Lights Out project aims
to help migrating birds
City Wildlife has started Lights Out D.C., a campaign to save birds migrating through the District.
The nonprofit wildlife rescue organization is asking owners of tall buildings to turn off unnecessary night lighting during critical bird migration periods. Urban lighting attracts and disorients migrating birds. Many birds fly into windows; others circle buildings until they fall from exhaustion.
Of special concern are external and architectural lights, lights aimed into the sky, upper story lighting (third floor and higher) and lighted atria with plants behind glass. Upper story tenants are asked to draw blinds and use spot lighting, such as table and desk lamps, after 11 p.m.
For information, go to http://citywildlife.org.
Event celebrates tap
with classes, concert
D.C. Tap Fest IV, three days of classes for tap dance students of all levels and ages, will be Friday through Sunday at the D.C. Dance Collective, 4908 Wisconsin Ave NW.
Highlights include a jam session, student showcase and talks on tap history.
An 8 p.m. concert Saturday at the Duke Ellington Theater, 3500 R St. NW, will feature Grammy-winning singer Mya, Emmy-winning dancer Ted Louis Levy and 7-year-old dance prodigy Luke Spring, who was discovered at D.C. Tap Fest II.
For prices and tickets, go to www.dctapfestival.com.
Private wall space sought
for street mural project
The D.C. Department of Public Works and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities are seeking donated wall space for Murals D.C., a free program that uses mural art to discourage graffiti.
Mural sites should be a privately owned non-residential building that has been a target of graffiti and is visible from the street. The owner must donate the space for a year or longer.
Applications must be submitted by April 30 and require three images of the site from different vantage points, the rough dimensions of the site and signed authorization from the owner. For information, go to www.dpw.dc.gov or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Anselm’s student wins Poetry Out Loud contest
Garrett Jansen, a senior at St. Anselm’s Abbey School in Northeast, won first place in the D.C. finals for Poetry Out Loud, a recitation contest March 13 at Arena Stage.
Jansen won for his reading of Siegfried Sassoon’s “The Reedemer” and will compete in the national finals at the Harman Center for the Arts on May 13 to 15.
For information, go to www.poetryoutloud.org.
Rescue league hosting pet adoption marathon
The Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW, will host six animal shelters for its Mega Match-a-thon adoption event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The event will include more than 200 dogs and cats from the Washington Humane Society, the Montgomery County Humane Society, the Prince George’s County Animal Shelter, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
Adoption fees will be discounted; $20 for cats and $40 for dogs.
For information, go to www.warl.org/mega.
— Compiled by Terence McArdle