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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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:
Right Proper Brewing Company
Atlas Brew Works
3 Stars Brewing Company
Smith Public Trust
Hellbender Brewing Company
Blue Jacket Brewery
One Eight Distilling
The Dew Drop Inn
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). TheWashington Jesuit Academy campus is located at 900 Varnum Street NE.
The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is a community 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the care and preservation of Noyes Park. FoNP launched shortly after the new park was opened in summer 2013. They work closely with the community and the Department of Parks and Recreation to keep the park clean and the the communal garden plots thriving. FoNP is seeking new volunteers to serve (unpaid) on their Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for those interested in giving back to the community without a burdensome time commitment. Interested parties can contact board(at)friendsofnoyespark(dot)org for more information.
You can keep up with and contact the FoNP by checking out their website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed. Noyes Park is located at 10th and Franklin Streets, NE.
Interested in meeting neighbors and growing your own garden? Consider signing up for one of the plots at Noyes Park. Registration for the 2016 growing season will begin on January 15, 2016. From their website:
The Noyes Community Garden has twenty 8’x4’ plots…We are doing things a bit differently this year and will have an open registration period between January 15 and January 31. Should the number of registrants exceed the number of available plots, we will use a lottery system to assign plots. If there are still spaces available after January 31, registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis.
To register for a plot, fill out the online registration form which will become available on our NEW website beginning January 15. I will send out a direct link to the form once it has become available. You may also register by sending your name, street address, phone number, and email address to the Friends of Noyes Park (2718 10th St NE, Washington DC 20018) after January 15. Any registrations received prior to January 15 will be disregarded.
Questions or comments regarding the community garden should be directed to garden(at)friendsofnoyespark(dot)org or 202 524-0547. There is a $30 yearly fee to use the plots in Noyes Park and the Park is located at 10th and Franklin Streets, NE.
We thought readers would be interested in this announcement from our local Little League organization.
We are the Senators Satchel Paige Little League that operates exclusively in Ward 5. If you or your child is interested in playing or learning to play youth baseball/softball, we have great programs available during the spring, fall and winter for ages 4-16. Our winter clinic starts Saturday, January 16 at Turkey Thicket at 10am.
If you are a parent or community member who loves baseball/softball and interested in supporting or coaching, please contact us (202) 390-4902/(202)428-8437 or visit our website.
Last year a group of 50 or so Brookland area parents of two and three year olds met with other parents currently enrolled at DCPS and Charter Schools within a few miles of Brookland to chat about the lottery process, schools, and experiences. This informative event is happening again on Wednesday, January 6th from 6-8 pm at the Menkiti Group Headquarters at 3401 8th Street NE. Currently there are parents attending from Burroughs, Bethune, Mundo Verde, Bridges, Two Rivers, Lee Montessori , Inspired Teaching, DC Bilingual (and hopefully more!) to share their experiences. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here.
Interested in Saturday morning basketball? Sign up your squad ASAP, the deadline has been extended through December 28th and play begins January 9th. Check out the flyer below for more information and here’s a shout out to the Bunker Hill Bulldogs!
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