Monday, October 20, 2014

DC Eater: "Yes, there's a fire pole - inside Washington Firehouse"

Click on the link to read the * entire * DC Eater post.

Yes, There's a Fire Pole: Inside Washington Firehouse

Eric Hilton: North Capitol Street -- the next It neighborhood

Click on the link to read the * entire * Washington Post Reliable Source article.

Note the DC neighborhood where Eric Hilton is the next place where all the cool kids will be headed -- North Capitol Street.

 October 15

You can certainly call him the long-reigning king of the District’s once-barren restaurant slash lounge scene. But he probably won’t like that. Humble despite his cred, Eric Hilton, owner of countless haunts around town (Eighteenth Street Lounge, Marvin, the Gibson, Patty Boom Boom, El Rey, Chez Billy, etc.), doesn’t hold court so much as he just hangs out at the opening of yet another restaurant on Tuesday night. At Chez Billy Sud, the new casual French spot from Hilton (and his team, he points out), the restaurateur slides into an open chair almost unnoticed by the Georgetown scenesters sipping on the free champagne. For the next five minutes, the 48-year-old talks about staying busy (easy), living in a formerly abandoned building (fun) and that whole “D.C. is the most expensive city ever” thing (ridiculous).
You have more than a half a dozen restaurants but said recently that you wanted to be busier. Is that even possible?
It’s hard. There are probably too many restaurants in D.C. I think. But at least we didn’t open a new one because one closed [Cafe La Ruche] and we opened one in the space [Chez Billy Sud]. That’s a no net gain.
Georgetown seems like, I don’t want to say odd, but a different choice for you and your brother-business partner Ian. 
It’s just so strange to open a place in Georgetown for us that it’s actually really cool. It’s a great challenge. Chez Billy Sud will be a casual fine dining restaurant and that seems to suit what’s going on in Georgetown at the moment. It’s not the Georgetown of the ’80s with the wall-to-wall people on the sidewalks and big traffic jams on the weekends. It’s a quiet neighborhood. Perhaps a little too quiet.
From 14th Street to U Street, you’ve got an eye for spotting the next it neighborhood before everyone else does. Where are all the cool kids headed next?
North Capitol. I’m just throwing it out there for anybody who’ll listen. I see a lot of empty storefronts and I think it’s got a lot of potential.
So, Chez Billy Nord?
I think we gotta chill for a while and do what we do and just enjoy running places.

come out to tonight's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting - agenda includes the annual BCA election, plus voting on Big Bear Cafe's ABRA license and the Mid City East plan

Here is the agenda for the next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting this Monday, 10-20-2014.

Please attend and participate in the BCA elections. 

Bloomingdale Civic Assn Draft Agenda 2014 10 20 by Scott Roberts

early voting starts today - at One Judiciary Place

See this tweet:

Early voting starts in one hr at One Judiciary Sqr! Can't make it to OJS? 8 voting ctrs open Sat, Oct 25.
7:38 AM - 20 Oct 2014
MT :Early voting starts in one hr at One Judiciary Sqr! Can't make it to OJS? 8 voting ctrs open Sat, Oct 25.
7:42 AM - 20 Oct 2014

See this Washington Post article on early voting that is starting today.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Yoga for Beginners with Deb Koolbeck at Samsara House 2023, Four Consecutive Wednesday's Starting October 29th

Subject: Yoga for Beginners with Deb Koolbeck at Samsara House 2023, Four Consecutive Wednesday's Starting October 29th
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:09:48 -0400

Yoga for Beginners with Deb Koolbeck at Samsara House 2023, Four Consecutive Wednesday's Starting October 29th
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Yoga for Beginners with Deb Koolbeck at Samsara House 2023, Four Consecutive Wednesday's Starting October 29th

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:00 PM until Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:15 PM

Yoga for Beginners
with Deb Koolbeck 
at Samsara House 2023
4 consecutive weeks for 4 people,
starting October 29th - 7:00pm - 8:15pm 
Curious about Yoga or Want to Start Doing Yoga, but not ready to go to a Yoga Studio?

Then this small (4 person), 4 week introduction to yoga class is for you. 

The class is taught by registered and insured Yoga Teacher  Deb Koolbeck (Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Profile), who specializes in and enjoys introducing adults and kids to yoga in a friendly, fun, and safe way.  Beyond teaching yoga, Deb is an experienced educator with years of experience in formal and informal educational environments, focusing on making learning fun and engaging. 

The 4 person class allows for personal attention in a safe community of learners, and 4 weeks of class is enough to try yoga and see what your next steps will be – including being comfortable enough with yoga and yourself to consider joining a yoga studio. 

Classes are 1.25 hours, which includes time for questions and discussion, as well explorations of breath work and meditation. 

Classes are October 29th, November 5th, 12th, and 19th at Samsara House, 36 R Street NW (the Bloomingdale neighborhood). Some street parking is available; the Red and Green metro lines are within safe walking distance (Shaw or NoMa), and the P6, 80, 92, 93  Buses stop within a block or so of Samsara House 2023. 

Cost is $75 for all 4 classes and is non-refundable.   Yoga mat not required.

Waivers are required before the class starts. You will be emailed the waiver to fill out and bring it with you to the first class.  

Please feel free to email Deb with any questions ( 
(RSVP Required)

From Deb's Students:
Deb is a great yoga teacher because she offers personalized attention to each of her students. Her love for teaching yoga shines through every single class. Her willingness to continue to learn is encouraging and reassuring for newer students who may not be as comfortable with the practice of yoga. I will continue to take her classes as long as she is teaching!

Deb's teaching style is awesome. Her classes are very laid back, but I definitely still feel like I get a work out! She's also great about showing you how to modify the moves if, like me, you're just not that flexible. Her motto is "no pain, no strain," and I love that. Her class was my first venture into the world of yoga and I would highly recommend her for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. 

Location: 36 R Street NW (approx. half-block from Big Bear Café) light blue house with Tibetan prayer flags over the door. 
What to bring: Yoga mat not required.

About Samsara House 2023

 "Samsara House 2023" at 36 R Street NW is an Awareness-based shared space where world-shifting communities are meshworked to experience and spread what's emerging.  Samsara House 2023 rapidly prototypes models for the new world to ignite a revolution in consciousness within ten years.Samsara House 2023’s strategy is to exemplify a gift-economy over the current market economy, one that values giving over having. While all events cost at least one dollar to cover utilities, any additional contribution will go towards periodically giving half back to a socially responsible organization or cause in need in the community that you also help identify. Going together as a river, we build a thriving community of communities and pave the way for a new world. Samsara House 2023 is a Holacracy powered organization founded by Cullen Kowalski at a row house in Bloomingdale, New Washington, D.C.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ Buckminster Fuller
Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi
Samsara House 2023
36 R St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Democracy to Holacracy®: A Better Way Forward at Samsara House 2023 (3rd Tuesday Monthly) -- 10-21-2014

Subject: Democracy to Holacracy®: A Better Way Forward at Samsara House 2023 (3rd Tuesday Monthly) 10/21/14 7:00-9:30pm 
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:01:08 -0400

From Democracy to Holacracy®: A Better Way Forward at Samsara House 2023 (3rd Tuesday Monthly) 10/21/14 7:00-9:30pm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

From Democracy to Holacracy®
A Better Way Forward
at Samsara House 2023

(3rd Tuesday Monthly)
10/21/14 - 7:00PM - 9:30PM (starts promptly)
The Experience:
Come experience a r(e)volutionary way for humanity to work together without hiearchy, managers, or titles which has the potential to create a more responsive, conscious and coherent world, every-body-all-at-once. This event is offered the 3rd Tuesday monthly and on demand as a way to help spread a better way for humanity to get along, get things done, and work together for once and for all.

Read more here:
About Holacracy on Medium:
Zappos adopts Holacracy: adopts Holacracy: 
The Holacratic Experience Top 12:
  • Harnesses the consciousness of every single person
  • Changes relationship to power ~ now, everyone has power to voice a tension
  • Is a tension driven system, letting reality pull issues through & change system
  • Gives everyone a voice, in a rapid, purpose-driven process
  • Makes a group of people smarter through collective intelligence
  • Senses & responds to the present moment vs trying to plan & predict the future
  • Shifts from a hierarchy of people to a holarchy of people
  • Is applied authentic communications and mindfulness practice
  • Distributes leadership ~ there is no longer someone at the top or above you
  • Tensions are seen as productive and useful for driving things forward
  • No one decides the structure; a structure emerges by processing tensions
  • It’s not just another way of structure, it’s a leap to a whole new way of being
Address: 36 R Street NW (approx. half-block from Big Bear Café)

CostAt least ten bucks, $10 (RSVP Required)
What to bring: Warm socks if needed, we'll be sitting on the floor on cushions or adjustable floor chairs.  Tea will be served.

Crispus Attucks Park cocktail party & fundraiser -- a week from today -- Sunday, 10-26-2014

Crispus Attucks Development Corporation (CADC) will be holding its fall fundraiser, "Sunset Cocktails Over Crispus Attucks Park", on October 26th from 3-6pm!
CADC is a non-profit organization made up entirely of volunteers. It is NOT a city park and receives NO money from the District of Columbia. All maintenance and upkeep is paid for and performed entirely by the CADC Board and generous friends of the park. 100% of the park’s funds go DIRECTLY to the maintenance, upkeep and development of the park
We need your help maintaining this safe, green space for the entire community. Please join us for food, drinks, a raffle, and a nice evening meeting many of your neighbors… we hope to see you there!
If you can’t make it but want to make a generous donation, you can do so on our website:

meet-and-greet today for ANC 5E09 candidate Kirby Vining

Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:29:06 -0400
Subject: Kirby Vining Meet and Greet 

Kirby Vining for ANC!
Come and meet Kirby, your neighbor and candidate for ANC 5E09, and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and cake.
When: Sunday, October 19th
From: 2-4PM
Where: 2310 1st Street NW
Kirby has lived in our ANC since 1986 and he is committed to seeing our neighborhoods of Stronghold and Bloomingdale shine.  Kirby has long been an advocate for our neighborhood:
·      Member of the MPD 5th District Citizens’ Advisory Committee, helping craft appropriate police-community interaction efforts
·      Officer in the Stronghold Civic Association and one of the founding members of the predecessor Stronghold Concerned Citizens Group in the late 1980s.
·      Active member of the Orange Hats “BEE Coalition” during the local drug violence in the late 1980s.
·      One of the Stronghold Civic Association delegates to the McMillan Advisory Group, working with the city to try to include community input into plans for this important site.

ANC 5E07 candidate Betsy McDaniel has her own blog -- Betsy For ANC

Oh lookee -- ANC 5E07 candidate Betsy McDaniel created a blog:

Look like it has been around for a while. 

See this tweet:

8:47 AM - 19 Oct 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

El Camino is hiring !

See this tweet: 

Spread the word we're hiring! Candidates email resumes to tony @
8:19 PM - 18 Oct 2014

MPD: Robbery Snatch at 2059 hrs in the 2100 block of 2nd Street NW

See this tweet:

S: Crime Alert 3rd District (PSA 301-308) 1/3:Alert: Robbery Snatch at 2059 hrs in the 2100 block of 2nd Street, NW Lookout for 4 B/M w...
9:18 PM - 18 Oct 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

election at this Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting

Here is the agenda for the next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting this Monday, 10-20-2014.

Please attend and participate in the BCA elections.


Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale on 10/19/2014

12 W Street NW being offered at 839,900.

The featured property shown above, located at 12 W St NW, is being listed by Suzanne DesMarais
of 10 Square Team with Keller Williams Capital Properties.  It will be open for viewing Sunday from 1-3pm. You can find more information in the links below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here.  A map of the same open houses can be found here.

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday.  If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments.  Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail david at 10 square team dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

stop sign replaced at 2nd and W Street NW

See this tweet and pic:

Sign being replaced @ 2nd & W . Thanks &
12:09 PM - 17 Oct 2014

Showtime Lounge pursuing a sidewalk cafe with a total occupancy of 6 seats

See this tweet from Betsy for ANC:

11:06 AM - 17 Oct 2014
Showtime ABRA Notice of Public Hearing 2014 10 by Scott Roberts

P#pVille: "Bloomingdale Dining and Drinking Updates: El Camino aiming to open end of October, Costa Brava real close too and Showtime adding patio seating"

Click on the link to read the P#pVille post: