D.C news in brief

May 15, 2013
Smithsonian Folklife Festival is seeking volunteers

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival needs volunteers to assist stage managers and perform administrative tasks and other duties before, during and after the festival. The festival will run June 26-30 and July 3-7 on the Mall.

Certified American Sign Language interpreters and Hungarian, Russian and Spanish speakers are especially needed this year. Applicants must be 16 or older.

The festival program “Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival” will feature more than 100 participants from the 1,000-year-old country, including artists, dancers, craftspersons and cooks.

Other programs include “One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage,” an exploration of how language embodies cultural knowledge and identity, and “The Will to Adorn: African American Diversity, Style, and Identity,” which examines the history and culture of African American aesthetics.

For information, go to www.festival.si.edu, e-mail cfch-volunteer@si.edu or call 202-633-7477.

Parade of Homes will highlight affordable housing communities

The Communications Action Network, a coalition of businesses, nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations and individuals promoting affordable housing, is having the Parade of Homes, an open house for 17 affordable communities in the District, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Six communities in the District will be represented: Bedford Falls, 350-360 50th St. SE; the Overlook at Oxon Run, 3700 Ninth St. SE; Bexhill Condominiums, 1840-1849 Kendall St. NE and 1920-1927 Capital Ave. NE; the Selma Apartments, 21 Kennedy St. NW; the apartment building at 1415 Girard St. NW; and a single-family home at 1868 Corcoran St. NE that is part of a larger redevelopment project in Ivy City.

Several properties offer energy-efficiency measures and provide on-site resident services such as job placement programs, first-time home buyer programs, on-site child care and after-school tutoring, medical and mental health assistance, and adult education.

For information, go to www.caninitiative.org.

Agency to hold reentry summit for ex-offenders in the District

The D.C. Public Defender Service has scheduled the annual Community Reentry and Expungement Summit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW.

At the event, District residents with criminal records can receive consultations on record sealing, having records expunged, federal pardons, parole, child support and other legal matters. Participation does not establish an attorney-client relationship with the Public Defender Service.

Registration is free. To register, call 202-824-2835 or go to www.pdsdc.org by May 31.

Arts commission seeks musicians and poets

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking acoustic musicians and poets from the District for Music on the Mall, a program of lunchtime performances near the Smithsonian Metro station, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, between May 28 and Aug. 29.

The program is a cooperative venture between the D.C. arts commission, WMATA, the National Park Service and the office of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

To apply, go to dcarts.dc.gov/page/zoomgrants before May 17.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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