Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

DPR Offers Free Summer Urban Garden Workshop Series

While these events don’t take place in Brookland, we know Brooklanders love to garden, and would be interested in the Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Urban Garden Workshop Series.  There will be over 40 workshops, with topics like Intro to Urban Beekeeping, Rooftop Gardening 101, and  Vertical Gardens and are being offered now through September 28th. All workshops are free, however registration is required. Resister for workshops here.

Huacatay Peruvian Restaurant Coming To 4th Street NE

Huacatay Peruvian RestaurantIf you are like us, you already miss Silvestre’s yummy roasted chicken. That’s why we were excited to hear that a new Peruvian restaurant featuring roasted chicken will be opening soon in nearby Edgewood. The restaurant, Huacatay, is named after a Peruvian type of black mint that is often used in sauces. We don’t know much more about the restaurant, but we will let you know when we learn anything new. Huacatay will be located at 2314 4th Street NE (across from the entrance to the Forman Mill’s parking lot).

Outdoor Movie Night To Support Stokes School Sunday May 8th

Stokes SchoolNow that the weather is getting warmer, we are going to start seeing outdoor movie nights pop up – Hooray! This one, coming up on Sunday May 8th has a small cover charge ($5) but is for a good cause. From a community message:

Come on out to the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market on May 8th at 8pm to watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding! Thanks to co-sponsors Menkiti and Monroe Street Market, this outdoor movie night is a great opportunity to gather the community and support a neighborhood school, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School.

The tickets are $5 each and include popcorn. All proceeds will benefit Stokes’ The Good Life event on May 21st at DC Brau. Get your tickets here or on site on the day of the event. For more information check out Stokes’ Facebook page here.

The Arts Walk is located at 716 Monroe St NE.


The Public Option Offers Up Weekly Pop-Ups In May

We are excited to learn that local micro brewpub the Public Option will be teaming up  with other local start ups for three weekend events in May. From the Public Options’s Facebook page:

Here is the line up, from the Public Option:

  • Sunday May 1st at 2:00 pm – Belgian style fries with special sauces. Micah & Evan know frites! You won’t want to miss The Fry Brothers.

  • Saturday May 7th at 2:00 pm – Picture an egg roll with soul – that’s a Dooney Roll. Hand rolled with collard greens and smoked turkey and served with a special mumbo sauce, these babies pair with any number of our beers. Vernon hinted at the possibility of some experimental rolls – jerk chicken

  • Saturday May 14th at 10:am – We are very happy that Stuff’t DC has agreed to bring their delicious strombolis back over on the 14th. Bryan and Lauren are serving up some hard choices between new creations and old favorites.

For more information, check out the event pages hereThe Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Ave, NE.

Franciscan Monastery Open House Saturday – Greenhouse, Urban Beekeeping, And More

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC
Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery. Photo courtesy of RANdom Walkway Tumblr.

Our neighbors at the The Franciscan Monastery will be having an open house event this Saturday April 30th from 10:00 -12:00. The open house is hosted by the Monastery’s Garden Guild, whose mission it is to preserve and promote the gardens at the Franciscan Monastery. From the Garden Guild website:

Experienced and new gardeners are welcome. Tour the greenhouse, the vegetable, herb and cut-flower gardens, plus our honey bee apiaries. Ask questions about gardening and beekeeping and learn how you can volunteer…The FMGG volunteers also cultivate vegetables and herbs – last year, over 6,000 pounds were donated to families in need in the District of Columbia – maintain beehives, offer workshops, lead garden tours and organize special events. Questions? Contact us via email

Meet up with the group  at the greenhouse behind the Monastery. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE. For more information check out the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guildwebsite, Facebook page or give them a call at (703) 967-0958.

Bluebird Sky Yoga Studio Signs Lease In Brookland

Ever since SCRAP DC left the commercial property at 3101 12th Street NE in November, a lot of neighbors have been anticipating what would take its place. We learned from the tweet below that Bluebird Sky Yoga will be setting up shop in that space, which is at the corner of 12th and Irving NE.

While information like class schedules and instructor bios are still forthcoming, the Bluebird Sky website says the following:

Bluebird Sky Yoga was founded in order to bring yoga, music, art, and more to Brookland. We are located in one of DC’s most creative neighborhoods in a former craft store, and honor the creativity of the city through our murals and art-focused events.

Founder Jennie Light discovered her love of yoga nearly a decade ago while living in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Just like the great outdoors, she found that the yoga mat offers a space for self-exploration and discovery. We can push our edge, or simply sit and observe. While the mountains are far from the city, B. K. Iyengar reminds us that, “you do not need to find freedom in a different land, for it exists within your own body, heart, mind, and soul.”

Our schedule is intentionally diverse. Whether you are looking to study a long-rooted tradition such as Ashtanga, a flowing practice like Prana Flow, a martial-arts influenced practice such as Primal Yoga® Flow, a fascia-focused practice like Yin, an upbeat practice like Rocket, a restorative practice such as meditation, or something else entirely, we hope you will find classes and a community you love.

We hope to see you soon.

Love and Light,

The Bluebird Sky Yoga team

We will let you know when we learn anything more. Welcome to the neighborhood Bluebird Sky Yoga!

Brookland Spring Celebration This Sunday – Music, Games and Dancing

brookland spring celebration 2016Last year’s Brookland Spring Celebration was a family friendly good time. The event is back this year on Sunday May 1st from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. From the event page:

It’s a party for the whole neighborhood!

Join your friends and neighbors in Brookland for a fun-filled afternoon of music, games and dancing featuring three stellar, local bands:

Plus! Clean out your closet and support a good cause. We’re collecting gently worn clothes for Central Union Mission. All donations are welcome!

The event will be held at Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market (716 Monroe St NE).

Heads Up – Fireworks Friday Night For CUA’s Luaupalooza

catholic U street art brookland ne Washington DC
Look up on Friday night!

Every year around this time local residents are taken by surprise by a fireworks display over Catholic U. We get Tweets and emails with people asking if they are hearing gunshots or lamenting that they didn’t know about it ahead of time, and would have liked to have enjoyed the show. So, we figured we would give readers a heads up. The fireworks are a part of Luaupalooza, a celebration of the end of CUA’s school year. This year the event will be Friday April 29th, and we are guessing the fireworks will begin when it gets good and dark outside. So, grab a blanket, find a clear view of the sky and enjoy!

SCRAP DC Teams Up With ReCreative Spaces For Spring Pop-Up Events

SCRAP DC logo courtesy of
SCRAP DC logo courtesy of

A lot of neighbors were dismayed to learn that SCRAP DC closed up shop in Brookland in November 2015. Now we were happy to learn that they are doing pop-up events in the area for those who want to get their craft on. From a recent SCRAP DC newsletter:

SCRAP is shaking off the winter doldrums and coming back with new activities to welcome the spring and get on our way with rebuilding our operation. We do not yet have a new space, but we are happy to be partnering with ReCreative Spaces in Mt. Rainier so that we can maintain a presence in the area. We want to thank all of you — our diehard customers, cheerleaders and donors – whose support keeps us going and working towards the next phase.

Our first order of business is to have a pop up store and the first of a series of classes. Yes, you heard it right – a chance to find treasures for your projects and nourishment for your creative hunger. The inventory will be a treasure trove of beads and jewelry making supplies (mostly mid-higher end), some paper and general craft supplies, fabric and sewing supplies, collage packs, and kits for making banners, hot rods, robots and other kids crafts. We may find a few other things along the way, so if what you crave isn’t on this list, there’s a chance it might show up.

What better way to begin classes than to commemorate Mothers’ Day? Read on for more details and registration information. anyway! Our hope is that we will be able to prime the pump and continue these activities until such time as we generate sufficient funding to cover the costs of a new store. Therefore, your continued patronage is most important and appreciated.

The upcoming events are as follows:


Saturday & Sunday, April 23 – 24, 12 – 4 pm, Location; ReCreative Spaces, 3501 Perry St., Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 (at the Rhode Island Ave. circle, across from the Mt. Rainier City Hall)

  • Mother’s Day Cards Making

Why buy a card?? Make a fabulous Mothers’ Day Card that will be a gift unto itself. With an enticing assortment of papers, buttons, fabrics, lace, ribbon and other embellishments create a card any Mom will want to frame. Personalize your card with copies made from images of your own. Date: Saturday, April 30, 2-5 pm Location: ReCreative Spaces, 3501 Perry St. Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 Cost: $15 per person; $25 for two or family up to 4 — includes materials. Recommended Ages: 5 and older

What to Bring – 1-5 laser copies of anyone whose image you would like to use (e.g., Xerox or made on other commercial copiers –not inkjet); any personal items you wish to incorporate Note: Parents must accompany children up to age 12.

  • Mothers’ Day Sachet – Mingle and Layer your Love with a Scented Pillow fit for a Dove

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2-5 pm, Location: ReCreative Spaces, 3501 Perry St. Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Cost: $25 per person; $35 for two or family up to 4 — includes materials. Recommended Ages: 10 and older

What to Bring: 1-5 laser copies of anyone whose image you would like to use (i.e., Xerox or made on other commercial copiers –not inkjet) any personal items such as charms, buttons, old jewelry, etc. that you wish to incorporate

REGISTRATION: To register and pay for classes, complete the form on their website. Payment will also be accepted at class. Check out their Facebook page to keep up with their plans.

Farmers Market Flow – Weekly Yoga Class Starts Saturday

Grab those mats and go!
Grab those mats and go!

Readers may remember our blog post about Brookland Yoga, a new “floating” yoga studio that launched recently. We thought neighborhood Yogis would be interested in knowing that Brookland Yoga has partnered with LATELA to provide yoga classes at the Arts Walk farmer’s market every Saturday starting April 23 through November 12th, at 9:00 am. From the event page:

Join us for a 45 minute awakening slow flow yoga class on Saturdays at the Brookland Farmer’s Market. Stay after class to get some yummy local produce and coffee and chat with your neighbors.

We will begin with a flow, holding our poses for several breaths to create heat in the body, then move into strengthening, and finally into restorative yoga postures to calm the nervous system and rejuvenate the body and the mind. All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat.

Classes are held underneath the arts walk sign on the Monroe Street Market, next to the Brookland-CUA metro bridge just outside of the LATELA store front.

Sign up for the classes here. Check out the Brookland Yoga website here. LATELA is a creative platform that combines art and yoga for positive community growth, and they have an artists studio on the Arts Walk. Check out LATELA’s site here.

PS – if you can’t make the Saturday class, check out Brookland Yoga’s Beer and Yoga class at Right Proper Brewery on Mondays.