10/31/14 4:45pm

From a press release:

“Qualia Coffee is proud to announce our participation in the first FRESHFARM Market Thanksgiving Food Drive Coffee Fundraiser, this Sunday, November 2nd. We will be bringing our locally roasted coffee beans and cold brew to the market as well as brewing hot coffee on site. Twenty-five percent of proceeds will be donated to the FRESHFARM Markets Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit DC Central Kitchen, an organization that serves 5,000 nutritious means to low income local residents every day.

Established in 2009, Qualia Coffee is a full service coffee shop that serves as the home of the local roastery Fresh Off the Roast. Founded on the principle of treating roasted coffee like fresh produce, the roasting label features a wide selection of single-origin beans that highlight the natural diversity of flavors that coffee can exhibit. As a retail-only roaster, we are able to ensure all of our coffee is sold within three days. You will never find Fresh Off the Roast beans on store shelves, which is why our small-batch, artisan approach to coffee roasting is a natural fit for your neighborhood farm market.

Along with several Fair-Trade and Organic certified coffees, we will be featuring offerings from some of our direct-trade partners, such as Gold Mountain Coffee Growers (Nicaragua) and Redeeming Grounds (Colombia). Owner and head roaster, Joel Finkelstein, will also be on hand to answer questions about each of the single-origin offerings as well as any questions attendees may have about growing, roasting and brewing coffee.

So come out to support a great cause this Sunday at the Dupont Circle Farm Market, 9am until 2pm.

What: Coffee Pop-Up
When: Sunday, November 2, 2014, 9AM until 2PM
Where: Dupont Circle Farmers Market
Why: To support FRESHFARM Market Thanksgiving Food Drive and, of course, good coffee

10/31/14 4:15pm

Photos courtesy From the Core Studios

From a press release:

“After months of renovations to create a space perfect for fitness, From the Core Studios, a fitness and Pilates studio located at 3111 Georgia Avenue NW, is now open for classes and will host its grand opening the weekend of October 31 through November 2. The two-level studio is the first of its kind in the neighborhood, offering a wide variety of classes suited for all levels of fitness.

The first level includes five brand-new Peak Pilates reformers and towers, perfect for a challenging workout that lengthens and tones muscles, providing a full-body workout while improving balance and flexibility. The second level will be home to wide variety of classes, such as Pilates mat, Pilates chair, strength and conditioning, TRX, kettlebell, kickboxing and boxing, interval and circuit training, barre, Zumba, African dance, and boot camp classes. It also features a one-of-a-kind aerial silk system for stretching, flexibility and core conditioning classes.

To celebrate its grand opening, From the Core Studios will offer free classes Halloween weekend from October 31 through November 2. Visit www.fromthecorestudios.com to sign up for all classes. (more…)

10/31/14 3:30pm

Ed. Note: All who sent great pics of your pets in costume you’re in the queue!

And thanks as always to to Michelle for putting together this list of adoptable pets. It will be featured the last Friday every month. If you are interested in submitting an adoptable pet you can email Michelle at Help.the.Pups.DC(at)gmail(dot)com

Kep 2 - RDR

Kep – Rural Dog Rescue

Kep is an adorable 9-month old mixed-breed pup from Rural Dog Rescue. Kep is a sweet boy who has learned to walk well on a leash, loves to play with other pups, and is very friendly. You can apply to adopt Kep or any of our adoptable animals here. If you are interested in fostering one of our animals, please apply here. You can meet many of our animals every Saturday at Howl to the Chief from noon until 3pm.

Suds & Wisp - Homeward Trails

Suds & Wisp – Homeward Trails Animal Rescue – Done

Suds (black) and Wisp (tuxedo) are 3-month old kittens from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. These two tiny cuddleduds enjoy exploring their surroundings and love to play with toys. Wisp loves to be pet and held, while Suds is slightly more interested in chasing toy mice. For adoption information, please visit their Petfinder page. If you are interested in becoming a foster, please send an email here. You can also meet some of our adoptable animals at one of our events!

More great pets after the jump. (more…)

10/31/14 3:19pm


From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announced today the deployment of new photo enforced locations beginning on or about November 3, 2014. The deployment locations for the Photo Enforcement Units will be sites where speeding and pedestrian safety has been identified to be a problem.

The 30 day educational phase, or “warning period”, will commence on November 3, 2014. During this period, violators will receive warning citations. After the 30 day warning period, MPD will begin issuing live moving citations to violators.”

10/31/14 3:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley


“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 31-November 2 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday.

This weekend, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate every 20 minutes, rather than every 12 minutes. Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes with additional trains providing service every 8-10 minutes between Van Ness and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours.

Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 2. At that time, clocks will “fall back” to 1 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Metrorail will remain open until its normal closing time of 3 a.m. “new time” (Eastern Standard Time).

Red Line
Trains every 8-15 minutes

Red Line trains will operate as follows throughout the weekend:

Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: every 15 minutes
Between Van Ness & NoMa-Gallaudet: every 8-10 minutes Saturday and Sunday from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Floating slab renewal between Van Ness & Friendship Heights, lighting upgrades and fence replacement between NoMa-Gallaudet & Rhode Island Ave. (more…)

3601 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 3601 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“This One Bedroom Unit is Gleaming!! Beautiful hard wood floors, this unit is a great find! For the price of a studio you have a wonderful one BR unit with a DR! This apt is in perfect condition. The building is newly renovated with a modern flair. Awesome views from rooftop deck/have your own herb garden. FABULOUS LOCATION steps to metro, Cathedral Commons CTR New Giant, Restaurants+Cathedral”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,550/Mo.

10/31/14 2:30pm

Washington Aqueduct where the water treatment process starts courtesy DC Water

From DC Water:

“We saw this post earlier this morning and wanted to contribute to the information sharing. The musty odor and taste that some residents are experiencing are caused by algae byproducts that occur seasonally in the Potomac River and drinking water reservoirs. The concentrations of these byproducts are extremely low and are not harmful to human health.

This year has been particularly noticeable, but the taste and odor should disappear very soon because of the colder weather. A carbon-based filter, such as a Brita pitcher, will help to reduce the taste and odor. The Potomac River and the drinking water in the District’s distribution system are constantly monitored to ensure the safety of the water. If you have any questions about the quality of your drinking water, please contact our Drinking Water Division at 202-612-3440 (M – F, 8am – 4:30pm).


10/31/14 2:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

Having a baby; should we buy a car?:

“My husband and I are expecting our first baby next year and are trying to think through expenses. One issue that we’ve been throwing around is whether having a car would make life with a baby much easier. Neither of have had a car for the last 10 years or so, and we’re generally pretty happy that we don’t have to deal with the expenses and hassle. There are times — perhaps once a week or so — when we like to get somewhere a little more quickly or to a place that’s slightly inconvenient via public transportation, and we usually use car2go then. Obviously, with a baby, car2go would be out.

All this to say, should we get a car? I assume that normal errands with a baby in tow would be harder without a car — we usually walk from the grocery store, but probably couldn’t do that with as many groceries with a baby, for example. And obviously it would take more time to get to doctor’s appointments and the like (we hear little kids have lots of those). Is quality of life with a kid way better with a car? Is it worth the expense? Or do people get by almost as well as they used to in their pre-baby days on metro/bus and on foot? We live in Columbia Heights and don’t have an off-street parking spot, though we think we could pretty easily find street parking around us.”

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