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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Free Trees

Are you interested in planting a tree on your property?

Edgewood Community Garden is partnering with Washington Parks and People to host a tree planting weekend in October.

Did you know a tree can:

Increase the value of your home while decreasing cooling costs

Improve air quality by removing small pollutant particulates (i.e. sulfur dioxide, ozone, etc.)

Create habitat for plants and animals

If you are interested please contact Cassie Phillips and Karin Bleeg at:

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Fest at Edgewood Farmers Market, September 29th

Doing For Ourselves
The PCDC Edgewood Farmer’s Market
*Fall Fest!*
This Saturday, September, 29, 2012
9 am - 3 pm
--Clowns, face-painting, chalk drawing and more for the children!
--Free exercise classes!
--Special offers from local businesses!
--New vendors!
Extended hours this week at the east end of the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center, 680 Rhode Island Avenue, NE Washington, DC email: info@pcdcedgewoodfarmersmarket. com

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DC Prep Middle School

Please see the message below from DC Prep Middle School.

It's Not Too Late To Enroll Your 5th Grader at the #1 Public Charter Middle School in Washington!

DC Prep has immediate openings for new 5th graders at its Edgewood Middle Campus – the #1 public charter middle school in Washington! Apply online today, and your 5th grader can start school in the same week!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out by calling (202) 635-4590 ext. 200 or by emailing We look forward to hearing from you and to hopefully welcoming your family to DC Prep – the highest-performing network of free public charter schools in Washington!

Apply today – the enrollment period ends Friday, October 5th!

The DC Prep Enrollment Team
Edgewood Middle Campus is located at 701 Edgewood Street NE (near the Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue Metro Stations in Ward 5)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Friday Night Movie Night at the Edgewood Rec, September 21st

Join your neighbors for a movie under the stars hosted by DPR and Roving Leaders. There will be popcorn and other treats, but feel free to bring your own.

Starts at 7:30 p.m. thisFriday at the Edgewood Rec Center (300 Evarts Street NE) and the movie will start at dusk.

Here are the movies we will get to chose from:

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Pirates of the Caribbean (on Stranger Tides)
Red Tails
Joyful Noise
Night at the Museum
Happy Feet

Fall Fest on Rhode Island Ave NE 9/22 - this Saturday - Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FoRIA)

September 14, 2012
Contact: Kyle Todd

Washington, D.C. – Ward 5 neighborhood non-profit group Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FoRIA) will hold their inaugural Fall Fest on Saturday, September 22 from noon – 4pm. The festival will take place in front of businesses along the 2000 – 2400 blocks of Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast, highlighting the Great Street of RIA and bringing the Woodridge neighborhood out for an afternoon of fun.

“We’re excited to be working with so many great businesses to hold our first Fall Fest,” said FoRIA Chairman James Holloway. “We encourage all in the community to come out to visit their favorite local businesses or become acquainted with some new ones.”
Numerous local businesses and vendors are participating in the Fest, including Rita’s Flavored Ice, Art Enables, Lace on the Avenue, and Damian Ministries. There will be music, food, and children’s activities happening throughout the afternoon.

“We are asking all attendees to bring non-perishable food to Damian Ministries as they come out to the festival,” said FoRIA President Kyle Todd. “We know that in these tough economic times it’s been tough for churches and food pantries to meet the demand, so we hope that this effort will help them serve those in need as we head into the fall and winter.”

For more information about FoRIA or the Fall Fest, please contact Kyle Todd at
Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE is dedicated to promoting, developing, and enhancing Rhode Island Avenue NE as a culturally, socially, and economically vibrant community in Washington D.C.

Our goal is to raise awareness of the RIA NE corridor and to advocate for its positive redevelopment. We are an all-volunteer organization that offers free membership and welcomes all to participate.

Brookland Community Picnic, Saturday Sept. 29th

MPD-5D Burglary Tips

It is important to take preventive measures against break-ins. Strong locks – and good neighbors who look out for one another – can be effective deterrents to burglars. Here are a few tips that can help you keep you and your property safe and secure:

1. Make sure every external door is metal or solid wood and has a strong, well-installed dead bolt lock. Key-in-the-knob locks alone are not enough.

2. Sliding glass doors offer easy access to burglars if they are not properly secured. You can secure them by putting a broomstick or dowel in the inside track to jam the door, or by installing commercially available locks. To prevent the door being lifted off the track, drill a hole through the sliding door frame and the fixed frame. Then insert a pin in the hole.

3. Never leave windows unlocked or opened when you are away from your home.

4. Never hide keys around the outside of your home. Instead, try giving your extra key to a neighbor you trust.

5. When you move into a new house or apartment, re-key the locks.

6. Install a home burglar alarm.

If you see or hear something out of the ordinary, contact the police immediately. In the past, the information given to members of the police department by concerned residents and citizens has contributed to the closure of several criminal cases. Citizen information and tips are extremely useful and necessary for thorough police investigations. Please forward this information to your friends and neighbors. Thank you for your continued assistance in strengthening the communities.

Acting Lieutenant Randy Griffin
Metropolitan Police Department
Fifth District

Plan TODAY for what’s on the way. September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. To learn how to prepare & to sign up for critical emergency alerts, go to

Dance Place’s Open House September 29th

Dance Place opens its doors for a day of free events, classes and performance.

Dance Place’s Open House and Brookland Family Day takes place on September 29, 2012, offering a full program of free classes for adults and kids, outdoor activities and an afternoon sampler performance by some of Dance Place’s most popular companies.

Free Adult and Kids’ Classes (10:00am – 3:30pm)

FREE Adult Classes
10 - 10:45am: Modern Dance with Carla Perlo
11 - 11:45am: Afro Jazz with Ralph Glenmore
12 - 12:45pm: Zumba with Shawna Williams
1 - 1:45pm: African Dance with Sylvia Soumah
2 - 2:30pm: Hoop Dance with Carla Perlo (Family Class)
3 - 3:30pm: Hip-Hop with Simone Jacobson (Family Class)

FREE Kids Classes
10 - 10:45am: Creative Movement
11 - 11:45am: Ballet / Tap
12 - 12:45pm: Step
1 - 1:45pm: African Dance with Coyaba
Free Outdoor Activities (10:00am – 4:00pm):
Balloon Sculpture, Juggling, Hoop Making, Jewelry Making, Line Dancing and much more!

Free Sampler Performance (4:00-5:00pm):
This free performance provides a taster of some of the work on stage at Dance Place. Featured artists include Dance Place resident companies Coyaba Dance Theater (African dance) and REVISION dance company (modern dance), the award-winning Dance Place Step Team and the Dance Place Hoopers. The performance ends with an audience participatory Line Dancing finale led by Lorenzo Evans.

David Hopper
Marketing Associate
Dance Place
3225 8th Street NE
Washington DC 20017