Shepherd Park Citizens Association: Dec. 6, 2017

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The Parks at Walter Reed will be developed over the next 10 to 15 years. (rendering courtesy of Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden)

The Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library at 7420 Georgia Ave. NW is alive and well! The latest new books are displayed in the areas for children, teens and adults. The weekly story times are continuing for babies on Mondays at 10:30 a.m., toddlers on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and families on Saturdays at 11 a.m. All have been well-attended. Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., enthusiastic participants join Yoga for All. Don’t be shy if you’re a beginner. The Studio Lab Express drop-in times are still on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult, and those under 17 need parental consent. There’s much to learn there, and information is available for the other audio and video services and classes available around the city while renovations at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library downtown are being carried out. The opening of the Authors Series will be held Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. with the former U.S. ambassador to Senegal, Harriet Elam-Thomas, as the special guest. The winter party is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 19. The staff is very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.

Our association’s community meeting is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the auditorium at Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. There will be an important discussion of changes in membership: costs, designations, benefits, responsibilities and opportunities for service. There will be timely updates on the Walter Reed development with reports on the Foreign Mission Center environmental study, the latest on the National Children’s Medical Center with information about the possible use of the nearby Takoma Theater property, and building plans for housing and retail units. The latest on the China Hut agreement will also be shared, and Mark Pattison will give a final push for completing holiday gift  drives. As always there will be upcoming event announcements and pizza from Ledo.

— June Confer