Rosedale Kids EventMore than 150 kids between the ages of 6 and 12 are invited to race, bowl and bounce basketballs in the Rosedale Community Center gym (1701 Gales St. NE) during a free community event next month.

The Rosedale Kids Summer Olympics/Field Day event will kick off on June 25 at noon, according to event organizers.

“In honor of the upcoming summer Olympic Games, we’ll be hosting a special field day where kids ages 6 to 12 will compete in teams for a chance to take home a winning trophy,” the event listing reads. “This event will help our Rosedale kids kick off a safe and fun summer break.”

The event is organized by E Street Adventures, a community group that sponsors events for children around the area. Event company Awesome Sports and Games will also help stage the games free of charge.

Volunteers and donations of snacks and prizes are still needed. Click here to view the event’s Amazon shopping list.

Image courtesy of Rena Goldman


Mayor Bowser on Ward 6 Fitness Walk (Photo via Facebook/ FitDC)Mayor Muriel Bowser will start off 2016 with a 5K walk/run near RFK Stadium tomorrow morning.

The run will begin at the intersection of 19th Street NE and East Capitol Street, in front of Eastern High School. Runners of all fitness levels can register for free online. The annual run is part of Bowser’s FitDC initiative to promote health in the District.

Bowser also announced that as part of that initiative, all District Department of Parks and Recreation fitness centers will be free for D.C. residents in 2016.

Fitness centers, which used to require a membership fee, will offer free treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines and weights to residents.

The fitness centers in the Capitol Hill area are:

  • King Greenleaf Recreation Center – 201 N St. SW
  • Rosedale Community Center – 1701 Gales St. NE
  • Sherwood Recreation Center – 640 10th St. NE

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:


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.


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


Morning Rundown

Capitol Hill Historic District sign

New Capitol Hill Citizens Group Stresses Open Communication With Law Enforcement at First Meeting — The new group Citizens for a Safe Capitol Hill held their first meeting on Sunday and brainstormed ways that the group can most effectively deliver their concerns about crime to authorities. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Rosedale Community Center Seeking Volunteers and DOnations for Annual Safe Haven Halloween Celebration — The Rosedale Community Center will host a Safe Haven Halloween celebration Saturday afternoon but still need volunteers to help out. [Frozen Tropics]

Southwest Housing Community Designated a Historic Landmark — St. James Mutual Homes, a community of 16 multifamily buildings on the 200 block o0f O Street and P Street SW, were designated historical landmarks after nearly 80 years as moderate-income housing. [SWTLQTC]

Pullman Place Condos to Begin Construction Near NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station — Pullman Place, a new 42-unit condo building at 911 2nd St. NE, is set to begin construction shortly with plans to be complete by fall 2016. [District Source]


Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)A group of juveniles stole money from a customer and various items from a Barracks Row 7-Eleven in a flash mob-style robbery, police said.

The robbery occurred about 5 p.m. yesterday at the 7-Eleven on the 400 block of 8th Street SE, according to a police report. The thieves stole various items from the shelves and $20 from a customer who was waiting to make a purchase.

The same 7-Eleven location was robbed in early September in a similar incident involving a group of juveniles.

A man also was assaulted during an attempted robbery last night, according to police.

The man was walking near the intersection of Potomac Avenue SE and 14th Street SE about 7 p.m. when he was approached by another man who demanded his cell phone. When the victim did not hand over his phone, the attacker punched him in the face and fled. DC Fire officials say that the victim was not hospitalized.

Police responded to reports of gunshots at 3 p.m. yesterday in northeast Capitol Hill. The gunshots were heard on the 1600 block of Kramer Street NE near the Rosedale Recreation Center. When police arrived, a man told police he was shot at by an unknown person but was not injured. Around midnight last night, police arrested two suspects that they believe were involved in the shooting.

Photo via Flickr/nullvalue


King Greenleaf Recreation CenterCriminals would have fewer dark corners to use at two Ward 6 recreation centers under a new proposal from Mayor Muriel Bowser to help fight crime in the District.

The King Greenleaf and Rosedale recreation centers would receive more lighting if the D.C. Council approves Bowser’s fiscal 2015 supplemental budget, which she released yesterday. The budget calls for $1.1 million to install additional lights at the facilities at 201 N St. SW and at 1701 Gales St. NE, as well as at six other recreation centers.

The lighting “will ensure that these centers remain a safe place for residents to congregate” in neighborhoods with “heightened crime,” according to a summary of the plan.

D.C. crime statistics show that 36 armed robberies, assaults with weapons and other violent crimes were reported within 1,000 feet of the Rosedale Recreation Center from Jan. 1 to Sept. 16. During the same period last year, 37 of the crimes were reported.

Within 1,000 feet of the King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 18 violent crimes were reported from Jan. 1 to Sept. 16. The area saw 21 of the crimes during the same period the previous year.

The violent crimes in and around King Greenleaf Recreation Center grounds this year included a daytime shooting that injured a man and shattered glass at the facility.


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