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Community Spotlight: NOMIS Youth Network

Located in the Benning Road community, NOMIS Youth Network is an after-school boxing program that strives to prevent juvenile delinquency. The program teaches Olympic-style boxing skills in small groups or individually, primarily to youth and young adults, ages 12 through 24. These boxing fundamentals include heavy bag hitting, speed bag work, and defensive and offensive boxing skills. The program also sets up participants to spar with others of their weight and ability, and provides other conditioning such as strength training, jumping rope, and running.

Youth at NOMIS are coached by Robert Simon III, who grew up in the Benning Road community and founded his boxing gym with the goal to use it to keep local youth out of the prison system. His program offers mentorship and the chance to develop self-discipline and self-worth. Plus, program participants learn enough about boxing to compete at a local and national level. This month, we spoke to Robert Simon III, M.A., Executive Director to learn more about how NOMIS is serving the D.C. community.

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Broccoli City Festival 2018: Music with a Mission

Music and food fans of all ages will enjoy Broccoli City Festival 2018, beginning at noon on Saturday, April 28 at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds. The lineup includes 11 acts: Migos, Miguel, Cardi B, Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., Nipsey Hussle, Rich the Kid, Lightshow, Grits and Biscuits, Hoodcelebrity, and Spicoli & Bombay. Festival-goers can also enjoy food from vendors that feature seasonal and local ingredients in their menu items.

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Our Local Heroes Nannie Helen Boroughs and Nadine Winter

March is Women’s History Month. We’re taking the time to celebrate two women who lived in our area and dedicated their lives’ work to helping shape our city. In the process, they helped make our country better for us all.

This month, we dig into the legacies of Nannie Helen Boroughs, who worked with African American young women to improve lives, and Nadine Winter, who was one of the original members of the Council of the District of Columbia. 

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I Wonder… How Can I Get Involved?

Exciting things are happening around the RFK Campus. Many of you are eager to contribute your time and talents to the revitalization momentum. We welcome your participation and support, and we want to highlight a couple of ways that you can get involved.

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Local Events Recap: March Excitement

March has been a busy month around here. We’ve been lucky enough to have a great lineup of things for people to see and do around the area. Whether you’ve watched a bout of roller derby, cheered on a few runners, or shopped at the local Farmer’s Market, we hope you’ve participated in shaking off the winter blahs and welcoming spring!

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DC in Full Bloom

Our nation’s capital will soon become a place of beauty as thousands of Yoshino cherry blossom trees blush with delicate pink blooms. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates these trees and honors the friendship between the United States and Japan. In fact, Japan originally gifted DC over 3,000 of these trees in 1912.

That gift has multiplied into the bounty of cherry blossom trees that grace the city today. So, it’s not surprising that people flock to the area to take in the gorgeous trees during the two-weeks that they bloom each spring.

This year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from March 20 through April 15. Explore all the events taking place around the District. Peak bloom is predicted around March 27-31, and you can watch the Bloom Cam for live blossom action!

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Message From Max & Greg

It’s springtime in DC, and you know what that means: cherry blossoms!

As the sponsor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival (NCBF), this is a particularly exciting time at Events DC. For the week leading up to the NCBF Parade, we are proud to host the float building at the DC Armory, and we look forward to seeing your faces along the parade route on April 14.

But as this edition of our newsletter will show, there’s so much more going on around our neighborhoods. Have you watched a bout of roller derby at the DC Armory? Or shopped for fresh local produce at the RFK Festival Grounds? What about strolling along the newly-renovated Anacostia River Walk? Have you put the April 30 RFK Campus Quarterly Meeting on your calendar?

At Events DC, we always have you in mind when we program events on the RFK Campus. This newsletter is a great way to stay informed about upcoming events and updates to the RFK Campus Redevelopment Project. It’s also our goal to hear from everyone who has an opinion about our efforts. And we mean everyone! Whether you have an extensive comment or a small question, your input is valuable in this process. Reach out to us anytime through, Facebook, or Twitter to let us know how we are doing and what more we can do for you, so we can continue to work to fulfill our commitment to you.

In the meantime, keep letting everyone know that you join us standing #RFKReady.

Community Calendar


2018 RFK Campus Quarterly Meetings

Monday, April 30

Monday, July 9

Monday, October 15

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Community Spotlight: The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC

The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC doesn’t just teach golf to kids – it’s part of a 20-year-old chapter of programs that uses golf to teach important values and healthy habits. While learning golf skills, participants also learn The First Tee Nine Core Values (honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment), and develop important life skills such as communication, self-management, goal-setting, and overcoming challenges.

The organization’s Life Skills Experience classes are held at 15 golf facilities in the DC area for ages 7 through 18. The First Tee also offers their program in schools and youth centers. The First Tee network stretches across all 50 states and has international programs as well, but the DC chapter was recently recognized as one of the best. That’s why we chose The First Tee as our community spotlight this month. We spoke with Executive Director Clint Sanchez to learn more.

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In Other News: Atlantic 10 Salutes the Military

Are you a basketball nut who can’t wait for playoffs? Then you’re in luck: For the first time ever, the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship will be held in our capitol city. The tournament will be held March 7-11 at Capital One Arena.

PLUS: If you’re active duty or retired military, you’ll want to put March 8th on your calendar. That’s the 2018 Salute to Military Night, and the A 10 Conference wants to give free tickets to you and your family!

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