transparency within both the 311 and 911 systems. Quality of life for District residents is inextricably linked to the smooth and successful operation of these systems and of the Office of Unified Communications (OUC). The bill will require the OUC to provide the public with regular updates and data sharing to increase transparency and improve responsiveness. You can read more about the bill here
Finally, I want to encourage Ward 5 residents to participate in the Community Survey regarding DC priorities and qualities for our next police chief. So far, only 9% of respondents on the survey are from Ward 5 (see above graphic). I'd love to see Ward 5 share more thoughts on what we believe is important for the District's next police chief. You can complete the survey here.
Tomorrow: DDOT Open House
Bladensburg Road Multimodal Access Study

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host an open house to share the preferred alternative for Bladensburg Road NE between Benning Road and Eastern Avenue. DDOT invites residents who live, work, and commute on Bladensburg Road to drop by our open house to review concept plans and provide feedback. The open house will happen on tomorrow, June 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Trinidad Recreation Center in the Multipurpose Room (1310 Childress Street NE). Learn more here.  

Feedback on WMATA's Better Bus Draft - Closes June 18
WMATA is extending the deadline for public comments on the Draft Visionary Network to June 18! Now is the time to weigh in on changes to the bus network. My office's Bus Network Task Force made some recommendations to help guide Ward 5 residents' input. Weigh in soon!
Metro Reduced Fares Program - Launches June 20
Customers will benefit from reduced fares beginning June 20 when Metro launches Metro Lift, an income-qualified reduced fare program that will provide residents enrolled the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) a 50% discount for any trip on Metrorail and Metrobus. More information is available here
DDOT Public Meeting - North Capitol St Corridor Feasibility Study - June 22 and 24

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is conducting a high-level feasibility study of the North Capitol Street Corridor, which has been identified as a high crash corridor in the District’s moveDC plan. The study is a preliminary assessment of the existing transportation network, and study results will help inform the scope of future project phases starting in 2024 and will guide development concepts and preliminary corridor designs. The corridor is also identified as a Transit and Freight Priority corridor and is a connector for the Northeast and Northwest parts of the city. 

The purpose of this meeting is to present existing conditions on the corridor, gain community feedback on major issues, and present draft short-term improvements at high crash intersections. This is a chance for community members to share their feedback on ongoing issues, challenges, and opportunities for the study. DDOT staff will also be available to answer questions.

The meeting will be held virtually via Webex on June 22, and in-person at SeVerna on K (43 K St NW) on June 24.

  • Virtual Option: June 22, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Webex link
  • In-person Option: June 24, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - SeVerna on K (43 K St NW)
New Hours at the Library! Starting June 26

On June 26, DC Public Library is shifting open hours at neighborhood library locations across the District to enhance accessibility. The hours at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and at co-located library locations will not change.

Neighborhood Libraries (in Ward 5: Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Neighborhood Library and Woodridge Neighborhood Library):

  • Monday - Wednesday | 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday | Noon - 8:00 p.m. 
  • Friday - Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Co-Located Libraries | Deanwood, Northwest One, Rosedale

  • Monday - Wednesday | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday | Noon - 8:00 p.m. 
  • Friday - Saturday | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

  • Monday - Thursday | 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday - Saturday | 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This shift in hours is based on a careful evaluation of how you and your neighbors like to use the library. By opening their doors an hour earlier each day, DCPL has the opportunity to better serve those who co-work at the library, our seniors, older students and caregivers with young children. 
Save the Date - Providence Redevelopment
Community Meeting
Save the date for a Virtual Town Hall I will be hosting regarding the Providence Redevelopment on June 27 at 7:00 p.m. I want to be sure my office documents neighbors' concerns ahead of the next SHPDA hearing at the end of the month. 

As a recap: my team attended the meeting with the State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) on June 8 about the Providence Urgent Care and Diagnostic Imaging Center closures, occurring amidst the "Providence Reimagined" development. You can view slides from Providence Reimagined's Community Meetings here. For the SHPDA meeting, the record closed for written comments yesterday, June 15. Here is some of what was shared at the June 8 meeting: 
  • Providence UCC lost over $2.6 million since 2019 with direct cost $6.5 million.
  • Diagnostic Imaging lost $1 million since 2021 with direct cost $2.7 million.
  • Ascension has taken efforts to reduce the financial burden:
    • No management fee for shared support services provided by corporate offices (H/R benefits, marketing, food services, environmental, regulatory compliance).
    • No mark up on fees paid for various services.
    • Forgave $55 million of intercompany debt on June 18.
  • Explored growth in other services, market demand and financial analysis in designing non-acute campus and contacted other health systems about their interest in operating in the Urgent Care.
I'll be meeting with EYA LLC (the developer) in the coming weeks and will continue to elevate neighbors' priorities around this project. Feel free to share your thoughts with us anytime:
Brookland Manor Health & Wellness Fair - June 28
I'm hosting a community-centered Health & Wellness Fair on June 28 in the 1400 Block of Saratoga Ave NE. Join me for free health screenings, food, fitness, music, fun, and more! Email Constituent Services Coordinator, Oliver Stoute, for more information -
DDOT Public Meeting
New York Ave Streetscape and Trail Project - June 28

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is developing concept designs for the New York Avenue Streetscape and Trail Project that will promote multimodal transportation safety and create cohesive, community-friendly spaces along the project area. The corridor is a major east-west route through Ivy City and connects the Arboretum and Union Market communities in Ward 5 and Ward 6. New York Avenue NE is a major transportation route, a neighborhood, and an important industrial and commercial hub in the District. The project area extends along New York Avenue NE from the NoMa Metro Station to Bladensburg Road NE and includes a mix of residential units, businesses, places of worship, and new developments. Currently, the project area has few options for non-vehicular traffic and lacks adequate and consistent infrastructure to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. 

The purpose of this meeting is to gain input on the updated concept designs and associated streetscape improvements. These comments will be incorporated into developing the final concept prior to moving into further design work. Attend the virtual meeting on June 28 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. here.

Truxton Circle Vacant Lot Survey
The vacant lot at 1600 North Capitol St NW and Florida Ave NW is also known as the "Joe Mamo" lot. This survey is to learn from DC residents what they would like to see happen at the vacant lot while development is still being planned. Complete the survey here
DGS Summer Mowing Map
The Department of General Services (DGS) is responsible for maintaining District properties, including mowing at DCPS schools, District Municipal buildings, and DPR parks and recreation centers. You can track mowing progress on DGS' map here, and submit 311 requests if you notice missed mowing at locations for which DGS is responsible.
Support a Ward 5 School
Help win a year's worth of snack prizes for Washington Yu Ying! A student at Yu Ying has been nominated for Sun-Maid's Imagination Board for children 6-12 years old. She was chosen from a national search of more than 10,000 children. Her name is Paolina, and if chosen, she will have the opportunity to have a hand in Sun-Maid's future snack innovations as well as the brand's imaginative initiatives while supporting her school through the aforementioned prize and more. Vote for "Paolina, DC" and support a Ward 5 school here.
Notices of Intent - Modifying Traffic/Parking Requirements
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is required to give written notice of their intent to modify traffic and/or parking requirements to the Council and affected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners (ANCs) to allow for a public comment period on the modifications. The following Notices of Intent (NOIs) for Ward 5 are open for comment: 
  • Closes for comment on June 20: Installation of All-Way Stop at 19th St and M St NE - Read and comment here
  • Closes for comment on July 13: Conversion of 17th Street NE between Monroe Street and Newton Street NE to one-way northbound and conversion of 17th Street NE between Monroe Street and Lawrence Street NE to one-way southbound - Read and comment here
  • Closes for comment on July 26: Close 3rd St NW between Shepherd St NW & Rock Creek Church Rd NW - Read and comment here
ANC and Civic Association Meetings

This week, my team attended the ANC 5D June meeting. Here's a brief recap: 

  • ANC 5D (June 12 at 7:00 p.m.): James Ernst from DDOT gave an update on the New York Ave Streetscape and Trail Project. He also shared about the upcoming public meetings for this project as well as the North Capitol Corridor Feasibility StudyAisha White from Nailah Studio X Ivy City Takeover gave a presentation as she seeks a letter of support for her application for a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The studio focuses on Ivy City and uses Black art abundance to engage communities. Nailah Studio intends to focus on vacant buildings and structures in Ivy City and add art and imagery to them. The Ivy City Takeover will be built on social practice and engagement for the community and what the community represents. A lot of the art will have QR codes for ways to donate to the community. All commissioners were in favor to draft a letter of support. Lastly, the Committee voted to present a resolution and discussion for the establishment of a new Trash Committee for littering, illegal dumping, and rodent control in ANC 5D.  
Next week's ANC and Civic Association Meetings (not sure what ANC you are in? Use this tool to find out!):  Have a need, or want to share important information for ANC and Civic Association Meetings? Get in touch with one of our Constituent Services Coordinators:
  • 5A & 5C: Carlos McKnight,
  • 5B & 5D: Oliver Stoute,
  • 5E & 5F: Sam Bonar,
Kendra Wiley is our office's Legislative Director. In this section of the newsletter, she provides updates on the Councilmember's legislative activities and educational pieces about the legislative process.
Recap of the Council's June 13 Legislative Meeting

On Tuesday, the Council voted on the final part of the FY24 budget by approving the Budget Support Act (BSA), which gives DC government the authority to spend funds related to the budget and establishes laws around spending. There were several amendments proposed to the BSA. Two amendments proposed by Councilmember Parker passed unanimously. These were: 

  • An amendment to clarify the establishment of the School Safety Commission. This was a small technical clarification to state that one of the duties of this commission will be to report on responsibilities that could be assumed by safety staff who are unarmed and who are neither SROs or security guards. Without this amendment, the Committee may not realize the School Safety bill's potential to improve school safety in the District by expanding protections through alternative safety measures.
  • An amendment intended to preserve equitable granting opportunities at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. This amendment removes the cap on grant amounts for organizations with operating budgets smaller than $115,000. Organizations with budgets larger than $115,000 will not be able to receive grants larger than 50% of their operating budget. Organizations with smaller operating budgets would have been disproportionately impacted by the 50% cap. By limiting the cap, we expand the opportunity for smaller start-up artists and organizations—many of them Black and brown—to contribute to the District’s vibrant arts culture.
For a full recap of the meeting's amendments, you can watch Councilmember Parker's video summary here, or read his twitter thread here

What’s Next?
The Council-approved FY24 budget and financial plan that covers fiscal years 2024-2028 will go the Mayor for signature. Once the Mayor approves the budget it goes to the President for submission to Congress. The District’s budget must be approved by Congress as one of 12 annual federal appropriations bills. Federal appropriations bills are decisions Congress makes on how to distribute portions of federal spending. The District of Columbia’s budget includes federal funding, and under the Home Rule Act Congress must approve all legislation passed by Council. 

Upcoming Hearings Next Week

  • Tuesday June 20 at 11:00 a.m.
    • Committee of the Whole Meeting and additional Legislative Meeting 
  • Thursday June 22 at 10:00 a.m.
    • The Committee on Executive Administration and Labor will hold a public roundtable on the Department of Employment Services, The First Source program, and the Office of Youth Programs. The First Source program ensures DC residents receive priority consideration for new jobs created by local government-assisted projects or contracts. Sign up to testify by either emailing the Committee at or telephone the Committee at (202) 724-8198, at least two business days before the hearing and provide your name, address, telephone number, email address, organizational affiliation and title. 
  • Thursday June 22 at 10:00 a.m.
You can always view a full list of hearings and instructions for testifying here, as well as an archive of past hearings and meetings here
Racial Equity - Part II

Juneteenth was declared a state holiday in Texas in 1980, and a national holiday in 2021. Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 which said “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” But some don’t realize that the Emancipation Proclamation did not free all enslaved people in the United States immediately. It only freed the enslaved people that were in the states that were not part of the Union, otherwise known as the Confederate or “rebellious states” that refused to return to or re-join the United States (also known as the Union at that time). Those were Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. African Americans in Galveston, Texas didn’t receive the news of the end of slavery until June 19, 1865, over 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Interesting facts about Juneteenth 
Emancipation Park in Houston, Texas is the oldest park in Texas and is the site that the formerly enslaved purchased in 1872 to celebrate Juneteenth. Due to segregation, in 1872 freedpeople couldn’t find a place to celebrate the end of slavery. They pooled $800 (over $19,000 in today’s dollars) and purchased 10 acres to celebrate the occasion. For 78 years it was the only public park and swimming pool open to African Americans in Houston.

Juneteenth is not just celebrated here in the United States. In fact, Juneteenth is celebrated by the Mascagos population in Coahuila, Mexico. According to the Los Angeles Public Library, “This population are descendants of Africans from Texas and the indigenous group called Seminoles who fled to Mexico in the early 1800s. In Mexico, they are known as the Black Mascogo tribe and they celebrate Juneteenth every year.” 

Programs for the People
Scholarships: Google Career Certificate
The Adult Learning Department is excited to announce that scholarships for the new Google Career Certificates are now available. These certificates offer a fast track to well-paying jobs in high-growth fields, without requiring prior experience or degree. Learn more here. Applications are due by June 30.
Free Weekly Veggie Giveaway

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) hosts three weekly free veggie giveaways of local, fresh organic produce including kale, collards, lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, squash, herbs, flowers, and MORE! They occur May 9 through November 30 (weather permitting). In Ward 5, the weekly giveaway is at the Edgewood Rooftop Farm (at the Edgewood Recreation Center - 301 Franklin St NE) every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Hiring Fair - Leaf Collection Season
Summer is the time to prepare for leaf collection season! Participate in one of the many recruitment events to explore a temporary position with the Department of Public Works. Remember, DPW is a Second Chance Employer. Register now on Eventbrite.
Know Your Power - A Civic Engagement Art Contest

Pepco, the DC Public Library Foundation and DC Public Library are calling on youth between the ages of 13 - 19 to use their creative voice to make a difference. 

Between May 22 and August 15, youth can submit an original work of writing, photography, film, visual art, or music that expresses their feelings on a social issue that matters to them. They’re looking for pieces that are not only well-crafted but have a strong voice and perspective on a subject pertaining to civic engagement.

Winners will be selected in the categories of Visual Art, Writing, Music, and Film & Photography. Entries will be judged by representatives from Pepco and D.C. Public Library's Teen Council. Prizes include:

  • Prize for Writing: Laptop
  • Prize for Film & Photography: Canon EOS 4000D
  • Prize for Visual Art: Wacom CTL4100 Intuos Graphics Drawing Tablet
  • Prize for Music: Fender Electric Guitar
Learn more and submit your original work here!
2023 Student Air Quality - Art & Comic Contest
The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) in partnership with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites 9th - 12th graders attending a public high school or public charter high school in the District to submit 2-D artwork that celebrates and portrays a clean air future in the District. Themes that students may choose to focus on for their artwork include: Air Quality & Transportation, Air Quality & Climate Change, Asthma & Your Health, Community Science, and Wildfires & Smoke. Contest winners will be selected for Best Comic ($200), Best Artwork ($200), Second Place ($125), Third Place ($75), and 8 honorable mentions. The deadline for submissions is July 31. Learn more and submit artwork at on the contest website!
Team Zachary in the Community
Ward 5
Discover Summer Kick-off
June 17 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
@ Woodridge Neighborhood Library (1801 Hamlin St NE)

Get ready for a summer of reading fun at the library! Learn how to participate in DC Public Library's summer reading program. Join neighbors for games for adults, teens, and kids, along with music, library gifts, and prizes.
Social Community Clean-up
June 17 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
@ Yang Market (138 U St NE)

Summer brings sunshine, farmer's markets cream wrappers, soda cans, and whole new varieties of trash!  So come join the Eckington Parks & Arts cleaning crew. Meet new neighbors and help make the neighborhood beautiful. If you become a regular, you'll get one of the fetching lime green tee-shirts. And Lost Generation is offering free drink tickets for anyone who cleans for at least an hour. Or clean on your own time whenever it's convenient. Gloves, grabbers, and bags provided. 
Michigan Park:
Community Summer Social at the Playground
June 17 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
@ Michigan Park Playground (1203 Wynton Pl NE)

You're invited to a community summer social at the Michigan Park playground on Saturday, June 17. Enjoy music, refreshments, kids entertainment and more with your fellow neighbors, community members and EYA staff who will be onsite to provide more information about the potential Providence Hospital site redevelopment. Learn more here.
Chocolate City Juneteenth Art Fair
June 17 - 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
@ metrobar (640 Rhode Island Ave NE)

Join metrobar during Juneteenth weekend for a Chocolate City art market featuring LIVE art, local artist vendors, and other artistic exhibitors. Learn more here.
Union Market:
5th Annual Juneteenth Block Party
June 17 - 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
@ 416 Morse St NE

The District comes alive in the summer with a mix of festivals and events, but the culture and history that shapes life in the DMV is bred at Go-Gos & neighborhood block parties. What originally started as a birthday party has quickly evolved into a summer staple that’s fueled by the energetic spirit and infectious vibe of the local community. Every year the Annual Juneteenth Block Party offers locals and tourists a moment to blow off some steam and reconnect with friends through music, food and fun. From showcasing local black-owned businesses to live Go-Go performances by DC’s premier band, this even celebrates the best of the best that the DMV has to offer. Learn more here.
Juneteenth Celebration at St. George's
June 18 - 11:00 a.m.
@ St. George's Churchyard (160 U St NW) 

Join neighbors for a Juneteenth Celebration at St. George's Episcopal Church. There will be a fire truck, arts & crafts, games & prizes, food, music, and more. 
Fort Totten:
SMD 5A06 Community Yard Sale
June 24 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
@ Entire SMD 5A06 Area 

Join neighbors for a community yard sale in SMD 5A06 (Fort Totten area), hosted by Commissioner Kweku Toure'! For more information, contact Commissioner Toure' at 
North Michigan Park:
Community Yard Sale
June 24 (rain date July 1) - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
@ Grounds of Faith United Church (South Dakota Ave and Decatur St NE)

Join neighbors for a community yard sale in North Michigan Park! If you'd like to have a table, there are small fees associated. For more information, contact: Susan Letherer 202-441-2076 or Lula King 202-635-7777 and 301-559-8403.
Fort Totten:
Fridays at Fort Totten
June 2 - August 25 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
@ Modern at Art Place

Summer nights just got cooler. Join DC Fray and The Modern for a free concert series, happening Friday nights from June through August. Bring your own chair and sit back to enjoy live tunes, food trucks, games and community vibes from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Here's the summer line-up:
Around DC
National Mall:
Junteenth Community Day,
hosted by the NMAAHC
June 17 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
@ National Museum of African American History and Culture (1400 Constitution Ave NW)

In celebration of Juneteenth 2023, the National Museum of African American History and Culture returns to its perennial theme, Senses of Freedom: The Taste, Sound, and Experience of an African American Celebration. During this year’s Juneteenth Community Day visitors can explore the gifts of gardening and the culinary arts, hear stories, listen to music, and discover their inner artist with crafts for all ages. We invite the public to visit the Museum’s galleries, grounds, and Sweet Home Cafe to create memories and learn more about this historic holiday both inside and outside the museum. Register here.
Juneteenth for the City,
hosted by the Bread for the City
June 17 - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
@ 1700 Good Hope Road SE

Bread for the City and Mema’s Popups have come together for a second year to bring you a Juneteenth celebration that you don’t want to miss! Join for music, performances, and presentations while dining and shopping with various Black-owned businesses throughout the day. Learn more here.
  • Follow on a journey through history as we explore the struggles and amazing accomplishments Black Americans have endured and achieved in this country
  • MIXIAM Entertainment will keep the music flowing throughout the day
  • DC's own Chocolate City Soul will perform from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Franklin Park:
Juneteenth in the District with FITDC

June 19 - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
@ Franklin Park (1332 I St NW)

Celebrate Juneteenth with FITDC in historic Franklin Park, Enjoy a morning of fitness classes from some of the amazing FITDC ambassadors. After class, stick around for a community health and wellness fair with food, music, and sample services from local Black-owned vendors. This event is free, open to the public, and all fitness levels are welcome. If you don't want to work out, get your self-care on with health conscious activations like group meditation and breath work, astrology workshops, personal aura photo booth, mini massage sessions, healthy food trucks, and more. Early guests can grab a limited edition FITDC Juneteenth shirt while supplies last (shirts are on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to one shirt per attendee). RSVP here.
Summer Meals Kickoff Event with Capital Area Food Bank

June 23 - 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
@ Mary Virginia Merrick Recreation Center (4275 4th St SE)

Too many children across the region are at risk of hunger, and for some, school may provide the only nutritious meals they receive on a given day. When summer break starts, kids lose that critical lifeline, making it harder for them to continue learning and growing. We anticipate we will need to serve 68,000 total breakfasts, lunches, suppers and snacks to help fill meal gaps for thousands of children this summer. That’s why the Food Bank supports plethora of sites throughout our community where all children can get free, nutritious meals all summer long. Swing by our kick-off event alongside hundreds of community members, children, and food bank partners and staff. More information about the event, and free meal resources, available here.
Fort Circle Park:
Land Conservation Day with Casey Trees
June 25 - 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
@ Hellbender Brewing (5788 2nd St NE)

Hellbender Beer Hall and outside patio will be open for the duration of the event, as well as a BBQ food truck (Beef Space BBQ), raffles, partner tables, and several games. Other activities are scheduled thus:

1:00pm - Tree Tour of Hellbender Hill (first tour)

2:00pm - Treevia in the Beer Hall

3:00pm - Live Music Starts (Half Pint Harry)

4:00pm - Tree Tour of Hellbender Hill (second tour)

6:00pm - Live Music Ends

Casey Trees’ land conservation program aims to restore fragmented patches of urban forest, enhance urban ecosystems and public health, and protect green space for trees to grow and neighbors to connect with nature. We work with local landowners to steward natural areas and improve the conditions of those sites. This is a public event - you do not need a ticket. However, registering for a free ticket helps us predict attendance, and donating in the event checkout directly supports Casey Trees' efforts to restore, enhance, and protect DC's tree canopy.

Across the city:
Capital Pride Alliance - Pride Month Events
June - All month long

Visit the Capital Pride Alliance's website for a variety of Pride Month celebrations and events, all Pride Month long. 
News You Can Use
Most-clicked links from last week's newsletter (not just news!)—
Meet with the Councilmember - Office Hours
My next office hours event will be on Saturday, June 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the playground at Turkey Thicket. These events are a great opportunity to meet and chat with the me, get connected with my office's staff, and meet your neighbors. I hope to see you at the park!
It's hard to capture all the joy that was shared at the Capital Pride Parade last weekend. I am proud of how the District continues to lead in celebrating, protecting, and championing the LGBTQIA+ community.

As always, we invite you to use this form to provide feedback on how we're doing. We'd love to hear from you anytime. 

Yours in service and community, 


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