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Park View Kids Zone Hosts Easter Egg Hunt at Raymond Rec

April 9, 2012

Some of those enjoying the cook out at Raymond

Not one to be daunted by the renovations at the Park View Recreation Center that have closed the park, Angela Strange and her Park View Kids Zone held their annual cook out and Easter Egg hunt at the Raymond Recreation Center this year. Assisting her were the Young Professionals auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League.

After the cook out, both the children and adults enjoyed a few games of tug of war before the Easter egg hunt began. I was happy to see a few of the oldest kids actually scooping up eggs and then turning them over to the youngest kids that weren’t able to fill their bags as easily as many of the elementary-aged kids could.

After the egg hunt, the day rounded out with a game of kick ball.

Children gathering before the start of the egg hunt


Park View Kids Zone & DC Cares Hosting Clean-Up at Bruce Monroe @ Park View, Monday 1/16/12

January 13, 2012

For those of you who have the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday off, here is an opportunity for you to get involved in the community and serve. On Monday, January 16th, the Park View Kids zone and DC Cares will be participating in the National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They will be hosting a clean-up day at Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary School (3560 Warder St NW) on Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities will include painting murals and doing some much needed clean-up projects at the school. All volunteers, parents, children, teens and neighbors are invited to join and serve our school in honor of Dr. King!

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

For more information, contact Angela Strange. Ang.Strange(at), 615-496-0834,


3rd Annual Santa’s Workshop This Saturday (12/10) and Next (12/17)

December 7, 2011

Here’s an opportunity to volunteer and help area children and families have a happier holiday. The third annual Park View Kids Zone’s Santa’s Workshop. Full details follow:

Join Park View Kids Zone for our third annual Santa’s Workshop this Saturday December 10th and Saturday December 17th at Bruce Monroe at Park View from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. All Park View neighbors of all ages are welcome to come! We will have holiday crafts, lots of holiday food and each child will get to “shop” in Santa’s Workshop! Each year we set up a free store for the kids to shop for a present for their parents and we gift wrap it as if they were at a nice department store. We want the kids to have the opportunity to give a gift to their family at Christmas. It will be a fun day for all and a great time to celebrate the Holiday’s with some of your youngest neighbors.

We are in need of donations for this event. We need gift items for our parent store. These items do not have to be new! We are looking for small items such as picture frames, necklaces, earrings, unused small bath items (like from a hotel), household accessories, kitchen gadgets, tie’s, purses, note cards, etc. We could use gift wrap, bags, tape, ribbon, bows and tissue paper as well.

We need some neighbors to commit to one or both of the days to help us with food and drinks. Christmas cookies, veggie and fruit trays, chips, finger sandwiches or wraps, chex mix, nuts, candies, hot coco, juice boxes, Christmas paper plates, napkins, plastic silverware and cups are all items we need to pull this off on the 10th and the 17th. Maybe you have some grandma’s who would be thrilled to bake up some holiday goodies for the kids? If you would like to help with this fun program or would like more information please contact Mrs. Angela at Ang.Strange @ Gmail.Com or 615-496-0834. Happy Holidays Park View!!


Children’s Kite Festival Planned for Saturday

March 24, 2011

April 4, 1943, was too windy for kites in Park View

The Park View Kids Zone is planning to have a kite festival in the afternoon on Saturday, March 26th. It will be the first such festival in quite a while to be organized on the grounds of the old Park View playground.

There was a time when kite festivals and contests were commonplace at District recreation facilities and playgrounds, particularly in the late 1930s and 1940s. Of course, that was also a time when children would spend hours planning and building the kites themselves. I suspect that many of the Kids Zone children will also be learning to build their own kites.

Let’s hope this year’s children have a better time of it than those of the 1943 season had. During that year the kite contest had to be postponed a week when winds reaching 41 miles per hour disrupted the Park View event … snapping kite frames and ripping the paper. Not to be defeated, 13-year-old Joe Friedman of 721 Princeton Place simply stated that he’d spend the week building a bigger kite. At nearby Macfarland Junior High, District Recreation Department director Clint Price stated that “one little boy about 9 years old was still crying long after the others had left, the wind freezing the tears as they rolled down his cheeks.”

In looking at the forecast, it looks like colder weather and rain could be in store for Saturday. Let’s hope the kids get in some fun before the weather turns rather than having to postpone the event.


Follow Park View Kids Zone on Facebook

December 29, 2010

The Park View Kids Zone (PVKZ), spearheaded by Angela Strange, has been operating out of the old field house at the Park View Recreation Center for a little over a year now, and during that time they’ve been working hard to set themselves up as a non-profit so that they are in a better position to provide programming to our neighborhood’s youth.

As they work their way through the process, they have done incredible work in the community during their first year. Some of what has been accomplished can be seen on their recently launched Facebook page. Readers may also recall that the PVKZ had an open house on December 16th that included singing and dancing. The YouTube clip below is from that event.

The Park View Kids Zone returns to full programming after the New Year’s holiday. Their January calendar of events is below:

  • Thursdays nights from 6 to 8 p.m. they are starting a “Teens Art Night” at PVKZ. Park View teens will come together with other teens to learn to express themselves through art. PVKZ will turn into an artist studio to give teens a focused creative time. We will also incorporate spoken word and music as we learn to express ourselves in a positive way. If you are a local artist that would like to help or you would like to donate art supplies please contact Mrs. Angela at PVKZ.
  • They will be celebrating MLK day with a day of service in Park View. PVKZ Volunteers and children will be doing a clean-up day around Park View  as their day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday the 17th. Participants will be picking up trash, cleaning out closets, and general cleaning at PVKZ. If you would like to volunteer please contact Mrs. Angela at PVKZ.
  • Friday the 28th from 7-9 p.m. PVKZ will be hosting a 1980’s themed Winter Dance! Come dressed in 80’s attire and dance to old-school! The kids love to dance and it should be fun teaching them about the 80’s! If you would like more information contact Mrs. Angela at PVKZ
  • After-school is M-F, 3-6 p.m. FUN Saturday’s are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday with lots of fun events planned! Reading Circle is every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


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