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Fundraiser and Poetry Slam This Week


Here’s a couple of interesting events I received via email:

Cheap Art Sale
Benefit for Neighbors’ Consejo
Saturday, December 5
at La Casa (3166 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC)

On Saturday, December 5th the Cheap Art Sale will host local artists from across the city who will show and sell original works of art, donating half or more of all proceeds to the nonprofit Neighbors’ Consejo (  All art will be priced at $100 or less.  The Cheap Art Sale is an opportunity for shoppers to purchase unique holiday gifts and one-of-a-kind items.  Participating artists include Leslie Andrus, Lely Constantinople, Mike Ferguson, Henry Gallucio, Sha Grogan-Brown, Kikapika Designs, Tom Legro, Vrinda Manglik, Vida Russell, Arelle Wood and others.  Works of art include photography, prints, screen printed clothing, jewelry, paintings, etc.

Neighbors’ Consejo is a local nonprofit organization that provides bilingual and multicultural services to the homeless, addicted and low-income residents of the Mt Pleasant, Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan neighborhoods of DC.  Their programs include street outreach, counseling and case management, vocational services, addiction treatment, and an advocacy program that promotes civic engagement and develops leadership skills.  After 15 years of providing much-needed services, their funds have been drastically cut.  Please help them reach their goal of raising $200,000 by the end of the year by purchasing art at the Cheap Art Sale.  We will also be taking donations for Neighbors’ Consejo at the art sale, if you would like to donate without buying something.  You can also donate funds on their website (

Hundreds of Young Poets Shine on Local Stage
Students Compete for the DC SCORES Poetry Slam! Golden Mic

WHAT: On consecutive nights, more than 300 of the District’s public elementary and middle school students will take the stage during the 12th annual citywide DC SCORES Poetry Slam! competition to vie for the coveted Golden Mic trophy. The Slam! showcases original works of poetry written and performed by students from the DC SCORES after-school program. During this event, a boy and a girl from each of our 23 schools will receive a new bicycle courtesty of Bicycle Stations for displaying leadership during the DC SCORES fall season.

WHEN & Wednesday, December 2, 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Columbia Heights Education Campus
3101 16th Street, NW Washington, DC (Metro: Columbia Heights)

Thursday, December 3, 6:00 p.m.
Kelly Miller Middle School

301 49th Street, NE Washington, DC (Metro: Benning Road)

DETAILS: The DC SCORES Poetry Slam!, free and open to the public, funnels the energy and creativity of youth into self-expression as a means of improving their literacy rates and raising their self-esteem.

DC SCORES is an affiliate of America SCORES, the nation’s largest after-school soccer and literacy program. For more information, please visit

Bicycle Stations, located at 2204 14th St., NW, opened in September 2009 to motivate the DC community to make healthier decisions by commuting on bicycles. Bicycle Stations will have three locations by the end of 2010 and specializes in high-line commuter and road bikes.

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