I was approached by the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts to share with my readers an invitation to attend their open house on September 24. I am not going to make it that day because I have a prior commitment, but I encourage any one willing to test their hearts in the face of compassion to stop by the Smith Center at 1632 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (3 blocks from the U Street Metro):
From 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 24, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts will open the doors of our newly expanded and renovated U Street community center for an open house event–giving the community the opportunity to tour the new state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, program space, and tranquil rooftop terrace, and expanded Joan Hisaoka Art Gallery. Attendees will also be invited to take part in sample workshops and classes, view an art exhibit, and enjoy music and entertainment, refreshments, cooking demonstrations, and giveaways throughout the day.
The opening event will highlight Smith Center’s legacy of offering time-tested integrative care programs and resources for people with cancer, and introduce a variety of exciting new health and wellness programs and classes for the local community at large. Attendees will get a sneak peak into some of our newest programs, including nutrition and cooking classes, creativity workshops, health and wholeness lectures, yoga and stress reduction classes, and more.
I lost my brother to lung cancer three years ago and my mother to the sequela of breast cancer in April so I need no prodding to back the Center’s work of cancer support, creativity and community building.