Warning tickets for H Street parking

The D.C. Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works will issue warning tickets through the end of the month to vehicles parked outside the white lines along the H Street/Benning Road corridor.

With the warning tickets, the two agencies hope to educate and prepare motorists for D.C. streetcar vehicles, which will begin safety tests in the area next month. Improperly parked vehicles, particularly those double-parked, could impede the streetcars. Next month, ticketing will begin in earnest.

For information, call 855-413-2954 or go to www.dcstreetcar.com.

Commission holds open house on SW project

The National Capital Planning Commission is having an open house on the SW Ecodistrict Initiative, the final plan for sustainable urban development in the 15-block federal precinct south of the Mall. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the National Capital Planning Commission, 401 Ninth St. NW, Suite 500.

A core goal of the plan is the protection of the Mall from overuse. Key components include a park and an expanded L’Enfant Station transit center on Maryland Avenue, improvements to Banneker Park and mixed-use developments at Independence Quarter and atop the Southwest Freeway with a focus on pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly areas.

For information, go to www.ncpc.gov/swecodistrict.

Center seeks senior nominations for awards

The Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, a nonprofit community center, is seeking nominations for its Phenomenal Seniors Awards honoring District senior citizens 70 and older who make outstanding contributions to their community. The group will honor one senior from each of the District’s wards.

For information, call 202-462-8314 or e-mail dowens@tmcsh.org.

Nominations, due Dec. 30, can be made at www.thurgoodmarshallcenter.org or mailed to Phenomenal Seniors, 1816 12th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.

An awards ceremony is planned for Feb. 22.

DDOT to hold meeting on Anacostia plan

The D.C. Department of Transportation is having an informational meeting on updates to the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Transportation Master Plan from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW.

The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative is a 30-year, $10 billion series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects to develop the shores of the Anacostia River from the tidal basin to the northeast border of Maryland. The master plan organizes the AWI transportation studies and projects into a comprehensive and coordinated program.

For information, go to www.anacostiawaterfront.org. To comment or be added to the AWI contact list, e-mail ddot.awi@dc.gov or call 202-741-8528.

Parks department holds winter coat drive

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is having a winter coat drive for the needy. Coats can be dropped off at two locations: the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 20; and the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 4.

For information, call 202-282-2204 or 202-727-7736.

House of Help shelter needs holiday donations

House of Help, a shelter and drug treatment program, seeks donations of gift cards, unwrapped toys, new winter clothing, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, new bedding and linens, space heaters and school supplies.

Items may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the House of Help transitional housing facility, 2322 16th St. SE, lower level.

For information, call 202-249-8511.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle