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


Police carAuthorities have apprehended a boy in connection with a carjacking near the H Street corridor this spring, police announced last night.

The young man, who is under the age of 18, was arrested Monday on a warrant for the May 18 carjacking on the 800 block of 11th Street NE.

In the crime, three people flagged down a motorist, telling her that her tire was going flat, police said. The trio then pulled her from her car, got in and drove off.

The boy police arrested is considered the “main suspect,” according to authorities.

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Morning Rundown

D.C. Moms and Dads for Rational-Gun-Safety Legislation march (Photo via Twitter/Charles Allen)

Local Gun Control Activists March to Capitol Hill — Members of D.C. Moms and Dads for Rational Gun Safety Legislation marched from Lincoln Park to the U.S. Capitol to demand action on gun violence yesterday morning. [Washington Post]

Vandals Damage Children’s Art Near Eastern Market — Vandals damaged Capitol Hill students’ art that is on display on the walls of the walkway bordering the Hine construction site near Eastern Market. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Man Convicted of Attack on Dog at Lincoln Park — Local Ryan Bixenmann, 36, has been convicted in an assault on a dog at Lincoln Park last year. The dog was euthanized after receiving internal injuries in the attack. [Hill Rag]

Photo via Twitter/Charles Allen

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Friday Night Fishing (Image via YouTube/Anacostia Riverkeeper)

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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.


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 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.


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


Pet-Wise photo for July 5

This sponsored column is written by Bonny King-Taylor, director of training and communication at Saving Grace Petcare. Visit www.savinggracepets.com and let us know how we can support you.

You hear it all the time, “It’s not the heat…it’s the humidity” when our neighbors complain about D.C. summers.

For our furry friends, the discomforts and dangers of summer weather go much further. It’s the heat, the humidity, direct sun, the air pressure, the asphalt, the sidewalks, hot metal, pests, parasites and pretty much everything associated with what we consider fun in the sun.

The truth is, your pet’s cooling system is notoriously poorly designed. Even short-haired dogs and cats suffer outdoors.

For instance, people tend to think of paw pads as equivalent to shoe leather. In one way, that thought makes sense because critters don’t wear shoes, right? However, it does not take into account that fact that paw pads contain hundreds of veins, very close to the surface of the skin. These veins carry blood and fluids from the heated ground, directly to the heart. And, since dogs perspire only through the tongue and between the paw pads, that heated fluid doesn’t get much chance to cool down before causing the entire body to heat up quickly.

Heat stroke can result, so the #1 rule is: If the street is too hot for YOU to walk on without shoes, your dog should not either!

Always provide plenty of water and shade and consider leaving your pets indoors while you are running errands or eating in an outdoor café.

If you do have to take your dog with you, please NEVER leave him or her in the car. Not even for a minute with the window cracked. A car is a magnified oven and your dog simply cannot defend against the heat.

You might consider a portable cooling pad.

While out, be on the lookout for these symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Increased heart rate (Normal=puppy/120-160, 30lbs or less/100-140, 30lbs or more/60-100)
  • Excessive panting (Normal is 10-30 breaths per minute up to 200 pants per minute)
  • Increased and/or thick drool
  • Bright red tongue & gums or very pale gums
  • Depression, lethargy, weakness, or disorientation (stumbling)
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea (sometimes with blood)

As heatstroke progresses, it can cause seizures, coma, cardiac arrest, and death.

As soon as you see the signs of heatstroke:

Remove the dog from the hot area immediately. Once in a cool place, lower his temperature by placing wet towels over the back of the neck, under the forelimbs, and in the groin area. If possible, increase air movement around him with a fan. (Do NOT apply water in humidity.)

Be careful to use room temperature water. Cooling too quickly and especially allowing his body temperature to become lower than 103° (normal is 100° to 102°) can put the dog into shock or worse.

Transport the dog to his veterinarian as soon as possible. Even if the dog appears to be recovering, he should still be examined for dehydration or other complications.

Resist the temptation to force water into the dog’s mouth. This could cause aspiration and/or choking. Allow free access to water if the dog wants to drink on his own.

Prevention is key

  • Keep pets with predisposing conditions like heart disease, obesity, older age, or breathing problems cool and in the shade. Even normal activity for these pets can be harmful.
  • Breeds with short brachial systems: Pug, Bulldog, Pekinese, Boxer, Shih Tzu, Chihuahua should be kept out of heat a much as possible.
  • Do NOT wet dogs down in high humidity. The excess water will heat up, making things worse!
  • Walk in the shade and on grass as much as possible.
  • When the temperature is over 90° or 80% humidity, reduce the time outside to no more than 15 minutes.
  • When returning home, guide the dog to a cool area of the house.
  • Take care of yourself! You are your dogs’ best defense. Hydrate, shade yourself, strategize and be alert

Finding a great pet-life balance when you are busy with work, family and social obligations can be tough. Busy people need all the help they can get and Saving Grace Petcare is here to help you navigate the urban, professional environment across the 20002 and 20003 zip codes.

We’ve learned a thing or two during our 16 years of caring for thousands of every kind of pet you can imagine. In Pet-Wise each week, we will share tips, tricks, behavioral and product recommendations, book reviews and sweet stories about life with pets in the Capitol Hill, Hill East, NoMa and Brookland neighborhoods.

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


Bandit is the Hill Pet of the Week. He’s a 4-month-old cat who can be adopted from City Dog Rescue’s City Kitties program. Here’s his bio shared by his foster parent, Katie Baumer:

Young Bandit recently took a lengthy road trip up to DC to become a City Kitty. The little guy was off to a rough start and was congested with a cold, and also underweight! Even with the uphill battle, he was quick to take in his new surroundings and explore and cuddle. He’s now chubby and cured, and you can tell how thankful he is about his new life. He’s so happy to have some space to run around in and does lots of silly kitten jumps and leaps. He also loves to be near his person. Whether it’s running between your feet as you walk around, or snuggling up next to you, Bandit will be there keeping you company. He loves to be picked up and carried around, and purrs easily to show his contentment.

To adopt Bandit, see City Dog Rescue’s website.

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 courtesy of Katie Baumer


(Updated at 10:50 a.m.) A man sought in a robbery with a knife in a NoMa sandwich shop last week has appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The armed robbery happened at the Subway near H and North Capitol streets NW about 8 a.m. June 26. During the robbery, the suspect lifted up his shirt to reveal a knife he hid in his clothes.

Video authorities distributed late last week in connection with the crime shows a man talking to a cashier at the restaurant. The Subway worker then opened the cash register, and the man grabbed fistfuls of cash, which he put in his pocket before leaving.

Police also nabbed a man wanted in a NoMa bank robbery over the weekend.

The robbery, which involved a note to a teller, occurred in the TD Bank at 1275 1st St. NE about 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

Joshua Parker, a 30-year-old man who has no fixed address, was arrested yesterday in connection with the crime. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Video via YouTube/MPD


Morning Rundown

Councilmember Charles Allen of Ward 6 at the Barracks Row Fourth of July parade (Photo via Twitter/Office of Charles Allen)

Photos: How Capitol Hill Celebrates July 4 — Local blogger Larry Janezich photographed U.S. Marine Corps musicians, dancers, politicians and other people as they marched down Barracks Row on Independence Day. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Frager’s Garden Center to Close Next Year — Frager’s Garden Center at 1230 Pennsylvania Ave. SE is scheduled to close in 2017 to make way for a new mixed-use development. [Hill Rag]

Photos from Man Slain on Metro Go Up in NoMa Station — Photos from Kevin Sutherland, who was stabbed to death on a Metro train near the NoMa-Gallaudet University stop last year, are now on display in the station. [Washington Post]

Photo via Twitter/Office of Charles Allen


D.C. fireworks on July 4, 2010 (Photo via Flickr/Tim Kelley)

A parade, late-night food trucks and fireworks are coming to the Capitol Hill area this Independence Day weekend.

On Sunday night, “Midnite BBQ” is returning for its third year with vegan and vegetarian cuisine at the DC Pavilion (1399 5th St. NE).

Then on Monday, the Barracks Row Fourth of July Parade is slated to kick off from 8th and I streets SE at 10 a.m. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:09 p.m. on the National Mall.

The temperature is expected to reach the low 80s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service No rain is expected, except for Independence Day.

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), an interesting place to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend is:

Washington Sculptors Group (Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center at 40 South Carroll St., Frederick, Md.)
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cartes Blanches” is a group exhibition that is part of the 2016 Sculpture Now series.

Photo via Flickr/Tim Kelley


All-Purpose Pizzeria, photo via Capitol Riverfront BIDIt looks as though All-Purpose Pizzeria will open a location near Nationals Park next year.

An outpost for the Shaw pizza joint is slated to open at 25 Potomac Ave. SE in 2017, according to the Capitol Riverfront BID and retail broker Rappaport.

The eatery serves pizzas topped with ingredients like roasted mushrooms and truffle sauce and pepperoni, basil and chili honey. The pizzeria also serves salumi and house-made charcuterie and hot and cold antipasti.

More Information from the Capitol Riverfront BID:

A new restaurant tenant has been signed for Dock 79, a mixed-use waterfront development located at 25 Potomac Avenue, SE in the Capitol Riverfront. Retail broker Rappaport announced that All-Purpose Pizzeria will join The Salt Line at Dock 79 in 2017.

From the owners of Red Hen and Boundary Stone, All-Purpose features a menu of deck oven-fired pizza, antipasti, and beverages.

Dock 79 will feature 305 luxury apartments, 18,500 SF of ground floor retail, a public plaza, water promenade, and a variety of temporary recreational uses. Dock 79 is the first of four phases that will eventually deliver 1.2 million SF of mixed-use waterfront density.  It is expected to complete in late summer 2016.

Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID


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.

209 3rd St. SEWe talk about amazing locations a lot. After all, Capitol Hill itself is an amazing location. But this spot really is hard to beat. This house is on a tree-lined street, one block from the Library of Congress, and two blocks from the Capitol South Metro. And it truly steps from Starbucks and numerous restaurants and shops along the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor.

209 3rd St. SE is a beautiful Victorian on a quaint street on the southeast side of Capitol Hill. The four finished levels include five bedrooms, three full baths, and a powder room. The house also featured beautiful period details and creature comforts such as hardwood floors, broad casings, high ceilings, and three fireplaces.

The fantastic first floor features a formal living room, separate dining area, and a large eat-in kitchen. The second story delivers a den, full bath, and two junior bedrooms. The top floor master suite impresses with a large bath and lovely roof deck where you will love enjoying a morning cup of coffee or evening drink.

The finished basement, which offers plenty of extra living space, has its own kitchenette. A magnificent magnolia tree shades an impressive rear courtyard. Off-street parking and amazing storage completes the package via a two-car garage with soaring second story loft.

This home will be hitting the market soon! If you want to learn more, give us a call.

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


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