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Rain Doesn’t Dampen Spirits as Park View Earth Day Beautification Commences

April 24, 2017

While Saturday’s rain didn’t provide the ideal circumstances hoped for for the Earth Day activities planned by the Park View UNC and Georgia Avenue Thrive, it didn’t prevent volunteers from sticking to the task at hand. Two areas in Park View were the focus of cleaning up planting beds and planting flowers — the front of the Park View Recreation Center and the garden area around the gateway sign at Georgia Avenue and Irving Street. As you can see from the short video below, this wasn’t entirely an easy task.

Below are some additional photos highlighting the results.

Fundraiser for Climate Action at the Midlands on Friday, April 28th

April 21, 2017

In honor of Earth Day, volunteers are invited to help out with HotHotHot Fundraiser for Climate Action and Earthjustice, Friday, April 28, from 6-10 pm, at The Midlands Beer Garden (3333 Georgia Ave NW at Morton).

Contact Rachel at HotHotHotDC(at)gmail(dot)com if you are able to lend a hand with any of the following:

  • Recruiting or donating raffle and silent auction items,
  • Event set-up,
  • Tabling,
  • Clean-up.

Flyer and event details from the organizers are below:

THE EVENT
Come hang out with fellow friends of the environment for drinks and activities in honor of Earthjustice the night before the People’s Climate March!

Local brews, live music, rally sign-making, and tons of great raffle items from local businesses and artisans will help you prep for Saturday’s activities!

WHAT IS EARTHJUSTICE?
Earthjustice is a nonprofit environmental law organization that uses the power of the law to fight for the earth and its inhabitants. They represent a diverse array of clients and coalition partners, from grassroots and community groups to large national organizations. Donations to Earthjustice allow them to represent their clients free of charge, so they can choose cases strategically rather than based on the client’s ability to pay. Earthjustice pursues three key goals: protecting our earth’s natural spaces and wildlife; fighting for healthy communities where children can breathe clean air, no matter where they live; and strengthening the rise of clean energy. If you can’t make the event, be sure to stop by their website to make a donation. http://earthjustice.org/

THE VENUE
The Midlands Beer Garden is Park View’s new beer garden with a large indoor and outdoor space. They serve a wide selection of draft beers, host regular live shows, and have an adorable bar dog, AndyPants. For this event, Midlands is graciously donating the proceeds from select drinks directly to Earthjustice. http://midlandsdc.com/

THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH
Be sure to join us all at the People’s Climate March in Downtown DC on April 29th. For more information about this historic event please visit: https://peoplesclimate.org/

FAQs
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
–Yes, this will be a 21+ event.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
–Midlands is a short walk from the Columbia Heights or Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro stations. There are also Bikeshare stations at Columbia Road & Georgia Ave and New Hampshire Ave & Georgia Ave. There is street parking outside of of the beer garden for those who choose to drive. Midlands is wheelchair accessible.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
—Please shoot us an email at hothothotdc(at)gmail(dot)com

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
—No, but you so need to register on the Eventbrite! If a line forms at the bar, your name on the list will allow you to come right on in.

Earth Day Park View Beautification Event Scheduled This Saturday

April 18, 2017

The Park View Welcome sign at Irving and Georgia shortly after it was installed in 2012.

The Park View United Neighborhood Coalition (UNC) and Georgia Avenue Thrive are co-sponsoring an Earth Day cleanup in the neighborhood on Saturday April 22nd.

Everyone is welcome to participate, and volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the Park View Recreation Center on the corner of Warder St. and Otis Pl. and fan out across the neighborhood to plant flowers and clean up neighborhood streets. Pizza will be served at noon at the rec center.

This is a great way to work with neighbors in this annual event and meet new people as we beautify Park View. For more details, contact Chris Waldmann at parkviewunc(at)gmail(dot)com.

Gardens Plots Available This Season at the Soldiers’ Home

April 4, 2017

Gardening at the old Soldiers’ Home.

Love to garden and volunteer?

The Community-Resident Garden at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) has garden space available!

The garden provides AFRH Residents and individuals from the surrounding neighborhoods an opportunity to garden, build friendships, and have fun. The Friends of the Soldiers Home manages the garden in partnership with the AFRH.

Joining the garden entails a volunteer commitment of four hours per month and annual dues of $25. Volunteer duties include mowing the common areas of the garden and helping Residents to plant and weed their gardens.

Community garden plots for new gardeners in 2017 are about 15 feet by 30 feet and are available for growing vegetables and flowers for family and friends (not for commercial use).

Come join us!

For more information contact Sarah Bohl at sarahtrelle(at)gmail(dot)com

Next Park View Cleanup Scheduled for Saturday, April 1st

March 29, 2017

Georgia Avenue Thrive’s next Park View Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, beginning at 10 a.m. This month, the cleanup is partnering with District Dogs. The cleanup will start outside their store at 3210 Georgia Ave. District Dogs will provide free coffee and doughnuts and give a 25% discount to volunteers who give 90 minutes of their time to the neighborhood (The discount is limited to purchases of $100 or less).

Salvation Army Seeking Comments on Future for 3335 Sherman Avenue Facility

March 17, 2017

The Salvation Army is beginning planning for redevelopment and an upgrade of its Sherman Avenue Corps facility located at 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW (southeast corner of Sherman and Morton). A representative of the Salvation Army was at the March meeting of ANC1A to share some information about this, and stressed that they are at the very beginning stages of this process. As such, they are seeking  comments and input from the community on the facility, its services, and programming for the updated Sherman Avenue Corps. They are also seeking general information on respondents’ knowledge of the Salvation Army.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Salvation Army and provide opinions on the future of their facility right here in the neighborhood (Survey available here).

Arrest Made in Casa Ruby Vandalism/Assult, Casa Ruby Seeks Donations for Repairs

March 14, 2017

Vandalism of door at Casa Ruby

On Sunday at around 2 pm Casa Ruby — located at 2822 Georgia Avenue — was vandalized and the perpetrator engaged in a verbal altercation with a staff member working at the center. Casa Ruby is a drop-in center and advocacy organization for transgender women which was founded in 2004 by Ruby Corado. As the subject left the building, he threw a brick at the door causing damage.

On Monday, March 13, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, Andrew Cook of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Felony Destruction of Property. He was additionally charged with Simple Assault and Threatening to Kidnap or Injure a Person.

I can’t thank MPD enough for their support of Casa Ruby and swift response, but Casa Ruby also needs help in repairing the damage. A gofundme campaign has been set up “to help raise enough money to help Casa Ruby get better security doors as to keep everyone inside safe and make them feel safe.  The transgender community and especially our youth really need our help right now.”

Please consider supporting Casa Ruby to help them repair damage and upgrade their safety.

(Ruby Corado (center) of Casa Ruby)2


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