Wednesday, March 28, 2010

Inshaw Blog moved and Announcements on Hold

The InShaw blog has moved to and announcements are on hold until I find a new system for them.

posted by Mari : 8:49 AM

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Food and Friends

Are you looking for a fun way to help the DC community that involves food AND friends? Then look no further! The non-profit organization Food & Friends is looking for volunteers to help make the 14th Annual Dining Out for Life as entertaining and rewarding as possible. On Thursday, March 11th, more than 150 restaurants around the DC Metro Area will donate 25 to 100 percent of their profits to support Food & Friends' mission of providing nutritious meals to those facing serious illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer.

To make the day the resounding success it should be, Food & Friends is calling on volunteers to act as "ambassadors" to represent Food & Friends at each restaurant. Ambassadors will visit the diners' tables, thank them for coming out to support such a great cause, sign the diners up for the free sweepstakes and receive any extra contribution the diner may wish to give. Without volunteers, Food & Friends would not be able to continue home-delivering life-sustaining meals to thousands of area residents. Becoming an ambassador is an excellent way to help the community while having a great time. For more information, contact Eliza Yoder, Special Events Assistant, at or 2/269.6826.

To become a Food & Friends ambassador, please visit:

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Eatonville Restaurant

February 3rd, 2010

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Eatonville Restaurant

WASHINGTON - If you can’t make it to New Orleans, come celebrate at Eatonville! Beginning Thursday February 11 through “Fat Tuesday,” February 16, we invite you to taste, see, and hear the extravagance and sensuality that embodies this unique and historic celebration.

Schedule of Events

· Thursday - Mardi Gras Happy Hour featuring special cajun appetizers and cocktails (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m).

· Friday – Live New Orleans Jazz music starting at 7 p.m. and Hurricane drink specials

· Saturday – Live New Orleans Jazz music by New Orleans natives, Yamomanem

(7 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

· Sunday – VALENTINES DAY! Jazz brunch (11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) with live music by Yamomanem (12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
· Sunday Evening – A Valentine’s Day Mardi Gras Affair featuring New Orleans-inspired pre-fixe menu. Starting at 7 p.m.

· Monday – Lundi Gras Celebration starting at 7 p.m.

· Tuesday – “Fat Tuesday Food & Folklore” featuring John Franklin Jr. starting at 6:30 p.m. $45 PER/PERSON, reservations required.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Affordable rental housing


When: Every Thursday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm No appointment needed

Where: HCS Training Center 2410 17th street, N.W. Adams Alley, Suite 100 Washington, D.C. 20009

Additional Info: please bring documents that pertain to your personal situation and might help in your housing search. These include all documents related to your income (such as recent pay stubs, TANF, unemployment, disability, child support, pension benefits, alimony, or social security statements) and expenses (such as recent phone, credit card , or utility bills, student and car loan statements) . Please bring information about your current housing (such as a copy or your current lease.)

Learn about recourses to assist you in your housing search
Learn how to best present yourself to a landlord
Learn about other housing options to consider
Learn about affordable housing waiting lists
Get help determining how much you can afford in rent
Meet with a counselor for a housing assessment

HSC is located in Adams Alley. Walk down the alley on 17th street between Euclid and Kalorama Streets. Using the intercom, press # and 100 to be admitted

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Gay Dancing in Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights Goes Gay!

The Wonderland Ballroom Returns to its Roots with Launch of new monthly eccentric/alternative gay Dance party!

The Wonderland Ballroom, the dancing/drinking oasis for Columbia Height's hipster sub-culture, launches new monthly gay dance party, Pink Sock, the third Wednesday of every month. Starting Wednesday, November 18th, Pink Sock marks a return to the bar's roots as it once served as an African-American gay bar in the early 70s.

This time around, Boston-native DJ RAD (Twitter: @ForeverRAD) will be MC'ing an orgy for the eyes and ears, as he pumps out the hottest ass-shaking jams from the most innovative and avante garde performance artists from the 70s-disco era, 80s-new wave, 90-house & hip-hop, to the freshest electro music of today. We're talking everything from Grace Jones to Prince, Madonna to Lady Gaga, Miss Kittin to MSTRKRFT. To further stimulate and entrance you, there will be accompanying visualizations and home-made music videos that are sure to delight and disturb.


Pink Sock @ The Wonderland Ballroom

The Third Wednesday of Every month

Launches Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

1101 Kenyon St, NW (11th & Kenyon)

Doors open @9:00pm

Free (As Always!)

$5 Pink Sock Shot & PBR Special

Facebook Group:
Twitter: @PinkSockDC

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Retail Job Opps in Ward 5

Job Opportunity Fair

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
10 am—12 noon
Franklin Street Career Center
1500 Franklin Street, NE

New Store Location:
RI Ave Shopping Center,
4th Street & Rhode Island Ave, NE

Recruiting for:
Floor Sales Associates
Receiving Clerks

Sponsored by:
Ward 5 Councilmember Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Jr.,ANCs 5A, 5B, and 5C, and DOES
For more information, call Nicola Lane at 2/698.6270

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ward 5 H1N1 for children and pregnant women

Greetings the following scheduled has been set by the DC Department of
Health for selected persons to receive the H1Ni Vaccine in Ward 5.

Robert Vinson Brannum

Chairman, 5th District Citizens' Advisory Council, Inc. -

H1N1 Vaccine Clinic Schedule for Youth and Pregnant Women

McKinley Tech Senior High School (W5)

Saturday October 24

8:00am- 4:00pm

McKinley Tech Senior High School (W5)

Saturday October 31

8:00am- 4:00pm

McKinley Tech Senior High School (W5)

Thursday November 5


McKinley Tech Senior High School (W5)

Tuesday November 10


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ANC 5C meeting Agenda

Notice of Meeting of Advisory Neighborhhod Commission 5C
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Marriott Courtyard
7:00pm -9:00pm Florida Avenue, NE at METRO Station

September 2009 Community Meeting

ANC5C participants are invited to bring suggestions and recommendations for community improvement to the meeting. However, please observe simply courtesies at all times -- wait to be recognized before speaking and do not speak over others or while others have the floor. Please limit your comments to give others a chance for expression. Following the Commissioners’ comments, members of the community will be recognized to speak. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall maintain public order during the meeting. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Part I: Administrative 7:05 pm

1. Call to Order .………………………………………… Commissioner Bonds, Chairman

2. Roll Call ...................…………………….. ………….. Commissioner Daneker, Vice Chairman

3. Minutes Approval (All outstanding minutes)……… Commissioner Pinkney, Recording Secretary

4. Treasurer’s Report …………………………………. Commissioner Farmer-Allen, Treasurer

Part II: Featured Presentation 7:20 pm

The NoMa Plan, Project and Progress Update ……………..……. Elizabeth Price, Executive Director, North of Massachusetts Avenue
Q and A Session

Part III: New Business 7:45 pm

Proposed Re-location of DC Office of Cable Television in McKinley High School …(10 minutes)

Update on Outstanding Grants and New Proposals ……..Commissioners Day & Salatti (10 minutes)

Ready to Build Notice for former Fairfield Project .……..Commissioner Wright (10 minutes)

BZA Application for 2034 North Capitol Street, NW ……………Commissioner Salatti (10 minutes)

Vote by Commission on Cook School Disposition Resolution ....Commissioner Pinkney (10 minutes)

Part IV: Other Business 8:35 pm

Mayor’s Office of Community Outreach and Services ……Richard Norwood, Ward 5 Coordinator

Office of Councilmember Harry Thomas ……………………..

Community Comments ……(10 minutes)

In the interest of time so give everyone who wishes to speak an opportunity to do so, each speaker

is allotted 1 minute to speak; a bell sound will be made if a party exceeds the time frame.

Any Other Business, Resolutions, Notices, Announcements

Part V: Executive Session 8:50 pm

Pay Bills ………………………………………………. Commissioners Farmer-Allen and Day

---- Meeting Adjourn ---

Reminder: All Grantees must submit financial reports every 60 days through grant duration.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Miles Preaching

FYI Miles Holloman is in charge of the BACA Youth Services and sent out this announcement:
Dear Friends,

I like to extend an invitation to you to come share a moment in the spirit of Jesus Christ. I will be preaching the 10:45 am morning service at my church, 46 Q st., NW. A neighborhood that can pray together can stay together. I hope you all can make it.

God bless,

Minister Miles Holloman

Friday, September 18, 2009

Domestic Violence Event

Event Announcement

No one should have to choose between living with abuse or living without a home. Please join the supporters of DASH, District Alliance for Safe Housing, the fastest growing provider of housing for domestic violence survivors and their children, at our annual fundraiser which will take place at Ulah Bistro, 1214 U Street, NW, on Wed, September 23 from 6:00 to 9:23 pm. Call 462-3274 for more information.

Heart of DC Dog Show

Saturday, September 19Check-In Time 11am-12pm
• Dog Show Starts at 12:30pmThe Carnegie Library on Mt Vernon Place
801 K Street NW (one block south of the Walter E Washington Convention Center)
Simply download registration form, fill out pdf and save to your computer (or simply include answers to form items in the body of your email) and send may also simply fill out the form and bring it with you on Saturday when you sign in.Prizes and gifts from Wagtime will be available.Sign up for any of the following contests and bring home great prizes for pets and owners:Cutest Pup (4 months to 1.5 years)Best Looking Dog (1.5 years +)Pet and Owner LookalikeBest KisserBest Performer (can be obedience, demos, tricks)Best in Show (audience choice award)The dog show will be conducted by our friends at FurPals and Fetch Pet Care.All dogs must be on leash at all times. All dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Free Walking Tours In Shaw

Get your kicks with WalkingTown, DC Fall Edition, Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20!

Fleeting fall weather provides the perfect backdrop for DC locals to explore their city with more than 120 free, guided walking and bike tours! Discover a new spot or revisit old favorites with professional tour guides and community leaders.

Search tours by theme to find your favorite topic!

Check the schedule at or call 202-661-7581

Sample tours of Shaw:

Shaw: Where DC Comes Together, Part I

Saturday, September 19

10 am – 12:30 pm

Meet inside Great Hall, Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K Street, NW

Nearest Metrorail/Metrobus: Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center Metro station (Green and Yellow lines)

End at Azi’s Café, 1336 Ninth Street, NW

Shaw has always been a crossroads. Today, the Washington Convention Center dominates Shaw’s southern half, but it once consisted of woods and a few farms. Notable historic figures lived and worked in lower central Shaw, including explorer John Wesley Powell, African American U.S. Senator Blanche K. Bruce, and historian Carter G. Woodson. This half-mile walk includes visits to view selected building interiors. Led by Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander M. Padro and presented by Shaw Main Streets.

Shaw: Where DC Comes Together, Part II

Saturday, September 19

1 – 3:30 pm

Meet on northwest corner of Seventh and R Streets, NW

Nearest Metrorail/Metrobus: Shaw-Howard U Metro station (Green and Yellow lines)

End at Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U Street, NW

Entertainment has long been the focus of central Shaw’s northern half – from the Howard Theater, where every star in the black entertainment pantheon performed, and the pool hall where Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington decided to become a musician, to two sites that hosted baseball teams. Highlights of this half- mile tour include a renovated movie theater building and the city’s first African American YWCA. Led by Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander M. Padro and presented by Shaw Main Streets.

Rediscovering Mount Vernon

Saturday, September 19

12 noon – 1:30 pm

Meet and end at Carnegie Library, south side, Eighth and K Streets, NW

Nearest Metrorail/Metrobus: Gallery Pl-Chinatown Metro station (Green, Yellow, and Red lines)

Walk the Mount Vernon Triangle to learn about its history and rebirth, and the new retail, offices, and condos of this once forgotten neighborhood. This one-mile tour will include a walk past remaining historic buildings and discussion about the market forces that lead to its decline and current revitalization. The tour may stop at a new condo, office building or historic church. Led by Bill McLeod and presented by Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Benifit for DC Homeless


Please come out for a great night of local music this Friday, August 27th at 8:30pm to benefit the DC Coalition for the Homeless (

The event will be held at the Electric Maid (, which is located at 268 Carroll St NW, conveniently located one block from the Takoma Metro station. The show is all ages and $5 at the door.

The show will feature:

* Bellman Barker (
* the Jet Age (
* Little Bigheart and the Wilderbeast (
* Daddy Lion (

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Deal of the Day

A deal that is running at LivingSocial Deals today for 50% off to the popular Shaw restaurant, 1905. For $25, DC-area residents get $50 off their bill when they eat at 1905 between now and December 31st. See

Monday, July 27, 2009

Building Museum Photog Exhibit

There is a program at the National Building Museum that relates in part to Shaw. The program is called Investigating Where We Live, and uses photography, creative writing and exhibit design to teach DC and DC metropolitan area teens about the design process. The students have explored the neighborhoods of Shaw, Columbia Heights and the U Street Corridor, and documented it through photographs, drawing, writing and interviews.

The culmination is an exhibit about the three areas that the teens design and plan and that will be on display here in the Museum for five months. The opening of the exhibition will be on Friday, August 7, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the National Building Museum (401 F Street NW; Red line – Judiciary Square).

We have also started a blog about the program, which students are contributing their thoughts and photos to

Monday, July 13, 2009

Van Stolen From Charity

We are a nonprofit located in Shaw, we serve about 300 kids from K-12th from in and around the Shaw Community. Last Tuesday, someone broke into our parking lot and stole our program’s 16 passenger van. We use our van to take the kids on field trips, and during the school year we pick the kids up from schools that are out of walking distance. It’s a white Dodge van that actually says New Community Afterschool on both sides of it. Please keep an eye out for it.

"Give $25..The kids will do the rest..Donate at

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

For Little/Big Boys Who Like Trucks

DC Government to Host 2nd Annual "Truck Touch" Event Sat., Jul. 11 at RFK, Lot 7
Mayor Invites Public to Free Event to Explore City Vehicles

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty invites the public to the city's second annual
citywide "Truck Touch" event Saturday, July 11, 2009, from 10 am to 4
p.m. at RFK Stadium, Lot 7. A host of DC government agencies will
present nearly 30 vehicles-including fire and dump trucks, one-stop
mobile health and employment vans, and police vehicles-used to provide
vital city services. This is a free event.

The event will feature vehicles from the DC Departments of Public Works,
Transportation, Health, Employment Services, Parks and Recreation, and
Fire and Emergency Medical Services; and also the Homeland Security and
Emergency Management Agency, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the
DC Water and Sewer Authority. Information on various government services
also will be available.

WHAT: District of Columbia Government "Truck Touch"

WHEN: Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE: RFK Stadium, Lot 7 (off of Oklahoma Ave., NE next to the


Nancee Lyons
Public Affairs Specialist
DC Department of Public Works
2000 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 671-2637, 671-0642 (fax)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

July 5th Cleanup


Sunday, July 5, 2009


10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Let’s maintain our beautiful streets by volunteering to clean-up the debris from Independence Day celebrations.

Assembly Point: 1st & P St., N.W. —9:30 a.m.



CONTACT PETE AT pbalas312 at

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Join Theater J for Neighborhood Nights!


By Anton Chekhov, Translated by Ari Roth from an adaptation by Carol Rocamora
Directed by John Vreeke
Starring Naomi Jacobson, Jerry Whiddon, J. Fred Shiffman and Alexander Strain

$15 Tickets on Wednesday and Thursday nights at 7:30 pm with code “Dupont”

Call (800) 494-TIXS or click here

Running through July 19

Don’t miss this summer classic performed by an all-star DC cast!

"Lively, solidly built and frequently funny...and productions of Chekhov that achieve that particular trifecta are rare indeed" - Washington City Paper

“A production that revitalizes and freshens some tried-and-true Chekhovian arguments by sifting them through a Jewish strainer” - Washington Jewish Week

"Innovative production… Ari Roth’s daring in rewriting the play is a risk that pays off and rewards the audience with a new perspective on the drama" – DC Theatre Scene

Performing Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30, Saturdays at 8:00 (except for the 4th of July), and Sundays at 3:00 and 7:30

Discussions follow all Sunday matinee and Thursday performances

Visit for more info

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Have you ever been curious about Capoeira?


Friday, June 19th 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Start off your weekend with a visit to The Capoeira Spot. 636 Florida Ave
NW. (near the corner of 7th St. & Florida Ave.)

We’re opening our doors to the public to show what capoeira and The Capoeira
Spot are all about. Stop by, ask questions, meet new people, play
instruments, and watch a free capoeira demonstration. ..
Drinks and appetizers will be provided.

www.capoeiradc. com
espoleta@capoeiradc .com
(202) 224 - 4446

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

DC Dog Owners Hound Council to Reject Bag Tax

From the DC GOP with some minor editing (snipping) from me:

Washington, DC: Environmentally responsible dog owners in the District are urging the DC Council to reject the proposed tax on paper and plastic bags imposed under a bill introduced by Councilmember Tommy Wells as the "Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act of 2009."

"We all want a clean city, and plastic bags are an essential tool for keeping it clean," stated DC Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kabel. "But this bill is just a new tax that will punish pet owners who clean up after their pets, Bo Obama would not be happy with this piece of legislation." Kabel owns a dachshund and, like most pet owners, carries plastic bags to clean up after him on their daily walks.

"This proposal will force us to purchase more costly plastic bags, rather than do what environmentalist have taught us to do: reduce and reuse!" says a petition signed, so far, by more than 100 residents and dog owners in the District.

Under Wells’ legislation, a five-cent tax would be imposed on all paper and plastic bags received at restaurants, grocery stores and retailers that sell food, such as CVS/pharmacy. Wells’ bill claims the revenue will clean the Anacostia River, after purchasing tens of thousands of reusable bags for low-income residents and conducting a consumer education campaign.

“Not only does this tax not make sense, but also it ignores the reality that 94 percent of Americans reuse their plastic shopping bags,” says Kabel. “If we tax shopping bags, what will be next? Tires, Starbucks coffee cups, ketchup packets and even old reusable bags are just some of the other things you can find in the Anacostia River and its surroundings.”

The DC Republican Committee offered testimony to Wells’ Committee hearing and offered a more comprehensive solution. The first part is to take part of the District’s budget, which has skyrocketed 42 percent since 2004, and fund the cleanup of the Anacostia River. The second is to promote recycling and work toward changing the human behavior problem of polluting.

“We should make efforts to change the hearts and minds of people so they pollute less,” concluded Kabel.

To sign the petition online, visit

Sunday, May 17, 2009

GLOV Vigil

Friday, May 15, 2009

Historic Window Workshop

DC Preservation League would like to invite you to a Historic Window Workshop, Saturday, May 30th.

The workshop will discuss how to evaluate the condition of typical historic wood windows and the options for repair and replacement. What sorts of problems are reasonable to repair, and when does the deterioration warrant replacement? What improvements can be made to increase the efficiency of existing windows? Simple do-it-yourself repairs will be explained, as well as how to insure that work done by others is properly done. Included as well will be critical look at the selection and installation of replacement windows.

For more information or to register visit our website at
http://www.dcpreser pdf/windowworksh op.pdf.

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