City to hold age-friendly summit Saturday

The D.C. Department of Aging is having an Age-Friendly D.C. Forum from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. The Age-Friendly Cities initiative is an international effort to prepare for rapidly aging populations and increasing urbanization. The program focuses on the factors that affect the health and well-being of older adults.

Forum participants can give feedback to D.C. government officials on issues that affect age-friendly policies, including transportation, housing and health. Light refreshments will be served.

For information, call 202-724-5622. To register, go to Limited transportation will be provided. To volunteer, call 202-727-7973 or e-mail

Volunteers needed for children’s hospital race

Children’s National Medical Center is having its inaugural Race for Every Child, a 5K fundraising race, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct 5.

The race needs volunteers to handle check-ins, distribute T-shirts and packets, staff the information booth, work as race sentries, and monitor children’s activities. To volunteer, go to

The event will start at Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street NW. Runners may register as teams or individuals.

Other activities include a 100-yard children’s dash and appearances by children’s entertainer the Great Zucchini and Ian Harding, star of the ABC Family network’s “Pretty Little Liars.”

Registration is $45 for the race and $10 for the children’s dash. To register, go to before Oct. 3. For information, call 301-565-8577.

Open house on Franklin Park renovation plan is Oct. 2

The D.C. Office of Planning is having an open house on the revitalization of Franklin Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Four Points by Sheraton, 1201 K St. NW.

The 4.79-acre park — one of the city’s largest — between K and I streets NW and 13th and 14th streets NW is owned by the National Park Service. The population of the surrounding neighborhood, Center City, has increased by nearly a third since 2003, resulting in greater demands for open space. The park is in disrepair and primarily serves nearby office workers during their lunch hours and the area’s homeless population.

The D.C. government, the park service and the Downtown Business Improvement District are partnering on a long-term plan for the park. Options under consideration include adding amenities such as food services and restrooms, increasing public events and programs, enhancing the adjacent streetscape, restoring the park’s historic resources, incorporating green practices, and using a public-private partnership to maintain and manage the park.

The planning office has contracted the landscape architecture firm OLIN Studio to develop a design for the park. An environmental assessment by the National Park Service will follow their proposals.

The open house will include a project overview, an initial report on park conditions and a workshop from the project team on desired park uses.

For information, go to planning. dc. gov.

Museum hosts Big Build family event Saturday

The annual Big Build, a hands-on introduction to the building trades for children and families, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. This year’s program will highlight conservation through green building practices.

The event will include workshops with plumbers, electricians, ironworkers, landscape architects and woodworkers; a nail-driving contest; brick wall and log-cabin constructions; a class in making hardware wind-chimes; and activities for children 4 to 12.

The event is free. For information, go to

Art sought for Chuck Brown Memorial Park

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has issued a request for public art proposals for an installation at Chuck Brown Memorial Park (formerly Langdon Park), 1800 Franklin St. NE. To honor the park’s namesake, the artwork should highlight the cultural legacy of the District’s indigenous music genre, go-go.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to sculpture, statues, creative fencing or walls, and paving patterns, and should include a brief biography of Chuck Brown. The project has a budget of $325,500 and is open to professional artists and design teams from the Washington area.

For a prospectus and application, go to The deadline to apply is Oct. 11. For information, call 202-724-5613.

$1.2 million available for entries in DDOT program

The District Department of Transportation is accepting applications for its Transportation Alternatives Program, a series of projects oriented toward bicycle and pedestrian activities, community improvements, environmental mitigation and recreational trails. About $1.2 million in Federal Highway Administration funds is available citywide for the program.

Projects must be consistent with Sustainable DC, the District’s best green practices; and the D.C. planning office’s Comprehensive Plan. Nonprofit groups must partner with a local government entity, transit agency, or a natural resource or public-land agency to apply.

To apply, go to before Nov. 1. For information, call 202-671-4580 or e-mail Selected projects will be announced in January.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle