Every year around this time local residents are taken by surprise by a fireworks display over Catholic U. We get Tweets and emails with people asking if they are hearing gunshots or lamenting that they didn’t know about it ahead of time, and would have liked to have enjoyed the show. So, we figured we would give readers a heads up. The fireworks are a part of Luaupalooza, a celebration of the end of CUA’s school year. This year the event will be Friday April 29th, and we are guessing the fireworks will begin when it gets good and dark outside. So, grab a blanket, find a clear view of the sky and enjoy!
Burroughs Elementary is having a Spring Planting Festival on April 23rd from 9 am -12 pm and the community is invited to come out and enjoy the event. For more information see the flyer below or contact John Burroughs Elementary School Garden Coordinator Karen Davison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-464-7570.
The annual Easter community event on CUA’s campus is always a fun event for neighborhood kiddies. This year the event, Spring to CUA, will take place on Sunday, March 20 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. The event is free and includes an egg hunt, moonbounce, face painting, duck pond game and an obstacle course. From the event page:
CUA invites the Brookland & CUA community families to join us for a fun spring afternoon! Kids can enjoy a wide variety of treats, crafts, and activities including an Easter egg hunt. The event is run by CUA student volunteers, who make the day a safe and enjoyable time for our welcomed community guests.
Register/RSVP for the event here. The event will take place on the University Lawn (behind The Columbus School of Law). In case of rain, it will be indoors in the Pryzbyla Center – Great Room.
This July Catholic U’s Drama Department will be conducting Summer on Stage, a program for high school students looking to improve their singing and acting skills. We thought neighbors who know of such aspiring students would like to pass along the info. From the program’s website:
The CUA High School Drama and Musical Theatre Institutes are two-week residential programs for students who wish to pursue intensive summer training in the performing arts. Study voice, movement, and acting with experts in the field.
Increase your ability to develop and demonstrate acting skills that require you to assume and sustain roles, use your voice effectively, and communicate character through movement and gesture.
Strengthen your singing and dancing skills and prepare for college auditions.
Draw inspiration from Catholic University instructors and theatre professionals.
Immerse yourself in theatre and college campus life, collaborating and living with others who share your passion for the performing arts.
For more information call 202-319-5358 or email cua-drama(at)cua(dot)edu.
We thought readers would be interested in this annual event for a good cause. From an email:
Each year our Public Interest Law group holds an auction to raise money for students who take unpaid legal jobs in the community. Last year, we raised $100,000 and were able to provide 15 students with summer stipends. There are several ways you can be apart of this year’s auction, which will be held on February 12th, and help more students get involved in the public interest career sector.
We were fortunate to attend an event to honor volunteers of Brookland based Casey Trees. We have driven by the location, Heritage Hall, on Catholic University’s campus many many times over the years and had always been curious about what it looks like on the inside. The Hall, which was recently restored in 2014, dates back to 1914. Hope you like the photos, as you can see it is a beauty! (Flash is required to view the photos, if you can’t see them, go here.)
Join Campus Ministry and the Alumni Association for the Greccio (Living Nativity) in front of St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. Enjoy the living nativity while you hear the story of how St. Francis recreated the manger scene in a cave in the hills of Greccio, Italy to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Seasonal snacks and warm drinks will be provided!
Sunday evening’s regularly scheduled 9 p.m. Mass will be held following the nativity. All are welcome.
The event is free and will begin at 6:30 pm.
From time to time we try to post about the cultural goings on at Catholic University. It really is a great source of nearby entertainment at super-reasonable prices. We learned from this recent tweet that tickets for the Drama Department’s shows have now gone on sale.
— CUAdrama (@CUAdrama) August 31, 2015
Tickets range from $5 – $15 – what a bargain! Purchase tickets here. Performances take place at the Hartke Theatre on CUA’s campus at 3801 Harewood Road, N.E. For more information, including show descriptions, check out CUA’s Drama Department here.
Catholic University’s Mullen Library will be hosting a Brookland Neighborhood Editathon, in order to improve online content related to Brookland. The crowd sourcing event will take place Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library at the Catholic University of America from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited, including those with no experience. For more details, and to sign up, checkout this Wiki page about the event and the Facebook event page.
The Archdiocese of Washington says the pope will celebrate Mass on Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Organizers say Francis will appear on the basilica’s east portico. The congregation is expected to assemble around the basilica on the university mall.
The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Avenue, NE.