Kicking the ball and working as a team is the message DC Scores seeks to send to children and young people in the U.S. capital. This program focuses on learning to play one of the most popular sports in the world, soccer. And also, as Cristina Caicedo Smit reports, through good handling of the ball, improve the young players' academic performance.
Intricate design, white flowers and see-through veils. A happy bride proudly wears her perfect wedding attire, this time, however, made from toilet paper! June is a popular month for weddings, so the 14th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest took place in June in New York. As Elena Wolf reports, the entries shocked the jury with the elegance and chic that one doesn't usually expect from hundreds of rolls of bath tissue. Anna Rice narrates her report
Botanical art illustrates the delicate beauty of plant species, frequently in watercolor paintings. A series of botanical art exhibits featuring native plants is being showcased in 25 countries around the world. The idea is to highlight botanical art and the diversity of plants worldwide. In the United States, 46 pieces are on display at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington. VOA's Deborah Block spoke with some of the artists about their exquisite artwork.
Seventy years ago this month, a major record company, Columbia Records, introduced the first LP, or long-playing record. The new format revolutionized music sound recording and was quickly adopted as the new standard by the recording industry. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, Sony has pressed a very limited quantity of that original LP — 500 records — to give away to their customers. The anniversary comes at a time when vinyl has been enjoying a revival. VOA's Julie Taboh has more.