Monday, September 30, 2019

Neighborhood Cleanup this Saturday during Open Streets!

Georgia Avenue Thrive will hold a special edition of the next neighborhood cleanup this Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.

We'll meet at the corner of Warder Street and Park Road, and spruce up the side streets along Georgia Avenue, which will be hosting Open Streets.

The amazing DC Reynolds will sponsor. Volunteers will mingle at DC Reynolds after the cleanup. Those over 21 will enjoy a complimentary beer or cider.

Have an awesome week, and thanks for sharing our flyer with friends and neighbors!

Saturday, September 28, 2019


Your guide courtesy of Friends of the Soldiers Home for Fall Fun Fest this Sunday, Sept. 29, 9am to 5pm, Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington

 Facebook Event LINK
Location: Enter Armed Forces Retirement Home at Randolph Road and Rock Creek Church Road in Washington, D.C. For navigation, use 340 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., Washington, D.C. Weather: 80 degrees, mostly sunny
Performance Times/Attractions: see flyer below and attached
Cost: Free. Friends of the Soldiers Home requests a $10 donation per carload for drivers
Volunteer: To volunteer for part of the event:
Pets: Sorry, you must leave pets at home
A Very Special Thanks to the staff and residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, who put all the upper campus events together, and for making this event possible!
Sponsors: DCCX, ANC1A, ANC4C, JES Foundation Repair, Anheuser Busch, Creative Minds, Nam Knights of Americ
Click Facebook Event to go to FaceBook Event.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Opera Outside 2019: A Free Concert In Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park

Sat, September 28, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Washington Concert Opera and Washington Parks & People are pleased to present the Third Annual Opera Outside, a casual outdoor concert on the upper field of Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park featuring performances by soprano Vanessa Becerra, baritone Benjamin Taylor, and pianist David Hanlon.
This event is FREE and open to all ages. Come and go as you please, and come as you are. Bring your children and pets! Bring a blanket and/or chairs so you can enjoy the music in comfort!
Plan on joining us? Don't forget to register online here, or stop by our table near the Joan of Arc statue on the day of the event, for a chance to win free tickets to our 2019-20 season!
IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, this performance will be relocated to the JOSEPHINE BUTLER PARKS CENTER (2437 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009). Rain or shine, the show must go on!

Get ready to SWEAT at SWEATFEST 3.0 this Saturday (Sept 28)

SWEAT DC is hosting its 2nd Annual SWEATFEST 3.0 this Saturday, Sept 28th at Banneker Community Center from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Join the crew for a live DJ, 10+ coaches from SWEAT DC, 300+ people, giveaways, community tables & sponsors, demos, and an after party at Roy Boys and more!

The unique workout approach and empowering message has quickly made SWEAT DC a neighborhood hit. Their program is a 45 minute strength cardio core workout set in a nightclub setting. "It is a judgment-free, come-as-you-are workout zone, centered around challenging, fun, and inspiring strength workouts.They combine core strengthening exercises, HIIT cardio conditioning, & strength training, with the best beats to help you build a better you."The music is loud, the studio is dark, the instructors are high energy." 

From our friends over at SWEAT DC: 
Join us for our 2 year anniversary party, Sweatfest 3.0. This is DC's largest bootcamp party as only SWEAT DC and FITDC could do it. It’s free and fun and you do not want to miss it!

300 of your newest friends, 10+ coaches, DJ, Swag, Giveaways, Afterparty, Sweat, Live Music and sooooo much more!

9:00 am - Kids and family workout with Body By Buckner. Workout along side your kids bring their friends for a fun 30 min workout. 
10:00 am - The official SWEATFEST workout begins with beats by DJWindyCity & a special secret musical guest. Prepare for a fun total body circuit sure to leave you SWEATY and smiling. 
11:15 am - The official after party is at Roy Boys. Enjoy food and drink specials from one of DC's top spots. 
Bring water, a mat if you need it and towel. Invite your friends and we look forward to seeing you there!
SWEAT DC "started as pop up once a month fitness party for a fundraiser for an LGBT basketball team. The energy has grown to become a larger studio community who believe that everyone deserves to be healthy happy and included. We use fitness as the catalyst to coach people to be the best versions of themselves." Check out this Washingtonian profile about their awesome organization! 

Courtesy of Gerard Burley via Washingtonian

First annual Sudor Fest is coming to Columbia Heights tomorrow

The first ever Sudor Fest is happening tomorrow, Saturday, September 28, 2019! 

Come support local artists at the inaugural Sudor Fest - a day-long outdoor music festival featuring a lineup of local bands and artists representing a variety of genres - from American folk to Jamaican reggae to Ska / Punk. The performances kick off with Son La Lucha at 12:30 pm, followed by acts like Gracious Me & The Ingrates and Leon City Sounds, and finished with a 7 pm performance by La Chicha de tu Madre. Check out the full line up here. Sudor Fest is all about "Breaking boundaries and crossing genres to celebrate diverse DMV musical talent and give back to artists who give so much to our communities." Follow #SudorFest for more info.  

The event runs from noon until 10 pm and will be held at the Columbia Heights Green located at 3323 11th St NW, Washington DC 20010 (check out the map below). Entrance is free, but donations are appreciated. You can also sign up to volunteer here

Thursday, September 26, 2019

New Admo Wawa opens today

The sub shop with a cult following is opening its fifth DC location today - Thursday, Sept 26th. The new Wawa is celebrating with a grand opening event at 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. and will be giving away t-shirts and limited edition Adams Morgan Wawa tumblers - while supplies last (which won't be long)! They are also hosting a community lantern lighting to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) called Light the Night DC Walk. The chain is capping off the grand opening celebrations by giving away free coffees through Sunday, September 29th. 

From Wawa:

Doors Open 11 a.m., Festivities begin 4 p.m., Grand Opening Celebration Begins 6 p.m. 
The new D.C. store will offer customers the best of all of Wawa’s newest food service offers, including new custom salads. Coffee will be free through Sunday, Sept. 29 in celebration of the grand opening. 
Also, as an exclusive offer created specifically for the DC community, all Wawa DC stores will feature the Strawberry Sparkler “mocktail” – a sparkling strawberry, lemonade beverage for a limited time with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Light the Night DC
During this landmark evening grand opening event, Wawa will be joined by local officials, heroes and community members for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. Highlights of the event will include: 
4 p.m. festivities begin
6 p.m. Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
FREE coffee for all customers through Sunday, Sept. 29 
Special giveaways – first 200 customers will receive Wawa t-shirts and an entry form to be eligible for other giveaways, including exclusive Wawa Adams Morgan pint glasses and a chance to win two tickets to the Washington Capitals’ home opener, including a VIP experience. 
Sign-ups for LLS’s light the Night DC Walk 
Hoagies for Heroes hoagie building competition to see who can build the most hoagies in three minutes in the traditional Wawa way. Wawa will conclude the Hoagies for Heroes competitions by presenting checks for $1,000 on behalf of the winning and runner up teams to support Light the Night. 
Special event conclusion at 7:00 p.m. featuring a community lantern lighting for LLS’s Light the Night DC

The new Wawa will be located in the heart of Adams Morgan - at 2424 18th St NW. While it seems not everyone in the neighborhood is thrilled with the new arrival, it is sure to be a hit with the late night crowd.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Volunteers NEED on Wednesday @ Farmers Market & Saturday @ the Kelsey Apartments!

Dear We Are Family friends,

First of all, MANY MANY THANKS to the smallish but amazing group of volunteers--some pictured above did double duty, taking a second list since we were short!--who helped deliver 300 grocery bags on Saturday! 

This Saturday we really need help! We are meeting at 10am at KELSEY APARTMENTS, 3322 14th Street NW (near Park & Monroe Street NW, Columbia Heights Metro) for our Shaw/North Capitol delivery--SIGN UP USING LINKS BELOW or email Mark at!

ALSO, we need help on WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS (for PRODUCE DELIVERY to 250+ seniors! PLEASE SIGN UP BELOW, or write Tulin directly at to let her know if you can help, OK? THANKS SO MUCH!

Finally, see heartbreaking article from the Washington Post about Shaw resident of 40+ years forced out of her home by gentrification... sigh.

SO MUCH TO DO, and we can't do it w/out you!

all our love, 

Mark, Tulin and family

P.S. Again, please consider giving a donation now... Money is always tight, so any amount helps. On line payment link here:


Wednesday, September 25th, 3:30-5:30pm
Meet in front of St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St NW, near 16th & Newton, Columbia Heights metro
(If you can join, please sign up here: 

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS GROCERY DELIVERY Saturday, September 28th10am-1pm
Meet at Kelsey Apartments, 3322 14th Street NW, near Park and Monroe, Columbia Heights metro
(If you can join, please sign up here: 
Wednesday, October 2nd, 3:30-5:30pm
Meet in front of St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St NW, near 16th & Newton, Columbia Heights metro
(If you can join, please sign up here: 

Wednesday, October 9th, 3:30-5:30pm
Meet in front of St. Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St NW, near 16th & Newton, Col. Heights metro(If you can join, please sign up here:

Monday, September 23, 2019

Climate protests will be back on Friday

Credit: DCist

“We’re going in”

Activists blockade key intersections in downtown DC to demand action on the climate crisis

Unless you were living under a rock, you probably noticed something was a little different during your Monday morning commute. Activists from various coalitions across the region gathered in the streets to disrupt "business-as-usual" and demonstrate the need for action on climate change. It is estimated that more than 2,000 took part in Monday's demonstration which effectively shut down the downtown area for most of the morning. Residual delays were felt well into the early afternoon.

The coalition, made up of climate, health, and social justice groups, have decided to repeat the event this Friday, September 27th - the last day of the Global Climate Strike. From the press release we received late in the afternoon on Monday:

#ShutDownDC builds on the recent surge of student-led climate strikes and mass protests that have rattled politicians around the world. The blockade of the U.S. capital is also timed to coincide with the start on Monday of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.
The coalition’s demands include a Green New Deal that brings about a swift and just transition to 100% renewable energy. It also wants governments to protect at least 50% of the world’s lands and oceans, and to halt deforestation by 2030. The coalition is also calling for climate justice for everyone. The transition to a clean future must boost rather than further harm communities hit by poverty and pollution.
If we're measuring the success of the protests by "Stopping Business-As-Usual" then Monday's protests were definitely successful; all morning commutes through the 3rd St Tunnel ground to a halt and were at a complete standstill for more than an hour before finally being diverted toward H St. Protesters fanned out to block more than 20 separate intersections across the city to call attention to their cause, the main points being the 3rd St Tunnel off of New York Ave (near 395), 12th and Independence, North Capitol & Mass Ave, and 16th & K.

From local CBS affiliate WUSA on Monday morning: 
The demonstrations are creating havoc as morning rush hour is underway downtown. 
“We hope by our actions on Monday, we can raise public awareness of this issue and understand it’s just not going to be taken as business as usual, that we need some drastic action on climate change issues in the relatively near future,” said a spokesman for Shut Down D.C., Mike Golash
Regardless of how you feel about the tactic, it's hard to deny that the protesters were clearly having some fun.
Members of Black Lives Matter and local healthcare workers teamed up to provide some free health care services right in the middle of 2nd St SE: 
Black Lives Matter and healthcare workers fighting for climate justice set up a free blood pressure clinic in the middle of the road. “We know that climate injustice and environmental racism are fueled by the same systems of white supremacy, capitalism, imperialism, patriarchy and colonialism from which we seek to liberate Black people,” said Nee Nee Taylor, Direct Action Coordinator with Black Lives Matter DMV. “We know that Black people in DC, Black people in this country, and Black people across the diaspora will continue to be the most impacted by climate disaster.”
We can expect more of the same this Friday, starting at 7 am. From Jane Recker with the Washingtonian
The group that snarled traffic all morning is planning to take to the streets again on Friday, September 27.
According to Shut Down DC spokesperson Kaela Bamberger, the group decided in a meeting today to take action again at 7 a.m. this Friday morning. Representatives from each of Shut Down DC’s affinity groups were overjoyed with the success and attention today’s action garnered, and wanted to do something to honor the final day of the global climate strikes.
“Today’s action was a huge success in terms of…ultimately achieving our goal to disrupt business as usual,” Bamberger said. “This [shutdown] serves as a beacon in terms of tactic to having an effective action, calling for climate solutions, and in the amount of attention [it received online.]
The group has not determined the exact details of Friday’s action, but Bamberger expects an even larger group of protestors after the attention garnered by today’s 2000 some activists.
So commuters, please plan ahead! If you want to see more about Monday's protest check out the organizers' Facebook page - Strike DC. You can also follow #ShutDownDC on social media for updates.
Let us know how this has affected you by tweeting at us or commenting on the Facebook or blog. We're also curious to know if people in the region are pro or against the shut down protests, so let us know! You can also email us your opinions at 

ANC happenings this week

ANC 1D - Mount Pleasant

ANC1D is holding its monthly meeting for September this Tuesday. They have not yet updated the agenda, but the meeting is likely to cover many hold over topics from the summer, as it is the first time they are meeting since July. We hope to hear updates regarding the improvements and potential bike lane on Harvard St, but may need to wait until they have finished reviewing the results of the traffic study.

September Meeting of ANC1D
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
Mount Pleasant Library 
3160 16th St NW, Washington DC 20010

For updates and more information you can visit their website or check out Commissioner Jack McKay's newsletter.

ANC 1A - Columbia Heights

ANC1A has two committee meetings scheduled this week. On Tuesday, the Transportation Committee will meet and will be discussing the 14th St Improvement Project among other topics. A DDOT representative will also be presenting at the meeting. 

On Wednesday, Commissioners Layla Bonnot and Angelica Casta帽on will be leading a Public Safety Committee meeting. We expect to hear comments about the recent increase in violent crime - including the unprovoked attack that fatally wounded a young woman out walking a dog, and the two separate shootings last week that left nine Columbia Heights residents dead or injured.
ANC1A Transportation Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

ANC 1A Public Safety Committee Meeting 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

All ANC1A Committee Meetings are held at the District Bridges/ANC 1A office located at:

3400 11th St NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20010

The next full general ANC 1A meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Tubman Elementary. For more information, visit the ANC 1A website.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Family Fun & Movie Night this Friday at Tubman

Join your neighbors for an awesome night of fun this Friday, at the annual Tubman Family Fun & Movie Night! Bring your family and friends for face painting, moon bounce, food and music starting at 6 pm followed by a showing of the new Disney's Aladdin as soon as the sun goes down! 

This free event is made possible by the generous support of the community, Tubman Elementary, District Bridges, Encounter Church DC, and Viva the Life Properties

They are also still looking for additional volunteers to help out with set up, lending a hand at the various activity booths, and assist with tear down and clean up! 
Check out their sign-up page to see how you can help out! 

Check out the trailer for the new Aladdin movie here! Rated PG. 

Taste of the Dominican Republic is tomorrow

Join our friends at Movimiento Cultural Domincano del DMV for their annual Taste of DR tomorrow, Friday, Sept 19th in Columbia Heights.
"Ven a disfrutar una tarde cultural Dominicana y Sabor de nuestros platillos Dominicanos"

Come and enjoy an afternoon experiencing Dominican culture and food!

- Taste of DR -
Friday, Sept 20, 2019
4:00p - 8:00p
Columbia Heights Civic Plaza
1376 Park Rd NW, Washington, DC 20010

Friday kicks off a weekend of activities celebrating Hispanic culture across the DC area. Come show your support and experience the beauty of and diversity of Hispanic culture. Join in the music, food, crafts, and fun as we turn the capital Latina! Follow updates on social media with #fiestadc

For more information and updates, check out their facebook page or go to

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Ambassador of Spain was among the audience on opening night in Columbia Heights - Calder贸n de la Barca's La vida es sue帽o (Life Is A Dream)

Scuffles, love scenes, comedy, and poetry to rival Shakespeare!

This Golden Age drama explores tyranny, fate, and free will.

GALA presents a new adaptation by Nando L贸pez of Life is a Dream by Pedro Calder贸n de la Barca. Directed by GALA’s Producing Director, Hugo Medrano, the production is performed in Spanish with English surtitles from September 12 through October 13, 2019.

Its adaptation at the GALA Hispanic Theatre is both a labor of love and an effort to uphold and extend a cultural treasure. The Ambassador of Spain was among the audience on opening night in Columbia Heights, where the audience embraced the performances of the ensemble, some of whom are established TV stars in Spain.

Set in Poland in the 17th century when its influence and power in Europe had waned, Life is a Dream explores tyranny, fate, and free will. Weaving together the stories of Segismundo, who was imprisoned at birth by his father King Basilio to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy, and Rosaura, who acts to restore her honor and control her destiny, this famous Spanish Golden Age drama addresses the universal question: “Who is the master of one’s fate?”

“The questions with which Calder贸n grappled,” states Mr. L贸pez, who adapted the play, “are as pertinent today as they were in the time the play was written. To what degree is our identity shaped by the environment in which we live and the world we inhabit? Do we choose who we are or are we merely marionettes in the hands of a higher power? Are we, like Segismundo, imprisoned in our own towers?” “Calder贸n,” adds Mr. Medrano, “challenges us to find the chains that bind us so that we can finally break free.”

Featured in the cast are Daniel Alonso de Santos as Segismundo; Mel Rocher as Clotaldo; Soraya Padrao as Rosaura; Delbis Cardona as Clarin); Peter Pereyra as Astolfo; Catherine Nunez as Estrella; Camilo Linares as a Soldier; Timothy Andr茅s Pab贸n as Basilio; and Leo Delgado as a Soldier.

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm.
Regular tickets are $45 on Thursday and Friday evenings, and $48 on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Senior tickets (65+), Student and Military tickets are $30. Groups (10+) are $30. 

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. 

This production is made possible with generous support from the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, SPAIN arts & culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Updates on 11th & Bark - Check out the possible design

Neighbors have been pushing the city to establish the Columbia Heights Dog Park - located at 11th & Park Rd NW - as an official city off-leash dog park. 11th & Bark, a neighborhood group advocating for the dog park, has been diligently working to promote neighborhood park and tipped us off to new concept renderings of what the park could look like. When the design is done, it will be led by DPR. We don't know if their design will resemble this at all. 

Credit: Gronning Architects

Back in May, WMATA announced it was ending the auction to sell the park and entered into negotiations with the city. In that letter, WMATA anticipated the sale to close by the end of August and no later than Dec 31, 2019. 

Now that we're into September, 11th & Bark is pushing the Mayor's Office for an update. Here's an excerpt from the letter they sent to the Mayor's Office on Sept 3rd: 
"Saving the park is about more than just ensuring members of the community have a space for our dogs. It is about maintaining a valued meeting place where Columbia Heights and surrounding community residents are able to interact with their neighbors, make new friends and feel a sense of community. And it is also about preserving the green space in our neighborhood, which is already greatly lacking.  

We greatly appreciate your efforts to save the park and look forward to hearing an update. 11th and Bark, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a partner of Green Spaces for DC, stands ready to assist in developing and maintaining this beloved park for the community."
Find out how you can get involved and keep updated on the progress here

Monday, September 16, 2019

Eat Chipotle today to raise money for Tubman Elementary

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Harriet Tubman PTO. Come in to the Chipotle on 14th St today from 4-8pm and show this flyer and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Harriet Tubman PTO. 

Chipotle Fundraiser for Tubman
3113 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Monday, Sept 16th 
4:00 - 8:00 pm 

Bring this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or simply tell the cashier that you're supporting the cause and 33% of all proceeds will benefit Harriet Tubman PTO. You can find more info on the fundraiser page.

The new Tivoli mural is Magical!

A new neighborhood mural was just completed in the entrance of the 826DC's Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply Co storefront on Park Rd & 14th. 826DC is a literary nonprofit, and purchases from their magic-themed store help keep all their writing programs and homework help 100% free for DC students.

Thanks to Sarah at 826DC for the tip!

"The new mural ties our mission in with magic and with symbols from Columbia Heights—be sure to check out my favorite one, the pigeon trying to blend in with the magician’s dove!
Other Columbia Heights tie-ins include the flower (just like the ones people sell over by the shopping mall), the bicycle (a nod to the bike racks), the green background color (for the green Metro line), and the white trim (inspired by the Tivoli Theater)."
The mural was done by local artist Kate Fleming, who has done several amazing public art pieces around the DMV.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Annual Celebrate Petworth Fest is this Saturday!

Celebrate Petworth is a free neighborhood festival organized by and for the residents of Petworth and surrounding neighborhoods, celebrating the creativity, diversity, culture, people and quality of life of our wonderful neighborhood.

The main stage will feature local musical performances, the Petworth Dog Show & Contest, and other events all day long. Check out the full line up here. The festival also includes the Taste of Petworth which offers the opportunity to try the menu of Petworth area restaurants like Cinder BBQ, Homestead Food & Bev, and more! 

You won't want to miss the Petworth Dog Show & Contest happening on the Main Stage at noon! 

The Petworth Dog Show & Contest has become an annual staple at the Celebrate Petworth Festival. Pups from all over the community will compete to win Best Dressed, Most Glamorous, Best Singing/Barking, Coolest Trick, and Look-Alike. Winners get prizes! The Humane Rescue Alliance will be on-site from 11am to 2pm with adorable, adoptable dogs and cats for you to meet! You can sign your pup up to compete here - registration of $10 per contestant. The Dog Show & Contest will run from 12:00-12:30pm on the Main Stage.

Celebrate Petworth 2019

Sat - Sept 14th from 11a - 5p

800 Block of Upshur St NW

Check out the festival website for a full list of activities and more information! You can also sign up to become a volunteer or a sponsor here.

Celebrate Petworth started in 2014 when a group of community organizers in the Petworth neighborhood came together to create a new kind of neighborhood festival: one that seeks to bring together the residents of our neighborhood through the creation of new opportunities for collaboration, partnership, and engagement between local businesses, residents and community-based organizations. And it's been a hit in the neighborhood ever since!