06 June 2007

"At Home in Brookland" Celebration & Related Events - Saturday, June 9th

At Home in Brookland event to celebrate the spirit of home
Saturday June 9th, 2007, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Historic Brookland Main Street program and businesses in the Greater Brookland neighborhood are sponsoring "At Home in Brookland," on Saturday, June 9, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm. Events will take place on 12th Street NE, Brookland's main commercial corridor, as well as on 9th Street NE, with complementary events in other parts of the neighborhood.

"At Home in Brookland" will feature events, demonstrations, and products to highlight and capture the spirit of home. Events will focus on purchasing, designing, furnishing, decorating, improving, repairing, entertaining, and relaxing at home.

(This event is designed to complement the annual Brookland House and Garden Tour, which is held the second Sunday of June. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the House Tour won't be held this year.)

Businesses and community organizations will be offering free trainings and presentations throughout the day, including:

- DC Fire and Emergency Services firehouse Engine Company 17 "reopening" open house celebrating the completion of an 18 month renovation project during which the firehouse was closed, 1227 Monroe Street, NE;
- the 20th anniversary open house and Community Media Day for DCTV, the District's community access cable television organization, 901 Newton Street, NE (Colonel Brooks Mansion);
- Community Computer Day at Byte Back, a community access computer training organization, 815 Monroe Street, NE;
- and the week long DanceAfrica event at Dance Place, the community and regional arts center devoted to the presentation and expansion of dance, 3225 8th Street, NE.

WALK THE BROOKLAND MILE: Community members are invited to put on their comfortable shoes and "Walk the Brookland Mile" to meet and greet local business owners and their neighbors, while exploring all the goods and services locally available for their home. Use the list below to locate participating businesses or look for the white tents or green, yellow, and blue balloons that mark the business locations. All participating businesses will have free bottled water.

Participating Businesses:
Allstate, 2901 12th Street NE
Keller Williams, 3124 12th Street NE
Keller Williams will hold an open house with free credit reports and Home Value Reports and will have a Moon Bounce for the children.
The Total Relaxation Store, 3101 12th Street NE
Visit Total Relaxation for a highly coveted Gift Certificate or for candles, soaps, and lotions to help you relax. Events include free Mini-Spa Treatments.
Basements & Attics, 3217 12th Street NE
Visit Basements & Attics, a re-sale/consignment furniture and home accessories shop. Proprietor Norvell Jackson invites you and your family to investigate new arrivals.
Classic Framing & Art, 3219 12th Street NE
Frame a family picture or special work of art at Classic Framing & Art or choose a work of art from their own collection.
Brookland True Value Hardware, 3501 12th NE
Brookland Hardware will be demonstrating an environmentally friendly, no chemicals carpet cleaning machine-the new Host Dry Carpet Cleaning System. Host can be used on all types of carpet, including wool and sisal.
Dwellings, 3509 12th Street NE
Dwellings will feature demonstrations throughout the day on entertaining at home, featuring wonderful tapenades and other gourmet treats.
Edward M. Johnson & Associates, 3612 12th Street NE
The Johnson pavilion will feature workshops on paint colors, building green, and renovation ideas.
Citibank, 3800 12th Street NE
PNC Bank, 3806 12th Street NE
Yes! Organic Market, 3809 12th Street NE
Petals Ribbons & Beyond, 3906 12th Street NE
Petals, Ribbons, & Beyond will be holding an outdoor tent sale, with birdhouses, plants, and summer wreaths. From 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, visitors can learn the art of making a flower centerpiece. Those wishing to take a centerpiece home may do so for $15.00 (for flowers and container).
The Menkiti Group Sales Team and The Ilora Condos, 400 Evarts Street, NE
Menkiti Group will host the closing reception at the Ilora Condos from 4-6 PM with remarks by Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. as well as refreshments, a raffle drawing, and an opportunity to tour the first fully renovated Ilora condo unit.

For more information about "At Home In Brookland," contact Richard Layman, Interim Program Manager, Historic Brookland Main Street program, at 202.526.4848, or by email at rl.brookland@yahoo.com.

At Home in Brookland - Related events

Brookland Fire Station Reopening Celebration
After almost 2 years of renovations, Brookland's fire station (Engine Co. 17) has reopened! In celebration, Captain Redington and all our local firefighters and medics are hosting a neighborhood open house on Sat., June 9th from 10am to 5pm. Festivities will include:

*Free cook-out
*Free fire helmets and balloons for kids
*Tours of the fire engine and the paramedic unit
*Tours of the fire station, which still has its original brass fire pole
*Fire safety instruction for kids
*Antique fire apparatus on display

Come one, come all...The fire station is located at 1227 Monroe St, NE.

DCTV's Media Access Day / 20th Anniversary Celebration
DCTV cordially invites you to attend its 20th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, June 9th. DCTV will host an all day extravaganza of food, workshops, entertainment and games for the entire family. The all day event will be held at Brooks Mansion. A reservation is required.

Byte Back Community Computer Day
In conjunction with DCTV's Media Access Day / 20th Anniversary Celebration. Stop by for free classes on various topics and kids activities from 10am-5pm.

There will also be free computer recycling from 10 - 4. This is an opportunity to clean your house of that old computer equipment and dispose of it responsibly. We are especially looking for monitors - an organization that sends computers to Tanzania will be collecting the monitors.

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia M. Jayne, Executive Director at pjayne@byteback.org or 202.529.3395.

DanceAfrica presented by Dance Place
DanceAfrica, DC 2007 will run from June 4 through June 10, 2007. DC's 20th annual festival celebrates the dance and music of the African Diaspora. The vitality and richness of African culture is experienced through dance, music, visual arts, food, clothing and crafts. Through master classes, outreach to school children, a performance series and an African Marketplace, DanceAfrica, DC promotes a greater understanding of African culture and illuminates its importance to this city and the nation. The festival is hosted by artistic director and festival Griot, Chuck Davis.

The week long festival includes:
• Master Classes, June 4-10
• African Marketplace, June 9-10, 1:00 – Sundown
• FREE Outdoor Performances, June 9-10, 1:00 – 7:00 pm
• Indoor Target Family Series Matinees, Saturday, June 9 and Sunday,
June 10 at 3:00 pm
• Indoor Evening Performances, Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10
at 8:00 pm

Where: Dance Place, 3225 8th Street, NE; two
blocks from Brookland/CUA red line subway station, free and convenient parking.

Tickets: Target Family Series Matinee Tickets: $20 day of, $15 in advance, $7 children 17 and under (part of the Target Family Series – each paying adult may reserve a free ticket for one child 12 & under.)

Evening Performance Tickets: $30 day of show, $25 in advance, $10 children 17 and under. To purchase tickets, call 202-269-1600.

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