Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified a public library being rebuilt in Northeast Washington. It is Woodridge Library, not Woodbridge Library. This version has been corrected.

Construction has begun on new Woodridge Library

Demolition work has begun on the old Woodridge Library building on Hamlin Street near 18th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NE. The new library is scheduled to open next year at that location. During construction, an interim library is open at 1790 Douglas St. NE, three blocks south.

When completed, the 20,000-square-foot building will have space for 40,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other materials; seating for 200 patrons; 40 public computers; free WiFi Internet access; a large programming room for up to 100 people; and two conference rooms for up to 14 people. It will also be the first D.C. library with a roof terrace programming space.

The design and construction budget is $16.5 million. Coakley Williams and Blue Skye Development have partnered in the construction through the Mentor-Protege program, a D.C. Public Library initiative to help smaller contracting firms gain a foothold in government contracting. The architecture team of Wiencek + Associates and Bing Thom Architects designed the planned structure after four meetings with the Friends of Woodridge Library and a review of input from neighborhood meetings.

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Dragon Boat Festival is Saturday and Sunday

The 13th annual Washington D.C. Dragon Boat Festival will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Ave. NW.

More than 1,500 paddlers on more than 50 teams from along the East Coast will compete in dragon boat races on the Potomac River. Dragon boats are powered entirely by human paddlers. The watercraft and the racing sport originated in the Pearl River Delta region of China’s Guangdong Province more than 2,000 years ago.

The festival opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with a traditional lion dance and an eye-dotting ceremony, said to awaken the sleeping dragons — the spirits — of the racing boats.

Other festival activities will include wire art and paper lantern demonstrations. Teams made up of breast cancer survivors will be recognized with a pink carnation ceremony.

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The event is sponsored by the Chinese Women’s League.

Capitol Hill Classic 10K race is scheduled for Sunday

The Capitol Hill Classic, a 10K race, a 3K race, and a kids’ fun run to benefit the Capitol Hill cluster schools — Peabody Primary Campus, Watkins Elementary School and Stuart-Hobson Middle School — will be 8:30 to 11 a.m Sunday.

The 10K course starts and finishes at Peabody Primary School, 425 C St. NE, passes the Supreme Court, the Capitol and the Library of Congress, and includes part of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. A shadow race will be that day at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan.

To register, go to Runners can also register in person at the Peabody Primary School from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday or 7 to 8:15 a.m. Sunday, or at Pacers Running Store, 1425 P St. NW, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Rally to support cervical cancer survivors

Tamika and Friends, a local HPV and cervical cancer support group, will hold a rally and 5K walk/run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The race will begin at RFK Stadium Lot 8. The group hopes to raise awareness of cervical cancer and its link to HPV, the human papillomavirus. The event will also raise money to help relieve the financial burdens of cervical cancer survivors.

To register for the race or to donate, e-mail For information, go to

Correction: An earlier version of this column misnamed the Woodridge Library. Th e column has been updated to reflect the correction.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle