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Congress Heights recreation center gets facelift

A ribbon cutting was held Saturday for the renovated Congress Heights Recreation Center, 611 Alabama Ave. SE, after a 12-hour Community Day held by more than 700 volunteers from the D.C. Building Industry Association.

The center is the 20th park that volunteers have renovated as part of the annual event. Trails, plantings and breezeways have been added. The softball field has been enlarged to regulation size. Other improvements will include a new promenade between the basketball and tennis courts, a sloping community garden and a picnic area.

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Martha’s Table opens registration for fundraising walk

Martha’s Table, a nonprofit organization that provides meals, clothing and shelter to the District’s homeless population, is having a fundraising walk at 2 p.m. Nov. 3, beginning at 2114 14th St. NW.

The deadline to register is Oct. 19 at

The group is also encouraging community groups to organize fundraising walks, volunteer projects, games and happy hours through Help the Homeless, a program sponsored by mortgage company Fannie Mae, at

Founded in 1980, Martha’s Table sponsors McKenna’s Wagon, a mobile soup kitchen; Martha’s Outfitters, a center that offers free and low-cost clothing; and a day-care center and education programs for youth.

Community for low-income seniors holds open house Oct. 13

Seabury at Home First, a nonprofit provider of housing and age-in-place services for low-income and formerly homeless seniors, is having a guided tour and community activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13, at 2501 18th St. NE.

The Home First community tour is at 11:30 a.m. A flea market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a Zumba demonstration follows at 1 p.m.

The group, formerly known as Christian Communities Group Homes, has been providing housing services for older adults in Wards 4 and 5 for more than 30 years. Volunteers are needed to do yard work, house cleaning and house painting.

To volunteer, call 202-635-9384, Ext. 102.

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City gives grants to Chinatown community groups

Two nonprofit cultural groups in the Chinatown neighborhood were recently awarded $125,000 grants to help support the programs’ efforts to promote educational, literary and concert programs in the community.

The Chinatown Community Cultural Center, 616 H St. NW, will use its money to fund services related to preserving Chinatown’s cultural identity. The group offers educational programs for Asian immigrants and cultural programs for the public.

Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I Street NW, will use its money to ensure that its literary, concert and dialogue programs remain reasonably priced, and to maintain its historic building.

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Columbia Heights Day is Saturday

The sixth annual Columbia Heights Day, which will feature live music, family events, arts and more, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Harriet Tubman Elementary School Field, Kenyon St. NW between 11th and 13th streets.

Free activities on three stages include a yoga workshop, a cupcake-eating contest, live hip-hop, ska and gypsy rock music, live dance, performances from School of Rock students, and children’s activities.

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— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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