Agency releases report on language access

The D.C. Office of Human Rights recently released a report on compliance with the 2004 D.C. Language Access Act, which mandates access to city services for people who speak limited or no English.

According to the report, the District received an overall average compliance rating of 1.47 (average compliance), a 13 percent increase over 2009.

City agencies have increased their provision of oral language services by 11 percent. A 77 percent increase in foreign language outreach efforts, a 7 percent increase in written translation services and a 19 percent increase in agency staff training on language access were also reported.

According to the 2010 Census, more than 13.5 percent of D.C. residents are foreign born and 14.5 percent of residents 5 and older speak a language other than English.

To read the report, go to

Job fair for veterans, spouses is Thursday

A job fair for veterans and military spouses is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Confirmed employers with tables will include Microsoft, Home Depot, the U.S. Department of Energy, Allstate and Kaiser Permanente. The event is sponsored by RecruitMilitary, a military-to-civilian recruiting firm, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free to veterans.

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Parks and recreation offices to move

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is moving from 3149 16th St. NW to two locations next month.

The central office, 1250 U St. NW, will include the director’s office and offices for permits, customer service, communications and human resources. The agency’s program offices, including camps and aquatics, will relocate to the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW.

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Free women’s health symposium is March 10

Woman to Woman: Mind, Body and Spirit, a free health symposium, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 10 at the George Washington University Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW.

The program includes health seminars with doctors on new treatments and technology, fitness tips, cooking demonstrations, workshops and free health screenings. To register, e-mail or call 301-893-4443.

Cherry Blossom Regatta planned for April 21

DC Sail is holding its annual Cherry Blossom Regatta, a race of Flying Junior sailing dinghies on the Potomac, on April 21.

The proceeds benefit DC Sail’s sailing education programs and youth scholarship fund. DC Sail is a community sailing program of the nonprofit National Maritime Heritage Foundation.

Registration for a two-person sailing team is $50. Only eight racing boats are available. For information, call 202-547-1250.

Shaw library to close next week for sewer work

The Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library will be closed from Sunday to Wednesday for sewer work. Patrons can pick up holds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle