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Nerds In NoMa: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: Better Cities
Scotch Whiskey Tasting
goDCgo Transportation Breakfast
Lobby Project Art Opening: Amanda Burnham

Nerds in NoMa Speaker Series Kicks Off December 3
Photograph courtesy of Washington Project for the Arts

Gather your happy hour crew for Nerds in NoMa, a new speaker series that kicks off Tuesday, December 3.  Tuesday’s night of nerdery will focus on temporary urbanism and creating better cities with the lighter, quicker, cheaper approach. The powerhouse panel includes Harriet Tregoning, Director of the DC Office of Planning, verdeHOUSE’s Morgan Greenhouse and BicycleSPACE’s Erik Kugler. RSVP for this free event at Purchase a libation, a bite from Ravioli Revolution, and learn something new from 6-8 PM at 1200 First Street, NE. This is the first of six nerd-tastic nights this winter. Can't make it this week? Save the date for the next Nerds in NoMa on December 17; local beer and spirit aficionados from DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works and New Columbia Distillers will discuss what's on tap for the District. 
The location could not be more fitting for discussing temporary urbanism, because Nerds in NoMa takes place in the Lobby Project, a three-month pop-up activation of 1200 First Street, NE. This pilot project features new furniture, art curated by the Washington Project for the Arts, a morning café, free wifi and other programming to create a comfortable, cool place to hang out and connect. Click here for more information about the Lobby Project.
Walmart Opens December 4
Did you know that DC's first two Walmarts will open at 8 AM on December 4, including the store located at 99 H Street, NW in NoMa? The 75,000 SF Walmart  will have a grocery component and alcohol. The store is part of a larger project by the JBG Companies that includes 303 residential apartments leasing soon, a Starbucks, a Capital One Bank, and other retail and services. The second Walmart in DC is located at 5968 Georgia Avenue NW.
DC Streetcar Road Closures This Week
Starting on Wednesday, December 4 east and westbound traffic on H Street, NE between North Capitol Street, NE and Fifth Street, NE will be closed intermittently for the installation of the DC Streetcar's overhead catenary system (OCS) and to finalize a permanent traffic barrier at the Western turnaround. Construction crews will try to limit the closures to one direction per day, however traffic on H Street between Fifth and North Capitol will likely be completely blocked off for occasional time periods. Traffic routes between the Union Station garage and the Kaiser loading dock entrance will remain open. Traffic Control Officers will be on site to assist pedestrians and cars with detours, and control traffic at H Street, NE and North Capitol Street, NE. To learn more about the construction project, and to view suggested detours, please click here.
Scotch Whiskey Tasting
Join Ed Kohl, a member of the Quaich, a non-profit society dedicated to sharing knowledge and enjoyment of single malt whiskey, for a one of a kind Scotch Whiskey seminar and tasting at Union Market on Tuesday, December 3 from 7:30-9 PM. Tickets are $45 per person and include the seminar, tasting, and hor d’oeuvres from Union Market’s Neopol Smokery. All scotches you taste will be 10% off for tasters to take home with them. To reserve your ticket, please email or call them at (202) 548-2450. 
goDCgo Transportation and Sustainability Breakfast
Are you looking to reduce your organization’s carbon footprint? Join goDCgo for a breakfast to discover how your organization can increase participation in existing transportation benefits programs, the role of transportation in LEED certification, and other best practice methods to increase your environmental sustainability. Click here  to register for this free seminar at the International Spy Museum on Thursday, December 5 from 9:30 -11:30 AM. 
Give Back This Holiday Season
The holiday season is approaching, and with it comes an increased awareness of helping those in need. There are many ways to give back to your community, including:
  • Food Drives:
    A. H Street FRESHFARM Market's fourth annual food drive is collecting monetary donations to get fresh food from local farmers for those in need. All collected food goes to First Church, which is working with the Director of Community Services at Brookland Manor to identify families in need to receive baskets of fresh food. This food drive helps those in need and simultaneously supports local farmers. For more information, visit FRESHFARM’s website. Monetary donations can be made online, or mailed to Director of Markets and Programs Juliet Glass at FRESHFARM Markets located at P.O. Box 15691, Washington, DC 20003. 
    B. The Metropolitan Police Department and Food for Families are joining forces to organize a food drive, and are collecting canned goods and non-perishable items at First District Station at 101 M Street, SW and 500 E Street, SE. The First District Citizens Advisory Council is coordinating First District’s efforts to assist with this initiative. All food donations dropped off at one of the two locations are greatly appreciated. Suggested donations include: canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni, and other non perishables. For more information, please contact Robert Pittman at
  • Household Items: Pathways to Housing DC, a local non-profit organization, is committed to ending chronic homelessness in Washington, DC by moving homeless individuals off of the streets of Washington, DC and into permanent, safe and supportive housing. When Pathways to Housing matches a homeless individual with housing, they need all of the homegoods, cleaning supplies, and kitchen supplies to make their residential unit a home. Your donations will help Pathways to Housing DC warm the holiday season for individuals in recovery from homelessness, addictions and coping with serious mental illnesses.  Requested household items include everything from toilet paper, laundry detergent, sheets, silverware, vacuums, and more. If you are interested in having your apartment or office building become a drop-off location for these household donations, please contact NoMa BID Marketing & Events Associate Ali Newman at
  • Toys for Tots: Fantom Comics joined forces with Toys for Tots to bring DC kids some Christmas cheer in the form of toys, games, and comic books! All comic books and graphic novels bought from Fantom Comics as donations for Toys for Tots will be discounted 20% off. Locals are also encouraged to drop off any unopened games or toys they'd like to donate at their store located on the Mezzanine Level of Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.

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