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Community Spotlight: CityDance

CityDance has provided a variety of dance-related opportunities since 1996. The nonprofit trains dancers for professional careers, but it also offers recreational dance programs through summer sessions and a dance and fitness studio. Through their IGNITE program, trained instructors help aspiring choreographers create and present their work. 

The CityDance DREAM after-school program uses dance to guide youth to academic and family success. It is a tuition-free program that follows students from 3rd grade through high school, providing support for their educational endeavors, preparing them for college, and providing family services. This award-winning program is nationally recognized. This month, we spoke to CityDance President and CEO Alexe Nowakowski to find out how dance creates success for so many youth in our area.

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Did You Know? This month in RFK Stadium History

The Beatles rocked RFK Stadium on August 15, 1966!  Over 32,000 screaming fans watched the legendary group just after they released the Revolver album – which Rolling Stone magazine has ranked the third best album of all time!

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Let’s Celebrate Amateur Sports – Events DC’s New Amateur Sports Initiative

Why should professionals have all the fun? Events DC is shining the spotlight on amateur sports, giving you the chance to watch athletes who play with as much passion and energy as the pros.

We’re enhancing the Events DC Amateur Sports Initiative to give more opportunity for local youth to have an enhanced platform for showcasing their skill. We are starting with the Events DC Kickoff Classic featuring six Washington, DC high school football teams playing in historic RFK Stadium.

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Asphalt to Action Update: We are #RFKReady

While we were sorry to see D.C. United move from RFK, we are excited about their move to the new Audi Stadium this summer—and even more excited because the move allows us to make some additional progress on Asphalt to Action!

Plans are really taking shape for transforming the 190-acre campus into a more inviting environment with green space that residence and visitors can enjoy.

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Catch the Beat at the First Annual DC World Reggae Fest

Reggae fans, get ready for August 19, 2018 when the first annual DC World Reggae Festival comes to the Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium! Explore the reggae scene like never before with seven different musical acts, a kid’s zone, local art showcase and an entire area dedicated to a variety of Caribbean-style foods.

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A Message From Max & Greg 7.18

Mid-summer greetings!

We are so happy to see so many of you at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, catching blockbuster movies on Thursday nights and supporting our local farmers on Saturdays at the Farmers Market. There are more events planned to help you close out your summer with some RFK Campus fun! We hope to see you at the DC World Reggae Fest and the Events DC Kickoff Classic, as well as taking advantage of Restaurant Week. You will find details on these events in this edition.

In the midst of all the summertime activities around our neighborhoods, we’re also continuing to make progress on our goals surrounding the RFK Campus Redevelopment Project. This issue features an update on the Asphalt to Action campaign, and we will tell you about some new recreational amenities on the RFK Campus.

The next RFK Campus Quarterly Meeting will be held on Monday, August 27 from 6:30pm -8:30pm. Save the date on your calendar and let us know you’re coming by  .  We will save you a seat and have some snacks available to hold you until dinner!

If you can’t make it – or you just can’t stay for the entire meeting – we will provide an update at www.rfkcampus.com, and on Facebook and Twitter. We’re happy to know that you stand with us #RFKReady.

 

 

 


Community Calendar

*SAVE THE DATE*

2018 RFK Campus Quarterly Meetings

Monday, August 27

Monday, October 15

Join Events DC for an evening presentation of updates on our latest steps toward revitalizing the RFK Campus. And remind all your friends and neighbors to attend!

*REMINDER*

Farmers Market

Thursdays and Saturdays (year-round)

Festival Grounds at RFK (Lot 1)

7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Have you sampled the fresh fruits and veggies of local farmers? There’s no better way to live the summer to the fullest.

Events DC Summer Movie Series Presented by RCN

RFK Festival Grounds - Lot 6 (grass area along Oklahoma Ave.)

Thursday, July 19: COCO (PG)

Thursday, July 26: Justice League (PG-13)

Event starts at 7 pm; Movies start at dusk.

Parking is available for event attendees.

RSVP: http://ward7movies.eventbrite.com

DC Field Day

Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium

Saturday, July 28

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Play like a kid again! Bring your friends for a full day of playing classic games, enjoying food trucks, and shopping.

 


Get Involved in the RFK Campus Redevelopment!

2018 is an exciting year for the RFK Campus. We are expanding, growing, and offering more chances to play, shop, and explore. And you are an important part of it all. We invite you to take an active role in choosing how we move forward!

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Community Spotlight: The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

The Theatre Lab has been enhancing the District’s arts community for more than 25 years. Each year, over 2,200 drama students receive instruction from the school’s top-notch faculty, all of whom are actors, directors, or playwrights working in professional theatre. Students range from kids in beginner summer camp to adults preparing for a professional theatre career, and the school reflects this diverse set of needs by offering a wide range of classes meant to work into an already busy schedule.

The Theatre Lab is DC’s largest nonprofit school for the dramatic arts. It brings theatre to underserved kids, teens, and adults through tuition assistance and work-study programs. The free Life Stories program teaches self-expression and drama to vulnerable populations, such as incarcerated and at-risk youth, homeless women, recovering addicts, wounded veterans, and seniors.

This month, we talked to Deb Gottesman to find out more about why The Theatre Lab has been recognized as one of the top 50 arts and humanities programs in the country serving youth beyond school hours.

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Community Spotlight: Amy Jacques Garvey Institute

The Amy Jacques Garvey Institute – named after a Jamaican-born writer, civil rights activist, and feminist – serves at-risk youth ages 14 to 24 who live in Washington, DC, wards 5, 7, and 8. Since 1985, the nonprofit has focused on helping underserved youth graduate from high school and continue their education by offering them tutoring and training, and support from caring, consistent adults.

The Institute provides 45 high schoolers with year-round, daily tutoring, life skills, leadership development, and career development, as well as school and family support services. And the nonprofit doesn’t stop serving after the youth in the program graduate: The Institute partners with local businesses and organizations to provide their youth with work experience. They also offer technical training in areas such as telecommunications, office operations, computer technology, and software programming.

This month, we spoke to Executive Director Kendall Bryan to get more details on how this organization serves DC youth.

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