Back in March we wrote about how ReCreative Spaces transformed a vacant commercial space on Rhode Island Ave NE into an artist studio and artistic exhibition space. Now the organization is preparing to present a free arts festival, (Up)Rising that will include curated visual and performing arts programming along the 1600-2400 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE. Some of the venues will be vacant spaces, some will be businesses. The arts festival will take place Sunday May 24th and Monday May 25. You can check our more details at the event page here and check out this cool video about the festival.
Putting on such an ambitious and free festival is not cheap or easy, so the folks at ReCreative Spaces have set up a crowdfunding site in hopes of raising the funds necessary to pull off the festival, perhaps you will consider donating today.
We thought readers would like to know about some of the new and exciting things happening just around the corner in Woodridge on RIA.
Zeke’s Coffee DC is applying for a sidewalk cafe permit. For those of you who haven’t checked it out, Zeke’s is a small batch coffee roastery and coffee shop on Rhode Island Avenue NE.
Good Food Markets is applying for a beer/wine permit. We are excited to soon be able to purchase adult beverages along with our grocery staples.
Provost, a new restaurant, is proposed for 2129 Rhode Island Ave NE. The Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider had a lengthy post about the restaurant back in 2013, and we hadn’t heard much about it again until this meeting notice from ANC 5C 07 Commissioner Treadway. Hopefully things are back on track.
Although widely published via listserve, ANC and Civic Associations email lists, here a quick reminder about a community meeting at the Brooks Mansion this evening.
As a combined effort of the Metropolitan Police Department, ANC Commissioners and Brookland/Woodridge Cicic Associations a meeting has been organized to address the topic of Neighborhood Watch initiatives. This is a wonderful opportunity for all residents, who would like to make a difference in their neighborhood.
We heard about these important community meetings from the good folks over at the Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE (FoRIA):
Final Open House – DDOT RIA Streetscape Improvement Project:
The initial open house was a great success, and thanks to your feedback, the DDOT team has put together its report on streetscape improvements for RIA. Please help spread the word, and join us for the DDOT’s final open house for the RIA Streetscape project!
March 12, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Art Enables – 2204 RIA-NE
Rhode Island Avenue Main Streets Meeting
Once again, DSLBD and leaders from other successful Main Street programs will join us to provide in-depth information about the Organization component of the Main Street Four Point Approach®. They will share with us how the Organization committee works with all of the other committees to build a sustainable and complete Main Street program.
The Organization committee is the backbone of the Main Street program, and involves working with community and business stakeholders to build consensus on the path for the RIA Main Street, plus a tremendous amount of “behind the scenes” work to keep the whole Main Street program running smoothly. And if you missed the other info sessions we had in January and February – no worries! We’ll share all of the information with you in upcoming volunteer orientations.
March 24, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Art Enables – 2204 RIA-NE
One of the most exciting development projects in the area is the new Woodridge Library, which is expected to be completed in 2015. In the meantime, the Woodridge Interim Library, located at 1790 Douglas St. NE, will take the place of the old Woodridge Library until the new one is completed. The interim library, a 4,200-square-foot modular unit, will have a Grand Opening Celebration this Saturday, January 25th. Keep up with the Library’s progress via the Woodridge Library’s blog and check out the announcement below.
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.
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, andCasey 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 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.
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.