photo by Geoff Livingston
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the 2021-2022 Leaf Collection by reminding residents that leaf collection begins on Monday, November 1. The Mayor and the Department of Public Works (DPW) also reminded residents how they can dispose of old pumpkins in an environmentally-friendly way by composting them through the District’s food drop off program.
“Today, we’re reminding all residents to check their leaf collection schedules and make sure they’re prepared for leaf season,” said Mayor Bowser. “And fall is always a good time to remind residents about our Food Waste Drop-Off program, a free service that makes composting in the city easy.”
DPW will be using a vacuum process for collecting leaves. Residents whose properties are serviced by DPW are asked to rake their leaves for collection to the curb or into the tree box at the front of their residence. To help facilitate the vacuum process, residents are also asked to keep vehicles away from the curb lanes on scheduled collection days.
Collections will still occur twice in each neighborhood this year between on November 1, 2021 and January 15, 2022. DPW collection schedules will remain the same. Schedules and frequently asked questions can be found at dpw.dc.gov/service/leaf-collection.
“Many know that our leaf collection program gives us an opportunity to recycle those leaves and turn them into free compost for residents during the spring,” said Acting DPW Director Christine Davis. “We ask residents to help the District’s recycling efforts even further by dropping off their unused pumpkins and gourds at one of our 10 food waste drop off sites located. Redirecting food waste from landfills not only improves our environment, reducing food waste is vital in our efforts to combat hunger.”
DPW also reminded residents who receive their trash and recycling services that effective August 2021, they can also schedule yard waste collection pick-up service any time of the year. Residents may collect leaves, cut grass, twigs, and small shrubs for collection by DPW, which they can place at their trash and recycling point of collection in brown paper bags only. To schedule a yard waste collection, residents can call 311, visit 311.dc.gov, or download the 311 mobile app available at the Google Play and Apple App stores.
Leaf Season Collection Tips
Check the DPW website to confirm your area’s leaf collection dates.
Move vehicles from curb lanes to help ease the leaf vacuum collection process.
Rake leaves to the curbside or tree box at the front of the residence the Sunday before the scheduled leaf collection date.
Remove all cans, bottles, sticks, toys and debris from your piles of leaves. These items can damage equipment and prevent safe and proper collection.
Download the MyDPW app to receive customized alerts about leaf collection in your neighborhood.
Call 311 (202-737-4404) or visit 311.dc.gov to open a “Leaf Season Collection” service request, but please wait until the last day of the designated collection in your neighborhood.
Leaves placed in plastic bags will be collected as trash and not recycled.
Residents are also reminded to “recycle” their decoration pumpkins and gourds by dropping them off at one of the nine DPW food waste drop-off sites located at Farmers’ Markets across the city. For a list of these sites, visit zerowaste.dc.gov/foodwastedropoff.
Pumpkin/Food Drop Off Sites
Beginning the week of November 6, most pumpkins and gourds can be taken to one of nine food waste collection sites in the District for composting, in support of the District’s zero waste efforts. Please note that pumpkins decorated with paint, glitter or other inorganic matter cannot be composted. The food waste collected at drop-off locations is composted. The food drop off sites are as follows:
Ward 1: Columbia Heights Farmers’ Market, 14th and Kenyon Streets, NW, Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (year-round)
Ward 2: Dupont Circle Farmers’ Market, 1500 20th Street NW, Sundays 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (year-round)
University of District of Columbia Farmers’ Market, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW, Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (May 1-November 20)
Palisades Farmers Market, 48th Place NW and MacArthur Boulevard NW, Sundays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (year-round)
Ward 4: Uptown Farmers’ Market, 14th and Kennedy Streets NW, Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (May 1-November 20)
Ward 5: Brookland Farmers’ Market, 716 Monroe Street NE, Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (year-round)
Eastern Market (in front of Rumsey Pool), 635 North Carolina Avenue SE, Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (year-round)
SW Farmers Market, 425 M Street, SW, Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (April 3 – November 20)
Ward 7: First Baptist Church of Deanwood – Outreach Center, 1008 45th Street NE, Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (May 8 – November 20)
Note: The Ward 8 Farmers Market located at 3200 6th Street SE is closed for the season.”
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You are cordially invited to the Embassy of Austria for a thrilling evening with Mozart. What a better way to spend Christmas and Hannukah! Our full orchestra and lead singers, some of whom sing at the Met, will appeal to teens as they begin their journey to the classics! We expect to be sold out soon…..
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Under the Gracious Patronage of H.E. Petra Schneebauer, Ambassador of Austria
Julien Benichou, Conductor
Kevin Short as Figaro
Manna K. Jones as Susanna
Stephen Powell as Count Almaviva
Laquita Mitchell as Contessa
Anna Kelly as Cherubino
Maggie Polglaze as Barbarina
John Gibney as Bartolo
Leah Heater as Marcellina
Christopher Jon Hartung as Antonio & Don Curzio
Narration provided by Robin Phillips
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
Doors Open/Cocktails 6:30 pm
Performance including Intermission 7:15 pm
Wine Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres 9:15 to 10:30 pm
Box Seats $250
Orchestra Reserved $150
Seniors (over 65 years old) Unreserved $80 [sold out]
Students with ID $50
Come solve a crime that took place in Takoma Park 130 years ago!
HouseMouse Books and Vintage is excited to announce the debut of Escape the Bookshop II, our new limited-run escape room experience. Escape the Bookshop II is a unique group puzzle game that is based on a real crime that took place in Takoma Park around 130 years ago. It is designed and created by HouseMouse to be played in our atmospheric little bookshop. This is not your typical corporate escape room and makes for a memorable evening out with friends or family!
Bookings are now open for game dates in January through April 2024. The game generally takes place Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM but special arrangements can be made upon request. It is designed to be played by a group of 3 to 6 people (ages 16+) and lasts for one hour. No prior escape room experience is needed to enjoy the game.
Four talented storytellers. Four unbelievable stories. Three are true. One is false. Can you spot the liar? Listen. Laugh. Interrogate. Vote. And then brace yourself for the shocking truth!
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