February 2, 2013 | by Kevin Majoros
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Jack Mackenroth, Project Runway, gay news, Washington Blade

(left) Jack Mackenroth (Photo courtesy of Kevin Majoros)

The annual Team D.C. Fashion Show and Model Search will be held at Town Danceboutique on March 9 at 8 p.m. Models will compete for a $500 first prize, the cover of an upcoming issue of Compete Magazine, a professional photo shoot and some other great prizes.

Special guest judge at the event will be Jack Mackenroth of “Project Runway” fame.  Mackenroth was recently named 2012 athlete of the year by Compete Magazine for his swimming accomplishments.

The fashion show benefits the Team D.C. College Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to local openly gay student athletes. In 2012, fundraisers such as the fashion show led to six awards being given out by the scholarship committee.

Anyone interested in modeling should contact Brent at brent@teamdc.org.

Team D.C.’s Night OUT series will launch with Night OUT at the Wizards on Feb. 8 as they take on the Brooklyn Nets. Tickets are $20 and available at verizoncenter.com/wiz/teamdc.  The promotional code is “nightout.”

Team D.C.’s Casino Night series kicks off on Feb. 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Buffalo Billiards. Join the athletes for poker, blackjack, craps and a chance to win raffle prizes. The cover is $10 for chips to play with drink specials running all night. teamdc.org.

It’s never too soon to start thinking about the upcoming international sporting events.

World Outgames 2013 will be contested in Antwerp, Belgium from Aug. 4-10 and Gay Games IX will be contested in Cleveland+Akron, Ohio from Aug. 9-16, 2014. Registration is open for both events and Team D.C. will be sending contingents to both games.

The D.C. Lambda Squares begin its New Dancer Series on Monday. It runs every Monday from 7:30-9 p.m. for 16 weeks at National City Christian Church in Thomas Circle.  The square dancing group welcomes singles and couples. They can be found at dclambdasquares.org.

If you’re looking for other types of dance, Lambda DanceSport offers classes in everything from Samba to Salsa to Swing and even “dance-at-your-wedding” workshops. They are housed at the Church of the Pilgrims near Dupont Circle and are on the web at dancesportdupontcircle.com.

The sport of Walleyball is played on a racquetball court and is also called Rebound Volleyball. There is an LGBT league that plays on Sundays in Alexandria from 3-5 p.m. in Alexandria. They will be hosting their 20thannual Winter Walleyball Tournament on Feb. 9. Anyone interested in playing can contact news@teamdc.org.

The Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association will sponsor its monthly trail ride on Feb. 3.  The group welcomes beginners and experienced riders for an hour long trail ride at 11 a.m. at the Piscataway Stables in Clinton, Md. Riders must arrive by 10:30 a.m. to prep for their ride and RSVP by going toasgra.org/special/trail.htm.

The Adventuring outdoors group lead the Blockhouse Point Hike Saturday. The Blockhouse Point Conservation Park near Damestown in Upper Montgomery County offers views of the Potomac from bluffs high above the C&O Canal, plus remnants of a Civil War blockhouse and encampment.

The hike will not exceed six miles, over rolling terrain with some steep sections. Bring beverages, lunch, proper winter footwear, layers and $6 for transportation and trip fees. Meet up is 10 a.m. at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station. Contact David at lloydde@verizon.net for details.

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