D.C. news in brief
D.C. to spruce up schools
To help prepare for the first day of school, the District is hosting a beautification day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers will help clean and paint the city's public school buildings.
The annual event, which started in 2005, will include landscaping, trash pickup, planting flowers and other jobs. Volunteers and supplies are needed at more than 100 schools.
For information or to volunteer, visit http:/
Bike sharing begins in Sept.
Cyclists can now sign up in advance for Capital Bikeshare, a regional bike sharing network scheduled to begin service in September in the District and Arlington.
Under the program, 1,000 bikes will be available at 100 locations throughout the District and 14 more stations in Crystal City and Pentagon City. The station locations are being finalized.
Capital Bikeshare offers advance annual memberships for $50. The price will increase to $75 in September. Monthly memberships are $25 online, and daily memberships will be offered for $5 at station kiosks.
Members are allowed a 30-minute free bike rental. An additional half-hour costs $1.50, a third half-hour costs $3 and each additional half-hour costs $6.
Dance festival starts Friday
The seventh annual Dance DC Festival begins Friday with performances at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.
The festival highlights the District-based traditional dance and music performers from various cultures, including hand dance, African dances and drumming, tap, tango and Asian dance. Performances and interactive workshops are free.
The opening night theme is "Carnaval Africana!" The event, at 6 p.m. Friday, will capture the essence of carnaval with Afro-Brazilian dance and music. The closing night party will feature hand dancing at 7 p.m. Sunday. For information and a schedule, go to http:/
-- Compiled by Terence McArdle