Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

“Dear PoPville,

Suggestions for best bars to watch the debate next Monday?”

Ed. Note: OP has some concerns that Monday Night Football could take precedence over the debate [for the record Meridian Pint will be showing the debate with sound.] Now I like football a lot but I would not miss this debate for anything short of the Superbowl. I’m sure most bars realize this too. So, for those going out, where will you watch?

soldiers golf
courtesy AFRH Golf

Ed. Note: We had an interesting discussion about the golf course back in 2009.

“Dear PoPville,

The DOD pulled funding on the golf course on the Armed Forces Retirement Home and told its veteran residents and associate members that if we can’t raise $250,000 by December 2016, the golf course will close.

A group of veteran residents and associate members have banned together to try to raise the funds. Our hope is if we can reach this $250,000 goal in December we can open the course up to more members next season.”

The Washington Post reported:

“But the 128-acre oasis is losing money and senior Defense Department officials are debating whether to stop funding it, according to Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman.”

The new AFRH Golf website says:

“Until last year (2015), Golf Course maintenance operations were funded by the AFRH Trust Fund. This is no longer possible. By law, the AFRH, as a government entity, cannot solicit donation… But WE can!

Therefore, we Residents and associated members, through our AFRH-W Golf Club, are seeking donations to continue golf operations throughout the 2017 season while a permanent solution is in the process of being formulated. Without sufficient funds to guarantee the maintenance contract for the 2017 season, our golf course will close permanently after September 30, 2016- terminating our working plans and new membership drives that can support the golf course for the future.

We must produce at least $250,000 by December 15, 2016 to ensure the 2017 golf season.

Your contributions will directly impact all the men and women veterans of our Home, and will be deeply appreciated.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw

Washington, DC Embassies Weigh in on the UEFA Euro 2016 Championship
By Christopher Teed of DC Embassy Events

The UEFA European Championship returns June 10th this year at venues across France. For those not familiar with the soccer tournament, it is hosted every 4 years in between World Cups, and currently features 24 teams who qualified from across Europe. This will be the third time France has hosted the event, hosting the inaugural event in 1960, and again in 1984. Spain, the current champions from 2012, has had the most success in the history of the tournament, winning 3 times, the same amount of titles as Germany. Having won the tournament the last time they hosted in 1984, France is the favorite this year, along with a strong German team.

This is also the first year that the UEFA European Championship has expanded from sixteen to twenty four teams, giving many more fans across Europe the chance to watch their beloved home sides. While there are some perennial favorites in the tournament, this season’s English Premier League champion Leicester City is evidence that anyone can win, however long the odds. We went to the foreign embassy staff here in Washington to get some insight into why they think their team can win the tournament this year.

Ambassador of Austria, HE Wolfgang A. Waldner: “Having competed numerous times in the FIFA world cup, it may come as a surprise that Austria has qualified for a EURO tournament for the first time ever! And what a resounding qualification it has been: With a commanding series of nine wins and one draw, Austria qualified without a single defeat in a very strong group. Furthermore, Austrian players were also hugely successful with their respective clubs: David Alaba won his fourth German Bundesliga title in a row with Bayern Munich, our team captain Christian Fuchs rose to fame with the unexpected English Premier League champion Leicester City, and Marc Janko and Aleksandar Dragovic won their leagues with Swiss FC Basel and Ukrainian Dynamo Kiev. These successes make Austria proud and prove how far we have come in recent years: From the modest FIFA ranking number 94 in 2007, Austria has risen like a Phoenix to the eleventh best team in the world today! Besides, not less than six players in Austria’s starting eleven have an immigrant background: With family roots in Angola, Bosnia, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Serbia or Turkey, all our players grew up and flourished in Austria, serving as a perfect illustration of modern Austria: A multitude of religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds forming one pluralistic society. And this summer, we will grow even closer together with our shared goal: Winning the EURO 2016!”

Economic Information Officer, Embassy of Belgium, Bart Deelen: “Belgium can not only win Euro2016, they should be considered one of the favorites to do so. The current Belgian team is known as Belgium’s Golden Generation. And for good reason: with few exceptions, many of the players are stars with some of Europe’s top teams. (more…)


From an email:

“What: Summer of Futbol at El Rey
When: Friday, June 3rd through Sunday, July 9th

Drink Specials:
During Group Stage: $3 Natty Boh Tallboys, $6 Margaritas. Wear your team’s jersey for $5 shots of Vibora.
During Knockout Rounds: $4 Corona Light draft and Corona Bottles + previous specials. Wear your team jersey for $5 shots of Avion Silver and Avion Espresso
During Semis and Finals: $4 Micheladas, $8 Icebergs + previous specials. Wear your team’s jersey for $5 Del Maguey Vida shots”

el rey
919 U Street, NW

roland garros
Photo by PoPville flickr user m01229

From a press release:

“To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tennis Channel’s coverage of the French Open, Tennis Channel has partnered with Trade Center Management Associates at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center to create the first U.S. public viewing space dedicated to the tournament here in our nation’s capital. The First Counsellor, Mr. Patrick Lachaussee, will speak briefly about sports diplomacy and then flip the switch on the viewing screen, officially opening the venue to the public. Remarks will also be provided by Robyn Miller, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Tennis Channel, and John P. Drew, President and CEO of Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA).

Events like these build a cultural bridge through sports, and Trade Center Management Associates, the manager of the Reagan Building’s daily activities, is proud to be hosting an event that helps further their mission of uniting the international and D.C. community.

Where: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

When: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM; Monday, May 23rd

What: Official opening of the first U.S. public viewing space dedicated to the French Open

This is a free, public event. A 14 ft. screen located at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza will show live coverage from Paris May 23-27 from 7 AM – 7 PM daily.

rock the red
Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Tomorrow, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Events DC and the Washington Capitals, including owner Ted Leonsis and alumni Rod Langway and Alan May, will come together to celebrate a historic NHL regular season and kickoff the upcoming playoffs during a Capitals ‘Rock the Red’ Fan Rally at Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.

The Mayor will also officially proclaim April 14th, the first day of the Capitals’ playoff run, as ‘Rock the Red’ Day in the District.

Capitals fans are invited to Carnegie Library from 1-3 p.m. to participate in the fan rally. In addition, the Capitals’ Rock the Red Ride of Fame bus will be on-site as well as Red Rockers, mascot Slapshot and food trucks. The event also features giveaways, music and other surprises. Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear red at this event.

Playoffs begin Thursday at the Verizon Center at 7 p.m., where the Capitals will host the Philadelphia Flyers. This is the fifth time the Capitals and Flyers have met in the postseason and the first playoff meeting between the teams since 2008. (more…)