Category Archives: Schools, Parks, Recreation

Black Girls Code To Host Parent-Daughter Workshop At Noyes

Noyes School. Photo courtesy of DC Public Schools.
Noyes School. Photo courtesy of DC Public Schools.

We were excited to learn that the DC Chapter of Black Girls Code will be hosting a workshop at Brookland’s Noyes School on Saturday, June 11. From the event page:

During this workshop, participants and their parents will explore coding fundamentals combining circuits, and Makey Makeys or littleBits as we introduce The Internet of Things (IoT): a network of physical objects and devices that can be controlled with a series of sensors, electronics, and software used to control objects in the physical world…Our Tech Divas and their parent partners will learn a little bit about circuits and get to jump into the making and designing together as a team in this introductory IoT class for girls ages 6-13 and their parents / guardians. The workshop is designed to encourage student (and parent!)-driven learning, as participants think analytically, design, play and code in real-time.

Sounds awesome! As of now, it looks like the slots are filled, but sponsoring a girl or parent, or volunteering is always an option, as well as checking out future Black Girls Code events.

New Trinity Academic Center Dedication And Ribbon Cutting This Saturday

We have been tracking the development of the new Academic Center at Trinity Washington University since 2013. Now we are happy to report that there will be a Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting for the center at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The 80,000-square foot, LEED certified building features state-of-the-art science and health labs and classrooms and was delivered on time and under budget. Check out this time-lapse video of the center being constructed.

I am a big fan of Trinity because they focus on making higher education accessible to populations that are traditionally under served. The majority of their students are first-generation college students, 90 percent are African-American or Hispanic and in-coming freshman have a median family income of $25,000. More than half of their students are from DC, and Trinity educates more D.C. residents than any other private college or university in the nation. Congrats on the new building – well done!

Trinity Washington University was founded in 1897 and is located at 125 Michigan Avenue NE.

Ban Ki-moon Visited Brookland Middle School

Photo courtesy of United Nations Information Center, Washington DC
Photo courtesy of United Nations Information Center, Washington DC

Brookland has seen it’s share of high-profile visitors lately. First Lady Michelle Obama visited in March, then Yo-yo Ma stopped by Noyes School in April, and now, last Thursday Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations visited Brookland Middle School. According to this press release from Mayor Bowser’s office:

Brookland Middle School is home to a green outdoor classroom, a solar learning station, geothermal heating and cooling system, exterior green wall, underground cisterns, rooftop solar array, pervious pavers, and more.

DC officials will hold a briefing for the Secretary-General on building sustainable schools, which will cover green construction, data driven efficiency, renewable energy, as well as waste reduction, recycling and composting.

Wow! How great for those kids. Brookland Middle School is located at 1150 Michigan Avenue, NE.

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.


Yo-Yo Ma Visited Brookland’s Noyes Elementary School

The lucky kids at Brookland’s Noyes elementary school were treated to a visit from world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma recently. Check out the video where you can see Mr. Ma interacting with the adorable kiddos and a snippet of his performance for them.

From a story in the Washington Post about Mr. Ma’s visit to the school:

But Noyes students had been learning about Ma and his music throughout the school year as part of the Obama administration’s Turnaround Arts program,which aims to help the nation’s most-struggling schools with an infusion of art into the curriculum.

Ma was assigned to be the school’s mentor artist, sending the students a personalized greeting video at the beginning of the academic year. The teachers have exposed the children to his music, his background as a child prodigy, and showed them videos of his performances.

Noyes Elementary School is located at 2725 10th Street, NE (10th and Franklin Streets).

BNCA To Sponsor Ft. Bunker Hill Park Clean Up Saturday

Pic from 2012 BNCA Cleanup
Pic from 2012 BNCA Cleanup

One of our favorite neighborhood features is Fort Bunker Hill Park. A national park, it is the highest point in Brookland and located within the borders of 13th, 14th, Otis and Perry Streets, NE. Unfortunately, sometimes it is in need of some TLC. That’s why we were happy to hear that the The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  will be sponsoring another cleanup event. From a message:

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association – in partnership with the National Park Service – is hosting a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 9th. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and BNCA has formed a new partnership with them to provide local and long-term stewardship of the park.

We’ll focus primarily on cleaning up trash and debris, and we’ll provide all volunteers with work gloves and trash bags. Meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 9:00 am. Children are encouraged to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Noyes Park Cleanup Saturday

Kids enjoying Noyes Park
Kids enjoying Noyes Park

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is a community 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the care and preservation of Noyes Park. Now that spring has sprung, it is time for a clean-up. From a message:

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) will be hosting our first monthly clean-up event at Noyes Park on Saturday, April 9th at 10 AM. We will be removing litter and weeds from all areas of the park, preparing the community garden for planting, and doing general upkeep around the park.

After the clean-up, we will have a community meeting where you meet our board members, give feedback on the park, and enjoy some snacks and beverages after a job well done! FoNP is always looking for volunteers and would appreciate support in keeping the park a safe and clean environment for all.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the event. No need to RSVP, just show up to the park (located on Franklin Street in between 10th and 12th Streets NE) at 10 AM. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you in the park on the 9th!

You can keep up with and contact the FoNP by checking out their website,  Facebook page,  and Twitter feed.

DC Current Ultimate Frisbee Games Return To The Neighborhood

Last May we wrote about the DC Current, a semi-professional Ultimate Frisbee team under the Major League Ultimate. The team is getting ready to  start their third season at nearby Catholic University’s Cardinal Stadium, where they play their home games on Saturday nights from April to June. We recently found out that Brookland Pint will be sponsoring the team for the 2016 season, and will be hosting pre- and post-game gatherings in support of the team. Check out the tweet below about the kickoff party at Brookland Pint on April 6th.

Tickets to the games start at $15 – check out the season schedule here, the first game is on April 9th. Sounds like a unique and fun night out in the neighborhood!

Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe St NE, Cardinal Stadium is located at 3606 John McCormack Drive NE.

NE Eats – Showcasing NE Food And Drink For A Cause

Photo courtesy of the Washington Jesuit Academy
Photo courtesy of the Washington Jesuit Academy

Northeast Eats is a fundraiser and tasting event which will showcase local food and beverage production in and around the NE DC. The event, taking place Saturday April 9th 2016 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm will benefit Brookland’s Washington Jesuit Academy and will showcase food and drink from the following businesses:

  • Brookland’s Finest
  • Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Boundary Stone
  • Atlas Brew Works
  • Steel  Plate
  • DC Brau
  • 3 Stars Brewing Company
  • Smith Public Trust
  • Hellbender Brewing Company
  • Union Kitchen
  • El Camino
  • Blue Jacket Brewery
  • Stuff’t
  • Ruby Scoops
  • Mess Hall
  • Brookland Pint
  • One Eight Distilling
  • Relay Foods
  • Sloppy Mama’s
  • The Dew Drop Inn
  • ‘Chups
  • Whisked
  • Harper MacCaw

Check out event details on their website here. From a press release:

Northeast Eats will directly support the students of the Washington Jesuit Academy (WJA), a tuition-free middle school for boys from the District’s low-income neighborhoods.  WJA leverages an 11-hour school day and 11-month school year to help young men get ahead in school and unlock their potential.  As all students attend on full scholarship, WJA must raise 98% of its annual operating budget each year.

WJA established its permanent home in the Brookland neighborhood in 2004 and has since engaged its neighbors as a critical fiber in the local fabric.  Given the emerging prominence of Brookland and all of Northeast DC in recent years, WJA intends to celebrate new culture in food, beverage, art, music, and philanthropy, while thanking old neighbors for their support and introducing themselves to new ones.

The $50 admission price includes all food, beverage, live music, and kids’ activities (Children under 8 are free). The Washington Jesuit Academy campus is located at 900 Varnum Street NE.