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From Change.org:

“Last May’s inaugural Funk Parade was a huge success. It brought together 30,000 people in the U Street neighborhood, showcased nearly 100 hours of music and dance performances, and generated an estimated $1 million in sales for local businesses.

Unfortunately, city officials refused to permit the parade to pass down U Street. The avenue has been a hub of live music and celebration for decades. It has hosted dozens of parades. Marion Barry’s first inaugural parade passed down U Street. But officials refused to close it briefly for Funk Parade, a celebration of the heart and soul of the city.

Instead, city officials forced the parade to use a narrow, inconvenient route down V Street and ending in an alley. The popularity of the event easily overwhelmed the route, and when the parade concluded crowds swarmed onto U Street anyway, forcing an impromptu closure. This petition is to ask the city, let us do it right this year!

The neighborhood supports this request: local ANC 1B has unanimously endorsed closing U Street for the parade. Its transportation committee has carefully reviewed the proposed U Street route, weighed community concerns, and unanimously voted to approve the request. But it needs your voice alongside it.

The Funk Parade is a true community event, supported by more than 100 local businesses and clubs, all the local neighborhood associations, and dozens of arts and culture groups from the Kennedy Center and Cultural DC to dance, music and urban art collectives. But it needs your help to call on DC officials to close U Street!

Missed Funk Parade last year? You missed live go-go, jazz, R&B, Latin, rock, reggae, hip-hop, afrobeat, capoeira, drumming, funk, soul, and samba. Other performances included magic, juggling, flash mobs, gypsy swing, and breakdancing. Basically, everything great about the city rolled into one giant event, and delivered — free! — to your doorstep.

Please sign this petition and help convince city officials that THE FUNK PARADE MUST BE ON U STREET IN 2015!”

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Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Chris and John live on Gallatin Street NW and every year they put up this amazing Christmas display outside their house for family, friends and neighbors to enjoy. They did an outstanding job this year and I figured PoPville would enjoy. Who doesn’t want to see Big Bird in all his fah-la-lah glory?”

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“Dear PoPville,

Can you please call attention to how awful the national tree experience is this year. Throughout the years, things have been taken away. First it was the reindeer. Next it was the yule log fire pit (that everyone loved!) And now it is as if the state trees have been taken away too. Thanks to sponsorship by Google, every state tree was exactly the same programmed lite brite looking robot tree. It was like looking out at some terrifying homogenized, digitized vision of the future. If you walked on, you found that the ornaments sent in by each state, which previously decorated the state trees, were given tree shaped wooden cutouts. And each state was not even given a whole one of those. They were split half one state and half the next state.

In years past, kids and adults would marvel at the flames from the yule log warming the group and providing reflection and conversation. Now kiosks are available for designing your own personalized national tree. So we get to go out with our family to stare at another screen. So much for bringing people together in public spaces. These places used to belong to us. Now just Google.”

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From an email:

“Celebrate the holiday season with our 9th annual free outdoor arts and crafts festival on Upshur Street in Petworth!

Come shop along the 800 block of Upshur Street in Petworth, where businesses and restaurants will be open and vendors will be lining the street selling one-of-a-kind handmade goods. If you get chilly, you can pop inside for more unique items at Willow DC or Fia’s Fabulous Finds. You can also pick up a new read at Upshur Street Books, find a vintage treasure at Bentley’s Vintage Furniture & Collectibles or have a bite to eat at Domku or Petworth Citizen if you need a warm-up.

Musical Performances by:
12pm – Flo Anito Music
1pm – Sara Curtin
2pm – The Lucky So & So’s
3pm – Three Man Soul Machine

If your shoulders are getting sore from all the bags you are carrying, Lighthouse Yoga Center is hosting an open house and Petworth Massage will be offering sliding-fee mini-massages. Lighthouse is also having a free kids’ yoga class at 2 PM!

Once you are refreshed, walk across the street to the Petworth Library for their annual used book sale. Then pop over to Annie’s Ace Hardware, where you can pick up some holiday decorations and a tree.

Last but definitely not least, visit the kids’ annex we have in the CrossFit Petworth space, right under Annie’s. Glazed Over will be having a special ornament decorating session, there will be games and crafts for the kids, and you can decorate our wish tree with your holiday wishes. And if you have a bike that needs some holiday love, The Bike House is offering a winterize-your-bike tuneup session from 12-3.

We can’t wait to see you there!”

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2nd and M St, SE – Canal Park courtesy PARCEL Market

From a press release:

“From Friday, December 12th through Sunday, December 14th, Canal Park – a stunning new public park on the site of the historic Washington Canal in the heart of DC’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood – will host a new weekend-long holiday market called, PARCEL Market at Canal Park.

The weekend-long event will feature a 10,000 square-foot ice rink, an interactive art installation, a large-scale retail tent & food area showcasing a thoughtfully curated list of talented local designers, artists, food artisans, restaurants, and small businesses, with live and local musical performances.

PARCEL Market will be open during the following hours: Friday, December 12th, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm / Saturday, December 13th, 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm / Sunday, December 14th, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm (more…)

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From an email:

“The Smithsonian will host a two-day holiday festival, Saturday, December 6, and Sunday, December 7, at the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Castle. The festival will include concerts by the U.S. Air Force’s Max Impact, Silver Wings, and Celtic Aire, seasonal films (including The Muppet Christmas Carol), Mars Chocolate demonstrations, family holiday photo opportunities, trunk shows featuring apparel, jewelry and art, book signings, festive food and hours of additional family-friendly entertainment.

There will also be gift-wrapping at the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian Holiday Shuttle will loop the National Mall every 10 minutes, transporting festival-goers to the holiday festival locations. For full details, visit the event webpage.”