Join fellow readers, contributors, and volunteers for a happy hour on Thursday, April 26 from 6 to 8 pm at Dew Drop Inn, located at 2801 8th Street NE, Washington, DC.
Formerly home to Chocolate City Brewing Company, this bar may be best known for its rooftop deck, which overlooks the Red Line tracks. Hopefully, we'll finally have some spring-like weather so we can take advantage of their transit-oriented outdoor space. RSVP here.
The Dew Drop Inn is located between the Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CUA Metro stations. From Rhode Island Avenue, the bar is about a half-mile up the Metropolitan Branch Trail, just past Franklin Street. From Brookland, it’s six blocks south of the station along 8th Street. If you’re coming by bus, the Metrobus D8, G8, and H8 all stop within two blocks, while several other routes stop at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro. There’s also a Capital Bikeshare station three blocks away at 7th and Hamlin Streets NE.
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Tuesday, April 10
Bridge connection in Palisades: In the Palisades in DC, there is a pedestrian bridge that connects a trail over Arizona Avenue. Curious about the redesign? Attend the public meeting at 7 pm at Palisades Neighborhood Library (4901 V St NW) to learn more.
Connecting the WB&A trail: Prince George's County is taking a big step towards extending the WB&A (Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis) Trail on MLK Highway (MD-704). Come learn about the study, give input, and make sure the trail designs are as good as they can be at the next public meeting at 7 pm at Woodmore Town Centre Community Room (Woodmore Centre Drive) in Glenarden.
Wednesday, April 11:
Backyard apartments in Prince George's County: Right now in Prince George’s County, it’s basically illegal to build and rent out new backyard cottages or accessory apartments (such as a basement unit or a converted garage). Changing those rules and allowing more accessory apartments could provide extra income for homeowners who are struggling to make ends meet. It also creates more flexible and affordable housing in the region. There's a chance to legalize these kinds of homes through the county's Comprehensive Housing Strategy, which is under development right now. Attend a public meeting at 6:30 pm at Laurel High School (8000 Cherry Lane) to learn more and tell the county that you want this changed.
Photos and sounds from the 80s: From 1984 to 1994, photographer Michael Horsley wandered the streets of Washington, DC photographing the unseen and vanishing moments of the city. Hear from Horsley at the April DC Music Salon, where they will go beyond sound and investigate Horsley's images, including photos from right after the civil unrest in 1968. The event is at 7 pm at the Shaw Library (1630 7th St NW).
Plans for federal public space: The National Capital Planning Commission, the group that manages planning for federal land in DC, recently released draft updates to the Parks & Open Space Element, which establishes policies to protect and enhance the District's many federal parks and open spaces. Learn more about the policy and weigh in at the next open house at 6 pm at the National Capital Planning Commission (401 9th Street NW, Suite 500). Public comment is open until May 7. If you can't attend on this date, another open house is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 at 10:30 am.
Get in touch with nature: With Earth Day around the corner, it's a great time to learn about local nonprofits that are helping the environment. Attend this month's Mappy Hour where they will be teaming up with Rock Creek Conservancy and other local nonprofits to spotlight ways to give back to the natural places we love. The event is at 6:30 pm at Benjamin's on Franklin, In Tastemakers (2800 10th St NE).
Saturday, April 14
Mapping segregation in Bloomingdale: Historian Sarah Shoenfeld, co-director of PrologueDC, will lead a "Mapping Segregation" walking tour of DC’s Bloomingdale neighborhood to look at how racially-restrictive deed covenants kept much of this neighborhood off-limits to African Americans until the 1940s. The tour will start at 10:45 am the small park across from Big Bear Café at First and R Streets NW and will take 1.5 to 2 hours. Please arrive prior to 10:45 am.
Looking back at the 1968 riots: With 2018 marking the 50th anniversary of the civil unrest in DC, join an in-depth conversation about DC’s social and political landscape. Panelists will illuminate the personal narratives of black Washingtonians, contextualize the riots that engulfed parts of the city, and consider how the events of 1968 had a long-lasting impact on the nation’s capital. The event is at 2 pm at Hill Center DC (921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE).