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Lobby Project Art Opening: Amanda Burnham
Nerds in NoMa: Local Brewing and Distilling
Nerds in NoMa: The Future of Union Station

Free Art Opening Thursday
Photograph courtesy of Washington Project for the Arts

Celebrate fantastic art and sip on free wine and hors d'oeuvres on Thursday, December 12 at a new art exhibit in NoMa. Join Amanda Burnham as she reveals her work in the Lobby Project, a pop-up activation in the lobby of 1200 First Street, NE from 6-8 PM. This is the second of three artists, all curated by the Washington Project for the Arts, who will enliven the Lobby Project with their engaging artwork. RSVP for this free and public event here

Can't make it this week? RSVP for the upcoming 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. See more about the event in the story below, and  click here for more information about the Lobby Project.
Nerds in NoMa: Local Brewing and Distilling with DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works & New Columbia Distillers 
Assemble your happy hour brigade for Local Brewing and Distilling, a night of nerdery focusing on the glory of drinking in DC. A panel of the District's top beer and gin connoisseurs will discuss what is on tap for the District: DC Brau's Jeff Hancock, Atlas Brew Works' Justin Cox, and New Columbia Distillers' Michael Lowe; Jonas Singer, Co-Founder of Union Kitchen will moderate the panel. This is the second of six Nerds in NoMa speaker talks this winter, and will take place at 1200 First Street, NE on Tuesday, December 17 from 6-8 PM. Nerds in NoMa is part of the larger pop-up activation of the lobby of 1200 First Street, NE, appropriately named the Lobby Project. Please RSVP for this free event here, and click here for more information about the Lobby Project. 

Can't make this week's Nerds in NoMa? Check out the Future of Union Station on January 14. RSVP for this free event here.
We need YOU for a Beatles Inspired Video on Friday

Celebrate the anniversary of the first Beatles Concert in North America by lending your voice to sing the iconic "She Loves You" this Friday! Did you know the Beatles played their first concert in North America at NoMa's Uline Arena on February 11, 1964? The DC Preservation League and Douglas Development Corporation are reenacting that concert 50 years later on the same date, in real time, at the original venue, with the original playlist. Click here to purchase tickets.

As part of this celebration the event organizers are putting together a short video highlighting DC's biggest landmarks (The Capitol, Union Station, etc), with celebrities (politicians, journalists, etc) and YOU singing clips of "She Loves You," a tune that was part of the setlist from the Beatles' first concert. If you are interested in being featured in this video, please meet out front of Uline Arena, located at Third and M Streets, NE, at 3 PM this Friday, December 13. Please bring your friends, family, dogs, and coworkers for this fun and quirky activity! If you have any questions please email NoMa BID Marketing & Events Associate Ali Newman at

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.
Happy Holidays from the NoMa BID!
The NoMa BID wishes you a very happy holiday season, and would like to thank you for a wonderful year in the neighborhood! Our offices will be closed on December 25 for the holiday, but we will be out and about keeping NoMa inviting and shiny every other day this winter.

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