Capitol Hill Agenda (May 31-June 6)

Summerfest DC

Capitol Hill Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in the Capitol Hill area. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.


We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History
National Archives (700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW)
7-9 p.m.

Scholar and Rabbi Gary Zola shows why President Lincoln was given the affectionate title “Rabbi” by America’s small but growing Jewish population. 


Reptiles Alive!
Northeast Library (330 7th St. NE)
2 p.m.

Kids ages 5 and up are invited to meet live animals and learn stories and facts about them at the Northeast Library.

Redefining Antisemitism through the Stories of Jews and Muslims during the Holocaust
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW)
7-9:15 p.m.

Manhattan College professor of religious studies Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi discusses antisemitism through stories of Jews and Muslims during the holocaust.



Southwest Farmers Market Grand Opening
The Lot Southwest (425 M St. SW)
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

VIDA Fitness and UDC SNAP-Ed specialists join the usual produce and food vendors for a kick-off celebration at the Southwest DC Farmers Market at the Waterfront Metro Station. 

Retro Jumpers: Double Dutch Team
Southeast Library (403 7th St. SE)
2 p.m.

Learn how to Double Dutch and work out by jumping rope. Participants will have to sign a waiver to participate. 

Summerfest DC: Beer, Wine & Music Festival
Half Street Fairgrounds (1201 Half St. SE)
12 p.m.

The fairgrounds in Navy Yard will host a festival where residents can taste more than 80 craft beers in addition to wine, cider, food, live music and art. Tickets can be purchased online.


Smithsonian’s Sci-Fi Sunday Screening: Star Trek
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (600 Independence Ave. SW)
4:15-6:30 p.m.

The National Air and Space Museum screens Star Trek in the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater.

Photo via Facebook/ Summerfest DC


Woman Shot in Hill East

1000 block of 13th Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)A woman was shot in Hill East just before 3 p.m. today.

The shooting occurred about 2:55 p.m. on the 1000 block of 13th Street SE. The woman was shot multiple times and was conscious and breathing, according to police.

Police have not yet released any suspect description or information.

Photo via Google Maps



District Council Approves New Location for Ward 6 Homeless Shelter

850 Delaware Ave SW (Photo via Google Maps)The District Council today approved a new location for the homeless family shelter planned for Southwest.

The move was part of a revision to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Homeward DC plan to replace the aging D.C. General shelter with smaller, safer shelters in all eight Wards. As part of the council’s revised plan, the Ward 6 shelter was moved from its initial planned location at 700 Delaware Ave. SW to 850 Delaware Ave. SW.

Today the council voted unanimously to approve the revised plan.

The Ward 6 shelter, which will offer transitional housing to up to 50 homeless families, was originally slated to be built next to Blind Whino, an art and event space in Southwest. However, neighbors expressed concerns about the chosen site which was not on land owned by the District.

Neighbors identified District-owned property at 850 Delaware Ave. SW as a possible alternative. After considering another alternative location at 200 K St. NW, Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen recommended that the council choose 850 Delaware Ave. SW for the future shelter.

Currently, 850 Delaware Ave. SW houses a Unity Health Care clinic in need of repairs. Allen said in a statement that the city has committed to rebuilding the clinic as part of the shelter construction.

“I believe today’s vote represents a better deal for D.C. taxpayers, a better deal for the Southwest community, and most important, a better deal for those families experiencing homelessness,” Allen said in a statement on the change of location.

Photo via Google Maps


Hill Pet of the Week: Dap

Metro Mutts

Dap is the Hill Pet of the Week. He’s a two-year-old terrier/ pit bull mix who can be adopted. Here’s his bio shared by the Washington Humane Society Shelter on New York Avenue NE:

What’s up?! I am Dap. I know its kind of a silly name but they gave me that name because I have a very special talent – if you put your fist out I will give you a dap (or some folks call it giving pounds)! If you don’t believe me check out my profile pictures!

I’m also a big ole goofball. I love hanging out with my human friends and I love learning new tricks – especially when treats are involved. You might have noticed I have some scaring on my back. I don’t really remember what happened before I got to WHS but I know the folks here are taking good care of me and nursing me back to health.

To adopt Dap or other pets from the Humane Society, see the Petango adoption site or call 202-576-6664.

Want your pet to be considered for Hill Pet of the Week? Email [email protected]with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a gift bag of dog or cat treats from Metro Mutts, along with 100 Metro Mutts Reward Points.

Known for “What dogs and cats want. What owners need,” Metro Mutts specializes in products and services for passionate pet owners. Now offering individualized dog walking, pet sitting and cat care from two store locations on Capitol Hill, on Barracks Row and on H Street NE. Learn more at www.metromuttsdc.com.

Photos via Washington Humane Society


Postal Museum Exhibit to Highlight Intersections Between Mail, National Parks

postal museum park service (Photo via National Postal Museum)A new exhibit opening at the National Postal Museum in June will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service by exploring how mail has moved to and from the national parks and historic sites throughout history.

The exhibit, “Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks,” is set to open on June 9 will feature artifacts from the museum’s collections as well as postage art inspired by national parks and items loaned by the National Park Service. The exhibit will run through March 2018 at the Postal Museum at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

“This exhibition marks the centennial of the National Park Service by exploring how the parks and the mail are intertwined, sometimes in surprising and unusual ways,” Daniel Piazza, the museum’s chief curator of philately said in a press release. “We’ve also managed to bring a little bit of the national park experience indoors through artifacts and photographs loaned by Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Petrified Forest and other national parks.”

The museum will celebrate the exhibit’s opening with a family day on June 11. Families will be able to achieve “Junior Ranger” status by exploring the exhibit with an activity booklet that will guide them through kid-friendly activities.

Photo via National Postal Museum 



Morning Rundown

Yards Park Mosaic

Questions Remain After District Council Votes to Move Ward 6 Homeless Shelter to Mount Vernon Triangle — Mount Vernon Triangle residents are questioning the process of selecting sites for homeless shelters after the District Council voted to move the proposed Ward 6 shelter location from Southwest to 2nd and K streets NW. [Washington City Paper]

Jefferson Middle School, Capitol Hill Montessori to Receive Improvement Funds — As part of the proposed 2017 education budget, Jefferson Middle School at 801 7th St. SW could receive $1 million to upgrade its science labs while Capitol Hill Montessori at 215 G St. NE is slated to receive $4 million to pay for a new heating and cooling system. [Hill Rag]

Interviewing the Owner Behind Capitol Hill’s Most Unique Bookstore — Jim Toole, the owner of Capitol Hill Books, spoke to Washingtonian magazine about his unorthodox organization and his handwritten rules posted throughout the store. [Washingtonian]

Navy Yard Eatery Due South Eyeing Satellite Location on Yards Park Boardwalk — Navy Yard restaurant Due South is in the early stages of planning “Due South Dockside,” along the Yards Park boardwalk to serve drinks and a limited food menu. [JDLand]

Monthly Capitol Hill Area ANC Meeting Roundup — Hill Rag takes a look at what happened last month with Capitol Hill area ANCs, including 6A6B6C and 6D. [Hill Rag]


Police Officer Shoots Gun-Wielding Man on H Street

300 H Street NEA D.C. Police officer shot and critically injured a gun-wielding man on H Street earlier today, authorities said.

The shooting occurred on the 300 block of H Street NE just before 6:30 a.m. today, an MPD press release said.

According to police, an off-duty officer saw a man leaving a store with allegedly shoplifted items. When the officer tried to stop the man, police said the suspect pulled out a gun.

“The suspect failed to comply with the officer’s commands and the officer discharged his weapon,” continues the press release. “The suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene.”

The man was taken to an area hospital in critical but stable condition, authorities said.

More information from an MPD press release:

Chief of Police Cathy Lanier and Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department responded to a police-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, May 29, 2016, in an establishment in the 300 block of H Street, Northeast.

At approximately 6:29 am, an off-duty officer observed an adult male carrying objects from the listed location in his arms and backpack.  The officer attempted to stop the individual for shoplifting, when the suspect produced a firearm.  The suspect failed to comply with the officer’s commands and the officer discharged his weapon.  The suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene.

The suspect was transported to an area hospital in critical but stable condition.

Investigation into this incident continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 202-727-9099.

Photo via Google Street View

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What to Expect for the Capitol Hill Area This Weekend

Capitol Hill

Ready for summer and a three-day weekend?

Saturday likely will be the best day to go outside, with the temperature expected to reach the mid-80s under sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. Storms are slated to arrive in the area Sunday night and leave by Monday morning. The temperature is expected to be in the low 80s both days.

Here’s what else you might want to know for the Memorial Day weekend:

  • Most outdoor public pools and spray parks are opening for the season at noon Saturday.
  • The Beach Boys, Trace Adkins and other entertainers are performing on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Sunday as part of the annual National Memorial Day Concert, which is free.
  • Metro trains are running on a Sunday schedule on Monday. There’s also track work throughout the system.
  • Government buildings are closed Monday. D.C. public libraries also are closed Sunday.
  • Parking meters and most parking restrictions won’t be enforced Monday, except along the H Street NE streetcar line.
  • Trash and recycling collection that would normally happen Monday will be pushed to Tuesday.
  • Hill Now is closed Monday. Enjoy the holiday!

At Home on the Hill: Quality and Comfort in Hill East

At Home On The Hill

This sponsored column is written by Ty Voyles, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and principal of Fulcrum Properties Group, a team of real estate agents located on Capitol Hill that serves Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

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The lower level lends options aplenty and gets the mind spinning. Thinking extra income? In-law? Airbnb? Oh, the possibilities here. . .

Out back lies a broad deck over an inviting yard. And the sweet garage is too nice for storage and isn’t even needed for parking since you’ve got two additional spots for that. To top it off, the Metro is just a stone’s throw away. It’s heaven in Hill East!

Come see this great listing on Saturday or Sunday from 1-3 p.m., or give us a call to set up a private appointment.

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


Metrobus Crash Injures Six People in NoMa

A collision involving a Metrobus and another vehicle injured five adults and a child in NoMa this morning, according to officials.

The crash happened near the intersection of Florida and New York avenues NE about 11 a.m., Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokeswoman Morgan Dye said.

The child and four of the adults were brought to a local hospital with minor injuries, D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted. The four adults who were hospitalized were all on the bus, Dye said. But it wasn’t immediately clear if the other people injured were riding the bus, too.

The bus was traveling on the 90 route to the Duke Ellington Bridge when a vehicle made contact with the back of the bus, causing “very minor damage,” Dye said.


Local Pools, Spray Parks Open for the Summer Tomorrow

Rosedale Pool (Photo via Flickr/DPR)Local pools and spray parks will officially open for the summer season tomorrow morning.

Cool-down spots that include the Randall Pool at 25 I St. SW and the Rosedale Pool at 1701 Gales St. NE will open along with the children’s pools at 500 L St. SE (Lincoln Capper) and 420 12th St. SE (Watkins Elementary School) at noon tomorrow morning, the city announced Wednesday.

The spray park at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center at 201 N St. SW will also open tomorrow but at 10 a.m.

Admission to city pools and spray parks is free for D.C. residents.

Photo via Flickr/DPR


Morning Rundown

Public art on 8th Street SE

Lanier: Cops ‘Need a Little More’ to Solve Capitol Hill Reporter’s Murder — D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said investigators “just need a little more” to nab the shooter who killed Capital Community News reporter Charnice Milton last year. [NBC Washington]

Six Inmates Injured in Hill East Jail Fights — Six inmates received cuts and puncture wounds from homemade shanks and other weapons in two brawls in the D.C. jail on the 1900 block of D Street SE last night. [Washington Post]

Metro Riders Stop Would-Be Robber at Capitol South — Two Metro customers pinned down a man suspected of trying to steal someone’s cellphone at the Capitol South Metro station yesterday afternoon. Police later arrested the man. [Washington Post]

Self-Storage Facility Might Replace Navy Yard Car Wash — Splash Car Wash at 10 I St. SE might give way to a self-storage building. [JDLand]

Hill East Lawyer Questions FOIA Request FundraisingRaman Santra, a Hill East resident and government lawyer who handles Freedom of Information Act requests, wrote on his Barred in DC website that Commissioner Denise Krepp of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B never needed to pay fees for her FOIA requests for crime statistics, making it unnecessary for her to raise money for the info. [Barred in DC]


Capitol Hill Building Permit Roundup (May 19-25)

Rowhouses on E Street NE

Hill Now’s building permit roundup is back again. Check out what your neighbors are constructing around the Capitol Hill area.

The permits the D.C. government issued from Thursday, May 19, to Wednesday, May 25, are below. Permits from our previous roundups are here.

The data also is available through this link.

This project is a work in progress. Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section or at [email protected].


Where to See New POW! WOW! Murals in NoMa Tonight

NoMa mural (Photo via Flickr/NoMa Business Improvement District)Locals will have the chance to view some brand new murals across NoMa tonight.

The NoMa BID will kick off a tour and happy hour event with a smattering of artists at the Lobby Project (1200 1st St. NE) this evening at 6:30 p.m., according to an event listing.

The artists have for the past week beautified the neighborhood as part of POW! WOW!, “a global art movement that celebrates culture, music and art in cities around the world.”

Read more about POW! WOW! below:

POW! WOW!, an international  art movement that celebrates culture, music and art in cities around the world is coming to NoMa!

POW! WOW! brings talented local and international artists together in partnerships with community members that enrich, beautify and enliven neighborhoods. The POW! WOW! festival will include exciting experiences and create beautiful murals that will become part of NoMa. Almost 20 extraordinarily talented muralists from DC and around the world will be creating original masterpieces as part of this year’s POW! WOW! 

Featured artists include Matt Corrado, No Kings Collective, Kelly Towles, Decoy and others. Check out a map of the mural locations.

Photo via Flickr/NoMa Business Improvement District


Navy Yard Beer Garden The Brig Says It’s Opening June 5

Image via Facebook : The BrigNavy Yard’s forthcoming beer garden, The Brig, is on track to open at 1007 8th St. SE  on June 5, a representative with the business told us this morning.

Of course, the real question is whether you believe them. After all, we’ve heard this before. The beer garden previously advertised it would open May 1 and May 13.

But the latest date might actually be the real deal. The business tweeted at Eater D.C. earlier today and said it would open in “two weeks”:

Whenever it opens, the new business will seat roughly 210 and serve 299 people from 20 beer taps.

Image via Facebook / The Brig


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