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D.C. Parks & Rec Summer Camp registration opens soon!
It’s still chilly outside but it’s already time to get ready for summer camp!Registration for D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Camp begins Monday, February 24 at noon. Residents outside of D.C. can register on Monday, March 23.For more information and online registration, visit https://dpr.dc.gov/service/summer-camps2020 Registration Schedule:Summer Camp Registration will begin for DC residents on Monday, February 24 and run daily until Friday, February 28, 2020. Registration for camps will open each day at 12 noon as follows:Monday, February 24:REC Camp (ages 6-13)Jelleff Summer Camp (ages 6-12)Tuesday, February 25:Discovery Camp (ages 6-10)Wednesday, February 26:Little Explorers Camp (ages 3-5)Thursday, February 27:Sports Camps (ages 5-13) (Cheer, Multi-Sport, Basketball, Soccer, Boxing, Kickball)Aqua Day Camp (ages 6-13)Friday, February 28:Enrichment Camp (ages 3-12)Specialty Camps (ages 4-13) (Ballet, Verano, Little Engineers, PlayDC, Summer Engineers, Culinary)Monday, March 23rd:Non-DC residents can begin registering for DPR camps.

D.C.'s cold weather alert is still active!
DC's Cold Weather Emergency Alert remains ACTIVATED. Additional services are available to neighbors experiencing homelessness.If you see someone in need of shelter, call:The Shelter Hotline @ 202-399-7093 or 311.911 if there’s an imminent safety risk.

Protected bike lanes coming to 14th Street this summer
Bicyclists and bus riders in Columbia Heights could see a clearer 14th Street this summer with the addition of a new shared bike and bus lane.D.C.'s Department of Transportation will implement a year-long shared lane demonstration project this summer along 14th Street between Euclid and Newton Streets NW, according to a February 20 letter from the department to ANC 1 commissioners and Ward 1 representatives. DDOT will create a 12-foot-wide shared bus and bike lane on 14th Street between Euclid and Irving Streets NW by removing 64 parking spaces and combining the road space with existing bike lanes. The department plans to consolidate bus stops from one stop per block to a stop on every other block. DDOT will also remove and redesign the traffic island north of Park Road to improve safety.Comments on the plan must be filed in writing by Thursday, April 2, 2020, with the District Department of Transportation, Raka Choudhury, Transit Delivery Division, 55 M Street SE Washington, DC 20003 or by email at raka.choudhury@dc.gov. For more information on the plan, visit wiki.ddot.dc.gov.

Tell Bowser what you want in D.C.'s budget
Want to help shape D.C.'s budget? Share your concerns with Mayor Muriel Bowser this week at the city's budget engagement forums.The mayor's office will host two forums this week at UDC and the Kenilworth Recreation Center. For more information, visit mayor.dc.gov and register at Eventbrite.com.Thursday, February 20Budget Engagement Forum #2Time: 6:30 pmLocation: UDC Student Center4200 Connecticut Avenue, NWSaturday, February 22Budget Engagement Forum #3Time: 11:00 amLocation: Kenilworth Recreation Center4321 Ord Street, NE

Smiles from the Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cookoff
Midlands hosted the the third annual Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street Chili Cook-Off last Sunday.Judges from Petworth News, Park View, D.C, WAMU's Dish City, DMV Black Restaurant Week and ABC 7 News on WJLA sampled traditional and vegan chili dishes.

WMATA wants your feedback on route changes and fare hikes
A new survey from WMATA is asking riders for their feedback on proposed routes, fare hikes and service changes.Metro is considering adjusting peak fares by increasing the base fare from $2.25 to $2.50 and increasing the maximum fare from $6 to $7. Late night riders could also see fares rise to peak rates on Fridays and Saturdays after midnight.Metro could also bring back late night hours with a 2 a.m. closure on Friday and Saturday nights. Metrobus riders could see more frequent service on weekends, while other routes may combine or close.You can take the survey on wmata.com. Your feedback will help inform proposals for Metro's final budget this spring. The survey closes on Monday, March 2 at 5 p.m. 

Show your talent at Gala Theatre this Tuesday!
Celebrate Black History Month with a free talent show at Gala Hispanic Theatre on Tuesday, February 18.Collaborative Solutions for Communities (CSC), a community-based organization hosting family activities throughout the District, will host its Young, Gifted and Black showcase on the second floor of the theater from 6 to 8 p.m. Young adults interested in participating can register on eventbrite.WHAT: Young, Gifted and Black ShowcaseWHERE: Second floor of Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14 St. NW, Washington, D.C.WHEN: 6-8 p.m.TICKETS: Free tickets available at younggiftedandblack.eventbrite.com

Chili cook-off and volunteering this Sunday!
Volunteers are still needed for the third annual Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street Chili Cook-Off and Wall of Books gifting event this Sunday.Come enjoy this free, family-friendly event featuring nine restaurants from the LGAMS neighborhoods and vote for your favorite! There are veggie and vegan options as well. Judges include Petworth News, Park View, D.C, WAMU's Dish City, DMV Black Restaurant Week, ABC 7 News on WJLA and you! Volunteers are still needed for set-up, serving, and clean-up. Contact georgiaavethrive@googlegroups.com or jennifer@districtbridges.org if you'd like to help out.WHEN: Sunday, February 16. 2-4 p.m. (while supplies last)WHERE: The Midlands Beer Garden, 3333 Georgia Ave NW, Park ViewWalls of Books Gifting EventWe're sad to see Walls of Books close but grateful that they're making one last generous gift to neighbors, schools, nonprofits, literacy programs and all of you who just love to read! Volunteers are still needed to help with distribution. Contact georgiaavethrive@googlegroups.com or jennifer@districtbridges.org if you'd like to help out.Come before and after the Chili Cook-Off for free books of your choosing. Follow LGAMS's Facebook and Instagram for updates on timing (as well as all activities on Lower Georgia Ave!). 


Attention urban farmers! Join North Columbia Heights Green this Saturday to plant seeds at the University of Maryland Research Greenhouse Complex.When: February 15, 10:30 a.m.Where: The Green, 3321 11th St NWMeet at the Green at 10:30 a.m., carpool 30 minutes to the Greenhouse in College Park.What: Planting seeds in trays, presentation on "Fruits and Flowers" by Dr. Maile, tour of Kate's "dirty" lab, greenhouse ranges.Visitors must be swiped into the greenhouse, so please come with the caravan!For more information, email north-columbia-heights-green@googlegroups.com.

French vinyl & good pizza is on the menu for Valentine's Day
Still looking for Valentine's Day plans? Here's what's going on in your neck of the woods:No Kisses is hosting an evening of French Kisses on Valentine's Day. Les the DJ will throw a love-themed dance party with French vinyl. There will be bottles and bouquet specials, plus French wine, cocktails and treats from Sonny's pizza. The event is free and a portion of the night's sales will go to the Melanoma Research Foundation. The bar opens at 5 p.m. and the DJ starts at 8 p.m. No Kisses3120 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010 Sonny's Pizza is keeping it simple with good pizza, wine and beer. There will be a funky selection of rosé, red and skin-contact wine. Again, a portion sales will benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation. 3120 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

Children's National moving to Monroe Street
Good news for parents in Columbia Heights, Children's National Hospital Primary Care is moving to Monroe Street.The existing primary care offices in Adams Morgan (1630 Euclid Street NW) and Shaw (2220 11th Street NW) will combine and relocate to 14th and Monroe Streets NW at the end of February.Hours will change to Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. The new location will have evening hours Monday through Thursday, with the last appointment scheduled at 7 p.m. WIC will not be at the new location. For more information on the nearest WIC location, call 202-476-5000.Children's National is also opening another location in Shaw this May at 641 S Street NW.For more information, visit childrensnational.org/wheretogo

Next ANC1A Meeting
The next meeting of ANC 1A is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2020, in the gymnasium of Tubman Elementary School (3101 13th St NW) beginning at 7:00 p.m. The easiest way to enter the school for the meeting is through the second set of doors facing the parking lot off of Kenyon St NW. The agenda for the February meeting is being finalized. A draft copy will be located shortly on the ANC 1A website at http://anc1a.org/agenda/. Please check the agenda on the website prior to the meeting for updates and the most complete version, all of which will also be available at the meeting.In addition, you are invited to join any and all of ANC 1A's committees. Tentative committee meetings this month include:Education CommitteeDate: To be determinedChair: Commissioner Christine Miller (1A05@anc.dc.gov)Zoning, Parks, and Public Space CommitteeTuesday, February 18, 2020Chair: Commissioner Michael Wray (1A09@anc.dc.gov)Transportation CommitteeTuesday, February 25, 2020Chair: Commissioner Zach Rybarczyk (1A03@anc.dc.gov)Public Safety CommitteeDate: To be determinedCo-Chairs: Commissioner Layla Bonnot (1A01@anc.dc.gov) and Commissioner Angelica Castañon (1A06@anc.dc.gov)All committee meetings are open to the public, begin at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted, and are held at the District Bridges offices (3400 11th St NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 20010).As a reminder, ANC 1A has also started a newsletter to share meeting dates and event updates, please subscribe athttp://anc1a.org/community-resources/newsletter-signup/ or on our homepage.For more information, contact: Zach RybarczykANC 1A03 Commissioner, Secretary1a03@anc.dc.gov202-567-7091anc1a.org  

Columbia Heights Farmers Market is back!
After a winter break, the Columbia Heights Farmers Market is back!For those who want to stay snug in their beds a little longer, the market opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Civic Plaza at 14th and Park Road NW. The market will return to its normal hours (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on April 18 and the Wednesday market will start in mid-May.You can also support Community Foodworks this winter when you shop at Target, Giant and on Amazon.

Taco Bell coming to Columbia Heights
You heard it right, Columbia Heights is getting a Taco Bell.Taco Bell Cantina, an expanded version of the chain that includes alcoholic drinks, will open in the neighborhood this spring, WTOP reported. Taco Bell did not confirm the exact location of the store.New Columbia Heights had a bit of a premonition about Taco Bell moving here in a 2012 April Fools' Day post. Here's hoping the Cantina doesn't replace one of our favorite watering holes.

Meet up with Mendo!
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is hosting a "Meet Up with Mendo" this Saturday.Ward 1 residents are encouraged to come chat with Mendelson at Philz Coffee in Adams Morgan from 10-11 a.m.The event is an opportunity to talk informally with the chairman about everything happening in the District. For more information, call 202-724-8032 or bhughes@dccouncil.us.


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