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Community Calendar 6.6

*SAVE THE DATES*

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.

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.

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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Missed our meeting on 4.30.18 and want to catch up on the plans for the RFK campus? Check out the video now!

4.30 Community Meeting Video


Missed our meeting on 1.24.18 and want to catch up on the plans for the RFK campus? Check out the video now!

1.24 Meeting Video

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4.30 Community Meeting Presentation

Want to see the powerpoint from our 1.24.18 community meeting? Download it at https://eventsdc.sharefile.com/share/view/s7a292aadd514ce08

1.24 Meeting Presentation

Want to see the powerpoint from our 1.24.18 community meeting? Download it at https://eventsdc.sharefile.com/d-s5f83e11aacc4492b 

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