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Muriel Bowser Ward 4




John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: muriel.bowser@dc.gov

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Kevin Donahue

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Eugene Adams

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Jackie Reyes-Yanes

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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March 4, 2022

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Did you hear? The National Cherry Blossom Festival is back in person and peak bloom is right around the corner. Peak bloom at the Tidal Basin is expected to take place right at the start of spring, from March 22 to March 25. 

When the pandemic hit DC, the Cherry Blossom Festival was one of the first major events to get cancelled. It is fitting then, as we welcome visitors back to our city and workers back to our beautiful downtown, that we do so surrounded by thousands of blooming cherry blossoms. These symbols of hope and renewal, first gifted to Washington, DC 110 years ago, have delighted residents and visitors alike for decades and we couldn't be happier to bring back one of our favorite traditions. 

Of course, if you can't make it to the Tidal Basin, there are plenty of places across all eight wards to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Trees will be blooming in Anacostia Park, Oxon Run Park, the National Arboretum, near the Basilica, and on streets and in parks across DC.   

Learn more about the festival activities at nationalcherryblossomfestival.org, and I hope to see you out enjoying DC. 


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

DC Government Hiring Fair

DC Is Hiring

The District of Columbia’s Department of Human Resources (DCHR) is hosting its first hiring event of 2022 on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17.

Participating agencies will make on-the-spot job offers for DC Government vacancies in a number of industries. The event is free and registration is required for jobseekers.  

From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day of the fair, job seekers can chat with hiring managers from across District government, and qualified applicants may have an opportunity to interview via video chat or phone call. Jobseekers will also be able to claim additional preference for District residency, military service, and foster care as applicable in any other hiring event.

Register HERE

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Register for Spring Programming

Spring Programs

Registration is now open for Spring Programming at the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). A range of programming for children and adults is available, including:

  • New spring sports, including baseball, tee-ball, double dutch, and flag football, along with the return of popular favorites like soccer, pickleball, tennis, and cheerleading.
  • DPR Spring Break Camp during District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Spring Break and a DCPS Fun Day on April 18, a DCPS professional development day. 
  • Young Ladies on the Rise and Young Men, Future Leaders for ages 6-12 and Supreme Teens for ages 13-19.
  • Urban gardening, therapeutic recreation, aquatics, dance, music, and senior-focused programming.
  • Fitness classes, including bootcamp, combat sports, spin, yoga, and Zumba.

Learn more and register HERE

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Register for the HerStory 5K

HerStory 5K

In celebration of Women's History Month, Mayor Bowser invites residents to celebrate the history making women of Washington, DC by joining in the 4th Annual FITDC HerStory 5K, which will be held in-person at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, March 19 at 9:00 a.m.

The FITDC HerStory 5K is a Women’s History Month tradition, hosted by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation that routinely draws over 2,000 participants from all eight wards. Last year, when the in-person event was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual 5K was held and over 2,500 participants signed up to run in their own neighborhoods.

A commemorative HerStory 5K t-shirt and runner’s bib will be provided to all participants while supplies last, courtesy of AETNA. Learn more and register at herstory5k.com.

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