Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Upcoming Events in Southwest

- Tomorrow, Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells will be holding his monthly Southwest community office hours from 8am - 9:30am at the Channel Inn, located at 650 Water Street.

Related to Council member Wells, but not necessarily to Southwest specifically, Wells was interviewed on the Kojo Nnamdi Show's Politics Hour last Friday about juvenile justice.

- On Friday, May 21, two new SW Call Boxes will be dedicated - one honoring Dr. Dorothy Height and another honoring four civil rights & women's rights leaders (Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, Representative Patsy Mink, National Association of Women (NOW) President Molly Yard, and Representative Barbara Jordan. The event will take place at Jefferson Middle School, located at 801 7th Street, just across from the actual call boxes in front of the 700 7th Street condo building from 2pm - 3pm, followed by a reception.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 14th, as seating in the Jefferson Middle School auditorium with the students is limited. It's preferable to RSVP by email to but you can also call (202) 554-5674 and record your name and e-mail address, or fax a note to (202) 479-4396. The school will be furnished with a guest list and they will ask you to show an ID.

Last April, 14 call boxes were revealed with cherry blossom art during the National Cherry Blossom Festival and a call box honoring Thurgood Marshall was unveiled the following month.

- There will be a meeting on Tuesday, May 25th from 6pm - 8pm to discuss the 14th Street Bridge Corridor Environmental Impact Statement, which is in the process of being completed for when the span and its approaches are eventually replaced.

- A second TOPP (Traffic Operations and Parking Plan) meeting for Nationals Park will be held on Tuesday, May 25th (tentatively scheduled for 6:30pm) at 2nd Baptist Church, located at 1200 Canal Street. This meeting was scheduled, since several participants didn't show up at the April 27th meeting.

- The Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure will be taking place on Saturday, June 5th at the National Mall. Last year, the race raised $4.7 million for local education and community outreach programs that work tirelessly to assist vulnerable populations. Anyone can sign up for the race online.

- The 1st Annual Washington DC Triathlon will be held on Sunday, June 20th from 5:30am - 11:30am. Street closures in Southwest will involve parts of Independence Avenue, 12th Street, 15th Street, and Memorial Bridge.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the fantastic update!!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the objective of this triathalon? Is it a fund raiser for a non-profit, a fee-based money-making vehicle for the city, or simply a healthy recreational outlet? I've looked through the promoter's Web site and it's hard to figure out exactly what the point of this is, other than gridlocking out city for an entire morning.

Anonymous said...

Here's what's on the Triathalon Web site, but there's now "About Us" or anything that will lead you to who the promoters are and if this is a for-profit venture. There are plenty of corporate sponsors signed on.

"The Washington DC Triathlon™, brought to you by the producers of The Nation’s Triathlon™..."

That event, according to their Web site, is to benefit the Leukemia Society. There is a "Contact Us" page but no address, 501(3)(c) charity information, etc.

PostIt said...

I'm all for the call boxes being spruced up and having nice little tributes to DC's history.

But, honestly, isn't the color scheme (sky blue/ugly pink) just the worst possible choice? Can we get a little QA/QC on that? Ugh.

Anonymous said...

Agree with Postlt's comment on the call boxes, the colors are really garish and cheap looking. I think they should have been done in historically accurate colors, or at least something more in keeping with a residential neighborhood.

Reuben said...

Greetings! Would like to introduce you and your readers to Monday Night Blues at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 400 I Street SW. You may know about the great Friday Night Jazz program at Westminster which is a huge hit drawing large crowds every Friday night. Monday Night Blues is coming along right behind !

This Monday Evening, May 23rd, at 6:00 PM, you can come and see the Deanna Bogart Band play at Westminster. Deanna Bogart is a HUGE Blues-Fusion artist who draws thousands to her shows and has walls full of Music Awards. You can see her for $5 on Monday night in an intimate setting with a the best music crown in DC in attendance. Musicians play Westminster for a variety of reasons, among which is, that Westminster has the best, most knowledgeable, most loving crowd they have ever played in front of.

So, I know you don’t have a better Monday evening planned then seeing the Deanna Bogart Band up close at the “Blues Church.”

Hope to see lots of you there. Reuben Vabner