D.C. Mayor Bowser Public Calendar for Saturday, May 16, 2015


On Saturday afternoon, Mayor Muriel Bowser will deliver remarks at the 25th Anniversary Party for Landis Architects/Builders.

On Sunday, Mayor Bowser will travel to the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, returning Tuesday.

Saturday Press Schedule

5 pm
25th Anniversary Party for Landis Architects/Builders
Location: Landis Architects/Builders
7059 Blair Road, NW
Suite 300
Closed Press

Washington, D.C., is a top 10 bike-friendly city

Friday is National Bike to Work Day, and Walk Score is out with its annual rankings of the most bikeable cities, putting Minneapolis and San Francisco at the top.Washington, D.C., comes in at No. 7 this year, and former District Mayor Adrian Fenty may deserve some credit for that. Fenty initiatives were instrumental in the early expansion of bike lanes in the District, which continues today.

D.C. Mayor Bowser’s Public Calendar for Friday, May 15, 2015


On Thursday morning, Mayor Muriel Bowser will appear on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. After, Mayor Bowser will attend a ‘Know Your Value’ event with Mika Brzezinski. ‘Know Your Value’ is a nationwide effort focused on empowering women to express their worth in business and in life. Later in the morning, Mayor Bowser will deliver remarks at the funeral service of DCFEMS Lt. Kevin McRae. In the evening, as part of InnoMAYtion, Mayor Bowser will attend 1776’s Challenge Cup Festival Reception at Sidney Harman Hall.

Press Schedule

8 am
Tom Joyner Morning Show
Radio Station: WMMJ/Majic 102.3 FM

9 am
Know Your Value
Location: Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Open Press
*Closest Metro: Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center Metro Station*

10:30 am
Funeral Service of FEMS Lt. Kevin McRae
Location: DC Armory
2001 East Capitol Street, SE
Open Press (Media must RSVP to press@dc.gov)
*Closest Metro: Stadium Armory Metro Station*

5:30 pm
Challenge Cup Festival Reception (An InnoMAYtion Event)
Location: Sidney Harman Hall
610 F Street, NW
Closed Press

Collaboration between D.C. charters, traditional schools a contentious issue

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The D.C. Public Charter School Board says it wants to enhance school quality and increase choice for all students in the city, but some parents and activists are worried.They fear a lack of collaboration and transparency between the D.C. Public School district and the charter school sector would threaten neighborhood schools. Others worry collaboration is code for restricting charter growth.



Modern Design Is a Nod to Hotel’s Distinguished History

The Washington Marriott Wardman Park recently announced the completion of its renovation of 1,048 guestrooms, 104 suites, concierge lounge and public spaces. Originally built as condominiums in the 1920s, the design of the new NW Washington, DC hotel suite’s draws from the hotel’s origins and blends both traditional and modern elements. The multiple million dollar renovation is an investment by the hotel’s owners, The JBG Companies of Chevy Chase, Md.

“We are excited to share our dynamic new look and feel with our guests,” said Bill Walsh, General Manager of Washington Marriott Wardman Park. “Our guests have asked for a sophisticated yet comforting ambiance for both relaxation and work; we have delivered that and more. Our redesigned guestrooms combined with our thoughtful service, convenient location, premium conference space and our mobile guest technology positions the Washington Marriott Wardman Park as world class destination for meetings, business and leisure travel.”

Dallas-based architecture design firm, Leo A. Daly, took inspiration from the roaring 1920s. The refreshed look evokes the Art Deco period with rich colors, carpets with bold geometric shapes and ornamental fixtures. Guestroom furniture is wrapped in faux linen, while a palette of warm gray is interwoven with pops of azure blue on the headboard or pillows. White and ivory detailing in the walls and window treatments pairs with the tailored fabrics and the clean-lined furnishings. Each room features easily movable furniture — guests can expect either a sofa, which can split apart into two separate seating groups, lounge chairs or ottomans.

“Our design sought to bring back to life the glamour of a time and excitement when an invitation to Wardman Park meant a person had reached the pinnacle of society life,” Kathy Chavez, Project Manager at Leo A. Daly said. “We drew from today’s fashion with a color palette that is classic rather than trendy to create a contemporary modern feel for guests.”

Washington Marriott Wardman Park also features new Marriott Hotels brand technology, designed for guests who embrace the mobile lifestyle for work as well as leisure. These added services include:

Red Coat Direct, a first-of-its-kind app that lets meeting organizers adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with a touch of a button and without ever leaving the meeting room.
Mobile Check-In & Check-Out, a mobile capability that provides an enhanced arrival experience with check-in up to two hours before arrival and automatic notifications when a room is ready.
Free Wi-Fi is available to all Marriott Rewards® members, who enjoy free in-room Wi-Fi when they book directly on Marriott.com, Marriott’s mobile app, or by calling 1-800 MARRIOTT.
About Washington Marriott Wardman Park
When you arrive at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, you’ll find a charming neighborhood in the heart of Washington, DC filled with amazing restaurants and quaint shops. Just a few steps away, you’ll discover the funky stores and ethnic cuisine of Adams Morgan or the exciting night life of Dupont Circle. This hotel in NW Washington, DC has a Metro stop just outside the hotel’s front door and area airports located close by for optimum travel convenience. Discover the unmatched Washington Marriott Wardman Park with comfortable and recently renovated rooms and suites now featuring plush bedding, high-speed internet access and modern upgrades.

For more information, to make a reservation or to submit a request for proposal, call 1-800-228-9290 or visit www.Marriott.com/wasdt.

Aaron Watson’s ‘underdog’ Star Continues To Rise With Radio Momentum And Headlining Dates In NYC, LA, Chicago & Washington DC

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) In February, Aaron Watson made Billboard sales chart history by becoming the first solo male artist to debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart with a self-released, independently distributed studio album. ‘The Underdog’ (2.17.2015) continues its sales ascent as Watson performs to sold out audiences across the country in support of his new – and 12th career – album.The “proud country traditionalist” (New York Times) made his Grand Ole Opry debut on March 31st where he was chosen to be one of six artists featured on UVerse/AT&T’s “My Country Debut” series which can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/AW_OpryDebut

A $100 Weekend in Washington, D.C.

Assuming you’re not a lobbyist in town to woo steak-loving senators, Washington can be a great place to visit on a budget. With 17 free Smithsonian museums, gratis gorillas at the National Zoo, engrossing monuments that are far more than photo opportunities, and open public events speckling the spring and summer calendar, you need not spend a dime on entertainment — as I found out during a recent visit, the 12th in my occasional $100 Weekend series.

Celebrate the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary in and around D.C.

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Grateful Dead 50th anniversary celebrations are happening all year across the country and Washington is no exception. In addition to Thursday’s Dear Jerry concert, District Deadheads have plenty of opportunities to let their freak flag fly. (Almost) JerryTakoma Park’s John Kadlecik used to play in Furthur with the Dead’s Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Now he has a new group, the DC Mystery Cats, that re-creates Jerry Garcia Band shows in their entirety. In June, he’ll return to Gypsy Sally’s for three shows (3401 K St. NW; June 3 & 4, 8:30 p.m., $15, June 5, 9 p.m., $20). In August, he’ll celebrate what would have been Garcia’s 73rd birthday at the Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW; Aug. 1, 8 p.m., $20-$25).