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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.

Catholic University Homecoming Next Weekend – Tons of Events, Something For Everyone

Catholic University Brookland NE Washington DC
CUA Homecoming 2012 Homecoming Logo Courtesy of The Catholic University of America

One of the cool things about Brookland is the CUA alumni who discovered our neighborhood while in college and decided to make it their home after graduation. Homecoming is always a special time to reconnect with your alma mater and reminisce with current students, friends, and fellow alums. This year CUA’s homecoming will be held on Friday October 26 – Sunday October 28th and there are a ton of activities in store. Check out the full schedule here.  

Here are some highlights:

2012 CUA Athletics Golf Classic – Friday October 26th at 12:30 p.m.
Located at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, Md. 21035.
To register for this event click here.

“Halfway Home” Happy Hour – Start the weekend of right with fellow Cardinals. Friday October 26th from 8 – 10 p.m at Clyde’s of Gallery Place 707 7th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Campus Tours – I am sure that this will be of interest for many alumni. The university is going through rapid change, and this will be a good way to get up to speed. Tours will be given on Saturday October 27th at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Meet at front entrance steps, McMahon Hall.

Pre-Game Tent Party –  On Saturday October 27th enjoy a pre-game picnic with food, music, and fun for all ages, including a moonbounce and face-painting for the kiddies. A ticket to the Homecoming football game is included with each picnic ticket. The picnic is from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Homecoming tent, Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center Field.

Homecoming Football Game – Of course, the highlight of any homecoming weekend is the football game. Cheer on the CUA Cardinals as they take on the Generals of Washington and Lee College. Saturday October 27th  at 1 p.m at Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, Cardinal Stadium.

Young Alumni Party – The young alumni party will be such good times, it needs two establishments to contain it. Starting at 8 p.m on Saturday October 27th at  My Brother’s Place (237 2nd St., Washington, D.C.) and  Kelly’s Irish Times (14 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.)

Real Estate Watch – Brookland’s Round House Names Its Price – $899,900

Historic Homes Brookland NE  Washington DC

Our readers need no introduction to Brookland’s Historic Round House. When we posted the website for this beauty earlier this week, readers kept asking me: “Great! So how much are they asking?” Well, now we know, check out the listing, with an asking price of a cool $899,900.  After touring the house during renovations, I think that is a fair asking price. So much work and careful thought and attention went into the renovation, not to mention its unique status, beautiful mature landscaping, and large lot (with a garage!). I expect we will see a lot of folks at the open house tomorrow.

For Pitbull Awareness Month – Brookland Pet Of The Week – Bo!

The Brookland Bridge is featuring pitbulls for our “Pet Of The Week” this October because it is Pitbull Awareness Month. If you know of an adorable pit bull you would like featured here, let us know! 

Pitbull awareness month Brookland NE Washington DC

Bo was adopted from the Washington Humane Society about 6 months ago.  While his owners were initially skeptical about adopting a pitbull, Bo has been such a joy to have in their house.  He’s still very much a puppy and brings that fun-loving, young puppy spirit to their lives.  In addition to hanging out with his older “brother” Tucker, Bo loves hiking, being outdoors, going for runs around Brookland and chasing the occasional squirrel. We think Bo is such a sweet, handsome embassador for all those pitbulls in shelters just waiting for a loving home.

Halloween Events For The Kiddies In Brookland

Halloween Brookland NE Washington DCThose of you with little ghosts and goblins might be interested in the following Brookland area events for kids:

  • Catholic University’s Annual “Halloween on Campus” on Thursday, October 25th 6 – 8 pm at Curley Court, on Catholic University’s Campus. CUA invites Brookland community families to join them for a fun Halloween night! Kids can enjoy a wide variety of treats, crafts, and activities including trick or treating. The event is run by CUA student volunteers, who make the night a safe and enjoyable evening for community guests. The event is FREE! To register for the event please go to the CUA service website.
  • Brookland Kids Halloween Parade on Sunday October 28th at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave NE, beginning at 3:00 pm
  • Halloween “Astro Treats” If the weather is clear on Halloween, Wednesday October 31st,  long-time Brooklander Guy Brandenburg will set up one of  his home-made telescopes on the 1300 block of Randolph so all the little princesses, fairies, goblins, ghouls and ghosts (and their parents) can look at some spooky, out-of-this-world marvels.

Real Estate Watch – Final Phase Launched at Chancellor’s Row

Development Brookland NE Washington DC
Rendering Courtesy of EYA Chancellor’s Row

It seems like they just broke ground yesterday, but today it was announced that the final phase at EYA’s Chancellor’s Row is set to begin. This phase consists of 64 townhouse units, located near 5th and 6th Streets just off Franklin Street NE. With this addition,  the 10-acre development of 237 homes will be complete. These units will be three or four bedroom homes, some with traditional brick and others with stone facades, and will include the final 12 Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) homes. According to the EYA blog, 65% of the homes at Chancellor’s Row have been sold and over 120 households have moved in. If you are interested in the construction of this development be sure to check out our series of posts following a new homeowner at Chancellor’s Row as his home is being built.

Brookland In Photos – Awesome Van Edition

 Brookland Artspace Lofts Brookland NE Washington DC

Anyone who passes by the Brookland Artspace Lofts on a regular basis has spotted this very cool van. The name “Quest Skinner” appears in various places on the van, so I googled it and found out that Quest Skinner is a (surprise!) really accomplished DC artist. I am so glad the Lofts came to our neck of the woods, it really has enriched the presence of the arts here.

Our Favorite Brookland Houses – Tropical Bungalow Edition

Bunglalow Front Porch Brookand NE Washington DC

The amount of color all around this classic Brookland bungalow just makes me smile and brings thoughts of the Caribbean or Latin America. The couple who lives here have cultivated a garden that is varied and gorgeous – fig trees, vegetables, and the beautiful dogwood in front. There is a lovely shed in the back (and we all know how I am a sucker for those). The hammock on the front porch is the finishing touch  to this tropical oasis in the middle of Brookland!

New Restaurant, Le Table DC, Is Coming To Rhode Island Avenue In January

 The Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider has an informative post on a new restaurant coming to Rhode Island Avenue, right around the corner in Woodridge. The restaurant, Le Table DC, is slated for a soft opening in January 2013, and will offer limited seating and only be open three days a week – at first. The restaurant has an interesting concept. Currently, it operates kind of like a catering company, serving eight course tasting menus to groups of 12 people in private homes for a set price. They plan on bringing that same concept to the restaurant, which will be located at 2212 Rhode Island Ave NE. After checking out the Le Table DC website, it looks like it will be intimate dining, small plates and pretty pricey. This tidbit from the Insider post will be of special interest to Brooklanders:

Can’t wait to try his food? Well, if his planned January 2013 soft opening doesn’t happen, Oliver is trying to plan a popup restaurant for one or two days in January at Silvestre Cafe in Brookland (12th Street).

We wish Le Table DC the best of luck, it is great to see an entrepreneur setting up shop on the avenue.