Thursday, February 12, 2009

District Gets $165,500 For Urban Tree Canopy

The District and four state partners -- Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont -- have been awarded a federal grant to identify urban locations for planting trees. The District's Urban Forestry Administration will work with agencies from the four states to enhance urban tree canopies in public spaces.

The total award from the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry division of the U.S. Forest Service is $823,245, of which the District's share is $165,500.

New planting is tentatively scheduled for spring 2010.

The D.C. forestry agency is a division of the city's Department of Transportion, which plants and maintains trees along D.C. streets. The office has 16 arborists on staff who care for approximately 140,000 trees throughout the city. For information, go to

Registration Is Open For Spring Break Camps

Over the D.C. public schools' spring break, March 23 to 27, the city's Department of Parks and Recreation will host general camps and sports programs for children ages 6 to 13 at 22 department centers.

Camps will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The registration fee is $25 for D.C. residents, $35 for nonresidents. Fees must be paid with Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards, or by a money order made payable to the D.C. treasurer.

Registration can be completed on the department's Web site,, or in person at any of the camp locations listed on the Web site. Registrations will be accepted until the programs are filled.

Aging-in-Place Program Starting in Dupont Circle

The Dupont Circle Village, an aging-in-place program for elderly Dupont Circle residents, has scheduled a formal launch, volunteer drive and membership meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW.

Aging-in-place programs allow the elderly to remain in their homes with assistance from volunteers in their communities. The Dupont Circle program is one of several in the District patterned after an effort in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Free refreshments will be available before the meeting, at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor gallery. To make a reservation for the launch or to volunteer, call 202-436-5252 or e-mail

Poetry Out Loud Contest For High School Students

The District's event for Poetry Out Loud, a national high school poetry recitation competition, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW.

To participate, e-mail or call 202-724-1401 by Wednesday. The program is designed to teach high school students about poetry through memorization and performance.

The contest structure is similar to a spelling bee, with classroom, schoolwide and state competitions. Each school sends one student to the state finals. The local winner will compete with other state champions at a national competition April 26 to 28 in the District. Prizes in the national event will total $50,000.

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities coordinates the competition for the District. For information, call 202-724-5613 or go to The national program is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

-- Compiled by TERENCE McARDLE

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