Thursday, January 16, 2020

DC Students Need Tutors and Mentors! Come to Volunteer Fair this Saturday to help out

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is this Monday and if you are looking for an opportunity to give back to your community, stop by the Ward 1 Tutoring & Mentoring Volunteer Fair this Saturday!

From ANC1A Commissioner Miller:
Two out of three DC students are reading below grade level and while we are seeing improvement, there is still a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done to help students master these skills. Beyond reading, there are many other needs our students face that aren’t just academic and that can be better met through one-on-one engagement with a supportive, consistent, and trusted adult. 

I am inspired by the energy and willingness of all of the residents I meet who want to volunteer, and I am confident we can reverse this trend. If only 5-10% of adults get involved, we can transform the lives of many kids in our community; and with more individualized support, we will make a difference that will empower our young people to become the next generation of engaged citizens and future leaders.

I hope you’ll join us this Saturday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the GALA Theatre for a Ward 1 Tutoring & Mentoring Recruitment Fair. You’ll meet some of our amazing community partners as well as learn more about the many ways YOU can support their work and improve the lives of the youth in our community!

Ready to Serve? 
Be a Tutor or Mentor: A Small Investment of Your Time Today Will Enrich a Child for a Lifetime

Saturday, January 18th, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
GALA Theatre

In 2018, the DCist reported that only a third of all DC students were proficient in English and math, and the achievement gap between white and black students persists, despite small improvements. Organizations like the DC Tutoring and Mentoring Initiative help recruit volunteers and connect them to the right partner organization - from the Homeless Children's Playtime Project to College Bound and more than forty other partner organizations. 

Learn more about how you can help by visiting or by joining us at the fair on Saturday! 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Lou's City Bar Winter Beer Garden Grand Opening this weekend!

Lou's City Bar has transformed their outdoor patio into a heated Winter Beer Garden, opening today (Friday, Jan 10th). 
The Winter Beer Garden is fully enclosed, heated, and pet friendly, with outdoor TVs and their patio bar.

Lou's will be holding launch events all month with different breweries during the NFL playoffs, starting with a Port City takeover today through the weekend and followed by Heavy Seas next weekend and Bell’s the following. 

The Port City event kicks off today at 4pm and runs through closing Sunday with specials on a selection of drafts, bottles, and cans both inside and out, including 9oz pours for $4.75 and 16oz pours for $6.50. Check out the Facebook Event for additional details. 

Port City Takeover
Weekend of January 10
Beers featured: Tidings, Porter, Monumental IPA, Optimal Wit, Long Black Veil, Manical Double IPA (10 oz pour)

Heavy Seas Takeover
Weekend of January 17
Beers featured: Loose Cannon, Tropicannon, Hydra's Haze, Pounder Pilsner, 24 Anniversary Quad IPA, E Krispers Cider

Bell’s Takeover
Weekend of January 24
Beers featured: Hopslam (new release), Two Hearted, Official Hazy, Bright White, Bottle: To A Locomotive in Winter Smoked Porter

Brewery reps will be onsite with swag and glassware giveaways. Swing by to check out the new space and get in on the beer specials! 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Neighborhood staple DC Reynolds is closing its doors after 8 years

via Douglas Development

DC Reynolds has confirmed that the rumors are true - after eight years, the neighborhood staple is officially closing its doors this April. Here is the note from the owners: 

“Our lease is up and as per usual landlord expectations for rent surpass what we’re comfortable with.

April 2020 will be the end of the run for DC Reynolds. Since March 17th 2012 we’ve opened our doors every single day to our neighbors, friends, and industry colleagues.

Multiple times we had the fortune of being nominated for something nice. Great neighborhood bar, best chili, and of course BOGO Happy Hour.

We look forward to being able to serve everyone into early spring patio season. We’ve got a few plans for our final weeks that we will reveal as we get closer. In the mean time we’ll open at 11am everyday and continue to BOGO 6 days a week.

Fun fact, it is possible to stay after BOGO ends and still have a good time

Justin Tony Jeremy”

According to the owners, there are currently no plans to move locations. And the reactions have been pretty universally bummed. 

We reached out to the building owners to get their input and we will keep you updated as we learn more. In the meantime, plan your BOGO happy hours while you can! 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

ANC 1A to vote on 2020 DC Comp Plan tomorrow, Jan 8th

Ben Schumin / Flickr
All neighborhoods and residents have until the end of January to submit their revisions to the DC Comprehensive Plan, the long-term framework for growth and development in the District. The Comp Plan covers everything from changing District boundaries, to increasing affordable housing access, to developing a better transportation network. 

From the 1A Commissioner: 

ANC 1A intends to move forward with our vote on Comp Plan elements receiving few comments at our meeting Wednesday, January 8th (Tubman Elementary, 7:00 PM). We will also hold an additional meeting regarding the remaining elements on January 21st. 7:00PM at our office 3400 11th Street, Suite 200.

Elements to be voted on in the January Meeting, January 8th. (Tubman Elementary, 7:00PM)
  • Land Use Element
  • Environmental Protection Element
  • Economic Development Element
  • Parks and Open Space Element
  • Urban Design Element
  • Historic Preservation Element
  • Community Services Element
  • Infrastructure Element
  • Rock Creek East Area Element

    Elements to be discussed at the next ZPP committee meeting January 21 (3400 11th Street, 7:00PM) and voted on in February. 
  • Transportation Element
    Future Land Use Map
  • Housing Element
  • Educational Facilities Element
  • Arts & Culture Element
  • Mid City Area Element

    Thank you for your interest in the review. Please feel free to send comments or attend these meetings. 

Visit to see details about the 1A Comp Plan changes. For more information about the full DC Comp Plan visit

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Yearly Nativity Scene the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza

Those of us who live in Columbia Heights are lucky enough to accidentally run into what's become a yearly tradition in our neighborhood... the Nativity Scene replete with a 28-year-old Camel, alpacas, and other cute furry creatures that one would typically only find blocks away at the back entrance of the National Zoo's Petting Zoo. Click HERE to see this years pictures. Also, enjoy this video about the history of the yearly event, featuring local pastor Tom Breuner of Abundant Love Christian Fellowship.

Friday, December 20, 2019

SPOTTED: Michael B Jordan filming in DC

Award winning actor Michael B Jordan was spotted in Union Station yesterday filming his new movie Without Remorse.

The Wire and Black Panther star was reportedly in the city filming just for the day on Thursday. He was *supposed* to be filming in DuPont until early this morning but it seems like most of the action happened around Union Station.

Without Remorse is based on a Tom Clancy novel and is set to release in September 2020. Jordan stars as John Clark, a Navy SEAL-turned-CIA operative who “goes on a path to avenge his wife’s murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy.” 

The film is the first in a planned film series and also stars Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim) and Jamie Bell (Fantastic Four, Rocketman). Check out the official trailer here:

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

2019 Holiday Lights Winners Announced!

Source: Petworth News

This year Lower Georgia Avenue has a little extra sparkle for the holiday season as nearly 60 local businesses competed in the first annual Holiday Lights competition! Lower Georgia Ave Main Street (LGAMS), managed by local nonprofit District Bridges, worked with small business owners who created beautiful, intricate displays to bring attention to their stores and remind residents that these neighborhood shops are attractive alternatives to online commerce, food deliveries, and suburban malls.

From 12/1-12/11, community judges and residents cast votes for their favorite displays. Winners included both legacy businesses and newcomers:

2019 LGAMS Holiday Lights Winners

Overall Best in Show

People's Choice

Most Georgia Avenue

Most DC

Best Use of Merchandise

Best Window Display
Runner-Up: Yoga Heights

Most Creative Use of Lights

Most Colorful Display
Runner-Ups: Midlands and Looking Glass Lounge

Best Indoor/Outdoor Display

Congratulations to All Winners & Competitors

Our friends at District Bridges interviewed some of the competitors about the challenges facing small businesses in our community. 

From their Press Release:

"Facing challenges from Internet commerce and changing consumer preferences, small businesses are especially vulnerable. They do not have the economies of scale to take advantage of bulk purchasing or large margins to absorb regional variation in fixed costs. Additionally, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition's recent study ranked DC as America's most gentrified city, and commercial property owners are shifting property tax burden increases to tenants. In DC, the most vulnerable are those that have been here the longest and have served communities in times of economic hardship but are now finding revenue increases unable to keep pace with rising land costs.

"There are very few protections offered to commercial tenants against displacement from escalating rents," says Jennifer Kuiper, LGAMS Neighborhood Director. Yet the presence of community-serving businesses shapes the character, culture, and availability of needed goods and services that make DC's neighborhoods not only attractive but also inclusive.

"We see ourselves as an integral part of the community…where everyone can come, share ideas and then go out and execute on those ideas," shares Pablo Sierra, owner of Walls of Books in Park View. "It's imperative that we maintain and always build on our relationships in the community—to know the needs and how we can help fill those needs."

To try to stabilize small businesses, LGAMS is exploring models for building ownership for businesses. However, ownership does not adequately protect businesses from tax burdens that are increasing faster than revenues. The DC Council's Committee on Business and Economic Development is also working on policy solutions.

"In the meantime," urges Kuiper, "Next time you're in need of a dress, haircut, coffee, or gift, think local first and help keep our community filled with the amazing businesses that help make it such a unique place to live."

A great reminder to shop local and support our community this holiday season, and enjoy the beautiful decorations while you're at it! 

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The results are in! We're excited to announce the official winners of the 2019 Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street Holiday Lights competition!⁣ ⁣ Congratulations to the winners:⁣ ⁣ 🔹Most Georgia Ave: Spruill's Bluebird Barbershop⁣ 🔹Most DC: Smittys Bar (@smittysbar.dc)⁣ 🔹Most Colorful Display: GA Ave. Biz Solutions⁣ 🔹Best Window Display: Willow (@WillowStores)⁣ 🔹Best Use of Merchandise: Second Story Boutique (@SecondStoryBoutiqueDC)⁣ 🔹Most Creative Use of Lights: Tsehay Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar (@tsehaydc) and Salt and Pepper Grill (@sandpgrill)⁣ 🔹Best Indoor/Outdoor: Taqueria Del Barrio (@delbarriodc)⁣ 🔹People's Choice: Here's The Scoop (@HeresTheScoopDC)⁣ 🔹Overall Best in Show: Fish In The Neighborhood ⁣ ⁣ #PetworthDC #PopVille #PleasantPlains #ParkView #WDC #DistrictofColumbia #HolidaysInDC #HowardU #LGAHolidayLights
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Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street Holiday Lights is organized by District Bridges' Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street program. To learn more, visit

To find out more about this and other holiday events happening in the neighborhood - including deals this week with Midlands, Hook Hall, and more - check out LGA Holiday Events Page!