Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pretty funny: PBR doing Totino's frozen pizza contest at area bars: Midlands, Wonderland, Lyman's, LGL, Good Silver

This is amusing. Pabst Blue Ribbon is doing what they're calling a "pizza crush," which is a competition by local bars to dress up a Totino's frozen pizza.

The bars will dress up the pizzas with toppings of their choice, and if you buy a PBR, you get a slice. I assume there will also be freebies and such.

They're doing the event around the city, with a number of the participants in our area: Midlands on Friday, followed by, Wonderland, Lyman's, Looking Glass Lounge, and the Good Silver (the spot that was formerly Kangaroo Boxing Club.) Other spots around the city include Dew Drop Inn, Solly's, Ivy & Coney, Smoke & Barrel and the Pug.

There's more on the local PBR Instagram.

(H/T to Randy for spotting this)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

City expands recyclable items: pizza boxes, to-go containers, plastic plates, deli containers and more

This is cool: the city is expanding their list of recyclable items to include a lot more: pizza boxes; paper and plastic plates, cups, lids and to-go containers; and plastic produce, deli/bakery containers and trays. You still need to clean the food out, though.

The idea is to help more trash avoid landfills and to increase the city's 28% recycling rate, well below Prince George's and Montgomery Counties, which are around 60%

The new items will be recyclable starting Jan. 1, so don't start putting your Domino's boxes in the recycling just yet.

They also made a handy chart with all the items that can be recycled, above. (Click it for the full version.) Print it out and put it above your home's bin!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ward 1 council race heats up: three candidates oppose incumbent Nadeau

The Ward 1 Council race is getting interesting: there are three candidates who have filed to run against incumbent councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau: current ANC1A chair Kent Boese (who also writes the Park View DC blog), former DC judge Lori E. Parker, and newcomer Sheika Reid, a 26 year-old architectural drafter.

Nadeau, as you may recall, upset longtime Ward 1 council member Jim Graham in 2014. Graham recently passed away.

Nadeau and her challengers are registered for the Democratic primary scheduled for June 18, 2018, but in a city as heavily Democratic as ours, the primary winner will most likely take the general election too.

I've already started getting mailers from Nadeau, which are technically updates about her work in council but which a few folks on twitter have said look like campaign flyers.

Should be an interesting race! I'll be doing interviews with the candidates in the coming months.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Taste of Columbia Heights restaurant fest fundraiser for CentroNia on Oct. 18

This sounds pretty neat: CentroNia, a local early childhood nonprofit, is hosting Buen Provecho: A Taste of Columbia Heights where you buy a ticket and get two tastes at each participating restaurant. It's a cool way to try a bunch of restaurants in the area and also help out a local nonprofit. There are 11 spots currently participating, with more to come. Here's more info!

CentroNía is excited to present Buen Provecho: A Taste of Columbia Heights in partnership with District Bridges. Buen Provecho, our first annual celebration of the amazing food and culture of Columbia Heights, will take place on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 6:00-9:00pm at individual restaurants along 14th Street, Irving Street, Park Road, and the 11th Street corridor in Columbia Heights.

¡Buen Provecho! will bring together CentroNía friends, foodies, and young professionals to neighborhood restaurants, showcasing each restaurant’s unique cuisine and celebrating the community. Guests will pre-purchase tickets allocating two tastes at each restaurant. All funds raised from ticket sales and sponsorships will support the more than 2,400 children and families who benefit from CentroNía’s programs and services each year.
How It Works:
  1. Purchase your ticket and you're off to explore the cuisine of Columbia Heights! Tickets are valid for 2 tastes at each participating restaurant.
  2. Start exploring once you pick up your ¡Buen Provecho! Map & Tasting Guide and swag bag at Tynan Coffee & Tea.
  3. Want something extra special? Purchase a VIP ticket! Good for 2 tastes at all participating restaurants, 5 EXTRA taste tickets, and entry to the after party.
¡Buen Provecho! Map & Tasting Guides with a map of all participating restaurants and the dishes offered will be handed out at check-in to guide you on your trip around Columbia Heights. From there, explore, taste, and enjoy at your own leisure!
If you're interested in learning about sponsorships, advertising opportunities, or other ways to get involved, please contact Alice Sadler at
Participating Restaurants & Businesses include (...and more to come!):

Thursday, October 5, 2017

First Friday on Georgia Avenue is tomorrow! Lots of deals, freebies, arts, kids' games and more

First Friday, the celebration of local businesses on Georgia Avenue organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, is back again! This month's has a lot going on, with deals, discount, freebies, events, arts, music and more. If you haven't been it's a lot of fun: a way to explore small businesses, meet your neighbors and get some good deals.

This month's seems to have the most going on, so read on! My favorite is the free glass of wine at Walls of Books, but there are lots of other great ones.
Celebrate another great First Friday with the neighborhood small businesses on Georgia Ave NW in Park View & Petworth. Drink, food and retail specials, live music, art and more. Or as others would say, this will be epic... And as always we are partnering with our friends from Petworth Arts Collaborative. 
We will have bubbles, chalk and for kids at the Old Murry's Parking Lot at Morton & Georgia Avenue (across the street from Midlands). 
SPECIAL EVENTS:- Live music by Judge Smith on The Old Murray's Parking Lot (corner of Morton & Georgia Ave)- Scavenger Hunt with Teaching for Change (starts at Old Murray's Parking Lot) - Prizes for first three - Reading by local author Scott Jackson at: Walls of Books - Washington, DC -
- Drop off for Halloween Costume Drive for Park Morton Kids -

A map of all the businesses for easy reference:

Participating businesses:
♣ Bravo Bar : BoGo & First Friday cocktail
♣ Colony Club: Happy Hour (5-7), Three Man Soul Machine from 8-10pm
♣ Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge: Smoothies and Milk Cult ice-cream (at the parking lot)
♣ District Dogs:
- Dog kissing booth (yes!!!)
- 20% dog bandanas & bow ties
- Dog water bowls at Georgia Avenue businesses
- Drop off spot for Halloween Costume Drive for the kids of Park Morton:
♣ Union Drinkery & SmallFry DC: $6 Allspice Old Fashioned
♣ Ana's restaurante: $1 chicken taco, $8 chicken soup
♣ Walls of Books - Washington, DC:
- A complimentary glass of wine
- Local author Scott Jackson will do a book reading & signing at 6:30 pm:
- BoGo for up to 5 books 
- 20% off all Melissa & Doug toys
- Drop off spot for Halloween Costume Drive for the kids of Park Morton:
♣ Story District: FREE Story Telling Crash Course @ 7pm Register for FREE:
♣ The Midlands: TBD
♣ Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering: Carimañolas (yuca balls) stuffed with either ground beef, ground turkey, ground soy (veggie) served with a tamarind dipping sauce.
♣ Yoga Heights: Rooftop Yoga @ The Swift (3828 Georgia Ave) @6:15pm. (Sign up via App or on website)
♣ Mom N' Pop Antiques: 20% off & live piano music
♣ The Looking Glass Lounge: $2 off each drink
♣ DC Reynolds: BoGo
♣ Walters Sports Bar: 50% off all drinks
♣ Reliable Tavern: $6 Punch
♣ Ten Tigers Parlour: $5 Old Fashioned
The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant(Sherman Ave): $5 Chacho Mojito

El Rinconcito II back open after fire last year!

This is good news: the other day I walked by El Rinconcito II, the Salvadoran/Mexican spot on Park Road across from Giant, and saw it was back open. On another walk by I saw a bunch of folks enjoying a meal out on their patio. The place caught fire in October of last year, so it's great to see it back in business.

If you haven't been, the spot is a local favorite and has been around for quite some time. Worth a visit. And it's got 4 stars on Yelp.

They're at 1326 Park Rd NW.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Target has hilarious Halloween animal heads you can wear

The other day I was in Target and spotted a whole bunch of giant, whole head masks: a black cat, unicorn, fox, Beast from Beauty and the Beast (I think), a panda and other various creatures. They're $30, which isn't too bad for pretty Halloween big masks. They're mostly adult-sized but there are also some for kids.

Pretty funny/terrifying. I think the weird cat is my favorite.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Outdoor movie this Friday at Tubman field: Mean Girls!

You can sit with us on Friday, Sept. 29: District Bridges (formerly the Columbia Heights Initiative) in sponsoring a showing of Mean Girls starting at 7pm at the Tubman School field, but there will be free popcorn and a yoga class in Spanish starting at 6:30pm.

Sounds fun! Here's the info from District Bridges:
We are back hosting Movie Nights in the Heights held at the Harriet Tubman Elementary School Field.

Join us Friday, September 29th as we watch Mean Girls. The evening is free and open to the public and will be an opportunity for you to enjoy some fun with your family and community.

The movie will start as soon as it gets dark- at around 7 p.m. but you are more than welcome to come early to get a great seat and hang out with us while also enjoying some premovie fun! 
This week the amazing people over at Yoga District are going to be providing a FREE mini yoga class to all attendees so come early!!

Yoga en Español con Zeus will begin at 6:30 pm. ¿What better month and way to celebrate the beautiful Latin and Hispanic culture than through doing yoga in Spanish during Hispanic Heritage month? 
Encounter Church DC will also be there with free popcorn for everyone!
We love bringing our community together for #MovieNightsInTheHeights! We hope you come out to spend an evening with us and enjoy the movie. 
Thank you to everyone who voted and helped us choose the movies we will be showing in September. For a full list of the September movie series, visit us at
Enter Harriet Tubman through the gates on Irving Street near 11th Street.
In case of rain, wind, or a wet field, the movie will be moved to the Salvation Army at 3335 Sherman Ave NW. 
As always, per DCPS rules unfortunately no pets are allowed on the field.