Urban Honeybees (via Facebook:DC Honeybees)The White House has had them for more than six years. With the proper equipment and training, you can, too.

A four-part class series on urban beekeeping is scheduled to begin this Monday at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). The DC Beekeepers Alliance will help teach the classes and provide insight on how to properly keep bees in the District.

Classes are scheduled for the next four consecutiveMondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center. Each class will cover different topics, including how to rebuild the declining bee population and the health benefits of honey.

Participants can register online for all four classes for $40 or for classes. The scheduled classes are:

  • All Beekeeping Is Local on Oct. 26.
  • The Fascinating World of Bees on Nov. 2.
  • Creating an Urban Environment for Bees on Nov. 9.
  • Products of the Hive on Nov. 16.

Photo via Facebook/DC Honeybees


Pacers Navy Yard (courtesy of Pacers Running)

A specialty running store and retailer opened its second D.C. location today in Navy Yard’s Boilermaker Shops.

Pacers Running newest location is at 300 Tingey St. SE is celebrating its grand opening through this Sunday. The company has five other locations throughout the District and Virginia.

“For several years, we have looked at options to service this great part of the city and are happy to now call Navy Yard home,” CEO Kathy Dalby said in a statement.

The store was designed with elements that honor the historical 1919 Navy Yard building, according to the statement. This includes fixtures salvaged from old Naval ships.

The space itself is more than 2,000 square feet to house apparel, shoes and accessories. It will have training services, a “Run Lab” for gait analysis and will serve as a meeting spot for fun runs on certain weeknights.

The first of these runs is scheduled for tomorrow night as part of the grand opening celebration. A group will run 3 to 5 miles, followed by drinks at neighboring Bluejacket.

Pacers Navy Yard hours are:

  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Pacers Running


In 1955, a 424-foot military destroyer launched from Maine to enter the Navy.

Almost 30 years later, the Navy decommissioned the same vessel to the Washington Navy Yard as a display ship.

And on Saturday morning, a formal departure ceremony is scheduled to give former sailors, Navy employees and locals an opportunity to say goodbye to the USS Barry.

“I’m glad we’re able to bring the crew pier-side before the ship leaves,” Navy spokesman Brian Sutton said. “There are also a lot of neighborhood folks who have interest in the area, so we would love for them to drop in as well.”

The ceremony is set to begin at 10 a.m. at the Washington Navy Yard’s Cold War Gallery. It’s free and open to the public, and attendees can access the gallery through the Washington Navy Yard Riverwalk, with a government-issued identification card.

The event will honor the destroyer a final time with speeches and a small celebration, commemorating its military career and role as a permanent, public display ship at the Navy Yard.

In the late 1950’s, the Barry was assigned to the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, patrolling waters around the world and responding whenever needed.

When on active duty, the Barry was part of the blockade of Cuba during the 1962 missile crisis. The destroyer also successfully stopped a Russian ship that tried to depart the Caribbean without having its cargo inspected, according to Stars and Stripes. During the Vietnam War, the Barry is credited with destroying more than 1,000 enemy vessels, earning two battle stars in the process.

The Barry then served visitors of the Washington Navy Yard from 1984 to 2014, showing what it is like to live and work on a military ship. But over the years it has spent in the Anacostia River, the battleship has seen fewer and fewer visitors and mounting maintenance requirements to keep it safe for tours.

Now, the destroyer is more of an “industrial area” than a museum as historical organizations take away its artifacts for preservation and other displays, Sutton said. The Barry’s future is only certain up until Saturday’s departure ceremony.

But where is it going? No one knows yet, not even Sutton.

“The Navy hasn’t put out a contract on it, but that should be happening within the next few weeks,” he said. “One of the contracts will be awarded between December and January. The Barry will probably be moved not long after that happens.”

Tug boats then will tow the Barry downriver and on to its new home. While there are several Navy yards along the East Coast, it could end up anywhere.

For now, the destroyer will maintain its post on the banks of the Anacostia, waiting for its next assignment.


Congressional Cemetery in Fall (Photo via Congressional Cemetery)

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.


H Street Corridor Safety Walk

Start at TD Burger (3rd and K streets NE)

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Locals who live near the H Street corridor are slated to have an opportunity to walk and talk with District police and government officials about safety in their neighborhood this week.

Friday and Saturday

In Their Own Words: Soul Strolls at Congressional Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

The Congressional Cemetery is replacing its Halloween gala with four nights of tours. The tours will tell the stories of some of the 65,000 “residents” there, as interpreted by cemetery staff. The event is planned for the twilight hours of Friday and Saturday for the next two weeks, with a cash bar and music each night. Tickets are available online and cost $20 for adults and $10 for children who are 12 years old or younger.


13th Street Community Park & Garden Yard Sale

13th and C streets SE

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This community-wide yard sale of donated items will benefit the 13th Street Community Park & Garden. Residents can donate items for the sale throughout the week by contacting [email protected] and arranging a drop-off. Accepted items include small furniture, clothing, toys, books, electronics and baby items.

15th Annual Renovator’s House Tour

Stuart-Hobson Middle School (410 E St. NE)

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ten homeowners throughout Capitol Hill are opening their doors to showcase their home decor and renovation style. The tour is hosted by the Capitol Hill Cluster School as one of its primary yearly fundraisers. Guests can start at any of the homes or at the recently renovated Stuart-Hobson Midle School, which is part of the tour. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased online or in person at Schnieder’s, Hill’s Kitchen and Frager’s Hardware.

REI Thingamajig Used Gear Swap & Beer Garden Bluegrass

150 M St. NE

Time: 12 – 5 p.m.

Retailer REI will host a community gear swap where residents can buy, sell, barter or trade their used outdoor accessories with fellow lovers of the outdoors. Anyone bringing gear to sell will get table space to do so. Proceeds from each ticket will go toward Living Classrooms, which provides educational opportunities to young people. In addition to the gear swap, visitors can listen to live music from Kingman Island Blues & Bluegrass Folk Festival bands performing at Wunder Garten. Tickets are available for $7 available online or at the door.

Photo via Congressional Cemetery


D.C. United Stadium (Photo via D.C. United)(Updated at 1:50 p.m.) The D.C. United Stadium deal approved by the D. C. Council last week included a package of benefits for people who live in the neighborhood, and more benefits are being finalized now.

D.C. United and the Near Southeast/Southwest Community Benefits Coordinating Council are ironing out additional concessions, CBCC Coordinator Felicia Couts said last night (Monday) at a community meeting.

The benefits will tentatively provide 24 summer jobs for youth, 25 day camp passes for youth, free community meeting space, match tickets for Jefferson Middle School students and more, Couts said.

“Due in large part to our advocacy, we were able to get community benefits for Southwest,” she said about CBCC, the nonprofit that started working on a deal with team owners this summer.

The benefits will be available for the next 30 years to people who live in the neighborhoods covered by ANC 6D as of its 2013 boundaries. These include Southwest, Navy Yard and Near Southeast.

The benefits deal will be legally binding and an enforcement committee will make sure it’s applied, Couts said. The committee will be made up of representatives from CBCC and D.C. United.

The deal should be finalized within days, D.C. United communications director Craig Stouffer said today.

The community benefits included in the stadium deal approved by the District Council were $4.9 million for the Convention Center-Southwest Waterfront Circulator route, $250,000 for renovation and programming at the Randall Recreation Center and $121,000 for a workforce intermediary program to help locals get jobs in construction, retail and hospitality.

Photo via D.C. United


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