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Submissions Due: NoMa Underpass Design Competition 
Union Market Drive-In
National Train Day
First Street Party
Bike to Work Day
NoMa Summer Screen: Back to the Future

Today Final Chance to Submit NoMa Underpass Design Competitions

Calling all artists and designers! Today, May 9 is the deadline for qualifications to be submitted for consideration in the NoMa Parks Foundation’s underpass competition. On April 11, the Foundation launched an international design competition to transform four railroad underpasses in NoMa. The long hoped-for initiative will turn the underpasses at Florida Avenue, NE, and K, L and M Streets, NE, into stunning contemporary art installations, and further strengthen east-west connections in NoMa and to Capitol Hill.
By transforming these thoroughfares with a series of interactive design solutions, these underutilized spaces will become vibrant, dynamic and inviting for vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. The NoMa Parks Foundation seeks artists and designers who will envision bold, creative approaches to the underpasses. Local artists are encouraged to apply. Neighborhood residents could begin to see installation start as early as 2015. Full details about the competition can be found at

MBT 5k, National Train Day: May 10
Run with your friends, family, children, and dogs at the fourth annual MBT 5K Run/Walk on the Metropolitan Branch Trail this Saturday, May 10. The race will begin at 9 AM, so please arrive early to pick up your race packets and to sit for an original caricature drawing. Race start and finish will be located at S and Fourth Streets, NE. Click here to register for this fun community event. Registration for children is free. Learn more about the MBT 5k here. Dogs, strollers, and running-enthusiasts are all welcome! Financial assistance with registration costs is available on a limited basis. Please contact if you're interested in applying for financial assistance.
National Train Day, also on May 10, celebrates the anniversary of the launch of the transcontinental railroad. DC’s festivities take place at the iconic Union Station from 10 AM-4 PM, and will feature train equipment displays, train-centric children’s activities, and more!  NoMa BID staff will give tours of the station and the NoMa neighborhood at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM; all interested should meet at the West Hall.
First Street Celebration: Farewell Construction!

Huzzah, the construction on First Street, NE is drawing to a close! Join the NoMa BID to celebrate the fantastic new First Street including: a protected cycle track, enlarged tree boxes, and new streetlights. Toast the end of construction and enjoy free food. Try out NoMa's free outdoor WiFi and thank DDOT and their contractors for their hard work over the past 12 months. Talk to a NoMa staff member about upcoming plans for parks in the neighborhood. See you there! Click here for more information.

When: Friday, May 16.
9:30-11:30 AM
Where: 1150 First Street, NE
(grassy lot at Pierce Street)

Bike to Work Day: New NoMa Location

Register for Bike To Work Day and sign up for the NoMa pit stop today! The first 14,000 participants who register for this free event at are eligible for a bicycle raffle and will receive a free T-shirt commemorating this year’s celebration, held on Friday, May 16, 2014. The NoMa pit stop will be located at the grassy lot at First and Pierce Streets, NE and will feature free food, bike gurus to answer all your biking queries, and giveaways from 7:30-9:30 AM. Tweet us your favorite bagel flavor@NoMaBID.

Also at the pit stop, cyclists will be able to vote for the location of a new public bike Fixit station provided by NoMa BID. The Fixit station includes all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. Cyclists can also vote on the best location of two additional public air pumps. NoMa has three public air pumps currently on the street and will be adding two heavier-duty models in the coming weeks. Can't make it to the BTWD pit stop? Tell us on Twitter where you think they should go! 

Bike to Work Day is organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) as a way to encourage a bike and eco-friendly lifestyle. Special thank you to Tishman Speyer for use of the space and to food sponsors Tynan Coffee & Tea and Roti Mediterranean Grill. Participating bike and transportation gurus include: BicycleSPACE, the Daily Rider, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Ridescout, and WABA
NoMa Summer Screen Starts May 28
Filmgoers, rejoice: NoMa Summer Screen returns on Wednesday, May 28! NoMa’s signature event series, showing 13-weeks of films fitting the “Unlikely Friendships” theme, will be held at the Loree Grand Field (205 K Street, NE), where it has been held since 2009. Movies include coming-of-age tales, time-travel comedies, 80’s classics, and more. The property is owned by Toll Brothers Apartment Living®, who have graciously agreed to host the film series again this year.

Now in its seventh season, NoMa Summer Screen is a free, outdoor film series in NoMa, Washington, D.C.’s most connected neighborhood. Every Wednesday from May 28 to August 20, hundreds of neighbors gather at 7 p.m. for music, giveaways, food trucks, picnicking, and fun for all ages. Films start at dark. All movies are screened with subtitles. Coolers, children and friendly (leashed) dogs are welcome. 

Full Lineup:
• May 28: Back to the Future (1985, PG)
• June 4: Silver Linings Playbook (2012, R)
• June 11: Midnight in Paris (2011, PG)
• June 18: Up (2009, PG)
• June 25: When Harry Met Sally (1989, R)
• July 2: Clueless (1995, PG-13)
• July 9: The Muppets (2011, PG)
• July 16: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012, PG-13)
• July 23: The Dark Knight (2008, PG-13)
• July 30: Pitch Perfect (2012, PG-13)
• August 6: Top Gun (1986, PG)
• August 13: The Sandlot (1993, PG)
• August 20: Rain Date, movie TBD

For more information, including the list of participating food trucks for each evening, please click here.
Community Events
Do More 24: Give Back to Your Community
On June 19, Open Arms Housing, Inc. will be participating in Do More 24. Powered by United Way of the National Capital Area, this 24-hour online fundraiser will raise much-needed funding for Open Arms Housing and other local nonprofit organizations working throughout the Washington, DC region. Open Arms Housing, Inc.'s mission is to provide permanent homes with a welcoming and supportive environment to women who are homeless with a wide range of mental health issues. Currently, their building is home to 16 formerly homeless women. 

Get involved: open Arms Housing needs volunteers to assist with their fundraising efforts and event coordination for Do More 24.  Email to join the OAH Street Team.

New CSA in Bloomingdale
Radix Farm is now offering a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pick-up in Bloomingdale!  Members will pick up their CSA share each Thursday outside of Big Bear Café at 1700 First Street, NW from 5:30-7:00 PM. To sign up, please click here to fill out the online registration form.
CSA members will receive a weekly share of a wide variety of fresh and seasonal produce. Radix Farm grows over 50 types and hundreds of varieties of vegetables in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, less than 10 miles from DC. Their farm is Certified Naturally Grown, which means they follow organic practices to grow high-quality, diversified produce for the CSA, farmers markets, and restaurants.

Union Market Drive-In:
Friday, May 9 will be the final drive-in movie at Union Market this spring. Goldfinger, the James Bond classic, will be projected onto on Union Market’s three-story exterior wall. Starting at 7 PM, enjoy live music, contests, giveaways, dine with the delicious Union Market vendors, or explore the market. Food will be served directly to your car by roller-skating car hops! There is a $10 parking admission per car. Click here for the full information.
Amtrak's New Energy Efficient Engines
Amtrak is actively working to incorporate new, energy-efficient technology into their trains. Did you know that Amtrak's traditional locomotives have large diesel engines that run continuously while in service? Newly designed Generator Set "GenSet" locomotives have up to three smaller, independently controlled engines that can be shut down when not in use. The GenSet engine configuration drastically reduces fuel consumption and emissions by almost 50 percent. A $1.8 million Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant awarded through EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program supported two older switching locomotives to switch to GenSet engines. Click here to lean more about Amtrak's sustainability efforts.

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