National Building Museum by Phil Roeder licensed under Creative Commons.

As part of the new GGWash social events schedule, we are planning a trip to the National Building Museum (401 F St NW) with fellow urbanists! If you have never heard of it, the National Building Museum is one of the coolest museums in DC. It's focused on architecture, design, and urban planning. Some current exhibitions include House & Home, a walk through homeownership in America; Secret Cities, the architecture and planning of the Manhattan Project; and Evicted, a walk through the crisis of evictions and struggles of low-income renters.

The plan is to meet outside the museum with fellow GGWashers at 1 pm on Saturday, April 13th. The regular price for the museum is $10 per person, but if we can get at least 10 people to join, we can get a group rate of $5 per person. After touring the museum, we'd love to hang out for drinks at Free State nearby. Sign up to attend here. This event is open to all, but we hope you'll join the GGWash Neighborhood if you haven't already!

Other events from around the region:

Tuesday, April 9

Transport yourself to APTA's Transportation Tuesday: Drop by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA, 1300 I Street NW, 11th floor) where this month you can hear from their guest speaker “Kate Mattice, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission [who] will speak about transportation plans and initiatives aimed improving the public transportation experience in Northern Virginia, including the new Commuter Choice program that uses toll revenues to fund transit and TDM efforts.” ATPA's “evening program begins with a wine and cheese reception beginning at 5 pm, followed by a presentation and discussion from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.” RSVP to APTA’s Cynthia Owens.

What's the future of the bus? This month's meeting of Montgomery County's Action Committee for Transit features GGWash editorial board member Dan Malouff, who will speak about “How buses in the DC area are changing, where are they doing well, and what's in store for their future.” Hear from Malouff at the Silver Spring Civic Center in the Ellsworth Room (1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD) from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Find more information here.

Thursday, April 11

Budget some time for DC budgets, DDOT edition: Give input on the budget for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) starting at 11 am in Room 120 of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW). Anyone who wishes to testify should contact Aukima Benjamin to sign up.

Budget some time for DC budgets, housing edition: Give input on the budget for the DC Housing Authority starting at 3 pm in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW). Anyone who wishes to testify should contact Oscar Montiel to sign up.

Friday, April 12

Feed efforts for food justice: From 9:30 am to 3 pm at the UDC Student Center (4200 Connecticut Ave NW), you can find the “5th Annual Food Justice Youth Summit, a collaboration between Capital City Public Charter School and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), [which] is an all-day, interactive event where DC youth lead workshops… to build a citywide movement for sustainable food systems.” Register to attend here.

Saturday, April 13

Protected bike lanes to connect the Mall and Dupont Circle: The District Department of Transportation has identified a recommended alternative for bicycle lanes “primarily on 20th Street NW, with an east-west connection to 21st Street NW using F and G Streets NW” to improve north-south connectivity between the National Mall and Dupont Circle. Attend the meeting to “discuss design coordination with the Dupont Circle Farmers Market, as well as options for connecting to the R Street NW bike lane” from 10 am to 1 pm at the School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens (2425 N Street NW). Find more information here.

Clean for spring: From 10 am to 12 pm, join the Rock Creek Conservancy who “invites you to get outside for their annual Extreme Cleanup [that] mobilizes thousands of people to remove litter from more than 70 sites along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek. The goal is a total people-powered stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries. There are volunteer events throughout Washington, DC, and Montgomery County, MD! You can find a list of volunteer locations [here].”

Clean trails are happy trails: From 11 am to 2 pm at the Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center (4200 S Four Mile Run Dr, Arlington, VA), join “WalkArlington, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Capital Trails Coalition, NOVA Parks, and Arlington County Parks & Recreation [to clean up litter and debris] on one of our favorite trails—the Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W&OD Trail)… Refreshments, water, and some fun giveaways will be provided as a thank-you to all who come out for the cleanup.” Register to volunteer here.

Honor DC Emancipation Day with Lights of Freedom: From 7:30 to 9:15 pm in Walter Pierce Park in Adams Morgan (2630 Adams Mill Rd NW), “community residents will join with Washington Parks & People, National Park Service and DC Parks and Recreation to light over 2,000 candle luminaries in honor of thousands of African Americans who were buried in what is now Adams Morgan after they gained their freedom during the Civil War. Each illuminated candle will be a tribute to four of the people who were buried under Walter Pierce Park and parts of the adjoining National Zoo and Rock Creek Park, which comprise the largest unmarked African American cemetery in the capital. At least 8,428 African American men, women, and children were buried in the Mount Pleasant Plains Cemetery between 1870 and 1890. More than half of the graves are children.” Get more information here.

Sunday, April 14

Celebrate Anacostia Park's 100th birthday: From 1 to 5 pm at Anacostia Park (1900 Anacostia Dr), join “the fifth annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event and the official closing of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival… Take a canoe out to explore the River, ride in [their] bike parade, play lawn games with your family and experience Southeast DC’s local arts scene at this special FREE event.” Find more information here.

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