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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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Support for Trinidad School Kids

If you did not notice the youth in uniform today, public school students returned to the class room for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. As students begin their studies, our community looks to how we can help them succeed through after school programs, provide needed class room materials, and fund youth sports uniforms and programs. TNA has again joined forces with Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club (JVLHC) for a fundraiser to contribute to our school community. For the past several years TNA and JVLHC have collaborated to raise funds that have gone 100% back to the community. In past years we have raised as much as $4,000.00. This year we can set the bar higher and strive for $5,000.00 in contributions for our youth.

The fundraising event will be held on October 1st from 7 pm to 10 pm at 1103 Bladensburg Road NE. JVLHC and other businesses contribute food, drinks, and music. The $20 entry donation is used to fund programs that the schools and recreation centers request to support youth programming.

You can purchase a ticket to the event or make a donation on the website. All contributions are tax deductible as TNA is a 501(c)3 organization. The link to EventBrite is here. If you have any questions about the fundraiser, please contact us at

We look forward to seeing you at the JVLHC Youth Programs fundraiser and thank you in advance for your support to our youth programs!

Be Part of Mobilizing Our Community – An Arts Project!

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association is collaborating with the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Mobilizing Our Community, an arts project aiming to bring balance, beauty and connection to Trinidad and the Greater H Street Communities. You can be part of this hands-on project — help design, paint, and balance pieces for mobiles with kinetic artist and performer Kevin Reese of SchoolSculptures.
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Mobilizing Our Community will culminate in an installation of 50+ mobiles at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, opening at the H Street Festival on Sept 19 and running through Art all Night on September 26th.  The mobiles are being created now through early September in workshops involving diverse community members, both at the Atlas and off-site. Check out the video of  a similar mobile project Kevin did with the community of Wausau Wisconsin. Sounds like fun, right??

We have three special opportunities for the Trinidad Community:

Saturday August 8th
12:30 – 2:00pm
At Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St NE

Meet Kinetic artist Kevin Reese, who will introduce how mobiles are made and balanced through the making of small mobiles (or maquettes). The theme of our project is “balance and connection in an evolving city.” Participants respond to that theme in the design, shapes and sizes of their model-mobile. Workshop is best for ages 8 and up.

Eventbrite - Mobilizing Our Community Art Project - Maquette Workshop


Saturday August 15th
1:00pm and 2:30pm sessions
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Register here via Atlas PAC.

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.

MOBILE ASSEMBLY – Trinidad Neighborhood Night
Wednesday September 16th
5:30 – 8:30pm
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center

In the week leading up to the unveiling, Kevin and community members will be assembling the full 50+ mobiles inside the Atlas. See how the earlier work comes together to create a final integrated piece of community art. There is limited space for this event, so please make sure you can attend before you RSVP.
Eventbrite - Mobilizing Our Community Art Project - Assembly

Free Job Skills Classes at Trinidad Rec

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DC Department of Human Resources is offering a series of free job skills workshops this month to help residents with resume writing and interview skills.

Location: Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St NE

Dates: Thursday June 11 and Saturday June 27

Time: 11am – 1:30pm

Please direct any questions to

UPDATE: Meeting on Trinidad Rec Center playground renovation: Tuesday, February 18

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The District’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Department of General Services (DGS) are pleased to invite you to a meeting to discuss the renovation of the playground at Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street NE). The renovation is part of the Mayor’s Play DC initiative to provide children and adults with exciting, innovative, and inclusive play spaces.

The first phase of renovating a playground are planning and design. At this first community meeting, DPR and DGS will introduce the project and project team and solicit your feedback about your play space needs. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 7:00-8:30 pm at Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress Street NE.

For those unable to attend the meeting, we will also provide an online survey to solicit design ideas and input. You will be able to access the link through the project website:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact DPR at or by phone at 202-673-7647.

Friends of Trinidad Recreation Center meeting: Thursday, November 15

Photo courtesy of GreenShape LLC

When: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7-8 pm

Where: Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St. NE

Agenda Includes:
· Holiday Events
· Recreation Center Winter Programming
· Zumba for $5 and Ongoing Programs

Now at the Trinidad Rec Center: Zumba Gold!

What: Zumba Gold Fitness Class

When: Starts October 22, 2012 (classes are every Monday and Wednesday)

Where: Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St. NE

Time: 7pm – 8pm

Instructor: Janai Cawley –, 202-390-2472

Cost: $5

Zumba Gold targets the largest growing segment of the population: baby boomers. It takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active old participant as well as those just starting their journey to fit and healthy lifestyle. What stays the same are all the elements Zumba is known for: the zesty Latin music, like salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere. Active older adults want camaraderie, excitement, and fitness as a regular part of the their weekly schedule. Zumba Gold is the perfect fit. It’s a dance-fitness class that feels friendly, and most of all, fun.

Please check with physician before beginning any new fitness activity. Liability waivers must be signed.

Friends of Trinidad Recreation Center meeting: Wednesday, September 12

Photo courtesy of GreenShape LLC

When: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 7-8 pm

Where: Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St. NE

Trinidad Recreation Center
Fall 2012 Activity List
Recreation Center Operating Hours:
Monday–Friday 12:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please call ahead to confirm schedule and age-appropriateness

Weight training/exercise room available for use at all times when rec center is open

Monday – Friday:
After School Access (3:30 – 4:30 pm)
Arts & Crafts (4:30 – 5:30 pm)

Chess Challenge (4:00 – 5:00pm)
Open Gym Basketball (5:30 – 7:30pm) for youth
Teen Night – Movies with a Meaning (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

Young Ladies on the Rise (5:00 – 6:00 pm)
Open Gym Basketball (6:00 – 8:30 pm) for adults
Pop Warner Football Practice (5:30 – 7:00 pm) for ages 7-9
Double Dutch (6:00 – 8:00 pm) for 3rd grade and up

Open Gym Basketball (5:30 – 7:30 pm) for youth
Young Ladies on the Rise (5:00 – 6:00 pm)
Teen Night – Workshop Wednesday (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Double Dutch (6:00 – 8:00 pm) for 3rd grade and up

Open Gym Basketball (6:00 – 8:30 pm) for adults
Pop Warner Football Practice (5:30 – 7:00 pm) for ages 7-9

Teen Night – Freestyle Friday (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Pop Warner Football Game – See Schedule
Open Gym

Friends of Trinidad Recreation Center meeting: Wednesday, August 8

Agenda includes:
· Introduction/Purpose
· Organization Structure and Relationship to TNA
· Program Support
· Program Planning
· Fund Raising
· Next Steps/Action Items
· Closing

Friends of Trinidad Recreation Center meeting: Saturday, March 10

Trinidad Recreation Center, photo courtesy of GreenShape LLC.

What: Meeting about the creation of Friends of the Trinidad Recreation Center

When: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 11:30 am

Where: Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress Street NE

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