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…)


“Dear PoPville,

I am Staff Attorney at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, a DC-based immigration legal non-profit. I work with immigrant youth in detention centers in the area that are run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. This month, we are focusing the spotlight on our Detained Children’s Program and the clients we serve through our First Annual Noviembre de Niños: Stand Up with Immigrant Youth! We have highlighted accessible ways that people can help support our detained child clients, such as purchasing an item off our Amazon wish list that we will deliver to detained immigrant children who are far from family and friends.”

via eventbrite invite

From an email:

829 7th St NW
Fri, November 18, 2016
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM


A few weeks ago, Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti, leveling whole towns, leaving more than 1,000 dead and 1.4 million in need (more than 2x the population of DC). In Les Cayes – a seaside town on the south-western tip – almost all buildings have been wiped out, food and fresh water are in short supply, and cholera has been spreading like wildfire.

We can help. You can, too.

In 2010, many of you answered our call for Haitian earthquake relief, helping us raise ~$9k for medical aid in the wake of devastation and disaster. Through your support, our partner agencies (Partners in Health, Red Cross) provided direct medical services and supplies across the country. This time, we’re going hyper local.

The gist:

We’re raising funds for the Haitian-American Church in Pompano Beach, FL. They’ve been tapped by public officials to coordinate city-wide relief efforts. (The Miami-Pompano metro area has the highest concentration of US-based Haitians). Funds collected by the church are being routed to 3 trusted Haiti-based organizations focused on Les Cayes recovery, providing medical relief, social services, rebuilding aid (Gasgov Clerge, Hosean Ministry, Haiti Christian Development Fund).

Our friend, Robert Daguillard’s, aunt co-manages the church.

How you can help:

Donate, here. Tell your friends to do so, too. (THERE IS A DONATION-ONLY LINK UNDER TICKETS.)

Join us, Friday, November 18th, from 6:30-10pm for a celebration of Haitian culture, details about the relief efforts we’re supporting, and light food & bevvies. (more…)


Thank you to all those who have served (and continue to serve.)

From an email:

“Catalogue for Philanthropy: Nonprofits That Support Veterans and Their Families

  • Operation Second Chance (  provides direct support to those in financial crisis due to combat injury or illness, usually during the gap between active duty pay and the initiation of veterans’ benefits.
  • Our Military Kids ( provides small grants to help families pay for extracurricular activities when a parent is overseas and supports children of wounded warriors from all military branches.
  • Operation Renewed Hope Foundation ( helps homeless and at-risk veterans secure safe, permanent homes and overcome the root causes of homelessness and instability in their lives.
  • ThanksUSA ( empowers military families — children and spouses of military personnel —through its scholarship program to expand their education and skills through college, technical school, or vocational training programs.
  • The Veterans Consortium ( provides free legal services to over 400 veterans and their families each year, ensuring equal access to justice in court and achieving favorable outcomes in 80 percent of its cases.
  • Yellow Ribbon Fund ( provides practical high-touch support to wounded, ill, and injured service members, their caregivers, and families in the D.C. area at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir as they transition back to their home and communities.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh Bassett

From an email:

“On Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Chipotle Mexican Grill will host a fundraiser to support Whitman-Walker Health’s 30th annual Walk & 5K to End HIV across all 19 D.C. Chipotle locations. Following the race, customers dining at any of these locations must show their race bib or t-shirt and Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to Whitman-Walker Health’s HIV services and programs. Plus, those unable to participate in the race can still show their support by grabbing lunch or dinner at Chipotle and simply mentioning the fundraiser at the register!

Chipotle is looking forward to supporting Whitman-Walker Health’s signature fundraiser that calls on thousands of Washington, DC area residents to strap up their shoes and walk or run to support WWH’s mission of providing dependable, high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health care to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.”

1326 Park Road, NW

Thanks to a reader for passing on this fundraiser for El Rinconcito II:

“Hey friends of el Rinconcito!

Last week, my friend Claudia’s restaurant, el Rinconcito on Park Rd, caught fire. The damage was extensive and the insurance only covers part of the cost.

Right now, they’re closed for business while they work on repairs. That sucks – every day they are closed is a day without pupusas!! So we are calling on all of you, pupusa lovers, to help us get them back up and running as soon as possible! The neighborhood isn’t the same without them.

If you come by with proof of a donation of $10 or more in the first week they re-open, you get a free pupusa!”