Umm – umm. Ahhh. Let me see here. Hmmmm. Uhhhh. Let me just share (pun absolutely not intended) the details…

From a press release:

“The Georgetown Business Improvement District is pleased to announce Georgetown ParasolShare, a courtesy program aimed at improving the visitor experience and inviting customers to “Shop Georgetown and Stay Cool,” beginning June 17. The program, the first of its kind, embraces the ever-growing sharing economy and welcomes visitors to use and ‘share’ a custom-branded nylon parasol as they shop, then return it to a participating location as they leave Georgetown. Close to 50 participating stores, restaurants, galleries and hotels across the commercial district from M Street to Wisconsin Avenue, side streets, and along K Street, are participating.

“There’s no doubt about it: in Georgetown, we love our shoppers,” said Joe Sternlieb, Georgetown BID CEO. “By coupling the ParasolShare program with other shopper amenities such as the M Street weekend sidewalk widenings and free weekend Circulator rides, we hope the visitor experience will be as comfortable as possible. This has been a really fun and creative idea for our organization to develop and to bring our community of both local, homegrown merchants and national retailers together. If it’s embraced by the public, we’d love to bring it back next season.” (more…)

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1815 Wisconsin Ave, NW

From a press release:

“This June, gourmet pizza franchise Paisano’s Pizza will open the first of nine new locations in Washington, D.C. Franchise partners Antoine Chahine, Ron Trowbridge and Daniel Bechara will open the inaugural Paisano’s Pizza D.C. location in Georgetown at 1815 Wisconsin Ave NW. Eight more locations are slated to open in the next 36 months and will feature the delicious pizza, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and more that make up the signature Paisano’s taste. (more…)

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Been a minute since I had the opportunity to nominate another unsung hero. Can’t say I’ve seen someone take this shortcut before. Not sure the photos do it justice but that hill is really steep. This connects Rock Creek Parkway to Georgetown.

Ed. Note: I don’t literally think these folks are heroes along the lines of firefighters and emergency responders, apologies if that was not clear. You can see previous nominees here. Should you spot a quiet act of heroism along these lines please do send an email with a brief description and the neighborhood where it was witnessed to [email protected]

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3327 Cady’s Alley NW

From District Doughnut:

“Our Georgetown pop up has been months in the making. We are so excited to finally share it with you today! Our new space, located at 3327 Cady’s Alley NW, is tucked away in Cady’s Alley right off of M Street. The doors open today at 8AM – come and see us!

Our new space features our signature doughnuts, coffee and espresso by Compass Coffee, and beautiful art by local artist Taylor Kampa. We can’t wait to treat you to a new doughnut and coffee experience right in the heart of Georgetown.

What: Handcrafted doughnuts, coffee, espresso, local art Where: 3327 Cady’s Alley NW
When: Tuesday through Sunday, 8AM – 2PM

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Photo of 3500 R Street, NW by PoPville flickr user Jacques Arsenault

Office of the District of Columbia Auditor:

“The cost of a new Duke Ellington School for the Arts has grown from $71 million to $178 million without a comprehensive review by the D.C. Council on the location, other cost drivers, and all of the elements required for a performing arts high school, according to a new report by the D.C. Auditor.”

From ODCA’s executive summary (read the full report here):

“May 31, 2016

The Department of General Services Failed to Provide Information the DC Council Needed to Make Informed Decisions on the Scope and Cost of Modernizing the Duke Ellington School of the Arts
What ODCA Found:

 The Department of General Services (DGS) and The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) failed to provide timely information to policy makers so they could make informed decisions on the location and desired level of investment for a new performing arts high school.

 DCPS did not finalize Educational Specifications for Duke Ellington School of the Arts before DGS proposed the project for inclusion in the FY 2012 District’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) adopted by the Council.

 DGS based initial and subsequent cost estimates for Duke Ellington on significantly different projects that did not take into account the costs required for a performing arts school.

 DCPS, DGS, and the Executive Office of the Mayor were not transparent while considering alternate sites for Duke Ellington—sites that might have cost less and/or better served the needs of the student population. (more…)

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“The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade’s
Fourth Annual Production:
“The Tempest” by William Shakespeare

Washington, DC, June 23, 2016- The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade (FGC), a Washington, DC based theatre company, is bringing back free outdoor theatre to the city for its fourth year.

This summer we will be mounting our production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” with performances running for three weekends on June 9,10,11,16,17,18, 23, and 24, 2016. Performances will be held nightly at 8 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown (1041 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007). Audience members will be able to lay out blankets, pack a picnic and enjoy a free performance out under the stars. In case of inclement weather the show will be performed indoors in the church Sanctuary. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for picnicking and relaxing pre-performance. Some concessions and fun FGC swag will be available for sale on site. For additional information, please visit our website: http://www.fgcitizens.org. (more…)

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From an email:

Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage has docked in Washington, D.C.; this Polynesian voyaging canoe is sailing across the earth to join and grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world. It seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, each other, and their natural and cultural environments.

The Washington Canoe Club is hosting the Hōkūleʻa; canoe tours and dockside outreach will be offered Friday, May 20 from 1 to 5 pm; Saturday, May 21 from 10 am – 3 pm; and Monday May 23, 1 – 5 pm. The club is located at 3700 Water St N.W. (more…)