Passageway in Shaw is named for singer Nap Turner

An alley in the Shaw neighborhood, between 13th and 14th streets and U Street and Wallach Place NW, was recently renamed Nap Turner Way in honor of the late musician and radio personality. The path is adjacent to the Twins Jazz nightclub, 1344 U St. NW.

Turner, a singer, poet and actor with a mellifluous baritone voice, was a mainstay of the local jazz scene. He was known for his blues recordings, his readings of author Langston Hughes and the streetwise persona that he cultivated in tailored suits and signature Borsalino hats. Born in West Virginia in 1931, Turner moved to the District in his youth and worked in jazz bands as a bassist. He joined the staff of WPFW (89.3 FM) in the 1980s and stayed until his death in 2004. A recovering heroin addict, he also worked as a drug counselor for the District.

D.C. parks will host Fun Day in lieu of school Oct. 9

On Oct. 9, when D.C. public schools will be closed for staff development, the Department of Parks and Recreation will hold Fun Day, a full-day program of activities — sports, arts and crafts — for children ages 6 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 12 sites. Care will not be provided before or after those times.

For locations, registration and other information, go to

Other Fun Days are planned for Dec. 4, Feb. 12 and May 6.

Free workshops, counseling at Financial Planning Day

The D.C. government and the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area are having a Financial Planning Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Bell Multicultural High School on the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St. NW.

The event will include free workshops and counseling with certified financial planners on personal finance issues, including debt management, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance and estate planning. Planners will not pass out business cards or sell services.

For information or to register, go to

DDOT will hold open house on D.C. Circulator on Tuesday

DDOT will hold its semiannual open house on the D.C. Circulator bus line from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson Elementary School, 1200 L St. NW.

Topics to be discussed include the NoMa neighborhood route planning study; the next generation of D.C. Circulator buses; the new D.C. Circulator Web site, the RIDE DC app and bus tracking technology; an annual customer feedback survey; and a possible bus stop consolidation on the Union Station to Navy Yard and Union Station to Georgetown routes.

For information or to comment, go to, e-mail or call 202-671-2847.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle