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What are you doing next next 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.

Casa closed

Nonprofit shelter Casa Ruby, known as “everyone’s home,” has closed its doors after a decade providing social services and programs to LGBTQ+ residents of DC. The closure came in the wake of a discontinued grant of more than $800,000 and reports of unpaid bills. 

 

DC, don’t lose that number

Washingtonians experiencing a mental health crisis can now dial 988 to reach a trained counselor at a local crisis center, 24/7. The new nationwide suicide prevention hotline that launched over the weekend, taking the place of the longer National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number.

 

Stopping the sewage seep

This week, the city of Alexandria unveiled an exciting new purchase: a 380-ton tunnel boring machine. Hazel (they’ve named it) will dig a 2-mile-long, 12-foot-wide “storage tank” to capture city sewage overflows that currently leak straight into the Potomac River. When complete, it’s designed to hold ~85% of the average annual 140 million gallons of stormwater and raw sewage that hit the river — putting us one step closer to safely swimming in the Potomac.

 

Fringe recap: Atemporal

Sianna Joslin is the creator of Atemporal, a show about gender identity, mental illness, and rebuilding after trauma that premieres at Capital Fringe this month. We talked to Joslin in advance of the performance — which you have two more opportunities to catch live in a former DSW.


Also || see you on citiesTok, junkyard band’s new single, same-day voter registration coming in virginia!, keeping rats out of your trashcans, Guy Fieri restaurant coming soon, 👀off-duty cops shot someone while having dinner at the wharf, pop-up festival celebrates black-owned businesses, coming in september: VRFree, inside Rockville’s Soulfull Cafe, the Black-owned brewery and beer companies changing our beer landscape, “abortion rights are fat rights are trans rights are human rights

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Movie at the museum

Join us to watch "The Song of the Butterflies" at the National Museum of the American Indian, this Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m. The film is in Spanish and Munuka with English subtitles, more here.

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Emergency & You

Reel & meal @ New Deal

Tonight, Greenbelt’s New Deal Café presents a double-header: a screening of the 2019 documentary “Fleeing Climate Change: The Real Environmental Disaster” followed by a short about desertification in Southern Europe. Discussion to follow. (6:30pm)

 

Songbyrd music trivia

Drop some knowledge (and pick some up too!) at Songbyrd’s music trivia night. The Northeast music venue promises food, drinks, and a few curveball questions. (7pm)

 

Hope for humpbacks

Join this online discussion about how humpback whales are a conservation success story, having largely recovered from the threat of commercial whaling. (Never forget Humphrey, the “most famous whale since Moby Dick.”) (7pm)

 

Also || talk: Odin, eats & beats, comedy showcase, first fort reno concert of the szn! (unless it rains)


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