SoberRide offers free cab rides over Fourth

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program is offering free cab rides to prevent drunken driving on the Fourth of July.

The SoberRide program will operate from 10 a.m. Monday until 4 a.m. Tuesday. It is offered in the District, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties and eastern Loudoun County.

Anyone in need of a ride can call 800-200-TAXI (8294) for a free ride home costing up to $30. AT&T wireless users can dial #8294 for the service. For information, go to

D.C. utility releases drinking water report

D.C. Water recently released its 2010 Drinking Water Quality Report, which includes information on regulated and unregulated contaminants and how District water compares to federal standards.

According to the report, D.C. tap water is safe, though the quality can vary among houses and buildings. The median age of D.C. water mains is 77 years, and many residents are experiencing similar challenges with aging pipes in their households. The utility urges property owners to learn about their plumbing and replace older pipes.

The report, along with monthly water testing results and tips on household water quality, is available at
and will be mailed to every D.C. household. For information, call 202-612-3440.

African American Civil War Museum events

The African American Civil War Museum will hold a three-day grand opening for its new location, culminating with a ribbon-cutting July 18.

The new location, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, will have exhibitions, touchscreens and media and research centers. It is across from the African American Civil War Memorial. The original museum, at 12th and U streets NW, opened in 1999.

The celebration begins July 16 with the Racial Reconciliation Teachers and Scholars Conference and the Civil War to Civil Rights Film Festival.

A pass for the three-day events is $200. For information or to buy tickets, visit www.afroamcivil

— Compiled by Terence McArdle