Thursday, November 30, 2017

Winterfest Opens Tomorrow at Wunder Garten

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A few weeks ago I mentioned that Wunder Garten (1101 First Street NE) will hold Winterfest, a holiday makers market, beer garden, and tree lot from December 1st through the 17th. The organizers have now added a lot more information to the website, including a calendar of events, and a list of which venders you'll find at the market which days. Winterfest features a pop-up café with rotating local food vendors such as Timber PizzaHoly Crêpes, and CaliBurger, so there will be plenty of food and drink available for purchase. Winterfest itself is free, and you don't need tickets. Some of the events and workshops do have a cost or require registration/tickets, so check the website to be sure.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Miner Elem PTO Holiday Greenery, Tree, & Bake Sale Friday & Saturday

The Miner Elementary Parent Teacher Organization is hosting a Christmas tree and bake sale fundraiser Friday (5–8pm) and Saturday (9am–2pm) in the parking lot at 601 15th Street NE. They'll have balsam and fraiser fir trees in a variety of sizes, as well as wreaths for sale. There's a special discount for Miner families with 3+ years tenure, who will be able to purchase a 3–5 foot balsam fit and stand for only $20.

A Shooting in the 1100 block of Queen St. & an Assault at Union Station

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There was a shooting just before midnight last night in the 1100 block of Queen Street NE in Trinidad. I don't have any information on the status of the victim. The alert appears below.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Shopkeepers Hosts Job Fair for Erik Bruner-Yang Associated Restaurants Today


Shopkeepers ( 910 13th Street NE) is hosting a Foreign National job fair today 1–7pm. Foreign National is "a cultural concept development group promoting the integration of food, drink, and art with the fundamental belief that all components create a strong, healthy, and viable community. Founded by James Beard nominated Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, the company’s vision is to embrace cultural evolution and drive social change with a team of open-minded and creative individuals."

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mousecawitz the Cat is Missing [UPDATE: He's Home & Safe]

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Mousecawitz is safely back at home.

A reader writes in that her cat Mousecawitz is missing. Mousecawitz was last seen around 11:30pm on November 26th near an alley at Kent Pl NE & 10th St NE.

Krampusnacht is this Saturday (12/2)

The 2017 Krampusnacht DC poster by illustrator Joanna Barnum

I hope this is already on everyone's calendar, but if it's somehow not on yours, add it now. The annual Krampusnacht celebration is this Saturday, and you do not want to miss this. The evening begins with a 5pm benefit reception that includes Santa and Mr.s Claus, children's activities, live entertainment (a fire show from Peculiarity Productions & a performance from the Foggy Bottom Morris Men), and a children's costume contest. Advance tickets ($15) to the pre-walk festivities appear to be sold out, but you'll still be able to pay at the door. Children under 12 years of age will be admitted free of charge with a guardian. It's a great show every year, and it benefits a terrific cause. This is a fundraiser for Santa's Cause DC, which raises money for local foster kids in the care of Family Matters of Greater Washington. The pre-walk reception takes place in the courtyard of Gallery O on H (1354 H Street NE).

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Local Briefing: Books & a Burmese Bodega for Small Biz Saturday, Plus Axe Throwing & a Star Wars Themed Bar


I hope everyone has great plans lined up for Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday is also this weekend. As previously mentioned, the Solid State Books (600 H Street NE) pop-up at The Apollo will celebrate the occasion with games, prizes, visits from local authors, and cider and donuts. The pop-up has plenty of books, cards, and gifts for kids and grown-ups. They also have t-shirts for sale in case you want to show off your local bookstore pride.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pow Pow has Thanksgiving Happiness in Egg Roll Form (& it's Vegan)

Vegan Thanksgiving eggrolls from Pow Pow
 Pow Pow (1253 H Street NE) is offering special Thanksgiving Egg Rolls this week. The limited time egg rolls first appeared on the menu Sunday night and owner Shaun Sharkey says the restaurant sells out quickly each day. The egg rolls are stuffed with mock turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pineapple kimchi. This ingredient combination means they are both delicious, and vegan. To boost their Thanksgiving bona fides the egg rolls come with both cranberry and gravy dipping sauces.

You can now get Pow Pow delivered across the District (20% off your first order through the restaurant's website). So if, say, you and your coworkers really need to try these egg rolls right now, you absolutely can do so.


Barack Obama Made a Surprise Appearance at a Veterans' Day Service Project in Langston Terrace

Daniel Olney's terra-cotta frieze "The Progress of the Negro Race" decorates a courtyard wall at Langston Terrace

Volunteers at a local Veterans' Day event got a special treat when they took part in a service project making repairs at the Langston Terrace Dwellings. The Langston Civic Association was one of the groups that that brought volunteers out to work that day, and they have photos posted on their website of Barack Obama shaking hands with thrilled volunteers and residents. You can keep up to date on what's happening by subscribing to their newsletter.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Local Briefing: Shooting (Non-Fatal) Friday in Trinidad & Thanksgiving Plans


Victim Injured in Shooting in Trinidad Friday Night
There was a non-fatal shooting in the 1400 block of Holbrook Street NE in Trinidad Friday night about 8pm. Officers patrolling the area heard about eight gunshots and located a victim with a gunshot wound to the arm in the 1400 block of H Street NE. The wounded individual was transported to a local hospital for treatment. If you have any information about this shooting please contact detectives at the 5th District station at 202-698-0150, or anonymously text MPD at x50411.

For those Staying in Town on Thanksgiving
Planning to spend Thanksgiving in the District? Here are some good options if you want to get out of the house:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Solid State Books Pop Up Opens at The Apollo Today

Photo courtesy of Solid State Books

Solid State Books' permanent space isn't quite complete yet, but you can find them operating as a pop up starting today. They'll be at The Apollo apartments (600 H Street NE), just a few doors down from their permanent location. The pop up will be open everyday 10am–7pm through the beginning of January.

Visit the pop up and you'll find books, cards, and other great gifts for adults and children in the 1,000 square foot space. They'll celebrate Small Business Saturday (November 25th) with games, prizes, visits from local authors, and cider and donuts. Keep an eye on the shop's Twitter and Facebook accounts for details on upcoming story time for children in the common area of The Apollo's rooftop lounge. And yes, they do have t-shirts.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bakin', Shakin' & Cocktail Makin' at Cotton & Reed Distillery Tonight & this Weekend

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Local rum distillers Cotton & Reed (1330 Fifth Street NE) are teaming up with a band of merry bakers from Knafeh, Z&Z, & Chris Hassaan Francke of the The Green Zone for something truly special. Cotton & Reed will host this four day event, and it's one you won't want to miss. The fun starts tonight.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Considering J.O. Wilson Elementary for Your Child? Attend Tomorrow's Open House

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The My School DC Lottery is fast approaching (December 11th), and parents have some big choices to make.  If you are considering putting J.O. Wilson Elementary (660 K Street NE) on your list you're in luck. The J.O. Wilson PTA is hosting its first open house for parents of prospective students tomorrow (Thursday) from 9am–10:30am.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MPD Releases Video of Staffing Fighting Suspect During 11/7 Robbery of Tony's Breakfast

MPD has released video of a suspect in a robbery at Tony's Breakfast (1387 H Street NE) at 6:07am on Tuesday, November 7th. Police previously circulated two stills from the video, but the video itself is quite a doozy. If the suspect hoped to catch the staff off guard, he miscalculated.  At 17 seconds into the video you can see the man spring into action as he attempts to grab the entire register drawer.
It doesn't work out so well for him as multiple employees spring into action pulling back on the drawer and hitting him about the head with their hands and a rolled up newspaper. After 16 seconds of unsuccessfully trying to wrench the drawer from the grasp of the staff, the man grabs some money and runs out.

Monday, November 13, 2017

1433 H Street NE (Former Home of the Argonaut) for Lease

The Argo patio in 2010

A bit of interesting news comes to us from Twitter user @TheX2BusDC, who spotted "For Lease" banners hanging up at 1433 H Street NE, the building formerly home to the Argonaut. The Argonaut closed its doors due to an ownership dispute in late July of 2016. Prior to its closure, the restaurant and bar had been a popular neighborhood gathering place that managed to draw crowds for its pub quiz and Science Night, as well as for its family friendly atmosphere. It first opened in 2005. The space has remained vacant since the closure. Here's the listing on LoopNet.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Local Briefing: Pee Tosser Sentenced, the Darkside Bar Descends, &pizza Spreads Pizza & a Philosophy


Stay warm and enjoy the links below. It's only going to get colder!

Judge Sentences Pee Tosser

WTOP reports that Opal Brown, the woman who threw a cup of her own urine onto an X2 bus driver, was sentenced yesterday to 120 days in jail and three years of probation. Brown is barred from riding the X2 line during that period of probation.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Local Briefing: Starburst Plaza Ideas, Winterfest, & Events to Aid Veterans & Dogs


Ideas to Redevelop the Starburst Plaza
Local resident, and former ANC 5D Chair, Adam Roberts has a post up on Greater Greater Washington about some intriguing ideas H Street Main Street has put forward for redevelopment of the Starburst Plaza.

Winterfest at Wunder Garten
As of a couple of days ago Wunder Garten (1101 First Street NE) was still accepting vendor applications for its upcoming Winterfest. The application form indicates the organizers "are looking for art and artisan vendors  from the Mid-Atlantic region who personally MAKE and/or DESIGN their own handcrafted, handmade goods that are independently distributed and sold."

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Local Briefing: ANC 5D Meeting 11/14, Bar Elena Opens, & Movemberfest Pig Roast III

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Don't let the cold weather stop you from getting out and about. Today's round up includes an ANC meeting, a new restaurant, and a pig roast fundraiser.

ANC 5D Public Meeting Nov. 14th

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D will hold its regular monthly meeting this coming Tuesday, November 14th at 7pm at the 5D MPD station (1805 Bladensburg Road NE. ANC 5D's coverage area includes Trinidad, Carver-Langston, Ivy City, Gallaudet, and the area around Union Market.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

MPD Seeks to ID Person of Interest in Early Morning Robbery on H Street


The Metropolitan Police Department has released surveillance camera images of a man they are calling a person of interest in a robbery that took place early this morning on H Street NE.

According to the flyer, "[a]t approximately 6:07 am, the suspect entered an establishment at the listed location. As an employee was completing a sale, the suspect reached over the counter and stole US currency from the cash register. The suspect then fled the scene."

Wilson-Epes Printing is Collecting Donations for the Annual Gifts for the Homeless Used Clothing Drive

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Wilson-Epes Printing (775 H Street NE) is accepting donations for the annual Gifts for the Homeless clothing drive. Gifts for the Homeless is a registered 501(c)(3), that is staffed by volunteers and financially supported by their board members and their employers, meaning any financial donations go straight to purchasing clothing and blankets at discount rates for area shelters. They hold a used clothing drive the first week of each December.

Monday, November 06, 2017

A Veterans Day Book Signing with Craig Grossi & Solid State Books at the Pug

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Solid State Books (soon to open at 600 H Street NE) and the Pug (1234 H Street NE) are teaming up to celebrate Veterans Day with a book signing to be held at the latter this coming Saturday (6–8pm). Author Craig Grossi will sign copies of his book Craig & Fred, the story of a U.S. Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other. Solid State will sell copies of the book at the event. For every book sold at the event author Craig Grossi will donate $5 (which the Pug will match) to the non-profit Veterans Writing Project. The Veteran's Writing Project believes every veteran has a story, and "provide[s] no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, service members, and their adult family members" to help ensure those stories are told. The group also publishes a quarterly literary review, and is building an archive of writing by members of the military community.

Solid State Books is currently hiring booksellers for their soon to open H Street store.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Local Briefing: Harvey's Meats, a O-Ku Sushi, & an Apple Brandy Launch from Republic Restoratives

Republic Restoratives' newest release is an apple brandy

The City Paper has an article on the story behind Harvey's Market, a butcher at Union Market (1309 Fifth Street NE).

Speaking of the Union Market area, it appears that O-Ku Sushi,  has applied for a liquor license at 1274 Fifth Street NE. According to their website O-Ku Sushi, which has locations in Charleston, Atlanta, and Charlotte, "celebrates authentic Asian cuisine with a southern approach." The menu for their Charlotte restaurant features some traditional sushi offerings, as well as selections such as the Potato Roll (tempura shrimp, avocado, wrapped with fried shoe-string potatoes, eel sauce, and sweet chili mango) and Salmon and Lemon Roll (salmon, lemon, crab salad, avocado, and cucumber). They have plenty of non-sushi items too, including the Sashimi Taco (salmon, tuna, and whitefish with persimmon tropical fruit salsa), a sesame roasted duck, and chicken teriyaki. Their drink menu is substantial with plenty of house cocktails, as well as beer, wine, and sake.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

AtlasVet is Expanding

Dr. Antkowiak and Dr. Miller shortly before the opening of AtlasVet in 2012

AtlasVet (1326 H Street NE) is expanding into an adjacent building. The additional space will allow them to offer more appointments and serve more patients. It's also going to mean a little construction (perhaps a bit of dust and noise) in the short-term. According to an email they sent out they hope to have construction completed by the new year.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

A Stabbing in Trinidad & a Two Wounded in a Shooting on H Street

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A victim was stabbed near the intersection of Montello and Raum in Trinidad last night. The alert went out a little after 5pm. The alert did not contain a lookout, and I don't have any information about the status of the victim. Then about 2:15am to adults were shot in the 1200 block of H Street NE. Both shooting victims sustained non-life threatening wounds.

Please contact police at 202-727-9099 if you have any information about either event. You can also text information to MPD at 50411.

Dangerously Delicious Pies is Taking Thanksgiving Orders

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Now that Halloween has passed us by we can look ahead to Thanksgiving, and everything that comes with it. For many of us pie will definitely be a part of the celebration. H Street's own Dangerously Delicious Pies (1339 H Street NE) bakes up some terrific options, and you have until midnight Sunday, November 19th to get your order in for Thanksgiving pick-up. Of course, you can still secure one of their pies after that time, but it will be first come, first served.