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Music August 30, 2016 at 2:05 pm

Like to sing? Free on Monday nights?

Our DC choir is looking for some new members!

The Runnymede Singers is a small chorus of amateurs who love to sing, with a range of musical skills from sight-readers to shower singers and a range of ages from student loans to AARP. We don’t require auditions. We are a relaxed group – the main goal is to work together to sing as well as we can and have fun doing it.

We work on seasonal/Christmas music in the fall and a huge variety in the spring — Italian madrigals, classical pieces, Gershwin, Berlin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, spirituals, and pop. Our conductor and pianist are professionals who help us learn and polish our performance.

Our rehearsals are held on Monday nights from 6:45 to 8:45 (with a cookie break in the middle) at First Baptist Church, 16th & O Streets NW (enter from the parking lot off 17th). We are not part of the church, but they rent a rehearsal room to us.

We do not sell tickets to our concerts. We perform at area retirement and nursing homes, and we also participate in an annual Christmas concert with two other area choirs and often have a friends and family concert in the Spring.

To hear more about us, listen to a piece that was done about us on NPR : http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?…

We do contribute as we are able to cover the costs for the conductor, the pianist, the rehearsal room, and new music, etc. The average cost is about $150 per semester. Don’t let this stop you from joining us, though – some of us pay more than others, some less. We don’t want anyone to stay away because they cannot pay the whole amount.

If you want to have music in your life, whether you are an experienced, polished singer or you love to sing but haven’t in a while, you are welcome. If you are interested in joining, have more questions, or just want to talk to a member, please contact our choir director Erica by emailing singercat36 [at] gmail dot com.

Thanks!

Real Estate August 29, 2016 at 11:20 pm

Recruiting for Census Bureau Study: Homeowners w/ Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)

The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for people who have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) to help test questions on a national survey. Only one person per household may qualify. Each participant will receive $40.00 compensation for participating in this study. For more information, see our Craigslist ad here: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/vol/5725796634.html

Announcements August 29, 2016 at 10:53 am

Creating Sound Beginnings for DC Area Children!

All children deserve a Sound Beginning. According to the CDC 1.6% of all students are diagnosed with hearing loss. Imagine life not being able to hear your teachers or classmates, music or car horns, or your mother say “I love you.”

There are nearly 50,000 students in the public school system in Washington DC. Do you want to make a difference for those who are deaf or hard of hearing? Ideas, connections, strategies and help is needed to develop:

free hearing clinics to diagnose and help kids hear,
a hearing aid recycling program for kids and parents in need,
and classroom sound amplification systems for kids to learn.
Bring a friend and join us for a come and see strategy meeting at the MLK Library, 901 G Street NW, at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 7th.

For questions regarding Sound Beginnings contact Quota International at [email protected] or call 202-331-9694.

http://www.eventbrite.com/o/quota-international-inc-8076958691

General Discussion August 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

NGA & Hirshhorn post about Dogs instead of Women's Equality

I noticed on social media that the National Gallery of Art AND the Hirshhorn (among other places) have chosen to post about National Dog Day instead of the fact that it is Women’s Equality Day. I would think that a gallery for our nation would be politically correct enough to make sure at the very least to treat women and dogs equally (yikes) and post about both, but guess not.

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Events August 26, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Play Video Games for Free at District Arcade 8/27 12pm – 5pm

Register for free at http://www.igdadc.org/DistrictArcade/

The District Arcade is a free video game expo, organized by local video game developers! See the newest, most experimental games from the greater DMV community. Play shoot ’em ups on a steampunk fantasy railroad, abstract homages to art history, and intergalactic zoology.

The team from MAGFest are bringing console games as well, all free for you to play! Melanie challenges any takers to Adventure on the Atari 2600.

Our venue, Bravo! Bravo! is providing their luxurious space to the District Arcade. There will be two 15 foot screens and 4 even larger couches. Indie devs – you can have your game played on the big screens too! Contact us for details.

The rest of the space will have more indie games, MAGFest Arcade games, and a large dance floor/stage area where more games will be played! We have a special menu and a full bar, so bring your friends and network with cool local game creators.

The District Arcade, this first one at least, is for people 18 years old and older. We apologize and we and Bravo Bravo look forward to welcoming kids next time we host a District Arcade!! So come out and help us make this first one a success!

IGDA DC District Arcade
Saturday, August 27th, 2016
Noon to 5PM, at Bravo! Bravo!
1001 Connecticut Ave NW (map)

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Events August 25, 2016 at 12:32 pm

ALL THINGS GO FALL CLASSIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

Empire of the Sun – Passion Pit – Sylvan Esso – Christine and the Queens – Bishop Briggs – POP ETC – Sofi Tukker – Ace Cosgrove

Date: 10/08/2016

Doors: 10:30 AM

Show: 12:00 PM

End: 10:30 PM

Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront

131 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Website: http://allthingsgofallclassic.com/

Event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-things-go-fall-classic-2016-tickets-26517174583?aff=efbeventtix

Price: $55 – $150

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Public Safety August 25, 2016 at 10:46 am

Package Thefts – 13th and Massachusetts Ave

Looking to identify this package thief – caught on camera stealing packages 3 separate times from a condominium on 13th and Massachusetts. $500 reward for information leading to arrest. Accompanied by this girl.

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Announcements August 24, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Recommendations for an Upholsterer?

I want to reupholster a headboard with fabric that I own. Anyone in popville have a recommendation in the DMV? Willing to drive a bit if its a good (and cheap) place! Dr. Google wasnt much help!

Public Safety August 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Theft in Progress, No DCPD Response

I would like to share my recent encounter (or lack thereof) with the DCPD to see if others have experienced the same lack of response to a crime in progress.

On Friday, after having lunch with a friend in Dupont Circle, I decided to finish the workday at the Starbucks in said Circle. Upon entering the store, I spotted a single vacant table and immediately placed my backpack on the chair to reserve it while I ordered my drink. When I returned less than five minutes later my backpack was gone. I asked the adjacent table if they had seen who took the bag and they were able to tell me on which street the thief had fled. I followed their limited directions and was about to concede when I spotted a man wearing my distinctive backpack walking down New Hampshire Avenue. I didn’t approach the man – not so much out of fear – but because I didn’t want him to run and disappear with my property. I instead called 911 and thus, my disappointment began.

The dispatcher, though polite, sounded surprised when I told her that I was in hot pursuit. As I followed at an inconspicuous distance, I updated the her on the thief’s location every few seconds; she assured me that a unit was on the way. About 10 minutes into the call we reached 14th and P, where the man entered the bus bay heading South. There were no police anywhere in sight. The bus came, the man boarded, and against the dispatcher’s advice I followed him onto the bus. She told me that the call had been transferred to Metro PD and they would stop the bus and apprehend him.

Five minutes later we arrived at K St where the man disembarked and walked to another bus bay heading East. At some point during the 10 minutes we were stopped at this location the dispatcher told me that an officer was on the scene. The officer never arrived. The thief boarded a Circulator bus but this time I did not follow; I hailed a nearby taxi and asked it to follow the bus.

While in the taxi, the dispatcher told me that she was transferring me to her supervisor. I asked the supervisor to tell me the location of the dispatched unit, which she could not. She explained that because I had crossed district lines she had to transfer the call to another unit. She further explained that it was difficult for officers to locate me because I was moving. She advised that I flag down any officer that I happened across during my pursuit across the city.

About 7 minutes later the man exited the bus and I exited the taxi at 5th and Mass. I followed him for about 5 minutes to an apartment building at New Jersey Avenue, where he disappeared inside. If you’ve been counting, I had been on the call with 911 for approximately 37 minutes. The supervisor offered an officer to come to the scene and take a report. Thus ended the call. The officer never came.

Is it DCPD policy to ignore thefts, even when they’re in progress? Or is DCPD simply incompetent? The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if this is a ploy to build demand for police services. At the very least, I’ve learned that no one will speak up when they witness your property being stolen at a coffee shop. How sad.

Happy ending: I ended up getting my bag back because the thief saw me in front of the building, got scared, and sent his mother to return the bag to me.

General Discussion August 24, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Check No Parking permit information (address approved, etc)?

Is there a way to look up a No Parking permit based on the posted sign? I can only find the ddot site where you can search by location, but not by permit number. The signs don’t have addresses written on them so someone could get a permit for one location and post it somewhere else. This may be the case on my block and I just received a legitimate No Parking sign for next week.. I need to use this space for moving and I don’t think the current No Parking permit holder is using the right block space.

Basically is there a ddot link where I can search by permit number to see what block the permit was approved for?

Home and Garden August 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Radiator Installation — Company in DC?

I’m looking for a company to install, in DC, three recently re-furbished radiators — specifically, “single-pipe steam radiators” (and apparently original to the 100-year-old building in question in Adams Morgan).

For those of you who love exhaustive detail:

1) Not looking to install, e.g., the boiler and in-wall supply piping; just need an experienced person who can:
– first, confirm that the refurbished radiators do not have leaks and will otherwise operate OK, then…
– remove existing supply piping from where it exits the floor
– install new supply piping from that exit point to where the refurbished radiators will be located
– install suitable shut-off valve, including removing spud from radiator and installing new spud to match valve
– connect radiator to shut-off valve (including using pipe dope/teflon tape on threads, etc.)
– any additional work that would be advisable/necessary/etc. for the installation

2) Note that (I believe) each of the three radiators has a different sized opening.

3) I thought about the DYI route, but having now researched the living daylights out of the topic, turns out there are a bunch of subtleties involved in sizing the pipes, their pitch, what shut-off valves to use, etc.

4) I contacted Brookland Plumbing about this, as they’ve done great work for us in the past, but they said they would not do the job because they don’t have the expertise (and recommended against hiring a plumber, as they’ve heard of other plumbers royally screwing up this sort of work). They suggested hiring someone who is certified as a steamfitter.

5) Which led me to the website of Steamfitter UA Local 602 — it does have a directory, but it lists, like, 150 companies with no indication of which do residential (vs., e.g., engineering companies, commercial HVAC systems firms, etc.)

6) Yelp and Angie’s List haven’t proven helpful in identifying a company with solid experience; I phoned several heating and cooling firms highly-rated on those sites but each one said they didn’t do residential steam systems and didn’t have alternate suggestions.

Help me, PoPville readers, you’re my only hope!

Seems to me there must be many old-yet-still-operating residential steam heating systems in DC, so I’m hoping some one (perhaps even you!) can provide guidance on who’s good (as well as anyone to avoid).

Oh, and for anyone interested in better understanding what was viewed as cutting-edge technology just over a century ago, a great guide to the physics, maintenance and history of steam heating is Dan Holohan’s The Lost Art of Steam Heating (https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Art-Steam-Heating/dp/0974396095). As shown in this video, he has a passion for the topic, combined with wit and (evidently) nearly exhaustive knowledge about what’s out there: https://youtu.be/TQB0KK2rxcw.

Seriously, if you like geeking out about how things work, it’s a fascinating topic.

THANKS for any suggestions/guidance etc. on this!!

Travel and Transportation August 20, 2016 at 10:31 pm

Electric vehicle cabs in DC?

I have been seeing a number of Nissan Leaf cabs driving around DC, and I was wanting to book one for my taxi ride tomorrow, but I can’t find anywhere on the internet what company to call to book one of these. Google Fail! Cars are red and grey (Red top??) and have green highlights.

Any one have info on these?

Home and Garden August 17, 2016 at 11:38 am

Granite for Front Yard

Does anyone know where you can buy granite stones that matches the front retaining walls of so many DC row homes. I’ve been looking around but am coming up blank!

General Discussion August 17, 2016 at 6:39 am

Horse's Ass Award Nomination

The scaffolding on the unification church at 16th and Columbia in Adams Morgan has been up for years. Does anyone know why? My husband and I saw some workers up there last week and were hopeful that they were taking it down, but I have not seen any change since.

Home and Garden August 16, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Fire Escapes – Repair and Certification

My small condo building (6 units, 3 floors + basement level) has a fire escape on one side of the building that is in need of repair. There is some rust build up and it needs a coat of protective paint.

1. Does anyone have any companies to recommend that can do this work? I’ve had a hard time find iron workers that do things beyond fencing.

2. During my research, I came across Fireescapesdc.com, which seems to suggest that we have to get a certification every 5 years. Is this true? I believe because of the circumstances of our condo, DC regs (https://beta.code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/code/sections/6-701.01.html) do not cover our unit, but I’m not sure if that exempts us from larger requirements (which I’m trying to find more about).

Thought maybe other condo owners may have had similar inquiries or made repairs to their own fire escapes. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Replied on August 30, 2016 at 2:05 pm

Like to sing? Free on Monday nights?

Our DC choir is looking for some new members! The Runnymede Singers is a small chorus of amateurs …
Replied on August 29, 2016 at 11:20 pm

Recruiting for Census Bureau Study: Homeowners w/ Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)

The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for people who have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) to help tes…
Replied on August 29, 2016 at 10:53 am

Creating Sound Beginnings for DC Area Children!

All children deserve a Sound Beginning. According to the CDC 1.6% of all students are diagnosed wi…
Replied on August 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

NGA & Hirshhorn post about Dogs instead of Women's Equality

I noticed on social media that the National Gallery of Art AND the Hirshhorn (among other places) h…
Replied on August 26, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Play Video Games for Free at District Arcade 8/27 12pm – 5pm

Register for free at http://www.igdadc.org/DistrictArcade/ The District Arcade is a free video game…
Replied on August 25, 2016 at 12:32 pm

ALL THINGS GO FALL CLASSIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

Empire of the Sun – Passion Pit – Sylvan Esso – Christine and the Queens – …
Replied on August 25, 2016 at 10:46 am

Package Thefts – 13th and Massachusetts Ave

Looking to identify this package thief – caught on camera stealing packages 3 separate times …
Replied on August 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Firewood delivery

Reviving this topic. Does anyone have recommendations for reliable firewood delivery in the Distri…
Replied on August 24, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Recommendations for an Upholsterer?

I want to reupholster a headboard with fabric that I own. Anyone in popville have a recommendation …
Replied on August 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Theft in Progress, No DCPD Response

I would like to share my recent encounter (or lack thereof) with the DCPD to see if others have exp…
Replied on August 24, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Check No Parking permit information (address approved, etc)?

Is there a way to look up a No Parking permit based on the posted sign? I can only find the ddot si…
Replied on August 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Radiator Installation — Company in DC?

I’m looking for a company to install, in DC, three recently re-furbished radiators — s…
Replied on August 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Bathtub Refinishing

We used Porcelain Tub Restorations (I think it’s PorcelainTubs.com) and were favorably impres…
Replied on August 21, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Outgoing mail theft

That is terrible! I am a reporter at WUSA9. I would like to share your story to raise awareness abo…
Replied on August 20, 2016 at 10:31 pm

Electric vehicle cabs in DC?

I have been seeing a number of Nissan Leaf cabs driving around DC, and I was wanting to book one fo…