On Tuesday, December 19, join GGWash contributors and readers for our last happy hour of the year! There will be drinks, snacks, and conversation at Franklin Hall, located at 1348 Florida Avenue NW. This beer hall, located in the historic Manhattan Laundry building, is known for its half smokes and industrial decor.

To get there, you can take the Green or Yellow lines to the U Street Metro station, which is four blocks away. Metrobus routes S2/S4/S9 stop two blocks away on 16th Street, the 52/53/54 stop at the corner of 14th and Florida, the 64 stops at 11th and Florida, and the 90/92/96 and 14th Street Circulator stop three blocks away on U Street. There are also Capital Bikeshares stations at 14th and V and at 15th and Florida.

If you plan to come, please RSVP here!

This year, we've held happy hours in Edgewood, Crystal City, Silver Spring, and Shaw. We’re always looking for new, Metro-accessible locations for future happy hours. Where would you like us to go next?

Tuesday, December 5: ANCs 2A, 2B, and 2E, which collectively cover the Foggy Bottom, West End, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Burleith, and Hillandale neighborhoods, will hold a joint town hall to discuss the District Department of Transportation’s current dockless bikeshare demonstration program at The School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens (2425 N Street NW) at 7 pm. There will be reps from the five bikeshare companies currently operating in DC and DDOT who will talk about the current operations of the demonstration program and results that the agency has collected thus far. They will also take questions and comments.

Tuesday, December 5: ANC 4B's Public Works and Infrastructure (PWI) Committee is hosting a walk-through and discussion on about extending the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). The Committee will meet at the northwest corner of Blair Rd and Peabody St at 5:30 pm and walk the approximately three long blocks along North Dakota Ave to 3rd Street. The followup discussion will be at the Takoma Village Co-housing (6827 4th Street NW, next to the Takoma Theatre) at 6:45 pm.

Tuesday, December 5: Since 2015, the University of the District of Columbia along with residents of Wards 7 and 8 have been researching a vision for their communities. UDC recently completed the report. Join them to discuss the findings at 6:30 pm at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library (3935 Benning Road NE) and listen and suggest a pathway to a more sustainable east of the Anacostia River community, based on the community's vision.

Wednesday, December 6: The Montgomery County Planning Department is sponsoring a three-part Winter Speaker Series that celebrates 90 years of planning achievements. The first session is about infill development and features Adam Ducker, Managing Director and Director of Urban Real Estate for RCLCO. The talk will be held in the Planning Department auditorium (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, December 6: Join us the Sierra Club DC Chapter for their annual holiday party and silent auction at Smith Public Trust (3514 12th Street NE) at 6 pm! This is a great chance to meet others, like you, who want to make a difference in supporting grassroots action for healthy and sustainable Metro DC. Tickets start at $25 and directly support Sierra Club's local work.

Thursday, December 7: Join the Ujima Urban Farm for a tree planting workshop as part of the RiverSmart Communities Program, which helps to reduce stormwater runoff that harms the District’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. Come learn how to take care of shade trees by reviewing techniques on watering, mulching, weeding, and pruning. The workshop is from 11 am to 2 pm at Union Temple Baptist Church (1225 W Street SE).

Saturday, December 9: Join Audubon Naturalist Society and the Coalition for Smarter Growth for a watershed walk and talk in the Stony Brook community off the Richmond Highway. Community and county representatives and ANS and CSG staff will highlight the importance of local streams, clean water, and green spaces for the community, and talk about the Embark Richmond Highway plan and the degree to which it addresses community environmental concerns. The forum and walk start at 10 am at 3600 Buckman Road in Alexandria, VA.

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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.