DDOT Gateway Project Cited

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently gave the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) its Best Practices in Smart Growth and Transportation award for the city's South Capitol Street Gateway project.

The award, in the revitalizing communities and corridors category, cites DDOT's plans for rejuvenating the South Capitol Street corridor, the Anacostia waterfront and surrounding areas.

Plans for the area include a green median, wide sidewalks and roadways, and improvements to benefit pedestrian, bicycle and transit use.

The South Capitol Street Gateway project is part of Mayor Anthony A. Williams's Anacostia Waterfront Initiative to renew the area.

Youth Program Seeks Tutors

For Love of Children, a nonprofit organization serving the District's youths and families, is seeking volunteers to participate in its reading and math program.

Volunteers working in the group's Neighborhood Tutoring Program will be paired with children and will work with them on a one-on-one basis.

To volunteer, or for more information, call Amelie Smith at 202-674-0121.

Sickle Cell Fundraiser

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 and Faces of Our Children, a local nonprofit organization, are co-sponsoring Gospel Fest, a gospel performance and dinner, tomorrow at Israel Baptist Church, 1251 Saratoga Ave. NE. Dinner is at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

The event is being held in observance of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month to raise money for and awareness of the disease.

Tickets for the dinner are $8 and tickets for the gospel performance are $15. The event is open to the public.

For more information, call 800-638-0800, Ext. 238; 866-FACES-11; or 301-459-3400.

Volunteers Needed

The District of Columbia Building Industry Association is seeking volunteers for its 13th annual Community Improvement Day, scheduled for Sept. 17 at Virginia Avenue Park in Ward 6.

The event will conclude the association's $750,000 renovation of the park. ICompleted improvements includenew pathways, lighting and seating; new trees, plants and shrubbery; a new park entrance; and an original mural celebrating the District.

Volunteers will be needed for general landscaping labor.

For more information, call the association at 202-966-8665.

Wetlands Proposed for Park

The National Park Service, in partnership with the D.C. government and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has proposed a tidal wetlands restoration project in lower Kingman Lake in Anacostia Park.

The project involves creating eight acres of marsh from dredged lake sediments and then planting native wetlands vegetation. The project is part of efforts started in 1992 to restore wetlands within the tidal Anacostia River.

The environmental assessment and public notices for the project can be found online at www.nps.gov/anac.

-- Compiled by BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT and TERENCE McARDLE