Meetings and fun stuff in the neighborhood this week!

It’s a busy week for neighborhood meetings and events, come on out!

Below is a quick list of meetings, events, etc coming up that would be of interest to folks in Woodridge and Langdon (and beyond!)

ANC Cmsr Walter Deleon (5C02) Townhall with Langdon Nightclubs
Date: Tues, May 12
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Location: Bliss Nightclub
2122 24th Place NE
Owners of the nightclubs in the area will be present to take your questions!

Rhode Island Avenue Main Street Annual Meeting
Date: Wed, May 13
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Rhode Island Row Community Room

(the condos & retail at Rhode Island Ave metro)

Friends of the Woodridge Library Fundraising Day
Date: Sat, May 16
Time: 10a-3p
Location: Front Lawn of Saint Francis de Sales
2015 Rhode Island Avenue, NE

*bring your bags of gently used clothing (No shoes, purses, household items. Clothes Only)


ANC 5C May Meeting
Date: Wed, May 20
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 5th District Police HQ

1805 Bladensburg Road NE

ReCreative Spaces Presents: (Up)Rising Festival 2015
Date: Saturday, May 24
Time: 1:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Location: ReCreative Spaces
(1613 Rhode Island Ave) AND All Along Rhode Island Avenue
In partnership with Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street, Menkiti Group, Plaza Art Supply, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Department of Housing and Community Development, we invite you to celebrate community engagement through a participatory arts festival taking place at ReCreative Spaces and in local businesses along Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street. Participants will engage with, or actively observe, curated art installations and multi-faceted performances. Participating artists share a revolutionary vision and engage festival-goers through heart, mind, body, and ideals.


National Symphony Orchestra in our Neighborhood!

Each year the National Symphony Orchestra does a “NSO in your Neighborhood” residency in an area in the DC region, and this year it’s in Northeast/Ward 5!

Over January 6-12, 2015, we’ll have members of the National Symphony Orchestra performing in the community and even within walking distance.

There are two events each at the Woodridge (Interim) Library and Art Enables, as well as a larger performance at EchoStage and events at Catholic U, Turkey Thicket Rec Center, and Howard Divinity School Chapel. All free!

RSVP is required for 4 of the events (including the one at EchoStage) but the rest are open to the public and you can just show up and enjoy it.

Check the NSO in your Neighborhood Kennedy Center website for a full schedule or check out the map of venues and events. Here are the events in our immediate area:

Tuesday, January 6

In-School Ensemble: Peter and the Wolf
7–8 p.m.
Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas Street NE

Wednesday, January 7

Community Service Performance
11 a.m. –12 noon
Art Enables, 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE

Friday, January 9

Orchestra Performance
7:30-10 p.m.
EchoStage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE
RSVP required

Saturday, January 10

Community Service Performance
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Art Enables, 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE

Sunday, January 11

Chamber Performance
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas Street NE




New wine wholesaler coming to Rhode Island Ave NE

This Wednesday, November 12, I’ll be holding a community meeting to discuss a license for a wine wholesaler looking to open on Rhode Island Avenue. The meeting will be held at the King Soloman Grand Lodge at 2245 Rhode Island Avenue NE at 6:30 PM. The meeting location is still TBD, but I will update this post, so check back for a location (it will be in the neighborhood). Tentative time is 6:30 PM.

Madidus LLC is new firm, started by some folks in the neighborhood. They seek to be a wine importer and wholesaler here in DC. They are wanting to open an office for their company at 2300 Rhode Island Ave NE. The wine itself is kept offsite in an appropriate, climate-controlled space, so this is just the office space for the company. Representatives of Madidus will be on hand to give an overview of their company, what they want to do and answer any questions.

I want to be clear about one aspect of this: this license is for a WHOLESALER licence. This is not for a liquor store or a bar/restaurant. The licence will only allow this company to sell to other retailers. Sales to the general public are prohibited.

Pending this community discussion, I’ll be asking ANC 5C to take a vote to support their license at the November ANC 5C meeting on November 19.

Come to the meeting on Wednesday to find out more information. If you can’t make the email me your questions and I’ll report back what we find out.