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!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Volunteers Needed for 11th & Bark This Saturday!

It's time for a quarterly cleanup at the park
Saturday, Dec. 14
10 - 11 a.m.

From our friends at 11th & Bark: 
We'll pick up trash in the dog park and the street blocks around the park to keep the place nice and clean for our furry friends and our neighbors. We'll provide garbage bags, gloves, shovels, etc. Please bring your own water.

11th and Bark is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a partner of Green Spaces for DC.

Monday, December 9, 2019

2019 was the best Tree Lighting Extravaganza yet!!

Thank you to everyone who came for an amazing experience this past Friday. We had a ton of fun celebrating the holiday with our friends and neighbors. 

We were blown away by the community partners that made the event extra special by handing out hot chocolate, organizing a children's choir, taking pictures with Santa, and ended with neighborhood carolers. 

Click here to find your Picture with Santa

Thank you so much to District BridgesViva the Life Properties, Encounter Church, Coffy Cafe, and Odd Provisions for organizing this amazing annual tradition! Also, a special thank you to everyone who came out to put up the tree, and helped pull this event off! 

Click HERE to see all the pictures on FaceBook!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Columbia Heights Annual Holiday Extravaganza This Friday!

Come deck the halls with the Columbia Heights community this Friday, December 6th for the 9th Annual Tree Lighting Extravaganza! Merrymakers will enjoy complimentary cocoa, carols, and a visit from Santa!

Ninth Annual Tree Lighting Extravaganza
Friday, December 6th 2019
Santa Arrives at 5:30p & Tree Lighting at 6:30p
Columbia Heights Civic Plaza

Viva the Life will be sponsoring Pictures with Santa so bring your friends and family (furry family members are welcome too!) for a chance to snag the perfect holiday picture! 

Come join the festivities and show your support for our amazing community partners! District Bridges is also looking for volunteers to help decorate the tree this Wednesday at 5:30pm & 6:30pm! Check out details on the Facebook event page (or stop by the Civic Plaza this evening). 

This event is made possible by these Community Sponsors 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving Day Feast @ Salvation Army

Please let us know immediately if you'd like to attend. Let your neighbors know. We'd love to have them! Food is provided by the Cheesecake Factory

Two Sittings: 10:30 am and the other at 11:15 am. 

3335 Sherman Ave., NW (Morton Street Entrance)
Washington DC 20010

A brass band will be playing! 

Sponsored by the Salvation Army & the Cheesecake Factory.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Volunteers Needed TOMORROW for Thanksgiving Basket Drop Off

Dear We Are Family friends:


We had a great turnout for Saturday (hooray!) but STILL REALLY NEED HELP TUESDAY to:

1. Pick up 425 THANKSGIVING BASKETS at Bread for the City, 1525 7th Street NW 10am TUESDAY;

2. Deliver those baskets, meeting at 12 NOON TUESDAY @ Kelsey Apartments, 3322 14th St NW, Columbia Heights metro... we will be working from there until at least 5pm, please help for whatever amount of time you can spare during that window, OK? 


THANKS SO MUCH--we can't do it without you!


Contact Us
Mark, Tulin and family
We Are Family Senior Outreach Network
 (202) 487-8698

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

VOLUNTEERS & DONATIONS NEEDED! Safeway Feast of Sharing (Wednesday, November 27 @ 9:30 am-1:00 pm)

Help us meet our goal of feeding 5,000 people at the 20th Annual Safeway Feast of Sharing!

The 20th Anniversary Safeway Feast of Sharing, a free, citywide community event for persons in need will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW.  We need your help in spreading the word to reach our goal of feeding 5,000 people.

Co-sponsored by Safeway, Events DC and our caterer Aramark along with several other partnering organizations, the Safeway Feast of Sharing celebrates the spirit of the “season of giving” by serving a festive meal on the day before Thanksgiving to underprivileged District of Columbia residents, senior citizens and veterans. Feast of Sharing includes a community services expo, health screenings and raffle prize drawings. Feast attendees also look forward to selecting from new/gently-used clothing for men, women, children, and infants – available at no charge.

We hope that you’re able to join us at the Feast of Sharing this year and would greatly appreciate your assistance in sharing the attached announcements about the event.

Due to the overwhelming response in past years, we are asking all volunteers to sign up beforehand! Volunteers may register at until all slots are filled.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Columbia Heights snags 3 out of 4 top finalists for "Restaurant of the Year"

via Rooster & Owl Instagram @roosterandowl

Coming hot on the heels of last week's foodie win for Columbia Heights when Esquire released its "Best New Restaurants" list for 2019 and not only did they choose three different DC locales, but the #1 spot went to Columbia Heights very own Seven Reasons
via Esquire

"Seven Reasons is like a refined Dinner Party fueled by Latin Fusion" writes Esquire's Food & Drink editor, Jeff Gordinier.

"Ten minutes north of the White House and its sour, divisive rhetoric, immigrants are throwing a party. Unfettered joy radiates from inside Seven Reasons as you stand outside the front door, and once you enter and sit down, that joy makes itself known—proudly, defiantly—in the riot of flavors and hues that chef Enrique Limardo sends out from the kitchen. Limardo and several members of his team come from Venezuela, a country in the midst of collapse, and yet the Latin American food and cocktails at Seven Reasons—a mountain of black rice topped with prawns and pork cheeks, a salad in which the summery tang of tomatoes has been concentrated into cubes of jelly, a platter of hamachi tiradito whose pink and green splashes of salmon roe and jalapeño could hang in an art gallery—serve up jubilation as a remedy for pain and color as a cure for the blues. Is there almost too much packed into each bite? No one’s complaining. More-is-more extravagance is what makes Seven Reasons a fiesta you never want to stop."

Check out the full article here to see who else from the DMV made the list!

Today, after more than a month of whittling down the competition, Eater released its top nominees for 2019 and not only did the neighborhood gets some honorable mentions for top designs, but Columbia Heights & 14th St took home three out of four of the overall "Restaurant of the Year" champions!

Check out this excerpt from the announcement:

Restaurant of the Year

Queen’s English: This Columbia Heights newcomer gained a fast following for inventive, Hong Kong-style dishes from Henji Cheung, intriguing cocktails from Sarah Thompson, and warm service in a dining room lined with red-and-gold Chinoiserie wallpaper.

Rooster & Owl: After years of pop-ups, Yuan and Carey Tang finally opened a restaurant on 14th Street NW that seamlessly shifts through Asian, Italian, and American cuisines — sometimes in the same dish — on its four-course, multiple choice prix fixe.

Seven Reasons: Venezuelan-born chef Enrique Limardo brought a painter’s touch to modern, pan-Latin plates in a two-level, red brick venue on 14th Street NW that feels equal parts industrial and Amazonian.

Check out "Eater Awards 2019: Here Are the D.C. Finalists" for the full story and to see who else is featured in the DMV! 

via Seven Reason Instagram @sevenreasonsdc

Monday, November 18, 2019

Volunteers to help local businesses decorate for Holiday Lights!

Dear Neighbors,

Participating businesses in the Lower Georgia Ave Main Street Holiday Lights events will be decorating their storefronts with lights and competing for Awards, with the chance to win a free Marketing Consultation. The resulting light show will include businesses all along Lower Georgia Avenue and the 800 Block of Upshur St. More info here:

Some businesses have requested support from volunteers to help put up their decorations. If you would like to help out, please reply to this email with your availability, and we'll get you matched up! Decorations will need to be completed by December 1. 

And don't forget to check back on Dec 1 for voting opportunities for the People's Choice Award and the Holiday Lights Bingo Card to win prizes. Award winners will be announced at the Holiday Lights Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 14, 5pm. Check the Holiday Lights activity page for updates on neighborhood promotions in December and for a map of participating businesses.

Thanks for being a part of making Georgia Ave sparkle!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

New Malaysian-American Gastropub to replace Meridian Pint

Makan chef James Wozniuk was recently chef de cuisine at Erik Bruner-Yang’s Spoken English in the Line hotel.
 Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Former Maketto and Spoken English chef James Wozniuk and partner Kendrick Wu taking over the former Meridian Pint location with Makan and Thirsty Crow, a two-part Malaysian restaurant and subterranean Malay-American sports bar. The pair quietly opened the basement gastropub portion of the concept last weekend, serving a 50/50 American and Malaysian food menu alongside beers and whiskeys. The rest of the venue is set to open this December at the 11th St location.

The restaurant duo was among Eater's "Most Anticipated Restaurants in D.C." back in September and they are on track to become a community staple. Wozniuk is running a limited menu for now, but plans to expand it with dishes inspired by street hawker fare like Malaysian fried chicken and a Ramly burger—a popular style of smash-burger wrapped in an egg omelet and topped with sweet chili sauce. Soon, he’ll start crowd-testing plates for Makan, which is is slated to open mid-December. 

Wozniuk describes Makan as "full immersion Malaysian" serving cuisines that blend influences from India, Thailand, China, and other Muslim countries. It will occupy 100 dining and cocktail bar sears on the sidewalk-level and will be the only dedicated Malaysian restaurant in the city. 

via Popville

“You really notice the void of not being able to eat it [Malaysian food]” says Wozniuk, who began regularly traveling to the country five years ago. “Not having something like this here, and for the food to be so amazing, I can’t wait to share the experience I love with everyone else.”

Anna Spiegel of the Washingtonian, ran a full profile of the new establishment. You can read her full review and interview here. Below are some excerpts from her profile: 

Wozniuk is a Texas native but he’s no stranger to Southeast Asian cuisine. Over a decade ago, he became such an avid fan of Bangkok Golden’s then-secret Lao menu that chef/owner Seng Luangrath invited him into her kitchen for cooking lessons and Sunday family meals. (He now counts her as a close friend and mentor.) He started with Maketto as a chef de cuisine in 2013 (two years before the restaurant formerly opened) and most recently helmed Spoken English. When it came time to strike out on his own he wanted to try and recreate the Malaysian flavors he loves.

Part of Makan’s shareable menu will be inspired by Nasi Campur, “mixed rice” restaurants where scoops of grains are accompanied by a huge variety of meat and seafood dishes, sambals, breads, and vegetables. In Malaysia, the plethora of items are often spread out buffet or cafeteria-style, but at Makan, you’ll find a dozen-odd options on the menu that will be served on family-style platters with the signature scoop of rice. Patrons will also share smaller plates such as roti jala (net-like crepes served with curries for scooping), spicy house-made noodles, or petai a.k.a. “stink beans.” (“They look like fava beans but smell like gasoline and have a very unique taste,” says Wozniuk.) Another Malaysian dish Wozniuk is excited to introduce: locally made, real-deal tempeh—not the stiff blocks sold in grocery stores.

“It’s a different experience. It’s softer, tender, but still has the texture of the beans,” says Wozniuk, who compares the difference to homemade tofu.

Down the line, the team wants to introduce crowd favorites like Malaysian chili crab. Also: weekend dim sum. Wozniuk says brunch is when he’ll take more creative license, offering spins on hawker and kopitiam (cafe) fare like noodles, soups, dumplings, sweet and savory waffles, and even a few favorites that nod to his southern roots.

“I love biscuits, so there’ll definitely be a biscuit on the menu,” says Wozniuk.

Makan and Thirsty Crow are located at 3400 11th St., NW. Thirsty Crow is open now from 4:30 PM to close on weekdays, at noon on weekends. Makan is set to open in mid December. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

2019 Kids & Dog Halloween Costume Event!

The 2019 Columbia Heights Community 'Fright Night' was an absolute blast! 

Special thanks to North Columbia Heights Civic Association for spearheading this annual Dog costume contest! Also, thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors... Columbia Heights Dog Park (11th&Park)Viva The Life - PropertiesDistrict Bridges, @ Encounter Church DC!