Tuesday, October 29, 2013

H Street Housewives returns to Capital Fringe, Nov. 2-16

H Street Housewives will be part of the fallFRINGE festival November 2-16, 2013
The hyperlocal, hyper-hilarious comedy is back! 
“Hysterical,” “savage” and recommended if you’ve “ever eaten Matzo balls at an Irish bar and had complicated feelings about the occasion.” **
Who, What, Where, When and More:
Backyard chickens. Flame wars on the mommy listserv. Slutty househusbands and a plot to change H Street forever. H Street Housewives – more drama than a night at TruOrleans.
Starring:Molly Woods Murchie, Jessi Baden-Campbell, Anika Harden, Peter J. Orvetti, Dane Edidi, Kevin Peck
written/produced by Jenny Splitter, directed by Kristy Simmons
Where:Fort Fringe - The Shop
607 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
(NY Ave NW btwn 6th and 7th) Chinatown or Convention Center metro
November 2 6:00 PM
November 3 1:00 PM
November 8 8:45 PM
November 9 6:00 PM
November 15 11:00 PM
November 16 4:30 PM
Tickets & Passes:

About the Playwright/Producer

Jenny Splitter is a playwright and storyteller who lives in the H St NE neighborhood of Washington, DC. She made her storytelling debut in 2012 with the Bad Mommy Moments show for SpeakeasyDC, and has been blogging since 2009 at mamaliciousinthecity.com

About Capital Fringe
Capital Fringe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2005 with the purpose of connecting exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting-edge, and contemporary performance in the District. Capital Fringe’s vital programs ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community by helping artists become independent producers while stimulating the vibrant cultural landscape in our city. 
**links to full reviews at http://hstreethousewives.com/reviews


Monday, October 28, 2013

Tommy Wells hosting community meeting on future of Options Public Charter School Monday, October 28, 6:30 pm, at Options (1275 E St NE)

Tommy Wells to Host Community Meeting on Future of Options Public Charter School
On Monday, October 28, Councilmember Tommy Wells will hold a public community meeting on the future of Options Public Charter School to receive feedback and input from the neighboring community and concerned DC residents.
WHAT:  Community Meeting on the Future of Options Public Charter School
WHEN:  Monday, October 28, 2013; 6:30-8:00PM
WHERE: Options Public Charter School - 1375 E St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Councilmember Wells will host a meeting with the court appointed Receiver for Options Charter School, Joshua Kerns, to hear community concerns about the school.

On October 3, 2013, the Court appointed Joshua Kern as Receiver for the Options Public Charter School (“Options PCS”). The Court appointed a Receiver in order to ensure that Options PCS is able to provide educational and support services to its students and to maintain the school’s safe and productive environment. The Court ordered Mr. Kern to hold, preserve, administer, and operate the business and activities of Options PCS in the best interests of the school’s students and the public.

Councilmember Wells emphasizes that the Court directed Mr. Kern to “not discuss any of his tentative or final findings or recommendations” in public meetings.  However, he is delighted that Mr. Kern is eager to listen to the community and consider community insights as he administers Options PCS.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Haunted Harvest Festival at Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (215 G St NE) Saturday, Oct. 26, 6 pm

Here's another great opportunity to support a local DC Public School and to have some Halloween fun.  Show some love for one of our neighborhood's most popular schools -- we hear there will be some fantastic chili available courtesy of some of the school/neighborhood's great parents.  We hope to see you there!

Chef Matt Cordes unveils new menu at Atlas Room (1015 H St)

Atlas Room Chef/Owner Matt Cordes recently unveiled a new menu at the neighborhood's most critically acclaimed restaurant.  We've enjoyed every dish we've had here and can't recommend it highly enough.  If you haven't been, make plans to do so soon. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Reminder: Streetcar Construction Update Meeting tomorrow, 6:30 pm at Miner Elementary (601 15th St NE)

REMINDER: DC Streetcar Construction Update Meeting

Tuesday, October 22, 6:30-8:30 pm at Miner Elementary (601 15th St NE)

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will provide an update on the final roadway construction currently underway along the H/Benning corridor and what residents can expect as we ready the corridor for delivery of streetcar vehicles. Following the overview, neighbors can participate in localized discussions and ask specific block-by-block questions of the project team.  Your involvement and feedback is essential to helping DDOT and other partnering entities plan, build and operate the best streetcar system possible. We look forward to seeing you there!

Toki Lunch begins 11/4 @ Toki Underground; Toki Union Market pops up @ Union Market 10/23; last Maketto residency service 10/31

Serving lunch for the first time ever
Beginning November 4, 2013
Mon-Sat, 11:30am-2:30pm
First come, first serve
Wed-Sat, October 23-November 3, 2013
Closed Sundays
Union Market Shoyu Ramen $12
Almost all ingredients sourced from Union Market
Counter Seating Only
And, the Maketto Residency at the Hanoi House on 14th Street, NW
is coming to an end on October 31.  If you haven't been, go now before
you miss out.  We've been twice and both visits have been among the
best meals we've had all year and better than our recent visit to the
critically acclaimed Doi Moi.  Hopefully, the end of the residency is a sign
that the beginning of Maketto at 1351 H Street is near. 

Walking tour of historic Rosedale neighborhood: Saturday, October 26, 10 am starting at Rosedale Library (1701 Gales St NE)

Walking Tour of Historic Rosedale Neighborhood - Saturday, October 26
There will be a tour of the history and houses of the Rosedale neighborhood on Saturday, October 26.  The tour starts at 10 a.m. at the Rosedale Library (1701 Gales Street NE) and will run for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.  
Rosedale is roughly bounded by 15th and 19th Streets, between Benning Road and C Street NE.  The tour will focus on the oldest parts of the neighborhood, including Gales, Kramer and Rosedale Streets.  The buildings in the neighborhood represent a wide range of architectural styles, such as 19th Century wood-frame victorian duplexes, and the brick townhouses of the 1920s and will highlight buildings designed/constructed by notable Washington builders and architects..  The tour will include examples of various bricks/bricklaying techniques; roof and porch types; and inlaid and 'pressed' design elements on facades, as well as a history of the Rosedale neighborhood....many people don't know that it joined DC long after the original city was laid out!
The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) and the Rosedale Citizens Alliance are co-sponsoring the tour, in conjunction with the Friends of the Rosedale Library.  The tour will be led by two CHRS members, who also held a tour in 2009.
For more information, please contact CHRS at caphrs@aol.com or thefriendsoftherosedalelibrary@gmail.com

Friday, October 18, 2013

Atlas Underground: evening of performance, dining, dancing to support at the Atlas, Nov. 1. Over 1/2 off tickets for neighborhood residents!

The Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St) is hosting a huge gala to support the nonprofit work and performances that they put on each year on Friday, November 1.  Tickets are normally $225, but they're available for only $100 for neighborhood residents. Come support this important neighborhood institution and enjoy food from Toki Underground, Boundary Road, Granville Moore's, as well as a host of terrific performances of all kinds.

Proceeds from the evening support the Atlas’ mission of bringing affordable performances and experiences and to furthering the revitalization of our community. To receive the neighbor discount use the code NEIGHBOR100 when completing your order. http://atlasarts.org/events/2011/07/atlas-underground-not-your-usual-gala/


Monday, October 14, 2013

Meeting on proposed surplus of 1300 H St for mixed use development Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30 pm at Sherwood Rec Center

The District of Columbia has selected a developer to redevelop the former R.L. Christian Library site, located at 1300 H Street, NE, into a mixed-use development. As part of the redevelopment process, the property must be declared surplus by the D.C. Council. Declaring a property surplus means that it is not required for a public purpose.

The District will conduct a public meeting to receive comments on the proposed designation of 1300 H Street, NE, as surplus property. The surplus meeting is held in order to receive feedback from the community on the District’s finding that the property is not required for public purposes. Comments collected at the public meeting will be submitted to the D.C. Council for their review. The surplus meeting is conducted pursuant to D.C. Official Code §10-801. 

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Sherwood Recreation Center
Multipurpose Room (2nd Floor)
640 10th Street NE
Washington DC

Friday, October 11, 2013

Charles Allen Chief of Staff to Tommy Wells launching campaign to become next Ward 6 Councilmember Tuesday night in Hill East

Charles Allen has served as Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells's Chief of Staff for the past several years.  With Councilmember Wells relinquishing his seat to seek the Mayorship, Charles is now seeking to represent us as our new Councilmember.  The press release announcing his campaign via a series of living room sessions with neighbors in neighborhoods across Ward 6 follows.  Charles will formally launch his campaign at the home of longtime ANC Commissioner Francis Campbell in Hill East on Tuesday, at 6:30 pm.  Campbell had previously expressed his own intentions to seek this position, so his decision to help Charles launch his own campaign speaks volumes. 

We've known Charles for years -- he lives in this neighborhood, he's done tremendous work as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Wells and helping with many issues in our area.  In an Ward ripe with talented public servants, Charles stands out as the obvious choice to succeed Wells for this important position.  Like so many of our neighbors, we're grateful to Charles for his good work helping this neighborhood address its challenges and realize its potential and we're thrilled to see him seeking the opportunity to continue to represent us going forward. 

Charles Allen to Seek Ward 6 Council Seat; Will Announce Candidacy On Tuesday, October 15th
On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Charles Allen will announce his candidacy for Ward 6 Councilmember. Allen will seek the Democratic nomination in the April 1, 2014 primary election.
“Having served my Ward 6 neighbors in a variety of roles over the last decade, I am ready and excited to take on the challenge of representing their interests as a member of the DC Council,” said Allen.
“People choose to call Ward 6 home because our neighborhoods are an extension of our living rooms – with great schools you can walk to, parks to gather in, and local businesses that know you by name.  These serve as anchors for our communities and we must ensure that all residents see this vision realized,” Allen stated.
To announce his candidacy for the Ward 6 Council seat, Allen has planned a different type of campaign launch – a series of events hosted by neighbors in their “living rooms” that will take him into communities throughout the Ward, directly to the people. Rather than create a single event in only one part of the Ward, this weeklong Living Room Launch will bring the campaign into peoples’ homes, their businesses and their communities.  These personal gatherings will allow Allen to share his vision, hear directly from neighbors, and highlight his deep knowledge of the issues facing all of its families.
“Ward 6 has a great story to tell, but we also have new challenges to face together. I’m a problem solver and reformer by nature, and I’m excited to take on this next role,” stated Allen.
Allen is the former Chief of Staff for Councilmember Tommy Wells and has been an active leader in Ward 6 for years. Allen began his service to the District as policy director for the DC Primary Care Association and he has been a prominent voice in progressive priorities and social justice issues facing our city.
Charles Allen, his wife Jordi Hutchinson, and their daughter Cora Neal, live at 15th and D Streets, NE.

Event: Charles Allen for Ward 6 Living Room Launch Kick-Off
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 6:30 pm
Location: Residence of Francis and Rochelle Campbell, 1800 Burke Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New menu now available at the Argonaut (1433 H St)

Our friends at the Argonaut (1433 H St) launched a new menu yesterday and it looks well timed for the fall weather.  Don't worry, some longtime favorites like the fish tacos that we just can't resist are still available.  Check it out below and stop by to try some of their new comforting offerings.


Streetcar construction update: 12th Street restrictions coming Thursday and Friday for midline power substation installation

Traffic Restrictions on 12th Street NE to Accommodate TPSS Installation
On Thursday, October 10th and Friday, October 11th, traffic will be restricted on 12th Street NE between G and H Streets to accommodate installation of the Midline Traction Power Substation (TPSS) at the southwest corner of 12th and H Streets.
The 700 block (between G and H Streets) of 12th Street will be closed to traffic and parking beginning midday Thursday, and continuing through the work day on Friday.
The TPSS is a prefabricated structure measuring 40 feet long and 20 feet wide. It will be delivered in two sections on “wide load” flatbed trailers and unloaded by a large crane. The sections will be delivered on Thursday and stored overnight on 12th Street, south of H Street. The units will then be unloaded and set in place on Friday. The traffic and parking restrictions will be lifted as soon as the TPSS installation is complete on Friday.

During the street closure, traffic barrels and portable barricades will be installed at the H Street, G Street and Linden Place intersections with 12th Street and also at the 12th Street end fo the alley behind AutoZone. Advance warning signs will be posted at the intersection of 13th Street and Linden Place as well as at the 12th Street alley entrance to alert motorists about the closure.
Detour signes will be installed to direct the traveling public around the work zone as follows:
  • Southbound 12th Street traffic will be detoured east on I Street, then south on 13th Street. Those who wish to return to southbound 12th Street may continue south on 13th Street to G Street, then turn west on G Street, then south on 12th Street.
  • Northbound 12th Street traffic will be detoured west on G Street, then north on 11th Street to H Street. Those who with to return to northbound 12th Street may continue on H Street to 12th and turn north on 12th Street.
Access for emergency vehicles, MetroAccess and similar services will be maintained and pedestrian crosswalks at the intersections will remain open.




Tuesday, October 8, 2013

BYOBike Brewery Tour w/ The Daily Rider, DC Brau, Atlas Brewery, Chocolate City Beer & Biergarten Haus Sat. 10/19 12:30 pm

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) Brewery Tour

After the Christian Heurich Brewing Co. closed in 1956, Washington spent more than 50 years without a brewery inside the city limits. That all changed in 2011 when DC Brau opened shop in Northeast. Since then, DC has seen a brewing rebirth in recent years, with a host of new breweries and brewpubs popping up all over town.

Join us for a bike ride and beer tastings at some of DC's best local breweries.

When: Saturday, October 19 at 12.30 PM.
Where: Meet at The Daily Rider (1108 H St NE, Washington, DC)
We'll ride from The Daily Rider to DC Brau for a tour and tasting of their current selection of beers. From there, we'll pedal over to Chocolate City Beer to taste their handcrafted brews. Then we'll take the Metropolitan Branch Trail back to H St, where we'll end our ride at Biergarten Haus for beers and a bite to eat.

What to bring
  • A valid, government-issued photo ID
  • Closed-toe shoes (required for the tour of DC Brau)
  • Some cash for food and drinks at the Biergarten Haus (the tours and tastings at the breweries are free)
  • A bike, helmet and lock

DC Brau
DC Brau's flagship beers are inspired not only by the city they are brewed in but the perception people have of the city: The Public (hop forward pale ale), The Corruption (West Coast style IPA), and The Citizen (Belgian style pale). Along with its inflammatory beer names, DC Brau prints "Fermentation Without Representation" on every bottle it produces to show support for the DC Statehood Initiative.

Atlas Brew Works
DC's newest brewery just opened its doors this month in Ivy City and premiered three beers: Rowdy, a hop-forward American-style Rye ale, accented by the peppery notes of rye; District Common, a California Common featuring Czech Saaz hops; and a third beer, NSFW, which will remain a surprise.

Chocolate City
While Chocolate City may be the smallest of the new production breweries in D.C., this brewery has no shortage of love and connection to the city. From the Cerveza Nacional de la Capital, a roasty Vienna lager that celebrates the proud Latino culture in D.C. to the 1814 ESB which is a special date for all D.C. residents as it was the year the city was torched in the Battle of Bladensburg, Chocolate City's founder feels he has been able to "build a brewery that is a part of the fabric of the neighborhood."

Biergarten Haus
In your glass: Expect delicious German lagers (and two from Austria). There's a variety of styles among the dozen taps and 15 bottles: the hoppy Paulaner pilsner; light, refreshing Reissdorf Kolsch; the smooth, medium-bodied Warsteiner Dunkel, and the dark Weihenstephaner Korbinian, rich with the aroma of raisins and plums.

On your plate: The hearty German menu starts with warm laugenbrezel (rolls made from pretzel dough), served with spicy mustard and cubes of cheese. The stars of the show are the wurst platters. (The pretzel rolls come from Arlington's Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe; a family-run shop in Baltimore supplies the sausages.)

Thriller! on H Street workshop - Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 pm at Joy Of Motion at the Atlas (1333 H St)

Thriller! on H Street workshop
Thriller on H Street - Learn the iconic choreography inspired by Michael Jackson's Thriller!
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

$25 in advance, $30 day of workshop
All levels welcome. Age 18 and above.

Joy of Motion Dance Center Atlas
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Click here for more information and to register: http://www.joyofmotion.org/adult-program/adult-workshops-and-master-classes/

Friday, October 4, 2013

Next Streetcar construction update meeting is Tuesday, Oct 22, 6:30 pm at Miner Elem. (15th & F St NE)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Miner Elementary School
601 15th St NE

All Aboard!

Streetcar Construction Update Meeting

 The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will provide an update on the final roadway construction currently underway along the H/Benning corridor and what residents can expect as we ready the corridor for delivery of streetcar vehicles. Following the overview, neighbors can participate in localized discussions and ask specific block-by-block questions of the project team.
Your involvement and feedback is essential to helping DDOT and other partnering entities plan, build and operate the best streetcar system possible. We look forward to seeing you there!

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, or place of residence or business as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, and other related statutes. If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation) please contact Ian Swain at (240) 602-5453 at least 72 hours before the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.


Florida Ave Multimodal Transportation Study Meeting #2 Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 pm at Gallaudet (800 Florida Ave NE)

The second of the three public meetings for the Florida Avenue Multimodal Transportation Study. This public workshop will be held Thursday, October 17 (7pm to 9pm) at Gallaudet University, in the Jordan Student Academic Center (JSAC) – Sprint Multipurpose Room.  If you'd like to see better sidewalks, narrower roads, bike lanes or other changes to Florida Avenue NE or the roads adjacent to it, you'll want to attend this meeting.   
Public Meeting for Florida Avenue NE
Transportation Improvements

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting the second of three public meetings to guide the Florida Avenue Multimodal Transportation Study. Members of the community are encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss the future of Florida Avenue NE.

Focusing on the Florida Avenue NE corridor from New York Avenue to H Street and Benning Road, the study will evaluate traffic safety, streetscape, and operational enhancements to improve this important corridor. Participants will receive an update on project findings to date and will have an opportunity to recommend transportation improvements for portions of the study area through an interactive exercise.

What: Florida Avenue Multimodal Transportation Study - Public Workshop
When: Thursday, October 17, 2013
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Gallaudet University
Jordan Student Academic Center – Sprint Multipurpose Room
800 Florida Avenue NE

Transit: Metrorail (Red Line): NoMa-Gallaudet U (New York Avenue)
Metrobus: Visit www.wmata.com
Parking: To park on the Gallaudet University campus for this meeting, please download a visitor parking pass at www.FloridaAveSafety.org.
For more information or to provide input about this transportation study, please visit the project website at www.FloridaAveSafety.org. For questions about this meeting, please contact Gabe Onyeador at 202-671-0590 or Gabe.Onyeador@dc.gov.

Shutdown specials @ RedRocks - H Street: happy hour all day, 10% off + free Geoge Dickel shot for federal employees

Looking for an excuse to try RedRocks' (1348 H St) new express lunch (Tuesday-Friday 11 am - 3 pm or need somewhere to kill some time today or next week.  They're making their already enjoyable $10 lunch specials that much more enticing with some shutdown specials. 

 Government shutdown getting you down? Come by H Street RedRocks Monday through Friday for happy hour from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm. As an added bonus, if you show the bartender your government ID, you'll get a free shot of George Dickel #8 whiskey and you'll receive 10% of your total bill from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Effective immediately until the Government Shutdown is lifted. Members of congress will be served free water all day, everything else will cost them double.

Here's hoping you have a paying job and can enjoy some pizza both.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Join 3 Stars Brewing for $40 five course beer dinner tonight at Liberty Tree (1016 H St)

Liberty Tree (1016 H St) hosts one of our favorite local breweries 3 Stars tonight for a 5-course beer dinner featuring five of Chef Graig's courses paired with five of 3 Stars' beers tonight starting at 7.  Preorder your seat at this meal now for only $40 and enjoy the menu below.

15 Capitol Hill Schools to celebrate Walk-to-School Day on Wednesday, Oct 9, 7:30 am at Lincoln Park

This is a great event and a great symbol of our neighborhood at it's finest.  Fifteen different neighborhood schools will come together at Lincoln Park to celebrate Bike to School Day.  It's a fun event even for those of us who don't have children who will bike to school.  Kudos to the many parents involved in organizing it. 
Capitol Hill Schools To Celebrate Walk-to-School Day
Celebrate With Us the Role Walking or Biking to School Can Play in Student Health and Safety
Washington, DC- On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at7:30 a.m., students from 15 Capitol Hill schools will gather at Lincoln Park (13th & East Capitol Streets, SE) to celebrate International Walk-to-School Day and the simple act of walking or biking to school. The Walk-to-School Day event at Lincoln Park will be the largest in Washington, DC.
Fifteen Capitol Hill schools will participate: Brent Elementary, The Capitol Hill Cluster School (Peabody Early Childhood Center, Watkins Elementary, and Stuart Hobson Middle School), Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan, Eastern High School, Eliot-Hine Middle School, J.O. Wilson Elementary, Ludlow-Taylor Elementary, Maury Elementary, Miner Elementary, Payne Elementary, School-Within-School, St. Peter School, and Tyler Elementary.
Guest speakers, entertainers, and sponsors will round out the Lincoln Park Walk-to-School event:
*Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells is an annual guest speaker
* Board members of the Capital Riverfront Youth Sports Park (http://www.capitolriverside.org/) will tell us about plans for sports parks on the RFK site
* Yoga instructor, LaShone Wilson, will get the crowd stretching and moving
* Maury cheerleaders will perform
* Snacks from Clif Bars and water bottles from DC Water
* The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (http://chpspo.org) is organizing the event
* The Capitol Hill Community Foundation is generously supporting the event
By 8:30 a.m., everyone will be walking or biking, caravan style, to make it to their respective schools by the time school starts at 8:45 a.m.
About Walk-to-School Day
Walk-to-School Day raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The event builds connections between families, schools and the broader community.
Now in its 15th year, this one-day event in the U.S. is a part of an international effort in more than 40 countries to celebrate the many benefits of safely walking and bicycling to school and to encourage more families to consider getting out of the car and onto their feet on the way to school in October. In 2012, Walk-to-School Day was celebrated at more than 4,000 events across the United States.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tommy Wells Chief of Staff Charles Allen leaving DC Council post

Charles has been Chief of Staff to our Ward 6 Councilmember for quite some time now and he's come to be the go to guy for a lot of folks who are working for the betterment of this neighborhood.  Charles has been a partner of ours on many neighborhood projects and has been integrally involved in countless other improvements on and around H Street over the past several years.  He's done a great job for Councilmember Wells and all of us and he will be missed on the D.C. Council.  We look forward to following his next move and are sure he'll continue to contribute greatly to this neighborhood of which his family is a part.  In the meantime, thank you Charles for your strong leadership of Councilmember Wells' office and for all the great work you've done to help this neighborhood continue to become an even better place to live. 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Friday, October 4th will be my last day at the Council.
It’s been an honor to work with so many neighbors, leaders, and public servants in my time as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Wells. I’ve loved every minute of it and have met so many incredible people throughout our city. I’ll be leaving to explore new opportunities to serve Ward 6 and the District, but I leave with great pride in the work we’ve done together for the residents, families, and neighborhoods across the ward and city. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Tommy, our entire team, and all of you.
To stay in touch with me personally, please feel free to use my personal email address – cwallen AT gmail.com.
As our office undergoes this staffing change, I wanted to share the new responsibilities for three members of our staff:
Chief of Staff – Linda O’Brien, lobrien AT dccouncil.us
Legislative Director – Melanie Bates, mbates AT dccouncil.us
Communications Director – Jack Pfeiffer, jpfeiffer AT dccouncil.us
Thank you very much for the opportunities we’ve had together and I look forward to finding new ways to serve our city and communities.
Charles Allen

Charles Allen
Chief of Staff, Councilmember Tommy Wells
1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 402
Washington, DC 20004
202-724-8054 – fax

DPR offers "DPR fun day" during DC Public Schools prof. development days (10/18/13, 2/14/14 & 5/2/14); sites incl Sherwood Rec Ctr

DPR Offers "DPR Fun Day" During DC Public Schools' Professional Development Days

Select recreation centers will offer enriching activities during the 2013-2014 DCPS school year

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that during the 2013-2014 school year, when DC Public Schools (DCPS) will be closed for staff development, the agency will offer "DPR Fun Day," a single-day program that offers fun and enriching activities (such as sports and athletics, arts and crafts, and more) to children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. DPR strives to meet the needs of District families when the District's public schools are closed for DCPS Professional Development days.
DPR Fun Day will be offered at select DPR sites on the following three days: Friday, October 18, 2013; Friday, February 14, 2014; and Friday, May 2, 2014.
Starting with the first DCPS closure, 14 DPR sites will offer fun day camps on Friday, October 18, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. DPR Fun Day will incorporate DPR’s “Move, Grow and Be Green” initiative, as DPR continues to plant the seeds of personal development and environmental responsibility. 
Sites offering DPR Fun Day include:

Sherwood Recreation Center - 640 10th Street, NE | (202) 698-3075 

Children should be sent with their lunch and snacks for the day as DPR staff will not provide these items. Parents are asked to adhere to DPR's policies on food and snacks, which will be available on DPR's website at the time of registration.

Although there is no registration fee for this program, online pre-registration is required.

Registration for each of the 2013-2014 DPR Fun Days will open two weeks prior to each fun day. Therefore, registration for the first fun day will open on Friday, October 4, at 10:00 am. There is no "application" for enrollment, but all registration must be completed online.
Space fills on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment at each site is subject to availability. It is recommended that parents create an online account for all members of their family in DPR's registration system before the registration period in order to be prepared. Registration closes at 12 pm on Thursday, October 17, 2013.

To Register:
  • Click on any link about "DPR Fun Day" in this release. You will be redirected to the registration page, where you can log in with your username and password
  • Add the program (DPR Fun Day) to your cart
  • Check out to complete the enrollment
Visit DPR Fun Day for more information and to register, or contact DPR's Seasonal Programs office at (202) 671-0372.
For information on DPR programs and activities, be sure to follow DPR on Facebook, Twitter, Join our Mailing List or visit the DPR Website.