Athletic field permitting ends Dec. 12

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is approving permits for its athletic fields and gyms for the spring and summer season, March 20 through Sept. 6. The window to apply for spring and summer permits ends Dec. 12 at 11:59 p.m.

Parks and Recreation issues permits with the following order of preference: DPR programs; D.C. public schools and public charter schools; organizations that have an ongoing partnership agreement with the department; private youth leagues and teams; and private adult leagues. Requests received after the permit window has closed will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grass fields are unavailable until March 20, although artificial turf and indoor courts and gyms are available year-round.

Applicants will receive notifications the week of Jan. 12.

For information, go to, call 202-671-2597 or e-mail

Meeting on Ward 2 transportation projects

The D.C. Department of Transportation is having a public project update meeting for Ward 2 residents from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW.

The meeting will include an overview presentation and updates on the rehabilitation of four bridges (Pennsylvania Avenue, Theodore Roosevelt, 31st Street and Francis Scott Key), the Dupont Circle Tunnel Plaza, D.C. Streetcar, traffic improvements, asset management, tree work, low-impact development and other projects. A question-and-answer session will follow the updates.

For information, go to, call 202-741-8528 or e-mail

Volunteers needed for homeless clothing drive

Gifts for the Homeless, a nonprofit group that serves the homeless in the District, needs volunteers for its clothing drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the D Street side lobby of the Portals III office complex, 1201 Maryland Ave. SW.

The group, primarily made up of staff from local law firms, has gathered used clothing and purchased new blankets and winter clothing for local shelters.

Helpers will sort clothes and clean up the work area and should anticipate getting dirty and possibly some heavy lifting. Food will be provided.

For information, go to or e-mail

D.C. project promotes neighborhood history

Humanities D.C. and the D.C. Historic Preservation Office are presenting the D.C. Community Heritage Project, an annual showcase of film, photography and oral history projects documenting District neighborhood history through its residents, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW.

Topics include Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan and the women of the Piscataway and Nacotchtank tribes that lived in present-day Anacostia.

Washington Post columnist John Kelly will give a keynote address. Refreshments will be served.

Humanities D.C., formerly known as the Humanities Council of Washington, is a nonprofit group that funds work devoted to Washington history.

For information, go to To register, go to

Market will spotlight arts and crafts

The annual Downtown Holiday Market will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. through Dec. 23, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery on F Street NW between Seventh and Ninth streets.

The market will include more than 60 daily rotating exhibitors selling items including jewelry, pottery, paintings and textiles.

For information, go to

— Compiled by Terence McArdle