Local teens to compete in poetry slam festival

Split This Rock, a nonprofit group that promotes poetry among youth, is holding “Louder Than a Bomb,” a teen poetry slam festival, Saturday and Sunday in Phillips Hall, George Washington University, 801 22nd St. NW.

More than 20 high schools from the District, Maryland and Virginia will take teams of four to six poets to perform individual and group poems. Audience members will serve as judges, and the top scorers will advance to semifinal and final contests. The winners will be crowned Sunday in the Jack Morton Auditorium. Other festival events include special feature performances, poetry workshops, multiple slams, open mikes, film screenings and a youth arts block party.

For information, go to www.splitthisrock.org/dcyouthslam. For tickets, go to www.ltabdmv.tumblr.com.

Historic preservation awards to be held Monday

The District Historic Preservation Office and the D.C. Preservation League are hosting the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation at 7 p.m. Monday at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. A reception follows the ceremony.

Awards will be presented for archaeology; design and construction; education; lifetime achievement; and volunteerism and community involvement.

The academy will present recently restored sculptural work by Lee Lawrie and paintings by Albert Herter. It will also premier the building’s newest additions at the event.

For information or to register, go to planning.dc.gov.

Postal service will collect donations for food drive

D.C. residents can contribute to Stamp Out Hunger, a nationwide food drive, by leaving a bag of nonperishable food next to their mailboxes before mail delivery May 11.

Food items should not be in glass containers and should not require refrigeration. Canned soup and vegetables, pasta, rice and cereal are suggested. For information, go to www.helpstampouthunger.com.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle