"First Friday" event this week, enjoy great sales, holiday windows and artwork along Upshur Street

"First Friday" event this week, enjoy great sales, holiday windows and artwork along Upshur Street

The Petworth Arts Collaborative will kick off their first "First Fridays" event on Friday December 2, 2016 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. "First Fridays" will showcase different styles of art, performance and visual, in unconventional and unique places along the 800 block of Upshur Street. Businesses in the area will be offering discounts and sales, while featuring different artists in their stores.

Plus, for the second year in a row, some of the businesses along the 800 block of Upshur will showcase special window displays decorated for the holidays.

Definitely worth checking out.

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Display your sense of civility and democracy and buy a yard sign

Display your sense of civility and democracy and buy a yard sign

I saw a great sign in a neighbor's yard this week, and posted a photo to Instagram. I received a lot of questions from readers on how they can buy the same sign. Turns out, local resident Conrad Gross produced the signs based off the design originally created by the Immanuel Mennonite church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. And you can get one if you want one. 

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Church at 8th & Upshur to be demolished, new condos to be built

Church at 8th & Upshur to be demolished, new condos to be built

The Rock Creek Baptist Church at 8th and Upshur, originally built in the 1950s, had been up for sale for quite some time, as the church prepared to move to Maryland. Now the sale is final and the congregation has moved out, leaving questions in the neighborhood for what comes next. The answer is a developer, ERB Properties, purchased the property and the lot next door, and plans to build four new multi-unit rowhouses.

Neighbor Chris Broderick was kind enough to pass along his notes from a meeting with the developer held Monday, November 28th at Ruta del Vino. I've added additional information as needed. 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm very thankful for everyone who reads and supports Petworth News!

I really appreciate the work of the blog's contributing writers: Zina, Darrell, Adrienne, Lois, Elissa, Anne and Rachel. (And I appreciate my wife and daughter's patience with me as I continue to write this blog.)

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, remembering what makes you lucky in this life, and what we all can do for those who may be not be as lucky. 

Urban churches on the perimeter of change

Urban churches on the perimeter of change

With the rapid development and gentrification of urban cities, along with the skyrocketing cost of housing in walkable communities, many of the people who once lived in the neighborhood have moved out. Most members commute to worship in the churches that they helped to build by raising money to construct and improve the structures. The churches in local communities are a reminder of the culture and history that was once essential and vital to life in the neighborhood. 

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Are you happy with your cable and cell phone companies? Take a survey!

Are you happy with your cable and cell phone companies? Take a survey!

Every few months, someone sends an email to the area listservs asking for advice on what cable TV or cellphone company people like. I figured it was a good idea to get everyone's opinion and publish this for neighbors to get an idea of what others like, dislike and how much they're paying.

The information you submit will be published anonymously (no name or email will be published or shared with anyone). This isn't a sponsored post, and no company will see the results... unless they read the blog, naturally.

So share your thoughts!

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A look at Meals on Wheels: where local matters most

A look at Meals on Wheels: where local matters most

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many senior citizens don’t have the necessary resources to enjoy food on the holiday. Unfortunately, this is the outcome for many senior citizens who do not have the proper support system, such as family commitment. That's where Meals on Wheels in Takoma Park continues to be a reliable source for the elderly. 

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The musical and visual journey of Bill Crandall and Místochord

The musical and visual journey of Bill Crandall and Místochord

Petworth is more than porches, it's an amazing diversity of background, skills, age and talent. One of the people who help shape the cultural fabric of Petworth is Bill Crandall. Bill has lived in Petworth for over a decade, and has long thought of ways to help encourage the creativity in our neighborhood. That effort starts at his home, with his own art and a free show at the Third Floor on Sunday, November 20th.

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Come support kids expressing themselves with DC SCORES Poetry Slam

Come support kids expressing themselves with DC SCORES Poetry Slam

DC SCORES is a very cool non-profit that provides an after-school program to elementary and middle school children, teaching them soccer, community service and poetry. What they're really teaching is kids teamwork, respect and confidence to achieve their goals.

Learn about and RSVP for the Poetry Slam!

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Converting your basement into a rentable apartment? Here's what's involved

Converting your basement into a rentable apartment? Here's what's involved

There's  a community meeting next Wednesday, November 16th on zoning and what's involved with converting a basement space into a legal rental. With the recent changes to DC's zoning regulations, many homes in Petworth changed from Zone R-4 to Zone RF-1, which allows for Flats or a two dwelling unit use of a property as a matter of right .

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Petworth residents push for paid family leave

Petworth residents push for paid family leave

Anyone winding through the obstacle course of strollers and toddlers at the Petworth Community Market on a Saturday morning would agree that Petworth is experiencing a serious baby boom. The numbers back up the anecdotal evidence—the Petworth-Brightwood-Crestwood area has seen faster growth in the number of children than any other DC neighborhood.

So it comes as no surprise that Petworth is home to fervent supporters of the paid leave legislation now before the DC Council.

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