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Columbia Heights Day is Saturday, Come Visit Some of Your ANC 1A Reps

June 16, 2016

Columbia Heights Day is this Saturday from  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (see flyer below). In addition to the events listed below, ANC 1A will have a booth so feel free to stop by and chat with some of your local ANC reps! We’ll also have copies of both the Columbia Heights and Park View Walking Trail brochures (you can also get copies of the Park View version at Walls of Books).

Also, if you’ve ever want to see me in the dunk tank, swing by around 2 p.m. That’s when I’ll in the tank.

Columbia Heights Day 2016

Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center Celebrates Five Years

March 2, 2016

Senior Wellness Center anniversary(The gymnasium of the Ward 1 center packed during the anniversary program.)

Yesterday the Ward 1 Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center celebrated their five year anniversary. It was a great event that began at 1:30 pm and ran for about two hours. There were remarks from Office on Aging Executive Director Laura Newland; Tania Jackson, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Nadeau; former Councilmember Jim Graham; and others interspersed by performances of singing and dancing by seniors from the center. Below is a short video of dancing from Twitter.

After the anniversary program, members enjoyed conversation and light refreshments.

It was a great celebration and I wish the Senior Wellness Center many, many more years of health and success.

Save the Date: Friends of Soldiers Home Hosting Fall Fest on October 5th

September 5, 2014

I’ve just learned that the Friends of the Soldiers Home has scheduled a Fall Fun Fest for October 5th. See the flyer below, and stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Fall Fest

Celebrate Petworth is Tomorrow, May 10th

May 9, 2014

If you’re looking for something fun to do tomorrow, Celebrate Petworth might be the ticket. The festival begins at noon and runs through 6 p.m. For a full list of activities, check out their Web site and see the map below.

Celebrate Petworth

Celebrate Petworth Festival in the Works — Mark Your Calendars/Supporters Welcome

April 21, 2014

For those who may not have heard about this yet, a group of community organizers in the Petworth community have come together to plan and execute a small neighborhood festival celebration in the heart of Petworth. The Celebrate Petworth Festival will highlight the creativity, diversity, culture, people, and quality of life of Petworth: the core components of what make Petworth a vibrant and wonderful place to live and do business. Celebrate Petworth will be anchored around 4 main themes: Art, Music, Food and Healthy Living, and Kids/Family and will be held Saturday, May 10th from Noon to 6 PM.

As part of the fundraising and organizing of the event, Celebrate Petworth has kicked off a CrowdRise Campaign (link here). Organizers estimate it will cost approximately $12,000 to cover DCRA and DDOT permitting fees, required security and insurance, staging and equipment, and to support the musicians and performers. They are asking the community to help them raise $5,000 while they attempt to secure the majority through corporate sponsorships.

The goal is for this inaugural festival to be the first of many to come. Your support will help make this kickoff a success and secure it as an annual celebration of the community. The following event sponsors have already been identified — Green Line Real Estate, Creativecouch Designs, Car2Go, Petworth Citizen, Fido and Kitty’s World, & Various Petworth Neighbors.

Those interested in attending can follow Celebrate Petworth on twitter @celebratePTW or like their Facebook page at  They also have a basic website up at

Reminder: Ribbon Cutting at Park View Recreation Center Tomorrow at Noon

March 22, 2013

Here’s a reminder about tomorrow’s ribbon cutting at Park View Recreation Center as well as additional details. According to the announcement (below), Mayor Gray, Councilmember Graham, and representatives from DPR and DGS will be in attendance.

Park View Ribbon cuttingShare

Ribbon Cutting for Park View Recreation Set for March 23rd

March 18, 2013
Exterior improvement included new signage and paint.

Exterior improvement included new signage and paint.

At long last, the Park View Recreation Center is set to reopen. This Saturday, March 23rd, Mayor Gray (and presumably others) is scheduled to officially reopen Park View with a ribbon cutting at noon. This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the much-needed improvements to one of the neighborhood’s core community assets.

I’ll post more details as I get them. Consider attending. It’s a good opportunity to meet new neighbors and meet District officials.

I’m including photos to give a preview of some of the improvements that have been accomplished.

New check-in counter located at the entrance.

New check-in counter located at the entrance.

View from the front of the building looking toward the rear.

View from the front of the building looking toward the rear.

The renovations included a completely new kitchen.

The renovations include a completely new kitchen.

New furniture is throughout the building, like those shown here in the community meeting room.

New furniture is throughout the building, like those shown here in the community meeting room.


Oktoberfest at Soldiers’ Home This Sunday, Oct. 7

October 3, 2012

Washington DC German Band

Here’s a great opportunity for those who have never visited the old Soldiers’ Home!

The Friends of the Soldiers’ Home in cooperation with the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be hosting an Oktoberfest open to the community this Sunday. The event will feature live music, dancing, local food vendors, craft beer, kite flying, storytelling, family fun, picnicking, art bazaar, and antique cars.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, October 7th, from  1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the southern grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (Gate Entrance 333 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, intersection of Rock Creek and Randolph).

The Oktoberfest will star the Polka Hall of Fame inductees, Washington DC German Band! along with the Bairisch und Steierisch Dancers. The DC German Band has entertained audiences from Munich to Milwaukee since 1942, including Presidents Reagan and Clinton, with authentic German music.

Below are additional details:


Carry in a picnic or purchase local craft beer and food, including treats from:

  • Captain Cookie: Back by popular demand from July 4 — now with fresh-baked pretzels in addition to cookies, local creamery milk and made-to-order ice cream sandwiches.
  • DC Crepes: Brings excitement of freshly-made crepes, as they are enjoyed throughout Europe. You watch the delicacies being made fresh right in front of you.
  • Rolls in Rolls: Healthy Indian food serving Kathi Rolls, meal-sized wraps stuffed with choice of fillings, topped with cabbage, carrots, homemade chutneys.


The event will have a supervised crafts station for children to create, and a supervised kite-flying area for kids to stretch a line skyward in the beautiful open space.

Storyteller JOHN FARISS will share special tales from the South involving life in the Appalachian mountains, home remedies, the Civil War and things that go bump in the night, as he carries on the tradition of Johnson Jones Hooper, Will Rogers and Jerry Clower.

KIDS IN SPORTS ( will offer tug of war, races, obstacle courses and more activities geared for children ages 3 to 10.


Artists from the community as well as veterans from the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be displaying their creations for your viewing enjoyment and possible purchase.


The Armed Forces Retirement Home will have its annual antique car show that morning (which you are invited to attend) and several of the cars will be parked on display on the lower grounds during Oktoberfest for you to enjoy.

Of course you are also welcome to bring in your bike and go for a ride, or simply take a hike and enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and trees of the Armed Forces Retirement Home


  • No glass containers.
  • Please help keep the grounds clean by using the trash bin or removing your own waste.
  • This event will happen rain or shine.

The Friends of the Soldiers’ Home is a volunteer nonprofit organization serving members of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Friends extends enormous thanks to the veterans and staff of the Home for inviting the community inside the gates for this very special event.

More information: (please `like’ us)

Follow us on Twitter: @FriendsSoldiers


Planning Reopening Events for Park View Recreation Center Continues

May 25, 2012

The second in a series of weekly meetings to plan community events at the Park View Recreation Center was held last night. The meeting’s focus was on the coming Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and a later event to celebrate the Park View Family.

The ribbon cutting that will officially reopen the renovated and newly constructed basketball court, playground, athletic field, and adult exercise area is hoped to occur at the end of June, possibly on either June 23 or June 30. In any event, those at the meeting are striving to have the event on a Saturday. A lot will depend upon when the renovation work is completed but that could be as early as June 18.

Those at the meeting agreed that the ribbon cutting event should be used to launch an afternoon of smaller events that focus on food, community, and games that emphasize the features of the outdoor recreation area. While the main recreation center will close at its normal 4 p.m. Saturday time, the outdoor area will remain open to at least 7 p.m.

It is not too late to participate. The next meeting will be at the Park View Rec Center on Thursday, May 31st, at 6:30 p.m.

Finalizing the ribbon cutting event planning as well as continued planning for the Park View Family Day later in the summer or fall still need all the participation people are willing to give.


Petworth Library Hosts Open House on Saturday, March 12

March 11, 2011

Detail of Petworth Library's terrazzo floor showing streets in Park View

Tomorrow is a big day for the Petworth Library and the many communities it serves.  The library received a $12.4 million dollar renovation, which included:

  • exterior renovation:
  • window and door restoration:
  • masonry repointing and cleaning;
  • roof repairs;
  • new exterior lighting;
  • improved ADA access; and,
  • a new cupola and balustrade on the roof according to the original design intent.

Renovation of the exterior of the library began in June 2009. In November 2009 the library closed for the exterior renovation. The library reopened on February 28, 2011, and now it’s time to celebrate. This Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the library will host its official open house. The full day’s schedule is below.


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