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Coming up on Saturday September 7 (and again on Saturday September 28), volunteers from Gearin’ Up Bicycles and The Bike House will provide free bike repair clinics at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library [1800 Good Hope Road SE] from 12 to 2:30 pm. Bike repair clinics are educational and designed to teach you how to repair and maintain your bike.

Bring your bike (limit of one adult bike or two children’s bikes per customer) and a willingness to learn. The Washington Area Bicycle Association, DC Safe Routes to School and the Metropolitan Police Department will be providing support, bike safety information, and creative activities at each clinic. Find more information here.

Other events from around the region:

Thursday, September 5

Landscape design can bring out a place’s stories: From 5:30 to 8:30 pm at UDC (4200 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Building 56, Ballroom B), attend a free presentation entitled “Bridging Disciplines: Landscape Architecture at the Intersection of Ecology, Engineering, Culture, and Agriculture.

In this presentation, Thomas Woltz FASLA, CLARB, owner and principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), will describe the firm’s approach to design that reveals a narrative for every site through deep research into cultural, ecological, and geological forces. Illustrative examples of NBW’s process include Orongo Station, a 3000-acre working farm and ecological preserve; and Hudson Yards, an urban plaza constructed over active rail lines in New York City. Register here.

Friday, September 6

What makes a restaurant or bar great? From 9 to 10 am at the Streetsense Bethesda office (3 Bethesda Metro, Suite 140, Bethesda, MD) catch up with the latest trend with a free seminar entitled “The Anatomy of A Successful Restaurant and Bar” — moderated by Streetsense’s Managing Director of Eat + Drink, Jay Coldren.

He’ll be joined by Derek Brown, author of “Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World,” and president of Drink Company, and Colan Vance, Director of Operations for The Indigo Road Restaurant Group, for a roundtable discussion about what makes great restaurants and bars and what’s in store for the future of the industry. RSVP to grab your seat.

Kick off Rhode Island Avenue community art-making: From 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the ART PARK @ RIA (1325 Rhode Island Ave NE), where you’ll find “a unique space being hosted at the RIA parking lot, where artists in residence will take up space inside shipping containers,” enjoy a free party with DC Libraries, Nonstop Art, and the Phillips Collection.

Join in the art by painting decorative letters for the lot, helping the space look great to host future monthly workshops including “community mural painting, mixed media collaging, mixed media sculpting, digital collaging, screen printing,” and more. Kids and fun-lovers encouraged—find more information here!

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Jeb Stenhouse is a clean energy economist who wants to help everyone enjoy livable, walkable public places, and to reach them by as many clean transportation options as possible.  He studied in Montpellier, France and still marvels at the quality of life in its car-free downtown (and the 15 pounds he lost roaming its charming streets).  Between adventures, Jeb lives with his husband in Adams Morgan.