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Where to Eat in the Capitol Hill Area During Summer Restaurant Week

Summer Restaurant Week (Photo via Facebook/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington)

(Updated at 11:10 a.m.) Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s Summer Restaurant Week is almost here again.

About 250 eateries in the D.C. area have signed up to participate in the week-long event from Monday, Aug. 15, to Sunday, Aug. 21, according to a RAMW news release. All the participating restaurants are set to have prix fixe menus, with lunches for $22 and dinners for $35.

For example, diners can grab a sirloin steak meal at Charlie Palmer (101 Constitution Ave. NW) or head to Bistro Bis (15 E St. NW) and get its creamy arborio rice Risotto au Pistou.

Other Capitol Hill-area participants include:

Photo via Facebook/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

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Capitol Hill Building Permit Roundup (July 7-13)

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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, July 7, to Wednesday, July 13, are below. Permits from our previous roundups are here.

The data also is available through this link.

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NoMa’s Wunder Garten to Host ‘Sneak Preview’ This Weekend

Photo via NoMa BIDAn outdoor beer garden in NoMa is set to dust of its benches for a short amount of time this weekend, according to a newsletter from NoMa BID.

Wunder Garten announced it will host a “neighborhood sneak preview” at its new location at 1st and L streets NE this weekend from 4-10 p.m., the BID said.

Though it wasn’t immediately clear on what the “sneak preview” would entail, the BID promised patrons would be able to “drink great beers, enjoy the weather and experience Wunder Garten before they fully open for the season.”

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How Capitol Hill Area-Residents Can See ‘Icebergs’ for Free

Icebergs (Photo via Facebook/National Building Museum)

Capitol Hill-area residents are set to have the opportunity to chill out in a “fantastical glacial sea” with an undersea bridge and ice chute for free next week, according to the National Building Museum.

The Ward 6 day for the NBM’s “Icebergs” exhibit is scheduled for Tuesday from 9-11 a.m, according to the museum’s website. To get in without paying, Ward 6 residents must bring identification cards that show their zip codes.

The installation at 401 F St. NW will open to the general public at 10 a.m. But if they’re not members of the museum, they’ll have to pay between $13 and $16.

Firehook Bakery and Daikaya also will have snacks, including Japanese “kakigori” shaved ice.

The museum adds on it website:

ICEBERGS is built from re-usable construction materials, such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling, a material commonly used in building greenhouses. The 20′ high “water line” allows panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs. The tallest “bergy bit,” at 56′, reaches to the third story balcony of the Museum. ICEBERGS occupies a total area of 12,540 square feet.

Photo via Facebook/National Building Museum

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Free Party With Sports and Food Coming to Southwest

Photo via DC DPRJuly is Parks and Recreation Month, and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) wants to celebrate the occasion with a day of sports, games and activities.

DPR plans to host its Second Annual Rec Day at Randall Recreation Center (South Capitol and I streets SW) on Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m.

The free event will have “fun activities, entertainment and food,” according to a press release.

DPR Director of Communications Gwendolyn Crump said she expects a larger turnout for this month’s rec day in comparison to last year. “We have more activities and more partners,” Crump added.

DPRSuperRecDay2016 backThis year’s activities include basketball, kickball, softball, tennis, a water slide and an obstacle course, according to an event flyer.

The event isn’t just limited to sports. Attendees can also play Playstation 4 games, participate in arts and crafts and watch fashion shows. For young children, the event will include face painting, storytelling and a tricycle relay.

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Men Wanted in Hill East Theft Caught on Video

Three men sought in a theft in Hill East last month have appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The theft happened in the CVS Pharmacy at 500 12th St. SE about 9:10 p.m. June 14.

Video authorities released yesterday in connection with the crime shows the men walking into the store together and leaving, after some time elapsed. One of them held a bag as he walked out.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. 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 indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

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Capitol Hill Agenda (July 12-18)

Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series (Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID)

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.

Tuesday

Under the Sea
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place SW)
3 p.m.

Kids, between the ages of 5 and 12, can get an introductory lesson on sharks and stingrays to learn how these fish benefit marine ecosystems.

Wednesday

Rockin’ the Block Concert Series
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Musical performers, lawn games and food from local restaurants are once again coming to Navy Yard as part of a free concert series.

Thursday

Jurassic World
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
7 p.m.

Locals can watch dinosaurs come to life in this free outdoor thriller as part of Capitol Riverfront’s Outdoor Movie Series.

Keeping Cool with Capoeira
Rosedale Library (1701 Gales St. NE)
5 p.m.

Teens can learn how to use music, rhythm and language for self-defense and other purposes through this Afro-Brazilian art form.

Wine & Design
National Postal Museum (2 Massachusetts Ave. NE)
5-7 p.m.

A happy hour with wine and crafting is coming to the National Postal Museum.

Friday

The Texas Chainsaw Horns
The Yards Park (355 Water St. SE)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Capitol Riverfront’s Friday Night Concert Series is back this week with the funk, soul and R&B band, The Texas Chainsaw Horns.

Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID

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Capitol Hill Building Permit Roundup (June 30-July 6)

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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, June 30, to Wednesday, July 6, 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].

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Community Meeting for RFK Stadium Events Set for Next Week

RFK Stadium (Photo via Wikimedia/Ben Schumin)Locals will have a chance to discuss the future of events at RFK stadium next week.

EventsDC is set to hold scheduled a quarterly meeting for the community to talk about happenings at RFK Stadium on the 4th floor of the arena (2400 E Capitol St. SE) Monday at 7 p.m.

The meeting should cover past, current and future events at the stadium, Pete Kirschner, Director of Communications and Marketing at EventsDC, said.

“We are always open to and encourage residents to provide feedback,” Kirschner added.

One topic that may be on the agenda is the stadium’s Summer Cinema Series, since Kirschner mentioned it might be a popular topic among residents.

Photo via Wikimedia/Ben Schumin

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Truckeroo Festival to Return to Navy Yard This Week

Truckeroo (Photo via Georgetown Events)

A festival with live music, cold drinks, games and lots of food trucks is once again set to return to Navy Yard in a couple days.

Truckeroo, the self-described “biggest food truck gathering in D.C.,” is scheduled for the Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds (1299 Half St. SE) Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to a press release.

Admission is free, and more than 25 food trucks are slated to come to the event.

The food trucks slated to participate include:

  • BBQ Bus
  • Cajunators
  • Carmen’s Italian Ice
  • Crepe Love
  • DC Empanadas
  • DC Slices
  • Urban Poutine
  • Due South
  • Feelin’ Crabby
  • Fire & Rice
  • Halal Grill
  • Misco Honey
  • Pittsburgh Rick’s
  • Peruvian Brothers
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound
  • South Meets East
  • Surfside
  • Swizzler
  • Tacos Matadores
  • That Cheesecake Truck
  • The Big Cheese
  • The Orange Cow
  • CarolinaQ
  • Korean BBQ Taco Box
  • NeatMeat DC
  • Rocksalt
  • Sloppy Mama’s

Photo via Georgetown Events

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Dog-Friendly Festival Planned Near Union Market Next Month

Woofstock, photo via Washington Human Society-Washington Animal Rescue LeagueA festival will bring dogs, beer, food trucks and live music to an event space near Union Market next month.

Barkly, a professional dog-walking service, and The Big Bad Woof, a pet supplies company, will host the second annual Woofstock at the DC Pavilion (1399 5th St. NE) on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 3-7 p.m.

The event will have craft beer from Raven Brewery, local food trucks, giveaways and a special animal adoption event.

“People in D.C. are hungry for dog-friendly events,”  Barkly co-founder Dave Comiskey said.

Around 350 people attended last year’s Woofstock event despite dismal rainy conditions, Comiskey said. This time around he’s expecting “well over 1,000 guests” to attend, weather permitting.

Locals can snag a free ticket online to attend the event.

Photo via Washington Human Society-Washington Animal Rescue League

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Capitol Hill Agenda (July 5-11)

Friday Night Fishing (Image via YouTube/Anacostia Riverkeeper)

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.

Wednesday

Bike Maintenance Basics
REI Community Space at Wunder Garten (100-198 L St. NE)
6:30-8 p.m.

This free class aims to teach bicyclists how to lube a chain, fix flats and make minor adjustments.

Thursday

Mean Girls
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
7 p.m.

Locals can sit under the stars and enjoy a free outdoor screening of “Mean Girls.” The film is scheduled to start at sundown.

Friday

Friday Night Fishing
Diamond Teague Park (100 Potomac Ave. SE)
5-8 p.m.

All gear and bait is provided to participants free of charge during this fishing event along the Anacostia River.

Saturday

The Great North American Naughtical Beer Mile
Pacers Running (300 Tingey St. SE)
6-10 p.m.

Those interested to run in this “beer mile” must RSVP to attend the event. Expect something a “wee bit naughty,” organizers said.

Book Sale
Southeast Library (403 7th St. SE)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This book sale at the Southeast Library  is a chance to grab some new reading material. Most books are only $1, according to the library’s website.

Yoga With Love
Southeast Library (403 7th St. SE)
1:30 p.m.

The Southeast Library slated a free, relaxing event this Sunday to finish off the weekend. WithLoveDC instructors are scheduled to lead participants through the yoga class.

Image via YouTube/Anacostia Riverkeeper

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Capitol Hill Building Permit Roundup (June 23-29)

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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, June 23, to Wednesday, June 29, 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].

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Longtime Lesbian Bar on Barracks Row Goes Up for ‘Sale or Lease’

Phase 1 (Photo via Flickr/notionscapital)One of the oldest LGBT bars in D.C. has hit the market.

Phase 1 (525 8th St. SE), which had catered to the District’s lesbians since 1970, shut its doors “until further notice” in February, according to a post on its Facebook page. Now, a “For Sale or Lease” banner hangs outside, local blog Capitol Hill Corner reported today.

“I’m not open right now — I’m taking a break,” co-owner Allen Carroll told Capitol Hill Corner. “I don’t know what I want to do. I’ve been open 46 years. I’ve got it up for sale or lease.”

This bar isn’t the only business geared toward the LGBT community to close on Capitol Hill in the past few years.

Remington’s (637-639 Pennsylvania Ave. SE), a gay bar, shut down in 2014 after operating for 30 years. The buildings that used to house Remington’s now consist of a Sprint outlet and a 7-Eleven store.

Phase 1’s closing was “truly a disappointing loss both to the local lesbian community and to Barracks Row,” executive director Martin Smith of Barracks Row Main Street told Capitol Hill Corner. “Phase 1 was one of the oldest businesses on 8th Street.”

Phase 1’s Dupont Circle outpost also closed last year.

Photo via Flickr/notionscapital

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‘Midnite BBQ’ Planned Near Union Market This Weekend

Photo via Midnite BBQFood trucks will sling food late into the night during a special event near Union Market this weekend.

The “Midnite BBQ” will return for its third year at the DC Pavilion (1399 5th St. NE) this Sunday, according to its website.

Instead of hamburgers and hot dogs (which are apparently banned from the event) the barbecue’s food trucks will sling alternative fare like vegan food and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Tickets are $30 before fees. A portion of the proceeds  go toward a charity that focuses on nutritional education, as its website noted.

More info on the Midnite BBQ from its website:

America is a melting pot of cultures, but the words “BARBECUE” or “cookout ” connote imagery of an “All-American” event, w/ a menu devoid of food that truly reflects our diverse American cultural make-up. To add, most BBQs and cookouts focus on grilling pork, beef and chicken. While people across many cultures enjoy these options, there is a thriving community of health enthusiasts / religious practices with diet restrictions. The MidniteBBQ was inspired by a team member growing up in a Muslim household, having to ask, ” is there pork in this?” at every cookout, potluck and BBQ attended. We decided to flip the script, while catering to everyone…weeding out the ordinary w/ “No Burgers. No Hotdogs”, adding late night hours, a variety of options for restricted diets, and exotic options for the most discerning tastes.

Photo via Midnite BBQ

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