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Road Race Registration Deadline Is Today

It is time again to register for the annual SGMA Challenge road race, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. May 7 in Anacostia Park.

The race is open to teams of five from the legislative, executive and judicial branches as well as members of the print and electronic media.

To qualify, each team captain must be a Member of Congress, the Cabinet, the vice president, sub-Cabinet agency head, federal judge or accredited journalist. Each team must also have at least one female participant.

The race is limited to the first 140 teams registered, and the number of teams entering each category is strictly limited as well. Individual and team prizes will be awarded for the fastest times, but for those who move as slow as legislation there are special awards for team name and best spirit. All participants receive a free T-shirt.

Entries must be received by today. Check out www.capitalchallenge.com for registration information.

Volunteers Needed For City Museum

The City Museum of Washington, which will be opening its doors on May 16, is looking for some dedicated Washingtonians to volunteer.

The museum needs volunteers to assist during opening-week festivities, public programs and special events. Volunteer interpreters interested in a long-term commitment are also needed.

Volunteer interpreters will greet guests, encourage interaction with museum exhibitions, and assist with group tours in addition to ensuring the safety of the museum’s collection by enforcing security procedures. The museum is looking for a yearlong commitment from interpreters with at least 12 hours per month, in addition to an initial training session.

Those interested should contact City Museum Floor Manager Krista Barnes at (703) 282-9095 or at kbarnes@hswdc.org.

Norton Pushes Permanent Tax Credit

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is pushing to make a $5,000 federal tax credit for new home buyers in the District permanent.

Norton plans to introduce the District of Columbia $5,000 Federal Homebuyer Tax Credit Act of 2003 when Congress returns from its spring recess.

The tax credit was established in 1997 on a temporary basis that will expire at the end of this year. In his fiscal 2004 budget, President Bush requested funds to extend the credit for an additional two years.

House Publishes Intern Summer Housing List

In an effort to save summer interns the footwork of finding temporary housing in the District, the House Administration Committee has released a summer housing guide.

House offices received a complete list, also available on the House Intranet at interns.house.gov, in a “Dear Colleague” letter earlier this month.

Facilities are available for rent through several local colleges, including American University, Catholic University, George Washington University, Georgetown University and Howard University, as well as other institutions with Washington, D.C.-based programs.

LOC Celebrates River of Words

Young poets and artists from across the country will be on hand when former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass moderates a program honoring the student winners of the eighth annual River of Words environmental poetry and art contest.

The event — open to the public — will take place at 2 p.m. April 26 in the Mumford Room in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress.

River of Words, a nonprofit organization co-founded by Hass in 1995, will also publish a book of winning entries.

This year’s theme, “Watersheds,” has been incorporated into an interdisciplinary curriculum to help educators use nature and the arts when teaching students.

For more information, visit www. riverofwords.org.

— E. Annie Hall, Bree Hocking and Jennifer Yachnin

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