Friday, August 28, 2015

Aug 29 | Back to School Carnival @ Anacostia Park

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Sept 26 | Art All Night 2015 - Congress Heights

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Memory Flood curated by Molly Ruppert at Anacostia Arts Center

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

In Pictures | 11th Street Bridge Park Mural Presentation and Reception @ THEARC

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When: Wed, August 19th @ 6pm
Where: ArtReach Gallery at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave SE

A stunning 55 foot mural created by local teens under the direction of international artist Max Frieder. Over two weeks, these talented artists from Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School and ArtReach at THEARC collaborated to paint remarkable artwork exploring what makes a healthy city, community and neighborhood.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ANC 8B on recess for the month of August

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ANC 8B is on summer recess for the month of August. The next public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7:00 PM at the Metropolitan Police Department's Seventh District Police Station located at 2455 Alabama Ave SE.

If you have an urgent community concern, contact your ANC Commissioner at the information listed below. If you're unsure of who your ANC Commissioner is, view the map of our commission area or visit

SMD 8B01
Khadijah Watson, Treasurer
Chairwoman, Grants Committee
(202) 510-0111

SMD 8B02
Paul Trantham, Secretary
Chairman, Governmental Affairs & Social Upliftment Committee
(202) 823-8092

SMD 8B03
Kevin Vaughan, Vice Chairman
Chairman, Community Development & Employment Opportunity Committee
(202) 830-8254

SMD 8B04
Anthony Lorenzo Green, Chairman
(202) 642-8046

SMD 8B05
Betty Scippio
Chairwoman, Public Safety & Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee
(202) 415-0660

SMD 8B06
Zaneta Tyler
(202) 290-4844

SMD 8B07
Jacque Patterson, Sergeant-at-Arms
Chairman, Educational Sustainability & Upward Mobility Committee
(202) 834-2553

Monday, August 17, 2015

Help THEARC find a #Home4SweetPea!

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Bunny in a box

On Friday afternoon, The Advoc8te was at THEARC in Ward 8 and saw the cutest little face peering into the windows. Two big brown eyes, a cute little nose and the ears --- well they were large! It seems that some misguided owner had abandoned their pet rabbit on THEARC campus, probably thinking our lush grounds and garden were appropriate for a pet rabbit! For the better part of a week the little guy/gal had been sitting quietly in the bushes outside of our office people watching. For those members of our staff who saw the little guy they thought he was a wild rabbit. As someone who has had rabbits as pets I knew this was in fact a domesticated and (formerly) indoor pet rabbit.

THEARC: Building Bridges & Rescuing Bunnies! 
At THEARC we are about supporting members of the community -- bunnies included -- so a colleague and I crawled into the bushes armed with only determination and some organic sweet peas to rescue our little friend.  Luckily our offerings of kindness were accepted and we were able to bring our new friend into THEARC with hopes of finding him/her a foster home.  My dog Teddy was kind enough to donate his dog crate to the cause and after a quick shopping spree at Giant, Sweet Pea (AKA Cesar AKA Theodore Archibald AKA THEARC) was soon outfitted with bunny pellets, a litter box, water bottle and enough timothy hay to choke a horse. Although temporary, we wanted Sweet Pea's stay at THEARC to be an enjoyable one.


For now Sweet Pea is enjoying the comforts of living in a crate in my office. THEARC staff and members are spoiling him/her rotten. Sweet Pea is a very happy bunny indeed. 

Sweet Pea enoying a midday cuddle by THEARC staff.
With 10 nonprofits, THEARC is a wonderful place to call home but perhaps not the best permanent place for a bunny -- even one as sweet and loving as Sweet Pea. So I am working overtime to find our Sweet Pea a loving forever home -- preferably with another rabbit. The Advoc8te is posting this here in hopes that my readers can help us in our quest. 

You're nobody until some bunny loves you.

Interested or have information on local rabbit rescues? Drop me a line at or post information in the "Comments" section of this post.