Monday, December 14, 2015

Nearly 600 Dear Santa letters at Brentwood Post Office need fulfilling. Can you help?

The Brentwood  Post Office has "Dear Santa" letters from nearly 600 kids (and their parents, grandparents etc) who are asking for toys, clothes, bedding and other items for Christmas 2015.  USPS is asking for donors to help fulfill these wishes.  One little boy wrote that this is the 2nd year he's asking for something, since he didn't get a reply last year.  
Donors can fulfill all or part of the requests in a letter; or substitute a more general age-appropriate gift (bear, doll, book, some socks).  Individuals can pick up to 10 letters; organizations and offices can take up to 25, Saturdays 9 to noon; and Mondays Through Fridays until December 21, when all packages are due back. Brentwood Post Office - 900 Brentwood Road, NE, WDC 20066  (202) 635-2130
**Pick up letters 9 to 3 through the 21st (Monday through Fridays and Saturdays 9 to 12).   You will be asked for Driver's License Info and phone number.  (When you arrive, ask at guard's desk for Sherry or for a Secret Santa Employee to come out).
Gifts should be wrapped, marked with the # of the letter, and put into a sealed shipping box (w the # of the letter on the outside) NO later than Monday, December 21
NOTE:  If you can't get to the Post Office, the Friends of the Rosedale Library has picked up 20 letters, which you can select from and deliver the gifts to us; or you can make a donation for a specific letter or towards the general fund.  Contact Dana Wyckoff, 571-213-1630
FriendoftheRosedaleLibrary AT

Po Boy Jim to Host "Po Boy for a Toy" drive on Friday, December 18

Po Boy Jim (709 H St) will host a "Po Boy for a Toy" drive on Friday, December 18, starting at 11 a.m.  Bring them a new toy, and they will give you one free traditional po boy in return.  Collected toys will be donated to the Children's National Foundation.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

8 Crazy Nights of Hanukkah at Star & Shamrock

Star and Shamrock Celebrates Hanukkah with 8 Crazy Nights of Specials

Star and Shamrock (1341 H St), H Street’s Irish-Jewish fusion tavern is kicking off the holiday season in style with its annual “8 Crazy Nights of Hanukkah” from Sunday, December 6 through Sunday, December 13.

“Hanukkah can kind of get lost in the holiday season shuffle” says co-owner Jason Feldman. “We thought it would be fun to make it our focus for the week and turn the Festival of Lights into a Festival of De-lights”

In addition to Star and Shamrock’s usual menu of NY deli inspired sandwiches, wraps and seasonal entrees they will offer holiday food and drink specials.

By night:


1.    Get Lit with Star & Shamrock

2.    Shaygetz’s Bangers & Mash

3.    Whiskey Festival of Flights

4.    Mensch’s Latke Poutine

5.    Celebrate with Shmaltz Brewing Co. & Robby’s Bar Bingo

6.    Shiksa’s Planked Salmon or Cod

7.    Kabbalah Shepherds Pie

8.    Jameson ‘Jew’ Fusions & Gift-aways

They will also feature $5 Reuben Rye Corn Dogs & He’Brew Chanukah in Kentucky Ale every night.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ten 01 grand opening Saturday, 2 pm


Family behind Ben’s Chili Bowl opens new restaurant; Rep. Norton to lead ribbon-cutting ceremony
WHAT:            TEN 01, a new restaurant on trendy H Street NE, will hold its Grand Opening Celebration this Saturday, Nov. 21
                          The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the restaurant’s rooftop bar overlooking H Street. The day will feature all-day happy hour specials, including $2 off signature cocktails and draft craft beers, and $5 select wines.
WHEN:            Saturday, November 21, 2015 -- 2 p.m.
WHERE:          TEN 01, 1001 H St. NE | Washington, DC 20002
WHO:              distinguished leaders including Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.
                          Bernard Demczuk, Ben’s Chili Bowl Historian – Emcee 
DETAILS:        The latest venture from the Ali family, founders of DC institution Ben’s Chili Bowl, TEN 01 embraces the “foodie” scene with Executive Chef R.L. Boyd’s shareable small-plates menu that pairs seasonal, fresh, and fun food with delicious cocktails, to be enjoyed alfresco on the year-round rooftop terrace with heaters or the beautiful reclaimed white barn wood-laden main floor dining area with central look-around full bar.For more information, visit

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Taste of H benefitting JO Wilson is this Sunday at the Atlas


The Friends of JO Wilson, invite you to attend their fourth year of fundraising, the Taste of H Auction, to benefit J.O. Wilson Elementary, a DC Public School. 
The Taste of H Auction is Sunday, November 8, from 6 to 10 pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St).  Tickets can be purchased online at
The Taste of H Auction continues this legacy of giving, friendship and support of a DCPS, thanks to the generosity of the local community and restaurants on H Street, NE. Admission includes tastings from 15 H Street restaurants, open bar, music, and live and silent auction. Funds raised pay for teacher trainings, schoolwide field trips, family emergency funds and have provided students with vital educational tools and technology.
Event tickets range from $45 (regular admission) to $75 (VIP admission).
Auction items include: Private Dinner for 15 at Sally’s Middle Name, Daily Rider bike, Weeklong beach stay, YMCA swimming lessons and much more! In addition to attendance, The Friends of JO Wilson also invite the public to support by becoming a sponsor, donating auction items and making direct donations.

Restaurants serving tastings are: Ben’s Chili Bowl, &Pizza, Smith Commons, The Queen Vic, Vendetta, Sticky Rice, Horace & Dickies, Addis Ethiopian Restaurant, Star & Shamrock, Boundary Road, Impala, DC Harvest, Indigo, SOL Mexicana, and Dangerously Delicious Pies!  
Kudos to the neighborhood residents and businesses who work to support this and many other local schools.   You make H Street great. 


Movember Pig Roast with Queen Vic's Ryan Gordon & DC Brau: Saturday, 11/14, 3 pm at at Little Miss Whiskeys

Movember will be hosting a Pig Roast at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar (1104 H St) on Saturday, Movember 14 at 3pm

Chef Ryan Gordon of The Queen Vic will provide the food and the beer comes from DC Brau.  For $60 you are entitled to all you can eat and all you can drink and we will have a cash raffle the day of the event with hundreds of dollars in prizes from The Queen Vic, Kitty’s Saloon, Fuse Pilates, The Bar Method DC, and Right Proper Brewing Company. 

Tickets can be purchased at
All proceeds from the event go to The Movember Foundation which each year challenges men across the globe to grow moustaches for the month of November to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues.  Since 2003 Movember has empowered millions of men and women to join the global men's health movement.  Through the moustaches grown, the connections created and the conversations generated, Movember has raised over $650 million and helped fund over 1,000 breakthrough men's health programs in 21 countries.  This year Movember is concentrating on attacking prostate and testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity.  To find out more about the programs Movember makes possible go to

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Friends of Rosedale Library hosting Fall Anniversary Celebration tomorrow 1 - 4 pm


Fall Anniversary Celebration


Donate books in good condition to support FORL’s programs at the Rosedale Library.  Questions?  Contact info is below.

We'll use the books to raise funds for FORL programs and events at the Library.

*Reverse Book Sale
*Bake Sale and Cider
*Halloween Crafts for Kids
*Film Screening at 2 p.m.  “Mama C: Urban Warrior”
*DCPL and FORL info and give-aways.

Sunday, October 25th – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Friends of the Rosedale Library
c/o Rosedale Library – 1701 Gales Street NE,  DC 20002
571-213-1630 |         | 

Rosedale Library - 1701 Gales Street NE

Join us in celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of the Rosedale Library.
 We’re doing things in a different way – a Reverse Book Sale.  Drop off your gently used books and make a donation.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

S Street Rising with Ruben Castaneda TODAY, 4 pm @ArgonautDC

Ruben Castaneda covered crime in DC for the Washington Post for years.  A portion of of his book was published online recently and it was a riveting read.  The book has been favorably reviewed as well.  He's presenting about his book and about DC's past today, at 4 pm at the Argonaut.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Maketto touted in WP Fall Dining Guide & now taking reservations

Maketto (1351 H St) has been one of my favorite spots since before it opened and exceeded my expectations since.  If you've been around H Street at all, you've long known that Erik Bruner Yang is a tremendous talent and a great chef.  If you came to the H Street Farmers' market in recent years, you knew that Erica Skonick makes world class croissants.  If you visited one of their popups or the roaster in Hyattsville, you knew that Chris Vigilante and his crew make a mean cup of coffee and roast some terrific beans.  And, if you've been since it opened, you know that Maketto blends all these elements together with some terrific cooking in the kitchen by Chef James Wozniak and various stylish offerings from Durkl to produce a pretty awesome place to be at 7 am, 7 pm and all times in between. 

The Washington Post's Food Critic Tom Sietsema lavished Maketto with well-deserved praise in his recent review and has now crowned Maketto with a spot in his Fall Dining Guide.  Conveniently for everyone who loves the food there or who is looking for a chance to dine there soon, Maketto is now accepting reservations via phone at (202) 838-9972.  If you haven't been for a full dinner yet, now is your chance to make plans to go.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Join the Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers this Saturday at Sherwood Rec Center (640 10th St NE) for the 2nd Annual Sherwood Day

The Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers are hosting their Second Annual Sherwood Day this Saturday, September 26, starting at 10 am at the Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St NE).
They'll have fun, family-friendly, community-building activities, including a moon bounce and face painting, going through 2 pm.

This Sherwood Day marks the first anniversary of the new Sherwood playground, so we hope everyone who enjoys it and lives in the area can join us to celebrate it and our community.

For more info, following the Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Argonaut turns 10 & will celebrate a decade of awesomeness on H Street this Saturday afternoon

Happy Birthday, Argonaut!  Hard to believe it, but the granddaddy of H Street's revival and everyone's favorite neighborhood gathering spot (co-owned and co-managed by one of the finest H Street neighborhood households around) is turning 10.

Join Scott, Shaaren, Ara, the rest of the Argo team and your neighborhoods for a fun celebration on Saturday starting at 2 pm.  They'll have drink specials, give aways, and unveil a new house beer (we hear it's being brewed by a highly regarded craft brewery).  Argonaut recently added some new outdoor seating and a new outdoor bar as well, so if you haven't been recently, this is a good excuse to check those out as well.

Monday, September 7, 2015

ANC6A hosting education forum with local schools, CM Charles Allen & Bd of Ed Rep Joe Weedon, Thursday, September 10, 7 pm @ Miner Elem (601 15th St NE)

ANC6A will host an education forum with our local public schools, Councilmember Charles Allen and State Board of Education Representative Joe Weedon at our monthly meeting on Thursday, September 10, at 7 pm, at Miner Elementary (601 15th St NE).  Principals and parent leaders from our community schools, including Eliot-Hine, Maury, Miner, SWS, Ludlow-Taylor, and Eastern will be present to participate in this community conversation. 
This is a great opportunity for our schools to share about their programs and areas that we as a community can assist them.  It's also a great opportunity for community members to learn more about your neighborhood schools and to learn how you can support them and get involved in them now.  
Our schools are one of our community's most important assets and ANC6A wants to ensure that we are doing everything we can to facilitate greater support for and communication with our local schools.  This forum is the first step in that process.  If you have questions about our neighborhood schools and are interested in getting involved at them, please contact me our your single member district commissioner. 
I hope you can join us next week.  

Phil Toomajian
Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sallys Middle Name offering free ESOL classes to help non-English-speaking restaurant employees on H Street

Beginning September 2, Sally's Middle Name (1320 H St) will be offering a free 8 week, hour long, weekly ESOL class.  The goal of this course will be to help educate non-English-speaking restaurant employees on the H Street corridor in order to better their work environment and allow them to further their careers without the hindrance of a language barrier.

While there are many free ESOL classes offered around the city, few cater to the schedule and needs of people in the restaurant industry. Sally's hope that this class will provide a learning environment that is both convenient and beneficial to those who need it most.

If you're interested in the class, please contact
Details after the break

Friday, June 5, 2015

Community-led effort seeks to bring immersion to Miner Elementary--hosting forums at Rosedale Rec (6/13) & Tyler Elementary (6/11)

There is a grassroots movement to start a Dual Language (Mandarin) Program at Miner Elementary. The "ground-swell" now includes interest from inbound ANC commissioners, CHPSPO, members of the PTO --and of course neighborhood parents. There is support in the conversation continuing and seeing where it goes. 
That conversation is continuing in two venues next month:

  • June 13 @ 1:00 - Rosedale Rec Center (1701 Gales Street): A screening of "Speaking in Tonguesa documentary about Dual Language programs, followed by a Q&A about Dual Language programs and the possibility of starting one at Miner ES. This is likely to provide "intro-level" information as it is at the very beginning of the conversation.

  • June 11 @ 7:00 - Tyler ES (1001 G St SE): Community Forum hosted by Tyler Elementary SchoolCHPSPO and DC Immersion Project that will provide more in-depth information, including a presentation of scholarly research for those who are already at Tyler as well as for families just starting to think about this.
Both events are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

H Street Office hours w/ Councilmember Charles Allen tomorrow 5:30-7 pm @ Smith Commons (1245 H St)

Ward 6 Community Office Hours with Councilmember Charles Allen and his staff come to H Street tomorrow Wednesday, May 20, 5:30 - 7 pm, for a happy hour at Smith Commons (1245 H St).  These events are a great opportunity to talk through your hopes and ideas for bettering our community with our Councilmember and his staff.  This one is also a great excuse to take advantage of one of the best happy hours on H Street.  We hope to see you there!

For more info, visit Councilmember Allen's website:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Rosedale Adopt A Block Spring Cleanup tomorrow May 9, 3 pm

Live in or around Rosedale?  Help get it looking good for spring by participating in this community cleanup tomorrow.   

Dear Rosedale/Kramer/Gales and 17th Street Neighbors,

The Rosedale Adopt-A-Block Program run by Pete Maki and Mr. "Doc" Roots is holding a Spring Clean-up Event this Saturday (5/9).  Just an hour or so of your time will help make the neighborhood so much nicer.  They'll have some gloves and trash bags, but feel free to bring your own.

WHEN:  Start time is 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9th
WHERE  Meet at the corner of 17th Street and Rosedale Street NE.  Look for the people and signs!
WHAT: Spend 1-2 hours and work a grid of streets and back alleys for trash...a pleasant way to meet your neighbors and keep the streets nice for us all.

If you have questions about the event, Pete's email is: 

Posted by the Friends of the Rosedale Library

Monday, May 4, 2015

Wednesday is Bike to School Day -- join your neighbors at Lincoln Park between 7:30 and 8:15

On Wednesday, May 6th, families from Capitol Hill schools will have our annual bike-to-school gathering at Lincoln Park at 7:30am.

Grab a snack, hear Councilmember Charles Allen, enjoy a routine by the J.O. Wilson Cheerleaders, and then hop on the bike train to your school.

Register your school HERE to get free stickers from DDOT’s Safe Routes to School program. Registered schools also have the opportunity to compete for the DDOT Golden Bicycle Award. The Golden Bicycle goes to the DC school with the highest percentage of students who arrive by bicycle, scooters, or skateboards on May 6th.

Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 am
Lincoln Park (13th & East Capitol Streets, SE)
Bike trains to schools depart 8:00 and 8:15 AM

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Help Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers clean the park at Sherwood Rec Center this Saturday, 10am - 1pm & enjoy lunch from the Argonaut!

Join the Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers to help beautify the park and planting spaces around the Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St NE) this Saturday, May 2, 10 am - 1 pm.  The group will be planting, weeding, mulching, cleaning up, and will also enjoy a lunch donated by the good neighbors at the Argonaut.  

Stop by to pitch in and help make this community resource one we can all enjoy and find beauty in and then stick around to enjoy a quick bite and meet some new neighbors.  Hope to see you there!

For more info, follow the Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers on facebook and twitter.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ward 6 Budget Town Hall with Councilmember Charles Allen May 7, 6:30 pm

On Thursday, May 7, Councilmember Charles Allen will host a Ward 6 Town Hall meeting on the proposed DC Budget.  The Councilmember will brief attendees on budget items of specific interest to Ward 6 neighborhoods, his areas of focus in the Council's budget debate, and next steps in the city's budget process.  Attendees will be invited to ask questions and share their priorities with Councilmember Allen.
WHEN:   May 07, 2015 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
WHERE:  DCRA Conference Room (Waterfront Metro) / 1100 4th St SW - Room E-200 / Washington, DC 20024

More information and RSVP here.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Join Casey Trees & Councilmember Charles Allen for a dinner & a conversation about a greener future

This should be a great event.  Casey Trees has already done a lot of great work in our community and provided trees for community plantings at numerous local schools and recreation centers.  Kudos to them and Councilmember Allen for putting this conversation together and for providing dinner too.

On May 21, Councilmember Charles Allen and Casey Trees are hosting a special event in Ward 6 to engage with residents about enhancing green spaces and expanding tree canopy across the ward and city.   This event is free and a complimentary dinner will be provided.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with Councilmember Allen and other city officials (DC Office of Planning’s Ward 6 Planner Melissa Bird will also be on the panel) to discuss a greener future for Ward 6.  At 17%, Ward 6 has the lowest canopy coverage in the city.  But residents are eager to enjoy the same advantages that our city’s trees and green space provide other District neighborhoods.

Councilmember Charles Allen & Casey Trees’ special Ward 6 event
Thursday, May 21, 6 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church at 400 I Street, SW

Monday, April 20, 2015

DDOT hosts C Street NE, Transportation Improvements Meeting, Thursday, April 30, 6 pm at Rosedale Rec Ctr

DDOT Invites Public to Discuss C Street, NE,
Transportation Improvements
Study will identify opportunities to improve safety and mobility for all corridor users

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting the first of two public meetings to guide the C Street, NE, Multimodal Corridor Study in Ward 6. Members of the community are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn more about the study and to provide their input about the future of this corridor.

Focusing on the C Street, NE, corridor from 16th Street, NE, to 21st Street, NE, the study will evaluate safety, streetscape, and operational enhancements to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists while ensuring all users have safe access within and through this important corridor. For more information and to provide input, visit the project web site at
Questions about this meeting may be directed to Colleen Hawkinson at (202) 671-2228 or

What:              C Street, NE, Multimodal Corridor Study - Public Meeting
When:             Thursday, April 30, 2015
                        6 pm – 8:30 pm
Where           Rosedale Recreation Center
                        1701 Gales Street, NE

Friday, April 17, 2015

Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival returns Saturday, April 25 on Kingman Island in NE DC

Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival benefiting Living Classrooms Foundation

The Sixth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival returns Saturday, April 25 and features two main stages of bluegrass and Americana music with co-headlinersCabinet and Larry Keel Experience and more. The festival will celebrate local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River, while supporting hands-on education programming provided by Living Classrooms on Kingman Island. The event has grown to become the largest all-local music festival in the National Capital Region, attracting over 13,000 attendees in 2014.

The Festival will include eight hours of performances by local bluegrass, folk and Americana artists, games and outdoor beverages, DC’s favorite food trucks, outdoor bike course, free kayaking courtesy of REI, giveaways and a number of activities for children of all ages including a children’s stage with arts & crafts.  Festival sponsor REI will be bringing the REI Village, a touring celebration of the outdoor lifestyle (with special gifts for REI members).

Kingman Island is located on the Anacostia River at 575 Oklahoma Avenue NE entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).  Biking and metro are encouraged. A free shuttle will run from Stadium/Armory Metro Station. Free parking is available in RFK Lot 6.

The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival is a collaboration between Living Classrooms, REI, Sierra Nevada, BicycleSPACE, Listen Local First, WAMU. All are welcome to attend.

Tickets can be purchased at

Bluegrass Stage
Split String Soup
Big Chimney
By & By
Bud's Collective
Furnace Mountain
Walker's Run
Larry Keel
Tweener Artists:
Laura Tsaggaris
Jonny Grave

Americana Stage:
Karen Jonas Band
Lauren Calve Band
Justin Trawick and the Common Good
4:20 - 4:55
Big Hoax Band
Kingsley Flood
Tweener Artists:
Annabeth McNamara

REI Stage:
Delafield String Band
The Stick Mob
Griff's Room Band
Notes from the Underground
The Plank Stompers
Tweener Artists:
Elena & Los Fulanos
Tom McBride

Island Stage 1:
Devil in the Deep Blue Sea
Tomas Pagan Motta
Sara Curtin
19th Street Band
The Hummingbyrds

Island Stage 2:
Near Northeast
Roof Beams
LuLu's Fate
Sweet Yonder
Dead Professional
The Beanstalk Library

About Kingman Island:
Kingman and Heritage Islands are located in the middle of Anacostia River, which runs through the eastern half of Washington, DC. The islands provide a beautiful area in Washington, DC for people of all ages to learn about the natural environment.
Directions to the island:

About Living Classrooms:
Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” Living Classrooms Foundation is a Washington, DC-Baltimore based nonprofit educational organization with a distinctive competency in experiential learning—literally learning by direct experience, or what we call “learning by doing.”

More information on Living Classrooms: