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From a press release:

“Residents of our nation’s capital can enjoy the most celebrated food in the area on April 4, when DC’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns to the historic National Building Museum. The annual tasting event will feature the city’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists united for a cause: making sure all children in this country get the healthy food they need every day. Proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

Date: Monday, April 4, 2016
Location: National Building Museum, 401 F ST NW, Washington, DC 20001
Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. for VIP/VIP Plus; 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. for General Admission
Admission: $120 for General Admission; $175 for VIP; and $275 for VIP Plus
Ticket Sales: Tickets to DC’s Taste of the Nation can be purchased at ce.strength.org/dc (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

Jeffrey Prosser, a D.C. graphic designer and integral part of the Washington, DC experimental music scene as both musician and promoter, passed away on April 3, 2015. He was an exceedingly sweet and generous man with many friends across D.C.’s various music and arts scenes and beyond. Shortly after his death, two memorial concerts were organized in Adams Morgan and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Now, some of his musician friends have put together a compilation in his honor, titled Thirsty and Miserable, a phrase Jeffrey was particularly fond of.

The compilation features twenty-one artists (twenty-two for the download) who knew and loved Jeffrey, featuring both locals and musicians from farther afield. The artwork includes designs by Jeffrey, including art for flyers he designed to promote shows around the DC area.  Proceeds from sales of the compilation go to Bread for the City, a charity selected by the Prosser family.

The album is available at http://jeffreyprosser.bandcamp.com.”

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From an email:

“Want to help homeless kids in DC run towards a brighter future? Sign up for the Bright Beginnings 5K by April 9 for only $25 (registration increases after this date!) and help us raise money for Bright Beginnings, a DC-based non-profit which provides education, therapeutic and family-stabilizing services for 30% of Washington’s homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and their families, to give them the best chance of success in school and in life. Bright Beginnings is located at 1st and M St NW and is opening an additional center next year to serve another 100 children.

This is a fun family run or walk for an amazing cause. Runners and walkers of all levels are invited. Plus there is a stroller brigade! The run/walk/stroller brigade will start and finish at West Potomac Park at Hains Point, next to the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC. Participants will enjoy a scenic view of the Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial, and the Potomac River.

For more details, visit here
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:00am
Where: West Potomac Park at Hains Point, Washington, DC

Direct Registration Link.

Direct Facebook Event Link.”

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From an email:

“Knowledge Commons DC is hosting a fundraising event on Thursday, March 31 starting at 7:30p in Columbia Heights.

Our fundraiser, Smores Party for Smore Classes, asks participants for a suggested $7 donation per person. We’ll be serving up sweet and savory smores, as well as drinks, over a fire pit.

Knowledge Commons DC is a free school for thinkers, doers, and tinkerers – taught anywhere, by anyone, for everyone. This community-powered organization brings people from different walks of life together through high-quality free classes.

Interested? Register here for more information and specific location.”

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From Ivy & Coney:

“Hey Norm! If you could spend $100 to raise $15,000 for Bread for The City would you do it? I would! I’d dig up my grandpa’s tux or my old prom dress and crush hot dogs like Kobayashi! On April 14th Ivy and Coney (1537 7th St NW) gets fancy for charity and so can you! For a single crisp Benjamin you get all you can eat and drink from 7 – 11pm while supporting a great cause. Because where else can you throw back Strohs and toss peanut shells on the floor in an evening gown? Even better, you get to do all this on our brand new roof deck! No worries if you don’t have your own formal wear, a super fancy tuxedo t-shirt is included in the price! To help Bread for the City in their mission to fight poverty by providing food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, Ivy and Coney will donate 100% of event proceeds as well as 100% of tips to charity. We are also teaming up with Goose Island, Pernod Ricard, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller-Coors, Cogito Ergo Saute and others for some great silent auction items.

Grab tickets here while they last! If you cannot make the event but would still like to support Bread for the City or learn more about their mission, please visit them here.”

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From gofundme:

“We are the Senior Class Student Government representatives at Bell Multicultural High School, a public school in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington D.C. This year, our graduating class has been working tremendously, in order to raise enough money to decrease the cost of our senior fees of $300/per student. This total only accounts for the each students Cap and Gown, Graduation Announcements, Yearbook, 1-Prom Ticket, Senior Class T-Shirt, and a Senior lunch. This amount is extremely expensive, considering this total does not include the Senior Trip to New Jersey and New York, currently priced at $350/per person (more…)

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Thanks to all who passed on from gofundme:

“On February 24, Zack and I experienced most people’s worst nightmare. We were evacuated from our home on a few moments’ notice for our own safety. Within an hour, we were alerted to the terrifying fact that we would never live their again, and many of our possessions had been destroyed. The middle section of the three-story building where five of us had been living collapsed from negligent construction nextdoor.

We have now been informed that the city of DC will conduct a piecemeal demolition of our home, and we will only be able to salvage priceless items. Not only are we homeless and possessionless, but we feel emotionally and physically destroyed. I know some people feel these fund sites are tacky, but this is what the are designed for–to help people in crisis. We are fighting tooth-and-nail with the insurance companies…but they are not quick to offer up cash to assist in things like food, toiletries, transportation, and putting a deposit down on a new apartment. We thank everyone for their support and I can honestly tell you I have never felt more defeated in my adult life.”

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From an email:

“On March 12th from 10am to 5pm, Pinstripes is partnering with ZERO, an Alexandria-based nonprofit aimed at ending prostate cancer, to host its first annual Brewers and Bocce Tournament. Together, more than ten local and national breweries will compete in teams to raise money and awareness for the cause (with all proceeds benefiting ZERO), including: (more…)

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It’s that time of year again – I don’t like to bother you guys with my personal projects but this is another one that means a lot to me – and it’s a fight I’m sure you can get behind. If you’re able please give whatever you can and like previous years – anyone who gives $15 or more will get a free PoPville shirt that you can pick up at the shaving event. This year it’s at Boundary Stone again (116 Rhode Island Ave NW) March 13th at 3pm. You can donate to my page here and I’ll bring a bunch of shirts (and tote bags) for those who gave. Thanks for your generosity it means a lot to me – and it means the world to the children you’ll be helping out.

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Thanks to a few folks for emailing – U Street Buzz tweeted earlier:

“Capital Checkers, a 30-yr-old Shaw institution, has no heat, may have to close. Pls donate”

The Fundraiser says:

“Capital Checkers has been a DC cultural institution for over 30 years, located just off U St on the corner of S & 9th NW. Home to several national champions and grand master players, Capital Checkers is one of the only checkers associations in America that provides a dedicated space for its members. Over the years, DC has gentrified, rent has gone up, and members have had to pay more and more. This year, the furnace broke, and their is no heat in the building. Members continue to play in the cold building, but they do not have enough money to make the repairs and pay rent. Without your help, Capital Checkers will have to close its doors. (more…)