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On May 21, Open Streets will be on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE for the first time — the first in a series of Open Streets events in 2022.

During the event, the District will close Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, between Good Hope Rd. SE and Morris Rd. SE to cars. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the corridor will be open to residents and visitors to walk, bike, run, scooter, roller skate, hop, skip and enjoy the open streets. Opportunities to support local businesses and participate in a range of activities such as demonstrations, health and clean air discussions, fitness classes, and other educational and entertainment programming will be part of the Open Streets — Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. experience.

“Especially over the past year and a half, we have seen residents and businesses work together to reimagine public space and Open Streets is one more opportunity to rethink how we use our streets and sidewalks,” said Mayor Bowser. “We have a beautiful city, we have a community that is excited for the opportunity to come back together and to support local businesses.”

Open Streets is presented by Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Anacostia BID (www.anacostiabid.org) is the nonprofit partner supporting the planning and execution of the event.

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Is now still a good time to buy? What type of loan should you get? What are the steps in the process?

Buying your first home is challenging and it’s hard to know where to begin. We offer a simple, informative, fun and free virtual workshop with you in mind. Get your mortgage loan questions answered from a local mortgage lender. Learn what strategies can give you an edge in this competitive housing market. You will even get to learn from the experience of a recent first time home buyer.

Take the first step to homeownership and get yourself educated!

Sign Up Today at GreenLineRE.com/homebuyerworkshop.

Back to a normal weekend, there are nearly 300 open houses scheduled across the District despite the looming rain showers. Throw on those rainjackets and galoshes and get out to some of our favorite opens below, and to see the full Open House List, click here.

  • 3016 Thayer Street NE — $899,999 — Woodridge
    Open Sat. 12-2 p.m. — Sabrina Shorts
    “Beautiful home located in the serene and desirable neighborhood of Woodridge, D.C., providing a perfect location in a community-minded neighborhood. This four-bedroom 4.5 bathroom with an expansive backyard is awaiting its new owner. The open concept and natural light flow throughout the house. This home features two beautifully curbed steps from the top floor to the basement. The kitchen boasts white floating cabinetry, gold faucets, and a beautiful backsplash. Samsung appliances, including a stove that has the option to Air Fry, Dehydrates, Roast, Bread Proof & other features. The main level features two bedrooms with a beautiful bathroom and a half bathroom/powder room in the hallway. Travel upstairs to a one-bedroom, one-bathroom with two split AC UNITS for your comfort. The spacious finished attic could function for multiple purposes. And all the privacy you need. The fully finished lower level has an office, an one bedroom, a bathroom, and a laundry room. Entertain! Entertain! Entertain! The basement boasts a large family room with sliding doors with views of the two-leveled backyard. The sliding glass doors allow you to view or walk out to the beautiful expansive backyard. There’s enough space in the backyard to make all your backyard dreams come true, build, play and entertain. The options are endless. This home is moments from Brookland and Rhode Island Metro Stations and bus routes. Shopping Centers include Costco, Lowe’s, PetSmart, Starbucks and Dick’s. Minutes from Baltimore Washington Parkway, 395, 295, and Route 50. Also within walking distance are Mount Rainer Historic District, Glut Co-ops, bike paths within a mile, renovated Woodridge Library, Rhode Island Avenue restaurants, and shops are also within walking distance.”
  • 3060 16th Street NW #111 — $500,000 — Mount Pleasant
    Open Sat. & Sun. 12-2 p.m. — Joe Himali
    This 2 BR/1 BA unit is “a seamless confluence of historic design and details combined with modern amenities” awaiting ” the next resident of the timeless, Renaissance Condominium, featured in James Goode’s Best Addresses.”
  • 241 K Street NE — $965,000 — NoMa/Cap Hill
    Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4 p.m. — Tim Holt
    “Welcome home to this beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home, great for entertaining with a large open living area, rustic exposed brick walls, a half bath on the main floor, a grand front yard, French Doors to the private back patio with encased blinds for light and privacy.”
  • 800 4th Street SW #N612 — $357,500 — Southwest Waterfront
    Open Sat. 1-3 p.m. & Sat. 2-4 p.m. — Monique Van Blaricom
    “This spacious 1-bedroom condo is flooded with natural light and features an open layout kitchen with updated granite countertops and breakfast bar, perfect for entertaining. Updated floors, upgraded bathroom vanity with a quartz countertop, fresh paint, and thoughtful built-ins in the living space complete this stunning unit.”
  • 1121 G Street NE #2 — $965,000 — H Street Corridor
    Open Sat. 2-4 p.m. — Andres Serafini
    “Welcome to this bright and spacious condo just steps from the H St Corridor! This totally redeveloped condo with 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, PLUS large den welcomes you with lots of natural light, open floor plan, and shining hardwood floors throughout. The reason this unique Double Wide model is set apart from others in D.C. is because two properties were combined to create this expansive unit with vast living and entertaining space on one floor.”
  • 3500 13th Street NW #208 — $349,900 — Columbia Heights
    Open Sun. 1-4 p.m. — Robert Sabanosh
    “10K PRICE REDUCTION! PRICED TO SELL!! Welcome Home! This bright and sunny 1 bedroom features hardwood floors, crown molding, and afternoon sunlight.”
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Goal! DC Soccer Club adds U9 for boys and girls in Petworth. Get your kicks!

The city’s largest youth soccer club just got bigger. Beginning this year, DC Soccer Club will offer a travel soccer program for rising U9 players in the Petworth area. Rising under-9-year-olds include boys and girls born in 2014.

All games will be played in Metro region and team leadership will be provided by members of DC Soccer Club’s staff of experienced and motivated coaches. Financial assistance is available.

U9 tryouts will be held May 16 and 18. Details and registration here.

The U9 program joins DC Soccer Clubs’ other travel soccer teams based in D.C. In all, DC Soccer Club helps develop some 6,000 players each year, guiding them to be not only the best athlete they can be but also to become well-rounded people with respect, dedication, and good sportsmanship.

DC Soccer Club has a long history and strong ties to the community, creating viable pathways for young athletes while bringing community members together through the love of soccer.

As a registered nonprofit, DC Soccer provides up to $250,000 a year in financial assistance to players who need it most. DC Soccer is inclusive and welcoming to all young athletes regardless of background or athletic ability.

Seltzerland is bringing the bubbles to D.C. this month!

Attendees are invited to sample from 100+ unique hard seltzers at Hook Hall (3400 Georgia Ave NW) on Saturday, May 21, with Metro stops right around the venue.

Tickets for this can’t miss event begin at $29 and can be purchased by visiting www.seltzerland.com.

Each event is filled with brands big and small like White Claw, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer, Vizzy, Topo Chico Hard Seltzer, Smirnoff Spiked Seltzer and BuzzBallz. The best hard seltzer brands in the land will be on-site offering a variety of beverage samplings, and local food vendors will provide mouthwatering munchies for purchase.

A portion of proceeds from all Seltzerland events are donated to Forage Forward, a national organization dedicated to supporting local and national non-profit organizations, with a specific focus on social justice, food banks, food sustainability and food education.

When purchasing tickets, attendees will sign up for a session for this 2.5-hour experience. There are two ways to experience Seltzerland with General Admission and VIP tickets offered. General Admission tickets begin at $29 and VIP tickets start at $49. VIP ticket holders will enjoy extra 30 minutes of bubbles, a full-sized can of hard seltzer, a specialty cocktail and a commemorative tasting cup.

For tickets and more information, visit www.seltzerland.com.

The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) is excited to announce the return of the FREE community event, Adams Morgan Movie Nights!

Bring a blanket and pick-up dinner from a neighborhood restaurant to enjoy during the film. Join us about 30 minutes after sunset at the Marie Reed Recreation Center’s soccer field at 18th and California Streets, NW.

As we welcome summer to D.C. and the adventures that come with it, this year’s theme is “The Road Less Traveled.” Focused stories that speak to personal identities, exploration, and epic quests!

Schedule:

  • May 24: The Princess Bride
  • May 31: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • June 7: Queen of the Capital
  • June 14: Keanu
  • June 21: Encanto

Gifted Curators will be popping hot & fresh popcorn and Insomnia Cookies is generously providing individually-wrapped, hot-out-of-the-oven, cookies on a first-come-first-serve basis. Arrive early to set up your space on the field and get your cookie!

June 28 is being held as a rain date if one of the showings is canceled due to inclement weather. Please note that alcohol and pets are not permitted on the field.

Visit admodc.org/movies and follow the Adams Morgan Partnership BID on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more details!

Real Estate Fresh Finds is a weekly selection of newly-listed properties in the District, brought to you by RLAH Real Estate.

Featured Property of the Week: 241 K Street NE

“241 K is at the heart of NoMa, H Street and The Hill. You get that urban feel with a blend of historic charm without sacrificing modern luxuries. Close to Union Market and La Cosecha, Giant, Wholefoods, Harris Teeter, Trader Joes, REI, restaurants, coffee shops, bars and Downtown! Welcome home to this beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home, great for entertaining with a large open living area, rustic exposed brick walls, a half bath on the main floor, a grand front yard, French Doors to the private back patio with encased blinds for light and privacy. A spacious owner’s suite and two glorious bedrooms with a 2nd full bathroom upstairs. In the back you have a custom-built storage shed and a RiverSmart rain barrel to help keep our rivers clean! Blocks to the dog park, museums, the Capitol, Senate buildings, the Supreme Court, DC Streetcar, NoMa metro station, Union Station, Amtrak and so MUCH MORE!”

Other Notable Fresh Listings:

  • The Most Expensive Home of the Week is an 8 BR/6.5 BA Georgian-style home in Mass Ave. Heights that features 9,400+ finished square feet spread across 4 levels and includes an elevator, 2-car garage, wine cellar, gym, 4 fireplaces, and is fully fenced and gated — all for the low price of $10.85M.
  • “Beautiful home located in the serene and desirable neighborhood of Woodridge, D.C., providing a perfect location in a community-minded neighborhood. This four-bedroom 4.5 bathroom with an expansive backyard is awaiting its new owner.”
  • “Seek balance and brilliance in the Georgia Reserve, a brand new, 9-unit boutique condominium building in the heart of Petworth! A variety of luminous open floor plan units provide a range of buyer options from cozy junior one bedroom units, one and two bedroom residences, and expansive two bedroom + den penthouses with private roof decks.”
  • Your REO/Bank-Owned Property of the Week is a 2 BR/2 BA 2-story unit in Deanwood and appears to be in great condition at an affordable price.
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On April 9, Maryland became the 10th state to pass a paid family and medical leave program. The program ensures workers receive temporary benefits when they take time off to care for a sick loved one, a new child or themselves if they suffer from an extended illness or injury.

Aaron Seyedian and his employees at Well-Paid Maids have worked with the Maryland Family Network since 2019 to get the law passed. His employees are covered by a similar program already in effect in D.C., but a huge part of Well-Paid Maids’ mission is to incite larger political change.

“Higher wages are great for workers, but they’re only as good as someone’s ability to work,” Aaron says. His company, Well-Paid Maids, was founded on the notion that a living-wage business can be successful in traditionally low-paying industries.

He continues: “The status quo was incredibly cruel and unique among rich countries. People worked through illness and injury — or right after having a child. With this new program in Maryland, people won’t have to do that.”

Well-Paid Maids has spent more than three years supporting this program. Back in 2019, Aaron drove to Annapolis to testify in support of the program as a business owner. He also published a letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun.

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Meet new people, try something new, and have a good laugh: Join Washington Improv Theater for a free workshop during our Ward-Wide Tour in May.

WIT is bringing our free Improv for All workshops to every ward of the District this month! These zero-pressure introductory workshops are high-fun, low-stress classes designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. Our enthusiastic and friendly instructors work to make sure everyone is able to participate in a playful and trusting atmosphere. 

Check out our full schedule and sign up! Our partner venues include Story District, Project Create, and multiple branches of the DC Public Library. Accessibility and COVID safety protocols vary by venue.

Washington Improv Theater is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to sharing the creative, collaborative power of improv in D.C. We are guided by the belief that improv is for everyone.

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