Good Stuff: January 2024

Good Stuff: January 2024

Museums for All

National Children’s Museum recently announced its participation in Museums for All, a nationwide access program that encourages individuals of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. The cost of museum admission can be a barrier for many low-income families, so the program’s year-round open-door policy invites low-income visitors to feel welcome at cultural institutions.. Participating museums provide reduced admission, ranging from free to just $3, to visitors presenting their EBT (SNAP food assistance benefits) card. This reduced rate is available during all normal operating hours to up to four individuals per EBT card. Some of the other DMV-area museums participating in the program are International Spy Museum, National Building Museum, KID Museum, Laurel Museum, Greenbelt Museum, Arlington Historical Museum, Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House, George Mason’s Gunston Hall and Children’s Science Center Lab.

MLK Holiday D.C. Peace Walk and Parade

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk is held annually on the federal MLK holiday, which will be January 15, 2024. The walk is coordinated by the Coalition for Peace, a group of individuals and nonprofits dedicated to peace and positivity for the Washington D.C. metropolitan communities. The 2024 theme is Bending Toward Peace, Truth and Justice. There will be a Peace Rally at 9 a.m., assembly at Shepherd Parkway 9:45 a.m. and step-off at 11 a.m. for the two-mile walk along MLK Ave in Southeast D.C.

In tandem is the MLK Holiday DC Community Service Project. Would you and your family like to watch or walk in the parade and do a little community service? Consider helping to clean the streets on and near the parade route, 12-2 p.m. To participate, pick up supplies at the service project’s table at the Health and Community Fair tent near the parade’s reviewing stand (MLK Ave. & W St. SE). Register to volunteer: john.zottoli@gmail.com or call John at 703-343-5186.

All Household Batteries Can Now be Safely Recycled Across D.C.

Call2Recycle is powering up battery recycling in the district. With the new DC Battery Disposal Ban in place, primary and rechargeable batteries are prohibited from being tossed in the garbage and must be properly recycled. The good news: recycling your household batteries has never been easier with Call2Recycle, the approved battery stewardship organization in the district, offering recycling for all. Find a drop-off location near you.

Walmart Initiative to Create a More Inclusive Shopping Experience for All

Walmart recently announced it is bringing back sensory-friendly hours from 8-10 a.m. local time, not only on Saturdays, but every day, indefinitely. During these hours, Walmart says, the company hopes its “customers and associates will find the stores to be a little easier on the eyes and ears.” Measures to do that include changing the TV walls to a static image, turning off the radio and lowering the lights where possible.

Children’s Book Spotlights Clean Water Solutions for African Villages

Water 4 Mercy is a U.S. not-for-profit that empowers sub-Saharan communities by bringing water access to develop its agricultural infrastructure. CEO and Founder Nermine Khouzam Rubin, along with co-author, Susan Joy Bellavance, have written a children’s book, The Most Wonderful Rain, sharing Water 4 Mercy’s mission through the eyes of a young Tanzanian woman. It’s inspired by the true story of Deborah, who lives in a Tanzanian village and spends her days making the dangerous 10-hour trek to retrieve water for her household. With this important responsibility to her family and community, she is unable to fulfill her dreams of going to school to become a doctor. Deborah’s life is positively altered when a life-changing water project and drip irrigation system brings the promise of clean water and hope.