Saturday, February 28, 2015

meet some new neighbors today at the Cafe Los Suenos pop-up in Showtime Lounge from 11 am to 1 pm

Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:12:04 -0500
Subject: Cafe Los Suenos community meet up
Love Thy Neighbor event as part of sharing the love in February campaign.  
Free cookies and name tags 11:00-1:00

See this tweet with pic:

See this subsequent tweet:

Met some really fun people at the meet up! And loved running into the ever helpful !

DCity Smokehouse pursuing a Class C liquor license for its new space at 2nd & Florida Ave NW -- to be possibly voted upon at the March 2015 Bloomingdale Civic Assn meeting

The owners & operators of DCity Smokehouse came before the Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting this past Wednesday, 02-25-2015.
They advised of their plans to relocate their popular business from 8 Florida Avenue NW up the street the 1700 2nd Street NW in the ground-level retail space facing Florida Avenue NW.
A Class C liquor license is being pursued for this new space.  

The ABRA license issue may be on the agenda of the March 2015 Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting.  Stay tuned.  

filming activity today on the 300 block of R St NW; 100 block of U Street NW tomorrow

A reminder below!

From: "Williams, Raynard (MPTD)" <>
Date: February 25, 2015 at 4:55:50 PM EST
Subject:  Notice of Upcoming Filming Activity - Independent Producer/Filmmaker Alex Sherman
February 25, 2015
Dear Councilmember McDuffie and ANC Representatives,
Independent Filmmaker, Alex Sherman is scheduled to film a project in your area this weekend.
The District Government has granted Mr. Sherman and his crew permission to film and park a few of their production vehicles at the following locations, dates, and times:
 ·         R St NW between 3rd and 4th Streets
Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
 ·         U St NW between 1st and 2nd Streets
Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
The Metropolitan Police Department’s Special Operations Division may assist with pedestrian control during this filming as it relates to potentially delicate social issues (abuse of police power).
 At present, there are only two vehicles and 9 cast/crew scheduled for use in this production, so parking shouldn’t become an issue. However, we ask that residents please avoid parking in areas that may be posted with “Emergency No Parking” signs. In the event that a vehicle is situated in such a “No Parking” zone, it will be relocated to a nearby location at no cost to the resident. Residents may call (202) 737-4404 to locate a towed vehicle.
 The Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Department, are working with the production company to minimize the impact of this for residents and businesses in the area.
We regret any inconvenience this activity may cause. Should you have any further concerns that are not addressed in this notice, please feel free to give me a call at (202) 727-6608.
Thank you.
​​​​Ray Williams
Permit Manager
Motion Picture and Television Development 
Executive Office of the Mayor of the Government of the District of Columbia
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See this related tweet:

No parking alert MT @ScottRobertsDC: filming activity in #BloomingdaleDCSunday, 03-01, 1pm-6pm 100 block U St NW

two weeks from today: Run Rock N Roll Marathon, whose route includes Bryant Street NW and North Capitol Street

Here is the Rock N Roll Marathon course map from the RunRockNRollCompetitor website.

As in prior years, the race route includes North Capitol Street NW along Bloomingdale.

More details forthcoming.  

Plan accordingly for that morning.

Friday, February 27, 2015

"Wendy is spotted on a beach"

You can read the Washington City Paper City Desk article by clicking on the link.

I am only providing the National Enquirer image below, which is part of the WCP City Desk post.

When the Tap Runs Dry, DC Water Uses Social Media To Keep Customers Informed and Amused

El Camino's pursued outdoor seating -- that is, sidewalk cafe -- receives a nod from the Bloomingdale Civic Association

The members of the Bloomingdale Civic Association voted in support at this past Wednesday's BCA meeting of El Camino's sidewalk cafe application.

Here are the hours for outdoor seating: 
  • Monday:  5pm - midnight
  • Tuesday:  5pm - midnight
  • Wednesday:  5pm - midnight
  • Thursday:  5pm - midnight
  • Friday:  5pm - 1am
  • Saturday:  11am - 1am
  • Sunday:  11am - midnight

El Camino plans to go before ANC 5E next month to obtain its approval as well.

Bloomingdale Civic Association votes to support the pursued zoning special exception for 72 Seaton Pl NW

If I am supplied an electronic version of the Powerpoint presentation given by the owner of 72 Seaton Place NW at this past Wednesday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting, I will share it here on the blog.

Next up for 72 Seaton Pl NW is before ANC 5E.

pics of Bloomingdale pop-ups found at the StopThePopDC Facebook page

A neighbor asked me to share the pics of Bloomingdale pop-ups found at the StopThePopDC Facebook page.

Here you go:

100 block of Adams St NW

Unit block of Adams St NW

100 block of T St NW


WBJ cover story on DC Water's big sewer tunnel project -- Bloomingdale, McMillan & 1st Street Tunnel mentioned

This Washington Business Journal cover story is firewall-protected subscriber content, so I am only providing a few paragraphs that mention Bloomingdale, McMillan and the 1st Street Tunnel project.  

I am providing the article link, but if you are not a WBJ subscriber you will not be able to read the article.

Hopefully, I have not pasted too much article content below.  

Inside D.C.'s big dig

Cover Story

 SUBSCRIBER CONTENT: Feb 27, 2015, 6:00am EST

Staff Reporter- Washington Business Journal
Burrowed more than 100 feet under the Anacostia River, a machine the length of one-and-a-quarter football fields and the combined heft of seven-and-a-half Boeing 747s is burrowing along, thrust by thrust, hour by hour, day by day.
Lady Bird, to be joined later this year by two other TBMs, is digging a 13-mile-long tunnel system that will redirect the roughly 2 billion gallons of overflow a year and send it to the Blue Plains treatment plant instead. The system is expected to eliminate 96 percent of that overflow sewer water and bring an end to the flooding problems in flood-prone neighborhoods such as Bloomingdale.
"We don't worry if it's another house or another small connection, but if you have a huge development farther up at United Medical Center or McMillan or the Old Soldiers Home? Well, we have not been asked the direct question, so we have not given the direct answer — but we were going to have a hard time providing sewer access to a system that already overflows," D.C. Water General Manager George Hawkins said from his office at Blue Plain...

Shifting mid-stream
In 2007, the EPA set new limits for the amount of nitrogen that can be discharged from Blue Plains to improve water quality in D.C. waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. Even before Lady Bird's first dig, the authority had to spend about $1 billion to add a new nitrification facility at Blue Plains and to expand the Blue Plains tunnel to meet the higher standards.
Then came 2012, when a series of four heavy storms caused serious flooding in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, a part of the city that has suffered from flooding once every four or five years for the past 60 or 70 years, said Ray, the project director. That prompted D.C. Water to come up with an interim plan to address the issue, converting one of the former sand filters at the McMillan Reservoir into a 3-million-gallon storage tank to reduce flooding during major storms.
It also accelerated the construction schedule for the First Street tunnel, which was moved from 2025 to 2016. The tunnel will be combined with green infrastructure, including a bioretention facility and a pump station that will function as a cistern able to hold up to 10 million gallons until the storm cell passes before sending it on to Blue Plains.
Pre-construction work has already started for the First Street tunnel, which hasn't been easy for neighbors near there, Ray said. It has required a significant excavation to build the shafts to service the tunnels. Construction crews have had to install guide walls blocking off part of Adams Street along the First Street tunnel's path, bring in heavy equipment to drill down for a pumping station to be built on First Street between T and U, even as there's still more drilling and heavy machinery along V Street. At the same time, Ray said, it's the sort of project that qualifies as creating a temporary inconvenience for a permanent improvement.
"There's lots of construction — this is a heavy, civil job right smack dab in this neighborhood — but, you know, these folks have had to endure sewage for years and years," Ray said. "And so, it's been a difficult project. But at the same time the folks we're serving up there, I know they're excited to get finished down there as much as we are."


stop by Cafe Los Suenos for its Love Thy Neighbor community meet-up event (at Showtime Lounge) -- Saturday, 02-28-2015

Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:12:04 -0500
Subject: Cafe Los Suenos community meet up
Love Thy Neighbor event as part of sharing the love in February campaign.  Free cookies and name tags 11:00-1:00

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DC Water 1st Street Tunnel reminder - TBM naming meeting tonight -- Thursday, 02-26-2015

Subject: Meeting Reminder Re TBM Naming 
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:41:20 +0000

Greetings First Street Tunnel Representatives,

Just a quick note to remind you of our meeting this evening to talk about the naming of the FST Boring Machine. 

We know it’s a bit chilly out, so we promise a warm and exciting discussion; and we won’t keep you long.
                Meeting Particulars: Tonight (Thursday, February 26, 2015)
                                                          2036 First Street, NW (the DC Water House)
                                                          7:00 pm
We look forward to your input.
Vickey M. Wilcher | Public Outreach Officer DC Clean Rivers Project | DC Water
| (202) 787-4717

Live Music at Samsara House 2023, Friday 03-06-2015 - 7pm Potluck dinner, 9pm Music - Alt-Folk Acoustic Punk by Mountain Dulcimer champion Dian Killian

Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:27:01 -0500
Subject: Live Music at Samsara House 2023, Friday 3/6/15 - 7pm Potluck dinner, 9pm Music - Alt-Folk Acoustic Punk by Mountain Dulcimer champion Dian Killian

You're Invited to attend: Live Music at Samsara House 2023, Friday March 6th - 7pm Potluck Dinner, 9pm Music - Alt-Funk & Acoustic Punk by Mountain Dulcimer Champion Dian Killian
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You are invited to attend:

Live Music at Samsara House 2023, Friday 3/6/15 - 7pm Potluck Dinner - 9pm Music - Alt-Funk & Acoustic Punk by Mountain Dulcimer Champion Dian Killian

To support D.C. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Programs and classes


Special Live Concert and Fun(d)-Raiser for Nonviolent

Communication (NVC) Scholarship Funds

at Samsara House 2023 

Friday, 3/6/15, 7PM Potluck dinner, 9PM Music

The Event:
Come attend a special evening to raise funds to offer scholarships for an upcoming year-long program in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in the D.C. area and the youth fund for NVC East Coast NVC Women's Retreat, including a pot luck dinner, and live music with DK&theJoyMachine, featuring NVC trainer and singer-songwriter Dian Killian performing "quirky and smart" songs on mountain dulcimer, celebrating the release of her new CD, (Shy One...).  Admission includes a copy of the full digital download of the album and full color album cover sticker!
WHEN: Friday, March 6th, 7pm (dinner)  9pm music
WHERE : Samsara House 2023
DONATION: $15 in advance, via Eventbrite
or $25 at door- includes album cover sticker and full CD download

Listen to the music here: 

More about the DK&theJoyMachine: DK's "quirky and smart" songs ---and her new CD, described as "dark, light, humorous & humble"---celebrate all the crucial things in life: unrequited love, falling in love with feral cats, and treating yourself with kindness. Known for her well crafted songs as well as her diverse and genre-blending, innovative work on mountain dulcimer---plucking, strumming, and bowing-- and for “rocking out” on this trad instrument, “DK” performs on the "joy machine" originals (in the folk/acoustic-punk spectrum) as well as instrumentals and roots/Americana with sophisticated arrangements, bringing this ancient, folk instrument out of the mountains and into the big city.

Come enjoy this special evening/community event while supporting youth and those from diverse backgrounds learning NVC!
DK and the Joy Machine
Mid-East Mountain Dulcimer Champion
First Place, Great Trails Festival (dulcimer)
Alt-Folk n Acoustic Punk on Mountain Dulcimer
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RSVP Required - Space Limited to 25 Guests
Cost: $15 in advance $25 at the door
Admission includes a copy of the full album and full color album cover sticker!

Hosted by Samsara House 2023
36 R Street NW
Washington DC 20001
Contact: 202-505-0735

What to bring: Bring a potluck, your own dinner or a snack to share (no obligation) Tea will be served.

Parking: 2hr Street parking on R Street NW, Best to park on Quincy or S Street NW
Metro: NoMa New York Ave Red line stop or Shaw green line for a short walk, or get off at Chinatown and take the P6 to Randolph Rd or the 80 to Lincoln and R Street NE (both stops 1 block from R Street NW).

Twitter: @samsarahouse
Google Event Calendar/E-mail:

Shift Happens at Samsara House 2023

About Samsara House 2023, (est. 2013)

 "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 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 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 Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

drop-in possible for Kundalini Yoga and Meditation w/Haridev Kaur - Tools for Thriving in an Unsettled World at Samsara House 2023 -- Sunday Feb22-Mar15

Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:06:58 -0500
Subject: Drop-in possible for Kundalini Yoga and Meditation w/Haridev Kaur - Tools for Thriving in an Unsettled World at Samsara House 2023, Sunday Feb22-Mar15 11:30-1:00PM

You are invited to attend:

Drop-in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Haridev Kaur - Tools for Thriving in an Unsettled World at Samsara House 2023, Sunday Feb22-Mar1511:30-1:00PM


Monday, February 23, 2015 10:00 AM until Sunday, March 15, 2015 1:00 PM
Drop-in Kundalini Yoga

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Tools for Thriving in an Unsettled World
Explore Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
with Haridev Kaur

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February 22nd - March 15th - 11:30am - 1:00pm

Register here: 

The world is facing more conflict. Income inequality continues to grow both here in D.C. and across the globe. We are facing increasing threat from a changing climate. Many of us are feeling the pain many parts of our world are experiencing.
But there are increasing numbers of people focused on raising their individual and the collective consciousness - embracing truth, love, gratitude and compassion in the present rather than living in fear. How can we fuel ourselves within to persevere and share our gifts in the midst of all this conflict? 
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is an amazing technology that gives us the strength to thrive from within - with truth as our identity in the oneness of the universe. Seizing the peace and power within during these stressful times will enable us to seize our inner love while serving others at a time of great need. With yoga kriyas (or sets of exercises) and profound meditative practices, Kundalini Yoga is a unique and powerful practice that complements other yoga and spiritual practices well.
Starting on Sunday, 22 Feb, join us for one or more weeks of exploring the technology of Kundalini Yoga. All levels are welcome. The series will provide a diverse experience with plenty of explanation for the new student, whether you have done yoga in the past or not. You will learn about the core elements of the practice while experiencing the depth of this powerful technology and learn about how this technology can fuel you for your future.
The 90 minute classes run from 11:30am-1:00pm

Classes are Sunday 22 Feb, 1, 8 and 15 March 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. 

Drop-in cost is $20 for each class.   Yoga mat not required.

(Registration Required)

Register here:

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 the teacher
Haridev Kaur (Renée Leduc Clarke) is a yogini, an advocate, an adventurer and an entrepreneur – embodying “Sat Nam” allowing truth to be her identity. Her first love is kundalini yoga, meditation and mantra – but she also enjoys yin yoga and exploring a diversity of meditation styles. She knows now that her love of the “naad” – sacred sound current – which she consciously found in 2010 actually began as a young child when she could not get enough disco music and dancing. An advocate and adventurer, she is passionate about climate change and sustainable development. She started Narayan Strategy in the fall of 2013, a policy consulting firm that helps organizations communicate clearly about science and technology. Haridev completed her Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at Lighthouse Yoga Center in Petworth. You can learn more about Haridev at