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March 15th, 2017

Bowser to Propose First City 'Green Bank'

The Bill Could Build Funds for New, Retrofitted Green Installations

Developers and renovation projects in the District could get financial assistance from the city to prioritize “green” installations with a new bill Mayor Muriel Bowser will propose this week.

The legislation would establish a “Green Bank” for the District, the first of any city in the nation — states like Connecticut and New York have banks. Bowser proposes the District invest $7 million per year for five years to fund DC’s Green Bank from a transfer of existing and future allotments in the Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF).

Two Schools of Bluegrass & The Bottle Rockets

Two bluegrass currents cross Capitol Hill this month, and while they might be heading in different directions, both flow from a wellspring of fancy picking and strong songs.

The band FY5, which plays the Hill Center on March 9, is billed as “new school Americana.” The five players in the group are firmly grounded in bluegrass ways, but most of their songs are new and are as likely to be mid-tempo as pedal-to-the-metal fast.

East Side News - March 0317

The Results Are In

In late 2016 the Mount Vernon Triangle (MVT) Community Improvement District (CID) conducted its annual Neighborhood Perception Survey, and the 555 responses shattered the previous record number (last year netted 448). According to Kenyattah A. Robinson, president and CEO of the CID, the survey focuses on four aspects of life: cleanliness, safety, the seven-person CID Clean Team Ambassadors, and the sense of civic engagement and community pride.

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Shaw Streets - March 2017

Renovation of Carter G. Woodson Home Celebrated

Discover the Wines of Piedmont at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill

The Wine Girl

The Piedmont region of Northwestern Italy, or Piemonte in Italian, can literally be translated to “at the foot of the mountains,” as it’s located at the base of the Alps.  The food of Piedmont is earthier than cuisine in southern Italy, with rich cheeses, pastas, meats, and truffles.

March 14th

'Road Trip!' Hits the Atlas Thursday

The Congressional Chorus Show Celebrates its 11th Annual Year

Take a ride through America’s musical history with the Congressional Chorus and its 11th annual “Road Trip! Tour the USA in our Cabaret” show at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE). The show runs from March 16 -18 at 8 p.m. and March 19 at 4 p.m. (Saturday's and Friday's shows are sold out.)

Featuring 80 singers, 20 dancers and a seven-piece band, the show includes music styles from New Orleans’ jazz, Memphis’ soul, Chicago blues and the Texas two-step. Songs include:

Kids Get Behind the Mic at The Corner Store

The Corner Store has long been a place for storytellers to come together at monthly open mic nights to share their latest work with a welcoming audience. Late last month, the neighborhood creative space invited a very different group of performers to take part by sharing stories from their lives: children.

Families were invited to take part in an open mic on Feb. 25 by sharing five-minute tales they crafted based on their own lives. The organizers and participating families hoped to hone their storytelling and public-speaking skills, while the kids had some fun.

Feeding Many, Pleasing Few

Residents find inadequate, unequal services at Safeway stores in Ward 7

When Jessica Wynter Martin transplanted herself from California to the Deanwood neighborhood in Ward 7, her first stop seemed logical. She went to the local grocery to get food for her empty apartment. But a trip to the Safeway at 322 40th St. NE gave her a taste of the reality her Ward 7 neighbors have faced for several years.