Photo by Aimee Custis.

Join fellow readers and contributors at Greater Greater Washington’s happy hour on Thursday! Also, hear about the region’s housing shortage, learn about adding HOV lanes to I-66, and share your thoughts on plans for trails in Prince George’s and Fairfax Counties.

GGWash happy hour: Hang out with fellow urban planning, transit, and housing enthusiasts this Thursday, May 26, at our Greater Greater Washington happy hour. It’s at the Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th Street NE) in Edgewood, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Don’t miss out!

After the jump: housing shortages, HOV on I-66, and trails in Prince George’s and Fairfax.

Talk about the housing shortage: A panel of housing experts will discuss potential solutions for the region’s housing crisis at a forum this Tuesday, May 24th hosted by Leadership Greater Washington. It’s on the 12th floor of PNC Place, 800 17th Street NW, with breakfast and networking beginning at 8 am and the program starting at 8:30. Register here.

HOV on I-66: HOV lanes are coming to I-66. Learn about the details at one of three public meetings next week. The first is today, Monday, May 23, at 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna, the second is this Tuesday, May 24, at 4975 Alliance Drive in Fairfax, and the third is this Wednesday, May 25, at 8302 Linton Hall Road in Bristow. All meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

Prince George’s trails: Prince George’s County wants to expand its park trail system. Share your thoughts on improving accessibility, connectivity, and trail maintenance at a public meeting this Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 pm at 8001 Sheriff Road in Hyattsville.

Fairfax’s McWhorter trail: Changes are coming to the McWhorter Place Trail in Fairfax. Join Fairfax Supervisor Penny Gross and the Fairfax Department of Transportation this Wednesday, May 25, to view the plans and share your opinion on the project. The meeting starts at 7 pm at 4700 Medford Drive in Annandale.

Calendar: Beyond what we’ve highlighted here, there are many other worthwhile events across the region. Check out more great events in our events calendar:

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers that should go on our events calendar? Send it to us at events@ggwash.org.

Claire Jaffe was born in DC and now lives in the U Street area. She is a University of Michigan graduate and currently works at Coalition for Smarter Growth. On her off time, Claire can be found biking the street of DC or exploring the many green spaces throughout the region.