Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Showtime Bar
113 Rhode Island Ave NW

From 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, January 5th, Showtime will be donating 100% of our sales to support the Women’s March on Washington. Featuring a rare Thursday happy hour performance from Granny & the Boys at 6!

Learn more about how you can help the #WomensMarch here.”


“Dear PoPville,

Hi, I’m Jennie. I’m the school librarian at Chavez Prep Middle School, which is located at Kenyon and Sherman in Columbia Heights. We serve over 300 students in sixth through ninth grade. The kids at my school are awesome. I know most educators probably say that about their students, but these are seriously the coolest kids I’ve ever worked with. They are funny, creative, smart, and resilient in the face of adversity.

Our students are voracious readers! The library at Prep is quite small – about the size of a classroom – but our annual book circulation tops that of schools with more than triple our student enrollment. The kids love reading and I love helping them find books they’ll enjoy. I think many of us probably had a moment as children when we just “clicked” with a particular book (it was Nancy Drew for me!). That moment is often the start of a lifelong passion for books and reading. I LOVE it when I connect kids with books that “click” with them – it’s seriously the coolest thing to have a kid check out a book, read it in one day, and come back the next frantically searching for the sequel.

Unfortunately, budget issues beyond the control of the campus have resulted in library funding being cut by 70% for this school year. I can’t buy the books my students want to read. I’ve been paying for highly requested titles out of my own pocket, but the need for books is greater than what I can afford as an individual. That’s why I’ve created a GoFundMe Campaign to buy books for the Prep library. Donors have the option to sponsor a particular book (I’ll add a bookplate with your name on the inside cover) and will receive a thank-you note and a one-of-a-kind bookmark created by the students in my Coloring Club.


courtesy Ice Cream Jubilee

From a press release:

“This holiday season, Ice Cream Jubilee is proud to continue its tradition of supporting local non-profits that support Washington, DC children learn and express their creativity. This year, we are partnering with 826DC, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

“At Ice Cream Jubilee, our mission is to make people happy with our creative flavors of ice cream,” said Ice Cream Jubilee founder Victoria Lai. “We love encouraging people to act on their creativity, try new things, and even explore inventing their own flavor combinations. Ice Cream Jubilee stands behind 826DC’s mission to support kids’ creative writing skills and help them imagine and create a more magical world.”

Ice Cream Jubilee is delighted to present a fun and delicious challenge to Washington, DC ice cream lovers that supports 826DC’s writing programs: create your own ice cream milkshake with our winter seasonal flavors, and receive it for FREE with a donation to 826DC of $5 or more. Each milkshake creator can choose from 5 flavors for their creation: Boozy Eggnog, Maple Rye Pecan, Pumpkin Honeycomb, Salty Apple Cinnamon, and Bold Vanilla. We suggest a Pumpkin Eggnog milkshake or Caramel Apple milkshake.

Ice Cream Jubilee will also present a special prize to the milkshake creator who posts the most delicious looking and sounding photo of their creation on social media. This challenge begins on Tuesday, December 13 and continues through December 31.

Ice Cream Jubilee is also launching its seasonal hot drinks: (more…)

Photo by DC Fire & EMS @dcfireems

Thanks to a reader for passing on the gofundme request:

“Monday December 5, 2016 at 4am my family went through the worst and scariest thing I could ever imaged. Our house caught on fire cause of some one else careless mistake we had to suffer. I have never been the person to ask for help when I need it i would always find a way to deal with my own problems. But this problem is way to big for me to handled on my own or even my family to help. I’m not asking for much but if you can help please help so I can help my family and daughters have some where to stay and get things we need to start over. This has been very hard on us.. seeing my family hurting really hurts me especially when I can’t do anything. But I am thankful we get see another day and that we made it safe..”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh Bassett

From an email:

“On Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., Chipotle Mexican Grill will host a fundraiser across restaurants in D.C. and the counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Montgomery and Prince George’s for D.C. Scores, the official charity of D.C. United that helps gives kids the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life through free after-school programs.

When customers dining at any of these locations mention the fundraiser at the register, Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to D.C. Scores.

Chipotle is proud to partner with the D.C. Scores, a program dedicated to making sure every child experiences the joys of childhood: sports, arts, service, and being part of a team. “

via youcaring

“Dear PoPville,

Friends of mine have decided to skip Christmas presents this year and instead are raising money to buy a truck to donate to Standing Rock Medic & Healing center. The family will spend Christmas driving it out there to support the water protectors.”

The fundraising page says:

“We are a family of 4 living in Alexandria VA. My wife and I live in a suburban community with children in high school. This winter we plan to drive a pickup truck up to the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council and donate it to the cause. This fundraiser will supply the funds to purchase the truck, snow tires, supplies and other things needed to complete this endeavor. (more…)

BrewLights 2015 Credit: Friends of the National Zoo

From a press release:

WHAT:                  Tickets are on sale now for Friends of the National Zoo’s (FONZ) 2nd annual BrewLights on Dec. 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy beer tastings from over a dozen breweries while sampling savory foods from top District restaurants while enjoying the 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights of ZooLights, powered by Pepco.

WHEN:                  Dec. 1, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE:                Smithsonian’s National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20010

BrewLights is back for its second year at ZooLights, powered by Pepco. Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), BrewLights is a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event within ZooLights, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s holiday lights festival. (more…)