Chevy Chase Citizens Association: Dec. 20, 2017

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

A last reminder for two holiday events: On Sunday at noon, you and your family are invited to the third annual Chevy Chase Christmas Caroling. It starts near the Starbucks at Connecticut Avenue and Livingston Street NW. Festive attire and homemade noisemakers are encouraged; songbooks and jingle bells are provided. We sing religious and secular songs per the group’s choice. Little drummer girls and boys are welcome!

On Friday, Dec. 29, if you are looking for a fun activity to do with your children while they are out of school, our association will sponsor our fourth annual holiday cookie-decorating and craft session.

We invite people of all ages to join us from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. All you need to bring is your imagination, decorating skills and a smile (an apron is optional). We will provide the cookies, icing and decorations. We are also offering craft making. Please join us.

Discussions continue on plans for a proposal to D.C. government leaders on a modernization of the community center. Last week, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G (Chevy Chase) led a second public meeting to gather opinions on what might be done at the building, which was renovated last in 1998 to 2000.

No decisions were made, but there was considerable support for retaining the basic structure of the building but gutting the interior and creating new space for the variety of activities now held there, including ballet, fencing, exercise and other fitness classes, bridge, Scrabble and various public meetings. There would be room for new programs such as drama and instruction in modern technologies.

One open question was whether to seek a gymnasium, which was favored by most respondents in a survey by ANC 3/4G and our association. There is not much extra space on the site, considering the need for more parking. One suggestion was to add a half-court gym on the side of the building adjoining the parking lot.

ANC 3/4G chair Randy Speck said the commission hopes to have a draft plan by mid-January so that it can be discussed at a public meeting on Jan. 22 and submitted to Mayor Muriel Bowser in February.

— Ted Gest