Alcohol board issues guidelines for apps

After reviewing several technology businesses that partner with liquor-licensed retailers, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has issued new guidelines for Web sites and smartphone apps that provide alcohol services in the District.

Technology companies promoting the sale of alcohol through Web sites and apps are advised to limit their operations to connecting consumers with District retailers, such as liquor and grocery stores. Companies are restricted from directly soliciting, selling and shipping orders for alcoholic beverages; storing alcoholic beverages for retail sale; and collecting any money or transacting any credit or debit cards for alcoholic beverage sales.

Any credit or debit card information provided to a Web site or app must be transferred to a liquor-licensed retailer to complete the transaction. The licensee would have the discretion to process or deny any order.

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Children’s Hospital charity race is Sept. 13

The second annual Race for Every Child, a 5K run and walk to benefit Children’s National Medical Center, is from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 at Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street NW. Runners may register as teams or individuals.

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.

Activities include a kids’ dash for ages 3 to 10 and children’s fitness activities, such as an obstacle course, face painting, balloon art and Hula Hoops.

Organizers hope to raise $1 million and draw 4,500 participants. Last year, $750,000 was raised and more than 3,900 people participated.

To prepare for the race, Teens Run DC, a nonprofit mentoring and running program, is offering 5K training for all ages from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 6 at Judiciary Square, in front of the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.

Registration is $45 for the race ($35 before Aug. 31) and $10 for the kids’ dash. For information or to register, visit or call 301-565-8571.

Festival to highlight D.C. authors; apply by Friday

The D.C. Public Library is seeking authors who live in the District to display, sell and discuss their books at the D.C. Author Festival on Oct. 18 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. The deadline to apply is Friday.

The day-long festival will include 32 author talks, workshops for emerging authors, and a book sale for local authors and publishers. For information or to apply, visit

— Compiled by Terence McArdle