Shepherd Park Citizens Association: Aug. 16, 2017

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We in Shepherd Park are very fortunate to have many places and activities that are both interesting and free. The Montgomery College Planetarium on Fenton Street in Silver Spring — just a short walk away — will host a free presentation and live broadcast of the solar eclipse from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. If you can’t make it to the event, you can catch it later at eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

The second annual Taste of the World Festival at the Emery Heights Community Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW, will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, the event will give residents the chance to experience the diversity of our communities. Along with food vendors, there will be arts and crafts, music, dance and storytelling. Everyone is encouraged to wear ethnic dress.

A memorial service for longtime resident and community activist Rosemary Reed Miller will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington Ethical Society on 16th Street NW.

Schools are getting ready for the upcoming school year. The D.C. International School on the former Walter Reed campus will soon welcome its first students to the new location, while San Miguel Middle School students, who are on a year-round schedule, are already hard at work. Shepherd Elementary School will open Aug. 21.

The Historic Preservation Review Board recently announced its preliminary support of the mixed-use 66-acre site, approving the height and footprint of The Parks at Walter Reed but calling for revisions to some of the landscaping, building materials and structural features.

— June Confer