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UPCOMING EVENTS
MAR
15
Last day to view WPA SELECT art for free
MAR
16
WPA SELECT Art Auction and Gala
MAR
17
Salt & Sundry Book Signing @Union Market
MAR
20
Spices and Health: A Lifelong Waltz @Union Market
APR
11
NoMa BID Annual Showcase
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SUPPORT PARKS: Letter Writing Campaign
NoMa/Near Northeast is one of the fastest developing areas in the country, but one critical element has been overlooked: there are no public park spaces in our neighborhood. The Mayor's office is finalizing their 2014 budget proposal now. Click here to write a letter to Mayor Gray requesting funding for NoMa parks! Mayor Gray helped us by providing planning money in FY 2013. Now, we need the balance of funds to acquire sites and design and build our parks.

In and around the NoMa neighborhood, there is not a single playground, dog run, or other type of public park or gathering space. For the past several years, many private landowners have generously allowed use of their land for dog walking, movie nights, farmers’ markets and other uses, but these sites are rapidly disappearing as development continues.  Most importantly, there are thousands of children and tens of thousands of people living in this area NOW, and we have no significant parks or public spaces for gathering or recreation!  In order for this neighborhood to reach its full potential, we need parks and public gathering places.

We, the residents, workers and friends of NoMa and Near Northeast request that funding be added to the DC budget for park land acquisition and development. Public parks are essential for our health and safety, and are also necessary to foster a sense of community in our neighborhood. We appreciate everything that the Mayor and the DC Council have been doing to support our neighborhood, and look forward to your assistance in this important matter.  With support and input from the community, NoMa BID has developed a Public Realm Design Plan to inform the design and creation of future parks in the neighborhood. The time to act is now. Please click HERE to support NoMa Parks. Make your voice heard!

NoMa Summer Screen: OUTLAWS
Mark your calendars now for NoMa Summer Screen, the neighborhood's most anticipated event of the year, with 13 weeks of OUTLAW films! Now in its sixth year, the award-winning outdoor film series will feature classic American westerns, space invasion thrillers, 80’s comedies, and more. Take the survey now to influence the final film selections. 

NoMa Summer Screen is a free, 13-week outdoor film series in NoMa, Washington, D.C.’s fastest growing neighborhood. Every Wednesday from May 22 to August 21, hundreds of neighbors gather on the Loree Grand Field at Second and L Streets, NE. The event starts at 7 p.m. with music, giveaways, food trucks, picnicking, and fun for the whole family. Films start at dark. All movies are screened with subtitles. Coolers, children and friendly (leashed) dogs are welcome. Download our new Google calendar, so the events pop right into your existing calendar.

Now in its third year, NoMa BID will also sponsor the Family Film Series at Sursum Corda, a neighborhood adjacent to NoMa just west of North Capitol Street. With family-centric movies and free food, the Family Film Series will take place on four Tuesdays this summer: June 18, July 9, July 23, and August 6 (in conjunction with National Night Out). Take the survey now to pick your favorite kids' movies. 

 In 2011, NoMa Summer Screen was ranked one of the Top 10 Best Outdoor Movie Theatres in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine, and the NoMa BID won a Merit Award from the International Downtown Association for event programming. In 2012, each NoMa Summer Screen film averaged more than 600 viewers, peaking with 800 neighbors for a screening of 'Shaun of the Dead.' Bring a blanket, Frisbee, or picnic cooler and connect with friends and neighbors as you enjoy great films under the stars, with views of the neighborhood framed by the train tracks. Follow us on Twitter @NoMaBID or Facebook for weather updates, surprise giveaways, weekly activities, and information on food vendor specials.
DC Bocce Starts NoMa League
Play bocce in NoMa! DC Bocce League is will soon start construction on two new 10’ x 50’ bocce courts in NoMa at the corner of First and M Streets NE. Hurry, registration for the new NoMa Division of DC Bocce League will close on March 22, 2013.  Players can create a team, join an existing team or sign up as individuals. Visit www.dcbocce.com for details about the season and to sign up. 

DC Bocce, and their sister company, Major League Bocce are a home-grown enterprise founded in 2004 which has demonstrated tremendous growth during their nine years of operation.  Today DC Bocce and Major League Bocce play in eight cities on the east coast hosting over 7,500 active members playing bocce all year long. 

One of the founding tenets of the organization is a commitment to charitable giving.  In every DC Bocce League season, the winners of each division are awarded a donation to the charity of their choice.  DC Bocce and Major League Bocce have donated over $100,000 to charities on behalf of league members since 2005. 

First Street Construction Meeting Recap
Reconstruction of First Street, NE, is now scheduled to start in April 2013, beginning with a closure of the west side of the street. Last week, the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) manager overseeing the project, Ali Shakeri, presented the project plans at a public community meeting organized by the NoMa BID. The First Street Reconstruction Project will extend from Union Station to New York Avenue and refurbish the sidewalks and public space, adding a cycle track, new turn lanes, street signals, and upgraded underground infrastructure. The project will disrupt First Street for 10 months. To learn more about this project, please contact DDOT Project Manager, Ali Shakeri at Ali.Shakeri@dc.gov or NoMa BID Director of OperationsThomas Taylor at ttaylor@nomabid.org.
Two Rivers Charter School on NBC
Last week, Two Rivers Public Charter School was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams! The segment investigated education methods attempting to narrow the achievement gap in DC public schools. Two Rivers Public Charter School was highlighted as an example of a public school with a very diverse student body, which has achieved excellent results with an afterschool tutoring program. Watch the video here.
Annual Meeting
 
Mark your calendars for NoMa Showcase, the annual meeting of the NoMa Business Improvement District. This swanky cocktail event on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 64 New York Ave, NE, will connect hundreds of commercial real estate professionals, city officials, residents, office employees, developers, and NoMa stakeholders for a night of celebration and networking.

Details:
Thursday, April 11, 2013
5:30-7:30 p.m., Brief program with awards at 6 p.m.
64 New York Ave, NE, Sixth Floor
Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres
Business Attire

NoMa BID President Robin-Eve Jasper will give a synopsis of the BID’s successes over the past year, and provide a sneak preview of the exciting new initiatives on the horizon for 2013. Mayor Vincent C. Gray will accept the Public Sector Award, and founding board chair Bruce Baschuk will accept the private stakeholder award. Please RSVP to Ali Newman, NoMa BID Marketing and Events Associate, anewman@nomabid.org.

Neighborhood Events This Weekend
Washington Project for the Arts: Public Exhibit, Curator Talk, Gala
Don't miss an amazing art event this month in NoMa! Washington Project for the Arts is exhibiting pieces from a cross-section of media and disciplines, providing a remarkable collection of contemporary artistic practice from local artists.

The works will be on view to the public, free of charge, through March 15 from noon to 6 p.m. The works will be available for purchase on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at SELECT: WPA 2013 Art Auction Gala, an event that, for the last 31 years, has helped WPA raise funds and awareness to support contemporary artists in our region. View the works online. Purchase SELECT gala tickets.

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
The 21st annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, is coming to several venues near you, including Gallaudet University! From March 12 – 24, choose from 190 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films for a fresh perspectives on the environment. This year’s theme is the fundamental role of rivers and watersheds to mother nature. Presented in collaboration with over 100 local, national and global organizations, the films are screened this year at 75 venues throughout the greater Washington area, including museums, embassies, universities, libraries and local theaters. Most films are free.

For the complete schedule and more information, visit the Festival Web Site.

Rock 'N' Roll Road Closures
Don't forget that the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon & CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon is racing into town this Saturday, March 16. Visit Rock ‘n’ Roll’s website to view an interactive course map and download PDF versions of the course map and road closure times. 

You’re invited to get involved with this exciting event! Spectators are encouraged to cheer tens of thousands of athletes towards the finish line. Volunteers are still needed at the Expo and on Race Day. Please sign up online

Retail Specials

Thaaja:

  • Weekday Happy Hour 4-8 pm; $4 beer and wine, $5 spirit drinks

Toscana Café:
Happy Hour M-F 4-7 PM

  • WINE: Fox Brook Cabernet sauv., Merlot, Sauv. Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay $5
  • BEER:  Draft $4/Bottle $3.5
  • Sangria $4
  • Prosecco $5
  • HAPPY HOUR FOOD: All Antipasti Half Price, PIZZA $5
ROTI:
  • Join their mobile rewards program, and keep track of your points by taking pictures of your receipts. 10 points will be issued for every $1 you spend. Earn a FREE side of falafel or hummus after your first use.

TODD GRAY'S WATERSHED
  • Wine Happy Hour (Mondays 4-7 pm; $5 House Wines)
  • 1/2 Price Wine Night (Fridays 4-7 pm; applies to all wine bottles under $50)
  • Burger and Beer Special (Monday- Friday 2-4 pm; Burger & Draft Beer Special $12)

Tynan Coffee & Tea:

  • Happy Hour M-F 4 pm-8 pm: $1 off all BEER & WINE, $2 off all beer and wine on Tuesdays and Fridays, Cherry Green Iced Tea starts at $2.55, Bunny Hop Latte starts at $3.45

 

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