Brookland Pint End Of Summer Luau This Sunday

Well, this sounds like a super-fun way to end the summer.  From the Brookland Pint website:

Sunday, September 6th • 12pm-8pm

•  Chef Logan from Smoke & Barrel Will be Roasting 2 Pigs
    (While Supplies Last)

•  Limbo Competition with $250 Gift Card Prize
    (Sign up the day of to participate)

•  Outdoor Games & Activities on the Patio

•  15% OFF for Anyone Wearing Grass Skirts or Hawaiian Shirts 
    (Individual Tabs Only)

•  Tiki Drink Specials All Day at the Tiki Bar on the Patio

Fun for the whole family!

Check out the tweet below for more info:

Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.

Outdoor Movie Night Saturday, Showing Shrek At Brooks Mansion

Photo courtesy of the Menkiti Group
Photo courtesy of the Menkiti Group

The outdoor movies series in  Brookland sponsored by the Menkiti Group winds down this Saturday, September 5th with a showing of Shrek. The movie will be shown at the DCTV campus at Brooks Mansion (901 Newton St NE). The movie will begin around 8:00 pm but folks are welcome to come early and picnic.

Don’t forget your blankets or lawn chairs, any snacks or picnic items, some bug spray and flashlights. Also, in the case of inclement weather, check this site on the day of to see if movie night will be on or off.

Tickets Now On Sale For CUA Drama’s 2015-2016 Season

From time to time we try to post about the cultural goings on at Catholic University. It really is a great source of nearby entertainment at super-reasonable prices. We learned from this recent tweet that tickets for the Drama Department’s shows have now gone on sale.

Tickets range from $5 – $15 – what a bargain! Purchase tickets here. Performances take place at the Hartke Theatre on CUA’s campus at 3801 Harewood Road, N.E. For more information, including show descriptions, check out CUA’s Drama Department here.

ANC 5B04 Commissioner Barrios Steps Down

ANC 5B Boundries 2013
ANC 5B Boundries

Joe Barrios, the ANC Commissioner for Single Member District 5B04  (from Monroe Street NE to Rhode Island Ave NE, and from 13th Street NE to the Metro tracks), has stepped down. He let constituents know via the  following email:

Dear ANC 5B04 community,

It is with great regret that I inform you that I have made the difficult decision to step down as ANC 5B04 commissioner, effective Friday September 4th. This decision is due to a change in my employment situation that will require more of my time than I’m able to provide while functioning as commissioner. ANC work is a full-time volunteer commitment, and 5B04’s residents deserve someone who can continue providing the necessary time.

I will continue working on Brookland and 5B04 issues with neighbors as a private citizen, as time and career allows.

It has been my privilege and pleasure serving as ANC 5B04 commissioner for my constituents, and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.

Warm regards,

Joe Barrios

Thank you for your service Joe!


Ward 5 Happy Hour Comes To Nido Thursday

FullSizeRender (10)The Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will be coming to new restaurant Nido  on Thursday September 3rd. From an email:

Ward 5 Community Happy Hour
Meet your neighbors — Support local — Share some laughs, Why not?
Join your fellow Ward 5 residents for Happy Hour at the most talked about restaurant in Woodridge – Nido!
Thursday, September 3, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm
2214 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC 20018
Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors! For more information contact us via email at
find us on Facebook Ward 5 Community Happy Hour or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour
Hope to see you there!

JACS Brings Live Jazz To Brookland, Storefront Brightens 12th Street

JACS, (Jazz & Cultural Society) is  “a community oriented space for musicians and listeners”at 2813 12th Street NE (near the corner of Franklin).  We spoke with  owner DeAndrey Howard last summer as he was making plans to open JACS.  He emphasized that it would be a “family friendly” place that showcases local talent and spoke of discovering jazz in DC’s storied U Street nightclubs as a young man. Now JACS is open and hosts live entertainment every Wednesday and Sunday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm for a $5.00 cover charge. We thought readers would enjoy these photos of their newly painted storefront, pretty cool! Check out JACS Facebook page here.


Basilica To Offer Annual Tower Tours On Wednesday

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be offering the public the rare opportunity to tour its Knights’ Tower Carillon and enjoy the 360 degree view of the city. The tours will take place on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The tours are free and open to the public. Visitors will be permitted on a first-come, first-served basis no tickets or reservations necessary. From the Basilica’s website:

Please be advised, visitors must be able to climb 85 steps to reach the Tower Elevator, please ensure you are in good physical condition. Visitors who experience claustrophobia, those who do not like elevators, or anyone who suffers from a condition where riding in an enclosed elevator may be uncomfortable should not attend. Children are permitted but parents should consider the stairs in their decision to bring younger children along. Strollers are not permitted into the Tower and no storage is available at the Basilica. Food and drink are not permitted. Bags, suitcases, camera cases, large purses or other bulky items are not permitted. Photography is allowed but the use of tripods is not permitted. Prohibited items cannot be stored, please leave the items in your vehicle or leave them home.

Click here for more information. The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Ave NE.

Brookland LGBT Party This Saturday

Brookland LGBT Get Together at San Antonio Bar and Grill.
Brookland LGBT Get Together at San Antonio Bar and Grill.

Every month the LGBT community from the greater Brookland area (and Edgewood, Michigan Park, etc.) gets together for fun, community building and general neighborly good times. This time around, the party will be Saturday night August 29th starting at 6:00 pm. If interested, hit us up on our contact page and we will send you the address. All are welcome. (Please bring a dish or drink to share.)

Brookland’s Pack and Troop 98’s Welcome Back And Joint Scouting BBQ Saturday

Pack 98For nearly 60 years, Boy Scout Troop 98 and Cub Scout Pack 98 has been teaching Brookland boys all about scouting. This Saturday, they are inviting the neighborhood to join them in some BBQ Fun and Gear up with the Northern Virginia Scout Shop. Here is a message we received from our friends from Cub Scout Pack 98: Troop 98

Do you have boys in your family 7 to 10 years old or in grades 1 to 5 (Cub Scouts) or boys 11 to 17 years old (Boy Scouts) who might be interested in being part of our scouting fun? If so, you’re invited to join us for the Pack and Troop 98 Join Scouting BBQ this Saturday August 29, 12noon to 3pm @ St. Anthony of Padua Church in Brookland at the corner 12th and Monroe Streets, NE! There will be a big grill going, so stop on by with your own grillables, and we can throw them on the grill; or if you like, there will also be some food/drink for sale as well! This is a great opportunity to learn what Scouts is all about (fun, sports, camping, citizenship, earning awards, …), and to meet families and boys who are members of Pack 98.

We’re also excited to announce that the Northern Virginia Scout Shop will have a mobile Trading Post setup at our BBQ and scout uniforms and gear will be available for purchase! No need to drive out to the Scout Shop, we’re bringing it to you! Check out this price list to review the items you’ll be able to order and have ready for you to pay for and pickup on Saturday. Send an email to Cubmaster Bryan if you would like directions on how to place your advance order.

For nearly 60 years, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church has chartered Boy Scout Troop 98 and Cub Scout Pack 98 in Washington, D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood, and our boys have been having the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. From building own pinewood derby cards to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with his best friends camping, taking hikes in the city and beyond, your boy will LOVE being a Scout.

  • Cub Scout Pack 98 is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but may be eligible to join Troop 98 depending on their age and grade. Pack 98 meets weekly on Thursdays at 7pm throughout the school year.
  • Boy Scout Troop 98 is for boys age 11, or at least 10 and have completed the fifth grade, or have earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award, and have not yet turned 18.  Troop 98 meets weekly on Monday evenings throughout the school year.

Cub Scout Pack 98 meets weekly on Thursday evenings in Dens that are grouped by grade Tiger (1st grade), Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Dens and have regular Pack meetings with award ceremonies and more. We also have activities on weekends, including Pinewood Derby, overnight family camping trips in the fall and spring, day hikes, community service activities, and much more.

Boy Scout Troop 98 meets weekly in Patrols on Monday evenings that are organized and led by the boys. After they’ve been given the proper guidance from those with experience and know-how, they take their own lead, going places they’ve never gone, seeing things they’ve never seen, and diving into the rugged world of outdoor adventure, relying on teamwork and character to accomplish what everyone else thinks is impossible. We also have activities on weekends, including camping trips in the fall and spring, day hikes, community service activities, and much more.

Pack 98 and Troop 98 are a welcoming Pack and Troop and do not discriminate against any potential scout, family, or leader. Anyone who is committed to the goals of scouting — creating a space where boys can interact positively with other boys, teaching appreciation and respect for nature, and promoting other character values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, and the importance of community service — is encouraged to join.

All Pack 98 and Troop 98 parents are encouraged to volunteer, as it makes a huge impact on the quality time you get to spend with your child and also gives you an opportunity to lead by example in your community. Scouting is designed to help even the busiest parents/guardians get involved. If you can give an hour per day, per month, or per year, we have a position for you — volunteer today!

If you have any questions, please contact Pack 98 or Troop 98 at: