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by Sean Meehan — October 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

Halloween Pumpkins (via FlickrTeo)

It’s not every year that Halloween falls on a Saturday, but when it does, it’s guaranteed to bring a full weekend of monster mashing and transylvania twisting with it. This weekend is set to have perfect trick-or-treating weather with temperatures in the 50s and no chance of rain until Sunday.

This weekend will also be the peak of fall color in the area. This weekend is also an hour longer than usual: on Saturday night clocks fall back one hour for the end of daylight saving time.

Whether you’re escorting trick-or-treaters or treating yourself to a night out, here’s everything you need to know to make this weekend a real graveyard smash:

Events

Oliver! Opening Weekend

Friday-Sunday 8 p.m.

Fichandler Stage, The Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St. SW)

Based on the story of orphan boy Oliver Twist, this Tony Award-winning musical is opening at the Southwest Waterfront this weekend for a two-month run. The titular character is played by a fourth grader, and a cast of children and adults will tell Charles Dickens’ holiday story. Tickets are about $120 and can be purchased online.

Dinner and a Movie

The Argonaut (1433 H St. NE)

Friday 5 p.m.

The Argonaut is hosting a event for parents and their children. Upstairs, the newly-formed Argonaut Kids Club will be showing movies, doing activities and eating while parents can dine downstairs. Event prices start at $30 and vary based on the number of children who attend.

Hilloween at Eastern Market

7th Street SE (between Pennsylvania and North Carolina avenues SE)

Friday 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The community tradition returns with free family-friendly activities and ways to celebrate Halloween. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best costumes and visit professional face painters, a haunted house, and a photo booth. Food, drinks and other treats will also be available for purchase. Councilman Charles Allen and Mayor Bowser will also be in attendance to give opening remarks.

Sweets to the Sweet!

Folger Shakespeare Library (201 E Capitol St. SE)

Friday 5:30 – 8 p.m.

The Folger is hosting a family-friendly Halloween celebration, Shakespeare style. Guests can expect holiday treats, candy, lines from Shakespeare and activities. The event is free and open to the public.

Boo to You Halloween Party

King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St. SW)

Friday 6 – 8 p.m.

The recreation center is throwing a traditional Halloween party, with a costume contest and dance. The event is free and open to the public.

Derek Brown & Thriller on H Street

Joy of Motion Dance Center Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)

Friday 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

This dance workshop will teach the entire routine from the Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. The workshop is open to dancers of all abilities levels ages 19 and up. Costumes-especially those inspired by the King of Pop-are encouraged. After the workshop, winners of the dance-off and costume contest will receive dance class packages. Participants can register online in advance for $25.

Happy Howl-O-Ween!

13th Street Community Park & Garden (13th and C streets SE)

Saturday 1 – 3 p.m.

Nonprofit pet adoption organization Homeward Trails and the 13th Street Community Park & Garden invite families-and their pets-to the park for a Halloween celebration. All guests are encouraged to wear costumes, and gift card prizes will be awarded to the best dressed child and pup. Some adoptable dogs are also expected to attend. This outdoor event is free and open to the public.

Pottery on the Hill Show and Sale

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)

Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sixteen ceramic artists from around the country will gather in Hill East this weekend to display and sell their work. The event is catered for both serious collectors and curious observers, providing the opportunity to meet the artists, hear about inspirations for their work and learn how to use pottery pieces at home. Admission to the show and sale is free.

 

Halloween at Rosedale

Rosedale Community Center (1701 Gales St. NE)

Saturday 12 – 4 p.m.

Center staff are throwing a Halloween Safe Haven celebration for community members with games, food, music, candy and a community parade. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St. SE)

Saturday 2 – 4:30 p.m.

This free event will preview the CHAW community through festive songs played by private music students and artwork samples from various classes. The art gallery will open at 2 p.m., and tours of the building will also begin at that time. The concert starts at 2:30, followed by a reception with donuts and cider. Costumes are recommended, as CHAW staff and the performers will be wearing them.

More Events

  • Be sure to check out the famous Spider House in Hill East. This year may be the last chance to see Capitol Hill’s most decorated Halloween house.
  • If you’re looking for a new home in the Capitol Hill area or just want to see what your neighbors’ houses look like, check out some of these open houses in the area this weekend.

Metrorail

  • Metro trains will run to their usual 3 a.m. cutoff on Saturday night, meaning they will run an additional hour because of the end of daylight saving time
  • Red Line trains will operate every 18 minutes
  • Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only
  • Green Line trains will operate every 16 minutes on Saturday, will resume normal weekend service on Sunday
  • Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 24 mins

Photo via Flickr/Teo

by Jennifer Currier — October 30, 2015 at 3:45 pm 1 Comment

One Capitol Hill resident has a serious bug problem, but that’s how she likes to live–at least during Halloween.

Lara Walker, 48, is the self-proclaimed “Mama Spider” behind the Capitol Hill spider house at the intersection of 13th Street and South Carolina Avenue SE. Almost every Halloween, the elaborate decorations seem to weave their way out of the brick home.

Walker has lived in Hill East for nearly 25 years and has set up her elaborate display of arachnids for more than 20 of them.

“The spider thing happened completely by accident,” Walker explained. “I like spiders, and they happen to be a simple thing in Halloween stores. I didn’t really like any of the gaudy, bright colored stuff.”

Halloween is the only holiday Walker commits to decorating for, and commit she does. She estimates it takes her at least 40 hours, spread out across the course of a week or so, to put up all the decorations.

Even then, she said she is constantly adjusting them, always finding something that could look a bit better.

The exterior decorations are made up of several packages of 400-foot long, synthetic webbing draped from all levels of the home, including the roof. It’s also wrapped around the fencing, trees and shrubs along the front and side of the house.

That’s not all. Nearly 30 spiders of all sizes are scattered around the webbing, hanging from the roof and windows. There are skeletons, bones, bats, ghosts, rats and likely hundreds of smaller spiders–what Walker calls the “babies”–used around the yard.

Every year, things are arranged a bit differently.

“I want it to look real, not kitschy,” Walker said. “I try to add a little bit every time.”

This year, she crafted some spider “cocoons” using extra webbing and some of the smaller spiders. They’re hanging from trees and settled in bushes. They are, indeed, freakishly realistic.

“People of all ages get a kick out of the house,” she said. “I think a lot of people appreciate how much work goes into it, but to be honest, I don’t do it for them. I just love it. I don’t know how to explain it.”

Until about 8 years ago, Walker worked in marketing communications. She now owns her own dog-walking business.

She doesn’t have any children, but she knows many families in the area and enjoys seeing the kids take notice of the decorations, whether they enjoy them or are a little scared by them.

“That’s what I love about this neighborhood, and I think it’s one of the reasons why I’ve stayed here as long as I have,” Walker said. “I think it’s also why this works here. It’s like a village, and everybody knows everybody.”

“In a community like that,” she added, “it’s kind of fun to be known as the spider lady.”

But being the spider lady is hard work, and Walker isn’t sure how many more Halloweens her spiders will come out for.

“I make no promises anymore about the house,” she explained. “That’s why I wanted to outdo myself this year because this really may be the last year.”

For now, trick-or-treaters can still visit the spider house between 6 and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Walker will be there too, dressed as a “spooky, witchy spider lady,” an extension of the entire display.

Visitors can also document and track their time with the spiders on Twitter and Instagram with #CapitolHillSpiderHouse.

As far as the future of the spider house, Walker said anything could happen.

“It’s a labor of love at this point,” she said. “A really weird one, but I do love it.”

by HillNow.com — October 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm 3 Comments

MPD Police CarsHill Now periodically publishes opinion pieces from our readers. Have something you want to share with the Capitol Hill community? Email us at [email protected].

by Richard Lukas

Sirens pulsed. Several squad cars flanked the streets, two blocks away from the spot of an armed robbery that occurred in broad daylight just hours before – and steps from the site of a public safety meeting that gathered officials from across the District and over 300 residents the night before.

Some neighbors thought that the police presence was in response to that day’s act of violence or the related surge in crimes that Washington has experienced these past several months. But hopes quickly dissipated. In fact, the protection was for those that make Capitol Hill their occupation, not their home. Watkins Recreational Field in Southeast DC was hosting the biennial Congressional Football Game, matching Members of Congress – and a few professional players – against those sworn to protect them, the U.S. Capitol Police.

Two weeks since I made my pronouncement that DC is gripped in a reign of terror, the District recorded its 130th homicide early this morning. Despite some laudable and key arrests by the Metropolitan Police Department, daily acts of violence have continued apace often in the same hot spots that previous acts occurred.

Fear is a democratizing factor. The terrors being committed affect rich and poor alike.

And while our leadership assures us that every step is being taken to protect us, many of us remain skeptical that things will improve in the short term.
I believe that our Mayor and Councilmembers are committed to making our streets safe.

Yet, I continue to also believe that things will not improve until more aggressive policy measures are enacted or tactical changes are employed by the police.

Unfortunately it is fear that also slows such required actions.

As a society, we have determined that the legislative process be one of slow deliberation. We believe that thoughtful discussion and analysis, debated over months or years, will produce good long-term policy results. We are afraid of impulsive or speedy decisions that could have unintended results.

At its best, our democratic system works well to benefit the next generation; but at its worst, it also paralyses us in times of crisis. Admirable public safety legislation is now before the Council. However, what moves forward, what is passed and enacted, and what outcomes can be identified will take more than a year – or years – to be realized.

While some will debate whether they feel that a true reign of terror is plaguing our residents (and my admitted apologies to Mr. Robespierre for coopting the term), people continue to believe that our leadership does not have the power to end this surge in crime and change the growing perception that our streets are unsafe.

Absent of emergency legislation or a heavier MPD presence, fear will persist.

Somewhat ironically, the “Guards” beat our elected representatives, curiously dubbed “The Mean Machine,” in Wednesday night’s football match-up. The players have retired from the field. The squad cars have left. But those of us who remain behind are still looking up at the score board – and sadly it seems like we are losing.

Lukas lives in Hill East and has worked in community development for more than ten years.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hill Now.

by Sean Meehan — October 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm 0

Looking for a new home in the Capitol Hill area or just want to see what your neighbors’ houses look like inside?

We’ve highlighted a few open houses this weekend to get you started. But be sure to check out our real estate section for a full listing.

1318 Corbin Pl NE1318 Corbin Pl. NE

3 BD / 2 BA

Agent: Ernestine Wilson, Ernestine J. Wilson Real Estate

Listed: $580,000

Open: Saturday from 2-4 p.m.

1701 Independence Ave SE1701 Independence Ave. SE 1

3 BD / 2 Full, 1 Half BA

Agent: Ty Voyles, Keller Williams Capital Properties

Listed: $669,900

Open: Sunday from 1-3 p.m.

520 10th St NE520 10th St. NE

4 BD / 3 BA

Agent: Bob Williams, Coldwell Banker Residential

Listed: $869,000

Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

506 6th St NE506 6th St. NE

5 BD / 5 Full, 2 Half BA

Agent: Elizabeth Millet-Yesford, E Venture LLC

Listed: $1,795,000

Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

811 3rd St SW811 3rd St. SW 7

2 BD / 1 Full, 1 Half BA

Agent: Lewis Bashoor, Long & Foster Real Estate

Listed: $525,000

Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

print_1-use249 14th Pl. NE

2 BD / 1 Full, 1 Half BA

Agent: Christine Fischer, McEnearney Associates

Listed: $595, 000

Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

by Sean Meehan — October 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm 1 Comment

Police car light

Police made multiple arrests this week in connection with four robberies in the Capitol Hill area, according to an announcement by police today. Shortly before the police announcement, another armed robbery was reported in Southwest.

Most of the arrests were of people under the age of 18 according to the announcement.

A boy was arrested for assault with intent to rob after assaulting a person on the 600 block of I Street SE on Monday. The assault occurred just before 8 p.m., according to police.

One man and two boys were arrested for an armed robbery on Sunday on the 60 block of Acker Place NE. The three alleged thieves robbed a person at gunpoint just before 7 a.m. Sunday.

One boy was arrested for an armed robbery on Friday. That incident occurred on the 900 block of New Jersey Avenue SE about 9:15 p.m.

Another boy was arrested for a snatch robbery on the unit block of H Street NW on Friday, Oct. 16 about 2:30 a.m.

About an hour before the police announced these arrests, another armed robbery was reported in Southwest shortly after noon today.

The robbery occurred on the 1100 block of 3rd Street SE. Police are looking for 2 men in a blue BMW. A police spokesperson did not have any additional information on this robbery.

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by HillNow.com — October 30, 2015 at 11:55 am 0

This beautiful row home sits on a quiet, one-way street near Lincoln Park. Right away, the home welcomes you with a beautifully maintained yard and charming front porch.

Inside, there are several classic characteristics that make this home feel very Capitol Hill, such as an exposed brick fireplace, stunning hardwood floors throughout and handsome moldings. Even with the classic touches, the space also has fresh updates including granite countertops, gas cooking and updated appliances. The main-level powder room, separate dining room, and private deck in the backyard make entertaining easy.

Light fills the staircase and full bathroom thanks to two skylights. An upper-level deck offers a spot to think or drink your weekend coffee in the sun. Two spacious bedrooms and a whimsical bathroom finish off the upper level.

Secure, off-street parking allows for convenient loading and unloading at any time of the day. And a fully fenced backyard will keep pets safe from the street. Plus, the roof was replaced in 2014. You’ll love the character of this home and the convenience it offers.

This stylish classic is four blocks to Lincoln Park, a ten-minute walk to Metro, restaurants and shops on H Street and a variety of things to do at Eastern Market. It’s also convenient to major commuter routes.

This property is listed at $595,000 and is open this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop by for a visit and fall in love. Check out the virtual tour and the full listing. For more information or to schedule a showing, please contact Christine Fischer via email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-930-6349.

The preceding post was sponsored by Christine Fischer.

by Sean Meehan — October 30, 2015 at 11:05 am 0

Rowers on the Anacostia River

Analysts Say New Stadium at RFK Site Would Come at the Expense of Public Services — Analysts from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, a group that conducts research on budget and tax issues, told Hill East residents that a new stadium at the RFK site would cost money that could be better used on schools, transportation and healthcare. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Advocates Hope Development Along Anacostia River Will Spur More Interest in Conservation — New development in Navy Yard and Southwest is bringing a lot more people in touch with the Anacostia River, which conservationists hope will lead to more interest in clean-up efforts. [District Source]

Photos: Inside Navy Yard’s New Pacers Running and Upcoming Hugh & Crye — JDLand took a look inside the Boilermaker Shops in Navy Yard, including the newly-opened specialty running store Pacers and the soon-to-be-open menswear store Hugh & Crye. [JDLand]

Metro Stands By Decision to Limit Service to Stadium-Armory Station During Construction — The interim general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Jack Requa, defended the decision to limit Orange and Silver line service to the Stadium-Armory Metro Station in a letter to ANC 6B commissioners. [Hill Now]

by Sean Meehan — October 30, 2015 at 9:55 am 1 Comment

Police carA person was stabbed yesterday near the King Greenleaf Recreation Center in Southwest.

The stabbing occurred on the 200 block of M Street SW a little after 5 p.m. yesterday, according to a spokesperson for D.C. Fire and EMS. The victim was hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The stabbing happened near the several blocks away from the site of a shooting that left one man in critical condition last Friday.

Police tweeted information about a person in interest in the stabbing but did not provide any additional information about the crime.

There were also two robberies reported in the Capitol Hill area last night.

Around 8 p.m., there was a robbery near the intersection of 13th and H streets NE, according to a tweet from police. The thief was not armed.

The second robbery occurred in Hill East about 8:30 on the 700 block of 12th Street SE, according to a tweet from police. Police said the thief used force and violence but could not immediately provide additional details on the incident.

This post will be updated as more information on these crimes becomes available.

by Tim Regan — October 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

HIPS volunteers (Photo courtesy of HIPS)Volunteers from a nonprofit based on the H Street corridor will visit homes throughout the District to collect candy this Halloween, Borderstan, a Hill Now sibling publication reported.

Workers with HIPS, an organization that advocates for sex workers and intravenous drug users, will travel to donors’ homes as requested to pick up the leftover treats as part of its yearly Halloween candy drive.

HIPS volunteer Emily Hammell said the nonprofit’s army of candy collectors are usually able to nab dozens of pounds of donated candy.

“The volunteer community of HIPS is really active,” Hammell said. “I’ll probably spend Saturday and Sunday with my old lady grocery cart and a backpack collecting candy.”

The organization, located at 906 H Street NE, hordes the candy to distribute to its clients throughout the year. Though Hammell said the organization will take almost any kind of candy, lollipops and Jolly Ranchers are usually clients’ favorites.

“The candy is used for when staff or volunteers are out in the van doing outreach,” Hammell said. “Also, people are sometimes hesitant to approach the van for the first time.

“If you can come away with a piece of candy, then perhaps your friends or your peers don’t have to know that you went and got condoms or had questions about HIV testing or needed help filing your employment or health paperwork,” Hammell added. “And most people love candy.”

To donate leftover candy, D.C. residents can e-mail HIPS or swing by the nonprofit’s headquarters on H Street. The organization will also welcome candy donations during its happy hour at Asia Nine (915 E Street NW) at 6 p.m. tonight.

Photo courtesy of HIPS

by Sean Meehan — October 29, 2015 at 1:40 pm 0

Stadium-Armory Metro Station (Photo via Flickr/NCinDC)The interim general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Jack Requa, defended the decision to limit Orange and Silver line service to the Stadium-Armory Metro Station in a letter to ANC 6B commissioners.

The top Metro official also said he is confident but not certain that full service will return to the station by the end of the year.

The letter, which was sent on Tuesday, is a response to a letter that the ANC sent to WMATA at the beginning of October.

The commissioners’ letter asked for clarification on why Metro chose to limit service and what alternative options were considered. It also called for more regular updates on the construction on the power substations that forced the delays.

Last week, Metro unveiled a webpage that outlines progress on the construction, which began when a fire damaged the substation in September.

In his letter, Requa explained that the service cuts had to be made to limit the amount of electricity required from the damaged substation. Because trains use more electricity when accelerating, Metro made the decision to have less trains stopping and starting at the Stadium-Armory station. He also clarified that WMATA is not considering alternatives to the service cuts.

“We are currently focused on bringing the traction power substation back into service as quickly as possible and are therefore not exploring alternatives to the current service operations,” he said in the letter.

In response to questions about his confidence that construction would be finished by the end of the year, Requa said he is not certain but is confident in that estimate. However, Metro officials won’t know for sure if the construction will finish by the end of the year until they know if the two power line-ups that were only moderately damaged can be salvaged.

Photo via Flickr/NCinDC

by Sean Meehan — October 29, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

Police are asking the public for help identifying two men they believe are connected to a shooting near Nationals Park on Oct. 23.

The shooting on the 1400 block of 1st Street SW at about 9 a.m. last Friday left one man in critical condition. Police are investigating the shooting as an assault with intent to kill.

Police released a surveillance camera video today showing two people they believe were involved in the shooting. In the video, the two men, one in a black hoodie and the other in a gray one, can be seen crossing the street from a distance.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.

by Sean Meehan — October 29, 2015 at 9:45 am 0

Gangplank Marina in SouthwestThe District is under a coastal flood advisory until noon today due to unusually high tides.

The National Weather Service warns that coastal areas in the District may experience minor flooding during high tide this morning as tides are about 1.5 feet higher than normal. An advisory is the least severe type of flood warning that the NWS issues, indicating a risk of minor “nuisance flooding” in low-lying waterfront areas.

According to the advisory, the risk for flooding will be highest during high tide around 10 a.m. this morning.

Unusually high tides called king tides are common along the East coast in the fall, according to the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang. Minor flooding associated with king tides is expected to become more common in the District as sea levels rise.

by Sean Meehan — October 29, 2015 at 9:00 am 0

Maine Avenue Fish Market

ANC Reviews Plans for Apartments, Daycare at Riverside Baptist Church Site in Southwest — PN Hoffman, the company planning to build a 7- to 9-story apartment building at the site of Riverside Baptist Church at 7th Street and Maine Avenue SW, presented plans to ANC 6D that included a daycare and public space. [SWTLQTC]

Dance-Off Between Police Officer and Teen in Southwest Goes Viral — A video shows a Metropolitan Police Department officer in a dance competition with a teen whom the officer was asking to leave the 200 block of K Street SE is being praised as an example of constructive community policing. [Washington Post]

Photos: Congress and Capitol Police Square Off on the Football Field — The U.S. Capitol Police beat members of Congress and former NFL players 7-6 in the seventh Congressional Football Game Wednesday night. [WTOP]

Where to Go to Celebrate Halloween All Weekend — Whether you’re looking for some costumed clubbing or family-friendly fun, we’ve compiled a list of Halloween events across the Capitol Hill area this weekend. [Hill Now]

by Jennifer Currier — October 28, 2015 at 4:15 pm 0

Halloween Pumpkins (via FlickrTeo)

There are only three more days until Halloween, so it’s time to start planning how you want to celebrate. Since the holiday falls on a spooky Saturday this year, you have plenty of time to join the festivities and plenty of options for where to go.

Whether you’re looking for some costumed clubbing or family-friendly fun, here’s a list of events to make the most of this Halloweekend:

Friday

Dinner and a Movie
The Argonaut (1433 H St. NE)
5 p.m.

The Argonaut is hosting a event for parents and their children. Upstairs, the newly-formed Argonaut Kids Club will be showing movies, doing activities and eating while parents can dine downstairs. Event prices start at $30 and vary based on the number of children who attend.

Hilloween at Eastern Market
7th Street SE (between Pennsylvania and North Carolina avenues SE)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The community tradition returns with free family-friendly activities and ways to celebrate Halloween. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best costumes and visit professional face painters, a haunted house, and a photo booth. Food, drinks and other treats will also be available for purchase. Councilman Charles Allen and Mayor Bowser will also be in attendance to give opening remarks.

Sweets to the Sweet!
Folger Shakespeare Library (201 E Capitol St. SE)
5:30 – 8 p.m.

The Folger is hosting a family-friendly Halloween celebration, Shakespeare style. Guests can expect holiday treats, candy, lines from Shakespeare and activities. The event is free and open to the public.

Boo to You Halloween Party
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St. SW)
6 – 8 p.m.

The recreation center is throwing a traditional Halloween party, with a costume contest and dance. The event is free and open to the public.

Derek Brown & Thriller on H Street
Joy of Motion Dance Center Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

This dance workshop will teach the entire routine from the Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. The workshop is open to dancers of all abilities levels ages 19 and up. Costumes–especially those inspired by the King of Pop–are encouraged. After the workshop, winners of the dance-off and costume contest will receive dance class packages. Participants can register online in advance for $25.

Saturday

Halloween at Rosedale
Rosedale Community Center (1701 Gales St. NE)
12 – 4 p.m.

Center staff are throwing a Halloween Safe Haven celebration for community members with games, food, music, candy and a community parade. The event is free and open to the public.

Happy Howl-O-Ween!
13th Street Community Park & Garden (13th and C streets SE)
1 – 3 p.m.

Nonprofit pet adoption organization Homeward Trails and the 13th Street Community Park & Garden invite families-and their pets-to the park for a Halloween celebration. All guests are encouraged to wear costumes, and gift card prizes will be awarded to the best dressed child and pup. Some adoptable dogs are also expected to attend. This outdoor event is free and open to the public.

Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St. SE)
2 – 4:30 p.m.

This free event will preview the CHAW community through festive songs played by private music students and artwork samples from various classes. The art gallery will open at 2 p.m., and tours of the building will also begin at that time. The concert starts at 2:30, followed by a reception with donuts and cider. Costumes are recommended, as CHAW staff and the performers will be wearing them.

Photo via Flickr/Teo

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