Thursday, April 27, 2017

Petworth Farmers Market opens Saturday May 6; fundraiser at Ten Tigers on May 1 with specials!

It's farmers market season! The Columbia Heights Market opened lsat Saturday and the Petworth Community Market is opening their season on Saturday May 6, and they'll be going until November 18. They're open 9am-1pm on 9th Street between Upshur and Taylor.

Pretty awesome vendor list too: coffee, produce, farms, pickles, cheese, kombucha, bagel holes (delicious stuffed bagels, basically) and more.

They're also holding a fundraiser on May 1 at Ten Tigers Parlour from 6:30-9:30 with drink specials, prizes, an auction or more. Tickets are $15 or $25 for two. Sounds like a fun event to help a great local happening.

(The market was previously open on Fridays but it looks like they shifted their days.)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Neighborhood cleanup on May 6, free coffee at Colony Club after!

Local community org Georgia Avenue Thrive has organized their next neighborhood cleanup, May 6 starting at 10am at the corner of Georgia and Irving. They'll provide bags, gloves and such and you'll get free coffee afterwards at Colony Club, 3118 Georgia.

Here's more!
Friends and neighbors -- Georgia Avenue Thrive will hold its next cleanup at 10am May 6 at the corner of Georgia and Irving. 
Immediately following the cleanup, volunteers will meet at Colony Club to enjoy free coffee or iced coffee (depending on the weather). It's a neighborhood get-together, a great chance to socialize, chat with neighbors and come together as a community. 
People are noticing. DPW is very graciously planning to highlight our cleanups in the next month or two with a media event. (details on that still being finalized.)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Reliable Tavern on Georgia moving along, now has two pool tables

If you were craving some pool in our area, the incoming Reliable Tavern at 3655 Georgia is your ticket: they just posted a photo of two tables in the bar.

The spot, from long time bar and restauranteur Joe Englert (who was behind the Rock n Roll Hotel, DC9, Sticky Rice, the Pug, Cap Lounge and a million other places) has been making steady progress lately. They posted they plan to open in a few weeks on Facebook.

Here's their website, Twitter and Instagram, will update when I hear more.

Alfie's is back open with a few pop-ups: Al's Hot Chicken, Nok Noi noodles, crabs

Alfie's/Tcohup's Market at 3301 Georgia has been closed for some time as the owners did some traveling, hosting food events in London, Thailand and elsewhere. But now it's back open on Saturday and Sunday with a new pop-up, Al's Hot Chicken, featuring Nashville style delicacies, burgers and other brunch items. Here's more from their website:
Saturday and Sunday morning bringing some of that spicy Nashvegas flavor to DC. Hot chicken, Hot fish, sandwiches and sides will have your mouth begging you for another! Doors open at 12!

And on Friday and Saturday nights from 5-11pm they're doing Nok Noi, Thai street noodles:
Nok Noi is our weekly Thai hand-made noodle shop pop-up. Every Friday & Saturday guests can nosh out on noodle soups, khao soi & street style stir fried noodle dishes.
All of our curry pastes, egg noodles and broths are handmade each day!

Our menu changes weekly so keep up w/ social media for more info on what we have every week!


There's also an upcoming crab event, April 29th for Tasty Crabs: here's more on that:
Only 6PM seatings available on Sunday! Saturday is still open! Make your reservation soon!!! Only one week away! $35 all you can eat!!! Tasty Crabs are in your future!!! Email to make a resi!
The Alfie's Twitter also has updates.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Lemonade social for southern Petworth/northern Columbia Heights folks on Apr 26, with free popcorn tasting

This sounds neat. If you live nearby, worth stopping by to meet your neighbors! Local residents Russ & Anita Breckenridge organized the event.
Now that the weather is warming up, the neighborhood Lemonade Social is back starting next week!   
I'm also happy to announce that Stella's Popkern, a locally owned and operated business, will be hosting a popcorn tasting for all attendees. 
The Social will take place next Wednesday, April 26 from 6:30pm to dark at the grassy triangle located at the intersection of Kansas Ave & Quincy St/13th St.   
If you haven't been before, this is a great way to meet your neighbors and learn about happenings in the neighborhood in a casual, relaxed setting.  It's very family friendly -- kids, elderly and pets welcome. Please help spread the word!  
Each week a different neighbor sponsors purchasing the lemonade, ice and cups.  If you're interested in helping out, please let us know. 
If you can't make it this time, the social will continue on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Same time, same place. 
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fundraiser for environmental nonprofit Earthjustice on Fri. Apr. 28 at the Midlands; live music, make signs for the Climate March, volunteers needed too.

It's a busy month for marches in town: there was recently the Tax March demanding Donald Trump release his taxes, this Saturday is the March for Science, and on the Saturday after it's the People's Climate March.

The environmental law nonprofit Earthjustice is holding a pre-Climate March event at the Midlands beer garden on Friday, with live music, sign-making, raffles from local businesses and a lot more. Come check it out, or if you'd like, help volunteer! 

The event is called the HotHotHot Fundraiser for Climate Action, and if you're interested in volunteering, contact Rachel at They need help recruiting or donating raffle and silent auction items, with event set-up, tabling and clean-up.

Here's more about the event, which sounds pretty rad.

Come join your neighbors and fellow Earth lovers for local brews, live music, rally sign-making for the next day's Climate Change March, and tons of great raffle items from local businesses and artisans! No cover charge, but bring your ID---This is a 21+ only event. And skip the line by registering in advance online

Come hang out with fellow friends of the environment for drinks and activities in honor of Earthjustice the night before the People's Climate March! 

Local brews, live music, rally sign-making, and tons of great raffle items from local businesses and artisans will help you prep for Saturday's activities!

Earthjustice is a nonprofit environmental law organization that uses the power of the law to fight for the earth and its inhabitants. They represent a diverse array of clients and coalition partners, from grassroots and community groups to large national organizations. Donations to Earthjustice allow them to represent their clients free of charge, so they can choose cases strategically rather than based on the client's ability to pay. Earthjustice pursues three key goals: protecting our earth's natural spaces and wildlife; fighting for healthy communities where children can breathe clean air, no matter where they live; and strengthening the rise of clean energy. If you can't make the event, be sure to stop by their website to make a donation.

The Midlands Beer Garden is Petworth's [ed: Park View's] new beer garden with a large indoor and outdoor space. They serve a wide selection of draft beers, host regular live shows, and have an adorable bar dog, AndyPants. For this event, Midlands is graciously donating the proceeds from select drinks directly to Earthjustice.

Be sure to join us all at the People's Climate March in Downtown DC on April 29th. For more information about this historic event please visit:

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
--Yes, this will be a 21+ event.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
--Midlands is a short walk from the Columbia Heights or Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro stations. There are also Bikeshare stations at Columbia Road & Georgia Ave and New Hampshire Ave & Georgia Ave. There is street parking outside of of the beer garden for those who choose to drive. Midlands is wheelchair accessible.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
---Please shoot us an email at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
---No, but you so need to register on the Eventbrite! If a line forms at the bar, your name on the list will allow you to come right on in.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning "In the Heights" opens Thursday at GALA Hispanic Theatre

If you're a fan of Grammy-winning musical Hamilton, or just want to see some theatre, get yourself to the GALA Hispanic Theatre sometime soon -- Miranda's first Broadway show, the Tony and Grammy winning In the Heights, about life in Washington Heights in Manhattan.

DCist reviewed it recently and said it might as well be called "In Columbia Heights" -- there are a lot of similarities with the Hispanic neighborhood north of Harlem. The play was also nominated for a Pulitzer.

The play is staged mostly in Spanish with English surtitles (and also Spanish surtitles), for the first time in the US.

GALA describes it as:
This spirited musical by the creator of Hamilton tells a story of the love, hopes and heartbreaks of a tightly knit multicultural community on the brink of change in New York’s Washington Heights. Teeming with vivid neighborhood characters such as the romantically skittish bodega owner, attractive beautician, wise grandmother, and a young student and her culturally different boyfriend, the stage will sizzle with the urban energy of hip hop, salsa, and merengue.
The play is directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado. It runs from Thursday until May 21.

GALA Theatre is at the corner of 14th and Park Rd NW. Here's their site with more info and tickets.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Columbia Heights Farmers Market opens this Saturday, April 22!

The weather is nice, and to me that means a few things: more patio hanging, more outdoor activities, and the Columbia Heights Farmers Market.

The market reopens this Saturday from 9am-1pm, and then on May 31st the weekday market opens, running from 4-7pm each Wednesday. The market is on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, the triangle bounded by 14th, Park and Kenyon Streets NW.

The market has a lot of great stuff: farmers and food makers from around the area, crafts, art, music, and ready to eat food. I'm especially a fan of the various butchers and bakers there.

There's a lot of new vendors this year too, and some familiar faces: ice cream, root beer, pickles, dog snacks, coffee, honey, dosas, empanadas, tacos and more. Looks awesome.