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December 14th

Help Wanted for the Literary Hill Bookfest

The Third Annual Literary Hill BookFest celebrating local writers and publishers is scheduled for May 5 in the North Hall of Eastern Market.

The BookFest team is looking for someone to join and take the lead in publicizing the event (posting electronic notices, sending out press releases, getting materials printed, etc.).

Step Afrika’s Holiday Show Breaks the Mold

Every December Washingtonians have their fill of holiday chorales, Nutcracker performances, Black Nativity productions and reprises of A Christmas Carol, but this year we’ll be treated to something truly unique: A Magical, Musical Holiday Step Show. Our own Step Afrika! celebrates the season doing what it does best: bridging a panoply of musical styles and cultures to bring whole families—from toddlers to grandparents—to their feet.

December 12th

December 10th

Crime Alert: Stop Walking Around Talking on Your Cell Phones!

Alert Your Kids Who Are the Most Likely to be Victimized.

Monday night (Dec. 10), a post on the Newhilleast Listserv reported that a woman jogging around Lincoln Park in the early evening was the victim of a mugging. A man came up from behind her and snatched her phone from her hand and then ran off down 11th St SE.

Suna Arrives on The Hill

Dining Notes

The Southeast Library Celebrates its 90th Year

A Capitol Hill Grand Dame

On December 8, 1922, hundreds of people came to the corner of 7th and D SE to celebrate a milestone in Capitol Hill history--the opening of a new branch library. Only the second branch to be opened by the DC library system, it was the first to be opened as part of a new, central, push to expand the library into the neighborhoods.

A Farewell or My Swan Song

Spotted on the Hill

All things must pass.  Back in March 0f 2006, I wrote a modest article for the Hill Rag. It consisted of a photograph of a Northern Mockingbird I had taken on Capitol Hill and a long paragraph about it.  In that paragraph I included a bit of its natural history, i.e. a description,  distribution range but also the fact that it was the official state bird for Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas and gained cultural prominence from  the 1960 Southern Gothic novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird.