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Events September 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Like to sing? Free on Tuesday nights?

Hi Popville!

We are Runnymede Singers, a small, non-religious, chorus of amateurs who love to sing. We have a range of music skills from sight-readers to shower singers and a range of ages from student loans to AARP. We don’t require auditions. Our rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights from 6:50 to 8:50 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 16th & O Streets NW. (We are not part of the church. They rent a rehearsal room to us.) First rehearsal is September 8th!

We work on a wide variety of music and perform about 3-5 times during our fall and spring semesters. In the fall, we typically work on seasonal pieces for performances in December. In the spring, we might sing anything from Italian madrigals and classical pieces to Gershwin, Berlin, show tunes, spirituals and rock. Each semester, we also want to make a difference in our community, so we perform at retirement or nursing homes.

Because we do not sell tickets to our performances, members contribute as we are able to cover the costs for the pianist, the rehearsal room, new music, etc. The average cost is about $150 per semester. But please don’t let this stop you from joining us though — some pay more than others, some less. We don’t want anyone to stay away because they cannot pay the whole amount.

Visit our Facebook group at this website: https://www.facebook.com/RunnymedeSingers
You may contact our music director with any questions – her name is Erica and you may email her through our Faceook page or at singercat36@gmail.com

Events August 31, 2015 at 11:13 am

CentroNía Presents RISERS: Celebrating Immigrant Youth in DC

CentroNía is proud to present RISERS, a film and mixed media installation about America’s undocumented immigrant youth, directed and produced by Andy Fernandez.

All proceeds will benefit the more than 2,400 children, youth, and families receiving services from CentroNía in Washington, DC and Maryland.

RISERS is a short film and portrait series which explores the cultural identity of young undocumented immigrants in Washington, DC. The short film captures immigrant youth at a unique moment in their lives – unsure whether their immigration status shall be legalized as they embark on their college educations and careers. The film centers around Brenda Perez and Gerson Quinteros whose lives and stories are emblematic of the mission for immigration reform. The viewer witnesses how two young inspirational youth activists can not only rally their peers, but also educate us all on the challenges and complexities of undocumented life.

Andy Fernandez was born in Washington, DC and raised in Arlington, VA. The son of Bolivian immigrants, he has a deep appreciation for the immigrant experience. RISERS is his first short film.

Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and libations & access to the RISERS cast and director. Purchase your tickets today!

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Events August 27, 2015 at 9:57 am

iPhone 6 Found

My wife found an iPhone 6 on her way to work this morning near the corner of Rock Creek Church Road and Harewood Road NW. If this phone is yours, contact the front desk at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School at 202-635-1950.

Events August 26, 2015 at 10:48 am

DPR Doggy Pool Day

Has anyone heard anything about a doggy pool day this year? It is usually announced by now.

Events August 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Self Defense classes in DC

Any recommendations for good self-defense classes in the district? Metro-accessible preferred, but not required.

Events August 20, 2015 at 10:10 am

Nursing pathways in DC?

Looking for some advice! I’m a recent (2012) college grad with a B.A. in Political Science, and after a couple years at various DC office jobs I’m looking to become a nurse. Ideally, I would like to stay in the DC area. I’ve been researching local universities that offer accelerated programs to get a B.S.N. (bachelor’s in Nursing) for people who have already earned undergrad degrees in something else, and I know there are many other pathways towards becoming an RN that I don’t know much about. Does anyone have experience or advice to share? Thanks!

Events August 17, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Wall decal/graphic installation

Hello, I have a large wall decal/graphic (about 8′ by 6′) and am having a hard time finding someone to install it. Any recommendations?

Thanks! Jessica

Events August 17, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Lost motorcycle tag

I lost a motorcycle license plate somewhere in southern Petworth or on Piney Branch/Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park. Please reply to this post if you’ve come across it. Thanks!

Events August 14, 2015 at 11:10 am

Furniture Store Recs

I am in the market for a decent (i.e., better than Ikea, but not Theordore’s/Restoration Hardware) sectional sofa. I am looking for something modern, but comfortable. Anyway, what I am really looking for are furniture store recs within reasonable distance to DC (say 30-40 minutes) where I might find something like this in the 2000-3000 range. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Events August 12, 2015 at 11:03 pm

Big ass bike ride!

Someone tell me about the big ass bike ride down 5th st in petworth at 9pm tonight?

Events August 11, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Scam or Not: Exelon employees asking for PEPCO/Washington Gas bills

A few weeks ago, we had someone from Exelon walking door to door on our block in Petworth, right off Grant Circle.

He asked if we had heard that PEPCO and Washington Gas had been purchased by Exelon. He also asked if we had heard about their low-usage subscriber discount (something like that). Essentially, if your usage is below a certain level on their charts, you are eligible for a deep discount with Exelon now that they owned the two.

Here’s where it gets weird:

We’d heard rumblings about Exelon purchasing PEPCO but nothing about Washington Gas.
He also asked for a copy of our latest bill.

I did not feel comfortable giving a complete stranger our latest bill. Did this happen to anyone else? Scam or not?

Events August 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Free legal clinic on pensions, 401(k)s, other retirement plans

The Pension Rights Center is holding a free legal clinic for D.C.-area residents on Wednesday, August 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at our office at 1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 206. We are conveniently located next to the south entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro station and on several bus lines.

The focus of the clinic is retirement plans — traditional pensions, 401(k)s, and other employer-sponsored plans. If you or someone you know is having trouble getting a pension benefit, this clinic is for you. Experienced pension attorneys will be available to meet one-on-one to answer questions such as:

— Did I earn a pension from a former employer? If so, how do I claim it?
— I am certain that I qualified for a pension at a job, but the company says that I didn’t (or they say that my pension is much lower than I expected). What can I do?
— My contributions to my 401(k) plan haven’t been showing up or take months to show up. What are my rights?
— How can I get my retirement plan to respond to my inquiries about my benefits?
— My pension plan overpaid me for several years. Now it says that I have to pay back the overpayment all at once. What can I do?
— Will I get benefits from my spouse’s pension when he/she dies?
— What happens to my pension or 401(k) if I get divorced? If my spouse has a pension or 401(k), what are my rights in divorce?

The clinic offers legal counseling, not financial advice, and all services are free and confidential. Getting help from a pension attorney can be difficult and costly, so this clinic is an opportunity to get expert legal assistance at no cost.

Advance registration for the clinic is strongly encouraged, though walk-ins will be accepted until 7:30 p.m. You can register by calling the Pension Rights Center at 202-296-3776, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or by e-mailing us at clinic(at)pensionrights.org. Registering in advance will shorten wait times and give us a better sense of how many people to expect. We recommend that you bring all relevant paperwork –- documents related to your pension plan or 401(k), correspondence you might have had with your plan or employer related to your problem, documentation of employment –- with you to the clinic. This information will help the attorney understand your case.

The Pension Rights Center is a consumer organization founded in 1976 to protect and promote the retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families. One of our primary goals is to ensure that people get the retirement benefits that they’ve earned. We coordinate a network of regional pension counseling projects that provide free legal advice to anyone with a question about their retirement plan. Unfortunately, neither D.C., Maryland, nor Virginia is covered by one of these projects. The August 12 clinic is our first attempt to correct that. If it is successful, we hope to be able to offer it on a regular basis in the future.

If you have any questions about the clinic, please call us at 202-296-3776 or e-mail us at clinic(at)pensionrights.org.

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Events August 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

HVAC recommendations?

I couldn’t find any helpful threads on this topic in the archives. Anyone have any good recommendations for HVAC service in DC? Looks like we’re in need of some AC repairs, but want to find someone who can help with general maintenance and upkeep. Had a terrible experience with Michael & Sons for electrical work, so I don’t want to use them. Would prefer a small company to a giant one that dispatches independent contractors. Any advice appreciated!

Events July 31, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Garden Tours at the Historic Franciscan Monastery on Saturdays

Looking to contemplate creation and faith? Ponder Pope Francis and his upcoming visit? Tour the magnificent gardens of the Franciscan Monastery.

Get an insider’s tour of one of the gardens at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. Learn about the monastery’s history, the gardens and friars who designed them, and the Holy Land and Lourdes shrines.

Free tours through September 12 on Saturdays, 11 a.m. and noon, are led by guides from the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild. Meet by the visitor center, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017; http://www.FMGG.org. Call 202-526-6800 to arrange a group tour.

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Events July 30, 2015 at 10:58 pm

DC Tutoring & Mentoring Kickoff Event – Busboys & Poets (14th St) – Monday, 8/3 6:30

This Monday (8/3), DCTMI is hosting their Kickoff Event at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V NW, 6:30– 8:30 PM. This event will feature performances from local artists and performers, and speakers from some of DCTMI’s partners, Teens Run DC, Youth in Mind, Kid Power, and Project Northstar. The event is free although we would greatly appreciate donations. All proceeds will go to DCTMI and their partners.

The goal of the DC Tutoring and Mentoring Initiative is to get a tutor or mentor for ALL DC students who need extra academic or non-academic support, including the 40,000 students reading below grade level. We are working with 30 tutoring and mentoring organizations to help recruit volunteers for them and support them in any way we can.

More Information on the event and tickets can be found at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dctmi-kickoff-event-tickets-17752955568
and please share the event with friends.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1598340720447893/

To learn more about DCTMI or to sign up to volunteer, check out their website: http://www.dctutormentor.org/

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