Chevy Chase Citizens Association: April 18, 2018

The Chevy Chase Community Center is located at Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/January 2017)

Lafayette Park, the largest recreation space within our association’s area, periodically needs a more thorough clean-up than the D.C. government provides.

The Friends of Lafayette Park (FOLP) organization coordinates this activity and is seeking help from neighborhood volunteers. The session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on April 28.

Those who want to take part should meet at the picnic tables near the recreation center off 33rd Street NW at Patterson Street. Participants can rake leaves, pick weeds and pick up trash on the park grounds and in the perimeter gardens. FOLP will provide tools, as well as coffee and bagels. You are not required to stay during the entire three hours.

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and any students who need service hours also are welcome. FOLP Co-President Elizabeth Engel says that any help, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. FOLP seeks donations to support its activities. To contribute, and for other information about the group, visit the website

On the same day as the park clean-up, a new organization called the Chevy Chase Artist Group is beginning a month-long inaugural art exhibit at the Chevy Chase Community Center at Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. A reception is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 28. The exhibit will run through May 26.

Our association is holding several activities this month and next. If you missed our forum with D.C. Council candidates this week, we will give you a report in this column next week. On May 12, we will hold our annual public safety event, which will include police and emergency vehicles that people of all ages can inspect. We’ll provide more details later on the session, which will be in the PNC Bank parking lot on Morrison Street NW off Connecticut Avenue.

On May 15, we’ll hold the public program on “caregiving” with Northwest Neighbors Village that was postponed last month because of inclement weather.

We’re now talking about the possibility of holding at least one ice cream social with musical entertainment this summer, and we’re beginning to plan the annual Chevy Chase D.C. Day, probably in mid-September.

— Ted Gest