Chevy Chase Citizens Association: Oct. 18, 2017

Lafayette Elementary School went through an extensive renovation in 2016. (Brian Kapur/The Current/August 2016)

“The Wonder of Fall” is the theme of the Lafayette Elementary School Fall Festival this Saturday, to be held at Broad Branch Road and Northampton Street NW. The school welcomes the community to a larger-than-usual event.

The fun will start at 11 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Festival chair Lara Kline and her team of parent volunteers have put together a magical selection of carnival rides, games and activities for children of all ages. Traditional favorites like face painting and karaoke will be back, along with incredible activities sponsored by local businesses, Lafayette annual sponsors and festival sponsors.

Please donate gently used books to be resold at the festival. We’ll take any fiction or nonfiction books for kids and adults. Drop them off in the main entryway of the school between 1 and 4 p.m. Friday, and sort them into the correct bins.

The Fall Festival team is focusing on our community this year with more outreach to neighborhood crafters and vendors, so come and shop for unique items. Hungry? Don’t miss the bake sale, pie competition and chili cook-off. Our friends at Potomac Pizza and Broad Branch Market will be back with yummy food for lunch. You can also buy pumpkins and fall treats.

You don’t have to attend Lafayette to go to the festival. To purchase ride wristbands, food tickets and vendor tables, check out the Lafayette Home and School Association website at

The Home and School Association is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides essential support for students. It is run by a volunteer community and parent board and complements the D.C. Public Schools budget to provide additional programming. It pays for arts, music and mindfulness instruction; extra learning in science, technology, engineering and math; and grants for teachers’ professional development. It also purchases some supplies not funded by the school system and provides uniforms for sports teams.

Remember that next Monday’s public meeting is when Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G (Chevy Chase) will hear from D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation officials about the plan to close the Chevy Chase Community Center an hour earlier on weekday evenings. Please join the discussion at the center, starting at about 7:20 p.m.

— Ted Gest