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Wake to Washington

Know your city

Q: What tool does leading public affairs teams swear by to make sure their key issues are heard and acted on by legislators?

A: A Policy Reputation Calendar. Why you need one and the
editable template from Quorum.

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What are you doing this weekend?

730Day is back, baby! We’ll be hanging at Metrobar from 1-5pm on Saturday, July 30. Come say hi to the team, enjoy some food truck nachos and/or transit-themed cocktails, see our new merch, sign up for Friendship Lab™, etc. RSVP via Eventbrite.

 

Namaste the course

Workers at Lululemon in Georgetown filed a petition to unionize last Wednesday in an effort to bargain for improved collaboration, transparency and pay equity on behalf of 33 employees. The workers are organized as the Association of Concerted Educators (Lululemon refers to its retail staff as educators) and received a response from the athleticwear maker, saying it would “respect the process.” 

 

It was all yellow

Metro is preparing to close parts of the Yellow Line for seven months starting in September, which will be the longest-ever closure in its history (don’t we love a new WMATA record!). First, the Yellow and Blue Lines past DCA will shut as they finalize work to open the new Potomac Yard station. Then, the Yellow Line bridge between Pentagon and L’Enfant w will remain closed for another 6 months for repairs. 

 

A pox upon us

WHO declared the global monkeypox outbreak an international public health emergency Saturday as case numbers continue to grow. While Europe hosts the majority of cases, DC topped the US in reported cases per capita last week

  

Anacostia art scene gets a boost

The city awarded an almost $4 million dollar grant to the Anacostia BID to create an “Anacostia Arts and Culture District.” The funding will go towards creating new programs, signage, commissioning public art in the neighborhood, and launching a shuttle to the Anacostia Arts Center and the Anacostia Playhouse. 

 

Meet the “Bread Lady”

Last week on our blog: Elizabeth Held profiles Capitol Jill, whose pandemic hobby turned into a delicious new job. Jill Nguyen, who lives on Capitol Hill, took up baking in March 2020 and never looked back, capitalizing on the city’s cottage food laws to cook for the community right from home. 


Also || "what even is an immersive experience," Six Flags is now a certified autism center, you can now order food at the airport while waiting in the TSA line, some food truck drama at the mall, dc government employees getting bonuses today!

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Watch The Song of the Butterflies

You are invited to watch The Song of the Butterflies at the National Museum of the American Indian. This Saturday, 1 p.m., follow Rember Yahuarcani on his journey from Peru to Colombia. 

 

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Emergency & You

Choose your own auditory adventure

 

If you’d prefer to be the center of attention

Step 1: know nothing. Step 2: bring some friends to trivia at Wunder Garten and make a fool of yourself. (7pm)  

 

Bike memorial for Shawn O’Donnell

Tonight, join the bike installation memorial to honor the life of Shawn O’Donnell, who was killed by a driver in DC on July 20 at the intersection of 21st and Eye Streets NW. (6pm

 

Sunflower daze

’Tis the season for frollicking in a field of sunflowers. Check out this list of where to peek blooms and take some home with you in the DC area. 

 

Joansing

Katherine J. Chen gives a virtual talk at Politics and Prose tonight on her latest book, Joan: A Novel of Joan of Arc. (7pm)


Also || Black restaurant week continues, forest bathing, movie: The Bad Guys, tunes: The Black Keys w/ Band of Horses, get incredibly fucked up on 50 cent wings, or host your own cool Monday night event and then tell us about it


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