Third Thursdays On The Arts Walk Kick Off With Live Music, Food, Games And More

Arts Walk Event At Night

Third Thursday at the studios at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk is a great time to get out into the neighborhood and enjoy the summer nights. The series of Third Thursdays kicks off this month and will take place through September.  The kickoff event will take place on Thursday May 18th. From the Facebook event page:

We’re kicking off our Third Thursdays in Brookland event series on May 18th. Join us on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market every third Thursday, May through September, from 5-8 PM.

May 18th is our Backyard BBQ Theme:
– Live music from Rob Curto’s Forró For All (Brazilian Dance Music)
– Performance from Only Make Believe
– Open artist studios
– Grab a bite from participating restaurants and enjoy dining outdoors on our Arts Walk picnic tables
– Cornhole
– Face painting for the kids
– Pop up vendor, Kona Ice (ice cream and snowcones)
– Plus, free hot dogs for the kids, courtesy of Brookland Pint
– & more!

Save The Date – 17th Annual Brookland House And Garden Tour

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 Sunday June 4th 2016 from 12: 00 – 5:00 pm and the after party/reception will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. You can now your tickets ahead of time here. For updates, “like” the Brookland House and Garden Tour on Facebook and we will post more information as the date approaches as well.

Vote Now For Outdoor Movie Night Films And Save The Dates

Photo courtesy of the Menkiti Group

The outdoor movies series in  Brookland sponsored by the Menkiti Group starts up again soon and now is your chance to weigh in on what movies they will show. Vote here and save the movie night dates:  Saturday, June 10th, Thursday, July 20th and Thursday, August 17th. The movies will be shown at the DCTV campus at Brooks Mansion (901 Newton St NE).

Check Out Art Classes At Nearby Artist and Craftsman Supply

If you have an interest in arts and crafts and haven’t checked out nearby Artist and Craftsman Supply, you probably should. Located at 1201-1203 Brentwood Road NE (in the shopping center behind the Giant and Home Depot) it has a wide variety of products – there is something for pretty much anyone, from paint, canvas, and brushes, to decorative paper, stamps, stickers and games to knitting supplies and glitter. They also conduct classes, a few upcoming ones are listed below. You can keep track of upcoming events via their Facebook page. Call (202) 526-4446, email
(  or stop in to sign up.

  • Saturday 5/13 2:00-4:00pm- Beginning Paint Class
    Learn to paint a seascape in this instructor-led, two hour class! Class is $25 and all supplies are included. Acrylic painting technique will be taught. Students take home their own piece. Open to all levels! (Teacher: Joelle Hanton)
  • Sunday 5/14 3:00-5:00pm- Beginning Watercolor Class
    Spring is here and to most that means flowers! We can’t forget however that it also means moms! Join D.C. area painter and illustrator Martin Swift on Mother’s Day for a two hour watercolor class and learn how to paint roses. We will cover the basics of watercolor technique through a step by step process detailing how to reproduce one of nature’s most iconic gifts. Materials and light refreshments are provided! Price for 2 hour class is $40.
  • Saturday 5/20 1:00-3:00pm- Kids Paint Class
    Paint class just for kids! Using acrylic paint, instructor will lead students to paint an outdoor, panda bear scene! Great for kids ages 5 and up. Students get to take home their very own piece! Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Class is $10 and all supplies are included. (Teacher: Joelle Hanton)
  • Sunday 5/21 3:00-5:00pm- Stencil Class
    Learn how to make your own stencil using X-acto knives and stencil paper. You’ll be able to make the stencil and use it to make your own stenciled piece. Class is $10 and all supplies are included. (Teacher: Darren Soto)
  • Sunday 5/28 3:00-4:30pm- Kids Art Time
    Craft time for kids! Bring your kids for a fun time of crafts! Check in ahead of time to see what the craft is for the day. Craft time is $10/child to cover the cost of supplies. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. (Teacher: Tony Johnson)

Rhode Island Row Farmer’s Market Opens Saturday

Rhode Island Row’s farmer’s market is back for its second season. This time around, the market will be on Saturdays and the streets  will be closed to create a pedestrian walkway so that folks can mix and mingle. From an email:
Saturdays, May 13, 2017 through October 28, 201710 a.m to 2 p.m.
Open rain or shine; market will be cancelled in the event of severe storms or any extraordinary circumstances. 
Produced by Community Foodworks, with local vendors including:
Barnola – sweet and savory granola
Qualia Coffee – locally roasted coffee, made in DC
Mechelle’s Baking Company – sweet pies, 9″ and 5.5″
Orchard Country Produce – a wide variety of fruits and vegetables from Central Pennsylvania
Ruby Scoops Ice Cream – ice cream and sweets, made in DC
Pop ups include:
Cassava Bubble Tea – traditional bubble tea
Motisola Vegetarian Chili – vegetarian chili and dips
Layla’s Lebanese Restaurante – Lebanese prepared foods
Happy Healthy Human – energy bars and sweet / savory trail mix
Rhode Island Row – 2350 block of Washington Place, NE, Washington, DC 20018

Taco Bao Smoke Shop Meets Local Micro Brew At The Public Option Pop Up Saturday

The Public Option is a local microbrewery that opened in 2015. If you haven’t checked them out yet, now you have a great reason to. This Saturday May 13, they will host a pop up event with Taco Bao, which specializes in Asian fusion street-style tacos. The pop up will run from 2-8 PM. From a message:

Wanted to let you know about a new smoked meats (and veggie!) pop-up happening this week. Taco Bao Smoke Shop will be taking over the kitchen at The Public Option brewery in NE.

The deal: Slow-smoked meats and mushrooms with pickled toppers fill corn tortillas and house made bao. BBQ classics find Latin and Asian treatments at this Langdon pop-up, where tacos and bao pair with site brewed beers at the host brewpub, the Public Option in Langdon.

For more information check out the Facebook event page. The a la carte menu will run from $3-$5. The Public Option is located at 1601 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

Open House At The Franciscan Monastery – Beekeeping, Greenhouse And More

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC
Gardens at the Monastery

Our neighbors at the The Franciscan Monastery will be having an open house event Saturday May 13th from 10:00  am -12:00 noon. 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 event page:

This is your chance to see behind the scenes at the Franciscan Monastery. Visit our greenhouse, vegetable garden and honeybee apiaries. Learn how you can volunteer and get gardening questions answered. Meet at the greenhouse behind the gift shop.

The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE. For more information check out the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild website, Facebook page or give them a call at (703) 967-0958.

Meet Force of Habit, A Band Led By Nuns At Catholic University

This story came out a while ago, but we thought readers who missed it would enjoy this lighthearted article from the Washington Post about Force of Habit, a band led by nuns who live and study at Catholic University. Along with religious music the band plays jazz standards. Here is a clip.

From the article:

The sisters, and those who know them, note that the band is part of a larger mission — to be a presence on the campus, connect with other students, and share and demonstrate their faith. It also serves as a reminder of what makes Catholic, the Vatican’s university in the United States, unique.

You can check out another video of a Force of Habit performance here.

Free Women In Science Event Monday – Meditation, Yoga And Engineering

Neighbors have been enjoying  the ongoing Women in Science series taking place monthly at local jazz club AJACS. So, we figured we wold continue spreading the word about it . The next event is coming up this Monday and will featuring Dr. Tracee L. Jamison-Hooks who is an electrical engineer at NASA.  The interactive discussion will center on Dr. Jamison-Hooks work using engineering and data algorithms to advance space exploration and how meditation and mindfulness has influenced her life. All ages are welcome and no background knowledge is needed. Check out the Tweet below for more info:

Bring Your Vinyl To Saturday’s Farmers Market For Neighborhood Record Day

We thought music loving neighbors would be interested in Neighborhood Record Day coming to this Saturday’s farmer’s market at the Arts Walk. From their Facebook post:

Have some old (or new!) LPs lying around the house? Bring your favorites out to market this weekend – we’ll have a turntable and speakers set up to keep the tunes goin’. If you want to bring out more of the collection – this is a swap too!