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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club Celebrates 9 Years

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Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club (1103 Bladensburg Road) is nine years old and the crew is throwing down until 4am for their Memorial Day party this Sunday. Gun$ Garcia, the Lothario, and the Clown Prince will spin a little EDM. No cover. 21+

Local News Brief: Demo in Ivy City, House of Pain's New Wheels, & Ninja Training

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Demo work following a partial wall collapse at the former Pappas Tomato Packing Plant. 
Photo courtesy of Instagram user ivycitydc

The May 15th sudden partial collapse of a wall at the former site of the Pappas Tomato Packing Plant (now slated for redevelopment as retail space and a coffee roastery) led to speculation among some locals as to whether plans to preserve the building during its redevelopment would change. One thing's for sure, the portion of the building near the collapse site is coming down. You can read more about the redevelopment plans in previous coverage of the collapse.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Eleanor Holmes Norton at Tomorrow's TNA Meeting

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Trinidad Neighborhood Association Members who turned out for a clean up pose with a Department of Public Works Good Community Steward Award presented to TNA

There are lots of reasons to attend Trinidad Neighborhood Association meetings. It's a great organization with well run meetings, and a terrific way to learn more about what's happening in our community and how we can resolve issues and concerns. But tomorrow's meeting boasts a special guest, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. She'll discuss D.C. budget autonomy, Congressional oversight of Metro, and the federal minimum wage, among other topics. She'll also answer constituent questions and address neighborhood concerns.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Found Dog: Florida & Trinidad Ave

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A reader writes in with news of a dog she found wandering without tags or a collar in the vicinity of Florida & Trinidad Avenues. This dog is currently being cared for at the Washington Humane Society's New York Avenue Adoption Center (1201 New York Avenue).

The Trinidad Garden Tour is Sunday

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Don't miss this Sunday's Trinidad Garden Tour. The free annual garden tour brings together neighbors and friends of the Trinidad neighborhood for an afternoon of visiting local gardens and socializing. The event kicks off with a pre-tour garden party at Tony's house (1130 Morse Street) at 12pm. The tour starts at 1pm and will feature seven to eight stops in the neighborhood and a visit to Cultivate the City's H Street Farms on the roof of W. S. Jenks Hardware (910 Bladensburg Road). There's even a handy route map for those who need to join the tour later.

POW! WOW! Hits NoMa Saturday

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POW! WOW! is an arts festival that brings local and international artists together to create some amazing murals in NoMa and you can watch the artists in action this weekend. The opening celebration will be held tomorrow from 11am to 6pm at Storey Park (1005 First Street NE). Head down to find a marketplace filled with local retail vendors, as well as food and drink from local restaurants and food trucks. The free all ages event will also include djs and BMX trick riders.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: May 19-22 Edition

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Photo: Jessica Kallista, Medusa, Digital Print, 12" x 12”. Courtesy of Olly Olly

Friday, May 20

High Art Low Art – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Accomplished artist and decorated Marine, David Richardson, shows new work in High Art Low Art.
The reception is located at 1666 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Torpedo Factory Art Center – 7 p.m.
Join Torpedo Factory Art Center for the performance of Eames Armstrong’s Spell.
Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Local News Brief: Don't Bar the Bathroom, Ice Cream Sundays, & Streetcars

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NBC 4 reports that a female security guard at the 3rd and H Giant grocery store has been arrested and charged with simple assault following a physical confrontation after the guard attempted to bar a transgender female customer from using the women's bathroom.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Join Neighbors to Clean Up & Mulch at Sherwood Rec 5/21

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Come out and pitch in with your neighbors to get Sherwood Rec (640 10th Street) suitably spiffed up for the season. Volunteers will weed, mulch, and generally clean up the area from 9am to 12pm Saturday, May 21st. Hang out with your neighbors and eat snacks provided by the Argonaut (1433 H Street).


Drinks & Dirt Thursday 5/19 at H Street Farms (AKA Jenks Hardware Rooftop)

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Cultivate the City teams up Creative Community Builders for Drinks & Dirt, a chance to learn a bit about gardening and while you enjoy a cocktail. This session will focus on mint and they'll have more than ten varieties on hand (Spearmint, Black Peppermint, Mojito, Chocolate, Grapefruit, Ginger, Citrus, Orange, Apple, Pineapple, Mountain Mint, and more). Unsurprisingly, they'll be making mojitos. Tickets are $40, which gets you a mint plant to take home, the evening's lesson, and two cocktails. This event is 21+, so don't forget your ID. Drinks & Dirt also offers a great chance to check out the Jenks Hardware roof space that Cultivate the City is transforming into a rooftop greenhouse they've dubbed H Street Farms.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tonight: Union Station to Georgetown Streetcar Meeting

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There's a meeting tonight to discuss the upcoming Environmental Assessment (EA) that will look at approaches to extending the streetcar line to Georgetown. The EA process examines the environmental and cultural effects of the proposed improvements along the line. DDOT, the FHWA (Federal Highway Administration), and the FTA (Federal Transit Administration), are all involved in the process, and will release the study in the winter of 2017.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Former Pappas Tomato Packing Plant Partially Collapses in Ivy City

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Fire and EMS was on the scene yesterday afternoon of a partial building collapse at the old Pappas Tomato packing factory (1401 Okie Street) in Ivy City. The factory is located just behind the Hecht Warehouse that is anchoring much of the neighborhood's redevelopment. The Pappas Tomato building is, like the main warehouse, a Douglas Development property (Jemals Pappas Tomoato, LLC). Plans call for the building to hold retail and a little light industrial in the form of coffee roasting at a Compass Coffee shop. No injuries were reported. In a later tweet @DCFireEMS speculated that yesterday's strong winds may have caused the collapse. Thanks to @ker_dc for the initial heads up about the collapse.