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Final meeting on 17th and 19th streets improvements is Sept. 26

The D.C. Department of Transportation is having the final public meeting to discuss the 17th and 19th Streets Safety Improvement Project from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Friendship Public Charter School, Blow Pierce Campus, 700 19th St. NE.

The project suggests roadway recommendations for pedestrian and traffic safety on 17th and 19th streets between Benning Road NE and Potomac Avenue SE. The department is also evaluating possible safety improvements identified in the 2006 Capitol Hill Infrastructure Study. New road markings and signs, curb extensions (also known as bulb-outs), crosswalk ramps for the disabled and traffic signal upgrades are being considered.

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Free HIV tests for youth Sept. 28

Metro TeenAIDS and Sasha Bruce Youthwork will offer free and confidential testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases for youth ages 14-21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW. Diossa Fleming, a 17-year-old student at Archbishop Carroll, organized the event to help raise awareness of HIV among young people.

The program will also include a panel discussion and workshop.

For information, call 202-576-3211.

Urban League to offer free financial literacy seminars

The Greater Washington Urban League is having free financial literacy seminars with a focus on personal credit. The seminars will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 at the league office, 2901 14th St. NW.

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Saturday is International Car Free Day

To commemorate International Car Free Day on Saturday, the D.C. Department of Transportation is giving away prizes on its Web site, including $500 in free groceries from Relay Foods, free day-long bike rentals from Bike and Roll, annual memberships to Capital Bikeshare and a two-layer cake from Sweet Themez Cake and Cupcake. Participants must share their stories of how they get around without a car.

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Truck vendors hold community festival Saturday

Curbside Cookoff: Trucktoberfest, a free Oktoberfest-themed community festival, is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE.

The event, sponsored by the DC Food Trucks Association, will feature more than 40 food trucks, children’s activities, a microbrew beer garden, a fire and rescue truck display, and an appearance by former Washington Wizards forward Etan Thomas. Thomas will sign and read excerpts from his book, “Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge.”

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— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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