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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

By DowntownDC

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May 2008

BID BIZ 

BID releases study at public forum June 12
Greening program encourages sustainability
10th anniversary invitation wins creative award
Professional tennis comes to Downtown
SAMs in the spotlight
DEVELOPMENT DOINGS Best real estate deals of 2007 announced
Thompson Hotels opens first DC property

RETAIL RAMBLINGS 

AT&T open for business in Gallery Place

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD

 
National Museum of Crime & Punishment unlocks doors May 23
Destination DC revamps website
Navy Memorial extends hours
Shakespeare staffer moves on
Thompson School wins award
DOWNTOWN DISH Brasserie Beck and Proof open outdoor patios
On The Fly serving breakfast
Free valet parking at Caucus Room
Grand Hyatt restaurant renamed
TRANSPORTATION TALK Catching up with DC Bus Shelter Program 
Taxicabs transition to meters
NEWS YOU CAN USE WDECP seeks nominations and applications for small business awards
Reagan Building kicks off Green Meeting Package
City launches comprehensive tourism campaign
MEETINGS AND MORE Walking tour of Lincoln assassination 
Cultural Tourism promotes foreign culture
Edison Place Gallery showcases illustrations June 27
National Police Week events planned May 11 - 17 
National Coalition to Save Our Mall annual lecture May 13
Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting May 13
DCBIA annual awards dinner May 15
Bike to Work on May 16
Washington Post Scavenger Hunt May 18
Verizon Center celebrates 10th anniversary May 21
Energy Star networking meeting planned May 22
Sculpture Garden jazz starts May 23
DCBIA annual housing market forum May 29 
BID offers greening workshop May 29
Pershing Park beautification continues May 30

 

BID BIZ

Save the Date
05-08SAVE_TH.jpgEach year, the Downtown BID publishes a State of Downtown report to highlight the area’s growth and economic trends. The goal is simple: provide the best information available on the Downtown economy for BID members, property owners, commercial tenants, developers, investors, and policymakers. The report’s data show clearly that Downtown has re-emerged as the cultural and economic heart of the city and the region’s premier urban gathering place.  

On Thursday, June 12, the 2007 State of Downtown report will be released during a public forum at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue).  The event, from 8:15 to 10:00 am, is being held in conjunction with the U.S. General Services Administration, which is celebrating the Reagan Building’s 10th anniversary with a week-long series of events.  Please mark your calendar and plan to join us.  Invitations and more details are coming soon.

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How Do You Spell Clean, Green and Efficient? 
The BID makes no secret of our push to improve health and sustainability Downtown by increasing energy efficiency and reducing dependency on carbon-based fuels.  Our Greening Downtown DC program has four components: greening existing buildings, improving office tenants’ green practices, greening the public environment, and increasing transportation options.  It all makes perfect sense, environmentally and financially. 

The BID is working with Downtown property managers to improve energy efficiency, sustainability, and value through operational practices and by improving the physical plant. Information gathered through our relationships with organizations such as Eco-Coach and the Sustainable Business Network of Washington is shared with office tenants to help them institute or enhance green practices.  Work is being done to also institute green practices in the public environment by looking at strategies to reduce congestion and increase public transportation use and encourage recycling. 

The BID, as part of our commitment to achieve sustainability, will continue to compile research, establish measures and guidelines, share information, and incorporate new DC BID initiatives with existing environmental programs.

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05-08VIS1ON-INVITE.jpgCreative Vision
Pensare Design Group (1313 F Street), an award-winning, Downtown-based creative powerhouse, has won yet another honor.  This time the company received a silver award in the Invitation category from Summit International Awards for its design of the Downtown BID’s VISion invitation, used to promote our 10th anniversary celebration at the Sidney Harman Hall last November.  Summit Awards are considered to be among the most respected and authoritative in the world.  Pensare, meaning “to think” in Italian, has proven it’s big on ideas. In fact, the design firm won four awards in the 2008 Summit Creative Award competition. Pensare’s creations beat thousands of submissions presented from 25 countries. Impressive.

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Tennis Anyone?
The Washington Kastles, the newest addition to the World Team Tennis league, is bringing a star-studded roster of tennis pros to the Downtown this summer.  The team will host a month’s worth of matches in July featuring Serena Williams and Anna Kournikova. The Kastles will play seven games during the 2008 season at a 2,000-seat temporary stadium that it will build on the Old Convention Center site at 11th and H Streets. Multiple Grand Slam singles titleholder Williams will represent the Kastles, the first DC-based team in the league’s 33-year history, in their inaugural match on July 8th. The temporary stadium carries a $1.3 million price tag and will be developed using both public and private funds. For more information, including how to get tickets to the matches, visit www.washingtonkastles.com, or call 202.483.6647.

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Fired Up and Ready to Help
05-08JessieMarlow1.jpgJessie Marlow is the Maintenance SAM of the Month for March.  Although this early bird is on the 6 am Machine Team, we know him as the capable talent coordinator of the SAM of the Month gatherings. Jessie is a multi-talented, high-energy performing artist comfortable playing the piano, acting and singing.  The native Washingtonian lights up when discussing family and reminiscing about trips Downtown to revel in Christmas window decorations at Woodies. As a SAM, he has become a part of Downtown’s window dressing.  Jessie is proud of both Downtown’s revitalization and being an intricate part of it.  If you were to ever get lost Downtown, Jesse insists you ask a SAM wearing the distinctive red and white uniform for help. He or she will almost certainly know how to assist you, with pleasure.05-08MarshallSr.jpg  

The March Hospitality SAM of the Month is Michael Rashad Marshall, Sr., who joined the Safety Program last year. Michael has shown enthusiasm for his job and a determination to do his best from day one.  A huge help to supervisors — from assisting as a radio technician to stepping in as a team leader when needed — he gets high marks for conducting very thorough surveys and written reports.  Before joining the Downtown SAM Program, Michael helped families find homes. No wonder he is a SAM.  He admits he enjoys lending a helping hand, specially giving visitors and residents recommendations to many of Downtown DC’s superb restaurants, museums, shops and movie and live performance theaters.

Hats off to Jessie and Michael for jobs well done!

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DEVELOPMENT DOINGS

Good No Matter How You Cut It
Excellence was on full display last month when the Washington Business Journal honored the Washington region’s best real estate projects of 2007 at its 11th Annual Best Real Estate Deals awards ceremony, held 05-08_HarmanCenter.jpgat the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Along with sponsors Beers + Cutler and Reed Smith, and green sponsors Systems Furniture Gallery and Hon Co., the Journal recognized several Downtown projects from among the more than 100 deals nominated in 11 different categories.

The BID would like to congratulate the following Downtown finalists:

Architecture - Shakespeare Theatre Harman Center for the Arts and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers headquarters (610-620 F Street)

FinancingShakespeare Theatre/International Union of Bricklayers and the American Sociological Association (1430 K Street)

New office development505 Ninth Street, Columbia Center (1152 15th Street) and Shakespeare Theatre/International Union of Bricklayers

Retail - west elm (1020 G Street)

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Chic Sleep
Thompson Hotels has swept into town and opened its first “lifestyle brand” property in the Downtown BID area. The 193-room Donovan House at 1115 14th Street replaced the Holiday Inn Thomas Circle. The boutique-style property is one of many operated by the company, which describes its clientele as chic, urban and bohemian.  Hotel rooms feature cocoon spiral showers (water falls from shower heads in the ceilings), custom chocolate leather canopy beds, iPod docking stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi and Internet access.  Other amenities include a private rooftop bar and lounge, a destination restaurant and, for business customers, Woodward & Bernstein Rooms and two small conference rooms. The hotel’s deluxe room rates begin at $459 per night, with one-bedroom suites starting at $949. Studio Gaia, the award-winning New York design firm, created the art deco feel.

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RETAIL RAMBLINGS

Reach Out and Touch Chinatown
AT&T
made a huge splash in Chinatown when it opened a new interactive store, its largest in the Mid-Atlantic region.  The Gallery Place location at 785 7th Street was packed with American Idol wannabes who turned out with one purpose in mind — to win two tickets to Hollywood to see the real Fox TV show.  But first, they had to audition to become eligible to win the free trip. The publicity seems to have paid off.  AT&T, a sponsor of the enormously popular entertainment show, drew an impressive crowd of spectators and competitive singers.  The state-of-the-art store brings the number of company-owned stores in the Greater Washington area to 68.  By the way, Anvil Rock, a struggling local artist, won the trip.

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AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD

 05-08PunishmentGallery.jpgCrime and Punishment Do Play
The National Museum of Crime & Punishment opens its new, three-level interactive museum at 575 7th Street on Friday, May 23.  With 28,000 SF of space, the Museum will offer visitors a fun venue in which to learn the history of crime and punishment in America, including finding out about some of the country’s most notorious pirates, gangsters, and white-collar criminals. 

Opening day activities are being planned for the public but have not yet been announced, although we do know that McGruff the Crime Dog will make an appearance.  Visitors will be able to also explore crime-fighting and crime-solving techniques and pay homage to the real people who devote their lives to public safety.  The Museum will showcase historical artifacts (J. Edgar Hoover’s badge, John Dillinger’s car, and Jesse James’s collectibles), several galleries, permanent attractions, a retail “cop shop,” free fingerprinting services for children and tapings of America’s Most Wanted, the renowned crime-fighting TV series. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the National Crime Prevention Council also will sponsor interactive safety education activities for children.

The Museum will be open weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm September through February, and 9 am to 7 pm March through August.  Admission will be $17.95 for adults, with a special rate of $14.95 for law enforcement officers, and $14.95 for children (five to 11) and seniors (60 and older).  Children under five will be admitted free.  Admission will be half price on opening day. For more information, visit http://www.crimemuseum.org/.

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Extreme Makeover
Destination DC (901 7th Street) has spruced up its website, http://www.washington.org/, dramatically.  Log on to see for yourself. Destination DC wants your help to create powerful content.  Here is your chance to share your own “insider tips” with travelers from around the world.  Destination DC also asks for your patience as it continues in the coming weeks to perfect the website and create new features.  Should you find an error, feel free to send an email to webmaster@destinationdc.com. Members can expect to see logos and brand guidelines posted soon on the membership extranet. For immediate needs, contact Bela Saini at Bela.Saini@destinationdc.com, or call 202.789.7088.

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Buying More Time
05-08memorialplaza.jpgThe United States Navy Memorial (701 Pennsylvania Avenue) is now open seven days a week, from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, and closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Memorial pays tribute to the men and women of the Navy and features an outdoor plaza with a granite sea map of the world, towering masts with signal flags, fountain pools and waterfalls, and The Lone Sailor statue.  While there, visit the Naval Heritage Center, just steps away. This Visitor's Center has educational displays showing the contributions of men and women of the various Sea Services.  The Center also houses The Navy Log, the permanent National Registry of Sea Service.  Members, veterans and their family members can register a permanent record of their service for free, as well as search for shipmates. For more information, visit http://www.navymemorial.org/

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Changing Scenery 
Barry Colfelt, director of communications and marketing at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, has left to join the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS).  He takes center stage as WPAS’s director of marketing and communications on May 15. Colfelt was with the Shakespeare Theatre for eight seasons and oversaw marketing and communications efforts for the opening last fall of the new 775-seat Sidney Harman Hall. He was also responsible for the rebranding of the Shakespeare Theatre Company and introducing the cultural tourism packages.

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Head of Class
Thomson Elementary School (1200 L Street), known for focusing on the arts, academics and diversity, recently received yet another distinction. The school is one of three DC Public Schools awarded a $100,000 grant from the Fight for Children organization, announced at the 2008 School Night fundraising gala last month at the Washington Convention Center.  The school serves 388 students from Head Start to sixth grade.  The nonprofit health and education organization cited Thomson School for its strong parental involvement and deemed it “a champion of quality.” Thomson is the first school in the city to offer Chinese language instruction to early elementary school children.

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DOWNTOWN DISH

Let the Sun Shine
Good news for Brasserie Beck (1101 K Street) fans.  Just in time for warm weather, the contemporary Belgian restaurant is opening an outdoor patio for diners.  So now you can skip out on the busy indoor crowd for a little fresh air and, maybe, sunshine.

Meanwhile, in other patio news, Mark Kuller, the owner of Proof (775 G Street) says he also will open an outdoor patio at his bar and restaurant some time this month and seat an additional 50 people.

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05-08flycart3.jpgMorning Fly By
On The Fly
, the lime green SmartKart that resembles, well, a big fly, is now offering breakfast.  On The Fly, home to the first green prototype-vending stand, serves breakfast daily on the southwest corner of 8th and H Streets, from 7:30 am - 10:30 am.  The breakfast menu includes fresh brewed coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasters, fresh muffins, croissants, and brioches from Buzz Bakeries.  Yogurt parfaits and scramble egg sandwiches are also available.  For more information, visit http://www.dconthefly.com/.



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Get it While You Can
We all know parking Downtown is not always easy, nor is it usually free.  So here is your chance to enjoy a splendid time at the theatre, dine in elegant, and receive free valet parking at the Caucus Room (401 9th Street).  The fine dining restaurant, a favorite with Democrats and Republicans, will provide the free parking service if you show theatre tickets.  Afterwards, you can spend the extra cash on gas.

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Name of the Week
The Grand Hyatt (1000 H Street) revised, redecorated, and redesigned its restaurant last month, and apparently the new version is not called Ardenz or Red Oak Tavern. It’s called Cure Bar & Bistro.  Before the revamp, the restaurant was split into two entities, Butler’s Cigar Bar and Via Bar, and evidentially set on another name.  Just so you know, the bar is now located within the restaurant, which offers light gourmet fare, including wines, cheeses, and specialty beers.  The restaurant is open daily, from 5 pm - 10 pm.  Bar hours are 4 pm to 11 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 4 pm to midnight Friday through Saturday.

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TRANSPORTATION TALK

05-08bus_shelter.jpgGive Me Shelter
Under a contract with ClearChannel Adshel, the city is expanding and replacing bus shelters in many neighborhoods. By the end of next year, you can expect to see nearly 800 new shelters with a more modern, urban feel in place.  The new shelters are made of aluminum and glass as well as vandal- and graffiti-resistant materials.

The BID is now reviewing existing shelter locations, and bus stops currently without shelters, to make recommendations that will be passed on to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). 

ClearChannel builds and maintains the city’s bus shelters in exchange for control over the advertising that appears on them.  In return, the city receives more than $150 million over 20 years to help finance the Great Streets program.  The city already has earmarked $100 million generated from this contract to improve and beautify some major transportation corridors, including Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street.

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Taxi Woes
Okay, the city has stuck to the May 1 deadline requiring all cab drivers to switch their cars from the zoned system to time and distance meters. Despite the DC Superior Court’s favorable ruling upholding the Mayor's right to make the chance, unrest abounds.  For one, a 31-day transition period exists.  This means throughout the month of May, passengers may find taxis outfitted with time and distance meters, or they may encounter taxis that have yet to install meters. Talk about confusion!

The new taxicab meter system rates are: a $3, plus 25 cents for every one-sixth of a mile traveled after the first sixth of a mile; 25-cents per minute for every minute stalled in traffic or traveled less than 10 miles per hour; other rates and surcharges, such as those for additional passengers and rush hour, still apply; and a fare cap of $19 on all trips within DC.

Taxicab patrons need to be aware of this transition period.  But drivers should also beware.  Between now and the end of the month, failure to honor the terms of the new regulations will result in a warning ticket. Cabs without meters caught picking up passengers will receive a $1,000 fine.  Come June 1, the pain will sink in, as fines will have to be paid in full.

Riders who wish to file a complaint against an un-metered taxi are advised to get the taxicab driver's name, company, and license number.  Report him or her to the DC Taxicab Commission by calling 202.645.6018. Or, visit dctc@dc.gov.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

Only Shining Stars Need Apply
The Washington, DC Economic Partnership’s BusinessPremier initiative is seeking nominations for its first annual BusinessPremier Small Business Awards program on July 30.  The categories for the awards include Small Business of the Year, 100-Year-Old Business of the Year, and Business Initiative of the Year (for a government agency or nonprofit organization). Nominations and applications must be submitted by May 30 and sent only by email to businesspremier@wdcep.com. Winners will be featured in a video at the program and included in the organization’s print materials and online marketing efforts. 

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership, a public-private partnership facilitating economic development by helping attract and retain businesses in DC, will also release the 2008 edition of its Doing Business in DC Guide Book at the awards ceremony.  The book is the organization’s most sought after publication, offering invaluable information for entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them navigate through DC guidelines and business development requirements.

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Green Angels
05-08reaganblg.jpgAs part of a comprehensive green initiative, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue ) has launched the Green Meeting and Event Package, an aggressive campaign to find innovative and environmentally sound practices for guests to carry out first-rate, five-star events in an eco-friendly way.

The RRB/ITC Green Meeting Package is patterned after the EPA’s 14-point checklist in its Green Meeting Initiative. Some highlights of the Reagan Building's Green Package include using cloth, ceramic and glass whenever possible to minimize disposable product usage; meeting pads made with re-cycled paper; cream, sugar and condiments bought in bulk and served in bowls rather than packaged individually; organic menus featuring local produce and products; and leftover food donated to the DC Central Kitchen, when appropriate.

The Reagan Building is the largest building in the nation’s capital, owned and operated by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). It serves as headquarters for several federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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We Love DC
Destination DC
, the city’s official convention and tourism corporation, has rolled out a new brand strategy to promote DC and elevate travel and tourism, the largest private sector industry.  The $2 million integrated marketing campaign includes television, online, print and outdoor advertising and guerilla marketing.  The goal is to build on DC’s powerful, inspiring assets to invite travelers to create their own fun and exciting "power trips" in DC.

Mayor Adrian Fenty said this idea “literally and figuratively takes the power of the city and puts it into the hands of the traveler.” He stressed that although DC may be seen as a government town, tourism is our industry.  In recent years, the city has invested billions of dollars in new museums, restaurants, neighborhood development and a baseball stadium. It makes sense that strategically promoting the city can generate more funding for economic development.  Each year, 15 million visitors spend more than $5.2 billion here, more than $560 billion in tax dollars. 

“We're inviting visitors to plug in to real DC insider experiences to make their trips to DC surprising and authentic by passing along the insider tips that residents actually shared with us during this process,” said William A. Hanbury, president & CEO of Destination DC.  For further information about the campaign and to view the television, print and online elements, visit www.washington.org/pressroom

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MEETINGS AND MORE

Through Saturday, May 31
Ford’s Theatre

History on Foot Walking Tour of Lincoln Assassination
511 10th Street

Get a first-hand look at the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy and the events of April 14 and April 15, 1865. “Detective John McDevitt” will take visitors on about a 90-minute walking monologue that will bring history to life. The tour, which makes at least eight stops and covers about 1.4 miles, is only on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10 am and 4 pm. Tickets are $12 for individuals and $10 per person for groups of 20 or more. Payment is due at the time of the reservation, and group size is limited. For more information, or to reserve a spot, email groups@fords.org, or call 202.638.2367.

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Saturday, May 3 - Saturday, May 17
Cultural Tourism DC
Passport DC
Meet at embassies and cultural centers in Washington, DC 

More than 55 embassies and 18 cultural centers will open their doors to charm guests with authentic art, music, dance, crafts, and cuisine.  Times and locations vary.  For further information, visit http://www.passportdc.org/, or call 202.661.7581.

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Thursday, May 8, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Edison Place Gallery
Illustrators Club 14th Juried Exhibition Opening Reception
702 8th Street

The Illustrators Club Exhibition features the best recent work of area illustrators, including an illustration created for the 2005 Downtown DC BID Annual Report.  The show will run through June 27.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4:00 pm. For more information, contact Chris Noel at 301.948.8848. 

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05-08cops.jpgSunday, May 11 - Saturday, May 17
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
National Police Week
Events held at various locations

National Police Week pays tribute to heroes of American law enforcement and to the sacrifices the law enforcement community makes on our behalf every day. All activities for the week are open to the public. The highlights include the following events: the annual Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and taking place May 13 at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in the 400 block of E at Judiciary Square at 8 pm; the March of Bagpipers, organized by the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies, taking place May 14 (the procession travels from New Jersey Avenue & F Street en route to the Officers Memorial at 6 pm); the National Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol on May 15 at noon, organized by the Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA); and the National Police Survivors’ Conference on May 16, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, hosted by Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS).  For more information, visit www.nationalpoliceweek.com/, or www.nleomf.com/calendar.   

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Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
National Coalition to Save Our Mall

Charles H. Atherton Memorial Lecture
National Building Museum
401 F Street

Author, scholar, professor and architect Witold Rybczynski examines Washington, DC’s height limit, which, for nearly 100 years, has set firm limits for the heights of buildings in the city.  Rybczynski explores the historical context of height limits across the country and offers thoughts on the future of DC’s skyline in his lecture entitled “The Vertical Dimension of the City.” Members $12; non-members $20; students $12.  For more information and to register, visit www.nbm.org/Events/Calendar/Lectures_Symposia.html.

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Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Downtown Neighborhood Association

Monthly Meeting
Calvary Baptist Church
755 8th Street

Penn Quarter residents and workers are invited to this neighborhood meeting to hear guest speakers and discuss issues.  Both Metropolitan Police Department and District Department of Transportation Director Emeka Moneme and Ward 2 Transportation Specialist Christopher Ziemann will speak. TO RSVP, e-mail miles@dcdna.org.  For more information, visit http://www.dcdna.org/.

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Thursday, May 15, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
District of Columbia Building Industry Association

Annual Awards Dinner
Hilton Washington Hotel
1919 Connecticut Ave

Every year, DCBIA attracts hundreds of real estate professionals from the Washington, DC area to its Annual Awards Dinner, where Building Industry Achievement Awards are presented to outstanding individuals. For more information, including ticket prices to the black tie event, visit http://www.dcbia.org/.

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05-08biketowork.jpgFriday, May 16, 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Bike to Work Day 2008
Freedom Plaza
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue

The event, part of national Bike to Work Day festivities, is free.  You can meet up with other bikers at one of 26 pit stops all over the region and convene at Freedom Plaza in Downtown, where you can get breakfast, enjoy entertainment and enter a drawing to win bikes and other prizes.  First, register at http://www.waba.org/, or visit the Washington Area Bicyclist Association website for more information.  Free T-shirts will be given to the first 7,000 registrants who show up at a pit stop where they registered. 

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Sunday, May 18, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Washington Post

2008 Penn Quarter Scavenger Hunt
10th & H Streets

The Penn Quarter Scavenger Hunt is wild, wacky, and fun. This exciting urban safari is replete with brain-teasing puzzles woven into the Penn Quarter neighborhood’s landscape. Expect challenging and crazy puzzles for all ages. Work in teams to solve them, and compete to win a grand prize trip to Florida. To participate, all you need is a copy of the Sunday, May 18 Washington Post Magazine -- plus comfortable shoes and a sense of humor. For more information, visit www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/advertisers/posthunt/rules.html.

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Wednesday , May 21, noon - 2:00 pm
Verizon Center Washington Wizards

The Taste of Ten: A Celebration of 10 Years Together in the Community
Verizon Center’s Main Concourse & F Street, along Abe Pollin Way
601 F Street

This neighborhood lunch caps the Verizon Center’s 10th Anniversary Festivities, which kicked off last year.  Several local restaurants will participate in the celebration.  Tickets are $10 per person. Proceeds benefit the Washington Sports and Entertainment Charities. Details will be posted on www.verizoncenter.com/ the week of May 12.

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Thursday, May 22, 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown DC Bid and the Environmental Protection Agency

Energy Star Networking Meeting
Pepco Holdings
701 9 Street

This free, half-day informational and networking event provides an opportunity to learn about and discuss best practices, lessons learned and energy performance achievements in commercial and institutional markets.  Learn about Energy Star developments and programs available through Pepco Holdings, the DC Energy Office and the Cool Capital Challenge that can make it easier and more cost effective to execute and gain support for a successful energy management program.  For more information, call 240.223.5545 or register at http://www.energystar.gov/networking.

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Friday, May 23
National Gallery of Arts Sculpture Garden

Jazz in the Garden
Constitution Avenue between 7th & 9th Streets

The National Gallery of Art’s free outdoor concert series begins its eighth season this month and culminates in early fall.  The Euro-Latin sounds of Alex Martin’s Amérique Latine will kick off the first concert at 5:00 pm and jam through 8:30 pm. Some concert hours vary.  For a full list of performances and further information, visit www.nga.gov/programs/jazz.

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Thursday, May 29, 7:30 am - 10:30 am
District of Columbia Building Industry Association
DC Housing: Turning the Corner or Cornering the Turn
National Press Club
14th and F Streets

This Annual State of the Housing Market meeting is designed to keep real estate professionals informed of the latest market forecasts, developing trends and capital markets for both residential and commercial development.  Speakers for the day are: William S. Asbill with Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P.; David R. Mayhood with The Mayhood Company; Jeffrey H. Gelman, Esq. with Greenstein DeLorme & Luchs, P.C.; Leila Finucane Edmonds with the DC Department of Housing and Community Development; and James N. Duncan with JPI.  A panel discussion with questions from the audience follows. For more information, visit http://www.dcbia.org/.

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Thursday, May 29, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Downtown DC BID

Greening Downtown DC
900 7th Street, ML Level 05-08green_th.jpg

This energy efficiency training workshop is for Downtown DC property managers and building engineers. Space is limited.  For more information and to RSVP, send an email to scott@downtowndc.org.



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Friday, May 30, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Willard InterContinental Hotel

Monthly Park Clean Up
Pershing Park
14th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue

Get your overalls and head out. The grooming of Pershing Park, adopted by the Willard as part of the National Parks Service’s “Adopt a Park” program, continues. Although employees donate time once a month to clean and plant and maintain the appearance of the park, the hotel welcomes help from neighbors and other volunteers. Park Service staff will be on hand to distribute gloves and supplies.  For more information, call 202.628.9100.

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