Category Archives: Neighborhood Events

Join Me At Casey Trees Class: “Trees And Storms”

This Thursday November 29 at 6:30 pm I am going to attend the first class of the “Storms and Trees” series at Casey Trees. Like many Brooklanders I love the trees in our neighborhood. Unfortunately severe weather can cause major damage to our treescape. At the same time trees and branches can fall on power lines and residents have to deal with the loss of electricity. Here is the context of the class from the Casey Trees website:

While street trees only comprise 7% of the District’s canopy, these trees are often the most visible part of the urban canopy. So when storms, like Hurricane Sandy, cause trees to become hazardous it is very noticeable in the urban environment. Join us for the first class in our Trees and Storms series where you’ll learn what makes a tree a hazard and the importance of the right tree for the right place. In this first installment, participants will hear from representatives from PEPCO and the Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) about how their organizations manage street trees to prevent them from becoming hazards and interrupting city services. Come prepared with questions for our instructors and ready to learn about your role in protecting our urban canopy.

Getting There

The Metrorail station is Brookland-CUA (Red Line) which is a 10 minute walk. The Metrobus stop is near the intersection of 12th and Irving Street NE (served by the H8) or the Brookland-CUA Metro station (served by the H2, H4, H6, G8, R4 and 80). At our office, there is ample street parking and we accommodate bicycles on-site.


Earl Eutsler, Suprivisory Forester, Urban Forestry Administration, ISA Certified Arborist

Nathan McElroy, Staff Forester, PEPCO, ISA Certified Arborist

Who Should Attend?

Open to the general public for anyone interested in learning about how trees in Washington are managed to prevent becoming hazards and what you can do to protect D.C.’s urban canopy.


All attendees will be provided with a light dinner. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs.


Join me and register online.

Fun Stuff To Do Right Now – Art Enables, Chocolate City Beer, Good Grubbin’ Food Truck!

Looking for something fun to do on this lovely day? How about stopping by Art Enables. This great organization is “a studio and gallery for emerging artists with developmental disabilities”. Take advantage that they are open today from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and check out some great artwork with a cause. Today they are offering a workshop on wire -art. They will provide basic materials, instruction, and guidance  – so why not give it a try? Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.

Next, head on over to Chocolate City Beer, sample some of their delicious beers, and pick up a growler. Today CCB is hosting the Good Grubbin’ food truck. We picked up some de-lish pulled pork sandwiches and arroz con pollo from the truck, all pictured below. Growler Hours are Saturdays from 12:30 – 4:30 pm and CCB is located at 2801 8th St. NE.

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.

Family Fun At The First Church Of Washington DC Block Party

Yesterday was a perfect day for fellowship and family fun, and boy, does the First Church of Washington know how to throw a block party! I spoke with Reverend Yolanda who explained that this annual event is part of the Church’s Appreciation Day festivities. The congregation was welcoming to one all, and there was something for everyone, including free lunch! I was partial to the moon bounce, police horses and the fire truck, myself. There was also free blood pressure screening, flea market items, representatives from the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the Church’s missionary ministry. I had an interesting conversation with them about the ministry’s works in Honduras. I also learned that the Church will be offering free Zumba classes on Saturdays, starting November 10th, and they will be open to the public. Contact the Church to sign up. The First Church of Washington is located at 1219 Hamlin Street NE in Brookland.

Many Thanks To BNCA And FoRIA For Cleaning Up Around Brookland!


The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) and Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE (FoRIA) teamed up for a cleanup effort this Saturday. They focused on the area between 12th Street and the Red Line tracks on RIA. They cleaned up a lot of debris as well as did some gardening around the Brookland sign at the corner of 12th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NE. A BIG THANKS to these organizations for making a difference in our community!

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) Meeting Next Week

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) will be holding its monthly meeting next Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Howard University School of Divinity, 1400 Shepherd Street, NE. The meeting time is 7:00 PM.

The main topic will be a discussion with Brother John Sebastian about recent Franciscan Monastery plans and activities, as well as other neighborhood news and information. For more information, contact the BNCA at or go to

A Call To Action – BNCA And FoRIA Fall Cleanup

Brookland Sign 12th and Rhode Island Ave NE Washington DC
The Brookland Sign And Surroundings Need Help. YOUR Help.

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association and Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE are teaming up for a cleanup effort. They will focus on the area between 12th Street and the Red Line tracks on RIA. I am excited because they plan on doing some cleanup and gardening around the Brookland sign at the corner of 12th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NE. Come on out and make a difference in the community and meet some neighbors.

WHEN: October 13, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Meet at the NE corner of 12th and RIA

WHAT: General trash pick-up and some light gardening

They will have a limited amount of tools and bags so bring work gloves, and wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes. If you have any questions contact:   More info at

Saturday Morning In Brookland – Woodridge Warriors Homecoming Parade And St. Anthony’s Thrift Sale

Brookland Parade
Woodridge Warriors And Cheerleaders Looking Good And Ready To Go!

The “heart” of Brookland – the intersection of 12th and Monroe Streets, NE – was abuzz with activities this Saturday morning. First off, the  Woodridge Warriors football team kicked off their homecoming parade in front of St. Anthony of Padua  church. Founded in 1963, The Woodridge Warriors Youth Organization has a long history and tradition in the community. After cheering the football players and cheerleaders on, attention was turned to finding a great bargain just steps away at the St. Anthony thrift sale. There were lots of great finds from snacks like gluten-free popcorn, cakes, and candied apples to clothing and home decor. I picked up a super-nice pair of sandals for $10 that were hand-made in Senegal. Seeing traditions handed down from one generation to the next, families of all types building memories together and community pride is what Brookland is about, and it makes me proud to call it home.