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HILL RAG HOLIDAY SPECIAL 28 Tis the Season for Holiday Shopping by RIndy O’Brien

46 Holiday Calendar! by Kathleen Donner

Preserving the District’s Disappearing ‘Sacred Spaces’

Holiday Magic at The US Botanic Garden

by Elizabeth O’Gorek

by Rindy O’Brien


Dropping the Needle: The Resurgence of Vinyl, An Odyssey Through DC Record Shops by Finnian Day


Tips for Staying the Course During the Holidays (And Enjoying Them Too!) by Pattie Cinelli



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Bulletin Board by Kathleen Donner


Council Approves Supportive Housing on Reservation 13 by Elizabeth O’Gorek


The Numbers: A Recipe for Education Equity DC Schools Are Chronically Underfunded by Alyssa Noth


Preserving Our Disappearing ‘Sacred Spaces by Elizabeth O’Gorek


Our River, The Anacostia: What You Can Do At Home Now To Help Our River by Bill Matuszeski


Swimming in the Anacostia Nears Reality by Nick L. Alberti


Water and 12th Streets ‘Preferred Site’ for New Heliport by Elizabeth O’Gorek


ANC 6C Urges District to Leadership Role in Union Station Expansion Project: by Elizabeth O’Gorek


Lansburg Park Renovation On Course by Andrew Lightman

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Holiday Magic at The US Botanic Garden by Rindy O’Brien


Dear Garden Problem Lady by Wendy Blair


Corralling the Single-Use Plastic Monster: Tips for Throwing a Reduced Waste Party by Catherine Plume


Living Greener: Composting and Greening in a Multi-Family Building by Catherine Plume


Changing Hands by Don Denton

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Dropping the Needle: The Resurgence of Vinyl, An Odyssey Through DC Record Shops by Finnian Day


Capitol Cuisine by Celeste McCall


The Wine Girl by Elyse Genderson


At the Movies by Mike Canning


Art and The City by Jim Magner


Literary Hill by Karen Lyon


Poetic Hill by Karen Lyon


The Jazz Project by Jean Keith Fagon

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Tips for Staying the Course during the Holidays (And Enjoying Them Too!) by Pattie Cinelli


The District Vet: Keep Weed Away From Pets by Dan Teich


Kids & Family Notebook by Kathleen Donner


School Notes by Susan Braun Johnson

132 CLASSIFIEDS 138 CROSSWORD on the cover: Mary Belcher Holiday Walk in Washington 2018 Watercolor on paper Rights: Used with permission of the artist, Mary Belcher. Mary Belcher, all rights reserved. Mary Belcher is a long-time Eastern Market-based artist who paints watercolor streetscapes and maps. Her work is known for its rich colors and fine details. This month’s cover image depicts preschoolers and their teachers discovering holiday decorations in DC. She’ll be selling her artwork–including holiday cards–at the Downtown Holiday Market in front of the National Portrait Gallery on F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, from Friday, Nov. 22, through Thursday, Dec. 12, from noon to 8 p.m. each day. See more of her work at

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calendar DECEMBER CALENDAR A Chorus Line Through Jan. 5. Up close in the audition room, feel every heartbeat and heartbreak as hopeful dancers pour out their dreams, memories, loves and why they dance in a breathtaking display of the tremendous talent it takes to be in a chorus line. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. off I395 at the Shirlington exit (#6).

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7th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 pm, St. Mark’s will host the 7th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence. Participants will lobby Congress Dec. 4–5. Volunteers are needed to donate food and drink for the participants, who will use St. Mark’s as a base from which to visit Congress, and to help greet, serve, and general14 H HILLRAG.COM

ly assist on December 4 and 5. Go to St. Mark’s website to volunteer. Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. Since the Christmas Bird count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers. The local count will occur on one day between those dates. Read how to participate at

THEATER AND FILM White Pearl. Through Dec. 8. Clearday is a cosmetics company on the rise. Based in Singapore, it is launching a global skincare line, bringing a start-up mentality to the big leagues. Newsies. Extended through Dec. 29. In the summer of 1899, the newsboys of New York City took on, Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst and won.

Amadeus. Through Dec. 22. Genius and jealousy collide in the opulent salons and opera houses of 18th-Century Vienna. Folger Shakespeare Theatre. 201 East Capitol St. SE. Dear Jack, Dear Louise. Through Dec. 29. When two strangers meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins. US Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, hoping to meet her someday.

Peter Pan and Wendy. Dec. 3 to Jan. 12. Budding scientist Wendy Darling dreams of earning a Nobel Prize. When Peter Pan arrives at her bedroom window, she takes a leap and leaves finishing school behind, chasing adventure among the stars. Mosaic’s Eureka Day. Dec. 4 to Jan. 5. At Eureka Day School in Berkeley, all decisions are made by consensus, diversity and inclusion are valued. Mostly importantly, vaccinations are a personal matter. IN Series’ L’Enfance du Christ. Dec. 7 and 14, 8 PM; Dec. 8, 3 PM. In collaboration with Foundry United Methodist Church, Berlioz’s grand oratorio is uniquely staged as a community exploration of human migration and the power of hospitality to those fleeing persecution. Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW. Taffety Punk’s I Take Your Hand in Mine. Dec. 9 to 13. Suggested by the love letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper,  this production traces the passionate relationship between the world-famous dramatist and Russia’s leading actress. CHAW, 545 Seventh St. SE. Jersey Boys. Dec. 17 to Jan. 5. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard. And, the radio just couldn’t get enough of.

LITERARY EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS AND TALKS Miniature Shakespeare Books from the Harner Collection. Through Dec. 31. Mondays to Saturdays, 11 AM; 1 PM and 3 PM; Sundays, noon and 3 PM. Take a free tour of the Folgers’ Founders’ Room to see a rotating display of selected items from The James L.

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Dance Place’s Contemporary Viewpoints Festival. Dec. 7 at 8 PM and Dec. 8 at 4 PM. Dance Place’s Contemporary Viewpoints Festival is a curated mixed-bill showcase of boundarypushing modern dance, presenting a range of work by choreographers from the DMV. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. ReVision Dance Company. Photo: Mariah Miranda.

Harner Collection of Miniature Books Pertaining to Shakespeare. A Monument to ShakespeareThe Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Through Jan. 5, 2020. The Folger Shakespeare Library is throwing back the curtains on its origin story and exciting future in “A Monument to Shakespeare: The Architecture of the Folger Shakespeare Library.” KK Ottesen - Activist: Portraits of Courage. Dec. 5, 6:30 PM. East City Bookshop presents local author and photographer KK Ottesen with her latest book. East City Book Shop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute. Dec. 9, 7:30 PM. Poet Tom


Sleigh reads his favorite Dickinson poems and shares from his own work.  Artist Lesley Dill shares her Dickinson-influenced work. Following the presentation, the two artists will have a conversation about their shared muse. Tammy R. Vigil - Melania and Michelle: First Ladies in a New Era. Dec. 13, noon. A compelling account of modern first ladies, exploring how each woman has crafted her public image and used her platform to influence the country, while also serving as a paragon of fashion and American womanhood. National Archives. Friends of SE Library Book Sale. Dec. 14, 10 AM to 3 PM. Most books are $1. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE.


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LOC-Orientation to Law Library Collections. Dec. 17, 10 to 11 AM. The Orientation to Law Library Collections class is designed to give attendees an introduction to the Law Library of Congress collections and services. Harry Potter and the Banned Books. Dec. 23, 7 PM. This presentation explores what gets banned in Harry Potter. It examines how access to information is conceived of in the series and the role of the library in Rowling’s Wizarding World. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE.

MUSIC City Winery. Nov. 30, Lil John Roberts; Dec. 1, JP Morgan Holiday Show; Dec. 5, O-Town; Dec. 7, Corey Harris; Dec. 8, Howard Hewitt; Dec. 9, CJ Chenier; Dec. 10, Jump Little Children; Dec. 12 and 13, Los Lobos; Dec. 14, Slim Jim Phantom Trio; Dec. 15, BETTY Holiday Show; Dec. 17, Mike Zito; Dec. 18, Etienne Charles; Dec. 19, Rodrigues; Dec. 21, Freddie Jackson; Dec. 22, Kevin Lionell and Backyard Band; Dec. 23, Vybe Band Holiday Show; Dec. 26, New Bomb Turks; Dec. 27, Music Soulchild; Dec. 28, PatriceLIVE; Dec. 29, Stephen Kellogg; Dec. 31, Secret Society NYE; Dec. 31 and Jan 1, Lyfe Jennings; Jan. 3, Christian Lopez; Jan. 4, Anthony David; Jan. 9, Lenny Williams. City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. Rock and Roll Hotel. Nov. 30, Son Little; Dec. 3, the Nixons & Sponge; Dec. 6, The Loving Paupers; Dec. 7, One Way Out; Dec. 13, Seagraves; Dec. 20, The Captivators; Dec. 31, NYE 2020. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. Union Stage. Nov. 30, Hollertown and Wicked Sycamore; Dec. 2, Richard Rachmany; Dec. 4, Endless Bummer Tour; Dec. 6, Black Masala; Dec. 7, Kurtis Conner; Dec. 8, Thank You Scientist; Dec. 11, Ed Massmaster; Dec. 12, Rachel & Vilray; Dec.


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Jane Goodall in her home is Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 1995. Photo: Michael Nichols

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Blue Mondays in SW. Every Monday, 6 to 9 PM. Dec. 9, The Patty Reese Band; Dec. 16, Carly Har-

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14, Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble; Dec. 16, Mount Eerie; Dec. 17, Capitol Bones All-Brass Band; Dec. 19, Julian Lage Trio; Dec. 21, Garrett Zoukis; Dec. 28, Hackensaw Boys; Dec. 29, David Wax Museum; Dec. 31, That Big 80s NYE Party. Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW.


Becoming Jane at National Geographic Produced in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, the exhibition explores Goodall’s life from her early years as an intrepid young woman with a dream to learn about animals in Africa. It narrates the years she spent establishing herself as a renowned scientist in Tanzania; and examines her present role as an activist, mentor and advocate. $10 to $15. National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW.

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She the People Dec. 1 to Jan. 5. The Second City returns to Woolly with a freshly written show inspired by the 2018 all-female, all-funny blockbuster. Woolly Mammoth, 641 D ST. NW.

vey’s Kiss & Ride; Dec. 23, Swampdog Blues!; Dec. 31, Bobby Felder’s New Year’s Eve Bash. $5 cover. Children under 16 are free. Reasonably priced meals offered. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. The Anthem. Dec. 6, Dark Star Orchestra; Dec. 7, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong; Dec. 8, Bob Dylan; Dec. 11, NSO-Ugly Sweater Holiday Concert; Dec. 15, Zinzi Christmas Party; Dec. 31, White Ford Bronco; Jan. 1, Ron White. The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. SW Jazz Nights. Every Friday, 6 to 9 PM. Dec. 6, Jackie Hairston Trio; Dec. 13, Tribute to Mary Lou Williams; Dec. 20, Holiday Special; Dec. 27, Juke Joint Jazz. $5 cover. Children under 16 are free. Reasonably


priced meals offered. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. Mr. Henry’s. Dec. 6, Dial 251; Dec. 7, Jeff Weintraub; Dec. 12, Only Lonesome; Dec. 13, Kevin Cordt; Dec. 19, Hollertown; Dec. 20, Chris Prince; Dec. 21, Julia Nixon; Dec. 26, New Voices; Dec. 27, Aaron L. Myers II; Dec. 28, Maija Reiman. Capitol Hill Jazz Jam every Wednesday. Shows run 8 to 11 PM; doors open at 6 PM; no cover; two items per person minimum. Henry’s Upstairs, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

SPORTS & FITNESS NGA Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. Daily except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, Mondays through Thursdays, 10 AM

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to 9 PM; Fridays, 10 AM to 11 PM; Saturdays, 11 AM to 11 PM; and Sundays, 11 AM to 9 PM. Canal Park Ice Skating. Daily, Sundays, 10 AM to 10 PM; Mondays to Thursdays, noon to 10 PM; Fridays, noon to 11 PM; and Saturdays, 10 AM to 11 PM. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. Fort Dupont Ice Arena Public Skating. Fridays, noon to 2 PM; Saturdays, 1 to 3 PM; Sundays, 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Hours are subject to change without notice. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE.

MARKETS AND SALES FRESHFARM Market H Street. Saturdays through Dec. 21, 9 AM to noon. 800 13th St. NE. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7 AM to 7 PM; Saturdays, 7 AM to 6 PM; Sundays, 9 AM to 5 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open weekends, 9 AM to 6 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. 200 and 300 blocks of Seventh Street SE. Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Tuesdays, 3 to 7 PM. Farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of Seventh Street SE.

Little Lights Everyone Home DC The Hill Havarah A Wider Circle Capital Area Foodbank LightHouse Capitol Hill Cluster School Two Rivers PCS • Tri for Love Catholic Charities Southern Poverty Law Center Brain Aneurysm Foundation Central Union Mission • Kids Connection Haiti The Lab School • Brent Elementary School Kimball Elementary School • Maury Elementary School Eastern High School

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2019 HillRag Holiday Special!

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2019 HillRag Holiday Special!

Tis the Season for Holiday Shopping

W Italian wine and pastries, along with excellent food to bring home, make Radici a favorite stop during the holiday season. Celebrate Babbo Natale on December 21st.


by RIndy O’Brien

ith only 27 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, time is of the essence. Shopping locally is the ideal solution to getting everything done with ease and simplicity. There is an amazing array of stores carrying truly unique, oftentimes locally made items, as well as trendy named brands. From H Street, NE, to a number of new stores in the Navy Yard, and of course everyone’s favorites along the Eastern Market corridor; you will be able to surprise your friends and family with the best holiday ever. From November 30th through December 31, Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) will present THE HOLLY DAYS. EMMS is a designated DC Main Street program supporting small businesses and fostering a vibrant neighborhood. Manuel Cortes, owner of Groovy DC Cards and Gifts, and Board Chair of EMMS, says ”THE HOLLY DAYS encourages neighbors and the larger DC community to purposefully shift their purchases of gifts, décor, food and other holiday items to small and locally-owned businesses.” To get up to the minute information, go to On December 7, EMMS is sponsoring the third annual Capitol Hill Caroling Marathon, co-hosted by Music on the Hill. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., neighborhood choirs and regional singing groups will sing seasonal favorites around the Eastern Market area. Participating groups include Capitol Hill Chorale, Capitol Hill Seventhday Adventist Church, Sidwell Friends School, St. Mark’s Chancel Choir, and many more. On December 9, CHAMPS (The Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals) will once again host Sip and Shop, a travelling wine tasting, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. CHAMPS will have a tent on the Eastern Market Metro Plaza where you can get a complimentary shopping tote and a shopping map. Each shop will stamp your card, and you can receive 15% off your dining tab at designated restaurants this year. To learn more about the many stores participating, check out

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Leah Daniels, owner of Hill’s Kitchen. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Food & Drink for the Soul

Especially for those of us that enjoy a good meal, whether made at home or eating out in one of the many Capitol Hill restaurants, food, wine and good drink are gifts that are truly appreciated. It is also a great time to try out a new cocktail, order that special dessert, and savor the smells and taste of the Hill.

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Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D Street, SE, is the perfect stop for finding gifts for home cooks and bartenders. Owner Leah Daniels knows it all. Really. She and her staff can help you decide which pot, pan, knife, or cooking accessory will work best for you. Hill’s Kitchen also has great small gifts or cooking gadgets that just make life so much easier in the kitchen. The store has a lot of DC and DMV related items from cookie cutters to special sauces. Radici’s at the corner of 7th and C Streets at Eastern Market brings European delicacies to our doorstep. Come celebrate Babbo Natale on December 21st from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. There will be treats for all the little customers, and prosecco and Panettone tasting for the big customers. Shop all their special Italian holiday items. Buon Natale! Nothing makes a meal more special than pairing it with a great wine.

Schneider’s, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, has been helping customers find the perfect gift since 1915. They have many certified wine experts to help you select the right wines to go with your Christmas dinner, or help you stock up on beverages for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Schneider’s also has a variety of wines at different price levels, so they can help you no matter what your budget. DCanter at 545 8th Street, SE is a wine boutique specializing in artisanal wines along with craft beers. The shop offers a wide variety of services, from a personal sommelier to wine tasting classes and special events. Gift cards are available for the wine lovers on your list. Chats Liquor store at 503 8th Street, SE has you covered. With a strong local perspective, the store secures many local craft beers and whiskey that is distilled right down the road. Not sure what ingredients are needed for your favorite cocktail? This is a place where staff make you feel right at home and can answer your questions. Joselito at 660 Pennsylvania Ave, SE is an intimate Spanish restaurant that takes you back in time. Some of the best memories of life are created with family and friends over long, leisurely meals. Gift cards are available to share with friends, or bring your family and office party here. Truly a treat.

Choose a special wine at Schneiders. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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The world champion cheese, Rogue Bleu, is an Excellent choice for the foodie on your list found inside Historic Eastern Market at Bowers Fancy Dairy Products. Courtesy of EMMSers

JRINK at 750 C Street SE can help you make the holiday season a healthy and bright one. The store is along side Eastern Market and can make you a smoothie or bowl to go from only the freshest ingredients. Gift cards and specialty packs available. Bowers Fancy Dairy Products can be found inside historic Eastern Market. This favorite destination has been in business since 1964, and can meet the needs of the most discerning cheese lovers. Currently, they are featuring the world champion cheese, Rogue River Bleu. That would make a terrific present for your favorite gourmand. Don’t forget to check out Eastern Market Pottery at the C Street side of Eastern Market. The studio has been of-

JRink can blend a special smoothie for you To fortify you for all your shopping. Courtesy EMMS


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fering classes since 1968 and the teachers and students have a wide array of platters, mugs, and bowls for sale. The studio has two kilns, and classes are offered four nights a week. A gift card to one of Capitol Hill’s 5-star restaurants and other favorite eateries is also a treasured gift from millennials to grandparents. Check your favorite restaurant’s all bibliophiles are asking website or give them a What for this holiday, books, books, call to purchase a gift and more books. Staff at East City certficate, a nice way Books happy to help you find the right read. Courtesy of EMMS to keep gift-giving enjoyment rolling past the holidays.

Books Loved by Young and Old

Capitol Hill is extremely lucky to have a number of independent stores and specialty shops to keep us all well informed and thirsting for more.

Solid State Books at 600 H Street, NE, is the newest bookstore on the Hill. The store opens at 8 am and stays open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The bookstore carries all the latest novels and non-fiction books along with walls of treasured authors. The children’s section is a fun place to bring the little ones while you shop.

Gifts that say WOW!

Local shop owners have spent the last year gathering those special items that you may have not even heard of or seen. Many come from around the world, and are carefully sourced for authenticity and sustainability. Others are made by local artists. Quavaro, a leather goods store at 323 7th Street, SE, is known for its ethically-made, stylish leather and canvas travel bags made from quality materials at an affordable price. The Tomcat backpack is not only trendy but also one of the best looking packs around.

East City Books located at 645 Pennsylvania Ave, SE has signed books that make great gifts for the bibliophiles in your life. The store opened in 2016 and has added to its great inventory of toys, gifts, and art supplies, along with the latest in political books along with best selling novels, like Atwood’s Testament. Staff can help guide you to the right book. Fair y Godmother, 319 7th Street, SE, is a classic toy store that has fulfilled children’s dreams for 35 years. Grandparents, this is the place to go. There are educational toys galore, and lots of books organized Groovy Gifts on 7th Street can help you wrap up your holiday shopping from paper and bows, to gifts galore. by age and interest. Photo: Andrew Lightman


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Celebrate the season at st. Joseph’s on Capitol hill Festival of Light

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December 6th 6:30pm December 4th, 11th and 18th from 5:30-6:30pm

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December 7th & 8th Bring new unwrapped toys to any Mass. These toys will be distributed to our local neighbors in need.

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December 8th at 3pm Join us for a fun Sunday afternoon caroling in the neighborhood

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Groovy DC is at Antiochia is locat321 7th Street SE. The ed at 760 C Street, SE, gift-wrap and card store across from the new has wonderful new gifts Hines development. for everyone on your This may be your last list. Small and elegant chance to buy some of picture frames, jourthe most beautiful knit nals, holiday card sets cotton throws and hand (yes the post office is painted bowls, as the just around the corner), store will soon be closing. great ribbon, bows, and The gifts come from Turpaper will get you set for We will always have Paris. Paris key and reflect the careful Bleu has a great assortment of the holiday season. artisanship of the region. gifts that will light up your life. Paris Bleu is the Photo: Andrew Lightman Steadfast Supply perfect boutique shop to is located at 301 Tangy find elegant hostess gifts, as well as sensaStreet SE; the entrance is on Water Street. tional gloves, scarfs, and purses for your A truly unique store that carries many lospecial one. The store is located on the cal artists work from hand-made jewelry second floor of Groovy Cards Want to to one of the best selection of children’s show your love and make a great impression, let the ladies of Paris Bleu help pick out your gift. A few doors down from Groovy is Woven History at 311 7th Street, SE where east meets west. The store is more than exquisite rugs. The twofloor shop has a caravan of camels, incenses like Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Myrrh. This season, owner, Mehmet Yalcin, has found stunning glass lamps produced by a Turkish arMom and Dad’s may ask Santa for their tisan that combine art with function. own bike this year. Daily Ride on H Street has the sleekest ones around. Photo: Rindy O’Brien

t-shirts, toys, and games. It also features brands and makers from across the Globe. It is definitely a gift game-changer.

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The vision of waking up Christmas morning with a bike under the tree is still real. Except now, it is Mom and Dad wishing for one, too. Lucky for bike shoppers the Hill has a number of bike shops to help you make dreams come true. Jewelry, rugs and exotic household gifts at Woven History. Photo: Andrew Lightman


City Bikes and The Daily Ride can help you out. The Daily Ride, now operating in the Apollo Building, 600 H Street, NE, provides bikes and ac-

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cessories for everyday riding. They sell bikes for transportation from Breezer, Gazelle, and many other brands. City Bikes at 719 8th Street SE has bikes of all sizes and prices. It has a wider selection of bikes than any other shop in DC, and has an outstanding mechanic shop that keeps many Hill riders on the road. Conte’s Bike Shop is located at 1331 4th Street, SE in the Navy Yard. While new to our area, Conte’s has been in business since 1957. The shop carries tons of kids bikes, including the popular balance bikes. Staff are happy to talk you through the process and will be open Christmas eve for “Santa” pick-ups.

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Looking Good Clothes Encounters at 207 7th Street SE has a wide variety of women’s clothing, offering designer pieces for reasonable prices including some vintage pieces that will make you the favorite gift giver ever. Willow is at 1331 4th Street, SE on Water and 4th Streets. It is women’s boutique and gift store. The spacious store has a great selection of warm hats and mittens, as well as plenty of jewelry, socks, and handbags. If you are looking for a stylish new dress for the holidays, this is the place. Eye Central is located at 635 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE and is one of the leading eye health providers in the DC area. Outstanding staff and up to the minute technology will help you ensure you are seeing perfect in the New Year. Give the gift of improved sight. 38 H HILLRAG.COM

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Georgetown Opticians at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE has a highly curated selection of frames showcasing the latest collections from Moscot, Garrett Leight, Ahlem, Kirk & Kirk, and more. Their staff will help you select the perfect eyewear, and showing you the latest innovations in lens technology.

Time to Play

Get instruments and lessons at Music on the

Music On the Hill is at 801 D Street, Hill. Photo: Andrew Lightman NE. The store has been voted the best music store in the area by City Paper. also a great game for families who want Come in and buy your instrument from to have a fun evening learning about anguitars to the most colorful collection of imals and habitats. ukeles around. Get gift cards for lessons, and fun stocking stuffers. How about some sweet music in the New Year? And who doesn’t love a game or Get your dog all spruced up for the holipuzzle? Labyrinth is located at 645 days at City Dogs (301 H St, NE) in their Pennsylvania Ave, SE. The store is grooming salon. Or, if you’re going out of known throughout the DC region for town, they offer cage-free daycare and its incredible inventory of non-elecovernight boarding, staffed 24 hours a day tronic, specialty games, puzzles, and by dog lovers trained to handle friendly mazes. This year, Shobu is a two-playdogs of all sizes, breeds, and energy levels. er abstract strategy game that players are Howl to the Chief is at 733 8th putting high on their Santa list. Planet is Street, SE, and has pretty and yummy

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cookies, bones, and treats for your pet. The store offers adoption events every weekend from 12 to 3 p.m., and is the prime sponsor of the Hill’s annual Howl-0-ween event. The shop also has a wide variety of dog coats that will fit the smallest to biggest dog on the block. Another dog haven, Wagtime II, 900 M Street, SE, in the Navy Yard, knows what dogs like. Besides offering daycare and boarding, the shop has one of the best selections of dog and cat toys around. Unleashed in the Navy Yard at 300 Tingey St SE, a part of the Petco chain, offers and wide array of toys, beds, treats, and more. Santa will be coming to celebrate the season with your dogs on December 7th and 14th from 1 to 4 pm at the H Street Petco. For a $9.95 donation, you will receive a commemorative digital photo and help animals in need find loving homes. The store is located at

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625 H Street, N.E. The chain store has toys, toys, toys for your dogs and cats, along with winter coats, beds, and treats for all your 4-legged friends.

Check out the Outdoor Market at Eastern Market

There will be one hundred plus vendors on Saturday and Sundays at Eastern Market to help you shop for gifts ranging from antique maps and posters to hand made ceramics from Capitol Hill artisans. Items from around the world are also offered that can make for a truly beautiful gift. Some examples of pop up shop owners are: Jim Nixon and Hector Zarate bring crafts and arts from Peru to the marketplace. They have gathered rugs created using llama wools, and many other traditional crafts to their shop. Elmer Farfan also has gathered baby Alpaca hats, shawls, and ponchos to keep friends and family warm over the holidays. The merchandise comes from Peru and Ecuador. Priyam Roongta calls her shop Ginger Bandar and her items are elegant appliqued works from her home in India. She specializes in pillows and wall

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Saturday and Sunday hundreds of vendors will be bringing the world of unique goods to you. Stop by and find the joys of shopping local. Courtesy of EMMS

hangings. Great gifts or dressing up your own home before the holidays. Genevieve Adams can put you in just the right outfit for the holidays, having created beautiful, one of a kind fashion, at her shop Jay Bee’s Fashion. If you are looking for color and fun, her shop is the place to be.

Take a deep breath and know the Hill has you covered. From the Flea Market at Eastern Market to the bookstore on H Street, you will find plenty to cover your holiday list. Maybe, you will even find some thing special for yourself along the way. Rindy O’Brien is a long time resident of Capitol Hill. She can be reached at rindyobrien@ and will be seeing you this holiday season. u


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HiLl HoLiDaY CaLeNdAr! National Cathedral Holiday Light Spectacular

Dec. 27, 6:30 and 8:30 PM; and Dec. 28, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 PM. Be transported into a snow globe world as the grand columns and high vaulted ceilings are blanketed in snowflakes and other lighting effects. Enjoy a screening of the 1982 film “The Snowman” as well as holiday favorites performed by a live orchestra and soloists. Run time is 45 minutes. $40.

Coldwell Banker Capitol Hill celebrates the Holidays with their Annual Toy Drive and a visit from Santa Claus on Saturday, December 7th from 11am to 2pm. Bring the family and leashed pets to Coldwell Banker at 605 Pennsylvania Avenue SE for a free professional portrait with Santa. Enjoy our traditional holiday windows, face painting and a half price kids’ meal courtesy of Mr. Henry’s. CHAMPS Holiday Sip & Shop and Hill Center Galleries Opening Reception. Dec. 9, 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Get a jump on holiday shopping and enjoy a traveling wine tasting through Capitol Hill as Hill Center Galleries participates in the CHAMPS Sip & Shop. Black Nativity at Anacostia Playhouse. Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. Black Nativity is an Afrocentric retelling of the birth of Christ through exuberant Gospel music and modern dance. You are cordially invited to a fabulous year-end Gala fundraiser on December 13. Enjoy food and drinks along with a special preview of Black Nativity and a reception with the cast.

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The Great Latke Cookoff at Hill Center. On Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 to 3 p.m., come to the Hill Center for The Great Latke Cookoff! Mix, peel, cut and fry (using kid-safe equipment and adult supervision!) to create delicious, sizzling, Chanukah Latkes. For ages six, up. $15 to $35. Register at Hill

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WINTERFEST at Wunder Garten

Dec. 6 to 22 (kick-off, Dec. 6, 4 PM with live music). At this year’s WINTERFEST, shop local vendors, buy a Christmas tree, take family holiday photos, chat by the fire pit, chill in the igloo, see Santa (2 to 8 PM on Saturdays) and sip warm cocktails. Wunder Garten, 1101 First St. NE.

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The US Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting. Dec. 4, 5 PM. The US Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by Speaker of the House Pelosi during a ceremony on the West Front Lawn. All are welcome to attend the lighting and to visit the tree throughout the season. The tree will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2020.



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Lessons and Carols at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Dec. 18, 7 p.m. A time-honored Advent ceremony of choral and congregational music to prepare the way of the Lord. Choir and Children’s Choir of Saint Peter’s with chamber players and organ. 313 2nd Street SE Free admission Downtown Holiday Market. Through Dec. 23, noon to 8 PM, daily. More than 150 exhibitors and artisans selling an array of high-quality gift items including fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, tasty treats and hot beverages. Market is at F Street between Seventh and Ninth Streets NW. National Menorah Lighting. Dec. 22, 4 PM (gates open at 3 PM). Free dreidels, latkes, donuts and menorah kits. Ceremony is on the Ellipse, south of the White House. Free tickets required at

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Enchant at Nat’s Park. Through Dec. 29. The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market is coming to Nationals Park this holiday season! The Nutcracker. Through Dec 29. Set in Georgetown with swirling snowflakes, cherry blossoms and historical characters, including George Washington as the heroic nutcracker, The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker has become a DC tradition. Warner Theater, 513 13th St. NW. A Christmas Carol at Ford’s. Through Jan. 1. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW.

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special keeper talks. Enjoy live entertainment. Free; $25 to park. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Season’s Greenings at the Botanic Garden. Daily through Jan. 5, 10 AM to 5 PM. Remember that the best things in life are free: the fragrance of a freshly cut fir tree, the magic of holiday lights and sumptuous decorations and the delight of a child discovering the make-believe world of model trains. Seasonal live music is on Dec. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 26 and 31; 6 to 8 PM. Free. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Nov. 30; Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14 and 22, Join the estate for a candlelit character-guided tour. Learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-Century Virginia. George Washington’s Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA.


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257th Army Band Holiday Concert Monday, Dec. 16th – 7:00 pm – FREE

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Christmas Family Mass/Youth Pageant Tuesday, Dec. 24th – 6:00 pm Midnight Mass Tuesday, Dec. 24th – w/Music Service at 11:00 pm Mass on Christmas Day Wednesday, Dec. 25th – 10:00 am

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Watch Night Mass (New Year’s Eve) Tuesday, Dec. 31st – 11:00 pm

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Folger Consort’s GloriaA Baroque Italian Christmas

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PM. Winternational is a celebration showcasing the cultural and culinary traditions of Washington’s diplomatic community. Free and open to the public. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. itcdc. com/winternational. White House Historical Association’s Holiday Book Fair. Dec. 6, 11 AM to 6:30 PM. Festivities include nearly 20 authors available to sign copies of their award-winning books, live music and more. 1610 H St. NW. US Army Band American Holiday Festival. Dec. 6 and 7, 8 PM; Dec. 7 and 8, 3 PM. Visit to or-

der free tickets. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. Heurich House Museum Christkindlmarkt. Dec. 6, 4 to 8 PM (preview); Dec. 7, noon to 8 PM; and Dec. 8, noon to 6 PM. The museum honors the Heurich family’s German heritage by recreating a traditional German public Christmas market in its garden. Paid admission. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Holidays through History. Dec. 6, 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Anderson House, Dumbarton House and Woodrow Wilson House celebrate the holidays through history. Enjoy tours and sam-

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An Irish Carol at Keegan Theatre

Dec. 12 to 31. An Irish Carol follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has distanced himself from others and lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW.

Caroling in the Gallery. Dec. 7 and 14, 1:30 and 2:30 PM. The Gallery’s long-standing tradition of community caroling in the West Building Rotunda is a favorite family activity during the holidays. Performances last 45 minutes; singers and spectators of all ages welcome. National Gallery of Art. The District’s Holiday Boat Parade at The Wharf. Dec. 7, 6 to 9 PM. See the beautifully decorated boats pass by, sip hot cocoa and make s’mores at the fire pit. Visit the lighted Christmas Tree and enjoy other activities, including live music, ice skating and sampling winter drinks at the Waterfront Wine & Beer Garden. Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and Concert. Dec. 7, parade, 11 AM; massed band concert, 1 PM at Market Square. The parade begins at St. Asaph and Wolfe Streets and concludes at Market Square. Alexandria, VA. Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long. Dec. 7, 4 PM. “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and members of local choirs and vocal groups perform. Free. Jingle All The Way 5k and 15k. Dec. 8, 8 AM. Have a festive time in the heart of DC! The Jingle All the Way is a holiday themed race that draws a huge crowd of costume-clad participants.

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ple historic cocktails unique to each site. $30 in advance; $35 at door. National Shrine Christmas Concert for Charity. Dec. 6, 7:30 PM, but arrive earlier. The annual Christmas Concert features the voices and sounds of the Basilica Choir and the Catholic University of America Choir and Orchestra. There will be a free will offering to benefit a charity. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Del Ray Artisans Holiday Market. Dec. 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22. Market features handcrafted work from local artists; handmade ornaments to benefit Del Ray Artisans. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA. Georgetown GLOW Light Display. Dec. 6 to Jan. 5. Produced by the Georgetown BID, the region’s only curated light art experience juxtaposes commissioned pieces against the backdrop of Georgetown’s historic environs. Handel’s Messiah at the National Cathedral. Dec. 6, 7:30 PM; Dec. 8 and 9, 4 PM. Experience Handel’s Messiah in the unique setting of Washington National Cathedral. $25 to $95.


Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival​. Dec. 8, noon to 5 PM. On the first blocks of West Street between Church Circle and the Loews Hotel and Whitmore Park on Calvert Street in downtown Annapolis. $5 suggested donation. Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination. Dec. 8, 4 to 7:30 PM. Enjoy musical performances on multiple stages throughout the Historic Area and fireworks displays from the Capitol, the Magazine and the Palace. No ticket required. Daughters of the American Revolution Christmas Open House. Dec. 11, 5:30 to 8 PM. Live holiday music, tour 31 period rooms, cider, hot chocolate and cookies, Santa. DAR Headquarters, 17th and D Streets, NW. dar. org/openhouse. Perfect Octave-Why We Sing of Christmas and Temps de Noël Concert. Dec 11 and 19, 7 PM. This December, the Perfect Octave lecture examines Christmas music. Special attention will be given to the music that will be performed at the December 19th concert by EightFold at Hill Center. $25 for both. Step Afrika! Magical Musical Holiday Step Show. Dec. 12 to 22. DC’s internationally-known percussive dance company celebrates the holidays with clapping, stomping and all around fun featuring their furry friends from the Animal Kingdom and a special dance party with DJ Frosty the Snowman. $25 to $45. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.

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Dec. 7 to 15. Holiday magic is just around the corner in a rustic village in Europe! As the Winter days grow short, three wandering performers from far-off lands weave music, dance and stories from their cultures into an enchanting and dramatic tale of the Winter Solstice. But when the sun finally sets on the longest night — and darkness seems to stretch on without end — these “Celestial Fools,” played by played by Karim Nagi, Shizumi Shigeto Manale, and Mark Novak, lead us on a journey into the heavens to reclaim the light and restore its warmth to the world. Join Washington Revels to celebrate the season with rousing carol sing-alongs, a mad-cap Twelve Days of Christmas, and dancing in the aisles with a cast of over 100, ages 9-90. $12 to $65. Lisner Auditorium at GW University. US Air Force Band Spirit of the Season. Dec. 14, 3 and 8 PM; Dec. 15, 3 PM. Enjoy classic and modern holiday music and a surprise visit from the North Pole. Free tickets available at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW. Kwanzaa at Dance Place. Dec. 14, 7 to 10 PM and Dec. 15, 3 to 5 PM. Enjoy Dance Place’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration. Join the Coyaba Academy, the Coyaba Dance Theater and special guests to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. A Candlelight Christmas by The Washington Chorus. Dec. 15 to 22. It’s not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring the National Capital Brass, over 130 singers, the organ, sing-alongs and the magnificent candlelight processions. $19 to $82. A Jew in December. Dec. 18, 7 PM. Between office holiday parties and Christmas jingles in coffee shops, December is a time when Jews often feel out of place. With Rabbi Aaron, discuss the concept of Christian privilege and how it impacts American Jewish identity. $18. Open to people of all faiths. Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW. Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon. Dec. 20 and 21, 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Come to Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music, with fireworks beginning around 8 PM. Event also features local choirs, re-enactors from the First Virginia Regiment in winter encampment and 18th-Cen56 H HILLRAG.COM

tury dance lessons. George Washington’s Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA. Christmas Caroling at The Wharf. Dec. 21, 5 to 7 PM. Enjoy music from strolling Christmas carolers and a meet-and-greet with Santa and one of his elves! Wharf Street, District Square, District Pier. Navy Band Holiday Concerts. Dec. 21, 3 PM and 8 PM and Dec. 22, 3 PM. Listen to multiple ensembles from the US Navy Band for an entertaining family-friendly show. Santa appears. Free. Tickets are online and there are stand-by seats. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. Christmas at Washington National Cathedral. Dec. 24, 6 PM, Lessons and Carols; 10 PM, Festival Holy Eucharist. Tickets required. Dec. 25, 11:15 AM, Festival Holy Eucharist; 1:30 PM, Christmas Day Organ Recital. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Christmas Dinner for Those Who Are Alone or In Need. Dec. 25, 12:15 to 2 PM, in the Dining Room of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. To volunteer, email or phone 202-526-8300. First Night Alexandria. Dec. 31, 10 AM to just after midnight. This annual New Year’s Eve bash takes over Old Town Alexandria with more than

100 performances at 22 indoor venues with live music, dancing, face painting and games. Fireworks just before midnight on the river. $30, Dec. 1 to 30; $35, day-of. Kids 12 and under and active military, free. Fiesta de los Reyes Magos. Jan. 5, 11:30 AM and 2 PM. GALA’s traditional Three Kings celebration features the Magi, live animals, local performers, a walk through the neighborhood and gifts for every child. Free tickets at the GALA Box Office at 10 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. show and at noon for the 2 p.m. show. GRUMP Holiday Market at Zoolights. Dec. 6 to 8, 5 to 9 PM. Local artisans will be selling everything from handmade soaps, sweets, jewelry, prints and letterpress cards to glass art, handbound books, clothing, upcycled animal pillows and DIY craft kits. Civil War Christmas in Camp Open House. Dec. 14, noon to 4 PM. Holiday event interprets how Christmas was observed during the Civil War. Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria, VA. alexandriava. gov/FortWard. Mt. Rainier Holiday Craft Fair. Dec. 7, 10 AM to 5 PM. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD. MtRainierCraftFair. u

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BULLETIN BOARD Eastern Market Main Street’s THE HOLLY DAYS From Nov. 30 to Dec. 31, Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) presents THE HOLLY DAYS. This month-long celebration of the businesses at the heart of Capitol Hill features the Capitol Hill Caroling Marathon, Letters to Santa Mailbox and many more events for the whole family. THE HOLLY DAYS kicks off on Nov. 30, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. EMMS hosts a hospitality station at 321 Seventh St. SE. The first 100 shoppers to stop by will receive a Small Business Saturday tote bag filled with goodies from participating businesses. On Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., neighborhood choirs and regional singing groups will sing seasonal favorites throughout the corridor, leaving on the hour from the corner of Seventh and C Streets SE. Participating groups include Capitol Hill Choral, Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, Sidwell Friends School, St. Mark’s Chancel Choir and Singing Capital Chorus. More neighborhood events and activities, as well as a full list of participating businesses, can be found at

O Say Can You See After three weeks of weaving, the Patrick Dougherty sculpture at US Bo-

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tanic Garden is complete. The sculpture, woven from thousands of plant saplings and branches, stands 15-feettall and 25-feet-wide. Dougherty has titled the sculpture “O Say Can You See.” Visitors are invited to touch and walk through the sculpture, which will be on display through the end of December 2020. View a time-lapse of the three-week creation process, photos of the complete sculpture and more at

EMMS Grants Open EMMS currently offers two grant programs for small businesses--a Facade Improvement Program (FIP) and Technical Assistance Program (TAP). Updated guidelines and applications for 2020 are now available. Applications accepted until April 30, 2020.

Capitol Hill Village Easy Strollers Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon made famous for her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, is often mischaracterized as a quiet seamstress. Little attention is paid to her full life story. A new Library of Congress exhibition, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,” reveals the real Rosa Parks was a seasoned activist with a militant spirit forged over decades of challenging inequality and injustice. Opening Dec. 5 in the Thomas Jefferson Building, this is the first exhibition of the Rosa Parks Collection, which includes her personal writings, reflections, photographs, records and memorabilia. The collection was placed on loan with the Library in 2014 and became a permanent gift in 2016 through the generosity of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

On Mondays, Easy Strollers meet at Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE, at 9 a.m. and walk for five- to tenminute intervals with rests on some of the many benches scattered throughout the cemetery. Maximum strolling time is 45 minutes, but strollers are free to walk for shorter periods. The pace for the group will be very slow, although those who prefer may walk ahead at a faster pace. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water. For rides

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The Marvelous Morphology Tour On Dec. 5, 11 a.m. or Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m., join Dr. Susan Pell, US Botanic Garden Deputy Executive Director, on a tour of “Season’s Greenings: America’s Gardens” to learn more about plants included in the garden’s holiday exhibit. Discover which leaves, stems, flowers and fruits are used to create plant-based recreations of DC landmarks. Use a magnifying glass to investigate the tiny flowers of a poinsettia or learn about the scents of evergreen trees. Free but registration is required. Photo: Courtesy of the US Botanic Garden

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On Nov. 6, Mayor Muriel Muriel Bowser (D) held the 34th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards to honor artists and arts organizations. The event celebrates the District’s arts, humanities and creative communities. The event was produced by DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment and the newly created DC Creative Affairs Office. The Mayor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Honor is presented to an individual, group or non-profit organization whose contributions to arts and culture in the District have been substantial and consistent for at least 20 years. For the first time, DC residents voted for awards winners via online polling for the 11 other categories. The mayor recognized the contributions of Andy Shallal, Vernard Gray, DC Scores, The Content Farm, Models Inc. Performing Organiza-


The celebration began on Sunday, Nov. 24 with a festive coffee hour, a slide show drawn from the church archives and a tree planting ceremony. Then, that afternoon, there was a concert at the church featuring a brass ensemble from “the President’s Own” United States Marine Band, celebrating the historic relationship between Christ Church “Navy Yard” and the Marine Barracks. The musical selection included music by one of Christ Church’s most famous parishioners, John Philip Sousa. Sousa is well known as America’s “March King” composer and great Marine band-master, and was a member of Christ Church for over 50 years. The anniversary celebration continues into 2020, including an organ concert at Christ

Church on Feb. 23 and a celebration in May at Historic Congressional Cemetery.

Traffic Pattern Shifts Northbound on South Capitol Street, SE The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) has shifted the traffic pattern on northbound South Capitol Street between Potomac Avenue and O Street SE. Northbound lanes have been shifted to the west onto the paved median. This traffic pattern change is necessary for construction activities associated with the South Capitol Street Corridor Project, which includes the construction of the New Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge For more information, visit

DC Hypothermia Hotline Hypothermia season is Nov. 1 to March 31. A Hypothermia Alert is called when the temperature falls to 32 degrees. Call the Shelter Hotline, 202-399-7093, to report a homeless person who may be impacted by extreme temperatures. Call 211 or

Emergency Food Assistance Know someone who is in need of food? Call the Hunger Lifeline at 202-644-9807. They can help find local pantries, kitchens serving free meals and other organizations that can provide emergency aid.

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Anacostia Watershed Society Volunteer Day On Dec. 14, noon to 3 p.m., help the Anacostia Watershed Society sort trash remove from their River Terrace Trash Trap. The trash is sorted into 13 categories. Count the pieces of trash and measure the weight and volume for each. The data is used to educate the public. Volunteers meet at Bostwick House, 3901 48th St., Bladensburg, MD.

Bike Lane Enforcement Expanded The District is mobilizing 26 new Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) to enhance bike lane safety in support of the city’s Vision Zero DC initiative. The agency hopes that the additional officers will help change driving behavior and improve safety. Each beat has at least one PEO dedicated solely to bike lane enforcement. They focus on vehicles blocking bike lanes. Have an item for the Bulletin Board? Email it to u

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n Tuesday, Nov. 19 DC reluctant to accept housing solutions that will take them out of the neighborhood or Council unanimously apseparate them from the community they proved a contract to prohave built together. vide 100 Permanent Sup“People talk all the time about how portive Housing (PSH) important it is that people not be pushed units on Reservation 13. The contract out of the neighborhood, and these people with developers Donatelli and Blue Skye have a right to be included,” Zeilinger said. includes subsidies of $3.1 million a year Residents are selected for PSH by for 15 years to provide 100 units of housthe DC Housing Authority through a ing in the F1 development. standardized system that assesses appliResidents were initially surprised by cants and prioritizes their access in order the contract, which had been placed on to best meet their housing needs. That this the consent agenda for the Nov. 5th DC location will match their key needs means Council meeting, meaning it required neithat the women currently living in Harrither discussion nor debate. In response et Tubman will likely be the first clients to community feedback, Councilmember by Elizabeth O’Gorek matched to the Reservation 13 housing, Charles Allen (Ward 6-D) asked chair of but they will not be the only candidates the District’s housing committee Councilfor the housing. Anyone whose needs are best matched by these units will also member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) to delay the vote for two weeks to allow for receive an offer, Zeilinger said. greater outreach.

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Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is both a housing and a service modWith this contract, all of the units in Donatelli development on the F1 parcel el. Units are usually located in a single building where 24-hour supportive serwill now be PSH. That project was originally to include 75 affordable units vices such as security, medical or employment assistance are provided on-site, intended for families with incomes between 0 and 60 percent AMI. The PSH usually by a non-profit organization. contract adds nine units, all deeply affordable and all one-bedroom. “We are The model is designed to provide residents with the stability of housing actually getting more affordable housing out of this deal then is required,” Zeiland whatever support is necessary to address their individual needs in order reinger said. The appearance of the F1 development is not expected to change main housed. Rent and utilities are subsidized up to 100 percent, for a total of and the G1 development is unaffected. $45 million over 15 years. It is important to move fast on the contract, Zeilinger said. While financing Although residents are asked to contribute 30 percent of their income, was in place for the development as previously planned, in order for the investor Bonds said the project was to support the change to PSH budgeted on the assumption units, there needs to be surety that there will be zero income that DHS will take on the debt. contribution. At the end of 15 “Every time it gets delayed, we years, the city has the option risk demonstrating that there is to renew the contract, the most not the political will to do this,” likely path. Regardless, the zonshe said. ing order for the development What’s Going on requires that 76 units be offered With Reservation 13? at 60 percent AMI and below. But Hill East residents say that Department of Human the sudden change to the conServices (DHS) Director Laura tract is typical of the sudden Zeilinger said the PSH Project changes to plans for Reservaat Reservation 13 was designed tion 13. There has been diswith the community of womcussion about development on en currently living at the HarReservation 13 for more than riet Tubman Women’s Shelter fifteen years. A full plan for the (1900 Massachusetts Ave. SE) area was produced with tcomin mind. Many of these women munity input in 2008. Jan. 21, 2016 Rendering of the sites of the F1 and G1 Donatelli-Blue Skye developments. Prehave been living in the shelter or sented at April 7, 2016 hearing of the District Zoning Commission. Speaking before the vote, the system for decades, and are


Hill East resident John Ten Hoeve said that part of the problem is that neighbors have no idea what the city really plans to do with Reservation 13 overall. He points to the other apparently spur-of-the-moment District action in regard to Reservation 13: the city’s offers of the spot for the Olympics, to Amazon, and as a potential site for an NFL Stadium. Ten Hoeve said these, together with the 2017 designation of the area as an Economic Opportunity Zone make him question the city’s plans for the entire area. “It would be easier for residents to really evaluate the proposal if it was situated in the context of plans for the entire Reservation 13 space,” he said. “Personally, I’m not against Permanent Supportive Housing,” said Ten Hoeve. “I’m not even against PSH in this location. What I take issue with is the process by which it has been handled.” He said the rush to vote makes it impossible for community members to read the contract and raise concerns, or for the concerns to be addressed before the city signs a contract. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen agreed that the DHS decision not to reach out prior to the DCHA meeting was a mistake, saying that the Mayor’s team “dropped the ball” in working with both council and neighbors. Allen said that neither he or Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray were informed about changes at Reservation 13 until the proposed contract was circulated to Council Oct. 31.

‘A Mistake on My Part’ DHS Director Zeilinger acknowledged that the agency did not realize the full extent of community concern with development in the area. She said that DHS had been advocating over the summer for a PSH deal in Hill East. When the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) notified DHS that they were able to work with Donatelli to modify their plans to include PSH,

she said it seemed like the perfect opportunity to move quickly. Zeilinger said that it was an error not to have conducted community outreach until the week after Oct. 9, when the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) had voted to allocate local subsidies to fund the housing. “That was a mistake on my part,” she said. “I and my team didn’t understand the dynamics and how it would be perceived overall.” “Clearly, they felt blindsided, and the notice felt really short. That should have happened differently.” Despite the passions on the issue, Zeilinger said that engagement at the two community meetings held by the city on Nov. 13 and by Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 7F on Nov. 14, and both attended by DHS has been positive. “What surprised me most about [the Nov. 13 meeting] was that while it was kind of hostile at first and people felt strongly about it, still afterwards they came up to me and said, ‘you know, I feel really good about this now.’”

Different Views of ANCs Reservation 13 is located in ANC 7F, which is chaired by Tyrell Holcomb (7F01). Together with Holcomb ANC 7F voted in support of the PSH contract. In a statement released after the vote, Holcomb said that to do otherwise would be to reject the most vulnerable people in Ward 7. “Donatelli Development owns the land in question and rejecting this resolution would mean the potential displacement of more Ward 7 residents,” the statement reads. “If the commission does not endorse permanent supportive housing; high-cost units will be built.” The ANC 7F resolution also stipulates that Donatelli will select a management company and provide a security plan. While Reservation 13 is located in ANC 7F, it is beside the Hill East residential neighborhoods of ANC 6B. At (continued on pg. 67)

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A RECIPE FOR EDUCATION EQUITY DC Schools Are Chronically Underfunded


chools may get the biggest share of DC’s local revenues, but that doesn’t mean they get enough. A closer look shows that the education budget continues to fail students who need that money the most—falling far below what experts say is adequate and not keeping up with rising costs year-to-year. Over the past seven years, the gap between actual funding and what’s needed was over $700 million. The consequences show up in several ways in this year’s school funding. Despite deep inequities in school outcomes by income and race, 15 schools in Wards 7 and 8 saw their budgets cut this year. Beyond that, DCPS openly misuses special funds for students who are considered “at-risk” of academic failure. Instead of putting that money into the programs for which it was intended, a large share of atrisk funds is re-allocated to cover other school operating costs because base funding for DCPS falls short—hurting students in DC’s lowest-income and primarily Black neighborhoods. The impact also shows up in DC’s public charter schools. The path to good school outcomes, and education equity, has to start with a rational budgetsetting process that gives all schools what they need, provides additional funds to address inequity, and increases from year to year to keep up with known costs.

Current Schools Funding Is Inadequate DC funds public education through the UniformPer-Student-Funding Formula (UPSFF). This school year, the formula set a base allocation of $10,980 for every student that enrolls in DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC public charter schools. The formula is weighted based on student grade levels, with additional funding for children with added needs, including special education, English Learners, and students “at risk” of academic failure. In 2013, DC’s Deputy Mayor for Education released an analysis of the costs of providing an educational program to support all students in meeting academic standards. It recommended a base 66 H HILLRAG.COM

by Alyssa Noth per-student funding level of $10,557, or $11,840 if adjusted for inflation to 2020 dollars. Yet the budget adopted by Mayor Bowser and the DC Council provides funding that is $860 per student, or seven percent, below the recommended level. The total shortfall in base funding is at least $80 million this year. Over the past seven years, the shortfall adds up to a $700 million distance from an adequate budget.

Inadequate School Budgets Harm Students and Teachers Alike DC has two laws about how DCPS must allocate funding to individual schools. First, no school should lose more than five percent of the previous year’s allocation. Yet 19 schools lost five percent or more of their budget this year, and 15 of them are in Ward 7 or Ward 8. This isn’t fair or the right way to get to education equity. Second, at-risk funds generally must follow the student to their school. In other words, a school with a large percentage of at-risk students should receive additional supplementary funding over schools with higher incomes and fewer atrisk students. Yet several reports from the DC Auditor show that DCPS uses at-risk funds to pay for core education staffing. More adequate base funding would allow schools to address basic needs without having to tap at-risk funds. In the public charter sector, an inadequate UPSFF and the lack of labor protections mean that some teachers do not make a living wage. The average starting wage for charter school teachers $45,750—is not a living wage or a way to keep talented teachers in the classroom.

Budget Does Not Keep Up with Rising Costs Examining and accurately projecting the education budget’s key cost drivers are essential to adequately funding the District’s educational needs. This year, per-student funding increased less than the increase in the average cost of a DC Public School teacher. This is the second time in three years that increases failed to keep up with costs. That means that over-

all, schools are facing challenges maintaining current staff and services.

Getting to a Sound School Budget The reality is that for a long time DC hasn’t had a system for developing the school budget in a logical way. Rather than looking at the costs of the city’s staffing model and taking a look at how costs rise year to year, the discussion over how much to devote to education is based on other factors, like the city’s available revenues or other spending needs. While those are legitimate constraints, it’s a problem if that means consistently underfunding schools. And it needs to change in time for Fiscal Year 2021. The Mayor, the DC Council, and the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) all have a role to play in building a better budget to support the 94,603 public school students that show up to school every day eager and capable of learning at high levels. The education budget should be sufficient to keep up with rising costs, stabilize school budgets, and ensure all teachers earn a living wage. • The Mayor should tie the annual UPSFF percent increases to rising personnel costs and inflation and commit to a plan to close the seven percent gap between current funding and the recommendations of the DC Education Adequacy Study; • DCPS should provide stabilization funds to schools with declining enrollment to make sure that a drop in enrollment doesn’t result in devastating cuts for the students who remain; • DCPS should ensure at-risk funding is supplemental to each school’s base funding; and, • The DC Council should amend the School Reform Act to establish a minimum living wage salary for public charter school teachers. Alyssa Noth is a Policy Analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute ( DCFPI promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia and increase opportunities for residents to build a better future. u

(continued from pg. 65) their November meeting, ANC 6B voted to send a letter to DC Council asking them to delay a vote on the contract until Dec. 5. ANC Commissioner Denise Krepp (6B10) said that the neighborhood supports affordable housing. “We need affordable housing in this city, for teachers, fire fighters and individuals who are homeless. That’s what the original contract was for. The neighborhood supported it,” she said. What the neighborhood doesn’t understand, she said, is why Donatelli is being awarded a $45 million contract, given concerns with other buildings they manage in the District. She said she is frustrated that the delay in the vote didn’t lead to more conversations. At the Nov. 19 council vote, Councilmember Elissa Silverman appeared to express similar sentiments. “Let me be clear, the issue for me was not the worthiness of public housing,” she said at the hearing. “But just because it is a worthy project, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be able to question the subsidy to developers.” Bonds said that the developer will have to redesign the entire building to meet requirements set by DHS and the city, a process that is expected to take five to six months and needs to be complete before construction begins. Zeilinger said that DHS will continue to build relationships in Hill East, adding that often the neighbors who have the most concerns about housing later become the biggest supporters. She said that for DHS, the priority is finding housing for homeless neighbors. “We always have urgency,” she said. “For us, we can’t move fast enough when it is about the needs of people we can’t house.” u

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PRESERVING THE DISTRICT’S DISAPPEARING ‘SACRED SPACES’ Conservancy Group Works to Find Ways to Keep Institutions in Neighborhoods by Elizabeth O’Gorek Grace Church Condos at 9th and South Carolina Ave. SE was one of the first churches on the Hill to be converted to residential housing.


y 1982, the 250 African-American congregants of Faith Baptist Church recognized that the costs of maintaining the church at Ninth St. and North Carolina Ave. SE were becoming increasingly unsustainable. The roof was leaking, heating costs were skyrocketing, and a boiler had recently exploded. Realizing the upkeep was beyond their capacity, the church sold the building to be converted into condominiums in 1985. First Baptist was not the first church to meet this fate, and most certainly was not the last. Over the past 35 years, dozens of District churches have been sold to developers. This type of threat to churches, many historically black and a part of the District’s fabric for decades, is real and shows no signs of slowing. From 2008 to 2018, Ward 6 lost 47 out of 116 houses of worship; another seven were listed for sale. Only Ward 1 saw greater attrition in the same period. The data was collected by Sacred Spaces DC, a District-based not-for-profit that works to find collaborative solutions to maintain and preserve neighborhood institutions. Hill real estate agent Tim Barley founded the non-profit organization in 2017 as


he watched community gathering spaces fall into private hands. Now, the conservancy is working with congregations to find ways for churches to survive in the District for the next generation.

Sacred Spaces Executive Director Elizabeth Laird Courtesy Sacred Spaces DC

“Losing These Spaces So Quickly” Mapping these locations allows Sacred Spaces to track change over time, but also to understand where and why buildings are being lost and to help address ways to preserve them. Sacred Spaces helps congregations with revenue generation through partnerships with other religious and community-serving groups, to identify the needs of their aging buildings and, where necessary, to guide real estate transactions to the best outcomes for the church. “You’re losing these spaces so quickly,” said Sacred Spaces Executive Director Elizabeth Laird. “It seemed like this was something that nobody was doing anything about. We saw this hole, and we thought: ‘given our talents, I think there might be some valueadds that we can bring here’.” Sacred Spaces has a small and growing board composed of four members, all DC residents from the fields of real estate and non-profit management. “It’s been this really great marriage of these two worlds that hardly ever interact and yet are both desperately needed to address this problem,” said Laird, who has a background in non-profit management. Many of the lost places are historically African-American churches that, while sometimes small, play a large role in the lives of congregants, Laird said. “For many African American churches from early in our history, the church was one of the few properties that they were allowed to

own,” she said. “So, in that sense, it holds very heavy weight as a place that has defined a community of people who have been able to stake their claim in a city that was not always warm and welcoming to African American communities in particular.“ There are a variety of reasons why churches sell. There has been a decline in church attendance nationally over the past few decades. Many congregants have moved outside of the city, and churches follow, wanting to minister where their congregants are. Finally, even when churches want to remain in the city, the costs of maintenance and utilities become prohibitive. “They’re looking at it and saying, we want to be here, we want to continue, and yet reality is staring them right in the face,” Laird said.

Planning to Stay In the last year, Sacred Spaces Conservancy has worked with about 20 congregations in the District to develop a viable plan for the long-term stewardship of the property that will allow them to continue to serve the neighborhood. Sacred Spaces offers a Technical Advisory Panel, a group of pro-bono experts who do a cursory overview of the church prop-

erty, developers who can suggest ways to ensure longevity, or zoning experts who can answer questions about the legal possibility in each space. Plans vary according to the needs of congregations. Some will need to find ways to address building repairs; others can be matched to mission-minded organizations, such as arts groups or other religious congregations, to rent the space when it is not being used by the church. They also work with groups interested in acquiring historic religious buildings, including new religious organizations, non-profits or arts groups. Sacred Spaces walks these groups through a preparation process so that they can move quickly when confronted with the perfect real estate opportunity. As well as religious groups, Sacred Spaces wants to work with not-for-profits and art organizations to acquire churches. They all fall into a similar category, Laird said, because these organizations are willing to use the building for the good of the neighborhood, as happened when historic African-American Friendship Baptist Church was acquired by arts collective Culture House (formerly Blind Whino) in 2013. “These are neighborhood-serving institutions,” she said. “Generally, they are more likely and able to allow their space to be used for the public, whereas condos become spaces for condo owners.”

Stewards of Buildings and Community Often, the continued financial viability of a church building can be assured through creativity and the nurturing of new relationships. For example, since 2016, the Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 East Capitol St. NE) has shared its space with the Jewish congregation Hill Havurah. Reformation Pastor Mike Wilker said that the church hosts multiple groups visiting the Capital and about 800 events annually. The church has space-sharing arrangements with two nursery schools, four community musical groups, three Scouts groups and hosts multiple community meetings. About 2,000 people came through the doors in a single week this November Wilker said that while the church has seen an overall decline in membership, there has been increase in those living in the District. “The challenge for us is how to care for our buildings and provide that hospitality when we are a smaller congregation,” Wilker said, noting that average Sunday attendance is between 100 and 150 members.

Laird said Reformation is an example of good stewardship. “They are welcoming people in, they’re opening themselves up to the community. They’re creating sustainable patterns so that the congregation can continue to thrive in the building,” she said.

‘Place Matters’ Another part of the work done by Sacred Spaces is general outreach to the community about why sacred spaces matter. “Obviously, people understand that they matter from a spiritual perspective,” Laird said, “but there’s actually a lot of very good research about the impact of sacred spaces in the general life of the neighborhood.” Sacred Spaces holds events, such as a Nov. 18th event held at Ebenezer UMC, where Laird told the story of a handful of religious congregations that have shaped the city today. “People who have cared for and loved this city through some of its hardest times have been people who were a part of religious congregations who have used their buildings as places of ministry.” That outreach has an impact well beyond the church walls. A 2016 University of Pennsylvania research paper found that 87 percent of the people that receive services from churches are not members of the congregation. A 2000 study by the Urban Institute of DC churches found that an astounding 97 percent of churches provide some kind of emergency aid. These contributions have a real impact on neighborhood sustainability. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Urban Affairs found that shutting down a congregation in the inner city preceded and contributes to the socio-economic collapse of the community in which the congregation was located. Laird said that while Sacred Spaces is a secular group, they do care about the spiritual life of the city. The buildings help people contribute to their community, she said, and give them a way to make their own lives about something bigger than them, providing a place where they gather, talk about and do those things. “People desire to be in community, and to have somewhere where they belong,” said Laird. “These places and these spaces matter.” Learn more about Sacred Spaces Conservancy by visiting Watch their one-minute video entitled “Preserving DC’s Sacred Spaces,” on Vimeo at vimeo. com/345544697. u

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What You Can Do At Home Now To Help Our River


his is the time of year when many of us like to sit back and think about next year’s gardens and plantings around the house. But this year let’s think about what we can do to make our properties more friendly to the Anacostia River. What are a few simple things we could do in our yards and nearby areas to help speed the recovery of the River and the time when we and our offspring will be able to swim, fish and frolic in its clean waters? Two years ago that would have been considered a wildly optimistic view, but the recent progress has been impressive and there is more to come. I spoke recently with a number of professional garden folk, including Kristin Sampson at Frager’s Hardware, Thomas Kapfer at Ginkgo Gardens, and Jim Guckert of Guerrilla Gardeners of DC, a citizens group that works to improve public spaces with na-

By Bill Matuszeski ture. They were full of information and ideas about what homeowners in Anacostia, Capitol Hill and other places can do to help our rivers.

Reducing Run-Off

The main challenge is holding, slowing and absorbing the rainwater falling on our properties and reducing the level of chemicals and toxins in that runoff. Since many of those toxins are in the gutters and streets the water runs through, simply reducCold-tolerant Plants at Ginkgo Gardens Photo: Bill Matuszeski ing what is flowing off your property is a good start. We all have so-called “impermeable surfacing them with organic fertilizers and weed controls. es” that do not absorb the rainwater And don’t forget winter ice and snow – avoid using and send it on – roofs, patios, cona lot of salt-based chemicals to melt it – there are crete or brick walkways, driveways, alternatives. The best way to manage runoff from etc. Lawns are another source – esyour gardens is to use layers of plants in different pecially if they are cut short they varieties growing close together; some hold the soil, send the water right off with minimal some cover the ground, and others send down deep absorption and they are often overroots to absorb more water. watered with sprinklers in summer. Letting the grass grow long creates Create a Rain or Roof Garden deeper roots and more absorption Another option is to create “rain gardens” on your of water, and replacing sprinklers property; these are low areas away from the house with drip systems helps a lot to rewhere the water collects and slowly seeps into the duce run-off. ground. One benefit of this is that you can grow a Gardens are more complicatwide variety of new plants that are quite colorful, ed, because we add so many nutrispread easily and like to have their feet wet. Roof ents and chemicals to help growth gardens are another way to go for those with flat and control plant and animal pests. roofs and ready access. Some are made for grassMulches can help by reducing runes and sedges and others accommodate vegetaoff if they are limited to two inchbles and traditional flowers. And they all absorb es and are the type that integrate the rain on the roof. with the soil over time. If mulch is too deep, it simply becomes more Help Our Public Spaces nutrient run-off. Using leaves in If all this isn’t enough for you to think about in anplace of commercial mulches also ticipation of next year’s gardens, look beyond your keep down the toxins. In fact, you property for opportunities. You can start with the should consider reducing the use of tree box in front of your house and others on the commercial chemicals and replacblock. Or look for nearby areas that don’t seem to be Roof Garden Over Garage Stairs at Fragers. Photo: Bill Matuszeski





Guerrilla Gardeners’ Project I Street, SE. Photo: Bill Matuszeski

The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) requires an experienced Property Management Agent to manage five (5) DCHA Properties. SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS will be available at the Issuing Office at 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 300, Office of Administrative Services/Contracts and Procurement, Washington, DC 20002-7599, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, November 18, 2019 and on DCHA’s website at SEALED PROPOSAL RESPONSES ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE Friday, January 03, 2020 at 11:00 AM.

under anyone’s management and take them on with your neighbors. After all, that’s how Jim Guckert got started with Guerrilla Gardeners; there was a piece of property across the street from his house on the 700 block of I St SE. It was up next to the freeway and across from the Marine Barracks, but no one seemed to be caring for it. Today it is a beautiful space due to the participation of various agencies and volunteers to keep it looking better all the time. And those tree boxes on your block can always use a bit of mulch, a few plants underneath and a little love. Of course, there are many places to turn to for help and support as you think about how to help the River come spring: 1. The Guerrilla Gardeners of DC are always looking for new partners and volunteers to work the streets and open areas of the city. They would especially like to have contacts in the Anacostia neighborhoods. Check out or e-mail Jim Guckert at 2. For help with trees in the District, especially for street trees, connect with DDOT Urban Forestry on-line for contacts and programs. There are also programs to provide trees to homeowners run by Casey Trees (see below). 3. A wide variety of assistance for property-owners who want to work to reduce their impact on the Anacostia is

available from the Riversmart Homes Program under the DC Department of Energy and Environment, run in cooperation with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. This is a District-wide program providing a number of valuable incentives to homeowners to reduce stormwater runoff from their properties. It provides an “audit” to homeowners to determine eligibility for both financial and technical assistance for one or more of the following: a. Rain Barrels b. Shade Trees (w/Casey Trees) c. Rain Gardens d. BayScaping (native plantings) e. Permeable pavers for driveways, walkways, etc. f. Re-vegetation If you are interested, check out; you can apply by calling 202-535-2600 or online at All this is provided to help the individual property owenr do his or her part to help restore our rivers. And now you know how and why, as well! Bill Matuszeski writes monthly about the Anacostia River. He is the retired Director of the Chesapeake Bay Program, on the Boards of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the Friends of the National Arboretum, a DC member the Citizens Advisory Committee on the Anacostia River and a member of the Mayor’s Leadership Council for a Cleaner Anacostia River. u

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Swimming in the Anacostia Nears Reality News from ANC 6A meetiNg, NovemBer 2019 by Nick L. Alberti


hair Amber Gove (6A04) called the Advisory Neighborhood (ANC) 6A meeting to order at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE, with Commissioners Phil Toomajian (6A02), Mike Soderman (6A03), Brian Alcorn (6A08), Ruth Ann Hudson (6A05), Marie-Claire Brown (6A01), Stephanie Zimny (6A06) and Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (6A07) in attendance. Stephanie Zimny (6A06) was absent.

Anacostia River Pool Gretchen Mikeska of the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and Erin Garaas-Holmes from Clean Water Action presented on the current status of the Anacostia River Sediment Project and possible near-future construction of the Anacostia River Pool. The latter project aims to construct a permanent facility for swimming in the Anacostia River through collaboration with the Anacostia Watershed Urban Waters Project with direction from the DOEE. Nine sites along the river have been identified for potential installation of some version of the river pool. The water quality of the Anacostia River is regularly tested by the Anacostia Riverkeeper and is often deemed safe for swimmers. In fact, the Anacostia River received its first passing grade from the Anacostia Watershed Society in 2018. The Sediment Project is an ongoing sampling of contamination levels in the sediment at the bottom on the river with the end goal of informing eventual remediation tactics. Ultimately the objective of these projects is to reopen the Anocastia River to greater public use through fishing and swimming. More information about this project can be found by visiting and

Guerilla Gardeners on Capitol Hill Jim Guckert introduced ANC6A to the Guerrilla Gardeners, his organization of civic-minded individuals taking over the care of small, ignored public green spaces. For years, Jim and his cohort have been cleaning up small parks and “slivers of land” in their neighborhoods that have become overgrown without express permission from any government agency, hence the guerrilla of Guerrilla Gardeners. (Interestingly, Mr. Guckert credits an impromtu run-in with the Hill Rag’s editor, Andrew Lightman, for coining the group’s name.) Despite the group’s unsanctioned acts of gardening, Mr. Guckert claims he has never been asked to cease his work and does not plan to stop any time soon. In fact, he and his group are inviting others across all wards of DC to contact the Guerrilla Gardeners for information on rehabbing spaces in their respective neighborhoods. He explained that once a space is cleaned and prepared for new plantings, the continued maintenance can be minimal but the rewards for improving one’s local landscape are massive. To learn more about the Guerrilla Gardeners, or to get involved, visit

Transportation and Public Space (TPS) •


ANC 6Awill send a letter to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in support of a public space application for window projections onto Wylie Street NE (808812 13th St. NE, permit #335468).

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6A AMBER GOVE, CHAIR, AMBERANC6A@GMAIL.COM Serving the Near Northeast, North Lincoln Park, Rosedale, and H Street communities ANC 6A generally meets the second Thursday of the month, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE. ALL ARE WELCOME. •

ANC 6A will send a letter to DDOT 1) requesting that DDOT present a full inventory, mapping and disposition of each of the Federal Reservations located in 6A, with special attention to those Federal Reservations that are adjacent to or abut private properties, to eliminate confusion regarding responsibility for their ownership, maintenance, and the right to public access. Once we have an informed mapping, we can proceed with requesting signage and developing a process for engaging with adjacent homeowners to come to agreement regarding any plantings/modifications that may be hindering public access and 2) requesting release (or reissuance) of a DDOT legal opinion dated May 12, 2015 pertaining to Federal Reservations (this may require a FOIA request. Meetings are held on at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G St. NE (photo ID required).

Community Outreach •

ANC 6A unanimously approved a grant for $1,000 to the Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School (LTES) Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) to support the FreshFarm FoodPrints program at LTES Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year. Community Outreach Committee meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in the Eastern High School Parent Center, 1700 East Capitol St. NE.

Alcohol Beverage Licensing (ABL) •

ANC 6A will take no action regarding the license renewal request of the following establishments: Hoost, LLC at 1200 H

Street NE (ABRA #087558), Queen Vic, LLC, t/a The Queen Vic at 1206 H Street NE (ABRA#083930), Par Bar, LLC, t/a H Street Country Club at 1335 H Street NE (ABRA-#076649), Mythology, LLC, t/a Mythology, Lore & Dirty Water/Beetle House DC at 816 H Street NE (ABRA #095033), Ella Grace, LLC, t/a Ella Grace at 1421 H Street NE (ABRA #114637), Langston Bar & Grille, LLC, t/a Langston Bar & Grille at 1831 Benning Road NE (ABRA #076260), Dio, LLC, t/a Dio Wine Bar at 904 H Street NE (ABRA #105482), Modern Dining Concepts, LLC, t/a The Haymaker at 1015 H Street NE (ABRA #084689), Rose’s Dream, Inc., t/a Roses Dejavu at 1378 H Street NE ABRA #089342), Rosato, LLC, t/a Sospeso at 1344 H Street NE (ABRA #100766), Colorado & Cohen, LLC, t/a Bar Bullfrog/ Bullfrog Bagels at 1341 H Street NE (ABRA #112890), The New Elroy Bar, LLC, t/a The Elroy at 1423 H Street NE (ABRA #112289), Lattice Partners, LLC, t/a Copycat Co. at 1110 H Street NE (ABRA #096474), Callister Technology and Entertainment, LLC, t/a Duffy’s Irish Pub at 1016 H Street NE (ABRA #111076), and LMW, LLC, t/a Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar at 1104 H Street NE (ABRA #079090). ANC 6A will take no action on the request by Daruwalla, LLC, t/a Daru at 1451 Maryland Avenue NE (ABRA #113870) to change hours of service inside the premises.

Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Sherwood Recreation Center on the corner of 10th and G Streets NE.

The Next meeting is 2nd Thursday, Dec 12th, 7:00 p.m. Miner Elementary, 601 Fifteenth (15th) Street NE Transportation & Public Space Committee - 3rd Monday, Dec. 16th 7pm at Capitol Hill Towers • 900 G St., NE – Photo ID required Elizabeth Nelson - Chair (

Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee - 3rd Tuesday, Dec. 17th 7pm at Sherwood Recreation Center • Corner of 10th and G St,. NE Nick Alberti - Chair (

Economic Development & Zoning Committee - 3rd Wednesday, Dec. 18th 7pm at Sherwood Recreation Center • Corner of 10th and G St,. NE Brad Greenfield - Chair ( 202 262-9365)

Community Outreach Committee - 4th Monday, Dec. 23rd

7pm at Eastern High School, Parent Center • 1700 East Capitol St., NE Veronica Hollmon - Chair (

Please check the Community Calendar on the website for cancellations and changes of venue.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C P.O. Box 77876 • Washington, D.C. 20013-7787 • (202) 547-7168

Next Meeting: December 11, 2019

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Economic Development and Zoning (EDZ) •  ANC 6A will send a letter of support to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for the construction of a two-story rear addition, a new two-story garage, and a new basement entrance at 1355 A Street NE (HPA 19-608) in the Capitol Hill Historic District with the caveats that the applicant provide best efforts for letters of support from both adjacent neighbors and from the neighbor directly behind at the alley, and that the design not include a pedestrian door at the alley side of the garage. •  ANC 6A approved the appointment of Mike Cushman as a member of the Economic Development and Zoning Committee The Economic Development and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Sherwood Recreation Center on the corner of 10th and G Streets NE. Visit for calendar of events, changes of date/venue, agendas and other information. u

Water and 12th Streets ‘Preferred Site’ for New Heliport News

ANC 6B Meeting, November 2019


by Elizabeth O’Gorek


dvisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B unanimously voted to send a letter to Councilmember Anita Bonds (At-Large, D) asking DC Council to delay a vote to approve a contract with Donatelli Development to provide 100 units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) in the F1 development at Reservation 13. The letter requested that the vote be delayed from Nov. 19 until Dec. 5 to allow further discussion with the community. The commission voted to send another letter to the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), the Office of


Planning (OP), the Office of the City Administraplace before the PSH element was introduced as a tor (OCA) and the Department of Human Servicfactor. Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk (6B01) said es (DHS) requesting that representatives attend the one of the major concerns was who was running the Nov. 18 meeting of the Hill East Task Force in order program, given the reports from Park 7 tenants, and to discuss the contract with constituents. The letter the process by which the developer was selected. was supported 8-0 with one abstention. She asked Melder to bring those concerns back to The vote came after a presentation by Assistant the city, and Melder agreed. City Administrator Jay Melder, who was on hand primarily to discuss the city’s role in the relocation Water and 12th Streets of the South Capitol Heliport. Melder also spoke ‘Preferred Site’ for New Heliport on the topic of the PSH contract, noting that while Assistant City Administrator Melder said that he he was not involved, he was informed on the matter. ‘fully expected’ Congressional Aviation (CA) to Melder said that the contract was for a projcome to the District with a request to relocate the ect-based PSH intended to provide housing for the South Capitol Heliport to the site at 12th and Wawomen living in the Harriet Tubman Shelter (1900 ter Streets SE. Massachusetts Ave. SE). A core group of women However, Melder emphasized that while CA had been living together for decades, he said, and had expressed interest in the parcel, there had been had refused permanent housing solutions in favor no agreement from the District, which has encourof remaining together as a community and staying aged the aviation company to explore other sites, inin Hill East. cluding both private and federal land and land on the Melder said the contract would provide capiother side of the Anacostia River. tal funding to expand the affordable housing already “I can tell you right now there is no commitplanned for the site into 100 PSH units allocated ment from the District for that site or any other site to residents through a coordinated system adminisfor Congressional Aviation. There is no decision on tered by the DC Housing Authority (DCHA). The it,” he said. entire building would consist of PSH units with 24In August, ANC 6B was informed by CA that hour services on the ground floor chosen to ensure the private owner of the current site of the South housing stability for residents. The agreement with Capitol Heliport (1724 South Capitol St. SE) will Donatelli includes a guarantee of fifteen years of subnot renew the lease when it expires in 2022, comsidized rent, a clause that helps ensure the company pelling Congressional Aviation to seek a new site. can finance the project, Melder said. At that meeting, Congressional Aviation CEO Geoff Commissioner Denise Krepp (6B10) raised Rankin said the focus of future planning was the forcomplaints made by tenants about conditions at anmer DC Gas Light Company’s East Station at 12th other Donatelli building, the Park 7 Apartments. “In and Water Streets SE. a project-based PSH, where Melder said that the Ofservices are being provided and fice of the City Administrathere are contractual relationtor is cooperating to the exships between the provider and tent that it is appropriate to be the District of Columbia, there engaged with the search for a are teeth in those contracts and new heliport site, saying the there are standards,” Melder District wanted to be involved said in response. “That’s why in helicopters landing and takproject-based is really desirable ing off in the city and that part for a lot of tenants and for a lot of that job is to ensure comof people involved in services munity engagement around who want to better control the the relocation. environments for people going “Right now, our relationinto these kinds of [units].” ship with Congressional AviaMelder noted that there tion is we contract with them was a competitive process to Assistant City Administrator Jay Melder to support our MPD helicopdevelop the parcels, acknowl- speaks in front of the Nov. 12th meetter, that’s where that service edging that that process took ing of Advisory Neighborhood Commiscan launch from, but certainsion (ANC) 6B

ly if we were disposing of a property that would be a different relationship altogether,” he said. Melder emphasized that the District had made no commitment to CA for the Water Street SE site or for any other District-owned parcel. He noted that according to District Code, the sale or use of land for periods of twenty years or more had to follow a formal process including due diligence and community engagement. Noting the short time line for the relocation of the project, Commissioner Corey Holman (6B06) asked if CA is planning on moving to the Water Street site, saying that the company had conveyed that impression at the August meeting about the heliport relocation. “I know it’s not a done deal, I told them [CA] that,” Melder told commissioners. “I’m sure this is their preferred site –they keep coming back to it, and I can see why. It’s an ideal site for a heliport operator. It may not be an ideal site for land use for your community, and that’s a big factor.” Melder said that he believed the aviation company was looking for properties along the Anacostia River, roughly the path of FAA Helicopter Route 1. “The only preferred option that I’ve seen or I’ve seen them submit any kind of noise study or any kind of deep information about is this Water Street site,” Melder said, before noting that he was unsure to whom or for what purpose the study was submitted. Corey Holman (6B06) emphasized that community engagement should take place as early as possible, and Melder noted that the job of the City Administrator is to facilitate community engagement on the relocation whether the site selected for a new heliport was District, federal or private land. Commissioner Kirsten Olden-


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burg (6B04) reminded Melder that OCA still had not responded to a list of 23 questions on the topic of the heliport, saying that they owed the ANC a formal response even if that was an explanation for why they could not be answered. Melder promised to provide a response within a week.

Other Business The ANC voted to support: • a Department of Housing and Community Development (DCHS) Façade Grant to Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS) as a communitybased non-profit to develop storefront façade improvement projects in low to moderate income retail and commercial areas along Eighth Street SE. The funding is to be used in areas of low to moderate income, largely south of the freeway on Eighth Street SE. The ANC also asked in the letter for increased flexibility in dispensing the funds. • liquor license renewals for SkillZone (709 Eighth St. SE), Cava (527-529 Eighth St. SE), and The Capitol Lounge (229 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). They also voted 8-0-1 to support the transfer of an existing tavern license and Settlement Agreement to Yaju Ramen (525 Eighth St. SE), at the former site of Phase I. The license was supported with weekday summer garden closures at 1 a.m. and weekend closures at 2 a.m. with a promise to revisit the hours after 6 months. The establishment is aiming for a February 2020 opening. • a concept design for a Historic Preservation Application (HPA) proposing an addition to rowhouses at 716-718 L Street SE, with a letter suggesting changes to minimize the impact of the addition through color and architectural design. • the appointment of resident members Brian Kirrane (6B03) and Stefan Katz (6B07) to the Transportation Committee Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B held the October meeting of the full commission at the Hill Center Tuesday, October 15th with a quorum of seven commissioners. On the dais: Jennifer Samolyk (6B01), Gerald Sroufe (6B02, Secretary), Brian Ready (6B03, Parliamentarian), Kirsten Oldenburg (6B04), Corey Holman (6B06, Treasurer), Kelly Waud (6B07) Chander Jayaraman (6B08, Chair), Kasie Clark (6B09, Vice Chair) and Denise Krepp (6B10). Commissioner Steve Holtzman (6B05) was absent.


The next meeting of ANC 6B will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 10 at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). Visit for more info, email or find @ANC6B on Twitter. u

ANC 6C Urges District to Leadership Role in Union Station Expansion Project News

ANC 6C Meeting, November 2019


by Elizabeth O’Gorek


ANC 6C has previously written to object to what FRA alternatives could mean for traffic around the station, noting there had been no traffic studies, and raising the possibility that the alternatives will diminish the Union Station experience, noting that the station is a historic building. At an October 29th community meeting sponsored by Commissioners Jay Adelstein, Drew Courtney and Christine Healey, representatives of the Burnham Place developer displayed 3-D models of the FRA alternatives and showed how these alternatives related to the Burnham Place project. An additional alternative was expected to be presented at a Nov. 19 meeting attended by commissioners after the Hill Rag had gone to press. Commissioner Healey said that a primary concern was how to encourage more community involvement in project planning. The commission voted unanimously to send a letter to DC Council, the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM), FRA and the developers to ask the District to take a leadership role in the project to facilitate co-ordination between the projects as well as community involvement. Further details of the Union Station Expansion Project can be found at gov/Page/P0866

ommissioners of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C reported on concerns in regard to the significant expansion of Union Station that is in the planning stages. The expansion is happening at the same time as planning for a new neighborhood called Burnham Place at Union Station, a three million square foot Report on Community development that will be built over the Union StaOutreach from Revel Moped tion rail yard. Transportation Public Space (TPS) CommitAccording to the Federal Railway Administee Chair Christy Kwan conveyed information the tration (FRA), improvements are needed to adcommittee had received from Revel DC Communidress rail capacity, reliability, safety, efficiency, acty Manager Yassin Khalid. Revel is a shared electric cessibility, and security, for both current and future moped service. Kwan said that Revel had reached long‐term railroad operations at the historic station. Some facilities are already at or in excess of capacity and others are not adequate to serve existing or projected future passenger demand. The Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC), the non-profit organization that oversees the station, wants to expand and modernize the station together with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) in order to make these improvements as well as to integrate plans with Photo: ANC 6C commissioners at their November 2019 meeting. L to R: the adjacent neighborhood and Joel Kelty (6C05), Jay Adelstein (6C03), Christine Healey (6C01), Karen Wirt (6C02), Mark Eckenwiler (6C04), and Drew Courtney (6C06). Photo: their planned development. E.O’Gorek/CCN

Second Call for Safety Improvements at 700 2nd St. NE Parking Garage The commission voted to resend a letter to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The letter was originally written in December 2012 to make recommendations for improvements at the garage for 700 Second Street NE, including speed humps, upgraded lighting, signage and mirrors. These were not fully implemented largely due to resistance from property owners. In the new letter, the ANC recommended the installation of ‘speed stars’, round rubber dots installed into the ground to encourage vehicles to slow. In October 2019, sidewalks along Second Street NE between F and H Streets NE were striped to continue the Metropolitan Branch Trail. At least one community member experienced a minor collision bicycling along the trail when a vehicle turned left to enter the garage for 700 Second St. NE, just south of the H Street Bridge. The commission noted in the current letter that the site continues to be dangerous for people who walk and bike, and that the findings from 2012 are still relevant and necessary.

Consent Agenda Commissioners voted to support items on the consent agenda, including:

• a petition to install speed humps on the 900 block of Seventh Street NE between I and K Streets NE. All but two neighbors signed and submitted a petition to DDOT Customer Service Clearinghouse. There has been an uptick in traffic and speed because ride share applications direct drivers along Seventh, and because the traffic light at Seventh and K is short and northbound drivers speed to make the light. • proposed rulemaking to amend public-school zoning regulations, which amends standards for floor area ratio, parking, and bicycle parking as well as to make technical changes. • a modification of significance to a consolidated Planned Unit Development (PUD) at 901 H St. NE in order to allow veterinary hospital use within ground floor retail space, including grooming but not including overnight boarding. • authorize testimony at a Committee of the Whole hearing on the Implementation of the Short-Term Rental Regulation Act.

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out to the committee in order to answer questions about the four month pilot launched recently in the District. Khalid said the mopeds are motor vehicles with a license plate and operate on the street. They are not permitted to operate or park on sidewalks or bike lanes, and are regulated separately from dockless scooters. Each is equipped with a GPS tracker. The mopeds are programmed so they cannot achieve a speed greater than 30 mph. Users must be a minimum of 21 years old with a safe driving record. Helmets and hairnets are provided and helmets are disinfected every two days. Residents should report issues directly to Revel, either via the Revel App, by calling 855690-9180 or emailing There is also a hotline listed on a sticker placed on the dashboard of each moped. Khalid said the company resolves 85 percent of concerns within two hours or less. Learn more about Revel mopeds by visiting

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Other Business The commission voted to: •  protest a new liquor license application from King Street Oyster Bar (22 M St. NE) and Allure Lounge (711 H St. NE) in pursuit of a Settlement Agreement (SA). • support liquor license renewals for Bar Elena (414 H St. NE), The Big Board (421 H St. NE), Columbus Club (50 Massachusetts Ave. NE), The Dubliner (4 F St. NW), Club Elevate (K St. NE), Hamilton’s (223 Second St. NW), Irish Times (14 F St. NW), Laos in Town (250 K St. NE), Lounge 201/201 Bar (201 D St. NE), We Work (810 Seventh St. NE), Red Bear (209 M St. NE), Solid State Books (600F H St. NE) and Wunder Garten (1101 First St. NE). All six members of ANC 6C were present at the November 13th meeting: Christine Healey (Secretary, 6C01), Karen Wirt (Chair, 6C02), Jay Adelstein (6C03), Mark Eckenwiler (ViceChair, 6C04), Joel Kelty (6C05, Treasurer) and Drew Courtney (6C06). ANC 6C meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month (except August) in the ground floor conference room at the Heritage Foundation (214 Massachusetts Ave. NE). ANCs do not meet in August. The next meeting of ANC 6C takes place 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. Learn more at u

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dvisory Neighborhood Commission 6D met on November 18. Commissioners Gail Fast (6D01, Chair), Ronald Collins (6D03, Treasurer), Andy Litsky (6D04, Vice Chair), Edward Daniels (6D07) and Anna Forgie (6D02) attended. Rhonda N. Hamilton (6D06, Secretary) was absent. An election was held to replace Anthony Dale (6D05), who had resigned. Fredrica D. Kramer won the special election. She received 65 votes. Her challenger Roger Moffatt garnered 58 votes. The election was overseen by Gottlieb Simon, ANC coordinator for the District of Columbia.

Lansburgh Park Renovations Tommy Johnson, chief of external affairs for the DC Dept. of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Lisa Dickson, a project manager for the DC Dept. of General Services (DGS) briefed the commission on plans to renovate Lansburgh Park. Working with a $900,000 budge, DGS has awarded a design-build contract to repair the park’s sidewalks, historic pavilions, seating and lighting. Construction is slated to commence in early 2020 and be completed by the third quarter of 2020. The agencies will hold a community meeting this coming June. Johnson assured commissioners that the residents would still have use of the community garden and dog park during the construction. The main arenas of the park,


however, will not be accessible. Commissioner Forgie requested planned updates on the project. She reiterated the need to minimize any impact on the adjacent community garden and dog park. “I want to get an assurance that there is some priority on this project,” she said.

Reducing Parking at 300 K St. Bernstein, the developer of 300 K St., requested the commission support its application for a modification of consequence. The zoning change would eliminate the ground floor of the project’s parking garage reducing the overall number of spaces by 39. Instead, the floor would be repurposed to create additional residences. The developer stated that the existing garages at the neighboring buildings were under utilized. Vice Chair Litsky requested they consider renting to non residents. Chair Fast requested Bernstein draw up a Memorandum of Understanding with adjacent Waterfront Towers. The commission decided to table the matter.

Other Matters MPD officers briefed the commission on the Fall Crime Initiative to which they attributed a significant reduction in violence in and around the public housing south of M Street SW. Violent crime, in general, they reported, was down last month. There continue to be increases in thefts from automobiles. They also were unable to provide any update on the misdemeanor sexual assault that occurred at midnight on Oct. 31 at the intersection of Sixth and I Streets SW. A young women was inappropriately touched by a yet-to-be identified male assailant. The commission voted unanimously to comment on the DC Department Of Transportation’s (DDOT) Notice of Intent to install protected bike lanes on Fourth Street between Independence and I Streets

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SW between the parking lane and sidewalk. Commission will request in its letter that the metered parking spaces under the highway bridge be re-designated Residential Parking Permit (RPP); and that a bikeshare station be installed at the intersection of G and Fourth Streets SW. The commissioner unanimously resolved to: • Send a letter supporting Eagle Public Charter School’s relocation to 1900 Half St. SW; • Send a letter to the Dept. of Public Works (DPW) requesting an increase in parking enforcement in ANC 6D; • Send a letter supporting the temporary street closure to accommodate crane construction at 88 K St. SE; • Approve an amended community agreement for Mission, 1221 Van St. SE, which reduces the establishment’s hours for recorded music on the sidewalk café and second floor summer garden; • Support a CR license with an indoor entertainment endorsement for ABC Pony, 2 I St. SE and approve a community agreement; • Support a stipulated license and community agreement for Roy Boys, 1025 First St. SE; • Table any consideration of a license for Walters, 20 N St. SE; • Approve the privatizing of the alley behind the Meridian on First in return for the developer designating five workforce housing units; • Send a request to DDOT for a comprehensive traffic flow and transit plan for ANC 6D. ANC 6D’s next meeting will be held on at 7 p.m. at the offices of DC Water at 1385 Canal St. SE. Visit www.anc6d. org/ for more information. u

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23 gardens from around the US are featured this year in the Season’s Greetings exhibit, including the Climatron in Saint Louis, Missouri. Courtesy of the US Botanic Garden

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n Capitol Hill, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than visiting the US Botanic Garden. But first, take in the four decorated windows sponsored by Coldwell Bankers at 605 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The charming window scenes capture every holiday experience from reindeer ice skating to penguins dancing. Phyllis Jane Young, long time Capitol Hill real estate agent and community leader, is the main sponsor of the display. She has always believed more is better, and there’s more than ever in this year’s display. In fact, you may need more than one visit to appreciate it all. What started out years ago featuring a toy train running around a Victorian village has now turned into four windows of pure joy and delight.

American Gardens At Botanic Garden After viewing the windows, take the trip down Pennsylvania Ave. to the US Botanic Garden for another popular family tradition. Each year, the partnership with Applied Imagination LTD out dazzles itself and there is always a new theme and things to see and do. This year’s holiday exhibition features replicas of botanical gardens from Hawaii to Maine. The plant-based re-creations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures will fill the train room. Over the years, the curators of the shows have adjusted the presentations to better accommodate children. Yes, Thomas Train and friends will be making a return appearance for the toddler set.

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ABOVE: Four windows create a world of wonder at the corner of 6th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE, sponsored by Coldwell Banker. RIGHT: Santa climbs a ladder to deliver packages night and day in the display. Photo: Rindy O’Brien

Reindeers are all decked out in holiday splendor watching many of the fun activities in the window. Photo: Rindy O’Brien

This year, a space tunnel, representing the Huntsville Alabama Botanic Garden is sure to be a crowd favorite. Children will be able to climb through and fit into an astronaut’s space helmet. The Huntsville Botanic Garden is 112 acres located near the US Space and Rocket Center and the space tunnel is inspired by the one in the Huntsville children’s garden. There are 23 different states represented in this year’s display. You’ll see intriguing objects from gardens across the nation, like the world’s largest concrete garden gnome, a singing tower, and topiary flamingos. Each object is constructed from natural, plant-based elements. In the


main hall, the exhibition features DC landmarks such as the Albert Einstein Memorial, the White House and the Washington Monument. Capitol Hill is well-represented by the Supreme Court and of course, the US Capitol.

original Mexican plants. “The holiday show often exhibits new varieties of the plants,” says Don Devlin, “many are not yet available to the consumer.” There are 15 new varieties that are now just being sold at local garden centers.

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As if all the trains and magical displays aren’t enough, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the US Botanic Garden stays open for live seasonal music until 8:00 p.m. Information officer Don Devlin says these evenings are really the best time to come visit. “The crowds are smaller and the Botanic Garden looks especially beautiful at night all lit up,” Don says. The staff sets out about 50 chairs for the performances in the garden court. This year, for the first time, the Friends of the US Botanic Garden will have a gift store. In partnership with Zeke’s Coffee, they will also provide hot drinks and small bites. On December 5, The Capitol Accord Chorus, a female-only harmony group, will be performing four-part barbershop style music from jazz to showtunes.; on Dec. 19, Lox and Vodka will play klezmer, Jewish and spiritually enriching music. You can check the US Botanic Garden website under concerts to check on dates and groups playing,

A quarter of a million people will visit the US Botanic Garden in the six weeks of the holiday show, so lines become long, wrapping outside the building on busy days near Christmas, and over the Christmas break. There are two ways to enter. One line takes you into the train room. The other leads into the garden court and the rest of the Botanic Garden. So make sure you get in the right line. If you can go before Dec. 15, when school breaks begin, you have a better chance of getting in without a wait. Parking at the Mall is never easy. There is parking across the street from the Botanic Garden reserved for Capitol staff with special permits. A little-known secret is that you can park in these spots if Congress is out of session. The US Botanic Garden is walkable from the SW Metro stop, and the website gives you more detailed directions. The great thing about the US Botanic Garden’s “Seasons Greetings” is that it offers something for everyone. There are lots of things for children to interact with and room for them to wander. For gardeners and scientific or history buffs, there are rooms of plants to discover, including the poinsettias. For the more senior family members, there are benches to sit on and just enjoy a few minutes of quiet time as the rest of the family zooms around. However you do it, you’re bound to have a delightful time.

3,000 Poinsettias Brighten Up the Conservatory The US Botanical Garden staff have tended to 3,000 poinsettias over the year to have them ready for the holiday season. Poinsettias are native to the tropical forests of southern Mexico, and can grow 30 feet tall in the wild. This year, US Botanic Garden Plan Curator Bill McLaughlin, says the public will get a sense of the poinsettias native form. The Botanic Garden staff have used two heirloom cultivars, ‘Oak Leaf ’ and ‘St. Louis’ to create a new plant that imitates the

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Dear Garden Problem Lady, by Wendy Blair Our garden is very sunny – until the street trees get their leaves. Then it is a true shade garden. My husband says this is an ideal situation, but I think it’s a nightmare. None of the perennials I adore – Peonies, Poppies, Roses, Iris – to say nothing of drought-tolerant sunlovers such as Butterfly weed and Blackeyed susan – can thrive there. Rather than complain, he thinks I should just brick over the area and plant impatiens in pots. Is he right? No – unless bricking it over will ease your workload and stop the bickering. Instead, why not get a grip by going with the sunlight you have – and then the shade. Plant early spring bulbs

like crocus and bluebells, then primroses, columbine, forget-me-nots – which will bloom and disappear as the big trees leaf out. Then your garden will be ready for big time, late-winter blooming Hellebores, Solomon’s seal, and the stunning show of Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendron. In any empty places you can stick the odd Impatiens, Adjuratum, Wild ginger – lots of shade plants -- if you desire. I fear our cement bird-bath will crack if we put water in it over the winter – but how can we leave water out for the birds? You are so right. Birds need water all winter. There are many bird-

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baths with heaters inside them available to buy – or you can simply fill your birdbath with water when the weather reliably won’t freeze it. Or put out shallow bowls of water with a stone inside, for perching. Keeping the birdbath clean is important – dirty water spreads avian illness. How should I store my hoses in winter? Make certain they contain no water. Otherwise the water will freeze and it’s sayonara hose. How long will my Amaryllis bulb take to bloom? It has one shoot two inches long today, November 13. Six to eight weeks – with luck by Christmas week. Speed up the process by watering with warm (not hot) water, and placing the potted bulb in a warm place, such as on a heating pad or radiator top, in your sunniest window.

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ups, napkins, plates, serving dishes, serving spoons, cutlery, tablecloths, decorations, and leftover food - parties bring on ample opportunity for single use plastic and a LOT of waste. Even for those of us who aspire to a less-waste lifestyle, when it comes to throwing a party, the single-use plastic monster is hard to avoid. If you’re looking for strategies to reduce party waste and keep the single-use plastic monster at bay, read on. These tips work for any party, regardless of the season.

Make Your Own Food And Drinks Packaged food tastes – well, “packaged”, and it generates a lot of waste. Wow your friends with homemade hummus, dips, and salsa – all of which can be prepared well in advance of party day. A sparkling water machine will cut down on the amount of waste you generate at the party – and all year long. Hill’s Kitchen offers a couple of varieties.

It can be done. Remaining waste from a party of 70! Photo: C. Plume

Decorations. Nature Comes In Many Colors A Google search of “ZeroWaste Decorations” will bombard you with surprisingly chic ideas, using simple materials like cranberries, leaves, evergreen cuttings, good ol’ sticks, and even toilet paper rolls. Be inspired! And, those stored-away holiday lights will brighten up any party – in any season.

Be A (Very) Short Term Job Creator Need help with those decorations? Hire a couple of neighborhood kids to help you out. And, TaskRabbit and neighborhood listservs are great resources for finding someone to help manage coats, food, and dishes – giving you more time to spend with your guests. Make sure that those helpers are on board with your waste reduction efforts!

My Party Pack: Mismatched napkins, cutlery, a punch bowl and jelly glasses. Photo: C. Plume


Create A Party Pack And Keep The Single-Use Plastic Monster At Bay Parties mean small plates, glass-

es, small napkins, and forks, but few knives and spoons. (This is where the single-use plastic monster can thrive.) Have you ever put glass or napkin down at a party and then forgotten which one is yours? Keep that singleuse plastic monster at bay, add some whim, AND help your guests avoid the “which one is mine?” conundrum by providing a mishmash of service ware. DC area Value Village, Goodwill, and Salvation Army thrift stores offer a wide array of high-quality and reusable service ware while damask tablecloths and napkins of every size and color abound on Ebay for a fraction of the cost of new ones.

Jelly Glasses Aren’t Just For Jelly. I threw a party for 70 and needed more glasses. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I purchased a couple of 12-count boxes of pint-sized canning jars and was done. Frager’s sells these, and they’re perfectly sized to help your guests have just the right amount to drink. Have some ribbon or markers

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Post Party Clean Up Share leftovers, compost food Waste, and recycle. If it fits the tone of your party, have some takeout containers on hand so guests can take leftover food home. Set up large containers to capture food waste and recycling. Since you won’t be generating a lot of waste, you might convert your trash bin into a compost bin for your party. And, if you don’t have a backyard composter to dump it in, ask one of your neighbors, or take your haul to Eastern Market where there is a free food waste drop off every Saturday next to the Rumsey Pool. Reducing waste for a party takes a bit off effort, and I’m not able to adopt all of these practices at all of my parties. But now my friends know that I have a party pack, and that I’m willing to lend it out. And, If I lose a fork or plate along the way, since I’ve bought my goods at a thrift store, it’s no huge loss. I also know who I can borrow more napkins, forks, and plates from, if I need more. I have my go-to party recipes that I know my friends appreciate. And people know that when they come to my house, chances are they’ll be drinking out of a jelly glass, and some may even know that my festive wall decorations are made out of toilet paper rolls - but the singleuse plastic monster will be at bay. Were you able to corral the single-use plastic monster at your party? I’d love to hear about it! Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and blogger for the DC Recycler: www.DCRecycler.; Twitter: @DC_Recycler. She is also the Vice Chair of the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, however, perspectives expressed are her own and do not necessarily represent the positions of that organization. u

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Composting and Greening in a Multi-Family Building by Catherine Plume

Mark Rodeffer was instrumental in bringing composting to his SW DC housing co-op. Photo: Todd Woodard


rom incentives to purchase greener appliances and windows to installing rain barrels and solar panels, it sometimes seems that most greening initiatives are tailored to single-family homeowners. While there are many individual actions and choices that can result in a greener lifestyle regardless of where you live, how do you get a greening and composting going in an apartment, condo, or co-op complex? The quick answer: Get involved! Kim Katzenbarger has been Chair of the Southwest DC 389-unit Tiber Island Cooperative Conservation Committee for over 10 years. She’s an environmental advocate and has used her position on the committee to implement sever-


al environmental initiatives from mandating the use of environmentally safe cleaning supplies in common areas; installing low-flow showerheads, toilets, sink aerators and Energy Star washers/ dryers; and window film to reduce heat from the building’s many large east and west facing windows. Thanks to the committee’s efforts, Tiber Island also sponsors an annual paper shredding day and even a jeans collection event. Meanwhile, composting is gaining popularity in co-ops, condo, and apartment buildings across DC. In 2009 with Katzenbarger’s help, Tiber Island implemented a composting program. While the program was initially managed by the co-ops Conservation Committee members, it quickly became so popular that the board agreed to con-

tract with a commercial composting company. Mark Rodeffer, Chair of the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, has lived in River Park, a coop across the street from Tiber Island, since 2015. “When I learned that putting organic waste in landfills creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, I was determined to compost my organic waste. I used to sneak my own compost into Tiber Island’s composting bins. Then I convinced my co-op board to start our own composting program.” At a recent Multi-Family Composting Forum hosted by the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, local composting businesses - Veteran Compost, Compost Cab, Loop Closing, Compost Crew, and EnviRelation - and residents that have started composting initiatives in their buildings pointed to three common --and flawe--arguments that are used against composting in large buildings. First, there’s a sense that composting attracts rodents, when in fact, composting actually isolates and manages food waste. It’s a pest mitigation strategy. There’s also a sense that composting services cost a lot of money. Both composting company representatives and residents who have hired composting services noted that the cost of composting pickup services in multi-unit buildings breaks down to only a few dollars per month per household. As more people participate in the program, the price drops. And, as an added bonus, since there’s less trash being hauled from the building, waste hauling contracts should be renegotiated and reduced. Finally, many building owners feel that their building can’t accommodate composting, when, in fact, composting is quite flexible. Composting services work with the building management to provide a system that is will work with a particular building space. Housing co-ops seem to be leading building-wide greening and composting efforts in DC, but with an environmental champion, it can also happen in condos and apartments. Joan Epstein, a tenant association member at her Ward 3 apart-

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ment building is leading the charge to start composting in her building. Meanwhile, at least one large scale real estate apartment builder who will be moving into DC in the near future provides composting and several other environmentally oriented amenities in all of its buildings. And, if you can’t get your building to get on board, start composting in your own apartment or condo. In line with the DC government’s goal to divert 80% of waste away from landfills and incineration by 2032, in the coming months, they’ll begin offering rebates of up to $75 for approved vermicomposting (worm) or backyard composting systems. Stay tuned! Katzenbarger and Rodeffer agree that proactive involvement in a co-op committee or tenant association along with initial buy-in from a few residents are key tactics for any greening initiative. Katzenbarger notes, “Timing is important. A few requested projects – such as in-

stalling green roofs on the lower level townhouses - weren’t approved, but I intend to reintroduce this idea again when renovations occur. And, when presenting new projects/initiatives, it’s important to show the longterm cost savings.” Composting can reduce the amount and frequency – and ultimately the cost--of trash pickups, while installing solar panels on a condo or apartment roof can reduce a property’s energy costs considerably. Are you willing to become an environmental champion for your coop, condo, or apartment building? Your neighbors will thank you! Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and blogger for the DC Recycler: www.DCRecycler.blogspot. com; Twitter: @DC_Recycler. She is also the Vice Chair of the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, however, perspectives expressed are her own and do not necessarily represent the positions of that organization. u

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CHANGING HANDS Changing Hands is a list of residential sales in Capitol Hill and contiguous neighborhoods from the previous month. A feature of every issue, this list, based on the MRIS, is provided courtesy of Don Denton, manager of the Coldwell Banker office on Capitol Hill. The list includes address, sales price and number of bedrooms. NEIGHBORHOOD PRICE BR 14TH STREET CORRIDOR 1438 T St NW



ADAMS MORGAN 2517 Ontario Rd NW 2242 Ontario Rd NW #3 2351 Champlain St NW #P2 1963 Biltmore St NW #2 2428 17th St NW #1sw 2303 Ontario Rd NW #1 1963 Biltmore St NW #1 2363 Champlain St NW #B 2412 17th St NW #205 2100 19th St NW #703 2707 Adams Mill Rd NW #500 1820 Clydesdale Pl NW #207 2801 Adams Mill Rd NW #409

1,648,500 1,125,000 1,110,000 677,000 649,000 600,000 590,000 580,000 519,000 500,000 374,500 293,000 239,900

1 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 0

ANACOSTIA 1617 W St SE 2501 Sayles Pl SE #2 1262 Talbert St SE #20A 2123 Young St SE #202

650,000 538,000 326,000 109,080

4 3 3 2

BARRY FARMS 1510 Howard Rd SE 1523 Morris Rd SE 1527 Morris Rd SE

375,000 280,000 268,000

2 3 3

BLOOMINGDALE 134 Seaton Pl NW 78 R St NW 2034 Flagler Pl NW 51 Adams St NW 70 T St NW #1 1831 1st St NW #1

1,139,000 1,045,000 975,000 895,000 729,000 489,000

4 5 4 4 3 2

CAPITOL HILL 617 A St NE 612 E St SE 239 8th St SE 624 8th St NE #101 1107 G St SE 1135 C St NE 414 4th St NE 1332 G St NE 1001 North Carolina Ave SE 217 9th St NE 631 8th St NE 417 15th St SE 18 14th St NE 744 9th St SE 1102 E St SE 320 G St NE 1019 Independence Ave SE 1312 F St NE 213 14th St NE 1725 Independence Ave SE 307 9th St NE 1238 Linden Pl NE 1233 Duncan Pl NE


1,645,000 1,599,000 1,575,000 1,225,000 1,215,000 1,205,000 1,160,000 1,150,000 1,110,000 1,065,000 1,040,000 1,000,000 904,000 900,000 879,000 850,000 845,000 830,000 800,000 785,000 750,000 740,000 720,000

3 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 3 2 2 2

Coldwell Banker, in cooperation with Hill public schools, is collecting toys for less fortunate children. Visit to select a registered gift and bring or send it, unwrapped, to the Coldwell Banker office by Saturday, December 7th. For more information, text 202.203.8180. 1350 D St NE 334 E St SE 1119 6th St NE #2 1211 G St SE #11 262 Warren St NE 1328 Maryland Ave NE #2 1345 K St SE #306 615 3rd St NE #1 1624 E St SE 1391 Pennsylvania Ave SE #529 1391 Pennsylvania Ave SE #307 732 15th St SE #4 523 8th St NE #204 730 11th St NE #301 420 16th St SE #202 330 14th Pl NE #3 618 F St NE #5

640,000 625,000 620,000 596,000 590,000 585,000 585,000 525,000 515,000 510,000 500,000 490,000 487,000 460,000 455,000 370,000 365,000

3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1

CAPITOL HILL EAST 1510 D St NE 1434 K St SE 1434 Potomac Ave SE #6 1516 K St SE #3B

949,000 681,000 375,000 399,999

4 2 1 1

CENTRAL 2425 L St NW #623 1010 Massachusetts Ave NW #411

1,505,000 464,900

3 1

601 Pennsylvania Ave NW #906 2130 N St NW #409 2130 N St NW #309

403,000 335,000 326,000

1 1 1

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 3557 16th St NW 1361 Perry Pl NW 1309 Irving St NW 2607 11th St NW 1342 Otis Pl NW 1025 Lamont St NW #2 763 Morton St NW #4 3539 16th St NW 429 Newton Pl NW #B 1442 Harvard St NW #6 1312 Upshur St NW 3625 13th St NW #1 3902 14th St NW #419 1341 Clifton St NW #204 3900 14th St NW #602 1437 Spring Rd NW #B1

1,357,000 1,108,500 1,085,000 1,080,000 930,000 900,000 885,000 825,000 825,000 735,000 730,000 725,000 347,000 338,000 319,900 279,998

5 5 6 4 4 3 2 5 3 2 5 3 1 1 1 1

CONGRESS HEIGHTS 1206 Trenton Pl SE 741 Congress St SE 829 Xenia St SE 904 Alabama Ave SE

455,000 450,000 399,900 373,000

4 4 4 3

HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 186 Darrington St SW 256 Oakwood St SE 1112 Savannah St SE #23 3835 Halley Ter SE 3423 5th St SE #34 20 Chesapeake St SE #37 20 Chesapeake St SE #46

340,000 275,000 239,000 245,000 90,000 30,000 30,000

2 3 2 2 1 1 1


LUXURY LIVING ON CAPITOL HILL!!! BEAUTIFUL BAY-FRONT COMPLETELY RENOVATED BY MASTER CRAFTSMEN! With thorough attention to detail, fine finishes and excellent flow, this spacious home lacks for nothing! Large spaces, excellent light inside and relaxing private yard and gardens outside, SOLAR PANELS, plus parking, just steps to Metro and the best of Capitol Hill.

DEANWOOD 324 59th St NE 4831 Jay St NE 4007 Ames St NE 4410 Gault Pl NE 4321 Hayes St NE 215 56th St NE 327 63rd St NE 716 56th Pl NE 5214 Clay St NE 5576 Jay St NE 4932 Blaine St NE 1018 48th St NE 509 58th St NE 404 Division Ave NE 5028 Just St NE 161 36th St NE #201 244 60th St NE #303

495,000 432,000 415,000 412,000 408,000 385,000 369,500 350,000 340,000 335,000 334,900 295,000 288,300 279,000 225,000 125,999 95,000

5 3 4 3 2 3 2 4 4 3 2 2 3 3 2 2 1


440,000 480,000

1387 North Carolina Ave NE 3BR/3.5BA $1,095,000

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1,900,000 1,600,000 1,475,000 1,250,000 1,079,750 875,000 759,000 739,000 736,685 565,000 499,000 429,000 425,000 418,000 399,999 398,750 290,000 255,025 229,000

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1016 K Street NE 4BR/2BA/2 HALFBA $969,000 REMADE VICTORIAN NEAR H STREET CORRIDOR! Steps to H Street Corridor’s restaurants, fitness options and shops, and a short stroll to Union Market and Metro, this remade Victorian beauty proudly displays a deep front garden, newly rebuilt stone walkway and pristine slate turret and finial. Inside, explore 3 bedrooms with 2 full and 2 half baths, with new windows, fantastic finishes, gleaming wood floors and exposed brick details.

1243 D St NE 2BR/2.5BA $849,900 METICULOUSLY RENOVATED END-OF-ROW HOME! All-brick flat-front contains TRULY unique layout, featuring spacious footprint surrounding a tremendous 2-story central atrium. Wide entry, updated kitchen, dining room open central stair, and huge rear family room with wood-burning FP. On the upper level, sky-lit central den or office is book-ended by front and rear bed/bath suites, plus laundry center and huge closet capacity! One block to Maury Elementary and short stroll to Lincoln Park or H Street.

DUPONT CIRCLE 1758 Church St NW 1414 22nd St NW #31 1725 Swann St NW 1713 Willard St NW 1524 18th St NW #Penthouse 1721 20th St NW #302 1817 Swann St NW #B 1721 20th St NW #202 1738 T St NW #4 1316 New Hampshire Ave NW #302 2100 Newport Pl NW #3 1916 17th St NW #407 1545 18th St NW #619 1615 New Hampshire Ave NW #43 1601 18th St NW #203 1930 New Hampshire Ave NW #55 1701 16th St NW #230 1727 Massachusetts Ave NW #405 2039 New Hampshire Ave NW #407

1432 ½ G St SE 5 BR/4.5BA $1,999,000 GIANT DIMENSIONS IN THIS INSTANT CLASSIC BAY-FRONT NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME! Best in class craftsmanship across 3 levels in this beautifully appointed home on Capitol Hill. Steps to Metro, parks, restaurants and groceries, yet a tranquil retreat inside and across the rear private deck, patio, gardens, and parking, and SOLAR PANELS.

VICTORIAN TURRENT-TOP STANDS PROUDLY! Steps from Lincoln Park at the corner of 14th Street and North Carolina, this home offers a distinctive side porch overlooking HUGE wraparound yard AND rear patio. Complete renovation inside with brand new systems, sleek and smart design. LL features full-sized flexible den or guestroom with polished concrete floors, wet bar, and full bath.

DOWNTOWN 1150 K St NW #706 555 Massachusetts Ave NW #905

1432 G St SE 5 BR/3.5BA $1,198,000



1828 Potomac Ave SE 3BR/2BA $799,900 BEAUTIFUL PORCH FRONT IN HILLEAST! This brick porch front row overlooks deep front yards, Congressional Cemetery, and the Anacostia river bluffs beyond. Just 3 blocks from METRO and 3 minutes from bridges and highway on-ramps, live at the heart of the Capital and still have easy access to the best of the region! Effortless flowing floor plan features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths.

ECKINGTON 156 T St NE 32 Todd Pl NE #2 2021 3rd St NE 113 Rhode Island Ave NE 309 U St NE 1928 3rd St NE #2 310 Todd Pl NE #2

939,000 800,000 605,000 600,000 570,000 525,000 365,000

4 3 3 3 3 2 2

FORT DUPONT PARK 3308 D St SE 1527 42nd St SE 1547 41st St SE 1151 46th Pl SE 1611 Fort Davis Pl SE 1203 42nd St SE #41 377 Chaplin St SE 1308 45th Pl SE

462,000 400,000 390,000 387,000 375,000 345,000 330,000 308,000

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4439 G St SE 285,000 3956-3960 Pennsylvania Ave SE #102 155,000

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H STREET CORRIDOR 215 I St NE #208 714 L St NE 917 9th St NE 812 4th St NE #1 1244 Wylie St NE 1023 6th St NE

1,035,000 979,000 724,500 685,000 650,000 640,000

2 4 3 2 3 4

HILL CREST 3107 W St SE 3310 N St SE 2700 R St SE 2508 36th Pl SE 3100 Massachusetts Ave SE 3056 Q St SE 3907 Pennsylvania Ave SE #302 2102 Suitland Ter SE #202

649,000 527,350 383,000 380,000 337,000 325,000 122,000 100,000

4 3 3 3 2 3 2 1

HILL EAST 1730 D St SE 66 15th St NE #66 229 17th St SE 321 18th St SE #9

950,000 637,888 500,000 399,999

4 2 2 1

KINGMAN PARK 421 T St NW 544 Oklahoma Ave NE 329 18th St NE 415 U St NW 1506 Gales St NE #2

2,300,000 887,000 825,000 769,900 700,000

7 4 4 3 3

LEDROIT PARK 2028 E St NE 1614 NE Isherwood St NE #101

352,500 280,000

2 1

LILY PONDS 341 34th Pl NE 220 34th St NE 3318 Alden Pl NE 241 33rd St NE

346,000 345,000 285,000 26,700

3 2 2 2

LOGAN CIRCLE 940 French St NW 1925 12th St NW 1515 15th St NW #413 1401 Q St NW #305 1310 Corcoran St NW 1401 Church St NW #404 1401 Q St NW #502 1101 Q St NW #203 1340 Q St NW #23 1101 Q St NW #103 1101 Q St NW #102 1536 15th St NW #5 1239 Vermont Ave NW #508 1120 Rhode Island Ave NW #1 1313 Vermont Ave NW #10 1225 13th St NW #613 1503 12th St NW #2 1700 15th St NW #201 1440 N St NW #405

1,715,000 1,200,000 1,200,000 1,150,000 1,129,000 985,000 900,000 834,900 810,000 709,900 705,000 560,000 480,000 470,000 461,000 454,000 445,000 327,000 254,000

4 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 0 0

MARSHALL HEIGHTS 5114 Queens Stroll Pl SE 5119 Bass Pl SE


485,000 294,999

4 2

5545 Bass Pl SE



MOUNT VERNON 1119 6th St NW 1125 6th St NW 301 Massachusetts Ave NW #Ph-1102 910 M St NW #914 301 Massachusetts Ave NW #607 1010 Massachusetts Ave NW #303 400 Massachusetts Ave NW #1106 440 L St NW #412

1,690,000 1,515,000 898,750 725,000 599,900 552,000 538,000 510,000

6 4 2 2 2 2 1 1

NAVY YARD 1025 1st SE #1215 1000 New Jersey Ave SE #313

725,000 565,000

2 2

NOMA 418 H St NE 911 2nd St NE #301

1,125,000 710,000

6 2

OLD CITY #1 720 F St NE 664 G St NE 623 E St NE 612 Orleans Pl NE 2010 C St NE 906 12th St SE 601 10th St NE 1103 6th St NE 1600 Massachusetts Ave SE 604 15th St NE 604 Orleans Pl NE 1430 C St SE 1107 7th St NE 19 19th St SE 1709 H St NE #3 1669 Rosedale St NE 239 14th Pl NE

960,000 950,000 929,000 750,000 746,000 743,000 740,000 725,000 705,000 695,000 601,500 565,000 560,000 490,000 482,500 480,000 450,000

4 3 2 3 4 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 2 4 2

OLD CITY #2 1704 4th St NW 911 T St NW #Three 1421 T St NW #11 500 M St NW #2 956 Florida Ave NW 1418 W St NW #402 1111 11th St NW #604 2004 11th St NW #440 1916 17th St NW #405 1828 Riggs Pl NW #2 57 N St NW #231 1701 16th St NW #750 1125 12th St NW #71 1300 N St NW #313

875,000 749,900 730,000 652,500 545,000 436,000 435,000 434,000 430,000 419,000 412,000 395,000 287,000 283,500

3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0

PENN QUARTER 616 E St NW #252 400 Massachusetts Ave NW #1121 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW #812 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW #1104n

655,000 525,000 462,000 419,000 503,000 375,000 330,000 240,000 181,000 824,000 630,000

2 2 1 1 0

SHAW 605 Q St NW 1409 Columbia St NW 1711 6th St NW 1242 New Jersey Ave NW #2 1109 M St NW #11 2030 8th St NW #209 1001 L St NW #305 1514 8th St NW #2 903 M St NW #B 1615 6th St NW

1,555,000 930,000 840,000 820,000 805,000 799,000 612,000 589,000 538,000 530,000

4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3

SW WATERFRONT 560 N St SW #703 520 N St SW #127 1311 Delaware Ave SW #S342

333,000 230,000 184,000

1 0 0

TRINIDAD 1415 West Virginia Ave NE 1231 Oates St NE 1423 Morse St NE 1127 Holbrook Ter NE 1626 Trinidad Ave NE #2 1252 Penn St NE 1159 Neal St NE 1729 Lang Pl NE 1706 Lyman Pl NE 1115 Holbrook Ter NE 1111 Orren St NE #107 1138 Florida Ave NE #4 1515 Queen St NE 1659 Holbrook St NE #4 1220 Holbrook Ter NE #204

865,000 840,000 660,000 650,000 625,000 620,000 566,000 540,000 468,000 425,000 380,000 375,000 365,000 355,000 259,900

4 3 4 4 4 3 3 4 2 2 1 2 2 2 1

TRUXTON CIRCLE 1519 1st St NW #1 1640 4th St NW

612,000 625,000

3 3

U STREET CORRIDOR 1213 Clifton St NW 1342 W St NW 2130 13th St NW 2125 14th St NW #215 2030 16th St NW #1 2238 11th St NW #1 2250 11th St NW #204 2250 11th St NW #303 1418 W St NW #302

1,199,950 1,282,000 1,215,000 835,000 650,000 618,000 515,000 495,000 423,000

6 2 4 2 2 2 1 1 1

45 Sutton Sq SW #709 419 N St SW #10 429 N St SW #S-306 1425 4th Street SW #A 803

2,850,000 915,000 518,900 354,995

3 2 2 1

WEST END 3 2 2 3 2

RLA (SW) 525 Water St SW #110 1435 4th St SW #B311

575,000 515,000 370,000 287,500 263,400


RANDLE HEIGHTS 2219 S St SE 1921 Alabama Ave SE 2549 Alabama Ave SE 3287 15th Pl SE #201 3022 23rd St SE

757 3rd St SW #702 800 4th St SW #N221 560 N St SW #N-714 560 N St SW #N-113 510 N St SW #N330

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1,595,000 870,000 840,000 810,000 704,000 505,000 492,000 475,000

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he needle drop on a vinyl record is a classic cinematic shot. Consider The Shawshank Redemption scene where Andy Dufresne plays Mozart from the warden’s office. Maybe you have seen that Corona commercial that opens in a similar fashion. The moment of silence preceding the needle touching down coupled with the initial scratching sound the record makes as the speakers hum to life captivates the eyes and ears. In the not too distant past it appeared that vinyl faced extinction, much like the eight-track tape. Yet, despite the popularity of streaming services, vinyl has survived and thrived. Go to any show at the 9:30 Club. Watch the toque and flannel set buying records at the merch counter. According to the Record Industry Association of America’s 2019 mid-year report, vinyl accounted for $224 million of the music

The Resurgence of VinyRl ecord Shops An Odyssey Through DC by Finnian Day industry’s $5.4 billion revenue, up 13% from last year. Sales continue to surge.

The Magic of Vinyl The way a record is made is one of those ordinary miracles that one is simply accustomed to. Mixed sound is played into a record cutting lathe where the sound waves move a needle head, cutting grooves into a thin lacquer disc. The depth of the grooves represents the shape of the sound-wave. Then the lacquer copy is used to make a stamper, a perfect negative image of the record made of metal with ridges instead of grooves. The stamper is loaded into a hydraulic press, pushed into soft vinyl, and that becomes the record. From there the record’s needle rests on the ridges and the needle’s movement shakes a magnet inside a coil of wire which induces a fluctuating electric current. The current

travels to a speaker, which converts electrical signals into kinetic movement, in turn creating the music. Vinyl stores are modern Cabinets of Curiosity in which one can discover and rediscover music. The albums in their racks make up the soundtrack of our lives. I recently embarked on an odyssey through five DC vinyl shops.

Joint Custody Joint Custody (1530 U St. NW, is tucked a few steps below street level, literally giving it that true “underground” feel. The store’s vast vinyl collection is packed into shelves. Featured albums line the walls. “I appreciate the importance of the physical, which is why stores are important. A physical space allows people to come and engage with something they like alongside other people,” says proprietor Ambrose Nzams. “I like to

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hold stuff in my hand, and I love to look at things that you can find in the album.” I selected Little Feat’s Sailin’ Shoes. The artwork by Neon Park is gorgeous. The liner notes incorporate song lyrics and song credits. Reading along after dropping the needle is an experience that streaming cannot match.

SOM Records Walk for about five minutes down the street and climb down another short staircase and visit Som Records (1843 14th St. NW, www.somrecordsdc. com). The walls, mostly hidden under posters and mounted record covers, are painted a deep orange Listening table at Som Records situated near that subdues the lighting. the front window. From here you can give records a listen and watch walkers pass by. This cozy hole in the wall features a varied selection of music genres and an especially good Songbyrd employee holding international mix. A record player set up by the front one of her favorite albums, window allows customers to listen to a record, while Black Flag’s Wasted…Again. watching passersby. “I definitely consider the audience. I play stuff people would appreciate, stuff they should get to know, something that’s a little bit off the beaten path, and then I might massage some more pop favorites in there,” says SOM’s DJ Will. Is there a right way to listen to vinyl? “It is like cereal, “Will said. “Cereal featuring milk, not milk featuring cereal.” That vinyl sounds better than digital music is a universally acknowledged fact, he stated. “The range on a vinyl is warmer, and it captures more of the space the music was produced in. You are also listening to a band as they were meant to be heard,” Will said.

The Best of The Rest Adam’s Morgan’s Smash Records (2314 18th St. NW, has evolved from its punk and rock origins to sell all of music and merchandise. There are CDs, cassettes, clothes, books and even board games. A quick and breezy walk up the street takes one to Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House (2475 18th St., A coffeehouse by day and well-known Indie music venue at night, the store’s selection of records is by no means meager. Kill the ten minutes waiting for a superb smoothie by flipping through records. Now off across town. Georgetown’s Hill and Dale Records (1054 31st St., is the final destination. The store sells newly made records. Its organization and selection of both the contemporary and classic records is superb. The ambiance is open and airy reminding one of an Apple Store. Most DC record shops possess the vibe of an attic or basement vibe. Flipping through records feels like a stroll into the past. Perhaps investing in the equipment required to listen to records is not your thing, but it’s still worth stopping into one or all of these shops to savor the ambience. Browse the bins. Pick out something that looks cool. Ask someone in the shop to play it. Take pleasure in the musicality of vinyl the way we used to. Finnian Day recently graduated from Wesleyan University and is taking things easy for the time being. He’s got a small record collection, mostly inherited from his father. You can contact him at u

Storefront view of Smash Records.

Hill and Dale employee, Melissa Groth, standing between the record bins in front of her artwork. You can check out more of her work at


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ooks like this res(head-on) grilled fish (rockfish tonight), presented taurant—Phing with a thatch of lettuce, cuTham--is here to cumbers and sprouts. The stay. Owner/chef deliciously moist creature Andrew LaPorwas enveloped with crispy ta’s Southeast Asian restauskin, but beware of bones. rant is the rebranding of his Palate-cooling cockshort-lived Pesce Too, which tails are created by mixoloopened last winter atop Bullgist Sarah White, who also frog Bagels only to close a few fills in as a server. Custommonths later. It reopened this Phing Tham owner/Chef Andrew LaPorta and bartender/server Sarah White er favorite? Southwest X fall as Phing Tham in the same take a break in their busy restaurant. Southwest, a blend of kafspace. We met chef LaPorta as Photo: Celeste McCall Luscious meatballs at Pursuit Wine Bar and Kitchen. Photo: fir lime, coconut and whishe was hauling a crate of manMeaghan Webster key. The brief beer and wine list includes a lovegos upstairs to his 36-seat restaurant. The lush, troply white Grande Marnes Sancere (France). The ical fruits will be sliced into spears to accompany a turned to the Atlas District in a bigger, brighter lorestaurant moniker is explained on a chalkboard seafood fish, perhaps octopus? cation. Operated by Kathleen David and Thomas sign: “Phing” is the traditional Asian grilling methBorn in Malaysia (a diplo-brat), La Porta, 46, Boisvert, the reinvented restaurant/wine bar offers od, while “Tham” represents the tonal sound of salhas traveled throughout Southeast Asia. His Laotian more choices than the original. Long-time customads mixed with mortar and pestle. wife Dalavy makes the restaurant curries, which roer favorites like BLT pasta and “Little Salty Sweet” Why the switch from pricy seafood to casual tate weekly. That night’s selection was “red beef,” a panini will return, along with Romesco radiatoriAsian? “I wanted to bring Pesce to the Hill,” LaPorta montage of broth (started the night before), meat, and-meatballs. Expect other Italian and Frenchexplained. “But I miscalculated the neighborhood. mushrooms and lemongrass. The dish is accompathemed small plates as well. Oh yes, wines. The Fresh seafood--i.e. sea urchin and prawns—are exnied by a wicker basket of sticky rice, employed to list is global, we’re told. pensive. Our price point did not match the Hill, scoop up the soupy curry. Pursuit went dark last summer to move a few which already has several fine dining destinations.” Fork-tender octopus is marinated and grilled blocks west to 1025 H St. NE, a corner property An alum of Georgetown’s 1789 and Filomena with a honey-chile glaze; calamari is perfumed with with loads of natural light. (All-day cafe and cockand now-defunct Palena (upper Connecticut Ave. lemon grass and galangal. LaPorta also makes his tail bar Ella Grace has since slid into 1421 H, the NW), LaPorta purchased Pesce three years ago own Chinese-style sausage to pair with clams. Jumspace where Pursuit opened five years ago.) Purfrom Régine Palladin, widow of Jean Louis-Pallabo Madagascar shrimp are cooked with chili, garlic suit is open daily for lunch and dinner. Call 202din. (The French chef—who operated his eponand fish sauce. Salads—cucumber, mango, green paymous restaurant in the Watergate paya, long bean—are escorted by an array of tonguein the 1980s)--is credited with introsearing sauces. Star of the culinary show is the whole ducing innovative French cuisine to Washington.) Thanks to his friendship with Bullfrog Bagels owner Jeremiah Cohen, La Porta—who still operates Dupont Circle’s Pesce--transforms Bullfrog’s cozy upstairs space into Phing Tham five nights a week. Phing Tham serves dinner Wednesday-Sunday; the bar opens at 4 p.m. For more information call 240-855-8178. Phing Tham’s whole grilled fish, decorated with a thatch of lettuce, cucumbers and sprouts. Photo: Celeste McCall


Pursuit is Back After closing for a few months, Pursuit Wine Bar & Kitchen has re-

Tamerind glazed shortribs are featured at the recently opened Amity and Commerce at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Photo: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

758-2189 or visit

New at the Mandarin A Franco-American bistro has opened in the posh Mandarin Oriental hotel, replacing Eric Ziebold’s departed CityZen. Amity & Commerce arrived last month. Chef Justin Houghtaling, who has wielded his whisk at Brasserie Beck and Marcel’s, is creating tamarind-glazed Angus short ribs and grits with crispy taro. Mid-Atlantic ingredients appear in his crab dip imperial and roasted Shenandoah rainbow trout. Heading vegetarian options is crespelle (crepe lasagna layered with zucchini and sheep’s milk ricotta), and a side of truffle fries. While CityZen was a fine-dining destination with pricy tasting menus, Amity & Commerce is a downhome affair with communal tables and a 20-foot wood-topped bar. “We want to be an easy place for people to come in and enjoy themselves,” Houghtaling told Eater DC. Amity & Commerce is named after Thomas Jefferson’s 1778 treaty, which linked the United States and France. The restaurant continues that Gallic tradition with a “Plat Du Jour” section. Tomato-braised lamb pappardelle runs on Tuesdays, while Sundays bring a tummy warming white stew of braised veal en croute. On Fridays, diners find pan-seared Diver scallops served with passionfruit, peanut relish and a crispy curried rice salad. The Mandarin Oriental is located at 1330 Maryland Ave. SW; call 202-554-8588 or visit

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THE WINE GIRL 2019 GIFT GUIDE By Elyse Genderson


rom luxury bottles, high-end bourbon, and even affordable stocking stuffers, here is something for everyone’s tastes and for every gifting occasion. I have hand-selected my favorite bottles guaranteed to spread holiday cheer. Here are my selections for the ultimate holiday gift guide:

Terrific options in this price point are found in Paso Robles. Situated along U.S. Highway 101 in the center of California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles has the most drastic diurnal temperature swings allowing the fruit to retain needed for balanced and racy wines. I love 2016 Now Presting Red $15.99, loaded with blackberry, cherries and cinnamon spice.

For the Serious Wine Collector

For Your Boss

2013 Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee, $69.99: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, (Chateau of the Pope in French, as Popes would summer there), is one of the world’s great wine regions. The wine collector in your life would thrilled to receive such an impressive and delicious bottle. The 2013 is showing beautifully today and it will continue to improve in the bottle for decades to come. The region is renowned for producing bold, full-bodied wines with elegant, savory notes. Plus, you don’t need to wait 25 years for them to reach maturity like the great Bordeaux. Domaine du Pegau is one of the finest producers in the region, setting a benchmark for quality.

If you’re looking to impress your boss this year, splurge a little with this outstanding bourbon. Jefferson’s Ocean Voyage 19 $89.99 is aged at sea on a huge container vessel. This cask strength bourbon stopped on five different continents and crossed the equator four times before being bottled. The barrels being rocked back and forth at sea allows the whiskey to fully integrate with the oak barrels differently than if it were on solid ground, giving it a rich toasty quality. Gifting this well-traveled bourbon is sure to win you favor with your boss and might even help you earn that next raise.

For the Beer Connoisseur

Keep things fun and hands-on in your relationship with the gift of a classic winter cocktail kit. Stay warm indoors with a delicious drink that you’ll master making together. Experiment with a seasonal take on a classic Old Fashioned by infusing the simple syrup with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Tie up the spices in a sachet and attach it to a bottle of special single barrel bourbon. Try our Schneider’s Barrell Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon 90.2 Proof $59.99. Add a bottle of orange bitters to the gift set, and your partner will be a budding mixologist in no time.

Get into the holiday spirit with Bourbon County from Goose Island. The 2019 variations are just incredible and the subtle nuances of the Reserve Rye Bourbon County Stout $30.99 stands out from the pack. 2019 Reserve Rye is aged in 100% Rittenhouse Rye barrels, the bartender’s favorite rye. Rittenhouse’s Barrels impart flavors of fruit and spice on this rich Imperial Stout.

For the Office Gift Exchange Office Secret Santa can be a challenge since, let’s face it, some of us either don’t know our co-workers very well or they seemingly already have everything. Waiting until the last minute is a drag, so stock up on some crowd pleasing, full-bodied California reds, as these are always a safe bet. A modest budget of about $15 will get you a wine that not just drinkable, but actually interesting.


For Your Significant Other

For the Mixologist Amaro is an herbal liqueur once favored by Italian grandpas, and now embraced by young people and bartenders alike. It’s no longer solely used as a digestive aid for sipping after dinner, but it’s now commonly found in interesting new cocktails

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like the Queen City or Adriatique. The liqueurs’ rich heritage and bitter-sweet, herbaceous quality makes it the perfect gift for that aspiring homemixologist on your list. Try the delicious local DC version from Founding Farmers, Founding Spirits Amaro $31.99.

Hostess Gift I always bring a bottle of Champagne for the host or hostess with strict instructions to drink it while doing the dishes. Not only is Champagne festive and celebratory during the holidays, but gifting a bottle is a wonderful way to express gratitude. My favorite Champagne this year comes from third generation grower-producer, Jean Laurent, located in the tiny village of Celles‐sur‐Ource in the Côte des Bar. His single varietal Champagnes offer a stunning expression of his estate’s old vines and single vineyard terroir. Jean Laurent Brut Rosé $49.99 displays delicate aromas of strawberry, rose petal, and wonderfully toasty brioche characteristics. Elyse Genderson is the Vice President of Schneider’s. Visit her at the historic storefront, 300 Massachusetts Ave NE u

What are you doing New Year’s Eve 2019? (continued from pg. 101) his upcoming outpost of internationally known El Cielo. The restaurant is slated to officially open in January in the Galeria, the culinary immersion studio in La Cosecha, the Union Market District’s contemporary Latin marketplace. El Cielo (“the sky”), joins Barrientos’ global empire of restaurants in Miami, Medellín and Bogotá . Through December 21, El Cielo is presenting a special, eightcourse tasting menu: The parade of vibrant dishes includes the elaborate “Tree of Life,” a bonsai treeshaped yucca bread creation; “El Cielo Pantone’s Dessert,” made with gooseberry sorbet, mango, white chocolate curd and pumpkin sponge cake; “Fish Full of Coconut,” (turbot, coconut rice, tamarind vinegar gel and seawater gel). Plus, two “surprise” dishes. Booze is extra. Neighboring La Cosecha partner and cocktail bar Serenata offers cocktails and pairings of wines from Latin countries. The preview repast is served Thursday and Friday with 6:30 and 9 p.m. seatings; Saturday at 4, 6:30 and 9 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Sunday brunch. For more information and reservations, visit www.exploretock. com/elcielodc, For parties of six or more email dc@elcielogroup. com. Follow @elcielowashington for updates.

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AT THE MOVIES Parallel Thrillers with Tenacious Investigators: One Seeks Justice for Poisoned Citizens; Another Unmasks Secret US Torture by Mike Canning

Dark Waters

he is well seconded by cast members such as Robbins, as his skeptical but ultimately supportive boss, Camp as the gruff but poignant farmer, and Garber as the slick corporate smoothie, among others. “Dark Waters” also run deep.

For drama, Hollywood often turns to stories “based on” or “inspired by” real events. Some are only tangentially related to the actual events though, occasionally, such re-creations ring true, wrenching genuine drama from them. Such a one is the eco-legal-thrillThe Report – er, “Dark Waters.” (The film, which DC in the Movies opened November 27th, is rated “PGWashington wonks who follow nation13” and runs 126 minutes.) al security affairs might recall the peri“Dark Waters” is “based on” a od, some 10 years ago, when a US Sennotable 2001 legal case where a deate Select Committee on Intelligence termined attorney named Rob Bilott investigated CIA activities in the “war (Mark Ruffalo) uncovered a dark seon terror.” A massive report on AmerBill Camp (deep left) and Mark Ruffalo (right) appear in “Dark Waters,” a Focus cret linking a number of unexplained Features release. Photo: Mary Cybulski ica’s brutal secret war to battle terrordeaths caused by a toxic chemical in ism eventually resulted in key findings ground water produced by the Duveteran director Todd Haynes, a distinctive craftsthat were released by the Committee’s Pont Company. man whose varied work ranges from provocaChairman Senator Diane Feinstein. Now, that inThe case starts small, when Bilott, a corporate tive character studies (like “Safe” and “Carol”) to side-Washington story is the subject of “The Reattorney in Cincinnati whose firm does work for Dudreamlike period pieces (“Far From Heaven” and port,” another “based-on” picture transformed into pont, is accosted in his office by a cattle farmer, Wil“Wonderstruck”). Here, he tackles a ripped-froma riveting thriller (the film, which is rated “R” and bur Tennant (Bill Camp), claiming his herd (near the-headlines docudrama done in a richly-textured runs 119 minutes, is now in area theaters and availParkersburg, West Virginia) is dying from polluted but straightforward style (photographed exquisiteable on Amazon Prime.) water on his spread. Reluctantly, Rob visits the felly by long time cinematographer and colleague EdThe film introduces us to an idealistic Comlow’s depressed farm and sees for himself Tennant’s ward Lachman) and makes it work. mittee staffer, Daniel J. Jones (the aptly named dying cattle. His sympathies stirred, he appeals to “Dark Waters” stands or falls on Mark RuffaAdam Driver), who is tasked by his boss, Sen. his boss Tom Terp (Tim Robbins) to take the case, lo’s performance as Bilott, and he stands tall. He Feinstein (Annette Bening), to lead an investigaa delicate one since it involves their own client. plays Rob as a modest, rumpled man, content with tion into the CIA’s controversial anti-terrorist deDupont’s corporate team, led by smooth Phil his wife (Anne Hathaway) and kids in his conventention program, created in the anxious aftermath Donnelly (Victor Garber) initially hears out the comtional Cincinnati home, who is then roused by inof the 9/11 attack. That investigation consumes five plaint and sends out representatives to examine the justice and corporate greed, giving his all to get to dogged years, focusing especially on the Agency’s evidence but offers no significant findings on an acid the core of his case. use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” quesnamed PFOA (prominently featured in the comRuffalo has had a lively and varied career since tionable practices amounting to torture but sanctipound Teflon). Their stonewalling sends Bilott, ever he was first noticed in “You Can Count on Me” fied by certain CIA-hired psychologists. If the film more passionate about the company’s responsibility, (2000). In the years since he has earned kudos for has any full-out villains, it is those cocky but clueto demand “discovery” of the firm’s historic files on films such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless less psychologists who fill the bill. the substance. His request is answered with an avaMind,” “The Kids Are All Right,” and “Spotlight,” Jones assembles a team assigned to a grim lanche of documents that fills a room. Painstakingly, as well as his long-running role as The Hulk in the CIA facility to learn the truth about these practicBilott attacks the material, undertaking a years-long “Avengers” series. In “Deep Waters,” he dominates es, but their progress is thwarted by political resentcrusade, finding that the acid causes cancer and oththe film, not with showiness, but with an ingrained ments, Agency cover-ups and stalls, and destroyed er maladies. and risking everything-–his future, his naturalism befitting his diffident character. This is evidence. Though his team (originally bipartisan) family, and even his own health--to expose the truth. as compelling a personage as he has ever portrayed. dwindles, Jones continues a relentless pursuit of the A legal thriller is hardly what one expects of a While Ruffalo stands out in “Deep Waters,” 104 H HILLRAG.COM



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truth that eventually leads to the dramatic findings that Feinstein revealed in 2014. The investigation both addresses the deeds committed by intelligence operatives during the Bush years as well as confronts the caution and concern of the Obama Administration to release such explosive information. Through it all, Jones makes his case to the disquieted but ever skeptical Sen. Feinstein, who wants an iron-clad case to present to the public. The ultimate drama comes down to whether this report of American wrong-doing ever makes it to the Senate floor. Can you make a pulse-pounding drama out of document-reading, computer scrolling, and staff briefings? Turns out you can. “The Report”—written and directed by Scott Z. Burns—does it with a cool-looking, briskly-paced story focused laser-like on the resolute Adam Driver, whom we see in overdrive (pun intended) mode throughout most of the picture. Bening captures Feinstein with both an accurate wig and with deliberate, slightly monotonic readings which belie the actress’s normal ebullient self to match the senator’s somber cadence. In striking contrast to the film’s pedestrian, bureaucratic settings, the movie also includes horrendous—and

hard to watch--flash-backs (filmed in noisy, quick cuts in garish light) to give the viewer a dose of what the captives suffered. In this, Burns’ first feature as a director, there are a string of other solid turns by a talented cast including Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, Maura Tierney, Douglas Hodge, Ted Levine (as CIA Director John Brennan), Tim Blake Nelson, Matthew Rhys, and Corey Stoll, completing a powerful ensemble that rounds out Driver’s uncompromising performance. (DC Notes: The film was essentially filmed in New York studios, yet it also did location shooting in Washington, including postcard shots of the Capitol and downtown DC. The finale, though, highlights our city: it shows the triumphant Jones coming down the steps of the Grant Memorial then cuts to him on the Mall with the Washington Monument in view just before the end credits.) Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. He is the author of “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC.” His reviews and writings on film can be found online at u

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ART IN THE CITY by Jim Magner


prets the underlying emotions of people, places and things. His work ranges sychological oomph. from traditional The intensity of the surrepresentation prise. The realization of to abstracted impending disaster— realism to pure like slipping in the showabstract. Each er. Or, it could be the “Aha! Moment”— work seeks to dea cerebral attack—a vision of your own fine the power of color, future. That kind of intensity. That kind of form and movement. He is oomph. Jay Peterzell captures it all in his most recent looking everywhere and lovseries now showing at the Foundry Gallery. ing the adventure. When I first profiled Jay six years ago, I wrote: Jay turned from a suc“Jay Peterzell is searching, exploring, looking for cessful career as a researchthat particular method of expression. He is on a Southhampton Bay, 9x12, oil on canvas by Jay Peterzell er and writer, including Time trajectory to that place, that artist territory where Magazine, to follow the path he can feel comfortable—his own realm to unharworld to making art. He started by doing—by to seeing—really seeing. It’s his examination of ness his passion.” making art in every style, form and technique— life—the animate and inanimate. “You stop, sit and Jay hasn’t stopped exploring: He has taken an intense exercise in learning. draw…but Look. Watch. Let it come to you. If you on traditional landscape and portraits, and interI have seen that passion in almost every artwatch a Venice bridge for a half hour, you ist I have known—certainly the 200+ that I have discover the emotional aspect.” profiled for this column. Most have had degrees in It’s through his infusion of that emotion art, and that in itself requires dedication and perinto every subject that he connects. He does it severance and facing the struggle to create. But while paying close attention to technique and with or without degrees, the struggle to create, style. The structures of composition contribto learn, to explore is always there. Occasionalute as much to the feeling, the emotion and ly when dark winds blow and the fire goes out, the conversation as the nature of the subject. something sparks, maybe a person who electriIt’s power he is after: psychological oomph fies, and the fire relights and the need to make art and insight. The intensity of the moment. explodes. It’s also true in music, writing, theater You can see Jay’s work this month at the and all the arts. Foundry Gallery (see At the Galleries) and You can’t look for any sense in it. Most ative people can’t tell you why, or how, they create. It’s just there, rumbling around inside, lookJim Magner’s ing for a way out. Thoughts on Art There are other passions of course, and No great work of art has ever been accommany are very practical—the necessity to make life plished without passion. But all creativity work—or teaching children about living. I don’t needs passion to be art—even those works include the accumulation of money, credentials that will never be deemed great. It is the and awards. That’s obsession, not passion. hunger that matters—the raging connection Passion is the illumination of the illogical— among all of your senses and those dual, but the preposterous contradictions of wisdom. It is divergent properties of the intellectual world: the spiritual energy that clings to your soul, your the logic of reality and the illogic of wisdom. humanness—and in the end it is the only reward Jay Peterzell (see Artist Profile) folVerklärte Nacht - 40 x 30 - oil and charcoal on canvas. Artworth dying with. lowed his passion from the publishing ist: Jay Peterzell



At the Galleries Hill Center 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Dec. 4, 2019-Feb.1, Opening Recep. Mon., Dec. 9, 5:30 - 8:30 The Hill Center is closing out the year with seven concurrent solo shows by local artists, several of whom I have profiled in this column: Kitty Kaupp: “Landscapes, Gardens, Flowers.” Oil paint and marble dust on canvas. Kitty brings a new geometric-based focus to mixed-media works such as “Rose Garden.” Fierce Sonia: “Once Upon a Future So Bright.” Mixed media: acrylic and collage. These are about feelings, not literal narratives. They are complex, as emotions and opinions often are. Her work, “has a soundtrack, a rhythm, a pulse that will give you a magic carpet ride to ROSE GARDEN 1, Kitty Kaupp, Oil/Marble Dust on Canvas, 14 x 11 a fairy tale that restates your own heartbeat.” That’s true. Guy Terry Kuhn: “Circular Kasse Andrews-Weller: His visual View.” Pencil. Guy adds limited color highstatements interpret the U.S. “The Band Aids lights to his drawings characterized by geocover, but do they heal?” metric swirling and juxtaposition of globes— All of these artist’s works are for sale, and from tiny beads to pearls to moons. Many of with the gift-giving holidays upon us, BUY his newer drawings “focus on radial expanART, and have a happy holiday season. www. sion as found in starbursts and other natural occurring forms.” Also, Jay Peterzell Sofia Kifle: The Jazz Experience.” Foundry Gallery Acrylic on paper and canvas. Sofia’s color2118 - 8th Street, N.W. charged abstracts are inspired by America’s Dec. 4-29 original art form: Jazz. Recep: Sat., Dec. 7, 5-8 Gediyon Kifle: Gediyon has a passion Closing Rec. Dec., 29, 4-7 for telling stories through award-winning With, “Now What,” Jay Peterzell (See: photography. It has taken him to Africa, Asia, Artist Profile) presents his latest series of large and Europe, and all over the U.S. paintings of men at moments of imminent inMaria-Victoria Checa: “Reflections in jury or desperation. Others depict men in inColor.” Oil and Acrylic. Maria-Victoria intense contemplation—a sudden vision of his jects riotous color to “create movement and own future. All draw you in with intense colinstability on my canvas.” or and composition. Linda Norton: “Global Dreams.” Watercolor and Soft Pastel. Linda totes her compact A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim can be reached travel art supplies whenever she travels with at u her family, so she can make visual notes and layouts for paintings to be completed at home.


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the LITERARY HILL A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events by Karen Lyon

From Citizen to Snowflake

there are many reahas clearly had too much to drink and is babbling sons to doubt that it indiscreetly to everyone within earshot. Adele worwill work.” ries that the men dancing attendance will take adTo say that America is “A New American vantage of her. Raymond wonders what she’s hiddivided these days is Creed” is so rich in data ing. And Brian McNulty, “everyone’s favorite something of an underand original insights— bartender,” is smitten. statement. So how did of which this review Then a man is found dead in the woman’s we come to this rancorcan barely scratch the hotel room, she and McNulty disappear, and the ous pass? And is there surface—that it should bartender becomes a prime murder suspect. As an any way for us to move be required reading for amateur sleuth—and close friend of McNulty’s— beyond it? every officeholder, canAmbler feels obliged to get to the bottom of things. In “A New Amerdidate, and voter interHe is aided in his search by Adele and NYPD hoSociologist David H. Kamens explores how popuican Creed: The lism has supplanted the idea of citizenship in “A ested in understanding micide detective Mike Cosgrove, who can’t believe Eclipse of Citizenship New American Creed.” the current political clithat Ambler is involved in yet another case. “One and Rise of Populism,” mate, how we got here, more murder connected to your collection, I’m gosociologist David H. and whether the situation is reparable. ing to have the city close it down as a public nuiKamens undertakes a comprehensive analysis of David H. Kamens is Professor of Sociology sance,” he fumes. the policies and politics that led to what he calls Emeritus at Northern Illinois University and has Con Lehane gives mystery lovers plenty to the nation’s “legitimacy crisis.” Prior to and durwritten extensively in the fields of political, educachew on in his entertaining and good-natured seing World War II, he writes, Americans embraced tional, and organizational sociology. His previous ries, including plot twists, engaging characters with a “we’re all in this together” ethos. Being a patripublications include “Beyond the Nation-State: The complicated lives, psychological nuance, just a hint otic and responsible citizen meant civic participaReconstruction of Nationhood and Citizenship.” of romance—and an underlying belief that even tion: voting, enlisting in the military, volunteering, “those killers so monstrous we don’t even want to and joining community organizations. try to understand them almost always have their Life Imitates Crime Fiction Over the next few decades, this collective spirroots in innocence.” Libraries are not generally known as hotbeds of it gave way to a preference for individualism, with intrigue and adventure. But in Con Lehane’s crowdsourcing and empowerment of individuals 42nd Street Library Mystery Series, adventure replacing old models of citizenship. This change seems to find Raymond Ambler. In fact, the beled to a rise in populism and to the notion that sieged librarian worries that the crime fiction “what happens in the center matters more” and collection he curates “somehow begat murders, that popular opinion trumps “knowledge, expernot simply on the pages of its mystery novels but tise, and the wisdom of experienced leaders.” The off the page as well.” result has been a surge in culture wars, with poIn “Murder Off the Page,” the trouble litical rhetoric and the media fanning the flames starts when an attractive and mysterious woman and social media serving as “purveyors of conflict.” requests access to the archives of a Long Island Is there a way out of the madness? Kamens mystery author. While her request is granted, is not optimistic. “The most challenging task,” she seems oddly out of place, overdressed and he writes, “will be persuading the electorate that unaware of research protocols. Later, when Amthere are solutions to these problems, but it is unbler and his colleague (and love interest) Adele clear whether either political party is up to this In Con Lehane’s latest mystery, librarian Raymond AmMorgan run into her at the Library Tavern, she bler’s friend and bartender Brian McNulty is suspected daunting task. Given the present state of politics of murder.


52. He is buried on Macao. Based on a wealth of resources, including first-hand accounts from the diaries of the ship’s surgeon and others, letters from Roberts himself, naval records, and journal articles, “Embassy to the Eastern Courts” provides a vivid account of our early diplomatic efforts in the East. Filled with thumping good stories and eccentric characters, it at times reads like a Patrick O’Brian seafaring adventure, but the accompanying maps, etchings, phoAndrew Jampoler tells the story of two naval voyages untos, logs, and artwork remind us that dertaken in the early 1830s to pursue trade with Asia. such undertakings were all too real— and all too perilous. In addition to the two previous books in Andrew C.A. Jampoler spent his library series, Con Lehane has written three nearly 25 years as an active-duty naval avianovels featuring bartender Brian McNulty. www. tor and is the author of six other books lished by the Naval Institute Press.

Making Inroads in the East

America has a populist president whose cabinet is being “churned around furiously” by a revolving door of resignations. The consular system is in disarray, and trade with China is problematic at best. Against this politically tumultuous background, President Andrew Jackson in 1832 taps a New England merchant named Edmund Roberts for a secret mission to scout out trade opportunities in Asia. In “Embassy to the Eastern Courts: America’s Secret First Pivot Toward Asia, 1832-37,” naval historian Andrew C.A, Jampoler describes the two voyages that Roberts made on the USS Peacock. Carrying draft treaties from the president, Roberts visited Siam, China, and other ports of call to try and persuade the leaders there to open trade to US ships. Hindered by language barriers and cultural misunderstandings, he met with only limited success, but he nonetheless made a sterling effort, negotiating two of the four treaties he set out to secure and logging some 86,000 sea miles during his four-and-a-half-year effort. But while Roberts didn’t “fundamentally change the underlying economics of trade as [he] had hoped his agreements would do,” he did help clear the way for US Navy vessels to operate in Asian waters, which may stand as his most significant achievement. Edmund Roberts died during his second voyage, in 1836, at age

On the Hill in December Join Hill author and genealogist John Colletta ( for “Researching Your Genealogy: A Journal of Self-Discovery,” a day-long Smithsonian Associates seminar on tracing your family roots, Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. Visit these websites to find listings of local readings, book clubs, discussions, and signings: Capitol Hill Books East City Bookshop The Folger Shakespeare Library The Hill Center Loyalty Bookstores Solid State Books u



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yle Dunn is originally from Florida, but chose DC as his home and currently works for a freshwoman member of Congress. He points out, in case readers might think that Hill staffers have no life away from work, that the accompanying photo of him was taken as he was hiking the Dolly Sods in West Virginia. He is winner of a National Scholastic Gold Medal Award for Short Fiction and we are pleased to present his first published poem, a villanelle about eating dinner with Henry Kissinger.

Down at the Old Post Office Hotel,

1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004 I think I’ll think a thought today. Seize the Steno. Plunder the pen pipe. I think I thought a thought. My pillow, lift. Closer come. Spittle, wipe. Where does the sun go when it becomes night? I think I thought a thought. All the waiters ask, “Will he kill the light?” Perhaps I mightn’t, then perhaps I might. I think I’ll think a thought today. Bring me the menu. Be prepared to write. One hundred golden apples. Wait till ripe. I think I thought a thought. How can I think when all you do is gripe? I told you once why I must stay; you, fight. I think I’ll think a thought today. I’ve tried in vain to keep my thoughts polite. You’ll see my thinking, time will prove, was right. I think I’ll think a thought today. I think I thought a thought. If you would like to have your poem considered for publication, please send it to (There is no remuneration.) u

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P roject by Jean-Keith Fagon


True North ••• Lawson Rollins, guitar Guitarist Lawson Rollins is best known for crafting lush amalgams of contemporary jazz, world music, Latin and New Age. The resulting recordings have always possessed a grand sense of travel, exoticism and adventure. True North, his tenth solo album and the first one he has produced by himself, marks a difference in his approach. Working on a film score and writing music for other artists has refocused his approach to the mesmerizing nylon string guitar work for which he is so well known. On the American Songwriter website he is quoted as saying, “ The past couple of years have really expanded my musical horizons through my work on film music and also the single, ‘And If You Will Come With Me’ by Israeli superstar singer Idan Raichel. Those experiences forced me to hone down my quite often exuberant nylon string


guitar style to suit the needs of the particular projects and also to delve more seriously into other instruments like the electric guitar, synthesizers and electronic percussion programming. With ‘True North,’ I was able to bring that new knowledge and perspective back home, in a sense, to the type of nylon string guitar-centered music that has been my true calling as an artist over the past 20 years.” Two fine examples that highlight the album’s music include “True North,” the title track, and “Bluewave Bossanova,” a sultry dance of textured world beat rhythms and an impassioned surge of guitar arpeggios, scales and harmonies. The performance also includes a sensitive soprano sax played by Mary Fettig. Mr. Rollins is accompanied by drummer and percussionist Dave Bryant, bassist Dan Feiszli, violinist Mads Tolling and Stephen Duros who plays additional keyboards and electric guitar on “With the Wind,” an eclectic and imaginative piece of music. In defining his new album, he said that many of the tracks, such as the title track as well as ‘With the Wind’ and ‘Dead Ahead,’ are unlike anything he has ever done.

Remember Me, My Dear •••• Jan Garbarek/Hillard Ensemble Jan Garbarek: soprano and tenor saxophones The Hilliard Ensemble: David James: countertenor Rogers Covey-Crump: tenor Steven Harrold: tenor; Gordon Jo nes: baritone The release of Officium, the groundbreaking alliance of Norwegian saxophonist Jan Gar-

barek and the world-famous English a cappella quartet, The Hilliard Ensemble, 25 years ago was a paradigm shift for contemporary jazz. The music was like the second coming of the Holy Grail, mixing jazz with the mystic invocation of one of

the world’s great ensembles of early music. Now comes Remember Me, My Dear, another masterpiece from Mr. Garbarek and the world-famous English a cappella quartet, The Hilliard Ensemble, recorded during the the group’s final tour. The album offers an unforgettable repertoire of early music, contemporary composition, and creative interpretation of materials from Guillaume le Rouge, Arvo Part, Hildegard von Bingen, Pérotin, Antoine Brumel to Komitas, and more. Highlights include Procedentum Sponsum, Santus, Litany, Remember Me, My Dear, Agnus Dei, We Are The Stars, and Ov Zarmanali. u



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all me a humbug, a Grinch or a scrooge. I strongly dislike this time of year. People who are normally pleasant and high-functioning become angry, exasperated, aggravated and anxious during the holidays. We overeat, overdrink and generally over-party. That’s what we are supposed to do. Correct? Wrong! But that’s what happens to a lot of us who succumb to familial, work or peer pressure to ‘celebrate’ until we bust. But holiday celebrations don’t have to be synonymous with overindulging. We can focus instead on deepening relationships, meeting new people, sharing good experiences and enjoying family and friends. The holidays don’t have to be an excuse for not exercising and not eating well. The way I learned to eliminate stress during the holidays is to do away with all the traditional rituals that make me crazy. I buy very few presents and NEVER send them on time for Christmas (I call them New Year’s gifts). It keeps me from standing in long lines at the post office. I attend very few parties and try to keep to my regular work and exercise routine. I don’t decorate and I don’t listen to Christmas music. There are many less extreme ways to stay focused, stay calm, stay healthy and enjoy the holidays with family and friends. I’ve asked a colleague and a few friends what they do this time of the year to stay the course. Underlying all their suggestions is that being present or ‘mindful’ during any holi-


day scenario is what keeps them in control. Knowing yourself, your likes, dislikes and limitations is key to keeping on track. Planning ahead is another theme all practice. Not beating yourself up if you overindulge. You always get another chance to do it right.

Start With the Basics Jana Lerbach is a personal trainer and yoga instructor who has found success from her own weight loss journey (she has kept about 45

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pounds off for 15 years). She is very much aware of how social occasions may trigger stress eating and exercise neglect. Jana said she starts with basics. She does foam rolling (fascia release) and breathing exercises daily. She also aims for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. “It’s healing for the mind, body and soul. If I’m tired I compensate by eating. If I’m rested I’m less likely to make impetuous or not so good decisions during the holidays.” Jana also said that finding things in your life to be grateful about every day can help you become more relaxed and positive. “ThinkMonika Ringuette ing about or writing down things you are grateful for activates your parasympathetic nervous system which keeps you centered.” Jana also asks for support from either her husband or a friend before she goes to a holiday party. “I am more motivated if I have someone keeping me accountable.” “I have conversations with myself all the time.” she said. “I ask myself ‘if I drink or eat more, how will that make me feel? I know that alcohol disrupts sleep and if I don’t sleep well I’m unbearable.”


Be Flexible Monika Ringuette, who is a stay-at-home mom with two teenagers, lost 30 pounds a year and a half ago. She makes exercise and eating well a priority. “To stay in shape this holiday season, planning ahead and thinking big picture is key. I look at the week ahead and schedule time at the gym. Even if I travel I have a vacation work out planned. I also have learned how to be flexible and to adapt tin a positive way when unexpected things come up.” Monika has learned how to be mentally flexible and to always have a Plan B. “Most important, if all else fails that day, I’ll just let it go and get back to my routine as soon as I can.” Monika finds Tom Wiener healthful eating is about balance. “During the holidays I still enjoy every minute of eating and drinking at parties. I never feel deprived. I just get a plate and take a taste of anything that looks really good to me. If I’m going out, I try to be mindful about the other meals I have that day. I go back to that “big picture” outlook about how I’ve eaten during the week.”

Pay It Forward “Everyone knows we are going to eat during the holidays. Frankly, parties wouldn’t be any fun if you went planning to only have seltzer and eat celery sticks. But there are ways I plan ahead and stop the bloat,” said Paul Rosenzweig, a lawyer and author and founder of a homeland security consulting company. Paul, like Monika, plans ahead. “I pay the price first,” he explained. “I used to eat heavily at a party and tell myself I’ll make up for it tomorrow. That Paul Rosenzweig didn’t work for me. The better way is to know that a party event is coming up and plan for it.” Paul eats lightly and exercises the day before. “Then I don’t feel guilty eating at the party. I’ve also compensated for my pleasure in advance. I feel both virtuous and liberated.” Tom Wiener, who is retired and recently lost more than 15 pounds through a moderate change in diet and exercise, said he does not use the holidays as an excuse to let himself go. “I am officially weight-conscious without being obsessive or prescriptive. I never feel it’s rude to turn down a refill on hard liquor or wine. I have a weakness for sweets, but I’ve trained myself to say no to a second dessert.” “Saying no to food or drink that will tip the scale upward or put your mind into a blurry state shouldn’t be considered an act of virtue, just common sense,” said Tom. “It’s corny to say, but I get high on just being with friends and family and enjoying their company and fellowship. Overindulging dulls that high, even if it’s tempting to think it enhances it.” We all have to find our own way to make this season fun as well as healthy. None of us want to wake up January 1 only to realize we’ve gained 5 or even 10 pounds over the past six weeks. How we handle potentially stressful situations during the holidays is in our control. We all have choices, If you’d like to contact Jana: Pattie Cinelli is a health/fitness professional who writes about subjects on the leading edge of health and fitness thought. She has been writing her column for more than 25 years and welcomes column suggestions and fitness questions. Pattie offers private health/fitness evaluations and recommendations in person and affordable personal training sessions via Skype. You can contact Pattie at: u


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eterinary medicine is not static and as time goes on, we are presented with new challenges. Twenty years ago, a cannabis intoxication was rare to encounter, but as laws and societal perceptions have changed, such toxicities are becoming increasingly common. At present thirty-three states and the District currently have passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form, while most others allow its medical use under certain circumstances. This has led to marijuana becoming much more widespread. Marijuana contains many compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is responsible for most of marijuana’s mind-altering effects and is toxic to dogs and cats, whereas CBD is becoming more commonly used to treat dogs with anxiety, arthritis, seizures, inflammation, and other health ailments. Safely used, CBD should not have any significant negative impacts upon a dog or cat’s health. It is important to not confuse CBD with marijuana or products that contain both CBD and THC. If using CBD products, be certain of the ingredients, quality, use, and purity. Dogs will not become ‘high’ on only CBD. The past few years we have seen a number of dogs who have, or are suspected of ingesting cannabis (Cannabis sativa), either from raw product or from vape pens, edibles, etc. The first case I

saw was in 1998, in New Jersey, but the numbers have increased rapidly in recent years. In some of the newer cases, clients know that their dog ate the product, but in others, ingestion was never seen. Unseen ingestion in a household that does not carry THC products has been observed to occur outside on the street - the dog ate the remains of a blunt tossed on the sidewalk. Sadly, people indiscriminately tossing their butts on the street have caused a moderate health crisis. Dogs and cats seem to be attracted to the smell of marijuana, and being a small furry creature, they have no sense of portion control and will ingest whatever is in front of them. Weed in edibles only enhances the chances it will be eaten. Inhalation toxicity is uncommon, but possible, therefore care should be taken when smoking around pets. Mild cases of toxicity manifest with lethargy, confusion, barking indiscriminately or making unusual vocalizations (aka - being high), dilated pupils, altered responses to stimulation, redness of the whites of the eyes, and overall acting abnormally. In more severe intoxication, the pet may not be able to walk, seems drunk on their feet, has a slow heart rate, vomits excessively, drools, and/or is unable to hold urine. Coma and death are possible. About 25% of dogs will show excitement and stimulation with an increased heart rate instead of depression. Such clinical signs can be seen anywhere from minutes to hours post ingestion and may last for hours to days. THC causes the release of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine, dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain’s frontal cortex and cerebellum. The increased release of these neurotransmitters leads to the various clinical signs observed. The majority of cases I have treated presented with multiple clinical signs, leading to the top differential diagnosis of cannabis consumption. The diagnosis, however, may not necessarily be confirmed by the owner, who may be completely unaware



that a pet was exposed to the drug. It is important that a diagnosis be obtained, as many other toxins, medications, and disease can mimic the signs of marijuana intoxication. When asked about potential ingestion, it is important that clients be honest with their veterinarian regarding their potential knowledge of cannabis ingestion. Having seen a number of cases of marijuana toxicity, with proper treatment, I feel confident that patients will make a full recovery with no lingering effects. Treatment requires supportive care, baseline bloodwork to evaluate the liver and kidneys (and to rule out other problems), possibly abdominal X-rays to assess for any other ingested objects. In cases where the ingestion was within a few hours, emesis (vomiting) may be induced to try and clear the stomach of the toxic material. Once vomiting is under control, activated charcoal is administered to absorb as much of the toxin as possible. The charcoal also speeds up the intestines, decreasing the amount of time the toxins are inside the pet. Patients showing more clinical signs are hospitalized, intravenous fluids are given, sedation administered in certain cases, temperature supports, antacids, anti-nausea medications, and other supportive care. Once neurologically normal and able to walk and keep down food, the pet is usually released from the hospital. Marijuana intoxication looks scary and is becoming ever more prevalent. With prompt and proper care, the dog or cat will usually make a full recovery. Remember that the best way to prevent intoxication is to take care to secure such substances in the home and to monitor what your pet ingests outside of the home. Dan Teich, DVM is Medical Director at District Veterinary Hospitals, u



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Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show

Mr. Gumdrop

Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is at The Atlas from Dec. 12 to 22. This fun, family-friendly performance features friendly, furry characters, pre-show instrument-making workshops, photo ops and a dance party. The show is suitable for ages 4, up. $25 for kids; $45 for adults. The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE.

One snowy winter morning, Mr. Gumdrop prepares for his annual holiday party! When an unexpected and curious mouse appears, Mr. Gumdrop’s routine is thrown for a loop. Can these two wildly different characters work together to get the holiday preparations done in time? This nonverbal, imaginative production captures the magic of making new friends and sharing ideas to accomplish big goals. $15. Best for ages 2 to 5. All patrons age one and above must purchase a ticket. On stage at the Atlas, Dec. 27 to 31.

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On Dec. 24 at 1 p.m., Santa will be waterskiing on the Potomac River. It will be along the Old Town Alexandria waterfront, from Waterfront Park to Founders Park. Santa’s helpers come out early to ensure it’s safe for Santa. Photo: Jay Spiegel.

The Polar Express

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day to drop off items is Friday, Dec. 13 by 5 p.m. They also accept wrapping supplies.

Boogie Babes Boogie Babes has moved to The Miracle Theatre, 535 Eighth St. SE, weekly on Thursdays at 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. $6 per child; siblings 6 months and under are free. Tickets at door; credit cards accepted.

On Dec. 14, 11 a.m. Pajama Party and Dec. 22, 4 p.m., Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas. $6. Miracle Theater, 535 Eighth St. SE.

National Archives Story Time On Dec. 11, at 10 a.m., join National Archives staff for story time designed for children 3 to 5 and accompanying adults. Children listen

Santa Sightings Santa will stand for pictures of your cat, dog and family members at Howl to the Chief, 733 Eighth St. SE, on Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Frager’s Holiday Open House, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 to 4 p.m., features a Santa, hot chocolate, cookies, live and artificial trees and Christmas greenery. Frager’s is at 1123 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. On Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., have a professional photo with Santa, get the kid’s face painted and see Coldwell Banker’s traditional holiday windows. Leashed pets are welcome. Unwrapped gifts or donations to their Annual Toy Drive at bit/ ly/coldwelltoys are appreciated. Coldwell Banker’s, 605 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

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to a story, participate in group activities and create a craft. The theme for December is the Wright Brothers and their invention of the airplane.

Trains at the National Tree

Discovery Theater On Dec. 2 to 6, 9 to 13 and 16 to 20; at 10:15 and 11:30 AM; also a 1 PM performance on Dec. 11, 18 and 19, this signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations’ tradition of the Winter Solstice in an interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. This show sells out early. For ages 5 to 10. Tickets prices for Seasons of Light are $1 higher than other performances at Discovery Theater.

The Magical Pinata A seemingly plain clay pot magically transports Cucha, a selfish and lonely girl, from her town of Zapotoco, Mexico, to a mysterious jungle. There, she encounters Parrot Rivera, a jungle muralist who paints the future; Señor Chapulin, a soccer star with the heart of the present; and Burro Burrito, a farmer who plows the past. But the evil Monkey King and his silly Sidekick know the clay pot is really a magical piñata and scheme to steal it from her. $22. The Magical Piñata is on stage at the Keegan Theater, 1742 Church St. NW, Dec. 14 to 30 at 11 a.m.

The Choral Arts Society’s Family Christmas On Dec. 24, 11 a.m., bring the kids to the Kennedy Center for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics. Enjoy a merry tour of holiday sing-alongs and Christmas favorites. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph! This one-hour concert is perfect for children ages 5, up. It is 60 minutes with no intermission. $20 to $45.

A Family Messiah On Dec. 7, noon to 1:30 p.m., join Washington National Cathedral for Handel’s beloved “Messiah.”


Celebrate Kwanzaa

The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Dec. 5. The tree is lit daily from approximately 4:30 p.m. to midnight thereafter. Planted on the Ellipse, the 30foot Colorado blue spruce is from Lebanon County, Pa. Visit the tree, surrounding model trains and decorations any time throughout the season.

On Dec. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring the entire family to the Anacostia Community Museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Enjoy energetic and interactive introduction Photo: Alice Rose to Kwanzaa with the Melvin Deal African Heritage Dancers & Drummers.  The audience participatory program includes dancers, singers, music, colorful costumes and lively characters designed for young children and adults alike. During the performance and afterwards, kids can also enjoy making Kwanzaa-inspired arts and crafts from a variety of materials. Art workshops will be led by artists Brian Barber and Alma Robinson. Free fun for the entire family in THEARC Auditorium. RSVP at On Dec. 14, 7 p.m. and Dec. 15, 3 p.m., enjoy Dance Place’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration. Gather family and friends to join CoyaThe Cathedral’s soaring architecture and Gothic ba Academy, Coyaba Dance Theater splendor offers a space unlike any other in Washingand special guests to celebrate the seven principles ton to experience Handel’s masterpiece. This is an of Kwanzaa. At Sunday’s performance, get one free abbreviated performance of “Messiah” highlights, ticket for a child 12 and under with a paying adult. perfect for busy families with young children. TickTickets are $30 for adults; $15, college students and ets are $25 to $95; $15 for students. children 17 and under. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE.

A Children’s Christmas Service

On Dec. 24, 9:30 a.m. and noon, all are welcome to this joyful and lively service with Christmas carols, prayers and the Nativity story. Children are invited to come dressed as angels, animals and shepherds to be part of the story as it unfolds for this unrehearsed Christmas pageant. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW.

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A Children’s Christmas Mass

Fiesta de los Reyes Magos

On Dec. 24, 4:30 p.m., the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites all to their annual Christmas Eve Children’s Mass in the Great Upper Church. The Choir of the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart will present a choral prelude at 4:30 p.m. Mass begins at 5 p.m. All are welcome. There are no tickets or reservations.

On Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m., at the DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D Streets NW, the United States Air Force Band presents their annual, free Holiday Matinee for Kids. Reservations are required at The concert is approximately 60 minutes.

On Jan. 5, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., GALA’s traditional Three Kings celebration features the Magi, live animals, local performers, a walk through the neighborhood and gifts for every child. Free tickets will be distributed at the GALA Box Office at 10 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. show and at noon for the 2 p.m. show. No tickets reserved by phone. Maximum six tickets per person in line.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Imagination Stage

The Velveteen Rabbit

Leap through the wardrobe and into a winter wonderland in this dance-based adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s treasured novel from the Chronicles of Narnia. A remounting of Imagination Stage’s Helen Hayes award-winning 2012 production, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tells the story of four siblings who journey from war-torn England to a magical land frozen in eternal winter, where the powerful lion Aslan leads them on a journey to discover their destiny. Music, modern dance and breathtaking puppetry tell a story of love, sacrifice and redemption. For ages 5, up. Plays through Jan. 25, at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD. Lauren Farnell and Sarah Laughland. Photo: Kanea MacDonald

Annapolis Kids New Year’s The annual Annapolis New Year’s Celebration kicks off with family-friendly activities and entertainment that will start behind Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be free activities for the kids including moon bounces, slides, obstacle courses and crafts. Plus enjoy CrabTown Curbs Cuisine, food trucks, face painting and early family-friendly fireworks at 5:30 p.m.


When the Child gets the Rabbit for Christmas, she is at first disappointed in her gift. But as the two quest and adventure through her storybooks, both Rabbit and Child grow and care for each other. And they discover that love is the greatest force in the Universe and can make impossible things Real. On stage at Adventure Theatre at Glen Echo, through Jan. 1. All ages. Tickets are $19.50 and can be purchased at or 301-634-2270.

Civil War Christmas in Camp

On Dec. 14, noon to 4 p.m., learn how Christmas was observed during the Civil War. The program features a Civil War-era Union Santa Claus who will interact with the public, present readings of “The Night Before Christmas.” The museum will be decorated with festive greenery and a Victorian parlor tree. The reconstructed Officers’ Hut is the setting for holiday decorations in camp and soldiers opening Christmas boxes from home. Reenactors will interpret army life in winter camps and soldier-led tours of the historic fort will be conducted. Children can also make a Christmas card or ornament. Suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family. Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Alexandria, VA. Have an item for The Notebook, email the information to u

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SCHOOL NOTES by Susan Braun Johnson games or revisit old favorites. A great time was had by all!

A Visit From Councilmember Allen

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Ships ahoy! on the Mildred Belle Students in Maury’s fourth grade class took a voyage on the Mildred Belle, a working boat that once carried oysters, freight and people on the Chesapeake Bay. Living Classrooms now uses it for youth education excursions that teach kids about the local ecosystems and seamanship. On board activities included trawl net fishing, dragging a very large net through the water; aquatic

Kindergarteners and Pre-K students at Peabody Early Childhood Campus received a great lesson in community involvement and government when Councilmember Charles Allen stopped by on November 14th. The students are learning about community helpers and Stuart-Hobson hosts Family Game Night for Cluster students of all ages. Councilmember Allen’s discussion Capitol Hill Cluster School with them helped Family Game Night at them understand the important role Stuart-Hobson different helpers play in the Capitol Cluster students from prek3 through eighth-grade Hill community every day. got to enjoy board games and card games of all levels at the annual Cluster Family Game Night hostThird Graders Learn ed by Stuart-Hobson Middle School on Novemthe Ropes ber 13th. Students and parents played along with Third-graders from Watkins Elemenvolunteers from Labyrinth Games to explore new tary traveled to Savage, Maryland to Watkins third graders navigating a high ropes course. conquer the ropes course and climbing wall at Savage Mill. life identification - of the fish they caught; holdStudents learned to coning live mussels and clams; studying maps of the quer their fears and take on city and the river, then locating these landmarks; new challenges, while paying and learning how long it takes for trash to break strict attention to safety, lisdown. The students even had a chance to steer tening and securely learning the ship. The trip was arranged by teachers, Ms. skills. -Sean O’Brien. Conant, Ms. Duckett, Ms. Sparrow and Mr. Mal-

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Don’t Miss The Holiday Greenery & Bake Sale Miner’s Holiday Greenery and Bake Sale is Dec. 6 and 7. Proceeds from the trees, poinsettias, wreaths and garlands will benefit the PTO. The Friday sale runs 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Greens can also be pre-ordered on the school’s website.

A Host of Services & Activities Miner’s family-support team has been offering a host of services to parents and students, including a Maury students steer a steady course on the Mildred Belle. Photo: recent Positive Discipline WorkStephanie Conant. shop, a party to create “calm down” boxes, first aid/CPR training and a ilies cane together for an intergenerational evejob-readiness session. The school ning of fun, health education and fitness activiis also participating in Roots of Empathy to teach ties: hula hooping, Double-Dutch jump rope with students emotional literacy and is offering afterDC Retro Jumpers and soccer skills practice with school homework assistance for second-fifth-gradDC Way Soccer. Other guests and presenters iners through YOUR (Youth Organizations United cluded Power Tots gymnastics and tumbling, Playto Rise) Community Center. works games, DC Vault pole vaulting, Tippi Toes While students were off during the Nov. 4 ReDance, Breathing Space Yoga, Elliot-Hine MS arcords Day, parent volunteers stepped in to keep chery and Zumba with Ms. Veree. Kudos to Ms. teachers’ company in the quiet building. They Falls, the physical education instructor, for orgacleaned and organized classrooms and restocked nizing this event. supply cupboards so teachers could get caught up Maury Elementary is located at 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Call 202-698-3838 or visit for more information. - Elizabeth Nelson.

Miner Elementary School

Spreading a Spirit of Generosity

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Students from Miner’s Pre-K class show off their pumpkins during their Nov. 7 field trip to Sharp’s at Waterford Farm.

with grading and their backlogs of other tasks. Busloads of the school’s youngest students journeyed to Sharp’s at Waterford Farm in Howard County, Md., on Nov. 7 for the fall field trip. Preschoolers, kindergarteners and first-graders got to go on a hayride, pet and feed farm animals and pick pumpkins to take home. Older students are staying busy with Miner’s many after-school clubs and sports, including Lego club, garden club, cheerleading, soccer and basketball. Miner’s brand-new playground is nearly complete. Gleeful students have been playing on the state-of-the-art equipment for the past month while workers complete the sports field, outdoor classroom and garden features, to be unveiled in mid-December. Miner Elementary School is located at 601 15th St NE. For more information visit:;;www.facebook. com/MinerDCPS;; Chad Lorenz.

Payne Elementary School

Cluck-Cluck-Cluck . . . The Chickens are here! The Chickens are here!

Payne Elementary School has a new addition to its population, Rhode Island red chickens! They are part of a program called Rent-a-Coop. This science curriculum program provides rich, educational experiences that instruct and remind students where food comes from and the evolution of change through a chicken’s lifecycle. Payne will have the Rent-aCoop and the Rhode Island Red Chickens for a little over a month. The chickens, with the students, will play a major part of the science classroom as they learn about living things, life cycles, habitats, environment, urban gardens and the list goes on and on. Students will interact with chickens weekly, collecting eggs, managing the chickens’ play times, feeding and cleaning the coop

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in the coming months is to design and build their own bird feeder! School Within School is located at 920 F St NE. Call 202-727-7377 or visit for more information. - Carolyn Banfalvi.

SWS second-graders have been hard at work on their big bird project for the first months. Tyler Elementary School “Students are super excited about birds,” Spirit said teachers Jonathan Leavitt and Rachel This autumn saw Tyler’s students demonstrating Henighan. “We have been doing research in school spirit through their creativity and talents. class to identify what birds eat, noticing speOn October 25, the school community enjoyed cial characteristics and coming up with great energetic Hispanic Heritage Day performances questions that will take research, data collection and testing to answer.” The and ensuring they are kept safe. class is participatAll students came out to help welcome the ing in the “Bridging the chickens the day they arrived and helped them Americas” program that feel comfortable about their new environment. For the National Zoo facilmore information, contact Mr. Creef at Emmett. itates, which connects Payne Elementary Science DC area schools with Teacher. - Emmett Doug Creef. schools in Central and South America. A repPayne Elementary School “Where genius lives!” is loresentative from the zoo Tyler students performed songs and dances for Hispanic Heritage Day. cated at 1445 C St, SE. For more information check visited to help kick-off the project and inby all grade levels, in many castroducing the students to es featuring traditional costumes wood thrushes. SWS has and choreography. been connected to a school Tyler celebrated Hallowin Nicaragua, which is the een as the inaugural Vocabulary winter home for the wood Word Day. Students dressed thrush. In class, second gradup as a vocabulary word whose ers have read books, worked meaning they could define and on computers, shared birddemonstrate. Among those related artifacts and photos, spotted in the halls and classplayed bird bingo and had rooms were a president, a feara visit from a bird enthusiless firefighter, a waffle, a taco, ast parent. They’ve gotten to baseball champions and plenty know some wonderful bird of superheroes. Tyler students dressed up for the research websites, which In November, Tyler’s kininaugural Vocabulary Word Day. have inspired them identiHere, a young president. dergarteners became the stars fy different birds and learn of a community helper-themed about what birds eat. The two second grade “wax museum.” Students and families worked toclasses have also taken related field trips: exgether to prepare costumes and short speeches ploring bird habitats at Huntley Meadows, describing the roles of firefighters, teachers, police visiting Kingman Island to submit creature and medical professionals, among others. When sightings to an Anacostia Watershed Project the classroom museum doors opened, family visiand exploring the Natural History Museum tors found students, dressed up and standing still to learn about animal coverings and adaptaas wax figures, ready to recite a description of their Stopping to observe, sketch and wonder was enjoyed by tions. One of the things the class plans to do community helper roles. SWS students on a recent field trip to Huntley Meadows.


other. Then, in November, the Eliot-Hine community hosted its first fall Community Potluck and 1st Quarter student awards, recognizing students for perfect attendance, exemplary academic achievement and demonstration of the school’s core values: Excellence, Responsibility, Integrity and Community. Staff at Eliot-Hine began taking International Baccalaureate inspiration trips this fall, starting with a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico to visit the Menaul School and discover inVan Ness Elementary School students and families getting ready to novative ways to implement IB march in the Nats Victory Parade! in the school community. Staff will partake in similar experiencOn November 23, Tyler held its annual Hares throughout the year as part of their ongoing vest Festival, featuring pumpkin painting, a petprofessional development. ting zoo and a magic show, among other activities. Students in the Explore DC club started with their first project, creating hygiene kits for John Tyler Elementary is located at 1001 G ST individuals experiencing homelessness to doSE. Visit to learn more nate to Neighbors Consejo for distribution. As or connect on Twitter: @TylerTigersDC; www.infall sports came to a close, the school’s first ever - Beth Ibish. archery team finished the season 6-1 and made it to the semi-finals of citywide playoffs.

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Van Ness Elementary School was proud to be invited to march in the Nationals World Series Victory Parade! Van Ness is excited to be inaugural cohort of ten “Grand Slam” schools--a new program the Nationals announced earlier this year. Van Ness students marched alongside participants from the other nine Grand Slam schools for a once in a lifetime experience. Van Ness is located at 1150 Fifth Street SE. To learn more visit, call 202-727-4314 or email: Follow them at vannesspto;; - Rebecca Sohmer.

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Family and Community Engagement in Full Gear for Fall As fall temperatures cooled, Eliot-Hine’s family engagement heated up. A waffle breakfast greeted caregivers October 30, when families had the opportunity to connect and get to know one an-

Eliot-Hine Middle School, an International Baccalaureate World worSchool, is located at 1840 Constitution Ave., NE. Learn more at and follow at - Lena Heid.

Eastern High School Care for Others

Caring for others and self-reflection are core tenants of the IB curriculum. Eastern has a lot to be thankful for – partners, supporters (the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, thank you!), committed teachers and inspired students. This includes the most vulnerable population of Eastern students. The PTO held a “Listening Session” to hear what parents of special education students had to say and it produced clarity and great ideas. Eastern held a Thanksgiving Food Drive, collecting non-perishable food items for members of the community in need of food assistance, the goal being 1700 items (reflecting the school address).

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room discussion topics included what it means to be grateful. These conversations allowed the children to understand why NES helps children far away through the Child Fund Program. The students have created wonderful projects to demonstrate kindness and care to children overseas. One of the projects was “Hand of Hope” cards using paint, construction paper and individual hand prints to make the front of the cards. With help from the teachers, the children wrote a personalized message of encouragement inside the cards. The “Hand of Hope” cards are part of the care packages assembled to send to children sponsored by the NES Child Fund Program. “Eliot-Hine Caregivers participated in first ever Caregiver Cafe and shared hopes and dreams for the school year with one The children learned about coloanother and staff.” nial times including farming the land and growing and harvesting food. They cused their November social-emotional lesson on Caring for the Environment learned that toys were handmade using items ingratitude. Mason jars were placed in class rooms, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme cluding hay and yarn. As part of the study, the stuto be filled with gratitude statements, affirmations, Environmental students collected their trash for a dents used colored yarn to make dolls. They had a lyrics and quotes. week and then categorized and weighed their items, superb time creating the dolls using their fine moA newly branded room at Eastern, the Intenmathematically analyzed their own production and tor skills. tion Room, will allow students to pause and re-cencompared it to average US values. Nearly 40 bags of The children listened to folk tales that teach ter and it was recently revamped by Fly by Light trash made an impression on what each person’s acabout seeing a person’s character instead of their and the Art Club. According to art teacher Jenna tions mean for the environment. appearance. Lee, students “Taibria Turner and Nathan Robinson took full ownership and leadership, worked Self-Care Northeast Stars Montessori Preschools are locattirelessly for weeks painting walls and trim, teachFly by Light, an Eastern community partner, foed at 1325 Maryland Ave NE on Capitol Hill and ing others best practices for painting walls 697 North Washington Street in Alexandria, Vir(when they were new to it themselves) and alginia. or call 703-945-0408. Folways made sure to clean up at the end of each low at: day. They are principled, knowledgeable, trust- Chaka Alexander. worthy and dependable.” Eastern Senior High School is located at 1700 East Capitol St, NE. To learn more call 202698-4500, visit and follow @EasternHS, @Eastern_PTO and FB easternhighschool. - Heather Schoell.

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federal government.To understand how this branch works at the DC level, students met with DC Councilmember Charles Allen, who described the DC-federal government relationship, and how his role would change if DC becomes a state. These are just two examples of the 300 field education experiences that CHDS students enjoy every year. More more information, visit, or email Capitol Hill Day School students explore farm to table.

Capitol Hill Day School CHDS’s Field Education program provides opportunities for students to meet with, and learn from, experts whose professional work and passions dovetail with an aspect of the curriculum. These experts are invariably delighted to share their knowledge with CHDS students. “Farm to Table” is an overarching theme in first grade that focuses on insect and plant life cycles.To introduce the theme in a concrete way, students went to Del Ray Pizza in Alexandria, where “Love and Carrots” maintains a garden that grows the ingredients for salads and pizza toppings. After a tour, students ate lunch made from the veggies they had just seen growing in the ground. In their Social Studies focus on Civics, sixgraders learn about the legislative branch of the

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Capitol Hill Day School is located at 210 South Carolina Ave, SE. 202386-9919 or visit, Facebook @CapitolHillDaySchool, Instagram @capitolhilldayschool, Twitter @explorewithCHDS. - Jane Angarola.

St Jerome Institute St. Jerome Institute (SJI), an independent liberal arts high school located in Ward 5 on Perry Street, N.E., began the second quarter of its inaugural school year last month. Students have been busy reading the Aeneid, studying Greek pottery, wrestling with Euclidean geometry, tracking Germanic invasions in the 5th Century and memorizing the first lines of the Odyssey in Ancient Greek. SJI is a classic text-focused, high school in the Catholic tradition. In Natural Philosophy, students have begun to learn about observing animal behavior leading up to Adventure Day at the Pickering Creek Audubon center where the students studied bird migration patterns. Students have been eager to get involved in extracurricular offerings of tennis, archery, ultimate frisbee, Greek, troubadour traditions, chess, ping-pong, swing dance, combative movements and fly-fishing. St. Jerome Institute is located at 1800 Perry St., N.E. For more information visit, call 240-4185427 or contact Bill Murray at bmurray@ – Bill Murray.

St. Jerome Institute students working together. The school is a classic text-focused high school in the Catholic tradition.

Editor’s Note: Happy Holidays! The next School Notes will be featured in the February issue. ~SBJ. u



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1. Totals 5. Detailed design 9. Prayer ending 13. Nest eggs should do this 17. Kind of pricing 18. MDX, e.g. 19. Place for a toothpick 20. Lean on 21. Costa ending 22. Trainee 23. Further shorten, maybe 24. Bad sign 25. Puzzle from the East 29. White hat wearer 30. Military bigwigs 31. Nods, perhaps 32. Beach shelter 35. Handle 37. Most certain 40. Deceive 41. Gnawed by fish bait 44. It’s Super in politics 46. Prefix with logical 47. “Beat it!” 49. Took to court 50. Jamie of ‘’MASH’’ 51. L.A. clock setting 52. Wills 56. Prod 57. ___ vera 59. Choral work 60. Went separate ways 62. Achieved a high level, philosophically 68. Early Ping-Pong score 69. Prefix with gram 70. “___!...I did it again” Spears song 71. Yesterday! 72. Men’s formal attire 75. Felt cap


78. Hand holder? 79. Appear 80. Part of A.D. 81. “Alice’s Restaurant” singer ___ Guthrie 82. Canadian map abbr. 83. Prophetess whose warnings about the Trojan Horse went unheeded 87. Rest on joints 88. Straighten out 91. Keep from desiccating 92. Bluebeard’s seventh wife 93. Buckeyes’ sch. 94. Earth 96. Article for Mozart 97. Renee got a philosophic part 104. Reunion attendee 105. Pool alternatives 106. A baseball base 107. Certain surgeon’s “patient” 110. Open 111. Three-time Wimbledon winner 112. Twisty turns 113. Dutch cheese 114. Bonny one 115. Without 116. Campus V.I.P. 117. Monotonous routines


1. South of Spain 2. __-ball pens 3. Popular insulator 4. Choppy, in music 5. Shoe blemish 6. Kind of platter 7. Director Rohmer 8. Quality 9. Baldwin, and others

Look for this months answers at 10. Soups 11. ‘Almighty’ one of film 12. Just discovered 13. ___ Pointe, Mich. 14. Do followers 15. Butter substitute 16. Big name in Vegas 18. Breathing interruption 19. Bedecked 26. “Say it isn’t so!” 27. Composer Khachaturian 28. Kiev’s land: Abbr. 32. Cut short 33. Provides support for 34. Sugar source 35. Ark groupings 36. Carrot, e.g. 37. Spots 38. Old rival of Athens

39. Aim 42. Good ___ 43. Frutti lead in 45. System of belief 47. Mine excavation 48. Cad 50. Rolls up, as a flag 53. Words of agreement 54. Palace protectors 55. Needle cases 57. Take as one’s own 58. Computer link 60. Snap 61. Software program, briefly 62. Froths 63. Undisturbed 64. Straighten up 65. Plottage 66. Swarms

67. Wavering 72. Give a hand? 73. Fast moving creature 74. ___ the kill 75. Free, in German 76. K-6: Abbr. 77. French novelist, Emile 79. Morals 81. Aardvark 84. Check 85. Egghead 86. To become stunted 87. Classic Welles role 89. Cocktails 90. Grp. putting on shows for the troops 92. Inherent weapons 94. In use 95. Observers 96. City near Düsseldorf 97. Outfielder Mondesi 98. Humerus neighbor 99. Brewski 100. Rolling rock? 101. Seine feeder 102. Major or Minor Bear 103. A Pakistan language 108. Have a bite 109. Letters



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