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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.

Save The Date – Franciscan Monastery Plant And Herb Sale

The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild Annual Herb & Plant Sale has evolved into a very popular neighborhood event. This year the sale will take place on  Saturday, April 29, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, April 30, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The sale is located at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, at 1400 Quincy St., N.E. For more information, check out the  Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s website here.  From an email:

Buy local, monastery-grown herbs and vegetables, take a tour of the historic Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land gardens and enjoy food and craft vendors at the annual Franciscan Monastery Plant and Herb Sale…Sponsored by the all-volunteer Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild and held in the monastery’s century-old gardens, the sale features herbs, flowers, roses, plants and shrubs, many of them grown in the monastery’s greenhouse. The monastery-grown plants include lavender, basil, rosemary, kale, carrots, lettuce and lots more.

The sale benefits the preservation and care of the gardens, which were designed by Franciscan friars over 100 years ago, as well as newer initiatives of the Garden Guild, including its vegetable donation program.

Since 2014, the Garden Guild, in partnership with parishes, universities and other non-profits, has harvested and donated over 13,000 pounds of food grown at the Franciscan Monastery for area residents in need of healthy food.

Farmers Market On The Arts Walk Returns Saturday – Facepainting, Yoga, More

We are sure readers will be excited to learn that the Farmers Market operated at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk returns this Saturday, April 22nd. The market will occur every Saturday through early winter and is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.  Check out the Facebook post below announcing the start date for 2017 and the lineup activities for the day.

Smith Public Trust’s Beats By Dre Event- Featuring Local Beer And Old School Hip Hop

Smith Public Trust continues to host events that bring beer and music lovers together. This time, on Thursday April 20th from 7 – 11pm they will be having an event called Beats By Dre. Entry to the event, which features beer from Right Proper, DC Brau, 3 Stars and Atlas Brew Works,  is free with an RSVP.  DJ Jahsonic will be spinning tunes from the  golden-era hip-hop. From the event page:




Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street NE.

Brookland In Photos: Spring Has (Finally) Sprung

This spring’s up and down weather has made it hard to know when winter was finally behind us. I think it is safe to say that by now spring is in full swing abound the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the daffodils and many tulips are done for the season. Still, many trees and flowers are just now strutting their stuff. We took these pictures from 10th – 14th Streets and Franklin, Gerard, Hamlin, and Irving Streets, NE. (You need flash to view the photos, if you cannot see them go here to view.)

BGR The Burger Joint Is Coming To Monroe Street Market

Monroe Street Market continues to add to its line up of fast-casual dining  chains. We recently learned from this article in the Washington Business Journal that the BGR the Burger Joint will join Chipotle, &pizza, and Potbelly. From the article:

The local chain has signed on to Monroe Street Market, according to a broker for the space.

BGR will open in 1,476-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Portland Flats apartment building on Michigan Avenue NE.

Portland Flats is the triangular shaped building with the Starbucks, so it looks like BGR will be taking the spot that was once occupied by Hälsa. We will let you when we hear anything new.

Afrovelvet And Catalyst Present A Photo Show Celebrating Black Women Entrepreneurs

We thought readers would be interested in this upcoming art show exploring the roles and identities Black women entrepreneurs play in society.  From the event page:

C A T A L Y S T was created in an effort to shatter the glass around the roles women have been assigned in contemporary society; who they can be, what they can wear and how they choose to carry themselves.

The  opening reception will be April 16th  from 4:00 -8:00 PM. Go here to RSVP.  A Creative DC: Brookland is located  on the Arts Walk, Studio 8 (716 Monroe Street NE).

Easter Egg Hunt At Redeemer City Church Sunday – All Are Welcome

Here is a fun event for the kiddies. Redeemer City Church is having their annual Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday April 16th. From the Facebook event page:

Come on out for a fun Sunday of easter egg hunting, games, and snacks at 1404 Jackson Street NE in Brookland, D.C. following Easter Service

This event is open to the public and not those who have attended Easter Service only. We’ll provide baskets for the kids and a ton of eggs for them to hunt down.

Come connect with other families in the neighborhood and enjoy what will hopefully be a beautiful day!

All are welcomed!

The event is from 12 -1. Redeemer City Church  is located at 1404 Jackson Street NE.

Porchfest This Saturday – Free Music, Dance And Poetry

Porch Fest is an annual free event organized by the good folks at Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street. This year’s Porch Fest will be taking place this Saturday April 15  2:00 -6:00 pm. From the event page:

Local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry that brings together neighbors, business owners, and artists in a casual and fun display of creative expression!

Maps will be available in person at each Porch location during Porch Fest or you can download the map HERE…Check out Facebook for performer details and other insider scoops HERE

Registration Now Open For The Met Branch Trail 5K

Runners in the 2012 MBT 5K. Photo courtesy of cvonspie’s Picassa Album.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk is one of our favorite area events, because it brings the community together and raises greater awareness to this fantastic resource.  From an email:

Registration is now open for the 7th annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5k! Join DC Road Runners, and your neigbors from NOMA, Brookland, Eckington, Edgewood, Brentwood, and the other neigborhoods surrounding the Met Branch Trail for this great race up and down the trail.

WHERE:  The start/finish is at the trail entrance at the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center (near the Metro Station and 4th Street, NE).  Race course is along the off-road portion of the MBT.

WHEN:  April 29, race start is 9:00 a.m.  Race day registration and Packet Pickup starts at 7:30 a.m.

COURSE: Flat and fast USATF certified 5K up and down the Met Branch Trail.

Save $10 by registering now for the 5th Annual Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K Walk/Run, to be held this Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 a.m. (on race day registration increases to $35).  Race proceeds benefit the community with activities along the trail, like free yoga and fitness classes.  We could also use a few more volunteers on race day.

The MBT is an 8-mile trail that runs  alongside the Metro’s Red Line.

Brookland Pint Hosts Craft Brewer’s Conference Daily Events April 10 – 13

Here is a great series of events for beer lovers. From the Brookland Pint Facebook page:

We are your home for the Craft Brewer’s Conference. Join us for our week long events celebrating the Art of American Craft Beer as brewers from around the country come to DC for CBC.

Check out their event page for the daily events and beer lists. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.