Category Archives: Neighborhood Events

Save The Date – 11th Annual Great Brookland Yard Sale

I’m not gonna lie, seeing that the date has been set for this years’ Great Brookland Yard Sale made me so happy –  a warm weather event to look forward to! For those of you unaware, the GBYS is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales. The GBYS is organized by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) and is a great event for the whole neighborhood. It brings people from across the city into Brookland to see what a great community we have, it gets us out and about to meet our neighbors, and those who have yard sales get rid of stuff and make a little bit of money. We recently learned from a BNCA email that this year, the GBYS will take place on Saturday, May 5th. Also note, the Greater Brookland Garden Club always hosts its annual plant sale on the same day. That sale is located at 12th and Newton and they sell a wide variety of plants (Annuals, Perennials, Natives, Vegetables, Herbs, and Tropicals). We will let you know when yard sale registrations begin.

Upcoming Women In Science Event: Mystery Of The Runes From Vikings To Modern Gamers

The ongoing Women in Science events, hosted at AJACS by CUA’s School of Arts and Sciences have become really popular among neighbors. So we are happy to see the series return on Monday February 19th. Learn about runes, their history, and their relationship to gamers, from Lilla Kopar, Ph.D. This is a free event, no previous knowledge is needed and all ages are welcome. Check out the flyer below for more information. The event is from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  AJACS is located at 2813 12th Street NE.

Brookland Annual Kid’s Clothing Swap Coming Up February 3rd

Photo courtesy of the Menkiti Group

Have your kids out-grown a bunch of clothes that are now clogging up your closets? Do you dread spending a ton of money on some new clothes for them that they will just outgrow soon anyway? Then  this event is for you. From the event page:

Please bring your gently-worn clothing to the Menkiti Group office (3401 8th Street NE) starting now until February 2nd!!!

Porch Pickups are BACK! Send us an email ( or to let us know that you need your clothes picked up from your porch. Please provide name and address of pickup.

We’ll assemble and organize all donations, and then welcome you back on Saturday, February 2nd from 10am – 12pm to pick out new threads for your children.

Are you expecting? Please come by and get started on your infant wardrobe! No donation of clothing or money required.

Did you JUST donate those old clothes but can still use the next size up? Come anyway! Nobody will be turned away. And any leftover clothing will be donated to a local charity.

Accepting gently used maternity, infant, and kids clothing.

7 Nights Of Lights Returns To The Monastery

We thought readers would be interested in the longstanding Brookland annual tradition of luminarias at the Monastery. For the week from Christmas to New Years  over 1,000 candles dedicated to individuals for whom prayers are offered remain lit. All are welcome – even if you are not religious, strolling the monastery grounds and reflecting on the candle lights during the 7 nights provides a peaceful respite from the holiday hustle-bustle. There are also several ways to get involved, from dedicating a luminaria to a loved one, to volunteering to set them up and light them, and attending  the blessing of the luminarias by the friars on Christmas Eve. Check out this page for more information. Below are some pictures we took of the luminarias in 2016 – each luminaria bears the name of a loved one for whom it is dedicated. The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE 20017. (You need flash to see the photos, if you cannot see them, click here.)



Christmas Caroling Saturday, Continuing Over 50 Years Of Tradition

Christmas Carolers Gather Before Hitting The Streets (2011 Event)

For well over 50 years, Brooklanders have organized to serenade friends and neighbors with Christmas carols. I have participated in the annual event in previous years and have had fantastic time and met so many warm, friendly neighbors. If you don’t know a lot of carols by heart, don’t worry, sheet music will be provided. If you don’t sing well, again don’t worry, it’s all about the community spirit. From a community announcement:

Come Christmas Caroling through the neighborhood this Saturday, December 16. Everyone looking to spread Christmas cheer and best wishes for 2018 is invited to meet at Rosary House, 1201 Monroe Street, NE, Saturday, December 16, at 6:30pm. We will travel through central Brookland for about an hour and a half and finish at 1026 Newton Street for a potluck dinner, 8pm. Come and share your holiday spirit with Engine company 17, shoppers at CVS and various households as we move from block to block singing.

It is so great to see the looks of happiness, appreciation and surprise on people’s faces as you passed them on the street and when they came out of their houses and businesses. All are welcome to join in for as long as you want. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.

Check Out Nativity Scenes From 150 Countries At The Monastery

This looks like an interesting holiday event. From the Franciscan Monastery event page;

Warm your heart and see the Holy Family through the eyes of those from many other cultures as you view over 150 Nativities from countries all over the world. This special collection that speaks to the universality of our faith is on loan to the Monastery from Roger and Marguerite Sullivan.

The Nativities will be on display from December 2nd – January 7th. The Monastrey is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE.

Brookland Celebration Of Lights (Trolley Tour) Tickets Go On Sale Dec 4th

If we are lucky Santa will make an appearance on the trolley again!

The annual “Celebration of Lights” will be Sunday, December 17th. From 5:00–9:00 pm there will be trolley tours, driving past Brookland’s best and most elaborate light and decoration displays. (Check out the photos we took on the tour last year.) This is always a super fun neighborhood event and in recent years the trolley runs have sold out VERY quickly, so we recommend that you buy your tickets in advance. The trolley tours will depart from the Mekiti Group Plaza at 3401 8th Street NE. Check out the Celebration of Lights website for more info and the link to purchase tickets. From the event page:

Join us for the 23nd Annual Celebration of Lights Trolley Tour of Brookland!

The 2017 Celebration of Lights Trolley Tours is Sunday, December 17th at the Menkiti Group Plaza (3401 8th St NE).
Come early or stay after your tour to enjoy the community reception courtesy of the great Brookland restaurants and businesses.

NOMINATE YOUR NEIGHBORS to be included on this year’s tour map by emailing
Each person who nominates a neighbor or has their home nominated will be entered to win fun prizes!
(Washington Capitals tickets, movie passes, etc.)


Monroe Street Market Tree Lighting – Get Your Pictures With Santa

On Friday December 1st, there will be a free holiday tree lighting event by the Monroe Street Market development. From the event page:

Monroe Street Market’s second annual Tree Lighting event is happening Friday, December 1st on the outdoor plaza in front of Busboys & Poets. From 6-8 PM, enjoy festive holiday performances, free photos with Santa (cats & dogs are welcome, too!), activities for kids, and food and drink offerings. Then, at 8 PM, join in the countdown as we light the tree.