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NoMa Summer Screen: Hook
Curbside Cookoff
Gallaudet Day of Learning
Open Arms Housing Fundraiser
Art Opening: Gallery NK
PARK(ing) Day
Crafty Bastards

Tonight: Hook at NoMa Summer Screen
BANGARANG! Join us as we remember the amazing Robin Williams at a special encore NoMa Summer Screen with the classic film Hook today, August 27! 
Hook will be shown on the Loree Grand Field at Second and L Streets, NE. The event starts at 7 PM with music, giveaways, food trucks, picnicking and fun for all ages. The films will start at 8 PM. All movies are screened with subtitles. Pirates, lost boys, fairies, and friendly (leashed) crocodiles are welcome. Follow us on Twitter @NoMaBID or Facebook for weather updates and giveaway information.
The 2014 series is sponsored by Storey Park, a 712,000 SF project with office, retail and residential in the heart of NoMa, coming in 2016. For more information, visit Developed by First Potomac Realty Trust and Perseus Realty. Thanks to Toll Brothers Apartment Living for hosting the event on their field. 
Create a Mini Park for PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day, a global event in which metered parking spaces are transformed into temporary public parks, returns to DC on September 19. Interested in creating your own mini park? Great! The NoMa BID will obtain all the required permits for NoMa businesses, property owners, and friends who plan to create a park in the neighborhood. Even better, the best five design ideas that are submitted to the NoMa BID before August 29 will receive a $200 stipend to help bring their imagination to life. Lend the space your creativity, elbow grease, and pizzaz to transform an ordinary parking space into something extraordinary. Let’s bring as many temporary parks to NoMa as possible in 2014!

Since it began in 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with artists, organizations and individuals constructing creative temporary public space in urban contexts, such as libraries, gardens, and miniature golf courses. Pick a metered parking space which is open to the public, free of commercial activity, and contains no rush hour restrictions. 

To express interest in PARK(ing) Day, please email NoMa BID Marketing & Events Associate Ali Newman at

Comment on Mid City East Plan by Tuesday

The Office of Planning (DCOP) has published for public review and comment the Draft Plan for Mid City East. The DCOP is providing a 30-day public comment period on the Mid City East Plan. Comments must be submitted to the office by the closing date, Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

The Draft Plan conveys a shared vision, records the guiding principles that were developed through the community-based planning process, and includes key recommendations for neighborhood character, commercial revitalization, redevelopment, public realm, parks/green space and connectivity. The Draft Plan provides residents, land owners, developers, city officials and District agencies with a framework to guide future development in the study area. To view the Mid City East Small Area Plan on line right click on the link below then open the link in a new window.  Mid City East Draft Small Area Plan

If you would like to comment on the Draft Plan, you must submit them by September 2, 2014. Comments must include a name, address and any organization for which the comments represent. Please send all comments to: C
helsea Liedstrand, Citywide Planner, 1100 4th Street SW., Suite E650,Washington, DC 20024 or via email at

Curbside Cookoff

What's your favorite food truck? Come out for Curbside Cookoff on Saturday, September 6 to taste the fare of 20 of the D.C. area's top food trucks, find a new favorite truck, or reaffirm your loyalties. With craft beer, a kids activity area, and  six live chef battles, there's something for everyone. The judging panel for the chef competitions includes Tim Carmen, James Beard Award-winning food writer for the Washington Post, Ris Lacoste, chef-owner of RIS and Valerie Van Dyke, Director of Consumer Marketing of the Virginia Beef Industry Council. 

General admission is $5 to get you through the gate, and then standard food truck pricing applies. Want to be entered for the chance to win two free Curbside Cookoff tickets? Tweet us @NoMaBID and tell us who you think should win #FoodTruckofTheYear. Then, let your voice be counted in the official vote. Curbside Cookoff will take place at 88 M Street, NE, a large parking lot at the intersection of First and M Streets, NE. Closest Metro is NoMa-Gallaudet U. 
Day of Learning

Learn something new at the Day of Learning, a community-driven event that unites the District by activating our brain cells. With lectures, classes and workshops taught by some of the best minds in the District, the event is a celebration of D.C.’s vibrant culture, history, and people. From an introduction to hand dancing to getting the low-down on mixing the city’s signature cocktail (the Gin Rickey) to exploring D.C.'s neighborhoods, the Day of Learning is an opportunity for the city’s community to learn from and teach each other.

You can see the 30+ speakers and classes as well as purchase tickets for $15 at The Day of Learning will take place on Saturday, September 6 from 11 AM-6 PM at Gallaudet University (800 Florida Avenue, NE).

New Art Gallery Opens in NoMa

Two years after Nihal Kececi bought a carriage house at 321 K Street, NE, she renovated the interior to transform it into an art gallery. Gallery NK is Nihal's home, studio and gallery space. Currently, Nihal and Richard McMurry, a classical oil painter, are exhibiting pieces in the space. The opening for the new exhibit, entitled "Abstract Landscapes" will be Thursday, September 11 from 5-8 PM. The exhibit will be on display through October 2. Click here for more information about visiting the gallery.

Support Open Arms Housing

Over the past five years, Open Arms Housing, Inc. has made a meaningful difference in the lives of homeless women living with mental and physical disabilities across the Washington, DC area.  On September 9, Open Arms Housing, Inc. will host its third annual fundraiser  from 6-8 PM at the National Association of Realtors, 500 New Jersey Avenue, NW. Please click here to support the event and purchase tickets.

Open Arms Housing, Inc. has provided onsite supportive services on O Street, NW to women with a range of mental health issues since 2009. The first facility addressing homelessness in the city to emphasize  the unique "Housing First" approach, Open Arms Housing is proud of its 95 percent rate of residents remaining in housing. 
For more information, please contact Marilyn Kresky-Wolff at 202-525-3467, or visit the web site at     
NPR Commons: 10% Discount


Did you know that NPR's headquarters are located in NoMa? Their gift shop, NPR Commons, is a great place to find plenty of unique items that fit your needs, and you might even run into Carl Kassel or David Greene while you shop.

Visit the NPR Commons before the end of September and mention that you’re a “NoMa Neighbor” to receive an exclusive 10% off discount! The NPR Commons is open every Monday through Friday from 10 AM-2 PM, and every purchase supports NPR programming. Also, stay tuned for special events and extended hours this holiday season! NPR is located at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE.

Sunday Farmer's Market at Union Market
Pick up something local and delicious at this Sunday's FRESHFARM Market at Union Market (1309 Fifth Street, NE) from 11 AM-3 PM! FRESHFARM Market is offering you the opportunity to voice your opinion on our region's access to local food. Fill out a quick survey for a chance to win $100 in fresh, local foods. 

Visit Union Market's website for more information. For all the latest news, follow FRESHFARM Market on Twitter.

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