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School Beautification Day Starts at 10 am TODAY at Wheatley

Join the team of volunteers led by the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) from 10 am to 1 pm today at the Wheatley Education Campus.

Original post about the clean up is here.

2015 Step Xplosion – Free Performance Friday at 8 pm

Step Afrika! kicks off their 2015-2106 season with a free performance starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 21 at Starburst Plaza. Artists from Step Afrika! will be joined by DJ Beauty and the Beatz for a high-energy demonstration of the art of stepping. Expect to join in with footsteps, claps, and spoken word as audience participation is encouraged.

Starting from an exchange tour to Soweto, South Africa, Step Afrika! is now one of the top 10 African American dance companies and the largest African American arts organization in DC. Don’t miss the show, especially if you have not had the opportunity to see them perform.

It is great that Starburst Plaza is seeing more positive events with organizations like this that use art to reach out to youth and families. We hope you can join Step Afrika! there as they celebrate 20 years of stepping.

New Yoga Studio to Open in Trinidad

1439476659828Coming this fall, 405 Yoga will occupy the long-vacant space at the corner of Florida Ave NE and West Virginia Ave NE. The website is still under development but it offers this insight in what type of yoga to expect:

“405 YOGA is Washington DC’s power yoga studio, offering Vinyasa, Power, and Rocket yoga to rock the sweat and elevate the spirit. 405 yogis build strength of body and mind during classes together, maximizing physical and spiritual endurance. Strengthen and detoxify, release endorphins, and gain clarity of mind. Come join our community.”

The new studio’s owners will be at our August TNA meeting to tell us more about 405 Yoga’s ASL yoga partnership with Gallaudet and work with Veteran’s Organization ‘Red, White, and Blue’.

August TNA Community Meeting

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Tuesday August 25th
Trinidad Recreation Center

On Agenda:

  • MPD 5th District Public Safety Update
  • Courtney Snowden
    Deputy Mayor of Greater Economic Opportunity
  • 405 Yoga New Yoga Studio opening Fall 2015 at the corner of Florida & West Virginia Aves.

Impact of the ANC Recall on the Trinidad Neighborhood

On August 6, 2015 we posted about the ANC Recall Process. As petitions are being circulated it is important that Trinidad residents understand the impact the recall will have on the Trinidad neighborhood.

Currently Trinidad has 3 Single Member District Commissioners. The petitions being circulated will cause vacancies. The recall will disproportionally impact our neighborhood.

3,470 registered voters may lose representation. Trinidad currently has 3 votes on the 7 member Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D, but the recall will leave us with only 1 vote.

As many of you know there are multiple development efforts, liquor license protests, zoning matters, and community engagement projects underway.

TNA does not have a position on the merits of the petitions, but we want all in the Trinidad neighborhood to think long and hard about the impact of the recall on our neighborhood.

Lastly, we would like to remind our neighbors that all ANC Single Member District Commissioners are up for reelection in 2016. As always we encourage competitive races at the ANC level, and challenging the incumbents at this time does not risk a loss in representation.

Looking for something to do on Saturday?

Stop by the Atlas Performing Arts Center to make some art! We’ll be crafting pieces for a large scale mobile to be displayed at the Atlas during H St Festival. Artist Kevin Reese joined TNA last weekend at the Trinidad Rec Center, engaging kids in creativity. Here is another chance for kids of all ages to be part of the Mobilizing Our Community project. Read more about it at our original post.


MOCSaturday August 15th
1:00pm and 2:30pm sessions
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Register here via Atlas PAC. Drop Ins are also welcome.
During the workshop, participants are introduced to the project and to models of mobiles created by other community members. They each then envision their own pieces for the mobiles, working with the material brought by Kevin, and draw, cut out and sand the pieces. Kevin also brings completed pieces on wires and demonstrates, with the help of the participants, how a mobile is balanced and assembled. As people are working together to create their pieces, we facilitate conversation around the project’s theme. Workshop is best for ages 8 and up.

Love Don’t Cost a Thing Pet Adoption Event This Saturday

The Washington Humane Society offers no-fee adoptions on Saturday for dogs, cats and other small animals. With an adoption center conveniently located at 1201 New York Ave NE in Ivy City, this is a great opportunity to add a new family member. The shelter opens at noon.

whs empty the shelter All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and microchipped when you adopt them. To learn more about the adoption process and see the animals currently available visit

DaVita Dialysis Construction on Bladensburg Rd NE

DaVita Dialysis held meetings in the neighborhood last fall to request community support to move their site from 8th Street NE in Capitol Hill area to 920 Bladensburg Rd NE and again this spring to request support for parking variances in line with requirements for the new medical facility. While work has not yet started at the new location the building owner, 1933 Montana Ave LLC, recently submitted a request to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to raze the vacant auto repair building on the site. The building as it stands now cannot be brought to code to meet requirements for the new use so the raze permit is the first step in developing this vacant location.IMG_5343

You can find raze permits on the DC Office of Planning website. This application is listed in the August 4th report. The ANC will be notified on September 9th, per the August 4 report and there will be public notice of any hearings required for the raze permit.

UPDATE on ANC 5D August Meeting

The agenda for tonight’s meeting has been disseminated by email and is copied below (with minor spelling correction). The meeting starts at 7 pm at 1805 Bladensburg Road NE.



Public Meeting
August 11, 2015
7-8:30 p.m.
Fifth District Police Headquarters, 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE


1. Greetings      Chairperson Kathy Henderson
2. Roll Call         Secretary Yvonne Buggs
3. Public Safety Report         Commander William Fitzgerald/Team
4. Pepco: Recent Power Outage        Marc Battle, Region VP, Chris Taylor
5. Garage Addition: BZA #19061        Alex Hastings, Homeowner
6. Bodega Market LLC:        ABRA-094621 Yared Demissie, Owner
7. Administrative Matters
a) Treasurer’s Report
b) Approval of Minutes
c) Motion to Pay Phone Bill
8. Citizen’s Concerns
9. Announcements
10. Adjournment

Petagay Lewis, 5D01
Keisha Shropshire, 5D02 Treasurer
Adam Roberts, 5D03
Bernice Blacknell, 5D04 Parliamentarian
Kathy Henderson, 5D05 Chairperson
Yvonne Buggs, 5D06 Secretary
Clarence Lee, 5D07 Vice Chairperson


Trinidad DC Photographs

There is a local photographer with a nice set of photos from Trinidad. You can find the photos on the Anthony Herfort Photography website.

Are there other local photographers living and working in Trinidad? If so let us know so we can publish a post with links to their site. Also be on the look out for opportunities to display photographs and works of art at events like Art in the Alley.


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