Chevy Chase Citizens Association: April 4, 2018

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

April will be a busy month at the Chevy Chase Community Center, both for our association and for other organizations.

On April 13 at 11:30 a.m., the Metropolitan Police Department will offer a personal safety program for seniors.

During the third week of the month, on consecutive days there will be a D.C. candidates’ forum, a meeting sponsored by Historic Chevy Chase D.C., and a community health and resource fair.

We’ll tell you more next week about the candidates event, which will be sponsored by our association on the evening of April 17.

Last year, Chris Myers Asch published, “Chocolate City:  A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital.” Asch will appear with Historic Chevy Chase D.C. President Carl Lankowski at a public session on April 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. They will discuss the book and how Asch’s experience growing up in Chevy Chase shaped his perspective on the city’s racial history. Asch attended local public schools such as Lafayette Elementary, Deal Middle School and Wilson High School. He and Lankowski will explore a range of topics, from the origins of Chevy Chase to restrictive covenants to former Mayor Marion Barry.

On April 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the D.C. Office on Aging will hold a health and resource fair at the center. The event is aimed at people 55 and older. No registration is required.

The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department will offer blood pressure and glucose screening. There will also be a glaucoma screening. Other health programs taking part are Maryland Cardiology Associates, Howard University College of Dentistry, Costco hearing aids, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Sibley Hospital, the D.C. Health Care Ombudsman and Bill of Rights, and the YMCA Fit and Well Seniors program.

Other participants are the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, the D.C. Departments of Insurance, Securities and Banking, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and Public Works, the Public Service Commission, Office of the People’s Counsel, Grid Alternatives, D.C. Relay, D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility, Serve D.C./Cultivate the City, Transport D.C. and Terrific Inc.

— Ted Gest