The Casey Trees spring planting season started last Saturday. The kick off event of the season was a planting I participated in where a team of volunteers and staff planted 30 trees on the campus of Catholic University. Some of the species we planted were White Swamp Oaks, American Elms and Magnolias. Volunteering with Casey Trees is rewarding in many ways, but in this case, it was great to get to know this institution so close to home a little better. Catholic University has been a partner and supporter in increasing the tree canopy of DC ever since Casey Trees moved to Brookland.
This spring Brookland residents will have the chance to participate in a couple of upcoming plantings in and around their own neighborhood. For example, Langdon Park in nearby Woodridge will get 39 new trees on April 13. Go to the Casey Trees event calendar and sign up for this great volunteer opportunity.
There will also be an event in Michigan Park. Not all details for this event on Thursday April 25 are finalized. Please check back on the Casey Trees Event Calendar for the exact location and time.
Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School located on 14th and Jackson Street NE will partner with Casey Trees for a tree planting on March 28. This event is closed for the public, but the youth and education team from Casey Trees will lead the students of MMBDA to plant their own trees and teach them about the value, benefits and vulnerability of trees.
The Casey Trees calendar offers many other opportunities beside plating trees to be involved in activities or learn about trees. Check out their classes, online tree chats, seminars, workshops and special lectures. And we are lucky, Casey Trees is right here in Brookland. It’s just a short walk or bike ride away. The staff is super friendly and always helpful and supportive.
Here are a few things you could get into this Saturday around the area:
The Friends of the Woodridge Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A wide selection in almost every subject and genre will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Woodridge Neighborhood Library. Woodridge Library is located at 1801 Hamlin Street NE.
Art Enables is hosting OFF-RHODE STUDIO, which is described as “an auxiliary arts space dedicated to local, emerging, and self-taught artists. Exhibits, panels, discussions, and more happen in this small-scale and intimate environment.” This Saturday the OFF-RHODE STUDIO will have an opening reception for their latest show Glitterbomb, from 1:00 -4:00 pm. The show will feature over 50 pieces curated from the personal collection of one of Art Enables board members. Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Chocolate City Beer will be having their usual weekly growler hours this Saturday from 12:30 – 4:30. If you haven’t checked them out, give it a try, plus get a tour of the brewery and sample some of their brews. This week they will have the BBQ Bus DC food truck out there as well, should be good food and good times. Chocolate City Beer is located at 2801 8th St, NE.
The 2012-13 Hartke Theatre Season marks the 75th Anniversary of Catholic University’s Drama department. The season will culminate in April with a two-day event filled with performances, festivities, honors and a gala reception. Now is a great time to check out the fantastic local talent we have right here in our neighborhood; and at amazingly low prices. Tickets prices are as follows: $15 adult/full price; $10 senior citizens, CUA Alumni, Faculty and staff; $5 Students. Purchase tickets here. Here is a rundown of shows remaining in the season:
Brutus (an abridged version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar). Directed and edited by Allison Fuentes. February 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm, February 23 and 24 at 2:00 pm. Great words and noble sentiments from a respected and honorable citizen, yet in most modern accounts Brutus lands on the wrong side of history, remembered best as Rome’s most notorious daggered assassin. This abridged version of Julius Caesar, refocuses the classic tale from Brutus’s viewpoint, revealing the path toward his ultimate “call to fate” and contemplating how thin the line can be between hero and villain
Spooky Action at a Distance, A new play by Matthew Buckley Smith, Directed by Jerry Whiddon. March 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm. March 23 and 24 at 2:00 pm. Love, War and Quantum Physics. In 1971, with the Vietnam War still grinding on, Simon Pirklowski plays it safe, studying physics at Berkeley to avoid the draft. But when he befriends a shady bartender with a nasty temper, and agrees to tutor his beautiful wife, Simon may learn just how exciting uncertainty can be.
Ken Ludwig’s Shakespeare in Hollywood (Winner 2004 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play) Directed by Jay Brock. April 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm, April 20 and 21 at 2:00 pm. Lights, Camera, Shakespeare! It’s 1934 and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, magically materialize on the Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Immediately smitten by the glitz and glamour of showbiz the two fairies get their big break on the silver screen playing (who else?) themselves. With a little help from blonde bombshells, movie moguls and arrogant “asses” the mischievous magic of old Hollywood sparkles in this hilarious romp. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York City. More information about the playwright here.
75th Anniversary Events:
Shakespeare in Hollywood – special performance and pre-show party April 26 at 8pm
75th Anniversary Event and gala reception April 27 at 7:00 pm
The Greater Brookland Garden Club house and garden tour is one of the major annual events that really brings the community together. Not only that, but it is a terrific showcase for those outside of Brookland to get to know what a fantastic neighborhood we live in. Last year, our house was a stop on the tour and it was a very rewarding experience. Trust me, nothing gets you motivated to finish the last few projects around the house than knowing a few hundred people will be stopping by! If you think your house and/or garden is one of the best around, contact the GBGC today!
There seems to be an uptick in crime around the neighborhood recently, from home burglaries to the well publicized shotgun robberies. DC Metropolitan Police Department officers from Brookland’s Fifth District will be on hand to provide information about these crimes, provide tips for staying safe, and answer questions and concerns.
Brookland’s newly-elected and sworn-in Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners – Carolyn Steptoe, Adrian Jordan, Ursula Higgins, Tiffany Bridge, and Jenese Jones have been invited to meet and greet their constituents.
On Sunday, December 16th, the long time Brookland tradition, the Celebration of Lights, continued without a hitch despite drizzly weather. Happy Brooklanders rode trolleys and serenaded the owners of the most highly decorated homes with Christmas Carols, as the trolley made its way through neighborhood. I must say, we had a rowdy, fun-loving bunch on my trolley ride, the last one of the evening. Santa even joined in the fun, stepping aboard to hand out candy canes. It was a great time and really ramped up my holiday spirit. Many thanks to the Brookland Community Development Corporation, (a historic preservation-based community development non-profit) and in particular Lavinia Wohlfarth and John Feeley for all their hard work in pulling off another successful Celebration of Lights!
I am not sure when the annual tradition began, but for at least 50 years, Brooklanders have organized to serenade friends and neighbors with Christmas carols. I participated in the event last year. I 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, don’t worry, it’s all about the community spirit. This year, the caroling will take place on Saturday, December 22. Meet up inside the Rosary House, 1200 Monroe St., at 6:00 PM and be prepared to hit the streets of Brookland, caroling as you go. Last year we began by singing to the firemen at Brookland’s Engine Company 17 Firehouse, and then went down 12th street and sang in a few businesses. We then carolled around the neighborhood, mostly on Newton St. I understand that the route will be roughly the same this year. It was great to see the looks of happiness, appreciation and surprise on people’s faces as we passed them on the street and when they came out of their houses and businesses. The caroling will end up with a pot luck party at a home near 15th and Otis streets. All are welcome to join in for as long as you want. If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will. For more information, contact John Feeley at 202 526 8754.
For many Brooklanders, the Greater Brookland Garden Club (GBGC) holiday party is the event of the season. Hosts Jeff and Alvin do an incredible job of creating a festive atmosphere with amazing decorations, a live jazz band and warm hospitality. This year’s party was on December 8th and it was a blast! It was great to see Brooklanders dressed to the nines, having a wonderful time and spreading holiday cheer. If you are interested in meeting your neighbors, attending parties, and sharing/learning about gardening, it doesn’t get much better than the GBGC!
All are welcome, especially the kiddies, to the Brookland Artspace Loft’s Family Fun Day on Saturday December 15th. There will be sing-alongs to live music, a staged reading of “Snowman at Night”, face painting, food, and more. In the spirit of holiday giving, the Brookland Artspace Lofts is also an official Toys for Tots drop-off site, as well as a collection point for canned goods. Admission is a super-reasonable $5.00, a new unwrapped toy donation to Toys for Tots, or canned food items. The event is organized by artists who live there and will run from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Brookland Artspace Lofts are located at 3305 8th St. NE.
Every year Brooklanders take part in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. This year marks the 113th anniversary of this continent-wide annual tradition. The purpose of the event is to have local groups count the birds in their areas and report them to a central counting system. This helps the Audubon Society track populations of birds as they respond to the effects of climate and habitat changes. This year the count will take place on December 15th.
Everyone is welcome to join in, including children, whether you are an experienced birder or a first-timer. The group will take a walk around the neighborhood identifying and counting every bird they see. Meet the group on the east side of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (400 Michigan Avenue NE) at 8:00 am. Questions? Contact Anne Anderson at mobileanne (at) earthlink (dot) net.
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