From a press release:
“Mayor Muriel Bowser today celebrated the topping out of the Entertainment and Sports Arena at St. Elizabeths East with Smoot-Gilbane construction workers and the Ward 8 community, signifying that the 4,200-seat arena and sports facility has reached its final construction height. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown
From the Nationals:
“Nationals to Host 2018 Racing Presidents Audition on Sunday
Interested candidates still have time to submit their application for the upcoming season!
WHAT: Aspiring Racing Presidents will have a chance to “run for office” during the annual Racing Presidents audition on Sunday, January 14 at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
Candidates looking to fill the shoes of George, Tom, Abe and Teddy will be invited to the Youth Baseball Academy to perform a freestyle dance, run a 40-yard dash and participate in two races from center field to first base, all in-costume. In addition, each applicant will be required to answer questions from a panel of Nationals entertainment staff members.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Jennifer
In Washington, D.C. and the inner suburbs, opportunities for USBC-sanctioned bowling leagues *without* disco lighting and *with* properly oiled lanes are few and far between.
But we suspect that the city has more than a few bowlers, like us, who used to be pretty serious about it but, since moving to the area, have sadly watched their bowling balls gather dust. Or folks who used to be on a company team back in the days when company bowling teams were as common as company softball teams. Or people who have tried the “social league” thing and even bought a ball and are now interested in joining a proper league.
“We” is a small group of friends who bowled together more than a decade ago in the wintry bowling splendor that is Western New York and are now gauging interest for a 2018-2019 United State Bowling Congress-sanctioned league here in the DC area. Location, day of the week, fees, rules, etc. are TBD based on a preliminary survey of those who are seriously interested, negotiations with bowling alleys in the area, and ultimately by league members or board.
Send a quick email to [email protected] to get looped in as this takes shape.”
From the NBA:
“The Washington Wizards City Edition uniform celebrates the District of Columbia and our capital’s team. It features a marble pattern on the side panels in the shape of the Washington Monument and a beveled effect on the numbers that resemble iconic Washington D.C. monuments.”
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 27, 2017
Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin
I am really looking for a group that plays pickup basketball indoors somewhere. When I lived in Virginia, it was pretty easy to find an indoor gym or school that would play pickup basketball at night or on weekends, but have not had much luck finding anything here in DC. Any help from PoPville would be much appreciated.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted Eytan
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, after the Federation of Gay Games announced Hong Kong as the site of the 2022 Gay Games, Mayor Bowser released the following statement:
“Over the last several days, Gay Games DC showed the very best DC has to offer. Our bid proved that Washington, DC is strong not simply because we are diverse, but because we celebrate our diversity and inclusion. As the world questions how the United States will position itself on the global stage, it is incumbent upon all of us to continue showing the world who we really are. This bid represented our DC values, which represent the very best American ideals: all are created equal. We congratulate Hong Kong, and it is our hope that the 2022 Gay Games spark reforms to bring about equality for our LGBTQ friends there too.”
To lessen the blow a bit, check out this fantastic video of the 2017 17th Street High Heel Race from Voice of America:
via Washington Nationals
From the Nats Blog:
“The Washington Nationals named Dave Martinez as manager on Monday, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year that makes him the seventh field manager in Nationals history.
Martinez, 53, joins the Nationals for what will be his 30th season in professional baseball. A 16-year Major League outfielder, Martinez has been a Major League coach for the last 10 seasons, serving as Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s bench coach and right-hand man in Chicago (2015-17) as well as Tampa Bay (2008-14). This is the first Major League managerial assignment of Martinez’s career.”
Thanks to Ken for sending:
“As you know, last night was DC United’s last home game. Some fans were a bit overzealous in obtaining mementos. Don’t know if anyone successfully snuck a chair out.”
Unfortunately United lost 2-1 to the Red Bulls.