DPR: Sew ‘N Know program hosts Sixth Annual Fashion Show

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the Runway Youngins’ of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) Sew ‘N Know Program will present the “Runway Youngins’ Go Green” Sixth Annual Fashion Show from 2 pm to 5 pm, at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) located at 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE. Admission is free of charge.

In keeping with DPR’s ‘Move • Grow • Be Green’ initiative, this years’ annual fashion show will focus on a “Green” theme and will feature the personal designs and creations of the students from the Sew ‘N Know program at the SETLC. Fashion scenes will include “Goin’ Green”, “Re Psych” and the “Emerald Finale”, also an environmental scientist from the DC Department of the Environment (DDOE) will speak. In addition, this year’s fashion show will feature performances by Blacks in Wax characters Mayor Vincent C. Gray, First Lady Michelle Obama, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Gina McCarthy; designer Zakariya Gordon and a special performance will feature Drai Faulk, performing “Save the Children” by DC’s own Marvin Gaye.

“The children and youth who participate in the Sew ‘N Know program have many talents, including athletic ability, academic prowess and a fantastic sense of fashion,” said DPR Director Jesús Aguirre. “This year’s theme of ‘Go Green’, perfectly aligns with DPR’s agency-wide ‘Move • Grow • Be Green’ initiative. It is never to early to teach our children the importance of being environmentally conscious. The participants, parents and staff are all to be congratulated on their dedication and hard work on ensuring the success of this program.”

For over 15 years, the Sew ‘N Know program has introduced hundreds of District youth, ages 7 to 17 years old, to the art, science, and business of sewing and the fashion industry. Students are able to learn an invaluable skill as they build their self-confidence. The Sew ‘N Know program is held five days a week, after school, at the SETLC.

The Recreation Wish List Committee was founded by Mrs. Cora Masters Barry to educate, empower and transform youth into excellent leaders of tomorrow. The Sew ‘N Know program is supported by the Recreation Wish List Committee, Sewing Opportunities Never Ending (SONE), the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the DC Department of Health. The success and positive impact of the Sew ‘N Know program has been featured nationally on Voice of America, and in January 2009, Sew ‘N Know students were invited to help dress the attendees of the People’s Inaugural Ball.

The Sew ‘N Know program is directed by program founder, Ms. Janice Rankins, who has been immersed in the fashion industry for 40 years. Ms. Rankins has worked in the wardrobe department of several Hollywood studios and has created designs for television shows such as Good Times, Gimme a Break!, and 227. In 1994, Ms. Rankins moved to the District and began designing clothing for select clientele.

DDOT: Students are Reminded to Obtain a DC One Card for the 2013 Summer School Transit Subsidy Program

Students Encouraged to Obtain DC One Card or Complete a Student Travel Card Application Before June 12

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT’s) School Transit Subsidy Program encourages District of Columbia Public School system students who plan to attend summer school in the District to obtain a DC One Card, at a school that currently participates in the program before June 12, 2013.

Students who have a DC One Card and are registered for Summer School, can print out a Summer Session Eligibility Letter after June 16, 2013 to purchase a reduced rate transit pass after June 16 at one of the Metro Sales offices in the District.

Charter and Private Summer School students should complete and submit a DDOT Summer School Student Travel Card application before Friday, June 7, 2013, if possible, at their respective school. Parents and students may request a DDOT summer student travel card through your school. If the school does not have applications, please have the school representative contact the Transit Subsidy Program office at 202-673-1740. Please complete the application and give it to your school and the school administrator or designated staff person will approve and fax the application to the DDOT’s Mass Transit Office. A purple-colored summer travel card will be sent to the school for distribution to the student.

In order to have a smooth start for the summer session, DDOT encourages all District summer session students to begin these steps before summer school starts.

For additional information about the Transit Subsidy Program please visit http://ddot.dc.gov/schooltransitsubsidy or dial 202-673-1740.

DHCD: Housing Expo, Saturday, June 1st, 10am to 3 pm

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development is hosting its Fifth AnnualHousing Expo, at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, June 1st, from 10 am to 3:00 pm.

  • Over 75 housing related exhibitors providing housing information, including available financial assistance, new affordable housing developments, energy efficient products and incentive retrofit programs
  • Workshops on Homeownership, Aging in Place resources, Mortgage Foreclosure prevention and process, Urban Gardening, and many others
  • Free credit reports will be available along with housing counselors
  • For high school and middle school students – “Financial Reality Fair and Virtual financial games”
  • Hands-on “Do-It Yourself” workshops: Making minor home repairs, How to access available home rehab programs, Composting 101, and Lead Remediation for healthy homes
  • Nutritional cooking demonstrations with Celebrity Chef Huda, a contestant on ABC’s “The Taste”
  • Find an affordable rental unit or home to purchase
  • Drawing for pre-approved applicants to purchase two completely renovated houses at 50% of market rate – must be present to win
  • Even a session on “more Life-Less Clutter Strategies”
  • Special DC Govt Employees: Access to Govt Resources & Financial Assistance (11:45-12:45)
  • Door prizes, give-aways and much more!

Free and open to the public. Something for everyone: Renters, Homeowners, Landlords, Potential Homeowners!

For a complete list of workshops and to register online, go to www.dhcd.dc.gov,

Reminder: ANC 7C monthly meeting tonight at 7PM!

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7C

4651 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE, Suite 2

Washington, DC 20019

(202) 398-5100, FAX (202) 398-5440





Monthly Community Meeting

Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church

May 9, 2013




1.  Roll Call

2.  Community Concerns and Comments (2 min. each)

            a) Updates from Commissioners regarding residents’ concerns

            b) Neighborhood quality of life concerns from the community

3.  Update from Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Ward 7 Office

4.  Updates – The Mayor’s Office Representative

5.  Guest #1 DC Fire Department Chief Ellerbee   (7:30-8:00 PM)

6.  Guest #2 Maya Angelou Public Charter School (8-8:30 PM)

7.  ANC Administrative Business (20 min)

      * Approval of past minutes – April 2013

      * Treasurer’s Report: April 2013                 

  8.  Announcements

  9.  Adjournment