Around Town 8/22-8/28

Upcoming this week CFP charities bring a handful of outdoor events, volunteer opportunities, and theater and film premieres. What a wonderful way to get out into the community, meet some of our nonprofits, and enjoy summer while we still can. Hope everyone is enjoying this rather seasonal August, our CFP team certainly is!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

DCPS Beautification Day! Volunteer Opportunity
Hands on DC
Help DCPS Kick of the 2014-15 School Year in Style: Volunteer at Beautification Day August 23! Join us for our annual Hands on DC Kick Off Event, DC Beautification Day. We need approximately 150 volunteers to work at over 100 schools!

When: Sat Aug 23 2014 (09:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Where: Locations across the city — register to find out!, School Sites across the city, Washington, DC 20001
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: This annual DCPS event was established in 2005 as a citywide spruce up of all DC public school buildings in preparation for the first day of school. Beautification efforts included landscaping, trash pick-up, light painting, planting flowers, and other external beautification efforts. Volunteers and supplies supported over 100 schools.
Contact: DCPS Beutification Day, (202) 719-6601
For more information: click here

Family Garden Day @ Washington Youth Garden
Washington Youth Garden, Friends of the National Arboretum
Family Garden Days is an interactive family gardening, nutrition education, and cooking program. It is designed to bring families together at the Washington Youth Garden to share in a communal experience of learning how to grow and prepare fruits and vegetables, maintain an organic garden, and prepare healthy meals. Tailored to beginning gardeners and those looking to enhance their food and wellness practices, the program is an exciting opportunity for families to grow awareness, appreciation and connections to their food sources and engage in healthy life affirming outdoor activities! Participating families harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden for cooking demos as well as to prepare and enjoy at home.

When: Sat Aug 23 2014 (10:00 AM – 12:30 PM)
Where: Washington Youth Garden (at the National Arboretum), Ellipse Road Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
Fee? yes $10 adults; $5 kids
Contact: WYG, (202) 245-2709
For more information: click here

Molly (by George O’Brien) — Opening Day
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Molly explores secret revelations of the young mistress of J.M. Synge esteemed playwright of the Irish Literary Renaissance. Synge died at 37, yet his work still greatly impacts audiences, writers, and culture. See this original play by award-winning Irish author and Georgetown Professor Emeritus, O’Brien. Featuring: Danielle Davy. Molly runs through September 21.

When: Sat Aug 23 2014 (3:00 PM)
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Fee? yes Adults: $35; Seniors, Students, Artists (all must have ID): $20
Contact: Atlas Performing Arts Center Box Office, (202) 399-7993
For more information: click here

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nash Run Trash Trap Cleanup Volunteer Opportunity
Anacostia Watershed Society
Since its inception in 1989, AWS staff and volunteers have removed tons of trash from the Anacostia River each year. Our Nash Run Trash Trap cleanups have been a huge success in helping us to make progress towards our goal for a trash free Anacostia River. Located adjacent to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Northeast DC, this trash trap catches trash before it ends up in the River! But our staff can’t manage this trap alone. Volunteers are critical to our plan to collect trash and monitor this trash trap. At the event we will remove trash from the trap and sort it into 5 categories; bottles and cans, Styrofoam, plastic grocery bags, lumber, and other. The data collected will be used to educate the public and advocate for a better practice such as Bottle Deposit Bill.

When: Sun Aug 24 2014 (09:00 AM – 12:00 NOON)
Where: Intersection of Anacostia Ave NE and Douglas St NE, Washington, DC 20019
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Remove trash from the trap and sort it into categories (bottles, Styrofoam, plastic bags, etc). The task requires squatting down for a relatively long time, and may be physically demanding. It is not suitable for young children or the elderly. Registration is required. Please register at least 2 days prior to the event dates you chose to volunteer in order to receive additional information regarding proper clothing, etc. This event may be canceled suddenly due to high flow rain events effecting Nash Run Stream.
Contact: Masaya Maeda, (301) 699-6204 ext 110
For more information: click here

Molly (by George O’Brien) — Opening Weekend
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Molly explores secret revelations of the young mistress of J.M. Synge esteemed playwright of the Irish Literary Renaissance. Synge died at 37, yet his work still greatly impacts audiences, writers, and culture. See this original play by award-winning Irish author and Georgetown Professor Emeritus, O’Brien. Featuring: Danielle Davy.

When: Sun Aug 24 2014 (7:00 PM)
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Fee? yes Adults: $35; Seniors, Students, Artists (all must have ID): $20
Contact: Atlas Performing Arts Center Box Office, (202) 399-7993
For more information: click here

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Family Friendly Warehouse Volunteering Volunteer Opportunity
DC Diaper Bank
Come help us in the warehouse! Volunteering is family friendly and all are welcome whether it’s for one hour or four. We’ll be sorting and packing diapers and even little hands can help with that (or just play in the play area!). Our Volunteer Dates are a great way to starting talking about giving back and community in a very tangible way that kids can relate to well.

When: Tue Aug 26 2014 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

Where: DC Diaper Bank Warehouse 8858 Monard Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fee? no
Volunteer Info: Sorting and packing diapers; helping with other inventory
Contact: Corinne Cannon, (202) 656-8503
For more information: click here

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DC Premiere: Above All Else
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
ABOVE ALL ELSE is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of a segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, the film follows David Daniel as he rallies neighbors and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree-top blockade of the controversial pipeline. Risking financial ruin, their personal safety, and the security of their families, these unforgettable people and their stories become an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America. What begins as a stand against corporate bullying becomes a rallying cry for climate protesters nationwide. Official Selection, 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Run time: 95 min. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker John Fiege, Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., CEO & President of the Hip Hop Caucus, farmer and film subject Julia Trigg Crawford, and Steven Mufson, energy reporter for The Washington Post who has driven the length of the proposed pipeline.

When: Wed Aug 27 2014 (7:00 PM)
Where: E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Fee? yes $10 per ticket
Contact: Environmental Film Festival, (202) 342-2564
For more information: click here

The Importance of Arts in Youth Empowerment

August is Artist Appreciation Month and we welcome Executive Director Nancy Schwalb from D.C. Creative Writing Workshop to speak about the important influence of artistic creativity on youth development and empowerment. The D.C. Creative Writing Workshop, based in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Southeast D.C., unites parents, teachers and professional writers-in-residence to transform the lives of youth through self-expression and the power of the written word.

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Around Town 8/8-8/14

August is finally here! The roads are clearing out, sidewalks are opening up, and we are all trying to soak up and enjoy this last month of summer. If you’re not lounging on the beach or out of town with the family, have fun close to home at some great events put on CFP nonprofits! This week we bring you an array of theater performances, outdoor volunteer events, film festivals!

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7 Questions with Christie Walser: Executive Director of Project Create

Christie WalserAugust is Artist Appreciation Month and among our 52 of art-related nonprofits we welcome Christie Walser of Project Create to 7 questions. Christie joined Project Create as Executive Director in January, 2011, bringing with her nearly two decades of nonprofit administration experience, a passionate commitment to child advocacy, and a long-time avocation as a community-theater actor, director and producer. Project Create provides accessible arts education to promote positive development in children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness and poverty.
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Help VA Students Go Back to School!

NO TAXES….on back to school supplies this weekend (8/1 – 8/3) in Virginia! Help students in need get ready for school by adding an extra item to your cart — whether online or in-store — or find an opportunity to help sort & pack up donated supplies so backpacks are full and ready for the first day of school!
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