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CityDance DREAM Program Performs On Big Stage

CityDance DREAM Program Performs On Big Stage

This past Tuesday, March 8, 144 students from the District and Prince George’s County, Maryland who participate in the D.C. CityDance DREAM after-school outreach program performed a six-minute dance routine at halftime of the Washington Wizards game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

CityDance, which was founded in 1996, is a professional dance company and a conservatory, training school that offers free community dance and literacy programs to children throughout the D.C. area, taught by CityDance Ensemble members.  Tuesday evening marked the sixth year that the DREAM program students have performed at the Verizon Center.

The after-school program combines dance lessons with reading and writing help, something that DREAM teacher Charonne Butler believes is incredibly beneficial to the students.

Bike to Work Day is (Sort Of) Almost Here!

Bike to Work Day is (Sort Of) Almost Here!

Bike to Work Day, the culminating event for Bike to Work Week, is quickly approaching. Well, actually, it’s not until May 20th, but it’s not too soon to start planning! Registration is now open on the Washington Area Bicyclist Association website, which also gives you all the information you need to know to have fun, be safe and win free stuff. Here are some key things to know:

I am Dave McKenna

There are far more important things going on in the world right now than Dan Snyder's lawsuit against the parent company of Washington City Paper: political unrest in the middle east, extreme weather at home in the U.S., and some football game on Sunday. But for some reason, I am completely riveted by Dan Snyder's vendetta on City Paper writer, Dave McKenna. For the last two days, I've been reading every piece of news I could find on “the story.” At the first possible opportunity, I chipped in what little money my debt-riddled posterior could afford to help the Washington City Paper Defense Fund. It was then that I realized why I am so engrossed by this little bit of human drama; I am Dave McKenna.

Feb. 19 Futsal tournament A Chance for High School Teams To Give Back

Feb. 19 Futsal tournament A Chance for High School Teams To Give Back

On Feb. 19, local nonprofit DC SCORES is hosting the first-ever Soccer & Service Cup -- a Futsal tournament that also involves giving back.

The 5v5 tournament is for high school boys and girls in the greater DC area. It will be held at St. Albans School – with the girls tournament beginning at 11am followed by the boys in the afternoon.

Registration for a team is $600, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting DC SCORES’ after-school program that serves 800 students at 25 schools in six of the District's eight wards. DC SCORES combines soccer, poetry and service-learning to inspire kids to be physically fit, engaged in school, and active in their communities.

Continue Riding Trough the Winter: Cold Weather Biking Tips

Continue Riding Trough the Winter: Cold Weather Biking Tips

It’s hard to believe it’s only mid-December and we've already seen our first snowflakes, accompanied by freezing temperatures and wind advisories. While the D.C. area doesn’t generally get the kind of snow we saw last year, we certainly see our fair share of occasional flurries, as well as miserably cold and wet weather, which can make for treacherous conditions when biking on roads and trails. And as the days get shorter, most cyclists will probably be riding home from work in the dark. So, if you plan to continue commuting by bike through the winter months, start preparing now in order to stay warm and safe as weather conditions shift.

Beacon House Falcons Football Team Wins Pop Warner League Super Bowl in Florida

The Beacon House Falcon Football Team, of the 75 lb. “Jr. Pee Wee" division,  beat the Liberty City Warriors 19-0 in Orlando, Florida to win the Pop Warner Super Bowl Division I Championship Title this past Saturday, December 11. 

Beacon House, is a non-profit after-school tutoring, mentoring, cultural and recreational center for low-income, at-risk children in Ward 5.  After qualifying for the Super Bowl, Beacon Hill asked the community for donations to help them travel to Florida.  The community responded, and Beacon Hill got to compete, and ultimately brought the title home to D.C..

“Our team played a strong and disciplined game," Ty Johnson, the Falcons Head Coach, said.  "We are all very proud of them."

Teacher Profile: Samuel Levy, Brookland Education Campus

Samuel Levy is a teacher at Brookland Education Campus during the school day. He spends his afternoons coaching the school's DC SCORES soccer team. Recently, he answered questions about his experience with the after-school soccer, poetry and service-learning program.