Our monthly east-of-the-river politics happy hours continue and more community members are participating. In the past we have had our politics happy hours at Uniontown Bar and Grill, Big Chair Bar and Grill, and Nurish inside the Anacostia Arts Center. In February we traveled to Ward 7 for a [dry] politics happy hour at Thai Orchid's Kitchen. You do not have to be a political scientist or a politics geek to attend. If you care about your neighborhood and are civic-minded, join us. If you would like to receive an email reminder, send your contact information to email@example.com or direct message me @eastbank_dc. I promise that your contact information will be used for reminders only.
I am working on a couple new pieces and recently I have reached out to community members in Wards 7 and 8 to contribute blog posts as well. If you would like to write an opinion or thought piece, get in touch with me. I would be happy to brainstorm or provide editorial guidance. Your post can be published anonymously or with attribution. If you have an upcoming event or program located in Ward 7 or Ward 8, I can post it in the Community Board section (see the tab above).
A lot has happened since November: the death of former District of Columbia mayor and Ward 8 Council Member Marion Barry (for which a special election has been set to fill the seat), passage of Initiative 71 and the subsequent dust up between city officials and Congress, and new Bowser administration mayoral appointments. For the first time ever, the National Cherry Blossom Festival will close with the Anacostia River Festival on Sunday, April 12 from noon-4pm. The festival is co-sponsored by the 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service. You can see the announcement posted at the Congress Heights on the Rise blog. We hope to see you there.
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