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What’s Happening in Washington, DC: July 6, 2015

What’s Happening in Washington, DC: July 6, 2015

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Nothing says summer like the smell of burgers on a grill; smoky, savory barbecue; cold refreshing beer, and umbrella-adorned tiki drinks — and this week the DMV has all of this. We’re a city of highly educated food-lovers so there are a few learning opportunities included, but they also involve drinking so the party element hasn’t been ignored.

Del Campo at Dusk Tiki Party
Del Campo has three things going for it this summer: a fabulous chef, great drinks, and a killer rooftop for summertime parties, like their annual Del Campo at Dusk Tiki Party. They’ve gone Hawaiian and on Friday, July 10, from 7 to 10 p.m., guests can enjoy suckling pig, a raw oyster bar, tiki-inspired bites, and signature tiki cocktails. Grab your tackiest Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and put on lei because tropical attire is de rigueur. And work on your Don Ho impressions because this party is only $37 per person for food and drink.

Early Mountain Vineyard Third Annual Barbecue Festival
Head out to Madison, Virginia on Saturday, July 18 to support your local vintner, sample some killer ‘que, play a round of corn hole, and listen to live music from Curtis Prince and the Associates. Your host, Early Mountain Vineyard, is throwing their third annual barbecue festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the menu includes mouthwatering hickory-smoked whole hog pork barbecue and pulled chicken with all the fixings, thanks to BBQ Exchange. And of course, several of Early Mountain’s stellar wines will be served, including their 2014 Rosé, a personal favorite that’s dynamite with barbecue. For a sweet end to the day, sample cold, creamy ice cream from The Sweet Tooth. Get your $30 advance tickets online, tickets at the door are $35, tickets for anyone under 21 are $15, and kids under three eat free.

Handi-Hour: Grown Up Craft Hour at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian is hosting another craft/happy hour for adults and this month’s installment, Thursday, July 23 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., includes craft beer, tea blends, and — tea. For $20 per person, you can sip two craft beers, listen to live music, snack on munchies, and get artsy. The art part involves personalizing a coffee mug with paint pens and developing your own tea blend, thanks to teas provided by Teaism. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Historic Brewery Tour in Old Town Alexandria
If you consider yourself a craft brew geek and drinks history buff, this tasting tour is worth the $20 for entrance. On Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can join historian, and fellow hophead, Garrett Peck, author of Alexandria’s Historic Breweries, and Cat Portner, co-founder of soon-to-open Portner Brewhouse, for a walking tour and pub stop around Old Town. Sample beers from Portner’s new venture and end with a tasting at a local “Hops Stop.”

Third Annual Burger Bash
Sometimes good things come in fours. This year’s Burger Bash at Gateway Park in Arlington, Virginia, pits sixteen local eateries against each other for bragging rights to best burger in the DMV and the Golden BRGR trophy. On Saturday, July 18, for $29, you can sample a “flight” of four burgers or buy additional flights and sample eight, twelve, or all sixteen entries. Wash your burger down with craft beer from four local breweries, and listen to music from four local bands. Vote early and vote often, from noon to 6 p.m.


Summer Whitford is the D.C. City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal and the DC Wine Examiner. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva.

Historical Events in 2015

    18 people are killed after the Norwegian cargo ship MS Bulk Jupiter sinks off the coast of Vietnam Over 2,000 people are killed in north-east Nigeria after Boko Haram militants raze the town of Baga Gary Anderson of Scotland beats 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, 7-6 to win his first PDC World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace, London Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Event of Interest

Jan 7 Terrorist attack on the offices of satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris kills 12 (including Jean Cabut and Stéphane Charbonnier), injures 11

Film and TV Awards

Jan 7 41st People's Choice Awards: Robert Downey & Jennifer Lawrence win (movie star), Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pomero (TV dramatic)

    A car bomb explodes in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, killing 38 people and injuring more than 63 57 people are killed after an oil tanker collided with a passenger coach outside of Karachi, Pakistan 72 people are killed & 169 hospitalized after a mass poisoning of beer with crocodile bile at a funeral in Mozambique

Event of Interest

Jan 10 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska & Jerzy Janowicz beat American pair Serena Williams & John Isner 7-5, 6-3 to clinch a 2-1 win earlier Radwańska defeats Williams 6-4, 6-7, 6-1

Golden Globes

Football Awards

Jan 12 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid & Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins for a 2nd consecutive time his 3rd award overall VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Nadine Keßler is women's award winner

    College Football National Championship, AT&T Stadium, Arlington: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Oregon, 42-20 63 people are killed and 70,000 are left homeless after floods devastate Mozambique and Malawi 20th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Boyhood wins Best Film American boxer Deontay Wilder wins the WBC heavyweight championship by unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Wilder first American to hold a heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs in 2007 AB de Villiers makes the fastest century in ODI cricket history from 31 balls against the West Indies AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts, 45-7

NFC Championship

Jan 18 NFC Championship, CenturyLink Field, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay Packers, 28-22 (OT)

    Italian fashion label Gucci names Alessandro Michele as its new creative director Golden State guard Klay Thompson scores the most NBA points in a quarter (37) and most 3-pointers in a quarter (9) in Warrior's 126-101 win over Sacramento Kings

Royal Coronation

Jan 23 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is crowned King of Saudi Arabia, on the death of this half-brother King Abdullah

    Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014 60th NHL All-Star Game, Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH: Team Toews beats Team Foligno, 17-12 MVP: Ryan Johansen

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 25 NFL Pro Bowl, University of Phoenix, Glendale, AZ: Team Irvin beats Team Carter, 32-28 MVPs: J. J. Watt, Houston Texans, DE Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions, QB

Flight MH370 Disappears

Jan 29 Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of missing flight MH370 an accident

Post-it notes written by well-wishers in Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing

Event of Interest

Jan 30 Shake Shack founded by Danny Meyer first lists on the New York stock exchange

Event of Interest

Jan 31 17 year old Lydia Ko of New Zealand becomes the youngest golfer in men's or women's golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world

Super Bowl

Feb 1 Super Bowl XLIX, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: New England Patriots beat Seattle Seahawks, 28-24 MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Feb 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Serbian ace Novak Đoković wins an Open era record 5th men's singles crown, beating Scotsman Andy Murray 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0

    31st Sundance Film Festival: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic 70s British rock star Gary Glitter is convicted of sexual child abuse charges in London 65th Berlin International Film Festival: "Taxi" wins the Golden Bear 46th NAACP Image Awards: "Selma" wins Outstanding Motion Picture 57th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith, Best Album "Morning Phase" by Beck

BAFTA Awards

Feb 8 68th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Boyhood" Best Film, Richard Linklater Best Director

Event of Interest

Feb 10 Comedian Jon Stewart announces he will be leaving "The Daily Show" at the end of the year

    Francesco Schettino, Captain of the Costa Concordia that ran aground 2012, is convicted of manslaughter in Grosseto and sentenced to 16 years in jail

Event of Interest

Feb 13 "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" 4th mixtape by Drake is released

    64th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: West beats East, 163-158 MVP: Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder, G

Event of Interest

Feb 20 Kristen Stewart is the first American actress to win a French César Award as Best Supporting Actress for "Clouds of Sils Maria"

Academy Awards

Feb 22 87th Academy Awards: "Birdman" Best Film and Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore - Best Actor and Actress

    57th Daytona 500: Joey Logano wins event for 2nd time after taking lead with 10 laps to go is ahead of Kevin Harvick before caution flag on last lap ends race in his favour

Music Awards

Feb 25 BRIT Awards: Best Single "Uptown Funk", Best Album "X" by Ed Sheeran

Event of Interest

Mar 3 "Under the Dome" a documentary on pollution in China by Chai Jing has been viewed over 150 million times in 3 days on Tencent

Event of Interest

Mar 5 Harrison Ford crash-lands his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR aeroplane in California

    -8th Islamic State militants ransack and destroy ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra and Dur-Sharrukin in Iraq US State Department charges 2 Vietnamese and a Canadian citizen with cyberfraud, for stealing 1 billion email addresses for spam NASA's Dawn space probe enters orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres 54 people are killed & 143 are wounded by 5 Boko Haram suicide bombings in Maiduguri city, Nigeria

Event of Interest

Mar 9 US President Barack Obama signs an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat to the US

Event of Interest

Mar 10 The family of Marvin Gaye win a record $7.3 million lawsuit for music copyright infringement against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I.

Film Release

Mar 10 "See You Again" released by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth commissioned by film "Furious 7" as tribute to Paul Walker (Billboard Song of the Year 2015)

    Cyclone Pam causes widespread damage in Vanuatu and the South Pacific, including 15-16 deaths. 62nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Notre Dame beats North Carolina, 90-82 36th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Villanova beats Xavier, 69-52 56th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 78-63

Event of Interest

Mar 16 Google commemorate Anna Atkins's 216th birthday with a Google Doodle image representing her cyanoprint work

    Ireland retains Six Nations Rugby Championship with 40-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield England needs 26 point win over France for title but can only beat Les Bleus, 55-35 at Twickenham Germanwings flight on route between Barcelona and Düsseldorf crashes in the French Alps killing all 150 on board

Event of Interest

Mar 25 British musician Zayn Malik announces he is leaving the band One Direction

Event of Interest

Mar 26 Richard III of England (1452-1485) is reburied at Leicester Cathedral in England, after being discovered under a carpark in Leicester in 2012

    Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M launches to deliver three crew members to the international space station to research the long-term effects of micro gravity Cricket World Cup, Melbourne (MCG): Australia defeats fellow host New Zealand by 7 wickets to win their 5th title Player of Series: Mitchell Starc Nigerian General Election - voting is extended to a 2nd day. death toll from Boko Haram attacks at 43 WrestleMania XXXI, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA (76,976): Seth Rollins beats Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in impromptu triple threat match to capture WWE Heavyweight title 56 people are killed after the Russian trawler Dalniy Vostok sinks off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula 140 people are killed after gunmen attack Garissa University College, Kenya Rolling Stone Magazine retracts its "Rape on Campus" story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia after being discredited ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Brittany Lincicome eagles last hole to force a playoff, then beats Stacy Lewis on 3rd extra hole to win her 2nd major title 77th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Wisconsin, 68-63 Blue Devils' point guard Tyus Jones, 23 points 34th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame, 63-53 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis & Moriah Jefferson, 15 points for Huskies Barack Obama and Raúl Castro meet in Panama, the 1st meeting of US and Cuban heads of state since the Cuban Revolution 168th Grand National: Jockey Leighton Aspell wins his second consecutive GN aboard 25/1 shot Many Clouds owner Trevor Hemmings' 3rd GN victory

Event of Interest

Apr 11 Amy Schumer hosts the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

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The White House described the menu for the 2019 Congressional picnic as such:

"charred lemon chicken, grilled plank salmon, charcoal grilled rib eye steak, and Baja shrimp tacos. Other sides include house made kettle chips, fresh salad greens harvested by the National Park Service from the White House garden, and locally grown vegetables and fresh fruits from California, Georgia, and Washington State. Dessert includes White House Honey and a variety of homemade cookies, brownies, and pies topped with vanilla ice cream."

Community Announcements

This is an update from PCA President Tricia Duncan on the two new schools DC is planning in Ward 3.

For background, Ward 3 public schools are very popular and successful. The projections for enrollment for the next 7 years have every school in Ward 3 and beyond at or over capacity. A 2019 report from a task force convened by the Deputy Mayor of Education&rsquos office said Ward 3 will need two new elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school to accommodate all students within 7 years. The City is also very interested in equity in access to good schools. Mayor Bowser proposed a new school at Foxhall last May and in June the Council approved funding for it. Around the same time, CM Mary Cheh saw an opportunity to purchase the old GDS school and secured funding for this school.

DCPS has formed a Community Working Group (CWG) to discuss options for configuration of two new schools in our area, with discussions that are driven by data and enrollment projections. The CWG is made up of representatives from Ward 3 schools, DCPS, our community, and elected officials in the Wilson feeder pattern to review and provide feedback on site options. It is important to keep in mind the CWG along with DCPS is not deciding whether or not to build and open these new public schools, but rather what configuration of the two sites will best help the public school system.

The first site for a new school is called Foxhall ES. This site is at the Hardy Park at Foxhall and Q Street. The existing DCPS school on the site is currently leased by The Lab School of Washington and is used as their lower school campus. The City has just entered into a long term lease with Lab to extend their lease through 2038. DCPS now plans to build a separate, new school next to Lab. There are no set plans on where the school will be on the site. The CWG is focused on what type of school will be the best at addressing overcrowding. It is being considered for an elementary school or a middle school.

The second site for a new school is called the MacArthur Blvd School. This site is located at MacArthur Blvd near the intersection with Q, but is not visible from MacArthur Blvd. This is the school recently vacated by Georgetown Day School&rsquos lower school. The City is in negotiations with the owner to purchase this property to use as a new public school. The CWG is looking at this school as a new high school or middle school.

In April, DCPS will conduct broad engagement, including an online survey on proposed options, and conduct school and community based meetings. Summaries of the meetings and materials that have been given to participants are here: .

Thank you so much for all the community engagement on the proposed Trammell Crow Company (TCC) project at the old Safeway site on Macarthur Blvd.

The PCA Board of Directors and the PCA membership has overwhelmingly endorsed the proposed resolution and the Memorandum of Agreement.

Be it resolved that the Palisades Community Association supports Trammell Crow Company's (TCC) development project at 4865 Macarthur submitted to the the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), on condition that the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) governing the development is executed by ANC3D and TCC, including a Construction Management Agreement, prior to the November 4, 2020 BZA hearing. Furthermore, the PCA expressly asks ANC3D to enter into the MOA. Here is the latest draftMemorandum of Agreement.

Here is some background information:

TCC very much wants our community&rsquos approval for this project and has been negotiating in good faith in spite of the compressed process. Without further ado, here are the updates:

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that the PCA and ANC are jointly working on stipulates a

5,500 SF grocer tenant. TCC is engaged in negotiations with Streets Market. TCC has re-worked their site plan to move the grocer space to the 48th Place and MacArthur Blvd corner, which is more in the core of our retail hub. This grocer space was previously shown on the corner of U Street across from the CVS. Unfortunately, it does not seem likely that Streets will sign a lease prior to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) hearing in November, and there is always a chance the deal will not happen at all. The MOA requires TCC to find a qualified grocer tenant. If no grocer tenant can be secured within 24 months of the senior living facility opening, then TCC would have the right to look for other retail options, and the ANC would need to approve any non-grocer concept for their retail space.

TCC aims to have a parking neutral project, meaning all their parking needs will be met within the parking structure they plan to build. The PCA hired a parking & traffic consultant who produced a report indicating TCC&rsquos senior living facility will not be parking neutral with the 52 parking spaces they originally planned, and that is before addressing the potential grocer&rsquos parking needs. As a result, TCC expanded the underground parking to 65 spaces, and TCC will build a surface lot for the grocer tenant with an additional 16 spaces. This surface lot will be accessed off V Street with a walkway. TCC has also agreed to performance standards so the community has remedies in the event their parking needs exceed the parking garage. Exact language can be found in the Memorandum of Agreement. Here is a link to the PCA parking study.

The site plan and landscaping plan can be viewed here. It will also be displayed at our tent at the Farmer&rsquos Market and at the PCA&rsquos virtual Town Hall. The landscaping plan includes accommodating the expansion of the Market and includes other public space enhancements. Due to the recent changes these are being refined by TCC but this gives you a good idea of what is planned. Click here to view the site plan. Click here to view the latest landscaping plan.

Demolition has already started on this project and it is a given there will be disruptions to the parking and traffic during construction of this project. You will notice the no parking signs along 48th Place. DDOT requires these because the debris is being hauled off through the 48th Place entrance, and they consider this to be a safety issue. Short term parking along 48th Place after construction hours is another matter. Our wonderful library is also still closed and the parking spaces behind that building could help alleviate the congestion in the neighborhood. If you are able, consider walking when possible.

The construction will be a major impact on the community. The PCA and ANC are working on a Construction Management Agreement and will post as soon as we have it.

Our ANC 3D is negotiating with TCC on a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), and the PCA is deeply involved in that process. The agreement covers a grocer tenant, parking performance standards, and much more. You can read the agreement here The intention is for the MOA to be in place and approved by the PCA membership and by ANC 3D prior to TCC&rsquos BZA hearing on November 4th. The PCA will file as an interested party for the BZA hearing, but our approval is not required for TCC to build this project. In addition, and this is not certain, TCC could seek approval from the BZA without ANC or PCA support, or they could default back to their by-right design without any retail at all. The bar is not high for their special exception request to build in the back parcel of the site. All parties agree, however, that community support is preferred if an agreement can be reached.

Finally, it may appear that this process feels rushed. The full background is that TCC came to the ANC a few weeks ago saying they would like to delay their BZA hearing to December or January to allow more time to accommodate the open requests. This was welcome news as we agreed with their assessment. Unfortunately, TCC subsequently learned that if they miss the November 4th BZA hearing date that they would not be able to present again until February at the earliest due to a pandemic-related backlog of applications. TCC has said this timeline does not work for them, and a delay could push them to do a by-right building where they would not include any retail, expanded parking, or other community concessions. Consequently, the PCA Board and the ANC have been working hard and quickly to reach a compromise agreement before the BZA hearing.

Following our Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 6th, the PCA will be holding an online vote regarding the draft MOA between the ANC and TCC. In accordance with our bylaws, voting will take place via an online form that will run from October 13-18. All submitted ballots will be counted in accordance with the bylaws. This means you must be a member of the PCA for one month prior to the vote. Members must be in good standing meaning that you will need to be up to date on your membership dues ($25 per adult or $40 per family).

If you vote, and your membership dues are not current, you will be notified and given a chance to update your membership status to have your vote count. Residents will be able to check their membership by emailing [email protected] You can pay your membership dues online at this link

Note that the ANC is holding a special meeting of their own to vote on the MOA on October 21st. There will be an opportunity for community input as well.

After Four Years, Canal Road Study Now Available

Complaints about various aspects of Canal Road are a common theme on Palisades list serve and our everyday conversations. Justifiably so. The road suffers from poor drainage, unsafe sightlines, periodically falling boulders, and truly terrible traffic patterns at Fletchers Boathouse and at the Georgetown/Whitehurst approach.

Given this vexing reality we all face, you may be surprised to learn that the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) conducted a comprehensive multi-year study of Canal Road without ever publishing the results – seemingly for the sole reason that the organizer of the study at DDOT retired just as the report was finalized in 2016.

With the assistance of Councilmember Cheh&rsquos office, the results of the Canal Road Study have finally come to light – nearly four years after its completion. The full document is online, and it is worthy of our attention.

For those of you who followed the study process during the first half of the 2010&rsquos, the &ldquoheadline fear&rdquo in our neighborhood was DDOT&rsquos consideration of supersizing Canal Road into a 3- or 4-lane highway with toll collection and grade separation. There was a concept for a flyover on-ramp at the bottom of Arizona Avenue and even talk of a far-fetched new entrance to Canal Road from Norton Street to provide a more direct connection for Dalecarlia drivers.

In reality, none of the more exotic ideas made it into the final study. Instead, the report details a series of (what I consider to be) pragmatic recommendations that could substantially improve the conditions of Canal Road for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists – without changing its essential character.

It&rsquos worth reading the study (or at least the executive summary) closely. The study affirms that Canal Road is not up to Federal or District road standards and that there are multiple &ldquoserious safety concerns.&rdquo I&rsquoll attempt to summarize the more impactful recommendations in plain English:


  • Upgrade traffic signals, signage, lighting and road markings
  • Address roadway drainage issues and stabilize the rockfaces most adjacent to the road
  • Modify the orientation of the road to improve sightlines and overall visibility
  • Add shoulders and/or emergency turnouts west of Foxhall Road
  • Create an access ramp from Arizona Avenue to Canal Road (heading towards Georgetown), which would allow Palisades residents (and other drivers) to have unimpeded access to Canal Road at all hours
  • Reorient the bottom of Reservoir Road to form a 90-degree intersection at Fletcher&rsquos Boathouse
  • Expand the entrance to Canal Road (heading west) from the Foxhall Road intersection with a third lane that will end in a merge to the existing two lanes
  • Add a dedicated lane to Whitehurst Freeway that is cantilevered over the C&O Canal
  • Allow for alternating rush hour expansion lanes between Foxhall Road and Georgetown (within the existing four lanes)
  • Add a safety barrier (guardrail) and add Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) features


  • Add a pedestrian bridge over Canal Road at Fletcher&rsquos Boathouse
  • Add sidewalk and bicycle lanes between Arizona Avenue and Chain Bridge
  • Upgrade the existing tunnel located east of Foxhall to the Capital Crescent Trail
  • Upgrade the existing stairway access to Capital Crescent Trail at Whitehurst Freeway
  • Provide a protected pedestrian and cyclist path along the north side of Canal Road between Foxhall Road and Whitehurst Freeway

The Canal Road Study opens many possibilities to improve the functioning of this transportation corridor, and potentially even reduce the strain on Macarthur Boulevard as a result. Some of the proposed changes could be easily implemented. Other proposed changes will involve environmental and historic preservation disruptions. Either way, DDOT&rsquos study deserves proper attention and consideration, and I hope that by making the study public that we as the Palisades community can help reignite a conversation about Canal Road&rsquos future.

To learn about potential noise reduction from FAA proposed changes to aircraft flight paths, click here.

To file a noise complaint, click here .

To file a noise complaint using a mobile app, click here.

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To read DC releases aircraft noise study showing adverse impacts - click here

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The Palisades Farmers market is thriving! Please visit on Sundays, 9:00 - 1:00pm on 48th Place. It's open all year round. Visit their website for more details! Check out this short promotional video by Chelsey Gabrielson.

Find out what is new in the Palisades’ sister neighborhood, Hillcrest!

Palisades Citizens' Association
PO Box 40603
Washington DC 20016
PHONE: 202.363.7441 | FAX: 202.363.7441

2021 CWF Virtual Program Fees

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    Celebrate Freedom!

    It’s the biggest holiday in the Nation’s Capital! The National Mall provides prime viewing for the Salute to America flyovers from different branches of the military and the annual fireworks spectacular, which promises to be one of the largest in recent memory.

    Schedule of Events

    Celebrate the nation's birthday in the capital!

    Find your way around town and to the Independence Day events on the National Mall on July 4.


    Enjoy the festivities while staying safe. Check an overview of safety procedures and guidelines for the Fourth of July events.

    Prohibited Items

    Know before you go. Check a list of prohibited items for the Fireworks Display, section of the parade route, and Salute to America.

    Social Media & Alerts

    Share your DC Fourth of July experience on social media! Stay informed with alerts and fun-facts about the DC monuments.

    Plan Your Visit

    Find information to plan your trip around town on July 4, including directions, closures, security, and safety tips.

    History of Independence Day

    Learn the history of why the nation celebrates our Independence Day on July 4 each year.

    July 2014 Calendar

    View or download the 2014 calendar.
    Go to 2014 Calendar.

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    The sunrise and sunset are calculated from New York. All the times in the July 2014 calendar may differ when you eg live east or west in the United States. To see the sunrise and sunset in your region select a city above this list.


    I’ve really been looking forward to this event. Seeing I couldn’t do it last year due to a foot injury. Had a nice drive to the event that was the only positive. Parking staff was completely rude as fuck! Telling me how to position my car. They want all the cars very close to each other, like I couldn’t get out properly. Then they were laughing.

    Check In: Went well / did the mobile lockers

    As I was waiting an announcement was made that they’re only holding off the Men’s Elite won’t start at 7:30AM. Kept on mentioning bad weather. Then another announcement was made that they’re holding off all waves. Then a few seconds later another announcement said “Everyone head back to your cars. We’ll let you know if the race is on.”
    How are we suppose to know and nobody cell phone has any service. I knew it was going to be canceled. I stayed in my car and waited for the rain to ease. The rain wasn’t letting up, I left around 9AM.
    This company preaches they’re the best and talks like they provide great customer service. BULLSHIT. Nobody knew what the fuck was going on! When I got home, checked the Social Media’s. Race wasn’t canceled but an announcement was going to come across the Facebook event page at 12PM. No announcement, other racers informed the event page the event was canceled.
    No refunds or our parking fee refunded. They had plenty of time to know about the weather. Got everyone to attend just to find out hours later the race is canceled.

    Save your money and go with an affordable different company. Spartan is a bunch of money hungry ass bitches. It’s a big business for them, they don’t care about the people. I had another race scheduled with Citizens Bank Park going to defer and give the coupon code to someone else.

    Fuck them! Worst company ever! If I could give zero stars I would! A waste of everyone’s time.

    First of all, $partan races are the best OCR out there. The regular people that run the races are what makes $partan great. The company seems like all assholes who think they are better than everyone. If you have any kind of issue to be resolved be prepared to jump through hoops with little to no resolution. $partan is now so money hungry its pathetic. I am all for changes they have made to uniform the races in hopes of OCR becoming an Olympic sport but the other changes in pricing and other $partan issues have become a headache. I'm not just the only one noticing this. I won't go into detail but I can assure you I was charmed by all things $partan and then I realized the code that is preached is not upheld by the company when they have screwed me over on several issues ranges from trivial to important. $partan does not care because they are growing and growing. I'm not saying people shouldn't run $partan races, but don't be fooled by all the other bullshit. The races are great and a challenge. Not one time have I ever complained about a race being too hard or too easy or too much mountain. I only complain about the poor customer service I have received. I assure you that I have been involved in many areas in $partan and ran over 60 races. But I am done. maybe Id reconsider if $partan showed some integrity to the customers who have made the company the best on OCR. Try listening to us and giving us what we want.

    CADCA Supported Trainings & Events

    CADCA offers a variety of training opportunities, from conference-style training events to its signature National Coalition Academy to statewide and coalition-level trainings to online courses and webinars. CADCA has a training experience to fit every position and experience level of your coalition. Read a short description of our most popular training opportunities below.

    CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-day conference packed with multiple adult and youth-oriented opportunities to learn the latest strategies to fight substance misuse and hear from nationally-known experts and policymakers with a full day dedicated to Capitol Hill events. The Forum is held in the Washington, DC area every year, normally the first week of February and brings together more than 2,700 participants representing community anti-drug coalitions, government leaders, youth, addiction treatment professionals, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, youth and faith-based leaders.

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