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Check Out Some Art

We commissioned a new installation from D.C.-area artist Eric Celariar for the lobby of 1200 First St. NE. The artwork, called Biosphere, consists of 43 colorful prints of mundane materials, arranged in various sizes and groupings. It's the latest in Celarier's ongoing exploration of humanity's impact on the environment. The 1200 lobby is open to the public weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., so take some extra time during a workday stroll or the commute home to experience Bisophere. Also, mark your calendar for Saturday, September 14, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We'll be hosting a panel discussion with the artist and others. Watch for more information about the event in the coming weeks.
 

Prepare to Get Fit

There's a new workout option arriving at the Highline apartment building (320 Florida Ave. NE): Orangetheory Fitness, which expects to open its doors by late September. However, you can take a tour of their preview space today by contacting studio1248@orangetheoryfitness.com. Bonus: New members can lock in discounted rates — but only for a limited time, so act quickly. 
 

Vote for Red Bear

Washington Blade's Best of Gay D.C. 2019 poll is up and running, and among the many things they want your opinion on is Best Local Brewery. In the mix is newcomer Red Bear Brewing, which has been an incredible addition to the NoMa community. (It's also already produced an award-winning beer.) You have until August 28 to add your vote — and you can vote once a day until the poll closes. 
 

See John Lennon's Stamp Collection

Did you know that John Lennon collected stamps when he was a child? You can see his book at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, located on Massachusetts Avenue just across the street from Union Station. But don't delay: the exhibit closes on September 2. And be sure to check out the museum's calendar of events, as there's always something going on, from lunchtime talks to special tours to family-friendly happenings. 
 

On a More Serious Note [With Link]

The NoMa BID is well aware of the tent encampments in NoMa’s underpasses and on First Street NE. Please take a moment to read this open letter from BID President Robin-Eve Jasper describing neighborhood concerns and suggesting ways to address this ongoing, and worsening, public space issue.

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