Oxon Run trail by Payton Chung licensed under Creative Commons.

As the weather cools down, it’s the perfect time to come out to the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC)'s West Lot (1801 Mississippi Ave SE) at 10 am for a bike ride to enjoy the Oxon Run Trail in Ward 8. Whether you ride a bike daily or haven’t been on a bike in years, this is your chance to enjoy a day with family and friends on one of DC’s newest trails.

After the short ride, you'll meet back at THEARC for refreshments, music, and giveaways! The ride is about four miles long on a flat trail. WABA has arranged for Capital Bikeshare to provide bikes for those who don’t have one. Sign up to join the ride here!

Other events from around the region:

Tuesday, October 16

Socialize for smarter growth: Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG) and hundreds of smart growth supporters from around the region this Tuesday at 7 pm in Eastern Market's North Hall (225 7th St SE) to drink local beer, sip wine, and enjoy eats, treats, and more — all while supporting the Coalition for Smarter Growth's work for more places that support transit, walking, and bicycling for everyone.

This year's Smart Growth Social features Katie Cristol, chair of the Arlington County Board, who serves on numerous boards and committees, including as secretary treasurer of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and chair of its legislative committee. She is the vice-chair of the operations board of the Virginia Railway Express and co-chairs its capital and legislative committee.

Katie represents Arlington on Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and chairs the human services policy committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. A longtime advocate for reproductive health and representation for survivors of sexual assault, Katie, an education policy advisor, is Randolph Elementary School's liaison to the Arlington Public Schools advisory council on instruction.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

Wednesday, October 17

Find your door in DC: Come out to the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (815 Florida Ave NW) at 6:30 pm to learn how you can purchase your home in the District of Columbia using a DC Open Doors mortgage product. The information session is co-hosted by the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency, a lender (Susan Ciapparelli of American Security Mortgage) and a realtor (Veronica Jenkins of Long & Foster). Sign up to attend (for free) here.

Saturday, October 20

Learn the history of your home: Drop by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society House Expo at Eastern Market's North Hall (225 7th St SE) between 10 am and 4 pm to chat with experts in home maintenance, repair, and design. Have you ever wondered about the history of your historic home? Let researchers explain what they can offer you. While there, get a spare key made. This event is free and open to the public. Get more info here.

Check out more urbanist events at ggwash.org/calendar. Do you have an event you'd like to see featured in the weekly events post? Submit it here.

Jeb Stenhouse is a clean energy economist who wants to help everyone enjoy livable, walkable public places, and to reach them by as many clean transportation options as possible.  He studied in Montpellier, France and still marvels at the quality of life in its car-free downtown (and the 15 pounds he lost roaming its charming streets).  Between adventures, Jeb lives with his husband in Adams Morgan.