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Ward 5 Happy Hour To Meet Thursday At Menomale In Brookland

Ward 5 Happy Hour Brookland NE Washington DC
MMmm MMmm Menomale

Last month’s Ward 5 happy hour was a great time. This month the event is returning to Brookland. This is from the Ward 5 Happy Hour Facebook page:

It’s official! Menomale will host Ward 5 Happy Hour – October 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm! And I am sure they would welcome you to stay and drink/eat afterwards too 🙂
Menomale is located at 2711 12th Street, NE. As the Ward 5 Happy Hour folks say: Meet Your Neighbors – Support Local – Share a Few Laughs – Why Not?

CM McDuffie Meets With Ward 5 Small Business Leaders In Brookland

Business Networking Brookland NE Washington DC
CM McDuffie Greets Ward 5 Business Leaders

Last night over 50 Ward 5 business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders met at San Antonio Bar and Grill in Brookland. The meeting was organized by Coucilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s office to offer a platform for networking, mingling and idea sharing. CM McDuffie gave a short speech in which he stated that small businesses are a top priority for him. He stressed the importance of striking a balance between helping sustain old businesses while attracting new ones as well, and  helping small businesses benefit from new developments across the ward. Mc Duffie noted the need to diversify Ward 5 business offerings in order to stop dollars from flowing across DC borders to Maryland and Virginia. He also made a point to acknowledge major retail corridors such as Rhode Island Avenue and North Capitol Street as targeted areas to focus resources on. Lastly, he stated that the DC government needs to change the dynamic of disproportionately supporting big developments over small businesses. There were several guest speakers, notably, a representative from the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (GWHCCF). Their Small Business Assistance Program offers small grants and funding for small business, one-on-one assistance and workshops. This meeting will likely be the first of a series of meetings for small business owners.

Business Leaders Brookland NE Washington DC

Ward 5 Happy Hour – Bringing Neighbors Together, Supporting Local Businesses

On the first Thursday of every month neighbors across Ward 5 come together under the motto of “Meet Your Neighbors – Support Local – Share a Few Laughs – Why Not?” We caught up with Jennifer Parker, the organizer of the Ward 5 Happy Hour to get the scoop on the event’s origins and happenings. It all started when Jennifer, a Brookland resident, began to miss the neighborhood camaraderie of her hometown, Austin, TX. She thought, “if I feel this way, other’s might too. So, I decided to start the happy hour as a way to bring the neighbors together.” The first event drew 22 people and was held at San Antonio’s. Now, at least 35-40 regularly turn out and she  has expanded beyond Brookland to support as many Ward 5 venues as possible.

Like many of us, Jennifer’s favorite thing about Brookland and the extended community is the people. She pointed out proudly that the happy hour has attracted “young Catholic University students, new neighbors just moving in, young families, established neighbors who have been here for generations and went to the movies when Brookland CVS was a theater and everyone in between.” Politicians like CM Kenyan McDuffie and ANC members show up periodically as well. She adds that the most rewarding part has been meeting “so many amazing people, from all walks of life, who we established very tight friendships with”.

For the September happy hour Jennifer is teaming up with the Menkiti Group and Art Enables for an evening of art and mingling for a great cause.  Art Enables is an entrepreneurial art studio for self-taught artists with developmental disabilities. The Menkiti Group is graciously providing wine and light refreshments. The event will be at their offices; 2600 12th Street NE on September 6, 2012, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

An exciting side effect of these gatherings is the networks it has created between neighbors that expand beyond the monthly gatherings. Neighbors that previously didn’t know one another are forming smaller groups that socialize independently and are creating an even greater sense of community for themselves. Several neighbors that considered leaving the area have actually stayed because of the friendships they were able to finally establish via the happy hour. It’s no wonder then, that the community has also given back to Jennifer, surprising her in June with a birthday party and the “Social Butterfly of Ward 5” award. She says “it was very touching…(the award) is displayed on my fireplace mantel today.” Great job building bridges Jennifer!

If you would like to keep up with the happy hour, check out the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour Face Book page, look for posts on all of the Ward 5 listservs or get on the email list by emailing Jennifer at .

Councilmember McDuffie Meets With Ward 5 Residents

Ward 5’s recently elected Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is keeping a campaign pledge to meet regularly with community citizens.  He’s doing that by scheduling regular “office hours” at various locations throughout Ward 5 to meet with anyone who wants to chat with him.

He came to Brookland’s Turkey Thicket Recreation Center on August 2nd, so he probably won’t be back until the next round. However, if you want to see him there are additional scheduled hours at the following locations:

Monday, August 6
6:30pm – 8:30pm Community Academy Public Charter Schools (CAPCS), 1400 First Street, NW

Wednesday, August 8
2:30pm – 4:30pm Theodore Hagan Cultural Center Multi-Purpose Center, 3201 Fort Lincoln Drive, NE

Tuesday, August 28
6:30pm – 8:30pmIsrael Baptist Church – Lower Level, 1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE