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Local Events Recap: March Excitement

March has been a busy month around here. We’ve been lucky enough to have a great lineup of things for people to see and do around the area. Whether you’ve watched a bout of roller derby, cheered on a few runners, or shopped at the local Farmer’s Market, we hope you’ve participated in shaking off the winter blahs and welcoming spring!

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DC in Full Bloom

Our nation’s capital will soon become a place of beauty as thousands of Yoshino cherry blossom trees blush with delicate pink blooms. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates these trees and honors the friendship between the United States and Japan. In fact, Japan originally gifted DC over 3,000 of these trees in 1912.

That gift has multiplied into the bounty of cherry blossom trees that grace the city today. So, it’s not surprising that people flock to the area to take in the gorgeous trees during the two-weeks that they bloom each spring.

This year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from March 20 through April 15. Explore all the events taking place around the District. Peak bloom is predicted around March 27-31, and you can watch the Bloom Cam for live blossom action!

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Message From Max & Greg

It’s springtime in DC, and you know what that means: cherry blossoms!

As the sponsor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival (NCBF), this is a particularly exciting time at Events DC. For the week leading up to the NCBF Parade, we are proud to host the float building at the DC Armory, and we look forward to seeing your faces along the parade route on April 14.

But as this edition of our newsletter will show, there’s so much more going on around our neighborhoods. Have you watched a bout of roller derby at the DC Armory? Or shopped for fresh local produce at the RFK Festival Grounds? What about strolling along the newly-renovated Anacostia River Walk? Have you put the April 30 RFK Campus Quarterly Meeting on your calendar?

At Events DC, we always have you in mind when we program events on the RFK Campus. This newsletter is a great way to stay informed about upcoming events and updates to the RFK Campus Redevelopment Project. It’s also our goal to hear from everyone who has an opinion about our efforts. And we mean everyone! Whether you have an extensive comment or a small question, your input is valuable in this process. Reach out to us anytime through www.rfkcampus.com, Facebook, or Twitter to let us know how we are doing and what more we can do for you, so we can continue to work to fulfill our commitment to you.

In the meantime, keep letting everyone know that you join us standing #RFKReady.


Community Calendar

*SAVE THE DATES*

2018 RFK Campus Quarterly Meetings

Monday, April 30

Monday, July 9

Monday, October 15

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Community Spotlight: The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC

The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC doesn’t just teach golf to kids – it’s part of a 20-year-old chapter of programs that uses golf to teach important values and healthy habits. While learning golf skills, participants also learn The First Tee Nine Core Values (honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment), and develop important life skills such as communication, self-management, goal-setting, and overcoming challenges.

The organization’s Life Skills Experience classes are held at 15 golf facilities in the DC area for ages 7 through 18. The First Tee also offers their program in schools and youth centers. The First Tee network stretches across all 50 states and has international programs as well, but the DC chapter was recently recognized as one of the best. That’s why we chose The First Tee as our community spotlight this month. We spoke with Executive Director Clint Sanchez to learn more.

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In Other News: Atlantic 10 Salutes the Military

Are you a basketball nut who can’t wait for playoffs? Then you’re in luck: For the first time ever, the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship will be held in our capitol city. The tournament will be held March 7-11 at Capital One Arena.

PLUS: If you’re active duty or retired military, you’ll want to put March 8th on your calendar. That’s the 2018 Salute to Military Night, and the A 10 Conference wants to give free tickets to you and your family!

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Did You Know? Our Local Heroes Elgin Baylor and David Bing

A pair of students from the early years of Spingarn High School would go on to become NBA All-Stars. Elgin Baylor and Dave Bing both had long, celebrated careers in the NBA that would earn both a spot in the NBA Hall of Fame.

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World Rugby is Coming to RFK Stadium this Summer

Events DC is excited to announce RFK Stadium will host a World Rugby match between the Welsh Rugby Union and the South Africa Springboks on Saturday, June 2.  With 230 rugby clubs, the Washington, DC-metro area is the second largest region, per capita, in the U.S. for USA Rugby membership and the number one area for the growth of women’s rugby. 

For the first-time ever, these two longtime rivals, will square off in a neutral country. Currently ranked No. 6 in the World Rugby rankings, Wales will make their first appearance on American soil since a contest with the United States in 2009, while No. 5 ranked South Africa will return after a 17-year absence. 

Tickets for the Wales vs. South Africa rugby match will go on sale to the general public on March 13th.

For more information, visit https://walesvsouthafricarugby.com.


Open-Air Farmers Market Held Weekly on RFK Campus!

If strolling through a rainbow of fresh-picked produce sounds like a refreshing start to your Saturday or Sunday mornings, then you’ll want to check out the greenest scene around: the DC Open-Air Farmers Market at RFK Campus.

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Recapping Local Events: Time-Trekkers Spot Dinosaurs in DC!

Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek opened eyes and imaginations! If you attended, you likely heard the excitement:

“Look over there! Is that a T-Rex?”

“Mom, Dad! I found a 1 million-year-old fossil!”

“Cover your ears now, I am going to RRRROARRRR like a Velociraptor!”

You and your children uncovered, discovered, and let loose. You saw the sheer awe on your kids’ faces as they saw their favorite dinosaurs come to life and you were excited to watch them learn about these amazing creatures that roamed the earth so long ago. You might have learned a bit, too! The next time you play tour guide for friends and family from out of town, throw in a prehistoric twist to the conversation when you are out seeing the sights:

  • Did you know the Washington Monument weighs more than 5,000 Apatosauruses?
  • About 41 Spinosauruses could stand nose-to-tail in the reflecting pool outside the Lincoln Memorial! 

When you get a chance, check out Discover the Dinosaurs’ Social Media Gallery  – they are constantly updating it with pictures from the Time Trek Laboratories.

 

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