“Congressional Cemetery [1801 E Street, SE] holds weekly yoga classes called ‘Yoga Mortis’, donation-based vinyasa flow classes in the Chapel. Yoga Mortis is held every Monday from 6 to 7 pm. All levels are welcome and no reservations are necessary. Props and a limited number of mats are provided, but feel free to bring your own. Come as you are wearing comfortable, flexible, clothing. The suggested donation is $10.”
“Today at 6:30 walking into Harris Teeter on Potomac Ave & Pennsylvania SE, a few cops run by & grab this woman wearing a red mask who was being held by (I believe) the security guard. She put up a fight. Sounds like (from other patrons) she had been running around the store, I don’t know if she was causing damage or stealing or anything.
Right now (7:00) there are 10 cop cars & an ambulance on Pennsylvania at the bus stop half a block away from Harris Teeter. Not sure what’s happening or if these are even related incidents. Guess things go a little crazy when it’s hot outside.”
“On June 29, 2015 at 6amMia’s Coffeehouse will officially open its doors to the public. We are excited to be a part of a growing and fantastic Hill East neighborhood. As a thank you for your support please join us for our Pre-Opening Party on June 27, 2015 from 9am-11am and from 5pm-7pm where you will have the opportunity to try our delicious coffee and all espresso based drinks for free. We will also have cotton candy for all the kids to enjoy. Thank you for your support and we look forward in seeing you soon!”
“The public is invited to attend a free, citywide “Truck Touch” Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 8 am to 1 pm at RFK Stadium, Lot 7. A host of DC government agencies will present and demonstrate nearly 30 vehicles used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, collect refuse, clear snow, provide emergency services, administer mobile health care, and more.
This is the city’s eighth Truck Touch, which is coordinated annually by the DC Department of Public Works. Its popularity throughout the Washington metropolitan area over the years has led visitor attendance to grow from several hundred to several thousand. Last year, more than 3,000 residents came out to climb on packer, sweeper and boom trucks; sit atop MPD’s Mounted Unit’s police horse and maneuver the levers of a police chopper; ride Segways, and test drive electric sedan vehicles. Residents also learned how potholes are repaired, sewers are vacuumed, and received information about vital city services.
DC’s Citywide Truck Touch features vehicles from the District departments of Public Works, Transportation, Health, Employment Services, Parks and Recreation, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the DC Water and Sewer Authority. Other agencies will also be available to provide direct services and disseminate information about other DC government agencies.”
“In partnership with US Rowing and Concept2, the Capital Rowing Club will host the 14th annual National Learn to Row Day on Saturday June 6, 2015. National Learn to Row Day is an opportunity for the greater DC community to come out and enjoy a revitalized Anacostia River. The day’s events will take place at the Anacostia Community Boathouse (1900 M St., SE) from 12:00pm – 3:00pm in a fun, safe, pressure free environment. The afternoon will include an introduction to the fundamentals of rowing where you will learn the basics of sweep rowing (a type of rowing when a rower has one oar, held with both hands). People of all athletic abilities are welcomed to participate! Additionally, there will be information on hand about the wonderful programs offered by the Capital Rowing Club ranging from beginner programs for people of all ages to competitive racing for experienced rowers.
National Learn to Row Day was launched to increase visibility of the sport of rowing and create awareness of the health benefits. Competitive and recreational rowers range in age from 12 to 90. It is never too late to give rowing a try. To participate in National Learn to Row Day, follow the registration link (sign up here). Capital Rowing Club is also recruiting volunteers to assist with National Learn to Row Day. If you are interested in volunteering for the event contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Capital Rowing Club, the largest community rowing program in Washington, on June 6th for National Learn to Row Day! More information on Capital Rowing programs is available through the Club’s official website, www.capitalrowing.org.
“MAC Realty Advisors, LLC (MAC), on behalf of NOVO Development Corporation, successfully arranged an investment from a boutique private equity fund for the acquisition and development of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, an existing used car lot located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. In addition, MAC placed a senior construction loan from a regional bank for the transaction, which closed on February 19, 2014
NOVO Development Corporation, headquartered on Capitol Hill within walking distance to the site, will build a five story, 77-unit residential building with a one-level parking garage.”
After a recent spate of assaults and muggings some Hill East residents have launched a change.org petition:
“Dear Mayor Bowser and Dear Chief Lanier,
Over the last few months we witnessed an increase in criminal acts in our neighborhood – Hill East, near Capitol Hill. We – citizens – don’t feel protected and safe. We are afraid to walk down the street, commute to the metro, and take our kids to surrounding recreational parks.
The police’s presence is not strong enough! Micro criminality, violent acts, break-ins, and drug trafficking are a constant issue and a matter of concern. We witness on a daily basis fellow citizens getting assaulted by individuals or groups of teenagers, break ins, and different act of violence. Please invest more time and resources on this issue! Please help us fighting this dramatic wave of crime.
Hill East is a changing neighborhood and it contributes to Washington D.C.’s growing economy, we don’t want to be forced to leave the neighborhood and the city as a consequence.”
“Kingman Island will soon be available for private rentals and special events. Union Kitchen and Living Classrooms Foundation are partnering to manage events on Kingman Island, which is located in the Anacostia River in Northeast Washington, D.C. The 145 acre park has hosted the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival and has several trails open to the public. Recently, Kingman Island has been undergoing major improvements to create more trails and more access to the natural environment for visitors.
“Washington, D.C. has such great green space, and Kingman Island is one of the real hidden gems in our city,” says Union Kitchen co-founder Jonas Singer. “This partnership is great for all involved. By hosting corporate retreats, weddings, family reunions, and other events, Living Classrooms has a chance to gain more supporters and awareness of their amazing work while also informing more local residents about the great natural amenity that is almost literally hiding in our backyard.”
Kingman Island is home to over 100 species of birds, as well as turtles and other wildlife and a wide array of vegetation not seen throughout the rest of the city.
Living Classrooms manages the park and, together with Union Kitchen, aims to further engage the D.C. community by opening the park for private rentals, such as weddings, field days, corporate retreats, and other special events. All of the events will be Green, using compostable paper goods, providing recycling, minimizing use of power and gas, and providing a platform to educate attendees about the work of Living Classrooms on Kingman Island.
Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” The partnership will bring more visitors to Kingman Island, of which even many District residents are unaware, while also bringing more attention and support to Living Classrooms.”
Earlier this spring, a color run was held at RFK Stadium, and hundreds of people showed up in bright white shirts to be doused in neon powder at each kilometer along the 5k course. This powder comes in clear plastic packets that race staff rip open and discard throughout the day. Later that day, as I rode my bike along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail between the parking lots and the river, I noticed thousands of these empty plastic power packets littering the grass and blowing into the river. I wanted to believe that a cleaning crew was coming along later in the day, because I couldn’t accept that such negligence would have been tolerated by Events DC or the race coordinators. Additional cleaning crews did not come before wind carried these packets farther away.
On May 2nd, the “Color In Motion 5k Run” took place at the same venue. The event concluded by mid-day, and as we walked to the DC United soccer match that evening I noticed a disgustingly familiar sight along the paths. Hundreds of these plastic pouches were still strewn about the parking lot, adjacent lawns, and the riverwalk.
Participants in these races likely assume that their race fees cover clean-up costs, and it should. I’d like to believe people wouldn’t be signing up for something like this if they knew how much plastic from this event ended up in the Anacostia River, but this is beside the point. The groups organizing such events should not let this happen.
I’m a firm believer in taking action, so I donned some rubber gloves and spent two hours on Sunday morning picking up these neon powder packets. I filled two garbage bags, and hopefully got a majority of the remaining litter, but this is not my job.
I write this, not to complain about a single event or to be praised for picking up the trash, but as a call to action for the coordinators of upcoming fun runs and other events. Over the next four months, RFK Stadium will host another six color runs (including one this month) and the coordinators of such events need to be held accountable. Out of respect for the community, both the people living in and enjoying the neighboring areas, and for the wildlife that call the Anacostia and Kingman & Heritage Island Park their home, please help make a difference. Please help to drive accountability around these events!”