H Street Festival Arrives + Remembering 650,000 Lost To COVID-19

Happy Saturday, Washington, D.C.! Here’s everything you need to know to get the day started.

© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser delivers remarks Friday during the opening ceremony of “In America: Remember,” a public art installation near the Washington Monument commemorating all the Americans who have died due to COVID-19.

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First, today’s weather:

Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. High: 85 Low: 68.

If you’re attending today’s H Street Festival, don’t forget to wear sunblock. The festival is happening from noon to 7 p.m. The festival is 11 blocks long on H Street NE from 3rd to 14th streets and has 14 staging areas.

The festival started as a 500-person bloc party more than 12 years ago and has now grown into a 150,000-person event.

Here are the top stories in Washington DC today:

  1. Ahead of right-wing rally, Washington DC churches ask for extra police protection (Religion News Service)
  2. Here’s everything we know about the September 18 right-wing rally in DC (CNN)
  3. Far-right groups tell supporters planned Washington rally is a government ‘trap’ (The Guardian)
  4. Justice for J6 Rally in DC This Weekend: What to Know (NBC4 Washington)
  5. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaking at art installation dedicated to Americans who died from COVID-19 (WDVM 25)
  6. More than 600,000 flags on National Mall stand witness to America’s COVID dead (ABC News)
  7. New display in Washington D.C. to honor lives lost to COVID-19 – Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW) (Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)
  8. Mayor Bowser Launches Online Redistricting Tool | mayormb (Executive Office of the Mayor)
  9. BLM Headquarters And Top Officials Will Move Back To Washington, DC (Colorado Public Radio)
  10. DC Hotel Revenue is Down 87 Percent, Due to Lack of Business Travel (Commercial Observer)
  11. 6 Lions, 3 Tigers At Smithsonian’s National Zoo Receive Treatment For COVID-19 (Washington DC Patch)
  12. E-Scooter Company Bird Recognizes Park(ing) Day In DC, Alexandria (Washington DC Patch)
  13. DC Family Holds Fundraiser As They Mourn Loss Of 7-Year-Old Karen Thomas (Washington DC Patch)
  14. Online Fundraiser Held For Family Of 5-Year-Old Girl Who Died In Bike Accident (Washington DC Patch)
  15. A Statue Of Ida B. Wells Is Unveiled At Washington, D.C., Middle School (NPR)

Today in Washington DC:

  • Bob Mould Band (9:00 AM)
  • Planet Word & Words With Friends Present: LOL With Friends (10:00 AM)
  • Photomarathon: creative outdoor contest in which your team can win $1,000 (10:00 AM)
  • Two joint exhibitions at DC’s Culture House (11:00 AM)
  • Lincoln-Thomas Day – Civil War Defenses of Washington National Park (12:00 PM)
  • Virtual Planetarium Show: Find Your Way (1:00 PM)
  • Chevy Chase DC Day (1:00 PM)
  • Edge Finishing Techniques in Quilt Making (1:30 PM)
  • Daytime DJ Dance Party: Altitude w/ Makebo | Elysium Affairs (4:00 PM)
  • Back To School In-Person Scholarship (6:00 PM)
  • Pop-up Movie Night (6:00 PM)
  • Luke’s Wings Heroes Gala (6:00 PM)
  • The Collective PAC’s History Makers Fifth Anniversary Celebration (8:00 PM)
  • The Living Room Comedy Show (8:00 PM)
  • The Nth Power Live in Concert! (8:00 PM)
  • First-Ever DMV Women’s Hockey Tournament to be held September 17-19 (8:30 PM)

Washington DC Patch Notebook

  • DC Public Library: “Stretch, bond, and move with your baby. Led by certified yoga instructor Stephanie. This program is made possible thanks to the West End Library Friends. Yoga is a physical activity. Please be aware of potential risks and consult with yo…” (Facebook)
  • Visit Washington DC: “Mark your calendars! There are several incredible shows happening this fall in the nation’s capital. 🎉 #MyDCcool #ExperienceDC Be sure to check out each theater’s health guidelines and protocols in advance. 👍” (Facebook)
  • Visit Washington DC: “Lions and tigers and pandas, oh my! Before visiting the National Zoo, be sure to check out updated info on hours, timed entry passes and safety protocols. 💯 #MyDCcool #ExperienceDC” (Facebook)
  • Visit Washington DC: “Have you been to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum?! Guests will enjoy a vast collection of stamps, postal artifacts and informative exhibits for all ages at this free museum located next to Union Station. 💯 #MyDCcool #ExperienceDC” (Facebook)
  • Visit Washington DC: “Walkingtown DC, National Dance Day Festival with the Kennedy Center, DowntownDC On Wheels, Mount Vernon’s Colonial Market & Fair, H Street Festival and more! #MyDCcool #ExperienceDC” (Facebook)
  • Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs: “BREAKING: The Committee joins the National Women’s Law Center and 30+ organizations in an amicus that supports students challenging raced-based discipline and harassment within Duluth Edison Charter Schools. Read the full amicus here: ht…” (Facebook)
  • DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment: “Imagine the eight most important women in your life standing around you. At least one of them will get breast cancer at some point in their life. If that woman is Black, breast cancer is significantly more likely to kill her. Black women…” (Facebook)
  • DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment: “#DCE, the District of Columbia Entertainment Network, presents a new streaming platform with all your favorite lifestyle and cultural shows. DCE showcases original content from creatives from around the world. WE’RE #GLOBAL NOW Y’ALL!!!!…” (Facebook)
  • DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs: “Washington English Center (WEC), an organization that provides affordable English language classes and workforce programs to adult immigrants, has resumed its in-person classes. Registration is now open for their Fall 2021 term! For more…” (Facebook)
  • DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs: “🎉Today is National Citizenship Day! @mayor_bowser congratulates those who recently became naturalized citizens, as well as those who have embarked on their journey towards citizenship! 🇺🇸 As a community, we are proud to give more immi…” (Facebook)
  • DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs: “Ready for tonight? Grab your mooncakes 🥮 and tune in to the virtual movie watch party of “Growing up Smith” with us and @dcpubliclibrary tonight at 7 PM! 🎥You can watch the film on Kanopy (dclibrary.kanopy.com) and discuss it with us u…” (Facebook)
  • District Department of Transportation: “#DYK Park(ing) Day started in San Francisco in 2005, as an event for people to re-think the use of public space & convert metered spaces into art installations and parks? Since inception, the event has spread to cities around the world. …” (Facebook)
  • DC Department of Public Works: “Help us keep our city clean and tidy by knowing your curbside collection schedule. Enter your address here to find your weekly collection day(s) http://collectionday.dcgis.dc…. #TrashFreeDC” (Facebook)
  • DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment: “The #HStreet Festival is happening this weekend! 👇👇🏼👇🏽👇🏾 #EntertainDC #202creates H Street Main Street” (Facebook)
  • District Department of Transportation: “TOMORROW (9/17) is Park(ing) Day! Our #ParkingDay2021 Coordinator, Kim Vacca is taking over Instagram to show you the behind-the-scenes transformations and of course the fun! Here’s how to check it out 👉 http://instagram.com/ddotdc” (Facebook)
  • DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs: “Estos son los sitios de vacunación y pruebas sin cita previa. Para más información sobre la vacuna visite: http://vacunas.gov Recuerda, las vacunas y las pruebas son GRATIS.” (Facebook)
  • DC Department of Public Works: “Be a good neighbor. Help keep DC clean and place your household trash in bins at home. Call 311 to report overflowing public cans.” (Facebook)
  • District Department of Transportation: “Happy Park(ing) Day! Parklets are popping up across #DC today, showcasing creative ways to occupy the curbside space. Use our interactive map to see where some of your favs will be from 9 am to 4 pm! 🔗 https://bit.ly/3zhsQAM #ParkingDay…” (Facebook)
  • District Department of Transportation: “PARK(ing) Day is in full swing! Check out our Instagram Takeover today to see all of the 12 pop-up parklets spread throughout the city until 4PM. 👉Instagram.com/ddotdc #ParkingDay2021” (Facebook)

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