A look at July 4th festivities at the Old Soldiers' Home (AFRH)

A look at July 4th festivities at the Old Soldiers' Home (AFRH)

It’s really not a problem to see fireworks in Petworth. Once 9pm rolls around, the neighborhood skies are filled with all sorts of legal and illegal flying explosives to delight the eye and terrify the dog. (Be sure to keep your dogs safe!)

Every year the Friends of the Soldiers Home and the Armed Forces Retirement Home team up with sponsors to put on a family-friendly event with food, beer, music, games and more. It’s a great place to spend the holiday appreciating your neighbors, and your freedom.

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Guide to the Spring Fling event at the Soldiers’ Home

Guide to the Spring Fling event at the Soldiers’ Home

Your guide courtesy of Friends of the Soldiers Home for Spring Fling tomorrow, Saturday, May 18, Noon to 5pm, Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington, D.C.

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Good times! Fall Fest at the Old Soldier's Home is Sept 30th!

Good times! Fall Fest at the Old Soldier's Home is Sept 30th!

The Friends of the Soldiers’ Home and the Armed Forces Retirement Home are hosting their annual Fall Fun Fest on Sunday, September 30th from 9am to 5pm at the AFRH. Come out to enjoy an antique auto show, music, an art show, petting zoo, bobbing for apple, a pumpkin carving competition and much more.

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AFRH skips DC Zoning and Comp Plan, goes the federal action route

AFRH skips DC Zoning and Comp Plan, goes the federal action route

A recent article from the Washington Business Journal reports that the Armed Forces Retirement Home (aka the Old Soldier's Home) has decided to bypass the normal comprehensive planning processes in DC for the redevelopment of their property and move forward with redeveloping 80 acres using a "federal action." In fact, AFRH will be the body to give out work permits and certificates of occupancy, not DC government.

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Celebrate July 4th in Petworth with the Old Soldier's Home

Celebrate July 4th in Petworth with the Old Soldier's Home

If you're looking for a family-friendly, food-and-drink-enjoying evening, head over to the Armed Forces Retirement Home (aka Old Soldier's Home) for the 6th Annual July 4th Celebration. This year the evening kicks off at 4pm on the grounds of the Home (enter at Rock Creek Church Rd and Randolph St NW). 

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Wreath-laying & cemetery tour at Old Soldier's Home (AFRH) on Memorial Day

Wreath-laying & cemetery tour at Old Soldier's Home (AFRH) on Memorial Day

The Armed Forces Retirement Home is marking Memorial Day with a free wreath laying service and tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery on Monday, May 29th. 

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Things to do this weekend in Petworth

Things to do this weekend in Petworth

Yowza, the nice weather comes and so does a weekend full of activities. Here's a rundown of what you can do this weekend (hint, there's Stormtroopers involved!):

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“We’re all immigrants”: A personalized exhibit about President Lincoln’s efforts to encourage immigration

“We’re all immigrants”: A personalized exhibit about President Lincoln’s efforts to encourage immigration

“We’re all immigrants,” Erin Mast said to me, describing “American by Belief,” an exhibit on immigration and refugees at President Lincoln’s Cottage on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Petworth. Ms. Mast is the Executive Director of the Cottage and spoke to me about the exhibit while they were doing the initial install. 

“Some of us immigrated by choice, others by force,” she said. “This exhibit is the story of President Lincoln’s effort to encourage immigration in the US and tell the story of how people choose to come here.”

(Ed Note: This article was previously published on October 21, 2015 when the Lincoln's Cottage exhibit first opened. The article, and the immigration exhibit, are arguably even more relevant today. I recommend you check it and and add your own immigration story to the wall.)

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Holiday card drive for veterans - an easy way to say thank you

Holiday card drive for veterans - an easy way to say thank you

Its that time of year again! We are collecting handmade holiday cards for the residents of the Old Soldiers Home / Armed Forces Retirement home here in Petworth. If you know an adult, office, child, daycare, or school that would be interested in making holiday cards to bring some joy to these individuals who have spent years or a lifetime in service to all of us, please spread the word and help us hand out a card to every retired soldier we can this holiday season. 

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Fall Fun Fest at the Old Soldier's Home this Sunday

Fall Fun Fest at the Old Soldier's Home this Sunday

Join the Armed Forces Retirement Home’s (Old Soldier's Home) resident veterans to celebrate autumn with the Fall Fun Fest on Sunday, October 4th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

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Fireworks, food & more on July 4th at the Old Soldier's Home

Fireworks, food & more on July 4th at the Old Soldier's Home

If you're looking for a family-friendly, food and drink evening, head over to the Armed Forces Retirement Home (aka Old Soldier's Home). This year the evening kicks off at 4pm on the grounds of the Home (enter at Rock Creek Church Rd and Randolph St NW). 

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Get ready for Spring Fling -- the day's schedule for Saturday, May 7th

Get ready for Spring Fling -- the day's schedule for Saturday, May 7th

This Saturday, from 12pm to 5pm, the Friends of the Old Soldiers Home and the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be hosting their 4th Annual Spring Fling. Music, dancing, kids events, food and beer -- sounds great! Here's the day's schedule...

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