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New Woodridge Library Update Meeting Next Wednesday

Woodridge Library Rendering. View from Rhode Island Ave NE. Photo courtesy of the Friends of Woodridge Library Blog.
Woodridge Library Rendering. View from Rhode Island Ave NE. Photo courtesy of the Friends of Woodridge Library. 

One of my favorite development projects in the wider area is the overhaul of the Woodridge Library. I hope that the modernized and expanded library will be a catalyst for increased investment in the Woodridge area of Rhode Island Avenue NE, an area that seems to be on the cusp of homegrown renewal thanks to folks like the Friends of Rhode Island Ave (FoRIA). The design plans for the library are impressive and decidedly modern. Forward-thinking Wiencek and Associates and Bing Thom Architects were selected to lead the overhaul. I find their designs thoughtful and beautiful, for example, Bing Thom was behind the popular Arena Stage Theatre in Southwest DC.  The current library will close late this summer and the new library is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Interested in learning more? There will be a meeting on Wednesday May 1st to discuss updates and status.  The meeting will take place at the Woodridge Library, located at 1801 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, starting at 6:00 pm. Keep up with the Library’s progress via The Friends of Woodridge Library’s blog.

Ward 5 9-11 Memorial Grove Replanting Saturday- Volunteers And Donations Welcome

Volunteers. Photo Courtesy of the Ward 5 Calendar.
Volunteers. Photo Courtesy of the Ward 5 Calendar.

 The September 11 Memorial Tree Grove in nearby Langdon Park was originally planted by residents of Ward 5, and includes Cherry, Magnolia and Dogwood trees. The Grove was planted in honor of three students, three District of Columbia teachers and two staff members from the National Geographic Society who were among the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  All were killed on American Airlines Flight 77 after it was hijacked at Dulles International Airport and crashed into the Pentagon. 

It’s time for a refresh and renewal. On Saturday, April 13th the trees in the Grove will  be mulched and weeded  to maintain the quality of the Memorial, and Casey Trees and volunteers will plant 39 new trees. Your help is needed and welcome. Register to volunteer here. Donations towards the planting can be made here

The event is co-sponsored by Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC), the Woodridge Civic Association, the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, and the Geneva Ivey Day School. Breakfast and lunch refreshments will be provided by the Brentwood Giant, Costco and Whole Foods. Meet up with fellow volunteers at 1800 Franklin Street. The planting will take place from 9:00 am –  12:00 pm. Follow the Ward 5 September 11 Memorial Grove on Twitter.

Art Enables Celebrates 11 Years Of Art With A Cause, Reception This Saturday

Art Enables 11th Anniversary FlyerArt Enables is marking their 11th anniversary with an exhibit of new artwork, gifts for purchase, and more. The opening reception for the celebration will be this Saturday, February 23rd, from 1:00 -4:00. Come check out some great local art, enjoy some cake and meet these inspiring artists! Art Enables is a non-profit organization that represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities. The organization provides the artists the resources they need to become visual artists and 60% of revenue from sales. Art Enables is located in nearby Woodridge at  2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 20018 and they are open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and open on weekends for special events.

Woodridge Library Celebrates Black History Month With A Variety Of Programs

Woodridge Library. Image courtesy of DC Public Library.
Woodridge Library. Image courtesy of DC Public Library.

As usual, the Woodridge Library has a lot of activities going on that appeal to a wide array of people and ages. This month there is an extra emphasis on African-American history programs in celebration of Black History Month. Here is a rundown:

  • PC Basics, February 7th, 2:00 pm
  • Reading Notes: Violin Lessons with a Reading Flair, February 9th, 3:30 pm
  • The Smithsonian Presents Mission:Preservation, February 11th, 1:00 pm
  • Teen Trivia: African and African-American Who’s Who,  February 11th and 25th, 3:30 pm
  • Black History Month Film Festival, February 11th, 6:300 pm
  • I <3 Books, February 13, 4:00 pm
  • C.R. Gibbs African Culture and History Lecture Series – African Genesis: The Rise of Humanity in Africa, February 6th, 7:00 pm 
  • C.R. Gibbs African Culture and History Lecture Series – Black Miners: A Buried Legacy, February 13th, 7:00 pm
  • C.R. Gibbs African Culture and History Lecture Series – Great Black Women, February 20th, 7:00 pm
  • C.R. Gibbs African Culture and History Lecture Series – Let Your Motto Be Resistance: Great Slave Revolts, February 27th, 7:00 pm
  • Job Seekers Drop In Clinic, Every Tuesday, 10:00 am
  • Preschool Story Time, Every Tuesday, 10:30 am
  • Tales for Twos and Threes, Every Tuesday, 10:30 am
  • Senior Fitness Fridays, Every Friday 10:00 pm
  • Chess Instruction for Younger Children, Every Thursday at 10:15 am
  • Chess Instruction for Older Children, Every Wednesday at 6:30 pm
  • Chess Club, Every Monday at 5:30 pm (except Monday, February 18th)
  • Story Time With Crafts, Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Check the library’s website for the particulars (target age, etc.) of each activity. The library is located at 1801 Hamlin Street NE.

Woodridge Library Features Civil Rights Focused Programs And More This Month

Woodridge Library. Image courtesy of DC Public Library.
Woodridge Library. Image courtesy of DC Public Library.

As usual, the Woodridge Library has a lot of activities going on that appeal to a wide array of people and ages. This month there is an extra emphasis on Civil Rights programs. Here is a rundown:

  • Civil Rights Film Festival, January 14th, 6:30 pm
  • Job Seekers Walk In Clinic, January 15th, 10:00 am
  • African-American Teens & the Civil Rights Movement, January 16, 7:00 pm
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Story Time, January 17th, 10:30 am
  • Sewing With Samira – Beginning Sewing Class, January 26th, 9:30 am
  • Civil Rights Film Festival, January 28th, 6:30 pm
  • Make A Calligraphy Scroll, January 23rd, 4:00 pm
  • Make Marshmallow Snowman Popsicles, January 30th, 4:00 pm
  • Tales for Twos and Threes, Every Tuesday, 10:30 am
  • Chess Club, Every Thursday at 10:00 am, Every Monday at 5:30 pm
  • Story Time With Crafts, Every Thursday, 10:30 am

Check the library’s website for the particulars (target age, etc.) of each activity. The library is loacted at 1801 Hamlin Street NE.

Woodridge Library Overhaul Meeting Coming Up Next Monday

Woodridge Library Rendering. View from Rhode Island Ave NE. Photo courtesy of the Friends of Woodridge Library Blog.

One of my favorite development projects in the area is the overhaul of the Woodridge Library. We covered the last update meeting on the development back in August. There will be another meeting in January to discuss updates and status. I suspect that the modernized and expanded library will be a catalyst for increased investment in the Woodridge corner of Rhode Island NE, an area that seems to be on the cusp of homegrown renewal thanks to folks like the Friends of Rhode Island Ave (FoRIA). The design plans for the library are impressive and decidedly modern. We are fortunate that forward-thinking Wiencek and Associates and Bing Thom Architects were selected to lead the overhaul. I find their designs thoughtful and beautiful, for example, Bing Thom was behind the popular Arena Stage Theatre in Southwest DC. The update meeting will take place on Monday January 7th at the Woodridge Library, located at 1801 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, starting at 6:00 pm. Keep up with the Library’s progress in the virtual world, check out The Friends of Woodridge Library’s blog.

New Restaurant, Le Table DC, Is Coming To Rhode Island Avenue In January

 The Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider has an informative post on a new restaurant coming to Rhode Island Avenue, right around the corner in Woodridge. The restaurant, Le Table DC, is slated for a soft opening in January 2013, and will offer limited seating and only be open three days a week – at first. The restaurant has an interesting concept. Currently, it operates kind of like a catering company, serving eight course tasting menus to groups of 12 people in private homes for a set price. They plan on bringing that same concept to the restaurant, which will be located at 2212 Rhode Island Ave NE. After checking out the Le Table DC website, it looks like it will be intimate dining, small plates and pretty pricey. This tidbit from the Insider post will be of special interest to Brooklanders:

Can’t wait to try his food? Well, if his planned January 2013 soft opening doesn’t happen, Oliver is trying to plan a popup restaurant for one or two days in January at Silvestre Cafe in Brookland (12th Street).

We wish Le Table DC the best of luck, it is great to see an entrepreneur setting up shop on the avenue.