Heads Up – Fireworks Friday Night For CUA’s Luaupalooza

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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!

Save The Date – June 5th – Brookland House And Garden Tour 2016

The Greater Brookland Garden Club House and Garden Tour is one of the major annual events that really brings our community together. Not only that, but it is a terrific showcase for those outside of Brookland to get to know what a fantastic neighborhood we live in. This year the tour will be on June 5th 2016 from 12: 00 – 5:00 pm and the after party/reception will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. For updates, “like” the Brookland House and Garden Tour on Facebook and we will post more information as the date approaches as well.

2016 house and garden tour

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

SCRAP DC logo courtesy of www.scrapdc.org
SCRAP DC logo courtesy of www.scrapdc.org

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.

CM McDuffie Hosts Ward 5 Professionals Networking Mixer At Smith Public Trust

Logo Counrtesy of Smth Public Trust
Logo Counrtesy of Smth Public Trust

Ward 5 Councilmember  Kenyan McDuffie’s events are always a popular draw. From an email:

Please join me on Thursday, April 21 at Smith Public Trust from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for my second Ward 5 Professionals Networking Mixer.

Smith Public Trust is located at 3514 12th Street NE. You may access the Brookland-CUA red line train on the Metro.

There will be music, light appetizers, great conversation and more. Share with your neighbors. Please RSVP here and use the hashtag #Ward5PNMixer.

I look forward to seeing you there.

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).

Franciscan Monastery Plant And Herb Sale This Weekend

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DCThe Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild Annual Plant & Herb Sale has evolved into a very popular neighborhood event. This year the sale will take place on  Saturday, April 23rd, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, April 24, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The sale is located at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, at 1400 Quincy St., NE. For more information, check out the  Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s event page here.  From their website:

Plants will include:

  • Herbs and vegetables
  • Roses, annuals and perennials
  • Shrubs and fruit trees
  • Camellias and azaleas
  • Monastery-grown plants

Plus food and craft vendors – and more! Questions or interested in volunteering to set up/take down? Email us.

DDOT Roadway Improvement Project To Impact Monroe Street NE Travels Starting Thursday

We thought readers who use and live along Monroe Street NE would be interested in the notice from DDOT below regarding an upcoming DDOT roadway improvement project. According to the notice, the sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and roadway on Monroe Street NE between 12th Street, NE and 16th Street, NE will be spruced up. The project is starting on Thursday April 21st and will continue Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm till complete, so look out for delays and lane closures then.

Monroe Street Improvement

Great Brookland Yard Sale Registrations Underway

great brookland yard sale gbys 2016By now the neighborhood has started revving up for the Great Brookland Yard Sale! The GBYS is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales. This year, the GBYS will take place on Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm [individual sales hours may differ] Interested in joining in the fun with a yard sale of your own? Sign ups are underway. Registration is free- use the GBYS online sign-up form , call 202-733-5475 or send an email to brooklandcivic@yahoo.com. The GBYS is organized by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) and is a positive event for the neighborhood. It brings people from across the city into Brookland to see what a great community we have, it gets us out and about to meet our neighbors, and those who have yard sales get rid of stuff and make a little bit of money. Rain day May 14th. Check out the GBYS website for more information.