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“Dear PoPville,

I’m new to the Bloomingdale neighborhood, and am trying to figure out how to run near the MacMillan Reservoir. I passed by it once in the car and it looked like you could run right along the water, but then when I went back to try it (from First St. NW) I got stuck in a maze of fences and parking lots. Do you know if it’s only accessible from the North (Hobart Pl/Michigan Ave)? Can you help?”

Hmm from Bloomingdale – I’d go to Bryant and head west to 4th Street then go north passing Howard University and it’ll turn to 5th Street and you’ll see the view in the photo above. I’m not sure if you can do a full lap around the water thought – isn’t part of the road closed by security? Anyone else have a good route to run around here?

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“Eat DC is pleased to present the Second Annual DC Bacon and Beer Festival on May 31, 2015 at Penn Social to benefit Food & Friends. Last year’s DC Bacon and Beer Festival sold out in just FOUR hours. The event features creative bacon-inspired bites and tasty beers from area restaurants and breweries.

Tickets are $45.

Attendees of the event will again be able to vote on a Beast in Show in restaurant and brewery categories. And this year, Eat DC will donate $250 on behalf of each winner to the charity of their choice.

Returning Beast in Show Art and Soul executive chef Douglas Alexander notes, “Bacon is very important at Art and Soul. We make around 300 pounds per week, and it factors into all our menus. Most everyone loves bacon, and showing up and taking the title at Bacon and Beer was something that we take a lot of pride in. The fact that we can also support a great charity like Food & Friends makes it even better.”

Co-organizer and local food writer Jamie Liu adds, “Our local chefs and breweries really brought it last year. I really look forward to seeing what amazing creations folks will be able to come up with this year. And I’m excited to be able to do more to help promote the great talent in our local food community and raise money to support people in the community.”

Where: Penn Social
801 E St NW

When: Sunday, May 31, 2015
2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

“This Friday Saturday, May 9th, Irish charity Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light comes to Washington DC for the first time this year. Darkness Into Light is a unique, early morning experience which begins in darkness at 4.15am when thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. The walk/run will begin at Catholic University of America, in partnership with the CUA Gaels, crossing the finish line just as dawn is breaking at the breathtaking Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Pieta House is a centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide in Ireland and provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who need it.Darkness Into Light is now in its seventh year and last year’s event attracted 80,000 participants in 39 locations across Ireland, London, Sydney and America. With the number of locations doubling this year, organizers are expecting over 100,000 people to take part. 80 venues will host the event on the island of Ireland and abroad including in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and the USA.

Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, spoke about the launch in Washington, “Darkness Into Light is a people’s event organized by local committees all over Ireland and abroad. Although the number of people walking has never been greater, neither has the need. The addition of Washington as a location this year shows how Darkness Into Light is uniting people across the globe in solidarity with those who suffer.” She added “While suicide is a devastating tragedy, we mustn’t forget that there is hope, there is help, and Pieta House will be there to provide both.”

While Darkness Into Light raises much needed funds, it is also about awareness, solidarity and local communities. This year, Pieta House is asking those taking part to connect with others at the event. Walkers/runners are encouraged to speak to the person beside them, tell a story or simply say hello, connect and acknowledge one another. Make your presence known. No one should walk alone.

Online registration and further details are available now at  www.darknessintolight.ie

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From WMATA:

“Metro Transit Police (MTPD) detectives have identified the suspect who allegedly assaulted a 69-year-old victim last week at Eastern Market Station.

MTPD has obtained an arrest warrant for Elijah J SMITH, 19, with a last known address in Northeast DC. The charge is felony assault. If convicted, SMITH could face an enhanced penalty of 1.5 times the maximum term of imprisonment due to the age of the victim under District of Columbia law (§ 22–3601).”

From the Air & Space/Smithsonian:

“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war that changed the United States forever. To honor the 16 million who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II and to spotlight the essential role that aircraft played in U.S. victory, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association has led an effort to bring one of the largest privately owned collections of WWII airplanes ever assembled to Washington, D.C. to fly over the National Mall on May 8, the 70th anniversary of VE day (the public holiday to mark the Allied victory in Europe).

The “Arsenal of Democracy” aircraft will fly over the Mall in 14 formations, beginning at 12:10 p.m. As the media sponsor of the event, Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine has created recognition cards for viewing on a smartphone (at airspacemag.com/spotter) to help you identify the airplanes as they fly overhead. (Or download a PDF of the spotter cards here.) You can also read about the histories of these airplanes, presented in the order the formations will fly over the Mall. The special flyover edition of Air & Space/Smithsonian will be sold on the Mall for visitors viewing the flyover and is available now in Smithsonian museum stores and Barnes & Noble booksellers.
*Flyover is weather permitting. Rain date is Saturday, May 9, 2015.”

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“9:30 Club
815 V Street NW
February 14 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
$25

SpeakeasyDC presents the 7th annual Valentine’s love-fest of stories about the pleasures and perils of romance. The first show sold out, so a second show has been added!

Whether you’re with your sweetie or single, SpeakeasyDC’s Sucker for Love storytelling show is a unique and unforgettable way to spend Valentine’s Day — listening to heartfelt and hilarious true stories about loves found, lost, and imagined.

As always, SpeakeasyDC promises storytelling at its best.