02/06/14 12:30pm


From Smoke and Barrel:

“On Wednesday, February 12 [Starting at 5pm] Smoke and Barrel [2471 18th St, NW] will host a benefit for employee Marc Smith. Marc was violently assaulted earlier this month on his way home from work, near the PG Plaza Metro station.

To help Marc with the ensuing medical bills and time off work, Smoke and Barrel will be offering a special menu downstairs (The Bottom of the Barrel) with 100% of the proceeds going to Marc’s recovery.

Pints of Flying Dog Doggiestyle Pale Ale and Lost Rhino Meridian Kolsch will be offered for $5 along with classic picnic-style burgers, hot dogs, and fries.

Smoke and Barrel General Manager Zach Myers and Executive Chef Logan McGear will be bartending the event with 100% of gratuity donated to Marc.

Smoke and Barrel would like to thank Sysco, Lost Rhino, and Flying Dog for their support in aiding Marc’s recovery.”

and from Meridian Pint [11th and Park Rd, NW]:

“We will be holding a craft beer raffle during the month of February to benefit one of our own, Marc. Marc is an employee at Smoke and Barrel who was viciously attacked on the way home from work. We will be donating all proceeds from the raffle to help him pay for mounting medical bills and future time off that he will need to rehab. Raffle tickets are $5 a piece and the drawing will happen on March 1st. Thank you in advance for helping us support our family.”

02/03/14 5:00pm


“Putin on the Glitz drag competition at 11:00 PM,

with special prize for the best Putin in drag!!!!

Live Music with Ambassador Andras Simonyi and Misspent Youth

Please join us for a celebration of human rights, share our concerns for the LGBTQ community in Russia. After the Sochi Olympics, when the last athletes have left for home and the attention of the world turns to the next event, our friends will need our help and support to make sure they aren’t forgotten. Your support matters.

RSVP to: http://sochisendoff.eventbrite.com”

01/30/14 3:15pm


A reader sends from Go Fund Me:

“The Center City Public Charter School Brightwood Campus will be attending their 2nd annual camping trip this Spring. 60 middle school students will arrive at Echo Hill camp grounds where they will spend the night participating in the residential program. Students in Echo Hill’s residential programs become fully immersed in the outdoor environment. These residential programs are designed to complement classroom learning by providing unique opportunities for academic and social growth. Guided by Echo Hill teachers, students learn and interact with peers and teachers in a new and exciting environment.

We are asking that you help us get there!

*Money raised will help students who are not able to pay the full balance for the trip*”

The reader adds:

“Most of the student have never been exposed to the wonders of nature because they live in the city. Nearly every student is on free and reduced lunch and would not be able to pay for this trip on their own so we try to make it a free opportunity for all. Students take science classes at the Echo Hill camp ground, explore nature though guided hikes and participate in team-building and collaborative activities throughout the two days.”

If you would like to support the program you can do so here.

01/29/14 12:30pm

From their Kickstarter page:

“Love it or hate it, tomato ketchup has a place in nearly every restaurant and pantry in America. This iconic sauce has seen little change over the last 150 years … until now.

Our line of fruit ketchups feature five original flavors: cherry, blueberry, peach, mango, and plum. Each variety has the same tangy and sweet zip of tomato ketchup, but offer a much wider range of food pairings for all occasions.

So what makes ‘Chups, ketchup? Tomatoes are only one ingredient in ketchup. Similarly, ‘Chups are made with different fruits (instead of tomatoes), combined with our own blend of vinegar, spices and other natural ingredients. ‘Chups are really quite simple, yet introduce your taste buds to a world of wallop you never knew existed!

Our Mission

The purpose of the ketchup revolution is threefold:

1. To introduce new varieties of ketchup into a market dominated by tomato-based products.

2. To broaden the scope of ketchup usage and highlight its pairing with a variety of foods.

3. To celebrate the history of ketchup while bringing “new” varieties back to the forefront of America’s food culture.”

You can read more and pledge here.

01/27/14 5:00pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user ken_1001

From an email:

Generation Conservation* is starting off the New Year with a toast to nature! Please join supporters of The Nature Conservancy and other conservation enthusiasts for a happy hour to celebrate 2014 and the first anniversary of Generation Conservation in the metro D.C. area! Attendees will have the chance to mix-and-mingle with like-minded professionals, as well as meet Conservancy staff members, including the executive director of The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/DC Chapter, Dr. Elizabeth Gray.

The suggested donation for this event is $10. Your gift will help support the Maryland/DC Chapter’s conservation work in the Mid-Atlantic region, protecting iconic natural areas like the Appalachians and the Chesapeake Bay. From our mountains to marshes, your donation will allow the Conservancy to continue protecting the lands and waters that we all love and cherish.

*Generation Conservation (“Gen C”) is the next generation of The Nature Conservancy’s supporters in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia. The objective of Gen C is to raise awareness about the Conservancy and its work in the Mid-Atlantic region, and broaden support for conservation among new, younger audiences in the region.

When: 6 – 9p.m., Jan. 28, 2014
Where: Local 16 (1602 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009)
What: Happy Hour in support of The Nature Conservancy
VIPs: Executive director of the Maryland/DC Chapter Dr. Elizabeth Gray will speak about her work with the Conservancy in Washington state, Africa, and now, as she returns to her roots in the D.C. area.”

01/17/14 4:15pm

Travis Jackson Memorial Fund

“Dear PoPville,

I didn’t know Travis well, but many of my friends did and he was an important part of DC. I’m sure his one-year-old and wife could use all the support they can get in the face of this tragedy.”

From Fundrazer:

“As many of you know, Travis Jackson, father, husband, musician, and founder of DC’s Windian Records, was killed in a work accident last night off of Suitland Parkway in DC; he leaves behind his wife Ashley and their 1-year old son, Link (named for Link Wray, as he’d be happy to tell you!)

Many of you know Travis from his years as the drummer in the Points, or maybe he helped book your band in DC as he often did, in return for nothing but the friends it created. Most of you have probably ordered a record or three from Windian Records, the label that he ran almost single-handedly for three years that earned accolades and fought to keep DC in the spotlight.

There has been an awesome outpouring of support from friends and fans alike, and the DC media has offering excellent support as well. That is why Windian Records is setting up this fund while Travis’ passing is fresh in everyone’s memory; while none of us can know what his wife Ashley and his son Link are going through, we can reach out to help through this tough time.

Every dollar helps and will Keep Travis’ legacy alive. The reason he did what he did was because he cared deeply about others, so your support shows that you do the same.”

Donate here.

01/15/14 3:15pm

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From an email:

“Come support Special Olympics D.C. by taking on a cool challenge: a Polar Plunge at Catholic University!

Special Olympics DC athletes take on challenges in our community every day with perseverance, grit, and optimism, despite the difficulties they encounter. Show your spirit and commitment to helping D.C.’s 1,400 Special Olympic athletes by taking a dip into an icy cool above-ground pool while raising much-needed funds on their behalf.

The first-ever Special Olympics D.C. Polar Bear Plunge will be held on Saturday, February 8 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at Catholic University. There will be music, food, beverages, activities, and of course, plunging!

Find out more and register for the Plunge at www.plungedc.com. You can set up an online personal page to participate in the Plunge, or you can donate directly to Special Olympics D.C.

Hope to see you on February 8.”

12/16/13 1:30pm


“Dear PoPville,

Many people on PoPville have talked about their love of The Greek Spot, on 11th St. What many people probably don’t know is that the owner, Greg Kavadias, has been home recovering from major surgery to remove a very large brain tumor. Thankfully he is doing well, but the medical bills associated with the surgery are incredibly high and putting a huge burden on he, his wife, and their two young boys.

Greg is a great friend, and has been a huge part of the DC community for years. We are throwing an event in his honor, on Saturday January 4th, at U Street Music Hall. Tickets are only $10, and ALL of the door proceeds are being given to Greg and his family to help offset the medical debt they incurred. We would love to have the support of the DC folks who frequent The Greek Spot, whether they know Greg personally or not. This will be an amazing night of music and friendship and we really want to SPREAD THE WORD and have this event sell out!!”

You can purchase tickets here.

11/20/13 5:00pm

“Mike & Patrick’s Brookland Toys For Tots Toy Drive
Brookland Artspace Lofts
3305 8th Street Northeast
December 6th, 2013
8:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Patrick and I are happy to announce our 2nd Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive! We started last year as a small gathering at our home in Chancellor’s Row to provide an opportunity to meet the new Chancellor’s Row neighbors. It was a fun event, and we collected over 60 toys for donation.

This year we are teaming up with the Brookland Artspace Lofts!
Come out and celebrate, meet your neighbors and help bring joy to the children of Washington DC! Please dress casual/festive!

There will be an open bar (beer, wine, punch, and soft drinks) with light fare. Local artists and musicians will be showing their artwork and entertaining. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy which will be collected for the children of Washington DC.

Tickets go on sale today and can be purchased at the following link.

11/04/13 5:00pm


City Blossoms, the Petworth-based non-profit that runs community garden-based education programs for kids in DC and Baltimore, is holding a unique fundraising event on 11/16 at Dacha Beer Garden in Shaw to unveil its “Flying Fish Pepper Hot Sauce.” The sauce is made from, you guessed it, Fish peppers, which are a Chesapeake heirloom variety hot pepper that was prized by African American families and cooks for 150 years until almost disappearing in the early 20th century. City Blossoms has joined the local movement that is trying to bring back the Fish pepper and the big crop the organization grew this year was mixed with salt, sugar, garlic and vinegar to make a fiery and fruity sauce. The event will feature jars of hot sauce ($5 donation), a whole hog from Red Apron Butchery on the BBQ ($5 donation for a sandwich), bluegrass music and a cider toast from Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Maryland. Dacha Beer Garden will also be donating a portion of all beer and cider sold at the event to City Blossoms. Visit www.cityblossoms.org or contact Lola Bloom (lola@cityblossoms.org) if you have any questions or represent a business or organization that is interested in getting involved.”