October 26 and 27 over 40 great minds are coming together to help inspire attendees at the Harman Center for the Arts to unlock their own greatness and to Be Fearless. TEDxMidAtlantic 2012: BE FEARLESS will celebrate the power of ideas to positively change the world; while aiming to build community by bringing together like-minded people who believe in said mission. Speakers include Colin Powell, Jose Antonio Vargas, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski and Melody Barnes. Tickets can be purchased for either or both days of the event.
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October 13 through November 3, International Visions Gallery will host the 2012 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series exhibition in Washington, DC. The Artisan Series aims to discover the next big names in both urban photography, painting, and multi-media arts, and to celebrate today’s diverse up-and-coming artists on a national stage. International Visions Gallery will host an exhibition of thirty top contestants chosen from over 200 entrees from the VA, MD and DC area.
Artists in this exhibit includes: Larry Poncho Brown, Unicia Buster, Jordan Burns, Ronald Beverly, Jerry Prettyman, Donald McCray, S. Ross Browne, Aniki Robinson, Cheryl Edwards, Nina Ozbey, Russ Mcintosh, Louis Sinclair, Li Pallas, Al Burts, Sierra Leto, Derrick Watkins, P. Muzi Branch, Aimua Osereime, Jay Coleman, Rufus Norman, Charles Jean-Pierre, Rashia Lendoll Sawyer, Keah Fryar, Ann William, Cilia Hodges, Lisa Fanning, David Ogburn, Jeff Chyatte, and Jeff Fox.
The exhibition will kick off with an opening reception on Saturday, October, 13 from 6:00-9pm. Admission is free but an RSVP is required to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 11.
Registration is now open for the 7th annual DC Public Schools (DCPS) Beautification Day on Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 8:00am to 1:00pm. This annual DCPS event was established in 2005 as a citywide “spruce up” of all DC public school buildings in preparation for the first day of school. Volunteers are needed at over 100 schools. Efforts will include landscaping, trash pick-up, light painting, planting flowers, setting up classrooms, creating leveled book rooms and other beautification efforts. DCPS will provide the supplies, water and a t-shirt. You will provide a great service to your community!
A little more than a week ago a man returned home to DC from a business trip to New Orleans. When he opened his front door something seemed amiss. While he was away from his apartment in the historic Anacostia neighborhood for a few days his place had been burglarized. Three televisions, a laptop, clothing, cologne and jewelry were all gone. What saddened him more than any of those material things that had been taken away was that his dog, man’s best friend, had been taken too. Whenever someone is a victim of robbery at least two things are always stolen – the tangible item and the sense of security one once had.
Sadly, while the police have done their due diligence in trying to solve this crime their efforts have been hindered by a lack of information and tips from neighbors. Yes, several televisions, a laptop, clothing, cologne, jewelry and a dog were all taken from someone’s home and not a single person in the building he lives in or on the block says they saw a thing. This is a time to build community and awareness.
The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is dedicated to community engagement. They realize that it is only with cooperation from residents can they hopefully, prevent and solve crimes.
If you aren’t already aware the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has two convenient ways of anonymously providing crime tips. First is a toll free crime tip line —1-888-919-CRIME. The other is by texting 50411. The tip line and text messages are monitored and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone who has information concerning a homicide, gangs, guns, or other violent offenses can call the anonymous tip line, and a detective will report all information. Text messages are analyzed and passed on to the appropriate unit or division for follow-up. Because it is anonymous, the sender will not receive a response to the original message.
Particularly during the holiday season you are encouraged to check out the MPD safety tip sheets. You may also get more involved in keeping your community safe by joining the appropriate MPD Email Discussion Group for your police precinct.
The online email list discussion groups are designed to attract area residents, employees, students, business owners, elected officials, and government agency representatives interested in coming together to solve problems and share public safety-related information that will improve the quality of life in each police district. Get more information and register to participate at mpdc.dc.gov/emailgroups.
Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23 the Smithsonian Women’s Committee will host their annual Craft 2 Wear event at the National Building Museum 401 F Street, NW from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The annual event is a show and sale for 40 exhibitors who have previously juried into the Smithsonian Craft Shows. Exhibitors will be selling some of the very best crafted jewelry, wearable art, and accessories for men and women. Friday, October 21 a private sneak peek reception will be held at 5:30pm and Sunday, October 23 there will be a panel discussion on curating your closet at 11:00am. Admission to the general exhibition sale is $5 and costs for the sneak peek and panel is $50 and $30 respectively. Proceeds from the weekend of events are used to support education, outreach and research at the Smithsonian Institution.
It is a day that will never be forgotten and perhaps the defining moment for the United States in the first half of the 21st Century. The unprecedented attacks on American soil that took place September 11, 2001 are being remembered by Washingtonians and the rest of the world in a number of ways. September 3 through September 11 the National Museum of American History will show a selection of objects at the museum on open tables, without cases, and with short labels in what it is calling Remembrance and Reflection. According to press notes the intent is to give visitors an intimate experience that will help make this historic day more real in their memories and stimulate them to reflect on its significance. This is just one piece of a multi platform 10th anniversary commemoration.
First Lady Michelle Obama along with the National Corporation for Community Service are encouraging Americans to observe September 11 as a National Day of Service. In many areas, volunteers will honor veterans, soldiers, or first responders by collecting donations, assembling care packages, and writing thank you letters. If you would like to volunteer, please you can find a location near you here. An additional resource is the official website for the “I Will” movement.
Locally, on Sunday, September 11, HandsOn Greater DC Cares and Serve DC – the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by hosting Tribute to Service – Honoring the Victims, Survivors, and Heroes of 9/11 at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, DC. The tribute serves as a time for community members to rekindle the spirit of service that emerged following the attacks of 9/11. Attendees will have an opportunity engage in onsite service projects, connect to volunteerism throughout the year by participating in our volunteer fair featuring nonprofits from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia and participate in our tribute program. Ironically, or perhaps intentionally the Washington Redskins will host the New York Giants at FedEx Field.
Their mantra is simple, “grow deeper in faith and wider in community.” With that being said the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University has continued to open its doors for fellowship to the Washington community for years. Chapel service isn’t just for Howard students and alum, like the word of God it is for everyone. Under the leadership of Dr. Bernard Richardson, the Dean of Chapel, Sunday service has seen an increase in attendance. Because of the growth in attendees, services are now held in Cramton Auditorium.
August through May, some of the world’s most respected ministers enlighten with their sermons during the 11:00am service. The recently released schedule of speakers through May 2012 includes Bishop Rudolph W. McKissik, Jr., Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie and Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems. View the complete calendar here.