26 Aug 2021

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The To Do List, Week of August 27, 2021

Hey, it’s almost the weekend. These last days before the start of school have that weird electric energy of making sure supplies are procured and schedules are lined up and vaccines are administered and… oh that’s right, there is no COVID vaccine for kids 12 and under and some parents are in an understandable panic. There is a town hall with Ward6 Councilmember Charles Allen tonight, from 8-9:30 p.m., where you can bring your most pressing questions about school. Guest speakers include Ward 6 SBOE rep Jessica Sutter, Register for this webinar by clicking this link.

Need to get your dance on? Support First Shift Justice Project and dance at Dance Like a Mother at Wundergarten, 1101 First Street NE, this Friday, August 27. The event goes from 6 p.m. to midnight and asks for a suggested donation of $25 or as much as your generous heart can give. The event is family-friendly. First Shift Justice Project supports mothers and mothers-to-be fighting discrimination in the workplace. More info here.

One of our favorites, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, re-opens tomorrow! Are you excited? Because we sure are! It’s all about Owney! More info here.

On Saturday, make sure you check out Books Lunch and Learn! at 13th and Potomac SE! There will be books and bags given away as well as story time. It’s a great way to get the littles ready to go back to school. For more information, email here2serve@capitolhillsdachurch.org

Also happening on Saturday, Serve Your City is holding their Back to School Bash at Eastern Market Metro Plaza, starting at 11:20 a.m. and going through 4:30 p.m. There will be free food and activities as well as backpacks to be distributed, and our friends from East City Bookshop will be there to help bring the fun! For more information,to reserve a backpack for a kid who needs it, or to donate a backpack (or two), click here.

The National Cannabis Festival takes place at the RFK Festival Grounds this Saturday as well. Enjoy music, comedy, a wide range of exhibitors and learn more about the legalization of cannabis. General admission tickets are $65 and available here.

Say arrivederci to Saturday with Opera in the Outfield! Join the fun with the Kennedy Center starting at 5p.m. At 6, Elephant and Piggie’s SLOPERA! A Bite-Sized Opera screens and at 7 p.m., Rossini’s Cinderella will light up the evening. All performances are free and seating is first-come, first-served. Bring blankets if you want to sit in the outfield (weather permitting). More information here.

The DC Jazz Festival logo, via screenshot

The DC Jazz Festival is coming this week! From September 1-5, revel in the sounds of this incredible, versatile genre and its rich history in the nation’s capital. To learn more about the line-up and the venues (like Mr. Henry’s!!), click here. To purchase tickets, click here.

Can’t get enough of outdoor movies? NoMa’s CiNoMatic continues on September 1 with Mamma Mia! For more info, click here and to get tickets, click here.

So grateful for our awesome partnership with DC Music Live. Make sure you check out their bimonthly Set List column, which features reviews, photos and commentary on the local scene! The app, designed by Naomi-Grace Palnaqui and Nameer Rizvi, helps you explore all the venues around the area offering LIVE MUSIC! Download it here for iPhone and here for Android!

Take note:

It has come to our attention that the Literary Feast will not be taking place this fall. However, there will still be a Literary Pumpkin walk this fall. If you want to support the Capitol Hill Community Foundation in other ways, click here.

Plan Ahead:

The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance will take place on Saturday, September 11 across the District. Pledge to help your city –or help a teen complete community service hours and pledge them. This is a meal-packing in-person event, so please be aware that COVID precautions will be in place. For more information and to sign up, click here.

The DC Bike Ride is coming this Saturday, September 25 starting at 8 a.m.! You can register here for the 20-mile ride around all the beautiful sights the city has to offer. Tickets start at $67. Check out the route map here.

The National Theater is back and you can get tickets for such amazing shows as Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Click here to get those fall/winter plans going.

Off-Hill but awesome:

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is open at Bryant Street NE. The multi-sensory, multi-room experience is open weekdays 10 am-8 pm and weekends 9 am-9 pm. You can read more about it here and get tickets here. Plan to spend between an hour and a half and two hours in this exhibit. The exhibit is family-friendly, but children under 4 may become a little restless in certain areas. By the way, after your visit, stop by our friends at Metrobar and tell them we sent you! The place is super family-friendly and they have a rolling line-up of food trucks parked right outside.

You can say many things about Georgetown. Add “stunning in the dark” the list: Georgetown Glow is back with four local artists displaying their stunning light sculptures in Georgetown’s alleyways. For more information, click here. Glow runs through September 26.

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