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Around Town: 10/22-10/28

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts‘ Integrative Cancer Care Navigation Training

Experience a powerful new paradigm in whole-person care that supports patients on all levels, improving the cancer experience. Developed by Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, and taught by renowned experts in integrative cancer care, this program is the nation’s leading professional training in integrative navigation. This fall, Smith Center is offering the training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Western Massachusetts. Through immersive instruction and experiential learning, gain the knowledge, resources and tools needed to:
-Create a space of safety, compassionate listening, and support for patients and caregivers throughout the cancer continuum
-Increase patients’ knowledge of available resources to better cope with cancer and reduce stress
-Guide patients in the responsible selection and use of appropriate evidence-based complementary therapies for healing and well-being
-Offer patients a deeper level of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual support Come explore opportunities for self-care and personal healing, and be inspired to transform the experience of cancer for your patient

When: Sun Oct 23 2016 (09:00 AM)
Where: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Fee: $995. Limited scholarships available
Contact: Erin Price, (202) 483-8600
For more information: click here

Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna Presents The Capitol Steps

Join Shepherd’s Center for an outrageously funny afternoon of political humor and laugh-out-loud fun. This event features the ever hilarious and always topical humor of the Capitol Steps. Being an election year, we’re sure you will be entertained by Hillary and The Donald. And, maybe Bernie will show up, too. This is the signature fundraiser to support the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna, providing services, personal enrichment, volunteer opportunities for adults 50 and over.

When: Sun Oct 23 2016 (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM)
Where: Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181
Fee: $30 in advance, $35 at the door (if available)
Contact: Jayne Young, (703) 281-0538
For more information: click here

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

LUNAFEST, presented by Girls on the Run – DC

LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes. Join Girls on the Run – DC for a fun evening including sips and snacks followed by the showing of the winning films!

When: Wed Oct 26 2016 (6:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
Where: Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068
Fee: $40 online; $50 at the door
Contact: Kelly Makimaa, (832) 443-8909
For more information: click here

7 Questions with DC Bilingual Public Charter School

Daniela Anello-DCBilingualOrganization Name: DC Bilingual Public Charter School
Executive Director: Daniela Anello, Head of School

What motivated you to begin working with your organization?
DC Bilingual is the best bilingual school in the city and it didn’t happen overnight. I joined the DC Bilingual community in 2009 as the school’s first full-time literacy coach and curriculum developer. At that time, test scores were 30% proficient or advanced using the DCCAS state test in reading and 3% in math. After the school’s implementation of a rigorous bilingual literacy teaching model, teacher coaching, and improving its hiring process the school’s scores have dramatically improved.

Please click to view our gains in Math and ELA (English Language Arts) in the 2015-2016 PARCC and CLASS.

This year (2016-2017), we have also been ranked a Tier 1 School. This amazing achievement ranks DCB among the top 10 highest-performing elementary charters in the city and in the top 25% of the District’s 73 tiered charter schools.

DC Bilingual received an overall score of 75.3 — a 13-point gain from our previous score and a clear indication of our continued student-centered, academically-driven teaching approach. (View full report here).
DCPCS awards Tier rankings 1 through 3 based on evaluations of the School Quality Report. This report compiles information on each charter including re-enrollment, attendance, achievement and growth in PARCC and achievement in the PreK assessment, CLASS. Our incredible gains in Math and ELA (English Language Arts) in the 2015-2016 PARCC and CLASS, are directly responsible for our Tier 1 ranking.

What exciting change or innovation is on your mind?
We are a school of continuous improvement. This means we are always working hard to improve our school systems and programmatic offerings. My current projects include overseeing a major building renovation project to provide our students and families with a state-of-the-art learning facility, and designing our internal before and after school program supporting enrichment opportunities for all students and a seamless transition from academic time to after school time.

Who inspires you (in the philanthropy world or otherwise)? Do you have a hero?
People who inspire me to work hard and keep a clear vision of what can be made possible, regardless of how difficult it may seem to accomplish are my heroes. My teaching hero is Lucy Calkins. I learned from her what it means to set a high bar for what students can accomplish in their reading lives as writers and devoted readers. She also taught me the power teachers hold in controlling how much students accomplish by believing in students capacity, setting a high bar for student learning and by being life-long readers and writers themselves.

What was your most interesting recent project/partnership?
**Renovation project is by far the most exciting! Very rarely does a school leader get to also decide what they want the building facility to look like for their students, staff and families now and for many years to come. I have really enjoyed dreaming big, and thinking creatively about how to make our school vision and mission come to life in physical spaces.

What is the single greatest challenge that your organization faces (besides finances) and how are you dealing with this challenge?
The greatest challenge I face is making sure that words, actions and decisions are well understood by all stakeholders. In an organization with so many people, in a wide range of roles where decisions must be made quickly, it is important to ensure everyone understands why certain things are decided and the outcome of the decisions. It works best when the communication is clear, and people are working together to to achieve the school mission.

What advice do you have for other people in your position?
Be highly visible and inspirational, communicating the vision and mission of the school relentlessly, while building trusting relationships with adults and students.

What’s next/coming up for you?
My position as Head of School is always changing and growing. In this role I can never think that what we have currently achieved is ‘enough.’ The needs of our students grow daily as does my responsibility to DCB’s students and community. That is what makes this position so rewarding and engaging. While there are repeatable tasks I do each and every day, there is always a newness to what I do each day. To answer, what is next? I will continue to work with our community to continue DCB’s legacy of excellence and make sure we are meeting the needs of our community and students

Around Town: 10/15 – 10/21

Photo by Krista Schlyer for the Anacostia Watershed Society
Photo by Krista Schlyer for the Anacostia Watershed Society

Saturday, October 15, 2016

World of Wheels for CASA with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) invites transportation enthusiasts and families alike to join together for an afternoon of fun that will benefit abused and neglected children in foster care. The non-profit?s 5th annual Pepco World of Wheels for CASA, presented by Council Member Deni Taveras, is a Touch-A-Truck and Family Festival that will take place Saturday, October 15th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at DeMatha Catholic High School.

When: Sat Oct 15 2016 (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM)
Where: DeMatha High School, 4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Fee – None
Volunteer Info: Volunteers will assist at game and craft booths, the food station and generally ensure the success of the event!
Contact: Kara Bundy, (301) 209-0491
For more information: click here

Festival del Rio Anacostia with Anacostia Watershed Society

The Anacostia Watershed Society is excited to announce the first ever “Festival del Rio Anacostia,” an environmental/cultural festival to connect the Latino community with the Anacostia River and its restoration. Held at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, AWS and their partners will offer free boat rides, fishing, and other recreational activities.

When: Sat Oct 15 2016 (11:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710
Fee – None
Contact: Jorge Bogantes Montero, (301) 699-6204 ext 118
For more information: click here

barre3 Class with Girls on the Run – DC

Join GOTR-DC at barre3 on Saturday, October 15th, for special classes, fun giveaways, and snacks. Classes are $25 each and expected to sell out quickly. Don’t miss this great work out combining ballet barre, yoga, and Pilates! You’ll have fun and help empower another young girl.

When: Sat Oct 15 2016 (2:00 PM – 3:30 PM)
Where: barre3 – 14th Street, 1832 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Fee – $25
Contact: Kelly Makimaa, (832) 4438909-4438909 ext 4438909
For more information: click here

Anacostia Watershed Society‘s Tavern Toast

Tavern Toast is Anacostia Watershed Society’s annual party to thank you for everything you have done to get us closer to a swimmable and fishable Anacostia River! From Earth Day to wetland restoration, membership renewals to native removals, your hard work has benefited everyone in the Anacostia Watershed. Please join AWS for campfires, food, and drinks for an evening of mingling with your friends and neighbors who support the Anacostia River. Let them toast you and your support!

When: Sat Oct 15 2016 (4:00 PM – 7:00 PM)
Where: George Washington House, 4302 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710
Fee – None
Contact: Maureen Farrington, (301) 699-6204 ext 117
For more information: click here

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Open Doors to Independence Fundraising Breakfast with Community Lodgings

Enjoy Community Lodgings’ complimentary one-hour breakfast while you hear first-hand the successful story of a former program participant. You will be inspired by their mission to help families lift themselves out of poverty and learn more on how you can partner with Community Lodgings to make sustainable change in the neighborhoods they serve. To register, contact or call 703-549-4407.

When: Thu Oct 20 2016 (08:00 AM – 09:00 AM)
Where: Holiday Inn and Suites, 625 First Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fee – None
Contact: Jasmin Witcher, (703) 549-4407

Around Town: 10/8 – 10/14

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Urban Wild: Rock Creek Conservancy Gala

Urban Wild, Rock Creek Conservancy’s Gala, will be held on October 8, 2016 at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., overlooking Rock Creek Park. The evening will feature food tastings from guest chefs from some of DC’s finest restaurants in addition to live music and entertainment. Event proceeds will support the ongoing efforts of the Rock Creek Conservancy to protect the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalize Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy.

When: Sat Oct 8 2016 (7:00 PM)
Where: Embassy of Italy 3000 Whitehaven St NW, Washington DC 20008
Fee – $250 per entry ticket
Contact: Maddie Freburger, (301) 579-3105

Sunday, October 09, 2016

JCADA 5K Event: A Run, A Walk, AWARE with Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse

Join JCADA?for their 5K Event: A Run, A Walk, AWARE on Sunday, October 9th, at the Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville! Run or walk with JCADA to promote healthy relationships and help end domestic and dating abuse. Register at Proceeds from the JCADA 5K Event support the critical, life-saving services JCADA provides for the Greater Washington community. JCADA delivers comprehensive services to victims of domestic and dating abuse while simultaneously working to break the cycle of abuse in future generations through community education and prevention initiatives. All of their clinical services are free to ensure fewer barriers to victims seeking help. They invite community members of any age to join them! The JCADA 5K Event will feature a morning of family friendly activities that promote healthy relationships, empowerment and confidence inspired by AWARE, JCADA’s dating abuse prevention initiative.

When: Sun Oct 9 2016 (08:30 AM – 11:00 AM)
Where: Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, 13300 Arctic Avenue, Rockville, MD 20853
Fee – Early bird: $36; Regular: $40; Kids 10 & under free
Volunteer Info: Registration and course set-up; water station; course clean up.
Contact: Kira Doar, (301) 315-8040
For more information: click here

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fall Pre-service Training with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County

Apply now for the CASA Pre-Service Training that begins Tuesday October 11th and runs Tuesdays and Thursdays until Tuesday November 15th. Participants will learn best practices when advocating for a youth in foster care and will continue on their way to becoming a CASA volunteer and making a difference in our Community.

When: Tue Oct 11 2016 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Where: Hyattsville Administrative Building 4310 Gallatin St, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Fee: None
Volunteer Info: Volunteers attend pre-service training in order to prepare to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Must apply and be accepted in order to attend training
Contact: Keyanna McGriff, (301) 209-0491
For more information: click here

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pink & Green Party with Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia

The Board of Directors of Girls on the Run of NOVA invites you to the Pink & Green Party! Enjoy exciting auction items, a wonderful crowd, delicious culinary creations, premium beverages, and music in a beautiful venue. Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon when it was considered a men’s-only race, will be joining as the keynote speaker. All funds raised will provide resources for those girls and families who struggle to afford participation in the Girls on the Run program. Help GOTR to ensure that NOVA’s girls grow into strong women.

When: Thu Oct 13 2016 (6:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
Where: Davis Estate, 10560 Main Street, Suite 514, McLean, VA 22030
Fee – $99
Contact: Emily Davis, (703) 273-3153
For more information: click here