Police Discover Illegal Gun on Trip to Navy Yard Car Wash — Four members of the U.S. Capitol Police recovered an illegal gun during a trip to get their black Chevy Suburban cleaned at Splash Car Wash on I Street SE. The gun was found in another customer’s car, which the officers witnessed. [Washington Post]
The Wharf Modifies Plans for Pier 4, Eliminates Townhouses — The developers of The Wharf in Southwest have modified their plans for Pier 4, eliminating residential development along the pier and starting construction earlier. [SWTLQTC]
New Sport Pickleball Takes Over Sherwood Recreation Center — Pickleball, a game that combines tennis, badminton and table-tennis, is taking over Sherwood Recreation Center at 640 10th St. NE. [Hill Rag]
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
Pope Francis may have left the Capitol Hill area on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean this weekend will be quiet.
Barracks Row, the H Street corridor, Navy Yard and other areas on and around Capitol Hill are set to have a variety of happenings Saturday and Sunday. And while road closures and rerouted buses won’t be as prevalent as they were during the pope’s visit, the Barracks Row Fall Festival will cause some disruptions for drivers and bus riders.
Here’s a roundup of what to expect this weekend on and around Capitol Hill:
Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
8th Street SE between E and I streets SE
Live music, arts, fashion trucks, food trucks and a petting zoo are just some of the features of the street festival that will take over several blocks of 8th Street SE.
Saturday 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
H Street corridor
Arts venues along the H Street corridor will participate in the District’s annual Art All Night festival, which includes gallery shows and live performances.
Saturday 2 p.m.
Amidon-Bowen Elementary School Park (4th and G streets SW)
Multiple vendors will set up shop at the school’s park. Organizers asked vendors to donate a portion of their proceeds to a college fund for Taije Chambliss, a 13-year-old girl who was injured in an Aug. 30 shooting.
Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
1400 East Capitol St. NE
More than 15 residents of the Car Barn condo building will participate in a building-wide yard sale.
Saturday 1-5 p.m.
Yards Park (355 Water St. SE)
Wiener dog races are the main attraction at this festival, which will also include live music, beer and food.
Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St. NE)
The Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers are hosting the 2nd annual event celebrating the neighborhood with food and activities for families.
Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)
The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery will hold their third scary movie screening in the cemetery.
The only road closures planned for the Capitol Hill area this weekend are around the Barracks Row Fall Festival. The following blocks will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.:
- 8th Street SE from E to I streets SE
- G Street SE between 7th and 9th streets SE
Every line except the Green Line will have maintenence work this weekend
- Red Line trains will run every 20 minutes, with additional trains from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. running every 10 to 12 minutes between the Farragut North and Rhode Island Avenue Metro stations.
- Orange, Silver, Blue, and Yellow line trains will run every 24 minutes.
The only Metro bus route interruptions this week will occur around the streets closed for the Barracks Row Fall Festival. The 90, 92 and 93 bus routes will detour around the closure on 8th Street SE. The following bus stops will not be served between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday:
- M and 10th streets SE (both directions)
- M and 8th streets SE (northbound)
- 8th and L streets SE (both directions)
- 8th and G streets SE (both directions)
- 8th and E streets SE (northbound)
- 8th and D streets SE (southbound)
The Potomac Avenue-Skyland and Union Station-Navy Yard Circulator routes also will detour around the street closures on Barracks Row. On Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Circulator will skip all stops on Barracks Row.
Photo courtesy of Barracks Row Main Street
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.
NoMa, H Street NE and Capitol Riverfont
Locals can take walking tours of Capitol Hill-area neighborhoods.
Waterfront Metro Station (4th and M streets SW)
Time: 4-9 p.m.
Dozens of vendors will gather for Southwest’s monthly, Asian-inspired market. There will be crafts, antiques, live music and food trucks.
Folger Shakespeare Library (201 East Capitol St. NE)
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Authors Caroline Bicks and Michelle Ephraim will kick off the 2015-2016 season of free Folger Friday talks. They’ll discuss and sign copies of their new book, “Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas.”
Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St. NE)
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers are hosting the 2nd annual Sherwood Day. The event is a celebration of the neighborhood made for the whole family with food and activities.
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (1636 East Capitol St. SE)
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The fair and market will have several free events, including health screenings, face painting, a moon bounce, pet grooming, an Xtreme video game truck, secure document shredding, line dancing, yoga and more.
Photo via Facebook/Market SW
(Updated at 9 p.m.) A store on the H Street corridor is asking for book donations this weekend to help bring more reading opportunities to children who use a nearby recreation center.
The store, which opened in June, is looking for books for readers of all ages, said Aphra Adkins, who runs Akae with Seda Nak. Adkins noted, however, that many of the locals who visit the recreation center at 640 10th St. NE are 18 years old or younger.
“The center does a great job ensuring that everyone has a positive experience,” said Adkins, who is also the business manager of Sally’s Middle Name, which shares the same building as Akae. But the center has “a sad book collection,” she said.
“Anything is helpful,” Adkins said of book donations.
Photo via Flickr/Lydia Liu