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Who's Ready to Decorate a Free Pumpkin?

Are you excited about the sixth annual PumpkinPalooza? We certainly are. It's the best way to celebrate autumn in NoMa with family and friends, and it's just one week away. 

Wednesday, October 25
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Corner of First and Pierce NE (1150 First St. NE)

And yes, we're giving away pumpkins (almost 800, in fact). Reserve yours today. In addition to providing you with the tools to decorate your gourd, we'll also be setting up a fun petting zoo, calling in the facepainters, enjoying the mellow sounds of the Ryan Forrester Trio, and much more. And if you're hungry, there will be free snacks as well as two food trucks to satisfy your appetite. We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!

P.S. — We're in need of a few volunteers to assist with PumpkinPalooza. If you're interested in helping, you can sign up at the pumpkin-registration page. Thank you in advance!

PumpkinPalooza is sponsored by Advantage Financial Federal Credit Union.

Take a Walking Tour of Union Station

Union Station is one of the great buildings of Washington, D.C. If you want to learn more about this iconic Beaux-Arts structure, the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation is offering a 90-minute walking tour on Saturday, November 3, at 10:00 a.m. The tour will cover the station's 110-year history: architect Daniel Burnham's vision, the station's role in two world wars, its 1980s restoration, present-day endeavors, and more. Don't delay: Space is limited, and tickets are selling quickly. Secure your reservation today.

A New Cafe That's All About the Local

There's a new spot for coffee, tea, and eats in the NoMa neighborhood — but this one is different. The Village Cafe (1272 Fifth St. NE), founded by native Washingtonians Kevon King, Ryan Williams, and Mahammad Mangum (pictured above, left to right), aims to support the District in all that it does, from the businesses where it sources food and drink to the D.C. groups and institutions it plans on working with to host compelling events. Learn more about the Village Cafe at this DCist article, then stop by for some refreshment and a chance to say hello to these young and ambitious entrepreneurs.

Forget Paper Maps: We've Gone Digital

For several years now, the NoMa BID has published a pamphlet informing people about the neighborhood: where to dine and shop, local attractions, hotel and transportation options, and more. Well, those days are over. Presenting the all-new NoMa Neighborhood Guide, now on our website at Moving to a digital format will enable us to update information more quickly and regularly, instead of the twice-yearly, headache-inducing updates our paper version required. And if you want this information on the go, there's even a cellphone-friendly version. Check it out today! (Did we miss something? Let us know.)

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