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Upon moving to Brookland about 8 years ago, Shani jumped into civic life, having been treasurer for the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association and lending her web development skills to the Greater Brookland Garden Club. Shani was also the unofficial coordinator of Brookland's LGBT monthly activities for 6 years. You can often find Shani and her wife Astrid watering the trees on 12th St. NE and walking their dog Frida around the neighborhood. Shani is an artist, owner of SCH Fine Arts, and an IT professional.

Interested In Scouting? Pack & Troop 98’s Welcome Back and Join BBQ Saturday

For over 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. From a community message:

You are Invited to Pack & Troop 98’s Welcome Back and Join Scouting BBQ – SAT., AUG. 26

Our first BIG event of the new scouting year is here, and you’re invited to join Cub Scout Pack 98 & Boy Scout Troop 98 and over 61 years of scouting adventures here in Brookland for our Welcome Back & Join Scouting BBQ, Saturday, August 26, from 12 noon to 3 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church and School at 3400 12th Streets, NE, Washington, DC!

Interested in learning more about Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts? Come on by and meet with leaders and scouts from Cub Scout Pack 98 (for boys 7-10 years old / grades 1 – 5) or Boy Scout Troop 98 (for boys 11-17 years old).

Pack 98 is also one of the only Cub Scout Packs in D.C. offering the Lion Cub Scout pilot program for boys 5-6 years old or Kindergarten!

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! Please use the Scout Shop for convenience.

We’ll have a big grill cooking — food and beverages will be available — so everyone can enjoy a snack (or even bring your own grillables!), catch up with others on your summer adventures, register & pay your scouting fees for the year, and even stock up on scouting gear!
Every scout that registers will get a ticket for food or drink!

If you would like to invite someone else to join in the fun, please forward this email!
Can’t make it? No worries, there’s no registration deadlines or boundaries in scouting!
Just join us at any Pack 98 or Troop 98 meeting at the St. Anthony of Padua Church and School’s cafeteria, 3400 12th Street, NE, Washington, DC.

– Cub Scout Pack 98’s Weekly Den meetings begin Thursday, August 31, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
– Boy Scout Troop 98’s Weekly Troop meetings begin Monday, August 28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

A Rundown Of DC Beer Week Events In The Brookland Area

Chocolate City Beer Obama Story
hey….ya never know!

DC Beer Week just got underway! From the website:

This eight day festival celebrates the Capital region’s craft beer community! Throughout the week, local breweries, restaurants, bars & community partners will bring you the area’s best craft beer tastings, educational seminars, and events possible!

Here is a rundown of ways to participate berrhere in our neighborhood:

  • Wednesday, August 23rd: Brookland’s Finest. From the event pageBrookland’s Finest Collaborative Menu with Denizens Brewing Co and Republic Restoratives Distillery is taking place on Wed. August 23rd starting at 5pm!  You don’t want to miss this amazing three course tasting menu paired with beer cocktails!  $35/person
  • Thursday, August 24th: Commonwealth Brewing Tap Takeover at Brookland Pint. From the event page:  Expect a bevy of taps from Virginia Beach-based Commonwealth Brewing including flagships and special releases!
  • Saturday, August 26th: Brookland Pint. From the event page: Join 3 Stars Brewing Company and Brookland Pint for The Brookland Crab Fest! If you have been in the DMV long enough, you know that summer is never truly here until you have crushed some crabs! We will be opening our patio for an amazing event with great local craft beer and locally sourced Maryland Blue Crabs! $55 affords you all the crabs you can eat in a 3-hour window, and a 3 Stars beer!
  • Sunday August 27th: Right Proper Brewing Co. From the event page: Come by Right Proper’s Brookland Tasting Room & Production House for a day filled with music and beer! Browse through records from Songbyrd Café and others with your favorite Right Proper beer in hand. Tie dye your own Right Proper t-shirt while DJ Tim Lake spins some tunes from his own record collection. EAT 170 and Stella’s PopKern will also be on hand dishing up some tasty treats. The fun runs from 11am-5pm, so stop by anytime! No ticket necessary.

Ward 5 Homeless Shelter Design Meeting Wednesday

1700 Rhode Island Ave NE,the site of the future Ward 5 homeless shelter.

We first started tracking developments regarding the future Ward 5 homeless shelter in February 2016. The last time we wrote about it, in April, the cities request for a zoning change  at the location (1700 Rhode Island Avenue) was approved. Now that things are moving forward, the community is invited to a design meeting. From a community announcement:

Ward 5 Short-Term Family Housing Community Design Meeting Number 2
When: Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 7PM-8:30PM
Where: Brookland Middle School; 1150 Michigan Avenue, NE
Purpose: Share input on the building exterior design and landscaping, and learn how to stay involved as the project moves forward.

For more information, check out this link.

Brookland Crab Fest Returns To Brookland Pint Saturday Featuring 3 Stars Brewing Co.

Brookland Pint is bringing Brookland Crab Fest back on Saturday August 26 from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The fresh crabs will be steamed in front of guests on the patio and prepared with Old Bay and served with roasted potatoes, corn on the cob and chips . From the event page:

We will be opening our patio for an amazing event with great local craft beer and locally sourced Maryland Blue Crabs! $55 affords you all the crabs you can eat in a 3-hour window, and a 3 Stars beer!

The seating will be available in two time slots for 3-hour increments. Reserve your seat here. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Construction Complete At Fox Loves Taco – Hiring And Opening Soon

One of the most eagerly anticipated new eateries in the area is Fox Loves Taco. We recently learned from the Tweet below that the construction at their Arts Walk location is complete, and we also learned that they are now hiring. From the Fox Loves Taco employment ad:

Like breakfast? Like tacos? We have a tiny kitchen, but we will be making everything from scratch daily: tortillas, salsas, slaws, and more. We will be open 7 days a week, 7 AM to 7 PM, with 6 tacos on our menu and a rotating seasonal special. Come to work early, leave early!

We are a new young business, so creativity and problem solving are huge pluses. Professional cooking experienced is preferred, but a strong passion for great food and learning is required. You must work will with others,

We are steps away from the Brookland stop on the red line. We are run by the same folks that operate Little Red Fox.

To apply, please submit a resume with two sentences about why you love tacos.

We will let you know when we get word of an opening date. Fox Loves Taco will be located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Providence Hospital Plans To Develop Its Campus Into A ‘Health Village’ And Has Stopped Some Services

Emergency entrance at Providence Hospital

Providence Hospital is the hospital nearest to Brookland, located at 12th and Varnum Streets, NE. In 2014 the hospital completed a modernized emergency room. Recently we learned from an article in The Washington Business Journal that the hospital is looking for a development partner to create a “health village”  on their 30-acre campus. From the article:

Retail, housing and recreation space may soon replace Providence Health System’s Northeast D.C. hospital…Providence wants to provide services that can impact the overall health of the community outside of “traditional health care.” That means affordable housing, retail, education and other social services could all be part of the new plan to replace the traditional hospital building.

Providence Hospital is the longest continuously operating hospital in Washington DC, was chartered by President Lincoln in 1861, and has been in its current location for 57 years. It will be interesting to see if and how this legacy will be reflected in their plans.

We also learned through another Washington Business Journal article that the hospital has already started cutting back services. From the article:

Providence Health System plans to close two service lines — inpatient behavioral health services and maternal infant health services — within the next few weeks, costing at least 89 people their jobs.

While there are few details on the development available yet, we will definitely keep our eyes on this potential development.

Development Update: 12th And Allison Townhomes May Be Approved By Next Month

Rendering courtesy of EYA and KTGY Group

The last time we wrote about the 12th and Allison development, it was last summer and the development team was meeting with residents and other stakeholders to gather input on their proposal. Based on some push back from the immediate community, the original proposal that was submitted to the City in August 2016 was updated to reduce the number of units from 150 to 82 and a greater amount of green space will be preserved. The updated Planned Unit Development (PUD) was resubmitted in February 2017, you  can see it here. We recently learned from an Urban Turf article that the Zoning Commission could approve the development in the next month. From the article:

In the final design, the applicant and architect KTGY Group amended the materiality and design of the side facade of the end units facing streets and added and revised architectural details to enhance the compatibility of the new houses with the existing rowhouses in the neighborhood. Wrap-around porches will remain on some of the new homes based on recommendations from the Office of Planning, despite that not being a prevalent style in the neighborhood.

The development is bound by 12th, Allison, Sargent, 13th, and Varnum Streets NE. We will keep our eyes on this development and let you know when we learn anything new.

Tastemakers Launches Website With More Info And Pics Of Build-Out Progress

Future Site of Tastemakers in forefront

Back in July we posted that Tastemakers, a food incubator  from the owners of popular food truck Captain Cookie and the Milkman applied for a liquor license and will open in early fall. Recently we came across their new website, which has a lot of pictures of the progress they are making, we thought readers might want to check it out. From the website:

Our vision is to build what food startups like ours need: a well-run commercial kitchen in which members can work without breaking the bank. The back of the house will be bustling with the rising stars who drive the DC culinary scene.

The front of the house features a gourmet food hall and market highlighting our city’s great small and mid-sized food startups. We’re adding a bar emphasizing craft cocktails and local brews and building a neighborhood gathering space where taste testers, the area food lovers, can interact with our taste makers.

We want this to be a place for engagement and education for anyone interested in learning culinary skills or trying out a hot new concept. Early next year we will begin offering kitchen tours, cooking classes and chef’s table events for the public.

We hope you’ll take a place at our table, in the vibrant Brookland neighborhood.

Tastemakers will occupy an 8,000 square foot building at the corner of 10th and Franklin.

Brookland Pint’s 3 Year Anniversary Party Saturday- Pig Roast, Moon Bounce And More

It’s hard to believe 3 years have gone by since Brookland Pint first opened its doors. From the event page:

Join us to celebrate our 3rd Anniversary with food and fun for the entire family!

Activities for kids will kickoff at 10 AM and will include:
• A super hero costume party
• Moon bounce
• Cotton candy
• Sno-cones
and more.

Enjoy mouthwatering Pig Roast BBQ beginning at 12 PM.


Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

3rd Annual Chuck Brown Day This Saturday At Langdon Park

We thought neighbors would like to know that Chuck Brown Day is returning to Langdon Park this Saturday, August 19th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. From the event page:

FREE ! The 3rd Annual Chuck Brown Day at Chuck Brown Memorial Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a full afternoon of entertainment celebrating DC and the Godfather with The Chuck Brown Band, along with EU feat. Sugar Bear and We Are One Tribute Band. Hosted by Chris Paul. You can’t get any more DC than this. Limited Free Parking on the field at 24th and Franklin NE.

Sounds like fun!