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A message from Max & Greg 7.16

Have you heard the news? Our neighborhood is now home to world-class go-kart racing, right on the Festival Grounds at RFK, and if you go on a Thursday or Saturday, stop by the Farmers Market next door. Stay just a bit longer on Thursday nights to catch an outdoor movie on the Oklahoma Avenue lawn.

Where else can you find some of summer’s most popular activities in one place?

With all the fun of DC in the summertime, fall seems like a long time away, but we know it’ll sneak up on us. It always does. So be sure to plan now to join us for the next RFK Campus Quarterly Meeting on Monday, August 27. We will have updates to share with you about our continuing work on the campus revitalization and groundbreaking.

But you don’t need to wait until the meeting to find out what’s happening in the neighborhood. Check out www.rfkcampus.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. Spread the word and let your friends and neighbors know that you stand #RFKReady.

 

 


Community Calendar 6.6

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2018 RFK Campus Quarterly Meetings

Monday, October 15

*REMINDER*

Farmers Market

Thursdays and Saturdays (year-round)

Festival Grounds at RFK (Lot 7)

7:00am - 3:30pm

DC JazzFest presented by Events DC

Saturday, June 8 - Sunday, June 17

Locations around the city

DC JazzFest brings America’s singular original art form to various venues around the city. Find details on artists, locations, and tickets at www.dcjazzfest.org.

Kingman Island Blue Grass Festival

Saturday, June 9

Along the Anacostia River near RFK Stadium

This year, nearly 30 well-known artists will showcase their unique crafts alongside a variety of food trucks offering some of the city’s favorite dining options.

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival DC

Sunday, June 10

Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium

Join us for the largest Caribbean food festival in the U.S., right here on the RFK Stadium Festival Lawn.

International Soccer: Alianza F.C. (El Salvador) VS. Olimpia (Honduras)

Sunday, June 10

RFK Stadium

Get ready for some soccer excitement as neighbors and rivals El Salvador and Honduras battle it out for bragging rights.

Night Nation Run

Saturday, June 16

Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium

The world’s first running music festival is music-festival-meets-fun-run. Dance along the way at party zones, then cross the finish line to the main stage after party.

Hookie Day

Friday, June 22

Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium (Lot 8)

The HookieLife team is turning up the heat again for the 9th installment of their marquee event for Hookie Weekend: Hookie DC. Hookie DC will be a gathering of the DMV’s finest for a day of music, fun, and a celebration of Caribbean culture, featuring vendors, food and an all-star cast of local and international DJ’s and artists to provide you with unparalleled entertainment and vibes.

Trill Grill

Saturday, June 30

Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium (Lot 8A)

Trill Grill is an annual music and experience festival that blends summer’s most anticipated events into one unforgettable outdoor experience, featuring some of DC's best grill masters, food trucks, game zone and trap yoga. The 2018 lineup includes Big K.R.I.T., Bun B, DJ Mr. Rogers, and more.

Link to http://dcjerkfestival.com/

 

 

 

 


Community Spotlight: Step Afrika!

Step Afrika! is many things. The company is the first in the world dedicated to the art of stepping. It’s a Smithsonian feature at the National Museum of African-American History & Culture. The members performed at the White House for former President Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama. And it’s even a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to using stepping as a tool for education. 

Stepping is an artistic expression based on song and dance rituals practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities. These rituals date back to the early 1900s. When Step Afrika! was founded in 1994, they began integrating stepping with tap, modern, and hip-hop dance styles. Today, the company is one of the top ten African-American dance companies in the United States and performs in over 50 cities each year. 

In addition to their artistic achievements, Step Afrika! uses their dance form as an educational tool for grades K-12 and beyond. This month, we spoke with founder C. Brian Williams to ask some questions about how they’re educating the community.

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Community Spotlight: East of the River Steelband

Since 1993, East of the River Steelband has provided music education and mentorship for youth ages 9 to 18. The program teaches steel pan music, an acoustic genre invented in Trinidad. The instructor is a professional steel pan master, Roger Greenridge, who uses the traditional Caribbean method of rote repetition and memorization without reading music. The program has created a renowned musical group that has performed many times around the DC area and regionally including at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Soccer Games in Atlanta.

While music is at the heart of the Steelband, it isn’t the group’s only focus. Its life skills training educates youth on substance abuse prevention, anger management, self-esteem, and self-improvement. This combination of musical and life training has garnered excellent results for East of the River Steelband alumni: 95 percent of youth graduate high school and 80 percent go on to college. This month, we asked Executive Director Linda Y. Fisher to tell us more.

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Recapping Events: The Ultimate Rugby Battle Comes to RFK Stadium

For the first time on American soil, the Welsh Rugby Union and South Africa Springboks battled it out – and we hosted this big match at RFK Stadium on June 2. This was the ultimate rugby clash of titans. Things got heated as these two international rugby clubs and old rivals faced off for the first time since December, when Wales beat South Africa 24-22. This time around, Wales took control of the field and beat South Africa in a 22-20 match that was fast and furious.

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RFK Stadium Hosts Another International Match: Alianza F.C. vs Olimpia

It’s been said that the world revolves around soccer… or fútbol, as the sport is called outside the U.S. If you are one of the billions of fans who love to play or watch the game, you will get a kick out of RFK Stadium hosting an international match between friendly rivals Alianza Fútbol Club (El Salvador) and Olimpia (Honduras).

This match will be the first time the two powerhouse teams have faced off since RFK Stadium started hosting soccer games in the 1960s. Olimpia is widely known as the most successful soccer team in Honduras, and has captured 30 domestic league titles since it was founded in 1912. The Alianza F.C. currently leads El Salvador’s professional soccer league, Primera Fútbol ES, and just earned its 13th Salvadoran title by clinching the 2018 Clausura final in El Salvador.

You will be on your feet and may even lose your voice during this nail-biting battle of Central American soccer stars. Score your seats today on Ticketmaster to experience the magic!

International Soccer: Champions Classic Alianza of El Salvador vs. Olimpia of Honduras  (Fútbol International: Clasico De Campeones Alianza del El Salvador VS. Olimpia del Honduras)
Sunday, June 10; 4:00 pm
RFK Stadium 

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Catch the Fun of the June Festivals

Beat the heat with three amazing events coming to the neighborhoods around RFK this June. Music lovers can check out jazz and bluegrass, and foodies can spice things up with great Caribbean food.

Check out the following calendar for dates, times, and more info.

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A message from Greg and Max 6.6

It’s starting to look a lot like summer! That means high temperatures, high humidity, and a lineup of the hottest festivals and activities of the year. Don’t let the heat keep you from enjoying the many upcoming events taking place in the RFK community – from music to sports to food and more. 

Music fans won’t want to miss the DC JazzFest presented by Events DC at locations around the city or the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival right near the stadium. If sports are your game, be sure to check out the Alianza F.C. (El Salvador) vs. Olimpia (Honduras) international soccer match-up at RFK Stadium. And for you foodies out there, you’ll find the largest Caribbean food festival in the U.S. right here, on the Festival Lawn at RFK Stadium.

Here’s one more event to mark on your busy summer calendar: the summer RFK Campus Quarterly Meeting on Monday, July 9. We continue to work on various campus revitalization efforts, and we’re excited to share our updates with you about the opening of the Summit Pointe Kart (SPK) go-karts and the return of pole vault lessons at the pole vault site adjacent to the Skate Park at RFK. 

We hope to see everyone out and about this summer. As always, if you have questions, comments, or news about community events, let us know. You can contact us at www.rfkcampus.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. Keep letting your friends and neighbors know that you stand #RFKReady.


Community Calendar May 2018

*SAVE THE DATES*

2018 RFK Campus Quarterly Meetings
Monday, July 9
Monday, October 15

National Police Week 5K
Saturday, May 12
Run starts at 9:00am at 4th and F Streets, NW

Team with thousands of others who come together to honor the law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. That afternoon, make your way to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial to welcome the riders of the Police Unity Tour. The Arrival Ceremony begins at 2:00p.m.

DC Bike Ride
Saturday, May 19
Starts at West Potomac Park (100 West Basin Drive SW)

Spend the day with fellow cyclists, enjoying 20 miles of car-free roads and a music-filled finish line party between the Capitol and the Mall. 

2018 NCB Capitol Hill Classic 10k, 3k, and Fun Run
Sunday, May 20

This will be the 39th annual running of the Classic. The event includes a 10K race, a 3K race, and a kids’ fun run – and it’s the only race run exclusively on the roads of Capitol Hill.

2018 Fastrack Racing – U15 Junior Training Race
Saturday, May 26
Race registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Fastrack Racing is bicycle racing designed for younger riders - whether new to the sport or an experienced racer and is TEAM format racing. Fun is the only (and best!) prize. There will be no individual results or awards. Each race day includes a variety of short events that help teach basic racing skills and good sportsmanship.

Midnite BBQ *Tentative*
Saturday, May 26
4:00 p.m. – midnight

Midnite BBQ is a celebration of options in food, music, and style and is a twist on the traditional BBQ, created by influencers with a love of great vibes and variety. Starting well after sunset, with the tagline “No Burgers. No Hotdogs.”, Midnite BBQ welcomes food lovers of all diets and discerning tastes. This event features the best from local food trucks, chefs, and DJs.

 

 

 


Community Spotlight: The Fishing School

The Fishing School has been teaching children to “fish in the rivers of their minds” since the late 1980s, when a retired District police officer transformed an abandoned crack house into an afterschool center for neighborhood children. Since then, The Fishing School has worked to close the achievement gap for over 5,000 underprivileged children by providing them with an afterschool curriculum from grades 1 through 8. This curriculum integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEM) with language, life skills, and homework help. The Fishing School also exposes children to college preparation and offers interest clubs for topics like dance, theater, sports, and more.

We chose The Fishing School as our Community Spotlight this month because of their success in helping the District’s children. In the last city-wide evaluation, they were ranked first in math and second in reading outcomes for youth programs funded by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. We spoke to Dr. Porsha Childs, Director of Programs, to tell us more about what this program has to offer.

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