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Courtesy Living Classrooms Foundation

It’s that time of year!! Get your tickets here.

From a press release:

“Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region is excited to announce that Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain, and Dom Flemons will be headlining the highly anticipated 8th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday May 13, 2017 that will feature nine hours of performances by nearly 40 regional bluegrass, folk, and Americana artists on five stages spread throughout the beautiful Kingman and Heritage Islands Park.

Also scheduled to perform are The Woodshedders, Walter Martin, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, The War & Treaty, among many others. In addition to the incredible local tunes, the Festival will feature fun for all ages, including various outdoor activities, educational tents, a kids’ corner, delicious food, beer, cocktails, and more. The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival has become the largest all-local music festival in the District, attracting over 10,000 guests annually since 2014.

For the second year, the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival will be going green! With the support of the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), the 2016 Kingman Island Festival was the District’s first zero-waste music festival. This year’s festival will expand on the zero waste initiative in an effort to preserve the integrity of Kingman Island and support the District’s path toward zero waste. Guests are asked to only bring reusable water bottles and food containers onto the island; each attendee will be provided with a reusable cup to use at vendors and water stations. Food vendors will be required to use only compostable or recyclable food serviceware. Additionally, zero waste volunteers will be staffing waste stations throughout the island to help festivalgoers sort their compostable and recyclable waste.

WHEN: Saturday May 13, 2017 12:00pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Situated on the west bank of the historic Anacostia River, Kingman and Heritage Islands Park is located next to RFK Stadium (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6). The street address is: 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC
Walking, Biking and Public Transit are encouraged. Parking is available in RFK Lot 6 for a fee. A Bike Valet will also be available.

WHY: The Festival is a benefit for Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region who has worked to inspire and educate disadvantaged youth and young adults in the DC region for over 15 years through hands-on education and job training using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” As managing operator of the island, Living Classrooms will also allocate much of the proceeds to the ongoing maintenance/restoration of the islands as a recreational and educational space, where it regularly engages local youth in hands-on environmental education programs.

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301 17th St SE

This house is located at 301 17th Street, SE. The MRIS listing says:

“Utterly charming 2 bedroom/2 bath corner town-home perched high above the street. Three sides of windows with light pouring in. Open floor plan on the main level with separate dining space and mudroom/laundry area. Wonderful side and rear yard and well cared for garden spaces. Bonus huge storage shed! All only blocks from orange/blue line on METRO! Open Sun 1-4pm.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $569,000.

Stitch Design Concept courtesy OMA

“Dear PoPville,

I am interested to hear what the community thinks. Tonight at the convention center EventsDC is hosting an open meeting to discuss the redevelopment of the RFK site. I’m torn as to whether their plans are a good thing or not. What are the pros or cons of their plan? Any other thoughts on the matter?”

RFK Stadium-Armory Campus Redvelopment Recommendations: Community Meeting

Thursday, January 5, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Room 146ABC
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place
Washington, DC 20001

After extensive planning, outreach, public input and involvement, Events DC is proud to present two concepts for the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus. Our vision for the Campus’ future is to create a revitalized site that celebrates its iconic beauty and history – while also acting as a first-class example of urban living that can attract residents and visitors and at the same time maintain a strong local identity.

Acting as a catalyst for the city, the RFK Campus future project will also make a substantial economic impact on the District, by reinvesting into the city through job opportunities, youth programs, local business development and ample community benefits and neighborhood serving amenities for residents to enjoy.



This rental is located at 720 13th Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“Super Cute! PARKING INCL 1 block METRO and 1 block Harris Teeter. 1 block from Fragers Hardware store, 5 blocks to EIGHTH Street with tons of restaurants and bars. Washer Dryer. Pets case by case. Tenant pays low electric bill. Landlord responsive. Hurry before its gone! Skylight in bedroom upstairs. Bathroom down. Entrance to this unit is located at the YELLOW door in back of building.”


You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,600/Mo.

via google maps

From MPD around 1:30pm:

“Shooting: 1500 A St SE. S1-B/M, long dreds, blu jns, 6′. S2-B/M, 20-30 YOA, 5’10”-6′, MD build, black hat. L/S fleeing in a dark grn sedan.”

An the Hill East Listserv a neighbor reported:

“There was a shooting in the middle of the day today on the corner of 15 and A Street SE. I was 20 feet away at the Center City Charter playground with my kids and I am sick that this happened.”

Update from MPD around 3pm:

“MPD is on the scene of a confirmed Shooting in the 1500 block of A Street, SE.No look out”

Full update from MPD:

“This afternoon [Saturday], at approximately 1:30pm, officers of the First District responded to the 1500 block of A Street SE for the sounds of gunshots. The officers located a victim who was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the rear of the left leg. The suspect in the case was described as a black male, 20-30 years old, approximately 6 feet tall and medium build, wearing dark jeans and a black hat. A dark gray 4-door Volkswagen was also observed leaving the area.

At approximately 3:30pm, another call for sounds of gunshots came from the 1500 block of A Street SE. First District officers responded and contacted an individual who had a minor gunshot wound to the forearm. There was no lookout information provided for the suspect in the second incident. (more…)


In other smoking news.

From a press release:

“The National Cannabis Festival production team today announced Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde and Backyard Band as the headliners for the second annual event  taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds.

“The National Cannabis Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that uses music and art to educate the community about their rights and the most pressing cannabis policy issues,” said Caroline Phillips, founder of National Cannabis Festival, “We are incredibly excited to have hip hop legends Talib Kweli and The Pharcyde performing at the festival. Their energy and vibe is the perfect fit and we feel lucky to have artists that can both entertain and educate our audience.”



This house is located at 213 17th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Rich wood trim, antique bronze doorknobs, glass transoms & warm hrdwds point to charming home~s gracious history. Retreat to gentler time as you curl up w/a good book in spacious sitting room upstairs, surrounded by windows. Dream kitchen boasts marble counters, 6-burner stove, SS, pantry closet. Finished LL w/full bath, W/D & living space. Enjoy beauty of Cap Hill & Lincoln Park; metro”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $699,555.


Suzanne Des Marais is an associate broker with Bediz Group, LLC at Keller Williams Capital Properties . Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system and/or Smartcharts by Showingtime). Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 114 18th Street, SE
Legal Subdivision: Old City #1
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #1
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Driveway/Off Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $799,900.
List Price at Contract: $799,900.
List Date: 09/28/2016
Days on Market: 6
Settled Sales Price: $827,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 10/31/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen: here.

The listing can be seen here: here.

Hill East houses first broke the $500,000. price point in 2004, and $600,000. in 2005, when DC was on an aggressive price trajectory. The area saw $700,000. for the first time in 2006. (more…)


From an email:

“PaintCare will host a special one-day paint collection event on November 19, 2016 at RFK Stadium-Armory (Lot #3). District households and businesses are invited to drop off leftover house paint in any amount without charge. We’ll accept all brands of old house paint, stain and varnish — even if they are 20 years old! This is a great opportunity for people to clean out their storage spaces. Proof of District residency required.

The District’s PaintCare Program started on November 1. District households and businesses can find the nearest drop-off location by using a site locator tool on PaintCare’s website. Additional information about PaintCare and the District’s Program is also available on our website.”