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Third annual Africa Festival scheduled for Saturday

The third annual Africa Festival will be from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Banneker Field, 2500 Georgia Ave. NW.

The free festival will feature modern and traditional African music; an Africa-inspired wellness pavilion; children’s activities; arts and crafts vendors; African cuisine; a government and community resources pavilion; and the African Culture Hut, a fashion presentation featuring designs from across the African diaspora.

For information, call 202-727-5634 or go to

Board of education seeks student representatives

Two student representative seats are open on the D.C. State Board of Education. The representatives act as liaisons between the student population and education policymakers.

Students may apply at or at the State Board of Education office, 441 Fourth St. NW, Suite 723 North. Applications will also be distributed to school principals, social networks and community organizations. Deadline to apply is Oct. 10.

Nominations sought for historic preservation awards

The D.C. Historic Preservation Office is seeking nominations for its 10th annual Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards.

The six award categories are archaeology; design and construction; education; lifetime achievement (more than 20 years in historic preservation work); stewardship (efforts on behalf of a resource listed in the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites or the National Register of Historic Places); and volunteerism and community involvement. Individuals, initiatives and specific completed projects are eligible for the awards.

A ceremony in May will honor the winners. The deadline is Nov. 2.

To nominate someone or for information, call 202-442-8835 or e-mail

Howard University opens traffic safety research center

Howard University recently opened the Transportation Safety Data and Research Center as part of its School of Engineering. At the center, students and faculty will work with the D.C. Department of Transportation to study traffic data such as crashes, traffic speeds, traffic volumes, commercial vehicles, and pedestrian and bicycle counts.

A partnership between the engineering school, the transportation department and the Federal Highway Administration dates from 1998, when the school opened its Transportation Research Center. However, the school previously lacked a dedicated space for traffic research specific to the District.

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American Heart Association to hold fundraiser walk in Nov.

The 2012 Greater Washington Heart Walk, an annual event that raises money and awareness for heart disease and stroke prevention, will be Nov. 10. The annual walk, sponsored by the American Heart Association, raises funds and awareness for heart disease and stroke prevention.

Activities begin at 8 a.m. with a health exposition and entertainment at Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. Walkers will leave the center field gate at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers are also needed to escort and direct participants, distribute literature, hang banners and set up water stations.

For information, go to, e-mail or call 703-248-1784.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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