Category Archives: Events

Community Clean-Ups

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Starting April 9, the Trinidad Neighborhood Association plans to host neighborhood clean-ups the second Saturday of every month (cancellations may occur due to weather). We need volunteers to come out and clean-up for a Trash Free Trinidad.

We hope you will join us! Please use the Sign-Up Genius link to RSVP — this helps us plan.

Dates: April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9

Times: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Meeting point: Joe Cole Rec Center (Neal Street side)

Trash bags will be provided; consider bringing your own garden gloves. Dress for the weather!

On April 9th we will have a post-clean up pizza party hosted by 405 Yoga for our volunteers and neighbors. We appreciate the support from our local businesses as we work together to clean-up our streets and sidewalks.

How Green Does Your Garden Grow?

There are some exciting happenings around gardening this spring with resources, events, and news that you can use as you start to plant in your vegetable and flower growing spaces.

First, if you had a chance to attend Rooting DC in February there was a wealth of urban gardening knowledge being shared. If you could not attend the events, you can still access presentations on their forum website. The presentations cover everything from starting growing nutritious microgreens to small space garden design to use of compost in your garden and pickling vegetables to preserve them.

Second, the Trinidad annual garden tour is coming up! As spring weather continues flowers will be blooming earlier and edible plants will soon start producing. This is the perfect time to think about what you want to plant in your yard or window boxes or what you want to show your neighbors during the garden tour, which will focus on edible plants this year. If you haven’t been on one of the garden tours, it is a wonderful way to get gardening ideas, meet neighbors, and show off what you are producing. The contact for the garden tour is Laura Casperson. You can reach her at casperson.laura@gmail.com if you have questions or are willing to show off your garden during the neighborhood tour. Watch this space for details on the Garden Tour date, time, and route

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Finally, Cultivate the City has teamed up with W. S. Jenks Hardware on Bladensburg Road and will be opening a nursery on site. They are constructing a green house on the roof for their H Street Garden project (yes, we know it is not on H Street but it is very conveniently located in Trinidad). They already have a few plants for sale in the store and W. S. Jenks has seasonal gardening items in stock. There will be a seedling Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and a vegetable CSA program coming to the site. Cultivate the City is also holding a photography contest with prizes for selected photos leading up to the opening of the garden center and completion of the rooftop farm. IMG_6792  IMG_7422 IMG_7423

Suited Up to Play Basketball

Last fall TNA organized a fundraiser at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club to support youth programs in our community. Basketball uniforms for children at the Trinidad Recreation Center were one of the items purchased with funds raised by community members. If you haven’t had a chance to catch one of the games, here are some photos of a game played last Saturday, February 20th against a team from Benning Stoddert Recreation Center. The Trinidad team’s new uniforms are in red.

Great effort by the Trinidad team!

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Mobilizing Our Community

Last summer and fall some members of the Trinidad Community took part in Mobilizing Our Community at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The mobiles were designed and built by community members and were then on display during the H Street Festival in September. Now the largest mobile from the project is the set for a wonderful dance performance during the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival.

Here’s all the info from the Atlas Theater about the event:

See the code below for a 20% discount on tickets. The performance is great for all ages, 5 and up, but is not just for children!

**New York-based General Mischief Dance Theatre’s new production “Up and Away” is coming to Washington D.C.! The company’s new dance stories include Suite Shel inspired by the poems of Shel Silverstein, and Recreation featuring a 20-foot mobile built by Kevin Reese and Washington D.C. volunteers from the 2015 Mobilizing Our Community project! Mischief uses the power of joy and laughter to share ideas, and the performance is suitable for mischiunnamed-2efs young and old.

Saturday, February 27th at 11:30am
at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington D.C. 20002

Tickets $10/$15

[Mobilizing Our Community participants can get 20% off using code MOBILES]

 

Thank you and hope to see you there!

Mary Hall Surface
Resident Artist and Curator
Atlas Performing Arts Center

atlasarts.org

Trinidad Crafting Salon

Do you do crafts of any kind? Are you looking for inspiration to start working on a craft project? Do you have a resolution to build craft-related skills this year? Are you interested in sharing your skills with others? Are you seeking new ideas or design inspiration?

A Trinidad Crafting Salon at the Logan Fringe Arts Space (1358 Florida Avenue NE) may be the place to start whether you are interested in paper crafts including card making, stamping or scrapbooking; fiber arts like knitting, crocheting, or sewing; painting; drawing; making collages; photography or film-making; woodworking; writing; or any other craft. Join a group of like-minded creative neighbors at series of Craft Salons to nurture your creative side this year.

There are three dates scheduled and all are welcome!

  • Monday, February 8
  • Monday, April 18th
  • Monday, June 13th

These events are free and open to the public. Please share and invite your neighbors and anyone else interested in a creative space for an informal gathering to exchange ideas.

Bring portable craft projects to work on at the Craft Salon and to spark discussions.

⏱ Running time: 120 minutes

👥 Recommended for all ages

Celebrate 50 Years of the first ASL Linguistics Text

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African Drumming Classes/Events

Interested in learning African drumming or purchasing artworks from Ghana? For now you can do that just a short walk, bike ride, or drive away from Trinidad.

Cultural DC, an organization that makes space for and supports visual and performing arts, is becoming more involved in art related events in and around Ivy City. They are joining forces with D. B. Lee Development and Construction and Brook Rose Development on an arts-focused hotel at 411 New York Avenue NE. While that project has not broken ground yet, they are already supporting some arts space in the area.

Hands on Drums is one of the groups being supported by Cultural DC. Hands on Drums represents artisan drums and craftworks from Ghana. They have started a pop-up store, community space, and arts empowerment initiative at 1518 Okie Street NE in Ivy City. Through the end of January they will be holding weekly drum classes on Sundays, drum and dance classes on Tuesday, and family drum circles on Saturdays. There are additional events planned, including an African bazaar and artisan market on December 19th. Check their website for more information on Hands on Drums, a full roster of events, and class fees.

 

How to Fringe

This past summer was the first Capital Fringe Festival based in Trinidad since Fringe moved to their  location on Florida Avenue. If you are ready to move from watching theater shows to producing or performing in one at next year’s festival, see the announcement below that was recently posted by Fringe on how to participate.

Message from Capital Fringe: 

Applications to the 11th Annual Capital Fringe Festival, July 7 to 24, 2016 now open
The Fringe Festival is a self-producing performing arts festival where established and emerging artists can present their work free of a selection process. The Fringe Festival takes place in July with over 140 productions, roughly 800 individual performances, showcasing 5,000 artists for over 30,000 patrons each year. The Fringe Festival is DC’s largest and most anticipated performing arts festival. It is just the place for you to showcase your most daring, raw and authentic live performance work.

We’re excited to be continuing to hold performances here in Trinidad, at the Logan Fringe Arts Space on Florida Ave NE. For 2016, we’ll continue to use venues at Gallaudet, the Atlas and W.S. Jenks. We’ll be adding venues in the neighborhood and in Downtown DC.

Participation in the Festival is an opportunity for you to develop your work in a competitive, but encouraging, environment with an in-built audience. Fringe staff will guide you through the producing process, allowing you to develop your own skills. It is a chance for you to build up your press portfolio (all Fringe shows are reviewed by at least 2 publications), get feedback from audiences and other artists, and earn a majority share of ticket revenue (in 2015, participants earned an average of $1,275 in ticket revenue).

Full information on participating, including links to our online applications, can be found here https://www.capitalfringe.org/for-artists/fringe-festival Additionally, we will be hosting a How to Fringe session on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30pm at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC, 20002. Email alex@capitalfringe.org to RSVP.

Applications for Fringe Run Venue shows close at 5pm EST on Friday, January 8, 2016 and for Find Your Own Venue shows close at noon EST on Friday, March 4, 2016.

If you have any questions about taking part in the Capital Fringe Festival, please get in touch! You can call us at 202.737.7230, Monday to Friday, 11am – 7pm or email alex@capitalfringe.org.

Art in the Alley

aia logo_FotorArt in the Alley is back in Trinidad on Saturday October 3rd after a year’s hiatus. The event features local artists, musicians and other performances in the alley between the 1200 blocks of Florida Ave NE and Morse St NE, starting at 6pm. There is still time for artists who want to participate to sign up. It would be great to see a lot of Trinidad residents participate so don’t be shy about showing your artwork.

Art in the Alley
Date: Saturday October 3rd
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Alley between 1200 blocks of Florida Ave NE and Morse St NE

Our Annual Jimmy Valentine’s Fundraiser for Trinidad Kids Programs

Buy tickets in advance or simply donate if you can’t attend the fundraiser.

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