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From DPW:

“The public is invited to attend a free, citywide “Truck Touch” Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 8 am to 1 pm at RFK Stadium, Lot 7. A host of DC government agencies will present and demonstrate nearly 30 vehicles used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, collect refuse, clear snow, provide emergency services, administer mobile health care, and more.

This is the city’s eighth Truck Touch, which is coordinated annually by the DC Department of Public Works. Its popularity throughout the Washington metropolitan area over the years has led visitor attendance to grow from several hundred to several thousand. Last year, more than 3,000 residents came out to climb on packer, sweeper and boom trucks; sit atop MPD’s Mounted Unit’s police horse and maneuver the levers of a police chopper; ride Segways, and test drive electric sedan vehicles. Residents also learned how potholes are repaired, sewers are vacuumed, and received information about vital city services.

DC’s Citywide Truck Touch features vehicles from the District departments of Public Works, Transportation, Health, Employment Services, Parks and Recreation, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the DC Water and Sewer Authority. Other agencies will also be available to provide direct services and disseminate information about other DC government agencies.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

“Dear PoPville,

I am a little stuck and wondered if you could help. My daughter turns 5 in June and we want to have a birthday party at a 3rd party vendor in the city and not in MD or VA. The zoo has great parties but is a little expensive. We are looking into the building museum too. I wondered if you had suggestions for any other ideas that we could explore that wouldn’t be astronomical.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

From an email:

“D.C. Parenthood: Who Stays and Who Leaves?

For the analysis I tracked people from 2001 to 2012 in D.C.’s local income tax data.

The analysis suggests that:

· Once D.C. residents have their first child they’re more likely to leave the city than other residents.

· The first four years after having a child is when parents are more inclined to leave compared to the rest of residents. After that, exit rates drop to near or below those of the general population.

· New parents today appear to leave the city at rates similar to the rates of people who became new parents in early 2000’s.

· Middle-income new parents are more likely to leave D.C. than low- and high-income new parents.

· The neighborhoods that lose the largest portion of new parents are downtown or close to the city’s center. Zip codes 20011 (Brightwood Park, Petworth) and 20002 (Capitol Hill, Eckington, Kingman Park, Trinidad) are the most popular among new parents paying taxes in the city, both the year their first child is born and five years later.”

Read the full report below:

D.C. Parenthood – Who Stays and Who Leaves (PDF)

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From an email:

“On Saturday from 12-2 we will be doing a pumpkin painting at Brookland Pint (716 Monroe St, NE)! While supplies last, we will be handing out pumpkins and supplying paint for the kids to decorate! This is the start point for the annual “Boo-land Halloween Parade” which will have the kids heading over to Turkey Thicket park to end.

On Monday Meridian Pint (11th and Park Rd, NW) will have a craft & cider happy hour. Halloween arts & crafts will be provided alongside complimentary hot apple cider for the kids. This our third annual event and is sure to be a ton of fun again!”

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City Kids is written by Takoma, DC resident Caroline. Caroline previously wrote about the Boogie Babes at Union Market.

This extra cold winter has made for some desperate times in many toddler households. It’s too cold to go to the park, you’ve been to the library and museums umpteen times, and you’ve walked all the corridors of the area malls. We recently visited the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex and ran, bounced, and slid to our hearts’ content. On our visit, we only sampled the gymnastics center, though there is also a pool with waterslides and other children’s activities (in addition to scores of adult activities).

The gymnastics center was enchanting even for the adults. The floor was padded, and large areas were all trampoline. There were trapezes, rings, balance beams, and rope swings that all dropped into a large foam pit. Other areas had gymnastics competition equipment, rope climbing nets, and a foam block obstacle course. After the hour-long open play time, we had lunch at the cafe in the complex.

What: Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex – gymnastics open playtime
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road Landover, Maryland 20785
When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:30-12:30; Fridays 4:30-5:30; Saturdays 1:30-2:30.
Cost: $6

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City Kids is written by Takoma, DC resident Caroline. Caroline previously wrote about the Playseum.

Every Wednesday, the toddler set takes over Union Market with fun music and dancing. When we checked it out, we saw Mr. Skip, a singer and guitar player. Other regular performers include children’s artists such as Baba Ras D (also of BloomBars Harambe!), Mr. Gabe, Uno Dos Tres con Andres, and Ukelele Phil and the Hula Kids. Mr. Skip played fun songs including “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and Elvis’s “Hound Dog”. Kids in attendance ranged in age from newborn to age 4. Some kids preferred to sit with their caregivers, while those who wanted were invited to come forward to dance. Seating was provided for the adults, but it seemed to run out, and people were scattered along the perimeter. The show wrapped up just as the market vendors were opening for lunch—perfect timing for us to grab a bite and clear out before our nap time and the lunch rush.

Where: Union Market, 1309 5th St NE. Walk from NoMA-Gallaudet Metro, or park on the street.
When: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. (visit the Boogie Babes site for information on Thursday and Friday shows at Eastern Market and the ATLAS Performing Arts Center).
Cost: $5 per child, siblings under 6 months free.
More info: here