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Cartoonist to Discuss Book, Life at Library

Cartoonist Nicole Hollander, creator of the “Sylvia” comic strip, will be at the Library of Congress from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today to deliver a lecture titled “Oh No, It’s Monday, and I’ve Run Out of Ideas: A Cartoonist’s Crisis.”

During the talk, Hollander will discuss her new book “An ABC of Vice: An Insatiable Women’s Guide — which she wrote in collaboration with the humorist and author Regina Barrecca — and will reflect on the creative process and her career. A collection of her work will be on view during the event.

“Sylvia” follows the trajectory and musings of a stay-at-home mom and advice columnist, known for her signature feather boa, slippers and ever-present cigarette. The strip appears in more than 80 newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Detroit News and San Francisco Examiner.

The event, which will take place in the James Madison Building’s Mumford Room, is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the program.

CHAMPS Will Host Marketing Discussion

In an effort to help small businesses attract customers, the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals will host a panel discussion on marketing and advertising at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Bullfeather’s, 410 First St. SE.

Representatives from the Washington Business Journal, Edge Advertising and Val-PAK will discuss the ins and outs of different advertising mediums, direct marketing and other strategies to help small businesses maximize their profits.

The cost is $15 for CHAMPS members and includes breakfast. Interested individuals should RSVP by Tuesday to J.W. Arnold, Business Education and Programs chairman, at atjw@

SoberRide Offers Free Rides on St. Patrick’s Day

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program again will offer free cab rides on St. Patrick’s Day through its SoberRide program.

The group hopes to lower the number of alcohol-related accidents during the holiday by providing free taxi service over a 12-hour period in D.C.; Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties in Virginia.

The program will be available from 4 p.m. Wednesday through 4 a.m. Thursday.

Eleven Irish restaurants in the D.C. area, including The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub and Kellys’ Irish Times on Capitol Hill, are sponsoring the program this year.

Area residents who are at least 21 years old can use the service by calling (800) 200-TAXI. AT&T Wireless users can call #-TAXI. Passengers will be allowed up to $50 in free fare.

— Bree Hocking and Amy Carlile

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