10/13/15 4:25pm


Well this sounds pretty great – thanks to a reader for passing on from REI and Wunder Garten:

Saturday, October 17, 2015 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM REI Community Space at Wunder Garten: 150 M St. NE

What the heck is the REI Thingamajig? It’s a community gear swap in a beer garden with live music. Yes, that’s right: you can buy/sell/barter/trade used gear with other outdoor lovers while you listen to live Appalachian music and sip on craft beer in an outdoor setting. Oh, and the music is produced by Living Classrooms- our friends behind the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival. That means that the bands will be killer AND a portion of the entry price goes to support their amazing work providing supplemental environmental education to DCPS students. Sound awesome? We think so too.

$7 gets you in the door ($2 from each attendee going to support Living Classrooms).

The Lineup: Hollertown, Big Chimney, Jonny Grave

The first 50 people in the door with used gear to sell get a ticket for a free beer.

All people bringing gear to sell will get table space to merchandise their wares.

REI will NOT be selling used gear – this event is a platform for the outdoor community to sell items that they’re no longer using. You know that old tent in the back of your closet? Or that jacket that doesn’t fit right so you never wear it? Bring it and sell it.

All sales are person to person. REI will not be running a cash register. Bring cash to buy gear if you’re shopping, and cash to make change if you’re selling.

This is a swap for outdoor gear with some restrictions. No guns, knives, hatchets, or anything that could be construed as a weapon. No motors – human powered transport items only. No Life-protecting technical rock climbing equipment (ropes, hardware, protection, helmets). Think tents, jackets, pants, flashlights, stoves, etc. Bikes are ok. Items should be in decent shape and clean. Please tag your items for sale with a price ahead of time. REI reserves the right to review and refuse items for sale.

If you want your old gear to serve the community, consider donating the proceeds from the sale of your gear to Living Classrooms! More on their efforts at www.livingclassrooms.org.

Let us know if you have questions at dc-os@rei.com, and we’ll see you at the Thingamajig!”

10/13/15 3:45pm

cleveland Park library

The Cleveland Park library is located at 3310 Connecticut Ave, NW. Thumbs up or down on the renderings? There’s already some pretty serious debate on the Cleveland Park listserve. Here’s the current view via google:


From the Cleveland Park Historical Society:

“The concept design presentation for the new Cleveland Park Library as presented at the Oct. 6th community meeting is now available to view below. CPHS’s Architectural Review Committee will review the plans at its November 9th meeting, which neighbors are welcome to attend. We will send out a notice of the agenda in early November.”

10/13/15 3:30pm

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 2 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.


“Here is Misiu (Teddy Bear in Polish). He will be 15 years old on November 28. He came to us from the Animal Rescue shelter on New York Avenue when he was only four months old and has lived in Columbia Heights ever since.”


“Last time I sent in photos of Yuri & Ewok, they had their lion cuts. Here they are with fur in full-effect in Bloomingdale. Yuri is the one demanding belly rubs, and Ewok is the cross-eyed little guy.”


“Zima of Hill East”

1201 Clifton Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1201 Clifton Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Unique 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment; freshly painted and new carpet with on-site laundry facility. Enjoy city living and great location in Columbia Heights (U Street Corridor); epicenter of home accessories, groceries, entertainment, dining & shopping (Bed Bath & Beyond,Best Buy,Marshall’s,Staples,Target,Giant & more). Walking distance to Cordoza & Columbia Heights metros.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $1,875/Mo.

10/13/15 2:25pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

Drug dealers hang out on Rock Creek Church Rd, across from the Georgia Ave Metro between Georgia Ave and 8th. It’s gotten really out of hand. They will sit on anyone’s front steps at any time of day or night and hang out, apparently waiting on buyers to meet them to exchange goods. I have had to say “excuse me” to young men sitting on my steps just so I can get into my house. When they know they’ve been seen, they will move, but just to another stoop. And they are often loud, carrying on conversations to the point that I have to close my window to sleep at night. It’s been getting worse in the past month. I have even had packages delivered to my house, stolen from my front steps. I have lived here for over a year and never had these issues until recently. There were always drug dealers, but they have gotten more bold.

I have alerted the cops to the issue of stolen packages, but nothing gets done. I want to know what else can be done. Are other folks having problems with this?”

10/13/15 2:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user ninjadi2

Baby Shower Venue Ideas?

“Hi all — We’re looking to host a baby shower (co-ed) this winter but our place (and our friends’ places) are too small for the number of people we’d like to invite (~40). Ideally, we’d like to keep it fun and casual and keep the cost to under $500 including food (heavy appetizers, finger foods, etc.). Does anyone have any ideas of a place in the District, preferably NW or metro accessible, that fits the bill? We’re open to (and actually prefer) bringing our own food, but we’re also exploring places that offer food within that price range. Your ideas are much appreciated!”

You can see all forum topics and add your own here. If you are having trouble uploading your question please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail Please Note this is NOT an events calendar.

10/13/15 1:15pm

domestic violence
Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve recently been a victim of domestic violence, and I spent weeks trying to figure out what I needed to do to help myself and where I could go to do just that. Trying to navigate uncharted legal territory when you’re confused and scared for your own safety is NOT fun. There are plenty of great resources and options for domestic violence victims in DC, but it took a lot of work and dedication to figure out what they are. I decided to compile a list of the resources and information that I found throughout my process in hopes that it might help someone else in the future. There are probably more resources out there, but these are the ones I know of:

Some awesome resources

DC Safe: If you need to get a restraining order (see below on this) the Domestic Violence Unit at the DC Courthouse SHOULD refer you to a group called DC Safe. If they don’t, contact them yourself ( 1-800-407-5048). They will provide you with information about other resources, assign you an advocate to help you with your case, and answer any questions you might have. They can’t provide legal advice, but they will try to put you in touch with a pro-bono lawyer if you want them to.

DCVLP: The D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project . This is an AMAZING resource for many reasons. They represent domestic violence victims pro-bono. They offer a free legal clinic for domestic violence victims every week. They are super serious and dedicated to helping victims.

The Women’s Center: The Women’s Center has locations in Vienna, VA and downtown DC. They provide counseling to abuse and assault victims, educational programs, group therapy sessions, and much more.

DASH: District Alliance for Safe Housing provides safe housing for domestic violence victims in DC.

MSP: My Sister’s Place also provides safe housing for domestic violence victims

Crime Victims Compensation Fund: If you have incurred expenses because you’ve been a victim of a crime (hospital bills, changing your locks, relocating, theft, etc.), you can apply to this fund for reimbursement or direct payment of your expenses. They’ll cover up to a certain amount depending on the expense type, but they will pay for a LOT of various things.

Doorways (In Arlington, VA):
Doorways helps with homelessness, domestic violence, and sexual assault. They have a 24 hour hotline, should you have any questions or concerns. They have 2 safe houses, offer court advocacy assistance, financial planning assistance, and more.

LawHelp.org info: Website with a lot of good, general information on domestic violence, getting help, and preparing for court.

Civil Protection Orders (Restraining Orders) (more…)