Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Taqueria del Barrio offering Mexican turducken, tamales for Thanksgiving, drag brunch


Well, this isn't something you see every day: Taqueria del Barrio  the Mexican spot at 821 Upshur, is offering a Mexican take on turducken, the Thanksgiving food where a turkey is stuffed with a duck that has been stuffed with a chicken. Wow. I guess in Spanish it would be a pavpatollo, or something.

Taqueria del Barrio's version, however, has turkey around a pork loin wrapped around chorizo, which sounds pretty awesome. You can buy it by the pound from now until Nov. 20, plus tamales, another Christmas staple. Might be good for Thanksgiving proper or Friendsgiving. They're also offering it in the restaurant from Nov. 24-26.

They're also doing a drag brunch on Nov. 18, which sounds fun. Read on for the details:
Drag Brunch – Saturday, November 18 
Taqueria del Barrio hosts drag brunch Saturday, November 18, with resident queen Desiree Dik hosting and performances by queens Chicki Parm and La Bella Mafia.  
Reservations are encouraged with one seating at 10am and another at 1pm. Guests can order from a fixed $25 menu including the choice of either a brunch entrée or three of Taqueria del Barrio’s signature tacos, as well as a brunch cocktail. Reserve a table by calling 202-723-0200 or visiting www.taqueriadelbarrio.com  
Thanksgiving at Taqueria del Barrio 
Spice up your Thanksgiving table this year, and let Taqueria del Barrio do some of the work for you in the process. Chef and owner Anna Bran-Leis is preparing a Mexican turkey roulade (her take on turducken), wrapping turkey around pork loin, which is wrapped around house-made chorizo, resulting in a savory, showstopper Thanksgiving entrée. 
The Mexican turkey roulade can be ordered in advance by phone at 202-723-0200. It is priced at $16 per pound (each pound feeds two people), and is offered alongside homemade cheese poblano tamales for $3.99 each. Orders can be placed now through Monday, November 20, and all orders will be available for pickup from the restaurant from noon to close on Wednesday, November 22.  
Although Taqueria del Barrio is closed on November 23 for the holiday, guests can also enjoy the Mexican turkey roulade as a special in the dining room Friday, November 24 through Sunday, November 26. The roulade will be $13.99 and comes with a cheese poblano tamale, as well as cranberry and orange salsa.  
Taqueria del Barrio 
821 Upshur St NWWashington, DC 20011 
202-723-0200 
www.taqueriadelbarrio.com
Photo by Jai Williams 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Grants available for social justice: affordable housing, environment, peace, immigration, anti-oppresion and anti-racism

This is awesome: All Souls Unitarian Church at 15th and Harvard sent me a press release about the Beckner Advancement Fund, which offers $70,000 in grants each year up to $10,000 for a variety of social justice causes: 
  • Safe, affordable housing
  • Environmental justice
  • Peace and reconciliation
  • Immigration
  • Anti-oppression efforts, including racial and ethnic justice
The deadline for the first part of the application is January 26, and the group needs to either be a 501(c)3 nonprofit or be affiliated with one. 

Here's a bit more about the fund and requirements, with a full description on their website (scroll down for the External awards, Internal are for church members.)

About the Beckner Advancement Fund 
All Souls Church Unitarian has a long history of working for social justice and fighting against oppression of all kinds. Our proud tradition of public witness here in the nation’s capital dates back to standing against slavery and continues to this day. For almost two centuries, the congregation has worked to make our city, our nation, and our world more just and compassionate. 
All Souls members Earl and Meta Beckner endowed the Beckner Advancement Fund in 1973. The Deed of Gift states their desire to “make the Church and surrounding community more cohesive, attractive, and forward-looking; foster human rights and dignity; and enhance the influence of All Souls Church in the Washington metropolitan area.”  
Grounded in commitment to social-change philanthropy, the Beckner Advancement Fund distributes about $70,000 each year to support efforts that advance All Souls’s social justice mission. The Beckner Advancement Committee, made up of All Souls members, the senior minister, and coordinated by a program officer, manages the Fund and advises the church’s Board of Trustees, who make the decisions for the Beckner Advancement Fund. Internal grants fund the church’s own social justice activities, and external grants support DC organizations that address urgent and compelling social justice issues from the community. as identified the following social justice priority areas
The Fund prioritizes proposals for organizations and projects that:
1.  demonstrate significant ties to Ward 1 neighborhoods and residents (where the church is located);2.  are facilitated by small, grassroots organizations;3.  address root causes of social service needs (rather than providing direct services);4.  actively engage the community they serve in developing program strategies;5.  effectively measure their success (or are building systems to do so);6.  seek support for new initiatives or for project components that build capacity of existing programs;7.  demonstrate willingness to educate and include All Souls members in their work for social change; and8.  have existing relationships with All Souls Church or its members. 
The Fund will not consider requests to fund individuals, sectarian programs that promote religious doctrine, or organizations that ask for more than 10% for general operating support.
Read more at their website, scroll to the External Grants.

Canned food drive for Mary's Center, which provides health services, tutoring and more; drop off at Petworth Farmers Market


Mary's Center, the great local nonprofit that serves as a community health center and also offers literacy and social services, is holding a canned food drive to help give families a good Thanksgiving meal. And the Petworth Community Market, every Saturday until Nov. 18 from 9am-1pm, is accepting donations.

Here's more about the canned food drive and Mary's Center. The market is at the triangle where 9th and Upshur meet.
Help Feed 500 Families In The Neighborhood 
We're partnering with Mary's Center to make sure everyone in the community can have a wholesome Thanksgiving meal this season. We'd love your thoughtful and kind help.
Items you can drop off at the PCM Market Manager table are: stuffing mix, instant potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, canned gravy and gravy mix, canned sweet potatoes and yams, pie crust and filling, sugar and flour, rice and beans, and grocery store gift cards. 
If you're interested in volunteering with Mary's Center at their bag stuffing event on November 19 (or any of their other holiday volunteer opportunities), email Magali Ceballos at mceballos@maryscenter.org. 
Mary's Center, founded in 1988, is a Community Health Center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. Mary's Center uses a holistic, multipronged approach to help each participant access individualized services that set them on the path toward good health, stable families, and economic independence. The Center offers high-quality, professional care in a safe and trusting environment to residents from the entire DC metropolitan region, including individuals from over 100 countries, through 8 locations.

UPDATE: You can also donate canned goods at the Brass Knob, 2311 18th Street NW. They're open 7 days a week, 10:30am-6pm Monday-Saturday and noon to 5pm Sunday.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Help get out the vote in Virginia: phone banking and canvassing today and tomorrow!


The Virginia elections are tomorrow, which means elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state legislature: and you can help.

The elections affect us in DC for a few reasons: for one, Congress has the power to stop DC from spending its own money and enforcing its own laws, and they've used that power before to block the city from spending money on things voters here support: medical marijuana, decriminalized marijuana, women's health, LGBT issues, abortion services, and many other things DC taxpayers have voted for and want.

The local elections also affect how the districts get drawn in the state going forward: right now, there are 4 Democrats and 7 Republicans in the Congress from Virginia, despite the total vote being split nearly 50-50. Thanks to gerrymandering, in the state house there are 34 Democrats and 66 Republicans, despite the state going for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

But you can help! There are opportunities to make phone calls to Virginia voters either from your own home or at a local restaurant, as well as volunteer opportunities to visit the state to encourage folks to vote. 

Here's more info from DC for Progress. Read on for how you can get active!

Election Eve Phone Bank at Parthenon 
Join us at the Parthenon Restaurant tonight! Make calls for the full Virginia Democratic ticket using an online system! We will provide training, so do not worry if you have not used the system before. 
Please bring a laptop or tablet, and a cell phone with a charger, and FRIENDS! 
When: Monday, November 6, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Where: Parthenon Restaurant, 5510 Connecticut Avenue NW (Friendship Heights Metro) 
Please RSVP using the link below.
Sign me up! Election Eve Parthenon Phone Bank, Mon, Nov. 6

Remote Phone Banks  
Sign-Up Form --> bit.ly/dialforva 
All phone bankers or volunteers organizing phone banks should sign-up using the form. You will then be sent the training materials & call-in information for the phone bank training, which will happen at the start of every shift and last about 15 minutes.

We need as many people as possible on the predictive dialer. For anyone who definitely can't be on the dialer, we have back-up open virtual phone bank.

Get out the Vote Canvassing 
Knocking on doors and talking with voters is the best way to get out the vote.

Do not have a car? No worries! We are arranging transportation. But if you do have a car, and would like to drive other volunteers, please let us know. 
Meeting Location: DNC, 430 South Capitol Street SE (Capitol South Metro stop) 
Shift Times - Monday, November 6: 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm
Shift Times - Tuesday, Election Day: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm 
Please sign up using the links below, and indicate which shift(s) you will attend in the sign up form.
Sign me up! Knocking doors in VA, Mon. Nov. 6Sign me up! Knocking doors in VA, Tues. Nov. 7

Election Day Phone Banking 
Join us in the final get out the vote sprint with phone banking at the DNC!

Please bring a laptop or tablet, and a cell phone with a charger, and FRIENDS!
When: Tuesday, November 7, 9:00am-7:00pm
Where: DNC, 430 South Capitol Street SE (Capitol South Metro stop)

Kickboxing pop-up at YogaWorks: get the first class free!


If you're looking to get into shape, just got this announcement about a new kickboxing class at YogaWorks on 14th just north of Florida Avenue. And there's a free code for the first class! Read on.
I am thrilled to announce a 7 class cardio kickboxing pop up class in DC. Classes will be held @ YogaWorks on 14th Street. Classes will be held from 7:40 AM to 8:20 AM on the following dates: 
· November: 14th, 21st, 28th
· December: 5th, 12th, 19th
· January: 9th 
BoldBox is a cardio-centric kickboxing class with kicks and punches set to an amazing playlist. No bags and no wraps needed. Being a champion is a lifestyle, and this class will train you to be fighting machine in your everyday life. Most classes will have 4 rounds: the warm up, the hustle, the knockout and the cool down. 
Come join the first class on us! Enter the promo code "BOLDBEATSVIP" into 'Enter Promotional Code' in the Eventbrite! (before 11/14). You can register here.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Caribbean pop-up coming to EatsPlace on Georgia Avenue Fri. & Sat. Nov 3 & 4


If you like Caribbean food, or just want to try something new, swing by food incubator EatsPlace on Georgia this Friday and Saturday for Littles, their latest pop-up. It's a Caribbean spot from Brooklyn-born chef Terry Tomlinson who learned to cook from his Jamaican mother and grandmother. They'll have meat, vegetarian and vegan options, plus drinks, beer and a kids' menu. Here's more from EatsPlace, sounds pretty tasty:


WHAT:  Littles: Caribbean Pop-up at EatsPlace  
WHEN:  Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, 2017 starts at 5:00pm - kitchen closes at 9:00 pm

Warm up with Caribbean dishes from the Littles pop-up at EatsPlace. Imagined through the creative and innovative lens of Chef Terry Tomlinson and his wife, Littles brings alive the spirit and flavors of American and Caribbean cuisine in a rich fusion. At Littles, the plates are designed to be shared. This pop-up's goal is simple: to source the best authentic Caribbean and local ingredients, that can be enjoyed with good friends, conversation and music!

One of Chef Terry's missions is to make Caribbean food healthful for the body and soul and embrace vegan diners. In addition to classic curry and jerk meats, there will vegan entrees and sides. Entrees include vegan curry shrimp; veggie tails, a version with all the island flavor but no oxtails; and creamy mac'n'cheese. 

Menu:
MAINS
  • Curry Chicken (Spicy): Chicken, onions, scallion, peppers in a spicy curry sauce, served with rice $7.00
  • Fried Whiting Nuggets: Whiting strips fried in a mild batter $6.00
  • Jerk Chicken Sliders (3): Ground chicken with authentic jerk seasoning, provolone cheese and caramelized onions $8.00
  • Mac and Cheese $4.00 

VEGEATARIAN / VEGAN
  • Veggie Tail: A stew made of butter beans, potatoes, peppers, onions, scallions and veggie meat.  Served with rice $9.00
  • Vegetable Curry: Carrots, chickpeas, potatoes, peppers, sautéed in a curry sauce. $5.00
  • Vegan Curry Shrimp: Jumbo Vegan Shrimp Prawns, onions, scallion, peppers in a spicy curry sauce, served with rice $9.00
  • Vegan Potato Salad: Potatoes, vegan mayo, vegan eggs, vegan mustard $5.00
  • Vegan Mac and Cheese $5.00 

SIDES
  • Cabbage $2.00       
  • French Fries $2.00             
  • Rice (White or Rice and Peas) $2.00
  • Sweet Yams $2.00

KIDS MENU
  • Chicken Nuggets with your choice of french fries or mac and cheese $3.00
  • Fish Sticks with your choice of french fries or mac and cheese $4.00
  • Grilled Cheese with your choice of french fries or mac and cheese $3.00
  • Mac and Cheese $3.00
  • Vegan Mac and Cheese $4.00

About Chef Terry Tomlinson:
Chef Terry Tomlinson, born Brooklyn NY to Jamaican parents, had a keen interest in cooking at an early age. By the time he was 6 years old, he started cooking under the careful guidance of his grandmother and mother. Upon establishing himself in the Bronx, Chef Terry began cooking for others the Caribbean dishes he made growing up.  

In addition to being a chef, Terry holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and started his own management consulting firm, Corporate Portfolio Management Solutions (CPMS).  

About EatsPlace: 
EatsPlace is a food business incubator and restaurant accelerator with a focus on community development, and sustainability with locations in Washington DC and Virginia. EatsPlace provides training programs for culinary entrepreneurs, and gives them use of a licensed commercial kitchen and retail space, as well as business support and mentorship. For more information visit eatsplace.com or follow EatsPlace on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram via @EatsPlace.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, Nov. 4 with free hot chocolate at Walls of Books


The monthly neighborhood cleanup is coming up, this Saturday, November 4th: it's a good opportunity to meet your neighbors and help the area look nicer, and this month there will be free hot chocolate.

It starts at 10am, meet outside Walls of Books at 3325. Then afterwards, there will be free hot chocolate at Walls of Books, courtesy of Compass real estate agent Jason Cohen.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Where are all the Halloween decorations in our area?


Halloween is upon us, but I get the sense our area isn't really in the spirit -- I have yet to see a good display around. In contrast, a friend posted this awesome display up in Brightwood Park: tombstones for the the Nats' season :( , Humpty Dumpty, the President of the Virgin Islands and other funny stuff.

There's usually a good display on 13th near Monroe, but I haven't been by there lately. Has anybody else spotted some good ones? The best one I've seen is a surprise zombie on Newton near 6th Street, but I won't spoil it.

Target has lots of decorations still, some pretty inexpensive!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fish in the Hood starts fundraiser to help them reopen after fire


Neighborhood mainstay Fish in the Hood on Georgia Avenue caught fire in April, and they're still working to rebuild afterwards. They've just launched a fundraiser to help with repairs and new equipment. The fire was a big one too, it took firefighters about half an hour to put it out.

The restaurant has been open for decades and has been the subject of numerous articles as it survived as the neighborhood changed over the years. It's a tasty spot, if you haven't been give them a shot -- or a few bucks to help them get back on their feet. Their insurance covered some but not all of the damage.

Here's the fundraiser, currently at about $3,600 of $10,000.

(h/t DCist)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Here's all the Halloween events at local bars: bar crawl, deals, costume contests and more




Halloween is upon us (weather notwithstanding) and a lot of local bars are getting into the spirit. Here's a rundown of what's happening and where

The bars and restaurants on 14th Street are hosting "Brains and Booze" starting at 6pm on the 28th, with food and drink specials at the Red Derby, the Airedale, the Pinch, Mezcalero, Taqueria Habanero, Little Coco's and Lyman's Tavern. The City Paper has more: Little Coco's has spooky drinks like squid ink martinis, congealed blood Jello shots and more. The Airedale has costume karaoke, there's live music at the Pinch and Mezcalero has a $25 cover that goes to Mexican earthquake relief, plus late night dinner and DJs.

The Red Derby, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, is also hosting Motown Halloween with cocktails and DJs playing Motown records on the 28th. Sounds fun.

Also on the 28th, Looking Glass over on Georgia has a Halloween Spooktacular with DJs and live musical accompaniments and a costume contest starting at 10:30pm.

Wonderland will have a dance party on the 28th (lots of people go in costume) and on the 31st are having a costume contest a spooky host, Mona Disa.

Union Drinkery has a costume contest on the 28th with a $100 bar tab prize.

DC Reynolds has a pumpkin carving contest from 6-9pm on the 28th with prizes.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wangari Gardens fall fest this Saturday, Oct. 28: free concert, bake sale, face painting, more


If you're looking for some family fun or just to meet some neighbors and get some snacks, the Wangari Gardens fall fest is happening this Saturday. The gardens are at Park Place and Kenyon, just before you get to Washington Hospital Center.

Here's more from an organizer:
October 28th, 2017
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Corner of Park Place and Kenyon St NW 
All the neighbors are warmly invited to join the festival. There will be a free concert, music, and a bake sale to help raise money for the garden.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Georgia Avenue Main Streets program announced: run by District Bridges and Georgia Ave Thrive


This is neat: yesterday the mayor announced the award of a new DC Main Streets program for Georgia Avenue. It went to a partnership between District Bridges, which runs the Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant Main Street program, and Georgia Avenue Thrive, the local nonprofit that runs First Fridays on Georgia Avenue and lots of other neat projects.

The city calls the DC Main Streets "neighborhood revitalization programs" which work with local businesses, community development professionals and volunteers "to promote economic development, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for all residents."

District Bridges was formerly known as the Columbia Heights Initiative. The new Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street will be led by Jennifer Kuiper of Georgia Avenue Thrive.

Here's a tweet from District Bridges and more from the mayor, who announced it on Monday at Walls of Books:
And from the mayor's office:

On Monday, October 16, at 3 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser will launch the neighborhood revitalization program in Lower Georgia Avenue, designating the area as the newest Main Street in the DC Main Streets program, an initiative that promotes the revitalization of traditional business districts that has generated more than 2,000 jobs in the last two years. DC Main Streets are organized and led by local volunteers and community development professionals – who lead sustainable, community-driven efforts – to promote economic development, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for all residents.
Mayor Bowser will also be joined by Administration officials to participate in a community walk in Ward 1. During the walk, the Mayor will address neighborhood concerns and hear from DC residents and business owners in the Parkview neighborhood. Starting location of the walk will begin at Wall of Books, 3325 Georgia Avenue, NW.

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 asadler@centronia.org
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 - http://bit.ly/2whHBDE
- Drop off for Halloween Costume Drive for Park Morton Kids - http://bit.ly/2h0WqEx

A map of all the businesses for easy reference: http://bit.ly/2fIlMdu

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: http://bit.ly/2h0WqEx
♣ 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: http://bit.ly/2whHBDE
- 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: http://bit.ly/2h0WqEx
♣ Story District: FREE Story Telling Crash Course @ 7pm Register for FREE: http://bit.ly/2fNZTqe
♣ 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 www.districtbridges.org.
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.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Here's how you can volunteer for Democrats in Virginia: phone bank in our area or canvass to get out the vote


 Here's some opportunities to get involved in local politics. You might say "Local? In Virginia?" but I'd argue it affects us.

In 2017, less than 50 days away, Virginia has elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state house. All of these have ramifications for us in DC, as they have the power to redistrict the state's Congressional and state house districts. Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country, with aggressive attempts to change vote totals or move the borders social current elected officials are out of their districts. That also affects policies in the state.

Right now, there are 4 Democrats and 7 Republicans in the Congress from Virginia, despite the total vote being split nearly 50-50 -- and that's an improvement on 2012 and 2014, when it was 3 and 8. Thanks to gerrymandering, in the state house there are 34 Democrats and 66 Republicans, despite the state going for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

And as we have discovered, Republican members of Congress love to interfere in DC's affairs: they've previously tried (and sometimes succeeded) from trying to stop DC from spending money medical marijuana, decriminalized marijuana, women's health, LGBT issues, abortion services, and many other things DC taxpayers have voted for and want. And that's not to mention Congress dealing with issues that affect the country as a whole, like foreign policy, federal jobs, the environment and more.

To me, this volunteering also a way to affect change in an important place that's near us. DC is very Democratic, but just across the border it's much more competitive. You can be active in the city and also help out next door and have a big impact.

There are a number of events coming up that anyone can participate in: Check them out. Phone banking is a way to encourage voters to get out and vote, to make sure they know their polling places, and more, and canvassing does the same but in person. (I've done both a few times, they're actually kind of fun!)
  • 09/25 [Monday] – Women's National Democratic Club's Virginia Call to Action  
    • 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at the WNDC (1526 New Hampshire Ave NW)
    • Many progressive groups including the Democratic National Committee will have booths where you can learn more about different ways to get involved in Virginia. There will also be phone banking & training!
    • Event Link HERE
  • 09/27 [Wednesday] – Phone Bank at the DNC
  • 09/28 [Thursday] – Phone Bank at the DNC hosted by DC for Progress
  • 09/30-10/01 [Saturday – Sunday] – Canvassing Weekend of Action!
There will be more events too after this!

Fall Fun Fest this Sunday at Old Soldiers Home: food trucks, music, antique cars, kids' games, bourbon tasting, beer and more


This sounds like an awesome event for adults and kids alike: the Friends of the Soldiers Home have their annual Fall Fun Fest this Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Soldiers Home (just east of Park View.) It runs from 9am-5pm with all kinds of events, vendors, crafts and performances, including a military drill team, antique cars, and more.

Personally I'm interested in the bourbon tasting and beer. There are also lots of kids events like games, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, moon bounce and others.

They're also looking for volunteers, so if you want to help out and meet some neighbors, go here!

If you haven't been, the Old Soldiers Home (technically the Armed Forces Retirement Home) is a really nice campus with lots of grass, rolling hills and trees. The Friends of the Soldiers Home hosts events for the public and also does a lot with the retirees at the home.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Department of Health cracks down on dogs on the patio at Midlands, Wonderland; doggie sit-in Sept. 23


This is lame. The city's Department of Health visited Wonderland and Midlands recently, telling both that dogs aren't allowed on their patios (or inside.) Washingtonian has the story, where apparently someone complained to DOH about the pooches.

Midlands posted on Facebook about it, as they have a dog in residence on the patio, Andy Pants, who has a doghouse, and folks sometimes bring their dogs to hang out while they hang out. Wonderland sometimes has customers bring pooches to their patio too. To me, I don't see the problem -- these are pretty big outdoor places and the dogs aren't inside or near the food prep areas. It's a nice thing to see too. Dogs are nice. There has been a law banning dogs for some time but it was rarely enforced. Washingtonian said DOH showed up after receiving a complaint.

But Midlands isn't taking this laying down or rolling over (get it) -- they posted a message asking people to contact their councilmembers and the relevant government officials, and Ward 1 Councilember Nadeau posted this recently on her Facebook page: "Lots of frustrated folks have been contacting my office about a recent city crackdown on dogs on restaurant patios. Working on it!"

Midlands has also organized a doggie sit-in and "PETition signing" on Saturday, Sept. 23 urging people to bring their dogs and sit on the patio in protest.

Here's the Facebook post from Midlands:
Dear Friends, Neighbors and Dog Parents,

We deeply regret having to make this statement, but Washington DC’s Dept. of Health just paid us a visit and told us we are NO LONGER ALLOWED TO HAVE DOGS on the property until further notice. This means all dogs including Andy Pants. We are very sorry for this awful change, but we have no control over it. Write your council member, we are.

Ward 1 CM Brianne Nadeau (bnadeau@dccouncil.us) since both Midlands and Wonderland are both in her district,

Health Committee Chair Vincent Gray (vgray@dccouncil.us) and his committee director egoulet@dccouncil.us 
Dept. of Health Director LaQuandra.Nesbitt@dc.gov (cc: doh@dc.gov).
Just put it all in the same email👍🏼
Midlands & Andy
Photo of Andy Pants by Midlands 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Multi-family, multi-block yard sale on Monroe Street this Saturday


This sounds awesome: a reader sent me the poster advertising the Junk and Jam multifamily yard sale on Monroe Street from 16th to Sherman, taking place this Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10am-2pm. There's a followup concert and community event at 4pm on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza. Looks like fun!

There's also a spot to sign up if you want to sell some treasures. They're also raising money for Harriet Tubman Elementary School, so another good reason to come out!

Monday, September 18, 2017

DC Reynolds has been open for 2,000 consecutive days; pig roast Sept. 30 to celebrate


This is awesome: local bar and restaurant DC Reynolds has been open for 2,000 consecutive days, through snowstorms, hurricanes and more. And they're celebrating with a pig roast on Sept. 30, which sounds great.

The spot does their best to be open through thick and thin and be a good neighbor and help out during tough times: I remember seeing owner Jeremy Gifford out on Georgia Avenue one blizzardy morning using a snowblower to clear the entire block. He said he bought it that day to help out. They also offer a free dinner on Thanksgiving for anybody, as well as being open holidays in case local folks need a drink or aren't going home. A lot of the staff lives nearby. They offer good food and are open at lunchtime because neighborhood folks asked for it.

If you haven't been, they're famous for their buy one-get one free happy hour as well as really good food -- big fan of the pork belly sandwich.

Here's what they have to say about it. Tickets are $30 for all you can eat and a free first drink, or $35 day of. There will be Absolutely Vodka and Black Hog beer specials, plus BOGO starting an hour early.
In September we will pass our 2,000th consecutive day being open and we're having a pig roast. Though Snowstorms, Hurricanes, Holidays, and Government shutdowns, we have opened for lunch or dinner every day since March 2012. Grab a ticket and enjoy an extra hour of BOGO on us. We see you Cal Ripken and we're coming for you.
Here's more about Reynolds and other local spots focused on good food and being good neighbors.


DC Reynolds is at 3628 Georgia Avenue NW.