Our last happy hour, at Fire Works in Arlington. Photo by Jonathan Neeley.

It’s time for GGWash’s next happy hour!  Tomorrow, Tuesday October 25th, join GGWash contributors, readers, and the winners and finalists from the MetroGreater Contest in a conversation about how our region is great, and can be greater!

We all know that Metro is facing some very big challenges right now. But people all over the region still ride Metro everyday, and the MetroGreater finalists and winner proposed some great ideas to help make riders’ daily Metro commutes a little better. We want to say “thanks.”

Join us tomorrow from 6 to 8 pm at RFD, located at 810 7th Street NW. RSVP today!

RFD is one block from the Gallery Place-Chinatown station (Red, Green, and Yellow lines), and a few blocks from Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver lines). If you’re coming by bus, Metrobus 70/79 stops on 7th and 9th streets, while the X2/X9 stops on H Street NW. There’s also a Capital Bikeshare station at 8th and H streets NW.

On the way, you can take a stroll through the Barnes Dance intersection at 7th and H.

In the past few months, we’ve been to Arlington, Mount Rainier, 14th Street, Silver Spring, and Edgewood for happy hours. Where would you like us to go next?

If you can’t make the happy hour (or even if you can!), check out these other great events in the region, including the Coalition for Smarter Growth’s forum on funding for Metro.

Tuesday, October 25, Thursday, October 27, and various dates to come: DC’s Comprehensive Plan, the guidebook for where and how to grow, is due for an update. We need your help to make it the best it can be. There are meetings all over the city over the next few weeks, including Tuesday at 6pm at 3950 Chesapeake St NW and Thursday at 6pm at 4058 Minnesota Ave NE. Find the one closest to you, attend a meeting, and weigh in to have a real impact on DC’s future. Sign up here to get further updates from GGWash about ways to make a difference on this Comp Plan process.

Wednesday, October 26: Funding is a huge issue for Metro, from recent ideas to cut service to the ongoing question of what role, exactly, the jurisdictions the Metro serves should play in making sure it stays up and running. Dive into the intricacies of Metro funding with Coalition for Smarter Growth and a panel of seven experts, including DC Councilmember Jack Evans and Maryland state delegate Marc Korman, this Wednesday at Georgetown University of Urban and Regional Planning (640 Massachusetts Avenue NW). RSVP now for details.

Thursday, October 27: Curious about how DC’s at-large candidates feel about housing? The economy? Get informed for the 2016 local DC election at an at-large candidate forum on Thursday at 6:30 pm at 2235 Shannon Place SE. Confirmed candidates to date are David Grosso, Robert White, Lee Aikin, Carolina Celnik, and John Cheeks.

Saturday, October 29: A tiny area at the east end of U Street and north of Shaw has seen enormous growth. New developments, like the one at the Atlantic Plumbing building, are changing the game with striking modern industrial architecture. Take a look at some of the major changes in housing, retail, and business that are fueling the transformation and get the inside scoop on projects in the pipeline with Coalition for Smarter Growth as they explore the area on their final walking tour this season. The event is this Saturday at 10am. RSVP for details.

Next Monday, October 31: Jonathan Rose, founder of a company that focuses on environmental, social, and economic solutions to urban issues, will speak about his new book, The Well-Tempered City, a “passionate survey of the ongoing evolution of the metropolis,” next Monday at Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Avenue NW). Seating is first-come-first-served.

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.

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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.