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What Was Your Experience During the Women’s March This Weekend?

January 23, 2017

womens-march-metro(One of the many Green Line trains packed taking people to Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington)

The Women’s March on Washington has come and gone, and I doubt anyone in Washington wasn’t involved or impacted in some way. Whether you were packed like a sardine on Metro (an experience I personally shared) — where ridership exceeded Metro’s capacity, with trains sitting in tunnels waiting for trains to unload and platforms to clear further down the line — or walked down to participate, or even hosted family and friends from out of town (I had the pleasure of hosting family from Ohio),  it seemed like everyone was involved and helped make the day the tremendous success it turned out to be. It certainly exceeded my expectations.

What was your experience? What moment did you feel was the most significant/moving moment of the day for you? Equally important, what impact do you think the march with have in the long-term?

Photos From the Georgia Avenue Fall Festival

October 28, 2016

Last weekend, DC Thrive organized their first Georgia Avenue Fall Festival at the site for the former Bruce Monroe School. It was an enjoyable event with music, vendors, and great community engagement. Below are a few photos from the event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(Commissioner Kent Boese with DC Thrive’s Audra Grant.)

img_1710(The Dance Institute of Washington dancers were great.)

img_1714(Pumpkins were aplenty if you didn’t already have one.)

img_1716(Many local businesses, such as District Dogs, had tables at the event.)

Georgia Avenue Fall Fest is This Saturday

October 20, 2016

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.

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Volunteers Needed for Georgia Avenue Fall Festival

October 6, 2016

Georgia Avenue Thrive is planning their first annual Georgia Avenue Fall Festival and they need your help to make it a success. You can join your fellow neighbors and Georgia Ave business owners in being part of this all-volunteer community event, featuring local food and non-food vendors, service providers, and entertainers! Lots of opportunities to be involved with children activities, pumpkin selling, set-up/clean-up, performance support, fundraising, outreach & promotion.

There is something to do for everyone. If you are interested, you can reach out to mattmcfarland (at) gmail (dot) com

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Kids and Adults Enjoy Weekend Easter Events

March 28, 2016

In many parts of Washington this past weekend communities hosted Easter egg hunts and events for families to enjoy. The weather was great as well. Two events that occurred in and near Park View on Saturday, March 26th, included an Easter celebration at Park Morton and egg races and prizes at the 11th & Monroe Trolley Park. Both events were sponsored by the Friends of the Trolley Park, the North Columbia Heights Civic Association, the Salvation Army Sherman Ave Corps, and other local groups. The Salvation Army provided food including hot dogs.

There was a good turn out at the Trolley Park, which was scheduled from noon to 2 pm. You can get a good feel for the gathering from the photo below.

Trolley Park Easter(Easter gathering at the Trolley Park, 11th & Monroe, NW.)

The following video also captures one of the egg races (and there were many).

The Park Morton celebration was later in the afternoon from 3 pm to 6 pm. In addition to food and an egg hunt, there was music, a moon bounce, ice cream and Italian ice (I tried the blueberry), and face painting. The photos below show the moon bounce and face painting earlier in the day. The Park Morton event was hosted by the Park Morton Resident Council.

Park Morton Easter moon bounce

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