Friday, July 31, 2015

artist call: Art All Night - Nuit Blanche at North Capitol -- submission deadline is Wednesday, 08-05-2015


Artists, Collectives, Performers, and Creative Folk of all disciplines are invited to showcase their work and projects on Saturday, September 26th 2015 
Photos from last year

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 5 2015 | 11:59PM
EMAIL: w/ one page proposal, images/sketches, short one paragraph bio, website/photos/links and contact info
EVENT DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 26th | 7pm-3am
LOCATION: North Capitol (outdoor lots + few indoor venues)

***ARTIST STIPENDS are available and will be awarded based on the project proposal and event budget***

Local Bloomingdale Artists Host Music, Food, & Cocktails!

Local Bloomingdale singer/actress Shayna Blass will host the 5th Secret Monkey Social Club

Live music, punch bowl cocktails, and local food vendors.

Dolcezza Gelato Factory, Monday August 3rd. Doors open at 7:30pm.

 Admission is free!

Bloomingdale Village Center meeting -- Saturday, 08-01-2015

From: Bertha Holliday
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:49:06 -0400

A Gentle reminder -- 
 11 AM TO 1 PM
49 T ST. NW (Bertha's)

Lots to report.  Lots to do. Several new Cmte members will be present. 


Sent from my iPhone
Bertha Holliday, PhD
Independent Consultant 
Diversity assessment, planning, implementation & evaluation 

Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Treasurer ANC 5E
Washington, DC

deadline today for DDOE RiverSmart Rewards discount

See this tweet:

Did you know most participants of RiverSmart Homes will qualify for RiverSmart Rewards discount? Apply by July 31st:
12:30 PM - 27 Jul 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Boundary Stone seeking to substantially increase its indoor & outdoor seating; ANC 5E07 Commissioner Holliday seeks your feedback

Subject: Item below for listserv/blog
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:30:39 +0000



As the ANC Commissioner for the 1st & RI, NW area, I would greatly appreciate receiving, from neighbors in that area,  BRIEF statements of support and concern about the proposed changes.

Brief statements should be emailed to me within the next 10 days and include your name, address and contact info.

Bertha Holliday, ANC5E07

Posting Date: July 17, 2015
Petition Date: August 31, 2015
Hearing Date: September 14, 2015
License No.: ABRA-083980
Licensee: Bloomingdale Hospitality, LLC
Trade Name: Boundary Stone Public House
License Class: Retailer's Class "C" Tavern
Address: 116 Rhode Island Ave., NW
Contact: Stephen O'Brien, Esq. 202-625-7700

Notice is hereby given that this licensee has applied for a substantial change to its license under the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and that the objectors are entitled to be heard before the granting of such on the hearing date at 10:00 am, 4th Floor, 2000 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009. Petition and/or request to appear before the Board must be filed on or before the petition date.

Requesting to expand inside premise capacity to 94 occupancy load and to expand sidewalk cafe seating capacity to 48 seats.

Sunday through Thursday 9 am – 2 am and Friday & Saturday 9 am – 3 am

Sunday through Thursday 10 am – 2 am and Friday & Saturday 10 am – 3 am

Bertha Holliday
Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Treasurer, ANC 5E
"Serving Bloomingdale -- Building community"

Deep Relaxation Yoga with Alchemy Crystal Bowl Meditation at Samsara House 2023 -- Wednesday, 08-12-2015

Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:32:18 -0400
Subject: Deep Relaxation Yoga with Alchemy Crystal Bowl Meditation at Samsara House 2023, Wednesday Evening, August 12, 2015 7:00PM-8:30PM

You are invited to attend:

Deep Relaxation Yoga with Alchemy Crystal Bowl Meditation at Samsara House 2023, Wednesday Evening, August 12, 2015 7:00PM-8:30PM


Deep Relaxation Yoga 
and Alchemy Crystal Bowl Meditation
with Deb Koolbeck
at Samsara House 2023

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Wednesday 8/12/15 - 7:00PM - 8:30PM
(please arrive early, starts promptly) 

About the Event: 
Learn to Relax through the Yoga of Sleep - Yoga Nidra

We do not really sleep in Yoga Nidra, but through the process of doing it we learn a new way to deeply relax body and mind.  Yoga Nidra is practiced the entire time while laying on a yoga mat in savasansa - corpse pose. You might bring a blanket to keep you warm or for comfort (even to support your knees) and of course, wear comfortable clothing.

The instructor walks you through a relaxation process and meditation. Once you begin to master the relaxation that can be uncovered through Yoga Nidra, you might even feel incredibly refreshed as well as relaxed.
They say an hour of Yoga Nidra can be like 4 hours of sleep

In addition, this special yoga nidra experience includes further relaxation and meditation while listening to an alchemy crystal sound bowl.

Please plan for up to 1.5 hours for this event. To begin you will experience the process of Yoga Nidra.  The alchemy crystal bowl is then played to deepen the relaxation and enhance your overall experience. The total amount of time that the bowl will be played is determined in real time. 

The tones produced by the crystal bowls, including the one for this event, are not just heard by the ear, one feels them in the body, with certain tones affecting the energy centers (chakras) for healing, balancing & meditation. 

Should time permit, a question and answer period will be offered. 


Come try Yoga Nidra at Samsara House 2023. No yoga mat required, but you might what to bring your own blanket (none are provided) and of course, your own mat if you have one. Eye covers and eye pillows may also be brought to the session but are not required/necessary. 

 Cost: $25 - $20
- $20 Earlybird Online Ticket (until midnight August 9th)
- $25 August 10th Until Day of the Event 
- $25 At the Door - Cash Only
In addition, you are encouraged to have some cash on hand in case you feel inspired to offer an additional tip in gratitude for the experience. 

Limited to a group of 12 people - a waitlist will be created in case someone cancels

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

How to get here: Coming by Metro is advised.
Metro: NoMa New York Ave Red line stop or Shaw Green line for a short walk (about 7 blocks from either metro), or get off at Chinatown and take the P6 to Randolph Rd Stop or the 80 to Lincoln and R Street NE Stop (both stops 1 block from R Street NW).
Parking: Parking space is restricted to 2 hours on R Street NW.  Best to look for parking on North Capitol Street NW, Quincy NW or S Street NW.  

Twitter: @samsarahouse
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Shift Happens at Samsara House 2023

 About the teacher 
Deb's stressful days working on the Hill led her to discover yoga. As her practice grew to taking a class a day, she decided to learn more because of all that she was gaining mentally, physically, and spiritually. To expand her understanding she took teacher training, and has found her home in teaching yoga. She particularly enjoys introducing adults and kids to yoga in friendly, fun and safe way, helping students experience how yoga is for every body type and skill level.
 Deb invites students of all levels to explore themselves and their boundaries in a safe, playful, and engaging manner in her classes, encouraging them along their journey. Her sense of humor shines through, bringing a sense of ease and community to the room. Deb's background in science and education allow her to share clear and easy to understand instructions and explanations on the poses and other aspects of yoga.
 Yoga taught Deb how to relax (some) and to settle in to herself and the journey of life, and sharing that with students in her yoga classes brings her true joy.

About Samsara House 2023, (est. 2013)

 "Samsara House 2023" at 36 R Street NW is an Awareness-based shared space where a variety of world-shifting communities are meshworked to expand each other's world-view and experience and share that which is emerging.  Samsara House 2023 rapidly prototypes models for the new world to template upon and ignite a planetary 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

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Join the Samsara House 2023 mailing list:

Sunday at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market

From: "Markets & More" <>
Subject: Sunday at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market
Date: July 30, 2015 4:49:44 PM EDT

yellow squash
Hi BFM Fans,
I never thought boiling summer squash could lead to a good end.... but I was wrong...

Not soup. I am talking about boiling squash instead of sauteeing it as a cooking technique for a finished dish that makes you sigh, that makes your dinner guests exclaim, that makes everyone at the table fight (politely) for the last spoonful in the bowl -- in other words, a dish as addictive as guacamole. In fact, I call it Provencal Guacamole. It was my discovery of summer 2013 and I have recreated it this summer because it was so good and there is a lot of squash here -- although all of it is green.

So cut up some small, very fresh summer squash into 1/2 inch rounds, throw them into boiling salted water until tender. Drain and mash them roughly with minced garlic and salt, freshly crushed pepper, shredded mint, lemon and olive oil. That's it. Very simple. But the choice of ingredients is crucial - You want very fresh summer squash that are not watery when they are cooked. Ask your producers. We don't get the yellow ones here in Provence, but they may work and that yellow would be pretty. Use a good garlic from the market and a very flavorful mint of your choice and a good olive oil. I have added parmesan and that was fun. Once I successfully substituted basil when I was out of mint. And chile heads can spice it up....but I like the original and Jeff cannot be a chile head this week...

COOKING DEMO:  In the heat of summer there’s nothing better to cool you down at dinner than a fresh chilled soup. Let Heather Johnson of In Good Thyme show you how to make two deliciously different seasonal chilled soups: green gazpacho with cucumbers, and a sweet cold peach soup. These are easy to make with nothing more than a sharp knife and a blender. #NoCook

BIKE CLINIC 11-1 as always with the help of our friends from The Bike House. Are you taking your stead for a ride tomorrow? Make sure your bike is in the best shape.

MUSIC at the Market from 10-12.  Blue Grass is back.                               
New this Week
Croissants on Sale -- every single one of them from plain to chocolate to almond
At the Stands
GARNER: Watermelon Wonderland: Red seedless, yellow seedless, red seeded, cantaloupes, Fascination green fleshed melon too. Vision Sweet Corn, Heirloom tomatoes, Early Girl tomatoes, green beans, yellow beans, Romano besns, Eggplants, Japanese, Italian, Ghostbusters, Sicilian. Red, Orange and Green bell and hot peppers (Jalapeño, Anaheim, Poblano). Candy onions, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes. Carrots, zucchini and summer squash, cucumbers, kales, savoy cabbage, black eye pes. Swiss chard. Cut herbs. Red and green okra.

MOUNTAIN VIEW ORGANIC: Fresh garlic, Padron and Shishito peppers. Shiny, thin, long Japanese eggplants. New potatoes, baby leeks. Carrots with greens, hakurei salad turnips and greens, baby beets, Swiss Chard, baby boy choy, summer squash. Lotsa Tomatoes, peppers including pale Hungarians and long frying peppers and hot peppers. Purple onions with their tops

KESWICK  Their grassfed cows are out on pasture all the time and eat no grain and the milk tells the story. Now the home of more than 20 Jersey cow and mixed milk cheeses. There are 6 new mixed milk cheeses this year because they have added goats to the farm. The Caporella is their Mozzarella -- as creamy as buffalo mozarella.. Perfect for the 40+ varieties of tomatoes we have at the market. Pimento is a great addition to any hamburger, the yogurt is yearning to be mixing it up with both fruit salads and savories. Cucumber soup, Indian raita, Greek tsatsiki, or just mixed with sautéed greens where it makes a simple, tangy sauce.

CUCINA AL VOLO PASTAS, SAUCES AND SOUP:  Matteo is very excited about his new whole wheat pasta and his new carrot soup.  Both sold out last week so come early. Matteo makes the burrata himself before he stuff it in the ravioli he also made himself.  Burrata ravioli always sells out too.  Cucumber Soup back this week.He is suprisinng us with his other ravioli and sauces this week.

NUMBER ONE SONS:   Kimchi is great with eggs... Golden Galangal Beets -- yellow beets pickled in a vinegar brine with yellow curry + kaffir lime leaves.Ginger Giardinera -- a medley of vegetables including cauliflower fermented in our barrels with ginger + other spices!  Come early for Super Sours because most of them are still brining.  Kimchis. Rosetido spicy slaw, salsa verde, krauts. New York stylle Pickles.
PANORAMA: . Baguettes and croissants, breakfast pastries and lots of breads. Breton specialties like Kouign Amann and the new Crois-Nut. Two tents full of French breads and pastries. Whole Wheat with Oats, Multigrain, Rustique, Sourdough, French Batard, Walnut-Cranberry, Walnut and Raisin, Palmier, Pain au Raisin, Chocolate Croissants.
French breakfast pastries like palmiers, almond croissants plus the plain and chocolate crosisants, baguettes, the olive oil buns that grace the 25 dollar hamburgers at Central and the Rustiques they serve you at Citronelle and Cityzen. Sandwich breads, too. If they are out of a bread you crave, ask them to save one for you for next week. Late risers: they have lots of whole wheat, multigrain and sourdough boules and loaves that sell out early. So reserve what you want! Email if you do not see something you want, please.

REID: Going to market this week: We will have blueberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries, white and yellow peaches, Summer Lodi, Earligold, Pristine and Zestar apples, apricots, and plums.  It is the last week for currants and gooseberries.

TRUCKPATCH Farms: Bryan prides himseslf on his heirloom tomatoes and they are coming in now!  Swiss chard, kale, summer squash, squash flowers, beets, basil, arugula, spinach, mesclun.  Watermelons, cantaloupe, Armenian serpentine cucumbers, baby onions, green beans.Salad central: baby arugula, mesclun, salad greens, Pork: a dozen different sausages , bacons, pork chops, salt pork, chops, pork sirloins, pork steaks, , country ribs, spare ribs, butt roast, boneless shoulder roast, boneless and bone-in loin roasts, scrapple,

WHISKED: Nectarine rhubarb pie.  Jenna has been saving her last rhubarb for Saturday's Dog Day pie.  blueberry, blackberry, peach raspberry, peach pie, key lime, salted caramel, sea salt chocolate chess. Quiche: Ratatouille and Kale Pesto Parmesan.

Please spread the word about the Produce Plus at market.  The Department of Health just refunded it for another two months. Yay. Just show a Medicaid, Wic, SNAP/EBT card, Senior Check, CSFP Card and we give you $10 in checks for fruits and vegetables at the market PLUS $5 in bonus dollars to buy fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs. You can do the same thing at 14&U on Saturday. That's $30 a week!

Teds, Rachel and Robin from afar
Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

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1318 Wallach Place NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009

GetStrong Fitness Sweat Club meets at the 1st & Florida Ave NW park on Saturdays - a free community workout!

See this 07-30-2015 message:

I'm Tyler Brown, I'm a certified personal trainer and owner of GetStrong Fitness! GSF is a DC based personal fitness training company that helps clients exceed their fitness goals, we make sure our people Get Strong, Stay Strong and Finish Strong!  
Every Saturday we hold the GetStrong Fitness Sweat Club, a free outdoor community workout from 12-1 pm at the Florida Avenue Basketball Court. We focus on strength and conditioning circuits for all skill levels and give each attendee one on one attention in a fun, high energy fitness experience!

After the workout we have a small selection of healthy snacks and drinks for participants.

WCP Young & Hungry: "Are you gonna eat that? Worm Salt at El Camino"

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Are You Gonna Eat That? Worm Salt at El Camino

The Dish: Worm salt
Where to Get It: El Camino; 108 Rhode Island Ave. NW; (202) 847-0419;
Price: $2 with any mezcal
What It Is: The worm salt—also known as sal de gusano—is served here with orange slices as a traditional Oaxacan accompaniment to mezcal. You dip the orange slices in the salt, take a sip of mezcal, then take a bite of salty orange slice. Beverage Director Paul Challan, who was born in Mexico, uses the Gran Mitla brand of worm salts, one of just a few available in the U.S. For the concoction, agave worms (technically a caterpillar called aegiale hesperiaris) are toasted and ground, then blended with sea salt and costeño chiles, a mild dried pepper that adds more depth than heat.

P#pVille: "The heat is getting to Bloomingdale's pocket park artist"

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The Heat is Getting to Bloomingdale’s Pocket Park Artist

WCP Young & Hungry: Costa Brava will host memorial this weekend for co-owner who drowned

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Costa Brava Will Host Memorial This Weekend for Co-Owner Who Drowned

Costa Brava co-owner Doug Brown drowned over the weekend during an outing to the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland. His brother Daniel Brown also drowned.

In Doug Brown's honor, the Bloomingdale restaurant will host a memorial for him at the restaurant's upstairs bar—his home away from home—on Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. All food and drink proceeds will go to the Brown family.


this Saturday evening, 08-01-2015: Metropolitan Wesley AME Zion Church Open Mic

See this event announcement at Metropolitan Wesley AME Zion Church passed along by Bloomingdale resident Gwenn Bush-Hodge:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Friends of McMillan Park: "ANC 5E exaggerates level of support for McMillan Park project"

See this tweet from earlier today:

5:48 PM - 29 Jul 2015 

Here is the text at the link in the tweet above:

According to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 5E told the DC Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) that an “overwhelming majority” of residents living in the area surrounding historic landmark McMillan Park supported a commercial developer’s plans to turn the 25 acres of contiguous open green space into a mixed-use development featuring one million square feet of medical office space and about 150 townhouses.

The claim of community support was made by Commissioner Dianne Barnes, then Chair of ANC 5E, in official testimony submitted to the HPRB and presented in person at a hearing in November 2013.  FOIA documents reveal that shortly after the hearing, Tania Jackson, then principal of Create Communitas, an outreach consultancy firm working for the development project team, asked Commissioner Barnes how many letters she had received in support of the proposed project. Commissioner Barnes, according to the documents, said that she had received eight such letters of support. Create Communitas was paid almost $90,000 by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to coordinate public outreach for the project.

A review of HPRB files indicates that the Board received written testimony from 25 individuals and organizations in support of the plan to develop the McMillan Park site. In contrast, at least 80 people and organizations registered their disapproval of the project plans with HPRB. The Board also received petitions signed by 610 people opposed to the project. ANC 5E did not explain the basis for its claim of “overwhelming” community support for the project.

The ANC’s overblown claims are another example of how the coordinated attempt to destroy McMillan Park has abused procedures intended to protect DC historic properties.

The documents on which this article is based were obtained by Kirby Vining after he brought suit under the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act. The District Government delayed complying with the Act by over a year and earned a reprimand from Judge Stuart Nash, as reported here in a previous article. Mr. Vining was represented by Don Padou, a lawyer specializing in FOIA suits.

The article above is based on documents 002775 and 010558 available in the “Barnes FOIA Documents” folder at the following location: