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Thursday, November 25, 2010

HIV prevention group seeks volunteers

The D.C. HIV Prevention Community Planning Group, which works with the D.C. Department of Health on developing the city's annual HIV prevention plan, is seeking volunteers to serve a two-year term.

The community group determines which populations are in greatest need of HIV prevention services and how best to meet those needs. The health department then develops and funds programs based on the group's recommendations.

Members will review data on HIV in the District and share their perspectives on the disease. Monthly meetings will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on second Thursdays.

Apply by next Thursday by downloading a form at For information, go to or e-mail

Ward 7 Great Streets project is underway

The D.C. Department of Transportation has begun work on a Great Streets project for the Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue corridor in Ward 7. The area will have a reconstructed roadway, new sidewalks, traffic signals, streetlights and up to 73 new trees.

"Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue is such an important corridor that serves and connects so many great District neighborhoods," transportation Director Gabe Klein said last Thursday at the groundbreaking. "Our goal here is to give residents a complete street they can be proud of, and one that will serve as a model 'green street' for the rest of the District."

The department has incorporated many features in the design to address stormwater management and water quality. They include bioretention cells (also known as rain gardens), which are small landscaped areas lined with a porous medium that helps reduce stormwater runoff. Howard University will conduct periodic water-quality monitoring to reduce the runoff from the roadway into Watts Branch and the Anacostia River.

Construction will start at Minnesota Avenue and proceed east toward Eastern Avenue. The project's expected completion is in March. Funding is primarily provided by federal stimulus grants.

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St. Albans, Logan Circle weekend house tours

Two holiday tours featuring unusual houses near St. Albans School and Logan Circle are scheduled this weekend.

St. Albans School will hold its 28th annual tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Five houses in the Spring Valley neighborhood are featured this year. Each will be decorated with unusual floral designs. Students from St. Albans and National Cathedral School will provide caroling along the tour.

Tickets are $35 at or at the school, at Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW, on the day of the event. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day in the St. Albans Refectory for those who buy a separate $15 ticket. Proceeds benefit the school faculty and staff members.

The Logan Circle Community Association will hold its 32nd annual tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday featuring 11 properties.

In addition to several Victorian and 20th-century houses and homes designed for the 21st century, the tour will include historic Grace Reformed Church, where President Theodore Roosevelt worshiped. The tour begins and ends at the Studio Theater, which will host a reception at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 at and $25 on the day of the tour at the Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. Proceeds benefit the association's work.

- Compiled by Terence McArdle

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