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By Tashi McQueen,
AFRO Political Writer,

D.C. Pizza Festival 2023

From April 15-16, D.C. residents can enjoy an all-you-can-eat pizza extravaganza. There will be beer, wine and entertainment available for attendees.

The two-day celebration will begin at 10:40 am on April 15 and end at 5 p.m. on April 16.

National Cherry Blossoms Festival Events 

Though blossoms are already at peak bloom, the National Cherry Blossom Festival will have numerous events highlighting the beauty of the trees on April 16. 

There will be a Petalpalooza at Capitol Riverfront on April 8, the Nation’s Springtime Parade along Constitution Avenue on April 15 and one of the largest celebrations of Japanese culture in the U.S., the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival from April 15-16.

The Petalpalooza will be from 1-9 p.m., with art, music and a cashless beverage garden. The event will close out with a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. The parade will feature appearances by Mickey and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World and the C+C Music Factory. 

D.C. Public Charter School Board Meeting 

On April 18 at 6 p.m., the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB) will hear from the public on an application that could establish a new public charter school by ISM Creative Academy PCS in D.C.

The school would focus on Montessori schooling, an education system for young children that develops natural interests and activities for Pre-K and kindergarten-age children.

DC PCSB is calling for members of the public to comment on the possible new school and whether the charter school should be permitted.

Those who’d like to testify must sign up at https://dcpcsb.org/public-comment by noon on April 18.

Earth Day Clean Up 

On April 22, The Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is hosting an Earth Day community clean up with the Howard University Graduate School and the Graduate Student Council. 

The aim is to help residents see the public health and safety benefits of keeping the community litter free.

Join the clean-up at 4215 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE in Washington, D.C., from 9-11 a.m.

Churches Planting Churches “Catch the Vision Tour” 

April 24 -25 the SBC Virginia will host the Churches Planting Churches “Catch the Vision Tour” in Washington, D.C.

On the first day, the event will go from 12 – 8 p.m. on the second day, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Catch the Vision Tours aims to raise awareness about church planting opportunities and develop relationships with key ministry leaders.

Tickets are $20.

Go to https://www.sbcv.org/eventos for more information about the program and how to sign up leading up to the event.