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Temple Garden Open House
We reported a few months back that the Temple Garden, “a local community garden on property owned by the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry at 1733 16th Street NW, will be closing after the 2011 harvest.” The Temple Garden will be hosting an open house next Saturday, July 16 and is inviting the whole neighborhood to come out for tours and samples of the garden’s produce. It’ll be a family friendly event too, so bring the kids. All of the proceeds from the event will go toward the effort of saving the garden. You can learn more about how the community is striving to work with the Temple to preserve the garden on their Facebook page.
African American Civil War Museum Reopening
The Washington Post has the full report on the African American Civil War Museum, reopening on July 18 in a former school building at 1925 Vermont Avenue NW. The new location significantly increases the square footage from 700 to 5,000 square feet and will include a media center and research area. Check the museum website for information about the film festival being held on July 17 from 12 noon to 8 pm at the museum as well as the ribbon cutting and opening ceremony the following day.
Don’t Mess With the Fuzz
DCist brings us the tale (and a video) of an altercation and fist fight between an unidentified man and a uniformed D.C. police officer on 18th Street NW in Adams Morgan. Between the growing tension and the pressure from the crowd, ultimately the two came to blows, and it looks like the officer threw the first punch. According to the Post, the Metropolitan Police Department is aware of the video and is now investigating the incident.
Preview of the Metro Fare Collection System of the Future
WMATA is surely an organization that could use a PR facelift right about now, don’t you think? In the coming years, Metro will see some changes to its fare collection syste,. Many have often wondered why the system has been so slow to make upgrades. Though it was one of the most innovative metro systems when it was built years ago, the fact that it was such an early adopter of its current collection system means that it is extraordinarily difficult to upgrade without a complete overhaul. Greater Greater Washington takes a deeper look at how far the system has come and carves out where Metro looks to be heading.