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Events August 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

HVAC recommendations?

I couldn’t find any helpful threads on this topic in the archives. Anyone have any good recommendations for HVAC service in DC? Looks like we’re in need of some AC repairs, but want to find someone who can help with general maintenance and upkeep. Had a terrible experience with Michael & Sons for electrical work, so I don’t want to use them. Would prefer a small company to a giant one that dispatches independent contractors. Any advice appreciated!

Events July 31, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Garden Tours at the Historic Franciscan Monastery on Saturdays

Looking to contemplate creation and faith? Ponder Pope Francis and his upcoming visit? Tour the magnificent gardens of the Franciscan Monastery.

Get an insider’s tour of one of the gardens at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. Learn about the monastery’s history, the gardens and friars who designed them, and the Holy Land and Lourdes shrines.

Free tours through September 12 on Saturdays, 11 a.m. and noon, are led by guides from the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild. Meet by the visitor center, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017; Call 202-526-6800 to arrange a group tour.

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Events July 30, 2015 at 10:58 pm

DC Tutoring & Mentoring Kickoff Event – Busboys & Poets (14th St) – Monday, 8/3 6:30

This Monday (8/3), DCTMI is hosting their Kickoff Event at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V NW, 6:30– 8:30 PM. This event will feature performances from local artists and performers, and speakers from some of DCTMI’s partners, Teens Run DC, Youth in Mind, Kid Power, and Project Northstar. The event is free although we would greatly appreciate donations. All proceeds will go to DCTMI and their partners.

The goal of the DC Tutoring and Mentoring Initiative is to get a tutor or mentor for ALL DC students who need extra academic or non-academic support, including the 40,000 students reading below grade level. We are working with 30 tutoring and mentoring organizations to help recruit volunteers for them and support them in any way we can.

More Information on the event and tickets can be found at:
and please share the event with friends.

To learn more about DCTMI or to sign up to volunteer, check out their website:

Events July 27, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Group Meeting Regarding Recent Shootings


I am heart-broken, frustrated, scared, and emotionally tired from the recent shootings that are taking place locally as well as nationally. With Thursday night’s shooting, which occurred at a Louisiana movie theatre, two women were killed by an individual who hated women, minorities, and liberals.

What can we do? What ideas and solutions can we discuss, address, and take action so that women and minorities feel safe going to a church, a movie, or our work? I have some ideas for D.C., and I would be eager to hear yours.

I will be organizing an open discussion at an U-Street location on Tuesday July 28th at 7:00pm, in efforts to discuss what DMV residents can do to address this gun and hate violence. This meeting is open to all and I encourage those who are interested in attending to please spread the word about it. I will provide the address to those who RSVP to please do so by Tuesday at 1pm.

Samantha Rose

Events July 27, 2015 at 11:48 am

Treasures of the River Trail: A Scavenger Hunt by bike on the Anacostia River Au

Join WABA for an afternoon of Choose Your Own Adventure Scavenger Hunt on the Anacostia River seeking hidden treasure, forgotten islands, ancient ruins, and natural wonder. You and your team will compete for prizes in this family friendly treasure hunt in DC’s back yard. Come prepared for riddles, unexpected challenges, trickery and exploration. Silliness encouraged. Costumes rewarded. Bike savvy kids welcome.

You and YOU ALONE are in charge of what happens in this a. There are dangers, choices, and consequences. You must use your numerous skills and much of your intellect. Choose right and reap endless rewards.

Scoring Points & Prizes
When you check in (3:00 – 3:15 pm), your adventure begins with a choice to determine your path. From there, you’ll be off riding in search of treasure and glory guided by clues, riddles, and new decisions. At each step, your eam will collect points towards some fun prizes.

Date: Saturday August 1
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Check In: RFK Stadium on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

What to Bring
– a bike
-a helmet (required for participation)
-at least one teammate (up to 4 per team)
-a costume fitting of a treasure hunter (optional, but encouraged)

Events July 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm

(Art Exhibition) The Push Back

What happens when those who were once viewed as meek and mild become confident and aware of their inherent power? Does this shift in status quo change the game or merely shift the players? If the victim can become victorious then surely the lines of power can also be blurred, redrawn or even crossed out.

Through visual works of art “The Push Back,” curated by Martina Dodd, tackles the complexities of the relational boundaries created to differentiate the oppressed and oppressor. Featuring work by David Ibata, Lionel Daniels, and Monique Dodd.

Opening Reception Friday July 24, 2015 6-8pm
HOMME BOUTIQUE at Ancostia Arts Center. 1231 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC 20020

Events July 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Property Manager question

Can anyone give me a really rough estimate of what a property manager costs in DC? I could try to get an online quote, but I’m really just curious how much I’m saving my landlord by doing the job myself. It’s a single rowhouse with 3 apartments.


Events July 20, 2015 at 12:49 pm

how do you start a dog park?

Brightwood park at the corner of 5th and Missouri would be an awesome location. Any thoughts on how to get something like that started??

Events July 20, 2015 at 11:13 am

Free Holy Land Festival at Franciscan Monastery in Brookland

Celebrate the culture and life of Christians in the Holy Land at the 2nd annual Holy Land Festival, July 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with exhibits, vendors, food for sale, speakers, videos and tours of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land shrines, catacombs and gardens. The day ends with a Vigil Mass at 5 p.m.

The festival will be held at the Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, Franciscan Monastery and other organizations. For details, visit or call 202-526-6800.

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Events July 19, 2015 at 1:12 pm

St Marks Players Seeking Director for Spring 2016 Production “Guys and Dolls”

Seeking Director for Upcoming Spring 2016 Production of “Guys and Dolls” with the St. Mark’s Players

Please submit the following information no later than Saturday, August 1, 2015 to

– A “Letter of Interest” stating a desire to direct with the St. Mark’s Players and a basic artistic concept for the stated show. Concept should include:
a) Overall vision for the show
b) Technical aspects such as set, sound, lights, props, and special effects
c) Special considerations, such as the ability to bring aboard a production team
– Resume including all productions you have directed and any additional relevant theater material
– List of 3 references who are familiar with your work and their contact information.

“Guys and Dolls”
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Set in New York City, Guys and Dolls introduces us to colorful characters who have become legends in the musical theatre canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,”; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, a nightclub performer whose chronic flu is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for is infamous floating dice game.

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Events July 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

Online Charity Auction to Support City Dogs Rescue!

City Dogs Rescue: Summer Auction 2015
Celebrate the dog days of summer with a donation to City Dogs Rescue… and a gift for yourself, too!

The City Dogs Rescue online auction showcases artists, restaurants, theaters, and small businesses from across the District of Columbia metropolitan area, as well as several dog-friendly travel destinations including Provincetown, MA, Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Asheville, NC.

From wine tasting in Virginia’s rolling hills to sessions with expert pet photographers, we hope you find new products and experiences you love, while helping to save dogs from overcrowded and high-kill shelters.

Finally, a huge thank-you to the generous donors and hard-working volunteers who contributed to this auction. We encourage the City Dogs Rescue community to support these dog-friendly businesses and artisans in the future.

About City Dogs Rescue
City Dogs Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that adopts dogs from overcrowded and high-kill shelters. Since its establishment in 2011, City Dogs Rescue has saved more than 1,500 dogs and gained a strong community of volunteers along the way.

In Washington City Paper’s 2015 Readers’ Poll, City Dogs Rescue was voted Best Non-Profit, Best Charity Event, and runner-up for Best Place to Volunteer. The Catalogue for Philanthropy recognizes City Dogs Rescue as one of the top charities in greater Washington based on its impact, financial viability, and transparency.

All auction items were donated to City Dogs Rescue without goods or services provided in return. 95 percent of auction proceeds will directly benefit our mission of adopting dogs from overcrowded and high-kill shelters, while the remaining 5 percent will cover transaction fees.

Events July 16, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Dance Lesson Suggestions? To pop music?

I was curious if anyone had any suggestions for a class/location where I might be able to learn/practice partner dancing to pop/contemporary music?

I’m super interested in taking formal lessons for partner dancing but would prefer something a little more contemporary than what I’ve found on my own – mostly classical ballroom dancing. I’ve found the swing lessons near Meridian Hill that are somewhat close to what I’m looking for. Other ideas?

Events July 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Happy Hour at Vinoteca to support education

Join Unlock Foundation for our second annual summer happy hour in DC!
Wednesday, July 22 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Vinoteca (1940 11th Street NW)

  • Support children’s education in Namibia
  • Mingle with friends, old and new
  • Enjoy drink specials and free snacks on Vinoteca’s outdoor plaza ($5 Wine and Peroni)
  • All donations for this event will go toward filling our new library with books at Erkki Tauya Jr. Secondary School in Okalunga, Namibia. We are working with administrators to make sure the library is a true resource for all students.

    Learn more and buy tickets (only $5 in advance)

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Events July 15, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Lost Fitbit in Blue & White band

I managed to lose my Fitbit Flex somewhere in Petworth, on the green/yellow line from Georgia Ave south to Archives, or between Archives at 10th & Pennsylvania NW.

It’s in a blue and white band. Someone did find it, because I can see that it’s been synced.

Please send me an email if you happened to have found it!

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Events July 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm

3rd Annual Boundary Stone Bike Ride: 9/19/15

Are you a history buff? Biking enthusiast? Regular old adventure seeker?

Are you trying to check off all the items on the Washingtonian’s bucket list of 50 things to do in DC in 2015?

Whatever the case, join us on Saturday, September 19th for a bike ride around the oldest federal monuments, the DC boundary stones:

Meet at the Capitol Heights metro station (blue and silver lines) at 9am, wheels up 9:30am.

As always, the ride will be sponsored by Boundary Stone Public House. Stay tuned for more details about other sponsors and exciting new additions on our Facebook event page:

This year we’ll be starting at the East stone. You can ride 1, 2, 3 or all 4 sides of the DC perimeter (if you do the whole thing, it’s about 60 miles). Here’s the route:

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