Tuesday, February 27, 2018

First Friday is this Friday: lots of deals plus outdoor, dogs and kid-friendly activities

This Friday, March 2 is the monthly First Friday on Georgia Avenue, where lots of local businesses offer deals and specials. It's a nice way to meet your neighbors and check out and support small local businesses in our area. And this month, there are some special events for First Friday: about green spaces, dogs and kid-friendly activities.

Read on for the participating businesses and more info from the organizers:

Participating businesses and deals:
·             Bravo Bar: BoGo
·             Colony Club: (Free) Screening of City of Trees Film by Meridian Hill Pictures 
·             Heat Da Spot Coffee Lounge: TBD
·             District Dogs: TBD
·             Union Drinkery: TBD
·             Ana's restaurante: TBD
·             Walls of Books - Washington, DCof Books - Washington, DC: Local author Davon Clark will do a reading and activities around his book The Adventures of Prada Enchilada
·             (Story District)
·             The Midlands: BoGo coupon for Monday
·             Taste of Jamaica: TBD
·             Esencias PanameƱas Restaurant & Catering: Salsa dancing class f 6-7 f $10, salsa dancing 7-11. Beer $3 and Sangria and Wine $4 and Bar Foods $5
·             Yoga Heights: 15% off retail; Bring a (new) friend to class for free
·             Top Spanish Cafe: TBD
·             The Looking Glass Lounge: $2 off all drinks
·             DC Reynolds: BoGo
·             Reliable Tavern: $6 First Friday Punch
·             Ten Tigers Parlour: TBD

We wanted to make sure the next First Friday is on your list, this coming Friday from 6pm - 9pm on Georgia Ave.  As always, we celebrate the small businesses in our neighborhood and enjoy all they have to offer from food and drink specials to book themed, yoga, dog etc. fun and live music and art. For the list of participating businesses check here -  http://bit.ly/2nyb0r4 - and look for the poster in store windows and on the day itself look for First Friday chalk marks in front of businesses.
We wanted to highlight a few “special events” for Friday and a kid friendly activity all around our “theme” for Green Spaces including green spaces for dogs. 

Green Spaces
Green spaces are an important part of our lives and DC neighborhoods and they contribute to our health and well being. DC documentary film makers Meridian Hill Pictures (meridianhillpictures.com) showcase a story about green spaces,  community and the efforts of DC's "Washington Parks and People" (washingtonparks.netin their documentary "City of Trees" (cityoftreesfilm.com). Thank you to Meridian Hill Pictures to making this available for a free community screening during First Friday. Come to Colony Club (www.colonyclub.com) at 3118 Georgia Ave NW, the film will start at around 7:30pm. We are excited that Washington Parks and People will join us for the event. 

An example of the wide range of use of our green spaces will be a an installation by Noa Heyne (https://www.noa-heyne.com/) at Bruce Monroe Park as part of CulturalDC's "SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery".  Take a sneak peak from 5-7pm on Friday before its official opening on Saturday. Thanks to District Bridges for making that connection. 

Also, you can continue with all things green spaces and what makes our community beautiful with our monthly clean-up on Saturday morning from 10 to 12:30pm, all equipment provided by us and the city. Details on where we are meeting and where we will grab a complimentary beverage after: http://bit.ly/2oqGy2B

One of the green spaces in our community is the dog park at 11th Street and Par Road -"11th & Bark" (www.11thandBark.org) - which as been enjoyed by dogs since 2009 and there is a volunteer only non-profit ready to manage and fundraise for the renovation of the park. Currently WMATA owns the land and is looking to sell it to a developer and the dog park community is advocating for the city to purchase it. We do not want to lose this green space and the dogs do not want to lose this as a play and socializing space. On First Friday you will see some of our neighbors and dog lovers collecting signatures for keeping the dog park. If you do not see them please sign the petition here: https://www.11thandbark.org/petition

Also keep your eyes open on "We the Dogs"  (@wethedogsdc), the DC nonprofit supporting DC area animal rescue organizations, on Instagram as one of us will have the handle on March 2nd and will high-light our great neighborhood, our dog friendly businesses and, of course, the dog park. And some of those rescued dogs will help with the monthly clean-up on Saturday so you can discuss their experience with them there! :-) 

Kid Friendly Activity
Our friends at Walls of Books are going with the dog and outdoor theme and are hosting the author of “The Adventures of Prada Enchilada” (www.adckid.com — www.facebook/theadventuresofpradaenchilada) with interactive storytelling that the kids will enjoy. (And Walls of Books has some “treats” for the parents for the parents as well in addition to the opportunity to stock up on some winter/spring reads)

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