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Extreme Makeover: (Old Soldiers') Home Edition

Founded in 1851, the Armed Forces Retirement Home (aka Old Soldiers' Home) is undergoing a massive development project to construct 4.3 million square feet of residential, retail, and community buildings east of Park View & Petworth. Plans will also include 20 acres of green space and bike paths that will be open to the public for the first time in 50 years.

 

Deaf community & access to city services

A bill would establish the first government office to create and enhance programs to ensure deaf and hard of hearing people have access to all DC services. The office would be led by a member of the community, and its remit would include ensuring qualified interpreters are available for Council testimony and ANC meetings (an area where the city has fallen short). The bill still awaits a vote—as does the Open Captioning bill to make movies more accessible.

 

Decrim off the table

Following a tense, 14-hour marathon hearing, a DC bill to decriminalize sex work will not receive a vote. The broad consensus was that further criminalizing sex work was not the way to go—but in the meantime, sex work-related charges have more than doubled in DC year-over-year. 

 

Where are training funds going?

The DC Department of Employment Services has a $5 million fund for adult jobs training. Some of that money went towards a program for residents over 50, and cadet training for firefighting/EMT/MPD. But in her budget oversight role Councilmember Silverman turned up new documents that show much went to things like event planning/marketing and temporary admin workers, often for consultants tens of thousands of dollars over budget. ("Per usual, councilmembers argue over budget line items" isn’t as catchy a headline.)

 

Also || Our boys rode around on a zamboni & seem to be doing pretty ok, a serial Amazon package thief and the tech surveillance state, new Logan Circle eatery sources from 150 miles only, Nats will have to contend with hometown San Diego to retain WS MVP Strasburg

Did you know there’s a Washington Wizards Concert Series?

You’ll have to wait until February to relive the 90s with Mase and Dru Hill, but Go-Go Night with Backyard Band is this Friday.

 

Dive into Current Movements

The contemporary doc festival at Eaton has a sliding scale. Monday’s film is The Last Guardians, billed as an indigenous response to climate change. (6:30 pm)

  • Hirshhorn screens a doc about an 80s music festival in the California desert that featured every great punk band and inspired Burning Man. (6 pm)

 

The best things to do in DC with kids

If you’ve got munchkins, Curbed DC has a list of 30 things to do in the region with them. Not all of them are parks and museums...but almost all of them are. 

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler

  • In “The Reverse Underground Railroad,” lecturer Rick Bell considers the various systems that sent people escaping north back into enslavement. (6 pm)

  • U Up? is “the definitive millennial dating podcast.” (6:30 pm)

  • Catch Handsome Hound’s Cuchulain Kelly channeling John Prine, Johnny Cash and Randy Newman at Songbyrd. (7-11 pm)

  • Shaggy songwriter Pete Yorn plays Union Stage, not with Scarlett Johansson (they have two albums together) but Surf Rock Is Dead. (8 pm)

  • Talks at Astronomy on Tap include “Hunting Elusive Giants: Uncovering a Triplet of Active Galactic Nuclei in a Galaxy Merger” and “Chronicles of the Unknown: Preparing for the James Webb Space Telescope” (8 pm)

Also || monday yoga at potter’s house | DC Climate Coalition

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