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Brookland Community Picnic At The Monastery – Food, Music, Moonbounce, And More

The Third Annual Brookland Community Picnic will take place at The Franciscan Monastery  this Saturday June 17th  from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. There will be a dunk tank, face painting, lawn games, magic shows, food, music and of course, a moon bounce. Checkout the flyer below. Rumor has it that a certain Brookland blogger will take her turn in the dunk tank! Thanks to local real estate team Abbott Klar for hosting. The rain date is Sunday June 18th. The Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE.

Community Forklift First Friday: Kid Activities, Craft Beer, Live Music, Pho Wheels And More

huge old doors
Now get your reclaimed wood with a side of beer!

One of our favorite home improvement destinations is Community Forklift, located near Hyattsville MD. Community Forklift is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to reduce landfill waste by salvaging building materials. While it is not in Brookland, let alone DC, we still post about it from time to time, since it’s not too far and is a great destination! Anyone working to maintain the original character of their home or simply fond of antique and re-purposed items would enjoy a visit.

We thought readers would like to know about this  free monthly event. From a notice:

Forklift 1st Friday’s are Here! Ever wonder what it’s like here in the Community Forklift warehouse after 6pm… Come join us to find out! Come on by every First Friday between May and September for lively entertainment, food, beer and wine!

This Friday, June 5th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm they will have the following:

  • Dance and jump rope activities for kids and parents
  • Indie Folk group The Iris Bell will perform
  • $3.50 craft beer and wine
  • Vietnamese food from Pho Wheels
  • Three local Hyattsville artists displaying & selling their art

Check out the event page here for  more information. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Community Forklift  is located at 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 2078

Michigan Park Citizen Association Calls For Volunteers To Help With Fall Planting

The Michigan Park Citizen Association posted this announcement on the Brookland Listserve.

Please join neighbors of the Michigan Park Citizens Association (MPCA) for a Fall planting at the triangle park, Michigan Ave/12th Street/Shephard St, Columbus Day, Monday, 13 October from 9am to 12 noon.

Serve DC LogoThe Association is a recipient of $500 from the Love Your Block DC initiative. With the Fall clearance sales, we have a wide variety of flower bulbs and azaleas to plant. Bring gloves and your own tools; light refreshments will be served.

What a wonderful opportunity to help beautifying our neighborhood.

ANC 5B Meeting Schduled for May 28

Mark your calendar and get questions ready for your elected officials, the ANC 5B committee and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. Just by reading the listserve it is obvious, that there are plenty of community issues, that can be brought up in the meeting.

You can see the actual flyer here.

The meeting will take place on:

Date:            Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Time:           6:30PM – 8:30 PM

Place:               Northeastern Presbyterian Church

2112 Varnum St., NE (corner of Eastern Ave)

HOST COMMISSIONER:  Shirley Rivens Smith, 5B01


The Agenda Includes:

Invited Guest

  • Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie
  • DCPW Director William Howland
  • 5D MPD

5B02 Support Letter to BZA

5B05 San Antonio Grill Presentation

Community Concerns

“Arts In The Alley” Event Coming Up This Weekend

Art in the Alley Oct. 2013
Art in the Alley Oct. 2013

Reaching out over our boundaries to Trinidad, we learned that this Saturday the next Art in the Alley event will take place on Saturday from 6-10pm in the alley behind the  1200 block of Florida Ave NE, Trinidad DC .

Shani was one of the artists exhibiting her work at the last event in October. So we can attest that “The Art in the Alley”  is very cool way to experience local art, music and food. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for this exciting outdoor event.

The amazing Art of Shani Hernandez
The amazing Art of Shani Hernandez



Cool atmosphere in the Alley
Cool atmosphere in the Alley

If you are interested to learn more about Shani’s Art, check out her SCH Fine Arts website.

5th District Town Hall Meeting To Feature A Panel Of Crime Fighters

Logo Courtesy Of The U.S. Department Of Justice

At the last Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) Meeting Jamila Hodge, the 5th District Prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia informed the community about an upcoming Faith-Based Town Hall  meeting.  

This focus of the meeting is to share ideas about how to cut down on crime. Jamila explained that the U.S. Attorney’s Office seeks to encourage people to stand up and be active be in their communities. The Town Hall will feature a panel ready to discuss resources available to the 5th District community and to take questions. The panel will include U.S. Attorney Ron Machen, Metropolitan Police Department 5th District Commander Andy Solberg, Chief of the USAO Victim/Witness Unit Jelahn Stewart, and Chief of the Office of the Attorney General’s Juvenile Division Jennifer White, among others. The Town Hall will take place Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 6 p.m. at Israel Baptist Church in Brentwood, located at 1251 Saratoga Ave, NE. The meeting is open to everyone in the community.

Comprehensive Rundown of Brookland’s 125th Birthday Celebration – Fun For All!

An Early Drawing Of Brookland Subdivisions Courtesy Of The DC Almanac (http://prorev.com/dcfactshist1.htm)

As you probably know, our neighborhood got its name when the land formerly owned by Colonel Jehiel Brooks started being developed into a formal neighborhood after the Civil War. The first subdivision of the Brooks Estate was recorded with the District of Columbia Surveyor in September 1887, which means this month marks the 125th Anniversary of the neighborhood of Brookland. This Saturday, Sept 29th,  there will be a celebration of this milestone. This promises to be a real home-grown event, and I can’t wait. Here is a rundown of events:

10:00 Parade down 12th St. featuring Brookland kids, Langdon Dog Park Assn. dogs, the Greater Brookland Garden Club, (maybe a fire truck!)  and more. The parade will start at 12th and Franklin and end at Turkey Thicket Rec Center (1100 Michigan Avenue, N.E.) 

11:00 – 1:00 Picnic provided by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) , The Greater Brookland Garden Club, The Greater Brookland Business Association and the The Michigan Park Citizens Association. It is suggested that folks bring a blanket and are welcome to contribute a prepared dish. The picnic will be at the Turkey Thicket playground. There will be a moon bounce and other fun activities.

11:00 – 1:00 Tree Tour of the Brook’s Mansion Grounds by Casey Trees. Meet at the Mansion, 901 Newton St NE, and  learn about the trees found on these historic Mansion grounds including pines, spruce, and southern magnolias. Register at the link above.

1:30 – 3:00 Walkingtown DC Tour of  Brookland, focusing on the development of its black middle-class and will explore Brookland’s famous African-American luminaries. The tour meets and ends at St. Anthony’s School, (3400 12th St., NE). No reservations needed, but the tour will be cancelled if it rains.

Turkey Thicket Hosts Open House – Something For Everyone

Recreation Center Brookland NE Washington DC
Open House Sign

On Wednesday night, Brookland’s Turkey Thicket Recreation Center hosted an open house to inform the community about its fall programs. The event was well attended with residents of all age groups enjoying music and a  myriad of activities from table tennis to dance instruction. A plethora of classes will be offered this fall including Double Dutch, Chess, Flag Football, Senior Tennis, Senior Walking Club, Senior Chair Exercise, Dance Explosion, Fitness Boot Camp, Zumba, Soccer with DC United, Youth Tennis, Hand Dancing, Basketball, Volleyball, Water Aerobics, Adult, Senior and Children Swimming Classes, and Senior Aerobics. Most classes are free and some (mostly the aquatic classes) have a small fee for residents. The Turkey Thicket website does not offer much in the way of class information, so you are better off going to the center, picking up a flyer about the class you are interested in or speaking to one of the helpful staff. Turkey Thicket is located at 1100 Michigan Ave, NE and is open Monday – Friday from 6:30 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm and is closed Sundays.

Brookland Cub Scout Sign Up And Orientation This Thursday

Cub Scout Pack 96 Brookland NE Washington DC
Cub Scouts logo credit: Boy Scouts of America

Brookland’s own Pack 98, a Cub Scout group will be starting up soon! The scout group is for boys in grades 1-5. There will be an orientation night for interested boys and their parents on Thursday, September 20, 6:30 p.m., St. Anthony’s School cafeteria (across from the Post office on 12th Street). For more information check out Pack 98’s website or email  pack98dc@gmail. com

The following information was posted on Brookland’s listserv:

We meet one evening per week during the school year, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at St. Anthony’s School. Scouts meet in dens that are grouped by grade. We also have a number of special fun events that usually occur on the weekend, including Pinewood Derby, Genius Kit Night, overnight camping trips (2 times/year), day hikes, and community service activities. Pack 98 parents are encouraged to be active, by serving as den leaders or assistants, helping with administrative functions, and attending camping trips and other weekend events.
Pack 98 is a welcoming pack and does not discriminate against any potential scout, family, or leader, including based on sexual orientation. Anyone who is committed to the goals of scouting — creating a space where boys can interact positively with other boys, teaching appreciation and respect for nature, and promoting other character values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, and the importance of community service — is encouraged to join.

Celebrate 125 Years Of Brookland History! Community Picnic And More

An Early Drawing Of Brookland Subdivisions Courtesy Of The DC Almanac (http://prorev.com/dcfactshist1.htm)

 The first subdivision of the Brooks Estate was recorded with the District of Columbia Surveyor in 1887, which means 2012 marks the 125th Anniversary of the neighborhood of Brookland.   The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) , The Greater Brookland Garden Club, The Greater Brookland Business Association and the The Michigan Park Citizens Association are teaming up to celebrate this milestone on Saturday, September 29th from 12:00 noon –  2:00 PM at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center Playground (1100 Michigan Avenue, N.E.) 

Festivities will include walking tours of Brookland places of note, a parade, moonbounce and a community picnic.  More information to come. If you would like to volunteer or participate, attend the next meeting  BNCA meeting on Tuesday, September 18th, 7:00 PM, at the Howard University School of Divinity, 1400 Shepherd Street, N.E. Here is a flyer for the Brookland Community Picnic.