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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.

Dance Place Is Offering Free Classes And Activites For Brookland Family Day This Saturday

Photo courtesy of Dance Place, Copyright Enoch Chan 2011

This Saturday, September 29, Dance Place is hosting an Open House as part of their Brookland Family Day. Dance Place is located at 3225 8th St. NE. Here is an overview of activities. Check out their websites for specifics and to sign up. Come on out and have some fun!

10am – 3:30pm Free Adult and Kids Classes – Modern Dance, Afro Jazz, Zumba, African Dance, Hoop Dance, Hip-Hop, Creative Movement, Ballet / Tap, Step

12 pm – 4 pm Free Outdoor Activities – Balloon sculpture, juggling, hoop making, line dancing and more

4 pm – Free Sampler Dance Performance inlcuding modern, African, step, hoop and more

Brookland In Photos – First Signs Of Fall

A Beauty In Red

The days are cooling off, the nights turning crisp…as we head into October signs of fall are starting to ease their way into our neighborhood…

Comprehensive Rundown of Brookland’s 125th Birthday Celebration – Fun For All!

An Early Drawing Of Brookland Subdivisions Courtesy Of The DC Almanac (http://prorev.com/dcfactshist1.htm)

As you probably know, our neighborhood got its name when the land formerly owned by Colonel Jehiel Brooks started being developed into a formal neighborhood after the Civil War. The first subdivision of the Brooks Estate was recorded with the District of Columbia Surveyor in September 1887, which means this month marks the 125th Anniversary of the neighborhood of Brookland. This Saturday, Sept 29th,  there will be a celebration of this milestone. This promises to be a real home-grown event, and I can’t wait. Here is a rundown of events:

10:00 Parade down 12th St. featuring Brookland kids, Langdon Dog Park Assn. dogs, the Greater Brookland Garden Club, (maybe a fire truck!)  and more. The parade will start at 12th and Franklin and end at Turkey Thicket Rec Center (1100 Michigan Avenue, N.E.) 

11:00 – 1:00 Picnic provided by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) , The Greater Brookland Garden Club, The Greater Brookland Business Association and the The Michigan Park Citizens Association. It is suggested that folks bring a blanket and are welcome to contribute a prepared dish. The picnic will be at the Turkey Thicket playground. There will be a moon bounce and other fun activities.

11:00 – 1:00 Tree Tour of the Brook’s Mansion Grounds by Casey Trees. Meet at the Mansion, 901 Newton St NE, and  learn about the trees found on these historic Mansion grounds including pines, spruce, and southern magnolias. Register at the link above.

1:30 – 3:00 Walkingtown DC Tour of  Brookland, focusing on the development of its black middle-class and will explore Brookland’s famous African-American luminaries. The tour meets and ends at St. Anthony’s School, (3400 12th St., NE). No reservations needed, but the tour will be cancelled if it rains.

Artist Rajan Sedalia Teaches Graffiti Art In Brookland

Last night, Brookland artist Rajan Sedalia taught a class on the basics of graffiti art next to the Artspace Lofts. I thought – why not? So I jumped in and learned something new. It was a lot of fun, I met some new folks, and got a greater appreciation for how graffiti is made. Rajan plans to offer more classes on graffiti and other arts as well. If you are interested, visit his Meetup page and sign up for alerts. A follow-up graffiti class is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:30 – 7:30. The cost is $10 per person and all supplies are provided.

Photos From FoRIA’s Fabulous Fall Fest

On Saturday the Friends of RIA (FoRIA) held their first annual Fall Fest. The concept was to showcase and celebrate Rhode Island Avenue. Most of the activities took place between South Dakota and 20th Streets, NE. It was great to see neighbors of all ages and backgrounds come together in the spirit of neighborhood pride. Some of the highlights of the day included a food drive, several flea markets, free HIV/AIDS testing, RIA history talks, demonstrations at Art Enables, and a discussion by Neighbors United for DC Statehood at Lace restaurant featuring beer from DC Brau. We are looking forward to next years fair, which I am sure will be even bigger and better. Great job FoRIA!

Sneak Peek Of Little Ricky’s, Brookland’s New Restaurant

On Saturday night the owners of Little Ricky’s hosted a private art show and sneak peek of what’s to come. It was an evening of fantastic food, warm hospitality, great art and live music. I have to confess, by the time my wife and I left, we were downright giddy.

This place is a fantastic. Here’s what separates it from most of the Latin restaurants in DC  – it has a crisp, clear point of view – decidedly Cuban. Many places offer a hodge-podge of Latin dishes spanning South, Central and North America and the Caribbean. Not this place. The music, art, decor, and most importantly, the food, stays true to a distinctly Cuban heritage. Notably, the tostones (fried slices of green/unripe plantains) are not something you can find in most catch-all Latin restaurants, and they were scrumptious. My wife was blown away by the heavenly croquettas  with their crunchy outside and soft delicious fillings inside. The other striking thing about this place is how high-end everything is. From the fine artwork by Cuban artist Ahmed Gomez to the smallest details,  the owners have clearly taken a lot of time and effort to create a wonderful ambiance that is a step above anything we have seen in the immediate area.

Ok, already! So when do they open? The owners, Lola and Chase are planning on a soft opening in early October, so they can work out the kinks first. The next steps are hiring the wait staff and other last minute details. At first, they will only be open Friday though Sunday, including brunch service.  Little Ricky’s is located at 3522 12th St. NE. If you would like to keep up with their developments, we recommend liking their Facebook Page or stay tuned here.