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Events DC Pursues GBAC Star Facility Accreditation

Events DC is committed to pursuing the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Entertainment and Sports Arena, and the non-military event space of the D.C. Armory. Completion of 20 performance-based measures ensures the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Entertainment and Sports Arena and DC Armory operate at the industry’s highest standards for cleanliness and sanitization.

A facility gains accreditation by demonstrating it follows GBAC’s highest standards of sanitation and disinfection to address COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases, rendering the facility safe to welcome guests and return to hosting events. The accreditation helps the events and meetings industry safely resume in-person events and satisfy attendees’ concerns.

“Pursuing the GBAC Star accreditation strengthens Events DC’s commitment to providing a safe, clean and enjoyable event experience for our guests and staff amid this global pandemic,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president, and chief executive officer. “As customers begin to reschedule their events, we want them to feel confident returning to our venues and can trust that we’ve implemented the highest safeguards and cleanliness into our recovery plan.”


FREE VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP: Stories from Our Hearts

The Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc, has created a virtual summer camp called, “Stories from our Hearts,” to provide programming and engagement to youth in Ward 8.

The virtual camp is a five-week-long virtual storytelling series geared for middle school-aged students with a focus on social and community advocacy, cultural awareness, creative arts, and youth empowerment.

Students will explore these areas through exciting and individual group activities, and some limited, in-person activities. The program will also integrate technology and literacy to encourage students to build upon their language, reading comprehension, and writing skills, even while on summer break.

For more information on this program and to learn about the many services the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc. offers to Ward 8 families, please visit, follow them on Instagram @FARSEECOLLAB, or email

Events DC Kicks Off Cycle 1 of FY2021 Community Grant Program: Virtual Program Sessions Huge Hit

On Tuesday, June 23, Events DC’s Community Engagement team hosted the first-ever virtual community grant program information session via Zoom webinar. Given the current public health precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team was pleased to offer information about the program using the virtual platform.

The webinar was a huge success as nearly 30 organizations from across the District tuned in to learn more about the program and application process. Attendees expressed their excitement to learn of the increased program funding from $200,000 annually to $500,000. ($250K over two grant cycles.) Additionally, participants shared their enthusiasm to learn that the program’s scope had expanded to include funding for operational relief, new or existing programs, and/or programs that propose to engage youth in the areas of sports, cultural or performing arts through virtual programming.

Applications for the Cycle 1, FY21 program are due on August 1st. To RSVP for the upcoming July 21 session, please visit here. For more information, email


Martha’s Table Continues to Uplift Spirits During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On June 28, Martha’s Table in partnership with local radio personality, DJ Quicksilva, and fashion and lifestyle brand retailer, Downtown Locker Room (DTLR), hosted a free, family-friendly community event at Oxon Run Park located in SE DC for more than 500 Ward 8 families. The team distributed meals, fresh produce, and items from Martha’s Table pantry.

In addition to providing healthy meals, the group collaborated with #WEFITDC, led by local fitness instructor, Joe Houston, to create a free, socially distant, workout session for residents in attendance. Martha’s Table continues to leverage its partnerships and expand its resources to bring much-needed community programming and essential services to residents in Ward 8.

Park Up DC: Drive-In Summer Movie Series Coming to RFK Campus!

Broccoli City, the creators behind one of America’s largest independent music festivals, announced the launch of Park Up DC, a pop-up drive-in movie summer series. The series will take place on the RFK Stadium Campus beginning on Friday, July 17, 2020, at 7:30 PM, and will run through Sunday, October 31, 2020. Throughout the drive-in movie series, Park Up DC will feature movies for all ages. Tickets can now be purchased exclusively at

The drive-in movie series will kick off on July 15, 2020, with a free community event for COVID-19 healthcare workers. Park Up DC will open to the public on Friday, July 17, 2020, with film favorites such as Jurassic Park, FRIDAY, Paddington, and more. Throughout the summer, movies will be shown on a massive 45ft. wide HD LED digital screen with high-quality sound delivered through each vehicle’s FM radio. Beyond movie screenings, Park Up DC will host community partner events like church services and pop-up concert experiences.


Have you joined the DC2026 Movement?

On Tuesday, June 30 Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and the DC2026 Advisory Board virtually unveiled the DC2026 FIFA World Cup Bid. The virtual launch announcement showcased the vision for the city’s pursuit to bring the FIFA World Cup to Washington, DC.

Now we need your help to continue to raise awareness:

1. Join the movement by following us @DC2026 on social. (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
2. Pledge your support by signing up for email updates at
3. Help us spread the word by posting one of the images below to your social channels. 


Local Restaurants Show their #DCGratitude:
DC Restaurants share their gratitude to diners for their support during COVID-19