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:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekend East City Art Events Roundup: Harmonicas & more tomorrow night at Gallery O on H (1354 H St)

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Harmonicas Edition

Thursday, April 16

Cheryl D Edwards’ Studio – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PRISM features the works of Cheryl Edwards, Lisa Farrell, Lisa Rosenstein, and Lynn Slyvester. The artists’ works are reminiscent of a dispersive prism’s reflection and splitting of light into components. For more information, click here.

Cheryl D Edwards' Studio is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Capitol Skyline Hotel – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WPA celebrates the launch of the 2015-2016 WPA Artist Directory published by East City Art Media LLC with a Happy Hour! Bring friends to the launch and purchase the definitive guide to DC-area contemporary artists. For details, click here.

Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (Eye) Street SW.

Friday, April 17

Gallery O on H – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bob Hoffman, designer and collector of the world's largest collection of handcrafted Harmonica Cases, showcases his works at Gallery O on H. Hoffman has commissioned artists from around the world to create his 500 designs. For more information, click here.

Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H Street NE.

Saturday, April 18

CHAW – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

What’s Poppin is CHAW’s spring exhibition juried by Mary Ellen Vehlow. The exhibition features fifteen artists representing a wide range of media. For more information, click here.

CHAW is located at 7th & G Streets SE.

Jess Oros is the Events Editor of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter, or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

FreshFarm H St Market returns Saturday w/ four new vendors including Chris' Marketplace & Number 1 Sons

The FreshFarm H Street Farmers Market returns tomorrow morning at 9 am.  Frenchie's will not be there with croissants at the opening bell now that she's settled into her permanent home within Maketto at 1351 H Street, but there are four new food purveyors joining the farmers and ranchers who've been at the market the past several years.  Number 1 Sons has been at Union Market in the past and Chris' Marketplace is a staple at the Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter FreshFarm markets.  Their crab cakes and soups are terrific, so they will be a great addition to our little market.

MISFIT Juicery - MISFIT Juicery is a company that uses surplus fruits and veggies that would otherwise go to waste because they are misshapen or slightly damaged, and turns them into delicious, cold-pressed juice. MISFIT Juicery envisions a world where produce prejudice is a footnote in history, where the nationwide conversation on food waste gets loud, where all tasty produce finds a place in our bellies and where the masses march alongside the MISFITs!
Cowbell Kitchen - Featuring a breakfast menu that evolves seasonally, Cheryl Strasser of Cowbell Kitchen sources the freshest ingredients from neighboring H Street market farmers. Inspiration comes from a balance of classic rustic comfort foods along with the current trends. Enjoy the biscuits, jams, sandwiches and pastries all homemade and carefully crafted with love. This weekend don't miss her bacon, jalapeno and provolone stuffed breakfast biscuit sandwiches - YUM!

Number 1 Sons -Number 1 Sons is a brother and sister team in Arlington, VA making barrel fermented foods. They work to combine regional ingredients with traditional fermentation methods and recipes from diverse cultures. Look for the giant pickle at their stand and stock up on their kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, dilly beans and other fermented foods!

Chris' Marketplace -Chris' Marketplace is a small food business, focused on value-added seafood products, including crab cakes plus seafood , meat and vegetable filled empanadas. Located just north of Washington, DC, the business has access to the freshest seafood available. Chef/owner Chris Hoge goes directly to the source when purchasing his high-quality Blue Crab meat procuring much of his seafood from the family-owned Rippons Brothers Seafood, founded in 1947 and located on Hooper's Island, MD. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Maketto opens tomorrow w/ Vigilante coffee Frenchies Croissants, Durkl & Erik Bruner-Yang & you're going to want to be there

It's been a long time coming, but Maketto arrives in its permanent home with all its amazing parts and components tomorrow at 1351 H Street NE.  Maketto offers and array of shopping, eating, and drinking opportunities from its 7 am opening until its late night close.

Maketto is the first delivery from the Fundrise brainchild spawned by Ben and Dan Miller who also own the Autozone property and a few others buildings along H Street.  The project is in part funded through small investments from many neighborhood residents through Fundrise.

At the outset, Maketto was slated to combine the forces of Toki Underground's Chef-owner and rising culinary star Erik Bruner-Yang and the fashion offerings of stylish menswear brand Durkl.  If you've been to Toki Undergroud, you know Erik is an amazing chef and if you were lucky enough to visit the Maketto pop up at the Hanoi House a year or two back or have visited their stall at Union Market more recently, you have some sense of what his chef partner James Wozniuk and he are capable of and may offer at Maketto.  The duo produced some of the best meals we've had in recent years during the Maketto pop up at the Hanoi House and the various soups, sandwiches, and bao they've been putting out at Union Market since then have been terrific as well.

Maketto will also feature another neighborhood resident and small business owner in its coffee operations which come via Vigilante Coffee.  Chris Vigilante started running a small coffee roasting operation here and has grown from pop up cafes and Eastern Market weekend market offerings into a larger roasting and bean importing operation that also has another cafe in Hyattsville.  We haven't made it to the cafe roastery yet, but Vigilante's involvement at Maketto instantly puts their caffeinated offerings up there with DC's best coffee shops.

In an amazing development, Maketto will  also feature world class croissants from Frenchies DC.  Frenchies has been operating out of the H Street Freshfarm Farmers Market the past couple years and draws a tremendous crowd there, typically selling out of some of the finest croissants you'll find in the United States or elsewhere within minutes of the market's opening bell.  Between one of her croissants, one of Erik and James's char siu bao and a cup of coffee or a flat white from Chris and crew with Vigilante, you really can't start you're day much better.  Unless you're really gluttonous and want to swing by Bullfrog Bagels and Dangerously Delicious pies afterwards.  Seriously, has any block ever offered so much deliciousness to start the day?

Maketto opens tomorrow at 7 am.  We can't wait.

Spring Community Carnival & Flea Market, Saturday, May 2, 10 am - 3 pm at JO Wilson Elementary (660 K St NE)

Spring Community Carnival & Flea Market
Saturday May 2nd, 2015
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jumbo Yard Sale, Artisan Market, Food, Games and Activities for Kids, Moon Bounces, Live Music, Community Play Date! 

Please join our combination jumbo yard sale, artisan market and carnival! We will have tons of activities for kids, including a great community play date in our terrific playground.
If you want to sell something, vendor spaces can be reserved for $25.  Tables are not provided. You can bring cash or check to Ms. Bishop at the school office ... don't forget to fill out our registration form at
Vendors must register by April 20th, 2015.
*Any legal items may be sold at tables except water and food. Bakery items are allowed.
* If you have questions please contact: Bobbe Thomas

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mayor Bowser to attend ANC6A meeting tomorrow night at Miner Elementary (601 15th St NE)

This is a good opportunity for the community to engage with our new Mayor.  ANC6A meets the second Thursday of each month at Miner Elementary School.  

ANC6A is honored to have Mayor Muriel Bowser joining us at our regular monthly meeting this Thursday, April 9, at 7 pm.  Mayor Bowser will join us near the beginning of the meeting and will address questions from Commissioners and ANC6A residents.  Our monthly ANC meetings are held at Miner Elementary School (601 15th St NE).
Please consider joining us for the meeting or sharing any questions or concerns you might have with your ANC Commissioner prior to then.
As always, you can find additional information about your ANC6A commissioners, including our meeting agendas and past actions on our website:
Phil Toomajian
Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A

T-minus 10 days until the return of FreshFarm H Street Farmers Market

The FreshFarm H Street NE farmers market returns Saturday, April 18, at 9 am.  The market will operate every Saturday until noon at 13th & H.  As it did last year, the market will run through the Saturday before Christmas.  See you there!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Star & Shamrock's "Passover & Easter Lamb-a-palooza" Weekend

Let My People the Star and Shamrock’s
“Passover Meets Easter Lamb-a-palooza”

Easter is linked to Jewish Passover by more than just yearly calendar proximity. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are identical, with both symbolically celebrating spring, hope, and rebirth, regardless of religion. In their long-continued tradition of bringing together people, cultures and religions, Star and Shamrock (1341 H St) plans to again make this connection with their first-ever “Lamb-a-palooza” Easter Meets Passover holiday weekend celebration.

The festivities begin Friday, April 3 and run through Sunday, April 5, with non-traditional Passover Seder dinners, holiday-inspired brunches, and specialty cocktails. Friday and Saturday night’s multicultural Seder Plate-mirroring dinner menu features classic Matzo Ball Soup, a garden-fresh Romaine & Green Onion Salad with Spicy Horseradish Dressing, savory Herb-Roasted Lamb Chops served with Sauteed Swiss Chard & Shallots, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, a Pickled Egg, Fruit & Honey Haroset and--with a final nod to the no-flour Passover tradition, freshly baked house-made Matzo Bread. Saturday and Sunday morning’s Brunch menu continues to play on both holidays, featuring Jewish & Irish hybrid dishes such as Beef Salami & Eggs, House-Smoked Salmon with Eggs, Tomatoes & Onion, Lamb Sausage & Egg Irish Breakfast, a “Sunny Side Up” Lamb Burger, Cream Cheese Omelets and Matzo Brei. And to wash it all down Star and Shamrock Bar Manager, Gene Barnett, will be unveiling his Irish whiskey and Manischewitz “Guilt Chaser” craft cocktail.