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Photo by PoPville flickr user Gary House

From a press release:

“Chef/owners Susan Limb and Patrick Musel announce the opening of Praline Bakery & Bistro at historic Glen Echo Park. The concept will be quick service/casual with items such as sandwiches, soups, quiches, salads, freshly popped popcorn and other delicious fare to eat in the café or take out. They will also offer a kid-friendly menu and full-service catering for onsite events. The café will be located next to Glen Echo Park’s historic Spanish Ballroom and will open around Glen Echo Park’s ‘Family Day’ on April 30th. (more…)

rock creek cleanup

From a press release:

“The Eighth Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 9 am to 12 pmRock Creek Conservancy is seeking volunteers to remove trash and debris at over 75 locations along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek. Our goal is total stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates. (more…)

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Update from Living Classrooms Foundation:

“To clarify~ the items on site belong to our partner REI and are there temporarily as props to support the REI stage at the bluegrass festival on 4/30. The astroturf and potted trees will be removed from the island after the festival. REI brings hundreds of volunteers to help clean up the island each April (including 300 volunteers this weekend!). Funds raised from the bluegrass festival (a zero-waste event) go directly to support hands-on education programming for inner-city youth. To learn more about Living Classrooms’ education and job-training programs, visit www.livingclassrooms.org. Thanks for your concern, but you don’t have anything to worry about – we all have Kingman’s best interest at heart! Hope to see you on April 30th on Kingman Island!”

“Dear PoPville,

Although I’ve never seen any education programming, I thought that Kingman Island was supposed to be an environmental classroom – partly because the Kingman Island Bluegrass festival claims to be raising money for environmental education on the island.

Recently I’ve noticed that a large number of trees have been cut down and replaced with grass, non-native trees, and AstroTurf.

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Yes. AstroTurf. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user brunofish

“Dear PoPville,

I’m just curious if you have received any reports of a loud disturbance coming from Meridian Hill Park last night between 10:40-11:30 PM? I live at the bottom of the park and was awoken by a large gathering of men chanting in unison for close to an hour. This also occurred in the Fall and after an hour or so I saw cop lights and the singing/chanting stopped. I didn’t see any cops last night although I called the non-emergency police line to report this disturbance. It seemed to have broken up on its own.

I was at a loss for what this gathering was until my co-worker pointed out it could be a Wiccan gathering on the solstice. This makes sense since the last one I heard occurred around the Fall solstice and yesterday was the Spring solstice.

Have any intel on this??”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user nici161

“Dear PoPville,

All this nice weather has me thinking about the summer pool season. I know there were rumors that the East Potomac (Hains Point) pool would be closed for a lengthy period of time for repairs. Any update on whether that’s happening? I’d hate to be without that pool all summer!”

DPR tells me the good news:

the pool will be open this summer.”

Ed. Note: T minus (around) two months till outdoor pools open!

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via National Gallery of Art

Excellent news from Shoes McCoat:

“newly restored Mellon Fountain flows again 3/17 Gr8 news for our mallard friends”

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From a press release:

“The National Gallery of Art announced today that the Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain, situated at the apex of the Federal Triangle complex in downtown Washington, DC, will operate once again beginning March 17, 2016—the Gallery’s 75th anniversary. On September 25, 2015, the National Park Service transferred custody of the fountain and the surrounding triangular park, which are dedicated to Gallery founder Andrew W. Mellon, to the National Gallery of Art. The two-phase total restoration and renovation of the fountain and site is made possible by a major grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. (more…)

damage

“Dear PoPville,

Something really needs to be done to control the skateboarders that on a regular basis use the fountains at Meridian Hill park as a skateboarding ramp. Not only is this a safety issue for skateboarders and others, but the skateboards are also damaging the concrete surface of the fountains. The park is there to be enjoyed by everyone in the way that it was intended to be used. It is not a skateboard park. Let’s stop ruining our park through acts like this and vandalism.”