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Volunteers plant a tree in the Park at LeDroit. Photo: Finn Day

St. George’s Episcopal Church Homecoming

St. George’s Episcopal Church (www.stgeorgesdc.org), 160 U St. NW, held its homecoming on Oct. 6. The morning began with guest speaker Reverend Allison St. Louis leading the service. Reverend Louis currently serves as affiliate faculty and spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary. The service was followed by a blessing of the animals on the church’s front lawn.

Cameron Dashiell singing at St. George’s homecoming. Photo: Kent

Back inside, congregants spoke about their experience with the church and what being a part of the community has meant to them. The day finished with a concert featuring individual performances of songs by cellists Cheyenne Boyce and Cameron Dashiell.

St. George’s was founded in 1930 as an Episcopal Church for African Americans. The church has maintained a strong bond with Howard University. Holy Eucharist is held Fridays at noon as well as Sundays at 7:30 and 10:00 a.m.

Casey Trees and Friends of the Park

On Saturday, Oct. 12, Casey Trees teamed up with Friends of the Park to plant trees in the Park at LeDroit. More than 60 volunteers worked well into the afternoon, planting 58 new trees. The species planted included river birch, linden, American elm, tulip poplar and juneberry. The trees will provide a canopy when fully grown but will not overwhelm the space.

Casey Trees selected trees that would mix well with the greenery already present in the park. This time of year is perfect for planting since it allows the new trees to embed themselves deep in the earth by spreading their roots.

Casey Trees (www.caseytrees.org), established in 2002, is a DC-based nonprofit committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy in the nation’s capital. Its goal is to reach a 40% canopy by 2032 (it is currently 38%), and it believes there is potential for the canopy to reach 55%. The “Take Action” section of the Casey Trees website lists volunteering opportunities in the upcoming weeks all over DC.

Friends of the Park at LeDroit strives to beautify and support the local park. The 58 trees planted at the park will need watering once a week for the next couple of years, and the community will be relied upon for the maintenance.

If you want to adopt a tree, check out the Facebook page of Friends of the Park at LeDroit and get in touch. The park is next to the Gage Eckington Dog Park as well as the Common Good City Farm.

Langley Elementary Fall Festival

On the final Saturday in October, Langley Elementary School (www.langleyelementary.org) held its fall festival in the school’s parking lot. Families got together and enjoyed a variety of fall-themed activities and treats. Tables were set up for kids to participate in various arts and crafts, like painting miniature pumpkins, making bracelets or designing a Batman mask. Many kids wore their newly created Halloween masks as they ran around the lot and jumped in the bounce house. Some showed up in costumes that they will likely wear all the way through Halloween and even a few days after.

A table with a cornucopia of baked goods offered something sweet to snack on. Attendees had their choice of pumpkin-flavored cookies or cakes, orange Rice Krispies treats, classic chocolate chip cookies and more. Another option was the food truck of Far East Taco Grille (635 Florida Ave. NE, www.fareasttacogrille.com).