Georgia Avenue Coupon Books Will Be Available at the Fall Festival

Posted October 21, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Small Businesses

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I recently learned that visitors to the Georgia Avenue Fall Festival — which is tomorrow from noon to 5 pm at the Bruce Monroe site — will be available to pick up a coupon book for lower Georgia Avenue businesses.  Seems like a nice opportunity to check out some of the restaurants and other businesses that are right here in the community.



New Little Free Library on New Hampshire Avenue

Posted October 21, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Random Observations

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A new Little Free Library has recently popped up in front of 3509 New Hampshire Avenue. Its always interesting to me to see where this occur and the many different ways they are created.

Little Free Library

Street Art Sighting — Columbia Heights

Posted October 20, 2016 by Kent
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I noticed the following pasted on a power transformer at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza — “Uptown Story: Summer 2016”.

street art

Georgia Avenue Fall Fest is This Saturday

Posted October 20, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Sports leisure and entertainment

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Georgia Ave Fall Fest will be this Saturday, October 22, 12-5pm, in Bruce Monroe Park. Organized by volunteers with Georgia Ave Thrive, this neighborhood-based event will feature local Georgia Ave performers, businesses and restaurants along with government and non-government organizations that provide services and volunteer opportunities for area residents. Kids activities will include face painting, crafts, storytelling, and interactive theater. Performers feature salsa (Salsa with Silvia) and hip hop dancers (Dance Institute of Washington, Building Rocs), steel drum youth band (PanLara), bilingual drama (Teatro de la Luna), and indie rock (French Admirals). Supported by Anne’s Ace Hardware, we will also be selling pumpkins. Food vendors will offer a variety of cuisine options, including Ana’s Mexican/Salvadoran, Petworth Cafe’s Indian/Pakistani, Heat da Spot’s and Kokeb’s Ethiopian, Morgan’s Southern fried fish, Alfie’s Asian food cart, Bjorn’s gluten-free baked goods and bravo bar’s hot dogs!

Volunteers interested in helping out are still welcome to join for set-up, activity support throughout the Fest, and clean-up. More information available by emailing GeorgiaAveThrive (at) gmail (dot) com.


Patrick’s Pet Care Ready for Halloween

Posted October 19, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Holiday decorations

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In walking around the neighborhoods, I’ve begun to notice that Halloween decorations are popping up. Below is the window display at Patrick’s Pet Care on 11th Street.


2016 DC Cyclocross Happening This Weekend at the Soldiers’ Home

Posted October 19, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Armed Forces Retirement Home, Sports leisure and entertainment

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2011 DC Cyclocross(Competitors at the 2011 Cyclocross event)

Its October and the time of year when the annual DC Cyclocross (DCCX) races are run on the grounds of the old Soldiers’ Home. The races will be this Saturday and Sunday with races beginning at 8:15 am. The full schedule is below.


New Soofa Bench Placed at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza

Posted October 18, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Public space, Random Observations

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Soofa Bench(Soofa Bench on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza)

If you have been on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza in the last week, you may have noticed that DPR has placed a new Soofa bench in the center of the space. While the bench is kind of cool, the placement of the bench and the overall lack of a community process leading to its installation leave a lot to be desired. The bench is right in the middle of the plaza, where it will disrupt pedestrian movement through the plaza, particularly during the farmers market days and other public events.

But in looking at the bench itself, it is a good idea that I hope we’ll start to see in locations better suited to its design and service. The Soofa Bench is a solar-powered bench that charges phones and monitors its environment. I could see these benches being really useful in spaces like the 11th and Park Road dog park and at many of our parks and playgrounds.

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