D.C. news in brief

April 30, 2014
District to host senior symposium Wednesday

The D.C. Office on Aging is hosting a senior symposium from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW.

The theme is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow,” with a focus on the District as a city that supports aging in place.

Seniors, family members, caregivers, providers, advocates and community stakeholders will discuss issues such as health care, recreation and socialization, housing and long-term-care planning.

For information, go to www.dcoa.dc.gov or call 202-724-5626.

DDOT seeks bids for Parkside pedestrian bridge construction

DDOT has opened bidding on construction contracts for the Parkside pedestrian bridge. The bridge will connect the Mayfair neighborhood and proposed Parkside development on the west with the Minnesota Avenue Metro stations, downtown Ward 7 and the Deanwood Community on the east.

Work is expected to begin this summer and take 18 to 20 months. Plans call for a three-span, 400-foot structure with a weathering steel truss and arches, at a cost of $16 million. The department has been working with Pepco on relocating overhead power lines and with CSX and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on locating the bridge over their train tracks.

The deadline to bid on contracts is May 12. Bidding documents are at dashboard.ddot.dc.gov/ddotdashboard/#Solicitations.

For information, go to www.anacostiawaterfront.org/parksidepedestrianbridge. To join the project update list, e-mail ddot.awi@dc.gov or call 202-741-8528.

Letter carriers will collect donations for food drive

D.C. residents can contribute to Stamp Out Hunger, a nationwide food drive, by leaving a bag of nonperishable food next to their mailboxes before mail delivery May 10.

Canned foods are suggested. Food should not be in glass containers or require refrigeration. For information, go to www.harvesthope.org/calendar/stamp-out-hunger-on-may-10.

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, June 25 to 29 and July 2 to 6 on the Mall.

This year’s festival programs are “China: Tradition and the Art of Living” and “Kenya: Mambo Poa!”

Mandarin, Kiswahili and Cantonese speakers are especially needed this year. Applicants must be 16 or older.

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

Historic preservation awards ceremony set

The 2014 D.C. Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation will be at 7 p.m. May 15 at DAR Constitution Hall, 311 18th St. NW. A reception will follow the ceremony.

The presentation will include awards for archaeology, design and construction, education, and lifetime achievement in preservation.

For information or to register, go to planning.dc.gov.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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