Around Town: April 6-7

With the nicer weather (and cherry blossoms!), CFP nonprofits are getting busy! Check out all of the great things that are going on Around Town this weekend!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Red Shoe 5K Run & Walk

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington D.C.’s Red Shoe 5K Run & Walk helps children heal faster and better. April 6th. Race starts 9:00am Kids Fun Run at 8:45am. Registration 7:00am. Family friendly Red Shoe 5K is for racers, leisure walkers and runners. Prizes, awards & surprises. Kids can get community service hours. Team & Family discounts. Kids in strollers free. Sign up on-line now at www.redshoe5K.org or call 703.698.7080.
When: Saturday April 6, 2013 (09:00 AM)
Where: Dulles Station, 2303 Dulles Station Boulevard, Herndon, VA 20171
Fee: Yes, Adults $35 until March 6; Kids $25; Adults $40 until March 31; $45 after March 31.
Volunteer Info:Volunteers needed?for our Red Shoe 5K April 6th. 2 shifts 6:30AM – 8:30AM & 8AM -11AM. Water and food stations; Set up, registration, Greeters/Parking Directors, Floaters, making sure our guests have fun. Volunteers get the much-coveted dri-fit 5k shirt for free and snacks and beverages are provided throughout the day. Contact Rachel: rachel@rmhcdc.org or at 703.698.7080.
Contact: Rachel, (703) 698-7080 ext 220

Help Clean Up Rock Creek Volunteer on April 6

Rock Creek Conservancy (formerly Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment)
It’s time to give Rock Creek and its beautiful parks a spring cleaning. Sign up for the Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup this Saturday! Rock Creek Conservancy is mobilizing volunteers at over 60 Rock Creek locations. Visit rockcreekconservancy.org to find a spot near you. Most of the cleanups will take place on Saturday, April 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Check the site you are interested in for details. Register today! Some of the sites are highly popular and filling up quickly with volunteers. This is a fun, worthwhile opportunity for people of all ages to work together to make a real difference for our parks. Student Service Learning credit is available. The fifth annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup is part of the larger Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Rock Creek Conservancy works in partnership with Montgomery County Parks, the National Park Service, and the Alice Ferguson Foundation to field volunteers for the event. Bring your friends and families and join your neighbors in working for a clean Rock Creek! And please help spread the word to others who might be interested.
When: Saturday April 6, 2013 (09:00 AM – 12:00 NOON)
Where: Rock Creek Watershed, 4825 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
Fee: No
Volunteer Info: We will be cleaning up the entire Rock Creek Watershed from the headwaters in Laytonsville, MD to the Mouth of Rock Creek in Georgetown.
Contact: Karen Zeiter, (301) 775-2960

Outreach Visits to Low-income Seniors

We Are Family Senior Outreach Network
We Are Family will be coordinating outreach visits to isolated, low-income seniors in their homes.
When: Saturday April 6, 2013 (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Where: Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fee: No
Volunteer Info: Volunteers will receive a brief orientation and then go out in pairs or groups to visit with seniors in their homes.
Contact: Mark Andersen, (202) 487-8698

I, Jack, am the Knave of Hearts

District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC)
I, Jack, am the Knave of Hearts takes the audience on a journey of discovery and reckoning as Don Juan bursts through the fissure that separates mortality from eternal damnation and tries desperately to remember who he was, discover what he is doing here now and uncover why he has been allowed to escape. “You want to know what Hell is like? Hell is to be aware when there is nothing to be aware of and nothing to be aware with but your own desire? Hell is the end of hope.” John Carter, a local poet who has turned his hand to playwriting over the past fifteen years, deftly merges lyrical language with narrative as he delves layer by layer into the complex nature of Don Juan’s reflections on a life he would have lived in no other way; even with the full knowledge of the resulting punishment. His last play, Lou, based on the life of Lou Salome received critical acclaim in the New York Fringe Festival last year.
When: Saturday April 6, 2013 (7:30 PM)
Where: DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St Washington, DC 20009
Fee: Yes, $25.00
Contact: B. Stanley, (202 ) 462-7833

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

Dance Place
Inspired by the 1991 film, Boyz N The Hood, and the early writings of W.E.B Dubois, New York based Kyle Abraham investigates the rich history of urban culture and the rise and fall of community. Set to a mix of operatic scores with the sounds of an urban city, the work blends bold imagery with subtlety into a tapestry of visual and emotional depth. Co-presented with Reston Centerstage. Funded in part by the NEA, MAAF ArtsCONNECT and NEFA.
When: Saturday April 6, 2013 (8:00 PM)
Fee: Yes, $22 General Admission; $17 Members, Seniors, Teachers and Artists; $10 College Students; $8 Children (17 and under)
Contact: Carolyn Kamrath, (202) 269-1608

ETC/ArtStream OnStage present The Final Showdown and Lights, Camera, Chaos.

Educational Theatre Company
Inclusive Theatre Companies are directed by trained theatre professionals and feature actors with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and on the Autism Spectrum. An original script is developed during the rehearsal process through improvisation techniques. A play is scripted and then blocked, memorized by the actors and performed for the public. The final production is designed to showcase each actor?s unique talents.
When: Saturday April 6, 2013 (8:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
Where:Gunston Theatre One, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206
Fee: no
Volunteer Info: ArtStream,Inc is producing two original musical comedies featuring actors with and without cognitive disabilities and WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! We need 3-4 people to help run simple sound cues or help our actors backstage.
Contact: Jennie Lutz, (301) 565-4567

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

Dance Place
Inspired by the 1991 film, Boyz N The Hood, and the early writings of W.E.B Dubois, New York based Kyle Abraham investigates the rich history of urban culture and the rise and fall of community. Set to a mix of operatic scores with the sounds of an urban city, the work blends bold imagery with subtlety?into a tapestry of visual and emotional depth. Co-presented with Reston Centerstage. Funded in part by the NEA, MAAF ArtsCONNECT and NEFA.
When: Sunday April 7, 2013 (7:00 PM)
Where: Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017
Fee: yes, $22 General Admission; $17 Members, Seniors, Teachers and Artists; $10 College Students; $8 Children (17 and under)
Contact: Carolyn Kamrath, (202) 269-1608

In The News …

White House estimate spells out tough road for Washington region economy (Washington Post): “… the upcoming automatic spending cuts the Obama administration detailed Sunday would strike a tough blow, with nearly 150,000 civilian Defense Department employees facing furloughs and an estimated average loss of $7,500 in pay [...] funding for elementary and secondary education across the region would be slashed by $29 million.” Economist Anirban Basu (Sage Policy Group) points out that sequestration will have a deeper effect on this region than the nation as a whole, as DC, Maryland, and Virginia are “among the most reliant communities in the nation on federal spending.”

Nonprofit Branding 2013: What Has Changed? (Nonprofit Quarterly): “First, we needed to see information technology not as a peripheral function within our organization but central to our mission pursuits. Second, we needed to see our identity less as an extension of our mission statement, but more as a link between the public perception of the impact we create and our higher calling to strengthen communities.” Carlo Cuesta, founder of the Saint Paul-based firm Creation in Common, goes to point out that “We have access to the tools and resources needed to build meaningful relationships with our stakeholders, what we lack are the capabilities to do it in a way that advances authenticity and mobilizes the public will.” Do you agree?

Gray aims high with sustainability plan; can agencies deliver? (Greater Greater Washington): “Last week, the Gray administration unveiled its sustainability plan, which sets some very ambitious, yet very important objectives for 2032, like attracting 250,000 new residents and making 75% of trips happen by walking, biking, and transit.” GGW argues that “to achieve these goals, agencies will have to push forward not just on their existing laudable initiatives, but go beyond.” For example: “it would be better to focus more new housing near Metro stations, streetcars, and high-frequency bus corridors. To do that, though, some administration will have to modify the Comprehensive Plan and zoning to create denser areas somewhere.”

Around Town: February 22-24

Apologies for the delay, friends! Check out some fun and local weekend ideas at …

Educational Theatre Company (AHC Hunter’s Park:, 2021 N. Nelson Street, Arlington, VA)

This year, ETC launched a new intergenerational model where seniors and college students participated in theatre exercises together to create a strong ensemble. Come check out the results this weekend! More information here.

Joy of Motion Dance Center (Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE)

On Friday at 10:30 PM, enjoy DCypher Dance’s hip hop fusion: contemporary hip hop theatre to the latest, hottest new school moves. Only one performance tonight — so be sure to nab tickets.

Dance Place (3225 8th Street NE)

On Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 4:00 PM, Israeli choreographer Idan Cohen presents an ecstatic piece set to the sound of W.A. Mozart’s Solo Piano Sonatas. Learn more this way.

Anacostia Watershed Society?(Huerich Park, 2916 Nicholson Street, Hyattsville, MD) — Cancelled

AWS is working to restore a section of streambank along the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Volunteer sign up right this way.

Around Town: February 8-10

Spend an hour or two with a CFP nonprofit, such as …

Dance Place (3225 8th Street NE)

Join the Dance Place Step Team for Step It Up DC on Friday at 8:00 PM — special step workshops and an informal performance, open to all ages. Buy tickets right here.

We Are Family Senior Outreach Network (474 Ridge Street NW)

Volunteers will receive a brief orientation and then go out in pairs or groups to visit isolated, low-income seniors in their homes on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Sign up this way!

Joy of Motion Dance Center (Jack Guidone Theater @ 5207 Wisconsin Avenue NW)

Youth Dance Project introduces creative and exciting new works from the region’s choreographers under the age of 18 this coming Saturday at 8:00 PM. Nab your tickets here.

Coming Soon:

Audubon Naturalist Society (Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave, McLean, VA)

Kevin Ambrose, photographer and blogger for the Capital Weather Gang, will discuss “Washington’s Winters” at an ANS Members’ Meeting on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. RSVP to shsprenke@gmail.com.

Iona Senior Services (4125 Albemarle Street NW)

Join Executive Director Sally White for a cup of coffee, thought-provoking conversation, and a tour of Iona’s Breckinridge Buildling on Wednesday at 9:00 AM.

In The News …

In speech, DC mayor pledges investment in affordable housing, other city programs (Washington Post): “A ‘prosperity dividend’ from the District’s continued economic growth should be used to make investments in key city government programs, Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in his annual State of the District address Tuesday.” In the third year of his term, Gray has his first opportunity to “pursue significant new spending — starting with a $100 million commitment to affordable housing.” Additionally, the mayor’s upcoming budget proposal “will include a $15 million ‘investment fund’ for city nonprofits. The fund would make competitive grants to groups involved in arts, job training, the environment, health and other areas.”

A Million Strong: Helping Them Through (New York Times: Education): “As often as not, they float in and out of college like nomads, juggling deployments, families and jobs. If they are in service, they take classes at night or on weekends, studying between combat patrols and 12-hour duty schedules [...] Some have physical injuries or mental health issues that can strain their ability to study.” Thus the questions arise: are veterans given the information that they need to make the best enrollment decisions, and then provided with the resources to complete the degree requirements? To answer them, federal agencies are “creating new metrics that reflect military and veteran students’ tendencies to attend multiple colleges and to take more than four to six years to graduate.”

Three Key Takeaways from Nielsen’s 2012 Social Media Report (Nonprofit Quarterly): “Social media is here to stay, and even as others catch up, Facebook remains miles ahead of the pack [...] If you want to go where the growth is, go mobile. Mobile technology really took root in 2012 with a whopping 120 percent increase in mobile app usage.” And of those surveyed, more than 50% shared their positive and negative reactions about brands over social media — implying that organizations that are not on Facebook or Twitter “could be missing out on helping your stakeholders understand or resolve issues or concerns.”

Around Town: January 19-21

Dance, volunteer, and swashbuckle with CFP nonprofits …

Dance Place (3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC)

An integral part of the DC dance community for over 20 years, KanKouran presents their annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday & Saturday at 8:00 PM. Tickets right this way.

Constellation Theatre Company (at Source, 1835 14th Street NW, Washington, DC)

Zorro, the masked avenger, is born when quiet, bookish Diego must find a way to fight corruption and injustice. Catch a “pay what you can” preview of Zorro on Friday at 8:30 PM.

Rock Creek Conservancy (Multiple locations in DC)

On Saturday morning, save Rock Creek Park trees in Normanstone Park in front of the British Embassy or at Soapstone Valley park trail head on Albemarle Street NW. Learn more right here.

We Are Family Senior Outreach Network (at Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge Street NW, Washington, DC)

Assemble and deliver grocery bags to low-income seniors in the North Capitol and Shaw neighborhoods on Saturday at 10:00 AM. You can sign up online right here.

Coming Up: “Look at Literacy” with Literacy Council of Montgomery County on Wednesday at 7:30 PM at the Rockville Library.

Coming Up: January 11-17

At your local CFP nonprofit …

Dance Place (3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC)

Deep Vision Dance Company & withhart.dance.projects come together for an evening of modern dance ranging from the weighted to the humorous on Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 4:00 PM. Tickets right this way!

Literacy Council of Montgomery County (Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD)

Attend an Adult Literacy Tutor Orientation for volunteers interested in helping adults learn to read, write, or speak English on Monday from 10:30 AM to noon. Learn more right here.

Audubon Naturalist Society (Woodend Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD)

Washington Post environmental writer Juliet Eilperin will speak on “The Outlook for the Environment in the Second Obama Administration” at a members’ meeting on Tuesday from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. RSVP here.

Constellation Theatre Company (Source, 1835 14th Street NW, Washington, DC)

On Thursday at 8:30 PM, catch a Pay-What-You-Can Preview of Zorro — the masked avenger, who is born when quiet, bookish Diego must find a way to fight corruption and injustice. More info over here.

Around Town: November 16-18

Have a good weekend, Greater Washington! And check out what’s happening at our nonprofits …

Educational Theatre Company (McKinley Elementary, 1030 N. McKinley Road, Arlington, VA)

ETCs Main Stage Residency Program, with McKinley Elementary School, presents Robin Hood — an original musical production created and performed by children in grades 2-5 — on Friday & Saturday.

Anacostia Watershed Society (Malcolm X Avenue & 2nd Street SE)

Volunteers will work to restore the natural splendor of one of DC’s most neglected wooded areas on Saturday at 9:00 AM; gloves, bags, and lunch will be provided. RSVP right here.

Horizons Greater Washington (Politics and Prose, 5051 Connecticut Avenue NW)

Stop by and choose a book for you or your child, or select from one of the Wish List Books for the Horizons program, this Saturday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. At the register, remember to mention Horizons and Politics and Prose will donate 20% of the the proceeds.

We Are Family Senior Outreach Network (Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge Street NW)

On Saturday at 10:00 AM, deliver Thanksgiving baskets to over 250 low-income seniors in the North Capitol and Shaw neighborhoods with the We Are Family team. Sign up here!

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Around Town: November 9-11

Many great, nonprofit places to go this weekend! Check it out …

FotoDC (Central Hub: 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW)

The annual FotoWeek Festival begins this Friday and continues through the 18th; expect to see the very best in art, photography, and photojournalism! You can see the list of locations right here and sign up at the Volunteer Hub this way.

Educational Theatre Company (1030 N. McKinley Road, Arlington, VA)

Parents, students and volunteers come together for Community Build Day on Saturday at 9:30 AM to build sets, costumes and props in preparation for the upcoming production. Learn more here.

Anacostia Watershed Society (Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD)

On Saturday at 10:00 AM, plant trees along the Anacostia River; bring a friend and be prepared to have fun. You can RSVP right here.
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Around Town: November 2-5

Busy weekend at CFP nonprofits! Check out what’s coming up …

Dance Place (3225 8th Street NE)

SpeakeasyDC presents “The Story Showdown: A Storytelling Game Show” this Friday at 8:00 PM and Saturday at 7:00 & 9:00 PM. Audience members have the opportunity to be contestants row and win coveted prizes! Tickets this way.

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (1632 U Street NW) – postponed

This one-day retreat for caregivers will explore stress management and self-care with yoga, nutrition and creativity, and the sharing of personal experience. Email darien@smithcenter.org for information about future dates.

Anacostia Watershed Society (Bladensburg Waterfront Park) – event full

Plant trees at the confluence of the Northeast and Northwest branches of the Anacostia River this Saturday at 10:00 AM; all tools and supplies needed will be provided, so just bring a friend and be prepared to have fun. Sign up here.

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