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First, art. IT will be one of the artists featuring his work this weekend along 1st Street for what was originally called 1st on 1st. Now it is NCMS Art + Music Walk, an August neighborhood arts fair that goes up and down 1st Streeet NW. This year they are going south into the TC, so it is a fun way to join the neighborhoods, if just for a weekend. There will be "four areas for live music and cultural performances at the launch event on August 6 from noon to 6pm in and around 1st Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW.... The grand finale starts at 4pm in front of Rustik Tavern, with Flamenco dancing to Spanish guitars, a pig roast, and a paella buffet!" Ummmm. paella.

Next booze. The ABRA application for the Firehouse will be up at the ANC 5C emergency meeting taking place August 4th. That along with something about a bike lane on R Street. See Scott Robert's listserv or blog entry regarding it for more details.

C is for Clybourne Park at the Wolly Mammoth in Penn Qtr. Still going on till the 14th. There are also forums and talks offered to discuss issues around neighborhood change/gentrification. Sunday there is the following:

  • Sunday, August 7 following the 3pm performance
    Mammoth Forum "Gentrification is..."
    examining a range of perspectives on gentrification, to begin touching on the complexities of the issue as it is playing out in the DC area.

    • Justin Maher, PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland
    • Edward Jones, long-time resident of Bloomingdale neighborhood
    • Dany Sigwalt, third-generation Washingtonian, youth worker, filmmaker and interactive/web artist

Dunbar High School reconstruction, deconstruction, stuff happening. Get more information from the BACA Blog.

Penn Quarter, my favorite place to grab lunch (besides my desk), is pondering a neighborhood bodega since the rumours of small scale national grocery chains coming to PQ always fall short. It would be nice to have a Timor/Field to City-ish kind of place. Wish them the best of luck.

R is for Robbery. According to CCCA Prez on the Shaw Listserv, " #ShawCrimeWalk Chief Lanier says Library/ShawMetro area is top 3 spot in #WMATA area for robberies DJJQhMn". Lovely, wonder what's #1 and 2?

V is for Vam...Vincent, Vincent Gray. According to the release:

Good Morning Ward 5,

There is exciting news for the Bates/Truxton/Bloomingdale/Hanover area* of our Ward.

On Thursday August 4th, 2011, Mayor Gray will be on hand for the Florida Avenue Park Groundbreaking!!! The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 11:30am. The location of the groundbreaking will be at 1st and Florida Avenue, NW.  Joining Mayor Gray will be Civic and Community Leaders, ANC Commissioners, Elected and Government Officials and YOU!!

*where ever this place is/ tired of getting into the same old arguement...

Yoga. There is a small amount of hope that the 3rd and Florida location for Yoga District may be longer term. Also there was something on PoP about the possiblity of a Thai place opening in that same building where Yoga District was, but the reason why YD is out, bugs. I wouldn't put much stock into anything coming and staying for long in that building. There are landlord issues besides the bugs.

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