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Monday, October 20, 2014

Free Events in NoMa This Week: Art Opening and Pumpkin Carving Happy Hour

WASHINGTON, DC, October 20, 2014: Join your NoMa neighbors for happy hour this week at a Lobby Project art opening on Tuesday, October 21 between 6 and 8 PM, and the annual Pumpkin Carving Party on Thursday, October 23 between 4 and 7 PM.

Lobby Project Art Opening featuring Michael Crossett:
Join local art lovers to celebrate the newest art installation in the Lobby Project. The art opening features art by Michael Crossett, a Washington, DC-based painter, photographer and graphic designer. The event is free and open to the public, and light fare and drinks will be provided. RSVP for the opening here.
Tuesday, October 21, 6-8 PM
Free wine and appetizers
1200 First Street, NE (Corner of First and M Streets, NE)
Closest Metro: NoMa/Gallaudet U (Red Line)

NoMa’s art openings, part of the Lobby Project, display original works from DC and Baltimore artists. Since 2013, the Lobby Project has brought comfortable furniture, great art and programming to the lobby of 1200 First Street, NE through a partnership with Washington Project for the ArtsThe Lobby Project is made possible through a grant from the DC Office of Planning. Additional support comes from Union KitchenAyers Saint GrossUncle Chip’sInterface and Polinger Shannon & Luchs.

Pumpkin Carving Happy Hour:
Visit NoMa’s annual Pumpkin Carving Happy Hour on Thursday, October 23 and carve a free pumpkin! Pumpkins, carving utensils, live music, petting zoo and scavenger hunt are free. Enjoy delicious food and seasonal alcoholic beverages (for the over 21 crowd)  from Union Kitchen bar and vendors Nutrition Synergies (savory and sweet menu items) and The Popcorn Queens, which will be available for purchase. The Pumpkin Carving will take place on the grassy field at 1100 First Street, NE from 4-7 PM

Don’t want to get your hands in pumpkin guts? This year’s Pumpkin Carving Party offers plenty of other free activities including live bluegrass music from the Page County Ramblersface painting, bunnies, chicks, sheep and more at the cutest petting zoo in the city, and a candyscavenger hunt at 5 PM.

Thursday, October 23 4-7 PM
1100 First Street, NE (Corner of First and Pierce Streets, NE)
Closest Metro: Union Station or NoMa/Gallaudet U (Red Line)
Tweet @NoMaBID to hype your favorite jack-o-lantern pattern
Rain date: Friday, October 24

Free pumpkins and carving kits will be given to the first 300 attendees, so reserve your pumpkin today. Unreserved pumpkins will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Carvers may bring their own carving tools. Special thank you to Tishman Speyer for providing the site. More at

Free Dance Place Tickets

Please see the note below from Dance Place!

I wanted to remind you of Dance Place's Sunday ticket promotion for Edgewood residents. 5 FREE tickets are available for Sunday night performances to residents of Brookland, Edgewood, and other Ward 5 communities. Call us at 202.269.1600 to reserve your tickets. First come, first served!

Check out our upcoming performance calender:
  • Silvana Straw: The Ghost of DC PastOctober 25-26
We're also offering a special group discount rate of up to 20% for groups of 10 or more. Please call us at 202.269.1600 if you would like to know more. You can find out more information about these performance as well as our 2014-2015 season on our website.

Help Plant a Garden on the MBT

Please see the note below about the garden planting in November!

Hello Met Branch Trail supporters,
Many of you know Paul Meijer, a long-time D.C. resident and tireless supporter of the Met Branch Trail. As a leader of the MBT Coalition, Paul advocated for a complete, safe, well-connected Met Branch Trail for decades, often keeping the idea of the MBT alive when the city had all but forgotten it. In 2010, when the newest section of the MBT opened in the Edgewood and Eckington neighborhoods, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy recognized Paul’s contributions with a small grant to create a tulip garden along the trail (a nod to Paul’s Dutch heritage). With the near completion of the new pedestrian bridge, we’re ready to plant Paul’s garden but we need your help!
The Paul Meijer Garden Planting
Saturday, November 8th, 8 a.m. – noon.
On the Met Branch Trail, near the pedestrian bridge at Rhode Island Ave., NE
Sign up to volunteer or consider a small donation:
Join us in celebrating Paul’s contributions to the community as a steadfast advocate for the MBT!

See you on the trail,
The Paul Meijer Garden Planting Team
Jim Brown, Jeff Ciabotti, Christie Ciabotti, Heather Deutsch and Kelly Pack

Found Dog in Edgewood

Some neighbors found the dog pictured below and are looking for its owner.  Please spread the word and reach out if you do know the owner so they can be reunited.

Join us at EdFEST! | Saturday, November 22, 2014 | DC Armory | #EdFEST

My School DC is excited to bring you EdFEST, DC’s only citywide public school fair! Come and explore the city’s many public school options (PK3-12) for your child. Representatives from more than 150 DC public schools (DCPS) and DC public charter schools will showcase their programs. With the launch of the My School DC application on December 15, 2014 for the 2015-16 school year, EdFEST is the perfect opportunity to ask questions about schools and their related services and programs from those who know first-hand. EdFEST also will have recreational activities for all so bring the whole family! Admission and parking are free.

Save the date! Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol St SE. To learn more go to: | FB: My School DC | Twitter: @MySchoolDC | #EdFEST

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Single-Lane Road Closures on Rhode Island Ave NE

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Media Contact: Reggie Sanders — 202-437-0809,
Single-Lane Road Closures on Rhode Island Ave., NE
Between Reed St., NE to 4th Street, NE,
Inbound Curb Lane Closure on Rhode Island Avenue, NE, until October 24, 2014
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will institute one-lane closures fromThursday, October 16th, to Friday, October 24th, from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, on the inbound curb lane on Rhode Island Avenue, NE. This will allow DDOT to perform electrical conduit installation work within the sidewalk area along Rhode Island Avenue. This work is a part of the construction project for the pedestrian/bicycle bridge over CSX Railroad tracks and travels between the Metropolitan Branch Trail and Rhode Island Avenue Metro Rail Station.
For more information, contact Project Manager Mohamed Dahir at (202) 671-4627.

First Screening of Digitally Remastered "Halloween (1978)" on Oct 25

Rhode Island Row, in DC’s Brentwood neighborhood, will be the first venue to screen the digitally remastered “Halloween (1978)” film on a 20-foot outdoor jumbo screen on Saturday, October 25th at 7 pm. This version has never before been available to the public. More details are attached and found here:

The event will feature an outdoor beer garden and food by Bergami’s Pizza. This event is 21 and over.