The African Beat

November 1, 2019


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2019 ShopAGOA Trade Fair

AGOA Trade Fair

Featuring exhibits, workshops, and the launch of the eCommerce platform, the ShopAGOA will offer a unique platform that connects micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from eligible AGOA countries with buyers in the United States. The African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a United States Trade Act that offers African countries incentives to open their economies and build free markets. 

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Asian Fusion Gallery | 1343 L St NW | Washington, DC | 20005

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DMV Black Restaurant Week (DMVbrw) 

DMVbrw 2019

Eat delicious food, celebrate entrepreneurship, and support black businesses during this fall’s DMV Black Restaurant Week (DMVbrw), from November 3 - 10. Participating African restaurants include Appioo African Bar & Grill and Bukom Cafe.    

When: Sunday, November 3, 2019 - Sunday, November 10, 2019 

Where: Various restaurants across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia

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Mitigating Herder-Farmer Conflict in Nigeria


Come learn about the innovative network of milk suppliers involving over 100 pastoral households within rural Kano created by M.D. Abubakar. The model encourages commercial dairy ranchers to invest in raising the productivity and inclusiveness of Nigeria’s dairy value chain, while reducing the destructive risk posed by herder-farmer conflicts.

When: Monday, November 4, 2019 | 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Where: Bernstein-Offit Building 616 | 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW | Washington, DC | 20036

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UNDAUNTED: Stories from the Frontlines hosted by the Aspen Institute


Join the Aspen Institute for an evening of short, personal stories from global experts weaving together universal themes of hope, resiliency, and triumph. The first half of the evening will have eight experts share what they have learned living and working in some of the world’s hardest to reach communities, where developing trust is crucial to building healthy communities. The second half of the evening will have drinks and hors d'oeuvres with the entire 2019 New Voices Fellowship class and other guests. 

When: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: The Aspen Institute | 2300 N Street NW | Suite 7 | Washington, DC | 20037

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I Am Workshop Wednesday at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art


Just as contemporary artists create artworks that reveal not only themselves, but their thoughts about economic, political, and environmental climates, participants will explore personal thoughts about themselves to compose a poem that defines who they are. First come, first served; participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Where: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art | 950 Independence Avenue SW | Washington, DC | 20560

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The Greater Horn after the Eritrea-Ethiopia Rapprochement


Come join this discussion on the regional politics of an African peace deal, particularly after the Eritrea-Ethiopia Rapprochement.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm 

Where: Bernstein-Offit Building 736 | 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW | Washington, DC | 20036

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Book Launch: Tested Innocence by Bernadette Jeudy


The Embassy of Haiti will host the book launch of corporate finance businesswoman, Bernadette Jeudy, for her debut memoir, Tested Innocence, which tells the riveting tale of a life-changing event that led Jeudy to become a health coach. 

When: Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

Where: The Embassy of Haiti | 2311 Massachusetts Avenue NW | Washington, DC 20008

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From Slavery To Pan-Africanism: A Commemoration of Resilience: 1619-2019


Howard University will be hosting a daylong commemoration of the Year of Return, which is a recognition of the 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in the English colonies, and the 100 years since the first Pan African Congress. The event will include panel discussions with community and academic leaders, reflecting on the Year of Return and the legacy of Pan Africanism.

When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Where: Howard University | 601 Howard Place NW | Washington, DC | 20059

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#Peacetalks with peacebuilder Victoria Nyanjura

Victoria Nyanjura

Nyanjura was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda when she was 14 years old and spent eight years in captivity. After escaping, she resumed her studies and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Affairs and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Come hear Nyanjura discuss innovative and practical ways to promote a more peaceful society and ways individuals can practice building peace in their own communities.

When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM 

Where: Eaton Workshop | 1201 K Street NW | Washington, DC | 20005

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The New Arab Spring? Arab Populations between Hope

South Sudan

In the past year, there have been mass protests in several Arab countries, including Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon, many of which are still ongoing - which has raised questions about a new or persisting Arab Spring. Join Young Professionals In International Affairs as they discuss the causes, challenges, and future of ongoing mass protests across the region.

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Where: Cleveland Park Library | 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW | Washington, DC | 20008

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Heroes & Sheroes Design with African Fabric Workshop at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Fashion Fabric Art

Create a red-carpet masterpiece on painters canvas with fashion designer and MOAA DC Africa Fashion Show & Culture Expo participant Almira Leónché from the House of Leónché. Discover your creative side as you design, choose fabric, and embellish an evening gown or cocktail dress to make a 3-D wall art piece to remember.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Where: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art | 950 Independence Avenue SW | Washington, DC | 20560

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Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa


The National Interest Foundation invites you to join it for a panel discussion on human rights issues in the Middle East and North Africa MENA region.  Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm 

Where: Rayburn House Building - Room 2075 | 45 Independence Avenue SW | Washington, DC | 20515

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The Way Forward in the Post Revolution Sudan


A distinguished panel will discuss the political stability and peace prospects, economic, social cohesion, and the way forward in the Sudan in the post revolution era now under a civilian government and the ongoing peace negotiations between the transitional government and opposition groups.

When: Friday, November 22, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Where: The Institute of World Politics | 1521 16th St NW | Washington, DC | 20036

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Black Professionals In International Affairs (BPIA) and U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) 4th Annual Regional Outlook Forum

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The International Monetary Fund released its Fall 2019 Regional Economic Outlook Report for Sub-Saharan Africa on October 18th in conjunction with its 2019 Annual Meetings that took place this year in Washington, DC. The Forum, co-sponsored by BPIA and the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), will examine the key findings and implications of the Report’s finding from two unique perspectives. Light refreshments will be served.

When: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Where: United States African Development Foundation | 1400 I Street Northwest #1000 | Washington, DC | 20005

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Job Announce

Mayor's Winter/Spring 2020 LEAD Internship

Executive Office of the Mayor

The Executive Office of the Mayor is currently accepting applications for the Winter/Spring 2020 session for the Mayor's Leadership Engagement Achievement and Development ("L.E.A.D") program offering undergraduates, graduates, and recent graduates the chance to gain valuable work experience in one of our departments. Through agency assignments and weekly development workshops, interns will be able to enhance their skills and learn new skills suitable to working for a government entity. 

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Workforce Development Specialist

DC Department of Employment Services (DOES)

The Workforce Development Specialist interviews, registers and occupationally codes applicants, as well as counsels applicants to identify needs and/or problems to determine appropriate action required or referral to be made  and when necessary, refers applicants to appropriate specialized services such as testing.

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Supervisory Information Technology Specialist

DC Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV)

The Supervisory Information Technology Specialist coordinates with taxi companies and transportation network companies (TNCs) on mandated data submissions to the agency, manages the contractors responsible for maintaining and enhancing the data infrastructure, and develops and manages projects to analyze data for transportation planning purposes and to improve the operations of DFHV. 

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Program Navigator

Mary's Center

The Program Navigator will support engagement efforts at various clinical sites while maintaining regulatory compliance provided by the institution. Placement can vary but may include Clinical waiting rooms or at community events. Strong interpersonal skills are required. Amharic/English or French/English proficiency preferred.

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NYSC Intern - Finance

General Electric (GE)

The intern, based in Lagos, Nigeria, will work closely with assigned GE Businesses to provide operational support tin financial analysis and risk management. This role may also require interface with Government entities, GE customers and with other GE counterparts.

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Africa Program Officer

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

The Africa Program Officer develops and implements an advocacy and litigation agenda for the protection of civic space in Africa in support of local human rights defenders and movements.

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Associate, Francophone Countries, FP2020

United Nations Foundation

The Associate is responsible for providing programmatic and administrative support to FP2020’s Country Support team – namely, the Francophone Countries Manager, Rapid Response Mechanism Portfolio Manager, and Country Support Director. Must be fluent in English and in French (speaking, reading and writing); additional language fluency a plus. 

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Nutrition Specialist (IYCF)


The Nutrition Specialist, based in Yaounde, Cameroon, supports the development and preparation of the nutrition (or a sector of) program/s and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of progress of the IYCF projects/interventions within the country nutrition program. 

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Program Manager - Middle East and North Africa (Tunisia)

International Republican Institute

The Program Manager is responsible for the overall oversight and management of the Tunisia grants from start to end and management of the Tunisia Washington, D.C. team. The PM leads a team, contributes to the design of new programs and serves as the primary liaison with IRI’s Tunis-based staff. French or Arabic language preferred.

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International Gender and Organizational Development Consultant 

Banyan Global

Banyan Global is recruiting a French-speaking, International Gender and Organizational Development Consultant for 7-8 months to undertake multiple missions to Bamako, Mali. The Consultant would support the strengthening of the organizational and governance capacity of SNGP national partner. Full professional fluency in French and a willingness to be based in or to undertake multiple missions to Bamako, Mali for the duration of the consultancy are required.

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The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs’ & the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ Braiding Boot Camp

Braiding Boot Camp (Oct 2019)

On Friday, October 25, 2019, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA) and the Small Business Resource Center of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) hosted a Braiding Boot Camp for budding and existing small hair braiding businesses. Attendees learned about business licensing, the regulation renewal process, and small business legal information to develop their hair braiding businesses. French interpretation was provided to ensure all attendees fully understood the content.

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Mayor's Commission on African Affairs Meeting


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MOAA African Community Grant Spotlight: African Women's Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA)


A Sudanese woman with an 8-year-old daughter had breast cancer. She fell on hard times due to her sickness, losing her apartment and having to live at the mercy of family and friends. It became increasingly difficult to find accommodations for her and her daughter, causing her enormous anxiety and depression. The African Women's Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA) contacted the Mayor's Office on African Affairs for help; MOAA provided the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)’s and the Department of Aging (DACL)’s contact information. An AWCAA patient navigator followed up, resulting in the DHCD giving the mother a list of three housing complexes to review and choose. She is expected to find permanent accommodations through the DHCD.

The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs is proud to support the African Women's Cancer Awareness Association and its Health Literacy and Screening Program, which provides culturally relevant educational outreach, referrals, and screening services to African immigrants in Washington, D.C.

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Mayor Bowser Celebrates World Champions Washington Nationals and Announces District’s Plans to Support the 2019 Nationals Championship Parade 

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On the evening of Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the following statement after the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros to capture their first-ever World Series championship:

“Our Washington Nationals are World Champions! This victory is the culmination of a journey that began 14 years ago when our community brought baseball back to DC. By staying in the fight and finishing the fight, the Nationals have brought a tremendous amount of joy to the District and, no doubt, inspired a new generation of baseball players and Nationals fans. We are DC Proud of our team and cannot wait to show them our love and support with another historic parade in the Sports Capital.”  

The #SportsCapital will host the 2019 Nationals Championship Parade to celebrate the Washington Nationals’ World Series victory. 

Fans attending the parade are encouraged to:  

  • Text “NATS” to 888-777 to receive text alerts on safety, transit, and weather updates from the District about the parade
  • Leave your car at home - take Metro or the many other public transit options as parking will be extremely limited near the route
  • Use #FightFinished on social media
  • Visit for the latest information.  

To ensure the celebration is a safe and enjoyable experience for all, the Bowser Administration is coordinating service and logistical operations across multiple District agencies.

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 2:00 pm

Where: The parade will begin on Constitution Avenue NW at 15th Street NW, proceed east along Constitution Avenue NW, and end on Pennsylvania Avenue NW at 3rd Street NW with a team rally.

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Mayor Bowser Announces the District’s Public Schools as the Fastest Improving in the Nation

Landed Quote

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Mayor Muriel Bower announced that based on the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the District is the fastest improving state in the nation and DC Public Schools (DCPS) is the fastest improving urban school district in the nation. Mayor Bowser announced the results at the launch of a new homebuyer program with Landed, a financial services organization that will offer DC’s public school teachers and staff guidance and financial assistance in purchasing a home.

“Just over a decade ago, our community made a commitment to invest in our public schools. Since then, the renaissance of our schools has been the driving force behind the renaissance of our city. Across all eight wards, students are engaged in rigorous and joyful lessons and programming, and our educators, coaches, and staff are committed to excellence and equity,” said Mayor Bowser. “We became and remained the fastest improving state in the nation by investing in our educators and by making our public schools a top priority citywide. Today, in launching this new tool that will help our educators live in the city they serve, we keep those investments and that commitment going.”

Landed’s new homebuyer education program supports teachers, school administrators, and staff in DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools in becoming homeowners by providing a personalized team that includes a partner agent and a Landed home buying expert. Landed also provides down payment assistance towards a home through its shared equity down payment program. The down payment program provides up to $120,000 to help educators get to a 20% down payment, with no income restrictions.

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Mayor Bowser Announces 11 Years of Continued Enrollment Growth for DCPS and Public Charter Schools


On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the number of students enrolled in public schools in Washington, DC increased for the 11th consecutive year, reaching 94,603, with DC Public Schools (DCPS) exceeding 50,000 students for the first time since 2006, according to preliminary data released by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). These unaudited numbers show a 1.7% increase overall across DC – or 1,587 additional students – over the last school year.

“The continued growth at our public schools is proof that if we listen to and work with the community, meet the needs of our students, and build the programming and the facilities that our students need and deserve – then families will come,” said Mayor Bowser. “We’re going to keep investing in our students and teachers to improve the quality of education and keep DCPS and our public charter schools growing for another decade to come.”

Enrollment at DCPS increased from 49,056 students in the 2018-19 School Year to 51,060 students in the 2019-20 School Year, a 4% gain over final, audited numbers released in February 2019. Enrollment at DC’s public charter schools decreased from 43,960 students in the 2018-19 School Year to 43,556 students in the 2019-20 School Year, less than a 1% decrease over final, audited numbers for last school year released in February 2019.

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Nigerian-American teen becomes first black valedictorian in Alvin High School’s 125 years history after earning 6.9 GPA

Tobi Phillips Valedictorian

Nigerian teenager Tobechukwu "Tobi" Phillips has made history at Alvin High School in Texas, becoming the school's first Black valedictorian 125 years after it was established in 1894. This incredible feat takes place 54 years after the school integrated with African-American students in 1965. According to an online platform called Because Of Them We Can, the school currently has 86 black students out of approximately 2,800 students. Phillips graduates with a 6.9 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, by taking AP courses along with her electives and earning all A's throughout her four years in school. In addition to being a scholar, she is a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Rho Kappa Honor Society, president of the National Honor Society, an AP ambassador, a decorated volleyball and track athlete. 

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Two African business partners in the US invent smokeless cookstove which also charges phones


26-year-old Nigerian, Max Chinnah, and his Ghanaian partner, Godwin Attigah, have invented a smokeless cookstove which can ease the burden of cooking for rural dwellers in Africa while serving as a handy device for camp enthusiasts in Europe and America. The smokeless stove, apart from not discharging smoke while cooking, also has a feature which allows it to convert heat into electricity through a USB port; this allows for charging a phone.

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DC Health Link Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Coverage is Here

DC Open Enrollment (Nov 2019)

Open enrollment for individuals and families is here! Renew or enroll in quality comprehensive health insurance coverage from November 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020. If renewing your plan, you may be able to save money or find other benefits you need by shopping for a new plan. Enroll by December 15th for insurance coverage that begins January 1, 2020. 

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Senior Care Monthly Series

Senior Care

Learn from Senior Advisors Plus advisor Timothy Howard at a free monthly series on providing care to aging seniors. Mr. Howard will present information about at-home care, configuring the home, companion care, home care, home health, community care, independent living or active adult, assisted living, residential assisted living, memory care, and nursing homes.

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 1:00 pm

Where: Petworth Library | 4200 Kansas Ave NW | Washington, DC | 20011

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GED and High School Skills Tutoring


Join DC Public Library for skill assessments for adults who need a high school diploma (GED or National External Diploma) and tutoring for those with skills at the high school level. To qualify for tutoring, you must take the assessment first.

When: Monday, November 4, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library | 1630 7th St NW | Washington, DC | 20001

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Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) Coffee & Capital at the Department of Consumer Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)


Join DISB to hear about innovative alternatives to financing for District startups, emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses. Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits should consider attending. Access to capital options to be discussed at the event include programs administered by DISB such as the District of Columbia Business Capital Program (DC BizCAP) and an investment crowdfunding option, the DC-Only Securities Offering Exemption. DISB will also discuss DC BizCAP requirements and how small business owners and entrepreneurs can utilize the program. 

When: Monday, November 4, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: DCRA Small Business Resource Center | 2nd Floor (E-200) | 1100 4th Street SW | Washington, DC | 20024 

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Job Seekers Clinic

Job Seeker

Are you looking for a job? Do you need help with your cover letter, resume or application? Come to Job Seekers Clinics at Petworth Library! Library staff will provide one-on-one assistance for job seeking patrons. Patrons will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Petworth Library | 4200 Kansas Ave NW | Washington, DC | 20011

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The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) Workforce Wednesday


Connect with employers and training organizations across the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan region. Candidates must demonstrate dependability, a great attitude and a passion to learn. All attendees are highly recommended to be registered in prior to the event and have several copies of one's easily readable, professionally-typed, accurate, and error-free resume. Be sure to bring an electronic or hard copy of the Eventbrite confirmation ticket to the event.

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Where: Department of Employment Services | 4058 Minnesota Avenue NE | Community Room | Washington, DC | 20019

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Joyful Foods Market Volunteering


The Joyful Foods Market is a free monthly market where KIPP DC families can shop for fruits and veggies, sample fresh foods, and learn more about healthy recipes. Volunteers are needed to help support the Smilow Campus market. Contact Kristin Jackson at to register yourself or your group to volunteer. 

When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 3:45 pm  - 5:45 pm

Where: 5300 Blaine St NE | Washington, DC | 20019

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Free Legal Assistance at DC Public Library


Get help with social security income (SSI)/social security disability income (SSDI) applications/denials/termination, criminal records (record sealing, or help preventing discrimination by landlords and employers), employment background check problems, driver’s or professional license acquisition issues, student loans, credit reports, wage garnishment, debt collection, lawsuits and harassment, placement on DC’s Child Protection Register, and recovery of security deposits from a former landlord. Walk-ins are welcome, and registration is preferred! 

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 11:30 am  

Where: Parklands-Turner Library | 1547 Alabama Ave SE | Washington, DC | 20032

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Financially Fit: Journey to Generational Wealth Workshop on Savings, Budgeting, and Credit

Financially Fit DC

Interested in building generational wealth? Come to this workshop to learn about building and managing credit, budgeting and increasing savings.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Anacostia Library | 1800 Good Hope Road SE | Washington, DC | 20020

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Free Teen Musical Master Class, hosted by the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation


This musical master class series aims to better prepare young musicians between ages 13 -18 on the audition process by grouping students by instrument class with a college professor who will be able to accurately assess the students development. Students must have access to their primary instrument and should have at least 2-3 years experience or be able to demonstrate the ability to read music, perform scales and rudiments.

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Young at Art Weekly Seniors Program


Promoting healthy aging through the arts and creative expression, Young at Art allows seniors aged 55+ to explore activities in painting, drawing, ceramics, and crafts. This free, weekly hands-on, instructor-led program goes beyond the traditional “arts and crafts” activities; allowing participants create original works of art that articulate the richness of their life experience. 

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