Category Archives: Neighborhood Topics

Brookland Area Writers And Artists (BAWA) Celebrates Latino Poetry Wednesday

Brookland Area Writers And Artists (BAWA) is a neighborhood-based arts group, founded in 2003. The purpose of the group is to promote creativity and expression in the Brookland area. BAWA hosts a monthly themed poetry reading on the first Wednesday of every month. This Wednesday, October 7th BAWA will explore poetry written by Latino/a poets.

Check out their ongoing calendar of events here. Poetry readings are held at the Center for Poetic Thought,  at the Monroe Street Market Artswalk, Studio #25. (716 Monroe Street, NE).  Contact BAWA at or at their website.

Local Business Spotlight: Scout Properties

Scout TeamFrom time to time we like to do features on great neighborhood businesses. We met Sergio and Kelly of Scout Properties a few years ago and have come to know them as great neighbors and businessmen. We thought our readers would enjoy learning about this team.
What services does Scout Properties offer?
Scout Properties is a full service residential brokerage offering sales, leasing, and property management services in the District of Columbia (we do not service VA or MD). We generally focus on the areas of DC that are East of Rock Creek Park and West of the Anacostia River.
How long have you been in Brookland and why did you set up shop here?
We opened our doors in the Spring of 2013. Brookland’s charm and slower pace attracted us to the neighborhood initially, when my fiancé, Kelly, and I moved here in the Fall of 2011 from Columbia Heights. A close friend had purchased the commercial property where our offices are located (3620 12th Street NE) shortly before we decided to start our own real estate firm.   The timing was perfect and we couldn’t be happier with the location and to call Brookland home!
Pope FrancisTell us a little bit about your team and what inspired you to start Scout Properties.

We have a small office consisting of 7 employees, including myself and Kelly (company bios here).

After working for a larger company for almost 8 years, I yearned for a structure that was less corporate. I wanted to develop a small boutique-style business that provides exceptional service to clients and supports a positive working environment for its employees.
Anything you want add/want our readers to know?
I am personally proud of the fact that all of our employees live locally and our business is local. Folks in the neighborhood have been so supportive since the beginning and we feel lucky to be able give back to the community when opportunities arise!
What are the best ways to keep up with Scout Properties?
Please follow us on Facebook and check out our website for more information about our services and available properties!  Also, folks should feel welcome to drop-in for a friendly chat and a cup of coffee and some candy! We stay fairly busy during our 9am-4pm business hours, but we always enjoy meeting our neighbors!
Scout Properties is located at 3620 12th Street NE, between Newton and Otis.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Dolls, Bikes And Dynamic Duos Edition

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Dolls, Bikes and Dynamic Duos Edition

Thursday, October 1

Pepco Edison Place Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Courage on Canvas features the works of Life Pieces to Masterpieces’ young artists. For more details, click here. Pepco Edison Place Gallery is located at 702 8th St. NW.

Friday, October 2

Touchstone Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join Touchstone Gallery for the opening reception of the month member group show, The Quality of Light by Pete McCutchen, and HUSK by Anthony Dortch. For more details, click here. Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW.

Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Black Doll Show features handmade works by renowned doll artists Betty Baines, Gwendolyn Aqui Brooks, Francine Haskins, Jeri Hubbard and Paula Whaley. The artists will be in attendance. For more information, click here. CHACC is located at 3200 MLK Jr. Ave. SE.

Kurtis Ceppetelli and Matthew Malone form the dynamic artistic duo known as the Duly Noted Painters.  See their most recent body of work Saturday at the Brookland Artspace Gallery. Image courtesy of the artists.
Kurtis Ceppetelli and Matthew Malone form the dynamic artistic duo known as the Duly Noted Painters. See their most recent body of work Saturday at the Brookland Artspace Gallery. Image courtesy of the artists.

Saturday, October 3

Brookland Artspace Gallery – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Duly Noted Painters presents the opening of NOW & THEN, an exhibition featuring the collaborative paintings of Kurtis Ceppetelli and Matthew Malone. For more information, click here. Brookland Artspace Gallery is located at 3305 8th St. NE.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m

The Capitol Hill Art League Kicks off their 2015-2016 season with the opening of their October Juried Show at CHAW. Twenty-five artists will present in a wide range of media. For more details, click here. CHAW is located at 545 Seventh St. SE.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum – 2 p.m.

Guests are invited to discuss the growing role the arts can play in the future of neighborhood revitalization. For more information, click here. Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

Studio SoHy – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The SoHy CyClo Show features the works of over twenty local DC metro artists whose works focus on their interpretations of cycling. Artwork will be on sale during the opening reception. For more details, click here. SoHy is located at 4327 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, MD.

Sunday, October 4

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum – 11 a.m.

Sign up for docent-led tours of the exhibition How the Civil War Changed Washington. This tour has components for guests of all ages. For more details, click here. Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

Monday, October 5

Hill Center Galleries – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join Hill Center Galleries for the opening of three new exhibitions: Shades of Pastel, Faces & Places, and Faces of Spirits. For more information, click here. Hill Center Galleries is located at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

Jess Oros is the Editor of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter, or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Fourth Annual Rhode Island Ave Fall Fest Returns Saturday

Rhode Island Fall Fest 2013
Rhode Island Fall Fest 2013

The good folks of the  Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street will be holding their third annual Fall Fest Saturday. Fall Fest grows every year, and includes live entertainment, local businesses & vendors. Check out event details here. From the website:

For the last 4 years, the Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest has showcased our beautiful tree-lined commercial district in one of the hottest real estate markets in DC, and has attracted hundreds of visitors for a day full of shopping, food, and entertainment for the whole family. Fall Fest 2015 promises to be bigger and better – more music, more art, more food, and more fun!

We also heard from the Langdon Dog Park Association, which is sponsoring a pooch parade from the dog park in Langdon Park up to the Fall Fest stage at the Mayflower Cab parking lot on RIA. The parade marshal will be Dr. Dan Teich of Brookland’s District Vet and afterward you can enter your dog into contests with fun categories like most glam dog, cutest ugly dog, and dogs who most resemble their owners. Dr. Teich will emcee the contest and the judges include pet exerts from the Big Bad Woof and even a  DC dignitary–the Secretary of DC Lauren C. Vaughn. Prizes including up to $100 in pet care services, grooming, treats and more!

The Fall Fest will run along Rhode Island Ave. NE, between 20th and 24th Streets NE on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Brookland LGBT Party Saturday

Good times at a recent Brookland LGBT Party.
Good times at a recent Brookland LGBT Party.

Every month the LGBT community from the greater Brookland area (and Edgewood, Michigan Park, etc.) gets together for fun, community building and general neighborly good times. This time around, the party will be Saturday night October 3rd starting at 7:00 pm. If interested, hit us up on our contact page and we will send you the address. All are welcome. (Please bring a dish or drink to share.) 

The Bike Rack Hosts Family Bike Day Saturday

Met Branch Trail Brookand NE Washington DC<<Update: due to the impending rain storm the event is postponed until October 11th.>>

Many thanks to  Erin from the Bike Rack for letting us know about their upcoming Family Bike Day on Saturday October 3rd. From the event page on Facebook:

Join us for Bike Day at The Farmer’s Market! We’ll be ushering in autumn with a morning of festivities at our Brookland location.

9am – Introduction to Group Riding Clinic – Free registration required. Register here.

10am – Introductory Group Ride. Register here.

10:30am – Kids Bike Parade – We’ll have a table of decorations set up all morning for kids (and adults!) to glitz up their bikes! At 10:30 we’ll parade down the Arts Walk.

The Bike Rack is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Joins Up With Jimmy Valentine’s Annual Fundraiser

Ward 5 Happy Hour brings neighbors together
Ward 5 Happy Hour brings neighbors together

This month the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour is teaming up with Jimmy Valentines and the Trinidad Neighborhood Association for a good cause. Here are the details from an email:

Jimmy Valentines hosts an annual fundraiser along with the Trinidad Neighborhood Association to benefit several programs for kids in the Trinidad neighborhood.  They are asking for a $20 donation, which includes – 3 drinks and some donated food from Mother Ruckers Subs (next door) and Crunk Cakes.  Additionally, other food can be ordered from next door and brought over if you’re still hungry.  Did I mention that Tony Tomelden, owner of the Pug and Brookland’s Finest will be DJing the event??

Join your fellow Ward 5 residents at Jimmy Valentines for a Happy Hour that also benefits a neighborhood in our own Ward 5!

Thursday, October 1, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club
1103 Bladensburg Road, NE

Washington, DC 20002
Street parking is available as well as multiple bus lines and Uber or Lyft! Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors!
For more information contact us via email at

Find us on Facebook (Ward 5 Community Happy Hour) or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour

Hope to see you there!

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Art All Night Edition

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Art All Night Edition


Image courtesy Art All Night
Image courtesy Art All Night

Gallery OonH – 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Gallery OonH celebrates Art All Night with site-specific installations, live music, video projections and more! For more information, click here. Gallery OonH is located at 1346-1356 H St. NE.

Friday, September 25

Anacostia Community Museum – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join  the Anacostia Community Museum for Prom Night in Mississippi, a film about the 2008 decision to integrate the Charleston, Mississippi senior prom. For more information, click hereSmithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

University of Maryland – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Stamp Gallery presents New Arrivals 2015: Collecting Contemporary Art at the University of Maryland, which features the works of emerging and mid-career artists. For more information, click here. The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland is located at 122oB Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Saturday, September 26

Craig Kraft Studio – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Artist and light sculptor, Craig Kraft, celebrates the grand opening of his newly renovated studio space in Anacostia. For more details, click here. Craig Kraft Studio is located at 1239 Good Hope Rd. SE.

Wohlfarth Galleries – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ellyn Weiss, Ellen Sinel, Lisa Farrell, Cheryl Edwards are among the artists exhibiting their work in The Drawing Room at Wohlfarth Galleries. For more information, click here. Wohlfarth Galleries is located at 3418 9th St. NE.

HEMPHILL – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Renée Stout exhibits in her fifth solo exhibition at HEMPHILL. Wild World encourages viewers to believe in spiritual energy and to strive to act with compassion. For more information, click here. HEMPHILL is located at 1515 14 St. NW.

Saturday-Sunday September 26-27

Art All Night – 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Join the communities of H Street NE, Shaw, Dupont Circle, North Capitol, and Congress Heights for this year’s Art All Night. Art All Night presents a variety of visual, music, and performing artists in a festival format. For more details and event locations, click here.

Sunday, September 27

Anacostia Community Museum – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Anacostia Community Museum shows the film Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War, a documentary of the life of a Cuban-born rebel who served in the Civil War disguised as a man. For more details, click here. Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

Jess Oros is the Editor of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter, or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Serendipity Brings Live Jazz To Brookland Wednesdays – Sundays

Back in March we wrote about Serendipity, a new jazz-focused coffeehouse that opened at the corner of 12th and Kearny Streets, NE. We decided to grab some friends and check it out. The music was really high quality, especially considering there is no cover charge. We enjoyed a number of the specialty cocktails, including one called the Brookland Heartbeet that features an earthy beet-infused vodka. The menu ranges from snacks and appetizers like chicken wings to sandwiches and burgers, as well as entrees like fried catfish. Everyone enjoyed their meal and it was reasonably priced. We will definitely be back. Check out our photos below, and their Facebook page for more info and to learn about upcoming special events. Serendipity is open seven days a week and the live jazz is Wednesday – Sundays from 7:30 – 11:00 pm.