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Muriel Bowser Ward 4




John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004


Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
Lindsey Parker

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

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July 14, 2023

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

As the summer heat continues, and with fun events happening — indoors and outdoors — across DC, please remember to stay cool and to check on vulnerable neighbors and family members. We have cooling centers open across DC, and you can request free transportation to a cooling center for yourself or someone else by calling 311 or by calling the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093. You can also learn how to recognize and treat heat exhaustion and heat stroke HERE.

Help protect yourself and others from extreme heat by:

  • Staying indoors when possible: find places in the shade or with air conditioning to seek relief from the heat.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids: increase your fluid intake but don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine, or large amounts of sugar. 
  • Wearing appropriate clothing and sunscreen: pick lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. 
  • Keeping pets indoors: walk pets early in the morning, give pets plenty of water, and do not leave pets outside or in vehicles. For all animal emergencies, please call the Humane Rescue Alliance at (202) 723-5730. 

You should also be mindful of your mental and emotional health during extreme heat. Heat can make it tougher to manage your mental health, and dehydration can worsen mental health symptoms. Mental health disorders, substance misuse, and certain prescribed medications can also increase the risk of heat-related illness. If you begin to feel anxious, depressed, or just not yourself, you can call the District's 24/7 Mental Health Hotline at (888) 793-4357 to talk to a trained mental health professional or dial 988 to get connected to the suicide and crisis lifeline. 

Stay cool, DC. 


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Celebrate Soccer in DC


Next week is a big week for soccer in DC: we will host the MLS All-Star Game at Audi Field and kick off celebrations for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which includes seven players from the Washington Spirit — four who will be representing the United States. You can celebrate soccer at events across DC:

MLS All-Star Week: Learn about events happening in support of the MLS All-Star Game, including a celebration on Saturday, July 15, HERE

2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Cheer on the U.S. Women's National Team at a Washington Spirit watch party! Learn more HERE.  

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Tuesdays & Thursdays: Play in the Park


On Tuesdays and Thursday through mid-August, the Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting Play in the Park nights. Each event provides an outdoor play space that will include jumbo games, skates, bikes, popcorn, and more!

Play in the Park is being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. from July 11 through August 10:

  • On Tuesdays: Bruce Monroe Park (3012 Georgia Avenue NW)
  • On Thursdays: Oxon Run Park (1200 Mississippi Avenue SE)

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Enjoy DPR's Jazz in the Park Series


Join the Department of Parks and Recreation for an ongoing Jazz in the Park Series happening every Saturday through mid-August. The series will include free performances from local artists in the most scenic green spaces of DC.

Every Saturday at 6:30 p.m., the Jazz in the Park Series will be held at the following locations:

  • Saturday, July 15: Palisades Recreation Center and Playground (5200 Sherier Place NW)
  • Saturday, July 22: Shepherd Park Community Center (1425 Jonquil Street NW)
  • Saturday, July 29: Petworth Recreation Center (801 Taylor Street NW)
  • Saturday, August 8: Langdon Park Community Center (2901 20th Street NE)
  • Saturday, August 12: Langdon Park Community Center (2901 20th Street NE)

Learn more HERE.

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