in brief

D.C. news in brief

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Water, sewer projects focus of meetings in each ward

D.C. Water has scheduled town hall meetings this month and next in each ward to address water and sewer projects and issues facing communities.

The meetings will include information on water quality and construction projects. For information, go to or call 202-787-2200.

Group to plant more than 750 trees in District this spring

The nonprofit Casey Trees has scheduled the planting of more than 750 trees at 47 District sites this spring.

The plantings will include 35 cherry trees spread across eight sites, one location in each ward, through a partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Among the other sites are 21 schools where volunteers and arborists will host student tree rallies. On Arbor Day, students and faculty members at Orr Elementary School will plant 15 trees on the campus, to be followed by an open house at the Casey Trees office, 3030 12th St. NE.

For information or to volunteer, go to

Poetry Out Loud competition is March 21 at Studio Theatre

The District's event for Poetry Out Loud, a national high school competition, is at 6 p.m. March 21 at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. The program is designed to teach high school students poetry through memorization and performance.

The local winner will compete at the national contest April 28 and 29 at the Lincoln Theatre. For information, call 202-724-5613 or go to

Arts panel accepting entries for Larry Neal writing contest

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is accepting submissions for its Larry Neal Writers' Competition.

Cash awards and prizes are given to adults 19 and older, teens 13-18 and youths 8-12 for their unpublished poetry, short stories, essays and dramatic writing.

Entries must be submitted by 5:30 p.m. March 28. Applicants may apply in one category only. Contest guidelines and applications are at

The awards ceremony is May 6 in the Elizabethan Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE.

Alcoholic beverage agency is moving to Reeves Center

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, which issues licenses for alcoholic drink sales, is moving from 1250 U St. NW to the fourth floor of the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW.

The agency will be closed from noon Friday to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday during the move. E-mail addresses and phone numbers will remain unchanged.

- Compiled by Terence McArdle

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