Chevy Chase Citizens Association: Sept. 20, 2017

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

We were blessed with perfect weather last Saturday for Chevy Chase DC Day. This annual event introduces new local residents to our association and the many businesses in our community, and reminds others of what we do.

Robert Gordon, our second vice president, played a major role in planning the event, which was supported by many local businesses. John Chan of Durable Slate provided the popular petting zoo, Squeals on Wheels. The Taylor Agostino realty firm arranged for a balloon artist, who at some points saw lines of more than 20 kids waiting for balloon hats, dogs, swords and other figures. The moon bounce, from Child’s Play, was busy all afternoon long. Children’s House provided five face painters. State Farm insurance provided healthy treats that were a hit with kids and parents alike. The Avalon Theatre offered free popcorn, and Write for You had a discount table featuring collectibles, greeting cards and sweets. The magician Cabini, underwritten by Red Velvet Cupcakery, did coin, card and handkerchief tricks.

New members signed up to join our association. If you missed us last Saturday, please visit our website,

For the past year, our association has worked with Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G on a collective vision for the future of the Chevy Chase Community Center. We’ve held meetings to get suggestions for improving both the center’s physical facilities and its effectiveness in meeting the community’s evolving needs.

A short survey to get the community’s input is available online at

“We plan to compile the results as part of recommendations to the mayor and the [D.C.] Council on steps to bring the center up to the standards that the community expects,” said Randy Speck, chair of ANC 3/4G.

This is an opportunity for everyone who has any interest in the center, whether as a past or current user or someone who would like to have a more vibrant center in the future, to help us communicate their views to the District’s decision-makers.

— Ted Gest