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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cooking, Painting and Red Wine Class

Saturday, February 2, 2013. 1160 1st St. NE

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

In this part hands-on/part demonstration class, learn to cook a romantic dinner that features red wine in each of two courses–mushroom bourguignon + roasted berry red-wine sorbet. $39 (Price includes Como Water recipe cards and a meal at the end of the workshop)!

You'll also have a chance to create your own, personalized Valentine card for that special someone. We'll use wine to paint the card, and learn basic painting techniques in the process. Led by artist, Rajan (, we'll continue an afternoon of creativity by creating a Valentine's Day card masterpiece.
Sign up here


DPR Summer Camp Registration

Please see the email below. Note the camp at the Edgewood Rec you must register in person.

2013 Summer Camp Season

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is set for another great summer of swimming, field trips, creative activities, and new experiences in the District of Columbia. The 2013 Summer Camp season will offer four sessions from June 24, 2013 through August 16, 2013. Session dates are:

Session 1: June 24, 2013 – July 5, 2013 (Holiday July 4th)
Session 2: July 8, 2013 – July 19, 2013
Session 3: July 22, 2013 – August 2, 2013
Session 4: August 5, 2013 – August 16, 2013
*Some sites will offer an additional session for one week only from August 19, 2013 to August 23, 2013.

Most camps are open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
DPR also offers a Before & After Care package for an additional flat rate. Before-Care is offered 8:00–9:00am, and after-care is offered 5:00-6:00pm.

Summer Camp Registration
DC Resident Priority Registration
DPR has made significant changes to the registration process for 2013. This year, the agency will offer a rolling registration period beginning Monday, February 4, 2013. Each day until February 14th, a small group of sites will be open for registration beginning at 10:00am. Registration can occur through our web site,, or in person at the Summer Camp Office. Registration during this period will be open to DC residents ONLY.

Below is the rolling registration schedule. Please read carefully to ensure you are prepared to register for the camp of your choice on the correct day. Once a camp opens for enrollment, it will not close until full.
Please Note: Only some sites will offer camp August 19th - August 23rd.

Monday, February 4th (beginning at 10:00am)
Banneker Recreation Center
Stead Recreation Center
Chevy Chase Community Center
Emery Recreation Center
Brentwood Recreation Center
Sherwood Recreation Center
Benning Park Recreation Center
Bald Eagle Recreation Center
Tuesday, February 5th (beginning at 10:00am)
Columbia Heights Community Center
Kennedy Recreation Center
Chevy Chase Playground
Fort Stevens Recreation Center
Joe Cole Recreation Center
Rosedale Recreation Center
Benning Stoddert Recreation Center
Douglass Recreation Center
Wednesday, February 6th (beginning at 10:00am)
Kalorama Recreation Center
Volta Park Recreation Center
Friendship Recreation Center
Langdon Park Recreation Center
Watkins Recreation Center
Fort Davis Recreation Center
Fort Stanton Recreation Center
Thursday, February 7th (beginning at 10:00am)
Parkview Recreation Center
Jelleff Recreation Center
Guy Mason Recreation Center
Lafayette Recreation Center
North Michigan Park Recreation Center
Hillcrest Recreation Center
Friday, February 8th (beginning at 10:00am)
Rose Park Recreation Center
Hardy Recreation Center
Lamond Recreation Center
Trinidad Recreation Center
Deanwood Aquatic & Recreation Center
Monday, February 11th (beginning at 10:00am)
Palisades Recreation Center
Petworth Recreation Center
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
Tuesday, February 12th (beginning at 10:00am)
Raymond Community Center
Wednesday, February 13th (beginning at 10:00am)
Hearst Recreation Center
Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center
Thursday, February 14th (beginning at 10:00am)
Mitchell Park Recreation Center
Takoma Aquatic & Recreation Center
Please Note: DPR will not process any transfer requests or refund requests until February 18th, after the rolling registration period has ended.

Registration for REC Camps, regardless of location, must occur in person at the recreation center. REC camps will not be included in the online rolling registration. Registration for camps must occur in person at the recreation center beginning Monday, February 4th during regular hours of operation:

Columbia Heights Community Center (REC Camp only)
Parkview Community Center (REC Camp only)
Hamilton Recreation Center
Upshur Recreation Center
Arboretum Recreation Center
Brentwood Recreation Center (REC Camp only)
Edgewood Recreation Center
Ferebee Hope Recreation Center (REC Camp only)
Harry Thomas Recreation Center
King Greenleaf Recreation Center
Rosedale Recreation Center (REC Camp only)
Benning Stoddert Recreation Center (REC Camp only)
Ridge Road Recreation Center
Marvin Gaye Recreation Center
Douglass Community Center (REC Camp only)
The following sites will NOT be participating in the rolling registration. Registration for camps must occur in person at the recreation center beginning Monday, February 4th during regular hours of operation. These camps also require an assessment that will be facilitated by DPR staff:

Therapeutic Recreation Center
Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
Summer Camp Open Registration: March 4th at 10am
As of March 4, 2013, and for the remainder of the summer, registration into any available spaces will remain open to residents, residents applying for reduced rate fees, and non-residents. DPR does not maintain waiting lists for summer camps.

Note: Although DPR Summer Camp 2013 Registration can be completed in-person, it is highly recommended that DC residents who are not applying for reduced rate fees and non-resident registrants complete their registrations online. Coming to the Summer Camp Office in-person DOES NOT guarantee a spot in summer camp. It is also recommended that customers requesting a reduced rate finalize their reduced rate applications during the pre-qualification period in order to register the same time online registration opens for camps.

DPR Summer Camp Offerings
DPR continues to offer a variety of summer programming across the District. In addition to aquatics and sports, DPR partners with community groups and organizations to enhance the diversity and quality of programs for our youth. Some of our summer programming will include:

Full Summer Camp Listing
Little Explorers Camp (ages 3 to 5)
Discovery Camp (ages 6 to 10)
Tween Camp (ages 11 to 13)
Aqua Day Camp (ages 6 to 13)
GOAL! Soccer Camp (ages 8 to 13)
Nothing but Net: Basketball Camp (ages 8 to 13)
Score! Multi-Sport Camp (ages 8 to 13)
Spirit: Cheerleading/Tumbling Camp (ages 8 to 13)
Tennis Camp (ages 8 to 13)
Boxing Camp (ages 8 to 13)

Therapeutic Recreation Camps:

Let’s Play Together: Little Explorers (ages 3 to 5)
Let’s Play Together (ages 6-10, Inclusion camp located at Fort Stevens, Turkey Thicket, and Sherwood)
Camp Adventure (ages 6 to16, located at TR Center and Rosedale)
Camp Funward Bound (ages 21+)
DPR Specialty Camps:

Verano Spanish Camp (ages 3 to 10)
Outdoor Adventure Camp (ages 8 to 13)
Camp Healthy Kids (ages 10 to 17)
Please note that DPR Specialty Camps follow a different fee structure than other camps. Click on the Full Summer Camp Listing to find out specific fee information for each specialty camp.

Please visit our web site in March for information about DPR PARTNERSHIP CAMPS.

To register for DPR TEEN CAREER CAMPS, please contact DOES Office of Youth Programs at (202) 698-3492.

Summer Camp Fees

DPR maintains low-cost recreational summer programming for District residents.

Resident Rates Non-Resident Rates
Sessions 1-4:
$100 per session
$10 Field Trip Fee
$20 Before and After Care
Sessions 1-4:
$225 per session
$22.50 Field Trip Fee
$45 Before and After Care
Additional Session (August 19th - August 23rd):
$50 for session
$10 Before and After Care
Additional Session (August 19th - August 23rd):
$112.50 for session
$22.50 Before and After Care
Before and After-Care Registration
Before and After-Care registration will begin in March and will NOT be included in the rolling registration period. Once registered for a summer program, DPR will contact you via email with information and instructions for Before and After-Care registration. If you are able to register for a space in a DPR summer camp, you are guaranteed a space in Before and After-Care.

Payment Information

Sessions can be purchased all at once or one at a time, but camp fees are due in FULL for all selected sessions when registering. This applies to both in-person and online registrations regardless of registration type.
Payments can be made online using a credit, debit, or gift card that has a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card logo (no AmEx).
Payments in-person can be made by the previously mentioned method, as well as certified check, or money order. All certified checks and money orders should be made payable to DC Treasurer.
No payment plans will be offered during registration for DPR Summer Camp 2013.
Both Not-for-Profit Agencies and the DC Department of Child and Family Services should contact the Summer Camp Office directly for registration and payment instructions.
DC Resident Proof of Residency

In order to prove DC residency, please plan to provide the following:

A government issued photo ID, listing your current DC address AND at least ONE of the following:
Pay stub (issued within the last 45 days)
Utility bill (gas, electric, or water within the past 2 months)
Unexpired DC Motor Vehicle Registration

A government issued photo ID including your name AND at least TWO of the following, listing your current address:
Pay stub (issued within the last 45 days)
Utility bill (gas, electric, or water within the past 2 months)
Unexpired DC Motor Vehicle Registration
Unexpired lease or rental agreement
A notarized letter signed by the persons with whom you reside that includes your name, your child(ren), and address. Two pieces of mail with your current name, address, and date, must accompany the notarized letter.
Reduced Rate

Reduced Rate pre-qualification period will begin on January 22, 2013. During this period, customers may come to the Summer Camp Office to complete a reduced rate application. The goal of the pre-qualification period is to assist residents with completing their reduced rate applications so that they can easily register for camp when registration opens on February 4, 2013. However, reduced rate applications will be accepted throughout the entire Summer 2013 season. If you would like to be considered for a reduced rate, you must apply PRIOR to registering for camp. We will not issue a reduced rate refund once a registration has been completed. Also, please note that a reduced rate does NOT apply to before and after-care fees.

In order to qualify for the DPR Summer Camp 2013 reduced rate, applicants must provide proof of residency and proof of income below the poverty level according to federal guidelines. You must be a DC re

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mister Mayor Coming to Edgewood Saturday!

Please see the exciting news from our neighborhood brewery below!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Ben Matz (202) 351-6197, Ext. 3;
Caitlin Downey (202) 351-6197, Ext. 5


Washington, DC – Chocolate City Beer, Washington, DC’s very own craft brewery, announces the public release of its oak barrel-aged Imperial Stout, named “Mister Mayor,” for sale to the public this Saturday, February 2nd at its facility located at 2801 8th Street, N.E., in Washington, DC, from 12:30 – 4:30PM.

Brewed with Marion berries from Marion County, Oregon, Mister Mayor was aged for seven months in whiskey barrels from Copper Fox Distillery, located in Sperryville, VA. At 11.5% alcohol by volume (ABV), this medium bodied and roasted stout packs a tart, fruity taste. The barrel aging has also infused the beer with coconut and vanilla flavors for a round, mellow taste.

“We are excited about the release of this beer,” says co-Managing Member and Head Brewer Ben Matz of Chocolate City Beer. “This beer was the product of an idea that I have been developing for several years and seeing it come to fruition has been nothing short of amazing. The taste, flavors and smoothness of this offering should resonate with a lot of different types of beer drinkers. We look forward to its public release.”

A bottling session was held on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the brewery, staffed by employees and volunteers who assisted with the labeling, cleaning and packaging of over 1,000 bottles of this limited release brew. Rick Wasmund, CEO and Master Distiller at the Copper Fox Distillery, paid a visit to the brewery and spoke with staff and Head Brewer Matz, lauding the release of Mister Mayor and the small part his distillery played in its development. “Although Chocolate City Beer is not the first brewery to use our whiskey barrels in their operations, we are nonetheless pleased with their effort and the end result will be a success with beer drinkers all over,” said Wasmund. The beer will be sold in 22 ounce bottles (650 ml) at a price of $12 each.
Founded in 2009, Chocolate City Beer is located in the Brookland neighborhood in Northeast, Washington, DC. Along with its flagship Cornerstone Copper Ale, Chocolate City Beer also produces Cerveza Nacional de la Capital Dark Vienna Lager, 1814 ESB, First Coast Bohemian Pilsner, and a number of other seasonal and limited releases. Every Saturday the brewery is open to the public for free tours and tastings, as well as 64 ounce growler and other merchandise sales.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Awaken the Love Within: A Valentine’s Day Workshop on Self-Love & Acceptance

Please see his post from an Edgewood Neighbor:

You are invited to participate in Awaken the Love Within: A Valentine's Day Workshop on Self-Love & Acceptance, facilitated by Edgewood's own Crystal Moore and colleague Gretchen Schock.


Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: Embrace DC, 1650 Columbia Road NW
Cost: $25

Love is often described as the most powerful emotion in the world, encouraging great acts of service and sacrifice. Our love for others flows from the love we extend to ourselves. We cannot love others unless we love ourselves. Cultivating self-love and acceptance are vital for living an authentic, purposeful life.

Enter into an unconditional relationship with yourself, as you are right now, with appreciation and gratitude for your unique characteristics. As Valentine's Day approaches, thoughts turn to love. Join us for an afternoon workshop focused on self-love and acceptance.

All levels Vinyasa yoga practice with a personal goal setting, journaling, and discussion.

Please bring a mat and journal. Space is limited. Sign up early.

Contact me with any questions.