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From a press release:

“Join some of the DC-area’s best home bakers for the 5th Annual Pie Fest on Sunday, October 23, 2016 (1pm to 4pm)!

Come have fun at the all-you-can-eat pie tasting to support a great foundation honoring the memory of our friend Jayna Murray. 

The event will be upstairs at Bourbon in Adams Morgan (2321 18th Street). How does it work? Bring a homemade pie to compete for prizes, or just come to eat and be merry. There will be an on-site cash bar. And don’t worry fans of the gridiron, the TVs will be tuned to football.

Each pie can be entered into one of six categories:

• Apple
• Fruit (other than apple)
• Nuts
• Chocolate
• Savory 
• Piepourri (miscellaneous)

Any filling in a 9-inch pie crust qualifies, and there are no limits on entries. Attendees taste as many pies as they want and vote for their favorite in each category.
Pie entries must arrive between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM, voting closes at 3:30 PM, and winners will be announced at 4:00PM. There will be six winners – but with an afternoon of delicious pie, rest assured, there will be no losers!

Tax-deductible tickets are $15 if entering pie and $25 if just bringing your appetite. 
Tickets must be purchased in advance via Eventbrite.

All proceeds will be donated to the Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation (more…)

5015 Connecticut Ave, NW

From an email:

“This weekend Aidan Montessori School is holding its annual Book Fair at local bookshop Politics & Prose. The Book Fair is a wonderful opportunity to support the school, while also promoting reading as a fun and enriching activity for our children. Here are the facts:

When is the Aidan Book Fair?

Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(The book fair table will be staffed by Aidan volunteers until 5 p.m. on both days.)

Where is the Aidan Book Fair?

Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW.

Why should I go to the Aidan Book Fair?

1. Because if you mention Aidan at the cash register, 20% of sales at Politics & Prose will go to support the school. You can help the school AND get a head start on your holiday shopping. It’s a win-win!

2. Because you can get a great meal: Comet Ping Pong (5037 Connecticut Ave., NW) has generously agreed to donate 15% of participating sales to Aidan. Just be sure to write “Aidan Montessori” at the top of your bill when you turn it in.

3. Because you can purchase books to donate to an Aidan classroom or Bright Beginnings, a child development center serving under-housed families in DC. There will be book wish lists from the Aidan faculty and Bright Beginnings available at the fair.

We hope that you will join us!”


Thanks to a reader for passing on the sad news about this fundraiser for this officer who helped out a reader back in June. The GoFundMe page says:

“Washington DC Metropolitan Police Officer William R. was recently struck by a high speed vehicle on a ramp of the interstate as he had stopped to render assistance to a stranded motorist on the side of the road. Officer R. had already exited his car when he was hit as a pedestrian by a motorist, severely dislocating and shattering a major portion of his hip. Officer R. was immediately airlifted to a Washington Trauma Center where he underwent two extremely complex surgeries three days apart to stabilize and repair his extensive injuries. He is still currently hospitalized, and soon to be facing several months of rehab and intense therapy to begin his long road of recovery, during which time financial pressures will grow. Donations to help offset current and future financial pain for this dedicated, brave Officer and 6 year veteran of the police force, are needed and very much appreciated. (more…)

Joe via generosity

A reader and patron of Queen Vic passes on from generosity:

“Meet Joe Schinosi:

I work with Joe Schinosi at a bar in DC called the Queen Vic, and would be willing to bet that everyone who has the opportunity to come in and visit him would agree that he is a man of character. Whether he is arguing politics or the best way to educate the youth, chatting about being in the cutting edge music scene and railroad working in Pittsburgh, or asking about how your family is doing, his passion is tangible.

If inclined and able, you can make your donation here.

While his personality is well known, his current status as a man struggling to support his family through medical trial after trial is less known. In 2011, Joe’s wife was diagnosed with type II diabetes. When the recession claimed her job that same year, the family of five had to rely on COBRA medical insurance and Joe’s hard work to make ends meet and keep her healthy. Their nest egg of savings was eaten up after their COBRA insurance expired, just before their daughter Madeleine (then sophomore in college) got very sick with kidney stones and returned home from school. Thirteen months later, Madeleine was diagnosed with lymphoma. (more…)


From Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply, Co.:

“What will the future hold? Why wait to find out? Let Mysterio predict your baby’s future. There are 12 possible futures, each on a cute little t-shirt. Each shirt is completely sealed in a handsome muslin bag, to be opened when you are ready to reveal your baby’s incredible destiny! Fits 0-12 months.”

Learn more about the great work of 826DC here, located at 3333 14th Street, NW in Columbia Heights.


From an email:

“Fight For Children, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that works to create and improve quality early childhood education experiences and opportunities for students from low-income communities in the DC metro area, announced today a week-long partnership with Taylor Gourmet.  In an effort to raise awareness for the importance of Early Childhood Education, and the significance of Fight For Children’s work, Taylor Gourmet will launch a one-of-a-kind hoagie dubbed the “Champ for Children.” The Champ-for-Children hoagie is the creation of Celebrated Chef and DC restaurateur Katsuya Fukushima, and will be available at all Taylor Gourmet locations from October 3 – 9, 2016.

Taylor Gourmet will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the hoagie to Fight For Children.


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A reader sends from You Caring:

“According to a Washington Post Article, Lakira Renee Johnson is a 21-year old woman who was pregnant with twins. Around 10pm on August 30 as she emerged from a Northeast Washington, DC carryout store she was shot in the stomach. Police described her as a bystander who was not targeted by the gunman. Lakira went into labor unexpectedly at MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Saturday. Her twins were born alive and lived long enough to be named Heaven and Nevaeh – “Heaven” spelled backward. Lakira underwent additional surgery Monday to repair damage, caused by the bullet that struck her in the stomach, that could not be addressed until after the twin’s birth. She remains hospitalized and has two other?#160;daughters, ages 3 and 7. We have established this fund to help support Lakira and her family in any way we can.”


From an email:

“The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is excited to announce Chefs Take a Stand to End Domestic Violence (CTAS) is back! CTAS not your average gala: the food is delicious – the attire is comfortable – the speeches are few. Come for the food, stay for the cause, and leave knowing you did your part to help end domestic violence this October.

Featuring a selection of DC’s best chefs, mixologists, and craft brewers this event will mark the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

You can learn more here.”