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Connecting with other Greater Greater Washington writers, commenters, and readers is a great way to engage with the region around you, and we’re hosting a happy hour so you can do just that!

For our next Greater Greater happy hour, join us Tuesday, September 20 from 6 to 8 pm at Fire Works, located at 2350 Clarendon Boulevard in Arlington. Fire Works is known for its pizza, but there’s also a solid beer list with some local breweries on it. Click here to RSVP.

This happy hour is sponsored by the Association for Commuter Transportation Chesapeake Chapter, an international trade association that advocates for commuter transportation options. You can meet some of their board and members and learn how they’re helping to improve transportation in our region.

Fire Works is just two blocks from the Court House Metro station (Orange and Silver lines), though you can also take Metrobus 38B or ART routes 41, 45, or 77. The nearest Capital Bikeshare stations are at the Court House Metro station and at Wilson Boulevard and North Barton Street, two blocks away.

Can’t make it? Check out these other great events this week, including a WMATA status update from general manager Paul Wiedefeld and transit experts.

Next Tuesday, September 20: Paul Wiedefeld has been the general manager of WMATA for almost 12 months. If you can’t make it out to GGWash’s happy hour in Arlington, consider joining Coalition for Smarter Growth at 6:30pm at 640 Massachusetts Ave for a special progress check with the GM. What is happening at Metro? Where do we go from here? RSVP now, space is limited. This event is co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Tuesday, September 13: DC’s Department of Transportation has been studying the best way to improve travel between Wards 1 and 5, specifically between Columbia Heights and Brookland. Hear about and give comment on the best two ideas at the final public meeting on the issue this Tuesday. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm at 3101 16th Street NE.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 13, 14, 15: Prince George’s County is re-writing its zoning laws and wants your input. Share your opinion at one of three meetings, all from 7 pm to 9 pm. On Tuesday, the meeting is at 8001 Sheriff Road in Hyattsville, on Wednesday the meeting is at 16608 Brandywine Road in Brandywine, and on Thursday the meeting at 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive in College Park.

Thursday, September 15: In June, Cleveland Park Metro flooded with rainwater. DDOT is holding a meeting this Thursday to address the recurring flooding and talk about improving walking conditions and adding public amenities like bike racks. Share your opinion at the Cleveland Park Library (3310 Connecticut Avenue NW) at 6:30 pm.

Friday, September 16: Park(ing) Day, an annual event to showcase ways to use parking spaces other than just for cars, is coming to the region! All across DC and Montgomery County, some parking spots will be converted into mini, temporary pop-up parks. Don’t forget to check a few out!

Saturday, September 17: Falls Church, also known as the “Little City,” is adding mid-rise, mixed-use developments to provide new housing, services, and a more solid tax base. Join Coalition for Smarter Growth at 10 am on Saturday as we walk and talk about urban design and the importance of walking and bicycling to the city’s future. RSVP for more details.

Next Wednesday, September 21: Brookland residents once led the successful fight against destructive urban highways. Today, the community is fiercely debating transit-oriented development. Join Coalition for Smarter Growth at 6:00pm next Wednesday to take a closer look at how this changing neighborhood is balancing transit-oriented development and growth. RSVP for more details.

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

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.

Dan Reed is an urban planner and freelance writer. Check out his regular column in Washingtonian and his blog, Just Up the Pike. He's also an agent at Living In Style Real Estate and sits on the board of the Action Committee for Transit. Dan still gets a full night's sleep. He lives in downtown Silver Spring. All opinions are his own.